Family Programming

February School Vacation Week Family Activities

This February school vacation week, the PMA is here to help you out with your winter doldrums with special open hours and family programming that includes artmaking activities for kids and adults.

We start by breaking our winter hours to open our doors on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., specifically for families looking to fill the week with engaging experiences for their kids.

December Family Day

Come in from the cold and join us for this family day with special guest teaching artist Devon Kelley-Yurdin. Explore the wintry landscape with this fun paper-cutting activity and see what seasonal and festive creations you can make.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29



Foundation Support:

PMA Family Day: Building Playscapes

Come embrace Isamu Noguchi's passion for play on the anniversary of his birthday with the PMA. During this Family Day, try out our exercises and use LEGO bricks to create your own playscapes, discover what you come up with, and explore Noguchi's vision of play as a powerful tool to build communities and nurture creativity in the everyday.


PMA Family Day: Inspired by Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan’s vibrant collage art has delighted children, readers, and art-lovers of all ages for generations. Visit the exhibition Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryan, on view through November 25, see the Theatre Ensemble of Color perform an adaptation of his beloved book Beautiful Blackbird, and make your own artworks in a similar style to the book’s incredible illustrations to accompany his words.

PMA Family Day: Making Light into Art

Get your family excited for October's Isamu Noguchi exhibition, as well as the 4th Annual Portland Lantern Walk, with this special Family Day that helps kids experience the joy of creativity and teaches them how to make wonderous lanterns!


The Homer High School Fellows bring community together with food, music, and creative activities that showcase the masterpiece that can be found in everyone. Activities include recreating classic PMA paintings in an interactive photo booth, tours, a raffle, button making, and more. This event is designed, planned, and promoted by teens, for teens, as part of our summer Homer High School Fellows program. 

* During this time, the museum is only open to teenagers ages 13 - 19.

August Family Day: Storytelling with Winslow Homer Works

Join us for an exciting day of storytelling and art-making when our Winslow Homer High School Fellows lead children and families on their tour of the paintings and prints by Winslow Homer, one of Maine’s most beloved artists. Take inspiration from close looking at Homer’s paintings and etchings, before drawing, writing, and coloring away to create your story! The Homer High School Fellows are a cohort of teens hired by the PMA each summer to create new opportunities for youth engagement while learning about Homer’s life and work.

July Family Day: Photography Meets Drawing

Through this special PMA Family Day about the art, craft, history, and science of photography, learn about historical chemical processes that can be used to capture and print images. Experiment with “handwork” to enhance printed photographs with pencil marks to add color, texture, and contrast. Finally, take everything you’ve learned into the exhibition Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895- 1925 to see all of these amazing techniques in action.

June Family Day: Celebrate Pride!

Celebrate Pride Day at the PMA! The parade route passes right by the museum, so stop by, get inspired by the work of LGBTQIA artists, and create your own prints to wear, wave, or carry in the parade. Guest artists Elizabeth Jabar and Devon Kelley-Yurdin lead a special outdoor screen printing activity inspired by Pop Art and Katherine Bradford’s Woman Flying, encouraging participants to explore the ways in which printmaking can be a medium for social justice and liberation.