A Peoria Park District Facility


New pricing begins in 2018 for the following:

Admission - Begins January 3rd
Memberships - Begins January 15th
Birthday Parties - Begins January 3rd

Increased pricing means we get to continue to bring you quality programs, events, and experiences at the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

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Maker Workshop: Light It Up!
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Maker Workshop: Light It Up!
February 24 | 2-4PM | Ages 3-12

Create a cool lamp for your room using lumber and a hammered design on tin. The design possibilities are endless, and once you switch on the light, it really shines!

PlayHouse Maker programs are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Tot Time: Going to the Doctor
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Tot Time: Going to the Doctor
Wednesdays | 10-11AM | Ages 1-3

During this program for children 1 to 3 years of age and their grown-ups, children develop language, small motor skills, and social skills while engaging in hands-on exploration. Each class includes songs and musical instruments, a read-aloud story, time for play, and a visual art activity.

Enchanted PlayHouse
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Join us for a day of fairy tale enchantment. Build a castle, create your own fairy house, try a magical science experiment, and more. Feel free to come in costume!


The PlayHouse offers a broad range of programs for families and children:

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?

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The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum