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  • Saturday, November 12, 11:30 AM

    Gallery + Studio: The Structured Stitch

    Inspired by Hannah Levy’s use of contrasting materials, explore shapes, textures, and sewing as you make your own constructions.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, November 12, 2 PM

    ¡Roundtable Reading Bilingüe! Dancing Home/Nacer bailando by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel Zubizarreta

    For cousins Margie and Lupe, a year of discoveries culminates in a performance full of surprises as they find their own way to belong. 

    Para las primas Margie y Lupe, un año de descubrimientos culmina en una actuación llena de sorpresas mientras encuentran su propia manera de pertenecer. 

    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, October 8, 11:30 AM

    Gallery + Studio: Spirit-Animal Flag

    Inspired by the many animal companions in Candice Lin’s art, make a personal spirit animal flag featuring your favorite animal!

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, October 8, 2 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee

    Enjoy reading about Maizy as she bonds with her grandparents, discovers the joys and pains of growing up, and learns about her family’s Chinese American heritage.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, September 10, 11:30 AM

    Gallery + Studio: Five Tiny Things to Save and Share

    Compose a small box filled with a mini collection of special objects, images, and instructions to be activated by the future recipient of your box. 

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, September 10, 2 PM

    Roundtable Reading: The Witch Boy, a graphic novel, by Molly Knox Ostertag

    Even magic has rules, and Aster seems to be breaking them. Instead of shapeshifting, like boys are supposed to, he likes witchcraft, which is girls’ territory. Aster learns that to be truly himself takes courage.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, July 9, 11:30 AM

    Gallery + Studio: The Artist’s Eye: Nature’s Vibrations

    Artists can be inspired by works that feel like—but don’t look—like their own. Inspired by some of the paintings in The Artist’s Eye, use watercolors to explore sensations and variations in nature.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, July 9, 2 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

    Young Ramona exasperates her older sister, Beezus, in more ways than she can count. Is there anyone in the world like Ramona?

    Recommended for ages 8 and up with accompanying adult(s)

  • Sunday, June 12, 11 AM - 2 PM

    Spring Free Family Day: A Day of Art & Film

    Explore the museum’s galleries with mini tours featuring interactive activities, plus a free all-ages screening of Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush.

  • Saturday, June 11, 11:30 AM

    Gallery + Studio: The Sounds Among Us

    Compose your own visual soundscape inspired by Caroline Kent’s Art Wall and architectural features of BAMPFA’s building.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, June 11, 2 PM

    Roundtable Reading: New from Here by Kelly Yang

    Ten-year-old Knox Wei-Evans, a recent transplant from Hong Kong, learns about courage, hope, and resilience as he adjusts to life in San Francisco during the initial outbreak of COVID-19.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, May 14, 11:30 AM

    Gallery + Studio: Live from Somewhere

    Inspired by Tammy Rae Carland’s art and her selections for The Artist’s Eye, create a stage set for imaginary action!

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, May 14, 2 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Simon B. Rhymin’ by Dwayne Reed

    Read aloud from this bounce-to-the-beat underdog story about a young rapper named Simon, whose rhymes help bring his community together while they build his confidence.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, April 9, 11:30 AM

    Gallery + Studio: Textured Mixed-Media Painting

    Discover the images, textures, symbols, and layers in David Huffman’s art, and compose your own visual story in a mixed-media painting.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, April 9, 2 PM

    ¡Roundtable Reading Bilingüe!: The Donkey Lady Fights La Llorona and Other Stories / La Señora Asno Se Enfrenta a La Llorona y Otros Cuentos by Xavier Garza

    Find out what happens when Margarito encounters the ghostly weeping woman in white, green-skinned brutes with sharp teeth, giant pterodactyl-like thunderbirds, and other creepy creatures in this bilingual collection of eerie tales from Mexican American folklore.

    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 12, 11:30 AM

    Gallery + Studio: Expressive Landscapes

    Inspired by Wesley Tongson’s paintings, use watercolor, ink, brushes, and pens to create your own expressive landscape.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, March 12, 2 PM

    Roundtable Reading: Maya and the Robot by Eve L. Ewing

    Meet Maya, an aspiring fifth-grade scientist who brings an abandoned robot to life just when she most needs a friend—and a science-fair project!

    Recommended for ages 8 and up with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, February 12, 2:30 PM

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: Black Boy Joy edited by Kwame Mbalia

    Discover the power of joy and the wonder of Black boyhood in this vibrant collection of stories, comics, and poems edited by Kwame Mbalia.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Saturday, December 11, 12:30PM

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Powerful & Positive Poster-Making Party!

