Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day with plenty of kid-friendly activities, attend a Helen Woodward day camp in his honor, and participate in a virtual marathon that’ll score you half-price tickets to LEGOLAND. Read on for the details.


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Sesame Street Parade of Lights
For a limited time, experience SeaWorld in an entirely new way during the Sesame Street Parade of Lights Drive-Thru! For the first time ever, and from the comfort of your own vehicle,  journey through twinkling lights, dance to a lively Sesame Street soundtrack, and wave hi to your favorite furry friends. After passing through the entrance, begin your journey through thousands of dazzling lights lined with your Sesame Street friends physically distanced on parade floats while listening to Sesame Street music along the way. The excitement continues as you venture under the illuminated SkyTower to snap photos, drive under two different tunnels of lights, and cruise through Sesame Street Village. Make your experience even sweeter with tasty treats such as soft pretzels, cotton candy, and hot cocoa available to enjoy in the car with limited contact purchasing. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Toddler Time with The New Children’s Museum
The New Children’s Museum hosts facilitated toddler programming every Friday morning. Their toddler program values the whole child and supports healthy bodies and minds with music, movement and social play for young children. Toddler Time programming is available on the Museum’s social media channels. You can also access previous Toddler Time videos and blogs here. Fri. Event details.

Songwriting 101: Martin Luther King Jr.
If you could change the world through song, what would you change and what would you say to inspire that change? Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement he led inspired songs promoting freedom and justice, including Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” and Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” In this introductory workshop, join a museum educator on Zoom to write a song as a group. Music professional Adam Ollendorff will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme and rhyme scheme. Via chat, participants will share ideas and write an original song. Ollendorff has toured as a member of Kacey Musgraves’s band, and his songs have been recorded by Will Hoge and Keb’ Mo’. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen. Takes place via Zoom. Space is limited. Registration required. Free. Registration closes at 9:00 a.m. the morning of the program. Sat. Event details.

Virtual Kids Marathon Mile
Kids of all ages and abilities can run, walk, skip or stroll a mile around their neighborhood, school track or even home treadmill. Registered participants ages 3–13 will receive a tie-dye shirt, commemorative medal and 50% off one day LEGOLAND/SEA LIFE Hopper or LEGOLAND/Water Park Hopper tickets. Sat. Event details.

MLK Day Camp at Helen Woodward Animal Center
MLK Day Critter Camp gives kids in San Diego the chance to meet a variety of amazing animals while learning why all critters deserve compassion. Through hands-on interactions, crafts and activities, your child will discover how they can help to create a more humane world. The MLK camp theme is “creating a more humane world.” Campers will interact with a goat, Madagascar hissing cockroach, chicken, snake and guinea pig while learning how to be compassionate to all animals. Mon. Event details.

Visit Children’s Nature Retreat
Spend time in nature with the amazing animals at Children’s Nature Retreat. This serene ranch-style retreat, with 20-acres of terrain, is a safe haven to over 120 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world. Kids will enjoy interactive encounters with a range of creatures from bunnies to bison! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Virtual Carlsbad Marathon/Half Marathon
Join the virtual Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon and Surf Sun Run 5K. You can do the actual course, map a course in your neighborhood or even run on a treadmill. Includes t-shirt, medal, souvenir bib and more. Sun. Event details.

Build & Hunker Down in a Fort
We show you 19 epic indoor fort ideas you can replicate at home. Nothing beats a fun hideout to shake things up!

––Beth Shea