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May 27 – Aug 16 all-day
2019 Summer Maker Program
12:00 am
The Peoria PlayHouse Summer Maker Program begins on Memorial Day: Monday, May 27 and ends on Friday, August 16. We hope this program encourages you to try out different types of tools and inspires you[...]
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maker Workshop: Bird House Basics
2:00 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[...]
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Birthday Bash: Superheroes
12:00 pm
Celebrate the PlayHouse’s fourth 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. We invite all visitors (adults, too!) to[...]
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Be Anything Career Day: The Natural World
1:00 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[...]
Jul 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maker Workshop: Mosaic Magic
2:00 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[...]
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Be Anything Career Day: Makers & Fixers
1:00 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[...]
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Celebrate Peoria: Tell Me a Story
12:00 pm
Everyone loves a good story and there are so many ways to tell them across cultures. Enjoy stories in the many ways we share them across cultures including Native American coyote stories with Jo Lakota,[...]
Aug 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maker Workshop: Print It!
2:00 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[...]
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Be Anything Career Day: Community Heroes
1:00 pm
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[...]
Sep 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maker Workshop: Object Bots
2:00 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[...]
Sep 8 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Celebrate Peoria: Kilts to Kimonos
12:00 pm
What we wear and why can say so much about who we are. Explore cultural and religious fashions worn by the people in the greater Peoria area. Try on clothes like a sari or hijab,[...]
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Accessibility Night
5:30 pm
In collaboration with Easter Seals and Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA), join us for a fun, sensory-friendly night featuring dimmer lights and less noise. Open to children of all needs and abilities! Open[...]
PNC World Wide Day of Play
12:00 am
Join us in Glen Oak Park for PNC Worldwide Day of Play! Hosted by Peoria Park District This fun-filled family-friendly event features the following and more: -PNC Mobile Learning Adventure -Meet Walkaround Bert & Ernie[...]
Be Anything Career Day: People in Our Neighborhood
1:00 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[...]
Be Anything Cocktails & Careers @ Trailside Event Center
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Be Anything Cocktails & Careers @ Trailside Event Center
6:00 pm
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[...]
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maker Workshop: Cookie Monsters
2:00 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.[...]
Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Members Sneak Peak: Fossils Rock
5:00 pm
Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum members are invited to take a sneak peek at our newest exhibit, Fossils Rock! Join or renew your Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum membership before October 1st for an invitation to this[...]
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exhibit Opening: Fossils Rock
9:00 am
Discover a world millions of years in the making in our brand new exhibit, Fossils Rock! Dig for fossils in our sand table. See a life-size replica of a T-Rex skull. Travel through time and[...]
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cub Scout Day at the PlayHouse
9:00 am
Join us for a special Cub Scout Day at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! Wear your uniform and enjoy special discounted admission of $5 per scout and accompanying family member. The first 25 Cub Scouts[...]
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 7:00 am
Girl Scout Lock-In
8:00 pm
Calling all BROWNIES and JUNIORS! Join us for a special overnight experience at the Peoria PlayHouse! Girls will have the chance to play in the exhibits as much as they like and participate in a[...]
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Haunted PlayHouse
12:00 pm
Join us for a day of Halloween fun! Enjoy spooky story-time, trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, and creepy art and science activities. Strike a pose in our silly photo booth, show off your costume in a parade[...]
National Author's Day: 2-for-1 Day at the PlayHouse and Zoo
12:00 am
National Author’s Day: 2-For-1 Day at the Peoria PlayHouse and Peoria Zoo Discover amazing books about animals and more at the Peoria Zoo AND the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! Buy admission at one facility and[...]
Nov 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maker Workshop: Speed Boat Race
2:00 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[...]
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maker Workshop: Artsy Ornaments
2:00 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[...]
Dec 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Noon Year's Eve: Paleo Party
10:00 am
  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[...]
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Volunteer Open House
10:00 am
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[...]
Jan 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maker Workshop: Silly Sculpture
2:00 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,[...]
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service
12:00 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[...]
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maker Workshop: Flying Machines
2:00 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[...]
Feb 17 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maker Day Camp
8:00 am
Maker Day Camp 2020 Ages 5-9 School may be closed for President’s Day, but the PlayHouse in OPEN! Come spend the day with us at this one-day camp, especially for kids who love making cool[...]
The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum