GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities

GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities Down Syndrome achievement center providing free educational and therapeutic programs for individuals with Down syndrome (all ages). Non-Profit Organization serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
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Also providing outreach and information to the community about Down syndrome. Prorgrams are free for families and are covered by generous donations, event sponsors, and grants.

Mission: The mission of GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers is to increase positive awareness of Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the communities.

Open with service changes; Online services available

What a perfect day to send a fun letter or card to someone you haven't seen in a while! Today is National Send a Card to...
02/07/2021

What a perfect day to send a fun letter or card to someone you haven't seen in a while! Today is National Send a Card to a Friend Day! Let a friend know you miss and care for them!

GiGi's Kitchen is an awesome and fun program that you won't want to miss! Be sure to sign up and reserve a spot today! T...
02/07/2021

GiGi's Kitchen is an awesome and fun program that you won't want to miss! Be sure to sign up and reserve a spot today! The deadline is February 15th, so head on over to our website calendar to RSVP!

This amazing group of toddlers had their last virtual GIGiFIT Toddler program this morning. They've been meeting since f...
02/06/2021

This amazing group of toddlers had their last virtual GIGiFIT Toddler program this morning. They've been meeting since fall (12 dates) and were always happy to see each other. Many thanks to their parents for sticking with the program and working with them at home with the instruction and guidance of the leaders Paige, Josh and Kayla. This #purposefulprogram includes foundational, vestibular and targeted mobility movements, reflex integration and control which are all crucial to helping with hypotonia (low muscle tone). Thank you parents for believing, leaders for volunteering, and donors for ensuring we're able to continue offering impactful programs even during a pandemic. #gigisplayhouse #bestofall

You won't want to miss out on our virtual LMNOP program on Saturday, February 13th from 9:30-10 am! Make sure you RSVP b...
02/06/2021

You won't want to miss out on our virtual LMNOP program on Saturday, February 13th from 9:30-10 am! Make sure you RSVP by noon on Wednesday, February 10th for this fun event!

Applications for GiGi's Kitchen for Teens and Adults close in just 10 days!Don't miss out on this awesome program!GiGi’s...
02/06/2021

Applications for GiGi's Kitchen for Teens and Adults close in just 10 days!
Don't miss out on this awesome program!
GiGi’s Kitchen is designed to emphasize the importance of health and wellness through nutrition education, kitchen safety, food preparation, social activities, and a shared meal/snack. Under the guidance of program leaders, participants will learn about and progress through skills including measurements, food handling, knife skills, ingredient identification, palette expansion, and nutrition. Participants will be introduced to various cooking techniques. Apply TODAY! https://gigisplayhouse.org/quadcities/event/application-kitchen

Due to scheduling and rural road conditions, the Playhouse will remain closed today. Teen Tasitc & Fantastic Friends wil...
02/05/2021

Due to scheduling and rural road conditions, the Playhouse will remain closed today. Teen Tasitc & Fantastic Friends will still meet virtually tonight. Those registered will receive their kits today via mail (if they haven't already been picked up or delivered). We hope you all stay safe and warm today and in the coming days.

02/04/2021

Here we are again... an incoming snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions and a little ice for good measure!
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We will be closing at 11 am today to allow staff to get home safely. They will be working from home and the Playhouse phone has been forwarded so please feel free to contact us if you should need anything!
Stay safe out there!
[email protected] or 309-762.PLAY

Today was another busy day here at the GiGi's with 3 virtual tutoring sessions and the #BestofAll moment was getting to ...
02/04/2021

Today was another busy day here at the GiGi's with 3 virtual tutoring sessions and the #BestofAll moment was getting to meet this sweet boy and his parents. 😍
Please help us congratulate and welcome Brixen and his parents to the GiGi's family. We can't wait to watch him grow and achieve great things. This was our first in-person baby/family visit since COVID began last spring so to say we were excited is an understatement.

As spring programs get started here at GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities, we find ourselves in need of materials and supplies...
02/03/2021

As spring programs get started here at GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities, we find ourselves in need of materials and supplies. In-kind donations of materials, supplies, and equipment leverage our purposeful programs to the next level by enhancing virtual settings with hands-on materials/equipment via At Home Kits, large motor activities for in-person programs, and equipment for learning life skills.
Please visit our Amazon Wishlist to see if you can help!
http://bit.ly/GIGIQCWishList
#WishlistWednesday #donationsaccepted #gigisplayhouse #purposefulprograms

Busy busy couple of days here at GiGi's! Speech and tutoring sessions are going strong. Some in person and others virtua...
02/02/2021

Busy busy couple of days here at GiGi's! Speech and tutoring sessions are going strong. Some in person and others virtually. Everyone is excited to get to know each other or see each other again. #purposefulprograms #tutoring #speech #playislearning

It's finally Groundhog's Day! Will he see his shadow? We hope not! Fingers crossed for an early spring!
02/02/2021

It's finally Groundhog's Day! Will he see his shadow? We hope not! Fingers crossed for an early spring!

As our first week of spring tutoring begins, we want to welcome our new tutors for this session! We are so excited to ha...
02/02/2021

As our first week of spring tutoring begins, we want to welcome our new tutors for this session! We are so excited to have all of you on board with us!

We have just the way to celebrate the big, and little, things of each month! Celebrate your birthday, anniversary, promo...
02/01/2021

We have just the way to celebrate the big, and little, things of each month! Celebrate your birthday, anniversary, promotion, Bar Mitzvah, or achievement (first steps, anyone?) by inviting your friends and family to support GiGi’s Playhouse.

Did you know that last year Facebook fundraisers for birthdays earned over $300 million for charity last year? The GiGi’s Celebration Club can do just that through our own platform with funds going directly to your GiGi’s Playhouse location for immediate impact and acknowledgment to our generous donors.

Each donation helps us change the way the world views Down syndrome and helps in providing FREE purposeful programming to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community! By celebrating your special event, you also help celebrate and support the many achievements of GiGi’s Playhouse participants.
https://gigisplayhouse.org/quadcities/gigis-celebration-club

Remember to RSVP by noon on February 3rd for the virtual Teen Tastic and Fantastic Friends events happening on February ...
02/01/2021

Remember to RSVP by noon on February 3rd for the virtual Teen Tastic and Fantastic Friends events happening on February 5th from 6-8 pm! There's nothing better than seeing all of your smiles through the screens! We have a fun Valentine's Day craft and goodie bags planned for those that RSVP.

Are you technology savvy?We have received some donated laptops and computers and need some help getting them set up and ...
01/30/2021

Are you technology savvy?
We have received some donated laptops and computers and need some help getting them set up and prepared for families and volunteers to use. If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering to help, please let us know! Please email [email protected] or call 309-762-7529 to discuss.

Calling all GiGi's Teens & Adults! 💗💌💘💕💖Who's up for a Valentine's Day Craft and goodie bag?RSVP for next Friday's Teen ...
01/30/2021
Upcoming Events – Quad Cities – Down syndrome achievement center

Calling all GiGi's Teens & Adults! 💗💌💘💕💖
Who's up for a Valentine's Day Craft and goodie bag?
RSVP for next Friday's Teen Tastic & Fantastic Friends on our website calendar to reserve yours!
https://gigisplayhouse.org/quadcities/quad-cities-calendar/2021-02-05

Loading view. For hundreds more virtual programs, go to GiGi's At Home! GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities • 3906 38th Ave., Moline, IL 61265 gigisplayhouse.org/quadcities • [email protected] Views Navigation Event Views Navigation Month List Month Day Photo Week Map Today 2021-01-29 Janua...

Here's a throwback for you!Who remembers when Jay was here as an Occupational Therapy (OT) Intern and he oversaw Handwri...
01/29/2021
2 thinks to know about teaching handwriting!

Here's a throwback for you!
Who remembers when Jay was here as an Occupational Therapy (OT) Intern and he oversaw Handwriting & Keyboarding sessions? He and Mila created this awesome video about handwriting and proper seating position.
👍Good news!! We have another OT Intern joining us this spring and she will be overseeing handwriting and keyboarding sessions too! See the calendar on our website to sign-up for your one-on-one handwriting and/or keyboarding session.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmATdO6CzLU
#ThrowbackThursday #gigisplayhouse #purposefulprograms

Handwriting only has to do with putting pencil to paper right? Wrong! Here are two things to know that may help when working with your loved one on handwriting!

There's still time for our GiGi's friends to register for the Quad Cities Night To Shine event. If we've learned anythin...
01/28/2021

There's still time for our GiGi's friends to register for the Quad Cities Night To Shine event. If we've learned anything over the past year it's that some virtual events are just as fun as in-person events in their own unique way. We hope you'll join them! #morealikethandifferent #tagtheqc #quadcities

Guest Registration is closing on February 1st. If you haven't registered for this virtual event, please do so soon!

Keep watching this page for info on the event as it draws closer to February 12th, including info on gift bag pick-up, the virtual link, and uploading your photos!

Joining us for our volunteer team? We want to welcome you at our new volunteer virtual orientation on Wednesday, Februar...
01/27/2021

Joining us for our volunteer team? We want to welcome you at our new volunteer virtual orientation on Wednesday, February 3rd! We will be going over what it means to be a volunteer here at GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities! We are so excited and thankful to have you all!

Many thanks to the Amina Grace Memorial Fund for the recent funding to help ensure we continue to offer the Amina Grace ...
01/26/2021

Many thanks to the Amina Grace Memorial Fund for the recent funding to help ensure we continue to offer the Amina Grace Speech & Language Program here at our Playhouse. While this program is free for our families it is not free for us to offer. We contract with a Speech and Language Pathologist to oversee the program and to provide quality speech services. This spring we have 10 participants that will benefit from speech (4 in-person and 6 virtual).
https://gigisplayhouse.org/quadcities/amina-grace-speech-and-language-program

01/26/2021
GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities

Staff will be working remotely today and are available via email, social media, or phone. We hope you all stay safe and warm!

We are closing at noon today to allow our staff to get home safely before the forecasted snowmageddon. We hope you are all able to stay safe today, tonight, and tomorrow. If the forecast is accurate we may remain closed tomorrow too. Updates will be posted as needed. Staff will work from home and will be available via email, social media, and the phone has been forwarded. 🌨️❄️

01/25/2021

We are closing at noon today to allow our staff to get home safely before the forecasted snowmageddon. We hope you are all able to stay safe today, tonight, and tomorrow. If the forecast is accurate we may remain closed tomorrow too. Updates will be posted as needed. Staff will work from home and will be available via email, social media, and the phone has been forwarded. 🌨️❄️

We are so excited for the spring session of tutoring to begin so soon! The first week of tutoring begins on Monday, Febr...
01/25/2021

We are so excited for the spring session of tutoring to begin so soon! The first week of tutoring begins on Monday, February 1st! Our tutors are so excited to see your smiling faces so soon!

Did you know "Destination Discovery" is available to you FREE through GiGi's At Home? Through purposeful play and peer-t...
01/23/2021

Did you know "Destination Discovery" is available to you FREE through GiGi's At Home? Through purposeful play and peer-to-peer interaction, participants work on the development of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social skills and language... all while having fun!

Visit the National GiGi's At Home calendar to RSVP for upcoming virtual programs. https://gigisplayhouse.org/gigisathome/calendar/

#gigisathome #gigisplayhouse #socialskills #languageskills #grossmotorskills #finemotorskills #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #trisomy21#learningisfun #freeprograms #virtual #peertopeer #purposefulplay #allages

Flashback to our Fall GiGi's Kitchen Session! Participants enjoyed seeing each other virtually and preparing the weekly ...
01/23/2021

Flashback to our Fall GiGi's Kitchen Session! Participants enjoyed seeing each other virtually and preparing the weekly snack or meal and #bestfoall new skills were learned and new foods were tried!
👉Teens and adults were excited to share that GiGi's Kitchen will be offered again this spring with an all-new partnership with St Ambrose University. Additional details coming soon!
#FlashbackFriday #GiGisKitchen #GiGisPlayhouse

Bernie and his mittens have been to GiGi's! 👀 #bestofall
01/22/2021

Bernie and his mittens have been to GiGi's! 👀
#bestofall

We just couldn’t resist! #DressedForTheWeather #FriYay

Please help us welcome Jenny to our GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities Board! We are excited to have her join our team and loo...
01/22/2021

Please help us welcome Jenny to our GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities Board! We are excited to have her join our team and look forward to working with her. Check out our recent blog post to learn more about Jenny!
https://gigisplayhouse.org/quadcities/quad-cities-blog

01/21/2021
GiGi's Playhouse, Inc.

GiGi has done it! Check out the FIRST video podcast co-hosted by an individual with Down syndrome!

Hot off the presses: our NEW podcast, A Little Something Extra with Nancy Gianni and THE GiGi Gianni —the FIRST video podcast co-hosted by an individual with Down syndrome! From A-list actors to athletes to everyday people, we’ll have something for everyone! Most importantly, we’ll celebrate each guest's "something extra," which is the piece of you that truly makes you who you are. Watch the promo for a sneak peek, and stay tuned for the full launch soon! Visit ALittleSomethingExtraPodcast.org to learn more!

We have just the way to celebrate the big, and little, things of each month! Celebrate your birthday, anniversary, promo...
01/21/2021

We have just the way to celebrate the big, and little, things of each month! Celebrate your birthday, anniversary, promotion, Bar Mitzvah, or achievement (first steps, anyone?) by inviting your friends and family to support GiGi’s Playhouse. It's not too late to celebrate future or past celebrations just yet!

Did you know that last year Facebook fundraisers for birthdays earned over $300 million for charity last year? The GiGi’s Celebration Club can do just that through our own platform with funds going directly to your GiGi’s Playhouse location for immediate impact and acknowledgment to our generous donors.

Each donation helps us change the way the world views Down syndrome and helps in providing FREE purposeful programming to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community! By celebrating your special event, you also help celebrate and support the many achievements of GiGi’s Playhouse participants.
https://gigisplayhouse.org/quadcities/gigis-celebration-club

Be sure to RSVP for Sunday's Teen Tastic and Fantastic Friends virtual events by noon today! You won't want to miss out ...
01/20/2021

Be sure to RSVP for Sunday's Teen Tastic and Fantastic Friends virtual events by noon today! You won't want to miss out on these fun events!

Pop, pop, pop! Today is National Popcorn Day! Popcorn can be a fun and healthy snack, and a great reason to sit back, re...
01/20/2021

Pop, pop, pop! Today is National Popcorn Day! Popcorn can be a fun and healthy snack, and a great reason to sit back, relax and watch a movie at home!

Yay! This month's second Teen Tastic and Fantastic Friends virtual events are happening this Sunday, January 24th! Make ...
01/19/2021

Yay! This month's second Teen Tastic and Fantastic Friends virtual events are happening this Sunday, January 24th! Make sure to RSVP for these events so we can be sure to have enough materials for every participant!

Participants in Teen Tastic gain confidence, leadership skills, and empowerment while working as part of a team or on individual projects and tasks. If you, or your child, are looking for opportunities to socialize, practice your leadership skills, and be a part of amazing creative projects, then Teen Tastic is the right group for you!

Fantastic Friends is an interactive and engaging program recommended for adults ages 18 and up. This program is built to include adults with Down syndrome and those without Down syndrome. We support the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. Adult participants participate in the planning of activities so that everything the group does is based on interests. During Fantastic Friends, the group may explore their local community by participating in outings and events. This program may also support gross motor skills through active games.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today we remember that "The time is always right to do what is right". Here at GiGi...
01/18/2021

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today we remember that "The time is always right to do what is right". Here at GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities, we practice our Generation G pledge for acceptance and kindness for all! You can take the Generation G pledge today as well on our website! https://gigisplayhouse.org/quadcities/generation-g

There are so many FREE virtual programs to participate in listed on our national GiGi's Playhouse website! These GiGi's ...
01/17/2021

There are so many FREE virtual programs to participate in listed on our national GiGi's Playhouse website! These GiGi's At Home programs offer great resources for activities and learning experiences for friends of all ages! Take a peak at the list of events offered here: https://gigisplayhouse.org/gigisathome/

Join the next GiGi's At Home Family Speaker Series session to learn how to maximize the virtual learning experience!Lear...
01/16/2021

Join the next GiGi's At Home Family Speaker Series session to learn how to maximize the virtual learning experience!
Learn tips and tricks to:
Create an engaging home learning environment
Figure out the “right” amount of support your child needs from you
Deal with problem behaviors and effectively use home rewards
Collaborate with your child’s teacher to create an individualized plan for your child

RSVP here: https://gigisplayhouse.org/gigisathome/event/family-speaker-virtual-learning/

Address

3906 38th Avenue
Moline, IL
61265

General information

GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities offers office hours Monday-Friday 9am-3pm or by appointment. Staff and/or volunteers are often here early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Please contact us if planning to stop by outside of regular office hours. We'll make sure someone is available to meet with you. Programming is often offered in the evenings and on weekends. Please see the calendar on our website for additional information: www.gigisplayhouse.org/quadcities Playhouse phone number is 309-762-7529. Thank you!

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 15:00
Thursday 09:00 - 15:00
Friday 09:00 - 15:00

Telephone

+13097627529

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Bummed we couldn’t have our normal group party yesterday but Thank You for the Halloween party supplies/crafts to do at home! Great idea!!
Holeman’s Heroes 2020 Thanks GiGi’s!
Team ZOOMING ZOEY GRACE had a great, socially distanced, celebration today! Thank you to everyone who helped Z’s team raise nearly $5,000 for GiGi’s
Theresa Kilburg. Ann Bormann Empen Catherine Bormann Scheckel Mary Lou Buech sorry we can't all be together, but Levi Parsons dropped off a sign for you to include him on your walk ! Thanks for supporting Levi's favorite place .. GiGi's Playhouse !
Representing today! Love these masks!
Looking for a recommendation for a pediatric eye doctor in the quad cities or Iowa city.
I’m looking for a pediatric eye doctor in the quad cities or even Iowa city. Any recommendations? Pic for cuteness!!
Hi everyone! Hope your enjoying the last days of summer the best you can during these crazy times. Now that plans are out and most have spoken with IEPs teams and teachers. What's your child's school year looking like? Has anyone opted for virtual over a hybrid model? Is anyone still on the fence about sending their kiddo? Hoping to compare notes and see what different districts are doing and what DS families in the area are thinking to best educate our loved one while keeping them safe this year. Thanks for any input:)
Does anyone have any resources for Momma’s who are breastfeeding their little ones with DS?
Help! I need to contact Tara Wilson. I have messaged her but need someone to call or text her to ask her to check her fb messages. Thanks in advance if you can help.
Calvyn is doing amazing! Thank you again everyone for the warm welcome! You have all been amazing! Thank you Pam for the welcome bag we had waiting for us in the NICU when we arrived today!
Great news families! David met with Cathy Betar, head of special Olympics for our region (F) , earlier this week! We are going to be spearheading a team up here and would love to invite anyone 8 or older to join us! We are finalizing details, but swimming will be the next coming season, we are looking to start Feb 1. It appears Augustana is going to allow us to practice at their pool. In order to compete there will be some forms to fill out, which David is still working to prepare. But all athletes will need one filled out by their doctor, which I usually just drop st the office and they fill it out. But shouldn’t need a special appointment, unless your child hasn’t been to the doctor somewhat recently. If swimming isn’t your thing, we also plan to do track, bowling and basketball later on in the year. And maybe some others if there were some parents with some expertise on some other areas! 😁. If you are interested please let me know so we can get an idea of how many we might hAve! Also, swimming competition will be April 4 in Champaign at U of I. We are excited!