Thank you to all of those that joined us for programming in April
Please plan to join us for programming in May!

Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church 6801 N Allen Road Peoria, IL 61614



Saturday, May 19, 2018 10-10:45am

LMNOP is also known as Language Music n' Our Peeps and is recommended for Newborn to 36 month olds with Down syndrome and their families! LMNOP guides parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication using music and language based activities. The goals of the program include:

  • Introduction and practice the use of basic signs/gestures/pictures to support language development.
  • Increased language development, with focus on vocabulary development, following basic directions and social interaction with peers using music, stories and play.

To RSVP: Please send email to

Destination Discovery

Saturday, May 19, 2018 11-12:30pm

Destination Discovery supports the development of motor skills, social skills and language through purposeful play and peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program also brings families together to share experiences and build relationships. A few goals for this program include:

  • Increased social skills, with a focus on group participation and increasing leisure activity options.
  • Increased language development, with focus on vocabulary development, receptive language skills such as following directions and answering basic questions and promoting successful interaction with peers.
  • Increased gross motor skills at each individual's level through games and activities aimed at active play.
  • Increased fine motor skills, with focus on self-help skills and independent work.

Destination Discovery is recommended for ALL ages and families!

To RSVP: Please send email to

About GiGi's Playhouse:

With over 30 locations across the United States and Mexico and 200 inquiries to start new locations all over the world, GiGi’s Playhouse is the ONLY network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. Every day, we provide FREE, life-changing therapeutic, educational and career training programs for 30,000+ individuals of all ages. Programs are always available to participants and families despite their initial skill level or ability to pay. By offering free programs and through our Generation G Campaign for global acceptance, we EMPOWER families by maximizing opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance. To ensure lasting acceptance, we must show the world what individuals with Down syndrome are truly capable of achieving as students, co-workers, volunteers, friends, and valued members of their communities. Our program outcomes help advance this vital social impact goal. Down syndrome is not a disease and there is no cure. It is not going away. It is the largest chromosomal disability in our country and yet, it is the least funded. At GiGi’s Playhouse families are never alone. From a prenatal diagnosis to career skills, we make a lifetime commitment to remain by their side. Families are empowered with all the tools their child needs to succeed!

For more information about GiGi’s Playhouse’s mission and how it started, click HERE.



Our StoryWe are beyond excited to bring GiGi’s Playhouse to Central Illinois!  Central Illinois may be too small to support a full brick and mortar location, but that doesn’t mean that the families cannot benefit from the incredible therapeutic and educational programs that GiGi’s Playhouse offers. The local community will provide ongoing monthly programming to the community through a “Pop-Up Playhouse,” serving individuals with Down syndrome of all ages and their families.

GiGi’s Playhouse provides support and services from pre-natal through adulthood. GiGi’s uses research-based curriculum that focuses on improving each individual’s literacy, math, motor skills, self-esteem, and speech & language skills through music and movement, therapeutic play, cooking classes, social activities, tutoring and more!  For more information about GiGi’s Playhouse programs, click HERE.

In an effort to extend our services to families in less densely populated communities, Central Illinois is our very first mobile pop-up Playhouse!  We believe that every person with Down syndrome can make a big difference in the lives of their families, friends, and community!

Sign up for our NewsletterTo keep up with GiGi’s Playhouse programming in Central Illinois, sign up for our newsletter here.

Upcoming Events: Come back frequently to check out updates on our webpage and follow us on Facebook to learn details of upcoming events and fundraising activities!

Volunteers: GiGi's simply wouldn't be able to run without volunteers! Running a successful Mobile Pop-Up Playhouse requires the time and dedication of many including family members, friends, therapists, teachers and community members. We need volunteers to providing one-on-one tutoring, lead and support programs, and a number of other jobs. If you are interested in volunteering, we would love to get to know you!  Please email us at for more information.

Donations: We never want cost to be a barrier to achievement, so ALL programming is free for families. Any donation will help enable GiGi’s Playhouse mobile programming to continue in Central Illinois!

GiGi’s Playhouse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization so all monetary donations are tax deductible. Thank you one and all for your belief and support!

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