Participants in last year’s MLK Days event work on their projects at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. (Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center)

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about a dream at the 1963 March on Washington. It was a dream of equality, opportunity and justice. Although his life ended less than five years after that speech, the third Monday in January became a day to honor King, whose birthday was January 15, and carry out his dream. So instead of sleeping in or watching television on Monday, think about exploring one of these activities.

MLK Day of Service

What: Twenty years ago, Congress proclaimed the Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day of community service. Local groups have organized park and stream cleanups, food drives and other service projects, some of which begin Saturday.

Where: Washington-area locations.

When: Saturday-Monday. Hours vary.

For more information: A parent can go to Registration is required for many events; some have age requirements.

Message in a Bottle

What: Artists young and old can be part of an outdoor art project called Message in a Bottle at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. Participants write a wish (or a “dream”) for the world, place it in a recycled plastic bottle and fill it with glitter, sand and tinted water. The decorated bottles will be placed in trees and displayed through March. The event, part of the center’s annual MLK Days, will feature take-home projects, too.

Where: 13480 Dowell Road, Dowell, Maryland.

When: Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How much: Free.

For more information: A parent can call 410-326-4640 or go to www.

‘1964: Civil Rights at 50’

What: The Newseum examines what was going on in the civil rights movement the year after the March on Washington. Many photographs show the effort to register black voters in what was called the “freedom summer.”

Where: 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

When: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 28.

How much: Adults $22.95, ages 7 to 18 $13.95, age 6 and younger free.

For more information: A parent can call 202-292-6100 or go to www.

‘Let Freedom Ring!’ concert

What: Singer Dionne Warwick and the Let Freedom Ring Choir will honor King in song.

Where: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F Street NW.

When: Monday, 6 p.m.

How much: Free, but tickets are required. Two tickets per person will be handed out beginning at 5 p.m. to those in line.

For more information: A parent can call 202-467-4600 or go to