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.
Visiting the Museum
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. Visit Families FAQ for more helpful planning info.
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 video tape, video game consoles, and more. Please check This Week's Events to find a session.
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.
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 on the first Saturday of each month will feature modified programming for families on the autism spectrum.
Bring the entire family to the Museum for family-friendly film screenings. Family-friendly screenings are offered most weekends at 11:00 a.m.and during school recesses.
Sensory Friendly Screenings
First Saturday of the month at 11:00a.m.
Part of Family Matinee series
On the first Saturday of the month, the Museum offers Sensory Friendly Screenings for those who may find the full darkness and volume of traditional screenings overwhelming. Theater lights will be dimmed, but not completely turned off, and the sound for the screening will be set at a lower volume. Check here for an upcoming screening.
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. Contact the Education department to book your visit.
Rates start at $450. For children turning 8+
Your child can be the star of his or her very own party at the Museum. We create a memorable and fun-filled extravaganza for your child and guests, as we take them behind the scenes to see how films, television shows, and video games are made. Visit our Birthday Parties page for more information on party details, pricing, and to make a reservation.
Take advantage of our special family memberships which offer unlimited admission to the Museum, reservation privileges, exclusive discounts on children’s birthday parties and much more! Click here for details.