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, 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

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.

 

Performance

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!

 

Performance

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.

 

Performance

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.

 

Film

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

 

Learning by Design
Studio Discoveries
Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 1pm - 3pm

Create Space

Design, construct and explore at the intersection of art and architecture.
Learning By Design works in partnership with the Boston Society of Architects to provide design education to kids and adults.

 

Made possible by American Dental Partners

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.

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.