• 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. The Red Shoes

    Sunday, July 8, 4 PM

    Ballerina Moira Shearer must choose between love and art in this ravishing melodrama, which Martin Scorsese called “one of the most beautiful Technicolor films ever made.”

    Outdoor Screen

    Digital Restoration
    Free on the outdoor screen!

  3. Gallery + Studio: Inside Out and Outside In

    Saturday, July 14, 11:30–1 PM or 1–2:30 PM

    Explore biomorphic forms and fictional characters in Way Bay 2, then create your own colorful sculpture.


    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  4. Roundtable Reading: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

    Saturday, July 14, 3 PM

    Start reading about the adventures of Ulysses the squirrel and human girl Flora, and pick up your own copy of this entertaining novel to keep reading at home.


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

  5. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

    Saturday, July 21, 4 PM

    Irving’s very San Franciscan story of a once-homeless man and the birds he befriended “seduces you with its easy rhythm and unexpected dramatic potency . . . beguiling, moving, and just plain fun” (Baltimore Sun).


    BAMPFA Collection Print
    Recommended for ages 8 & up

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  6. Step

    Sunday, August 12, 4 PM

    This entertaining and heartwarming documentary follows three members of Baltimore’s Lethal Ladies step team as they find motivation and empowerment in stepping—a dance style that combines gymnastics, tap, and hip-hop.

    Outdoor Screen

    Free on the outdoor screen!

  7. The Breadwinner

    Saturday, August 25, 3:30 PM

    This beautifully animated feature-length drama is set in Afghanistan, circa 2001, where an eleven-year-old girl is forced to pretend she is a boy after her father is wrongfully imprisoned by the Taliban.


    Recommended for ages 11 & up

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  8. West Side Story

    Sunday, September 9, 4 PM

    Sharks and Jets sing, dance, and rumble their way through the streets and back alleys of late-fifties NYC in a dizzying rush of youth that knows no bounds.


    Digital Restoration

    Free on the outdoor screen!


  9. The Young Girls of Rochefort

    Sunday, October 14, 4 PM

    Catherine Deneuve and sister Françoise Dorléac are twins lifted out of their small-town reveries by a troupe of wandering entertainers led by Mr. American in Paris himself, Gene Kelly. "Not merely charming or amusing, but profoundly moving" (Sight and Sound).

    Outdoor Screen

    Digital Restoration

    Free on the outdoor screen!


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