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Costume Swap and Create: Pick Out New Costume and Accessorize!
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Costume Swap and Create: Pick Out New Costume and Accessorize!

Cost: Free with voucher and museum admission
10am – Costume pick up
1pm – Accessory workshop

Did you drop off a gently used costume and are ready to use your voucher to pick out a new costume?

Bring your voucher to the PlayHouse on October 21, starting 10am, and choose a “new to you” costume from the costume swap collection.  Accessorize! Does your costume need something else – a hat, a sword, or a prop of some sort? Beginning at 1pm on October 21, work with PlayHouse staff to create your accessory!

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Tot Time: Dinosaurs
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

October 25: Dinosaurs

Long before people, huge dinosaurs roamed the earth. Let’s find out more about how they looked, lived, and sounded! Rawr!

Tot Time is designed for 1-3 year olds and their adults, and includes stories, songs, and musical instruments, a gallery exploration, an art project, and more!

Cost: $1 per child with museum admission. 

This program is made possible by PNC. 

Ag in the Classroom: Farm Equipment and Technology
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Agriculture in the Classroom Homeschool Program

October 26: Farm Equipment and Technology
Ages 8-12 years old
Cost: $5 per child (does not include admission) Registration required.

Farming is high-tech these days. Learn all the different types of technology farmers use on a daily basis.

Call (309) 323-6896 to register


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