Have you ever noticed how the most perfect weekends are often the ones that happen when we throw perfection out the window? Memories are made by getting a little messy and being a little spontaneous. Try it this weekend. Spin the wheel on one of these awesome events, including a muddy kids obstacle course race, LOL theater shows, and a drop-in art class, and see where it leads you.

photo: Kids Obstacle Challenge

Vienna

Ants, Ants, Ants at Wolf Trap
With their optimistic vibe and colorful animated music videos, this Portland based indie rock band presents happy songs about nature, discovery and robots. Why Why Why? was the first award-winning album release from a new musical collaboration between Johnny Clay (the Dimes) and Dave Gulick (Derby), working with a dream creative team of recording artists, engineers, and visual artists and animators. Fri. Event Details.

Centreville

Kids Obstacle Challenge
Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course race series for kids ages 5-16, with 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles and mud! Our mission is to inspire and challenge kids, and forge family bonds, through obstacles and adventure. We are committed to helping foster a more active and adventurous younger generation. Sat. Event Details.

Bethesda

Ballad of Mulan
Courage, honor, and country! When China is forced to war with the invading Xi Xia, each family must send one man into battle. In her quest to protect her baba, our young heroine proves girls can do anything – including saving a nation. Inspired by Peking Opera, this partnership production with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth is full of music, pageantry, and humor. Students from the prestigious O-mei Wushu Center- under the direction of Martial Arts Master Sifu Xiaolin Lu – round out the cast in this girl-powered adventure! Sat. Event Details.

Baltimore

Drop-in Art Making
Drop-in to the Walters Art Museum, explore materials and create a work of art to take home. Each weekend features a new project, so check back to discover what we have in store. Sat. Event Details.

McLean

Sonia de los Santos
Take a musical journey through Latin America. Praised on Billboard’s “Best Latin Kids Music” list, Sonia de Los Santo’s bilingual children’s album “¡AlegrÍa!” celebrates everyday themes that bring us joy and weaves together styles from across the Americas. Sun. Event Details.

Glen Echo

The Cat in the Hat
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the cat in the hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mom find when she gets home…? Sun. Event Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady