July Happenings 2020

GiGi’s is continuing to offer virtual programs locally and nationally as we work through a detailed plan for reopening in staggered stages to ensure we’re following CDC guidelines and taking all precautions necessary to keep our friends and families safe. We encourage you to attend a program virtually! It’s is a great way to see some of your friends that you’ve been missing so much!

Special Events

John Deere Touch a Tractor (all ages)

Parents & Caregivers Connection (PCC) & WomenREACH Employee Resource Groups present: 2020 Virtual Touch a Tractor

Are you ready for fun? We wish you could come join us … but let us bring a touch of John Deere to you instead this year! Given the current situation with COVID-19 and wanting to ensure everyone’s safety, the Touch a Tractor event will be virtual this year. We’ll provide you with some John Deere-related crafts and goodies for your child with special needs. Please complete the sign-up information below if you would like to receive our John Deere Touch a Tractor goodie bag. They tentatively plan to deliver the goodie bags on the morning of Wednesday, July 15. Registration for the virtual event is limited, so sign up today! If you have further questions before signing up, please reach out to Kris Voyna at VoynaKristinaH@JohnDeere.com.

July 15th 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. 

Click here to RSVP for Touch-A-Tractor

Local Live Virtual Programs

Destination Discovery (all ages) 

Join GiGi’s (virtually) for a SUMMER Themed Destination Discovery! Activities will include: Reading summer books, Making sunglasses, Creating cloud dough and a Summer scavenger hunt! Destination Discovery is an interactive and engaging program for participants of all ages and their families. We support the development of motor skills, social skills and language through purposeful play and peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program also brings families together to share experiences and build relationships. RSVP at the link below by 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 to let us know you are coming!

July 25th 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

Click here to RSVP for Destination Discovery

Music Therapy (0-6 years) 

Come move, sing, and play instruments with us as we address communication, following directions, and so much more! This program will be held virtually until safe to do otherwise. Register for this 8-week music therapy session for ages 0-6 years that will be held once a week. There will be instrument packages provided for participants. Registrations are required as space is limited. These music therapy sessions are provided by West Music and a board-certified music therapist! Registration is closed.

Leaps & Bounds (3-5 years) 

Leaps & Bounds is a play-based program for children ages 3-5 that focuses on success in preschool and kindergarten. Students will participate in fun and engaging activities that provide opportunities for following routines, small group participation, movement and interaction with their environment. Family members are key participants in this program and will encourage their child to reach his or her Best of All throughout each session.  Recommended for ages 3-5 year olds. Registration is closed.

Teen Tastic (13-17) & Fantastic Friends (18+)

Teen Tastic promotes friendship, social interactions, communication through a variety of social activities, outing, and games for teens. Participants in Teen Tastic gain confidence, leadership skills, and empowerment while working as part of a team or on individual projects and tasks.

Fantastic Friends program supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual fun setting. Adult participants participate in the planning of activities so that group activities are based on personal interests.

July 10th

This week we will not be holding Fantastic Friends and Teen Tastic. However, we do have some amazing Art Kits available for pick-up for participants to enjoy! Sign up below!

Click here to Sign Up for an Art Kit

July 24th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

RSVP at the link below by 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 to let us know you are coming!

Click here to RSVP for Teen Tastic

Click here to RSVP for Fantastic Friends

GiGiFIT Kid & Adult

GiGiFIT Adult (18 and up) and GiGiFIT Kid (5-12 years) will be led by Physical Therapist Paige Taghon – Kelly for this fitness program designed just for individuals with Down syndrome! The summer session will meet on Thursdays Kids will meet at 5:30 pm and Adults will meet at 6:30 pm. This session run June 11th through August 27th. This session will be held virtually until we can safely meet in person. Applications are closed.

GiGi’s At Home

GiGi’s at Home offers live virtual programs and programs on demand. Click HERE to explore the site and view current program offerings.

GiGi’s at Home On Demand is our way of bringing 150+ purposeful programs to you at a time that is convenient for you. You will have access to program recordings, lesson plans and activities to use when you are ready.

GiGi’s at Home Live is our way of bringing 28+ purposeful programs to you each and every week at a specific time. This allows you to interact with our volunteer program leaders and fellow participants engaging in purposeful activities designed for your loved one’s age group.

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