Put on your Dr. Martin's boots and celebrate another famous Dr. Martin today!
Sure, it's sweet to have a 3 day weekend, especially when it's cold and snowy. But we always make sure the kids know the reason behind honorary off days. If you want to give your kids a crash course, here are a few good sites to start with. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/MLK/, http://www.kidsturncentral.com/links/mlkjlinks.htm, and http://fun.familyeducation.com/martin-luther-king-jr/activities/32832.html
If you're in the Chicago area, The DuSable Museum has a fantastic family friendly line up, celebrating the life and wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King from 10am-5pm today.
The Chicago Children's Museum also brings history alive through song and interactive story telling at 11, 1, 2, and 3, with What Does It Mean, Dr. King.
Finally, The Chicago History Museum has free admission and special MLK Day activities 10am-3pm today.
Once everyone has their fill of history, you can get an overview of our city today from The Skydeck at the tower formerly known as Sears, The Willis Tower. Anyone with a first, middle or last name of Martin will get a free ticket, Monday the 17th only. Show a valid passport or ID at the ticket area.
We've come a long way toward Dr. King's dreams of equality, with children of all colors attending schools together, but we have a long way to go toward true economic equality and equality of opportunities. Chicago is still a city divided by something that should be so trivial--the color of one's skin.