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Parenting

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Letter from the Editor Upcoming Contests News & Notes Indy's Children

Hidden Gems: Bernie's Place

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Lifelong Love of Reading

Kidwest

33 Smartphones at Camp

38 Teens & Tweens: Only the Lonely

39 Just the Baby Blues or

Travel 20 Let's Go to St. Louis

Something More?

42 Dental Care for Kids with Special Needs

44 Special Needs Guide

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Sweet Drinks and Your Child's Teeth

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Infant Childcare Choices

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Surviving the NICU

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Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf: What's the Difference?

Camp Guide Education Guide February Events Fun & Wacky Calendar

Sponsored Content 16 4 Reasons You'll Flip 18 Spend Spring Break in Corydon and Harrison County

44 Embracing Change

Sodas, sports drinks and juice are becoming a regular part of a child's diet - to the detriment of their dental health.

Know your options before you need to return to work.

Having a baby in the hospital is one of the scariest things a parent can face. Here are some tips for coping with that reality.

Learn about the similarities and differences of three major alternative education methods.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

WORDS BY NICOLE SIPE

Founding Publisher Barbara Wynne barbara@indyschild.com Publisher Mary Wynne Cox mary@indyschild.com Marketing + Sales Development Trisha Brand trisha@indyschild.com Editor Nicole Sipe nicolesipe@indyschild.com Production Manager Karen Ring karen@indyschild..com

Things to Love This is the month of love — Valentine’s Day and all that! — so I’ll share with you something that I love. But first, one thing that I do not love: I am not in love with winter. The cold air, gray skies and days without sun that accompany this time of year are not my favorite things in the world. But there is one thing that also happens this time of year that I DO love, and it makes me remember that sunny days and warm weather will be here before I know it: registering my kids for camp. Now is the time when camp registration is in full swing. I never had the opportunity to do summer camp when I was a child, so now that I have children of my own, I jump at the chance for them to have this experience. And there are just so many fun camps to choose from. In our area alone, my kids can attend camps that let them experience everything from sports to art to nature and everything in between. The possibilities to learn and discover something new over the summer are almost endless.

It might seem a little early to be taking on this task. (As I write this, I’m looking out the window and there is snow on the ground. That hardly inspires feelings of summer!) But actually, now is the exact time to be planning for the summer, and summer camp specifically. If you want to get a taste of the kinds of camps available in your area, check out our Camp Directory on page 34. You’re sure to find something to that will get you and your child pumped for summer, too. And if you need more inspiration, put this on your calendar: The Indy’s Child Summer Fun + Camp Fair is happening March 7 from Noon to 3 p.m. at Park Tudor School. It’s a fun afternoon to explore day camps, overnight camps and summer programs in the area. We hope to see you there!

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NEWS & Notes

Our monthly roundup of news you can use

Enjoy a Party for the Kid at Heart This year, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is pulling out all the stops for Museum by Moonlight 2020! Exclusively for adults 21 and over, this is a party for kids at heart, where you can explore five floors of new and classic exhibits, enjoy drinks (first one's on the museum!), and refuel with free food samples from restaurants. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Date: Feb. 29 from 8 pm-midnight. Purchase your tickets at childrensmuseum.org.

$19.6

DID YOU KNOW?

THAT’S HOW MUCH AMERICANS SPENT ON VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS IN 2019. PROJECTIONS FOR 2020 ARE $20.7 BILLION. THAT’S A WHOLE LOT OF HEARTSHAPED BOXES OF CHOCOLATE AND ROSES!

Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. This year's theme is “African Americans and the Vote."

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for Indy’s Child Summer Fun + Camp Fair 2020! Indy’s Child 31st Annual Camp Fair returns to Park Tudor March 7! This is the one day each year parents can plan a summer full of fun in one afternoon. Explore day camps, overnight camps, summer classes and programs that will keep the kids engaged and entertained all summer long.

Interested in participating as a vendor? Email wendy@indyschild.com. Location: Park Tudor School. Date: March 7 from noon-3 pm. facebook.com/events/847700502325528.


INDY'S CHILDREN This year is a leap year, which means February has an extra day added to the month. That just means one more extra day of fun! Here are some places around the city that Indianapolis kids like to play.

Mia (7) at Hoosier Heights

Lyla (8) at Fishers YMCA pool

Efren (3) at neighborhood park

WANT TO SEE YOUR CUTE KIDS ON THIS PAGE? We are always looking for new places to play in Indianapolis! Email us photos of where your children like to have fun in and around Indy (with child's name, age and where the photo was taken) to editor@indyschild. com, and your picture may appear here! Max (3) at Central Park in Carmel

Savannah (3) at neighborhood park

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HIDDEN GEMS

WORDS BY TRISHA BRAND

Bernie's Place Bernie's Place — a fully student-run restaurant in Lawrence Township — is an excellent lunch choice for families on a budget, and probably the bestkept dining secret in Indy. Located inside the McKenzie Center for Innovation & Technology on 75th Street near Shadeland Avenue, the restaurant is part of a program offered to students interested in the culinary arts to earn college credits. While participating in operating Bernie's Place, students develop skills in table service, cashiering, baking, salad preparation, quantity food production, cleaning and sanitation, menu planning and more. Students gain practical experience by using commercial restaurant equipment and by interacting with the public. The program is run by Gracie Sahm. (Yes, from the Sahm’s Restaurant Group.) When you stop by for lunch — they are open Wednesday through Friday from 11 am to 1 pm during

the school year — you’ll find a menu that includes soup ($1.75$2.75), several choices of salad ($3.95-$6.50) and hearty sandwiches ($3.50-$5). The affordable, satisfying and straightforward fare rivals many of the nearby haunts. The spinach melt is a favorite among regulars, with its melty cheddar, spinach dip, sliced bacon and tomatoes on toasted whole wheat. And for what it’s worth, you should get a side of sweet potato fries with whatever you order. Take time for dessert and ask your server about the housemade dessert special ($2.50). The pineapple upside-down cake and sugar cream pie are favorites among the regulars. No tipping is allowed, but cash contributions are welcome, as they help fund student scholarships and programs. Find Bernie’s Place inside the westside double-doors at the McKenzie Center for Innovation & Technology. Call ahead to confirm hours at 317-964-8000.

7250 E. 75th St., Indianapolis mckenzie.ltschools.org

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PARENTING IN THE KIDWEST

WORDS BY RIANE KONC

Book Buddy Over the past several months, I’ve been on book tour promoting my new book, Build Your Own Christmas Movie Romance. I’ve done several local events at bookstores and book fairs, and my 4-year-old daughter has attended many of them. She now sees herself as something of an assistant. Her main duties are as follows: Publicity. She has taken it upon herself to be the person who “hands out books.” Which means that when somebody wants to purchase a book, she hands it to them. It also means that when somebody does NOT want to purchase a book, and is simply browsing the store, she hands it to them anyway. This leaves the person in the awkward position of either having to tell a very earnest 4-year-old, “No, I do not want this book your mommy wrote,” or having to cough up $20. It’s honestly my best marketing strategy.

Autographs. I sign a lot of books when I do readings, and my daughter wants to assist. She just recently learned how to write her name, and she volunteers to scrawl it on anyone and anything. She doesn’t get a lot of takers, but she’s ready — and certain that her autograph will be worth millions someday, backwards “R” and all.

Just the other day, my husband heard her yelling from her room upstairs, “Dad! Can you bring me a Sharpie?” This is an alarming question to hear from a child of any age, so he went to ask what she needed a Sharpie for. He discovered her sitting happily on the f loor of her room, with a stack of 15 fresh, brand-new copies of my book in front of her, all ready for her signature.

These days, I give her a stack of construction paper and a pen, and tell her, “This is what Mommy’s book looks like now!” and let her autograph every sheet until it’s time to go to bed. It’s a hard life, being a famous 4-year-old author, but I think she wears it well.

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AROUND TOWN

WORDS BY MATT TODD

Sparking a Lifelong Love of Reading known for his antics in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Imagine you are snuggled on the couch with your little one, fully immersed in their favorite book. You might be wondering: What can you do now to capture the magic and spark a lifelong love of reading?

“These picture books navigate real-world experiences that can appear to be complex, and explains them in easy-to-understand ways,” Michal says. “The challenges of growing up, like learning to make yourself understood or figuring out what it means to be a good friend, are gentle themes throughout his stories.”

Educators believe it’s important to select books that spur a child’s imagination and help teach important life lessons. “Books can be the perfect way to launch conversations with your child in ways that help them feel safe and secure,” says Susan Michal, preschool director at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “Explain how we all fail sometimes and that the characters in the book never give up.

* How does the book connect with real-life situations? Growing up is tough. Books can help children understand and articulate new emotions and experiences as parents help them navigate the challenges that come with growing up. * Does the book describe healthy friendships? How does it tackle feelings and social situations that all children experience?

“Books can also supplement conversations on how to handle our feelings and emotions when navigating social situations,” Michal continues. “Seeing Mo Willems characters handle their situations allows our children to see that they are not alone, and that others go through similar challenges.”

* Can you read the book over and over again? Educators stress that repetition is key to instilling a love of reading. * Are the words simple enough for little ones to understand? Depending on the age of your child, ask them what letters are in a

Consider these questions when looking for books that can help inspire children to begin reading, improve their reading, and nurture a desire to read more.

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certain word. For example, point out how C-A-T spells cat. While words are important, so are pictures. Pictures help bring stories to life and can serve as inspiration for children to create their own art. Simple drawings make it easier for younger children to replicate and therefore find another outlet for their creativity. One series of books checks most of these boxes. Celebrated author Mo Willems has created a whimsical world full of humor that children love to visit through his picture books. A cast of lovable characters include best friend duo Elephant Gerald and Piggie, faithful companion Knuffle Bunny and The Pigeon, the wily city bird best

You can explore this memorable world in The Pigeon and Pals! A Mo Willems Art and Play Exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, February 8 through May 10. From launching foam hotdogs at The Pigeon to uncovering Knuffle Bunny in the laundromat, this immersive exhibit encourages hours of play. Throughout the space, you’ll find spots where you can sit together and read Willems’ award-winning picture books together. Educators say Willems’ books contain many of the elements that serve as great tools to help children love reading. And by visiting an exhibit inspired by his books, grownups can help spark this lifelong love of reading.

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4 Reasons You’ll Flip Over DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics Children of all ages and skill levels learn so much more than gymnastics. who bring with them years of experience. “We conduct extensive training and background checking to make sure we are upholding the standards of our gym,” Lautzenheiser says. “Our experienced staff don’t just teach athletic skills, they also mentor and teach interpersonal skills that will benefit our students for their whole lives.”

Indianapolis parents have an abundance of enrichment options to choose from. Not all are the same, though! If you’re looking for a gymnastics home for your child, here are some of the many reasons you should consider DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics. Children Learn Much More Than Gymnastics “What sets us apart is our attention to character-building,” says Luke Lautzenheiser, co-owner of DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics. “Life is full of challenges for our students. We try to impart in them life skills, including hard work, perseverance, receiving constructive feedback, building self-confidence and much more. It is truly an honor for our staff to get to be a part of this process for so many children.” At the preschool level, DeVeau’s places a big importance on the cognitive development of its students. We focus heavily on gross motor skills, as well as sequencing, which is proven to assist in developing early readers,” Lautzenheiser says. “We also emphasize social skills, as many of our preschool students have yet to

go to school.” Preschoolers are also introduced to skills such as waiting for their turn, sharing equipment and other important social skills they will need to know in school and in life.

There are So Many Classes to Choose From “We are certainly a facility with something for everyone,” Lautzenheiser says. Of course, DeVeau’s offers gymnastics for children of all ages and skill levels, but they also offer so much more. DeVeau’s NinjaZone offers classes for children ages 3 through 15 — think American Ninja Warriorstyle activities and obstacles that provide an outlet for kids to run around, have fun, and burn off all that energy. Many top-notch athletes of all different sports got their start in a DeVeau’s Preschool Gymnastics

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class, which is open to children from crawling to 4 years. Parent and Me classes introduce young tots to a new environment where they can learn to roll, climb, jump, crawl, and interact with other babies and toddlers. Preschoolers over age 2 ½ have their own dedicated Gymnasium, which features trampolines, bars, balance beams, and even a treehouse with a slide, foam pit, monkey bars, fireman pole and rock-climbing wall. DeVeau’s also offers competitive and recreational cheerleading programs offering a positive environment focused on strength, flexibility, tumbling, stunts, dancing and more. Worldrenowned championship-achieving instructors help students improve their self-confidence and self-worth — all while stressing fun.

The Coaches are Top-notch Speaking of coaches, DeVeau’s employs more than 45 instructors

“We are also blessed with employees who love where they work,” Lautzenheiser continues. “Our average employee tenure is over 10 years. We’ve created a culture that is safe, fun and one that our employees are excited to come to each and every day. Not many places can say that!”

You Can Try It for Free At DeVeau’s, a students’ love of learning and happiness is the school’s main goal. If a family is on the fence about choosing a gymnastics school, or wondering whether their child will even like gymnastics, DeVeau’s offers newcomers the chance to try a class for free. “We offer a free trial class, so stop and by and give us a try,” Lautzenheiser says. DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics is located at 9032 Technology Drive in Fishers. For more information, visit deveaus.com.


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WORDS BY LESLIE RADCLIFFE

Spend Spring Break in Corydon and Harrison County Historical Learning Opportunities

Why stay in the Midwest for spring break? Simply put, Corydon is a small town that gives you some of the best of what Indiana has to offer.

Let’s not forget the historical significance of Corydon and Harrison County to the state. Aside from touring Indiana’s first state capitol, there are several other sites of historical significance located in the area, including The Battle of Corydon Memorial Park, The Governor’s Headquarters, Constitution Elm and the Leora Brown School. The Harrison County Discovery Center is a must-see, with interactive high-tech displays that makes history engaging for all ages.

Well known as the first state capitol of Indiana, Corydon and Harrison County are also home to some of the most beautiful views in the area, and the county offers many different year-round adventures for locals and out-of-towners alike.

Underground Adventures

Outside Opportunities Outdoor activities can be found everywhere in Harrison County, and offer visitors a chance to see firsthand the beauty that engulfs the Ohio valley region. Check out O’Bannon Woods State Park for some R & R in nature. Here, you can view a restored hay-press and barn, ride one of the many horse or mountain bike trails, or camp in the quiet for a few days at an RV camping site. There is no shortage of activities for every age.

Harrison County is home to not one but two stops on the Indiana Cave Trail: Squire Boone Caverns and Indiana Caverns Family Adventure Park. These ancient cave systems are open year-round, and both have opportunities for explorers of every age. Don’t worry about bad weather, because the caves are a steady 52 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

Music, Art & More

During your visit to Squire Boone, you’ll see rushing underground streams and rare underground waterfalls. You’ll also get to explore the mill that has been churning out grain since the 1800s. At Indiana Caverns, take an underground boat ride and learn about Ice Age animal bones found in the area. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even f ly on the zip coaster!

You might be surprised to find that many small towns have rich cultural opportunities. For generations, artists and musicians have been calling this area home. If you’re looking to expand your horizons, check out all the things you can do in Corydon and Harrison County by visiting thisisindiana.org.

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TRAVEL

WORDS BY TRISHA BRAND

Let's Go to St. Louis

The newest reason to visit this Midwest destination will make a big splash with your family.

St. Louis, Missouri, has many of the attributes that families are looking for in travel. From the convenient locale to the affordable attractions, this city on the river offers plenty of yearround fun!

If you’re considering traveling to St. Louis with your family, there is one more amazing reason to visit: the newly renovated St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station and entertainment complex. As if the Gateway Arch, toasted ravioli, City Museum and Forest Park campus weren’t enough reasons to make the trip to St. Louis, here’s what you should know about the Gateway to the West’s newest pride and joy.

Marvel at the Aquarium Opened on Christmas Day 2019, this 120,000-square-foot, two-story aquarium has already drawn huge crowds and thousands of positive reviews.

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With its 1 million gallons of water and more than 13,000 aquatic animals, this aquatic museum offers 3D virtual reality interactives, hands-wet touch tanks, playful river otters, not-so-playful piranhas, 60 sharks and even a rare blue lobster. Since opening day, several days have sold out, so it’s recommended that you purchase your tickets ahead of time at stlouisaquarium.com.

Explore Union Station The aquarium is a key piece of the $187-million family entertainment complex, but it’s not the only thing to experience. Plan to spend some time checking out Union Station, where you’ll find attractions such as The St. Louis Wheel — a 200-foot-tall observation wheel with more than 1 million LED lights and 42 six-person, fully enclosed gondolas — an 18-hole mini golf course, a classic carousel, a mirror maze, a ropes course, a fire and light show, and much more.

Union Station’s historic crown jewel is Grand Hall — with its 65-foot sweeping barrel-vaulted ceiling — which provides 3D animated light shows across the roof every hour. It’s great for meals or in-between meals, including adult beverages and mocktails for the kids. If you’re looking for a place to spend the night, consider the onsite St. Louis Union Station Hotel. The A A A Four Diamond hotel is newly renovated and very family-friendly, and offers 30 rooms that overlook the aquarium. No other aquarium in the United States offers this!

You’ll also find several convenient, family-friendly restaurants at Union Station. Expect bright salads, quick snacks and boozy craft milkshakes sourced with ice cream from local favorites. The St. Louis Union Station is old-school and beautifully modern all at once, and a great place to celebrate the past, present and future throughout your visit. The 19th-century iron umbrella train shed above your head is a constant reminder of the historic locale, yet the wonderful new sights and experiences keep the young and old engaged.


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SWEET DRINKS A N D YO U R C H I L D ’S T E E T H Sodas, sports drinks and juice are becoming a regular part of a child’s diet — to the detriment of their dental health. WORDS BY STEFFY MCCOURT

Because of savvy and sometimes confusing marketing, well-meaning parents can easily become overwhelmed in the grocery store. Oftentimes, fruit-flavored drinks with no actual fruit juice, but plenty of sugar or sweeteners, are shelfneighbors to whole fruit juice or low-sugar options. Remarkably, two-thirds of the $2.2 billion in beverages marketed to children contain sweeteners, according to the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a daily limit of 25 grams of sugar, or six teaspoons, for children. Some lunchbox beverage favorites can contain anywhere from 8 to 20 grams of sugar or more. And just one 20-ounce soda has the same amount of sugar as 14 cookies or five doughnuts. Yikes! What are all of these sugary, fizzy and artificially sweetened drinks doing to our kids’ teeth? While fluoride in our community drinking water has dramatically reduced the amount of tooth decay, tooth erosion is a new phenomenon that is on the rise. Tooth erosion is the chemical loss of enamel due to acidic drinks, such as soft drinks, sports drinks and juices. Enamel is the protective outer layer of our teeth. Milk, water and fluoride can help build enamel. Unfortunately, for many kids, the balance is tipping in favor of acidic and sugary drinks. Drinks Destroy Teeth, a program of the Indiana Dental Association, was established to inform the public about the potentially harmful oral health effects of drinking acidic and sugary drinks.

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According to the DDT website (drinksdestroyteeth.org), “The over-consumption of sugary, acidic drinks, such as boxed juice, sports drinks, energy drinks and soft drinks, is reversing more than 50 years of public health gains.” Surprisingly, sports and energy drinks can wreak the most havoc. When you go to drink one of these beverages, you are usually dehydrated. The lack of saliva allows for the acidic, sugary sports drink to effectively destroy your enamel. So, what can be done? Dr. Laura Juntgen of Hamilton County Pediatric Dentistry in Carmel advises her patients to “drink lots of water throughout the day,” she says. “Drinks like flavored milk, juice, soda pop and other carbonated beverages should be avoided.”

While it might be challenging to curb sugary, acidic drinks, the long-term benefits of doing so can’t be denied. Here are some tips for limiting the effect of sweetened drinks on your family’s teeth:

LIMIT ACIDIC DRINKS USE A STRAW TO DRAW THE LIQUID AWAY FROM YOUR TEETH NEVER DRINK ACIDIC DRINKS WHEN YOU HAVE A DRY MOUTH DRINK WATER TO REHYDRATE AND RETURN THE MOUTH TO A NEUTRAL PH WAIT ONE HOUR TO BRUSH AFTER DRINKING A SPORTS DRINK OR SOFT DRINK TO ALLOW ENAMEL TO RE-HARDEN


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INFANT CHILDCARE CHOICES

Know your options before you need to return to work. WORDS BY LINDSAY CONNER

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hen maternity leave is over, heading back into the work world can be tough on a new parent. One thing that makes it easier is knowing that you have reliable and trusted childcare lined up for your infant. With so many different types of infant care available, it’s important to do your research and find the option that’s best for your family.

GROUP DAY CARE For their cost, open hours and reputation, a day-care center is often a great option for working parents. “My husband and I both work out of town in opposite directions, so it was important that [our day care] was in our town and open late,” says Indianapolis mom Ashley Mann. “Finding a space with availability for an infant was quite difficult.” With a reliable schedule, other perks of a group day care are that kids get to socialize with others their age under the care of trained childcare workers. Most centers won’t care for a child who is ill, though, and parents must adhere to the center’s drop-off/pick-up schedule even if work runs late.

IN-HOME DAY CARE With a reputation for nurturing atmospheres, in-home day cares can be the right option for some families. “We considered convenience and location, but price was the biggest factor,” says Andrea Baker, an Indy-area working mom with three kids. “Plus, one baby with several older kids verses four babies and one provider seemed like better odds.” She also thought her newborn would have slightly less exposure to illness than with a day-care center. One consideration is that an in-home provider may need to call in sick if they are ill or their own family has an emergency, or they may close the center during vacations, so having a backup option is key.

NANNY Perhaps the most convenient infant childcare option is to have a nanny come and care for the child in your own home. With plenty of personalized attention, children are in their familiar surroundings and parents don’t have to worry about drop-off or pick-up. But this convenience comes with a cost — perhaps the heftiest of all childcare options. With a few children at home, though, it may make financial sense. Some friends may go in together and share a nanny for multiple kids. And if the nanny gets sick or decides to move on from the role, a family could find themselves suddenly without a backup plan.

RELATIVE If relatives live in town, an inexpensive childcare option is to ask a grandparent or other family member to pitch in. Camille Singh of Indianapolis has her mom watch her two daughters in her home. “I trust

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my mother completely and we have lots of family close by to help in emergencies,” she says. “It saves so much time when I already have a lengthy commute.” As an added benefit, Singh’s mother benefits from the companionship of being with her grandkids. For families who enter this arrangement, communication is key to avoid sticky situations or hurt feelings if the arrangement doesn’t work out. This could be full-time or part-time and with or without pay.

HOW TO FIND CHILDCARE Ask other parents for infant childcare recommendations, and you’ll be surprised at how eager they are to share their experiences — good and bad. Hit up other parents at the playground, talk to your child’s doctor, or survey your online contacts. A nanny agency can help you find an infant caregiver who is qualified and has already had a background check. If you do search online, get names of day cares that are licensed in your state at in.gov/fssa/ childcarefinder.

WHEN TO START LOOKING It’s never too early to get on the waiting list for a good group day-care center. Those that accept infants are in high demand, so start looking when you’re in your second trimester — especially if you live in a big city like Indianapolis. To hire a nanny or find a spot at a good in-home day care, you’ll want to start looking at least two months before you plan to return to work. And if you are going with a relative, ask them to watch your baby while you are still on maternity leave, to help you work out any kinks in the new arrangement.

QUESTIONS FOR DAY CARE PROVIDERS Are you licensed? What are your rates (including late fees or cancellation fees)? Are you open in inclement weather? What is the caregiver-to-child ratio? What does a typical day look like for my child? Where do kids nap? What are your policies on screen time? Are food and drink provided? How is discipline handled? How do you communicate with parents? Do you administer medication? Are children supervised at all times? What is security like in your center? Are you trained in first aid?

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FOR A NANNY OR RELATIVE Do you have reliable transportation? What about inclement weather? Can you stay late if work runs over? Do you have any health problems? Do you smoke? What are your future plans? Do you have your own children?

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Having a baby in the hospital is one of the scariest things a parent can face. Here are some tips for coping with that reality. WORDS BY RACHAEL DUPREE

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s with many first-time parents, I awaited the birth of my daughter with eagerness and expectancy. Having chosen to do a natural birth, I had my birth plan outlined and my doula lined up so that the birthing process could be as peaceful as possible. I looked forward to soon being home with my husband and little girl, and settling into our new family life. However, on birthing day, things didn’t exactly go as planned. My daughter had released meconium — the baby’s first stool — into the womb, which she aspirated, coating her lungs and making her first breaths very difficult. Instead of getting to bond with my new baby in those precious moments after birth, she was rushed off to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and hooked up to a breathing machine until the meconium cleared. We didn’t know it at the time, but we’d get to know the inside of the NICU very well over the next several weeks.

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In all my planning for birth and parenthood, a month spent in the hospital wasn’t something I had accounted for. As my husband and I sat by our daughter’s incubator, waiting for good news about her progress, I found myself struggling to stay clear-minded. Despite the well-intentioned advice of those around me, I denied myself care, desperately putting my energy into supporting my daughter. However, being there for your little one also means caring for yourself. Here are some things I learned that you can do to cope with life in the NICU if you find yourself there, as well.

I had many people tell me to use this time where doctors and nurses were caring for my child to go home, take a shower and get some sleep — to enjoy this free time not allotted to most new parents. This sounded preposterous to me. How could I enjoy time to myself when my newborn was hooked up to a breathing machine? If you find people giving you this well-intentioned advice, as well, know that it’s OK to own your feelings. You don’t have to want to care about anyone except your child. However, also know that absolutely no one will judge you if you decide to take a few hours for some self-care.


We were blessed by so many friends and family who asked what they could do to help us during our stay at the NICU. While it may be tempting to put on a strong front, use this opportunity to get the care and support you need. We had people bring us home-cooked meals, and friends who lived near the hospital offer us a place to sleep so that we could easily get back for feedings every 3 hours.

NICU nurses are lovely people and a wealth of information. During our time in the hospital, we learned the best way to change a diaper, administer liquid medications, give a bath and soothe our baby to sleep. While I would have loved to have been anywhere but in the NICU during those weeks, admittedly, we learned a lot about caring for a newborn that we would have had to figure out on our own.

If you have a spouse or co-parent, work together to both be there for your child and give yourselves the time you need to recuperate. My husband would run bottles for every other feeding so that I could get some sleep. One of us would stick near the NICU while the other got food, so at least one of us would be there for updates from hospital staff. In general, we were there to cry together and process this hard situation we faced.

In one low moment during our time in the NICU, when my post-birth hormones were raging, I found myself screaming at a poor nurse about something that wasn’t at all her fault. No doubt, you will be on an emotional roller coaster, and if you’re the one who gave birth, you’ll have out-of-whack hormones complicating matters. In certain moments, you may have a hard time keeping your emotions in check. However, do what you can to communicate clearly and respectfully with hospital staff.

Be present during round changes so you can meet the staff who is taking over. Ask questions about your child’s care, and take notes in a notebook if it helps you keep information straight. If something about the plan of care doesn’t settle well with you, ask about your options. Also, keep in mind that the doctors and nurses involved are doing all they can to get your child well, so even if what they do doesn’t align with how you pictured things, know that their goal is to see your child thrive.

Spending time in the NICU is not easy — from my experience, it’s one of the scariest things a parent can face. By allowing yourself to be present and supported by those around you, you’ll be able to show up for your baby. And that’s what matters most.

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Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf:

what’s the difference? Learn about the similarities and differences of three major alternative education methods.

WORDS BY JENNIFER THOMPSON

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ontessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf are all different styles of education with similar principles. You may have heard of them before, but do you know what sets them apart? Here is a refresher on these three unique philosophies of education. Montessori

“The Montessori philosophy is based on the scientific research of Maria Montessori from over 100 years ago,” says Tara Franke, head of school at Northside Montessori School in Indianapolis. “The curriculum focuses on educating the whole child through individualized learning and fostering independence within a multi-age classroom. We model and teach positive social, physical, emotional and academic development. By offering individualized learning, we celebrate each child’s personality. We also help children develop a love of learning with a never-ending curiosity and a respect for cultural differences.”

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A typical morning at a Montessori school begins with class work. During this time, children move through the classroom as they wish, choosing work that interests them individually. The teacher acts as an observer and keeps detailed notes on what each child is working on. They know when to offer a new lesson and when to stand back and let the learning happen organically. Teachers observe to make sure that progress is taking place at each child’s individual pace.

“I know enough to know that our school doesn't work for everybody,” says Mary Sexson, teacher and school administrator at The Children’s House in Indianapolis. “Students at our school get a lot of freedom. They decide when they come to class. The teacher is in the classroom all day, and the students come to them. Students can go outside or to the playroom whenever they want. I think [the students] need to be self-aware, willing to ask lots of questions and willing to take responsibility for their own time.”

Parents can expect to walk into a quiet, peaceful and respectful classroom. All of the materials and furniture is intentionally organized for the students; everything is their size and meant to be touched and explored.


“Montessori schools offer an incredible academic opportunity, as well as an environment that nurtures compassion and kindness,” Franke says. “The teachers are prepared to meet their students where they are. We respect them and understand that they have remarkable talents to share with the world.”

Reggio Emilia “The Reggio philosophy came to life shortly after World War II in Reggio Emilia, Italy,” says Kelsey Livingston, founder and director of The Sapling School, a multiaged Reggio-inspired preschool program located in the heart of Broad Ripple. “Loris Malaguzzi, a young and inspirational teacher at the time, developed the approach around the idea that children should be the protagonists of their learning experiences.”

A Reggio-inspired learning space is relationship-driven, where children learn through their interactions with peers, parents, teachers and their environment. Teachers are very deliberate about the classroom design, hands-on activities and invitations to learn. It is believed that self-driven interaction with materials and the environment can be a powerful learning tool.

The emphasis on the “image of the child” is unique to the Reggio philosophy, as well. Children are seen as capable, competent and creative. The beliefs we hold about children drives the way we speak to them, listen to them, value them and the quality of materials offered.

“Parents are invited to be active participants in the classroom,” Livingston says. “We hope to ref lect the lives and values of the families that make up our community in our space. The Reggio philosophy acknowledges that each family and child brings a unique set of experience and knowledge to the group. We celebrate these similarities and differences, and know that adults and children alike are co-learners with new opinions, ideas and information to contribute to the group. This prepares our students for citizenship in a diverse world.”

The Reggio approach focuses on being responsive to children and their interests, thoughts, questions and ideas using an emergent curriculum. Parents should expect children to have autonomy in a Reggio-inspired classroom, as they are presented with choices and encouraged to make their own decisions about how their day will go.

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Waldorf “The Waldorf education was initiated by Rudolf Steiner at the beginning of the 20th century, as a creative educational approach that would be f lexible enough to foster a student's unique individual development with a balance of cultivating social responsibility,” says Danielle Brain, organizer and teacher with IndyWaldorf, a community dedicated to the ideas of Waldorf education in Indianapolis. “In this way, Waldorf responds very much to the needs of the students and their time. Waldorf schools exist worldwide, born of the unique situations of their cultures and an impulse to educate children who feel free and empowered to create a positive impact in their communities.”

Waldorf education is for children of all ages, and can begin as early as infancy when parents and caregivers employ a healthy rhythm into their day, based on Waldorf methods. Parent-toddler classes are a gentle introduction to a class experience, and may be continued through the preschool and kindergarten years.

In a Waldorf kindergarten, the day is rhythmical and connects to a child's sense of wonder. Imaginative play, storytelling, songs, playful movement, hearth skills, handwork and nature experiences are all integrated into a school day.

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In a Waldorf grade school, the morning is composed of verse, movement, singing or instrument playing, and a main lesson. Children create their own textbooks from these lessons. The afternoon consists of handwork, gardening, woodwork, games or theater. A foreign language is taught at an early age and developed throughout the grades. When a qualified teacher is available, a special harmony of movement and speech is taught called eurythmy.

Waldorf curriculum is designed to meet the developmental needs of the children. It integrates a consciousness of the natural world, the arts and cultural-historical events.

While each of these philosophies of learning have components that are unique to their style, one thing is for certain: all of them have plenty to offer children in the way of an enriching educational experience.


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WORDS BY VICTORIA POVILAITIS

Smartphones at Camp We instinctually know that the camping experience is much better without smartphones and technology, but what do the campers themselves think? The results of my research might surprise you.

For this study, I spoke with 45 participants in an overnight teen camper program. All campers were between the ages of 15 and 17, and many of them had been going to camp for multiple years. The “no cell phone” policy had been in place for a while, so most of the participants had experienced separation from their smartphone before. I asked them broad questions about the camp experience without their smartphone, and how they felt camp would be different if smartphones were allowed.

Camp with Smartphones

smartphones, no one would interact with each other in person. Everyone would be scrolling through their newsfeed or Instagram, and wouldn’t bother to have a conversation with their other campers.

Camp without Smartphones Surprisingly, most campers agreed with “no phone” policies and felt that camp was a better experience without smartphones. Campers described how, because there are no phones allowed at camp, they are able to meet people and interact with them off line, form closer connections with others (including those they know from home), get a much-needed break from the expectations and pressures of social media, and have the opportunity to live in the moment.

The Takeaway Does your child’s camp have a smartphone policy? If so, do you see a difference in your child after this tech-free experience?

Overall, campers felt that camp with smartphones just wouldn’t be as much fun! Some campers talked about how smartphones would function as a barrier to participating in activities, and most of the teens recognized that if campers were allowed

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IC SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2020 A Children's Habitat Montessori A Children's Habitat Montessori Summer Camp 801 West 73rd Street, Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 726-5584; email: info@ childrens-habitat.org; childrenshabitat.org/summercamp Dates: June 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 6-10, 13-17 • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM • Ages: 3*-9 *Age 3 by June 1, 2020, and toilet trained Activities: June 8-12: Camping / June 15-19: Nature Discoveries / June 22-26: Spy School / June 29-July 3: Alice in Wonderland / July 6-10: Our 50th State / July 13-17: Summer Olympics

A Children's Habitat Montessori School offers 6 weeks of themed camp fun for children ages 3-9 years old. These multi-age, Montessoribased experiences offer childcentered activities in our Outdoor Classroom, led by experienced Montessori guides. Restrooms are indoors, and indoor classrooms will be used during inclement weather days.

Ballet & Art Camp / Sleeping Beauty Camp 502 N. Capitol Ave, Suite B, Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 955-7525; email: jkriscunas@indyballet.org; indyballet. org/summer-camps/ Dates: June 8-12, 2020 • Hours: 9:30 am-4:30 pm (Ballet & Art) / 9:30 am-noon (Sleeping Beauty Camp) • Ages 7-9 (Ballet & Art) / Ages 5-6 (Sleeping Beauty Camp) Activities: Ballet and tap class, arts and crafts, field trips, performance

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Campers will be immersed in ballet, tap, art, and music classes aimed to spark creativity, build confidence, and strengthen dance skills. Sleeping Beauty Camp (ages 5-6): Our fun half-day option includes dance class, storytelling, and crafts based on the classic ballet Sleeping Beauty! Both camps end with a treasured mini-performance.

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center Summer Camp 600 West 70th St., Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 259-6854; email: jwaldman@bez613.org; bez613.org, You can register online! Dates: Session 1: June 1– June 26; Session 2: June 29 – July 24 • Hours: Flexible hours (half days/full days) • Ages: 12 months+ through 5 years+ You can pick your days! 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. 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 Belzer 6102 Boy Scout Rd, Lawrence, IN; Phone: (317) 813-7086; email: campdirector@ campbelzer.org; campbelzer.org Dates: June 8-July 17 • Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am-4 pm • Ages: Kindergarten through 8th Grade

Activities: Wilderness Survival, STEAM, Swimming, Boating, BB Gun Shooting, Archery, Conservation, Crafts, and more

Camp Belzer is a traditional day camp which offers a wide array of programs and activities that will be fun, educational, and most importantly safe. Located on the northeast side of Indianapolis, Camp Belzer offers precare starting at 7:30am and aftercare ending at 6pm. With highly trained staff and leaders, all youth are welcome to come and enjoy a week or more at Camp Belzer.

Camp Carson YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670; Phone: (812) 385-3597; email: campinfo@ymcacampcarson.org; campcarson.org/ Dates: May 31-July 24 • Ages: 7-16 Activities: Horseback riding, dirt bikes, 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 around the world in a camp family where all kids are Accepted, Challenged and Empowered. ALL new cabins built in 2014.

Camp Invention Multiple locations; Phone: (800) 968-4332; email: campinvention@invent. org; invent.org/camp Ages: Grades K-6

Imaginations will soar in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate!

Campers in grades K-6 will collaborate in hands-on STEM activities exploring concepts of flight, Earth’s ecosystems and sports innovations! Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code LOCAL25 to save $25 (expires 3/31) or LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 5/12).

Camp JCC 6701 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 251-9467; email: info@jccindy.org; jccindy.org/camp-jcc Dates: June 1-July 31 • Hours: 9 am-4 pm • Ages: 5-14

For grades K-8. From friendship and confidence building to leadership and autonomy, CampJCC days are full of fun activities parents appreciate and kids love. We offer crafts and music as well as outdoor recreational fun at our water park and our wooded acreage. Our trained counselors instill in campers core values like kindness and appreciation. We have some overnights for younger campers and travel weeks for older campers. We also have specialty sports camps. Non-member rates available. All are welcome.

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Summer Camps 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, IN, (317) 843-3865; jlazdins@ carmelclayparks.com, carmelclayparks. com/summer-camps Full-Day Camp Dates: June 1 - July 31, 2020 • Half-Day Camp Dates: June 1 - August 7, 2020 • Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (hours vary by camp) • Ages: 4-15 years (ages vary by camp) Activities: Hands-on, theme-based activities, field trips, visits to The Waterpark, and more!

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Ready for the best summer ever? We're your child’s summer camp destination! This year we're offering full- and half-day camps around themes of art, theatre, sports, nature, science and more. We can’t wait for your kiddo to join us for a summer of fun!

Central Indiana Academy of Dance 14950 Greyhound Court, Suite #4, Carmel, IN; Phone: (317) 581-2423; ciaodance.com

Dates: June 1- August 3 • Hours: 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm • Ages: 7-14 Activities: Coding, STEM, Problem Solving, Teamwork, Game Building

Code Ninjas Camps offer an immersion environment for children to explore technology, develop new skills and have a great time with friends. From Roblox to JavaScript to Minecraft to Drones (and Scratch and Python!) - it's an unforgettably fun learning experience! Beginners to advanced coders have a place at Code Ninjas all summer long!

Dates: June 8 - July 31 • Ages: 3-teen

There's something for everyone this summer at CIAoD! The summer starts off in June with our popular young dancer day camps, featuring themes such as Frozen 2, ages 3-6! Themes change each week, as do the crafts and performance dances! Join us for our Youth Dance Camp for ages 6-10 and CIDE's two week Summer Intensive June 8 - 19 for the experienced dancer!

Code Ninjas - Carmel and Fishers 2436 E 146th St, Carmel, IN; Phone: (812) 320-5265; email: CarmelIN@ CodeNinjas.com; codeninjas.com

DeVeau's Summer Camps 9032 Technology Dr, Fishers, IN ; Phone: (317) 849-7744; deveaus.com/ camps Dates: June 9-10; June 16-19; July 7-8 • Hours: Hours vary by camp • Ages: 3-18 (ages vary by camp)

At DeVeau's, summer camps are a fun, active way for kids to jump, run, play, and exercise in a fun environment with foam pits, trampolines, obstacle courses, and more! Not only will your child learn new skills, they will have a great time learning them. The themes for this year's 2-day preschool camps are Animal Safari (June 9-10) and Olympic Champions (July 7-8).

Duke Young Writers 8 East Campus Union Dr, Durham, NC; Phone: (919) 684-5387; email: youth@ duke.edu; learnmore.duke.edu/youth/ youngwriter Dates: June 14-June 26; June 28-July 10; July 12-July 24 • Hours: 9 am-4:30 pm • Ages: 11-17 Activities: program activities for residential campers

Our most beloved program to date, the Young Writers’ Program holds all the magic of a true “summer camp” experience. You’ll go home with a full notebook, a full heart, and new confidence in your skill as a writer.

Indiana Montessori Academy 2925 West 146th Street | Carmel, IN 46074 | (317) 569.1290.; email: info@ indianamontessoriacademy.org; indianamontessoriacademy.org Dates: June 1 - Aug 6; off the week of July 4 • Ages: 3-9

Come join us as we explore the Great Outdoors through construction, cooking, creating and more! Each week of camp will feature unique, exciting themes. Our days will be spent outdoors playing, learning and caring for our environment! Weekly sessions are available.

Indianapolis Art Center Summer Art Camps 820 E. 67th St., Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 255-2464; email: jnieto@ indplsartcenter.org; indplsartcenter. org/camps Dates: June 8 - July 27 • Hours: Hours vary by camp • Ages: 4-18 Activities: Painting, Drawing, Glassblowing, Woodworking, Ceramics, and more!

Create, Play, Explore! Join the Indianapolis Art Center for a summer of art education, fun, and new friendships. Weeklong camps for ages 4-18 in a variety of art mediums including drawing, sculpture, jewelry, digital arts, glassblowing, and more! Morning, afternoon and full day options. Creative Aftercare available too! Register now!

Indianapolis Children’s Choir Choral Fest Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208; (317) 940-9640; Contact: Lauren Southard, email: lsouthar@icchoir.org, icchoir.org Dates: June 8-11 and July 20-24 • Hours: 9 am-4 pm • Ages: 1st grade 8th grade

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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.

Indianapolis Healthplex Camp 3660 Guion Rd, Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 920-7400; email: reaston@indianapolishealthplex.com Dates: March 23-April • Hours: 8am-5pm • Ages: 5-12 Activities: Swimming, Basketball, Tennis, Taekwondo, Fitness, Nutrition, Arts & Crafts, and more!

Jill G. (Parent) - "The summer camp at Indianapolis Healthplex provides a great environment where a kid can explore several activities. My son enjoys having karate and tennis lessons, and loves swimming every day. Camp counselors are nurturing and provide a fun and safe environment, with lots of physical activity!"

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IUPUI DAY CAMP 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 274-0336; email:Rilord@ iupui.edu; camps.iupui.edu Dates: May 26-July 31 • Hours: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (before/after care available)

• Ages: 5-12

IUPUI Day Camps create a safe and encouraging environment where children develop healthy habits while engaging in individualized activities designed to support success at any age, skill, or level of ability. Camp includes free before & after care, plus a daily swim lesson at the world famous Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI!

Park Tudor School 7200 North College Ave., Indianapolis, IN; (317) 415-2898; email: sgreiner@ parktudor.org; parktudor.org/summer Dates: June 1 - July 31 • Hours: 7:30 am - 6 pm • Ages: 3-18

Park Tudor School invites all central Indiana students ages 3-18 to attend its Summer Experience. We have camps for preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and high school! In keeping with the mission of Park Tudor School, you will find our summer programs offer small class sizes and varied experiences

that will foster creativity and a joy for learning. Whether it's academics, enrichment, STEM, performing arts, athletics, Spanish, or more, you'll find the perfect summer camps for your child at Park Tudor. Experience Summer @ Park Tudor and discover the magic that happens when summer fun meets great teaching!

Summer U at University High School

Summer Youth Workshops at Indiana Repertory Theatre 140 W Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 916-4841; email:sgeis@ irtlive.com; irtlive.com/students-andeducators/summer-youthworkshops Dates: June 15-July 17 • Hours: 8 am - 4 pm • Ages: 8-18

Dates: June 8-26 and July 6-24 • Hours: 9 am-4 pm with before and aftercare • Ages: grades 1-12

RT brings theatre to life for your child! With three-week, two-week, and one-week options, there’s something for everyone. Summer Workshops allow young actors ages 8 - 18 of all experience levels to participate in theatre classes taught by IRT artists. Scholarships and after-camp care available; see web for details.

Activities: art, film, photography, creative writing, languages, sports, robotics, rocketry, programming, study and life skills, and more

The Children's House Summer Camp

2825 W. 116th St, Carmel, IN; Phone: (317) 733-4475; email: nnealy@ universityhighschool.org; universityhighschool.org/summer

University’s mission to expand the hearts and minds of students and to nurture excellence through academic, creative, and physical achievement doesn’t go on summer break. Summer U’s enrichment camps, including creative arts, sports, STEM, and more, are led by seasoned educators and designed to provide hands-on, enriching experiences for curious campers.

2404 W. 62nd. St., Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 253-3033; email: childrenshouse08@gmail.com; tchindy.org Date: June 8-August 14 • Hours: Camp Day 9 am-4pm, extended hours 7 am to 5:45 pm • Ages: 3-12 Activities: music, art, swimming, nature field trips, puppets, bird watching, games


The summer camp offers a relaxed camp environment for campers of all ages. Younger children generally follow and explore the same weekly themed activities as older campers. We offer an environment free of competition. Camp activities include art, music, games, swimming, field trips, and many outdoor activities. Camp is limited to 30 campers each week.

The Etiquette and Leadership Institute of Indiana Phone: (888) 354-4639; email: info@ eliindiana.com; eliindiana.com Ages: 8 - 18 (varies by seminar)

Choose from the following seminars, held at Homewood Suites, 2501 East 86th, Indianapolis, IN. Visit eliindiana.com for more information. Young Diplomat (ages 8-13), March 14, 21 & 22 Future Professionals (ages 14-18), March 14, 21 & 22 Little Ambassadors (ages 5-7), April 4 & 11 How to Raise a Gentleman Summer Camp (ages 8-15), July 13 – 17, 2020 & July 25 How to Raise a Lady Summer Camp (ages 8-15), July 20 – 24, 2020 & July 25, 2020

The Orchard School's Summer Camp 615 W. 64th Street. Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 251-9253; email:rreams@ orchard.org; orchard.org/ extracurricular/summer-camp Date: June 1-July 24 • Hours: 9 am-4 pm (extended day options) • Ages: 3 years - 8th grade

Come enjoy The Orchard's Summer School Summer Camp 30th Year! We offer 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!

The Summer Experience at Traders Point Christian Schools 5770 Whitestown Parkway, Whitestown, IN; Phone: (317) 769-2450; email: summer@tpcs.org; tpcs.org/summer

Activities: Aviation, Culinary Arts, Robotics, Pottery, Horseback Riding, American Girl, Super Heroes, Scuba, Zoology, Summer Stage Musical of Moana, Water Parks, Field Trips and more.

Join us for The Summer Experience at Traders Point Christian Schools. Offering over 65 different full and half day summer camps for children ages 3 through 8th grade, in areas such as STEM, Aviation, Fine Arts, Outdoor Adventures, Sports, and Summer Fun. Daily chapel and extended care options are available. View our full camp catalog and register today at tpcs.org/summer.

University of Indianapolis MICI-AHEC Camps (317) 788-2001, email: kerrmt@uindy.edu; uindy.edu/mici-ahec/ Dates: June 8- July 17 • Hours: 9 am-4 pm • Ages: 6th- 12th grade

The primary focus is to increase knowledge of a variety of healthcare fields through panel discussions, lab simulations, degree requirements and expectations for the different careers, how to know which health careers are right for them, demonstrate the practical application of science principles, and provide opportunities for unique and fun health-science activities.

Wright's Fundamentals Gymnastics & NinjaZone Camps Various locations - Westfield, Fishers, and Greenwood; Phone: (317) 888-4805; email: info@wrightsgyms.com; wrightsgymnastics.com Dates: Various dates throughout the summer • Ages: 3-11

Run, jump, kick, and flip off a wall during this FUN opportunity at the Wright's Fundamentals Gymnastics & NinjaZone Academy camps. Campers, turned gymnasts and ninjas, will participate in daily challenges, learn some awesome skills, participate in games and crafts, and have tons of FUN while being active! Ages 3-11.

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Dates: June 1-July 29 • Hours: 9 am - 4 pm with Before and After Care available • Ages: 3 - 8th Grade

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TEENS & TWEENS

WORDS BY REBECCA HILL

Only the Lonely Teens are experiencing increased rates of loneliness. Could social media be one of the triggers? For most parents, teenage loneliness is difficult to decipher. So, they worry. Maybe your son is spending too much time in his room, and yet, he has friends and communicates with those friends. Or perhaps he doesn’t ever come out and refutes any attempts at communication. Trying to figure out a teenager’s loneliness can be tough, especially in this day of social media. How does a parent know when to intervene? The literature on teenage loneliness is… well, confusing too. A 2019 Journal of Social and Personal Relationships study on adolescent loneliness from 1976 to 2017 believes that teens who spend time on social media with their friends are the “loneliest of all.” According to the study’s author, Jean Twenge, teens are experiencing an increase in loneliness due to how they spend their leisure time, and part of the reason is social media. Today, 95% of teens spend most of their time on their cellphone, and 45% spend time on social media. So, the question is: Does social media contribute to loneliness? Some studies have found that adolescents, especially those of the iGeneration, are spending less

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So, what can parents do? “The first thing that I say to parents is: Have you talked to your teenager?” Lagges says. “Ask them what’s going on. That’s always the first place to start.”

Parents should watch for signs that loneliness is gravitating to severe anxiety or depression. Be mindful and watch for the following signs: • avoiding social situations or losing interest in activities

time with their friends in person doing things like going to the movies or parties or going shopping. Parents wonder whether the lack of person-to-person activities is an indication of loneliness, especially if these same teens are communicating with friends via social media. According to Dr. Ann Lagges, a pediatric psychologist at Riley Children’s Health in Indianapolis, the question is whether a teen is being alone versus being lonely. “A parent could say, ‘My kid is in their room a lot,’ but it depends on what the kid is doing and how long they have been there,” Lagges says. Sure, if a teen spends all their time in their room and never leaves it, or responds that they have “nobody” when they need someone, that behavior is concerning, Lagges says. Social isolation, or feeling a lack of social support, is a huge problem for teens.

But a difference does exist. Today, teens come home from school and play video games with friends, and talk or text on the phone. This is how they communicate socially outside of school, Lagges says. “A lot of parents will tell their teen to get off the phone or tablet, and their teen’s response is, ‘I’m talking to my friends,’” Lagges says. She asks parents: Isn’t this the equivalent of an older generation’s landline and a teenager who won’t get off the phone? Often, we make social media a scapegoat, Lagges says. True, social media can contribute to loneliness if a teen already has issues with depression or anxiety. If young people are viewing idealized pictures on social media, they might feel like their reality doesn’t measure up, thus increasing the potential for social isolation.

• talking about increased tiredness • feeling worthless or lacking focus • failing in school • having consistent problems sleeping • eating habits have changed • using alcohol and drugs • talking about wanting to die

All of these are red f lags, but if a teen starts to talk about wanting to die, this is “very, very concerning, and parents should never dismiss these comments,” Lagges says.


PARENTING

WORDS BY KATE FISCH LCSW, FOUNDER AND PSYCHOTHERAPIST, NORTHSIDE MENTAL HEALTH

Just the Baby Blues or Something More? “Oh no,” you think, “the baby is crying again.” And as the crying intensifies, so do your feelings of annoyance, frustration and resentment toward what feels like the never-ending task of pacifying this tiny creature. The arrival of your new baby elicits many emotions. Of course, there is joy, hope and excitement, but there are also darker emotions like anxiety, depression, guilt and even anger. All these emotional experiences are normal. Even in the best moments, caring for a newborn is exhausting and easily overwhelming at times. And because your post childbirth hormones are strapped into the front seat of a rollercoaster, intense mood swings can be normal, too. Up to 50% of new moms will report experiencing some feelings of anxiety and depression, often called the “baby blues.” These symptoms will generally resolve within the first few weeks after delivery. But for some, these negative thoughts and feelings will intensify into full-on Postpartum Depression Disorder. Postpartum depression and anxiety occur in up to 25% of new moms and can arise anytime within the first year. Onset is gradual and symptoms typically peak around three to six months post deliver. If left untreated, postpartum depression and anxiety can have substantial negative effects on both child and mom. Once diagnosed, though, postpartum depression and anxiety can be easily treated with both pharmaceutical intervention and counseling.

Early intervention is related to the most positive outcome for PPD treatment, so it is important to recognize the signs that you or someone you love is experiencing more than just the baby blues. Here are a few things to look for:

* low energy * loss of pleasure in formerly enjoyable activities * changes in appetite and sleep patterns * intense feelings of failure * difficulty concentrating or making simple decisions. We all experience these symptoms once in a while, but individuals with a depression disorder will experience these symptoms several days of the week for at least two weeks. With all the activity that comes with a new baby, it is easy to forget to check in with yourself. Take some time to ask yourself how you are feeling. There is help out there. If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing postpartum depression, contact your doctor; either your obstetrician or primary care physician can help. There are also resources available at postpartum healthalliance.org, including a 24-hour postpartum support line.

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Carmel Montessori Schools 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. • 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN

46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email: info@ carmelmontessori.com, carmelmontessori.com

Carmel United Methodist Preschool Carmel United Methodist Preschool has provided high quality preschool experiences for the families of Carmel and the surrounding area for 45 years. We offer classes for children 18 months through 5 years old. Our students enjoy learning through inquiry based play, while interacting with their peers to create positive emotional and social learning experiences. • 621 S. Rangeline Road,

Carmel, IN, Contact: Tiffany Lehman, Phone: 317-844-1958, Email: tlehman@ carmelumc.org, carmelumc.org/ preschool/

today to learn more about our early education and preschool opportunities that will fit the need of your family Currently enrolling, space is limited. •

13096 Moultrie Street, Carmel, IN 46032. Contact: Kendra Dunagan, 317-873-0123. primrosewestclay.com

The Primrose School at West Carmel The Primrose School at West Carmel is an accredited early education and care school serving infants through kindergarten as well as before and after school services for elementary age students. We offer a Balanced Learning approach, which nurtures curiosity, confidence, creativity and compassion. Research also shows that 90% of Primrose Students perform twice the level of their peer group. Please call us today to learn more about our early education and preschool opportunities that will fit the need of your family. Currently enrolling, space is limited. • 3746 West 98th Street, Carmel, IN 46032. Contact: Lisa Housh, 317-876-0123, primrosewestcarmel.com

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 The Little Lamb Christian introduction to colors, number and School letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and The Little Lamb Christian School is a sight words are taught in the older home away from home for children 6 classes.Develop Social Awareness & weeks to pre-kindergarten. Since Friendships, Build Confidence and 1987, we have been the go-to private Master Academic Skills for Kinderpreschool for Carmel families who garten. • 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN are interested in a Christian 46032, Contact: Diane Atkins, Phone: education. We are a place where 317-753-9397, Email: dkatkins22@msn. children can learn, explore, create, com, startinglinepreschool.com grow and play! • 1609 Greyhound Pass, Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: 317-848-3580, Email: kayley@thelittlelamb.com, thelittlelamb.com/, 6 weeks to Pre-Kindergarten and after school care

The Primrose School at WestClay An accredited early education and care school serving infants through kindergarten as well as before and after school services for elementary age students. We offer a Balanced Learning approach, which nurtures curiosity, confidence, creativity and compassion. Research also shows that 90% of Primrose Students perform twice the level of their peer group. Please call us

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IUPUI Center for Young Children The IUPUI Center for Young Children offers childcare and early childhood education for children ages six weeks to six years old and believe children learn through play, experiences, and interaction with their environment and peers. • 321 Limestone St.,

Indianapolis, IN 46202, Phone: 317-2743508, childcare.iupui.edu/index.html

Paramount Brookside Paramount Brookside is a tuition-free K-8 charter school that educates students in an innovative environment that instills high expectations for success. Founded in 2010, Paramount Schools of Excellence accomplish its mission and teaches the mastery of Indiana Academic Standards through an emphasis on rigorous academics and experiential learning activities. Integral to the school’s approach to education are project-based investigations, community partnerships and three on-site Discovery Centers – an Eco Center, Space Center with planetarium and an operating farm. Paramount Brookside is designated a 2018 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education and a Four-Star and an “A” school by the Indiana Department of Education. • 3020 Nowland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Contact: Connor Schultheis, contact@PSOEBrookside.org, 317.775.6660, paramountindy.org

EAST

Paramount Community Heights Paramount Community Heights serves K-4th grade students as a tuition-free charter school. Founded in 2010, Paramount Schools of Excellence accomplishes its mission and teaches the mastery of Indiana Academic Standards through an emphasis on rigorous academics and experiential learning activities. Paramount’s flagship Brookside campus is designated a 2018 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education and a Four-Star and an “A” school by the Indiana Department of Education. • 1525 N. Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219, 317.671.1229, Contact: Sarah Shaffer, contact@PSOECommunity.org, paramountindy.org

Paramount Englewood Paramount Englewood is now accepting enrollment of 5-8th students for the 2019-2020 school year. The new middle school campus is an extension of Paramount Schools of Excellence successful education model. The flagship Brookside campus is designated a 2018 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education and a Four-Star and an “A” school by the Indiana Department of Education. Founded in 2010, Paramount accomplishes its mission and teaches the mastery of Indiana Academic Standards through an

emphasis on rigorous academics and experiential learning activities. • 1849 Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46203, 317.741.9589, Contact Peggy Purvis, contact@PSO Eenglewood.org. paramountindy.org

INDIANAPOLIS – NORTH

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood Cost/Tuition: Please call or email for full brochure Hours/ Dates: Flexible Hours. Full Time/ Part-Time available. Ages/Grades: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2s+, 3s+, 4s+, Pre-Kindergarten (Kindergarten Readiness Class) (3 day or 5 day option) Before/After School Care: Before and After School Care always available as needed. Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. • 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259- 6849, Email: jwaldman@ bez613.org, bez613.org

Bilingual Day Care LLC Family owned home license daycare with 19 years of experience, soon to be a preschool. Located in the North side of Indianapolis minutes from 465. Infants $225, 17 months & up to age 5 $200 weekly rate Monday- Friday 7-5:30pm. • Call to take a tour:

317-249-7217 bdcindianapolis@yahoo.com

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School seeks to prepare the next generation of leaders with the intellectual and technological competence, loving and open hearts, faith inspiration and social responsibility to bring about a more just, humane and loving world. Students from all backgrounds, faiths, and ethnicities are welcome at Brebeuf Jesuit, where all are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents. Each student is therefore challenged and inspired to strive for academic excellence, to engage whole-heartedly in cocurricular activities, to develop confidence in leadership abilities, and * SPONSORED LISTINGS


to discover God’s presence in everyday life through serving others.

• 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Colleen Cannon, Director of Admissions, Phone: 317-524-7090, Email: admissions@brebeuf.org, brebeuf.org

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, cpaul@ secondchurch.org, childrenscircle.org

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

St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, Phone: 317-253-0472, cwhaley@meridianstreet.org, meridianstreet.org/cdi

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing 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. Oldest classrooms utilize “Handwriting Without Tears” curriculum. Various days, 9am-2pm. Some extended days. Need longer hours? Try our All Day Classes designed for 16 mos – Pre K5 with class times 6:30am-6pm • 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake, Phone: 317-5756508, Email: ecc@golove.org

Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Indianapolis. We do tutoring with state certified teachers for kids k-12 and we do ACT and SAT test prep. • 2635 E 62nd Street Ste 2020, Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 420-8885; Email: fraserl@ hlcmail.com

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: Jessica Aiyasami, Admissions Coordinator, Phone: 317-713-5717, Fax: 317-254-8454, Email: jaiyasami@orchard.org, orchard.org

The Sapling School The Sapling School offers a year round Reggio-inspired preschool for children ages 3 to 5 in conjunction with extended after care hours for working families. We empower children to discover themselves and the world around them as they become critical thinkers, creative problem-solvers, and collaborative community members. We value our students and their passions, curiosities, and joys. Their interests guide the holistic, emergent curriculum and our learning environment. Look for our teachers and students around the Broad Ripple area interacting with neighbors as they learn the unique ways they are capable of enriching their community. • For more

information or to explore our virtual tour please visit saplingschoolindy.com or facebook.com/saplingschoolindy. To schedule a private tour please call (317) 319-8228. Contact: Kelsey Livingston. Phone: 317-319-8228. Email: kelsey@ saplingschoolindy.com, saplingschoolindy.com

Sycamore School At Sycamore School, Indiana's only accredited, independent, private school for Preschool - 8th grade gifted students, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, physical education, technology, extensive field trips, athletics, financial aid, and after school activities are offered. • 1750 W. 64th Street,

Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact:

Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions, 317-202-2500, Email: karpicke.susan@sycamoreschool.org, sycamoreschool.org

aboyd@primrosegeist.com, primrosegeist.com, 6 weeks old through Pre-K and before and after school up to age 12

INDIANAPOLIS – NORTHEAST

INDIANAPOLIS – SOUTH

MSD of Lawrence Township

The ninth largest and one of the fastest growing school district in the state, the MSD of Lawrence Township serves approximately 16,000 students across four Early Learning Centers, eleven Elementary Schools, two Middle Schools, two High Schools and a Center for Innovation and Technology, and an alternative setting high school. Lawrence Township strives to be the district of destination, a reputation built over the years based on the district’s award-winning staff, accomplished administrators, high-achieving students, supportive community, and innovative educational programs. To learn more, please contact our Welcome Center at 317-423-8375. Pre-K through Grade 12. Tours available at all buildings by appointment. Please contact your building of interest directly. • 6501

Sunnyside Road, Indianapolis, IN 46236. Phone: 317-423-8200, LTschools.org

Curtis Wilson Primary School and Academy

Curtis Wilson Primary School and Academy, a division of Beech Tree House Center for Child Development, Inc., promotes the emotional, physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual development of each child. Our exceptional teaching staff is dedicated to presenting a challenging and enthusiastic learning environment that recognizes each unique learner. With a dedication to personal excellence, all members of our school family are challenged to practice and exhibit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in daily life. Stateaccredited with exemplary ratings. Preschool - Sixth Grade. • 7850 South Emerson Ave., Indianapolis , 46237, 317-882-8636, jhaywood-rollins@ beechtreehouse.com, cwpsa.com

WESTFIELD

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. • 2944 E.

56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email: thepanda@ polly panda.com, pollypanda.com

Primrose School of Geist Provides high-quality, educational experiences to support children’s social-emotional, cognitive, creative and physical development. It is made up of an exclusive standards-based curriculum that enables teachers to help children gain the knowledge and skills that will enable them to move successfully from one level of development to the next as well rounded individuals. Our school offers developmentally-appropriate materials and equipment for all classrooms; multiple forms of assessment; and extensive training for teachers. We believe the right foundation to build active minds, healthy bodies, and happy hearts® starts in the younger years. Call for more information or to schedule a tour! • 7615 Oaklandon Road,

Montessori School of Westfield, Inc. Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. • 800 E. Sycamore Street,

Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-867-0158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email: montessori westfield@gmail.com, montessori schoolofwestfield.com

The Primrose School at Bridgewater An accredited early education and care school serving infants through kindergarten as well as before and after school services for elementary age students. We offer a Balanced Learning approach, which nurtures curiosity, confidence, creativity and compassion. Research also shows that 90% of Primrose Students perform twice the level of their peer group. Please call us today to learn more about our early education and preschool opportunities that will fit the need of your family. Currently enrolling, space is limited. • 14711 North Gray Road, Westfield, IN 46062, Contact: Nikki Knott, 317-8480123. primrosebridgewater.com

Indianapolis, IN 46236. Contact: Anita Boyd. Phone: 317-855-7808. Email:

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SPECIAL NEEDS

WORDS BY JENNIFER THOMPSON

Dental Care for Kids with Special Needs Keep your child smiling and their teeth healthy with these tips. How can parents help a child with sensory issues have a positive visit to the dentist?

Regular dental checkups are important and necessary, and for some, they can be anxiety-provoking. This can be especially true for children with special needs. Board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Lauren S. Weddell, with Weddell Pediatric Dental Specialists in Carmel, offers parents some valuable information on how to prepare for the inevitable trip to the dentist’s office, to hopefully make it a pleasant experience for all involved.

What should parents look for when searching for a dentist for their child? I would recommend a boardcertified pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists spend at least an additional 24 months of education to specialize in oral health care for children, including those with special healthcare needs. To find a board-certified pediatric dentist, click on the link “Find a Certified Pediatric Dentist” on the website of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (abpd.org). While there is a required standard to ensure dental schools educate their students on the treatment of patients with special health care needs, not all dentists receive the same experience or amount of education. Discuss your child’s

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Inform the dentist and staff of any sensory issues which may require modification of the traditional delivery of dental care. You know your child better than we do. Let us know what their typical oral hygiene routine is, and what methods do and don’t work at home.

special needs and ask any questions you may have with the office when scheduling to ensure the office is the right fit for you and your child.

How can parents prepare their child for a trip to the dentist? Depending on the anxiety and cognitive ability of your child, you can discuss what may happen during the dental visit, watch videos or read books about visiting the dentist that reinforce the dentist is there to make sure you are healthy and that you have a happy smile. If your child is extremely anxious, it may be best to limit discussions so as not to increase anxiety. Any discussions should always be positive. Avoid using negative words such as “hurt,” “pain,” or

“afraid.” Even saying “It won’t hurt” can put the idea of hurt in a child’s head. Remember that your anxiety level can affect that of your child. You can ask to have a tour of the office prior to the first visit to introduce your child to the office. Practicing a consistent oral hygiene routine with parental help at home will help acclimate a child to having their teeth inspected and brushed by others. Always give positive reinforcement following brushing. For some parents, we recommend an electric toothbrush to help the child get used to the sensation, sound and vibration that is like what may be used at the office. You may also want to discuss the dental chair and how it moves, or practice lying down and having your child open their mouth for someone else to see inside.

Does your child have a therapist? Sometimes the therapist will attend the dental appointment to help us see their usual routine. Is your child aversive to flavors? Consider bringing their toothbrush and toothpaste from home. Is there is a favorite toy, stuffed animal or blanket? If so, you may want to bring that to the appointment for comfort.

Consistency and repetition of oral hygiene measures can help with some sensory issues. Counting can be very successful. Patience goes a long way. Every child is unique, and sometimes multiple visits are needed to desensitize your child to the dental experience. Be open to what the dentist may suggest, but also give us your input. Allow the dentist to establish rapport with your child. If you feel like the dentist isn’t the right fit, let them help you to find another dentist.


SPONSORED CONTENT

WORDS BY TRACY M. GALE, PSYD, HSPP, AND EMMALEIGH BADEAUX, MA, LMHCA, EASTERSEALS CROSSROADS

Embracing Change As adults, we can often anticipate and accommodate changes to our routine. Unexpected changes may lead to feelings of discomfort and agitation. Ideally, we control the expression of those feelings, but our children may not. Children are still developing the executive functioning skills necessary to sequence events, as well as plan and inhibit emotional responses, which can make their reactions to change unpleasant. Here are some strategies to encourage flexible thinking in your child:

• When possible, change your routine in small, pleasant ways, such as stopping at the park or making a favorite dinner. This allows children opportunities to practice adapting to change in a positive way.

• Prepare your child for discomfort. Changes are not always pleasant, and children need strategies for dealing with discomfort. Your child may benefit from taking deep breaths, tensing and releasing muscles, or focusing on something fun happening later that day.

• Remind your child of the sequence of events by using “First, Then” language. Try saying, “First we will stop at the grocery store, then we will play at home.” This reminds the child that the unexpected occurrence is temporary and that better things will follow.

• Prepare your child for changes to routine. Tell your child about the change and what your expectations are for behavior. Be sure to explicitly state your expectations. For example, “We have to pick up your sister at gymnastics. I know you were planning to stay at home, but we need to go together. You can hold my hand and walk into the gym with me, stand quietly while we get her, and then we can play when we get home.”

• Praise your child when he/ she shows flexibility with changes. Acknowledge the difficulty faced and the demonstrated success at managing a challenging situation. Change can be difficult, but with practice and support, children can learn valuable life skills about being more flexible and managing unexpected changes in their lives.

IC SPECIAL NEEDS GUIDE Bierman ABA Autism Center

Easterseals Crossroads

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

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

N College Avenue, Indianapolis IN 46220, Phone: (317) 815-5501, Email: info@biermanaba.com; biermanaba. com

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

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K1ds Count, LLC K1ds Count, LLC is a local pediatric therapy provider offering ABA therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy services to children on and off the autism spectrum in the Brownsburg, Avon, Danville, Crawfordsville, and Indianapolis areas. • Phone: (317) 520-4748; Email:

frank@kidscounttherapy.com, kidscounttherapy.com

LittleStar ABA Therapy LittleStar ABA Therapy (formerly Little Star Center) was the first center-based ABA provider in the state and is a not-for-profit. We strive to be the best, not the biggest. Our clinical team is led by two PhDs, who make sure each person we serve is reaching their maximum potential and successful every place they go. We offer clean, bright, well maintained centers and excellent customer service. LittleStar is often imitated but never duplicated! Your loved one with autism deserves the best services and the best possible outcomes and that’s what they’ll get at LittleStar. Come see the LittleStar difference! • 12650

Hamilton Crossing Blvd. Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: 317-249-2242, E-mail: victoria@littlestaraba.org, littlestaraba.org

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THINGS TO DO

february sat 01 NATURE DISCOVERY CLASS - GROUNDHOG DAY!

Will the groundhog choose an early spring or more weeks of winter? The Nature Discovery Class this week will be a Groundhog Day celebration starring the Nature Center groundhog. Free with park admission. • Location: Eagle Creek Park Earth Discovery Center, Time: 1:30-2 pm, apm.activecommunities. com/indyparks FREE

FAMILY DAY: FLIP SIDE

From ice-sculpting demonstrations to toaster ovens and Shrinky Dinks, enjoy an afternoon of exploring opposites. Use negative and positive space to create fun art that tricks the eye. Make small things big, and big things small; dark and light, solid and soft — you get the picture. • Location: Newfields, Time: 11 am-3 pm, discovernewfields.org

CAMPING WITH SILLY SAFARIS

Preschoolers ages 2-6 are invited to join Silly Safaris for a campout and to meet their favorite forest animals. Pet and hold some amazing animals

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and enjoy campfire stories! •

Location: Glendale Branch Library, Time; 10:30-11:30 am, attend.indypl.org/ event/3742118 FREE

SATURDAY STORYTIME

Bring the little ones by for a jungle-themed story, craft and chance to explore the Conservatory. Registration required. $5 per child, ages 2-5. • Location: Garfield Conservatory, Time: 10:30-11:30 am, garfieldgardensconservatory.com

sun 02 CLASSICAL CONCERTS AT CENTRAL

FREE Free for families! *Ongoing A recurring event

ends with a fun craft or an activity. For ages 18 months – kindergarten. •

Location: Westfield Washington Public Library, Time: 10:30 am & 1 pm, wwpl. lib.in.us FREE

mon 03 BABY & TODDLER STORYTIME AT IRVINGTON

Babies and toddlers up to age 3 with an adult are invited for stories, songs, rhymes and toys in the Storytelling Room. It's a great way to introduce little ones to a lifelong love of reading. • Location: Irvington Branch

Adults and families are invited to experience the dynamic world of chamber music with members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. •

Library, Time: 10:30-11:30 am, attend. indypl.org/event/3062934 FREE

FREE

Come to a special storytime at Fresh Thyme in Carmel! Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers will meet in the café section of the store. Snacks and beverages will be provided. •

Location: Central Library, Time: 2-3 pm, attend.indypl.org/event/3696632

STORYTIME AT WESTFIELD WASHINGTON

Enjoy stories, songs, finger-plays, rhymes and puppets. Strengthen early literacy skills and encourage the joy of learning. Each program

STORYTIME AT FRESH THYME

Location: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Carmel, Time: 10-10:45 am, carmel.lib. in.us

*SN Special needs friendly An Indy's Child favorite!

tues 04 SMALL WONDERS: MINERALS ROCK!

In this month’s programs, little ones will explore real rocks and minerals from the museum collection. Kids will use scientific tools to take a close look, do rock inspired art, and try sensory play. For children ages 3-5. • Location: Indiana State Museum,

Time: 10-11 am, indianamuseum.org

FRUIT AND VEGGIE YOGA

Preschoolers ages 3-6 are invited to join the Marion County Health Department for a fun and interactive read-aloud story program focused on gardening and plants. Kids will then learn yoga poses based on various fruits and veggies, and eat a snack with healthy fruits and veggies. • Location: Michigan Road

Branch Library, Time: 10:30-11:30 am, attend.indypl.org/event/3743588 FREE


wed 05

fri 07

STORYTIME AT COOL CREEK PARK

PLAYTIME ON THE PRAIRIE: SHADOWS

Winter is on its way and the animals are staying warm and cozy at the nature center. Join them for a fun nature-inspired storytime and a nature-related kids craft each month. • Location: Cool Creek Nature

Center, Time: 10:30-11:30 am, hamiltoncounty.in.gov/Calendar FREE

PLAY DATE & MAMA TRIBE

If you and your littles need some socializing and indoor playtime, join other holistic parents supporting natural living and health choices. Expect to meet other caretakers from all different experience levels while your kiddos play and meet new friends. Light refreshments will be available. Come relax, get a good laugh, vent, feel supported, listen, learn and make new friends! • Location: Sacred Spines Chiropractic, Time: 10:30-11:30, sacredspines.com

UNPLUGGED FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Unplug from technology for a moment and challenge your family to some new and exciting card and board games. Hoosier Tabletop will provide a new selection of games from their library and teach you how to play. A range of games will be available to try, from card games to board games for ages 6 years and up. • Location: Westfield

Washington Public Library, Time: 6 pm, wwpl.lib.in.us FREE

thurs 06 STORYTIME AT PIKE

Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their adults are invited for stories, songs, fingerplays and play time. • Location: Pike Branch Library, Time: 10:15-11:15 am, attend.indypl.org/ event/3673092 FREE

FIRST THURSDAY NIGHT

It’s fun for everyone! Visit at a discount from 4-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Choose from Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience ($5), the museum ($5) or a combo ticket ($7). • Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 4-8 pm, childrensmuseum.org

Learn how to make your shadow appear and disappear. Make a life-size shadow to take home. Playtime on the Prairie is an early childhood experience tailored for the youngest guests. Attendees will have the opportunity to play, explore, inquire and learn throughout each session. • Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 9:30-10:30 am or 11 am-Noon, connerprairie.org

fri 07 – sun 09 SUBURBAN INDY SPRING SHOW

This show was designed to connect Suburban Indy homeowners with local businesses to discuss landscape, home improvement and home building needs! 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 and summer season. • Location: Grand Park, Time: Fri-Sat: 10 am-7 pm, Sunday: 10 am-5pm, suburbanindyshows.com/spring

BREYER FUN DAY

Enjoy viewing the Breyer horses in their permanent collection, enhanced with manes and tails made from real horsehair, handmade bridles and saddles, and costumed riders suiting each type of horse. Then, paint your own Breyer 4-inch “Stablemate” horse with materials provided. Take home your hand painted horse and other souvenirs. • Location: Museum of

Miniature Houses & Other Collections, Time: 11 am-2 pm, museumof miniatures.org

PEANUT BUTTER & JAM: PICTURE BOOK SONGS WITH PROFESSOR WATERMELON

Children are invited to sing along to these songs with Professor Watermelon and his puppets! Professor Watermelon is a children's book author and teacher who travels the country to provide workshops, speeches and edu-tainment. Designed for children ages 1-7. • Location: The

Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Time: 10:30 am, thecenterpresents.org

sat 08 – sun 09 MONSTER JAM

sat 08 WINTER FAIRY TALE PARTY

The Snow Queen and her sister will perform a special show, featuring a story, singing, dancing and more! They'll even stay for a meet and greet. Dress up as your favorite prince or princess, or come as you are for this exciting afternoon. Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, boys and girls are all invited for light refreshments and fun. • Location:

Monon Community Center, Time: 2-4 pm, apm.activecommunities.com/ carmelclayparks

KIDS’ ACADEMY

Children 12 and under are invited to participate in free, fun-filled activities designed for the youngest IKEA visitors, while supplies last. Each workshop takes place in the IKEA Restaurant. Show your IKEA FAMILY card, or sign up in-store to participate. • Location: IKEA Fishers,

Time; 10 am- Noon FREE

Born out of a love affair with bigger, faster and louder, Monster Jam is the most accessible family-friendly sport in the world today. Don't miss all of the gravity-defying fun! • Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, monsterjam.com

sun 09 KID’S DAY AT SUBURBAN INDY HOME & OUTDOOR LIVING SHOW

Kids 12 and under get into the show for free every day of the event (Feb. 7, 8 and 9), but on Sunday, the whole day is for the kids! • Location:

Grand Park, Time: 10 am-5 pm, suburbanindyshows.com/spring

BABY'S MAKE YOUR OWN VALENTINE

Head to Baby's family-friendly restaurant for a Valentine craft and milkshake for you and your little one. • Location: Baby's, Time: 11:30

am-1 pm. Cost: $15, RSVP on Facebook @BabysIndy

mon 10 GAME NIGHT AT WEST INDIANAPOLIS

Families and individuals of all ages are invited to play a variety of board games. Puzzles and games from home are welcome. • Location: West Indianapolis Branch Library, Time: 4-5:30 pm, attend.indypl.org/ event/3156470 FREE

TALES FOR 2S AND 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. 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 Public Library, Time: 9:30-10 am, carmel.lib.in.us FREE

tues 11 HOMESCHOOL HIKERS

Plan a break from the books to learn about nature and get your kids outside. You will discuss a specific topic and then explore the outdoors. Kids that spend time in nature are happier, healthier and smarter! • Location: Cool Creek Nature Center, Time: 1 pm, myhamiltoncountyparks.com

JUNGLE TALES

Bring your preschooler to this program with a focus on the natural world. Read a naturerelated story and participate in an activity and craft. Registration required. $5 per child, ages 2-5. •

Location: Garfield Conservatory, Time: 10-11 am, garfieldgardens conservatory.com

wed 12 BEASTLY BRUNCH

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

Holliday Park, Time: 10:30-11 am, hollidaypark.org FREE

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LITTLES PROGRAM: LITTLE VALENTINES

Bring your little one in for seasonal themed fun! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with crafts, games and fun activities. For children ages 2 to 5. $10 residents/$12 nonresidents. •

Location: Forest Park Lodge Basement, Time: 10-11 am, noblesvilleparks.org

wed 12 – thurs 13 RIVERDANCE

A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. • Location: Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, Time: 7:30 pm, butlerartscenter.org

thurs 13 PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR

Story hour includes a craft, activity and, of course, a story! This month: Animal Love. Program is best for children ages 3-5. • Location: Taylor

Center of Natural History, Time: 11 am-Noon, myhamiltoncountyparks. com FREE

fri 14 & sat 15 SLEEPING BEAUTY AT BEEF & BOARDS DINNER THEATRE

A sleeping princess, a spellbound prince and fairies galore are all part of this quirky adaptation of the popular tale. These productions are one-hour long and presented without intermission. A snack and juice box is included for every attendee. Geared for children preschool age to sixth grade. • Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Time: See website, beefandboards.com

sat 15 TEDDY BEAR SERIES: MONKEY’S JUNGLE JAM

The Teddy Bear Series, presented by the Indianapolis Colts, introduces preschool and kindergarten students (ages 3-7) to the orchestra through story,

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movement and live music. ISO violinist Victoria Griswold has written each of the stories, two of which are available as picture books! • Location: Pendleton Community Library, Time: 10:30 am, indianapolissymphony.org

YOUNG EXPLORERS: ROCKS AND MINERALS

Young explorers will take a closer look at the animals that call Indiana home with the help of the museum exhibit Natural Regions. You will learn more about habitats and animal adaptations through station explorations and an interactive story time. Other activities include nature-based art and sensory play. • Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 1-2:30 pm, indianamuseum.org

SAPPY SATURDAY

Freezing nights and warmer days cause the maple sap to flow up into the tree. Your family will learn how to tap a maple tree, make maple syrup and maple sugar candy! Taste real maple syrup made right here in Central Park. Registration is $10 per family. • Location: Monon Community Center East, Time: 5-6:30 pm, activecommunities.com/ carmelclayparks

sun 16 HOT JAZZ FOR COOL KIDS

Children and families are invited to a series of free performances by Indy's leading jazz musicians. It's a way to share jazz music with children that will be fun for everyone! • Location: Central Library,

Time: 3-4 pm, attend.indypl.org/ event/3696497 FREE

mon 17 CREATURE FEATURE

It's Presidents Day and many kids are off school! Join us and spend some time meeting our resident educational critters. Learn about what they like to eat, make a craft and explore the Conservatory. Registration required. $5 per child, ages 3-10. • Location: Garfield Conservatory, Time: 10-11 am, garfieldgardensconservatory.com

PRESIDENTS DAY AT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote with fun activities and historic facts. Visit with a woman representing the suffragette movement, Hear Mary Todd Lincoln’s story, learn about voting rights throughout U.S. history, and grownups can register to vote! • Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10 am-5pm, childrensmuseum.org FREE

PRESIDENTS DAY AT INDIANA STATE MUSEUM

Join the presidential celebration! Design a lunar lander for JFK's mission to the moon, become an inventor like Abe Lincoln, delivery your own presidential speech and explore Eisenhower's transportation system and design one for the future. • Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10 am-5 pm, indianamuseum.org FREE

wed 19 INDY’S CHILD POP-UP PLAYDATE WITH GATEWAY HANCOCK HEALTH

Join Indy’s Child Magazine and Gateway Hancock Health for a morning of family-friendly fun! Learn what Gateway Hancock Health has to offer, win prizes, receive a goodie bag and enjoy light refreshments. • Location:

Gateway Hancock Health-Greenfield, Time: 10-11:30 am

thurs 20 LITTLE DUCKLINGS: SMALL BIRDS

Learn easy ways to engage your preschooler in nature and encourage their curiosity in the natural world. A new topic will be introduced each class through hands-on activities, hikes, stories and take-home ideas for continuing the exploration at home. • Location: Eagle Creek Park,

Time: 10:30-11:30 am, apm. activecommunities.com/indyparks

PRESIDENTS DAY AT CONNER PRAIRIE

Visitors of all ages can enjoy free admission to Conner Prairie on Presidents Day for hours of presidential antics and activities! Meet several famous U.S. presidents, chat with some favorite first ladies, participate in singalongs, play games, shock George Washington with a surprise birthday party and more. • Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 10 am-5 pm, connerprairie.org FREE

tues 18 FROGTIME STORYTIME

Preschoolers ages 2-6 are invited to learn about frogs with puppets, stories and songs. Professor Watermelon will show how these slippery amphibians live in and out of the water! • Location: Southport

BABY STORYTIME AT NORA

Babies up to age 2 and an adult are invited for stories, songs and rhymes. • Location: Nora Branch Library, Time: 10:30-11:30 am, attend.indypl.org/event/3713193 FREE

fri 21 SUESSICAL

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best-loved characters and stories collide in an unforgettable musical caper! The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee in this romp through the Seuss classics. • Location: Lilly Hall Studio Theatre, Time: 10 am, butlerartscenter.org

Branch Library, Time: 10:30-11:30 am, attend.indypl.org/event/3741624

FREE

FRI 21 – SUN 23

GEOFEST


PRE-K PROM

Welcome to the jungle! Little ones can dance the night away and enjoy light refreshments, a photo booth, prizes and more. $15 per person; both adults and children must buy tickets. For kids ages 3-6. • Location: Saxony Hall, Time: 6-7:30 pm, playfishers.com/PreKProm

fri 21 – sun 23 GEOFEST

Rock out at the 17th annual GeoFest! Browse a wide variety of fossils, cut and uncut gemstones, and minerals from all over the world. Plus, enjoy family-friendly activities around the museum by helping fossil zookeepers with "feeding time" and exploring Indiana's ancient seas through a scuba diving scavenger hunt. •

Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10 am-5 pm, indianamuseum.org

fri 21 & sat 22 SLEEPING BEAUTY AT BEEF & BOARDS DINNER THEATRE

A sleeping princess, a spellbound prince and fairies galore are all part of this quirky adaptation of the popular tale. These productions are one-hour long and presented without intermission. A snack and juice box is included for every attendee. Geared for children preschool age to sixth grade. • Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Time: See website, beefandboards.com

sat 22 SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE: THE LITTLE CHOO-CHOO THAT THINKS SHE CAN

These performances are designed to create a welcoming experience for all, including those with autism or other sensory sensitivities. Elements may be adapted to ensure the comfort of all audience members. Sensory supports are available for all performances, just ask house management. • Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Time: 1 pm, irtlive.com *SN

STORYBOOK FRIENDS: PRESCHOOL ART WORKSHOP

Preschoolers ages 3-6 are invited to join Ripple Mobile Arts to explore their creative side as a little author. They'll draw, color and create their own little books and make items for

their creative designs. Registration is required for each child attending. Parents need not register themselves. • Location: Glendale

Library, Time: 10:30-11:30 am, attend. indypl.org/event/3750056

GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN ANIMALS OF INDIANA

Take a journey through time discussing the animals that long ago called Indiana home. Topics include macroinvertebrate fossils, dinosaurs (or the lack there of), Ice Age megafauna, animals that are locally extinct and more. There will be crafts and activities, as well as hot chocolate! • Location: Taylor

Center of Natural History, Time: 2 pm, myhamiltoncountyparks.com FREE

ENGINEERS DAY

Local engineers will lead activities and demonstrate how engineering has contributed to our health and safety. Participate in a light demonstration to show electricity use and build a "Robo-Wheel" to understand the relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy. • Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10 am-3 pm, childrensmuseum.org

sun 23 GREATEST CLASSICAL HITS FOR KIDS

Young and young-at-heart will enjoy this concert! Sit on the beautiful Palladium stage while the orchestra plays excerpts of familiar classical pieces. After the concert, try out your favorite instruments at a musical petting zoo. The various instrument families will be located throughout the Palladium. • Location: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Time: 8-10 pm, carmelsymphony.org

KIDS DAY AT INDY CD & VINYL

The last Sunday of every month is Kids Day, featuring live music for the whole family, free musicinfluenced arts and crafts, discounts on kids’ music and donations benefitting children’s charities in Indy. • Location: Indy CD

& Vinyl, Time: 3-5 pm, indycdandvinyl.com

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mon 24 STORYTIME WITH CARTER’S PLAY PLACE

Enjoy stories, songs, finger-plays, rhymes and puppets. Strengthen early literacy skills and encourage the joy of learning. Each program ends with a fun craft or an activity. For ages 18 months – kindergarten.

• Location: Westfield Washington Public Library, Time: 10:30 am & 1 pm, wwpl.lib.in.us FREE

tues 25 THE CAT IN THE HAT

The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this grey day — but will Sally and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? This Dr. Seuss classic leaps onto the stage with chaotic exuberance in this adaptation from the National Theatre in London. • Location: The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts, Tuesday-Friday at 10 am & 12 pm, civictheatre.org

*Ongoing

wed 26 YOUNG SCIENTISTS @ SOUTHPORT

Elementary school children are invited to learn about topics in science, technology, engineering and math through fun and interactive activities. • Location: Southport Branch Library, Time: 4:30-5:30 pm, attend.indypl.org/ event/3686633 FREE

thurs 27 TODDLER TIME: LIFE ON `THE FARM

Your littlest learner will learn more about their favorite barnyard animals through imaginative play, songs, movement and more. Children ages 3-5, $9/members, $12/non-members. • Location:

Indiana State Museum, Time: 10-11 am, indianamuseum.org

SUESSICAL

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best-loved characters and stories collide in an unforgettable musical caper! The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee in this romp through the Seuss classics. • Location: Lilly Hall Studio Theatre, Time: 10 am, butlerartscenter.org

fri 28 PLAYTIME ON THE PRAIRIE: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

What animals sleep during the day? What do they do at night? We’ll learn about nocturnal animals and their homes. Playtime on the Prairie is an early childhood experience tailored for the youngest guests. • Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 9:30-10:30 am or 11 am-Noon, connerprairie.org

fri 28 & sat 29 SLEEPING BEAUTY AT BEEF & BOARDS DINNER THEATRE

A sleeping princess, a spellbound prince and fairies galore are all part of this quirky adaptation of the popular tale. These productions are one-hour long and presented without intermission. A snack and juice box is included for every attendee. Geared for children preschool age to sixth grade. • Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Time: See website, beefandboards.com

sat 29 IT'S LEAP DAY AT THE LIBRARY!

Leap Day only comes around every four years, so let's make it a memorable one! They will have games including a special Leap Day Scavenger Hunt, and you can create your very own Leap Day time capsule to take home to open in 2024! • Location: Brownsburg Library, Time: 1-2:30, pmbburglibrary. librarymarket.com

MUSEUM BY MOONLIGHT

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME & CRAFT AT BEECH GROVE

Preschoolers and an adult are invited to join the children's librarians for stories and fun activities. • Location: Beech Grove

Branch Library, Time: 11 am-Noon, attend.indypl.org/event/3725482

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Celebrate the rarest of days — Leap Day — in the biggest way! We're pulling out all the stops for Museum by Moonlight 2020! The world's largest children's museum is throwing a party for kids at heart (21+) until the Water Clock strikes midnight. • Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 8 pm, childrensmuseum.org

MAPLE MADNESS

Cool nights and warm days are arriving, which gets the sap a'flowing. The staff will be demonstrating making maple syrup, and continue the Bray Family tradition on the property, which began more than 150 years ago. • Location: Bray Family Homestead, Time: 10 am-3 pm, hamiltoncounty. in.gov/296/Parks-Recreation FREE

3D PRINTING EXPO

Come explore the exciting world of 3D printing. Drop by any time during the expo to see a wide variety of 3D printers, demonstration prints, and other technology on display. • Location: Carmel Clay Public Library, Time: 10 am-3 pm, carmel.lib.in.us/3Dexpo

FREE

ONGOING EVENTS THE CAT IN THE HAT Through March 5

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

RUBE GOLDBERG: THE WORLD OF HILARIOUS INVENTION EXHIBIT Through May 10

This exhibit showcases Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg’s iconic contraptions and celebrates his imaginative techniques, humorous storytelling and inventive skills. Like Goldberg, you can activate and create crazy chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient and hilarious ways possible! • Location: Indiana State Museum, indianamuseum.org

BE HEARD: WOMEN’S VOICES IN INDIANA Through April 4

This exhibit highlights the contributions Hoosier women — both ordinary and extraordinary — have made throughout Indiana’s history. • Location: Indiana Historical Society, indianahistory.org

THE PIGEON AND PALS! A MO WILLEMS ART AND PLAY EXHIBIT Through May 10

Visit the whimsical world of Mo Willems and his cast of loveable characters, including best friend duo Elephant Gerald and Piggie, faithful companion Knuffle Bunny, and The Pigeon, the wily city bird best known for his antics in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! • Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, childrensmuseum.org

PLEASE TOUCH! THE SCULPTURES OF MICHAEL NARANJO Through July 26

Most exhibitions do not allow visitors to touch the art on display. This exhibition encourages visitors to experience art in multi-sensory ways, featuring touchable sculptures of bronze by renowned artist Michael Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) as part of an initiative to make exhibitions accessible to all individuals. • Location: Eiteljorg

Museum, eiteljorg.org

THE LITTLE CHOO-CHOO THAT THINKS SHE CAN Feb. 18-March 1

A beloved story comes to life in front of your eyes as a young brother and sister, with nothing but their toy box and their own imaginations, invent a train full of friends and a big, big hill to get over. Introduce your children to the joyful experience of live theatre and the creativity of play. • Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre; irtlive.com

PLEASE NOTE At Indy's Child, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide inform- ation 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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FRI

SAT

1 ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY

2

3

GROUNDHOG'S DAY GOLDEN RETRIEVER DAY

9 READ IN THE BATHTUB DAY

10 UMBRELLA DAY

5

4

CHOCOLATE FONDUE DAY

SWEATER DAY

FROZEN YOGURT DAY

LOST PENNY DAY

8

7 BALLET DAY KITE FLYING DAY

12

11 MAKE A FRIEND DAY

6

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14

15

TORTELLINI DAY

WORLD WHALE DAY

16

17 PRESIDENTS DAY

18 PLUTO DAY

ALMOND DAY

23 PLAY TENNIS DAY

SOURCE: daysoftheyear.com

24 PLAY MORE CARDS DAY

25 CLAM CHOWDER DAY

19 INTERNATIONAL TUG-OFWAR DAY

26 FOR PETE’S SAKE DAY

LOVE YOUR PET DAY

27 POLAR BEAR DAY

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21

20

WORLD YOGA DAY

STICKY BUN DAY

28 TOOTH FAIRY DAY

29 LEAP YEAR DAY

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