Are you ready for the three-day weekend? Even if your answer is “no,” there’s plenty happening around town to keep you and the kids stave off boredom. Head to Balboa Park for a performance of Fancy Nancy, the Musical or Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs Before Dark. Take a ride to the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana for a LEGO adventure. Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the 35th annual parade downtown. Or learn about being a soccer star at a free demo day. Have a great weekend!


San Diego

Fancy Nancy, The Musical
Follow Fancy Nancy and the gang as they get ready to perform in their very first show. Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, Casa del Prado, $11 – $15/person. All ages. Event details.

Mother Daughter Pajama Party
Come enjoy a girls night, and bond with your daughter! We’ll have dinner, do hair, paint nails, craft BFF bracelets and play fun games! We’ll end the night with a root beer float and hand out some great prizes! Don’t forget to wear your cutest or matching pajamas! Sat., 4 – 7 p.m., Mission Valley YMCA, Free/moms; $25/kid ($10 sibling discount). All ages. Event details.

35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Join all the celebrations on Harbor Drive for the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, soulful High School Bands, Drill Teams, Colleges, Fraternities, Churches, Organizations, Peace and Youth groups. Sun., 2 – 5 p.m., Downtown San Diego, Free. All ages. Event details.

Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs Before Dark
Travel back to the past with siblings, Jack and Annie, and encounter a remarkable array of dinosaurs in this exciting kid’s theater performance. Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, Casa del Prado Theatre, $11 – $15/person. All ages. Event details.

Martin Luther King Day Multi-cultural Celebration
The WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park hosts its annual Martin Luther King Day multi-cultural celebration and concert, featuring a day of free reggae music both indoors and out on the lawn. Whether you’re a reggae die-hard or a casual listener, the event features a variety of musicians for every taste. Mon., 12 p.m., WorldBeat Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Demo Day with Super Soccer Stars
Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment. Through our age-specific curriculum, we use soccer to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork. Low child-to-coach ratios and positive reinforcement ensure that each kid improves at his or her own pace while having a blast! Sat., 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Del Sur Elementary, Free. Ages 3 – 7. Event details.

Orange County

Take an Adventure, With LEGO
Kids can go anywhere over land, sea, and air by creating extraordinary vehicles to take them where they want to go. To go on a travel adventure to exotic locations, just think creatively, plan, and build vehicles to move through all types of terrain, including mountains, oceans, jungles, deserts and more. Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Discovery Science Center,  $12.95-$16.95/person. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Pretend City
Today kids will celebrate the life and times of Martin Luther King Jr. with an open discussion with kiddos about fairness, equality, friendship and peace. Kids will partake in Smart Art where they will create self portraits and engage in discussions that show them that even though we are different in many ways (skin color, hair color, eye color, age, etc.). Mon., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pretend City,  $12.50/person. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

— Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Discovery Science Center