Families

Girl with Parents

Families

Where else can you fold an origami penguin, meet a live wolf and make your own finger puppets? At PEM, we’ve got plenty of ways for you to discover new adventures in art with your family and friends. Get swept up in the excitement of an Atrium Alive weekend festival and make new friends in our PEM Pals and Story Trails programs. Come experience PEM — together.

Gallery Experiences

Select Saturdays and Sundays
Explore ideas and art up close with a PEM Guide.

Drop-in Art Making

Select Saturdays and Sundays, 12-2 pm
Included with museum admission
Come create! Explore art, nature and more. Monthly schedule available.

Story Trails

Join staff members from the Art & Nature Center to explore PEM's galleries through specific artworks and stories, then participate in a related art-making activity or meet an author or illustrator. For children ages 5-8 with accompanying adult.

PEM Pals

Wednesdays, 10:30am
Ask for location at the information desk
included with museum admission
This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed for preschoolers and their caregivers.


Support for Family Programs provided in part by the Lowell Institute, American Dental Partners and Target.

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PEM Pals
Nutcracker Story Hour with The Boston Ballet School
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

On Wednesday, December 7, dancers and students from The Boston Ballet School will join us for Nutcracker Story Hour -- come meet a dancing bear, learn about the ballet, and create your own nutcracker.

Boston Ballet School

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This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

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Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

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Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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