This coming Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which means a three-day weekend for many of us. We've got our usual top picks for family together time, including a list of events honoring Dr. King and encouraging us to work toward justice for everyone and what MLK called the "beloved community."
- Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and learn about his vision for our country, to which we must devote our present attention and efforts, at virtual and in-person events for families around the region (through Monday).
- Catch a bedtime-friendly drive-in movie this weekend; you've got two chances with screenings of "Frozen II" (Thursday) and "Toy Story 4" (Saturday).
- Tromp through fantastic Lake Wilderness Arboretum reading a brand-new story walk story, "Albert's Tree," a warm and fun tale of friendship (ongoing).
- Flex your family muscles in support of our region's greenspaces; sign up for a kid-friendly volunteer shift at a local park (Friday–Monday).
- Seize upon a sun break and treat the kids to a sky-high view of Seattle; the Space Needle is open (ongoing).
- All aboard for a COVID-safe family outing for train fans of all ages and those who love them; book in advance (Saturday).
- Kindie singer-songwriter Johnny Bregar kicks off the now-virtual Kindiependent Kids Rock concert series for families (Saturday).
- Sign up your emerging reader to read aloud to a gentle pooch that will listen attentively online (Saturday).
- Book your private family skate session at an outdoor synthetic rink and get gliding through this long winter (Saturday–Monday).
- Talk about the life and legacy of Dr. King — and the ongoing work of combating racism — while hiking and exploring free-entry state and national parks (Monday).
More anytime-fun ideas:
- It's snowing in them thar hills and the Mount Rainier snow play area is open! Plan carefully and head to the snow to go sledding or tubing.
- Get the too-much-screen-time wiggles out at a new-to-you playground around the region — on the next dry day, of course.
- Winter is the perfect time to take up birding. Your kids will love searching for and recording the different types of birds they see.
- Escape January cabin fever, at least in your dreams, by planning a future family getaway to an actual cabin.
Our family fun calendar features great virtual events alongside in-person events! There are plenty of engaging activities to fill your days with fun. If you do go out, please stay safe — which includes mandatory wearing of face coverings in public spaces.
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