Indianapolis is the place to be on the long weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. So many places throughout the city are offering free opportunities to visit. Here is our incomplete list. If you know of others, please email katy(at)indianapoliswithkids(dot)com or leave a comment with the information below.
Rhythm! Discovery Center offers free admission from 10am-5pm on Saturday, January 14th and a special show and discussion beginning at 1pm.
Indianapolis Opera presents a free production of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Basille Center on Saturday, January 14th.
MONDAY, JANUARY 16th
Free Admission and parking at the Indianapolis Zoo is open to all on Monday, January 16th. What a wonderful activity while the kids are out of school!
The Indiana State Museum offers free admission with a canned food item donation. Also at the State Museum, you can see a free IMAX film. Woohooo! Oh, and to sweeten the deal even more, you can park for free!
Visit the IMA (Indianapolis Museum of Art) for free and participate in any of their many MLK Day activities and events!
What do I think is the ideal opportunity to take advantage of on MLK Day? The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center has the Indiana Experience which has the exhibit You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks which highlights the speech that Senator Kennedy announced the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to a stunned crowd in Indianapolis. They are offering free admission from 11am-5pm. There will be crafts and other activities.
Bring a canned food item to The Eiteljorg Museum for free admission from 10am-5pm.
The NCAA Hall of Fame has free admission with the donation of a canned food item.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis invites everyone to come visit for free from 10am-5pm. In addition to regular museum activities and exhibits, there will be special activities and performances celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
From 10am-5pm, visit Conner Prairie for free admission and fun and learning for all ages. Canned food donations requested.
In the event that it IS snowing, here are some free places to take your sled and head on down the hills.
And finally, wrap up the perfect MLK day with a visit to one of these restaurants that offer Kids Eat Free on Mondays!
My name is Katy Mann, and I'm the creator of Indianapolis with Kids. With over 10 years of experience working with children, and my excitement towards the great city of Indianapolis; I offer readers guidance about great events and activities to do around Indianapolis with their kids and grandchildren. Join us on our family travels and adventures across the country!