Learn & Play \\ Kids & Families

Program Descriptions

Gallery Spots
Stop by one of the galleries to meet a museum educator and discover more about one of the pieces on view.

Story Trails
Join staff members from the Art & Nature Center to explore PEM’s galleries through specific artworks and stories, then participate in a related art-making activity or meet an author or illustrator. For children ages 5-8 with accompanying adult.

PEM Pals
This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. Meets Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30 am. No reservations required.

Studio Discoveries
This is a drop-in, hands-on program for families and kids of all ages to get creative and sometimes messy! Explore art-making and art materials in depth while meeting and learning from real artists.

Weekend Art Activities
Make art together inspired by the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Every Saturday and Sunday, 1—3 pm. No reservations required.

Weekend Festivals: Atrium Alive
Free, fun-filled weekend events for all ages. Art activities, performing arts, workshops, artist demonstrations, tours, films, presentations and more. Some events might require reservations. 

School Vacation Week
Programming for children and families held during Massachusetts public school vacations in February and April. Some events might require reservations.