7 events happening in Houston this Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, Jan. 18-21

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From live performances to ice skating and parades, Houston hosts events for the whole family this weekend.

Jan. 18-20: see “The Book of Mormon” at The Hobby Center 

The award-winning musical comedy follows the journey of missionaries. 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 2 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), 7:30 p.m. (Sunday). $108-$384. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St., Houston. www.thehobbycenter.org

Jan. 18-20: catch a Cirque du Soleil LUZIA performance at Sam Houston Race Park

Set in an imaginary Mexico, the show features themes of light and water with acrobatic performances. 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 4:30 p.m. (Saturday), 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. (Sunday). $68-$285. Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston. www.shrp.com

Jan. 18-21: go ice skating at Discovery Green

Bring the family to downtown Houston to skate. 5-11 p.m. (Friday), 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Saturday), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sunday), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Monday). $11 (general admission), $4 (skate rental). Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston. www.discoverygreen.com/ice

Jan. 19 and 21: attend the annual MLK Youth Parade or the MLK Grande Parade in Midtown

Both annual events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. start at San Jacinto and Elgin streets. Noon-1:30 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m.-noon (Monday). Free. Midtown, 1300 Holman St., Houston. www.mlkgrandeparade.org

Jan. 20: support Chevron Houston Marathon participants downtown

The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon features various entertainment and attractions along the route. 7 a.m. Free. Downtown, Congress Ave. and San Jacinto St., Houston. www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com

Jan. 21: visit the Children’s Museum of Houston 

The museum discounts admission to $5 for MLK Day. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston. www.cmhouston.org

Jan. 21: celebrate MLK Day at Rothko Chapel

The chapel features an audio installation playing Martin Luther King Jr. speeches throughout the day. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. www.rothkochapel.org

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Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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