A Peoria Park District Facility

Summer Camps

The Peoria PlayHouse is offering three summer day camps that will get children ages 5-11 exploring and creating!

Cost: $250 non-members/$200 members. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Extended Care is available from 8-9am and 3:30-5pm for an additional $15/day.

Register Here for any of the camps listed below.

Messy Masterpieces

this camp is full - call the PlayHouse to be added to our wait list.

Ages 5-7
Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 16, 9am-3:30pm

Kids will splatter, spray, and smear…and bend, twist, model, and mold…while we learn all about the many ways to paint and sculpt…and leave all of the mess here at the PlayHouse!

Our week will include lots of hands-on making, as well as fun off-site visits to places like the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Sculpture Walk Peoria, Prairie Center for the Arts, and more.

This week-long camp will end with an art show, where kids can show off all of their creations!

Wonders of Water

Ages 7-9
Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14, 9am-3:30pm

The PlayHouse and its water table will be our home base as we explore the Illinois River through dynamic art and science activities, like making fish prints, nature journals and collages, constructing bird feeders and “animals” out of recycled materials, and building and testing boats and beaver dams.

We’ll explore the plants and animals that call the river home, discuss the history of the river, and learn about the vessels used to travel along it. We'll also talk about a variety of environmental issues related to the river and how we can protect it!

Then, we’ll let Peoria become our learning lab! Through off-site visits to places like the Peoria Zoo, Luthy Botanical Garden, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Glen Oak Park Lagoon, Forest Park Nature Center, and Camp Wokanda, and a visit from the Illinois American Water mobile lab, our campers will deepen their interests and become explorers of the world!

Construction Zone

Ages 9-11
Monday, August 7 - Friday, August 11, 9am-3:30pm

Do your kids like to build?

This camp will focus on using basic woodworking tools and construction methods to build fun projects out of lumber and recycled materials. We will also learn different methods of upcycling, including strengthening, altering, and re-finishing, to make something old fantastic and useful again.

The week will include lots of building time, and is perfect for kids who love our Real Tools space, and can never get enough time making there! We’ll also make some off-site visits to gather vintage finds for re-finishing, and learn about people in our community who also build amazing things!

For questions about summer camp, please contact Family & Public Programs Educator Adrienne Watson-Livingston at (309) 323-6894.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum