Families

  • Movie Matinees for All Ages

    Remember spending Saturday afternoons at the movies when you were a kid? Relive that experience and share it with the next generation at Movie Matinees for All Ages. 

  • Family Fare

    Get the whole family involved in art at Family Fare. Second Saturdays at 11:30 AM and 1 PM.

  • 1 kid + 1 adult =$0

    Admission to the galleries is free for kids 18 & under plus one adult. So bring your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or neighbor to explore the new BAMPFA!

  • Art Lab

    Creative, hands-on art projects for all ages with a focus on drawing, collage, prints, and books. Drop-in hours are Thursday and Friday starting at 4 PM and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Family Events

  1. Gallery + Studio: Automatic Drawing

    Saturday, September 9, 11:30 AM–1 PM & 1–2:30 PM

    Enter into abstraction through an automatic drawing exercise inspired by Charles Howard’s enigmatic works.

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    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  2. Roundtable Reading: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

    Saturday, September 9, 3 PM

    Read the beginning of this book about growing up and fitting in, and pick up a free copy to keep reading at home. 

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    Recommended for ages 8 & up (younger kids welcome as listeners)

  3. Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    Saturday, September 23, 4 PM

    Set along the Mississippi but filmed along the Sacramento Delta, this is “Buster Keaton’s most entertaining balance of the instinctual and the cerebral” (Village Voice).

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    Digital Restoration
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

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  4. The General

    Saturday, September 30, 4 PM

    Buster Keaton plays a Civil War–era railroad engineer in love with both his girl and his train in this masterpiece of silent comedy.

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    Digital Restoration
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

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  5. College

    Saturday, October 7, 4 PM

    Get in the mood for Homecoming Week with this classic of college chaos starring Buster Keaton as an egghead in jockland.

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    Digital Restoration
    Recommended for ages 10 & up

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  6. Gallery + Studio: Color Vibrations

    Saturday, October 14, 11:30 AM–1 PM & 1–2:30 PM

    Explore the dreamlike spaces and layered colors in Miyoko Ito’s paintings, then experiment with color by painting designs of your own. 

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    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  7. Roundtable Reading: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

    Saturday, October 14, 3 PM

    Read the beginning of this classic book about a widowed mouse and a group of extraordinary rats, and pick up a free copy to keep reading at home. 

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    Recommended for ages 8 & up (younger kids welcome as listeners)

  8. Fall Free Family Day

    Sunday, October 29, 11 AM–3 PM

    Join us for a free day of art, music, and movies! Explore BAMPFA exhibitions, make your own art, groove to a performance by SoVoSó, and check out a screening of short films with a wild side.

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Field Trips

We offer guided tours for school and youth groups. 

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Testimonials

"My family still talks about the Wolfgang Laib exhibition we saw in 2000, where the artist created an installation with pollen. It has prompted many animated conversations on the enduring question, "what is art?"

Franca Cioria, Director, Via Nova Children's School Berkeley

The arts are critical to making a city vibrant and unique. One of my favorite places to be is the BAMPFA theater lobby, feeling the ‘buzz’ of anticipation before a film. If I could, I would be there every night!"

Jim Reynolds, coffee bean buyer and former BAMPFA Trustee