Families

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Families

Check out the redesigned and expanded Art & Nature Center and the featured exhibition Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art.

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 Spot

Select Saturdays and Sundays, 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

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

Art Cart

Select 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.

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.

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.



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

Related events For families

LUNAR NEW YEAR
WEEKEND FESTIVAL
Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 10am - 4pm

The Chinese Lunar New Year is a 15-day celebration marking the start of the new year. Join us for this annual celebration as we mark the Year of the Monkey.

 

10 am-4 pm

DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY
Lucky Lanterns
Create Space

Design your own lantern with local artist, author and illustrator Jennifer DeCristoforo. She developed the Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts to share a connection with her adopted Chinese daughter's native culture.

 

11-11:45 am

PERFORMANCES
Gund Kwok: Lion Dance
Atrium

Kick off PEM's Lunar New Year celebrations with a lion dance performance by Gund Kwok, the only all-women lion dance group in the country. The Gund Kwok Lion Cubs, a group of 6- to 9-year-olds who have mastered lion dance skills, get the festivities started.

 

Noon-12:40 pm and 2-2:40 pm

Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band
Morse Auditorium

Join us for performances by young musicians who have mastered ancient Chinese string instruments.

 

Noon-12:30 pm and 2-2:30 pm

INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCES
Ribbon Dance
East India Marine Hall

Watch professional dancer Liwen Wang demonstrate the art of ribbon dancing. Then learn some moves as she invites audience members to take part in a short performance.

 

12:30-1 pm and 2:30-3 pm

Boston Synchrony Chinese Percussion Ensemble
Music and Drumming
East India Marine Hall

Learn more about Chinese percussion from Boston Synchrony Chinese Percussion Ensemble led by teacher and conductor Dr. Chi-Sun Chan. The ensemble performs traditional Chinese percussion music and provides demonstrations. Audience participation welcome!

 

1-1:45 pm

PERFORMANCE
Chinese Folk Art Workshop
Atrium

Members of the Chinese Folk Art Workshop, all between the ages of 12 and 18, perform Chinese dances. Also see another lion dance, drumming and the diabolo (a traditional Chinese yo-yo) in action.

 

3 pm

FILM
Little Shaolin Monks
Morse Auditorium
Recommended for ages 10 and up
Seats are first-come, first-served

Peek into the world of a group of 6- to 9-year-olds who live in the Shaolin Temple and practice the highest form of martial arts. 2007, 45 minutes, in Chinese with English subtitles

 

Zoom in on Scale!
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK
Monday, February 15, 2016 from 10:30am - 4pm

Explore the art and ideas in Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art as we shrink things down to get new perspectives on the world around us - and beyond!

 

10:30 am-4 pm

COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING
Galactic Muraling
Atrium

Join Sizing It Up artist and painter Jill Pabich to create an installation of the cosmos.  Make your own galactic-inspired art using photos by astrophotographer Robert Gendler.

 

10:30-11 am

STORY TIME
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes
Bartlett Gallery

All around us are millions of microscopic creatures, but what are they, and what would they look like if we could see them?

 

10:30 am-12:30 pm and 1-3 pm

DROP-IN ART MAKING
Mini-Scenes with a Big Appetite
Create Space

Meet Sizing It Up artist and photographer Christopher Boffoli and create your own mini-scene inspired by his Big Appetites series using tiny figures in a food landscape.

 

1-4 pm

Twisted Critters
Art Nook, Art & Nature Center

Design a small-scale animal menagerie using pipe cleaners and your imagination.

Zoom in on Scale!
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (continued)
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 10:30am - 4pm

Explore the art and ideas in Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art as we shrink things down to get new perspectives on the world around us - and beyond!

 

10:30 am-4 pm

COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING
Galactic Muraling
Atrium

Join Sizing It Up artist and painter Jill Pabich to create an installation of the cosmos.  Make your own galactic-inspired art using photos by astrophotographer Robert Gendler.

 

10:30 am-12:30 pm and 1-3 pm

DROP-IN ART MAKING
Mini-Scenes with a Big Appetite
Create Space

Meet Sizing It Up artist and photographer Christopher Boffoli and create your own mini-scene inspired by his Big Appetites series using tiny figures in a food landscape.

 

11-11:40 am and 1:30-2:10 pm

PERFORMANCE
The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show
Morse Auditorium
Recommended for ages 4 to adult
Tickets available day of program

Join Dan Foley and Joel Harris, an accomplished comedian juggling performing duo, as they navigate their way through atoms and molecules in the tiny world of nanoscale science.

 

1-4 pm

DROP-IN ART MAKING
Twisted Critters
Art Nook, Art & Nature Center

Design a small-scale animal menagerie using pipe cleaners and your imagination.

 

 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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

Stay tuned for Winter/Spring PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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

Zoom in on Scale!
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (continued)
Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 10:30am - 4pm

Explore the art and ideas in Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art as we shrink things down to get new perspectives on the world around us - and beyond!

 

10:30 am-noon and 12:30-2 pm

DEMONSTRATION
Terrarium Plantscapes
Atrium

Connect to your roots as you explore plant terrariums by Candace Atchue and Virginia Orlando of Seed to Stem. See a variety of terrariums, and watch new ones come to life as you learn everything you need to know about making your own.

 

10:30 am-noon

WORKSHOP
Snow Globe Worlds
Create Space
Tickets available day of program

Learn how to make a snow globe and create your own miniaturized spherical world to take home.

 

1-4 pm

DROP-IN ART MAKING
Mini Canvas Art
Create Space

Create a miniature masterpiece as you paint a scene of your choice on a tiny canvas.

 

Zoom in on Scale!
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (continued)
Friday, February 19, 2016 from 10:30am - 4pm

Explore the art and ideas in Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art as we shrink things down to get new perspectives on the world around us - and beyond!

 

10:30 am-noon and 12:30-2 pm

Terrarium Plantscapes
Atrium

Connect to your roots as you explore plant terrariums by Candace Atchue and Virginia Orlando of Seed to Stem. See a variety of terrariums, and watch new ones come to life as you learn everything you need to know about making your own

 

10:30-11 am

STORY TIME
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes
Bartlett Gallery

All around us are millions of microscopic creatures, but what are they, and what would they look like if we could see them?

 

10:30 am-noon

WORKSHOP
Snow Globe Worlds
Create Space
Tickets available day of program

Learn how to make a snow globe and create your own miniaturized spherical world to take home.

 

11 am-2 pm

Drop-in Art Making
Twisted Critters
Create Space

Design a small-scale animal menagerie using pipe cleaners and your imagination.

 

1-4 pm

Drop-in Art Making
Shrinking Nature Art
Create Space

Create a Shrinky Dink design inspired by nature and watch it shrink in size before your eyes!

 

 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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

Stay tuned for Winter/Spring PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

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