If you’re still scrambling to find something to do with your kids on the long Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, you can relax. We’ve found a ton of events—including a parade and museum festival—honoring the civil rights movement hero. Other fun activities, like a family musical about an unlikely friendship between a minnow and a shark, reflect MLK, Jr.’s principles of loving and caring for your neighbor.

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Martin Luther King Jr. 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 kids understand the impact Martin Luther King, Jr. made on America and the world. Sat.-MonEvent details.


Camp Arena Stage Open House
Let your young artist shine at Camp Arena Stage with more than 75 exciting multi-arts activities. There’s improv, a cappella singing, filmmaking, rock band, musical theater, costume design, world dance and so much more. The open house will feature sample workshops and classes taught by Camp staff, and will give prospective campers and parents an opportunity to experience a taste of Camp Arena Stage. Fri.-SatEvent details.

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Tamayo Family Day
SAAM celebrates renowned Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, whose work is featured in the exhibition Tamayo: The New York Years. Bring the entire family for a day of Mexican cultural performances, crafts, and art. Take a trip through Tamayo’s New York with a scavenger hunt, make your own cityscapes with vivid colors, and use your imagination to create animals inspired by Oaxacan woodcarvings. SatEvent details.


Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam
Act out the parts of a fire engine, shake an egg shaker, twirl a colorful dance ribbon, and catch the rock-n-roll spirit. This is a musical experience for the whole family to cherish together. SatEvent details.


Nugget and Fang
ArtsPower’s new under-the-sea musical tells the story of Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, who get along swimmingly — until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There, Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate and hilarious measures. SatEvent details.


Anacostia MLK Jr. Parade
Part parade, part peace walk, the nearly 40-year-old event in Anacostia usually includes a marching band and representatives from a number of local communities. MonEvent details.

What’s on your agenda for this weekend? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady