Destination Discovery Programming November Highlight

Missed out on Destination Discovery programming this month? No problem! Here is a sneak peek of one of the turkey themed activities that participants did this month! Feel free to try this activity at home. Better yet – send GiGi’s Wausau pictures of your family doing this fun activity together! For more Destination Discovery activities…

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Growing Confidence with GiGi’s Seed to Sale!

I love plants. Like really, really love them. I love planting and growing them; watering and weeding them. I love the variety of colors and textures they come in. I love that they feed our pollinators and birds. And yes, I definitely love eating them too! But I didn’t always feel this way. Luckily, my…

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Our Family Story-Life With Annalisa

Our journey with Annalisa started out as a bit of a nightmare with her extensive heart defects. She lived her whole first year with an oxygen tank accompanying her everywhere that she had to go. She underwent one heart operation at 3 months of age and then a major reconstruction of her heart walls as…

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What Exactly is Best of All?

You may be a parent, volunteer or simply someone who follows the Playhouse on social media and have seen us share a moment captured during programming that we call a Best of All.  So, what exactly is a Best of All you ask… It is continual, measurable, celebrated and it never ends.  It is a…

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Summer Fun…Therapy in Disguise!

For any therapy to be affective you don’t have to go to a medical provider or do boring exercises!  Like many GiGi’s programs, therapy can be fun, creative, and purposeful!  Check out these 2 colorful options put together by our very own PT, Leslie, that you can do outside on any summer day. Erupting Ice…

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Programming, Friends, and the Community!

As many of us wind down from World Down Syndrome Day celebrations we encourage you to continue celebrating your loved one with Down syndrome and spreading community awareness each and every day!  Our Fantastic Friends group continued their celebration and awareness this last Sunday during programming. We have an amazing recap of their session filled…

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Why GiGi’s Playhouse…Meet Desta!

Volunteers are vital to the operation and success of a Playhouse!  We are so grateful for their dedication to participants and want to share a little about Desta! I have been a life long educator and have continued to look for ways to help others in my community after I retired.  Having been involved in…

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Meet our Literacy Coordinator…Jaci!

Jaci McKamey is new to serving in the role as Literacy Coordinator for the Playhouse but is not new to the team!  Jaci has been with GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau for over a year and worked in programs.  She brings an amazing background as a Speech Language Pathologist for the Wausau School District which makes her…

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Get to Know GiGi’s Playhouse One-on-One Literacy Program

What is the goal of the One-on-One Literacy program? The goal is to foster a love for reading and provide an opportunity to develop and master skills, all while building a positive relationship with the volunteer tutors. What are some the of basic logistics? Students start in our program as young as age 3 and…

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New Program: Super Sibs with Erika!

We are so excited to have an amazing volunteer, Erika Schilling lead a new program called Super Sibs at the Playhouse!  Super Sibs is a special time for siblings of individuals with Down syndrome to talk about the good, and the sometimes not-so-good moments of having a sibling with Down syndrome. This program is for…

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