Finding Ways To Help

When I entered college I knew how much I wanted to help individuals with disabilities. My life plan was all set. I was to get accepted into the Special Education Teaching program at my University and live out my passion of helping others. As I continued through my college experience...

Fun Days at Gigi’s Playhouse Fox Valley from an Intern’s Perspective

Week two interning for Gigi's Playhouse Fox Valley has brought some color to my life! I have my feet wet and am learning so much in regards to running a non profit organization. I am working on organizing who will help me paint the last of our walls in the...

Fox Valley Intern Starts Today

Hi everyone! My name is Cassie and today is my first day on site of beginning my journey with GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley as an intern! All positive vibes here at the playhouse which are already reflecting on my future experience with some wonderful individuals. This morning has been filled...
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‘Fiddler’ cast at Paramount inspires teens

In recognition of World Down Syndrome Day, our friends at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL donated tickets for our teens from GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley to see "Fiddler on the Roof".  After the show, the group also had the opportunity to meet most of the cast and crew and learn...
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Fox Valley teen glides her way to Gold!

Sarah Bak, 13, has a smile that is absolutely contagious when she is on the ice.  Bak recently competed in the Special Olympic state games and skated away with a Gold medal.  Skating seems to come naturally to this active teen, who also happens to have Down syndrome. The first...
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GiGi's own Kathryn Smith becomes ComEd Ambassador

All eyes are on Kathryn Smith as the 21 year old commands the attention of the room during her educational presentation to a group of her peers. She is a dynamic example that individuals with Down syndrome can do anything! Through a program launched by ComEd and eight community organizations to educate adults with special needs about...
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Teacher’s passion for students inspires a cuddly donation from Reebie Allied

When teacher Kim Griffin heard that her husband's company, Reebie Allied,  was planning a special donation of Build-A-Bears for a non profit organization,  she naturally shared her enthusiasm about GiGi's Playhouses.   Griffin has been touched by teaching children with Down syndrome over the years and several of her students attend programs at...
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Actor with Down syndrome encourages teens to reach for their dreams

       Peter ten Brink is an emerging actor in the film industry who has worked alongside the likes of John Corbett (Sex and the City and My Big Fat Greek Wedding).  He also happens to have Down syndrome.  Peter, along with his long-time acting coach, Sarah Rose Graber,  joined our Teen...

Who let the dogs out?

The Fox Valley Playhouse is excited for the return of two of our favorite groups!  We let the dogs out when our furry friends from the Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club return to our Playhouse on October 20th from 12:30-1:30 PM for our Canine Connections group.   This group is open to individuals of...

Put on your dancing shoes!

October 2012:  Once again, the talented Stephanie Clay is offering a special dance class weekly, on Sundays from 4:00-4:45 PM at the Fox Valley Playhouse for 1st through 4th graders. This class will meet each week in preparation of performing at the Youth Summit on November 17th where the GiGi's...

Tour de GiGi’s 5th Annual Charity Bike Ride – September 23, 2012

Tour de GiGi's, 5th Annual Charity Bike Ride returns on September 23, 2012.  This wonderful event includes 21, 42 and 63 mile routes through the beautiful countryside of Plainfield and Yorkville starting at the Oswego East High School.  With a cost of only $30 per person, bring your cycling friends...

Back to School 2012!

Back to School! We're gearing up for back-to-school season here at the Fox Valley location.  New programs are in development and many of our programs are returning for the school year.  Stay tuned for more details! Literacy Training Do you have a few hours each month to help a child...