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Peoria POPS Orchestra

Peoria Pops is a full symphony orchestra (including saxophones) composed of volunteers who register for the group via the PPD website.  You can sign up for the whole year or four months at a time depending on your availability. Our motto is “We make music fun!” Peoria Pops is the orchestra of the people. No auditions, no overly strict rehearsal requirements, we just want everyone in our community to have a place to play their instrument. Players must be at or above high school level playing ability.

Performances indoors or outdoors are possible, weather permitting. Available year-round, evenings and weekends only, fee is negotiable.

Family Maker Workshops at Lakeview Park

PlayHouse staff will host Family Maker Workshops at the Noble Center in partnership with other PPD facilities, such as the Peoria Zoo and Forest Park Nature Center! Come imagine, create and play with us!

Family Wilderness Survival Workshop at Forest Park

Would you thrive in the Illinois winter if you were to get lost or stranded? Join our naturalists as we put your skills to the test and learn some new skills along the way. Learn skills like shelter-building, finding fresh water, and more!

Family Nature Club at Peoria Zoo

Join the Family Nature Club at Peoria Zoo for unforgettable moments of wildlife discovery and family fun! Immerse yourselves in the wonders of nature through engaging activities, guided tours, and interactive experiences designed for all ages. This club fosters a love for wildlife and conservation. Connect with like-minded families, create lasting memories, and inspire a sense of environmental stewardship in your children.

Guided Hikes

Explore the beauty of nature with Peoria Park District Guided Hikes! Immerse yourself in the lush landscapes of Peoria’s parks as knowledgeable guides lead you through scenic trails, sharing insights about local flora and fauna. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast, our guided hikes cater to all skill levels, offering a perfect blend of adventure and education.

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