• 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. Song of the Sea

    Saturday, June 22, 3 PM

    The director behind The Secret of Kells returns with a gorgeous animation inspired by Irish legends and Celtic folk art. This Miyazaki-like wonder is “one of the most blissfully beautiful animated films ever made” (Toronto Review).


    Recommended for ages 7 & up

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  3. Roundtable Reading: Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill

    Saturday, July 13, 3 PM

    Read with us about a young girl’s experiences in 1920s Alaska, and pick up a copy of the book to finish reading at home.


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

  4. Gallery + Studio: Finding Form and Space in Black Abstraction

    Saturday, July 13, 11:30 AM–1 PM or 1–2:30 PM

    Explore the varied perceptions of space and form on view in About Things Loved, then use paint and other materials to create a layered canvas of your own.


    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  5. The Black Stallion

    Saturday, Junly 27, 3:30 PM

    A young boy’s friendship with a wild stallion anchors this mesmerizing adaptation of the classic novel. “May be the greatest children’s movie ever made” (Pauline Kael).


    Digital Restoration
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

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  6. The White Balloon

    Saturday, August 31 3:30 PM

    A seven-year-old girl navigates the busy streets of Tehran while trying to buy a goldfish in the utterly charming debut of Jafar Panahi (3 Faces). Cowritten by Abbas Kiarostami, it’s “a reminder that the simplest forms of filmmaking can be the most satisfying” (Los Angeles Times).


    Imported Print
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

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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