We are thrilled to be offering so many learning opportunities this month!
Please RSVP for participants attending all programs on our GiGi’s Playhouse calendar so our volunteer leaders can prepare enough materials and have sufficient supervision for all attendees. If the RSVP says, “Out of Stock” it means the program is currently full – send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we can open additional spots. If you RSVP’d and cannot make it, let us know at email@example.com so we can open your spot to others who may be waiting.
Also, please note the appropriate ages for each program. Thank you for your support!
LMNOP (Birth-3 years) LMNOP is an interactive and engaging program designed to guide parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication using music and language-based activities.
Leaps & Bounds (3-5 years) This program focuses on the development of large and small muscle groups. Children will participate in fun and engaging activities that require movement and interaction with their development. This program is for children ages 3-5 years.
Playhouse Pals (5-8 years) Join our Playhouse Pals program which supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program also supports gross motor skills through active games as well as fine motor skills & self-help skills. Siblings and peers welcome!
This is a special partnership with Samantha from Thrive Gymnastics. This Playhouse Pals program will be offered at GiGi’s Playhouse on Sundays, 2-3pm through December 8th, during the weekends when there is not an Art Explosion program offered.
Dance (5-12 years) Join this fun creative movement dance group and express yourself while building social skills with friends and siblings.
Kids Club (8-12 years) This program is designed to support the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting! Kids Club supports gross motor skills through active games, fine motor and self- help skills through meal/snack preparation and activities.
RSVP for Saturday, Oct. 5th, 11:30-12:45pm The theme for this program is: “Jump Into Fall”
RSVP for Saturday, Oct. 19th, 11:30-12:45 The theme for this program is “Leaf it to Us!”
Yoga (8-15 years) To help your child develop healthy habits for a lifetime of wellness and happiness. Yoga gives children a practice and routine that integrates physical, mental and emotional development. Yoga program will help your child develop more personal awareness and learn specific strategies to maintain focus and manage their emotions and impulses. Relax, breathe and practice some basic poses with our awesome GiGi Leader, Maureen! We provide the mat. Wear comfortable clothes.
Teen Tastic (13-18 years) Teen Tastic is an interactive and engaging program for teens ages 13 through 18. This program is for teenagers with Down syndrome and those without Down syndrome. We support the development of social skills, fine motor skills, self-help skills, and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program may also support gross motor skills through active games.
GiGi Tech (Ages 16+) This class is for participants ages 16+ years to gain computer skills working on touch screen Chrome Books. The class may cover internet safety, resume building, slide shows, event planning and useful online skills. The class will be led by an Anne Arundel County School Teacher who teaches tech in the classroom. This program runs for nine weeks, we are asking participants to commit to the entire 9-week session.
Sundays, Sept. 15-Nov. 10, 3-4pm (FULL)
Fantastic Friends (Adults 18+)
Fantastic Friends Lunch Bunch (Adults 18+) Fantastic Friends are invited to the Playhouse for a fun social lunch and game time together. Participants please bring your lunch and the group will socialize, practice table manners and then play board games!
Fantastic Friends PiYo Work Out! (Adults 18+) Brings exercise and friendship to our adult participants. Helps with balance and strength while promoting healthy living.
Fantastic Friends Bonus: DanceTastic Spooky Halloween Dance! Playhouse Dance! More details to come soon! Have fun interacting and dancing with peers.
Cooking Club: Taste Buds (Adults 18+) FULL Cooking class to learn basic kitchen skills, how to use kitchen tools, budget, shop, plan and prepare meals on your way to independence! (Please commit to 9-week session)
Saturdays, Sept. 14-November 9, 2-4pm
Parent Speaker Night The Down Syndrome Connection of Anne Arundel County is hosting a Family Speaker series presentation this evening. Come to the Playhouse and meet our very own author Michelle Tetschner, Mother & Author of “Fully Included ~ Stories to Inspire Inclusion” . Be sure to bring your questions. Child care provided.