Yoga Tales @ GiGi’s Playhouse Des Moines

Yoga Tales @ GiGi’s Playhouse Des Moines

Each week at Yoga Tales, Max and his buddies work to improve body awareness, enhance concentration and strengthen gross motors skills, all in the context of FUN!  Who knew that while making new friends, practicing turn taking and following instructions, Max and his friends could also build their self-esteem and release some of that extra energy! WE DID!!!

Yoga Tales is a fun and interactive program which promotes self-confidence and self-awareness through stories, sounds and stretching. Each class explores a new book which invites learners and yogi’s alike to strike a pose and stretch along to the story.  Students will strengthen their muscles and build reading comprehension skills while finding out what their body really can do!  Yoga Tales encourages movement while enhancing strength, coordination and body awareness.

Max achieves his highest potential through hard work and motivation- all part of every GiGi’s Playhouse program!  All 30 of our free, educational and therapeutic programs are designed to support the learning needs of individuals with Down Syndrome and to help our kids and adults reach their “Best of All” every day!

Max in Big Foot Pose

Max in Big Foot Pose

Keep up the awesome work, MAX!!!  You’re one awesome example of how we all can give our “Best of All” each day!

#BestOfAll

Lucky to be part of a family tradition…

Lucky to be part of a family tradition…

Last week Hugs + Mugs was fortunate enough to be part of a young girls annual Birthday tradition.   The young girls name is Olivia. Olivia’s birthday is in January, every year she and her grandma plan an entire day to themselves. They could schedule their day closer to her actual birthday but January is COLD,Continue Reading

Self-Advocate Story Serves as Motivation for Upcoming Golf Outing

Self-Advocate Story Serves as Motivation for Upcoming Golf Outing

As we prepare for the upcoming National Achievement Center Golf Outing (August 13th), we are inspired by the story of Eugene, a self-advocate and avid golfer from Rockford, IL: “Eugene has been a participant of GiGi’s Playhouse since the beginning. He and his family have benefited greatly from the programs that GiGi’s has to offer. Eugene expressed that thereContinue Reading

My Uncle Mikey | Guest Blogger from GiGi’s Syracuse

My Uncle Mikey | Guest Blogger from GiGi’s Syracuse

Here’s an excerpt from a blog by our friends at GiGi’s Playhouse in Syracuse that we had to share. I struggle to think of the perfect way to start. There are so many things I could say. Let’s start with the beginning …. November 1, 1972, Michael Edward was born into a world that was not acceptingContinue Reading

V21 Vitamin Cookies HANDMADE – HEARTFELT – HOPE FILLED

V21 Vitamin Cookies HANDMADE – HEARTFELT – HOPE FILLED

Hugs+ Mugs Gift Shop and Café is a retail store that provides GiGi University graduates a live internship to provide them with individualized, hands on training to hone their skills and prepare them for fulfilling community based employment. Hugs+ Mugs offers the public to create their own custom made mugs and water bottles with theContinue Reading

Volunteers truly are the heart of every Playhouse.

Volunteers truly are the heart of every Playhouse.

Volunteers truly are the heart of every Playhouse.  Not only does GiGi’s Playhouse depend on Volunteers to assist with our programs, but each program is led by a volunteer educator or therapist and supported by a host family. Volunteers wear many “hats” in the Playhouse- answering phones and greeting guests, tutoring a young child orContinue Reading

GiGi U – Third Session off to a strong start!

GiGi U – Third Session off to a strong start!

GiGi U – Third Session off to a strong start! GiGi U is off and running – literally running!  Each day at GiGi U, fitness is a priority.  Our GiGi U students are quickly learning the importance of maintaining a physically active lifestyle as adults and reaping the benefits of developing these healthy new habits!Continue Reading

GiGi’s 1st Annual Golf Outing – August 13th

GiGi’s 1st Annual Golf Outing – August 13th

You’re Invited… Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club 10:00am Shotgun Start Avid golf enthusiasts and individuals who care deeply about GiGi’s Playhouse programs and mission will tee up for charity on Wednesday, August 13th. The GiGi’s Playhouse National Achievement Center 1st Annual Golf Outing will take place at The Bridges ofContinue Reading

GiGi’s 5K Event A Success : Thank you

GiGi’s 5K Event A Success : Thank you

Chicago Region 5K Event a Success! sears center hoffman estates • sunday june 8, 2014 Thank you to all of our participants, sponsors, community partners, volunteers and attendees! We had an incredible day celebrating BELIEF & ACHIEVEMENT! We broke a world record for the longest conga line wearing decorated hats, we danced to awesome music and ourContinue Reading

Monthly Giving – GiGi’s most convenient way to give

Monthly Giving – GiGi’s most convenient way to give

  #GiGisBelieves | Monthly Giving GiGi’s most convenient way to give.   You can make a difference for less than the cost of a latte.  Your monthly gift to GiGi’s can literally change lives – More will learn to read and write, more will gain self-confidence, more will improve their motor skills and social skillsContinue Reading