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Noon Year’s Eve: Paleo Party
Dec 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm



Ring in the New Year with us at noon! Communication Junction will lead two Sign and Sing story times complete with stories, songs, and bubbles! Decorate party masks, play dinosaur themed games and win prizes. Then pump up the jams at the Dino Stomp dance party at 11:15 am! Go on a scavenger hunt and special tour in our new exhibit Fossils Rock. At noon, celebrate with a special surprise and cupcakes to celebrate the New Year.

Cost $8 per member including Explorer Members/$16 per non-member includes museum admission (museum will not be open otherwise outside of this event). Learn more about membership here.

** Members, in order to receive your discount enter the code PH2019NYE at checkout. Membership will be verified for those using the code.

Volunteer Open House
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Volunteer Open House

Make volunteering a New Years Resolution for 2020!

Drop-in and learn how you can volunteer at the PlayHouse in various ways throughout the year. We welcome people interested in occasional or regular volunteering; people interested in working with kids in our museum or behind-the-scenes. Join us on January 11th to learn more!

Grab a snack and sign-in in order to win two free tickets to our February adults-only event HopScotch!

Adults and teens attending the event will be free of charge. Adults with accompanying children who attend the event will also not be charged.

For questions contact Jimmy Ulrich at 309-323-6892 or julrich@peoriaparks.org


Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Activities are free with museum admission or membership

Join us for our 2nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service!

Beginning in 1994, the US government recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a “day ON, not a day off”. Come to the Peoria PlayHouse for a day filled with short and fun volunteer projects for children and their families. Participate in community service and enjoy a civil rights movement story time.

Volunteer projects include:

– Children and families can work together to finish fleece no-sew lap blankets for seniors in our community. Complete these gifts with a special handmade card.

– We will create collaborative artworks to donate to local senior living facilities to add some fun and joy to their living spaces.

– Work as a team to create “blessing bags” for foster children served by local organization FamilyCore. Let’s show all children we care.

Help us before then collect the following items for our “blessing bags” for FamilyCore. Drop-off at Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum is open until January 18th. For every item you donate you will receive a raffle ticket to win a free Maker Workshop.

Please, donate these:

  • New/unused travel-size toiletries (shampoos, lotions, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • New/unused child socks
  • New/unused child gloves
  • New/unused hair ties
  • New/unused Hair brushes/combs
  • Kleenex/tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Deodorant
  • New or gently used children’s or YA books
  • New/unused small art supplies(crayons, small paint set, colored pencils, small drawing pads)


Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a roaring good time at our annual adults-only fundraising event with this year’s special 1920s speakeasy theme! Eight favorite local restaurants and breweries provide whiskey-based cocktails and local brews. Enjoy food by Two25, play games, win prizes, and bid against other attendees in a unique silent auction. Tickets on sale soon!

Proceeds benefit the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, including our Maker Space and monthly Maker workshops which foster innovation and problem solving skills in children ages 3 and up!

Learn more and buy tickets

2 for 1 Day: Plant a Flower
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
2 for 1 Day: Plant a Flower

Twice the fun for the price of one! Purchase regular admission at the Peoria Zoo or the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum and get into the other for FREE!

Same day admission only.

Activities at Peoria PlayHouse:
* free planting drop-in 10-11:30am
* flower story time 11:30am -noon

*POSTPONED* Enchanted PlayHouse
Mar 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Due to concerns for community wellness, we are currently postponing any high attendance events at Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum. For now, the museum will remain open at its usual times. As always, we routinely and thoroughly clean our facilities and manipulatives/toys.

Free with museum admission or membership

You’re invited to a day of enchantment! Try your hand at a fantasy scavenger hunt. Then build a castle, pose at our fairy tale photo booth, create a treasure map, join in on a magical storytelling time, and more.

Activities will include:

  •  Make a treasure map
  •  Fantasy quest scavenger hunt
  • Enchanted dance party with bubbles, ribbon wands, and more
  • Story time: Rapunzel (Once Upon a World) and You Don’t want a Unicorn!
  • Fairy tale photo station
  • Create cardboard castles

2020 Summer Maker Program
May 25 – Aug 16 all-day

The Peoria PlayHouse Summer Maker Program begins on Memorial Day: Monday, May 25 and ends on Sunday, August 16. We hope this program encourages you to try out different types of tools and inspires you to make fun projects, all summer long!

On your next visit, pick up a Maker Map at the front desk, filled with awesome challenges. Some of the squares MUST be completed at the Peoria PlayHouse, while others can be done at home with your favorite adult OR at the museum in our Real Tools maker space.

Just as a reminder, Real Tools summer hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 12-4pm

Tuesday, Closed

Saturday, 9am-4pm
Sunday, Noon-5pm

For every FIVE stamps you collect, you’ll receive a small prize of your choice AND a raffle ticket for the Grand Prize: a basket of tools and supplies to make more amazing projects at home!

For questions about the Summer Maker Program, please contact our Family and Public Programs Educator, Tessa Lee Martinez at (309) 323-6894.

Birthday Bash: Game On!
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Run, jump, or slide into our grand slamming Birthday Bash: Game On. Celebrate the PlayHouse’s fifth birthday with us! It’s a “pay what you like” day at the PlayHouse, participate in sports-themed activities and still enjoy all of our wonderful interactive exhibits as usual.

Suggested donation: $5

Activities include:
– Try out the Rookie Olympics with sports from around the world
– Play sports themed games inside and outside of the Peoria PlayHouse
– Perfect your golf swing on our mini-golf course
– Wear your favorite sports team or sports-related gear
– We invite you participate in family-friendly tailgating that day. No alcohol or grills are allowed. No food may come into the PlayHouse.
A quiet space will be available in our Zoo Room for those who need a sensory break and/or nursing space. Learn more about our accessibility resources here.


Be Anything! Career Day
Aug 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Be Anything! Career Day

Join us to BE ANYTHING! at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! We are exploring careers with a variety of local professionals. Meet a firefighter, dentist, ballet dancer, bike mechanic, and more! Each station features activities appropriate for children ages 4-12, engaging children in work related to the featured careers.

This event is free with admission or membership. No pre-registration is required.

Be Anything! Cocktails & Careers @ Trailside Event Center
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at Trailside Event Center on Thursday, October 3rd from 6-9pm for a playful cocktail party featuring a live auction with Be Anything! experiences for adults, raffle, and PlayHouse-style activities. The event is emceed by WMBD’s Greg Batton, and tickets include two complimentary drinks as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres from Cracked Pepper.

Stay tuned for ticket information coming soon!

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum