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

Upcoming Events

  1. Family Fare: Circular Variations

    Saturday, March 11, 11:30–1:00 & 1:00–2:30

    After a tour of circular works in Hippie Modernism, create your own art based on concentric circles.

    BAMPFA

    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  2. Roundtable Reading: Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath

    Saturday, March 3, 3 PM

    Read the beginning of this delightful mystery, and pick up a copy to continue reading at home.

    BAMPFA

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

  3. Still from Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

    Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

    Saturday, March 18, 3:30 PM

    This vibrantly colorful animated sequel to the popular Kirikou and the Sorceress finds little Kirikou using his brains and heart to help his fellow African villagers. With a superb soundtrack by Youssou N’Dour and Manu Dibango.

    BAMPFA

    Recommended for ages 7 & up

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  4. Family Fare: 3-D Posters

    Saturday, April 8, 11:30–1:00 & 1:00–2:30

    Use inks to create eye-popping 3-D posters of your very own design. 3-D glasses included!

    BAMPFA

    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  5. Roundtable Reading: The BFG by Roald Dahl

    Saturday, April 8, 3 PM

    Read the beginning of Dahl’s warmhearted tale of a lovable giant, and pick up a copy to continue reading at home.

    BAMPFA

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

  6. The Circus

    Saturday, April 22, 3:30 PM

    The Little Tramp becomes an accidental clown in this lesser-known but irresistibly funny Chaplin film.

    BAMPFA

    Recommended for ages 8 & up

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  7. Family Fare: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Saturday, May 13, 11:30–1:00 & 1:00–2:30

    Explore the history of the recycle symbol and become an ambassador for the planet while creating your own educational posters.

    BAMPFA

    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  8. Roundtable Reading: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

    Saturday, May 13, 3 PM

    Read the beginning of Blume’s portrait of a boy and his boisterous little brother, and pick up a copy to continue reading at home.

    BAMPFA

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

  9. Family Day: A Free Day of Art & Music

    Sunday, May 21, 11–3 PM

    Bring the family to join in a full day of art making, exhibition tours, and music with the Bug Family Band—all admission free!

    BAMPFA

Field Trips

We offer guided tours for school and youth groups. 

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Testimonials

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

"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