The following Park attractions will be free with canned food donation on MLK Day:
Bring 1 can of food per person for Gleaners Food Bank for free admission to each event that you want to attend. For example, if you want free Imax and free State Museum Tickets, bring 2 cans of food per person.
- The Indianapolis Zoo: Visitors can enjoy a dolphin show at 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., walk the grounds (weather permitting) and then warm up by visiting the meerkats in the Deserts building and petting the sharks in the Oceans building.
- Victory Field: Come by the home of the Indianapolis Indians between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and check out the Negro League Memorabilia display thanks to JJ Collectibles. Plus Rowdie, the Indians’ mascot, will stop by for autographs, too.
- NCAA Hall of Champions: Join student-athletes from Butler University and IUPUI who are fulfilling their dream to participate in collegiate athletics, giving back to their community and preparing to graduate on Monday, January 18, 2010 at the NCAA Hall of Champions.
Doors open at 10 a.m. with activities beginning at the top of each hour. Student-athletes will read from their favorite book, tell their stories and share their experiences, sign autographs and take photos. Go toe-to-toe with the student-athletes in skill contests in the gym and enter a raffle to win NCAA merchandise.
Complimentary hot chocolate will be served.
Donate a canned-good and receive free admission. Donations support Gleaner’s Food Bank.
- The Indiana State Museum: The museum will showcase films on the big screen in its Auditorium and Legacy Theatre focused on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his “I Had A Dream” speech; plus enjoy Roshanda Hardin who returns for the 3rd year with her band of poetry and music (drumming); also enjoy Civil War Soldier Sgt. Ransom Warfield, as well as Museum Minute carts and demonstrations throughout the galleries.
- The IMAX Theater: Take a trip below sea level for free at either the 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. showing of Under the Sea 3D or explore the great frontier at either the 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. showing of Lewis and Clark.
- Eiteljorg Museum: Visitors can immerse themselves in the Native American and Western cultures with the museum’s many exhibits.
The Park will also offer complimentary parking on MLK Day. Visitors may park in the underground garage located off Washington Street in front of the Indiana State Museum, in the parking lots at the Indianapolis Zoo and Victory Field, and in the lot across from Victory Field next to the Visitor’s Center.
Other Free Activities:
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Free Admission. Open 10-5.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art. Free programs and activities from noon-6 p.m., including art-making activities, guided tours and, at 6 p.m. in the Tobias Theater, a performance of The Music, Martin & Me. The presentation uses photographs, video, spoken word and a diverse stylistic mix of live music to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact. Free tickets are available the day of the performance. 317-923-1331.
The Indiana History Center. The society presents its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration. Family activities and crafts, discussions, spoken word, storytelling, and dance and musical performances from the Asante Children's Theatre, Kenyetta Dance Company, Tasha Jones and the Write Me Project and The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. The Martin Luther King Community Center will present their annual "Living the Legacy" award in the afternoon. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St. Free admission. 317-232-1882..
The Muncie Children's Museum - The MCM will open it's doors for free admission, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., courtesy of Meridian Services Corporation.
You can also find a list of things do here - some are free and others are not.