A Peoria Park District Facility

Plan Your Visit

View the PlayHouse Information Brochure!


Monday                           9am - 4pm

Tuesday                           9am - noon Members Only

Wednesday                     9am - 4pm

Thursday                         9am - 4pm

Friday                              9am - 4pm

Saturday                         9am - 4pm

Sunday                           noon - 5pm

The PlayHouse is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. The PlayHouse is open 9am-1pm on New Year's Eve, and opens at noon on New Year's Day.


DURING THE SUMMER, Real Tools will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12-4pm, and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Summer hours begin on May 29, and end in mid-August.
DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR our Real Tools exhibit is open for visitors to use carpentry tools on Friday 12pm-4pm and on Saturday & Sunday during regular hours.


Children under 1: Free
Ages 1-64: $8.50
Seniors (65+): $7.50
Members: Free
Explorer Families: FREE*

*Families with WIC or LINK cards are eligible to apply to participate in the PlayHouse Explorer Program; please bring your WIC or LINK card and a driver's license or State ID with you to the PlayHouse and apply at our Admissions Desk.

The Explorer Program is offered in conjunction with Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.

More information about the PlayHouse Explorer Program can be found here.



The PlayHouse is proud to participate in the Blue Star program, offering free museum admission to Military ID holders and their immediate families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Blue Star program at the PlayHouse is made possible in part by Ameren Illinois.


Things to know before you visit...

Strollers are not allowed in the PlayHouse - due to the limited space of our museum, they present a tripping hazard to children walking and running through the exhibits. We have a space to park them outside on the porch, and we have Baby Bjorns available for loan in the museum. We encourage you to consider leaving strollers and heavy bags in your car.

Food & beverages are not allowed in the museum. Bottled water is acceptable but open containers will not be allowed. Picnic tables are available on the porch to enjoy your snacks and meals.

Special rates are available for groups from schools and other educational and non-profit groups. All groups must reserve in advance. To book a visit, call the PlayHouse Education Manager at 309-323-6896.

The Peoria Playhouse is designed to include children of all abilities and facilitate learning through play in each child who visits the museum. If your child has special needs please see our accessibility/accommodations section.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum