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Kids Programs

Whether your child is a little tot or a high schooler, the Peoria Park District has programs that will educate and entertain!  From Motor Mites at the Franciscan Rec Center for children ages 1-5 to Ed-Zoo-Cational programs for children of all ages to nature exploration, the Peoria Park District is the place to be.   

After-School Programs

Need a safe, educational stop for your kids after school?  The Peoria Park District can help!

Call 676-8179 for details.

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.

Fall Fun

Enjoy the crisp, cool fall weather with Peoria Park District.  Check out our Fall Fun Checklist for a sampling of the many fun opportunities available during this colorful season!

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

Holiday Events

No matter what the holiday, the Peoria Park District has a way for you to celebrate!

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.



Peoria Zoo Programs

Peoria Zoo strives to create connections with the natural world.

Only through caring, will people make the choices and changes needed to save our natural resources. Our education programs will promote the knowledge and connections that are the key to caring.

Pre-School Programming

The Peoria Park District is excited to offer many great programs for the tiny tot in your life!  The various preschooler programs available throughout the District promote play and education to youngsters and are available for children ages 1-5.  For more information about the different classes offered, click on the Pre-School Programming title above.

Youth Sports – All

The Peoria Park District will keep your kid or kids busy year-round with a wide variety of sports offerings.  Check out the links offers a variety of Youth Sports.