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Indy Indoor Playgrounds Where to go when it's too cold to play outside


Is It Time to Change Schools?

What to consider before making the leap



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Finding a Tutoring Option That Works

Get the right match for the best results


School Anxiety

What could be causing your child's stress at school?



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meet the staff FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne // Publisher Mary Wynne Cox // Editor Susan Bryant // SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski // Advertising Coordinator Karen Ring //

Welcome 2017! Who’s ready for a fresh start?

The start of a new year has that “blank slate/ do-over” mentality that we all need from time to time. What’s on your agenda for 2017? At Indy’s Child we always start the year with our Education Issue. Are you considering a move to another school for your student? Before you make the leap, check out Is It Time to Change Schools? for some suggestions on what to think about before making this decision. Do you have a child who would rather stay home than hop on the bus? Our article on School Anxiety may give you some insights on what could be causing your student to be stressed out at school. Maybe a little tutoring is in order to keep your little learner up to speed academically or sharpen some skills? Read about all the options available in our area in Find a Tutoring Option That Works.




Finally, we would be remiss if we didn’t encourage you to read our Ask the Teacher column. Every month our resident expert gives great advice on timely topics. If you haven’t checked out this column yet, be sure to give it a look! January is the start to a new year and new semester for kids – we hope both get off to a great start in your family!

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Tea with Raggedy Ann

Winnie the Pooh Day

Begin the new year making wonderful memories with your child at the Indiana State Museum. Have your little one bring his or her favorite doll to the historic L.S. Ayres Tea Room for tea with famous “Hoosier” doll Raggedy Ann. Holiday characters such as Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer and others will be in attendance for this special event. (Museum admission is not included.)

That silly old bear is throwing a party and you’re invited! In celebration of National Winnie the Pooh Day, families of all ages are invited to spend a day just like Pooh and his friends would in the Hundred Acre Wood. Come and participate in some of Pooh’s favorite activities with crafts, games, animal artifacts and a Hundred Acre Wood story nook to name a few. Light refreshments will be provided. Bring a stuffed animal along, or wear your favorite Winnie the Pooh clothing during the celebration. Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors. Don’t forget to bring your camera (and a pot of honey)! Winnie the Pooh himself will be stopping by to say “Hullo!”

Sunday, January 1, 2 pm - 3 pm Indiana State Museum, 650 W Washington St, Indianapolis

Sunday, January 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Cumberland Park, 10597 Cumberland Park Drive, Fishers

See a Play at the IMA! For the first time ever, Young Actors Theatre is partnering with the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) to put on two original plays based on pieces from the IMA's own collection! The youth intensive show, Unmasked, imagines a world where paintings are portals into foreign realities. Follow the heroine as she travels from frame to frame, meeting the characters from within famous paintings from the IMA’s very own collection. Before the 19th features the Young Actors Theatre’s high schoolers who explore what it means to be human when human rights are questioned. This performance is set during the women’s suffrage movement. All Young Actors Theatre productions are performed by student actors. Shows are family-friendly and FREE for everyone 18 and under! Admission is $15 for ages 19 and up. Friday, January 27 Unmasked 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Before the 19th 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, January 28 Unmasked 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Before the 19th 4:00pm – 5:30 pm




MLK Events On January 16, in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., museums around Indianapolis will open their doors to guests for free. Come and experience all these museums have to offer while remembering the legacy of this incredible man who did so much for our nation. At the Indianapolis Zoo

At the Eiteljorg Museum

Parking and admission to the Zoo are free on this day with the donation of a non-perishable food item for Gleaner's Food Bank (minimum donation of one item per person). Although the Zoo is usually closed on Mondays in January, weather permitting, they are open for this special day.

Admission to the Eiteljorg Museum is also free on this day with the donation of a non-perishable food item to Gleaners Food Bank. Drop off your donation at any White River State Park institution and experience all the park has to offer.

Monday, January 16, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

Monday, January 16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

At Conner Prairie At the Indiana State Museum The museum in its entirety is open to the public, free of charge (with the donation of one non-perishable food item per guest) and engages visitors in unique and meaningful ways that reflect the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Some of the events include The Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and gallery performances at the Hat Tree Theater. This event is very popular, drawing in nearly 5,000 guests each year. Monday, January 16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

Come to Conner Prairie for the day to honor King’s vision of what could be achieved through non-violent protests. In collaboration with Asante Children’s Theatre, there will be special performances of short plays highlighting African-American stories in Indiana’s history. Monday, January 16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers

At The Children’s Museum

Don’t miss Disney On Ice! Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing Disney Pixar’s record-breaking animated feature Finding Dory to the ice for the first time in this live production produced by Feld Entertainment. The ice skating extravaganza features 60 characters including favorites from Inside Out, Frozen and other beloved Disney stories. With Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse leading the way, this new Disney On Ice production will excite and amaze fans of all ages. Follow Your Heart visits Indianapolis from January 18-22, 2017 for ten performances at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Celebrate the life, achievements and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with storytelling and performances by The Griot Drum Ensemble.

Visit to purchase your tickets today!

Monday, January 16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis

Hearthside Suppers at Conner Prairie

Ever wonder what people ate for dinner in the early 19th century, or how they prepared the meal? Discover those answers firsthand when you help prepare, serve and eat a feast by candlelight, straight from the pages of 19th-century cookbooks. Dine on a delicious meal in the historic William Conner House with family and friends. Enjoy entertainment in the parlor and learn about life in the 19th century from your costumed hosts. Wine and beer options are available for an additional cost. This event is perfect for a date night, or for a fun family night out for families with children ages 10 and older. Be sure to visit the website for a complete menu. $65/adult ($60/adult member) $60/youth ($55/youth member) Jan 13-15, 17-22, 24-29 and 31 6:00-9:00 pm Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers jan-13#sthash.rPvXVK4t.dpuf

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Where to go when it ’ s too cold to play outside!


Carter’ s Pl ay Pl ace This innovative play space is ideal for both children with special needs across all age groups and neurotypical kids from infant to ten years old. The 4,000-square-foot space was designed by individuals with first-hand knowledge of parenting a child with special needs and is filled with everything from swings and slides to a zip line and a springfree trampoline. Carter’s Play Place also offers classes and birthday party packages. Location: 17219 Foundation Parkway, Suite 100, Westfield Cost: Pricing varies and membership packages are available Hours: Monday - Sunday 10am-6pm More info:

Cornerstone Lutheran Church Newly opened, this indoor playground offers plenty of climbing opportunities for the older kids and a separate area with toddler-friendly equipment, making it a safe and inviting space for all ages.


There is an affliction that strikes homes across the Midwest every winter. It is not the flu. Not the common cold. It’s cabin fever – that point when it is too cold to go outside and the thought of playing one more board game or building yet another blanket fort is enough to drive even the most patient person mad. So what is a parent to do when they find their kids bouncing off the walls this winter? Head to an indoor playground, of course! Thankfully, Indianapolis has plenty of options. Here are a few of our favorites: 10



Location: Cornerstone Lutheran Church, 13450 E. 116th Street, Fishers Cost: Free Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-1pm and 4-7pm; Sunday noon-3pm More info:

Discovery Station at Conner Prairie Open Thursday through Sunday during the winter months, Discovery Station will delight kids through the age of nine. Here they can create, climb, explore, play and pretend. Activities include a Kids Playscape, fortbuilding zone, craft area, reading nook and more. There is even a special area devoted to infants.

Location: 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers Cost: Included with admission; free for members Hours: Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm More info: {317} 776-6000 or visit

Recreation Unlimited If you’re looking for an awesome way to burn off energy indoors, this is the place. Children 8 and under are welcome to explore this massive, climate-controlled play space that contains 15 play systems, 3 trampolines, an indoor basketball court and a number of playhouses. Little ones will enjoy the Thomas the Tank Engine play tables. And here is the kicker: Everything is also for sale, so think of your time here as a test run. Location: 15150 Herriman Blvd., Noblesville Cost: $8-$12/child {depending on the day} Hours: Monday-Friday from 9am-8pm, Saturday from 10am-8pm and Sunday from noon-6pm. More info: {317} 773-3545 or visit recunlimited. com/playzone/


Lakeview Church This play area is free to the public for kids ages 1-12, and will easily fill an entire afternoon. There is equipment for both big and little kids, and the cushioned rubber floor is perfect for little ones who are newly mobile. Location: Lakeview Church, 47 Beachway Drive, Indianapolis Cost: Free Hours: Monday-Thursday 8-5pm More info: Call {317} 243-9396 or visit

The Center at The Well Communit y Center

The Treehouse at Pl ainfield Christian Church

This indoor play area was made by an Earth-friendly community using only re-purposed toys, furniture and even carpet tiles. Best of all, it is free to the public and open to children of all ages. Everyone who comes to play will need to fill out a release form that can be completed out when you arrive, or online beforehand to save time.

The Treehouse is only open to the public two days a week, but it is well worth the trip to see this beautiful indoor play structure that is bathed in natural light. Geared to kids ages 2 to 12, it is designed to look like a whimsical tree with tons of space for kids to climb until they are ready to slide down.

Location: Well Community Center, 554 Pit Road, Brownsburg Cost: Free Hours: Mornings, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-1pm. Evenings, Monday and Friday 5-8pm More info: {317} 244-3974 or thewell. community/ministries/community-center

Location: 800 Dan Jones Road, Plainfield Cost: Free Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11 am or 1-3pm More info: Call {317} 839-2384 or visit

The Park at Trader’ s Point Christian Church The Park is every kids dream. The expansive space is separated into zones, including a preschool play structure, a larger play structure for older kids, basketball courts, a rock climbing wall and a quiet zone (perfect for kids with special needs who may become overstimulated). There is also an oasis where you can take a break and have a snack. Whether you’re looking to let your kids work off extra energy, meet new friends or you just want to relax while your kids play in a safe, fun environment, you’ll feel at home here. Location: Trader’s Point Christian Church, 6590 S Indianapolis Rd, Whitestown Cost: Free Hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm; Saturday 8am to noon; Sunday 2 to 8pm More info: Email or visit tpcc. org/the-park-at-traders-point/


Pl ayscape at The Children’ s Museum The Playscape at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the perfect place for kids ages 5 and under to learn through sensory exploration. There are separate spots for toddlers and babies, with a climbing pod, sand area, water play and much more. This space is completely family friendly, too, with amenities like private nursing areas, family restrooms, and diaper-changing stations. Really, they’ve thought of everything! Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis Cost: Entrance is included with paid general admission; free for members Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm; Closed Mondays through Feb. 27, 2017, with the exception of Monday, Jan. 2 More info: {317} 334-4000 or visit


Pl ayl and at Brook ville Communit y Church This padded playground features slides, tunnels, and a special area for children under two, making it a safe place for tots to tumble and kids to climb. Children up to third grade are welcome. There is an eating area outside the Playland doors that is the perfect place to take a lunch break. Location: Brookville Community Church, 7480 US-52, New Palestine Cost: Free Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm; Tuesday 1:00-5:00pm; Friday 9:00am-noon More info: {317} 861-3880 or visit

IncrediPlex This place is intense! It has everything, including massive bounce & climb arenas, a Euro bungy that propels you more than 20 feet in the air, a bowling alley, arcade games, laser tag, sport courts and tons more. Pricing is based on the area you visit in the complex. It is also a great place to host a birthday party! Location: 6002 Sunnyside Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46236 Cost: Varies depending on the activity Hours: Monday-Friday noon-10pm; SaturdaySunday 9am-10pm More info: Call {317} 823-9555 or visit Please Note At Indy's Child we work hard to ensure the information in our guides is accurate. Occasionally, details 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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WORDS BY // Becca Wolfley, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum Opens for Free on Back-to-Back Holidays Let freedom ring and dust off your top hat for some historic fun! The Children’s Museum is offering free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day! Both days will highlight the holiday with special programming. During MLK Day (Monday, Jan. 16, 2017), storyteller Portia Jackson will speak about courageous children from the Civil Rights Movement. There will be two musical performance groups throughout the day – The Griot Drum Ensemble and the Freetown Village Singing Troupe. The Griot Drum Ensemble will perform traditional African and Diaspora percussion, and the Freetown Village Singing Troupe, representing post-Civil War African American communities from all over Indiana, will perform a variety of vocal performances.

On Presidents’ Day (Monday, Feb. 20, 2017), bring the family to learn about some of the greatest leaders of our country. Participate in presidential trivia, and learn about presidents associated with areas right here in the Hoosier state. You will even get a chance to talk with honest Abe Lincoln! Look for Lincoln throughout the day on the museum’s Level 2 Mezzanine. For more programming details, visit the museum’s online calendar and plan a visit!




To prepare for these fun-filled free days, test your family’s knowledge with this at-home activity! Directions: 1. Use notecards to write down quotes from famous presidential speeches (e.g., Lincoln’s Gettysburg address or Roosevelt’s first fireside chat). You can also play the game with speech quotes from other significant leaders in our country – like Martin Luther King, Jr.! 2. On separate cards, write down the names of the presidents in accordance to the speech quotes. 3. Leave the quote cards in a pile face down. Disperse the name cards evenly to each family member participating. 4. Flip a quote card over. Each participant can guess if one of their name cards is the quoted person, but only one will be right! The correct participant gets to keep the quote card. 5. As you play, discuss the historical importance of each speech and how it has shaped our country today.

By the time a few rounds of the matching game have been played, your family will become more fluent in famous leaders and speeches. During a visit to a free day at The Children’s Museum, you can use the collective knowledge gained as a family to further reinforce the information during the museum’s programming.


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Menopause relief, updated guidelines hinge on individualized counsel Hot flashes. Poor sleep. Mood swings. These and other menopause symptoms often bring women to Julie Schnieders, a nurse practitioner and director of the St. Vincent Carmel Women’s Center, starting in their 40s. Some women experience none of it, says Schnieders. Others feel incapacitated. And while most are savvy in watching for signs of menopause, many are unaware that treatment guidelines have changed, and what works for one woman might not work for another. Menopause is the result of dropping estrogen levels— either because our ovaries are done working, or were removed during surgery. That sharp drop in estrogen also causes our risk of heart attack to rise, equaling that of men. Meanwhile, breast cancer risks also climb as we age.

Adding to the changes in our bodies, stress and big life events can aggravate symptoms, says Schnieders. Many women entering menopause are caring for sick loved ones, parenting teens, sending kids off to college, running a business, facing a divorce or other highpressure scenarios.

“It’s amazing when women come in with a list of things they do each day,” says Schnieders. “They’re going to do this and that, take care of this and that person. It’s impossible. I’m guilty of it too.” And yet, a gift women can give their loved ones is simply to take time to care for themselves: “If mama’s not ok, nobody’s ok,” she cautions.

Finding relief: what works, and what’s changed “Your experience won’t be like your friend’s,” says Schnieders. Each woman experiences menopause differently, and requires a personalized plan that accounts for her life circumstances, habits and risks.




“This is not a 10-minute consultation,” Schnieders explains: “We’ll look at your family history, individual risks, habits, sex life, sleep, cholesterol, sugar levels, and so on.” Only then can a health professional point you to resources or specialists that will benefit you.

What’s confusing for some women, says Schnieders, is that this advice is the opposite of what patients were told many years ago, when hormones were prescribed as a cure-all, no questions asked. After studies in the early 2000s showed hormones can be harmful in some cases, treatment guidelines changed dramatically.

Note that hormones remain a safe, effective treatment for many women. The general guidelines now, Schnieders explains, are that hormones should be used for symptomatic relief at the lowest dose and for the shortest length of time when women first enter menopause—never for long-term prevention.

Patients who are good candidates for hormonal therapies now enjoy more delivery options via pills, creams, and patches. And a host of hormone-free therapies are available, including over-the-counter medication.

Technology has also come a long way since your mother’s menopause. A new, hormone-free technology that’s proved effective and quite popular among St. Vincent patients is the MonaLisa Touch, a five-minute laser treatment that relieves vaginal discomfort by stimulating collagen growth in just three treatments.

“The important takeaway,” says Schnieders, “is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.”

Symptom-free or winging it on your own? Even when we experience no symptoms, there’s still much to discuss with a health professional as we enter “menopause age.” When women choose to go it alone, they risk having serious health issues down the line that could have been prevented, Schnieders explains. It’s not unusual for someone who postponed care for months or years to show up with a complication.

While busyness often gets in the way, early counsel is key to thriving in our latter years. “Women deserve a discussion that’s all about them,” Schnieders concludes. “Take the time to ensure you’re healthy for a long time to come, and actually have fun with aging.” To schedule a menopause consult with Julie Schnieders, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, call 317.583.4437.

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Is It Time to Change Schools? What to consider before making the leap WORDS BY // MAGGIE LOISELLE




“I hate school!”

It’s something nearly every child has screamed at least once between kindergarten and high school graduation, and like many challenges, important lessons are often learned from working through a difficult situation.

But what happens when things don’t get better?

When children are consistently unhappy at school, report being bored academically or experience bullying – these types of scenarios are when many parents start to consider changing schools. “It’s not as simplistic as saying, ‘I don’t like his teacher this year,’ or ‘I don’t like the curriculum they’re teaching at this grade level,” says Angela Lupton, Assistant Dean of the College of Education at Butler University. “If you are unhappy with the school your child currently attends, you should get to the root of what is going on first before taking the step to change schools.” Carol Lloyd, mother of two and Vice President and Editorial Director for GreatSchools, a national nonprofit that provides searchable information and ratings for all types of schools, encourages parents to have uncomfortable conversations with school administrators before considering a move. “I, too, tend to start thinking about moving schools before it’s really reasonable. I’ll do it because I think the school can’t change, or I’ll assume that all of the resources I know about are all the resources that exist,” she says. “But before you start thinking about changing schools, you can’t be afraid to go to the very top. Talk to the teacher, yes, but talk to the principal to see if there’s anything that can be changed higher up.” It’s also important that you determine exactly what is causing issues for your child and ask directly if anything can be changed in that regard, such as your child’s schedule, teachers or the way in which they’re being taught.

Finding a new school If you ultimately decide to move your child to a new school, it’s time to get serious about researching local options, examining the needs of your child and your family and making in-person visits.

Assess your current situation While it may be tempting to start from scratch when searching for a new school, it’s important to look for things that actually work for your child in his or her current school so you can look for those qualities in a new school. “You should understand the things your child likes about school, including their favorite subjects, extracurricular activities and social needs,” says Lauren Peterson, Manager of Community Engagement and Outreach for Enroll Indy, a relatively new nonprofit aimed at streamlining the school enrollment process in Indianapolis. “What you want to focus on is, what is the best individual fit for that child?” This approach can also help you avoid what educators call “school whiplash.” For example, if your child was bullied and your only focus is putting them in a school where they won’t be bullied, you may be overlooking other important criteria, such as academic rigor or the afterschool activity that your child loves.

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Be realistic Make sure you have a good understanding of what your needs are, Lupton says. “It really is beyond which school is best. It’s actually more about all the external pieces that have to come together so your family can still, for example, eat dinner together or get everyone to school on time. If you have kids in three or four different schools, that’s three or four back-to-school nights, three or four PTOs to support and lots of afterschool activities to coordinate. You have to think about your whole family dynamics.” Lloyd says she ran into this very issue when she moved her oldest daughter to what they both believed to be the ideal academic environment. “It really was the perfect school for her, but she had to take public transportation for more than an hour a day, and it just ended up destroying her quality of life,” Lloyd recalls. “For me, I learned that,




yes, high academic quality is important, but there are also some basics, like having your child wellrested and building community.”

Research and visit Once you’ve assessed the needs of your child and your family, it’s time to research local school options in earnest. There are several websites that allow parents to compare school information, ratings, reviews and demographic information, including www.great and Most schools will also put you in touch with other families who attend. Of course, visiting prospective schools is a must. “We tell parents, just because this tool is here, that does not replace visiting the schools,” Peterson says. “Go see if you can sit in for a couple of hours to see how the school functions

on a day-to-day basis, and by doing your research ahead of time, you’ll know what questions to ask.” It’s also a good idea to bring your child along to visits if possible. But Lupton urges parents not to put the final decision about switching schools on their child’s shoulders. “In some cases, I see parents of kids in elementary school asking their child, ‘Well, where do you want to go to school?’” she says. “You want to include your child and see where their interests and passions lie, but we have to be very careful that we are not asking children to make decisions that are not developmentally appropriate for them.”

Deciding to change schools is a big decision, not just for your child but for your whole family. Before making a switch, take the time to understand your child’s needs and how they may be better addressed in a different environment. Research and visit schools that meet your criteria and include your child in the process. If you decide to commit to another school, going “all in” with a positive attitude, from both you and your child, can set everyone up for a better school year.

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Finding a Tutoring Option That Works Get the right match for the best results WORDS BY // HOLLY KLINE

For kids who are struggling academically, routine homework assignments and studying for tests can cause anxiety, frustration and tears – and parents may be at a loss about how to help their child. But finding the right tutor can often be a game changer in these situations. The Indianapolis area is fortunate to have several tutoring options available to families. Check out this guide for a list of options to get started.




Club Z! of Indianapolis In-Home Tutoring Services Club Z! tutors arrange to work with students in their homes. Their service area covers Franklin Township, Broad Ripple, Geist, McCordsville, Irvington, Lawrence Township, Warren Township plus surrounding areas to the north and south. Check http:// tutors.clubztutoring. com/indy/indianapolis- local-tutoring/ for more info or call 317-210-4333.

Kumon Afterschool Math & Reading Programs The Kumon Math and Reading programs cover everything from counting to calculus, and phonemics to Shakespeare. Worksheets allow children to learn new concepts on their own. Kumon programs allow students to progress one small step at a time through daily practice. Multiple locations are available throughout the Indianapolis area. Visit to learn more.

Lindner Learning LLC Locally owned and staffed by professionals with degrees in education and speech therapy, this learning center specializes in helping students that may be non-traditional learners. Tailored academic plans are available to assist a wide variety of needs. Located in Fishers. Visit for additional information.

Sylvan Learning Centers Sylvan offers tutoring in math, reading and writing and also help with study skills, homework help and SAT/ACT test prep. Multiple locations are available throughout the Indianapolis area. Visit to find a center near you.

PUBLIC LIBRARIES Homework help and tutoring opportunities vary widely among libraries – check your local branch to see what opportunities are available. Here is an example of what a few local libraries offer.

Carmel Clay Public Library

Students in grades 4-12 can access the library’s feature each evening from 3 -11 pm. Designed to help kids with math, science, English and social studies questions, this tutoring service is available to those with a Carmel Clay Public Library card. Visit http://www. to participate or call 317-844-3363 for more info. Free.

The Indianapolis Public Library Students can text IndyPL librarians via the Text-A-Librarian program at 317-333-6877. An email option is also available and librarians are able to answer reference-type questions during business hours and some evenings. See http:// for details. Free.

Hamilton East Public Library Librarians in the youth department are available to help students find answers to homework and/or school project questions. There is also a homework hub page that lists websites and apps that students can access at any time. Visit for more info. Free.

INDIVIDUAL TUTORS Indianapolis OASIS Adults that are 50 years of age and older volunteer as tutors through the Indianapolis OASIS program. These tutors provide one-on-one help at a student’s school during the regular

academic day. Several area districts are served including IPS, Greenwood, Pike, Warren, Lawrence, Hamilton Southeastern and more. Parents that are interested in having their child paired with an OASIS tutor can call 317-3963751 or visit Indianapolis-IN/Tutoring. Free.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Homework Hotline Tutors are available over the phone to help students in grades 6 -12 with math and science homework. Students can call from 7:00 – 10:00 EST every Sunday through Thursday during the months of September – May. Call 1-877-ASK-ROSE. Free.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis The Finish Line Boys & Girls Club, located at 3870 N. Post Road in Indianapolis, offers Power Hour tutoring as part of the facility’s after school program. Kids receive help with completing homework assignments and can earn points that they can use toward prizes. Call 317-672-3410 to enroll. Check http://bcg for additional locations. Cost is $15 per academic school year and includes all club programming.

Children’s Dyslexia Center of Indianapolis This program offers one-on- one tutoring to kids with dyslexia and is available to students in kindergarten through high school. Parents must submit an application and prospective students need to participate in an assessment prior to admittance. Read more about the process at Free.

ONLINE/ APP HELP Khan Academy Available as an app or online, Khan Academy offers online classes and lessons designed to help students of all ages practice for upcoming tests. Several subjects are available and they are organized by grade level. Visit Free.

World Book Also referred to as World Book Online, this website of encyclopedia information is a resource for kids that need to research specific topics. Visit and click on either the Kids or Students section. Both include detailed information about a wide variety of topics that can be used to answer homework questions. Free option plus paid subscriptions.

Splash Math Learning Game This is an app that teaches math skills with interactive games, quizzes and customizable worksheets. A separate app is available for each grade level from 1st through 4th and the math concepts taught meet the standards for Common Core. Free options or $9.99 per grade level for the full version.

Finding a tutoring option that works well for your child can go a long way in helping him or her become a confident student. Consider your child’s needs, your family’s schedule and budget, and take advantage of the many resources available in our area for help.

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Burn Off That Energy! Helping kids with autism stay active in the winter Indiana weather is always changing, but all parents can predict at least part of the cold weather forecast – cooped up kids with a chance of meltdowns.

Think outside the court/ field/pool

Burning off enough energy in the winter months can be a challenge for all kids, and maybe even more so for those on the autism spectrum. “Everyone has a need for activity because lying around isn’t what we’re meant to do,” says Vince LaMarca, Clinical Director at Little Star Center, an applied behavior analysis, or ABA, center serving children with autism. “They are going to get that sensory activity out somehow. If it doesn’t happen through appropriate means, you’ll be looking at less-appropriate kinds of behaviors, such as crying, whining and outbursts.” But before you set up weeks full of visits to indoor playgrounds, inclusive gyms and adaptive classes, it’s best to start slowly, experts say. Examine your own personality type – how much planning and structure you crave – and then take small steps to help increase your child’s activity level. For example, instead of starting with an hour-long activity, set a goal of getting your child to be more active for just five or ten minutes a day, and then work up from there, LaMarca says. “Try to keep in mind that less is more, and that it’s all about what’s in it for the kid. In fact, a 2015 study of exercise interventions found that just 15 minutes of vigorous, fun activities for children ages 5 to 11 reduced stereotypic behavior for an average of two hours afterwards.” he says. “If you have too much lined up, or if your kid doesn’t like the activity, or if it’s too long a time, it may be counterproductive.”




Try something new Exposing kids to new indoor activities during the winter months can help keep their interest longer. For example, some families maintain the novelty of karate lessons, bounce house visits or gymnastics classes by scheduling them only during cold weather. Keep in mind that exploring the changing seasons outside, and the traditions that surround them, can also be a good motivator for kids to get active. “My boys’ favorite part of playing outside in the winter is the hot cocoa I make when they come back in,” says Cathy Willman, a Brownsburg mom of three, including a son with autism. “It’s a half an hour of suiting up for five minutes of play, and then we drink, but it works.”

It’s also important to remember that moving around doesn’t necessarily have to involve structured sports or lessons. “This could be the time of year you teach your kids to do more chores around the house. Even if it’s just for five minutes – putting away a few pieces of clothing or picking up a room – it gets them up and moving,” LaMarca says.

Other non-sport suggestions include video games that require movement, following along with yoga or dance videos on YouTube or setting up a simple indoor treasure hunt by hiding pictures of your child’s favorite characters around a room. Investing in equipment that encourages physical activity can also help. “We’re able to stay home some days and still be active with our mini trampoline and indoor spin disk, and we’re thinking of adding a Gorilla Gym Kids adapter to a door frame for a swing,” says Jenny Holcomb, a Zionsville mom of two, including a son with autism. Of course, there’s one sure-fire way to get a child interested in doing something – make it messy. If you can stand it, consider covering the living room floor and playing with a box of beans, or make your shower or tub into a playful exploration zone once a week. “Parents know that a child’s enjoyment of an activity is directly proportional to the amount of mess it will make, so ask yourself, ‘Where in my house can I allow things to get absolutely crazy?’” LaMarca suggests. “Sure, it will get everywhere, but it’s a great way to get kids active.”

Start slowly, try something new and get creative in your efforts to help your child burn off extra energy this winter. And just remember, spring will return!

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Dad to Dad

Support for fathers of kids with special needs Whether it’s eating ribs and swapping stories on Indy’s northeast side or spending a Saturday morning bowling with 100 kids in Carmel, a growing number of dads of kids with special needs are finding unique ways to connect. Although still rare, dads-only groups offer an alternative to the typical parent support meetings – where fathers are often in the minority – giving dads a judgement-free space to discuss the highs and lows of parenting a child with special needs among other men. “There are all these support groups for mothers, and the guys are usually in the background. But we’re going through this too, and we want to be involved,” says Mike Byron, who leads Down Syndrome Indiana’s DADS group – Dads Appreciating Down syndrome – in Indianapolis and whose daughter, Whitney, 8, has Down syndrome. “It’s not what you think of as a typical support group, but we do support one another.”

DADS members meet monthly for dinner out and hear from experts on topics important to the special needs community, including new therapies, financial planning and Individualized Education Program (IEP) prep. The dads also organize family events throughout the year, from a fall hayride to a golf fundraiser. While the format is certainly different from what one might picture as a typical support group, the function is still the same, offering education, community and comradery, organizers say. “Everybody in the room knows exactly what you’re going through, and it helps you realize that you’re not alone in this. There is a community of other dads who ‘get’ it,” Byron says. The same can be said about the Carmel Dads’ Club’s Special Sports program, which brings together dads of children with all kinds of specials needs to coach and help kids experience an array of sports. While the kids learn the basics of a rotating schedule of sports, from T-ball to soccer, basketball and the ever-popular bowling every Saturday morning during the school year, the dads get to know one another, building a community of their own. “There’s a friendship level and a support system that comes along with the Special Sports program,” says Dave Ollier, a one-time coach and dad to Evan, 21 this month, who has Down syndrome. “We’ve all been through issues – some severe, some not – and it’s just a humble, supportive environment.” Ken Osborn, whose daughter Amaya, 9, has Down syndrome, makes the 30-minute drive from the family’s home in Lebanon every Saturday to take part in the program, helping to coach and




assist the kids. “Even if you’re from outside the area and you feel like you maybe don’t belong, that’s not how this group is,” he stresses. “I get to talk with a lot of other dads who have similar kinds of needs, and we’ve learned about a lot of other great programs and opportunities in the area.” More than anything, members of both dads groups emphasize that fellow fathers shouldn’t feel pressured to make every meeting or take part in every sport. Their message is the same – simply come as you are and meet other dads who understand what it means to raise a child with special needs. “Just come to a meeting and see what it’s all about. If it’s not for you, that’s fine, and you don’t have to come to meetings to attend our events,” Byron with DADS says. “We have a good time, and we offer reassurance, tips and assistance along the way.” Support groups just for fathers are still scarce. If you’re interested in finding out how to start a group in your area, visit pages/Finding-or-Starting-a-Support-Group for more information.

DADS When: 2nd Tuesday of every month, 6:30 pm Where: GT South Ribhouse (5711 E 71st St, Indianapolis) More Info:

Carmel Dads’ Club Special Sports When: Saturday mornings during the school year. Bowling runs January-March. Where: Locations vary by sport More Info: www.carmeldadsclub. org/Default.aspx?tabid=974715

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Special Needs Guide ABA Autism Services by Damar ABA provides proven research-based treatments and interventions for children with Autism and their families, ensuring that children learn, gain confidence and purpose, and engage in meaningful interactions in their everyday lives. 9905 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Kristin Dovenmuehle, Director, Phone: 317-813-4690, Email: info@damar. org,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism The Applied Behavior Center for Autism is Indiana’s largest ABA therapy provider with 7 different facilities throughout the state. Each our centers offers unique attributes that allow us to provide high quality treatment to children and teens with autism. With nearly 20 years in the industry, ABC is truly building brighter futures every day. In addition to two Indianapolis locations, we have locations in Carmel, Greenwood, Richmond and Terre Haute. 7901 E. 88th St., Indianapolis, IN 46256. Phone: 317-849-5437 x 238; E-mail:;

BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS CENTER FOR AUTISM BACA uses the principles and procedures of ABA to teach language, social, self-help, academic, daily living and life skills to individuals with autism and related disorders. BACA was established in 2009 by Carl Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, and a group of highly trained BCBAs. Located in Fishers, Zionsville and Elkhart, IN. 9929 East 126th Street, Fishers, IN, United States, Phone: 317-436-8961, Contact: Colin Clayton, Email:,




BEHAVIORWORKS ABA We work with you! BehaviorWorks provides Early Intervention for Autism and Indiana Medicaid Waiver Behavior Support Services. BehaviorWorks is a team you can grow with. We use the evidence-based strategies of ABA to create effective behavioral solutions. Are you looking for a fresh perspective? Take action for positive change with BehaviorWorks. 618 N. High School Road Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46214-3684​, Contact: Ann Baloski, Executive Director, Phone: 317-731-7777, Email:, www.behavior

Children's Therapy Connection Children's Therapy Connection offers a variety of engaging playgroups to help connect your child with their potential. Speech Therapy groups focus on improving communication and language skills. Social Skills playgroups encourage peer interaction through preschool preparation. Gross motor playgroups develop strength, balance, and coordination. Contact our office at (317) 288-7606 or follow us on Facebook for enrollment details. We strive to be the provider of choice in central Indiana for quality, comprehensive, and familycentered pediatric therapy services for families of children with disabilities. Visit our website to learn more about all of our noteworthy programs and services! 7478 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: info@,

Disability & Autism Services of Indiana (DASI) DASI has proudly served Indiana families since 2008. Our mission is to provide the highest quality ABA Therapy and supporting Speech Therapy to children with Autism in their natural environments. DASI specializes in outreach ABA Therapy services for children ages two to twenty-two. We utilize the most effective research-based 1:1 behavioral interventions and specialize in maximizing learning opportunities and outcomes. With over 75 years of combined experience, our families choose DASI because of the care and specialized services we provide. With Fishers & Greensburg, Indiana locations; we offer in home, school, clinic and community based ABA Therapy.

9780 Lantern Rd. Suite 130, Fishers, IN 46037, Phone: (317) 863-8110;

Easter Seals Crossroads Offering comprehensive disability services for people of all ages. Early Intervention, Autism Services, PT, OT, Speech Therapy, Feeding/Swallowing issues, Augmentative Communication, Assistive Technology, Multi-sensory Therapy Rooms, Summer Camps, Life/Social Skills Groups, Deaf Community Services, Autism Family Resource Center. 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Phone: 317-466-1000, Email: info@ easterseals, http://www.

LITTLE STAR CENTER Little Star Center is Indiana’s first center-based, therapeutic applied behavior analysis (ABA) service provider serving children, teens and young adults with autism. Since 2002, this professional team has impacted the lives of hundreds of learners affected by autism by building skills and helping them achieve milestones once believed impossible. Little Star's statewide centers are located in Carmel, Lafayette and Bloomington, with the newest center now open in West Lafayette. Little Star Center also provide in-home ABA services. 12650 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN, United States 46032, Phone: 317-249-2242,, www.little

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) is Indiana's only full-time school dedicated to helping young children (birth to age 8) who are deaf or hard of hearing develop spoken language and literacy skills with the focus of transitioning into their local, community school. Dramatic advances in technology, including sophisticated hearing aids and cochlear implants, give children with significant hearing loss access to sound. With appropriate speech therapy, auditory rehabilitation and language training, children are able to develop spoken language skills. St. Joseph Institute offers a variety of Listening and Spoken Language programs including: early intervention services, internet therapy, full-time preschool program, mainstream support, ongoing consultation, and comprehensive educational training opportunities for

families and professionals. With over 175 years of experience, we are professional leaders in the field of Listening and Spoken Language education. Visit our website for more information. 9192 Waldemar Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-471-8560,

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. Clients receive services in a wide variety of settings including their home, school, Unlocking The Spectrum's Centers, 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. Indianapolis: 8646 Guion Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46268; Columbus: 1015 3rd St Suite C, Columbus, IN 47201; Terre Haute: 3464 South 4th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47802; Bloomington: 417 S Clarizz Boulevard, Bloomington, IN 47401, Phone: (855) INFO-UTS; e-mail: info@;



January Special Needs Events SAT 07 Lights Up, Sound Down Movies: “Sing”

Lights Up, Sound Down is a monthly program open to everyone, but specifically giving families and children with autism and sensory issues the opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies in a comfortable, sensory-friendly setting with the lights turned up and volume turned down in the auditorium. RSVP with sponsor WestPoint Financial - www.westpointfinancialgroup. com - for free tickets. Location: Hamilton 16 IMAX – 13825 Norell Road, Noblesville, Time: 10:00 am-11:55 am, Phone: 317-469-9999, http://www.

WEDS 11 Webinar: Taking the IEP into the classroom

AbleNet will present an informative webinar for new teachers who have students on modified programs. Learn about different ways to thread IEP objectives into classroom, school-based and community activities. Theme planning and parallel participation will also be addressed as planning tools to maximize learning and participation for all students. This webinar will help teachers and teaching assistants take their students’ IEP objectives into the classroom. Register here: fifthfreedom. org/l/do. For questions or more information, contact ablenetuniversity@ Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm, http://

TUES 17 Youth Fun Night

Youth Fun Night is a respite event sponsored by BACA Charities and serves children with disabilities. Children will enjoy a fun night with friends while playing games, swimming and watching movies. Thank you to our friends at McAlister's Deli on 116th Street for providing dinner! FREE. *This is an adaptive program. Adaptive programs at the Monon Community Center are designed for individuals with disabilities. To register for an event, please contact Michelle Yadon at myadon@ or 317-573-5245.

Location: Monon Community Center, Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm, Search?txtActivitySearch=youth fun&applyFilt ersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities

Noblesville Sensory Storytime

Join us for an interactive and educational storytime for all toddlers and preschoolers, but especially designed for those children who have sensory integration issues. We combine stories, songs and activities to stimulate all the senses and promote learning. If your child has difficulty sitting through other storytimes, this all inclusive program may be just what you have been looking for. Please include your child's likes and dislikes in the notes when you register. FREE. Location: Noblesville Public Library , Time: 9:30 am-10:00 am, Phone: 317-773-1384,

SUN 22 JMFitness Adaptive Swimming (Central)

JMFitness Swimming encompasses adaptive swimming lessons that are proctored for each individual swimmer. Over seven, 45-minute Sunday sessions, the swimmer will work one-on-one with his or her mentor, learning techniques, basic strokes and water safety. Dates are Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and March 12. Lessons cost $70 for the seven-week session. Financial assistance is available for those who demonstrate need. To register, contact Cory Hernandez, Director of JMFitness, at or 317-525-4438. Location: Jewish Community Center, Time: 2:00 pm-2:45 pm and 3:00 pm-3:45 pm, Phone: 317-525-4438, http://josephmaley. org

JMFitness Adaptive Swimming (East)

JMFitness Swimming encompasses adaptive swimming lessons that are proctored for each individual swimmer. Over seven, 45-minute Sunday sessions, the swimmer will work one-on-one with his or her mentor, learning techniques, basic strokes and water safety. Dates are Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and March 12. Lessons cost $70 for the seven-week

session. Financial assistance is available for those who demonstrate need. To register, contact Cory Hernandez, Director of JMFitness, at or 317-525-4438. Location: Ransburg YMCA, Time: 3:00 pm-3:45 pm, Phone: 317-525-4438, http://

JMFitness Adaptive Swimming (West)

JMFitness Swimming encompasses adaptive swimming lessons that are proctored for each individual swimmer. Over seven, 45-minute Sunday sessions, the swimmer will work one-on-one with his or her mentor, learning techniques, basic strokes and water safety. Dates are Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and March 12. Lessons cost $70 for the seven-week session. Financial assistance is available for those who demonstrate need. To register, contact Cory Hernandez, Director of JMFitness, at or 317-525-4438. Location: Hendrick’s Regional Health YMCA, Avon, Time: 4:00 pm-4:45 pm, Phone: 317-525-4438,

WED 25 – FRI 27 HANDS MODEL IN PRACTICE Transition; Vocational Programming Workshop

Join the HANDS Team for an intensive, three-day training that focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching in a simulated work environment. Individuals with disabilities participate, facilitating a rich learning environment for all. While the program includes traditional instructional methods such as lectures and discussion, the emphasis of training is building increased knowledge and skill of the process of making appropriate programming decisions for each individual, workplace and/or intervention team through hands-on application and learning. The total cost is $50 for current VR providers/personnel and $450 for others working as educators, counselors or other personnel, and covers 3 days of training, materials, publications and parking. Location: 1130 W. Michigan St., FH 302; Indianapolis, Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Phone: 317-274-2675, http://www. uploads/3-Day-Intensive-TransitionVocational-Programming-Flyer.pdf

SUN 29 JMFitness Adaptive Swimming (Central)

JMFitness Swimming encompasses adaptive swimming lessons that are proctored for each individual swimmer. Over seven, 45-minute Sunday sessions, the swimmer will work one-on-one with his or her mentor, learning techniques, basic strokes and water safety. Dates are Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and March 12. Lessons cost $70 for the seven-week session. Financial assistance is available for those who demonstrate need. To register, contact Cory Hernandez, Director of JMFitness, at or 317-525-4438. Location: Jewish Community Center, Time: 2:00 pm-2:45 pm and 3:00 pm-3:45 pm, Phone: 317-525-4438,

JMFitness Adaptive Swimming (East)

JMFitness Swimming encompasses adaptive swimming lessons that are proctored for each individual swimmer. Over seven, 45-minute Sunday sessions, the swimmer will work one-on-one with his or her mentor, learning techniques, basic strokes and water safety. Dates are Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and March 12. Lessons cost $70 for the seven-week session. Financial assistance is available for those who demonstrate need. To register, contact Cory Hernandez, Director of JMFitness, at or 317-525-4438. Location: Ransburg YMCA, Indianapolis, Time: 3:00 pm-3:45 pm, Phone: 317-525-4438,

JMFitness Adaptive Swimming (West)

JMFitness Swimming encompasses adaptive swimming lessons that are proctored for each individual swimmer. Over seven, 45-minute Sunday sessions, the swimmer will work one-on-one with his or her mentor, learning techniques, basic strokes and water safety. Dates are Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and March 12. Lessons cost $70 for the seven-week session. Financial assistance is available for those who demonstrate need. To register, contact Cory Hernandez, Director of JMFitness, at or 317-525-4438. Location: Hendrick’s Regional Health YMCA, Avon, Time: 4:00 pm-4:45 pm, Phone: 317-525-4438,

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School Anxiety What could be causing your child’s stress at school? WORDS BY // Andrea Limke

“I don’t want to go to school.” Every parent has heard this statement at some point – but why? While we often talk about the stress adults feel as they struggle to balance family, work, social obligations and other commitments, we may not always realize the degree to which kids feel stress in their lives. What kinds of stressors do they encounter during their typical day at school – and how can we help them?

Bullying A student who feels intimidated or scared by classmates, whether in person or online, goes to school every day in a hostile environment. Not knowing what may happen next, and feeling unable to change it, can be a major source of anxiety.

Meeting parental expectations Kids can feel anxious about disappointing their parents if they aren’t meeting standards they feel have been set for them. Setting expectations can cross over from motivating a child to achieve to causing worry and fear that they won’t meet certain goals.

What causes stress in school age children? New environments Adults know how anxious they can feel walking into a new job on the first day. Kids have this experience every year as they enter a new classroom with new teachers, classmates and possibly even a new building.

Peer pressure Even as early as elementary school, students are aware of what’s happening in each other’s lives – often due to social media – and the pressure to keep up and fit in can cause stress 30



for many children. Hillary French, a school psychologist at The Orchard School says, “A lot of children want to avoid school because they are constantly comparing themselves to others, not just academically, but socially.”

Academic and test anxiety Lisa Gundaker, a local classroom teacher, believes that testing is a huge source of anxiety for many students. The pressure to perform well academically can weigh heavily on kids. Stomach aches, headaches and sleep problems are not uncommon for children who worry about their grades.

Home life If anything is causing stress at home, those feelings will follow the child to school. A major life change such as divorce, death, illness, a move to a new home or birth of a new baby can all be changes that a young child is not well-equipped to handle.

Follow through and follow up Tell your child how you are going to help him. If you’ve said you will call the teacher, be sure to call. If you decide to reach out to your pediatrician, schedule the appointment. And then follow up with your child. Let him know what you are actively doing to help and that you are taking his stress seriously.

How can parents help? Ask questions

Learn some coping skills

When you first notice a problem, start a conversation to find out what’s bothering your child. Asking “why” they are upset may not get much of an answer, as young children may not know why they feel the way they do. Saying “What happened?” may elicit a better response as kids can describe the events that are causing them stress.

Find out what works for your child when it comes to relieving stress. Does he or she need to get outside and do something physical? Would keeping a journal help? Can you teach some deep breathing exercises to use in the next stressful situation? “Learning some coping strategies for how to deal with these thoughts and worries early on can be wonderful tools for children to be able to access throughout their lives,” says French. Above all, help your child keep the “big picture” in mind and realize that difficult situations will pass.

Listen Once you’ve asked a question, really listen to the answer. Give your child your full attention. The stress he or she is feeling may be difficult to discuss, so be patient and make sure to create a safe environment to talk about their concerns.

Look for positives “If someone can intervene and help model and provide some positive strategies, it can help deter a student from choosing much more negative options down the line in order to deal with the stress,” says French. It’s also important to let children know that stress is something everyone feels from time to time and can actually be a positive thing if it motivates you to prepare for a test or practice a presentation, for example.

Every child, like every adult, handles stress in their own unique way. By being on the lookout for ways in which your child may be manifesting stress and having strategies in place to help them, we can teach our kids how to handle stress appropriately now – and in their future.

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Ask the Teacher Election worries, promoting respect for adults, goal setting for 2017


Our third grade son has come home from school very worried as his classmates share their parents’ concerns following the election. How can I reassure him?


If your son is anxious because of statements he is hearing at school about the future, a basic explanation of the checks and balances that our three branches of government provide should be helpful in calming your son. There are some childfriendly explanations of this on YouTube. Learning about how voters’ participation can alter government action not only in the voting booth, but also in between elections can help him understand the power of our voices as citizens.





Reassure your son that despite what may be happening in the world of government, not much is likely to change for him personally. He will continue to have his family and friends, his home, his church and his school, and his daily life will go on much as it always has. Encourage him to keep bringing his concerns to you so you can address any worries he might have in the future as well.

The only thing that you are able to change with certainty is your own parenting style. We all know that we left behind the philosophy that children should be seen and not heard long ago. Our children have amazing things to say, and we want to hear their thoughts, but teaching them to be respectful and good listeners must go hand in hand as well.


First, focus on your own child and his interactions with you. Do not allow him to interrupt you when you are speaking to someone else. This may take some time if he is used to getting your attention right away. Have a signal, such as a gently raised palm, to indicate “wait.” When you and your child are talking together, emphasize the need for him to listen as well as to speak. Be specific when you coach him so he knows the types of behaviors you are looking for.

When I volunteer in my first grade son’s classroom and watch him during his basketball practices, I’m disappointed to see how disrespectful he and his peers are of the adults supervising them. No one listens! What can I do as a parent to change this?

Next, make it clear to your son that you expect him to be a respectful listener of all adults, particularly those who supervise him. Should you observe the behaviors that caused your concern with a coach or teacher, point out to him exactly what he did that needs improvement. Talk about when it is appropriate for him to be quiet. Explain that when he makes the choice to fully listen before responding to adults, showing them respect, they will respect him in return. Don’t hesitate to let the teacher or coach know what you are attempting to improve in your son’s behavior. Then consider talking with other parents. Perhaps by sharing your disappointment in your own son and your efforts to change his behavior, you can inspire others to look at their children more objectively. Together you may be able to make positive changes in learning and coaching environments that are based on mutual respect and have the positive outcomes that everyone desires.


I would like my fifth grade daughter to have some New Year’s resolutions to begin learning how to set goals. Where do you suggest that I start with her?


Long-term goal setting is indeed an important skill to learn. Goal setting for elementary students is more effective when the goals are smaller and attainable, rather than general statements like “I will work harder in school.” Rather than focusing on lengthy and lofty goals, help your daughter key in on one behavior she would like to change. Have the two of you identify specific actions or attitudes that will lead to success. Talk over how she will track her progress and how she will recognize achievement. Emphasize the

need to celebrate progress through the process rather than just the end result. Focus on shorter-range goals over two to three weeks rather than an entire year. This is the perfect time to talk about resiliency – the ability to start again if she is not successful every day or if her desired outcome is not reached exactly how she envisioned it. Reflecting on a mistake or a lapse, adapting and moving forward is the most important part to achieving a goal.

Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four who holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Deb has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at

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Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church



Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

Fishers Montessori

Carmel Montessori School is located on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 18 years head-teaching experience and we a a full member of the American Montessori Society. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available.

A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certification through American Montessori Society.

1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email:,

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

12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850

indianapolis – north Apogee School for Gifted Children The Apogee School for Gifted Children is an affordable private school for students in grades K-12 where every detail was designed to be an ideal learning environment for gifted children. The focus is to serve the social, emotional, academic, and physical needs of gifted students and be exceptional at it.​ Contact: David Bonner,,

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center Starting Line Preschool The Right Start for A Lifelong Love of Learning! Our strong academic-based curriculum prepares and encourages your child to succeed in school while discovering learning is fun! 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.Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Diane Atkins, Phone: 317-753-9397, Email:, http://www.starting

DOWNTOWN Paramount School of Excellence Paramount School of Excellence is a tuition-free K-8 charter school that educates students in an innovative environment that instills high expectations for success. Paramount accomplishes its mission and teaches the mastery of Indiana State Standards through an emphasis on rigorous academics, technology and the environment. Integral to the school’s approach to education is school-wide use of computer technology, a green initiative, project-based investigations, community partnerships and three on-site Discovery Centers – an indoor Eco Center, Time and Space Center with a planetarium and an urban farm. 3020 Nowland Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46201 Contact: Peggy Purvis, 317.775.6660,,

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative ArtsEnrichment. 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 Cost/Tuition: Please call or email for full brochure Hours/Dates: Flexible Hours. Full Time/Part-Time available. Ages/Grades: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2s+, 3s+, 4s+, Pre-Kindergarten (Kindergarten Readiness Class)(3 day or 5 day option) Before/After School Care: Before and After School Care always available as needed. Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email: jwaldman@bez613. org,

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. 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@,




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 child- physically, 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,,

Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool Children's Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool is a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values and learning through play. It is designed to offer children ages 9 months to 5 years a positive and developmentally appropriate first school experience in the care of experienced and loving caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. For the older kids, our program includes weekly Christian Life Skills, Music class taught by Indianapolis Children’s Choir instructors and Book Club. Please call, E-mail or visit for further information and registration forms. Tours are individually set up at your convenience! 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, Phone: 317-253-0472,,

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Parents Day Out (16-35 mos) and Part Day Preschool (3 yrs-PreK5) provide relaxed, secure, playful environments that nurture creativity and the exploration of God’s world. A variety of learning materials & readiness skills are woven into each unit. Various days, 9am-2pm. Some extended days. Need longer hours? Try our Neighborhood Child Care ministry designed for 16 mos – Pre K5 with class times 6:30am-6pm. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake, Phone: 317-575-6508, Email: or wcarriger@

Fall Creek Montessori Offering the highest quality of early-childhood education based on the Montessori method. Our traditional Montessori academic program is offered in multiple formats to fit your families needs. 7770 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256; info@;

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 Preschool-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: Admissions Department, 317-849-3441,,

The Orchard School

Sycamore School

The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, 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.

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.

615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Kristen Hein, Director of Admissions, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-2548454, Email:,

1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-2022501,,

indianapolis – northeast Polly Panda Preschool

St. Mary’s Child Center at the IMA Through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art offers a preschool for children ages 3-5. Anchored in Reggio Emilia inspired teaching, every day the children experience original works of art at the IMA, explore the gardens and grounds, and work on projects inspired by their environment. St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA is a half-day preschool running five days a week from 9 – 11:30 am for the IPS school year. With a low child to adult ratio (6:1), St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA provides personal attention to ensure optimal social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child. - See more at: https:// 4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208, Phone: 317-923-1331 ext. 283, child-center-ima/

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: thepanda@,

indianapolis – SOUTH Center Grove Montessori and Indiana Montessori Community School Center Grove Montessori Program offers: Hands-on learning, multi-aged students learning together, a key element to the Montessori philosophy, a focus on the intrinsic motivation of children, carefully prepared classrooms

balancing children's choice with structure, large blocks of uninterrupted time for learning and building concentration, peace education through global awareness, structured, self-directed learning. 1674 West Smith Valley Rd., Greenwood, IN 46142 and 531 US 31 S, White land, IN 46184, Contact: Brenda Enderle, Phone: 317-8330335, Email:;info@centergrove,

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: montessori, www.


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calendar JANUARY 2017 SUN 01 Tea with Raggedy Ann


SAT 14

Bring your favorite doll and have tea in the historic L. S. Ayres Tea Room with famous “Hoosier” doll Raggedy Ann. Holiday characters such as Rudolph the Reindeer and others will be in attendance. Museum admission is not included. Location: Indiana State Museum: L.S. Ayres Tea Room, Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, http:// 2288&evtid=553694:1/1/2017

TUES 03 – FRI 06 Wintertime Fun with Kindermusik -Toddlers and Preschoolers


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Children (confident walkers - age 4) and their adult caregivers are invited on a 30-minute Wintertime Adventure with Kindermusik! We will pretend to go on a sleigh ride, ice skate, and build a snowman. Of course we'll play jingle bells, sing songs, and move to the music! Registration is limited to 12 children. Sign up today! FREE.

Wednesday, Jan. 4: 6:00 pm-6:30 pm, Thursday, Jan. 5: 10:00 am-10:30 am, Location: Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library // Tuesday, Jan. 3: 6:30 pm-7:00 pm, Friday, Jan. 6: 9:30 am-10:00 am, Location: Brownsburg Public Library, Phone: 317-892-2487, http:// html

THURS 05 Fishers Waggin Tales

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to a trained therapy dog. For beginning or hesitant readers or those who love to read aloud. Call 317-579-0304 to sign up for fifteen minutes of reading time. FREE. Location: Fishers Public Library, Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, 317-579-0300, http://hepl.

FRI 06 Family Movie Night: The Secret Life of Pets

Looking for free family fun on Friday nights? The first Friday of the month we’ll be offering family-friendly movies with a small snack and water. Bring your own sleeping bag or pillow! (Adults, we’ll have chairs if you prefer.) Free tickets are required and will be available starting Friday, December 23, on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children’s Reference Desk. If you pick up tickets and then later find that you’re unable to attend, please return them to the Children’s Reference Desk or call 317-844-3663 as soon as possible so we can give the tickets to someone else. Doors for the movie will open at 6:30 p.m. FREE. Location: Carmel Library, Program Room, Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, http://www.

SUN O8 Indy Mac and Cheese Festival

Chef’s Night Off and MOKB present: Return of The Mac, Indy’s first festival dedicated to the golden goodness we all love, mac & cheese. Sample cheesy creations from more than 20 of Indy’s favorite restaurants while chefs put their own spin on everyone’s favorite comfort food. Tickets are on sale now at $20 general admission and $35 VIP Early Entry. Kids 6 and under are free when accompanied an adult with ticket. Each ticket grants access to unlimited sampling for 2 hours, a full bar for 21+ guests, and participation Yelp’s Crowd Favorite vote. This is an all ages event. A limited amount of tickets are available for this event. Participating Restaurants Include: Thunderbird, Kumas Korner, Clustertruck, Hollyhock Hill, Sangrita Saloon, The District Tap, Charblue, Cobblestone, Delicia, Roosters Kitchen, Grigsby Station, Red Frazier.

Location: Noblesville Public Library, Time: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm,

SAT 14

Beastly Brunch

Explore the wild, prehistoric world of dinosaurs with hands-on science stations, hourly stories and one-of-a-kind crafts.

The animals at the nature center eat rather interesting food. Watch staff feed the animals, crickets, worms and even mice; and learn about their diets! Meets in the lobby. FREE. Location: Holliday Park Time: 10:30 am-11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7180, www.holliday

THURS 12 Super Thinkers – Full STEAM Ahead "Engineer Like a Pirate"

Location: Circle City Industrial Complex, Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, event/1394195-return-mac-indianapolis/

Shiver me timbers ye landlubbers. Join us old seadogs as we learn to engineer like a pirate. Learn about compasses and magnets and build a pirate ship so you can earn the title of Junior Pirate. You wouldn't want to miss it me hearties! For homeschool families with children ages 5-13. FREE.


Location: Noblesville Public Library, Time: 3:30 pm-4:30 pm, Phone: 317-773-1384, http://

Scien-tots Preschool Science Workshop Your little scientist and you will investigate STEM concepts (Science, technology, engineering and math) through a story and hands-on exploration at learning stations in this lab-style program. Designed for older toddlers through preschoolers. FREE.

Location: Noblesville Public Library, Time: 9:30 am-10:00 am,

WEDS 11 Color Yourself Calm

Color Yourself Calm in the aftermath of the hectic holiday season. All materials will be provided for a free and relaxing evening of coloring. Bring a friend and allow your creativity to blossom as your page fills with color. Soothing music will create a stressbusting mood. Several designs will be available. This is an adult program and registration is required. FREE.

FRI 13 Storytime Express at the Monon Center: Oh No! Snow!

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. The shorter length and fast pace make it perfect for active children with short attention spans. Younger siblings are welcome. Storytime Express is for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Registration required through Carmel Clay Parks. FREE. Location: Monon Community Center, Time:11:00 am-11:25 am, Phone: 317-8487275,

Lakeshore Learning Event – Dinosaur Discovery

FREE. Location: Lakeshore Learning Store, Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm, http://www. locations/store_detail.jsp?store=066

Peace Learning Center’s 19th Annual Martin Luther King Community Festival

A multigenerational festival to celebrate our “Beloved Community” – Join us for music, art, dancing, poetry, workshops, a non-profit resource fair, and many other family-friendly activities. FREE. Location: Christian Theological Seminary, Time: 11:00 am-3:00 pm, http://peacelearningcenter. org/mlk

Fishers Love on a Leash

For all ages. No registration required. Would you like to read to a dog or just pet a dog and get doggie kisses? Love on a Leash will have local volunteers here with their registered therapy dogs. Reading to dogs helps kids build self-esteem and confidence. FREE. Location: Fishers Library, Time: 12:00 pm-2:00 pm,

Mush! True Tales from the Iditarod

Meet Karen Land, an Indiana native who has completed the 1,150 mile Iditarod race multiple times. With her sled dog by her side, you won't want to miss this fascinating, first-hand account of what it is like to race across the frozen, Alaskan wilderness. FREE. Location: Fishers Public Library, Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-579-0300, http://

Harlem Globetrotters

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family – creating memories that will last a lifetime. Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Time: 12:00 pm-2:00 pm, harlem-globetrotters-indianapolisindiana-01-14-2017/event/05005145B4CE36 90?artistid=806223&majorcatid=10003&min orcatid=55&f_tmol_checkout=true&f_ sessioncam=1&ab=m_efeat4101Mainv3desktop

SAT 14 – SUN 15 Greater Indianapolis Garage Sale & Marketplace

The hunt is on! The LARGEST Garage Sale in the Nation is coming back to Indianapolis. It's a bargain hunter’s paradise that will fill the Indiana State Fairgrounds Champions and Blue Ribbon Pavilions 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. Reserve a booth space: Booths are $90 for a 10x10 or $100 for corner booths. For Information regarding booth space rental call (317) 231-5859. Do you have a valuable family heirloom or item that you've always wanted to have appraised? Much like Antique Road show, bring in your item and heirloom to be evaluated. Bring your treasures for a FREE item valuation courtesy of Southport Antique Mall! (Valuation item limited to one item per person) Get $1 off tickets at or buy tickets at the gate during show hours. Ticket prices at the gate are Adult: $4 / Child: FREE (12 & under). Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Times: Saturday 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, http://www.

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MON 16

Winnie the Pooh Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the children's museum

That silly, old bear is throwing a party, and you’re invited! Families of all ages are invited to escape the house during our National Winnie the Pooh Day open house. Bring or wear your favorite Winnie the Pooh clothing and stuffed animals to enjoy the celebration. For convenience, activities will take place in and outdoors, ensuring your family can warm up inside! Outdoor activities include Pooh Sticks, animal artifacts, a 100 Acre Wood story nook, and games. Inside, families can enjoy crafts, games and light refreshments. Don’t forget to bring your camera, Winnie the Pooh will be stopping by during this program, and parents, we encourage you to share your best photos with hashtag #WinnieinFishers for a chance to be featured! FREE. Location: Cumberland Park, Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm,

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra: Classical Concert

Join the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra as we showcase all of our young people and parents in a memorable classical performance that ends with our stunning, signature finale. The ISO does not perform at this concert. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm, https://www.


SUN 22

Celebrate the life, achievements and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with storytelling and performances by The Griot Drum Ensemble and Freetown Village Singers. FREE. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, www.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at conner prairie

Join us for the day to honor King’s vision of what could be achieved through non-violent protests. In collaboration with Asante Children’s Theatre, there will be special performances of short plays highlighting African-American stories in Indiana’s history. FREE. Location: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, www.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the indianapolis zoo

Service and community were central themes in the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In celebration of his life and legacy, guests are invited each year to join the Indianapolis Zoo as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Along with our other partners in White River State Park, parking and admission to the Zoo are free on this day with the donation of a non-perishable food item for Gleaner's Food Bank (minimum donation of one item per person). Although the Zoo is usually closed on Mondays in January, weather permitting, it will be our privilege to open our gates on this day to those with a generous heart. FREE. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm, events-and-groups/zoo-events/mlk-day




Martin Luther King Jr. Day at eiteljorg

Admission to the Eiteljorg Museum and other White River State Park venues is FREE on this day with the donation of a non-perishable food item to Gleaners Food Bank. Drop off your donation at any WRSP institution and experience all the park has to offer. FREE.


Location: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, festivals-and- events/2017/01/16/default- calendar/martin-luther-king- jr.-day-free-admission

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the indiana state museum

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the museum celebrates the legacy of equal rights in America. The museum in its entirety is open to the public, free of charge, and engages visitors in unique and meaningful ways that reflect the vision of MLK, Jr. This event draws nearly 5,000 guests. FREE.

Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, Times: Friday: 8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Saturday: 7:00pm9:00pm , https://www.indianapolissymphony. org/event-detail/mahler-song-of-earth

SAT 21 Family Game Day

Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm,

Families and individuals of all ages are invited to spend an afternoon playing board games and card games. There will be games for all ages. FREE.

WEDS 18 – SUN 22

Location: Warren Library, Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm,

Disney on Ice! Presents Follow Your Heart

Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley’s spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into Indianapolis! Check website for showtimes! Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Phone: 317-917-2727,

FRI 20 Wizard of Oz Mystery – After Hours Mystery Party

When the tornado dropped Dorothy and Toto in Oz, nobody stopped to question how the house came to land right on the Wicked Witch of the East. Was it murder? Suspects have been identified and brought back to Oz for the investigation to begin. Everyone will be playing a character or detective in this interactive, fun "mingle mystery" to determine who killed the Wicked Witch of the East? For grades 5-8. Space is limited so registration is required. FREE. Location: Noblesville Public Library, Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm,

FRI 20 – SAT 21 Song of the Earth and Four Seasons

Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski presents a mid-winter festival of musical masterworks inspired by the majesty of our planet. Mahler’s serene “The Song of the Earth,” drawn from delicate lines of Chinese poetry, is the first of his great farewells: music as life giving, life sustaining, life loving as the Earth itself.

Preschool Fair

Visit the Fishers Library Preschool Fair to get all of your pre-K questions answered and more! Meet with representatives from area preschools and mingle with other parents who are entering the process as well. Doughnuts, coffee and juice provided. FREE. Location: Fishers Public Library, Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm,

Chime In! Glass Fusing

Birds are chirping and we’re thinking spring! Children ages 8 and older are invited to join us and experience the techniques and fundamentals of glass fusing. No prior experience is needed as staff members from Creative Escape help your child assemble a simple wind chime that can be used to decorate your windows for years to come. Creations will be fused after the program is completed, and will be available for pick up from the Fishers Parks & Recreation office 14 days after the program is complete. All supplies are provided. Registration is due by January 19. Residents $26/Non-Residents $29. Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building, Time: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Cereal Cinema: Fishers Teen Zone

Good morning! Rise and's movie time!!! You're invited to the Fishers Teen Zone to watch PIXELS and enjoy our cereal buffet. This program is for TEENS ONLY, grades 6-12 please. **The library is providing the milk (skim and 2%) and cereal. If there are any dietary restrictions or allergies please bring your own supplies as needed. FREE. Location: Fishers Public Library, Time: 9:30 am-11:30 am,

Monthly Make-It at Irvington

Children ages 8 and older are invited to drop in to create a unique craft. This program will focus on creating a Morse Code bracelet using beads to spell up to four lines of a secret message with Morse Code. FREE. Location: Irvington Branch Library, Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4450, http://

SUN 22 Hot Jazz for Cool Kids

Children and families are invited to this outstanding series of free performances by Indy's leading jazz musicians. They are a great way to share jazz music with children that will be fun for everyone! These hour-long programs are presented by the Learning Curve at Central Library in partnership with The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest. This series is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This program will feature a performance by the Rob Dixon Quintet. Known as the "mayor" of jazz in Indy, Rob Dixon has played saxophone with the Count Basie Band, Ray Charles and The Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra. He has introduced and taught jazz to children and teens though many school and community programs. FREE. Location: The Indianapolis Public Library, Time: 3:00 pm, detail/?event_id=3244

MON 23 Homeschool Database Instruction

Homeschool students are invited to learn about educational databases free to library cardholders. Databases to be presented will be New World Encyclopedia, Science in Context and OverDrive. Call 317-275-4510 to register. FREE. Location: Southport Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am-12:00 pm, locations/southport/

Super Thinkers – Full STEAM Ahead "Engineer Like a Pirate"Thursday

Shiver me timbers ye landlubbers. Join us old seadogs as we learn to engineer like a pirate. Learn about compasses and magnets and build a pirate ship so you can earn the title of Junior Pirate. You wouldn't want to miss it me hearties! For homeschool families with children ages 5-13. FREE. Location: Noblesville Public Library, Time: 1:30 pm-2:30 pm, Phone: 317-773-1384, http://

TUES 24 Teen Movie Bingo at Fishers

Lights! Camera!! Bingo!??! What do you get when you cross the great game of bingo with classic clips, songs and lines from teen movies? A whole lot of FUN. Come to the Fishers Teen Zone and check out this new twist on an old game. We'll be featuring movies like Sixteen Candles, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight, etc. and don't forget to yell out B-I-N-G-O. This program is for TEENS ONLY (grades 6-12). FREE. Location: Fishers Library, Time: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm,

Chinese New Year Celebration

January 28th, 2017 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, an event that celebrates the start of the farming season and a new year for businesses searching to increase profits and success. This year, Fishers Parks & Recreation invites little ones ages 2-5 and a parent/guardian to our very own Chinese New Year celebration! During this program, your child will learn about the holiday through several craft activities! Children will also sample egg drop soup. Registration is due by January 17. Residents $2/Non-Residents $3. Location: Billericay Park Building , Time: 10:30 am-12 pm,

WEDS 25 Beastly Brunch

The animals at the nature center eat rather interesting food. Watch staff feed the animals, crickets, worms and even mice; and learn about their diets! Meets in the lobby.

FREE. Location: Holliday Park, Time: 10:30 am-11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7180, www.holliday

THURS 26 DIY: Reversible Blocks

This January, we’ve got a brand new program that can help you decorate for every occasion! Adults 18 and older are invited to join us while we create a very festive DIY project. Each participant will decorate blocks, so that each side has a different decoration. When they’re displayed year round, you can rotate the blocks as different holidays approach! Registration is due by January 19, and this program is a great idea for a girl’s night out. Residents $20/ Non-Residents $30. Location: Billericay Park Building, Time: 6:30 pm-7:30 pm,

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL…

Celebrate the Super bowl with us and play a rousing game of Library helmets required, but bring your running shoes. For grades 4-6. Registration is requested. FREE. Location: Noblesville Public Library, Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm,

FRI 27 Two Times the Fun – Snow Angels

Parents, we know you can play at home, but what’s more fun than making brand new friends? Your two-year old is invited to our Two Times the Fun programs, designed specifically with your child in mind. Each program includes interactive play, songs, crafts and games that help your child explore

the world around them. Your participation and pre-registration are both required. A brand new theme, this program invites your little one for winter themed crafts, songs and activities! Your child can play with “snow”, participate in an indoor snowball fight, and make craft snowmen, penguins and more. Register by January 20. Residents $6/ Non-Residents $9. Location: Billericay Park Building , Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am, Phone: 317-595-3405,

Fishers Hello, Twenty SevenTEEN After Party "Tonight we're gonna party like its twenty seventeen!!!" You're cordially invited to help us celebrate the new year with this "better late than never" party-perfect program featuring many fun activities and crafts all centered around a NEW YEAR'S theme. Dancing, food, fun and snacks will all be provided. Teen only program (Grades 8-12 only). FREE. Location: Fishers Public Library, Time: 6:00 pm-10:00 pm,, Phone: 317-579-0300

Owl Prowl Night Hike

Join us for a special late night venture. We will meet the nature center Eastern Screech Owl, learn owl calls, dissect owl pellets and take a hike listening and calling for owls in the forest. $6/person, pre-registration required. Location: Holliday Park, Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm,

FRI 27 – SAT 28 Unmasked: An artistic mystery presented by Young Actors Theatre and the Indianapolis Museum of Art

For the first time ever, Young Actors Theatre is partnering with the Indianapolis Museum of Art to put on two original plays based on pieces from the IMA's own collection! Our Youth Intensive show imagines a world where paintings are portals into foreign realities. Follow our heroine as she travels from frame to frame, meeting the characters within famous paintings that you can see in the IMA's galleries. Join her as she unlocks mysteries about the artists and discovers the dangers of putting on a mask to change who you are for the sake of others. We are our happiest when we are ourselves. All Young Actors Theatre productions are performed by our student actors: "Unmasked" features students from the 4th to the 8th grades. All shows are family-friendly and FREE for everyone 18 and under! Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, TimesL Friday: 6 pm-7:30 pm, Saturday 2 pm-3:30 pm,

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Before the 19th: A Crime Mystery Presented by Young Actors Theatre and the Indianapolis Museum of Art

For the first time ever, Young Actors Theatre is partnering with the Indianapolis Museum of Art to put on two original plays based on pieces from the IMA's own collection! The Ladies League of Art and Culture is facing a crisis: one of their own may have broken the law. Set during the women's suffrage movement, Young Actors Theatre's high schoolers explore what it means to be human when human rights are questioned. With a backdrop of visual art and history, the Ladies League must face changing times and decide what the world should be; cling to the way it has always been, or change. All Young Actors Theatre productions are performed by our student actors: "Before the 19th" features students from the 9th to the 12th grades. All shows are family-friendly and FREE for everyone 18 and under! Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Times: Friday: 8 pm-9:30 pm, Saturday: 4 pm-5:30 pm,

Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year with us! Discover why this traditional Chinese holiday is important. Participate in activities, watch performances from the Indianapolis Chinese Community Center, and have your name written in traditional Chinese calligraphy as we celebrate the Year of the Rooster! FREE. (with general admission) Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis,

SUN 29 Dancing with the Stars Live!

The all-new Dancing with the Stars: Live! Tour will feature a cast of the television show’s most popular competitors, treating audiences to exciting and romantic performances. Dancing with the Stars dancers will choreograph brand new never-before-seen numbers and re-create some of the show’s most memorable moments. Location: Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, Time: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm, http://www.

SAT 28 Explore Science and Engineering

This program will enable elementary and junior high students grades 3-8 to explore aspects of science and engineering. The event will feature the Purdue University Physics Department's PEARLS stations with 15 hands-on activities to investigate physical science phenomena. To expand on these experiences, there will be other interesting displays to see and people to talk to about their professions in science and engineering. No registration is required. For more information, call the Children's & Youth Services Desk at 317-844-3363. FREE.

Enchantment Theatre Company Performs The Firebird

Weaving together physical theatre, masks, puppetry, shadow play and magic with the evocative music of Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Enchantment Theatre eloquently tells this captivating tale. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm, http://www.

Location: Carmel Clay Public Library: Program Room and Storytime Room, Time: 10:30 am-1:00 pm,

TUES 31 Playing with Robots: Sphero Obstacle Courses

Have you played with a Sphero SPRK? You won’t want to miss programming this round robot through various obstacle courses. Free tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children's Reference Desk 30 minutes prior to the scheduled program start time. A ticket will be required for each person attending the program. Caregivers are welcome. This event is for children ages 5-11. Children age 5 must be accompanied by an adult, and all children present must be at least 5 years old, including siblings. FREE. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library: Storytime Room, Time: 4:00 pm-4:45 pm and 6:30 pm-7:15 pm,

PlayFULL Hours – Things that Go!

Ready, set, PLAY! PlayFULL Hours return this spring with endless opportunities to make new friends, explore new topics and enjoy unstructured play. These programs are designed specifically for children ages 1-5, and each class focuses on a special theme. Parents, you participation is required so you can get in on the fun, too! This program takes place indoors only. Registration due by January 30. • Payment options: Pay as you go (Residents $2/Non-Residents $3) and Flex pass (Residents $6/Non-Residents $9 covers 5 programs for the cost of 3.) Location: Billericay Park Building , Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am, Phone: 317-595-3405, www.

ongoing events Fishers Family Flicks – Oceans


SAT 28

January 3, 8, 17, 24, 28 January is oceans month and this family friendly program will feature different movies about the open seas. Make sure to be at the Fishers Library to check out all the "splashtastic" fun. FREE. Location: Fishers Public Library, Phone: 317-579-0300,

Devour Indy

Monday, January 23 – Sunday, February 5 Experience Indy’s city wide dining experience, Devour Indy, at more than 200 restaurants offering three-course, value-priced menus. Search the impressive list of eateries and menus by side of town (downtown, east, midtown, north, south or west) or cuisine type. To take advantage of these special meal deals, simply determine which restaurant you would like to visit, make reservations if needed and Devour Indy! Location: Various restaurants around the city,




Hearthside Supper

January 13-15, 17-22, 24-29 and 31 Ever wonder what people ate for dinner in the early 19th century, or how they prepared the meal? Discover those answers firsthand when you help prepare, serve and eat a candlelight feast straight from the pages of 19th-century cookbooks. Dine on a delicious meal in an authentic 1836 kitchen. Enjoy your meal in the historic William Conner House with family and friends. Enjoy entertainment in the parlor and learn about life in the 19th century from your costumed hosts. Wine and beer options are available for an additional cost. This event is for ages 10 and older. Be sure to visit the website for a complete menu. $65/adult ($60/adult member) $60/youth ($55/youth member) Location: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-6000,

Monday MAdness is going Viral!

January 16, 23 and 30 Monday Madness is going viral! How are we doing that? By having fun! Each week we’ll have a different theme full of special activities that not only get you thinking and laughing but also connect you with your community through pictures or video on our social media outlets! What a great opportunity to talk about responsible online activity! If you do not wish your image (or your child’s) to be published, please let the program presenter know at the beginning of the program. For children ages 6-11 on their own. FREE. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library, Storytime Room, Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm and 6:30 pm-7:30 pm, Phone: 317-814-3900, http://

Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

Through January 22 Doc McStuffins has a hospital to run, and she needs your help! Disney Junior and The Children’s Museum have teamed up to bring you Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit, based on the famous television series. All doctors-intraining can visit the McStuffins Toy Hospital E.R., Pet Vet, and Nursery to learn the daily duties of a doc and all about healthy habits, empathy, and nurturing care. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday, Phone: 317-334-4000, www.

Learn Your Birds

Every Tuesday and Thursday in January Join us for a morning hike to learn how to find and identify birds. Registrants will receive a birding card for $20 that is good for any 10 sessions, that’s only $2 per hike! Time: 8:00 am-9:00 am, Location: Eagle Creek Park, Phone: 317-327-7116, www.

Museum INvasion

January 1 - 31 Don’t just visit the museum, invade it. Wear practical shoes – they’re the only practical thing on the tour. From the odd to the shocking to the just plain eye-opening, a Museum INvasion tour turns the traditional museum experience on its head. Museum INvasion tours are intended for adults, but suitable for children ages 10 and up. Admission: $10 for members; $20 for non-members (price includes museum admission.) To reserve your spot on this INvasion tour, please call 317.232.1637. Walk-ins are welcome when space is available. Scheduled group tours are also available. Tours are $150 with a maximum of 10 people per group. To book a group tour, contact 317.232.1637. Time: 1:30 pm, or by appointment (Saturdays), Location: Indiana State Museum, Phone: 317-232-1637, http://www.indianamuseum. org/group-visits

Indiana in 200 Objects

Through January 29 From the literal bedrock of Indiana to a pair of Chuck Taylor’s Chuck Taylors, Indiana in 200 Objects: A Bicentennial Celebration explores and celebrates the history, science and culture of the Hoosier state through 200 iconic and interesting objects. Featuring artifacts from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ own extensive collection, as well as objects from partner organizations and institutions like the National Archives and Records Administration, seeing this exhibition is a fantastic way to celebrate 200 years of statehood. Location: Indiana State Museum, Located in the Changing Galleries on Level 3, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 11:00 am-5:00 pm on Sunday, http://www., Phone: 317-232-1637

Jolly Days

Through January 8, 2017 It’s cold outside... but it’s FUN (and warm) in here! See the sparkling lights, experience the warm traditions, and enjoy all the fun of winter weather without the soggy socks! You can even become an elf in training and earn elf ears by participating in winter activities in Jolly Days, including skating in socks on an indoor “pond,” climbing and sliding on the Snow Castle, “ice” fishing, pretend-baking holiday goodies in the Tradition Kitchen and indoor snowball fights. For many visitors, a highlight of their trip to Jolly Days includes a visit and photo with Santa who will be waiting to hear what’s on the wish lists of young museum visitors. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis,

Carmel Winter Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday, now through March 11, 2017 Over thirty vendors selling locally produced foods such herbs, vegetables, fruit, plants, meat, poultry, fish, honey and wine.

Location: Wilfong Pavilion at Founders Park, 11675 Hazel Dell Pkwy, Carmel, Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm, http://carmelfarmersmarket. com

Fishers Winter Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday, now through March 18, 2017 Shop 20 vendors inside the Billericay Park facility. Items other than fresh foods available include fresh soaps, dried flowers, guacamole and eggrolls. Location: Billericay Park, 12690 Promise Rd, Fishers, Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Indy Winter Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday, now through April 29, 2017 Over 40 different vendors offer Indianagrown and produced fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, baked goods, flowers, herbs, natural cleaning products and more. Location: Circle City Industrial Complex, 1125 East Brookside Ave, Indianapolis, Time: 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Jingle Rails

Through January 16, 2017 Now in its eighth year, the Eiteljorg Museum’s Jingle Rails is a journey to the Great American West – the real West and the West of the imagination. Watch nine trains wind past the local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Lucas Oil Stadium, where you will hear veteran Colts radio announcer Bob Lamey call a game. The trains then head through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites, including grand railway lodges, Northwest Coast Native villages, and wonders both natural and human-made—Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful, the Las Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam and much more. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, downtown Indianapolis, jingle-rails-the-great-westernadventure-%282016%29 P LE A S E N OTE 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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