A Peoria Park District Facility

Virtual Summer Camp

We're bringing the summer fun straight to you!

Our Artists@Play camp may not be happening this year, but summer fun is NOT cancelled! Thanks to the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio, the PlayHouse is able to offer Camp Curiosity @Home.

Camp Curiousity @Home is a thoughtfully redesigned camp experience to ensure that our explorers and creators of the world stay busy, happy, and engaged all summer long. The @Home experience will include a full box of materials available for pickup, access to digital assets on a secure site to assist with camp activities, and counselors will be online throughout the day to answer any questions that campers may have. This STEM camp has options for K-8, and campers must have access to an Internet-connected device (like a laptop, tablet, or a phone). Stay tuned for more information about registration!

Camp Curiosity is segmented by grade, and campers should register for the grade level they are entering in Fall 2020. Campers will be divided into groups as follows: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th.

The PlayHouse has 10 seats available in each grade level per week of camp. Currently, the PlayHouse is only offering registrations for the month of June, but check back to be notified of registration updates for July & August!

Each week of camp will have a new theme, and lots of great new activities so campers will have no shortage of fun!

For K-2:

  • June 1-5: Inquisitive Innovators - Why does everything need batteries? Where does the sound come from? What makes this toy blink? Let’s learn together as we find out what our favorite toys are made of!
  • June 8-12: LEGO: Amusement Park Science - Welcome to world’s first premier LEGO amusement park, Cedar Park. Strap in tight as this week of thrills, loops, rides and games will give you a deeper understanding of the laws of motion.
  • June 15-19: Lights & Lasers - Let’s explore technology that integrates lights and lasers and use it to make something really cool! Join us for a week of high tech fun that will introduce you to the amazing science behind light waves!
  • June 22-26: Sci-Spies - There is a secret double agent amongst us! Come join the Sci-Spy Squad and we’ll combine our best STEM skills to capture the double agent before it’s too late!
  • June 29-July 3: Science Pioneers - Work as a team to learn scientific “fun”damentals as you explore the world of possibilities in STEM!

For grades 3-5:

  • June 1-5: Space Camp: Orion's Journey - We become NASA engineers as we put our STEM skills to work by problem solving ways to keep astronauts safe in transport and space.
  • June 8-12: LEGO: Amusement Park Science - Your team is on track to open the world’s first premier LEGO amusement park, Cedar Park. Keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times.
  • June 15-19: Beyond Beakers: Chemical Creators - What’s the chemistry of a cookie? Can you engineer a volcanic explosion? We know you can as you experience chemistry in action.
  • June 22-26: Sci-Skills Challenge - Objects have been hidden around the Science Center, and we need your help finding them! Use collaboration, problem-solving, scientific methods, and creativity to solve mysteries.
  • June 29-July 3: Laser Lab - Robots that use lasers to move? It’s not magic, it’s science! We can’t wait to explore these technologies and more with you at camp!

For grades 6-8:

  • June 1-5: Cryptography Challenge - We need your science skills to decipher code and send messages that are hidden in plain sight. Do you have the skills to save us without getting caught?
  • June 8-12: LEGO: Amusement Park Science - Your team is on track to open the world’s first premier LEGO amusement park, Cedar Park. This week of thrills will challenge you to engineer rides, explore the physics of motion, and use data to create an amazing ride experience.
  • June 29-July 3: Laboratory Leaders - This week we will test water quality, cook up some amazing chemical science in the lab, and yes, we will make something explode this week!

Summer Camp FAQs

  • Camps run Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. (Central Time)
  • Each camper needs access to an internet-connected device (phone, laptop, tablet)
  • Campers receive an individualized box of materials before the start of camp containing consumable (cardboard, glue, building supplies, etc.) and non-consumable (lab equipment, goggles, etc.) materials.
  • Campers will have access to digital assets on a secure website that is protected for their particular camp. These assets will include video recordings of Big Science Shows, demonstrations and how-tos where needed.
  • Camp will be offered at the PlayHouse's usual camp registration rate: $200 for members, $250 for nonmembers, with an additional $25 deposit for materials.

Boxes will need to be picked up on Sunday the week that camp begins. Boxes should be dropped off on Saturday after the week of camp is over, so that materials can be sanitized and ready for pick up the next day. Pick up and drop off will be from the PlayHouse porch, please be sure to wear a mask in accordance with Governor Pritzker's current guidelines, and observe proper social distancing. 

Questions? Email playhouse@peoriaparks.org

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum