A Peoria Park District Facility

Parent Resources

mother and child at bernouli blower

“Perhaps we have been misguided into taking too much responsibility from our children, leaving them too little room for discovery.”

-Helen Hayes, Actress

Make, Play, Everyday


The PlayHouse is pleased to present a new, free resource for families! This new book is full of ideas for making art with everyday objects found around the house.

Download a free copy of this book here!

What is more exciting than squishing clay for the first time, or discovering that mixing yellow and blue paint make green? ‘Is this magic?’ one of my preschool students asked me recently while mixing red and blue paint with his hands. Purple paint extended all the way up to his elbows. I thought about it for a moment, as I watched him giggle as he squished his hands in purple. Indeed, there is something magical about seeing young children make art. A child approaches art with an open mind, full of possibilities, sets no limitations for himself, and is excited to create something brand new and meaningful to him or her.”
― Kate Gugliotta, Artist, Teacher, and Author


Enjoy the water table? Curious about the Illinois River and local wildlife? Share this adorable video, by Alexis Carballido, with your children!



The PlayHouse Calendar, posted on the first and second floors of the museum, offers links to things we think you might be interested in: Studies about play, seasonal activities, local events, and more.


In our research, we have come across some resources which inspire us, and may be of interest to you:

  • The Boston Children's Museum is one of the oldest children's museums in the world, so we won't begrudge them their use of our trademarked phrase, "The Power of Play." Their Power of Play resources are pretty awesome.
  • Although we believe that children should be encouraged to explore and answer their own questions, sometimes they just want an answer. Whyzz has suggestions for how to answer kids' questions in language they can understand. You can also save and track the questions your kids ask!
  • For parents looking for things to do in Peoria, Macaroni Kid is a great resource. They also have a Bloomington edition.
The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum