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Beat cabin fever with these indoor activities!


Ten fun things to do with and for your kids this February 14th

How your mother's experience differs from your own

Preparing your children for the arrival of a new baby



Tips for choosing a baby name you'll always love

24 PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 101 Basic info every parent needs to know


Suggested children's literature from local authors

40 SERIOUS LEARNING... THROUGH PL AY! Unstructured, outdoor activity is essential to children's development


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Increasing responsiblity, speech anxiety and "teaching to the test"


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Come Join Us at the Camp Fair!


PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox |

EDITOR Susan Bryant |

Mark your calendar for the Indy’s Child 25th Summer Camp Fair on Saturday, February 22nd, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing. The day will be bursting with family fun and a focus on camping opportunities for this summer. Representatives from local camps, nearby camps, specialty camps and overnight camps will be on hand to answer all your questions. Disney Channel will be there, plus we’ll be celebrating 25 years of Indy’s Child promoting camps for kids.





ADVERTISING COORDINATOR I went to camp two entire summers when I was 10 and 11 and have appreciated outdoor adventures and sports ever since. At first you wonder what you could possibly do for eight weeks, but then cry when you have to leave your camping buddies and go home. (I still sing those crazy camp songs!) I remember attending Camp Farwell for Girls in Vermont and Camp Bryn Afon in Wisconsin. We did lots of mountain hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont and learned to ride and take care of horses. In Wisconsin, I learned how to hoist myself into a canoe and portage one over my head. (I thought three-day canoe trips were fabulous.) At both camps we wore uniforms with name tags sewn into each article of clothing. We learned to make lariats and were always preparing for a regatta, play or talent show.

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EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Wendy Schrepferman |

I also attended Girl Scout Camp. All of my Nora School girlfriends were going to Camp Delwood, so that’s where I wanted to go. Upon arrival, campers were given a chart with jobs to do – which was a jolt for me. I peeled potatoes, took out the garbage and cleaned the latrine. To be honest, I had never really done those chores. But everyone was helping to make camp fun, clean and affordable and that was a different kind of team effort.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Barbara Wynne, Carrie Bishop, Sarah McCosham, Michelle Shirk, Trisha Shepherd, Jennifer Garcia, Tiffany Doerr Guerzon, Rebecca Wood, Wendy Schrepferman, Pete Gilbert, Deb Krupowicz, Kelly Blewett, Jessica Beer, Melissa Trumpey of The Children’s Museum, Amanda Dorman of Indianapolis Downtown Inc., Peg L. Smith of the American Camp Association

These experiences are just some of the reasons to consider camp for your child. With over 60 camps represented at our Camp Fair, you’ll find all kinds of fun and interesting ways for your children to spend their summer. Planning ahead will make the anticipation of an exciting summer adventure special for the entire family.

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on the COVER hallie rae bond

AGE: 8 months

>> F AV O R I T E S . . . color: we love to dress her in pink, of course! foods: sweet potatoes, bananas and apples toy: stuffed snowman named "Frosty" she received for Christmas

>> F U N F A C T S . . . parents: Ryan and Kylee Bond siblings: one brother, named Brooks (age 5) pets: a golden retriever named Maui that she adores named after: her great, great grandmother, Hallie Jane Ray

she is... a very happy baby and loves to smile!

She is also very curious, loves to give high fives and play peek-a-boo with her favorite blanket.

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THE INDIANA STATE MUSEUM IS THE PLACE TO BE IN FEBRUARY GeoFest GeoFest will “rock” the Indiana State Museum as experts and vendors from all over the country exhibit fossils, rocks, minerals, jewelry and more! February 21st – 22nd from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. February 23rd from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


DAY NURSERY CENTER OPENS NEW FACILITY For over 100 years, Day Nursery has led the way in early childhood innovation in Indiana. The organization, known for its unique “cradle to college” philosophy, guides students and families through each stage of development. 2013 was an exciting year with the appointment of Dr. Ted Maple as President and CEO and the opening of a new, state-of-the-art infant and toddler center at 1030 West 16th Street. With the support of new technology at the center, Day Nursery will implement a first of its kind care study documenting the importance of early childhood education. To learn more or to inquire about enrolling call 317.550.3967 or visit

INDIANA WOMEN IN NEED HOSTS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER The mission of I.W.I.N. is to give local women the strength to endure breast cancer treatment by providing individualized service and support. Join their efforts and attend the 10th annual Pink Pajama Party! This “sleepover event” promises excitement with spa treatments, incredible food, cocktails, live music, a silent auction and breakfast! Hotel and individual event packages are available. February 21st - 22nd at the Indianapolis Marriott North/Keystone at the Crossing Visit to register by Monday, February 10th.

In the Akan language of Ghana, the word Sankofa embodies the sentiment of looking to the past in order to move forward into the future. This cultural festival honoring African heritage includes music, dance, storytelling and will feature Western African and Hoosier AfricanAmerican art. Saturday, February 8th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

11th Indiana State Fair This annual event showcases the work of 62 Indiana artisans. Enjoy an array of fine art all without leaving the warmth of the museum. Whether you like contemporary or traditional, art that is wearable and functional, or pieces for display in your home, these amazing artists have what you are looking for. Be sure to visit for details about the VIP Preview night on February 14th. Saturday, February 15th from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ENTERTAINMENT WITH IMPACT Fishers Parks & Recreation invites adults and children age 12 and over to the first-ever Nickel Plate Theatre Film and Speaker Series. Event takes place at The Fishers Library at 7:00 p.m. Visitors will view a film followed by an engaging speaker centered upon a theme. Upcoming events include:

Friday, February 7th

PLAN A SUMMER OF FUN IN JUST ONE DAY AT THE INDY'S CHILD CAMP FAIR! Families are invited to explore over 70 overnight camps, day camps and summer programs at the free, 25th annual Camp Fair, hosted by Indy's Child. Kids and parents alike are sure to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment from Radio Disney, face painting and the famous Indy’s Child prize wheel! There will be magazine cover 'photo-ops,' too! February 22nd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing


Mark Cannon, an ACT! Lead for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network with federal advocacy experience will be paired with “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

Friday, March 14th Frank Grunwald, an artist and educator who survived the Holocaust, and Kelly Watson, Regional Education Corps, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host a roundtable discussion paired with “Miša’s Fugue.” Call 317-579-0311 to register for this free event.


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FEBRUARY Beat cabin fever with these indoor activities! Amanda Dorman, Communications Manager, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Discover animal secrets at The Children’s Museum

Where does a chipmunk sleep? What does an eagle feed its young? How do mother bats find their babies in a cave? The Animal Secrets exhibit opens at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Feb. 8 and runs through May 4. Children can explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals using imaginative role-play and hands-on activities.

Get storied

at the Indianapolis Museum of Art See works of art in a new way with the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Story Time, Feb. 22 from 2 – 3 p.m. Hear a children’s storybook and be inspired to make a masterpiece to take home. Story Time is free and designed for children ages 4 to 8 and their parents. Register by calling 317-923-1331, ext. 214.

Explore science and the natural world at the Zoo With the Indianapolis Zoo’s new Saturday Science Workshops, kids will be able to investigate zoological situations by utilizing the scientific method. During these three-hour workshops, participants will observe, question and explore areas of the Zoo. Participate in the Big Cats (Tigers) Workshop Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. or Reptile Workshop Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. Kids must be between 9 – 12 years old. Cost for a single Saturday Science Workshop session is $60 for nonmembers and $50 for members.

A classic tale comes to life at Clowes Hall

E.B. White’s book Charlotte’s Web comes to the stage at Clowes Hall Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. and noon. Enjoy this dramatic adaptation of the treasured tale that features a cast of madcap farm animals that exemplify bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship. A sure bet to capture the hearts and imaginations of children.

Indulge your inner scientist at the Indiana State Museum

Where can you find rocks with hidden crystals or bones of animals extinct for millions of years? Treat your senses to the surprisingly aesthetic shapes and colors of earth's raw materials at GeoFest at the Indiana State Museum Feb. 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Buy jewelry, fossils, cut and uncut gemstones and minerals from all over the world. Enjoy hands-on geology activities and win geo-prizes. Meet geo-experts from all over the state. GeoFest is included with museum admission.

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SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome >> Keep your baby safe with these simple tips SIDS refers to the apparently inexplicable death of babies in the first year of life. While physicians and researchers still do not know what causes SIDS, some believe that abnormalities or the “immature newborn brain” make some infants susceptible to conditions that would not harm other babies, such as overheating or sleeping on their stomach. Since researchers do not understand the exact cause or how to predict if certain babies are at risk, it is best to care for all babies using the same safety guidelines. One thing scientists do know for sure: stomach sleeping is a major risk factor for SIDS. Luckily, it’s a risk factor that all parents can easily modify by placing babies “back to sleep,” meaning on their backs to sleep.

What doesn’t cause SIDS You may have heard rumors that vaccinations can lead to SIDS. However, this has been disproven by numerous studies. People may have connected vaccinations with SIDS because many babies receive their first shots between 2 and 4 months, the same ages when SIDS risk is greatest. But, this is coincidental. Here are a few other SIDS myths:

• Baby monitors will prevent SIDS. These monitors do not prevent SIDS deaths and can

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lead to either a false sense of security or stress due to constantly listening for baby’s breathing.

• Never place blankets, stuffed toys, decorative bumpers or other • It is alright to co-sleep with a baby. Although tempting, it is best for babies to sleep on their own, separate sleep surface. Sleeping with a baby increases the risk of lying on top of the baby, particularly with adults who are overly tired, overweight or otherwise impaired. Room share, do not bed share.

• “Side sleeping” is the best way to prevent babies from choking during sleep. “Back to sleep” is the best and safest way for babies to sleep. Side lying actually increases the risk that a baby will roll over on his or her face and possibly suffocate.

items in your baby’s crib. Remember: Nothing but baby!

• After breastfeeding is well established (usually after three to four weeks), offer your baby a pacifier at naptime and bedtime.

• Never smoke around your baby, or allow others to do so. • To avoid a flat spot on the back of your baby’s head, incorporate tummy time (supervised time on the stomach while the baby is awake) for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day.

What parents can do While nothing can completely eliminate the risk of SIDS, there are plenty of simple steps you can take to keep your baby safe. Follow these guidelines to protect your baby:

• Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep. • Keep your baby’s environment cool so he or she doesn’t overheat. To avoid overheating, remember that if you are comfortable, most likely the baby is too. Just add one layer to his or her clothing.

• Make sure your baby’s sleep surface is firm. Babies should not sleep on waterbeds, soft mattresses or fleeces. 12 INDYSCHILD.COM // FEBRUARY 2014

This article was reviewed by Sharon Johns, R.N., L.C.C.E., F.A.C.C.E., perinatal support services, St.Vincent Women’s Hospital. Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, St.Vincent Women’s Services and The Children’s Museum have joined forces as community partners promoting various kid’s health issues. From February 1-28, infant caregivers may bring crib bumper pads to the concierge desk at The Children’s Museum to trade for a free sleep sack, courtesy of St.Vincent Women’s Services.




Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health hosts 5th Annual Riley Cancer Center Prom In 2006, the fledgling organization, Women For Riley, set out to bring pediatric patients small joys and extra kindness by providing essentials, books and treats. Eight years later, these efforts and events such as The Riley Cancer Center Prom have spread more joy and healed more hearts than the group ever imagined! The prom event, which began with the vision of a magical evening for cancer patients, has become a valuable forum and bonding experience for families, friends, caregivers, medical personnel and volunteers across the state! This year’s theme, Passport to Adventure, will allow families to visit the corners of the globe in just one night! Guests will experience unique cuisine, customs, music and incredible decorative displays as they “cruise” to New York City, Antarctica, Asia and Africa. On prom night, Fairbanks Hall will be unrecognizable beneath the cruise ship set, lanterns, lions, snow, foliage, city skylines and polar bears as volunteers ready the space in less than 24 hours. Although this is a private event, Indy’s Child readers have the opportunity be a part of this extraordinary cause. Women for Riley, is currently collecting formal attire for girls and boys sizes toddler through size 16. “The greatest need this


year is for ‘bling’ such as jewelry, evening bags and hair accessories as well as belts, ties and dress shoes,” says Debra Parker, Prom Chairperson. New items are preferred, however gently used clothing items will be accepted. Jason Mueller of Riley Children’s Foundation sums up the event beautifully. “For one magical night these children trade hospital gowns for tuxedos and ball gowns, medical treatment for the Royal Treatment and stethoscopes for smiles.”

Donation details: Donations can be delivered until February 28th to: The Riley Children's Foundation Office, 30 South Meridian Street, Suite 200 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monetary donations are also welcomed by visiting

valentine’s day fun Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

Ten fun things to do with and for your kids this February 14th Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about romantic love. Show your kids how much you love them by doing some of these fun V-Day activities.

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Slip a Valentine card under each kid’s pillow and tell them to check underneath for a fun surprise when they wake up.

For breakfast, cut out toast with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Spread the heart shape with cream cheese and top with strawberry or raspberry jam. Then, use the rest of the bread by placing the piece of toast with the heart cut out on a plate and filling the center with red berries. Wet the rims of wine glasses or plastic cups then dip into pink or red sugar. Fill the cups with sparkling apple juice.


Draw a large, open heart on the bathroom mirror at kid-height with a dry erase marker. Write “I love” with an arrow pointing to the heart shape. When your child looks in the mirror to brush their teeth, his or her face will be in the heart!


Glam up lunch boxes by using your heart cookie cutter to shape sandwiches. Include a treat of valentine candy and – of course – a love note.


After dinner, cuddle up in PJs to watch a Valentine’s Day show such as Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That: Hurray! It’s Valentine’s Day, Winnie the Pooh, A Valentine for You, WordWorld: My Fuzzy Valentine, or Madly Madagascar.


Last but not least, don’t forget story time! Try one of these lovethemed books: Queen of Hearts by Mary Englebreit, Love, Splat by Rob Scotten, Snowy Valentine by David Peterson, I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt or Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool by James Dean.

Spread the love by trying one or more of these ideas this February 14th. By replacing candy and gifts with time spent together, you will surely brighten your kids’ days and make fun family memories.


Draw a trail of hearts on the driveway or sidewalk in red and pink chalk. Kids can follow the path by hopping from one to the next on the way to the car or bus stop.

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Visit a local nursing home and hand out flowers or valentines to the residents.

Cook up a valentine-themed dinner. Serve heart-shaped individual pizzas, or top pizza with heart-shaped pepperoni. (Cut pepperoni pieces into hearts with a mini cookie cutter.) Many pizza companies offer heart shaped pizza for takeout or delivery on V-Day as well. Serve with pink milk or sparkling juice.


During dinner, have each family member say why they love the person sitting next to them. Go around the table one way, and then do it again in the opposite direction.




Making Tracks >> Create your own animal foot prints Melissa Trumpey, Director of Public Events and Family Programs, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Animals are all around us – cats, dogs, squirrels, raccoons, birds, deer and more. All of these animals leave tracks behind as they pass through an area. Snow provides us with a wonderful opportunity to observe animal tracks. Take a walk around your yard or head to a local park and see what kinds of animal tracks you can find. When you have discovered some animal footprints and are ready to warm up, head inside and try this activity to create your own animal tracks.

Supplies needed: • Wooden craft stick

6. Press your inked animal track on your paper and pick up slowly. You should see an image of your animal track on your paper.

• Printed images of animal tracks (these can be found on the Internet)

7. Repeat as often as you like to create a wonderland of animal tracks.

• Styrofoam plates cut into squares

• Ink pads • Plain paper • Scissors • Tape

STEPS: 1. Cut out the image of an animal footprint. 2. Tape the image on top of the Styrofoam square. 3. Trace around the image using the craft stick. Be sure you are pressing hard enough to make indentations in the Styrofoam. 4. Remove the image and you will see an animal track in the Styrofoam. 5. Turn your track upside down and gently press it onto the ink pad.


Don’t forget to make your own tracks to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to visit our newest exhibit, Animal Secrets. You will discover nature from an animal’s point of view! Animal Secrets will be open February 8 - May 5, 2014. Learn more at Animal Secrets was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon. The exhibit was made possible with funds provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Additional support provided by the Collins Foundation and Meyer Memorial Trust.




maternity & D E L I V E RY:

then and now Michelle Shirk

How your mother’s experience differs from your own The experience of being pregnant and giving birth has changed dramatically over the years. Below, learn how the advice and opportunities offered to today’s moms-to-be compare to those given to women from previous generations. Start spreading the news When Kristina Box, MD, FACOG, began her career 28 years ago, a blood test was required to confirm pregnancy earlier than the six-week mark. Today, however, women trying to conceive can learn of their pregnancies right at four weeks, says Jordan Craig, MD, general obstetrician/gynecologist with OB/GYN of Indiana. “Home pregnancy tests are incredibly sensitive,” she says. “People can expect to test positive really early, right around the time they miss their period or even a couple of days before.”

Prenatal care and education The technology available for prenatal testing and monitoring has likewise seen major advancements in recent years. New circulating cell-free fetal DNA tests allow doctors to non-invasively screen for chromosomal issues such as Down syndrome or other trisomies, says Dr. Craig. Ultrasound quality has also improved, with 3D ultrasounds becoming increasingly standard.



Gender can now be seen as early as 15 to 16 weeks for some babies, although Dr. Box prefers technicians wait until 18 to 20 weeks to provide confirmation. “The one thing you don’t want to do is call that wrong,” she says.

Today’s expectant mothers can choose from a wide variety of childbirth and infant care classes, says Dr. Craig. Many women also take advantage of online resources. “I have patients that come in very, very well educated,” she says. Of course, there can be a downside to using Google to search for answers. Patients frequently come in with inaccurate information, or information that matches what they want to hear, says Dr. Box. Dr. Craig tries to direct her patients to specific websites that provide accurate information.

The advice given to expectant mothers has changed significantly over the years as well. “My mom was told it is okay to drink and smoke while pregnant,” reports reader Julie W. via an informal survey on the Indy’s Child Facebook page. Dr. Box confirms that during her mother’s generation, many women smoked, and babies were born smaller as a result. While alcohol was once used to help prevent preterm labor, today no amount of alcohol is deemed acceptable during pregnancy by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, she says. In contrast, while exercise was discouraged in the past, now exercise during pregnancy is viewed as very safe.

The big day In the late 1950’s and 1960’s, births typically took place in a single large delivery room, with laboring patients separated by curtains, says Dr. Box. Today, many hospitals have moved to a model of “single room maternity care,” which allows patients to stay in the same room throughout their labor, delivery and recovery. Dr. Craig encourages her patients to consider their personal preferences regarding the delivery process and pain control. Patients are often able to incorporate tools such as wireless monitoring, a birthing tub or a birth ball into their labor, she says.

Reader Melissa M. says at the time of her birth in 1976, the hospital would not allow her father or any other family members in the room with her mother. “Fathers waited in the waiting room for the news,” concurs reader Aszura T. In contrast, Dr. Craig says many fathers today help encourage the mother throughout her labor. “Most of my dads are just right up there, involved in everything, wanting to see everything,” she says.

Pregnancy and birth stories are a unique and fascinating part of our personal histories. Why not get the women in your family together and swap stories today?


We asked our Indy’s Child Facebook readers for STORIES ABOUT THEIR MATERNITY AND DELIVERY EXPERIENCE VERSUS THEIR MOTHERS'. Here ARE A FEW OF THEIR COMMENTS. [My mom] delivered me and my twin breech, btw she didn't know she had twins until she woke up! No idea for 9 months that she was having twins! This was 1962! – Carla G. Mom is 71 born and raised in Mexico, had all of her 7 kids natural no epidural. My grandmother was the midwife… – Daisy A. My mom was able to spend five days at least, in the hospital, and fathers waited in the waiting room for the news. – Aszura T. My mom was in labor for 3 days with me. She overheard the doctor say "if she is still alive tonight, we'll do a c section." Needless to say she and I both lived. – Summer S. I have 9 children and the first one 32 years ago was so different than the last one 10 years ago...My Mom gave birth at home, all four of us girls, and within hours after she cooked and cleaned before my Dad came home from work. – Susanne D.

Sarah McCosham

B ecoming

a big brother or sister Preparing children for the arrival of a new baby


dding a second child to the family may not seem like a big transition – after all, you and your partner have already been through the whole baby thing before, and are seasoned veterans at this point. While having a second child isn’t a huge change for parents, it is for your only child. Used to having parents’ full attention and affection, the addition of a new sibling can be overwhelming for some kids. However, with thoughtful preparation and a game plan, a new sibling can be an exciting and positive experience for your child.

during pregnancy “Any time there is a change in family structure (such as a remarriage, death or birth), each member of the family seeks to understand two things: a redefinition of what ‘family’ means to them and how their role in the family may or may not change,” says Stephanie Lowe Sagebiel, a licensed clinical social worker with Centerpoint Counseling in Indianapolis and Baume Psychological Services in Carmel. “During pregnancy, parents can clarify this for children by helping them with a new definition: ‘We are currently a family of three; soon, we will be a family of four.’” During pregnancy, there are many opportunities to get older kids involved in the process. “It’s helpful to allow older siblings to begin their own special relationship with the baby while it is in Mommy's belly,” says Sagebiel. “This can be a great opportunity to begin the sibling relationship by having older kids read books, sing songs and talk with the baby while Mom is pregnant.”

There are even classes available to help prepare kids to become siblings. Renee Oswalt, a childbirth education coordinator with IU Health Women’s Services, says that older sibling classes are great for helping kids learn about infant care and their new responsibilities as big brother/big sister. These classes can get kids excited for the baby, and help address common emotions surrounding the new addition.

the first days as a bigger family The first days home with a newborn can be rough for any parent – and this challenge is magnified when juggling multiple kids. Chelsea Hayward and Angie Springman, child life specialists at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, advise parents to get their older kids involved in the baby’s care: “Allow the sibling to help care for the new baby – even small ‘jobs’ allow siblings to feel important.” In addition, exchanging gifts between the new siblings can be helpful. “The older sibling can offer a gift for the new baby as an expression of love,” Oswalt explains. Also, having the new baby “give” an older sibling a gift can help older kids attach a positive association to the baby. Finally, don’t forget to schedule one-on-one time for your older children. Have a family member watch the new baby so you can have a special afternoon with your firstborn – you’ll both appreciate the time!

anticipating bumps in the road After the initial excitement of bringing a baby home, kids may respond in a variety of ways to this situation that aren’t so positive – acting out, becoming withdrawn or even regressing developmentally. All of which are completely normal. “It’s common for children to act out or even regress after the birth of a baby,” say Hayward and Springman. When this happens, it’s important for parents to react in a way that’s consistent with how they did prior to the baby. More importantly, though, is to focus on the positive. “Praise positive behavior and don’t dwell on negative behaviors,” explain Hayward and Springman. “Acknowledge behavior that is age-appropriate.” Keeping your child’s day as normal as possible after the new baby arrives can also help. Hayward and Springman explain: “Make sure to keep the siblings’ life consistent and on a schedule. A routine should be established and followed during the pregnancy, and also after the new baby is brought home.” Above all, make your child feel heard and loved. Do that, and everything will fall into place. “If parents consciously respond positively to their children, then their children will grow up believing that they are loved,” says Sagebiel. “This is the greatest gift they can give each of their children as their family continues to evolve.”



Trisha Shepherd

Tips for choosing a baby name you’ll always love How many Jacksons, Sophias, Emmas and Aidans have you met this year? is out with its annual list of most popular names. What’s the trick to picking the name that’s perfect for your baby? And how can you avoid choosing a name you may later regret? We’ve put together a step-bystep guide to making this important decision.


Set your criteria

What do you know for sure about the kind of baby name you prefer? Are you into common spellings, or do you like clever variations? What about trendy or unusual names? Would you consider a family name? Will your kids’ names all start with the same letter? When deciding what to name your little one, you can start by listing your must-have baby naming criteria and see how well your ideas line up with your partner’s.


Avoid pitfalls

No one wants to grow up introducing themselves with a name they really don’t like. To make sure your child doesn’t end up cursing you for the name you chose, be aware of a few naming pitfalls. First, run the name through the monogram test. (Aidan Scott Sampson has a nice ring until you picture those initials stitched onto his backpack.) Test possible email handles as well, which often combine the first initial of the first name with the last name. (Just imagine the campus or office jokes that would fly when receiving emails from Sarah Nott.) You may also want to Google your baby’s full name and possible nicknames to make sure no unpleasant characters pop up. (Even if you plan to call him Theo instead of Ted, you may want to avoid the name Theodore if your last name is Bundy!)


Find inspiration

Now, it’s time to get to the fun part – starting a list of all the names you like. Some websites like,, and offer not only baby name lists, but also tools that help you search based on factors like ethnic background or suggest similar names that might interest you. You may also want to think of historic figures, family members, personal mentors, authors, athletes or artists who have influenced you. 22 INDYSCHILD.COM // FEBRUARY 2014


Get historic

If you’re looking for a name with a classic ring that’s not overused today, try the Social Security Administration website: Plug in a year and browse through names that were big hits back then. You can also enter your favorite names and see when they peaked in popularity. Some families also keep family trees, family bibles or genealogy records. These are gold mines of interesting names with family ties! You don’t have to limit your search to first names – many surnames (like Davis, Sterling, Jackson, Washington, Calvin, Harper or Harrison) can make distinctive first names. The trick is finding the name that both you and your partner fall in love with.


Keep it quiet?

Most of your loved ones will respond kindly to your baby’s name, but be prepared for negative reactions. (BabyCenter’s survey found that out of people who got a negative reaction to their child’s name, their own parents were the naysayers 46% of the time!) If you want to lower the risk of having your favorite name tainted by a nasty comment, keep it secret until the big birth day. Whenever you reveal your baby’s name to the world, stay confident in your choice. Even the toughest critics are likely to soften once your bundle of joy starts melting their hearts.

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6. Ava 7. Lily 8. Zoe 9. Emily 10. Chloe

11. Layla 12. Madison 13. Madelyn 14. Abigail 15. Aubrey

16. Charlotte 17. Amelia 18. Ella 19. Kaylee 20. Avery

6. Mason 7. Jayden 8. Ethan 9. Jacob 10. Jack

11. Caden 12. Logan 13. Benjamin 14. Michael 15. Caleb

16. Ryan 17. Alexander 18. Elijah 19. James 20. William

Boys 1. Jackson 2. Aiden 3. Liam 4. Lucas 5. Noah

*This list is based on surveys with parents who use the website, and combines spelling variations. See the full top 100 at




child’s first dental visit is as much about educating the parent as it is examining the child. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to work with very young children through early adulthood. They also are experts at teaching parents to be guardians of their children’s dental health. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics encourage an initial dental visit by age one and every six months thereafter.

Dr. Swati Singh, DDS, of Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis, says getting children to the dentist early helps them get used to the doctor, staff and office. “We can help prepare them to know what to expect as the child ages, such as questions about teething,” she says. “It’s also helpful for parents to know where to go in an emergency.”

PEDIATRIC DENTISTY 101 Jennifer Garcia

Basic info every parent needs to know

Dr. Michelle Edwards, DDS, of the Children’s Dental Center in Fishers adds, “The most important factor is educating parents about prevention of tooth decay.”

Healthy food, healthy smiles Because parents have control over their child’s diet, they can help prevent tooth decay says Dr. Kevin Beadle, DDS, of Carmel Pediatric Dentistry. A balanced diet, with fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy and limited sugars and starch, decreases the chance of tooth decay. According to Dr. Singh, studies show that munching on crunchy veggies like carrot sticks, as well as cheese which has tooth-friendly bacteria, are better options than processed and packaged foods.

Dr. Beadle cautions parents to read food labels. “Parents should not be duped by advertisements of ‘100% natural,’ ‘no sugar added,’ or even ‘organic.’ Look at the sugar content on the nutritional label.” Childhood favorites like fruit snacks, gummy vitamins and candy are likely to stick in the molars and promote cavities. If the child eats such snacks, brush their teeth afterwards.


Creating a routine Health care providers recommend cleaning a baby’s gums with water and a soft cloth. As soon as teeth appear, start brushing daily. The most important thing is to establish a routine, such as: “first take a bath, next put on jammies, then brush teeth.”

“It can be challenging to brush a toddler’s teeth,” admits Dr. Edwards. “I recommend a technique called ‘back to brush,’ which has the child lie with their head in the parent’s lap.” This can be a special bonding time and allows the parent to see inside the mouth to clean the child’s teeth.

It’s also essential to model healthy habits – brush, floss and visit the dentist as a family.

Dental emergencies Children are accident-prone and their teeth are not immune to danger. Bathtub slips often result in broken and knocked-out teeth. If such an accident occurs, call the dentist immediately. Most pediatric dentists have an after-hours emergency phone number.

“We have the necessary equipment to comprehensively assess each patient,” says Dr. Beadle. “Parents may not be sure what happened to the tooth, whether it was a baby or permanent tooth, or how many teeth were involved.”

If the tooth is loose, watch for a change of color or redness and swelling in the gum around the damaged tooth. These could indicate an abscess and should be examined by a dentist.

Big decisions Parents of older children may face important choices about their dental care. A formal evaluation for braces can be performed around age seven or when their first permanent molars come in. “It’s becoming more common to have two phases of braces – the first fixes foundations of their mouth, such as a cross-bite, while the second straightens out their permanent teeth,” says Dr. Edwards.

If wisdom teeth need to be removed, age 17-25 is ideal. By this age, the teeth have stopped shifting, yet it’s still relatively easy to heal from surgery.

These are major family decisions, and Dr. Beadle says parents need to feel comfortable with their children’s dental professional and trust that they are making the right choices together with the family.

Moreover, dentists truly care. “I have children too,” says Dr. Edwards, “and I always tell parents that I treat every patient exactly how I treat my own kids.” FEBRUARY 2014 // INDYSCHILD.COM


Recommended reading In addition to a pre-appointment tour of the dentist’s office, Dr. Swati Singh, DDS encourages parents to talk with their children about what to expect at the dentist in order to calm any fears. Below are a few fun books that can help get the conversation started.

• ABC Dentist: Healthy Teeth from A to Z, by Harriet Ziefert (author) and Liz Murphy (illustrator) • Brush Your Teeth, Please: A Pop-up Book, by Leslie Mcguire (author) and Jean Pidgeon (illustrator) • Carrie and Larry the Tooth-Tickling Fairies, by Dr. Michelle H. Edwards (author) and Wes Harlan (illustrator) • Pony Brushes His Teeth, by Michael Dahl (author) and Oriol Vidal (illustrator) • The Tooth Book, by Dr. Seuss (author) and Joe Mathieu (illustrator)





Research to Real World: Wait! Don’t Eat That Marshmallow >> Self-regulation in preschoolers Jessica Beer, Ph.D.

Picture this…you give your preschooler one marshmallow and tell her she can eat it now, but if she can wait until you return, then you will give her two marshmallows. Does she gobble up the single marshmallow or does she wait? How long will she wait? This experiment was first done in the ‘70’s at Stanford with four-year-olds to measure delayed gratification – now better known as self-regulation skills. You know what it looks like when your child has a tough time self-regulating: he or she can’t stay in the chair at dinner, runs across the street without looking, or grabs toys away from friends. A 10-year follow-up of the children in the marshmallow study showed that the amount of time a child could wait as a preschooler was associated with coping skills, social competence and academic performance during adolescence. Children who were able to wait longer were rated by their parents as more intelligent, more able to resist temptation, more likely to show self-control in frustrating situations, more able to concentrate and had higher SAT scores as adolescents compared to children with shorter wait times. A 30-year follow-up showed children who were able to wait longer as preschoolers had lower Body Mass Index as adults than shorter waiters. So not eating a marshmallow at age four means you don’t have to pay for those expensive SAT prep courses and your kid won’t be overweight in his 30’s? Yikes, that’s a lot of pressure for a parent! And what if your child eats the marshmallow? What if your ten-year-old still struggles with self-regulation? Is it too late? Is she doomed? Should you go ahead and take that trip to Italy on her college savings? Rest easy, there’s more to the story. A group of researchers at the University of Rochester tweaked the marshmallow experiment to show that self-regulatory skills are not set in stone, but are malleable and influenced by everyday experiences children have with adults. Before children participated in the marshmallow task they were put in a situation where the experimenter was either reliable (told the child she would be back shortly with more crayons and she was) or unreliable (told the child she would be back shortly with more crayons but returned to explain she didn’t have any more crayons). Children who experienced the reliable situation waited 12 minutes; children in the unreliable situation waited 3 minutes on average. So the child’s self-regulatory skills were influenced by her beliefs about the experimenter based on their brief history. “This lady didn’t come back with more crayons like she said she would, so why should I wait for her to bring me two marshmallows? I’m going to eat this marshmallow while I can.” 28 INDYSCHILD.COM // FEBRUARY 2014

The take home message is that self-control is shaped by everyday interactions between parents and children that span a lifetime. As parents of a child who might struggle with self-control, this is good news…what we do matters. We can do our best to be reliable at home with daily routines and our follow-up and consequences for good and bad choices our kids make. We model, teach and practice self-control as best we can. I like to think that all the effort– albeit imperfect – that goes into following through with my own rules (homework before play) and rewards (extra screen time) might make a difference when the stakes are higher later in life (choosing not to answer that text while driving). If you want a good laugh, go to YouTube and enter “very tempting marshmallow test” to watch what kids did during the waiting period of the marshmallow task. Developmental psychologist and co-founder of The Urban Chalkboard playcafe, Jessica Beer combines her real world experience as a mother with her professional training as a researcher to provide parents with a practical way to apply the most current findings in childhood development research to their everyday life.



Suggested children’s literature from local authors Wendy Schrepferman, M.A. Elementary Education

Reading aloud to children is a treasured bonding experience. It fosters curiosity, language development, listening and writing skills. The Hoosier state boasts many talented authors. Choose from this sampling of books and let your kids have a listen. (And although tweens and teens might not always reveal it, many still love being read to!)

Science An Island Grows (2006) and Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives (2014) by Lola Schaefer Schaefer has penned over 270 books, and my two favorites demonstrate her love of the natural world. Many of the topics she chooses are inspired by questions children ask during her visits to schools as a writing consultant.

Trout Are Made of Trees (2008) and Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust (2006) by April Pulley Sayer Sayre is an award-winning children's book author of over 55 books focused on her unique perspectives of nature and science. She is one of the few writers to create nonfiction children’s books that sound great when read aloud!

Trav el The Molly and the Magic Suitcase series: Molly Goes to Rome (2013), Molly Goes to Barcelona (2013) and Molly Goes to Thailand (2012) by Chris Oler and Amy Houston Oler Chris and Amy Oler believe every child is an adventurer at heart, and children can experience the world in their unique books. Inspired by food, 30 INDYSCHILD.COM // FEBRUARY 2014

family, friends and curiosity, characters Molly and Michael travel to faraway places using a magic suitcase.

A nim a ls Buttercup (2010) by Angela Gouge After illustrating books for others, Gouge wrote and illustrated Buttercup, a story about her English bulldog. The dog’s expressions are priceless as he embarks on playful adventures.

Warm as Wool (2007) and A Place Called Freedom (1997) by Scott Russell Sanders Sanders, a professor at Indiana University, has written over 20 books. He transports young readers back in time and holds them there even after the book is closed. Warm as Wool explains the hardships of frontier life and the vital role women played, while A Place Called Freedom follows a family of freed slaves as they chase their dreams of creating a new town.

A Cl ass of Their Ow n Flip, Flap, Fly: A Book for Babies Everywhere (2011) by Phyllis Root and David Walker Little readers will enjoy baby animals as they fly, swim, wiggle, and slide about. Root’s rhythmic verse encourages listeners to anticipate and add words throughout the story.

These two Hoosier authors deserve special recognition for their work.

Kathryn Lasky

This book, although quite irreverent, will delight young readers. Ballinger, a Professor of Digital Media, brings the 70s concept of scratch and sniff back in a most creative way.

Kathryn Lasky is a Newbery Honor author of over one hundred fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. She grew up in the suburbs of Indianapolis where she was often in trouble for daydreaming during class (a fact her mother celebrated and encouraged, thankfully). Her titles from the Dear America Series are a must for young historians and include the story of a 1930s Indianapolis family. Visit www. to experience her vast library of quality literature for all ages.


Bill Peet

Animal Gas: A Scratch and Sniff Adventure (2013) by Bryan Ballinger

Evie Finds Her Family Tree (2006) by Ashley Ransburg In this beautiful introduction to genealogy, Ransburg, an elementary teacher, skillfully communicates abstract ideas to young children. When Evie hears talk of a family tree, she asks if it is a sugar maple, magnolia, or oak but eventually begins to understand the rich connections of family. The book includes a pull out family tree to personalize.

Simply put, any book by Bill Peet will have both children and adults howling with laughter. My favorite titles include, No Such Things, The Wump World, Kermit the Hermit, Hubert’s Hair Raising Adventures, and Huge Harold. Bill Peet attended Arsenal Tech High School and Herron School of Art and Design. After college he landed a job with Disney Studios where he frequently worked alongside Walt. Visit to read his extraordinary biography and learn about his books.



Carrie Bishop

AUTISM THERAPY It's "buyer beware" in Indiana

Indiana’s autism insurance mandate, passed in 2001, put much-needed and often expensive therapies within reach for many families. The mandate, in turn, opened doors for providers as well. The number of behavior analysts and other professionals, in turn, has increased, offering services to families who can now more readily afford the help they seek. While this is a good thing, Michele Trivedi, manager of The Arc Insurance Project, recommends families do some extensive research before committing to a particular center or home-based program. “It’s really buyer beware. Because there is no state oversight of practitioners it falls to parents or caregivers to do their homework, but that can be very challenging,” she said. Currently there is little regulation of the industry in Indiana. There is no state licensure process for behavior analysts and no government agency to monitor practitioners of applied behavior analysis to ensure they are meeting minimal ethical standards.

How then are parents to know if the center or individual therapist they are considering is qualified?

Get educated. Dana Renay, chief executive

ally with the Autism Society of Indiana, suggests browsing the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website, There families can learn what it takes to become a BCBA, how to find one and what reasonable expectations are for a BCBA who oversees their child’s program. Other resources include the Association for Behavior Analysts (www., the Indiana Resource Center for Autism ( and Autism Speaks (

Look beyond location. There is much at

stake when it comes to selecting a therapist and the one around the corner may not be your best choice. Look throughout the greater Indianapolis area when you are researching potential providers.

Seek references. Talk with parents who have traveled a similar path. Learn what they like and don’t like about their center or in-home program. Discuss how their kids are progressing and how progress is measured. Discuss cost. There can be a great disparity in

costs between ABA providers. Trivedi says providers should be able to share a fee schedule.

Beware of promises. Be leery of therapists

who promise outcomes that seem difficult to achieve. Dr. Cathy Pratt, director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, advises families to look for measurable outcomes that lead to improved functioning.


Meet the frontline. The right therapist

should thoroughly enjoy teaching and get excited when the child does something for the first time. He or she should be patient, trustworthy and committed to advancing their own knowledge and skill level in the field.

Ask about core focus. Pratt says good intensive behavioral interventions should have a heavy focus on teaching pro-social behaviors. “Simply focusing on getting rid of behavior doesn’t work,” she said. Mine their data. “Regardless of credentials, find out their experience. What can they show you that demonstrates their success? You want pretty hard data on that,” said Pratt. Seek your child’s response. Kids with

autism have a good sense of people, according to Pratt. When your child meets the therapist, what is his or her response? “The major point is to really do your homework and interview more than one or two providers so you can make an informed choice on who is best for your family and particular child. Doing that homework is really important,” said Trivedi. For more information, connect with resources like the Autism Society of Indiana and The Arc of Indiana. Both organizations are able and interested in helping guide parents to make an informed decision regarding the care of their child.



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Teen Night Out

Saturdays in February Times: 10:00 AM Cost: $32 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 13+

Friday, February 28th Times: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: Joelle Samples at 317-466-2001 ext.2420

Adaptive Martial Arts Saturdays in February Times: 12:30 PM Cost: $32 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 10+

Beginning Pottery Date: Tuesdays in February Times: 3:30 PM Cost: $45 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 13+

Youth Karaoke Tuesdays in February Times: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Cost: $30 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 6-15

Zumb-A-Daptive Wednesdays in February Times: 8:00 PM Cost: $32 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 15+

Adaptive Yoga Thursdays in February Times: 7:00 PM Cost: $32 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 10+ 34 INDYSCHILD.COM // FEBRUARY 2014

Dyslexia Parent Group and Kids' Group Wednesday, February 5th Times: 6:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Greenwood Public Library, Greenwood Phone: LeeAnn Bricker:

Biking Club Saturdays in February Times: 11:00 AM Cost: $25 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 16+

Young Athletes Mondays, Feb. 3rd - Mar 31 st Times: 5:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Sports play program for ages 2 – 7.

Support Groups


Autism Family Resource Center Parents’ Support Group Wednesday, February 19th Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis Phone: Amy Miller at 317-466-1000 ext.2488

Karaoke Night Friday, February 7th Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $12 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 16+

Cheer Friday, February 7th Times: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis Phone: Joelle Samples at 317-466-2001 ext.2420

Valentine's Dinner for Two Friday, February 14th Times: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Cost: $75 per couple Where: River Glen Country Club, Fishers Phone: Beth Schweigel at or 317-571-TEAM To raise awareness and fund Special Olympics of Hamilton County. Cost includes buffet dinner and open bar for two.

Girls Night Out Saturday, February 22nd Times: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Cost: $20 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 15+

Parents' Night Out Sponsored by Easter Seals Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00PM Price: Free Contact: 317-466-1000 Locations below: East location Easter Seals Crossroads - 4740 Kingsway Drive , Indianapolis , IN 46205 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Friday of every month South location Indian Creek Christian Church - 6430 S. Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN 46259 1st Friday of every month North location Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle) - 11552 Fishers Landing Drive , Fishers, IN 46038 3rd Friday of every month West location Speedway United Methodist - 5065 West 16th Street, Speedway , IN 46224 4th Friday of every month



Carrie Bishop

Preterm Primer Basic information for parents of premature infants

One of every eight babies is born premature in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means 12.5 percent of births occur at less than 37 weeks gestation. Preemies are at higher risk for medical complications in both the short and long term. Local Indianapolis area physicians were asked to weigh in on the health implications for premature babies and discuss what parents should be aware of during their growth.

Causes of preterm births Dr. William Engle, medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, says about 70 percent of preterm births occur between 34 and 36 weeks gestation. Preemies born at 33 weeks or earlier occur less often but consume the most medical resources. The most common scenario of premature birth is preterm labor, but what causes this condition is largely unknown. Dr. Ina Whitman, neonatologist at St. Vincent Women’s Hospital, says many believe infection of the uterine environment or chorioamnionitis is the root cause. Other known risk factors include having a previous preterm birth or having a pregnancy through assisted reproduction or multiple gestation, according to Dr. Sheryl King, director of inpatient pediatrics at Community Hospital South. Maternal age and race can also make a difference, as can absence of prenatal care, smoking and drug use. Also, the CDC notes that chronic health problems in the mother such as high blood pressure, diabetes and clotting disorders can cause preterm labor.


Health concerns Preemies can range in age, with some born at 36 weeks and others at just 25 weeks. Because of this, the types and degrees of problems they face vary. Yet some medical issues can be expected. Feeding problems are common. The more premature the baby, the more significant the feeding issues. Whitman says the earliest a baby can nipple feed – be it breast or bottle – is 33 to 34 weeks. Before this time they don’t have the strength and coordination required to safely nipple feed. These babies will likely receive their nutrients through a combination of IV and feeding tubes. Jaundice, difficulty breathing, and apnea of prematurity are also more likely. The younger the preemie, the more risks for eye issues, infection and more serious complications like brain bleeds.

Going home The late preterm infant may stay in a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for several days to weeks growing and learning to feed. An extremely preterm infant may stay in the NICU for several months, according to King. Once home, she says nutrition and growth are the biggest concern. “There may need to be multiple visits to the pediatrician’s office to monitor feedings and weight gain. These babies can be developmentally behind so a referral to First Steps may be in order. It is very important to keep preterm infants free of infection. They may become very ill and require hospitalization. We often tell parents to stay home with these little ones,” King advised.

Long-term health issues Most late-term preemies can compete well with peers in learning, growth and

development, but Engle says risks are a little higher in these babies so parents and pediatricians should be on higher alert for learning differences or behavior problems as these children grow. Why do these ongoing risks occur? Consider the brain of a preemie born at 35 weeks, for instance. It is about two-thirds that of a term baby. In other words, the size and development of the brain is still quite immature in preemies, which sets them up for learning and behavior difficulties in the future. Of course, many grow up without these additional challenges, but parents should be aware these babies are at higher risk.

Preventing preterm births While many preterm births may not be prevented, receiving prenatal care can reduce the risk. “The hope is that by getting routine comprehensive prenatal care, risk factors can be identified and treated early to help prevent the onset of premature labor,” said Engle.



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special NEEDS GUIDE ABA Autism Services by Damar

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Greenwood

The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. Address: 374 Meridian Parke Lane, Greenwood, IN 46142, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-889-KIDS, Email:, www.

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy North

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:,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Carmel The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 13431 Old Meridian St, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-573-KIDS, Email:,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Early Childhood Center

This center houses some of our clients ages 2 to 6. At the Early Childhood Center, typical peers are also present, and therapeutic opportunities for interaction are incorporated into many of the children's individualized treatment plans. A program designed to facilitate transition into an on-site behavior analytic preschool program with typical peers is also offered to appropriate candidates. 7857 E. 88th St, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317.849.KIDS ext 112, Email: jennyL@,

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy West

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

ASD Services of Indiana

ASD Services is dedicated to serving children through adults with autism or other diagnosis in their homes and in the community. Our mission is to teach each individual the skills they need to lead their most independent life. Contact: Leah McKenzie, MS, BCBA Executive Director, Phone: 317-695-7876, Fax: 317-747-7786, Email: lmckenzie@,

Autism Consultation

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

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA 1

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

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA Prep

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

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA-Z

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

Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis

Pediatric dentistry for children and special needs patients of all ages. Our main priority is to make every patient & parent/ guardian feel comfortable and deliver the highest quality of care based on individual needs. We treat you like family! 9240 N. Meridian ste 120, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Tina, Practice Manager, Phone: 317-580-9199, Email: childrensdentistrystaff@,

Integrity Behavioral Solutions

Integrity Behavioral Solutions provides early intervention services based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children from infancy to 7 years old. Our goal is to reduce challenging behavior and increase acquisition of skills. We do this through home and community-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, behavioral consultation, parent training and coaching, toilet training, school transition planning, and program management. Contact: Becki Cook, Family Services Coordinator, Phone: 317. 914-3176, Email:,



Jackson Center for Conductive Education

The Jackson Center for Conductive Education offers a unique approach to helping children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders achieve greater independence in daily living skills. Conductive education approaches problems of movement as challenges of learning and requires the child to use both cognitive and physical skills to build new skills. The group environment provides participants encouragement from their teacher/aide and their peers. The Jackson Center is a 501(c)(3) organization serving children from age 6 months through young adult. Enrollment in the program is based upon a free assessment. Located just 5 miles south of Indianapolis International Airport, the Jackson Center serves children from throughout central Indiana. 802 N. Samuel Moore Parkway, Mooresville, IN 46158, Contact: Lara DePoy, M.S., OTR, Program Director, Phone: 317-834-0200, Email:,

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Satterfield-Siegel is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist specializing in providing dental care for infants, children and patients that have special needs. We provide routine dental care, fillings, in office sedations and hospital dentistry for all of our patients. We build long-lasting relationships with our families through active listening and understanding. New patients are welcomed! 10801 N Michigan Rd Suite 210, Carmel, IN 46077, Contact: Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel, D.D.S., Phone: (317) 873 3448, Email:,

Unlocking the Spectrum

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



Peg L. Smith, CEO, American Camp Association

SERIOUS LEARNING... Unstructured, outdoor activity is essential to children's development For me, the cornerstone of childhood is play. The ability to play follows us throughout our life. Stuart Brown, author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, writes, “There is a great deal of evidence that the road to mastery of any subject is guided by play.” As a parent, I want my child to seek continuous improvement in everything he or she does, in all areas of life – a learning journey. That journey becomes their path to personal mastery. However, it often feels like the “ritual of resume building” is trumping the “rights of childhood.” Since 1955, unstructured play has been on the decline. The University of Michigan says from 1981 through 1997, we saw a 25 percent decline in play. We have also witnessed an increase in teen suicide, depression and mental health problems. What is the correlation, if any?


Parallel to the loss of play is the decrease in access to the out of doors. It is stated that the average radius of play today is 500 square feet. Kids want to play outside – The IKEA Corporation found that 69 percent of a sample of U.S. children indicated the preferred place to play is out of door. Unfortunately, the Children and Nature Network has shared the time spent outside has decreased by 50 percent. Recent teen brain research has shed light on the importance of development during adolescence. The National Institute of Mental Health states that the prefrontal cortex (the CEO of the brain) is at its greatest capacity to learn during adolescence! The brain needs multiple techniques to maximize its natural ability to learn: mastery, experiential, cooperative, practical and movement opportunities. Yet, we have altered the formula, preempting “how” the brain learns with “what” it should learn. This is a misguided notion. One’s ability to discover meaning is always more valuable than information alone. As parents, I believe we know our children need to have stimulating environments that encourage individual AND group learning. Learning takes place indoors and out of doors. Learning environments must be engaging, adaptable, flexible, and mixed

with structured and unstructured time. Yet, as parents, we are often not given permission to articulate those needs, fearing it will sound frivolous. We have also been bombarded by images of abduction and violence causing us to micromanage our children in a way that may, in fact, be causing a slowing down of normal development. At the end of the day, the issues of academic fervor and fear are resulting in an ever-shrinking “unstructured play” environment. Play is a natural developmental learning process that embellishes what we now understand about the science of the brain during adolescence. If we want to supersize something, let it be the science of play and access to the out of doors. Let’s come together as parents and demand a strong foundation of play and nature be established for the developmental rights of childhood that will complement and support the desire for academic success! With four decades of experience as a change agent in youth development and transformation, Peg L. Smith is the chief executive officer of the American Camp Association® (ACA). ACA is the champion of better tomorrows — providing resources, research, and support for developmentally appropriate camp experiences. Learn more at or


Bricks 4 Kidz

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Summer Camp 2014

600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Email: Basic Category: Traditional, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Hours: Flexible hours. Half Days/Full Days. Other Options available: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Dates: Session 1: June 2 – June 27 Session 2: June 30 – July 25 Ages/Grades: 12 mos.+, 18 mos.+, 2 yrs.+, 3 yrs.+, 4/5 yrs+ Cost: Call or email for full brochure.

Our Summer Program "The Dog Days of Summer" is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Weekly creative themes, arts and crafts, water fun at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Aquatic Complex for 3's, 4's and 5's. Water play for 12 months +, 18 months + and 2+. Music/Creative Movement, Entertainment, Field Trip Fridays for 4's and 5's. Our Program recognizes that children learn through play. Play fosters total development and should be interwoven in everything children do. During camp, children will experiment and explore by using all five senses. Our campers will thrive on creativity, exploration, discovery, spontaneity and lots of love.

Multiple locations in Marion and Hamilton County Contact: Bridget Beltrame, Phone: (317) 572-7357, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Specific Categories: LEGO®, enrichment, science Hours: full and half day Dates: week-long camps June, July, and August, see website for details Ages/Grades: ages 5 and up Cost: $150+ per week Activities Included: Hands-on, motorized LEGO® building and LEGO®-themed activities

Let your imagination take you to new building heights this summer! Bricks 4 Kidz offers a variety of LEGO®themed camps that challenge, inspire, and entertain. Our camps offer fun and unique creative play, dynamic motorized builds, and LEGO-based activities. We Learn. We Build. We Play- with LEGO Bricks!

Butler Community Arts School 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Phone: 317-940-5500, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day AND Residential / Basic Category: Arts Hours: Varies by camp. See website for start times. Dates: Camps begin mid-June through end of July. See website for details. Ages/Grades: Ages 7-21

Cost: Varies by camp. See website for details.

Take advantage of multiple camps offered at the Butler Community Arts School, including: Arts, Piano, Percussion, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Bass, Strings, Snare/Tenor and Theatre. Most camps serve ages 7-12 and 12-18, and offer commuter and residential options. With so many options, students are bound to find a camp that fits!

Camp AYS Various Locations, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Maureen Grey, Phone: 317-283-3817, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional / Specific Categories: Science, Art, Environment, Health / Special Needs Camps Offered: Inclusive Hours: 7am-6pm (times vary by site) Dates: May 26-August 1 (dates vary by site) Ages/Grades: 3-12 years old Cost: Varies by site Requirements of Campers: For school-based sites, campers must reside in the school district. Activities Included: Enrichment activities, swimming, field trips

Looking for a fun, safe place where your child can learn and explore this summer? Register for Camp AYS, where campers make new friends, try new activities, and learn while having fun. Each week features activities based on a different theme. Curricula focus on science, health, arts and the environment.



Camp Delafield 10450 East 63rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46236, Contact: Kristin Baxter, Phone: 317-222-6635, Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-4pm; Fri: 8am-Noon, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Special Needs / Specific Categories: Learning Disabilities / Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-4pm; Fri: 8am-Noon Dates: Session I: June 2-June 27, Session II: July 7-August 1 Ages/Grades: Ages 7-12 Cost: $2,600 Requirements of Campers: Learning disability, Dyslexia Activities Included: One-on-One Tutoring, Small Group Work in Math, Written Expression, Art, Recreation Activities, Field Trips, Swimming, Social Skills & Self-Confidence Building

Established in 1990, Camp Delafield was the first program conducted by DII. Camp Delafield provides both a rigorous academic program and a diverse arts and recreational program. Camp Delafield provides: intense daily academic remediation, stimulating field trips, great summer fun, & chances to make new friends.

Camp Invention Various Locations in Indianapolis and Surrounding Areas, Contact: Michele Millikan, Phone: 800-968-4332, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Traditional / Specific Categories: Science Enrichment Hours: 9:00 to 3:30 Times May Vary – Based on Location Dates: Visit website for details. Ages/Grades: Entering Grades 1-6 Cost: $185 to $220

Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking during its weeklong summer program! Led by local educators, elementary school children are immersed into exciting, hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Throughout the week, children work in teams to solve real-world challenges. Discounts are available – register today! Call 800.968.4332 or visit www.campinvention. org.

Camp JCC 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Aaron Atlas, Phone: (317) 251-9467, Hours: 9AM-4PM, Email: aatlas@ Specific Categories: Theater, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts Don't miss the preview day on Sun, Feb 16 2014 from 12;30-2:30 pm in the Laikin Auditorium. 3 yrs–Grade 8. Join us for what is sure to be a fun-filled Sunday afternoon. While you sign up for camp, we’ll provide the refreshments, entertainment and prizes for the kids. All information and registration will be available online by Fri, Feb 1. Most camps and summer childcare will be discounted up to 15%!

Chinese Language & Culture Summer Camp 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Noah Buonanno, Phone: 317-278-7900, Email: 42 INDYSCHILD.COM // FEBRUARY 2014

Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Study Abroad/ International, Traditional Hours: 7:30am to 6:00pm Dates: June 23rd - July 25th, 2014 Ages/Grades: 5-13 years old Cost: $150 per week or $625 for all five weeks; $15 one time material fee; $25 per week for optional pre & after care Activities Included: Chinese Language, Arts&Crafts & Kung Fu

For language learning, the younger the better. To better prepare our children to learn Mandarin Chinese language, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis offers a Chinese Language and Culture summer day-camp for K-8 students. The camp is held on the IUPUI campus, and last for one to five weeks.

Bring your twirling, whirling little one to us this summer! Classes in creative movement spark creativity, build confidence, and strengthen locomotive skills. Campers will be immersed in ballet, tap, art, and music instruction. The week ends with a treasured studio performance. Visit www. or call 317-955-7525, space is limited!

IUPUI Summer Day Camp, Enrichment Camps & Sports Camps 901 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Beth Tharp, Phone: 317-278-3727 Hours: 7am - 5:30pm Email:

CYT Indy Summer Camps 17437 Carey Rd Suite 116, Westfield, IN 46074, Phone: 317-661-1CYT (1298) Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Arts / Specific Categories: Musical Theater / Special Needs Camps Offered: Inclusion in the regular camp day Hours: 9-3pm for age 7-14, 9-5 for teens, 9-12 for age 4-7 Dates: Mid June through end of July Ages/Grades: age 4-14, Teen camp 12-18 Cost: $125-175 Activities Included: drama, dance, voice, games, costumes, props, sets, improv, stunts

CYT Indy has camps for 8 weeks in the summer. Musical theater half day camps for younger kids (age 4-7), partial day for age 7-14 - 9am-3pm, and full day for teens age 12-18 - 9am-5pm. Our camps include a showcase at the end of the week for parents and friends to attend. The goal is to help students grow in their talents and theater knowledge and develop stronger self-esteem and confidence!

iD Tech Camps Held at Purdue, Princeton, Stanford, and 80+ universities, Phone: 888-709-TECH, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college / Specific Categories: Academic, Technology, Computers Hours: Weeklong, day and overnight options Dates: Please check website Ages/Grades: Ages 7-17 Cost: varies by course

Take interests further and gain a competitive edge for school, college, and future careers! Ages 7-17 create apps, video games, C++/Java programs, movies, robots, and more at weeklong, day and overnight summer programs.

Indianapolis School of Ballet 502 North Capitol Avenue Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-955-7525, Email: Basic Category: Arts Dates: July 21-25, 2014 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-9 Cost: $275

IUPUI Summer Day Camp, Enrichment Camps and Sports Camps run for ten weeks beginning June 2 through August 8. With 28 yrs. of experience, Summer Day Camp offers children ages 5 – 12 y.o. an opportunity to explore different sports and enrichment activities taught in a safe, non-competitive environment.

Park Tudor Summer Programs 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Mary Rominger, Phone: (317) 415-2898, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Hours: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Dates: June 9 - Aug. 1 Ages/Grades: 3yr - 12th gr. Cost: varies Requirements of Campers: Potty-trained We have a variety of offerings including athletics, Fine Arts, technology, enrichment and even credit courses for high-school aged students.

Sullivan Munce Art Camps 2014 205-225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, IN 46077, Contact: Cynthia Young, Phone: 317-873-4900, Email: cynthiayoung@ Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Arts / Specific Categories: Art, Drama, Clay/Ceramics Hours: 9 AM - 5 PM, Half Day Camps Offered Dates: June, July & August Ages/Grades: Ages 4-17 Cost: $80-$325 Activities Included: Art, Outdoor Activities, Drama

Looking for a fun and unique experience for your kids during summer break? At the SullivanMunce Cultural Center children will gain experience working with a variety of art materials while learning about famous artists. Drawing, painting, sculpture, clay, mixed media, drama and more!



The Children's House Summer Camp 2404 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Mary Sexson, Phone: 317-253-3033, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Traditional Hours: Camp hours 9am - 4 pm. Extended hours 7am - 5:45pm Dates: 6/9/14 to 8/15/14 Ages/Grades: Preschool-8th grade Cost: $160/wk. Sibling discount available, or 5wk prepaid package discount available. Requirements of Campers: bathing suits, sun block, pool shoes, towel, daily lunch, daily snack, shoes for walking and hiking in woods Activities Included: 10 themed weeks, including field trips, weekly swimming, library viisits plus IMCPL Summer Reading Program, theater, playwriting, puppetry

The Children’s House day camp provides weekly themed activities in a relaxing environment free of competition. Day camp activities include arts and crafts, drama, ceramics, recreational swimming, field trips, reading and outdoor games. Enrollment for day camp is limited to 20 children. Our summer preschool accepts 10 students.

Summer Tennis Camp Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center, 1805 E. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Barbara Wynne, Phone: 317-259-5377 (May-Aug.), Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports, Traditional / Specific Categories: Tennis, and quick start tennis / Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes


Financial Aid Offered: Call for details. Hours: M-TH 9-3 or M-F 8-5 Dates: May 27-August 8 Ages/Grades: 7-16 years Activities Included: Tennis, swimming, table tennis, basketball, soccer, board games and rainy day activities.

A staff of 60 will utilize 46 courts to teach over 100 classes for tots, beginners, intermediate and tournament level juniors. Adult classes are offered for all level of players in the early mornings and evenings.

Residential Camp Carson YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670, Contact: Mark Scoular, Phone: 812-385-3597, Email: campinfo& Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Traditional / Specific Categories: Also offer Horseback and Motorized Dirtbikes / Special Needs Camps Offered: Type 1 Diabetes, Children of Deployed Military Hours: Week long (Sun-Fri) Dates: June and July Ages/Grades: 7-16 years Requirements of Campers: Plan on having a great week bring a big smile and a laugh Activities Included: Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, fishing, blob, water zipline, waterslides, riflery, archery, mountain-biking, mountain-boarding, climbing, gaga, fitness,

woodworking, photography, radio-station, volleyball, soccer, basketball, pottery, crafts, nature

Just 2.5 hours SW of Indianapolis Airport, join campers and staff from over 25 different states and 7 countries at southern Indiana’s premier summer resident camp. YMCA Camp Carson has it all! Truly “An Experience That Lasts a Lifetime!” Specialty camps also offered for Children of deployed military and children with Type 1 Diabetes.

Camp Henry Horner - JCYS 26710 W. Nippersink Road, Ingleside, IL 60041, Contact: Isaac Brubaker, Phone: 847-691-4139, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional / Special Needs Camps Offered: No Financial Aid Offered: Yes Dates: June 29, 2014 - August 8, 2014 Ages/Grades: 8 - 15 Cost: $1,980 Activities Included: Arts & crafts, dance, drama, music, cooking, outdoor ed, pool, lake, ropes course, sports, fieldtrips. 180 beautiful, wooded acres with pool, lake, ropes course, and amazing trips!

Camp Tecumseh YMCA 12635 W. Tecumseh Bend Road, Brookston, IN 47923, Contact: Joel Sieplinga, Phone: 765-564-2898, Email: joels@

Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Adventure/ Tripping, Sports, Traditional / Specific Categories: Traditional & Equestrian Day/Resident Camps, Trip Program Hours: overnight camp Dates: June 8-August 9 Ages/Grades: 8-15 years old Cost: $635/week Activities Included: Drama, Diving, Kayaking, Archery, Ceramics, Cricket, High Ropes, Swimming, Mountaineering, Basket Making, Skin Diving, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Guitar, Tennis, Volleyball, Canoeing, Riflery, Crafts, Soccer, Basketball

Camp Tecumseh YMCA is a wonderful experience for boys and girls 8 through 15 years old. Our terrific counseling staff coupled with a huge variety of fun and educational activities, is why campers return each year Campers live in modern facilities, while still being exposed to the great outdoors!

CYO Camp Rancho Framasa 2230 N. Clay Lick Road, Nashville, IN 47448, Contact: Kevin Sullivan, Phone: 812-988-2839, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional / Specific Categories: Inclusive/ Special Needs Camps Offered: All programs are inclusive of all children Hours: Sun-Fri Dates: June 8 - August 1 Ages/Grades: 7-19+ Cost: $450/week Requirements of Campers: ages 7-19+

Activities Included: Horseback riding, swimming, high ropes, drama, sports, games, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking, canoeing, archery, campfires, all camp evening games, etc...

students from around the world (e.g. Colombia, Greece, China, Saudi Arabia, Korea....) in challenging and enriching experiences you will never forget!

American Camp Association accredited camp. Established in 1946 Residential camp is located in Brown County and offers 3 and 6 day sessions. Day camp located in Indiananpolis. Operated by the Catholic Youth Organization and inclusive of all children of all abilities. A United Way agency camp.

iD Tech Academies

GERI Summer Residential Camp 100 N University St., West Lafayette, IN 47907, Contact: Dr. Marcia Gentry, Phone: 765-494-7241, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Financial Aid Offered: Partial, need based scholarships available Hours: Two week, all day residential camp Dates: June 29 - July 26 Ages/Grades: Grades 5 - 12 Cost: 5th-6th grade / one week ($975) , 7th-12th grade / two weeks ($1,850) Requirements of Campers: Documents that provide evidence of high achievement or potential in a talent area. Activities Included: Included: Hands-on STEM classes, thrilling games (e.g.water balloon dodge ball), field trips, and more

Summer Residential is a summer program for high-ability students in grades 5-12 held annually at Purdue University. Courses cover a variety of interest areas including: engineering, medical sciences, 3-D printing, art, leadership, chemistry, psychology, and more! Join

Held at Lake Forest, Stanford, Princeton, Yale and select universities nation wide., Phone: 1-888-709-TECH (8324) Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college / Specific Categories: Academic, Technology, Computers Hours: 2-week, pre-college overnight programs Dates: Please check website Ages/Grades: Ages 13-18 Cost: Varies by course

Gain a competitive edge and learn how programming, app development, game design, filmmaking, or photography can become a college degree and even a rewarding career. 2-week, pre-college, intensive summer programs for ages 13-18: iD Programming Academy, iD Game Design & Development Academy, and iD Film Academy.





Ask the Teacher >> Increasing responsibility, speech anxiety and “teaching to the test� Deb Krupowicz


My ten year old son is so forgetful! He regularly forgets homework assignments, library books, gym shoes, etc. and then is a stressed mess waiting for me to deliver them to him at school. What can I do to help him get over this?


Some children seem to be born more responsible than others. We all know that developing basic responsibility is important on so many levels, and it is our job to teach children who aren’t naturally inclined how to meet their obligations. While allowing them to suffer the obvious consequences may help them understand that there are reasons for being responsible, it does not help them understand how to develop those needed habits.

Help your child by teaching him to use a calendar (digital or paper) and to make lists. Have him mark all the regular events like gym and library days on his calendar. Coach him into developing a list of what needs to go to school each day. Keep the calendar and list on the refrigerator or in some other safe place. Make checking the list part of his daily routine. For instance, right after brushing his teeth before bed, have him consult the calendar and the list. Watch as he double-checks that everything is in his back pack. The key is teaching him to actually look into his bag to be sure that what he knows he put in, did indeed make it into the bag. Then instruct him to walk through all of the areas where he has been since coming home as a safety check in case something not on his list has been overlooked. This routine will only take a few minutes each day and will result in a much more responsible and calmer child!


Giving speeches makes my daughter so uncomfortable that she often makes herself sick when it comes time to present. Is it reasonable to ask that she be exempt from making speeches?


Very few people, children or adults, are comfortable giving speeches. No one wants to look foolish; few people want to be stared at; some have had a negative experience they are afraid will be repeated. There are two key parts of speech giving: content and delivery. Typically, students give the needed attention to preparing the content and underestimate how much effort should go into delivering their speech. Once your daughter has developed the speech content, have her read the speech aloud at least ten times before practicing speech giving techniques. I recommend that she read it two or three times in a row, take a break, and then continue. When she really knows what it is she will be saying, she is ready to begin practicing effective presentation skills. Have her work first on volume and pacing. If your child tends to speak softly, have her give the speech from another room. The most common struggle for students is speaking too quickly when they get nervous, so practicing at a slow pace is important. Finally, have her work on eye contact. Her eyes should be on the audience


more than they are on the paper. Suggest that she look at the tops of the heads of her audience rather than at their faces.

It is doubtful that even being well prepared and practiced will eliminate all nervousness, but it should keep your daughter’s anxiety at a manageable level. Learning to express her ideas publicly is an essential skill necessary for success.

When scores indicate a deficiency, it is our job as educators to consider other assessments that either verify or disprove what the test result has shown. Should a genuine deficiency be identified, steps must be taken to re-teach those skills so that your children are attaining needed skills to continue academic progress.


This time of year it seems that my kids’ teachers are just “teaching to the test” in anticipation of spring standardized testing. I find it so frustrating. Can’t they just stop all the testing?


Standardized testing has been part of public education for generations. It is in the headlines now more than ever as funding and teacher evaluation are tied to test results. That is a reality that we must accept as it does not seem likely to change any time soon. To put it in perspective, consider that the idea of “teaching to the test” is really teaching the state adopted standards. The tests are designed to allow students to demonstrate that they have mastered understanding of content and skills determined to be appropriate for their particular grade level. With that in mind, teaching the standards is mandatory.

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



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fishers Fishers Montessori

carmel Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

Carmel Montessori School is located on the beautiful campus at St. Christopher’s Church on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 16 years headteaching experience. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, 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

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 discoving learning is fun! * Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. All of our classes focus on an introduction to colors, number and letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and sight words are taught in the older classes. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032. Contact: Diane Atkins. Phone: 317-753-9397. Email:

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


A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certification through American Montessori Society. 12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850

indianapolis // north A Children's Habitat Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten For over 40 years, A Children's Habitat Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten has been providing a place where children thrive and discover their love of learning. We offer a traditional Montessori preschool experience for families seeking a half-day preschool and kindergarten program. Habitat is a not-for-profit school based on the principles of Maria Montessori. We have earned and maintained Full Membership in the American Montessori Society (AMS). A Children’s Habitat is a unique learning environment for children ages eighteen months to six years. We offer an early years classroom ages 18 months to 3 years, two 3-to-6 age classrooms, extended day options until 1:30 and Kindergarten. What makes Habitat outstanding is its curriculum, teachers, and close-knit community of families. 801 W. 73 STREET, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Carmen Nieves, Phone: (317)7265584, Email:,

Arthur M. Glick JCC Our loving caregivers and teachers demonstrate by example and encourage children to behave according to these values as the children are learning, playing and socializing with one another. The JCC embraces a learning-through-play teaching method to engage children in activities that promote creativity, accelerate learning and stimulate social interaction, all at each child’s individual pace. 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, 317-251-9467,,

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center Fall School Year. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood, Full Time/Part-Time/Flexible Hours, Ages: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2’s+, 3’s+, 4’s/PreK (3 day or 5 day program) and Full Day Kindergarten (5 full-day program) (8:50 am to 3:00 pm)

GUIDE Before School/After School Care available daily as needed for all ages: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Call or email for brochure. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-2596854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email:,

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: 317-5247090. Email:,

Bureau of Jewish Education The BJE challenges your child through a nurturing environment that stimulates creativity, community, learning through nature and outstanding academic programming. Highly trained teachers emphasize both group and individualized learning in the classroom with specialized area staff. Active learning and discovery are encouraged throughout. 6711 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Elaine Fairfield, Phone: 317-255-3124, Email:,

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



Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. We offer classes for children ages 9 months to 5 years old. We meet the needs of the whole child in a creative and loving environment. Our experienced staff embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole 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,,

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Mothers Day Out (12-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, with a wide variety of learning materials & readiness skills woven through each unit. Need longer hours? Try our child care ministry, The Neighborhood, designed for 16 mos-PreK. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake or Kelly Belt, Phone: 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-5756509, Email: or

Heritage Christian School Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA. HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Prep K – 12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine


Arts and 2A IHSAA Athletics. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today! 6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, In 46250, Contact: Rhyan Smith, Director of Admissions, 317-8493441,,

Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School Share your love of learning with your children. Founded in 1960 by involved parents like you, Meridian Hills Cooperative provides a positive, nurturing environment wherein children explore and learn by doing. Spacious classrooms. Beautiful, wooded playground. Caring, experienced staff of trained and degreed lead teachers. Adult/child ratios 1:4 - 1:6. Find us on Facebook. 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: See Admissions/Tours Info Online, Phone: 317-721-2322,

Montessori Centres

Peace and respect for all is our main goal. Montessori Centres has worked with children to develop criticalthinking and time-management skills since 1966. Montessori-certified lead teachers serve children aged 3-3rd grade. Classroom structure and materials allow children to be self-directed and self-paced. Our well-rounded curriculum includes French and Spanish, art, science, computer skilles, grace and courtesy, social studies, nature and outdoor gardening. 563 West Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Lynn Boone, Director, Phone:317-257-2224, Fax: 317-2573034, Email:,

The Orchard 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. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Kristen Hein, Director of Admissions, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-254-8454, Email: khein@orchard. org,

Park Tudor School

Financial Aid: $15,330 for Jr. Kindergarten; $17, 760 for Sr. Kindergarten-Grade; and $18,830 for Grades 6-12. Ages/Grades: Junior Kindergarten (ages 3-5) - Grade 12. Uniforms/Dress Code: Dress code varies by grade level. Before/After School Care: Before- and after-school care offered. Open House Dates: Visit web site for a complete listing. 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Cathy Chapelle, Phone: 317-415-2700, Fax: 317-254-2714,,

St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs St Luke’s Community Preschool is a weekday, developmentally appropriate and experience based program. Two well-trained, degreed teachers are in each classroom. Parents’ Day Out is a structured play experience that provides parents some time for themselves on a regular basis on M, W, Th, F. We provide a warm and loving Christian environment in

which children can learn and grow. Tours available upon request. Visitors welcome. 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Mollie Smith, Director, 317-844-3399,,

St. Richard’s Episcopal School SRES strives for academic excellence through its classic curriculum with innovative teaching methods; it also provides preparation and knowledge in areas such as faith, leadership, civic responsibility, and global readiness. St. Richard’s offers a rigorous academic curriculum, three world languages, public speaking and leadership opportunities, a strong fine arts program and organized athletics for continued lifetime success. Our newly redesigned Early Childhood Program uses brain-based research and proven instructional practices that lay the foundation in math and literacy skills. The program features unique field experiences, community partnerships, year-round offerings, and a full-day curriculum along with part-time options. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Abby Williams, Director of Admission and Communications, 317-926-0425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367, awilliams@,

indianapolis // south The Children's Cottage The Children's Cottage is a privately owned preschool, providing a loving and playful environment for toddlers thru school age children. Our compassionate and experienced staff offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum that stimulates creativity and promotes learning through play. Our small classrooms provide the individual attention your child needs and deserves. We are a paths to quality level three. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 5935 S. Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46227, Contact Ann Derheimer or Echo Shepheard 317-787-2990

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

Sycamore School At Sycamore, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, PE and technology are taught at all levels. Extensive field trips, athletics, child care, financial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered. 1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-202-2501,.,

indianapolis // northeast Polly Panda Preschool & Bridgford Kindergarten Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our themebased hands-on preschool program provides a widerange of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of selfworth, 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:,

so it is conducive to success, providing specific directions and instructions, acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. Phone: 317-873-1251, Email:,

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

Wee Folk Childcare

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: 317-8670158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email:,

zionsville Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool

Quality in-home child care serving caring families for 20 years. (CPR, 1st aid certified, and state licensed). Two meals and one snack provided daily along with baby food and regular formula. We provide quality learning through play in a non-smoking Christian environment. Preschool program providing Kindergarten prep is available. Meridian Kessler Neighborhood, Phone: 317-926-3640, Hours/Dates: 7:15 am -5:30 pm Monday - Friday, Ages/Grades: 4 weeks+, Religious Affiliation: Christian, Specialties: Infants, toddlers and preschoolers


Universal Preschool provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning. We will provide a quality program through: Organizing the environment




Stealth 101 >> Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom’s life Kelly Blewett

We are not sure when my daughter started walking. She was an early, proficient crawler. It seemed that she might never walk, so given was she to crawling. But then, she was standing, pulling herself up on the sofa, edging her way around. “She’ll be walking before she’s ten months,” we predicted. But, alas, it didn’t seem to happen. Or did it? “Did she just walk?” my husband asked me one day, puzzlement creasing his brow. “She was standing there, but then, suddenly…” He trailed off, looking at our baby suspiciously. Was she crawling between her stand-ups? If so, why did we never see her sit or rise? “I think she can walk,” I replied, “but she’s secretive about it.” We tried to test her skills. Ken stood her up on the floor, pointed her toward me. “Walk to Mama!” But no. She would drop and crawl, quick as a little fox. But then, one day, she smiled at us and toddled on wobbling legs from one end of the room to the other. She could walk! And more than walk; the girl


was nearly strolling! What was next? Tap dancing? She’d been practicing on her own, we decided, but had opted to hold opening night until she had a showstopper. She likes the element of surprise. She’s been secretive, too, about her waving. She waves beautifully, wagging her hand back and forth at appropriate moments, but never on demand. Does she really like to wave, or is it a coincidence? I honestly can’t say. And then last night, I heard her say to her grandmother “nigh nigh nigh.” Nighty night? What? When did that become part of the vocabulary? In short, my daughter is growing up too fast. And, sadly, the only thing I do know is that I don’t know how fast it’s all happening. But I do know this. I need to keep a careful eye out, and a listening ear. I need to develop my detective skills and watch this baby daughter of mine. Because she is, in a word, stealthy.


But does it have a basement? >> True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert That was the first question my wife and I would always ask our realtor when she would show us a house. Why was a basement so important to us? Because we have three kids, ages seven, four and two, and their full-time job is making noise. Most weeks they work overtime. So, after much searching and going to open house visits always asking the same question, we finally found a house – with a basement. Now, it's been a year since we moved in and having a basement has changed everything. First, it's the best place to send our kids when my wife and I simply need a break. If all five of us are crammed into one room, or the kids are acting like maniacs while we make dinner, we ship them off to the basement. Also, when we have friends over we send their kids to the basement too. I'm not sure how many kids it would hold, but based on experience our basement holds at least twelve rugrats (or shorties, whatever you call your kids).

Don't feel too bad for my kids though, it's not like it's an unfinished dungeon or anything. There's an art table, games, trucks, toys and more toys. There's even a television with a Wii and Netflix hooked up to it (I knew we saved that tube TV for a reason.) In fact, it's more like a multi-purpose room than a basement – where sword fights have taken place, talent shows have been performed, hula hoop competitions have been decided, restaurants have been opened …the list goes on and on. So, to whomever the first home builder was that dug out a basement in the house he was building, I want to say thank you. I'd also be willing to bet he had kids too.

Happy Parenting!






01 SATURDAY Peanut Butter & Jam - African Dance and Storytelling



Times: 10:30 AM Where: Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Phone: (317) 843-3800 Plan now to bring your family to the brand new Peanut Butter & Jam Saturday morning music series! Purchase of child’s ticket allows admission of two adults, no additional charge. The experience is 30 minutes of music, with 15 minutes for the families to touch and play with the musical instruments, including Q&A with the artists. Especially geared for youth ages 1-7.

02 SUNDAY Holliday Park Family Nature Club: Groundhogs Times: 1:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180 Holliday Park and the Indiana Children and Nature Network are helping children connect with nature and their families. Join us the first Sunday of each month to have fun exploring the great outdoors. All ages, no registration required.


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04 TUESDAY Parent and Preschooler Yoga


Times: 6:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Fountain Square Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4390 Preschoolers and their parents are invited to enjoy the health benefits that yoga can offer during this 45-minute program presented by certified yoga instructors from the Greater Indianapolis YMCA. Call 275-4390 to register.




Paws to Read at Eagle

Princess Ball

Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!

Times: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Eagle Branch Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4340 School-age children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to a nonjudgmental registered therapy dog who loves to listen to stories! It's a great way to improve a child's reading skills and self-confidence.

Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cost: $20/person Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5243 events Bring your princess to the Monon Community Center ballroom for an evening of dancing and fun. Cuddle together on the horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park, enjoy a variety of hot hors d'oeuvres, serve yourself a bubbly refreshment from the punch fountain, and dance the night away. Uncles, grandpas, and older male role models are more than welcome to attend with their little princess. The horse-drawn carriage and beautiful decorations turn this event into a magical night you will never forget. Register early as this event is likely to become full.

Times: 3:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Central Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4100 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.

06 THURSDAY 8th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance Through Friday, February 7th Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $10 per father-daughter couple, $3 for each additional daughter Where: Cool Creek Park Nature Center, Carmel Phone: 317-848-0576 Dads, spend a quality night at the Cool Creek Nature Center with your little girl and dance the night away at our eighth annual Daddy-Daughter Dance. Snacks, refreshments, music and games will be on the agenda for a fun-filled night. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required and space is limited! Pre-Register by calling 770-4400. Payment is required at the time of registration. Registration closes February 3 or when spaces are filled.

Two Times the Fun - Sealed with a Kiss

Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Cost: R$6/NR$9 Where: Billericay Park Building, Fishers Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. In this class we will make heart inspired crafts, sing songs, read stories and play with all things to celebrate the upcoming holiday. These programs allow time for play, for interaction between children and for you to interact one-on-one with your two year old.

07 FRIDAY Star Light, Star Bright Times: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Cost: R$4/NR$6 Where: Historic Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens, Fishers Join us as we learn where to look for constellations, stars and planets. During the program, children ages 8-12 will learn stories behind the most common constellations and more about the moon. Children will also enjoy games involving a 3 foot, glow in the dark Earth ball. Registration required.

Sankofa Times: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Cost: Free. Museum galleries require ticket purchase. Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 Join us for music, demonstrations and other activities as we celebrate Hoosier AfricanAmerican art, history and culture. Sankofa includes admission to the O’Bannon Great Hall. Museum galleries require ticket purchase. Supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis.

Tootsie Pops Concert Time: 9:30 AM-Noon Cost: $5 Where: North Central High School, Indianapolis Phone: 317-570-1653 The North Central Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Craig Ghormley, will give two performances of their Annual Tootsie Pops Concert on Saturday, February 8, 2014. This program is especially designed to introduce pre-school and elementary children to the sounds and sights of orchestral music. After the concert, young guests have the opportunity to visit the musical instrument “petting zoo” and try a string, percussion or wind instrument and make a simple instrument to take home. A short, 40 minute concert filled with musical surprises that will delight the very young to the young at heart. For more information, you may check the website at: http://www.

10 MONDAY Let's Make Music! Preschool Workshop With the ISO Learning Community Times: 11:00 AM Cost: Free Where: Fountain Square Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4390 Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited for music and movement activities led by Linda Noble from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Learning Community. They'll cultivate singing and rhythm skills through the use of song tales, finger plays, rhymes and simple songs. It will help children develop musical intelligence to last a lifetime. Call 275-4390 to register.

11 TUESDAY Animal Tales Presented by Animalia Times: 10:30 AM Cost: Free Where: East 38th Street Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4350 Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited for an animal-themed storytime followed by an animal encounter presented by Animalia. Call 275-4350 to register.

12 WEDNESDAY Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance Times: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Cost: R$8/NR$12 Where: The Mansion at Oak Hill, Carmel Daughters, ages 5-12 and their fathers are invited to get dressed up and join us for a special evening of fun, dancing and memories. Refreshments will be available and prizes will be given out at the end of the night. Remember that tickets go quickly so be sure to secure your spot by Feb. 5. For this

program, web registration is not available and semi-formal dress is required. After payment is submitted, tickets must be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office, 11565 Brooks School Road during office hours M-F 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

13 THURSDAY Animal Tales Presented by Animalia Times: 10:30 AM Cost: Free Where: Eagle Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4340 Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited for an animal-themed storytime followed by an animal encounter presented by Animalia. Call 275-4340 to register.

14 FRIDAY 11th Annual Indiana Art Fair: Preview Night Times: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $20 for members/$25 for nonmembers Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 The Indiana Art Fair at the Indiana State Museum returns to celebrate its eleventh year showcasing art made right here in the Hoosier state. Join us for an evening with Indiana artists and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Enjoy an array of fine art and craft by over 60 artists in the warmth of the museum. Proceeds go to supporting both public and school programs.

Prairie Tykes: Valentine's Day Party Times: 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM Cost: $12/youth ($11/member) Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 Come celebrate this holiday of love and friendship with us. We will make festive crafts including a fancy 1886-style Victorian Valentine. We’ll also decorate a heart cookie and play games. Come dressed in your favorite Valentine’s Day outfit. Ages 2-5.

15 SATURDAY 11th Annual Indiana Art Fair Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cost: Included with Museum Admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 The Indiana Art Fair at the Indiana State Museum returns to celebrate it eleventh year FEBRUARY 2014 // INDYSCHILD.COM


showcasing art made right here in the Hoosier state. Enjoy an array of fine art and craft by over 60 artists in the warmth of the museum. Whether you like contemporary or traditional, art that is wearable and functional, or pieces for display in your home, these amazing artists have what you are looking for. Not only will you be supporting talented local artists, but also your Indiana State Museum, as proceeds go to supporting both public and school programs.

16 SUNDAY Holliday Park Great Backyard Bird Count Times: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180 The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual event that uses citizen science to count birds. Join us to add to the data! Spend some time in our wildlife observation area watching different birds come and go. A naturalist will help you identify what you see. All ages.

17 MONDAY Presidents Day: FREE Day at Conner Prairie Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 Come enjoy Conner Prairie for FREE Celebrate George Washington’s birthday, and honor and learn about the history and legacies of the presidents of the United States with fun, interactive activities. Play historical games, make patriotic crafts, participate in music and stories and more. This is a great chance to experience Conner Prairie’s fun indoor activities for free, including experimenting with wind, energy and electricity in Create. Connect, getting creative in Craft Corner, and running a mini train station, market, farm, orchard and more in Discovery Station.

18 TUESDAY Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks Times: 7:00 PM Cost: see website for ticket pricing Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Phone: 317-917-2500 Come cheer on your Pacers as they take on the Atlanta Hawks!



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20 THURSDAY Charlotte's Web Times: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Cost: Students-$8; Adults-$15 Where: Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis Phone: 317-940-9697 Wilbur is a pig with a problem. Unless he gets some help, he is sure to wind up as pork chops on someone’s dinner table Thank goodness for his true friend Charlotte, a little gray spider, who devises a solution that just might save him. Enjoy this dramatic adaptation of the treasured tale by E. B. White that features a cast of madcap farm animals that exemplify bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. A sure bet to capture the hearts and imaginations of children.


Indy's Child Summer Camp Fair Times: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Fashion Mall Keystone at the Crossing Families from all over Central Indiana will have the opportunity to explore over 60 overnight camps, day camps and summer programs at the 25th Annual Camp Fair, hosted by Indy's Child. If you are looking for a camp or summer program for your child, exhibitors will be on-hand to answer your many questions face-to-face.

23 SUNDAY Asante Children's Theatre at the Artsgarden Times: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Indianapolis Artsgarden, Indianapolis Phone: 317-624-2563 Enjoy a free performance by the Asante Children's Theatre in the sun-filled dome of the Artsgarden.

GeoFest: The 12th Annual Indiana State Museum Fossil, Gem and Mineral Show


Through Sunday, February 23rd Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cost: Included with Museum Admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 GeoFest “rocks” the Indiana State Museum as experts and vendors from all over the country come to the museum with fossils, rocks, minerals, jewelry and more Shop for your own unique geo-treasure. Meet experts from all over Indiana. Explore the museum's three natural history galleries. Enjoy hands-on geology activities and win geo-prizes.

Times: 10:00 AM Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5243 Dig your way out of the snow and join us as we dance and singalong to classical hits and kid favorites. Each hour-long performance provides an enriching and engaging experience for young children ages 2-5. Reservations are strongly encouraged due to room capacity limits.

22 SATURDAY Daddy Daughter Date Night Times: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cost: $75 Couple / $65 Members Where: Arthur M. Glick JCC, Indianapolis Phone: 317-251-9467 Young ladies age 4-13 are invited to bring that special guy in their life (dad, grandpa, guardian, uncle or brother over 18) to the soiree of the year. Put on your best dress and pretties shoes for this years Roaring 20's theme. Enjoy dinner, dancing, dessert, photo booth, and more Register by Feb. 7 to save. $10 for each additional child.

Winter Kids Koncert: Island Breeze Duo

25 TUESDAY Doktor Kaboom Look Out Science is Coming Times: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Cost: Student-$8; Adults-$15 Where: Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis Phone: 317-940-9697 After two successful performances last season, you won’t want to miss this interactive science show Join Doktor Kaboom for a sidesplitting, interactive journey that creatively blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Doktor Kaboom keeps his audience riveted with interest and rolling with laughter as he undertakes increasingly spectacular and often successful, experiments and demonstrations. Rooted in modern scientific

method and applications of the physical sciences, Doktor Kaboom will reinvigorate students’ excitement for science.

26 WEDNESDAY Let's Make Music! Preschool Workshop With the ISO Learning Community Times: 10:30 AM Cost: Free Where: College Avenue Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4320 Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited for music and movement activities led by Linda Noble from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Learning Community. They'll cultivate singing and rhythm skills through the use of song tales, finger plays, rhymes and simple songs. It will help children develop musicial intelligence to last a lifetime.

27 THURSDAY Holliday Park Homeschool Nature Day Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: $10/child Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180 Bundle up and bring your homeschooler to Holliday Park. Students will learn about owls, take a winter hike, and discover how maple syrup is made. Hands-on activities will encourage students to learn through discovery. Groups of twenty students will rotate through three classes. More information is mailed prior to class. Ages 8-12, pre-registration required.

28 FRIDAY Prairie Tykes - Let it Snow Times: 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM Cost: $12/youth ($11/member) Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 Sleds have been a practical and fun way to travel on snow for a long time. Come climb aboard our historical sleigh on display in the Welcome Center. Make a snow craft to take home, sing along to snowman songs and play games. Ages 2-5. 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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Animal Secrets >> Saturday, February 8th through Sunday, May 4th Cost: Included with museum admission Where: The Children's Museum, Indianapolis Phone: (317) 334-3322 Learn to think like an animal and learn their secrets - explore a hidden cave, crawl into a giant tree and learn fun facts about our forest friends.

Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons >> Through Sunday, August 17th Cost: included with admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 The exhibition explores Ice Age animals and their environments, what happens at a real dig site and the research that helps us to understand prehistoric mammals. The exhibit also features real mounted skeletons and casts of Ice Age animals, as well as fossil tusks and skulls.

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre presents: The Cat in the Hat >> Tuesday, February 25th through Sunday, March 2nd Cost: $15 for Adults and $10 for Students (under 18) Where: Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Carmel Phone: 317-843-3800

The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this grey day- but will Sally and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? This Dr. Seuss classic leaps onto the stage with chaotic exuberance in this adaptation from the National Theatre in London drink.

It’s the ultimate interactive theatre experience! TPO’s unique theatre environments explore the thin line between art and play. In “Blue,” dancers, performers and audience members mix and mingle as they embark on an adventurous trip to the Mediterranean!

Valentine's Day Cabaret Hearthside Suppers >> Thursdays Through Sundays in February Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cost: $60/person; $55/member Where: Conner Prairie, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 Ever wondered what people ate for dinner in the early 1800s? And how it was prepared? Discover those answers firsthand when you and your family join in the preparation of a candlelight feast served inside the historic Conner House. Recipes are straight from the pages of a 19thcentury cookbook. For more information or to make your reservation, call Guest Services at 317-776-6006 or 800-966-1836 or e-mail Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Blue! The Mediterranean Sea with Teatro di Piazza d'Occasione >> Wednesday, February 26th through Sunday, March 2nd Cost: see website for ticket pricing Where: Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Phone: (317) 843-3800

>> Saturday, February 8th, Sunday, February 9th, and Thursday, February 13th Cost: $12, under two, free Where: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, Indianapolis Phone: 317-917-9454 Bring your sweethearts to this Valentine themed cabaret marionette show. Sweetheart the Clown will narrate the show...lots of fun and a grand finale! Includes sweet treat and drink.

How I Became A Pirate >> Fridays & Saturdays, February 14th through March 15th Times: 10:00 AM Cost: see website for ticket pricing Where: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis Phone: 317-872-9664 Based on Melinda Long’s popular children’s book of the same name, this musical brings to the stage the tale of young Jeremy Jacob’s high seas adventure.. The Pyramid Players Theatre for Kids series is designed to entertain children of any age, these shows are a great way to introduce preschoolers to live theatre. Youngsters also have the opportunity to meet the cast after the show for pictures and autographs. A second show is held on Saturdays at 1PM.



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