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Programs and Events

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum offers a wide range of programs and events for all ages. Many of these programs require advanced registration. Click on each program listing below for more information, or to visit our registration page.

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Programs for Children and Families

In Tot Time, children ages 1-3 years old develop language, small-motor skills, and social skills while engaging with stories, music, and hands-on exploration.

Kids and families learn to use tools, experiment with different types of making, and think creatively in PlayHouse Maker Workshops! This program is designed for kids 3-12 years old.

Celebrate Peoria engages the entire family in examining and celebrating the many cultures that make up the dynamic fabric of our community.

Click on the heading below for information about specific programs, or to register.

Tot Time
Tot Time is an hour-long program, offered weekly on Wednesdays. Each week's Tot Time explores a different theme. Past themes have included colors, animals, and shapes. Tot Time includes a read-aloud,   music, a museum scavenger hunt, and time experimenting with art materials. Tot Time is $1 per child with museum admission.
Maker Workshops
mom and girl making toys These monthly Saturday workshops engage children ages 4-10 years of age and grownups of any age in exploration and hands-on making. Family workshops are 2-4pm on select Saturdays.


Fees will change to: Member Cost: $10 for first child, $5 per additional child within one family. This program is free for member adults. One adult per family is required.  Non-Member Cost: $15 for first child, $10 per additional child within one family. Includes admission for participating children. This program is free for adults with paid admission. One adult per family is required. REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES MUSEUM ADMISSION.

upcoming family workshops:

You can register online, at the PlayHouse, or by calling 309-323-6900.
Celebrate Peoria

celebratePeoria1Celebrate Peoria is a series dedicated to discovering and celebrating the diversity of Peoria and Central Illinois. Each month, the PlayHouse examines and celebrates one of the many cultures that make up the dynamic fabric of our community. All Celebrate Peoria events are free with museum admission.


Upcoming Celebrate Peoria Events:



Adult Programs and Special Events

On Adult Maker Nights, join us without the kids to invent, innovate, and build.

Additional special events throughout the year invite visitors to support the museum, while enjoying food, fun, and special programs.

Click on the heading below for information about specific programs, or to register.

Adult Maker Night

Adults, iAdult Maker Night-webt’s your turn to play and make things! Join us on selected Saturday evenings from 7-10pm to invent, innovate, and build. The most fantastic creations win a prize.

Tickets are $15 for members /$20 non-members. A team of up to 6 people can be registered for $80. Admission includes snacks, wine and beer. Tickets must be purchased in advance

Click to Register!

Special Events

Don't miss HopScotch at the PlayHouse on January 25th! Learn more here!

HopScotch is our annual adults-only event that helps us kick off the new year. The Cookery returns providing guests with savory and tasty selections while you explore the museum, participate in the activities, and make new friends. You will see Noir and Hearth again this year providing their delicious whiskey cocktails. We welcome Edge, Tannins and Hops, and Zion to this year's event and couldn't be more excited. Our beer presenters won't be outmatched and are offering several options for the beer lover. Half Acre has come back to play and new to the group are Destihl and Triptych. This year is going to top last year's event with the exciting auction that will be available to browse soon. Come back often for more exciting news about our 3rd annual HopScotch event.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum