A Peoria Park District Facility

Live Programs

The PlayHouse continue to offer vibrant programming for a wide range of ages. Because of COVID-related restrictions, this programming is not located at the museum -- but all the more reason to explore other areas of the Peoria Park District!

Real Tools


As a unique resource for the greater Peoria area, the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum fosters the development of next-generation problem solvers who will fundamentally change our community and our world. Our Maker Programs help children become confident and creative young makers. They shows children how to solve problems — and compel them to find the problems they want to solve. Learn more here about the benefits of Maker Programs.

Real Tools is currently located in the Noble Center at Lakeview Park: 

Our Real Tools maker space teaches children how to make and how to invent. It challenges young creatives to use tools and identify the best tools for the task they want to complete. Each child gets the opportunity to work on something different. Facilitators help children make meaningful choices during the making process, fostering innovation and creativity.

Our space at the Noble Center allows for social distancing between families. The room’s windows and doors can be opened in good weather to allow air flow. This also creates space for families to work directly outside the room at picnic tables or on the grass. Like Real Tools at the PlayHouse, Real Tools @ Lakeview Park will be stocked with carpentry and craft tools, and a wide assortment of materials.

Real Tools sessions are two hours long and require pre-registration. Parents must stay with their children. The cost of a Real Tools visit is $10 per child (with no additional charge for adults).

Real Tools @ Lakeview Park is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Preschool Parties


Discover our world through maker activities, walks in nature, and stories. This program is for preschool-aged children and their parents, and takes place at Forest Park Nature Center, in the picnic zone, so dress for outdoor fun!

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum