Meet Henry – Best of All

Henry, age 9 Henry likes Team G Special Olympics, Social Skills, and Yoga. He loves performing on the stage and playing basketball in the gym at GiGi's.  He also loves singing and dancing, watching football plays on YouTube, re-enacting those football plays with his stuffed animals, and eating any kind...

GiGi’s At Home – Twin Cities

We miss you all so much and we still want the show to go on… just from home for now! With the help from GiGi’s Playhouse Indianapolis and GiGi's Playhouse Houston, plus we already have many other contributions from other playhouses -- we have now started to put together activities...
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Abby and Nell – Inspiring Self-Advocates

Abby and Nell are two of our self-advocates who have been volunteering here since the opening of GiGi’s Playhouse – Twin Cities in 2013, mostly volunteering with Special Olympics Young Athletes and Team G Special Olympics Team. They have helped volunteer here consistently and enthusiastically every single week for all...
Alison and Brit

My GiGi’s Story….Life-Long Relationships and Purpose! Written by: Alison

"I began attending GiGi’s Playhouse - Twin Cities, while nannying in 2015 for Maceo, a young boy with Down syndrome. After bringing him to Open Play, I quickly realized that I wanted to become more involved with this incredible organization and began volunteering that same year. Fast forward to now, I am currently...
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Michael….An Eagle Scout Gives Back!

Michael, a member of our community, and an Eagle Scout, reached out to us in June of this year to ask if there was something he could do for his Eagle Service Project to be able to give back to GiGi’s, the very place that has given him so much...

A Sister’s Love…From Colombia to GiGi’s Playhouse – Twin Cities!

Hi everyone! My name is Ingrid, and I am so blessed to have the chance to write a blog entry for GiGi’s Playhouse – Twin Cities. I had such an amazing experience recently, where I discovered this precious place where people with Down syndrome are the center of all attention...

The Peanut Butter Falcon, GiGi’s Playhouse….educate. inspire. believe.

Last night we had the chance to partner with KARE 11 on a segment about the new release of The Peanut Butter Falcon that premiers this week. This movie is starring an actor with Down syndrome and is helping the world to see Down syndrome in a very positive light....

Karen, Tim, and Violet — A family that inspires!

We are so proud of Karen Ryan, Tim Lees, and Violet for all of the contributions they have made to our GiGi's Playhouse-Twin Cities, Special Olympics Minnesota, and the Down syndrome community over all the years of Violet's life. Thank you!   Please watch this video, and forever be inspired!...

Sahra and Mustaf — A Mother’s Love for her Son and her Community

From the moment you meet Sahra and Mustaf, you immediately feel a sense of positivity, kindness, enthusiasm, leadership, and respect. These traits were instilled in Sahra from birth by her family growing up in Somalia, and Sahra has passed this on to her son Mustaf raising him here, in Minneapolis,...

Dahlia’s Story – Giving from the Heart!

Dahlia had her Bat Mitzvah this May. She decided, on her own, with all her gifts of cash and checks she received from many family members and friends who attended her Bat Mitzvah, that she would pay it forward to her local community. Dahlia thought carefully about all the many...

Erin – Volunteer Spotlight

Impact Story of GiGi's Playhouse - Twin Cities written by Erin, Volunteer: "Whenever Benjamin, a little boy that attends GiGi’s Playhouse - Twin Cities programming, realizes that he’s going to GiGi’s, he hooks his fingers together like they are giving each other a hug. This is the sign for friends in sign language, and I think...

Cody and Amy Jackson: History of Cody’s Dash

Shortly after Cody's birth, approximately July 2011, Amy Jackson's dear friends Andrea Johnston and Liz Meyer came to her and expressed their desire to do something for Cody and the Down syndrome community. They had in mind a 5K/Family Fun event. They started meeting to discuss the beginning stages of...