Teen Tastic (13-18)
Teen Tastic promotes friendship, social interactions, communication through a variety of social activities, outings, exercise activities and games for teens. Participants in Teen Tastic gain confidence, leadership skills, and empowerment while working as part of a team or on individual projects and tasks. This month we will exercise and work together on a collaborative craft project to decorate the Playhouse for the holidays. Grab your spot now, space is limited!
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.
- 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!
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!
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.
- November Theme: Discovering Healthy Grains
Registration is required and is limited to 8 participants.
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 Fall and Halloween.
Invite your friends & please RSVP for November 16th 10:00-11:15am, so we can be prepared for all our friends!
This program will help promote friendships, social skills and peer interactions through creative and social activities. Recommended ages: 8-12 years old.
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 gross motor skills through active games, as well as fine motor skills and self-help skills. Recommended age: 5-8 years.
NEW program: EPIC (18+) Empowerment, Participation, Involvement and Community
This program was a huge success last month!
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.
This month, we will be making decorations for the Fantastic Friends Friendsgiving Potluck which immediately follows this program.
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 is our Annual Friendsgiving Potluck – bring a friend and a dish to celebrate the holidays! A sign-up genius will be sent nearer the time to let us know what you will be bringing. Please register to let us know you will be attending.
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 session will be specific for the teens.
We will open registration for the next session in November – watch out for the email!
Literacy Tutoring/Math Tutoring
TUTORS and STUDENTS: Registration opens November 1st for the Winter 2020 Session of Literacy and Math Tutoring. Winter Session begins January 12th 2020 and finishes March 21st 2020.
November 12th 5:30-6:30pm
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
- Fantastic Friends (adult program) co-program leader to join our wonderful team
- 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!
Save The Date
Giving Tuesday – December 5th
2nd Family Movie Night – Holiday Theme December 6th 5:30pm, movie will begin at 6pm
Cookies and Cocoa Holiday Party – Sunday, December 15th 1-3pm
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.