• 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. Livestream: Berkeley Peregrine Falcon Hatch Day

    Thursday, April 25, 8:30 AM–6 PM

    Watch our big-screen livestream of the Campanile peregrine falcon nest—if we're lucky, we'll see the chicks hatch in real time!


    On the outdoor screen!

  2. Art Lab


    Drop-in Art Making

  3. March of the Penguins

    Saturday, May 4, 3 PM

    Follow the exploits of emperor penguins as they migrate, search for food, raise their young, and waddle about the ice in this documentary, one of the biggest nonfiction hits of the 2000s. Presented with English narration by Morgan Freeman.


    Recommended for ages 6 & up

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  4. Gallery + Studio: Mixed-Media Printmaking

    Saturday, May 11, 11:30 AM–1 PM or 1–2:30 PM

    Inspired by the repetition and layering in Frederick Hammersley’s work, discover your own rhythmic compositions using woven papers and stamp-based printmaking.


    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)


  5. Roundtable Reading: Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

    Saturday, May 11, 3 PM

    Join us to read about a girl and her promise to Bob, a mysterious creature who lives in her grandmother’s closet.


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

  6. Spring Free Family Day

    Sunday, May 19, 11-3 PM

    Explore BAMPFA exhibitions, make your own art, enjoy a performance by the Bug Family Band, and check out a screening of Revolting Rhymes—bring the family and make a day of it!


Field Trips


We offer guided tours for school and youth groups. 


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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