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contents MARCH 2018 departments. AROUND TOWN

12 A New Look at Pinocchio's Story PARENTING

20 Ask the Teacher


16 Let's Go to Michigan!


25 Angels and Doves


06 Editor's Note

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

36 Summer Camp & Program Guide 22 Preschool & Education Guide 44 March Events 51 Fun & Wacky Calendar SPECIAL NEEDS

28 Sports Leagues for Kids with Special Needs 30 On the Same Page 32 Special Needs Guide 33 Special Needs Events


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Spring Consignment and Resale Guide The best deals just in time for the season

Preschool or Kindergarten? Determining when your child is ready to move on

Your Child for 34 Preparing Sleep Away Camp A few simple steps for a great experience

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Marching into Spring March is that “in between” month – on those days when the sun is out and the temperature rises, you can feel that spring is just around the corner. Then a blast of arctic air comes out of nowhere and you know Old Man Winter isn’t giving up without a fight! I prefer to focus on springy thoughts (as many of you probably do, too) even though it still may be a while until we can pack away the sweaters and bring out the t-shirts. Speaking of spring clothes, have you looked in your kids’ closets to see what still actually fits from last year? It’s amazing how quickly our children grow – leaving behind a heap of pants, shirts, shoes and jackets that can no longer be worn. Buying a whole new wardrobe adds up fast, which is why shopping gently used clothing has become so popular. Want to score some great deals on spring and summer clothes? Take a look at our Spring Consignment and Resale Guide for the lowdown on all the sales coming up this season.

What else crosses our mind when we think of spring? Spring Break of course! If you haven’t already read our new travel column, be sure to check it out for a few family-friendly vacation ideas for your crew. This month, we focus on places to go and things to do in Michigan. In just a few short hours, you can explore a whole new destination – without the price of airfare! Now is also the time to think about summer camp options for the kids. Sign ups start soon and you don’t want to miss out! Find a whole host of possibilities with our Summer Program and Camp Guide on page 36. And if you’ve got someone going away to camp for the first time this year, be sure to read Preparing Your Child for Sleep Away Camp for some valuable tips on how to make their experience a great one. Spring officially arrives on March 20th – we’re almost there! Here’s hoping the season brings plenty of fun your way!


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The Hulk Cars 3 Football Uptown Funk Pete the Cat

favorite thing about spring I love all the flowers!


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SPOTLIGHT what to look for in march.

celebrate St. Patrick's Day

easter eggs Brightly colored eggs have been hidden in nooks and crannies all across the city just so you and your little ones can enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Here are just a few places for egg-themed fun around Indy: Easter Celebration at Riverside Park Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bishop Chatard High School Egg-Stravaganza at the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

If you are looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, look no further than downtown Indy. The festivities begin on Thursday, March 15 with the annual Greening of the Canal from 5-6 pm (approximate greening 5:45 pm). On Saturday, high school bands, f loats, Catholic schools, Irish dancers, bag pipe & drum bands, Irish organizations and dignitaries will come together for one spectacular parade at 11:30 am. Arrive early for a block party packed with Irish entertainment, food, interactive displays and a beer garden. On Sunday, come dressed in your favorite Irish gear and take part in the Shamrock Run & Walk that begins at 10 am.

Eggstravaganza at McCloud Nature Park

Easter on the Prairie at Conner Prairie

For more on all of the St. Patrick’s Day Fun, visit

INSPIRE your daughter's CURIOSITY Sycamore School is inspiring the next generation of female STEM professionals with their Curiosity, Confidence, Challenge Conference. The event is designed to heighten girls’ interest in STEM careers and help them select high school courses that will lead to success in college. Registrants will participate in five hands-on workshops from a list of over 30 career choices. The conference is open to girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades and is limited to the first 400 applicants. The $35 registration fee includes lunch and a theater presentation. Although parents may not attend the conference with their daughters, they are encouraged to attend a free parent forum from 2:00-3:00 pm in the theater at Sycamore School. Saturday, March 10, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Sycamore School, 1750 W. 64th St., Indianapolis 08 INDYSCHILD.COM March 2018

Easter Weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo Hop to the Prop at Indianapolis Propylaeum Egg Hunt at Cathedral High School Breakfast with the Bunny at Greenwood Community Center Brownsburg Easter Egg Hunt at Arbuckle Park

Zionsville Lions Club EGGnormous Egg Hunt Noblesville Park Easter Egg Hunt at Forest Park

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See DIARY OF A WIMPY KID author Jeff Kinney at Central Library Love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books as much as we do? Learn how author Jeff Kinney developed this award-winning series when he presents The Indianapolis Public Library’s 2018 McFadden Memorial Lecture on Thursday, March 15. Kinney will also conduct a book signing for attendees following the program. Families and individuals of all ages are invited. For more information about this free program, call 317-275-4099 or visit Thursday, March 15, 7 pm Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street


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8 AWESOME AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES Wanting to find that next great activity for your child to take part in? We’ve got you covered with 8 awesome after school activities that might just spark your child’s next passion.

FREE THINGS TO DO IN INDIANAPOLIS What is better than a day of fun in Indianapolis? A FREE day of fun in Indianapolis. Check out our brand-new guide that delivers the scoop on free family fun.

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THIS MONTH'S ONLINE CONTESTS. Wine & Canvas Tickets, COSI Tickets, A Stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Beef & Boards Dinner Tickets

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A New Look at Pinocchio’s Story “Always let your conscience be your guide.” This quote from the classic story of Pinocchio is easier said than done. As a parent, it can be especially difficult to explain this concept to a child. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis helps break down the themes of Pinocchio in a new show that teaches valuable lessons, such as honesty and anti-bullying. Mark Twain once noted the effectiveness of live theater saying, “It’s the most effective teacher of morals and promoter of good conduct that the ingenuity of man yet devised… and they go straight to the heart, which is the rightest of right places for them.”

In The Children’s Museum’s production, Blue Fairy serves as Pinocchio’s conscience and shows him the importance of being kind to everyone, as well as listening to adults. Each performance lasts 45 minutes and includes original songs to get the kids – and adults – dancing and singing along. The audience watches as Pinocchio transforms from a bullying wooden puppet to a thoughtful and considerate real boy. The engaging play is a fun family experience and can serve as a springboard for deeper discussions. In addition to asking a child what they found funny or interesting in the play, ask about the lessons Pinocchio learned. Parents can also ask children if they ever had feelings like Pinocchio. A great way to wrap up the discussion is by reminding

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children that at the end of the story, Pinocchio was welcomed back home, despite anything wrong he may have done.

After attending a performance, children are often eager to become actors themselves. If your child wants to try his or her hand at live theater, encourage them to perform at home. Use the back of a couch, chair or an old box to create a puppet stage. Help them create puppets out of old socks, using markers or craft supplies to turn a sock into a character. Provide dress up or pretend play costumes to support story ideas and encourage them to use their imaginations and create positive stories in which their puppet uses Pinocchio’s traits of honesty and concern for others. For even more fun, work with your child to create tickets to the show, create theater posters and invite family members to attend the performance.

The Children’s Museum’s Pinocchio shows runs March 10 - April 8 (tickets are free with admission).


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Spring Consignment and Resale Guide Ready, set, shop! The 2018 Indianapolis Spring Consignment Sale season is upon us, and there are even more local offerings this year. Budget-conscious parents, get ready to stock up on everything kid and baby, all while stretching your dollar to the max.

Pre-sale: Wed 3/7: Pre-sale passholders ($5) 5:30-8 pm; Thurs 3/8: New moms, grandparents, military 10 am-noon.

Pre-sale: Tues 3/13: Passholders/registered new moms 4-8 pm; Teachers/military with ID 5-8 pm

Location: Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, 50 W 200 S, Columbus, IN

Location: Hendricks County Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 1900 E. Main St., Danville

For more info:

For more info: indywest

(Events are listed in chronological order.)



Dates: March 8-10. Thurs 3/8: 9 am-9 pm; Fri 3/9 9 am-9 pm; Sat 3/10 9 am-8 pm + 50% off sale

Dates: March 8-10. Thurs 3/8: 9 am-6 pm; Fri 3/9: 9 am-6 pm; Sat 3/10: 8 am-2 pm + most items 50% off Pre-sale: Wed 3/7: Pre-sale ticket holders ($10) 2 pm Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville For more info:

KIDZ STUFF SALE Dates: March 8-10. Thurs 3/8: noon-8 pm; Fri 3/9: 1-6:30 pm and 7-8 pm; Sun 3/10: 10 am-1 pm + 50% off sale.

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Pre-sale: Wed 3/7: Passholders 4-8 pm; Registered new/expecting moms, teachers, military, foster parents 5-8 pm Location: Incrediplex, 6002 Sunnyside Road, Indianapolis For more info:

HERE WE GROW AGAIN - INDY WEST Dates: March 14-17. Wed 3/14: 9 am-8 pm; Thurs 3/15: 9 am-8 pm; Fri 3/16: 9 am-8 pm + 25% off sale; Sat 3/17: 9 am-4 pm 50% off sale


HERE WE GROW AGAIN - INDY NORTH Dates: April 18-21. Wed 4/18: 9 am-8 pm; Thurs 4/19: 9 am-8 pm; Fri 4/20 9 am-8 pm + 25% off sale; Sat 4/21 9 am-4 pm + most items 50% off Pre-sale: Wed 4/17: Teachers, military, police and fire with ID 5-8 pm Location: Whitestown Municipal Complex, 6210 Veterans Drive, Whitestown For more info: indynorth

Location: Promise Road Elementary, 14975 Promise Rd, Noblesville For more info: https://www.facebook. com/events/188473985226262/

KIDS RESALE SHOPPE Date: April 14. 8 am-2 pm (no strollers permitted until 9:30 am) Location: Westside Church of the Nazarene, 8610 W. 10th St., Indianapolis For more info:

JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS - NORTH INDY Dates: April 25-28. (see website for updated schedule) Pre-sale: see website for schedule Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville For more info:

HERE WE GROW AGAIN - INDY SOUTH Dates: April 26-28. Thurs 4/26: 9 am-8 pm; Fri 4/27: 9 am-8 pm; Sat 4/28 9 am-10 am 50% Pre-sale: Wed 4/25: Teachers/new moms 3-8 pm; Passholders 4-8 pm

Mega-sale options not your thing? There are plenty of Indianapolis-area retail stores that offer the same savings all yearround. KIDS GO ROUND

Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds, 250 Fairgrounds Drive, Franklin

Location: 2481 E. Main St., Indianapolis

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Date: April 28. 8 am-noon Location: A Children’s Habitat Montessori School (Pleasant View Lutheran Church), 801 W. 73rd St., Indianapolis For more info:

WHALE OF A SALE - INDY NORTH Dates: April 28-29. Sat 4/28: 8 am-3 pm, Sun 4/29 10 am-3 pm + 50% off sale Pre-sale: Thurs 4/26: Passholders ($10) 5-9 pm; Fri 4/27: Enfamil New Parents Sale + Facebook Fan Friday 9-1 pm Location: Grand Park Events Center, 19000 Grand Park Blvd., Westfield For more info:

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

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(Tween and teen clothing) Locations: Avon, Fishers, Greenwood and Indianapolis Contact:;; platosclosetfishers. com;;

PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS Locations: Carmel, Fishers and Indianapolis Contact:;;; Note: More sales will be added online as information becomes available. Find the complete list at

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Let’s Go to Michigan! Your next family adventure awaits!

When it comes to family-friendly fun, our neighbor to the north has a little something for everyone. Whether you prefer action-packed adventure in the big city, a laid-back weekend spent soaking up the sun or something in between, Michigan has you covered. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to spend time in the Great Lakes State. TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME


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Located off the northern coast of Michigan, Mackinac Island pays homage to the seaside towns of a bygone era. This peaceful island community with a strong Victorian vibe is the ultimate place to get away from it all, thanks largely to its ban on personal vehicles. Get the lay of the land on a self-guided bike tour around the 8.3-mile perimeter of the island. Enjoy stunning views along your path and be sure to bring your camera – jaw-dropping backdrops like Arch Rock and British Landing are ideal for snapping some shareable family photos. Or opt for a scenic ride in a horse-drawn buggy and enjoy a narrated tour of the island’s highlights along the way. Mackinac Island is also a history lesson in the making with forts, museums and historical sites scattered throughout the island. And no trip to Mackinac would be complete

without fudge – be sure to stop by one of the many fudge shops to grab your free sample.

EXPLORE THE MOTOR CITY Detroit is back, baby, and the town founded on American ingenuity has something for everyone. Comerica Park in the heart of downtown is not only home to the Detroit Tigers, it also offers so many activities – from a Ferris wheel with giant baseball-shape cars to batting cages – you might forget you came there for baseball. At the Motown Museum, stand in Studio A – the very place where the “The Motown Sound” was born. Stroll 125 acres of park-like grounds at the Detroit Zoo and view more than 2,800 animals, including the standard lions, tigers and bears, as well as gorillas, kangaroos, giraffes, pythons, bison and more. The newly opened penguin conservation center is the largest facility of its kind in the country. Just 20 minutes east in Dearborn, visit Greenfield Village, an 80-acre replica of an early 20th century town complete with brick roads, horses, Model-T cars and a detailed replica of Thomas Edison’s laboratory. Just steps away, the Henry Ford Museum houses an astonishing collection of Americana, including the bus where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and the limo JFK was sitting in when he was assassinated.

You will also find all of the standard beach town essentials. Holland Beach State Park features a white sand beach, bright blue water and a Big Red Lighthouse. Visitors can swim, fish and spend an afternoon soaking up the sun.



Get a taste of the Netherlands in Holland, Michigan, a small coastal town settled by a group of Hollanders in 1847 that retains its Dutch inf luence today. Take a stroll around Windmill Island Garden or shop for klompen (wooden shoes) at Nelis’ Dutch Village. The annual Tulip Time Festival scheduled from May 5-13 in 2018, is not only a treat for the senses, it also brings with it a variety of entertainment options ranging from Dutch dance performances to carnival rides.

Michigan is home to the largest assemblage of fresh water dunes in the world – some 250,000 acres. From the picturesque town of Saugatuck located just south of Holland, take a scenic drive past coastal cottages and on through a lush forest before emerging at the gorgeous vistas of Saugatuck Dunes State Park. At nearby Mount Baldhead Park, climb the 282 steps to the top of this huge, tree-covered sand dune and then cross the dunes to Oval Beach for a refreshing swim.

Further north, Silver Lake Sand Dunes features a 2,000-acre sand mountain that separates miles of Lake Michigan shoreline from the 690-acre inland Silver Lake. Explore the dunes by hiking, walking and sandboarding, or opt for a ride in a dune buggy. The 130-stair climb to the top of the Little Sable Point Lighthouse is well worth the effort for the views. On the state’s far northwestern shore, enjoy breathtaking views from the seven-mile-long Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Snake your way through the steeply rolling hills before stopping at Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park. There you can explore 35 miles of unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline and 50,000 acres of sand dunes, beaches, forests and rivers.

When it comes to fun in the Great Lakes State, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Take a closer look at all that Michigan has to offer and discover your next great family adventure.

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preschool or kindergarten? Determining when your child is ready to move on WORDS BY LAUREN LAWSON

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Starting kindergarten is a big step for little kids – and it can be hard to know when your child is ready for this new challenge. For some kids, another year in preschool will make the transition to kindergarten go much more smoothly. But for other students, this move is something they are already well prepared for. How can you know which path is best for your little learner?

David Baldock, a kindergarten teacher at the Center for Inquiry School 2, gives his thoughts on several skills that are helpful for incoming students to have under their belts, such as: • Being able to take care of their own hygiene needs, like washing their hands, cleaning up after themselves and using the restroom independently. • Being able to use buttons and zippers, and tying or managing their shoes in a way that keeps them safe. • Understanding when the space between them and another person is either unwelcome or causing an unpleasant response.

• Having the ability to communicate their needs in a manner which is understandable to adults. • Recognizing caretakers immediately and differentiating between someone they know and someone that is a stranger. As many parents know from experience, the rate at which kids develop skills can vary greatly. Stephanie LaPlante, the Director of Early Childhood at the Early Learning Center at Winding Ridge, says, “We have always had the philosophy that it is our job to be ready for students when they come to us.” LaPlante adds that “Indiana requires that a school corporation provide a kindergarten program for eligible students that are five years of age or older on or before August 1st of the school year.” According to LaPlante, Lawrence Township preschools, such as the Early Learning Center at Winding Ridge, use the Indiana Early Learning Foundations programming as a framework for teaching preschoolers essential skills and knowledge. The foundations range from language arts and math to social/emotional skills and physical health and growth. This tool helps teachers evaluate a student’s strengths and areas for continued improvement. Conni Davis, Principal at The Early Learning Center at Winding Ridge, says the Foundations program provides a lens through which a preschool teacher can document a student’s developmental milestones. Ultimately however, parents make the decision of whether or not they think their student is ready to move on to kindergarten. She says, “A family may choose to have their preschooler complete another year of preschool if they believe their child would benefit from an extended experience, and they turn five years old later in the summer.”

What are some other skills kindergarten teachers would like to see their incoming students have? According to Baldock, this could include letter recognition, some phonemic awareness, and recognition of the eight basic colors and shapes. LaPlante also notes that a successful transition into kindergarten may begin with knowing some “softer skills” such as sharing, taking turns and being able to verbalize feelings. It’s important to remember that kindergarten is a time of immense growth for students – academically, socially and emotionally – and teachers are there to encourage and guide young learners along the way. “During the school year, teachers will be providing learning experiences to develop and nurture independence, build stamina and social skills. If a child enters kindergarten with these skills, that’s terrific, but these are skills the classroom teacher will be working on [with them].”

Determining when to move your child from preschool to kindergarten is an important decision. If you’re unsure of what the best call is for your student, talk with your child’s preschool teacher for their insight and experience. You can also reach out to your local elementary school and ask to speak with their staff about kindergarten readiness. Armed with this knowledge, and your unique understanding of your child, you’ll be equipped to make the most informed decision possible.

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Ask the Teacher

Tech obsessions, spelling struggles and grumpy mornings






Define exactly what you would like to be different and then set up realistic family guidelines based upon what you want to change. What are the consequences of your son’s overuse of technology? How is it impacting him or your family negatively? There may be certain times of day that you want to designate as technology and media-free for all of you, like meal times or immediately after school. Prohibiting technology use 30-60 minutes before bed is considered a healthy restriction for children so that they can fall asleep more easily. If you are concerned that active play has been replaced by technology, incorporate an evening walk or bike ride into your family routine. Take a look at exactly what your son is doing during his tech time. Find ways for it to be constructive, for example, doing online keyboarding games, math challenges, games that require strategy and reasoning, etc. Also, it should be across- the-board family policy that all electronic devices are in the parents’ possession during the overnight hours to promote healthy, uninterrupted sleep.


Spelling is a real struggle for many students. Help your son prepare by offering a variety of approaches to his study time. On the evening he receives the list, have him write out the words using a different colored pencil for each word. As he writes out the word, he should say each letter aloud. The acts of reading the word, physically writing it out, hearing the letters, and making color associations will multiply the memory effects of just writing out the words. During another study session, have him give you a spelling test. Intentionally misspell some of the words. When he grades your paper, he should write the correct spelling of each word you missed. Another time, create a list of the words along with ways they may be spelled incorrectly. Have your son select the correctly spelled words from the options. If your son insists that he wants to use the computer practice set up by his teacher, allow that as a baseline. After he has played the games a couple of times, he should write down the words he is still missing and practice those another way. Proofreading after the test, or even in between words, is essential. After writing the word out, your son should go back and spell the word in his head, making a very light mark under each letter as he hears it in his head. Children will often just read the word they have written and not see a missed or incorrect letter because of the efficient way their brains process familiar words.

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While it is difficult to change someone else’s morning temperament, it is not necessary to accept rude behavior that impacts your entire family. A conversation about this at a later time, not in the middle of her grumpiness, is needed. Track and record specific behaviors (her rude words and actions) including time wasted due to her ignoring your prompts. When you have your meeting, present her with the list. State very simply that this behavior is unacceptable and that you would like to create a list of morning procedures together. Compile a simple list that includes wake-up time and morning responsibilities on a timetable. Determine how the process will go. Removing yourself from the situation as much as possible will help keep rising tensions at bay. Perhaps a

musical alarm will help get the day off to a more positive start. Be realistic! Do not expect jovial pleasantries; respect her individual morning challenges as part of who she is. But do expect a total removal of rudeness. When she deviates from the plan, simply refer her to the schedule without harping. The natural consequence for her not following through is an earlier bedtime. If the problem persists, consider the possibility that there may, indeed, be a good reason for her morning struggles. Is your daughter getting enough rest? An earlier bedtime may be in order. She also may be having trouble sleeping soundly through the night. Investigate factors that may be having a negative impact.

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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EDUCATION guide CARMEL CARMEL MONTESSORI SCHOOLS, INC. Carmel Montessori School is located on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 18 years head-teaching experience and we a a full member of the American Montessori Society. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email:,

KINDERCARE EDUCATION Our Early Foundations® curriculum sets the industry standard for excellence in education. Our Nationally Accredited Center with a staff of dedicated teachers ensures that children get the positive learning experiences they need to grow up happy and confident. Visit, call or email for additional information. Enrolling Fulltime and Part time schedules. 1001 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: 317-844-3464, Email: / 13320 Hazell Dell Parkway, Carmel, IN, Phone 317-843-2956,,

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

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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,,


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,

FISHERS MONTESSORI Director, 317-252-5517,, A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certification through American Montessori Society.

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

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

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

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

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

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

ST. MARY’S CHILD CENTER AT THE IMA Through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art offers a preschool for children ages 3-5. Anchored in Reggio Emilia inspired teaching, every day the children experience original works of art at the IMA, explore the gardens and grounds, and work on projects inspired by their environment. St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA is a half-day preschool running five days a week from 9 – 11:30 am for the IPS school year. With a low child to adult ratio (6:1), St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA provides personal attention to ensure optimal social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child. - See more at: st-marys-child-center-at-the-ima/#sthash.M7BHuPbB.dpuf 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,,

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

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

WESTFIELD POLLY PANDA PRESCHOOL Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our theme-based hands-on preschool program provides a wide-range of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of self-worth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our well-qualified and loving staff. Now enrolling for summer. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email:,

THE SAPLING SCHOOL The Sapling School offers a year round Reggio-inspired preschool for children ages 3 to 5 in conjunction with extended after care hours for working families. We empower children to discover themselves and the world around them as they become critical thinkers, creative problem-solvers, and collaborative community members. We value our students and their passions, curiosities, and joys. Their interests guide the holistic, emergent curriculum and our learning environment. Look for our teachers and students around the Broad Ripple area interacting with neighbors as they learn the unique ways they are capable of enriching their community. For more information or to explore our virtual tour please visit www. or To schedule a private tour please call (317) 319-8228, 838 East 65th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Email:,

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

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



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Local Spotlight: Angels and Doves A mission to address the problem of bullying in schools Angels and Doves is a nationwide anti-bully program based in Indianapolis. The organization focuses on the education and prevention of bullying injuries and suicides in schools for kids grades K-12. Indy’s Child spoke to co-founder Kim Harvey about the work she does in our community and beyond. YOU CO-FOUNDED ANGELS AND DOVES WITH YOUR MOM. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THE ORGANIZATION? My mother came up with the name and she asked me if I would partner with her and create a charity where we could help children. We decided to embrace bullying because we saw that very young children, not just teenagers but young children, were taking their lives due to the torment of being bullied.

HOW DOES YOUR ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM WORK? We have a three-step program, which makes us very unique. We start with a presentation and then we follow it up with one of two things. I wrote a book called The Bully Book and it is for grades K-7. It’s a story of bullying and it’s also a 40-day journal. We know that kids won’t write in it every day. But for the children who are hurting and who are frightened and who are being bullied, they will write on the days when they are most afraid or most hurt. This book can be a suicide prevention tool because their teacher can watch over the book or their parent or anybody who is an adult that they feel safe and comfortable with.

Then step three is what we call the Bull Program. This program is the glue that holds our whole program together. It is a peer-topeer peacekeeping program. We at Angels and Doves and the educators select students to be peacekeepers at their school. These peacekeepers are called Bulls. They wear one of our trademark No Bully Shirts. Those t-shirts make everybody, adults included, a walking billboard to say “no” to bullying. We have found that even the students who were bullies, after we describe the program to them in our presentation; they want to become the bull. They want to be a peacekeeper. They want to be a leader. They don’t really want to be mean or be the aggressor. We’ve found that most bullies are being bullied by someone else.


WHAT DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION NEED MOST RIGHT NOW? First, we need overall awareness that bullying is real and it is an epidemic. It is different than it used to be. It is very intentional and very aggressive. It is very mean and harmful. After awareness we need to be speaking in more schools and for that we need more funding from either the school district itself or through private donations. We are in our ninth year and I have spoken to over 17,000 kids. However, with proper funding and additional funding from corporations and private donors and philanthropists, I could be speaking to three times that many students in a shorter period of time.

WHAT DOES BULLYING LOOK LIKE AND HOW CAN WE PREVENT IT? Bullying is an intentional act against another student to harm them and possibly take them down to the lowest level possible, to absolutely demoralize them and strip them of any self-confidence that they had. There are four kinds of bullying: physical, verbal, emotional and cyber.

To learn more about Angels and Doves visit their website at www. angelsanddoves. com/.

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Sports Leagues for Kids with Special Needs Offering camaraderie and the thrill of competition to all athletes After a month of watching the Olympics, it seems like every kid is dreaming of being a gold medalist. Thankfully, there are plenty of local sports leagues designed to help children with special needs experience the excitement of sports. Here are some of our favorites.

Cost: Free

Cost: Varies by sports; need-based scholarships available

Register now for: Bowling ends March 17. T-ball and soccer start in August.

Register now for: Basketball for kids 3 to 21 in March/April

Contact: Kelly Donley at 224-515-9060, kelly@ or

Contact: JMFitness Director Cory Hernandez at or www.joseph



Offering year-round training and competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Sports offered: Basketball, bowling, corn hole, cycling, disc golf, distance running and walking, equestrian, f lag football, golf, pom squad, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball and the Young Athletes program Where: Counties across Indiana, including five Marion County divisions When: Year-round Cost: Varies by sport and location Register now for: Spring sports - cycling, soccer, swimming, track and field start soon Contact:

CARMEL DADS’CLUB SPECIAL SPORTS A positive sports experience for children ages 5 and older with mental or physical challenges. Sports offered: T-ball, soccer, basketball, bowling, tennis, volleyball and Soap Box Derby Where: Various Carmel schools and Woodland Bowl (3421 E. 96th St., Indianapolis) When: Saturday mornings 9:30-10:30 am throughout the school year 28 INDYSCHILD.COM March 2018

An adaptive athletics program where young athletes are paired one-on-one with mentors who teach the techniques, skills and safe practices of each sport. Sports offered: Basketball, cheerleading, running, swimming, T-ball, yoga Where: Joseph Maley Enrichment Center (7128 Lakeview Pkwy W Dr., Indianapolis) and area schools/athletic facilities When: Year-round

LIT TLE LEAGUE CHALLENGER DIVISION A separate division of Little League for kids with physical and mental challenges, ages 5 through high school, where teams are set up according to abilities. Where: Find your local league to see if it has a Challenger division. Brownsburg, Southport and the Allisonville Youth Baseball-Softball all have active Challenger teams. Register now for: Spring season starts soon Contact: League finder: play-little-league/league-finder

MONON COMMUNIT Y CENTER A robust offering of adaptive sports and classes for all ages. Where: 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel

Register now for: Baxter WAVES session Thursdays at 6 pm from April 19-May 31; Fishers WAVES session for ages 6-12 Tuesdays at 7 pm from April 17-May 29. Contact: aquatics-swim-lessons/

When: Year-round Cost: Varies by sport/class; discount for MCC members


Register now for: Preschool yoga (March 7-28), T-ball (April 12May 3), Karate (March 3-24)

One-on-one and small group yoga classes for children ages 2 and older with any diagnosis.

Contact: MCC Inclusion Supervisor Michelle Yadon at (317) 573-5245, or

Where: 8902 Otis Ave. Suite S108A, Indianapolis (Fort Benjamin Harrison) When: Various times Monday through Saturday, including afternoon and evening Cost: Prices vary; grants available

STAR SOCCER: SUCCESS THROUGH ADAPTIVE REC SOCCER An adaptive soccer program through Hendricks Community Soccer. Where: Hendricks Community Soccer fields, 6228-6398 E. County Road 800 N., Brownsburg When: Season starts in March. Practices are Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; games on Saturdays Contact: Director Dave Romie at DRomie@HendricksSoccer. net or

YMCA OF GREATER INDIANAPOLIS Swim programs designed especially for those with special needs. Sports offered: WAVES (Water Access for Very Exceptional Swimmers) adapted swim lessons, a weekly 30 to 40-minute class for children with special needs. Where: Four YMCA branches - Baxter YMCA (south side, 7900 Shelby St., Indianapolis), Fishers YMCA (9012 E. 126th St., Fishers), Ransburg YMCA (east side, 501 N. Shortridge Road, Indianapolis), Witham Family YMCA (2791 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon) Cost: Varies by branch; discount for YMCA members

Contact: Kelly Donley at 224515-9060 or kelly@icanwecan. org or

YOUR LOCAL PARKS DEPARTMENT Many area parks departments will offer adaptive sports from time to time. We recommend searching “adaptive” and “adapted” on program websites and reaching out by phone or email about future plans. Register now for: Indy Parks’ coed adaptive basketball for kids 11 and older at Watkins Park (near-north side, 2360 Dr. MLK Jr. St.) every Friday from 6-7:30 p.m. $1 drop-in charge. Other great places to look for adaptive programs including area gymnastics centers, equestrian riding programs and aquatics centers. And remember, the Winter Games aren’t over yet! The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games run March 8-18, with an opening ceremony on March 9. Paralympians will compete in alpine skiing, snowboarding, hockey, wheelchair curling, cross-country skiing and biathlon. NBC plans to offer 94 hours of TV coverage across multiple channels, along with hundreds of hours on NBC and Olympic streaming apps.

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On the Same Page

Creating collaborative relationships with your child’s special needs team Occupational therapists. Physical therapists. Speech therapists. Teachers and resource staff. For parents of children with special needs, it can be a full-time job keeping up with all the people who need to know what’s happening with your child. So how can you have everyone on the same page while maintaining your sanity? Regular, simple communication is a good start, experts say.

PROMOTING CONVERSATION “The more communication, the better,” says Gillian Johnson, autism consultant with the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, where the Pike Autism Network keeps parents up to date with regular emails and quarterly support group informational meetings. “We do a lot to promote that collaboration between staff and parents,” she says. “We want that open communication because parents help provide us with the whole picture of the child.” A good way to open the lines of communication with therapists or teachers is to simply offer your honest observations about your child, says Kelly Donley, the founder and CEO of I Can We Can Pediatric Therapy, which coordinates a variety of therapy options, counseling services and adaptive programs for children with special needs across Indy. “Be open and honest and share what you’re seeing at home,” she says. “Then you can ask the therapist or teacher, ‘What do you observe are my child’s challenges?’ It will help you both understand if the child’s challenges are consistent, or if they’re struggling with A at school and B at home, which might change your approach.”

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ENCOURAGE TEAM COMMUNICATION It’s also essential that all members of a child’s team, including outside therapists who don’t regularly interact like members of a school team would, be in the loop about your child’s path and progress. Donley says she’s seen great success with using technology to keep everyone connected. She suggests parents use group email to send everyone updates at the same time. Important documents, such as your child’s treatment plan and a list of services they receive can be easily accessible yet still secure with services such as Google Drive or “When your child is in multiple therapies, but team members aren’t communicating, it’s possible they could be using conf licting methods without realizing it,” Donley warns. “It’s like teaching long division – there are so many different ways to teach it, and if your child is learning one way at school and you’re teaching a different way at home, you’re just backtracking and confusing the child.”

Johnson agrees that it’s beneficial for school staff to know about outside therapies, techniques and progress a child is making. Regularly sharing that information also encourages more parent engagement and discussions about the child outside of a yearly case conference, she says. “It’s helpful for us to know how things are going at other therapies and at home. It’s our goal to make Pike as welcoming and open a district as possible, and we want to provide families with as many supports and resources as we can.”

GET EVERYONE TOGETHER If you’re interested in taking open communication one step further, Donley suggests parents broach the idea of getting the entire team together in person once or twice a year. “You don’t hear about people doing this, but I know some who have, and they’ve said it’s a great experience,” says Donley. “Even if you just bring up the idea, I think we’re learning that you have to take a team approach, and an inperson meeting could be one part of it. A lot of teachers and therapists would love to have parents who are that engaged.” The Indiana Resource Center for Autism has several helpful articles on the team approach, including how to develop your child’s Circle of Support: iidc.

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SPECIAL NEEDS guide ABA AUTISM SERVICES THE CHILDREN'S BY DAMAR THERAPLAY FOUNDATION ABA provides proven research-based treatments and interventions for children with Autism and their families, ensuring that children learn, gain confidence and purpose, and engage in meaningful interactions in their everyday lives. 9905 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Kristin Dovenmuehle, Director, Phone: 317-813-4690, Email: info@damar. org,

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

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

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One of the few clinics in the country providing physical and occupational therapies on horseback (hippotherapy) for children with special needs. Serving kiddos, ages 18 months to 13 years, with diagnoses including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, and developmental delay. In-network with most major health insurance carriers and Indiana Medicaid. 9919 Towne Road, Carmel, Indiana. Phone: (317) 872-4166; Email: info@; www.childrens

CHILDREN'S THERAPY CONNECTION Calling all Master Builders! Children’s Therapy Connection is now forming LEGO® Skill Builder Clubs for children with social anxiety conditions, Autism spectrum disorders, or communication difficulties. From Asperger’s Syndrome to speech delays, LEGO® building can be a valuable component to any therapy program. CTC takes it to the next level with our Skill BuilderTM Clubs, providing schoolaged peer groups a platform to share their individual strengths while addressing social skill-building strategies such as using greetings, turn-taking, making eye contact, nonverbal communication, and following social rules. Our Skill BuilderTM Clubs are based on evidencebased neuropsychological research involving analyzing patterns, predictability, and understanding how things work and utilizing those skills in a social context to make learning fun, playing to a child’s strengths, not their disabilities. For additional details please contact our office at (317) 288-7606. Enroll now at! 7478 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: info@,

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

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

LITTLESTAR ​A BA THERAPY LittleStar A ​ BA Therapy is Indiana’s first center-based, therapeutic applied behavior analysis (ABA) service provider serving children, teens and young adults with autism. Since 2002, this professional team has impacted the lives of hundreds of learners affected by autism by building skills and helping them achieve milestones once believed impossible. LittleStar's statewide centers are located in Carmel, Bloomington, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Clarksville and Newburgh. LittleStar A ​ BA Therapy also provide in-home ABA services. 12650 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN, 46032, Phone: 317-249-2242, info@, www.littlestar​ABA ​.org

ST. JOSEPH INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) is Indiana's only full-time school dedicated to helping young children (birth to age 8) who are deaf or hard of hearing develop spoken language and literacy skills with the focus of transitioning into their local, community school. Dramatic advances in technology, including sophisticated hearing aids and cochlear implants, give children with significant hearing loss access to sound. With appropriate speech therapy, auditory rehabilitation and language training, children are able to develop spoken language skills. St. Joseph Institute offers a variety of Listening and Spoken Language programs including: early intervention services, internet therapy, full-time preschool program, mainstream support, ongoing consultation, and comprehensive educational training opportunities for families and professionals. With over 175 years of experience, we are professional leaders in the field of Listening and Spoken Language education. Visit our website for more information. 9192 Waldemar Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-471-8560,






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TYKES NIGHT OUT Tykes Night Out is a respite event sponsored by BACA Charities and serves young children with disabilities. Children that attend get to enjoy a fun night with friends. Activities include playing group games, eating dinner and watching a movie. Each child will receive individualized attention. Thank you to our friends at McAllister’s Deli on 116th St. for providing dinner. This event is for ages 2-5. More information and to register: Contact Michelle Yadon at myadon@

16TH ANNUAL BOWL FOR HCCI The 16th Annual Bowl for HCCI (Helping Challenged Children Inc.) is a fun night for adults and families, raising money for HCCI, a nonprofit that helps children throughout Indiana purchase medical equipment when all other sources of financial assistance have been exhausted. This event funds the majority of the grants the organization is able to fulfill each year. Two games of bowling, shoes, dinner, a silent auction and more make this a night to remember and one people come back to year after year. More information and tickets: bowl4kids2018/welcome

YOUTH FUN NIGHT A respite event sponsored by BACA Charities and serves children with disabilities. Children will enjoy a fun night with friends while playing games, swimming and watching movies. Dinner will be provided by McAllister’s Deli. To register for the event please contact Michelle Yadon at myadon@ This event is for ages 6 - 12.

2018 NIGHT OF HOPE - TRENDS IN TEENS The Peyton Riekhof Foundation for Youth Hope’s 5th annual mental health awareness/educational event will be an evening of great discussion, interactive technology, food and family time. Participants will begin the night with separate sessions for parents and teens where the presenters will discuss trends in our youth’s mental health. Participants will come back together for dinner and group discussion. More information: www.

Location: Monon Community Center, Time: 6:00-7:30 pm, Phone: 317-843-3877

GO-BABY-GO SPEAKER AT IUPUI The IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will host a special seminar by Dr. Cole Galloway, the founder of the nationally recognized “Go-Baby-Go” Program. Recognizing the critical role mobility plays in childhood development, Dr. Galloway began Go-Baby-Go out of a passion to help children with mobility limitations engage with their environment. By adapting children’s ride-on vehicles, Go-Baby-Go removes the cost prohibitive nature of typical mobility equipment, enabling children to engage with their peers in ways they otherwise would not be able. More information: Contact Melissa at or visit go-baby-go-speaker-at-iupui/ Location: IUPUI Campus Center, Time: 4:00-5:00 pm

SAT 03 SPECIAL NEEDS SCREENINGS: “BLACK PANTHER” Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles during the movie. The sensory-friendly screenings are free for children with special needs and their siblings. Adult tickets are available at before-noon price. More information: Film-Series/Special-Needs-Screenings Location: Studio Movie Grill, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-876-3331

Location: Woodland Bowl, Time: 6:30- 9:30 pm, Phone: 317-844-4099

MON 05 FREE PARENT GROUP MEETING: USING VISUAL SUPPORTS AT HOME Melissa Dubie, MA, will lead this free Parent Support Group Meeting, sponsored by Seymour Community Schools. The content will be geared toward family members of individuals who have a diagnosis along the autism spectrum. More information: contact Marykate Helmsing at helmsingm@scsc. or visit pages/parent-group-meetings Location: Redding Elementary School, Time: 6:00- 7:30 pm

THURS 08 PRESCHOOL PARTNERS This an opportunity for children ages 1 through 5 with learning differences, sensitive social needs, sensory disorders, physical disabilities or other health issues such as food allergies to play and have fun. This is a great and unique program for kids to make friends. All toys will be provided, so please no toys from home. This is a drop-in program. All participating parents will supervise this program. Fee is $2 per family per Thursday. Broad Ripple Park will provide the toys, mats, friends and a safe place to have fun! Location: Broad Ripple Park, Time: 10:00 am-noon, Phone: 317-327-7161

Location: Monon Community Center, Time: 6:00- 9:00 pm, Phone: 317-436-8961

SAT 10 JOSEPH MALEY FOUNDATION JUNIOR BOARD CHILI COOK-OFF Get your taste buds ready! The Power in Youth Junior Board hosts their annual Chili Cook-Off at the Joseph Maley Enrichment Center. Teams from the Joseph Maley Foundation community will be competing for prizes for best chili, most creative theme and Mr. and Ms. Chili. Bragging rights are also up for grabs! Each ticket is $15 and includes tastings from each chili entry, a beverage and a ballot. Buy tickets here: for/jmf/event/788100/ Location: Joseph Maley Enrichment Center, Time: 6:00- 8:00 pm, Contact: Youth Director Mia Taskey at

SAT 17 CENTRAL INDIANA AUTISM EXPO Make plans to visit the 2018 Central Indiana Autism Expo to learn about the local autism services, programs, support and resources for those affected by autism in and around Indiana. Attendees will have opportunities to meet with local autism providers and exhibitors who have information, tools and other items to share. Attendees for the Central Expo do not need to register and do not need a ticket to come to the Expo. All are welcome to attend! The Central Expo is FREE for all attendees. Parking is $5. More info: www.autismsocietyofindiana. org/central-indiana-autism-expo/ Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Harvest Pavilion, Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Phone: 800-609-8449

Location: Fishers High School, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-257-8683

SAT 24 ASPERGER’S ARE US COMEDY SHOW Asperger’s Are Us is the world’s first comedy troupe on the spectrum and has performed more than 100 original absurdist sketch shows in nine countries. They DO NOT poke fun at Asperger’s and did not form to teach or to prove that autistic people can be funny. They formed for the same reason anyone does comedy: To make you laugh! Expect silly deadpan sketches that appeal to Aspies and sympathetic others alike. The show is for all ages, but recommended for those 17 and older. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Info and tickets: www-mhshows-com. Location: Irving Theater, Time: 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-356-3355

WED 28 SENSORY STORYTIME Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 on the autism spectrum or with sensory integration challenges are invited for this storytime in a small, interactive setting. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call to register. Location: Wayne Branch Library, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4530

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Preparing Your Child for Sleep Away Camp A few simple steps for a great experience

Sleep away camp is a big deal! The first time being away from home is a significant milestone for kids – and parents. How can you ensure the best experience possible? Read on! Make sure they’re ready. “You know your child is ready for sleep away camp when they begin to ask about it,” says Tom Rosenberg, President and CEO of the American Camp Association, a 100+ year old organization dedicated to promoting quality camp programs. Some kids begin asking about camp as young as seven or eight and for other kids that might be nine, ten or eleven. “One wonderful way to practice being independent is to have sleepovers with friends or spend a significant number of nights visiting relatives away from mom and dad,” says Rosenberg. “That’s a great way to gauge their confidence level and readiness.”

Find a camp that fits your child. “Part of the conversation when you are interviewing camp directors is trying to figure out if this camp is a good fit for my child,” says Rosenberg. “There are so many types of camps and so many types of kids. Don’t be shy about asking, ‘what type of child does well at this camp?’” Rosenberg notes that it’s also important to send your child to a camp that you feel 100 percent confident in. “Camps aren’t regulated at the federal level,” says Rosenberg. “They’re regulated at the state level and every state is different. One way that you know you’re considering a camp that has met the minimum standards recognized nationally by courts of law is to find out if the camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.”

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Visit the camp for a firsthand impression.

Go over the camp rules beforehand.

“I always encourage parents to visit a camp while it’s in session to actually see the camp in action,” says Rosenberg. “It will really help your child connect the dots and see the fun and it will help mom and dad narrow down which camp to send their child to.” Rosenberg points out that parents and their future-camper will need to plan ahead and visit the camp the summer before their child plans to enroll, when camp is in session.

“Most camps will publish a Camp Parent Handbook which will have all kinds of important information and tips about how to prepare your child for camp,” says Rosenberg. The handbook will also cover what to pack, how to label personal items, handling medications and more. “Parents shouldn’t delay reading the handbook with their child,” says Rosenberg. It’s also important to discuss with your child the communal responsibilities they’ll have while they are away. “Everyone has responsibilities every day at camp,” explains Rosenberg. “Kids contribute to cabin cleanup, they pick up their clothes off the floor and put them in the laundry bag, and they’re responsible for keeping track of their own stuff.”

Prepare kids – and parents – for a summer without devices. Camp is a community without technology. That usually affects parents more than kids, explains Rosenberg. “Your daughter or son is at camp having a blast. Pretty soon they forget about having a device. But Mom and Dad are still at home and wondering how their child is doing. I find that for many parents they struggle more with a child not having a device than the child themselves.”

Discuss communication before your child leaves. Since your child can’t just call you to check in, it’s important that they’re clear on how they can communicate with you while they’re away. “Every camp is a little bit different,” says Rosenberg. At most camps, good old-fashioned snail mail is encouraged. But some camps offer e-letters, a system where Mom or Dad email letters to their child that the camp prints out. When the child writes back, their letter is scanned into a PDF and emailed back to the parents.

Prepare for homesickness. “Have a conversation about homesickness and acknowledge that homesickness is a normal process that every human being has when they have their first separation from their parents,” says Rosenberg. It’s also important to let your child know that they can’t come home just because they’re feeling homesick. “Camp directors will probably tell you not to tell your child that they can come home if they don’t like it,” says Rosenberg. “It doesn’t help a child try very hard if they’re at camp and they know they can pull the parachute rip cord any time they want. It takes work just like anything else settling in to it and giving it a chance.”

For many kids, going to camp is the highlight of their summer. Make sure your child will be a “happy camper” by planning ahead with these simple tips. Then send them off for an experience they’ll never forget!

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801 West 73rd Street, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 7265584, email:,

5885 Crittenden Ave., Indianapolis, Contact: Kelly Lucas, Phone: (317) 251-1451, email:,

Dates: June 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29 and July 9-13, 16-20 Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00am–noon Ages: 18 mos. through 9 years of age Activities: Themes vary by week.

A Children's Habitat Montessori School offers 6 weeks of themed camp fun for children 18 months through age 9. Taught by our own Montessori teachers, these camps offer multi-age environments filled with child-led activities in our indoor and outdoor classrooms and play spaces. Cooking to science, art to gardening to geology, children let curiosity guide every discovery! All camps are $135 per week.

ART CAMPS AT THE SULLIVANMUNCE CULTURAL CENTER 225 West Hawthorne, Zionsville, Contact: Cynthia Young, Phone: (317) 873-4900, email: cynthiayoung@sullivanmunce. org, Dates: June-July Hours: 9am-4pm Ages: 7-17 Activities: Art, including outdoor activities

Summer art camps for children ages 7-17. All-day and half-day art camps available. Indoor and outdoor activities. Campers will be introduced to a variety of art materials and techniques. Come ready to get dirty and have fun!

BETH-EL ZEDECK EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER “DOG DAYS OF SUMMER” Phone: (317) 259-6854, email:, Dates: Session 1: June 4 - June 29 Session 2: July 2 - July 27 Hours: Flexible hours. Half Days/Full Days Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pickup anytime up until 6 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays Ages: 12 months+ through 5 years+ Activities: Weekly creative themes, arts and crafts, water fun at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Aquatic Complex for 3's 4's and 5's. Water play for 12 months through 2's. Music/Creative Movement, Entertainment, Field Trip Fridays for 4's and 5's.

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

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Dates: June 11 - 14; June 18 - 21; June 25 – 28 Hours: 9am to Noon; 12:30 to 3:30pm; 8am to 3pm Ages: 1st through 8th grade Activities: Theatre; Community Service; Robotics; Coding; Art; Cooking; Improv Comedy; Creative Writing; Basketball, Baseball; Softball; Football; Lacrosse; Volleyball; Wrestling; Soccer; Cheerleading

Bishop Chatard High School offers a variety of camps that encourage 1st through 8th grade students to explore new interests, challenge their imaginations and hone current skills. Athletic and enrichment camps appeal to students interested in theatre, technology, music, sports, community service, art and more. Half and full-day camps are available, or your child may bring a lunch and experience different camps in our morning and afternoon sessions. Early-bird and multiple camp discounts are available. Visit to learn more and to register.

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

Camp AYS offers fun adventures focused on science, art, health and the environment. Lots of active games, new friends and new experiences make Camp AYS the place to be this summer. Marion & Hendricks Co., grades 1-6 (children entering kindergarten welcome as long as they are 5 years old on the first day of camp).

CAMP CARSON YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN, Phone: (812) 385-3597, email:, Special needs: Type 1 Diabetes, Camps for kids of military families Dates: June 3-July 27 Ages: 7-16 Activities: Horseback riding, dirt bikes, robotics, nature, arts & crafts, archery, climbing tower, riflery, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, soccer, basketball, mountain bikes, mountain boards, woodworking, radio station and more.

Fly from the zipline, create a clay pot, ride horses or dirt bikes. Build your confidence and self-esteem as you join campers and

staff from around the country and the world in a camp family where all kids are Accepted, Challenged and Empowered. ALL new cabins built in 2014.

CAMP CROSLEY YMCA Phone: (574) 834-2331, Email:, Dates: One week sessions starting June 3 -August 4 Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm for the office Ages: 6-15 Activities Included: H2Whoa Zone Water Recreation Area with beach, swimming, log rolling, high ropes course, zipline, climbing wall, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, archery, Riflery, field sports, crafts, music fusion, photography, videography, journalism, GaGa, 9 Square in the Air, carpetball, waterskiing/wakeboarding, horsback riding, mini bikes, sailing, SCUBA

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

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

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

CAMP JCC 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis (46260), Phone: 317-2519467, email:, camp-jcc/ Dates: June 4, 2018-July 27, 2018 Ages: Grades K-9 Activities: drone camp, day camp including daily use of our water park, tennis, soccer, Pacers basketball, STEAM camp, adventure camp

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

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

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

CENTRAL INDIANA ACADEMY OF DANCE/CIDE 14950 Greyhound Ct.,Suite #4 Carmel, Phone: (317) 581-2423, contact: Vikki Gauker, Email: Studio@ciaodance. com, Dates: June - July Ages: 3-18

There’s something for everyone this summer at Central Indiana Academy of Dance!! The summer starts off June 11th with our popular young dancer day camps, featuring themes such as Moana and Frozen 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 25th -29th, for ages 6-10, and Central Indiana Dance Ensemble’s annual Summer Intensive, for your experienced dancer, June 11th - 22nd!

CINCINNATI REDS BASEBALL/ SOFTBALL CAMPS Billericay Park: 12600-12883 Promise Rd., Fishers, IN 60555, Contact: Tim Rappe, Phone: (855) 846-7337, Email: Trappe@, Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports Hours: 9am-3pm; M-F Dates: Billericay Park in Fishers; 6/18-6/22, 2018 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395

Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American Ball Park, full Reds uniform (hat, jersey, belt, MLB-style pants), 4 game tickets

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

CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE CHINESE CULTURE CAMP Phone: (317) 278-7900, email:, Dates: June 4 - July 27 2018 Ages: Grades K-8 Activities: Chinese, Calligraphy, Crafts & Sports, Singing & Dancing, Math & Reading

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

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13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN, Phone: (317) 776-6000, email:,

6401 E 75th St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 849-3441, email:, www.heritagechristian. net/summer

Dates: May 29 - August 3, 2018 Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm; early arrival and late pick up are available for additional fee

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

CYO CAMP RANCHO FRAMASA Phone: (888) 988-2839, email: info@campranchoframasa. org, Special needs: All programs are inclusive of all children Dates: June 3 - July 27 Ages: 7-19+ Activities: Horseback riding, Swimming, High Ropes, Drama, Archery, Sports, Games, Arts & Crafts, Firebuilding, Canoeing, Campfires, All Camp Evening Games, etc.

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

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Dates: June 4, 2018-July 27, 2018 Hours: 9 am-3:30 pm Ages: Entering Kindergarten-Entering 5th Grade Activities: Academic STEM enrichment activities, Field Trips office campus

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

HERRON SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN YOUTH ART CAMP, PRE-COLLEGE, AND SUMMER TEEN INTENSIVES Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 278-9404, community/programs/index.html Dates: June 11-29 Age: Grades 3-12 Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (extended hours available)

Herron’s summer programs are designed to seed inspiration, foster curiosity, and channel enthusiasm. Youth Art Camp allows campers to explore drawing and illustration, design, object making. Summer Teen Intensives offer immersive half-day and full day courses. Herron Pre-College is an intensive two-week summer program designed for college bound high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates.

INDIANA BALLET CONSERVATORY'S SUMMER STORYBOOK CAMPS 849 W. Carmel Drive, Carmel, Phone: (317) 202-1617, email:, Dates: June 4-15 Hours: 9 am-noon Ages: 3-5 Activities: Themed crafts, games and snacks Summer Storybook Camps, Week 1: Royal Prince & Princess Camp, Week 2:Under the Sea Camp

Themed crafts, games, and snacks will be provided (students with dietary restrictions or allergies should bring their own snack). All parents and visitors will enjoy a casual demonstration on the last day of camp. Multiple weeks are encouraged and Full Scholarships are available for Gentlemen.

INDIANA REPERTORY THEATRE SUMMER YOUTH WORKSHOPS 140 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Contact: Randy Pease, Phone: (317) 916-4842, email:, Dates: June 18 through July 20. Three different camps available. Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm Ages: 8-18 Activities: Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance, Voice, Movement, Shakespeare, Directing, Design, and Playwriting

IRT Summer Youth Workshops engage children in creative work alongside IRT artists! In Step On Stage, aspiring

performers explore skills every actor needs. In Stage & Scene, experience a world of theatre careers including acting, directing, and production. Finally, our Summer Conservatory for Youth provides intensive training for young actors.

INDIANAPOLIS ART CENTER 820 E 67th Street, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 255-2464, email: jnieto@, Dates: June 11-July 27, 2018 Hours: 8:30 am-6 pm Ages: 4-18 Activities: Art, Creativity, Painting, Ceramics, Film, Animation, Glassblowing, Woodworking, Jewelry Making and more.

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

INDIANAPOLIS CHILDREN’S CHOIR CHORAL FEST Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Email: lsouthar@, Contact: Lauren Southard, Phone: (317) 940-9640,

Special Needs Offered: Offering a special learners camp Dates: June 4-7 and July 23-27 Hours: 9am-4pm Ages: 1st grade - 8th grade Activities: Singing, playing instruments, movement, games.

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

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF INDIANA SUMMER CAMP 4330 N. Michigan Road, Indpls, IN, 46208 Phone: (317) 923.1951, Email: mvasey@isind. org, Dates: June 18-22 & 25-29, 2018

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

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JEWEL SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMP 5750 E. 30th Street, Indianapolis; Phone: (317) 591-5050, email:; http://www. Dates: June 11-August 3 Hours: 7am-6pm Ages: 5-13 Activities: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, indoor and outdoor activities, STEM/STEAM academic programming, and field trips

JEWEL Summer Enrichment Camp is an 8-week program for youth, ages 5-17, to participate in indoor and outdoor activities providing fun-filled opportunities to grow academically and spiritually. Programming includes a STEM/STEAM curriculum, field trips, and more. To register, visit Click on the MINISTRIES tab, then SPORTS & RECREATION.

MYART 4 different locations in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville & Zionsville, Phone: (317) 443-6831, contact: Sylvia Runningen & Buffe Challand, email:, Dates: Every week thru the summer starting June 4th - August 2 Hours: 9:30am-noon or 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:30pm-4:00pm Ages: For Kids Ages 5 and Up Type of Camp: Day, Summer Classes Gender of Campers: Boys and Girls Activities: 2-D art, drawing, painting, printmaking and collaging plus 3-D Sculpting.

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Myart is here to keep your child busy with creative art projects all through the summer with our 4 day and 1 day camps. We provide art camps in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Zionsville during fall, winter, spring and summer breaks. Our campers have a great time as they learn drawing, painting, collaging and sculpting techniques and work in a variety of media, all centered on a specific theme.

PARK TUDOR SCHOOL 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240​; Phone: (317) 415-2700; Email:, Dates: June 4 - July 27, 2018 Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ages: 3 - 18

Park Tudor offers a variety of summer classes and camps for children ages 3 - 18. Choices include academic options, arts and crafts, sports and more. Class lengths vary from one to three weeks; campers can register for multiple sessions, as well as morning, afternoon, or all-day camps.​

SUMMER U AT UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL 2825 W. 116th Street, Carmel IN, Phone: (317) 733-4475, Email:, Dates: June 11-29 and July 9-27 Ages: elementary, middle, and high school students

University High School offers several enrichment summer camps and courses for elementary, middle, and high school

students. Our camps cover everything from study skills, robotics, rocketry, computer gaming and development to theatre, visual arts, and creative writing. Before and after care is available.

THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE SUMMER CAMP Phone: (317) 253-3033, email: childrenshouse08@gmail. com, Dates: June 11, 2018 to August 17, 2018 Hours: 9 am to 4 pm (extended hours available, 7 am to 5:45 pm) Ages: 3-12 Activities: Art, drama, games, recreational swimming, field trips

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

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

1021 Kendall Court, Westfield, IN 46074, Phone: (317) 750-8394, Contact: Stephanie Clark, email:

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

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

Dates: May 29th-June 1st, June 4th-8th, June 11th-15th, June 18th-22nd, June 25th-29th, July 2/3/5/6, July 9th-13th, July 16th-20th, July 23rd-27th

ALL-SUMMER-LONG CAMPS at Wright's FUNdamentals & NinjaZone in Westfield! FUN THEMES EVERY WEEK that relate to the crafts, games, lessons, and activities: Dinosaurs, Fairies/Gnomes, Gymnastics/Ninja Games, Cooking, Superhero, Fly High, All Sports, Robots, and Survivor. Single & Multi-Day Options with Sibling Discounts Available! Active in Classes? 10% OFF! We Teach Gymnastics & Ninja in ALL Camps!




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MOVIN' & GROOVIN: SHAMROCK STYLE If you and your preschooler(s) love Irish music and movement, come enjoy this fun, St. Patrick's Day themed program! You will enjoy some Irish tunes; play a shamrock dancing game, and use children's instruments and musical props. For ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Registration required. Location: Fishers Library, Time: 11:00- 11:30 am, Phone: 317-579-0300


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DECONSTRUCTED PLAY Your child will explore everyday objects in new and unique ways. Watch with wonder as they expand their creative thinking and express themselves. Miss Cheyenne arranges a variety of activities each week appropriate for infants to preschoolers. Children will experience sensory exploration, STEM activities, fine motor skill development, art

exploration, and more! Join them every Thursday at 10:30. This event is included in your play session and includes time in the play cafe. http:// activity-descriptions/#deconstructed *Ongoing Location: The Urban Chalkboard, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-815-5711

FRI 02 NOBLESVILLE STORYTIME Storytime is for older toddlers through preschoolers and their caregiver. Sing, play and listen to stories followed by an activity or craft. The programs are designed to include STEAM activities, help young children develop the skills they will need to be ready to read, and encourage the development of fine and gross motor skills. Location: Noblesville Library 2nd Floor, Time: 10:30-11:00 am Phone: 317-7731384

FRI 02 - FRI 09 SPRING BULB SHOW It’s springtime at the Garfield Conservatory! Come see the stunning display of tulips and other spring blooms against the backdrop of the permanent tropical collection. $4 per person or $10 per family (2 adults max). Location: Garfield Conservatory, Time: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm and Sun 1-5pm, Phone: 317-327-7220

SAT 03 DINOSAUR ART: PRESCHOOL ART WORKSHOP Preschoolers are invited to make a prehistoric creation during this program led by the Art Lab. Those attending will listen to a story and create their own masterpiece! This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call to register. Location: Irvington Branch Library, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4450

PUNCH & JUDY One day only! Guest puppeteer, Guy Thompson, will present this classic hand puppet show with bawdy Punch and his wife Judy. $12; FREE children under 2. Location: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, Time: 10:30 am- Noon and 1:00-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-5354853

MAPLE MADNESS Join in a tradition that started over 150 years ago by the Bray family as they tap the maple trees and celebrate maple syrup, its history, the process, and one of their newer parks, Bray Family Homestead Park! Maple products will be available for purchase. Cash or check only. Pre-register for a one-hour tour at: cool.naturecenter@ FREE. Location: Bray Family Homestead, Time: 10:00 am- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-774-2500

THE REEL WEST OPENING DAY ACTIVITIES Join the Eiteljorg for an action-packed day of The Reel West programming! Be one of the first to explore the exhibition with curator Johanna Blume on her 11:00 a.m. tour. Have fun with family activities in Eagle Commons, or watch the 1966 film Duel at Diablo in Lilly Theater. www. the-reel-west-opening-day-activities Location: Eitlejorg Museum, Time: 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-1310

SUN 04 ROBOTS AFTER NOON Families are invited to try a variety of the Learning Curve’s robotics technology and practice programming. With various types of robots and games available each week, participants can try something new or dive deeper into a favorite. This program will be held in the Arena. Free. Also held on Feb. 11, 18 and 25. Location: Central Library, Time: 1:00-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100

MON 05 TINY TOTS STORYTIME Enjoy books, bounces, songs, rhymes and more at early literacy storytime each week. Designed for babies 0-24 months and their caregivers. Location: White River Branch Library, Time: 9:30-10:00 am, Phone: 317-885-1330


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TRIBUTE TO DR. SEUSS SHOW Dr. Seuss one of America's greatest treasurers, children everywhere simply love his books. This program brings humor, magical skills, and a dramatic performance background to this enchanting program. It's a great program to celebrate the life and works of Dr. Seuss. Family Program All ages welcome!! signup/Calendar

STEM CONFERENCE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS The event is designed to heighten girls’ interest in STEM careers and help them select high school courses that will lead to success in college. The conference features a series of small group workshops led by women whose professions include cardiology, mechanical engineering, coding, veterinary medicine, and many more! Registrants will participate in five hands-on workshops from a list of over 30 career choices. The $35 registration fee includes lunch and a theater presentation. To register, visit STEM

HOT JAZZ FOR COOL KIDS! Families with children of all ages are invited for this seventh season of popular performances by Indy’s leading jazz musicians. This family-friendly series is intended to introduce children to jazz music in a live concert setting that is both fun and educational.

Location: Noblesville Library 2nd Floor, Time: 6:30- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317- 773-1384

WED 07 PEAS IN A POD: PRESCHOOL SNACKING WORKSHOP Preschoolers and an adult are invited to join the Marion County Health Department to explore fruits and vegetables through games, stories and activities. Kids will put on an apron and learn how to prepare a tasty and healthy snack! This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call to register. Location: Beech Grove Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4560

THURS 08 JIM GILL'S NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN FOR PLAY Preschoolers and their families are invited to sing, clap, dance and sneeze along during this concert by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. His distinctive music play creates the spirit of a family room in the concert hall and serves as an invitation to families to sing and play together. This program will be held in the Learning Curve. Location: Central Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4100

WED 07 & THURS 08 TOT ART AT SOUTHPORT! Babies and toddlers up to age 3 and an adult are invited for a process art program. Stick around after the art activity for socialization and playtime. Come dressed for a mess! Location: Southport Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4510

FRI 09 BABY BEBOP Babies up to 18 months and an adult are invited to rock out during this music activity that will focus on tempo, beat, rhythm and dynamics. Each session will feature instruments, songs and a story. Call to register.

Location: Sycamore School, Time: 8:30-10:00 am, Phone: 317-202-2500

GREAT NORTH RUN AND FITNESS FAIR Enjoy a 5K, 10K and Fun Run through North Central Campus and surrounding neighborhoods and a free fitness fair in the North Central Gyms before and after the race. This is a wonderful event for everyone from the competitive runner to the family looking for an outing. Location: North Central High School, Time: 9:00 am, Phone: 317-845-9400

HUNGRY CATERPILLAR POTTERY Kids ages 2-10 will enjoy a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then paint an adorable caterpillar pottery piece! All supplies are provided. Pieces will be kiln fired and can be picked up 7 days later at the Fishers Parks & Recreation Office. Register by March 3 with activity title Caterpillar Pottery. Ages 2-10. Location: Billericay Park Building, Time: 2:00- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317- 595-3150

PINOCCHIO Blue Fairy leads visitors on a magical journey through this retelling of the classic story featuring original music, sing-alongs, and interactivity. Through his adventures, Pinocchio learns that respecting other people, telling the truth, and being good will make his dreams come true. With an emphasis on anti-bullying for prekindergarten through grade 2. Ages 4+. *Ongoing Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: see website for times, Phone: 317-3344000

Location: Central Library, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4022

MON 12 ISO’S TEDDY BEAR CONCERT SERIES: THE GARDEN SYMPHONY 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 Garden Symphony,” an original story written by Victoria Griswold that follows a ladybug’s search through the garden for her own special song. Location: Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium, Time: 10:30-11:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4022

DROP-IN READ ALOUD Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited head to the north windows for a fun, informal read-aloud as a member of the Children’s staff shares a few stories. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library Children's Department, Time: 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-8143900

MON 12- SUN 25 SAVOR HAMILTON COUNTY Savor Hamilton County allows you to enjoy special offers at the Hamilton County's best restaurants. Discover why Hamilton County is the ultimate dining destination. At participating restaurants, no coupons or handouts are necessary. Simply ask for the Savor Hamilton County menu. www. Location: Various locations in Hamilton County

TUES 13 OUT OF THIS WORLD SCIENCE! Kid scientists ages 6-12 are invited to explore outer space science through books, experiments, games and more. Call to register. Location: Glendale Branch Library, Time 5:30-6:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4410

Location: InfoZone at The Children's Museum, Time: 10:00-10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4430

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JUNGLES TALES Bring your preschooler to this program with a focus on the natural world. Enjoy a different nature-related story, activity and craft each month. Registration required. Ages 2-5; $5/per child. Location: Garfield Conservatory, Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7220

TUES 13 - SUN 18 LES MISERABLES Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. https://indianapolis. Location: Old National Centre, Time: see website for times, Phone: 317-231-0000

WED 14 LET’S CELEBRATE PIE! Pi or pie – how about both? Children ages 6-12 will have an opportunity to taste different flavors of pie, foods that start with “pi”, like pineapples and pizza and foods that are circular in shape, like pancakes and cookies! During this program, they will also have a contest to see who can recite the most digits of the famous number and play pie related games. Location: Billericay Park Building, Time: 6:00-7:00 pm, Phone: 317-595-3150

THE MAGIC OF ADAM TRENT Direct from Broadway, ADAM TRENT, the break out star of the world’s best selling magic show The Illusionists, brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to this 90-minute spectacle. Produced by the same creative team behind The Illusionists brand, ADAM TRENT’s production is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music perfect for the entire family. Don’t miss the next generation of magic! Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, Time: 7:30 pm,

THURS 15 41ST ANNUAL MCFADDEN MEMORIAL LECTURE WITH JEFF KINNEY Families and individuals of all ages are invited as the acclaimed author and illustrator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series Jeff Kinney discusses the development of his award-winning series. The series has been a fixture on the New York Times bestseller list since 2007 when Kinney's first book was published. Book sales and a book signing will follow the presentation. This free program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This program will be held in the Atrium. Location: Central Library, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100


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FRI 16 GARDEN TIME STORY TIME: Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited to uncover knowledge about worms, bugs, dirt and plants through stories, songs, puppets and dance. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call to register. Location: Brightwood Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4310

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE presented by Hoosier Lottery The 38th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is made up of high school bands, floats, catholic schools, Irish dancers, bag pipe & drum bands, Irish organizations and dignitaries. The Parade also hosts a festival from from 10 am-3 pm on Vermont Street with Irish entertainment, food, interactive displays and beer garden located in the middle of the Parade route. FREE. Location: Downtown Indianapolis, Time: 11:30- 3:00 pm

SAT 17 RILEY CHILDREN'S HEALTH SPORTS LEGENDS EXPERIENCE OPENING DAY CELEBRATION Celebrate the opening of the largest expansion of The Children's Museum in 40 years! The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience combines rich sports history, physical fitness, and health education in a variety of family-fun, indoor and outdoor experiences. Run, drive, jump, putt, and play while learning how to stay happy, healthy, and safe. Meet a legendary sports character every visit, hear their story of greatness, and get coached in the drills and skills that helped them succeed. Imagine yourself in the shoes of that same sports legend, and start your story today. *Ongoing Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-3344000

BRICKWORLD INDY 2018 Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun! See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts. Enjoy interactive activities, such as the LEGO and DUPLO play brick areas, fighting robots, seek and finds, etc. Buy your favorite LEGO sets, mini-figures, and LEGO accessories from various vendors. 124755038233417/ Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Time: 10:00 am

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PARENT AND PRESCHOOLER YOGA Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited to enjoy the health benefits that yoga can offer during this program presented by the Greater Indianapolis YMCA. This 45-minute program is made possible by Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Location: Garfield Park Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4490

MON 19 FISHERS FULL STEAM AHEAD HOME SCHOOL PROGRAM "HUMPTY DUMPTY EGG DROP CHALLENGE" Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great...Uh Oh!! Can you build a device that can protect Humpty Dumpty from his fall and prevent him for cracking? All supplies are provided. Team work is encouraged! Location: Fishers Library, Time: 1:00-2:00 pm, Phone: 317-579-0300

LEGO LAND Head to the Lawrence Branch Library to build with a theme. Use books to guide projects. Fun for the whole family! All ages and skill levels welcome! Location: Lawrence Branch Library, Time: 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4460

TUES 20 PAWS TO READ AT EAGLE School-age children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to a nonjudgmental registered therapy dog who loves to listen to stories! It's a great way to improve a child's reading skills and self-confidence. Location: Eagle Branch Library, Time: 4:005:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4340

WED 21 MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE Babies, toddlers and preschoolers and an adult are invited for an early literacy program using rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments to foster speech development, motor coordination, self-confidence and sensitivity to others. Adult participation is required. Location: College Avenue Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4320

THURS 22 PRESCHOOL STORYTIME AT WARREN Preschoolers and their families are invited for weekly stories, crafts and play time. Families and homeschoolers of all ages are welcome to attend. Location: Warren Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4450


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WHITE RIVER CLEAN UP DAY Clean drinking water is a universal concern and demands a global effort. Indianapolis’ very own White River provides drinking water to more than half of its citizens. Help take action and do your part to keep the White River clean. Holliday Park will be hosting a river clean-up in celebration of World Water Day. Come roll up your sleeves and join the cause! Wear old shoes and clothes. Ages 10+ Location: Holliday Park, Time: 3:00-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180

THURS 22 - FRI 23 EGGSCELLENT ADVENTURE Decorate your own basket and hunt for eggs to put in it! Prairie Tykes is custom made for preschoolers (ages 2-6) and parents or grandparents! Connect one-on-one with your little ones while you make crafts, dance, sing and take part in the special activity of the day! Younger siblings are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at no charge. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 9:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-776-6000

FRI 23 LIFE IS DANCE PRESCHOOL WORKSHOP Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 are invited to an interactive presentation that is ideal for exposing them to the art of dance. Those attending will learn how they can create dance all the time in every situation. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call to register. Location: InfoZone at The Children's Museum, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4430

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SAT 24 FAIRY TALE PARTY Princes and princesses ages 2-10 are invited to Saxony Hall for a royal party! Your children will enjoy refreshments and get to participate in fairy tale themed activities. A special princess will also stop by for a story, song, and photo opportunity. Children and their parents must register for this event for $20 per person by March 19. Location: Saxony Hall Building, Time: 10:00 am- 2:00, Phone: 317-588-1429

PRESIDENTIAL EGG ROLL The most famous of all Egg Rolls is held at the White House each year, and the Harrisons made their own important contribution to the Presidential tradition. Mark your calendars and join the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site as they host the annual Presidential Egg Roll event, and throw open the South lawn for crafts, music and celebrations! Children will race to roll their decorated eggs through the grass, and an Easter Bunny will be on-site to cheer for the little ones. The whole morning will be picture perfect! Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Time: 9:00 am, Phone: 317-631-1888

CIRCUS DAY Families can step right up for free admission when the Indiana Historical Society continues its circus tradition. On this fun-filled day, families can enjoy carnival games, face painting, live performances and the Indiana Experience. Location: Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio St., Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm,

PEANUT BUTTER & JAM – HARP MELODIES & TALES Designed for children ages 1-7, Peanut Butter & Jam sessions encourage young children to become engaged in the arts. Explore the mesmerizing sounds of the concert harp from its shimmering plucks to its percussive whooshes in this fun, interactive program with harpist, Melissa Gallant. The harp is one of the world’s oldest instruments and its music will touch your heart and will add a bounce to your step! Sing along to familiar tunes and hear stories come alive with harp sound effects. Location: The Center for Performing Arts, Time 10:30 am, Phone: 317-843-3800

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MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS The Monster Energy AMA Supercross World Championships return to Indy on March 24. schedule-unveiled Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Time: 12:00 pm, Phone: 317-262-8600

SUN 25 BUBBLE GUPPIES LIVE! Put on your water wings and dive into a swimsational musical underwater adventure! The Bubble Guppies are getting ready to rock ‘n’ roll with everyone’s favorite tunes, but when a special band member goes missing, the show can’t go on! Location: Old National Centre, Time: 2:00-4:30 pm, Phone: 317-231-0000


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MON 26 A TROPICAL VACATION WITH ARLO Can’t wait for Spring Break to start this weekend? Neither can Arlo the Gecko! He’s going on vacation to his tropical island home of New Caledonia, and he’s inviting you to join him! They’ll have all kinds of crafts and activities, as well as some water and light snacks at this After-School Adventure Club approved program for children ages 6-11. Free tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children’s Desk 30 minutes prior to the scheduled program start time. A ticket will be required for each person attending the program. FREE. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room, Time: 4:30-5:30 pm and 6:30-7:30 pm, Phone: 317-814-3900

TUES 27 - FRI 30 IKEA FISHERS KIDS’ ACADEMY - ALL WEEK! Enjoy a special week-long edition of IKEA Fishers Kids’ Academy as they celebrate Spring Break! Kids 12 and under will enjoy free, fun filled activities designed for the youngest IKEA visitors, while supplies last.

fishers/activities, FREE. (while supplies last). Location: IKEA Fishers, Time: see website for times, Phone: 888-888-4532

WED 28 MACRAME BRACELET CLASS FOR KIDS Children of all ages are invited to use cotton fibers or paracord to create colorful patterned bracelets for themselves or as a gift. They'll discover knot-tying techniques that can be used to create wall hangings, rugs, key chains and other pieces of functional art. This 60-minute program is presented by Art with a Heart. Call to register. Location: Decatur Branch Library, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4330

HIDE AND SEEK Preschoolers will learn how animals use camouflage to blend in with their surroundings and try to find "animals" hidden in the Conservatory and make a cool craft. Fee also includes admission for one adult. Registration required, $5/per child, ages 2-5. Location: Garfield Conservatory, Time: 10:00 –11:00 am Phone: 317-327-7220

SENSORY STORYTIME Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 on the autism spectrum or with sensory integration challenges are invited for this storytime in a small, interactive setting. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call to register. Location: Wayne Branch Library, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4530

FRI 30 HOP TO THE PROP FOR AN EASTER EGG HUNT Sponsored by the Propylaeum Historic Foundation Outreach Committee. Rain or shine. Bring your little bunny for the annual free Easter Egg Hunt at the Indianapolis Propylaeum. Warning: It is important to be on the grounds early as the Easter Bunny drops the signals the hunt to begin promptly at 11:30 am. Location: Indianapolis Propylaeum, Time: 11:30 am

EGG-STRAVAGANZA Stop by for last minute egg decorating fun. All decorating supplies will be provided but quantities are limited. For families with children ages 3-8. Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 2:00- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-773-1384


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FRI 30 - SUN 01 INDIANA COMIC CON Over 400,000 square feet and 150 booths of comics, cosplay, videos, toys, action figures, anime, video games, Star Wars, artwork, trading cards, and fun! Celebrity guests include Sean Astin, Wallace Shawn, Jonathan Frakes, Matthew Lewis, Michael Biehn, Sean Young, Henry Thomas, and Rodger Bumpass. Location: Indiana Convention Center, Time: visit website for details

SAT 31 GARDENTIME STORYTIME! Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited to uncover knowledge about worms, bugs, dirt and plants through stories, songs, puppets and dance. FREE. Location: Central Library, Time: 11:00 am-Noon, Phone: 317-275-4100

PASSOVER SEDER The public is invited to join Messianic Congregation Sha'arey Yeshua at their Passover Seder. The catered buffet meal features live music and dancing and recounts the story of what makes this night different for all other nights. The dinner will be held at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. Tickets are $55 adults; $25 children 12 and under. Location: Ritz Charles, Time: 6:00-9:00 pm, Phone: 317-202-0789

EASTER ON THE PRAIRIE Take part in the Egg-Stravaganza (weather permitting) for children ages 2–12 and collect candy-filled Easter eggs. SODA POP CHALLENGE- Ever since Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1894, they have been using it as a delicious drink, but it is also a miracle of modern science! Let’s see what new and exciting uses they are to find for this carbonated concoction! Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 10:00 am5:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-6000

SAT 31- SUN 01 EASTER LAND - FREE ONEWEEKEND THEME PARK Your child is invited to explore Easter Land, a FREE one-weekend theme park at People’s Church Easter weekend, March 31 and April 1! Kids will slide and bounce on humongous inflatables, hunt for over 8,000 Easter eggs in our massive egg hunt, saddle up for a pony ride, and get close up and hands-on with cute, cuddly animals in the Petting Zoo. Every child will receive FREE cotton candy and have a blast, all while learning about Jesus! Easter Land happens immediately following each service at People's Church Easter weekend, March 31 and April 1. Location: Fall Creek Valley Middle School, 9701 63rd St., Indianapolis

EASTER WEEKEND AT THE ZOO Jump, bounce, leap and hop to the Zoo on Easter to enjoy a great spring day and a Easter-themed activities all weekend long! Of course, it wouldn't be Easter without an egg hunt, but here at the Zoo they add a "wild" spin with no basket required. Join in the fun and find the large Zoo-themed eggs hidden throughout the Zoo and White River Gardens. All guests who find at least 10 of the 19 egg signs will receive a special prize. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 9:00 am5:00 pm, Phone: 317-630-2001 March 2018 INDYSCHILD.COM 49

ongoing events. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Through April 14 Experience a vintage marionette show on a beautiful stage with velvet curtains and scenery. Location: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio

PINOCCHIO Through April 15 Blue Fairy leads visitors on a magical journey through this retelling of the classic story featuring original music, sing-alongs, and interactivity. Through his adventures, Pinocchio learns that respecting other people, telling the truth, and being good will make his dreams come true. With an emphasis on anti-bullying for prekindergarten through grade 2. Ages 4+. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

DANCE! Through April 30 DANCE! is the first temporary exhibit to be featured in The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture. Visitors to this exhibit should be ready to move their feet to the beat and join the fun. This multigenerational exhibit looks at dance styles through the ages and around the world. Families who feel daring may want to put on their dancing shoes and take the stage to showcase their best dance moves. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

IN THEIR HONOR Through May 2018 This new contemporary art exhibition is a tribute to five Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellows who have passed: Allan Houser, George Morrison, Harry Fonseca, John Hoover and Rick Bartow. Location: Eiteljorg Museum

CINDERELLA Through March 17 The Prince Street Players Version of CINDERELLA is a magical retelling of this beloved story and a tuneful, fast-paced show, specifically created for young audiences. The hour-long show includes a drink and snack.

RILEY CHILDREN'S HEALTH SPORTS LEGENDS EXPERIENCE The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience combines rich sports history, physical fitness, and health education in a variety of family-fun, indoor and outdoor experiences. Run, drive, jump, putt, and play while learning how to stay happy, healthy, and safe. Meet a legendary sports character every visit, hear their story of greatness, and get coached in the drills and skills that helped them succeed. Imagine yourself in the shoes of that same sports legend, and start your story today. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

DECONSTRUCTED PLAY Thursdays through May 31 Your child will explore everyday objects in new and unique ways. Watch with wonder as they expand their creative thinking and express themselves. Miss Cheyenne arranging a variety of activities each week appropriate for a variety of ages from infant to pre-schooler. Children will experience sensory exploration, STEM activities, fine motor skill development, art exploration, and more! Join them every Thursday at 10:30. This event is included in your play session and includes time in the play cafe. $10. Location: The Urban Chalkboard

BUTTERFLY KALEIDOSCOPE Through September 3 Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies in this three-acre Hilbert Conservatory. They've transformed the indoor gardens into a tropical paradise to bring you over 40 species of butterflies in a way that you've never experienced them before! Location: Indianapolis Zoo

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

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

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

MUSEUM INVASION Every Saturday Don’t just visit the museum, invade it. Wear practical shoes—they’re the only practical thing on the tour. From the odd to the shocking to the just plain eye-opening, a Museum INvasion tour turns the traditional museum experience on its head. Museum INvasion tours are intended for adults, but suitable for children ages 10 and up. To reserve your spot on this tour, please give them a call! Walk-ins are welcome when space is available. Time: 1:30 pm, or by appointment (Saturdays), Location: Indiana State Museum, Phone: 317-232-1637, group-visits

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

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

THE REEL WEST Through February 3, 2019 Join the Eiteljorg for an action- packed day of The Reel West programming! Be one of the first to explore the exhibition with curator Johanna Blume on her 11:00 a.m. tour. Have fun with family activities in Eagle Commons, or watch the 1966 film Duel at Diablo in Lilly Theater. Location: Eitlejorg Museum

Location: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, Time: Fridays at 10 am; Saturdays at 10am and 1pm, Phone: 317-872-9664


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