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Kids Career Fair Seeks To Expand Job Possibility Horizons For The Future

Tim Shelley
Peoria Park District executive director Emily Cahill speaks at a press conference, Sept. 27, 2021 in Peoria.
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Kids have the opportunity to explore career options this weekend with the Peoria Park District.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum is hosting a "Be Anything!" career day for kids this Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at the Noble Center.

Illinois Central College president Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey says most kids make up their mind about the jobs they do not want to pursue by 7th grade.

She says the hope is by reaching kids younger, they'll be open to more possibilities.

"They think they're playing. What they're really doing is giving them basic information about opportunities for their future," she said. "And that's such an important part for the development of every child."

Park district executive director Emily Cahill says that's the idea behind the Be Anything! event.

"Teaching people about careers when they're little bitties, and they're excited for possibility, that's where Be Anything! came from initially for the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum," Cahill said. "The idea that you can come to our facility and bring your kiddos, and teach them about careers, and open their horizons a little bit."

Children's museum director Rebecca Shulman says kids will have 25 careers to explore.

"They actually get to experience in a hands-on way like they learn at the museum itself," she said.

That includes news reporting, paleontology, and zoo keeping.

Find out more on the park district website.

Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.