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Jun
1
Sat
Maker Workshop: Bird House Basics
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Using lumber, as well as vintage, natural, and recycled materials, build an amazing backyard home for a feathered friend.

In PlayHouse Maker Workshops, kids and families learn to use tools, experiment with different types of making, and think creatively! This program is designed for kids 3-12 years old. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

This workshop has been cancelled. 

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
6
Sat
Maker Workshop: Mosaic Magic
Jul 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Work with colored glass and other fun and unexpected materials to create a masterpiece for your home or garden.

In PlayHouse Maker Workshops, kids and families learn to use tools, experiment with different types of making, and think creatively! This program is designed for kids 3-12 years old. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register at 323-6900, in person at the Peoria PlayHouse, or online. Registration closes the Wednesday prior to the workshop.

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
3
Sat
Maker Workshop: Print It!
Aug 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Explore a variety of printmaking processes such as etching and monoprinting, try out some strange new art tools and brightly colored inks, and create multiples of your work!

In PlayHouse Maker Workshops, kids and families learn to use tools, experiment with different types of making, and think creatively! This program is designed for kids 3-12 years old. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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.

 

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
7
Sat
Maker Workshop: Object Bots
Sep 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Construct a basic robot out of everyday household objects and recycled materials and then check out its moves!

In PlayHouse Maker Workshops, kids and families learn to use tools, experiment with different types of making, and think creatively! This program is designed for kids 3-12 years old. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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.
  • Registration closes the Wednesday prior to the workshop.

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, Adrienne Huffman, at 309-323-6894.

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
12
Thu
STEAM Homeschool: Architecture
Sep 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

STEAM Homeschool: Architecture

6-12 years old

The PlayHouse offers STEAM Homeschool classes in which students explore careers related to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Hands-on activities included!

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: PH2019HS at checkout online. Membership will be verified.

The PlayHouse has switched to a new program registration system. If you encounter technical problems in using this new system, please contact the Peoria Park District’s Recreation Desk at 681-1200.  For questions about this program, please contact Courtney Baxter 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.

 

Oct
5
Sat
Maker Workshop: Cookie Monsters
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Let’s get messy with sweet ingredients and fun kitchen supplies and make some no-bake cookies! You’ll get to take home snacks you created yourself, and the recipes so you can do it all over again.

In PlayHouse Maker Workshops, kids and families learn to use tools, experiment with different types of making, and think creatively! This program is designed for kids 3-12 years old. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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.
  • Registration closes the Wednesday prior to the workshop.

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, Adrienne Huffman, at 309-323-6894.

Oct
10
Thu
STEAM Homeschool: Botany
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

STEAM Homeschool: Botany

6-12 years old

We had so much fun with botany last school year that we’re doing more botany this time!

The PlayHouse offers STEAM Homeschool classes in which students explore careers related to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Hands-on activities included!

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: PH2019HS at checkout online. Membership will be verified.

The PlayHouse has switched to a new program registration system. If you encounter technical problems in using this new system, please contact the Peoria Park District’s Recreation Desk at 681-1200.  For questions about this program, please contact Courtney Baxter at 309-323-6896 or cbaxter@peoriaparks.org.

 

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.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum