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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

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Woodworking Wonders
Studio Discoveries
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Using thin pieces of wood and special tools, work with artist Ellen Kaspern to create a large collaborative inlay.
Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Art Cart
Saturday, November 22, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, November 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, November 29, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, November 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Chasing Ice and Birds in a Changing Climate
Film and Presentation
Friday, December 5, 2014 from 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Reservations not required

Free

Attend a special screening of the award-winning film Chasing Ice by environmental photographer James Balog, a featured artist in Branching Out. His videos of Arctic glaciers reveal ancient mountains of ice disappearing at a breathtaking rate. Following the film, researcher and author Trevor Lloyd-Evans presents the effects of climate change on migratory birds. Chasing Ice, 2012, 75 minutes.Book signing follows. Co-sponsored by Mass Audubon and Essex County Ornithological Club. A brief business meeting of the E.C.O.C. is held 7-7:15 pm.

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, December 6, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Boxes Full of Stories
Story Trails
Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available on day of program

Does a diary have to be made of words? What does a memory look like? Find out as we explore The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman and then create a decoupage memory box.

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Art Cart
Sunday, December 7, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, December 13, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, December 14, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.

 

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, December 20, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, December 21, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, December 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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, December 28, 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, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

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

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, December 28, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm

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.