A Peoria Park District Facility

Hours and Admission

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum aims to help all children fulfill their natural needs for play, exploration, inspiration, and meaningful learning experiences.

Please note, children visiting the PlayHouse must be accompanied by an adult (16 or older). Masks are recommened.

Museum Hours

Yes, we are open - and we can't wait to welcome you to the PlayHouse!

The PlayHouse's current hours are:

  • Mondays: Closed
  • Tuesdays: 9am - noon (members only)
  • Wednesday-Saturdays: 9am - 4pm
  • Sundays: noon - 5pm

Real Tools hours:

  • Fridays: 12pm - 4pm
  • Saturdays: 10am - 4pm
  • Sundays: noon - 5pm

Closed On: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve, New Years Day

The PlayHouse is closed for approximately a week of cleaning every year. In 2022, this closure will take place on September 6-15.


Admission Prices

Children under 1: Free
Ages 1-64: $9
Seniors (65+): $8
Families with WIC or LINK cards: $3
Members: Free

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

Beginning on January 1, 2019, families participating in WIC or LINK now receive $3 per person admission at the PlayHouse. See this page for more information about special admission and membership programs.

Special Admission Programs

The PlayHouse is committed to serving ALL families, regardless of income, background, or ability. A variety of admission programs are available to meet the needs of all of our visitors:

  • Families who qualify as low-income receive discounted museum access through our Explorer Program.
  • Members of other children's museums may receive half-off admission through the reciprocal program of the Association of Children's Museums.
  • Members of a science center or museum approximately 90 miles away are eligible for free general admission.
  • We offer combo tickets with the zoo. Learn more.
  • PlayHouse memberships start at $95 for a full year.
  • We are so excited to be part of the Blue Star Museums initiative this summer! From now to until Labor Day on September 5, free admission is available for those currently serving in the United States Military–including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard–including Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members!

Health & Safety Protocols

As of Feburary 28th the Illinois mask mandate has been changed from required to recommended. With this guidance we are moving to a mask recommended policy at the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum locations. We thank you for your continued support as we navigate these new changes! 

Thank you in advance for helping us keep our community safe, and helping other visitors feel comfortable. Our current safety protocols include:

  • Face masks are recommened to be worn by all guests ages two and over in all areas. We will have masks available at the PlayHouse if needed by visitors, as well as ideas for helping you ensure masks fit well so that they cover your nose as well as your mouth.
  • If any of the following are true, we ask that you not visit the museum:
    • Fever of more than 100.4 F
    • Exposure to a COVID-19-infected individual within the previous 14 days
    • The following symptoms: cough, sore throat, breathing difficulty or shortness of breath, muscle aches, new or unusual headache, chills, gastrointestinal problems, or loss of taste or smell
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available thoughout the museum; we ask that guests sanitize or wash hands between exhibits / throughout their visit

  • The museum and all exhibits and toys are cleaned and disinfected thoroughly every day using non-toxic spray shown to kill the COVID virus. 

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 / accommodations

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