• 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 Gold Rush

    Friday, December 28, 2:30 PM; Saturday, January 19, 3:30 PM

    A hapless prospector tries his luck in the frozen north in a film that glitters with some of Charlie Chaplin’s most memorable nuggets of comedy.


    Recommended for ages 8 & up

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  3. Spirited Away

    Saturday, December 29, 3 PM

    In this Oscar-winning animated fantasy, a ten-year-old girl and her parents stumble upon an abandoned theme park that turns out to be a true magic kingdom.


    English-language version
    Recommended for ages 8 & up

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  4. Gallery + Studio: Roving Wool-Roving Characters

    Saturday, January 12, 11:30 AM–1 PM or 1–2:30 PM

    With Masako Miki’s bright colors and squishy forms as inspiration, make your own creatures from felt, fabric, and found objects.


    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  5. Roundtable Reading: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

    Saturday, January 12, 3 PM

    Join in reading about a girl trying to pursue her dreams while living at a motel, and get a copy of the book to enjoy wherever you live.


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

  6. Gallery + Studio: Animal Encounters in Japanese Art

    Saturday, February 9, 11:30 AM–1 PM or 1–2:30 PM

    Get inspired by the Japanese art in Ink, Paper, Silk and paint your own images of animals on a miniature Japanese folding screen.


    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  7. Roundtable Reading: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

    Saturday, February 9, 3 PM

    Read about a diverse group of kids whose lives weave together in unexpected ways, and pick up a copy of the book to take home.


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

  8. Alamar

    Saturday, February 16, 2:30 PM

    This effortlessly beautiful film follows a Mayan father and his young son as they spend a summer working (and playing) along the Mexican Caribbean coast.


    Recommended for ages 10 & 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