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GiGi’s Playhouse & The Peanut Butter Falcon. It starts with a promise.

The making of The Peanut Butter Falcon is not much different than the story of GiGi’s Playhouse!   Doing the impossible and changing the way the world views Down syndrome!  Like GiGi’s, this project started with a promise.  I promised GiGi I would change the way the world saw Down syndrome....
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Meet Golf’s Newest Celebrity at our August Golf Outing

  This summer’s golf outing benefitting GiGi’s Playhouse will NOT be your average golf outing. Why? Because the star of the show that day is none other than Amy Bockerstette, the young woman with Down syndrome whose golf skills have made her a viral video sensation.   Amy is the 20-year-old GiGi’s Playhouse program participant who stunned spectators with...
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Why Do Media Portrayals of Kids with Down Syndrome Matter So Much to Us?

I was so torn over the controversy about the Today Show segments with Shawn Johnson and Andrew East.  First of all, congratulations to Shawn and Andrew! Every new parent should be congratulated, and every child should be celebrated. The anticipation of a new baby is one of the best possible gifts...
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GiGi’s Playhouse Attends National Down Syndrome Congress in Pittsburgh

We are incredibly thankful and proud to have been a part of NDSC 2019 in Pittsburg. GiGi's Playhouse is a strong voice in the greater Down syndrome community -- our count shows that 43 of GiGi's 55 locations attended! Nancy Gianni, our Chief Belief Officer presented at the Conference on how...
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Why is this a big deal?

GiGi will be singing the National Anthem at the Chicago Cubs game on June 25th! Just take a moment to think about that! She will be giving hope to so many people who have watched their loved ones struggle to say just one word let alone sing the entire National...
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The Gift of Down Syndrome

Today we welcome back long time GiGi's Playhouse friend and advocate, Richard Riley.  Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy some encouragement.   Dear Friends in the greater Down syndrome community, You’re probably already thinking that this guy is completely nuts.  How can Down syndrome be a gift? ...
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Why Do We Walk, Run & Dash?

GiGi’s Playhouse is thrilled to host the 2019 Chicagoland 5k run, 1-mile walk and Dash for Down syndrome on Sunday, June 9, 2019. We are so excited about the new location, the Arlington International Racecourse. This family event is one you don’t want to miss! Pony rides, petting zoo,  bounce...
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Like a Boss!

After a whirlwind weekend at the Grand Opening of our 43 GiGi’s location in Charlotte North Carolina, GiGi still managed to unpack and get herself ready for school. As she was leaving for school, she said: “Can I go to the board meeting tonight after my work out?” The girl...
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Your Child CAN learn MATH!

Your Child CAN learn MATH! FUN activities you can do with your child to support early math learning: 1.    Play with Shape Sorters! 2. Make simple patterns using something your child loves. Stickers – get two sets and place them in a row “star, circle, star, circle, star, circle……” M&M’s –...
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Preparing the World

Today we welcome Hollyce, Hudson's proud mom to share an invitation to step up and create acceptance, generosity, and kindness!   "Hudson loves hanging out with his friends - his homies with extra chromies. How cute are these three at the @chicagobulls game on Monday?!⠀We are in St. Louis now...
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February 2019 Newsletter

Have you seen this AMAZING story about Amy Bockersette from our GiGi's Playhouse Phoenix location?!? We are SO excited to announce that Amy will be the GiGi’s “Beat the Pro” for the GiGi’s National Golf Outing at Wynstone Golf Club on August 26, 2019!  Greg Woodland is her new BFF...
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Eternally Grateful

Today we have the treat of guest poster Nikki, big sister to Brett.  There is truly nothing like the sibling bond. Learning and growing together. My brother Brett is one of the brightest lights in my life.  He came into this world 26 years ago and as a 6-year-old girl, I...