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Arts & Culture

Whether you like getting your hands dirty in a pottery wheel or tooting the horn of your choice, the Peoria Park District has you covered with its many Arts and Culture activities!  We invite you to join us for activities ranging from cake decorating at Forest Park Nature Center to Native American beading at Camp Wokanda.

Book Court


The Noble Center Book Court carries on a tradition started by the Lakeview Museum… used books at affordable prices.

Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm and Monday evenings 5:30-7:30 pm in the lobby of the Noble Center.

 


Dance – Adult


Our adult dance programs are a great way to meet new people, get your aerobic exercise and have fun at the same time!  No matter what your taste, we have an adult dance program to suit your fancy.  Ballroom, swing, line, belly, salsa or tap…choose what’s right for you.

Our dance programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.


Dance – Youth


If you have kids, you may be looking for a great way to channel their seemingly boundless energy…Dance is a great way to get your kids (even the littlest ones!) involved and active.  Dancing is a highly physical activity, and kids who take dance lessons regularly should expect to see a significant improvement in their overall physical health.

The Peoria Park District offers a progressive program of dance instruction, starting with children as young as two years old. We also offer a full regimen of adult classes, too!

And no matter your age or budget, our sessions are flexible and affordable.

Check out our full class list here and sign up today.

Our dance programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.


Environmental Education Programs


The Peoria Park District works to increase understanding about the importance of conservation and stewardship of our environment… one way to do this is to provide quality education opportunities.  For your convenience, the District hosts environmental education opportunities at multiple, easy-to-access locations.


Forest Park Nature Center Programming


Visitors to Forest Park Nature Center will find:

  • Seven miles of hiking trails through both forested woodlands and prairie openings
  • A natural history museum and bird observation room
  • The Trailhead Nature Store with nature-oriented and environmentally-friendly items
  • A variety of educational programs
  • Over 500 acres of dedicated Illinois State Nature Preserve

Park District’s Theater Education for Children


In collaboration with Peoria area schools, the Park District operates Theatre Education for Children (TEC) which is a 10 week program offered twice during the school year.  The Fall semester focuses on creative dramatic and acting skills while the Winter/Spring semester focuses on play production.  A short play is presented at the school in April each year.

Our drama programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.


Peoria PlayHouse Programs


The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum provides children with the tools and inspiration they need to be explorers and creators of the world.

For more information including topics, registration, and general information about Peoria PlayHouse visit the PlayHouse website!

You can also see more information in the current Playbook.

Questions?  Please call 309.323.6900.

 

 


PPD Performing Groups


Looking for unique, fine-art focused entertainment?  The Peoria Park District can help!


Skills and Learning


The Peoria Park District isn’t just about fine arts and fitness… check out the other skills we can help you learn.  From Mah Jongg to chess to a local book club, the Peoria Park District can help you expand your horizons!