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9 Fun Things to Do In Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend

There are lots of fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids on this three-day weekend. There are many ways to commemorate and honor Dr. King’s legacy, attend a symphony concert, visit a national park, and more.

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6th Annual MLK Day Clothing Drive
Big Sunday
6111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

Join Big Sunday for their 6th Annual MLK Day Clothing Drive on Monday, January 15th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Big Sunday is collecting new and gently-used clothes (work clothes, casual clothes, athletic wear, coats) for women and men, girls and boys. Donations of new socks and underwear are also gratefully accepted. Volunteers will help sort, count, fold, and pack the donated clothing. There will also be arts and crafts projects as well as live entertainment and breakfast! RSVP online.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
California African American Museum
600 State Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the California African American Museum on Monday, January 15th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. This free, family-friendly event  features a variety of activities and programs for all ages. There will be art-making activities, exhibitions, food, a “marathon-reading” of Dr. King’s lesser-known speeches, and more. Check the website for a schedule of events.

Martin Luther King Celebration
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

Kidspace Children’s Museum is hosting a Martin Luther King Celebration all weekend long, beginning on Saturday, January 13th through Monday, January 15th. This special event will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. “Through creative, collaborative art, and story sharing, discover ways we can serve and include others to make our communities stronger.” Children will also make a kindness stone. The event is included in Museum admission of $14.

Science Fair at Lakeshore Learning Stores
several locations including
2323 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

All Lakeshore stores are hosting an in-store Science Fair on Saturday, January 13th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This free event will allow children to “explore how things work through creative building and problem-solving activities.” Children can make their own fossil creations, pilot a hand-made airplane, and more.

Dreaming our Way to a Better World
Zimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The Zimmer Children’s Museum is hosting a special event inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Families are invited to the Museum on Sunday, January 14th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Children will create art inspired by their own dreams and wishes for a better world. Admission is $7.50 each.

Santa Monica Symphony Martin Luther King Weekend Concert
SGI Auditorium
525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA

Families are invited to enjoy the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra in a special Martin Luther King Concert on Saturday, January 13th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This annual celebratory concert will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. The concert is free with open seating. (Free parking is available at 1212 7th St.)

Target Free Holiday Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Families can enjoy a free visit to LACMA on Monday, January 15th beginning at 11:00 am. Among the special events are bilingual tours, art workshops, and live music. (Also keep in mind, that visits to the Boone Children’s Gallery will require a timed ticket, allowing for a 30-minute visit. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis).

Free Entrance Day in the National Parks
several locations

Monday, January 15th is one of the few days this year when families can visit any of the National Park sites without an admission fee. Take advantage of the three-day weekend and this special offer to re-visit a family favorite or explore a new destination. Some of the local National Parks include the Cabrillo National Monument, Death Valley National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park.

33rd Annual Kingdom Day Parade
Martin Luther King Blvd. and Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

The Annual Kingdom Day Parade, happening on Monday, January 15th, is considered to be “America’s biggest celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”. This year’s theme is “When They Go Low, We Go High.” The parade features marching bands, floats, community members all  commemorating the 89th birthday of Dr. King as well as the 50th anniversary of his passing. (The parade will also be televised live on ABC from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm).



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