A Peoria Park District Facility


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.

Thanks to a generous donation by Chuck and Laurie Weaver through “Leaders Change Illinois”, the PlayHouse has partnered with HISRA and Easterseals of Central Illinois to identify improvements and suggestions for accessibility and programming.

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:

Handicapped parking and ramp:

Please note, there are handicapped parking spots 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 by calling 309-323-6896 and they can open an alternate door for easy access.

A ramp is available on the front of the building which can be accessed from the parking spots on the east side.


Sensory sensitivities? Ask for a “Sensory Pack” at the admissions desk which includes:

  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Schedule cards to plan the order of your visit
  • Sensory toys
  • Sunglasses
  • Transition Guide card

Quiet space:

  • If available, the Art Room can be used for a quiet, darker space since it has curtains that can be drawn and a door.
  • 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.


We offer a family restroom on the 2nd floor in the Family Farm exhibit with a changing table as well as a belted seat device for infants and toddlers. Both women’s and men’s room have changing tables.

Did you know?:

The PlayHouse also has books in the 3rd floor Hayloft area that feature real people and fictional characters who have a variety of special needs or neurological differences. In addition, we also have a small number of children’s books with braille for those who are visually impaired.

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


Check back here for upcoming sensory-friendly events:

Kaden in MC

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum