• 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. Black Life: Diamano Coura

    Sunday, November 24, 1:30 PM

    Members of Diamano Coura West African Dance Company lead a course in traditional West African song and dance. All ages welcome!


    Programmed by Ryanaustin Dennis and Chika Okoye

  3. M. Hulot's Holiday

    Friday, November 29, 1:30 PM

    This cinematic postcard from a seaside summer resort is “the most important comic work in world cinema since the Marx Brothers and W. C. Fields . . . an event in the history of sound film” (André Bazin).


    Recommended for ages 9 & up

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  4. The Wizard of Oz

    Saturday, November 30, 1:30 PM

    What better activity for a holiday weekend than a trip down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Woodsman? Experience this enduring classic the old-fashioned way, in a 35mm print.


    Recommended for ages 5 & up

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  5. Gallery + Studio: A Landscape in Your Pocket

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

    After an interactive tour of Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting, draw an imaginary landscape on Japanese paper to make your own miniature folding screen.


    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  6. Roundtable Reading: The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

    Saturday, December 14, 3 PM

    Jump into the classic story of a country cricket who finds himself in the big city, and pick up a copy of the book to finish reading at home.


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

  7. The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    Saturday, December 28, 3 PM

    One of the world’s first animated features, Reiniger’s enchanting work uses intricate silhouettes to enact a tale from the Arabian Nights. It offers “exquisite craftsmanship, balletic movement, expressive romanticism, and moments of potent sensuousness and poetry” (Time Out).


    Hand-Tinted 35mm Print
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

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  8. Gallery + Studio: Great Cosmic Eyes

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

    Experience the magical realism of Sylvia Fein’s paintings, then learn a paint-resist technique for revealing mysterious eyes in unexpected places!


    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  9. Roundtable Reading: Guts by Raina Telgemeier

    Saturday, January 11, 3 PM

    Join us to read Raina Telgemeier’s relatable graphic novel about tummy trouble and how it relates to life’s ups and downs.


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

  10. My Life as a Zucchini

    Saturday, January 18, 2:30 PM

    Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, and Amy Sedaris lend their voices to this stylized and sympathetic stop-motion animation about an orphan boy called Zucchini. Nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. 


    Recommended for ages 12 & up

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  11. Gallery + Studio: Bite-Size Universe of Color, Texture, and Form

    Saturday, February 8, 11:30 AM or 1 PM

    Tour the exhibition of Ron Nagle’s work and learn how his sculptures take shape, then make a painting inspired by Nagle’s vibrant and fascinating art.


    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  12. Roundtable Reading: One-Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko

    Saturday, February 8, 3 PM

    This month’s reading is the funny, heartfelt story of a Bay Area fifth-grader, his two very different sisters, and their struggle to keep their beloved dog.


    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