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

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Upcoming Films

  • CANCELED: The Painting

    Jean-François Laguionie
    France, Belgium, Canada, 2011

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Recommended for ages 9 & up

    • Saturday, April 25 3 PM

    An animated parable set in a kingdom within a painting, where people are divided into three social classes based on how finely finished their painted figures are. This inventive and artful film is a treat for the eyes and imagination.

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  • CANCELED: Free Family Day Screening: The Lorax

    Hawley Pratt
    United States, 1972

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    • Sunday, April 26 3 PM

    Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, this short film tells the story of a young boy’s encounter with a ruined industrialist whose greed left his environment a treeless wasteland. If only the man had listened to the warnings of the wise old Lorax!

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  • The Secret of Roan Inish

    John Sayles
    United States, Ireland, 1994

    Newly Restored Print!
    Recommended for ages 9 & up

    • Saturday, May 16 4:30 PM

    In this charming, beautifully photographed film about storytelling and family ties, a girl living with her grandparents in a remote Irish fishing village discovers a world of myth and magic. A “first-rate, all-ages fairy tale steeped in Irish folklore” (Hollywood Reporter).

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Past Events

  • Saturday, March 14, 11:30 AM or 1 PM

    CANCELED: Gallery + Studio: Drawing Ourselves In

    After viewing Edie Fake’s visionary Art Wall mural, Affordable Housing for Trans Elders, draw your own fantastical buildings to house real and imagined communities of the future!

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been cancelled through March 29. Learn more

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, March 14, 3 PM

    CANCELED: Roundtable Reading: New Kid by Jerry Craft

    Start reading this story of an artistic boy caught between the worlds of his home and his prestigious private school, and pick up a copy to keep reading at home.

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been cancelled through March 29. Learn more

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

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

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

    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)

  • Saturday, February 8, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: One-Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko

    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)

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

    Gallery + Studio: Great Cosmic Eyes

    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)

  • Saturday, January 11, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Guts by Raina Telgemeier

    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)

Past Films

  • My Life as a Zucchini

    • Saturday, January 18 2:30 PM
    Claude Barras
    Switzerland/France, 2017

    Recommended for ages 12 & up

    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.