A Peoria Park District Facility


The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum provides children with the tools and inspiration they need to be explorers and creators of the world. Your donation helps us fulfill this mission, and welcome all children and families to our museum.

Why is childhood play important? So many reasons! Childhood play shapes our identify and helps us grow into the adults we become. Through play we learn to explore, experiment, create, interact, and imagine.

Play Transforms Us

Play introduces us to our future careers

“My most memorable toy and greatest joy was getting a handheld calculator at Christmas when I was 7 years old. I think it was called The American 1776.   I can still feel that joy. It was the best Christmas EVER! … I'm a financial advisor now.”

Play Teaches us to imagine and create

"Blocks and toggle blocks formed the way I think, and my erector set completely altered the way I think. How to screw a screw together and how to unscrew it is so hardwired into my brain stem now… and that’s because of my erector set. I learned my 3-dimensional spacial reasoning. My fingers can map things I can’t see. I really learned how to make things."

Play connects us to community traditions...

"When I was a child my grandfather gave me an antique toy tractor. He was Native American, and farming was a way of life and a means of survival for his family. I loved to push the toy tractor around the kitchen, imagining that I was farming, too. We still carry on the farming tradition as we grow food to eat year round, preserving it using the same natural methods."

Your donation matters

Two-thirds of the PlayHouse's income is earned through admissions, rentals, and other opportunities. The remaining one-third - over $200,000 per year - comes from generous supporters like you.

How to donate

Your donation of any amount is greatly appreciated. To make a donation, please use our online donation form or call 309-681-2853. Contributions can also be mailed to:

Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
2218 N Prospect Road
Peoria, IL 61603
Attn: Development

Gifts of stock are also welcomed. To make a gift of stock, or for any questions, please feel free to contact us at 309-681-2853.

PlayHouse Cornerstone society

The PlayHouse Cornerstone Society recognizes all donors who have supported our organization with $1,000 or more in fiscal gifts within a single calendar year, at the following levels:

For more information about sponsoring a specific program or exhibition through a donation, or the benefits of becoming a major donor, call 309-681-2853.

Thank you to our 2017 donors!

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum