Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum

The Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum offers a fun place for learners to exit the classroom and conduct “field work.” Groups are presented with unfamiliar objects, and will be encouraged to play and share their experiments and questions. They will rotate through the galleries, where they can explore a town replica, play at the water table, make a construction project, sculpt with sand, conduct science experiments, and more. Learners can select an area of interest and be given a special challenge: such as building in the Real Tools area, or making a boat out of recycled materials at the water table.

Contact Info
Address: 2218 North Prospect Road, Peoria, IL 61603. Peoria County. Tel: 309-323-6900. Website: www.peoriaplayhouse.org. Hrs: Vary, see website.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-5th. Activity Type: Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.