• 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. 

  • 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 and make art Thursdays through Sundays! Hours

Family Events

  1. Art Lab portrait drawings

    Art Lab


    Drop-in Art Making

  2. Art exhibition opening

    Free First Thursday

    All Day

  3. Gallery + Studio: Ink-Brush Landscapes

    Saturday, May 12, 11:30-1 PM or 1-2:30 PM

    Learn the basics of landscape painting with brush and ink as you make your own scroll inspired by Dreaming the Lost Ming.


    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  4. Roundtable Reading: A Mystery Bigger than Big / Un misterio más grande que grandísimo by René Saldaña

    Saturday, May 12, 3 PM

    Our first bilingual Roundtable Reading, in Spanish and English! Start reading about a young detective’s latest case, and pick up a copy of the book to continue reading at home.


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

Field Trips


We offer guided tours for school and youth groups. 


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"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