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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Family Festival

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Family Festival
Monday, January 21, 2019
Museum Hours: 9am-5pm

Do you dream? Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that helped change the United States! Celebrate this visionary’s dreams throughout your day of play at the museum.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
9 am– 5 pm

Centennial Depot, Lower Level
All Ages
Watch and listen to parts of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic speech.  Cozy up with stories about thoughts, dreams, and peace.


Discovery Apron: Peace and Kindness
9 am – 5 pm
Throughout Please Touch- please see Museum Experience staff with black aprons
All Ages with adult caregiver
Discover something new in our Exhibitions.  Each month ask what’s in the apron to add more to your play!


Busy Builders: Architecture Blocks
9:30-10:30 am
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
All ages with adult caregiver
If you can dream it you can build it! Explore our architecture blocks and use your imagination to dream and build your own innovative structure.


Creative Arts Studio
11am – 2 pm
Creative Arts Studio, Lower Level
All ages with adult caregiver

Get inspired and experiment with materials and process as you create works of art.


Character Meet & Greet: Squiggles
11:30 am – 12 pm
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
All ages with adult caregiver
Hug, high five, and meet Please Touch Museum’s very own mascot, Squiggles!


Performance: Denise Valentine, Story Mama
Playhouse Theater, Lower Level
12:30 – 1 pm and 2:30 – 3 pm
All Ages with adult caregiver

Tell me a story with rhythm and rhyme! Meet Story Mama and activist, Denise Valentine. Listen to folktales full of people, animals, laughter, and suspense then help Denise and percussionist Sangue Mbacke bring the stories to life with music and movement.


Storytime: I Have A Dream
1:30 – 2pm
Wordsworth Cottage, Main Level
Ages: 3+ with adult caregiver
Get cozy and listen to stories, sing songs, and build literacy skills with stories that tie to our monthly program themes.


Stories & Art: Faith Ringold Stories & Dream Quilts
3:30- 4:30 pm
Creative Arts Studio, Lower Level
Ages: 4+ with adult caregiver

Listen, look, create! Join an educator as we play games, listen to a story, look at art, and create an original work of art to take home or hang in our Mobile Gallery!


End of the Day Peace Parade
Daily 4:30 – 4:45 PM
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
All ages with adult caregiver

March, clap, and join our musical parade to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. at Please Touch Museum.



Signature Events + Family Festivals

Our signature events include family festivals and holiday pop-ups. They offer expanded performance and educational offerings with a special focus that may celebrate cultural traditions and holidays, connect to national and local events, or highlight an area of focus in our exhibits.

Performing Arts

The Playhouse at Please Touch Museum invites children to exercise their imaginations and enter new worlds. Inside the theater, visitors experience theater in engaging, interactive and unexpected ways. The Playhouse is the perfect way to introduce young children to the performing arts!

Play Without Boundaries

Play Without Boundaries is a program and early opening for children with learning and developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. It is a free event with registration. Enjoy the museum before it is open to the public with activities and experiences designed especially for this program, including sensory toys, performances and guest presenters. The Museum will be calmer and quieter with fewer people and reduced lighting and sound in exhibition areas.

Please Touch Museum is committed to providing experiences in exhibits and programs that are accessible and inclusive for all visitors.

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