With most schools closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’ve compiled a list of 15+ things to do around Cleveland!
(this list will continue to stay updated if there are more events announced)
FREE ADMISSION TO THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME – tap for more info
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will have FREE admission for the day. Pre-register for a time slot at the link above.
FREE ADMISSION TO GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER – tap for more info
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Science Center will be offering FREE admission to guests from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, January 16. Guests will have access to special programming including hands-on science cart activities, NASA Chats, and more!
FREE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY AT CLEVELAND ART MUSEUM – tap for more info
Come together at the Cleveland Museum of Art for a free daylong celebration honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Explore the theme “It Starts with Me: Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems” through storytelling, art making, and reflective writing prompts.
REDUCED ADMISSION TO GREATER CLEVELAND AQUARIUM – tap for more info
Admission during Difference-Makers Days January 16 – 27, 2023, will be reduced temporarily to $14.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 2-12, and $1 from each ticket sold will be donated directly to UBF.* Additionally, guests are invited to make roundup donations or “Text to Give” by sending UBF to 50155.
FREE ADMISSION TO CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY DISCOVERY DAY – tap for more info
On Monday, January 16, 2023, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will welcome all guests, free of charge, in celebration of Discovery Day. Each year, cultural, civic, and science institutions honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by inviting all members of the community to enjoy their spaces, exhibits, and attractions at no cost.
FREE ADMISSION TO CLEVELAND HISTORY CENTER – tap for more info
Join us January 16th as we commemorate MLK Jr. Day with free admission to the Cleveland History Center!
FREE ADMISSION TO CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN – tap for more info
Join us on January 16 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Admission is free! The indoor gardens will be open to explore along with activities for the whole family. Our focus will be on The National Day of Service and how in the spirit of MLK Jr. learning about and planting trees is a service to you and your community.
FREE ADMISSION TO CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO FOR CUYAHOGA COUNTY/HINCKLEY TWP RESIDENTS – tap for more info
On Mondays, the Zoo is FREE for residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township. To confirm your residency, bring your driver’s license or state I.D. or a current utility bill with your Cuyahoga Cty. or Hinckley Twp. address along with a photo ID.
FREE DROP-BY: RADIANT REPTILES AT ROCKY RIVER NATURE CENTER – tap for more info
Enjoy a casual meet-and-greet with the Nature Center’s reptiles and make-and-take a simple craft. We’ll talk to turtles, speak to snakes, and learn about lizards! No registration required.
FREE ADMISSION TO HEAR OUR VOICES: ANNUAL MLK DAY CELEBRATION AT MALTZ MUSEUM – tap for more info
Join us for free all day at the Maltz Museum! Honor iconic civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and everyday citizens who fought against discrimination while celebrating the everyday hero in you. Tour the Maltz Museum’s permanent collections and special exhibition, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, while enjoying hands-on activities on this family-friendly day!
FREE DROP-BY: MLK NATURE DAY AT WATERSHED STEWARDSHIP CENTER – tap for more info
Stop in the center today to enjoy a variety of activities. Try your hand at snowflake science, meet a live turtle or snake, solve a scavenger hunt, and create a craft to take home. Snow painting and play will be available if the weather cooperates! Families are welcome to pack a snack and picnic inside the center. No registration required.
FREE LAKE COUNTY NAACP’S MLK DAY CELEBRATION – tap for more info
Join the Lake County branch of the NAACP for a celebration of the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL! Featured keynote speaker Pastor Mike Nwankwo.
FREE FUN DAY: EXTREME NATURE AT PENITENTIARY GLEN RESERVATION – tap for more info
School’s out on MLK Day! Plants and animals have EXTREME adaptations to help them survive. Discover these crazy features through fun games, activities and live animals. No registration required.
FREE DROP-BY: SCHOOL’S OUT WINTER FUN AT NORTH CHAGRIN NATURE CENTER – tap for more info
Drop by during the listed hours to create a one-of-a-kind snowflake craft. Afterwards, grab a scavenger hunt and see how many things you can spot around the marsh.
FREE ADMISSION TO AKRON ART MUSEUM – tap for more info
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with free public hours at the Museum. Related photographs from the collection will be available for viewing on this day in the lobby. Free and open to all.
FREE ADMISSION TO AKRON ZOO – tap for more info
Visit the zoo and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Admission is free for all guests. Parking rates apply.
FREE MLK FUN DAY IN HONOR OF ABRIANA CAMINO AT X-CEL ATHLETICS – tap for more info
Join us for a free day of fun & community to honor the life of Abriana Camino! There is no cost, however registration is required for proper preparation of staff, class materials, & refreshments.
GO ICE SKATING – tap for more info
Indoor or outdoor, there’s plenty of options to get out and ice skate!
GO FOR A HIKE – tap for more info
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t get outside & enjoy our beautiful park systems!
VISIT A NEW TO YOU PLAYGROUND – tap for more info
Check out a new to you playground from the list of 60+ playgrounds all around Cleveland!
VISIT THE WINTER FAMILY FUN GUIDE FOR MORE FUN THINGS TO DO – tap for more info
From ice skating spots to free things to do, you’ll find something fun to fill your day!