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M e e t t h e S ta f f FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne |

PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox |

EDITOR Susan Bryant |



WEB EDITOR Wendy Cox |

Parenting today's techno kids


f you’re like many parents, you probably have a love/hate relationship with technology when it comes to your children. Cell phones allow us to stay connected with our kids like never before, but when texts and apps compete for our attention, we can feel disconnected from our children. Social media sites let kids have fun posting their pictures and remarks to their circle of friends, but also opens the door to hurtful comments by others or even potentially dangerous contact from predators. As much as the digital age has enhanced our lives, it hasn’t been without its pitfalls. In this issue, we tackle a few of these concerns parents wrestle with when it comes to managing the technology that enters our everyday family life. Possibly the most pressing question for a kid is “When can I get a cell phone?” The answer is a highly personal one for moms and dads who have to factor in the various pros and cons – for a little help with your decision try reading our article Making the Call. Has your child ever been harassed or threatened online? Cyber bullying is an unfortunate consequence of today’s digital world and its effects on kids can be devastating. Sometimes parents


react by downplaying its significance, while other times they have an urge to retaliate. Neither approach helps kids – read our article on the topic for some advice on how to recognize cyber bullying and handle it effectively. If you have an active little one at home, no doubt you’ve seen how engrossed (and quiet!) they can become when allowed to watch TV, play a video game or fool around on your phone. What effect is this screen time having on them? Take a look at Creating a Healthy Media Diet for Young Children written by our “Research to Real World” developmental psychologist Jessica Beer for some answers. Can you believe the word “selfie” has been officially added to the dictionary? (Merriam-Webster says its first known use was in 2002!) Whether you love them or hate them, it appears the selfie is here to stay. Check out Surrounded by Selfies for a look at how this phenomenon has affected our culture. Thanks for picking up our special issue on technology this month. As much time as we all spend in front of a screen, it’s nice to hold an actual magazine in your hands from time to time – and we’re so glad you chose ours!






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spotlight STEP R IGH T UP! The Indiana Historical Society celebrates their 13th Annual Circus Day by offering free admission to this special event and The Indiana Experience. Guests will enjoy an entire day of performers including acrobats, jugglers, clowns, magicians and live animals. Tickets for face painting, crafts, balloon sculptures and carnival games will be available for purchase and The Stardust Terrace Café will provide kid-friendly snacks and meal choices. Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm The Indiana History Center Home of The Indiana Historical Society and The Indiana Experience 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis (317) 232-1882 |

T HE I M A IS (HIP) HOPPIN ' T HIS MON T H Break dancing, spoken word and B-Boy and DJ battles, street art creation and special tours of artworks influenced by urban culture are just a few of the highlights at The IMA Hip Hop U Family Day. Don’t miss Cereal Cinema, the unique family experience featuring the two things every family needs on a Saturday morning – a classic movie and a bowl of cereal! The March selection is Breakin’2: Electric Boogaloo. Family Tours, Roaming Docents and Choose Your Groove will be available throughout the day as well. Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (cereal bar opens at 9:30 am) Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Road (317) 923-1331 |

INDY W ILL SOON BE SEEING Y ELLOW! Do you remember the thrill of running a lemonade stand as a child? It’s time to share that feeling with your children during Lemonade Day, a concept launched in 2007 to inspire the next generation of Hoosier entrepreneurs. The big event is Saturday, May 16th, so it’s time to begin planning. When signing up online in March check out “Lemonopolis” – a fun, new digital experience designed to teach kids about entrepreneurship and prepare them for the big day! Families will also enjoy the book It Started With a Turtle by Lisa Holthouse that tells the true story of how Lemonade Day got started.

A ND... AC T ION! Children and families can take center stage on the set of their own TV show, explore authentic artifacts from Annie, Happy Days, Hook, Ghostbusters, Men In Black, Spider-Man and other shows or go behind the scenes as a director, cameraman or gaffer! A new, interactive exhibit called Inside Hollywood Film & TV! You’re on the Set recently opened at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Authentic costumes, props and scripts will be on display for inspiration and there will be amazing photo opportunities, so bring your camera! January 31 - July 26, 2015 The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 3000 North Meridian Street (317) 334-4000 |

M AK E SUM MER SOMET HING AT V IC TORY FIELD Our Indianapolis Indians take the field on Thursday, April 9th with a nine-game home stand. The team will play 72 home games and, as always, offer many family-friendly, affordable promotions throughout the season. The Knot Hole Kids Club is a great investment at just $16.00. Kids 14 and younger will enjoy admission to all home games and a club t-shirt. The schedule has been announced and season tickets are now available for purchase! Victory Field 501 Maryland Street, Indianapolis Email (317) 269-3545 |






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Women's Heart Disease Symptoms Often Silent, Different from Men's “I thought I was short of breath and sweaty because I was fat” — it’s how many women ignore potential heart attack symptoms, chalking them up to less worrisome conditions like acid reflux, fatigue, stress, or increasing age. For many, heart trouble strikes with no symptoms at all. “Women need to realize that heart disease is their primary killer, more than all cancers combined,” says Dr. Nancy Branyas, cardiologist and director of the Women’s Cardiac Risk Clinic at St.Vincent Carmel Women's Center. “That’s why it’s vital to assess risks, know your

numbers as in BMI, Lipid profile and blood sugar, and do something about them.” Women’s heart disease symptoms often differ from men’s. “Classic signs,” says Dr. Branyas, “include mid-chest pressure (not pain), radiating to the jaw or left shoulder, with shortness of breath and nausea. Atypical symptoms might just involve shortness of breath when going up a flight of stairs — something commonly seen with diabetics. One should also worry about new onset nausea or unexplained fatigue.”

Risk factors include those we can control — obesity, smoking, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure or cholesterol — and those we can’t: genetics and age. Whatever the case, the time for prevention is now — not when we are 70. “We need to assess what could happen in the future and what we can do now to prevent heart disease,” says Dr. Branyas. To that end, Dr. Branyas and her team at the Women's Cardiac Risk Clinic evaluate a woman's risk factors with a full cardiac assessment and customize their modification to each patient’s needs. Despite the prevalence of heart disease, Dr. Branyas cautions that most wellness centers omit cardiac assessments because they require the expertise of a cardiologist, which most wellness centers don’t have. Dr. Branyas’ team will fill that gap at the St.Vincent Carmel Women’s Center. “We were among the first to start a cardiac wellness clinic in the Midwest in 1995, and have dedicated many years to women’s health,” she says. “Now we can offer our cardiac expertise alongside other disciplines for women's wellness in one venue.”




“Whatever individual assessments reveal, it’s wise to exercise in order to maintain a healthy weight and avert a slew of risks that follow obesity,” says Dr. Branyas. She also urges women not to ignore symptoms or delay calling for help: “If you notice a change in what you can do physically, you need to be evaluated.” Bottom line; know where your heart health stands and what you can do to impact it. “Let us give you the tools,” Dr. Branyas concludes; “we’ll help you along the way.” This March, St.Vincent Carmel Women’s Center launches a new era in healthcare access for women at each stage of their lives. Join us for the Grand Opening event on Saturday, March 14, for a day of fun events, including free giveaways, tours, health screenings and more! Visit for more information.




Downtown Indy's PreschoolFriendly Picks for March Take your toddlers and preschoolers downtown this month! Dan Satterthwaite

The Indianapolis Public Library, Garfield Park Conservatory and several other locations have plenty of fun and engaging events for families with young children. Bring your toddlers and preschoolers downtown this month to learn, play and grow together.

If your child loves arts and crafts, the Garfield Park Conservatory is also hosting a Gnomes and Fairies Workshop on March 28 at 2 pm. Kids will make small gnome and fairy houses and other figures made out of natural objects as a part of the ongoing Gnome Away From Home series. To register for events, call (317) 327-PARK.

Central Library events Irish Folk Music: Ennis Clare Band

Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio events

The Central Library will host the Ennis Clare Band on March 15 at 2 pm for a free performance. Bring the whole family for footstomping entertainment and high-energy traditional Irish singing and dancing.

Go just a few blocks south of Circle Centre Mall to Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio and watch guest puppeteer Guy Thompson’s kid-friendly version of the classic hand puppet show, Punch and Judy. This whimsical romp is appropriate for all ages and is sure to have your kids laughing in no time, plus the popcorn is free! You’ll have two

Sea, Sand and Surf: Preschool Science Workshop Bring your kids to The Central Library on March 20 at 11 am and explore the ocean with the help of Mad Science of Indiana. Spend the day discovering sea creatures and learning about different shells. Kids will also learn how sand is formed and have the chance to create some of their own. Call (317) 275-4100 to register for this free event.

Garfield Park Conservatory events Is your child interested in the wonders of nature? Take them to Tree Bud-dies at the Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden on March 30 at 10 am. This event has just the right mix of education and fun to get your child inspired about the outdoors. Explore the emergence of the new leaves of spring through games, stories and activities.



chances to catch this special one-day-only showing on March 7 with a performance at 10:30 am and another at 1 pm.

Indianapolis Museum of Art events Head to the Indianapolis Museum of Art on March 21 at 1 pm to celebrate the spring equinox. Spend the day making and flying kites, and also learn specific kite-related skills to help your kites fly higher and stay up longer. Take to the outdoors at the IMA for this FREE event.

With so much to do, be sure to take advantage of these fun activities with your family this March!




Autobots and Decepticons! Celebrating 30 years at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Tony Espinal

“Autobots, roll out!” Thirty years ago that iconic phrase made its way into our world. The Autobots and Decepticons left their home planet of Cybertron and crashed landed here on Earth. Now, the world’s largest children’s museum is bringing them right to your door. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is excited to present its newest exhibit, Transformers! Robots in Disguise which debuts March 7, 2015. Join us as we celebrate 30 years of Hasbros’ famous robots. Parents and children alike can enjoy the history of the series from the first generation, beginning in 1984, all the way to the newest generation of the heroic Autobots and nefarious Decepticons. Choose your side – Autobot or Decepticon – and enter into their world. The exhibit will let you experience firsthand the exciting world of Transformers. Children can design their own Transformer or race to see how fast they can



convert the robots to their “alt mode.” You can witness 30 years of Transformers as we play clips from past shows and commercials and see rare collectibles including many of the original toys. Your children will also have an opportunity to help Bumblebee get a message to his team using our command table. Issue an order and pick our “what Bumblebee will say” by mixing clips from different songs.

Finally, top off your visit at the biggest and best children’s museum by checking out the surprise Transformer hiding in our very own garage. Transformers fans of all ages will find something to enjoy and share in the memories of some of the most iconic characters of all time.

In addition to the many fun activities you and your children can experience in the new exhibit, there is, of course, a great opportunity for learning as well. Have you ever wondered what goes into making a Transformer? This is your opportunity to find out. The exhibit will feature an inside look at the Hasbro designers and the process they use to design these iconic machines. You can attend several of our programs created to teach children about the wonders of robotics. Photo Credit: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis




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Have a blast with the past in SOUTH BEND

Michelle Shirk


The History Museum (www. in South Bend is a family-friendly attraction devoted to the history of the St. Joseph River Valley region. Guests can view memorabilia related to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Younger visitors will love the Kidsfirst Children’s Museum, where they can get hands-on with props in a log cabin, one-room schoolhouse and more. Note that hours for Kidsfirst and the museum’s historic houses differ from general museum hours.

till firming up your family’s spring break travel plans? Searching for an early summer getaway? You don’t need to leave the state to have a great vacation. Buckle up – we’ve got ideas for four quick trips that will transport your family to major fun!

Take a walk on the wild side in FORT WAYNE The popular Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo (www. celebrates its 50th birthday this summer, says Cheryl Piropato, Education & Communications Director. She says that the zoo strives to create experiences, “rather than simply things to look at.” Special features include an aerial safari ride, Croakie the joke-telling frog and a variety of structures for kids to climb on and interact with. While many of the exhibits will particularly appeal to children 10 and under, “Anyone who’s a kid at heart will enjoy the zoo,” says Piropato.



Wondering what’s new at the zoo? This year, visitors can check the progress of the renovations underway at the zoo’s Australian Adventure exhibit and meet new addition Tara, a rare baby Sumatran orangutan. The zoo opens for the season on April 25th.

If you’re looking for an evening activity to complement your zoo visit, Piropato says that many families enjoy heading to the ballpark for a Fort Wayne Tincaps game. The team’s schedule includes many home games between April and September.

At the nearby Studebaker National Museum (www., visitors can view approximately 70 vehicles displayed in an attractive, modern facility. Notable artifacts include four presidential carriages and a Studebaker “driven” by Fozzie and Kermit from The Muppet Movie.

End your day in South Bend with soup and sandwiches at The South Bend Chocolate Company’s ( downtown café. You can also snag one of the brand’s caramel corn-based Crunch mixes as a souvenir of your trip.

Enjoy an outdoor escape in MADISON Ready for some time outside after a long winter? Choose Clifty Inn ( clifty) as your base of operations. This Indiana inn features cozy lounges, an indoor pool and an on-site restaurant with views of the Ohio River. Best of all, the hotel is located inside beautiful Clifty Falls State Park where guests can hike trails ranging in difficulty from “easy” to “very rugged.” The waterfalls are at their best between December and June. When you’re ready for a break from hiking, charming downtown Madison ( offers shopping, dining and scenic trolley rides. Stock up on seasonings at the Galena Garlic Company (www. or pick up a sweet treat at Cocoa Safari Chocolates (www.cocoasafarichocolates. com).

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two-hour group ziplining tours. Those new to this activity will likely want to start with the Premier Zipline Tour, which includes seven ziplines and a swinging bridge. Each tour also includes a “ground school” training session, where participants learn the basics they will need to complete the course. Zipliners must be at least seven years old. Head to the company’s website for rates, rules and restrictions. Dagaz Acres launches its 2015 ziplining season in March.

As you can see, Indiana has something for everyone when it comes to family fun. Choose a destination from our list and start planning your adventure!

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Affordable Camp How to send your kids to camp on any budget The American Camp Association

The camp experience offers priceless benefits to the children who participate: instilling in them the kind of interpersonal, social and service skills that lead them to become healthy, well-adjusted adults. But in a time when funds may be tight, finding the means to send your child to camp can seem like a difficult task. You may even feel the camp experience is financially out of reach for you and your child. Fortunately, with a little research and the right resources, you’ll find that the fun of camp can be affordable on any budget. Many parents have a strong desire to send their children to camp, but immediately write off the possibility due to concerns over cost. These same parents are more than likely unaware of the options they have in finding a camp that is suitable for not only their child, but their budget as well. The American Camp Association (ACA) offers the “Find a Camp” service online at www.find. This free-to-use service allows parents to search and identify camps by a number of different criteria including location, special needs and activities, and costs. In 2014, the “Find a Camp” service was utilized over one million times to help countless parents find camp activities for their children and families.



In addition to the easy to use “Find a Camp” service that pinpoints camps within a specific price range, parents also have the ability to reduce the cost of camp by asking some key questions. Ninety percent of camps offer varying forms of financial assistance to families. These “camperships” may cover a portion or, in some cases, all of the camp enrollment fees. This option is not always offered to families up front, so parents should always ask if a camp offers additional assistance in paying fees. Camperships are awarded based on need, but don’t assume you won’t qualify. Ask the question! Many camps also offer additional discounts for early registration, full-season enrollment or multiple enrollments, making it possible to save by sending more than one child to camp. There are other cost related factors to consider when seeking a camp for your child. Be sure to carefully consider camp enrollment fees and what they entail. For example, transportation fees are typically included in the enrollment fee for most day camps, but may be offered in a limited capacity or not at all by residence camps. Other fees to consider include those for special programs, trips, and equipment, as well as memberships and amenities such as laundry services and camp canteens. These fees vary from camp to camp, so it is important that you approach any conversation with a camp professional prepared to ask the right questions.

If a residence camp isn’t what you had in mind for your child, the U.S government offers various forms of assistance in helping send children to day camps. A Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account allows parents to be reimbursed on a pre-tax basis for child (or adult dependent) care for qualified dependents. This account allows parents to work, search for work, or attend classes full time while their children receive quality care during the day. In certain circumstances, day care expenses may be considered dependent care services and are paid with pre-tax dollars. Additionally, the IRS allows an income tax credit of up to $6,000 for two or more dependents. For more information on government assistance, visit and/ or A camp for every budget means a camp for every child. By utilizing these resources and asking the right questions, parents can find camp

opportunities for their children that they may not have known about otherwise. The benefits that the camp experience can offer a child are immeasurable, and no child should be deprived of the opportunity to experience camp. Even in the toughest of economic times, many camps are willing to go the extra mile to turn your children into happy campers.

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



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Bricks 4 Kidz offers a variety of LEGO®themed camps that challenge, inspire, and entertain. Our camps offer unique creative play, motorized builds, and LEGO-based activities. Themes changes weekly to challenge every interest and skill level. See website for theme details. We Learn. We Build. We Play- with LEGO Bricks!

600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact:, Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Email: jwaldman@bez613. org,

Specific Categories: Traditional/OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Hours: Flexible hours. Half Days/Full Days. Other Options available: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Dates: Session 1: June 1-26, Session 2: June 29-July 24 Ages/Grades: 12 mos.+, 18 mos.+, 2 yrs.+, 3 yrs.+, 4/5 yrs+ Cost: Call or email for full brochure.

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

Butler Community Arts School 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Phone: 317-940-5500, Email:,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day AND Residential Specific Categories: Art, Music, and Theatre Hours: Varies by camp. See website for start times. Dates: Camps run in June and July. Ages/Grades: Ages 7-18 Cost: Varies by camp. See website for details.

Take advantage of multiple camps offered at the Butler Community Arts School, including: Arts, Bass, Jazz, Piano, Percussion, Strings, Snare/Tenor, Theatre, and Voice. Most camps serve ages 7-12 and 12-18, and offer commuter and residential options. With so many options, students are bound to find a camp that fits!

Camp AYS Bricks 4 Kidz 11057 Allisonville Rd #299, Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Bridget Stark, Phone: (317) 572-7357, Email: bbeltrame@,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional, Specific Categories: Science and Engineering Special Needs Camps Offered: Can accommodate most special needs Hours: Half Day or Full Day Dates: Weekly, June- August Ages/Grades: ages 5 and up Cost: $150+ Activities Included: LEGO®-themed



Decatur Twp., Washington Twp., IPS, Noblesville, North West Hen, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Christa Martini, Phone: 317-283-3817, http://

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Special Needs, Sports, Traditional, Special Needs Camps Offered: Inclusive camp Hours: 7am-6pm (times vary by site) Dates: End of May to end of July (varies by location) Ages/Grades: Children ages 3 years old to grade 6 (varies by location). Cost: varies by location

Activities Included: We offer a variety of adventures – science, environment, arts, and health and fun activities focused on weekly themes. Camp AYS aims to help children enjoy new experiences, grow as individuals and build new friendships. Campers will have the opportunity to go on field trips, participate in small group activities and go swimming weekly. Arts and crafts, sports, science and nature activities will help children enjoy their summer in a safe, positive environment. Counselors are trained in child development, conf lict resolution, teambuilding and safety, which includes CPR and first aid certification. Counselor-camper ratios allow for a variety of small group activities.

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional, Specific Categories: Science Enrichment Hours: 9:00 to 3:30 Times May Vary – Based on Location Dates: Varies per location, see our website for listings Ages/Grades: K-6 Cost: $225, discounts available, see our website

Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Discounts are available! V isit w w w.c a m p inve nt ion .org or c a l l 800.968.4332 for information!

Camp Mommawatchi (AtHome Camp Curriculum) P.O. Box 5011, Zionsville, IN 46077, Email: mommaowl@campmommawatchi. com,

Specific Categories: at-home camp Ages/Grades: preschool and elementary age children Cost: $24.95 for each camp curriculum purchase ($16.95 for digital only)

Activities Included: Arts & Crafts, Games, Activities, Field Trips, Momma Time Activities 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 www.campmommawatchi. com. (Note: we are not a camp for kids to attend, but a camp for you to do yourself.)

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

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

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

The Children's House Summer Camp 2404 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Mary Sexson, Phone: 317-253-3033, Email: childrens, www.the

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional Hours: Camp Day 9-4; extended hours 7 am-5:45 pm Dates: 6/15/14 to 8/21/14 Ages/Grades: 3-12 Cost: $160/wk. Sibling discount available, and 5wk prepaid package discount available.

Requirements of Campers: Campers provide their own lunch; need to have a swimsuit, towel, pool shoes; good walking shoes needed for some field trips. Activities Included: Art/theater/library reading program/field trips/swimming/ picnics/outside play/museums/ birdwatching/puppetry The Children's House Summer Day Camp provides weekly themed activities in a relaxing environment free of competition. Day Camp activities include arts and crafts, theater, puppetry, a writer's workshop, recreational swimming, field trips, reading, and outdoor games. Enrollment for the preschool camp is limited to 15 children, and the regular day camp enrollment is limited to 25 children.

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Arts, Sports, Specific Categories: Chinese Culture Hours: 7:30am to 6:00pm Dates: June 22 - July 24 Ages/Grades: 5-13 years old

Cost: $150/week; $625/5weeks; Pre/After Care $25 week; $15 material fee; Parking $13/week or $28/month Requirements of Campers: Bring own snack, lunch, backpack, notebook and pencil Activities Included: Chinese martial arts, language, calligraphy, crafts and sports and more For language learning, the younger the better. To better prepare our children to learn the Chinese language, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis offers a Chinese Culture summer day-camp for K-8 students. The camp is held on the IUPUI campus, and last for one to five weeks. Students will have a full curriculum of Chinese martial arts, language, calligraphy, crafts and sports and more. Classes are taught by local Chinese Teachers and Teaching Assistants from IUPUI.

Cincinnati Reds Baseball/ Softball Camps Billericay Park: 12600-12883 Promise Rd, Fishers, IN 60555, Contact: Tim Rappe, Phone: 855-846-7337, Email:, camps

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports Hours: 9a-3p; M-F Dates: Billericay Park in Fishers; 6/156/19, 2015

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.

swim suit, beach towel, sun screen, tennis shoes Activities Included: Academic Enrichment, Hands on Experiments, Crafts, Daily Bible Devotions, Fun and Silly Games, Outdoor Play

Official Camps of the Reds. 30 hrs. of World Class baseba l l /sof tba l l t ra i n i ng a nd 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.

Eagle Care Day Camp will again be offered for the summer of 2015 with a new addition call Camp Invention. Our day camps are designed to teach kids entering K-5 healthy living habits, keep them active, stimulate their minds, and learn about Jesus. With a different theme each week, 6 day camps will be offered through-out the summer on the Heritage Christian School campus. June 1-5 Detectives in Training, June 8-12 Fairy Tale/Superhero Week, June 15-19 Lego Week, June 22-26 Let's Join the Circus, July 6-10 Beach Party, July 13-17 Spring Hill, July 20-24 Camp Invention, July 27-31 Wild Wild West

Eagle Care Day Camp 6401 East 75th Street, Indianapolis, In 46250, Contact: Carol Williamson, Phone: 317-849-3441, Fax: 594-5863, Email:, welcome.aspx

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Religious - Traditional, Specific Categories: Christian Day Camp Special Needs Camps Offered: None Hours: 7:30-9:00 Early Drop off, 9:00-3:30 Camp Programming 4:00-5:30 Extended Care available Dates: 6/1/15 through 7/31/15 Ages/Grades: 5-11 Cost: $150-$250 Requirements of Campers: Bring a lunch,

Explore! A Creative Arts Camp 2720 East 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Carolyn Lorenzoni, Phone: 317-671-8276, Email: info@,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts, Specific Categories: Voice, Instruments, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts Financial Aid Offered: Financial Aid available



Hours: 9-Noon Pre-K/K and 9-3 p.m. Elementary with before and aftercare available Dates: June 1-5 Pre-K/K and June 8-12 Elementary Ages/Grades: 4-11 Cost: $90.00 Pre-K/K and $150.00 Elementary additional for before and aftercare Requirements of Campers: Completed registration, waiver and must bring own lunch Activities Included: Hands on experience with acting, dancing, singing, instruments, creative writing, visual arts and more! This camp will help your child find their creative side by exploring all the fine arts daily in a fun, engaging environment or further develop existing interests. All sessions are taught by professionals who are dedicated to assisting each camper find their own arts expression.

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Arts, Traditional, Specific Categories: Enrichment Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Dates: June 8 - July 24, 2015 Ages/Grades: 5 - 14 (K - 8th) Cost: $75.00/week Requirements of Campers: Must bring own sack lunch. Activities Included: Academic enrichment (language arts/social studies/math), theater (with Asante Children's Theater), art & crafts, team building, manners & etiquette, gardening & nutrition, weekly field trips.

Seven weekly sessions of learning and fun! Our camp fosters discovery, appreciation of the arts, and personal growth. Highlighting African American history and culture, campers will develop a stronger sense of purpose, while learning about themselves and their community. Each week ends with a performance showcase of the activities.

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

Gender of Campers: All-Girl Dates: Day camp runs each week from June 8 - July 24.



Ages/Grades: Grades K-7 Cost: $110-140 Sample the arts, discover the wonders of the outdoors, play games, experiment with science and technology, make new friends and lasting memories. And for one night, you'll camp out under the stars. Girls who are not Girl Scouts may register to attend. Financial assistance available.

Herron School of Art & Design Creativity Camps 735 W. New York St., Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Jodie Bailey, Phone: 317-278-9404, Email: sschool@iupui. edu,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: ArtsSpecific Categories: Creativity, Arts & Academic Enrichment, Special Needs Camps Offered: Can accommodate some special needs Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Dates: June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10, July 13-17 Ages/Grades: Grades 2 to 10 Cost: $300 per week per child Requirements of Campers: Must bring own lunch. Activities Included: Field trips to nearby museums and the White River State Park Herron’s creativity camps are for kids who like to explore, discover, and make things with their hands. If they can THINK IT, they can MAKE IT. Camps are designed to seed inspiration, foster curiosity, and channel enthusiasm, turning the wonder of children’s imagination into objects of invention and creativity.

International School of Indiana Summer Camps 330 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Maria Vasey, Phone: 317-923-1951, Email: summercamp@,

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

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

IUPUI Summer Day Camp, Enrichment Camps & Sports Camps 901 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Beth Tharp, Phone: 317-278-3727, Hours: 7am - 5:30pm, Email: tharpe@iupui. edu,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Sports, Specific Categories: Sports, crafts, backyard games, music, arts, enrichment subjects (languages, science, STEM focused) Hours: 7am - 5:30pm Dates: Camps on weekly basis from June 2 - August 8 Ages/Grades: Summer Day Camps & Enrichment Camps 5 – 12 yo; Sports Camps 8 – 18 yo Cost: Summer Day Camp $195/wk

IUPUI Summer Day Camp, Enrichment Camps and Sports Camps run for ten weeks beginning June 2 through August 8. With 28 yrs. of experience, Summer Day Camp offers children ages 5 – 12 y.o. an opportunity to explore different sports and enrichment activities taught in a safe, noncompetitive environment.

Montessori Centres Camp 563 West Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Lynn Boone, Phone: 317-255-1393, Email:,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Specific Categories: Academic, Arts Hours: 8:30A to 3:30 P with extra hours Dates: July 6 thru July 31 Ages/Grades: Ages 3-10 Cost: $190.00/week Requirements of Campers: Able to express needs and potty trained Activities Included: Swimming, bowling, hiking, summer reading program, and many arts, crafts and tie-dye In keeping with the Montessori tradition, the children participate in hands-on activities with a small student/teacher ratio. All activity fees are included in the camp fee per week. Extended hours are available from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM

MYART Locations: 622 S. Rangeline, Carmel /12244 E. 116th St., Fishers /39 North 10th St., Noblesville/80 W. Pine St., Zionsville, Contact: Sylvia Runningen, Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville 317-4436831or Barb Hegeman, Zionsville 317-774-3729 (DRAW) or,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed

Basic Category: Arts Hours: Weekly camps: Mon-Thurs (9:30am-12:00pm) and Friday one day camps (9:00am-12:00pm) Cost: $140 and includes all art supplies (Friday camps $40) Myart offers weekly and one day summer art camps for ages 5 and up. Students learn drawing and painting techniques to create amazing art all centered on a specific theme. Weekly camps include Cartooning, Wild Animals, Pets, Fantasy, Alaska, Desert, and Under the Sea. One day camps include Horses, Little Pony. Ninja Turtles & Pokemon. Campers work in a variety of media, including markers, oil and chalk pastels, watercolor, and acrylics on canvas. Every year we offer brand new projects so returning campers are always creating something new and fun!

The Orchard School 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Jane Gailey /Summer Camp Manager, Phone: 317-713-5702, Fax: 317-7135702, Email:,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day, full or half Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional, Specific Categories: academics, sports, science, canoeing, cooking, drama, hiking, sewing, sports, great outdoors Hours: 7am-6pm Dates: June 1-July 24 Ages/Grades: ages 3 - 8th grade Cost: $140- $220 Requirements of Campers: none Activities Included: varied

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 early childhood program for 3-5 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.

Prep at Brebeuf 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Hadley Moore, Phone: 317-524-7010, Email: prep@,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Arts, Sports, Specific Categories: Arts, Science, Literature, Performance, Popular Culture, History, Athletics Hours: 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm or 8am - 5pm Dates: June 9-13, June 16-20 Ages/Grades: Grades 5,6,7, and 8 Cost: $130 - $190

Requirements of Campers: Some materials may be requested Activities Included: Potential for field trips, outdoor activities, performances, cross-cultural learning experiences, instruction by elite faculty members Prep at Brebeuf is a middle-school summer engagement program that will introduce our outstanding Brebeuf offerings and faculty to a younger crowd. These summer workshops will provide middle-school students with engaging activities and experiences to enhance their summer vacation. Before and after care will be available.

Primrose School at Bridgewater 14711 N Gray Rd, Noblesville, IN 46062, Contact: Nikki Knott, Phone: 317-8480123, Email: nknott@primrosebridgewater. com,

Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Dates: June - August Weekly Themed Camps Ages/Grades: 4 years - 10 years Cost: $100 - $275 - varies on camp and days

Your child will love each unique themed camp week such as: adventures of the culinary, film productions, sports week, deserted island exploration of hidden treasures, a

travel back in time, great inventions including their own, medieval fun, aquatics and much more! Field trips galore!

Primrose School of West Carmel 3746 W. 96th Street, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Kelly Spelman, Phone: 317-876-0123, Email: kspelman@ primrose, www.primrose

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts, Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Dates: June - August Weekly Themed Camps Ages/Grades: 4 years - 10 years Cost: $100 - $275 - varies on camp and days

Your child will love each unique themed camp week such as: adventures of the culinary, film productions, sports week, deserted island exploration of hidden treasures, a travel back in time, great inventions including their own, medieval fun, aquatics and much more! Field trips galore!

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

Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Dates: June - August Weekly Themed Camps Ages/Grades: 4 years - 10 years Cost: $100 - $275 - varies on camp and days

Your child will love each unique themed camp week such as: adventures of the culinary, film productions, sports week, deserted island exploration of hidden treasures, a travel back in time, great inventions including their own, medieval fun, aquatics and much more! Field trips galore!

Stony Creek Swim Center 15550 Stony Creek Way, Noblesville, IN 46060, Contact: Kim Walters, Phone: (317) 773-7399, Email: kim@stonycreek, http://stonycreek

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts, Sports

Specific Categories: Daily swimming, arts, crafts Hours: 9AM-4PM Dates: 6/8-7/31 Ages/Grades: 4-13 Cost: $225 Each camp has activities and adventures structured around unique, specific themes. Activities will include sports, crafts, swimming, and water safety. Every day campers will have a swimming lesson and each week campers will have a field trip or an adventure that ties into the theme for that week.

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

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



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

TP Kiddie Academy 4501 N Post Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46226, Contact: Katrina Jones, Phone: 317-898-4420, Fax: 317-898-4423, Email:, www.tpschools

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, Religious - Traditional, Specific Categories: Christian Summer Camp Hours: 6am-6pm Dates: June 8- July 25 Ages/Grades: 3-12 year old Cost: Preschool- $130 a week K-6th grade- $90 a week plus activity fees Requirements of Campers: All campers must have current immunization records, completed physical from, and signed discipline policy to accompany registration Activities Included: All Activities. TP Kiddie Academy is a Registered Ministry of Turning Point Family Worship Center. We strive to provide a fun, affordable, and safe Christian childcare program throughout the summer for children ages 3-12 years old. We offer summer learning enrichment for all campers daily. Our staff will focus on character development, Christian morals, and values; all while having an exciting line up of age appropriate activities, arts and crafts, indoor/outdoor games, field trips, and much more weekly.

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis 615 N. Alabama Street, Suite 400, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Contact: Jennie Broady, Phone: 317-484-9622, Email:, www.

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Sports, Traditional, Specific Categories: Traditional, Sports, Enrichment Hours: 6:30 AM to 6 PM Dates: May 27 - Aug 7 Ages/Grades: ages 3-15 Cost: $99-$400 Requirements of Campers: 3-15 Activities Included: Hiking, Canoeing, Archery, Candle Making, OLS, Environmental Education, Crafts, Drama, Sports, Group Games, Teambuilding,



Leadership, and more! The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Day Camp Program has over 25 locations in the Greater Indianapolis area and surrounding counties. Campers range in age from 3 to 15! We have something for everyone! Join us for the Best Summer Ever! (Indianapolis, Greenwood, Fishers, Lebanon, Sheridan, Avon, Greenfield)

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

Activity Category: Dance

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

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

Activity Category: Fitness & Sports

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

OVERNIGHT CAMPS 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: Traditional, plus horseback and dirt-bike camps, Special Needs Camps Offered: Type 1 Diabates, also free weeks of camp focused specifically on our military families. Hours: Week long residential Sun 1pm - Fri 7pm Dates: June and July Ages/Grades: 7-16 Cost: Ranges from $500-$625 plus add on fee for horses, dirtbikes, weekend trips

Activities Included: Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Fishing, Waterziplines, Blob, Waterslides, swimming, etc and on land - horseback, dirt-bikes, archery, riflery, mtn boards, mtn bikes, climbing, athletics, soccer, crafts, pottery, nature studies, radio, drumming, woodworking, and more Fly from the zipline, create a clay pot, ride horses or dirt-bikes. Build your confidence and self-esteem as you join campers and staff from around the country and the world in a camp family where all kids are Accepted, Challenged, Empowered. ALL new cabins. New Yurts for Wrangler and Dirt-bike camps.

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day AND Residential Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Religious - Traditional, Special Needs, Traditional, Specific Categories: Recreational, Special Needs Camps Offered: All programs are Inclusive with needed adaptions Hours: Sun-Fri Dates: June 7 - July 31 Ages/Grades: 7-19 Cost: $155 - $450 Requirements of Campers: Inclusive camp Activities Included: Horses, high ropes, swimming, canoeing, archery, campfires, gaga pit, drama, arts & crafts, all camp games, outdoor cooking & firebuilding, nature activities. Trip and travel program for teens. Junior Counselor program.

mischief, coaster crazy, care and keeping of magical creatures, splendid spelunking, and surf divas. Girls who are not Girl Scouts may register to attend. Financial assistance available.

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Religious - Traditional, Special Needs, Sports, Traditional, Specific Categories: Overnight Camp in Illinois, Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes Hours: Day Camp: 9 am - 3 pm; Overnight Camp: 24/7! Dates: Sunday, June 28 – Friday, August 7 Ages/Grades: 3rd - 10th grades Cost: $1,683 Requirements of Campers: For Kids entering 3rd - 10th Grade! Activities Included: With a beachfront on Wooster Lake and a heated outdoor pool, high ropes course and zip line, sports fields and archery, arts and crafts, dance and music, cooking and outdoor education, Camp Henry Horner packs in the fun! JCYS Camp Henry Horner creates an exciting and unforgettable summer of fun. While taking part in unique experiences and outdoor adventures, campers are also building self-esteem, developing interpersonal skills, and making lasting friendships and memories. Our warm, friendly atmosphere encourages all CHHamps to try new things and expand their comfort zone in a safe environment.

Eight weeks of traditional recreational residential camping on 297 wooded acres in beautiful Brown county Indiana. Established in 1946, United Way agency and American Camp Association accredited. Core values - Inclusive, Stewards of the Earth, Humility, Camper- Centered, Staff Development, Catholic. All are welcome.

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

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

Resident camp is an experience filled with excitement, delight, laughter, and friendship. Camp sessions include horseback riding opportunities, themes like moonlight






Research to Real World:

Creating a Healthy Media Diet for Young Children Jessica Beer, PhD.

As modern parents who rely on our cell phones and laptops to function day to day, we all feel that sense of dread when we see our young children staring at a screen; and the younger the child, the more sinking the feeling. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages media use for children under the age of two years, but the reality of keeping your kids off your iPhone until their second birthday is so difficult. Many a one-year-old can swipe and enter that four-digit password and select their favorite app. So, what is the state of research on screen time and touch-screen technology for very young children and what can we do to make the most out of our child’s screen time?

What do we know? (not a lot… yet) High quality longitudinal research is necessary to answer questions about the impact of screen time in children under the age of three years on later development of important executive functioning, academic and socio-emotional skills. Although companies have been marketing electronic “educational” games and toys to infants and young children for more than a decade, easily accessible touch screen devices like iPhones and tablets have only recently been introduced. And even though studies are underway, research in this area is simply unable to keep up with the pace of technological advancement.



How does screen time impact development? There are two ways screen time can impact development and knowing these mechanisms gives parents the power to protect their kids against the potentially harmful effects of media use.

1.) Screen time can directly impact development through the content of the media and its features. For example, we know that rapid-paced TV content (e.g., our favorite little yellow sponge) can impair a child’s ability to control their attention and delay gratification (i.e., executive functioning skills). It is probably safe to bet that fast-paced apps and games might have the same negative impact on attention (e.g., building a burger tower or manipulating rapidly dropping shapes).

2.) Screen time can also indirectly impact development through displacement. Basically, children are only awake for a limited number of hours a day and time spent in front of a screen takes time away from other activities that are known to benefit social, cognitive and academic outcomes like playing with friends, building blocks, pretending, rough-housing and reading.

What can parents do? In addition to limiting screen time and seeing that the content of apps and games are age-appropriate, participating in screen time with your child is a good strategy for media use with very young children. Make conversation about the content of the program or app (“Oh, that bear got so angry when he found out his hat was missing!�) Ask questions about what you are watching together. Connect what you are viewing on the screen with real-life experiences. Focus on the storyline of the app or game (e.g., the characters, their emotions, the conflicts and resolutions) rather than the technological features (e.g., sounds of voices, movement of characters).

Even though we may not yet have the research evidence on the impact of touch-screen technology on the development of very young children, there are many simple things parents can do to make the experience more of a parent-child interaction.

For more information, check out these resources for hands on strategies for using media with babies and toddlers at www.

Developmental psychologist 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. Jessica is also a co-founder of The Urban Chalkboard playcafe, and welcomes questions and feedback from readers at experiencematters@ MARCH 2015 // INDYSCHILD.COM




Maggie Loiselle

Reaching children in profound and unexpected ways “If I say everything I see, I might ruin someone’s day!” Ava Driskell is singing to herself, repeating a musical reminder meant to help the 10 year-old with autism better filter what thoughts she says out loud. “She usually says everything that comes to her mind. Her speech is very factual,” says mom Mary Driskell. “Now, I’ll hear her stop and start singing the song, and I know it’s helping her decide what she says to others.” This tactic is one of several the family credits to music therapy, an avenue they explored when, at age 3, Ava had lost all of her speech but could still communicate by singing. “We wanted to focus on her strengths. We knew she had deficits everywhere, so we looked for something she was good at,” Mary remembers. “We’re so thankful we found music therapy because it covers such a wide range of areas. It really is amazing.”

What is music therapy? Music therapy is the clinical and evidencebased use of musical interventions to target an individual’s functional needs – including physical, psychological, cognitive and social skills. “Music therapy focuses on needs for everyday life, like improving speech by singing songs or boosting independent finger movement through playing the piano,” says Lindsey Wright, a board-certified music therapist and president of the Association for Indiana Music Therapy.



“When we listen to music or sing, we’re using a different part of our brain than we typically use for these skills, so we’re building new neural pathways and targeting trouble spots.”

Music therapy and autism Wright, who is the director of music therapy at Opportunities for Positive Growth Inc. which offers facility-based music therapy in Fishers, Lafayette and Kokomo, says the unique, engaging aspect of music therapy particularly resonates with children on the autism spectrum. “For those who are attracted to patterns and predictability, music can be very calming,” she says. “Even if you don’t know a song at all, you know where things are going, unlike other activities you do during therapy.” Music can also help keep children’s attention on their therapy longer, especially if the work involves a favorite song or instrument. “Music can be the backdoor approach to therapy because it’s fun,” says Sarah Ardoin, a boardcertified music therapist and music therapy director for Meaningful Day Services, offering home-based music therapy across the state. One of her therapists recalls working with a five year-old boy with autism who wasn’t able to stay focused for more than a minute. By the end of his time in music therapy, he could stay in the room for a full hour, make choices and sing along. “Music brought him into it,” Ardoin says. “We’ll often have parents observe sessions and say after, ‘I’ve never seen him do that!’ Music is just a great outlet for expression.”

Finding a music therapist Music therapy is growing in popularity in Indiana, with close to 200 people passing boards to become certified here in the last five years, according to the National Music Therapy Registry. Music therapy is covered under IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and Hoosier families have the distinct advantage of having music therapy covered by two Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waivers – the Family Supports Waiver and the Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver. “More and more people are finding music therapy when they learn how it targets specific areas and works on multiple domains, when other therapy can only work on one at a time,” Wright says. “For families of children with autism, I think they’ll see a lot of progress with music therapy. We just want to get the word out there.” For a list of certified music therapists in Indiana, visit The Association for Indiana Music Therapy at and click on Find a Music Therapist under the About Us tab. For a national registry, visit the American Music Therapy Association at











Recommended reading that promotes understanding Maggie Loiselle and acceptance Stories shape children’s views of the world – and books that portray kids with special needs in positive ways encourage friendships among all kids. We asked local librarians and special needs experts for their suggestions for books that spread the message of inclusion, compassion and acceptance.

Picture books A Day with Russ Series by Janet Elizabeth Rickert “Russ has Down Syndrome, but that’s not the point in these stories. It’s great to see him in photographs having everyday adventures with his family and friends at school and on special

outings,” says Holly Southern, children’s librarian at Carmel Clay Public Library.

Back to Front and Upside Down by Claire Alexander Depicting the classroom struggles for a child with learning disabilities, Stan overcomes his fear of asking for help thanks to encouragement from his classmates. “This picture book for younger children received the renowned Schneider Family Book Award, which honors books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences,” says Janet Spaulding, the Indianapolis Public Library’s juvenile collection development librarian.

Moses Goes to a Concert, Moses Goes to School, Moses Sees a Play, Moses Goes to the Circus by Isaac Millman “This series features Moses and his classmates from a deaf school. The stories are told in written English and in American Sign Language. My favorite is Moses Goes to a Concert, where the students hold balloons to feel the vibrations as the music is played,” Southern says.

My Best Friend, Will by Jaime Lowell and Tara Tuchel “This book contains real photos of the author, an 11 year-old neurotypical girl, and her friend, Will, who 32


has autism. This book is great for peer awareness and peer sensitivity activities focusing on acceptance and caring,” says Ann H. Sweet, board-certified Behavior Analyst and autism consultant for Carmel Clay Schools.

The Sound of Colors: A Journey of the Imagination by Jimmy Liao “Amazing, fanciful illustrations show a blind girl making her way through a subway and through her imagination, unable to remember the blue of the sky, yet happy that she can still watch the clouds change shape in her mind, and notice for the first time that the train in the tunnel sounds like ocean waves,” Southern says.

You Can Be a Friend by Tony and Lauren Dungy Written by the former Colts coach and his wife, the book tells the story of Jade, who wants to celebrate her birthday at the waterpark, but must decide how to include her friend, Hannah, who is in a wheelchair. “The story illustrates the idea that sometimes being a friend means we have to do things a little differently in order to be sensitive to a friend’s needs,” says Connie Boomer, children’s librarian at Hamilton East Public Library, Noblesville.

Chapter books Blue Bottle Mystery by Kathy Hoopman “This is a story about a boy with odd and disruptive behaviors who ends up being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Imbedded in the story line is the importance of friendship as he and his friend try to solve the mystery of a bottle they find on the playground,” says Gaye Kerschner, behavior specialist with Carmel Clay Schools.

“This one is written from the perspective of Melody, a fifth-grade girl whose cerebral palsy severely disables her physically but not at all mentally. Readers learn what it is like for her to have no ability to communicate or control her bodily movements. Until she receives a talking computer, almost everyone assumes her mind is as disabled as her body. Her story shows a girl with intelligence, humor and love, especially for her family and the rare teachers and caregivers who recognize her as she is,” Southern says.

Mockingbird by Katheryn Erskine “This novel is about a teenage girl with Asperger's who sees the world as black and white and must cope with the loss of the one person who helped her fit in. In search of closure, she finds comfort in the most


Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

unlikely place and helps her father in the process,” Kerschner says.

Rules by Cynthia Lord “This book is written from the perspective of a 12 year-old girl who has a brother with autism. While waiting for her brother during his speech therapy sessions, she befriends a young boy with cerebral palsy. It is an honest account from the point of view of a sibling who gains new insights on her brother through her new friendship,” Sweet says.

Consider adding some of these book titles to your child’s reading list to begin a conversation about the importance of valuing all people – and encouraging others to do the same.





SPECIAL NEEDS CALENDAR T U E S 03 Indiana Assistive Technology Project Open House Time: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Location: Assistive Technology Center, Easter Seals Crossroads, www.eastersealstech. com/ Come check out our new space on the 3rd floor, tour our recently updated Assistive Technology lab and meet ARTI aka the Assistive Robotics Technology Initiative

FRI 06 Parents Night Out- Respite services provided by Easter Seals Crossroads Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Location: South Indian Creek Christian Church, parents-night-out The program provides care for children and their siblings ages 6 months through 12 years. Parents' Night Out is available at several locations throughout the city. Reservations and a completed registration form is required.



Trivia Night Supporting Children’s Bureau, Inc. Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Price: 4-person teams ($25/ person), Location: Noblesville Moose Lodge, https://app. html This is not your mama’s Trivia Night! Do you have what it takes to be a contender? 8 rounds (10 questions each) and some of the toughest trivia you’ll find. $300 cash prize to 1st place.

people of all abilities can participate and be successful. The goal areas addressed at a drum circle include increasing social interaction skills, eye contact, active attending skills, motor co-ordination, gross and fine motor skills, sensory-processing skills and receptive and expressive communication skills.

T U E S 17 Sensory Storytime

S AT 07 Special Olympics Indiana Polar Plunge Time: 8:00 AM, Price: $75 to Take the Plunge! / $50 to Take the Plunge! with a student ID, Location: Eagle Creek Reservoir,

Time: 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM, Location: Noblesville Library, &rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&retur nToSearch=&num=0&ad Join us for an interactive and educational storytime for all toddlers and preschoolers, but especially designed for those children who have sensory integration issues. We combine stories, songs, and activities to stimulate all the senses and promote learning.

W E DS 11 Autism Family Resource Center Grandparents’ Support Group Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Price: Free, Location: Easter Seals Crossroads

FRI 13 North Central Indianapolis Drum Circle Contact: RSVP to Leigh Ann Fuller 317-590-5319 or Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Price: $3, Location: Carmel Lutheran Church Sponsored by Meaningful Day Services, this is an event where

W E DS 18 Hamilton County Transition Fair Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Location: Fishers High School, Transition_Fair_2015.pdf The fair is an excellent opportunity to provide information to students with disabilities and their families regarding community resources available to them outside the school setting. We have had close to 80 vendors and over 250 visitors attend our transition fair in previous years.

T hurs 19 Johnson County Autism Support Group Parent Share Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Location: Mt Auburn United Methodist Church, Join other parents for a discussion about all things autism.


F ri 20 Autism Family Resource Center Parents' Night Out: North Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Price: Free, Location: Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle), www.easterseals Parents' Night Out is a scheduled event for children with disabilities or special needs. The program provides care for children and their siblings ages 6 months through 12 years. Parents' Night Out is available at several locations throughout the city. Reservations and a completed registration form is required.

Early Childhood Reading Screenings Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Price: Free, Location: Fortune Academy Screenings are conducted once a month, free of charge. Screenings are for children 5 -7 years of age. Screenings can determine with 90 percent accuracy possible early identification of learning differences such as dyslexia. Early intervention is key for academic and social success.

S AT 21 Autism Society of Indiana "Central Indiana Autism Expo" Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Price: FREE for attendees, Location: Indiana State Fair Grounds-DuPont Pavilion, You are invited to the 2015 Central Indiana Autism Expo to learn about autism services, programs, support and resources for people affected by autism in and around Indiana. You will meet with providers and exhibitors who have information, tools and other items to share. There will be a wide variety of things to see and buy. Parking is $5. The Expo is FREE for all attendees Please register online

F R I 27 GiGi's Playhouse Grandparent Brag Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Price: Free, Location: GiGi's Playhouse - Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, http:// This group is grandparents of a child with Down syndrome. This is a chance for them to enjoy conversation with one another, network and even watch some programs running.

S AT 28 Sensory Friendly Films: "Home" Time: 10:00 AM, Location: AMC Castleton Square,

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 CENTER

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

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Greenwood CENTER ABC for Autism is proud to be Indiana's largest and longest running ABA therapy provider. With 7 locations throughout the state, we offer high quality one-on-one ABA and verbal behavior consulting and therapy. Our beautiful Greenwood facility offers individualized one-on-one therapy programs for children and teens ages 2 and older. 374 Meridian Parke Lane, Greenwood, IN 46142, Contact: Sheiletha Quinn, Phone: 317-889-KIDS, Email: Sheiletha@, www.applied behaviorcenter. org,

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

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

BEHAVIORWORKS ABA We work with you! BehaviorWorks provides Early Intervention for Autism and Indiana Medicaid Waiver Behavior Support Services. BehaviorWorks is a team you can grow with. We use the evidence-based strategies of ABA to create effective behavioral solutions. Are you looking for a fresh perspective? Take action for positive change with BehaviorWorks. 8206 Rockville Road No. 146, Indianapolis, IN 46234, Contact: Ann Baloski, Executive Director, Phone: 317-436-0037, Email: info@,

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

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S P R ING CONSIGNMENT AND R ESALE GUIDE Just Between Fr iends (W est Indy) Dates: March 26-28. Thurs 3/26: 9am-8pm $3 admission; Fri 3/27: 9am-6pm; Sat 3/28: 9am-3pm 50% off sale Location: The Palms Conference Center, 2353 E. Perry Road, Plainfield For more info: westindy.jbfsale. com/

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Calling all savings-savvy parents! The 2015 Spring Consignment Sale season is definitely upon us, and there are even more offerings than past years. So prepare to stock up on all things kid and baby. With this many events to choose from, you’re bound to make those dollars stretch.

