SIDEWALK CHALK PAINTING -- Today, 1-4 p.m. A day of street decoration. Museum of Modern ARF, 1116 N. Hudson St., Arlington. $7-$10. 703-528-4800.

KIDS AND COMPUTERS -- Today at 2 p.m., Monday at 6 p.m. Ages 8 and older. Workshops and demonstrations to promote computer literacy. Global Computer Training Center, Suite 150, 6551 Loisdale Court, Springfield. Free. 703-921-1000.

FLOWER BUDS -- Monday at 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Crafts, stories and garden walks. Brookside Gardens, Visitor's Center Children's Classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $2, adults free. For reservations, call 301-962-1451.

GIFTS FOR DAD -- Thursday at 11 a.m. Father's Day crafts, led by the YMCA's Liz Perncario. Whole Foods Market, 7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Free. 703-448-1600.

LESSONS FROM THE ANIMAL PEOPLES -- Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Storyteller Dovie Thompson shares tales from her award-winning children's CD. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $5, children $4. 202-357-3030.

ALEXANDRIA WATERFRONT FESTIVAL -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; June 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The Red Cross benefit features music, tall ships, arts and crafts, rides and fireworks. Oronoco Bay Park, Oronoco and Union streets, Alexandria. $10, ages 12 and younger $5, 2 and younger free. 703-549-8300.

ERIC CARLE -- Saturday at 1 p.m. The author of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" signs his new book, "10 Little Rubber Ducks." Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.