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Check out the redesigned and expanded Art & Nature Center and the featured exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art.

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. Get swept up in the excitement of an Atrium Alive weekend festival and make new friends in our PEM Pals and Story Trails programs. Come experience PEM — together.

Gallery Spot

Select Saturdays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm.
Drop by and join a museum educator in the galleries to get a closer look at one of the objects or artworks on display. Discover the materials and ideas that were used to create each object and have a conversation with an educator. This is a great jumping off point to exploring the rest of the galleries at PEM.

Drop-in Art Making

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm
Included with museum admission
Come create! Explore art, nature and more. Monthly schedule available.

Art Cart

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm, ask for cart's location at the information desk.
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 the stories about the art around you.

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

Wednesdays, 10:30am
Ask for location at the information desk
included with museum admission
This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Studio Discoveries

The opening of the new art studios in the Art & Nature Center helps us kick this program into high gear. Meet artists and designers of all types, get an up-close look at some of their tools and learn about different techniques. Come explore and create together in this exciting program for all ages.

Support for Family Programs provided in part by the Lowell Institute, American Dental Partners and Target.

Related events For families

Fast as a Flying Cloud
Story Trails
Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available day of program

Ellen's father says she was born with saltwater in her veins, and she's determined to grow up to be the best ship's navigator ever. Hear about her adventure as we read Dare the Wind and then experiment with salt watercolor painting.

School Vacation Week
Creative Adventures
Monday, February 16, 2015 to Friday, February 20, 2015 from 10am - 4pm

Explore the unexplored, create unique art experiences, take part in secret activities and blaze a trail through the museum! We'll spend the week experimenting and discovering some of the lesser-known art forms.


Made possible by the Lowell Institute


Lunar New Year
Weekend Festival
Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10am - 4pm

Join us for performances and activities as we celebrate the Year of the Goat.


Drop-in Art Activity

Lucky Lanterns
10 am-4 pm | Studio 1 | Create Space

Lanterns are an important part of Lunar New Year celebrations. Design your own with local artist, author and illustrator Jennifer DeCristoforo.



Gund Kwok: Lion Dance
11-11:45 am | Atrium

Help us kick off the celebrations with a lion dance performance by Gund Kwok, the only all-women lion dance group in the country.


Interactive Performances

Ribbon Dance
Noon-12:30 pm and 2-2:30 pm
East India Marine Hall

Professional dancer Liwen Wang demonstrate the art of ribbon dancing.


Boston Synchrony Chinese Percussion Ensemble 
12:30-1 pm and 2:30-3 pm
East India Marine Hall

Led by Dr. Chi-Sun Chan, the ensemble performs traditional Chinese percussion music and provides demonstrations. Audience participation encouraged!



Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band
Noon and 2 pm | Morse Auditorium

Join us for two 40-minute performances by young musicians who have mastered ancient Chinese string instruments. A nonprofit organization founded in 2007, the band promotes Chinese instrumental music and culture in the United States and seeks to improve children's appreciation of Chinese music.



Chinese Folk Art Workshop
1-1:45 pm | Atrium

Members of The Chinese Folk Art Workshop, all between the ages of 12 and 18, perform traditional Chinese dances.


Art Cart

Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art
1-3 pm | Level 2 Gallery

Drop by and get hands on in the galleries! Explore more with our interactive Art Cart. Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.


Gallery Spot

Up Close with Silk
1-3 pm | Level 2 Gallery

Drop by the exhibition Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo: Cultivating an Image of China to meet a museum educator and explore this elegant material.



Little Shaolin Monks
3 pm | Morse Auditorium
Recommended for ages 10 and up
Seats are first-come, first-served

Peek into the mysterious world of these 6- to 9-year-olds who live in the Shaolin Temple and practice the highest form of martial arts. 2007, 45 minutes, in Chinese with English subtitles.


Made possible by The Lowell Institute