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May
12
Sun
People We Love Day
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Celebrate the love of family (and play) with a special visit to Peoria PlayHouse that includes one free adult admission per family/household!
 
Join us in Real Tools, our makerspace, to build something special for someone you love. Then come to the Art Room for story times celebrating the diversity of families at 1pm and 3 pm. All activities are included with museum admission or membership.
May
27
Mon
2019 Summer Maker Program
May 27 – Aug 16 all-day

The Peoria PlayHouse Summer Maker Program begins on Memorial Day: Monday, May 27 and ends on Friday, 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!

On your next visit, pick up a Maker Map at the front desk, filled with 25 awesome challenges. Some of the squares MUST be completed at the Peoria PlayHouse, while others can be done at home with your favorite adult OR at the museum in our Real Tools maker space.

Just as a reminder, Real Tools summer hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 12-4pm

Tuesday, Closed

Saturday, 9am-4pm
Sunday, Noon-5pm

For every FIVE stamps you collect, you’ll receive a small prize of your choice AND a raffle ticket for the Grand Prize: a basket of tools and supplies to make more amazing projects at home!

For questions about the Summer Maker Program, please contact our Family and Public Programs Educator, Adrienne Huffman, at (309) 323-6894.

Jun
2
Sun
Birthday Bash: Superheroes
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Celebrate the PlayHouse’s fourth birthday with us! It’s a “pay what you like” day at the PlayHouse, participate in activities and still enjoy all of our wonderful exhibits. We invite all visitors (adults, too!) to dress up as a superhero for the day!

Suggested donation: $4

Activities will include:

* Learn about superhero cosplay prop making with a demo from Aaron’s Awesome Builds [12-2 pm]
* Meet a superhero or villain from Heroes Inc. and get your picture taken [1:30-3:30 pm]
* Make your own comic book
* Create your own superhero mask
* Superhero obstacle course with OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois 
* Strike your best superhero pose in front of our city backdrop
A quiet space will be available in our Zoo Room for those who need a sensory break, nursing space or otherwise need the area.

 

Jun
15
Sat
Be Anything Career Day: The Natural World
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us to BE ANYTHING! at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! In June we are exploring careers related to nature, animals, and the Illinois River. Meet a wildlife biologist, animal handlers, environmental scientists, a green energy designer, the Captain of the Spirit of Peoria boat, and a horticulturalist! Each station features activities appropriate for children ages 4-12, engaging children in work related to the featured careers.

Visit with:

  • Wildlife Biologist, Peoria Park District Environmental Team
  • Ship’s Captain, Spirit of Peoria
  • Therapy Dog Handler, Peoria Humane Society
  • Water Quality Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy
  • Soil Scientist, Bradley University
  • Solar PV System Designer, Ruyle Mechanical Services, Inc.
  • Horticulturist, Hoerr Nursery

 

Visit all the stations and be entered into a raffle to win a “Natural World” basket, featuring a family pass for a cruise on the Spirit of Peoria, a Family membership to Forest Park Nature Center, a solor-powered race car kit, and more!

This event is free with membership or admission to the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum. No advance registration required.

Jul
20
Sat
Be Anything Career Day: Makers & Fixers
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us to BE ANYTHING! at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! In July we are exploring careers that involve using your hands (and sometimes your whole body!) as well as your brain to make new things and fix or reuse what you have.

Visit with:

  • Bike Mechanic, Bushwhacker
  • Architect, Dewberry
  • Muralist
  • Ballet Dancer, Peoria Ballet
  • Electrician, IBEW
  • Ironworker, River City Construction
  • Toy Designer, The Bandit Ball Project
  • Landscape Architect, Designer Concepts
  • Project Manager, Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Analytics Engineer, Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Musician, Peoria Symphony Orchestra

Visit all of the stations and be entered to win a raffle basket with items that allow you to extend the experience, including costumes, Nutcracker tickets, art supplies, and a bike helmet.

This is the second of four career days. Learn more about the Be Anything! series here.

Aug
17
Sat
Be Anything Career Day: Community Heroes
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Be Anything Career Day: Community Heroes

Join us to BE ANYTHING! at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! In August we are exploring careers that save lives. Meet representatives and explore vehicles from the police and fire departments, explore an ambulance, learn about the work of doctors and nurses, and more!

Visit all of the stations and be entered to win a raffle basket with items that allow you to extend the experience.

This is the third of four career days. Learn more about the Be Anything! series here.

Sep
8
Sun
Celebrate Peoria: Kilts to Kimonos
Sep 8 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

What we wear and why can say so much about who we are. Explore cultural and religious fashions worn by the people in the greater Peoria area. Try on clothes like a sari or hijab, design you own kilt tartan, enjoy a multicultural fashion show, and more!

Children and their adults can creatively explore cultural fashions through a special maker fashion challenge!

Activities are free with museum admission or membership.

Celebrate Peoria is an event series that celebrates the cultural and religious diversity of Peoria and Central Illinois. All activities are planned in collaboration with community partners.

Sep
13
Fri
Accessibility Night
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In collaboration with Easter Seals and Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA), join us for a fun, sensory-friendly night featuring dimmer lights and less noise. Open to children of all needs and abilities!

  • Open to children of all needs and abilities
  • Parents and siblings welcome!
  • Sounds and lights will be lowered
  • Sensory Packs with noise canceling headphones, sensory toys, sunglasses, and other materials are always available at the front desk
  • Quiet area will be available

Pre-registration is encouraged.

 

Learn about our accessibility programs for children with sensory processing disorders and other special needs here.

Please contact our Education Manager, Courtney Baxter for questions or concerns at 309-323-6896 or cbaxter@peoriaparks.org

Sep
14
Sat
PNC World Wide Day of Play
Sep 14 all-day

Join us in Glen Oak Park for PNC Worldwide Day of Play!

Hosted by Peoria Park District

This fun-filled family-friendly event features the following and more:

-PNC Mobile Learning Adventure
-Meet Walkaround Bert & Ernie
-Face Painting
-Carnival Games
-Obstacle Course
-Children’s Resource Fair
-Touch A Truck
-instrument petty zoo
-Barnyard Discoveries
-Bradley University Chemistry Demo Club
-Door Prize Giveaways
-Complimentary Admission to the Peoria PlayHouse
-Reduced Admission to Peoria Zoo for $3/person

Lee Wenger will be our emcee for the day and we will also have various entertainment on our stage throughout the day by local dance and theater groups.

Bring the whole family for this day of free fun-filled activities,
performances, games and more!

Thank you again to our team at PNC Bank who make Worldwide Day possible for the Peoria Community.

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Sep
28
Sat
Be Anything Career Day: People in Our Neighborhood
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Be Anything Career Day: People in Our Neighborhood

Join us to BE ANYTHING! at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! In September we are inspired by the PlayHouse exhibit Peoria Then and Now to look at community jobs: dentist, chef, TV anchor, finance professional.

Visit all of the stations and be entered to win a raffle basket with items that allow you to extend the experience. And online bidding is now open – bid on one-on-one career experiences for your  child, and join us at Trailside Event Center on October 3rd for an adults-only cocktail event featuring a live auction of career experiences for children and adults! Learn more about the Be Anything! series here.

Oct
3
Thu
Be Anything Cocktails & Careers @ Trailside Event Center
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Be Anything Cocktails & Careers @ Trailside Event Center

Join us at Trailside Event Center on Thursday, October 3rd 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.

Learn more about this event and our online career auction.

 

Oct
11
Fri
Members Sneak Peak: Fossils Rock!
Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Members Sneak Peak: Fossils Rock!

Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum members are invited to take a sneak peek at our newest exhibit, Fossils Rock!

Join or renew your Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum membership before October 1st for an invitation to this one-of-a-kind event.

Learn more about Fossils Rock here.

Oct
12
Sat
Exhibit Opening: Fossils Rock
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exhibit Opening: Fossils Rock

Explore the Prehistoric world at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! Join us to celebrate and enjoy the newest exhibit at the PlayHouse.

Enjoy storytime, art activities, and more!

Free with museum admission or membership

Learn more about Fossils Rock here!

Dec
31
Tue
Noon Year’s Eve at the PlayHouse
Dec 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Noon Years Eve

 

Ring in the New Year with us at noon! Communication Junction will lead a Sign and Sing Story Time, complete with stories, songs, and bubbles! Decorate party hats, play games, and win prizes. Then pump up the jams at the dance party at 11:30 am! At noon, celebrate with a special suprise and cupcakes to celebrate the New Year.

Cost $5 per member/$15 per non-member includes museum admission (museum will not be open otherwise outside of this event).

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum