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Erien Dickens

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2023 Indy MLK Family Events

Not only is the city of Indianapolis committed to uplifting the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., they recognize the importance of free admission for our families! Check out the free attractions for Monday, January 16, 2023.

Make sure to visit the specific websites of the organizations for planning and pre-registrations.

Free Events

  • Indiana State Museum Address: 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN
    • Watch videos of Dr. King’s speeches
    • Make a community quilt
    • Hear about Black creators, scientists, inventors, and engineers
    • Create protest signs and buttons
    • Opportunity for service participation
    • See performance by the Meraki Dance Company at 12 noon.
      • There is designated free parking however, parking is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • IMAX Theater Indiana State Museum Address: 650 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN
    • FREE parking & admission to their four showings of America’s Wild 2D at 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
      • Get tickets at the museum on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Eiteljorg Museum Address: 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN
    • Join in a community art project
    • Learn about King’s famous quotes and write your dreams in a note on the comment wall.
      • Visit their website to locate at-home activities including instructions on making a lantern and how to stream “Freedom Rider’s for free.
  • NCAA Hall of Champions Address: 700 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN
    • Watch the “Title IX at 50” exhibit that explores the legislation’s impact on women’s sports and what’s required for NCAA student-athletes.
    • Play games, a 1930s retro gym and ski simulator are just a couple of the activities.
  • Conner Prairie Address: 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN
    • Conner Prairie is celebrating identity, belonging, community, and love on MLK day!
    • Learn about symbols of activism
    • Create your own symbol in the Teen Room
    • Listen to drumming, dancing and singing
    • Watch a film about courageous community members and the Birmingham Children’s March and record audio with podcast hosts of “This is Problematic!”, amongst other activities.
      • Tickets are available at the ticket desk on Monday, January 16th.
  • Indiana Historical Society Address: 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN
    • Listen to storytelling
    • Participate in service activities
    • Hear music performed by Keisha Ballinger and the University United Methodist Church Praise Team
      • Visitors also can bring new children’s clothes, books or cash donations for Charity Cares Early Academy.
      • Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but is not required.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Address: 4750 W. 16th St. Indianapolis, IN *Enter from Gate 2*
    • On display is “Sleek: The Art of the Helmet.” Curated by artist Amiah Mims, it shows racing helmets created by nine local artists alongside historic and current driver helmets.
      • Reserve tickets online using the promo code MLK23. 
  • Carmel’s MLK Day Commemoration Address: Tarkington Theater, 3 Carter Green, Carmel, IN
    • Music, dance and spoken word performances along the theme of “On Being a Good Neighbor” will celebrate the day with the city of Carmel. 
      • Performances begin at 6:30 PM
  • Madam Walker Legacy Center Address: 617 Indiana Avenue Indianapolis, IN
    • The Madam Walker Legacy Center’s 41st MLK Day of Celebration speaker will be Time 100’s award-winning social justice leader and movement strategist, Tamika D. Mallory! Also featured on Fortune’s list of the World’s Greatest Leaders, Tamika is hailed as one of the most influential Black voices of our generation. Tamika was featured on Fortune’s list of the World’s Greatest Leaders and is hailed as one of the most influential Black voices of our generation.
    • Additionally, Tamika served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Action Network and made history when she helped shepherd the largest single day demonstration, the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, serving as one of its four national co-chairs.
      • Tickets are free but registration is required.
  • The Indianapolis Zoo Address: 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Share a powerful quote that you will share with your kids in honor of Dr. King.

Mommiehood

New Year, New Vision, Same MOMMIE…

Reflection

Year 2022 was full of seeking and confirming for me. Back in 2020, I knew I wanted to blog but I had a misconception of what blogging needed to look like for me. As I continue to develop and define All Things MOMMIE, my transparency and passion to share my motherhood journey will not change, however I am finding so much joy in aligning individuality and motherhood.

So much has happened since the last time I blogged back in May 2021. I traveled a lot and took advantage of finding my individuality in 2021. This was the year that my husband was traveling the most for work and my kids were challenging me in every lane of motherhood. 3 out of 4 of my kids started a new school and they all embarked new interests so as you can imagine how exhausted I was but I was still motivated.

The Growth

In 2022, I focused on building relationships and staying consistent with self-care. I set a goal in the beginning of the year to prioritize my health and well-being on all levels. This meant more than going to the doctor annually but taking time to myself outside of my family and not feeling guilty for it. I recognize there is a time and place for everything. My season of change would have only been successful if it happened in God’s timing.

One of my struggles has been letting go of perfection which I will never reach so why is it a struggle? Who will judge me if all of my T’s are not crossed and my I’s are not dotted?

I’ve been pushing the GO button, living in the moment and letting my hair down and it feels so good. My kids will love me regardless and I have been much happier this way. If I mis-spell a word, it’s all good…hopefully whoever was reading what I wrote received the intent of the message. If I show up late to a meeting, I’m sure there was a good reason so please don’t charge it to my heart. If I do not make it to a field trip…my kids will love me anyway…it will give us something to talk about on the way home from school. See…every scenario has a good ending. Life is what I make it. Cheers to our individuality in 2023!!

Moms, what are some of your individual goals for yourself? Share your challenges in reaching them.

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