It’s long weekend for many people, and you’ll find no shortage of entertainment, including live Irish music and a Winnie the Pooh stage show, followed by winter animal education and plant based crafting, topped with a good, healthy dose of community service with your little ones, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day of Service.

MLK Day of Service

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City Wide

United Way’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Get the kids involved in bettering their community in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day of Service with one of more than 50 volunteer service projects, like restoration and refurbishing schools and community centers, sorting food and clothing, serving meals, providing home repairs and planting trees. Sat.-Mon., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages (see specific events). Event details.

West Side

No! Go! Yell! Tell! Free Kids’ Self Defense Class
The experts at Tulen Center want your child to be aware, but also to feel safe and, with age appropriate information presented calmly and clearly, and a focus on your child’s strengths, they do just that. Kids learn to use their voice and get out of situations that are uncomfortable or even threatening. They learn to hit and hit hard. Adults are asked to stay and participate or watch. Children are the safest when strong lines of communication are opened up and the conversation is continued at home. Fri., 4-5:30 p.m., Free, Ages 6-11. Event details.

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh on Stage
Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy celebrates National Winnie the Pooh Day with a live show. Winnie the Pooh is, of course, in search of honey. Along the way, he meets up with Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl, who soon discover that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson. As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship, and sharing snacks in this musical for the whole family. Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat.& Sun. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $13.50/person, All Ages. Event details.

Winter Animal Educational Fun
Find out which animals around the Pacific northwest love wintertime and learn how they survive and thrive in the cold and snow. The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Nature Center’s mobile education team will bring in pelts to feel, along with a variety of other educational, hands-on activities to learn about our wild, winter-loving animals. Sat., 3-5:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

East Side

Do an Irish Jig
The Stomptowners are a lively Irish band known for their highly interactive shows, so be ready to tap your toes and dance along with your little ones. Vocalist, Andrea Wild, and foot percussionist, Maldon Meehan, will have you up on your feet doing a jig right along with them. Fri., 6-8 p.m., $5/family suggested donation, All Ages. Event details.

DIY Japanese Moss Ball
Make a Japanese kokedama, a containerless moss ball, aka a “poor man’s Bonsai,” to celebrate Kokedama Day. Stop by the nursery any time today to make this easy, plant craft that can sit on a table or be hung up. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $15/kokedama, All Ages. Event details.

What is your family up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway