Fantastic Friends is a fun purposeful & social gathering for adults with Down syndrome, their peers and the community. Supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. Recommended for Adults 18+. Fantastic Friends is every Friday besides the 3rd Friday of the month from 7:00pm…

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GiGi’s Kitchen is designed to emphasize the importance of health and wellness through nutrition education, kitchen safety, food preparation, social activities and a shared meal/snack. Under the guidance of program leaders, participants will learn about and progress through skills including measurements, food handling, knife skills, ingredient identification, palette expansion, and nutrition. Participants will be introduced…

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GiGi’s Kitchen is designed to emphasize the importance of health and wellness through nutrition education, kitchen safety, food preparation, social activities and a shared meal/snack. Under the guidance of program leaders, participants will learn about and progress through skills including measurements, food handling, knife skills, ingredient identification, palette expansion, and nutrition. Participants will be introduced to…

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​​​​​​​LMNOP (Language, Music, N’ Our Peeps) is an interactive and engaging program designed to guide parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication using music and language-based activities. Recommended for ages newborn to 36 months. Speech Pathologist, Lori Leach, teaches the participants  different signs and songs with a new theme each…

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Join us Under the Stars on Leap Day because an extra night and an extra chromosome calls for an extra special celebration. So, won’t you join us for a little something extra this leap day? Click here to register, donate, sponsor, or learn more.

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GiGiFIT Toddler takes concepts of foundational movements, mobility activities, visual-vestibular activities, and reflex integration to the next level in a fast-paced, super fun and socially interactive atmosphere for young children who have recently mastered the ability to walk on their own. Ashlee Downs first started volunteering for GiGiFIT Toddler when we were one of three Playhouses to…

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Thank you Variety- the Children’s Charity for believing in the potential of individuals with Down syndrome! Variety- the Children’s Charity has generously awarded us with a grant for $11,576 to renovate our kitchen. Variety- the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs.…

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We Have Exciting News to Share!  Thank you Variety- the Children’s Charity for believing in the potential of individuals with Down syndrome! Variety- the Children’s Charity has generously awarded us with a grant for $11,576 to renovate our kitchen, and as you can see from Paul’s and Leanne’s reactions we’re beyond excited! Variety- the Children’s Charity is dedicated…

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We Have Exciting News to Share!  Thank you Variety- the Children’s Charity for believing in the potential of individuals with Down syndrome! Variety- the Children’s Charity has generously awarded us with a grant for $11,576 to renovate our kitchen, and as you can see from Paul’s and Leanne’s reactions we’re beyond excited! Variety- the Children’s Charity is dedicated…

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We had a great group of yogi’s who ventured out into the hot summer sun to do yoga in the park benefitting GiGi’s Playhouse Des Moines on Saturday, July 27th! The event raised $875, this will continue to provide free purposeful programming to kids and adults with Down syndrome to achieve their best of all!…

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