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Commentary & Parenting * Publisher’s Note: Choose to be Happy




SUMMER CAMP FEATURE: 5 Signs Your Child is Ready for Sleep Away Camp


green parenting: Rain Barrels and Their Positive Impact


parenting 101: Taming Temper Tantrums


mommy magic: Breaking Your Everyday Routine


dear teacher: Your Questions of Teachers—Answered


NEWS & SHOPPING * News You Can Use: News, Contests, Celebrations and More

camps, classes & more!


Health & Wellness * PEDIATRIC Health

Taking a Stand Against Child Abuse



A Common Sight on Ultrasounds



Coping with Aggression in a Child with Autism


Top Ten Suggestions from Parents of Children with Autism



special needs awareness:



Around Town * INDY PARKS: Geocaching Adventures in Indy Parks

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AROUND TOWN: Profile: Lemonade Day


MUSEUM NOTE: Environmental Changes Springing to Life at the Children's Museum


family fun in indy: Young Race Fans are the Big Winners at This Year's Indy 500


indy on a budget: 10 FREE Things to do in Indy This Spring



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Ask t he St a f f: what are your plans for spring break?

arts & enrichment Guide


summer camp guide


special needs calendar


special needs guide


childcare & education guide






F rench Lick with my daughters!

Going with my family to an indoor waterpark in the Smokies.

Hoping for some sunny days in Indy!



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Publisher’s Note

Choose to be Happy But I’ll do what I can every day I am here And try to remember the “good” year to year. And I choose to be happy And I choose to feel great And I choose not to let thinks make me irate

FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne Publisher & President of Sales & Business Development Mary Wynne Cox Managing editor Megan Kirschner sales and business development Jennica Zalewski Art Direction & Design Heather Lipe Events Coordinator & Public Relations Wendy Cox Controller / ACCOUNTANT Roxanne Burns OFFICE MANAGER Karen Ring COVER MODEL Zoe from Academy of Dance Arts in Fishers COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Jennifer Driscoll Photography

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The Jordan YMCA is the source of my column this month. In the locker rooms and on the exercise machines, you often f ind a message that needs exploring. “Choose to be Happy” was posted in the women’s locker room, and I thought to myself, how true. I went back to read the article and it was a poem titled “Choose to be Happy” by Marlene Rose.

Choose to be happy Choose to feel great Choose not to let things make you irate I know that some people are not feeling great. And I know that some people just know how to hate And I wish that all people would be healthy and strong And I wish that all people would just get along. If wands could be waved and the world would be cured I’d wave that big wand, you can be assured

Spring is here and the blooming f lowers once again assure us that there is a good reason for the seasons. We all feel more invigorated and happy. Share your happiness with others by acts of kindness, compassion and consideration. Help your children learn that when they are happy Choose to be happy and content, they accomplish more. Our own attitudes Choose to feel great ref lect in our children, so choosing Choose not to let things to be happy helps make you irate... everyone. Aristotle wrote: “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” May all of the readers of Indy’s Child enjoy the festivities of spring and the many activities listed in our family friendly calendar. Most of all, “Choose to be Happy” and share your happiness with others!



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1 in 8

women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime

Komen Race the Cure

The 20th Anniversary of Komen Central Indiana’s Race for the Cure is Saturday, April 16th at IUPUI / Military Park. With more than 40,000 participants, this is the largest single-day fundraising walk in Indiana and is the 6th largest race out of all Komen affiliates. Of the funds raised, 25 percent goes to researching the cures for breast cancer and 75 percent stays in Central Indiana to benefit breast health programs that provide education, early detection, treatment assistance and survivor support. Please join us in the fight to end breast cancer by registering today! For more information, go to

Cleaning for a Cause “Budding Artiste” Brings Cheese Innovation to the Farm Armour Cleaning Services is owned by a Mom who has kids and understands how busy life can be. Because of this, Armour Cleaning appreciates their client’s valuable time and lives up to their expectations. Servicing Hamilton, Boone, Hendricks, Marion, and Johnson counties, Armour Cleaning provides residential and small business cleaning services. They are an eco-friendly company and provide a healthy home with Shaklee cleaning supplies.

You can call 26-year-old Zionsville native Lindsay Klaunig many things: You can call her an adventurer; pulled toward farming as a young woman, Klaunig headed west to Washington State to pick blueberries and then traveled and studied making cheese as far afield as Romania and Ecuador. You can call her a teacher; she helped villagers in Ecuador learn to be self-sustaining. With her fresh-faced appearance and penchant for creating, you can call her a “budding artiste.” And now, back home in Zionsville, you can call her the new cheesemaker at Traders Point Creamery.

Armour Cleaning Services is honored to support the national nonprofit, "Cleaning for a Reason". This organization has teamed up with residential cleaning companies around the U.S. to provide FREE cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatments. ACS will be hosting fundraisers in April and October each year to raise funds in order to be of service to the women in our local communities. Please visit www. for more information on how you can help! Visit www.cleaningforareason. org for more information on this program. Hoover® is a proud partner of Cleaning For A Reason Foundation.

The Indianapolis Star recently named Klaunig one of the people to watch in local food in 2011. She will continue to roll out the creamery’s award winning Fleur de la Terre , creamy Gouda and Cheddar. In addition, Klaunig will expand the offerings of soft, potted cheeses, Greek Yogurt and will develop the creamery’s artisan ice cream flavors for the future. Traders Point Creamery is located at 9101 Moore Road in Zionsville, Ind., less than one mile from I-465. For more information, go to www. or call 317.733.1700.

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IPL Cool Cents® Program You could receive a $5 per month rebate on your bill during the summer months of June, July, August and September by participating in the CoolCents® Program. When you sign up for CoolCents®, a small device is installed on the outside of your home near your central air conditioner. This device allows IPL to safely cycle your air conditioner on and off for brief periods during hours of peak electricity usage. Your air conditioner will typically not be cycled on weekends, holidays or after 6 p.m. on weekdays. The fan on your air conditioner will continue to operate. In fact, you may not even be aware that your air conditioner is being cycled because your house should remain comfortably cool. Your participation in CoolCents® helps IPL use its power plants more efficiently, which also helps us delay the need to build new power plants. This keeps rates low (IPL’s rates are among the lowest in the country) and results in a cleaner environment for us all. And, you will receive a credit on your electric bill of up to $20 per summer for participating during the months of May through September. To be eligible, you must live in an owner-occupied residence with central air conditioning or a heat pump. OR, if you do not own your home but you live in a separately metered, single family residence with central air conditioning or a heat pump and have your landlord's consent, you may participate in CoolCents®. For more information, check out the CoolCents FAQ. To enroll in the CoolCents® Program, call 1-800-305-0982




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Geocaching Adventure in Indy Parks

A Growing Family Fun Sporting Activity Has Sprouted in Indy Parks Geocaching is a hightech scavenger hunt, and a new way to introduce you to our 207 parks and 60mile greenways system. For the 100 Year Celebration of Indy Parks, which showcases the George Kessler Park and Boulevard System’s history and impact on parks planning, we have hidden 100 “caches” or containers, throughout our park system. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to find them. Geocaching takes you on an incredible adventure while celebrating phenomenal green spaces and park properties right here in Indianapolis.

Geocaching is fun and easy! Participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) device or Geocaching is a high-tech a Smart Phone scavenger hunt, and a new way to seek caches by using the location’s to introduce you to our 207 parks longitude and and 60-mile greenways system. latitude coordinates. You enter the information into your device and away you go. Indy Parks has each cache listed at www.geocaching. com by searching “100 Years of Indy Parks.” Caches can be located above and below ground, outside


Indy Parks’ buildings, in the nook of a tree branch or beside a creek – the possibilities are endless. Our geocaching team has found the best hiding spots throughout our parks. When you have located the cache, pop open the cap and sign the logbook to celebrate the success of your adventure. Some caches might even have a little surprise to commemorate 100 Years for you to take home as a keepsake! After you’ve completed the quest, remember to share your experience online. At Indy Parks, we want to inspire outdoor play and provide enhanced experiences. Geocaching shares our mission to create a strong sense of community and support for the environment. For more information about the “100 Years of Indy Parks Geocaching Adventure”, go to and click on the celebration icon. If you want to learn more about geocaching, check out www. You may not even know it yet, but you may have a geocache close to your own home, just waiting to be found, just like some of our 207 parks. Join us April 16 at 12 p.m. at Krannert Park, 605 South High School Road, to learn more about geocaching and how to get involved in the “100 Years of Indy Parks Geocaching Adventure”. Remember to practice safe and responsible geocaching by being respectful and leaving the cache in great shape for the next adventurer.



profile: lemonade day

'Lemonade Day' to Bring out Entrepreneurial Spirit in Kids Local Entrepreneur Inspires Kids Through Lemonade Stands On Lemonade Day, Sunday, May 1, kids all over the Indianapolis area will set up their lemonade stands – or “open up shop” – and sell lemonade! gross revenue per stand was $109! For kids who want to go the extra mile, we offer workshops and contests in March and April, such as our Kidz Biz Workshop and our Best Tasting Lemonade Contest.

Lemonade stands give people the “warm ‘n fuzzies.” I guess it’s because people my age and older had lemonade stands when we were kids and you just don’t see them anymore. The fact that it’s my job to bring them back – with a 21st Century f lair – well, it’s pretty cool.

Last year, local entrepreneur and inventor Scott Jones and I inspired more than 7,400 kids to set up their own businesses: a lemonade stand. We launched a new initiative in the Greater Indianapolis Area called Lemonade Day through which we teach kids how to run a business with a lemonade stand. Lemonade Day is a national initiative with more than 20 cities around the country participating.

stands are first businesses, an experience that can be transformative for kids. Kids like 10-year-old Scott Jones, who had a lemonade stand, and then another, and then years later, that same kid invented the voice mail system now used by billions of people around the world.

Jami Marsh is the Director of Lemonade Day for Indianapolis.

The stories from 2010 were amazing. One 7-year-old boy, Ethan, worked really hard preparing for Lemonade Day and snagged a spot at our Best Tasting Lemonade Contest. His mom told us that when he saw his competition that day – and ultimately didn’t win the contest – he was more determined than ever to ‘step up his game.’ He worked with his dad to build a 7ft rocket ship sign to advertise his stand, he asked his mom if he could get business cards to hand out to teachers and other kids at school and he added a blueberry-f lavored lemonade to his menu.

On Lemonade Day, Ethan set up his stand outside the Pike Jones was asked by Lemonade Day founder and Township Public Library. Houston entrepreneur Michael Holthouse to bring One woman who was going Lemonade Day to the Indianapolis area, and that into the library stopped at his he did. We set a Lemonade Day record for the stand and Ethan told tell her most kids to sign up in a city’s f irst year. In other all about Lemonade Day and words, we put Indianapolis on the map, baby! his plans of putting his money earned towards a special book Lemonade Day works like this: beginning in March, online and giving the rest to kids sign up at their local library and get a bright yellow the Peyton Manning Children’s Lemonade Day backpack. Inside are two workbooks: Hospital. He knew how much one for the child, called the Entrepreneur’s Workbook, the book cost, including and one for the adult who will help the child prepare for shipping charges. The woman Lemonade Day, the Caring Adult Guide. The workbooks asked if she could write a check contain lessons about how to start and run your own to pay for her lemonade and lemonade business. Lessons like “Find An Investor” wrote a check to cover the full instruct kids to seek out their seed money to get their cost of the book, including shipping. business started (e.g. the $20 to $40 they will need for After the woman had gone their lemonade and/or the materials for their stand). into the library, Ethan and his The child and caring adult then work through these parents noticed that the woman workbook lessons at their own pace, on their own time. had written in the note field on the check ‘I believe in you.’ Then (drum roll, please), on Lemonade Day, which will be held on Sunday, May 1, kids all over the Lemonade stands are back Indianapolis area will set up their lemonade stands – or 21st Century-style. They still “open up shop” – and sell lemonade! The kids keep inspire nostalgic memories of the money they earn and we encourage them to spend times gone-by but they are some, save some and share some. Last year, the average more than that. Lemonade INDYSCHILD.COM 11

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pediatric health

Taking a Stand Against Child Abuse Knowing the Signs and Symptoms

dren die each year as a result of child abuse. Children ages 4 Along with warmer weather, April brings added attention to and younger make up the largest portion in this group. child abuse prevention. Because it’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent is taking a full week to teach the community more about putting a stop to child abuse. Changing These Statistics In many cases, child abuse occurs because parents don’t know what to expect once they’ve had a child and succumb to the pressures of parentEven though you maintain a loving and nurturing home, you may still hood. Being a mom or dad is a tough job—but by becoming educated, come in contact with children who are victims of abuse. Your child’s friends, kids you encounter at work, children of family friends—any of discussing the trials and tribulations you’ve experienced as a parent, sharing your knowledge with others, and helping friends and family members these children could be struggling with abuse that goes undetected. realize they’re not alone, you may save a child from a tragic act of abuse. According to a study published by the U.S. Department of During the first week of April, the KidsHealthTip e-newsletter from Health and Human Services in 2010, more than 1,700 chil-

Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent will cover parenting tips for some common issues related to child abuse, including excessive crying in infants, toilet accidents, selecting an unprepared babysitter, backtalk and teen rebellion. You’ll learn that it’s normal to feel drained and stretched thin—but you’ll also learn appropriate and healthy ways to overcome the situations you may face. Then, by sharing what you learn about child abuse prevention with friends and family, you’ll be joining the team at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent to put an end to child abuse. To sign-up for the KidsHealthTip e-newsletter, visit – a new online health information resource for parents. And, if you know or suspect someone who may be abusing a child or you need to talk to a counselor about abuse in your own home, contact the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent Child Protection Teams at 317.338.3153. Know the Signs Knowing the signs and symptoms of child abuse are important to detecting child abuse. Dr. Shannon Coffey has provided a list of some of the most common effects or behaviors associated with physical abuse, neglect and sexual abuse. PhysicaL

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Unexplained bruises (in various stages of healing) Unexplained fractures, lacerations or abrasions Burns by cigarettes Evidence of delayed or inappropriate treatment for injuries Self-destructive or violent behavior Abnormal amount of absences


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Lack of supervision Regularly hungry/hoards food Poor hygiene Craves affection Physical or emotional delays


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Pain/swelling or bruising/bleeding of genital area Inappropriate sexual play or acting out High-risk behaviors Suicide attempts Emotional delays

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call the Department of Child Services at 1-800-800-5556. Your call can be anonymous, and the hotline is open 24/7. Shannon Coffey, MD is a pediatric hospitalist and the medical director of the Child Protection Team at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent.



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A Common Sight on Ultrasounds

Kidney swelling detected during pregnancy usually resolves on its own This condition can be serious and must be monitored closely. But the good news is that in most cases, the problem either resolves spontaneously or can be corrected.

What is prenatal hydronephrosis? The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that filter waste products from the blood and produce urine. They develop early in pregnancy and are among For most parents, ultrasounds dur- the first organs to appear on maternal ing pregnancy bring a mixture of excite- ultrasounds, becoming visible by the ment and anxiety. No one wants to hear 14th or 15th week of gestation. Prenatal hydronephrosis is a swelling of the that anything looks out of the ordinary. But in 1 to 2 percent of pregnancies, an ul- kidney due to a backup of urine. trasound detects a f luid-f illed enlargement In about 80 percent of cases, prenatal of the kidney known as prenatal hydronephrosis. In fact, it’s the most common hydronephrosis is caused by a partial obstruction or blockage of the ureter, the abnormality found through ultrasounds. tube that transports urine from the kidney

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to the bladder. The next most common cause is reflux, in which urine from the bladder moves backwards into the kidney.

Next steps Don’t panic if your doctor detects prenatal hydronephrosis before your child is born. Most of the time, the condition will correct itself. The key is identifying the small number of patients who will need specialized medical help after birth. When follow-up ultrasounds indicate that treatment may be required, the next step is a referral to a pediatric urologist.

Treatment options The first visit to a pediatric urologist should occur between the 20th and 30th week of pregnancy. This provides time for the physician to monitor the situation, get to know your family and develop a plan for after your baby is born. There is still a good chance that the hydronephrosis will go away without treatment before or in the first few months after birth. But if kidney function is found to be impaired, the

kidney is significantly enlarged, or structural abnormalities are suspected, a treatment plan might include:


Oral antibiotic therapy, starting on the day of birth and continuing until the cause of the underlying problem is determined. This prevents urinary tract infections.

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Ultrasounds of the baby to examine the kidneys more closely. A specialized X-ray in cases where reflux is suspected. Surgery for a small subset of patients. In most cases, surgery is successful and resolves the underlying issues.

For the last two years, the Pediatric Urology division of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health has been recognized with a top-three ranking by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, please visit Dr. Mark Cain is a pediatric urologist with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.



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Environmental Changes Springing to Life at The Children’s Museum The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has implemented changes to the facilities and incorporated new programs to improve their environmental footprint. These changes have been applied in order to better the community economically and environmentally and include:

Green Roof On top of the new Welcome Center outside of the Sunburst Atrium’s window is the Schaefer Rooftop Garden, which is the museum’s new green roof. Created from a tray system which protects the roof, this garden is largely covered with vegetation called sedums that have waterstoring leaves. Green roof systems such as this one create a natural habitat and help improve air and storm water quality and reduce storm water run-off, the urban heatisland effect, and energy costs from heating and cooling. The green roof protects the museum’s roof membranes from physical damage, increasing its life expectancy. Rain Garden Opened in 2009, the Rain Garden is located at the museum’s main entrance. The garden collects storm water from the building’s

roof and exterior paved surfaces, allowing for overflow to bypass the city’s storm sewer system and providing water for plants. The garden contains native plants that have special attributes to filter the runoff. Food Court Sodexo, the company that runs the museum’s food court, has launched a global roadmap for sustainability called the Better Tomorrow Plan. This plan will affect their practices in more than 30,000 sites in 80 countries around the world, including at The Children’s Museum, to address critical issues related to the environment, health, and communities. Sodexo works with their suppliers to ensure the practices used in farming, harvesting and production of the product benefits the communities. They also buy locally grown products to support their own community in order to reduce the amount of fuel used to transport goods. The company practices reuse, reduce and recycle to cut down on the amount of waste created by using napkin dispensers, reusable dishware and plastics made from plants. Interested in learning more about green initiatives for your family?

Check out these programs and museum events: April 7 – Target Free Family Night: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Discover ways to lessen your impact on the world.

April 15 – Water Wonders* (for 2-year-olds)


Enjoy ice-cube painting and a room full of water experiences.

April 16 – Growing Plants* (for ages 3-5)


Visit the Biotech Lab to discover plants that grow from seeds.

April 16 – Rain Barrel Workshop*


Create a rain barrel to take home and keep!

April 23 – Earth Week Celebration


Discover what you can do to make an impact in our community.

*denotes paid programs requiring advance registration Rachel Lemon, Public Relations Intern at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Masterpieces of Jelly Bean Art presented by Jelly Belly April 9-June 1 Art pieces will be displayed throughout the museum, but they are of unique taste. The 4-by6 foot art works, which replicate famous paintings, are made entirely of Jelly Belly jelly beans. The eight works of art, created by Kristen Cumings, include the Mona Lisa, American Gothic and The Great Wave of Kanagawa, and will arrive at The Children’s Museum just in time for Easter.




incorporating exercise into your family life here’s no doubt it’s hard to juggle work, family and fitness. Let’s face it, a work out doesn’t even sound fun – it has the word ‘work’ in it. But if you combine family time with exercise and make a game out of it, it doesn’t seem so bad. To protect your kids and keep them healthy, children should have at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day, said Quentin Tanko, M.D. Tanko is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in pediatric sports and pediatric trauma at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, Ind. He recommends children try different exercises and sports to avoid overuse injuries.


“The developing skeleton is not meant to throw a baseball or spike a volleyball year round,” he said. “I have seen an increase in repetitive injuries in my practice because children lack the appropriate muscle tone for repetitive activities and their growth plates and joints suffer accordingly.” Tanko said a different sport every three months allows the developing skeleton to recover. An added bonus to family exercise, said Tanko, is that people who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from depression, cancer, and obesityrelated medical problems such as diabetes.

There are many different ways that you and your family can incorporate exercise into your daily lives. Here are a few suggestions: Take part in a charity run/ walk in your community, create a competition within your family by purchasing pedometers for everyone and see who logs the most steps each day, or check with your local park system to see what they offer. Indianapolis is currently celebrating the 100 Years of Indy Parks, and Indy Parks is challenging visitors to explore 100 parks and to bike, run, walk, or swim 100 miles. Register online at to download the worksheet and f ill it out throughout the year.

children should have at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day.

use the spirit of play to help kids be more active. —lori walton, registered nurse at peyton manning children's hospital.

The YMCA is also a great resource for programs geared toward parents exercising with kids as they offer many family classes, and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis offers tips on fit minds and healthy bodies at www. Martial arts is also a wonderful physical activity for children to stay consistently active. Crouching Tigers is one of many year-round programs that keeps children moving and conquering new skills along with progressing in belt ranks. Anna Marshall, a physical therapist with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, offers some fun ideas for jumping rope. She suggests visiting www. for more information on family jumping tips and jump rope rhymes and songs. “There are all kinds of jump rope skills that kids can learn and practice together with you,” she said. “You might want to involve grandparents too!” Lori Walton is a registered nurse, who runs a children’s weight management program at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. Walton and registered dietitian Gretchen Fisher are the authors of the recently released cookbook for families, “Menu Makeovers”. Walton suggests using the spirit of play to help kids be more active, “Parents can help children limit sedentary

activity while providing an environment where physical activity is fun,” she said. “Becoming more active will be challenging for many families. Therefore it is important to set realistic goals, which will help progress to an active lifestyle. For those of us who feel they can’t find time to be active, I challenge you to decrease your daily family screen time by 1 hour and see what you can squeeze in.” Research shows that parents who are physically active and who eat smart increase the chances that their kids will be active & healthier too. Marshall said families create their own culture and teach children early on what is important. “Parents and other care providers who are regularly active are teaching the children they love that physical activity is something that you do as a commitment to lifelong good health,” she said. You might liken it to brushing your teeth or washing your face. But these family related physical activities can also create wonderful memories that children remember throughout their lives as they develop habits that will help them live longer, healthier lives. And if you help put the fun in it, it won’t seem as much like work.

Kimberly Harms is a working mom to 4 children ages 6-25 and a freelance writer. She welcomes followers on Twitter @kimberlyharms



A FA MILY AFFAIR research games, share ideas and demonstrate their favorite activity.


Invite your kids to bring along a friend to exercise with them. Kids — especially teens, are more likely to exercise if they have someone their own age to exercise with them.


Choose your favorite meal or your kid's favorite meal and create ways to make it healthier. For example, use different spices and decrease the amount of salt in a recipe, or use lowfat butter or sour cream.

Whether you realize it or not, you are your kids’ role model for fitness and healthy living. Showing your kids how to move more and eat healthy are great ways to be role models who inspire healthy habits. "We truly believe a fit and healthy lifestyle starts at home — and parents or guardians need to work to be positive role models for their kids," said Eleather Baker, program director, FitCity. "We know that children aren’t always making healthy choices or exercising like they should. By being a good role model, parents can make healthy choices a lifestyle. Together, we can help our children make healthy choices and habits fun and easy by involving the whole family.” As your families’ fit friend, FitCity wants to share some ideas to help make fitness and health a family affair:


Run, jog and walk at a neighborhood park. Create a family treasure hunt or an obstacle course in your backyard.


Locate and use the free and lowcost physical activity areas near your home. Find parks, bike trails, hiking trails, tennis courts and swimming pools in your community.


Create your own Olympic events or fitness relay races with family and friends that can be done at a park, in your neighborhood or at a community center.


Plan a "family fitness festival" and involve the entire family. Encourage each member of the family to



Let your kids choose a new recipe, grocery shop with you and then prepare the meal with you. Kids are more likely to enjoy the meal if they helped prepare it.


Write it and share it. For the next two weeks, have everyone in the family write down what they eat and drink. Share it with the rest of the family and learn from each other.


Eat a rainbow. Eating a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables helps ensure you are getting the fullest range of nutrients in your diet. And if you can’t eat them, drink them. Smoothies and fruit juices are great ways to drink your fruits and veggies.


Try new healthy foods. Most children need to be offered (and see their parents eating) a new food over and over again (up to a dozen times) before it becomes familiar.


Keep fresh fruit and vegetables washed, cut, chilled and readily available for post-exercise snacking.

Let's help our children create a lifetime of healthy and fit habits by inspiring and modeling good attitudes and behaviors toward food, nutrition and fitness. Remember, your kids look up to you — help them live active and healthy lives. A healthy lifestyle is easier when shared with family and friends. Visit www.fitcityindy. org for more activity ideas, recipes, and a community calendar with events for the whole family. Stay connected with FitCity on Facebook (www.facebook/ fitcity) and Twitter (@fitcityindy).

Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs Bring this to your new club and enjoy yourself for a day! There will be no guest charge when you bring this in!

Five Seasons is an unparalleled experience that solves the athletics and fitness needs of an individual while providing country club service and social programming. Five Seasons is an exclusive club that has many things to offer you, your family and friends. These include:

Poolside Restaurant CafĂŠ & Bar Volleyball/Sand Volleyball Racquetball & Squash Banquet Rooms Indoor & Outdoor Heated Pools Indoor & Outdoor Tennis (including clay courts) Trotter/Hammer Strength Free Weight Equipment Cardiovascular Equipment and Cardio Theater Massage Therapy Indoor & Outdoor Basketball Spinning Classes

Free Towels and Lockers Kids Zone Indoor Running Track Nursery/Day Camps Aerobics Zumba Classes Whirlpool/Steam/Sauna Beauty Salon/Spa Tanning Personal Training Yoga / Pilates Kickboxing

And much more‌ Five Seasons Family Sports Club 1300 East 96th Street Indianapolis, IN 46240 317-582-1550 Fiveseasonsfamilysportsclub. com


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, s p Ca m e s s s a l C e r o your t & iM u o g n ll Br i e t h a t w C r e a t i ve S i d Child's Summer t h is

pring has arrived and before we know it, the endless days of summer will be greeting us. With the start of summer comes the end of the school year as well as a lot more free time for you and your kids. But with school not in session, the learning doesn’t have to stop, and with everything the Indy area has to offer in the way of Arts and Enrichment, your kids are sure to be keeping busy this summer with plenty of opportunities available to them. Let your kids explore something new to bring out their creative side this summer…

Art & Design Camps Located on the IUPUI campus, Herron School of Art and Design offers art camps for youth in grades 2-10. The Herron Youth Art day camp opens the door to 20 INDY’S CHILD * APRIL 2011

visual arts exploration in a fun studio art-making environment. Five camps, available in one or two week sessions, give campers an opportunity to work with visiting artists and take field trips to cultural sites. The end of each camp is concluded with a student art exhibition. According to Community Learning Coordinator, Susan Grade, “Art becomes a valid way to communicate, problem-solve and learn,” she said. The 2011 theme is “Sustain-Ability.” Campers will create art for and about community gardens as well as study eco-design and urban agriculture. See for more information. The

public is invited to the spring Open House April 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Indianapolis Art Center offers summer camps as well. According to Anya Aslanova, creative & marketing manager of the Indianapolis Art Center, "Our camp focus this summer will be on 'Art and the Environment'." By studying artists whose work reflect the environment they live in and how environmental issues affect an artist’s work, campers will learn specific techniques in regards to media such as drawing, painting and sculpture. In addition to Fine Arts Day Camp, Pottery and Computer camps are also offered. Arthouse Noblesville offers a variety of classes in six week sessions for preschool

ages through adult. The Spring Student Art show will take place Sunday April 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. The next session of classes begins April 25 and runs through June 2. Summer camps begin June 13. Visit www. for class schedules and to reserve your spot. Monart camps are full of creativity and fun! Campers learn different drawing and painting techniques and work in a variety of media, all centered on a specific theme, including Cartooning, Animals, and Nature.

Museum and Zoo Camps The Indiana State Museum, located in the heart of White River State Park, has a full lineup of summer camps and

other programs that are sure to appeal to a wide variety of interests—whether your camper wants to uncover ancient buried secrets in the Archaeology Camp, learn about the natural world and caring for the environment in the Nature Camp, rev up their engines (and science skills) by designing and constructing an RC car in the Motorsports Science Camp, or become a Crime Scene Investigator and solve various mysteries. All of these and more are in the weeklong day camp offerings for ages 7-14. The ISM also offers other kid-friendly programming. On Friday May 6 & Saturday May 7 jump in for adventure, mystery and intrigue at the Indiana Archaeology and the Mystery of the Hopewell program where you can solve riddles surrounding the ancient Hopewell tribe. And if you’ve ever wondered “what color is music?” visit the 60th Annual Symphony in Color from April 4 through May 8, where students in grades 1 through 6 throughout Indiana have created art inspired by classical music pieces. Conner Prairie offers day camps for ages 5-14. Beginning June 6, children can participate in either Adventure Camp or Art Camp. Campers in Adventure Camp get to participate in water sports, fish, hike, or ride in the Balloon Voyage, as well as try out the tug of war mud pit. Art Camp participants try their hand at weaving, painting, pottery, acting, and more as they

explore the more than 800 acres the park has to offer. The Indianapolis Zoo offers the option of two-day mini camps, as well as weeklong day camps for ages 5-14, and animal lovers get to choose from themes ranging from Art Tales to Animal Behavior to What’s For Dinner? and more.

a garden, what to plant, how to compost, and how to design a garden at home. Kids will also tend the garden, get ideas for making plant markers out of found materials, get a packet of seeds and more. Saturday mornings in May, June and July, kids ages 7-10 along with an adult

can participate in the Nature Hiking and Outdoor Craft Adventures, where they will explore the magical woodland trails, look for wildlife, say hello to a 300 year old tree, make whistles out of blades of grass and more. See www.traderspointcreamery. com for dates and times.

Zoo Spokesperson Maura Giles said, “Camps are designed to encourage the discovery and appreciation of wildlife and wild places while developing friendships and social skills.” Campers will have the opportunity to participate in zoo and garden walks, animal shows, stories, tours, science and nature activities, giraffe feeds and more.

Farm Camps Trader’s Point is launching their new educational programs this spring and summer: Growing Healthy Kids/Growing Healthy Families. All ages can participate in the Organic Gardening and Nature Hiking Adventure, which begins in Traders Point Creamery’s veggie and herb garden. Kids can get some hands on learning and dig in the earth, then participate in weaving a giant spider web to emphasize the interconnectedness of life, and then go for a hike along Eagle Creek. Friday evenings in May, kids ages 7-10 can join Norm “The Garden Guy” and his dog, Kipper, and learn how to grow


Music Camps Now in its 26th year, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir’s summer program, Choral Festival, is for kids entering grades 4-8. It takes place the week of June 1318. The Festival at Butler culminates in a public concert at Clowes Memorial Hall, and is often the first time many of the students have been on stage. No audition is needed to participate in Choral Festival, only a music teacher’s recommendation or a simple assessment of a child’s ability to match pitch and a love of singing. “I try to make it as fun and energetic as I possibly can for them,” said Associate Director Josh Pedde, “and also educational, but I try and disguise the educational part.” Meridian Music will be offering camps and classes this summer for children 18 months -18 years. Mini-camps range from 1 hour to 4 hours and run for one week or two-weeks. Musical Theater Camp, Piano Camp, Rock Band Camp, and Music Theory Camp will be offered. In addition to the camps, short versions of Meridian Music's Harmony Road Music classes will be offered for toddlers and preschoolers.

Park and Recreation Camps With twelve Indy Parks offering summer day camps at all points around the Indy area, there are a lot of options, from traditional Day Camps to Specialty Camps


such as Theater Arts Discovery and Visual Arts to Environmental Education Camps. Camps are four or five days long and are offered throughout the months of June and July. Participating parks are Broad Ripple, Douglass, Ellenberger, Holliday, Riverside, Southeastway, Christian, Eagle Creek, Garfield Park Arts Center, Krannert, Rhodius, Windsor Village Parks. See www. for specific camps offered at each park as well as ages and dates. Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation is offering nine one-week Day Camp sessions with the option of enrolling your child for the whole summer. Preschooler Sessions include Creepy Crawlies, Fun on the Farm and Diggin’ the Dinos, to name a few, ages 5-11 can choose from Adventures in Art, Science in Summer, Outdoor Explorers, Vacation Station, or be a part of a theatre production—whether onstage or off—in the Success on Stage Camp. Carmel Clay Parks also offers Sports Camps, including tennis, soccer, football, volleyball, track and field and lacrosse. Camps include a field trip relevant to the camp theme. Visit www.carmelclayparks. com for a full camp listing and registration. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has expanded upon their traditional day camp and sport camp offerings to include enrichment themes ranging from CSI–Crime Scene Investigator Camp to Equestrian Camp. Visit www. for more information on the many themes to choose from.

Computer & Science Camps For the technically inclined, 60 universities worldwide including Purdue University in West Lafayette, offer iD Tech Camps for kids and teens age 7-17 to learn to create video games, iPhone apps, websites with Flash, 3D animations, ad design and more. Purdue offers weeklong day camps in June and July, as well as overnight camps, both of which are designed for beginner and advance learners alike. Visit www.internaldrive. com for more information and to register. “It’s exciting to show kids firsthand how their hobbies can turn into potential careers,” said VP of Marketing, Karen Thurm Safran. “Most kids love playing video games and now they get the opportunity to actually create one.” Camp Invention’s motto is “unleashing creative genius…one child at a time.” This weeklong camp spurs adventures in science and creativity, with hands-on learning in a variety of different themes such as Edison’s Workshop, Bounce! An Atomic Journey, and The Curious Cypher Club. Camp Invention offers their programs at schools throughout the Indy area, such as Avon, Beech Grove, Fishers, Greenwood and more. See for a program in your area and to register.

Dance Camp Summer at the Indianapolis School of Ballet begins with summer day camps for ages 6-10. June’s weeklong Day Camp theme

is Ballet and Degas and July’s is Ballet and Tchaikovsky. Dancers will have the opportunity to explore visual arts, music and dance history and costuming, along with a f ield trip to Indianapolis landmarks and creating a tutu or costume. Other offerings include four levels of six summer classes, for ages 4-12 and f ive weeks of f ive summer intensive classes for dancers ages 10 and up (by audition). See www.indyballet. org for camp and class schedules.

Puppet Camp For children who would love to make their own puppet or marionette (for older children) and perform in a show for their parents, Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio offers three levels of camps in June and July, beginning with ages 4 ½. Camps are a weeklong and campers “design, build, work with music, perform and have loads of fun doing it!” Note: In order to avoid disappointment, it is recommended that parents register for camps early, as camps often have limited space and fill up quickly as summer approaches. Some camps also offer extended care options and sibling discounts. KRISTA BOCKO is a freelance

writer and lives in Noblesville, Indiana with her husband and four children. She can be reached at

Arts & Enrichment Guide Art Monart School of the Arts Address: Locations in Carmel, Noblesville, and Zionsville Contact: Barb Hegeman, owner Phone: 317-774-3729(DRAW) Email:

Art & drawing classes and camps for students ages 4 and up. Students learn how to draw and create amazing artwork in a variety of mediums, including markers, pastels, watercolors, charcoal, colored pencils and acrylics. 3 Locations: 60 N 9th St., Noblesville, 1366 S. Rangeline Rd., Carmel, 90 N. Main St., Zionsville

Rocky Ripple Clayworks Address: 5125 Crown Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Contact: Jeremy South Phone: 317-514-8469 Email:

Traveling pottery classes, workshops and presentations for all ages and every budget. Great for Birthday parties, Girls Scout meetings, 4-H.....Will come to you. Great prices and lots of fun.


Kindermusik is a music and movement program for children, ages 0-7. You'll play, listen and dance to music that will impact your child in profound ways. That's because every song, story and two-step has a carefully chosen purpose in this creative curriculum - one that's designed to stimulate and strengthen the vital neural wiring taking place in your child's mind right now. A Kindermusik educator will guide you every step of the way so you know how each activity contributes to your child's overall growth and development.

Family Yoga - every Saturday from 11:45 a.m.12:30p.m. All ages welcome. $13 per family

Spectrum Sports Address: 138 W. Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN 46032 Contact: Sherry Wood Phone: 317-587-1503 Email:

and Keystone), Carmel, IN 46033

Spectrum is a gymnastics based facility for 20 months-18 years of age. We feature Tumbling, Cheerleading and Hip Hop/Pom classes. Join the fun with our quality staff in any of our classes! Competitive programs available upon request.

Contact: Teresa Siegrist Phone: 317-844-1583 Email:

Team Witsken Tennis

Teresa Siegrist Piano Studio Address: 11653 Bradford Place (Near 116th

Piano teacher with years of experience offering morning, afternoon, and weekend lessons for ages 4 to adult. Home schoolers welcome. Private piano lessons also offered for students with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Students learn in a very positive, nurturing atmosphere as they progress at their own pace. References available.


Fitness & Sports

Kindermusik by Musical Beginnings

Peace though Yoga

Address: 606 S. Union Street, Westfield, IN 46074 Contact: Kim Bemis Phone: 317-867-3077

Phone: 317-679-1168 Fax: 888-958-3674 Email:

Address: 6040 DeLong Rd - Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, IN 46257 Contact: Sally Bassett

Address: 1130 Racquet Club North Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Contact: Rick Witsken/Director Phone: 317-848-2023 Email:

Team Witsken Tennis teaches classes and private lessons and offers tournament play to kids and adults of all ages. Players of all skill levels are welcome! No experience necessary to start developing the skills necessary for this life-long sport! Contact us for more information!

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Your Child is Ready for

Sleep Away Tips for C *A *M *Preparing P for the Perfect Camp As the winter begins to wrap up and weResident all think and long for the long days of summer some deciExperience

sions do need to be made. Some of us struggle as we are unsure as to when is the right time to send

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our child to sleep away camp. I don’t believe that


there is an exact age that is the “right" age, it may be more about the readiness that your child exhibits that lets us know they can handle being away from home.

Here are 5 signs your child may be ready for sleep away camp: Your child begins to express an interest in going to camp

This is an easy sign that lets you know that your child is ready. As they develop peer relationships in school and begin spending more time with their friends away from you, this may be the time when a child verbalizes their desire to go away.

Your child is able to spend longer periods away from you without upset

At younger ages, we often see that kids express a desire to have sleepovers with friends, but once the child is at their friend’s home, some anxiety may develop and they desire to return home. If this is still the case, I would recommend that you wait until your child can have sleepovers without being upset or returning home.

Your child gets along well with their peers

This may seem like a no brainer, but if your child is displaying any type of behavioral problems at home or in school, most likely these will follow them to camp, and it may not be a good idea to have them go away as being away at camp could exacerbate the issues. Kids need to be able to get along with others as this is a major part of their growth at camp.

There are so many wonderful things that your child will be learning at camp. Being able to follow directions and respect the counselors and group leaders is a necessary skill

Your child is asking to attend the type of camp that fits their needs.

It is possible to have your child be ready for camp, but a mistake is made when choosing the type of camp. Some camps emphasize sports and others theater, or science. It is crucial that you don’t place your child in an athletic camp if their desires and talents are in other areas. Your child will more than likely feel out of place and this can be a set-up for failure. Figuring out the right time for your child to attend sleep away camp may be tricky, but paying attention to the signs they are ready may help make this process a bit easier. I do not believe in pushing a child to go before they are ready. Even if your child expresses the interest to go away, it is still possible that they may get home-sick as they acclimate to their new environment. Just remember this is normal and should pass as they become entrenched in camp life which is a rewarding and growth producing experience.

Jennifer Kelman has a BA in Sociology from Ameri-

can University and a Masters in Social Work from New York University and has worked with children in a variety of psychiatric and medical settings. She is the creator of Mrs. Pinkelmeyer, who inspires self-esteem in children through her love, warmth and silliness and author of the new award winning children's book, Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Burn the Rrrrump Rrrroast, available on,, Booksamillion and


Your child is able to follow directions from leaders

in order to be away from home. Often times, kids who are away from their parents may think they have free reign to do and say whatever they please, so it is important to discuss this aspect with your child and make sure they are capable of handling it while they are away from your watchful eye.


magine a place where you get to be totally immersed in the thing you love to do (or want to try) the most . . . from being wrist-deep in cake batter or filming a movie to jamming all day with rock stars or learning to drive a race car. Specialty camps offer just that type of fantasy-come-true experience!

Race Cars to

Rock Stars,

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and All Things In Between

Specialty Camps Offer a Program for Every Interest


Once a market dominated by sports camps, an ever-growing number of specialty camps are offering a variety of very specialized activities and total immersion programs. If there is something that a child is really interested in, there is probably a camp out there for him or her—from fine arts, performing arts, and chef camp, to learning a foreign language, science, engineering, motorsports . . . and much, much more. The benefits to a child attending a specialty camp are numerous. Specialty camps provide opportunities for kids to experience in-depth an activity or field of study— allowing them to progress beyond the level of instruction a "general" camp may offer. Because these camps have very focused programs, they typically have more intensive and professional-level instruction, and often include guest speakers, such as artists, musicians, and those who've made a career of that particular activity. Campers in these programs also have the opportunity to become connected with like-minded friends. At home, they may be the only kid on the block who is into a specific interest or activity—and this can be socially isolating, especially if it's something the other kids find to be a bit "quirky." But at a camp that specializes in this activity, everyone is excited about the same things, the kids "get" each other, and friendships blossom.

Many specialty camps have informal, hands-on, or immersion approaches to various academic subjects, such as math, science, or language, which may help children who struggle in a traditional classroom to learn material and develop confidence for the upcoming school year. For example, at Camp Motorsport, a race car driving specialty camp for kids ages ten to sixteen, campers participate in racingrelated activities that convert abstract math and science concepts into hands-on applications—such as figuring out how resistanceand drag impact making the car go faster. Specialty camps are also a great way for kids considering a career in a particular field to gain exposure and hands-on experience in that field. These camps help children and teens build their skills and résumés for the future or help them figure out if they have the temperament or talent for a particular career. Whether or not a child chooses to pursue a particular academic path or career, specialty camps can help children broaden their horizons, develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives, enhance their future endeavors—and have a great time. At their core, specialty camps share the same values of the camp experience as their more traditional counterparts. Making friends, teamwork, cooperation, learning independence, and positive character development are all integral parts of the camp experience—regardless of camp type. To find out more about the specialty camp experience, visit, ACA's comprehensive camp resource for families. Diane Tyrrell, C.C.D.

Originally published in March 2008 Camp e-News. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association; ©2008 American Camping Association, Inc.


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600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 Contact: Joanie Waldman Phone: 317-259-6854 Fax: 317-259-6849 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Traditional Specific Categories: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Hours: Flexible hours. Half Days/Full Days. Also available: early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Dates: Session 1: June 6 – July 1; Sesson 2: July 5 – July 29 Ages/Grades: 12 mos.+, 18 mos.+, 2 yrs.+, 3 yrs.+, 4 and 5 years + Cost: Call for full brochure. Activities Included: Weekly creative themes, arts and crafts, water fun at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Aquatic Complex for 3's, 4's and 5's. Water play for 12 months +, 18 months + and 2+. Music/Creative Movement, Entertainment, Field Trip Fridays for 4's and 5's.

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Camp 2011-OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Our Summer Program recognizes that children learn through play. Play fosters total development and should be interwoven in everything children do. During camp, children will experiment and explore by using all five senses. Our campers will thrive on creativity, exploration, discovery, spontaneity and lots of love.

Camp Invention Various Schools in Indianapolis Contact: Michele Millikan Phone: 800-968-4332 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day


Basic Category: Traditional Specific Categories: Science Enrichment Financial Aid Offered: N/A Hours: 9:00 to 3:30 Dates: Various weeks in June & July Ages/Grades: Entering Grades 1-6 Cost: $185 to $215 Activities Included: Five exciting hands-on classes daily: take apart appliances, make new inventions, experiment with chemistry and polymers, decipher secret codes, and discover nature's inventors.

Unleash the creative genius in your child! Camp Invention is a weeklong adventure in creativity. Led by local teachers the program nurtures children�s innate sense of curiosity. Children will learn how to think like inventors, problem-solve, collaborate and create�all while having tons of FUN!

Camp JCC

6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260 Phone: 317-251-9467 Fax: 317-251-9493 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Specific Categories: Specialty camps include: Glee Club Camp, Arts Camp, Construction Camp, Sports Camps, Equestrian Camp, Eric Gordon Basketball Camp, Pre-School Camp Financial Aid Offered: Scholarship assistance Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Dates: June 6 - July 29 Ages/Grades: preschool - 8th grade Cost: Varies by camp. Camps available by the week. Activities Included: Swimming in the JCC water park, games, arts & crafts, sports, singing, nature and science discovery, cook-outs and more! All JCC camps are located on the wooded grounds behind the JCC. Campers make use of every inch of the JCC, including our water park, indoor pools, bball gyms, auditorium and stage, and outdoor pavilion. In addition to traditional camp activities,

our visiting Israeli counselors add a cultural component to Camp JCC that no other camp offers. Extended care for children grades K- 5 is available for specialty camps as well as our regular day camps.

Our Camp JCC Registration Day is Sunday, March 20, Noon-2 pm. We're offering 15% discounts on most camps and 1/2-price deposits on all camps THIS DAY ONLY! Plus, those interested in JCC membership will enjoy a $0 enrollment fee ($300) savings and 2 free personal training sessions when they join during camp registration.

Camp Primrose 2011 - Carmel

780 West Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN 46032 Contact: Nicole Alvarado Phone: 317-848-8771 Fax: 317-848-8773 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Traditional Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Dates: May 31st - August 8th Ages/Grades: 6 weeks through 12 years old Activities Included: Daily activities including gardening, cooking, science experiments, hiking, art and water play. In-school visitors and field trips to parks, museums, ice cream shops and more.

Join us for our exciting summer camp and enjoy activities related to our themes of "Dig! Stir! Chomp!", "Expedition Summer", and "Destination Science".

Camp Primrose--Bridgewater

14711 N Gray Rd, Westfield, IN 46062 Contact: Julie Bowman Phone: 317-848-0123 Fax: 317-848-0124 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Specific Categories: School Program (Before/After) Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes

(During everyday camps) Hours: 6:30 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Dates: May 31st through August 4th Ages/Grades: 6 weeks through 5th grade Cost: Dependent upon age Activities Included: Field trips to the Mad Scientist, parks, nature centers, farms, and other exciting places. Many different activities with cooking, gardening, water play and science experiments are planned.

Learn how to camp, hike, cook, garden, and explore dinosaur bones and fossils. This camp will take you on a wild and wacky journey through science and will even have you creating your own volcano.

Camp Primrose -- Gray Eagle

12290 Olio Road, Fishers, IN 46037 Contact: Sarah Pendleton Phone: 317-577-9480 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Hours: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm, Mon-Fri Dates: 5/31/11 - 8/19/11 Ages/Grades: 4 & up (programs also available for Infants - Preschool) Cost: Dependent on age Activities Included: Camp includes snacks and lunch. Activities include field trips, shows, games, experiments, cooking, gardening, etc.

Camp Primrose offers weekly or summer camps for children age 4 and up. Play soccer, learn karate, cook for fun, and explore nature while making new friends. Campers will enjoy field trips, shows, games and adventures intermixed with weekly activities such as basketball, soccer and music. Stop by today to see a complete calendar of activities.

Camp Primrose--West Clay 13096 Moultrie St, Carmel, IN 46032 Contact: Julie Bowman Phone: 317-873-0123 Fax: 317-848-0124

Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Specific Categories: School Program (Before/After) Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Hours: 6:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Dates: May 31st through August 4th Ages/Grades: 6 weeks through 5th grade Cost: Dependent upon age Activities Included: Field trips to the Mad Scientist, parks, nature centers, farms, and other exciting places. Many different activities with cooking, gardening, water play and science experiments are planned.

Learn how to camp, hike, cook, garden, and explore dinosaur bones and fossils. This camp will take you on a wild and wacky journey through science and will even have you creating your own volcano.

Christian Youth Theatre

17849 Grassy Knoll Dr., Westfield, IN 46074 Contact: Mandy Polster Phone: 317-407-5452 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Arts Specific Categories: Acting/Singing/Dance Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps). special training for families with autism Financial Aid Offered: Yes Hours: 9am-3pm Age: 4-7 amp-12pm Dates: June & July Ages/Grades: 18 Cost: variable Requirements of Campers: average school requirements Activities Included: Daily workshop rounds of acting, singing, dancing, costume, makeup, & set design. Many crafts and games included daily.

CYT Musical Theater Summer Camp is one of the most affordable quality musical theatre camps in Indiana. In the morning, they rotate with their team to a variety of theater classes including dance, drama & voice taught by qualified instructors. After lunch, summer campers play exciting outdoor games before they come together with all the teams for showcase rehearsal. All campers per-

form in the musical theater showcase at the end of the week, featuring a variety of songs, dances and drama. Camp week 1 - June 13th - Traders Point Christian Academy (Zionsville/Whitestown) Camp week 2 - June 20th - Heritage Christian School (Indianapolis north) Camp week 3 - June 27th - Greenwood (Indianapolis Christian Fellowship & Greenwood south) Camp week 4 - July 11th – Traders Point Christian Academy & Heritage Christian School Camp week 5 - July 18th – Heritage Christian School & Greenwood (Indianapolis Christian Fellowship & Greenwood south) Camp week 6 - July 27th - Traders Point Christian Academy

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Arts Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Financial Aid Offered: Yes Hours: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (first graders through age 7), 1:30-5:30 p.m. (ages 8-12) or 8:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. (ages 8-12) March 29-April 2, 2010 Dates: June-August Ages/Grades: Various Cost: Cost of camps vary. Activities Included: Variety of art activites from

ceramics, painting and drawing to sculpture.

Clear your refrigerator door to make room for the art masterpieces your kids will create during this Spring Break Art Camp. In our half-day and fullday art camps, your kids will have the whole week to let their imaginations run wild. They'll participate in a variety of activities like papermaking, fabric dyeing, sculpture, hand-built ceramics, painting and drawing. And our instructor-to-camper ratio is 1:10 (1:8 for the younger kids). Give your kids something valuable—a connection to their own creativity!

Deveau's Gymnastics Day Camp

9032 Technology Drive, Fishers, IN 46038 Contact: Joan Deveau Phone: 317-849-7744 Fax: 317-845-7377 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Specific Categories: Gymnastics Special Needs Camps Offered: No Hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Dates: June 14-17, 2011 Ages/Grades: 5-18 Cost: $200 ($180 if registered prior to June 1) Requirements of Campers: Sack Lunch, proper attire Activities Included: Gymnastics Apparatus, Tumblng, Trampoline, Dance, Games and Fun Activities

DeVeau's Gymnastics Summer Camp will provide instruction and fun for children who enjoy gymnastics. The program is geared to meet the needs of the beginning through advanced recreational levels.

Indianapolis Art Center Summer Camp

820 East 67th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220 Contact: Krista Hurst Phone: 317-255-2464 Fax: 317-254-0486 Email:


Indianapolis Children's Choir Choral Festival

4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208 Phone: 317-940-9640 Fax: 317-940-6129 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Arts Financial Aid Offered: Yes. Need-based financial aid is offered with completed request. Hours: 9-12 or 1-4 Choose AM or PM session Dates: June 13-18, 2011 Ages/Grades: entering 3-8 Cost: $85 plus $25 registration fee (includes camp t-shirt!) Requirements of Campers: teacher recommendation or ability to match pitch Activities Included: Mass choir rehearsals, Solfege classes, small group education/instruction, snacks, Kodaly classes, music theory & public concert!

The Indianapolis Children's Choir brings young people who like to sing to the Butler University campus for a wonderful week of music-making and fun. It's a great way for music-loving kids to learn, laugh, and sing together in a vigorous, fast-paced enjoyable way. The week culminates in an unforgettable experience on the magnificent Clowes Memorial Hall concert stage.

Indianapolis School of Ballet

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502 N. Capitol #B, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Contact: Judith Peters, School Adminstrator Phone: 317-955-7525 Fax: 317-955-7526 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Arts, After School Programs Special Needs Camps Offered: Some special needs are able to be accommodated. Please contact us regarding specific requests. Financial Aid Offered: Some may be possible based on funding to be identified. Hours: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Mon- Fri Dates: June 6-10 and July 25-29 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-10 Cost: 265 Requirements of Campers: dance attire (leotard & tights or bike shorts & white t-shirt)


and footwear (tap shoes and ballet shoes) Activities Included: Dance, art and music activities and instruction; field trips to cultural destinations in downtown Indianapolis.

Looking for an enriching day camp experience for your 6 to 10-year-old? ISB offers professional instruction in ballet and tap as well as arts and crafts, with music as the glue that ties it all together. Trips to downtown cultural locales have had parents and children begging for more.

Indy Parks and Recreation Multiple Locations in Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN Contact: Joenne Pope, Manager of School Outreach Phone: 317-327-7275 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Traditional Specific Categories: Environmental Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (Everyday and Specialty camps) Financial Aid Offered: Yes. Hours: Vary Dates: 5/31-7/29/2011 Ages/Grades: 3-15 /Pk-8th Cost: $35-$150 per week Activities Included: Variety of activities depending on locations.

That's what summer vacation is all about. At Indy Parks we take your child's fun seriously. Each week will include activities related to the different themes. Our Camp Package includes: Trained and qualified staff, low counselor to camper ratios, weekly field trips, swimming, art & crafts, guest speakers, camp T-shirts, educational programs, extended care services, weekly themes, and structured

games, activities and sports. We offer early bird rates from 01/31/11 to 03/31/11

KinderCareÂŽ Summer Camp

Phone: 888-518-2213

Designed to provide pre-school through schoolage kids with what they want: TONS of summer fun! From the old west to space-age machines, from the antics of animals to learning new sports, each

of our 12 camp offerings is a combination of learning and fun that adds up to one unforgettable summer! Discover more by visiting www.KinderCare. com/SummerCamp or calling 888-518-2213

Monart Summer Art Camps

3 locations: Zionsville, Noblesville & Carmel Contact: Barb Hegeman, owner Phone: 317-774-3729(DRAW) Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Arts Specific Categories: Art Special Needs Camps Offered: No Financial Aid Offered: No Hours: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 - 3:30 pm depending on location Dates: June 13 - July 28 Ages/Grades: All ages 5 and up Cost: One day minicamps-$35, Weekly camps-$140 Activities Included: Drawing and painting using markers, oil and chalk pastels, watercolor, and colored pencil.

Monart camps are full of creativity and fun! Campers learn different drawing and painting techniques and work in a variety of media, all centered on a specific theme, including Cartooning, Animals, and Nature. 3 Locations: 60 N 9th St., Noblesville, 1366 S. Rangeline Rd., Carmel, 90 N Main St., Zionsville

The Orchard School

615 W. 64th St. gbievenour@orchard. com, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Contact: Jane Gailey /Summer Camp Manager Phone: 317-713-5970 Fax: 317-253-9707 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Traditional Hours: 7am-6pm Dates: June 6- July 29 Ages/Grades: ages 4 and up Cost: Varies

We offer a wide array of camps. Camps are 1/2 day and full day week long options. Before/After care available. Some camps offer field trips

Shortee's Golf Camp

1775 E. 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240 Contact: Don Turchan Phone: (317) 582-1850 Fax: (317) 582-0145 Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Sports Financial Aid Offered: No Hours: Weekday mornings - See website for start times. Dates: Week long camps beginning week of June 6th through week of August 1st. See website for details. Ages/Grades: Little Linkers 4-6, Junior Camp 7-14 Cost: Little Linkers $80, Junior Camp $125

Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Sports Special Needs Camps Offered: No Financial Aid Offered: No Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dates: June 6 - June 10, 2011 Ages/Grades: Graduates of 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th Grades Cost: $170 Requirements of Campers: Bring lunch/sunscreen Activities Included: Quality instruction in Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Dance, Service Activities, Friendship-building exercises, Rainy Day Crafts,

24th year as Indy's premiere summer sports camp for girls. Emphasis on improving basic skills, introduction to different sports, camaraderie and fun. Proceeds benefit Stansfield Circle charities including Fletcher Place Community Center. Registration deadline: May 20, 2011.

Traders Point Creamery Farm Camp 9101 Moore Road, Zionsville, IN 46077

Contact: Amy Rhodes Phone: 317-733-1700 Fax: 317-733-1776 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Animals, Traditional Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm Dates: June 13-16(1st-fourth grades) July 11 - 14 (5th-8th grades) August 8 - 11 (1st-4th grades) Ages/Grades: 6 - 10yrs / 11 - 15yrs Cost: $275* (*Option $75 extra for 1 overnight - July camp only) Activities Included: cow milking, collecting eggs, feeding chickens and pigs, hiking, creek stomping, ecological crafts, games

Farm Camp invites children to participate in activities that awaken the senses and encourage the understanding of what it means to be "sustainable". While working and playing in nature on an organic dairy farm, children become more aware of the connection between humans and the web of life.

Activities Included: Daily on course play combined with instruction on driving range, putting green and chipping green. Shortee’s 5 day Junior Golf Camps will offer a safe and fun way for kids to learn and practice the game of golf. Our instructional staff will help formulate a golf swing to meet the needs of each student. We will focus on the FUNdementals of golf including games and contests.

Stansfield Circle Girls Sports Camp Park Tudor Campus, 7200 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis, 46240 Contact: Sue Tobin Phone: 317-345-1262 Fax: 317-818-0077 Email: Gender of Campers: All-Girl



Camp Carson YMCA

2034 E Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670 Contact: Mark Scoular, Executive Director Phone: 812-385-3597 Fax: 812-386-1654 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Residential Basic Category: Traditional Specific Categories: Dirt-Bikes and Horseback Specialty Camps Financial Aid Offered: Yes Hours: 1pm Sunday - 7pm Friday Dates: weekly through June and July Ages/Grades: 7-16 years Cost: traditional week ranges $470$570 (ranges from $260 - $960) Activities Included: Horseback, motorized dirtbikes, archery, canoeing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, archery, marksmanship, climbing, pottery, woodworking, fishing, crafts, soccer, basketball, mountain-boards "The Blob", water zip-lines, Tom Sawyer Swing, drumming, etc.

Only 2.5 hours southwest of Indianapolis. Join campers and staff from over 25 different states and 7 countries at southern Indiana's premier summer resident camp. It's easy to see why we were voted # 1 area resident camp by Kentuckiana Family Magazine. YMCA Camp Carson has it all! Truly "An Experience that lasts a Lifetime!"

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The Howe School Summer Camp


PO Box 240, Howe, IN 46746 Contact: Charles Grady, Director Phone: 260-562-2131 Fax: 260-562-3678 Email: Gender of Campers: Both All-Boy and All-Girl Type of Camp: Residential Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Specific Categories: Education Hours: Any time Dates: boys (June 19 - July 29) girls (July 31 - Aug 5) Ages/Grades: 9 through 15 Cost: boys (3-wks $2100, 6-wks $3500) girls ($500) Requirements of Campers: be ready to have fun Activities Included: Rifle, ropes course,

repelling, archery, boating, canoeing, sports, hiking, nature study, games, physical fitness, camp newsletter, and crafts

The Howe Summer Camp has three and six-week boy�s residential program and a one-week girl�s program. The boys� camp offers leadership, education and discipline, including rifle, archery, swimming, canoeing, physical training, ropes course, repelling, crafts, horsemanship, and games. Girls� camp offers leadership, skills necessary for young women to succeed in today�s careers, including team building, culinary arts, scrapbooking, crafts, ropes and obstacle course and repelling.

YMCA Camp Potawotami

7255 E 700 S, Wolcottville, IN 46795 Contact: Craig Cheney/ Executive Director Phone: 1-800-966-9622 Fax: 260-351-3915 Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Residential Basic Category: Traditional Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (Specialty camps) Muscular Dystrophy Camp, Cancer Camp Financial Aid Offered: Yes. Incomebased financial assistance. Hours: Office 8-4, M-F Dates: June 12-July 30 Ages/Grades: 6-16 Cost: From $400 Activities Included: Archery, Art, Bicycling, Canoeing, Climbing, Dance, Drama, Fine Arts, Fishing, Fitness, Horsemanship, Kayaking, MiniFarm, Mud Hike, Nature Studies, Sailing, SCUBA, Snorkeling, Swimming, Wilderness Skills

Carefully screened and trained staff will lead campers in building strong character, positive friendships and skills for lifelong well-being. 210 beautiful acres on Blackman Lake, with woods, meadows, wetlands and excellent facilities, combined with creative, caring staff, help make memories to last a lifetime.

Day & Residential iD Tech Summer Camps at Purdue Purdue University and 60 Universities Nationwide & Canada Phone: 888-709-TECH (8324) Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day AND Residential Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Hours: Weeklong day and overnight camps. Dates: June - August Ages/Grades: 7 - 18 Cost: Cost varies Activities Included: Students create video games, iPhone and iPad apps, C++ and Java programs, websites w/Flash, movies w/Final Cut Studio, Maya 3D animations, robots and more w/

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The World�s #1 summer tech camp! Students ages 7-18 create video games, iPhone apps, websites and more. Weeklong, day and overnight programs located at 60 prestigious universities nationwide including Purdue, Harvard, Stanford and others. Also Teen programs: iD Gaming Academy, iD Visual Arts Academy and iD Programming Academy. Free yearround learning w/iD 365. Save w/code IN22L.




family fun in indy

Young Race Fans Are The Big Winners at This Year’s Indy 500! included SpongeBob SquarePants, Pablo & Tyrone from "The Backyardigans," Dorothy the Dinosaur and Wags the Dog from "The Wiggles," Powerpuff Girls and Fred and Wilma Flintstone. And it’s the only parade that features all of the competitors before a huge sporting event. The Parade is nationally telecast on

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is celebrating 100 years of racing with free admission for kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder. ESPN2 and is locally televised on WISH-TV Channel 8, a CBS affiliate. To watch in person, tickets are $14.50-$32. Children will be able to meet some of the cartoon characters that will appear in the parade before anyone else gets to see them parade day. They will be at the 500 Festival Character breakfast at the Hilton downtown. The price is $27 per person and includes breakfast and one reserved bleacher ticket for the parade.

The green flag means go and it will also signify plenty of savings for families this year at the Indy 500. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is celebrating 100 years of racing with free admission for kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder. The deal is good for every day of on-track activity from Opening Day, Saturday, May 14 through Race Day, Sunday, May 29 (

More FREE fun takes place with the Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day at Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis. The state’s largest outdoor FREE festival for children offers activities and entertainment for all ages. Some of the biggies include Kiddy Cart Racing in which the little tykes take off in pint-sized race cars and tricycles on an oval race course. There is also a homemade pop can race for those who would prefer to create and cruise. Little girls will no doubt get a kick out of making their own princess sashes in the arts and crafts area. And everyone should enjoy face painting, clowns, entertainment, food and the chance to win one of more than 10,000 prizes. It all begins at 12 noon and wraps up at 4 p.m. on May 15th. If your little Speed Racer or Penelope Pitstop wants to get his/her engine started with a fun run, have him/ her lace up to burn tennis shoe rubber in the Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run that also takes place May 15. It is open to all kids 3 to 12 years old. It's a non-competitive run that is a great way to encourage your little ones to 34 INDY’S CHILD * APRIL 2011

stay physically fit. All participants will receive a goodie bag, a runners bib with the number 1, and a finisher's medal – just like the Mini-Marathon participants. Once the maximum number of 2,500 applicants has been reached the registration will close. So, you might want to get a jump start by registering now at http:// . American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day is another way for families to share their race enthusiasm. It takes place on May 25th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person; while kids 6 and under are free. Fans of all ages love taking a lap in the family car around the track to see what it looks like from the race car drivers perspective. Visitors are also invited to tour the IndyCar transport trailers, visit Pit Lane, check out the vintage cars on display, get autographs from Pro Series drivers and past champions. You can even take a Victory Circle photo just like you’re the winner in a car with a trophy, a wreath and a glass of milk! When that is done, you still have time to check out the suites and the official timing & scoring area in the pagoda, see the Media Pit Stop Competition, enjoy live music, Q & A sessions and visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. It is all part of the one admission price. More than 300,000 spectators will kick-off race weekend by cheering for their favorite drivers and princesses while watching the larger-than-life floats light up the city in the IPL 500 Festival parade. Participants from past years have

Race over to the Indianapolis Zoo for the greatest spectacle in tortoise racing. The Zoopolis 500 presented by the American Dairy Association features tortoises racing to a finish line, lured by bowls of fresh fruit. It’s held the Wednesday before the Indianapolis 500 in the Dean's Arena at the Zoo. Hard core race fans may choose to rev up for all the fun by joining the first-ever Kids Club at IMS. Annual dues are $25 per child and include a welcome message from a driver, a kid-style credential that serves as a membership card with lanyard, mini autograph pen, Indianapolis Motor Speedway lunch bag with school supplies, temporary tattoos and Mattel Hot Wheels car! They’ll also receive a t-shirt, one-time 10% discount on Indianapolis Motor Speedway merchandise (redeemable online or in-store), a birthday and holiday card, an e-mail newsletter, $10 off IMS Junior Garage Credential (kids ages 9 to 12 only), Special Kids Club only events throughout the year and special offers from several Indianapolis community partners. Visit www. for more information or to join the fastest kids’ club in motorsports. The first 200 children registered online for the Kids Club will be able to participate in a special driver autograph session. Now that Mom and Dad's pit crew is ready, it's time for Little Ladies and Gentlemen to start their engines! Kimberly Harms is a working mom to 4 children ages 6-25 and a freelance writer. She welcomes followers on Twitter @kimberlyharms



d l i h E xceptional C Coping with

AGGRESSION in a Child with Autism

Aggression in kids with autism can be scary. It can take the form of hitting, punching, kicking, scratching, head banging, pushing, pulling, throwing, spitting, pinching, or biting. It can be directed at someone else or toward oneself. Is this type of dangerous behavior to be expected of kids who have autism? Fortunately, no, though it is a reality for some families. Carl Sundberg, PhD, BCBA-D, executive director at the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism, said the incidence of aggressive behavior is higher in children with autism compared to their typically developing peers, but to say that most children with autism are aggressive wouldn’t be the case. “Autism does not make one more aggressive,” he said. In fact, according to Tim Courtney, MS, BCBA, clinical director, and Lisa Steward, MA, BCBA, assistant clinical director for Little Star Center, current literature does not indicate prevalence rates of aggression in children with autism. Kids with autism who do display aggression often do so as a result of another issue such as language delay or 38 INDY’S CHILD * APRIL 2011

inability to cope with a situation. “If you don’t have the skills to communicate and ask what you want and use reinforcers to control your environment, aggression usually works,” said Sundberg. Imagine a typical child in a grocery store who wants a candy bar. When told “no” by his parent he may start crying or stage a sit in on the floor. “The easiest way to get out of that is to get the candy bar. Everyone’s happy, but what that does is reinforce the child for the tantrum...and parents are reinforced by the cessation of the tantrum,” said Sundberg. Now imagine a child who can’t communicate with words. Tantrums, he has learned, are the only way to get his point across. “So what’s the cause [of the aggressive behavior]? Quite simply the cause is the reinforcement. All behaviors have a purpose. We often see this in children with language delays,” said Sundberg.

Another example may be a child with autism doesn’t want to pick up his shoes. Instead of the child simply saying he doesn’t want to pick them up, he may throw papers on the floor or spit. If the parent retreats from the request, the message the child internalizes is “I don’t like what you ask of me, I throw a tantrum, you stop.” According to Sundberg, that is the cycle that reinforces the aggressive behavior. He recognizes that changing the pattern is easier said than done. “For parents it’s hard because they have other things to do like fix dinner. You don’t have the time, energy or patience to go through a standoff, but you should hold to your guns,” said Sundberg.

EXPERTS ADVICE Experts across the city recognize that working through and coping

with aggressive behavior is difficult and offer the following advice: Address aggressive behavior early. “While it is easy to think that a 4-year-old will out grow aggression or there is time to deal with it later, parents need to imagine their child as a 14-year-old engaging in the same type of behavior. When you are at this point, there will be a lot fewer options and if your child were to hurt somebody, even fewer,” advised Mary Rosswurm, executive director of Little Star Center. Cookie cutter therapy does not apply when dealing with aggression. “There is no one-size-fits-all treatment to address aggression in children with autism. Treatments should be carefully developed and based on each particular child's unique situation. As aggression is a behavior, treatment should be implemented by a qualified person. Many times, aggression can be worsened by a well-intentioned, but inexperienced person,” said Rosswurm.


Find the reason for the aggressive behavior. Ashley Geighes, MS, BCBA, clinical director for The Applied Behavior Center for Autism, said parents should look at the reason why their child is being aggressive. Is it to get attention, get out of something he doesn’t want to do or obtain something he wants? Look at the function of why they are expressing aggression in order to address the behavior. Sundberg recommends parents do a functional assessment on their child to f igure out why the behavior is occurring. “The answer isn’t because he has autism or a language delay, but the answer is in the environment,” he said. According to Sundberg, aggressive behavior in children with autism occurs for a few reasons. It may allow the child to escape a demand placed upon him. Something positive may happen for the child such as he gets something he wants or gets out of something he doesn’t want to do. It could also be automatic reinforcement, which means the child does not need another person to participate. For instance, the aggressive behavior simply feels good, be it head banging or other self injurious or self-stem behavior. Stop reinforcing the behavior. “Find out what is reinforcing the child’s behaviors and make sure the


reinforcement is not occurring,” said Sundberg. “If it’s escape, make sure the child does not escape. You don’t want to start something you can’t f inish. Don’t throw out a direction until you’re ready to follow though.” Identify a replacement for the behavior. “If they are aggressive anytime they want to go outside or want to take an item, you teach them the word or sign for that item instead. Or, if they are aggressive every time it’s time to make their bed, look at ways of making the bed easier. Break it into steps,” said Geighes. She added, however, if they are being aggressive because they don’t want to do something, follow through and make them do it anyway. Help find a way for the child to communicate. “Build their language. Find a way. If you can’t get a kid to be verbal he should be learning some sort of signs or picture system to give him some control over his life to communicate with people,” said Geighes. “That alone should help with a lot of behavior issues.” To help a child communicate, Mary Roth, the lead ally with the Autism Society of Indiana’s Indiana Allies program, said there are many ways to go about helping the child. For instance, a variety of augmentative and alternative communication devices like the picture

exchange communication system and other assistive technologies enable a child to express needs and desires. They may be worth considering. Understand if the child has a comorbid diagnosis influencing the aggressive behavior. Roth also points out that a psychological or comorbid diagnosis could be the root of the aggressive behavior in some children. If that’s the case, the child’s behavior may need to be sorted out with a medical professional. Stay calm. “Any sort of reaction you give to the child could also be making the situation worse,” said Geighes. Easier said than done, sure; yet, undeniably important. Find a support group. Roth advises parents to seek support from their own peers. “It’s important parents get support from other parents,” she said. Stay ahead of the game. If the aggressive behavior always happens during a certain activity such as when it’s time to go, then have the child bring a preferred item with him to make the transition easier. Look at the situation in which the behavior is occurring and see if there is a way to change the dynamic in a way that will be less stressful for the child.

Resources for Families Parenting a child with autism who exhibits aggressive behavior is not easy and seeking professional help is often required. The best bet is to find a professional experienced in dealing with behavior who can identify factors that are evoking aggressive behavior and increasing or maintaining that behavior. The health professional should be able to determine whether or not a functional assessment and behavior intervention plan are appropriate. If so, the plan should include a detailed training program for parents and caregivers. Board certified behavior analysts are equipped to work with families in these capacities. Some clinical psychologists who focus on behavior may also be able to help. Parents can visit the Behavior Analysis Certification Board website at to find a board certified behavior analyst. The new Autism Resource Network of Indiana website at www.arnionline can also help find specialists close to home. Ultimately Geighes puts good perspective on managing aggressive behavior. “Stay ahead of the game. I know it’s hard. The biggest thing is to keep everyone safe and give the child skills to express himself,” she said. Carrie Bishop is a freelance writer and mother of two young sons whose daily antics inspire her work and life. Contact her at


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special needs calendar

April 2011 Special Needs Calendar Check out what’s happening in Indianapolis this month for the special needs community... Your Dependent with Special Needs. Making their Future More Secure, lecture by Gordon F. Homes, Jr., CFP When: Mon., April 4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Where: Reach High Consulting, 2100 South Liberty Dr., Ste. 102, Bloomington Cost: Free Contact: Mary Alter at 317-7125041 or

Your Dependent with Special Needs. Making their Future More Secure, lecture by Gordon F. Homes, Jr., CFP When: Thurs., April 7, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Where: Cornerstone Autism Center, 360 Polk St., Greenwood Cost: Free Contact: Mary Alter at 317-7125041 or

Movie Night with the Autism Society of Indiana and Noble of Indiana When: Thurs., April 7, 4 - 6 p.m. Where: Cinema Grill, Indianapolis Cost: $6.50, includes soda and popcorn Contact: Call 317-375-4256 or email or

Public Health Insurance: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You When: Fri., April 8, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Hobart Police South Station in the Westfield Shopping Center, Merrillville Cost: $40 for family members, $75 for professionals Contact: asktraining@aboutspecialkids. org or visit

Your Dependent with Special Needs. Making their Future More Secure, lecture by Gordon F. Homes, Jr., CFP When: Fri., April 8, 11 a.m. - noon Where: Northside Christian Church, New Albany Cost: Free Contact: Mary Alter at 317-7125041 or

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Karaoke Night When: Fri., April 8, 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Monon Community Center, Program Room A Cost: $6 Contact: Brooke Taflinger at 317-5735245,

Your Dependent with Special Needs. Making their Future More Secure, lecture by Gordon F. Homes, Jr., CFP When: Tues., April 12, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Where: George’s Neighborhood Grill, Indianapolis 42 INDY’S CHILD * APRIL 2011

Cost: Free Contact: Mary Alter at 317-7125041 or

Brain Balance Parent Lecture When: Tues., April 12, 7 p.m. Where: Brain Balance Achievement Center, 9510 N. Meridian St., Ste. D, Indianapolis Cost: Free Contact: Julie Peterson at 317-843-9200,

My Child Has Special Needs: Now What? When: Fri., April 15, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Where: St. Joseph Hospital & Health, Kokomo Cost: Free Contact: asktraining@aboutspecialkids. org or visit

Temple Grandin film screening When: Fri., April 15, 7 p.m. Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Cost: Free Contact: Call 317-375-4256 or email or

Your Dependent with Special Needs. Making their Future More Secure, lecture by Gordon F. Homes, Jr., CFP When: Sat., April 16, 9 a.m. Where: The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Cost: Free Contact: Mary Alter at 317-7125041 or

2011 Zionsville Little League Challenger Team When: Opening game: Sat., April 16, 10 a.m. Where: Lions Park Field #3, Zionsville Cost: $125 registration fee Contact: John Chamberlain at

Third Annual Voices of the Spectrum When: Sat., April 16, 4-6 p.m. Where: East Street Studios, Westfield Cost: Free Contact: Jane Grimes at

Best Buddies Indiana Friendship Walk When: Sun., April 17, 7:30 a.m. registration and packet pick-up Where: White River State Park Canal, Indianapolis Cost: $17 pre-registration fee for 5K competitive run and walk, $15 pre-

registration non-competitive walk, $25 race-day registration fee Contact: Kristen Moreland at or at 317-506-5099

Your Dependent with Special Needs. Making their Future More Secure, lecture by Gordon F. Homes, Jr., CFP When: Thurs, April 21, 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Carey Services, Marion Cost: Free Contact: Mary Alter at 317-7125041 or

Drawing a Blank: Improving Reading Comprehension for Good Decoders with Autism Spectrum Disorders When: Thurs., April 21, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Where: Noblesville Intermediate School, Noblesville Cost: $90 Contact: Visit to register

Public Health Insurance: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You When: Fri., April 22, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Easter Seals ARC, Fort Wayne Cost: $40 for family members, $75 for professionals Contact: asktraining@aboutspecialkids. org or visit

Brain Balance Open House When: Sat., April 23, noon - 2 p.m. Where: Brain Balance Achievement Center, 9510 N. Meridian St., Ste. D, Indianapolis Cost: Free Contact: Julie Peterson at 317-843-9200,

How Br’er Rabbit Outsmarts the Frogs 30-minute Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra performance When: Sat., April 23, 2 p.m. for autism friendly performance Where: Central Library Auditorium, Indianapolis Cost: Free Contact: Call 317-375-4256 or email or

Your Dependent with Special Needs. Making their Future More Secure, lecture by Gordon F. Homes, Jr., CFP When: Mon., April 26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Where: Mount Pleasant Christian Church, Greenwood Cost: Free Contact: Mary Alter at 317-7125041 or

Your Dependent with Special Needs. Making their Future More Secure, lecture by Gordon F. Homes, Jr., CFP When: Thurs., April 28, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Where: Warsaw Community Schools, Warsaw Cost: Free Contact: Mary Alter at 317-7125041 or

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Game Night When: Tuesdays, April 5 - 26, 6-7 p.m. Where: Monon Community Center, Program Room C Cost: $20 Contact: Brooke Taflinger at 317-5735245,

Easter Seals Crossroads Parents’ Night Out, East When: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m. Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis Cost: Free Contact: Anna Marie House at 317-466-2006

Easter Seals Crossroads Parents’ Night Out, South When: 1st Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m. Where: Indian Creek Christian Church, Indianapolis Cost: Free Contact: Anna Marie House at 317466-2006

Easter Seals Crossroads Parents’ Night Out, North When:3rd Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m. Where: Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle), Fishers Cost: Free Contact: Anna Marie House at 317-466-2006

Easter Seals Crossroads Parents’ Night Out, West When: 4th Friday of every month Where: Speedway United Methodist Church, Speedway Cost: Free Contact: Anna Marie House at 317-466-2006

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Book Drive When: Month of April Where: Applied Behavior Center for Autism centers in Indianapolis and Greenwood Cost: New or gently used books Contact: Jane Grimes at or 317-849-5437 x112

Hamilton County Autism Support Group When: 2nd Saturday of each month, 9 - 11 a.m. Where: White River Christian Church, Noblesville Cost: Free Contact: Jane Grimes at or 317-403-6705

Know of an upcoming event benefiting Indianapolis’ special needs community? Email Carrie Bishop at


Special Needs Guide Applied behavior center

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

Applied Behavior Center

450 S. State Road 135, Greenwood, IN 46142 Contact: Kyle MitchellBoard Certified Behavior Analyst Phone: 317-889-KIDS Email: To provide the highest quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down Syndrome. We do this by providing proven researched based ABA methodologies delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals. Our programs focus on increasing

language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reducing problematic behavior.

ings to advocate for the family and child. Introductory meeting at no charge.

The Arc of Indiana

Autism Parent Care, LLC

107 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Phone: 317-977-2375 or 800-382-9100 Email: thearc@

The Arc of Indiana, established in 1956 by parents of children with developmental disabilities, works every day to empower families with information and resources, empower people with disabilities to be as independent as possible, and inspire positive change in public policy and public attitudes. Contact us. We’re here to help.

Autism Consultation

Providing service to central Indiana Contact: Mika Adams Phone: 866-968-3698 Email: mikaadams@

Individually designed behavior and academic support and intervention strategies for families and children dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders. With 35+ years experience in special education in public schools I am comfortable attending IEP meet-


395 S 9th St Noblesville, Indianapolis, IN 46020 Contact: Dr. Jane Yip Phone: 317-503-1296 Email: aileda88@

Offering one to one intervention to children and adults with autism. Academic subjects and ABA included. Insurance Billable.

Autism Society of Indiana

13295 Illinois Street, Suite 110, Carmel, IN 46032 Contact: Dana Renay 800-609-8449 Fax: 317-663-1047 Email: info@

We strive to improve the lives of everyone affected by autism in Indiana. We provide information and support, referral to resources, policy and educational advocacy, training, awareness, family programs, Spanish-speaking support group, summer camp programs, and oversight on the Indiana Comprehensive Plan of Lifetime Supports for Individuals with Autism.

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism

11902 Lakeside Dr., Fishers, IN 46038 Devon Sundberg 317-288-5232 dsundberg@

The Behavior Analysis Center (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic, and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities.

Brain Balance Achievement Center Indianapolis

Address: 9510 N. Meridian St. Suite D, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Contact: Julie Peterson Phone: 317-843-9200 Email: jpeterson@

Brain Balance Achievement Centers work with children who suffer from Developmental Disorders such as Autism Spectrum , Asperger's, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette's and other neurological disorders. The Brain Balance Program is unique in

that it utilizes a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach designed specifically to address the various difficulties exhibited or experienced by each child.

Cornerstone Autism Center

360 Polk Street, Greenwood, IN 46143 Contact: David Ide, Executive Director Phone: (317) 888-1557

Cornerstone Autism Center is an intensive day treatment clinic dedicated to maximizing the potential of children with autism. Utilizing the science-based approach of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), trained therapists work 1:1 with the children to improve language skills, address their academic and social needs and reduce any maladaptive behavior.

Homefront Learning Center

625 N. Union, Kokomo, IN 46901 Contact: Jamy Wisher, ABA supervisor Phone: 765-454-9748 Email: jnwisher@

Homefront Learning Center is an Occupational, Speech, Physical, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy pro-

vider servicing Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. Homefront offers both in-clinic and in-home therapy for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs.

The Independence Academy of Indiana, Inc. 612 West 42nd Street Susan Le Vay 317-926-0043 susanlevay@ Ages/Grades: Grades 5 - 12 Hours/Dates: 8am - 3:30pm M-F August - May Field Trips: Field trips average 1 per month (for curriculum and life skills enhancement) Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: $11,250. No financial aid currently available. We accept students with highfunctioning autism, including Asperger’s Syndrome, who are able to work in a small group setting. Uniforms/Dress Code: Yes Before/After School Care: After school care available from 3:30 - 5:30pm. Open House Dates: Call us for a consultation and tour

Created specifically for students with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome, The Independence Academy helps students achieve their highest level of independence and academic success. Dedicated and trained staff teach math, sciences, language arts, global studies, social and life skills, and more. Very small classes. Beautiful campus. A place to belong.

Little Star Center 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032 Mary Rosswurm, Executive Director 317-249-2242

Little Star is a structured, sensory-friendly place where children with autism receive intense, individualized one-on-one therapeutic intervention based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Little Star has a “family first” philosophy and offers a supportive community of parents and professionals. Indiana’s original ABA center – providing services since 2002.

Lovaas Institute

Address: Serving Indianapolis Contact: Vincent LaMarca Phone: (317) 508-5430 Email: info@ The Lovaas Institute provides ABA therapy in the home, a young child’s primary place for learning. Dr. Lovaas’ work spans over forty years and was called the most rigorously controlled research for children with autism published to date (Rogers & Vismara, 2008). We are committed to continuing his legacy of high quality services and unparalleled support to families.

Meaningful Day Services, Inc.

Address: 640 Patrick's Place, Suite B, Brownsburg, IN 46112 Contact: Kim or Joanna, Office Support Phone: 317.858.8630 Fax: 317.858.8715 Email:

Meaningful Day Services provides individualized services for children with special needs. Some of our services include Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Management and First Steps which is home and facility based. Our services include assessments, program development and training for parents and caregivers.We accept Medicaid Waiver, private insurances and private pay.



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A Holistic Approach

Healthy Kids

Separating Fact

olistic healthcare may not be the yin to western medicine’s yang, but the two approaches to health and wellness are increasingly intertwined. Sure there are an unknown number of alternative treatments many science-minded experts view as unfounded, quack cures, or downright dangerous. Yet, many holistic healthcare approaches once considered medical outliers, are making their way into mainstream western medicine for the treatment of kids with special needs and others. Think diet, acupuncture, healing touch and the like. Holistic healthcare as def ined by the nonprof it American Holistic Health Association is an approach to life that considers the whole person and his or her interaction with the environment. “Holistic refers to helping the body heal itself rather than giving the body something to change its physiology,” explained Brad Ralston, DC, DACBN, executive director of the Brain Balance Achievement Center in Indianapolis. 46 INDY’S CHILD * APRIL 2011

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While in the United States holistic healthcare providers cannot legally diagnose, treat or cure any ailment, disease or disorder, Lisa Timmerman, ND, at the Natural Health Care Clinic in Spencerville, Ind., said when she works with children who have special needs like autism, learning disorders, diabetes or cerebral palsy, they do get better. It’s her experience that by treating the whole person, which includes his or her mental, emotional and physical states, their bodies are better able to heal themselves. As a naturopathic doctor, Timmerman looks for causes of a health problem and seeks solutions through natural remedies or therapies. In speaking of her clinic, Timmerman said, “What we’re looking to do is not chase after symptoms or recommend supplements or remedies to help with the symptoms. Our main objective is to f ind what is causing the problem.” And thus, helping improve the core issue. Holistic care is no longer exclusive to alternative clinics. In fact, major medical centers such as Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, now incorporate holistic treatments and therapies into patient care on a regular basis. For instance, the hospital offers patients acupuncture to address pain and its child life program routinely provides play, music and art therapies to meet kids’ emotional needs and help the patients better express feelings and fears. “We know this will help them have a better outcome,” said Jeff Sperring, MD, chief medical off icer at Riley at IU Health. Riley at IU Health views holistic medicine as taking care of a child with any kind of medical condition in

a manner that involves his or her entire environment, not the least of which includes the child’s family. “In order for a child to have the best outcome and health, you can’t just think about the physical issues, but you have to think about the impact on family, support the family, and look at the emotional needs of the child to recover from acute illness or recover from the condition they have,” said Sperring. Riley at IU Health is considered a national pioneer of family-centered care and even takes pride in its active family advisory committee, which tells staff how the hospital can better approach family-centered care. An example of this approach can be seen during rounds when the child’s medical team openly discusses plans for the patient with mom and dad, the nurse, and at times even the social worker. The discussions are often held at the patient’s bedside. “The family is right there with us hearing about what happened overnight,” said Sperring. “They are talking about the plans. They know their kids better than we do and they may help us adjust the plans.” Sperring said the hospital wants families together as much as possible. “If parents are involved with kids, the kids have better outcomes,” he said. A stone’s throw away in Ohio is Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which also takes a broader approach to caring for sick kids. This hospital has had an integrative care department since 1998, that according to Michelle Zimmer, MD, medical

director of integrative care at Cincinnati Children’s, was a grassroots movement started by nurses. The concept has grown to include a staff of 17 people with a holistic health specialist on almost every inpatient unit. Therapies offered include massage, healing touch, relaxation therapies and others. “We have a lot of growing to do,” said Zimmer, who noted that the hospital is not yet offering acupuncture but said there are plans to create an outpatient integrative healthcare clinic in the near term. Without doubt the traditional medical world is starting to embrace some holistic treatments and therapies. The key for medical doctors seems to lie in the science that backs holistic claims. As studies continue to test validity of various holistic treatments and as new programs emerge, area experts offer the following advice to parents who are seeking holistic help to treat their child’s special health concerns. Don’t discount diet. Health experts across the board agree that diet is a critical part of a child’s overall wellness. “It’s huge,” said Timmerman, whose children’s program assists kids with special needs such as ADD, autism and other neurological def icits. She believes diet is a key component for restoring cognitive and physical health to these children. Ralston has a similar perspective. “Diet affects behavior,” he said, noting that studies show overwhelmingly that children respond positively to eliminating some food groups from their diet. “These children seem to be sensitive to particular food items or combinations of foods. [The Brain Balance] methodology is to test for the food sensitivities and eliminate those for one month to

see if it improves the negative behaviors and trial them back in to see if negative behaviors come back once they are reintroduced,” he explained. Ralston feels diet is so important that he won’t start therapy until the child’s diet is squared away. Keep an open mind with western medicine. In short, traditional medicine helps heal people. Don’t discount it. If an alternative healthcare provider says to ignore the pediatrician’s advice, consider that a red f lag. “There’s a place for hospitals, for drugs, for all of that,” said Timmerman, who often works in conjunction with medical doctors. She said she understands that there may be a short-term need for a drug or western-style intervention, but believes that natural health is a better answer for long-term wellness. Ask for the scientific support of the treatment or program. “In general there’s a lot of attention that is given to holistic treatments and you have to make sure that there’s some science behind what you are choosing to do. You wouldn’t want to go to somebody who recommended against what your doctor is telling you to do,” said Ralston. Likewise, Sperring said evidence is a critical factor in determining the value of a particular course of treatment. “As we learn more about alternative approaches, it’s something we’re always willing to consider. I think the hardest part for [medical doctors] is short of having evidence, we tend to not take chances with our kids,” he said, and points to a child’s pediatrician as being the gold standard for guidance on a child’s health. On a similar note, Zimmer recommends that parents who do start their child on an herb or supplement should think of it as an experiment. “Understand what symptom you are trying to treat and document what you want to see improved. Jot it down. If

over time the symptom is not getting better, then get off the supplement,” she said. “You have to be as critical of any herb or supplement as any medication you are trying.” Ask your pediatrician or doctor for recommendations. Finding a good holistic healthcare provider is not as clear cut as finding a qualified pediatrician. Word of mouth seems to be the most typical way of identifying a practitioner. For one, Timmerman said her clinic never advertises but relies on word of mouth and networking with others in her field. A good place to start networking is with the pediatrician. Once families tap into the holistic health scene, they will begin to find alternative healthcare providers with good reputations by simply networking within the holistic community. Ask good questions and trust gut instincts. Before diving head first into a holistic treatment, ask the practitioner about his or her qualifications. Find out the means for evaluating the child, cost of treatment and depth of knowledge the healthcare provider knows about the special need. Does the program sound too good to be true? Parents should listen to their intuition. In the end, patients and families may have a lot to gain from an integrated approach to healthcare. Stay tuned as western and holistic therapies and treatments seek common ground. Carrie Bishop is a freelance writer and mother of two young sons whose daily antics inspire her work and life. Contact her at




green parenting

Green Parenting

Rain Barrels and their Positive Impact run off and be diverted to a storm drain or a stream, according to Indianapolis Water. Rain barrels are connected to a home’s down spouts and collect water when it rains, with rain water being a free filtered water—free of chlorine, lime and calcium, which is ideal to wash cars, water gardens and wash windows.

Hoosiers are becoming more conscious of their affect on the environment. Whether it’s recycling newspapers or reusing nature’s f inest gift of water, Hoosiers are looking for ways to lessen our “environmental footprint”. One of the easiest ways to save your money and do well by Mother Nature is to reuse rain water in a rain barrel.

Rain barrels are an economical and environmentally friendly way to reuse water. A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from a roof that would otherwise


“A quarter-inch of rain will fill a 55-gallon barrel,” Randy Gray, sales manager with Green Way Supply said. “Capturing rainwater will reduce the use of city water and can be used to water plants indoors. Some people run a soaker hose to water plants and grass.” How You Can Help by Using Rain Water Ron Lauster, director of The Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), said rain barrels help conserve water. “I know my own grandparents used old wooden barrels to collect rainwater to water plants or store water in case there was a drought,” Lauster said.

The SWCD website http:// offers basic instructions to build your own rain barrel.

According to Green Way Supply, homeowners with irrigation systems account for 60 percent of all domestic water consumption. According to SWCD, those Several hardware stores and non-forToday’s rain barrels are made with without irrigation systems use up profit organizations sell rain barrels plastic or treated wood and hold up including SWCD, Green Way Supply to 40 percent of total household to 75 gallons of water. They include water use on lawn and garden and a vinyl hose, PVC couplings, a screen Automatic Irrigation Supply Company watering during summer months. grate to keep debris and insects, www.automaticirrigation. particularly mosquitoes, and other Furthermore, using a rain barrel com/ . Green Way Supply sells items out of the water. Rain barrels will save a homeowner about rain barrels made from recycled can be connected to each other 1,300 gallons of water during plastic Italian olive containers. to collect even more rain water. peak summer months. Rethinking how to use nature’s finest resource “We have 75-gallon terra cotta barrels will save money and improve Lauster expanded on the importance of in brown, gray, terra cotta and black,” Indiana’s waterways and wildlife. keeping water out of the storm drains, Gray said. Rain barrels start at 150 dollars retail. Interesting do-it-yourself “Instead of picking up pollutants and kits and instructions are available online. By investing a few hundred dollars going into water ways, water can be in long-lasting household items collected and used at home. Even now, such as a rain barrel or compost with the dry summers we’ve had, It’s a Team Effort bin and by taking the time to water doesn’t soak into the ground, Environmentally, 55 to 75 gallons but runs off roofs to sidewalks to of recycled water may not seem like recycle, each of us has the ability to make an impact that will last driveways then streets collecting it’s making an impact, but it is. If generations from our time. pollutants along the way and then neighbors join in the effort and use carrying them into waterways.” more than one barrel for themselves, Nikki Keever is a a neighborhood could make an freelance writer living in impact on their waterways while Lauster said the percentage of solid Noblesville, IN with her husband, three chilalso saving money on water bills. surfaces on a standard quarter-acre lot doesn’t allow rain much choice but to run off and dry weather inhibits the ground from absorbing water as well.

dren and two dogs.




parenting 101

taming temper

You’re running errands with your young child and want to squeeze in just one more stop. Dashing through the grocery store, you finally land at the check-out counter and that’s when it happens: your child has a meltdown.

Publ ic temper tantr ums are the u lt imate n ightmare for a parent. How do you hand le it? The worst th ing to do is let it get your temper to r ise, thus react ing in an ug ly manner yoursel f. Here are some t ips for tam ing tantr ums and keeping your cool. 50 INDY’S CHILD * APRIL 2011

Causes of Anger in Young Children The first step to taming temper tantrums is to understand the cause. Anger in children is often caused by frustration. This frustration can be caused by many things such as exhaustion, anxiety and sadness. Children respond with tantrums because they don’t

understand their feelings and have not yet learned how to express them. As parents, rather than responding to the tantrum, we should first try to understand the cause in order to better remedy the situation. Christine Ogle Erotas R.N., M.S.N. was the first parent coach certified in Indiana and

owns Work It Out Parent Coaching, L.L.C. She travels Indianapolis and the surrounding area as needed and holds workshops in various areas for parents and families as well. “I’ve left a full cart of groceries and walked out of the store before,” said Erotas, who is also the mother of four and recommends

TANTRUMS walking away from tantrums. “Even if you are in a public place, responding to their actions could just make things worse.” It’s best to remove yourself and your child from the situation and talk to them about their feelings in a private setting. Are they tired? Are they annoyed? Children have their own limits and frankly, we as parents sometimes expect more from them than they are able to give. Listening to a frustrated child and helping them talk about their feelings will drain the tension from the situation. Teach them the words they need to better express their feelings or more constructive ways to let it out. Better yet, don’t over stress children by dragging them from place to place. Sure there are times it can’t be avoided. However, there are ways to make it more of an enjoyable experience for them. “Make sure they are well rested and healthy before you take them out,” Erotas said. “And make it a game for them. Interact with them and make it fun.”

Building Security Children often express anger when they are feeling helpless. Changes in living arrangements such as a divorce or a move can trigger anger issues, as can an unstable routine. Establishing a concrete routine is paramount to helping a child adapt and feel more in control of their surroundings. They need to know their boundaries and parents need to be consistent. Children feel security when they know what to expect. CenterPoint Counseling is now offering a program called New Day for families of

divorce in which children ages 3 through freshmen in high school and their parents attend as a family. Dinner is served in a family setting, and then the children are split into age appropriate groups to discuss different issues they may be facing. Children learn to express themselves and their anger in healthy ways and are given a format where they feel comfortable talking about their feelings. Parents also attend information meetings and/or support groups during this time. “We address all the issues,” said Jennifer Murphy, coordinator of the New Day program. “One night the topic may be working with your ex and another night it might be about focusing on your children and the issues they are facing with the divorce.” Classes are ongoing throughout the school year twice a month. Families can enter and exit the program as needed and stay as long as they feel it is necessary. For more information on New Day programs for families of divorce, visit www. or call (317) 252-5518.

“Come up with some collaborative approaches that everyone is happy with,” she said. “In the long run, they will be longer lasting changes because everyone has come up with them in a collaborative approach instead of someone walking in and saying ‘you need to do this and this and this’ and then leaving.”

“Changing the activity level and getting fresh air can be very healing,” she said. Doing it as a family will also bring you closer. Lastly, moderate your own behavior. Model the behavior you want your child

Expressing Anger Public temper tantrums are the One of the best ways to help a child that is acting ultimate nightmare for a parent. out or has anger issues is to help your child to understand their to exhibit. If you yell and throw things feelings. Anger is a normal emotion and when you are angry, you can expect the does not need to be disciplined or shamed. same behavior from your child. Take There are healthy ways to express anger. responsibility for your own anger and If they don’t learn this, they can be in exhibit it in a positive, non-aggressive danger of hurting themselves or others. way. Let your child know that everyone gets angry, but show them how to express It is also important to teach children different it in a more positive, controlled way. ways to express their anger. They can run, Rebecca Todd is a freelance sing, draw or anything that helps them work writer and the author of the book out their frustration. Erotas also encourages “What’s the Point?” Visit her at getting out and exercising as well.

Working Together Another common problem is that the two parents may have different parenting styles; one may prefer routines while the other is more laid back. Unfortunately, this can often cause confusion in a child who may then act out. This example has often been exhibited on shows such as “Nanny 911” and “Super Nanny” where a third party goes in and tells the parents what they need to do. As a parenting coach, Erotas’ technique is quite different. She encourages families to work together to find solutions to their problems and build on each other’s strengths rather than pointing fingers.




mommy magic

Breaking Your Everyday Routine Be Intentional With Your Motives

I recently read an article about the founder of Facebook. I learned a lot about not just him, but his motive and drive to great value through social networking. It got me thinking about being intentional with...well, just about everything. I started to think, "Am I intentional? " You might ask, intentional about what? Well, about what motivates and drives me as a person, wife, mother, friend and so on.

Most of the time, as a mom, I find myself being more reactive to a situation, rather than intentional about it. For instance, many times I make plans to volunteer, workout, make a home cooked meal and then one of my kiddos spikes a fever, throws up on the floor or does both at the same time. You know what I mean, as a mom, you can plan, but we all know that the best plans can change in a moments notice. I once heard someone say, "You want to hear God laugh? Tell him your plans!" So true, especially for us moms! This thought kept creeping up on my mind though. Yes, of course, I am intentional. I intentionally make my “The purpose of life is to discoveR your gift. kids breakfast everyday, I The meaning of life is giving your gift away.” intentionally make sure they have clean clothes, have their homework finished and have food in their lunch boxes. I mumbled to myself, "My whole day is intentional." Then it dawned on me, we all have a routine and things that we have to do, need to do and even write down words that inspired them, made them happy, want to do, to keep our lives going. In and things that they liked to do or wanted to try to do. all honesty, I was maintaining my family’s lives, but not really being intentional with mine outside of motherhood. I also told them to really think about what they were involved in, and if they really loved pursuing it. I told them to put down the word “like” next to their activities Then one morning, while changing the sheets on my daughter's bed, it hit me. How can I expect my kids to be or “love” next to it. After all, if I am spending the time and resources on their activities at a certain age, shouldn’t intentional with their lives, friendships, talents and gifts they love what they are pursuing? Obviously, this does if I am not leading by example? YIKES! I mean, I really not apply as much for my 4-year-old currently, but my want my kids to be intentional with their lives. I would not be working so hard as a mom for them if I didn't want two older daughters I definitely think it does matter. the very best for them, right? So how are they suppose A few days later, my fifth grader came to me and wanted to know if I don't show them, lead them and help them? to show me her tablet. We sat down and she showed me Right then, right there, I decided to be intentional. what she had written. She wrote: I love to write. I love to read. I like dance, but I don’t love it. I love soccer more than I started by setting up a meeting with each one of my dance. I love dogs...I think I want to help or work with animals kids after dinner that night. Earlier that day I had been somehow when I grow up. I like music. I take piano, but I at the grocery store so I grabbed three writing tablets would like to try the guitar. I would love to play the guitar. that just happened to be on sale. After we ate dinner, I invited each one of them to come into the family room Her list went on and I was shocked and pleasantly separately. I intentionally told them how proud of them surprised on how intentional she was with I was. I listed their individual traits that made them what in her heart she already started to make special and told them how much I loved them. Then I sense of - things she wanted to pursue and handed them the writing tablet that I had purchased. dedicate herself to - things she loved. I asked each one of them to keep it with them and to 52 INDY’S CHILD * APRIL 2011

With that, I have started my own journal - jotting down words and things I love and want to be intentional about in the future. (The list does not include doing more laundry either.) It does, however, include making more time for myself outside of the everyday routine to pursue my passion for writing and speaking. I encourage you this spring to do the same. To take the time to be intentional. What is it that you want to pursue, learn, strive and grow to do in and outside of motherhood? As you do, your kids will learn from you and be inspired to do the same. While writing this column, I came across a quote by David Viscott that I thought was perfect to share. He said, “The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is giving your gift away.” Mary Susan Buhner is a Life Coach for Moms and author of “Mommy Magic: Tricks for Staying Sane in the Midst of Insanity” Visit for more information. Become a Fan of Mommy Magic on FaceBook!


to do in Indy this Spring

1. Learn to Drum

Every Thursday night Bongo Boy Music School in Castleton hosts a free community drum circle for all ages and levels—no experience is necessary. Drums and instruction are provided, making this is a great and unique family activity. The drum circle takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. with a Pre-Jam session beginning at 6:45 p.m. Go to www. for details.

2. Make a Kite

Children ages 6 through 13 can learn about kite flying and can make their own kite in a Kite Making Workshop. This workshop is held at various Indianapolis libraries, which includes the Irvington, Shelby and Brightwood Branches in the months of April and May, and the Central Library in early June. Visit to see dates and times and to register for the workshop.

3. Take a Trip to a Local Park

Discover, or re-discover, some of the most beautiful parks and gardens in Indy. Holliday Park has a great playground with a rock climbing wall, tunnels, “spider web” and more. Be sure to check out the nature center and the unusual “ruins” on the grounds. Go to for details.

4. Paper Make Music with Instruments

Check out the Paper Jam at Garfield Park Saturday, May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. Make paper instruments and jam along with live music at the Arts Center, then learn how to use paper scraps to make a new sheet of unique plant-able paper. You can also learn to make and fly paper airplanes or kites. Go to www.

garfieldgardensconservatory. com for more information.

5. Take a Walk Along the Canal

Day or night, the Canal in downtown Indianapolis is a great place to take a stroll along the tranquil water and to view the beautiful sights. While you’re there, check out the <b>USS Indianapolis National Memorial</b>, located on the north end of the Canal at Senate Avenue and Walnut Street.

6. Food Visit Garden Indy’s Slow

At the Canal in downtown, you’ll also be in close proximity to Indiana’s only urban state park, White River State Park, where you can visit Indy’s first Slow Food Garden, a 6,000 square foot urban vegetable garden. Seedlings will be transplanted to the garden beginning in April, and the public can get up close and personal with the plants throughout the growing season. Maybe you and your child would even like to volunteer! Go to www.inwhiteriver. or www.growingplacesindy. org for more information.

7. Outdoor Art Exhibit

Check out some outdoor art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100-Acres Exhibit, where interactive art sculptures by artists around the world await visitors. Kids will enjoy “Funky Bones” and the 15 yellow undulating benches that punctuate the 100-Acres Art experience. Make sure you check out the 26-acre Lilly Gardens, with its reflecting pools, statues, and winding paths.

8. Strawberry Hill

Make your way up to the tallest point in Marion County up on Strawberry Hill in Crown Hill Cemetery. Take in the view as you look out at the spring flowering trees and over at the spectacular view of the Indianapolis skyline. Sunset views are amazing, too. Kids will also get a history

lesson, because Indiana poet and native James Whitcomb Riley is buried at the crest of the hill.

9. Earth Day Festival

Visit the Earth Day Festival, rain or shine, on Saturday April 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at White River State Park. Learn more about living green with over 130 exhibits and special kids activities, as well as live music and good food. www. After that, be inspired to take a walk and clean up the Earth by grabbing a couple of trash bags and picking up trash together to beautify your own neighborhood.

10. Indy 500 Parade

Finally, kick off the start of summer at the Indy 500 Parade which takes place on Saturday, May 28. Starting at noon, the parade begins at North and Pennsylvania Streets, heads south to Washington, goes around the circle and back north up Meridian, and then ends at Meridian and 11th Streets. Bleacher seat tickets may be purchased, however there is plenty of free streetside seating along the route. You’ll want to get there early to get a good spot and make sure to bring blankets, chairs, snacks & drinks!

Happy Spring!

I would love to hear other free ways that you celebrate springtime in Indy. KRISTA BOCKO is a freelance

writer and lives in Noblesville, Indiana with her husband and four children. She can be reached at




dear teacher

Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree on April 29.

Your Questions of Teachers­— Answered He has all the current assignments to complete on top of f inishing up the missing work. Is it really essential for him to make up all the schoolwork that he missed in class during the time he was sick? - Catching-Up

Celebrate Arbor Day This Year Parents: April is jammed with events. There is National TV Turnoff Week the week of April 18 through 24, Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day on April 29. Keep these dates in mind as teachers in your children’s classrooms may be introducing activities for these events for you to do at home with your children. One of these events in particular has not received the attention that the others have; Arbor Day. Why not introduce activities for your family to do that center around Arbor Day? This holiday ties in nicely with also turning off the TV and the celebration of Earth Day. The traditional idea behind this 135-year-old holiday was to have a special day set aside for tree planting. However recently, other ideas have been tied into the celebration, which involve communities organizing public beautif ication projects, hosting concerts that play songs about trees, and organizing paper drives in hopes of saving trees. If your community is offering one of these events, try to take part in it. Or, take part in your own activity. At home, your children can watch the enjoyable video “It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown” while learning about preserving green space. Or perhaps your children can learn the names of the trees in your yard or neighborhood. And of course, your family can plant a tree. So mark your calendars for April 29 and remember to celebrate Arbor Day!

Handling Make-up Work after Absences My son who is in middle school has been sick quite a lot this year, making him fall behind in his schoolwork. Every time he is ill and is absent from school, he is completely inundated with work in every subject when he returns to school. 54 INDY’S CHILD * APRIL 2011

Classes are organized in such a way that each day some new material is usually presented and expected to be mastered within a certain number of lessons. There is also review work that helps children learn recently presented lessons. Furthermore, in some classes, it is absolutely essential for current material to be mastered so future lessons can be handled. This is especially true in math and science classes. For this reason, it is important for children to make up at least part of most missed lessons. Textbook chapters almost always need to be read. Failing to make up key materials can lead to diff iculties in mastering new materials as well as poor test scores. Making up work can be easier if the children get the daily assignments from their school while they are still at home. Call your son's school and make arrangements to get his work so that he will have more of it completed before returning to school. In some schools, teachers make this easy by posting daily assignments online.

and another f ive minutes in the afternoon to discuss only one issue in a one-on-one conversation. He

Learning through Music Before my girls were 3-years-old, I put the spelling of their names to music. I also put our telephone number to music, and that helped them learn this important information easily. Further, when they were 3-years-old and older, we played word games such as: "Give me a word that starts with the letter ..." or "Give me a word that sounds like ...." Just thought these ideas might be of value to other parents. - Creative Mom

Using music to teach your children vital information is a good approach. It also could be used to teach them their home address and parents' names. These are things that young children should know. Starting young children out in learning letters and sounds by playing word games is better than using workbooks, because it is a more interesting approach. Plus, they can be played everywhere. Parents should send questions and comments

You need to talk to your child's teachers, especially if his illnesses stop him from doing his schoolwork at home. A plan needs to be devised that will help him stay as current as possible when he misses school, without drowning him in work upon his return.

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Using music to teach

Handling a Stubborn Child at School

your children vital

My f ifth-grader is a very stubborn child. He never budges an inch when he thinks that he is correct. While we f ind this very annoying at home, his teacher this year is very impatient and not very nice when he digs in his heels because the child believes that he is correct. The teacher is tired of his continual arguing over the correctness of his views. How can we turn this around? - Not the Teacher's Favorite

good approach.

You need to tell your son that you are supportive of him having his own ideas. You don't want to crush him for expressing his views. At the same time, he needs to learn when and how to make a point when there is a disagreement. One possible solution for the classroom, that could work at home too, is for him to write down what his disagreements are with the teacher. Then the teacher could give him f ive minutes in the morning

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Wee Folk Child Care Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Indianapolis 317-926-3640 Ages: 4 weeks+ Quality in-home child care serving caring families for 20 years. (CPR, 1st aid certif ied, and state licensed). Two meals and one snack provided daily along with baby food and regular formula. We provide quality learning through play in a non-smoking Christian environment. Preschool program providing Kindergarten prep is available. $130/week. 7:15-5:30 M-F.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Childcare 2421 Butterfield Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220 Mrs. Hatcher 317-205-9211 Low flexible rates vary with age. CCDF accepted; monthly specials. $50.00 registration


fee. Drop in services available, Parent’s Night Out. Please call for more information! 7 DAYS A WEEK 24 HOURS A DAY Home Childcare Field trips to the Children’s Museum, The Indianapolis Zoo, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Monkey Joe’s, Snapperz and more! Ages 4 weeks through 4 years old Peanut Butter and Jelly Childcare offers a “home away from home” within a learning enviornment, and our professional caregivers provide quality care that kids deserve while also being allowed to be kids. Licensed, CPR certif ied, f irst aid, universal precautions, drug and criminal checks. Daily hot home cooked meals. Daily progress reports, kindergarten prep.

Schools Carmel

Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc. Emily & Scott Rudicel 1402 W. Main St. Carmel, IN 317-580-0699 Ages: Pre-school through

Kindergarten. Carmel Montessori School is located on the beautiful campus at St. Christopher’s Church on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certif ied with 10 years head-teaching experience. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available.

Chyten Tutors and Test Preparation 2454 E. 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032 Contact: Paul McCarthy Phone: 317-587-2700 Fax: 317-587-0695 Email: Type of School: Support Services Hours/Dates: Admin Hours Mon-Fri 9:30 to 5:30. Tutoring afternoons, evenings and weekends by appointment. Ages/Grades: Elementary through High School Chyten is a premium provider of professional tutoring, standardized test preparation and other educational services for grades K-12.

* Tutors have teaching experience and a minimum of a Master's degree. * Personalized, one-on-one tutoring. * No contracts or longterm commitments. * Tutoring is at our educational center. * ParentNET

Clay Montessori Peggy White 463 East Main St. Carmel 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850 Ages: 3-6 Call for more information. (Aff iliated with Fisher’s Montessori). Morning, afternoon and full-day programs.

Maria Montessori International Academy 4370 Weston Pointe Dr., Zionsville/Carmel, IN 46077 Phone: 317-769-2220 Maria Montessori International Academy offers a child centered Montessori program allowing children to learn at their own pace and are treated with respect. Teachers encourage and inspire children to do not only the minimum, but also their best, where learning should be a happy, joyous experience! Children learn how to think for themselves and how to solve problems in origi-

nal and creative ways and have a positive self-image. Children participate in math, language, music, art, practical life, science, geography, and foreign language. The lead teachers possess bachelor degree and certif ication in Montessori Education. Discover the Difference at the Maria Montessori! Now accepting applications for all ages starting 3 months to 6 years.

The Montessori Learning Center Elizabeth Williams 1402 W. Main St. Carmel 317-846-8182 elizabeth@

Religious Affiliation: NONE Before/After School Care: Before school care: 7:00am to 8:30am. After school care: 3:00pm to 5:30pm Open House Dates: Feb 10th, check website for times. Please call to set up a tour any other time. Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally diverse environment where children grow and develop their unique talents and gifts. Through child-centered learning, children excel physically, academically and emotionally. Conveniently located one mile east of I-69 on 96th St. FCMA serves children at all levels. Programs are available two to f ive days per week.

Ages: Grades 1-3 The Montessori Learning Center Elementary program focuses on developing the whole child through interaction with an interdisciplinary curriculum. Our program specif ically meets the needs of each child and is aligned with Indiana State Standards.


Fall Creek Montessori Academy 8888 Fitness Ln, Fishers, IN 46037 Contact: Diana Brugh Phone: (317) 436-8606 Email: diana@ Type of School: Montessori Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: $89 to $174 per week Hours/Dates: 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Ages/Grades: 18 months to kindergarten

Fishers Montessori Peggy White 12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd. Fishers 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850 Ages: 3-9 A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certif ication through American Montessori Society. 9-12, 12:30-3, 9-3.

Little Scholars Learning Academy 7555 Timber Springs Drive S., Fishers, IN 46038 Contact: Linda McGowan Phone: 317-842-0030 Email: Ages/Grades: 3-6 Little Scholars Learning Academy is a fun-f illed way for your preschooler or kindergartner to get ready for school...

Middle School at Sycamore:

Experience beyond the textbook. Everyone expects an exceptional academic experience for gifted students at Sycamore School. What some may not know is that our Middle School program offers so much more - the finest art, band and choir programs, exciting field trips, drama and service clubs, and a wide variety of athletic and academic teams. Students and their families are welcome to learn more at our

Middle School (Grades 5-8)

Open House

Tuesday, April 13th 5:30 to 7:30 pm

G eist My Backyard Fine Arts Preschool at Geist Sports Academy 11960 East 62nd Street Indianapolis 317-823-7734 Ages: 2 year-Pre K (5 year) NOW ENROLLING! Children will discover their unique selves and learn about the world around them through exploring the visual arts, creative movement and music appreciation. 9-11:45 a.m. M-Fri; MWF 9-1:30pm.

Multiple L ocations

Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives: ICPC

Multiple Locations in Indianapolis Area For schools, see below. ICPC Line: 317-767-7596 Ages: Preschool classes for ages 2-5; other programs vary - Kindergarten, Stay & Play, Enrichment/Extended Days. Indianapolis Area Preschool and Kindergarten Cooperatives Cooperative Preschools: great for your child, great for you! Children and parents learn and grow together in the classroom with caring, experienced teachers. Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives (ICPC) member schools are: Apple House: 6121 E. County Rd 100 S, Avon, 797-5925 Butler: 2411 Indianapolis Ave, Indy, 2264287 Downey: 111 S. Downey Rd, Indy, 359-5304 Edgewood: 4040 E. Thompson Rd, Indy, 767-7730 Fishers Point: 9959 E. 126th St, Fishers, 767-4312 Geist

Orchard: 7879 N. 700 West, McCordsville, 336-7008 Meridian Hills Nursery School and Kindergarten: 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indy, 255-0831 Meridian Street: 5500 N. Meridian St, Indy, 767-3003 Northeast Cooperative Preschool and Kindergarten: 5805 E. 56th St, Indy, 592-9790 Parkview: 4550 central Ave, Indy, 380-0628 Speedway: 3000 N. High School Rd, Indy, 356-2804 Willowcreek: 8170 Hague Rd, Indy, 578-5488

Polly Panda Preschool and Bridgford Kindergarten 2944 E. 56th St. and 17645 Oakmont Dr., Indianapolis/ Noblesville, IN 46220/4606 Contact: Gail Hacker & Tammy Clark & Mandy Galle Phone: 317-257-9127 (Indy) 317-773-0387 (Noblesville) Email: pollypandaindy@ Type of School: Early Childhood Ages/Grades: Six weeks through Kindergarten, summer program also available. 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 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-qualif ied and loving staff.


Primrose School of Noblesville 15707 North Point Blvd., Noblesville, IN 46060 Contact: Jackie Bell Phone: 317-773-4900 Fax: 317-773-4433 Email: Type of School: Early Childhood Hours/Dates: 6:30 am to 6:00 pm Ages/Grades: Infant through Kindergarten Before/After School Care: We transport to and from both Noblesville and Hamilton Southeastern Schools Primrose School of Noblesville distinguishes itself by creating a safe and nurturing environment where children will take their f irst steps toward a lifetime of achievement. You will f ind certif ied, professional staff and many programs such as spanish, technology, music and physical f itness that will consistently challenge your child.


Arthur M. Glick JCC

Call us at 317-202-2519 to talk about your student or schedule a school visit. 1750 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN

and for life! With each child spending time on his/her individual program including phonics, reading, math, music, art, science, creative writing and computers, the program provides a strong foundation for life-long learning while building self-esteem and conf idence. 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.


6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260 317-251-9467 INDYSCHILD.COM 57 Ages: 6 weeks - Grade K Our loving caregivers and teachers demonstrate by example and encourage children to behave according to these values as the children are learning, playing and socializing with one another. The JCC embraces a learning-through-play teaching method to engage children in activities that promote creativity, accelerate learning and stimulate social interaction, all at each child’s individual pace.

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 Joanie Waldman 317-259-6854 Ages/Grades: 12 mos.+, 18 mos.+, 2’s+ (8:50 am to 12:30 pm or 3:00 pm and choice of days). 3’s+ (8:50 am to 3:00 pm and choice of days). 4’s+/PreK (3 or 5 day option)and Kindergarten (5 full-day program 8:50 am to 3:00 pm) OPTIONS FOR ALL: Flexible hours. Availibility 7:30am-6pm, until 5:30 on Fridays. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love!

Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208 Contact: Christy Whaley Phone: 317-253-0472 Fax: 317-253-5513 Email: Type of School: Early Childhood Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: Cost varies. Financial aid not available. Hours/Dates: School year is from Labor Day to Memorial Day weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Summer Camp CDI from the first Tuesday in June through the second Thursday in


July on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm. Field Trips: Yes, preschool classes only. Religious Affiliation: Methodist Uniforms/Dress Code: No Before/After School Care: No Programs: Nursery School and Preschool Enrollment: Registration begins in March for summer and fall with open enrollment throughout the year based on availability. The Children's Day In Nursery School is a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values. It is designed to offer children ages 9 months to 3 years a positive and developmentally appropriate experience in the care of experienced caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. The Children's Day In Traditional Preschool program provides a quality developmentally appropriate education for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Our program includes weekly Christian Life Skills, First Steps in Music (ICC) and Book Club. Our 3's Preschool meets on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Our 4/5's Preschool meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Summer Camp CDI is our 6-week summer program for children ages 9 months to age 5 years. Classes are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Summer Camp CDI begins the f irst Tuesday in June and ends the second Thursday in July. Please call, E-mail or visit for further information and registration forms..

Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 Regina Covey for Registration; Director Cara Paul for Curriculum 317-252-5517 Ages/Grades: 9 months to 5 years Now accepting applications. Children’s Circle Preschool is a weekday, developmentally appropriate, activity-based Christian program. We meet the

needs of the whole child in a fun, creative, nurturing environment. Here, children can develop the skills necessary to live in today’s world. Our experienced faculty leads children toward discovery of who they are and what they can do. We embrace excellence in education by nurturing the whole child -- physically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. Ages: 12 mo-5 yrs. (or up to Kindergarten) Fairview ECP has a developmental, experienced based curriculum in a warm and inclusive environment. Curriculum is designed to promote positive social behavior, respect for diversity, positive self-concept, independence, creativity and critical thinking skills. Come and visit us!

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing

International School of Indiana

John Drake or Kelly Belt 9111 N. Haverstick Rd. Indianapolis 317-575-6508 Ages: 12mos - Pre-K 5’s Our Mothers Day Out (12-35mos) 9:15-2:30 and Preschool (3yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, a wide variety of learning materials, & friendships, with readiness activities woven through each study unit. Need longer hours? Try our childcare ministry, The Neighborhood designed for 2-PreK 6:30-6pm M-F. Call for information and to schedule tours.

Cathy Blitzer, Director 4330 N. Michigan Road Indianapolis 317-923-1951 Ages: 3 years old-12th grade ISI is founded on the belief that an introduction to a second language, exposure to different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and an International Baccalaureate-driven curriculum all work together to foster critical and independent thought. $12,860 pre-k through 8th grade and $13.600 for High School. Financial aid available for qualif iers.

Fairview Early Childhood Program Melissa Peterson 4609 N. Capital Ave. Indianapolis 317-253-4990

montessori Centres Lynne Boone, Director 563 Westfield Blvd. W. Dr. Indianapolis 317-257-2224 Ages: 2 1/2-3rd grade

Stressing peace and respect for all, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked with children to develop critical-thinking and time-management skills since 1966. Montessori-certif ied lead teachers serve children aged 2 1/2-3rd grade. Our classroom structure and materials allow children to be self-directed and self-paced. Our well-rounded curriculum includes French and Spanish, art, and computer labs. True Montessori environment serving children at all levels from gifted to special needs. Pre/K: 8:30-11:30 or 8:30-3:15.

Maria Montessori International Academy 7507 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268 Phone: 317-291-5557 Type of School: Montessori Ages/Grades: Infant to 6th grade Maria Montessori International Academy offers a child centered Montessori program allowing children to learn at their own pace and are treated with respect. Teachers encourage and inspire children to do not only the minimum, but also their best, where learning should be a happy, joyous experience! Children learn how to think for themselves and how to solve problems in original and creative ways and have a positive self-image. Children participate in math, language, music, art, practical life, science, geography, and foreign language. The lead teachers possess bachelor degree and certif ication in Montessori Education. Discover the Difference at the Maria Montessori! Now accepting applications for all ages toddlers, Pre-K and Kindergarten.

Uniforms/Dress Code: Dress code described in Family Handbook. (No Uniforms) Before/After School Care: Before/after care available. 7-8 and 3:30-6 p.m. Ranges from $5.25-$7.25 per day. Open House Dates: Call to schedule a personal tour, and check our Web site for the date and time of our annual Open House. The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasized experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience

through well-rounded education. Orchard's diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYS accredited.

Park Tudor 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240 David Amstutz 317-415-2777 Private Independent: Preschool - High School Jr. KG (full-day) $13,300; Sr. KG-Grade 5-$15,630;

Grades 6-12-$16,570 Trips for all grade levels, ranging from local to national and international depending on age. Ages/Grades: Junior Kindergarten (ages 3-5) - Grade 12 Dress code varies by grade level. Before- and after-school care offered. Visit web site for a complete admissions calendar. Park Tudor Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities prepare students to become conf ident and resourceful lifelong learners. The school community creates an inspiring collegepreparatory learning environment for

The Orchard School 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 Contact: Kristen Hein, Director of Admissions Phone: 317-713-5705 Fax: 317-254-8454 Email: Category of School: Private Independent Type of School: Preschool - Middle School Religious Affiliation: N/A Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: Applicants are selected without regard to their ability to pay tuition. Every effort is made to provide financial assistance where needed. Tuition is all-inclusive. Hours/Dates: School hours are 8:10 am to 3:20 pm. Before- and After-School Care available. Field Trips: Middle School: 5th Grade to Cherokee, NC, 6th Grade to St. Louis, 7th Grade to Chicago, 8th Grade to Washington, D.C./ Williamsburg, Science Shadow Day. Elementary School: Various field trips throughout the year. Ages/Grades: Preschool 3/4 through Grade 8 Religious Affiliation: None INDYSCHILD.COM 59

highly motivated young people. Twoyear Global Scholars program for juniors and seniors; 19 AP classes; full-day kindergarten; Spanish beginning at age 3.

St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Bobbi Main-Jackson, Dir. 317-844-3399 Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: Available upon request Labor Day-Memorial Day 9am-1pm with Summer Programs available Preschool 3 yrs (by Sept 1 of school year)-5 yrs, Parents’ Day Out 10 mos (by Sept 1 of school year)-3 yrs Tours available upon request. St Luke’s Community Preschool is a weekday, developmentally appropriate and experience based program. Two well-trained, degreed teachers are in each classroom. Parents’ Day Out is a structured play experience that provides parents some time for themselves on a regular basis on M, Th, F. We provide a warm and loving Christian environment in which children can learn and grow. Tours available upon request. Visitors welcome.

St. Richard’s School 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205 Melinda W. Fisher 317-926-0425 x134 Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: PKGrade Four $13,115 Grades FiveEight $13,715 2009 FA: $450,000 Multiple field trips per grade level offered each year Age three (3) through Grade Eight Prefer student to be three years old prior to June 1st for Pre-Kindergarten. Before/After School Care: Before Care: 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. After Care: 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. Independent Episcopal day school offering a community f illed with academic rigor, faith based ecumenism and long-standing traditions. Its mission is to instill knowledge and values for a lifetime through the implementation of f ive Pillars for Success: Faith, Classic Curriculum, Leadership, Civic Responsibility, and Global Readiness. Pre-Kindergarten (3) through Grade 8.

Sycamore School 1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions 317-202-2500 1/2 day programs range from $5,030 to $8010; Full-day PreK through 8th grade is $13,495 for 60 INDY’S CHILD * APRIL 2011

2009-2011. Financial assistance is available. Please contact M -TH 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.; F 8:15 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. Parent Tours: Please call 317-202-2519 to schedule a parent tour. 2 yrs. 8 mos. - 8th grade 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 f ield trips, athletics, child care, f inancial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered.


Heritage Christian School

al program with emphasis on spiritual, mental, physical, and social development. Our teachers are dedicated Christians who desire to prepare children academically and socially in an accepting environment where Christian principles are modeled and taught. The teachers enjoy enhancing the curriculum with thematic units, hands-on activities, and f ield trips to interesting places in our area. We currently offer grades Pre-K to 8th, along with a 3-year old Pre-School program.

L.I.F.E. Daycare and Preschool Ministry 8383 Craig Street Turn North at Starbucks off of 82nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250 Contact: Brenda Giles Phone: 317-913-1432 Email: Type of School: Early Childhood Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: Summer Camp: $140, Kindergarten: $145, 3's-Pre K: $160, Toddlers2's: $170, Infants: $180 Hours/Dates: 6:30 am-6:30 pm Field Trips: Available Throughout the summer and school year Ages/Grades: Camp: Kindergarten-9 Years, Daycare/Preschool/ Kindergarten: 6 Wks.-Kindergarten Religious Affiliation: ChristianNon-Denominational Before/After School Care: Available

6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, In 46250 Contact: Emily Iglendza, Director of Enrollment Management Phone: 317-849-3441 Email: Admissions@ Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: $3839 - $9130 Open House Dates: Prep K -12th Grade Campus Days 9am - 5pm Thursday, March 10th and Thursday, March 31st. RSVP on the HCS website at Financial aid available for qualified families Biblical worldview learning Bus Transportation Available Before and After School Care High Ability Learners Program Honors and AP classes Fine Arts and IHSAA Atletics Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) & NCA. Prep K - 12th Grade college preparatory, Christian school. Non-denominational & independent. The mission of HCS is is to glorify God through the discipleship of students and the pursuit of excellence in education with the Bible as the foundation and Jesus Christ as our focus.

L.I.F.E.. . .A place where Learning and Fun come together. ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMP will be pack full of themed learning for your elementary child. There will be activities around sports, circus, space, safari, and so much more. Field trips will also be available throughout the summer. Be certain your child has a strong foundation academically, socially and spiritually by attending our KINDERGARTEN starting this fall. Learn, play & pray are the building blocks of L.I.F.E. and are a part of the daily lives of our infants through kindergarten students. Come see us and our programs. Tours welcomed!

Indianapolis Jr. Academy


2910 East 62nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220 Phone: 317-251-0560 Email: Private Independent: Preschool - Middle School Religious Affiliation: Christian - Protestant/Other Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: egistration Fees - $250 Preschool Registration - $125 Tuition: $3,515 Pre-School - $5,750 Hours/Dates: 8:00am - 3:30pm MonThurs 8:00am - 12:30pm Fridays Before/After School Care: 7:00am8:00am Mon-Friday, 3:30pm-6:00pm Mon-Thurs 12:30pm-5:30pm Fridays Founded in 1963, Indianapolis Jr. Academy provides a well-rounded education-

A Little Angel's Child Care Center 7434 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268 Contact: Alice Glenn-Artis Phone: 317-872-8080 Fax: 317-252-4854 Email: Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: infants - $150.00/wk, 1 & 2’s - $130.00/ wk, 3 & up - $115.00/wk (potty trained). No financial aid. Hours/Dates: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm Ages/Grades: 6 weeks - 12 years (before & after care) Summer program: “Traveling Squad” for 1st thru 6th graders. The best kept secret on the North side. A Christian learning environment designed for today’s family. We have a very

diverse student population and we strive to satisfy all children’s needs. We offer a well rounded program stressing learning through directed play. We emphasize the traditional core values of “Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Respect.” Conveniently located at North Willow Mall (86th & Township Line Rd).

Funshine Children's Center 3535 West 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268 Contact: Bree Loughman Phone: (317) 872-7755 Fax: 317-872-6511 Email: funshineforkids@ Type of School: Early Childhood Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: Competitive weekly tuition Hours/Dates: Mon.- Fri. 6:30AM - 6:00PM Field Trips: Yes Ages/Grades: 6 Weeks - 5 years of age Funshine Children's Center provides individualized care and educational programs to meet the needs of each child. Our Creative Curriculum helps foster each child's social, physical, cognitive and language development. Our certif ied teachers engage children in daily age-appropriate activities. Please schedule a tour for more information. Paths to QUALITY Level 3 Provider.

Traders Point Christian Academy 6600 S. Indianapolis Rd, Whitestown, IN 46075 Contact: Toni Kanzler Phone: 317-769-2450 Fax: 317-769-2456 Email: Type of School: Private Independent Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: Preschool: $1665 - $3525, Elementary: $4528 - $6917, Middle School: $8237, High School: $9790 Financial aid is available for qualified families Hours/Dates: Traditional calendar: Preschool: 2 - 4 days per week for 3 hours per day, morning and afternoon classes;extended hour options available. KG - 12th grade: M - F 8:10am - 3:30pm Field Trips: Preschool - 12th various during the year. In addition: 5th grade to Bradford Woods, 6th grade to Cincinnati, 7th grade to Chicago, 8th grade to Washington DC/New York/Gettysburg, PA, 9th-10th to Nicaragua/Mexico Ages/Grades: Two years old - 12th grade. Half-day, extended-day and full-day kindergarten options. Restrictions: Preschool - KG age cut-off is August 1. Academic performance must be at or above grade level. Biblical Worldview

instruction. Fine Arts, Spanish KG - 12th, interscholastic athletics, AP classes, laptop computer program, college preparatory. Religious Affiliation: Christian - Protestant Before/After School Care: Before and After School Care available M - F at 7 am before school and to 6pm after school. Open House Dates: KG - 5th: January 6 and March 2. Middle School: January 13 and March 9. High School: January 27 and March 16. KG Round Up January 26. Fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), NCA and State of Indiana (Freeway); college preparatory, nondenominational Christian school. TPCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission: to challenge/educate students within a Biblical worldview, leading them to a personal faith and transformed life in Jesus Christ.


Montessori Garden Academy 4141 S. East Street, Indianapolis, In 46227 Contact: Kelly Sikora, Director of Admissions Phone: 317-782-9990 Email: kelly@ Type of School: Montessori

Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: $425-$850 per Month Hours/Dates: MondayFriday 6:30 am -6:00 pm Field Trips: Yes Ages/Grades: 18 Months - 6 Years Uniforms/Dress Code: No Before/After School Care: Yes Serving toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners. MGA builds children's self conf idence and nurtures their natural curiosity. It's different from traditional child care and early education because children "learn by doing" to achieve a sense of pride and independence. Early on, children learn to cooperate with each other and resolve their own conf licts respectfully. Rather than a "cookie cutter" approach, MGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s caring teachers and individualized attention enable each child to reach his or her highest potential. Early childhood is a precious window of time when kids are most receptive to learning. Help build a strong foundation for your child or grandchild by investing in a rich learning environment now.

The Children's Cottage 5935 S. Shelby, Indianapolis, IN 46227 Contact: Ann Derheimer Phone: 317-787-2990 Email: aderheimer@ Type of School: Early Childhood Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid:

Tuition varies with age of child. CCDF accepted Hours/Dates: 7 am - 6 pm Field Trips: Weekly field trips Ages/Grades: Toddler thru 12 years old Before/After School Care: Before and After school care available. Transportation available to area Perry Township schools. Open House Dates: January 13, 2011 Discover the difference at The Children's Cottage. Our Learning thru Play teaching methods encourage creativity and problem solving as well as nutures their natural curiosity. Our weekly f iedtrips and dedicated teachers inspire responsibility and respect. Come visit our family owned preschool. Your children deserve this home away from home.


Maria Montessori International Academy 431 E. Northfield Dr., Brownsburg, IN 46112 Phone: 317-852-3900 Type of School: Montessori Maria Montessori International Academy offers a child centered Montessori program allowing children to learn at their own pace and are treated with respect. Teachers encourage and inspire children to do not only the minimum,

but also their best, where learning should be a happy, joyous experience! Children learn how to think for themselves and how to solve problems in original and creative ways and have a positive selfimage. Children participate in math, language, music, art, practical life, science, geography, and foreign language. Discover the Difference at the Maria Montessori! Now accepting applications for all ages toddlers, Pre-K and Kindergarten.


Montessori School of Westfield, Inc. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield Mary Lyman, Directress 317-867-0158 Ages/Grades: Toddler- 15 months to 3 years; Ages 3-Kindergarten; Elementary 1: Grade 1-3; Elementary 2: Grade 4-8 Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westf ield adheres tothe academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child.

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Celebration Idea: Draw a map of your neighborhood complete with all of your favorite spots!

Celebration Idea: Hashbrowns at breakfast, fries at lunch and pototo soup for dinner!



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Dance Day! Celebration Idea: Make up a dance to your favorite song!


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fri 01 Fishers Parks and Recreation: Handmade by Me Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: R$8/NR$12 Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Billericay Park Building. 12690 Promise Road, Fishers, IN 46037

Come enjoy some bonding time with your toddler while meeting new people We will create crafts from your child’s handprints, read a story, and play Parent participation program. For ages 18-30 months and a caregiver. Cost is per child. Min 6/Max 10. Class runs from 10A-10:45A.

Open to the public, visitors will enjoy entertainment, concerts, food, licensed merchandise, autograph sessions, basketball clinics, exhibits, games and interactive displays free of charge. April 1 - 10 am -5 pm; April 2 - 10 am - 7 pm; April 3 - Noon - 6 pm.

Conner Prairie’s Opening Weekend Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, April 01, 2011 Through Sunday, April 03, 2011. Price: $14/adults, $13/seniors 65+, $9/youth (ages 2-12), free for members and youth under 2. Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie. 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038

First Friday Evening: Artist Reception Times: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM Price: Members: Free | Non-Members: $3 per person after 5 pm Phone: 812-337-1337 ext. 25 Location: The WonderLab. 308 West Fourth Street, Bloomington, IN 47404

Enjoy a discount admission during extended evening hours! Pizza will be available to purchase. Tonight meet artist Daren Pitts Redman at a reception marking the installation of a new interactive exhibit, Shibori Spaghetti.

NCAA Women's Final Four Tourney Town refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, April 01, 2011 Through Sunday, April 03, 2011. Price: FREEPhone: 317-262-3400 Location: Conseco Fieldhouse. 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Tourney Town refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero will be the “host city” and epicenter for all Women’s Final Four fan and community activities, anchored by the Center Stage concert venue.


Conner Prairie’s opening weekend will feature some of the park’s newest offerings for 2011 including Junior Aeronaut Adventure, Help build a Potter’s Shop in Prairietown and Trading Post Horse Packing program. Come see what the year has in store for you and your family at Conner Prairie Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

April Fools Family Fun Find Times: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PMPrice: Free Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. 10410 Hague Road, Fishers, IN 46038

What is up in the tree? Is it a blue jay that you see? On this hike you never know what you’ll find. You’ve never been on a scavenger hunt of this kind. Solve the riddles before your eyes and your family may take the prize. Open to all at no cost to you. Campfire opens at 5 p.m., if you want to eat too. Bring your hotdogs to roast. We’ll see who discovers the most. School’s out so sto by any time to take part in this family friendly event. Pre-registration is appreciated.

sat 02 Victorian Theatre by Candlelight: "Murder Most Merry" Price: $19 per person; $16 for members, students and seniors. Phone: 317.631.1888 Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. 1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202 Three tales performed in three different rooms of the Harrison Home: a murder plot by two scheming spinsters, an eccentric woman seeking revenge, and an upper-crust family trying to kill each other. Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Performance dates: April 1-2, 8-10, 15-16. NCAA Women's Final Four Battle of the Bands Price: FREE Phone: 317-917-2500 Location: Conseco Fieldhouse. 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

The community, women’s basketball fans, coaches and NCAA guests are invited to join the Women’s Final Four teams at their open practice sessions at Conseco Fieldhouse. In addition to watching team practices, attendees will have the opportunity to receive autographs from the Women’s Final Four student-athletes and coaches on complimentary commemorative posters. Free and open to the public.


ate etiquette. Dress up attire suggested. Craft included. All proceeds go to Greater Greenwood Kiwanis literacy projects in Greenwood.

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day Times: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Price: Fishers Resident-$4/Non-resident-$6 Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: 10410 Hague Road, Fishers, IN 46038

It’s true. The childhood favorite has its own special day on the 2nd of April every year Pack a picnic lunch and spend Spring Break with us as we enjoy peanut butter and jelly themed games and activities. This will be a day of family friendly fun. Due to the nature of this program, participants with nut allergies of any kind are not encouraged to attend.

sun 03 Whooo’s Coming to Dinner: A Live Animal Presentation Times: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Price: Members: $2 | Non-Members: $2/ticket plus museum admission Phone: 812-337-1337 Location: The WonderLab. 308 West Fourth Street, Bloomington, IN 47404

Fancy Nancy Manners Tea Party Date: Saturday, April 02, 2011 Times: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Price: $8.00 Phone: 317-881-1953 Location: Greenwood Public Library. 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143

K-5th - Join us for a Celebration of the Fancy Nancy book series AND learn appropri-

Meet a Great Horned Owl and Striped Skunk to find out about the special relationship between these live animals in the wild. Seating is limited and will be available on a firstcome, first-served basis the day of the show.

NCAA Women's Final Four Circle City Dribble Times: 2:00 PM Price: FREE

April 2011 Calendar of Events

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317-917-2500 Location: Conseco Fieldhouse. 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Downtown will come alive with the sound of thousands of basketballs hitting the pavement in this event. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. for the 2 p.m. event that begins outside Conseco Fieldhouse. The first 2,500 kids 18 and under who sign in will receive a free t-shirt and basketball to keep and use while dribbling down the streets of Indianapolis. There will be entertainment, activities and lots of free fun for the whole family! Tourney Town will welcome dribblers and fans with live music and performances throughout the afternoon.

mon 04 Family Game Night Times: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-878-9560 Location: Johnson County Public Library: Trafalgar Branch. 424 Tower Street, Trafalgar, IN 46181

Free family fun time at the library. Bring everyone to play Nintendo wii, board games, and more.

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09 Wii Love Gaming at Wayne Ongoing Each Tuesday Beginning Tuesday, April 05, 2011. Times: 4:30 PM Phone: 317-275-4530 Location: Wayne Library. 198 S. Girls School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46231

Join animal expert, Alligator Aaron at Cool Creek for some Spring Break fun Indiana Wild will have the best live animal show for your Spring Break Indiana Wild celebrates human-animal cultural connections through conservation, education, and rescue. Meet Alligator Aaron at Cool Creek and BE WILD.

Teens ages 12 - 17 are invited each Tuesday night in April to make new friends and improve their skills at such games as Rock Band, Dance Dance Revolution, Super Mario Brothers Smash Brawl or Mario Cart.

weds 06 Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards Times: 7:00 PM Price: $10 - $200 Phone: 317-917-2500 Location: Conseco Fieldhouse. 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

thurs 07 ndianapolis Indians' season opener Times: 7:00 PM Phone: 317-269-3545 Location: Victory Field. 501 W. Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN 46225

Fishers Parks and Recreation: Safe Sitter Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Price: R$34/NR$51 Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building. 1 Park Dr., Fishers, IN 46038

The Indians take on the Columbus Clippers in an opener that will include a fantastic fireworks show following the game and a 2011 Indians schedule magnet giveaway to the first 2,500 fans. Value Packs are available for this game. See website for more details.

Indiana Wild live animal show Date: Thursday, April 07, 2011 Times: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-538-1226 Location: Cool Creek Nature Center. 2000 East 151st St., Carmel, IN Zip

This nationally recognized program teaches sitters how to have fun with children, recognize a medical emergency and know the appropriate action to take, how to handle specific ages, safety for the sitter and the children, preventing problem behavior, and the business of babysitting. For ages 11-13.


Target Free Family Night Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: The Children's Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Discover ways to reduce, reuse and recycle to lessen your impact on the world. Sponsored generously by Target, the first Thursday of each month The Children's Museum opens free of charge from 4-8 p.m.

Free Community Drum Circle Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm Phone: 317.595.9065 Location: Bongo Boy Music School. 8481 Bash St. Suite 1100, Indianapolis, IN 46250

Bongo Boy Music School hosts a FREE Community Drum Circle every Thursday Night. No experience necessary. All ages and levels are welcome. Drums will be provided by Bongo Boy Music School and REMO. Parents bring your kids. Kids bring your parents and friends. Pre-Jam begins at 6:45pm, Drum Circle from 7:00pm-8:00pm.

23 ASL Signed Storytime Times: 11:00 AM Price: Free Phone: 317-275-4430 Location: InfoZone Library Branch. 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Toddlers and preschoolers with an adult are invited for a storytime about animals and colors presented by Amanda McFarland. They will learn some basic American Sign Language signs. Registration is recommended by contacting the branch. This program is an activity of the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre, made possible by gifts to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Homeschool Resource Fair Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-878-9560 Location: Johnson County Public Library: Trafalgar Branch. 424 Tower Street, Trafalgar, IN 46181

Local vendors, family homeschool open house, break-out information workshops, and various programs for children throughout the day.

ASL Signed Storytime thursday, april 7 InfoZone Library Branch


fri 08 Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks Times: 7:00 PM Price: $10 - $200 Phone: 317-917-2500 Location: Conseco Fieldhouse. 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Holliday Park: Family Friday Nights Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $5/individual Phone: 3173277180 Location: Holliday Park Nature Center. 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Tired of spending your Friday night in front of the TV? Come share in a fun adventure for the whole family. We will start around the campfire and then focus on the topic of the evening. We will provide the roasting sticks and s'mores, you are welcome to bring hot dogs and make a meal of it! All ages, registration required.

Storytime Express @ the Monon: Just Ducky! Times: 11:00 AM Price: FREE Phone: 317-848-7275 Location: The Monon Center, 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, IN 46032

com, in person at the Monon Community Center, by calling 848-7275, or by mailing the registration form to MCC East at 1235 Central Park Drive East. The registration deadline is one week prior to the start date of the program.

sat 09 Joffrey Ballet Times: 8:00 PM Price: Adults: $35, $30, $25, Students/Seniors: $30, $25, $20 Phone: 317-940-6444 Location: Clowes Memorial Hall. 4602 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208

For more than a half-century, the Joffrey Ballet's commitment to taking world-class, artistically vibrant work to a broad and varied audience has created a solid foundation that continues to support the company's unprecedented capacity for achieving unparalleled success in the world of dance. Classically trained to the highest standards, the Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company, audiences, and repertoire.

This fast-paced interactive mix of fun-filled stories, rhymes, and songs paired with a simple craft is designed to introduce and practice critical early literacy skills. The shorter length and fast pace make it perfect for active children with short attention spans. Younger siblings are welcome. Registration for this free program is required through Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, either online at carmelclayparks.

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Joffrey Ballet saturday, april 9 at 8pm Clowes Memorial Hall

Zion United Church of Christ kid stuff SALE Times: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Price: FREE! Phone: 317-891-7713 Location: 8916 e Troy Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46239 Come shop multiple booths of gently used kids toys, clothes and equipment It's like a giant garage sale for kids stuff only. Doors will NOT open before 9am, cash sales only please, sale is INDOORS. All proceeds from booth rental will benefit Gods Bounty Food Bank (Wanamaker) and Zion UCC Church Camp Fund. Booth spaces available for only $15 each. Come shop and SAVE (SE Indy- corner of Post Rd and Troy Avenue) Lunch will be available for purchase- as well as a bake sale. Girl Scout Car Care Badge program Times: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Visit our 1924 auto shop to learn about car care from George Greenlee's mechanics and venture into our parking lot to see how automobile technology has evolved over the past 85 years. This program is appropriate for Juniors. One free chaperone admission for every 10 girls. Admission for girls is $7 per person with IHS patch. Admission for adults is $7 per person with IHS patch; $6 without patch. Program includes admission to the Indiana Experience.

sionals will be on hand to answer questions and administer free health screenings in a family fun atmosphere.

sun 10 Make Your Own Glass Flower Workshop Times: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Price: $36 ($32 for Art Center members) Phone: 317-255-2464 Location: Indianapolis Art Center . 820 E. 67th St., Indianapolis, IN 46220

This affordable, exciting workshop is a great way to exercise your creativity while making a mother's day present. With instruction and assistance from Art Center faculty, participants walk right up to the furnace heated to over 2000 degrees, scoop out some glowing molten glass and get to work shaping and creating their own colorful work of art. This workshops fill up fast Registration is required two weeks in advance. If interested, call 317.255.2464 or visit

Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks Times: 7:00 PM Price: $10 - $200 Phone: 317-917-2500 Location: Conseco Fieldhouse . 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Pottery Workshop for Kids Times: 1:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4410 Location: Glendale Library . 6101 N. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220

Holliday Park: Naturalist on the Loose Times: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 3173277180 Location: Holliday Park Nature Center. 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Children ages 6 - 14 are invited to have a turn at a real potter's wheel during this workshop presented by Don Edwards. They will get to take home a raw clay pot. Call 275-4410 to register.

Get up close and personal with the animals who call the nature center home. We'll learn about what makes each animal unique as well as how our naturalists keep them happy and healthy. All ages, no registration required!

Pecar Family Health Fest Times: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Location: 6940 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN The free health fair is open to the entire community. A team of healthcare profes-

mon 11 Our Wild Earth Times: 7:00 PM Phone: 317-770-3242

Location: Hamilton East Library (Noblesville). One Library Plaza, Noblesville, IN 46060

Shrunken Heads, Poison Frogs and Bluefooted Boobies - learn about our wild earth through stories, crafts, and multimedia. For grades 4-6. Registration required. Register by calling the Youth Services Department at 770-3216 or online at Also occurring 4/18 and 4/26.

tues 12 Teen Craft: Origami

Times: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-535-6206 Location: Johnson County Public Li-

sat 16 Komen Indianapolis Race for the Cure

brary: Clark Pleasant Branch. 530 Tracy Rd., Ste. 250, New Whiteland, IN 46184

Are you wild about science? Then join us for our new monthly program series for kids... Mad About Science! This time, we will discover what eggs can teach us about science. Experiments are guaranteed each month! Space is limited so registration is required; call 535-6206 or go to Grades 1 to 4.

thurs 14 Support Teen Literature Day Times: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Price: FREE Location: Carmel Clay Library. 55 Fourth Ave. Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032

S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143

Origami is the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. Learn to make a variety of designs using the ancient technique. Snacks provided.

weds 13 Fishers Parks & Recreation: Tropical Luau Times: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Price: R$12/NR$18 Phone: 317-595-3133 Location: Billericay Park Building . 12690 Promise Road, Fishers, IN 46038

Get ready for summer with our Luau celebration filled with great music, games, crafts, snack, and story. The room will be transformed into a tropical paradise. Oh, and we can’t forget the limbo! For ages 3-7. Drop-Off Class.

Ensemble Music International Chamber Series Times: 7:30 PM Price: $10 to $30 Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center- Frank and Katrina Basile Theater . 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202 Ensemble Music welcomes Ebene Quartet

for its debut in our series. This French quartet made its U.S. debut tour in March 2009 to widespread, dazzling critical acclaim. Winning "Recording of the Year" at the 2009 Classic Gramophone Awards for their disc of Debussy, Ravel and Faure string quartets was only the fourth time that a chamber ensemble has won this prestigious prize. Pre-concert discussions are hosted by Lisa Brooks, Ph.D., Butler University at 6:45pm.

Mad About Science: Egg Exploration

Teens are encouraged to “Create Your Own Story @ your library” for Support Teen Literature Day. Teens will participate in activities to tell their own stories! No registration is required. This program is for teens in middle school or high school. All materials and refreshments will be provided at no cost by the Friends of the Carmel Clay Public Library.

Suminagashi: the art of Japanese paper marbling Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-881-1953 Location: Greenwood Public Library . 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143

Suminagashi is the ancient Japanese technique of decorating paper with ink. It literally means "ink floating." Using classic techniques and tools, you will create art that is suitable for framing or for personal stationery. You will create totally unique patterns and designs and, at the end of class, will have several beautiful works of art to take home. Registration for this class is required -- registration begins March 1 and ends April 7.

fri 15 Sheep to Blanket Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, April 15, 2011 Through Sunday, April 17, 2011. Price: Admission is $14/adults, $13/seniors 65+, $9/youth (ages 2-12), free for members and youth under 2 Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie. 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038

Start with a sheep and end with a blanket! Learn about Conner Prairie’s historic breeds of sheep and watch as skilled hands remove their wooly winter coats. Try your hand at historic textile crafts and watch demonstrations of sheep herding, spinning, dying and weaving wool into cloth. April 15 & 16, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and April 17, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call 317.776.6006 or visit for more information.

Pictures With the Easter Bunny Times: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Phone: (317) 738-2833 Location: Franklin Branch Library. 401 State Street, Franklin, IN

Location: IUPUI University Library - Lilly Auditorium. 755 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

This annual 5k run/walk is one of Indiana’s largest non-profit events and critical to helping raise funds that are awarded to grantees providing education, screening and support services in the 21 Central Indiana counties we serve and to fund critical research seeking a cure for breast cancer. Times: 4:00 PM Phone: 317-881-1953 Location: Greenwood Public Library . 310

where they are found. Come ready to work and give.

Pottery Workshop for Kids! Times: 1:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4100 Location: Central Library. 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Children ages 6 - 14 are invited to have a turn at a real potter's wheel during this workshop presented by Don Edwards. They will get to take home a raw clay pot. This program will be held in The Learning Curve. Call 275-4100 to register.

Spring Service Day Times: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. 10410 Brooks School Road, Fishers, IN 46038

Earth Day is a day when we learn about caring for our great planet. To celebrate Earth Day this year, come on out to make an instant impact and volunteer at Ritchey Woods for our seventh annual Spring Service Day Garlic mustard and bush honeysuckle are some of the invasive exotic plants that have made their way to Indiana and currently reside at Ritchey Woods. These invasive plants shade out our native wildflowers and dominate the areas

Children of all ages are invited to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. This event is sponsored by the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce.

Silver Sneaker Benefit Ball Time: 6:00pm Price: . Individual tickets are $125. Guests under 30 pay only $75 Location: Conrad Indianapolis. 50 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN

The event where black tie is optional but sneakers are a must! The event enables CHAMP Camp to offer respiratory dependent children a weeklong camp at Bradford Woods in Indiana. For more information or tickets, visit or call 317-679-1860.

Geocaching Adventure Times: 12:00 PM Phone: 317-327-7375 Location: 605 S. High School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46241

Learn about Indy Parks 100 year Celebration geocaching challenge. Check out www. for more information.

sun 17 Indianapolis School of Ballet at the Artsgarden Times: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-624-2563 Location: Indianapolis Artsgarden. 110 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Presented by the Indianapolis School of Ballet.

Best Buddies 5k Phone: 317-733-3300 Location: White River State Park Canal

The Best Buddies Indiana Friendship Walk brings together supporters and participants from across Indiana to help raise

PICTURES WITH THE EASTER BUNNY saturday, april 16 11am-2pm Franklin Branch Library


awareness and funds for our high school and college programs. The Friendship Walk will include a 5K competitive run and a 2.6 miles noncompetitive walk on the beautiful White River State Park Canal in downtown Indianapolis.

mon 18 Kids Cooking! Times: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-885-1330 Location: Johnson County Public Library: White River Branch. 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood, IN 46142

Learn the basics of cooking safety and then help make some tasty treats at each of these sessions! Kid-friendly microwave and no-bake recipes only. Yum!

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Morning Bird Stroll Times: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Price: $2 Phone: 317-327-7580 Location: Garfield Park Conservatory. 2505 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46203

Join staff for a walk through the park to see what feathered friends are out and about. Bring your field guide and binoculars, or use ours. Strollers are welcome.

Click, Clack, Moo Times: 12:00 PM Price: Adults: $13.00, Children under 18 Years: $8.00 Phone: 317-940-6444 Location: Clowes Memorial Hall. 4602 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208

trivia and lots of ways to keep active and fit as well as cool prizes.

fri 22 Homeschool Book Bunch Times: 10:30 AM Location: Carmel Clay Library. 55 Fourth Ave. Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032

ties and explore ways to honor the earth including community drumming circle, storytelling and a round dance as we celebrate the life of former public programs manager Leon Jett, who through his life, his work and volunteering at many organizations in the city was a wonderful example of making the world a better place. (In conjunction with the Friends of Leon.) Please bring a canned food item for donation to Gleaner’s Food Bank.

We will meet for a brief book discussion and craft, and then have our voting party! Our book discussion will be based on the 2010-2011 nominees for the Young Hoosier Book Award. Children who have read the minimum number of books from the list will be eligible to vote for their favorite title. The booklists will be available at the Children's Reference Desk upon registration. Registration begins Friday, March 25, in person, online, or by calling 844-3363.

sun 24 HAPPY EASTER!!!

tues 19 Tuesday Night at the Movies for Teens Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-770-3242 Location: Hamilton East Library (Noblesville). One Library Plaza, Noblesville, IN 46060

Also occurring, Tues., April 26. Join us for movies on the big screen and free munchies! No registration is required, but you must be between the ages of 12 and 19.

Family Game Night at Fountain Square Times: 6:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4390 Location: Fountain Square Library. 1066 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203

“Cows that type? Hens on strike Whoever heard of such a thing” When Farmer Brown's granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, he declares the farm a “tech-free zone.” He puts Jenny’s laptop in his cold barn along with the shivering cows who end up using her computer to type requests for themselves and the other farm animals. Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Find out in a hilariously “moo-ving” musical about negotiation and compromise.

IMS Hall of Fame Museum Grounds Tours Occurring Daily Beginning Thursday, April 21, 2011 Through Saturday, April 23, 2011. Times: 9:30 am; 11:15 am; 1:15 pm; 3 pm Price: $25 adults; $10 youth ages 6 - 15; FREE ages 5 and under Phone: 317-481-8500 Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222

Families are invited to play a variety of fun and educational board games with their children.

weds 20 WINTER KIDS KONCERTS AT THE MCC: Bobbie Lancaster Times: 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. Price: FREE Phone: 317-848-7275 Location: The Monon Center,. 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, IN 46032

Come join Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation for some entertainment at our Winter Kids Koncerts! We will have performances that are musically based and interactive, geared towards children 2-5 years old.

MORNING BIRD STROLL thursrday, april 21 at 9am Garfield Park Conservatory


Riverview Community Wellness Extravaganza Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-574-2000 Location: Noblesville High School. 18111 Cumberland Rd., Noblesville, IN Zip Radio Disney will be at Noblesville High School from 6 to 8 p.m. for the Riverview Community Wellness Extravaganza The Road Crew will have tons of fun games, Health and Fitness

sat 23 IMA Family Tours Times: 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm Price: FREE Phone: 317-920-2659 Location: 4000 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Earth Day Indiana Festival Times: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Price: FREE Location: 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

130 Environmental Exhibits under tents, live music, and food vendors. For more information, please contact Stephen Sellers at 317641-7818 or

Splash Island Times: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Price: Adult Pass $8.50; Youth Pass $7.25 Phone: 317-839-POOL Location: Splash Island. 651 Vestal Rd, Plainfield, IN 46168

The Radio Disney Road Crew will be at Splash Island from 1:30-3 p.m. for some awesome indoor pool fun.

Earth Week Celebration Times: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Price: Free with museum admission Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: The Children's Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Explore what The Children’s Museum is doing to reduce its impact on the Earth, and discover what you can do to make an impact in our community.

Earth Day/Leon Jett Celebration for Families Phone: 317-636-WEST Location: Eiteljorg Museum. 500 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Hear the story of the Three Sisters Garden (corn, beans & squash) and take home seeds to plant your own garden; enjoy special family activi-

mon 25 Mother Daughter Book Club Times: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-881-1953 Location: 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143

Extend your habit of sharing books with your daughter all through her school-age years. Read the same book together and meet to compare notes with each other, from one generation to another. We will be discussing Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry. For third through fifth-grade girls and their Moms. (Only registered participants may attend this program.)

tues 26 Fishers Parks and Recreation: Rotten Egg Hunt Times: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Price: R$4/NR$6 Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park. 116th Street and Holland Drive, Fishers, IN 43038

Easter is over and we are having a “rotten” egg hunt We need help finding all the left over candy-filled eggs before they stink up Holland Park Please bring a bag or basket to collect the eggs. Rain or Shine. For 3rd - 6th graders. Min 40/Max 60. Register by 4/19.

Animal Planet's Joel Silverman Times: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-881-1953 Location: Greenwood Public Library. 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143

Joel Silverman of Animal Planet will be bringing his entertaining and enlightening approach to animal training to the Greenwood Public Library. In this free event, Mr. Silverman will be discussing training with the different personalities that dogs may have and training with rescued dogs. His decades of experience training with marine animals, cats, birds and, of course, dogs lends and invaluable insight into helping you and your canine companion develop and maintain a solid relationship.

Holliday Park: Tales and Trails Price: $5/child Phone: 317-327-7180 Location: Holliday Park. 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Join us for an exciting morning as we dive into the pages of our favorite children's books and then venture out to explore the natural world for ourselves. This is a parent/ child class. Ages 3-4, registration required.

Pirate Party at Brightwood Times: 5:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4310 Location: Brightwood Library. 2435 N. Sherman Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46218

Children ages 4 - 10 and an adult are invited to discover a treasure trove of fun activities, including stories, games, crafts and refreshments. Walk the plank, follow a pirate's map, and search for buried treasure!

weds 27 Behind the Indiana Experience: Recreating a Moment in Time Times: 12:30 PM Price: free with admission to the Indiana Experience Phone: 317-323-1882 Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center – Eminson Room. 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Interact with IHS staff Dan Shockley, director of interpretation, and Trina Nelson Thomas, senior director of public programs, and an historic interpreter from You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks. Learn how IHS staff researched the time period, crafted characters and trained to recreate this pivotal moment in history.

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Immigration: the GermanAmerican Experience Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Price: $7 adults; $6.50 seniors; $4 child Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum. 650 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Immigration: The German-American Experience. Focusing on the German-American population, visitors learn about the immigrant experience in Indiana during World War I. Using a reproduction poster, guests will discuss the pressure to assimilate and examples of changes caused by this pressure.

Fairy House Building 101 Times: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Price: $10 Phone: 317-852-3167 Location: Brownsburg Public Library. 450 S. Jefferson St., Brownsburg, IN 46112

Join us as we explore the world of fairy houses. Come dressed in your fairy finery and see some examples of fairy houses. Get some ideas for your very own fairy house, take a list of suggested items, and get ready for the great Fairy House Build on Thursday, May 19 at Arbuckle Acres from 6 to 7 p.m. We'll also read a story and take your picture for your own Fairy Tale Read poster. $10 fee for both events. To register, please visit

fri 29 Sleeping Beauty Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, April 29, 2011 Through Sunday, May 01, 2011. Times: 8pm Fri-Sat; Sun 2pm Price: Adults: $28.50, $21.50, Child/ student/senior: $23, $17 Phone: 317-940-6444 Location: Clowes Memorial Hall. 4602 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208

jbf Consignment Sale Occurring Daily Beginning Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Through Friday, April 29, 2011. Times: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Price: $2 admission for adultsfree admission coupon online Phone: 317-370-9343 Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds. 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville, IN 46060

A beautiful princess, an evil fairy, a curse that dooms everyone to sleep for a hundred years, and a magical kiss. What more can you ask ? The Bluebird, Puss-in-Boots, the White Cat, Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, and vibrant and colorful Fairies, are among the many guests invited to Aurora’s extravagant wedding that concludes this family favorite. Come experience the enchantment and majesty of this time-honored classic set to some of the most beautiful music ever written for the ballet.

Huge Children's and Maternity Consignment Event with the best in boutique and quality children's clothing, toys, baby equipment and furniture. Special Presale on the 26th for Consignors and volunteers. FREE ADMISSION PASS at

Arbor Day Celebration Times: 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Price: $7 adults; $6.50 seniors; $4 children ages 3 - 12 Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum. 650 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Teen Knitting Club Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Phone: 317-579-0300 Location: Hamilton East Library (Fishers). Five Municipal Dr., Fishers, IN 46038

We all know that trees look pretty and provide oxygen - but they also do so much more. From jobs to wood products, learn how trees contribute to your community at the Indiana.

Stutz Artist Open House Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, April 29, 2011 Through Saturday, April 30, 2011. Times: Fri. 5:30 - 10:30 pm; Sat. 2 - 7 pm Price: $10 advance; $12 gate

It’s time to knit and purl while relaxing with your friends. Bring along your knitting needles, creativity and conversation. The Library will even supply the yarn.

Phone: 317-833-7000 Location: 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Price: FREE Phone: 317-538-1226 Location: Ashley Furniture Plaza on

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Springtime Drop-In Craft Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Price: FREE Location: Carmel Clay Library. 55 Fourth Ave. Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032

For young children and their caregivers. Happy Spring! Celebrate by making a “garden” of pretty flowers. No registration (or green thumbs) required!

Join animal expert, Alligator Aaron for a seminar and discussion on exotic, weird, and unusual pets. Alligator Aaron will host a lively animal show and discuss the pros and cons of exotic pet keeping. Presented by Holistic Select, quality pet food and Pet Supplies Plus. Indiana Wild celebrates human-animal cultural connections through conservation, education, and rescue.

Fishers Arbor Day Tree Planting Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. RWNP Shelter. 10410 Hague Road, Fishers, IN 46038

Green is Good Times: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Price: Fishers Resident-$4/Non-resident-$6 Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve - RWNP Shelter. 10410 Hague Road, Fishers, IN 46038

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morgon in 1872, it’s celebrated on the last Friday of April in Indiana. Join us as we plant a tree in celebration of Arbor Day. We will meet at the shelter at Ritchey Woods, where participants may take part in tree related crafts. After the tree planting, naturalists will lead forest hikes through Ritchey Woods. Rain or shine. Pre-registration is appreciated.

We are reducing our overstock inventory, reusing old ideas to build a brand new program, and recycling it all together to make some fun. Turn off the TV, get outside, and bring some hotdogs to cook over the fire (electricity and gas not required) for a well-rounded environmentally friendly afternoon. Games, left over crafts, roasting sticks, and marshmallows supplied. Registered participants can stop by any time. Crafts are first come, first served. Min 30/Max 90. Register by 4/25

sat 30 Indiana Wild live animal program Times: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

At Indy's Child, we work hard to make sure our calendar information is accurate. However, occasionally event specifics change after we go to press. We encourage our readers to call locations in advance to verify information.


April 2011

ONGOING EVENTS Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial Occurring Daily Through Thursday, September 15, 2011. Price: $8.00 Phone: 317-920-2659 Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art. 4000 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial highlights the artist’s significant contribution to the field of American art and shows how Dial’s work speaks to the most pressing issues of our time. Spanning twenty years of his work as an artist, it is the most extensive showing of his art ever mounted.

Incredible Costumes from Film and TV Occurring Daily through Sunday, May 08, 2011. Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Free with museum admission Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: The Children’s Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

The Terminator's leather jacket, Batman's Bat Suit, Darth Vader's cape and helmet, the Wicked Witch of the West's

hat . . . these are just a few of the amazing original costumes featured in Incredible Costumes from Film and TV.

The Frog Prince Occurring Daily through Sunday, April 17, 2011. Price: Free with museum admission Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: The Children’s Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Follow Hyronomous the frog on his humorous quest for that special kiss. April 2-3, 9-10, 16-17: 1 and 3 p.m. March 29-April 1: 11:45 a.m., 1:15 and 3:15 p.m. April 5-8: 1:15 p.m. ASL-interpreted performance, April 16: 1 p.m.

Shibori Spaghetti Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Through Saturday, May 28, 2011. Price: Activities included with museum admission Phone: 812-337-1337 ext. 25 Location: The WonderLab. 308 West Fourth Street, Bloomington, IN 47404

A temporary installation of a huge 3D textile exhibit of long tubes of fabric dyed with the arashi shibori method. Visitors can rearrange the tubes to create new art compositions. This interactive exhibit was created by artist Daren Pitts Redman with support provided by an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

Cinderella Occurring Daily Beginning Thursday, March 31, 2011 Through Sunday, May 01, 2011. Price: 2 - 10 yrs. Tickets $10. Under two free. Phone: 317-917-9454 Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio. 25 E. Henry St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

This classic fairy tale will be performed with marionettes, hand puppets and shadow puppets. The many mice, glitter70 INDY’S CHILD * APRIL 2011

ing Fairy God Mother and large pumpkin coach will delight your children. See website for exact show dates and times.

'Annie Get Your Gun' Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Thursday, March 31, 2011 Through Sunday, May 08, 2011. Times: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Price: $36 - $59 Phone: 317-872-9664 Location: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. 9301 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268

Annie Get Your Gun is the tale of the skilled shooter Annie Oakley, who aims to be the star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. There’s a catch: She’ll need to outshine its main attraction, Frank Butler - and it doesn’t help matters when she falls in love with him. See web site for complete schedule.

Follow the North Star presented by Fifth Third Bank Occurring Every Fri & Sat Beginning Friday, April 01, 2011 Through Saturday, April 16, 2011. Times: Program lasts 90 minutes and begins from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Price: $20/person ($17/member) Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie. 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038

In this award-winning immersive history program, you and your family and friends become runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. Will you find freedom? Will anyone help you? You’ll be changed forever as you explore the fears and challenges faced by fugitive slaves making their way through 1836 Indiana in this dramatic and powerful immersive history experience. Reservations required. Please call 317.776.6006 or visit for more information.

ComedySportz for Kidz Occurring on the first Saturday of each Month Through Saturday, December 03, 2011. Times: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Price: $8.00 for everyone Phone: 317-951-8499 Location: The ComedySportz Theatre. 721 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204

The ComedySportz 4 Kidz show features 3 All-Star ComedySportz players who focus improv games and suggestions on the 12-and-under crowd, use LOTS of au-

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dience volunteers, and always have a great time. It’s a one-hour performance, so it’s shorter than a regular ComedySportz match and played without a half time, meaning there’s no interruption to the fun.

Rock of Ages Occurring Daily Beginning Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Through Sunday, April 17, 2011. Price: $69 - $22 Phone: 317-940-6444 Location: Clowes Memorial Hall. 4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Chicago: The Musical Occurring Daily Beginning Thursday, April 28, 2011 Through Sunday, May 22, 2011. Phone: 317.843.3800 Location: The Center for the Performing Arts. 355 City Center Drive, Carmel, IN 46032

A universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show stopping song after another; and immortal staging by Bob Fosse, no wonder the show has wowed audiences all around the world. PREVIEW Thursday, April 28 7:30 p.m. - Special preview pricing: $25

Tony Award Nominee and “American Idol” finalist, Constantine Maroulis, reprises his acclaimed performance as Drew in the First National Tour of the five-time Tony Award nominated smash-hit musical ROCK OF AGES. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker’s. See website for exact show times and prices.

Faith Cohen and Tom & Vicky Rockwell: Nature Seen Occurring Daily Beginning Monday, April 18, 2011 Through Friday, May 27, 2011. Phone: (317) 251-9467 Location: Jewish Community Center . 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

This exhibit captures light, texture and moments through a closer examination of our world. From the tiniest of insects to the light play in a streetscape or landscape, “Nature Seen” examines the beauty that surrounds us every day. “Nature Seen” is a collaborative effort between friends and photographers Faith Cohen and Tom and Vicky Rockwell.

Dora and Diego--Let's Explore Daily Through Sunday, August 14, 2011. Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Free with museum admission Phone: 317-334-3322

Location: The Children's Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Explore this active adventure in the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer and her animal-rescuing cousin Diego. Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with Nickelodeon, the Dora and Diego-Let’s Explore exhibit is presented by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Indiana. 2010 Viacom International Inc. All rights reserved.

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The 39 Steps Occurring Daily Beginning Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Through Saturday, May 14, 2011. Price: Ticket prices start at $20 for preview performances. Phone: 317-916-4834 Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre. 140 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

In this take on a Hitchcock classic, the audience dies laughing. Find out why this Tony Awardwinning play has been called “a Hitchcock masterpiece … with a dash of Monty Python.”



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