FREE DAY! Bradley FUSE Interactive Exhibition

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FREE DAY! Bradley FUSE Interactive Exhibition

Sat, April 29 | 10 am - 5 pm

Activities & all Museum exhibits, Dome Planetarium & Giant Screen Theater Free & Open to the Public

Find out more about FUSE: bradleyinteractive.com

Bradley’s FUSE Brings award-winning interactive design & high-tech fun to Riverfront Museum!

Teleport to another world, escape a booby-trapped tomb, go on an augmented-reality scavenger hunt, experience far-out planetarium shows and a giant screen portfolio presentation – and meet the creative, cutting edge Bradley University students behind FUSE, an annual all-out interactive extravaganza that’s the only one of its kind in Central Illinois.

Bradley’s 4th annual “FUSE: Play • Watch • Interact” experience will be held at Peoria Riverfront Museum, April 29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. FUSE activities take place throughout the museum and are free and open to the public. Entry is also free to all museum exhibits, the Dome Planetarium and the Giant Screen Theater.

The one-day show is produced by the students of Bradley University’s Interactive Media Department, Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, and is a collaborative effort among the department’s four majors: Game Design, Animation, Interactive Media and User Interaction/User Experience.

The giant screen theater is the only place in Peoria to see a custom, student-designed compendium reel featuring current work from award-winning interactive media students. The high-resolution video previews departmental projects and the senior Animation students' capstone films.

For the first time at FUSE, students will give a presentation in the theater about their time and experiences in the department. Seniors Gage Melton, Sanaa Fidahussai and Brandon D'Adam will discuss their respective majors of Game Design, Animation and User Interaction/User Experience.

Bradley’s Interactive Media Department program has produced award-winning games and is ranked among the among world's best. Students are currently working on three NASA-funded projects for CubeSat satellites – miniature satellites used for educational and research – developing an augmented reality testing tool, a mobile satellite control app and an informational game about the science behind CubeSat missions.

The interactive FUSE show, which gets its name from a fusion of art and technology, is intended to engage visitors of all ages with artists and developers, as well as the latest hardware, innovation and applications.

The FUSE Experience

Video Showcase
The Giant Screen Theater is the only place in Peoria to see a custom, Bradley-designed Compendium Reel featuring current work from award-winning Interactive Media students. The high-resolution video previews departmental projects and the senior Animation students' capstone films.

Creativity Up Close & Personal
Stop by and chat with one of our Interactive Media majors; we love sharing our work and enthusiasm and we’d be honored to meet you. The department's Junior and Senior classes will be on hand to display the work they have created.

Green Screen Magic Experience
To experience a green screen is to be implanted in another world, another realm of reality in which you abide by your own rules. Experience the quintessential video special effect: See yourself placed in a virtual environment. Take center-stage, and allow your imagination to run rampant as you go wherever your mind can take you!

Catapult Projects
Groups of students developed, designed, programmed, and engineered original concepts that offer unique opportunities to watch and interact with not only the exhibits, but with the student body who made them.

Egyptian Escape
Egyptian Escape immerses you in an experience like no other where you will work, hands-on, solving a variety of puzzles to escape the perils of a booby-trapped excavation site.

Race Trek
Race Trek is a race through space where three players using networked tablets will be able to customize their own ship and navigate it through a course full of obstacles to cross the finish line first!

Tom's Treasure Trove
Tom's Treasure Trove is an augmented reality scavenger hunt where users, utilizing tablets, roam around the room to help uncover Tom the Pirate's lost treasure by interacting with 3D virtual objects in real space.

Ursa Major
Ursa Major is a cooperative bullet hell shooter for the arcade cabinet in which one player controls a rampaging grizzly bear and the other uses a bear-mounted cannon to defend the forest against an invading robot army.

Vs. Pinball
Vs. Pinball is an old school pinball experience with a twist of head-to-head competitive gameplay set in dynamic settings such as Arabian Nights, Up in the Clouds and even Celtic Tales!

The Dome Experience
The Dome Experience is a set of unique films created by sophomore animation students, specifically for Riverfront Museum's Dome Planetarium.

Starcats
Starcats is a 4-person local couch cooperative / competitive game where players must figure out a way to stay alive and escape the planet that they have crash landed on.

Bradley University Department of Interactive Media 

In 2017, The Princeton Review selected Bradley as 12th of the Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Video Game Design. The Interactive Media Department prepares its learners to be critical thinkers in a continually evolving field that requires interdisciplinary, theoretical, and applicable knowledge in the design, development, and production of interactive media.

The department maintains a strong focus on creative and conceptual problem-solving in the authoring of material for aspiring new-media professionals within a sound theoretical framework. Students learn the importance of content research and project planning while becoming familiar with aesthetic conventions and the production environment within each of the component media types. Interactive Media majors and minors incorporate the various forms that media can assume into stand-alone projects with authoring tools designed for the Internet and modern-day devices and operating systems.

  • Art-spiration: Kaleidoscope Suncatchers!

    (General - Saturday, July 29, 2017)

    Art-spiration: Kaleidoscope Suncatchers! 

    Sat, Jul 29 | 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.

  • Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, August 2, 2017)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Aug 2 | 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: August 2, September 6, October 4

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

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  • Laser Light Night | Laser Floyd

    (Planetarium - Friday, August 4, 2017)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHT | Laser Floyd

    Fri, Aug 4
    6 pm  |  Laser Floyd: The Wall
    7 pm  |  Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon 

    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)

    For more information or questions calling 309.686.7000.

    Click Here for the full Laser Light Nights Schedule

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

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  • Uncovering the World's Secrets: Using Technology for Exploration

    (General - Saturday, August 12, 2017)

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    Uncovering the World's Secrets: Using Technology for Exploration

    Sat, Aug 12  |  7 PM

    Giant Screen Theater

    Join National Geographic Innovation Fellow Corey Jaskolski as he shares tales of exploring the world using high tech cameras, laser scanners, and drone systems that he and his team develop. Corey has taken these technologies to some of the world's most amazing places including: underwater caves of Mayan human sacrifice victims, deep in the jungles of Africa, and even the wreck of the Titanic at 12,500' deep.

    Suggested donation of $5. 

    Reserve tickets online now - click here.

    Learn more about Corey Jaskolski - read his bio at National Geographic - click here.

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  • Free! Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

    (General - Monday, August 21, 2017)

    Eclipse Partial Party

    Free! Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

    Sun Plaza

    Mon, Aug 21  I  11:30 am - 1:45 pm

    Total Solar Eclipse of 2017: August 21 there will be a total solar eclipse visible in a narrow path across the United States. In Peoria, the Sun will be 90% eclipsed by the Moon. If you cannot travel to the path of totality (full eclipse) watch the partial solar eclipse with us! 

    Join Peoria Riverfront Museum and Peoria Astronomical Society on the museum's Sun Plaza (the center of the Central Illinois Community Solar System) for biggest Partial Solar Eclipse Party in the Peoria area! Free & open to the public.

    • Look through solar telescopes & pinhole projectors! 
    • Talk to astronomy experts! 
    • Enjoy fun family activities! 
    • Eclipse viewing shades & snacks available for purchase 
    • Real-time streaming of total solar eclipse in Dome Planetarium

    Don't miss this very rare astronomical event!

    Read more about the eclipse - click here!

    Contact Renae Kerrigan at  rkerrigan@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org or 309-863-3030 for further information.

    Event is free and open to the public. Regular admission applies to Museum galleries and planetarium shows (eclipse streaming is free). This event will be outside with limited seating provided. If you would like to sit, you are welcome to bring your own folding or camp chair.

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  • Lights, Camera, Vision! A Free Lecture by Dr. Tim Cundiff, OD

    (General - Thursday, August 24, 2017)

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    Lights, Camera, Vision! A Free Lecture by Dr. Tim Cundiff, OD

    Thu, Aug 24  |  6:30 pm

    Auditorium

    Explore the world of vision through the eyes of an optometrist using words, photos, videos, and optical illusions. Dr. Tim Cundiff will help you explore the function of our amazing visual system and the role that light plays with our appreciation of the world around us. The talk will include analysis of 3-D vision, polarization, and more! In 2017, there are countless demands and stresses on our eyes. This talk will shed some light on ways to properly protect and care for your eyes. And it will help you answer the age-old question: Why is the sky blue?

    Dr. Cundiff is an optometrist at Vision Care Center in Peoria. He is the host of a video series known as "TIM Talks" (his take on the TED Talks series) and also serves the Museum as a proud member of our Board of Directors!

    The lecture is free and open to the public.

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  • Museum After Dark: Laser & Light Party

    (General - Saturday, August 26, 2017)

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    Museum After Dark: Laser & Light Party

    Sat, Aug 26 | 7-9 PM

    Looking for a unique way to spend an evening? Come explore "Playing With Light" afterhours, an experience in the Dome Planetarium and spectacular light-related activities in the lobby! Drinks, light snacks, and a cash bar will be available.

    21+

    Buy tickets online now - click here

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  • Art-spiration: Coffee Filter Rainbows!

    (General - Saturday, August 26, 2017)

    Art-spiration: Coffee Filter Rainbows!

    Sat, Aug 26 | 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.

  • Party on Sun Plaza - The BraziLionaires & 9 Area Restaurants!

    (General - Saturday, September 9, 2017)

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    Party on Sun Plaza

    Sat, Sep 9  |   6-9:30 pm

    Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby & Sun Plaza

    Purchase tickets online - click here.

    Join us at the sizzlin’ center of the Community Solar System for our annual summer fundraiser, Party on Sun Plaza, and enjoy an evening of entertainment with a Latin twist and 9 of Central Illinois' finest restaurateurs - 6 of whom will be competing for our annual People's Choice Award! Listen to The BraziLionaires live - a sound that's an infectious blend of jazz, rock & pop over hypnotic Latin Grooves. Free Samba dance lessons provided by Beverly and Ed Caballero.

    FEATURING:

    • Gourmet Cuisine from 9 of the Area’s Finest Food Establishments
    • Live Music by The BraziLionaires (sponsored by Terry Knueppel)
    • Samba Dance Lessons
    • 2 Free Drinks, plus Cash Bar

    9 Participating Central Illinois Restaurants

    Premier Museum Caterers

    • Barracks Cater Inn
    • Cracked Pepper Catering and Bakery
    • Kickapoo Creek Winery

    Restaurants Competing for the People’s Choice Award!

    • A Matter of Taste
    • Cyd’s
    • Chef’s Catering
    • Hacienda El Mirador
    • Jason’s Deli
    • Nelson’s Catering

    Purchase tickets by phone at 309.686.7000, or online at RiverfrontMuseum.org - click here!

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  • Yoga Under the Stars | Slow Flow

    (Planetarium - Saturday, September 23, 2017)

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    Yoga Under the Stars | Slow Flow

    Sat, Sep 23 | 8 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    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. All sessions are an hour and 30 minutes in length.

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  • Yoga Under the Stars l Energetic Flow

    (General - Saturday, September 23, 2017)

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    Yoga Under the Stars | Energetic Flow

    Sat, Sep 23 | 6 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Let your mind go as we connect movements in an energetically paced ow 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.

    Limited mats are available, please bring a mat and a light blanket. Advanced tickets required. All sessions are an hour and 30 minutes in length.

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