Party on Sun Plaza

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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

TICKETS

Adult $50 ($55 at the door)

VIP $75*  |  VIP Table of 8 $600**

*VIP ticket includes reserved seating and parking + 2 extra drink tickets.
**VIP table of 8 includes 4 reserved parking spaces, prime reserved seating + 2 bottles of wine.

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

SPONSORS

Thank you to our Party on the Plaza event sponsors! 

Event promotion & media is generously sponsored by Advanced Media Partners with stations WWCT 99.9, KISS FM 98.5, JACK 101.1 and ESPN 96.5

Local cuisine is supplied by our premier caterers: Barracks Cater Inn, Cracked Pepper Catering and Bakery, Kickapoo Creek Winery, and by our event partner caterers: A Matter of Taste, Cyd’s, Chef’s Catering, Hacienda El Mirador, Jason’s Deli and Nelson’s Catering

The BraziLionaires are sponsored by Terry Knueppel, Peoria Riverfront Museum Visionary Member. 

Samba dance lessons provided by Beverly and Ed Caballero.

The Museum also thanks our Museum Board of Directors, and our Associate Board for event planning

Note: in case of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside the Museum to the Grand Lobby.

  • Free! Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

    (General - Monday, August 21, 2017)

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    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. No reservations are needed. We will have a small amount of eclipse glasses for sale starting at 11:45 at the party, but may sell out. We do not have any for sale currently in our gift shop and cannot order more. Luckily, you can observe the Sun safely with other means!

    Safe Viewing Methods

    4 Ways Eclipse

    There are four ways to safely view the partial phases of the eclipse. The easiest is with eclipse shades, but despite purchasing a large amount, the museum is sold out and cannot get more. Try eclipseglasses.com but order them quickly.  You can also observe using a telescope with a solar filter. At this party, we will have solar telescopes set up that allow you to directly observe the Sun.

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    If you are unable to attend our party, you can observe the Sun safely using a pinhole projector. By punching a small hole in a piece of paper, you can look at the Sun's image projected on another card or the ground to view the eclipse. Click here for more information on pinhole projectors, or watch this video. You can look for natural pinhole projectors by looking at the shadows cast to the ground by trees and bushes. Finally, you can use #14 welders glass to directly look at the Sun, but make sure it is #14. Anything less is not strong enough to protect your eyes.

    At our Viewing Party you can:

    • Look through solar telescopes & pinhole projectors! 
    • Talk to astronomy experts! 
    • Enjoy fun family activities! 
    • 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.

    Reserve your free seat - click here

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  • Scratch Day Camp

    (General - Saturday, August 26, 2017)

    Scratch Day Camp

    Sat, Aug 26 | 9 am-3 pm

    Studio 3

    Have you ever wanted to create your very own computer game, but didn't know where to start? This workshop will introduce you to an amazing new computer programming language called SCRATCH, designed by educators at MIT to teach kids how to program! We will start by learning how to think like a programmer, and finish by making our very own computer games. Best of all, you'll be able to access your game from home (and even create new games) for free! Participants are asked to bring a peanut-free sack lunch; all other materials are provided. Space is limited so register early.
    Taylor Stef: Museum School Coordinator
    Shelby Lessen: Museum Educator
    Ages: 8-14

    $45 Members | $50 Public

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

  • Museum After Dark: Laser & Light Party

    (General - Saturday, August 26, 2017)

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    Free fluorescent cocktail! Cool science demos! Pink Floyd laser show!

    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 after hours, check out fun light & science demos in the lobby with our hip education staff, experience Vantablack - the world's blackest black - and try painting with the world's "pinkest pink"! Step inside the black box to check out fluorescent minerals from the best source in the world. Rock out to Pink Floyd at a laser light show in the Dome Planetarium (free spectrum glasses included!) and then fly through the solar system on a planetarium staff-led tour using our cutting edge Uniview software. Drinks, light snacks, and a cash bar will be available (one free fluorescent cocktail included).

    21+

    Buy tickets online now - click here

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  • Art-spiration: Coffee Filter Rainbows!

    (General - Saturday, August 26, 2017)

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    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.

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  • Super Saturday: Infrared Light

    (General - Saturday, September 2, 2017)

    Super Saturday: Walking Water!

    Sat, Sep 2 | 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.

  • Pub Night Under The Stars

    (Planetarium - Saturday, September 2, 2017)

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    Pub Night Under the Stars

    Sat, Sep 2 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Beer, pizza, and space, what more could you want? Learn what’s up in the night sky and hear the latest news from the cosmos as we tour the Universe using our real-time Uniview software. A stellar Planetarium operator will be your guide through this out of this world experience.

    Guests will receive up to 3 craft beers & pizza included in ticket price.

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

    Must be age 21 and up. 

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Home Scientist

    (General - Sunday, September 3, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Home Scientist

    Sun, Sep 3 | 12 pm – 3 pm

    Illinois River Classroom

    Brownies can earn their Home Scientist badge with safe but exciting experiments that might not be possible at home. The workshop includes everything the scouts need to get their patch!

    While this workshop is intended for brownies to earn their Home Scientist patch, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages.

    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.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

  • Educator Open House + Teacher Tuesday: STEAM Resource Fair

    (General - Tuesday, September 5, 2017)

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    Educator Open House + Teacher Tuesday: STEAM Resource Fair

    Tues, Sept 5 | 5-7 pm

    Please join us for a fun night of connecting with other educators while participating in a STEAM Educational Resource Fair. Engage in lively discussions and demonstrations, learn about new and innovative programs taking place in the Peoria area and walk away with materials and ideas that can be implemented in any learning environment. 

    River City Labs, Caterpillar STEM Outreach, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, University of Illinois Extension, Champaign-Urbana Fab Lab and Peoria Riverfront Museum are hosting a STEAM Resource Fair, introducing educators to organizations and resources available to support STEM Learning.

    Light refreshments will be served.

    Free for educators only with school ID or affiliation. Advanced registration required. 

    Register Online - click here

    To look at our educator guides - click here.

    Free Covered Parking off Water St. For more information call 309.863.3013.

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  • Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, September 6, 2017)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Sep 6 | 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: October 4, November 1, December 6, January 3

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

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  • FREE Day! Science Rocks!

    (General - Saturday, September 9, 2017)

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    Science Rocks! FREE DAY

    Sat, Sept 9 | Activities 11-3

    Lobby

    Meet chemists and other scientists who will bring cool activities for you to enjoy.
    All activities, galleries, and public planetarium shows will be free and open to the public. Activities will be held in the Museum Lobby from 11-2.

    More info on the Illinois Heartland section of the ACS (American Chemical Society). – click here. For more info on the Ag lab (USDA-ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR)). - click here.

    Free and open to the public
    The Giant Screen Theater is not included in the free day.

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

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  • Party on Sun Plaza with 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

    TICKETS

    Adult $50 ($55 at the door)

    VIP $75*  |  VIP Table of 8 $600**

    *VIP ticket includes reserved seating and parking + 2 extra drink tickets.
    **VIP table of 8 includes 4 reserved parking spaces, prime reserved seating + 2 bottles of wine.

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

    SPONSORS

    Thank you to our Party on the Plaza event sponsors! 

    Event promotion & media is generously sponsored by Advanced Media Partners with stations WWCT 99.9, KISS FM 98.5, JACK 101.1 and ESPN 96.5. Local cuisine is supplied by our premier caterers: Barracks Cater Inn, Cracked Pepper Catering and Bakery, Kickapoo Creek Winery, and by our event partner caterers: A Matter of Taste, Cyd’s, Chef’s Catering, Hacienda El Mirador, Jason’s Deli and Nelson’s CateringThe BraziLionaires are sponsored by Terry Knueppel, Peoria Riverfront Museum Visionary Member. Samba dance lessons provided by Beverly and Ed Caballero. The Museum also thanks our Museum Board of Directors, and our Associate Board for event planning

    Note: in case of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside the Museum to the Grand Lobby.

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  • Light, Sketch, Doodle!

    (General - Sunday, September 10, 2017)

    Light, Sketch, Doodle!

    Sun, Sep 10 | 2:30-3:30 pm

    Sun Plaza

    Even though Playing with Light is only at the museum during the summer, you can still play with light (and shadow) all year round. You’ll get to experiment with sun print paper, design and capture shadows cast by the sun, playing with colorful bubbles, and painting rainbows! Come say goodbye to our summer exhibition with this family-friendly drop-in style workshop out on our sun plaza!

    $3 per child

    Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

  • Art Club: Illuminations: Light in Art

    (General - Tuesday, September 12, 2017)

    Art Club: Illuminations: Light in Art

    Tue, Sep 12 | 1-2 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! 

    This month's topic is Illuminations: Light in Art. Twenty eight works of art will be featured, which highlight how artists have used and featured light in their work. Please send suggestions for art that captures light to slessen@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

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

    Free with General Admission

  • Senior Morning

    (General - Wednesday, September 13, 2017)

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    Senior Morning

    Wed, Sep 13 | 10-11 am 

    Auditorium & Galleries

    Free for seniors - these educational events take place every other month on Wednesday morning and cover topics from Museum exhibits to educational movies. This month we'll look at the new exhibition Illumnations: Light in Art, featuring 28 works of art from our Permanent Collection that highlight how artists have used and featured light in their work. The exhibit will also include a beautiful Tiffany lamp and a sample of Vantablack, the blackest artificial substance known. Free parking in our covered parking garage 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 Shelby Lessen at 309-863-3015.

    Free event for seniors.

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Super Science

    (General - Saturday, September 16, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Super Science

    Sat, Sep 16 | 12 pm – 3 pm

    Illinois River Classroom

    Explore the science behind static electricity, light, and density!
    While this workshop is intended for Wolf Cub Scouts to earn their Super Science belt loop, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages.

    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.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

  • Really Wild Weather

    (General - Saturday, September 16, 2017)

    Really Wild Weather

    Sat, Sep 16 | 11 am-12 pm

    Studio 3

    Why is the air warmer in summer than in winter? What causes wind? How strong is air pressure? We’ll answer these and other great questions with a lot of fun activities, including a lightning calculator and more! We’ll end with a demonstration of the awesome power of the wind with our Tornado Cannon.

    Dave Grebner: Museum Educator

    Ages 8-14

    $10 Members | $12 Public

    Call 309-863-3016 for more information.

  • 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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  • Art-spiration: Fire Breathing Dragons

    (General - Saturday, September 30, 2017)

    Art-spiration: Fire Breathing Dragons 

    Sat, Sep 30 | 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: Forensics

    (General - Saturday, October 28, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Forensics
    Sat, Oct 28 | 12 pm – 3 pm
    Studio 3

    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.

    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.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

  • Scouting at the Museum: Detective

    (General - Sunday, October 29, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Detective

    Sun, Oct 29 | 12 pm – 3 pm

    Studio 3

    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!

    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.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Game Design

    (General - Saturday, November 18, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Game Design

    Sat, Nov 18 | 12 pm – 3 pm

    Studio 3

    In this workshop, Scouts will design their own video game! Working as a group, Scouts will learn about the basics of game design—what makes a game enjoyable and challenging—as well as the basics of computer programming using Scratch. Scratch is a web-based program developed by MIT to make an accessible but powerful programming language for students.

    While this workshop is intended to help Webelos to earn their Game Design patch, it is open to Scouts and family members of all ages.

    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.

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

  • Scouting at the Museum: Entertainment Technology

    (General - Sunday, November 19, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Entertainment Technology

    Sat, Nov 19 | 12 pm - 3 pm

    Studio 3

    Girl Scout juniors can earn their Entertainment Technology patch and have fun learning how to make movies and video games. There will also be time to explore the Be the Astronaut! gallery.
    While this workshop is intended for brownies to earn their Home Scientist patch, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages.

    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.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Book Artist

    (General - Sunday, December 17, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Book Artist

    Sun, Dec 17 | 12 pm – 3 pm

    Studio 2

    A one-day workshop for Cadettes to get creative with books! The girl scouts will learn the basics of bookbinding and will even make their own diary to take home! The workshop includes everything the scouts need to get their patch!
    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.

    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.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

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