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GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

5885 E Circle Dr, Ste 250
Cicero,  NY 13039

Phone: 315-288-PLAY (7529)

GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

What started as a local playhouse in a suburb of Chicago has turned into an international phenomenon, spreading awareness and inspiration to everyone it touches. GiGi’s Playhouses are Down syndrome awareness and educational centers that provide resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.

GiGi’s Playhouse centers evolved into educational centers with a focus on national awareness for Down syndrome and achievement for individuals of all ages. All of our programs are free to our families and are therapeutic in nature. Each of them are designed to work on specific skill development in several areas including speech and language, social development, and fine and gross motor skills. Our literacy program alone teaches thousands of kids with Down syndrome to read around the nation! Our math program was just launched and has proven to be as powerful as out literacy program with a 100% improvement rate in all kids tested!
In just 10 years, 15 Playhouses have opened and there are more in the works! GiGi’s is committed to the important mission of spreading positive and accurate information about Down syndrome through education. We know that by helping individuals with Down syndrome reach their highest potential, we can change outdated perceptions that people may have. The end result is a world that is empowered with knowledge, compassion, and inspiration – what a better place for all of us!


GiGi’s Playhouse is a group of Down syndrome achievement centers across North America and Mexico!

GiGi’s Playhouse is a group of Down syndrome achievement centers across North America, where individuals with Down syndrome and their families can learn, develop, grow and share.
All of our programs are free to our families and are educational and/or therapeutic in nature
We will have 16 Playhouses open around the country by the end of 2013 and our first international playhouse opened in Mexico this year
Our literacy and math program provide one on one tutoring and teaches individuals with DS the way that they learn best.
We have 26 programs from infants to adulthood. (Including help with prenatal diagnosis and adult programming)
Most of the materials used in our literacy program are custom made at the Playhouses to meet the needs of the individual student
We tutor thousands of kids in literacy and math with great success.
GiGi's Playhouse is something different to everyone - (education, therapy, support, fun, self esteem) but for all its a place to belong.
We have national awareness campaigns including our 30 foot i have a voice travelling gallery and our award winning awareness calendar.
Our children wear their diagnosis on their face and are often judged because of it. (which is why the Playhouses and our national campaigns are so important)
Our tag line is educate. inspire. believe.
The Playhouse is so much more than a place, it is a feeling. A feeling of hope, acceptance and excitement that extends to the family and in to the community.
GiGi’s is a 501c3 charitable organization and is almost all volunteer run.
GiGi’s i have a voice billboards are popping up around the country!


For the last 12 years, GiGi’s Playhouse has served as a trusted partner in achievement, belief and confidence for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Distinct locations, 30+ purposeful programs offered at no charge, consistent resources a

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Founded: 2012

Categories: Non-Profit Organization


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  • July LMNOP
    10:00 AM - 07/22/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Language, Music N’ Our Peeps guides parents and infants/toddlers through learning basic sign language and through incorporating music and dance therapy into daily...

  • July Fantastic Friends
    06:00 PM - 07/20/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Join us each month as we do something new and fun! During this program, we aim to promote positive peer relationships, encourage relationships in the community,...

  • Backpack Buddies - Week 2
    06:00 PM - 07/19/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Please join us for our summer session of literacy! This program aims to provide opportunities for language and early literacy skills practice, provide opportunities...

  • July Gratitude Committee
    10:00 AM - 07/18/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Join this core group of adult volunteers (ages 20+) to hand-craft thank you cards for our amazing donors, as well as assist the office with other playhouse projects....

  • July Open Play
    10:00 AM - 07/15/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    This program invites families and their friends to the Playhouse for playtime! Open Play helps promote positive beginnings for new families with a child with Down...

  • July Volunteer Orientation
    06:00 PM - 07/13/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Please join us for an informational night on all things volunteer! This orientation is required for all new volunteers, and will provide an overview on who we are,...

  • Backpack Buddies, Week 1
    06:00 PM - 07/12/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Please join us for our summer session of literacy! This program aims to provide opportunities for language and early literacy skills practice, provide opportunities...

  • July Playhouse Pals
    10:00 AM - 07/08/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    This program will help promote friendships, social skill development and safety awareness through creative and social activities. Recommended for children 6-8 years...

  • July Leaps & Bounds!
    10:00 AM - 07/01/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    This program focuses on the development of large and small muscle groups. Children will participate in fun and engaging activities that require movement and interaction...

  • June - Gluten Free Cooking
    06:00 PM - 06/27/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Get cooking with your friends at GiGi’s! This program is geared toward building safety awareness in the kitchen and preparing healthy, gluten-free recipes that...

  • June - Friends, Fun & Fitness
    05:00 PM - 06/27/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Fitness & Friends, what could be more fun? Join us for a great time as we increase our physical activity levels through various types of fitness methods. We will...

  • June LMNOP
    10:00 AM - 06/24/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Language, Music N’ Our Peeps guides parents and infants/toddlers through learning basic sign language and through incorporating music and dance therapy into daily...

  • June Gratitude Committee
    10:00 AM - 06/20/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Join this core group of adult volunteers (ages 20+) to hand-craft thank you cards for our amazing donors, as well as assist the office with other playhouse projects....

  • June Open Play
    10:00 PM - 06/17/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    This program invites families and their friends to the Playhouse for playtime! Open Play helps promote positive beginnings for new families with a child with Down...

  • June Fantastic Friends
    06:00 PM - 06/15/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Join us each month as we do something new and fun! We want to hear what you woudl like to do! So bring your ideas and we will help you host a Fantastic Friends night. ...

  • June Playhouse Pals
    10:00 AM - 06/10/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    This program will help promote friendships, social skill development and safety awareness through creative and social activities. Recommended for children 6-8 years...

  • June Leaps & Bounds
    10:00 AM - 06/03/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Leaps and bounds is a play based program for ages 3-5 that focus on the development of large and small muscle groups. Children will participate in fun and engaging...

  • May LMNOP (Language, Music N' Our Peeps)
    10:00 AM - 05/27/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Language, Music N’ Our Peeps guides parents and infants/toddlers through learning basic sign language and through incorporating music and dance therapy into daily...

  • May Gluten Free Cooking
    06:00 PM - 05/23/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Get cooking with your friends at GiGi’s! This program is geared toward building safety awareness in the kitchen and preparing healthy, gluten-free recipes that...

  • May Friends, Fun & Fitness
    05:00 PM - 05/23/2017

    At GiGi's Playhouse-Syracuse

    Fitness & Friends, what could be more fun? Join us for a great time as we increase our physical activity levels through various types of fitness methods. We will...

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