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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.

Jul
28
Sun
Celebrate Peoria: Tell Me a Story
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Everyone loves a good story and there are so many ways to tell them across cultures. Enjoy stories in the many ways we share them across cultures including Native American coyote stories with Jo Lakota, West African tales with Garry Moore, Jewish storytelling with Fran Moss, and more.

Celebrate Peoria is an event series that celebrates the cultural and religious diversity of Peoria and Central Illinois. Activities are free with museum admission or membership

Event schedule:

Sand Porch

12:00- 3 PM

Add a story to our wall

 

JULEP Room

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

“Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant” with Children of Peoria Chinese Association

 

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Jewish Storytelling and Music with Storyteller Fran Moss

 

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

West African Tales and Drumming with Storyteller Garry Moore

 

2:35 PM – 3:00 PM

Native American Coyote Stories with Storyteller Jo Lakota

 

Art Room

12:50 PM – 1:10 PM

Islamic Story-time in a Bedouin Tent with Mrs. Aisha

 

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Make your own puppets

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, enjoy a multicultural fashion show, and more!

Activities are free with museum admission or membership.

Schedule:

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Henna tattoos/mehndi in Hay Loft, 3rd floor

 

12:00 PM – 3:00 pm

Trash to Treasure accessory making in Real Tools, 2nd floor

Design a fashion doll in Art Room,  1st floor

Clothing displays: yarmulkes, saris, and Mexican clothing in Art Room, 1st floor

Islamic and Hindu clothing try-on next to Theater, 1st floor

Chinese traditional theater costume photo booth in front of Butterfly Wall, 1st floor

 

1:30 PM

Multicultural fashion show in JULEP Room, 1st floor

 

2:30 PM

Hats of Faith and What We Wear story time in JULEP Room, 1st Floor

3:00 PM

Islamic Clothing Talk and Q&A in JULEP Room, 1st Floor

 

Celebrate Peoria is an event series that explores and 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
28
Sat
Be Anything Career Day: People in Our Neighborhood
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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:

Visit with:

  • Meteorologist, WEEK (and explore the Weather Tracker vehicle!)
  • Salon Owner, Whispering Willows Salon
  • Finance Professional, CEFCU
  • Recruiter, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
  • Librarian, Peoria Public Library (and come aboard the Bookmobile!)
  • Grocer, Sous Chef
  • Maintenance Worker, Peoria Public Works Department (and learn how a Street Sweeper vehicle works!)
  • Dentist, Just Kidz Dentistry
  • Mechanic, Bob Lindsay Honda (and explore the inside of a car!)
  • Behavioral Therapost, GBC aba
  • Anchor, WMBD

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.

 

Nov
29
Fri
Open Art Studio: Black Friday Art Sale
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us on Black Friday to try it before you buy it!

Make a project with the art supplies that we sell in the gift shop.

All Faber-Castell art items in our gift shop will be on sale November 29, 2019 only.

 

Open Art Studio is free with museum admission or membership

Oct
10
Sat
Be Anything! 2020 Online Auction
Oct 10 – Oct 17 all-day
Be Anything! 2020 Online Auction

Be Anything! is an innovative program that propels “Take Your Child to Work Day” to a new level. All children can be anything; they need only the tools and opportunity to imagine, practice, and become!

This online auction features experiences with 50+ local professionals, ranging from police officers to ballet dancers to Illinois State Representatives. Help a child in your life explore the careers that excite them through Be Anything! experiences.

Pumpkin Carving Workshop @ Glen Oak Park
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Pumpkin Carving Workshop @ Glen Oak Park

Start off the spookiest month of the year by coming to Glen Oak Park to carve and paint your own pumpkins! PlayHouse staff will help lead you and your family through carving or painting your own pumpkins, with paints, markers and stencils provided for you to customize your jack-o-lantern just in time for Halloween!

Advance Registration Required. Must be a PlayHouse Everywhere member to participate – learn more here.

 

Nov
9
Mon
Pandemic Parenting Workshop: Put your own Mask on First @ Virtual workshop
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pandemic Parenting Workshop: Put your own Mask on First @ Virtual workshop

Join Play Therapists (and moms) Emily Hagman, LMSW, RPT and Meredith Messina, LCPC, RPT, for a workshop focusing on self care and ways to de-stress during this stressful time. Participants will receive a list of suggested supplies to gather before the workshop.

Must be a PlayHouse Everywhere member to participate – learn more here 

 

Nov
21
Sat
Wreath Making
Nov 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Wreath Making

Join Bob Streitmatter from Luthy Botanical Garden to make a wreath! Luthy wreath-making workshops are usually $30, but this special family workshop is exclusive for and free to PlayHouse Everywhere Members!

Advance Registration Required. Must be a PlayHouse Everywhere member to participate – learn more here.

Please note, due to COVID-related restrictions, this is now a virtual workshop, with supplies to be picked up in advance. 

 

Dec
11
Fri
Deadline to order KidTastic Kit: Monsters and Superheroes
Dec 11 all-day
Deadline to order KidTastic Kit: Monsters and Superheroes

Each KidTastic kit includes three art project lesson plans, the materials for these three projects, and a booklet with additional ideas for cultural connections, extending making ideas, and a STEM extension. Kits ship the first Monday of every month. Order your “Monsters and Superheroes” kit by December 11th!

If you missed a past KitTastic Kit, a limited number of each kit is available at Bushbaby

Kidtastic Kits for Kids are a joint project of the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum and ART Inc

Dec
21
Mon
Winter Break Maker Challenge
Dec 21 all-day
Winter Break Maker Challenge
Make things with your kids over winter break!

We know winter vacation is harder than usual these days. With this in mind, we invite PlayHouse Everywhere Members to pick up a FREE Maker Kit from us December 21-23. This kit includes a collection of recycled items from Real Tools and a Maker Challenge. Save these for a rainy day, and then join us on December 29th at 1pm by Zoom to share what you made!

Please order your kits by December 17th. This offer is exclusive for children in PlayHouse Everywhere member households.

Must be a PlayHouse Everywhere member to participate – learn more here.

 

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum