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May 5 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
STEM-osaurus Rex Day
11:00 am
Dig into a day of science and dinosaurs at the Peoria PlayHouse! Become a PlayHouse Paleontologist, see real fossils, and engage in other awesome STEM activities!
Open Art Studio: Watercolor Works with Abi Amstutz
11:00 am
Join local artist Abi Amstutz to make your own watercolor paintings. Abi, of Inky Thoughts Studio, invites you and your little ones to come create beautiful watercolor paintings with repeated patterns such as waves, dots,[...]
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
People We Love Day
12:00 pm
Sometimes the grown ups we love don’t fall into the categories of “Mom” and “Dad”. Celebrate “People We Love Day” at the PlayHouse on May 13, and again on June 17. Join us for a story time[...]
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Birthday Bash: Pencils, Paint, and Play
12:00 pm
Celebrate the PlayHouse’s third birthday with us! With a suggested donation of $3 per person, participate in art activities and still enjoy all of our wonderful exhibits.
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Blue Star Kick-Off
5:00 pm
This summer the PlayHouse is once again a Blue Star Museum! Currently serving military, including National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate families are invited to join us at the PlayHouse on June 6 to[...]
Open Art Studio: Alphabet Artist with Sara Barlow
11:00 am
Explore making art using 2-D and 3-D objects and images to make unique letter art! Open Art Studio is free with regular museum admission or membership and will be taught by local artist Sara Barlow[...]
Jun 17 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
12:00 pm
Sometimes the grown ups we love don’t fall into the categories of “Mom” and “Dad”. Celebrate “People We Love Day” at the PlayHouse on May 13, and again on June 17. Join us for a story time[...]
Open Art Studio: Pint-sized Printmakers with Chloe McEldowney
11:00 am
Join local artist Chloe McEldowney to make your own monotype prints! Explore mark-making and color while using a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional tools, such as forks, cotton swabs, paintbrushes, fabric, and more. Chloe[...]
Jul 3 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
July 3rd in Glen Oak Park
12:00 pm
Join us for a day of fun in Glen Oak Park! On July 3rd the PlayHouse will be open to all from noon-5, and during those hours enjoy $3 admission to Peoria Zoo and PlayHouse.[...]
First Friday: Reenie Charriere at the PlayHouse
5:00 pm
From July 23-August 3, join artist Reenie Charriere to create art on the PlayHouse porch. On August 3, we invite the community to join us at the PlayHouse for First Friday and enjoy the work[...]
Oct 1 – Oct 15 all-day
Annual Costume Swap: Drop-Off Days
12:00 am
Halloween is fast approaching! What kind of costume will you wear? Have old costumes to donate? Drop off your gently used costume at the Peoria PlayHouse anytime during the museum’s open hours, from October 1[...]
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Global Cardboard Challenge
10:00 am
The Global Cardboard Challenge is an opportunity to build whatever you can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination. At the PlayHouse, we encourage your family to dream and build together! Get inspired by[...]
Oct 8 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Explorer Day Camp
8:00 am
School may be closed for Columbus Day, but the PlayHouse is OPEN! Spend the day with us at this new one-day camp, which will focus on art, music, and storytelling. Inspired by Native American culture,[...]
Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 7:00 am
Annual Girl Scout Lock-In
8:00 pm
Calling all BROWNIES and JUNIORS! Join us for a special overnight experience at the Peoria PlayHouse! Girls will have the chance to play in the exhibits as much as they like and participate in a[...]
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
1:00 pm
Kids in the Kitchen FEBRUARY 11 | 12-2PM | AGES 4-12 Explore the science behind the 5 senses with hands-on activities. Presented by the Junior League of Peoria.
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Annual Costume Swap
10:00 am
Did you donate a costume between October 1 and October 15 and receive a “Costume Swap Voucher”? Today’s the day to bring your voucher to the PlayHouse and choose a “new” costume from the costume swap[...]
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Haunted PlayHouse
12:00 pm
Join us for a day of Halloween fun! Participate in our annual Costume Swap, spooky story-time, and trick-or-treat scavenger hunt. Strike a pose in our silly photo booth, show off your costume in a parade[...]
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cub Scout Day at the PlayHouse
9:00 am
Join us for a special Cub Scout Day at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! Wear your uniform and enjoy special discounted admission of $5 per scout and accompanying family member. The first 25 Cub Scouts[...]
National Author's Day: 2-for-1 Day at the PlayHouse and Zoo
12:00 am
National Author’s Day: 2-For-1 Day at the Peoria PlayHouse and Peoria Zoo Discover amazing books about animals and more at the Peoria Zoo AND the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! Buy admission at one facility and[...]
Nov 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
5:30 pm
In collaboration with Easter Seals and Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA), join us for a fun, sensory-friendly night featuring dimmer lights and less noise. Open to children of all needs and abilities! Open[...]
Dec 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Noon Year's Eve at the PlayHouse
10:00 am
NOON  YEAR’S EVE AT THE PLAYHOUSE MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 | 10AM-12:30PM Ring in the New Year with us at noon! Communication Junction will lead a Sign and Sing Story Time, complete with stories, songs, and[...]
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service
12:00 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Peoria PlayHouse January 21, 2019 | 12–3PM Free with museum admission or membership Beginning in 1994, the US government recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a[...]
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
HopScotch 2019
6:00 pm
Adults, it’s your turn to play! HopScotch is the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum’s annual adults-only event, helping to kick off a fantastic new year. Leave the children at home and enjoy whiskey-based cocktails and local[...]
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Family Game Night!
5:00 pm
Delight in a bit of nostalgia during Family Game Night! We’ll have some of the games you know and love – plus a few new ones. Families can even make their own new game with the help of[...]
Feb 18 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maker Day Camp
8:00 am
Ages 5-9 School may be closed for President’s Day, but the PlayHouse in OPEN! Come spend the day with us at this new one-day camp, especially for kids who love making cool things! Your kids[...]
2-for-1 Day at the PlayHouse and Zoo
12:00 am
Learn about butterflies and spiders at both the Peoria Zoo AND the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum! Buy admission at one facility and get same-day admission to the other for free.
Mar 23 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Enchanted PlayHouse
11:00 am
Enchanted PlayHouse March 23, 2019 | 11AM–3PM Free with museum admission or membership You’re invited to a day of enchantment! Channel your inner wizard with wand making! Then build a castle, pose at our fantasy photo[...]
Apr 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Accessibility Night
5:30 pm
In collaboration with Easter Seals and Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA), join us for a fun, sensory-friendly night featuring dimmer lights and less noise. Open to children of all needs and abilities! Open[...]
Apr 6 – Apr 7 all-day
Membership Swap Weekend
12:00 am
Are you a member of the Peoria Historical Society, Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria Zoo, or Wildlife Prairie Park? Enjoy a weekend of free general admission* to all five of these Peoria-area[...]
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
People We Love Day
12:00 pm
Celebrate the love of family (and play) with a special visit to Peoria PlayHouse that includes one free adult admission per family/household!   Join us in Real Tools, our makerspace, to build something special for[...]
The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum