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Museum of the Moving Image is a great destination for families. Please consult This Week's Events for full details on current family-friendly programming.

Year-round, families are invited to explore the Museum’s hands-on core exhibition Behind the Screen, which features over 1,400 artifacts, from mind-bending optical toys to a real Chewbacca mask from the Star Wars films, as well as an array of interactive experiences in which families can make stop-motion animations, add sound effects and music to famous movie scenes, and star in a personalized flipbook.

Please note: Strollers and backpacks are not permitted in the Museum’s galleries; free coat check is available. Review the FAQ for more helpful planning info.

Family Tours

60 minutes
Up to 18 family members
$150 flat rate

This hour-long fun and educational guided tour of the Museum’s immersive, interactive core exhibition Behind the Screen is for family members of all ages. Tours are led by a Museum Educator for groups of up to 18 family members. Family tours are available by reservation during the Museum's public hours.

Note: Please check any strollers, coats, and backpacks at coat check before the tour begins.

Kids in a workshop smiling

Drop-In Moving Image Studio

Free with Museum admission. Recommended for ages 4+, accompanied by an adult.

The Museum offers drop-in studio sessions most Saturdays, free with Museum admission. With the assistance of Museum educators, visitors engage in hands-on creative work, making projects ranging from flipbooks and thaumatropes (hand-drawn optical toys) to stop-motion and computer animations and video games. Studio visitors also have the opportunity to see, handle, and explore the inner workings of moving-image technology, such as projectors, film strips and videotape, video game consoles, and more. Please check This Week's Events to find a session.

Mornings @ MoMI

Join us on the first and last Saturdays of each month for exclusive Museum access for families (before doors open to the general public). Visitors of all ages can explore the exhibitions and participate in art making projects, facilitated by Museum educators with a different theme each month. See the current schedule.

Access Mornings @ MoMI

The Mornings @ MoMI program on the first Saturday of each month includes modifications for children with Autism spectrum disorder and their families, and is hosted by a professional puppeteer. See the current schedule.

Family-Friendly Films

Bring the entire family to the Museum for family-friendly film screenings. Family-friendly screenings few times a month and during school recesses.

School Recess Workshops

The Museum offers special family-friendly matinees and hands-on workshops during Thanksgiving weekend, winter, mid-winter, and the spring school recesses. School recess workshops are drop-in and free with Museum admission; no pre-registration is required.