There will be plenty of opportunities to pause and reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend and Monday.

Many area museums and attractions are offering free admission on MLK Day with special activities and presentations planned. There will also be guest speakers in the area along with prayer services and even a breakfast.

 

AKRON

The Akron Zoo will be free on Monday with the Akron chapter of NAACP providing free activities. Parking is $3.

For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550.

The Akron Art Museum will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a free afternoon for families on Monday that will include hands-on activities for all ages and guided tours of "Jeff Donaldson: Dig" and artists of African descent in the museum’s collection galleries. The celebration will take place from 1-4 p.m.

“Our celebration is always a fun day for families to enjoy time together, create art, play family games and explore the ‘superhero’ artists in the museum’s collection,” said Akron Art Museum educator Amanda Crowe.

Activities include a story swap where families can contribute a story to a tapestry of family stories, a button creation station and even a build a family time capsule.

For more information, visit akronartmuseum.org.

The Akron Urban League's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast will be from 7-9 a.m. Monday at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St., Akron.

The speaker will be Maurice Stinnett, vice president of diversity and inclusion with Brooklyn Nets. For more, visit www.akronurbanleague.org/events/mlk.

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer Service will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Baptist Church, 1706 S. Hawkins Ave., in Akron.

The event is being put together by the Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative Committee and will feature Lamar Hylton, Kent State University’s dean of students, along with a choir comprised of members from the city's faith community along with other performers and speakers.

The Akron Public Library's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture will be at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Carl Westmoreland, senior historian from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, will be the speaker.

To mark the holiday, Akron's Lock 3 will open its winter attractions including ice skating and indoor miniature golf around 11 a.m.

The University of Akron has scheduled a Martin Luther King Jr. Activities Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union Ballroom. Student and community groups will offer a variety of activities and programs that encourage nonviolence, civic responsibility, respect for differences and the importance of education.

Participants will also learn about King's life and the civil rights movement.

Parking is available at the meters outside the Student Union and in the Schrank Hall parking decks.

 

CLEVELAND

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St. in Cleveland, is hosting a community discount day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Guests who donate $1 or more to the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland Inc. (UBF) will receive same-day $10 admission.

The aquarium plans special activities that highlight African-Americans in the fields of marine science and scuba diving. For more, call 216-862-8803 or visit  www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com.

The Great Lakes Science Center is offering free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. The science center is at 601 Erieside Ave. in Cleveland. Movies in the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater will be $8.95 adults, $6.95 youths. For more, visit www.glsc.org.

The North Coast Harbor’s annual Ice Fest between the Science Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will also be going on. The event features live ice carving demos, a social media photo op, costumed characters and more than 30 ice sculpture creations. For more information, visit northcoastharbor.org.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be offering free admission to guests on Monday.

There will be live performances, an art demonstration, education programs, and family activities. The Rock Hall will be accepting donations of hats, scarves, gloves and other cold weather clothes to help those in need.

The Cleveland Orchestra is hosting a community open house from noon to 5 p.m. Monday at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., in Cleveland.

There will be free performances and family activities throughout the day. For more, visit www.clevelandorchestra.com.

The Western Reserve Historical Society's Cleveland History Center is offering free admission on Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum, which includes regional history artifacts, the Euclid Beach Carousel, and a pair of mansions along with a collection of historic automobiles, is located at 10825 East Blvd. in Cleveland.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, in Cleveland, is also free on Monday. Curators will be available to chat with guests outside of their labs, and there will be specimens that are not usually on display.

There will be mini Shafran Planetarium shows for $1. For more, visit www.cmnh.org.

The Cleveland Botanical Garden will have free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The indoor garden is at 11030 East Blvd. in Cleveland.

The Cleveland Museum of Art, which always offers free admission, will host special activities and performances from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in its Ames Family Atrium.

With a theme of peace and collective action, the day includes dance, music, theater and spoken-word performances.

There will be a Wikipedia-Edit-a-Thon, an open house in the museum’s Ingalls Library and Museum Archives, art activities, and in-gallery experiences and special tours. The museum is at 11150 East Blvd. in Cleveland. For more, visit www.clevelandart.org.

 

KENT

Kent State is hosting Angela Rye, principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a lawyer, political strategist and former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, as the keynote speaker at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

She will speak at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Rye is a frequent guest on BET, CNN, MSNBC and TV One offering commentary on the news of the day. For more, visit www.kent.edu/diversity/MLK or call 330-672-2442.

 

BEACHWOOD

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood will have free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

There will be tours of the museum along with crafts, activities, performances and a panel discussion on race, gender and the power to vote. The museum is at 2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood. For more, visit www.maltzmuseum.org.

 

Craig Webb can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com.