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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

  • Song of the Sea

    Tomm Moore
    Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Denmark, 2014

    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    • Saturday, June 22 3 PM

    The director behind The Secret of Kells returns with a gorgeous animation inspired by Irish legends and Celtic folk art. This Miyazaki-like wonder is “one of the most blissfully beautiful animated films ever made” (Toronto Review).

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  • The Black Stallion

    Carroll Ballard
    United States, 1979

    Digital Restoration
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    • Saturday, July 27 3:30 PM

    A young boy’s friendship with a wild stallion anchors this mesmerizing adaptation of the classic novel. “May be the greatest children’s movie ever made” (Pauline Kael).

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  • The White Balloon

    Jafar Panahi
    Iran, 1995

    Imported Print
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    • Saturday, August 31 3:30 PM

    A seven-year-old girl navigates the busy streets of Tehran while trying to buy a goldfish in the utterly charming debut of Jafar Panahi (3 Faces). Cowritten by Abbas Kiarostami, it’s “a reminder that the simplest forms of filmmaking can be the most satisfying” (Los Angeles Times).

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Past Events

  • Saturday, June 8, 11:30 AM–1 PM or 1–2:30 PM

    Gallery + Studio: Shapes Are Facts—Looking and Making with Frederick Hammersley

    Enjoy looking at the puzzling and peculiar shapes in Frederick Hammersley’s work, then make an intriguing cut-paper composition of your own.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, June 8, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott

    A bag full of tiny dragons creates a big adventure in this story of mystery, magic, and mayhem in an everyday urban setting. Start reading the book with us, and pick up a copy to finish at home.

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

  • Sunday, May 19, 11-3 PM

    Spring Free Family Day

    Explore BAMPFA exhibitions, make your own art, enjoy a performance by the Bug Family Band, and check out a screening of Revolting Rhymes—bring the family and make a day of it!

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

    Gallery + Studio: Mixed-Media Printmaking

    Inspired by the repetition and layering in Frederick Hammersley’s work, discover your own rhythmic compositions using woven papers and stamp-based printmaking.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

     

  • Saturday, May 11, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

    Join us to read about a girl and her promise to Bob, a mysterious creature who lives in her grandmother’s closet.

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

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

    Gallery + Studio: Worth a Thousand Words

    Look at photographs in Unlimited and think about the stories they tell, then use drawing and collage to illustrate a story from your own life.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

     

  • Saturday, April 13, 3 PM

    ¡Roundtable Reading Bilingüe! La telaraña de Carlota / Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

    Join us in reading this remarkable story of friendship, loyalty, life, and morality.

    Acompañanos para leer esta extraordinaria historia de amistad, lealtad, vida, y moral.

    Recommended for ages 8 & up (younger kids welcome as listeners)
    Recomendado para las edades de 8 años en adelante (niños menores son bienvenidos como oyentes)

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

    Gallery + Studio: Push & Pull Compositions

    Explore how Hans Hofmann used color, form, and space to create depth and feeling in his work, then make a mixed-media art piece of your own.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

     

  • Saturday, March 9, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

    Join us as we read a story that celebrates the wonder of science and explores questions about life, family, friendship, and possibility.

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

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

    Gallery + Studio: Animal Encounters in Japanese Art

    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)

  • Saturday, February 9, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

    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)

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

    Gallery + Studio: Roving Wool-Roving Characters

    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)

  • Saturday, January 12, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

    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)

Past Films

  • March of the Penguins

    • Saturday, May 4 3 PM
    Luc Jacquet
    France, 2005

    Recommended for ages 6 & up

    Follow the exploits of emperor penguins as they migrate, search for food, raise their young, and waddle about the ice in this documentary, one of the biggest nonfiction hits of the 2000s. Presented with English narration by Morgan Freeman.

  • Work and Play: Three Charlie Chaplin Shorts

    • Saturday, March 16 3 PM

    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    Spend an old-fashioned afternoon at the movies with three shorts that find Charlie Chaplin’s character at work and at play: Sunnyside, A Day’s Pleasure, and Pay Day.

  • Alamar

    • Saturday, February 16 2:30 PM
    Pedro González-Rubio
    Mexico, 2009

    Recommended for ages 10 & up

    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.

  • The Gold Rush

    • Friday, December 28 2:30 PM
    • Saturday, January 19 3:30 PM
    Charlie Chaplin
    United States, 1925, reedited 1942

    Recommended for ages 8 & up

    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.