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"SPRING" INTO SPRING Eight ways for kids to get active this April













MANAGING DIFFICULT DIETS Tips for handling a child's restrictive dietary requirements








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So much to explore just a few hours from Indy

Simple ideas to encourage "being green" in your home

The many benefits of a camp experience













Support and understanding of ASD continues to grow

KIDS AND SEX ED Pushing past "awkward" to convey what kids need to know





Spring has sprung; The grass has riz // The Indy's Child calendar is where the action is!

M eet the S taff FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne |

PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox |

EDITOR Susan Bryant |



here are many old sayings connected with “Spring has sprung” and even Ogden Nash would be impressed by how spring is evolving in Indianapolis. Finally activities are scheduled for outside and baseball, soccer, tennis and other programs are underway. The trails are full of bikers, runners and walkers all happy to be outdoors and clipping along again. The aspect of spring that I enjoy most is the feeling of renewal. Not only do I appreciate the daffodils, tulips and red bud trees that bring color to my neighborhood, I also feel the renewal of my own spirit and energies to tackle projects at home.

When we take stock of what we no longer need in our homes, many choices are available of where we can recycle or donate items. While there is always the garage sale, you can also take advantage of tax deductions by donating your items to Goodwill, Salvation Army or Teachers’ Treasures. My problem is the pictures and letters that I cannot throw away. I start sorting through them but then memories take over - “oh remember this hat that I wore to a garden party, how can I possibly give it away?” My kids will all agree, I need to do just that…. repurpose the possessions I no longer need. I’ll try! I made a New Year’s resolution to totally clean the garage and it’s time! Meanwhile, when I check the Indy’s Child Calendar, I see so many activities I want to do. My number one priority is to watch my grandniece, Piper Murphy, perform in Les Miserables at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre where she is in the cast April 25 - May 10. Likewise, I love puppet shows and the Periwinkle Puppet Studio is producing Cinderella so maybe granddaughter Lucy Wynne will attend with me. The Essential Robert Indiana is at the IMA and his LOVE sculpture always make me smile – this may be another family adventure. Have a wonderful April. (I promise that I’m not playing an April Fool’s Day joke on my family – I will spring into action and clean our garage!)


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// I NT E R E ST I NG FACT... I was born in Guizhou, China and love learning about my Chinese culture. I also love gymnastics, especially the bars! APRIL 2014 // INDYSCHILD.COM



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spotlight INDY T UR NS PINK Military Park will be a sea of pink for The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure! In addition to the 5K walk/run, event highlights include a Kid’s Dash, Pink Parade, survivors’ events, a family walk, live entertainment, food, fun and giveaways. There are numerous ways to become involved. Supporters can participate in the race, host a fundraiser or promotional event, volunteer, purchase a memory flag, donate or provide support as a spectator on race day. Saturday, April 12, 2014; Begins at 7:00 a.m. Military Park, Indianapolis (317) 638-2873 |

Get ready to “ Leap into Art ” Arts for Learning and Day Nursery Association will celebrate early childhood and arts education at their annual Leap into Art event. This adult-only party allows guests to become a child again in a fun-filled atmosphere with opportunities to dance, drum and create alongside the talented Arts for Learning artists. Guests will enjoy theme-related hors d’oeuvres, Barefoot Wine, Sun King craft beer and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will provide arts programming for central Indiana children. To participate or to volunteer, visit Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Day Nursery Ruth Lilly Center 3522 North Central Avenue, Indianapolis Pre-order tickets: $45.00

In an effort to curb identity theft, five central Indiana locations will host a community shred-it fundraising event. Banker’s box-sized boxes of documents, tube televisions and computer monitors will be processed for a $5 donation. All other electronics and medication will be collected free of charge. Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Locations: Carmel High School football stadium Speedway Police Headquarters WTHR Studios Cumberland Police Headquarters Greenwood location TBA

ROCK T HE CR ADLE Indy Family Fest presents their popular Rock The Cradle event for expectant parents, new parents, grandparents, families and friends! Nutrition, fitness, breastfeeding, the newest products and many other valuable parenting resources will be under one roof to help families celebrate parenting! Mommy Magic writer Mary Susan Buhner will moderate several information sessions along with expert panelists. Session topics include: Baby Gear 101, Preparing for Baby, Wellness During Pregnancy and Beyond, Breastfeeding, and Nutrition and Sleep. Special activities are scheduled for siblings, dads and grandparents, plus, the first 50 expectant moms to arrive will receive a Swaddle Swag Bag of prizes and treats. Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Ritz Charles Event Center 12156 North Meridian Street, Carmel, IN | Free

L I T T LE STAR HONOR S BIG STAR S During Autism Awareness Month, Little Star Center, Indiana’s first center-based autism service provider, will honor 150 local organizations and professionals who have advanced autism awareness and outreach for children in Indiana. Little Star Center will feature success stories about these “big stars” and the benefactors who have been touched by their kindness. Visit the Little Star Center website, blog and Facebook page this month to learn more, and perhaps YOU will be inspired to be a “big star” for this incredible organization’s mission.



Unique fundraiser benefits Indiana Children ’s W ish F und Experience a unique tug-of-war against an unlikely opponent... an airplane! Proceeds from the fourth annual Pulling For Wishes Airplane Pull will benefit the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. Come lend your support and enjoy the extraordinary teamwork, crazy costumes, music, mascots, food, prizes and more! Can’t make it? Make an individual monetary donation, auction item donation or become a corporate sponsor. Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:58 am - 12:13 pm Republic Airways Hangar at The Indianapolis Airport 2745 South Hoffman Road, Indianapolis


CONNER PR A IR IE CELEBR AT E S NAT IONAL AU T ISM AWARE NE SS MON T H Conner Prairie Interactive History Park is offering FREE admission one hour before opening for families with children affected by autism and other challenges. These mornings are designed with special needs visitors in mind and will present a quieter setting for families. No reservations required. Saturday, April 5th & Saturday, April 12th from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Conner Prairie Interactive History Park 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers For more information, please call (317) 776-6006 or email

PUCK ER UP! It’s time for the next generation of Hoosier entrepreneurs to begin planning for Lemonade Day on May 17, 2014. Lemonade Day inspires kids to plan, start and operate their own lemonade stand! Last year 20,000 children registered to participate in the Greater Indianapolis area! Visit to register!

This exciting family-friendly community event is designed to inspire environmental awareness and stewardship. Participants will experience over 50 different hands-on activities such as tree planting, crafts, science experiments, recycling and scavenger hunts. This is the perfect way for families to reconnect with nature after Indy’s long winter. Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis 6701 Hoover Road (317) 251-9467 | | Free

HE Y, L IST E N TO YOUR MOT HER! This popular monologue performance returns to Indianapolis with two shows! Some of Indy’s most talented writers, bloggers and everyday folks make up the unforgettable cast and will share their personal insights and thoughts on motherhood. Last year’s inaugural show was a sell-out, so order tickets soon. Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm Indiana Historical Society 450 West Ohio Street Indianapolis (317) 232-1882 | www.listentoyourmothershow. com/indianapolis






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UNO Attack and Sleeping Queen. – Mik H. Lately my kids favorites are Life and Apples to Apples, Jr. – Katy L. Family Game Night on the Wii - quick and easy!! And lots of games to choose from! We like Life and Sorry the best! – Christy P. Apples to Apples and Yahtzee – Katrina W. Othello, Bubble Talk and Blokus – Wendy S Settlers of Catan – April F.

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SPRING // Eight ways for kids to get active this April

Bike, skate, run or walk through Downtown Indy’s unique Cultural Districts along the 8-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail. It’s easy to make a complete day out of your trek with shops, restaurants, public art and attractions like the Indiana State Museum and Madame Walker Theatre Center along the way. Shop local on Mass Ave, grab a bite in Fountain Square or host your own picnic in White River State Park. See a map, photos and more at Kids ages 4 – 18 are invited to explore theatre with the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Youth Classes, kicking off April 14. All classes take place at the IRT and are led by professional IRT artists. Students will participate in acting exercises, immerse themselves in acting styles and produce multiple playlets. Classes are broken down by age group and most cost $80 for six sessions (Class 4, for 14 – 18 year olds, costs $125). Just because your kid isn’t a pro baseball player doesn’t mean he or she can’t run the bases like one. Kids ages 14 and older who join the Knot Hole Kids Club receive lawn or reserved seat admission to all 72 regular-season, home games at Victory Field , as well as an invitation to run the bases after each Sunday home game. Membership is $16 (or about $0.22 per game). Earth Day is April 22 and there are plenty of fun, FREE activities at the Earth Day Indiana Festival April 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at White River State Park. Thousands of Hoosiers will head to downtown Indy to enjoy more than 140 environmental and conservation exhibits, live music, special kid’s activities and good food. Visit www. for more information. Beginning in April, take public outdoor walking tours at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Enjoy some fresh air and participate in an hour-long art and nature-focused tour of 100 Acres every Saturday at noon. Embark on guided garden tours of the 152-acre Lilly house campus every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Best part? Both tours are completely FREE. For more information, visit http://www.imamuseum. org/events-programs/public-tours. Take your toddler to Preschool Yoga Classes at the Central Library April 12 at 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers ages 3 – 5 and their parents are invited to enjoy the health benefits that yoga can offer during this 45-minute FREE program presented by certified yoga instructors from the Greater Indianapolis YMCA.

Amanda Dorman, Communications Manager at Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.


t’s finally here: warmer weather, blooming flowers and sunny skies take hold of central Indiana after Indy’s snowiest winter. Now it’s time for the kids to come out of winter hibernation and brush off the frost. Here are eight fun ways to get the kids out and active from runs and walks, to yoga, to running the bases at Victory Field.



Go stride-for-stride in one of the great runs or walks for great causes this month: The Central Indiana Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on April 12 starting at Military Park, Walk MS takes off April 26 also at Military Park and the Best Buddies Friendship Walk is April 27 at White River State Park. Gather your mini runners and participate in the 3rd annual Bunny Rock 5K & Egg Hunt at White River State Park April 19. Each participant receives bunny ears, sunglasses, a t-shirt and goody bag. Kids ages 2 – 8 can participate in the egg hunt or the petting zoo. An award will be given to the participant with the most creative bunny costume. The 5K run kicks off at 9 a.m. and the egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. Visit for more information. Also for the little runners in your family: save the date for the Chase 500 Rookie Run May 10. Kids 3 to 12 can run courses ranging from two blocks to 1/3 of a mile. Sign up at





Heroes Come in All Sizes Steven Parker, Jr. was diagnosed at birth with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily. OI may affect the body’s ability to make strong bones – but it did nothing to weaken the determination of one small boy. The birth of a baby is usually the beginning of a series of happy milestones as the child grows in health and strength. But what if that child is born with almost 40 broken bones, a shattered skull and hemorrhaging in the brain? “They told us he would survive no longer than 3 weeks,” according to Becky Parker, the mother of little Steven Parker, Jr. Baby Steven, born at St.Vincent Women’s Hospital on May 27, 2008, was suffering from osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a soft bone disease. His case was the most severe his doctors had ever seen.

After a week in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, he was discharged from the hospital to spend the first year of his life at home on hospice care. “But we never gave up hope on him,” said his mother. A remarkable journey of care was about to begin. Fragile and broken, Steven was carried in on a pillow by his parents when the family first arrived at the Pediatric Orthopedic Center at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent. Pediatric Nurse Mary Kay helped baby Steven by showing his parents how to properly care for a child with a brittle bone disease. As Steven progressed, multiple surgeries with Dr. Kosmas Kayes helped him improve. “The nurses and the doctors do a really good job of making him feel comfortable,” says Becky Parker. “For parents coming to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent for the first time, I would say to them that you’re in very good hands.” Today, Steven is a five year old who loves dinosaurs and attends pre-kindergarten, along with a nurse who accompanies him every day to his classes at St. Monica School. “He has gotten stronger and just constantly improved,” according to his father, Steven Parker. Although OI is a genetic disease, little Steven is now the proud older brother of healthy twin sisters. His condition still requires him to use a wheelchair. But to Steven, the wheels are simply his “magic legs.” Heroes come in all sizes. At Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, there’s one in particular who sometimes stops by on magic legs. And with a spirit that is nothing less than unbreakable. For more stories of children who are striving to overcome extraordinary health challenges and providing inspiration and encouragement to others, visit

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Preschool and Kindergarten “Readiness” // Developing a love of learning in small children Cathy Southerland, Director of Early Childhood Education, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

That tiny baby you held in your arms a few years ago is growing up. Once so helpless, your child now enjoys playing with other children and learning about the expanding world around her. It’s time to start thinking about preschool! As you talk to friends or family about preschool and begin researching the various options out there, it can be a bit overwhelming. There are many different types of programs – preschool, childcare, pre-kindergarten and others. How do you possibly know which one is the best match for your child?

Preschool education in the United States has changed dramatically in the last twenty years with much emphasis on “school or kindergarten readiness.” Often this terminology is used in the context of children’s acquisition of skills or basic concepts such as letters or numbers, but which does not represent children’s actual disposition for learning, the ability to fully engage in the school experience. No matter whether you choose to enroll your child in preschool, pre-kindergarten or childcare, or perhaps you choose to keep your child at home, you can promote her school success by providing experiences where your child will delight in learning. If you model a love of learning by reading daily and participating in rich responsive conversations with your child, she will innately recognize that learning is something to be cherished and that understanding will stay with her throughout her life.



If you decide to enroll your child in preschool, you will want to select a program that reflects your beliefs about learning. The Children’s Museum Preschool, among others, promotes a disposition for learning by cultivating your child’s natural curiosity. The early childhood educators at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis believe that productive play builds foundational and readiness skills. Play is how young children make sense of the world around them, cultivate their imaginations, negotiate with others, practice their oral language skills and develop the love of learning. At The Children’s Museum Preschool, museum time is built into every class; and objects from the

museum’s vast collection are utilized in the classrooms to build connections with the museum.

As you look at your young child and begin to think about the prospect of enrolling her in a preschool program, please know that your child’s first teachers will be partners with you as, together, we cultivate your child’s delight in learning.






hose living in the Indianapolis area are fortunate to have tons of great destinations within easy driving distance. We’ve rounded up a few of the best so you can start planning your summer vacation!

FRENCH LICK, IN (2 hours, 5 minutes) Step back in time by booking a room at one of two historic hotels at the French Lick Resort ( . The French Lick Springs Hotel offers eight eateries, a bowling alley and organized children’s activities. The more upscale West Baden Springs Hotel boasts seven additional restaurants, an awe-inspiring atrium and a Saturday afternoon tea service. Visitors can also explore five miles of hiking trails or sign up for horse/pony rides at the onsite stable.

FOUR GREAT family road trip

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DESTINATIONS So much to explore just a few hours from Indy

If your kids love the water, set aside time for Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort ( , with its pirate-themed tube slides, body slides and lazy river. Day passes are limited but can be reserved in advance. For drier fun, board the French Lick Scenic Railway ( to enjoy a 20 mile round-trip journey through southern Indiana.

SPENCER COUNTY, IN (3 hours, 2 minutes) While this area is best known for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (www. , Santa Claus’s holidaythemed amusement park, there are plenty of additional reasons to visit. Those wishing to remain in the Christmas spirit can pick up some gourmet candy canes at Santa’s Candy Castle (www.santascandycastle. com) or write a letter to the big guy at the Santa Claus Museum & Village (www. .



Adkinson, representative of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism, clued us in to what’s new in the area.

For a more educational experience, the Lincoln Boyhood Home National Memorial ( libo/) commemorates the 14 years Abraham Lincoln spent in Indiana. Visitors can watch a short film about Lincoln’s youth and tour a simulated 1820’s homestead. The journey into history continues at Lincoln Pioneer Village (www.lincolnpioneervillage. com) in Rockport.

ST. LOUIS, MO (3 hours, 41 minutes) The 630 foot tall Gateway Arch ( is probably the city’s most famous spot. In addition to snapping a photo out front, families can go underneath the arch to view two different films, tour the Museum of Westward Expansion or travel by tram to the top of the arch for dramatic views.

A family-friendly roller coaster called “FireCatcher Express” will join Dollywood’s ( already impressive lineup of attractions this season. Fun-seekers should also check out the mile-long, self-controlled Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster (www. . When it comes to excitement, though, it’s tough to top the natural wonders at Great Smoky Mountains National Park ( . Visitors can enter the park via Gatlinburg or nearby Townsend. The new Island in Pigeon Forge

( complex offers calmer forms of entertainment including shopping and dining. The Island is home to the popular Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville will be opening there this summer. Finally, no Sevier County vacation would be complete without some great food! For “down home” cuisine including free apple fritters with every order, head to Sevierville’s Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant & Farmhouse Grill (www.

Quirky City Museum (www. , another St. Louis

applewoodfarmhouserestaurant. com).

must-do, offers tons of places for kids to explore, including a multi-storied cave, “Skateless Park,” art studio and more. Top off your trip by getting up close and personal with penguins and hippos at the St. Louis Zoo (www. Admission is free, but parking costs $15.00 during peak season.

Ready to hit the road yet? Wherever your travels take you this summer, we hope you have a fabulous time!

SEVIER COUNTY, TN (5 hours, 53 minutes) If you haven’t visited the Pigeon Forge/Sevierville/Gatlinburg region lately, make this your year! Tom 20


NOTE // Drive times are calculated from Indianapolis using GoogleMaps. Some listed attractions operate seasonally, so call ahead to avoid disappointment.



“Children understand naturally that they ARE nature. They are intrinsically connected,” says Jim Poyser, Executive Director of Earth Charter Indiana, which seeks to inspire and advance sustainable, just and peaceful living in Indiana. “The most important thing a family can do is be outside. Period. Parents must support this intrinsic love for nature kids have – they’ll grow up to be good stewards as a result.” Children are hands-on learners, so making a game out of environmental lessons helps these messages sink in. Kids can aid with recycling by smashing cardboard boxes, and sort cans and bottles by color, size or recycling numbers. With a parent’s help, they can shred junk mail and repurpose it into paper mache art. Working together with your children provides an opportunity for you to talk about how our actions impact the environment, in good and bad ways.

raising eco-friendly kids Simple ideas to encourage “being green” in your home Jennica Garcia

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” — The Lorax Many parents first heard the environmental message of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax when the book came out in 1971. Encouraging these same “green” ideas for our children today is easier than one might think. Before kids can learn to take care of the world around them, they have to learn to love it. That's why environmental education experts encourage families to get outside and play in nature in order to build an appreciation for the environment.



“Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care. Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air.” — The Lorax “Being green should be the natural mode of our existence,” Poyser says. “We have too long been disconnected from the ecological footprint, and we are now paying the price with pollution and climate change. There is no bad time to start participating in the healing of our relationship to nature.” Foster your child’s love of nature by giving them a portion of the back yard and allowing them the freedom and responsibility to manage the space. They can plant flowers or vegetables, build a fort or simply let their imaginations run wild. You may be amazed at what your child will do with a little green space of their own.

Try some of these fun activities to get kids out and enjoying nature: • Plant a butterfly garden and watch the insects flock to your yard.

• Make a bird feeder out of used plastic containers. • When possible, walk or ride a bike instead of driving. • Make compost out of table scraps and have fun preparing an “earthworm picnic.”

• Install a rain barrel and use it to water the garden. • Volunteer to help clean a park or river.

“A person's a person, no matter how small.” — Horton Hears a Who Children – and parents too, for that matter – may feel that their efforts are too small to make a difference against a challenge as big as saving the environment. But there are many things families can do that really add up to significant change. “There are so many resources out there to go green, pick one area, then go for it,” Poyser says. “You’ll save money, become healthier and happier and that will inspire you to tackle another activity.”

Here’s a few simple ideas your family can start with: • Turn water off while brushing teeth. • Switch to environmentally friendly cleaning products.

• Change incandescent bulbs to LED light bulbs.

• Use reusable food containers to pack lunch. • Use reusable bags at the grocery. • Turn off lights, computers and electronic devices when not in use (and play outside instead!)

You can celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22) by contributing to reforestation efforts in Indiana. The Indiana Tree Project is a statewide initiative managed by the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation and Indiana Department of Resources Division Of Forestry. The goal is to plant one million new trees in Indiana by 2016. Each $10 donation receives a TreeID so donors know exactly where their tree is planted and can visit the site. Visit www. for more information.

• Write an “Earth Day Pledge” with your children, promising to follow through on whatever actions you decide to take as a family.

“It's not about what it is; it's about what it can become.” — The Lorax How can you relay to small children the big picture of how their actions today can change the world around them? By choosing to model the positive

behaviors that you would like to see them embrace. “I believe parents will know exactly what to say to their kids depending upon their family culture,” says Poyser. “Whether it’s ‘We’re saving the planet' to ‘We’re saving money' to ‘We’re protecting God’s creation.’” Find the inspiration that speaks to your family and begin incorporating a few green practices in your home today. APRIL 2014 // INDYSCHILD.COM


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why camp? // The many benefits of a camp experience

else besides sleeping. With schedules packed with homework, chores, music lessons and organized sports, children are losing time to play. Emerging research continues to show that good, oldfashioned play is important to physical and psychological development. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, free and unstructured play is healthy and, in fact, essential for helping children reach important social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones, as well as helping them manage stress and become resilient.

The American Camp Association

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Karl Alexander, intentional summer programs, like camp, help stem summer learning loss – providing experiences that challenge children, develop talents, keep them engaged and expand horizons.

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The camp community is committed to providing positive experiences for all children. It is projected that ACA camps provide more than $216 million annually in tuition assistance. There is a broad range of camps that serve every interest and every family situation – there is literally a camp experience perfect for every child.

amilies today have more options than ever before – a buffet of movies, museums, picnics, parks, classes, vacations and so much more. With all of these options, why should families choose camp?

Camp is an experiential education like no other. Children learn life lessons like independence, leadership and self-confidence in an environment designed specifically for them. Camp is made up almost entirely of teachable moments. Through fun and hands-on experiences, campers have the opportunity to grow and develop the skills needed to be productive, successful adults. “Childhood is not passive, and children are natural learners when provided the appropriate environment,” says Peg Smith, chief executive officer for the American Camp Association. “Camp serves as the solution to many of the gaps in our current education system – teaching values such as self-esteem, teamwork and caring.” And because of the hands-on nature of camp, everyone, not just the "A" student and the athlete, has the opportunity to thrive and enjoy the process of learning. Camp is fundamental in the national discussion around the need for high-quality summer programs to keep students engaged in learning, and encourage them to develop new skills and previously unseen talents. According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and research conducted by Johns Hopkins sociology professor 24


choose nature Camp also provides critical contact with the natural world. In her article, “A Field Guide to Preserving Childhood,” Smith writes, “For generations, children grew up outside. They walked to school, rode their bikes and walked barefoot through the grass. Childhood was characterized by innocence, imagination, wonder and laughter.” Today’s generations are losing more than just time in the outdoors. In a study by two Cornell University environmental psychologists, findings show that being close to nature can help boost a child’s attention span. And studies show that time in nature can help reduce stress and protect children from future stress. In some instances, camp may be the only time a child is in contact with the natural world.

choose powerful play Kids often spend over seven hours each day plugged in to some kind of electronic medium. That’s more time than they spend doing anything

Camp allows children the opportunity to relax and just be kids. They can unplug from electronics, and plug into the world around them – taking time to really invest in developing relationships with peers and mentors. Camp teaches that friends come in all shapes and sizes, and from all backgrounds. ACA research indicates that 96 percent of campers made new friends, and 93 percent of campers met people that were different from them. The camp experience helps develop authentic friendships and a sense of community, while making children more aware of the world around them. For over 150 years, camp has been about making memories, honoring traditions and being a part of something bigger. Why should families choose camp? Because it’s good for life!

how can families begin their own camp experience? By visiting ACA’s family resource site, www., families have access to information and guidance as they search for the perfect camp experience. ACA’s Find A Camp search allows families to look for a camp based on region, activity, cultural focus, budget, session length and much more! In addition, families can follow ACA on Facebook and Twitter for helpful hints and camp information.

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

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

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

Bricks 4 Kidz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Camp Invention Various Locations in Indianapolis and Surrounding Areas, Contact: Camp Invention, Phone: 800-968-4332, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Traditional / Specific Categories: Science Enrichment Hours: 9:00 to 3:30 Times May Vary – Based on Location Dates: Visit website for details. Ages/Grades: Entering Grades 1-6 Cost: $195 to $220

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $125-175 Activities Included: drama, dance, voice, games, costumes, props, sets, improv, stunts

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

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

ICC Choral Festival 4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Leann Ashby, Phone: 317-940-9640, Email:

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

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

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

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



Indianapolis School of Ballet 502 North Capitol Avenue Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-955-7525, Email:

IUPUI Summer Day Camp, Enrichment Camps & Sports Camps

painting techniques, all centered on a specific theme. Weekly camps include Cartooning, Animals, Fantasy, Circus, Africa and Famous Artists. One day camps include Lego, Fairies, Owls and Cats & Dogs. Campers work in a variety of media, including markers, oil and chalk pastels, watercolor, acrylics, and colored pencil. Every year we offer brand new projects so returning campers are always creating something new and fun!

901 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Beth Tharp, Phone: 317-278-3727, Email: Hours: 7am - 5:30pm

Park Tudor Summer Programs

"Fun with languages outside of the classroom" - a language learning experience by way of fun activities and conversation. Basic Category: Arts Dates: July 21-25, 2014 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-9 Cost: $275

Bring your twirling, whirling little one to us this summer! Classes in creative movement spark creativity, build confidence, and strengthen locomotive skills. Campers will be immersed in ballet, tap, art, and music instruction. The week ends with a treasured studio performance. Visit or call 317-955-7525, space is limited!

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


INDYSCHILD.COM // APRIL 2014 IUPUI Summer Day Camp, Enrichment Camps and Sports Camps run for ten weeks beginning June 2 through August 8. With 28 yrs. of experience, Summer Day Camp offers children ages 5 – 12 y.o. an opportunity to explore different sports and enrichment activities taught in a safe, non-competitive environment.

MYART Locations: 622 S. Rangeline, Carmel /12244 E. 116th St., Fishers /39 North 10th St., Noblesville/80 W. Pine St., Zionsville, Contact: Barb Hegeman, Zionsville, Phone: 317-7743729(DRAW), Email:

7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Mary Rominger, Phone: (317) 415-2898, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Hours: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Dates: June 9 - Aug. 1 Ages/Grades: 3yr - 12th gr. Cost: varies Requirements of Campers: Potty-trained We have a variety of offerings including athletics, Fine Arts, technology, enrichment and even credit courses for high-school aged students. Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts Hours: Weekly camps: Mon-Thurs and Friday one day camps, 9:30am-12:00 noon or 1:00-3:30 pm, depending on location Cost: $140 and includes all art supples (Friday camps $35)

Myart offers weekly and one day summer art camps for ages 5 and up. Students learn a variety of drawing and

Stony Creek Summer Camp 10601 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46037, Contact: Mandi Trott, Phone: (317) 773-7399, Email: geist@ Gender of Campers: Co-ed

Basic Categories: Swimming, sports, arts Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Dates: June 9th - August 1st Ages/Grades: 5 years and older Cost: $225 per child per week Requirements of Campers: Bring own lunch and drinks Activities Included: Daily swimming lesson, arts, crafts, sports

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

Sullivan Munce Art Camps 2014 205-225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, IN 46077, Contact: Cynthia Young, Phone: 317-873-4900, Email:

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

A staff of 60 will utilize 46 courts to teach over 100 classes for tots, beginners, intermediate and tournament level juniors. Adult classes are offered for all level of players in the early mornings and evenings. Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Arts / Specific Categories: Art, Drama, Clay/Ceramics Hours: 9 AM - 5 PM, Half Day Camps Offered Dates: June, July & August Ages/Grades: Ages 4-17 Cost: $80-$325 Activities Included: Art, Outdoor Activities, Drama

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

Requirements of Campers: bathing suits, sun block, pool shoes, towel, daily lunch, daily snack, shoes for walking and hiking in woods Activities Included: 10 themed weeks, including field trips, weekly swimming, library viisits plus IMCPL Summer Reading Program, theater, playwriting, puppetry

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

The Orchard School 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Jane Gailey /Summer Camp Manager, Phone: 317-7135702, Fax: 317-253-9707, Email:

The Children's House Summer Camp 2404 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Mary Sexson, Phone: 317-253-3033, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Traditional Hours: Camp hours 9am - 4 pm. Extended hours 7am - 5:45pm Dates: 6/9/14 to 8/15/14 Ages/Grades: Preschool-8th grade Cost: $160/wk. Sibling discount available, or 5wk prepaid package discount available.

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Specific Categories: academics, sports, science, canoeing, cooking, drama, hiking, sewing, sports, great outdoors Hours: 7am-6pm Dates: June 2-July 25 Ages/Grades: grades Pre- K - 8th grade Cost: $140- $220

Orchard Summer camp is an opportunity to play, meet new friends and take part in camps that meet your interests. We offer before and after care as well as a special preschool program for 4-6 year olds. Orchard summer camps offer



sports, cooking, drama, arts, hiking, camping, music and academics. Explore what we have to offer and find a passion of your own.

The Riviera Club Summer Camp 5640 N. Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Therese Love Christine Bizzell, Phone: 317-255-5471, Fax: 317-259-6269, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional / Specific Categories: Traditional Day Camp Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (Everyday & Specialty camps) Hours: 8am-6pm Dates: June 2 - August 15, One overnight option, July 25th Ages/Grades: Preschool (ages 3-4),Rivi Kids (ages 5-6), Rivi Kids (ages 7-9), Tweens (ages 10-12) Cost: $135 - $230/week (not including field trip and extended care) Activities Included: We offer a traditional day camp experience and a variety of sports camps, arts camps, and many specialty camps. Daily swim lessons, games and tennis elective.

Campers explore Mad Science experiments, horseback riding, Super Hero skills tests, soaring on the zip line, and surviving an overnight adventure. We provide swim and tennis lessons, summer reading, and enriching Theatre, Fencing, Cooking, and Hip Hop & Groove specialty camps while ending each day relaxing in the pool.



R esidential Camp Carson YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670, Contact: Mark Scoular, Phone: 812-385-3597, Email: campinfo& Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Traditional / Specific Categories: Also offer Horseback and Motorized Dirtbikes / Special Needs Camps Offered: Type 1 Diabetes, Children of Deployed Military Hours: Week long (Sun-Fri) Dates: June and July Ages/Grades: 7-16 years Requirements of Campers: Plan on having a great week bring a big smile and a laugh Activities Included: Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, fishing, blob, water zipline, waterslides, riflery, archery, mountain-biking, mountain-boarding, climbing, gaga, fitness, woodworking, photography, radio-station, volleyball, soccer, basketball, pottery, crafts, nature

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

Camp Henry Horner - JCYS 26710 W. Nippersink Road, Ingleside, IL 60041, Contact: Isaac Brubaker, Phone: 847-691-4139, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed

Basic Category: Traditional / Special Needs Camps Offered: No Financial Aid Offered: Yes Dates: June 29, 2014 - August 8, 2014 Ages/Grades: 8 - 15 Cost: $1,980 Activities Included: Arts & crafts, dance, drama, music, cooking, outdoor ed, pool, lake, ropes course, sports, fieldtrips. 180 beautiful, wooded acres with pool, lake, ropes course, and amazing trips!

Camp Pillsbury 315 S Grove Ave, Owatonna, MN 55060, Contact: Nigel Watson, Phone: 1-844-800-CAMP, Email: Nigel@ Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Ages/Grades: 6-17 Cost: $1100 per week Activities Included: Theatre, Dance, Circus, Rock Music, Visual Arts, Technology/Multimedia, Sports, Water Sports, Equestrian and so much more...

Camp Pillsbury a Premier Minnesota Summer Camp. We offer 2 4 6 8 and 10 week sessions for boys and girls ages 6-17. Camp Pillsbury is fully elective with strong programs and activities offered in Performing Arts, Music, Circus, Visual Arts, Technology, Water Sports, Sports, Horseback, Magic, Cheer and Gymnastics and so much more.

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

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

GERI Summer Residential Camp 100 N University St., West Lafayette, IN 47907, Contact: Dr. Marcia Gentry, Phone: 765-494-7241, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Financial Aid Offered: Partial, need based scholarships available

Hours: Two week, all day residential camp Dates: June 29 - July 26 Ages/Grades: Grades 5 - 12 Cost: 5th-6th grade / one week ($975) , 7th-12th grade / two weeks ($1,950) Requirements of Campers: Documents that provide evidence of high achievement or potential in a talent area. Activities Included: Included: Hands-on STEM classes, thrilling games (e.g.water balloon dodge ball), field trips, and more!)

Summer Residential is a summer program for high-ability students in grades 5-12 held annually at Purdue University. Courses cover a variety of interest areas including: engineering, medical sciences, 3-D printing, art, leadership, chemistry, psychology, and more! Join students from around the world (e.g. Colombia, Greece, China, Saudi Arabia, Korea....) in challenging and enriching experiences you will never forget!

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

filmmaking, or photography can become a college degree and even a rewarding career. 2-week, pre-college, intensive summer programs for ages 13-18: iD Programming Academy, iD Game Design & Development Academy, and iD Film Academy.

Leadership, Confidence and Summer Academy 204 North Grand Street, Mexico, MO 65265, Contact: Marc Wilson, Phone: 573-581-1776 Gender of Campers: All-Boy Basic Category: Sports / Specific Categories: Summer Enrichment/Program Dates: July 6 -18th Ages/Grades: 8-11 & 12-17 Cost: $960 & $2,000 Requirements of Campers: Physical Activities Included: Wall climbing, team building, paintball, campouts, campouts, summer academy includes for credit classes

Leadership Camp teaches young men how to lead and follow in a team environment, understanding the benefits of being a leader with physical training.

Activities: Gain a competitive edge and learn how programming, app development, game design,



D A Y & R esidential Girl Scouts of Central Indiana 2611 Waterfront Pkwy E Dr Ste 100, Indianapolis, IN 46214, Contact: Diana Keely, Phone: 317-924-6856, Fax: 317-931-3346, Email:

Ages/Grades: 5-17

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Jameson Camp is a traditional camp that offers 7 weeks of residential camp and 1 week of day camp. We serve any child age 5-17 that would benefit from camp, but are especially equipped to work with children with social and emotional challenges. Fees are based on household monthly income

615 N. Alabama Street, Suite 400, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Jennie Broady, Phone: 317-887-8788, Email: Gender of Campers: All-Girl Basic Category: Traditional / Specific Categories: Girl Scout Day and Resident Camp Hours: day camp is 9:00- 3:30, resident camp has 3, 5 and 12 day sessions Dates: June 2-July 25 Ages/Grades: resident camp is grades 2-12, day camp 1-7 Cost: resident camp starts at $180, day camp is $105 a week Activities Included: arts and crafts, archery, swimming, hiking, cooking out, etc.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana has both day camp and resident camp available. Girls do not have to be scouts to come to camp. Contact us for camp information.

Jameson Camp 2001 S. Bridgeport Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46231, Contact: Andrea Groves, Phone: 317-241-2661, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes Dates: June 1, 2014- August 3, 2014



Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps University of Notre Dame and Xavier University, Contact: David Schilling, Phone: 330-333-2267, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes Dates: June and July 2014 Ages/Grades: 8-18 / Grades 2-12 Cost: $375 - $735

Beautiful college campuses set the background for the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps. It’s here where boys and girls, ages 8 – 18, experience a structured curriculum. Catering to all skill levels, our camps offer 5 1/2 – 6 hours of tennis everyday. Each camper is exposed to personal instruction as well as various formats of match play. Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Sports, Teen Tours/Travel, Traditional / Specific Categories: Enrichment, Traditional, Sports Hours: 6:30am-6pm Dates: May 27, 2014-August 15. 2014 Ages/Grades: ages 3-15 Cost: $83-$373 Requirements of Campers: Ages 3 and potty trained

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







Lemonade Day // Inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and philanthropists Jami Marsh, Director, Lemonade Day Indianapolis

Here's something interesting: Bill Gates, one of the most well-known technology entrepreneurs of all time, may ultimately be remembered not for the role he played in shaping the "computer age" but for his philanthropy. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the country, giving away billions every year. Bill Gates is both an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Wouldn't it be something if all of our brightest, boldest, most fearless risktaking entrepreneurs also applied their talents to solving the world's problems? I mean, Bill Gates actually has a goal of eradicating polio worldwide. Yes, eradicating polio worldwide. Our goal with Lemonade Day is to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and philanthropists: the future Bill Gateses of the world. Specifically, Lemonade Day teaches kids how to start, own and operate their own business: a lemonade stand. Kids begin signing up in March and are provided access to a web-based workbook to learn how to run their lemonade business and prepare for the big day when they "open up shop" and sell lemonade to the community. (Lemonade Day this year is on May 17th.) The kids keep the money they earn and we encourage them to "spend some, save some and share some" of their Lemonade Day profits. This last bit – sharing some – is where the philanthropy comes in.

non-profits to set up booths and tell the kids what they do and how their donation would make an impact (and they incorporate some kind of activity for the kids). The kids walk around, stop at the booths that interest them and ask questions. There are other events like this for adults who are looking to join a board or want to volunteer their time but I'm not aware of any other event like this specifically for kids. Then, with support from Kroger, post-Lemonade Day, we reward kids who have a special story about the donations they made. And they have great stories. Like Dylan who gave $130 of his $190 profits to Make-A-Wish, so, as he put it: "sick kids can have their dreams come true too." Or Avery who shared with us that he felt "butterflies in his stomach" because he was so excited to hand deliver his donation to the Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County to

help kids who "don't have food or homes" like he does. Bill Gates is #1 on the Forbes billionaires list. We know the impact he made on the world with Microsoft. And now he has the nation's largest private charitable foundation. He is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Yes, the kids have some big shoes to fill, with role models like him. But I'm confident that one day we'll be in awe of one or more of these Lemonade Day kids, and talking about how they are changing the world with their ideas and talents.

LE M O NADE DAY 2 014 P H I L A N T H R OP Y FA I R : April 10th 6-8 p.m. @ JA Biztown For more info on YPII:

In April and early May, we offer several workshops and contests to supplement what the kids are learning through the workbook. We've partnered with the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII) and Junior Achievement of Central Indiana to offer what we call a "Philanthropy Fair" for Lemonade Day participants. We want these budding entrepreneurs to decide for themselves the charity with which they want to share some of their Lemonade Day profits. So, we invite local




difficult diets T i p s fo r h a n d l i n g a c h i l d ’s r e s t r i c t i v e d i e ta ry r e q u i r e m e n t s Julie Costakis


lanning meals the entire family will happily eat is a challenge. If your child is diagnosed with a dietaltering health condition, the task can seem overwhelming.

“Focus on the positive, such as foods your child can eat, versus what she cannot,” says Jennifer Cleveland, MMSc, RD, CDE, pediatric dietician with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. “Educate yourself and your child’s caregivers. Reading labels is a must and preparation is key.” Finding a nutritionist who can provide educational materials, links to websites, support groups and grocers can also help parents with the process.

Some basic tips include : • Pack food before traveling and ask what is being served at class parties, team meals or outings so that you can provide alternatives. • Before shopping, arm yourself with a list of allowable products. • Dedicate a cabinet and refrigerator shelf for safe foods. • Consider separate cooking supplies for allergen-free preparation. Shared cutting boards, utensils and close proximity to foods with the allergen can lead to cross- contamination. • As often as possible, prepare meals everyone can eat as a kindness to your child who is often singled out. 36


Gluten intolerance

Mu lti ple food alle rgi e s

Glutens are proteins found in specific grains of wheat, rye, oats, malt and barley and are often hidden in processed foods and restaurant meals. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which ingesting gluten damages the small intestine and reduces nutrient absorption. Treatment is 100% avoidance of gluten for life. If you have a child with celiac disease, keep a list of acceptable snacks, foods and restaurants to share with anyone who may feed your child. Pack provisions or ensure safe food is available at school and extra-curricular activities. Go to tasting events at stores and expositions to discover new food possibilities. Involving your child in food choices will increase compliance and acceptance.

If you suspect your child may be reacting to certain foods, check with your medical professional to determine if the problem is a food intolerance or an allergy. Diets for both situations can be a challenge. An allergy requires a treatment plan for severe reactions. Cleveland advises getting a diagnosis from an allergist/immunologist using reliable and proven methods, such as a skin prick test, blood test, oral food challenge or trial elimination diet. “Educating yourself and everyone who has contact with your child is vital,” explains Cleveland. “Read every label as ingredients change without warning. Familiarize yourself with ‘hidden’ sources of allergens.” Connecting with other families and nutritionists can benefit families greatly in their understanding of how to manage these special diets.

Infl ammatory bowe l disease Crohn’s disease and colitis are two major chronic inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. Each patient has a unique treatment. “The goal is to control inflammation and achieve remission,” says Cleveland. “Treatment can include the use of medication, alterations in diet and nutrition and sometimes surgical procedures to repair or remove affected portions of the GI tract.” Nutritionists can develop a diet to help reduce symptoms, replace lost nutrients and promote healing. Make sure to include your child in the selection of menu items and preferred snacks. Also, work with your child to keep the lines of communication open about their health – this dialogue is imperative to negotiate the unpredictable ups and downs of these conditions.

Being sensitive Strict diets can be a source of embarrassment and frustration for kids. As a parent, be discrete when providing food substitutes at public activities, yet steadfast and consistent despite any objections your child may have. Communicate with other parents and restaurants in advance to discuss menu decisions, reducing this dialogue in the presence of your child. Try seeking out new and appealing recipes and products. Eventually favorite foods will surface and your child will learn that feeling better is worth the sacrifices.

For more information on managing difficult diets, check out these resources. CELIAC DI S EA S E / G LUTEN INTOLERLANCE


Websites: (Free download: Crohn’s Q & A Book) (Free download book: IBD & Me: Activity Book for Kids)



The First Year: Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Jill Sklar, MD


Toilet Paper Flowers: A Story for Children about Crohn’s Disease by Frank Sileo, PhD and Martha Grandisher

Kids with Celiac Disease: A Family Guide to Raising Happy, Healthy, Gluten-free Children by Danna Korn Cilie Yack is Under Attack: A Story About a Boy with Celiac Disease by Caryn Tatly

Indianapolis Support Groups: Raising Our Celiac Kids:,

Support Group: Indiana Chapter of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (317) 259.8071 (800) 332.6029



Gluten Free Indy: (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)

Local grocers:


Nature’s Pharm, Nature’s Market, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Meijer, Marsh

Internet grocers:

No Peanuts for Me! by Dr. Catherine Hagerman Pangan The Parent's Guide to Food Allergies: Clear and Complete Advice from the Experts on Raising Your Food-Allergic Child by Marianne Barber, Maryanne Bartoszek Scott and Elinor Greenberg

Events: Celiac Camp Jameson for Kids (Indianapolis)

Support Group/Events:

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Expo: August 23-24, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis

Food Allergy and Research Education National Conference: June 20-22, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois Email:



Advances in A U T I S M // Support and understanding of ASD continues to grow Sarah McCosham


o you know a family whose life has been affected by autism? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in 88 children is affected by an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which includes Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder and autism.

Fortunately, many great local resources are available for families living with ASD. Between state-of-the-art treatment, extensive support networks and a growing acceptance from the general population, there are numerous reasons to be hopeful about the future for those dealing with autism.

Bierman ABA Autism Center. ABA therapy is used to modify various forms of behavior, including language, socialization and daily living skills. Because ABA therapy has been so widely researched and studied, many insurance companies now cover this form of autism treatment.

Behavior Center for Autism, says that increased awareness has made the public more knowledgeable of autism, and therefore, more tolerant of the behaviors these individuals may exhibit. “From my perspective, autism is not perceived to be as scary as it was in the past,” she says.

However, Bierman says that the number one change in autism therapy is early diagnosis and intervention. Pediatricians are now looking for initial signs of autism, including speech or developmental delays. “Research shows that children who receive intensive early intervention services are likely to make more progress and have better long-term outcomes,” says Bierman. She adds that the long-term benefits of early intervention can decrease the costs of lifetime care by over twothirds.

Popular culture has also embraced autism, with characters on television shows like Parenthood, The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy being affected by ASD. Even celebrities have “come out” as being on the spectrum, says Mary Roth, a Lead Ally with the Autism Society of Indiana. “Talented celebrities such as Susan Boyle and Dan Aykroyd have made the public, and people with autism, realize that a diagnosis of autism doesn't have to be debilitating, and it doesn't have to stop a person from pursuing their life's work,” she says.

“Now that autism is becoming more widely known and understood, this increase in awareness will also help with early detection so that individuals can receive effective treatment as early as possible, which shows better results,” says Bierman. One final trend of note is alternative therapy, which can include various multivitamins and supplements, and gluten and/or casein free diets. While not as much research has been done on these methods, many families report improved results with them.

N ew approaches

P ublic support

Over the past few decades, several methods for treating autism have been studied, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA therapy) has proven to be one of the most effective, explains Courtney Bierman, President of Clinical Development at

Awareness for autism has grown significantly in recent years. Due to the number of children being diagnosed, it’s likely that neurotypical kids have shared a classroom with a student with ASD. Dr. Breanne Hartley, Clinical Director at the Verbal



C aring communities In addition to public support, a wide, tight-knit community of families, advocates and professionals in support of autism exists in our state. The Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) is a great place for families to start, says Roth. “We have Allies all over the state, including an Ally for Spanish-speaking families,” she says. In addition, ASI offers family events, support services and even help dealing with insurance issues. “We are here to help all persons in Indiana affected by autism.” “The future for kids and families with autism is better than ever,” says Roth. “Greater awareness given to autism means more attention and interventions for children – resulting in a more successful adult that child will become.”




PREPAREDNESS for special needs children // What to have in place before a crisis Carrie Bishop


f your autistic child is starting a new school, is it enough to review social stories? If your child is blind, is it sufficient to inform your neighbor of his disability? These are good strategies for keeping life’s pace steady for problems that can be anticipated, but they are not enough to handle unforeseen events. Families with kids who have special needs should prepare for life’s unexpected events, as should all families. Tornados, earthquakes, fires, school disturbances all happen. Here are a few ways to prepare:

Download the Emergency Information Form for Children with Special Needs. This form by the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Emergency Physicians helps ensure prompt and appropriate care for children with special needs. The form helps provide a concise summary of a child’s complicated medical history for ERs or health professionals. Find it at Contact the fire department. Call the fire department for a hazards request form or send them one online at If 911 is called, 40


this form alerts firefighters of any special needs someone in your family has. Captain Rita Reith of the Indianapolis Fire Department says this information is only good for about six months, so update the information regularly.

Assess your family’s needs. Make a list of the things each member of your family needs to survive. Food, water, clothes, medications, medical equipment and other essentials go on the list.

Pack an emergency kit. Jennifer Akers, project coordinator with Family Voices, tells families to make an emergency supplies kit. She says to gather and store supplies in advance so your family can more readily handle an evacuation or home confinement. Purchase and gather necessary items over a period of weeks or months and be sure to recycle water, food and other perishable items from your kit every few months. Beyond food, water, flashlights, clothes and blankets, include as appropriated a two-week supply of all disposable medical supplies, twoweek supply of all prescription and nonprescription medications, a generator or battery backup for medical equipment, copies of medical prescriptions, extra contact lenses or glasses, extra batteries for hearing aids and communication devices, special dietary foods, and manual wheelchairs and other necessary equipment.

Pack a kit for your car. Consider placing a pared down emergency kit to have on-hand in your car.

Decide where to meet. Set a specific location outside of the house where your family will meet in case of a fire. Select another location away from home should the disaster prevent family members from returning to the house.

Plan escape routes. Determine the best way out of your house. Likewise, discuss the safest places in your home to go during tornadoes and earthquakes. For tornadoes, seek shelter in a basement or in a small center room on the home’s lowest level. Avoid windows. For earthquakes, locate safe places void of potentially falling objects. It’s a good idea to bolt heavy furniture to wall studs and move heavy items to low shelves.

Involve kids in your plan. The more involved your kids are in making the family emergency plan, the more apt they will be to remember and follow through on the plan in the event of a crisis.

Identify support. The American Red Cross recommends families create a personal support network of people who can help you get the resources you need to cope effectively with an emergency situation. This can be a trusted neighbor, extended family member or friend. It can also be resources like 211 or Family Voices who can point you to health and human services in times of need.

Select an out-of-town contact. Sometimes it’s easier to connect with people not in your community since those who are local may also be in the midst of the same crisis. Identify someone from another town and have all family members learn this person’s number. In an emergency, family members can call this person to tell them where they are. Being prepared to handle a crisis of any kind is good planning for every parent. For those families with special needs children, this advanced preparation becomes even more essential. Take the time today to put these suggestions into action and gain peace of mind that your loved ones will be as safe as possible in an emergency.




Research to Real World:

Are We Aware of Autism in Babies? // Looking for early indicators of a potential diagnosis Tonya Bergeson-Dana, Ph.D.

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), which affect approximately 1 in every 150 individuals, can have a range of symptoms, including impairments in social interaction, communication issues and repetitive, inflexible behavior. ASDs are lifelong disorders, believed to be congenital, or present at birth, and are highly heritable. It seems like most people these days are at least aware of autism, thanks to celebrity “experts” such as Jenny McCarthy or remarkable individuals like Temple Grandin who have opened up about their own autism. However, most people might not be aware of many details about autism, such as the difficulty of diagnosing young infants and children with ASDs. Parents of children with ASDs generally identify concerns by the age of 12 to 18 months, but in the U.S., the average age of official diagnosis is around 4 years of age, with children in some socioeconomically disadvantaged groups diagnosed even later. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended that all 18- and 24-month-olds be screened for ASDs. However, a big obstacle is that the scientific community still knows very little about early identification of and intervention for ASD in babies and toddlers. The majority of the first ASD baby studies were “retrospective” – scientists asked parents of children already diagnosed to try to remember early signs of their children’s autism. Most parents remembered things like delayed speech and language and disruptions in social communication that usually took place during the second year of life. But these studies still left a lot of questions in the air. Are there markers of differences in social communication earlier in life? How do we design studies to measure ASD in babies who can’t talk? How do we know which babies to test?

W hich babies do we test ? Because ASDs are highly heritable researchers can identify infants who are high-risk for ASD (i.e., they have older siblings diagnosed with ASD) and those at low-risk (i.e., no diagnosed siblings). Researchers test these two groups of babies early in life and continue to follow them until they are old enough to be diagnosed with ASD themselves; statistical modeling is used to identify infant behaviors that predict a later ASD diagnosis.

W hat do we look for? Typically developing babies show a natural preference for social interaction and prefer to look at the faces and eyes of other people. Three independent research groups have used eye-tracking systems to measure gaze patterns of infants while they watch videos of social scenes. Babies who were eventually diagnosed with ASD showed normal eye gaze when they were 2 months old, but showed declines in eye gaze to social scenes and faces between 2-12 months. In some babies, the decline over time was very early, subtle and gradual, making it very difficult for parents to detect and report. 42


This is all very promising. However, there is still a lot of work to be done before scientists can bring very early predictors into your pediatrician’s office. To date, there are no evidence-based interventions available for babies who may be at-risk for ASDs. But there is hope! Studies on early ASD diagnosis and clinical trials of interventions are underway. If you are concerned about your baby, always talk to your pediatrician during well-child visits, and continue to advocate for your baby as he/ she nears the age at which existing ASD screenings can be used (18-24 months). For some excellent online resources, visit topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-pervasive-developmentaldisorders and Cognitive psychologist Tonya Bergeson-Dana combines her real world experience as a mother with her professional training as a researcher to provide parents with a practical way to apply the most current findings in childhood development research to their everyday life. Tonya welcomes questions and feedback from readers and can be contacted at experiencematters@






// Changes in policy and social acceptance mean tangible benefits for those on the spectrum


hough autism is not new, broad awareness of it is. Not so long ago autism meant Rain Man to the average American. Autistic individuals were either viewed as a little quirky or hospitalized if severely affected, with few options in between. Today it’s unusual to not have heard of the disorder. There are autism support groups for parents, grandparents and siblings, and social groups for those with autism. Government

and health care systems are raising autism as an issue. Even cruise lines are promoting autism-friendly vacations. These and many other positive changes have occurred over the past 15 years and are, in large part, thanks to forces like the Autism Society of Indiana, Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Autism Speaks and outspoken advocates. Dana Renay, executive director of the Autism Society of Indiana, says among the major gains made is the fact that

parents, teachers and physicians are now more willing to talk about autism and not simply justify away its symptoms. Though awareness is just one piece of the autism puzzle, it’s key to spurring tangible progress.

Ensuring insurance Indiana, proudly, made tangible progress in the area of autism treatment in 2001 by passing the first mandate requiring health insurance coverage for individuals with autism.



Today 34 states have similar mandates. “Without a doubt the biggest policy change that has made a tremendous impact on people’s lives is the health insurance mandate,” said Michele Trivedi, the mom and advocate who led the insurance mandate effort and is now manager of The Arc Insurance Project. While the mandate doesn’t cover everybody, Trivedi says between it, the Affordable Care Act marketplace and commercial market, families this year should be able to find an insurance policy for their children with autism. “It’s wonderful to have a situation where your child’s neurological condition is treated as it should be,” she said.

Gaining momentum Beyond insurance, Trivedi is upbeat about the future for the autism community. She points to a new emphasis on self-advocacy that’s helping autistic individuals learn to be their own voice. They are speaking out in the media and at school to educate others about the disorder and how it affects them.



“I think having choices and respecting people’s choices and self-determination is wonderful to see emerging. Some people identify very much with having Asperger’s. Seeing them advocate for themselves for acceptance is not something we saw happen when my daughter was little. I hope that will translate into better social and employment opportunities for people with Asperger’s and high-functioning autism and all people with autism,” said Trivedi. Cathy Pratt, director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, agrees autism awareness has improved, but believes much work remains. “I think we’ve done a good job among those who work with children. Adults are still tough for folks to understand. And for many, those who are at the upper end of the spectrum and for whom the disability is less visible, there is still broad misunderstanding,” she said. Carin Vittorio, area autism advocate and mother to two teenagers on the autism spectrum, takes a similar viewpoint. She says support for kids transitioning into adulthood lags. It’s a big issue that parents, schools and others are grappling with today.

She points to Noblesville schools where a college/ career support service team is beginning to help kids with special needs learn trade skills. For instance, some kids in this program get internships where new skills can translate into employment opportunities. For autistic kids, internships can provide opportunities to practice social skills like interacting with their boss and peers and making appropriate decisions. Vittorio sees this type of program as a step in the right direction.

Maintaining momentum Advocates are pleased with the gains in autism awareness, but what they need, according to the Autism Society’s Renay, is to hear from people living everyday with autism. The more voices for autism, the stronger its presence and the bigger gains that can be made.

What changes would you like to see for the autism community?






W E DN E SDAY S , APR I L 2 – 30 April’s Autism Awareness Seminar Series Times: 5:30-7:00 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis Phone: Amy Miller at 317-466-1000 ext.2488 (April 2)

Topic: Behavior Basics and Autism Speaker: Dr. Tracy Gale , PsyD, HSPP and Karrie Veteto, MOT-OTR, BCBA

05 & 1 2 S AT U RDAY National Autism Awareness Month

25 F R I DAY Teen Night Out

Times: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Cost: Free Where: Conner Prairie, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6000 In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, Conner Prairie will open its doors early to provide a friendly and quieter setting for families with children who are affected by autism. The museum will offer FREE admission from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for these families to enjoy our activities and grounds on these two Saturdays. These mornings are designed for children affected by autism or other challenges that make the normal noise of the museum challenging. No reservations required.

Times: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Cost: Free Where: The Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: Joelle Samples at 317-466-2001 ext.2420

1 2 S AT U RDAY 2nd Annual Walk of Champions Cost: $10 Where: Marian University, Indianapolis Contact: Griffin Elbert at All proceeds benefit The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism for the impact they make in the lives of children with autism and their families.

(April 9)

Topic: Social Skills Groups Panel Speaker: Panel of Various Professionals who provide this service locally. (April 16)

Topic: Puberty and Autism Speaker: Maren Oslund, LCSW, Behavioral Clinician

19 S AT U RDAY ASI Southern Indiana Autism Expo Times: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cost: Free Where: 200 North Eighth St., Terre Haute Contact: Beth Schweigel,

(April 23)

Topic: Medications and Autism Speaker: Chad Knoderer, PharmD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Director for Clinical and Health Outcomes Research of Pharmacy Practice (April 30)

Topic: Autism Related Movie Night

2 3 W E DN E SDAY Have a Heart for Autism Times: 6:00-10:00 p.m. Cost: $25/ticket Where: Colts Pavilion, Indianapolis Contact: Jane Grimes at

0 8 T U E SDAY I Hate to Write

2 4 T H U RDAY Sensory Storytime

Cost: $90 Where: Avon Middle School North Phone: 812-855-6508 I Hate to Write: Helping Students with ASD and Related Disorders Become Happy, Successful Writers

Times: 10:30-11:00 a.m. Price: Free (registration required) Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Phone: 317-844-3363 For special needs children ages 2-6 & their caregivers. This storytime is designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. If your child has trouble sitting through one of our other storytimes, this program of stories, songs, and activities might be just what you are looking for!

11 F R I DAY Respite Night Cost: Free Where: White River Christian Church, Noblesville



26 S AT U RDAY Believe 2014: Fortune Academy's 2014 Gala Cost: $100 Where: Indiana State Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Contaact: Andrea Corey at Phone: 317- 377-0544

Matt Breman Memorial Run 4Kids Time: 9:00 a.m. Where: North End of Canal in Downtown Indianapolis The Villages of Indiana 4K Run and Walk is a family-friendly event that raises money and awareness of child abuse prevention programs and services offered by The Villages and Prevent Child Abuse Indiana. There will be games and activities before and after the run. Registration information online at: www.

11th Annual Talk Walk Run Times: 10:00 a.m.-noon Where: Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis Phone: 317-828-0211 Hear Indiana will host its 11th Annual Talk Walk Run at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. The event includes a 5K/10K run/walk, a Kids Run, and Kids Carnival. Whether or not you participate in the run/walk, please join us from 10am-12pm for delicious food, carnival games, face painting, balloon art, live music and a magician. For more information go to or call 317-828-0211.

Parents ' N ight Out Times: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Price: Free Contact: Nicole at 317-466-2010 ( Locations below:) East location Easter Seals Crossroads- 4740 Kingsway Dr., Indianapolis 1st & 4th Friday of every month South location Indian Creek Christian Church- 6430 S. Franklin Rd., Indianapolis 1st Friday of every month West location Speedway United Methodist- 5065 West 16th St., Speedway 4th Friday of every month





Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy North


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

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Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy West

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Carmel

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Early Childhood Center

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Greenwood

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



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

ASD Services of Indiana

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

Autism Consultation

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

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA

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

Bierman ABA Autism Center

We invite you to celebrate the ribbon cutting and dedication of our new location with us. Our kiddos will cut the ribbon and get their hands dirty dedicating our walkway. We have an array of fun activities for kids planned, an Easter Egg hunt to participate in, and ongoing tours and information will be provided for all who attend. We hope to see you there! When: Saturday, April 19th from 1 PM - 4 PM Where: 16414 Southpark Drive, Westfield IN 46074 Link to RSVP: 16416 Southpark Drive, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Courtney Bierman, BCBA, Phone: (317) 815 5501, Fax: (317) 815 3861, Email:,

Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis

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

Cornerstone Autism Center

With locations in Greenwood and West Lafayette, Cornerstone Autism Center improves the lives of children who struggle with autism We offer exceptional and encouraging one-on-one ABA therapy, resources to carry progress into family homes and daily life, and professional rewards for staff who serve these special kids. 360 Polk Street, Greenwood, IN 46143, Contact: Ashton Everett, Phone: (317) 888-1557, Email:,

Jackson Center for Conductive Education

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

Little Star Center

Little Star provides intensive applied behavior analytic services to maximize each child’s potential and empower their family. Children in the 5 to 10 age range present with a unique set of needs. These learners often come from other settings in which they were not successful. After careful assessment, individualized programs are developed to ensure progress and growth. 100% not-forprofit, 10 years of service. Serving children 5 – 10 years old. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Executive Director, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email:,

Maria Montessori International Academy

The Carmel Center for Montessori and ABA therapy provides ABA in combination with Montessori syllabus. We work on mainstreaming children from the beginning. Our individualized ABA-therapy emphasizes hands-on learning and social development. We offer 8 scholarships to the Montessori school for preschoolers diagnosed with autism for our Fall term 2014. 4370 Weston Pointe Dr #200, Carmel, IN, Phone: 317-503-1296,

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

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

Unlocking the Spectrum

Unlocking The Spectrum was created with the mission of making ABA Therapy accessible to ALL children with autism by providing high quality ABA Therapy services throughout Indiana. Unlocking The Spectrum specializes in bringing the therapy to the client--in their home and in their community. Client's receive services in a wide variety of settings including their home, school, Unlocking The Spectrum's clinic, and the community to ensure that skills are generalized across all environments. Intensive parent training and collaboration with all members of a client's team are an essential part of every individualized program developed. Contact us for a free initial consultation. 3901 W. 86th St. Suite 397, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Ilana Hernandez, Director. Phone: 317-334-7331. Email:




kids and sex ed Rebecca A. Hill

Pushing past “awkward” to convey what kids need to know

experienced teens did not receive formal instruction about contraception before they initiated sex. While this doesn’t mean that parents aren’t talking to their kids about sex, it could mean that we need to get better at it.

Beyond school sex ed


f you are like many adults, your first introduction to the topic of sex came from a book handed to you from an embarrassed parent or an awkward one-time conversation on the subject from mom or dad. Likely, the important messages they wanted you to understand were never conveyed because of their own uncomfortableness with the situation. Although talking to a child about sex may never be easy, the stakes of not having the discussion are too high to ignore. How should parents approach this vital topic?

Start early Talking about sex with kids is easier if you begin the conversation when they are young and curious about their bodies. Dr. Julie Steck of the 52


Children’s Resource Group, says parents should respond to kids’ questions at a level they understand. So, for instance a question from a young child like “where do babies come from” doesn’t require great detail at this age. Equally important, says Dr. Sarah Norris of the Children’s Resource Group, is that parents try to honestly answer their children’s requests for information. “This sends a message to your child that it is okay to keep asking questions,” said Norris.

More than just “The Talk” A single conversation on the subject of sex can’t cover the many facets of sex education kids need to understand. As children grow, more questions come to light, which makes maintaining an ongoing conversation critical. When Indy’s Child Facebook readers were asked

for their input on the subject, Julie F. said that her discussions about sex began when her children were old enough to sit at the table, which she said makes “the hard stuff much easier when it is part of a normal conversation.” Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard University, Dr. Claire McCarthy agrees that setting a tone that these kinds of discussions are welcome is key. “Most important is that parents need to establish that these are conversations they can have together, that their child can come and talk to them if they have questions or worries.” Looking at the statistics however, one wonders how many parents are having these conversations. According to the Guttmacher Institute’s Facts on American Teens' Sources of Information about Sex, most teens initiate sex in their late teen years and most sexually

Many parents let the topic of sex education become the responsibility of their child’s school. Dr. McCarthy is adamant however, that sex education is not a substitute for parent-child conversations. “While they supplement and often say things that parents can’t say, kids need to hear things from their parents.” Parents can share family moral and religious beliefs as well their expectations about these issues, says Dr. Scott Curnow, Indianapolis pediatrician. “Schools do a fabulous job, but often they fit in only the cursory changes of puberty and personal relationships. Parents can go into more depth.” Parents should cover the emotional aspects of having sex, mutual sexual respect, sexual orientation and abstinence. When parents put in the time to address these topics with their kids, their messages do stick. Research shows that teens who talk to their parents about sex postpone sexual activity – especially risky behavior. Studies also show that parents are more influential in their children’s attitudes about sex than any other person.

The take-away from all this? Although it may be uncomfortable at times, establishing an ongoing conversation about sex with your kids pays off in the long run. They’re listening.




Ask the Teacher // Timed math facts, test success, reading stamina, standardized testing Deb Krupowicz


Why do teachers insist on kids doing timed tests on math facts? The pressure is more than my daughter can handle.


The research is mixed on whether timed math fact quizzes are recommended or even valuable. Many students do experience anxiety and frustration when trying to beat the clock.

Rather than console your daughter by telling her these quizzes don’t matter, focus her attention on the real goal: quick recall of those facts. When a student has mastered these facts, she has laid a solid foundation for more challenging and advanced math skills. She will move into double- and triple-digit multiplication, long division and fraction work with much greater confidence if those facts are second nature to her. Without that solid foundation of basic math facts, she may understand the more advanced concept, but she will be frustrated with the time it

takes her to complete problems. She will likely be disheartened that even following all of the correct steps results in an incorrect answer because of an error with a basic fact. That may lead her to think she is not a strong math student. Knowing basic math facts well can put her on the path to being a successful math student.


My daughter works hard and does well in school except when it comes to tests. She just doesn’t seem to test well. What can I do to help her?

achieving the desired result. Rather than rely on one method (oral quizzing, for example), try something different. Have your daughter write a test for you and then have her grade it. Write a song together using the key ideas she is studying. Have her create a cartoon that tells a story with the concepts that will be on the test. It may take some experimentation to find out the most effective study strategies for your daughter, but the effort will pay off throughout her educational career.


Test success comes from preparing early and preparing well. Help your daughter carefully reflect on when she starts studying for a test and what she does specifically to prepare. Encourage your daughter to set aside time for studying for short periods each day as soon as she knows a test is coming, or even in anticipation of a test at the end of a unit before a test date has been announced. Reviewing lessons daily will make actual test preparation much easier. Kids typically lock in on one preparation strategy and keep using it whether or not it is




My son is in fourth grade and reads fairly well. However, he does not seem to be able to read for very long periods. How can I get him to read for more than ten minutes at a time?


Learning to read for a prolonged period of time takes practice, just like most skills. Before your son starts to read, have him engage in something physically active for ten or fifteen minutes. Then, set a timer for ten minutes and read alongside him. When the timer goes off, time him doing something active for two or three minutes. Reset the timer for ten minutes and read some more. Repeat this daily for three or four days. When your son is able to stay focused on his reading for two ten-minute blocks, his reading blocks should increase to 12 minutes each. Follow the pattern of gradually increasing the number of minutes in the block to 15. Then start shortening the break period between the reading blocks.

As your son’s reading stamina increases, he will likely become more engaged in what he is reading. In no time, you will be able to eliminate using a timer.


With so much riding on standardized tests, I feel like I should be doing something to help my kids prepare. Are there ways I can help at home?


Standardized test preparation is a team effort among teachers, parents and students. Rely on your children’s teachers to provide the academic framework that equips kids with the specific content understanding expected at their grade levels. As a parent, you can help by establishing a routine of sufficient rest and healthy breakfasts, especially for the days preceding the tests as well as the actual test days. Offer words of encouragement. Do not minimize the tests, but don’t over-emphasize their importance either. Expect your children to approach the tests with a good attitude, ready to give their best.

Sincere commitment to your children’s test success may also mean modifying other evening activities. // ASK THE TEACHER is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four and current teacher. Deb holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at asktheteacher@

Staying focused for the duration of the testing period can be a challenge, especially for younger children, but it becomes more important as each day goes by.






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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

Montessori Centres

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

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

Park Tudor School

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

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

offerings, and a full-day curriculum along with part-time options. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Abby Williams, Director of Admission and Communications, 317-926-0425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367,,

St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs

Sycamore School

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

St. Richard’s Episcopal School SRES strives for academic excellence through its classic curriculum with innovative teaching methods; it also provides preparation and knowledge in areas such as faith, leadership, civic responsibility, and global readiness. St. Richard’s offers a rigorous academic curriculum, three world languages, public speaking and leadership opportunities, a strong fine arts program and organized athletics for continued lifetime success. Our newly redesigned Early Childhood Program uses brain-based research and proven instructional practices that lay the foundation in math and literacy skills. The program features unique field experiences, community partnerships, year-round

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

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

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

Todd Academy, Inc.

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

multiple locations Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives: ICPC Indianapolis Area Preschool and Kindergarten Cooperatives Preschools: great for your child, great for you! Children and parents learn and grow together in the



classroom with caring, experienced teachers. Multiple Locations in Indianapolis Area, ICPC Line: 317-767-7596

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

westfield Montessori School of Westfield, Inc. Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-867-0158, Fax: 317-8965945, Email:,



zionsville Advent Lutheran Preschool

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

Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. Phone: 317-873-1251, Email:, http://

childcare Peanut Butter and Jelly 24/7 Childcare PB&J is a childcare that is a safe, nurturing environment where your child will get the attention and care that he or she needs. We are licensed and always working to meet and exceed all health and safety guidelines. You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect . Open late for lots of flexiblity. Stop in for more info. Follow us on twitter @pbj247childcare. 5501 E. 71st Street #7B, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Anita Beck. Phone: 317-205-9211, Email: peanutbutter_jelly18@,

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

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




Sloppy little kingdom // Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom’s life Kelly Blewett

Every parent needs a place where they can close the door and just relax. I imagine some parents have elaborate on-suite bathrooms where they while away the hours soaking in a tub. Others likely luxuriate in some kind cozy sitting room, perhaps with a fireplace crackling in the background. I know these spaces exist, because I’ve seen them on HGTV. For me? I’ll take my basement. No, it’s not actually a finished basement, technically. And there are no spa treatments or aromatherapy. My basement, like most basements, serves multiple purposes: off-season clothing storage, Christmas decoration depository, guest room, laundry room…and Mom’s little getaway. I come down to the basement, snap on the lamps, gaze upon my always-inprogress laundry, and settle atop the guest bed with my laptop perched on a pillow. Black coffee is next to me in a Valentine’s Day mug. I survey my surroundings and I’m enormously grateful. Grateful I know where the Christmas CDs are, and where I can find all those mix-tapes I made with



friends during high school. Grateful for the pictures of my family and friends perched around the room in old frames. Grateful for the wooden desk that we will move to my son’s room when he gets old enough. And grateful for the peace and quiet! I love this sloppy, little kingdom with all its layers of my past and my future. And though I’m at once its Queen and its Scullery Maid, I’ll embrace both jobs wholeheartedly – and try to guide the little people in my court as best I can. I feel reoriented, typing down here in my basement retreat, more sure of who I am and where I’m going. I could spend hours down here, and maybe I should. I might be a better person for it. And I’ll go upstairs, really, in just a minute. I just need a few more sips of coffee.


Death by a Thousand Kid Songs // True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert It's naptime. Scratch that, it's supposed to be naptime. Instead of sleeping my two-year-old daughter is working on her own version of “What Does the Fox Say?” As she's up there reciting the chorus over and over and over again I’m reminded of all the bad music my children have listened to over the years. Of course I take no blame for this. The only musical influence I'm responsible for is my son's love for Queen. He loves to walk around the house singing “We Will Rock You” and “Another One ‘Busta Dusta.’” No, the blame for this falls squarely on the shoulders of my wife. Currently, the two favorite songs in our house are “What Does the Fox Say?” and “Gangnam Style.” Then, of course, with YouTube not only do you have to listen to the original version, but there are plenty of other horrible versions out there as well. For example, what's worse than “Gangnam Style”? How about the Chipmunks singing “Gangnam Style”? The SpongeBob version isn't much better. Have you ever seen videos of peoples' Halloween decorations set to the beat of “What

Does the Fox Say”? I have probably 25 times. Once was enough. The blame for the latest musical obsession around our home goes to Disney. Ever since seeing Frozen my two-year-old is obsessed with the song “Let It Go.” Anytime we turn on music she demands we change it to “’Ready Go’” as she says it. I noticed the YouTube video has over 100 million hits. Unbelievable. Doubtful it’s been seen by over 100 million people, more likely it’s a million households like mine that have watched it 100 times each. Maybe I should stop resisting the Frozen soundtrack and just go along with it. “The cold never bothered me anyway.”

Happy Parenting!






Happy Birthday Spring! // Orchard In Bloom celebrates 25 years Sarah McCosham

Spring has finally sprung! After our third snowiest winter in history, it’s time for some sunshine and warmth here in Indy. What better way to celebrate than the annual Orchard In Bloom event? This year, The Orchard School, Indy Parks and The National Bank of Indianapolis will host the 25th annual Orchard In Bloom Garden Show at beautiful Holliday Park on May 2-4. The event kicks off on May 1st with a Preview Party featuring 25 restaurants, an anniversary cake competition, local chefs in a head-to-head cook off, live music and a first look at the show. Tickets for this elite event are $50, and would make for a memorable date night. The rest of the weekend features live music, beautiful exhibits and lots of activities for kids and adults alike. From the array of speakers at the Garden and Natural Living Symposium, to the beautiful floral arrangements in the Parties in Bloom Tent, and the fun activities in the Children’s Area, there truly is something for everyone.

Orchard In Bloom spokesperson Elliott Pruitt says, “For the past 25 years, Orchard In Bloom has enthralled nature lovers and green living enthusiasts, and this year will be no different.” Pruitt says guests can expect to see the latest trends and developments in cocktail gardens, composting, enabled gardening, bees and pollen-rich plants, super-foods and all things outdoors. For more inspiration, be sure to check out the work of this year’s featured artist Carol Bell, owner of Blue Moon Pottery. Her gorgeous dishes, mugs and vases are the perfect combination of form and function, and can be seen at galleries, shops and museums across Indiana. Tickets for Orchard in Bloom are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, with children under 14 free. Guests can pre-purchase tickets at Marsh Supermarkets, The National Bank of Indianapolis branches, The Orchard School and the Holliday Park Nature Center. For more information, please visit www.





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Indiana State Museum Pinewood Derby: Fun Runs Cost: Included with Museum Admission; Museum admission is $3.50 for Boy Scouts and their families. Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 The Indiana State Museum and the Boy Scouts of America Crossroads of America Council invite you to race your derby cars and watch as they zip down the two-story, 125-feet of track headed for the finish line.

Target Family Free Night — Earth Day Times: 4:00-8:00 p.m. Cost: Free Where: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Phone: (317) 334-3322 Learn about the wonders of the Earth, and how simple changes to your lifestyle can keep our planet green, blue, and awesome for generations to come.

04 F R IDAY 02 W EDS – 04 F R I Jeanne White Ginder at The Children’s Museum Times: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Cost: Included with museum admission Where: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Phone: 1-800-820-6214 Jeanne White Ginder, mother of Ryan White, has been on a mission to educate people about her son and the challenges he faced before his death in 1990 from AIDS. In 2000, the museum acquired the complete contents of Ryan’s bedroom, which are now featured in The Power of Children exhibit. She will host in the gallery from 11am-3pm with presentations at 12:30pm and 2pm.

Holliday Park Friday night Campfire: Frogs! Times: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Cost: $5/individual Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180 Tired of spending your Friday night in front of the TV? Come share in a fun adventure for the whole family. We will start with time 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, pre-registration required.

05 F R I – 0 6 SUN Nano! A Big Weekend for Small Science Times: Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Sunday: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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// A P R I L 2 0 1 4 Cost: Activities included with museum admission Where: WonderLab Museum, Bloomington Phone: 812-337-1337 Take part in a national festival exploring this cutting edge area in the sciences, and its applications in technology and familiar products. Join in the fun offered at multiple activity stations exploring nanoscience concepts, including helping to build a giant two-story balloon sculpture as a model of a carbon nanotube!




Backwards Dinner Cost: $35 for 2; $60 for 4; $80 for 6 + tax & gratuity Where: The Indianapolis Propylaeum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-638-7881 This dinner starts with the invitation to wear your clothing backwards, tour our Victorian guessed it, backwards...and enjoy a three course meal and the 30 points of etiquette...backwards. The utensils are in the wrong places, we start with dessert, but everything rights itself with a review and a placemat for everyone to keep at the end. Reservations required.

Seussical Cost: Students-$8, Adults-$15 Where: Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis Phone: 317-940-9697 "Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best-loved characters and stories collide in an unforgettable musical caper. Based on the hit Broadway production, this musical is especially adapted to captivate young audiences.

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Five Little Monkeys Cost: Students-$8, Adults-$15 Where: Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis Phone: 317-940-9697 Five Little Monkeys, based on the children’s book series by Eileen Christelow, features wonderful costumes and amazing acting as each of the monkeys display their own unique style while driving Mama monkey crazy.

10 T H U R SDAY Indianapolis Indians Opening Night! Times: 7:05 p.m. Where: Victory Field, Indianapolis Phone: 317-269-3545 The defending IL West Division Champion Indians take the field to start the 2014 season! Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show after the game. The Indians guarantee a 60º





game or you will receive a free ticket to an April game of your choice. Special package of a reserved seat ticket, hot dog, unlimited soda and T-Shirt for just $20. Box seat package is $24. Enter promo code 'value' on step 3 of your purchase.

Rock the Cradle Times: 6:30-9:00 p.m. Cost: Free admission Where: Ritz Charles, Carmel Phone: 317-846-9158 The purpose of this event is to empower parents-to-be, new parents and their tiny tots on subjects such as fitness, nutrition and wellness, while shopping and celebrating in a whimsical atmosphere! Join in for information sessions, onsite ultrasounds and more!

11 F R IDAY Prairie Tykes: " Eggscellent Adventure" Times: 9:30-11:00 a.m.and 12:30-2:00 p.m. Cost: $12/youth ($11/member) Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 Programs/Prairie-Tykes.aspx Connect with your little ones, ages 2-5, while you learn about the tradition of giving Easter eggs and make an egg-themed craft. Then decorate a basket and search for Easter eggs to put in it. There is also a session on April 10. Reservations required at 317-7766006.



I Don't Know: Songs and Stories about Growing Up Cost: $5/Children ages 5 - 12, $10 for adults Where: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-576-9848 Storytelling, Musician, Author and Two-Time Grammy Award Winner Bill Harley will share stories and songs about growing up. Growing up is one of the hardest things kids ever do, and some never stop. In Bill's fun, song-and-story-filled performance, kids of all ages will learn the dangers and joys of growing up.

12 SAT URDAY Indiana Authors Breakfast Cost: $40 for general admission Where: Meridian Hills Country Club, Indianapolis Phone: 317-222-6635 Several published authors from Indiana will be featured at the breakfast. Prior to the breakfast, guests will mingle and meet the authors and will have a chance to purchase their books and to have their books autographed. This breakfast will raise funds to support the mission of Dyslexia Institute of Indiana. SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE Times: Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Where: Military Park, Indianapolis The day will include opening ceremonies, the annual Pink Parade of breast cancer survivors, a 5K timed competitive run, a 5K non-competitive run/walk, a one-mile family walk and Kids' Dash.



Dan ZaneS and Friends With the MYO Time : Doors open at 2:00 p.m. for pre-show activities; concert at 3:00 p.m. Cost: from $10.00 Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis Phone: 317-639-4300 Dan Zanes and Friends are back again to provide an interactive concert experience for children and parents alike. Enjoy the sound of drums, upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, trumpet, fiddle and spoons, and maybe even sing and dance along It’s a big musical party and everyone’s invited. Also joining Dan Zanes and Friends is Indiana’s own Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.

Henry and Mudge Cost: Students-$8, Adults-$15 Where: Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis Phone: 317-940-9697 Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry, who can't find a playmate in his new neighborhood Luckily, he's got Mudge, a great big, 182-pound canine buddy, with whom he can share all kinds of adventures. Based on the best-selling series of books by Cynthia Rylant.

Holliday Park Family Nature Club Times: 1:30-2:30 Cost: Free Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180 Holliday Park and the Indiana Children and Nature Network are helping children connect with nature and their families. Join us each month to have fun exploring the great outdoors. All ages, no registration required.

14 MONDAY Indianapolis Indians vs. Columbus Clippers Times: 7:05 p.m. Where: Victory Field, Indianapolis Phone: 317-269-3545 Hot Dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jacks, chips and popcorn all on sale for just $1 each.

17 T H U R SDAY Homework Lounge at Fountain Square Times: 4:00-5:30 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Fountain Square Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4390 School-age children and teens are invited to use the Library to work on their assignments. Once completed, children can receive a prize from the treasure chest. See website for other dates for this program.

18 F R IDAY Preschool Tales and Treats: Bugs & Butterflies Times: 10:00-10:30 a.m. & 11:00-11:30 a.m. Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Phone: 317-844-3363 Come hear stories, sing songs, and make a simple snack. Early literacy skills are emphasized throughout. Registration is required and begins Friday, April 11, online, in person, or by calling 844-3363. For children ages 3-5 & their caregivers.

15 T UE SDAY On the Road with Kids in the Kitchen: Bugs ’ n’ Things Times: 4:00-4:45 p.m. Where: Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Carmel For this special out of the library experience, two programs will meet simultaneously in the Pilgrim Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers will explore fun-tastic songs, stories, and movement activities in one program, and in another, children in grades K-4 will do interactive, high-energy activities tied to books and popular themes. Both groups will come together at the end for a “build your own snack” activity that promises to be artistic and tasty!

19 SAT U RDAY Easter Egg Hunt Cost: Free Where: The Indianapolis Propylaeum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-638-7881 Come enjoy our free Easter Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny --- bring an Easter basket and your camera for pictures Rain or shine event outside. Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 11 a.m.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Times: 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Cost: Adult $16.95/Member $14.95; Youth (ages 2-12) $9.95/Member Youth $7.95 Where: Conner Prairie, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 Celebrate Easter with a scrumptious breakfast, cookie decorating and a visit with the Easter Bunny! Make your family's reservation by calling Guest Services at 317-776-6006. See website for other Easter activities.



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" Pulling for Wishes" Airplane Pull Times: 9:00 a.m.-noon Where: Republic Airways hangar, Indianapolis Ready, set … PULL! Do you want to experience a unique tug-of-war against an unlikely opponent -- an airplane -- and support a local wish-granting organization at the same time? Here’s your chance: Join the fourth annual Airplane Pull, presented by Republic Airways Holdings Inc. See website for more information. All proceeds raised going toward granting wishes for Indiana children.

23 W EDNE SDAY World Book Night US Where: Monon Trail To celebrate World Book Night, librarians from Carmel Clay Public Library’s Young Adult Department will be spreading the love of reading, person to person, along the Monon Trail. Look for us on the Trail near downtown Carmel after school.

20 SUNDAY Easter Buffet Times: Seatings are at 12:00, 12:30, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. Cost: $28 adults, $15 youth (12 and under) + tax & gratuity Where: The Indianapolis Propylaeum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-638-7881 Enjoy a beautiful day in the historic Propylaeum with your family and friends at your table. Our chef will prepare a traditional Easter buffet. Reservations required, 638-7881. Easter at the Zoo Times: Zoo hours Cost: Included in general admission Where: Indianapolis Zoo Phone: 317-630-2001 On Easter Sunday, jump, bounce, leap and hop to the Zoo to enjoy a great spring day and a few Easter-themed activities. See our youngest animals and Zoo babies and learn more about these youngsters during our special keeper chats. Then we'll put a "wild" spin on the traditional Easter egg hunt. Join in the fun and find the large Zoo-themed eggs hidden throughout the Zoo and White River Gardens. Find the eggs and pick-up a prize before you leave.

2 4 T HUR SDAY Family Building Fair Times: 6:00-9:00 p.m. Cost: Free Where: The Fountains Banquet and Conference Center, Carmel Phone: 317-721-4234 The third annual Family Building Fair will be hosted by HOPE for Families this April in conjunction with National Infertility Awareness Week. The fair will feature fertility specialists and medical practitioners, specialists in complementary and alternative medicine, adoption and fostering agencies, and financial resources and planning experts. Prairie Tykes: " Treemendous Trees" Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m. Cost: $12/youth ($11/member) Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 Programs/Prairie-Tykes.aspx Connect with your little ones, ages 2-5, while celebrating Arbor Day. Play games, make crafts and take home your own tree. There are also 2 sessions on April 25. Reservations required at 317-776-6006.

21 MONDAY Death by Chocolate Times: 4:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Carmel Clay Public Library For children in grades 1-5. Whopper pushing, chocolate sculpting, Pictionary, and more!

25 F R I – 27 SUN Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing Times: See website for show schedule Cost: See website for ticket pricing Where: Old National Center (Formerly Murat), Indianapolis Phone: 800.745.3000 Celebrate El Dia de Los Ninos—the Day of the Children! The festivities will honor children and celebrate Latino culture.

28 MONDAY Winter Kids Koncert Times: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5243 Dance and sing along to popular kids' favorites by Mik the Music Man. Perfect for kids 2-5. Reservations suggested due to limited capacity.

26 SAT – 27 SUN Power Recycling Weekend presented by Ingram Micro Times: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Cost: $5 processing fee for TV's and monitors. Where: Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Phone: 317-630-2001 At Power Recycling Weekend you can get rid of all your clutter and help the environment, too! Just drop off your old electronics, phone books, cardboard, and paper ready for shredding in the Zoo parking lot. Our recycling partners will take it from there. In addition to doing good, you will receive a discount coupon for Zoo admission.

27 SUNDAY Earth Day Community Celebration Times: 1:00-4:00 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Jewish Community Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-251-9467 This family-friendly, hands-on, “learn by doing” community event is designed to inspire good environmental stewardship and to reconnect people with nature. The JCC’s mission has always been to enhance the physical, social, emotional and spiritual health of the Indianapolis community. The JCC’s Earth Day Celebration fulfills this mission and more by promoting the health and well-being of our residents as well as our environment. El Dia de Los Niño’s Times: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Cost: Included with museum admission Where: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Phone: 317-334-3322

29 T U E SDAY Baby Basics Class Times: 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Babies R Us, Indianapolis Phone: 317-577-2200 With the help of a baby professional, new and expectant parents will learn how to care for baby during the first 6 months of infancy. Don't miss this great course.

30 W EDNE SDAY Storytime Express @ the Library: Going on a Picnic Times: 10:00-10:20 a.m. and 11:00-11:20 a.m. Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Join us for a book and craft – just what your family needs to kick-start a library visit. For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers. No registration is required.

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





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// O N G O I N G E V E N T S Anything Goes Select days April 3rd through May 11th Cost: See website for ticket pricing Where: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis Phone: 317-872-9664 Get on board with Cole Porter’s classic Anything Goes. Two unlikely pairs set off on a course to true love on the S.S. American in this classic boy-meets-girl tale. But they’re going to need the help of a crew of singing sailors, exotic disguises and good old-fashioned blackmail to reach their destination.

Make and Take: April Showers Saturdays and Sundays in April Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Phone: 317-923-1331 Each month, drop by the Star Studio Classroom to find new art-making projects inspired by works of art on view at the IMA. Projects are designed to be accessible and fun for museum visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience. This April, step into spring. Splash and spray! Using watercolor paint, create a colorful composition. Add texture to your work of art using salt. For inspiration, visit our gardens and grounds.

Follow the North Star Fridays and Saturdays, April 11th, 12th, 25th and 26th Times: Start times are staggered between 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $20/non-member ($17/member) Where: Conner Prairie, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6000 This powerful program brings to life a pivotal period of our nations' history. On this journey, you'll come face-to-face with slave hunters, see fear and hope in the eyes of a fellow runaway and be encouraged by a Quaker family. Experience life as a fugitive slave during your journey through

one of the most compelling periods in Indiana's history. You must be age 12 or older for the program. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Whale of a Sale Monday, April 28th through Saturday, May 3rd Cost: Free admission; $5 parking Fri and Sat Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Indiana's largest upscale children’s consignment event featuring 47,000 square feet of clothing, toys, equipment, bedding, furniture, boutique, maternity, fabulous vendors and more... at a fraction of retail price!

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

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

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

Cinderella Through Monday, April 14th Cost: $12, under two, free. Where: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, Indianapolis Phone: 317-917-9454 This classic, well loved fairytale will be presented on a specially designed set with marionettes. Classic music, a glittering coach and a bit of shadow puppetry will keep your youngsters spellbound.

Style, Elegance and Wit: The Art of James Spencer Russell Friday, April 4th through Sunday, October 12th Cost: Included with museum admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 This exhibition will reintroduce the public to this uniquely talented and inventive Hoosier artist with a major retrospective exhibition of 60+ paintings, drawings and mixed media wall constructions by Hoosier artist James Spencer Russell.

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april rainy day


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After you see this list of amazing, affordable activities, you might just want the rain to stay!

Big Car Service Center for Culture and Community (Indianapolis)

Fountain Square Duckpin Bowling

Indiana Historical Society



(317) 644-9250

(317) 686-6006 bowling/

(317) 232-1882

Visit the art collective on Wednesdays and Saturdays to participate in hands-on art, garden planning, yoga and other special programming.

Bongo Boy Recreational Music Center (Indianapolis) (317) 595-9065 Community drum circles for all ages and expertise are offered on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Step back in time and enjoy two authentic duckpin bowling alleys, a cafe with memorabilia displays, a vintage jukebox and great views of the city.

Garfield Park Conservatory (Indianapolis)

(317) 327-7184 Enjoy 10,000 square feet of beautiful blooms and foliage, youth education workshops, gardening demonstrations and lectures.

Bounce U (Fishers) (317) 567-2129 Enjoy amazing inflatables, interactive games and Pre-K Play camp programs.

Climb Time Indy (Indianapolis) (317) 596-3330 Climbers of all ages and ability levels can conquer 4,000 different holds, 30 ropes and over 8,500 square feet of climbing surface.

Conner Prairie (Fishers) (317) 776-6006 Guests can enjoy a variety of indoor exhibits as well as themed Prairie Tykes class offerings each month.

Cool Creek Nature Center (Carmel) (317) 774-2500 Explore nature and science, view birds and other animals, and take part in a variety of nature programs.



Glow Golf and Lazer Maze at Circle Center (Indianapolis)

History comes alive and the past meets the present with live, interpretive exhibits, storytelling, photography, music and an extensive genealogy library.

Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theater (Indianapolis) (317) 232-1637 In addition to hundreds of amazing exhibits, the Pinewood Derby track is back! Race a car down the 125‘ track on April 5th and 6th, and catch the newest 3D IMAX Island of Lemurs: Madagascar documentary opening on April 4th.

Indiana War Memorial (Indianapolis)

(317) 955-2808

(317) 232-7615

Take putt putt to a whole new level with a glow in the dark course, and enjoy the Lazer Maze challenge.

Soldier’s stories, memorabilia and artifacts fill this beautiful space. Do not miss the sweeping views at the top of this memorial monument.

Holliday Park Nature Center (Indianapolis)

(317) 327-7180 The center hosts hands-on discovery, wildlife observation areas and daily nature activities for all ages.

IncrediPlex (Indianapolis) (317) 823-9555 This enormous facility has it all - games, sports, fitness, food, bungee jumping, bowling, rock climbing, laser tag, inflatables and a wide variety of sports fields and courts.

Indianapolis Art Center (Indianapolis)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum (Indianapolis) (317) 492-8500 www.indianapolismotorspeedway. com The museum, located on the IMS grounds, includes more than 100 vintage automobiles, the famous Borg-Warner Trophy, and historic race footage. Guests can even take a lap around the track!

Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis)

(317) 255-2464

(317) 923-1331

In addition to the inviting library and ever-changing exhibit spaces, visitors can peer into the pottery, drawing, metalworking and glassblowing studios and catch artists in action.

The museum offers a variety of experiences and programs such as gallery games, drop in art activities, workshops, and art and film presentations.

Indianapolis Arts Garden

Indianapolis Zoo (Indianapolis)


(317) 630-2001

(317) 631-3301 monthly-calendar This beautiful downtown space is full of events and excitement including visual arts, dance and music performances.

Varied indoor exhibits such as The Oceans and Dolphin Pavilion, Desert Dome and White River Gardens Conservatory offer fun for all ages.

Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis) (317)262-8600 faqs.aspx Join a public tours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and see the playing field, locker room, press box, and more!

Learn about the science of sound, see how instruments are made, experience culture from around the globe and try out numerous percussion instruments.

Sky Zone

Carmel Ice Skadium

Wheels of Wonder

(317) 844-8888

(317) 788-4272

The Forum at Fishers

(Fishers) (317) 572-2999

(317) 849-9930

The Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections (Carmel)

(Plainfield) (317) 268-3200

Perry Park Ice Rink

(317) 575-9466

Both indoor trampoline parks offer visitors of every age, size and fitness ability a fun way to exercise.

Visitors will be transported into the magical worlds of miniatures. Exhibits include dollhouses, room boxes, vignettes and miniature clothing collections.

Pinheads (Fishers) (317) 773-9988 Enjoy 32 open bowling lanes, 2 private bowling suites with 4 lanes each, duck pin bowling for younger children and an arcade.

Rhythm Discovery Center

Studio Movie Grill (Indianapolis) (317) 876-3331 Audiences can enjoy lunch, dinner, snacks and a movie at the same time! Special events such as cartoons, holiday films and screenings for children with special needs occur each month.

(317) 865-1833

Youth Arena at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (317) 927-7622 ice_skating.html

Indy Reads Books (Indianapolis) (317) 384-1496

Indianapolis Public Libraries

Roller Cave

(317) 244-2598

(317) 898-1817

(317) 291-6795

(317) 896-2155

Kids ink (Indianapolis)

The Indianapolis area offers a variety of skating experiences for all ages.

(317) 275-9030

(Carmel, Evansville, Greenwood, Noblesville, Plainfield and Indianapolis locations)

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Arctic Zone IcePlex

Barnes and Noble

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Pottery Barn Kids (Indianapolis) (317) 569-9144

The Wild (Noblesville) (317) 773-0920





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