Our mission is to provide children from birth to age eight with an enriching, educational play environment while at the same time offering their parents and caregivers friendly support in the important job of raising children. 

    We serve as an informal “town square” for the High Country:  a place where natives and newcomers, out-of-towners and locals, experienced parents and eager first-timers, and people of all classes are brought together to share the joy of playful learning with their children.  Stimulating arts– and science-based programs, enticing play areas and exhibits, and informative parenting resources all support this mission.


    Situated in a renovated house near downtown Boone, The Children’s Playhouse boasts a number of play areas all tucked into an intimate, child-friendly space. The play areas are open everyday and include:

    • Arts & Crafts studio
    • Romp & Stomp
    • Meadow Room for Babies
    • Child’s Discovery Garden with Gnome Home
    • Music & Drama corner
    • Construction zone
    • Ramps & Balls
    • Conveyor Belt
    • Book nook
    • Train climber with slide
    • Train table
    • Loft play space
    • Sand & water play
    • Pretend Cafe
    • Doll house neighborhood
    • Science experiments
    • Special activities for 5-8 year olds
    • Parent Resource Lending Library

    Take a virtual 3-D tour of The Children's Playhouse, thanks to Overmountain Studios, Inc: click here for the tour!

    The Children’s Playhouse was founded in 2002 by a group of local citizens who wanted an enriching play environment for children from birth to age eight that at the same time offered parents and caregivers friendly support in the important job of raising children. Ann Kiefert, Beth Darnell, Kathy Parham, Cathy Riggs, Beth Jacquot, Andrea Anderson, and Heidi Campbell were all members of the founding board.