Why GiGi’s-Amy

Amy is the fearless leader of the GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati startup team. She also serves as our board president.   Amy lives in Cincinnati with her husband Adam and their three children: Gage (14), Kyle (11) and Kennedy (9). Kennedy has Down syndrome; she’s the reason that Amy is so passionate...

Our recent events: Recaps and ways you can help 

It’s been a busy past few weeks for GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati!  On Friday, February 11, we had our pre-build open house. This took place in a former FedEx location on Montgomery Road that’s now unused space. It was the perfect place for us to show off how GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati...

Q & A with team member, Nicole White

Nicole White is a proud parent of four children, one of whom has Down syndrome. Nicole has a degree in molecular biology, a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate in leadership and change management. She works as a research administrator for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and also consults with...

Q & A with startup team member, Ann Poirier 

We are so excited to have Ann Poirier on the GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati startup team! Ann is the person who writes all of our blogs, press releases, invitations and more. She was also recently voted in as our board secretary. Ann is the mother of four young children: Lucy (6),...
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Where is GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati going to be?!

Where is GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati going to be?! Our goal is to provide life-changing complementary programs the greater Cincinnati Down syndrome community and their families.  We are so excited to give you some insight into all the work we are doing behind the scenes and what you can expect to see soon!...
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Will you “Believe in Our Build”? 

Did you know that our GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati start-up team has been busy looking at potential spaces for our new location?! This is huge! We can’t wait until the day we can finally open our doors and invite so many local families blessed by Down syndrome to experience the magic...
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No Limits in 2021

As we head into 2021, the future looks bright. Amazing. And better than ever. We’re ready to leave 2020 in the past and forge ahead with a renewed sense of hope and optimism. This doesn’t just apply to the end of COVID-19. This also applies to the bright future ahead for kids with...
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Don’t miss the GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati Brew HaHa!

As 2021 rolls in, are you about ready to venture out and have some fun again? Then we have the perfect event for you!  Save the date for Saturday, March 27, 2021 for our GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati Brew HaHa! This event starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. and includes dinner, dessert, beer, auctions, raffles and much more. Plus, we’re hosting...
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GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati 2020 year in review

This year started off with a bang!  In early March, we launched with the founder of GiGi’s Playhouse, Nancy Gianni, and her daughter Gigi, visiting Cincinnati.  What an exciting day at our Meet & Greet with 50+ friends and families getting to learn all about the GiGi’s mission and what will be coming soon....
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Done. 321. Miles. October.

#downsyndromeawarenessmonth  Why 321? There's something about running. Everyone in the race knows there is only one winner. Yet everyone that crosses the finish line is celebrated just as much as the first. It is that very essence of the sport, knowing how hard everyone has worked just to be there...
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I Crossed Off “Special Needs” on My Kids IEP 

There are many ways to describe a person. Saying someone has a special need or has special needs does not infer that there is something special about their needs. People with disabilities do not need anything intrinsically different from what you or I need. People with disabilities just want to...
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My 321 Why: Down syndrome Awareness Month

For the month of October, I am setting out to run 321 miles.  That's three-hundred-and-twenty-one total running miles. Why? Because of Kate. Kate is my daughter.  She is five years old, the youngest of four children, and was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome.  Though she is not the first...