I n d y K id s Sa l e Dates: March 12-14. Thurs 3/12: 9am-7pm; Fri 3/13: 9am-5pm; Sat 3/14: 9am-1pm + most items 50% off Pre-sale: Wed 3/11: 6-8pm Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant Street, Noblesville

Dates: April 16-18. Thurs 4/16: 9am-7pm; Fri 4/17: 9am-5pm; Sat 4/18: 9am-3pm + most items 50% off Presale: Wed 4/15: 6-8pm + 4/17: 6-8pm for Half Price preview Location: Incrediplex, 6002 Sunnyside Road, Indianapolis For more info:

N o r t h s id e Twi n s a n d M u lt i p l e s Clothing and E q u i p m e n t Sa l e Date: April 17-18. Times TBA Location: Fishers United Methodist Church, 9690 East 116th Street, Fishers For more info, email:

J ust Between F r i en ds (North I n dy ) Dates: April 22-25. Wed 4/22: 9am-7pm $2 admission; Thurs 4/23: 9am-7pm; Fri 4/24: 9am-7pm 25% off select items; Sat 4/25: 9am-3pm 50% off select items + 5-9pm 75% off select items Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant Street, Noblesville For more info: northindy.jbfsale. com/

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W h a l e o f a Sa l e Dates: Feb 28-March 1. Sat 2/28: 8am-4pm; Sun 3/1: 11am-3pm + most items 50% off Pre-sale: Passholders Thurs 2/26: 7pm; Facebook Friends + theCityMoms Fri 2/27: 9am-1pm; New/expectant parents 5-8pm; Half Price passholders 10:45am early admittance Sat 3/1 Location: *NEW LOCATION* Hamilton Crossing Plaza, 12417 Meridian Street, Carmel For more info:



Her e W e Grow A g ai n ( W e s t ) Dates: March 18-21. Wed 3/18: 9am-8pm; Thurs 3/19: 9am-8pm; Fri 3/20: 9am-8pm 25% off sale; Sat 3/21: 9am-4pm 50% off sale Pre-sale: Passholders/new moms Tues 3/17: 5-8pm; Teachers/military with ID 6-8pm; Half price passholders Fri 3/25: 6-8pm

W h a l e o f a Sa l e (Indy South) Dates: April 17-18. Fri 4/17: 5-9pm; Sat 4/18: 9am-1pm + most items 50% off Pre-sale: Passholders Fri 4/17: 2-9pm; New/Expectant parents + theCityMoms Fri 4/17: 3-9pm; Half Price passholders early admittance Sat 4/18: 8:30am

Location: Hendricks County Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 1900 East Main Street, Danville

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Her e W e Grow A g ai n ( I n d y S o u t h ) Dates: May 21-23. Thurs 5/21: 9am-8pm; Fri 5/22: 9am-8pm; Sat 5/23 9am-5pm + most items 50% off Pre-sale: Teachers, new moms + passholders Wed 5/20: 1-8pm; Half Price passholders admittance Fri 5/22: 6-8pm. Location: Johnson County 4H Fairgrounds, 250 Fairground Street, Franklin For more info: herewegrowagain. com/indysouth

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Sur roun de d by Se l f ie s The influence of our “look at me” culture


re selfies related to selfesteem? Do too many selfies indicate narcissistic tendencies? Or are selfies just a harmless trend currently popular in social media? The answer seems to be as individual as each selfie.

Sexton–Villalta says the best way to ensure that your child has a healthy online presence is to monitor their activity. “It’s normal for teens to be upset [by monitoring],” she explained, “but it’s also normal for parents to be concerned.” Dr. Pamela Rutledge, a nationally recognized expert on the subject, has spent the past three decades researching, writing about and educating people on social science and technology. She is a selfie advocate and warns against putting too much stock in fearpromoting studies. She says, “The problem with a lot of these studies is there’s a huge difference between things that are related and things that are causal.” No one is denying the possibility that people who post a lot of pictures of themselves may be a bit narcissistic, but it’s important to remember that the ability to post selfies doesn’t make anyone narcissistic.

In her book It’s Complicated, author dana boyd (her preferred spelling) has researched and written extensively on the subject. After completing a ten-year study on teens’ use of social media, she boiled all of the data down to one point: Our ideas on social media often oversimplify or vilify the topic. Social media, like so many other mediums, has both pros and cons, and its effects depend on how each individual uses it. Selfies, a subset of social media, are no different. For parents concerned that social media has primarily detrimental effects (like lowering the self-esteem of kids who don’t get many likes on a selfie), according to a study done by Pew Research Center in 2013, 81% of teens who used social media said they have had an online experience that made them feel good. While certainly there are kids who have had very negative experiences online, it seems that it would be a misnomer to think that this was necessarily representative of the general population. Regarding the question of narcissism and selfies, Tim Garner, a professor of sociology at Franklin College, says that “there might be narcissistic tendencies or superficialities or even maybe a reinforcement of the notion that our physical attractiveness is what matters most, but then on the other end of the continuum, I think you can have a very legitimate argument that taking a selfie could be empowering and gives you control over your own image.” 38


Or as Rutledge puts it: “Technology enables behavior; it doesn’t create behavior.”

Camille Sexton–Villalta, a psychologist at Indiana Health Group, also sees many benefits to social media, and selfies in particular. Although she encourages parents to recognize potential dangers like cyber bullying and online predators, she advises not feeling overwhelmed by these fears. “Of course those concerns are there and it’s important for us to be mindful of them, but I think there are a lot of positives.” To her, kids use selfies as a way to show off something they are proud of, to celebrate special occasions and to share things that are fun and silly. It is also a way for teens who are introverted to make friends and interact with kids in a more controlled and less pressurized environment.

Rutledge encourages adults to let their kids teach them about social media and have them explain what makes a “good” selfie and why they post it. “At the end of the day, one more or less photo doesn’t matter,” she says. “But you can take these opportunities to form some critical thinking, some perspective. It’s not just what you see that matters.” When parents listen to their kids’ thought processes behind why they post a certain selfie, they can get a better sense of what is motivating this behavior and if it brings up any red flags they should be concerned about.

making the call Julie Young

“Can I have a cell phone?” It’s a question today’s parents expect to be asked at some point during their child rearing years, but one which lacks a clear-cut answer. Although cell phones are convenient and come with unquestionable safety benefits, they are also costly, can be a distraction and open the door to a host of other potential problems. Once upon a time, cell phones were typically earmarked for teenaged drivers who needed one in the event of a roadside emergency or those who had a part-time job to help pay for it. However, thanks to a wide variety of plans designed with the busy family in mind, it is more common than ever for kids of all ages to have their own device. In fact, according to the National Consumers League, a whopping 56 percent of kids aged 8-12 have their own cell phones while research at Pew Charitable Trusts show that 75 percent of teenagers report having cell phones. Parental opinion varies widely on the subject of when to grant this privilege. Recently Indy’s Child Facebook readers were asked “At what age did you allow a cell phone for your child? What factored into your decision?” Several posts stated that a common age was between 9-10 years old and a concern for safety and the convenience of staying connected were frequently the deciding issues. Regarding her son, Anna L. wrote “When he was 10 because when he got off the bus he was home alone for about 15-20 minutes until I got home from work and we don't have a home phone.” Similarly, Dawn M. says “I don't recall the exact age. I think around 10. We wanted him to be able to reach us while at activities.” Another reader, Heather C. commented, “My kiddo was 10 and it was mostly for

Is there a “right time” to give your child a cell phone?

us. He was going to friend’s house more and more and sports and we wanted to be able to reach him without having to go through someone else.” If you’re contemplating getting a cell phone for your child, it’s important to take into account his or her maturity level. Here are few questions to consider before making your decision:

• Can your child handle the responsibility of a cell phone? • Do they have a habit of losing things? • Do they understand the financial investment a cell phone requires? • Can they be trusted to use the phone judiciously without racking up exorbitant charges?

• Can you trust them not to surf inappropriate websites or send inappropriate messages? • Do they understand and accept that you will have access to their email messages and texts at any time? Dr. Laura Markham, psychologist and author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting says that when it comes to cell phones, parents need to discuss the rules and boundaries of their use with their children prior to making the purchase. After that, regular conversations should take place about their appropriate use, the texts they are receiving, apps they have on their phone, etc. When parents do make the decision to provide their child with a phone, there are a number of ways they can curtail their child’s usage and monitor their activity. On their web site, Verizon Wireless suggests parents buy their child a basic phone as opposed to a smart phone and consider a pre-paid or pay-as-you-go-plan so that fees do not spiral out of control.

Ultimately, the age at which to give a child a cell phone is a highly personal decision. It is a major responsibility, but also a chance for your son or daughter to show they can manage this type of accountability. Choose a plan wisely, have rules in place about proper usage and don’t be afraid to revoke the privilege if necessary – then enjoy the many benefits this modern technology provides that allow you to stay connected with your kids.



cyberbullying What to do if you r child is targeted Sarah Bricker-Hunt


just don’t feel like going,” 15 year-old Ella insists as she slams her bedroom door. “Maybe next time. I need to check my email.” Teenagers all have their moments, but Ella’s mother was becoming concerned. This time it was a movie night she’d had planned a month ago with some friends from school – and she also recently quit band and basketball. “Is this withdrawing behavior? Is she depressed?” she wondered. Ella’s mother decides to check Facebook to see if there are any clues there. What she finds leaves her shaking: dozens of taunting, demoralizing posts from several kids at Ella’s school and even a few explicit threats. What Ella has experienced is cyberbullying, defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website as “bullying that takes place using electronic technology” including “mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.”



It’s a modern problem that has grown as quickly as the internet itself, making it a relatively new and unique issue that can confuse parents, children and school administration. Most bullying that takes place on school grounds falls under the jurisdiction a school’s conduct code, but cyberbullying isn’t always addressed.

I s i t c y b e r bu l ly i n g ? states that cyberbullying is taking place “when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen

using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.” If the cyberbullying involves an adult bully, it is considered cyber-stalking or cyber-harassment. Cyberbullying is also distinct from online child-related crimes such as an adult trying to lure a minor. Generally, if a child is feeling targeted over the internet, or a parent notices what they would consider harassing behavior, the issue of cyberbullying needs to be addressed by parents and the school district.

W h at s h o u l d pa r e n t s do ? Your child (and possibly you) may be tempted to strike back with equally hurtful comments – don’t. Focus on the steps you can take to handle the situation in a mature, responsible manner and involve the school or the appropriate authorities if necessary for help. Talk with your kids about both internet safety and internet etiquette, and limit usage. Don’t introduce too much tech too early. Keep an eye out for typical signs that your child is being bullied, including withdrawing from activities, behavioral changes, academic struggles and episodes of anger or sadness. Also, be sure to

check your child’s social media accounts on a regular basis.

W h at a bo u t t h e bu l ly ? Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center at Florida Atlantic University (www., says that “kids know when they have hurt someone with their words or actions. They may justify it or rationalize it away, but they know.” He says adults need to motivate kids to do what is right and to “cultivate empathy by helping them fully understand the implications of their actions.” Schools sometimes need to involve law enforcement in bullying situations. Serious threats to another child can result in criminal charges for the bully.

H ow s h o u l d sc h o o l s r es p o n d to c y b e r bu l ly i n g c as es ? Dr. Hinduja stresses that it is important to condemn the behavior but not the child, while sending a message to the rest of the school community that bullying in any form is wrong. He says school administrators can work with parents “to convey to the student that cyberbullying behaviors are taken seriously and will not be tolerated.”

Apart from responding to individual situations, Hinduja says it is essential to cultivate a positive school climate in general. “Our research demonstrates that students who report a positive climate at school also experience fewer problematic behaviors online,” he explains. Beyond discipline and strict school policies centered on anticyberbullying efforts, a shift in focus can help, too. Hinduja points to a positive trend. “From pledge campaigns, to flash mobs, to anonymous Twitter feeds which compliment random students for being awesome, young people from around the world are spearheading initiatives to really make a difference,” he says. “We need schools to help youth get excited about ways they can harness the capabilities of peer influence and social media to show compassion toward others.” For more information about Dr. Hinduja’s extensive cyberbullying research including tips for parents and students, visit www.cyber And for local resources on the subject, visit the Bullying Prevention Alliance website at



Photo Overflow Storing, organizing and displaying your smartphone photos Sarah McCosham


one are the days of forgetting your camera to take pictures – as long as you have your phone, you have a camera. While smartphones make snapping shots of your family easier than ever, most people aren’t sure what to do with all those pictures. If your smartphone contains photos from the past few months – or even years – read on for some tips on how to get those precious moments viewable in a way you can enjoy. Photo storage 101 While most smartphones have enough storage for hundreds – even thousands – of pictures, there are limits to their capacity. In general, each iPhone 5 picture takes up about 2.3MB of space, which translates into roughly 435 photos for every gigabyte. For a fee, you can buy more storage, but there’s a better way to handle this issue. Backing up your photos is the best method to save your pictures and open up space on your smartphone. This process is easy – simply connect your phone to your computer and transfer photos from your phone to your PC or Mac. If you don’t want to overload your computer’s hard drive with a lot of photos, services such as Dropbox or Flickr can store your files online. Experts recommend regular photo backups to keep all of your devices uncluttered and organized. If you enjoy sharing your photos with friends and family, online sites such as Shutterfly and Picasa are great options. After creating a free account, you simply upload pictures to the website, which opens up space on your hard drive. These websites will allow you to manage, edit and organize your pictures – plus, you can create web albums for easy sharing.



Finally, there’s always the old-fashioned way of photo storage: the photo album. Fun albums can be purchased anywhere from Amazon to Michael’s, and you can get the kids involved with choosing prints to display. Or, you can simply purchase some photo storage boxes from the Container Store (Stockholm and Semikolon make colorful ones) for easy organization.

Photo projects for beginners Now that your photos are backed up and organized, it’s time to get crafty. If the thought of scrapbooks and hot glue guns leave you in a cold sweat, have no fear! The internet offers a myriad of photo projects for even the least artistically inclined. Sites like Shutterly and Snapfish are a great place to start. After uploading your pictures, it’s easy to create photo books, photo cards and an array of gifts such as blankets, mouse pads and calendars. Speaking of calendars, the classic wall calendar isn’t your only option. Prinstagram, a site that creates printable Instagram products, has a desktop calendar that showcases a print for each day of the year. This makes a great gift for parents who work outside of the home – or could be a cool item in a home office or kid’s room. Lastly, canvas prints are a classic way to showcase favorite family pictures. In addition to Shutterfly, sites such as Canvas Pop and Easy Canvas offer canvas prints for very reasonable prices, and give users lots of options on size, color and finish.

Get Pinspired! For the more crafty types, Pinterest offers plenty of ideas and inspiration. From tips on arranging a photo wall, to interesting ways for displaying photographs, Pinterest is full of potential projects. For example, one user incorporated a reclaimed wood shutter for photo hanging, while another pinner chronicled her family’s travels by posting pictures on a US map. Online parenting sites like Babble and Daily Mom also offer great suggestions. Both sites are searchable and offer easy-to-read directions for photo crafts and DIY projects. Some unusual ideas on Babble include blowing up a picture for an interesting backdrop to a room, or posting an image on a Scrabble board using letter tiles as a caption. Another out-of-the-box idea is an illustrated photo of your family, which is a fun twist on the classic family portrait. Artists on Etsy can incorporate paper cut outs, water colors or digital media to make your family portrait into a one-ofa-kind masterpiece.

Start organizing today! With a little effort and creativity, you can take those favorite photos off your smartphone and turn them priceless keepsakes your family will enjoy for years to come.





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[ S C H O O L S & E D U C AT I O N ] carmel Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc. Carmel Montessori School is located on the beautiful campus at St. Christopher’s Church on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 16 years head-teaching experience. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email:,

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

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

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

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

Starting Line Preschool The Right Start for A Lifelong Love of Learning! Our strong academic-based curriculum prepares and encourages your child to succeed in school while discoving learning is fun! * Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. All of our classes focus on an



introduction to colors, number and letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and sight words are taught in the older classes. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032. Contact: Diane Atkins. Phone: 317-753-9397. Email:,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Children’s Habitat Montessori School For over 40 years, A Children's Habitat Montessori School has been providing a place where children thrive and discover their love of learning. Habitat provides a traditional Montessori school experience for families seeking a half-day preschool and kindergarten, or full-day elementary program. We are a not-for-profit school based

on the principles of Maria Montessori, and we are fully accredited by the American Montessori Society. For more information, visit our website: www.childrens-habitat. org. 801 W. 73 Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Carmen Nieves, Phone: (317)726-5584, Email:,

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: 317-575-6509, Email: jdrake@golove. org or

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

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

Epworth Weekday Children's Ministries Established in 1966, accredited through N.A.E.Y.C., it is our mission to nurture and support in a safe Christian environment the children and families of the Epworth congregation and surrounding community by providing the highest quality affordable early childhood program. We embrace the philosophy that children learn best when actively involved in play and provided opportunities to explore, question, investigate, and manipulate objects and materials in their environment. Currently enrolling for 2015-2016. E.U.M.C. will offer a part time summer program beginning June 2 through July 9. Summer registration begins March 10. 6450 Allisonville Road will follow Summer registration begins March 10. 6450 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Dawn Blake or Anndi Maguire, Phone: 317-251-1483, Email:, www.



Heritage Christian School


Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA, HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Prep K-12. Advanced , Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA ATHLETICS . HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today! 6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Contact: Angela Proctor, Director of Admissions, 317-849-3441,,

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

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

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

Montessori Centres Peace and respect for all is our main goal. Montessori Centres has worked with children to develop criticalthinking and time-management skills since 1966. Montessori-certified lead teachers serve children aged 3-3rd grade. Classroom structure and materials allow children to be self-directed and self-paced. Our well-rounded curriculum includes French and Spanish, art, science, computer skills, grace and courtesy, social studies, nature and outdoor gardening. 563 West Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Lynn Boone, Director, Phone: 317-257-2224, Fax: 317-257-3034, Email:,

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



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,,

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 theme-based hands-on preschool program provides a wide-range of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of self-worth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our well-qualified and loving staff.

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

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

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

Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool The ZCS Universal Preschool provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning. We will provide a quality program using social language curriculum through: Organizing the environment so it is conducive to success, providing specific directions and instructions, acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. Preschool Sites are at Boone Meadow, Eagle, Pleasant View, Stonegate and Union Elementary Schools and there is also a site at Zionsville West Middle School. 900 Mulberry St., Zionsville, IN 46077, Phone: 317-873-1251, Email:,

[ childc a r e ] Peanut Butter and Jelly 24/7 Childcare PB&J is a childcare that is a safe, nurturing environment where your child will get the attention and care that he or she needs. We are licensed and always working to meet and exceed all health and safety guidelines. You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect . Open late for lots of flexiblity. Stop in for more info. Follow us on twitter @ pbj247childcare. 5501 E. 71st Street, Suite 4, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Anita Beck. Phone: 317-205-9211, Email:,



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Strikes For Stansfield Charity Bowling Event

Storytime Express West: Wild Things

Time: 1-3 p.m., Price: $25, Phone: 317-8444099, Location: Woodland Bowl,

Time: 11-11:30 a.m., Phone: 317-844-3363, Location: Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Strikes for Stansfield”, a family-friendly afternoon of bowling, prizes and entertainment. Proceeds from this 4th 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. For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers. 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. The fast pace makes it perfect for active children with short attention spans. Younger siblings are welcome.

Zumba Black Light Party Broadway Across America presents ANNIE! Phone: 800-793-7469, Location: Murat Theater at Old National Centre, www.ticketmaster.

com/venueartist/41109/1982741?brand=b aa&camefom=CFC_BAAIND_ANN_ INDYSCHILD Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.

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

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

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

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

Time: 7-8 p.m., Price: $5, Phone: 317-7700222, Location: Noblesville Athletic Club, Light up the night in white and bright at the Black Light Zumba Party Enjoy a fun and exciting Zumba dance workout under black lights Public welcome.

S at 07 Petite Picasso: Kandinsky's Kaleidoscope Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Price: $15, Location: Indianapolis Art Center, http:// Explore the world of color, motion and sound while creating your own one-of-a-kind kaleidoscope. Learn about the history of abstract expressionism, the language of color and try your hand at three-dimensional art. Ages 3-5.

VBCA's a Night to Put the Pieces Together Silent Auction Fundraiser Time: 6:30-10 p.m., Price: 100.00, Phone: 317-848-4774, Location: The Mansion at Oak Hill,

annual-a-night-to-put-the-pieces-together The Verbal Behavior Center for Autism is a non-profit organization that provides one-on-one ABA therapy to children with autism. All proceeds raised from our Silent Auction Fundraiser will directly benefit the children and families of our center. Email Kerri Butts at for more information or to donate.

Family Day: Year of the Sheep Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art,

familyactivities/family-day Celebrate the Year of Sheep by contributing to



a LEGO mandala, designing a lantern and participating in a sumi-e workshop. Kick off the day with a Saturday Morning Matinee presentation of thematic cartoons. Presented in partnership with the Asian Art Society.

Sun 08 a Nite to Unite Time: 3-6 p.m.. Price: $10-$35, Phone: 317-209-3317, Location: The Athenaeum Theatre,

night-unite/ The time has come -- Sunday, March 8th at 3pm -- to band together at the Athenaeum Theatre. Join forces with Covance CLS, Dow Agrosciences, Indy Pride, Indianapolis youth, and the I Need You to Hear, Listen and Understand Me Anti-bullying Tour in showcasing some of the best in young family entertainment. Take a stand against bullying Make a difference just by watching outstanding young performers do their thing on stage. See the talent of today on the road to becoming the superstars of tomorrow. Together, it does get better. We can make it better. Will you join us?.

Maya The Bee Movie Time: 3-4:30 p.m., Price: $3.00, Phone: 317-876-3331, Location: Studio Movie Grill Indianapolis,

Shout Factory Kids and Studio Movie Grill invite families and kids to discover the enchanting story of a little bee named Maya and join her on an exciting voyage of fantastical fun and self-discovery when “Maya the Bee” Movie debuts in select U.S. theaters for a limited engagement beginning March 8, 2015. Already a great box office success in much of the world, “Maya the Bee” Movie, based on the well-known children’s novel, offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world.

T ues 10 – T hurs 1 2 The Music Playhouse Free Demo Class Time: 10-11 a.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 317-573-0080, Location: The Music Playhouse, Are you new to The Music Playhouse and curious about what we do? We are an early childhood music education program with classes for children ages 0-6. Come dance, sing, and make music with us and see what we are all about Event is FREE. Registration is required. See website for details.

W eds 11 Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship Time: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Price: Free. Donations accepted, Phone: 317-575-0240, Location: Museum of Miniature Houses, The Celebrations series is all about creativity and craftsmanship. Every second Wednesday is geared to children under 12 who must be accompanied by an adult. We have singers, storytellers, musicians and more. Check the web site for performers.

F ri 1 3 Art Yields Success Time: 5:30-9:30 p.m., Price: $50 in advance or $60 at the door, Phone: 317-283-3817 ext.118, Location: Regions Tower,

success/ Art Yields Success highlights the impact of enrichment opportunities offered to children at AYS. The event features live art demonstrations, beer, wine and spirits tastings, and a silent auction filled with everything from a vacation package to local restaurant gift cards.

Mother-Son Challenge

Mon 09 Teddy Bear Picnic Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Price: R$12/NR$18, Phone: 317-595-3150, Location: Billericay Park Building,

Grab your favorite furry friend and join us for an afternoon of fun This drop-off program offers your child(ren) ages 3 through 7 the opportunity to play games, sing songs, and have a light lunch with their favorite furry friends. Drop-off programs build independence and offer parents a few quiet moments to themselves.

Time: 5:30-8 p.m., Price: $15/person, Phone: 317-848-7275, Location: Monon Community Center,

Get out of the house and prepare for an evening full of mother and son fun. Activities will begin with pizza and bingo, fun challenge games, and Potpourri Trivia to finish the night. This evening will be a night of laughter and bonding all moms and sons will enjoy. Aunts, grandmas, and older female role models are more than welcome to attend with their little man.



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Teen Pop: Stop Motion

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Building a Raptor Habitat

Time: 6-8 p.m., Price: $20, Location: Indianapolis Art Center, http://

Lightwire…The Show

Circus Day at The Indiana Historical Society

Time: 1-2:30 p.m., Price: $25/family $10/ individual, Phone: 317-848-7275, Location: Founders Park,

Raptors have a great influence on our economy through their consumption of mass quantities of rodents. This presentation discusses raptor habitats and how to preserve and enhance habitats to maintain raptor populations on your property. Presentation includes live birds of prey.

Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy's Big Adventure! Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Price: $15-$35 per person, Phone: 317-843-3800, Location: Center for Performing Arts- The Tarkington, tickets/production.aspx?PID=3403 Come join Buddy, Tiny, Don and all of their friends and family in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth..and rode in trains! Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy's Big Adventure. Shows are at 10am and 2pm.

Monster Energy Supercross Time: 6:30 p.m., Location: Lucas Oil Stadium

Catch the world’s top supercross riders Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey and more battle it out for the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross title. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and Main Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at only $10. Visit for more information.

S at 14 – Sun 15 Brickworld Indy 2015 – LEGO® Exposition Time: 10 a.m., Price: $11, Phone: 317-572LEGO, Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Brickworld is excited to be bringing their premiere LEGO display and exposition to Indianapolis for the 6th consecutive year. Once again, on Saturday and Sunday of the event, the displayers will put their creations on display in 45,000 square feet of space for the public to enjoy at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Sun 15 Silkscreen T-Shirt Lil' Pop \Indianapolis Art Center, http:// Make your own T-shirt and learn about the art of silk-screening in this youth themed pop-up. Students will learn about coating, burning and printing from silkscreens while making their own wearable art.


INDYSCHILD.COM // MARCH 2015 Learn the art of Stop Motion animation in this fun class. Students will use app software to produce a short stop motion video.

Mon 16 Monday Madness: St. Patrick’s Day Phone: 317 844-3363, Location: Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room, www.carmel. If you like on-your-feet action and making your brain cells spark, join us for Monday Madness at the library! This isn’t your traditional storytime – no sirree, Bob. We’ve got madcap activities lined up back to back to back for an hour of nonstop fun.

T ues 17 Sensory Storytime

Time: 8 p.m., Price: Family Price (3+ Tickets) $29.75, $21.25, Phone: 317-940-6444, Location: Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University,

Welcome to a world of endless possibility - where birds grow 16ft tall, aliens extract the life force from other beings, and cats fight with light sabers. Join Lightwire Theater (as seen on America’s Got Talent) as they take you on an epic adventure. Using their signature brand of dazzling visuals, poignant storytelling, and creative use of music ranging from classical to pop to film scores designed to evoke imagery. LIGHTWIRE..THE SHOW creates a must-see theatrical experience for the whole family.

Mon 2 3 Winter Kids Koncert Time: 10-11 a.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 317-848-7275, Location: Monon Community Center, An interactive storytime designed for children with sensory integration challenges. Ages 1-6. Registration required.

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

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

Prairie Tots Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Price: $5/member youth ($6/non-member youth), Phone: 317-776-6000, Location: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, http://connerprairie.

org/Learn-And-Do/Programs/PrairieTykes.aspx Prairie Tots is a new program for 2-year-old children that can involve games, songs, crafts and more. These short classes (45 minutes) are perfect for little ones to experience with their parents or grandparents. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Each month has a different theme.

#300in3 Time: 12-4 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 317-232-1882, Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will offer its guests the opportunity to have their portraits both taken and incorporated into an on-the-spot exhibition with #300in3. The free event will take place March 20 through 22, from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

Come clown around at The Indiana History Center on Circus Day! Guests will enjoy the Hampel Family Circus, whose acts include the Old Time Curiosity Show and Professor Presto Magic Show. The day will also include live animal shows from Amazing World of Animals, clowns, magicians and jugglers. Guests can purchase tickets to enjoy face painting, balloon sculptures, crafts and more!.

Holliday Park Take Flight: Live Birds of Prey Time: 3-4 p.m., Price: $7/individual, Location: The Mansion at Oak Hill, Phone: 317-327-7180, Location: Holliday Park Nature Center, Join Holliday Park and Take Flight! Wildlife Education for a live birds of prey program. Meet live hawks, owls, and falcons! Learn interesting facts about their lives and diets from bird of prey expert Mark Booth of Take Flight Wildlife Education.

S at 28 – Sun 29 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Time: 2 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 317-6145057, Location: Indianapolis Central Library Auditorium,

Holliday Park Homeschoolers Series

A Young Actors Theatre Production.

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Price: $24/series, Phone: 317-327-7180, Location: Holliday Park Nature Center,

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Join us this spring as we journey through the wild to discover nature! Students learn through the use of live animals, hikes, games, and other fun activities. This is a child-only program for children age 5-10. Course meets Mar. 24, Apr. 7 & 21, and May 12. Pre-registration required.

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Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Price: Free admission, Phone: 317-232-1882, Location: Indian Historical Society,

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

Carmel Symphony Orchestra presents Family Fun! Time: 3 p.m., Location: Palladium, tickets/production.aspx?PID=3184 Watch your young children’s and grandchildren’s amazement and delight as they are invited to sit among the orchestra and hear excerpts of the world’s great classics. Following this interactive concert, participate in our Instrument Petting Zoo!

Mon 30 – T ues 31 Holliday Park Spring Break Fun Days! Time: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Price: $20/camper for one day, $35/camper for both days, Phone: 317-327-7180, Location: Holliday Park Nature Center,

Staying at home for spring break? Get out of the house and in to nature! Join us Monday for an Eggstravaganza as we learn all about eggs and animals babies, or Tuesday for Rocking Geology to explore fossils and rocks. Both days will include crafts, games, hikes and more! For children 6-12 years old, pre-registration required.



O N G O I N G E V E N T S // M A R K E T P L A C E

ONGOING C ALE N DAR ART.WRITE.NOW. 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Exhibit Occurring Daily (except Sat & Sun) Through Sunday, March 8th Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Price: Free Admission, Phone: 317-940-6444, Location: Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, http:// event/306-art-write-now-regionalexhibit-of-the-2015-scholastic-artwriting-awards The exhibition, “Art.Write.Now.,” is a sample of the winning artwork and writing entries of 7th – 12th graders from the Central and Southern Indiana Region. The Gold Key winners move on to New York City for adjudication at the national level.

Children's Story Time Occuring Every Tuesday and Friday

Live on Stage! Especially for kids! Fridays at 10am and Saturdays at 10am and 1pm. Doors open 30 mins prior to show. All shows one hour long with no intermission, includes juice and snack.

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Occurring Mon-Sat Through Friday, March 6th Time: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 317-631-1888, Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site,

exhibits/current-exhibit The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is hosting Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, an exhibit presented by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Books & Brew

Children's Story Time is back! From 4pm-5pm every Tuesday and Friday come join us for an hour of stories and fun! Parents and kids are encourage to bring their own games, crafts, or books for us to read.

Charlotte's Web February 20th Through March 21st Price: $15.50, Phone: 317-872-9664, Location: Beef and Boards Dinner Theater, index.html




Rumpelstiltskin March 19th Through April 18th Price: Tickets are $12. Under two free. Free popcorn, Location: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio,

We will bring this classic fairytale to life for your youngsters..all presented on a vintage style marionette stage with classic hand crafted marionettes. Unlike many of our other shows, the puppeteers will not be seen. Tickets for the optional post show workshop, $3, are purchased in the studio after the show.


Slawek Exhibit March 10th Through April 3rd (MondayFriday only)

Time: 7:30-10 p.m., Price: Reserved Seat Tickets: $55 | $37.50 VIP: $65, Location: Old National Centre,

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Price: Free Admission, Phone: 317-940-6444, Location: Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, http://

Hailed by The New York Times as “gloriously goofy,” Potted Potter casts a humorous spell on audiences worldwide. The uproarious two-man show, written by Daniel


Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, takes Harry Potter fans of all ages on a magical journey. Starting as a simple sketch written to entertain readers in line for the release of “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince,” the duo has since taken the live show to Australia, Dubai and Singapore. Weaving through character changes in ridiculous wigs and props, the duo even instructs guests to play a real-life game of quidditch. event/308-slawek-exhibit Slawek (Stanislaw Goc) was born in Warsaw, Poland and moved to the US in the 1980s.

Currently he resides in Indianapolis. His striking images of “REFLECTIONS” in display windows and optical illusions are capturing glimpses of people, buildings, cars, emotions, and the passage of time.

You Are There: That Ayres Look March 14th Through August 6th Time: 8 a.m., Price: Included with Indiana Experience Admission, Phone: 317-232-1882, Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center,

The Indiana Historical Society will soon debut a new concept in storytelling with You Are There: That Ayres Look. Following the success of the IHS Press publication L.S. Ayres and Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America, written by Kenneth L. Turchi, IHS was inspired to present a significant museum exhibit about a major American urban department store.

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