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42 | MOMMY MAGIC Out of touch

16 | MIXING IT UP IN 2013 New activities for the whole family to try

Potty training: Who's really getting rewarded here?



You just need to know where to look

28 | INDY'S CHILD FAMILY FAVORITES! 40 | MOVING ON FROM A MISCARRIAGE Local support groups help women through their grief

in every issue 06 | PUBLISHER'S NOTE



special needs


32 | FIDO AS THERAPIST The connection between dogs and children with autism

38 | PROJECT LIFESAVER A lifeline for those who wander








34 | Special Needs GUIDE


44 | education/childcare GUIDE





59 | FUN + WACKY


on the annie cover baxter AGE 6


movie: Annie book: Biscuit food: Salmon & Asparagus

interesting fact: Annie has a puppy named Reese, a fish named Mr. Fishy, and a frog named Stinky Head

when I grow up...

I wanna be a gymnastics teacher!

super hero: Bat Woman color: Purple ice cream: Birthday Cake sport: Gymnastics & Ballet tv show: Monster & Robot subject: Recess! candy: M&M's

[ Photos by Hannah Hilliard Photography ]

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Indy’s Child

[ publisher’s note ]

FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne | PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox | EDITOR Susan Bryant | SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski | CREATIVE DIRECTOR Katie Pfierman |

Observing Nature With Your Children This Winter January is an interesting month to start a calendar with your children to observe changes in weather, how many hours of sunshine are in each day or what animals you can identify right out of your own windows. It is an opportunity to have dialogues with your children about how the birds and other animals are eating, sleeping and surviving. You might even feed some of the birds and let your children observe when the birds (and squirrels) come to feed. This is the fourth January that I have observed a crab apple tree outside my kitchen window. It is a tree laden with thousands of small crab apples and is a favorite tree for robins and squirrels. Though the fruit appears in August, the fruit changes colors and in November the robins return to start their winter stay in our neighborhood. I have watched with interest that by January the robins change their eating pattern. The male hops on the branches and is proud when he makes the fruit fall to the frozen ground. There the females congregate to eat what has been deliberately dropped for their survival. Observing nature right outside your own home is a special opportunity to do something together with your children. We keep an outdoor thermometer outside our kitchen window. I look at it every day and enjoy being prepared for the weather when I go outside. Your children can observe nature by writing in a journal or on a calendar about changing weather and temperatures. Children can measure snow in containers and then watch the snow melt and measure the water after it is finished melting. Icicles are interesting to watch melt, both from the gutters and trees and when you bring them inside. Can you time their drips? Can you take them in different places in your house where they melt faster? January and February are not times to experience “cabin fever” but rather a special time when there are more opportunities to be together. It is a great time to read together as a family. Find some interesting books and take turns reading paragraphs and pages. You can create some common ground by reading some of the same books together. As always, don’t forget to check out our Indy’s Child Calendar. It is packed with great things to see and do this January. Have a wonderful month!

Barbara Wynne Founding Publisher 6 INDYSCHILD.COM

EVENTS COORDINATOR & PUBLIC RELATIONS Wendy Cox | BUSINESS MANAGER Roxanne Burns | ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Karen Ring | EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Wendy Schrepferman | INTERN Maria Tancredi | CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Barbara Wynne, Carrie Bishop, Sarah McCosham, Nancy Edwards, Wendy Schrepferman, Mary Susan Buhner, Pete Gilbert, Melissa Trumpey of The Children’s Museum, Dr. Sandeep Gupta and Amanda Garant of Riley Hospital, Taylor Newell of Indianapolis Downtown, Marge Eberts & Peggy Gisler CONTACT US 921 E. 86th Street., Suite 130 | Indianapolis, IN 46240 PHONE: 317.722.8500 | FAX: 317.722.8510 EMAIL:

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[ community spotlight ]

community S POT L IGH T

tedx youth conference comes to indy January 26, 2013 marks the first TEDx Youth conference in Indianapolis. “TED” stands for technology, entertainment and design with the “x” representing independently organized TED events. The organization’s mission is to promote “ideas worth spreading”. The International School of Indiana plans to incorporate

from "page to stage" program at the indianapolis public library

many of the innovative ideas presented recently at TEDx Indianapolis into the design of their new school facility. ISI Head of School, David Garner, and renowned architect Trung Le are collaborating on the project where the physical school building will be an integral part of the teaching and

Celebrate literature, theater and learning by participating in a unique book

learning process.

discussion aimed at families. At the upcoming TEDx Youth conference in Indianapolis, In this event, artists from the Indiana Repertory Theatre will give readers

International Baccalaureate students, leaders and teachers

insights into the process of making literature come alive on the stage.

from the International School of Indiana, North Central High

Participants will also receive a copy of the book being discussed.

School and Saint Theodore Guerin High School will present the theme of “balance.”

In honor of the legendary Jackie Robinson’s birthday in January, the IPL Lawrence Branch will feature the book Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman. The book illustrates the unique understanding a boy gains about Jackie Robinson’s struggles as the first black man to play baseball in the major leagues.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 10:30 a.m. — 4 p.m. Indiana State Museum, 650 West Washington St., Indianapolis Recommended for students aged 14 to 18 Visit for registration details.

Wednesday, January 2 at 6:30 pm Indianapolis Public Library’s Lawrence Branch — 7898 North Hague Road To register for this free book discussion event call 317.275.4460.

promoting courage, confidence and character one cookie at a time

watch the harlem globetrotters in action!

It’s Girl Scout cookie time! Check out the super cool “cookie

The ultimate goodwill ambassadors, The Harlem Globetrotters, are coming to Indianapolis on January 21. The “You

finder”) where you can find a local cookie booth, vote for

Write the Rules” World Tour will have a unique format where fans decide the rules. This could mean anything from

your favorite of the eight flavors and learn about 100 years

playing with two or three basketballs to changing the number of points during the game! Come join Big Easy Lofton, Stretch Middleton, TNT Maddox and the beloved mascot, Globie for an afternoon to remember!

app” (search app store with keywords “Girl Scout cookie

of Girl Scouting! Your local Girl Scouts will begin taking orders on January 5th. So, find a neighborhood Girl Scout, call toll-free 1-855-

Tickets start at $22.00 and are on sale now at,, the Banker’s Life Fieldhouse box office, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For a chance to win a FREE family four pack to the event, visit to enter!


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We took pictures of our two year old with a chalk board. The first said "guess what?" The second had her holding the ultrasound photo. The third said "I'm a big sister!!" And the fourth had the due date!! They were a huge hit! – Maddie R. Bought a picture frame that said "grandkids" and gave it as a present. – Shannon C. We bought birthday party invites and filled in the information and put an ultrasound picture in it. – Angela M. My dad was in Florida. During one of the calls to talk to "Grandpa, " my oldest randomly announced, "And Mommy's NOT pregnant...he he he." I was about five months along. – Christina M. I wrapped up the pregnancy test in a jewelry box like a gift for Daddy for the first. The second was announced at a football game on the scoreboard. – Melissa I.

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Downtown Attractions Are ALIVE Mid-Winter January can certainly be a slow time for anyone, let alone for kids as they crawl their way back to school from winter break. The days are short, cold weather is here to stay for another couple of months and January is a notoriously difficult time to stay active. Thankfully, many of Downtown Indianapolis’ top attractions offer activities and exhibits for the whole family, many indoors and some at cheaper winter rates. Check out some of the great options below for family fun: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, as most

p.m.; $10 for adults and $8 for kids – save a dollar if you buy

These are just some of the many fun things to experience in

Hoosiers know, is widely recognized as the best children’s

your tickets online!

Downtown Indianapolis this time of year. For more information, be sure to visit, download the Indy

museum in the world, and as such, hosts some world-class interactive exhibits throughout the month. Hot Wheels® for

The Indiana Historical Society has unique “You Are There”

Downtown mobile app and follow @IndyDT on twitter. The

Real, which features life-sized fantasy cars and allows visitors

exhibits that allow visitors to step into the past and experience

website and mobile app have Downtown Indy’s best event

to customize a Hot Wheels® car of their own, will be open

first-hand major themes and events from the past century.

listing plus interactive maps, traffic and parking information

through Spring. Other fun, interactive exhibits include

1939: Healing Bodies, Changing Minds takes visitors

and much more. Don’t forget to look up Martin Luther King Jr.

Dinosphere, Take Me There: Egypt, and Mr. Bear’s

back to June of ’39 as African-American physician Dr. Harvey

Day events Downtown!

Playhouse for younger kids, among many other great

Middleton introduces new forms of medical treatment. Be

options. Open Tue. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $17.50 for adults

sure to stop by to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan.

and $12.50 for youth.

21 for family-friendly activities and live entertainment from the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Indianapolis, Traci’s Urban

The Indiana State Museum provides one of the most fun, educational experiences in town for kids of all ages. Through mid-February, see professional photography way up close at Nikon Small World, which displays work from some of the world’s best photomicrographers (don’t worry, I had to Google that word too). While you’re there, check out their many permanent exhibits like Ancient Seas and Birth of the Earth. Open Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $9.50 for adults and $5 for kids.

Dance Jamm Studio and more! Open Tue. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $7 for adults and $5 for kids 5 – 17. Children under 5 get in FREE. The Central Library hosts a number of kids events including Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle which allows kids (and parents) to participate in brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more. Stop by on weekend afternoons throughout January! Library events are always FREE.

The Indianapolis Zoo offers some of the best winter, family

The Indiana Ice offer fantastic, inexpensive family fun

fun downtown, and has several indoor areas like the Oceans

throughout January. Trust me, you do not need to be a big

building, Deserts Biome and of course the world-class

hockey fan to enjoy an Ice game. The hometown team plays

Dolphin Pavilion. Sign up for the Dolphin In-Water

four home games in January, on the 4th, 11th and 13th at

Adventure and learn to do what professional dolphin trainers

Bankers Life Fieldhouse and at Pan Am Plaza on the 5th. Get

do on a daily basis! The zoo is open Wed. – Sun. 9 a.m. – 4

into a game for only $11 for adults and $9 for kids.


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[ pediatric health ]

School Lunches, Childhood Obesity and New USDA Guidelines The new standards parents need to know

Dr. Sandeep Gupta, Director, Riley Hospital for Children POWER Program at Indiana University Health and Amanda Garant, RD, CD, POWER Program Coordinator

— Serve water and low-fat white milk at home. Encourage your child to drink these at school

You’ve seen the statistics: about 12.5 million children and adolescents 2 to 19 years old are

— Continue healthy ways at home by limiting fast-food meals and convenience foods, and

overweight. Sadly, since 1980, the number of overweight/obese children and adolescents

using planned menus.

as well.

has nearly tripled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While you may be taking steps at home to improve your child’s nutrition, there are new efforts under way to provide healthier breakfasts and lunches at school. Since these meals may account

What if my child is overweight now?

for 30 to 50 percent of a child’s daily caloric needs, the United States Department of

The POWER program can help your child lead a healthier life. POWER is a six-month weight

Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with parents to increase the standards of school meals.

management and fitness enhancing program based on the philosophy that weight loss is

Here’s what you need to know about these new guidelines and what you can do to

best achieved through a positive youth development approach. Ask your healthcare

encourage your child’s healthy eating at school.

professional about a referral. For more information visit,

What are the new standards? The new USDA standards, which will be implemented over the next three years, call for more fruits and vegetables, whole-grain rich breads and fat-free white milk. They also support increasing the number of trans-fat-free meals and decreasing the amount of salt in school breakfasts and lunches. The new guidelines have set a maximum number of calories for each meal. This will help reduce the overall calories in school meals.

Are there still unhealthy items in the cafeteria? Yes. The USDA will still count pizza as a vegetable and will allow cafeterias to serve french fries two times a week. Also, many cafeterias still offer side items such as chips and brownies, so children may still purchase these items and not eat all of the healthy options that are part of their meal. In addition, school parties will likely still offer items such as pizza and soda. Some schools are trying to turn off vending machines during lunch hours and breaks, as well as decrease the number of sugar-sweetened products on school property.

What can you do to support these new standards? The Riley Hospital for Children POWER (Pediatric OverWeight Education and Research) program at Indiana University Health has several recommendations: — Discourage the purchase of additional unhealthy side items at school. 12 INDYSCHILD.COM


[ pediatric health ]

Small Girl. Big Hero. Meet Jolie Carolan: A hero to all of us at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent

At Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, the kids in our care are more than our patients. They are our heroes. And one of the most inspiring heroes we’ve cared for in recent years is Jolie Lynn Carolan.

Jolie’s health problems began even before she was born. When her mother was five months pregnant with her, Jolie was diagnosed with congenital scoliosis. At the time, the doctors couldn’t predict exactly how this would affect Jolie. But congenital scoliosis often causes severe abnormalities and medical problems in newborns.

“When I was pregnant with Jolie, the diagnosis was not good,” Jennifer Carolan said. “We were warned that due to her congenital scoliosis, she might have mental health issues, physical disabilities and even a shortened life expectancy. This made the last four months of my pregnancy especially difficult. It was a true test of our faith.” Today, Jolie is a smart, fearless little girl. She is small in size—her heart condition Fortunately, Jolie’s family learned soon after she was born that many of the potential

coupled with her scoliosis gives her a tiny stature and a fast metabolism—but she

problems the doctors predicted weren’t present. They also found out Jolie’s

is larger than life when it comes to personality.

congenital scoliosis was caused by an extra vertebra in her spine. “Jolie is always smiling, always happy,” her mother said. “She’s been through more While Jolie’s hemae vertebrae wouldn’t inhibit her mental development, it did cause

in her short life than most people go through in a lifetime. Looking at her you’d

problems with her heart and kidneys. Jolie had to remain on oxygen for months

never know it though. She’s just as feisty and full of spirit as the next child.

before she was given open-heart surgery to correct multiple holes in her heart. The surgery was a success, and Jolie’s heart was healed.

Jolie continues to battle other problems. She has a pelvic kidney—meaning one kidney didn’t rise properly—and she also had reflux in both kidneys. While the reflux has healed, Jolie’s scoliosis is still a progressive problem. Every six months Jolie goes to see her doctor. Although her spine is maintaining its curvature, it will eventually require surgery. The hope is that surgery can be delayed until Jolie is an adolescent, when it will be easier for her body to handle. Thankfully, that’s been the case so far. 14 INDYSCHILD.COM

At Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, we have lots of heroes like Jolie. They face health concerns of all kinds, but one quality binds them together: an unyielding courage in the face of hardship. And each one of them inspires us in multiple ways, every day. In their honor, we’re holding a contest for children in which we want to hear about your hero. To register—or just to learn more—visit and click on the “Who’s Your Hero” Indy’s Child tab at the top.

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MIXING It U p IN 2013

New activities for the whole family to try Sarah McCosham


If the post-holiday “blahs” are setting in with your family, adding some new activities to the calendar may be just what you need to keep everyone happy as they trudge through the remaining winter months. No need to escape to a warmer climate for fun; these ideas are right in your own back yard.

A Change of Scenery Winter can be tough on everyone, and sometimes a simple change of scenery can be enough to change the mood. At the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, both you and your kids will be entertained by the wide array of activities available. Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, President and CEO, encourages families to try some of the museum’s familyfriendly offerings, such as performances in the Space Quest Planetarium and adventures in the National Geographic Treasures of the Earth exhibit.

Glesing adds that the Zoo promotes a number of family-friendly activities during the wintertime, such as Dolphin Training 101, sleepovers and the Elephant Art Adventure.

“Our programs bring families together by providing unique experiences that foster sharing and memory-making,” Patchen says, adding that parents should check out the museum’s online schedule for upcoming events.

Older kids can benefit from taking classes that cater to their interests and talents. For the artistically inclined, The Indianapolis Art Center offers classes in ten different media, including ceramics, glass blowing, and digital and darkroom photography. There are programs suited for kids ages two and up, so even the littlest Picasso will be able to get involved.

Meanwhile, if your little one is willing to brave the cold, consider heading to the Indianapolis Zoo, which is open year-round. Public Relations Director Jon Glesing says that many of the animals, such as tigers, polar bears, walruses and seals, can be more active in the cold weather. In addition, the Indianapolis Zoo offers some great indoor areas when you need a break from the outdoors, such as the Deserts, Oceans and Dolphin exhibits.

"Getting Schooled” on a Saturday

Instructor Valorie Flaherty says classes are designed to be accessible and affordable, so that kids can get experience with many different media. Flaherty explains that this type of instruction allow kids to meet and interact with like-minded peers, which can build confidence and social skills.

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Art classes are a fun way for families to bond, too. “The Art Center’s family activities are a great way to be together and create together. It’s so special when children get complete one-on-one attention with their family members. An ‘It looks great!’ from their parent makes them so proud.”

Indoor Physical Outlets As temperatures dip and inclement weather makes outdoor fun difficult, consider heading inside for your physical activities. Exercise not only helps burn off pent-up energy, but the boost of endorphins can improve kids’ moods, too. For energetic little ones, consider a children’s yoga class. Through yoga, kids will learn poses that strengthen their bodies and breathing techniques that help calm their minds. Check the schedules at your favorite studio, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis or the Lululemon store at the Keystone Mall. You’ll be sure to find a class for your little yogi.

various daily and weekend packages, both parks offer special events for the whole family. Lastly, for those looking for an adrenaline-infused dose of family fun, check out Sky-Zone, a “trampoline playground” for both adults and kids. There are “skyrobics” classes for parents, “toddler time” for little ones and fun activities for all ages in-between. Jaime Martino, Managing Partner at Sky Zone, says “Jumping is not only fun, but it's great exercise without even realizing you're getting a workout!”

New Activities, New Insights No matter what you decide to try this winter, the important thing is that you and the kids are doing something new -- and doing it together. By enrolling in new classes or spending the afternoon at a different museum, you’ll be opening your child up to different experiences and interests.

Even the Children’s Museum offers family fitness events. Director of Media and Public Relations Kimberly Harms suggests families look into their upcoming “Fun Family Fitness Day” on Saturday, February 9. The event will feature various activities designed to help the whole family learn how to stay healthy and active together.

You’ll also have the chance to see your child in a new light - what interests them, what strengths they have and what types of activities they enjoy. Explains Dr. Patchen, “There’s a dynamic energy when parents are engaged with their children. Sometimes parents learn from their children; sometimes children learn from each other; and of course, there are times when children learn from adults.”

Meanwhile, if you are missing your summertime treks to the pool, consider heading to one of Indianapolis’ indoor amusement parks, such as Caribbean Cove Indoor Water Park or Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park and Resort. In addition to

By trying new activities as a family, you’ll learn new things about your child you probably wouldn’t have otherwise - which means that the next time he or she complains “I’m bored,” you’ll know exactly what to do!


arts+enrichment GUIDE [ arts listings ]



Half Baked Pottery & Gifts

A-List Dance Center

We are sure you are looking to fill your schedule with plenty of fun and educational activities to keep your kids busy this year. We are a paint your own pottery studio in the heart of Broad Ripple that specializes in art enrichment activities for children of all ages. Whether we see you at your location or ours, during or after school; we’d love to help your students to make a treasured work of art! 918 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Christen Wall, Phone: (317) 251-2386, Email:, www.

A-List Dance Center is a pre- professional dance center for ages 3-18. Teaching Tap/Jazz/Ballet/ Contemporary/Hip Hop and children's combination classes (Tap, Jazz and Ballet). Nurturing environment, Skilled award winning teachers. National Competition offered for 8 years old and up. Call for details. 350 Gradle Dr. suite C, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Michele Long and Andrea Hagan, Owners, Phone: 317-564-4644, Email:, www.


atmosphere at ISB! 502 N. Capitol #B, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-955-7525, Email:,

Spectrum Sports

Spectrum is a gymnastics based facility for 20 months-18 years of age. We feature Gymnastics, Tumbling, Dance, Cheerleading and Hip Hop/Pom classes. Join the fun with our quality staff in any of our classes! Competitive programs available upon request. 138 W. Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Sherry Wood, Phone: 317-587-1503, Email: Sherry@,

Central Indiana Academy of Dance Indianapolis Art Center

Creativity enriches every aspect of life and is integral to cognitive growth. The Art Center offers quality art classes for toddlers through teens in a variety of art mediums, including glass blowing (ages 10 and up), ceramics, sculpture, jewelry making, fiber arts, painting and drawing. Or take a class with your kids! 820 E. 67th St., Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: 317-2552464, Email:


Art and drawing classes for children, teens and adults, ages four and up, based on the internationally acclaimed Monart method of drawing. Students learn drawing and painting and work in a variety of medias including markers, oil and chalk pastels, watercolor, acrylics, colored pencil and charcoal. Classes are ongoing so you may start at anytime. In addition to weekly art classes, we also offer art camps and workshops, painting events for adults and families, private painting parties, birthday parties, and classes for scout troops. Locations: 80 W. Pine St., Zionsville/1366 S. Rangeline, Carmel/884 Logan St., Noblesville/6311 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis/12244 E. 116th St., Fishers. Contact: Barb Hegeman – Indianapolis & Zionsville, Sylvia Runningen – Carmel, Fishers & Noblesville, Phone: 317-774-3729(DRAW) – Indianapolis & Zionsville, 317-4436831 – Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville, Email: barb@,, www.myartindy. com,, www.indydrawingschool. com

The goal of Central Indiana Academy of Dance is to offer a high quality of dance training in a professional atmosphere regardless of the student’s personal goals. The Children’s Program focuses on musicality, coordination, artistry and technique in the areas of ballet and tap. The Pre-Professional Program is designed to provide intense training in ballet and other forms of dance to motivate students in the pursuit of their desired goals. The dancers attend multiple classes a week in ballet, pointe, and pas de deux. Classes in Character, Modern, Jazz, Men’s Class, and Tap are offered to round out their vocabulary of movement. 14950 Greyhound Court, Ste 4, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Suzann Delay, Phone: 317-581-2423, Fax: 317-722-8831, Email: suzannd@,

Fox Hill Dance Academy, Inc.

Ballet, tap, hiphop. Adults and children. Walk in registration Mon, Weds, and Fri. 1- 5pm 255-0173. 2255 Fox Hill Drive, Indianapolis, In 46228, Contact: Betty Wright, President, Phone: (317)251-3007, Fax: 317-7314093, Email:, www.

Indianapolis School of Ballet

A premier dance institution, the Indianapolis School of Ballet offers professional, year-round instruction for ages 4 to adult, great performances, legendary guest master teachers, and diverse repertoire in state-ofthe-art facilities in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Experience the joy and artistry of dance, health and fitness benefits, and a nurturing

MUSIC Fairview Music Studios

Private music lessons in piano, violin and other strings, flute, guitar, and voice for children from first grade and for adults. Monthly tuition for 30-minute weekly lessons $90-$110. All instructors have university degrees in music. 4609 N. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: John Schmid, Director, Phone: (317) 253-5982, Fax: 317-251-2246, Email:, www.

Indianapolis Children's Choir

We offer preschool classes, a non-auditioned preparatory choir program for singers in grades 1 - 3, and our performing choirs for singers in grades 4 - 12, which require a simple vocal assessment. Some activities are held on the campus of Butler University, and some in our regional county locations. 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Laura Neidig, Marketing Director, Phone: 317-940-8545, Email: info@,

Meridian Music

Meridian Music offers private lessons on almost every intrument. Harmony Road courses are also offered for children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years. 12725 Old Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Hillary Blake, Director of Education, Phone: 317-575-9588, Fax: 317-575-9727, Email:,

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around town

[ local bookstore profile ]

Small Bookstore, Big Excitement Wendy Schrepferman

The wildly popular series has been delighting readers since 2004 when it began as a comic on First printed in 2007, the books present the hilarious account of the life of a middle school boy named Greg Heffley.

Kinney is somewhat of a hero to parents of reluctant readers as well. Despite what some might think, many educators consider comic books and graphic novels legitimate reading. “I would not call my work high literature but it definitely has a valid place on library shelves. The books have turned many kids on to reading, and I am very proud of my approach to humor as it relates to kids. My books are their own kind of thing, they don’t pretend to be something they’re not,” says Kinney.

Among the fans that day was Daniel Tully, a fifth grader at Fall Creek Intermediate school in Fishers. When asked if he was excited, he replied, “I am not sure which I am more excited about, the new book or the chance to meet Jeff Kinney. He is my hero!”

To read the complete interview and for a chance to win an autographed copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, visit

On November 17th, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid tour bus emblazoned with the book’s familiar characters rolled up to Kids Ink bookstore on 52nd and Illinois Street in Indianapolis. As author Jeff Kinney emerged from the bus he was greeted by over 150 fans. Adults and children alike clutched his latest book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, as they waited in line to meet the book’s creator. When asked about his decision to visit small, independent book sellers on this tour, he remarked, “We realized as we have created bigger events for our books, we weren’t going to the stores that made The Wimpy Kid series a success in the first place.” He was thrilled with the domestic leg of the tour where he signed over 17,000 books. “I’d like to thank the fans in the midwest. We were very warmly received.”


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Private Schools A RE Affordable You Just Need to Know Where to Look Sarah McCosham

T he B asics While the cost of public schools is paid by public taxes, private schools are paid from private tuition. Recognizing this, most private schools offer scholarships based on financial need, student achievement and various other criteria. Several national programs also exist that are specifically designed to help families with the cost of private schools. Kate Lock, International School of Indiana's Director of Admissions, says ISI offers financial assistance for students who qualify through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) program. These applications require a brief history of a family’s financials, along with other general information and can easily be filled out online. Once a family has completed this step, the student can then apply for admittance at their selected school(s). Lock explains that after meeting these criteria, the financial aid committee meets to review each application.

Even though the kids have just returned to school from winter break, it’s already time to start thinking about next school year. If you’re considering a switch to a private school, enrolling your kindergartener in a private program or have questions about secular, religious or special needs schools, you’ve come to the right place. With the variety of scholarships, financial aid and government programs available to help with tuition, you may be surprised to learn that enrolling in a private school may be more within your reach than you expected. In many situations, cost should NOT dictate your decision to send your child to a private school. 22 INDYSCHILD.COM

When starting the search for schools and their application processes, be sure to take note of deadlines. For most programs, the deadline for the next school year is usually the end of the previous calendar year. Even if you are on the fence about sending your child to private school, you should still apply, explains Shants Hart, Director of Admissions and Director of the Middle School at Park Tudor School. “Never assume you won't qualify for financial aid,” says Hart. “Complete the financial aid application and be sure to meet the December 31 deadline.”

Government A ssistance Since attending school in the U.S. is viewed as a right – not a privilege – there are various federal, state and local grants that can help families with the cost of private schooling. The most well-known form of government assistance is probably the voucher system. Simply put, a voucher is a certificate issued by the government, which parents can

apply toward tuition at a private school rather than sending their child to the public school to which their child is assigned. For example, under the No Child Left Behind Act, there are various state vouchers offered to students in “underperforming” public school districts. Such vouchers essentially give families the funds and freedom to choose where they want to send their children to school. In addition, there are vouchers available to students with learning disabilities or special needs, designed to help parents shoulder the cost of sending their child to a more specified program. In fact, the cost of sending your child to a special needs school can often be deducted from your taxes as a medical expense. As with all other forms of financial assistance, be sure to sit down with your school’s financial aid counselor to determine what you need, what you qualify for and how to apply.

S chool S cholarships Once you’ve filled out the paperwork for national assistance, you can then turn your attention to scholarships offered specifically through the school to which you are applying. In fact, most private schools offer their own scholarships to students based on need, talent and achievement. In terms of “need” don’t feel embarrassed about applying for scholarship assistance. Last year at Park Tudor, for example, Hart says that 33% of the population received roughly $3 million in financial aid. In fact, Hart says that with a combination of payment plans and need- and merit-based scholarships, oftentimes the entire cost of tuition can be covered.

Meanwhile, if your child excels in a certain area, there are many school scholarships tailor made to suit specific talents. Hart cites just a few available at Park Tudor academic scholarship programs include Freshman Honor Scholarships, Park Tudor Honor Scholarships and Appleseed Academic Honor Awards. Hart also explains that there are numerous merit-based scholarships available to students who demonstrate excellent achievement in citizenship and extracurricular activities.

F inal T houghts The consensus among various admissions and financial aid counselors seems to be that private schools want your child to attend their school just as much as you do. Hart says families should never assume that they cannot afford to send their kids to private school. Similarly, Edy Stoughton, Head of Midwest Academy of Indiana in Carmel says, “We have a financial assistance program at Midwest Academy that we’ve worked very hard to start and maintain. Helping families who need our school is a priority with us.” While financing a private education may seem daunting, Lock suggests looking at your family budget and prioritizing what’s really important to you. Between financial assistance and scholarships, it might not be as much of a stretch as you’d think to make the leap. “Choosing an independent school may require some sacrifices, but that is a decision each family must make while considering their own family values,” says Lock. “Families often find that the benefits of an exceptional education far outweigh the initial investment.” If sending your child to a private school is an investment you’d like to make, there are numerous people, resources and funds available to help you do just that.

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around town

[ museum note ]

Singular Snowflakes Make your own one-of-a-kind creation Melissa Trumpey Public Events and Family Programs Manager for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Indoor Snowflakes As the winter season approaches and the snow begins to fall, bring the beauty of fluffy white snow inside by making your own snowflakes. Each and every snowflake that falls from the sky is unique. Each one has intricate patterns and shapes. Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, is a great book about a man named William Bentley. Snowflake Bentley, as he was called, studied snowflakes and discovered that each one was different and had its own shapes and patterns. He took hundreds of photographs of snowflakes and shared them with his family and friends. Check out the book from infoZone, a branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, located inside The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Step 2: Take one coffee filter and flatten it out on the table. Step 3: Fold the coffee filter in half and then in half again. Repeat one more time. Step 4: Use scissors to cut small shapes out of the coffee filter. Be careful to not cut completely through the folded edges. Step 5: Once you have cut out all of your desired shapes, put down your scissors and carefully open up the coffee filter. You now have a one-of-a-kind snowflake, just like the ones Snowflake Bentley photographed! Use string or yarn to hang your snowflakes or tape them to a window. This fun activity provides an opportunity to discuss the science behind snowflakes. Parents can explain to their children how water droplets fall from clouds and freeze on the way down - forming the crystals we call snowflakes. Scissor use also helps small children with fine motor skill development.

Make Your Own Snowflake Step 1: Gather your supplies – round, white coffee filters (the larger the coffee filter, the larger your snowflake), scissors, string or yarn, tape.


Visit to discover unique programs offered at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

PINK PAJAMA PARTY Indiana Women in Need (I.W.I.N.) to host its annual fundraiser for breast cancer support Nothing is better than a girls’ night out – unless you can party in your pj’s with your best gal pals! This year’s Pink Pajama Party, the signature event for Indiana Women In Need, will bring breast cancer survivors, their friends, families and other supporters together for a night of dinner, dancing and fun to support their mission of helping women of all ages affected by breast cancer. Indiana Women in Need was created to eliminate some of the stresses and demands of everyday life for women undergoing breast cancer treatment. I.W.I.N. provides individualized services such as housekeeping, childcare, meals, yard maintenance, pet care, massage therapy, transportation assistance and other vital support for women feeling the strain of dealing with their illness while still trying to maintain lives at home. To date, I.W.I.N. has served over 2,000 women since its inception and delivered over $900,000 worth of services to women in need. As one of its recipients said, “When you are being treated for breast cancer and missing work, the last thing you need to worry about is how you are going to buy groceries. You were there to help!” At this year’s event, hosted by WTHR’s Anne Marie Tiernon, guests will enjoy complimentary spa services such as massages, mini facials, hair up do’s and manicures. A silent auction and raffle will add to the excitement, as well as a sit down dinner complete with a chocolate fountain for dessert. Guests can dance the night away to the tunes of Living Proof, Indy’s top cover band. Photo opportunities will allow participants to remember the fun. The next morning the festivities continue with a warm breakfast provided to guests. This popular event typically sells out - so grab those pj’s and register today!

I.W.I.N. Pink Pajama Party Date: February 22nd and 23rd Location: Indianapolis North Marriott, Keystone at the Crossing Time: Event begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues until midnight. Breakfast begins the next day at 9:00 a.m. Cost: Event night only and overnight tickets including a hotel room are available. See web site for further details. Registration: Visit to register. Registration will open Monday, January 21st and close February 10th, 2012.

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FAMILY favorites

The votes are in – and our readers have spoken! Here are the most popular picks from restaurants to shopping and parks to museums for this year’s “family favorites” list.

Sit Down Family Restaurant

Ice Cream Shop

Toy Store

1. Applebee's

1. Orange Leaf

1. Toys R Us

2. O'Charley’s

2. Cold Stone Creamery

2. Mass Ave. Toys

3. Olive Garden

3. Ritter's

3. Imagination Station

Quick Bite

Pizza Place

Grocery Store

1. Chick-fil- A

1. Greek's

2. McDonalds

2. Brozinni's

3. Taco Bell

3. Pizza Hut

1. Kroger 2. Meijer 3. Trader Joe's

Date Night

Kids Store

Baby Store

1. Melting Pot

1. Gymboree

1. Babies R Us

2. Cheesecake Factory

2. Children’s Place

2. Buy Buy Baby

3. Maggiano's

3. Crazy 8

3. Target


Consignment Store

Maternity Shop

1. Long’s Bakery

1. Once Upon a Child

2. Taylor's Bakery

1. Motherhood Maternity

2. Kids Go Round

3. The Flying Cupcake

2. Gap

3. Growing Spurts

3. Target


Best Place to Buy Children's Furniture 1. Babies R Us 2. Pottery Barn Kids 3. Target

Seasonal Consignment Sale 1. Whale of a Sale 2. Indy Kids Sale 3. Just Between Friends

Best Museum 1. The Children’s Museum 2. Indianapolis Museum of Art 3. Indiana State Museum

Family Attraction 1. Indianapolis Zoo 2. Conner Prairie 3. Children's Museum


Best Park


1. Holiday Park

2. Stony Creek Swim Center

2. Eagle Creek

3. Monon Center

3. Cool Creek Park

Best Local Place to Take a Visitor

Party Place

1. Downtown Indy

1. Monkey Joe's

2. Children's Museum

2. Chuck E. Cheese

3. Indianapolis Zoo

3. Incredible Pizza

Best In-State Destination Outside of Indy

Annual Event 1. Christmas at the Zoo

1. Brown County

2. Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie

2. Holiday World

3. PBS Kids in the Park

3. Turkey Run State Park


Fitness Center

1. Gymnastics Unlimited 2. Tippy Toes 3. A+ Gymnastics

1. YMCA 2. LA Fitness 3.

Monon Center

Hair Cut for Kids 1. Cookie Cutters 2. Great Clips


3. Sports Clips

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The connection between dogs and children with autism Carrie Bishop

Dogs can teach kids a trick or two - as Mindi McMillan of Zionsville would attest. This mother of six describes her son as a walking miracle and believes therapy dogs played no small role in helping him achieve the abilities he has today.

continues its commitment to pet therapy. In fact, the hospital currently has two therapy dogs trained by the national organization Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). The dogs serve as motivators, assistors, comforters, distractors and beings with which to bond or identify.

and doesn’t follow rules. “She also gets into his stuff, which drives him crazy; however, he loves her and we’ve begun to train her to work with him,” she said. Overall, Renay is happy with the four-legged friend but admits a puppy is a lot of work in addition to raising a child with autism and his siblings.

Her son has autism, mild cerebral palsy and sensory integration disorder. Yet, despite these obstacles he recently made his school’s eighth grade basketball team. He’s put in a great deal of work to achieve this feat and met with many therapists. The most memorable therapist, however, was the one who walked with four legs and had a wet nose. Bretta was a therapy dog at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent who served as motivator and teacher for the boy.

Sharon Worden, Manager of Pediatric Therapy Services at the hospital, believes dogs as well as horses are particularly helpful to kids with autism because the animals are nonjudgmental, yet have feelings that can be described and discussed. Kids can also relate to them and make eye contact with them. She says animals are concrete by nature and respond well to structure, which is similar to kids with autism. Animals can even provide a calming influence that allows for better learning and attention to tasks in therapy.

As with all things autism, pet therapy or simple canine companionship works for some kids on the spectrum but not all kids. Judging from McMillan’s experience, however, exploring the benefits of these furry companions is worth serious consideration.

Like other children with autism, McMillan says her son could not handle smells, sights, sounds or touch. The bath bothered him. Brushing his teeth bothered him. He had an aversion to clothing associated with the changing of seasons. Bretta helped him. He would brush the dog’s teeth and then his own. He would brush Bretta the way his mother had to brush his body to help desensitize him to touch.

“Each child is different and reacts differently to animals. What we have seen in our clinics with our animals has been very successful and motivating for the children - but they do present a change in routine, responsibilities and some unknowns, all of which can be a challenge to the autistic child,” said Worden.

“I remember so clearly the first day he brushed his teeth on his own without any incident. He felt such a sense of accomplishment,” McMillan recalls.

The case for pet therapy may be strong, but Worden’s point is valid. Animals are not ideal for every child and if a family is considering adopting a therapy pet as McMillan did for her son, they need to do their research.

She saw her son respond to Bretta more than other forms of therapy, so she looked into getting him his own therapy dog. The family wound up importing a female Australian Multi-gen Labradoodle, bred her and ultimately established what is now called Colonial Village Labradoodles breeding program. McMillan notes that not all dogs make good therapy dog candidates, but between 10 and 20 percent of her dogs do go into some sort of special needs family situation whether it be for a child with autism or a teen struggling with drug addiction. McMillan’s experience is no anomaly, which is why Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent 32 INDYSCHILD.COM

Warren Patitz, owner of Doggone Connection in Zionsville, says parents should learn as much as they can about the care, behavior and management of the animal so people and pet have a mutually beneficial experience. He also believes it’s smart to speak with other families with kids on the autism spectrum that have had dogs to learn about their experience. Executive Director of the Autism Society of Indiana Dana Renay is one such mom who recently purchased a puppy for her son with autism. She says her son, who is nine, gets frustrated with the pet because he doesn’t understand that she is a puppy

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special needs GUIDEGUIDE resources

[ special needs listings ]

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

To provide the highest quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down Syndrome. We do this by providing proven researched based ABA methodologies delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals. Our programs focus on increasing language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reducing problematic behavior. 450 S. State Road 135, Greenwood, IN 46142, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-889-KIDS, Email:,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 7901 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-849-5437, ext 112, Email:,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 6865 Parkdale Place, Indianapolis, IN 46254, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-849-5437, ext 112, Email:,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Transition to L.I.F.E House

Recognizing the importance of developing real-world life skills in children and teens with autism, the Applied Behavior Center for Autism has launched a new program called Transition to Learning in Functional Environments (L.I.F.E.). The initiative aims to promote independence, quality of life and happiness through an intensive full-day program that takes place in an actual home, complete with kitchen, gym, pool and garden. The Transition to L.I.F.E. program is open to children ages 10-18, and uses the scientific principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). It will emphasize community involvement through volunteer opportunities tailored to the clients’ interests and healthy living through nutritional meal preparation and daily exercise regimens. 7901 E. 88th St., Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jane Grimes, Enrollment Director, 317-849-5437, ext. 112, jane@,

Autism Consultation

Individually designed behavior and academic support and intervention strategies for families and children dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders. With 35+ years experience in special education in public schools I am comfortable attending IEP meetings to advocate for the family and child. Introductory meeting at no charge. Providing service to central Indiana, Contact: Mika Adams, Phone: 866-968-3698, Email:,

Autism Society of Indiana

We strive to improve the lives of everyone affected by autism in Indiana. We provide information and support, referral to


resources, policy and educational advocacy, training, awareness, family programs, Spanish-speaking support group, summer camp programs, and oversight on the Indiana Comprehensive Plan of Lifetime Supports for Individuals with Autism 13295 Illinois Street, Suite 110, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Dana Renay, Phone: 800-6098449, Email:,

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA 1

The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly-trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 11902 Lakeside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Devon Sundberg, Phone: 317-288-5232, Email:,

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA Prep BACA Prep is a facility that utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach essential living skills to young adults with autism ages 8-20. BACA Prep helps strengthen each individual's life by addressing the areas of employment, leisure and living skills, hygiene, self-help and sexuality while decreasing and replacing maladaptive behavior. BACA Prep is under the direction of Dr. Carl Sundberg, Dr. John Esch, Dr. Pat McGreevy and Dr. Peter Gerhardt. 9929 E. 126th St., Fishers, IN 46038. Contact: Devon Sundberg. Phone: 317-436-8961. Email:

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA-Z

The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly-trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 6704 Central Blvd., Zionsville, IN 46077. Contact: Sheila Habarad. Phone: 317-769-4335. Email:

Brain Balance Achievement Center Indianapolis

Brain Balance Achievement Centers work with children who suffer from Developmental Disorders such as Autism Spectrum , Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s and other neurological disorders. The Brain Balance Program is unique in that it utilizes a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach designed specifically to address the various difficulties exhibited or experienced by each child. 9510 N. Meridian St. Suite D, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Julie Peterson, Phone: 317-843-9200, Email:,

Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation

The Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarship funding to individuals in efforts to help offset costs for employment or college assistance for those affected with autism. 7987 Oakbay Dr., Noblesvillle, IN 46062, Contact: Jane Grimes, 317-403-6705,,

Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry

Our goal at Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry is to have a lasting, positive impact on our young patients. We pay special attention to each patient’s needs and we take the time to make sure they’re comfortable. We go to great lengths to make sure that both the patient and parents understand what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and the long-term benefits. 8433 Harcourt Road, Suite 307, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Erin Phillips and Dr. Kira Stockton, Phone: 317-872-7272, Email:,

Little Star Center

Little Star provides intensive applied behavior analytic services to maximize each child’s potential and empower their family. Children in the 5 to 10 age range present with a unique set of needs. These learners often come from other settings in which they were not successful. After careful assessment, individualized programs are developed to ensure progress and growth. 100% not-for-profit, 10 years of service. Serving children 5 – 10 years old. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Executive Director, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email: maryr@,

Little Star Center-Early Learner Program (ELP) The Early Learner Program focuses on intensive intervention for very young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The ELP applies the principles of behavior analysis in a warm, nurturing environment. The focus of the ELP is to develop a foundation of skills for the best possible outcome. Individualized programming is geared toward developing language, social, and pre-academic skills for learners as they prepare for the classroom. 100% not-for-profit. Serving children 5 and younger. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email:,

Middle Star Center Indiana’s original applied behavior analytic center based program that focuses on the distinctive needs of tweens, teens and young adults affected by autism spectrum disorder. Started in 2008, Middle Star is an age appropriate environment that allows each learner to practice and learn the skills essential to be as successful and independent as possible at home, in the community, at school and at work. 100% not-for-profit. Serving learners 10 and up. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email: maryr@,

Noble Autism & Therapy Services Noble Autism & Therapy Services features ABA therapy as part of a comprehensive approach to meeting the unique needs of your child and your family. Other services include speech and occupational therapies, support groups, summer camps, a resource library and life skills classes. 6060 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Tami Wanninger, Director of Children and Therapy Services,, phone 317-254-3300,

Unlocking the Spectrum Unlocking The Spectrum was created with the mission of making ABA Therapy accessible to ALL children with autism by providing high quality ABA Therapy services throughout Indiana. Unlocking The Spectrum specializes in bringing the therapy to the client--in their home and in their community. Client's receive services in a wide variety of settings including their home, school, Unlocking The Spectrum's clinic, and the community to ensure that skills are generalized across all environments. Intensive parent training and collaboration with all members of a client's team are an essential part of every individualized program developed. Contact us for a free initial consultation. 3901 W. 86th St. Suite 397, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Ilana Hernandez, Director. Phone: 317-334-7331. Email:

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special needs calendar tues | 08

Assistive Technology Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-222-6635 Location: Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, Indianapolis www-diin-org/events

Brain Balance Parent Presentation Times: 6:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-843-9200 Location: Brain Balance Center, Indianapolis

thurs | 10 Game Night

Times: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Price: $32 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel Thursdays, January 10 - 31, Ages 6-15



weds | 16

Contact: Joelle Samples Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel

Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Price: Free Location: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

parents night out

fri | 11

fri | 18

Fantastic Friday

Easter Seals Crossroads- 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205. 1st and 2nd Friday of every month.

Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $10 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 13+

Times: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Price: $20 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel For ages 18+

Indian Creek Christian Church- 6430 S. Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN 46259. 1st Friday of every month

sat | 12

fri | 25

Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle)- 11552 Fishers Landing Drive , Fishers, IN, 46038 3rd Friday of every month

Times: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Price: $36 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel Saturdays, January 12 - 26, Ages 16+

Times: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Price: free Phone: 317-466-2001 ext.2420

Brain Balance Open House Times: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-843-9200 Location: Brain Balance Center, Indianapolis

Karaoke Night

Movie Review Crew

Autism Family Resource Center Parents’ Support Group

Easter Seals Crossroads Parent Night Out


Easter Seals Crossroads Teen Night Out

Speedway United Methodist- 5065 West 16th Street, Speedway , IN 46224 4th Friday of every month

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PROJECT Lifesaver A Lifeline For Those Who Wander Carrie Bishop

If you have a child or family member at risk of wandering away, you need to know about Project Lifesaver. The program exists to save lives and reduce potential injury to kids and adults who

searches for the 2012 year, sometimes handling multiple searches at the same time.

wander due to autism, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injuries and other special needs that

“We are here to help the community and give them a peace of mind so when they go to

prevent them from knowing how to get back home.According to David McCormick,

sleep or live their daily lives they know someone else is helping them protect their loved

Project Lifesaver Coordinator for Hamilton County, a search and rescue effort that once

one.”The way it works is simple. Program participants are given a small band to wear

took 24 to 48 hours now takes his team 17 minutes on average. That’s from the time

around their wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If the person

911 dispatchers connect with the emergency responders.

wanders, the family can dial 911 and tell the dispatcher their loved one is enrolled in Project Lifesaver and is missing. A trained emergency team will be contacted

Indianapolis Program Coordinator, John Fultz, says his team has a 100 percent success rate in finding program participants. As of mid-November, the team had conducted 110 38 INDYSCHILD.COM

immediately.The radio frequency transmitter emits a signal at all times.

“If they come in missing we dial in their frequency number and we find them that way. Once a month the crews go out and train with the equipment to make sure they and their equipment are up to standards,” said Fultz.The program also keeps tabs on clients’ medical histories and past experiences with wandering so emergency responders are better able to help the person when lost or upon rescue. “Knowing the medical history makes a difference in how we respond and what we are looking for when someone is missing. It helps in the search,” said Todd Harper, Public Information Officer with Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services. Costs for program participants vary from agency to agency, but efforts are made to keep fees to a minimum. There is a $300 start-up fee for new clients served by Project Lifesaver Indianapolis. This covers the cost of the transmitter and a year supply of batteries and bands. Hamilton County is able to cover the cost for its residents.

There are more than 1,200 participating Project Lifesaver agencies in the U.S., Canada and Australia. For more information or to find the Project Lifesaver agency that serves your neighborhood, visit or www. Like your local agency on Facebook to stay informed of important updates.

Tips to Help Prevent Wandering Project Lifesaver provides families a peace of mind they cannot create for themselves. Of course no family wants to put the agency’s search and rescue skills to the test. There are ways to make a family home more secure to help prevent a loved one with special needs from escaping. John Fultz, Project Lifesaver Indianapolis Coordinator, and Beth Schweigel, Development Ally with the Autism Society of Indiana, offer a few tips for families:

1.) Install special locks that require a key on all external doors. Place the locks as high as possible.

2.) Place an alarm on all doors and windows that sounds each time one is opened.If necessary, consider nailing windows shut and replace glass with Plexiglas to prevent it from breaking.

3.) Place the person with special needs in a room far away from exits so they must pass others on their way to the exits.

4.) Understand why the child or loved one may wander off. Do they want to get away from something causing them anxiety? Do they have an impulse to always move? Do they not understand they need to tell someone before they leave? Learn why they are at risk and come up with preventative measures specific to the individual. Behavioral therapists may be able to help families with strategies. “As we all know, special needs individuals can be very creative and determined when they want something and learn or figure out ways to get around things that are in their way,” says Schweigel. “Despite our best efforts to prevent their wandering, we need to be prepared for when they do wander. That is where Project Lifesaver comes in. If they do wander, we can find them as quickly and easily as possible.” JANUARY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 39


From a Miscarriage Local support groups help women through their grief Nancy Edwards


loss of a baby during its first trimester, not realizing that this

pregnancies may feel as though they will never find comfort

loss is just as painful as having delivered a stillborn. Mary

again through their ongoing grief. Yet a number of support

Mouradian had undergone two miscarriages, both at 12

groups in the Indianapolis area have helped many women

weeks and a year apart, when she decided to attend a

find reassurance, healing and strength they may not have

support group to cope with her grieving. As the other

experienced otherwise.

women sitting around a circle took turns speaking, they held pictures of their babies and spoke of holding them.

miscarriage is more

common than most people could imagine. Literature suggests that as many as

Women who have suffered the loss of one or more

25 to 50 percent of all

couples experience

Reverend Marsha Hutchinson of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church became pregnant in 1967, during a time when there

“When it came for my turn to speak, I said ‘I don’t belong

were few resources for women needing assistance with

here,’” remembers Mouradian. “I didn’t have a child to

problem pregnancies. During her first trimester, Hutchinson

touch, hold and see. I was told ‘You need this support

began cramping and bleeding profusely and was taken to

group even more so. You absolutely belong here. You were

24-hour perinatal crisis support hotline for families called

the hospital. After her examination, she was told that her

a mom; your loss just happened earlier.’ The experience

NeoFight. A nonprofit organization that began at Methodist

baby had died and a D&C procedure was used to remove

was very therapeutic.”

Hospital, Neo-Fight is active in all 11 hospitals throughout

the fetus.


Indiana. “It was the best support I received,” she says. “I’ve Memories to Hold is the name of a support group offered in

volunteered with (Neo-Fight) for 14 years now.”

“I was devastated for many reasons, as are most women,”

Indianapolis for parents who have experienced the loss of a

she says. “First, I felt guilty that I had mopped the kitchen

child due to ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or

As a listener for parents calling the crisis line, Sebree

floor that night, and that I had eaten a tuna fish sandwich

neonatal death. Held at St. Francis Hospital’s south

acknowledges that knowing what to say or do that would be

that day. I thought it was my fault that my baby didn’t live.”

campus, the group, coordinated by Joni Cutshaw, RN,

helpful for grieving mothers is a challenge for friends and

meets every second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9

family. Although well-meaning, she says, “People will say

Hutchinson later became pregnant again. During her eighth

p.m. As well, the hospital offers a Memorial Service and a

things they think will make you feel better, like ‘your baby is

month of pregnancy, her baby’s movements gradually

Burial of Ashes twice a year (in May and November) to help

in heaven now.’ It’s better just to say nothing, or say ‘I don’t

lessened with time. After a week of concern, she called her

with closure. In addition, an annual Christmas Memorial

know what to say but I’m here to listen and I’m here for you.

doctor, who dismissed her fears and told her to wait until her

Service is provided each December, where families are

You’re not alone.’” Even completing tasks, such as helping

next scheduled appointment. Meanwhile, “each day the

given an ornament for their baby in remembrance. Each

clean the mother’s house or fixing her meals can go a long

baby’s movements became more and more infrequent,” she

October, St. Francis holds a Walk to Remember for families

way, she says.

says. Friends tried to comfort her by telling her the baby was

to remember their babies in a service of music, poetry,

most likely a good napper. When Hutchinson felt no

reading of the infants’ names and releasing balloons. “All

movement whatsoever, she contacted the on-call doctor.

babies are treated with dignity and care,” Cutshaw says.

“Upon being examined and much silence, the doctor told

After Mouradian began attending Memories to Hold, she

suggests that as many as 25 to 50 percent of all couples

me ‘I don’t hear a heartbeat; I think your baby may have

made many close friendships with the other women. They

experience miscarriages. “Some of the couples place their

died. I will measure you now, and you come back in a week.

decided to give back and created Caring Companions to

pregnancy tests in the soil of our garden and plant a flower

We can tell for sure by then.’” A week later, Hutchinson was

share their experiences and bring comfort to other mothers.

in remembrance.”

told that her baby had indeed died. When she delivered,

Volunteers of Caring Companions make mementos and

she says, “The on-call doctor told me it would be far better

take pictures of babies, answer questions and provide

to not know the gender or even see the baby because it

support to grieving families. Giving an infant an identity is

would only make things worse. My baby was taken from my

also something that helped comfort Mouradian, who gave

body, and there was no name given, no funeral and no

her lost babies names and bought a Precious Moments

spoken acknowledgment of life or of death. For 24 hours, I

figurine in the shape of a baby on a cloud. “This was perfect

shared a room in the hospital with a nursing mother and

for me,” she says.

Hutchinson, who leads a support group at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church called HOPE, says that miscarriage is more common than most people could imagine. Literature

went home to an empty nursery with a broken heart.”

Hutchinson advises women who want to try to get pregnant again to “wait until they feel physically, emotionally and spiritually ready to try again. Of course, the father as well as the doctor needs to support this decision.” Hutchinson adds, “For the past 10 years I’ve led a support group for an amazing group of men and women…parents who have experienced terrible losses. With faith, courage and the

Michie Sebree, an RN who went through multiple

support of one another day by day, each of these people

Even today, women who have experienced a miscarriage

miscarriages, also found reassurance through a support

have bravely moved forward and have finally known the joy

may feel out of place and not understood for grieving the

group and began training to help other mothers through a

of parenting.” JANUARY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 41

commentary and parenting

[ mommy magic ]

Mommy Magic Out of Touch: A submerged phone leads to true communication Mary Susan Buhner

I was recently listening to one of my favorite songs. I had heard it at least a

How did this piece of technology have such an emotional hold over me? So I did

thousand times, but I’m not sure if I really every processed the meaning of the

what everyone tells you to do when you accidentally submerge your phone - stick it

words. It talked about longing to be with friends and family in a meaningful way.

in a Ziploc bag of rice overnight. There I was, a 41 year-old mother of three, zipping

This got me thinking that in today’s hustle and bustle (although we are one

up my phone and leaving the house without any form of communication wondering

Facebook post away from finding out what those close to us are doing) it is not the

if, in fact, my phone would work in 24 hours. I was nervous and even worried. My

same as spending time with those we love - those we long to spend time with in a

whole life was on that thing. When did I last download my calendar? My pictures?

meaningful way. Time together and being present during that time together seems

My contacts? Yikes.... my heart was beating out of my chest. I grabbed my purse

to have become a lost art. In fact, not checking texts, phone messages or even

and keys and left to do carpool. I felt naked leaving the house without it. I even

update a Facebook status almost seems impossible for us to do even while we are

considered going back into the house to get it and putting the bag of rice with my

actually with others.

phone in it next to me in the passenger seat. Then I remembered my expression in my bathroom mirror only moments ago - looking desperate and scared. So with a silent vow to be strong, I left it at home.

Recently, I dropped my phone in the toilet (clean water, thank goodness). Like most, I was kind of terrified after I dried it off. I scooped it up as fast as I could out of the toilet and ran it over to a bath towel where I swaddled it like a newborn. My

I got in my car and turned on my favorite song. I actually enjoyed listening to the

racing heart wondering what would happen next. Then I caught my expression in

words. I was not thinking about email, texts, Facebook or phone calls. I couldn’t

my bathroom mirror. I looked ridiculous - cradling my phone wondering if it would

because I had no access so there was nothing to think about doing moment to

work or not. I was embarrassed for myself.

moment. Instead, I listened to music that reminded me of my youth. It reminded me


of my loved ones - laughing with them, being with them and enjoying the time I had spent with them. I was flooded with memories as I drove and listened to a song I had heard my whole life. It was like I heard it for the first time. I thought of memories I had with my grandparents as a little girl and when my kids piled in the car from school, I actually shared some of the stories and memories they had never heard before with them. Stories about people I loved and memories that helped shape me into the mother and woman I am today. They asked questions about their great grandparents and about family. It was a treasured moment.

One song, a phone dropped in my toilet and a bag of rice gave me the biggest gift of all this New Year. It gave me the gift of being present and in the moment and being aware of what is going on right in front of me and not on my phone. If I could give you each a gift this New Year it would be a Ziploc bag of rice as a reminder to treasure the moments! Join the Mommy Magic’s Fan Page on Facebook and visit to be a part of the mom community that supports and encourages moms in Indy with helpful tips for motherhood!

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[ school listings ]

education +childcare GUIDE schools & education carmel Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

Carmel Montessori School is located on the beautiful campus at St. Christopher’s Church on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 13 years head-teaching experience. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, 317-580-0699,,

Clay Montessori

A Montessori school offering morning, afternoon, and full-day programs. Available for ages 3-6 years old. Call for more information. (Affiliated with Fisher’s Montessori) 463 East Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850

one-on-one instruction, in practical life skills, manners, grace & courtesy, sensorial exercises, reading, math, music, French, cultural studies. Contact us to schedule a tour of our new facility. 3965 West 106th Street, Suite 140, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Sharon Emanuel Ip, Phone: 317-697-8460, Email:, www.


The Right Start for A Lifelong Love of Learning! Our strong academic-based curriculum prepares and encourages your child to succeed in school while discoving learning is fun! * Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. All of our classes focus on an introduction to colors, number and letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and sight words are taught in the older classes. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032. Contact: Diane Atkins. Phone: 317-753-9397. Email:

The Montessori Learning Center

The Montessori Learning Center offers a Montessori elementary program for grades 1-5. We focus on developing the whole child through interaction with an interdisciplinary curriculum. Our program specifically meets the needs of each child and is aligned with Indiana State Standards. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Elizabeth Williams, 317-846-8182, elizabeth@,

WestClay Children's Montessori

West Clay Children's Montessori preschool & kindergarten offers a small, structured, nurturing learning environment for children ages 3-6 to explore, learn, and grow at their own pace. Guided by a certified Montessori directress, each child receives hands-on,

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood, Full Time/ Part-Time/Flexible Hours, Ages: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2’s+, 3’s+, 4’s/PreK (3 day or 5 day program) and Full Day Kindergarten (5 full-day program) (8:50 am to 3:00 pm) Before School/After School Care available daily as needed for all ages: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Call or email for brochure. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email:,

Fall Creek Montessori Academy

Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally diverse environment where children grow and develop their unique talents and gifts. Through child-centered learning, children excel physically, academically and emotionally. Conveniently located one mile east of I-69 on 96th St. FCMA serves children at all levels. Programs are available two to five days per week. 8888 Fitness Ln, Fishers, IN 46037, Contact: Diana Brugh, (317) 436-8606, diana@,

Fishers Montessori Starting Line Preschool

learning and stimulate social interaction, all at each child’s individual pace. 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, 317-251-9467, emills@,

A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certification through American Montessori Society. 12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Peggy White, 317-8499519 or 317-580-1850

indianapolis - downtown Todd Academy, Inc.

A fun, creative, challenging environment for highly intelligent students age 8 or grade 3 thru grade 12. High-ability, gifted and talented education with early-college options and rolling enrollment offers mid-year transfers. Extracurricular activities, community service involvement, financial aid and vouchers are all offered. State accredited. 855 N. East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Sharon Todd, 317-636-3100, Fax: 317-636-3103, Email:,

indianapolis - north

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-524-7090. Email: admissions@brebeuf. org. Ages/Grades: All ages and grades welcome.

Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool The Children’s Day In traditional preschool and nursery school program provides a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values in a play based setting. It is designed to offer children ages 9 months to 5 years a positive and developmentally appropriate experience in the care of experienced teachers and caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Children attend up to 3 days a week. 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, 317-253-0472,, www.

Arthur M. Glick JCC

Our loving caregivers and teachers demonstrate by example and encourage children to behave according to these values as the children are learning, playing and socializing with one another. The JCC embraces a learning-throughplay teaching method to engage children in activities that promote creativity, accelerate

Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. We offer classes for children ages 9 months to 5 years old. We meet the needs of the whole child

in a creative and loving environment. Our experienced staff embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole childphysically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Cara Paul, Director, 317-252-5517,,

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Mothers Day Out (12-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, a wide variety of learning materials, & friendships, with readiness activities woven through each study unit. Need longer hours? Try our child care ministry, The Neighborhood designed for 2-PreK. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake or Kelly Belt, 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-5756509, or

Heritage Christian School

Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA. HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Prep K – 12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA Athletics. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today! 6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, In 46250, Contact: Emily Iglendza, Director of Enrollment Management, 317-849-3441,,

Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School

Share your love of learning with your children. Founded in 1960 by involved parents like you, Meridian Hills Cooperative provides a positive, nurturing environment wherein children explore and learn by doing. Spacious classrooms. Beautiful, wooded playground. Caring, experienced staff. Adult/child ratios 1:4 - 1:6. Find us on Facebook. 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: See �Admissions/ Tours� Info Online, Phone: 317-255-0831,

Montessori Centres

Stressing peace and respect for all, we’ve worked with children to develop criticalthinking and time-management skills since 1966. Montessori-certified lead teachers serve children aged 3-3rd grade. Our classroom structure and materials allow children to be self-directed and self-paced. Our well-rounded curriculum includes French and Spanish, art, and computer labs. 563 Westfield Blvd. W. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Lynn Boone, Director, Phone: 317-257-2224, Fax: 317-254-3034, Email:

The Orchard School

The Orchard School, an independent, nonsectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible,

global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYS accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Kristen Hein, Director of Admissions, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-2548454, Email:,

Park Tudor School Park Tudor School’s exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities prepare students to become confident and resourceful lifelong learners. The school community creates an inspiring college-preparatory learning environment for highly motivated young people. Two-year Global Scholars program for juniors and seniors; 19 AP classes; full-day kindergarten; Spanish beginning at age 3. 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Shants Hart, 317-415-2777,,

St. Richard’s Episcopal School Independent Episcopal day school offering a diverse community filled with academic rigor, faith based ecumenism and long-standing traditions. Its mission is to instill knowledge and values for a lifetime through the implementation of five Pillars for Success: Faith, Classic Curriculum, Leadership, Civic Responsibility, and Global Readiness. Pre-Kindergarten (3) through Grade 8. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Melinda W. Fisher, 317-926-0425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367, mfisher@strichardsschool. org,

Sycamore School At Sycamore, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, PE and technology are taught at all levels. Extensive field trips, athletics, child care, financial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered. 1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-2022501,.,

indianapolis - northeast Compassionate Angels Child Care Ministry We are a Christian ministry, using the Bible to teach values. We have over 30 years of experience and are accepting children ages 6 weeks to 12 years; we provide before and after school care. We have a very strong educational program that prepares your little one for first grade and beyond. From infancy through kindergarten we have proper age curriculum and teaching. We teach through play and creativity so the children learn and have fun doing it. We are dedicated to the love, education and safety of your child. Learning Starts At Birth! * Now enrolling infants and toddlers. * Free Piano Lessons. * Free Violin Lessons. * Free Dance Lessons. 2626 Ruth Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Jody Teipen-Holbrook, Phone: 317-2059264, Fax: 317-205-9263, Email: admin@, www.compassionate-

Polly Panda Preschool and Bridgford Kindergarten Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our theme-based hands-on preschool program provides a wide-range of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of self-worth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our well-qualified and loving staff. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email:,

indianapolis - northwest International School of Indiana At the International School of Indiana, we share your wish to prepare your children for the future we cannot imagine, and to give them the foundation and attitude to thrive in a changing world. An education that combines internationally respected academic standards with a truly international outlook. 4330 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Sarah Harrison or Kate Lock, 923-1951 Ext. 369,,

St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs St Luke’s Community Preschool is a weekday, developmentally appropriate and experience based program. Two well-trained, degreed teachers are in each classroom. Parents’ Day Out is a structured play experience that provides parents some time for themselves on a regular basis on M, Th, F. We provide a warm and loving Christian environment in which children can learn and grow. Tours available upon request. Visitors welcome. 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Bobbi Main-Jackson, Dir., 317-844-3399,,

Traders Point Christian Academy Fully accredited by ACSI and AdvancEd, Traders Point is a nondenominational Christian college prep school serving 600 students age 18 months to 12th grade. Offering Fine Arts, Spanish, Technology, Honors, AP and dualcredit options within a Biblical viewpoint. Interscholastic athletics in grade 2 - HS varsity. Preparing students for high school and college, for a world without borders, and for a life of significance. Located at I-65 North/SR 334, Zionsville exit. Visit us - for more information contact Mrs. Toni Kanzler,, at 317-769-2450.

indianapolis - south Lutheran High School Students, parents, teachers, and staff will be on hand to answer questions about academics, fine arts, activities, clubs, sports, and more. Come see the limitless opportunities that will have a lasting impact. 5555 S. Arlington Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46237, Contact: Christie Hampton, Phone: 317-787-5474, Email:, www.lhsi. org JANUARY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 45

multiple locations Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives: ICPC Indianapolis Area Preschool and Kindergarten Cooperatives Preschools: great for your child, great for you! Children and parents learn and grow together in the classroom with caring, experienced teachers. Multiple Locations in Indianapolis Area, ICPC Line: 317-767-7596

noblesville Legacy Christian School Legacy Christian School is celebrating it's 10th year of providing affordable Christian education in Hamilton County. We are equipping and inspiring students to forge a godly legacy in today's world. State accredited, we combine excellence in academics with Christ-centered teaching. Our full-day Kindergarten is 25-66% less costly than other area programs. Music, art, library, P.E., and computer class offered to K-5th students weekly. Join us in leaving a Legacy! 470 Lakeview Drive, Noblesville, IN 46060. Contact: Lana Thompson. Phone: 317-776-4186. Fax: 317-776-4189. Email: lthompson@ Ages/Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade. Before/After School Care: Available.

westfield Montessori School of Westfield, Inc.

Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-867-0158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email:, www.

zionsville Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool Universal Preschool at Boone Meadow provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning. We will provide a quality program through: Organizing the environment so it is conducive to success, providing specific directions and instructions, acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. 5555 S. 650 E., Zionsville, IN 46075, Contact: Donna Hudson, Phone: 317-873-2226, Email:,

childcare Peanut Butter and Jelly 24/7 Childcare PB&J is a childcare that is a safe, nurturing environment where your child will get the attention and care that he or she needs. We are licensed and always working to meet and exceed all health and safety guidelines. You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect . Open late for lots of flexiblity. Stop in for more info. Follow us on twitter @pbj247childcare. 5501 E. 71st Street #7B, Indianapolis, IN 46220. Contact: Anita Beck. Phone: 317-205-9211. Email:

Wee Folk Childcare Quality in-home child care serving caring families for 20 years. (CPR, 1st aid certified, and state licensed). Two meals and one snack provided daily along with baby food and regular formula. We provide quality learning through play in a non-smoking Christian environment. Preschool program providing Kindergarten prep is available. Meridian Kessler Neighborhood, 317-926-3640 46 INDYSCHILD.COM

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commentary and parenting

[ dear teacher ]

Dear Teacher Kids who quit too easily, falling behind in math and overcrowded classrooms Marge Eberts & Peggy Gisler

How to Stop Children from Being Quitters

teacher is a poor communicator. I'm trying to work on helping her learn the basic


facts. What else can I do? — Want to Help


How can I help my third grade son who just gives up at the first sign of difficulty? What can I do to help him stop being a quitter? — Cheerleader Mom

Children usually start giving up after experiencing a cycle of failures at school. Your son is only in the third grade; he more than likely wants to do well in school. Very sadly, not all bright children succeed in school.

Some begin tasks very halfheartedly and give up at the first sign of difficulty. Psychiatrists call this "learned helplessness." It can happen in the early grades because of emotional immaturity, low frustration level or over-dependency on adults. It also can happen when children start fourth or sixth grades because these are points when learning requires more effort, and some bright children have no strategies for handling difficult assignments and give up too quickly. It's not easy for these children to overcome the tendency to give up when the going gets tough, but they can with


The best thing that you can do right now is to see that the child gets the help that she so obviously needs. The individual responsible for this child, whether it is you or a parent, must immediately contact the school

to see that help in math begins at once. It would be a good idea to meet immediately with this teacher. Find out why an intervention or testing for a learning disability has not been done.

If you do not receive a helpful response from the teacher, contact a counselor or the principal. This child's skills sound so weak that an individual tutor or math learning center may be needed. Nothing but serious problems in math are going to occur in the future without considerable help. How will this child ever be able to handle math in high school to fulfill graduation requirements?

continued help from teachers and parents. You can supply some help to your granddaughter. To work on addition and By modeling how to approach a problem and giving specific instructions at every step along the way, parents can help their children learn how to tackle difficult assignments. They will need to teach them: — Effective problem-solving strategies — To look for more than one approach when solving a problem

subtraction, use manipulatives – counters, coins, etc. – so she can actually see problems. If she is strong enough to work on multiplication, try this technique: For a problem like 3 x 4, have her draw three parallel vertical lines and cross them with four parallel horizontal lines and then count the intersections (12) to get the answer. You will also find it helpful to search on our website for math under the elementary level, as you will find a variety of suggestions about ways to teach basic math facts, starting with addition.

— To retrace their steps to find errors — To use self-talk as a guide for solving problems

Do not consider your granddaughter’s math skills strong in any area until she can solve basic addition, subtraction and multiplication facts in 3 seconds or less.

Help for 6th Grader Failing Math

How to Cope with Overcrowded First Grade



My granddaughter failed math in sixth grade and got a failing grade the first semester this year in seventh grade. She hasn't mastered multiplication, and her addition and subtraction skills are poor. She has

just been passed along. The school did not have summer school, and the


My daughter's first-grade classroom is overcrowded. The children are not getting quality instruction from the teacher, and the teacher does not have time to accomplish all that she wants to do. Volunteer parents are

the teacher's only help. Who can we (a group of concerned parents)

approach to improve this situation? A few of us have written letters to the principal, but nothing has been done to address the issue. — Need Advice


First grade is an extremely important year in school. During this year, time will be spent teaching children to read and do basic addition and subtraction. Realistically, the children will have wildly diverging skill

levels, from those who can read to those who are just starting to learn the sounds of letters. And the same is true with math abilities. It is difficult for a teacher to make sure that every student gets all the individual help needed when classes are very large. School districts recognize the importance of having smaller classes in the primary grades. Unfortunately, they are finding it very difficult to do so with smaller budgets. Of course, parents should voice their concerns even though it may be difficult for the school to change things. There are some things that parents can do. They may work with the administration to set up a well-organized and trained volunteer program that can assist the first-grade teacher. They may also raise funds through the parent-teacher organization to pay for an aide for this teacher as well as others in the school.

Parents should send questions and comments to or ask them on the columnists’ website at

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[ pete gilbert...stay-at-home dad ]

Potty Training: Who’s really getting rewarded here? True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert

My wife and I just went through the process of potty training our three year-old son. Along with stickers and small toys, we gave him pieces of candy every time he successfully used the potty. I had two goals as we began potty training, get my son out of diapers and not eat all the candy while doing so. Things started off really well. Day 1. "Oh son, you went pee on the potty! I'm so proud of you, here have a miniature Hershey's bar!" I would hand him a piece of chocolate and put the bag away taking none for myself. As the days went on, my enthusiasm for celebrating trips to the bathroom decreased, along with my willpower.

Day 3. "Another potty, great. A Mr. Goodbar for you and two Krackel for me.” Day 4. "Good job going potty. That's three M and M's for you, because you're three and 36 M and M's for me, because I'm 36." Day 5. "Are you thinking you may have to potty soon? I'll just go ahead and eat some chocolate now just in case." By about the sixth day I raided the candy jar anytime I felt like it. I'm not sure I even gave him rewards for going potty, I just occasionally walked over to the cabinet and stuffed my face with miniature candy bars and M and M's. Thankfully, he stopped expecting rewards for going potty right around the same time I polished off the rest of the bag.

Day 2. "Good job, another trip to the potty. What is that, seven times this morning?" I would hand him a chocolate and shove one in my mouth too.

My sweet tooth cannot wait until it’s time to potty train our one year-old.

Things just kept getting progressively worse.

Happy Parenting!


LOCAL LIBRARY CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS GUIDE Avon-Washington Township Public Library

Hancock County Public Library

Address: 498 North Sate Road 267, Avon, IN 46123

Address: Four Branches,

Programs Available: Make It Mondays, Winter Magic Preschool, Animal Tales

Programs Available: Techmobile, Youth Tutoring, Homeschool Discovery Program, Friday Family Fun, Little Artists, Preschool Power

Carmel Clay Public Library

Indianapolis Marion County Public Library

Address: 55 4th Avenue SE, Carmel, IN 46032

Address: Multiple Branches

Programs Available: Preschool Tales and Treats, Winter Babies, Book Buddles, Family Read Aloud Program

Programs Available: Bright Beginnings, Preschool Science Workshop, Wee Read Baby Lapsit, Toddler Tales, Homework Lounge

Greenwood Public Library

Johnson County Public Library

Address: 310 South Meridian Street, Greenwood, IN 46143

Address: Four Branches

Programs Available: Preschool Sensation Station, Preschool Story Time, Manga Club

Programs Available: Winter Reading Program, Multi-age Story Times, Author Spotlight, Hands-on Science

Hamilton County East Public Library

Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Address: Two Branches, Noblesville and Fishers

Address: 1120 Stafford Road, Plainfield, IN 46168

Programs Available: Toddler Time, Homeschool Enrichment, Science Fair Event, Baby Bunny Hop

Programs Available: Lego Build-a-Mania, Great Beginnings Story Time, Early Reader's Club, Shaking the Leaves of Your Family Tree

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Wonder Workshop Weds., January 2 – Thurs., January 3 Times: 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM Price: $2 per project, plus museum admission Phone: 812-337-1337 Location: WonderLab Museum, Bloomington Escape the bustle of the holidays to make your own flying toy! Drop in to build a spinning helicopter, a rubber band rocket, or a mini glider to take home. Drop in to one or more projects!

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Join the park naturalist from McCloud Nature Park for a wonderful story and craft about foxes. Sponsored by the Hendricks County Parks. Free for all ages, no registration is required.

sat | 05

Hot Wheels Creations Times: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Price: $10.00 members, $12.50 nonmembers Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: The Children's Museum, Indianapolis Make your own Hot Wheels creation then test it on tracks you build.

Dollars and Sense Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Included with museum admission Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: The Children's Museum, Indianapolis Family activities designed to teach even the youngest about earning, saving, and spending money.

Times: 12:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 3178383801 Location: Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library


Location: WonderLab Museum, Bloomington Drop in to talk with kids across the country using short-wave radio technology, create a message with Morse Code, and more!

mon | 07

Monday Madness: Fairytale Frenzy Times: 4:00 and 6:30 PM Price: Free Location: Carmel Clay Public Library If you like on-your-feet action and making your brain cells spark, join us for Monday Madness at the library! This isn’t your traditional storytime – no sirree, Bob. We’ve got madcap activities lined up back to back to back for an hour of nonstop fun. Madness! For children in grades 1-5.

tues | 08

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

fri | 04

Animal Tales: The Fox in the Dark


sun | 06

National Ham Radio Kids Day Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: Activities included with museum admission Phone: 812-337-1337

Times: 5:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 579-0304 Location: Hamilton East Library, Fishers Join us for fun crafts and stories all about snow. For Grades K and up. Registration requested. This event repeats on Tuesdays through Jan.

weds | 09

Photo Mosaics Teen-Pop Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Price: $20.00 Phone: 317-255-2464 Location: Indianapolis Art Center Teens, ages 13-17 will use existing pictures to create a completely new picture- a photographic mosaic. Instructor will lead students in the creation of their own photographic mosaic or "montage." Students should bring a collection of 40-100 images to use for the large design of your choice. For a complete list of Pop-Ups, please visit

thurs | 10

Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks Times: 8:00 PM Price: See website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-917-2500 Location: Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Come root on your Pacers as they take on the New York Knicks!

fri | 11

Storytime Express @ the Monon Center: Pigs-O-Plenty Times: 11:00 AM Phone: 317-848-7275 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel 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. Younger siblings are welcome. Registration for this free program is required through Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation.

sat | 12

Greater Indianapolis Garage Sale - Indiana's Largest Indoor Garage Sale Sat., January 12 – Sun., January 13 Times: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Price: $3.50 adults / Kids 12 & Under FREE / $1 off discount tickets at Marsh Phone: 317-236-6515 Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Indy’s bargain hunter’s paradise is back with over 600 booths, offering a plethora of items at unbelievable rock bottom prices. Treasure seekers will find antiques, collectibles, jewelry, new and used clothing, arts and crafts, furniture, electronics and more.

sun | 13

Indiana Ice vs. Green Bay Gamblers Times: 3:00 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-917-2500 Location: Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Come root on the Ice as they take on the Green Bay Gamblers!

mon | 14

Family Sing-Along Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-275-4450 Location: Irvington Library, Indianapolis Families are invited for a sing-along of old folk and traditional songs.

tues | 15

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weds | 16

You Ate What? Vegetables

Times: 4:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-878-9560 Location: JCPL:Trafalgar Branch Leafy greens from the black lagoon? Come in to try vegetables you may have never heard of!

thurs | 17

Sing Along With Miss Bobbie Times: 11:00 AM Price: Free Phone: 317-275-4530 Location: Wayne Library, Indianapolis Babies, toddlers and preschoolers with an adult are invited for a live, interactive music experience during which they can dance, sing and laugh together.

Fifth Third Bank, the free outdoor art exhibition features work by artists from around the country.

mon | 21

IMA Community Days Times: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-920-2659 Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art This is the perfect day for visitors of all ages to explore all the IMA galleries in a fun, interactive atmosphere. Visit the newly designed galleries of African art with a new activity space, make your own musical rain stick then take part in a march to The Toby for a free 3 p.m. performance.

Harlem Globetrotters

fri | 18

Friday Family Fun - A Pooh Party! Times: 4:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-535-6206 Location: JCPL: Clark Pleasant Branch Let’s celebrate the birthday of Winniethe-Pooh’s creator, A.A. Milne, today by playing games, watching a Winnie-thePooh movie, and having a birthday bash!

sat | 19

Ice Age Overnight Times: 5:00 PM - 8:00 AM Price: $30 per member; $40 per non-member Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Join our Ice Age friends for a night of fun and adventure. Explore the museum's labs and help find remains from thousands of years ago. Take a flashlight tour of the prehistoric collections. Discover how mammoth skeletons fit together. Cap your experience with a breakfast fit for a giant ground sloth. Reserve your spot now or like mammoths, they'll go extinct.

Times: 2:00 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-917-2500 Location: Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis The Harlem Globetrotters began in 1926 as the Savoy Big Five. Now more than 85 years and 20,000 games later, the team has become one of the most recognizable franchises in sports. Come watch their wild basketball skills in person!

tues | 22

Trailblazing Twos, Terrific Turtles Times: 9:30 and 11:00 AM Price: R$6/NR$9 Location: Billericay Park Building, Fishers Time to come out of your shell. Some program animal turtles are ready to meet you. We will have an animal visit and lots of turtle-themed activities. Registration required by 2/15.

weds | 23

Fishers Parks and Recreation: Snow Much Fun Times: 1:00 and 6:00 PM Price: R $12/NR $18 Phone: 317-595-3133 Location: Billericay Park Building, Fishers Bring some winter indoors We will have an indoor snowball fight (with special “snowballs”). We will also sing winter songs, read a story, do a cold weather craft, and warm-up with yummy hot chocolate. For ages 3-7.

thurs | 24

Drop-In Craft: Winter Wonderland Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Price: Free Location: Carmel Clay Public Library For families with children of all ages. Come by the library and make a winter landscape scene! Drop in anytime between 6:007:30 p.m. No registration is required.

sun | 20

Fifth Third Bank Campus Sculpture Walk Time: Daylight hours Price: Free Locations: University of Indianapolis A variety of art work decorates the UIndy campus through the campus sculpture walk. Sponsored by JANUARY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 53

sun | 27

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Price: Tickets start at $12 Phone: 1-800-745-3000 Location: Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy comes to your hometown! See website for other dates.

Times: 4:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-878-9560 Location: JCPL: Trafalgar Branch Do you think you can balance six dice on a popsicle stick held in your mouth? Try it and other impossible feats at this program designed just for those of you in grades 3-7!

mon | 28

thurs | 31

Times: 10:00 AM Price: Free Phone: 317-275-4430 Location: InfoZone Library Branch, Indianapolis Children ages 6 and under are invited to have fun exercising and learning yoga poses from a certified instructor from the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Call 275-4430 to register.

Times: 6:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 579-0304 Location: Hamilton East Library, Fishers It’s Science Fair 2050, and all of the students have gathered together for the final round of judging! It’s a close contest and anyone can win – until someone sneaks into the science lab and causes a major science snafu! Guests must be able to comfortably read out loud in front of a group as each person will participate in the mystery.

Disney on Ice Presents World of Fantasy

Preschool Yoga Classes

fri | 25

Dinner and Magic Show Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Price: $50/person; package price $140 Phone: 317-638-7881 Location: The Indianapolis Propylaeum Make your evening magical with dinner and a magic show with fabulous magicians at The Propylaeum. Your meal is a 3 course dinner followed by a great hour of magic performed by local magicians.

sat | 26 Kaya Day

Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Price: Included with museum admission


Phone: 317-636-WEST Location: Eiteljorg, Indianapolis Bring your doll and join us for games and activities inspired by Kaya. Learn about Kaya's Nez Perce culture and meet local Native artists and storytellers.

In Love with Garland Lil-Pop Times: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Price: $10.00 per child (adults free) Phone: 317-255-2464 Location: Indianapolis Art Center Ages 4-12 w/ Adult. Brighten your Saturday afternoon with this unique art project. Use everyday materials to create vibrant holiday garlands with your Lil-Pop. For a complete list of Pop-Ups, please visit

tues | 29

Minigame Madness

A Science Fair Mystery

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Times: 4:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-885-1330 Location: JCPL: White River Branch Fans of Greg Heffley, his best friend Rowley, or even his brother Rodrick are invited to celebrate their inner wimpy kid by enjoying fun activities based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series! Grades 2-5.

NOTE: At Indy's Child, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.

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Hold It! Family Activity Second and fourth Saturday of each month Times: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Price: Free Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art Hold it! is a hands-on experience for visitors of all ages. Discover carts filled with objects everyone can hold and see up close. Currently, there are three cart experiences. The African and Asian carts both contain objects representative of those found in the IMA's permanent collection. The Art Basics cart explores the fundamentals of art, artists’ materials, and various art samples.

Winterfest Through Sat., January 5 Times: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Enjoy family-friendly crafts and activities, face painting and special performances each day from jugglers, magicians, dancers and musicians. Visit to learn what is in store each day. The Stardust Terrace Café is offering kid-friendly snacks and lunches throughout Winterfest.

Winter Fun Days Through Sun., January 6 Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: $12/adult; $9/youth (ages 2-12) Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers Avoid the post-holiday blues with some wintertime fun! Explore the science of baking and participate in a chocolate making demonstration. Test your winter frontier survival skills, enjoy a story by the fire and see what our animals do in the winter.

Jackie & Me Fri., January 11 through Sat., February 16 Times: see website for schedule Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-635-5252 Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis A young boy’s school report on Jackie Robinson finds him traveling back in time to meet one of the most influential baseball players in history. But a strange twist gives him a unique understanding of the struggles faced by the first black man to play in the major leagues. This tale of an American icon leaves the history books and lands on stage in this brilliantly adapted play based on the young adult novel by Dan Gutman.

Disney on Ice Presents World of Fantasy Weds., January 23 through Sun., January 27 Price: Tickets start at $12 Phone: 1-800-745-3000 Location: Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy comes to your hometown! See website for show schedule.

Arsenic & Old Lace Daily through Sun., February 3 Price: Tickets range from $37.50 to $62.50 Phone: 317-872-9664 Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre opens its 2013 season a few days early with the famous killer comedy, Arsenic & Old Lace! The fun farce kicks off the theatre’s year-long 40th Anniversary celebration. Brewster sisters Martha and Abby are charming and innocent ladies who have taken it upon themselves to help lonely men. With a little arsenic, strychnine and just a pinch of cyanide in a glass of homemade elderberry wine, their guests are unburdened of their unhappy lives.

Hearthside Suppers Through Thurs., February 28 Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Price: $60/person ($55/member) Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers

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Ever wondered what people ate for dinner in the early 1800s? And how it was prepared? Discover those answers firsthand when you and your family join in the preparation of a candlelight feast served inside the historic Conner House. Recipes are straight from the pages of a 19thcentury cookbook. January: Friday-Sunday; February: Thursday-Sunday. Reservations required. Recommended for ages 10 & older.

ComedySportz 4 Kids First Sat. of each Month Through Tues., December 31 Times: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Price: $8.00 Phone: 317-951-8499 Location: ComedySportz Theatre, Indianapolis ComedySportz 4 Kidz is fast-paced, hilarious, interactive improv comedy just for kids. Think "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" with a competitive edge. You give the suggestions; we make up the rest.

Nikon Small World Daily through Sun., February 17 Price: Included with museum admission Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Discover the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light of a microscope. The world's best photomicrographers have captured dynamic images that showcase a wide variety of advanced scientific disciplines. In its 37th year, the Nikon Small World contest is traveling its best photos to museums around the country. JANUARY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 55

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how to celebrate: Make some popcorn and cuddle up with your friends and family for a movie

tempura day



how to celebrate: Have some sushi for dinner

rubber duckie 13 dress up your 14 pet day day how to celebrate: Play dress up with your pet today


how to celebrate: Head to the aquarium and visit the penguins!

holocaust memorial day

bubble bath day


the first Super Bowl played in 1967


blueberry 28 national pancakes day puzzle day how to celebrate:



Sleep in, snooze, doze, nap, and catch 40 winks!


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measure your feet day

yodel for your neighbors day


on this day winnie Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706


compliment day


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how to celebrate: See if your feet grew and buy some new shoes!



Help young heroes who celebrate birthdays in the hospital with your $10 gift. Visit birthday today.

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on this day

work harder day


how to celebrate: Put in a little extra effort in everything you do today!

popcorn day


how to celebrate: Pop up some popcorn and watch a movie

the pooh day

sat the first woman governor inaugurated in 1925 in Wyoming




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dr. martin 21 blonde luther king, jr. brownie day day how to celebrate:

Make pancakes (with blueberries) for breakfast, or dinner!



on this day festival of sleep trivia day how to celebrate: the drinking straw day Get the family together z Z Z how to and have a game night


how to celebrate: Relax and take a bubble bath before bedtime

how to celebrate: Start a new puzzle with your family



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Read over his "I Have A Dream Speech"



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penguin awareness day



cuddle up day




peanut brittle day


Say something nice or compliment a stranger (or friend!)

backwards day


how to celebrate: See if anyone notices if you wear your shirt backwards all day

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