Volunteer

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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

If you can help with any of these, please call 828-263-0011or email kathyparham at gmail dot com.

Playhouse Gardens. We are looking for volunteers to find and plant flowers, spread mulch, weed, and otherwise improve outside spaces. We also welcome donations of bulbs and plants. Come on your own or join us on one of our workdays. These will be announced over e-mail (click here to get on our list).

Build Cool New Exhibits for The Children's Playhouse. Click here for the current dream list.

Painting and Repairs. Click here to see the punch list of repairs and small jobs. Come on your own or join us on one of our work days (sign up above to get invitations to workdays).

Special Events. We can use many volunteers for special events including the Playhouse Grown-Ups Party, Birthday Bash, and BuildFest.

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 Opportunites

Playworker Internships. We are seeking advanced undergraduates or graduate students in education, technology, art, science, theatre, or recreation management to plan and lead bi-monthly hour-long creative play workshops for 5-8 year olds, 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, Playworker 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.