Program listings 

As our Playhouses grow, so do our program offerings.  Each GiGi’s Playhouse is unique and offers a variety of educational and therapeutic programs to meet the needs of their families and their community.  Signature programs follow the same structure and curriculum at each location, providing purposeful progressions by supporting our youngest learners through adulthood.  Specialty programs provide for some customization at each location, to foster the ongoing development of new programs, serve specialized local needs and tap into local talents. 

  

best of all 

Best of All is continual, measurable, celebrated and it never ends. It is a daily challenge to do a little better than you did the day before and it is always celebrated.  Possible manifestations include standing just one second longer, reading just one more word, learning just one new number, taking just one more step, it’s never a competition and is never completed.  

 

signature therapeutic & early learner programs  

Destination Discovery – (all ages) – Play = Fun + Learning. Supports the development of fine motor, gross motor, social skills & language through purposeful play & peer to peer interaction in a casual & fun setting. This program also brings families together to share experiences & build relationships. Formerly called Open Play. Meets on School’s Out Days and following Art Explosion.

 

Fantastic Friends – (18+ years) – A fun night out to facilitate social interactions between adults with Down syndrome, their peers & the community. Supports the development of social skills & language through peer to peer interaction in a casual & fun setting. Meets the last Friday each month, 7-9pm.

 

Crawlers & Walkers (1-5 years) & Leaps & Bounds (3-5 years) – Are interactive and engaging programs for children who are learning to move and explore their world and develop large and small muscle groups with the support of their family members.  Social skills and language development will also be addressed with a focus on learning new words, following directions, and interacting with peers. Our programs take place the last Friday of each month from 9:30am-11am at Flips 4 All (4650 N Port Washington Rd, Glendale, WI 53212) 

 

Literacy Tutoring – (3 years & up) – Individuals learn to read & develop literacy skills at a different pace. The GiGi’s one-on-one Literacy Program builds a foundation in sight word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension & articulation through one-on-one literacy tutoring adapted to fit the learning style of individuals with Down syndrome. Register online at https://gigisplayhouse.org/milwaukee/one-on-one-literacy-tutoring/

 

LMNOP (Language, Music N’ Our Peeps) – (newborn to 36 months) – LMNOP is an interactive & engaging program designed to guide parents & young children through learning basic sign language & other forms of communication using music & language based activities.

 

COMING SOON Kids Club (8-12 years) & Playhouse Pals (5-8 years) – Support the development of social skills & language through peer to peer interaction in a casual & fun setting. This program also supports gross motor skills through active games, fine motor & self-help skills through meal/snack preparation & activities. 

 

COMING SOON Math Tutoring – (3+ years) – The aim of our math program is to help promote a positive experience of learning mathematics & to develop a sound foundation of basic number understanding. Understanding that our children will vary greatly in individual abilities & challenges in comprehending math, we combined multiple approaches which utilize multi-sensory teaching, & aligned them with topics taught in the classroom, in hopes of providing a comprehensive & cohesive program. 

 

Teen Tastic – (13-17 years) – Focuses on building social skills by participating in team-based activities in a casual & fun setting. Skill development includes understanding compromise, turn-taking & problem-solving abilities. Meets the 2nd Friday every month from 4:30-6pm. 

 

TEAM (teaching, exercise, activity, movement) – (16+ years) – Focuses on lifelong healthy living skills.  We are striving for a healthy body & mind by focusing on exercise & nutrition!  Advanced registration required, limited to 10 participants. Meets every other Thursday from 5-7pm. Advanced registration required. 

 

  

specialty therapeutic-based programs   

Art Explosion – (all ages) – Art Explosion provides hands-on experiences with multiple art mediums & provides an outlet for individuals to express themselves, build confidence & socialize with peers. Siblings are welcome. Meets the 3rd Saturday every month from 10-11am.

 

Cheer Gems – (girls & boys 6-18 years) – Cheer Gems is an active & energetic group for individuals with Down syndrome that focuses on a positive mind, recognition & SPIRIT! We provide a springboard of confidence & give children the opportunity to compete on a cheer squad. Meets every other Wednesday from 4:15-5:15pm.

 

Dance – (6-13+ years) – This program introduces basic dance styles, techniques & movements & works towards improving gross motor skills, increasing mental & muscle memory & cardiovascular conditioning, strength & flexibility! Jazz, ballet, hip hop, creative movement & more! Led by Academy of Dance Arts teachers & students. Dance is broken into two sessions: 1:00-1:45pm for 6-12 years & 2:00-2:45pm for 13+ years. Meets monthly.

 

Karate Kickers – (all ages) – The benefits of karate are endless.  Karate supports development of balance, coordination, discipline, focus, attention, physical fitness, & confidence.  There will be no physical contact between peers.  Recommended for all ages!  Led by Girton’s ATA Taekwondo. 

 

signature career development programs

(Not currently offered at the Milwaukee Playhouse)
The GiGi's Playhouse career development programs are progressive learning programs are designed to motivate adults with Down syndrome to achieve their highest potential in the world through goal-development and small group skills instruction, physical fitness, nutrition and exceptional work opportunities. Recommended for adults age 18 and up. Click here for more information. 

GiGi Prep                                                                    GiGi’s Playhouse Career Development Center Internship  

GiGi University                                                           Hugs & Mugs 

 

 

specialty therapeutic-based programs 

GiGi’s Playhouse specialty programs have been developed by local Playhouses to meet the needs in each community.  Each of these programs offers purposeful play through specific goals and identified outcomes. 

 

Programs for all ages

Art Explosion 

Destination Discovery  

Yoga  

Family Night 
 

Programs for early learners

Crawlers & Walkers – 1-5 years old

Preschool Prep – 3-5 years old 

Leaps & Bounds – 3-5 years old 

Literacy Tutoring– 3 years old and up 

LMNOP –  0 to 36 months 

Math Tutoring –3 years old and up  

 

Programs for school-age children and teens

Cheer Gems – 6-18 years old 

Dance – 6 years old and up 

Kids Club – 8-12 years old 

Karate Kickers – 8 years old and up  

Literacy Tutoring– 3 years old and up

Math Tutoring – 3 years old and up  

Playhouse Pals – 5-8 years old 

Teen Tastic – 13-17 years old 

Programs for young adults and adults 

Fantastic Friends – 18 years old and up
  
Literacy Tutoring– 3 years old and up

Math Tutoring – 3 years old and up  

TEAM: Teaching, Exercise, Activity and Movement – 18 years old and up