It’s a long weekend, kiddos. We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday and you can honor Mr. King by celebrating your community by supporting the organizations that you hold most dear. Whether it’s attending your favorite museum or volunteering to help keep your neighborhood clean, there are endless ways to demonstrate that you care.

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San Francisco

SFJAZZ Center Anniversary Celebration, Free MLK Day Open House
SF Jazz is kicking off 2017 by honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and welcoming families to explore the space, listen to exciting live music in the beautiful Miner Auditorium, and find out more about America’s art form, jazz. Join the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band, and the Jazz Mafia Brass Band led by multi instrumentalist Adam Theis for a musical day of fun, children’s activities, a digital music sandbox, instrument petting zoo, and exploration of the amazing SFJAZZ Center. Each tour includes a concert in Miner Auditorium, entertainment and children’s activities throughout the building, including a giant birthday card for everyone to sign dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reservations are required. Monday. Event details.

MCD Family Day, Making Cork Crafts
Did you know cork is one of the world’s most sustainable materials? It’s pretty fun material to play with too and during this all ages Museum of Craft and Design Family Day takes corks beyond the bottle stopper to create playful animal figures, keychains, stamps, jewelry, magnets and more! View Beyond the Pour II: The Creative Process for inspiration, and join us in the MakeArt Lab for this free, drop-in activity. Sat. Event details.

Watch Wacky Cartoons on the Big Screen
On the second Saturday of each month, the Roxie presents an assortment of great classic cartoons (in both black & white and full color) for Saturday-morning slackers of all ages. This month’s show features a dozen cartoons that previously graced Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, projected by his royal majesty for all the boys and girls. Now in their full-length format, you’ll get to see the total weirdness and fun of those cartoons that managed to captivate and confuse when they were screened for just a few seconds at the playhouse. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

Go Back to the Future Every Saturday
Forest Home Farms Historic Park feature free family activities from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday. Take a tour of the restored Victorian House Museum on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a fee of $5 per person (payable by credit card only, children ages 3 and under are free.) Activities vary weekly but this month you can recreate a Victorian tea time, relive old-fashioned school days, try your hand at blacksmithing and even soap making. Sat. Event details.

Get Yours ABCs on with the Alphabet Rockers
It’s time to lace up your dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate: Alphabet Rockers are bringing their brand new theatrical hip-hop concert, “The Playground Zone” to the Freight! The band amplifies important messages with songs addressing diversity and the impact each of us has in shaping our world. Sat. Event details.

Peninsula

Last Call for LEGO Creations at MOAH
The Museum of American Heritage is hosting the final days of the Bay Area LEGO Users’ Group’s (BAYLUG) “Living LEGO-CY” Pop-Up Exhibit. Visitors will enjoy a variety of LEGO creations made by members of the club, featuring train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities, sculptures, portraits, and more. Club members will be present during weekend hours to answer questions about the displays. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Learn to Soar from these Women
Women can soar, too. And now there’s an updated Women in Aviation exhibit at the Hiller Aviation Museum that explores these incredible, pioneering aviators. The unveiling schedule is jam-packed with inspiring women including Marilyn Dash, Reno Air Race Pilot, Aerobatic contest pilot and Judge as well as Gretchen Kelly, Airport Manager and Private Pilot and LT Amanda Harris, USCG Helicopter Pilot. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Foray into this Fungal Party
Feeling a little funky? Well then you’ll totally dig this exploration of Wild Mushroom Foraging. At this fungal fair families can learn about all of the mushroom species that grow in the Santa Cruz area at the Louden Nelson Center. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Cheers to this Three Kings Celebration
Children’s Discovery Museum brings to life rich traditions and colorful customs of family, gift-giving, music and art based on the Three Kings observances in many Spanish-speaking countries. Visitors from all backgrounds are invited to join in the festivities as well as Folklórico dancers and charming Mariachi youth performers, Mexican arts and crafts such as papel picado and corn husk dolls, tortilla-making and sample the traditional and yummy Three Kings pastry, Rosca de Reyes. Adding to the joyful atmosphere, volunteers in exquisite Three Kings costumes will be mingling with visitors in the museum offering delightful photos with children and families. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Join a Full Moon Adventure at Roy’s Redwoods
Want to go out after dark? Then join a ranger for a nature walk to experience Roy’s Redwoods after the sun dips beneath the sky. The range will share the down-low on nocturnal animals and other wild things that go bump in the night. The hike is easy for all age. Wear comfy clothes, warm layers and bring a flashlight. Heavy rain will cancel this event. Sat. Event details.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Marin
Spend this holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rather than taking a day off, take a day to serve your community. In Marin County that mean sprucing up landscaped areas at the Marin County Civic Center. All skills levels are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Monday. Event details.

How do you show your community that you care? Tell us how in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers