A Peoria Park District Facility

The PlayHouse Explorer Program


"Our families want to make sure that their kids have activities they can do out in the community. The PlayHouse Explorer Program is something that they can access, at a developmentally-friendly level, with no costs other than transportation - that's huge, we've never had anything like that in town."

-Nicole Livsey, Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator, Peoria Housing Authority


In order to ensure that the PlayHouse is accessible to all children and families, we created the Explorer Program, which offers low-income families the opportunity to visit the PlayHouse for free.

The Explorer Program allows families who participate in the SNAP food assistance program to show proof of LINK or WIC enrollment (their card and proof of current benefits) and a photo ID at the PlayHouse admissions desk, and receive a card for three free family visits or a $15 family membership (allowing free admission for one family for a full year). This program is offered in conjunction with Museums for All, a national initiative of the Association of Children's Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, aimed at encouraging families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.

Explorer participants who opt for the $15 annual membership receive all membership benefits, including e-newsletters and access to other museums through the annual local museum swap. In addition to free admission and discounted memberships, the Explorer Program allows families to register for museum workshops for the reduced price of $2 per participant.

This innovative and collaborative program helps ensure equity of access to the PlayHouse, by providing low-income children and families with free admission and reduced-price memberships. Through this initiative, we can ensure that low-income families have the opportunity to visit the PlayHouse and enjoy the exhibits and programs aimed at supporting them in becoming explorers and creators of the world.

Please note, Explorer Program participation is based upon household. For more information about policies and regulations please call 309-323-6892 or email playhouse@peoriaparks.org.  

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum