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Meet the Staff Mary Wynne Cox

6 | Greetings

A thank you from our Associate Publisher.

One mom's legacy. How her organization is helping others in need.


10 | Real Moms: The Big Life of Mindy Irish

12 | Center Stage: From Cookies to Construction

16 | Mommy Magic


19 | Fill Your Bucket

How to make yourself a priority and find YOU time.

Beth Campbell Carrie Bishop Danielle Myers Hannah Hilliard Jenn Kampmeier Mary Susan Buhner Mindy Irish Nicki Turner

What do you want to be when you grow up?

21 |Summer Camp Programs

Great summer camp activities for the whole family.

24 | The Nest

Don't throw out that box of junk yet! Trendy ways to reuse that box of odds and ends.


26 |Memory Lane

Contact Us: Hamilton County Family PO Box 40206 Indianapolis, IN 46240 (317) 417-3031 or (317) 710-6622

30 | Healthy Family Meals A recipe everyone will love.



The programs our center offers are: School Readiness Program: Ages 2-5 Social Language Program: Ages 5-8 School Preparedness: Ages 6-15 Transition to L.I.F.E. Program: Ages 10 & Up *Summer Therapy Program: Ages 2 & Up *Social Summer Camp: Ages 6-16

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Find out what local moms are saying.


Our Applied Behavior Analysis Center (ABA) provides 1:1, 40 hours per week therapy that is covered by private insurance.


28 | In Our Opinion

Emma Gabbar and Julia Momper, Fishers Photography by Hannah Hilliard

Does your child have autism?

Public Relations and Events Wendy Cox


20 | Strollers & Stilettos



Business Manager | Accounting Roxanne Burns roxanne@hamiltoncountyfamily. com

The secret competitive mom. Life is about more than just winning.

Great family events going on around Indy.

• Autism also causes some individuals to be very sensitive to certain sounds, lights, touch and tastes.

Advertising Coordinator Karen Ring


Healthy ways to "just say no."

32 |To Do With Your Crew

Associate Publisher Advertising Sales Jennica Zalewski


14 | The Worth of NOT Keeping Up With the Joneses

Clever ways to document everyday memories.

• Autism affects the person's ability to communicate. Approximately 40% of the individuals with autism are non-verbal.

Graphic Designer | Artist Krista Ward

How a mother of 4 takes life by the horns.

One amazing teen is helping her community while inspiring others to follow their passions.

• Autism affects the person's ability to socialize and interact with others.


8 | On the Radar

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Good Habits Start Young Carrie and Larry the Tooth-Tickling Fairies was written by Dr. Michelle H. Edwards, a board certified pediatric dentist and mother of three, to help parents of infants, toddlers and preschoolers care for their children’s teeth at home. Delightful decals of “Carrie” and “Larry” found inside the book stick to the bathroom mirror to motivate children to have their parents take a turn brushing and flossing their teeth! When not writing, Dr. Michelle can be found caring for children as if they were her own at Children’s Dental Center in Fishers!


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One Mom’s Legacy The Megan S. Ott Foundation is the remarkable vision of Megan Snyder Ott. While she has not been with us to see the good works it has provided, it would not exist without her. Megan was a 32 year old wife and mother pregnant with her second child when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The lovely Lauren Luann Ott was born into the family 3 weeks after Megan’s diagnosis. Knowing firsthand the difficult emotional, physical, and mental anguish of fighting breast cancer, Megan envisioned an organization that would help families cope. Megan and Tom Ott founded the Megan S. Ott Foundation in March 2010, one month before Megan passed away from breast cancer. Megan was 34. She left her husband, her two beautiful young daughters, and she left this foundation as her legacy to them. The Megan S. Ott Foundation is a unique organization because it provides immediate personalized assistance to local recipients in the Indianapolis Metro community. Working closely with Community Health Network and the great team at Community Breast Care they offer monetary and sunshine support to local families fighting the day to day battle of breast cancer. They build personal and supportive relationships with their recipients. The first time they meet, they provide a basket of items Megan personally chose. Items that gave her comfort during her battle and that she wanted to share with others. From the very beginning of the journey with these families, the Foundation volunteers recognize their strength, and honor their courage sharing the vision Megan inspired. All of the grants are individualized to the needs of the family. In the last year, they have paid utility bills, medical bills, provided Christmas presents for families, paid for a few vacations and set up spa days for mothers and daughters. The Foundation also helped with mortgage payments, rent payments, help with prescription drugs and back to school supplies for children. They also provided weekend getaways, movie tickets, theater tickets, gift cards, and even meals when needed. “Sunshine” is provided in the form of cards and phone calls. They send flowers to celebrate the good news, and encouragement or simply support when the news is not good. The goal of the Foundation – “Our number 1 priority is to bring as much joy, happiness and laughter into their lives as possible.



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Simply put, Lemonade Day is about providing kids of all ages the opportunity to EXPERIENCE entrepreneurship by starting, owning and operating their own business: a lemonade stand! And it is FREE! Registration opens in early March. You will be able to sign up online, at most Hamilton County libraries, through a youthserving non-profit like the Boy Scouts or Big Brothers Big Sisters or at one of our registration events in March or April at places like The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis or the Indianapolis Zoo.

The Best Buddies Indiana Friendship Walk will occur on Sunday, April 29 at 9:00 am on the White River State Park Canal and includes a competitive run, as well as a fitness walk. Registration is free and anyone who raises $50 receives a t-shirt. All proceeds benefit Best Buddies Indiana and our friendship programs for people with special needs.

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Also, join us for “A Night For Magical Moments” Benifiting the Megan S. Ott Foundation Saturday, May 12th, 2012





The 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Friday, March 16th, 2012 in downtown Indianapolis starting at 11:30am. The Parade has over 80 units made up of high school bands, floats, catholic schools, Irish dancers, bag pipe & drum bands, Irish organizations, law enforcement, local media and celebrities. The Parade is FREE to the public. The Parade also hosts a tent party (10:00am – 3:00pm) on Vermont Street which is located in the middle of the Parade route and it is also FREE and open to the public. Come out rain or shine and enjoy one of Indy’s most popular events.


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education that they offer. I loved how they celebrated my weight loss along with me. Even the simple 5-pound stars I would earn really made my day and kept me motivated to stay on track! They taught me so much and their strategies helped me achieve Lifetime status with them 13 months after the birth of my baby!" The remaining 10 were lost on the Body for Life program. She’s also a Team Beachbody Coach and credits drinking water and eating

The BIG Life of Mindy Irish by: Carrie Bishop, mom of 3

Mindy Irish is one busy lady. She’s busy because she’s an at-home mom with four kids ages 8 and under. That’s enough to fatigue just about anyone. She’s also a wife. And a general contractor. She writes three blogs, manages two websites, is a marketer, community volunteer, and a health nut. She also recently lost 90 pounds. On paper she sounds like a wonder woman, yet she’s just a modern-day mommy making it work. Here’s how: Irish was a teacher when she became pregnant with her first child. She soon decided to quit her job and stay home to raise her son. A short year later she and her husband Dan “got the wild desire” to get into real estate. They started DM Irish Building and Design (, building custom spec homes and contracting interior design. “We had a dream. We took a risk and opened a new chapter for our lives,” she said. Immediately her role expanded from stay-at-home mom to general contract or, running the construction and renovation side


of the new business. In time her husband got his real estate license and she became the primary marketer for his sales work, which includes running a website and penning a related community blog and Facebook page called For You and the Crew ( As the housing market slowed, she worked even harder on these marketing endeavors while also building three custom homes and completing six renovations. Along the way she and her husband added three more kids to the mix and moved six times. That’s right. Six. Phew. Perhaps then it’s no stretch to learn Irish gained about 100 pounds while juggling the many aspects of her life.

Getting Herself Back Many moms can relate to the toll pregnancies can take on a woman’s body. In Irish’s case, her body endured four full-term pregnancies and one miscarriage in a six-year span. She said, “The pregnancies were so back to back and I was in the middle of building and renovating that I didn’t make the list. I was taking care of the kids, being pregnant, working, helping Dan. By the end of the fourth pregnancy I looked in the mirror and I was 100 pounds heavier than I was in high school. I said, ‘I can’t live like this.’” She admits to having led an unhealthy


lifestyle when she was pregnant and to experiencing some postpartum depression. “I never worked out. I didn’t eat healthy or worry about it. It was just a bad lifestyle that I very well could have continued and blamed it on the babies or being a mom,” she said. Instead, she took action and made a huge change. She gives a nod to the Fishers YMCA for making a positive impact on her weight loss journey. Certainly the group exercise classes and facility played significant roles, but so too did the free childcare. Where else can a mom find two hours per day per child of free daycare? ”They made it possible. Definitely I did the work, but they have been an assistance to it because the childcare facility is safe and clean. I can put me as a priority then go through the rest of my day. I don’t have to line childcare up at home,” she said.

minimal sugar to maintaining her healthy weight of 135 pounds.

“I used Weight Watchers immediately after the birth of my baby," Mindy says. "I attended their weekly meetings with my kids in tow and made sure to take full advantage of the

On the health front, Irish does three interval cardiovascular sessions each week, three strength training sessions, one yoga class, and eats what she describes as a very clean diet.

She said the weight loss is more than the sum of her diet and exercise regimen. She

As for the rest of it, she sets clear-cut goals

wanted to model a healthy and balanced

and creates a to-do list. It’s that simple. She

lifestyle for her family. “I wanted them to see

also has a neighbor who can watch her kids

a life of balance, a mom who cared for them

on an as-needed basis and her husband

because I took time to care for myself inside

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and out,” she said. She said planning and doing are innate within

Living Big

her, but to execute her goals she focuses on

After having four kids and realizing that the

staying organized so she can get to her pri-

childbearing part of life is now behind her, she

orities in both her professional and personal

developed a personal slogan of Live Big. To

lives. It seems to be working. Somehow she

her Live Big is living the life she is meant to

even manages to gather her family together

live, doing more than she thinks she can, get-

for dinner every night and has weekly date

ting out of her comfort zone and taking risks.

nights with her husband. Many moms would

Its focus is inward as well as outward onto

be happy to accomplish just that.

the community. In fact, her company’s For You and the Crew blog is an extension of this resolve as she developed it as a resource for affordable community happenings. She also started Fit Gal Club ( in her pursuit to help others. The Fit Gal Club exists to link like-minded women interested in health and fitness and includes posting from Irish

Within 26 months she had lost 90 pounds. She did not lose the weight from exercise alone, however. She also turned to Weight Watchers.

There are no easy buttons. I cut out the excuses. I made myself a priority and got educated.

Real Moms


and her Weight Watchers leader and friend Shannon Collins. Among other things, the site posts 12-week health challenges and aims to just keep people keeping on.

In moments of reflection Irish taps into her faith for strength to manage it all. “I constantly evaluate if I’m doing too much, enough, or the right things. I put my focus on my total health and my calling in this down time of housing for me. That has empowered me to get to more in life, but with less effort because I’m listening to a higher call. It’s a joy to start to live the big life that’s been planned for me,” she said. May we all be inspired to lead a big life too. Catch Irish each month in her new Hamilton County Family column, "Fill Your Bucket".

Finding the Time Without question Irish leads a full life, but really how does she do it all?



Center Stage

From C

kies to Const ruction

in an attic of a Drop-In Center in order to create a meeting room and chapel for atrisk and homeless youth? Carmel High School Junior Amber Kriech has done both of these things and countless other community service projects. Many of her projects started as part of her Girl Scout mission. Amber first became involved with scouting as a Daisy in the first grade. She has continued with Girl Scouts and is now a Girl Scout Ambassa dor, the highest rank that can be achieved. “I’ll definitely be a lifetime mem ber,” she said. And she still sells Girl Scout cookies.


“I did this project because of my love of reading and books and I wanted to help the kids get excited about reading,” Amber explained. Amber has continued to collect and donate books to the center’s library that she helped create four years ago. After completing the library, Amber contacted the Boner Community Center, which is across the street from the East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center. They told her that they had a need for books for the children to be used during school breaks. The Marion County Library and Half Price Books donated book carts, and Amber began to fill them with approximately 300 books per cart to create mobile libraries. Many of the books came from Amber’s vast collection of children’s books. Amber’s next mission became clear when, in 2010, she learned that there are more than 29,000 homeless youth in Indiana. “I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that there are teenagers, as young as 14, living on the streets alone, that don’t have basic necessities, who aren’t surrounded with loving family and friends, and wonder when they’ll eat their next meal or where they will sleep,” she wrote in the Jan - March 2012 issue of T.I.M.E.® Together in Ministry Everyday magazine, which is published by St. Luke’s United Methodist


Church. She was shocked and wanted to “make a difference in the lives of these youth”. A member of her church connected her with a Christian ministry called Outreach, Inc., which is dedicated to equipping and empowering at-risk and homeless youth to exit street life. She toured their Drop-In Center and envisioned their 450-squarefoot, unfinished attic as a space that could really make a difference if it were converted into a quiet place for prayer, counseling, and educational classes for the homeless youth who visit the Drop-In Center. Amber used $2,000 from the Power of Children Award, plus the help of 42 generous donors and 45 volunteers who contributed 2,000 hours of work, to create the Spiritual Center in the attic of the Outreach, Inc. building. The project took almost 12 months to complete. She was constantly motivated to keep going and find solutions to the many problems that hamper any remodeling project. “We were having trouble getting the project off the ground and I decided to write a special prayer for the people working on the project. We read it before every work session. It really was amazing how it kept everyone positive and motivated,” Amber explained. She also put up pictures of the kids on the walls. “It just reminds you of who you are doing this for and how much they need it,” she said. In 2011, Amber set up an educational fund through the Christian Foundation of Indiana. The Foundation enables people to establish a charitable fund that is managed professionally. Her fund is called the Youth For a Different Tomorrow Educational Fund and will benefit at-risk and homeless youth. The fund will be used for educational expenses

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In the 8th grade, Amber became involved with the East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center in Indianapolis. The center provides daycare, preschool and after-school programs for very low-income families. She transformed an unorganized storage room at the center into a comfortable and inviting library. Amber designed the room and provided bookcases, tables, and seating. She recruited volunteers and sorted, labeled, and shelved more than 2,000 books.

How many teenagers do you know who spend their free time creating a mobile library for children from a church across town? Or hanging drywall

Develop the Mind


that are not otherwise covered, like a second school uniform, school supplies, bus passes to get to school, standardized test fees, lab fees, and textbooks. Amber is currently serving on the Hamilton County Youth As Resources Board, which is comprised of youths who award grants to youth-led projects to help the community. “It’s a really good way for kids to get experience presenting their proposals in a lowerpressure situation. It’s easier to do that in front of people your age,” she said.

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In her free time, she enjoys reading, working with 4H, playing her flute with the Carmel Wind Symphony I, taking photographs, scrapbooking, and listening to music by her favorite singer, Elvis Presley. “I’m a huge Elvis fan!” she said. She is also looking forward to serving as a Page at the Statehouse on Girl Scouts Day with Representative Kathy Richardson, who serves District 29 encompassing parts of Hamilton County.

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As a junior, Amber is starting to think about college. She has scholarships to IUPUI and the University of Indianapolis as a result of the Power of Children Award for Community Service. “Those schools are definitely on my list. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do. I’ve definitely ruled out construction!” she said. Amber has created a website which details her community service projects. She explains that the purpose of the website is “to inspire others to follow their passion, get involved and make a difference”. Please visit www. for more information and to learn how you can start your own service projects. At Hamilton County Family, we are always eager to hear about children who are making a difference in our community. If you know of a child who fits that description, please email Jennica Zalewski at



“She knows I don’t have money to buy everything. She’s grown up knowing that I’m doing the best I can. I just haven’t given her everything and she doesn’t expect everything,” O’Hara explained.

Put things in their place. Giving kids the proper perspective on possessions will help them separate things from self. They will have an easier time identifying themselves and others in ways that don’t involve money. Kids need to hear specifically that they are great no matter what. Let them know that things can be nice, but things have nothing to do with them as people.

Actions speak louder than words.

The Worth of NOT Keeping Up with the Joneses

Parents caught up in maintaining a material lifestyle are feeding a mentality in their children that self worth is connected to material things. “It’s often times very subtle. It can be an indirect undertone in the family that we see a lot of here in Hamilton County. Hamilton County in my opinion is quite a bubble,” Hall said. He believes if parents are talking the talk but not walking the walk, then they will have problems right out of the gate.

by: Carrie Bishop, mom of 3

Give to others.

A) Disneyland B) A bubble C) Hamilton County D) All of the above If you answered D, then you are not alone. Hamilton County is among the wealthiest counties in the wealthiest country in the world. The median household income approaches $82,000. People have described this region as both Disneyland and a bubble for this very reason. Living here affords families excellent public and private schools, competitive athletic programs, engaging extracurricular activities, and much more. Much, much more –including living among neighbors who have lots of new, cool stuff. It can sometimes be too much, especially for kids who are trying to figure out who they want to be and be like. Is this community of seemingly more haves than have-nots creating a storm of consumer kids? Are we raising the next generation of Joneses?


ting a car – there’s this expectation. They are not throwing a tantrum, it’s just really an expectation of ‘Why would I not get the newest and best thing?’ That’s just how they’ve been raised and how they understand the world,” he said.

“There’s nothing wrong with a good lifestyle and having nice things, but put them in their place. Don’t allow them to be connected to your value or your child’s value,” Hall said. When kids, or any family member, tie possessions and activities to their own worth they move in a dangerous direction for their mental health and overall well being.

To reign in a Jonesing mindset parents may opt to broaden their children’s understanding of the world. Here’s how Hall, McDermid and area parents are keeping material kids in check.

Scott McDermid, minister to youth at Carmel United Methodist Church, has worked with kids full time for a decade. Like Hall he sees and hears a lot from area youth. “Carmel kids get a bad rap for being rich or snobby, which I don’t think is true,” McDermid said. He does, however, admit a material culture is part of life for Hamilton County kids. “I don’t think it’s a conscious thing on their part. What I see is when a new thing comes out – a new iPhone or pair of UGGs, even when they turn 16 and everyone else is get-


“A classic quote from parents is ‘You don’t know how good you have it.’ The truth is, they don’t. You have to show them. You can’t talk about it. Show them. Go volunteer,” said Hall, who makes it a point to regularly volunteer with his family at a church food pantry.

Just say no.

We had them doing community service and working with homeless rescue...It really opened their eyes to the other side of the spectrum.

Call it the school of hard knocks, but Hall says parents need to just say “no” to their child early on and reiterate that life isn’t all about things and stuff. Let kids struggle with wanting something. “Those are life lessons you let them walk through. Let them deal with it,” said Hall.

He adds, “It’s important you don’t just drop your kids off to do this. You do it with them. If you just want someone else to teach them it’s not going to happen. You are the influence for better or for worse. When you get involved in something you should try to do it as a family.”

This is a path that has worked for Carmel mom Stacey O’Hara. O’Hara has been a single mom since her daughter was 3. Now 14, her once-toddler is in the thick of middle school years. O’Hara says her daughter is not one to be consumed with consuming, certainly due in part to having heard “no” along the way.

Volunteering is an idea O’Hara and her daughter have tapped into as well. Each Christmas the pair adopts a Carmel family in need and delivers food baskets to them. “There’s a definite need for assistance in Carmel. Not everybody has designer clothes or shoes,” says O’Hara, a truth she wants her daughter to understand.

Are you raising your kids in:

Patrick Hall, a licensed marriage and family therapist and president of the Lotus Group, believes that materialism is not necessarily bad, despite the negative feelings the word evokes. In fact, it’s a normal part of most cultures.

Plug kids into ways they can give their time and energy to others who don’t have a lot.

David Keys, Carmel dad of three, also believes volunteering is an excellent way to keep kids grounded. “Early on we had them doing community service and working with homeless rescue...It really opened their eyes to the other side of the spectrum,” he said. While he says the pressure to succeed academically is high with his two high school girls, he says neither are caught up with having things.

Give them a mentor. It can often be helpful for kids to have a reliable adult, other than mom or dad, they can turn to for advice. McDermid recognizes this and says his church has put small groups in place to address this need. There are around five kids per group and each group is managed by an adult who knows them, cares about them and notices if they are not around as much. “Kids need advice and support and quite frankly when they get in trouble they need someone who will listen to them and not be angry,” said McDermid. Keys is one of McDermid’s small group leaders. He describes the effort as a place where the kids can get together in an environment different than school and gain life lessons. “We’re teaching them biblical principles and those principles fly in the face of materialism and trying to keep up with everybody else,” Keys said. This, of course, nods to another avenue out of a consumer mindset: spirituality.

Friends help set the tone. Peer pressure exists, so it makes sense for parents to help kids form relationships with peers who are not overly concerned with material things. While no parent can make friends for their child, Nicole Todd, Carmel mom of three, says parents can help by being positive about the friends who are good influences. What has helped her is knowing the parents of her boys’ best friends. “I think sometimes getting to know parents and what they stand for can be a positive,” she said. Her rule is that she always meets the parents of her kids’ friends. When they visit other kids’ homes, she walks up to the door and introduces herself. “If they want to go to Mrs. Smith’s house then they know I’m going to come to the door,” she said. Call Hamilton County Disneyland, a bubble, or simply home, but living in a landscape of people who have makes it hard for kids to go without – even if that without is an iPhone 4S. Fortunately, living with things is not bad, as Hall points out. It’s the meaning attached to the things that matters. A life lesson worth learning.

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MommyMagic by: Mary Susan Buhner, mom of 3 keep your head down and do your very best that good will come from it. Because this is my philosophy, I tend to surround myself with other moms that think in a similar fashion. It is not that I am afraid of winning or losing or even afraid of confrontation. I am actually a very direct person and have no problem confronting people or holding myself or my kids to a high standard. I have, however, learned to pick my battles over the years. One of the battles that I have chosen NOT to pick is with the secret competitive mom. She, too, is on a journey of motherhood, but don't kid yourself – she is in it to win it and will TRIP you to keep you from crossing the finish line.

Motherhood is a Journey

Much like running a marathon.

I view motherhood as a journey. Like any journey, it is nice to know you have people that support you along the way. It is not a quick journey either – no sprint. Rather, a long marathon. You hear of people in marathons pacing themselves. Taking their time – finding their stride. I am sure they need and have to calculate water breaks, moments of being on a high and times of feeling like they are going to die and they just want to quit. My good friend recently ran a marathon and she said motherhood was tougher than running 26.2 miles in a single timeframe. I am not a runner so I will have to take her word for it. Regardless, keeping pace, having moments of ease and then moments of agony, I can relate to that and it definitely sounds like motherhood. A journey – ups and downs, moments that make you breathless and moments that take your breath away. Nonetheless, a journey.

The secret competitive mom. We all know one (or more) of them. She is nice to your face and seems helpful, but really she is digging for information so she can “one up” you. She is a ”know it all” about everything from the best restaurant to the best place to vacation. She will have no problems telling you that her child is the best of the best of, well, everything that is the best. Sound familiar? She is always on the run, but calm, cool and collected and makes you feel like a loser if you are late to a practice or don't socialize with the other moms before, during or after any event. She makes us feel badly about ourselves – even guilty. It rarely is ever about you and your child. Instead, it is typically about them, how amazing their child is and how lucky you are to be in their presence. The secret competitive mom talks a lot and she listens very little. She wants you to trust her, but only so she can judge you and make you feel inadequate about yourself. To be honest, I don’t like secret competitive moms. Life is too short to base my self worth on a mom who wants to prove that she is: smarter, faster, prettier, more organized, thinner and her kid is: well, you guessed it, smarter, get the point.

I was naive enough 12 years ago when I first became a mom to think that all moms on this journey would view it like me. I learned pretty fast back in Gymboree class with my infant daughter that there are, in fact, different kinds of moms. Although we are all on the journey of motherhood, that does not mean we are all running the race the same way.

The good news is there are ways to “handle” or manage this type of mom. When I posted that I was writing on this topic on Facebook, I had several moms respond that the number one way to deal with a secret competitive mom is to walk away. Don’t deal with them. Ignore them. Don’t play their game. That works sometimes, but what about the times you have to face them? I have found that saying very little typically does not shut them up, but rather just gives them more room to enjoy the sound of their own voice. So when forced to interact, just get through it so you can move on from it. Kinda like a root canal.

There are different kinds of moms like there are different kinds of runners. I am a slow-and-steady kind of mom. I truly believe if you

A very smart mom once told me, “There is enough success for everyone. Be happy for those who succeed and encourage those



who don’t.” I decided a long time ago that it was important to me to make others feel empowered and inspired. I don’t like people who make me feel guilty, small or stupid, so why would I want to make others feel that way? It is not my style. With that, I figured out that I had to start surrounding myself with moms with similar thinking and values. Moms who ran the race of motherhood similar to me – slow and steady and focused on working toward their own personal best and not busy judging me.

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Sure, sometimes it feels like the competitive mom blows by me with perfect form, in the coolest running shoes without breaking a sweat. We both are going to cross the finish line and the people who love you most are proud of you no matter how or when you complete the race. The point is to run your own race. Set your own pace and know that there is enough success for everyone – even the secret competitive mom. Remember, life is NOT just about winning. It is about how you handle winning (and losing). It is about connecting with others. Appreciating others success and knowing there is enough for everyone to be happy and be the best at what they are pursuing in life. After all, at the end of the journey, I doubt any of us will calculate the times we won or lost at anything. Instead, I hope we will focus on how we ran our own race.

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: Making Yourself a Priority by: Mindy Irish, mom of 4

Laundry, check. Bills, check. Your 8-to-5 job, check. Volunteer for the PTO event, check. Team Mom, check. Groceries and dinner, check. What’s missing? YOU are! You give and you give and you do such a wonderful job taking care of your family, friends, and commitments, but what about you? You made it to all of those events…sort of. Maybe you were tired, distracted or overwhelmed by the thought of all the responsibilities that you have on your plate right now? How can there ever be any “leftover” time for you? There will rarely be any “extra” or “leftover” time for you. You have to get used to going first. Did I just say that? Yes, ma’am, you get to go first! I’m going to give you a makeover. It’s not about hair, clothes, and make up. It’s about focusing on how you structure your day, use your time, set your priorities, and give yourself permission to make the list.

If you’ve flown in an airplane, you’re familiar with the directions the flight attendants give for emergency situations. They specifically address those that are traveling with children. Their instructions say, “The oxygen masks will drop down from the overhead compartments and you need to make sure to put it on yourself first. Then, once you are stable, put it on your children for their well being.” Agreed! It has become my life mantra to “take care of you so you can take care of others”. However, unlike in the airplane, you don’t want to wait until an emergency hits to put yourself first. We’re changing that mindset right here and now. I am officially giving you permission from this day forward to put yourself on the list – at the top! That means all-things-you becomes the focus and then the rest of your priorities will fall into line. All of the things that

So how do you even begin to do that when your life is a constant juggling act? It encompasses a lovely word called balance. I love being in balance. All four parts of me are taken care of and the day flows so well. Things are organized; I get tasks on my priority list accomplished; I’m at peace; I have time with my family; and I can manage any hiccups or surprises, big or small, along the way. But when life is out of balance, it gets tough. Frustration arises, my vision gets foggy, and self doubt sets in. How in the world can I make progress towards my goals in that state and condition? I start by realizing that I am not and never will be perfect, but I’m a work in progress. If I’m off balance, it’s possible my priorities are off kilter and now I’m taking steps backward, not forward. Have you been there or are you there now? Balance for me is achieved with a combination of setting goals based off my priorities, using a daily to-do list to work towards those goals, and most importantly, keeping in line with the higher calling that is placed on my life. Peace, progress, and results are the effects of that wonderful combination!

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make you who you are fall in the "you" spot for the day, every day. That includes the physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental you. Sounds selfish, but it’s really not!

One of the group exercise instructors at the Fishers YMCA encouraged the class recently, “Quit putting so much on your to-do lists! Slow things down and focus on what really matters in your life.” It’s the secret of turning up my filter and focusing on what’s in line with my priorities that keeps me moving forward and allows me to be the best me possible, inside and out. It has become a priority to make myself a priority each and every day. The outcome is that I’m in balance and I can effectively get to the rest of all that I’m called to do, care for, and accomplish in life. It’s a conscious daily effort made with diligence and self discipline to stay the course, but it is doable!


Are you ready? 2012 is going to be YOUR year! Watch this column for tips and ideas on how to live your life big on purpose and with intention rather than on autopilot. Stay updated with challenges on my website, on Facebook at the Fit Gal Club, and on Twitter @fitgalclub. Hats off to the new you….a priority now at the top of your list!



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by: Jenn Kampmeier, mom of 1

What do you want to be when you grow up? The other day my son, Zane, and I were driving down the road. The little guy was staring out the window when from out of nowhere he says, “Mom, what did you want to be when you grew up?” My first thought was, wow – my kid is sitting in the backseat contemplating what he wants to be when he grows up and can contribute to society. My return question was, “Why do you ask?” I am that mom who answers a question with a question. He then simply says, “Because you like what you do and I want to have a job like that.” I loved his response. We talked more about this, discussing what he liked to do and he responded with, ‘‘Football, math, playing with army guys, drawing”. I explained to him that they are great options and he could get a job doing any of those.


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Later that night I was reflecting on the conversation and it made me think back to my childhood. In 3rd grade we had career day. During this day we would dress up like the occupation that we wanted to be when we grew up. In addition, we had to draw a picture of the occupation we chose and hang it on our lockers. My occupation was…. to be an attorney for children who are in the foster system – a child advocate. Thinking about that makes me smile that I had that aspiration at such a young age. However, as often happens, life had a way to taking many turns and paths that led me to a much different career, but one that I have thoroughly enjoyed. As parents, we may hope or wish that our children will be next the great surgeon, CEO or musician but in reality that may not happen. I have taken the approach that if Zane is happy and living ‘his dream’ that I will support him as long as it is a healthy occupation and contributes back to society. I don’t know what the future holds for him but I do know that I am creating the roots for him to grow and spread his wings and soar into the next phase of his life. Jenn Kampmeier, MS. Ed, BS ‘MomPreneur’ Mom Since 2005

Summer Camp Programs

by: Karen Ring, mom of 2

Spring has only just begun, which can only mean one thing…summer is right around the corner. It is time to start figuring out how you will keep the kids occupied while school is out of session. Fortunately, opportunities for summer fun abound in Hamilton County. Whether you are looking for weeklong programs to cover your work schedule or part-time activities to introduce your child to something new, we’ve got you covered.

Team Witsken Tennis Team Witsken Tennis brings tennis to children and adults by providing tennis in sites throughout Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Mt. Vernon. At Team Witsken we take pride in building positive relationships and experiences, while having fun learning vital aspects of the game of tennis. Our trained, professional staff offers high-quality instruction for junior and adult players in a focused and energetic atmosphere. Our goal is for our students to enjoy their time spent with us and develop a love of tennis that will last a lifetime.

Monart Summer Art Camps Monart Summer Art Camps are full of creativity and summer fun! Our campers have a great time as they learn different drawing and painting techniques and work in a variety of media, all centered on a specific theme. Every year we offer brand new projects, so returning campers are always drawing something new. From Animals to Cartooning and more, our campers come back year after year to create amazing art! Camps are open to ages 5-13, with weekly camps and one-day camps at our studios in Carmel, Noblesville, and Zionsville.

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Creative Escape Creative Escape will be offering a variety of camps throughout the summer. Each Creative Camp will consist of four days of creative entertainment feature a 2.5 hour mixture of glass fusing, mosaics, silver clay jewelry and pottery painting based around various themes. There will also be a one day Pottery Wheel Camp offered each week where your child will receive 2 hours of instruction in throwing and painting their very own clay pottery piece spun on the pottery wheel. All camps are for children entering 1st grade through the 5th grade.

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Summer Camp Programs Continued Springhill Camps Springhill Camp is bringing its exciting day-camp experience to Northview Church in Carmel. Springhill Day Camps include awesome activities like the climbing wall, crafts, low ropes, slingshot, water activities, euro-bungee, flying squirrel, silly games and much more! Activities vary by each location. Visit for more information and to register.

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International Talent Academy Fishers YMCA Fishers YMCA has the overall goal of helping children and teens grow in spirit, mind, and body. You are sure to find a Y camp (or combination of camps) that is a perfect fit for your child. Weekly or part-time rates are available to fit any schedule and themes range from traditional day camp to sports camps to unique enrichment camps like Rock Band Camp and CSI Camp. There is something for everyone. Visit or call (317) 595-9622 for more information.

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is extremely excited to present the 2012 Summer Camp Series, which features ten summer day camps, available to children ages 3-15. From our ever-popular Vacation Station to specialty camps focusing on theatre, art, science, and sports (just to name a few); our series is a great way for your child to select the type of camp that will have them talking all summer long.

Sport Horse Inc. Sport Horse Inc. camps are based on the introduction to horses through Safety, Respect and Fun. Each day consists of both a riding lesson and ground lessons. The ground lessons are meant to give campers the knowledge and skills to handle and give basic care to horses. Riding lessons consist of a variety of exercises, drills and games to develop balance, confidence and skills. With the correct foundation campers will be able to continue their equine interests in any discipline, pleasure or competitive. Campers must be at least 5 years old.

International Talent Academy presents 5 UNIQUE summer camps for boys & girls ages 3-12. Preschool children will enjoy FUN KINGDOM & FANCY NANCY TEA PARTY CAMPS that include music, drama, dance, etiquette & crafts activities. Youth participants ages 6-12 will enjoy performing in the DANCE AROUND THE WORLD & BROADWAY JAZZ CAMPS taught by an expert instructor with American and European experience. Finally, young girls ages 7-11 are invited to an exciting adventure with our popular AMERICAN GIRLS program where they will be transformed to young ladies with good manners and beautiful character.

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Fishers Parks & Recreation Fishers Parks & Recreation will offer both nature and recreation summer day camps this season. Registration begins March 1. The department offers well-rounded camp experiences focused on a variety of physical, mental, and social learning opportunities with outstanding counselor to camper ratios. Participants may register for more than one camp. for more information and registration.



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Entertain With Impact

by: Danielle Myers , ASID,RID, mom of 2 paint old mismatched glassware or vases and then fill them with a stemmed flower of choice – perfect to brighten a windowsill!

WAIT! Before you take that box of “stuff” to Goodwill or set it out for your garage sale, take a second look through it. Everyone accumulates treasures they know they will never use. Some people re-gift these treasures, but with a little thought you can easily repurpose them.

Do you have a wooden ladder that has seen better days? Paint it and lean it up against the wall in a bathroom. Use the steps to create a towel holder or magazine rack. Much like paint, fabric can quickly transform outdated pieces. If you have remnants of fabric, use them to create lampshades or pillow covers. On the flip side, if you have old pillows you can get fabric and recover them to create a new look, or add fringe, beading, and tassels to dress them up.

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It’s magical what a can of spray paint can do! Select the color of your choice and stand back to watch what new items you can create. For your springtime home décor, take those old picture frames and paint them fresh colors then fill them with images of tulips to bring the colors of spring inside. You can also



Need to organize your little ones’ ribbons, bows, or legos? Use mason jars or containers that, on their own, might not look attractive to create organizational containers. Make signs to label them with what’s inside and your little ones will know where to put things away. Old suitcases make great statement pieces, but they can also be useful! Stack them up and adhere them to one another to create an interesting end table for your foyer. They also make great plant shelves.

For your next party, use grandma's ancient candlestick holders and glue a plate on top to create an instant dessert platter that will have all of your guests talking. Is your garage teeming with old flowerpots and their trays? Make cupcake stands out of them by turning the pot upside down and gluing a tray on top. You could also take the flowerpots and create lampshades out of them. Drill a hole through the bottom of the pot and run a cord with bulb through the bottom, plug in, and you have a unique lighting piece. Old pillowcases make great chair covers. Slip them on the back of your chair and tie with a pretty ribbon. If you have assigned seating at an event, you could take the guests photos, use iron on transfer paper, and place a photo on each pillowcase – a unique way for guests to hunt for their seat! You can repurpose just about any item you have. It will take a little thought, time, and imagination, but the end result is spectacular. You will feel pride in the fact that you made the item and your pocket book will be fuller since you did not have to purchase a new towel holder, end table, or whatever you decide to create with your treasures.

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Memory Lane Cherish Memories by: Hannah Hilliard, mom of 2

Where did the time go? This is a question we often ask our-

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selves as we watch countless milestones in our lives come and go. Time flies, period. Do you remember when…? I think this runs through my mind daily as I watch my kids grow up too quickly. Blink your eyes and you have been married five years; turn around and your kids are in middle school; take a step back to realize you are expecting your first grandchild. You are constantly making memories, but life is so busy you don’t always take time to grasp opportunities, cherish the moments and remember the details. Memories can be vivid, have a smell and evoke so much warmth and emotion – you just have to be prepared to capture them… oh, and actually do it. For the most part, on a typical day you know what you will be doing. If you are going to a preschool performance, you charge your camera the night before. If you are packing the suitcases for Disney World, your video camera is easily accessible in your carry on bag with extra batteries. But if you are having a pizza and game night at home with the kids, you might forget to pick up your camera. Point being, your memory capturing devices should always be handy.


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Clutter your countertop with the things you need – a notebook and pen are handy for jotting down clever things your kids say or things your spouse does to make you feel special; a camera is essential, and making sure it is fully charged and ready to go is equally important. With technology today – digital cameras, video cameras, smart phones, tablets and free blogging sites – preserving memories has never been easier. Once captured, how you choose to store those precious memories is up to you. Starting a blog is one great way to keep your memories consolidated.

When Noblesville resident Emily Taylor thinks about memories with her boys, she is so happy she started blogging their family life from early on. “Having a blog is tough to keep up with and take the time to update but there is nothing I cherish more than scrolling back through all of my posts, looking at the photos and reading what I had to say at that time with the biggest smile on my face,” she said. You can choose to keep your blog entries private or share them with family and friends. Maybe blogging isn’t for you and you prefer to keep things simple by storing your pictures in photo boxes or framing them to decorate the walls of your home. Decide what your style is and go for it. You will never regret pulling out old photos or clever quotes from your kids. When you think back to important days in your life, sometimes it’s hard to remember the details. We remember better when we see, hear or touch things that prompt our memories and take us back to a special time in our lives. Be prepared for those instances you will want to remember. Some of the silliest moments happen so quickly and being prepared can help capture a moment you may have otherwise missed. Remember to pick up your pen and notebook and write down exactly how you feel or what someone said that was meaningful and fill that empty space on your wall with old and new photos of your family. You are sure to have a smile on your face as you go down memory lane.

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We have always escaped this...don't know how. Our 10 year old just got his first nintendo hand held game for Christmas 2011...he was so surprised and happy he cried.  He has wanted one for a while but never "asked" for it.  He said a few days later after receiving it that he just never knew it was possible because it was so far out of our budget... I don't think we talk about how expensive things are very much. I don't think kids should have to carry that burden, but at the same time helping them to understand that everything is not there for the taking.  I know I have said to him "everyone has different priorities and lives their life in their own way"... We choose to spend our money one way and other people spend it their way. Mom of 2, Carmel

My children are convinced that their friends are so much better off than us. According to my son all of his friends have their own cars while he has to share my Ford Taurus. As a divorced mom “keeping up with the Jones” is not even an option. Instead, I remind my children to be thankful for living in our great country and for having food, shelter and jobs. We, also, focus on the priceless things in life like family, friends and faith. I truly believe that my children will be stronger and more independent because they have to work hard for all their little extras.

Rebecca, Mom of 5, Noblesville

We explain to them why we don't always get the things they want - too expensive, doesn't work for our family, etc. I imagine when it starts, we'll do the same.  And if it's something they really want, it's something they can save their money for.  Easier said than done, but I think it will be an important lesson. Mom of 2, Carmel

Growing up, I looked to my parents as an example. We were not the first family on the block to have the "new" thing.  In fact, we were usually the last.  I think sometimes it bothered me as a kid, but now I appreciate the lesson that my parents tried to teach us.  It's not about the "stuff."  Our family is trying to follow the same example.  Both of my kids are healthy, happy, and do well in school.  It's not to say that they don't ask for things,  but we have tried to provide "experiences" vs. "stuff." I hope in the end my kids will appreciate what I am trying to do, just like I look back and appreciate the values my parents tried to instill.

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Angela R., Mom of 2, Carmel

I think if you set boundaries and expectations within your family of what is important to you, it is much easier not to worry about what others are doing because you have a firm foundation and plan with which you can agree on and stick to.

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Healthy Family Living Choosing Colorful Cuisine by: Nicki Turner, RD, mom of 2

Spring brings warmer weather. For many, the increase in temperature usually sparks a change in our pursuit of better health. March is National Nutrition Month®, so it’s a great time to make a healthy focus for the whole family. This year’s national theme is "Get Your Plate in Shape," and one of the easiest ways is to look to the rainbow. By incorporating more colorful fruit, vegetable and grain choices in your meals you’ll pump up the health benefits for the entire family. Here’s a recipe that’s easy to modify with your favorite colorful vegetables or new ones you’ve been meaning to try. So “Get Your Plate in Shape” and find the treasure of good health awaiting you and your family at the end of the rainbow!



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Brown Rice & Sautéed Vegetable Wrap 3 cups cooked brown rice* 1 Tbsp canola oil 2 cups chopped onion 1½ tsp dried basil 1 cup diced red bell pepper 1 cup thinly sliced carrot 4 cups torn spinach 1 cup chopped mushrooms or yellow squash ¼ tsp salt 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 Tbsps low sodium soy sauce ¼ tsp black pepper 4 large flour tortillas (12-inch diameter)


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Cook brown rice. While rice is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion & basil, sauté 2 minutes. Add bell pepper & carrot, sauté 4 minutes. Place spinach, mushroom, salt and garlic in pan. Sauté for 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Then, stir in soy sauce and black pepper. Remove from heat. Mix together vegetables and rice. Portion ¼ of mixture into each tortilla. Roll up tortilla, making sure to fold sides of wrap. Slice in half.

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To Do With Your Crew


March | mon 19 - sat 31 Schoolhouse Rock Live! The fun is not just for Saturday mornings anymore! The popculture phenomenon “Schoolhouse Rock!” comes to the theatre stage instructing a whole new generation to “Conjunction Junction” and learn that “Three Is A Magic Number.” See website for show schedule. Price: Adults $15 & Under 18 $10 Website: Phone: 317-843-3800 Location: The Civic Theatre 3 Center Green, Suite 200 | Carmel, IN 46032

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Science Lab: Science of Football How do football players make it all look so easy? The secret is, they're masters of physics Stop by the Science Lab and find out why a spiral throw is so important, how speed and weight affect how hard players get hit, and how they keep their balance and direction while swerving through the air. Then it’s your turn to test your skills and learn about the forces behind every swing, kick, and throw you make. Time: 10am - 3pm Price: FREE with Admission Website: Phone: 317-776-6006 Location: Conner Prairie 13400 Allisonville Rd | Fishers, IN 46038

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March 08 - March 10 Indy Kids Sale and Diaper Drive The Indy Kids Sale offers over 16,000 sq. ft. of new and gently used infant and kids clothes, equipment and toys. The Sale will be collecting diapers and wipes to donate to the Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton county during the sale. Time: thurs: 9am-7pm | fri: 9am-5pm sat: 9am-1pm Price: FREE Website: Phone: 317-847-2529 Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds 2003 Pleasant St. | Noblesville, IN 46060

Winter Kids Koncert The Winter Kids Koncert series is an enriching and engaging experience for young children ages 2-5 years. Filled with classical hits and sing-along favorites, each show lasts one hour. Koncerts are carefully crafted to be entertaining and allow for the children to dance and sing. Time: 10am-11am Price: FREE Website: Phone: 317-573-5243 Location: Monon Community Center 1195 Central Park Dr. West | Carmel, IN 46032

March|sat 31 Kids of all ages are invited to search for Easter eggs hidden throughout West Park. This egg-citing event has four different hunt areas to accomodate all ages. Pre-registration is encouraged to avoid lines. Time: 10:30am-11am Price: $1/Child Website: Phone: 317-573-5243 Location: West Park 2700 W. 116th St | Carmel, IN 46032


Green Market at Trader's Point Creamery The Green Market is hosted inside the heated Red Barn every Saturday morning. Breakfast is served during the Saturday morning market in the Loft. Time: 9am - 12:30pm Price: FREE Website: Phone: 317-733-1700 Location: Trader’s Point Creamery 9101 Moore Rd. | Zionsville, IN 46077

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March 03 - April 28

March | tues 13 Waggin’ Tales For beginning, hesitant or struggling readers or those who love to read aloud. Improve your reading skills by reading aloud to our furry Pet Partner volunteer. Call to sign up for 15 minutes of reading time.

The Parade is made up of high school bands, floats, Irish dancers, bag pipe & drum bands, and much more. There is also a tent party (10:00am - 3:00pm) on Vermont Street. As is tradition the morning of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal will take place at 6:00am. Times: 11:30am Price: all events FREE Website: Location: Downtown Indianapolis

March | mon 19 - sat 31 Schoolhouse Rock Live! The fun is not just for Saturday mornings anymore! The pop-culture phenomenon “Schoolhouse Rock!” comes to the theatre stage instructing a whole new generation to “Conjunction Junction” and learn that “Three Is A Magic Number.” See website for show schedule. Price: Adults $15 | Under 18 $10 Website: Phone: (317) 843-3800 Location: The Civic Theatre 3 Center Green, Suite 200 | Carmel, IN 46032

Time: 6pm-8pm Price: FREE Website: Phone: 317-770-3242 Location: Hamilton East Library One Library Plaza | Noblesville, IN 46060

March | mon 26

March | fri 16

Winter Kids Koncert

Easter Fun In Clay

Night Hike: In like a lion out like a lamb

Let your child get messy in creativity and exploration this Easter. Each parent and child will create an Easter basket out of clay. Even the tiniest sculptors will be proud of the clay works they create in this hands-on art class.

Experiencing nature at night can be fun and exciting. Begin your evening at the fire. Bring food and drinks for the campfire. We supply marshmallows and roasting sticks. Afterwards, we will explore the woods. Register by 3/9

The Winter Kids Koncert series is an enriching and engaging experience for young children ages 2-5 years. Filled with classical hits and sing-along favorites, each show lasts one hour. Koncerts are carefully crafted to be entertaining and allow for the children to dance and sing.

Time: 8am Price: $25 Website: Phone: 317-573-5243 Location: Monon Community Center 1195 Central Park Dr. West | Carmel, IN 46032

Time: 7pm-9pm Price: Fishers Resident $4 | Non-Resident $6 Website: Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve 10410 Hague Road | Fishers, IN 46038

Time: 10am-11am Price: FREE Website: Phone: 317-573-5243 Location: Monon Community Center 1195 Central Park Dr. West | Carmel, IN 46032



comedy which features the tale of a loveable con-man, who - in order to sell musical instruments - convinces the town he can teach their children to play. The problem is he doesn't plan on falling in love and he can't play a note!

March |sat 31 Children's Egg Hunt Kids of all ages are invited to search for Easter eggs hidden throughout West Park. This egg-citing event has four different hunt areas to accomodate all ages. Pre-registration is encouraged to avoid lines. Time: 10am-11am Price: $1/Child Website: Phone: 317-573-5243 Location: West Park 2700 W. 116th St. | Carmel, IN 46032

April | sun 01 April Fools Family Fun Find You’ve never been on a scavenger hunt of this kind. Solve the riddles before your eyes and your family may take the prize. Stop by any time to take part in this family event. Pre-registration is appreciated. Time: 2pm-7pm Price: FREE Website: Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve 10410 Hague Road | Fishers, IN 46038

April | thurs 05 - sun 29 Rumplestiltskin and the Springtime Cabaret Enjoy this classic fairytale as it is presented with our vintage marionettes...performed in a quaint old fashioned stage, complete with velvet curtain and scenery. Great for ages 2-10yrs. Time: see website for schedule Price: see website for ticket info Website: Phone: 317-917-9454 Location: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio 25 E. Henry St. | Indianapolis, IN 46204

April 12 - May 25 The Music Man Indy’s Child magazine is the proud sponsor of this All-American classic musical


Time: see website for schedule Price: see website for ticket prices Website: Phone: 317-872-9664 Location: Beef & Boards 9301 N. Michigan Rd | Indianapolis, IN 46268

April | fri 13 Fishers Parks and Recreation: Family Game Night Enjoy a night of family fun while playing board games, doing puzzles, BINGO, open gym, and more. Snacks and games will be provided. Bring your family out for an exciting evening For all ages (not a drop off program). Time: 6pm-8pm Price: FREE Website: Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Fall Creek Intermediate School 12001 Olio Road | Fishers, IN 46037

families will enjoy a colorful and exciting afternoon of entertainment when Dance Kaleidoscope and the ISO bring the characters of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals to life. Time: 3pm Price: $25-$40 adults & $12-$20 children Phone: 317.639.4300 Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre 45 Monument Circle | Indianapolis, IN 46204

April |thurs 26 Storytime Express at The Monon Center For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers. This fast-paced interactive mix of fun-filled stories, rhymes, and songs paired with a simple craft is designed to introduce and practice critical early literacy skills. Registration is required through Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. The registration deadline is one week prior to the start date of the program. Time: 11am Price: FREE Website: Phone: 317-848-7275 Location: The Monon Center 1235 Central Park Dr. East | Carmel, IN 46032

April | sat 14 Green is Good Party Turn off the TV, get outside, and bring some hotdogs to cook over the fire for a well-rounded environmentally friendly afternoon. Games, left over crafts, roasting sticks, and marshmallows supplied. Pre-registration required by 4/6. Time: 4pm-7pm Price: Residents $4/ Non-Residents $6 Website: Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve 10410 Hague Road | Fishers, IN 46038

April | sun 22 SymFUNy Sundays: Imaginations Run Wild During SymFUNy Sundays, families are encouraged to take part in fun and interactive pre-concert activities, including the Instrument Petting Zoo, and are invited to meet many of the artists after the performance. In this performance,


Join us for our ZIONSVILLE open house!

baca-Z 5801 South 650 East, Whitestown, IN 46075

April | fri 27

Saturday, March 31 at 11:00 - 1:00

Fishers Arbor Day Tree Planting Join us as we plant a tree in celebration of Arbor Day at Brooks School Park. If you want to sponsor the planting of additional trees, we welcome you. Simply contact us no later than Friday, April 6 and we can arrange for you to plant a tree along with us. Call the office at (317) 595-3150 or e-mail us at for additional information.

For more information and facility tours contact Devon

Time: 6pm-8pm Price: FREE Website: Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Brooks School Park 11780 Brooks School Rd | Fishers, IN 46038





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