Down Syndrome Awareness Month- REAL Perspectives from REAL Local Families: Henry

This year, to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we asked a few of our Playhouse families and friends to give their REAL perspective on what it’s like to love someone with Down syndrome. Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing their stories!   Meet Henry – Answers from Henry’s Mom, Cacy...

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month- A Local Family’s Perspective

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we wanted to introduce you to Matt and his family.   Matt is an energetic 8 year old that has been part of the GiGi’s Playhouse family for the entire time we’ve been in existence.  His smile and personality light up a room. He’s...

Advocacy and IEP’S

GiGi’s Madison Guest Blog by Playhouse Mom and Board Member Sarah Berndt Here we go… again! Back to school If you’re a parent of a child with Down syndrome, who is approaching school age, you’ve likely heard about the IEP process, and if you heard about it on the Internet…...

Programming with a Purpose: Down Syndrome and Autism

Our Playhouse has been lucky enough to have a dedicated group of volunteers that developed programming for individuals with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other sensory processing disorder. Dynamic Duals, a GiGi’s Playhouse-Madison piloted program, is a monthly program designed specifically for families and...

Cheers to a Successful Summer!

Summer Recap We have so much to be proud of this summer! GiGi's Madison welcomed 10 New Families and over 100 Returning Families during our last three months of programming. We're serving more families, running more programs, and celebrating more 'Best of All' moments than ever before.   During our Summer...

Welcoming our newest board member- Sarah Berndt

Sarah Berndt- Board Member   We are thrilled to announce that Sarah Berndt has joined our Board of Directors! Sarah is an active Playhouse mom who attends multiple programs with her daughter, Addi.  Sarah and her family business are also key sponsors of our annual Gala. With Sarah's business and...

Self-Advocate Blog Inspiration

Blog Post by Self- Advocate Committee Co-Leader, Maya Greengus   You are probably going to say these are jelly beans and ask what’s important about that. It’s more than two candies sitting on a desk. The colors signifies the point of what I’m writing about. Blue and yellow means to...

Volunteer Spotlight: A Fantastic Family

Fantastic Friends is a long-standing signature program offered at GiGi’s Playhouse Madison. Week to week this program offers a fun, purposeful social gathering for adults with Down syndrome, their peers, and community. This summer our Fantastic Friends group has been led by the incredible volunteer duo of Lottie and Lexi,...

Fitness Fun at the Playhouse

This Summer we kicked off our first in-person Teen & Adult Fitness program called GiGiFIT at our Madison Playhouse. GiGiFIT programs combine physical therapy with a strong fitness focus and goal of success and improved movement. With collaboration from Physical Therapists, we were able to design a curriculum that works...

Introducing Board Member- Jacob Donohue

Board Member- Jacob Donohue Board Member- Jacob Donohue Jacob Donohue has been a part of our Board of Directors since January 2022. He is a Store Director at Festival Foods and currently oversees their downtown Madison location. He has worked for Festival for 15 years and...
Julie-photo-for-web

Thank you to Julie Byrnes

Inspiring Leadership Julie Byrnes just completed her term as our Board President but that is just part of how she's contributed to our Playhouse in the past four years. Julie is a Speech-Language Pathologist and learned about GiGi's when our past Board President, Bill Henry, randomly connected with her on...
Chris-England

Introducing our New Executive Board

Incredible Leadership= Incredible Playhouse Our Playhouse is 99% volunteer run and some of our most active and impactful volunteers are our Board of Directors! At our June Board meeting elections were held for the 2022-2024 term and we are pleased to announce our new Executive Board. Kimberly Arndt was our...