A Peoria Park District Facility


Teens at PlayHouse Play Date 2017 3

Special Appeal: Help 8-12 year olds explore and create at the PlayHouse!

In 2022, one of our areas of focus is to improve exhibits and programs for 8-12 year old children. This is a high-risk age group in terms of emotional and social development, and an age group that has previously been underserved by the PlayHouse. We want to support our young visitors a few years longer in order to give them a solid footing into the high school years.

There are three initiatives the PlayHouse is taking this year to help 8-12 year olds continue to explore and create.
  • New programs designed for children ages 8 and up: Earlier this year, we launched Dungeons & Dragons, a program that allows 8-11 year olds to build and explore their own imaginary worlds. We also revamped our Maker Workshops to serve 8-18 year olds, focusing our first workshop on Architecture.
  • Improving our Motion Commotion exhibit: Motion Commotion is a popular exhibit that has potential to better engage all ages while also teaching about math and engineering. Proposed changes include offering children new ways to manipulate balls sent through the colorful air tubes, replacing the conveyor with a hand-crank that teaches about gears and fosters collaboration, and enhancing the magnet wall where children can create their own marble runs. 
  • Creating a Tween Council: In the summer of 2022, we are engaging a group of 10-13 year olds to help us create, test, and launch new ways for older children to experience the PlayHouse during a visit. We can't wait to hear what they have to tell us!

Thank you for your generous support!

Your donation matters now more than ever

Your support helps the PlayHouse continue to offer high-quality programs and resources to children and families around our region.

2020 and 2021 were full of challenges and opportunities. Along with the challenges that came with having to close our doors, we lost resources that we rely heavily on to function. Income from daily admissions, memberships, birthday parties, and rentals, etc. not only keep our doors open, they help us thrive.

Now that we have re-opened our doors, we still need your help. The PlayHouse provides children with the tools and inspiration they need to be explorers and creators of the world. We cannot do that without our generous supporters.

If you would like to donate by mail, please send your donation to Jocelyn McDowell, Development Coordinator, Peoria Park District, 1125 W Lake Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614. If you have questions or need assistance, or would like information about sponsoring a specific program or exhibition through a donation, or the benefits of becoming a major donor, please contact Jocelyn McDowell at 309-681-2861.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum