Generation G- Kaylee

This past March, the Color Street Foundation showed their support for Developmental Disability Awareness. They released "Celebrate Differences," a colorful glitter nail art design, honoring a wide range of developmental disabilities and promoting acceptance, inclusion, and creating connections. We are so grateful that Color Street chose GiGi's Playhouse as one...

Program Feature- Destination Discovery

Today, we're highlighting our program Destination Discovery. Each week at Destination Discovery is a new and exciting theme and lesson that includes purposeful progressions in activities like fine motor, communication, gross motor, peer interaction, family involvement, and more! The entire family is welcome to engage in Destination Discovery. Register for...

Best of All- Ivan

Best of All- Ivan Best of All is continual, measurable, celebrated and it never ends. It is a daily challenge to do a little better than you did the day before and it’s always celebrated. Possible manifestations: standing just one second longer, reading just one more word, learning just one...

Generation G- Blake’s Besties

Generation G- Blake's Besties Congratulations to Blake's Besties for raising $321 for their GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge team! Blake's Besties will receive a free yard sign for their awesome work! On June 4, 2022 GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley will host a Superhero 5K Run/Walk/Dash as a part of the national GiGiFIT...

Program Feature- Hispanic Playgroup

Hispanic Playgroup provides support, friendship, networking and socialization for Spanish-speaking families and is open to families with children of all ages. Goals of Hispanic Playgroup include: - Helping new parents/family members to embrace the diagnosis - Provide a positive setting for parents to share experiences and learn from each other -...

Volunteer Spotlight- Olivia

Volunteer Spotlight- Olivia Meet the newest Marketing intern with GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley. Hi everyone! My name is Olivia. I am 21 years old and attend DePaul University. My major is Communication and Media and I also have a minor in Cinema Studies. I love studying and using all forms...

Generation G- Antoinette and Usborne

Generation G- Antoinette and Usborne Books "We first visited GiGi's Playhouse when I was expecting Grace. We had known she had Down syndrome for a few months but GiGi’s was the first place that Grace was celebrated for being exactly who she is! I remember receiving a welcome bag with...

Best of All- Maddie

Best of All- Maddie Thank you, Josh, for your beautiful reflection on World Down Syndrome Day. "I look at Maddie, do I see Down syndrome? Yes, she and so many others wear their diagnosis everyday for the world to see. But what we see on the surface doesn’t define her....

Volunteer Spotlight- Dr. Patrick McDonnell

Volunteer Spotlight- Dr. Patrick McDonnell Dr. Patrick McDonnell is neurologically-based chiropractor who owns a practice in Aurora/Naperville area off of Route 59. Prior to becoming an M.D., Dr. Patrick was a gym/health teacher and enjoyed coaching at local high schools.  He coached football at Waubonsie High School, softball at Joliet...

Best of All- Sophia

Best of All- Sophia Congratulations Sophia and thank you to Mandy and Magnolia Soap and Bath for being supportive of inclusive employment! Sophia's mom writes: "Sophia will be joining the team at Magnolia Soap and Bath - St. Charles!! Sophia loves all things bath and body and Mandy Rose Buerster...

Volunteer Spotlight- Mary

Volunteer Spotlight- Mary Getting to Know Program Leader for GiGi's Kitchen My name is Mary O’Callaghan, I am 23 years old and I am a graduate student at Elmhurst University in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program! I love to be creative, whether it is in the kitchen making new...

Volunteer Spotlight- Lexi

Volunteer Spotlight- Lexi Getting to Know Program Leader from GiGi's Kitchen Hello everyone! My name is Lexi, I am a 23 year old grad student in Elmhurst University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program. A fun fact about me is that I prefer the summer but I also love snowboarding. I...