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

Lunar Landing 2.0
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (Continued)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate the science, technology and innovation driving lunar exploration. Immerse yourself in a portable planetarium, design a spacecraft, plan a lunar colony and much more!

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Lunar Module Engineering
10:30 am-4 pm | Atrium

Design a lunar module model for transporting astronauts between the Moon's surface and their orbiting spacecraft.

 

COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING

Lunar Mission: Make a Moon Colony
10:30 am-4 pm | Create Space

Design a portion of a Moon colony with artist/educator Kimberly Aaronson as museum guests join together to create a 3-D lunar outpost fit for humans.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Moon Collages
10:30 am-4 pm | Create Space

Create a Moon-themed collage inspired by Lunar Attraction artist Beth Hoeckel's compositions.

 

WORKSHOP

Rockets: There and Back Again
11 am-2:30 pm
PEM Connect building, next to main entrance
Tickets available day of program
Recommended for ages 5 to adult

Join an educator from the Museum of Science, Boston, to create an air rocket that will launch across the room to reach the Moon and other space targets, and then design a craft to safely return back to Earth. Four 50-minute programs offered at 11 am, noon, 1:30 and 2:30 pm.

 

FILM

Despicable Me
1-2:36 pm | Morse Auditorium

Supervillain Gru hatches a plan to steal the Moon with the help of an army of Minions, a dash of super technology and three adorable orphans in this computer-animated comedy by Illuminated Entertainment. 2010, Rated PG.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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

Lunar Landing 2.0
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (Continued)
Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate the science, technology and innovation driving lunar exploration. Immerse yourself in a portable planetarium, design a spacecraft, plan a lunar colony and much more!

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Lunar Module Engineering
10:30 am-4 pm | Atrium

Design a lunar module model for transporting astronauts between the Moon's surface and their orbiting spacecraft.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Moon Collages
10:30 am-4 pm | Create Space

Create a Moon-themed collage inspired by Lunar Attraction artist Beth Hoeckel's compositions.

 

IMMERSIVE PRESENTATION

Night Sky: Portable Planetarium
11 am-1:45 pm | East India Marine Hall
Tickets available day of program
Recommended for ages 5 to adult

Join a space expert from the Museum of Science, Boston, on an exploration of the Moon, stars, planets and other celestial objects in the cosmos. 30-minute presentations at 11 and 11:45 am, 1 and 1:45 pm.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Lunar Orrery
10:30 am-4 pm | Maker Lounge

Create a paper model to better understand the orbits of the Sun, Earth and Moon.

Lunar Landing 2.0
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (Continued)
Friday, February 24, 2017 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate the science, technology and innovation driving lunar exploration. Immerse yourself in a portable planetarium, design a spacecraft, plan a lunar colony and much more!

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Lunar Module Engineering
10:30 am-4 pm | Atrium

Design a lunar module model for transporting astronauts between the Moon's surface and their orbiting spacecraft.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Moon Collages
10:30 am-4 pm | Create Space

Create a Moon-themed collage inspired by Lunar Attraction artist Beth Hoeckel's compositions.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Lunar Orrery
10:30 am-4 pm | Maker Lounge

Create a paper model to better understand the orbits of the Sun, Earth and Moon.

 

FILM

Despicable Me
1-2:36 pm | Morse Auditorium

Supervillain Gru hatches a plan to steal the Moon with the help of an army of Minions, a dash of super technology and three adorable orphans in this computer-animated comedy by Illuminated Entertainment.2010, Rated PG.

Put a Patch on it!
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 2pm - 3pm

Tickets available day of program

If you have ever had a hard time letting go of favorite items of clothing, learn how to repurpose them as we read I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn. Then find inspiration in the WOW exhibition as you design one-of-a-kind iron-on patches under the guidance of fiber artist Ana Campos.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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

Moving to the Music
Moving to the Music Mini-Fest
Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 1pm - 5pm

Included with museum admission

Discover how movement and music can create and tell stories.

 

MOVEMENT WORKSHOP

Phases and Phrases
1-2 pm | East India Marine Hall

Engage with performers from New Repertory Theatre's Classic Repertory Company in this all-ages interactive session! Get active and explore sequences of movements to create and tell a story inspired by the moon.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

DIY Star Projectors
1-3 pm | Studio 1, Create Space

Create your own star projector to transform any wall into the night sky.

 

MUSIC WORKSHOP

Musical Gestures
3-4 pm | East India Marine Hall

Get to know the string instrument family in this workshop and informal concert. Using gesture, body language and musical inflection, performers from the New England Philharmonic Chamber Players communicate mood and narrative without using any words! Followed by a string instrument "petting zoo" for your budding virtuosos.

 

EXHIBITION VIEWING

Lunar Attraction
Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center | Ground level

Explore artworks and interactives that explore our longstanding fascination and connection with the moon.

 

TWO SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

Phases: A Lunar Fantasy
$10 members, $15 students, $20 nonmembers. Free for children 16 and under

Family friendly concert | 6:30 pm | Atrium
Purchase Tickets – 6:30pm 

Wear your pajamas and get comfortable. Performance includes milk and cookies

 

18 and older concert | 8:30 pm
Purchase Tickets – 8:30 pm

Cash bar and complimentary cookies

The Asia/America New Music Institute and PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin invite you on an interstellar adventure about growing up, facing fear and making art. Using 360-degree lighting and projections to lift the Atrium into outer space, this music experience will delight the whole family. Approximate run time: 75 minutes, no intermission. Learn more at pem.org/aucoin and aanmi.org.

Featuring new music by Chad Cannon, Sun-Young Park, Sayo Kosugi, Paul Frucht, and Matthew Aucoin. Lighting and projection design by Mary Ellen Stebbins, Kevan Loney, and Bryce Cutler. Conceived and directed by Victoria Crutchfield.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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

Draw with Words
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 2pm - 3pm

Tickets available day of program

Sail across a sea of words as we read A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston. Then create your own typographical landscapes using newsprint, text cutouts and your imagination. 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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

Art-To-Wear
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 10am - 4pm

WOW® artists combine diverse fashion and sculpture techniques, technology and costume making to create works that spark the imagination. Join us this week to explore World of WearableArtTM exhibition through hands-on art making, demonstrations and storytelling. 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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

Naturally Musical
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 2pm - 3pm

Tickets available day of program

Follow a music lover's dream as we read David Litchfield's The Bear and the Piano. Then make your own instrument with natural materials and the help of Brazilian musician Ricardo Frota, founder of Ecology of Sound. 

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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