A Peoria Park District Facility

Explore the Museum

“Children’s museums should not seem to have dropped from the sky and landed in a community…. They must be cut from the cloth of the community and be filled with the history and uniqueness of that area.”

-Mary Sinker, Child Development Specialist

The PlayHouse features six exhibits and a wide variety of programs for children of all ages.  The exhibits draw on Peoria and Central Illinois, celebrating the past, present, and future of our community.

For babies and toddlers:

Three tot areas feature toys, board books, and safe places to crawl. Tot areas are located in spaces around the museum so that parents can stay with younger children while watching older kids play nearby.

For younger children:

Six exhibits include opportunities to: use a loader and dump truck to move rocks; cross a musical bridge; become a vegetable farmer, milk a cow, or climb through a chicken coop; go back in time to ride a train or perform on vaudeville; conduct science experiments; dig in a sand pit; and explore the currents, fish, and boats on the Illinois River.

For older children:

Our Real Tools area features hammers, nails, and other ways to build with wood, and will grow to feature art- and technology-based making.*  Programming offered throughout the day includes art activities and science experiments.

*Please note, during the 2017-18 school year, the Real Tools area will be open for carpentry during the following hours:

Friday: 12-4pm
Saturday: 9am-4pm
Sunday: 12-5pm

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum