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May
1
Fri
Animal Encounters at the PlayHouse with FPNC
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Get up close to some cuddly, creepy, and crawly creatures! Come learn about animals with FPNC from 10-10:30am. We also invite you to the PlayHouse Nature Table and story time at 10:15 am.

Due to animal temperament or other factors, the animals available might change on short notice.

May
2
Sat
Maker Workshop: Printmaking
May 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come learn basic principles of printmaking while creating a mini-series and book of your own prints.

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.

May
8
Fri
Open Art Studio: Mobiles
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us every second and fourth Friday of each month while we create art in the Art Room for Open Art Studio Fridays!

Create art from 10am-12pm

Free with museum admission or membership

May
18
Mon
Kindergarten Readiness Application Deadline
May 18 @ 11:45 pm – 11:59 pm

Deadline to apply is May 18, 2020 for the 2020 Kindergarten Readiness summer program. This program is open incoming kindergarteners to the 2020 fall school year at Peoria Public Schools. Kindergarten Readiness meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am to noon. A maximum of 20 children will be accepted.

Learn more about the program and apply here.

 

 

 

May
22
Fri
Open Art Studio: Positive and Negative Space
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us every second and fourth Friday of each month while we create art in the Art Room for Open Art Studio Fridays!

Create art from 10am-12pm

Free with museum admission or membership

May
25
Mon
2020 Summer Maker Program
May 25 – Aug 16 all-day

The Peoria PlayHouse Summer Maker Program begins on Memorial Day: Monday, May 25 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!

On your next visit, pick up a Maker Map at the front desk, filled with 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, Tessa Lee Martinez at (309) 323-6894.

Summer Teen Intern Application Deadline
May 25 @ 11:45 pm – 11:59 pm

Deadline to apply for our summer teen internship  program is today.

Learn more about the program and apply here.

 

 

 

May
29
Fri
Storytime at the PlayHouse: Ramadan/Eid al-Fitr
May 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Everyone loves a good story: explore some with us covering a variety of topics including holidays, cultures, and languages with people from our community. Most Storytimes will be bilingual with a language related to the culture or holiday we are covering.

Ramadan which leads to the celebration Eid-al Fitr, is one of the most important Muslim holidays of the year. We will learn about the holiday through children’s books while also learning some Arabic vocabulary. Make bookmarks with us at the end.

Storytime at the PlayHouse is on select Fridays and Saturdays.

Included with museum admission or membership.

 

 

Jun
6
Sat
Maker Workshop: Self-Portraits
Jun 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In this workshop we will create several self-portraits including full-body silhouettes and profiles, while using unconventional materials like wire, yarn, and cardboard.

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.

Jun
7
Sun
Birthday Bash: Game On!
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Run, jump, or slide into our grand slamming Birthday Bash: Game On. Celebrate the PlayHouse’s fifth birthday with us! It’s a “pay what you like” day at the PlayHouse, participate in sports-themed activities and still enjoy all of our wonderful interactive exhibits as usual.

Suggested donation: $4

Activities include:
– Try out the Rookie Olympics with sports from around the world
– Play sports themed games inside and outside of the Peoria PlayHouse
– Perfect your golf swing on our mini-golf course
– Wear your favorite sports team or sports-related gear
– We invite you participate in family-friendly tailgating that day. No alcohol or grills are allowed. No food may come into the PlayHouse.
A quiet space will be available in our Zoo Room for those who need a sensory break and/or nursing space. Learn more about our accessibility resources here.

 

Birthday Bash/Free Day
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Celebrate the PlayHouse’s fifth birthday with us! It’s a “pay what you like” day at the PlayHouse, participate in activities and still enjoy all of our wonderful exhibits.

Suggested donation: $4

A quiet space will be available in our Zoo Room for those who need a sensory break, nursing space or otherwise need the area.

 

Jun
12
Fri
Open Art Studio: Patterns
Jun 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us every second and fourth Friday of each month while we create art in the Art Room for Open Art Studio Fridays!

Create art from 10am-12pm

Free with museum admission or membership

Jun
15
Mon
Summer Camp: Little Artists @ Play (Half Day)
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Little Artists @ Play Half Day Summer Camp

June 15-19, 2020, 9-11:30am

In this awesome week-long art camp, kids will splatter, spray, and smear…and bend, twist, model, and mold…while we learn different ways to paint, collage, print, sculpt, and more!

Our half-day camp stays at the PlayHouse all day to get creative, while also enjoying time to play in the museum.

Members use code: PHSC2020HD

25% sibling discount

Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Please direct any camp-related questions to our Family & Public Programs Educator, Tessa Lee Martinez at (309) 323-6894.

Jun
16
Tue
Summer Camp: Little Artists @ Play (Half Day)
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Little Artists @ Play Half Day Summer Camp

June 15-19, 2020, 9-11:30am

In this awesome week-long art camp, kids will splatter, spray, and smear…and bend, twist, model, and mold…while we learn different ways to paint, collage, print, sculpt, and more!

Our half-day camp stays at the PlayHouse all day to get creative, while also enjoying time to play in the museum.

Members use code: PHSC2020HD

25% sibling discount

Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Please direct any camp-related questions to our Family & Public Programs Educator, Tessa Lee Martinez at (309) 323-6894.

Jun
17
Wed
Summer Camp: Little Artists @ Play (Half Day)
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Little Artists @ Play Half Day Summer Camp

June 15-19, 2020, 9-11:30am

In this awesome week-long art camp, kids will splatter, spray, and smear…and bend, twist, model, and mold…while we learn different ways to paint, collage, print, sculpt, and more!

Our half-day camp stays at the PlayHouse all day to get creative, while also enjoying time to play in the museum.

Members use code: PHSC2020HD

25% sibling discount

Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Please direct any camp-related questions to our Family & Public Programs Educator, Tessa Lee Martinez at (309) 323-6894.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum