Current Programs

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

All Ages

New Caregivers Group

Be a part of our community for the everyday caregiver challenges (including new and expecting parents), receive support, establish connections within GiGi’s Playhouse and the community, as well as learn the philosophy of GiGi’s Playhouse and engage in programming. This group is a place for families to connect with one another and learn about local resources in our community! In this program, we will discuss relevant topics and have guest speakers from the community join in from time to time. Caregivers will have the opportunity to share their experiences, opinions and questions—only if they feel comfortable doing so!

Are you new to GiGi's? We can't wait to introduce you to families in your area and we want you to learn more about ways you can get involved in GiGi's Playhouse. We invite you to attend our virtual New Caregivers Introduction, please RSVP to attend by clicking HERE!

Family Speaker

Focuses on topics that help your loved one, allows for time to listen, learn, ask questions and network. Do you have a topic you want to hear more about, let us know.

We would love for you to join us for the many amazing topics we have planned for you to learn from and engage within, please RSVP to attend HERE!
If you missed a topic and want to learn more please check it out on GiGi's At Home On Demand Here!

Art Explosion

Provides hands-on experience with multiple art media and provides an outlet for individuals with Down syndrome to express themselves, build confidence and socialize with peers.

Join us each week virtually for GiGi's Art Explosion. This program is brought to us in collaboration with GiGi's Playhouse El Paso. RSVP to attend on the calendar HERE!
We invite you to attend GiGi's At Home programming On Demand by clicking HERE!

Yoga

Helps your child develop healthy habits for a lifetime of wellness and happiness. Yoga gives children a practice and routine that integrates physical, mental and emotional development. Yoga program will help your child develop more personal awareness and learn specific strategies to maintain focus and manage their emotions and impulses.

Yoga meets virtually on Mondays at 1pm CDT, this program is brought to us in collaboration with GiGi's Playhouse Cleveland. RSVP to attend HERE!

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.

Destination Discovery is being offered in person at the Hoffman Estates location every 1st and 3rd Friday from 4:30 - 6:00pm. Space is LIMITED. You can RSVP on our calendar HERE!
Destination Discovery is also offered virtually every Monday at 2pm in collaboration with GiGi's Playhouse Deerfield! You can RSVP on the GiGi's At Home Calendar HERE!
You can also attend Destination Discovery through GiGi's At Home On Demand HERE!

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

To learn more and enroll in our Literacy Program Click HERE! Enrollment for Spring 2021 is now open through January 3, 2021. The session starts the week of January 24 and goes through May 15, 2021.

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

To learn more and enroll in our Math Program Click HERE!
Enrollment for Spring 2021 is now open through January 3, 2021. The session starts the week of January 24 and goes through May 15, 2021.

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.

More Details and Apply

Learn more and enroll by clicking HERE!
Enrollment for the Spring session is ope to learners with Down syndrome of all ages now through Jannuary 3. The 15-week session runs from the week of January 24 to May 15, 2021.

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.

The Spring session of GiGi's Dance is brought to us virtually in collaboration with GiGi's Playhouse Gainesville. To register for this program click HERE!
You can join GiGi's Dance program virtually on GiGi's At Home On Demand HERE!

Music

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

GiGi's Music is brought to us virtually in collaboration with Resounding Joy. Click HERE to RSVP.
You can join us through GiGi's At Home On Demand and watch any of the amazing programs by clicking HERE for Early Learners, and HERE for School age.

Early Learners (0-4)

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.

To learn more and enroll click HERE!GiGiFIT Toddler (2 1/2-5 year olds) enrollment is limited for in person programming. In person meets every Saturday from 10-11am Space is LIMITED and ENROLLMENT is REQUIRED! If you have questions about enrollment please contact hoffmanprograms@gigisplayhouse.orgWe must have a current Physicians Approval Form on file. You can also enjoy lessons through GiGi's At Home On Demand HERE!

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.

To learn more and enroll click HERE!GiGiFIT You & I (Caregivers with newborn to approx 6 mo) enrollment is now open for virtual programming. GiGiFIT You & I meets every Friday from 9:30-10:30am. If you have questions about enrollment please contact hoffmanprograms@gigisplayhouse.org. We must have a current Physicians Approval Form on file. You can also enjoy lessons through GiGi's At Home On Demand HERE!

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.

LMNOP meets every Tuesday morning from 10-11 am virtually.Program leader is Dr. Vicki Jay leads us through purposeful activities, songs and communication development. RSVP HERE!
We will be beginning in person LMNOP on Tuesdays from 11-Noon the week of February 8. RSVPs will be limited to 1 caregiver and 1 participant.

Be sure to check out our All Ages programs also!

School Age Learners (5-12)

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.

More Details and Apply

To learn more and enroll click HERE!
GiGiFIT Kids (5-12 year olds) enrollment is limited for in person programming. In person meets every Thursday from 4:30-5:30 and Saturdays from 11:30-12:30pm.
 If you have questions about enrollment please contact hoffmanprograms@gigisplayhouse.orgWe must have a current Physicians Approval Form on file.You can also enjoy lessons through GiGi's At Home On Demand HERE!

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.

This program is brought to us virtually on Fridays at 11am CDT with "chefs Shari and Heather". Please RSVP HERE to attend each lesson.

Be sure to check out our All Ages programs also!

Teenagers (13-17)

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.

More Details and Apply

Are you enrolled in this amazing program? Learn more and enroll HERE!
GiGiFIT Teen (13-17) will be offered virtually on Monday and Fridays from 5:30-6:30pm.  If you have questions about enrollment please contact hoffmanprograms@gigisplayhouse.org
We must have a current Physicians Approval Form on file.
You can also enjoy lessons through GiGi's At Home On Demand HERE!

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.

Teen Tastic meets every Monday from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. 

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.

This program is brought to us virtually on Fridays at 11am CDT with "chefs Shari and Heather". Please RSVP HERE to attend each lesson.

Be sure to check out our All Ages programs also!

Adults

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+.

This program is currently meeting virtually twice a week. To learn more click Here, step one is enrolling in GiGi Prep.
Our GiGi Professional learners are actively working on their Certifications for career placement.

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+.

Fantastic Friends is offered virtually each week in collaboration with GiGi's At Home. Please RSVP HERE!

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+.

More Details and Apply

Are you enrolled in this amazing program? Learn more and enroll HERE!
GiGiFIT Adult enrollment has lots of offerings for you. Enrollment is now open Please CLICK HERE. The Spring 2021 session will meet virtually every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm and Saturday from 10-11am. If you have questions about enrollment please contact hoffmanprograms@gigisplayhouse.org
We must have a current Physicians Approval Form on file.
You can also enjoy lessons through GiGi's At Home On Demand HERE!

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+. More Details and Apply

Learn more and enroll HERE!
This 10 week program meets 2 times per week on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am -1pm starting February 15 through April 24, 2021.

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+. More Details and Apply

Spring 2020 Session will run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-2pm. January 13-April 24.

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+.

We are currently meeting virtually for this program due to Covid-19, to make an appointment at Hugs + Mugs please contact MScott@gigisplayhouse.org. You can shop online by clicking HERE!

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+.

Learn how to register to attend E.P.I.C Here! Registration is open from January 18-February 8, 2021.The program will meet from February 15 to April 25 on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-12:30pm. 

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+

This program is brought to us virtually on Wednesdays at 4pm CDT brought to us in collaboration with GiGi's Playhouse Annapolis or Fridays at 11am CDT with "chefs Shari and Heather". Please RSVP HERE to attend each lesson.

Be sure to check out our All Ages programs also!

Help us bring these programs to our playhouse

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.