Family Events

Ongoing

Hands-on activities, participatory readings, performances, movie matinees, and more events designed for kids and their families.

  • Photo: Grace Kang

  • people making art

    Photo: Tillman Lerner-Thomas

  • people making art

    Photo: Tillman Lerner-Thomas

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Upcoming Films

  • The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

    Judy Irving
    United States, 2005

    BAMPFA Collection Print
    Recommended for ages 8 & up

    • Saturday, July 21 4 PM
    Judy Irving and Mark Bittner in Person

    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).

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  • The Breadwinner

    Nora Twomey
    Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg, 2017

    Recommended for ages 11 & up

    • 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.

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Past Events

  • Saturday, June 9, 11:30–1 PM or 1–2:30 PM

    Gallery + Studio: Down by the River: Buddhist Scrolls and You

    Create a personal handscroll inspired by Buddhist art in Master Traces, Transcultural Visions.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, June 9, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

    Start reading this novel about brotherhood, change, and the power of family, and pick up a copy to keep reading at home.

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

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

    Gallery + Studio: Ink-Brush Landscapes

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

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, May 12, 3 PM

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

    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.

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

  • Sunday, April 22, 11-3 PM

    Spring Free Family Day

    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.

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

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

    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.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Wishtree book cover
    Saturday, April 14, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

    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.

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

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

    Gallery + Studio: Self-Portraits/Community Portraits

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

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • The Wild Robot book cover
    Saturday, March 10, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

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

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

  • Saturday, February 10, 11:30–1 PM or 1–2:30 PM

    Gallery + Studio: Memorial Drawings

    Use watercolors and colored pencils to make your own memorial drawings honoring someone important to you.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, February 10, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

    Get into this graphic novel about a girl who finds her inner strength through roller derby, and pick up a free copy to keep reading at home.

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

  • Saturday, January 13, 11:30–1 PM or 1–2:30 PM

    Gallery + Studio: Landscapes Real and Imagined

    Use drawing, watercolor, and stamping to create your own landscape inspired by the paintings of Chen Hongshou.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, January 13, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

    Read the beginning of this classic story about a girl who runs away to the Metropolitan Museum, and pick up a free copy to keep reading at home.

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

Past Films

  • The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

    The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

    • Saturday, April 21 4 PM
    Roy Rowland
    United States, 1953

    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    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.

  • Films by Sally Cruikshank

    • Saturday, March 24 3 PM

    BAMPFA Collection Prints
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    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.

  • Microcosmos

    • Saturday, February 17 3:30 PM
    Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou
    France, Italy, Switzerland, 1996

    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    Marvel at a world barely visible to our eyes in this astounding documentary on the insect kingdom, filmed with specially designed micro cameras and close-up lenses.

  • The Wizard of Oz

    • Saturday, January 20 3:30 PM
    Victor Fleming
    United States, 1939

    Recommended for ages 5 & up

    What better activity for a Saturday afternoon in winter than a trip down the Yellow Brick Road together with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Woodsman?