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Welcome to Up With Down!

Up With Down is a non-profit support and advocacy group for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We are based in Des Moines and serve more than 300 families in central Iowa.   In May of 2010, we opened our own GiGi's Playhouse!  

All of our programming is now held at GiGi's Playhouse in Windsor Heights.  

Please visit us on the web at  gigisplayhouse.org/desmoines/ or in person at our new location!

GiGi's Playhouse

6507 University Avenue
Windsor Heights, IA 50324



email: desmoines@gigisplayhouse.org 



Gigi's Playhouse Des Moines has been open for almost 5 years!

If you haven't heard about Gigi's before, you can check out their website at

Click on the locations tab, then Des Moines information on our own local GiGi's Playhouse.  You can also find the GiGi's Playhouse calendar there so you know what activities are being planned.

Gigi's Playhouse is a Down syndrome achievement center. It is a place where we can gather and our kids can play and learn.

Our address is 6507 University Ave. Windsor Heights, IA 50324. You can get directions from google maps.

There are now 20 Gigi's locations including one in Mexico which makes GiGi's Playhouse international!  And 13 more in the works! We have 3 locations in Iowa, Sioux City, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. There is also one in Moline, IL, which covers the Quad Cities area of eastern Iowa on the Interstate 80 corridor.

Our Gigi's Playhouse is operated mostly by volunteers. We have two paid employees, our site coordinator, Jessica and our program director, Danielle. All the board members are volunteering their time and energy to keep this fantastic place open for our kids and families. Thank you to all of them for their hard work and dedication!





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