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Jan 17, 2014
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Weekend Planner: Jan. 17, 2014

Weekend Planner: Jan. 17, 2014

Can’t Miss Long-Weekend Picks


Celebrate the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Mon. at the National Liberty Museum in Philly. The FREE day includes tours that delve deep into the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, a mixed-media personal heroes craft, a playlist of inspiring songs guests can add to and a workshop on how to create change. Find more MLK Day celebrations and service projects in the listings below.


Fete the area’s favorite Founding Father’s 308th year on Fri. with two Ben Franklin Birthday Celebrations (that include an appearance by the b-day boy) at the Historic Philadelphia Center and the National Constitution Center. Or let the kids keep his spirit of invention alive by dreaming up the next big thing during Lets Invent! at the Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA on Sat., and Invention Convention at Hagley Museum and Library in Greenville, DE, Sat. through Mon.


“Abby,” New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse, was first lit in 1857. Mark the occasion Sat. in Atlantic City, as the formally named Absecon Lighthouse revels in its 157th Birthday Celebration with birthday cake, student-submitted poems, paintings, photographs and FREE climbs.




Other Ways to Celebrate MLK Day this Mon.

Explore exhibits, watch performances, participate in hands-on service projects and donate food at the FREE Sharing the Heritage Celebration and Day of Service at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Donate everyday essential items for disadvantaged kids at various sites throughout Pennsylvania as part of the Cradles to Crayons Region-Wide Donation Collection.

Share your wishes on handmade peace magnets and watch The Imagination Players, a local youth troupe, during The Power of Voices on MLK Day at Wilmington’s Delaware Children’s Museum.

Assist with trash cleanup, visit the Underground Railroad Mural and listen to readings from Dr. King’s speeches around a bonfire at Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground’s MLK Day of Service event in Philly.

Honor the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at the National Constitution Center in Philly with music, crafts and a pillow-making service project.

Make art to be distributed to local service organizations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s MLK Day of Service Art & Service Workshop.

Beautify the Starr Garden Recreation Center in Philly by collecting trash and removing graffiti as part of the MLK Day of Service Park Cleanup project.

Spend the day at any national park across the country for FREE as fees are waived for the day in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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