Museum of the Moving Image is a great destination for families. 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 Yoda 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.
Drop In Moving Image Studio
The Museum offers drop-in studio sessions every Saturday for young visitors ages seven and up. 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.
Free with Museum admission.
Ages 7+, accompanied by an adult (12+ on their own).
Family-Friendly Films & Holiday Workshops
Bring the entire family to the Museum for family-friend film screenings every weekend and during school holidays. The Museum also offers special hands-on workshops for families during Thanksgiving weekend, Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, as well as the winter and spring school recesses. Holiday workshops are first-come, first-serve, with a materials fee. Please consult Upcoming Events for details on the Moving Image Studio schedule, as well as complete listings of films and workshops. And 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!