Show kiddo that you don’t have to be holding a paintbrush to be “doing art.” This weekend is jam packed with super-creative, canvas-free happenings including a kindie music concert staring Rainbow Rock and a family-friendly Israeli dance party. Check out the ultra-talented thespians in the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” or ohh and ahh at crafty kite flying tricksters slated to show off their stuff on the National Mall. Sorry Picasso—we’ll check you out next weekend.

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Northern Virginia

Rainbow Rock It Out: Kindie Music You’ll Love
Princess Fiddlesticks (Lynn), Captain Toe Tappin (Kevin) and the Rainbow Lady (Kate) are the colorful crew that make up this kindie pop band. Kids won’t be able to fight the urge to spin and dance along to the familiar and newly debuting songs. Don’t think you won’t get your live music fix in–the  Rainbow Lady’s melodic voice will have you humming along, too. Sat., 10:30 am. Vienna. $8; $25/family 4-pack. AllEvent details.


Can You Spell “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”?
This charming musical tells the story of six awkward small-town pre-teens who just so happen to be really into spelling. The family-friendly show, whose overall theme is finding your tribe, was nominated for six Tony Awards in 2005. E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T. Fri.-Sun. Downtown. $35-$67. 10 and up. Event details.

Celebrate Spring (Finally!) at Tree Fest
After the winter we’ve had, you could probably use some fresh air. Head to the Tudor Place Garden where the guest of honor—green, leafy trees—will be celebrated with games, puppets, storytelling, and an artisanal market fair. Feel like going for a stroll? Stick around for the guided tree walk at 1 pm. Sat., 10 am-3 pm. Dupont Circle. Free. AllEvent details.

Kite Trick Showdown
The National Mall will be awash with kite fliers showing off their stunt skills during this annual event and competition. Sure, there will be experts from across the country doing fancy moves in the Rokkaku Battle and Hot Tricks Showdown, but there are also youth competitions that little ones can get in on at the Family Field. Swing by the activity tents to make a kite, decorate a wind sock, or score a free lesson from the Kite Doctor. Sat., 10 am-4:30 pm. National Mall. Free. AllEvent details.


Israeli Dance Festival (and After Party)
The Israeli dance community will be out in full force at this annual festival featuring performers of all ages. From traditional music to modern Israeli pop, visitors will find it hard to not move and grove. Don’t worry! After the performers do their thing, visitors will be invited to participate in a community Harkada (dance party). Dust off those dancing shoes! Sun., 3 pm. Rockville. $10-$20 AllEvent details.

Pop and Lock! Baby Loves Disco Family Dance Party
Baby Loves Disco, the original family dance party, has boogied back into the Beltway! Come dressed to impress (but comfy enough to shake the wiggles out). In addition to cutting a rug, kids can get their faces painted, make sock puppets, and get a faux tattoo or two. For all the non-driving moms and dads there’s a cash bar along with snacks and juice boxes for all! Sat., 11 am-1:30 pm. Silver Spring. $15 AllEvent details.

What are your plans for a creative weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Rainbow Rock