Target opening: Summer 2018
Location: Deerfield, IL
Status: Planning and Fundraising
Contact: Liz Thorn at Deerfield@gigisplayhouse.org
Our Story: We are so excited to open GiGi’s Playhouse in Deerfield, IL! Our community has waited a long time for a GiGi's to be located nearby and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring one to the area!
GiGi’s Playhouse is a Down Syndrome Achievement Center that provides support and services from pre-natal through adulthood. GiGi’s Playhouse 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 works towardimproving each individual’s literacy, math, motor skills, self-esteem, and vocational skills. GiGi’s was established 13 years ago and has 33 locations across the United States and in Mexico. There are also several Playhouses coming soon, including Deerfield, IL!
Through GiGi’s, we will be able to provide a physical location for families and individuals to participate in social, therapeutic, and educational programs, such as tutoring, sibling groups, playgroups, music classes, cooking classes, and more. We believe that individuals with Down syndrome have a unique ability to touch someone’s heart and change their life 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 individuals with Down syndrome to overcome obstacles, reach their goals, and be the best they can be!
Sign up for our Newsletter: If you are interested in GiGi’s Deerfield, sign up for our newsletter here.
Upcoming Events: Check this webpage and follow us on Facebook to find details of upcoming events and fundraisers.
Volunteers: GiGi's 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, and members of the community. We are looking for volunteers to do a variety of tasks, including cleaning toys, providing one-on-one tutoring, leading programs, and a number of other jobs that help to support the playhouse. If you are interested, we would love to get to know you and have you volunteer alongside us. Click here to volunteer.
Donations: We offer all programs to families for free, so any donation helps. GiGi’s Playhouse is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. All monetary donations are tax deductible. Additionally, as we get closer to opening the Playhouse, we will have a list of specific items that we would love to have donated, such as furniture, toys, therapy supplies, construction services, and educational materials. We will continue to update the site and will share that list in the coming months. Thank you for your support!