Children engage with stories, music, and hands-on exploration in this program for 1-3 year olds and their grown-ups. Programs are repeated Wednesdays and Saturdays, so choose the day which is best for you!
An additional suggested donation of $5 per family helps the museum to continue to offer this program.
This program is made possible by PNC and the Community Foundation of Central Illinois and is offered with the support of the Peoria Public Library.
Our newest PlayHouse program is designed for the parents of babies age birth to 12 months. Enjoy coffee and conversation with fellow parents while your little one plays.
This week, we’ll explore ways for babies to make their first works of art. Experimenting with different materials not only activates all the senses, but creates an amazing opportunity for bonding, and produces something beautiful!
This program is made possible by the Junior League of Peoria.
Adults, it’s your turn to play and make things!
Join us on selected Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm to invent, innovate, and build. The most fantastic creations win a prize. Snacks and cash bar available.
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Welcome to the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum!
The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum provides children with the tools and inspiration they need to be explorers and creators of the world. We do this in part through understanding, supporting, and promoting play in the fullest sense of the word, one that includes imagination and creativity.
Built by the Junior League of Peoria, in collaboration with Peoria Park District and Peoria Zoological Society, The Peoria PlayHouse is a hands-on, interactive children’s museum. It is located in the historic Glen Oak Park Pavilion building within Glen Oak Park, adjacent to Peoria Zoo and near Luthy Botanical Garden, providing a full-day destination for families in our region.
Our Core Values
We believe that a kid can be anything they want to be. They need only the opportunity and inspiration to imagine, practice, and become.
We believe that we are more effective when we collaborate with others. Collaboration with individuals and organizations throughout and beyond Peoria allows us to effectively support families and achieve shared goals.
We believe that the PlayHouse is for all children and families, regardless of income, abilities, or background.
We believe that we are catalysts. A good museum experience sparks experiences and ideas that happen after and between visits. Who knows where a visit to the PlayHouse might lead?