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.

About Us

Situated in a renovated house near downtown Boone, The Children’s Playhouse boasts eight inside and two outside play areas all tucked into an intimate, child-friendly space.


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. Click here to read “Transformation and Community in a Small Town” written by founder Kathy Parham and published in Hand to Hand, the national publication of the Association of Children’s Museums.

Take a Virtual Tour of Our Facility

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