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Kid Workshop: Fabulous Felting
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

December 16: Fabulous Felting

Ages: 8-14 yrs old
Cost: $8 per member/ $12 per nonmember
Fee includes museum admission

Using brightly colored wool and a special hand-tool, we’ll learn to felt and create beautiful works of art on fabric!

Register Online, in person, or by calling (309) 323-6894
Celebrate Peoria: Christmas Around the World
Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Christmas is celebrated by Christians of various ethnic backgrounds here in Central Illinois. Enjoy family friendly activities and learn about how the holiday is celebrated across cultures, from Mexican Posadas to German Christmas trees.

Click here for more information.


Tot Time: Farm
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

December 20: Farm

There are so many fun animals in the farmyard. Cows and sheep, pigs and goats, chickens and ducks, and so much more. Can you make the sound of your favorite animal in the barn?

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. 


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