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WOMEN'S HEALTH 16 Would you know if you were having a heart attack?





Great Date Nights in Indy Six ideas for February fun

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How would you handle these sticky situations?

Have a New Baby?




Get answers to the questions first-time parents ask most!


Infant Massage


How simple touch yields powerful benefits




Pregnancy Predicaments



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That’s about how many diapers a baby goes through in their first year. Other fun facts? If you’re bottle feeding, count on washing around 810 bottles in the first four months. And (this one should come as no surprise) parents lose an average of two hours of sleep a night until a baby is five months old. That’s about 60 hours of lost zzzz’s every month! Yes, taking care of a newborn is no small task. It’s a good thing babies are so darn cute! If you have a new baby at home, or are expecting soon, then this issue is for you. Need some advice on how to handle well-meaning (but overbearing) family or friends who have an opinion on everything regarding your baby? Check out our article on Pregnancy Predicaments. Interested in some tips on how to soothe your little one and get her to sleep better? Read up on the benefits of Infant Massage. Wondering what your pediatrician would really like you to know as a first-time parent? Take a look at Have a New Baby? for the inside scoop.

And just in case you’re a little freaked out with those crazy stats in the beginning, here are some other fun facts about babies: Number of minutes it will take you to fall completely in love: 1 Average melt-your-heart moments in a year: A million Total number of babies cuter/smarter/more adorable than yours: 0



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P.S. Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about summer camps! Check out our Summer Program and Camp Guide on page 36 for a list of opportunities available in our area.

Note: On the January Fun and Wacky Calendar, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was unintentionally omitted. Although events to celebrate MLK day were featured in other parts of the magazine, we regret that it was not listed on this page. Our apologies to any readers who may have been offended by this omission.



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Indy’s Child 28th Annual Summer Camp Fair

Celebrate Black History Month During the month of February, the Indianapolis Artsgarden's signature program is Art & Soul, an annual celebration of African American art and artists in Indiana. Art & Soul kicks off Black History Month each year for Indianapolis, and features a diverse lineup of music, storytelling, dance and visual art. Art & Soul showcases some of the area’s most creative African American artists, and many of those artists perform year-round. All Art & Soul performances are free and open to the public and begin at 12:15 pm.

Got a resolution to get in shape? Now’s your chance to follow through by participating in the Be My Valentine Cupcake 5K Walk/Run. Grab your sweetie (or a running buddy) and head out for a fun run downtown through a beautiful course near historic Mass Ave. Much of the run is along the world-class Indianapolis Cultural Trail. After you’ve burned off those calories, you deserve a treat! Cupcakes (provided by Pat A Cake and Cookies Too) will be available for all participants, as well as a finisher’s medal and fleece blanket swag. For more information on packet pick-up and race registration, visit Saturday, February 11, 9 am The Athenaeum 407 East Michigan, Indianapolis




Families from all over Central Indiana will have the opportunity to explore over 60 overnight camps, daycamps and summer programs. Camp Directors and representatives will be on-hand to interact with parents and answer questions face-to-face. This is a perfect time to plan a summer of fun all in one day! To top it off, there will be plenty of entertainment including face painting, prizes, “mock” Indy’s Child covers, and much more. Don’t miss out on a great day of fun and a chance to plan your summer camp activities a ll in one day! FREE! For more information, visit Saturday, February 18, 11:00 am-3:00 pm Castleton Square Mall 6020 E 82nd St, Indianapolis

Can you say Namaste? It’s never too early to start reaping the benefits of yoga. Head to the Haughville Branch Library where preschoolers and their parents can enjoy a 45-minute program presented by certified yoga instructors from the Greater Indianapolis YMCA. Stretch, breathe and relax with your little one and learn how to develop the skills that both of you can use for a lifetime. Registration required. Monday, February 27, 5:30 – 6:15pm Haughville Branch Library 2121 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis

Try a new restaurant… or two Need a date night, but feeling the pain of holiday spending? Devour Indy is a city-wide dining experience that will fill your belly, but not break the bank. This foodie dream-come-true involves more than 200 participating restaurants. Each location will allow diners to take advantage of special three-course, value-priced menus from January 23 through February 5. Search the impressive list of eateries and menus categorized by location (downtown, east, midtown, north, south or west) or cuisine type. To take advantage of these incredible meal deals, visit

Calling all chefs ages 7 – 12! On your market, get set, top chef! You’re invited to a brand new program to hone your cooking skills! Little Chefs will teach your aspiring cook how to make various breakfast and dinner meals, as well as delicious desserts. Nutrition will be covered and chefs will make their very own recipe book during the class. Registration for Little Chefs is due by February 14. The cost is $12 for residents and $18 for non-residents. Call (317) 595-3405 today to secure a spot in the kitchen! Tuesday through Friday, February 21-24, 5 pm - 6:30 pm Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building 1 Park Drive, Fishers

Don’t miss a chance to see The Little Mermaid on stage! Life is the bubbles, under the sea! Join Ariel, Sebastian, Prince Eric and King Triton during this Broadway in Indianapolis production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Keep your eyes open for Ursula, the evil sea witch – she is up to no good! This production, based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, is sure to leave your own little mermaids grinning from ear to ear. Disney’s The Little Mermaid is making a splash at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre from February 7-12 with eight performances to choose from. Visit to purchase your tickets today! Old National Centre 502 North New Jersey Street, Indianapolis

Calling all grown-ups! Kids shouldn’t have all the fun! Tired of the same old date night? Then Museum by Moonlight may be just the event for you! Enjoy an unforgettable night out at The Children’s Museum, grown-up style. Explore five floors of fun with interactive exhibits while enjoying food and drinks (including adult beverages) from local restaurants. This extravaganza is exclusively for adults of all ages (21 and up). The cost for the event is $75 in advance and $85 on the day of the event (if not sold out). Members receive a $5 discount.

Teddy Bear Concert Series: The Garden Symphony What happens when you combine a story, classical music and teddy bears? Giant smiles and a whole lot of toe-tapping! Preschoolers and early elementary students are invited for this introduction to instruments of the orchestra through story, movement and live music. This engaging, educational program will feature "The Garden Symphony," an original story written by Victoria Griswold that follows a ladybug's search through the garden for her own special song. Musicians from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) will play musical excerpts that include Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," "The Flight of the Bumblebee" and "The Ants Go Marching One By One." The performance will be narrated by Perry Accetturo of The ISO Learning Community. Children are encouraged to bring their teddy bears along for the fun! Wednesday, February 8, 10:30 am Central Library: Clowe’s Auditorium One Library Square, 40 East St. Clair Street, Indianapolis

Saturday, February 25, 8 pm – midnight The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis

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February is a month that leaves many couples scrambling to find that perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This year, we’ve got you covered with a list of great date night ideas in Indy. Having a tough time finding a sitter? No worries. Our kid tips offer advice on enjoying a special night out with the kids in tow.




Grab a bite to eat

Ironworks, located at the corner of 86th Street and Keystone Avenue, is chockfull of restaurant options housed in an eye-catching work of architecture. At Sangiovese Ristorante, enjoy a romantic evening featuring authentic Italian cuisine and fine wine. For a true culinary treat, head to Ruth’s Chris Steak House for one of their signature sizzling steaks (they really do sizzle!) If you are looking for something a bit lighter, but are still wanting an elegant surrounding, The Bar at Ruth’s Chris fits the bill. Here you can pair items from their seasonally changing small plates menu with a selection of handcrafted cocktails, wines by the glass and local craft beers. Kid tip: B Spot offers gourmet burgers and shakes the whole family will love. Their selection of kids meals range from grilled cheese to a pint-sized burger, and there are several healthy side options from which to choose. Best of all, they offer call ahead seating to minimize the wait time with hungry little ones.

Enjoy dinner and a movie

Flix Brewhouse in Carmel takes the age-old concept of dinner and a movie to a whole new level. Enjoy handcrafted beers brewed on site and choose from their selection of delectable meals for a movie experience that can’t be beat. To top it off, each theater is comfortably

outfitted with leather reclining chairs and a state-of-the-art sound system. Kid tip: It may have brewhouse in the name, but kids are more than welcome here. Discounted kids tickets are available for G and PG-rated films.

Spend a night at the theater

There is nothing quite like reconnecting with your spouse by spending a night at the theater, and the Indiana Repertory Theatre in downtown Indy is the quintessential spot to do just that. The IRT offers nine plays each season that are crafted with Indiana audiences in mind. Productions cover a variety of subject matters and theatrical styles, but all promise to entertain and provoke discussion (about something other than the kids!) Up next is The Cay, on stage January 28 through February 26, which tells a story of overcoming both hardship and prejudice amid the dangers of World War II. Kid tip: If your kids will be joining you, refer to the IRT’s education page ( for suggested age ranges for each production. Or head to the kid-friendly production of Stuart Little, on stage February 25 through March 26.

Climb to new heights

If you’re up for a little adventure, head to Climb Time Indy on the city’s northside. Climbers of all ability levels will enjoy pushing themselves to new heights on the ever-changing routes at this indoor rock climbing facility. Every Friday night is Date Night at Climb Time from 5-10 pm, and couples receive free shoe rental (a savings of $3 per person). Kid tip: The motto at Climb Time is “If you can walk you can climb.” Check out Kids Club on Wednesday nights from 5:15-6:30 pm. It is just $12 per session and kids receive free coaching on their rock climbing skills. Parents get free harness rental, and also some kid-free time to work on their own climbing skills!

Cheer on the Pacers

Ok, maybe attending a basketball game doesn’t scream “date night,” but between the thrill of the game, the in-arena entertainment and the roar of the crowd, a night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indy will leave you and your spouse feeling like teenagers again. Even if you aren’t the biggest hoops fan, there is plenty to enjoy – from Boomer’s antics to the toe-tapping beats of the High Octane Drumline, a Pacers game is full of non-stop action. If you are lucky, you might even get caught on the kiss (or karaoke!) cam.

Kid tip: A Pacers game can be fun for all ages, and Lucas Oil Family Nights offer a budget-friendly way to treat the whole family to a night out. Starting at $18 each, your family can get a ticket to a designated Family Night game plus a unique Pacers gift and a meal (hot dog, chips and a drink). Upcoming dates are February 4 and 24.

Get creative

You and your spouse can channel your inner artists during one of the Date Night events at the Nickel Plate Arts Campus in Noblesville. These artinspired evenings include artist-led projects and live performances. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. The cost is a reasonable $10 for a single activity for two or the special discounted package: $50 for 6 activities for two. Date Night will be held February 10, 11 and 14 from 6-9 pm. Kid tip: Nickel Plate Arts will hold their Family Valentine’s Day event on February 11 from noon-5 pm. Crafts are $5 each and are inspired by the Date Night activities, which include painting, mixed-media, picture frames and more.

So grab your calendar and block out a special date night this month. Whether it’s with just your special someone or with the kids in tow, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in Indy!

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Step right up! Circus – Starring YOU! opens at The Children’s Museum Enter the Big Top to check out this new exhibit You may feel like you are in the middle of a threering circus at home as you juggle housework, meals and taking care of the kids. Now you have a chance to let the kids have a starring role under the big top somewhere else as Circus – Starring YOU! opens at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Parents get to play ringmaster as little ones learn how to juggle without bopping each other on the head and clown around with digital makeup activities – eliminating the mess. Speaking of dress up, there will be plenty of Instagram and Facebook photo opportunities with dress up activities that don’t involve expensive items from your closet. Museum magic will allow families to look like they’re being shot out of a cannon, flex their muscles by lifting foam barbells and sit atop a unicycle without falling off. What parent hasn’t had a heart-stopping moment when they catch little Johnny or Susie climbing or walking atop something that is higher than they should? At this new exhibit, daredevils will be able to attempt feats of highly-skilled acrobats and athletes on interactives that are secure and low to the ground such as a virtual reality tight rope or test their balance on a rolla bolla. For a little extra excitement, families will be able to try out hoola hoop-looking lyra rings that are stationary. Those who want to keep their feet firmly planted on the ground will learn about the rich diversity of




people, jobs and performances that make up the circus from the past to the present and check out circus artifacts from days gone by. Families can also get in on the act with this at-home circus activity: The Duct Tape Tightrope

• Challenge the most confident member of your family to the blindfold test. If they can stay on the line without dropping anything, they’re on their way to be a tightrope-walking professional! Take your family balancing act to The Children’s Museum, and find out what makes the circus so spectacular. Circus – Starring YOU! will be open Feb. 18 through Nov. 26, 2017.

What you’ll need:

• Carpeted area • Colored duct tape • Large plastic bowl Directions:

• In a carpeted area, place one strip of lengthy duct tape (10 feet or so) in a straight line on the floor. Gather the entire family for a test of balance! • Encourage your beginner to practice walking forward and backward on the line. To increase difficulty, test how fast each of your family members can make it to the end of the “tightrope.” • Make it a double balancing act for those who are more advanced. Just add items like a book and a bowl on top of the player’s head and see how far they can make it without dropping an item or stepping off the walk!


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Would You Know if You Were Having a Heart Attack? Heart attacks happen to women as well as men, but the signs may be less recognizable in women. #taketimeforyou to be aware of heart attack symptoms for women. It may save your life. A heart attack may prompt a dramatic response in a man, causing him to suddenly clutch his chest, gasp for breath and collapse quickly, but heart attack symptoms in women tend to be less dramatic, causing some women not to seek help when it’s needed. While heart attack symptoms in women may not manifest as dramatically as they do in men, they are just as deadly. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, heart disease is responsible for one in four deaths in women in the United States every year. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of African-American and Caucasian women living in the U.S. Equally alarming is the fact that almost two-thirds of the women who died suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.

Cardiac Clues Many women who experience heart attack symptoms think they are dealing with the flu or acid reflux instead of a cardiac emergency. To protect yourself and your loved ones from the consequences of not recognizing heart disease warning signs in women, familiarize yourself with the following symptoms and call 911 if you notice anything unusual. • Cold sweat • Dizziness or nausea • Pain or discomfort in the arms, back, jaw, neck or stomach • Pain or pressure in the chest • Shortness of breath




When heart attack symptoms occur, getting treatment immediately is critical. Taking an aspirin while you wait for emergency care is a good tip to follow, but it is no substitute for professional medical care.

Reduce Your Risk To lessen your likelihood of developing heart disease, make these healthy habits part of your life: • Daily exercise— Thirty minutes of daily physical activity, such as swimming, walking or running, may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which is important to heart health. Plus, you may shed a few pounds when you move on a daily basis! • Healthy diet— Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and heart- healthy oils when you plan your menus.

• Routine check-ups— Schedule regular visits with your primary care provider to stay up-to-date with key numbers for heart health, such as cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and weight. Additionally, add relaxing activities to your to-do list. Deep breathing, meditation and exercises such as tai chi and yoga may help lower your stress levels and improve overall health. Take a few minutes, close your eyes and concentrate on your breath a few times each day. To further help prevent heart disease, schedule your heart health evaluation with the St. Vincent Women’s Cardiac Risk Clinic or visit to learn more. Anderson: 765.646.8538 | Carmel: 317.583.4437

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February is National Children's Dental Health Month To help increase awareness of the importance of regular dental check-ups, we asked several area pediatric dentists to share what makes their practice special.

Carmel Pediatric Dentistry At Carmel Pediatric Dentistry we provide you with the most up-to-date and comprehensive care available in pediatric dentistry. With over 35 years of combined experience, Dr. Carol and Dr. Katie offer the dream team in pediatric dental specialists. Not only are Dr. Carol and Dr. Katie Board Certified Pediatric Dentists, but they are also moms. They understand the complexities of children’s oral health needs and are ready to guide you through your questions about your child’s unique and changing needs. From infant oral hygiene techniques to interceptive orthodontic care, Carmel Pediatric Dentistry is your home for exceptional specialized care.

Katherine T. Nichols, DDS, MSD Carol G. McKown, MS, DDS 12188A N. Meridian Street #365, Carmel, IN 46032 p: (317) 846-3496 —


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"We have a BIG heart for little teeth"




KidzSmile Dentistry Dr. Blair Jones is a board-certified Pediatric Dental Specialist who wants to make your child’s visit to the dentist fun! We provide the highest level of long-term dental services that our young patients and their parents can rely on. At KidzSmile Dentistry, we want to do more than simply treat your child’s current dental condition; we want to help them establish habits to ensure healthy, strong teeth and gums that last a lifetime. Dr. Blair and the staff of KidzSmile Dentistry specialize in special needs and medically challenged children’s dentistry. In addition, we have privileges at Riley Hospital when needed. KidzSmile Dentistry provides the following services: • Routine cleanings and fluoride treatment • Education for kids and parents on how to prevent cavities • Tooth colored fillings and preventative sealants • Crowns and pulp therapy • Nitrous oxide to ease dental anxiety • In-office sedation for fearful children • Hospital dentistry for more extensive dental needs

FISHERS PEDIATRIC Dentistry You don’t have to travel far to get a little taste of paradise… stepping inside Fishers Pediatric Dentistry (FPD) is like wandering through a tropical resort. We have created a fun atmosphere that will put your child at ease the moment they step foot in our door. Here at FPD, we understand that there are often fears and anxieties associated with going to the dentist and getting your child to the dentist is not always easy. Whether your child is a new patient, returning for a routine appointment or visiting to treat tooth decay, we will create the ultimate dental experience by catering to their individual needs and treating them as if they were one of our own. When additional comfort is needed, we offer the services of animal-assisted therapy and have a therapy dog on staff to lend a paw to hold. We absolutely LOVE what we do and have combined our purpose and our passion to transform the dental experience for both parents and our patients. We invite you to learn more by visiting www. While there, be sure to take a tour of our office, meet our surfers and newest team member, Pearly, our Therapy Dog in Training.

Dr. Ana Vázquez, Founder, CEO Dr. Misti Pratt, Co-Owner 9126 Technology Lane, Ste. 100,Fishers, IN 46038 p: (317) 598-9898 —

Dr. Blair and her team have the experience to deliver the results you are seeking. To learn more, please visit or call (317) 561-0090. K. Blair Jones, DMD, MSD 8101A US Hwy 36, Avon, IN 46123 p: (317) 561-0090 —

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pregnancy predicaments how would you handle these sticky situations? WORDS BY // L auren L awson

My parents want us to call them the moment I go into labor so they can rush to the hospital and be part of the experience. (Both my sisters have done this.) While I appreciate their enthusiasm, this is our first child and my husband and I would prefer to have a more private experience to welcome our child into the world. What is the best way to tactfully tell my parents we don’t want them there right away? This, to me, sounds like a lucky situation to be in. For one, you have parents that are excited and eager to be a part of your child’s life. Second, it seems that you and your husband are united in your birthing plan. These are two good things. Remember that and try to remain calm and peaceful in the delivery of your message to your parents. Have the conversation with your parents sooner rather than later. A difficult conversation doesn’t get easier the longer you wait to have it. It just gives more time for your anxiety, stress and fears to grow. Be assertive. Assertive communication involves being mutually respectful to yourself and your parents. Tell them clearly and with confidence that you and your husband have decided that you would like to be alone for




your labor and delivery. It can help to acknowledge your parents’ excitement and show appreciation for their eagerness. You can express gratitude for how they raised you and modeled being a good parent, and how excited you are for them to be grandparents in your child’s life. It can also be helpful to give your parents a job for the delivery day. This will help them feel that they are contributing (check on the family pet, bring you a meal after delivery, find the perfect yellow duck layette to bring baby home in, etc.). How you choose to labor and deliver is deeply personal and only you know what is right for you. Trust yourself and maintain your personal boundaries…great lessons for you to model to your child throughout life as well! Kristen Pastrick, LCSW, LCAC Psychotherapist and Owner of KAP Counseling, LLC in Broad Ripple

feelings about your co-workers’ stories. Many of us want to avoid conflict, but setting boundaries with other people is often needed. Maybe saying something direct would be helpful not only in the moment, but for the future as well. (For example: “This conversation is going to make me upset. Let’s talk about something else.”) You can also excuse yourself from any conversations that take place when you feel like it. If you choose to redirect the conversation, pick a work subject that will allow their interest to move from personal agendas to more pertinent work topics. If your attempt at redirection doesn’t flow smoothly, it can still be considered successful as long as the person responds to changing the subject matter. Remember that assertiveness can allow us to avoid conversations that we do not plan to participate in now, or in the future. Colleenia Korapatti, MA, LMHC Private Practice, Groff And Associates

Although my pregnancy seems to be going well, I have had a miscarriage in the past and am very nervous about things turning out okay this time around. It doesn’t help that several coworkers, upon learning I’m pregnant, begin to tell me a horror story they’ve personally had or someone they’ve known has had during pregnancy. Maybe they are trying to “bond” by sharing these experiences, but it just makes me upset. Is there a nice way I can redirect these types of conversations when they begin? Whether a woman has experienced a miscarriage or not, concern about the health of her baby is typically universal. This would likely be more intense for women who have previously miscarried a child. This work situation would likely make anybody upset and uncomfortable. People often do not know what to say when it comes to difficult situations. They may ramble on because they cannot think of socially appropriate ways to respond. With that being said, you may want to decide to genuinely share your

We are receiving quite a bit of pressure from my husband’s side of the family to carry on the family name and give our son a name we definitely do not like. We don’t even want to use it as a middle name! Choosing not to follow tradition here will really ruffle some feathers though. What can we say to family members to help them accept our decision? The naming of a child is such a personal decision. Parents want a name that has a significant meaning to them. When receiving suggestions from family members about naming a child, start by thanking them for their input. Let them know that you are glad they care about the decision but it truly is a personal choice and you hope they will respect that.

Some very important themes can be conveyed to family members who are pressuring you to choose the name they want. You might say: - We have picked out a name that is very special to us. Please give us the opportunity to make this very personal choice. - The name we chose has a special meaning and we hope you will respect the decision we have made without pressuring us. - Love our child whatever the name; he or she will be family. Love me enough to let me choose the name I feel is best for my child.

It is important to stay united in this decision. Both husband and wife need to support each other so other family members do not think it is just the wife’s decision to use another name that will not carry on the family tradition. Dr. Marcia Compton, D. Min., LMHC, LAC AAA Hope Counseling

I have a very traditional mother-inlaw who has not so subtly stated her opinion that once a woman becomes a mother, she should leave her career to stay home and raise her children. I like my job and plan to go back to it after my maternity leave ends. I want to be respectful of her opinion, but her comments are starting to get under my skin. What should I say next time she brings this up?

confrontation and hurt feelings – including your own! Ultimately, you have to do what is best for you and your spouse. One way to respond might be to say “We have talked about it and we think it is best for our family for me to return to work." Or, "We want our son/ daughter to know that women can be successful [as both mothers and career women] so we feel it is important for me to continue to work" or "I truly enjoy my job and believe I can be both a successful mom and a successful ." Another simple strategy for almost any type of situation is the sandwich technique, where you say the unpleasant thing sandwiched between two compliments or nice things. Example: "You have done such a great job raising your kids. We have decided I am going to return to work. We know you will continue to love and support us as we raise little Johnny." Good luck! Jessica Hood, MSW, LCSW Child & Adolescent Therapist Indy Child Therapy

Whether it’s Aunt Dot pushing her home remedy cream or your mom’s insistence on using cloth diapers, not everyone realizes when their “ helpful” suggestions cross the line. Learn how to handle these situations in an assertive (but gracious) manner now and you can lay the foundation for good relationships for years to come!

Wow, that's tough! It can be hard to assert yourself, especially when you value another's opinion. Your MIL, sister, dad, friend, or even a store clerk are going to have opinions about what you should do with your child; being kind, but firm in your decision and response are crucial to avoiding February 2017 // INDYSCHILD.COM 21

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Get answers to the ques tions fi rs t-time pare nts as k mos t !

And yes, sleeping on their back really is best for babies. “We know that it is uncomfortable, and we know that babies probably prefer to sleep on their stomach or side, but it is really important and the safest way,” Keim says.

WORDS BY // Megan Bohrer

Welcome to parenthood – and your lifetime membership to the Worry Club! Your first child is your inauguration. Rest assured that you are in excellent company as generations of parents have spent countless hours asking themselves, “What am I doing?” The good news is that babies are resilient, parental intuition is strong and there is a wealth of knowledge at your disposal. How do you manage the inevitable questions you will have along the way? First, find yourself a great pediatrician. We asked two local experts to weigh in on some of the most common concerns parents have. James G. Cumming, D.O., (better known to his patients as “Dr. Jim”) is a father of three children himself. Dr. Jim practices at Meridian Pediatrics in Carmel. Ashley Keim, CPNP, is a Certified Nurse Practitioner at Open Door in Muncie. A mother of two children, Keim formerly worked for eight years as a nurse at Riley Children’s Hospital. Here are the questions they often hear from new parents.




Looking to pave the way for more restful nights in the future? “Whenever possible, put a baby down to sleep while he or she is still awake,” says Dr. Jim. “This will allow them to learn to transition to sleep by themselves and to self-soothe.”

Germs are every where – how can I protect my child ? How can I tell if my baby is eating enough ?

When will my baby sleep through the night?

“If your baby is feeding, peeing and pooping well, 99 times out of 100 life is good and the baby is healthy,” says Dr. Jim.

“Lower your expectations of a restful night,” says Keim. Babies who sleep through the night at a very young age are at risk of malnourishment, as their stomachs only hold so much, which is why they wake to eat frequently. It isn’t until they hit that magic mark, weighing about 10 pounds, that they will really sleep for longer stretches. Keim also warns that giving formula or rice cereal to make your baby sleep longer is a myth, and can even be dangerous.

Worried about your baby spitting up? According to Keim, “All babies spit up due to weak neck muscles. We only worry if they are losing weight or are in pain.”

“The baby’s home environment should be clean, but NOT sterile. Data collected over the past years has shown us that children raised in ‘non-germaphobic’ homes have lower rates of asthma and allergies and better balanced immunity,” says Dr. Jim. “Ninety percent of what your child has is a virus,” adds Keim. She advises parents not to reach for the medication right away. To ease symptoms in newborns and children under one year of age, she recommends a humidifier at night, a towel rolled under the crib mattress to provide slight elevation and lots of fluids.

When will my baby not cry so much ? All babies cry, and some do it more than others, leaving many new parents feeling helpless and wondering if something is wrong. “It won’t last forever,” says Keim, who states that crying typically reduces significantly around 3-4 months of age. Keim urges parents who are feeling frustrated to put the baby down in a safe space, such as a crib or pack and play, and take a break.

How important is it to reach developmental milestones on time ? Watching children grow and develop is exciting, and it can be easy to compare your baby to what other babies are doing. New parents are often eager for their child to reach the next milestone, but rushing things can have negative consequences down the road. A good

example? Potty training too early. “Don’t try to potty train before your child is two years old. It will just end in disaster,” says Keim. Children do not possess the fine motor skills or control to be able to master this feat, and kids who are pushed to potty train too early are likely to suffer chronic constipation.

Am I bothering my pediatrician with all my calls ? “When in doubt, call me,” Keim says, reinforcing that on-call numbers at pediatrician’s offices are created for new parents and new babies. Although she is a medical professional herself, Keim says she calls her pediatrician when she has questions about her own children. Although new parents often deliberate about whether or not to call their pediatrician, most medical professionals will say make the call and put your mind at ease.

How do I know if I’m doing this right? Parenting is the biggest job you will ever have – and everyone has an opinion about how you should be doing it. “Don’t put too much pressure on yourself,” says Keim. “All you have to do is talk to your baby, play with your baby and stay off of your phone."

Others have walked this path before and made the same mistakes. As Dr. Jim says, “Children are not perfect, and neither are their parents. You will do your best as a parent, but accidents will inevitably happen, and that is okay.”

Remember that parenting is a marathon, not a sprint!

Ask for help and guidance from those around you and remember that your pediatrician expects to be an important source of support for you throughout your child’s development. Congratulations on your new baby – enjoy the ride!

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infant massage How simple touch yields powerful benefits WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle

The advantages read like every new parent’s dream for their baby – better sleep, boosted brain development, relief from tummy troubles and a stronger immune system. So what’s the secret? Surprisingly, just your hands, a little time and a centuries-old belief in the power of touch. Infant massage, long practiced by ancient cultures around the globe, has seen a steady rise in popularity in the U.S. during the last thirty years or so, starting with preterm infants in the NICU and becoming more mainstream as research repeatedly backs up its claims. “There’s been a renewed focus on brain development, bonding and attachment, and parents are realizing just how important those first few months of life really are,” says Linda Storm, Founding Executive Director of Infant Massage USA, who now trains instructors across the country. “We know all those little tender touches really make a difference, and infant massage gives parents those tools.” With infant massage classes now offered at hospitals, birth centers and massage practices across central Indiana, parents have more choices (and more questions) than ever. Indy’s Child contacted local and national experts to answer some frequently asked questions on the subject.




Being a new parent is overwhelming! Are the benefits of infant massage really worth my time and effort? The answer is an empirical “yes” from experts who point to all the ways the practice can help both baby and parents navigate those unpredictable first few months. “As new parents, often the more you read, the more confused you are. But infant massage is one tool that is straightforward – it’s just a series of strokes designed specifically to promote calm in the infant and confidence as a parent,” says Laura Guzzi, a medical social worker at St. Vincent Hospital who leads infant massage classes at the Carmel location. For babies, the benefits of massage are plentiful, including what all parents crave – more restful sleep. A 2000 study found that infants who were massaged before bedtime developed better sleeping cycles by eight weeks and produced more melatonin, a sleep regulator, at night by twelve weeks. Experts also credit massage with stimulating an infant’s digestive system, leading to better weight gain and less uncomfortable gas; improving coordination, balance and body awareness; and promoting relaxation, reducing stress hormones and allowing the infant to better calm him or herself.

But the benefits aren’t only for your baby. The practice can be equally helpful for parents, who experts say gain confidence by learning to better recognize their child’s verbal and nonverbal cues, form strong bonds through the power of touch and, perhaps most importantly, actually give themselves permission to turn off distractions and spend uninterrupted time with their baby. In fact, a 2000 study found that fathers who regularly massaged their infants reported higher self-esteem as parents and were more expressive, showing more enjoyment and warmth during time with their babies, and they were greeted with more eye contact, smiling and vocalizing. Massage can also be a powerful tool for mothers struggling with postpartum depression, with a 2001 study showing improved marks on the standard Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale among moms who learned massage.

“I remember taking my daughter home and thinking, ‘Well now what?’” recalls Amy Stenger-Sullivan, owner of Baby’s First Massage, an Ohio-based organization that trains infant massage therapists across the country. “Just having that positive action to take with infant massage was helpful.”

I’m getting no sleep and I barely have time to shower. Is infant massage complicated to learn? How long does it take to do? The simplicity and flexibility of infant massage is one the best parts, experts say. “Parents are busy, they’re back at work sooner than before, and they’re like, ‘You want me to do one more thing?’ But it’s something that will help both you and your baby,” Storm says. “It’s just a quiet time of slowing down and being intentional, even if it’s only ten minutes. It’s a time to reconnect.”

The strokes are simple and intuitive, and experts say they’re all beneficial, no matter if you only complete the legs or have time to massage baby’s tummy. Most instructors also offer take-home materials.

What should I look for in an infant massage class? Some classes consist of an hour or so of one-time instruction, while others are structured as a weekly series, with advantages to both formats. It may be easier for both parents and other caregivers to attend a one-time class, while multi-week instruction can help parents and baby adjust gradually to the massage process. Experts recommend parents seek out instructors who have training specifically in infant massage and who have first-hand experience working with families and babies. There are a variety of infant massage instructor certifications, including the Certified Educator of Infant Massage

(CEIM) and the Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI). Simple massage techniques can benefit even days-old babies, as long as they are healthy and taking feedings well, experts say, and purposeful touch can be useful well past infanthood. Most classes are designed for babies six weeks and older, typically until they become mobile. Experts encourage new parents to seek out infant massage offerings in their area and to consider the practice a simple way to connect as a family. “Sometimes infant massage is seen as this ‘new age’ thing, like, ‘Oh, this is a massage? I can’t afford the luxury of learning to massage my baby,’” Storm says. “But it really is an investment in the future; the future of your relationship with your child and the development of your family.”

[Area Infant Massage Classes] Advanced Breastfeeding Care

Cara Mehlon Birth and Wellness Studio

9595 Angola Court (office inside Center for Early Orthodontic Treatment), Indianapolis

Offered at the Carmel studio and Sacred Roots Midwifery and Birth Center

Offering one-time infant massage classes Feb. 3, March 3 and April 14, 10:30 am -noon Cost: $20 More info: www. advancedbreast AshiBloom Southside, Indianapolis

Offers four to five session infant massage class series taught at client’s home Cost: $50 per family for series More info: www., ashbloomington@gmail. com, 610-750-1622

6620 Parkdale Pl. Suite K, Indianapolis

In-person infant massage consultations Cost: $85 More info: www.,, 812-212-9512 Curvy Girl Studio 2024 Cherry Street, Noblesville

Afternoon infant massage workshops offered upon request More info: www. curvygirlstudio, curvygirlstudio@gmail. com, 317-385-3406

Hancock Wellness Center 8505 N. Clearview Dr., McCordsville

Free infant massage workshop, April 8, 9-11 am More info: Contact Linda Garrity at 317-468-4383 or lgarrity@hancock, www. hancockregional St. Vincent Carmel Hospital 13500 N. Meridian St., Carmel

One-time infant massage class offered about every five weeks for babies 6 weeks to 9 months Families do not need to have given birth at St. V to enroll Cost: $25 per family More info: 317-338-2229, St-Vincent-Womens/ Patient-Education/ Class-Descriptions.aspx

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Time for a Trim? Try these haircut tips for children with autism working with kids on the spectrum, encourages families to give stylists as much information as they can about their child’s personality, sensory issues and aversions. “There has to be a level of openness between the person who is doing the haircut and the child,” she says. “The stylist has to be open and understanding of these kids, because you really can’t force a child to get a haircut.” When talking to your child ahead of time about the upcoming appointment, a social story can help ease anxiety. Some parents also suggest using the word “trim” instead of “cut” if you know your child has a tendency to take words very literally.

From loud hair dryers, to the clicking of clippers, strong chemical smells and the challenge of sitting still, a trip to the hair salon is often anything but relaxing for children on the autism spectrum and their parents. “It was always a huge ordeal,” recalls Elizabeth Moss, of Zionsville, whose 3-year-old son has autism. “He would be screaming and crying, and the person cutting his hair would be uncomfortable, and I would be covered in sweat from trying to hold him down and the stress of it all.” The issue of how to make haircuts easier for kids with sensory sensitivities is a common topic among special needs families. Here we’ve asked local stylists and parents to share their best tips.

Prepare, prepare, prepare Do your research when picking a hair salon, barber shop or individual stylist and call ahead to explain your child’s needs. You might ask if you can get the last appointment of the day so the place won’t be as busy, or see if you can book back-to-back appointments in case your child needs extra time to adjust. Danielle Schrier, a Plainfield stylist who’s well known for




Take time to explore Once at the salon, the stylist should talk your child through what will happen and give them time to check out the equipment. Clippers, in particular, can bother boys on the spectrum who might dislike the clicking sound and vibrations. Ask the stylist to demonstrate how they work or even use them on the child’s arm before the haircut begins.

Anticipate issues Be prepared for things that might upset your child. Bring an extra change of clothes in case your child doesn’t want to wear the cutting cape, and apply talcum or baby powder beforehand to keep hair trimmings from sticking to their skin. Offering distractions, such as snacks, sensory bins and tablets, can also be helpful.

and the owner of Exceptional Haircare, a mobile salon that specializes in working with kids with special needs. “Forcing the child to the point of tears will only make the next haircut experience even worse, and they will always associate that experience with that stylist.” As for Elizabeth Moss’ 3-year-old son with autism, after two years of seeing Joe White at the Boone Village Barber Shop, she says haircuts are nowhere near the struggle they once were. “Now he actually sits in the chair and gets his haircut like it’s no big deal,” she says. “Joe is the best of both worlds because he’s good with kids with special needs, and he gives a good haircut!” Looking for a new haircut home? These local stylists are recommended by parents of kids with sensory sensitivities. Liz Groth, Walt’s Barber Shop 105 S. Madison Ave., Greenwood 317-888-9258, Mike McCabe, Avon Barber Shop 8401 E. US Hwy 36 E., Avon 317-707-7507, Danielle Schrier, Studio C Family Hair Care 115 W. Krewson St., Plainfield Cell: 317-879-6977

Be flexible

Matt Stilger, Main St Barber Shop 41 W Main St, Carmel 317-846-8455,

If your child would rather sit on your lap or even on the floor during the haircut, your stylist should be able to accommodate. While it may take longer, with stops, starts and experimenting with distractions, experienced stylists urge parents not to force their child past his or her limit.

Joe White, Boone Village Barber Shop 47 Boone Village, Zionsville 317-873-2234

“You should be okay with your child not getting a complete haircut the first time,” says stylist Tammy Wooldridge, a mom of two young adults with autism

Tammy Wooldridge, Exceptional Haircare Mobile salon specializing in working with kids with special needs 317-709-4649,

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Kids with Rare Diseases What their parents want you to know

If a single disease affected 30 million people in the U.S., or nearly one in 10 Americans, there would surely be vast research, pharmaceutical trials and public awareness on the subject. But families affected by nearly 7,000 rare diseases and disorders – which, individually affect fewer than 200,000 Americans each, but together approach the 30 million mark – often feel isolated and ignored. “These families often struggle to even get a diagnosis because the information on rare diseases just isn’t there, and pharmaceutical companies aren’t really interested in using their money to discover and research drugs for these disorders because the profits just aren’t there,” says Barb Calhoun, nurse practitioner and outreach coordinator for the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases at the University of Notre Dame. To mark Rare Disease Day 2017, observed February 28 worldwide, Indy’s Child asked local parents what they want you to understand about raising a child with an uncommon illness.

We have to be the experts on our child’s condition Because so little is known about some rare conditions, parents often find themselves thrust into the role of being the preeminent authority on every aspect of their child’s disorder. “I think what frustrates me most about having a child with a rare condition is that we, as parents, are the experts,” says Indianapolis mom Meredith Howell, whose daughter Lola, 6, is one of only about 40 people worldwide diagnosed with the rare genetic condition Bosch Boonstra Schaaf optic atrophy syndrome. “We rely on the experts for each ‘symptom’ of Lola’s condition – visual impairment, epilepsy and global delays – but we really are the ones putting the puzzle of her condition together.” 30



This may mean that when you hear updates from a parent about their child’s progress it may sound more like a medical seminar than simple coffee talk, but please keep asking, these parents say. Ask them to explain things you don’t understand and celebrate even the smallest milestones along with them.

Don’t be afraid to ask us questions Although these parents may have to explain their child’s condition to multiple people a day, they’d rather be talked to than simply talked about. “It is okay to ask questions, and we prefer it to just staring,” says Myriam Serrano, an Indianapolis mom whose daughter, Annalise, 1, has lissencephaly, a disorder marked by an absence of brain folds and grooves, which affects neural and mental development. “I appreciate when people ask about her condition or her G-tube, and I love to share her story. It is frustrating to have people stare or whisper rather than just come talk to us and meet Annalise.”

Social media is our community When you’re the parent of a child with a rare disorder, you don’t exactly find other families dealing with the same condition down the street or even in the same state. Facebook is a crucial connection for these parents. “About three months after Emmett got his diagnosis, I received an email from another parent of a child with Xia-Gibbs Syndrome, and it was like a weight had been lifted,” recalls Arika E., of Anderson, whose son, age 4, is one of only 35 people in the world known to have the genetic mutation. “We decided to start a private group on Facebook, and we have around 30 families from all around the world. We share the good times and the bad. We ask each other questions and give advice. It is nice to know that we are not alone in this journey.” It’s important to respect that these online connections are important, parents say, but also know that your in-person friendship is important to them, too.

Our kids are still just kids Between meeting with doctors, specialists and multiple therapists who often aren’t local, parents of children with rare disorders may not have a lot of free time, but that doesn’t mean they want to be left out of birthday parties and playdates. “We’re still out here! That’s probably the biggest thing I want people to know,” says Natalie Brenneman, a Plainfield mom whose son, Evan, 1, has Prader-Willi syndrome, a complex genetic condition that causes weak muscle tone in infancy and, later, constant hunger. “I tell people, ‘Please still invite us to playdates,’ because having a child with a rare disorder can be kind of isolating.” Indianapolis mom Sierra Watson, whose son, Owen, 2, has a rare chromosomal anomaly called trisomy 9 mosaic, adds, “My child is a child first. We want to be treated normally and we want our children to be treated as such. We may not be able to go out for coffee or dinner every time you ask, but we still want to be asked.”

Despite the many unknowns, we just want our child to be happy It’s difficult not to have a roadmap of how your child’s condition will shape their future, but these parents want to live in the present, too, and they need friends to support them where they are. “The most challenging part is the unknown. Everyone asks about life expectancy, and I just don’t know,” says Laura Fuquay, of Fishers, whose 7-year-old son Austin is missing a large piece of his fourth chromosome, causing him to be deaf, nearly blind and nonverbal. The family has yet to find anyone with the exact same deletion. “As we don't know anything about his potential, our goal is to make him the best Austin he can be and let him define what that is. We just want to give him the best life we can afford, and we feel blessed to have him in our lives.” For more information on Rare Disease Day and to see events near you, visit

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

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

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

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



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

LITTLE STAR CENTER Children's Therapy Connection Children’s Therapy Connection is offering It Takes Two to Talk® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalized group setting, parents discover simple things you can do during everyday activities like meal time, story time and bath time to create enjoyable learning opportunities for your child. If you’d like to enroll in our Hanen class, please call (317) 288-7606 or 7478 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: info@,

Disability & Autism Services of Indiana (DASI) DASI has proudly served Indiana families since 2008. Our mission is to provide the highest quality ABA Therapy and supporting Speech Therapy to children with Autism in their natural environments. DASI specializes in outreach ABA Therapy services for children ages two to twenty-two. We utilize the most effective research-based 1:1 behavioral interventions and specialize in maximizing learning opportunities and outcomes. With over 75 years of combined experience, our families choose DASI because of the care and specialized services we provide. With Fishers & Greensburg, Indiana locations; we offer in home, school, clinic and community based ABA Therapy. 9780 Lantern Rd. Suite 130, Fishers, IN 46037, Phone: (317) 863-8110;


Easter Seals Crossroads

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

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) is Indiana's only full-time school dedicated to helping young children (birth to age 8) who are deaf or hard of hearing develop spoken language and literacy skills with the focus of transitioning into their local, community school. Dramatic advances in technology, including sophisticated hearing aids and cochlear implants, give children with significant hearing loss access to sound. With appropriate speech therapy, auditory rehabilitation and language training, children are able to develop spoken language skills. St. Joseph Institute offers a variety of Listening and Spoken Language programs including: early intervention services, internet therapy, full-time preschool program, mainstream support, ongoing consultation, and comprehensive educational training opportunities for families and professionals. With over 175 years of experience, we are professional leaders in the field of Listening and Spoken Language education.

Visit our website for more information. 9192 Waldemar Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-471-8560,

Unlocking the Spectrum Unlocking The Spectrum was created with the mission of making ABA Therapy accessible to ALL children with autism by providing high quality ABA Therapy services throughout Indiana. Unlocking The Spectrum specializes in bringing the therapy to the client--in their home and in their community. Clients receive services in a wide variety of settings including their home, school, Unlocking The Spectrum's Centers, and the community to ensure that skills are generalized across all environments. Intensive parent training and collaboration with all members of a client's team are an essential part of every individualized program developed. Contact us for a free initial consultation. Indianapolis: 8646 Guion Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46268; Columbus: 1015 3rd St Suite C, Columbus, IN 47201; Terre Haute: 3464 South 4th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47802; Bloomington: 417 S Clarizz Boulevard, Bloomington, IN 47401, Phone: (855) INFO-UTS; e-mail: info@;



February Special Needs Events SAT 04

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Lights Up, Sound Down Movies: “The Lorax”

Sensory Friendly Films: "The LEGO Batman Movie "

Lights Up, Sound Down movies are open to everyone, but are specifically meant to give families and children with autism and sensory issues the opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies in a comfortable, sensory-friendly setting with the lights turned up and volume turned down in the auditorium. RSVP for free tickets through local sponsor WestPoint Financial: www. FREE. Location: Hamilton 16 + IMAX, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-370-9007, www.

Special Needs Screening: “A Dog’s Purpose”

Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles during the movie. Tickets are free for children with special needs and their siblings, with adult tickets available for the before-noon price. FREE

(FOR CHILDREN). Location: Studio Movie Grill, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-370-9007, www.studiomoviegrill. com/Movie/Film-Series/Special-NeedsScreenings

FRI 10 Night to Shine Special Needs Prom

Night to Shine is a worldwide movement sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation that’s changing Valentine’s Day weekend from simply a celebrations of love, to a celebration of God’s love for people with special needs. Night to Shine provides a red-carpet entrance complete with a friendly welcome from paparazzi, limousine rides, hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, and, of course, a dance floor. The event is free. 14+ The link to registration is here: Location: Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Time: 6-9 p.m.

AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! The Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.

Location: AMC Castleton Square 14, Time: 10 a.m., sensory-friendly-films

THURS 16 When Your Child is Newly Diagnosed with Autism

In partnership with Johnson County and Surrounding Schools and the Johnson County Autism Support Group, the Indiana Resource Center for Autism presents this free parent support group meeting geared toward family members of individuals who have a diagnosis along the autism spectrum. For additional information and to RSVP, visit FREE. Location: Special Services Johnson County, Time: 6:30-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007,

Hear Indiana Parent INcouragement Night

Looking for a place to meet other parents who are on the same journey as you? Hear Indiana's INcouragement Night was designed to give parents of children who have a hearing loss a safe and encouraging place to learn about valuable topics and share about their experiences. Hear Indiana provides free child care and dinner at all Parent INcouragement Nights. RSVP to FREE. Location: Hear Indiana, Time: 6:00-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007, www.hear resources/incouragement-night

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Special Needs Screening: “The LEGO Batman Movie”

NAMI Meet and Greet Advocacy Day

(FOR CHILDREN). Location: Studio Movie Grill, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 370-9007, Movie/Film-Series/Special-Needs-Screenings

advocacy/meet-greet/. FREE. Location: Indiana Statehouse, Time: 9:00 am-1:30 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007, www.

Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles during the movie. Tickets are free for children with special needs and their siblings, with adult tickets available for the before-noon price. FREE

WEDS 22 HANDS Model in Practice Transition and Vocational Programming Workshop

Join the HANDS Team for this intensive three-day training that focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching in a simulated work environment. Individuals with disabilities participate, facilitating a rich learning environment for all. While the program includes traditional instructional methods such as lectures and discussion, the emphasis of training is building increased knowledge and skill of the process of making appropriate programming decisions for each individual, workplace and/or intervention team through hands-on application and learning. The cost is $50 for current VR providers/personnel and $450 for others working as educators, counselors or other personnel. Location: HANDS in Autism Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center, Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007, uploads/3-Day-Intensive-TransitionVocational-Programming-Flyer.pdf


Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to help build relationships with legislators, to educate them about NAMI and those affected by serious mental illnesses and ask for their support for policies and laws that provide help to those who need it. Register here:

SAT 25 Strike a Difference Bowl-a-Thon

This family friendly bowling event benefits FUSE - Families United for Support and Encouragement. All bowlers are challenged to raise a minimum of $100. Put together a team of five or sign up as an individual. Bowling will start at 5 p.m. with check-in at 4 p.m. Location: Strike Force Lanes, Time: 4 p.m.,

Sensory Friendly Films: "Rock Dog"

AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! The Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Location: AMC Indianapolis 17, Time: 10a.m.,

What’s Missing from Your Child’s IEP?

Cornerstone Autism Center presents this free workshop with parent advocate Erin Moon-Walker. Find out what school services children with autism often need, how to get more services and other tools for your advocacy toolbox. This event is open to the public. RSVP to Sheila Edwards at 317-8881557 or sedwards@cornerstoneautismcenter. com. FREE. Location: Cornerstone Autism Center – West Lafayette, Time: 5:30-7:00 pm, Phone: 317-888-1557

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WORDS BY // Christa Melnyk Hines

Preparing Happy Campers Camp starlight

Summer camp is a time-honored tradition, rich with activities, newfound friendships and a lifetime of memories. Explore a few ways to make your child's camp experience smooth sailing from start to finish.

Overnight camps, typically in an outdoor setting, can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks and are generally offered for children ages 7 and up. If you aren't sure your child is ready, allow him to spend the night at friends' houses occasionally. Or, as Berkel suggests, take advantage of a weekend family camping opportunity, usually offered in the fall and spring to familiarize campers and their families with the facilities and staff.

S'more than just fun According to the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research organization, children who participate in summer programs, like experiential learning activities offered in an organized camp, are less likely to experience a significant summer learning slide.

Camp also enhances a child's physical and emotional well-being. Activities build social skills, teamwork and independence, which all contribute to stronger selfconfidence and leadership abilities.

"I often hear from parents how amazed they are when their children return home after spending time at camp... about how they seem older and more mature," says Doug Berkel, a YMCA senior program director of Youth Development Services.

Avoid camp run amok First, together with your child, decide what skills you want your child to gain and choose a camp that fits her needs and interests, as well as your family's values.

Check out safety guidelines in the camp's parent handbook. Look for overnight camps accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). "ACA standards are the most universal and well-known standards adopted by most camps to ensure a quality and safe program," Berkel says.

Day and specialty camps should carry a current state childcare license. Additionally, staff should be trained in emergency, communication and safety procedures, behavior management techniques (including handling the common bout of homesickness), and child abuse prevention.




Conquer camp blues

Camp sunshine Day camps are a practical way to introduce children, ages five to 12, to the camp experience. Most center on a theme, like sports, science, nature, technology and the arts.

Ann Bowley says that when her stepson, Trevor, was younger, he enjoyed planning out the day camps he wanted to attend each summer. However, as her son got older he grew more apprehensive about starting over with a new group of kids each week.

"We talked to him about it and he never changed his plans. We just looked for school mates that might be in camp with him to help him be more comfortable," she says.

Preparation and an awareness of what to expect can ease the transition from home to camp. Before your child departs, go over a list of everything she will need. Pack a physical connection to home like a favorite sleeping bag, stuffed animal or pillow.

Also, mail a card ahead of time to ensure it arrives before the end of camp. Tell your child how you look forward to hearing her camp stories, but avoid saying how much you miss her which can trigger homesickness and worry.

Fourteen-year veteran Boy Scout leader, soccer coach and father of eight, John Whiteside, is a camping pro. Over the years, he and his children have participated in multiple camps, including sports, band and weeklong scout camps.

Initial nervousness isn't unusual. If your child asks to come home, Whiteside says to consider the situation, but to encourage him to discuss his anxieties with the camp counselor and take it one day at a time.

Camp ability Specialty camps center around one activity like music, art, sports or science. These camps provide children the space to further explore and develop a skill that interests them.

"Specialty camps tend to run...partial days and could be a nice addition to regular day camps," Berkel says.

"Tell him 'Yes, today was hard, but I think it will be better tomorrow' and usually tomorrow is better," he says.

While your child may struggle at first, chances are he'll come home a happy camper with a heightened sense of self-confidence, memorable stories and a passel of new friends to boot.

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CAMP GUIDE DAY CAMPS A Children's Habitat Summer Camp 801 West 73rd Street, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 726-5584, Email:, Dates: June 12-15, 19-22, 26-29 and July 10-13, 17-20, 24-27 Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00am–noon (ages 18 mos–age 3) and 9:00am–1:00 pm (ages 3+) Ages: 18 mos. through age 12 Activities Included: Themes vary by week.

A Children's Habitat Montessori School offers 6 weeks of themed camp fun for children 18 months through age 12. These Montessoribased experiences offer multi-age environments filled with child-led activities in our indoor and outdoor classrooms and play spaces. Cooking to science, art to gardening, children let curiosity guide every discovery! All camps are just $135 per week.

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Summer Camp 2017 – “Barnyard Blast” 600 W 70th St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 259-6854, Email:, Dates: Session 1: June 5 – June 30 / Sesson 2: July 3 – July 28 Hours: Flexible hours. Half Days/Full Days. Other Options available: Early drop off as early as 7:30am and late pickup anytime up until 6:00pm/5:30pm on Fridays Ages: 12 months+ through 5 years+ Activities: Weekly creative themes, arts and crafts, water fun at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Aquatic Complex for 3’s, 4’s and 5’s. Water play for 12 months through 2’s. Music/Creative Movement, Entertainment, Field Trip Fridays for 4’s and 5’s

Our Summer Program “Barnyard Blast” is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Our Program recognizes that children learn through play. Play fosters total development and should be interwoven in everything children do. During camp, the children will experiment and explore by using all five senses. Our campers will thrive on creativity, exploration, discovery, spontaneity and lots of love!

Camp Invention Multiple locations throughout the greater Indianapolis metro area, Phone: (800) 968-4332, Email:, Dates: Vary based on location Ages: Children entering K-6th grade Activities Included: Hands-on STEM activities

Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! This summer’s all-new curriculum allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a




week of hands-on activities that will launch your child’s imagination. Visit or call 800.968.4332. Discounts available!

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Summer Camp Series 1235 Central Park Dr., East Carmel, IN, Phone: (317) 848-7275 , Email:, summercampseries/ Special Needs Offered: We offer assessments if your child requires an ADA modification to any of our camps. Dates: May 30-August 4 Hours: Monday-Friday and fall between the 7am-6pm timeframe, but vary based on camp Ages: 5-15 years Activities Included: Camp themes include art, theatre, sports, nature, and science.

Summer Camp Series + You = Fun! Join us for our 2017 Summer Camp Series with themes focusing on art, theatre, sports, nature, and science. Camps run May 30-August 4 for ages 5-15 years, from 7am-6pm Mon-Fri (vary based on camp). Don’t wait! Spots fill up quickly, so register your child today at

Central Indiana Academy of Dance Summer Dance Camps 14950 Greyhound Ct., Suite #4, Carmel, IN, Phone: (317) 581-2423, Email:, Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm Dates: June - July Ages: 3-18 Activities Included: Dance

There’s something for everyone this summer at Central Indiana Academy of Dance!! The summer starts off June 5 with our popular young dancer day camps, featuring themes such as Frozen, Moana, and Elena of Avalor for ages 3 -6!! Themes change each week, as do the crafts, and each camp features a studio performance at the end of the week! And don’t forget to join us for our Youth Dance Camp June 19 -23, for ages 6-10, and Central Indiana Dance Ensemble’s annual Summer Intensive, for your experienced dancer, July 24 -August 4.

Cincinnati Reds Baseball/ Softball Camps Billericay Park: 12600-12883 Promise Rd., Fishers, IN 60555, Contact: Tim Rappe, Phone: (855) 846-7337, Email:, Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports Hours: 9am-3pm; M-F

Dates: Billericay Park in Fishers; 6/5-6/9, 2017 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American Ball Park, full Reds uniform (hat, jersey, belt, MLB-style pants), 4 game tickets

Official Camps of the Reds. 30 hrs. of World Class baseball/ softball training and unforgettable Reds experience. Meet a top player at GABP. 30 hrs. of instruction. Bring a buddy and save $25. Maybe the best baseball camp in America. Camp sold out last year so register early.

Confucius Institute Chinese Culture Camp Phone: (317) 278-7900, Email:, Dates: June 5 – July 28, 2017 Hours: 7:30am – 6pm Ages: Children in grades K-8 (must be at least 5yrs old to enroll) Activities Included: Crafts, Sports, Calligraphy, Singing, Dancing, Chinese Language and Academic classes

For language learning, the younger the better. To better prepare our children to learn 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 eight weeks. Students will have a full curriculum of Chinese language, calligraphy, crafts and sports, singing and dancing and academic classes.

Dana Mannix Gymnastics 9325 Uptown Dr., Suite 1000, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 863-0491, Email:, www.danamannix Dates: June 5-July 27 Hours: 9:00am-1:00pm/9:00am-3:00pm Ages: 2 and up Activities Included: gymnastics, cheer, ninja, tumbling, American Girl

Dana Mannix gymnastics offers camps all summer long! Traditional day camps and Preschool Power camps where campers will participate in structured gymnastics each day along with many other fun activities. Tumbling, cheer, American Girl and Ninja Camps! Please visit our website for more details!

Freetown Village 5950 E. 46th St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 631-1870, Email:, Dates: June 12 - July 21, 2017 Hours: 8:00am - 5:30pm Ages: 5 -14 (K-8th) Activities Included: Academic enrichment (math/language arts/social studies), arts and crafts, theater, hands-on activities, manners and etiquette lessons, team building, games, weekly field trips.

Six weekly sessions of learning and fun! Our camp fosters discovery, appreciation of the arts, and personal growth. Highlighting Indiana and 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.

Heritage Day Camps 6401 E 71st St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 849-3441, Email:, Dates: Begins May 30 Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm Camp Programming Activities Included: Hands on experiences, student created inventions, art projects, daily worship and Bible lessons, Field Trips off campus, Science experiments, iPad/computer coding, LEGO robotics, physics of simple machines

Heritage Day Camps is open for all K-5th grade campers. Each week Heritage Day Camps offers a different experience. Experiences include May 30-June 2: Arts and Crafts Extravaganza; June 5-9 Coding for Kids; June 12-16 To the Depths and Beyond; June 19-23 Hot Wheels Physics; June 26-30 LEGO WeDo Robotics; July 10-14 Spring Hill; July 17-21 Camp Invention; July 24-28 Kingdoms and Castles.

educational and artistic needs. Be sure to register early as space is limited.

Indianapolis Art Center 820 E 67th St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 255-2464, Email:,

International School of Indiana Summer Camp

Dates: 6/12/2017-7/28/2017 Hours: 8:30am-6pm Ages: 4-18 Activities Included: Art, Creativity, Painting, Ceramics, Film, Animation, Glassblowing, Woodworking, Jewelrymaking and more!

4330 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Phone: (317) 923.1951, Email:, Dates: June 12-16 & 19-23, 2017 Hours: 9:00am-noon & 1:00-4:00pm, before and aftercare available Ages: 3-year-old through Grade 11 Activities Included: French, Mandarin, Spanish, cooking, art, technology, martial arts, gymnastics, dance

Join us for a summer of art making, fun and new friendships! In the Indianapolis Art Center’s Summer Art Camp, campers work with professional artists to explore new media, improve their artistic skills, express themselves creatively and gain a deeper appreciation for the visual arts.

IMA Summer Camp 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 923-1331, Email:, summercamp2017 Dates: June 11-July 21, 2017 Ages: 4-13+

Visit internationally recognized permanent collections, exciting exhibitions, an early twentieth century estate, and an outdoor art and nature park all on our 152 acre campus. Learn alongside an accomplished team of educators. Experiment with traditional and nontraditional materials, make a portfolio of work to take home, and share your work with your family during an end-of-the-week exhibition. Activities are designed to accommodate your child’s

between fun musical activities and camp friendships! Includes a performance at the conclusion of camps. Financial Assistance is Available.

Your child can explore the world this summer from the safety of the International School of Indiana. From immersive art and cooking classes to sports and cultural experience, as well as SAT preparation for older students, summer camps at ISI provide the chance to play hard, keep learning and make lifelong friends.

Indianapolis Children’s Choir 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 940-9640, Email:, Special Needs Offered: Offering a special learners camp Dates: June 12-15 and July 17-21 Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Ages: 1st grade – 8th grade Activities Included: Singing, playing instruments, movement, games

ICC’s Summer Choral Fest! A summer camp for kids who love music. The highest quality choral music experience woven in

IUPUI Day Camp 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 274-3518, Dates: May 30-August 11 Hours: M-F, 9:00am-3:30pm Ages: 5-12

The camp will have daily activities, enrichment options, special guests, field trips, and a swim lesson each day.

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JEWEL Summer Enrichment Camp 5750 East 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 591-5050, Email: csinkfield@eastern, Gender of Campers: Co-ed Dates: June 6 through July 29, 2017 Hours: 7am to 6pm Ages: 5 to 13 Activities Included: Swimming, tennis, Camptown adventures, arts/crafts, piano lessons, incrediplex. bowling, golfing exposure, silly safari, roller skating.

For 19 years JEWEL Summer Enrichment Camp has offered dynamic field trips to museums, state parks, Sky Zone, YMCA swimming lessons, Camptown at Eagle Creek, Bat Cave for roller skating, bowling, Incrediplex, Indiana Fever games, Indianapolis Indians games-knot hole members, college tours(12/13 year olds only). We have STEM/ STEAM academic rotation projects, community service projects and camp choir visits at nursing homes. Hot breakfast, lunch and PM snacks. All transportation buses have seat belts. Camp counselors all have CPR certifications. Security on site.

Park Tudor School 7200 N. College Ave. Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 415-2700 , Email:, Dates: June 5 – August 4, 2017 Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Ages: 3 – 18

Park Tudor offers a variety of summer classes and camps for children ages 3 – 18. Choices include academic options, arts and crafts, sports and more. Class lengths vary from one to three weeks; campers can register for multiple sessions.

The Children’s House Summer Camp and Montessori Preschool 2404 W. 62nd. St. Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 253-3033, Email:, Dates: June 12 to August 18, 2017 Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm (with extended day 7:00am-5:45pm) Ages: 3-12 Activities Included: Field trips, swimming, hiking, arts, theater, reading program, games

Through ten uniquely themed weeks, campers will be engaged in thoughtful and challenging activities that include field trips, outdoor activities, environmental endeavors, and creative work. From ranking city playgrounds to visiting art galleries, each day at camp is a new adventure.

DAY + RESIDENTIAL CAMPS Hoosier Sports Camps Bloomington, IN, Phone: (812) 345-7759, Email:, www.hoosier Dates: June-August Hours: All Day Ages: Varies is your one-stop shop for sports camps owned and operated by Indiana University's head coaches. Whether you're searching for a day camp, an overnight camp, an individual camp or a team camp, you'll find information and registration links for all sports year-round!

RESIDENTIAL CAMPS Summer U at University High School 2825 W. 116th St., Carmel, IN, Phone: (317) 733-4475 , Email: mbeckman@, www. Dates: Session I Jun 12-30, Session II Jul 10-28 Hours: 7:00am-5:00pm Ages: 6-18 Activities Included: 3D printing, art, computer programming, creating writing, film, languages, Minecraft, sports, study skills, robotics, yoga, and more.

University High School offers several enrichment summer camps and courses for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Our camps cover everything from study skills to computer science and programming, from theatre to creative writing. New in 2017! We are offering film camps which study movies, and the process by which movies are made, a course involving personal finance, and varying yoga camps and classes through the two summer sessions.




Camp Carson YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Rd., Princeton, IN, Phone: (812) 385-3597, Email:, Special Needs Offered: Type 1 Diabetes, Camps for kids of military families Dates: June 4-July 28 Ages: 7-16 Activities Included: horseback riding, dirt bikes, robotics, nature, arts & crafts, archery, climbing tower, riflery, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, soccer, basketball, mountain bikes, mountain boards, woodworking, radio station and more.

Fly from the zipline, create a clay pot, ride horses or dirt bikes. Build your confidence and self-esteem 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 built in 2014.

Camp Crosley YMCA​ Phone: (574) 834-2331, Email: info@campcrosley. org, Dates: One week sessions starting June 11 -Aug. 5 Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm for the office Ages: 6-15 Activities Included: H2Whoa Zone Water Recreation Area with beach, Swimming, Log Rolling, High Ropes Course, Giant Swing, Zipline, Low Ropes, Climbing Wall, Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Fishing, Archery, Riflery, Field Sports, Friendship Crafts, Music Fusion, Photography, Videography, Journalism, GaGa, 9 Square in the Air, Carpetball, Waterskiing/Wakeboarding, Horsback Riding, Mini Bikes, Sailing, SCUBA

For over 100 years Camp Crosley YMCA has been strengthening individuals, families and communities through our residential camping, outdoor education and groups and retreats programs. Located on 400 acres on Lake Little Tippecanoe in northern Indiana, our facilities are warm and welcoming and our staff, well trained. Come to Camp Crosley YMCA. It's where you BELONG.

CYO Camp Rancho Framasa 2230 Clay Lick Rd. Nashville, IN, Phone: (812) 525-2882, Email:, Gender of Campers: Co-ed Special Needs Offered: All programs are inclusive of all children Dates: June 4 – July 28 Hours: Sun-Fri Ages: 7-19+ Activities Included: Horseback Riding, Swimming, High Ropes, Drama, Archery, Sports, Games, Arts & Crafts, Firebuilding, Canoeing, Campfires, All Camp Evening Games, etc.

American Camp Association accredited camp. Established in 1964, our residential camp offers 3 and 6 day sessions. Our day camps are located in Indianapolis. Operated by the Catholic Youth Organization and inclusive of all children of all abilities. A United Way agency camp.

YMCA Camp Piomingo 1950 Otter Creek Park Rd. Brandenburg, KY 40108, Contact: Molly Staley / Senior Program Director, Phone: (502) 942-2616, Email: piomingo@, www.ymcacamp Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: June 11 – August 5, 2017

YMCA Camp Piomingo is a resident overnight camp for children ages 6-16 years old. We are nestled on 160 acres within Otter Creek Recreational Park located 45 minutes south of Louisville, Kentucky. We offer achievement based programming, camper choice activities, and instill our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in all that we do. Our well trained staff focus on the fun environment while maintaining safety as a number one priority with all our campers. Come join the fun today!


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Ask the Teacher Changing a reading curriculum, music education, getting through a February slump


Our school requires music education, but I would rather see this time spent on academics. Are kids really getting that much out of a music class?


Yes, they are. A direct link between students with quality music education and better core academic skill development has been clearly demonstrated – and this also includes increased IQ scores.


I have been disappointed with the reading curriculum at my children’s elementary school. Kids are allowed to choose all of their own books, and what they select seems silly and rather simple. What can I do about that?


A great deal of emphasis has been placed on getting children to love reading, leading to a student-driven, student-selected literature curriculum. The theory is that the books that teachers select do not always meet students’ varied interest levels, which turns them off to reading. Less direct emphasis is placed on skill development and formal discussion of the material, with more time being placed on finding books that fit each child’s interest and reading level. Kelly Gallagher, a renowned educator and expert in literacy education, addresses this very concern in his book, Readicide. The solution he offers is a combination of what




would be considered a traditional curriculum that is focused on quality literature and important themes with a component of self-selected texts as well. The traditional approach develops more advanced reading skills by providing exposure to literature that students would often avoid; the self-selected books allows the student to explore his personal preferences in reading. Impacting a school’s curriculum can be a burdensome undertaking, as most administrators believe strongly in the approach they are taking. If you are not interested in writing letters, attending school board meetings, offering findings contrary to the current approach and finding support among fellow parents, you can still influence what your child is exposed to. Encourage reading the kinds of texts you are referring to by developing your own complementary reading program at home. Consult your local librarian or websites that focus on classic literature for book lists appropriate for your child and begin reading them together. Regular exposure to high quality literature will help provide some of the balance that you seek.

Students develop many skills important to all types of learning through music, such as discipline, confidence and concentration. Language development and listening skills are enhanced as well. Even standardized test scores have been shown to increase with music education. Not only that, a music class can provide a type of enjoyment during the school day that is different from other classes students have. Consider observing your child’s music class for a firsthand appreciation of all that is happening during this time. Without a doubt, that is the best way to understand its value.


My son usually loves school and is very motivated to do well, but during February he is a completely different story. Why the change now?


The beginning of the year is full of excitement: new teachers, new classmates, new curriculum and new projects. But by this time of year, the novelty has worn off. Your son knows his teacher well now. He understands that she

cares for him and is secure about the commitment she has to her students – making it easier for him to step back a bit performance-wise. The relationship with classmates, both positive and negative, has gotten comfortable, moving from one that is developing to one that is more comparable to that of siblings. A great deal of curriculum has been covered, and the course of study more predictable. The review that happens at the start of the year has been done, and the new content presents more of a challenge. The pace picks up as students are well accustomed to the routine and expectations. The fun of school now seems like hard work. To help your child stay motivated, renew your interest in what he’s doing – and not just his grades, which is something that typically wanes too as the year moves on. Pick up some library books on the topics he’s studying to reinforce what he is learning at school and to provide a springboard for conversation. Have him “teach” you some of the math concepts he is learning and work some problems alongside him. Consider changing up the area where he does his homework. Add some new supplies. Offer some fun snacks during homework time. Post words of encouragement on the walls or surface where he works. This “slump” is normal and temporary, but you can influence a more invigorated attitude.

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

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Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool


indianapolis – north

Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

Apogee School for Gifted Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

fishers 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




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:,

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

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

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

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

Heritage Christian 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:

Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA, HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Preschool-12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA ATHLETICS. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today!

Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-524-7090. Email:,

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.

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,,

6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Contact: Admissions Department, 317-849-3441,,

The Orchard School

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

St. Mary’s Child Center at the IMA Through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art offers a preschool for children ages 3-5. Anchored in Reggio Emilia inspired teaching, every day the children experience original works of art at the IMA, explore the gardens and grounds, and work on projects inspired by their environment. St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA is a half-day preschool running five days a week from 9 – 11:30 am for the IPS school year. With a low child to adult ratio (6:1), St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA provides personal attention to ensure optimal social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child. - See more at: 4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208, Phone: 317-9231331 ext. 283,

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,,

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Polly Panda Preschool

Montessori School of Westfield, Inc.

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. Now enrolling for summer.

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.

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

indianapolis – SOUTH Center Grove Montessori and Indiana Montessori Community School Center Grove Montessori Program offers: Hands-on learning, multi-aged students learning together, a key element to the Montessori philosophy, a focus on the intrinsic motivation of children, carefully prepared classrooms balancing children's choice with structure, large blocks of uninterrupted time for learning and building concentration, peace education through global awareness, structured, self-directed learning. 1674 West Smith Valley Rd., Greenwood, IN 46142 and 531 US 31 S, White land, IN 46184, Contact: Brenda Enderle, Phone: 317-833-0335, Email:;info@centergrove montessori. com,

800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-867-0158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email: montessori, www.

CHILDCARE Peanut Butter and Jelly 24/7 Childcar​e ​ B&J is a childcare that is safe, nurturing environment where your P child will get the attention and care that he or she eeds. We are licensed and always working to meet anexceed 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:,


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calendar FEBRUARY 2017 WEDS 01 Preschool Storytime on the Magic Quilt


TUES 07 – SUN 12

Preschoolers ages 3 - 5 and an adult are invited to take a trip on the Magic Quilt for stories, songs and rhymes that promote early literacy skills. FREE Location: Garfield Park Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4490, garfieldpark

THURS 02 Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry





Welcome to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Let the sorting hat select your proper house, then explore Potions Class, Transfiguration Class and even Care of Magical Creatures with Silly Safaris. Stop by Honeydukes to sample Butter Beer and try your luck with Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans. You can even make your very own dragon egg or Hogwarts Chest! Fun for all ages! FREE.

Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 6:00-7:30 pm, Phone: 317-773-1384,

FRI 03 – FRI 24 RED, an exhibition

What does RED conjure up for you? Stutz Artists Association presents a February exhibition titled ‘RED’. This exhibit encourages artists to explore the range of emotions, symbolism and varied meanings of this powerful expressive color. Central Indiana artists interpret the concept of RED in a personal way through their chosen medium. FREE. *Ongoing Location: Raymond James Stutz Arts Gallery, Time: Monday-Friday, 5:00-9:00 pm, Phone: 317-503-6420, http://www.

FRI 03 Family Movie Night: Storks (Rated PG)

Looking for free family fun on Friday nights? The first Friday of the month we'll be offering family-friendly movies with a small snack and water. Bring your own sleeping bag or pillow! (Adults, we'll have chairs if you prefer.) Free tickets are required and will be available starting Friday, January 20, on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Children's Desk. If you pick up tickets and then find that you're unable to attend, please return them to the Children's Desk or call 317-844-3363 as soon as possible so we can give the tickets to someone else. All youths under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older for the duration of the film. Please take restless or unhappy children out of the room and come back when they are ready so everyone can enjoy the film. FREE. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library: Program Room, Time: 6:30-8:30 pm, Phone: 317-844-3363, http://www.carmel.

Mad Scientists

Turn your children’s half day into a science lab with our staff! Children ages 5-12 are invited to transform the Billericay Park building into the ultimate science lab on their half day from school. During this program, your child will enjoy a STEAM themed day complete with gloop, lava lamps, optical illusions and much more! Registration due by January 27. Cost for residents is $17 and non-residents is $16. Location: Billericay Park Building, Time: 12:30-3:30 pm, 317-595-3150, http://www.

Indiana Authors Breakfast Preview Night

Celebrate the art of writing at the 8th Annual Indiana Authors Breakfast Preview Night! Join us at Bookmama's for a fun evening. You'll have a chance to socialize with a few of this year's authors and pick up their books just in time to read them before the Indiana Authors Breakfast on March 4, 2017. Wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Parking is available along the street. FREE.

SAT 04 Be Mine Pottery

Celebrate Valentine’s Day during an upcoming pottery program! Your child ages 2-10 will enjoy hearing Splat the Cat: Funny Valentine and then paint their very own heart pottery box where they can store their precious keepsakes. All paint and supplies will be provided and pieces will be kiln fired after the program concludes. Finished projects can be picked up before Valentine’s Day at the Fishers Parks & Recreation office, located at 11565 Brooks School Road. Registration due by February 2. Cost for residents is $15 and non-residents is $23. Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building, Time: 1:00-2:00 pm, Phone: 317-595-3150, holland

PAWS to Read at Wayne

Location: Bookmamas, Time: 5:30-7:00 pm, Phone: 317-222-6635, http://www.

Children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to Gracie or Dandy, Golden Doodles. This activity can help young ones improve their reading skills and self-confidence. Participants may sign-up for a 10-minute reading session with Gracie or Dandy. Registration required. FREE.

FRI 03 – SAT 04

Location: Wayne Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4530, http://

Heart Hike

At this point, we hope it’s no surprise that our community recognizes the benefits of time spent outdoors! Ecotherapy is an initiative we talk about year-round as we look for creative ways to encourage our community to unplug and head outdoors. This February, our Heart Hikes are returning to Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. Planned on Hamilton Southeastern School’s half day, the open house style program invites students, business professionals taking a long lunch and residents to enjoy the great outdoors. Photographs of natural hearts found in nature will line the trails and guide your path. Hot cocoa will be provided and guests can warm up by the campfire. Heart Hikes are free to attend and take place on two separate days for convenience. FREE. Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, Time: 1:00-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-595-3150,

Frozen Princess Tea

Join us for a Frozen-themed tea party! Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, boys and girls are all invited for light refreshments and fun. Make a craft, then enjoy a meet and greet with Elsa and Kristoff! Dress up as your favorite prince or princess, or come as you are for this exciting afternoon. The cost is $11/child (ages 2-10) with no charge for adults. Location: Monon Community Center, Time: 1:30-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-843-3877, http://

Fishers Super Bowl Trivia Challenge

Are you ready for the big game Sunday? The Fishers Library is hosting a SUPER BOWL TRIVIA CHALLENGE on the eve of Super Bowl LI. Teams can consist of 1-4 players and categories will include halftime performers, fun facts, record breakers, MVPs, host cities/ stadiums, etc. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last place. It's time to lace up the cleats, warm up the arm and get your Super Bowl trivia game face on. Ages 15 & up only. FREE. Location: Fishers Library, Time: 2:00-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-579-0315,

Ooey Gooey Lady: Preschool Workshop for Educators

Educators are invited to join nationally renowned early childhood specialist Lisa Murphy for a day of fun and learning to help them improve their classroom experiences. Individual workshops will focus on literacy, nature and infant and toddler sensory play. Registration required. FREE. Location: Central Library: Clowes Auditorium, Time: 9:30 am-4:30 pm, Phone: 317-6365727,

Supersized Family Game Afternoon

Winter blues got you down? Wish you could play a little Putt-putt golf? You can! Come to the Noblesville children's department and play giant versions of some of your favorite games like Connect 4, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Kerplunk and more! You can even bowl and play miniature golf! All ages welcome. FREE. Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 2:00-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-773-1384,

TUES 07 Recycled Valentine's Day Cards Craft

Families and school-age children are invited to drop in anytime and join Miss Roberta to create recycled Valentine's Day cards. All materials will be supplied. FREE. Location: Eagle Branch Library, Time: 4:00-6:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4340, http://

Evening Play Date Preschool Storytime Preschoolers and an adult are invited for stories, songs, finger plays and rhymes followed by playtime. FREE.

Location: Fountain Square Branch Library, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4390, http://www.

Sing Along With Miss Bobbie

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers with an adult are invited for a live, interactive music experience during which they can dance, sing and laugh together. FREE. Location: Glendale Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4410, http://www.indypl. org/locations/glendale/

TUES 07 – WEDS 08 Shake, Rattle and Roll: Infant and Toddler Music Class

Infants and toddlers along with an adult are invited for an interactive program involving music, action songs and movement with Bongo Boy Music Center. Young ones love to hold instruments and respond to music. Instruments such as maracas, bells, hand drums and gathering drums are used, as well as colorful scarves for visual tracking and movement. The program’s core intention is to use rhythm, music and movement to create a caring, connected rhythmic community. Registration Required. FREE. Location: Lawrence Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4460, http://www.indypl. org/locations/lawrence/

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TUES 07 – SUN 12 The Little Mermaid

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical. Dive on in! Life is the bubbles, under the sea! Visit website for show times and to purchase your tickets today. *Ongoing Location: The Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, Time: See website, Phone: 317-2310000, shows/little-mermaid-baa/

WEDS 08 Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance sponsored by Mill Top Banquet and Conference Center

February is all about celebrating love, and Fishers Parks & Recreation wants to help you surprise the littlest love of your life! Fathers, you and your daughter, ages 5-12 are invited to our annual sweetheart dance. Dress in your semi-formal attire and enjoy light refreshments, prizes and dancing the night

away while Pro-Sound Entertainment plays some of the top hits. A photo booth will be available and professionals from Goldberg Photography will be present to capture photos for an additional fee. Parents, please note: tickets for this event must be purchased in-person or through the US Mail. Tickets also must be picked up at the Fishers Parks & Recreation Office located at 11565 Brooks School Road. Tickets must be present for entrance into the venue. Registration due by February 1. Cost for residents is $8 and non-residents is $12. Location: Mill Top Banquet and Conference Center, Time: 7:00-8:30 pm, Phone: 317-595-3150,

Teddy Bear Concert Series: The Garden Symphony

Preschoolers and early elementary students are invited for this introduction to instruments of the orchestra through story, movement and live music. This program will feature "The Garden Symphony," an original story written by Victoria Griswold that follows a ladybug's search through the garden for her own special song. Musicians from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will play musical excerpts that include Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," "The Flight of the Bumblebee" and "The Ants Go Marching One By One." The performance will be narrated by Perry Accetturo of The ISO Learning Community. Children are encouraged to bring their teddy bears! FREE. Location: Central Library: Clowe’s Auditorium, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4100, http://

THURS 09 – FRI 10

FRI 10 – SAT 11

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Escape Room: Wolf’s Den

Prairie Tykes is custom made for preschoolers (ages 3-6) and parents or grandparents! Connect one-on-one while you make crafts, dance, sing and take part in the special activity of the day. Join us in celebrating this special holiday! Make some festive crafts and decorate a heart cookie. Younger siblings are welcome. Ages 2+ require a ticket. Registration required. Location: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Time: 9:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-7766000, things-to-do/events/prairie-tykes-classes/ happy-valentines-day!/happy-valentine-s-day!

FRI 10 WonderLab After Dark: Chocolate

Looking for something interesting to do with your friends? Need something a little different for a date night? It’s better than the bars! WonderLab is open after dark for a unique adults-only night of fun, local food and more! Explore exhibits, climb the grapevine climber, discover unique gift store finds, take crazy selfies in the photo booth, enjoy a cash bar provided by Function Brewing featuring local craft beers and Oddball Fermentables featuring local cysers. This month, explore the decadent world of chocolate like you never have before! Learn the science behind chocolate’s mysterious allure, investigate its chemical properties, sample an array of chocolate varieties and create your own mouth-watering chocolate delicacies. Location: WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology, BloomingtonTime: 6:00-9:00 pm, Phone: 812-337-1337, http://

Kid’s Night Out

Let’s face it, finding a good baby sitter is hard, and it isn’t always affordable! That’s why Fishers Parks & Recreation is offering a brand-new program that allows parents to enjoy a kid-free evening while your children are having some fun. Kid’s Night Out offers your children ages 2-12 an opportunity to play various games and create Valentine crafts. Refreshments will be provided, though we do recommend children have dinner before they arrive. Parents, you can drop them off as early as 5 pm, but please plan to pick up your children promptly at 9:30 pm. Cost for residents is $20 and non-residents is $30. Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building, Time: 5:00-9:30 pm, 317-595- 3150,




THURS 09 & FRI 10

Families, come join us for a literary escape room! It's mysterious fun at the library. Never done an escape room? We'll stage our Storytime Room as the Big Bad Wolf's den and fill it with puzzles to solve so you can unlock the wolf's complicated security system to get out. Once you get the locks open (clues available if needed), you can escape the wolf's den! Registration is required and begins Friday, February 3. Younger children may attend, but content is geared for ages 6 and up. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. FREE. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library: Storytime Room, Time: Feb. 10: 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm, Feb. 11: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-844-3363,

FRI 10 – TUES 14 Valentine’s Day Puppet Cabaret

Bring your little sweethearts to a charming marionette and hand puppet show. Ticket price includes a beautiful sweet treat! Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio inside the Indiana State Museum, Time: Feb. 10 – 9:30 am, 11:00 am, Feb. 11 – 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, Feb. 12 – 1:00 pm, Feb. 13 – 9:30 am, 11:00 am, Feb. 14 – 9:30 am, 11:00 am, Phone: 317-232-1637,

SAT 11 Monster Jam

Don’t miss the thrilling and extremely entertaining Monster Jam truck show! Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Time: 5:00-9:00 pm, Phone: 317-262-8600, https://www.

Lakeshore Learning Event Celebrate Valentine's Day!

Explore the joys of caring during this day of kindness! Make a Valentine mailbox and kindness catcher, write a personalized book about kindness and listen to hourly stories on acceptance, respect, emotions and more. FREE. Location: Lakeshore Learning Store, Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-574-0304,

IDEA Labs: Create a Flip Light

Children will learn about simple circuits by creating a "flip light" they can take home and use as a night light. Basic soldering skills will also be taught. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for materials is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Location: WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology, Time: 1:00-3:00 pm, Phone: 812-337-1337,

Be My Valentine Cupcake 5K Run/Walk

Grab your sweetie (or a running buddy) and join us for a fun run downtown! Celebrate your Valentine weekend with a 5K through a beautiful course near Mass Ave! Much of the run is along the Cultural Trail. Cupcakes (provided by Pat A Cake and Cookies Too) for all participants as well as a finishers medal and fleece blanket swag! Location: The Athenaeum, Time: 9:00 am, Phone: 317- 696-0196, valentine/

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THURS 16 – FRI 17

FRI 17 – SUN 19

Two Times the Fun – Sealed with a Kiss

STEAM: Human Body

GeoFest: The 15th Annual Indiana State Museum Fossil, Gem and Mineral Show

This Valentine’s Day, plan something special for your littlest love! Join us for heart, Valentine and love bug inspired crafts, songs and activities. We’ll also have Valentine themed sensory bins so your child can explore different materials and textures! This program also includes an indoor, heart scavenger hunt! Register by February 7. Cost for residents is $6 and non-residents is $9. Location: Billericay Park Building, Time: 10:00-11:00 am, Phone: 317-595-3150, http://

14th Annual Indiana Art Fair

The Indiana Art Fair at the Indiana State Museum returns to celebrate its 14th year of showcasing art made right here in the Hoosier state. Enjoy an array of fine art and crafts by more than 60 artists, all without leaving the warmth of the museum. Whether you like contemporary or traditional, art that is wearable and functional, or pieces for display in your home, these amazing artists have what you are looking for. Not only will you be supporting talented local and statewide artists, but also the Indiana State Museum, as proceeds help fund both public and school programs. This program is supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis. This program is presented by Old National Bank. FREE WITH GENERAL ADMISSION. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: Feb. 11: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Feb. 12: 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637, http://www.

SUN 12 Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!

Children and families are invited to this outstanding series of free performances by Indy's leading jazz musicians. They are a great way to share jazz music with children that will be fun for everyone! These hour-long programs are presented by the Learning Curve at Central Library in partnership with The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest. This series is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This program will feature a performance by the Allen Turk Burke Quintet. Allen's talent on keyboard and vocals and skill as a music director has been tapped by celebrated performers such as the Spinners, Patti LaBelle and Marvin Gaye. Attendees will be enchanted by Allen's interpretation of jazz and R&B classics. FREE. Location: Central Library, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100,

WEDS 15 Owls: Preschool Art Workshop

Preschoolers ages 3-5 and an adult are invited to explore sculpture, simple shapes, drawing and painting with The Art Lab. Children will listen to a favorite owl story, hand-build a mixed media sculpture and draw and paint their creation using watercolor and crayons. Registration required. FREE. Location: Beech Grove Branch Library, Time: 1:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4560, http://www.

THURS 16 Healthy Snacking Preschool Workshop Preschoolers and an adult are invited to join the Marion County Health Department for some tasty fun as they learn about healthy snacking options. Registration required.

Get ready to explore, design, build and create! Each program includes a story and several stations for learning and exploring a STEAM concept. Free tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children's Desk 30 minutes prior to the scheduled program start time. A ticket will be required for each person, including infants, attending the program. This program is provided at different times for different age groups and their caregivers. FREE. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library: Storytime Room, Time: Feb. 16: (ages 4-6) 4:00-4:30 pm, Feb. 17: (ages 3-4) 10:00-10:30 am and 11:00-11:30 am, Elementary STEAM (ages 7-10) 4:00-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-814-3900,

GeoFest “rocks” the Indiana State Museum as experts and vendors from all over the country come to the museum with fossils, rocks, minerals, jewelry and more! Shop for your own unique geo-treasure and meet experts from throughout Indiana. Explore the museum's natural history galleries, enjoy hands-on geology activities and win geo-prizes. This program is supported by IMI, Inc. FREE WITH GENERAL ADMISSION. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: Feb. 17 and 18: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Feb. 19: 11:00 am-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637, http://

SAT 18 FRI 17 Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live

Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Location: Murat Theatre at Old National Centre; Time: 6:30, Tickets: (800) 745-3000,

Indy’s Child 28th Annual Summer Camp Fair

Families from all over Central Indiana will have the opportunity to explore over 60 overnight camps, daycamps and summer programs. Camp Directors and representatives will be on-hand to interact with parents and answer questions face-toface. This is a perfect time to plan a summer of fun all in one day! To top it off, there will be plenty of entertainment including face painting, prizes, “mock” Indy’s Child covers, and much more. Don’t miss out on a great day of fun and a chance to plan your summer fun all in one day! FREE. Location: Castleton Square Mall, Time: 11:00 am-3:00 pm,

FREE. Location: Brightwood Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4310, http://www.

Family Book Club

Looking for something fun to do as a family? Try our Family Book Club, where the focus is fun, family and friends. Our motto? The family that reads together bonds together! This month we’ll explore the chapter book, The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems. We will also do an activity tied to our talk. Feel free to bring your own dinner, or snack, to enjoy during the discussion! Family Book Club books are geared for children ages 6 and older and a caregiver is required to attend. Registration is required and begins Tuesday, January 24, online, in person or by calling 317-844-3363. A copy of the book will be available at the Children's Desk to registered families beginning January 24. Space is limited, so register early! FREE. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library: Storytime Room, Time: 6:30-7:15 pm, Phone: 317-8143900,

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Presidents Day

Museum by Moonlight

Celebrate Presidents Day with free admission to The Children’s Museum. Discover Indiana’s presidential heritage with fun activities, historical facts and a featured appearance by President Abraham Lincoln. FREE. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000, https://www.

TUES 21 Cowabunga Dude

Hang ten with Fishers Parks & Recreation! This program is back by popular demand, and invites children ages 4-7 for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles celebration! Learn about your four favorite turtles and their very favorite food – pizza. The staff from Bubba’s 33 will help your little one create their very own pizza while they enjoy games and crafts during the program. Registration due by February 14. Cost for residents is $10 and non-residents is $15. Location: Bubba’s 33 Restaurant, Time: 10:00-11:00 am, Phone: 317-595-3150, http://

WEDS 22 Young Actors Theatre: Anne of Green Gables

Families, school-age children and teens are invited for the classic story of a girl who overcomes impossible odds through the magic of her imagination performed by the Young Actors Theatre. This original adaptation of "Anne of Green Gables" will transport attendees to a world where everything has potential and where one should never, ever give up. FREE. Location: Central Library: Clowes Auditorium, Time: 6:00-7:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100,

THURS 23 – FRI 24 Prairie Tykes is custom made for preschoolers (ages 3-6) and parents or grandparents! Connect one-on-one while you make crafts, dance, sing and take part in the special activity of the day. Find out what makes birds special, make a bird snack and take a hike (weather permitting) to find birds’ nests. Younger siblings are welcome; ages 2+ require a ticket. Registration required. Location: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Time: 9:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-7766000, prairie-tykes-feathered-friends-preschoolprogram


Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 8:00 pm-midnight, Phone: 317-334-4000, https://www.

Winter Warm up

Join us downtown on the 8 mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail for the 3rd annual Winter Warm Up! This run/walk celebrates the Cultural Trail as a year-round cleared path for pedestrians, runners and bicyclists. All proceeds go directly to winter snow and ice removal along the Cultural Trail. Location: Indianapolis City Market, Time: 9:00-11:30 am, Phone: 317:653-1948, http://

Fairy Tale Tea Party

For every child that’s ever wanted to be a Prince or Princess, we have a brand-new program just for you! Children ages 2-10 are invited to the Historic Ambassador House for a very special tea party. During the event, your little one will enjoy cookies and lemonade (or water) and complete a princess inspired game and craft. Parents, bring your cameras, a special Princess will stop by with a story, song, meet-and-greet with your child - and a photo opportunity to capture the memory! Parents, your participation is required during this program. We ask you not bring any additional children due to space of the venue. Register by February 17. Cost for residents is $20 and non-residents is $30. Location: Ambassador House at Heritage Park at White River, Time: 10:00 am-noon, Phone: 317-595-3150,

Science Live!: Super Snakes

Feathered Friends


Join us for an extravaganza exclusively for adults of all ages (21 and up.) Explore five floors of fun and interactive exhibits. Enjoy food and beverages (including adult beverages) from local restaurants. The cost for the event is $75 in advance and $85 on the day of the event (if not sold out.) Members will receive a $5 discount.


Snakehead Ed will bring some amazing snakes, including a 15 ft., 100 lb. Albino Burmese Python! Children will get to pet selected snakes and learn about the diversity of these reptiles. Tickets are $2 for members and $3 for non-members and are available the day of the show on a first-come, first-served basis. Location: WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology, Bloomington, Time: 1:00-4:00 pm, Phone: 812-337-1337,

Lakeshore Learning Event – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash!

Kids have a brilliant time as they hop, craft and even rhyme. Enjoy rhyming activities and gross-motor games, hourly readings of Dr. Seuss classics and one-of-a-kind bookmark crafts. FREE. Location: Lakeshore Learning Store, Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-574-0304,

MON 27 Parent and Preschooler Yoga

Preschoolers and their parents are invited to enjoy the health benefits that yoga can offer during this 45-minute program presented by certified yoga instructors from the Greater Indianapolis YMCA. This program is sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Registration required. FREE. Location: Haughville Branch Library, Time: 5:30-6:15 pm, Phone: 317-275-4420, http://

TUES 28 Mr. Dan the Music Man

Enjoy the musical stylings of Mr. Daniel! You AND your children will have a blast in this fun, interactive music program. This monthly music series is possible due to the generous funding of our Friends of the Library group. FREE. *Ongoing Location: Fishers Library, Time: 10:00-11:00 am, Phone: 317-579-0300, http://hepl.lib.

ongoing events Hearthside SupperS

Through Tuesday, February 28th Ever wonder what people ate for dinner in the early 19th century, or how they prepared the meal? Discover those answers firsthand when you help prepare, serve and eat a candlelight feast straight from the pages of 19th-century cookbooks. Dine on a delicious meal in an authentic 1836 kitchen. Enjoy your meal in the historic William Conner House with family and friends. Enjoy entertainment in the parlor and learn about life in the 19th century from your costumed hosts. Wine and beer options are available for an additional cost. This event is for ages 10 and older. Be sure to visit the website for a complete menu. $65/adult ($60/adult member) $60/youth ($55/youth member) Location: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-6000,

E.B. White’s Stuart Little

Select days, February 25 – March 26 For a third year, the IRT presents an Exploring Stages production for its youngest audiences. This year, Stuart Little comes to life in the IRT Cabaret. Everyone’s favorite mouse lives a happy life with his human family and his friend Margolo the bird—as long as he can avoid that sinister feline, Snowball. The beloved children’s book becomes a lively stage event brimming with invention and imagination. Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre. Times: vary, see website. Phone: 317-635-5252;

RED, an exhibition

February 3rd through 24th What does RED conjure up for you? Stutz Artists Association presents a February exhibition titled ‘RED’. This exhibit encourages artists to explore the range of emotions, symbolism and varied meanings of this powerful expressive color. Central Indiana artists interpret the concept of RED in a personal way through their chosen medium. FREE. Location: Raymond James Stutz Arts Gallery, Time: Monday-Friday, 5:00-9:00 pm, Phone: 317-503-6420,

Chocolate Slide and Chocolate Café

Beginning Saturday, February 4th When it’s gloomy and glum outside - enjoy some scrumptious, silly fun at The Children’s Museum. Visit the Willy Wonka-inspired wonderland and ride down the river of chocolate—The Chocolate Slide! Top off the day with sweet treats and good eats purchased at the nearly by Chocolate Café.

FREE WITH GENERAL ADMISSION. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000, https://www.

The Little Mermaid

February 7th through 12th In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical. Dive on in! Life is the bubbles, under the sea! Visit website for show times and to purchase your tickets today. Location: The Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, Time: See website, Phone: 317-2310000, shows/little-mermaid-baa/

Circus: Starring YOU!

Beginning Saturday, February 18th Enter the Big Top! As you come inside, you’ll hear the calliope and meet circus performers. Inside, the artifacts and surroundings will capture your imagination as you visualize the spectacular stunts and awe-inspiring acrobatics. Now is your chance to step through time, learn the history of the circus and be awed by skilled performers. Then “get into the act” and become a performer yourself - try juggling, walking a virtual tightrope and more. FREE

WITH GENERAL ADMISSION. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am -5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000, https://www.

Devour Indy

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

Pinkalicious the Musical

Fridays and Saturdays, February 17th through March 18th Pinkalicious, the Musical returns to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre as part of their Live Theater for Kids series. See the beloved book come to life during this one-hour performance that is suitable for all ages, but offered particularly for children in preschool through sixth grade. Children have the opportunity to meet the cast after each show for pictures and autographs. All tickets are $16.50 and include a snack.

Museum INvasion

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

Carmel Winter Farmer’s Market

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

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

Fishers Winter Farmer’s Market

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

Indy Winter Farmer’s Market

Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre; Times: 10am, Fri.; 1pm, Sat.; Tickets: (317) 872-9664,

Every Saturday through April 29th Over 40 different vendors offer Indianagrown and produced fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, baked goods, flowers, herbs, natural cleaning products and more.

Tiny Tots Rock!

Location: Circle City Industrial Complex, 1125 East Brookside Ave, Indianapolis, Time: 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Occurring on the second Saturday of every month Check out this rockin’ music class hosted by Michelle Marti of ShooBeeLoo Music! ( All kids ages 0-6 are welcome to attend. This class is intended for parent and child fun and is not a drop-off class. This is a great time for parents to meet other parents and there is always free coffee on-hand! FREE. Location: Murphy Arts Center, Time: 10:30-11:30 am, Phone: 317-643-0233,

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

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