Things To Do With Kids

Family Fun


Peoria Riverfront Museum

Visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum to explore permanent collections, rotating exhibitions and special programs that connect art and science with history and human achievement. Check out the Dome Planetarium to transport yourself to a far-off galaxy or just see the stars above your head. The giant screen theater houses a 52-by-70-foot screen that can show you the world in a BIG way! 

Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center

Learn about Caterpillar’s construction history, from the Panama Canal to the San Francisco cable car system, at the Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center. Eight exhibit galleries, hands-on equipment simulator and over 50 videos and 800 photographs will awaken your curiosity. Climb aboard a motor grader or excavator, design your own CAT machine or hop into a simulation to learn what it feels like to operate heavy machinery. No matter the activity put yourself in the driver’s seat at the Caterpillar Visitors Center.

Wheels O’ Time Museum

Experience the vintage charm of the Peoria Area at Wheels O’ Time Museum. With exhibits including 40 historic cars, the Rock Island Steam locomotive, Caterpillar tractors, antique washing machines, model airplanes and more interactive displays, appreciate the eclectic history of our region.


Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum

Step into a world of imagination at the Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum. The Playhouse encourages children to become explorers and creators of the world, promoting play through exhibits and special programming. Hands-on exhibits such as “Family Farm” and “By Your River, Gently Flowing, Illinois” draw on Peoria and Central Illinois, celebrating the past, present and future of our community.


Head to West Peoria for some family thrills at Kartville. Offering Go-Karts, bumper boats, batting cages, mini-golf and dune buggies, this fun outdoor attraction will entertain the entire family.

DragonLand Water Park

Make your visit to Pekin a splash at the DragonLand Water Park. Home to three acres of parkland, you can soak up the sun in a sand-filled beach area and patio while the kids twist and turn on the waterslides. Not feeling the water? No worries, DragonLand is home to a sand beach volleyball court and a full concession stand.

First Ascent Peoria

Whether you’re new to climbing or you’ve been climbing for years, First Ascent provides world-class terrain for all ability levels with expert climbing instruction for all ages. Additionally, take advantage of their dedicated yoga studio and state-of-the-art fitness equipment - all located under the same 20,000 square foot facility!


Spirit of Peoria

Propelled from its bright red 21’ diameter paddlewheel, this historic vessel journeys along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, from Starved Rock, Illinois to St. Louis, MO. Looking to stick around the Peoria Area? The Spirit of Peoria also has day trips and special themed cruises throughout their season.

Peoria Zoo

Peoria Zoo is an interactive environment complete with a diverse set of animals. With seven unique exhibits, there’s no shortage of fascinating friends to meet like lions and tigers and meerkats (oh my!). Explore the African grasslands and come eye to eye with emus and wallabies at the Australia Walk-About. Take the family and make it a day to remember.

Fon Du Lac Farm Park

Enclosed within six acres of the park area, Fon Du Lac Farm Park offers a blast from the past with a 1920’s farm life setting. Bring your kids and enjoy spending the day participating in hands-on activities from live farm animal attractions to a country kitchen museum and park.