This weekend is filled with music and dreams, as befits a long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. Make art together, explore your dreams (and find a way to catch them!), hear music from around the globe and see bombastic bubbles that will blow your mind. There’s also hiking with a ranger and a holiday parade. Here’s the scoop on all these activities and more.
World City: H’Sao and Samite
Hear music from Africa with Ugandan musician Samite, then Afro-fusion music that draws from gospel, soul, R&B, reggae and Chadian music from the band H’Sao. Sat., 11 a.m.& 12:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kingdom Day Parade
This is the largest parade in the country honoring the late Dr. King. There will be over 150 floats (more than the Rose Parade!) and then a day-long festival with music, dancing, delicious food and performances. Mon., 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Leimert Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kids Inspire Parents for Family Art
This workshop is led by artists & parents of an 8-year-old, and your family can work with this inspiring family in a workshop on artistic process. Sun., 10 a.m.-noon. Miracle Mile. $50-$60/adult & child pair. Ages 8 & up. Event details.
Ben Franklin’s Electric Birthday
Celebrate Founding Father Ben Franklin’s birthday at the Printing Press Museum with cake, a show and activities that include making your own almanac “the 18th century way.” Sat., 10 a.m-4 p.m. Carson. $8-$10. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Art for Social Justice
At this family-friendly Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration kids make wearable art and banners for a musical procession followed by food trucks and picnicking on the lawn. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.
Fun Pops Up with the Amazing Bubble Man
Square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines and even people inside bubbles, The Amazing Bubble Man conjures them all, to the delight of kids large and small. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Santa Monica. $20-$25. All ages. Event details.
A Cajun & Creole Rock and Roll Show
Sounds of L.A. is a fabulous concert series at the Getty. Balfa Toujours has taken generations of inspiration and created a vibrant Cajun/Creole/World sound all their own that gets toes tapping. Sat. & Sun., Various times. West LA. Free. All ages. Event details.
Yarn Bombing an “Old Growth” Tree
Wander through an “old-growth forest” made of fiber-based materials in celebration of the Jewish holiday Tu B’Shevat (“New Year of the Trees”) at the Skirball and help the forest grow by making your own leaves to leave behind. Sat. & Sun., Hours vary. West LA. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.
Make Dream Catcher
A Wichita tribal artist will teach you how to make your very own dream catcher. Come learn, make and dream together. Sun., 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Newbury Park. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Take an Adventure with LEGO
Calling all master builders! Kids can go anywhere over land, sea, and air by creating extraordinary vehicles to take them where they want to go- here they can use LEGOS and decide what to build, where to go and how to get there. Fri.-Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Ana. $12.95-$16.95. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Photo credits: Discovery Science Center photo by Jennifer Arrow and Ranger kid by National Parks Service