Programs at GiGi’s Playhouse offer foundational learning opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.
Volunteer Orientation | 6-7pm
June 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Are you interested in learning more about volunteering at GiGi’s Playhouse Syracuse? Please join us for an hour of information. You will learn a bit about Down syndrome, the way GiGi’s Playhouse Syracuse is supporting individuals with Down syndrome and how you can use your talents to help the mission of GiGi’s Playhouse!
Volunteer Needs include – Program Leaders, Program helpers, Administrative, Cleaners, Event & Group Volunteering Opportunities!
Please let us know you are coming by signing up HERE!
LMNOP (0-3 years)
June 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Language, Music N’ Our Peeps guides parents and infants/toddlers through learning basic sign language and through incorporating music and dance therapy into daily activities, to stimulate the child. Recommended for children 6-36 months old.
Friends of all abilities are welcome! #inclusion
Please RSVP so we can be properly prepared!
Buddy Walk Meeting | 6:30pm
June 12 and June 13 @ 6:30 pm
Help us plan this year’s Buddy Walk! We will be gathering ideas and forming committees to support the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Buddy Walk. We welcome anyone and everyone to attend!
The goal of the Buddy Walk is to promote acceptance of and advocate for people with Down syndrome. There are more than 250 walks from coast to coast and around the world each year!
*Note: There are two meetings this week. You do not need to attend both
Please RSVP so we know how many to expect!
Destination Discovery (all ages)
June 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
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.
Destination Discovery is for all ages!! Invite your friends & please RSVP so we can be prepared for all our friends!
Visit us on Facebook to learn this month’s theme and purposeful activities.
Gratitude Committee (20+ years)
June 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join this core group of adult volunteers (ages 20+) to hand-craft thank you cards for our amazing donors, as well as assist the office with other playhouse projects. We provide the supplies, you provide the gratitude!
Please RSVP here!
Fantastic Friends (17+ years)
June 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us each month as we do something new and fun! We want to hear what you would like to do! So bring your ideas and we will help you host a Fantastic Friends night.
During this program, we aim to promote positive peer relationships, encourage relationships in the community, and develop our social skills!! Invite your friends, everyone is welcome and inclusion is celebrated!
For the most up to date on our monthly activities please follow us on Facebook.
Friends, Fun & Fitness (12+ years)
June 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us for a fun & exciting time! This one-hour workout session focuses on building muscle tone and endurance and is open to individuals with Down syndrome & their friends of all abilities (12 & up)! Each week we will encourage each other to give our #bestofall.
- Increase knowledge and understanding of the importance of physical activity for teens/ young adults with DS
- Increase physical activity levels through various types of exercise
- Motivate participants to independently practice various physical activities at home/ in the community.
Please RSVP so we know you are joining us!
Gluten Free Cooking (12+ years)
June 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Get cooking with your friends at GiGi’s! This program is geared toward building safety awareness in the kitchen and preparing healthy, gluten-free recipes that taste great. During each program, we will make and eat a gluten-free entree and dessert to enjoy!
Recommended for youth, teens and adults (12 & up).
Please RSVP so we have enough food for everyone!
Kids Club/Playhouse Pals (5-12 years)
June 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Kids Club/Playhouse Pals is an interactive and engaging program for participants ages 5 through 12. We support the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program may also support gross motor skills through active games, fine motor, and self-help skills through meal/snack preparation and activities.
Friends of all abilities are welcome & wanted! Please RSVP so we can best prepare for the fun!
Open Play | 3-4pm
June 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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!
Please RSVP so we know you are joining us!
Adult participants, this is a great opportunity to volunteer and be mentors to our younger friends!
As we at GiGi’s Playhouse Syracuse look to add more and more FREE purposeful programming we need you! Family input, volunteer hosts, family hosts, etc. Always feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions on how we can make your GiGi’s experience the very best! firstname.lastname@example.org.