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Black History Celebration

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate Black history with events that inspire all.  Join us in the auditorium for portrayals and discussions about Blacks in Media featuring News and Media Specialists.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

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February 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a roaring good time at our 5th annual adults-only fundraising event featuring this year’s special 1920s speakeasy theme! Eight favorite local restaurants and breweries provide whiskey-based cocktails and local brews. Enjoy food by Two25, play games, win prizes, and bid against other attendees in a unique silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, including our Maker Space and monthly Maker workshops which foster innovation and problem solving skills in children ages 3 and up!

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Camp Open House

March 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Find out all the details about each of our spring and summer day camps in one place!  You'll have the opportunity to visit with camp coordinators and get all your questions answered as you find the perfect camp for your children. Peoria Park District Camps are a safe, fun, and active way for your children to spend their time out of school!  To view our 2020 Summer Camp Guide, CLICK HERE! Those in attendance at the Camp Open House can…

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Enchanted PlayHouse

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March 14 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

You’re invited to a day of enchantment! Try your hand at a fantasy scavenger hunt. Then build a castle, pose at our fairy tale photo booth, create a treasure map, join in on a magical storytelling time, and more.  Activities will include:  Make a treasure map  Fantasy quest scavenger hunt Enchanted dance party with bubbles, ribbon wands, and more Story time: Rapunzel (Once Upon a World) Fairy tale photo stations Create cardboard castles Free with Membership or museum admission.

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Maple Syrup Day and Pancake Breakfast

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April 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fill up on pancakes and fresh maple syrup, then learn how we make syrup by combining traditional and high-tech techniques.  Taste fresh maple sap, compete in a pancake-flipping contest, tour our facilities and take advantage of discounted cabin camping.  25% off cabin rentals when you register for breakfast. Plus, this will be the first day you can purchase fresh syrup from the 2020 harvest. Early-bird discount: Register before April 20 for $10 adult and $5 child admission. General admission after…

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Peoria 2020 Year of the Guitar Event – Hairbanger’s Ball

June 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

In celebration of Peoria 2020 Year of the Guitar, #PeoriaYOG, 80’s monster rock is back as Hairbanger’s Ball returns to The CEFCU Center Stage @ The Landing! Join us on the RiverFront for the non-stop Hairbanger’s Ball party, and dance to all of your favorite hits from the decade of decadence. The Landing Bar will be open to serve your favorite beverages. Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm-11pm Children 12 and under are free

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Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown


July 17 @ 4:00 pm - July 18 @ 11:00 pm

This Kansas City BBQ sanctioned event features over 35 of the best teams in the United States!  New for 2020, we are adding a SCA sanctioned Steak Cookoff event on Friday night.  Think you have the skills to grill with the big dogs?  Enter the Backyard BBQ Competition on Saturday.  If you would like to register for the KCBS competition, SCA Steak Cookoff , Backyard event or multiple events, please click on the Registration button to register online.

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