Location in the Works - Canton, Ohio

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Our Launch Team extends a giant THANK YOU to all that attended and supported our recent Ladies Night Out Comedy Event!! We hope you all had an excellent time. If you weren't able to attend, no worries, we plan to make this an annual event! Check out some memories from the night HERE

What's next?

As we are paddling furiously toward opening GiGi's Canton, we hope you'll click HERE to sign up for e-news to follow along with us on our journey.

If you'd like to be apart of planning or sponsoring future events, we'd love to partner with you! Just let drop us a line at canton@gigisplayhouse.org and someone will get in touch with you right away.

Thanks again and we hope to see you at our next event!

Target opening: March 2019

Location: Canton, Ohio

Status: Planning and Fundraising

Contact: Startup Lead at canton@gigisplayhouse.org

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Our Story: We are beyond excited to open a GiGi’s Playhouse in Canton, Ohio!  Our effort to bring a GiGi’s Playhouse to the Canton/ Akron area is being spearheaded by us, families and individuals who love someone with Down syndrome.  Check out our photos below!  We are excited to be able to offer a physical location where children and adults with Down syndrome can grow to be their best self and reach their full potential. Not only will our playhouse support the needs of families with young children, but it will provide a much needed space for the teens and adults with Down syndrome.

GiGi’s Playhouse is a Down Syndrome Achievement Center that provides support and services from pre-natal through adulthood. GiGi’s offers programs focused on building skills in children of all ages, while GiGi University offers programs focused on building skills in young adults and adults. GiGi’s uses research-based curriculum that improves each individual’s literacy, math, motor skills, self-esteem, and vocational skills. GiGi’s was established in 2004 and has 33 locations across the United States and Mexico. More Playhouses are coming soon, including our very own Canton, Ohio location!!

Through GiGi’s, we will be able to provide a physical location for families and individuals to participate in social, therapeutic, and educational programs.  In time we hope to offer tutoring, sibling groups, playgroups, music classes, cooking classes, teen and adult social activities and more. We believe that individuals with Down syndrome have the unique ability to touch someone’s heart in a positive way. We believe that every person with Down syndrome can make a big difference in the lives of their families, friends, and community! Through GiGi’s Playhouse and GiGi University, we want to empower people with Down syndrome to overcome obstacles, reach their goals, and be the best version of themselves that they can be!


Sign up for our Newsletter: If you are interested in keeping up with GiGi’s Canton, sign up for our newsletter here.


Upcoming Events: Check out our webpage and follow us on Facebook to learn details of upcoming events and fundraisers. Facebook Page link here.


Volunteers: GiGi's simply wouldn't be able to run without volunteers! Opening and running a successful Playhouse requires the time and dedication of many including family members, friends, therapists, teachers and community members. Soon we will be looking for volunteers to do a variety of tasks from cleaning toys to providing one-on-one tutoring, leading programs, and a number of other jobs that help keep the playhouse going. If you are interested in volunteering, we would love to get to know you!  Please email us at canton@gigisplayhouse.org for more information.

Donations: ALL programming is free for families, so any donation helps! GiGi’s Playhouse is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization so all monetary donations are tax deductible.  A list of specific items that we would love to have donated is coming soon! We will continue to update the site and share it in coming months. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support!

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