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  • Family and Kid Workshops

    Winter/Spring 2017 workshops

    Family Workshops and Kid Workshops
    PlayHouse workshops follow a Maker Space philosophy, engaging participants in hands-on, cross-disciplinary projects that involve innovation and problem solving. Enrollment in Family Workshops and Kid Workshops is limited; we encourage you to register in advance. You may do this by completing our on-line registration form, visiting the PlayHouse, or calling 323-6892.

    Upcoming Kid Workshops:

    Kid Workshops are for 8-14 year olds, allowing parents to enroll their older child in this program while exploring the Museum with younger children. Offered on selected Saturday afternoons from 1-3pm.

    Cost: $5 members, $10 non-members. Fee includes museum admission.

    January 21: Art Parade

    Learn to make life-size puppets out of a variety of new and recycled materials!

    February 25: Object Bots

    March 18: Weave it!

    April: 22: Paint with Nature

    May 6: Make Your Own Monster


    Family Workshops

    Family Workshops engage children ages 4-10 years of age and grownups of any age in exploration and hands-on making. Offered on selected Saturday afternoons from 1-3pm.

    $10 per member pair (one grownup + one child) / $5 per additional family member

    $20 non-member pairs; $10 per additional family member. Fee includes museum admission.

    Upcoming Family Workshops:

    January 7: Everything Old is New Again

    Work together to revitalize an old piece of furniture by repairing it and strengthening it.

    February 11: Object Bots

    March 4: Birdhouse Basics

    April: Puppet Theater

    May 6: Make Your Own Monster

    Tot time

    Children engage with stories, music, and hands-on exploration in this program for 1-3 year olds and their grown ups.  Programs are repeated Wednesdays and Saturdays, so choose the day which is best for you!

    Wednesdays 10-11am

    Saturdays 10-11am

    Cost: Free with museum admission; an additional suggested donation of $5 per family helps the museum to continue to offer this program.

    This program is made possible by PNC and the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, and is offered with the support of the Peoria Public Library.


    Adult Maker Space Nights

    February 11: Pasta Pillar Challenge

    May: 6: Relax…it’s just Rocket Science!

    7:00-10:00pm pm • $25 per person includes food, wine and beer.

    Adults, it’s your turn to play and make things! Join us on selected Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm to invent, innovate, and build. The most fantastic creations win the coveted Adult Maker Space trophy. Register online or by calling 323-6900.

    Celebrate Peoria

    Celebrate 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.

    January 8: Makar Sankranti

    Learn about a Hindu harvest festival that also marks the beginning of spring.

    February 5: Lunar New Year

    March 12: St. Patrick’s Day

    April 23: Orthodox Pascha

    May 21: May Day