Current Programs

Visit the All Ages and your participant's Age Group tab to see all of our FREE Purposeful Programs available!

All Ages

Destination Discovery

Play = Fun + Learning  Destination Discovery supports the development of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social skills and language through purposeful play and peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program also brings families together to share experiences and build relationships.   Recommended for All Ages.

COMING SOON!Destination Discovery will meet on the first Saturday of the month 9-10:30am.Program Leader: Sumaj
RSVP at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar.

Speech & Language 1-on-1

The GiGi's Amina Grace One-on-One Speech & Language program provides youth, teens and adults with greatly expanded opportunities to evolve and refine their speech and language skills This program supports the increase of clarity of speech and enunciation, word order and message meaning and comprehension which benefits self-confidence, school and social readiness and Increased independence and overall quality of life. Recommended for All Ages.

Dance

Introduces basic dance styles, techniques and movements to participants while improving gross motor skills, increasing mental and muscle memory and increasing cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility and coordination.

COMING SOON!Weekly class (excluding days of cempetitions, check our calendar)Dance @ GiGi’s with Steps Dance Center is celebrating its 5th season!!Dance @ GiGi’s Fall/Winter session starts in September and ends with a holiday recital in December for Little Lights.
Dance @GiGi’s Winter/Spring session starts in January and ends with a spring recital in May.
Little Lights (ages 2-6) recital only class- Sundays 11-11:30am
Dazzle (ages 5-9) competitive dance troupeSundays 11:30am-12:15pm
Radiance (ages 10+) competitive dance troupeSundays 12:15-1pm
RSVP for Dance @ GiGi’s on our online calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar.

Mom's Night

Moms, Grandmothers, Aunts and Sisters are invited to play, network and connect with one another in a fun and active program.

GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley will have a Mom's Night Out every quarter!
Mom's Night Out 2020Winter 2020- February 13th- Galentine's Day Spring 2020- May 7th- Mother's Day pamperingSummer 2020- July 30th- Color Me MineFall 2020- November 19th- Friendsgiving

Drama Troupe

Focuses on confidence and cooperation will be practiced through a variety of drama improvisation techniques, theatrical productions and games to recreate and learn self-expression with vocal and physical freedom.

Join us for this virtual weekly program on Wednesdays 4-5pm.Work on speech, following directions, and building self-confidence with program leader: Takyra!Program dates:
  • October 7
  • October 14
  • October 21
  • October 28
  • November 4
  • November 11
  • November 18
  • November 25
  • December 2
  • December 9
  • December 16

RSVP on our online calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar

Family Fun

Bring the whole family in for a fun time at GiGi’s! This is the perfect opportunity to gather and get to know other GiGi’s families! Purposeful activities, games, information and refreshments will help to create friendships and memories!

GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley Family Fun Night is on the fourth Friday of the month from 6-8pm. You can RSVP to Family Fun Night on our calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar.
If you child with Down syndrome has a birthday to celebrate that month and you would like to celebrate with a cake and present from the Birthday Giving Program please indicate that in the comments.

Nuestros Angeles

Promotes support, friendship, networking and socialization! Come together to embrace your child’s diagnosis, share experiences and learn from one another.

COMING SOON!Monthly ProgramNuestros Angeles/Hispanic Playgroup will meet on the second Sunday of the month 11am-1pm.Come join us for this program intended for Spanish speaking families and lead by our program leaders: Monica and Mayfe!
RSVP for this program by going to our online calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar.

Literacy

The One-on-One Literacy tutoring program for individuals with Down syndrome provides instruction based on the interests and inspirations of each student. The Literacy tutoring program supports the increase of sight word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, articulation, self-esteem, speech clarity and fine motor skills. Our trained tutors provide motivating and purposeful lessons designed to keep our students engaged and learning both during sessions and when extending activities at home. Recommended for ages 3+.

More Details and Apply

GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley has one of the largest literacy programs in the GiGi's network.  This is due to the excellence of our tutors and the commitment of our parents to education.  Parents are our children's first teachers and as such our tutors depend on the parents to continue what is learned during a session at home.  
Our fall session begins on September 9 - November 17.  

Literacy 2020
Winter Session- January 6 - March 15
Spring Session- March 23 - May 31 
Summer Session- June 8 - August 16
Fall Session- September 7 - November 22

Math

The One-on-One Math tutoring program uses a multi-sensory, strength-based approach to build confidence and success for our students. The Math tutoring program supports the increase of the range of math skills, self-esteem, confidence, critical thinking, problem solving skills, independence and autonomy, and fine motor skills. Our research-based curriculum encompasses a variety of strategies and techniques to ensure that every student can be successful when learning math. Recommended for ages 3+.

More Details and Apply

GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley will begin offering Math in Winter 2020.  Math will be offered in 10 week sessions.

2020 Program schedule
Winter 2020- January 6 - March 15
Spring 2020- March 23 - May 31
Summer 2020- June 8 - August 16
Fall 2020- September 7 - November 22

Speech & Language Group

Speech & Language Group facilitates newly developed communication skills providing a more natural communication between peers. Participants practice new skills through informal interaction with other members of the group, with the guidance of a program leader.

Music

Tap into your inner rock star where every voice shines!  Music supports the increase of self-confidence, social skills, communication and motor skills.

Join us for this virtual bi-weekly program on Fridays 10:30am-12pm.Practice skills to get ready for preschool and kindergarten with program leader: Savannah!Program dates:
  • October 16
  • October 30
  • November 13
  • November 27
  • December 11
RSVP on our online calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar

Early Learners (0-4)

Social Skills for Young Learners

Focuses on targeting functional pragmatic skills. Social learning will be provided through play with a focus on a variety of targets including: social communication, emotions, eye contact and big and small problem solving skills.  The group will promote peer to peer interaction in a fun, friendly and welcoming environment. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Join us for this virtual program on Wednesdays 4-4:30pm.Practice social skills with program leader: Alexis!Program dates:
  • August 5
  • August 12
  • August 19
  • August 26
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9
RSVP on our online calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar

LMNOP

Language Music N' Our Peeps (LMNOP) is an interactive and engaging program designed to guide parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication while using music and language-based activities. Recommended for ages pre-natal to 36 months.

COMING SOON!LMNOP meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month 9-10:30am. Join us with our program leader: Sandy!
RSVP at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar

Crawlers and Walkers

Focuses on the development of gross and fine motor skills through activities that are hands-on and fun! Social skills and language development will also be addressed, with focus on learning new words, following directions and interacting with peers. Recommended for ages 1-4.

COMING SOON!Crawlers & Walkers will meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month 9-10:30am with our program leader: Suraj!

Leaps & Bounds

Leaps & Bounds is a play-based program for children ages 3-5 that focuses on success in preschool and kindergarten. Students will participate in fun and engaging activities that provide opportunities for following routines, small group participation, movement and interaction with their environment. Family members are key participants in this program and will encourage their child to reach his or her Best of All throughout each session.  Recommended for ages 3-5 year olds.

Join us for this virtual bi-weekly program on Fridays 10:30am-12pm.Practice skills to get ready for preschool and kindergarten with program leader: Briana!Program dates:
  • October 9
  • October 23
  • November 6
  • November 20
  • December 4
RSVP on our online calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar

GiGiFIT Toddler

GiGiFIT Toddler includes foundational, vestibular and targeted mobility movements, reflex integration and control. We have taken these movements and concepts 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. Recommended for walking to 4 year olds.

Join us for this virtual weekly program on Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm.
Improve fitness with program leader: Kendall!Program dates:
  • August 20
  • August 27
  • September 3
  • September 10
  • September 17
  • September 24
  • October 1
  • October 8
  • October 15
  • October 18- Naperville Half Marathon & 5k
  • October 22

Little Sports

Designed to develop gross motor skills, build muscle, and practice teamwork. It builds a foundation for fitness and health while exposing participants to different sports and activities. Participants will be paired with volunteers who will assist them in rotating through a variety of skills stations related to the activity.

GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley has partnered with Naperville Central High School for Bowling and Tennis.
Bowling meets in the WinterMonday 4-5pm at Lisle Lanes
Tennis meets in the Spring and FallFridays 4-5pm at Knoch Park
RSVP at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar

Be sure to check out our All Ages programs also!

School Age Learners (5-12)

Kids Club

Supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program will also support gross motor skills through active games, fine motor and self-help skills through meal/snack preparation and activities. Recommended for 8-12 year-olds.

COMING SOON!Monthly ProgramPlayhouse Pals will meet monthly on the 3rd Monday of the month 5-6:30pmCome join us for this play based class lead by our program leader: Kelly!
RSVP for this program by going to our online calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar.

GiGiFIT Kids

GiGiFIT Kids combines key movements from GiGiFIT Teen and advanced progressions of activities from GiGiFIT Toddler to help improve strength, balance, coordination, peer interaction and to build a lifelong love of physical activity. GiGiFIT Kids is not just purposeful play it is our special work out-time to make you stronger , faster, more coordinated and kids say "I love this fun, structured, purposeful movements". Recommended for 5-12 year olds.

Playhouse Pals

Supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program also supports gross motor skills through active games, as well as fine motor skills & self-help skills. Recommended for 5-8 year olds.

Join us for this virtual bi-weekly program on Mondays 5-6:30pm.Practice social skills with program leader: Keyri!Program dates:
  • October 5
  • October 19
  • November 2
  • November 16
  • November 30
  • December 14
RSVP on our online calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar

Busy Hands Bigger Plans

While this program is primarily a handwriting group, we will focus on the many skills necessary for handwriting. Fine motor, sensory awareness, social interactions and language skill development will also be incorporated. Recommended for young learners developing handwriting skills.

Join us for this virtual bi-weekly program on Mondays 5-6:30pm.Practice handwriting skills with program leader: Erin!Program dates:
  • October 12
  • October 26
  • November 9
  • November 23
  • December 7
RSVP on our online calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar

GiGi’s Kitchen Kids

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 various cooking techniques. GiGi’s Kitchen program will build participants self-esteem and self-confidence through nutrition and wellness!  This program is recommended for ages 5-12.

Be sure to check out our All Ages programs also!

Teenagers (13-17)

Teen Tastic

Focuses on building social skills with friends with and without Down syndrome by participating in team-based activities in a casual and fun setting. Skill development includes understanding compromise, turn-taking and problem-solving abilities.

Join us for this virtual weekly program on Wednesdays 4-5pm. Practice social skills with our program leader: Tanya!
RSVP for this program by going to our online calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar.

GiGiFIT Teen

Introduces the key movements of foundational , hip strengthening and vestibular/balance exercises, we focus on improving areas of fitness through activities in strength, endurance, joint stability, balance, movement control and more. GiGiFIT Teen incorporates age appropriate activities that teens can be successful with and  strengthen their bodies purposefully.​ GiGiFIT promotes wellness through nutrition, pushing through barriers and building self-confidence. Recommended for 13-17 year olds.

Join us for this virtual weekly program on Thursdays 4-5pm.
Improve fitness with program leader: Gina!Program dates:
  • October 1
  • October 8
  • October 15
  • October 18- Naperville Half Marathon & 5k
  • October 22
  • October 29
  • November 5
  • November 12
  • November 19
  • November 26 OFF for Thanksgiving
  • Decembber 3
  • December 10
  • December 17

GiGi’s Kitchen Teen

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 various cooking techniques. GiGi’s Kitchen program will build participants self-esteem and self-confidence through nutrition and wellness!  This program is recommended for ages 13-17.

Be sure to check out our All Ages programs also!

Adults

EPIC

Provides opportunities for socialization and community involvement, while creating a fun and memorable experience for its participants. Participants work on vocational, communication, and social skills to boost confidence and encourage independence through goal oriented objectives. Recommended for ages 18+.

Join us for this virtual bi-weekly program on Wednesdays 6-7:30pm.Boost confidence and independence skills with program leader: Hanna!Program dates:
  • October 14
  • October 28
  • November 11
  • November 25
  • December 9

RSVP on our online calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar

GiGiFIT Adult

Introduces the key movements of foundational, hip strengthening, and vestibular/balance exercises, making them successful to implement and practice at any stage of life! Focuses on improving areas of fitness through activities in strength, endurance, joint stability, balance, movement control and more. GiGiFIT promotes wellness through nutrition, pushing through barriers and building self-confidence. Recommended for 18+.

Join us for this virtual weekly program on Sundays 6:30-7:30pm.
Improve fitness with program leader: Kendall!Program dates:
  • August 16
  • August 23
  • August 30
  • September 6
  • September 13
  • September 20
  • September 27
  • October 4
  • October 11
  • October 18- Naperville Half Marathon & 5k
  • October 25
  • November 1

Fantastic Friends

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+.

us for this virtual bi-weekly program on Wednesdays 6-7:30pm.Practice social skills with program leader: Alana!Program dates:
  • October 7
  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2
  • December 22
RSVP on our online calendar at: gigisplayhouse.org/foxvalley/calendar

GiGi's Kitchen Adult

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 various cooking techniques. GiGi’s Kitchen program will build participants self-esteem and self-confidence through nutrition and wellness!  This program is recommended for ages 18+

Be sure to check out our All Ages programs also!

Help us bring these programs to our playhouse

GiGiFIT Infant

In GiGiFIT Infant we are making movement fun! We introduce the concepts of foundational movements, mobility, visual-vestibular, and reflex integration activities. In a fun environment we are purposefully progressing on improving areas of fitness through activities in strength, endurance, joint stability, balance, movement control and more.  Recommended for infant to pre-walking.
 

GiGi Professional

Whether it’s an office, retail environment, a design studio or a production space, GiGi’s career internship programs build on the skills learned in GiGi U with practical applications and the achievement of certifications. During each individual with Down syndromes 13-week internship they will purposefully progress through certifications learning and demonstrating strengths and interests in transferable job skills, building their resume for placement in a job or volunteer position in the community. Pre-req: GiGi U. Recommended for Adults 18+.

Studio Cafe

Whether it’s a retail environment, a design studio, a production space or an office, GiGi’s career internship programs build on the skills learned in GiGi U with practical applications and the achievement of certifications. During each individual with Down syndromes 13-week internship they will purposefully progress through certifications learning and demonstrating strengths and interests in transferable job skills, building their resume for placement in a job or volunteer position in the community. Pre-req: GiGi U. Recommended for Adults 18+.

GiGi Prep

The GiGi Prep program has an emphasis on building communication skills, money management, customer service skills, team building, health and wellness over a 10-week session made up of 2-days per week instructional learning. This program is an application based program with high expectations to motivate adults with Down syndrome. Recommended for Adults 18+.

GiGi U

A comprehensive and progressive learning program tailored specifically for adults with Down syndrome comprised of a 15-week session made up of 3-days per week instructional program. GiGi U is designed for motivated adults with Down syndrome to achieve their highest potential in the real world while developing their abilities in the areas of wellness, communication and career skills with emphasis on job interviewing, communication skills, money management, public speaking, customer service, computer skills, team building and health.   Recommended for Adults 18+.

GiGiFIT You & I

During GiGiFIT You & I the #1 goal is to foster relationships and develop a positive community among caregivers. The fact that we are adding movement is a bonuswith a focus on sneaky physical therapy to improve joint stability, strength, endurance, balance and coordination. We have introduced the concepts of GiGiFIT Adult and GiGiFIT Infant to caregivers of infants with Down syndrome. Recommended for Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Caregivers and their newborn.