For Families

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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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

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 stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

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 stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

PEM Pals Mini-Fest
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 9am - 12:30pm

Join us for this special morning of events just for PEM's youngest visitors. Get messy in the  Create Space, dance in the galleries, explore new art materials in the Atrium, grab some family-friendly snacks in our Atrium Café then cozy up in our special Book Nook!

 

Dancing Gallery Tours

9:15, 9:45, 11:30 am and noon
Meet at information desk

Move and groove through the galleries with our friends from Urbanity Dance. Take a closer look at some of the artwork, boogie down and jump around.

 

PEM Pals

10:30 am | Atrium

This fun, interactive programs with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. Offered weekly, it is one of PEM's most popular programs. Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Sensory Stations

9 am-12:30 pm | Atrium

Cut, tear, crumple and connect. Each station has a different art material to explore. Check out one or try them all!

 

PEM Collection Creations

9 am-12:30 pm | Create Space

Get messy with our special guest, Stephanie from Out of the Box Studio in Marblehead.  She'll share some art-making projects inspired by works at PEM.  

 

Book Nook

9 am-12:30 pm | Art & Nature Center

Looking for a quiet place to relax and recharge? Stop by our special Book Nook tucked away in the Art & Nature Center Art Nook. Get comfy with Simone from Salem Children's Library, discover new books and make your own bookmark.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

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 stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

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 stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Push, Pull, Scrape & Stamp
Studio Discovery
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Discover how J.M.W. Turner experimented with paint, then meet abstract painter Rachel Desrochers, who uses everything from sticks to hockey pucks to make her art. Suit up with a smock to explore the tools and techniques that can be tapped to create an abstract painting. 

Made possible by American Dental Partners

 

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

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 stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Island Mystery
Story Trails
Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available on day of program

Can an island disappear? Investigate the local secrets of a real place hidden by the tides in Corinne Demas' The Disappearing Island, then examine sand up close and create a sandpaper print to take home. 

 

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

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 stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

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 stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

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 stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

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 stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

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 stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

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 stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

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 stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Gallery Spot
Gambling Sticks
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.