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"TWINDIVIDUALS" Raising multiples to have their own identities


WHEN YOUR BABY IS IN THE NICU Strategies for managing this difficult time


BABY NAMES Is your child’s name on the list?






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Find out how this Colts player manages the home team

Raising multiples to have their own identities

Coping with unexpected pregnany problems

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What to Do When Your Baby is in the NICU gives some suggestions for coping with this difficult period – with the best tips coming from our readers who have been there.

On our cover this issue is baby Brielle – maybe you recognize her famous dad, Colts player Robert Mathis? Check out our interview on page 16 to see how Robert manages his crew of four kids (including 3 year old twins) and why he calls his wife Brandi the MVP of their household!

Are you a mom who got pregnant easily (maybe even accidentally) your first time around but are having problems becoming pregnant again? While this situation can be puzzling and frustrating, it’s much more common than you might realize. In our article Secondary Infertility two moms share their stories of how this experience affected them.

aby bumps, baby advice, baby names – this month in Indy’s Child it’s all baby talk. If you’re pregnant or a new parent, you probably can’t get enough on the subject, and neither can we!

Speaking of twins, what’s more adorable than babies that arrive in bundles? Although it might be natural to think of multiples as a “package deal,” our article “Twindividuals” talks about how to make sure your twins, triplets or quadruplets develop a unique identity all their own. (As a mom of twins myself, this is something that has been on my radar!) Some babies decide to come a little earlier than expected, or have concerning health issues at birth, and their first days may be spent in the newborn intensive care unit rather than the crib waiting for them at home. For parents going through this challenge, the worry they feel can be overwhelming.

Also, just for fun we’ve included a list of the Top Ten Baby Names in 2014. (Spoiler alert: You may be meeting quite a few Sophias and Jacksons at the playground!) We hope you enjoy our special Baby and Maternity Issue this month. Our staff has “labored” hard to “deliver” you with a bundle of information we hope you find helpful!

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spotlight Celebrate a new beginning! GiGi’s Playhouse aims to maximize self-confidence and empower individuals of all ages to achieve their greatest potential. Now that GiGi’s Playhouse has opened at 5909 East 86th Street in Indianapolis, a variety of free, educational and therapeutic programs are benefitting central Indiana families. The organization is pleased to present their “I Have A Voice” Gala next month! Step out for a fun night of music, dinner, dancing and a fabulous silent auction to support GiGi’s Playhouse!

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm Indiana Roof Ballroom 140 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis Email with questions.

Plan A summer of f un in just one day! Don’t miss your chance to have fun while planning a summer of fun! Join Indy’s Child at the 2015 Camp Fair where over 60 overnight camp, day camp and summer program representatives will be on hand. There will be loads of fun activities for the whole family, too! Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing in the Nordstrom Wing 8702 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis

IRT ’s compelling new production In The Giver, the main character’s world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe without war, fear or pain. There are also no choices. Based on the Newbery award-winning book by Lois Lowry, this complex and thought-provoking story encourages tween, teen and adult audiences to question the dangers of conformity and the power of truth. Through February 21, 2015 | Tickets: $25 - $50

Prep your pink pa jamas! Tickets to the annual Pink Pajama Party are going fast! Join The I.W.I.N. Foundation for this great girls’ night out! Guests will enjoy live music, pink cocktails, dinner, dancing, an amazing silent auction, yoga, a variety of pampering activities and breakfast! Multiple packages are available to enjoy one or all of the planned events. The I.W.I.N. Foundation supports women statewide currently receiving treatment for breast cancer by securing and paying for services that relieve emotional, physical and financial burdens.

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Leapin ’ L i z ards! The world’s best-loved musical, Annie, returns with one of the most talented touring casts ever! Unforgettable songs such as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow” are sure to delight audiences of all ages. February 24 - March 1, 2015 | Tickets: $40 - $100 The Murat Theatre at Old National Centre 502 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis 800-793-7469






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Fitness and Pregnancy Benefits, maintaining a routine and postpartum Staying healthy during pregnancy is essential, but there's more to it than good nutrition. While some women may be wary about working out while pregnant, exercise is actually an important way to feel your best and help relieve some of the common side effects of pregnancy. According to Dr. Beki Denman, an OB/GYN with Women's Health Alliance at St.Vincent Carmel, the advantages of exercise during pregnancy are numerous. “It's the same as when you're not pregnant – exercise helps to build muscle and bone,” says Denman. “That means improved posture and fewer backaches. Exercise also helps with

some of the common complaints during pregnancy, such as constipation, bloating and swelling, and sleeplessness. In some studies, it has even been shown to prevent gestational diabetes, especially in obese women. Of course, when a woman is fit, it can also make labor and delivery easier, as well.” Whether you choose to walk, do yoga or even weight train, being active is an excellent idea for mothers-to-be. If you listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard along the way, you may even be able to maintain an exercise routine up to the moment of labor! However, there are some pre-

existing medical conditions or complications during pregnancy that can make exercise problematic in some situations, so be sure to talk to your health provider if you have any concerns. Considering the fatigue and nausea that sometimes accompany the first trimester of pregnancy, maintaining a regular exercise routine can be challenging near the beginning. Denman reminds her patients that getting back into it slowly is a good idea. “They can start with as little as five minutes a day, every day if possible, and then increase weekly for five more minutes a day, up to 30 minutes a day. That, along with healthy eating that includes increased protein, is always important in pregnancy.” The same rule applies after the baby arrives: start slowly and then return to a routine at the rate your body allows. Denman notes, “A new mom is going to be sleep deprived for a little while and very fatigued. And the changes that go along with being pregnant can last four to six weeks after delivery, including looser joints and ligaments, and balance changes. Some women, however, can start working out as soon as a few days after delivery if they start by walking and build up to more strenuous exercises.”




Women looking for counsel and care before and after childbirth can soon rely on St.Vincent Carmel Women's Center, opening in March. Denman believes it will provide a huge asset for all women, not just those who are pregnant or postpartum. “The most important benefit will be the comprehensive coordination of care,” says Denman. “That means being able to do everything in one place and schedule appointments together in a way that fits a woman’s busy lifestyle and need for convenience. The arrival of the Women's Center is going to make a big difference.” Don’t miss the Grand Opening of St.Vincent Carmel Women's Center on Saturday, March 14. The day will consist of free events including health screenings, a stroller fitness class to help new moms learn valuable exercise techniques, and more! Visit womenscenter for details.




Five in February Family-friendly events not to miss! Amanda Dorman, Downtown Indy

February is a great month to stay inside and visit some of downtown Indy’s best attractions and venues. Here are our top five picks for familyfriendly fun this February.

month. Enjoy themed museum programming ranging from hip hop to skateboarding. On February 7, celebrate the Year of Sheep by contributing to a LEGO mandala, designing a lantern and participating in a sumi-e workshop.

Get in on the action Head inside and watch some of Indy’s best sports teams in action. Catch one or more of the three Indy Fuel hockey games at the Indiana State Fairgrounds February 8, 14 and 25. Cheer on the Pacers at one of five home games February 4, 6, 9, 22 and 27.

Warm up inside a museum New for 2015, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is offering Family Day the first Saturday of every



Go on a fun run Work up a sweat with the family and participate in the Indianapolis Polar Bear 5 Miler on February 21. Options include a 5 mile run or walk, a 5K run or walk or the Doubler (13K). The races start and finish near the Indiana War Memorial.

See artwork from Indiana residents The Indiana State Museum will showcase art from more than 60 Indiana artists at the 11th annual Indiana Art Fair on February 15. Gather the family and browse an array of unique local art including ceramics, photography, glass, sculpture and painting.

Cereal and cinema What’s better than dinner and a movie? That’s right – breakfast and a movie! Cereal Cinema features monthly 10 am kid flicks at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Athenaeum, served with a breakfast cereal buffet. This month, catch The Princess Bride at the Athenaeum on February 7. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at




Express Yourself! Find your personal style with a new experience at The Children’s Museum Sarah Lange

When I was in grade school, I was proud to wear extra-large Sponge Bob tees, which came all the way down to my knees along with mismatched braids that I attempted to do myself. Then middle school happened. More pressure was put on trying to be “fashionable” and “fit in” with everyone else, and my unique style disappeared along with much of my confidence. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gone back to my carefree style, and have realized that those who care about me appreciate my uniqueness. Now I wear whatever makes me happy, including purple jeans, reindeer sweaters and fuzzy socks! Common stories like these are the inspiration for The Children’s Museum’s new digital experience, What’s Your Style? Express Yourself! The onsite display, along with an Instagram campaign, encourages kids and adults to own and be proud of their own personal styles. Parents, you witness your kids’ styles everyday as they don superhero capes, tutus and cowboy boots. Adults can own



their style, too – and here’s your chance! What’s Your Style? encourages children and families to be inspired by famous and everyday fashions with the hope of promoting creativity, sharing memories and building self-esteem. In the experience, your family will get a sneak peek of fashions from The Children’s Museum’s textile collection closet and you’ll also have the opportunity to mix and match styles on our brand new iPad app. This February, there are so many ways you can be inspired to express yourself! Download and play with our iPad app! Kids can mix and match pieces from the museum’s textile collection to create styles in the exhibit or at home – anytime, anywhere! Join our Instagram campaign and #OwnThatStyle! Each day in February, be inspired by a new style from the museum’s

textile collection and show off your style! Post outfits from your own wardrobe. You may be featured on-screen in our dynamic #OwnThatStyle map. Visit The Children’s Museum to feast your eyes on more fashion! Be inspired by the museum’s textile collection pieces in person, be the cover story in the #OwnThatStyle “magazine,” or mix and match styles on the What’s Your Style iPad app! So take a second to appreciate your kiddos’ crazy-awesome style, and embrace that carefree attitude. Join us online and on-site at, and get ready to #OwnThatStyle!


Campbell’s Soup paper dress, c. 1967 [BOTTOM]

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baby talk

You must have a busy household with four kids at home! How do you and Brandi manage it all – especially with having children of such varying ages?

Susan Bryant

with Robert Mathis

Brandi is the MVP of the household, she keeps it all together. I’m away a lot with football and things of that nature, but Brandi keeps it together and has everyone on a schedule – she keeps the engine running.

She sounds like a Super Mom! Yes, that’s exactly the word.

Find out how this Colts player manages the home team

Babies can add a new level of chaos in a family – how are things going with Brielle? It’s good. She definitely brings an energy all her own –she will let you know if she doesn’t agree with something!

How are the other kids getting along with a new baby at home? Good – it took Mason a little longer to accept her, because he was like “I already have to share with Jason and now I have to share with a baby” but he’s come around. Now everyone tries to pitch in and help – they fight over who gets to feed her and give her a bottle. Everybody loves her.

Moms and dads sometimes have different strengths in parenting – are there certain things you feel Brandi does especially well? And you? I like to rough house and play with the kids – with the amount of energy the boys have, they need to get outside and exert that energy. I like to do physical things with them – go to the park and get dirty. Brandi keeps them fed and clean … and smart!

What kind of lessons or values do you want to make sure you impart to your kids? I would say humbleness and independence – and drive. Just for them to know they are capable and smart enough to be anything they want to be. 16


Were those the kinds of values you felt you grew up with? Yes, I got that from my mom. I witnessed her working her tail off just to make sure her kids were in the best position they could be. That drive and independence – I want to teach those same things to my kids.

What’s the best thing about being a dad? What’s the toughest part? Just the love. And seeing how someone that comes from you can grow up with their own characteristics and personality. It’s a love like nothing else. And that sense of protection – it kicks in as soon as the baby comes out. The toughest part is you really have to put yourself last. It’s a greater calling now. You can’t be selfish and have kids.

