A Peoria Park District Facility

Gala Event
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Gala Event

Before the PlayHouse opens to the public, we have planned a gala evening, “Our First Night at the Children’s Museum,” on Friday, June 5, 2015 to celebrate this important milestone.

This event will not only give our community a first look at our world-class facility, but will also help to raise funds to support the museum in its first year of operations. The Peoria PlayHouse is located in the historic Glen Oak Park and will serve as a neighborhood anchor situated in the heart of the city. Here are the details:

Friday, June 5, 2015 * Adults Only

$100 per person * Reserved Seating available for $125 for table of 8

6pm to 11pm, cocktails and heavy appetizers

Proceeds benefit the Peoria PlayHouse Operating Fund

RSVP no later than Friday, May 29, 2015 by calling 309-681-2803

Can’t attend? You can still support the cause with a monetary donation. Visit this page for sponsorship opportunities, to see how you can help celebrate the opening of the PlayHouse!

If you have any questions about this event, feel free to contact us at 309-681-2803 or by email at ecahill@peoriaparks.org. Thank you, on behalf of the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum and the many children and families that it will serve, for considering this worthy cause.

Opening Day
Jun 12 all-day

Join us for opening day of the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Musem!

Welcome to the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum!

Our Mission

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.

Our history

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.

PLAYHOUSE_CMYK PPD facilityWe 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?


We look forward to offering a broad range of programs for families and children. Here are some of the programs in our near future. Check back in late May for program dates and times.