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Tot Time: Trains
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

November 29: Trains

Trains carry people and things all over our country! If you travelled somewhere by train, where would you go? Would you be the engineer, the conductor, or a passenger? All aboard!

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: Pumpkins
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Agriculture in the Classroom Homeschool Program

November 30: Pumpkins
Ages 8-12 years old
Cost: $5 per child (does not include admission) Registration required.

Learn about and explore the life cycle of a pumpkin plant.

Call (309) 323-6896 to register

All Wrapped Up! @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Dec 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
All Wrapped Up! @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

Join us on December 1st for an evening of shopping in the PlayHouse store. Enjoy adult beverages while you shop, and when you’re finished we’ll wrap up your purchases!

Need someone to watch your children while you shop? Babysitting is available on the PlayHouse’s lower level (Advanced registration required; $5 for the first child, $3 for each additional child in a single household). Register for babysitting here.



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