Any advice you would give to first-time fathers? New dads – be ready! It’s not about you anymore!

Brielle is certainly a cutie – does she have you wrapped around her finger? Very much so. Her picture is my screen saver on my phone. That big cheeky smile she gives me…and how she tries to talk to me with her looks and her little baby coos, she just makes me melt.


Mason and Jason, 3 years old Amiyah, 11 years old Brielle, 3 months [OPPOSITE PAGE]

The Mathis Family Photo credit: Rachel Vanoven Photography



“twindividuals” R a is i n g mu lti p le s to h av e th e i r ow n i d e ntiti e s Grace Rodecap


arents with new babies are always sure to attract attention when they go out in public, and when that stroller holds two, three or four babies, that attention is… well, multiplied! “Are they twins?” “How do you find time for yourself when you have triplets?” “Your quads are adorable!” Friends and strangers alike usually can’t help but refer to your babies as a package deal (“the twins” or “the triplets”). So how do you make sure your children grow up feeling unique and valued as individuals while still embracing their lifelong special bond? 18


R e co g n ize t h e i r d i f f e r e n c es “First of all, I would stay attuned to the differences that emerge [among your children] and emphasize those,” suggests Indianapolis counselor Lindsay Gayle, LMHC. “You should also separate the multiples as much as possible. For example, if your school has three Kindergarten classes, try and get the triplets in separate classrooms so that each child can develop his/her own identity.” Shelagh Fraser, mother of twin girls who are in the sixth grade at The Orchard School, says fortunately her family never referred to the girls as “the twins.” “We figured that such a label focuses too much on identifying them as a unit rather than as individuals,” she says. “Twins are sometimes forced and expected to be the same. My girls, however, are fundamentally very different people and as they get older, I have been treating them more as siblings and less as twins.”

P romot e i n d i v i d ua l i t y “Twins who aren’t encouraged to develop their own sense of self often feel guilty, frustrated, disappointed or confused when trying to go about their daily lives as adults,” says author and psychotherapist Joan A. Friedman, PhD. Friedman is the author of Emotionally Healthy Twins: A New Philosophy for Parenting Two Unique Children and The Same but Different: How Twins Can Live, Love and Learn to Be Individuals. She’s also an identical twin and mother of five, including fraternal twin boys. “Parents really need to separate their twins so that each child can feel like he/she is an individual who can be on his/her own,” says Friedman. “Take single pictures of each child, have separate photo albums for each one, sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to each child and have separate birthday cakes. All of these things can help foster a sense of individuality for each twin.” Friedman also suggests buying a single stroller so that each child can be taken out separately to spend one-on-one time with parents and grandparents. The same tips can be applied to triplets, quads and other multiples. And although it may be tempting, experts recommend refraining from dressing your multiples in the same outfits on a regular basis or encouraging that they look alike – for example having the same hairstyle. Some siblings might like to look the same on occasion, but it should be their choice. Also, if possible, allowing each child to have his/her own room, or at least an area that is just for them, lets multiples have some alone time to develop their own sense of self.

Appr ec i at e t h e i r s p ec i a l bo n d That’s not to say that multiples shouldn’t celebrate their one-of-a kind relationship. Amy C. says her five year-old triplets love being together and often introduce themselves by saying, “We are the triplets!” But Amy adds, “We spend lots of time talking about how even though they are triplets, God made each one of them special. We talk about how each of them is really good at different things, and even though they look a lot alike, they are different too, which is really fun!” Having a twin or triplet really is a special kind of sibling relationship. Who else can say they have been with you from the very beginning? Encourage your multiples to appreciate what makes their connection such a unique bond.

L e a r n f rom ot h e r pa r e n t s Raising multiples can be daunting, but thankfully there are resources and support groups to help. Laurinda Oliver of the Northside Twins and Multiples support group says that the emotional and practical support she’s received, as well as the advice on parenting and even the great deals on baby gear and clothing from

fellow members have all been extremely helpful to her. “I have really appreciated becoming part of this group. The caliber of educational speakers we have at meetings is exceptional and I feel privileged to be part of such an informative, friendly and supportive group.” Another opportunity to share common experiences and celebrate your multiples is at The Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. Twins Days is the largest annual gathering of twins and other multiples in the world and takes place the first full weekend of August.

Whether your baby arrives on his own, or with a sibling or two in tow, each child deserves to develop his own interests, talents and unique way of looking at the world. Enjoy your front row seat as you watch their journey unfold!

Top Ten Baby Names Here’s the ten most popular names of 2014 according to Is your child’s name on the list? Girls’ names 1. Sophia

6. Mia

2. Emma

7. Zoe

3. Olivia

8. Lily

4. Ava

9. Emily

5. Isabella

10. Madelyn

BOYS’ na mes 1. Jackson

6. Mason

2. Aiden

7. Ethan

3. Liam

8. Caden

4. Lucas

9. Jacob

5. Noah

10. Logan



Seconda ry

Infertility Coping with unexpected pregnancy problems Sarah Bricker-Hunt


his was something my body was just supposed to know how to do,” says Amy M., a mother of three who faced secondary infertility following a more typical first pregnancy. “I was confused,” she says. “Was there something wrong with me? Was it my husband? How could it work the first time and not now? Would we ever have another child?” The experience left her feeling frustrated, sad and angry, says Amy. This situation is not uncommon. Around three million women in the United States face secondary infertility. According to a 2012 study, there seems to be a strong correlation to age. At age 25, around five percent of women face secondary infertility. By 40, that number climbs to over 20 percent of women. Several factors can be potential causes for secondary infertility such as ovulation problems, endometriosis, hormonal issues, anatomic issues with fallopian tubes or the cervix and issues with sperm count and quality. Allyson S., mother of two, dealt with a metabolic issue. Her endocrinologist described her pituitary system as “all out of whack” and said it could be difficult for her to conceive or maintain a healthy pregnancy. In fact, Allyson would 20


experience two miscarriages before experiencing a successful pregnancy. Fortunately a myriad of fertility treatment options are available. In addition to treatment for metabolic hormone problems or surgery for physical issues like Fallopian reconstruction, oral medications like Clomid and Femara are common. Injectable medications are sometimes used to address ovulation difficulties. More complex treatments include intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). This promising treatment has a high success rate for some couples. Amy and her husband tried several options. “I went through seven inseminations. The first three were with Clomid. Then I had laparoscopy to clean out scar tissue. I had my final four IUI's with injectables,” she explains. For Allyson, getting her metabolic issues under control was a major factor. For both women, these subsequent pregnancies felt a little different from their firsts. “You can't help but feel different after experiencing fertility issues,” Amy says. Once her twin pregnancy was confirmed, “I was paranoid it could all be taken away. Every appointment I was panicked we would not hear the heartbeats. I was sure every worst case scenario was going to happen to me.” But, she adds, “I was more present.” She says she took time to sit and

feel her babies move. “When I could quiet the doomsday voices in my head, I allowed myself to enjoy this pregnancy because I knew it could be my last. I didn't complain as much. I slept in a chair for the final six weeks, but I woke up each day happy.” Allyson describes feeling more anxious compared to her first, “easy” pregnancy. “After two miscarriages, there was lots of worry,” she says. “Being told my condition could make it difficult to carry to term was scary. I think my worry started before the pregnancy, with the previous miscarriages, but it hasn't stopped. Unlike what you expect from a lot of first time moms, I was very laid back with my first child. But with this one I am much more anxious and cautious about everything.” Both moms would assure other women facing secondary infertility that the experience is a common one. “A lot of people don't realize that secondary infertility is a thing,”

says Allyson, “but it is, and there are a multitude of reasons it might occur.” For women concerned about secondary infertility, first talk with your OB/GYN. If the situation warrants, move on to a facility where more in-depth screening can be completed. Also, check out the resources at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (www. and The National Infertility Association (www.resolve. org), where patients can get a list of questions to ask their fertility specialist. Finally, consider Amy’s advice: “You are not alone,” she says. “Do not be afraid to open up about your difficulties to friends, family and neighbors. You will be shocked how many others have experienced this. If a baby is something your heart desires, get a little pushy, and don't let anyone tell you just to wait and see. The only timeline you need to follow is the one you are personally comfortable with.”



what to do

When Your Baby is in the NICU Strategies for managing this difficult time Emily Ungar


s a parent, bringing your newborn home from the hospital for the first time is one of life’s great joys. But for some parents, this journey can take a little longer than expected. For those families who face a detour through the newborn intensive care unit (NICU), the experience can be emotionally overwhelming. Read on to learn how to best take care of your baby, and yourself, during this challenging period.

Bonding with your new baby “One of the most important and all-around best ways to connect is by engaging in what’s called skin-to-skin holding or Kangaroo Care,” advises Sue Ludwig, OTR/L, President and Founder of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT). “This is when the parents hold their infant (who is dressed only in a diaper and sometimes a hat) against their bare chest and then cover them with a blanket, a wrap or their clothing. I’ve heard countless mothers report that participating in skin-to-skin holding was ‘the first time they felt like a mother’ as tears of relief and joy stream down their faces. It’s powerful. And it’s powerful not only as a bonding experience, but for many scientifically proven reasons such as improving sleep quality, decreasing stress, stabilizing body temperature regulation and enhancing the immune system. It’s also great for stimulating 22


milk production for moms who are pumping and/ or planning to breastfeed. Even the tiniest and most medically fragile babies can benefit from this practice when the NICU team is experienced in supporting this type of care.”

Tips for time in the NICU Talk with your NICU team to learn how you can best interact with your baby without posing any outside risk. These tips are often suggested:

• Don't be afraid to hold or touch your baby. Kristi Devries is an RN in the NICU at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis. She recommends to mothers: “Talk to your baby. Tell them all about their family and how much you love them. Read to them. Tape yourself on a tape recorder so they can hear you when you are not around.” For mothers who are breastfeeding, Devries suggests pumping milk while looking at pictures of their baby.

Helping to care for your little one “Parents can take an active role in the everyday care of their baby,” Ludwig says. “With the support of nurses, neonatal therapists and respiratory therapists, they change diapers, provide hands-on comfort during stressful times, feed their babies (via tube, breast and/or bottle depending on the baby’s age), read to them and hold them. Once babies are a bit ‘older’ and more stable, they may provide swaddled baths and neonatal massage.” Some families may have twins or higher-order multiples in the NICU at the same time. Many babies find comfort being physically close to one another (if allowed by the health care team) or in the same room.

• Tape up pictures of loved ones inside the incubator. • Take photos to have mementos of your newborn’s earliest beginnings. • Keep a journal of your experiences. • If you have other children, make special time to spend with them, too. • Take care of yourself. Stay healthy and positive in order to be ready to take your baby home. Reach out to other parents who have babies in the NICU too – they may be able to understand your concerns more than anyone else. Also, check out websites like Sidelines National Support Network ( which provides support for families experiencing premature births. As well, the March of Dimes web site ( allows you to learn from other parents who have gone through similar circumstances. Having a baby, but not having them come home with you, is not how parents envision their first days as moms and dads. Remembering that your child is receiving the best possible care by their NICU team can help. And, when you can finally bring your infant home for the first time, their homecoming will be that more special.

We asked Indy’s Child Facebook readers who have had a baby in NICU to share their suggestions to otherS coping with this situation: My son was in the NICU for 8 weeks. I suggest getting to know a few other parents in the NICU. It is nice to know someone else there and also, you'll want some friends who get what life is like with a NICU baby even after you go home. I also suggest taking lots of pictures! It was such a scary and sad time that I didn't take very many, but now I wish I had a lot more. – Roxanne B. If you are healthy and have maternity leave of some kind coming, go back to work. Save your maternity leave for when the baby is home. I'm so glad I did this. – Lisa C. I thought I had avoided postpartum depression, as I experienced no symptoms during my son's 6 weeks in the NICU. Unfortunately, I hadn't; the depression just started later than I expected (soon after the baby came home). I've come to learn that late onset of PPD is not uncommon in NICU moms. Maybe awareness of this possibility might help other moms. – Lauren T. Both my children were in the NICU. My son was only there for a couple days, my daughter was there for two weeks. Let family help if they offer, and spend as much time with the baby as you can. Take everything day by day, and try not to get discouraged with a set back or bump in the road. Be sure to get plenty of rest, and try to take care of yourself, too.

– Katie C. My son was in the NICU for 17 days. I did a lot of praying and letting go of control. I would encourage [parents] that "this too shall pass" - it all seems like such a faint and distant time ago now. My son is now 8, he is so smart, funny and healthy, it's truly only in moments like these that I reflect on that time when I can look back and remember the fact that he came into this world fighting so hard to stay here! – Tonya B.




Research to Real World:

Play: Building blocks of development Tonya Bergeson-Dana, PhD

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. – Fred Rogers

concrete knowledge about the shapes (e.g., that counting sides is important), but not why it matters. Children in the Guided play condition displayed “definitional learning” of the shapes, understanding both that counting sides is important and why it matters. Children in the Free play group showed highly rigid shape concepts and failed to extract key spatial concepts.

This quote has been floating around my Facebook feed for months, and I love it every time I see it. Maybe it’s the adorably industrious looks on children’s faces when they pretend to cook dinner or design a new train track, or their insistent stories (“… and then I have to give you three flute shots after I give you a temperature”), but it’s clear to me that children take their playtime very seriously. And a growing body of research is showing us that grown-ups should, too. One area unexplored until very recently is how parents and young children can use block play to develop spatial and geometric knowledge, foundational for the acquisition of later science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. Researchers Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (Temple University) and Roberta Golinkoff (University of Delaware) explored this question from two perspectives: language input from parents and children’s shape knowledge across different play contexts.

“Block Talk” Blocks are prototypical toys often used as an icon to symbolize childhood itself. But they also provide parents with unique opportunities to 24


use spatial vocabulary (hexagon/oval) to talk about spatial concepts (depth/ dimension) and features (curvy/ parallel), and to demonstrate relationships between objects in real time (under/over).

conditions. Moreover, a second experiment suggested that parents use more spatial language in the presence of blocks than any other type of toy.

Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff recorded conversations between parents and 3- to 5-year-old children in one of three play conditions: Free play, in which parents and children were instructed to play with a set of MegaBloks as they would at home; Guided play, in which parents and children were given a set of photographs depicting steps to build a structure; and Preassembled play, in which parents and children played with MegaBloks that had been glued together into a finished structure. They found that parents used a greater proportion of spatial language in the Guided play condition compared to parents in the other two

“Taking Shape” In another study, researchers taught 4- and 5-year-old children four shape categories (triangles, rectangles, pentagons, hexagons) in one of three ways: Guided play, in which children were taught the shapes (using shape cards and sticks) within playful, child-directed and exploratory adult-child interactions; Didactic instruction, in which the adult taught the shape information using a playful voice and presentation but the child was a passive learner; and Free play, in which children could play with the shape cards and sticks any way they wished. They found that children in the Didactic instruction group learned

Taken together, these studies suggest that 1) playing with blocks and shapes is important for developing foundational STEM skills, 2) guided play provides a unique context for learning and 3) scaffolding from a grown-up or older learner during play may help young children reach their greatest learning potential. Play really is important work in childhood, and children could use your help during play. Let your children direct the play while you extend it, comment on their choices and discoveries, and ask them lots of open-ended questions. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up learning something, too!

Cognitive psychologist Tonya Bergeson-Dana 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. Tonya is also a co-founder of The Urban Chalkboard playcafe, and welcome questions and feedback from readers at experiencematters@






Burn off some energy with these local activities!

Below-zero temperatures and piles of snow are enough to make anyone feel a bit claustrophobic this time of year. Finding indoor spaces for children who are on the autism spectrum or have other special needs to burn off excess energy without becoming overstimulated can be a challenge. Fortunately, the Indianapolis area has an array of indoor options available.

TUMBLE TIME I Can We Can Pediatric Therapy provides one-on-one and small-group gymnastic-based occupational and physical therapy for children with special needs at facilities across the metro area, offering daytime, evening and Saturday hours. “The benefits of moving therapy to a gymnastics setting includes the use of new equipment and ways of movement not readily practiced in daily living, which helps keep children actively engaged,” says founder and CEO Kelly Donley. Check the website for locations and days/times, plus details of monthly Parents Night Out events. (

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Fishers hosts Special Needs Time on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm. The facility’s music is turned down, and an adult can jump with their child at no cost. Children’s tickets are $8. ( aspx)

The Flip Zone in Plainfield offers GymStars, a free gymnastic class for children with autism ages 3 to 12, on Saturdays from 9-9:45 am. Instructors focus on basic gymnastic skills while promoting sensory integration, eye contact and coordination. (

Wright’s FUNdamentals Gymnastics in Greenwood hosts a parent/child class called Special Forces on Wednesdays from 5-5:50 pm. for children with special needs ages 3 to 8. “It’s an amazing class,”



says Katie Friedericks, mom to a 3-year-old son with autism. “The kids can go at their own pace, and there is lots of free time built in.” Monthly tuition covers the class and an open gym session each week. (

InterActive Gym in Zionsville hosts group gymnastics classes for children with special needs upon request. The one-hour sessions cost $10 per child with a minimum of five children and a maximum of 30 per group. Private lessons are also available. Contact Special Events Director Gen Speitel at 317-733-3000 Ext. 1135 or gen.speitel@ (

SPLASH AROUND I Can We Can Pediatric Therapy just launched a low-cost adaptive swim program focused on swim safety and socialization in one-on-one and smallgroup settings. The organization also offers aquaticbased occupational and physical therapy at facilities including the Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis, the Community Healthplex Sports Club and the Greenwood Family YMCA. ( The Monon Community Center in Carmel offers one-on-one and semi-private adaptive swimming lessons. “They teach my typical and my special needs child together, which saves time,” says Carmel mom Kathy Shreve. “My typical child really helps my special needs child, and they are learning together.” To schedule an assessment, contact MCC Inclusion Supervisor Michelle Yadon at 317-573-5245 or ( Several YMCA of Greater Indianapolis branches offer one-on-one and group adapted swimming lessons. The Baxter YMCA on the south side hosts WAVES, or Water Access for Very Exceptional Swimmers, a swim class aimed at helping those with

special needs be comfortable in the water. Search programs by branch. (www.indyymca.ebook

InterActive Gym in Zionsville offers parent/child group swim classes upon request. The lessons are 30 minutes if there are fewer than 10 children or 45 minutes if there are 10-20 children. The cost is $15 per child. Contact Shelby or Jessica at swim@

PLAY TIME For more open-ended play, there’s The Park Indoor Playground at Traders Point Christian Church, just off Interstate 65 in Whitestown. Along with a soaring play structure, rock climbing wall and basketball areas, the space also features a “Quiet Zone” for children with special needs, complete with a sensory swing. There is no entry fee. (

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis offers printable Sensory Stories with pictures and descriptions of several exhibits, giving recommendations for quiet spaces – such as beneath the “Fireworks of Glass” or the Dinosaur Art Gallery – as well as those that include loud sounds and bright lights. Download: accessibility/sensory-stories The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis offers a slew of adapted programs catered to children with special needs. At the Baxter YMCA on the south side, there are winter programs for dance, sensory motor skills and martial arts. Search adapted programs by branch. (

Bundle up and head to one of these great locations around town for a little exercise and fun this winter!









Recognizing the signs of this often-missed disorder Maggie Loiselle

Skinny, long limbs. Eyesight problems. Lifethreatening heart issues. On the surface, it may seem unlikely these traits could be related, but the common thread is the body’s connective tissue and a genetic disorder called Marfan syndrome.

What happens in Marfan syndrome? Affecting about one in every 5,000 people, the disorder causes a mutation in a gene that tells the body how to make a certain protein – fibrillin-1, or FBN1 – which then increases production of another protein, causing problems with connective tissues through the body. That includes the heart, blood vessels, lungs, bones, joints, skin and eyes, often leading to vastly different symptoms of the same disorder, many of which only become noticeable as they get worse with time. “It could be years before an individual develops the features we typically see, and that’s part of our dilemma with attempting to diagnose this syndrome,” says Dr. David Weaver, Medical Director of the Indiana University Marfan Syndrome Program, an Indiana University School of Medicine clinic for those with Marfan syndrome and related disorders.

What are the signs? Most of the children evaluated at the clinic are referred after a school sports physical, when a doctor notes the child is particularly tall and skinny, often the most obvious indicators of Marfan syndrome. “Individuals with Marfan syndrome tend to be taller than average, with long thin limbs and fingers. They can also be double jointed and have flat feet,” Weaver says. Eyesight issues are also often some of the first signs a child has Marfan syndrome, when the weakened connective tissue that holds the lenses



behind the pupils stretches out. Ashley Miller, of Indianapolis, remembers having trouble seeing the TV as a child, and it was discovered that her lenses were dislocated, leading to her diagnosis. Years later, eye issues prompted her to recognize signs of Marfan syndrome in three of her four children. About three out of four people with Marfan syndrome inherit the genetic mutation from a parent, according to The Marfan Foundation. “I found out my son had Marfan when he was around 15 months and we noticed him straining to see. His twin sister snuck by me a little longer, until one day I noticed her irises ‘shimmering,’ which is a telltale sign of faulty connective tissue inside the eyes,” Miller says. Her oldest son, now 5 ½, lost vision in his left eye after his retina detached over several months, despite monitoring. “Since he is also autistic and nonverbal, he wasn’t able to communicate with us that he was losing any vision. We didn’t discover the detachment until his eye began to actually change in appearance,” Miller says. “It was a very difficult day.”

The affected members of Miller’s family follow activity restrictions set by Marfan experts, diligently take medication and have regular echocardiograms and cardiology consults to stave off heart issues.

What if I suspect Marfan syndrome? Weaver’s team at IU’s Marfan Syndrome Clinic provides clinical services and education – tracking symptoms of the disorder through yearly evaluations of diagnosed or at-risk patients. They also perform genetic testing, when appropriate, for those who show early signs of Marfan syndrome. Weaver suggests parents who are concerned that their child may have the disorder start with their primary care physician, who can then refer them to the clinic for evaluation. Miller stresses parents should educate themselves and connect with other families. “Be proactive,” she says. “Marfan is gaining awareness, but it is still misunderstood or unknown to many practitioners.” More information can be found at

Why is early diagnosis important? Early diagnosis and treatment of Marfan syndrome is crucial, doctors say, because for every outward physical sign of the disorder, there’s also the chance of serious internal issues, particularly when it comes to connective tissue in the heart. “The most concerning feature associated with Marfan syndrome is an enlargement of the aorta, which can lead to a life-threatening aortic rupture,” Weaver says. “If we periodically evaluate for this complication, we can put the individual on medication that slows the enlargement. Eventually, because of the enlargement, however, most individuals will need to have part of their aorta replaced by a synthetic material.”

Signs of Marfan syndrome include: • Long arms, legs and fingers • Tall and thin body type • Curved spine • Chest sinks or sticks out • Flexible joints • Flat feet • Crowded teeth • Stretch marks on the skin not related to weight gain or loss Source:







Join the HANDS in Autism® Team for an intensive training that focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching in a simulated classroom/work environment. While the program includes traditional instructional methods such as lectures and discussion, the emphasis of training is building increased knowledge and skill of the process of making appropriate programming decisions for each student, classroom, workplace, and/or intervention team through hands-on application and learning.

T U E S 10 FRI 06 Parents Night Out- Respite services provided by Easter Seals Crossroads Location: South Indian Creek Christian Church, Times: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, parents-night-out Parents' Night Out is a scheduled event for children with disabilities or special needs. The program provides care for children and their siblings ages 6 months through 12 years. Parents' Night Out is available at several locations throughout the city.

3-Day Workshop: Transitional and Vocational Programming Location: HANDS in Autism Interdisciplinary Training & Resource Center, Time: 8:00 AM, Cost: $750, https:// VKG28KAEAA



Sensory Friendly Film: "Spongebob Square Pants: Sponge Out of Water" Location: AMC Castleton Square, Time: 10:00 AM, The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Location: Larue Carter Hospital, Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Cost: $50, includes book Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

Sensory Movie Night: "The Little Mermaid" Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Cost: Free, No registration required.

T U E S 2 4 & S AT 28 Sensory Friendly "Cat in the Hat"

FRI 13 North Central Indianapolis Drum Circle

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Location: Carmel Lutheran Church, Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Cost: $3 Sponsored by Meaningful Day Services, this is an event where people of all abilities can participate and be successful. The goal areas addressed at a drum circle include increasing social interaction skills, eye contact, active attending skills, motor co-ordination, gross and fine motor skills, sensory-processing skills and receptive and expressive communication skills. RSVP to Leigh Ann Fuller 317-590-5319 or

Location: Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Time: 12:00, Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for students (under 18), 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.

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Carmel CENTER

ABC for Autism is proud to be Indiana's largest and longest running ABA therapy provider. With 7 locations throughout the state, we offer high quality one-on-one ABA and verbal behavior consulting and therapy. Our new Carmel center is also home to our state-of-the-art indoor, therapeutic pool. This is home to our special needs swim lessons and free open swim days. 1341 Old Merdian St, Carmel, IN 46032 , Contact: Sheiletha Quinn, Phone: 317-573-KIDS, Email:, www., autismhope

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Early Childhood Center ABC for Autism is proud to be Indiana's largest and longest running ABA therapy provider. With 7 locations throughout the state, we offer high quality one-on-one ABA and verbal behavior consulting and therapy. Our Early Childhood Center (ECC) is a highly specialized center in which clients ages 2-6 grow and develop through individualized programming, typical peer interaction, and early intervention ABA therapy. 7857 E. 88th St, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Sheiletha Quinn, Phone: 317-849-KIDS, Email:, www., autismhope

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Greenwood CENTER ABC for Autism is proud to be Indiana's largest and longest running ABA therapy provider. With 7 locations throughout the state, we offer high quality one-on-one ABA and verbal behavior consulting and therapy. Our beautiful Greenwood facility offers individualized

one-on-one therapy programs for children and teens ages 2 and older. 374 Meridian Parke Lane, Greenwood, IN 46142, Contact: Sheiletha Quinn, Phone: 317-889-KIDS, Email:, www. applied, autismhope

Applied Behavior Center for Autism IndIANAPOLIS North CENTER ABC for Autism is proud to be Indiana's largest and longest running ABA therapy provider. With 7 locations throughout the state, we offer high quality one-on-one ABA and verbal behavior consulting and therapy. Indy North is our corporate office which also offers individualized one-on-one therapy programs for children and teens ages 2 and older. 7901 E. 88th St, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Sheiletha Quinn, Phone: 317-849KIDS, Email:,, www.facebook. com/autismhope

Applied Behavior Center for Autism IndIANAPOLIS West CENTER ABC for Autism is proud to be Indiana's largest and longest running ABA therapy provider. With 7 locations throughout the state, we offer high quality one-on-one ABA and verbal behavior consulting and therapy. Our Indy West center is proud to offer individualized one-on-one therapy programs for children and teens ages 2 and older. 6865 Parkdale Place, Indianapolis, IN 46254, Contact: Sheiletha Quinn, Phone: 317-849-KIDS, Email:, www., autismhope

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) has four locations throughout Indiana. This includes BACA 1 and Prep in Fishers, BACA Z in Zionsville and BACA Hart in Elkhart. BACA uses the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, self-help, academic, daily living and life skills to children ages 2-21 with autism and related disorders. BACA was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly trained Board Certified Behavior Analysts. 11902 Lakeside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Devon Sundberg, Phone: 317-288-5232, Email:,

change with BehaviorWorks. 8206 Rockville Road No. 146, Indianapolis, IN 46234 Contact: Ann Baloski, Executive Director, Phone: 317-436-0037, Email:,

Children's Therapy Connection Children’s Therapy Connection is a therapist-owned and family-operated pediatric therapy provider in Indianapolis. We strive to be the provider of choice in central Indiana for quality, comprehensive, and familycentered pediatric therapy services for families of children with disabilities. Services we offer include: First Steps, private PT, OT, and Speech Therapy, Social Skills/ Communication/Gross Motor Playgroups, Feeding Groups, Kindermusik, Apraxia Groups, Hanen Programs, and Therapeutic Yoga for Kids. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook to see how we are Connecting Kids with Their Potential! 7424 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-2887606, Email: info childrenstherapy, www.childrenstherapy

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:,

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BEHAVIORWORKS ABA We work with you! BehaviorWorks provides Early Intervention for Autism and Indiana Medicaid Waiver Behavior Support Services. BehaviorWorks is a team you can grow with. We use the evidence-based strategies of ABA to create effective behavioral solutions. Are you looking for a fresh perspective? Take action for positive






Date Nights for Parents of Kids with Planning ahead leads to a successful experience Special Needs for everyone Tracy M. Gale, PsyD, HSPP and Amy Miller, Autism Resource Specialist, Easter Seals Crossroads

For many parents of children with special needs, planning a date night can be especially anxiety provoking, as preparing their children for this experience takes additional time and effort. Here are a few tips to help this process go more smoothly for a child with special needs:


Prepare a special box full of things your child really loves but does not get to access regularly. Your child may enjoy helping to identify activities or toys to put in the box. This will also help your sitter know good activities for your child.


Write a story about the events of the night. This will help you explain to your child

what will happen while you are gone. You might include details about the sitter, the fun activity box and



information about when you will get back. Adding pictures to this story can help a child better understand what will happen during your night out.


Start small. It might be best for the first time

away to do a quick dinner near home and build up from there. If your child is anxious about the time you’re gone, starting small and gradually increasing to longer dates will allow your child to adjust one step at a time. If you aren’t quite ready to hire a sitter for that special date night, consider local respite options. Easter Seals Crossroads offers a respite program for children with special needs and their siblings every Friday night at various locations throughout the city. More about this free service can be found at www.easterseals

Photo credit: Katie Harris, Easter Seals Crossroads

Preparing your child in advance not only helps him or her know what to expect, but can also help ease your mind, allowing you to relax and truly enjoy your special date night – which ultimately makes you a happier and more effective parent!





My son grinds his teeth at night – should I be worried about this? This is probably the most asked question on a daily basis in my practice. There are many reasons why a child could be grinding. I take into consideration age – sometimes children "teething," erupting or losing teeth may grind more for a period of time. Also, sometimes there is a discrepancy with jaw size, this could be one jaw growing faster than the other, or one jaw is back further than the other. If a filling or crown was recently placed and the child is biting higher on that tooth, that can also be the cause. If the tooth/teeth are in the wrong position either with crowding or crossbites, that will do it too. Caries or unrestored treatment can also cause grinding. In all of these cases, your concern should be discussed with your dentist so they can evaluate the circumstances.


I’ve heard that nursing (especially at night) is linked to cavities – is that true? The benefits of breastfeeding are far-reaching and well documented. I wholeheartedly support this practice as a food source as well as a bonding opportunity between mother and child. However, once the child has teeth multiple factors contribute to a cavity forming. These include diet (breast milk, formula, baby food, etc), bacteria and time. I encourage all mothers whose children feed during the night to gently wipe the teeth off with a soft cloth before laying the child back to sleep. This ensures that any available food sources for the bacteria to produce acid has been removed lessening the likelihood of cavity formation. Also, a recommended Age 1 Visit to a pediatric dentist will give you an opportunity to discuss and create an individualized oral health care plan for your child to keep their small smiles blooming! Submitted by Dr. Diana Kozlowski of Growing Grins Pediatric Dentistry




If my child sucks his thumb or uses a pacifier, will that negatively affect how his teeth develop? The dental effects of nonnutritive sucking are associated with the frequency, intensity, duration and nature of the habit. Oral habits such as prolonged use of pacifiers, digit habit, lip sucking or a blanket sucking habit may apply forces to the teeth and the dentoalveolar structures. The duration of a habit is more important than how hard the child sucks. The greatest impact on tooth position is the resting pressure from the lips, cheeks and tongue. Prolonged habits have been associated with a smaller top jaw, "bucked" teeth and anterior and posterior crossbites. It is advisable that parents help their children stop sucking habits by 36 months or younger. Submitted by Dr. Michelle Edwards of Children’s Dental Center

Grinding can be the result of the following: – Teething – Loose teeth – Malaligned jaws (crossbites, jaw too far forward or back too far) – Crowded or crooked teeth – Trauma – Dental caries/cavities – A high filling – Stress (if all of the above have been ruled out, look at social issues at school, academics, family issues/changes – these things may also need to be addressed) Submitted by Dr. Jennifer Satterfield-Siegal of Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry




C A MP – the Quintessential Childhood Experience The American Camp Association

Childhood is a time of profound change and development. It is exciting and cause for trepidation at the same time. When it comes to our children, we must strive to ensure change is a growing opportunity that will stand them in good stead for the future. The fact that our kids will inherit all the economic, social and environmental challenges we’ve created makes both the tangible and intangible skills they learn in their youth all the more important. So, how do we prepare our children with the competencies they will need to tackle changes in our world? We could start with a positive camp experience. A quality camp experience provides children with the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building and healthy living in a meaningful, engaged and participatory environment – not to mention a laundry list of invaluable developmental skills.

According to the Search Institute, young people have seven developmental needs: 1. Physical activity 2. Competence and achievement 3. Self-definition 4. Creative self-expression 5. Positive social interactions 6. Structure and clear limits 7. Meaningful participation



Camp addresses each of these needs within a community created to show kids how to live together and care for one another. There are norms and negotiation of boundaries; there are rules. Camp allows kids to “practice” growing up, stretching their social, emotional, physical and cognitive muscles outside the context of their immediate family. Camp teaches critical thinking. We need to remember how important it is to be actively involved in the learning process, and camp affords that. We’ll need really strong problem solvers in the next century. While children need courses like science, math and biology, without the ability to relate, connect, empathize or inspire innovation, how will they learn to truly make a difference in the face of the challenges to come? While our children have fewer and fewer opportunities to be outdoors, the camp experience embraces the natural environment and advances outdoor learning. The environment must be experienced to be appreciated. Kids need to catch tadpoles in the creek, wander among the trees, and feel the sun on their faces to understand the importance of those things. Every child should experience firsthand the wonder of a sky full of stars in the dark of night. Camp creates future leaders. The camp experience offers kids a close-up look at compassionate leadership through the camp director, counselors, resident nutritionist and other camp

personnel. And kids get loads of opportunities to practice being a leader themselves – song leader, lunch table leader, team captain, the list goes on and on. Camp is an equal opportunity life changer. It addresses universal childhood needs not specific to a particular racial, ethnic or socioeconomic group. Nobody is left out. It’s all about childhood development. Camp makes a lasting impact. One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a sense of success and achievement. Through active participation, camp teaches kids to ask questions, ask for help and try new things. They leave understanding that it’s okay to feel a little uncomfortable sometimes, because that’s generally what happens when they’re getting ready to learn something. And they also see that failure is an acceptable and inevitable part of the learning process. It

breeds resilience and translates into a can-do attitude long after a child has returned to the real world. Indeed, the camp experience is uniquely positioned to provide growth opportunities in each of the skill areas necessary to foster future life success in our children. Camp is the antidote for the world’s challenges. It is the perfect complement to family, school and community youth activities in helping kids learn independence, decisionmaking, and social and emotional competence — all under the supervision of positive adult role models. Camp is the quintessential childhood experience for preparing youth to be happy, healthy, welladjusted adults.

The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-Accredited camps that meet up to 290 health and safety standards. For more information, visit www.

for listings Ages/Grades: K-6 Cost: $225, discounts available, see our website

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Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Summer Camp 2015 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact:, Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Email: jwaldman@bez613. org,

Specific Categories: 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 1-26, Session 2: June 29-July 24 Ages/Grades: 12 mos.+, 18 mos.+, 2 yrs.+, 3 yrs.+, 4/5 yrs+ Cost: Call or email for full brochure. Our Summer Program Jammin In The Jungle 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!

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 Specific Categories: Art, Music, and Theatre Hours: Varies by camp. See website for start times. Dates: Camps run in June and July. Ages/Grades: Ages 7-18 Cost: Varies by camp. See website for details.

Take advantage of multiple camps offered at the Butler Community Arts School, including: Arts, Bass, Jazz, Piano, Percussion, Strings, Snare/ Tenor, Theatre, and Voice. 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 Decatur Twp., Washington Twp., IPS, Noblesville, North West Hen, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Christa Martini, Phone: 317-283-3817, http://www.

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Special Needs, Sports, Traditional, Special Needs Camps Offered: Inclusive camp Hours: 7am-6pm (times vary by site) Dates: End of May to end of July (varies by location) Ages/Grades: Children ages 3 years old to grade 6 (varies by location). Cost: varies by location Activities Included: We offer a variety of adventures – science, environment, arts, and health and fun activities focused on weekly themes. Camp AYS aims to help children enjoy new experiences, grow as individuals and build new friendships. Campers will have the opportunity to go on field trips, participate in small group activities and go swimming weekly. Arts and crafts, sports, science and nature activities will help children enjoy their summer in a safe, positive environment. Counselors are trained in child development, conflict resolution, teambuilding and safety, which includes CPR and first aid certification. Counselor-camper ratios allow for a variety of small group activities.

Camp Invention Locations in the greater Indianapolis area. Contact: Camp Invention, Phone: 800.968.4332, Email: campinvention@,

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: Varies per location, see our website

Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Discounts are available! Visit www. or call 800.968.4332 for information!

Central Indiana Academy of Dance 14950 Greyhound Ct., Ste 4, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Vikki Gauker, Phone: 317-581-2423, Email: studio@ciaodance. com,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Specific Categories: Dance Hours: 9:00 - 3:30 Dates: June - July Ages/Grades: 2.5 years of age through high school

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Arts, Sports, Specific Categories: Chinese Culture Hours: 7:30am to 6:00pm Dates: June 22 - July 24 Ages/Grades: 5-13 years old Cost: $150/week; $625/5weeks; Pre/After Care $25 week; $15 material fee; Parking $13/week or $28/month Requirements of Campers: Bring own snack, lunch, backpack, notebook and pencil Activities Included: Chinese martial arts, language, calligraphy, crafts and sports and more For language learning, the younger the better. To better prepare our children to learn the Chinese language, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis offers a Chinese Culture summer day-camp for K-8 students. The camp is held on the IUPUI campus, and last for one to five weeks. Students will have a full curriculum of Chinese martial arts, language, calligraphy, crafts and sports and more. Classes are taught by local Chinese Teachers and Teaching Assistants from IUPUI.

There’s something for everyone this summer at Central Indiana Academy of Dance!

Freetown Village

The Children's House Summer Camp

4601 N. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46226, Contact: Miriam Umar, Phone: 631-1870, Fax: 317-631-0224, Email:, www.

2404 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Mary Sexson, Phone: 317-2533033, Email: childrenshouse08@gmail. com, www.thechildrenshouse

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional Hours: Camp Day 9-4; extended hours 7 am-5:45 pm Dates: 6/15/14 to 8/21/14 Ages/Grades: 3-12 Cost: $160/wk. Sibling discount available, and 5wk prepaid package discount available. Requirements of Campers: Campers provide their own lunch; need to have a swimsuit, towel, pool shoes; good walking shoes needed for some field trips. Activities Included: Art/theater/library reading program/field trips/swimming/ picnics/outside play/museums/birdwatching/ puppetry The Children's House Summer Day Camp provides weekly themed activities in a relaxing environment free of competition. Day Camp activities include arts and crafts, theater, puppetry, a writer's workshop, recreational swimming, field trips, reading, and outdoor games. Enrollment for the preschool camp is limited to 15 children, and the regular day camp enrollment is limited to 25 children.

Chinese Culture Camp IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Noah Buonanno, Phone: 317-278-7900, Fax: 317-278-7919, Hours: 7:30am to 6:00pm, Email:, summer-camp/

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Arts, Traditional, Specific Categories: Enrichment Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Dates: June 8 - July 24, 2015 Ages/Grades: 5 - 14 (K - 8th) Cost: $75.00/week Requirements of Campers: Must bring own sack lunch. Activities Included: Academic enrichment (language arts/social studies/math), theater (with Asante Children's Theater), art & crafts, team building, manners & etiquette, gardening & nutrition, weekly field trips. Seven weekly sessions of learning and fun! Our camp fosters discovery, appreciation of the arts, and personal growth. Highlighting African American history and culture, campers will develop a stronger sense of purpose, while learning about themselves and their community. Each week ends with a performance showcase of the activities.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Camp Dellwood 2301 North Girls School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46214, Contact: Diana Keely, Phone: 317-924-6800, Email:, www. girlscouts

Gender of Campers: All-Girl Dates: Day camp runs each week from June 8 - July 24. Ages/Grades: Grades K-7 Cost: $110-140 FEBRUARY 2015 // INDYSCHILD.COM


Sample the arts, discover the wonders of the outdoors, play games, experiment with science and technology, make new friends and lasting memories. And for one night, you'll camp out under the stars. Girls who are not Girl Scouts may register to attend. Financial assistance available.

International School of Indiana Summer Camps

Herron School of Art & Design Creativity Camps

330 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Maria Vasey, Phone: 317-923-1951, Email: summercamp@isind. org,

735 W. New York St., Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Jodie Bailey, Phone: 317-278-9404, Email:,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: ArtsSpecific Categories: Creativity, Arts & Academic Enrichment, Special Needs Camps Offered: Can accommodate some special needs Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Dates: June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10, July 13-17 Ages/Grades: Grades 2 to 10 Cost: $300 per week per child Requirements of Campers: Must bring own lunch. Activities Included: Field trips to nearby museums and the White River State Park

Herron’s creativity camps are for kids who like to explore, discover, and make things with their hands. If they can THINK IT, they can MAKE IT. Camps are designed to seed inspiration, foster

curiosity, and channel enthusiasm, turning the wonder of children’s imagination into objects of invention and creativity.

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Hours: M-F (9am-12pm) M-F (1pm-4pm) All Day (9am-4pm)...before and after care available from 7 am - 9 am & $ 4 pm - 6 pm Dates: June 15 - 19, 2015 June 22 - 26, 2015 Ages/Grades: 3YO-grade 10 Cost: $150 - $175

Want to learn to dance flamenco? How about learning about French cooking? Visit our website to see all the camps we have to offer your child!

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:,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Sports, Specific Categories: Sports, crafts,

backyard games, music, arts, enrichment subjects (languages, science, STEM focused) Hours: 7am - 5:30pm Dates: Camps on weekly basis from June 2 - August 8 Ages/Grades: Summer Day Camps & Enrichment Camps 5 – 12 yo; Sports Camps 8 – 18 yo Cost: Summer Day Camp $195/wk 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.

Primrose School at Bridgewater 14711 N Gray Rd, Noblesville, IN 46062, Contact: Nikki Knott, Phone: 317-848-0123, Email:,

Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Dates: June - August Weekly Themed Camps Ages/Grades: 4 years - 10 years Cost: $100 - $275 - varies on camp and days Your child will love each unique themed camp week such as: adventures of the culinary, film productions, sports week, deserted island exploration of hidden treasures, a travel back in time, great inventions including their own, medieval fun, aquatics and much more! Field trips galore!

Primrose School of West Carmel 3746 W. 96th Street, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Kelly Spelman, Phone: 317-8760123, Email: kspelman@primrose www.primrose

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts, Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Dates: June - August Weekly Themed Camps Ages/Grades: 4 years - 10 years Cost: $100 - $275 - varies on camp and days Your child will love each unique themed camp week such as: adventures of the culinary, film productions, sports week, deserted island exploration of hidden treasures, a travel back in time, great inventions including their own, medieval fun, aquatics and much more! Field trips galore!

Primrose School at WestClay 13096 Moultrie St, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Kendra Dunagan, Phone: 317-873-0123, Email: kdunagan@, www.



Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Dates: June - August Weekly Themed Camps Ages/Grades: 4 years - 10 years Cost: $100 - $275 - varies on camp and days Your child will love each unique themed camp week such as: adventures of the culinary, film productions, sports week, deserted island exploration of hidden treasures, a travel back in time, great inventions including their own, medieval fun, aquatics and much more! Field trips galore!

SullivanMunce Summer Art Camps 2015 205-225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, IN 46077, Contact: Cynthia Young, Phone: 317-873-4900, Email:, www.

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts Hours: 9 am - 5 pm and 2:30 pm - 5 pm Dates: June, July, August Ages/Grades: 4-6; 7-11 and Teen Cost: $80-$350 Requirements of Campers: Full Day Campers Bring Sack Lunch Activities Included: Art, Drama, Science, Ceramics 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!


A-List Dance Center 350 Gradle Dr. suite C, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Michele Long and Andrea Hagan, Owners, Phone: 317-564-4644, Email:,

Activity Category: Dance

A-List Dance Center is a pre- professional dance center for ages 3-18. Teaching Tap/Jazz/Ballet/ Contemporary/ Hip Hop and children's combination classes (Tap,Jazz and Ballet). Nurturing environment, Skilled award winning teachers. Call for details.

Crouching Tigers 2346 S Lynhurst Drive, Suite B101, Indianapolis, IN 46241, Contact: Olivia Roney, President, Phone: (888) 761-5151, Email:, www.

Activity Category: Fitness & Sports

Crouching Tigers is a mobile fitness and martial arts program offering a curriculum devoted to the physical, emotional, and social development of children. The weekly activities are designed to improve balance, coordination, and other sensory stimuli while reinforcing great social skills in a group environment.




Camp Carson YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670, Contact: Mark Scoular. Phone: 812-385-3597, Email: campinfo@, www.

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional, Specific Categories: Traditional, plus horseback and dirt-bike camps, Special Needs Camps Offered: Type 1 Diabates, also free weeks of camp focused specifically on our military families. Hours: Week long residential Sun 1pm - Fri 7pm Dates: June and July Ages/Grades: 7-16 Cost: Ranges from $500-$625 plus add on fee for horses, dirtbikes, weekend trips Activities Included: Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Fishing, Waterziplines, Blob, Waterslides, swimming, etc and on land horseback, dirt-bikes, archery, riflery, mtn boards, mtn bikes, climbing, athletics, soccer, crafts, pottery, nature studies, radio, drumming, woodworking, and more Fly from the zipline, create a clay pot, ride horses or dirt-bikes. Build your confidence and selfesteem as you join campers and staff from around the country and the world in a camp family where all kids are Accepted, Challenged, Empowered. ALL new cabins. New Yurts for Wrangler and Dirt-bike camps.



CYO Camp Rancho Framasa 2230 N. Clay Lick Road, Nashville, IN 47448, Contact: Shelle Hertz, Phone: 812-988-2839 X 122, Email: info@, www.

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day AND Residential Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Religious - Traditional, Special Needs, Traditional, Specific Categories: Recreational, Special Needs Camps Offered: All programs are Inclusive with needed adaptions Hours: Sun-Fri Dates: June 7 - July 31 Ages/Grades: 7-19 Cost: $155 - $450 Requirements of Campers: Inclusive camp Activities Included: Horses, high ropes, swimming, canoeing, archery, campfires, gaga pit, drama, arts & crafts, all camp games, outdoor cooking & firebuilding, nature activities. Trip and travel program for teens. Junior Counselor program. Eight weeks of traditional recreational residential camping on 297 wooded acres in beautiful Brown county Indiana. Established in 1946, United Way agency and American Camp Association accredited. Core values - Inclusive, Stewards of the Earth, Humility, Camper-Centered, Staff Development, Catholic. All are welcome.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Camp Gallahue 6758 N Bear Creek Rd, Morgantown, IN 46160, Contact: Diana Keely, Phone: 317-924-6800, Email: girlscouts@, www.

Gender of Campers: All-Girl Dates: Each week from June 7 - July 24 Ages/Grades: Grades 4-12 Cost: $185-350

Resident camp is an experience filled with excitement, delight, laughter, and friendship. Camp sessions include horseback riding opportunities, themes like moonlight mischief, coaster crazy, care and keeping of magical creatures, splendid spelunking, and surf divas. Girls who are not Girl Scouts may register to attend. Financial assistance available.

Dates: Sunday, June 28 – Friday, August 7 Ages/Grades: 3rd - 10th grades Cost: $1,683 Requirements of Campers: For Kids entering 3rd - 10th Grade! Activities Included: With a beachfront on Wooster Lake and a heated outdoor pool, high ropes course and zip line, sports fields and archery, arts and crafts, dance and music, cooking and outdoor education, Camp Henry Horner packs in the fun! JCYS Camp Henry Horner creates an exciting and unforgettable summer of fun. While taking part in unique experiences and outdoor adventures, campers are also building self-esteem, developing interpersonal skills, and making lasting friendships and memories. Our warm, friendly atmosphere encourages all CHHamps to try new things and expand their comfort zone in a safe environment.

JCYS Camp Henry Horner 26710 W. Nippersink Road, Ingleside, IL 60041, Contact: Isaac Brubaker, Phone: (847) 740-5010, ext. 2223, Email:

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Religious - Traditional, Special Needs, Sports, Traditional, Specific Categories: Overnight Camp in Illinois, Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes Hours: Day Camp: 9 am - 3 pm; Overnight Camp: 24/7!





understanding the Mon t essor i M et hod The philosophy behind this child-centered approach to learning Mary Casey-Sturk


magine a beautiful classroom filled with children who are fully absorbed in the activities that interest them most. The setting is inviting, independent and promotes a strong sense of community. Children of different ages help each other throughout the day with various pursuits. You’ve just described a typical Montessori day.

Specially designed learning materials

An aesthetically pleasing environment

Who was Maria Montessori?

The classroom is prepared in such a way that the child makes use of what the environment offers to develop himself, interacting with the teacher when he needs support or guidance. (Source:

Italian-born Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was a woman who wore many hats: educator, physician and innovator, she is acclaimed for the educational method she developed that focuses on encouraging the way a child naturally learns.

What should you consider when looking at Montessori schools?

Montessori opened her first school in Rome in 1907. She then traveled the world and extensively wrote and shared her message about her philosophy of education. Today there are over 22,000 Montessori schools in at least 110 countries, all concentrating on a child-centered approach to learning.

Hallmarks of the Montessori method According to the American Montessori Society, there are several components that must be in place for a program to be considered a true Montessori setting: •

Multi-age groupings that foster peer learning

Uninterrupted blocks of work time

Guided choice of work activity



Amanda Bennington, Owner and Lead Teacher at Village Montessori School, says, “The credentials of the teacher and school are very important when choosing a Montessori environment. Parents want to make sure the lead teacher is either AMS (American Montessori Society) or AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) certified, and the school itself is affiliated with one of these organizations to get the most authentic approach. An important question to ask when looking at schools is if they are able to truly give the children an uninterrupted three hour work cycle each day. Sometimes this can be difficult due to special activities like music, art or recess, but these should all be incorporated in the work cycle for the children to choose at their own will.” Are all children good candidates for Montessori? Bennington believes so. “Because the Montessori approach comes from a scientific angle completely embracing child development, most Montessorians believe it should fit well for any child if done authentically. This is one of the

reasons why it is so important to make sure the teacher and school is affiliated with one of the major Montessori organizations – AMS or AMI.” Jamie Sellhorn, Founder and Director of Education at Montessori Garden Academy adds: “Montessori is an individualized approach to education and works well for almost all children. For children to be successful at a Montessori school though, parents must share a similar philosophy of supporting the child's independence. If a child's home life is very rigid and adult directed, it can be a challenge for that child to be successful in a Montessori classroom. I highly encourage parents to observe the classroom that their child will be enrolled in for at least an hour before enrolling. Also, ask for references of families that have children enrolled that are a similar age/gender as your child. Contact these families and ask them about their experiences at the school.” Finding the right educational setting for your child can mean the difference between tolerating school or truly thriving in it. If a Montessori school is something you’re interested in exploring for your son or daughter, research the philosophy behind the approach, talk with friends or neighbors who may have their children enrolled and visit various schools to ask your questions in person.

“Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.” – Maria Montessori


E D U C AT I O N A N D CHILDCARE GUIDE [ S C H O O L S & E D U C AT I O N ] 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 head-teaching experience. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email:,

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:,

fishers Fall Creek Montessori Academy

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

Maria Montessori International Academy (Carmel) “Can your 4 year old read this?” OURS CAN! Come discover why our programs are so successful that our kindergartens are in advance reading and math in first grade at both Zionsville and Carmel Public Schools! The program offers education for infants, toddlers, Pre-K, kindergarten, and elementary across subjects, even for very young children, including math, science, Spanish, art and music, as well as reading and writing. 3500 106th St. & Shelborne (Holy Trinity Orthodox Greek Church), Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: 317-769-2220, Cost/Tuition: please call, www.maria

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

Fishers Montessori 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

INDI A NAPOL IS // CE N T R AL Fairview Early Childhood Program

Minds-in-Motion, Inc. Minds-in-Motion is a brain-training program based on NASA technology. It utilizes a unique blend of balance exercises, gymnastics and applied technology, all focused on strengthening the brains ability to process and organize information. Minds-in-Motion builds stronger bodies and smarter minds! 879 West Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN

46032, Contact: Candace Meyer, Phone: 317-571-8752, Hours: 10-week Fall, Winter & Spring sessions + 4-week Intensive Summer, Email:,, Hours/Dates: 10-week Fall, Winter & Spring sessions + 4-week Intensive Summer Sessions, Ages/Grades: 3-18

Fairview ECP has been a part of the Meridian Kessler community for over 22 years. We offer a developmentally appropriate, experienced based curriculum in a warm and inclusive environment. Our program is designed to promote positive social behavior, respect for diversity, and encourages independence, creativity and critical thinking skills. 4609 N. Capital Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Tracy Cooper, Director, Phone: 317-253-4990, Hours: August - May 8:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m., Email: tcooper@,

indianapolis // north Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative ArtsEnrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more

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

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-524-7090. Email:,

BJE Bright Beginnings Preschool 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 encouragement throughout. Open to the public. Cost/Tuition: Call for more info; Financial Aid: Call for more info; Hours/Dates: 7:45 am to 5:45 p.m; Ages/Grades: 12 months to 6 years; Restrictions: None - open to the public; Uniforms/Dress Code: none; Before/After School Care: yes; Open House Dates: ongoing - will arrange family visit upon request. 6711 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Elaine Fairfield, Phone: 317-255-3124 ext 3704, Email: efairfield@,

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,, www. FEBRUARY 2015 // INDYSCHILD.COM


Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool

Epworth Weekday Children's Ministries

The Children's Day In Nursery School is a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values. It is designed to offer children ages 9 months to 3 years a positive and developmentally appropriate experience in the care of experienced caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. The Children's Day In Traditional Preschool program provides a quality developmentally appropriate education for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Our program includes weekly Christian Life Skills, First Steps in Music (ICC) and Book Club. Summer Camp CDI is our 4-week summer program for children ages 9 months to age 5 years. Classes are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Summer Camp CDI runs the month of June. Please call, E-mail or visit for further information and registration forms. 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, Phone: 317-253-0472, cwhaley@meridianstreet. org,

It is our mission to nurture and support in a safe Christian environment the children and families of the Epworth congregation and surrounding community by providing the highest quality affordable early childhood program. We embrace the philosophy that children learn best when actively involved in play and provided opportunities to explore, question, investigate, and manipulate objects and materials in their environment. Registration open to the public. 6450 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Dawn Blake or Anndi Maguire, Phone: 317-2511483, Email:,

A Children’s Habitat Montessori School For over 40 years, A Children's Habitat Montessori School has been providing a place where children thrive and discover their love of learning. Habitat provides a traditional Montessori school experience for families seeking a half-day preschool and kindergarten, or full-day elementary program. We are a not-for-profit school based on the principles of Maria Montessori, and we are fully accredited by the American Montessori Society. For more information, visit our website: www.childrens-habitat. org. 801 W. 73 Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Carmen Nieves, Phone: (317)726-5584, Email: info@,

The Children's House, INC The Children's House was founded in 1971 to provide a classical education through individual instruction. In an atmosphere free of competition, the child can discover her or his own unique talents on the way to becoming a self-actualized person. 2404 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Mary Sexson, Phone: 317-253-3033, Email:, www.thechildrens, Hours/Dates: 9 am to 3 pm (Extended care available), School Year: September through May, Summer Camp: June 15th through August 21st, Ages/Grades: Preschool through 8th Grade, Before/ After School Care: yes, Open House Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015

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: Angela Proctor, Director of Admissions, 317-849-3441,,

Little Friends of God International Childcare Ministry Our full-time childcare ministry offers the finest facilities available for children ages 6 weeks to school-aged. We offer an extensive school-age program for before and after school and planned activities to keep them busy with age appropriate groupings of ages 5 to 7 year olds and 8 to 12 year olds. 8350 Ditch Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Bradley Wilson, Director, Phone: (317) 523-3478, Email:,

Maria Montessori International Academy (INDIANAPOLIS) “Can your 4 year old read this?” OURS CAN! Come discover why our programs are so successful that our kindergartens are in advance reading and math in first grade at both Zionsville and Carmel Public Schools! The program offers education for infants, toddlers, Pre-K, kindergarten, and elementary across subjects, even for very young children, including math, science, Spanish, art and music, as well as reading and writing. 7507 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-291-5557, Cost/Tuition: please call,

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: 317-257-3034, 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:,

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

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, smithm@,

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,,

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,, www.

indianapolis // northeast Geist Montessori Academy The mission of Geist Montessori Academy's Pre-K program is to provide an environment where children can develop to their highest potential academically, emotionally, physically, morally and socially. We offer half day and full day programs for children ages three to five. Our Pre-K directress is AMS certified with nineteen years experience. 13942 E 96th St, McCordsville, IN 46055, Contact: Karen Swan, Phone: 317-335-1158, Email:, www., Ages/Grades: 3-5 years

Polly Panda Preschool & Bridgford Kindergarten Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our theme-based hands-on preschool program provides a wide-range of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of self-worth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our well-qualified and loving staff.

2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email:,

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: montessori westfield@, www.montessori

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Maria Montessori International Academy (Zionsville) ���Can your 4 year old read this?” OURS CAN! Come discover why our programs are so successful that our kindergartens are in advance reading and math in first grade at both Zionsville and Carmel Public Schools! The program offers education for infants, toddlers, Pre-K, kindergarten, and elementary across subjects, even for very young children, including math, science, Spanish, art and music, as well as reading and writing. 4370 Weston Pointe Dr., Zionsville/Carmel, IN 46077, Phone: 317-769-2220, Cost/Tuition: please call,

Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool The ZCS 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 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. Preschool Sites are at Boone Meadow, Pleasant View and Union Elementary Schools. 900 Mulberry St., Zionsville, IN 46077, 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, Suite 4, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Anita Beck. Phone: 317-205-9211, Email:,




There is no greater love than the love a mother has for her child A note from Founding Publisher Barbara Wynne This picture says it all. The four generation picture we all hope to have someday when mother, grandmother and great-grandmother share their joys of motherhood. This photo was taken in 1987 shortly after Wendy Cox was born. My mother, Dorothy Lucille Stafford Smith, is on the left and like all four of us, was a lifelong resident of Indianapolis. She would be 108 if she were still living. I note that I still had color in my hair and am wearing an Indy’s Child logo necklace in this photo. Indy’s Child was three years old when this picture was taken. I

cherish this picture because it truly reflects the love we have as mothers and also the memories that make parenting a special time in our lives. All the formal education we receive really does not totally prepare you for motherhood and the great balancing act you add to your life. There is nothing more wonderful than a family and nothing more delicate than the way we prioritize our time. I observe that as responsibilities grow, so do energy levels. The young mothers I see constantly amaze me. I am so very proud that both Mary and Wendy Cox are active every day promoting better parenting. February is our Baby and Maternity Issue and features many articles to help parents make important decisions for this special time in their life. February is also the month of the Indy’s Child Camp Fair, which will be held at the Fashion Mall on February 21st from 11 am to 3 pm. Representatives from many different types of camps will be available on hand to talk to. I will be there with staff from the Indianapolis Community Tennis Program promoting our weekly tennis camps. Finally, this February Indy’s Child wishes a very Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our readers and the wonderful business community who support us through their advertisements and sponsorships!



FE B R UA R Y D A T E N I G H T S Many couples in today's world struggle to balance family life, work life and time spent with just each other. Because of St. Valentine, February is the perfect excuse to step out and bond. Better yet, make it a monthly habit! For full descriptions and costs, check out the online February Date Night Guide on!

T h e G i v e r Through Feb 21st Indiana Repertory Theatre 140 West Washington Street 317-635-5252

C h ris ti a n & K ata li n a’s M i n d Tr i p p i n g S h o w Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites 120 West Market Street 317-691-2385

N oti c e N ature G a r f i e l d P a rk C o n s e r v a t o ry a n d S u n k e n G a r d e n s - Danc ing Wate rs e xhibit Through Feb 15th Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens 2505 Conservatory Drive

H e a r t H i k e s Feb 6 - 7th Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve 10410 Hague Road, Fishers 317-595-3150

Actor’s Theatre of Indiana Studio Theatre at 4 Center Green, Carmel 317-843-3800

The Odd Couple Through Feb 8th Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre 9301 Michigan Road 317-872-9664

C r a z y For You Feb 12 - April 4th Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre 9301 Michigan Road 317-872-9664

Hearthside Suppers Thursdays - Sundays in February

Indiana Farmers Coliseum 1202 East 38th Street 317-522-1958

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers 317-776-6006

I n d i a n a P a c e r s Feb 4, 6, 9, 22, 27

C i t y M a rk e t 222 East Market Street 317-634-9266

One Bankers Life Fieldhouse 125 S. Pennsylvania Street 317-917-2500

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E n j oy a film Winter Nights Film Series (all shows 8:00 pm) Bringing Up Baby Feb 6th An Affair To Remember Feb 13th Monty Python and the Holy Grail Feb 27th The Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 North Michigan Road 317-955-2339

T a k e in a li v e sho w 3 9 s t e p s Through Feb 15th

R o l l e r D e rby f e a t u r i n g T h e N a p t o w n R o l l e r G i r l s Feb 7th

C a s a b l a n c a p r e s e n t e d by The Indianapolis Sy m p h o n y Orc h e s t r a Feb 13 - 15th The Hilbert Circle Theatre 45 Monument Circle 317-639-4300

H ear the R oar Butler Bulldogs B a s k e t b a l l Feb 3, 7, 14, 25 Hinkle Fieldhouse 510 West 49th Street 800-513-8720 or 800-653-8000

I n d y F u e l Feb 8, 14, 25 Indiana Farmers Coliseum 1202 East 38th Street 317-925-FUEL

F east your eyes I n d i a n a p o l i s Ar t C e n t e r “ Ar t D a t e s ” 820 E. 67th Street 317-255-2464 I n d i a n a A R T F a i r Feb 14th GeoFest: The Indiana State Museum Fossil, Gem and Mineral Show Feb 20 - 22nd Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theater 650 West Washington Street 317-232-1637

Ar t & S o u l 2 0 1 5 : A C e l e br a t i o n o f A f r i c a n A m e r i c a n - Ar t & Ar t i s t s i n Indiana Various programming all month Indianapolis Artsgarden 110 West Washington Street 317-624-2563

O r j ust feast Indy Foodie Tour 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 317-863-8257 indieindyfoodietours.html

Check out and select “Where to eat” to view their brand new guide!

L end an ear The Palladium at Center for the Performing Arts 1 Center Green, Carmel 317-843-3800 I n d i a n a p o l i s Sy m p h o n y Orc h e s t r a p r e s e n t s S h o s t a k o v i c h Sy m p h o n y # 7 Feb 7th C a r m e l Sy m p h o n y Orc h e s t r a p r e s e n t s A M u s i c a l V a l e n t i n e Feb 14th I n d i a n a W i n d Sy m p h o n y presents Wizards, Witches a n d H o bb i t s Feb 21st N a t i o n a l Orc h e s t r a o f M e x i c o Feb 26th

R h y t h m ! D i s c o v e ry C e n t e r 110 West Washington Street 317-275-9030 7 t h A n n u a l R o ck & W o r s h i p R o a d s h o w Feb 26th Bankers Life Fieldhouse 125 S. Pennsylvania Street (800) 745-3000 or 317-917-2727 FEBRUARY 2015 // INDYSCHILD.COM


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IndyWordLab/ Indy Word Lab is an experimental writing group that has been described as, "what writing workshops are SUPPOSED to be". Join us every first Monday for this free event, whether you're a seasoned writer or just starting out.

Under the direction of Mr. Craig Ghormley, the Concert, Philharmonic, Festival and Symphony orchestras will perform. Richard F. Dennis is known for his outstanding work as a teacher, violinist, conductor and adjudicator on the local, state, national and international level. In spite of many tempting offers from both coasts and in between, Mr. Dennis chose to spend his final 32 years before retirement, teaching in the Washington Township Schools, developing one of the premier orchestra programs in the country.

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MON 02 Indy Word Lab Time: 7-9 p.m, Price: FREE, Location: Indy Reads Books,

Price: FREE, Phone: 317-577-2200, Location: Babies R Us,

This course is led by a certified CPR instructor and intended for those who want to learn CPR but don't need certification. It's ideal for new parents, grandparents and anyone interested in learning life-saving techniques.

T ues 03 Community Tuesday at the Indiana State Museum Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Location: Indiana State Museum,

events/details/id/1349 Start the month off right by joining us for Community Tuesday. Guests will receive a 50% discount off standard admission fees on the first Tuesday of the month. Please note that this discount is good for full-fee admissions only, and cannot be redeemed in conjunction with any other discount or promotion.

T hurs 05 Black History Month Performance Time: 6 p.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 317-3344000, Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis,

Lilly Theater Ages 8+ Celebrate Black History Month with vignettes exploring the lives of people who played a significant part in American history from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s. Vignettes include a portrayal of Madam C.J. Walker, an astute businesswoman and the first black female millionaire.

First Friday Evening Science of Art: Art on Fire Time: 5-8:30 p.m, Price: Members: Free | Nonmembers: Half-price admission ($3.50), Phone: 812-337-1337, Location: WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology, Reimagining Opera for Kids returns to WonderLab with a presentation of Firebringers, a new chamber opera appropriate for elementary-age children and their families, at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm. The performances will take the audience on a visually stimulating journey around the world to explore fire myths from three different cultures. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Outside the museum, the Hudsucker Posse will delight audiences with thrilling fire dance performances after each of the opera shows. Half-price museum admission ($3.50) in effect after 5 pm. Activities included with admission.

Tootsie Pops Concert and Music Festival Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Price: $5/per person, $10 VIP ticket (includes dinner), Phone: 317-259-5301, Location: North Central High School,

The North Central Symphony Orchestra, 2014 State Champions, under the direction of Mr. Craig Ghormley, will perform the Annual Tootsie Pops Concert plus a Music Festival on Friday, February 6 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. with concert at 6:30 pm. This program is especially designed to introduce pre-school and elementary children to the sounds and sights of orchestral music.

S at 07 Dick Dennis Memorial Concert and Silent Auction

Ceramic Garden Houses Lil' Pop

Time: 7-8:30 p.m., Price: $3/adult. $1/child 12 and under, Phone: 317-259-5301, Location: North Central High School, www.

Time: 12-2 p.m., Price: $15, Location: Indianapolis Art Center, http://


INDYSCHILD.COM // FEBRUARY 2015 Spring is approaching! Plants are sprouting,

trees are budding and flowers are blooming. Bring luck to your garden with a ceramic garden house for woodland creatures! Create a garden house in clay and glaze it with bright spring colors.

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Valentine Pottery

This Valentine’s Day, invite your daughters, ages 5 through 12 for a special holiday celebration This event offers you and your daughter the perfect night out filled with dancing, refreshments and memories that will last a lifetime. Semi formal dress is required as you and your daughter spend the evening at The Mansion at Oak Hill. Prizes will be awarded during the event and Goldberg Photography will be on site to capture the night’s most precious photographs for an additional cost.

Time: 1-2 p.m., Price: R$20/NR$30, Phone: 317-595-3150, Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building,

FunGuide Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your very own Valentine keepsake pottery piece. Your child(ren) ages 2 through 10 are invited to make their own valentine keepsake box and enjoy a Valentine story. Creative Escape will fire boxes after the program ends, and pieces will be available for pick up at the Fishers Parks and Recreation office at a later date. Parents, participation is required during this program.

Sun 08 Valentine Cards Pop-Up

Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance Time: 7-8:30 p.m., Price: R$8/NR$12, Phone: 317-595-3150, Location: The Mansion at Oak Hill,

T hurs 1 2 Indy Adult Show Choir's Open Rehearsal and Audition Time: 7-9 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 317-7593424, Location: Crooked Creek Baptist Church,

Time: 12:30-2 p.m., Price: $15, Location: Indianapolis Art Center, http:// Make Valentines day uniquely your own with these one of a kind pop-up cards that say "Be Mine" with artistic flair! Ages 3-5.

The Indy Adult Show Choir is having an Open Rehearsal and Audition on February 12th, 7:00pm at Crooked Creek Baptist Church. At that rehearsal, we'll have a quick *vocal audition (some scales at the piano) and movement audition. We will be looking for singers and dancers at this event.

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Holliday Park Small Wonders: Frogs and Toads Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Price: $5/child, Phone: 317-327-7180, Location: Holliday Park Nature Center,

Explore the natural world through fun and creative activities and hikes. Hands-on experiences designed for children and their caregiver offer a chance to discover nature together. This is a parent/child class for children ages 3-4. Pre-registration required.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Price: $50, includes book, Location: Larue Carter Hospital, www. Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman Time: 6-7 p.m., Price: R$15/NR$23, Phone: 317-595-3150, Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building,

FunGuide Your daughter ages 4 through 9 and a parent are invited for a Frozen celebration Dress in your favorite Frozen costumes and spread love this Valentine’s Day by spending some quality time together. You and your daughter will enjoy games, crafts and snacks. Parents, don’t forget your cameras, this is the perfect photo opportunity with Elsa, Anna and Olaf cardboard cutouts.

Kid's Night Out Time: 6:30 p.m., Price: $45 per child, additional children from same family only $27, Phone: 513-932-3756, Location: YMCA Camp Kern,

kidsnightout/ This is a great chance to get the kids back to Camp to enjoy a quick round of all the traditional activities that Camp has to offer

There will be Rock climbing, Archery, Night hikes, Campfires, S’mores and much more Let the kids kick back and relax, all whilst under the supervision of great counselors Our check in begins Friday night at 6:30pm and check out is Saturday morning at 11:00am. Breakfast will be provided and snacks on Friday night.

S at 14 Petite Picasso: Dream Like da Vinci Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Price: $15, Location: Indianapolis Art Center, http:// Learn about DaVinci while sketching your own amazing flying machines. Children and adults will learn about DaVinci?s amazing inventions while improving their drawing skills. Children will get to examine nuts, bolts and gears for a tactile sketching experience.

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An interactive storytime designed for children with sensory integration challenges. Ages 1-6. Registration required.

W eds 18 Clowes 4 Kids - The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites Time: 10-11 a.m., Price: $15 Children and Adults, Phone: 317-940-6444, Location: Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University,

Teach your child that it's what's inside that really counts during Valentine's Day weekend! We'll provide your child with protective goggles and real tools to take apart discarded household appliances and electronics. After learning how things work, your child can reuse the small parts inside to create a special flower to take home for you! See also the Circuit Bending program, which takes place at the same time as this program on Saturday and Sunday.

Mon 16 Presidents Day Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Price: $5 (adults) $1 (youths 2-17), Phone: 317-334-4000, Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Discover Indiana’s presidential heritage with fun activities, historic facts, and a featured appearance by Abraham Lincoln.

T ues 17 SNACK, CRAFT & STORY TIME: RUSSELL THE SHEEP Time: 11:30-11:30 a.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 317-569-1517, Location: Whole Foods Market Carmel,

events?store=6520 Grab the kids and come by for a story, snack & activity. This month, we read Russell the Sheep and make edible food art. All ages welcome. RSVP at 569-1517.

Sensory Storytime Time: 9:30-10 a.m., Phone: 317-773-1384, Location: Noblesville Library, http://nobl.ent.

S at 21 The 26th Annual Summer Camp Fair Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Location: Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing (Nordstrom Court), Families from all over Central Indiana will have the opportunity to explore over 60 overnight camps, day camps and summer programs. 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. At our 26th Annual Camp Fair, you can plan your child's summer of fun all in one day. To top it off, we will provide lots of fun entertainment from face painters, our prize wheel, mock covers, and much more! Back again by popular demand, the Eric Carle stories return to Clowes Hall in this beloved production. Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar on a transformational journey as he changes into a beautiful butterfly, Little Cloud as it changes shapes to depict the things it sees below and The Mixed-Up Chameleon as he learns the importance of being true to oneself. This extraordinary puppet adaptation features black-light technology to capture the charm and visual style of three favorite books by Eric Carle. From: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

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Time: 7-10 p.m., Price: $75 per couple/$65 JCC Members, Location: Jewish Community Center,

Take Apart Weekend Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m., Price: Activities included with museum admission, Phone: 812-337-1337, Location: WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology,

this premiere performance with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

Making Maple Syrup Time: 6:30-8 p.m., Price: $12, Phone: 317-848-7275, Location: Monon Community Center,

Freezing nights and warmer days causes the maple sap to flow up into the tree. Come on out and learn how to tap a maple tree, make maple syrup and maple sugar candy. You will have an opportunity to taste real maple syrup made right here in the park. You will also learn how to make your own at home if you have a Sugar Maple Tree. For ages 18 and up.

F ri 20 CHUGGINGTON LIVE: the great rescue adventure Time: 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.,, Price: $17-$59, Location: Old National Centre, The entire family will enjoy hours of singing and dancing! In Chuggington Live: The Great Rescue Adventure, the trainees are eager to impress their mentors by mastering new roles that test their courage, speed and determination. When Koko finds herself in trouble at Rocky Ridge Mine, it’s up to her friends to help her. Do the trainees have what it takes to put their newly learned skills into practice to save Koko?

PETER PAN Time: 8 p.m., Price: Tickets for this special screening are $30 for the public and $25 for IMA members, Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art,

peter-pan Peter Pan chases his shadow into the Darling children’s bedroom and sweeps them off to Never Never Land where they face off with Captain Hook and his pirates. The original score by Dr. Phillip Carli will be expanded in

annual-daddy-daughter-date-night/?ri=0 For girls ages 4–13 Young ladies are invited to bring that special guy in their life (dad, grandpa, guardian, uncle or brother over 18) to the soirée of the year at the JCC. Gentlemen, give your special girl an extra-special night of dining and dancing. Semi-formal attire: Girls, put on your best dress and prettiest shoes This year’s theme: The Fab 50s. Register by Feb 6, 2015 to save $5 per couple.

T ues 2 4 Drop-In Craft: Polar Bears Phone: 317-844-3363, Location: Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room, www.carmel. For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m. Storytime Room International Polar Bear Day is coming up! Come celebrate by making a fun polar bear craft. No registration is required.

W eds 25 PlayFULL Hours - Things that Go Time: 10-11 a.m., Price: R$2/NR$3 or Flex Pass, Phone: 317-595-3150, Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building, www. Your child(ren) ages 1-5 are invited to PlayFULL Hours for unstructured play time Each class focuses on a specific theme, and themes vary year-round. Parents, participation is required, so you can socialize alongside your little one.

F ri 27 Girlz and Curlz Lock-In Time: 7 p.m.-9 a.m., Price: $30/person, Phone: 317-848-7275, Location: Monon Community Center,

Engineers Day

Get ready for a girls-only sleepover. Participate in girly activities such a jewelry crafts, nail painting, games, cookie decorating, and a movie. (Dinner, snacks, and breakfast provided.) Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and overnight items. Don't forget to bring a friend because this is one sleepover you won't want to miss.

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Price: free with general admission, Phone: 317-334-4000, Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis,

F ri 27 – S at 28 Local engineers will lead activities and demonstrate how engineering has contributed to our health and safety. Attend a special presentation by the museum’s Extraordinary Scientist-in-Resident, engineer and former NASA astronaut, Dr. David Wolf.

Mon 2 3 Winter Kids Koncert Time: 10-11 a.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 317-848-7275, Location: Monon Community Center,

Dig your way out of the snow and join other parents and kids for our Winter Kids Koncerts. Each hour-long show is an enriching and engaging experience for young children ages 2-5. Parents enjoy the freedom to come and go with their kids, while the kids love to dance and sing-along to classical hits and kid favorites.

Just Between Friends Indianapolis South Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Location: La Quinta Inn and Suites,

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S at 28 Holliday Park Sap to Syrup Day Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m., Price: $5/individual, Phone: 317-327-7180, Location: Holliday Park Nature Center,

Help us celebrate the late-winter magic of maple trees during this annual event! Join us anytime between 12:30-2:30 to journey around the trails and learn all about maple sugaring, try a taste test and enjoy the gooey sweetness of a Sugar-Maker's Sundae (trust us, you'll love it!) All ages, pre-registration required. FEBRUARY 2015 // INDYSCHILD.COM



ONGOING C ALE N DAR The Giver at the IRT January 23rd Through February 21st Price: Adult tickets: $25 - $47, Student tickets: $20, Phone: 317-635-5252, Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre, www.irtlive.

com/shows_and_tickets/shows/giver/ Sameness reigns in a utopian society set in the not-too-distant future. But for twelveyear-old Jonas, his controlled and predictable life is unraveling before his eyes. Based on the award-winning book by Lois Lowry, this complex and controversial story forces us all to question the dangers of conformity and the power of truth.

Free Family Dinner Occurring Every Thursday Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 317-251-9467, Location: Arthur M Glick JCC, specialty/ Two Thursdays a month, from 5:30-6:30 pm, the JCC offers dinners for families. The dinner is free, but family members need to help make it. Thanks to a grant from the General Mills Foundation, the JCC provides the food, recipes and cooking tips to make it easy, and fun, for the whole family.

Broadway Across America PRESENTS ANNIE! February 24th Through March 1st Phone: 800-793-7469, Location: Murat Theater at Old National Centre, www. 2741?brand=baa&camefom=CFC_ BAAIND_ANN_INDYSCHILD Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” Multiple dates and times.

ART.WRITE.NOW. 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Exhibit February 11th Through March 8th (Except Sat & Sun.) Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Price: Free Admission, Phone: 317-940-6444, Location: Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, http:// event/306-art-write-now-regionalexhibit-of-the-2015-scholastic-artwriting-awards






The exhibition, “Art.Write.Now.,” is a sample of the winning artwork and writing entries of 7th – 12th graders from the Central and Southern Indiana Region. The Gold Key winners move on to New York City for adjudication at the national level. Clowes Memorial Hall, in cooperation with the Hoosier Writing Project at IUPUI, is the host of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for the sixth year and was honored by The Scholastic Awards at Carnegie Hall in 2014 with the Gold Key for Excellence.

Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship Occurring Every Wednesday Time: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m., Price: free. Donations accepted, Phone: 317-575-9466, Location: Museum of Miniature Houses, The Museum will host a series of encounters on Wednesday afternoons to celebrate both craftsmanship and creativity and will feature musicians, storytellers, singers and songwriters. The Museum will also hold story-writing opportunities and the creation of visual art works inspired by museum exhibits. Both stories and artwork will be posted on the Museum’s Facebook page. The inaugural session on January 28th will feature violist Csaba Erdelyi, lead viola of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, who was viola soloist in the film score of Amadeus.

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Charlotte's Web at THE Beef & Boards DINNER THEATRE February 20th Through March 21st Price: $15.50, Phone: 317-872-9664, Location: Beef and Boards Dinner Theater, index.html Live on Stage! Especially for kids! Fridays at 10am and Saturdays at 10am and 1pm. Doors open 30 mins prior to show. All shows one hour long with no intermission, includes juice and snack.

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