A Peoria Park District Facility

Hours and Admission

 Museum Hours

Monday                           9am - 4pm
Tuesday                           9am - noon   Members Only
Wednesday                     9am - 4pm
Thursday                         9am - 4pm
Friday                              9am - 4pm
Saturday                         9am - 4pm
Sunday                           noon - 5pm

real tools hours:

Real Tools is the PlayHouse carpentry / maker space area, and is open only when staffed.

School Year Hours:
Friday 12-4pm
Saturday 9am-4pm
Sunday noon-5pm

Summer and selected school vacations:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 12-4pm
Saturday 9am-4pm
Sunday noon-5pm

Admission rates

Children under 1: Free
Ages 1-64: $8.50
Seniors (65+): $7.50
Members: Free
Explorer Families: FREE*

Admission good for a full day of play! Just keep your receipt for same-day re-entry.

Special Admission Programs

The PlayHouse has special admission programs for a variety of audiences.

  • Military families receive free admission all summer through Blue Star Museums.
  • Families who qualify as low-income receive discounted museum access through Museums for All.
  • Members of other children's museums may receive half-off admission through the reciprocal program of the Association of Children's Museums.
  • We offer combo tickets with the zoo.
  • PlayHouse memberships start at $90 for a full year.

Click on the links below for more information.

directions and Parking

The PlayHouse is located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria, IL, inside Glen Oak Park.

To get to the Museum from I-74, take Exit 92A (Knoxville I-40). Proceed NORTH on Knoxville. Turn right on McClure, and take McClure into Glen Oak Park. Once in the park, follow the ring road around to the right.

Please note, if you decide to enter the park via Abington Street, the road into Glen Oak Park is closed during the winter as a safety precaution. The entrance from McClure and Prospect is open year-round.

Space permitting, you may park on the right side of the ring road near the PlayHouse. Additional free parking is available in the lot near Prospect, off the ring road just before the Tri-Centennial Playground.

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 and they can open an alternate door for easy access.

The PlayHouse can also be accessed by the #12 (Peoria Heights) City Link bus.

accessibility / accomodations

All of our exhibits are wheelchair accessible. While strollers are not allowed in our museum, visitors are invited to leave strollers in our stroller parking area, and to borrow a Baby Bjorn baby carrier while in the PlayHouse. Wheelchairs and strollers secondary to mobility limitations are welcome.

More information on museum accessibility and related initiatives can be found here.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum