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Peoria Pops is a full symphony orchestra (including saxophones) composed of volunteers who register for the group via the PPD website.  You can sign up for the whole year or four months at a time depending on your availability. Our motto is “We make music fun!” Peoria Pops is the orchestra of the people. No auditions, no overly strict rehearsal requirements, we just want everyone in our community to have a place to play their instrument. Players must be at or above high school level playing ability.

Performances indoors or outdoors are possible, weather permitting. Available year-round, evenings and weekends only, fee is negotiable.

Explore the beauty of nature with Peoria Park District Guided Hikes! Immerse yourself in the lush landscapes of Peoria’s parks as knowledgeable guides lead you through scenic trails, sharing insights about local flora and fauna. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast, our guided hikes cater to all skill levels, offering a perfect blend of adventure and education.

Wreath Making Classes

Seasonally, enjoy a wreath making class at Luthy Botanical Garden! Create your very own wreath, using the foliage and textures of the season. Your wreath will be the perfect seasonal complement to a front door, window or fireplace mantel. We will provide all the supplies & greenery, just bring pruners & gloves. These programs are offered in November and December every year.

Container Garden Classes

Create a container garden with mom…or for mom! It’s a gift that keeps on growing, for a front porch, patio, deck. This is a hands-on class that you can register in advance and select any 1-hour time-slot. This program is offered annually in May.

Experience a beautiful display of plants, and themed designs that come together against the lush, tropical plants in the Conservatory at Luthy Botanical Garden. These shows are a great time to visit the Garden and experience the beauty of the seasons. Come visit an array of pastel delights at our spring Lily Show, followed by the warmth and richness of our Mum Show every fall. End the year with the beauty of the Poinsettia Show. All shows will be listed as events on the website.

Peoria Park District is proud to host our Moonlight Coalition for Adult Learning program.  Moonlight provides GED and adult literacy education to adults ages 17 and over at Proctor Recreation Center and Logan Recreation Center. Learn more by clicking the button below.

Family Maker Workshops at Lakeview Park

PlayHouse staff will host Family Maker Workshops at the Noble Center in partnership with other PPD facilities, such as the Peoria Zoo and Forest Park Nature Center! Come imagine, create and play with us!

Family Wilderness Survival Workshop at Forest Park

Would you thrive in the Illinois winter if you were to get lost or stranded? Join our naturalists as we put your skills to the test and learn some new skills along the way. Learn skills like shelter-building, finding fresh water, and more!

Family Nature Club at Peoria Zoo

Join the Family Nature Club at Peoria Zoo for unforgettable moments of wildlife discovery and family fun! Immerse yourselves in the wonders of nature through engaging activities, guided tours, and interactive experiences designed for all ages. This club fosters a love for wildlife and conservation. Connect with like-minded families, create lasting memories, and inspire a sense of environmental stewardship in your children.

Looking for a drop-in program or event? We have a myriad of adult-only events throughout the year including Zootini at Peoria Zoo, Hopscoch at Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum and Jazz by the Pool at Proctor Recreation Center. Adults can enjoy a concert in the park or at the RiverFront seasonally as well as pop-up adult events throughout the year. View all our upcoming events by clicking the button below. The District seasonally offers Yoga in the Park and Parks on Tap, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The RiverFront is home to Cultural Festivals from July-September.

We offer a wide variety of other programs that we categorize under sports and fitness. Click the buttons below to learn more about those opportunities.

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