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5 family-friendly DAY TRIP

DESTINATIONS Tons of fun just a short drive from Indy


Travel Tips

Save big bucks on your nex t fa mily vacation






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Spring Consignment and Resale Guide





Summer Camps for the Arts


5 Family-Friendly Day Trip Destinations

Money-Saving Travel Tips How to save big bucks on your next family vacation






Tons of fun just a short drive from Indianapolis



Ready, set, shop!

Encouraging the creative spirit in your child!





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meet the staff FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne // Publisher Mary Wynne Cox // Editor Susan Bryant // SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski // BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Brooke Litherland // Advertising Coordinator Karen Ring //

Turning the Corner We’re almost there – when we can say “so long” to winter and “hello” to spring. In fact, March 20th officially marks the spring equinox (at 6:29 am to be specific). So even though we’ll have to endure a few more blustery days until winter finally eases its grip, it’s good to know that sunny, warmer days are definitely on the horizon. And that’s what we’re focusing on in this issue!

Need a change of scenery after hunkering down inside all winter? Maybe a little road trip is in order! We’ve got 5 Family-Friendly Day Trip Destinations ready for you to explore. And if you’re planning a getaway that’s a little farther from home, be sure to read our article on Money-Saving Travel Tips to help you get the most bang for your buck on your next vacation. Have your kids broken out their t-shirts and shorts from last year – which makes you realize just how much they’ve grown since summer? Before you head to the store and drop some major cash, pick up great deals on all kinds of items at one of Indy’s




many consignment sales. We’ve got a list ready of upcoming events with our Spring Consignment and Resale Guide. What else should be on your spring to-do list? Looking into summer camps! Even though it seems faraway, now is the time to think about camp options for your kids. Start by checking out our extensive Summer Program and Camp Guide which includes both day and overnight camps. And if you’ve got a particularly artistic, musical, dramatic or creative kid at home, take a look at our article on Summer Camps for the Arts to find an experience tailored just for your child. March is a mercurial month – but each day gets us one step closer to saying goodbye to winter for good and embracing the rebirth of spring. Are you ready for it? Me too! Happy (almost) spring!

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Does anyone in your family love pink? If you answered yes – then Pinkalicious, the Musical is a production you won’t want to miss. See the wildly popular, pink-loving children’s book character, Pinkalicious, live on stage. Pinkalicious wants everything in her life to be pink. Watch what happens when her dream comes true in this pinktastic one-hour performance of Pinkalicious, the Musical. Live on stage at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre most Fridays and Saturdays through March 18. This one-hour production is the perfect way to introduce young children to live theatre. Plus, a juice box and snack are included in the $16.50 ticket price. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Visit to purchase your tickets today! Fridays: 10:00-11:00 am and Saturdays: 10:00-11:00 am & 1:00-2:00 pm Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre 9301 Michigan Road, Indianapolis

Dogs: Faithful and True Opening Day Celebration Man’s best friend takes center stage in the newest exhibit coming to the Eiteljorg Museum. Dogs: Faithful and True opens March 4 and explores the enduring presence and contributions of dogs as companions, workers and heroes in Native American and Western cultures. In addition to art, photographs, artifacts and interactive experiences, opening day will offer programming throughout the exhibit celebrating all things dog: Adopt a dog from the Indy Humane's Pet Adoption Wagon, participate in fun art workshops, hear a talk from the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine on the history of dogs in art and dog breeds and much, much more. Visit for a complete programming line-up. Dogs: Faithful and True runs March 4 through August 6.




Everyone’s favorite little mouse is heading to the IRT Watch the beloved children’s book, Stuart Little, come to life during this lively stage event brimming with invention and imagination. Stuart Little lives a happy life with his beloved human family and his dear friend Margalo, the bird. He just needs to avoid that sinister feline, Snowbell. This exciting performance runs February 25 through March 26. For tickets, visit http://www.irtlive. com/plays-and-events/2016-17-season/stuartlittle or call the Ticket Office at 317-635-5252. Indiana Repertory Theatre 140 West Washington Street, Indianapolis

Don’t Miss the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Downtown Indy! Celebrate St. Patty’s Day all weekend long with any, or all, of these Irish-inspired events. For full details, check out the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration website at

26th Annual Shamrock Run & Walk Ready to get some exercise St. Patrick’s style? The 26th Annual Shamrock Run & Walk "Darn Near 4 Miler" is a fun, timed run and walk course that will both start and finish on Monument Circle. The NEW Lucky 7 is a seven-mile timed run that will also start and finish on Monument Circle. Come dressed in your best Irish costume - prizes will be given to the top costumes and more. Entertainment will be featured along the course, as well. The Columbia Club will host a post-race celebration inside the Club. Come for live music, food, refreshments, a beer garden, Irish merchandise booth and more. Saturday, March 18, 10:00 am Monument Circle

Greening of the Canal St. Patrick’s Day is a time for all things green. Green shirts, green pants, green food, green beverages and a green canal. For the 21st year in a row, the downtown canal will be turned a lovely shade of green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. If you have attended this celebration in the past, you know it is a must-see. If you are new to Indianapolis, don’t miss your chance to be part of the fun. Greening of the Canal presented by the Hoosier Lottery will be held on Thursday, March 16 with festivities beginning at 5:00 pm in downtown Indianapolis at Ohio and West Street.

It’s parade time! The 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Presented by Hoosier Lottery will be making its way through downtown Indianapolis starting at 11:30 am. The festive St. Patrick’s Day Parade includes high school bands, floats, catholic schools, Irish dancers, bag pipe and drum bands, Irish organizations and dignitaries. Friday, March 17, 11:30 am Downtown Parade Route

Help solve the mystery at Odd Squad: Live! Attention Odd Squad fans, there is oddness in your town and Ms. O needs YOU to help solve it. Team up with brand new agents Orian and Oleanna in this live, interactive adventure. With help from Ms. O back at headquarters, kids will put their STEM skills to the test and decode, decipher and unravel clues to stop villains like Father Time and Lady Terrible. Featuring an original script by the creators of the PBS Kids series Odd Squad - this laughout-loud, action-packed experience is not to be missed. Visit–live-0 for ticket pricing and to order your tickets today. Thursday, March 16, 6:30 pm Clowes Memorial Hall 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis

Calling all party animals! Come one, come all to the Hoosier Lottery “Imagine That” St. Patrick’s Day Stage and Block Party taking place Friday, March 17 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on Vermont Street. This St. Patty’s bash includes Irish entertainment, food, interactive displays and beer garden located in the middle of the parade route. The festivities will kick-off at 10:00 am with free coffee and doughnuts courtesy of Village Pantry (while supplies last) and live music by Eunan McIntyre. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 11:30 am with live music by Highland Reign being performed from 12:00-2:30 pm.

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FACEBOOK.COM/ INDYSCHILDMAGZINE Spring is a time when the travel bug starts to bite, so we asked, “If money was not an object, what would be your ideal family vacation destination?” Here’s how you responded: “Disney World for 2 days each park and then a Disney cruise.” – Kelsey


“Go out west and see historic sites. Maybe stay at a ranch or ride a train.” – Kim O.

“A month traveling in Europe or a week long Alaskan cruise!!” – Janice S.

“A cabin in the woods off a lake with a small fishing boat. With peace and quiet, good food, a camp fire and my kids.” – Barbara O. “One year – globetrotting.” – Angel W.

“Australia!” – Abigayle T. “A month in Florida going to the beach and theme parks during the winter.” – Ashley T.

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stay tuned to for our latest guides that are packed with family-friendly fun. Here’s a peek at what is trending now: 11 Birthday Party Hotspots Looking for a spot to host your child’s next birthday party? Check out a few of our favorite places to celebrate that special day. 5 Places to Bounce the Day Away Keep the kids from bouncing on your furniture (and off the walls) with our guide to some of the best places to burn off excess energy. Mommy and Me Classes in Indianapolis Get the scoop on area classes that get you in on the action with your little one.

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and resale guide Ready, set, shop!

The 2017 Indianapolis Spring Consignment Sale season is upon us, and there are even more local offerings this year. Savings-savvy parents, get ready to stock up on all things kid and baby, while stretching your dollar to the max. (Events are listed in chronological order.)

Indy Kids Sale Dates: March 9-11. Thurs 3/9: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri 3/10: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 3/11: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. + most items 50% off Pre-sale: Wed 3/11: 5:30-7 p.m., tickets $5 each Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville For more info:

Southside Twins and Multiples Clothing and Equipment Sale Date: March 11. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Grassy Creek Elementary, 2111 Sheek Road, Greenwood For more info:

Here We Grow Again – Indy West Dates: March 15-18. Wed 3/15: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs 3/16: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri 3/17: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 25% off sale; Sat 3/18: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 50% off sale


Dates: April 19-22. Wed 4/19: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $2 admission; Thurs 4/20: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri 4/21: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 25% off select items; Sat 4/22: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 50% off select items + 5-9 p.m. 75% off select items

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Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville

Whale of a Sale – Indy South


Here We Grow Again – Indy North Dates: April 13-15. Thurs 4/13: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri 4/14: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 4/15 9 a.m.-noon + most items 50% off

Date: April 21-22. Sat April 22: 8 a.m.-noon Pre-sale: Moms expecting multiples Fri April 21: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Hendricks County Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 1900 E. Main St., Danville For more info: indywest

Northside Twins and Multiples Clothing and Equipment Sale

Just Between Friends – North Indy

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Pre-sale: Passholders/new moms Tues 3/14: 4-8 p.m.; Teachers/military with ID 5-8 p.m.

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Complex, 6210 Veterans Drive, Whitestown

Dates: April 21-22. Fri 4/21: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 4/22: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.+many items 50% off Pre-sale: Passholders Thurs 4/20 7-9 p.m.; Fri 4/21: 9 a.m. entrance for new/ expectant parents/grandparents (must have free pass available online); Fri 4/21: 10 a.m. entrance for The Gathering Place members, military, Whale of a Sale Recycle Bag Holders

Location: Fishers United Methodist Church, 9691 E. 116th St., Fishers

New Hope Presbyterian Church MOPS Garage Sale Date: April 22. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Pre-sale: Donate a bag of items or pay $5 to shop Fri April 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Location: New Hope Presbyterian Church, 12550 Brooks School Rd., Fishers For more info: MIGSIndiana

Here We Grow Again – Indy South

Location: The Gathering Place at The Community Church of Greenwood, 1495 W. Main St., Greenwood

Dates: April 27-29. Thurs 4/27: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri 4/28: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 4/29 9 a.m.-5 p.m. + most items 50% off

For more info: indysouth.whale-sale. com

Pre-sale: Teachers and new moms Wed 4/26: 6-8 p.m.

Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds, 250 Fairgrounds Drive, Franklin For more info: indysouth

Geist Orchard Cooperative Preschool Kids Sale Dates: April 28-29. Fri 4/28: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 4/29: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mega-sale options not your thing? There are plenty of Indianapolis-area retail stores that offer the same savings all year-round.

Growing Spurts Kids Location: 1001 North State Rd 135 A-3, Greenwood

Location: St. George Orthodox Church, 10748 E. 116th St., Fishers


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Kids Go Round

Kids Resale Shoppe Date: April 29. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Westside Church of the Nazarene, 8610 W. 10th St., Indianapolis For more info:

A Children’s Habitat Montessori School’s Spring Swap Date: April 29, 9 a.m.-noon Location: A Children’s Habitat Montessori School (Pleasant View Lutheran Church), 801 W. 73rd St., Indianapolis For more info: www.childrens-habitat. org

Whale of a Sale – Indy North Dates: May 11-13. Fri 5/12: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 5/13: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. + most items 50% off Pre-sale: Thurs 5/11: 4-9 p.m., VIP passes available on website Location: *NEW LOCATION* Grand Park Events Center, 19000 Grand Park Blvd., Westfield

Location: 2481 E. Main St., Indianapolis Contact:

Kids Kloset Location: 3115 Meridian Parke Dr. #R, Greenwood Contact:

Once Upon a Child Locations: Carmel, Greenwood, Indianapolis and Speedway Contact:;;;;;

Plato's Closet (Tween and teen clothing) Locations: Avon, Fishers, Greenwood and Indianapolis Contact:;;;;

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Play It Again Sports

Kids Closet Connection

Locations: Carmel, Fishers and Indianapolis

Dates: June 8-11. Thurs 6/8: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri, Sat, Sun times TBA at press time Location: Incrediplex, 6002 Sunnyside Road, Indianapolis


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Countdown to Baby: A Pregnancy Timeline Ask a mom and she’ll tell you: Nothing matches the thrill of welcoming a baby into the world. The road to motherhood, however—40 weeks of pregnancy, with its dramatic body changes and mood swings—can be bumpy, especially for first-time moms. Dr. Amanda Born, an OB/GYN with St. Vincent Medical Group, Women’s Health Alliance, shares with us an abbreviated timeline of what to expect and do to ensure you and your honey bun stay healthy while in the oven.

You’re pregnant! What now? So your home pregnancy test showed positive. Congrats! Most health professionals prefer you schedule your first prenatal visit around eight weeks of pregnancy, which is about four weeks after your last menstrual period. That’s because an ultrasound performed earlier than that can be inconclusive, failing to show a healthy heartbeat and triggering needless anxiety. Plus, you’d have to return for additional follow-up. “By waiting until eight weeks of pregnancy,” says Dr. Born, “you’ll have a more definite answer and we’ll see a nice, strong heartbeat on most ultrasounds.” In the meantime, go ahead and eliminate your exposure to alcohol and tobacco, and talk to your doctor if you take any prescription medication.

First Trimester Most women experience nausea and vomiting during this time—the dreaded morning sickness, which may in fact last all day. Some women also experience fatigue, dwindling energy, headaches, and breast tenderness. “Take a good prenatal vitamin,” says Dr. Born, if you’re not already doing so. Again, discuss existing prescriptions with your doctor, and put the kibosh on drinking and smoking. Hang in there, you’re about to feel better.




Second Trimester Enter the honeymoon phase of pregnancy, says Dr. Born. This is when most moms feel their baby move for the first time. (Exciting!) It’s also when your pregnant belly starts to show, and you’ll exude a healthy glow. Any nausea should be resolved by now, and your energy level should improve. The biggest complaint toward the end of this trimester is heartburn, says Dr. Born— especially if that’s been a problem for you outside of pregnancy. The remainder of your pregnancy will fly by; begin looking for a pediatrician now.

Third Trimester Your energy levels may dip again, and your body changes may trigger low back pain, difficulty sleeping, pelvic and hip discomfort. Continue to eat a healthy diet, avoid excessive weight gain, and stay physically active, unless advised not to.

Now is the time to sign up for child prep and breastfeeding classes, and to think through your delivery plan, which can be customized a great deal, depending on your chosen hospital or health system. Who do you want in the room for the baby’s birth? What alternative pain relief options do you prefer? Nitrous oxide? Aromatherapy? Massages? Does dad want to cut the baby’s umbilical cord? At St. Vincent, patients typically work with a nurse navigator to tour the facility, take classes and record their preferences beforehand, so childbirth can go smoothly and be customized to each patient, as part of the Monogram Maternity program. It turns out there’s much you can control in your pregnancy and childbirth experience. Enjoy the ride and use this bit of know-how to boost your bump-to-baby journey. To learn more about Monogram Maternity, exclusively at St. Vincent, visit

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WORDS BY // Jenna Voris, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Too Young For Live Theater? Not at The Children’s Museum! The jungle comes to life at the Lilly Theater at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Starting in March, visitors can experience Mowgli’s quest and the world of The Jungle Book through a new and exciting lens: live theater. Complete with a hand-painted set and interactive performances with professional actors, this show brings to life Mowgli’s search for family, home and the place where he truly belongs. The Lilly Theater is not just home to worldclass children’s productions and an experienced staff, but is also the perfect place to introduce children and families to live theater. With its 350 seat theater and natural acoustics, the theater offers an intimate and immersive experience for all ages. Lilly Theater Manager Krista Layfield says that The Children’s Museum shows always have a little something for everyone. “We try to make every show interactive in some way,” she says. “We perform scenes in realistic settings, and we really try to make our audiences feel immersed, as if we have transported them to a different time and place, both with the scenery and the storytelling.”




The Jungle Book is no different. Adapted and created specifically for a younger audience, this interpretation, written by local playwright Ben Asaykwee, presents Mowgli as an adult, reflecting on the adventures of his youth. The Lilly Theater has offered professional live entertainment to families for over 30 years. Because the theater shows are free with museum admission, Layfield says that for a large portion of visitors, it’s their first time seeing any sort of live theater. For those who can’t wait until March to get in on the wild fun, try a game of Jungle Charades. Take turns acting like a jungle animal until someone guesses what you are. Animal noises and movements are encouraged – but no words! For more information on dates and times for The Jungle Book visit www.childrensmuseum. org.

PHOTO CAPTION // The Lilly Theater at The Children’s Museum is ready for its next production of The Jungle Book.

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WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle

Summer Camps for the Arts E n c o u r ag i n g t h e c r e at i v e s p i r i t i n yo u r c h i l d !

Aspiring 3D artists, future animators, dance enthusiasts, Broadway-bound tots…there’s a camp designed for nearly every creative kid this summer. Here are some of our favorite day camps focused on visual art, music, theater and dance in the Indianapolis area. All kinds of arts Have a kid who wants to explore it all? Consider a general camp so he or she can try a variety of different opportunities. The Butler Arts Camp exposes kids 7 to 11 years old to a range of artistic endeavors, from music and visual art to theater and dance, on the campus of Butler University. Families can choose between two different weeks (317-940-5500, bcas/summer-camps).

Kids 10 to 15 years old will learn the basics of artistic thinking, art history and the impact of great art on the world as part of Art Camp at Carpe Diem Innovative Schools’ northwest campus near 38th Street and Moller Road (317-584-6598,

Visual art camps From painting on canvas, to drawing cartoon characters or working with clay, beads and even duct tape, visual art can be creative, inspiring and, best of all, messy! Preschoolers can channel their inner Monet and Degas while speaking the language of these classic French artists at The International School of Indiana’s Vivent Les Vacances en Art Camp. Two, one-week sessions are offered. (317-9231951,

If pop culture is more up your child’s alley, cartoon animation will be the focus of Cartooniverse camps at several YMCA locations across Indy (317-484-9622, category/day-camps), while Myart studios in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Zionsville offer an array of themed drawing camps to teach visual perception and realistic drawing skills ( If you’re looking for an art experience beyond the basics, the YMCA will offer camps focused on pottery, jewelry making, messy art and even duct tape creations at locations across the city (317-484-9622, category/day-camps), and although they fill up quickly, it’s worth checking out camps focused on unique mediums like glass blowing and textiles at the Indianapolis Art Center (317-255-2464,

The popular Girls Rock! Summer Camp for Girls will be back to inspire the next generation of rock stars, teaching girls how to play traditional rock instruments, along with classes on women in music, positive body image and more (317-643-0233, For young singers, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir offers two, one-week sessions of its ICC Choral Fest Music Camp at Butler University. Open to kids entering first through eighth grade, older children will also get movement, recorder and Orff instrument classes (317-940-9640, If your child has a passion for a particular instrument, check out section-specific camps at Butler (317-940-5500, www. and the University of Indianapolis (317-791-5946,

Music camps

Theater camps

From rocking a guitar solo, to harmonizing with a stage full of singers, there are area camps for every music lover in your family.

For children who are destined to be on stage, there are plenty of show-stopping camp options this summer. The Young Actor Theater downtown has something for thespians of all ages, from its Sandbox Summer Camps, which encourage kindergarteners through




third-graders to recreate a different classic fairy tale each week, to Acting Bootcamp, where teens can dive deep into scene work. (317-694-0477, Kids ages 6 and up will get a glimpse into the world of musical theater with The Biz Academy’s Stars-to-Be camp, rotating through instruction on acting, singing and dancing, while older kids can jump right in and put together a junior show (317-3868969, For budding comedians, ComedySportz’s CSz Education Middle School Summer Camp teaches the art of improv while building confidence, listening skills and creativity at its theater on Mass Ave (317-951-8499, middle-school-summer-camp).

Lake (317-955-7525, summer-camps). The YMCA will offer Hip Hop Dance camps for kids across the city (317-4849622,, while the Central Indiana Academy of Dance in Carmel will introduce kids ages 3 to 6 years old to dance through a variety of fun themes, from princesses to favorite Disney movies (317-581-2423, classes/schedule/summer-programs).

There’s no better time for kids to pursue a new interest or expand on an existing one than during summer break! Don’t wait – research the camps that appeal most to your child and sign up soon!

Dance camps Get kids up and moving this summer with dance camps teaching ballet to hip hop. The Indiana Ballet Conservatory’s summer camps expose children 3 to 5 years old to classic ballets and basic ballet skills, along with themed crafts, games and stories at the Carmel studios (317-2021617, summer.html#camps), while the Indianapolis School of Ballet offers a half-day camp for children 5 to 6 years old focused on the ballet Coppélia, and a full-day Ballet and Art camp for children 7 to 9 years old, which includes field trips to downtown cultural attractions, costume making and a studio performance of Swan


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WORDS BY // Tracy Gale, PsyD, HSPP and Emmaleigh Badeaux, BS, Easterseals Crossroads

The Power of Play Play is an essential and cherished part of childhood. As children play, they are building cognitive, social, physical and emotional skills that benefit their growth. Play not only encourages healthy brain development but serves as a protective factor against future emotional difficulties and helps modulate peer relationships. Children can overcome fears, learn to resolve conflicts, practice decision-making skills and gain selfconfidence through play. Caregivers who fully engage with their children during play are modeling useful character traits and displaying their unconditional interest and support. Participating in play with children also allows caregivers to provide a safe and supportive environment for children to investigate and explore. Caregiver involvement in child-directed play is essential to healthy brain development! Participating in play also allows caregivers to practice skills that children may be acquiring in preschool or therapy in a non-threatening and low pressure setting. This is one of the best ways to reinforce skills learned during physical, occupational, speechlanguage or behavioral therapies, as it allows for sufficient practice to maintain and improve learned skills. Caregivers are uniquely poised to fulfill this role, as they can provide an environment where children feel confident, thus encouraging continued success and growth.




When engaging in play, remember these tips to promote your child’s development: • Allow your child to choose the activity and direct the play. Caregivers can provide guidance, but children learn more when they are given freedom to explore.

• Dedicate your time and attention to your child’s play. Try to limit distractions as much as possible. • Try not to focus on whether your child is playing with a toy in the correct way. Creatively using toys or other objects is an important play skill and encourages cognitive flexibility. • Do not immediately intervene if your child struggles with something. This is a good opportunity to teach problem-solving and frustration management skills, as well as encourage persistence and confidence in your child.

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Family-Friendly Day Trip Destinations TT o on n ss o o ff ff u un n just a short d dr r ii v v ee ff r ro om m II n nd d ii a an na a pp o o ll ii ss WORDS BY // Karen Ring

As the sunshine returns and spring break approaches, your family may be itching for a change of pace. Luckily, Indianapolis is surrounded by a number of family-friendly destinations that are perfect for a quick day trip. Check out a few of our favorites here.





Mounds State Park 39 miles away

Walk in the footsteps of Indiana’s earliest inhabitants at Mounds State Park, located off I-69 just east of Anderson. Here you can view 10 unique earthworks dating back as far as 160 B.C. that were built by prehistoric Indians known as the Adena-Hopewell people. Today, the park’s Nature Center brings the history of the mounds to life with a wildlife viewing room, animal displays, interactive games and more. Hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. A number of hiking trails, ranging from easy to rugged, wind around the prehistoric mounds. Before you head out, be sure to pick up a tree guide and

mounds history guide from the Nature Center. On Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-4:00 pm, you can also tour the historic Bronnenberg House, which tells the story of the family who discovered the mounds in the 1800s and fought to preserve them.


Bloomington, IN 51 miles away

The picturesque town of Bloomington, Indiana is perhaps best known as a hot bed of higher education, but it is also a great place for families to get away for the day. First up: The WonderLab

Museum of Science, Health and Technology. Located on the B-Line Trail in the heart of the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, WonderLab offers kids of all ages the chance to explore more than 65 hands-on science exhibits. Enjoy “soapy science” in the Bubble-Arium, get up close and personal with insects, amphibians and reptiles in the Fitzgerald Hall of Natural Science, discover the science around us in How Things Work, and commune with nature in the WonderGarden. The museum’s youngest visitors even have their own safe space to play, which is enclosed by a low wall so parents can keep tabs on older children. (Note: WonderLab is closed most Mondays and major holidays.)

Once your visit to the museum is complete, take a stroll on the 3.1- milelong B-Line Trail. This paved, 12-foot-wide trail is stroller friendly and home to a growing inventory of murals and sculptures to enjoy during your walk. There are also four plazas along the trail that offer a great place to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch.


Parke County, IN 59 miles away

With a whopping 31 covered bridges, Parke County has earned the title of “Covered Bridge Capital of the World.” The historic structures that dot the area aren’t just eye-catching; each has a story to tell. Visit before your visit to learn the history of each bridge and download suggested driving routes. During the weekends of February 25-26 and March 4-5, visitors can take part in the Parke County Maple Fair. Numerous maple syrup camps will be set up throughout the county where you can see how the sweet stuff is made and score a sample. Festival headquarters will be located at the county 4-H Fairgrounds outside of Rockville. Hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. There you can find maps and information on all the places you’ll want to visit in Parke County.


Newport, KY 115 miles away

Located just minutes from downtown Cincinnati, Newport, Kentucky, is chock-full of family fun. Immerse yourself in an underwater world that is home to thousands of animals from across the globe at the Newport Aquarium. While you are there, be sure to take a trip across Shark Bridge, a 75-foot rope bridge that allows guests to walk just inches above sharks, exotic shark rays, stingrays and more than 300 fish. When you are finished at the aquarium, grab a bite to eat at Newport on the Levee before taking a trek across the Kentucky/Ohio state line via the Newport Southbank Bridge. More commonly known as the Purple People Bridge, this bridge (which is actually purple) stretches 2,670 feet over the Ohio River, connecting Newport to downtown Cincinnati (and your kids can tell their friends that they walked from Kentucky to Ohio in a matter of minutes).

collections of Ice Age bones in North America. Finally, walk in the footsteps of Daniel Boone at Squire Boone Caverns, where tour guides escort you down 73 stairs past views of rushing rivers and waterfalls. Once you complete all four caves, you’ll score a free T-shirt! Simply pick up a passport at the first cave you visit and have it stamped at all four locations. It is impossible to see all four caves in one day, but no worries – you have through December 2018 to finish the task, which can easily be divided into multiple day trips.

When it comes to family-friendly destinations, this is just the tip of the iceberg. So grab the kids, load up the car and see where your next adventure leads.


Indiana Cave Trail 75 miles to the nearest cave

Looking for a family challenge in 2017? Why not conquer all four caves along the Indiana Cave Trail. Bluespring Caverns in Bedford features an underground river you can tour by boat as you learn the unique history of how the caverns were formed. Further south, Marengo Cave is a National Natural Landmark featuring large rooms and an abundance of formations that will make you feel as if you have been transported to another world. At 43.5 miles long, Indiana Caverns is the longest cave system in Indiana. Both walking and boat tours are available to take you past diverse ecosystems, an amazing waterfall and one of the largest

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How to save big bucks on your next family vacation WORDS BY // Karen Ring

Family vacations are a great way to spend quality time together while expanding your horizons, but let’s face it: Travel isn’t cheap. Fortunately, there are ways to save. Check out our tips for saving money when traveling with kids.




plan ahead This is key, especially if you are flying. According to, the sweet spot for saving on airfare is 54 days in advance. Of course, getting the best deals is not an exact science. The bottom line is this: The fuller the flight, the more expensive the ticket. Googlef allows you to save your itinerary and then track fares in order to swoop in and grab the best deal. Booking well in advance also gives you more options when it comes to connections and seat choice, which is essential when traveling with young children.

Hotel rates also go up as demand increases. Start your search early and look for rooms that offer free cancellation. This will cost you slightly more than a non-refundable room, but allows you to snag a good rate and then rebook if a better deal arises.

Be flexible If you can manage some wiggle room with your travel schedule, it can make a big difference – especially with airfare. Flying Tuesday to Tuesday or Wednesday to Wednesday can save a family of four hundreds of dollars in many cases. The fare calendar on Googlef gives a good overview of the rates for specific travel dates. Or type in your preferred schedule and an alert will pop up if you can save money by shifting your dates slightly.

Choose accommodations wisely “When booking a hotel, look for one where kids can stay free or that includes free amenities like breakfast, WIFI and a pool,” advises Deb Nicoson with AAA Hoosier Motor Club. A room that includes a refrigerator and microwave, or, better yet, a kitchenette will help cut down on the cost of eating out. Also consider renting a home through services like Airbnb and HomeAway. Not only do rates rival those of area hotels, many come with all the comforts of home, including a kitchen and laundry room. Airbnb offers a filter for family-friendly accommodations, many of which include everything from board games to bouncy seats.

Enlist some help According to the American Society of Travel Agents, enlisting a travel agent can save an average of $452 per trip, plus four hours of planning time. How is this possible? Because travel agents have mastered the art of the bundle. “When booking a hotel, flight and rental car, you can usually get a better price by booking it as a package through a A A A travel agent versus booking each component individually,” says Nicoson. (Bonus: AAA offers free travel planning for both members and non-members.) Another perk is price monitoring. If a promotion is offered after you book, a travel agent can often go in and apply that promotion to your reservation. “If you book directly, the resort is not going to call and say, ‘Hey, I can make your vacation quite a bit cheaper!’” says Heather Lipe, an independent travel consultant with Mousekeplanner,

whose planning services are also free of charge. Travel agents make it their business to know the little ins and outs of travel that can add up to big savings. “If you have a large family you may only think to look into a two bedroom suite or villa, while a travel agent may know that if you try a different resort and do two adjoining rooms, you may save money,” Lipe explains.

Compare passes When visiting an amusement park, purchasing a multi-day pass online can offer huge cost savings. At Busch Gardens parks, for instance, a 3-day pass purchased online costs just $17 more than a single-day ticket purchased at the gate – that’s a whole lot more bang for your buck. Also consider purchasing an annual pass for one person in your party – this will score

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you free parking (up to $20 per day at many parks) and discounts on food and merchandise. Many AAA offices also offer discounted amusement park passes for their members. If you are heading to a big city like New York, Atlanta or Chicago, check out CityPASS, which bundles admission tickets to 5 of the top tourist destinations into one convenient booklet, saving you roughly 50 percent over purchasing admission individually.

Stock up on snacks and drinks “Fast food chains and convenient store stops can add up!” Nicoson says. To help combat these extra costs, load up on drinks and snacks before you leave. If you are flying, hit the grocery store once you arrive. Check the policy at any amusement parks you will be visiting and carry in what you can – especially high-protein options that keep energy levels in check. Most parks will also offer free water anywhere they sell fountain drinks. “We like to take drink flavoring packets in our backpack so that we keep hydrated, but can have something with a little bit of flavor,” Lipe says.




If you are taking a cruise, check to see if they offer a BYOB policy. “Disney cruise line lets you bring two bottles of wine or a six pack of beer per adult on board with you!” adds Lipe.

Keep souvenir spending in check Set daily souvenir spending limits before you leave. This not only keeps spending in check and helps minimize whining; it also offers your kids a valuable lesson in budgeting. Save even more by stocking up on souvenirs before you leave. “The dollar store is your best friend before visiting Disney…ponchos, glow sticks, Disney-themed coloring books, etc.,” says Lipe. “These will all set you back a pretty penny once you’re inside the parks.”

Family vacations don’t have to break the bank. With a little planning and research, you’ll soon be making valuable family memories while sticking to your budget.

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Helping Children with Autism Handle Grief Suggestions for managing this difficult concept What does “dead” mean? Can we still visit Grandpa? Are you going to die, too? Of all the complex emotions that childhood brings, grief and loss are by far some of the most difficult for parents to help their children navigate. For parents of children on the autism spectrum in particular, the grief process requires another layer of understanding of how they see the world. “All people need the opportunity to grieve in their own way and in their own time, and individuals on the spectrum are no exception,” says Marci Wheeler, a social work specialist with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. “Our society doesn’t handle grief very well, and we often think it’s a private thing, when we really need to be open and talk about these emotions.”

Using concrete language Death can be a hard concept to grasp, especially for those who struggle to understand abstract concepts, like many with autism do. When talking about death, experts urge parents to stick with concrete language and avoid colloquialisms, such as the person “went to sleep,” “passed away,” or “went to heaven,” which can be interpreted differently by a child who takes things very literally. When your child asks what death is, you can explain that the person is no longer able to move, talk or breathe, and that their body stopped working and can’t be fixed, Wheeler suggests. It can also be helpful to use concrete examples of death, for example comparing a live bug with a dead one, and watching or reading stories where someone dies to make the concept more understandable.

Accepting all feelings One of the most important things to do when a child suffers a loss is to reassure them that his or her feelings are alright, no matter what they might be, experts say. Anger, sadness, anxiety, the need to withdraw or even a lack of emotion are all common responses to grief. For individuals with autism, emotions can sometimes get scrambled, leading them to express the opposite of what they’re feeling, such as laughing when others are crying, or, in some cases, they may not feel emotional at all. “I’ve worked with kids and adults on the spectrum who were embarrassed or ashamed that they weren’t having an emotional response when others around them were outwardly grieving,” recalls Kelly Ernsperger, a clinical social worker and owner of Autism Counseling & Behavior Consultation Inc. on Indy’s north side. “It’s important to explain to the child that what they are feeling is okay, not everyone responds to loss in the same way, and to also help them understand how to respond in a respectful way when other people’s feelings are different from their own.” Experts encourage parents to involve their children in the rituals surrounding the death of a loved one, such as the viewing, funeral and family events, when possible. Creating social stories or visiting the locations ahead of time can help prepare the child, and having an exit plan mapped out will ensure they can leave when they’ve had enough.



Of course, if your child is mourning the loss of a family member, you probably are, too. Experts remind parents to take care of their own emotional needs during the grieving process. “It’s hard for any parent to take time for their own feelings of grief when they’re taking care of a child who might also be grieving. This is even more complicated when your child has autism and his or her emotions may not sync up with yours in the way you might have expected,” Ernsperger says. “It’s important that the adults find the opportunity to attend to their own emotions, because you truly can’t be good for your child if you don’t take care of yourself.” There are many online resources for helping children with autism deal with grief and loss, including some from the Autism Society of Indiana (autismsocietyofindiana. org/crisis-grief-resources). For more information, Wheeler’s wide-ranging article on the topic can be found at

Grief support strategies - Validate thoughts and feelings.

Maintaining a routine Predictability is often very important for children with autism, and death can throw their routine into disarray. When possible, experts encourage parents to try to keep your family’s day-to-day schedule intact, while paying special attention to routines that involved the person who died. “If it’s grandpa who died, and every Sunday your family member with autism would visit and talk with grandpa, how will that look moving forward? Can the


child write notes instead or talk into a recorder?” Wheeler suggests. “Acknowledge the changes and find concrete things the individual on the spectrum can do to give them that same kind of security.”

- Provide reassurance that everyone reacts to grief differently. - Don’t evaluate or judge the grieving process against that of others. - Keep discussions developmentally appropriate. - Be patient.

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Gymnastics Options for Kids with Special Needs Indy-area facilities with programs designed for all gymnasts

Running. Tumbling. Jumping. Bouncing. When it comes to engaging energetic kids indoors, it’s hard to beat a gymnastics class. Along with being a great way to get moving, learning gymnastics can help improve eye-hand coordination, motor skills and self-confidence, along with providing a unique way to interact socially with other kids. These skills can be particularly helpful for kids with a variety of special needs, many of whom often do better with individual sports that allow flexibility and personal expression.

Several Indianapolis-area gymnastics facilities offer classes and teams designed to include kids with special needs, and most offer private instruction that can be tailored to your child’s level. Here are some gyms recommended most often by local special needs parents: A Plus Gymnastics Center 9625 E. 150th St., Noblesville

“My son takes semi-private gymnastics lessons with his brother and a friend, and it’s excellent sensory input, plus he has an absolute blast,” says Kathy Shreve, of Carmel, whose 8-year-old son, Andrew, has autism. “Gymnastics is the only activity that he asks to do again, year after year.”




317-773-7266, Several members of the A Plus staff have experience working with children with special needs. Group classes or individual instruction can be scheduled for weekdays when the gym is quieter. Call for more information.

DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics 9032 Technology Drive, Fishers (317) 849-7744, classes/adapted-gymnastics DeVeau’s Dynamos is a one-hour adapted gymnastics class intended to introduce children ages 6 to 10 to the basics of gymnastics. Coach Chelsea Mason says a full class would be four children, and that there are currently two children enrolled. “We have a lot of fun,” she says. “If this is successful, we’ll start developing a waiting list, and we could expand our class offerings.” Contact Chelsea at the number above or at chelseanmason@ to schedule a consultation. Gymnastics Unlimited 460 Rawles Ave., Indianapolis 317-897-GOGU, gu-indy. com/gymunlimin Along with welcoming all children in group classes and private instruction, Gymnastics Unlimited also offers a

competitive cheerleading program for kids with special needs. The athletes learn a small routine at weekly practices and then compete at the exhibition level about eight times a year. Call for more information. Indy Stars Gymnastics 8070 Georgetown Road, Indianapolis 317-986-5707, Classes for children ages 3 to 7 with special needs are offered Thursdays from 5-5:45 pm. The facility also hosts practices for the Special Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team on Thursdays from 6-7:15 p.m. and on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 11:30 am -12:30 pm. Children ages 6 to 8 are eligible for the show team, and those 8 and older can compete in three to four matches a year. Call for more information.

Power Kids 14888 Herriman Blvd., Noblesville 317-523-2824, Designed especially for children ages 3 to 18 with physical and cognitive challenges, the Power Kids program focuses on growing confidence and self-esteem through gymnastics. Group classes and private instruction available. Call to schedule a free, 30-minute consultation with Power Kids founder Brian Jones.

Don’t have one of these facilities near you? Ask your local gymnastics center if they can accommodate your child. Many gyms offer private or semi-private instruction that can be tailored for his or her needs.

The Flip Zone 880 Andico Road, Plainfield 317-838-0667, Classes for children with special needs are offered Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. Scholarships are available. Call for more information.

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

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

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

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



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

LITTLE STAR CENTER Children's Therapy Connection New Spring Break Camps! Two FREE week-long camps to make the most of your break. K-6th grade Lego Skill Builders teams building daily. Encouraging social interaction & communication skills. Yoga for KIDS. Any age/ability. We supply the mats, you bring the smiles. Teaching coordination, strength, & balance. 3/20-3/24, 3/27-3/31, or 4/3-4/7. Pick a week and select morning or afternoon session. FREE! Call to register today. 7478 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: info@,

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


Easter Seals Crossroads

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

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

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

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



March Special Needs Events FRI 03

FRI 10

FRI 17

Eighth Annual Indiana Authors Breakfast presented by the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana

Mental Health & Criminal Justice Summit

Hear Indiana Parent INcouragement Night

Featuring Hoosier authors: Andrea Neal Author of Road Trip: A Pocket History of Indiana; Brian Sweany Author of Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride: A Novel; Sherri Wood Emmons Author of Prayers and Lies, The Sometimes Daughter and The Seventh Mother; Robert L. Snow Author of Portrait of a Past-Life Skeptic: The True Story of a Police Detective’s Reincarnation. Tickets: $40 per person

Location: Meridian Hills Country Club, Time: 8:30 a.m.-12:00p.m. Phone: 317-222-6635, Purchase tickets here: events/-/e106223

SAT 04 Eagle Creek Polar Plunge

Support Special Olympics Indiana by joining the fun of the Polar Plunge. Participants must raise a “bear” minimum of $75 ($50 minimum for students with a student ID) to take a daring dip into Indiana’s winter waters. All funds raised by the event benefit Special Olympics Indiana. Register here: indianapolis-eagle-creek-polar-plungeindyplunge/?instance_id=185 Location: Eagle Creek Beach, Time: 8:00 a.m., Phone: 317-370-9007

Inspiring Abilities Expo

The expo offers families and professionals a great opportunity to network with organizations and service providers who meet the unique needs of children with disabilities. You can also attend topical training sessions to learn about issues important to your family. Child care is available on site so parents can have uninterrupted time to talk and learn! FREE. Register: Location: Greenfield Intermediate School, Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Phone: 317-3709007

Each year, NAMI Indiana pulls together a diverse group of leaders from the criminal justice field to provide education and new tools for professionals. The Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit aims to create significant and positive changes in policies within the criminal justice system. Register here: summit Locations: Indianapolis Marriot North, Time: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Phone: 317-370-9007

Hear Indiana's INcouragement Night was designed to give parents of children who have a hearing loss a safe and encouraging place to learn about valuable topics and share about their experiences. Child care and dinner are provided. Location: Hear Indiana, Time: 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m., Phone: 317-370-9007, www.hearindiana. org/index.php?/resources/incouragement-night

SAT 18 SUN 12 Princess For A Day

Bring your child to be treated like a princess at our seventh annual Princess For A Day fundraiser and silent auction benefiting the Indy chapter of Flashes of Hope. For $25, your child will be treated to hair styling, mini manicures, makeover, a princess photoshoot (with a free 5x7 download), a complimentary tiara and princess wand, face painting, magicians, balloon twisters, baked goods and more! Parents get in free and can take part in our silent auction and free seated chair massages. Proceeds will help us provide free family portraits to dozens of families with children receiving in-patient care from Riley Hospital for Children and Peyton Manning Children's Hospital. Visit this link to register: 2017/03/12/2017-princess-for-a-day

Central Indiana Autism Expo

Learn about local autism services, programs, support and resources for those affected by autism in and around Indiana. The expo's hours will be longer this year to allow more time to explore and meet with all the exhibitors/providers. Attendees do not need to register and do not need a ticket to come to the expo. Parking is $5.

Dyslexia Parent Workshop: Written Expression

Learn tips and techniques to help your student put their thoughts onto paper. This workshop is designed for parents of students in grades 4-12. Cost is $20. Location: Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, Time: 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., Phone: 317-370-9007, written-expression-workshop/e117658

SAT 25 Special Needs Screening: Beauty and the Beast

Special Needs Screening: Kong: Skull Island

Location: Studio Movie Grill, Time: 11:00 a.m., Phone: 317-370-9007, Movie/Film-Series/Special-Needs-Screenings


Location: Studio Movie Grill, Time: 11:00 a.m., Phone: 317-370-9007, Movie/Film-Series/Special-Needs-Screenings

Location: Cornerstone Autism Center, Time; 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., Phone: 317-370-9007


Special Needs Screenings are free for children with special needs and their siblings, and the family-friendly movies are shown with the lights up, the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles.

Location: Riley Hospital for Children and Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, Time: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Phone: 317-271-1330

Elizabeth Homes, Esq., MBA will speak about how and why one would pursue a guardianship. She will also discuss the ABLE Act, a new law that may help a portion of the special needs community. Gordon Homes, CLU, ChFC, CFP, will cover wills and special needs trusts. A light dinner will be provided. RSVP is required to Sheila or 317-888-1557. FREE.

Location: St. Luke Catholic School, Time: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Phone: 317-370-9007, www. basketball/

Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Time: 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Phone: .317-3709007, central-indiana-autism-expo/

Special Needs Screenings are free for children with special needs and their siblings, and the family-friendly movies are shown with the lights up, the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles. FREE.

Special Needs Trusts & Guardianship Workshop

payment plans available for those who demonstrate need).

SUN 19 JMFitness Adaptive Basketball - St. Luke Catholic School

JMFitness offers a recreational adaptive basketball series for children ages three to 21. Throughout each session, athletes learn the rules, technique and safety associated with playing basketball from a mentor, who works closely with the athlete. Focusing on dribbling, passing and shooting, it brings inclusion to all on the court and allows participants to see how capable they are as they play and grow their skills over the session. Four-week session: March 19, March 26, April 2 and April 9. $40 (flexible

THURS 30 Postsecondary Options and Supports for Transitioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Symposium

The purpose of this conference is to showcase best practices that allow students with autism to access, persist in and graduate college and succeed in finding and maintaining meaningful, competitive employment. The program will include three strands: one each for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, parents, and professionals and faculty working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Location: Ball State University L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Time: 7:45 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Phone: 317-370-9007, Register here:

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WORDS BY // Christa Melnyk Hines

The Benefits of Summer Camp Eight great ways your child can grow from the experience American Journal of Health Behavior, camps that offer wholesome foods are more likely to turn out campers who eat more fruits and veggies. Many resident and day camps now offer cooking and gardening tracks where kids learn how to prepare nutritious meals.

Camp eases the summer slide You know that old saying, "if you snooze, you lose"? In the absence of regular enrichment over summer break, research finds that kids typically lose as much as two months of grade level equivalency in math. Reading comprehension and spelling skills also take a hit during the summer.

As 14 million children across the country head off to day and overnight camps this summer, they'll return home with more than just a cute camp t-shirt. The summer camp experience can give kids an advantage in school and in life. Here's how camp benefits kids: Camp nurtures social skills Camp is a community away from home and school where kids learn to work with each other and adult mentors, build relationships and manage conflict. "You learn to navigate through group dynamics, to barter, to keep one another happy, to be sensitive and support a friend who's sad," says James Spearin, YMCA senior vice president of youth development. "These skills transfer and build adults with strong character and leadership."

Camp models healthy living According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity in children has doubled, and in teens has quadrupled, in the last 30 years. Thanks to the many activities camp offers, kids stay busy and physically active. More camps are also working to offer healthier food choices for their campers. According to a 2014 study in the 36



To help curb summer learning loss, many specialized camps offer educational opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) that make learning and problem-solving fun and interactive. Also, look for camps geared toward reading, writing and the arts.

Camp enhances self-confidence According to an extensive study of camper outcomes conducted by Philliber Research Associates, 70 percent of parents report that their child gained self-confidence while at camp. Whether they work through homesickness or tackle an activity that pushed them outside of their comfort zone, kids walk away feeling a stronger sense of personal pride and self-reliance.

meantime, they're growing more and more attached to life in cyberspace and further detached from the natural world. Camp provides kids the perfect opportunity to see what they’ve been missing in the great outdoors.

Camp fosters teamwork Camp facilitates an environment where kids learn that to succeed they must work together with their peers and their camp leaders. Whether they're working to build a campfire together, playing a game, or preparing a meal, campers learn to problem-solve to accomplish their goals. Through teamwork, kids learn that they are each an integral part of the camp community where they can feel a sense of acceptance and belonging.

Camp encourages personal growth While camp may simply seem like a quintessential summer pastime for kids to learn to swim, sleep in a cabin and sing around a campfire, they can be rewarded with personal development skills that can help them in the classroom, in their relationships and in whatever calling they choose. "Those tangible experiences lead to building the foundations of stronger children who can lead others, show empathy, navigate through difficult group dynamics, value the differences in everyone, and give of oneself for the benefit of others," Spearin says. "These are skills that the best in our society show throughout life."

Camp helps kids unplug and build friendships In a distracting digital world, camp offers valuable space where kids can slow down, connect and focus. Away from the pressures, labels and social structure of school, one of the best parts of camp is the opportunity for kids to make new friends.

What Campers Say: 96% say camp helped them make new friends 92% say people at camp make them feel good about themselves

Camp reintroduces kids to nature According to a nationwide poll conducted by The Nature Conservancy, only about 10 percent of children spend time outdoors every day. Why? Kids say they aren't interested, they lack access and are uncomfortable outside. In the

74% did something they were afraid to do at first Source:

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DAY CAMPS 1st Maker Space Decatur Central, Fishers, Franklin Central, Zionsville; Phone: (317) 300-4510; Email:; www.1stmakerspace. com/maker-camps Dates: 1-week camps in June & July Hours: 9:30am - 3:30pm Ages: vary by camp location (entering 1st-8th grade) Activities included: STEM/STEAM/Making

Discover inspiring ways to imagine, design, invent, tinker and make through hands-on projects, interactive challenges and collaborative creations. This week-long camp fosters creativity, builds confidence, and sparks interest in science, technology, engineering, math and the arts. Every youth can be a maker - so let’s start making!

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

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

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

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




Butler Community Arts School 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208; Phone: (317) 940-5500; Email:; Dates: Camps begin mid-June through end of July. See website for details. Hours: Varies by camp. See website for start times. Ages: 7-21

Take advantage of multiple camps offered at the Butler Community Arts School: Arts, Piano, Theatre, Percussion, Jazz, Bass, Strings, Snare & Tenor, and more! Most camps serve ages 7-12 and 12-18, offering commuter and residential options. With many camps to choose from, students are bound to find a great match!

Camp AYS Various Locations. Phone: (317) 283-3817; Email:; Dates: varies depending on school district Hours: 6:30/7:00am to 6pm (varies depending on school district) Ages: 5 through 13

Camp AYS offers fun adventures focused on science, art, health and the environment. Lots of active games, new friends and new experiences make Camp AYS the place to be this summer. Marion, Hamilton & Hendricks Co., grades K-7.

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

Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! This summer’s all-new curriculum allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities that will launch your child’s imagination. Visit or call 800.968.4332. Discounts available!

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Summer Camp Series 1235 Central Park Dr., East Carmel, IN, Phone: (317) 848-7275 , Email:, summercampseries/ Special Needs Offered: We offer assessments if your child requires an ADA modification to any of our camps. Dates: May 30-August 4

Hours: Monday-Friday and fall between the 7am-6pm timeframe, but vary based on camp Ages: 5-15 years Activities Included: Camp themes include art, theatre, sports, nature, and science.

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

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

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

Cincinnati Reds Baseball/ Softball Camps Billericay Park: 12600-12883 Promise Rd., Fishers, IN 60555, Contact: Tim Rappe, Phone: (855) 846-7337, Email:, Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports Hours: 9am-3pm; M-F Dates: Billericay Park in Fishers; 6/5-6/9, 2017 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American Ball Park, full Reds uniform (hat, jersey, belt, MLB-style pants), 4 game tickets

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

Confucius Institute Chinese Culture Camp

Heritage Day Camps

Phone: (317) 278-7900, Email:,

6401 E 71st St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 849-3441, Email: carol.williamson@,

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

Dates: Begins May 30 Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm Camp Programming Activities Included: Hands on experiences, student created inventions, art projects, daily worship and Bible lessons, Field Trips off campus, Science experiments, iPad/computer coding, LEGO robotics, physics of simple machines

For language learning, the younger the better. To better prepare our children to learn Chinese language, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis offers a Chinese Culture summer day-camp for K-8 students. The camp is held on the IUPUI campus, and last for one to eight weeks. Students will have a full curriculum of Chinese language, calligraphy, crafts and sports, singing and dancing and academic classes.

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

Dana Mannix Gymnastics

IMA Summer Camp

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indiana Ballet Conservatory Storybook Summer Camps 849 W. Carmel Drive Carmel, IN 46032; Phone: (317) 202-1617; Email: jonna@indianaballet; www.indianaballetconservatory. org Dates: June 5-16, 2017 Hours: 9am- 12pm Ages: 3-5 Activities Included: Weekly themes (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Angelina Ballerina) classes, crafts, games and activities

IBC Summer Camps are designed for boys and girls ages 3-5 and continues the solid foundational dance training taught throughout the school year. Within a warm and friendly environment, children also have the opportunity to make new friends and learn about weekly themes such as “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake,” “Angelina Ballerina,” and more. Classes, crafts, games, and activities are all implemented with the age of the student in mind. All parents and visitors will enjoy a casual demonstration on the last day of camp.

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Indianapolis Art Center

JEWEL Summer Enrichment Camp

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

5750 East 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 591-5050, Email: csinkfield@eastern,

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Dates: June 6 through July 29, 2017 Hours: 7am to 6pm Ages: 5 to 13 Activities Included: Swimming, tennis, Camptown adventures, arts/ crafts, piano lessons, incrediplex. bowling, golfing exposure, silly safari, roller skating.

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

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

ICC’s Summer Choral Fest! A summer camp for kids who love music. The highest quality choral music experience woven in between fun musical activities and camp friendships! Includes a performance at the conclusion of camps. Financial Assistance is Available.

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

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

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

Dates: May 30-August 11 Hours: M-F, 9:00am-3:30pm Ages: 5-12

Mulitple locations. Phone: (317) 490-6625 Email:; Dates: June 5-August 4, 2017 Hours: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: 5 and up Special needs offered: Yes, please call to discuss Activities included: 4 day and 1 day Summer Art Camps

Myart campers draw, paint and create amazing art with specific themes. Brand new projects this year. Contact sylvia@myartindy. com for Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville studios. Contact buffe@ for Zionsville studio.

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

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

Summer U at University High School 2825 W. 116th St., Carmel, IN, Phone: (317) 733-4475 , Email:, summer-reading/

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

Dates: Session I Jun 12-30, Session II Jul 10-28 Hours: 7:00am-5:00pm Ages: 6-18 Activities Included: 3D printing, art, computer programming, creating writing, film, languages, Minecraft, sports, study skills, robotics, yoga, and more.

University High School offers several enrichment summer camps and courses for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Our camps cover everything from study skills




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

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

Myart Summer Camps

IUPUI Day Camp 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 274-3518,

to computer science and programming, from theatre to creative writing. New in 2017! We are offering film camps which study movies, and the process by which movies are made, a course involving personal finance, and varying yoga camps and classes through the two summer sessions.

White Pine Wilderness Academy 841 West 53rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208; Phone: (317) 774-6360; Email:; https://whitepinewilderness. com/ Dates: June 17 – August 17 Hours: 9am – 4pm Ages: 6-17 Activities Included: Wilderness skills like fire by friction, archery, carving, tracking.

Our mentoring model incorporates the ‘invisible school’, with nature as our classroom, hiding knowledge in games and ancient skills, our summer camps engage students in carving, fire building, foraging, archery, the arts of tracking and survival and indigenous approaches to land stewardship.White Pine Summer Camps are life changing.

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

iD Tech Butler University and Purdue University locations. Phone: (888) 709-8324; Dates: June – July Hours: 8am-9am Check-in / 5pm-6pm Check-out Ages: 7-17 Activities Included: Robotics, Computer Programming, Game Design, 3D Printing, and more.

We are the world’s #1 summer tech camp for kids and teens ages 6 – 18! At iD Tech, we offer day & overnight summer camps for aspiring programmers, app developers, video game designers, engineers, filmmakers, photographers, and more. iD Tech has specific programs for girls, teens, tweens, and young learners. Courses are led by tech-savvy, adult-only staff in a fun, energetic and experiential environments. In addition to providing entertaining and age-appropriate activities, our STEM summer camps are loaded with original, real-world curriculum and professional software. With personalized, hands-on instruction for all skill levels and small class sizes of just eight students per instructor, we anticipate our students to become the world’s next creators of innovative technology!

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

Fly from the zipline, create a clay pot, ride horses or dirt bikes. Build your confidence and self-esteem as you join campers and staff from around the country and the world in a camp family where all kids are Accepted, Challenged, Empowered. ALL new cabins built in 2014.

Camp Crosley YMCA​ Phone: (574) 834-2331, Email:, Dates: One week sessions starting June 11 -Aug. 5 Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm for the office Ages: 6-15 Activities Included: H2Whoa Zone Water Recreation Area with beach, Swimming, Log Rolling, High Ropes Course, Giant Swing, Zipline, Low Ropes, Climbing Wall, Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Fishing, Archery, Riflery, Field Sports, Friendship

Crafts, Music Fusion, Photography, Videography, Journalism, GaGa, 9 Square in the Air, Carpetball, Waterskiing/Wakeboarding, Horsback Riding, Mini Bikes, Sailing, SCUBA

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

Camp Millhouse 25600 Kelly Rd, South Bend, IN 46614; Phone: (574) 233-2202; Email:; Dates: June 18-23 18&UP, June 25-30 18&UP, July 2-6 TLC, July 9-14 18&UP, July 16-21 kids 7-17, July 23-28 Sports 13&UP (campers independent in their care) Hours: 24 hours residential camp Ages: 7 to 70+ (we have no age limit) Special needs offered: All special needs except respiratory (trach, oxygen, etc)

Camp Millhouse is a residential summer camp for people of all ages with varying disabilities. We have 24-hour on-site nursing w/ medication management. Low camper to staff ratios. We accommodate most all dietary restrictions. Campers will enjoy numerous activities in a safe and accepting environment. Questions/pre-camp tours welcome.

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CYO Camp Rancho Framasa

YMCA Camp Piomingo

2230 Clay Lick Rd. Nashville, IN, Phone: (812) 525-2882, Email:,

1950 Otter Creek Park Rd. Brandenburg, KY 40108, Contact: Molly Staley / Senior Program Director, Phone: (502) 942-2616, Email:, www.

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Special Needs Offered: All programs are inclusive of all children Dates: June 4 – July 28 Hours: Sun-Fri Ages: 7-19+ Activities Included: Horseback Riding, Swimming, High Ropes, Drama, Archery, Sports, Games, Arts & Crafts, Firebuilding, Canoeing, Campfires, All Camp Evening Games, etc.

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

Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: June 11 – August 5, 2017

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





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Ask the Teacher Following rules, the “growth mindset” and prepping for kindergarten


Our third grade son has a tough time following rules at home and at school. We are at a loss as to how to help him. What can we do?


Begin by doing a careful assessment of exactly what is happening. Track behaviors for a few days, and ask your son’s teacher to do the same. Note how often he is misbehaving and when the misbehavior occurs. Pay attention to the circumstances. Do problems come up when other children are involved, when your son is working independently or when asked to do specific tasks? If a trigger is indicated or a pattern becomes apparent, determine if there is a way to alter the circumstances that seem to result in your son’s misbehavior. Make adjustments accordingly. Work out one or two simple behavior goals and a plan for your son to accomplish those goals. Sometimes there is not an apparent trigger or pattern. The next key consideration should be how much misbehavior is actually occurring. One bad behavior that lasts a few minutes at




the end of the day may color the impression of how much poor behavior he has had overall. Determine just how often his learning is being disrupted throughout the entire school day as well as how much of his classmates’ learning is being disrupted. When learning is being disrupted often, a discussion with the school counselor or your child’s pediatrician may be warranted to determine if there is something more impacting the choices your child is making.


The principal at my children’s school has talked about “growth mindset” as a focus of our school. What is that exactly?


The term “growth mindset,” developed through Dr. Carol Dweck‘s research, refers to her discovery that intelligence can be developed. In the past, some have considered intelligence to be fixed. Students, and often their parents and teachers, have typically seen themselves as intelligent or as unintelligent and have not

believed they could do much about improving their own intelligence. The growth mindset and the fixed mindset perspectives are contrasted in the student’s motivation to learn. Modern neuroscience has made the differences apparent.

Arrange playdates and opportunities to be supervised by other adults when you are not there. Building this confidence in getting along with others and in being separated from you will establish a solid foundation for learning.

The growth mindset leads to confidence that the student can learn and is, therefore, willing to ask questions. The student with the fixed mindset sees learning as out of his control and as something he should be able to produce immediately and independently rather than something that he can develop with the help of those around him. He is afraid to ask questions for fear of being seen as unintelligent. He shrinks from concerted effort because he does not see achievement as possible. The development of “growth mindset” is believed to inspire greater effort and more resilience in students, resulting in higher achievement.

Provide ample opportunity for outdoor and active play for development of large motor skills. Formal lessons are not necessary; these skills will develop naturally on the playground or in the backyard. Encourage your daughter to color, draw and paint on blank paper to help her develop small motor skills. Playing with playdough, using small scissors and stacking blocks will also help with eye/hand coordination.

When students are taught directly about the correlation between their personal effort and results as demonstrated in neuroscience, they are more successful. Teachers can be trained to help students understand growth mindset and, consequently, achieve more.


I want to help my preschooler be ready to be successful when she starts school in the fall. Are there things I can do to help her start reading?


Don’t get too carried away with the idea that your daughter needs to be reading when she starts kindergarten. Focus on the basics instead.

Spend some time reading a variety of children’s books and magazines to your daughter. Discuss the characters and the story line. Encourage her to “read” the book to you after she is familiar with it, using the pictures to guide her re-telling of the story. Talk about shapes, numbers and letters as you see them in everyday life. If your daughter is able to identify them, she will be comfortable when the reading lessons begin. Write her name often, using a capital letter at the beginning and lower case letters for the rest of her name. Spell it aloud as you write it: “capital letter x, next letter, etc.” Helping your daughter become comfortable in the care of others, developing large and small motor skills and having exposure to shapes, numbers and letters will set her up for a great start to school! Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four who holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Deb has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at

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Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool


indianapolis – north

Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

Apogee School for Gifted Children

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

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

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

Contact: David Bonner,,

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

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

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

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




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

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

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

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

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

Heritage Christian School

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

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

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

The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYS accredited.

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

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

The Orchard School

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

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

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

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Polly Panda Preschool

Montessori School of Westfield, Inc.

Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our theme-based hands-on preschool program provides a wide-range of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of self-worth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our well-qualified and loving staff. Now enrolling for summer.

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

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

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

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

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


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Hey, Broadway Baby! Here’s a fun and interactive musical theatre class for mommy (or daddy, grandma or caregiver!) and your little ones ages 18 to 36 months. Jr. Civic brings its theatre-based curriculum to the Urban Chalkboard. Utilizing musical theatre as a platform for early-childhood development, the class includes hands-on activities and group exercises that will make your little stars shine. Cost for Drop-in is $15. Add a Stay-and-Play for just $5. Location: The Urban Chalkboard, Time: 10:00-10:30 am, Phone: 317-815-5711,

WEDS 01 – SUN 05 2017 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

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All-session tickets for the 2017 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament are on sale now. Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will once again play host to this year’s tournament from March 1-5.

This marks the 21st time in the event’s 24-year history it will take place in the Circle City. General public tickets will be available at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. *Ongoing

FRI 03

Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Time: varies, Phone: 317-917-2727, http://www.

This event features the following Hoosier authors: Andrea Neal (Road Trip: A Pocket History of Indiana), Brian Sweany (Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride), Sherri Wood Emmons (Prayers and Lies: The Sometimes Daughter and the Seventh Mother) and Robert L. Snow (Portrait of a Past-Life Skeptic: The True Story of a Police Detective’s Reincarnation.) Tickets are 40$ per person and can be purchased online at e106223

TUES 02 & THURS 16 Homeschool Adventures

Homeschooled children ages 6-12 are invited for activities designed to entertain and educate as a supplement for their homeschool curricula. Parent educators are encouraged to attend and collaborate as Miss. Karen and Miss. Kasey will present activities for ages 6.12. FREE. Location: Franklin Road Branch Library, Time: 1:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4380, franklinroad

Eighth Annual Indiana Authors Breakfast presented by the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana

Location: Meridian Hills Country Club, Time: 8:30 am-12:00 pm, Phone: 317-222-6635, iab/

End of the Rainbow

Let’s hurry up and find that pot ‘o gold! Children ages 2-5 are invited for a special St. Patty’s Day themed program. Complete with rainbow, shamrocks and leprechauns, this program takes it a step

further with a scavenger hunt to find Louis the Leprechaun and a chance for your child to make their own gold! That’s not all, our staff will send home instructions so your little one can create their very own leprechaun trap. Registration due by February 24. Cost is $8 for residents and $12 for non-residents. Location: Billericay Park Building, Time: 10:00-11:00 am, Phone: 317-595-3405,

FRI 03-SAT 04 Girl Scout Winter Wonder Overnight

Join us for an overnight adventure! Friday starts with dinner around the campfire then we will meet a live owl, dissect owl pellets and go for a night hike. On Saturday, the girls will eat a pancake breakfast and learn about making maple syrup. Girls earn and receive a Maple Syrup Patch. Dinner and breakfast are provided. Whole troops are welcome. Ages 7-11. Register through the Girl Scouts of Central IN at activities. Cost is $25/scout and $9/ chaperone. Location: Holliday Park, Time: Friday, March 3, 6:00 pm - Saturday, March 4, 9:00 am, 317-327-7180,

SAT 04 Punch and Judy

This classic hand puppet show will be presented by guest puppeteer Guy Thompson. His show is a favorite at Renaissance Fairs. Very funny and child friendly! ONE DAY ONLY. Tickets are available online or by calling 317-232-1637.

Cereal Cinema

Every month on Family Day, parents and kids are invited to experience Cereal Cinema, a unique family-friendly experience created by the Indy Film Fest. Cereal Cinema features the two things every family needs on a Saturday morning—a classic movie that the whole family can enjoy and a cereal bar! The $5 ticket includes film admission and the cereal buffet. Children ages five and under

are FREE. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art – The Toby, Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Phone: 317-923-1331, ets?param=sb&eid=9288&edid=0&pg=selectev ent

Remarkable Women of Indiana: Women in Science

Join the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites for the third annual Remarkable Women of Indiana as women in science are celebrated. Remember the women who shaped Indiana and be inspired during the museum’s celebration of National Women in History Month. FREE with general admission. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 11:00 am-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637, www.

SAT 04 & SAT 21 LEGO Play

Children ages 6-11 are invited to complete a special LEGO project based on a theme provided. The library will supply the LEGOs and children will supply the imagination! This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call 317-2754330 to register. FREE.

Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio inside the Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:30 am and 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-535-4853, www.

Location: Decatur Branch Library, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4330, http://www.indypl. org/locations/decatur/

Teddy Bear Concert Series: The Giant’s Violin

SAT 04 & SAT 18

Preschoolers and early elementary students are invited for this introduction to instruments of the orchestra through story, movement and live music. This program will feature “The Giant’s Violin”, an original story written by ISO violinist Victoria Griswold, that will introduce preschoolers to the string instruments of the orchestra through story, movement and live music. “The Giant’s Violin” will feature five Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra string players performing excerpts from Camille SaintSaëns classic Carnival of the Animals and will be narrated by Perry Accetturo of the ISO Learning Community. FREE. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-814-3900, https://www. teddy-bear-giant

Barks to Books at Pike

activities during this program. We’ll explore birds, rainbows, chicks, bees, flowers and more! Register by February 27. Cost is $6 for residents and $9 for non-residents. Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building, Time: 10:00-11:00 am, Phone: 317-595-3405, aspx?NID=335

TUES 07, MON 27, TUES 28 & THURS 30 Owls: Preschool Art Workshop

Preschoolers and an adult are invited to explore sculpture, simple shapes, drawing and painting with The Art Lab. Children will listen to a favorite owl story, hand-build a mixed media sculpture and draw and paint their creation using watercolor and crayons. Call the library branch where you will be participating to register. FREE.

Location: Southport Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4510, http://www. Location: Glendale Branch Library, Time: 2:00 pm on Monday, March 27, Phone :317-2754410, glendale/ Location: College Avenue Branch Library, Time: 2:30 pm on Tuesday, March 28, Phone: 317-275-4320, locations/college Location: InfoZone at The Children’s Museum, Time 11:00 am on Thursday, March 30, Phone: 317-275-4430, locations/infozone/

THURS 09 Rockin' & Reading with Leonardo!

"Little rockers become big readers in this high energy, humorous music show where audiences sing, dance, move and learn to Build a Better World!" Leonardo is a Parent's Choice Award winning family entertainer performing nationwide for over 15 years. Fun for all ages! FREE.

SAT 11 Every Child: A One Day Symposium

Every Child is a one day symposium on behalf of Indiana's vulnerable children. Our goal is to work together to help every child. We have exciting things planned for this year including: Bob Goff, the writer of “Love Does”; Josh Shipp, teen expert and youth speaker; a fantastic line-up of breakout speakers; exhibitors from all backgrounds in child services and so much more! The event focuses on how you can make a difference in the life of even one child. It encompasses: adoption, foster care, respite, CASA, GAL and much more. Register online by March 4. Location: New Era Church, Time: 8:30 am-4:00 pm, Phone: 630-235-0927, http://

Science is Everywhere

Join us for a full day of STEM exploration! Bring your scientists, engineers, mathematicians and computer geniuses to give them the opportunity to learn some new STEM skills. FREE with general admission. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000, https://www.

Travel Adventures

Join radio personalities and travel experts Ann and John Cinnamon for an informative travel presentation. Through vivid photography and colorful storytelling, they share their experiences of traveling to all 50 states, all seven continents and more than 80 countries; experiencing such things as running with the bulls in Pamplona, hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, trekking gorillas in Rwanda and snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos. Registration due by March 3rd. FREE. Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building, Time: 2:00-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-595-3405, aspx?NID=335

Young ones who need to practice their reading skills are invited to tell a story to trained therapy dogs. Reading to dogs has been shown to increase children’s reading skills and confidence. The therapy dogs are calm, patient, attentive and non-judgmental listeners. Each child will get a bookmark of the dog they read to that day. FREE.

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

SAT 11 & SUN 12

SAT 11 & MON 20

Come experience what farm life was like at Angel Mounds over the last 150 years with hands-on activities, animals and antique equipment. Cost is $5 per person.

Location: Pike Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4480, http://

Children of all ages and families are invited to complete a LEGO challenge each month based on a highlighted theme from your suggestions! FREE.

MON 06 Two Times the Fun: Blossoms and Buds


Spring Farm Fest

Location: Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-2321637,

Location: Lawrence Branch Library, Time: 10:00 am on Saturday, March 11 and 4:00 pm on Monday, March 20, Phone: 317-275-4460,

A brand-new season is coming our way! Join us for a spring celebration. Your little one will enjoy spring inspired crafts, songs and

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Tribute to Dr. Seuss Magic Show

Pie Day

Children of all ages and families are invited to celebrated the wonderful worlds created by Dr. Seuss in this magical tribute show presented by magician Don Miller. Call the library branch where you will be participating to register. FREE. Location: Beech Grove Branch Library, Time: 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 22, Phone: 317-275-4560, locations/beechgrove/ Location: Spades Park Branch Library, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4520, http://www. Location: West Indianapolis Branch Library, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4540, http://

MON 13 Beauty and the Beast Storytime

Dance along with Beauty and the Beast at this story time designed for toddlers and preschoolers and their caregiver. Ballerinas from the Ballet Theater of Indiana will be here to share this timeless story and lead the dancing fun! FREE. Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 10:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-773-1384,

Pi or pie – how about both?! Let your child join in on the sampling fun! As we celebrate Pi day, your child can taste test different flavors of pie, but that’s not all. Children will also be sampling food that start with “pi” (like pineapples and pizza) and foods that are circular in shape (like pancakes and cookies!) During this program, we’ll have a contest to see who can recite the most digits of the famous constant and play pie related games. Registration is due by March 7. Cost is $5 for residents and $8 for non-residents. Location: Billericay Park Building, Time: 6:00-7:00 pm, Phone: 317-595-3405, http://

Jessica Lahey LIVE!

The Zionsville Performing Arts Center (ZPAC) will host a visit by Jessica Lahey. Lahey is a New York Times best-selling author and parenting expert. Her book, The Gift of Failure: How the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed, explains how parents and educators gave give students the support and encouragement they need to stay motivated over the long term. Her book has received positive review in more than 20 newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today and The Huffington Post. Tickets for this event or available online or by calling 317-773-4833. Location: Zionsville Performing Arts Center, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-695-6007, www.

Puppies and Popcorn

Relax with the "Love on a Leash" therapy dogs. Play some fun games with our furry friends, have some sweet lemonade and enjoy some delicious popcorn. Stop by the 2nd Tuesday each month and join all the PUPPY LOVE in the Teen Zone! All ages welcome.

FREE. Location: Fishers Library, Time: 6:30-7:30 pm, Phone: 317-579-0300,

WEDS 15 Holliday Park Beastly Brunch The animals at the nature center eat rather interesting food. Watch staff feed the animals (crickets, worms and even mice) and learn about their diets! Meets in the lobby. Free! No registration required. Donations appreciated. Location: Holliday Park, Time: 10:30-11:00 am, Phone:317-327-7180, http://www.holliday

THURS 16 Odd Squad: Live!

Attention Odd Squad fans, there is oddness in your town and Ms. O needs YOU to help solve it. Team up with brand new agents Orian and Oleanna in this live, interactive adventure. With help from Ms. O back at headquarters, kids will put their STEM skills to the test and decode, decipher and unravel clues to stop villains like Father Time and Lady Terrible. Featuring an original script by the creators of Odd Squad and new music including songs by Soundcheck, Odd Squad: Live! is a laugh-out-loud, action-packed experience not to be missed. Odd Squad: Live! is based on the PBS Kids series, Odd Squad, created by Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman with original music by Paul Buckley. Visit odd-squad-–-live-0 for ticket pricing and to order your tickets today. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, Time: 6:30 pm, Phone: 317-940-9697, https://–-live-0

Greening of the Canal

For the 21st straight year, the Hoosier Lottery will help Indianapolis celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making the downtown canal run green. If you have been part of this celebration in the past, you know it is a must-see. If you are new to Indianapolis, you don’t want to miss your chance to be part of the fun. Greening of the Canal presented by the Hoosier Lottery will be held on Thursday, March 16th with festivities beginning at 5:00pm in downtown Indianapolis at Ohio & West Street, including live music by Eunan McIntyre. The greening will begin at approximately 5:45 pm. FREE.





Location: Ohio and West Street, Time: 5:00-6:00 pm, Phone: 317-498-5299, http://

THURS 16, TUES 21, WEDS 22 & MON 27 Foil Art Class for Kids!

Children ages 6-12 are invited to use a variety of materials to create their own work of art. They’ll then add a frame to finish it off! Registration is required. Space is limited to 25 participants. Call the library branch where you will be participating to register. FREE. Location: Fountain Square Branch Library, Time: 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 16, Phone: 317-275-4390, locations/fountainsquare Location: Garfield Park Branch Library, Time: 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 22, Phone: 317-275-4490, locations/garfieldpark Location: Warren Branch Library, Time: 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 21, Phone: 317-2754550, Location: Brightwood Branch Library, Time: 5:00 pm on Monday, March 27, Phone: 317-275-4310, locations/brightwood

FRI 17 Hoosier Lottery “Imagine That” St. Patrick’s Day Stage and Block Party

The parade also hosts a Block Party from 10:00 am–3:00 pm on Vermont Street with Irish entertainment, food, interactive displays and beer garden located in the middle of the parade route. The festivities will kick-off at 10:00 am with free coffee and doughnuts courtesy of Village Pantry (while supplies last) and live music by Eunan McIntyre. The St. Patrick’s Day parade will begin at 11:30 am with live music by Highland Reign being performed from 12:00-2:30 pm. FREE.

Location: Vermont Street (between Meridian and Pennsylvania), Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-498-5299, http://www.indystpats. com/?page_id=17

St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by Hoosier Lottery

The 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Presented by Hoosier Lottery will take place in downtown Indianapolis starting at 11:30 am. The parade is made up of high school bands, floats, catholic schools, Irish dancers, bag pipe and drum bands, Irish organizations and dignitaries.FREE.

Location: Downtown Parade Route, Time: 11:30 am-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-498-5299, http://

FRI 17 - SUN 19 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

The first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will take place Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. Fans may purchase tickets at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at BankersLifeFieldhouse. com or *Ongoing

Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Time: varies, Phone: 317-917-2727, http://www.

SAT 18 Feasting on History

Guests will enjoy a dinner setting at the First State Office Building. Food and time period recipes will be served based on a theme and a program with information on the theme will be presented. Topic and guest speaker TBD. Cost is $25 per person and reservations are required. Location: Corydon Captiol State Historic Site, Time: 6:00-8:30 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637,

Lakeshore Learning Event – Pete the Cat Rockin’ and Learnin’

Come and enjoy music and learning fun with activities inspired by Pete the Cat! While you are there you will have the opportunity to: dance and play during music and movement activities; create cool guitar crafts and cat hats; and listen and sing along to Pete the Cat stories. Contact your local Lakeshore Learning Store for more details! FREE.

Location, Lakeshore Learning Store, Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-574-0304,

Passport to Hi-Tech

Passport to Hi-Tech is the place for girls to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and other disciplines. It’s your ticket for a journey around our increasingly technological world — and fun for the whole family, including the boys. FREE with general admission. Location: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-6000,

(only). Come dressed in your best Irish costume. We will have entertainment along the course and will highlight the artists here. We will have a live music stage, food, refreshments, beer garden, Irish merchandise booth and more. Visit the website to register for the event. Location: Monument Circle, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-498-5299, http://www.indystpats. com/run-walk?page_id=17

SAT 18 & SUN 19 Brickworld Indy 2017 – LEGO Exposition

Brickworld is excited to be bringing their premiere LEGO display and exposition to Indianapolis for the 8th consecutive year! We have moved to a larger building with more display space and more play space! Once again, the displayers will put their creations on display in 60,000 square feet of space for the public to enjoy at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun! See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts. Enjoy interactive activities, fighting robots, seek and finds, etc. General admission is $12. Admission for military members and first responders is $9 (at the door only – must show ID.) Kids 3 and under

are FREE. Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds – Elements Financial Blue Ribbon Pavilion, Time: Saturday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm and Sunday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-572-5346, http://

MON 21


Sensory Movie Night

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime

Stand up, dance, sing, shout or walk around during this special movie time for everyone. The lights will be turned up slightly and the sound will be turned down slightly. Relax and enjoy a movie on our big screen with your family without worrying about disturbing someone by noise or movement. Check back for this month's movie title. Free popcorn, but bring your snacks if you'd like. FREE. Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 6:30-8:30 pm, Phone: 317-773-1384,

Location: Pike Branch Library, Time: 10:15 am, Phone: 317-275-4480, locations/pike

TUES 21 & FRI 24

FRI 24

Parent and Preschooler Yoga

Preschoolers and their parents are invited to enjoy the health benefits that yoga can offer during this 45-minute program presented by certified yoga instructors for the Greater Indianapolis YMCA. This program is sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call the library branch where you will be participating to register. FREE.

Location: Brightwood Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 21, Phone: 317-275-4310, locations/brightwood Location: InfoZone at The Children’s Museum, Time :10:00 am on Friday, March 24, Phone: 317-275-4430, locations/infozone/

WEDS 22 SUN 19

Feather My Nest by Ima Bird

Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!

Children and families are invited to this outstanding series of free performances by Indy’s leading jazz musicians. They are a great way to share jazz music with children that will be fun for everyone! These hour-long programs are made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This program will feature a performance by the Charlie Ballantine Group. The group is an eclectic instrumental jazz ensemble whose music draws from the jazz, folk, Americana and blues traditions of the Midwest. Following the 2015 release of “Green,” Charlie Ballantine was voted “Best Jazz Musician” of Indianapolis by NUVO Magazine. FREE.

Preschoolers are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal friend for bedtime stories at the library! When storytime is over, they can leave their stuffed friend for an overnight sleepover. All stuffed friends who spend the night at the library, can be picked up the next day before the library closes. Older and younger siblings are welcome. FREE.

Help the birds gather their nesting material. We will decorate a branch with bright, birds eye catching colors. Then we will suspend materials for them to use when nest building. For Grades 2 and up. FREE. Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 6:30-7:30 pm, Phone: 317-773- 1384,

Duct Tape Craft Class

Children ages six and up are invited to create their own hip clutch or billfold out of duct tape during this program presented by Art With a Heart. Call 317-275-4350 to register.

FREE. Location: East 38th Street Branch Library, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4350, http://

SAT 25 Circus Day

Clown around at the 16th Annual Circus Day. Try your hand at carnival games, see the Hampel Family Circus, enjoy face painting, and, of course, visit the Indiana Experience.

Free admission! Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Time: 10 am-5 pm, www.

PlayFit - Spring into Health!

Celebrate spring! As the air gets warmer and the ground begins to thaw, make some healthy spring cleaning choices for your mind and body. FREE with general admission. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-400, www.childrens

Location: Central Library, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100, locations/central/

26th Annual Shamrock Run & Walk

The 26th Annual Shamrock Run & Walk "Darn Near 4 Miler" is a fun, timed run and walk course that will start and finish on Monument Circle. This is a great course for the active and non-active that want to get out and get some fitness and enjoy with friends. The NEW Lucky 7 is a seven-mile timed run


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MON 27

TUES 28 – SUN APR 02

Glow in the Dark Movie Night

Pinewood Derby

Would you like to play games, enjoy snacks and watch a movie in the dark? Join us for a special Glow in the Dark movie night. (IMPORTANT NOTE – Our licensing agreement prohibits us from publishing the titles of the movies in any source outside of the library’s website or library publications.)

FREE. Location: Noblesville Library: Time: 6:00-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-773-1384,

MON 27 & TUES 28 Holliday Park Spring Break Fun Days: Pioneer Explorers: Wacky Weather

If you are looking for a fun and educational outdoor experience during spring break then these days are for you! Participants will explore the park, make crafts, play games and even see animals up-close! Each day we will learn about something new. Monday is Pioneer Explorers ant Tuesday is Wacky Weather. Dress for outdoor exploration. Sign up for both days for a discount! Ages 6-12. Cost is $24 per child/day or $40 for both days. Pre-registration required. Location: Holliday Park Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180, http://www.

On your mark, get set… for the second greatest spectacle in racing! The Indiana State Museum and Crossroads of America Council, BSA invites everyone to race Pinewood Derby® cars down the two-story, 125-foot race track and watch them speed across the finish line! The track will be open to the public all week with the official race on Saturday, April 1. Cars will be awarded based on visual design. The track will continue to be open for Fun Runs on Sunday. In collaboration with Crossroads of America Council. FREE with general admission (with special price for scouts of $4 per person for all scouts and their families.) Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday: 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-2321637,

TUES 28 Robin Hood Movie Showing

Families are invited for a free screening of Disney’s animated film, Robin Hood. FREE. Location: Pike Branch Library, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4480, locations/pike

Pirate’s Break

Children school-aged and up are invited for a pirate getaway during Spring Break. They can make a rope chain and pirate map, play musical islands and more. FREE. Location: Beech Grove Branch Library, Time: 1:00-2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4560, http://

THURS 30 Messy Art

Let out your inner artist. Come paint masterpieces using a variety of everyday objects. Dress for mess! For grades K-5th.

FREE. Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 3:00-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-773-1384,

Preschool Story Explorers Preschoolers and an adult are invited for stories, song, dance and STEM activities intended to build a love for reading and learning. FREE.

Location: Irvington Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4450, http://www.indypl. org/locations/irvington/

FRI 31 Peep Houses

Join us in making edible houses for Peep Marshmallow Chicks. These peep houses are almost too cute to eat. All supplies will be provided. FREE.

Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 1:00-2:00 pm, Phone: 317-773-1384,

WEDS 29 Mr. Dan the Music Man

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





Occurs the First Friday of Every Month Hear the amazing story of America’s first woman self-made millionaire. Learn about the rich legacy she created for women, African Americans and Indianapolis. As part of your experience, you can visit the Walker Heritage Center and see many of the artifacts and memorabilia of Madame Walker and the Walker Theatre. FREE. Location: Madame Walker Theatre Center, Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Phone: 317-6311870, Freetown/Welcome.html

Circus: Starring YOU!

Through November 26th Enter the Big Top! As you come inside, you’ll hear the calliope and meet circus performers. Inside, the artifacts and surroundings will capture your imagination as you visualize the spectacular stunts and awe-inspiring acrobatics. Now is your chance to step through time, learn the history of the circus and be awed by skilled performers. Then “get into the act” and become a performer yourself - try juggling, walking a virtual tightrope and more. FREE WITH

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

Safe Sitter

Let us help your pre-teen, ages 11-14, create a babysitting business! The national recognized Safe Sitter program returns this spring offering opportunities for young adults to learn child safety skills, child care skills, first aid skills and more! This one day program will help your child prepare for emergencies and know what actions to take on the job. Beyond that, it will help them learn a few life and business skills! Registration due by March 24. Cost is $38 for residents and $57 for non-residents. Location: Billericay Park Building, Time: 9:00 am-2:30 pm, Phone: 317-595-3405, http://

ongoing events Chess Club for Kids

Occurs Every Tuesday Cloud City Youth’s professional chess instructor, Colin Hargreaves, will facilitate a new chess club for kids, using a unique and exciting method that makes learning super easy and fun. They will provide plenty of boards and sets. Attendees should feel free to play organically, but can receive lessons from instructors during each meeting. You can expect a friendly tournament or just attend to learn chess techniques. FREE. Location: Indy Reads Books, Time: 5:30-7:00 pm, Phone: 317-384-1496, http://


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Ice Age Graveyards

Occurring Daily, February 25 through September 4 During the last Ice Age, ancient elephants roamed Indiana. Come discover the mastodons and mammoths that were Indiana’s last native giants. See how the remains of these pre-historic beasts are uncovered, and visit Fred, the museum’s iconic mastodon skeleton. Ice Age Graveyards is an exciting look at Indiana’s chilly past, presented in a cool new way. Perfect for children of all ages. FREE with general admission. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-2321637,

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Occurring through March 26 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice take the famous Old Testament story of Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son, from the Bible to Broadway in their first staged collaboration. It features a rainbow of musical styles with songs including: “Close Every Door,” “One More Angel in Heaven,” and “Any Dream Will Do.” Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Time: various show times available, Phone: 872-9664, index.html#

Arbor Day – Let’s Flock NPD

Occurring March 1 through April 27 Ready, set, decorate! Arbor Day is the perfect time to flock the Nickel Plate District with a flamingo, decorated as you see fit. Our annual decorating contest begins early March, ensuring your family has enough time to let those creative juices flow! Stop by our office to pick up your lawn flamingo and a set of rules so you qualify for the contest. Decorating is open from March 1st through April 27th. All proceeds will be used to plant tree(s) at Fishers parks in honor of Arbor Day! Don’t worry, you can choose to keep your flamingos if you’d like. Stick around after the event for #FishersMovies beginning at sunset! Please visit our website to learn more about Let’s Flock the NPD. Fee: $3 per flamingo (while they last) Location: Nickel Plate District, Phone: 317-595-3405, index.aspx?NID=335

The Jungle Book

Occurring Daily, March 11 through April 15 Mowgli's search for home takes the spotlight in this new imagining of Kipling's classic tale. In this living storybook, Mowgli struggles to fit in with the wolves, the monkeys and even the humans on his journey to discover where he belongs. Along the way he must contend with the mesmerizing Kaa and the terrifying Share Khan, but with the help of his friends Baloo and Bagheera, Mowgli's search ends happily. Written and directed by Ben Asakwee. This production of The Jungle Book is showing in the Lilly Theater. Please check the website for dates and show times.

FREE with general admission. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334300,

Museum INvasion

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

Nature Unleased

Occurring Daily, March 11 through May 29 Earthquakes. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Volcanic eruptions. Tsunamis. These immense forces of geology and weather have shaped our planet and our world. How do they affect us and how do we respond? Can we prevent them? Should we even try? Explore these questions and more in this immersive and interactive exhibition from The Field Museum. This exhibition is contributed by Rolls-Royce. FREE with general admission. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637,

Chocolate Slide and Chocolate Café

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

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

Pinkalicious the Musical Cinderella

Occurring March 23 through April 15 Scattering mice, glittery fairy godmother and large pumpkin coach in this well-loved fairytale will charm you and your children. Tickets are available online or by calling 317-232-1637. Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Sudio inside the Indiana State Museum, Time: various show times available, Phone: 317-535-4853,

Dogs: Faithful and True

March 4 through August 6 The Eiteljorg Museum's newest exhibit, Dogs Faithful and True, opens March 4 and explores the enduring presence and contributions of dogs as companions, workers and heroes in Native American and Western cultures. Visitors can explore art, photographs, artifacts and interactive experiences that celebrate man's best friend. Visit dogs-faithful-and-true for a complete programming line-up. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, Time: Monday - Saturday: 10 am-5 pm; Sunday: noon-5 pm, Phone: 317-636-9378,

E.B. White’s Stuart Little

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

Through March 18th Pinkalicious, the Musical returns to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre as part of their Live Theater for Kids series. See the beloved book come to life during this one-hour performance that is suitable for all ages, but offered particularly for children in preschool through sixth grade. Children have the opportunity to meet the cast after each show for pictures and autographs. All tickets are $16.50 and include a snack. Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre; Times: 10am, Fri.; 1pm, Sat.; Tickets: (317) 8729664,

Lilly Collection of Orchids in Watercolors

Occurring Daily through July 9th Part of a larger celebration of orchids at the IMA, this exhibition features a selection of 30 orchid watercolors collected by Josiah K. Lilly, son of the founder of Eli Lilly and Company and its president from 1898 until 1932. Various types of orchids, such as cattleyas, oncidiums and paphiopediliums, are represented, including varieties that were awarded honors by England’s Royal Horticultural Society. Through these works, significant for both their scientific accuracy and aesthetic quality, guests will be able to explore botanical facts about orchids and learn more about the Lilly family’s interest in collecting and growing them. FREE with general admission. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art, Time: Tuesday through Saturday: 11:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday: 12:00-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-923-1331,

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

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