For Families

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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

Related events For families

Drop In Art Making: Starchy Sculptures
DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY
Monday, April 21, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Explore recycled design by creating your own cornstarch sculpture!

 

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Family Energy Exploration
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30am

Join the staff of the Green Up Initiative for a hands-on exploration of your home's energy use! Children will be introduced to themes of energy conservation and sustainability and grown-ups can learn how to save energy in their own homes. Interactive stations include experiments, coloring, a take-home activity packet and easy tips to take action. 

Drop In Art Making: Starchy Sculptures
DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Explore recycled design by creating your own cornstarch sculpture!

 

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Drop In Art Making: Magnetic Graphic Design
DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY
Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Get inspired by the graphics of California Design to create an abstract magnetic puzzle.

 

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Drop In Art Making: Magnetic Graphic Design
DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY
Friday, April 25, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Get inspired by the graphics of California Design to create an abstract magnetic puzzle.

 

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Gallery Spot
Engage with an Elephant
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Studio Discovery - Visualizing Verse
Studio Discoveries
Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Join artist Yetti Frenkel as she shares her process of making mosaics to illustrate poetry. Then make your own colorful artwork.

 

Made possible by American Dental Partners

Hairballs and Haiku
Story Trails
Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm

Tickets available day of program

Enjoy lively poems from the viewpoint of a very opinionated cat, and get inspired to write your own haiku in your new hand-bound book.

Gallery Spot
Engage with an Elephant
Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Gallery Spot
Engage with an Elephant
Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Gallery Spot
Engage with an Elephant
Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Monsters in the Cliffs
Story Trails
Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available on day of program

Seashells of stone and bones of giant monsters light the imagination of a young girl named Mary Anning. Learn more about this early dinosaur hunter as we read Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt then create a glue-resist fossil painting of your own.

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Studio Discovery
Create Space
Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Pronto Plates are a new type of lithography that live up to their name - you can make a lot of prints, pronto! Come check out PEM's new press and make your own Pronto print to take home.

Made possible by American Dental Partners