MLK Event: Playing for Peace

Event time: 
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 9:00am
Eli Whitney Museum See map
915 Whitney Avenue
Hamden , CT 06517
Event description: 

When we learn to play together, we will know how to live together. Join us to celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday. Build and play with games and toys from parts of the world where play has been disrupted by conflict.

Games migrate! Learn games that have followed families for centuries from China, Africa and India, though the Near East, to Europe, to America. Construct (mini-magnetic) kites from Iran that will learn to share, not fight for, the sky. Construct a Dhulan Truck with magnificently ornamented detail to honor truck art in Pakistan. Construct Alquerque or Nine Men’s Morris that have traveled north and west from Egypt. Learn a street game still played in Aleppo, Syria—the most dangerous city in the world. Help construct a Carom Board (from Yemen) that will be presented to the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) that helps families escaping from conflict around the world. For ages 6-12.

Ten percent of the class fees will support the girls of the soccer team in Pakistan’s Hunza Valley who are breaking cultural barriers, and another 10% will support the children of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) who share their cultures and play in our programs. One-day programs are $65 for nonmembers and $60 for members. Extended day available from 7:30 am to 5:30pm @ $10/hour.

For ticket information contact: Kiran Zaman (

Event Type: 
Human Rights
Event Source: 
Community Group
Open To: 
Graduate Students
Community Members