A Peoria Park District Facility

Send your children to camp at the PlayHouse this summer! Learn more about our summer camps HERE.


Peoria Park District Annual Fireworks Spectacular
Jul 3 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us in Glen Oak Park after the PlayHouse closes for our annual Park District Fireworks Spectacular!

Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre


Fireworks begin when it is dark. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to see the show and enjoy food from vendors.

Tot Time: Babies
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

July 5: Babies

BabiesBabies learn new things every day. What did you learn today?

Cost: $1 per child with museum admission. 

Family Workshop: Block City
Jul 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Note new program time: 2-4pm

July 8: Block City
Make your own special set of colorful blocks, and use them to make houses, skyscrapers, tunnels and more! Then use a wood-burning tool to add fun details like windows, doors, and shingles!

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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