Events

  • Museum After Dark: Cosmic Cocktails

    (General - Friday, September 30, 2016)

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    Museum After Dark: Cosmic Cocktails

    Fri, Sept 30  |  7-9 pm

    Grab a friend, practice your moon walk, and get ready for an out-of-this-world party! Start off the night right with a self-guided tour of our "Be the Astronaut" exhibit, where you can immerse yourself in a virtual NASA mission and see if you’ve got what it takes to explore the stars and Jupiter and drive on Mars and the Moon. Enjoy two free cocktails and hands-on science in the lobby. Challenge a friend to a game of Space Invaders on ATARI® in our 5 story Giant Screen Theater! Then head to the planetarium where we’ll use our remarkable Uniview software to take you on an exclusive tour of where humans are living and working in space right now and into the future. 21+.

    • Two complimentary signature cocktails & space snacks
    • Cash bar (beer & wine)
    • Out-of-this-world music
    • ATARI® in the Giant Screen Theater!
    • "Be the Astronaut" exhibition
    • Interactive Science Stations: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Fluorescent Minerals, Meteorites & more!
    • Dome Planetarium exclusive Uniview space tour

    $30 Members  |  $33 Public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    All materials included. Must be 21 or older.

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  • Space Graffiti

    (General - Saturday, October 1, 2016)

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    Space Graffiti

    Ages 12 &^

    Sat, Oct 1 | 10-11:30 am

    Studio 3 

    Come imagine and create your own amazing solar system full of planets, moons, and stars! We'll review the different types of planets, terrains, and moons in our own solar system to use as inspiration. Next we'll learn some spray painting techniques and tricks and create each participants unique space scene!
    *safety equipment provided, limit of 20 participants.
    *Ages 12^&

    $12 Members | $15 Public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    All materials are included. Must be 12 & ^. Advanced registration requested.

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  • Drop-in Drawing | Oct 2

    (Exhibit - Sunday, October 2, 2016)

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    Drop-in Drawing

    Sun, Oct 2 | 12-5 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    New Program! Supplies provided with ID (or bring your own)!

    Escape the chaos of life and relax while sketching in the Museum's galleries. Learn the way the masters did and draw inspiration from original works of art while giving yourself a much needed break. Stay for thirty minutes or three hours, sketching a piece or two to take home with you.

    Check out supplies at the front desk (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) - or bring your own sketchbook and pencils. (There is no cost to borrow supplies, but we ask that you leave a driver's license, library card, or similar as a security deposit.)

    All ages welcome (ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance). Free for members and with general admission.
    Pencils only in the galleries, please!

    To see upcoming dates - click here.

    For more information call 309.686.7000

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  • Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, October 5, 2016)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Oct 5 | 12-1 pm
    First Wednesday of every month, 12-1 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Stressed at work? Need a break from your hectic day? Come to Dome Planetarium and calm down. Enjoy a short star talk, then let your tension float away under starry skies with soothing background music. First Wednesday of every month at noon.

    Free parking in the museum's parking garage, just bring in your ticket to be validated at the Front Desk. If you arrive past Noon, it will be dark in the Dome. Please pause for a few moments to allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. Someone will help you find your seats. Food and drink welcome in the Dome.

    Please note that all are welcome, but this program may not be suitable for young children. It is designed to give people a quiet time to relax, and periods of long sitting can be difficult for some young ones.

    Upcoming Dates: Nov 2, Dec 7

    More info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • FREE Premiere! Hamilton's America

    (Theater - Thursday, October 6, 2016)

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    FREE WTVP Peoria Premiere at Riverfront Museum!

    Hamilton's America: A Documentary Film

    The Hamilton pandemonium is here! Documentary! Actors in Peoria Costume! Refreshments!

    Thu, Oct 6  |  6-8 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Reception with Actors in Period Costume: 5:30 pm

    Documentary: 6 pm

    WTVP presents Hamilton's America - a behind-the-scenes documentary film! Join us for this FREE 30-minute preview event at Peoria Riverfront Museum's Giant Screen Theater. The showing will begin at 6 pm, but come early for refreshments, photos with our community theater period actors, and more Hamilton madness!

    Reserve your tickets online - click here - or call 309.495.0547

    For the WTVP website - click here.

    *WTVP reserves the right to cancel or change this event at any given time.

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  • 48-hour Filmmakers Fest

    (General - From Friday, October 7, 2016 until Saturday, October 15, 2016)

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    48-hour Filmmakers Fest

    Filming | Sat, Oct 7-Oct 9

    Film Screenings & Awards | Sat, Oct 15  

    WHAT IS IT? HOW DOES IT WORK?

    The 48-hour Filmmakers Fest is a competition that gives aspiring filmmakers of all ages the chance to create a 3-5-minute movie in just 48 hours. Each film — from writing and shooting to editing and sound design – must occur between Friday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 9.

    At 5 PM on Oct. 7, we will announce a theme, a line of dialogue and an object that will be needed to be included in each submission, e.g. Autumn winds blowing, “That’s too much” and a cricket bat. Participants will be notified via email. After this announcement is made, filmmakers will have 48 hours to create their 3-5-minute film.

    Filmmakers will submit their finished product by 5 PM on Oct. 9 and, over the next several days, they will be viewed by a panel of judges who will determine the overall winner and runner-up.

    On Saturday, Oct. 15, all submissions will be screened at the Giant Screen Theater, at which time the winner and runner-up will be announced. In addition, a special People’s Choice award will be selected based on audience vote that night.

    WHO CAN ENTER?

    Literally, anyone. All it takes is a passion for filmmaking or storytelling - and a lot of energy to get it all done in 48 hours.

    HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER?

    Zero, zip, nada. Just bring your love of filmmaking.

    WHAT WILL I WIN?

    • First Place: trophy, $500, Golden Ticket good for two free passes to any/all movies at the Giant Screen Theater for one year
    • Runner-up: trophy, $250
    • People's Choice: trophy

    WHO ARE THE JUDGES?

    • Alexis Carballido
    • Scott Savannah
    • Timm "Jester" Gillick
    • Doug & Eileen Leunig

    Register online now - click here.

    Download the official rules - click here.

    For more information call 309.863.3020.

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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Willett’s Winery

    (Planetarium - Friday, October 7, 2016)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars

    Featuring Willett's Winery 

    Fri, Oct 7 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Featuring wines from Willett's Winery located in Manito Illinois. Wine & Cheese Under the Stars lets you relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky. Enjoy the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice, and a variety of cheese & crackers with paid admission.

    $30 members  |  $33 public

    Buy tickets online – click here.

    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    To view the full Wine & Cheese Under the Stars 2016-2017 Schedule - click here

    Limited seating, advance registration requested. Register in person at the information desk or by phone: 309-686-7000

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  • Origami Adventures

    (General - Saturday, October 8, 2016)

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    Origami Adventures

    Sat, Oct 8 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    This hands-on workshop is perfect for little fingers that just can’t keep still! We will begin by reading Fold Me a Poem by Kristine George and talking about all of the amazing things you can make with paper. Students will then get to create several examples of origami animals that they can take home! Caregivers must stay with children 5 years and younger.
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    Ages: 4-9

    $10 Members | $12 Public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • John W. Franklin: Building the National Museum of African American History & Culture

    (General - Thursday, October 13, 2016)

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    Celebrate the New National Museum of African American History & Culture!

    Join John W. Franklin for two lectures: 

    "Building the National Museum of African American History & Culture - An Insider's View: From Idea to Reality"

    Thu, Oct 13  | 10 am & 6:30 pm

    Riverfront Museum Auditorium

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    1st Event  |  9:30 am Social, 10 am Lecture

    Cost: $12 per person, tickets available at the door

    Presented by Peoria Fine Arts Society (PFAS)

    2nd Event  |  6:30 pm Lecture

    Cost $10 per person, tickets available at the door

    Presented by African American Hall of Fame Museum (AAHFM) & Concerned African American Retirees (CAAR)

    For ticket info please contact: caar.organization@gmail.com or 309.360-0990.

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    Find our more about the NEW Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) - click here!
    Take an interactive tour of the NMAAHC - click here!

    The John W. Franklin Lectures are sponsored by:
    Peoria Fine Arts Society, African American Hall of Fame & Concerned African American Retirees

    The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This program is presented in celebration of the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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  • Yoga Under the Stars | Gentle, Oct 15

    (Planetarium - Saturday, October 15, 2016)

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    Yoga Under the Stars | Gentle

    Sat, Oct 15 | 7:30 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Slow Flow, Restorative
    Enjoy the healing benefits of a slower, more restorative paced yoga, while gazing toward the stars. Great for beginners, or those who prefer a gentle meditative practice.

    $20 members | $25 public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Limited mats are available, please bring a mat and a light blanket. Advanced tickets required. Purchase tickets in person at the ticket desk, online, or by phone at 309.686.7000. All sessions are an hour and 30 minutes in length.

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  • Art-spiration: Make a Monster!

    (General - Saturday, October 15, 2016)

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    Art-spiration: Make a Monster!

    Sat, Oct 15 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Lobby

    Looking for a little art-spiration? Stop by the lobby for a free family-friendly art workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination!

    Free to members and with regular paid admission. Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • Yoga Under the Stars | Energetic, Oct 15

    (Planetarium - Saturday, October 15, 2016)

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    Yoga Under the Stars | Energetic

    Sat, Oct 15 | 5:30 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Active Energetic Flow
    Let your mind go as we connect movements in an energetically paced flow under the stars. We'll move at a quicker pace to build heat and strength, while maintaining sound alignment. Some yoga experience is beneficial.

    $20 members | $25 public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Upcoming Sessions:
    Sat, Oct 15 | 7:30 pm - Gentle 

    Limited mats are available, please bring a mat and a light blanket. Advanced tickets required. Purchase tickets in person at the ticket desk, online, or by phone at 309.686.7000. All sessions are an hour and 30 minutes in length.

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  • Docent Led Gallery Walk | Oct 16

    (Exhibit - Sunday, October 16, 2016)

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    Docent Led Gallery Walk

    Sun, Oct16 | 2 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Changing Perspectives: The Landscapes of Harold Gregor located in the Folk Art Gallery.

    For the full schedule of docent led gallery tours - click here

    Free tour with general admission.

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  • Laser Fright Night | Oct 21

    (Planetarium - Friday, October 21, 2016)

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    LASER FRIGHT NIGHTS | Fright Lights & Vinyl

    Fri, Oct 21 
    6 pm - Laser Fright Lights
    7 pm - Laser Vinyl (classic rock music)

    Dome Planetarium

    Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Listen to your favorite music - The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, and more - while being dazzled by the multicolored laser light show on the Dome. Enhance your experience - pick up spectrum glasses and refreshments from our concession stand and enjoy the show! 35-50 min. (Note: These shows contain lyrics to popular songs and some may not be suitable for all ages.)

    Members: $5 one show, $8 both shows | Public: $7 one show, $12 both shows (to get combo price tickets call 309.686.7000 or visit the ticket desk in person)

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    For more information or questions calling 309.686.7000.

    Click Here for the full Laser Light Nights Schedule

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  • Cool Chemistry Demonstrations

    (General - Saturday, October 22, 2016)

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    Chemistry Demonstrations 

    Sat, Oct 22 | 1-2 pm

    Lobby

    Stand back, watch out, and enjoy chemistry in action! Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Free to members and with regular paid admission.

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Air of the Wolf

    (General - Saturday, October 29, 2016)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Air of the Wolf
    Sat, Oct 29 | 12–4 pm River Lab

    Learn the science of air and weather in the rive lab! Cub Scouts will experiment with density, temperature, and sound. Scouts will also design airplanes and sailboats. This workshop includes admission to the museum galleries.

    While this workshop is intended Wolf Cub Scouts to earn their Air of the Wolf belt loop, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages. There will be short snack break. Scouts are welcome to bring a snack or money for the concession stand. For more information, please visit our Scouting page or contact Jack Daleske at 309.863.3048.

    Scout $20 | Chaperones $5.50
    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    Please register by Wed, Oct 26. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more.Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 free chaperone per 5 scouts. For group rates and more info, please contact Jack Daleske at 309.863.3048.

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  • Laser Fright Night | Oct 29

    (Planetarium - Saturday, October 29, 2016)

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    LASER FRIGHT NIGHTS | Fright Lights & Beatles

    Sat, Oct 29
    6 pm - Laser Fright Lights
    7 pm - Laser Beatles

    Dome Planetarium

    Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Listen to your favorite music - The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, and more - while being dazzled by the multicolored laser light show on the Dome. Enhance your experience - pick up spectrum glasses and refreshments from our concession stand and enjoy the show! 35-50 min. (Note: These shows contain lyrics to popular songs and some may not be suitable for all ages.)

    Members: $5 one show, $8 both shows | Public: $7 one show, $12 both shows (to get combo price tickets call 309.686.7000 or visit the ticket desk in person)

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    For more information or questions calling 309.686.7000.

    Click Here for the full Laser Light Nights Schedule

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  • Spooktacular Science Show

    (Theater - Saturday, October 29, 2016)

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    Spooktacular Science Show

    Sat, Oct 29 | 1:30-2:15 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Science becomes scarily fun with a Museum staff member hosting this family friendly Halloween experiment show in the Giant Screen Theater. Children and adults will learn together what happens when pumpkins ooze, potions bubble and things go poof!

    $15 per family

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Family pricing includes up to 6 family members, additional family members can be purchased at a reduced cost. Contact the Museum at 309.686.7000 to make arrangements.

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Naturalist Sky

    (General - Sunday, October 30, 2016)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Naturalist Sky
    Sun, Oct 30 | 12–3 pm
    Studio 2

    Explore the science of the skies from clouds to constellations! 

