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May
4
Sat
Maker Workshop: High Tech Fashion
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Make cool accessories such as bracelets, hairclips, buttons, and more, and then…light them up! We’ll use conductive thread and basic circuitry to make your creations shine!

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.

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.

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
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.

Nov
2
Sat
Maker Workshop: Speed Boat Race
Nov 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Making a boat is one thing, but can you make it move?  Families will construct a battery operated boat, as well as one that is self-powered, and see how well they travel on water!

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.

Dec
7
Sat
Maker Workshop: Artsy Ornaments
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Make some festive ornaments to put on your tree, decorate your home, or give as presents to your friends and family to celebrate the winter holidays!

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.

Jan
18
Sat
Maker Workshop: Silly Sculpture
Jan 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In this workshop we will explore line, shape, color, size, and space. Working with cardboard, wire, clay, and more, explore different ways of sculpting, and create original works of your own!

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, Tessa Martinez, at 309-323-6894.

Feb
1
Sat
Maker Workshop: Flying Machines
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Gliders, kites, airplanes, balloons, rockets…what else can you think of that flies? Come learn some basic principles of flight, and build some fun contraptions that can take the air!

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. Explorer Members should register at the PlayHouse to receive their discount
  • Registration closes the day of the workshop or when full. Anyone who registers the day of the workshop pays full price.

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, Tessa Martinez at 309-323-6894.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum