A Peoria Park District Facility

Who We Are


The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum provides children with the tools and inspiration they need to be explorers and creators of the world. We do this in part through understanding, supporting, and promoting play in the fullest sense of the word, one that includes imagination and creativity.

Along with our mission, we have four core values:

  • We believe that a kid can be anything they want to be. They need only the opportunity and inspiration to imagine, practice, and become.
  • We believe that we are more effective when we collaborate with others. Collaboration with individuals and organizations throughout and beyond Peoria allows us to effectively support families and achieve shared goals.
  • We believe that the PlayHouse is for all children and families, regardless of income, abilities, or background.
  • We believe that we are catalysts. A good museum experience sparks experiences and ideas that happen after and between visits. Who knows where a visit to the PlayHouse might lead?

Impact Report

View our 2020 Impact Report to see how we are bringing our mission to life.

From the Archive:

2018 Impact Report


For more than ten years, Junior League of Peoria volunteers spent countless hours researching the feasibility of a children’s museum for Central Illinois and have taken great care at every step to work with experts to make their dreams of a world-class children’s museum for Peoria a reality.

The Junior League officially joined forces with the Peoria Zoological Society and the Peoria Park District to launch the Power of Play campaign in 2012, which focused on revitalization of the campus at Glen Oak Park.

The PlayHouse opened to the public in June 2015. Together, the PlayHouse, the Peoria Zoo, and Luthy Botanical Garden offer a daylong destination for families and school groups.


PlayHouse Staff

The PlayHouse staff bring expertise in art, education, history, administration, and more to the museum. Behind the scenes, our office staff help bring education programs, special events, field trips, and more come to life. Our floor staff, Playologists and Admissions, help to welcome families and facilitate play and learning throughout the museum.

A list of all current staff members can be found here.


Advisory Board

Laura Gleissner, Chair

Jay Scholl, Vice Chair

Greg Tomlins, Treasurer

Alissa Williams, Secretary

Ashvin Babu

Christa Spates Bell

Emily Cahill

Abbey Cook

Christina Dean


Colleen DiGiallonardo

Terry Ho

Lindsey Ma

Ashley Miller

Lisa Plantamura

Joshua Smith

Jana Stevens

Andrea Tortora

Janay Yotter

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum