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Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum

Phone: (309) 323-6900

2218 North Prospect Road, Peoria, IL

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.

Whenever you choose to visit, the PlayHouse features six permanent exhibits and a wide variety of programs for children of all ages. The exhibits draw on Peoria and Central Illinois, celebrating the past, present, and future of our community.

Get to the Peoria PlayHouse CHildren’s Museum by bus using CityLink. Check out bus routes HERE.


  • Rentals
  • Birthday Parties
  • Field Trips
  • Special Events
  • Memberships
  • Shopping

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum aims to help all children fulfill their natural needs for play, exploration, inspiration, and meaningful learning experiences. Please note, children visiting the PlayHouse must be accompanied by an adult (16 or older).


2024 PlayHouse hours:

  • Mondays: Closed
  • Tuesdays: 9 am – 12 pm (members only)
  • Wednesday-Saturdays: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sundays: 12 pm – 5 pm

Real Tools hours:

  • Friday: 12 pm – 4 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

Closed On: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day 

  • PlayHouse Members: Free
  • Children under 1: Free
  • Ages 1-64: $10.50
  • Active Military: $9.50
  • First Responders: $9.50
  • Seniors (65+): $9.50
  • Families with WIC or LINK cards: $3

Admission is good for a full day of play! Just keep your receipt for same-day re-entry.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum is a hands-on, interactive children’s museum that features three floors of fun for children to play. Splash in the water table, mold with kinetic sand, send balls through wind tubes, invent and build in Real Tools, and more! Through open, imaginative play, children are inspired to become explorers and creators of the world! Below are our exhibit areas within the Children’s Museum. For a more detailed description of each, please visit the PlayHouse website.

Regular visits to the PlayHouse foster curiosity and a love of learning, and engage children in play, which stimulates healthy brain and body development. A PlayHouse membership makes frequent visits possible: Membership pays for itself in just a few visits!

The PlayHouse is committed to giving every child the opportunity to be an explorer and creator of the world which is why we offer discounted memberships to ensure that the museum is accessible to all children and families, regardless of income. Learn more below.

The PlayHouse features the following program types. Check our website for details, dates and times.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum invites children to play and explore at the museum, and we also work with colleagues throughout the Park District to offer vibrant programming for children. Check our calendar on the PlayHouse website for more information on upcoming programs.

Enjoy our bright party rooms, fun and interactive workshops, and three floors of fun for you and your guests to explore!

Schools and scout troops are invited to book specially designed programs at group rates.

The PlayHouse is committed to welcoming all children and families. Our Explorer Program offers low-cost options for families with WIC and LINK. The PlayHouse also offers Sensory Kits that families can use during their visit to help meet every child’s needs.

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