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Adult Sports


Whether you’re interested in reliving the “glory days” or just getting fit, the Peoria Park District has an adult sport for you!  Click on the categories to the right for more information.


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.


Camps


  Click here to view our 2018 Summer Camp/Sports Guide

We know that parents and children can agree that finding something fun to do during summer break can be challenging.  Why not check out one of the Peoria Park District’s fun summer camps?  We are proud to offer day camps that fit many different tastes and age ranges.  Whether your child is interested in the fine arts or animals, the Peoria Park District has a camp they will love!

 


Community


In addition to parks and recreation, the Peoria Park District takes very seriously its commitment to our community… we are pleased to offer multiple, non-traditional efforts that enrich the lives of those who live, work and play in our District.  Whether you’re seeking help to get your GED, want to get your hands on some great books, or hope to enrich the lives of our youth, the Peoria Park District has more to explore!


Dance/Drama


Dancing has no age limitation.  Dance enhances balance and coordination, provides a creative escape, can be performed solo or in a group and can even improve your memory! So whether you’re 1 or 101, step right up and dance!

Do you have a future actor or actress in your house?  If so, the Peoria Park District offers great educational drama programs throughout the year.  The Peoria Park District also partners with community theater groups.


Family Fun


Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a zookeeper?  Would you love to watch one of your favorite family-friendly movies under the stars?  If so, come join us for a behind the scene tour at the zoo or for a family movie night at the Amphitheatre!  Whatever it is your family enjoys, the Park District hosts events at various locations throughout the year that are sure to be great fun for the whole family.


Field Trips


Are you looking for a fun, educational experience outside of the classroom?  Do you homeschool and are you looking for exciting ways to supplement your childrens’ educational  activities?  Choose your adventure with a Peoria Park District Field Trip.

Or if travel is a challenge, we’ll come to you!  Click on our field trip brochure below and come learn with us!


Fitness


Whether you like lifting weights or practicing Tai Chi, the Peoria Park District has a fitness opportunity for you!  The Park District offers fitness classes at multiple facilities across Peoria, including many sports clinics for children and adults.  For a full list of the fitness classes offered and to register, please click  here.  You can also click here to head over to the RiverPlex’s website for specific programs offered at that facility.


Golf


There are not many sports which you can play from age 3-93. Golf is one of those sports that can connect generations and be enjoyed, no matter what age you are.

 

To learn more about the Peoria Park District golf system and to book a tee time, please visit www.ppdgolf.org now!


HISRA


The Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA) is the result of a desire on the part of the Chilicothe, Morton, Peoria and Washington park districts to provide quality recreation programs and services to individuals with disabilities and special needs. HISRA and its member districts enthusiastically support the spirit and intent of the Americans With Disabilities Act. HISRA is committed to providing opportunities for each individual to enjoy recreation activities in the least restrictive environment possible.

To learn more about the Association, please visit www.hisra.org.

To browse a current program list and to register, please click here.


Holiday Events


There’s More to Explore with the Peoria Park District. Regardless of the season (or your season of life), come celebrate with us.

PROGRAMS


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.   


Music


The Peoria Park District is excited to offer music lessons to children and adults!  Lessons available include piano and guitar and range from beginner lessons to advanced lessons to further your music career.  The Music Department of the Park District also offers a Summer Band program for students in grades 5 and up!  The Summer Band program offers students the ability to improve their technique, tone quality, and musicianship.  If jazz music is more up your alley, the Park District also offers the All Ears Jazz Workshop, which provides a hands on approach to learning jazz in an educational environment!  For registration information for any of the fun music programs offered by the Park District, please click here.


Nature Programs


If being outdoors is something that you enjoy, you will be happy to know that the Peoria Park District is home to miles of trails with special programs geared toward nature lovers from all walks of life!  Forest Park Nature Center boasts 540 acres of Illinois State Nature Preserve and offers 7 miles of trails.  Want to help the Park District keep the parks beautiful while spending some time in the great outdoors?  Join us at a Weedy Wednesday and put your green thumb to good use.



Seniors


The Peoria Park District does not just offer programs for kids, but also for those who are young at heart!  Through its various locations, the Park District provides lots of fun opportunities for seniors ranging from classic movie days and Mah Jongg to cooking classes and music lessons.  Wellness classes for seniors are also offered at multiple Park District facilities.


Sports


Baseball and basketball and pickleball, OH MY!  The Peoria Park District is proud to provide kids and adults the opportunity to learn and play many different sports.  We offer open gyms in various sports held throughout the District, including basketball and pickleball.  We also offer baseball and softball leagues for adults and children.  If you are looking something more tailored to an individual athlete, the RiverPlex provides performance training to athletes of all ages and skill levels through the Sports Performance program.  Sports Performance helps athletes develop their sports skills but also provides them with skills on how to balance sports and home/school life, assessments and corrective exercises, and integrated nutrition and sports psychology.  For more information about sports programs offered throughout the Peoria Park District, please click here!


Swim Lessons


At the Peoria Park District we love to make a SPLASH!!  We have two facilitates for those who live, work, and play in Peoria to dip their toes in the water.  The indoor AquaPlex at the RiverPlex provides swimmers with a lap pool, open swim hours, and swimming classes.  Looking to use the pool to exercise?  The RiverPlex also offers fun classes such as Aqua Zumba, Senior Fit, and a variety of health classes through OSF.  If you are looking for a dedicated outdoor swimming facility, head over to Gwynn Family Aquatic Center which offers a zero depth pool, water slide, and wet sand play area.  Gwynn Family Aquatic Center has family fun for a great price with season passes available!  For more information about the AquaPlex, Gwynn Family Aquatic Center, or swimming programs throughout the Peoria Park District, please click here.


Trips and Travel


Looking to get away?  The Peoria Park District is excited to offer Vagabond Tours which allow you to relax while we plan your trip for you!  Through the Vagabond Tours program, participants are able to choose from a variety of regional day trips, extended trips in the United States, and extended trips which require a passport.  This program has trips for every taste and budget!

PROGRAMS


Youth Sports


Research shows that kids who participate in youth sports learn to focus, achieve greater success in school and become leaders.  Check out all of the exciting youth sports opportunities listed to the right.