Kids are out of school Monday, so some families have a long weekend ahead.  Here is a snapshot of free activities and events to plan with your family and friends:

Get organized in the new year — IKEA Houston is helping you get organized this year with free workshops from professional organizers Saturday, January 19. Learn how to conquer those pesky piles and junk drawers, organize your technology, and your space. New workshops every hour from 11 am – 5 pm plus giveaways and prizes!Plus, IKEA Family members will get $10 card for every $100 spent in the store. IKEA Houston is located at 7810 Katy Freeway.

Free Houston Weekend Fun January 18-21Be amazed with magic — Head to Julian Franklin’s Magic & Puppet Show, Saturday, January 19, 10 am, to be delighted and amazed! This free event is geared to kids ages pre-K to 5th grade at Cypress Creek FACE, 6823 Cypresswood.

Browse a national park –Get outdoors and browse a national park for free. More than 100 national parks that charge a free are free January 21 for MLK birthday weekend. Check out the 2013 Fee-Free Schedule here.

Celebrate trees — Celebrate Arbor Day this weekend, whether you’re helping to plant trees or engage in the Arbor Day festivities. Check out my previous Arbor Day 2013 post on how to volunteer to plant trees or find Arbor Day events.

Watch a parade (or two) — Four parades wind the streets this weekend for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Saturday parades: The Black Heritage Society’s MLK Children’s March is Saturday, January 19, downtown at 10 am. The MLK Youth Parade kicks off in Midtown Saturday, January 19, at noon, San Jacinto & Elgin, with floats, marching bands, and more. Monday parades: The MLK Grande Parade is Monday, January 21, at 10 am beginning in Midtown (San Jacinto & Elgin). The Black Heritage Society’s 35th annual “Original” MLK Parade is Monday, January 21, 10 am, downtown Houston at Minute Maid Park.

DG flea marketBrowse Discovery Green Flea — Houston’s newest outdoor flea market, Discovery Green Flea, returns January 19 from 11 am – 5 pm. Browse artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles. Live music to boot by Wild Moccasins from 2 pm – 4 pm! Located at 1500 McKinney.

Celebrate African-American Heritage – This month’s Bayou Bend Family Day Sunday, January 20, focuses on the rich cultural traditions and history of African Americans. Special activities from 1 pm – 5 pm feature demonstrations, activities and performances the whole family will enjoy. Save time to tour the first floor of the house. Bayou Bend is located at 1 Westcott.

Pamper your plants — If your indoor plants could use some TLC, bring them to Cornelius Nursery for its Repotting Festival, January 19. Use the indoor potting bench in the greenhouse (9 am – 6 pm) using free premium potting soil, fertilizer, and top dressing required for your spring plants. Attend the free clinic at 10:15 am called Houseplants for Fresh Indoor Spaces. Cornelius Nursery is located at 2233 S. Voss and 1200 N. Dairy Ashford.

Free Houston Weekend Fun January 18-21Learn about vegetarian cooking — Williams-Sonoma’s free technique classes continue Sunday, January 20. The next class focuses on Vegetarian Cooking with dishes the whole family will enjoy. Times vary by location: Sundays at 11 am, Town & Country Village (713.827.8056); Sundays at noon, Highland Village (713.212.0346); Sundays at 2 pm, The Woodlands Mall (281.298.6915); Sundays at noon, Baybrook Mall (281.480.1705); plus 11 am Saturday and 1:30 pm Sunday at First Colony Mall (281.313.1180). Participants get 10% off same-day purchases.