JBFC Kids is an exciting initiative designed to deepen the experience of young viewers (and their families) and welcoming a new generation of cinema-lovers and media-makers into our community. We’re making the theater-going experience more inviting for kids, hosting FREE hands-on activities on the first Saturday of select months, and offering a full roster of courses and workshops for ages 3–13! Take a look at all our JBFC Kids offerings below.

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JBFC Kids films programmed by Emily Ohara



Film Programming


Landfill Harmonic

Feb. 18–19, noon; Feb. 23, 3:00
Recommended for ages 10 and up

The Recycled Orchestra is most unlikely musical group you can imagine. Based in a slum outside the Paraguayan capital this is the story of an intrepid group of children who build something unimaginably beautiful out of other people’s trash. JBFC Kids activities on Saturday, Feb. 18!


E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Sunday, Mar. 5, 1:00
All proceeds will support JBFC’s Scholarship and Transportation Fund.

Celebrate E.T.’s 35th anniversary! See it on the big screen with your whole family and relive the adventure and magic of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.



April 15-16, noon; April 20, 5:00
Recommended for ages 5 and up

Legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki created the story of Ponyo, a spirited goldfish who lives a mundane life under the sea. She knows she’s not supposed to leave home, but one day her curiosity gets the best of her, and off she goes. JBFC Kids activities on Saturday, April. 15!

Free Events


Family Saturdays @ the Lab

Saturday, April. 1, 1:00–3:00

Join us for a series of “Trash-to-Treasure” activities related to the film Landfill Harmonic, including the opportunity to make your own instrument, edit your own found footage film, and enter a ticket raffle!



Video Game Club

Mar. 11–Apr. 8
Grades 5–8

Come play with us! Join the club and learn about games on a whole new level.


Experiments in Media Workshop

Mar. 25
Grades 3-4

The sky’s the limit as you explore new and exciting ways to use media and technology. Discover cutting-edge techniques and learn to look at visual media in a new way.



April 4-May 16
Grades 1-2

Dream up your own unique stories, characters, and places—and then bring them to life! Work independently and in groups in this exciting six-week course.