We’ve found seven free things to do for free or cheap in Indianapolis on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 19. Mother Nature has been cruel to us lately, with cold weather keeping us stuck in our homes. Monday is looking like it will be an above-freezing day, with signs pointing to getting out of the house and enjoying all that Indianapolis to offer. That’s even better when it’s free.
Here are seven free things to do in Indy on Monday:
- Children’s Museum.Free admission. Throughout the day there will be storytelling, activities, and a performance by The Griot Drum Ensemble and Epiphany Dance Collective.
- Connor Prairie.Free admission. Learn about Dr. King though murals and activities related to freedom of speech.
- Indiana Historical Society. Free admission. You can take part in National Day of Service by help packing care packages for the Wheeler Mission from noon to 4 p.m.
- Indianapolis Zoo & White River Gardens. Free admission if you donate a canned food item to Gleaner’s Food Bank. There is plenty to see at the zoo, even in middle of winter. Besides the indoor exhibits, the tigers, polar bear, sea lions and walruses are out to play.
- Indiana State Museum. Free admission with a donation of a nonperishable food item. Civil Rights-related crafts, films of Martin Luther King’s speeches, a 20-minute version of the play “River City” at 1 pm, free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See if you could make it as an Indianapolis Indian by hitting a ball in the interactive booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an appearance from Rowdie from 11 a.m. to noon.
- Eiteljorg Museum. Free admission. MLK Day is the last day of Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure. If you haven’t gone to see it yet, it’s a must, and great fun for kids of all ages who love trains.
- NCAA Hall of Champions. Free admission with a canned good donation. Special activities and opportunities to win NCAA merchandise throughout the day.