    Express your positive message in a visually dynamic poster to keep you inspired and powerful.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, December 11, 2:30PM

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson

    Meet Ryan Hart, who approaches the challenges in her life with bravery, common sense, and humor.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Saturday, November 13, 12:30 PM

    Virtual Gallery+Studio Bilingüe: YOU are the Earth / TÚ eres la Tierra

    Inspired by the art of Luchita Hurtado, explore the relationship between yourself and the natural environment to make a landscape that expresses something about you!
    Tomando inspiración del arte de Luchita Hurtado, explora tu relación con el entorno natural para crear un paisaje que exprese algo sobre ti.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)
    Para las edades de 6 a 12 años con acompañantes adultos

  • Saturday, November, 13, 2:30 PM

    Virtual Roundtable Reading Bilingüe: Perronautas/ Voyage of the Dogs by Greg Van Eekhout

    Dogs in space—alone! Will it be a complete disaster or will the Barkonauts complete their mission?
    ¡Perros en el espacio—solos! ¿Será un completo desastre, o los Perronautas completarán su misión?

    Recommended for ages 8 and up
    Recomendado para las edades de 8 años en adelante

  • Saturday, October 9, 12:30 PM

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Lines & Volumes: Paper Map Bowls

    Inspired by the volumes and lines in Kay Sekimachi’s art, use maps of the Bay Area to make connections between two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms with artist Melissa Sarris.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, October 9, 2:30 PM

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

    Would you make a deal with a magical tiger? This uplifting story brings Korean folklore to life as a girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Saturday, September 11, 12:30 PM

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: '20/'21 Time Capsule: You Rock!

    Finding a time capsule is like discovering a message from the past. What kind of message would you like to leave for others to find? 

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Saturday, September 11, 2:30 PM

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian

    Omar, known for his mischievous sense of humor, encounters anti-Muslim bigotry when his family moves to a new town and school. Read aloud with other kids to see how Omar’s huge imagination helps him respond to these challenges with his spirit and humor intact.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Presented Saturday, July 10, 12:30 PM

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Found-Textures Weaving

    Learn the technique of frottage as you experiment with surface design and weaving, inspired by the art of Kay Sekimachi.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, July 10, 2:30 PM

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

    A brave misfit mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal-winning story that reads like a quirky fairy tale.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Presented Saturday, June 12, 12:30 PM PDT

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: World-Building Drawing Session

    With Rosie Lee Tompkins’s quilts as inspiration, explore symbols, patterns, and text in a drawing workshop focused on world building with artist Veronica Graham.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, June 12, 2:30 PM PDT

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

    Picking up where The One and Only Ivan left off, this story finds Chihuahua mutt Bob happily visiting his best friends, gorilla Ivan and elephant Ruby, in their wildlife sanctuary home. After a hurricane sweeps through the sanctuary, Bob courageously helps his friends to survive.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Presented Saturday, May 8, 12:30 PM PDT

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Mixed-Media Takarabako

    Make your own beautiful takarabako (treasure-chest box) from a simple pattern and materials found at home in this workshop with artist Beth Krebs.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, May 8, 2:30 PM PDT

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: Hannah Saves the World by A. M. Luzzader

    Hannah thinks it might be up to her to save the world! As she and her best friend Mia investigate the mysterious spaceship hovering in the stratosphere, they find unexpected clues to other unsolved mysteries in their town. Enjoy reading from this sci-fi/mystery adventure story with other kids!

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Presented Saturday, April 10, 12:30 PM PDT

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Homes for Our Communities

    Envision a supportive community of homes that expresses diversity and acceptance in its visual design in this virtual workshop with artist Jill McLennan.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • The cover of the book El ratoncito de la moto by Beverly Cleary
    Presented Saturday, April 10, 2:30 PM PDT

    Virtual Roundtable Reading Bilingüe: El ratoncito de la moto / The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

    A young mouse named Ralph is thrown into a world of excitement when a boy and his shiny toy motorcycle check in to the Mountain View Inn. / Un joven ratón llamado Ralph es arrojado a un mundo de emoción cuando un niño y su brillante motocicleta de juguete se registran en el Hotel Bellavista.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up
    Recomendado para las edades de 8 años en adelante

  • Recorded Saturday, March 13, 2021

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: This Land Was Made for You and Me

    Explore patterns and geometry in Rosie Lee Tompkins’s quilts and in the American flag!

