Programs & Activities
2 & Under (Busy Bodies) – Join our playgroup! We are moving, grooving, and laughing along the way. Busy Bodies is the perfect place for children two and under to meet new friends, learn and grow, while parents have the opportunity to socialize and network with one another. Circle time introduces instructional learning skills, gross motor activities, and fun. The Program Leader guides parents and infants through learning basic sign language Siblings are welcome!
Hop, Skip & Jumpers – This program will help promote social, emotional and gross motor development through a variety of activities, including interactive play, sharing, cooperative games and physical activity. Creativity and movement incorporated throughout the program. Recommended for children ages 3-5 years old.
Art Explosion – Art Explosion provides a hand on experience with multiple art media and provides an outlet for individuals with Down syndrome to express them self, build confidence and socialize with peers. Recommended for children ages 9 and up.
Taekwondo- The benefits of karate for people with Down syndrome are endless. Karate focuses on development of balance, coordination, discipline, focus, attention, physical fitness, and confidence. There will be no physical contact between peers. Recommended for 3-adult with Down syndrome and siblings ages 8 and up.
Yoga-“Lumin Therapy” – Yoga is a beautiful practice to help improve flexibility, increase strength and improve concentration, build self-esteem, and decrease stress and anxiety. That is just a few of the benefits. Yoga available for infant-adult.
Fantastic Friends – A fun night out to facilitate social interactions between adults with Down syndrome, their peers, and the community. All adults welcome from ages 18 and up.
Open Play – This program invites families and their friends to the Playhouse for playtime! Open Play helps promote positive beginnings for new families with a child with Down syndrome, creates awareness opportunities for peers and friends, as well as support and networking for current families. Come ready for fun and a crazy good time! Open to families with children of all ages and their friends.
Playhouse Pals – This program will help promote friendships, social skill development, and safety awareness through creative and social activities. Recommended for children 6-8 years old.
Math Tutoring – Designed to promote a positive experience of learning math and to develop a foundation of basic number understanding. 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. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Click here for more information.
Literacy Tutoring – Each individual learns to read and develop literacy skills at a different pace. The GiGi’s Literacy Program builds a foundation in articulation, sight word recognition, vocabulary and comprehension through one-on-one literacy tutoring adapted to fit the learning style of individuals with Down syndrome. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Click here for more information.
Pre-Natal Diagnosis Support – GiGi’s offers accurate and positive information about Down syndrome to families who have just received a pre-natal diagnosis. Contact the Playhouse for more information.
Programs coming In the near future:
Kids Clubhouse – This program will help promote friendships, social skills and peer interactions through creative and social activities. Recommended for youth who are 9-12 years.
Teen-Tastic – This group promotes friendships, social interaction, and communication through a variety of social activities, outings, and games for teens. Recommended for all teens ages 13-17.