Celebrate this long weekend (Monday is MLK Day!) just the way Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have intended…with friends and family, having fun. Dance the early evening away at a little ones’ royal ball, build a remote control car or robot with LEGOS, and then cap the weekend off on Monday with a parade in remembrance of the legendary Martin Luther King, Jr.

ballou band dcPhoto: Pruitt Allen via Flickr

Anacostia

Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Peace Walk and Parade
Walk with purpose at this parade/peacewalk, which includes the Ballou Marching Band and representatives from the area’s Asian, Bolivian, Jamaican and African American communities. Mon., 9:30 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Falls Church

Royal Ball for the Littlest Set
You can get in a few errands while little one hangs with new friends for an evening of playing dress up, movie watching (on the BIG screen), and pizza noshing. The evening always encompasses Mrs. B’s best royal manners lessons (such as princes, princesses, queens and kings NEVER chew with their mouth open). Fri., 6 pm-8 pm. $35. All ages. Event details.

Mclean

A Wrinkle in Time
The magical story that we’re all familiar comes to life on stage…On a dark and stormy night, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the home of Meg Murray, a tomboy who doesn’t fit in at her high school. Meg’s scientist father vanished over two years ago, under mysterious circumstances. Aided by Mrs. Whatsit and her friends, Meg and her gifted brother Charles Wallace are transported through time and space on a mission to rescue their father from the frightening forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. Intrigued? Sat., 2 pm. $10-25. Ages 7 and up. Event details.

Arlington

Remote Control Mania
If your kid loves anything with a remote, they’ll want to check out this workshop. Through the creation of their own inventions and vehicles, busy builders will see their ideas in motion using wireless remote controls. By the end of the lesson, students will understand the basic working principles of many ingenious devices, how to magnify, diminish, and redirect force to move objects at different speeds and different directions! Through March 5. Sat., 10 am-11:45 am. $90. Ages 6-13. Event details.

Brentwood

Creative Kids Days
Creative Kids Days are all-day, structured art classes offered on days when Prince George’s Public Schools are off. Young artists are invited to attend for hands-on art activities that teach skills in art materials, core principals of art, and insights into world cultures. Mon., 9:30-4:30 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bethesda

Wake Up, Brother Bear
Watch as Brother and Sister Bear wake up from hibernation to experience a full year of glorious seasons. Together we see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. Kids get to join the action with a small bag of props that help create magical moments. Fri.-Mon. $14. Ages 1-5. Event details.

What are your big plans for the long weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady