Families

Girl with Parents

Families

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, 12-2 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

Rainbow Symphony
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available day of program

What would it be like to hear the colors you see? How would you turn that music into art? Join us as we read The Noisy Paint Box by author Barb Rosenstock and then create wind chimes with colorful found materials.

Maker Lounge Open House
Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 2pm - 4pm

Stop by the Maker Lounge to Meet David Yann Robert, our newest maker-in-residence. Robert is currently an exhibiting artist in Branching Out: Trees as Art in the Art & Nature Center and co-founder of the Center for Children's Speculative Design. At the Open House, he and a few youth designers will talk about the Speculative Lifeforms project they are working on during Robert's residency.
 
Also, learn about:
- upcoming low-cost workshops for adults
- events for all ages
- the equipment and materials in the space
Share your feedback and suggestions for programs you'd like to see in the Maker Lounge. You'll also meet other makers, tinkerers, technologists, creatives and crafters here in Salem!

 

Slow Art Day 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10am - 2pm
Register at slowartday.com

slow art day

Join the grassroots event with a simple mission: help more people discover the joy of looking at art. Explore suggested works in the galleries at your own pace. Then, join fellow visitors for lunch in the Atrium at 1 pm to discuss what you saw and felt.

 

Register at slowartday.com
Woodshop
Studio Discoveries
Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 1pm - 3pm

Create Space

Teacher, woodworker and jack-of-all-trades “Handy Tam” shows you how to hammer, clamp, saw and paint your own wooden creations.

 

Made possible by American Dental Partners

Let it Grow – School Vacation Week
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring and join our Earth Day festivities!

STORY TIME

The Leaf Men
10:30-11 am | meet at information desk

Who are the mysterious Leaf Men and can they save the backyard from the evil Spider Queen?

 

COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING

Bark Building
10:30 am-1 pm | outside the museum

Join Branching Out artist Kyle Browne to create a forest mural along the front of the museum.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Seedling Pots
11 am-2 pm | Create Space

Decorate a seedling pot and be ready to plant for spring! Early participants also get an evergreen tree seedling to take home.

 

ARTIST DEMONSTRATION

Tree Eavesdropping
1-3 pm, | outside the museum

Meet Branching Out artist and Maker Lounge Artist-in-Residence David Yann Robert and learn how to eavesdrop on the inner life of a tree, then create an original artwork.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leaf Carpet
1-4 pm | Atrium

Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.

 


Let it Grow – School Vacation Week (cont.)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring and join our Earth Day festivities!

 

COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING

Bark Building
10:30 am-1 pm | outside the museum

Join Branching Out artist Kyle Browne to create a forest mural along the front of the museum.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leaf-Litter Paper
11 am-2 pm | Create Space

Get hands on with nature to create some beautiful paper made from natural materials.

 

ARTIST DEMONSTRATION

Tree Eavesdropping
1-3 pm, | outside the museum

Meet Branching Out artist and Maker Lounge Artist-in-Residence David Yann Robert and learn how to eavesdrop on the inner life of a tree, then create an original artwork.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leaf Carpet
1-4 pm | Atrium

Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.

 


Let it Grow – School Vacation Week (cont.)
Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring and join our Earth Day festivities!

 

STORY TIME

The Great Kapok Tree
10:30–11 am | meet at information desk

Will the animals of the rainforest be able to save the Great Kapok Tree?

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Seed Balls
11 am–2 pm | Create Space

Get ready for the growing season by shaping a ball of local wildflower seeds to plant by tossing!

ARTIST DEMONSTRATION

Birch-Bark Art
11 am–1 pm | Atrium

Find out how Branching Out artist David Moses Bridges works with the properties of birch bark to create baskets, canoes and more!

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Leaf Carpet
1-4 pm | Atrium

Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.

 

WORKSHOP

Birch-Bark Etching
2–3 pm | Create Space
For ages 9 and up with an adult
Reservations by April 20

Create an original etched birch-bark panel with Branching Out artist David Moses Bridges.


Tree Tales
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available day of program

What could a tree tell us if it could talk? Meet Susan Coolidge, author of The Stories Trees Tell, create some tree-inspired art and find out more about the amazing world of trees.

ARTWEEK Boston
Exploring Transformation
Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 1pm - 2:30pm
Reservations by May 6

Included with museum admission

Create, play, explore and think with your fingers! This session, held in conjunction with ArtWeek Boston, includes a mini-talk by artist Beth Galston in Branching Out: Trees as Art, a studio workshop transforming tree materials into sculpture led by Galston, and a special meet up with Patrick Dougherty who is constructing an outdoor sculpture at PEM with the help of area volunteers, starting May 7.