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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

PlayHouse PlayDates
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
PlayHouse PlayDates

PlayHouse PlayDates are an EXCLUSIVE members-only PlayHouse staff-facilitated experience on Tuesdays at 10am. This program is perfect for ages 2-5. Join us on our usual Members-only Tuesday Morning for a guided activity, a visit from an animal at Forest Park Nature Center, and a dance party. To get more information and register for this program email playhouse@peoriapark.org.

Meet a STEAM Professional: The Arts in Education
Jul 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Meet a STEAM Professional: The Arts in Education

Are you a middle school student interested in a fun and educational STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activity? Are you curious about what different careers in the STEAM field are really like?

Then this virtual series is for you! Join us each week as we visit with local STEAM professionals.

Topics to be explored include:

July 1: Medicine and Anatomy with Shannon Egli, JUMP Simulation Center

July 8: Music -The Arts in Education with Mary Papich, music educator

July 15: Engineering with Ursula Towne, Caterpillar and Society of Women Engineers

July 22: Careers with the Arts and Animals with Jenn Gordon, Executive Director of Arts Partners of Central Illinois and Adrienne Baurer, Wildlife Prairie Park, Education and Programming Director

July 29: Insects: How can we stop them from bugging us with Erica Goett, NCAUR (National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research)

Please register by the Monday previous to each Wednesday event. Zoom invitations and passcodes will be sent out via email on the morning of the Zoom call.


Brought to you by the University of Illinois Extension.

Be Anything!/See it. Be it. Virtual Career Days
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Be Anything!/See it. Be it. Virtual Career Days

Virtual Career Days are a partnership between Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum’s Be Anything! program and Peoria Public Schools Foundation’s See It. Be It. Watch this Virtual Career Day on our Facebook page or YouTube channel.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum’s Be Anything! is an innovative program that propels “Take Your Child to Work Day” to a new level. Help a child in your life explore the careers that excite them. Learn more about Be Anything! here.

Peoria Public Schools Foundation’s See It. Be It. career exploration program drives student excitement and interest in career options through experiences with working professionals. Students in K – 5th grade meet face-to-face with people in various occupations to learn about jobs and the corresponding skill sets required to be successful in a career. Simply, if they can See It, they can Be It.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum