Instead of plugging in and zoning out during this long weekend (it’s oh so easy to do, right?), remember the iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. by reflecting on his life, spending time with your family, and serving in your community. There’s plenty happening to keep you focused, including an MLK, Jr. parade, family friendly stage productions and volunteer opportunities galore.

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Baltimore

I Have a Dream Weekend
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy through fun, educational activities at Port Discovery’s “I Have a Dream Weekend.” Experience African-American history and heritage through interactive programs and performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the impact Martin Luther King, Jr. made on America and the world. Sat.-MonEvent details.

Judiciary Square

Woodshop for Kids
Come and learn about one of the simplest tools— the hammer. This introduction to hammer and nails is part one in a new series of workshops geared towards kids who like to build and create. We’ll teach you how to properly hold and use a hammer, which nails are best for the job, then give you space to practice mastering this tool. Participants will create nail art to take home and display. Adult supervision required. Sat. Event details.

McLean

The Ugly Duckling
It’s hard being different. When a strange egg shows up in Mama Duck’s nest and hatches, a very ugly duckling is born. After many failed attempts to “fit in,” the ugly duckling sets out on a journey to find his true place in the world. He soon realizes that he must learn to love himself before he can discover who he really is. Sat. Event details.

Arlington

Jane Franklin Dance: The Big Meow
Specially adapted for young audiences, Jane Franklin Dance offers a family‐friendly performance of The Big Meow. Little Cat is taunted by neighborhood felines because his meow is just too darn loud. The movement‐based theatre performance is adapted from the children’s book by Baltimore author Elizabeth Spires and tells the story of an ever‐hopeful orange fluffball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats, but is ostracized for a “loud as a lion’s roar” meow. Sat.-SunEvent details.

Mount Vernon

Travel and Adventure Show
Calling all thrill-seeking families! The nations largest active and adventure travel show is rolling into town and ready for you to explore your family’s next vacay. Featuring destination vendors, free giveaways, and cultural performances, this is your one-stop-shopping bazaar. And you don’t even need a passport…yet! Sat.-SunEvent details.

Anacostia

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Part parade, part peace walk, the event in Anacostia usually includes a marching band and representatives from a number of local communities. MonEvent details.

How will you make your weekend special? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady