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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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

Celebrate the Beest
FAMILY FESTIVAL – Creative Adaptations
Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10am - 4pm

Build a beest of your own to live in one of three habitats designed at PEM. Find inspiration in live critters and work with guest artists, scientists and engineering advisors from Einstein's Workshop to make your beest thrive and adapt to different environments.

 

All-Night Hackathon

1 pm-1 pm

Join us for this high-energy, collaborative event that brings together a diverse group of tech-savvy folks to solve a Strandbeest challenge created by Strandbeest artist/mastermind Theo Jansen. We have room for eight teams total, four to six people per team. The first eight teams to register and submit payment ($50 per team) will participate in the Hackathon. Registration ends Monday, September 14. For information, contact makerlounge@pem.org.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

The Big Draw and Sizing It Up Mash-Up
WEEKEND FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10am - 4pm

From massive to minuscule, explore art and nature on a vast scale! PEM combines the opening of Sizing It Up and the annual Big Draw Festival for a lively day of art and investigation. 

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Mega Heart Meets Mini Heartbeats
10 am-4 pm | Atrium 

Explore Marilu Swett's giant abstract heart and add your own heartbeat drawing to the inside of the sculpture. 

 

Tinkering with Scale
10 am-4 pm | Maker Lounge 

Doodle in 3-D, make a pattern with a pantograph and tinker with tools and techniques for making drawings big and small. 

 

ARTIST DEMONSTRATION

Nail Scale Art
10 am-12:30 pm and 1-3:15 pm | Atrium 

Pick a nail for Nina Park to use as the canvas for one of her mini scenes. Animal face nail stickers are available for younger guests. 

 

STUDIO DISCOVERY

Tiny Giants: Marine Microbes at a Grand Scale
10 am-4 pm | Create Space 

Discover why marine microbes are called tiny giants as you investigate live organisms and create your own scale-warping art. Scientists and artists are on hand to share ideas, answer questions and help with your creation.

Made possible by American Dental Partners

 

FILM

Mysteries of the Unseen World
11 am-4 pm, runs hourly | Morse Auditorium
Recommended for families with children ages 3 and up 

Discover events in nature that are not visible to the human eye. From microscopic creatures to actions that occur in only a millisecond, this film gives us a peek into the unseen.

39 minutes, 2013. 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter 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.