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, March 13, 2021

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: Pax by Sara Pennypacker

    Narrated in the alternating voices of a boy (Peter) and a fox (Pax), this coming-of-age story sensitively explores the deep bond between them as they struggle to reunite after being forced to separate.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Presented Saturday, February 13, 2021

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Codices: From Symbols to Stories

    Explore some of the signs and symbols used in historical Mesoamerican codices while using collage and drawing to make a codex of your own in this virtual workshop with Vreni Michelini Castillo.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, February 13, 2021

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

    Surfer Alberta and Goth aficionado Edie are as different as can be, but teamwork leads to friendship when they combine forces to investigate a mystery. Together they stand up to racist microaggressions in their small beachside town.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Presented Saturday, January 9, 2021

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Exploring and Envisioning Structures

    Learn about architectural ways of drawing while exploring your own ways to represent imagined structures in this live virtual workshop with artist Greta Liz Anderson.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, January 9, 2021

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake

    When Skunk plows into Badger’s life, everything Badger knows is upended. Enjoy reading this beautifully illustrated story of an odd-couple friendship with Jennifer Gordon and other kids!

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Recorded Saturday, December 12, 2020

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Collaged Quilt Tops

    Inspired by Rosie Lee Tompkins’s textiles, combine scrap fabrics with other found materials to collage a personal quilt top all your own!

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, December 12, 2020

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander

    In a unique blend of prose and verse, Becoming Muhammad Ali vividly captures the budding charisma and youthful personality of this great American sports hero for young readers. Join us online to read it together!

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Recorded Saturday, November 14, 2020

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Big Colors and Super Drips

    Inspired by Ron Nagle’s art, transform stream-of-consciousness drawings into 3-D forms in this Zoom workshop with artist Julia Sackett.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, November 14, 2020

    Virtual Roundtable Reading Bilingüe: Las brujas / The Witches by Roald Dahl

    Author Roald Dahl has a way with words, and witches! Join us on Zoom to read this suspenseful tale in both English and Spanish.
    El autor Roald Dahl tiene un don con las palabras ¡y con las brujas! Acompáñanos en Zoom a leer este cuento de suspenso en inglés y en español.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up
    Recomendado para las edades de 8 años en adelante

  • Presented Saturday, October 10, 2020

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Making a Space Called Home

    Join artist Raphael Noz on Zoom to explore pattern, shape, and space as you imagine creating a beautiful home for someone who needs one.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, October 10, 2020

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: Twintuition: Double Vision by Tia and Tamera Mowry

    How will tween twins Cassie and Caitlyn cope with their new home and their newly discovered superpower? Meet us on Zoom to read together and find out!

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Recorded Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Of Serpents, Ants, and Daily Life

    Combine photographs with drawing and making marks in ink to tell stories of your daily life in this Zoom workshop with artist Indira Urrutia.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: New Kid

    At his new school across town, Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. Torn between two worlds, can he keep his neighborhood friends and stay true to himself? Read with us on Zoom to find out!

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Recorded Saturday, August 8, 2020

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Mithila Paintings and Your Sidewalk Stories

    Meet artist Kim Bennett on Zoom to learn about patterns and stories in paintings from the Mithila region of India. Then, “take it outside” to draw your own stories with patterns using sidewalk chalk!

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, August 8, 2020

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: The Dragon Thief

    Somewhere in Brooklyn a dragon is missing. Will nine-year-old Jaxon succeed in finding it? Start reading this exciting sequel to Dragons in a Bag with us, then continue at home to find out what happens!

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Recorded Saturday, July 11, 2020

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Visual Rhythms in Rosie Lee Tompkins's Quilts

    Meet artist and educator Kaya Fortune on Zoom to look at exciting and colorful quilts by Rosie Lee Tompkins, then discover your own visual rhythms using materials easily found at home.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, July 11, 2020

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: Chester and Gus

    Read the beginning chapters of this affecting story about a dog and his boy, told from the dog’s point of view, then receive a copy of the book in the mail to finish at home.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Recorded Saturday, June 13, 2020

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: As If by Magic

    Join us as we look at Ron Nagle's captivating small sculptures. Then, make a sculpture of your own inspired by his imaginative approach!

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Presented Saturday, June 13, 2020

    Virtual Roundtable Reading: The Season of Styx Malone

    Read the beginning chapters of this suspenseful summertime adventure story aloud with other kids and Cragmont Elementary librarian Jackie Overlid, then receive a copy of the book in the mail to finish at home.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up 

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