Are you ready for the three-day weekend? Even if your answer is “no,” there’s plenty happening around town to keep you and the kids stave off boredom. Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the 36th annual parade downtown. Make a snowman mobile craft at Michael’s. Head to the annual multicultural fair downtown. Or learn all about whales at SEA Days at Birch Aquarium. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Pet Pals: Radical Rat Castle
Get ready to meet and learn about animals at the San Diego Humane Society. Fri. 4:30 – 5 p.m., San Diego Humane Society, $10/kiddo. Ages 6-12. Event details.

Sensory Storytime
Kids who have difficulty in large groups or are on the autism spectrum are encouraged to attend this interactive program that’s filled with storytime and fun. Fri., 10:30 – 11 a.m., Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center, San Diego Central Library, Free. Ages 4-11. Event details.

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Make a Snowman Mobile
Your little makers can make a snowman mobile to hang proudly in their room. Supplies are included with cost. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Michael’s Stores, $2/kiddo. Ages 2 and up. Event details.

Multicultural Festival
Celebrate San Diego’s rich cultural diversity at this fun event filled with music, dance, storytelling, kid’s activities and lots more. Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ruocco Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

All Things Japanese
Learn all about the history of Japan while engaging in fun activities including Daruma dolls, how to use Soroban Abacus, fold paper cranes, make a Kumihimo braid and lots more. RSVP is required. Sat., 2 – 6 p.m., Renaissance Village Academy, Free. All ages. Event details.

Festival of Chamorro Arts
Enjoy entertainment, family fun, vendors, food, and lots more at this annual celebration of cultures and diversity. Sat., 12 – 6 p.m., Jacobs Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
Join all the celebrations on Harbor Drive for the 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, soulful High School Bands, Drill Teams, Colleges, Fraternities, Churches, Organizations, Peace and Youth groups. Sun., 2 – 5 p.m., Embarcadero Marina Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

SEA Days: Whale Tales
Meet a Scripps Oceanography scientist and learn about whale research. Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Birch Aquarium at Scripps, $12.50 – $17/person (ages 2 and under free). All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer