Monday, February 02, 2015

Making Plans for School Vacation?

Monday, February 16, to Friday, February 20 | 10 am - 4 pm
SALEM, MA --  Spend February Vacation Week at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM). Explore the unexplored, create unique art experiences, take part in secret activities and blaze a trail through the galleries! We'll spend the week experimenting and discovering some of the lesser-known art forms. As always, kids 16 and under are admitted to the museum for FREE.

This year’s February School Vacation Week includes a special PEM Pals, the museum’s highly popular interactive book program for preschoolers. On Wednesday, February 18, wear your pajamas to the museum and consider contributing new items for a pajama drive. Headed up by the Boston Bruins, the Cradle to Crayons Pajama Drive brings warm and cozy pajamas to children in need. More information is available at     


The Way You Move
Monday through Friday, 10 am-4 pm | Atrium | All ages
Experience a light projection that invites you to create a unique and fluid work of art with others. Led by artist Cindy Sherman Bishop.

Materials Maze and Design Challenge
Monday through Friday, 10 am-4 pm | First clue available at the information desk |For kids 6 and up
Artists and creative people search high and low for supplies and materials in all sorts of places -- around their homes and neighborhoods, stores, dumpsters, nature and many more. Art can be created from anything! Today, you are the artist and your supplies are in boxes throughout the museum. To find the boxes, you must follow the clues. You’ll end in the Create Space to make a secret design challenge.

Monday through Friday, 10 am-4 pm | Create Space | All ages
Set your own stage! Create your own performance art and help transform the Create Space into an art installation and performance arena. Take part in this collaborative project with performance, fashion and visual artist Lindsey Whittle.

PEM Pals
Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 am | Bartlett Gallery | Suggested for caregivers with children up to age 5
Wear your pajamas to PEM! Join local writer Laurie Collins and illustrator Margie Florini for a special PEM Pals as they share their award-winning book, Pajamas of My Dreams. This is a soulful story illustrated in beautiful cut-paper collage that depicts children tucked in their beds wondering, “What will I be when I grow up?” Please consider bringing a pair of new pajamas for a child to donate to the Cradles to Crayons Pajama Drive.

This program is made possible by the Lowell Institute.

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth to age 12, living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive -- at home, at school and at play. The organization supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. For more information,

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is one of the oldest and fastest growing museums in North America. At its heart is a mission to transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections and the vital importance of creative expression. Founded in 1799, the museum’s collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time –– including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, as well as Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM’s campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities, performance spaces and historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, a 200‐year‐old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. HOURS:Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am–5 pm and the third Thursday of every 

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