Family Events 2017

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Hands-on activities, participatory readings, performances, movie matinees and other events for children and their families. 

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  • Saturday, December 9, 11:30–1:00 & 1:00–2:30

    Gallery + Studio: Letterform Experiments

    Get inspired by artworks in To the Letter, then explore language and letterforms by making mixed-media collages of your own.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, December 9, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Dear Miss Karana by Eric Elliott

    Start reading this story of a girl who feels a special connection to the real-life heroine of Island of the Blue Dolphins, and pick up a free copy to keep reading at home.

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

  • Saturday, November 11, 11:30–1:00 & 1:00–2:30

    Gallery + Studio: Explore ASL in Collage

    See how Martin Wong used American Sign Language in his paintings, then learn about this compelling visual language as you create your own art.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, November 11, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

    Get immersed in the gripping story of a young woman living by herself on a deserted island, and pick up a free copy to keep reading at home.

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

  • Sunday, October 29, 11 AM–3 PM

    Fall 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 SoVoSó, and check out a screening of short films with a wild side.

  • Saturday, October 14, 11:30 AM–1 PM & 1–2:30 PM

    Gallery + Studio: Color Vibrations

    Explore the dreamlike spaces and layered colors in Miyoko Ito’s paintings, then experiment with color by painting designs of your own.

     

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, October 14, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

    Read the beginning of this classic book about a widowed mouse and a group of extraordinary rats, and pick up a free copy to keep reading at home. 

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

  • Saturday, September 9, 11:30 AM–1 PM & 1–2:30 PM

    Gallery + Studio: Automatic Drawing

    Enter into abstraction through an automatic drawing exercise inspired by Charles Howard’s enigmatic works.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, September 9, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

    Read the beginning of this book about growing up and fitting in, and pick up a free copy to keep reading at home. 

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

  • Saturday, July 8, 11:30 AM & 1 PM

    Family Fare: Enter the Otherworldly

    Get inspired by Charles Howard’s dreamlike paintings, then make your own surreal compositions.

  • Saturday, July 8, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

    Read the beginning of this graphic novel about sisters on a road trip from San Francisco to Colorado and pick up a copy to keep reading at home.

  • Saturday, June 10, 11:30 AM & 1 PM

    Family Fare: Vajra: Thunderbolt-Diamond Kid Power Object!

    Explore symbols of power in Indian paintings, then customize cut-paper models to suit your own special powers.

  • Saturday, June 10, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

    Read the beginning of this adventurous novel set in 1930s Florida and pick up a copy to keep reading at home.

  • Saturday, June 3, 1–5 PM

    Rainbow Afternoon: Drawing Workshops for Kids

    Create colorful drawings of rainbows in an artist-led workshop. Your art could be shown in BAMPFA’s Ugo Rondinone exhibition this summer!

  • Sunday, May 21, 11–3 PM

    Family Day: A Free Day of Art & Music

    Bring the family to join in a full day of art making, exhibition tours, and music with the Bug Family Band—all admission free!

  • Saturday, May 13, 11:30–1:00 & 1:00–2:30

    Family Fare: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Explore the history of the recycle symbol and become an ambassador for the planet while creating your own educational posters.

    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, May 13, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

    Read the beginning of Blume’s portrait of a boy and his boisterous little brother, and pick up a copy to continue reading at home.

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

  • Saturday, April 8, 11:30–1:00 & 1:00–2:30

    Family Fare: 3-D Posters

    Use inks to create eye-popping 3-D posters of your very own design. 3-D glasses included!

    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, April 8, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: The BFG by Roald Dahl

    Read the beginning of Dahl’s warmhearted tale of a lovable giant, and pick up a copy to continue reading at home.

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

  • Saturday, March 11, 11:30–1:00 & 1:00–2:30

    Family Fare: Circular Variations

    After a tour of circular works in Hippie Modernism, create your own art based on concentric circles.

    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, March 11, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath

    Read the beginning of this delightful mystery, and pick up a copy to continue reading at home.

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

  • Saturday, February 11, 11:30 AM—1 PM & 1—2:30 PM

    Family Fare: Fabric Collage

    Following a tour of fabric artworks on view in Hippie Modernism, create collages with artist Jennie Lennick using upcycled fabrics. For kids 6–12 and their families.

    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, February 11, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

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

  • Saturday, January 14, 11:30 AM—1 PM & 1—2:30 PM

    Family Fare: Weave Your Own Miniature Tapestry

    Learn how crossed threads become cloth through the process of weaving in a workshop inspired by Terri Friedman's current Art Wall installation. Family Fare is for kids ages 6 to 12 and their families.

    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, January 14, 3 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

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

Past Films

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    • Friday, December 29 2 PM
    Hayao Miyazaki
    Japan, 1988

    English-language version
    Recommended for ages 4 & up

    Two sisters encounter wood sprites, magical trees, and flying “cat buses” in this enchanting tale that has become one of the most beloved of all family films.

  • A Hard Day’s Night

    • Saturday, November 25 3:30 PM
    Richard Lester
    United Kingdom, 1964

    Digital Restoration
    Recommended for ages 8 & up

    Richard Lester’s hyperkinetic mod documentary captures the Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania!

  • The Circus

    • Saturday, April 22 3:30 PM
    Charlie Chaplin
    United States, 1928

    Recommended for ages 8 & up

    The Little Tramp becomes an accidental clown in this lesser-known but irresistibly funny Chaplin film.

  • Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

    • Saturday, March 18 3:30 PM
    Bénédicte Galup, Michel Ocelot
    France, 2005

    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    This vibrantly colorful animated sequel to the popular Kirikou and the Sorceress finds little Kirikou using his brains and heart to help his fellow African villagers. With a superb soundtrack by Youssou N’Dour and Manu Dibango.

  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    • Saturday, February 18 3:30 PM
    Lotte Reiniger
    Germany, 1926

    Hand-Tinted and Toned 35mm Print

    Recommended for ages 7 & up

     One of the world’s first animated feature films, Lotte Reiniger’s enchanting work uses intricate silhouettes made from cutout cardboard and thin sheets of lead to enact a tale from The Arabian Nights. 

  • The General

    • Saturday, January 21 3:30 PM
    Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
    United States, 1926

    Digital Restoration

    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    Buster hops on board a train to save both it and his girl in this masterpiece of silent comedy, boasting some of the greatest stunts, spills, and laughs in all of film.