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Giving Tuesday
Nov 30 all-day
Giving Tuesday

Give the gift of play! Support the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum to help ALL children in the greater Peoria area to become explorers and creators of the world.

Play with Me @ PlayHouse and Zoo
Mar 6 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Parenting is hard. Parenting during Covid is even harder.

Play is the language of children, that allows children to “play out” their experiences, emotions, and natural tendencies. Through this workshop you’ll learn more about how play affects your child’s brain, important tips and tricks for playing with your child, and strategies for building healthy parent-child relationships through play. After the workshop, try these new ideas out at the PlayHouse.

This program starts with dropping your children off at the PlayHouse at 3pm, where they will enjoy supervised play. While they play, head on over to the Zambezi lodge at the Zoo to learn from Registered Play Therapists and licensed mental health providers play therapists Emily Hagman (LCSW) and Meredith Messina (LCPC). Then head back to the PlayHouse and put your new knowledge into action with some parent/child playtime!

Your ticket includes:
• Admission to the PlayHouse that day (public hours from 12-5pm; additional private play from 5-6PM)
• A PlayKit with $25 worth of toys to take home
• Childcare at the PlayHouse for 1.5 hours
• Priceless parenting skills!

To register for this program, please purchase an ADULT ticket for each adult who will be attending the workshop, and a CHILD ticket for each child who will play at the PlayHouse while their adults are learning. Please note, for this program, childcare is offered by PlayHouse staff for children who are 3 and up and who are out of diapers. Children who are under 3 and/or in diapers can play at the PlayHouse, but must have an adult (16+) with them; that adult will be admitted to the PlayHouse free of charge.

Purchase Tickets Here.

Questions? Please call 309.681.2853.

Adult Maker Night: Met Gala Mania
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Adult Maker Night: Met Gala Mania

Adults, it’s your turn to play and create! Join us to drink, play, and engage in a friendly team competition. Winner takes home a PlayHouse Trophy.

Join us on May 14th for “Met Gala Mania.” Grab your team for some friendly competition (and friendly drinking ) as you work to create a show stopping outfit. We can’t wait to see what you leave in!

HopScotch 2022
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Adults – it’s your turn to play!

HopScotch is the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum’s annual adults-only fundraising event. Leave the children at home and enjoy whiskey-based cocktails and craft brews from local restaurants and breweries. This event supports the PlayHouse’s maker programs, which help children gain the tools and skills they need to be the creators of tomorrow’s world.

Mark your calendars for HopScotch 2022, now in June, for a night of fun at the PlayHouse in our exhibits and outside on our porch.

Adult Maker Night: Boozy Building! @ Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Adults, it’s your turn to play, invent, innovate, and build! Join us for Boozy Building where participants can enjoy food, wine, and beer while they work together to find new ways to meet the evening’s challenge.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please register in advance so there are enough materials to make this an incredible and fun evening for all. Registration closes 48 hours in advanced!

Be Anything! Career Day 2022 @ The Noble Center
Oct 1 all-day
Be Anything! Career Day 2022 @ The Noble Center

Be Anything is an innovative program that propels “Take Your Child to Work Day” to a new level. Help a child in your life explore the careers that excite them. All children can be anything; they need only the tools and opportunity to imagine, practice, and become! Do they want to be an architect, veterinarian, fireman, meteorologist? Are they unsure, but excited to try new experiences? Be Anything! is a great way to expose children to the endless possibilities they have for their future!

Mark your calendars for October 1, 2022 to meet dozens of career professionals and learn more about what they do!

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum