A Peoria Park District Facility

Accessibility

The PlayHouse is committed to giving every child the opportunity to be an explorer and creator of the world. We strive to make each visitor’s trip to the PlayHouse special and enjoyable.

Physical Accessibility

The PlayHouse is an accessible building. While we do have a no stroller rule, we welcome families to use any mobility aids needed for accessibility purposes, such as wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers required for this purpose.

Our building features:

  • Handicapped parking. These parking spots are located on the east side of the PlayHouse. To access these spots, take the outer ring road. If these spots are not available, and visitors with accessibility issues park in the PlayHouse parking lot, please let staff know and they can open an alternate door for easy access.
  • Entry ramp.
  • Family restroom. Our family restroom is located on the main level in the Family Farm Area. Our lower level bathrooms also include handicapped-accessible stalls.
  • Wheelchair accessible exhibits.

Cognitive and Sensory Accessibility

To accommodate our visitors with accessibility needs, we have a variety of resources to help a family prepare for a PlayHouse visit, as well as items on hand to make the visit easier.

Prepare for your visit by:

The following are now available at the PlayHouse admissions desk:

  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Social Story (also available here as a PDF - PlayHouse Social Story)
  • Schedule cards to plan the order of your visit
  • Sensory toys
  • Sunglasses
  • Transition Guide card

If your child needs a quiet space, we recommend the following:

  • If available, the Art Room can be used for a quiet, darker space as it had curtains that can be drawn.
  • A small nook is also available on the third floor Reading Hayloft that can provide a smaller, quiet space for when a cozy break is needed.

Income Accessibility

The PlayHouse offers reduced-price admission and memberships for low-income families. Learn more here.

Interested in registering a child with special needs for a PlayHouse program? We will always do our best to accomodate children of all abilities and needs, with the help of our partner Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA). Simply let us know of any concerns or accomodations needed at registration. 

If you have feedback or suggestions for how the PlayHouse may meet accessibility needs in other ways, please feel free to contact us! Courtney Baxter, Education Manager, can be reached at cbaxter@peoriaparks.org

 

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum