Events

  • Messy Mondays

    (General - From Monday, January 23, 2017 until Monday, March 13, 2017)

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    Messy Mondays

    Mondays, Jan 23 - Mar 13 | 9:45-10:15 am

    Classrooms 1 & 2

    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.

    Ages 3-5

    $30 Members | $35 Public 

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

    All supplies are provided for classes unless otherwise noted. All classes require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Titanic Trivia Night in the Dome

    (Planetarium - Friday, January 27, 2017)

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    Titanic Trivia Night in the Dome

    Fri, Jan 27 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Come experience a unique pub trivia night like never before in the Dome Planetarium! You'll entertain trivia questions from both the historic Titanic, the film Titanic, as well as astronomy and more! The winning team will get a fabulous prize from our gift shop. 

    Included with admission is a free drink and food buffet. A cash bar will be available. 

    Organize a team and buy your tickets today!

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

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

    Must be 21 or older. 

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  • Zentangle®: Meditative Drawing

    (General - Saturday, January 28, 2017)

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    Zentangle®: Meditative Drawing

    Saturdays, Jan 28 - Feb 18 | 1:30-2:30 pm 

    Zentangle® is easy to learn, relaxing and meditative. Create beautiful patterns using simple strokes. Certified instructor, Bonnie Cox has recently returned from a Zentangle® update with the co-founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. This session of class will include using gold leaf hearts, drawing realistic soap bubbles, and 4 new patterns for cards or other items. A materials fee of $8 is due to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Bonnie Cox: CZT
    Teens & Adults Welcome!

    $25 Members | $30 Public

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

    All materials included. Teen & Adults are welcome!

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  • Art-spiration: Melting Snowmen

    (General - Saturday, January 28, 2017)

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    Art-spiration: Melting Snowmen

    Sat, Jan 28 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Lobby

    Looking for a little art-spiration? Stop by the lobby for a free family-friendly 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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  • Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, February 1, 2017)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Feb 1 | 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: Mar 1, Apr 5

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

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  • Space is the Place

    (General - From Thursday, February 2, 2017 until Thursday, February 23, 2017)

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    Space is the Place

    Thursdays, Feb 2-23 | 4:30-5:30 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 8-12

    $25 Members | $30 Public 

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

    All supplies provided for children's classes unless otherwise noted. All classes require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Laser Light Night | Vinyl & Zeppelin

    (Planetarium - Saturday, February 4, 2017)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHT  |  Vinyl & Metallica

    Sat, Feb 4 
    6 pm | Laser Vinyl (Hits from the 70’s and 80’s such as AC/DC, Van Halen, Queen, and Kansas)
    7 pm | Laser Zeppelin

    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 call 309.686.7000

    Click Here for the full Laser Light Nights Schedule

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  • Super Saturday: Friction, Slow Race!

    (General - Saturday, February 4, 2017)

    Super Saturday: Friction, Slow Race!

    Sat, Feb 4 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Lobby

    Join knowledgeable Museum staff and volunteers exploring science!

    Free to members and with regular paid admission.

    Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

  • First Class Titanic Dinner

    (General - Friday, February 10, 2017)

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    First Class Titanic Dinner

    Fri, Feb 10  |  5:30 - 9:30 pm

    Titanic exhibit, Grand Lobby, Giant Screen Theater

    Join us for a very special Titanic first-class-style dinner fundraiser, with special presentation by famed RMS Titanic explorer Paul-Henry "PH" Nargeolet who led more than 30 dives to the Titanic.

    • 5:30-6:45 pm: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition open  |  International Feature Gallery
    • 6:00 pm: Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres - Meet & Greet Cmdr PH Nageolet  |  Grand Lobby
    • 6:45 pm: Presentation featuring Cmdr PH Nargeolet  |  Giant Screen Theater
    • 8:00 pm: First-class Dinner by Cracked Pepper  |  Grand Lobby

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    Paul-Henry “PH” Nargeolet, CMDR

    Commander Paul-Henry “PH” Nargeolet is Director of Underwater Research & Expedition Leader for Premier-RMS Titanic Inc. 

    In 1987 the retired French Navy officer and 25-year veteran of mine-sweeping and deep sea diving operations, led the first expedition down to RMS Titanic.

    “As we got down, we saw a chain, the wheel, the anchor. Then the bow. It was absolutely unbelievable … as we approached the bow, we all went silent. I could almost see the people walking in the deck. I thought about the ship sinking, about those passengers,” he recalled in an interview with Forbes.

    Today, Commander Nargeolet is a world-renowned deep-dive explorer and veteran of more than 30 submersible dives to Titanic’s wreck site. He and his teams have mapped Titanic ’s 3x5-mile debris field using sonar, documented it with more than 130,000 photos and excavated more than 5,500 artifacts – the largest being a 20-ton hull section.

    In addition to Titanic, Commander Nargeolet has led scientific missions and search and recovery expeditions for historic and contemporary civilian and military ships and aircraft worldwide.

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    Tickets: $175 per person  |  $1400 per table (8 seats)

    For tickets or more information, call Anne Marie Miller at 309-863-3026  

  • Chemistry Demonstrations

    (General - Saturday, February 11, 2017)

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    Chemistry Demonstrations

    Sat, Feb 11 | 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.

    Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • Museum After Dark: Titanic Date Night

    (General - Saturday, February 11, 2017)

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    Museum After Dark: Titanic Date Night

    Sat, Feb 11 | 7-9 pm

    Looking for a unique way to spend an evening with your significant other? Or, just looking for a fun night out with a group of friends? Come to the Riverfront Museum for a night to remember, featuring an after hours walk through of "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition", a planetarium show, and a couples/team challenge in IHSA!

    Light snacks and a cash bar will be available in the lobby.

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.700.

    All materials included. Must be 21+.

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  • Romance Under the Stars | Feb 12

    (Planetarium - Sunday, February 12, 2017)

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    Romance Under the Stars

    Sun, Feb 12 | 8-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium 

    This Valentine’s Day, join us for a romantic tour of the Cosmos in the Dome Planetarium. We will explore the romantic constellations in the current night sky, and visit some of the most break taking places in our Universe using our remarkable Uniview Software. Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of wine and a small bag of chocolates.

    $15 Members | $20 Public

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

    Upcoming Dates:
    Tues, Feb 14 | 8-9 pm: For more info & tickets - click here.

    Ages 21+. All materials included.  

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  • Romance Under the Stars | Feb 14

    (Planetarium - Tuesday, February 14, 2017)

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    Romance Under the Stars

    Tues, Feb 14 | 8-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    This Valentine’s Day, join us for a romantic tour of the Cosmos in the Dome Planetarium. We will explore the romantic constellations in the current night sky, and visit some of the most break taking places in our Universe using our remarkable Uniview Software. Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of wine and a small bag of chocolates.

    $15 Members | $20 Public

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

    Ages 21+. All materials included.

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  • Crossing The Atlantic in 1912 | Designed for Homeschoolers!

    (General - Wednesday, February 15, 2017)

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    Crossing The Atlantic in 1912 | Designed for Homeschoolers! 

    Wednesdays, Feb 15-Mar 8 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Join us for this unique history class as we journey back in time to take a closer look at the luxury and risk involved in crossing the Atlantic Ocean in the early 20th century. Students will use a case study to learn about the culture of the time, the physics involved in ship building, and what was going on in our land-locked state of Illinois at the time. The class even includes a special gallery tour and several hands-on activities to engage students and bring history to life! Taught by Programs Staff.

    Ages 10-18

    $30 Members | $35 Public (Includes gallery admission for one day)

    Register online now – click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum of by phone: 309.686.7000.

    All materials are included. 

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  • Painting & Drawing

    (General - Wednesday, February 15, 2017)

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    Painting & Drawing

    Wednesdays, Feb 15 - Mar 8 | 6:30-8 pm

    Studio 2

    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. All skill levels are welcome.
    Teens & Adults Welcome!

    $25 Members | $30 Public

    Register online now - click here.
    Registration & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    All supplies are provided for classes unless otherwise noted. All classes require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • PreK Pottery

    (General - From Friday, February 17, 2017 until Friday, March 10, 2017)

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    PreK Pottery

    Fridays, Feb 17 - Mar 10 | 9:30-10:30 am

    Little hands will love squishing and molding, painting and creating their own ceramic figurines! Each session will begin with a story and finish with building something that relates to what we’ve read. Children will be able to take home at least two completed pieces (glazed and fired) at the end of each session!

    Ages 3-6

    $30 Members | $35 Public

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

    All supplies are provided for classes unless otherwise noted. All classes require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • ASCE Engineers Week Bridge Contest

    (General - Sunday, February 19, 2017)

    26th Annual Bridge Contest

    6th, 7th, and 8th grade students! It's time to test your imagination and your technical skill! The Illinois Valley Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers is sponsoring the 26th Annual Bridge Contest.

    THE OBJECTIVE:
    Design and construct a bridge using standard 3” x 5” (176 mm x 127mm) index cards. The winning team will be judged based on team participation, conformance to the design and construction requirements, a written report, and finally, the performance of the bridge under a dead load.

    Important Dates:
    Wednesday February 1: Registration deadline
    Saturday February 18: Drop off your bridge at the Peoria Riverfront Museum
    Sunday February 19: Contest and awards at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (part of Engineering Day)

    For registration application, click here .
    For rules, click here

  • FREE Day! Engineering Day

    (General - Sunday, February 19, 2017)

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    Engineering Day   |  Free Day

    Sun, Feb 19  |  12-5 pm

    Free & Open to the Public *Free day does not include admission to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.

    A FREE DAY at the Riverfront Museum generously sponsored by local engineering groups. The Museum will be packed with engineers providing hands on activities, exhibits, demonstrations, videos, and more. Ask these professionals and enthusiasts your engineering questions, explore potential career options, and visit the rest of the Museum!

    Free for public and members to explore all galleries and planetarium shows. *Free day does not include admission to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.

    For more information call 309.686.7000. Free general admission does not include the Giant Screen Theater.

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    25th Annual ASCE Bridge Contest (ASCE = American Society of Civil Engineers) 

    6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are invited to enter the ASCE Bridge Contest. Test your imagination and your technical skill by building a bridge out of 3 x 5" index cards. Enter your bridge in the competition, and see how much weight it can support. 

    The deadline for entering the Bridge Contest is February 1, 2017. 

    For registration application, click here.
    For rules, click here.

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  • Technology Day Camp - SOLD OUT!

    (General - Monday, February 20, 2017)

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    Technology Day Camp | Presidents' Day - SOLD OUT!

    Mon, Feb 20 | 9 am-4 pm

    Studio 3

    Don’t let the kids sit at home on President’s Day; instead, let them explore innovative technology at the Riverfront Museum! This day-camp is designed to introduce students to a variety of new computer programing, robotics, and video game design technologies ranging from Scratch to Ozobots to 3-D printing and more. By the end of the day, we will have created several working games and programs, many of which can even be accessed and edited from home! Ages 8-14.

    Please provide your student(s) with a peanut-free sack lunch.

    $50 Members | $55 Public

    All supplies are provided for classes and workshops unless otherwise noted. All workshops require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required, must register by Fri, Feb 17.

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  • Teen Night: Titanic Murder Mystery

    (General - Friday, February 24, 2017)

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    Teen Night: Titanic Murder Mystery

    Fri, Feb 24 | 6-8 pm

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    Join the Riverfront Museum in a teen night to remember. Come solve a Titanic-themed murder mystery, assemble your own team or join one at the Museum! Must be in high school or college age. Minimum participation required.

    $10 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 included.

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  • Engineering Challenge: Build a Boat

    (General - Tuesday, February 28, 2017)

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    Engineering Challenge: Build a Boat

    Tues, Feb 28 |  5-6 pm

    Studio 3

    What stops a ship from sinking? Learn all about the delicate physics of density and buoyancy, and then put your knowledge to the test! How much weight will your boat hold?
    Shelby Lessen: Museum Educator, BA

    Ages 7-10

    $10 Members | $12 Public

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

    All supplies are provided for classes and workshops unless otherwise noted. All workshops require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Kickapoo Creek Winery

    (Planetarium - Saturday, March 4, 2017)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars |  Featuring Kickapoo Creek Winery 

    Sat, Mar 4 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Featuring wines from Kickapoo Creek Winery in Edwards, Illinois. Wine & Cheese Under the Stars lets you relax with a variety of local wines under a spectacular full-dome 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. Wine & Cheese Under the Stars lets you relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky. 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 now - click here.
    Ticket & more info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Must be 21 or older to attend. Up to 3 glasses of wine included in ticket. 

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  • Museum After Dark: Titanic Murder Mystery - SOLD OUT

    (General - Friday, March 10, 2017)

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    Fri, Mar 10 | 7-9 pm

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    Join the Riverfront Museum in an evening to remember. Come solve a Titanic-themed murder mystery, assemble your own team or join one at the Museum! Light appetizers and one free drink are included in ticket price with a cash bar available.

    $30 Members l $33 Public

    Minimum Participation Required. Must be 21 or older. All materials included.

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  • Wine & Art Night | Hand Lettering with Chelsie Tamms of Lettering Works

    (General - Saturday, March 18, 2017)

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    Wine & Art Night Hand Lettering with Chelsie Tamms of Lettering Works (LetteringWorks.com)

    Sat, Mar 18 | 7-9 pm

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    Join local artist Chelsie Tamms of Lettering Works who will lead you in creating a piece of art! You'll enjoy a selection of wines while creating something beautiful. Grab a few friends or plan to make new ones while you make the perfect decoration or gift for someone! All materials and wine are included.

    $30 members | $33 public

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

    All materials are included, Must be 21 or older only. To schedule a private workshop, and or Wine & Art Night, call Taylor Stef at 309.863.3034. This program requires at least 3 participants to run.

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  • Interplanetary 5K Race

    (General - Saturday, March 25, 2017)

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    Run the Planets!

    Interplanetary 5K Race + 1 Mile Fitness Walk and 1/2 Mile Kids' Fun Run

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    • A family oriented race/walk for participants off all ages. 5K Race for all ages,  1 Mile Fitness Walk, 1/2 Mile Kids' Fun Run
    • Walk or run through portions of the Central Illinois Community Solar System, the world's most complete large scale model of the Solar System
    • Participants will follow the routes of interplanetary explorers through the Solar System, from the Sun - past Mercury, Venus, and Earth - to Mars and back along the Riverfront Trail
    • It's athletic, it's educational, it's fun... for the whole family!

    LOCATIONS

    Riverfront Museum (check-in & awards), Gateway Building (start & finish Line)

    Course: Entirely flat (no hills) along the Riverfront Trail (from Gateway Building to Detweiller Marina)

    TIMES

    Friday, March 24: packet pickup from 12 to 5:30 pm, Riverfront Museum

    Saturday, March 25:

    • 7:30-8:30 AM     Race day registration; packet pickup
    • 9 AM                  5K Race start
    • 9:05 AM             1 Mile Fitness Walk start
    • 9:30 AM             Kids' 1/2 Mile Fun Run start
    • Refreshments after 5K race; awards after the Kids' Fun Run

    FEES

    • 5K Race (3.1 miles)     $25 ($30 race day)                                      5K Race without shirt                  $20 ($25 race day) 
    • 1 Mile Fitness Walk     $20 ($25 race day)                                     1Mile Walk without shirt               $15 ($20 race day)
    • Kids' Fun Run             $15 (includes Terry the Tractor book)         Kids' Fun Run without shirt          $10
    • Family Fun Run pricing: after registering 2 children, additional Fun Run participants in the same family pay only $7 each (must register by mail or in person for special pricing)
    • Make checks payable to "Peoria Riverfront Museum"

    REGISTRATION 

    Click here to register online. You may also register in person at the museum, or download this form and mail it in.

    IVS Grand Prix participants receive $5.00 discount on registration. Please email the IVS Grand Prix Administrator at bh26.2m@gmail.com, or visit the IVS website for more information.

    T-Shirt: All pre-registered race participants have the option to receive a moisture-wicking technical T-shirt. Participants may also choose not to receive a shirt, for a discounted entry fee. Fun Run participants will receive a cotton T-shirt. 

    AWARDS

    Awards to overall male and female winners, and top male and female 5K runners in each age division. Certificates for kids and fitness walkers. All kids will receive their choice of a Terry the Tractor book, signed by the author and race director, Mike Rucker. 

    DIVISIONS & RACE INFO

    5K divisions: overall male and female; 9 and under; 10-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75 and up

    Inquires: please contact Renae Kerrigan at rkerrigan@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org or 309-863-3030.