• 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


    Drop-in Art Making

  2. Gallery + Studio: Drawing Ourselves In

    Saturday, March 14, 11:30 AM or 1 PM

    After viewing Edie Fake’s visionary Art Wall mural, Affordable Housing for Trans Elders, draw your own fantastical buildings to house real and imagined communities of the future!


    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  3. Roundtable Reading: New Kid by Jerry Craft

    Saturday, March 14, 3 PM

    Start reading this story of an artistic boy caught between the worlds of his home and his prestigious private school, and pick up a copy to keep reading at home.


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

  4. ¡Roundtable Reading Bilingüe! Las brujas / The Witches by Roald Dahl

    Saturday, April 11, 3 PM

    This special bilingual edition of Roundtable Reading features Roald Dahl’s classic story about real, live witches, the most dangerous beings on earth.


    Recommended for ages 8 & up (younger kids welcome as listeners)
    Recomendado para las edades de 8 años en adelante (niños menores son bienvenidos como oyentes)

  5. Gallery + Studio: Life Stories in Mithila Painting

    Saturday, April 11, 11:30 AM or 1 PM

    See how artists from northern India combine aspects of tradition with contemporary ideas, and use them as inspiration to develop your own “Life Story” painting.


    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  6. The Painting

    Saturday, April 25, 3 PM

    An animated parable set in a kingdom within a painting, where people are divided into three social classes based on how finely finished their painted figures are. This inventive and artful film is a treat for the eyes and imagination.


    Recommended for ages 9 & up

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  7. Spring Free Family Day

    Sunday, April 26, 11 AM–3 PM

    Bring the family for a full day of art, books, music and film—with free admission for everyone!

  8. Free Family Day Screening: The Lorax

    Sunday, April 26, 3 PM

    Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, this short film tells the story of a young boy’s encounter with a ruined industrialist whose greed left his environment a treeless wasteland. If only the man had listened to the warnings of the wise old Lorax!

  9. Roundtable Reading: The Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliott

    Saturday, May 9, 3 PM

    A baby dragon goes missing in this compelling tale. Join us to start reading it together, and pick up a copy to finish at home.


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

  10. Gallery + Studio: Under Cover and Over the Top

    Saturday, May 9, 11:30 AM or 1 PM

    Explore Rosie Lee Tompkins’s distinctive quilts in the galleries, then make paper and cloth mosaics inspired by her artworks.


    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  11. The Secret of Roan Inish

    Saturday, May 16, 4:30 PM

    In this charming, beautifully photographed film about storytelling and family ties, a girl living with her grandparents in a remote Irish fishing village discovers a world of myth and magic. A “first-rate, all-ages fairy tale steeped in Irish folklore” (Hollywood Reporter).


    Newly Restored Print!
    Recommended for ages 9 & up

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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