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FAMILY PROGRAMS

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.

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.

Now you can spend a night at the Museum! Book a sleepover with family or friends. More info here!

A little boy stares up at Cookie Monster in a class case at the Museum.

JIM HENSON GUIDED TOURS

45 minutes
$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 GAME LAB

Open during Museum hours!

Drop in 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.

Moving Image Studio
A little boy with green headphones and a green shirt interacts with a green puppet ...another orange puppet is in foreground.

Access Mornings at MoMI

Offered the first Saturday of each month (June 2023–May 2024), free Access Mornings at MoMI are dedicated to families with children on the autism spectrum and give families an exclusive opportunity to explore exhibitions and participate in workshops that begin at 11:00 a.m. before public hours begin. Activities range from hands-on craft-making to digital video workshops facilitated by trained Museum educators and local puppeteers. To reduce overstimulation in the galleries the volume is reduced or turned off and videos unrelated to the program’s theme are kept off.

¡Agregado recientemente! Visita Guiada al Museo en Español

45 minutos 
$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.

Chldren at the Museum's stop-motion animation station
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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.

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: Stroller parking is available in the lobby, but coat check is currently unavailable.

Kids in a workshop smiling
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Family Memberships

Take advantage of our special family memberships, which offer unlimited admission to the Museum, reservation privileges, and much more!