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StoryTime at the PlayHouse

StoryTime at the PlayHouse is multi-cultural, and often multi-lingual. Join us on Facebook every Friday morning at 10am for a StoryTime video! Every week we will be learning about a new culture or religious holiday, a few words in a new language, and reading a story.

We will also be uploading all of these videos to our YouTube Channel for you to continue to enjoy!

Join Mughda in the reading of Finders Keepers?: A True Story in India, written by Robert Arnett and illustrated by Smita Turakhia. Read along learn about Indian culture and spirituality! This story centers around the idea of doing the right thing. What are some important lessons you have learned from other books?

Learn about Filipino culture and food with Kat Pesigan, an education intern at the PlayHouse, as she reads Cora Cooks Pancit. Read along with Kat and learn some Tagalog, a language spoken in the Philippines! What words can you say?

Join William Quintana in the reading of Good Night Puerto Rico by Lisa Bolivar Martinez, Matthew Martinez, and illustrated by Joe Venmo!  Learn about interesting things and places in Puerto Rico! There are many important aspects of culture, how is your culture represented?

Bastille Day StoryTime

Bastille Day is a French national holiday celebrated on June 14th! In celebration, enjoy this reading of Everybody Bonjours by Leslie Kimmelman and learn some French along the way! Can you say hello and thank you in French?

Fourth of July StoryTime

Being an American means a lot of different things, and it's our differences that make us kinder, smarter, healthier, and stronger! What does being an American mean to you?

Black Music Month StoryTime

Did you know that June is Black Music Month? In 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared June as a month to celebrate Black music. This month celebrates the contribution that Black people have made to the music industry in America. Do you know how the music you listen to has been influenced by black musicians?

People We Love Day StoryTime

June 21, 2020 is celebrated as Father's Day by most, but at the PlayHouse, we celebrate People We Love Day! Families can come in all different forms - some people have two parents, some have only one mom or dad, others might have an aunt, an uncle, or grandparents. This special StoryTime is a reading of The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown read by all different kinds of families, and it is a story about a bunny who is loved very much. Celebrate the people in your life who you love on June 21st - whether that be a father or someone else!

Juneteenth StoryTime

Juneteenth is a very important holiday in the Black and African-American community in America. It is celebrated on June 19th as a celebration to remember the end of slavery on June 19, 1865.

Día Del Niño StoryTime

Día Del Niño is on April 30th and is the day that celebrates kids in Mexico. Every year, schools have parties for kids, towns hold parades, and families make their kids feel extra special!

Eid ul-Fitr StoryTime

Eid-ul-Fitr is the day that celebrates the end of fasting of the month of Ramadan for Muslims. The true meaning of Eid-ul-Fitr for Muslims is being grateful for all that they have been given. What are you grateful for today?

American Sign Language StoryTime

American Sign Language, or ASL, is used by many people in the United States who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. Learn some words in ASL with Miss Abby from Communication Junction! Did you learn to sign your favorite color?

Scottish Culture StoryTime

Learn more about the history of Scottish kilts, and try making your own! Do you celebrate a culture in your family that has a special way to dress?

Chinese Language & Culture StoryTime

Can you try to pronounce some of the Chinese words in this video? Take a video of your child learning Chinese and tag the PlayHouse in them on Facebook or Instagram!

Try creating a decoration to celebrate the Chinese New Year at your house!

Ramadan StoryTime

Can you try to pronounce some of the Arabic words in this video? Take a video of your child learning Arabic and tag the PlayHouse in them on Facebook or Instagram!

Passover StoryTime

Learn how to make your own Matzos at home! Does your family eat any special foods for holidays? Tell us about them and share your favorite recipe with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Other stories we love

Some weeks, instead of sharing a StoryTime of our own, we share a video made by an organization that we love or a story from someone else that inspires us. Below are some of those stories!

Spanish Language with Art Inc.

Art Inc. shares bilingual stories weekly on their Facebook! Learn Spanish vocabulary from "The Runaway Tortilla" with Art Inc.

Stories about Race

Children are never too young to talk about race! The PlayHouse is committed to diversity and racial justice. Below are some stories to help you start a conversation with your children about race.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum