SUGAR LAND, Texas – The first-of-its-kind achievement center for children with Down syndrome is about to celebrate its grand opening. Gigi's Playhouse opens its doors Saturday in Sugar Land.
The three-room playhouse is open to kids of all ages with Down syndrome, and any family is welcome since admission is free.
Whether you're coming for circle time or tutoring, each therapeutic activity is formulated to develop motor skills, speech and muscle development.
“For instance, we have a bunch of stools in a circle for kids to sit together. They think it's fun sitting with their peers but really it's working on developing core muscles,” board president, Amee Blahuta, said. “We have balance beams… it’s really getting them to walk in a straight line.”
These are critical steps to reach early in life since they can take longer to achieve.
“Kids with Down syndrome typically have low muscle tone which means they have to work a little harder,” Blahuta said.
As those at Gigi’s Playhouse will tell parents, you don't have to feel alone on the journey to empower these kids.
“To have someone to tell you that 'I know you're scared right now but in a few short months it will be the best thing that's ever happened to you' is something you can't get sitting at home or in a doctor's office. It's found on a couch and with someone else who knows exactly what you've been going through,” Blahuta said.
Gigi’s Playhouse's grand opening celebration is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Sugar Land.