Down syndrome awareness center
gigi's playhouse

Down Syndrome Achievement Centers | Nationwide | Free Programs | Positive Energy

Julianna-Rodriguez_03-250pxWelcome! GiGi’s Playhouse is an established series of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. Serving children and adults of all ages, each Playhouse provides educational and therapeutic programs at no charge to families; and in a format that individuals with Down syndrome learn best. All programs aim to maximize self-confidence and empower individuals to achieve their greatest potential. Founded by GiGi’s Mom in 2003, GiGi’s has grown into a network of 16 Playhouses including the first international Playhouse in Queretaro, Mexico. Last year, over 16,000 participants benefited from Playhouse programs.

GiGi’s Playhouse celebrates the many achievements of participants and families, and works tirelessly to change society’s outdated perceptions about the amazing potential of individuals with Down syndrome. GiGi’s Playhouse has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Kate Snow and Tom Brokaw’s “An American Story” Radio Show. Currently there are more than 100 inquiries for new Playhouses worldwide. Please explore our programs, stories, and opportunities to support Playhouse families.

Thank you!

Thank you to all our amazing donors, sponsors, vendors and families for attending the 2014 ‘I have a Voice’ Chicagoland Region gala. Over 800 guests celebrated the many achievements of children and adults with Down syndrome, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for programs and dancing all the way until midnight!


Gifts & parties for all occasions!

Visit Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop & Cafe for all of your gift giving needs. From St. Patrick’s Day to Easter, and from birthdays to graduations we have mugs for all holidays and occasions. Choose from one of our intern’s amazing designs or create your own.

Hugs & Mugs is available and taking reservations for birthday parties, and will be open during school Spring Break. Please e-mail for more information. Hugs & Mugs is open Tuesday – Sunday every week. See you soon at Hugs & Mugs!