December Happenings!

Events THIS December!

December 3rd – Giving Tuesday and our Annual Appeal 

This year our appeal has gone digital, please check your emails and our blog!

December 3rd – Gala Committee Meeting 7pm

Join us to find out how you can help with our biggest fundraising event of 2020.

December 6th 5:30-8:30pm – Our Second Annual Movie Night 

This month, wear your PJ’s, bring cushions, blankets, beanbags and come and watch a classic holiday movie with us – Polar Express! Arrive from 5:30pm, the movie will start at 6pm.

Click here to RSVP for the Movie Night

December 8th 1-3pm – The Big Give

This year, the Big Give have chosen GiGi’s Playhouse Westchester as one of their organizations where they help to spread holiday cheer through volunteering to complete projects – our worthy projects are the kitchen and toy organization. Join them and us at the Playhouse to help, engage, spread awareness and of course have fun! Please let us know if you are able to attend for some or all of the time – westchester@gigisplayhouse.org

December 15th 1-3pm – Cookies and Cocoa Holiday Party

It’s that time of year again! The best Holiday Party in town – Join us from 1:00-3:00pm. There will be games, cocoa, cookies, a special guest and lots more!

Click here to RSVP for the Cookies and Cocoa Holiday Party

 

Purposeful Programs THIS December

Teen Tastic (13-18)

This month we will be enjoying another Family Movie Night, come along to the Playhouse at 5:30pm – the movie will begin at 6pm. Wear your Pj’s, bring a cushion, blanket and enjoy Polar Express with us all.

Click here to RSVP for December 6th 5:30-8:30pm

Art Explosion (15+)

Provides hands on experience with multiple art media and provide an outlet for individuals with Down syndrome to express themselves, build confidence and socialize with peers. Teens and Adults ages 15 and up.

Goals:

  • Provides healthy outlet for teens/adults to express themselves
  • Build self-confidence
  • Promote positive peer interactions and socialization
  • Gain experience with multiple art projects

Registration is required as space is limited to 10 teens/adults. RSVP below!

Click here to RSVP for December 20th 6-7pm

3 and Under

Join our Playgroup! We’re moving, grooving and laughing along the way. 3 and Under (recommended age) is the perfect place for children three and under to meet new friends, learn and grow, while parents have the opportunity to socialize, network and make friends with one another. Siblings are welcome!

Click here to RSVP for December 7th 10-11:30am

Cooking Club (12-18)

Get cooking with your friends at GiGi’s! This program is geared toward creating independence when preparing easy healthy foods that taste great, increasing safety awareness in the kitchen, education on basic nutritional facts, following directions, learning how to use small appliances and cooking tools.

  • December Theme: Holiday Gifts

Registration is required and is limited to 8 participants.

Click here to RSVP for December 13th 5-7pm

Destination Discovery (All ages)

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!! This month we will be exploring the holidays!

Invite your friends & please RSVP for November  14th 10:00-11:15am,  so we can be prepared for all our friends!

Kids Club

This program will help promote friendships, social skills and peer interactions through creative and social activities. Recommended ages: 8-12 years old.

Click here to RSVP for December 14th 12:30-2pm

Playhouse Pals

This program will help support the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program also supports fine and gross motor skills through active games, as well as self-help skills. Recommended age: 5-8 years.

Click here to RSVP for December 14th 12:30-2pm

EPIC (18+) Empowerment, Participation, Involvement and Community

The EPIC adult program provides opportunities for socialization and community involvement, while creating a fun and memorable experience for its participants. Participants work on vocational, communication and social skills to boost confidence and encourage independence through goal orientated objectives.

No Program in December, we will return in January with yoga and mindfulness!

Fantastic Friends

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.

This month we will be watching a movie “The Peanut Butter Falcon” with pizza and popcorn.

Click here to RSVP for December 20th 7-9pm

GiGiFIT Teen

The GiGiFIT Program is designed to empower individuals with Down syndrome through independence and confidence in their abilities with an ultimate goal of mastering everyday tasks with less effort and minimal assistance. GiGiFIT will enhance a person’s quality of life through teaching healthy exercise habits and movements. Like many GiGi’s programs, GiGiFIT is designed to motivate and teach individuals with Down syndrome to achieve their highest potential in a goal-oriented environment. GiGiFIT is for individuals of all ages with Down syndrome.

This amazing program will return in 2020 and is designed for Teens.

Literacy Tutoring/Math Tutoring

TUTORS and STUDENTS: Registration is now closed. We will be matching tutors to students in early December.

 

Volunteer Orientation 

December 4th 6:30-7:30pm

Are you interested in learning more about volunteering at GiGi’s Playhouse Westchester? Please join us for an hour of information. You will learn a bit about Down syndrome, the way GiGi’s Playhouse Westchester is supporting individuals with Down syndrome and how you can use your talents to help the mission of GiGi’s Playhouse!

This month we are looking to fill the following opportunities:

  • Yoga Instructor for school aged children on a Saturday morning/lunchtime
  • Kids Club/Playhouse Pals (school-aged program) co-leader for a Saturday afternoon
  • Program Manager, to assist and support the Program Director at weekend programs
  • Grant writers
  • Gala Committee – interested in Fundraising? Join our committee to help make our 2020 Gala the best yet!

Please let us know you’re interested by completing this form or contact Tracy

Please remember to check our online calendar for up to date schedule changes.

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

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