• Plan Your Visit

  • Admission Fee

    –Members: FREE!

    –Nonmembers: $8.50 per person  plus tax (13 months-adult)*

    –Infants 12 months and younger are free!

    Museums for ALL National Access Program Discounted Admission for EBT/SNAP/WIC Recipients: $3 per person living in the same household (must show current card).

    Our operating cost comes out to about $15 per person per visit, but because we are a non-profit, your admission fee is offered “below cost” and is supplemented by donations, grants, and fundraisers. 

    Additionally, The Children’s Playhouse offers free or reduced-price memberships to qualifying low-income families who live in Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Wilkes, and Caldwell counties.. Click here to apply for a scholarship membership and here to donate.


    –Tuesday-Friday 9:30-5:00 pm

    –Saturday 9:30-3:30 pm 

    –Closed Sundays and Mondays

    Tip: With nine play areas, including an upper and lower playground, we have lots to explore, but we can sometimes be more crowded on rainy days. But you’ll never have to compete with fieldtrips or day camps. If  you prefer being around fewer people, our quietest times are between noon and 2 pm daily and on sunny days.

    No Outside Food Allowed

    We do not allow outside food inside The Playhouse and we are a peanut-free and nut-free zone inside and outside. If your child needs a snack, you are welcome to eat outside on our covered porch or on the playground as long as you do not serve peanuts or tree nuts.

    We do provide free coffee and tea for grown-ups. Our coffee is donated by Espresso News.


    Holiday Hours & Inclement Weather Policy

    The Children’s Playhouse is closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 24th — January 1st, and The 4th of July. We strive to be open on snowy days, but will make the decision a case-by-case basis and reserve the right to close or close early if needed to protect the safety of our staff.  If we have to close or adjust our hours due to weather, we will announce our status on Ray’s Weather and on Facebook

    How to Find Us

    The Playhouse is located behind the Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on King Street and near the intersection of King Street and the 105 Extension. 

    From E. 421 or Hwy 105: Although our address is 400 Tracy Circle, The Children’s Playhouse is easy to access from King Street. Visitors using gps systems may wish to set the gps for 381 E. King Street, which will bring you to our parking lot.

    If you are approaching Boone from the east on 421 (i.e. Winston Salem) or from the South on 105, after you pass the intersection of 421 and 105 Ext/221, we are the very first right into a driveway you can make. If you pass A.J.’s Tire and Auto or Mac Street, you’ve gone too far. 

    If you are approaching us from the west (i.e. Downtown Boone or the ASU campus), you will make a U-turn at the intersection of 105/221 and 421. After the U-turn, we are the very first right into a driveway you can make.

    The Boone UU church will look just like a little gray house on King Street, but once you turn into the driveway, you’ll see our sign. We are the 3rd building at the back of the lot.

    From Tracy Circle, we are located on the right after Mac Street and before Crest Drive.

    Reach The Children’s Playhouse by Bus

    The Orange and Green East Appalcart bus lines pass by The Playhouse on King Street. For more information on Appalcart routes, visit https://www.appalcart.com/bus-routes or download the NextBus app.

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