Winter Classes

All supplies provided for classes, workshops, and programs unless otherwise noted. All paid classes, workshops, and programs require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. Pre-registration required.

Winter Session 2018 class registration is now open!  Click here to register online  or call 309.863.3034 for more information.

Classes Programs Banner Child.Caregiver

Origami Adventures 
Sat, Jan 20 | 10-11 am

This hands-on workshop is perfect for little fingers that just can’t keep still! We will begin each class by reading an engaging picture book, and then work on creating origami animals that are inspired by the story. Each kiddo will get to take home several completed pieces of origami, and grown-ups will be sent home with easy-to-follow instructions so you can keep folding!
Taylor Stef: Museum Educator
Ages 3-6
$10 Members | $12 Public
Register online now – click here.

Messy Mondays
Wednesdays, Jan 24-Feb 14 | 9:30-10:15 am

Explore art from a pint-sized point of view! Whether learning how to paint with marbles or making a bouncy ball, you and your child are sure to have a fabulous time in this creative class! Each session offers new activities so you can enjoy this class over and over again. You will get messy, so wear old clothes! Caregivers must stay with children. This class is perfect for grandparents.
Shelby Lessen: Museum Educator
Ages 2-5
$25 Members | $30 Public
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Sloppy Science
Thursdays, Feb 22-Mar 15 | 9:30-10:30 am

Put on your lab coat and get ready to have some fun! In this class, students will explore the world all around them as they drive into topics related to biology, chemistry, astronomy and paleontology. Combining science and literacy, each class starts with a story related to the day's activity. Many classes are messy, so please wear old clothes. Caregivers must stay with children.
Shelby Lessen: Museum Educator
Ages 2-5
$25 Members | $30 Public
Register online now – click here.

PreK Pottery
Fridays, Feb 23-Mar 16 | 9:30-10:30 am

Little hands will love squishing and molding, painting and creating with all things ceramic! Parents will be encouraged to find joy in the child's creativity as unique works of art are created each and every week. Caregivers must stay with children. Students are welcome to take this class several times as projects will continue to change.
Shelby Lessen: Museum Educator
Ages 2-5
$35 Members | $40 Public
Register online now – click here.

Classes Programs Banner Kids.Teens

Winter Break STEAM Camp
Tues-Fri, Jan 2-5 | 8 am-4 pm

Warm up with some S.T.E.A.M.-y fun this winter break! This special-edition Winter Break Camp will explore science, technology, engineering and art using a variety of approaches. Campers will get to design and create their own video game, design and 3-D print a fidget spinner, complete challenges using LEGOS & K’NEX, visit our newest exhibit Emergence: The National Arts of Illinois, the DOME Planetarium, the Giant Screen Theater, and more! Best of all, this winter camp will provide all of the same quality of programming as summer camp, but with special extended hours designed to better accommodate working parents.
Educational Staff
Ages 6-14
$185 Members | $200 Public (no pro-rating available if attending fewer than four days)
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Register online now – click here.

Scratch Day Camp
Sat, Jan 27 | 9 am-3 pm

Have you ever wanted to create your very own computer game, but didn't know where to start? This workshop will introduce you to an amazing new computer programming language called SCRATCH, designed by educators at MIT to teach kids how to program! We will start by learning how to think like a programmer, and finish by making our very own computer games. Best of all, you'll be able to access your game from home (and even create new games) for free! Participants are asked to bring a peanut-free sack lunch; all other materials are provided. Space is limited so register early.
Taylor Stef: Musuem School Coordinator
Ages 8-16
$45 Members | $50 Public
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Engineering Challenge: Simple Robotics
Fri, Feb 16 | 4:30-5:30 pm
What are Beebots, how do they work, and what can they do? Working in groups, students will experiment with Beebots, small programmable robots, to answer these questions and more in this unique workshop! This is a perfect introduction to simple robotics.
Ages 6-10
$10 Members | $12 Public

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PRM Day Camp - President's Day Edition | A Day in the DOME
Mon, Feb 19 | 8 am-4 pm

President’s Day is for stellar learning and adventure, not being stuck at home. Join the Riverfront Museum for an out-of-this-world day in Peoria's DOME Planetarium! Students will spend their time exploring the universe like never before with customized Planetarium shows, hands-on activities, and dazzling experiments. By the end of the day, we will have gone to the edge of the observable universe and back! Please provide your student(s) with a peanut-free sack lunch.
Education Staff
Ages 8-14
$50 Members | $55 Public
After Care, 4-5:30 pm (optional): $4 per day

Register online now – click here.

Engineering Challenge: Simple Robotics
Fri, Mar 16 | 4:30-5:30 pm
What are Ozobots, how do they work, and what can they do? Working in groups, students will experiment with Ozobots, small color-sensing, programmable robots, to answer these questions and more in this unique workshop! This is a perfect introduction to simple robotics.
Ages 6-10
$10 Members | $12 Public

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3D Printing Challenge
Wednesdays, Jan 17-Feb 7 | 4:30-5:30 pm
Can you design and build solutions for the engineering challenge? Print your design out and put it to the test! In this 4-week workshop you will learn the basics of computer-aided design using TinkerCAD. No experience required! Each week, participants will be able to take home the previous week’s build.
Jack Daleske: Museum Educator
Ages 10-14
$30 Members | $35 Public

Register online now – click here.

HOMESCHOOL CLASS: Curious Minds: Discovering Artists
Wednesdays, Jan 24-Feb 14 | 10-11 am
Calling all artists, makers, and creators! Are you interested in creating art and experimenting with different techniques? Join other curious minds in learning the creative process of some of the world’s most famous artists. In this four-week session, we will learn about Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe, Roy Lichtenstein, and Kara Walker, and work towards creating our own artworks inspired by each of their techniques!
Heather Placko: Museum Educator
Ages 10-14
$25 Members | $30 Public

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Elementary Pottery
Thursdays, Jan 25-Feb 15 | 4:30-5:30 pm
Students will explore the artistic medium of clay through hand building techniques, wheel work, and glazing. Students will take home at least three completed projects, and will walk away with a better understanding of the building, firing, and glazing processes. No previous experience is necessary, and students are welcome to take this class several times as projects will continue to change.
Shelby Lessen: Museum Educator
Ages 6-10
$45 Members | $50 Public

Register online now – click here.

HOMESCHOOL CLASS: Astronomy 101: Celestial Movement
Fridays, Jan 19-Feb 9 | 1:15-2:15 pm
Calling all space geeks: if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the universe, this is your chance! Join us as we embark on an investigation of celestial motion! Students will first learn about the Earth’s rotation and its impact on our daily sky and our seasons. The second half of the class will focus on the movements of our moon and the other planets in our solar system! Hands on activities and demonstrations will accompany the lessons. All materials provided.
Nick Rae: Museum Educator
Ages 8-14
$25 Members | $30 Public

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Intermediate Painting & Drawing
Saturdays, Jan 27-Feb 17 | 10:45 am-12:15 pm
Join local artist Nana Ekow and explore how adding color to your work can add energy, vibrancy and movement. Realistic drawing, creative expression, and concepts like observation and technique are emphasized. Return students are encouraged as each session will continue to build skills developed in past class sessions.
Eugene Nana Ekow Maison: MFA
Ages 9-17
$40 Members | $50 Public

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HOMESCHOOL CLASS: Space is the Place
Tuesdays, Feb 6-27 | 1:15-2:15 pm
If you love space, you'll love this class! We'll meet in the Dome Planetarium every week for a unique hands-on experience where students will get to fly through space using an Xbox controller, learn about awesome missions to other planets, and much more!
Nick Rae: Museum Educator
Ages 8-14
$25 Members | $30 Public

Register online now – click here.

Video Game Design
Wednesdays, Feb 14-March 7 | 4:30-5:30 pm
Have you ever dreamed of creating your own computer game? In this four-week class, you can make that dream a reality! Using the Scratch software developed by educators at MIT, students will learn the basics of computer programing, and then apply them to create simplistic games that can be edited and accessed from home, even after the class is over! All experience levels are welcome.
Jack Daleske: Museum Educator
Ages 9-14
$25 Members | $30 Public

Register online now – click here.

HOMESCHOOL CLASS: Science of Cold Things
Thursdays, Feb 15-March 8 | 1-2 pm
Winter and colder weather are here! In this class we will explore how and why things behave differently under colder conditions. We will experiment with things like frozen carbon dioxide (-109 degrees F), liquid nitrogen (-321 degrees F), and even icebergs and shivery salt water to find out! Bring gloves!
Dave Grebner: Museum Educator
Ages 9-14
$25 Members | $30 Public

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HOMESCHOOL CLASS: History of the Chicago World’s Fair
Wednesdays, Mar 7-28 | 2-3 pm
Join us as we celebrate Illinois' Bicentennial by taking a closer look at the 1893 World's Fair, which was hosted in Chicago, and brought worldwide notoriety to Illinois! In this four-week history class, we will dive into the 1893 World's Fair, the people, culture, exhibits, and disasters, including fires and America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, that made it an integral (and infamous) part of Illinois history.
Holly Johnson: Museum Educator
Ages 10-18
$30 Members | $35 Public

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Classes Programs Banner Adults

Wine & Art
Sat, Jan 13 | 7-9 pm – Star Wars Art with Jack Daleske
Sat, Mar 3 | 7-9 pm – Painting with Nana Ekow Maison
Sat, Mar 17 | 7-9 pm – Painting Your Pet like Warhol with Zac Zetterberg

Spend the evening relaxing and creating at one of our Wine & Art Night events! A local artist will guide you in creating a unique piece of art that is perfect for you to keep or give away this holiday season. All materials, wine and light snacks are provided. Seating is limited, so register early!
Ages 21+
$30 Members | $33 Public
Register for the January 13 event online now – click here.
Register for the March 3 event online now – click here.
Register for the March 17 event online now – click here.

Cabernet & Clay
Sat, Jan 20 | 6:30-9 pm – Hand Built Ceramics
Sat, Mar 10 | 6:30-9pm – Wheel Thrown Pottery
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasure of making something with your own two hands. Local teacher and artist, Al Corpuz, will lead you in popular ceramic techniques, including wheel throwing or hand-building, and glazing. Once you’ve created something new, we’ll fire and glaze it for you! All events will include a variety of wine and light snacks, and finished pieces will be ready for pickup within 10 business days.
Ages 21+
$30 Members | $33 Public

Register for the January 20 event online now – click here.
Register for the March 10 event online now – click here.

Palette & Pencil
Wednesdays, Feb 21-Mar 14 | 6-7:30 pm

Pick up a paintbrush and a pencil, and join us in exploring the basic principles of art and color. Local artist and printmaker Nana Ekow will guide students in developing and refining their basic painting and drawing skills, and teach new techniques and styles. Come gain confidence in your abilities, learn a new skill, and explore different media. All skill levels are welcome!
Eugene Nana Ekow Maison: MFA
$50 Members | $60 Public
Register online now – click here.

For more information or to get registered, visit our website or call Taylor at 309.863.3034. Download the class registration form here.