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Chrysanthemum Show featuring “The Great Pumpkin”

October 11 @ 10:00 am - November 3 @ 5:00 pm

Enjoy a spectacular showing of fall color and maybe even spot the Great Pumpkin!!  Packed with chrysanthemums, the Conservatory is a great escape from that chill in the air.  Open daily from 10am to 5pm.  This event is free but donations are appreciated.


New Exhibit Now Open! Fossils Rock

October 12 @ 10:00 am - November 30 @ 4:00 pm

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum is proud to announce its first NEW permanent exhibit, Fossils Rock! Fossils Rock will transform our existing Sand Porch into a natural history space featuring fossils, minerals, and a life-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull. Visitors will travel through time and embark on a prehistoric expedition! Children will learn and practice the habits of mind critical to scientists: sorting and classifying, careful observation, and critical comparison.  Become a paleontologist, paleoartist, or a collections manager through digging,…

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Fall Photo Scavenger Hunt

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bring your digital camera or phone, and head out onto trails to complete a nature-themed scavenger hunt. Complete as many challenges as you can, as you collect fun memories and maybe even win a prize!  $5/team of 10 or fewer people.

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October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Calling all ghosts and ghouls, join us for our annual HowlZOOWeen event. With a trick or treat trail through Africa, magic shows, a costume contest at 7:00 each night, and so much more, come out and enjoy this family friendly event.

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Hayrides & Hotdogs

October 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 24, 2019

Join us on the first four Thursdays in October for an old-fashioned good time with hayrack rides and hot dogs!  (Vegetarian options available.) $6/ages 11+; $4/ages 3-10; Free for children 2 and under

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Fall Festival

October 25 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

If you are ready for fun mixed with a pinch of creepy, This is the place for you! lets make some creative fall treats and play some scary games.

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Halloween Party at FRC

October 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For Ages 1-10:  Halloween is coming soon! Don't take your bag on the street; come instead to our place for tricks and treats! Carnival games, crafts, Fun on the Run bounce house, costume contest at 6:30pm, and CANDY and PRIZES all evening! Co-sponsored by the West Peoria Resident's Association, West Peoria Neighborhood Watch, and Fun on the Run.

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Creatures of the Night

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October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Summon your courage and prepare to enter the dark forest!  Enjoy a trick-or-treat trail, a campfire with nature-inspired stories, and more! $4 in advance; $5 at the door

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Haunted PlayHouse

October 26 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a day of Halloween fun with a spooky story time, a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, and show off your costume in a parade!  Free with museum membership or admission.

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