As our Playhouses grow, so do our program offerings. Each GiGi’s Playhouse is unique and offers a variety of FREE education and therapeutic-based 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 Therapeutic-Based Programs
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 casual and fun setting. This program also brings families together to share experiences and build relationships. All ages welcome.
Amina Grace Speech & Language Program – Provides youth, teens and adults with greatly expanded opportunities to evolve and refine their speech and language skills in a 1-on-1 setting. Effective enunciation, clarity of speech, word order and message meaning are paramount to fostering greater self-confidence, comprehension, problem-solving, school readiness, social skills, independence, and overall quality of life. Recommended for All Ages.
GiGiFIT – Focuses on improving areas of fitness through activities in strength, endurance, joint stability, balance, movement control and more. GiGiFIT promotes wellness through nutrition, pushing through barriers and building self-confidence.
- GiGiFIT Adults
- GiGiFIT Teens
- GiGiFIT Kids
- GiGiFIT Toddlers
- GiGiFIT Infants
LMNOP – 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. Recommended for ages newborn to 36 months.
Crawlers & Walkers – Focuses on the development of gross and fine motor skills through activities that are hands-on and fun! Social skills and language development will also be addressed, with focus on learning new words, following directions and interacting with peers. Recommended for 1-5-year-olds.
Leaps & Bounds – This program promotes social, emotional, large and small muscle group development. Children will participate in fun and engaging activities that require movement and interaction with their environment. Recommended for children ages 3-5 years old.
School Age Learners
Playhouse Pals – 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, as well as fine motor skills & self-help skills. Recommended for 5-8-year-olds.
Kids Club – Supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program will also support gross motor skills through active games, fine motor and self-help skills through meal/snack preparation and activities. Recommended for 8-12-year-olds
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. Recommended for ages 13-17-year-olds.
Fantastic Friends – A fun night out to facilitate social interactions between adults with Down syndrome, their peers and the community. Supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. All adults welcome from ages 18 and up.
Signature Education-Based Programs
Our FREE 1:1 Literacy and Math programs are specifically designed for individuals with Down syndrome ages 2 ½ through adulthood. Trained volunteers teach along purposeful progressions that build confidence and mastery. Families attend each lesson and leave with practical activities to continue learning at home.
Signature Career Development-Based Programs
GiGi’s Playhouse offers a FREE three-tiered career development program that prepares adults with Down syndrome to gain meaningful employment or volunteer opportunities in their community. These programs teach Confident U. Healthy U. Whole U through communication, work habits, job skills, fitness and nutrition. These programs promote an environment of inclusion and acceptance for individuals with Down syndrome. Recommended for ages 18+.
- GiGi Prep
- GiGi U
- GiGi’s Hugs + Mugs
- GiGi’s Career Studio Internship
- GiGi’s Studio
- GiGi’s Genesis Health Bar
- GiGi Professionals
Specialty Therapeutic-Based Programs
GiGi’s Playhouse Specialty Therapeutic-based programs have been developed by local Playhouses to meet the needs in each community. Each of these FREE programs offers purposeful play through specific goals and identified outcomes through components.
Programs for All Ages
- Art Explosion
- Cooking Club
- Daddy & Me
- Drama Troupe
- Family Night
- GiGi's Adventures
- New Caregivers Group
- Nuestros Angeles
- Open Play
- Story Telling
Programs for Early Learners
- 2 & Under – 0 to 24 months
- Preschool Prep – 24 to 48 months of age
- Story Telling – 2 to 5 years old
- Special Olympics Young Athletes™ – 2½ to 7 years old
- Little Fingers, Big Plans – 3-6 years old
- Skill Builders – 3 years old and up
- Kindergarten Prep – 5-6 years old
Programs for School-Age Children and Teens
- Busy Hands, Bigger Plans – 4-7 years old
- Cheer Gems – 4-16 years old
- Creative Exploration – 4-8 years old
- Homework Hoopla – school aged children
- 1-on-1 Handwriting – 5 and up
- Backpack Buddies – 5-11 years old
- Super Sibs – siblings age 6-13 years old
- Karate Kickers – 8 years old and up
- Tennis – 8 years old and up
- Music In Motion – 9-14 years old
- Friends, Fun & Fitness – 11 years old and up
- Teen Tech – 13-18 years old
Programs for Adults
- Gratitude Committee
- Playhouse Partner
- E.P.I.C.: Empowerment, Participation,
- Independence and Community
- TEAM: Teaching Exercise, Activity and Movement