January is going by quick! Find some time for one or more of these kid-friendly events this week in the Milwaukee area.

Monday, Jan. 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Celebrate Freedom: Entertainment and activities for the whole family will take place throughout the day, including crafts, drumming, dancing, speeches, poetry, live music, a blood drive, health screenings and more. Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St., Milwaukee. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. (414) 268-3000,

Family Cooking Class: Learn to make two different vegetarian soups from scratch. Pre-register. Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Pl., Milwaukee. 9:30-11 a.m. $18/non-members.

Penfield MLK Celebration: Enjoy a special performance by Keba Diabate, a master drummer from Senegal and members of his band, Jali Kunda, on Monday, Jan. 18. During the performance, children can participate with shakers, bells and drums. Penfield Children's Center, 833 N. 26th St., Milwaukee. 10 a.m. Free.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Fancy Nancy Winter Tea Party: Wear your fanciest attire and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beverages and winter crafts. Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee. 6-7 p.m. Free. (414) 268-3000,

Waldorf Joy of Learning Playgroup: Experience the Waldorf environment during 10 weeks of activities with a teacher. This program is for children ages 2 to 4 and a parent. Runs through late April. 9-11 a.m. Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 E. Brady St., Milwaukee. $160. (414) 227-0009,

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Chocolate Olympics: Families are invited to compete in Olympic-style events, with a chocolate twist. Capitol Library, 3969 N. 74th St., Milwaukee. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. (414) 268-3000,

Thursday, Jan. 21

Early Childhood Meet and Greet: Learn about all of the educational opportunities for preschool at Hales Corners Lutheran Elementary School. Hales Corners Lutheran Elementary School, 5425 S. 111th St., Hales Corners. 6:30 p.m. (414) 529-6701,

Friday, Jan. 22

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.: Join Alice on her wonderland adventures. Schauer Arts & Activities Center, 147 N. Rural St., Hartford. 7 p.m. $13/adult and $8/child. (262) 670-0560,

Family Cooking Class: Learn to make various non-yeasted quick breads. Pre-register. Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Pl., Milwaukee. 9:30-11 a.m. $18/non-members,

Musical Storytime: Sing, listen and play rhythm instruments while moving to music with the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music's Major Music for Minors. Village Square Branch, 5190 N. 35th St., Milwaukee. 10:30-11 a.m. Free. (414) 268-3000,

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