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

Photo: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

San Francisco

MLK Volunteer Day of Service
Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by taking care of the Presidio. This event features ecological restoration and landscape stewardship projects in and around the Presidio’s Fort Scott District. All ages are welcome. Space is limited. Registration is required. Mon. Event details

MLK Day of Service
Volunteer in the Golden Gate National Parks and help grow and restore these spectacular parklands. It’s fun, it’s healthy and it makes a difference—the perfect way to pitch in on a momentous day, launching a new year in our national parks. Bring the whole family and rally your friends! Mon. Event details

East Bay

Birthday of the Trees for Young Children
Join other families with young children to celebrate trees and all they give the world. We don’t know when each tree is “born,” so Tu B’Shevat is Jewish tradition’s “birthday for trees.” Enjoy songs, movement and a holiday story with Rabbi Bridget and beloved musician Joel Siegel, plus a hands-on holiday project, Tu B’Shevat treats and more. Sat. Event details

Visit the Animals and Make Art
Drop by the nonprofit Junior Center for Art and Science where you can meet with some animals, make art and stop by the reading library. Sat. Event details

South Bay

Lunar New Year Nike Hike
The moon brings people from all over the planet together for celebrations. Join in a reflective night hike celebrating the moon in each of our lives. Fri. Event details

Sesame Street Live Let’s Party
Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! Join the fun with an interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood. Sat. Event details.


Mitzvah Day of Service for MLK Day
Join a community-wide day of “tikkun olam” or “repair of the world” as part of a National Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This intergenerational event will feature a range of hands-on service projects through the Oshman Jewish Community Center; participants will work in small groups on projects addressing issues of poverty, hunger, housing and homelessness, aging, the environment, and more. Register in advance. Mon. Event details.

The Cat in the Hat
It was raining outside, we could not go and play… but the Cat in the Hat changed our lives on that day!  Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic comes to life in this charming stage adaptation. This performance is 45 minutes long with no intermission and is appropriate for all ages. Sat. Event details

North Bay

Hands-On Harley-Davidson
BADM’s new traveling exhibit is all about STEM and the art of motorcycle maintenance. At Hands-On Harley-Davidson™, families will explore STEM in action against the backdrop of a replica motorcycle dealership and a creative engineering lab. From helmet design, to custom bike detailing, to a (simulated) test ride on a kid-sized motorcycle, this exhibit is all about creating the ultimate riding experience. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Parents Night Out With Art and a Movie
Come drop off your little artist, ages 5-13 for Date Night Fridays. They will eat pizza, have a small craft and watch a movie with fresh popped popcorn. Fri. Event details

—Kate Loweth