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Nov
14
Thu
STEAM Homeschool: Game Designer
Nov 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

STEAM Homeschool: Game Designer

6-12 years old

Explore how to make your own marble maze and board game!

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.

 

Dec
31
Tue
Noon Year’s Eve: Paleo Party
Dec 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

Ring in the New Year with us at noon! Communication Junction will lead two Sign and Sing story times complete with stories, songs, and bubbles! Decorate party masks, play dinosaur themed games and win prizes. Then pump up the jams at the Dino Stomp dance party at 11:15 am! Go on a scavenger hunt and special tour in our new exhibit Fossils Rock. At noon, celebrate with a special surprise and cupcakes to celebrate the New Year.

Cost $8 per member including Explorer Members/$16 per non-member includes museum admission (museum will not be open otherwise outside of this event). Learn more about membership here.

** Members, in order to receive your discount enter the code PH2019NYE at checkout. Membership will be verified for those using the code.

Jan
9
Thu
STEAM Homeschool: Paleontologist
Jan 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

STEAM Homeschool: Paleontologist

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

Registration is required prior to the home school program, although classes may sell out before that date.

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. Current membership status 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.

What you should know:

  • $6 per member / $12 per non-member / $3 per Explorer Member (includes museum admission)
  • Appropriate for children 6 – 12 years old
  • 5 student minimum/15 student maximum
  • Drop-off program
Jan
11
Sat
Volunteer Open House
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Volunteer Open House

Make volunteering a New Years Resolution for 2020!

Drop-in and learn how you can volunteer at the PlayHouse in various ways throughout the year. We welcome people interested in occasional or regular volunteering; people interested in working with kids in our museum or behind-the-scenes. Join us on January 11th to learn more!

Grab a snack and sign-in in order to win two free tickets to our February adults-only event HopScotch!

Adults and teens attending the event will be free of charge. Adults with accompanying children who attend the event will also not be charged.

For questions contact Jimmy Ulrich at 309-323-6892 or julrich@peoriaparks.org

 

Jan
20
Mon
Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Activities are free with museum admission or membership

Join us for our 2nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service!

Beginning in 1994, the US government recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a “day ON, not a day off”. Come to the Peoria PlayHouse for a day filled with short and fun volunteer projects for children and their families. Participate in community service and enjoy a civil rights movement story time.

Volunteer projects include:

– Children and families can work together to finish fleece no-sew lap blankets for seniors in our community. Complete these gifts with a special handmade card.

– We will create collaborative artworks to donate to local senior living facilities to add some fun and joy to their living spaces.

– Work as a team to create “blessing bags” for foster children served by local organization FamilyCore. Let’s show all children we care.

Help us before then collect the following items for our “blessing bags” for FamilyCore. Drop-off at Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum is open until January 18th. For every item you donate you will receive a raffle ticket to win a free Maker Workshop.

Please, donate these:

  • New/unused travel-size toiletries (shampoos, lotions, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • New/unused child socks
  • New/unused child gloves
  • New/unused hair ties
  • New/unused Hair brushes/combs
  • Kleenex/tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Deodorant
  • New or gently used children’s or YA books
  • New/unused small art supplies(crayons, small paint set, colored pencils, small drawing pads)

 

Feb
13
Thu
STEAM Homeschool: Electrical Engineer
Feb 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

STEAM Homeschool: Electrical Engineer

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

Registration is required at least three days prior to the home school program, although classes may sell out before that date.

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. Current membership status 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.

What you should know:

  • $6 per member / $12 per non-member / $3 per Explorer Member (includes museum admission)
  • Appropriate for children 6 – 12 years old
  • 5 student minimum/15 student maximum
  • Drop-off program
Feb
29
Sat
HopScotch
Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a roaring good time at our annual adults-only fundraising event with this year’s special 1920s speakeasy theme! Eight favorite local restaurants and breweries provide whiskey-based cocktails and local brews. Enjoy food by Two25, play games, win prizes, and bid against other attendees in a unique silent auction. Tickets on sale soon!

Proceeds benefit the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, including our Maker Space and monthly Maker workshops which foster innovation and problem solving skills in children ages 3 and up!

Learn more and buy tickets

Mar
12
Thu
2 for 1 Day: Plant a Flower
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
2 for 1 Day: Plant a Flower

Twice the fun for the price of one! Purchase regular admission at the Peoria Zoo or the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum and get into the other for FREE!

Same day admission only.

Activities at Peoria PlayHouse:
* free planting drop-in 10-11:30am
* flower story time 11:30am -noon

STEAM Homeschool: Chemist
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

STEAM Homeschool: Chemist

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

Registration is required at least three days prior to the home school program, although classes may sell out before that date.

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. Current membership status 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.

What you should know:

  • $6 per member / $12 per non-member / $3 per Explorer Member (includes museum admission)
  • Appropriate for children 6 – 12 years old
  • 5 student minimum/15 student maximum
  • Drop-off program

 

Mar
14
Sat
*POSTPONED* Enchanted PlayHouse
Mar 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Due to concerns for community wellness, we are currently postponing any high attendance events at Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum. For now, the museum will remain open at its usual times. As always, we routinely and thoroughly clean our facilities and manipulatives/toys.

Free with museum admission or membership

You’re invited to a day of enchantment! Try your hand at a fantasy scavenger hunt. Then build a castle, pose at our fairy tale photo booth, create a treasure map, join in on a magical storytelling time, and more.

Activities will include:

  •  Make a treasure map
  •  Fantasy quest scavenger hunt
  • Enchanted dance party with bubbles, ribbon wands, and more
  • Story time: Rapunzel (Once Upon a World) and You Don’t want a Unicorn!
  • Fairy tale photo station
  • Create cardboard castles

May
11
Mon
2020 Summer Maker Program
May 11 – Aug 16 all-day

The Peoria PlayHouse Summer Maker Program begins on Memorial Day: Monday, May 11 and ends on Sunday, 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!

Our Maker Map is available on the Innovation at Home webpage. Usually some projects must be done at the PlayHouse, but this year we have adapted the program so that they can all be done at home!

 

For every FOUR stamps you collect, you’ll receive a Dairy Queen coupon. Those who complete all 16 challenges will be entered to win an EXCLUSIVE PlayHouse party for the people in your household (and depending on updated Social Distancing guidelines, a few friends, too!)

To be eligible to win a prize, submit photos of your completed challenge using this submission form on our website. Within a week, you will receive an email with your Maker Map with stamps for every challenge you complete. And don’t forget to share your photos on social media using the hashtag #PHSummerMakers!

For questions about the Summer Maker Program, please contact us at maker@peoriaparks.org

Jun
5
Fri
Birthday Bash: Art Auction
Jun 5 – Jun 12 all-day

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum encourages children to tinker, innovate, and imagine new things as young makers. In celebration of our 5th birthday, we are hosting an art auction to support local makers and artists through these times. 50% of all proceeds will go to the artist who created the piece.

Bidding information will be coming soon. Thank you for supporting local makers, big and small!

 

Jun
12
Fri
Birthday Bash: Virtual Dance Party!
Jun 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The PlayHouse turns 5 this year!  Our celebration may look different than we expected this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a party! Join us for a virtual dance party on Friday June 12th, where we will be joined via Zoom by community members to teach us how they dance, like Peoria Ballet and Peoria Area Performing Arts Studio (PAPAS).

This 90 minute dance party is free to participate, but we encourage you to donate an amount with a “5” in it, in honor of our 5th birthday. Those who donate $5 or more will receive an exclusive PlayHouse Party Pack that includes the PlayHouse’s favorite cupcake recipe, instructions for making your own party hat, and more!

 

Aug
22
Sat
Be Anything! Career Day
Aug 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Be Anything! Career Day

Join us to BE ANYTHING! at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! We are exploring careers with a variety of local professionals. Meet a firefighter, dentist, ballet dancer, bike mechanic, and more! Each station features activities appropriate for children ages 4-12, engaging children in work related to the featured careers.

This event is free with admission or membership. No pre-registration is required.

Oct
8
Thu
Be Anything! Cocktails & Careers @ Trailside Event Center
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at Trailside Event Center on Thursday, October 8 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.

Stay tuned for ticket information coming soon!

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum