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For Families

The Art & Nature Center closed July 8 for renovations. An interim space, the Pop-Up Art & Nature Center, opened July 14, 2012. The Art & Nature Center is scheduled to reopen fall 2013 with the special exhibition 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 Book Buddies story time program. Come experience PEM — together.

Drop-in Art Activities

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm.
Pop-Up Art & Nature Center
Included with museum admission
Come create! Explore art, nature and more. Monthly schedule available in the Pop-Up Art & Nature Center.

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

Related events For families

Tracking Detectives
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 2pm - 3pm

Tickets available day of program

Hone your nature detective skills as we read Footprints in the Snow by Mei Matsuoka. Learn about animal tracks and tracking in the wild, then create animal feet shoes to make your own critter tracks outside in the snow, sand or dirt.

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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PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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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PEM Pals
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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 28, 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.