    While this workshop is intended for Juniors to earn their Naturalist Sky patch, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages. There will be short snack break. Scouts are encouraged to bring snacks or money for the concession stand. For more information, please visit our Scouting page or contact Jack Daleske at 309.863.3048

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50
    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    Please register by Wed, Oct 26. Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 free chaperone per 5 scouts. For group rates and more info, please contact Jack Daleske at 309.863.3048.

  • Senior Morning, Nov 9

    (General - Wednesday, November 9, 2016)

    Senior Morning

    Wed, Nov 9 | 10-11am 

    Auditorium and Dome Planetarium

    This month we will visit the planetarium for a special show by Renae Kerrigan, Planetarium Curator. Coffee begins at 10 am. We will head up to the planetarium at 10:30 for a presentation of spacecraft currently exploring Mars. After the planetarium show, you are welcome to attend another show or visit the galleries (note: two galleries will be closed for installation of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition). 

    Free event for seniors, call 309-863-3028 for more information.

  • Titanic 3D | Nov 12, 2:30 pm

    (Theater - Saturday, November 12, 2016)

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    Experience Titanic like never before!

    Sat, Nov 12 | 2:30 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    James Cameron's "Titanic" is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era -- the "ship of dreams" -- which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912. Rated PG-13.

    $5 members | public - $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 children

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

    To see the full schedule - click here 

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  • Titanic 3D | Nov 12, 6:30 pm

    (Theater - Saturday, November 12, 2016)

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    Titanic 3D
    Experience Titanic like never before!

    Sat, Nov 12 | 6:30 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    James Cameron's "Titanic" is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era -- the "ship of dreams" -- which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912. Rated PG-13.

    $5 members | public - $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 children

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

    To see the full schedule - click here.

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  • Titanic 3D | Nov 13, 4 pm

    (General - Sunday, November 13, 2016)

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    Titanic 3D
    Experience Titanic like never before!

    Sun, Nov 13 | 4 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    James Cameron's "Titanic" is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era -- the "ship of dreams" -- which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912. Rated PG-13.

    $5 members | public - $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 children

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

    To see the full schedule - click here.

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Forensics

    (General - Saturday, November 19, 2016)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Forensics
    Sat, Nov 19 | 12–3 pm Classroom 2

    Cub Scouts will learn the science of solving crimes and experiment with fingerprinting, microscopic analysis, and chromatography. This workshop will fulfill requirements 1-4 and 6-7. Requirement #5 (Visit a police station) will not be fulfilled at the museum.

    While this workshop is intended to help Bear Cub Scouts earn their Forensics badge, it is open to Scouts and family members of all ages.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50
    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    Please register by Wednesday, Nov 16. Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 free chaperone per 5 scouts. For group rates and more info, please contact Jack Daleske at 309.863.3048.

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Detective

    (General - Sunday, November 20, 2016)

    Scouting at the Museum: Detective
    Sun, Nov 20 | 12–3 pm
    Classroom 2

    This workshop is intended to help Junior Girl Scouts earn their Detective patch. Scouts will learn the science of investigation with activities from fingerprinting to microscopic analysis to writing secret codes!

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Game Design

    (General - Saturday, December 17, 2016)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Game Design
    Sat, Dec 17th | 12-3 pm
    Studio 2

    Learn how to create your own video game with Scratch—a visual, easy to learn, programming code designed for elementary students. Scouts will learn the basics of coding from variables to loops. Scouts will have discuss the principles of game design and what makes a game fun to play.

    There will be a short snack break, Scouts are encouraged to bring a snack or money for the concession stand.

    While this workshop is intended for Webelos to earn their game design elective adventure, it is open to any Scouts and family members with an interest in creating video games.

    Scouts $25 | Chaperones $5.50
    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Please register by Wednesday, Dec 14. Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 chaperone per 5 scouts. For group rates and more info, please contact Jack Daleske at 309.863.3048.

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Painting

    (General - Sunday, December 18, 2016)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Painting
    Sun, Dec 18 | 12-3 pm
    Studio 2

    Grab a smock and join us in the museum studio! Girl Scout brownies can earn their Painting patch and have fun learning different styles of making art. 

    No supplies required. While smocks will be provided, Scouts should wear an outfit that is OK to get paint on. There will be short snack break. Scouts are encouraged to bring a snack or money for the concession stand.

    While this workshop is intended for Brownies to earn their painting patch, it is open to any Scouts and family members of all ages.

    Scouts $25 | Chaperones $5.50
    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    Please register by Wednesday, Dec 14. Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 free chaperone per 5 scouts. For group rates and more info, please contact Jack Daleske at 309.863.3048.

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