Our Story: We are so excited to open GiGi’s Playhouse in Detroit, Michigan! The effort to bring a GiGi’s Playhouse to Detroit is being spearheaded by families and individuals who love someone with Down syndrome.  We are excited to be able to offer a physical location where children and adults with Down syndrome can be their best of all and reach their full potential. Not only will our playhouse support the needs of families with young children, but it will provide a much needed space with targeted programming for the adults with Down syndrome in our 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 toward improving 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 Detroit, MI!

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!

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Upcoming Events: Check this webpage and follow us on Facebook to find details of upcoming events and fundraisers. Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GiGisPlayhouseDetroit/


When: March 11, 2018

Where: Groves High School, Beverly Hills

GiGi’s Playhouse Detroit is hosting it’s first “Get Down With Down Syndrome” Dance a Thon. Dance the afternoon away with your friends as we raise funds to enable us to provide FREE educational, therapeutic and career development programs to empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their greatest potential. With your help we can make this a kinder, more accepting world for people with Down syndrome.

TEAM is our theme this year!! So grab your friends and family and create your team online. The teams with the most money raised will have a professional photo shoot of their loved one with Down syndrome. The pictures from the photo shoot will be used to adorn our exterior windows to show the world that Down syndrome is beautiful. We are stronger together!!!

Please reach out to your family and friends. Join a team and dust off your dancing shoes!! Every donation makes a difference!

Target opening: Spring 2018

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Status: Planning and Fundraising

Contact: Lisa Kocab at detroit@gigisplayhouse.org


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. Please email us at Detroit@gigisplayhouse.org for more information.

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!

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