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Apr
6
Sat
Bright Start FREE Day @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join Peoria Playhouse on April 6 from 9:00 to 4:00 for a free day sponsored by Bright Start, an Illinois’ 529 college savings plan. In addition to free admission, the first 100 children can take part in the Bright Start “Little Savers Crafting Workshop” to decorate and take home their very own piggy bank.

Speak directly with the Bright Start team to have your questions answered and learn how a Bright Start 529 account can help you reach your college savings goals. A 529 plan is a type of investment account that can be used to save for higher education. Illinois families that save for post-secondary education with Bright Start may also receive tax savings benefits. See how easy it is to give your child the gift of education at BrightStart.com.

We hope to see you on April 6 for a fun-filled and educational day!

The Bright Start Direct-Sold College Savings Program is sponsored by the State of Illinois and administered by the Illinois State Treasurer, as Trustee. Union Bank and Trust Company serves as Program Manager. Balances in your Bright Start account are not guaranteed or insured by Bright Start, the State of Illinois, the Illinois State Treasurer, any other state or federal agency, Union Bank and Trust Company or any of its affiliates, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (except as provided in the Program Disclosure Statement solely with respect to the FDIC-insured bank savings Underlying Investment), or any other entity.

An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses before investing. This and other important information is contained in the Bright Start Direct-Sold College Savings Program Disclosure Statement, which can be obtained at BrightStart.com and should be read carefully before investing. You can lose money by investing in a portfolio. Each of the portfolios involves investment risks, which are described in the Program Disclosure Statement.

Before you invest, consider whether your or the beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other state benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only available for investments in that state’s 529 plan.

Apr
7
Sun
Dungeons & Dragons Session A @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Apr 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Spark your child’s imagination through a friendly game of Dungeons & Dragons. This five-week program unleashes your child’s creativity beyond what they thought was possible. They will go on unbelievable adventures, create characters without any limitations, and gain everlasting memories.

With all this fun, they won’t notice that in each session they’re building social-emotional skills, including teamwork, problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking.

Session A takes place on Sundays from 12 to 2 pm.

This program is for children 8 to 12 years old. Advanced registration is required.

Dungeons & Dragons Session B @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Apr 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Spark your child’s imagination through a friendly game of Dungeons & Dragons. This five-week program unleashes your child’s creativity beyond what they thought was possible. They will go on unbelievable adventures, create characters without any limitations, and gain everlasting memories.

With all this fun, they won’t notice that in each session they’re building social-emotional skills, including teamwork, problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking.

Session B takes place on Sundays from 2:30 to 4:30 pm.

This program is for children 8 to 12 years old. Advanced registration is required.

Apr
9
Tue
Members-Only Open Art Studio: Watercolor @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Apr 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Come create art with us!

Join us each week to explore how illustrators bring imagination to life through various artistic processes. Each month features a different theme.

April’s theme is Watercolor!

This program has been made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois and is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

 

Preschool Party at Peoria Zoo @ The Peoria Zoo
Apr 9 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Come party with the PlayHouse and The Peoria Zoo at a Preschool Party!

Discover our world through maker and S.T.E.A.M. activities, walks in nature, and stories depending on the location. This program is for preschool-aged children and their parents. For some locations, dress for outdoor fun!

Register for this program now!

Apr
10
Wed
Tot Time @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Apr 10 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

During this program for children 1 to 4 years of age and their grown-ups, children develop language, small motor skills, and social skills while engaging in hands-on exploration. Each class includes songs and musical instruments, a read-aloud story, time for play, and a visual art activity. Look for a different theme each week!

Advanced registration is recommended.

April Tot Time Themes are:

April 3rd – My Body

April 10th – Tools

April 17th – Colors

April 24th – Earth Day

Cost (children only; no additional cost for adults accompanying children): $4 for members, $6 for non-members. Fee does not include the cost for museum admission.

Program Plus PlayHouse Admission for the Day (non-members only): $17 per child and $10 per adult.

This program has been made possible by a grant from OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

Apr
11
Thu
Parent & Baby Social @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Apr 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

This program focuses on parents and their babies, from birth to 12 months, giving them a place to gather and enjoy casual conversation with fellow parents while their little ones play. Guest speakers from partner organizations will lead discussions and activities related to infant growth, and development. The goal of this program is to support YOU as parents, and we invite you to both join and tell us how this program and community groups can best help you!

Free of charge for parent and infant (under one year of age.) May not be combined with additional admissions.

Brought to you by Family Connects in partnership with Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum.

 

Tot Time @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

During this program for children 1 to 4 years of age and their grown-ups, children develop language, small motor skills, and social skills while engaging in hands-on exploration. Each class includes songs and musical instruments, a read-aloud story, time for play, and a visual art activity. Look for a different theme each week!

Advanced registration is recommended.

April Tot Time Themes are:

April 4th – My Body

April 11th – Tools

April 18th – Colors

April 25th – Earth Day

Cost (children only; no additional cost for adults accompanying children): $4 for members, $6 for non-members. Fee does not include the cost for museum admission.

Program Plus PlayHouse Admission for the Day (non-members only): $17 per child and $10 per adult.

This program has been made possible by a grant from OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

Sensory Inclusion Night @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Apr 11 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for a fun, sensory-friendly night with dimmer lights, less noise, and sensory toys. Open to children of all needs and abilities, and their families. Sensory Packs with noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys, sunglasses, and other materials are always available at the front desk.

No pre-registration is required.

Cost: Regular admission rates at $10.50 per person or $3 with WIC/Link

Apr
12
Fri
Membership Swap Weekend
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm

Membership Swap Weekend is here!

If you are a member of the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, from April 12-14 you can enjoy FREE general admission to these awesome Peoria-area attractions: Wildlife Prairie Park, the Peoria Riverfront Museum, and the Peoria Zoo!

All you have to do is present your membership card & a photo ID and then go enjoy your weekend!

Charges may apply for additional experiences.

Preschool Parties @ Forest Park Nature Center @ Forest Park Nature Center
Apr 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Come party with the PlayHouse and Forest Park Nature Center at a Preschool Party!

Discover our world through maker and S.T.E.A.M. activities, walks in nature, and stories depending on the location. This program is for preschool-aged children and their parents. For some locations, dress for outdoor fun!

Register for this program now!

Open Art Studio: Watercolor @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come create art with us!

Join us each week to explore how illustrators bring imagination to life through various artistic processes. Each month features a different theme.

April’s theme is Watercolor!

This program has been made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois and is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Apr
13
Sat
Maker Program Collaborations @ Bonnie W. Noble Center
Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Peoria PlayHouse at the Bonnie Noble Center in Lakeview Park for a special new program offering: Maker Collaborations!

Maker Collaborations is a partnership between the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum and various Peoria Park District facilities focusing on MAKING WITH A PURPOSE. Your family will have the opportunity to work on bird feeders with the Forest Park Nature Center that will be used in their upcoming Earth Day Festival!

A PPD staff member will lead a short content presentation about the project and then children and families will utilize the makerspace to complete their projects. All families will be encouraged to go visit their projects “in the wild” once they are installed/being utilized the Saturday after the program takes place!

Advanced Registration is required.
Apr
14
Sun
Dungeons & Dragons Session A @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Spark your child’s imagination through a friendly game of Dungeons & Dragons. This five-week program unleashes your child’s creativity beyond what they thought was possible. They will go on unbelievable adventures, create characters without any limitations, and gain everlasting memories.

With all this fun, they won’t notice that in each session they’re building social-emotional skills, including teamwork, problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking.

Session A takes place on Sundays from 12 to 2 pm.

This program is for children 8 to 12 years old. Advanced registration is required.

Dungeons & Dragons Session B @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Apr 14 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Spark your child’s imagination through a friendly game of Dungeons & Dragons. This five-week program unleashes your child’s creativity beyond what they thought was possible. They will go on unbelievable adventures, create characters without any limitations, and gain everlasting memories.

With all this fun, they won’t notice that in each session they’re building social-emotional skills, including teamwork, problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking.

Session B takes place on Sundays from 2:30 to 4:30 pm.

This program is for children 8 to 12 years old. Advanced registration is required.