Ready for the three day weekend? Martin Luther King Jr. day means that many families have the day off on Monday — no school and no work for some working mamas. However, it’s also a day to be celebrated! On Sunday, you can head to downtown San Diego for a MLK Day parade, one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. In addition, your little ones can get their hands dirty in a gardening class, their creativity flowing with crafts or their wiggles out with soccer.

San Diego

Martin Luther King Day Parade
Join thousands of other San Diegans and help continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest Black fraternity in America, will present the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. One of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the U.S., the parade is filled with floats, soulful high school bands, drill teams, colleges, fraternities, churches, organizations, and peace and youth groups. Sun, 2:00 pm. Embarcadero. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Soccer Shots
Put down the iPads and sedentary activities and encourage your kiddos to move. Soccer Shots will host free soccer for your little ones who are between the ages of 3 and 8.  Soccer Shots uses fun and imaginative games to introduce basic soccer skills, teamwork, agility and sportsmanship to young children. Pre-register online (see events calendar for web address). Sat, 9:30 am. Vista Grande Tierrasanta (Upper Field). Free. All ages. Event Details.

Family Sunday
It’s Sunday fun day — or more accurately, family day — at Mingei International Museum. You and your budding artists and crafters can explore the Mingei International Museum’s colorful exhibitions of folk art, craft and design, win a prize for completing a treasure hunt and participate in other activities such as storytelling and hands-on crafts. Sat. 12:00 pm. Mingei International Museum. $3 for families/$5 for individuals. All ages. Event Details.

History for Half Pints: I Love Rain!
Time for a rain-ucation. We may experience fabulous year ’round weather, but San Diego has suffered severe winter storms in the past. Learn about the rainmaker Charles Hatfield, do a rain making experiment, read the I Love Rain storybook and make a rainy window craft to take home. Reservations required. Sun, 10:00 am. San Diego History Center. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

North County

Kids in the Garden
Get your garden on! Kids of all ages are welcome at the Kids in the Garden, a fun (free) class held at Alta Vista Nursery. The class includes music and movement, art, planting, worms (yes, worms!) and hands-on composting. Reservations are required — make them with Farmer Jones. Sat, 10:00 am. Alta Vista Nursery. Free. All ages. Event Details.

— Laura Willard