A Peoria Park District Facility

Hours and Admission

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

Museum Hours

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

The PlayHouse's current hours are:

  • Tuesdays: 9am - noon (members only)
  • Thursdays: 9am - noon
  • Fridays: 9am - 4pm
  • Saturdays: 9am - 4pm
  • Sundays: noon - 5pm

Real Tools hours:

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

The PlayHouse will be closed on:

  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Day
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Health & Safety Protocols

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

  • Face masks must 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, you will not be permitted to 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

  • No food is allowed in the museum. Visitors are welcomed to eat outside the museum in Glen Oak Park or on our porch.

Need a mask break? Outdoor activities will be available to enjoy in Glen Oak Park, free of charge with admission or membership. These include bubbles, a Nature Exploration kit, fort building, bags, horseshoe, and croquet. Ask about these outdoor activities at the Admissions Desk!

Here are some of the additional precautions the PlayHouse is taking to ensure your safety:

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

  • Selected exhibit components will not be available due to COVID-related restrictions. These include:

    • Costumes, dolls, stethescopes, and fabric and plush toys have been removed.
    • Books and bean bags have been removed; the Hayloft (reading area and flying pig interactive) is closed.
    • Real Tools is operating at a reduced capacity on Friday afternoons, Saturdays, and Sundays. Visitors are encouraged to sanitize their hands before and after using all tools, and work spaces and tools will be cleaned regularly.

Looking for a way to help your child understand these new changes? Read our updated social story  together to talk about what to expect during your visit!

Health & Safety Protocols

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

  • Face masks must 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, you will not be permitted to 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

  • No food is allowed in the museum. Visitors are welcomed to eat outside the museum in Glen Oak Park or on our porch.

Need a mask break? Outdoor activities will be available to enjoy in Glen Oak Park, free of charge with admission or membership. These include bubbles, a Nature Exploration kit, fort building, bags, horseshoe, and croquet. Ask about these outdoor activities at the Admissions Desk!

Here are some of the additional precautions the PlayHouse is taking to ensure your safety:

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

  • Selected exhibit components will not be available due to COVID-related restrictions. These include:

    • Costumes, dolls, stethescopes, and fabric and plush toys have been removed.
    • Books and bean bags have been removed; the Hayloft (reading area and flying pig interactive) is closed.
    • Real Tools is operating at a reduced capacity on Friday afternoons, Saturdays, and Sundays. Visitors are encouraged to sanitize their hands before and after using all tools, and work spaces and tools will be cleaned regularly.

Looking for a way to help your child understand these new changes? Read our updated social story  together to talk about what to expect during your visit!

Admission

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. Learn more here.
  • 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.

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