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This annual parade, now in its 34th year, celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Democracy” is the theme for this year’s event, which will feature marching bands, floats, and members of the local community. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Blvd. and Western Ave, and heads west on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to Crenshaw Blvd.

The California African American Museum honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day filled with art, culture and community. Families can participate in an array of interesting programs and activities for all ages. The free festival will include a march, a marathon reading of King’s lesser-known speeches and sermons, and art-making projects for kids. There will be food truck fare; a DJ proving music and the chance to check out the Museum’s current exhibitions.

Bring the kids to see the largest meteorite collection on the West Coast, containing over 2500 samples from about 1500 different meteorites. About 100 of these are exhibited in the Meteorite Gallery. Come visit and and become a little space scientist! Follow “Freddie Fireball” and learn fun and interesting facts about meteorites and the solar system. Each Sunday, there is a docent present who you can ask as many questions as you want.

Families can join with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy in a naturalist-guided walk through the Tongva Demonstration Garden where you’ll learn how early inhabitants used native plants for survival. The walk continues through beautifully restored coastal sage scrub habitat with views of Catalina. Those interested in the military history of the area can walk up to a WWII gun emplacement. Also, you can stay to explore the Nature Education Center. This all-ages outing is stroller friendly and leashed dogs are welcome too. RSVP at, Events & Activities

Ina Buckner-Barnette (aka Join The Sunshine Storyteller) will present a fun-filled storytime incorporating movement and song, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ages 5-10.

Walking The Talk” is the theme for this year’s parade, which is happening in Long Beach for the 31st year. The parade starts at the corner of MLK Jr. Ave. & Anaheim St., with the festivities culminating at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Bring the kids for a history lesson on tolerance and nonviolence.

Bring the kids and spend your Friday night hanging with the sharks! You can even have the opportunity to touch bamboo and epaulette sharks, if you dare. There will be live music and food (available for purchase). 

Open every Friday, every week.

The Story Pirates will be creating comic havoc on the Wallis’ Promenade Terrace! They will perform a musical sketch comedy based on stories written by children. This free performance is geared particularly for toddlers.

Stargazers of all ages can try out a variety of telescopes and see what they can discover in the skies! Volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society will offer assistance on matters of astronomy.

Bring the kids and discover how artists have transformed earth and water into beautiful ceramics for thousands of years at the Getty Villa! L.A.-based ceramic artist Wayne Perry will lead the workshop and share how his art-making has in common with the ancient Greeks.

Meet up in the Education Courtyard.