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For those looking for something to do with their family on Monday, several places in the Akron and Cleveland area are offering special programs on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will host the 16th annual free admission day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Rock Hall will offer a day filled with live performances, education programs and family activities that will highlight how people use music to find their voice and create a sense of community. Visitors are invited to experience the Rock Hall's many exhibits that showcase how artists have used popular music to communicate ideas and incite social change.
In addition to free admission, visitors will be able to enter to win a Family Roller Rock Hall membership.
The Rock Hall will also take donations of hats, scarves, gloves and other cold weather clothes to benefit Clevelanders in need. Visitors can decorate gift bags with notes of love and encouragement. All donations will be taken to St. Agnes Our Lady of Fatima.
For a complete schedule and more information, visit rockhall.com.
Cleveland Museum of Art
On Jan. 16, the Cleveland Museum of Art will open its doors for a free daylong celebration honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Explore how the moving passages of Dr. King's writings and speeches shed light on the museum's collection and create a work of art inspired by his words. The museum and its galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with art activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guests can try out monoprinting with Zygote Press and CMA teaching artists, featuring two different posters created especially for the day with excerpts from Dr. King's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. Add your portrait to the poster. Take it home or contribute to a collaborative display in the atrium. They also can explore the life of Dr. King through this renowned 1970 documentary that uses newsreel and other film footage to trace the period from the Montgomery bus boycott of 195556 through King's assassination in 1968. The film will run continuously throughout the day.
For details, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.
Great Lakes Science Center
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Great Lakes Science Center will offer free general admission to all guests from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 16.
The Science Center will have special programming throughout the museum from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. including Bubblemania demonstrations and five different Big Science Shows featuring the electrical power of the Tesla coil, cryoblasts, rocket propulsion and much more. General admission at the Science Center includes the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, the Polymer Funhouse (for those 7 and younger) and hundreds of hands-on, interactive science exhibits.
After you check out the Science Center, be sure to visit North Coast Harbor's third annual Ice Fest on the harbor walk behind the Science Center, featuring live ice carving demos, a social media photo contest and more than 20 ice sculpture creations. For more information, visit northcoastharbor.org.
Visit GreatScience.com for more information.
The Akron Zoo
The Akron Zoo will offer free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16. The Akron Branch of the NAACP will be on-hand with an activities table, while supplies last.
Winter hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550.
Akron Art Museum
The Akron Art Museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 16.
Museum staff members plan a family living room atmosphere, with family-oriented activities for all ages, ranging from games and stories, to make and take family photos and printmaking projects. Admission is free, and the numerous family-friendly activities will be offered for visitors of all ages.
Akron Art Museum educator Amanda Crowe designed the event to bring families together by creating a family living room-like sensibility in the museum lobby. Visitors can bedazzle a family portrait, design and play a board game using bottle-caps, and enjoy storytelling in the museum galleries.
For details, call 330-376-9185 or visit AkronArtMuseum.org.
Summit Metro Parks
The visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron, will welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 16.
The nature center at Liberty Park, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg, will be closed.
In observance of the federal holiday, the Summit Metro Parks administrative offices, 975 Treaty Line Road, Akron, will be closed Jan. 16.
For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org.
The Cleveland Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra's 37th annual concert in celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. takes place at Severance Hall on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m., under the direction of Thomas Wilkins.
The concert is sold out and will be streamed live on WCLV and WCPN.
The program features music by Peter Boyer, Kurt Carr, Antonn Dvok, Duke Ellington, Charles Floyd, and Morton Gould, as well as traditional spirituals and gospel songs. Cellist Thomas Mesa, first-place winner in the Senior Division of the 2016 Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino string players, will perform as soloist, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus, assembled, prepared, and directed by William Henry Caldwell, will also perform.
Admission to the concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis through the Severance Hall Ticket Office in person, by phone at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or online at clevelandorchestra.com.
A free Community Open House takes place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16 from noon p.m. to 5 p.m. at Severance Hall. Performances and family activities will take place throughout the day. Performances by the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, El Sistema@Rainey, Cleveland Inner City Ballet, Councilman Conwell & The Footprints, and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra will take place in the Concert Hall.
For additional information, visit clevelandorchestra.com.