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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.

Jan
21
Thu
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)
Jan 21 @ 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
28
Thu
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)
Jan 28 @ 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
30
Sat
Cardboard Challenge
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cardboard Challenge

Don’t throw out your holiday boxes – use them to create something amazing and new and unique to your family!

The Cardboard Challenge is an annual event in October – but this year, we thought we could use a little of that cardboard challenge spirit in January.

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

 

Feb
4
Thu
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)
Feb 4 @ 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.

Feb
6
Sat
Real Tools Workshop: Light and Shadow
Feb 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Real Tools Workshop: Light and Shadow

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.

Artists can use light and shadow to add special effects to their art pieces. In this Real Tools Workshop we will be creating an art piece that is affected by light or shadow. How will it change if you shine light on it? What does its shadow look like? Use your imagination to create a piece of art that is affected by light and shadow!

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.

Feb
7
Sun
Kappas for Kidz
Feb 7 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Kappas for Kidz

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum is proud to partner with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity to present “Kappas for Kidz.” In February, join us every Sunday at 2pm on Facebook for a read-aloud.

We will kick this off on February 7th with Dr. Marwin Spiller reading the book “I Am Smart, I Am Blessed, I Can Do ANYTHING?” by Alissa Holder & Zulekha Holder-Young, and illustrated by Nneka Myers.

You can find these Facebook events at https://www.facebook.com/peoriaplayhouse

 

 

 

Feb
11
Thu
PlayHouse PlayDate (VIRTUAL)
Feb 11 @ 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.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum