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Jumping Back into Free Summer Programming at GiGi’s Playhouse 

With school out for the summer and everyone looking for some fun activities to beat the heat, GiGi’s Playhouse Des Moines is a great place to go. From weekly programs, to daily kids camp, our playhouse has programming for every age and ability, birth through adulthood. Of course, families, friends,...

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center receives $6,500 grant from Variety- the Children’s Charity

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center receives $6,500 grant from Variety- the Children’s Charity GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center has received a $6,500 grant from Variety- the Children’s Charity to fund the development and implementation of GiGiCREATE, a FREE pottery and ceramics program to help kids with Down syndrome develop...

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center receives $12,000 grant from Variety- the Children’s Charity

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center has received a $12,000 grant from Variety- the Children’s Charity to fund the expansion of their wellness program GiGiFIT to include children, teens, and adults. GiGiFit is a FREE fitness program aimed at helping kids with Down syndrome develop lifelong patterns for healthy living....

Farewell to our summer intern, Brooke!

Hello everyone! My name is Brooke Patzner. At the beginning of the summer I made a blog post discussing my excitement as a Summer intern with GiGi’s Playhouse. With it being completely virtual, it was something new we all were getting used to and learning how to navigate various programs...

Destination Discovery and Art Explosion fun crafts of the week!

This week we had so much fun during Destination Discovery and Art Explosion creating some crafts. They were a great way to work on our fine motor skills and creativity! On Monday, for Destination Discovery, our theme was recycled supplies for the outdoors! We made a wind chime out of...

Thank you to our Local Step to Accept Sponsor, Fareway!

  Today for GiGi's Kitchen we made pasta! It was great to see everyone participate and enjoy their meal. It is always fun to be in the kitchen and make a delicious lunch! Come join us in the kitchen next week on Tuesday, July 21st for GiGi's Kitchen Teens and...

What is to come after Fourth of July weekend!

Happy 4thof July weekend! I hope you all are staying healthy and enjoy this beautiful weekend! We do not have any Live programs scheduled for this week due to the holiday, but we do have some fun and exciting Live programs scheduled for next week. The following programs will take...

Meet our Summer Intern, Brooke!

Hello! My name is Brooke Patzner and I am a summer intern with GiGi’s Playhouse! I just finished my Junior year at Iowa State majoring in Child, Adult, and Family Services as well as minoring in Psychology.  My expected graduation date is for December 2020, so it is approaching very...

We tried GiGi’s At Home Live and On Demand Programs and WE LOVED IT!!!

In our household during this pandemic, there has been a guilty amount of screen time and a copious amount of Netflix and YouTube screening. Aidan likes to keep himself busy by watching videos having to do with Notre Dame or by playing sport video games. Both of which do not...

How we are staying busy during the pandemic

Summer break came early! That is what we told our kids just last week. During these trying times we have really been trying to take full advantage of extra family time. Prior to COVID-19 we often found ourselves wondering where time had gone and wishing for it back. We hope...

Generation G Step To Accept Across America Challenge

In these unprecedented times, we have so many questions. Will we be able to host our 5k & walk? Would it be safe? What would it look like? It's true, there are so many uncertainties, but one thing is certain- we will always find a way to be TOGETHER and...

GiGi’s At Home Activities

ALL AGES Art Explosion Springtime Flower Paper Bouquet Lesson | Video  Watercolor Easter Eggs: Lesson | Video Happy Sun: Lesson | Video   EARLY LEARNERS LMNOP GiGi's At Home - LMNOP: Tuesday, March 31st at 10:00am Theme: Spring Bubbles Homemade Shaker/Rattle Grass Tuesday, March 31st at 2:00pm Theme: Family Materials Needed: Aluminum Foil x 2 pieces...