On a day with a biting windchill of 25-below, was it worth it to bundle up four kids and take them to the annual Martin Luther King Celebration at Powderhorn Park? Unfortunately not, and it really didnâ€™t have much to do with the weather. It was a disappointment to discover upon arriving about halfway through the event that the childrenâ€™s activities had already wrapped (save the MLK internet scavenger hunt, appropriate only for my oldest). We missed the hoped-for West African drum lessons. And thank goodness we didnâ€™t arrive hungry because the soul food supply was down to the last few crumbs. The community center gym was packed for the live entertainment â€“ certainly uplifting to see â€“ but nary a place to park the kids without getting trampled.
(I had researched this event online thoroughly and found no detailed activity schedule aside from the general runtime of 11 a.m. â€“ 2 p.m. Therefore, I (mistakenly) assumed all activities would be ongoing.)