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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: Art Auction
Jun 5 – Jun 12 all-day

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum encourages children to tinker, innovate, and imagine new things as young makers. In celebration of our 5th birthday, we are hosting an art auction to support local makers and artists through these times. 50% of all proceeds will go to the artist who created the piece.

Bidding information will be coming soon. Thank you for supporting local makers, big and small!


Maker Workshop: Self-Portraits
Jun 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In this workshop we will create several self-portraits including full-body silhouettes and profiles, while using unconventional materials like wire, yarn, and cardboard.

How to register:

  • Register in person at the PlayHouse, by phone at (309) 323-6900, or online. Those who are Explorer Members must register in person at the PlayHouse.
  • Members will receive their discount by entering the code:  PH2019MW at checkout online. Current membership status will be verified. Explorer Members should register at the PlayHouse to receive their discount
  • Registration closes the day of the workshop or when full. Anyone who registers the day of the workshop pays full price.

The PlayHouse has switched to a new program registration system. If you encounter technical problems in using this new system, please contact Kevin Davis at the Peoria Park District’s Recreation Desk at 681-1200.  For program questions, please call our Family and Public Programs Educator, Tessa Martinez at 309-323-6894.

Birthday Bash: Virtual Dance Party!
Jun 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The PlayHouse turns 5 this year!  Our celebration may look different than we expected this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a party! Join us for a virtual dance party on Friday June 12th, where we will be joined via Zoom by community members to teach us how they dance, like Peoria Ballet and Peoria Area Performing Arts Studio (PAPAS).

This 90 minute dance party is free to participate, but we encourage you to donate an amount with a “5” in it, in honor of our 5th birthday. Those who donate $5 or more will receive an exclusive PlayHouse Party Pack that includes the PlayHouse’s favorite cupcake recipe, instructions for making your own party hat, and more!


The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum