A Peoria Park District Facility

Be Anything! 2020

Be Anything! is an innovative program that propels "Take Your Child to Work Day" to a new level. Children from 4-14 can explore the variety of careers available to them, experiment with different careers, and focus their interests through hands-on experiences. Amidst the challenges of 2020 the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum understands that it is especially important to help children dream about a bright future in which they can be and do anything they set their minds to.

This year's Be Anything! is entirely virtual. The career auction will open on October 10, 2020 at 10am, and close on October 17, 2020 at 4pm. As always, the auction will feature career-related experiences with local professionals, offered in their place of work (or sometimes remotely through video conferencing technology), for you and your child (ages 4-14). This year the auction will also include select experiences for adults.

The PlayHouse is committed to helping children become explorers and creators of the world, and is excited to continue offering opportunities for children to imagine and build their bright futures through unique career experiences. 

Thank you to our  Sponsors:

Just Kidz Dentistry


RLI Insurance Company

Greater Peoria Economic Development Council

Bob Lindsay Honda and Acura

Communication Junction

Illinois American Water

Zach and Heather Oyler of Oyler Real Estate

Williams Brothers Construction

OSF HealthCare

As you browse through our career catalog, please note that some of our experiences have restrictions due to COVID-19. Other experiences may be adapted as needed - if you have questions about specific experinces, please email us at playhouse@peoriaparks.org.

What is Be Anything?


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Be Anything: Online Auction is where the magic happens! Parents, grandparents, friends, and more have the opportunity to bid on experiences from a pool of 50+ local professionals. Does your child want to be a baker? Be a Life Flight responder? Be a stem cell scientist? Be an architect? Be a fireman? Be Anything! offers one-of-a-kind experiences, which make a great educational supplement or gift for a child in your life.

Purchase a Raffle Ticket:  Visit Disney? Worried about traveling in 2020? We have 16 Disney Park Hopper Tickets and two round trip tickets for airfare, all good through February 2022! Raffle tickets can be purchased on the auction site. Raffle Tickets are $20 for 1 chance to win and $50 for 3 chances to win.

Donate to the PlayHouse:  The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum is working hard to create programming to bring our mission outside of our facility, and to make these programs available for children from families of all income levels. Your donation will help us provide ALL children with the tools and inspiration they need to be explorers and creators of the world, even while the PlayHouse is closed. Thank you in advance for your support!

Be Anything: Virtual Career Days

Be Anything Virtual Career Days, created in partnership with Peoria Public Schools Foundation's See It. Be It. program, introduce children to different careers. Each video introduces a career and gives children tips and activities to pursue this work. Follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the newest videos right when they are released.

Thank you to the Be Anything Committee!


Committee Chairs:
Alyce Jackson
Alissa Williams

Committee Members:
Jennifer Adler
Thembi Conner-Garcia
Sarah Couri
Bethany Fosdyck
Sandy Garza
Heather Oyler
Kayla Thompson
Andrea Tortora
Jen Williams

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum