Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by taking advantage of special offerings in Downtown Indy. FREE admission to Downtown’s top attractions, volunteer opportunities and more help make this year’s tribute to the iconic civil rights leader a meaningful one for the family. To view all these events online, visit: www.downtownindy.org/MLKday
Newfields: Speaking Love
FREE admission with donation on Sunday, Jan. 20 from 12 – 4 p.m.
Spend the afternoon at Newfields remembering Dr. King’s legacy as local artists speak LOVE through poetry, music and dance. On this day, honor Dr. King by moving beyond your comfort zone to get to know someone new at Newfields.
White River State Park
Receive FREE admission Monday, Jan. 21 with a donation of one non-perishable food item per person, per attraction for Gleaner’s Food Bank. The Park is also offering complimentary parking. Visitors may park in the underground garage located off Washington Street just west of West Street, in the surface parking lots at the Indianapolis Zoo and Victory Field and in the surface parking lot across from Victory Field next to the Park’s Visitor’s Center.
- Eiteljorg Museum: Enjoy the museum’s holiday exhibit, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure,a one-of-a-kind G-scale model train experience. Visitors can also immerse themselves in Native American and Western cultures with the museum’s many exhibits. Be sure to check out the lunch specials at the Eiteljorg Museum Cafe.
- Indiana State Museum: Celebrate Dr. King's dream and explore the struggle for civil rights. See highlights from Dr. King's most iconic speeches, explore activities pertaining to civil and human rights, help create a "Dream" mural and reflect on what you can do to ensure the dream lives on.
- Indianapolis Zoo: Walk the grounds and see animals, especially the ones that love the cooler temperatures. Favorite activities will include petting sharks, looking eye-to-eye with orangutans and gazing at dolphins.
- NCAA Hall of Champions: Experience all 24 NCAA sports through interactive exhibits including a 1930s replica gymnasium, sports simulators, trivia challenges and more. The second-floor media room will feature The Game of Change – the story of the 1963 Mississippi State team that snuck out of town in the middle of the night despite protests from the governor and state police of Mississippi to play a Loyola (Illinois) team that featured four black starters. As in years past, guests can also participate in a scavenger hunt and register for hourly raffle prizes for official NCAA merchandise.
- Indians: Also, the Indians and Rowdie will be at the NCAA Hall of Champions. The Tribe will offer free ticket vouchers for Opening Night (scheduled for Thursday, April 11 at 7:05 p.m.) They’ll also have information on the Knot Hole Kids Club and other Indians promos. Stop by 11 a.m. – noon to visit with Rowdie.
- IMAX Theatre: The IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum, in partnership with The MLK Center, will have a free screening of Selma at 7 p.m. Free tickets for the screening can be picked up at The MLK Center in the days before the actual screening, NOT at the IMAX. The 2014 Oscar-winning film depicts the first march led by Dr. King from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and the incredible obstacles that he and others overcame to achieve voting equality for future generations of African-Americans and minority groups. Additionally, five free screenings will be offered of Pandas: An IMAX Experience, a heartwarming global story about releasing captive-born back into the wild.
Indiana Historical Society
FREE admission on Monday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Head to the History Center for performances, programs and service opportunities, as well as free admission to the award-winning Indiana Experience. Join the Madam Walker Legacy Center for festivities from 10 a.m. – noon. Participate in a dialogue regarding the Civil Rights Movement at 12:45 p.m. The theater will also be home to a special performance by the Griot Drum Ensemble at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. On this national day of service, learn about what causes homelessness and what you can do to help at 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. Guests can help with first aid kit packing, write a letter or make your own activism poster.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
FREE admission Monday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At The Children’s Museum enjoy activities, storytelling by Portia Jackson about courageous children from the Civil Rights Movement and performances by The Griot Drum Ensemble. Take this opportunity to visit all of the exhibits including American POP, Power of Children, Stories from Our Community, Playscape, Dinosphere and more.
Rhythm! Discovery Center
FREE admission Monday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hear a special performance at 2 p.m. by Clint Breeze and the Groove. Be introduced to the world of percussion. Journey through the Time Tunnel to see how cultures have made rhythm a part of their lives. Experience hands-on instruments including drum sets, cymbals and more.
Landmark for Peace Memorial
Of course, if you are headed to Downtown Indy, stop by Martin Luther King Park (1702 Broadway St.), the site where Robert Kennedy gave his memorable speech the night King was assassinated in 1968. The park is home to the Landmark for Peace memorial sculpture, designed and created by Indiana artist Greg Perry. The sculpture – showcasing King and Kennedy reaching out to each other – honors the contributions of both leaders.