Family Visits

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Family Visits

Check out the redesigned and expanded Art & Nature Center and the featured exhibition Beyond Human, Artist–Animal Collaborations.

At PEM, we want to make it easy for you and your family to connect with art and culture. Our Art & Nature Center, with hands-on activities, discovery drawers, games and computer stations, is a great place to start.

You can also embark on a treasure hunt of sorts and search for animals or sailing ships in the PEM collection using our complimentary Gallery Discovery Kits.

Check the calendar for the next Weekend Festival and join the rest of the PEM community for unforgettable dance, music, film, art making and opportunities to meet artists and performers. Whatever you choose to do while you’re here — listen to a story during PEM Pals or make a drawing — we want your visit to be relaxing and enjoyable.

Family-friendly Resources

Ships Ahoy!: Gallery Discovery Kit
Ships Ahoy!:Gallery Discovery Kit
Download this family-friendly Gallery Discovery Kit and explore life at sea. PDF Format.

Featured Interactives For Your Family

Related events For families

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