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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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

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

PEM Pals
Wednesdays at 10:30am on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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

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

Nature Snapshot: Expose Your Creative Side
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 2pm - 3pm

Tickets available day of program

Learn about nature photography as we read Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature by Cindy Jenson-Elliott and illustrated by Christy Hale. Create your own nature "photos" as you experiment with sunprint paper, exposing nature silhouettes to different light sources.

LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
WEEKEND FESTIVAL
Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 10am - 4pm

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with music, art making and other traditions, including colorful lion dances.

 

PERFORMANCES

Cubs Lion Dance
10:30am - 11am | Atrium

Help us kick off the festival with a lion dance performance by The Cubs of Gund Kwok. These young dancers (ages 6 to 9) have mastered the strength, skill, and coordination required to perform this tradition.


Lion Dance
11am - 11:30am | Atrium

Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion Dance Troupe, the only all-women lion dance group in the country, performs this traditional dance to ward off evil for the coming year. After the show, talk to some of their performers and get up close with their costumes.

 

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

Members of The Chinese Folk Art Workshop, all between the ages of 12 and 18, present traditional dances for the New Year. Listed to drumming, watch graceful performances, and see a diabolo (a traditional Chinese yo-yo) in action.

 

Guzheng Youth Band
12-12:40 pm and 2-2:40pm | Morse Auditorium
Seats are first-come, first-served

Join us for 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.

 

WORKSHOP

Jianzi / Chinese Hacky Sack 
Noon-1:00 pm and 2-3:00 pm| East India Marine Hall

Create your own Jianzi -- a chinese version of a shuttlecock or hacky sack -- then learn how to play this traditional Chinese folk sport with Martin Lee of FreestyleMotions. 

 

COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING

Lion Banner
12pm - 3:00 pm | Atrium 

Contribute to our lion banner! Decorate your own piece and attach it to the lion.

 

Put a Patch on it!
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 2pm - 3pm

Tickets available day of program

If you have ever had a hard time letting go of favorite items of clothing, learn how to repurpose them as we read I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn. Then find inspiration in the WOW exhibition as you design one-of-a-kind iron-on patches under the guidance of fiber artist Ana Campos.