Give dad what he really wants this year for Father’s Day: quality time with the family. One idea: The Muhammad Ali Center invites dads to visit free this Sunday, June 16. The center also extends free admission to active duty military members and their immediate families (up to five total admissions) now through Labor Day.
In addition to the regular exhibits highlighting Ali’s six guiding principles and extraordinary life, the Center is featuring two special exhibits this summer.
If you ever scuffed around in your parents’ shoes, or have little ones who are into playing dress-up with your footwear right now, you’ll all get a kick out of a “hands-on, feet-in” traveling exhibit from the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, “Global Shoes.” The activity-based exhibit uses a fantasy shoe factory and store to illustrate and explore global cultures. Stories and artwork from children in Qatar, Uganda, Peru, Australia and other countries are included.
Along with “Global Shoes,” which will be at the Ali Center until August 4, right now you can also see “The Right Foot,” which features shoes worn by celebrities of many stripes, including Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali himself. This exhibit runs through July 7.
The Ali Center is also partnering with WaterStep during the “Global Shoes” exhibit. WaterStep is a Louisville-based non-profit that is saving lives through a wide range of safe water programs. Visitors to the Center can participate in WaterStep’s work by bringing in a pair of new or gently used shoes to donate. WaterStep sells the donated shoes to support its programming, and visitors will receive a $2 discount on an adult or senior admission to the Center with each pair donated.
The Ali Center is open noon to 5:00 Sundays and 9:30 to 5:00 Tuesday through Saturday.
Photo: Brooklyn Children's Museum