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May Program Buzz

Programs at GiGi’s Playhouse offer foundational learning opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.



LMNOP (0-3 years)

May 11 @ 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!


Restaurant Night at Panera Bread | 4-8pm

May 15 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Join us at Panera Bread on Wednesday, May 15, from 4-8pm, to have a yummy dinner (or grab lunch for the next day!) and support GiGi’s Playhouse Syracuse!

When you eat at or take out from the restaurant located at 5663 East Circle Drive, a portion of your purchase will be donated back to us! Your stomach gets full and you support our purposeful programming all in one meal!

Please show the flier to the cashier to make sure the proceeds go to us. Copies of the flier are available at the Playhouse or you can show the one in our Facebook event on your mobile device,! If you are ordering online for rapid pick-up or delivery, please use the promo code PRFUND so we receive credit for your purchase.

Please note:

*Only the Panera Bread at 5663 East Circle Drive is participating in this fundraiser.

*You must show the flier in order for us to receive credit for your purchase.

*If ordering online, please use the promo code PRFUND so we receive credit for your purchase.


Fantastic Friends (17+ years)

May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


*** Fantastic Friends is going on the road this month! We will be meeting at the Salt Museum to take a walk along Onondaga Lake. Please bring a gluten free dish to share with your friends. We will provide water for everyone! Please make sure you RSVP so we know how many to expect and don’t start our walk without you! Rain location is at the Playhouse! ***

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.


Destination Discovery (all ages)

May 18 @ 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.


Kids Club/Playhouse Pals (5-12 years)

May 19 @ 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 (all ages)

May 19 @ 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!


Gratitude Committee (20+ years)

May 21 @ 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!


Friends, Fun & Fitness (12+ years)

May 28 @ 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)

May 28 @ 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!


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!

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