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contents FE B RUAR Y 2 0 1 8 departments. AROUND TOWN

12 The Riley Children's Sports Legends Experience PARENTING

38 Ask the Teacher


14 Let's Go to Florida!


19 Flight1


06 Editor's Note

08 Community Spotlight 09 Our Social Network 10 Indy's Children RESOURCES & CALENDARS

34 Summer Camp & Program Guide 40 Preschool & Education Guide 42 February Events 47 Fun & Wacky Calendar SPECIAL NEEDS



26 Fidgets 28 Rare Disease Day 29 Special Needs Events 30 Feeling Better 31 Special Needs Guide

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Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf Education How these philosophoes differ and what they can offer children



20 Out and About with Baby 5 places to go with baby in tow


Day Camp

Preparing for adventures close to home



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Here comes February! Has your family reached the pinnacle of cabin fever yet? This time of year, it seems that the itch to have a change of scenery and just get out is at an all time high. Good thing this month is only 28 days and gets us that much closer to spring!

With that thought in mind, we’ve got a few ideas to keep you going this February. First, if you have a baby at home, it can seem like gathering supplies and bundling up to go anywhere can be a hassle in the winter. There are fun destinations though that make the effort worth your while – and we’ve got five great picks in Out and About with Baby. What else can help get you through a cold winter day? Thinking about warm sunshine and sandy beaches! Check out our article Let’s Go to Florida for some travel tips on places to visit you might not know about in the sunshine state. (Because it’s not too early to start planning for spring break!) You know what else is right around the corner? Summer camp registrations! Believe it or not, now is the time to think about what your kids will want to do when school’s out. Be sure to take a look at our Summer Program and Camp Guide for a list of options to consider. And check out our article on Day Camp for some tips on how to evaluate various programs. Still need some good ideas for how to spend a February day? This month there are special events for Valentine’s Day, home and garden shows and maple sugar demonstrations – just to name a few. Our Community Spotlight page and February Calendar will give you enough possibilities to fill each and every day this month.

So hang in there – before long this snow and cold will be just a distant memory!

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Red Donuts Gymnastics Chocolate Bubble Guppies Music Jack's Donuts Good Night Peppa Pig Moana Play kitchen Gummies

an interesting fact about me. I would rather read books than play with any of my toys!


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SPOTLIGHT what to look for in february.

Get your home

ready for spring At the Suburban Indy Home Show, meet with 200+ home and garden professionals to get your home ready for spring. Sample local food and wine, purchase fresh cut f lowers and learn the newest design trends. February 11 is Kid’s Day, featuring story time and crafts, magic, princess and superhero performances with meet & greets and more! Buy one ticket and get one free when purchased online in advance. Kids 12 and under are free! February 8-11 Grand Park Event Center, Westfield


BLACK HISTORY MONTH Saturday evenings in February, head to Conner Prairie for theater performances and conversation in their series, Black Hoosiers: Untold Tales. Enjoy works by African-American playwrights, followed by a facilitated dialogue with the audience about issues of race, history and identity. Tickets are just $6 ($5 members). Saturdays, February 3-24, 7-9 pm Conner Prairie

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try a new take on

valentine’s day

From a puppet show to a heart healthy stroll in the park, find your perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day Cabaret

Heart Hike

Bring your little sweethearts to this delightful show featuring both marionette and hand puppets. A Valentine cookie takes the place of the usual popcorn treat for this show. Post-show workshops will be offered for $3.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and enjoy some ecotherapy during this open-house style event at Ritchey Woods in Fishers. Hike with friends and loved ones while keeping your eyes peeled for images of heart shapes found in nature that will line the path. When you are done with your hike, warm up by the campfire with free hot chocolate.

February 10-13

Family Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 10, 11:00 am-3:00 pm

Get creative this Valentine’s Day while spending time with your family at Nickel Plate Arts. Enjoy children’s activities, 4 to 5 different crafts ($5 each) and sweet treats. Saturday, February 10, 10 am-5 pm

Sweet Saturday Discover new tropical treats and taste your way through the fruits and vines of the Garfield Park Conservatory during their unique nod to Valentine’s Day. This drop-in event will let your whole family try some sweet treats – from chocolate to papaya – while learning about plants in the park’s collection. Saturday, February 10, noon-3 pm

Spend a day

devouring mac ‘n cheese Mac ‘n cheese lovers rejoice! Return of the Mac is back in all of its golden glory. Sample cheesy creations from up to 30 local restaurants, each offering their own spin on this classic dish. The event takes place on Superbowl Sunday, but don’t worry – you’ll be home in plenty of time for the big game. As an added bonus, children 6 and under get in free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. See website for ticket information. Sunday, February 4 Circle City Industrial Complex


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30 Free Things to Do This Winter There is plenty of opportunity for fun to be had this winter in Indianapolis– both indoors and out. And guess what? A lot of that fun is absolutely FREE!

Top 10 Spots for Sledding Where is the best place to go sledding in Indy? We asked and you answered. Check out the list of the top 10 spots according to our readers.

Mommy & Me Classes Mommy & me classes have come a long way in recent years. Get fit while spending quality time with your little one at one of these reputable classes around Indy.

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indy’s children Who knows you better than your siblings? Best friends, partners in crime – or expert “button pushers” – we share a bond with our brothers and sisters like no one else. Check out these special sibs from our readers.

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BROUGHT TO YOU BY Kimberly Harms, Director of Media Public Relations, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience When they say, “Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience is a new national model for family health and fitness” what do they mean? According to the CDC, Indiana is one of 20 states with an obesity rate over 30%. In Central Indiana, 43% of children are overweight or obese. So it makes sense that families are looking for healthy ways to shave pounds and get fit. The sports experience at The Children’s Museum is designed to attack the problem and help families have fun together with uniquelydesigned fitness spaces including basketball, football, hockey, soccer, racing, golf, baseball, tennis, running, walking and fitness equipment in addition to an indoor training center. The Cory SerVaas Fitness Path will feature exercise stations with activities for all ages with child- and adult-sized equipment. The various spinners, strength trainers and ski stations will teach kids and adults safe ways to work their upper body, lower body and core muscles.

“The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience will allow families to learn and play together while strengthening our commitment to the health of Indiana families,” says Dr. Elaine Cox, Chief Medical Officer of Riley Children’s Health. “We know that a community’s strength is tied closely to its health, and as Indiana’s only statewide pediatric health system, it is our job to go beyond the hospital walls and encourage

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kids to be active – because if we are keeping kids healthy and out of the hospital, then that is something to celebrate.”

What else can families do at this new experience? Explore science by understanding how bones give you structure to hold up your arms and how tendons attach those bones to muscle. Older children can throw a variety of balls and diagram their path from the

thrower’s hand to where it lands. Parents can also talk about how sports promotes good sportsmanship and respect for others. By actively playing with your kids, you can help them reduce stress and depression, positively impact their self-esteem and body image, and alleviate numerous health problems – all benefits to last a lifetime.

The Riley Children’s Heath Sports Legends Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will open on March 17, 2018.


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Let’s Go to Florida!

Discover four lesser-known destinations worth a visit

Every year, millions of tourists flock to Florida to enjoy worldclass theme parks and miles of white sand beaches. But there is more to the Sunshine State than seashells and roller coasters. Here are four destinations worth a second look. St. Augustine


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Nestled in the upper eastern corner of the state you will find St. Augustine, the country’s oldest continuously occupied city. Dating back to 1565, this quaint tourist destination is packed with history as well as modern-day activities for visitors of all ages. Take an immersive journey through three centuries of St. Augustine history at Colonial Corner, explore the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States at Castillo de San Marcos (complete with working canons) and learn fascinating stories about individual inmates that once occupied the cells of The Old Jail. Old Town Trolley Tours is your one-stop shop for visiting these destinations and many more. (Note: The brave at heart will want to add on a Ghosts & Graveyards tour.) The city is also home to the Fountain of Youth. (Yes, you can actually drink from the fountain. We’ll let you decide if it works.) All of this is just steps away from one of the most pristine stretches of beach in the state. For more on this magical city, visit

The Space Coast Just 45 minutes east of Orlando, Florida’s Space Coast encompasses 72 miles of action-packed coastline. Get up close and personal with the Shuttle Atlantis, tour launch areas and walk amongst giant rockets at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. (Note: If you time things right, you may even witness a rocket launch. Visit http:// spacecoastlaunches. com/blog/launch-list/ to view scheduled launches.) Adjacent to the space center complex, explore Florida’s diverse wildlife at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Just down the road in Cocoa Beach, check out Ron Jon Surf Shop (the largest of its kind at a whopping 52,000 square feet), charter a private offshore fishing boat for a day of angling fun and round out your evening with shopping and dining at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier. A bit further south in Melbourne, visit Brevard Zoo where you can view more than 650 animals by foot, paddle boat, kayak and zipline! Find more on the Space Coast at


The Nature Coast On the opposite side of the state is a swath of land known as the Nature Coast that stretches from the base of the Panhandle to the northern suburbs of Tampa Bay. Here visitors are encouraged to experience the “real Florida.” Opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing abound. Float on a tube down the crystal clear, spring-fed waters of the Rainbow River, which are a refreshing 72º year-round. Stroll along paved trails and boardwalks at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned animals that offers a unique opportunity to witness Florida’s wildlife at close range, including manatees, black bear, Florida panther, alligators and a variety of majestic birds. For a close encounter of a different kind, head to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park to watch the famed mermaids in their underwater show, then spend the day splashing away at Buccaneer Bay, the local spring-fed water park. For more on the Nature Coast, visit

Everglades National Park Covering 2,400 square miles, Everglades National Park is a nature lover’s dream. To truly experience the Everglades, you have to get out of your car and into the landscape. Explore on your own by foot or bike on designated trails or by canoe/kayak along the waterways. Or opt for a guided tour (our recommendation for first-timers). Shark Valley Tram Tours is an authorized concessioner for the National Park Service that offers two-hour educational tram tours through the Everglades that are packed with wildlife sightings. Another fun way to get into the heart of this diverse ecosystem is by airboat. Choose from three authorized operators that offer professional airboat tours inside the park. Find more information on these, and other guided tour options at planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm. (Note: There are two seasons in the Everglades: wet and dry. Dry season runs from November through March and is the ideal time to visit to avoid extreme heat, torrential rains and pesky bugs.)

The next time you plan a trip to sunny Florida, keep these lesser-known destinations in mind. You might just discover a whole new side of the state to fall in love with. February 2018 INDYSCHILD.COM 15

Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf Education How these philosophies differ and what they can offer children WORDS BY KIM DINAN

Here in Indianapolis, we are lucky to have a diverse range of educational opportunities available to our kids – among those, Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf approaches to learning. To understand more about what these philosophies offer, Indy’s Child spoke with local parents and educators involved with these programs for their insight into what families can expect from each method.

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Montessori Unlike in a traditional classroom setting, Montessori classrooms are mixed-age, usually containing kids within a three-year age gap. “This allows younger children the opportunity to learn from older classmates and older children the opportunity to develop leadership skills,” says Kathleen Ngo, a parent to students at A Children’s Habitat Montessori in Indianapolis. “Children are encouraged to follow their interests and their own attention spans,” she says. In a traditional classroom, children often complete the same assignment at the same times. In a Montessori classroom, children choose what they work on and can work on it for as long as it holds their attention. “For those unfamiliar with Montessori, this can sound disconcerting,” says Ngo. “But in reality, when run by a well-trained Montessori teacher, a Montessori classroom hums with engaged children who are passionate and excited about their education.”

The Montessori philosophy takes a holistic approach to a child’s development, emphasizing more than just academics, explains Ngo. “Social skills, citizenship, environmental stewardship and peace work are all incorporated into the curriculum.” For Ngo, she feels that the Montessori approach has empowered her children to take ownership of their education and lives. “My children love school,” she says. “They have a strong intrinsic sense of who they are and they are confident about their place in the world. I know their Montessori education will be with them for the rest of their lives.”

In a Reggio Emilia classroom, the role of the teacher is much different than in a traditional classroom, says Livingston. “Teachers are not seen as all-knowing or a source for all of the answers,” she explains. “We, as educators, are actually co-learners. At our school, it’s okay for a teacher to respond to a child’s question with, ‘I don’t know, but let’s figure that out together.’”

Reggio Emilia “A key piece of the Reggio philosophy is our ‘image of the child,’” explains Kelsey Livingston, Director and Lead Educator at The Sapling School in Indianapolis. “We know that our image of the child impacts all areas of our practice as educators. Because we believe that children are capable and valuable members of society – and treat them as such – they leave our school knowing that their opinions and voices matter.”

Another aspect that sets Reggio Emilia schools apart is the importance they place on documenting a child’s educational growth. Teachers take notes and photos throughout the day in order to record a child’s thinking and learning process. “Sometimes finalized pieces of documentation are displayed throughout the school as a way of making thinking visible,” says Livingston. *continued on page 18

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Reggio Emilia classrooms focus on both academic and social and emotional skills. “Students learn to treat all people kindly, work with others and make good choices as community members,” says Livingston. “They begin to develop an intrinsic motivation for the choices they make and the work they do.”

Waldorf education very much tries to respond to what is socially needed at the time and develop with that.”


Waldorf schools place a high value on considering the individual needs of each child. As Brain explains, “A Waldorf school believes in reawakening the inherent wisdom that an individual is born with so that it can achieve the freedom one needs to manifest one’s dreams.”

“Waldorf education nurtures a child’s natural imagination and creativity through art, craft, song, storytelling, handwork and immersion in nature,” says Danielle Brain, organizer of the IndyWaldorf group. Indianapolis does not yet have a Waldorf School, but a group of dedicated parents have worked for the past twenty years to build one. The parents now have a building in McCordsville where they offer Waldorf classes and workshops. Their goal for 2019 is for a larger facility and an official opening of their Waldorf school.

To determine the best type of educational environment for your child, explore various approaches and talk with educators from different schools for a sense of what their guiding principles are. Observe how your child tends to learn best, how they interact with others and what excites and motivates them. With a little advance research and preparation, you’ll be better equipped to find a school that helps your child reach their fullest potential.

“In Waldorf Schools, nature and the arts are an important part of the curriculum,” says Brain. “A strong impulse in our group is this understanding of farms and food. Indiana is farmland and it is a place of growing. There is something very important in that. That knowledge needs to be maintained for the health of our people here and the land. And so that is a big part of what we are creating.

To learn more about Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf philosophies, visit these sites. American Montessori Society

International Montessori Council

North American Reggio Emilia Alliance

Reggio Children

Association of Waldorf Schools in North America

Waldorf Answers

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Local Spotlight: Flight1 Helping kids gain confidence through accomplishment Flight1 is an Indianapolis-based non-profit organization that serves kids and families with serious health challenges or those who have lost an immediate family member. Through their Courageous Fliers program, Flight1 restores a child’s sense of self-confidence through the joy of flight. Indy’s Child talked with founder Marcus Strawhorn about his inspiration for creating Flight1 and the good work they do in our community.

How does your program work?

You founded Flight1. Can you tell us a bit about why you started it?

Once they play the simulator they go over to a full motion simulator. The kids continue to be successful at that. We have a flight instructor that sits with them and walks them through the process of what to do. A few weeks later we schedule a time for them to go to the airport. They inspect the plane. The flight instructor works with them. We reinforce that they’re the ones in charge. Then they fly the plane. They fly during the day and they fly locally. If their house is close, and depending on their age, they fly to their house and come back.

I was the youngest kid in my class and I was small for my age, so I was picked on a lot. When other kids got their driver’s license I couldn’t drive, but I had my pilot’s license. Even though it didn’t change how people treated me, it changed how I saw myself. I had a sense of confidence that stuck with me. When I was in my mid-30’s I went to the doctor for what I thought was a food allergy and the doctor told me that he believed I had an abdominal cancer. The prognosis was unclear. After six months of testing the doctors came back and said that I was fine. But during that six-month period my best friend from high school’s daughter had been diagnosed with leukemia. I could only imagine what she was going through, going from one doctor’s appointment to the next and one treatment to the next and not having any sense of control. I wanted to do something for her. And that was when I started to connect the dots that she might be able to benefit from going out to the airport and having the chance to take control of the plane.

We use aviation as a tool to build confidence, but the program isn’t about flying or the technical aspect. It’s more about the magical side of being able to do something that most people can’t and giving the kids a sense of control. For a typical progression through the program, it starts out with the families going out to the international airport. There’s a facility that has a flight simulator. We invite the kids out; they get a tour of the building.

In the second year they fly at nighttime. There is a bit of hesitation there, but they quickly realize that it’s easier flying at night. The visibility is better, the air is more stable and it’s more enjoyable flying at night. In the third year they do a cross-country flight. After the third year they can help out as a mentor.


How many children does your organization serve? There are about 80 kids active in the program right now.

How can the community get involved in Flight1?

Learn more about Flight1 on their website at

We can use adult volunteers to help with the mentor program. Also, funding. There is a big cost associated with the program, but it’s free for all members of the family.

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out and about


baby 5 places to go with baby in tow WORDS BY Haley Paddock

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Let’s face it – packing up all the gear necessary to spend an afternoon out of the house with a baby can be a daunting task. But sometimes you’ve just got to get out! (Even if only for a short period of time.) So here’s a list of places to go and things to do with your littlest one in mind.

Library Story Times Various locations

Conner Prairie Discovery Station

Even though your tot won’t be reading their first novel for quite some time, the library is still the place to encourage a love of reading right from the start. The Public Library of Indianapolis has 23 branches and each one offers a variety of events for kids. “Mother Goose on the Loose” and baby story times can help develop early literacy skills. Utilizing songs, stories, rhymes, puppets and instruments, these sessions engage your baby and make their first library experiences fun and exciting. Visit the website for specific times and locations for each event.

13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers discovery-station

The Urban Chalkboard

This indoor play area is open year-round, and although it caters to kids through the age of 9, there is a special section just for you and your infant. There is also a mom’s room nearby, providing a convenient space for feedings and diaper changes.

Gymboree Play & Music 12524 North Gray Road, Carmel 1001 N State Road 135, Greenwood The Baby Lab at Gymboree is a multi-sensory play and learning lab that stimulates ref lexes and builds brain power. The specially designed equipment and props are created just for babies 0 – 10 months. Themes include art, music, signs, literacy, lights and mindfulness.

Kindermusik of Indianapolis Various locations Kindermusik is recognized as a leader in music-based education for kids, and you can start bringing your newborn to classes when they’re just a few weeks old. “Cuddle and Bounce” sessions are specifically designed for babies as young as 6 weeks, and are now offered at two locations. Licensed instructors lead parents and their little ones on an adventure of learning and fun while laying a foundation for musical exploration.

452 East Carmel Drive, Carmel Boasting a learning studio as well as a play café, The Urban Chalkboard might just have it all. A padded play area made just for infants is perfect for your little one to practice those new rolling or crawling skills. Mirrors and bright colors make exciting additions for getting in that tummy time too. Parents are welcome to grab a latte at the café hub, and relax while watching their babies explore. There are also fun classes offered daily in the learning studio. Open play is free for babies under 9 months and most classes are included with admission. Be sure to check out the online calendar for class details and open play times, and reserve a spot before you visit as space fills up fast!

Babies don’t stay babies for very long. Make the most of this special time together by visiting these spots made just for you and your little sidekick.

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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 area pediatric dentists to share what makes their practice special.

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CHILDREN'S DENTAL CENTER Children’s Dental Center is celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month! Dr. Michelle H. Edwards and Dr. Kathleen K. Bradley are specialists in dentistry for children. Their mission is to help build communities valuing prevention, early detection and treatment of dental disease in children. The safari themed office has a welcoming staff that greets parents and patients with a warm and caring smile. Children have a child sized door to walk through to enter the office! Kids love the fun and inviting atmosphere. Parents enjoy the peace of mind that their children are receiving the highest quality of care with true compassion. We welcome you to read our online reviews! Children’s Dental Center is proud to have the Tooth Tickling Fairies on our team to help keep your child’s mouth healthy and clean! Carrie and Larry and friends inspire kids in fun and creative ways to get a healthy smile and body. Choosing Children’s Dental Center as your child’s dental home offers a trusted and positive experience from baby and beyond! Michelle H. Edwards, DDS, MSD Kathleen K. Bradley, DDS 9885 E 116th Street, Ste 100 Fishers, IN 46037 p: 317.842.TIKE (8453) —

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 • Hospital dentistry for more extensive dental needs 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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Tips to consider when using one with your child These days, you can’t pop into the gas station or stop by a Target without seeing multiple sizes, colors and designs of last year’s “it” toy – fidget spinners.

A fidget should be used as a tool, not a toy.

The ball-bearing-powered trinket burst onto the scene last spring and quickly became popular everywhere from classrooms to cubicles with its claims of helping spinners concentrate and stress less. While those assertions are still up for debate, one thing is certain – the fidget spinner craze has brought renewed attention to the usefulness of an array of other fidget items that parents and professionals who work with children with sensory processing issues are familiar with. “[Educators] have a long history of really drilling down and using evidence-based practice to address the needs of each child. Using tools, like fidgets, among other things, really helps [kids] regulate their own bodies,” says Ann H. Sweet, a board-certified behavior analyst and autism consultant with Carmel Clay Schools. Could your child benefit from a fidget spinner, squishy ball or bouncy chair? Sweet, along with local parents, offer these tips for those considering fidget items.

1) Start with rules in place. For students with sensory processing issues, including many on the autism spectrum, the need for constant sensory input can make it difficult for them to concentrate. Fidget items, such as stress balls, putty and pipe cleaners, are often used to provide this sensory input in a less distracting way. The key, Sweet says, is to set ground rules from the beginning about the purpose of a fidget.

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3) Look at other movement options. Beyond fidgets, more and more schools are experimenting with items that allow students to move in other ways – wiggle seats, yoga balls or bouncy bands for desk legs. “When you introduce an item, use a social narrative to explain how the item should help them focus and pay attention, how it shouldn’t distract others and shouldn’t distract them from learning,” Sweet says. “A fidget should be used as a tool, not a toy, and having those guidelines from the beginning can help.”

Cathy Willman, a Brownsburg mom of a 12-year-old with autism, says her son likes to sit on an exercise ball. “I thought that worked best to keep his body moving while allowing his brain to work,” she says.

2) Consider your child’s age and needs.

4) Talk to your child’s teacher and school team.

A desirable fidget will vary from child to child. Younger kids tend to like things they can squeeze, like stress balls, while older kids may want something more inconspicuous, such as a paperclip or a smooth river rock, Sweet says. In general, the best fidgets are silent, can’t be taken apart into pieces and don’t easily roll away. And while there are plenty of websites that sell fidgets specifically designed for kids with special needs, everyday items such as pencil toppers, silly putty or nuts and bolts can be effective, too. One caution – if your child likes to put things in his or her mouth, make sure fidgets aren’t small enough to be swallowed. Instead, look for chewable necklaces or ask if your child can chew gum in class. “We’re big fans of gum,” says Lori Fulk, a Zionsville mom of a 12year old with ADHD and dyscalculia. “My daughter has been chewing gum in math class to help her focus since she was 6. While her ADHD meds are very successful, just that extra help in math has been a great tool.”

Most importantly, talk first with your child’s teacher and school resource team to see what fidgets may be already available and what they think could help your child. “Find out what’s being used in the classroom and how it’s working,” Sweet says. “I recommend working with an occupational therapist who knows the child’s sensory needs, too.”

To learn more about sensory integration, check out the Indiana Resource Center for Autism’s comprehensive article on the subject at pages/Sensory-Integration-Tips-to-Consider.


Rare Disease Day A look at Neurofibromatosis It’s a genetic disorder typically diagnosed in childhood that’s more prevalent than cystic fibrosis, hereditary muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease and Tay-Sachs disease combined, and yet, you’ve probably never heard of it. Neurofibromatosis, or NF, is an underthe-radar yet no less debilitating condition that causes tumors to grow on or around nerve tissue, including the brain, which can trigger blindness, chronic pain and developmental delays. Of the three types of neurofibromatosis, NF1 affects one in every 3,000 children – the most common neurological disorder caused by mutations in a single gene, according to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. And yet, NF1 and its less common counterpart, NF2, which affects one in every 40,000 children, are often grouped with other rare diseases – which causes advocates to struggle to raise both awareness and research dollars. “In general, we all know someone, whether we realize it or not, who has NF, but the symptoms are so varied that it ends up being a rare disorder by virtue of people not understanding what it is,” says Dr. Kent Robertson, a pediatric hematologist and oncologist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health who is helping lead NF research. To mark Rare Disease Day on February 28, educate yourself on the basics of neurofibromatosis and the game-changing progress being made right here in Indianapolis. 28 INDYSCHILD.COM February 2018

What are the signs of neurofibromatosis? The more common NF1 is usually diagnosed in childhood, with some of the earliest visible signs being the development of café-au-lait spots. While plenty of healthy people have one or two of the small, light-brown birthmarks, children with six or more spots that are at least half a centimeter or larger likely have NF1, according to the Neurofibromatosis Network. Other skin changes can include tumors on the bottom layer of the skin and large skin or nerve tumors. NF is also typically characterized by an unusually large head size and skeletal malformations, including scoliosis and bowing of the lower legs. What we can’t see from the outside, of course, are the tumors that develop along nerve tissue, which can cause a variety of problems as they press on vital organs, including breathing issues, digestive problems and high blood pressure.

Who is at risk to develop neurofibromatosis? NF affects both sexes and all races and ethnic groups. NF1 and NF2 are caused by mutations in two different genes. Researchers have found that about 50 percent of those with NF have a prior family history of the disorder, while the other 50 percent of cases are the result of spontaneous genetic mutation.

How is neurofibromatosis treated? While some symptoms of NF can be successfully treated, the tumors at the root cause of the problem have historically been nearly impossible to eradicate effectively – too slow-growing for radiation or chemotherapy and too close to vital organs for surgery. The Cancer & Blood Diseases Department at Riley is one of only a few centers in the country researching what prompts the tumors to start growing in the first place. “If you can understand the trigger point, you can potentially stop them,” Robertson says. “Ideally, you’d like to get them to shrink away, but it’s also worthwhile if you can just plain stop them.” Riley is one of 13 sites that make up the NF Clinical Trials Consortium, a worldwide group aimed at making it easier to conduct clinical trials related to NF. Robertson says several drugs have shown promising results in stopping tumors from growing, which would mark a real advancement in the field. “Ten years ago, there wasn’t anything you could really offer (NF patients), and these things would just continue to grow,” he says. “Now, we’re finding more and more fascinating trigger points, so it’s come a long way, but there’s more to go. There’s always more to do.”

For more resources and information about NF, visit, and


Rare Disease Day

WHEN: February 28


92 countries across the globe


One in 20 people will live with a rare disease at some point in their life, and yet many of these diseases have no cure and get little attention. Worldwide events aim to raise awareness among the general public and with decision makers.

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SPECIAL NEEDS events FE B RUAR Y 2 0 1 8

THURS 01 Strategies to Support Behavior at Home The Indiana Resource Center for Autism presents a free parent group meeting featuring Melissa Dubie, M.A. Parent support group meetings are geared toward family members of individuals who have a diagnosis along the autism spectrum. To register or for more information, contact Kris Baker at or call the number below. More info: www.iidc. Location: Earlywood Education Services, Time 6:30-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-9385459

FRI 09 Night to Shine Prom Night Night to Shine is a prom for teenagers and adults with special needs sponsored by the Tim Tebow foundation, with events that will be taking place simultaneously in more than 500 churches around the world. More info and to register: www. Location: Northview Church Carmel Campus, Time: 6:00-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-846-2884

SAT 10 Butler University Polar Plunge Get your chill' on and sign up today to join hundreds of Hoosiers that help support sports training and athletic competition for more than 13,000 Special Olympics Indiana athletes by jumping in a cold body of water near you. The Butler Polar Plunge is part of the Campus Challenge, which recognizes the campus plunge that raises the most funds for Special Olympics Indiana during the Plunge season. More info: www.firstgiving. com/soindiana/plunge-butler-2018 Location: Butler Health & Recreation Complex, Time: 11:00 am

Sensory Friendly Films: "Peter Rabbit" 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! More info: sensory-friendly-films


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Navigating the SSI Process The Arc Advocacy Network will explain Social Security disability programs, the process Social Security uses to make a disability determination, and steps families can take to make this process easier. Free. More info: contact Katie O’Brien at 317-881-0789 Ext. 62997 or visit navigating-the-ssi-process-zionsville/

Foster Parent Information Session In Indiana, there are twice as many children who need a home in the foster care system than homes available. The Villages of Indiana — the state’s largest private therapeutic foster care provider — hosts monthly free foster parent information sessions. For more information, call The Villages at 800-874-6880 or visit www.

Locations: AMC Castleton Square Mall 14, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-577-9538 AMC Indianapolis 17, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-784-0989

Location: Tippecanoe Public Library, Time: 6:30- 7:30 pm, Phone: 765-476-3277


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Sensory Hours at Sky Zone Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs. $8.00/ per jumper.

Teen Night Out Teen Night Out is a respite event sponsored by Easter Seals Crossroads and serves teen with disabilities. Teens that attend get to enjoy a fun night of socialization with friends, swimming, games, arts & crafts and dinner while parents/caregivers are encouraged to enjoy time to themselves courtesy of a ParentCare gift certificate from Easter Seals Crossroads. Dinner will be provided by McAllister’s Deli. To register for an event, please contact Angie Hilligoss at ahilligoss@ This event is for ages 13 - 17.

Locations: Sky Zone South, 4150 Kildeer Dr. 46237, Time 4:00- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-759-9925

SAT 17 My Child Has Special Needs: Now What? Finding out that your child has special needs can be overwhelming. This training provides families with a brief overview of how to find support for your child and family, find information and services, find ways to pay for services, and will help you start thinking about the future.The event is free for family members, $25 for professionals. For more information, contact Cindy Robinson at or call the number below. More info: www. training-calendar/my-child-hasspecial-needs-now-what/ Location: Rolling Fields Church, Time: 12:30 pm, Phone: 317-257-8683

Location: The Village of Indiana, Time: 6:00 -8:00 pm, Phone: 800-874-6880

TUES 27 Navigating the SSI Process The Arc Advocacy Network will explain Social Security disability programs, the process Social Security uses to make a disability determination, and steps families can take to make this process easier. Free. More info: contact Katie O’Brien at 317-881-0789 Ext. 62997 or visit navigating-the-ssi-process-zionsville/ Location: Zionsville Educational Services Center, Time: 6:30, Phone: 317-881-0789 Ext. 62997

Location: Monon Community Center, Time: 5:30- 9:30 pm, Phone: 317-848-7275

SAT 24 GiGi’s Playhouse “I Have A Voice” Gala This year's theme is "Imagine." Festivities will include a sit-down dinner, silent auction, live entertainment and more! Most importantly, the gala is an opportunity to celebrate achievements and continue to change the way people view Down syndrome! For the first time, the adult interns of GiGi’s Playhouse will play a lead role in planning and hosting the gala, including invitation design, centerpiece design, hosting the event and more! More info: gala-indy/

ongoing Sensory Room Occurring Daily until February 28 Come and enjoy the wonderful Sensory Room located inside the family center at Rhodius Park. Give your child a chance to play and relax safely with a rock wall, glow in the dark fun, sensory swings, and ball pit! The cost is $3 per child. Call for more details and registration. Location: Rhodius Park, Time: Mon-Fri 4:00- 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-327-7191

Location: Indiana Roof Ballroom, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-288-8235

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SPECIAL NEEDS WORDS BY Emmaleigh Badeaux, M.A., and Tracy Gale, Psy.D., HSPP, Easterseals Crossroads

Feeling Better Every parent wants their child to be able to express their emotions in a healthy manner. Children are not born with an understanding of feelings, and one of our jobs, as parents, is to teach them how to appropriately identify, express and manage their emotions. Here are some everyday strategies to improve your child’s emotional intelligence.

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• Teach your child to label emotions. Children need to learn a “feelings vocabulary” in order to identify and express their feelings. Teach this by explaining how actions or experiences may cause certain feelings, such as, “W hen your brother takes your toy, you feel angry. I can tell that you are angry because your eyebrows are pushed together and you are yelling.” It may be helpful to make a list of words that describe emotions to help your child express their feelings. • Consistently use “feeling” words. Integrate “feeling” words into your day, using yourself and others as examples. Express your feelings aloud, saying for example,

“Traffic bothers me. W hen I am sitting in traffic, I feel nervous about being late. W hen I am nervous, it helps if I take deep breaths.” W hen reading books together, have your child label the emotions of the characters based on their words or facial expressions. Make it a game by acting out different feelings. Show happiness by smiling, or fear by widening your eyes, and then have your child guess your feelings. • Rewind and retry. If your child experienced a strong emotion and could not label it, refer to it later. Such experiences are “teachable moments.” Coach your child through the appropriate vocabulary they could have used and discuss more appropriate

ways to manage emotions, such as asking for help, asking for a turn, or counting to 10. Try to catch your child while they are feeling strongly and guide them through labeling, expressing, and managing their feeling. When children feel confident about acknowledging and managing their feelings, they are more likely to do so and can be better equipped in emotionallyladen situations. Children who have such skills are more likely to succeed academically, behaviorally and socially.


SPECIAL NEEDS guide ABA Autism Services by Damar

The Children's TherAplay Foundation

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.

One of the few clinics in the country providing physical and occupational therapies on horseback (hippotherapy) for children with special needs. Serving kiddos, ages 18 months to 13 years, with diagnoses including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, and developmental delay. In-network with most major health insurance carriers and Indiana Medicaid.

9905 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Kristin Dovenmuehle, Director, Phone: 317-813-4690, Email: info@damar. org,

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:,

Bierman ABA Autism Center We work with children with autism spectrum disorders up to the age of 13. We specialize in providing early intervention, personalized and intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Speech & OT programs. Our early intensive intervention programs (EIBI) are designed to help children learn skills across many different developmental domains in order to be happy and successful in any environment, whether that be in the home, community or the classroom. Whether your child was just recently diagnosed or has been in a traditional school setting but unable to make adequate progress, we deeply believe every child is capable of learning with the right programming in place. We are positive our dedicated and talented team can make a difference. Locations in Broad Ripple, Westfield and Avon. 6060 N College Avenue, Indianapolis IN 46220, Phone: (317) 815-5501, Email: info@;

9919 Towne Road, Carmel, Indiana. Phone: (317) 872-4166; Email: info@; www.childrens

Children's Therapy Connection CTC’s Speech Therapy, Social Skills and Gross Motor Playgroups focus on improving communication skills, peer interactions and gross motor development in structured small group settings. Our comprehensive approach uses a variety of techniques to best meet your child’s needs. The CTC Playgroups are an excellent supplement to your child’s current therapy program! Children will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis. Ratios are kept low to allow each child individual attention and instruction, so space is limited! Please contact our office at kberty@ or visit our website or follow us on Facebook for additional details. 7478 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: info@,

Disability & Autism Services of Indiana Disability and Autism Services of Indiana (DASI) has proudly supported Indiana families since 2008. Our mission is to provide the highest quality ABA therapy and supporting speech therapy to children on the Autism spectrum. DASI understands the importance of learning in the natural setting, and we come to you to meet your needs. With over 75 years of combined experience, our families choose DASI because of the care and customized services we provide. Our passionate and professional team will tailor fit your child's ABA therapy to target individual learning and behavior change. We utilize the most effective research-based 1:1 behavioral interventions and specialize in maximizing learning opportunities and outcomes. With Fishers & Greensburg, Indiana locations; we offer in home, school, clinic and community based ABA therapy. 732 N Broadway St, Greensburg, IN, Phone: (812) 663-2273; Email:;

EasterSeals Crossroads Offering comprehensive disability services for people of all ages. Early Intervention, Autism Services, PT, OT, Speech Therapy, Feeding/Swallowing issues, Augmentative Comm-unication, 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@, http://www.

LITTLESTAR ​ABA THERAPY LittleStar ​ABA Therapy 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. LittleStar's statewide centers are located in Carmel, Bloomington, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Clarksville and Newburgh. LittleStar ​ABA Therapy also provide in-home ABA services. 12650 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN, 46032, Phone: 317-249-2242, info@, www.littlestar​ABA​.org

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,



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WORDS BY Denise Yearian

Day Camp

Preparing for adventures close to home Find out what the camper-to-counselor ratio is. Ideally it should be six campers to one counselor, as recommended by the American Camping Association. What experience and/or training do the counselors have? How are they selected? What is the camp’s discipline policy? Are they trained to take care of health concerns such as asthma, allergies and dispensing medicine?

8. Fill out forms. When it comes to medical forms, be thorough and specific. If your child was on a medication during the school year but will be taken off of it for the summer, make sure the camp is aware of this. You will also be asked to fill out an emergency contact form, which lists another designated individual to call if you cannot be reached in the event of an accident or illness. Make sure that individual is available before writing their name down.

5. Focus on the facility. Ask about indoor and

9. Peruse policies & procedures. Camp should give

4. Ask about staff.

Summer day camp is a place where children can stretch their minds, exercise their bodies, develop new interests and forge lasting friendships. Day camp programs vary from one setting to the next. How can you help make the most of your child’s day camp experience? 1. Consider interests. Day camps offer a host of options that include everything from one centralized activity to a variety of traditional camp fun. Talk with your child about his interests and what he would like to gain from the experience. Would he enjoy an assortment of activities or does he want to concentrate on one skill, such as soccer or art?

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2. Ponder program length. Day camps range from several hours to a full day and can run from one week to an entire summer. How long your child should participate in a program will depend largely upon his age, developmental level and previous camp experience. First-time campers would do well starting in a partial- to full-week program. Experienced campers may enjoy one that runs throughout the summer.

3. Look at location. If you choose a day camp close to home, commute time will be shorter and your child may already be acquainted with some of the other children. A day camp near your employer, however, would give you quick access to your child, in the event of an emergency. If your child needs additional morning or afternoon childcare, you may want to consider a program close to your sitter.

outdoor facilities. Is there ample indoor space for children to play during inclement weather? Are outdoor equipment and grounds well maintained and safe? Are the children’s swimming skills tested before they are allowed to enter the water?

6. Investigate cost. Inquire about additional fees. Some day camps have a base price but charge extra for trips, special events and activities. If the camp you want to send your child to costs more than you can afford, find out if there is a scholarship program. Also ask about a refund policy, in the event of an illness or family emergency.

7. Arrange a pre-visit. Many day camps have open houses prior to season start up. Find out if the camp you have chosen has one. If not, make other arrangements to introduce yourself to those who will be caring for your child.

you materials on camp policies, procedures and planned activities. If you and your child know what to expect and what is expected of you, camp will run smoother. In recent years, many day camps have developed strict policies about leaving technology items – cell phones, handheld games and other tech toys – at home. Be aware that if restricted items are brought to camp, they may be confiscated and returned at the end of the day.

10. Keep the line of communication open. Talk about camp before it even starts. Reassure your child of the positive experience he will have. At the end of each camp day, find a block of uninterrupted time where you can listen as he shares his adventures. Above all, encourage your child to always do his best, obey the rules and be respectful of others, and chances are, he’ll have a great time.

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& CAMP guide Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center “Dog Days of Summer” Phone: (317) 259-6854, email:, Dates: Session 1: June 4 - June 29 Session 2: July 2 - July 27 Hours: Flexible hours. Half Days/Full Days Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pickup anytime up until 6 pm/5:30 pm 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.

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 AYS Various Locations. Phone: (317) 283-3817; Email: info@ayskids. org; Dates: varies depending on school district Hours: 6:30am to 6pm (varies depending on school district) Ages: 5 through 13

Camp AYS offers fun adventures focused on science, art, health and the environment. Lots of active games, new friends and new experiences make Camp AYS the place to be this summer. Marion & Hendricks Co., grades 1-6.

Camp Carson YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN, Phone: (812) 385-3597, email:, Special needs: Type 1 Diabetes, Camps for kids of military families Dates: June 3-July 27 Ages: 7-16 Activities: 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 and Empowered. ALL new cabins built in 2014.

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Camp Crosley YMCA Phone: (574) 834-2331, Email:, Dates: One week sessions starting June 3 -August 4 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, zipline, climbing wall, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, archery, Riflery, field sports, 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.

Camp INVENTION Multiple locations throughout Indianapolis, Phone: (800) 968-4332, email:, http:// Special needs: Yes Dates: Varies by location Ages: Kindergarten through 6th grade

Camp Invention’s all-new summer curriculum, allows children in grades K-6 to create a vehicle of the future, design a mechanical robot dog, and build futuristic dream homes. Visit or call (800) 968-4332 to register. Use promo code Ideas25 to save $25 (expires 3/23) and Ideas15 to save $15 (expires 5/4).

CAMP JCC 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis (46260), Phone: 317-251-9467, email:, Dates: June 4, 2018-July 27, 2018 Ages: Grades K-9 Activities: drone camp, day camp including daily use of our water park, tennis, soccer, Pacers basketball, STEAM camp, adventure camp

Camp JCC days are full of activities, including daily use of our 70,000 square foot Eskenazi Water Park with 300-foot-long lazy river and Wednesday and Friday cookouts. We’re proud of our fully trained, professional and committed staff who instill in campers core values like kindness and appreciation.

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation | Summer Camp Series 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, IN, Phone: (317) 573-5240, email:, www. Special needs: Contact with questions Dates: June 4-August 3 (Monday-Friday) Hours: 7am-6pm (hours vary by specific camp) Ages: 5-15 years (ages vary by specific camp) Activities: Themes include: art, theatre, sports, nature and science.

The Summer Camp Series themes include art, theatre, sports, nature and science. Camps run 7am-6pm (Mon-Fri), but vary based on camp. Ratios are either 1-to-10 or 1-to-12 depending on the camp offering. We hope to see you at camp this summer!

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; 6/18-6/22, 2018 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 current 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:, www.iupui. edu/~china/courses/summer-camp/ Dates: June 4 - July 27 2018 Ages: Grades K-8 Activities: Chinese, Calligraphy, Crafts & Sports, Singing & Dancing, Math & Reading

For language learning, the younger the better. To better prepare our children to learn about China, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis offers a Chinese Culture summer day camp for K-8 students (at least 5 years old). The camp is held on the IUPUI campus, and last for 1-8 weeks.

CYO Camp Rancho Framasa

Indianapolis Art Center

Phone: (888) 988-2839, email: info@campranchoframasa. org,

820 E 67th Street, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 255-2464, email:,

Special needs: All programs are inclusive of all children Dates: June 3 - July 27 Ages: 7-19+ Activities: Horseback riding, Swimming, High Ropes, Drama, Archery, Sports, Games, Arts & Crafts, Firebuilding, Canoeing, Campfires, All Camp Evening Games, etc.

Dates: June 11-July 27, 2018 Hours: 8:30 am-6 pm Ages: 4-18 Activities: Art, Creativity, Painting, Ceramics, Film, Animation, Glassblowing, Woodworking, Jewelry Making and more.

American Camp Association accredited camp. Established in 1964, our residential camp offers 3 and 6 day sessions in beautiful Brown County, Indiana. 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.

Conner Prairie Summer Day Camps 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN, Phone: (317) 776-6000, email:, Dates: May 29 - August 3, 2018 Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm; early arrival and late pick up are available for additional fee

Adventure Camp includes a backyard zip line, swimming, canoeing, fishing, horse riding, crafts, hiking, challenge course, archery and more! All outdoor action packed fun! Specialty Camp activities vary by camp. We offer Art Camp, Archaeology Camp, Maker Camp, Science Camp for Girls, Science Camp for Boys, and Photography Camp. Camps are in a unique environment, with well trained, skilled staff.

Heritage Day Camps 6401 E 75th St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 849-3441, email:, www.heritagechristian. net/summer Dates: June 4, 2018-July 27, 2018 Hours: 9 am-3:30 pm Ages: Entering Kindergarten-Entering 5th Grade Activities: Academic STEM enrichment activities, Field Trips office campus

June 4-8, Spy Week; June 11-15 Art Extravaganza; June 18-22 Amazing Race; June 25-29 Space Week; July 9-13 Spring Hill; July 16-20 Camp Invention; July 23-27 Game Creating

Join us for a summer of art making, fun and new friendships! In the Indianapolis Art Center's Summer Art Camps, 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.

Indianapolis Children’s Choir Choral Fest Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Email:, Contact: Lauren Southard, Phone: (317) 940-9640, Special Needs Offered: Offering a special learners camp Dates: June 4-7 and July 23-27 Hours: 9am-4pm Ages: 1st grade - 8th grade Activities: 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 between fun musical activities and camp friendships! Includes a performance at the conclusion of camps. Financial Assistance is Available.

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International School of Indiana Summer Camp

Summer U at University High School

The Orchard School'S SUMMER Camp

4330 N. Michigan Road, Indpls, IN, 46208 Phone: (317) 923.1951, Email:, summer-camps/

2825 W. 116th Street, Carmel IN, Phone: (317) 733-4475,

615 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 251-9253, Email:, https://orchardsummer

Dates: June 18-22 & 25-29, 2018

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.

Park Tudor SCHOOL 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240​; Phone: (317) 415-2700; Email:, Dates: June 4 - July 27, 2018 Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 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, as well as morning, afternoon, or all-day camps.​

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University High School offers several enrichment summer camps and courses for elementary, middle, and high school students. Our camps cover everything from study skills, robotics, rocketry, computer gaming and development to theatre, visual arts, and creative writing. Before and after care is available.

The Children's House Summer Camp Phone: (317) 253-3033, email: childrenshouse08@gmail. com, Dates: June 11, 2018 to August 17, 2018 Hours: 9 am to 4 pm (extended hours available, 7 am to 5:45 pm) Ages: 3-12 Activities: Art, drama, games, recreational swimming, field trips

The Children’s House Day Camp provides weekly themed activities in a relaxing environment free of competition. Day Camp activities include art, drama, games, recreational swimming, field trips and many outdoor activities. Day Camp is limited to 25 campers (5-12) and 10 Preschool campers (3-5).

Dates: June 11-August 3 Hours: 9 am-4 pm (extended day options) Ages: 3 years -8th grade

The Orchard School’s Summer Camp offers half-day and full-day options with varied experiences that foster creativity, a love of learning and opportunities to make friends. Campers can choose camps outdoors, in the gym, on the field or in the classroom. We have an option for everyone!



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Ask the Teacher

Missing school for vacation, better test prep and staying focused after school


We have the opportunity to take a short vacation in February, but it doesn’t coincide with my kids’ noschool days. Is it a bad idea to have a third and fifth grader miss a few days of school for a trip?


To take your children out of school for a few days for a special family vacation is not, in and of itself, a bad idea. The chance to spend time together is very valuable to children’s development and to your family unit in general. There are, however, a few things to take into consideration. First, check the school’s absence policy, which can vary a great deal from one school district to another. Some schools allow make up work to be done upon return from a vacation, usually under specified time limits. Others see vacations as unexcused absences and will not accept work that was missed and may not allow tests to be taken upon return. (Student attendance may be a factor in the school’s evaluation or accreditation.) You may have to weigh the impact this might have on your child’s grade. Another factor to think about is each of your children’s stress levels. Will missing a few days and having a sense of being behind add anxiety for your children that will hamper their vacation experience or will impact re-entry into school upon your return? Even if the trip seems like a great opportunity to you, your children may not be comfortable missing school. An additional consideration is what information will be missed. If the curriculum to be covered while your children would be gone is light, or is something you feel comfortable helping them understand, this may be a non-issue. However, if your children will be challenged to grasp what they missed in the classroom, you may consider a short-term tutor to get them back up to speed.

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Test-taking seems beyond my eighth grader. He studies and studies, but his test grades do not show it. He is becoming very frustrated. Do you have any ideas about what he can do to improve?


Have your son define very specifically how he is preparing. He should be able to describe exactly what strategies he is using, when and where he is studying, and how much time he is giving to the preparation. If he is reading over a prepared study guide several times or working through a computer-generated review game, he may think he knows the material. Instead, he may just be recognizing concepts rather than having a genuine understanding of them. For some students that is enough to master the material, but for many it is not. He may have the misconception that he has spent a great deal of time studying, but if this time is interrupted by social media or by other distractions it will not be effective. Encourage your son to begin test prep as soon as new content is provided, even if the test is weeks away. Spending a few minutes each day reviewing the material from his classes can be a real game-changer. Noting where he may need clarification on something and asking about it early on will solidify his understanding in a way that waiting until just prior to the test cannot. He can do this by highlighting his notes, making a list of key terms on paper, or creating a brief summary in his own words from that day’s lesson.


When my daughter sits down to do her homework after school, she just cannot concentrate. It takes her forever to get just a little bit of work done. I keep trying to redirect her attention to her work, but she gets angry. Our evenings get off to a terrible start. Any suggestions for what we can do?

Write out the plan that your daughter creates and keep it nearby. Should she not stick to the plan, you can say, “I see that your plan says you would be working on X right now. I am not sure how what you are doing is meeting your plan.” Turning the responsibility over to her for what she needs to get done, rather than making it something you are requiring of her, should help remove the tension from the homework scene.


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

After an after school break, your daughter should come up with her own plan for homework. Have her look over the assignments she has and estimate how much time each assignment will require. Suggest that she put the things she likes most at the end of her list and the things she likes least at the beginning. Scheduling a break between subjects or at specific times throughout her work may help her maintain focus long enough to accomplish what she needs to.

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EDUCATION guide carmel Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc. 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.

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,,


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

Fishers Montessori

KinderCare Education

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

Our Early Foundations® curriculum sets the industry standard for excellence in education. Our Nationally Accredited Center with a staff of dedicated teachers ensures that children get the positive learning experiences they need to grow up happy and confident. Visit, call or email for additional information. Enrolling Fulltime and Part time schedules. 1001 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: 317-844-3464, Email:,

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

Starting Line Preschool The Right Start for A Lifelong Love of Learning! Our strong 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

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

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,,

Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool

indianapolis – north Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative ArtsEnrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood Cost/ Tuition: Please call or email for full brochure Hours/Dates: Flexible Hours. Full Time/Part-Time available. Ages/Grades: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2s+, 3s+, 4s+, Pre-Kindergarten (Kindergarten Readiness Class)(3 day or 5 day option) Before/After School Care: Before and After School Care always available as needed. Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00pm/5:30 pm on Fridays.

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,,

600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email:,

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

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.

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

9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake, Phone: 317-575-6508, Email: or

Fall Creek Montessori Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally diverse environment where children grow and develop their unique talents and gifts. Through child-centered learning, children excel physically, emotionally, and academically. Conveniently located at Hague Rd. and 88th St., FCMA serves children at all levels, from infancy through kindergarten. Programs are available two to five days per week, with before and after care available. 7770 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256; info@fallcreekmontessori. com;

Heritage Christian School

Sycamore School

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

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.

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

The Orchard School The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYC accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Jennifer Bostrom, Director of Institutional Advancement, 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,

1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-202-2501,,

indianapolis – northeast FORTUNE ACADEMY Fortune Academy is a not-for-profit private school serving students First-12th grade with language learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing difficulties and ADD/ ADHD. Students may also have difficulties with organization and time management. Fortune Academy educators are trained in the Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach to serve these unique learners. Fortune High School offers three academic paths: Honors Diploma, Core 40 Diploma, and General Diploma. Fortune Academy is accredited by AOGPE, IDA and ISACS. Fortune also ranked 18 in the top 50 best special needs schools in the country by Masters in Special Education Guide. Now enrolling. Call today to schedule a tour at 317-377-0544. Visit our website at www. 5626 Lawton Loop E. Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46216. 317-377-0544.

Polly Panda Preschool 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. 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,

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

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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THURS 01 Romeo and Juliet A timeless and timely tale of young love struggling to survive amid old hatreds. Shakespeare’s most beloved play is as vibrant and lively as ever, speaking boldly across the centuries to the divided world lived in today. Tickers $25 and up. *Ongoing

Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Time: see website for times, Phone: 317-635-5252


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Mamma Mia ABBA's greatest hits tell the hilarious story of a bride's search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. Nominated for five Tonys Awards, Mamma Mia is sure to be a hit! Regional premiere at Beef & Boards. *Ongoing Location: Beef & Boards, Time: see website for times, Phone: 317-872-9664

$5 First Thursday-Black History Month Celebration Join The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as they celebrate African American heritage and achievements in history, science, art, and music. Experience storytelling, special activities, and performances by Freetown Village Singers. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 4:00- 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

FRI 02 Pajama-Rama Put on your cutest pair of pajamas, grab your favorite teddy bear, pack up an old blanket, and join Cool Creek Nature Center for Pajama-Rama! Families looking for a fun program to enjoy with their toddlers and preschoolers will love the music educator from Moriah Music, who will lead you in songs and stories about some of their favorite animals. Free.

Location: Cool Creek Nature Center, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-774-2500

STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math 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 will be held in the Storytime Room and is for children ages 3-4 and their caregivers. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317- 814-3900

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Frozen Celebration It’s time for a Frozen-themed 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.

Meet & Play Young ones through age 4 with an adult are invited to the Library's community room to play together. Toys will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own. This is an opportunity for adults to get to know other caregivers who have young children.

Location: Monon Community Center, Time: 3:15-4:15 pm, Phone: 317-848-7275

Location: Wayne Branch Library, Time: 10:00 am-noon, Phone: 317-275-4530

Dinosaur Art: Preschool Art Workshop Preschoolers are invited to make a prehistoric creation during this program led by the Art Lab. Those attending will listen to a story and create their own masterpiece! This program will be held in the Learning Curve. Call to register. Free. Location: Central Library, Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4222

Make and Take: Valentines Join us as we spread the love and make Valentine’s Day cards and gifts using natural materials. Registration required. Location: Garfield Conservatory, Time: 11:00 am-noon, Phone: 317-327-7135

SUN 04 Snowman Seek and Find The library has hidden snowmen who look like popular book characters all over the Noblesville Childrens dept. and it's your job to find them! Stop by the department service desk, pick up a list of snowmen to look for and start hunting. When you're finished, turn in your list and pick up a sticker or bookmark. *Ongoing

Location: Noblesville Library, Time: All-day, Phone: 317-773-1384

TUES 06 Paws to Read at Glendale Beginning or reluctant readers are invited to read to a non-judgmental registered therapy dog who loves to listen to stories! It's a great way to improve a child's reading skills and self-confidence. Call to register. Location: Glendale Branch, Time: 6:00-7:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4410

Tales for 2s & 3s With their caregivers, children ages 2-3 experience the exhilarating discovery of books, stories, and rhymes, and have the opportunity to practice early literacy skills. Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, and fingerplays bring language to life in this fun half hour. Free. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 9:3010:00 am, Phone: 317-814-3900

WED 07 On the Road with Preschoolers in the Kitchen Storytime: Snowflake Fun Join us for a special out-of-the-library program! Meet in the Pilgrim Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall for a storytime for children ages 2-5 with caregivers. Location: Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 3650 West 106th Street, Time: 10:00-10:30 am: 317-846-2221

Tot Art at Southport! Babies and toddlers up to age 3 and adult are invited for a process art program. They can stick around after the art activity for socialization and playtime. Come dressed for a mess! Location: Southport Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4510

THURS 08 Preschool Story Hour Join Taylor Center of Natural History for their monthly preschool story hour. Story hour includes a craft, activity and of course a story! Location: Taylor Center of Natural History, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-774-2574

Library Babies Come to the Storytime Room and enjoy our infant story time, which involves 20 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, and stories. This program is a great way to introduce your baby to early literacy skills through reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing! Siblings are welcome. 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. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 9:30-9:50 a.m., 10:30-10:50 a.m., and 11:30-11:50 a.m., Phone: 317-814-3900

THURS 08 – SUN 11 Suburban Indy Spring Show This show was designed to connect Suburban Indy homeowners with local businesses to discuss your landscape, home improvement and home building needs! At this show you will also be able to sample and purchase local food and wine, shop with local artists, purchase fresh cut flowers, find out what’s “on trend” for Spring, plus learn the best ways to get your home ready

for the Spring & Summer season! Location: Grand Park Event Center, Time: Th-Sat 10a-9p & Sun 10a-5p, http://

FRI 09 12th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance Dads, spend a quality night at the Cool Creek Nature Center with your little girl and dance the night away at the twelfth annual Daddy-Daughter Dance. Refreshments, music, crafts, and games will be on the agenda for a fun-filled night. $10/father-daughter, $3 each additional daughter. Location: Cool Creek Nature Center, Time: 6:00-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-774-2500

China National Symphony Orchestra The current touring production of the China National Symphony Orchestra is a Chinese New Year celebration that includes works by Stravinski and the orchestra’s own artistic director and conductor, Tan Dun, best known for scoring the films Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and composing music for the medal ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Location: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Time: 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-843-3800

Valentine’s Dance Put on your dancing shoes and grab the little ones for an evening of love, fun and community celebration! Couple (1 adult and 1 child): $5; additional guest: $1. Call to register. Location: Greenwood Community Center, Time: 6:30-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-881-4545

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FRI 09 – SUN 11 Indiana Home & Garden Show This comprehensive show brings Indianapolis-area homeowners together with top remodeling and building experts. Every aspect of the home can be explored, from the smallest design detail to the largest house addition. Professionals will be on hand to share their valuable knowledge to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones. Adults $5.00; Ages 18 and under. Free.

Monster Jam Don’t miss the thrilling extremely entertaining Monster Jam truck show! Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Time: 2:30-10:00 pm, Phone: 317-262-8600

Kids Night Out Give your kid’s a break and let them enjoy a night out at the Pike YMCA playing games, having dinner and snacks and spending time with their Y friends!

Location: Indiana Convention Center, Time: Friday, Noon. Sat & Sun, 10:00 am

Location: Pike YMCA, Time: 3:00-7:00 pm, Phone: 317-554-1274

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Peanut Butter & Jam Traveler’s Dream Designed for children ages 1-7, Peanut Butter & Jam sessions encourage young children to become engaged in the arts. Take a musical journey through American history with folk songs that kids have loved for ages! Children will be encouraged to interact and sing along! With powerful voices, rich harmonies and a wide variety of traditional and modern instruments. Location: The Center for the Performing Arts, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-843-3800

Valentine’s Day for All There’s no sweeter way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with your family! Make this year’s holiday an artsy one. Bring the kiddos to Nickel Plate Arts for children’s activities, crafts ($5 each) and sweet treats.

15th 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. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: Feb. 10, 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Feb. 11, 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637

Location: Nickel Plate Arts, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-452-3690

Shen Yun Witness the divine culture’s return! An extraordinary journey across 5,000 years of Chinese civilization! With classical Chinese dance, live orchestra, dazzling costumes and animated backdrops, Shen Yun will transport you to another world. Location: Old National Centre, Time: Feb 10 at 2:00 pm and Feb 11 at 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-940-6444

SAT 10 – TUES 13 Valentine’s Day Cabaret Attention Grandparents… bring your little sweethearts to this delightful marionette and hand puppet show. A Valentine cookie will be given instead of popcorn for this show. Post-show workshops will be offered for $3. Time: Feb. 10, 10:30 am & 1 pm; Feb. 11, 1:00 pm; Feb. 12, 10:00 am; Feb. 13 10:00 am Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio, Time: see website for times, Phone: 317-232-1637

SUN 11 Family Yoga Looking for something different? Try yoga as a family on Sunday mornings with instructor Karen Powell. Studies show children today are more stressed than ever. Yoga’s uplifting power and numerous health benefits will help give your family a “leg-up” on this statistic and bring you closer together. Sign up for the whole sessions for a discounted price or simply drop-in when you can. Beginners welcome. Please bring your own yoga mats if you have them. Ages 6+. Location: Holliday Park Nature Center, Time: 1:30- 2:30 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180

MON 12 Paws and Think Children who are reluctant readers are invited for reading time and homework breaks with trained therapy dogs from the Paws and Think Organization. Location: East 38th Street Branch Library, Time: 6:00 -7:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4350



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Toddler & Preschool Storytime at Nora Children ages 2 through 5 and an adult are invited for stories, songs and movement activities. Location: Nora Branch, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4470

Jungle Tales Bring your preschooler to this program with a focus on the natural world. Join them for a different nature-related story, activity and craft each month. Registration required. $5/child Location: Garfield Conservatory, Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7135

WED 14 Nature Kids Preschool Gathering Bring the little ones to explore nature! They start the program by learning about a specific nature topic and then head outside to explore the woods and prairie at preschooler speed. Parents join in to encourage discovery alongside their child. Dress for the weather, as they may go outside. Give your children the love of nature. Free. Location: Cool Creek Nature Center, Time: 10:30- 11:30 am Phone: 317-774-2500

Beastly Brunch The animals at the nature center eat some rather disgusting food! Join Beastly Brunch to watch the animals eat crickets, worms, and mice and even learn about their diets. Meets in the nature center lobby. Suggested donation of $2. Proceeds go toward the animals’ care. Free. Location: Holliday Park Nature Center, Time: 10:30- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7180

Little Ones Adults and toddlers actively share stories and songs during this bustling 20 minutes of singing, moving, seeing, hearing, handling and rhyming together! Siblings are welcome. 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. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 9:30-9:50 a.m., 10:30-10:50 a.m. and 11:30-11:50 a.m., Phone: 317-814-3900

THURS 15 Homeschool Adventures Homeschooled children ages 6 -12 are invited for activities designed to entertain and educate as a supplement to their homeschool curricula. Parent educators are encouraged to attend and collaborate as Miss Karen and Miss Kasey will present activities for ages 6-12. Location: Franklin Road Branch, Time: 1:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4380

FRI 16 Fishers Baby Time This creative playtime is for babies birth through 2 yrs. You will share stories, songs and rhymes followed by time to play! Siblings are welcome. Location: Fishers Library, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-579-0300

SAT 17 Indy’s Child 29th Annual Summer Camp Fair Families from all over Central Indiana will have the opportunity to meet with overnight camps, day camps 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. Free. Location: Castleton Square Mall, Time: 11:00 am-3:00 pm,

Winter Blast Embrace the chilly temps of winter with carriage rides, train rides, face painters, balloon artists and guaranteed snow! Winter Blast is a fun filled day made for the entire family. Location: Clay Terrace, Time: 11:00 am-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-818-0725

Engineers Day Free with General Admission - Local engineers will lead activities and demonstrate how engineering has contributed to your health and safety. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

SUN 18 Hot Jazz With Cool Kids! Families with children of all ages are invited to this series of fun and educational performances by Indy's leading jazz musicians held in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium. The free programs are presented in association with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest. This program will feature a performance by Clifford Ratliff and the Indy Jazz Company. Attendees will learn about the jazz heritage of Indiana Avenue in downtown Indianapolis. Location: Central Library, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100

Spring Backyard Bird Count This annual event uses citizen science to count birds and gain valuable information. Help them add to this important data! Spend time in the bird room or take a self-guided hike through the forest counting the different birds you see. A naturalist will help you identify and record what you see. Take home local birding information. All Ages. Location: Holliday Park Nature Center, Time: 1:30- 2:30 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180

MON 19 President’s Day Puppet Show Did you miss the Valentine’s Day Cabaret? Join Peewinkle’s for a variety show of marionettes. Post show workshops, $3, will be offered. Tickets $10. Under 2, free. Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio, Time: Shows at 10am & noon, Phone: 317-232-1637

TUES 20 Homeschool Hikers Plan a break from the books to learn about nature and get your kids outside. They will discuss a particular topic and then explore the woods and prairie. Kids that spend time in nature are happier, healthier and smarter! Free. Location: Cool Creek Nature Center, Time:1:00- 2:00 pm Phone: 317-774-2500

Mad Scientists Children ages 5-12 are invited into the ultimate science lab. During this program, your child will enjoy a STEAM themed day complete with gloop, lava lamps, optical illusions and much more! Register by February using activity title Mad Scientist. Location: Billericay Park building, Time: 5:30-7:30 pm, Phone: 317-595-3150

WED 21 Presidents Day at The Children's Museum Discover Indiana’s presidential heritage with fun activities, historic facts, and a featured appearance by President Abraham Lincoln. Activites include: I Spy a President!, Presidential Places and Meet President Lincoln from 10:00 am-3:00 pm). Free. Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-344-4000

President’s Day Celebration It's George Washington's birthday and his fellow presidents and first ladies have gathered to throw him a surprise party! All day long they will have history’s greatest POTUS’s and FLOTUS’s giving presentations and mingling with partygoers. Come play games, sing songs, and hear stories that celebrate the presidency. Free. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-776-6000

Creature Feature It's Presidents' Day and the kids are off school! What better way to spend part of your day than learning about our resident education critters? Learn about what they like to eat, make a craft and explore the Conservatory. Registration required. Ages 3-12. Location: Garfield Conservatory, Time: 10:00 am- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7135

The Cat in the Hat The National Theatre's adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Cat In The Hat is a lively, engaging "play with sound effects" performance by adults for young children. Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss's classic, ensuring anyone who's read the story will find themselves transported into the world they've always imagined. *Ongoing

Location: Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Time: see website for times, Phone: 317-8433800

THURS 22 Fishers Read Out LOUD This exciting story time format is designed for the active 2-5 year olds! They will share stories and songs and spend the rest of the time playing at engaging and fun learning centers! They will have fun with art, music, science, and much more as you work on cognitive, motor and emotional skills. Dress for mess! Location: Fishers Library, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-579-0300

FRI 23 Baby Bebop Babies up to 18 months and an adult are invited to rock out during this music activity that will focus on tempo, beat, rhythm and dynamics. Each session will feature instruments, songs and a story. Call to register. Location: InfoZone Branch, Time: 10:0010:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4430

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Sap to Syrup Day Help celebrate the magic of maple trees! Stop by anytime between 1-3 pm to visit different maple discovery stations and learn how to make maple syrup. Try a syrup taste test, complete a craft, and enjoy a delicious Sugar Maker’s Sundae (yum!). All Ages. $4/per person, registration required.

Noblesville Storytime Noblesville Storytime is for older toddlers through preschoolers and their caregiver. Sing, play and listen to stories followed by an activity or craft. Their programs are designed to include STEAM activities, help young children develop the skills they will need to be ready to read, and encourage the development of fine and gross motor skills.

Location: Holliday Park, Time: 1:00-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180

Spaghetti Cupcakes Come learn how to turn award-winning cupcakes into an Italian Feast of Spaghetti & Meatballs complete with "Garlic Bread" & your own take-out pan! All materials necessary will be provided including an Italian treat for you to enjoy while you work! Bon-Appetite! For ages 8 and up. Register by February 18 by using activity title Spaghetti Cupcakes. Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, Time: 12:30 pm, Phone: 317-595-3150

Bring Your Doll Day Visitors of any age are invited to bring their doll(s) and/or action figures and share stories about them. Enjoy their collection of dolls, which at any time may include Gene Marshall 14" fashion dolls, kachinas, hand-crocheted Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs each the size of a thumbnail, and others. Location: Museum of Miniature House, Time: 11:00 am-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-575-9466

SUN 25 Carmel Symphony Orchestra Presents: Family-Fun Watch young children's amazement and delight as they are invited to sit among the orchestra and hear excerpts of the world's greatest classics. The 2017 winner of the CSO's Young Artist Competition will be featured. An Instrument Petting Zoo follows this interactive concert! Location: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Time: 3:00-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-843-3800

symFUNy Sunday Enchantment Theatre Company Presents Mother Goose Using masked actors, large puppets, pantomime and magic, Enchantment Theatre Company tells the tales of Mother Goose set to Maurice Ravel’s shimmering music. Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, the Princess of the Pagodas and more come to life! season/17-18-season/symfuny-sundays Location: Hilbert Circle, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-262-1100

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Location: Noblesville Library 2nd Floor, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-773-1384

Drop-In Craft: Panda-monium! You will have a riotous uproar of fun making a panda at their Drop-In Craft! Come to the Storytime Room anytime between 10:00-11:30 a.m. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 10:0011:30 am, Phone: 317-814-3900

TUES 27 Toddler Storytime at Franklin Road Toddlers 18 - 36 months and an adult are invited to listen, clap, move and learn with Miss Karen. Location: Franklin Road Branch Library, Time: 1:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4380

WED 28 Mother Goose on the Loose Babies, toddlers and preschoolers and an adult are invited for an early literacy program using rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments to foster speech development, motor coordination, self-confidence and sensitivity to others. Adult participation is required. Location: College Avenue Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4320

Drop-In Play Date Looking for a fun, informal outing with your children and friends? They are having a play date in the Storytime Room! Bring your babies and toddlers and pick your favorite activities — you’ll have plenty to choose from. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 10:0011:30 am, Phone: 317-814-3900

ongoing events. Romeo and Juliet Occurring until March 3 A timeless and timely tale of young love struggling to survive amid old hatreds. Shakespeare’s most beloved play is as vibrant and lively as ever, speaking boldly across the centuries to the divided world lived in today. Tickets $25 and up. Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Occurring until March 25 Will has a cozy, familiar home in a boot in the barn. But when his cousin Monty takes him to the big, dangerous city, Will learns to wade through plush carpets, climb hot water pipes and outwit tame mice gone bad. Where will his expedition take him next? Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre

Devour Indy Through Sunday, February 4 Experience Indy’s city-wide dining experience, Devour Indy at more than 200 restaurants offering three-course, valuepriced 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! Seek and Find Occurring until February 28 The Noblesville Library has hidden snowmen who look like popular book characters all over the Children’s dept. and it's your job to find them! Stop by the department service desk, pick up a list of snowmen to look for and start hunting! When you're finished turn in your list and pick up a sticker or bookmark. Location: Noblesville Library

The Cat in the Hat Occurring until March 1 The National Theatre's adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Cat In The Hat is a lively, engaging "play with sound effects" performance by adults for young children. Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss's classic, ensuring anyone who's read the story will find themselves transported into the world they've always imagined. Location: Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

Little Virtuosos Tuesdays through March 20 Music and movement fun for everyone! Little Virtuosos is a unique combination of music and movement, sensory stimulation. They provide structured and unstructured times for preschoolers to improve fine motor skills and coordination and work on newly-acquired gross motor skills. Activities include a variety of rhythm instruments such as scarves, egg shakers, jingle bells, rhythm sticks, bubbles, parachute play and so much more. Location: Cumberland Park Building, Time: 10:30-11:15 am, Phone: 317-595-3150

Cinderella February 17 through March 17 The Prince Street Players Version of CINDERELLA is a magical retelling of this beloved story and a tuneful, fast-paced show, specifically created for young audiences. The hour-long show includes a drink and snack. Location: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, Time: Fridays at 10 am; Saturdays at 10am and 1pm, Phone: 317-872-9664

The Chocolate Slide Occurring until April 29 Get ready for a sweet experience when the Chocolate Slide returns! With the museum’s Sunburst Atrium transformed into a Willy Wonka-inspired wonderland, you’ll zoom down a slide themed like a river of chocolate, and enjoy sweet treats and good eats in the Chocolate Café! Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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. To reserve your spot on this tour, please give them a call! Walk-ins are welcome when space is available. Time: 1:30 pm, or by appointment (Saturdays), Location: Indiana State Museum, Phone: 317-232-1637, group-visits

American POP: The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture Occurring until March 31 Reminisce about fads or pop culture events that affected your life and learn what shaped those things into becoming hot or hip. American POP: The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture will showcase American TV shows, movies, music, and fashion that can bring everyone together across generations. American POP is a new permanent exhibit that will explore how popular culture has influenced daily lives in the past and the present, and imagine how it may shape the future. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: See museum hours, Phone: 317-3343322

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

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Baked Alaska Day


Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

Groundhog Day



Frozen Yogurt Day



Send a Card to a Friend Day

World Nutella Day


Read in the Bathtub Day

Kite Flying Day

Umbrella Day

Sweater Day



Lost Penny Day

Pluto Day


13 Get a Different Name Day

Clam Chowder Day



Do a Grouch a Favor Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day




President’s Day

Valentine’s Day





Love Your Pet Day

Banana Bread Day Be Humble Day Sticky Bun Day


15 Hippo Day

Make a Friend Day




Polar Bear Day


Tell a Fairy Tale Day


Tortilla Chip Day

28 Pink Day

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