Volunteering at The Children’s Playhouse

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. Scroll down for more details.

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 from the community. Volunteers under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. We also very much appreciate the knowledge and experience of mature volunteers.
Additionally, if you have special expertise in carpentry, the arts, and early education, please contact us.

*Please note that because The Playhouse serves families with young children, all names of potential volunteers who will be interacting with children will be screened through the National Sex Offenders Registry. Further, The Playhouse cannot offer court-ordered or judicial review community service opportunities.*

Playhouse Operations

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. 

Special Events and Work Days

In addition to helping with the day-to-day operations of The Children’s Playhouse, we also seek volunteers in larger numbers for our annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) event, BuildFest, which is held in April at Watauga High School. We need over 100 volunteers for BuildFest to help with set-up and clean-up 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.

Getting to The Children’s Playhouse

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

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