A Peoria Park District Facility

Birthday Parties & Rentals

Birthday parties with the PlayHouse offer families and friends the perfect space to join in on the fun. Enjoy the whole museum to yourself, add a workshop, or let your party pal lead the way. 

PlayHouse party packages are now available in two locations!

Party at the PlayHouse, or have a party for older children in our Real Tools workshop space in Lakeview Park (at the Bonnie W Noble Center). Call or email Katie at 309.323.6893 or at kklaus@peoriaparks.org to reserve your party today! Need a faster response, please email!

Please note, currently masks are recommended for all visitors and staff, ages 2+.

Birthday families may use the rental room, our porch, or the picnic tables in Lakeview or Glen Oak Parks, for cake and snacks. If you wish to bring snacks for your party we require at least one week notice to be sure we can accommodate your needs. No food, candy, or beverages are allowed outside the birthday room.

All reservations must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the date requested. Click here to learn more about the reservation and cancellation policy.

Questions? Call Katie Klaus at 309.323.6893 or email her at kklaus@peoriaparks.org. Need a faster response, please email!

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AT THE PLAYHOUSE

The PlayHouse Party & Deluxe Party packages are offered:

Sat at 11:00AM and 2:00 PM
Sun at 12:30PM and 3PM

Weekday parties may be available for more information please email kklaus@peoriaparks.org or call.309.323.6893.

The After Hours Party package is offered Wednesday to Saturday from 4pm-6pm & Sunday from 5pm-7pm, and may be available other times the museum is closed to the public - if you are interested in a weekday after hours party, please ask!

PlayHouse Basic $200 Non-Members / $150 members

  • 15 child admissions (ages 1 - 15; this includes all children, regardless of family membership status). Adults accompanying children may enter free of charge.
  • Birthday child free.
  • Additional guests may be added at regular museum admission price
  • All Day Play in the museum - You and your guests enjoy the museum from open to close the day of the party.
  • 90 minute classroom rental - Julep or Art Room only
  • Party Pal to assist during the party

PlayHouse Deluxe $300 Non-Members / $250 members

  • 25 child admissions (ages 1 - 15; this includes all children, regardless of family membership status). Adults accompanying children may enter free of charge.
  • Birthday child free.
  • All Day Play in the museum - You and your guests enjoy the museum from open to close the day of the party.
  • $1.50 discount for up to 10 additional guests.
  • 90 minute classroom rental – Julep & Zoo Room.
  • Party Pal to assist during the party.

PlayHouse After Hours $350 Non-Members / $300 members

  • 35 child admissions (ages 1 - 15; this includes all children, regardless of family membership status). Adults accompanying children may enter free of charge.
  • 2 hrs in the museum after we are closed to the public.
  • $1.50 discount for up to 10 additional guests.
  • Families may also opt to have Real Tools opened for After Hours parties, with an additional $75 staffing and materials fee.
  • Party Pal to assist during the party.

Workshops

Selected 20-minute workshops are offered for an extra $25 with each party. PlayHouse and Deluxe parties gain an extra half hour added to the 90 minute party.

Collage: Use paper to explore shapes, experiment with composition, and make your own collage to take home.

Painting: Create your own painting to take home - using lots of different ways to get paint on paper, but NO paintbrushes allowed!

Fossils: Learn about fossils, handle real fossils, and make your own "fossil" to take home!

Real Tools: Booking an After Hours party? For $75, upgrade and add a Real Tools experience. Kids can make anything they want using wood, recyclables, and real tools like hammers, glue guns, and saws - all supervised by our trained facilitators!

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AT REAL TOOLS @ LAKEVIEW PARK

Real Tools @ Lakeview Park parties are 2-hour workshops designed for children ages 8-18. Throw a party that is also a creative adventure!

Parties may be booked after school, evenings, or weekends. Call 309.323.6899 for times.

All parties are $200 ($175 for PlayHouse members), and include:

  • A two-hour workshop for 10 children (add up to 2 extra participants for $15 each)
  • All materials for the workshop
  • Each child receives a coupon to play for free in the PlayHouse at a later date (or later that day).

Paleontology Party

Explore the prehistoric world by viewing and creating fossils, imagining what dinosaurs looked like (because, who really knows?), and expanding your knowledge of the creatures that lived millions of years ago.

Paint Party

What does a mood look like? How do you paint without paint brushes? Can you bring the world to life on a canvas? Explore different approaches to working with paint, and make your own painting on an 8" x 10" canvas to take home.

Collage Creations

Play with different papers and learn about shapes, composition, and color. Make a number of different collages, and bring them all home with you.

Things that Go

How do things move? Make a vehicle to get you to your next party. Will you make a rocket ship, an electric car, a yacht, or something we haven't even imagined yet?

Tool Time

Enjoy making anything you want with a whole range of tools and materials.

Reservation/Cancellation Policy

All reservations must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the date requested. Rental fees of $150 or less must be paid in full at the time of booking. Rental fees of more than $150 require a $150 deposit at the time of booking. The balance is due 2 weeks prior to the date of the rental.

If rental is cancelled more than 2 weeks prior to the date of the rental, 50% of the deposit will be refunded. If the rental is cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to the date of the rental, no refund will be issued. In either situation, a rental may be rescheduled for the same calendar year for $25.

Questions? Call Katie Klaus at 309.323.6893 or email her at kklaus@peoriaparks.org. Need a faster response, please email!

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum