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Location in the works- Lancaster, PA  

Target opening: Spring 2018

Location: TBD Lancaster, PA

Status: Planning and Fundraising

Contact: Christine Hewitt at Lancaster@gigisplayhouse.org

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We had a wonderful time kicking off the holiday season eating pancakes in our pajamas with all of our friends from GiGi's Playhouse Lancaster! Some of the fun included having a snowball fight, dancing to Christmas songs with a live band, coloring a giant Gingerbread house, climbing through an igloo, writing letters to Santa, smiling at the photo booth, and of course, visiting with Santa!!

Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, and families who came out today! There were 55 families who came out with infants, toddlers, children, teenagers and adults with Down syndrome. We appreciate the donations from Mid Penn Bank, Clear Star Janitorial & Cleaning, Sheetz, Fruittastic, Primitives by Kathy, Weis Markets, and Giant. We had so much fun with our volunteers from Isaac's, Mid Penn Bank, Youth Advocacy Program, and LCBC Church.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your family!

 

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ihOur Story:

"We are so excited to open GiGi's Playhouse in Lancaster, PA! We have a great community of families, friends, educators, therapists, and community members who are working together to make the dream of GiGi's a reality! We are working to establish a great network of individuals, families, and businesses in the Lancaster area who love someone with Down syndrome. We believe that by opening GiGi's Playhouse, we will have an even greater opportunity to impact more families in Lancaster and the surrounding counties."

"GiGi's Playhouse is the only worldwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers; changing lives through free, results-driven programs for individuals of all ages, their families & communities. In helping individuals with Down syndrome achieve their best of all, we also advance our larger vision of global acceptance for people of all abilities. GiGi's was established 14 years ago and has 33 locations. There are also 10+ Playhouses coming soon, including Lancaster, PA!"

"GiGi's Playhouse Lancaster is unique because we will be able to provide a physical location for participants of all ages and their families to participate in therapeutic-based, educational and career training programming. The programs will be rooted in continuous improvement and high expectations. Programs will always be available for free, as cost will never be a barrier to achievement or acceptance. We will be a positive light for participants and their families because 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, we want to empower participants with Down syndrome to overcome obstacles, reach their goals, and achieve their Best of All!

Sign up for our Newsletter: If you have a child with Down syndrome or are interested in staying connected to GiGi's Lancaster by receiving periodic correspondence, please sign up for our newsletter  here.

Upcoming Events: Check this webpage and follow us on Facebook  to find details of upcoming events and fundraisers.

  • Bingo
    • When: October 21st 11:00- 4:00
    • Where: East Petersburg Area Civic Center
  • Pancakes & Pajamas Christmas Party
    • When: Saturday, December 2nd 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Where: Calvary Church in Lancaster

Volunteers:  Opening GiGi’s will be possible due to time and dedication from our dedicated volunteers! We are looking for volunteers that have a variety of skills and talents. If you are interested in sharing your talents and time with us, we would love getting to know you and having you volunteer alongside us. There are currently openings in our committees: Fundraising, Events, Marketing & Communication, Facility, Outreach, and Finance. If you are interested in one of the committees, please email us at lancaster@gigisplayhouse.org

Donations: We will offer all programs free of charge to individuals and families, so each donation is much appreciated! GiGi’s Playhouse is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. All monetary donations are tax deductible. There are a variety of different ways you can help raise funds, including hosting a Dress Down for Down syndrome day or purchasing a Domino's pizza card. If you or your business are interested in making a donation, feel free to donate online or if you have questions about opportunities, please email us at lancaster@gigisplayhouse.org. Thank you!

We are so excited to bring GiGi’s to Lancaster so that we can walk beside families who are just receiving a diagnosis, encourage toddlers to reach their next milestone, play alongside preschoolers, encourage elementary students to read, and promote independence in young adults! We hope that you join in this journey with us!

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