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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 are about a 15 minute walk from the Appalachian State University campus (walking, driving, and bus directions here).

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. Scroll down to find them all!

Upcoming Special Volunteer Needs at The Children’s Playhouse

Have a Blast Helping Kids Learn at Playhouse BuildFest

BuildFest is our huge STEAM festival at Watauga High School on April 13. We are seeking Activity Partners and Event Volunteers/Play Facilitators. Activity Partners are groups that will plan and staff their own STEAM activity at BuildFest. This is a great option for small groups of people in education, STEM fields, or the arts. Click here to register as an activity partner.

Event Volunteers/Play Facilitators are volunteers help us set-up on Friday night, facilitate Playhouse-planned activities during the event, help sell food, and clean-up at the end. We are already taking sign-ups for BuildFest; click here to see the options and sign up.

We will offer provide documentation for service requirements and free food for all BuildFest volunteers. We will also provide short training videos and/or handouts for BuildFest volunteers. All volunteers will be screened on the National Sex Abuse Registry.

Playhouse Operations

If you are interested in helping with the day-to-day operations of The Playhouse, you don’t need to call or email -- just stop by The Children’s Playhouse, fill out an application and sign up for times that fit your schedule. 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). First time volunteers are asked to schedule their first shift within these hours in order receive training from our director: 9:30-2:30 Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays, and 9:30-12:30 Wednesdays.

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Internship Opportunities

Play-worker Internships

We are seeking advanced undergraduates or graduate students in education, technology, art, science, theater, or recreation management to plan and lead bi-monthly hour-long creative play workshops for 5-8 year old kids, especially ones focused on encouraging imaginative building and problem-solving such as fort-making, constructing simple machines, tinkering with discarded appliances, devising experiments, imagining inventions, or creating puppets and musical instruments using inexpensive or recycled materials. In addition to sessions at The Children’s Playhouse, Play-worker interns will be “ambassadors of play” at community events, including BuildFest. We will provide supervision and feedback to the interns and seek input from ASU faculty for devising a method for evaluating their success.  This internship is available during the school year and over the summer.

We also offer internships focused on museum operations and nonprofit management.