A Peoria Park District Facility

PlayHouse at home

To support families during these challenging times, the Peoria Park District and the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum are building a list of activity resources to help support parents, and to help keep you and your children busy, happy, and engaged.

Stay safe, and enjoy this time with your children.

PlayHouse-produced Resources

Beyond Play: Big Topics for Little People

The PlayHouse recently launched a pilot program called Beyond Play: Big Topics for Small People for children ages 4-8 and their families. On Wednesday, July 1st at 1pm we will hold the next session of Beyond Play to discuss race and racism in our world. This program will include an age-appropriate story and activity focused on race. Register now to reserve your spot!

Hey members!

Looking for a way to entertain your kids and give them a chance to safely interact with others? PlayHouse PlayDates are a PlayHouse staff-facilitated experience perfect for ages 2-5. They take place every Tuesday at 11am during our usual Members-Only Tuesday Mornings. These PlayDates include a guided activity, a visit from an animal at Forest Park Nature Center, and ends with a dance party. Want to sign up? Email playhouse@peoriaparks.org asking for the registration link to the next PlayDate and include the name on your Membership card.

great lesson ideas from all over

Below are some of our favorite activities and lesson ideas from websites, social media, and friends! Friends of the PlayHouse also includes teachers, and some of the best lessons come from local teachers. For a local list of lessons, see this list created by Mossville Elementary School 2nd grade teacher, Marijane Trotter.

To see what activities local kids are up to these days, check out the PlayHouse Times! Some of our writers have submitted their activity results from Marijane Trotter's list of activities. Click here to see what they came up with!

resources lists and links

Want more? Here are some lists of resources gathered by others. If you know of other great resources, please let us know and we will add them!

The Genius of Play

Sesame Street #CaringForEachOther Page

We Are Teachers

The American Alliance of Museums

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum