• Movie Matinees for All Ages

    Remember spending Saturday afternoons at the movies when you were a kid? Relive that experience and share it with the next generation at Movie Matinees for All Ages. 

  • Family Fare

    Get the whole family involved in art at Family Fare. Second Saturdays at 11:30 AM and 1 PM.

  • 1 kid + 1 adult =$0

    Admission to the galleries is free for kids 18 & under plus one adult. So bring your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or neighbor to explore the new BAMPFA!

  • Art Lab

    Creative, hands-on art projects for all ages with a focus on drawing, collage, prints, and books. Drop-in hours are Thursday and Friday starting at 4 PM and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Family Events

Upcoming Events

  1. Family Fare: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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

    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)

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

    Saturday, May 13, 3 PM

    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)

  3. Family Day: A Free Day of Art & Music

    Sunday, May 21, 11–3 PM

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

  4. Rainbow Afternoon: Drawing Workshops for Kids

    Saturday, June 3, 1–5 PM

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

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

    Saturday, June 10, 11 AM & 1 PM

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

  6. Roundtable Reading: Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

    Saturday, June 10, 3 PM

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

  7. Family Fare: Enter the Otherworldly

    Saturday, July 8, 11 AM & 1 PM

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

  8. Roundtable Reading: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

    Saturday, July 8, 3 PM

    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.


Field Trips

We offer guided tours for school and youth groups. 

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The arts are critical to making a city vibrant and unique. One of my favorite places to be is the BAMPFA theater lobby, feeling the ‘buzz’ of anticipation before a film. If I could, I would be there every night!"

Jim Reynolds, coffee bean buyer and former BAMPFA Trustee

"My family still talks about the Wolfgang Laib exhibition we saw in 2000, where the artist created an installation with pollen. It has prompted many animated conversations on the enduring question, "what is art?"

Franca Cioria, Director, Via Nova Children's School Berkeley