Family-Friendly Activities for MLK Weekend

Believe it or not, it’s already time for MLK weekend. It’s the middle of the winter and the children are home for three days, but don’t worry there is plenty to do in Boston. Spend some quality family time together learning and having fun by checking out some of the amazing museums right in the city. And best of all, most are just minutes from The Langham, Boston.

1. Museum of African American History

MLK Weekend is a special weekend because it is a great way to introduce kids to important concepts from American history. And the Museum of African American History is hosting a special performance in partnership with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra on Monday at 1:00pm in Faneuil Hall. The concert is free to attend and will be fun for all ages. And afterwards, why not swing by the museum as well for a full day of fun, learning and cultural appreciation? Both Faneuil Hall and the Museum of African American History are just short walks from the Langham in the heart of Boston. Visit https://www.maah.org for more information.

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2. Boston Children’s Museum

Located across the Fort Point Channel, just a ten-minute walk away, the Boston Children’s Museum has a lot of engaging events and activities happening all weekend long. Saturday is “Critter Day”, there will be Owls and Hawks brought in for kids to see first-hand. On Sunday, the Museum is hosting an all-day celebration for Japanese New Year, which will include a Taiko Drum performance, mochi making class, and a parade. And finally, on Monday, there will be an all-day celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, where cultural performances and interactive American history experiences will take place.  For more information head to https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

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3. Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts is just a short T-ride away from the hotel, take an E train on the Green Line to the MFA stop and you will be dropped right in front of the museum. The museum is celebrating MLK Day by offering free entrance to the museum all day long. Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. There will also be complimentary performances, tours, talks, art-making activities, and more throughout the day. Visit the museum’s website for more details on specific activities https://www.mfa.org.

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4. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Another of Boston’s amazing art museums is located right around the corner from the MFA and that’s the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Entrance will also be free to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Monday. So get two-for-one when you head out to the Fenway neighborhood on Monday and bring the family to both the MFA and the Gardner Museum. There will be a lot happening at the museum, in fact Boston poet laureate, Porsha Olayiwola, will be performing an original piece based on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For more information visit https://www.gardnermuseum.org

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5. The Museum of Science

If your children are interested in learning about science and technology, bring them to the Museum of Science, which is located just on the other side of the Charles River. The Museum of Science is easily accessible from The Langham, Boston by public transportation by taking the T to the Museum of Science stop on the Green Line in the direction of Lechmere. The Museum of Science is known for its interactive exhibits and even has an IMAX theater and a planetarium, so whether you or your kids are interested in learning about the stars, butterflies or static electricity, the Museum of Science makes it fun for all to learn about the world around us. For information on visits and tickets head to https://www.mos.org.

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