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Dec
3
Thu
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)
Dec 3 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)

Join us to meet an animal, make a standing structure, and have a dance party!

PlayDates, intended for children ages 2-5, include a visit with an animal, a maker activity, and a dance party. When you register, you will receive a PDF with a Zoom link and information about items around your house you may want to gather in advance. 

PlayDates are free for PlayHouse Everywhere Members and Forest Park Nature Center Members and $5 for non-members.  Registration is required.

Dec
5
Sat
Real Tools Workshop: 3D Modeling with iSTEAM
Dec 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Real Tools Workshop: 3D Modeling with iSTEAM

For this special Real Tools Workshop, we are working with the iSTEAM studio to celebrate Computer Science!  This workshop will teach children the basics of 3D modeling. Younger participants (ages 5-8) will start with playdough, so they understand three-dimensionality. This workshop is for children ages 5 and up. 

Real Tools workshops are $10 per child. PlayHouse Everywhere members receive one free workshop per month per child. Materials are included. Please note, adult help is often required, and we do ask that an adult be available / participating for the duration of the workshop. Registration is required; registration closes the Friday prior to the workshop at noon. 

Materials pick up: Friday afternoons from the Noble Center, 1125 W Lake Avenue

Please note, a laptop is required for this workshop. 

Dec
10
Thu
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)
Dec 10 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)

Join us to meet an animal, make a standing structure, and have a dance party!

PlayDates, intended for children ages 2-5, include a visit with an animal, a maker activity, and a dance party. When you register, you will receive a PDF with a Zoom link and information about items around your house you may want to gather in advance. 

PlayDates are free for PlayHouse Everywhere Members and Forest Park Nature Center Members and $5 for non-members.  Registration is required.

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
12
Sat
Real Tools Workshop: Gingerbread Houses
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Real Tools Workshop: Gingerbread Houses

Real Tools workshops teach children how to make and how to invent. They show children how to solve problems — and it compels them to find the problems they want to solve.

During this workshop children will use graham crackers, icing, and candy to make glorious structures of their own design. A “gingerbread house” is just a starting place! 

Real Tools workshops are $10 per child. PlayHouse Everywhere members receive one free workshop per month per child. Materials are included. Please note, adult help is often required, and we do ask that an adult be available / participating for the duration of the workshop. Registration is required; registration closes the Friday prior to the workshop at noon. 

Materials pick up: Friday afternoons from the Noble Center, 1125 W Lake Avenue

Tools may be picked up at the same time; they must be returned within 3 days of the workshop.

Dec
17
Thu
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)
Dec 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)

Join us to meet an animal, make a standing structure, and have a dance party!

PlayDates, intended for children ages 2-5, include a visit with an animal, a maker activity, and a dance party. When you register, you will receive a PDF with a Zoom link and information about items around your house you may want to gather in advance. 

PlayDates are free for PlayHouse Everywhere Members and Forest Park Nature Center Members and $5 for non-members.  Registration is required.

Dec
19
Sat
Real Tools Workshop: Gingerbread Houses
Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Real Tools Workshop: Gingerbread Houses

Real Tools workshops teach children how to make and how to invent. They show children how to solve problems — and it compels them to find the problems they want to solve.

During this workshop children will use graham crackers, icing, and candy to make glorious structures of their own design. A “gingerbread house” is just a starting place! 

Real Tools workshops are $10 per child. PlayHouse Everywhere members receive one free workshop per month per child. Materials are included. Please note, adult help is often required, and we do ask that an adult be available / participating for the duration of the workshop. Registration is required; registration closes the Friday prior to the workshop at noon. 

Materials pick up: Friday afternoons from the Noble Center, 1125 W Lake Avenue

Tools may be picked up at the same time; they must be returned within 3 days of the workshop.

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.

 

Dec
31
Thu
Noon Year’s Eve
Dec 31 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us and more than 12 other museums and science centers in Illinois and Indiana to continue our annual tradition of providing local children with a Noon Year’s Eve countdown. We are so excited to welcome in the new year with you!

This year’s celebration will be a FREE online Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party Countdown featuring The Awesome Squad, a children’s music group from Decatur, Ill.

Get ready for Noon Year’s Eve with this free activity packet.

FREE LIVE stream begins at 11:30 a.m. local time on Thursday, Dec. 31. This event can be streamed at: www.youtube.com/childrensdiscoverymuseumnormalil

Participating museums include: Children’s Discovery Museum (Normal, IL) Children’s Museum of Illinois (Decatur, Ill.), Kidzeum (Springfield, Ill.), Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Imagination Station (LaFayette, Ind.), Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (Ind.), Muncie Children’s Museum, Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn, Discovery Center Museum (Rockford, Ill.), Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, Wonder Works (Oak Park, Ill.), Kohl Children’s Museum (Glenview, Ill.), and Chicago Children’s Museum.

Let’s ring in 2021 together!

Jan
4
Mon
Deadline to order KidTastic Kit: Wearable Art
Jan 4 all-day
Deadline to order KidTastic Kit: Wearable Art

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 “Wearable Art” kit by January 4th!

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

Jan
7
Thu
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)
Jan 7 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)

Join us to meet an animal, make a standing structure, and have a dance party!

PlayDates, intended for children ages 2-5, include a visit with an animal, a maker activity, and a dance party. When you register, you will receive a PDF with a Zoom link and information about items around your house you may want to gather in advance. 

PlayDates are free for PlayHouse Everywhere Members and Forest Park Nature Center Members and $5 for non-members.  Registration is required.

Jan
9
Sat
Real Tools Workshop: Simple Machines
Jan 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Real Tools Workshop: Simple Machines

Real Tools workshops teach children how to make and how to invent. They show children how to solve problems — and it compels them to find the problems they want to solve.

Simple machines are the building blocks of every great invention. Join us at this workshop to learn about what simple machines do, and use them to create an invention of your own, or just have fun using them individually!

Real Tools workshops are $10 per child. PlayHouse Everywhere members receive one free workshop per month per child. Materials are included. Please note, adult help is often required, and we do ask that an adult be available / participating for the duration of the workshop. Registration is required; registration closes the Friday prior to the workshop at noon. 

Materials pick up: Friday afternoons from the Noble Center, 1125 W Lake Avenue

Tools may be picked up at the same time; they must be returned within 3 days of the workshop.

Jan
14
Thu
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)
Jan 14 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)

Join us to meet an animal, make a standing structure, and have a dance party!

PlayDates, intended for children ages 2-5, include a visit with an animal, a maker activity, and a dance party. When you register, you will receive a PDF with a Zoom link and information about items around your house you may want to gather in advance. 

PlayDates are free for PlayHouse Everywhere Members and Forest Park Nature Center Members and $5 for non-members.  Registration is required.

Jan
16
Sat
Real Tools Workshop: Printmaking
Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Real Tools Workshop: Printmaking

Real Tools workshops teach children how to make and how to invent. They show children how to solve problems — and it compels them to find the problems they want to solve.

Love art? Want to learn a new way to create? Join us at this workshop to learn about how to create monotype prints. Create as many unique prints as you want to showcase your imagination and creativity!

Real Tools workshops are $10 per child. PlayHouse Everywhere members receive one free workshop per month per child. Materials are included. Please note, adult help is often required, and we do ask that an adult be available / participating for the duration of the workshop. Registration is required; registration closes the Friday prior to the workshop at noon. 

Materials pick up: Friday afternoons from the Noble Center, 1125 W Lake Avenue

Tools may be picked up at the same time; they must be returned within 3 days of the workshop.

Jan
18
Mon
MLK Day Virtual Volunteering
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Beginning in 1994, the US government recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a “day ON, not a day off”. We see no reason that a pandemic should stop us from celebrating the legacy of Dr. King through a community volunteer project! Join the PlayHouse and OSF HealthCare to make cards for children at Children’s Hospital of Illlinois. Learn how to make different type of cards, and make an impact on the lives of children.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum