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Programs and Events

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum offers a wide range of programs and events for all ages. Many of these programs require advanced registration. Click on each program listing below for more information, or to visit our registration page.

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Programs for Children and Families

In Tot Time, children ages 1 - 3 years old develop language, small-motor skills, and social skills while engaging with stories, music, and hands-on exploration.

In our Family Workshops, families with children ages 4-10 join us at the PlayHouse to make things together! Family Workshops engage children and their grown-ups in exploration and hands-on making.

Children ages 8-14 learn to use tools during Kid Workshops, while they experiment with different types of making, and are asked to think creatively.

Celebrate Peoria engages the entire family in examining and celebrating the many cultures that make up the dynamic fabric of our community.

Click on the heading below for information about specific programs, or to register.

Tot Time
Tot Time is an hour-long program, offered weekly on Wednesdays. Each week's Tot Time explores a different theme. Past themes have included colors, animals, and shapes. Tot Time includes a read-aloud,   music, a museum scavenger hunt, and time experimenting with art materials. Tot Time is $1 per child with museum admission.
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tot Time: Babies
July 5: Babies Babies learn new things every day. What did you learn today? Cost: $1 per child with museum admission. 
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tot Time: Trains
July 12: Trains Trains carry people and things all over our country! If you travelled somewhere by train, where would you go? Would you be the engineer, the conductor, or a passenger? All aboard! Cost:[...]
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tot Time: Bugs
July 19: Bugs All the cool bugs are outside playing in the summer, just like us! Spiders, ladybugs, butterflies, ants, and more are flying and crawling all around us. What is your favorite bug? Cost:[...]
Jul 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tot Time: My Senses
July 26: My Senses I can hear my cat when it meows, see her play with her toys, feel her soft fur, smell her snack, and even taste it if she shares it with me.[...]
Family Workshops
mom and girl making toys These monthly Saturday workshops engage children ages 4-10 years of age and grownups of any age in exploration and hands-on making. Family workshops are 1-3pm on select Saturdays.

BEGINNING IN FEBRUARY

Fees will change to: Member Cost: $10 for first child, $5 per additional child within one family. This program is free for member adults. One adult per family is required.  Non-Member Cost: $15 for first child, $10 per additional child within one family. Includes admission for participating children. This program is free for adults with paid admission. One adult per family is required. REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES MUSEUM ADMISSION.

upcoming family workshops:

Jul 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Note new program time: 2-4pm July 8: Block City Make your own special set of colorful blocks, and use them to make houses, skyscrapers, tunnels and more! Then use a wood-burning tool to add fun[...]
Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Note new program time: 2-4pm August 5: Enchanted Houses Build a home for your favorite fairy, gnome, elf or other magical creature using basic woodworking tools, lumber, cool materials from nature, and found objects. Register[...]
You can register online, at the PlayHouse, or by calling 309-323-6900.
Kid Workshops
IMG_1112 Kid Workshops are for 8-12 year olds, allowing parents to enroll their older child in this program while exploring the Museum with younger children. Kid Workshops, like other PlayHouse workshops, follow a Maker Space philosophy engaging participants in hands-on, cross-disciplinary projects that involve innovation and problem solving. BEGINNING IN FEBRUARY, Kid Workshops will be from 1-3pm. Also in February, fees will change to: $8 for members, $12 for non-members. Fee includes Museum Admission.

upcoming kid workshops:

Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Note new program time: 2-4pm July 22: Wire Works Try a new form of art by bending and twisting metal into a unique sculpture, and then connecting all of its parts using a soldering iron.[...]
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Note new program time: 2-4pm August 19: Mosaic Magic Work with colored glass and other fun and unexpected materials to create a masterpiece for your home or garden. Register Here
You can register online, at the PlayHouse, or by calling 309-323-6900.
Celebrate Peoria

celebratePeoria1Celebrate Peoria is a series dedicated to discovering and celebrating the diversity of Peoria and Central Illinois. Each month, the PlayHouse examines and celebrates one of the many cultures that make up the dynamic fabric of our community. All Celebrate Peoria events are free with museum admission.

 

Upcoming Celebrate Peoria Events:

Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Celebrate Peoria: Eid al-Fitr
Join us Sunday, July 9, 2017 as we celebrate Peoria’s diverse Muslim community and learn about Eid al-Fitr. Activities are in collaboration with Islamic Foundation of Peoria and the Islamic Center of Peoria. For more[...]
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Celebrate Peoria: All Families Day
Join us Sunday, August 13, 2017 as we celebrate Peoria’s diversity of families whether they include adopted/fostered children, single parents, same-sex parents and more.  This is a Peoria PlayHouse original “holiday”; family activities included.
Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Celebrate Peoria: Rosh Hashanah
Join us Sunday, September 17, 2017 as we celebrate Peoria’s Jewish community and learn about Rosh Hashanah. Activities are in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Peoria.

 

 

Adult Programs and Special Events

On Adult Maker Nights, join us without the kids to invent, innovate, and build.

Additional special events throughout the year invite visitors to support the museum, while enjoying food, fun, and special programs.

Click on the heading below for information about specific programs, or to register.

Adult Maker Night

Adults, iAdult Maker Night-webt’s your turn to play and make things! Join us on selected Saturday evenings from 7-10pm to invent, innovate, and build. The most fantastic creations win a prize.

Tickets are $15 for members /$20 non-members. A team of up to 6 people can be registered for $80. Admission includes snacks, wine and beer. Tickets must be purchased in advance

Click to Register!

Special Events
Be Anything! @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Be Anything! @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Does your child want to be an athlete? Engineer? Architect? Performer? Scientist? Chef? At this family-friendly event, travel through the PlayHouse chatting with a variety of professionals, introducing your children to all types of careers.[...]

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum