On Tuesday, March 1 the RiverPlex’s Kidz Korner child care area is reopening as PlayHouse at the Plex.
The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum has redesigned the space with areas for creative and imaginative play, using many of the same toys that children love playing with in the museum. Staff for PlayHouse at the Plex will be PlayHouse staff, experts in play facilitation and helping children grow their curiosity and creativity.
While this space is a convenience for parents who want to make exercise a part of their day for their own health, it also fosters health in children. Play is essential to children’s health, actually enhancing brain structure and function. Through play, children learn to solve problems, collaborate with others, think creatively, and more.


Current hours for Spring/Summer 2023. 


Monday: 9am – 12pm and 4:30 – 7:30pm

Tuesday: 8:30am-11:30am and 4:30 – 7:30pm

Wednesday: 9am – 12pm and 4:30 – 7:30pm

Thursday: 8:30am-11:30am and 4:30 – 7:30pm

Friday: 8:30am-11:30am

Saturday: 9am – 12pm

Sunday: Closed


Children members: FREE

Children non-member & parent member: $9; max 2 hours

Neither parent nor child member: Not available at this time.

Play Areas

Build a City. Children play with blocks of all sorts, as well as Brio trains and tracks.

Art Time. Play with different media and approaches to making art.

Nutrition Kitchen. Explore and “cook” in a kid-sized kitchen equipped with plastic food and dishes.


  • Children may not stay longer than 2 hours and must be picked up by the closing time posted at the front of the PlayHouse at the Plex.
  • Parents may not leave the RiverPlex building while children are at PlayHouse at the Plex.
  • PlayHouse at the Plex is only available to RiverPlex and YMCA members.
  • PlayHouse at the Plex is only available to children between the ages of 2 and 10 years old.
  • Children must be free of any symptoms of any illnesses, including but not limited to COVID-19.
  • No food is allowed in the space.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum opened in 2015. This museum is dedicated to helping children become explorers and creators of the world through play.