Location in the works - GiGi's Playhouse Long Island

Thank you for attending our FIRST Family Fitness Day at the Great South Bay YMCA! We are so thankful to our sponsors, vendors, donors and volunteers who made this day possible. And of course, we are grateful to our community of friends and families who came to support us!

Because of you, we surpassed our fundraising goal and raised $8K! Because of you, we are one step closer to opening our Playhouse doors on Long Island!


Our Story: We’re so excited to open a GiGi’s Playhouse in Long Island, NY! GiGi’s Playhouse was created to change the way the world views a Down syndrome diagnosis and send a global message of acceptance for all. Our Long Island team is comprised of families and individuals who love someone with Down syndrome.  We are excited to be able to offer a physical location where children and adults with Down syndrome can be their best of all and reach their full potential. Not only will our playhouse support the needs of families with young children, but it will provide a much needed space with targeted programming for the adults with Down syndrome in our area.

We are passionate about the achievements and contributions of individuals with Down syndrome in our community. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating and supporting our loved ones as we make GiGi’s Playhouse Long Island a reality!

What is GiGi’s Playhouse: A physical location where children and adults with Down syndrome can get support to achieve their life goals and be their “best of all.” GiGi’s Playhouse is the only network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers providing support and services from a prenatal diagnosis through adulthood. GiGi’s Playhouse offers FREE social, therapeutic and educational programs focused on building skills in children of all ages, while GiGi University tailors programs for teens and adults. The research-based curriculum works toward improving each individual’s literacy, math, motor skills, self-esteem, and vocational skills. GiGi’s was established 15 years ago and now has 35+ locations across the United States and in Mexico.

Even more Playhouses are coming soon, including Long Island, NY!

Donations: GiGi’s Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. All monetary and in-kind donations are tax deductible. We are currently looking for donated services such as photography, videography, printing, and catering. Also, as we get closer to our grand opening, we will have a list of specific items that we would love to have donated (furniture, toys, therapy supplies, construction services, and educational materials). Thank you for your support!

Volunteers: GiGi's wouldn't be able to run without volunteers! Opening and running a successful playhouse requires the time and dedication of many, including family members, friends, therapists, and members of the community. We are currently looking for volunteers to help us spread awareness and assist with fundraising activities and event planning. As we prepare for our grand opening, we will be looking for volunteers to lead programs, provide one-on-one tutoring, clean toys, and a number of other jobs that help to support the playhouse. If you are interested in any of these roles, please complete this survey or email us at longisland@gigisplayhouse.org. We would love to hear from you!

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Upcoming Events: Check this webpage and follow us on Facebook for upcoming events and fundraisers!

Target opening: 2019

Location: Long Island, NY

Status: Planning and Fundraising

Contact: Venessa Diaz at longisland@gigisplayhouse.org

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