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2020 Summer Maker Program
May 11 – Aug 16 all-day

The Peoria PlayHouse Summer Maker Program begins on Memorial Day: Monday, May 11 and ends on Sunday, August 16. We hope this program encourages you to try out different types of tools and inspires you to make fun projects, all summer long!

Our Maker Map is available on the Innovation at Home webpage. Usually some projects must be done at the PlayHouse, but this year we have adapted the program so that they can all be done at home!


For every FOUR stamps you collect, you’ll receive a Dairy Queen coupon. Those who complete all 16 challenges will be entered to win an EXCLUSIVE PlayHouse party for the people in your household (and depending on updated Social Distancing guidelines, a few friends, too!)

To be eligible to win a prize, submit photos of your completed challenge using this submission form on our website. Within a week, you will receive an email with your Maker Map with stamps for every challenge you complete. And don’t forget to share your photos on social media using the hashtag #PHSummerMakers!

For questions about the Summer Maker Program, please contact us at maker@peoriaparks.org

Birthday Bash: Game On!
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Run, jump, or slide into our grand slamming Birthday Bash: Game On. Celebrate the PlayHouse’s fifth birthday with us! It’s a “pay what you like” day at the PlayHouse, participate in sports-themed activities and still enjoy all of our wonderful interactive exhibits as usual.

Suggested donation: $5

Activities include:
– Try out the Rookie Olympics with sports from around the world
– Play sports themed games inside and outside of the Peoria PlayHouse
– Perfect your golf swing on our mini-golf course
– Wear your favorite sports team or sports-related gear
– We invite you participate in family-friendly tailgating that day. No alcohol or grills are allowed. No food may come into the PlayHouse.
A quiet space will be available in our Zoo Room for those who need a sensory break and/or nursing space. Learn more about our accessibility resources here.


Be Anything! Career Day
Aug 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Be Anything! Career Day

Join us to BE ANYTHING! at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! We are exploring careers with a variety of local professionals. Meet a firefighter, dentist, ballet dancer, bike mechanic, and more! Each station features activities appropriate for children ages 4-12, engaging children in work related to the featured careers.

This event is free with admission or membership. No pre-registration is required.

Be Anything! Cocktails & Careers @ Trailside Event Center
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at Trailside Event Center on Thursday, October 8 from 6-9pm for a playful cocktail party featuring a live auction with Be Anything! experiences for adults, raffle, and PlayHouse-style activities. The event is emceed by WMBD’s Greg Batton, and tickets include two complimentary drinks as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres from Cracked Pepper.

Stay tuned for ticket information coming soon!

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum