MLK Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: MLK Parade, Galveston Restaurant Week, Jan 13-15

Things to do around Houston with kids this weekend
Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate his contributions to civil rights/Photo via Children's Museum of Houston

Just as quickly as the 2017 holiday season ended, the holidays are officially beginning in 2018! Our first long weekend of the year recognizes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and we have a host of celebratory events to commemorate the occasion.

If you're looking to do something fun with the kids on their Monday off school (or at any time, really!) we highly recommend checking out the newly redone Weiss Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science; it's an exhibit that is sure to keep everyone in the family engaged and entertained. 

Itching to try out some new restaurants? Galveston Restaurant Week is happening in full force, and we narrowed down the best places to try when you have the kiddos in tow. And if you're making your way down to the Island anyway, you might want to check out Moody Gardens or the Galveston Railroad Museum while you're there. Both are guaranteed to offer a day full of fun for the family.

For a complete list everything fun happening in and around the city this weekend (and every day!), check out our event calendar and our ever popular January GoList. And don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter to read about fun things to do each weekend in Houston. 

Have an event you want to share? We would love to add it to our calendar! You can submit your own events and we'll get them posted! 

And now it's time to check out all the Houston happenings this weekend:

Skate circles on The Ice/Photo courtesy Discovery Green

All Weekend

Harry Potter-Themed Art Show - East Downtown
Head out to Texas Art Asylum for a FREE Harry Potter-themed art show the whole family can enjoy. 

Chevron Houston Marathon - Downtown
The annual Chevron Houston Marathon is an all weekend event for all Houstonians to participate, with the main marathon happening Sunday.

Galveston Restaurant Week - Galveston
Kick off the first weekend of Galveston's Restaurant Week featuring delicious dining from the island's signature restaurants.

The ICE at Discovery Green - Downtown
Ice skating at Discovery Green is back this year with fun-filled days for the entire family.

Zoo Lights - Museum District
This popular light display is coming to an end this weekend. The Houston Zoo presents its annual family tradition where the property is transformed into a magical winter wonder light experience.

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Enjoy breakfast while cruising the bayou/Photo courtesy Armand Bayou Nature Center


12th Annual MLK Youth Parade - Midtown
Watch a festive celebration of unity at the 12th Annual MLK Youth Parade in Midtown, where 10 parade floats and 20 marching bands come together to create a family-friendly event you don't want to miss. 

Pearland MLKCC Celebration of Unity Festival - Pearland
Join members of the community to honor and recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the First annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Unity. The afternoon features live music, activities for the kids, cultural performances, speakers, and more. 

Breakfast on the Bayou at Armand Bayou Nature Center - Pasadena
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the Bayou Ranger pontoon boat while watching and learning about wildlife. Breakfast includes pastries, juice, and coffee. 

Snow Day at Baytown Town Square - Baytown
Seventy-five tons of snow are set to fall at Baytown Town Square for a Snow Day of epic proportions! This FREE event features two 8-foot snow slides, one massive 12-foot snow slide complete with snow discs and toboggans, a smaller snow hill for the little ones, and two large play areas. There are also some special guests arriving for pictures!

Family Owl Prowl - Memorial Park
The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center's invites you to have a hootin' good time with the owls from the Wildlife Center of Texas. The evening includes a short informational program followed by a moonlit hike through the woods. 

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Kids gain confidence reading with the help of pawsitive pups/Photo courtesy Houston Public Library


Houston Skating Starz - Downtown
Enjoy this free event at Discovery Green and watch Houston's top figure skaters show off their skills on the ice. 

17th Annual MLK Day Battle of the Bands - North Houston
Watch over 20 nationally acclaimed marching bands from across the country come together and battle on the marching field to determine who is the best. 

Houston Dynamo JR Academy - Memorial 
Every Sunday the Houston Dynamo JR Academy is partnering with Memorial City to give free training sessions to boys and girls ages 5-10 in the Spring Branch/Memorial area. 

Houston Public Library Pawsitive Pups at Levy Park - Upper Kirby
Trained therapy dogs come out to Levy Park for some companion time with the kids. Kids can sit with the pups and read aloud to help ease any discomfort they have reading. 

Grease Sing-Along at Alamo Drafthouse - Katy
If you were a fan of Rydell High, the T-Birds, and the Pink Ladies, it's time for a reunion at Alamo Drafthouse. This sing-along movie is an interactive experience you don't want to miss. This film is rated PG-13.

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Spend the morning celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 24th Annual MLK Grande Parade in Midtown/Photo courtesy MLK Grande Parade


24th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Midtown
Celebrate MLK Day at this annual parade that highlights area bands and organizations. This is the third largest parade of its kind in the country!

MLK Day at the Lone Star Flight Museum - Southeast Houston
Enjoy free admission at the Museum in honor of MLK Day. 

MLK Day at Children's Museum of Houston - Downtown 
Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Children's Museum of Houston's MLK Day celebration. Activities include a peace rally, where kids can march down Kid's Hall to celebrate civil rights, singing African American spirituals, listening to the legendary "I Have a Dream" speech and more. 

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