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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.

Jul
15
Mon
Yoga for Kids
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

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!

Feel free to bring a yoga mat of your own or used one of ours. Comfortable clothing and socks are suggested.

Spaces are first come serve, the class is limited to 10 spaces for children.Best for ages 3 – 10 years old. Children under 8 should have adult supervision. Adults are invited to participate at no cost.

Jul
17
Wed
Tot Time: Numbers
Jul 17 @ 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.

Numbers help us keep track of so many things. Do you know how old you are? How many cookies you have? What time of day it is? We can use numbers to answer all of these questions!

Jul
19
Fri
Open Art Studio: Mobiles
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us every other Friday while we create art in the Art Room for Open Art Studio Fridays! Create art from 10am-12pm.

Free with museum admission or membership

Jul
20
Sat
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!
Jul 20 all-day
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!

Work with a professional artist to create a work of art for the PlayHouse!

In July, artist Jennifer Mannebach will visit Peoria to make art with PlayHouse visitors. Visitors of all ages are invited to contribute by painting and collaging on strips of industrial plastic, which will be incorporated into sculptures on display at the PlayHouse.

For more information about Jennifer and this project, see this page.

This exhibit has been made possible by a grant from the Russell and Eleanor Sikes Peters Performing Arts Fund and the Swager Public Art Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. It is also supported by Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino and Blick Art Materials.

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
21
Sun
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!
Jul 21 all-day
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!

Work with a professional artist to create a work of art for the PlayHouse!

In July, artist Jennifer Mannebach will visit Peoria to make art with PlayHouse visitors. Visitors of all ages are invited to contribute by painting and collaging on strips of industrial plastic, which will be incorporated into sculptures on display at the PlayHouse.

For more information about Jennifer and this project, see this page.

This exhibit has been made possible by a grant from the Russell and Eleanor Sikes Peters Performing Arts Fund and the Swager Public Art Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. It is also supported by Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino and Blick Art Materials.

Jul
22
Mon
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!
Jul 22 all-day
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!

Work with a professional artist to create a work of art for the PlayHouse!

In July, artist Jennifer Mannebach will visit Peoria to make art with PlayHouse visitors. Visitors of all ages are invited to contribute by painting and collaging on strips of industrial plastic, which will be incorporated into sculptures on display at the PlayHouse.

For more information about Jennifer and this project, see this page.

This exhibit has been made possible by a grant from the Russell and Eleanor Sikes Peters Performing Arts Fund and the Swager Public Art Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. It is also supported by Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino and Blick Art Materials.

Yoga for Kids
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

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!

Feel free to bring a yoga mat of your own or used one of ours. Comfortable clothing and socks are suggested.

Spaces are first come serve, the class is limited to 10 spaces for children.Best for ages 3 – 10 years old. Children under 8 should have adult supervision. Adults are invited to participate at no cost.

Jul
23
Tue
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!
Jul 23 all-day
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!

Work with a professional artist to create a work of art for the PlayHouse!

In July, artist Jennifer Mannebach will visit Peoria to make art with PlayHouse visitors. Visitors of all ages are invited to contribute by painting and collaging on strips of industrial plastic, which will be incorporated into sculptures on display at the PlayHouse.

For more information about Jennifer and this project, see this page.

This exhibit has been made possible by a grant from the Russell and Eleanor Sikes Peters Performing Arts Fund and the Swager Public Art Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. It is also supported by Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino and Blick Art Materials.

Jul
24
Wed
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!
Jul 24 all-day
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!

Work with a professional artist to create a work of art for the PlayHouse!

In July, artist Jennifer Mannebach will visit Peoria to make art with PlayHouse visitors. Visitors of all ages are invited to contribute by painting and collaging on strips of industrial plastic, which will be incorporated into sculptures on display at the PlayHouse.

For more information about Jennifer and this project, see this page.

This exhibit has been made possible by a grant from the Russell and Eleanor Sikes Peters Performing Arts Fund and the Swager Public Art Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. It is also supported by Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino and Blick Art Materials.

Tot Time: Trains
Jul 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.

Trains carry people and things all over our country! If you travelled somewhere by train, where would you go?

Jul
25
Thu
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!
Jul 25 all-day
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!

Work with a professional artist to create a work of art for the PlayHouse!

In July, artist Jennifer Mannebach will visit Peoria to make art with PlayHouse visitors. Visitors of all ages are invited to contribute by painting and collaging on strips of industrial plastic, which will be incorporated into sculptures on display at the PlayHouse.

For more information about Jennifer and this project, see this page.

This exhibit has been made possible by a grant from the Russell and Eleanor Sikes Peters Performing Arts Fund and the Swager Public Art Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. It is also supported by Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino and Blick Art Materials.

Jul
26
Fri
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!
Jul 26 all-day
In Between: Make Art with Jennifer Mannebach on the PlayHouse Porch!

Work with a professional artist to create a work of art for the PlayHouse!

In July, artist Jennifer Mannebach will visit Peoria to make art with PlayHouse visitors. Visitors of all ages are invited to contribute by painting and collaging on strips of industrial plastic, which will be incorporated into sculptures on display at the PlayHouse.

For more information about Jennifer and this project, see this page.

This exhibit has been made possible by a grant from the Russell and Eleanor Sikes Peters Performing Arts Fund and the Swager Public Art Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. It is also supported by Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino and Blick Art Materials.

Animal Encounters at the PlayHouse: Snakes
Jul 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Get up close to some cuddly, creepy, and crawly creatures! Meet live animals from 10-11 AM. 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.

Free with museum admission or membership.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum