Recommended for kids ages four and up and their adult companions

Education Center, Mezzanine, Theater 3
*Big Drive*. 2010. Canada. Directed by Anita Lebeau. © 2012 National Film Board of Canada

Bridgehampton. 1998. USA. Directed by John Canemaker. 7 min.

This lyrical, personal study of Canemaker’s Long Island garden through the seasons is accompanied by an original jazz score by Fred Hersch.

Distant Islands. 1981. Canada. Directed by Bettina Matzkuhn Maylone. 7 min.

Using an animation form that employs embroidery, quilting, and other fiber techniques, this film celebrates the simple delights of summer sailing trips that the filmmaker made as a child with her parents in rural British Columbia.

Where the Wild Things Are. 1973. USA. Directed by Gene Deitch. 8 min.

Adapted from Maurice Sendak’s picture book of the same title, this is the story of what happens when young Max makes mischief and is sent to bed without his supper.

Big Drive. 2011. Canada. Directed by Anita Lebeau. 9 min.

In an era before in-car movies and video games, four sisters squeeze into the back of the family car for a long journey. While the parents keep a steady watch on the road ahead, restlessness gradually gives way to mayhem in the car’s close quarters. Just before the ride becomes unbearable, the sisters are inspired to combine their creative energy. Suddenly, the big drive becomes an even bigger adventure.

Enjoy new and classic family-friendly short films, engaging discussions, and suggestions for follow-up activities in the Museum’s galleries. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

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Tickets: Free tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the program at the information desk in the Education and Research Building, at 4 West 54 Street.

Contact: (212) 708-9805 or

Accessibility: Sound amplification devices are available for all programs. All theaters are equipped with loop systems and are wheelchair accessible.

This film is part of Family Films.