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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.
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tot Time: Boats
September 9: Boats If you want to travel on water, you can do it in a boat! Will you row down a river, across a lake, or over the ocean? Tot Time is designed for[...]
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tot Time: Weather
September 13: Weather There are so many different kinds of weather. Rain, snow, sunshine, wind, and more! What is your favorite? Tot Time is designed for 1-3 year olds and their adults, and includes stories,[...]
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tot Time: Pets
September 20: Pets People have many different types of pets in their home, like a dog, cat, bird, snake or lizard, or fish! If you live on a farm, you might even have a cow,[...]
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tot Time: Going to the Doctor
September 27: Going to the Doctor Our family doctor keeps us healthy! They use neat tools to check our heart, eyes, ears, and more. Do you have a doctor kit at home that you use[...]
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:

Sep 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
September 9: Pinball Power! Ages: 3-10 yrs old and their grown-up(s) Cost: Members – $10 for the first child and $5 per additional child / Nonmembers – $15 for the first child and $10 per[...]
Costume Swap and Create: Costume Drop Off
Costume Swap and Create: Costume Drop Off Drop off dates: October 1st-October 15th Halloween is fast approaching! What kind of costume will you wear? Drop off gently used costumes at the Peoria PlayHouse or the[...]
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
October 7: Make Your Own Monster! Ages: 3-10 yrs old and their grown-up(s) Cost: Members – $10 for the first child and $5 per additional child / Nonmembers – $15 for the first child and[...]
Costume Swap and Create: Pick Out New Costume and Accessorize!
Costume Swap and Create: Pick Out New Costume and Accessorize! Cost: Free with voucher and museum admission 10am – Costume pick up 1pm – Accessory workshop Did you drop off a gently used costume and[...]
Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
November 4: Treasure Hunt! Ages: 3-10 yrs old and their grown-up(s) Cost: Members – $10 for the first child and $5 per additional child / Nonmembers – $15 for the first child and $10 per[...]
Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
December 2: Funky Furniture! Ages: 3-10 yrs old and their grown-up(s) Cost: Members – $10 for the first child and $5 per additional child / Nonmembers – $15 for the first child and $10 per[...]
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:

Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
September 23: High Tech Fashion Ages: 8-14 yrs old Cost: $8 per member/ $12 per nonmember Fee includes museum admission Make cool accessories such as bracelets, hair clips, buttons, and more and then…light them up![...]
Costume Swap and Create: Costume Drop Off
Costume Swap and Create: Costume Drop Off Drop off dates: October 1st-October 15th Halloween is fast approaching! What kind of costume will you wear? Drop off gently used costumes at the Peoria PlayHouse or the[...]
Costume Swap and Create: Pick Out New Costume and Accessorize!
Costume Swap and Create: Pick Out New Costume and Accessorize! Cost: Free with voucher and museum admission 10am – Costume pick up 1pm – Accessory workshop Did you drop off a gently used costume and[...]
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
November 18: Sweet Science Ages: 8-14 yrs old Cost: $8 per member/ $12 per nonmember Fee includes museum admission Experiment with a thermometer, sugar, and varying degrees of heat to make everyone’s favorite sweet treat…candy![...]
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
December 16: Fabulous Felting Ages: 8-14 yrs old Cost: $8 per member/ $12 per nonmember Fee includes museum admission Using brightly colored wool and a special hand-tool, we’ll learn to felt and create beautiful works[...]
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

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.[...]
Oct 7 all-day
October 7: Cub Scout Day at the PlayHouse! Who: Active Cub Scout members and their family Cost per patch: $2 members  / $5 non-member and includes museum admission Admission: Free with membership / $5 for[...]
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 8 @ 7:00 am
Girl Scout Lock-In October 7 at 8pm to October 8 at 7am Price: $20 per Scout, $12 per chaperone Patch and food included Calling all brownies and juniors! Join us for a special overnight at[...]

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum