Programs

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Programs

Gallery Spots

Stop by one of the galleries to meet a museum educator and discover more about one of the pieces on view.

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

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. Meets Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30 am. No reservations required.

Studio Discoveries

This is a drop-in, hands-on program for families and kids of all ages to get creative and sometimes messy! Explore art-making and art materials in depth while meeting and learning from real artists.

Weekend Art Activities

Make art together inspired by the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Every Saturday and Sunday, 1—3 pm. No reservations required.

Weekend Festivals: Atrium Alive

Free, fun-filled weekend events for all ages. Art activities, performing arts, workshops, artist demonstrations, tours, films, presentations and more. Some events might require reservations.

School Vacation Week

Programming for children and families held during Massachusetts public school vacations in February and April. Some events might require reservations.

Related events For families

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

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

Create your own mini-scene inspired by Sizing It Up artist Christopher Boffoli's 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!
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 10:30am - 4pm SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (continued)

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

Create your own mini-scene inspired by Sizing It Up artist Christopher Boffoli's 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!
Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 10:30am - 4pm SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (continued)

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

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. 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.