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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 free with admission but donations help us keep this program going for our guests.
This program is supported by PNC.
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tot Time: Moms
May 3: Moms Our moms do so much! They play with us and read us stories, put bandages on our boo-boo’s, tuck us in at night, and give the best hugs. What would we do[...]
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tot Time: Construction
May 17: Construction You can construct things with hand tools like hammers, saws, and screwdrivers, or with big machines like loaders, dump trucks, and bulldozers. What do you like to build? Tot Time is designed[...]
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tot Time: Colors
May 24: Colors Our world is made of so many wonderful colors! Which crayon do you like to use the most when you make art? Tot Time is designed for 1-3 year olds and their[...]
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tot Time: Getting Dressed
May 31: Getting Dressed Let’s go outside and play! I need to put on my shirt, shorts, and sandals…and my sunglasses and a hat! I will also need a swimsuit for the pool! Can you[...]
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:

May 6: Make Your Own Monster Using conductive thread and basic circuitry, make your own light-up stuffed creature. Online registration. To register by phone, please call 309.323.6900 This workshop is for families and for kids.[...]
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Note new program times: Offered on selected Saturday afternoons from 2-4pm June 3: Cosmic Cars Using a combination of new and recycled materials and basic circuitry, create a vehicle and make it move by channeling[...]
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:

May 6: Make Your Own Monster Using conductive thread and basic circuitry, make your own light-up stuffed creature. Online registration. To register by phone, please call 309.323.6900 This workshop is for families and for kids.[...]
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Note new program time: 2-4pm June 24: Tropes and Scopes Learn about the earliest forms of animation by creating a variety of different contraptions to make images move, including zoetropes, phenakistoscopes, and flip books. Register[...]
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:

 

 

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
Adult Maker Night: Relax! It's Just Rocket Science
Relax! It’s Just Rocket Science Adults, it’s your turn to play and create! Work with a team to design and build an amazing rocket and compete to see which one can fly the furthest! The[...]
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
August 19: Kinetic Sculpture Build moving sculptures using different materials. Make the work of art that displays the most motion and win the PlayHouse trophy! Price: $15 members / $20 non-members Register a team of[...]

Click to Register!

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum