"Voices of Light" Concert & Benefit

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St. Gerard's "Voices of Light" Event

Sat, April 22

6:30 p.m. Reception with Silent Auction & Henna Tattoo Artist

7:00 p.m. Concert with Peoria Intl Choir & soloists, led by Musical Director Masako Johnson

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Tickets: $30 each. Purchase online - click here.

Tickets may also be purchased by calling 210-585-7347. For more information visit: saintgerardfoundation.org.

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“Voices of Light” Concert & Benefit

The Saint Gerard Foundation of Peoria presents “VOICES OF LIGHT,” April 22, 7 p.m. at Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater. The “Voices of Light” performance will feature the Peoria International Choir and soloists, led by Musical Director Masako Johnson, and will be accompanied by a special show of video and imagery on the giant screen.

A reception before the performance will be held in the museum lobby at 6.30 p.m., and will include a silent auction and an artist creating hennas tattoos.

The fundraising event is led by the Saint Gerard Foundation, headed by Peoria residents Julie and Matthew Dadosky, which supports schools and a medical center in the poverty stricken town of Eluru in the region of Andhra Pradesh in South East India. The event is intended to raise funds for the area, providing tools for agriculture, education and a new medical center. Contributions will farther the education of the children by building new classrooms for the preschool and a Medical Center for the campus.

India, in particular the village of Eluru, is the focus of the performance, as its residents need more than what the Indian government can contribute. To help the residents, St. Mary’s St. Christopher boarding school and center, dedicated to primary education, was built in 2004 by Father Dominic Chukka. To date the center houses 100 in-board residents, with 800 more being bussed to school from a 10-mile radius. Each family contributes as much as it can toward room and board. Father Chukka, based in England, will attend the “Voices of Light” event, along with event producer Jesus Perea, of Mexico.

It hoped that the Voices of Light Charity Event will raise the funds needs to support the school and center, and begin work on the new medical center in Eluru.

The St. Gerard Foundation

The St. Gerard Foundation was founded in 2011 by Peorians Julie and Matthew Dadosky to transform the lives of children affected by poverty, homelessness, and human trafficking in Southern India. The majority of work is done in collaboration with Saint Mary’s and Saint Christopher’s School in Eluru, India. The Foundation is currently building a medical center that will provide medicine and healthcare necessities to the entire community.

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Tickets (donations): $30 per person; for tickets - click here.

Tickets may be purchased online at saintgerardfoundation.org or by calling 210-585-7347. 

For more information visit: saintgerardfoundation.org - click here.

  • DNA Family Day

    (General - Tuesday, April 25, 2017)

    Dna Family Day

    Free Event! DNA Family Day

    Tue, Apr 25 | 3:30–6 pm

    Tuesday is National DNA Day--come celebrate with us!

    Fun activities in the lobby! Visit Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

    • Perform DNA Extraction!
    • Test whether you inherited the ability to taste PTC (phenylthiocarbomide)--it's fun!
    • Make DNA sequence bracelets
    • Add your data to the Peoria Trait Tree
    • And more! 

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  • Space Graffiti

    (General - Saturday, April 29, 2017)

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    Space Graffiti

    Sat, Apr 29 | 10 am

    Studio 2

    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!

    Ages 16 & ^

    $12 Members | $15 Public

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

    All safety materials and paint are included. Must be 16 & ^. Advanced registration required.

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  • Docent-Led Gallery Tour, April 29

    (General - Saturday, April 29, 2017)

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    Docent-Led Gallery Tour

    Sat, Apr 29 | 2 pm

    Permanent Collection Gallery

    Join knowledgeable Museum docents on a docent-led gallery tour of The George & Norma Kottemann Collection: A 40-Year Passion for Art located in the Folk Art Gallery. For more information about this exhibition - click here.

    Free tour with general admission.

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

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  • FREE DAY! Bradley FUSE Interactive Exhibition

    (General - Saturday, April 29, 2017)

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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.

    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.

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  • The Evolution of Insects

    (General - Sunday, April 30, 2017)

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    The Evolution of Insects, Lecture by Mark DuBois

    Sun, Apr 20  | 2 pm

    Auditorium

    Learn about the history, diversity, and biological impact of insects on our planet; they are the "little things that run our world.

    Insects have an incredible impact on our planet. They truly are the "little things which run our world." They have done this for over 325 million years. During his presentation, Mark will review the origin of insects, their diversity over time, their biological impact and will present a number of interesting factoids throughout. Basic concepts (such as what is a species) will be explained. Some interesting observations related to insect genetics and more will also be included. Mark has published nearly 60 papers (and chapters in books) on many aspects of insect biology and distribution. He has traveled to many exotic localities in search of ants. Mark even has a butterfly named after him. He will share his enthusiasm and passion for the study of insects throughout the presentation.

    Mark DuBois is a Professor at ICC in the Business, Hospitality, and Information Systems Department where he is recognized as an Adobe Education Leader. He is also a Research Affiliate with the Illinois Natural History Survey.

    This event is free to the public and appropriate for general audiences.

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  • Docent-Led Gallery Tour, April 30

    (General - Sunday, April 30, 2017)

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    Docent-Led Gallery Tour

    Sun, Apr 30 | 2 pm

    Permanent Collection Gallery

    Join knowledgeable Museum docents on a docent-led gallery tour of The George & Norma Kottemann Collection: A 40-Year Passion for Art located in the Folk Art Gallery. For more information about this exhibition - click here.

    Free tour with general admission.

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

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  • Garden Adventures

    (General - Tuesday, May 2, 2017)

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    Garden Adventures

    Tuesdays, May 2-23 | 2 pm

    Classrooms 1 & 2

    Grab your garden gloves and a magnifying glass, and explore the fascinating life of a seed! Junior gardeners will love learning about what seeds need to sprout, watching roots, stems, and leaves grow, and investigating the role of helpful garden insects! We’ll make our discoveries using hands-on science and art activities and trips to our very own museum garden. Best of all, your child will get to take home a plant of their very own! Caregivers must stay with children.

    Ages 2-6

    $30 Members | $35 Public

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

    All materials included. Must be ages 2-6.

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  • DNA Discovery | Designed for Homeschoolers!

    (General - Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    DNA Discovery | Designed for Homeschoolers!

    Wednesdays, May 3-24 | 2 pm

    Studio 3

    Starting with the basic structure of the cell, this four week class looks at DNA and its role in life. Session content includes: the basic function and process of DNA and the historic discovery of this molecule. Activities include building DNA and protein models, extracting DNA from fruit, experimenting with gel electrophoresis, and visiting Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.

    Ages 10-14

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

    All materials included. Must be ages 10-14.

  • Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, May 3 | 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: June 7, July 5

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

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Premiere

    (Theater - Thursday, May 4, 2017)

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    Thu, May 4 | 7 PM

    Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

    Rated PG-13

    Buy tickets online now - click here!

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  • PreK Pottery

    (General - From Friday, May 5, 2017 until Friday, May 26, 2017 - and Fridays only)

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    PreK Pottery

    Fridays, May 5-26 | 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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  • Astronomy 101: Our Solar System

    (Planetarium - Friday, May 5, 2017)

    Astronomy 101: Our Solar System

    Fridays, May 5-26 | 1:15-2:15 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    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 our Solar System! Students will learn about our solar system, including the outermost dwarf planets with the help of our state-of-the-art star projector. The final class will focus on learning about exoplanets and the upcoming total solar eclipse! Hands on activities and demonstrations will accompany the lessons. Ages 8-14.

    $25 Members | $30 Public

    Register online now - click here!

    Registration & more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    All materials included. Advanced registration required.

  • Intermediate Painting & Drawing

    (General - Saturday, May 6, 2017)

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    Intermediate Painting & Drawing

    Saturdays, May 6-27 | 10:45 am-12:15 pm

    Studio 2

    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.

    $35 Members | $40 Public

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

    All materials included. Advanced registration required.

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  • Art Club: The Insect Photography of Levon Biss

    (General - Tuesday, May 9, 2017)

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    Art Club: The Insect Photography of Levon Biss

    Mar 14 | 1 pm

    Auditorium

    Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. We select a different topic each month, and enjoy a casual staff-led discussion (with Powerpoint slides) accompanied by coffee and treats. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to submit discussion suggestions of art that is related to the topic. It's like a book club, but without as much homework!

    Coffee and treats are served. Please bring your own coffee cup!

    Free with General Admission

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  • Engineering Challenge: Sequencing DNA

    (General - Tuesday, May 9, 2017)

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    E ngineering Challenge: Sequencing DNA

    Tues, May 9 | 5-6 pm

    Studio 3

    What is DNA, how does it replicate, and why is it important? Answer these three questions in this fun, hands-on workshop while you work to create a DNA sequence bracelet to take home.
    Dave Grebner: Museum Educator

    Ages 10-14

    $10 Members | $12 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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  • Senior Morning

    (General - Wednesday, May 10, 2017)

    Senior Morning

    Senior Morning

    Wed, May 10 | 10-11 am 

    Auditorium & Galleries

    Educational events take place every other month on Wednesday morning and cover topics from Museum exhibits to educational movies. Held in the Lakeview Room Auditorium (Riverfront Museum, Water Street level). Free parking in the covered park deck off of Water Street.

    9:45 am Doors Open
    10:00 am Coffee and danish, muffins, and other light breakfast treats
    10:30 am Program
    11:00 am Gallery visit

    Registration is not necessary, but groups are encouraged to call ahead so that we will be prepared. Please call Ann Schmitt at 309.863.3028.

    Free event for seniors.

    For more info call 309.863.3028.

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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

    (Planetarium - Friday, May 12, 2017)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars |  Featuring Mackinaw Valley Vineyard 

    Fri, May 12 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Featuring wines from Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in Mackinaw, 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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  • Super Saturday: Insects

    (General - Saturday, May 13, 2017)

    Super Saturday: Insects

    Sat, May 13 | 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.

  • Museum After Dark: An Evening of Art & Science

    (General - Friday, May 19, 2017)

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    Museum After Dark: An Evening of Art & Science

    Sat, May 19 | 7-9 pm

    Museum Lobby & Galleries

    Looking for a unique way to spend an evening? Come explore 3 great exhibitions ranging from art to science with a special after visit of GENOME: Unlocking Life's Code, Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss, and The George & Norma Kottemann Collection: A 40-Year Passion for Art! You’ll enjoy creating and painting with bug paint, liquid nitrogen demos, a signature gin-etics strawberry cocktail, and more awesome art and science activities! Light snacks and a cash bar will be available.

    $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. 

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  • Yoga Under the Stars | Slow Flow

    (Planetarium - Saturday, May 20, 2017)

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    Yoga Under the Stars | Slow Flow

    Sat, May 20 | 6 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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  • Pollinator Family Day

    (General - Saturday, May 20, 2017)

    Pollinator Family Day

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    Sat, May 20 I 10 am - 2 pm

    Museum Lobby

    Butterflies, bees, beetles, bats and all types of pollinators are vital to our food system and a maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Many of these pollinators are facing a decline in population. Learn what you can do to help in a fun-filled family day! Learn about pollinators from community groups including the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, the Peoria Academy of Science, the Heart of Illinois Beekeepers, and more! Discuss the importance of native plants with experts, and purchase some for your yard. Visit the Mari Posa Bus traveling classroom on monarch butterflies, parked just outside the museum on Water Street. Pollinator Day activities are free. Regular admission applies to museum galleries and Giant Screen Theater films.

    Conservation Conversations - a free class on native plants and their benefits by Simply Native Nursery - will be available to all at 12:30 PM

    This event is put on in partnership with the HOI Sierra Club and the Peoria RiverFront Market. May 20 is opening day for the RiverFront Farmer's Market - stop by the market for your local vegetables, baked goods, and art, and then join us at the museum for Pollinator Day!

    The RiverFront Market is Open every Saturday May 20 – September 30 8 a.m. – Noon
    200 Block of Water Street
    Featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, baked good, flowers and more!
    Local art, live music and demonstrations each week.
    www.VisitDowntownPeoria.com

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  • Yoga Under the Stars l Energetic Flow

    (General - Saturday, May 20, 2017)

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    Yoga Under the Stars | Energetic Flow

    Sat, May 20 | 8 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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  • Scouting at the Museum: Craft Potter

    (General - Sunday, May 21, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Craft Potter
    Sun, May 21st | 12pm – 3pm
    Location: Studio 1

    Brownies can earn their craft potter badge in the museum pottery studio! Scouts will learn how to work with clay to make their own masterpiece. This workshop fulfills all of the requirements for the craft potter badge!

    The pieces will be fired in the studio kiln. Parents will have to pick up the finished pieces the following week.

    While this workshop is intended for brownies to earn their Home Scientist patch, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages. There will be a snack break. Scouts are welcome to bring a snack or money for the concession stand.

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

    Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 chaperone per 5 scouts.
    Tickets and more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

  • The Kottemann Collection: Lecture & Gallery Visit

    (General - Thursday, May 25, 2017)

    The Kottemann Collection: Lecture & Gallery Visit

    Thu, May 25 | 6 pm

    Auditorium

    John Heintzman, long-time Peoria Art Guild volunteer, shares his recollections and insights on the remarkable collection of art assembled by George and Norma Kottemann. The presentation in the auditorium will followed by a visit to the gallery with John and Jeff Heintzman.

    Free lecture. 

  • Art-spiration: Mosaics!

    (General - Saturday, May 27, 2017)

    Art-spiration: Mosaics! 

    Sat, May 27 | 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.

  • Scouting at the Museum: Do it Yourself Gardener

    (General - Sunday, June 4, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Do It Yourself Gardener
    Sun, Jun 4 | 12pm – 3 pm
    Location: Classroom 1

    Juniors will explore the museum learning garden and learn about the biology that surrounds us. The Scouts will make their potted plants to take home.
    There will be a snack break. Scouts are welcome to bring a snack or money for the concession stand. While this workshop is intended for Juniors to earn their DIY Gardener badge, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages.

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

    Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 chaperone per 5 scouts.
    Tickets and more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

  • Scouting at the Museum: Grow Something

    (General - Saturday, June 10, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Grow Something
    Sat, Jun 10th | 12pm – 3pm
    Location: Studio 1

    Wolf Scouts will explore the museum learning garden and learn about the biology that surrounds us. The Scouts will make their own terrarium to take home. In order to earn the belt loop, they will have to take care of it and track its growth over 30 days.
    While this workshop is intended for Wolfs to earn their Grow Something belt loop, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages.
    There will be a snack break. Scouts are welcome to bring a snack or money for the concession stand.

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

    Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 chaperone per 5 scouts.
    Tickets and more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

  • Playing with Light Exhibit Opens

    (General - Saturday, June 17, 2017)

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    Playing with Light Exhibition

    June 17 - September 10, 2017

    International Feature Gallery

    Let there be light! Step out of the darkness and into this exhibition where visitors will try to sneak past a laser light security block, step inside a giant kaleidoscope, “draw” with infrared “paint”, or make their own powerful telescope! Playing With Light explores our big bright world and the many ways in which science and physics create light!

    Hands-on interactives

    Laser Dodge, Sticky Light, Kaleidoscope, Bendy Mirror, Computer Vision, Make a Telescope, Change Your View, Color Shadows, Color Mixing, Paint with Infrared, See with a Spectroscope, Fiber Optic Transmission, Freeze Your Shadow, See in Slow Motion, Hologram, Concave Reflections, Polarized Light, and much more.

    More on Playing with Light

    Created by the renowned Scitech in Perth, Australia, this exhibition with many applications such as vision, the beauty of rainbows, fiber optic communication, holographic security, and laser surgery, light provides the basis for much of our current technology and is largely responsible for the way we view our world.

    Using basic physics principles, innovative interactive experiences and a sense of fun, Playing With Light offers the opportunity to explore our world and how it is illuminated through 22 exhibits with a multitude of outcomes.

    Key messages include: How light plays a vital role in our daily lives, how science helps us to describe and explain the behavior of light and to discover even more about the world around us, and how play and experimentation are important for learning.

    Playing with Light has been designed around a number of key, immersive experiences for people of all ages. It provides wonderful opportunities for parents and caregivers to participate in their children’s learning and play experiences while in the exhibition.

    STEM concepts

    Physics, and in particular, optics, is a subject that is difficult to demonstrate in the classroom without specialist equipment. This exhibition provides the opportunity to engage both primary and secondary school students. 

    The subject material provides high quality teaching and learning opportunities outside the classroom for visiting groups. In addition, the attractiveness and highly creative nature of the exhibition provide an opportunity to engage adults of all ages with science and technology.

    Playing with Light was created by Scitech and is produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc. 

    For more information on Playing with Light - click here!

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