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Fun and entertainment the whole month long!

Tour family-friendly destinations within the state

20 THE FAMILY DINNER TABLE Finding time for this important place to connect

22 TWEETS, HASHTAGS, LIKES & SELFIES Navigating the landscape of social media



How frequent messaging impacts kids

26 KIDS & CYBER SAFETY Online security concerns for children


38 CHOOSE YOUR OWN SUMMER ADVENTURE What to consider when selecting the right camp experience













48 ASK THE TEACHER Cheating, second semester apathy and school stress


55 PETE GILBERT... STAY-AT-HOME DAD Toddler penitentiary

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WELCOME to our


"Children and Technology Issue"!

PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox |

EDITOR Susan Bryant |


Katie Clark |

John, and I have witnessed these changes in the way people communicate, learn and perform their jobs. We attended elementary school before television and computers were even in use!


Typewriters were the only modern machines we used in school (and that means high school!) To solve math problems, I used tables of logarithms. It wasn’t until 1953 that I was introduced to a calculator. When John was accepted at the U.S. Naval Academy, I gave him a slide rule for a graduation gift. Today, slide rules are in museums or sold on eBay as out-of-date artifacts. But in 1951 for engineering students, they were a must. John also used a sextant in the Air Force to determine the location of his flight. He had to learn the constellations to do his celestial navigation. Navigation systems today are on your computer or your mobile phone. I wouldn’t know how to get to most destinations without my talking phone telling me when to turn. With all these advances in technology, education improves more and more. A new digital concept or invention seems to be introduced daily! Online enrichment programs for all ages and stages are available. Books come right to your Kindle. Home schooling has its best partner in computer technology. Likewise, taking college courses online opens doors for thousands of students. What wonderful opportunities we all have to be lifetime learners as a result of the vast technology available at our fingertips. We hope you enjoy this issue of Indy’s Child – dedicated to understanding the impact of technology on the lives of our young people.

Barbara S. Wynne Founding Publisher



Technology has really triggered an explosion of knowledge. My husband,

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>> B R E N N A N ' S F AV O R I T E S . . . school subject: art color: green movie: Scooby Dooby Doo sport: football tv show: Phineas & Ferb food: peanut butter and jelly restaurant: McAlister's ice cream flavor: chocolate candy: Reese's peanut butter cups toy: Wii super hero: Spiderman book: Curious George books!

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>> J A C K S O N ' S ( J . D . ) F AV O R I T E S . . . school subject: music color: red movie: The Lego Movie sport: football tv show: Scooby Doo food: pizza restaurant: McAlister's ice cream flavor: chocolate candy: Almond Joy toy: a stuffed dog named Tiny super hero: Spiderman book: Fly Guy books!

>> w h en i g ro w u p. . . I want to be a dirt motorcycle driver! MARCH 2014 // INDYSCHILD.COM




spotlight ARE YOU READY FOR SOME BASEBALL? The Indianapolis Indians Baseball Buddies program is the ultimate experience for youth league team players and coaches. Take the field with the Indians and stand by their side during the national anthem, meet Rowdy and enjoy the game with your teammates! To register your baseball, softball or tee-ball team, contact Indians Ticket Services at (317) 532-6924. Hurry, this popular program fills up quickly!

CHECK OUT THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS' NEW VISITOR APP! With 11 permanent galleries, a children’s theater, a planetarium and an interactive library, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is truly an extraordinary place. Now, you and your family can have all the information you need to plan your visit right at your fingertips. The free Children’s Museum of Indianapolis app, found on iTunes, will help you explore current and future exhibits, plan your day using the program calendar and keep you up to date with easy access to the museum’s social media channels. For more information about The Children’s Museum app, visit

GO DOG GO! 2014 is off to an exciting start for Butler’s beloved mascot, Blue III. He has been on the road with the men’s basketball team with stops in Milwaukee, Chicago and St. Louis and will appear in The Big Apple next! He recently launched his own line of pet swag called Blue III Petbox, and he is the main character in a new book entitled Good Boy Blue! Now that’s one busy pooch! Check out his itinerary, purchase Blue III items and enter to win the Big Dawgs contest by visiting


TALENTED LOCAL YOUTH PROVIDE INSPIRATION Indianapolis Art Center 820 East 67th Street (317) 255-2464 | The 76th Annual Student Show runs through Sunday, April 6, 2014. This free, annual exhibit is the year’s largest showcase of work by Indianapolis Art Center students. Galleries are open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Clowes Memorial Hall 4602 Sunset Avenue (317) 940-9697 | Clowes Memorial Hall, in cooperation with the Hoosier Writing Project at IUPUI, is the host of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the fifth year. The free exhibition, Art.Write.Now., is a sample of the winning artwork and writing entries of 7th – 12th graders from the Central and Southern Indiana Region and runs through March 9, 2014. The lobby gallery is open Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. now through March 9th.

WONDERLAB JOINS ACCESS PASS PROGRAM The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington is pleased to announce a new partnership that makes fun, interactive science learning affordable for more Indiana families! The statewide Access Pass Program enables eligible low-income Indiana families to visit any of the participating organizations for just $1 per family member per visit. Participating organizations include Conner Prairie, The Eiteljorg Museum, The Indiana Historical Society, The NCAA Hall of Champions, The Terre Haute Children's Museum and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Applications can be found at and are available at all participating museums.


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MARCH Fun and entertainment the whole month long! Jack Meehan, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

The luck of the Irish isn’t the only thing taking over downtown Indianapolis this March. You can also enjoy a mix of nature and art, explore hidden habitats and appreciate exhibits after dark. Check out these events happening this month! Calling all leprechauns! Come join the St. Patrick’s Day fun downtown. Events include the Hoosier Lottery greening of the Canal on Friday, March 14 at 5:00 p.m., the Shamrock Run & Walk and Shamrockin’ the Circle Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Monday, March 17 at 11:30 a.m. (parade festival 10 a.m – 3 p.m.)

Ever wonder about the secret lives of animals? Explore Animal Exhibits at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and discover nature from an animal’s point of view. Children can explore hidden caves, crawl into a giant tree and learn all there is to know about the different critters that make up our ecosystem. This exhibit opens Feb. 8 and runs through May 4 and is ideal for children ages 3 – 8.

Spend the night sleeping with sharks, sea lions and sea horses See the Indianapolis Zoo like you’ve never seen it before with the Spring Family Overnight. Participate in activities including crafting, games, animal stories, a special after-hours tour and breakfast. Get up close and personal with penguins, dolphins, sea horses and jellies while spending the night in the Dolphin Gallery or Oceans room. The Spring Family Overnight is March 22 and designed for children ages 6 and older. 10 INDYSCHILD.COM // MARCH 2014

Experience fine art and bring out your inner Picasso Explore art and culture all while enjoying time with your family at the Gallery Tours for Families at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Discover the beauty of the IMA during this 30-minute guided tour. Stick around after the tour for Make & Take and participate in art-making projects inspired by works of art on view at the museum. Enjoy the free Gallery Tours for Families on March 8 & 22 at 1:30 or 2:30 p.m.

Jazz and jive take over Central Library The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest invite families with children of all ages to experience smooth jazz this month at the Central Library’s Hot Jazz for Cool Kids series. The March 9 event will feature the Dixieland jazz of The Naptown Strutters, led by trombonist Dan Hughley. Experience spirited New Orleans jazz in the tradition of Louis Armstrong and other early jazz greats. The performance lasts one hour and is free.

Las Vegas magic hits downtown Hilton Give your teenagers something to talk about as this Vegas style Mind Tripping Show takes over the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites. Christian and Katalina will take you on a roller coaster ride of mind reading, illusions, comedy and mental surprises. With nine shows throughout March, be sure to clear your schedule and experience the top ranked mind reading act in the nation. This show is suitable for children ages 12 and above and general admission tickets cost $25.





A Team Player. A Brave Hero. Parker Dean was diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an autoimmune disease, at the age of 9. His response? To help other pediatric patients charge bravely ahead in the fight of their lives.

Always active and heading to the next sporting event, there is never a dull moment in the Dean household. Bumps and bruises are expected on a nine-year-old boy that frequently roughhouses with his younger brother. But when a large, misfit bruise would not fade combined with joint pains and fatigue, worry began to settle with Parker Dean and his family. Mindy, his mother and an emergency department nurse, had begun to notice a petechial rash. Knowing the seriousness of this rash, Parker was immediately taken to the Emergency Department at St.Joseph Hospital in Kokomo. The Deans were quickly referred to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent in Indianapolis.

 Upon direct admittance, the Deans met hematologist, Dr. Charles Nakar, who performed a physical the following morning. Tests confirmed Dr. Nakar’s suspicion of an autoimmune disease – Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. More commonly known as ITP, this disease causes a very low platelet count in the bone marrow and blood, allowing for easy bleeding and bruising.

 “At that time, I knew it was serious,” says Mindy. “It’s a platelet disorder. A virus was in his body, and it was attacking his platelets.” And Parker had a chronic form. Normally, small children are affected and heal within weeks, but Parker was older, meaning it would take longer. Treatment for Parker included monitoring blood counts weekly and receiving platelet infusions. After many combinations of intravenous and oral medicine for two years, Parker’s condition showed little improvement, and it was suggested to explore more invasive alternatives.

To Parker and his brother, Mitchell, philanthropy is second nature. At Parker’s ninth birthday party, his family requested that friends bring toys to be donated to Child Life Services instead of birthday gifts. Furthermore, the boys recruited their school to join Team Peyton and collect wish list items for the hospital.

After weighing his options, Parker underwent surgery to remove his spleen in December 2012. “It was exciting when we got to come see Peyton Manning’s theme room, because it took his mind off of it,” says Mindy.

For this true hero, ITP was but a small obstacle on his way to a very bright future.

Parker made a speedy recovery under the watchful eye of nurses and physicians, only having to stay a few days in the hospital. Parker’s current regimen includes taking a daily antibiotic and having check-ups every six months.

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Meet Leonardo the Dinosaur Mummy! >> Find out what this mummified dino tells us about how these creatures lived Kimberly Harms, Director of Public and Media Relations, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The closest thing most of us have experienced to a real dinosaur is the bones left behind and pieced together like a puzzle. At The Children’s

had for his last meal. That helps us know what his prehistoric world looked like complete with magnolia, pine and ferns.

Museum, we can now see how a fossilized brain tumor looks that was found in a Gorgosaur and learn how that may have caused him to fall and break bones.

Leonardo will soon make his home in Dinosphere, next to the Paleo Prep Lab on March 8th, 2014. Children and families will learn what a natural mummy is, explore a stomach station to understand the food these giant creatures ate and a tendon station to feel how these rubbery body parts affect a body.

Soon, we will get to see a dinosaur that has fossilized muscles, tendons and skin impressions and discover all kinds of things that were never known before Leonardo, the mummified dinosaur, was uncovered. This fossil contains clues that tell us for certain all kinds of information that we’ve only been able to imagine until now – like he may have had a lot of gas because of what he ate. Shhhh! There have only been five mummified dinosaurs ever identified. And out of all of them, Leonardo is the most complete and is even listed in the Guinness World Records as having the best preserved dinosaur remains in the world. Because he is so complete, Leonardo’s body helps us better understand what a living duckbill dinosaur really looked like, along with his anatomy, diet, skin texture and habitat. His mummified skin and muscle help us understand that duckbills had smooth stomach skin and tough skin on the front and back legs to help protect their bodies from rough plants. The crisscross tendon pattern along his back confirms that duckbills held their tails up off the ground. Before scientists found Leonardo, they studied fossil teeth to learn more about what dinosaurs consumed. We knew this kind of dino had a lot of teeth that acted like hedge trimmers or huge scissors to chew up all the plants we assumed he ate. Now, we see Leonardo’s food preserved in his stomach so scientists can tell us what he


Then, parents can play detective with their children as they explore the rest of Dinosphere. Try pointing out the type of setting the other fossils are in and what that might mean. How can you tell if the other specimens are herbivores or carnivores? What clues help lead us to that conclusion? Ask kids what clues our bodies tell us about humans. Come visit with Leonardo and learn all the fascinating information he has to tell!





PACKED WITH FUN Tour family-friendly destinations within the state Rebecca Wood

As the weather warms and spring break approaches, you may be looking for a change of pace. Consider taking a one tank trip to one (or more) of the many family-friendly destinations within Indiana, including the following list of some family favorites. kidscommons Columbus’s kidscommons Children’s Museum offers three floors with interactive exhibits, the most popular being a giant toilet (yes, you read that right!) Children can climb into the colossal commode and crawl or slide down its plumbing. The toilet has attracted national attention to the museum and even appeared twice on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Other popular exhibits include a climbing wall, art studio and bubble-ology room. Within the same kid-friendly city block of kidscommons, families can visit Zaharakos, a century old ice cream parlor; and The Commons, a spacious, free indoor playground.

Fort Wayne attractions To see one of the top ten zoos in the nation, visit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, which spans 42 acres with over 1,500 animals. Special attractions include the Sky Safari and the Australian Outback. This summer guests can feed giraffes, get up close with a lion and see the splendor of the Great Barrier Reef. Science Central is a three-story interactive museum that fuses family entertainment with science education. Visitors flock to the high rail bike where brave participants ride a MARCH 2014 // INDYSCHILD.COM


cycle 25 feet off the ground. Children can plunge down the museum’s giant slide. The swap shop allows guests to bring treasures from nature (think pinecones, rocks and fossils) to the shop and trade them for an object in the swap shop collection. Another Fort Wayne “must see” is the Early Learning Center at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, a hands-on, interactive art studio designed for young children up to age eight. Also, be sure to catch a TinCaps baseball game while you’re in town with seats starting at just $5.

Fair Oaks Farms Roughly two hours north of Indianapolis sits Fair Oaks Farms. The facility boasts acres of outdoor fun, interactive farm exhibits and dining opportunities. Families can tour the “Dairy Adventure” and “Pig Adventure.” Both tours are included in the price of admission and shuttle visitors through a modern pig farm and dairy facility. Mooville, an outdoor adventure area complete with a climbing wall, train and more, opens on Memorial Day.

Abe Martin Lodge Nestled in Nashville’s Brown County State Park, Abe Martin Lodge opened the first indoor water park within a state or national park lodge. The 12,000 square-foot water park includes a zero-entry pool, water slides, water play area and a ten-person whirlpool with a waterfall. Day passes to the water park can be purchased for $15 a day if space is available. Guests can call ahead at 812-988-4418 to ensure there is room.


Walk out of the lodge and into Indiana’s largest state park. Brown County State Park showcases nearly 16,000 acres filled with trails, playgrounds and a saddle barn that offers trail and pony rides (opens March 15). While you’re there, be sure to take a stroll around downtown Nashville with its quaint shops, ice cream parlors and candy stores.

Indiana Cave Trail Indiana Cave Trail includes four Southern Indiana caves. Visit all four and receive a free t-shirt! At Bluespring Caverns, located in Bedford, visitors travel through the cavern on a one-hour boat tour. Above the caverns, the Bolton Natural Area includes a view of one of Indiana’s largest sinkholes (covering over 15 acres). Three caves sit near Corydon. Guests at Indiana Caverns take a 1 hour and 20 minute walking tour with a boat ride through Indiana’s longest cave. Neighboring Marengo Cave is a National Natural Landmark. The cave can be explored through hiking trips. Sister facility Cave Country Canoes offers canoe rentals on the Blue River. Nearby Squire Boone Caverns escorts visitors down 73 stairs into the cavern with views of rushing rivers and waterfalls.

Many more family-friendly destinations dot the state. Load up the family and enjoy the discoveries!





Sarah McCosham

Finding time for this important place to connect

By now, most parents have heard the importance of families eating meals together. Research suggests that children whose families regularly gather for meals have greater academic achievement, better eating habits, higher self-esteem and even less drug use. However, bringing all members of the family together for a meal can seem nearly impossible at times. Demanding work schedules, different bedtimes for younger children and various extracurricular activities all compete for time – making a family dinner together seem more of an idealistic virtue than a realistic possibility. It can be done though! Try these tips with your family to schedule, and make the most of, mealtimes.

A standing reservation If all members of your family have an evening that is (somehow!) free each week, make a commitment to share dinner together that day – and stick to it. Not only will the weekly date become routine, but it will also become something your kids will look forward to, says Dr. Nerissa S. Bauer, Behavioral Pediatrician and Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. Breakfast can also be a great option for family time when work schedules and after school commitments make dinner together difficult. Since younger kids are generally up early, and older children have to get to school, breakfast can be a time that works for everyone. When things get truly hectic, improvise. Do your kids have an all-day soccer tournament on the weekend? Pack a picnic lunch and eat together during a break, suggests Dr. Bauer. The kitchen table isn’t the only place you can bond.

Now you’re cooking To get kids more invested in a family dinner, try involving them in the meal-making process. “When children are very young, they might help by mixing or washing ingredients. Older children, 20 INDYSCHILD.COM // MARCH 2014


When things get truly hectic, improvise. Do your kids have an all-day soccer tournament on the weekend? Pack a picnic lunch and eat together during a break... The kitchen table isn’t the only place you can bond........


meanwhile, might be able to help by setting the table or pouring drinks,” says Brett Enneking, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis. Have younger children peruse cooking magazines or kids’ cookbooks to choose something that looks good to them. Older kids can look online for recipes, make a grocery list and assist with shopping. “Getting children interested in meal preparation also has the added benefit of making cooking time a way to spend one-on-one time with your child,” says Bauer, “which allows for the parent to model appropriate and healthy behaviors, as well as the work that goes into the process.”

Dinner conversation do’s and dont's To make a family meal something kids look forward to, and not dread, parents should refrain from having weighty discussions or broaching upsetting topics says Bauer. Instead, make mealtime an opportunity for kids to share their thoughts and ideas. She suggests that parents ask kids to share the “high and low” parts of their day. “However, if the child does not want to share, he or she can ‘pass’ from sharing something personal.” Bauer adds that kids can contribute to the conversation instead by offering their thoughts on what other family members say. Sharing meals together can shed some light on what kids are really interested in, so pay attention says Enneking. “Ask questions about their interests to get them talking. Once they start talking, really listen and respond along the way.”

Above all, remember that family meals are not about the food, but the interaction it brings. By making time together a priority, you are cultivating connection – and that’s what being a family is all about.



Tweets, Hashtags, Likes & Selfies

Instagram, Twitter,, SnapChat, Vine… so appealing to kids and so worrisome for parents. How do families decide what they will and won’t allow their children to use? For Kim Leonard, Indianapolis mother of three, it’s a full-time job – one she takes very seriously.

Navigating the landscape of social media

“Both my 7th and 5th grade girls are allowed to have Instagram accounts, and my 7th grader also has a Twitter account. I scroll through the girls’ feeds several times a day, and I have their login information stored in my phone. They know I can access their accounts at any time, and I think that knowledge helps guide them to make appropriate decisions.”

Katrina Anne Willis

Mary is a local eighth grader with Tumbler, Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat and Twitter accounts. “I don’t really use Facebook much,” she says. “My parents and their friends use it more than I do. I love using SnapChat to stay connected with my friends who live in other states. But my mom tells me a thousand times a day, ‘Remember, nothing that you post online ever really goes away.’ I get it, Mom.” For the Leonards, certain social media platforms are off-limits in their home. “We don’t allow the girls to use Facebook, SnapChat, Vine,, or Hot or Not. Yes, Hot or Not is an actual app that lets kids weigh in on someone else’s level of attractiveness. I know digital media is part of our current culture, and I don’t want to completely ban my kids from learning to use it appropriately, but some of the more ‘anonymous’ apps, in my opinion, are just asking for trouble. I’ve read some cruel and obscene things on accounts. My daughter had 22 INDYSCHILD.COM // MARCH 2014

an account for a short time and after reading some of the middle school drama that transpired there, I made her delete it. Surprisingly enough, she didn’t really care. Those kids have enough drama to deal with on a daily basis without inviting more in through social media.” Mary says she’s never personally experienced online bullying through social media, but she has heard about it happening. “I don’t have an account, but I’ve heard that’s where a lot of bullying happens. People are anonymous there, so they say things they wouldn’t necessarily say in person... I like to use Tumbler to debate things that I feel passionately about.” For Kim and her husband, Brad, establishing some social media rules up front was a critical part of their parenting strategy. “When the girls first got their phones, they were required to sign a contract outlining our expectations and their usage parameters. We also require our girls to plug their devices in downstairs when they go to bed, and they’re not allowed to text with their friends after a certain time. My kids also know that I can access and read anything on their phones at any time. They know these devices are not their personal diaries, and that they’re too young to have online ‘privacy.’ That knowledge alone, I think, is an important part of helping them establish positive and healthy social media habits.” For more information about social media monitoring options, Kim suggests exploring the restrictions offered on individual devices and researching Mobile Spy and Stealth Genie. Their family also relies on the guidelines provided by The Leonards also believe in a community approach to social media. Kim has made it very clear to her friends that she wants to know if they witness her girls acting inappropriately. “They’re learning right now,” she says. “And it’s our job to teach them good digital citizenship. With a solid foundation, they’ll be able to make positive decisions for themselves when they’re older.”

Social Media Pros & Cons pros: • Serves as an extension of real-world friendships • Offers speed, accessibility and efficiency in communications • Provides a forum for those with shared interests to exchange ideas • Keeps teens engaged with out-of-town friends and relatives • Allows users to express themselves through photos, updates and videos • Teaches digital competence by requiring basic web navigation skills • Provides a way for shy teens to socialize online

cons: • Can create digital dependency, anxiety and addictive behaviors if overused or used inappropriately • Teens are exposed to increased media influence through ads • Provides an open gateway to the internet • If security features aren’t used, online privacy is compromised MARCH 2014 // INDYSCHILD.COM


Younger kids are getting in on the action as well. “It’s happening before sixth grade,” says Shants Hart, Director of the Middle School at Park Tudor. Doug Stotts, Park Tudor’s Head of Academic Technology, reports that many children begin using cell phones around fourth or fifth grade. Given the popularity of texting, what are its effects on kids’ reading, writing and conversational skills?

Text trouble? We asked our Indy’s Child readers for their thoughts on texting via an informal Facebook poll, and responses were mixed. Laura M. believes that “auto correct doesn’t force [kids] to think or learn how to spell.” In contrast, Jenny B., a teacher, does not feel texting has a negative impact on her students’ skills. “They have to know the difference between ‘school talk’ and ‘street talk,’ so this falls into the same category,” she writes. Hart, however, believes texting “absolutely” has a negative effect on writing skills. She says students are unaccustomed to using conventions such as apostrophes and traditional spellings (i.e., “love” versus “luv”) in their everyday written communications, and these texting tendencies sometimes make their way into school papers. Stotts says today’s students need to understand how and when to “code switch” between informal texting language and more formal academic language.


Michelle Shirk

effects of texts

How frequent messaging impacts kids

Do you feel like your child never puts her phone down? A research study published by Common Sense Media in summer 2012 found texting to be the most common form of digital communication among teenagers ages 13 to 17. The study revealed that 87% of teens in that age group had communicated by text, with 68% texting daily. 24 INDYSCHILD.COM // MARCH 2014

A study published in The Journal of Computer Assisted Living in 2011 on texting and literacy abilities in adolescents, actually shows a positive correlation between texting language and reading skills. However, Hart believes the fast-paced nature of social communication has caused children to believe that paying attention to anything for more than a couple of minutes “is just really hard work.” She stresses the importance of reading comprehension and says students must learn to read for detail. Interestingly, Hart feels she has not seen an impact on her students’ ability to carry on an “out loud” conversation as a result of texting.

Technology tips For parents concerned about texting’s impact on their children, our interviewees offer some suggestions. Don’t rush to provide toddlers and preschoolers with digital devices, says Hart. She recommends waiting until at least first or second grade when kids can actually benefit from educational apps. For kids using devices, communication between child and parent is key, says Stotts. He recommends parents discuss screen time limits with their kids as well as consequences if rules are violated. Hart believes that parents need to closely monitor their children’s text message behavior, especially during the impulsive adolescent years between ages 10 and 15. Parents should also model appropriate behavior, says Stotts. “You’ve got to show them what you expect and how you use your devices.” Regarding reading, Hart feels it’s okay to read some things on a Kindle or iPad, but says, “I think that there’s a lot of value in picking up an actual book.” She recommends parents have their kids read for 15-20 minutes every night. The bottom line? Texting and text speak are an inescapable part of modern life. “Sometimes we have parents approach us and they want to lock everything down,” says Stotts, who believes this is the wrong method. Instead, Hart adds “Parents just have to be more involved now, because of the power of these tools.”



kids & Online security concerns for children Jennifer Garcia

Ever asked your kid to help you download an app on your smartphone or set up a Twitter account? It seems like children are born computer experts, but there is still a great deal they don’t often know – like how to protect themselves from cyber criminals. “The only way parents can protect their children online is to use basically the same methods they use to protect their children offline,” states Lois Ann Scheidt, a doctoral candidate at Indiana University (Bloomington), who studies digital communication and social networking amongst adolescents. “I often tell parents that if they wouldn't drop their child off in the center of their state's capital city, and then drive away and leave them on their own, then they shouldn't be leaving their children online without parental supervision.”

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), one of the most important safeguards kids should learn is how to protect their personal information – including name, address, school name, telephone number, photo, social security number, and usernames and passwords. This information should never be given to anyone, even friends. Parents can help their kids develop strong email passwords, which should include upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

Even without knowing personal information, hackers can still find their way into your home computer through seemingly benign websites. The FTC warns kids to “watch out for free stuff,” such as free games or ring tones where malware may be hiding. Before downloading anything, double-check the source and scan it with security software. While parents may fear that children may be specifically targeted by cyber-criminals seeking to steal personal information, Scheidt says there is no research that shows that children are targeted over adults. “Criminals looking to steal credit card information are more likely to target adults who have access to greater financial resources. However, young people can still have their accounts hacked by inadvertently releasing personal information.” There are some red flags parents can watch for to detect malicious websites. Some websites may mirror the appearance of a well-known, safe site, but can be distinguished by a slightly different web address. In general, .org and .edu websites are considered reputable. The best way for parents to determine if children are using “safe” websites is to actively monitor their child while they are online – this means sitting with them, watching their interactions with other users, talking about things they see other users do, and knowing who the other users are, advises Scheidt. It's important for parents to teach children how to recognize accurate, “good” information and to weed


out the bad information. Young computer users can be impressionable and accept inaccurate information simply because they found it online, without recognizing the authenticity of the source. Scheidt says, “The boundaries of the internet are far different than the boundaries of the local library or a single book that a child may bring home for their homework. The internet is a vast space full of good and bad information, to a far greater extent than the number of bad people online.”

The solution, Scheidt says, is vigilance. Knowing what kids are doing online and talking openly on the subject will help them see the dangers present, as well as provide them the confidence to grow and learn as internet users.

Internet Safety Resources PBS Kids Webonauts Internet Academy Interactive game that teaches key issues of web safety, Department of Homeland Security Stop. Think. Connect., stopthinkconnect United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team Unique risks associated with children, gov/ncas/tips/ST05-002 Internet Safety, positive/family/net_safety.html




Research to Real World: Toddler TV >> Television viewing in children birth to 24 months Jessica Beer, Ph.D.

“I just want to take a shower in peace!” I remember saying this a lot when my daughter was in that toddler period. Sometimes my solution would be to shower while she slept, except most often I would get distracted by the pile of dishes, clothes, garbage and toys that sucked up that precious time before I even knew what hit me. Other times I would haul the saucer into our tiny bathroom and hope the spinning, jumping, beeping craziness would hold her for the 30 minutes I so desperately needed. I just wanted to start my day more peacefully and slowly, which meant being alone in the bathroom. What worked was PBS; actually it was the Wiggles. It was a baby free time-warp; without fail, she would watch without a fuss and I had my protected shower time. Did I feel a little bad when I saw her staring at the screen? Yeah. Did I need to? Well it depends on what else I’m doing with her. There are so many fascinating research studies on television viewing and babies. Do babies learn new words from baby videos? Is educational programming like Blues Clues any different from baby-focused videos like Baby Einstein? Does television viewing have a negative impact on attention in preschoolers? As usual in science the answer is it all depends. The age of the child, the type of programming, the number of viewing hours, and if viewing occurs alone or with a caregiver, are the primary variables to consider when making decisions about television viewing for children. There’s pretty much no evidence that supports any benefit from television viewing for babies under age two. It is actually this age group (around 8 to 16 months) where there is evidence that viewing baby-focused DVDs may negatively impact learning new words. It is possible that time spent watching television crowds out time parents spend directly talking to babies. Will your child learn new words from videos? A study that used a baby-focused DVD designed to teach new words showed that 12-18 month old babies did not learn the new words from the video. On the other hand, babies did learn the new words when parents were asked to teach the words from the video in everyday interactions without watching the video. In most families, children under two are going to watch some television. So what can you do to make the most of it? There is evidence for the benefits of coviewing; children who said the most new words from baby-focused videos had parents who labeled most of the target words in the video and defined the words they knew were unfamiliar to their child while watching the video together. The findings of these studies are in line with social constructivist theories of child development where interactions between caregivers and children are the context for learning and development. From this perspective, learning will not occur from 28 INDYSCHILD.COM // MARCH 2014

isolated television viewing, but parents can use the program content as a tool for teaching words, emotions, letters and categories through shared conversations. Learning occurs within everyday interactions between live humans who react to each other in real time with emotion, verbalizations and movements that are meaningful based on their shared history and the context at the moment. These types of exchanges – which we do every day with our kids – are special and cannot be duplicated by a television program no matter how child-focused it claims to be. So I won’t stress about the Wiggles because I needed that time so I could later be motivated to sing Fruit Salad for the 100th time. Developmental psychologist and co-founder of The Urban Chalkboard playcafe, Jessica Beer combines her real world experience as a mother with her professional training as a researcher to provide parents with a practical way to apply the most current findings in childhood development research to their everyday life.



Carrie Bishop

Residential SERVICES An option for some with autism

There are many ways to help a child with autism prepare for life as an adult. Most kids with autism grow up living at home, receiving support and services from the school system or private agencies. Some require more intensive care through residential services. For a child to need to live outside of the family home, behaviors in school, at home or in both settings are beyond what the family can handle. Behaviors like self-injury, aggression or serious task refusal such as not eating or walking may be constant issues. The goal in intensive residential programming is to focus on helping the child learn to change this behavior. According to Gina Sandman, licensed mental health counselor and a clinical director at Damar Residential Services, the majority of kids with autism come to a place like Damar because they’ve been identified for help through their home school. The school will have tried to meet the child’s educational needs in every way possible, but if they feel they cannot meet those needs, then one of the most restrictive means of help is residential services. Others may come to the agency through the Department of Child Services.

Making the decision Susan Rinne, chief executive officer of LIFEDesigns, says it is important families understand what services are available to them. Her advice is to reach out to the Indiana ARC, the state agencies and other families to better understand what support is possible and to evaluate what is best for the child and family.


She also advises parents meet with the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS). This state agency assists individuals with developmental disabilities in need of community supports and residential services. They can detail parents’ options and even help provide respite through its caregiver support efforts. Too often families reach a crisis point before they know their options and the state gets involved in making decisions for their child. “It’s so much better if families can proactively look at the residential supports out there,” said Rinne.

Transitioning to a new setting Moving into a residential services setting is a big change. It can be hard to predict how a child will react. “I’ve seen some kids who transition very well. They look forward to being around other kids like them. They thrive in the structure we are able to provide…We have also seen a lot of kids really struggle,” said Damar’s Sandman. A child who has never lived outside the family home before will likely find the transition much more difficult. It can help to have the child tour the facility before he or she moves to see what the bedroom and overall home or campus looks like and gain some understanding of the facility’s rules.

Talking with other families who’ve chosen residential care also helps. They can speak to the emotions surrounding the decision, describe their own experience and answer questions from a parent’s perspective. “The more informed the parent is about where their child is going to be, the more comfortable they will feel,” said Sandman. Residential care is not forever care. At Damar, for instance, some kids stay a few months while others stay several years. It depends on the individual. The goal is always to get the child back into their family home.



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special NEEDS


My Child Has Special Needs: Now What? Cost: Free, registration required Where: Autism Resource Center of Kokomo (ARCK), Kokomo Phone: Register at or call 800-964-4746


Pack the House Night Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships sold will benefit the children and families served by The Villages; Prevent Child Abuse Indiana; and Dads, Inc. Tickets are $11 for Goal Zone and Balcony Seating or $15 for Premium Seating, and 50% of every ticket sold through The Villages’ office will go directly to supporting our children and families.


Transition to Adult Life Cost: Free Where: Noble of Indiana East, Indianapolis Phone: Tami Wanninger at 317-815-6202 or at tamiwanninger@nobleofindia


Central Indiana Autism Support Group Meeting Wednesday, March 26th Cost: Free Where: Noble of Indiana Broad Ripple, Indianapolis Phone: Molly Lang at 317-254-2309 or at molly.lang@ Our meeting will focus on Summer and After school Activities and groups. Free child care and refreshments.

Respite Night

Friday, March 14th Cost: Free Where: White River Christian Church, Noblesville Phone: Brooke Taflinger at

Sensory Storytime Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room, Carmel Phone: 317-844-3363 For special needs children ages 2-6 & their caregivers. This drop-in storytime is designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. If your child has trouble sitting through one of our other storytimes, this program of stories, songs, and activities might be just what you are looking for! Come for the half-hour program and then feel free to relax or socialize in the Storytime Room for a little while. Registration is required and begins Thursday, March 20, in person at the Children’s Reference Desk or by phone at 844-3363.

Cost: Free Where: The Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: Joelle Samples at 317-466-2001 ext.2420

Support Groups Autism Family Resource Center Grandparents’ Support Group Wednesday, March 12th Cost: Free Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis Phone: Diane Quillico at 317-882-1914 or Linda Knoderer at 765-438-4792


Wednesday, March 19th Cost: Free Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis Phone: Amy Miller at 317-466-1000 ext.2488

Parents' Night Out

Teen Night Out

Free Education Night Assistive Technology – What is it and how does it help? Cost: Free Where: Fortune Academy, Indianapolis Phone: 317-377-0544


Autism Family Resource Center Parents’ Support Group

Cost: Free Where: Fortune Academy, Indianapolis Phone: 317-377-0544


Cost: $25 Where: Cornerstone Autism Center, Greenwood

Dislecksia: The Movie

Biomedical Interventions for Autism




Cost: Free Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis Phone: Joelle Samples at 317-466-2001 ext.2420


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



Carrie Bishop


A REVOLUTION Smart technology enhancing the lives of kids with special needs Debbie Hill’s son loves to play GarageBand on his iPad mini. For a time the iPad becomes his guitar. Hill never dreamed her son, who has Down syndrome, would be able to navigate the iPad as well as he does. “Gabriel doesn’t read well, but somehow manages to get where he wants to go [on his iPad]. This was the best investment ever,” she says. Beth Becher, assistive technology coordinator with Hamilton Boone Special Services, is similarly enthusiastic about the i-gadget. Her students use iPads for visual schedules, communication and language, to listen to books, learn about current events and more. Lorna Fischer, board certified behavior analyst and team supervisor with the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism, uses the iPad as one component of specialized therapy for kids with autism. She says it can be used for motivation or to assist in the actual teaching process. Similarly, Kim Kaser, whose son has autism, uses a smart phone to address some of her son’s needs. For instance, his therapists will video him eating certain foods. “Later at home, when he tells us he can’t, we use the video to reinforce that he can,” she said. The list of useful anecdotes stretches on. But why? What’s so smart about using smart technologies with kids who have special needs?


An iRevolution “The iPad has become a revolutionary tool in the world of technology for children with disabilities,” said Wade Wingler, director of assistive technology with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads. Wingler says that Apple makes accessibility a priority by building features into the iPad that provide users with large print, speech output, switch access for users who can’t use their hands, and the ability to limit access to settings and controls or undesirable applications for those with intellectual disabilities. Beyond these innate features, apps of all kinds exist. Parents can find apps that assist with developing language skills, practicing fine motor skills, learning how to do tasks that require multiple steps, navigating environments, and even describing objects to children who are blind or visually impaired. He recommends for finding age- and skill-appropriate apps. Apps for Children with Special Needs ( is another source.

Giving voice Bethany Boston, a speech language pathologist with Riverview Hospital, has a client with Dandy-Walker syndrome who is nonverbal with limited mobility. Before the iPad he used simple communication devices that were extremely limiting and cumbersome. The iPad makes communication more fluid. “It gives him a voice. It allows us to know how intelligent he is. Today I read a whole article on Martin Luther King and then asked him some true-false questions and yes-no questions and he got 100 percent. I think for me that is the best thing about the iPad. I get to see that yes - he gets it,” she said.

Janine Shapiro, speech-language pathologist and board certified behavior analyst with Applied Behavior Center for Autism, agrees the iPad’s virtues outweigh those of other alternative augmentative communication devices. “We have always known that a person is most likely to communicate using the path of least resistance,” she said. In short, why use heavy, inconvenient equipment to communicate when it’s far easier to yell or kick to get your point across? Today with iPads, there are numerous applications that support communication in a much easier way.

Thinking outside the “i”box There’s more to smart technology than the iPad. Recently the Fortune Academy, which educates students with language learning differences, added SmartPens to its high school students’ tech tool repertoire. The pen records lectures and syncs to notes allowing students to listen to lectures at home and compare the lecture to notes. "Assistive technology is bridging the gap for many students with learning disabilities. We know direct, multi-sensory teaching works, and we know assistive technology supports this teaching,” said head of high school Jim O’Donnell. He believes the more tools parents and educators can give kids to stay competitive in school and life the better.

Try before you buy Of course, none of this comes cheap. Fortunately some resources exist to help. The INDATA Project, for instance, operates a lending library of assistive technology devices, which includes several iPads pre-loaded with assistive apps. Families can also check with their child’s school district to see if they have gadgets or even apps families can try.



R E S O U R C E S / / S P E C I A L N E E D S L I S T I N GS

special NEEDS GU I D E ABA Autism Services by Damar

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Carmel

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Early Childhood Center

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Greenwood

The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. Address: 374 Meridian Parke Lane, Greenwood, IN 46142, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-889-KIDS, Email: jennyL@, 36 INDYSCHILD.COM // MARCH 2014

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy North

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy West

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

ASD Services of Indiana

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

Autism Consultation

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

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA

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

Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis

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

Integrity Behavioral Solutions

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

Jackson Center for Conductive Education

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

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

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

Unlocking the Spectrum

Unlocking The Spectrum was created with the mission of making ABA Therapy accessible to ALL children with autism by providing high quality ABA Therapy services throughout Indiana. Unlocking The Spectrum specializes in bringing the therapy to the client--in their home and in their community. Client's receive services in a wide variety of settings including their home, school, Unlocking The Spectrum's clinic, and the community to ensure that skills are generalized across all environments. Intensive parent training and collaboration with all members of a client's team are an essential part of every individualized program developed. Contact us for a free initial consultation. 3901 W. 86th St. Suite 397, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Ilana Hernandez, Director. Phone: 317-3347331. Email: www.




Peg L. Smith, CEO, American Camp Association

choose your own Su m m er Adventu r e What to consider when selecting the right camp experience

Don’t let the summer be wasted! Here is what awaits your child: experiential learning opportunities, caring adult role models, time spent in nature and being active, new friendships and fun. Quality camp experiences provide “all of the above” to over 10 million children annually. Each camp has its own unique way of delivering these experiences and things like session length, activities offered and cost vary from camp to camp. When you’re looking for the right camp this summer, consider the following:

your camper The biggest factor to consider is your child. What are his or her interests? What does he or she want to get out of the camp experience? Make sure he or she is involved in the process of choosing the right camp – this is a family decision!


day or resident camp Both day and resident camps are great options! Consider your family’s needs and schedule. The age and maturity level of your child also factor into this decision. Has your child had positive experiences being away from home in the past?

ask questions After finding camps that interest you, speak with the camp director. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions! The American Camp Association (ACA) recommends finding out the staff-to-camper ratio, how issues like discipline or homesickness are handled, etc. Visit the ACA web site for a list of questions to ask when choosing a camp.

first-time campers Whatever camp you choose, make sure first-time campers feel confident about the experience before the first day. Involving your child in the camp selection process helps them own the decision. Let your child talk about their feelings. Stay positive and

express your confidence in their ability to handle camp. And it doesn’t hurt to send a card or note to your camper that will arrive on the first day!

a parent’s top concern Ask if the camp is accredited by ACA or not. If not, ask why. ACA accreditation is some of the best evidence that the camp is committed to your child’s health and safety. Choosing a summer adventure should be a fun and thoughtful process. ACA’s parent and family web site,, offers guidance, resources and tips from the experts when it comes to choosing and preparing for the right camp. Happy searching, and have a safe and fun summer! With four decades of experience as a change agent in youth development and transformation, Peg L. Smith is the chief executive officer of the American Camp Association® (ACA). ACA is the champion of better tomorrows — providing resources, research, and support for developmentally appropriate camp experiences. Learn more at or

DAY CAMP Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Summer Camp 2014 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Email: Basic Category: Traditional, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Hours: Flexible hours. Half Days/Full Days. Other Options available: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Dates: Session 1: June 2 – June 27 Session 2: June 30 – July 25 Ages/Grades: 12 mos.+, 18 mos.+, 2 yrs.+, 3 yrs.+, 4/5 yrs+ Cost: Call or email for full brochure.

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

Bricks 4 Kidz

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

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

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

Take advantage of multiple camps offered at the Butler Community Arts School, including: Arts, Piano, Percussion, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Bass, Strings, Snare/Tenor

and Theatre. Most camps serve ages 7-12 and 12-18, and offer commuter and residential options. With so many options, students are bound to find a camp that fits!

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

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

Camp Delafield 10450 East 63rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46236, Contact: Kristin Baxter, Phone: 317-222-6635, Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-4pm; Fri: 8am-Noon, Email:



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

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

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

Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking during its weeklong summer program! Led by local


educators, elementary school children are immersed into exciting, hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Throughout the week, children work in teams to solve real-world challenges. Discounts are available – register today! Call 800.968.4332 or visit

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

Camp Mommawatchi (At-home camp curriculum) Contact: Amy Leckrone and Amber Tincher, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Ages/Grades: preschool and elementary age children Cost: $24.95 for each camp curriculum purchase

Camp Mommawatchi is an online retailer that specializes in at-home camp curriculum. Our curriculum allows

moms to do camps at home with their preschool and grade school children. We currently have four themes - sports, the arts, secret agent and science. Each camp purchased comes with an instruction booklet and digital downloads - everything moms need to host their own camp. Moms and kids will love all of the activities, games, crafts, recipes and field trips. Start a new, fun tradition this summer and make lasting memories with your little ones. Visit (Note: we are not a camp for kids to attend, but a camp for you to do yourself.)

Chinese Language & Culture Summer Camp 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Noah Buonanno, Phone: 317-278-7900, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Study Abroad/ International, Traditional Hours: 7:30am to 6:00pm Dates: June 23rd - July 25th, 2014 Ages/Grades: 5-13 years old Cost: $150 per week or $625 for all five weeks; $15 one time material fee; $25 per week for optional pre & after care Activities Included: Chinese Language, Arts&Crafts & Kung Fu

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

Cincinnati Reds Baseball/Softball Camps Billericay Park: 12600-12883 Promise Rd, Fishers, IN 60555, Contact: Tim Rappe, Phone: 855-846-7337, Email: Trappe@ Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports Hours: 9a-3p; M-F Dates: Billericay Park in Fishers; 6/16-6/20 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American Ball Park, full Reds uniform (hat, jersey, belt, MLB-style pants), 4 game tickets, digital swing analysis.

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

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

Activities Included: drama, dance, voice, games, costumes, props, sets, improv, stunts

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

Freetown Village Summer Day Camp 4601 N. Emerson Avenue @ St. Alban's Church, Indianapolis, IN 46226, Contact: Marriam A. Umar, Phone: 317-631-1870, Fax: 317-631-0224, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Specific Categories: Enrichment Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Dates: June 9 - July 25, 2014 Ages/Grades: 5 - 14 / (K - 8th for 2014-15 school year) Cost: $75.00/week + registration Requirements of Campers: Must bring own sack lunch. Activities Included: Academic enrichment (language arts/social skills/math), theater (with Asante Children's Theater), art & crafts, team building, manners & etiquette, weekly field trips.

ICC Choral Festival 4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Leann Ashby, Phone: 317-940-9640, Email: Specific Categories: music, performing arts, choral performance

Hours: 9am - noon, 1pm-4pm, 9am-4pm session options available Dates: June 10-15 or July 15-19 Ages/Grades: 3rd grade through 8th grade Cost: $85-$185; save $10 if you register by May 9

ICC's Choral Festival summer camp brings together kids who love to sing for a week of music-making and fun! Kids learn, laugh, and sing together in a vigorous, fast-paced environment. Activities include learning songs from a variety of cultures, vocal development in choral rehearsal, games designed to develop rhythm, music reading, and harmonic skills. At the end of the week, the campers perform in a public concert with the Indianapolis Children's Choir!

iD Tech Camps Held at Butler, Purdue, Stanford, Princeton,and 80+ universities in 28 states, Contact: 1-888-709-TECH (8324) Email: Gender: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic, Technology, Computers Hours: Weeklong, day and overnight options Dates: Please check website Ages/Grades: Ages 7-17 Cost: Varies by course

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



International School of Indiana Summer Camps 4330 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Maria Vasey, Phone: 317-923-1951, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Hours: M-F (9am-12pm) M-F (1pm-4pm) All Day (9am-4pm)... before and after care available from 7 - 9 am and 4 - 6 pm Dates: June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11 Ages/Grades: Pre-K - 8th grade Cost: Please consult website for more information. Activities Included: Cultural Enrichment, Arts and Crafts, Sports, Fun Language Learning Camps

La Petite Academy

Locations throughout Central Indiana, Contact: General Number, Phone: (877) 217-9530 Sign Up Now for the Best Summer Ever! Psssst! Hey, kid! Yes, you! How are you going to get the most fun out of summer? La Petite Academy’s got you covered! Join us for our Best Summer Ever to experience a variety of completely different summer camps, from outdoor adventure to sports, music, drama and much more! You’ll love our great field trips – selected by kids just like you! There’s plenty of fun for younger kids, too. A ho-hum summer? No way. Come be a part of the Best Summer Ever! Reserve your spot today. Call (877) 217-9530 for detail and visit us at

"Fun with languages outside of the classroom" - a language learning experience by way of fun activities and conversation.


IUPUI Summer Day Camp, Enrichment Camps & Sports Camps

901 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Beth Tharp, Phone: 317-278-3727, Email: Hours: 7am - 5:30pm IUPUI Summer Day Camp, Enrichment Camps and Sports Camps run for ten weeks beginning June 2 through August 8. With 28 yrs. of experience, Summer Day Camp offers children ages 5 – 12 y.o. an opportunity to explore different sports and enrichment activities taught in a safe, non-competitive environment.


Locations: 622 S. Rangeline, Carmel /12244 E. 116th St., Fishers /39 North 10th St., Noblesville/80 W. Pine St., Zionsville, Contact: Barb Hegeman, Zionsville, Phone: 317-7743729(DRAW), Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts Hours: Weekly camps: Mon-Thurs and Friday one day camps, 9:30am-12:00 noon or 1:00-3:30 pm, depending on location Cost: $140 and includes all art supples (Friday camps $35)

Myart offers weekly and one day summer art camps for ages 5 and up. Students learn a variety of drawing and painting techniques, all centered on a specific theme. Weekly camps include Cartooning, Animals, Fantasy, Circus, Africa and Famous Artists. One day camps include Lego, Fairies, Owls and Cats & Dogs. Campers

work in a variety of media, including markers, oil and chalk pastels, watercolor, acrylics, and colored pencil. Every year we offer brand new projects so returning campers are always creating something new and fun!

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

Stony Creek Summer Camp 10601 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46037, Contact: Mandi Trott, Phone: (317) 773-7399, Email: geist@ Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Categories: Swimming, sports, arts Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Dates: June 9th - August 1st

Ages/Grades: 5 years and older Cost: $225 per child per week Requirements of Campers: Bring own lunch and drinks Activities Included: Daily swimming lesson, arts, crafts, sports

We offer one-week day camps for kids ages 5 years and older. Each camp has a unique theme and activities. All campers will have a daily swimming lesson. Before and after extended care is available. Camp is tax deductible and a great alternative to summer day care.

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

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

Summer Art Camp, Lawrence Art Center 4437 N. Franklin Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46226, Contact: Judy Byron, Phone: 317-855-8166, Email: Specific Categories: Ceramics, puppetry, jewelry, gardening, drumming Hours: 9am-3pm M-F Dates: June 16-20, 23-27, July 7-11, 14-18 and 21-25 Ages/Grades: ages 6-10 Cost: $115 per week Activities Included: ceramics, puppetry, painting, drumming, beading, gardening and more!

This art day camp includes a balanced lunch. All art campers will participate in 2 main art projects each day taught by either Camp Staff or a visiting artist. Campers will learn STEM subjects, learn collaboration skills and build confidence all masqueraded as fun!

Summer Tennis Camp Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center, 1805 E. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Barbara Wynne, Phone: 317-259-5377 (May-Aug.), Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports, Traditional / Specific Categories: Tennis, and quick start tennis / Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes Financial Aid Offered: Call for details. Hours: M-TH 9-3 or M-F 8-5 Dates: May 27-August 8 Ages/Grades: 7-16 years

Activities Included: Tennis, swimming, table tennis, basketball, soccer, board games and rainy day activities.

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

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

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



The Orchard School 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Jane Gailey /Summer Camp Manager, Phone: 317-7135702, Fax: 317-253-9707, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Specific Categories: academics, sports, science, canoeing, cooking, drama, hiking, sewing, sports, great outdoors Hours: 7am-6pm Dates: June 2-July 25 Ages/Grades: grades Pre- K - 8th grade Cost: $140- $220

Orchard Summer camp is an opportunity to play, meet new friends and take part in camps that meet your interests. We offer before and after care as well as a special preschool program for 4-6 year olds. Orchard summer camps offer sports, cooking, drama, arts, hiking, camping, music and academics. Explore what we have to offer and find a passion of your own.

Residential Camp Carson YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670, Contact: Mark Scoular, Phone: 812-385-3597, Email: campinfo& Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Traditional / Specific Categories: Also offer Horseback and Motorized Dirtbikes / Special Needs Camps Offered: Type 1 Diabetes, Children of Deployed Military


Hours: Week long (Sun-Fri) Dates: June and July Ages/Grades: 7-16 years Requirements of Campers: Plan on having a great week bring a big smile and a laugh Activities Included: Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, fishing, blob, water zipline, waterslides, riflery, archery, mountain-biking, mountain-boarding, climbing, gaga, fitness, woodworking, photography, radio-station, volleyball, soccer, basketball, pottery, crafts, nature

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

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

Camp Tecumseh YMCA 12635 W. Tecumseh Bend Road, Brookston, IN 47923, Contact: Joel Sieplinga, Phone: 765-564-2898, Email: joels@ Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Adventure/ Tripping, Sports, Traditional / Specific Categories: Traditional & Equestrian Day/Resident Camps, Trip Program Hours: overnight camp Dates: June 8-August 9 Ages/Grades: 8-15 years old Cost: $635/week Activities Included: Drama, Diving, Kayaking, Archery, Ceramics, Cricket, High Ropes, Swimming, Mountaineering, Basket Making, Skin Diving, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Guitar, Tennis, Volleyball, Canoeing, Riflery, Crafts, Soccer, Basketball

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

CYO Camp Rancho Framasa 2230 N. Clay Lick Road, Nashville, IN 47448, Contact: Kevin Sullivan, Phone: 812-988-2839, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional / Specific Categories: Inclusive/ Special Needs Camps Offered: All programs are inclusive of all children

Hours: Sun-Fri Dates: June 8 - August 1 Ages/Grades: 7-19+ Cost: $450/week Requirements of Campers: ages 7-19+ Activities Included: Horseback riding, swimming, high ropes, drama, sports, games, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking, canoeing, archery, campfires, all camp evening games, etc...

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

iD Tech Academies Held at Lake Forest, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, and select universities nationwide, Contact: 1-888-709-TECH (8324), Email: Gender: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic, Technology, Computers Hours: 2-week, pre-college overnight programs Dates: Please check website Ages/Grades: Ages 13-18 Cost: Varies by course

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

Saint Mary's Summer Camps 2014 Saint Mary's College, Summer Camps, Notre Dame, IN 46556, Phone: 574-284-4625, Fax: 574-284-4784, Email: Gender of Campers: All-Girl Specific Categories: Arts & Enrichment Dates: July 6-11, July 13-18, July 20-25 Ages/Grades: 5th grade - 12th grade Cost: $440-$565

Saint Mary's offers the best in summer camp fun and learning for young women entering grades 5-12. Choose from our three overnight camps in July: Athletics, Fine Arts, and Summer Academy. Explore your interests. Make new friends. Live in residence halls on the College's historic campus.

DAY & Residential YMCA of Greater Indianapolis 615 N. Alabama Street, Suite 400, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Jennie Broady, Phone: 317-887-8788, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Sports, Teen Tours/Travel, Traditional / Specific Categories: Enrichment, Traditional, Sports Hours: 6:30am-6pm Dates: May 27, 2014-August 15. 2014 Ages/Grades: ages 3-15 Cost: $83-$373 Requirements of Campers: Ages 3 and potty trained

The overall goal of YMCA Camp is to help children and teens grow in spirit, mind, and body. We're sure you will find a Y camp that is a perfect fit for your child! We strive to have something for everyone!






March for Babies >> Jarett Andretti joins the fight for healthier babies Derek Nutty, Senior Community Director, March of Dimes

In the pursuit of our mission, March of Dimes is often fortunate to count on the support of professional athletes and notable families from our communities. This is especially true when that person understands how our mission touches everyone, and that there is an urgency to our efforts. In the race to save babies, Jarett Andretti, son of John Andretti, has taken on the role of March for Babies Motorsports Champion for 2014 in Indianapolis. Andretti has seen the March of Dimes mission and its impact on families, making his commitment to the good health of moms and babies personal and meaningful.

“Working with the March of Dimes is a real honor. March for Babies gives everyone in our community the chance to work together for stronger, healthier babies and make a difference in the lives of millions of babies,” said Andretti, “When babies are born too soon, too small, and sick, it can be a race against the clock to help them survive and thrive. My twin cousins were born prematurely at 28 weeks, so continued research on premature births is very close to my heart. Thankfully, both twins survived and are healthy to this day. Together with the UAW and March of Dimes we hope to help them win that race and live to enjoy a first birthday.”

“I couldn’t be happier having Jarett Andretti serve as March for Babies Motorsports Champion,” said Judy Swiecicki, Central Indiana Division Executive Director for March of Dimes. “I am sure that he will bring the same drive, dedication and passion that makes him a rising star on the race track to his efforts on behalf of March for Babies. I know his contribution will go a long way to making this year’s event an unqualified success,” says Swiecicki.


Anyone can sign up for March for Babies today and start a team with coworkers, family and friends. Last year, more than 4,000 people attended the event in Indianapolis – which will be held this year on May 10th at White River State Park. Join Jarett and thousands of walkers in Indy by registering your team at today.




Ask the Teacher >> Cheating, second semester apathy and school stress Deb Krupowicz


My son recently cheated on a test. I had no idea he was under so much stress that he felt like he had to cheat to do well. What can I do to help him understand that he does not need to cheat?

Then, if the teacher is unaware, require that your son take responsibility for his mistake by telling his teacher. If the teacher is already aware, support the teacher’s consequence. Require your child to write a note of apology as a way to earn restitution. Whether or not he is feeling genuine remorse, he will be learning the appropriate steps to be taken when he makes a serious mistake.

When a child cheats, whether the child is six or sixteen, first we need to make it very clear that there is no acceptable reason for cheating. It is wrong. If this is the first time your child has cheated, a discussion may be the appropriate consequence at home. Explain how significant the consequences for cheating become as he gets older: receiving a zero on an assignment in middle school, being dropped from the course in high school, being expelled from school in college, being fired from a job in adult life. There are significant consequences for this behavior.

Understanding why your child cheated is important, but saving that discussion until a few days later will prevent your child from receiving a mixed message. You do not want to risk him misinterpreting that there may be an acceptable reason to cheat. However, understanding whether the motivation was peer pressure, internal personal pressure or simply poor preparation will give you the opportunity to teach him some strategies to avoid being in the same situation again.



By this time each year my daughter stops doing homework. She claims that she is bored and just shuts down. Her grades drop, and she doesn’t seem to care. How can I make her do her work?

We have all learned the value of praising kids’ positive actions to reinforce a behavior. When praise is not enough to encourage responsibility, other consequences are needed. Children have learned the cause-effect relationship between choices and consequences long before school age. By school age, they should expect a negative consequence when they neglect responsibilities.


This is when parenting gets tough. Make a list of your daughter's privileges. Include all non-mandatory activities and technology devices. Instead of “grounding” her to stay home for a defined time, select specific privileges and eliminate them indefinitely, requiring her to exhibit responsibility to earn them back. If this is not leading to the desired result, add to the restricted list. No one delights in making a child uncomfortable, but sometimes it is necessary. Brace yourself for a personal, negative reaction from your daughter. Do your best to remove yourself emotionally. Ignore the cold shoulder. Seize opportunities to show that while you are not going to condone unacceptable behaviors, you love her.



My kids are so stressed about school. I just don’t understand it. School should be fun! Are there ways to bring the fun back?


To keep stress manageable, start with the basics. Make sure your children are getting sufficient rest and are eating balanced meals. When those needs are met, children are better equipped to deal with the stress they face. Although you cannot control what happens in school, you can control other things related to school. Have supplies organized so that homework can happen efficiently and time isn’t wasted gathering what is needed. Stick to a routine to eliminate any additional stress that comes from lost or forgotten homework or materials and to make getting ready for school and completing tasks go as smoothly as possible. Find ways to make light of homework time. You and your child might take pictures during homework and create funny captions for them to insert some humor. Put a star on a chart for each time one of you says an agreed upon word like “because.” You can call a homework “time out” for a free throw shooting contest on the driveway or a coloring activity at the table. Set a mid-week break time that is homework and activity free – just to play. Evaluate your child’s weekly schedule. Is it too jam-packed to allow for needed rest? Are there daily opportunities for ample down time? Help your child see that while he or she can certainly do anything and everything that he or she is interested in, it is not in anyone’s best interest to try to do them all at one time. >> Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four and current teacher. Deb holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at



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education & C H I L D C A R E schools & education carmel Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

Carmel Montessori School is located on the beautiful campus at St. Christopher’s Church on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 16 years headteaching experience. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email:,

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

Education Station USA Whether your child needs to catch up, keep up, or be enriched, our tutors work to tailor sessions based on current curriculum. Our instructor engage students using interactive exercises that help them conquer homework assignments and class projects while boosting their confidence. Our instructors are selected for their expertise in study strategies and innovative approaches to learning. Our center provides Elementary, Middle School, High School, and College Test prep tutoring. 959 Keystone Way, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Allan Seif, Email: aiseif@, www.educationstationusa. com, Type of School: Supplemental Education/ Tutoring, Ages/Grades: K-12 and College Test Prep

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


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

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

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

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

GU I D E Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center Fall School Year. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood, Full Time/Part-Time/Flexible Hours, Ages: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2’s+, 3’s+, 4’s/PreK (3 day or 5 day program) and Full Day Kindergarten (5 full-day program) (8:50 am to 3:00 pm) Before School/After School Care available daily as needed for all ages: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Call or email for brochure. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-2596854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email:,

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-5247090. Email:,

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

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

Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. We offer classes for children ages 9 months to 5 years old. We meet the needs of the whole child in a creative and loving environment. Our experienced staff embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole child- physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Cara Paul, Director, 317-252-5517,,

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Mothers Day Out (12-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure

environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, with a wide variety of learning materials & readiness skills woven through each unit. Need longer hours? Try our child care ministry, The Neighborhood, designed for 16 mos-PreK. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake or Kelly Belt, Phone: 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-5756509, Email: or

Heritage Christian School Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA. HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Prep K – 12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA Athletics. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today! 6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, In 46250, Contact: Rhyan Smith, Director of Admissions, 317-8493441,,

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

Montessori Centres

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

The Orchard School The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYS accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Kristen Hein, Director of Admissions, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-254-8454, Email: khein@orchard. org,

Park Tudor School

Financial Aid: $15,330 for Jr. Kindergarten; $17, 760 for Sr. Kindergarten-Grade; and $18,830 for Grades 6-12. Ages/Grades: Junior Kindergarten (ages 3-5) - Grade 12. Uniforms/Dress Code: Dress code varies by grade level.



Before/After School Care: Before- and after-school care offered. Open House Dates: Visit web site for a complete listing. 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Cathy Chapelle, Phone: 317-415-2700, Fax: 317-254-2714,,

St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs St Luke’s Community Preschool is a weekday, developmentally appropriate and experience based program. Two well-trained, degreed teachers are in each classroom. Parents’ Day Out is a structured play experience that provides parents some time for themselves on a regular basis on M, W, Th, F. We provide a warm and loving Christian environment in which children can learn and grow. Tours available upon request. Visitors welcome. 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Mollie Smith, Director, 317-844-3399, smithm@stlukesecp. com,

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

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

indianapolis // northeast Polly Panda Preschool & Bridgford Kindergarten Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our themebased hands-on preschool program provides a widerange of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of selfworth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our well-qualified and loving staff. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email:,


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

Todd Academy, Inc.

A fun, creative, challenging environment for highly intelligent students age 8 or grade 3 thru grade 12. High-ability, gifted and profoundly gifted education with early-college options and rolling enrollment offers mid-year transfers. Extra-curricular activities, community service involvement, financial aid and vouchers are all offered. State accredited. 2801 S. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225, Contact: Sharon Todd, Phone: 317-636-3100, Fax: 317-636-3103, Email:, www.

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

Maria Montessori International Academy Maria Montessori International Academy offers a child centered Montessori program allowing children to learn at their own pace and to be treated with respect. Children learn how to think for themselves and how to solve problems in original and creative ways and have a positive self-image. Children participate in math, language, music, art, practical life, science, geography, and foreign language. The lead teachers possess bachelor degree and certification in Montessori Education. Offering programs for infants, pre-k, kindergarten and elementary. Indianapolis - 7507 N. Michigan Rd. - 317-291-5557, Zionsville - 4370 Weston Pointe - 317-769-2220, Carmel - 3500 106th St. & Shelborne - 317-733-9204,,

westfield Montessori School of Westfield, Inc. Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-8670158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email:,


Advent Lutheran Preschool Advent offers a Christian learning environment for children ages 2 through 5. Our well-balanced program supports emotional, social, cognitive, physical and spiritual development. Children are allowed to develop at their own readiness with the needs of the "whole child" as the focus. Advent uses the Creative Curriculum approach, which balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to child's learning style and building on their strengths and interests. Our Preschool curriculum incorporates the Early Childhood Indiana State guidelines, and our Kindergarten uses the Indiana Core Kindergarten Curriculum. All children, regardless of faith or church affiliation, are welcome. Please call to schedule a tour. Registration is open. 11250 N. Michigan Rd., Zionsville, IN 46077, Contact: Deb Trewartha, Phone: (317) 873-6318, Email:, www.adventlutheran. org/298544.ihtml, Hours/Dates: Mornings and afternoons Monday through Friday; See website for details, Ages/Grades: Ages 2-5; Mom’s Morning Out, Preschool, Pre-K and ½ day Kindergarten, Open House Dates: Call to schedule a tour.

Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool Universal Preschool provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning. We will provide a quality program through:  Organizing the environment so it is conducive to success, providing specific directions and instructions, acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. Phone: 317-873-1251, Email:,

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

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




Train stories >> Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom’s life Kelly Blewett

Have I mentioned that my son loves trains?

I’m not sure when it began, and I am not sure when it will end. For William every sighting of a train is something akin to a unicorn stepping lightly from a mythical wood. “Train!” he cries. We stop the car, occasionally, pulling over to a parking lot to best view the train’s passage. We imitate the whistle. We identify box cars and tanker cars. And, of course, we play trains at home, linking together puzzle pieces of wooden track and hurrying a magnetized locomotive over the grooves. My imaginative son pretends to be a train, hustling around the house announcing, “There are box cars behind me. Look out!” Predictably I’ve found myself paying a lot of attention to trains, even when my son isn’t by my side.

Such was the case when I was driving alone one night, under a full moon, running an errand. I drove down a busy street, and saw railway in the distance. A giant engine came into view and the whistle sounded. The train gleamed under the moon. A red light afforded me the opportunity to linger


and watch, delighted. The next night when tucking my toddler to bed, I said, “Last night I saw a train in the moonlight.” I told him about the big engine, the bright moon, the cloudless sky, my sense of wonder. And he got it, totally. What could be neater than a train in the moonlight? And now the “train in the moonlight story” has become part of the everyday dialog with my boy, the last thing he wants to hear before he falls asleep.

There’s something wonderful about the way that having children will make you see the world afresh. Sights that once would have chugged by unnoticed become, in this new view, wonders to behold and share. They can even become legends, if only the legends of bedtime stories. My son loves trains, and when his enthusiasm will wane I cannot say. But I am beginning to love trains, too. I am beginning to create train stories, and to share them.


Toddler penitentiary >> True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert Great news! My daughter was recently released from solitary confinement to a general population cell. Perhaps I should explain... A few months ago we transitioned our two-year-old from a crib to a toddler bed. At first she slept fine, particularly during naps, but lately things have started to change. It's almost as if one day she realized she didn't actually have to stay in her bed during naptime. It was no longer a roofless prison cell like her crib. Sure she was gated in the room, but now she could leave her cell and wander around the grounds, while the guard (me) was busy with other things.

Now it's time to put the rest of her cell mates to bed. First she tucks in her bear, then her monkey, occasionally there's a couple of naked Barbies that need a rest as well. (I wonder what they're doing time for?) Then it’s story time for her animals, before “Lights Out.” After an hour or so of this behavior, she's finally exhausted herself enough to fall asleep in the middle of the floor, right around the same time her brother wakes up from his nap. This guard is never off duty.

She also reached the developmental stage of dressing and undressing BY HERSELF, and don't you dare try to help her! Now that she spends her naptime quietly wandering around her room (as not to disturb the guard) instead of sleeping, she has plenty of time to try on outfit after outfit. She starts this process by emptying her dresser drawers – completely. After ten to fifteen changes, she decides on the best outfit for nap (many times it involves a tiara and rain boots). If orange was the new black, then pink is the new orange.

Happy Parenting!




CALENDAR 01 SATURDAY Punch and Judy Cost: Tickets $10 Under 2, free Where: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, Indianapolis Phone: 317-917-9454 Punchmaster Guy Thompson, from northern Indiana will delight the young and old with his traditional, but child friendly, version of this classic, long standing hand puppet show.

2014 Monster Energy Supercross Times: Gates open at 12:30 p.m.; main Event starts at 7:00 p.m. Price: Tickets start at only $15 Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Head out to Lucas Oil Stadium, Saturday, March 1 and catch the world’s top supercross riders Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey and more battle it out for the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross title. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and Main Event starts at 7:00 p.m.

02 SUNDAY United Way's Red Carpet Gala Cost: Early Bird Tickets start at $55 Where: Old National Centre, Indianapolis Phone: 317-920-3460 We are channeling Hollywood of yesteryear and pulling out all the stops when it comes to glitz and glamour. The evening begins with a host bar, big band music and some red carpet surprises. Following a threecourse dinner, you’ll view the Academy Awards telecast on the big screen in the Egyptian Room. This event has raised more than $450,000 has been raised for United Way’s education programs.

Children's Mardi Gras Party – German Style Cost: $8 per child ages 2 and older. $5 tickets in advance. Adults free. Where: At the historic Athenaeum downtown, Indianapolis 56 INDYSCHILD.COM // MARCH 2014

Phone: 317-655-2755 Shake off those winter blues with a German style Mardi Gras party. Bring your preschool and elementary age children dressed in their favorite costume (adult costumes, optional). There will be music, dancing, crafts and a magic show by Abracadabra. Pre-sale tickets on-line at are only $5 per child with the following discount code: IndyChild14.

"Strikes for Stansfield" Charity Bowling Event Cost: $25 per bowler Where: Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis Proceeds from this 3rd annual event, sponsored by Stansfield Circle, will provide funding for the food pantry, clothing pantry, preschool, hot meals, adult education and senior outreach programs at Fletcher Place Community Center in historic Fountain Square. The public is invited to participate by registering a four-person team at

03 MONDAY Freedom Train Cost: Students-$8, Adults-$15 Where: Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis Phone: 317-940-9697 Freedom Train tells the remarkable story of Harriet Tubman, a woman who was born a slave and helped 300 other slaves, including her parents, escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad. An account of self-sacrifice, dedication and endurance, this amazing story told through drama and song celebrates the human spirit. Come see how themes of courage and survival create an uplifting tale of bravery in the face of tremendous adversity.

04 TUESDAY Sketchy Tuesdays Times: 3-5 p.m. Cost: FREE Where: Hamilton East Library, Fishers Phone: 317-579-0304 Come by the TeenZone for Art Projects every Tuesday. We will be sketching, painting and sculpting objects. Some projects will be individual projects you can take home and others will be collaborative community art that will stay in the library. Don't miss it!

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06 THURSDAY Library Babies Times: 10:00-10:20 a.m., 11:00-11:20 a.m. and 12:00-12:20 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Come enjoy our infant storytime, which involves 20 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, and stories. Free tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children’s Reference Desk 30 minutes prior to the scheduled program start time. For children ages 0-12 months & their caregivers.

07 FRIDAY Frogz: Imago Theatre Through Saturday, March 8th Times: Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat. 3 & 7 p.m. Cost: tickets start at $15 Where: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Phone: (317) 843-3800 In a show that has enjoyed two smash Broadway runs, a cast of five transports the audience out of their everyday lives and into a world where frogs do acrobatics, penguins play musical chairs, lizards wrestle and a paper bag magically comes to life.

Science of Art: Children’s Theater Times: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Cost: Members: Free | Nonmembers: $3.50

MARCH 2014 Where: WonderLab Museum, Bloomington Phone: 812-337-1337 Enjoy half-price admission during First Friday Evening as you explore the art of theater! University Players, a student-run theatre organization at Indiana University, will present the family musical Miss Nelson is Missing, based on the beloved classic children's book. The performance begins at 6:30 pm.

08 SATURDAY Brickworld Indy 2014 – LEGO® Exposition Through Sunday, March 9th Cost: $8.50 - $9.00 Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Phone: 317-572-5346 Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts. Enjoy interactive activities, such as the LEGO and DUPLO play brick areas, fighting robots, seek and finds, etc. Buy your favorite LEGO sets, minifigures, and LEGO accessories from various vendors.

Leonardo Opening Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: Included with museum admission Where: The Children's Museum, Indianapolis Phone: (317) 334-3322 Celebrate the newest installation in Dinosphere – Leonardo: The Mummified Dinosaur. This isn’t just any fossil; Leonardo is a one-of-a-kind mummified dinosaur! Hands-on activities will help you learn more about Leonardo’s bones and skin, study his stomach contents, and investigate the mystery surrounding his death.

09 SUNDAY Free Tennis Play Day Times: 3:00-4:30 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center

(North Central High School), Indianapolis Celebrate your family by learning to Play Tennis Together! E-mail registration for Play Day: Name and age to bb@ Both QuickStart and Upper Tennis Courts Used Instruction and Games and Prizes • Registration for Spring Sunday Programs Midwest Youth TeamTennis League: Ages 5-10 • Spring Sundays: April 6-May 18 (Not Easter) • Middle School Tennis Mixers and Matches.

10 MONDAY Family Sing-Along at Irvington Times: 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Irvington Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4450 Families are invited for a sing-along of old folk and traditional songs.


Computer Connections: Excel and Candy DO Mix! Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Children & Youth Services Phone: 317-844-3363 Learning is fun (and sweet) in our computer class for kids in grades 3-5! Candy in a computer class? How can this help my Excel spreadsheet skills? Come to our program and find out! Registration is required and begins Tuesday, March 4.

to enjoy the health benefits that yoga can offer during this 45-minute program presented by certified yoga instructors from the Greater Indianapolis YMCA. Call 275-4550 to register.

13 THURSDAY Superhero Training Camp Times: 6:00 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Hamilton East Library, Fishers Phone: 579-0304 Are you ready to fight crime and have a good time? Then come test your super abilities at our Superhero Training Camp! You'll learn how to become faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and how to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Don't miss out on this super-fun event, so register today! (Masks and capes are welcome.) This event is for ages 4-8.

14 FRIDAY Going Green Cost: Included with Museum Admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 How much water would a washer wash if a washer would wash less? Challenge your skills at spotting energy foes, conduct water quality experiments, plant your own garbage garden and create masterpieces of recycled art all while saving green to be green Meet members of environmental awareness organizations and businesses from around the state who will be available to show you the latest, greatest and simplest ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

12 WEDNESDAY Parent and Preschooler Yoga

Dance of the Irish

Times: 10:30 a.m. Cost: Free Where: Warren Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4550 Preschoolers and their parents are invited

Times: 4:00-4:45 p.m. Where: Carmel Clay Public Library For families with children of all ages. St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! Come listen to a holiday story and watch a special

program of traditional music and dance performed by a guitarist, fiddler, and member of the Irish Blessings Dancers!

15 SATURDAY Scooby-Doo Live! Times: 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Where: Old National Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-632-7469 In this exciting new show, Scooby-doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery. A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theatre and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby-doo are on their way in the Mystery Machine to help solve it!

Grandparent's Workshop at Babies R US Cost: Free Where: Babies R US Castleton, Indianapolis Phone: 317-577-2200 Finally, an event dedicated to Grandparents! Join us for some fun while you learn the differences between then and now. Our partners from Community Hospital will discuss topics such as Caring for an infant, Car Seat safety, Infant CPR, Feeding, and more.

16 SUNDAY Family Fun at the Palladium Times: 3:00 p.m. Cost: $5 to $20 Where: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Phone: (317) 843-3800 Young children will delight in hearing excerpts from the world’s great classics. Following this interactive concert, they can participate in the instrument Petting Zoo!

17 MONDAY Animal Tales presented by Animalia Times: 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Garfield Park Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4490 Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited for an animal-themed story time followed by an animal encounter presented by Animalia. Call 275-4490 to register. Visit website for more dates and library locations for this program.

34th St. Patrick's Day Parade Times: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; parade at 11:30 a.m. Cost: Free Where: Downtown Indianapolis stpatsnew/ Head Downtown to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the annual Parade and Block party. Visit website for more details and be sure to stop by the canal to see it in all its "Green" glory!

18 TUESDAY On the Road with Kids in the Kitchen Times: 4:00-4:45 p.m. Where: Pilgrim Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, Carmel Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers will explore fun-tastic songs, stories, and movement activities in one program, and in another, children in grades K-4 will do interactive, high-energy activities tied to books and popular themes. Both groups will come together at the end for a “build your own snack” activity that promises to be artistic and tasty! Grab your family and friends, hit the road, and join us for these exciting and entertaining programs. No registration is required.



Flight of the Falcon: A Live Animal Show


Times: Shows: 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm Cost: Tickets: $2, plus museum admission Where: WonderLab Museum, Bloomington Phone: 812-337-1337 Meet live falcons and learn about the amazing speed and physical features of the raptor that inspired the famous Star Wars spacecraft called the Millennium Falcon. This fascinating one-hour show is presented by Take Flight! Wildlife Education. Seating is limited. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the program.

Through Sunday, March 23rd Times: Saturday: 12:30- 4:30 p.m. | Sunday: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: Activities included with museum admission Where: WonderLab Museum, Bloomington Phone: 812-337-1337 WonderLab brings a galaxy far, far away close to home with activities involving the science of lightsabers, the power of your senses, and more! Don't miss riding on a hovercraft! Come in your own costume as a Jedi, Sith, Wookie, or other character. Photo and "selfies" opportunities!

19 WEDNESDAY Baby Basics Class Cost: Free Where: Babies R US Greenwood Phone: 317-885-7700 With the help of a baby professional, new and expectant parents will learn how to care for baby during the first 6 months of infancy. Don't miss this great course.

20 THURSDAY School-Age Storytime at Warren Times: 10:30 a.m. Cost: Free Where: Warren Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4550 School-aged children and families are invited for stories from around the world and your backyard that are sure to please!

21 FRIDAY Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular Cost: VIP Main Floor/Balcony: $45 General Admission: $35 Student: $15 Where: Madame Walker Theatre Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-236-2099 Rhythm in the Night is a performance the entire family can enjoy as it turns an age-old art form into the most exciting Irish dance spectacular ever to be experienced.


Jedi Science Weekend

The Cashore Marionettes Through Sunday, March 23rd Time: Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 3:00 p.m. Cost: tickets start at $15 Where: The Tarkington, Carmel Phone: (317) 843-3800 http://thecenterfortheperformingarts. org/ Joseph Cashore presents his inspired collection of marionette masterworks in a series of scenes beautifully set to music by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland. Life in Motion is a powerful, entertaining, and satisfying theater event adults and kids alike will love.


stories with easy scientific activities! Come ready to ask questions, engage, and have fun! Registration is required and begins Monday, March 17. For children ages 3-5 & their caregivers.

25 TUESDAY Drawing Manga 101 Times: 1:00 p.m. Cost: Free Where: East Washington Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4360 Children ages 8 and up are invited to learn the basics of Manga-style drawing and how to incorporate storytelling through the characters' facial expressions. This program will be led by instructors from Art With a Heart. Call 275-4360 to register.

24 MONDAY Storytime Explore: Simple Science in Storytime Times: 10:00-10:30 a.m. & 11:00-11:30 a.m. Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room Phone: 317-848-3363 Plant the seeds of science and exploration in your child through this half-hour, hands-on storytime that mixes great

29 SATURDAY 13th Annual Circus Day Times: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1882 Headlining the entertainment will be the Hampel Family Circus, whose acts will include the Old Time Freak Show and Professor Presto Magic Show. The day will also include live animal shows from Amazing World of Animals, clowns, magicians and jugglers. Guests are also invited to take full advantage of free admission by visiting the IHS’s Indiana Experience.

26 WEDNESDAY Storytime Express @ the Monon Center: Kite Time Times: 11:00-11:25 a.m. Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-848-7275 This fast-paced interactive mix of fun-filled stories, rhymes, and songs paired with a simple craft is designed to introduce and practice critical early literacy skills. For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers.

Spring Equinox Celebration Times: 1:00-2:00 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. Cost: $10 Public / $7 IMA members / $5 children 7–17 / Free children 6 and under Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Phone: 317-920-2659 Project in Motion’s The Palace at Night unites visual art, original music, and the craft of aerial dance in a performance that will dazzle and charm the whole family. Also on Saturday.

Meditation Peace Hikes facilitated by Global Peace Initiatives. In the spirit of mindfulness, the hikes move through the IMA’s grounds, gardens, or The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, sometimes in silence and sometimes with dialogue.

27 THURSDAY Dr. Seuss Show! Times: 10:30 a.m. Cost: Free Where: East Washington Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4360 Families and children of all ages are invited to a magical show that pays homage to beloved Dr. Seuss and his children's books. Kids in the audience will receive a free copy of a Dr. Seuss book, while supplies last. See website for more dates and locations for this program.

28 FRIDAY Meditation Hikes Times: 5:30 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Phone: 317-920-2659 Each Friday, the IMA is the site of

Dinosaur Extravaganza Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: Included with museum admission Where: The Children's Museum, Indianapolis Phone: (317) 334-3322 Join the party as the museum celebrates 10 years of Dinosphere! This day is for all dinosaur lovers to learn more about dinosaurs, dig for their bones, and participate in special dinosaur extravaganza activities.

30 SUnDAY >> For more fun ideas, visit www.indyschild. com!

31 MONDAY Face Painting Workshop for Kids! Times: 2:00 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Eagle Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4340 Children ages 7 and up are invited to learn the basics of face painting during this hands-on workshop presented by Hugabug Family Entertainment. Call 275-4340 to register.


ONGOING Animal Secrets Saturday, February 8th through Sunday, May 4th Cost: Included with museum admission Where: The Children's Museum, Indianapolis Phone: (317) 334-3322 Learn to think like an animal and learn their secrets - explore a hidden cave, crawl into a giant tree and learn fun facts about our forest friends.

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

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

How I Became A Pirate Fridays & Saturdays through March 15th Times: 10:00 AM Cost: see website for ticket pricing Where: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis Phone: 317-872-9664 Based on Melinda Long’s popular children’s book of the

same name, this musical brings to the stage the tale of young Jeremy Jacob’s high seas adventure.. The Pyramid Players Theatre for Kids series is designed to entertain children of any age, these shows are a great way to introduce preschoolers to live theatre. Youngsters also have the opportunity to meet the cast after the show for pictures and autographs. A second show is held on Saturdays at 1PM.

56th Annual Indiana Flower & Patio Show Saturday, March 8th through Sunday, March 16th Cost: $13 adults; $9 seniors 65+ on Senior Day (March 10); children 12 and under free Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Phone: 317-927-7500 Be inspired and escape to Central Indiana's original finer outdoor living show encompassing a theme of “Personal Spaces,” plus over 400 exhibitors, the all new Brew Bracket Backyard Brewfest, Urban Homestead, Grill University workshops, local artisans, children’s recreation area, “Think Spring” seminars, pet adoptions and much more!

Blended Soul Thurs-Sun, March 6th through March 16th Cost: $12.00 Where: Madame Walker Theatre Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-654-0264 AsanteChildrensTheatre/ Artistic Director Deborah Asante has pulled together the talent of 30 local youth to celebrate the great music: from hip hop to doo wop, gospel to neo soul to RandB. This production examines an array of vocal groups and bands and how through harmony and teamwork, they found success.

CATS Through Sunday, March 30th Times: See website for schedule Cost: See website for ticket pricing Where: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis Phone: 317-872-9664 Nothing short of a musical phenomenon, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats leaps onto the Beef & Boards stage for a spectacular encore production. Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot and also marking its 25th Anniversary in 2014, Cats remains the second-longest running Broadway musical in history. Music is by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe.

MARCH 2014

Make and Take: A-B-C is easy as 1-2-3 Saturdays in March Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Phone: 317-923-1331 Each month, drop by the Star Studio Classroom to find new art-making projects inspired by works of art on view at the IMA. Projects are designed to be accessible and fun for museum visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience. This March, using plexiglass plates and Q-Tips®, create a colorful monoprint. Then, visit the special exhibition, The Essential Robert Indiana.

Free Community Drum Circle Thursdays through December 18th Cost: Free Where: Bongo Boy Music School, Indianapolis Phone: 317-771-0241 This drum circle is tailored and facilitated for families, couples and single dude and dudettes We encourage adults with drumming experience to keep the groove alive while providing opportunities for families to play together in a fun, safe and creative way. Experienced drummers are always welcome Drums will be provided by Bongo Boy Music School and REMO but feel free to bring your own.

Cinderella Thursday, March 13th through Monday, April 14th Cost: $12, under two, free. Where: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, Indianapolis Phone: 317-917-9454 This classic, well loved fairytale will be presented on a specially designed set with marionettes. Classic music, a glittering coach and a bit of shadow puppetry will keep your youngsters spellbound. An 'off the wall" evening of puppetry for adults. Free popcorn. See website for show schedule. At Indy's Child, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate Occasionally, event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.



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Are you a practical parent looking for great deals on children's clothing, shoes, toys, furniture and equipment? Check out these upcoming sales in the Indianapolis area! Sale organizers carefully screen all items for quality, typically offer free admission and use sale proceeds for non-profit endeavors. Many sales also host VIP pre-sale events for consigners, teachers and military personnel, or for shoppers who purchase a pre-sale pass on the organization’s website. Happy shopping! Happy Saving!


Indy Kids Sale - North

Here We Grow Again - South

Shine Again Consignment Sale

March 5 - 8 Hamilton County Fairgrounds 2003 Pleasant Street Noblesville

April 2 - 5 Johnson County Fairgrounds 250 Fairground Street, Franklin

April 10 - 12 Lion’s Club Building/Arbuckle Acres Park 200 North Green Street Brownsburg

Wednesday, March 5: 2 pm - 6 pm (Pre-sale) Thursday, March 6: 9 am - 7 pm Friday, March 7: 9 am - 5 pm Saturday March 8: 9 am - 1 pm, 50% off

Wednesday, April 2nd: 4 pm - 8 pm (Pre-sale) Thursday, April 3rd: 9 am - 8 pm Friday, April 4th: 9am-8pm Saturday, April 5th : 9 am - 5 pm, 50% off

Thursday, April 10th: 6 pm - 9 pm (Pre-sale) Friday, April 11th: 8 am - 4 pm Saturday, April 12th: 8 am - 12 noon 12 noon - 2pm 50% off

Mom 2 Mom Spring Consignment Sale

Kids Closet Connection

Here We Grow Again - West

March 7 - 8 Northview Church 12900 Hazel Dell Parkway Carmel Friday, March 7th: 8:00 am - 12 noon Saturday, March 8th: 12 noon - 2 pm Email contact:

Indy Kids Sale - South March 13 - 15 Hancock County Fairgrounds 620 North Apple Street, Greenfield Thursday, March 13: 3:30 pm - 7 pm (Pre-sale) Friday, March 14: 9 am - 7 pm Saturday, March 15: 9 am - 1 pm, 50% off

South Side Parents of Multiples Children’s Clothing and Equipment Sale March 15th 8 am - 1 pm The Gathering Place 1495 West Main Street, Greenwood


April 9 - 12 Incrediplex 6002 Sunnyside Road Indianapolis

April 15 - 19 Hendricks County Fairgrounds 1900 East Main Street Danville

Wednesday, April 9th: 3 pm - 8 pm (Pre-sale) Thursday, April 10th: 9 am - 7 pm Friday, April 11th: 9 am - 5pm Saturday, April 12th: 9 am - 3 pm, 50% off

Tuesday, April 15: 9 am - 8 pm (Pre-Sale) Wednesday, April 16: 9 am - 8 pm Thursday, April 17: 9 am - 8 pm Friday, April 18th 9am-8pm, 25% off Saturday, April 19: 9 am - 2 pm, 50% off

Whale of a Sale - South April 10 - 12 The Gathering Place at The Community Church of Greenwood 1495 West Main Street Greenwood Thursday, April 10th: 2:30 pm - 8:00 pm (Pre-sale) Friday, April 11th: 9 am - 6 pm Saturday, April 12: 9 am - 2 pm

>> Online resale resources:

Just Between Friends - North April 23 - 26 Hamilton County Fairgrounds 2003 Pleasant Street Noblesville Wednesday, April 23rd: 9 am - 7 pm Thursday, April 24th: 9 am - 7 pm Friday, April 25th: 9 am - 7 pm, 25% off Saturday, April 26th: 9 am - 5 pm, 50% off

Geist Orchard Cooperative Preschool Baby and Kids Sale April 25 - 26 United Methodist Church 6247 West Broadway McCordsville Friday, April 25th: 9 am - 7 pm Saturday, April 26th: 8 am - 12 noon

Northside Twins and Multiples Clothing and Equipment Sale April 25 - 26 Fishers United Methodist Church 9690 East 116th Street Fishers Friday, April 25th: 12:00 noon (Pre-sale) Saturday, April 26th: 8 am - 12 noon Email contact:

KidsStuff Sale April 26th 8 am - 12 noon Church at the Crossing 9111 Haverstick Road Indianapolis

Whale of a Sale

Little Green Bean Boutique

April 30 - May 3 Indiana State Fairgrounds 1202 East 38th Street

2809 East 10th Street, Indianapolis 317-426-4232

Wednesday, April 30: 4 pm - 8 pm (Pre-sale) Thursday, May 1: 12 noon - 8 pm (Pre-sale) Friday, May 2: 9 am - 7 pm Saturday, May 3: 9 am - 2 pm

>> Experience similar savings at these Indianapolis -area retail stores:

Growing Spurts Kids 1001 North State Road 135, A-3 Greenwood 317-882-4769

Kid Again 160 South Peru Street, Cicero 317-984-1300

Kids Closet Several locations in Indianapolis, Noblesville, Greenwood and Plainfield

The Next Step 6352 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis 317-257-5192

Once Upon a Child Several locations in: Indianapolis, Speedway and Carmel

Plato’s Closet - tween and teen clothing Several locations in: Indianapolis, Greenwood and Fishers

Play It Again Sports Several locations in: Indianapolis, Carmel and Fishers



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