MLK Weekend Things To Do in Houston with Kids: MLK Grande Parade, MLK Day Celebration, Chevron Houston Marathon

Honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. all week long during the Dream Big WonderWeek. Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Houston.
Honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. all week long during the Dream Big WonderWeek. Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Houston.

Looking for the best things to do in Houston this MLK weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this weekend.

The first long weekend of the year is here, which means it's time to celebrate and honor the life of the legendary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Children's Museum of Houston is throwing its annual MLK Day Celebration on Saturday and Houston's annual MLK Grande Parade is happening downtown on Monday. These are two of our favorite ways to celebrate MLK Day with kids, so you definitely want to add those events to your calendar! In other big news, this weekend is an exciting one for runners and running enthusiasts. The Annual Chevron Houston Marathon is taking over downtown, and everyone is invited to the party. All you need to do is grab your noisemakers and make some encouraging posters and get ready to cheer on all the dedicated runners to the finish line. 

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Places featured in this article:


Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center

Children's Museum of Houston

Jesse H Jones Park and Nature Center

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

Discovery Green at the Andrea & Bill White Promenade

National Parks - Multiple Locations

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Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Holocaust Museum Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Houston Museum of African American Culture

Contemporary Art Museum of Houston

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston Center for Photography

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Houston Police Department Museum

Children's Museum of Houston

Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary

Spindletop Gladys City/Boomtown museum

Big Thicket National Preserve

First Methodist Houston Downtown

Kidtastic Park Indoor Playground
Art in the Park at Evelyn's Park
Evelyn's Park Conservancy - 10:00 AM Pick
Children's Bingo at Levy Park
Levy Park Conservancy - 4:30 PM Pick
Free Family Night at The Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum of Houston - 5:00 PM Pick
Free Thursdays at HMNS
Houston Museum of Natural Science - 5:00 PM Pick
Family Evening Explorations at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center - 6:30 PM Pick
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