GiGi’s Signature Programs Offered Nationally
Signature programs follow the same structure and curriculum at each location, providing purposeful progressions by supporting our youngest learners through adulthood.
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 Adult, recommended for ages 18+
- GiGiFIT Teen, recommended for ages 13-17
- GiGiFIT Infant, recommended for newborn to pre-walking
- GiGiFIT Kid…coming soon
- GiGiFIT Toddler…coming soon
- GiGiFIT You & I…coming soon
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.
Our FREE 1:1 Literacy and 1:1 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.
GiGi’s Career Development Programs
Our Career Development Programs prepare 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 University
- GiGi’s Career Development Internship
- GiGi’s Hugs + Mugs
- GiGi’s Studio
- GiGi’s Genesis Health Bar
- GiGi Professional
GiGi’s Specialty Programs Offered Nationally
As our Playhouses grow, so do our program offerings. Each GiGi’s Playhouse is unique and offers a variety of FREE purposeful programs to meet the needs of their families and their community.
All Ages….recommended ages may vary by Playhouse
- Art Explosion
- Cooking Club
- Daddy & Me
- Drama Troupe
- GiGi’s Adventures
- Music in Motion
- New Caregivers Group
- Nuestros Angeles
- Open Play
- 1:1 Handwriting
- Family Speaker
- 2 & Under
- Preschool Prep
- Story Telling
- Special Olympics Young Athletes™
- Little Fingers, Big Plans
- Skill Builders
- Social Skills for Young Learners
- Kindergarten Prep
School Age Learners
- Busy Hands, Bigger Plans
- Cheer Gems
- Creative Exploration
- Homework Hoopla
- Backpack Buddies
- Super Sibs
- Karate Kickers
- SciTech Kid
- Music in Motion
- Friends, Fun & Fitness
- SciTech Teen
- Social Skills for Teens/Adults
- Teen Tech
- Gratitude Committee
- E.P.I.C. (Empowerment, Participation, Independence, Community)
- TEAM (Teaching Exercise, Activity, and Movement)
No registration is required. Please double check our online calendar or call the Playhouse to confirm dates and times.
Open Play: All Ages
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. Open to families with children of all ages and their friends!
- Every Friday 10-11:30am
2 & Under: Ages Birth- 2
2 & Under is the perfect program for children two and under to meet new friends, learn and grow, while parents have the opportunity to socialize and network with one another. Siblings are welcome!
- The first Saturday of every month (Sept-May) 10-11am
LMNOP: Ages 0-3
Language, Music N’ Our Peeps (LMNOP) guides parents and children through learning basic sign language and how to incorporate music and movement into daily activities.
- The third Saturday of every month (Sept- May) 10-11 am
Leaps & Bounds: Ages 3-6
Leaps and Bounds will help promote social, emotional and gross motor development through a variety of activities including interactive play, sharing, cooperative games and physical activity.
- The second Saturday of every month (Sept- May) 10-11 am
Kids Club: Ages 7-12
This program helps to promote friendships, social skills and peer interactions through creative and social activities.
- The third Friday of every month (Sept- May) 6-8 pm
Teen Tastic: Ages 13-17
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.
- The second Friday of every month (Sept- May) 6:30-8:30 pm
Fantastic Friends: Adults 18+
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.
- The first Friday of every month (Sept- May) 7-9 pm
Spanish-Speaking Group: All Ages
This program provides support, friendship, networking and socialization for Spanish-speaking families at the Playhouse. Open to families with children of all ages.
- One Saturday a month September through May
We are always adding and trying out new programs!Check our online calendar and join our email list to view our current list of programming.