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Wondering how to spend the long weekend? We’ve got plenty of ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with your kids and lots of fun adventures including tidepooling, a kids marathon through LEGOLAND and Monster Jam! Read on for the details!

La Jolla

Birch Aquarium Tidepooling Adventure
Visit a local tide pool to learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive between a rock and a hard place. The optimal season for tidepooling is Dec.-Mar. when minus tides reveal wider beaches and tide pools teeming with life. During those months, you can sign up for a Tidepooling Adventure where trained naturalists will show you how to tread lightly during your visit and help you discover the wonderful world of tide pools. Note: Tidepooling Adventures do not meet at Birch Aquarium. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Lucy Loop’s Journey Through the Land of Lost Things
SPARK! Circus presents Lucy Loop’s Journey Through the Land of Lost Things: a two part interactive extravaganza for the young and young at heart: children’s workshop and puppet show! All proceeds will go to Spark! Circus. This event is suited for ages 1-8. The first hour (3-4 p.m.) kidswill have so much fun moving and grooving! There will be a workshop to dance along and sing along and clown around! The next hour (4-5 p.m.) Lucy Loop’s Journey Through the Land of Lost Things begins! Throughout her quest to embrace individuality, Lucy Loop meets many quirky friends, who, through interactive songs and movement, puppets, bubble art, outrageous physical comedy and pure silly entertainment help Lucy Loop discover important lessons about handling grumpy feelings, letting go of the notion of fitting in, and that Lucy Loop needn’t try to be anything but her loopy Lucy self, just the way she is! Sun. Event details.

Kearny Mesa

Kids Entrepreneur Fair
Come support the next generation of American entrepreneurs at the Kids Entrepreneur event hosted by Girl Scout Troop 4207. This event provides for a unique opportunity for adults as well as their own peers to showcase the American spirit of innovation and self reliance with their businesses and talents. Tickets can be purchased here to either operate a booth, or simply come to the fair to support the kids. Stay for a while, or stay the whole time; all participants who want to show support are welcome to attend. Kids will be selling products and services, such as slime, bookmarks, artwork, jewelry and more. Sat. Event details.


Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND
Run, skip or stroll this one mile marathon event for kids of all ages. Moms, dads and kids are invited to join the fun in this non-competitive 1-mile run/walk through LEGOLAND® California. Note: the LEGOLAND parking lot opens at 6:30 a.m., event registration is at 7 a.m. and the mile races start at 8 a.m. Registration includes an event T-shirt and medal and a free 1-Day Sea Life Hopper ticket and (4) 40% off adult 1-Day Sea Life Hopper tickets. Note: Packet pick-up is at House of Air Carlsbad (1/12/19) – Receive 50% off jump time (up to 2 hours). Sat. Event details.

Balboa Park

Multicultural MLK Jr. Celebration
This free, family event features international artists, a Native American ceremony, West African dancers, Afro-Cuban percussion and dance, Middle Eastern belly dancing, hip hop performances and more. There will also be an outdoor cultural arts and crafts marketplace and vegetarian food! Mon. Event details.

Ocean Commotion Family Day
There’s a lot going on at the rocky water’s edge and along our coast. The ocean is abundant with interesting sea creatures. Join The Nat to discover what lies along San Diego’s coastline. They’ll have specimens, activities and crafts to help celebrate and protect local tide pools and the great blue Pacific Ocean. Mon. Event details.


Monster Jam at Petco Park
Monster Jam® returns to Petco Park with high-octane entertainment on January 19 and 26. This action-packed live event showcases some of the most recognizable Monster Jam trucks, including Grave Digger®, Max-D™ and many more, performing jaw-dropping displays of gravity-defying feats. These Monster Jam trucks deliver on what fans want to see most – more freestyle, more racing, more donuts, more wheelies and more action! Sat. Event details.

39th Annual Dr. Martin King Jr. Parade
Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal high school bands, drill teams, college, fraternities & sororities, churches, peace and youth organizations. Mon. Event details.

––Beth Shea