What can we do together in the fight against childhood obesity? Let’s start by involving kids and their parents in a hands-on environment that actually focuses on preparing healthy foods. The goal of the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative, which is supported by The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and its member Leagues, is to promote child health and wellness by empowering children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, therefore preventing obesity and its associated health risks.
The Peoria PlayHouse children’s museum is built on a solid partnership between the Junior League of Peoria, the Peoria Zoological Society, and the Peoria Park District. It is part of the larger plan to revitalize the campus at Glen Oak Park (spurred by the expansion of the Peoria Zoo and Botanical Garden) and will be located at the newly designed entrance to the zoo in the Glen Oak Pavilion.
The power of play is at the foundation of a child’s ability to learn and grow. Research proves that kids who get opportunities for experimental play have better social skills, improved literacy, reduced stress and increased success in life. That’s why the Junior League of Peoria and Peoria Zoological Society have joined forces to build the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum and expand Peoria Zoo—creating a daylong destination for learning through play that equips local kids with the tools to succeed.