Museum of the Moving Image is a great destination for families. Please consult this week's Calendar of 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.
Enjoy a new interactive animation section of Behind the Screen reimagined with a special focus on the seminal and wildly popular work of LAIKA, the animation studio that created Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), and Missing Link (2019).
The Jim Henson Exhibition, a dynamic experience exploring Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on culture, is open year-round for the entire family.
Strollers are not permitted in the Museum’s galleries; stroller parking is available in the lobby. Review the FAQ for more helpful planning info.
Please note: Before your visit, check the Museum's visitor safety page for the latest on mask-wearing and other guidelines.
JIM HENSON GUIDED TOURS
$5 per visitor
On Thursdays and Saturdays, join us for a guided tour of The Jim Henson Exhibition! The family-oriented tour will be led by a Museum educator through selected galleries of the exhibition (all ages welcome) and will include the interactive stations. Groups will meet in the cafe area at 4:00 pm on Thursdays and at 3:00 pm on Saturdays. The tour costs $5 per visitor (on top of admission ticket).
MEDIA AND GAME LABS
Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Fridays (through November 25, 2022), 2:00–8:00 p.m.
Stop by to enjoy digital media activities for the whole family. Experience the moving image as it comes to life with such programs as Green Screen, Stop Motion Animation, Pixel Art, and more. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
¡Agregado recientemente! Visita Guiada al Museo en Español
$5 por visitante
Acompáñanos en una visita guiada en el Museum of the Moving Image guiada por un educador del Museo de habla hispana. El recorrido incluirá una introducción a la “imagen en movimiento” y una descripción general de las galerías y estaciones interactivas del museo. Este recorrido de 45 minutos se realizará en español. Los grupos se reunirán en el área del café a la 2:45 p.m. El recorrido cuesta $5 por visitante (precio adicional al ticket de admisión).
NOTE: Tours will resume in spring 2023.
Family-Friendly Films and Events
Bring the entire family to the Museum for our wide variety of screenings. Click here for a list of all current family-friendly screenings at the Museum.
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: Stroller parking is available in the lobby, but coat check is currently unavailable.
Take advantage of our special family memberships, which offer unlimited admission to the Museum, reservation privileges, and much more!