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Oct
19
Fri
Animal Encounters at the PlayHouse: Turtles
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Animal Encounters at the PlayHouse: Turtles with Forest Park Nature Center
Friday, October 19 | 10-10:30AM | All Ages

Get up close to some cuddly, creepy, and crawly creatures! Meet live animals from 10-10:30AM. We also invite you to the PlayHouse Nature Table and story time at 10:15am.

Due to animal temperament or other factors, the animals available might change on short notice.

Oct
20
Sat
Annual Costume Swap
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Did you donate a costume between October 1 and October 15 and receive a “Costume Swap Voucher”?

Today’s the day to bring your voucher to the PlayHouse and choose a “new” costume from the costume swap collection!

Does your costume need something else – a hat, a sword, a prop of some sort? You can work with PlayHouse staff in Real Tools on October 20th from Noon-4pm to create your accessory, as well as enjoy additional Halloween activities at our Haunted PlayHouse event!

Haunted PlayHouse
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a day of Halloween fun!

Participate in our annual Costume Swap, spooky story-time, and trick-or-treat scavenger hunt. Strike a pose in our silly photo booth, show off your costume in a parade through the museum, and groove out at our Monster Mash Dance Party! Stir up some slime, create a creepy painting, and make an accessory to go with your costume!

Wear a fantasy costume and receive $1 off museum admission! Please no masks or plastic, metal or wooden weapons.

Feel free to play in the PlayHouse before and after Haunted PlayHouse programming (museum hours 9 am – 4 pm).

Limited space activity: Create a Halloween luminary. ($2 per child; purchase your workshop ticket in advance here).

Event Schedule:

All Day:
Make An Accessory for Your Halloween Costume!
Silly Photo Booth
Halloween Games
Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt

Noon:
Costume Parade

12:30-1pm:   
Monster Mash Dance Party

1-1:30pm:  
Spooky Story Time

1:30-3:30pm 
Make a Halloween Luminary ($2 advance ticket required) – workshops at 1:30, 2, 2:30, and 3pm.
Stir Up Some Slime
Create a Creepy Painting

Oct
22
Mon
Yoga for Kids: Feelings
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Yoga for Kids: Feelings
Monday, October 22 | 10-10:30AM | All Ages

Join Vickie from the RiverPlex and explore mindfulness through yoga, play, stories, and games. Everything in these classes can be easily adapted to enjoy at home, too!

Oct
24
Wed
Tot Time: Getting Dressed
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

During this program for children 1 to 3 years of age and their grown-ups, children develop language, small motor skills, and social skills while engaging in hands-on exploration. Each class includes songs and musical instruments, a read-aloud story, time for play, and a visual art activity.

Oct
26
Fri
Animal Encounters at the PlayHouse: Snakes
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Animal Encounters at the PlayHouse: Snakes with Forest Park Nature Center
Friday, October 26 | 10-10:30AM | All Ages

Get up close to some cuddly, creepy, and crawly creatures! Meet live animals from 10-10:30AM. We also invite you to the PlayHouse Nature Table and story time at 10:15am.

Due to animal temperament or other factors, the animals available might change on short notice.

Oct
27
Sat
Cub Scout Day at the PlayHouse
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for a special Cub Scout Day at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum!

Wear your uniform and enjoy special discounted admission of $5 per scout and accompanying family member.

The first 25 Cub Scouts will receive a patch!

Oct
29
Mon
Yoga for Kids: Giving
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Yoga for Kids: Giving
Monday, October 29 | 10-10:30AM | All Ages

Join Vickie from the RiverPlex and explore mindfulness through yoga, play, stories, and games. Everything in these classes can be easily adapted to enjoy at home, too!

Oct
31
Wed
Tot Time: Halloween
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

During this program for children 1 to 3 years of age and their grown-ups, children develop language, small motor skills, and social skills while engaging in hands-on exploration. Each class includes songs and musical instruments, a read-aloud story, time for play, and a visual art activity.

Nov
1
Thu
National Author’s Day: 2-for-1 Day at the PlayHouse and Zoo
Nov 1 all-day

National Author’s Day: 2-For-1 Day at the Peoria PlayHouse and Peoria Zoo

Discover amazing books about animals and more at the Peoria Zoo AND the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! Buy admission at one facility and get same-day admission to the other for free.

Nov
2
Fri
Animal Encounters at the PlayHouse: Arachnids
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Animal Encounters at the PlayHouse: Arachnids with Peoria Zoo
Friday, November 2 | 10-10:30AM | All Ages

Get up close to some cuddly, creepy, and crawly creatures! Meet live animals from 10-10:30AM. We also invite you to the PlayHouse Nature Table and story time at 10:15am.

Due to animal temperament or other factors, the animals available might change on short notice.

Nov
4
Sun
Celebrate Peoria: Dia de los Muertos
Nov 4 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Día de Muertos or “Day of the Dead” is a regional Mexican holiday that commemorates those who have passed away. Learn more about the holiday and the Mexican American community in Peoria by joining in on activities like story time, make your own mini altar, and more.

In collaboration with Mexican American local community members including Dr. Aurea Toxqui of Bradley University.

Nov
5
Mon
Yoga for Kids: Mindful Eating & Gratitude
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Yoga for Kids: Mindful Eating & Gratitude
Monday, November 5 | 10-10:30AM | All Ages

Join Vickie from the RiverPlex and explore mindfulness through yoga, play, stories, and games. Everything in these classes can be easily adapted to enjoy at home, too!

Nov
7
Wed
Tot Time: Farm
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

During this program for children 1 to 3 years of age and their grown-ups, children develop language, small motor skills, and social skills while engaging in hands-on exploration. Each class includes songs and musical instruments, a read-aloud story, time for play, and a visual art activity.

Nov
8
Thu
Ag in the Classroom: Johnny Appleseed and the Illinois Bicentennial Tree
Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

AG IN THE CLASSROOM: JOHNNY APPLESEED AND THE ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL TREE
NOVEMBER 8 | 12-2PM | AGES 8-12
COST: $5 PER CHILD (MUSEUM ADMISSION NOT INCLUDED)
In collaboration with Peoria Farm Bureau, these fun and interactive homeschool classes teach children more about science and agriculture.

Registration is required by the Monday preceding each class. Register in person, by phone at (309) 323-6896 or online.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum