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.
Peoria Park District has you covered with its many Art, Music and Making opportunities! We invite you to join us for cake decorating at Lakeview Recreation Center. Or, trek out to Camp Wokanda for Native American beading.
In October 2020, the Peoria Park District is launching “Beyond School.” These classes are appropriate for homeschool purposes, but can also be used as an educational supplement for students engaged in online school learning. Programs are available for students ages 4-17, in three categories: Fitness, Nature, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).
Each class is 6 hours spread across 3-4 sessions over the course of a month. Classes are scheduled in October, November, and December; registration will be available soon.
In addition, the Park District offers other ways to support student learning this school year. Please scroll down for descriptions of these program offerings.
(Not all classes are available in all ages for all sessions; see registration information for details.)
Printed and Virtual Resources
Encourage your children to write by having them submit an article for the PlayHouse Times. Pictures, comics, videos, and podcasts are also welcomed.
Explore the diversity of Central Illinois through multicultural StoryTime videos.
Learn about different careers with our the PlayHouse’s Virtual Career Days, and use accompanying curriculum materials to build skills related to these careers.
Explore the animals at the Peoria Zoo through Peoria Zoo Animal Fact Sheets. For each animal, find animal facts and sometimes a video from their Keeper!
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Due to COVID-19, we have reduced our all-day summer camp schedule to our outdoor Ancient Oaks Day Camp beginning July 6.
Also check out our PPD Academy half-day camp which features reading and math instruction from certified teachers to provide academic support to kiddos who have been out of the classroom since March! The half-day also include high-energy recreation activities AND breakfast/lunch!
Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA) Inclusion Services
Attention residents of Peoria, Morton, Chillicothe and Washington Park Districts!
Is there a program offered at your local park district in which you would like your child with special needs to be included, but they may need a little help? Call HISRA at 309-391-1929, or fill out an Inclusion Request form by CLICKING HERE!
- After-School Programs
- Ancient Oaks Summer Day Camp: Ages 5-13
- Fine Arts Camp: Ages 7-12
- Lakeview Recreation Center Spring Break Camp: Ages 5-12
- Lakeview Summer Camp: Ages 5-12
- Peoria PlayHouse – Artists @ Play Camp: Ages 4-9
- Peoria Zoo Camp – “Full Steam Ahead”: Ages K-8
- Proctor Counselor-in-Training Youth Program: Ages 14-15
- Proctor Summer Fun Academy: Ages 6-13
- RiverPlex Spring Break Camp: Ages 5-12
- RiverPlex Summer Day Camp: Ages 5-12
- RiverPlex Winter Break Camp: Ages 5-12
- Wilderness Academy Camp at Forest Park Nature Center: Ages 6-12
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
No matter what the holiday, Peoria Park District has something for everyone!
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.
Peoria Park District offers scout programs at various locations throughout the District. Are you just looking for something fun to do with your Cub Scout pack and/or Girl Scout troop? Or, are you looking to earn a badge or patch, earn an award or participate in a lock-in or service project? Because Peoria Park District has a program your scouts will enjoy!
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 fitness fun to cooking classes and music lessons. Wellness classes for seniors are also offered at multiple Park District facilities.
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. For more information about sports programs offered throughout the Peoria Park District, please click here!
- Adult Sports – All
- Baseball – Youth
- Basketball – Youth
- Boxing – Youth
- Flag Football – Adult
- Golf – Adult
- Golf – Youth
- Hockey – Adult
- Hockey – Youth
- Ice Skating – Adult
- Ice Skating – Youth
- Soccer – Adult
- Soccer – Youth
- Tennis – Adult
- Tennis – Youth
- Volleyball – Adult
- Volleyball – Youth
- Youth Sports – All
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.
With the approval of a license agreement by Peoria Park District Board of Trustees on February 19, 2020, the Peoria Park District has approved the transition of Vagabond Tours to Peoria Charter Travel, effective March 1, 2020. It is our goal to make sure that opportunities for great travel experiences continue in our community.
During the transition of this program, Peoria Park District Vagabond Bucks will be honored through December 31, 2020.
The Vagabond Tours mailing list WILL NOT TRANSFER to Peoria Charter Travel. If you are interested in continuing to receive the travel catalog by mail, please contact Peoria Charter Travel at 1-800-448-0572 to be added to the Peoria Charter Travel mailing list.
We appreciated the years of service provided by Donna Day and Chris Trompeter and wish them the very best in the future. Thank you for your understanding.
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.
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.