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Meet our Summer Intern!

Hello, my name is Gillian Staten, and I just recently graduated from Iowa State University, where I majored in Child, Adult, and Family Services. During my major, I focused heavily on children and youth options. I have been working with children since I was about 13 years old. I began working with children when I…

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Strike a Pose

Last week our son Pierce was asked to be a model for the 2020 GiGi’s Playhouse National Calendar. We had such a blast visiting the first GiGi’s Playhouse location in Chicago and meeting the founder Nancy Gianni. “She is living proof that miracles do exist. Fifteen years ago, she had no idea that the birth…

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My new favorite holiday is 3/21: World Down Syndrome Day

  There are many things in life we celebrate: birthdays, anniversaries, milestones, promotions – I mean there is pretty much a holiday every day if you look hard enough. However, one of my new favorite holidays is 3/21: World Down Syndrome Day. Being a relatively “new” mom to an amazing little girl with Down syndrome,…

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GiGi’s Playhouse 2019 ‘i have a Voice’ Pure Imagination Gala

Head over to our Facebook to check out all the photos from our night of celebration! We are beyond thankful for all of the amazing people that made the GiGi’s Playhouse 2019 ‘i have voice’ Pure Imagination Gala a truly inspiring night of celebration and success! Thank you DJ DAS Entertainment 🎧for the incredible music🎶,…

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Take a look at the some of our live auction pieces for the gala

Take a look at some of the live auction art pieces getting prepared for GiGi’s Playhouse 2019 ‘i have a Voice’ Pure Imagination Gala! GiGi’s Studio mentors are busy at work with their live auction pieces and the participants from Drama Troupe have painted canvas’ for their design! We can’t wait to see the final…

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Thank you Plymouth Nursery School for the incredible donation!

  Instead of staff gifts this holiday season, the staff at Plymouth Nursery School honored GiGi’s Playhouse Des Moines with wonderful donations from their giving tree! We received animal crackers, juice boxes, paint supplies, paper products, and so much more! We can’t thank Plymouth Nursery School enough for their generosity.

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Volunteers needed for the ‘i have a voice’ Gala!

2019 ‘i have a voice’ Pure Imagination Gala Because of your generosity, GiGi’s Playhouse can continue to deliver our programs to more individuals with Down syndrome at no charge to their families. Your support is so much more than just a donation of time, it’s an amazing gesture of compassion in helping our individuals achieve…

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Veridian Credit Union’s Spark the Spirit Fundraiser- GiGi’s Playhouse wins $1,000!!

We would like to say thank you to Veridian Credit Union and everyone that voted for GiGi’s Playhouse Des Moines in Veridian’s Spark The Spirit by Veridian Credit Union fundraiser! This wonderful donation will continue to provide FREE purposeful programming for kids and adults with Down syndrome! ✨💙 #generationg #givingtuesday #gigisplayhouse #sparkthespirit   

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Summer 2018 Golf Outing

Our annual golf outing was filled with so much fun and a lot of sunshine! We had 16 teams participate this year and we could not be happier. With the help of our volunteers, interns, and mentors we were able to run the event smoothly. The golfers got started at 9am and came back to…

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Dream Night 2018

We had another successful Dream Night at the Blank Park Zoo this past weekend. Our families were able to enjoy crafts and admission to the zoo all at no cost! Gigi’s was excited to host a craft table again this year. Our bead animals and bracelets were a hit. We loved seeing everyone have so…

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