Volunteers Needed for Playhouse 21st Birthday Bash on September 17th!

The Playhouse Birthday Bash celebrates the 21st birthday of the High Country’s only children’s museum with a fun, free event for families with food trucks, a Mad Scientist Chemistry show, music, and our trademark hands-on activities in a beautiful outdoor setting by the Watauga riverThe event will be on Sunday, September 17 from 4-7 pm at the Foscoe-Grandfather Community Center (233 Park Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604), which is 10 miles from Boone just off of Hwy 105 in Foscoe.   
We need about 60 volunteers to pull off this great free event. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, running educational activities planned by The Children’s Playhouse, monitoring parking and playground, and with cleanup after the event. Food, Manalalu water, and birthday cake will be provided for volunteers. We will also try to coordinate rides for those who need them. To sign up, please fill out this form. 
  • Volunteering at The Children’s Playhouse

    The Children’s Playhouse is greatly indebted to all the volunteers who have contributed to the museum since the beginning and who continue to make it a safe, fun, and creative place to be! Volunteering at The Children’s Playhouse meets the requirements of many service learning classes and we attract interns from a variety of fields including child development, sociology, art, and education.  We also welcome volunteers of all ages from the community.

    We have individual and small group opportunities for volunteers to help with our daily operations as well as one-time opportunities connected to special events which are more appropriate for larger groups as well as individuals. We also offer internships for more extensive experiences. 



    Volunteers interact with families, sanitize toys, and prepare art projects. We appreciate the help of 1-2 volunteers whenever we are open (9:30-5:30 Tuesday-Friday, and 9:30-3:30 Saturday).

    To get started, please fill out the online volunteer application. You will be notified if your application is approved in a few days and then you will be able to sign up for a training session and for volunteer shifts.  Click here to watch The Playhouse volunteer training videos. There are eight videos but it will take less than ten minutes to watch them all.You will be expected to watch the volunteer training videos and successfully completed the quiz before your first volunteer shift. Click here to complete the quiz based on the training videos. 


    In addition to helping with the day-to-day operations of The Children’s Playhouse, we also seek volunteers in larger numbers for our two main special events, BuildFest (held in April), and the Birthday Bash (held in September). Both free events for the public held offsite, each of these events require many volunteers to help with logistics and with running activities.

    In the summer, The Playhouse provides activities at the Kids’ Corner at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market on the 1st and 5th Saturday of every month. 

    Lastly, if you would like to volunteer as a group, we hold work days at least once or twice a quarter to do tasks like deep cleaning, spreading mulch, organizing storage spaces, or painting and making repairs. 

    For more information about volunteering for special events and work days, please contact Ellen Lewis at programdirector [at sign] goplayhouse.org or call 828-263-0011.


    The Playhouse offers internships year round from a variety of fields. All interns get experience in with Playhouse day-to-day operations but additionally pursue projects related to nonprofit management, social work, fundraising, education, recreation managment, and social media marketing. Please email Executive Director Kathy Parham for more information on internships.

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