VIVA MEXICO -- Today, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Ages 3 and older. Art, music, storytelling, films and a walk-through rain forest replica in conjunction with two exhibits. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

MODERN ARF SIDEWALK CHALK PAINTING -- Today and May 30, 1-3 p.m. Ages 6 and older. Learn Renaissance-style Italian street painting. By the Clarendon Metro, 1116 N. Hudson St., Arlington. Free.

For reservations, call 703-528-4800.

ROWHOUSE DESIGN -- Today, 1-4 p.m. Families build and decorate townhouse facades in conjunction with the "Kids' View of the City" exhibition. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $5 per house. 202-272-2448.

CONNECTION 7TEEN -- Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Teens and adults. Ballet, modern, hip-hop, jazz and tap are used to tell stories about friendship, love, self-image, divorce and 9/11. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $9. 301-280-1660.

YOUNG WRITERS OPEN-MIC NIGHT -- Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Read your poetry, stories and essays and get feedback from young adult and children's author Sallie Lowenstein. Barnes & Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Free. 301-881-0237.

FREEDOM'S CHILD -- Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Ages 6-12. Musical about civil rights pioneers Ruby Bridges, Ernest Green and Claudette Colvin. Arts & Industries Building, Discovery Theater, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. $5, children $4. 202-357-3030.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE -- Saturday-May 30 at 10:30 a.m. Director Rob Reiner's fairy tale adventure. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW.

$5, ages 2 and younger free. 202-966-6000.