This weekend’s best events call for you to use all of your senses. The Spirit of America Show and the Botanic Garden’s first ever interactive performance will be a feast for your eyes. Tastebuds will rejoice at Maryland’s Seafood Festival, and you’ll have to put on your listening ears for Rosslyn’s Jazz Festival, Cultural Care Au Pair’s meet and greet, and CityDance Pop’s Open House.

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Maryland Seafood Festival
You and the kids might want to keep breakfast light today if you plan on heading to this annual seafood fest. In addition to the staples: crabs, oysters, and fish, there are 25 new food items slated to drop on the menu. Before or after lunch, pop by the interactive kids zone, featuring a horseshoe crab exhibit, moon bounce house, and crab derby. Sat.-Sun., 10 am. $15; Free/kids under 12. All ages. Event details.


Rooftop Dance Off
Think your little one has a dancing bone or two in her? Try out a few dance classes for free during CityDance Pop’s Open House celebration to find out. Sample more than 30 classes for all ages, including: Mommy & Me, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, African, Break Dancing, Contemporary, Zumba and more. Fri., 10:30 am.-9 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Hoorah! It’s the Spirit of America Show
If history class hasn’t struck a chord yet, let the kids take a journey through American history with the U.S. Army’s free live-action show. Expect a jam packed performance—there’s soldiers in uniforms reenacting key moments in history, battle scenes, some simulated artillery sound, and performances by the Army’s elite ceremonial units. Fri.-Sat. Free. Ages 5 and up. Event details.


Au Pair Speed Meeting
Finding childcare can be nerve-racking, which is why this free family picnic sounds so appealing. Not only will there food and games for everyone, but there will also be over 60 au pairs (from Cultural Care Au Pair) to meet and see if they are a fit for your family. It’s amazing how BBQ and a game of cornhole makes everything a little less stressful. Sun., 3 pm-5 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Federal Center

Show in the Garden: The Cerulean Time Capsule
A first of its kind, this interactive theatrical adventure is performed inside and throughout the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory. The gist: The Cerulean Time Capsule is about Benjamin Peale, a botanist who claims to be a time traveler from the year 2041 (not too far off). Benjamin needs help from the audience (you and your kids) to stop a critical discovery from happening in the U.S. Botanic Garden—one that will be catastrophic to the world! It’s your job to help Benjamin find the mythic Cerulean Time Capsule before it’s too late. Sat.-Sun. Free. All ages. Event details.


Get Your Hum on at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Settle in and slow down with the family at this annual outdoor jazz music celebration featuring local and national performers likeinternationally acclaimed artists including Funk/Afrobeat ensemble The Funk Ark. Pack lunch or an early dinner and make it a compete afternoon. Sat., 1 pm-5:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your to-do list for this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady