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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

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PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

Flight Academy
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available day of program

Have you ever wanted to fly? You're in good company! Celebrate getting airborne with the story Flight School by Lita Judge, followed by an animated short about flight. Then design your own flying machine!

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Celebrate Summer at PEM Pals!  Each week we’ll explore books and crafts about all the fun things you can do in the Summer. See below for a list of special guests.

July 8

Join us for music, instruments, and more with Music Together. http://www.musictogethersalem.com/

August 19

Come meet Cat in The Hat and learn some rhymes! With Parties by Carole http://www.partiesbycarole.net/#!events/cjn9

August 26

Our favorite one-man-band, Mr. Whirly returns to PEM. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes! http://www.thewhirlygigs.com/

 

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.

PEM Pals
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30am on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Stay tuned for Fall/Winter PEM Pals listings!

Here is our list of PEM Pals favorite books of 2014.

Read The Inside Story: PEM Pals continues to grow from Connections magazine.