Families

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Families

Check out the redesigned and expanded Art & Nature Center and the featured exhibition Beyond Human, Artist–Animal Collaborations.

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. Pick up a family-friendly Gallery Discovery Kit and search for animals or explore life at sea. 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 Spot

Select Saturdays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm.
Drop by and join a museum educator in the galleries to get a closer look at one of the objects or artworks on display. Discover the materials and ideas that were used to create each object and have a conversation with an educator. This is a great jumping off point to exploring the rest of the galleries at PEM.

Drop-in Art Making

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm
Included with museum admission
Come create! Explore art, nature and more. Monthly schedule available.

Art Investigations

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm, ask for cart's location at the information desk.
Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover the stories about the art around you.

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.

Studio Discoveries

The opening of the new art studios in the Art & Nature Center helps us kick this program into high gear. Meet artists and designers of all types, get an up-close look at some of their tools and learn about different techniques. Come explore and create together in this exciting program for all ages.

Family-friendly Resources

Ships Ahoy!: Gallery Discovery Kit

Download this family-friendly Gallery Discovery Kit and explore life at sea. PDF Format.

Ships Ahoy!:Gallery Discovery Kit



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

Related events For families

Studio Discovery - Design ThinkShop
Studio Discoveries
Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Collaborate in a design challenge with industrial designer, artist and teacher Amy Leidtke that focuses on inclusive problem solving, teamwork and creating.

 

Made possible by American Dental Partners

Gallery Spot
Engage with an Elephant
Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Gallery Spot
Engage with an Elephant
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Studio Discovery - Visualizing Verse
Studio Discoveries
Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Join artist Yetti Frenkel as she shares her process of making mosaics to illustrate poetry. Then make your own colorful artwork.

 

Made possible by American Dental Partners

Hairballs and Haiku
Story Trails
Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm

Tickets available day of program

Enjoy lively poems from the viewpoint of a very opinionated cat, and get inspired to write your own haiku in your new hand-bound book.

Gallery Spot
Engage with an Elephant
Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Gallery Spot
Engage with an Elephant
Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Gallery Spot
Engage with an Elephant
Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Monsters in the Cliffs
Story Trails
Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available on day of program

Seashells of stone and bones of giant monsters light the imagination of a young girl named Mary Anning. Learn more about this early dinosaur hunter as we read Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt then create a glue-resist fossil painting of your own.

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Studio Discovery
Create Space
Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Pronto Plates are a new type of lithography that live up to their name - you can make a lot of prints, pronto! Come check out PEM's new press and make your own Pronto print to take home.

Made possible by American Dental Partners