Families

  • 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. Art exhibition opening
  3. The Wild Robot book cover

    Roundtable Reading: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

    Saturday, March 10, 3 PM

    Start reading this story of a robot learning to survive on a deserted island, and pick up a copy to continue reading at home.

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

  4. Gallery + Studio: Self-Portraits/Community Portraits

    Saturday, March 10, 11:30–1 or 1–2:30

    Create mixed-media portraits of yourself and people in your community inspired by Karabo Poppy Moletsane’s Art Wall project.

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    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  5. Films by Sally Cruikshank

    Saturday, March 24, 3 PM

    Cruikshank’s love of surreal 1930s cartoons is evident in her wildly colorful and wonderfully detailed films, some of which were made for Sesame Street.

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    BAMPFA Collection Prints
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

  6. Embroidery Lab with Caroline Hayes Charuk

    Sunday, April 1, 2 PM

    Try your hand at multiple embroidery techniques and walk away with a stitched sampler and a finished project!

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    Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

  7. Gallery + Studio: Through Line: Collaged Portraits/Imagined Spaces

    Saturday, April 14, 11:30 AM–1 PM or 1–2:30 PM

    Inspired by figurative works in Way Bay, play with collage and create a portrait of people dear to you in an imagined space that you revere.

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    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  8. Wishtree book cover

    Roundtable Reading: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

    Saturday, April 14, 3 PM

    Read the beginning of this book about a large-hearted oak tree who holds people’s wishes, and pick up a copy to continue reading at home.

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

  9. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

    The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

    Saturday, April 21, 4 PM

    Scolded for not practicing the piano, a nine-year-old boy daydreams himself into a fantastic world where the piano reigns supreme in this funny, clever musical written by Dr. Seuss.

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    Recommended for ages 7 & up

  10. Spring Free Family Day

    Sunday, April 22, 11-3 PM

    Join us for a free day of art, music, and movies! Explore BAMPFA exhibitions, make your own art, groove to a performance by Alphabet Rockers, and check out a screening of The Red Balloon.

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  11. Gallery + Studio: Ink-Brush Landscapes

    Saturday, May 12, 11:30-1 PM or 1-2:30 PM

    Learn the basics of landscape painting with brush and ink as you make your own scroll inspired by Dreaming the Lost Ming.

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    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  12. Roundtable Reading: A Mystery Bigger than Big / Un misterio más grande que grandísimo by René Saldaña

    Saturday, May 12, 3 PM

    Our first bilingual Roundtable Reading, in Spanish and English! Start reading about a young detective’s latest case, and pick up a copy of the book to continue reading at home.

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    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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Testimonials

"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