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 Programs for All Ages
Literacy Tutoring – (3+ years) Each individual learns to read and develop literacy skills at a different pace. The GiGi’s Literacy Program builds a foundation in sight word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, phonics and articulation through one-on-one literacy tutoring adapted to fit the learning style of individuals with Down syndrome. Click here for more information.
Math Tutoring – (3+ years) Math Tutoring Program is designed to promote a positive experience of learning math and to develop a foundation of basic number understanding and real-world math. These skills go beyond addition and subtraction and include telling time, fractions, money, and other concepts taught in the classroom. This multisensory program incorporates proven methodology from professionals in the field of special education. Catering to children of all ages and skill levels, the GiGi’s Math curriculum helps students with school preparedness, maintain grade level mathematics, and gain important skills for independence. Click here for more information.
Destination Discovery – (all ages) 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 causal and fun setting. This program also brings families together to share experiences and build relationships.
Fantastic Friends – (18+ years) Our Fantastic Friends program supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual fun setting. Along with their peers without Down syndrome, adult participants participate in the planning of activities so that group activities are based on personal interests. During Fantastic Friends, the group may participate in active games, dancing or exploring their local community by participating in outings and events.
Kids Club & Playhouse Pals – (6-12 years) This combined program 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, fine motor and self- help skills through meal/snack preparation and activities.
LMNOP: Language Music N’ Our Peeps – (0-3 years) LMNOP is an interactive and engaging program designed to guide parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication using music and language-based activities.
Teen Tastic – (13-18 years) Teen Tastic focuses on building social skills with friends 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.
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 through components.
Art Club – (8+ years) Art Club provides hands-on experiences with multiple art mediums & provides an outlet for individuals to express themselves, build confidence & socialize with peers.
Art Explosion – (0-8 years) 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.
Busy Bodies – (0-3 years) is a group that focuses on gross motor development. Together we will work on strength, balance and various developmental milestones (such as crawling, reaching, walking, running and jumping). It doesn't matter what their currently mobility level is, there is a place for everyone!
Story Time – (0-6 years) Weekly thematic and interactive story time for children not yet school age. The program will include a variety of stories and an activity that correlates with the weekly theme. Will include time for independent literacy exploration and thematic play.
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.
Programs for All Ages
- Daddy & Me
- Family Night
- Nuestros Angeles
- Open Play
Programs for Early Learners
- Little Fingers, Big Plans (3-6 years)
- Music Class (3-5 years)
- New Parents Group (pre-natal diagnosis to 1 year)
- Special Olympics Young Athletes™ (2½ - 7 years)
Programs for School-Age Children and Teens
- 1-on-1 Handwriting (5+ years)
- Busy Hands, Bigger Plans (4-7 years)
- Cheer Gems (4-16 years)
- Cooking Club (10- 18 years)
- Dance (6+ years)
- Friends, Fun & Fitness (11-21 years)
- Karate Kickers (8+ years)
- Music in Motion (9-14 years)
- Super Sibs (siblings 6-13 years)
- Teen Drama Troupe (13-17 years)
- Teen Tech (13-18 years)
- Tennis (8+ years)
Programs for Young Adults and Adults (18+ years)
- E.P.I.C.: Empowerment, Participation, Independence and Community
- Gratitude Committee
- Playhouse Partner