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AND CULTURE Three fun ways to spend family time this spring!


EARTH DAY Simple ideas to mark this important event


ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM Encouraging friendships between all children










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Three fun ways to spend family time this spring!

Parents who step outside the boundaries of good sportsmanship

CE LE BR AT I NG E ART H DAY Simple ideas to mark this important event








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Spring Fever!


very year it seems like spring will never get here, and then suddenly the first daffodils bravely sprout their yellow heads, our brown lawns transform into the greenest carpet and a warm breeze carries the scent of flowering trees exploding with pink and purple buds. As Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” At Indy’s Child, we can’t wait to share all the fun this season brings. Why not start with a little road trip? Check out our suggestions for some great family fun in Camping, Caves and Culture - you’ll be surprised by how much there is to do so close to home. (And when April showers make outdoor activities too soggy, try our Rainy Day Fun Guide to keep that spring fever at bay.) Maybe the best way to recognize spring is by celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd. It’s so important for children to develop a relationship with nature so that they feel a vested interest in protecting our planet. Take a look at our Earth Day feature for some simple ideas on how your family can incorporate some cleaner, greener practices. April 2nd is also World Autism Awareness Day – and it’s likely that you or your child know a family affected by autism. Unfortunately, kids on the


autism spectrum can struggle with making meaningful friendships with their peers. Even our smallest efforts can have such a big impact – read Connecting with Kids on the Autism Spectrum for some advice on the best ways to reach out. This time of year marks the beginning of many sports seasons as well. Have you seen “that parent” at your child’s games? The one whose enthusiasm has crossed the line into heated displays of anger at coaches, referees or even young players? Check out Bad Sports for a discussion on the pressure that so many youth athletes face today. As always, we appreciate you picking up our latest issue. Please read it at a park, outdoor café, your front porch or anywhere else you can soak up the warmth and sunlight of a spring day!

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INT E RESTING FACT. . . I was born on Valentine's Day in China. I like to travel and I have visited a total of 14 countries!

WHEN I GROW U P. . . I want to be a teacher, fire fighter or robotic scientist!






Re ady to R ace? The 24th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is much more than a race! When Indy turns pink each April it’s time for the Pink Parade of survivors, 5K race and one mile family walk, In Color Station, Kids Dash and Kids for a Cure activities! Start a team, make a donation, volunteer or participate in a variety of Susan G. Komen Central Indiana events throughout the year! Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:00 am Military Park at White River Park, Indianapolis

Pulling for a Purpose The 5th annual Pulling for Wishes Airplane Pull, benefitting the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, presents the ultimate tug-of-war competition against a 23-ton aircraft! This fun-filled, family event will feature food, music, games, sports mascots, the Pacers Fan Van and appearances by the Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders and other celebrities. Don’t miss this exciting event for a great cause! Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:00 am - Noon Republic Airways Hangar or 317-913-9474 | Email:

Indi a napolis Public L ibr ary host s in t er ac t iv e spring e v e n ts Children of all ages and families are invited to dive into the world of superheroes and super villains at a Superhero Magic Show! April 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm Nora Branch | 317-275-4470 April 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Indy ’s Child supports Indy Re aders! Indy’s Child Magazine recently donated over 150 new books to Indy Reads Books, the only independent bookstore in downtown Indianapolis. The store’s dedicated staff and volunteers are passionate about books and promoting community literacy through the not-for-profit organization Indy Reads. Stop by the historic Mass Avenue building to make a purchase, a donation or to volunteer. The weekly list of activities such as chess club, story time, reading to therapy pets and literacy stations are free and many of the hardcover “kid lit” selections are priced at just $1.00!

Fountain Square Branch | 317-275-4390 Beginning or struggling young readers are invited to read to a trained therapy dog for a 15-minute session as part of the Barks to Books program. April 4, 2015 and April 18, 2015 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Pike Branch | 317-275-4480 The Sea, Sand and Surf: Preschool Science Workshop will explore the ocean with Mad Science of Indiana’s hands-on programming! April 11, 2015 at 11:00 am Warren Branch | 317-275-4550 April 8, 2015 at 10:30 am College Avenue Branch | 317-275-4320

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The bu t t erf lie s hav e l a nded Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies as these wonderful winged insects return to Indianapolis in a swirl of living color. The indoor gardens have been transformed into a tropical paradise hosting over 40 species of butterflies. New butterfly species are released each day, and if you stand still enough, one might land on you! Butterfly Kaleidoscope Exhibit, Through September 7, 2015 White River Gardens Hilbert Conservatory at the Indianapolis Zoo 317-630-2001 |

Are you re ady to rock? The annual Rock The Cradle event, sponsored by Hamilton County Family Magazine, celebrates expecting, new and veteran parents, grandparents and siblings! This free event will provide families with nutrition, fitness, breastfeeding and child development information and also highlight new parenting products. Families can enjoy a variety of activities and giveaways, and the first 50 expectant moms to arrive will receive a Swaddle Swag Bag!

April 26, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm The Ritz Charles, Carmel

C atch t he e n t repre neuri al spiri t Now in its sixth year, Lemonade Day returns to Greater Indianapolis! This free, interactive initiative teaches kids of all ages how to start, own and operate their own business: a lemonade stand! Stay tuned to the Lemonade Day web site and social media to learn about workshops and special events the whole family will enjoy. Help inspire the next generation of Hoosier entrepreneurs by registering today!

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D o you X a nadu ? Whether you remember seeing Olivia Newton-John on the big screen, heard the soundtrack on your mom’s eight track player in the living room, or have never even heard of Xanadu, you don’t want to miss The Actors Theatre of Indiana’s musical adventure. Complete with roller skates, an electrifying tale and endless 80s chart-topping tunes, this hit show will have audiences of all ages dancing in the aisles. Save the date! Wednesday, May 6 is “Eighties Ladies” night out! Find that crimping iron and use promo code XANADULADIES to be a part of the fun!

Celebr at e t he E art h The Jewish Community Center is pleased to host their 4th annual Earth Day Community Celebration! Over 40 exhibitors will share their knowledge through hands-on learning activities. Families will also enjoy live music, kite making, scavenger hunts and more!

April 26, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jewish Community Center 317-251-9467 |

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Colon screening helps prevent deadly, symptom-free cancer Some topics – like bodily functions and colonoscopies – just don’t feel right for polite conversation or thoughtful consideration as you trudge through daily obligations. The latter, however, is key to stopping the second deadliest cancer to hit Americans: colon cancer. Many patients live with colon cancer for many years with no symptoms, says Dr. Sweta Tandra, a gastroenterologist with St.Vincent Medical Group. The disease is highly treatable when identified early, but chances of

survival dwindle considerably if caught after it spreads outside the colon. The linchpin: early screening. In fact, 60 percent of colon cancer could be prevented if everyone 50 and older underwent screening, says Tandra, noting the age group where 90 percent of colon cancer is found. During a colonoscopy, doctors examine the colon with a flexible tube, looking for pre-cancerous growth. “Many patients tell me they didn’t get a colonoscopy

because no one told them to, or because they feared the process,” says Tandra. Once patients undergo the test, they find it’s not as difficult or uncomfortable as they thought. If, for whatever reason, a colonoscopy isn’t feasible, clinicians can use other screening modalities, like a simple stool test, flexible sigmoidoscopy (shorter scope that does not need elaborate colon cleansing) or CT colonography (a series of X-ray scans).

Tandra points out a surprising trend with colon cancer diagnoses rising in people between 20 and 50 years old. Scientists don’t yet understand why, and the data isn’t strong enough to extend screening to everyone, due to possible adverse effects. For patients under 50, Tandra recommends paying close attention to symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, changes in bowel habits or anemia, as well as risk factors (obesity, smoking, high alcohol consumption) and family history. Regardless of age, a healthy lifestyle with a fiber-rich diet, no smoking and limited alcohol consumption can go a long way to prevent colon cancer. But don’t forget screening. “With a little education, patients find screening can be simple,” says Tandra. “Most importantly, it can help us stop cancer.”







Spring “Must-Do’s” Get out and enjoy these warm weather activities! Dan Satterthwaite, Downtown Indy

Now that warmer weather has finally started to return, help your kids shake off their winter blues by taking them outside for one of the many events downtown Indy has to offer in April. The Indianapolis Museum of Art continues its Family Day series this month with a basketball themed Museum Madness event on April 4. Honoring the Final Four, event tip-off will include a screening of Space Jam, followed by the transformation of the Great Hall into a basketball court. The day will conclude with art-themed activities, cheerleaders and a special drum-line performance. Be sure not to miss this one: it’s the last IMA Family Day that will be FREE. If your family wants to see more basketball, come downtown for the Final Four® Dribble refreshed by Coca-Cola® on April 5. This event offers 3,000 kids the chance to dribble their way through the heart of



downtown Indy during the weekend of the 2015 NCAA Final Four®, plus it’s free to all kids under 18. Participants receive a Final Four t-shirt, a basketball and free admission to the Final Four® Fan Fest presented by Capital One® on April 3 – 6. Event registration begins at 12:30 pm outside the entrance to the Indiana Convention Center (the corner of Georgia Street and Capitol Avenue). Celebrate Earth Day with 30,000 other Hoosiers during the Earth Day Indiana Festival at White River State Park on April 25. More than 100 environmental nonprofits, companies and groups will be featured to help attendees understand and appreciate the importance of sustainability, environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources. Have fun helping the earth while listening to live music, making arts and crafts and eating delicious food.

Inspire your kids to do good and promote healthy living at the Best Buddies Friendship Run and Walk at White River State Park on April 26. Form a volunteer team and race in the competitive walk or run, or just come for the friendship walk. Either way, encourage your child to take part and learn how to become more compassionate to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. April is also the beginning of the baseball season with eleven chances to catch the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field. For collegiate sports fans, April 21 promises to be an exciting day as Victory Field hosts the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Indiana Hoosiers in a showcase of the best college baseball Indiana has to offer. Victory Field also offers the best deal in town for young fans: kids who join the Knot-Hole Kids Club receive lawn or reserved seat admission to all home games and are invited to run the bases after the game each Sunday. Membership is only $16. Call (317) 2693545 to sign up.

After a long winter, it’s time to enjoy all the outdoor activities downtown Indy has to offer your family this spring!




Spring Break is Action-Packed at the World’s Biggest Children’s Museum Brianna Rosales, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

After being trapped inside this winter, your kids no doubt have serious spring fever and are bouncing off the walls, leaving you exhausted. Luckily, there is a cure! A heavy dose of playing with shape-shifting robots, discovering dinosaur bones and exploring underwater shipwrecks at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is just what the doctor ordered.

and experience all the behind-thescenes magic that happens before the director yells, “Action!” Watch your child fly through the air donning her superhero cape while she learns about green screen technology. Or, join in on the fun as your little guy hosts his own talk show. You and your children learn together how the lights, camera and action all come together.

The treatment begins in an unusual place – the parking garage. If you think you hear a talking automobile out there, you aren’t imagining things (just make sure you don’t tell the kids ahead of time). The real thrill is inside the museum in our newest exhibit, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE™. Children and families are encouraged to choose between Autobots and Decepticons, then use these robots to test their problemsolving skills. Visitors will experiment to figure out how these robots magically twist, turn and contort into cars, animals or rescue vehicles.

More extraordinary acting takes place in Lilly Theater with live performances of The Paper Bag Princess. Based on Canadian author Robert Munsch’s book, this unusual story tells the tale of a princess who journeys to save her prince. Still, there is another uncommon twist: they don’t live happily ever after! This unpredictable musical is great for the whole family with a show time of 45 minutes (perfect timing for restless children).

Have a child who is acting out? Let them! At Inside Hollywood Film & TV: You’re on the Set! join the film crew



If you are still experiencing spring fever symptoms, take the fun home with you! Make flipbooks like the ones in Inside Hollywood Film & TV: You’re on the Set! Or, take a lesson from TRANSFORMERS and expand

upon it. Experiment with transformation by putting water into different shaped containers and freezing it. Your house is full of hidden treasures. Conduct a scavenger hunt by looking for objects that can be used or manipulated to use in a variety of ways. Some potential items might include: baking soda, vinegar, diapers, clothing pins, paper clips or dryer sheets.

Should the kids get antsy again with spring fever-like symptoms, gear up for racing action in Hot Wheels™: Race to Win. Just in time for the Indianapolis 500 and summer vacation, this exhilarating exhibit opens in May and explores speed, power and performance to see what makes cars go fast!

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A N D c u lt u r e Three fun ways to spend family time this spring! Grace Rodecap


fter too many days inside this long, cold winter, it’s time to get out and enjoy some new activities! With so much to do so close to home, every member of your family will find something they’ll love from this list of ideas.

Indiana Caverns Located outside Corydon, Indiana caverns is Indiana’s longest cave. Be sure to check out the amazing waterfall and Ice Age bones found here! Great local attractions including historic sites, wineries and state parks are also close by.

CAMPING Camp Timber Lake

Squire Boone Caverns

Just two hours north of Indianapolis, Camp Timber Lake in Huntington offers great camping, fishing, swimming and hiking. Try renting a boat to make the most of your day. You’ll also want to check out one (or more) of the eight zip line courses!

This cave offers something most caves don’t – rushing streams and underground waterfalls! The Rock Shop, Grist Mill and Village offer visitors plenty of other activities too.

CAVES Indiana Cave Trail

Jellystone Park Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort is a network of campgrounds focused on providing a fun outdoor vacation for the entire family. There are seven Jellystone Parks in Indiana: Bloomington-Lake Monroe, Fremont, Knightstown, Pierceton, Plymouth, Portage and Scottsburg. Little ones will enjoy watching for appearances from Yogi and his friends.

Turkey Run State Park The geological wonders of this beautiful park will amaze you! Located southwest of Crawfordsville, this state park offers a campground, cabins and the Turkey Run Inn for lodging. Be sure to grab a canoe and float down beautiful Sugar Creek.



The Indiana Cave Trail includes Marengo Cave, Indiana Caverns, Squire Boone Caverns and Blue Spring Caverns – all with their own unique features. To learn more about what the Cave Trail offers, visit

Marengo Cave How does panning for treasure sound? At Marengo Cave, you can sift through dirt and rock, just like the early miners did. Wind through a maze or tour the captivating Crystal Palace! Marengo Cave also has a great modern campground offering nice flat sites, many with gazebos and fire pits. A true family friendly experience – and one of Indiana’s top natural attractions. Just two and a half hours south of Indianapolis, a drive to Marengo is worth the trip.

Bluespring Caverns An hour-long boat tour through Bluespring Caverns in Bedford brings your family up close to the majesty of the underground. View one of Indiana’s largest sinkholes, which covers more than ten acres! The kids will also enjoy prospecting for their own semi-precious gems at the Myst’ry River Gemstone Mine.

Mammoth Cave The world’s longest cave is less than four hours away from Indianapolis. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky is an easy drive for families who wish to explore the vast system of amazing caves in the area. Along with caving, a wide variety of attractions like zip lines, horseback riding, balloon rides and water activities are all offered in close proximity as well. [Above] The Queen's Palace at Marengo Cave

CULTURE Butler ArtsFest Eleven days with over fifty events in one extraordinary festival. Music, art, dance, movies… so much to see. Kids can enjoy the Butler Ballet’s production of Sleeping Beauty and see a string orchestra performance by local talented young musicians.

Kidscommons at the Columbus’ Community Children’s Museum City by Design, the newest exhibit at Kidscommons, lets visitors design and create their ideal city as a builder, architect and urban planner. Kids can even use computer aided design software (CAD) to get their ideas going. Other interactive features give children plenty of opportunities to imagine how their city might look.

WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology Do your kids ever wonder what it’s like to be scientist? WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology is an award-winning science museum in downtown Bloomington. You and your kids will love playing and learning together at fun exhibits like the Bubble-Airium and the WonderGarden. All you need is a sense of curiosity to experience the wonder and excitement of science!

Find something that interests you? Pick a few ideas for your family and enjoy all that our area has to offer!



BAD SPORTS Parents who step outside the boundaries of good sportsmanship Trisha Shepherd


n eleven year-old batter steps up to the plate. He swings and misses at the first two pitches. The third pitch looks low and outside, so he watches it sail into the catcher’s mitt. The umpire makes a surprising call. “Strike three! Batter’s out.” As the batter’s head slumps in frustration, he hears his dad screaming from the stands, “Come on Blue! Get some glasses!” The player’s face turns red with shame and embarrassment. The only thing he dreads more than his next at-bat is the ride home.

Growing pressure By many accounts, the pressure has never been greater on young athletes than it is today. In many youth sports activities across the U.S., momentum is surging for kids to join elite teams rather than lower pressure recreational leagues. “It’s the wild west out there,” says Bernie Paul, longtime coach and board member with Zionsville Little League. “Travel used to be just for elite players. What we’re seeing now is everybody’s forming travel teams.” Dawn P., a mother of three young athletes, is alarmed by what she's witnessed from parents in the increasingly competitive elite youth tennis scene. “I’ve seen a nine year-old girl pinned up against the wall after losing,” recalls Dawn. “Her father was telling her, ‘You choked!’ The director told him to take his 20


hands off her or they would call the police.” While the trend toward elite teams can provide great opportunities for young athletes, it also increases the potential for parents to get carried away by the pressure.

Rule #1: Coaches coach, players play, parents cheer One of the most common issues youth sports coaches face when it comes to their athletes’ parents is “coaching from the stands” which coaches say can be confusing and distracting. “It’s always better for the kids if they’re only hearing a limited number of messages during the games,” says Paul. “The parents should be cheering and encouraging their kids, not reminding them, ‘Get your hands back!’ or ‘Your weight’s too far on your back foot!’” There’s a better alternative if you see your child making a mistake that could be easily corrected: talk to the coach, and let him or her deliver that message. Paul says he does his best to take off his coaching hat when watching his son play soccer and baseball. “When I watch his games, I just yell encouraging things.”

As Dawn says, “I’m never going to let my child feel that her love from me is determined by her athletic ability.” Many coaches prefer to have face-toface discussions with parents about their concerns, rather than communicating over texts or emails. Timing is important too – approaching a coach at the field right before, during or after the game isn’t usually the best way to have a positive, productive conversation.

Referee and umpire etiquette Youth sports advocates say this one rule is simple: even if parents feel a bad call has been made, they should stifle their criticism. That rule becomes even more critical when the umpires are kids themselves. “It is inevitable that people are going to groan when they disagree with a call,” explains Paul, “but anybody who actually uses words to criticize a youth umpire, that’s unacceptable in my mind.” Twelve year-old “Matthew,” a basketball and baseball player, says parents who cross the line can be just plain embarrassing.

“I remember one time a parent yelled, ‘Come on, Blue, get the sleep out of your eyes!’” to a young umpire recalls Matthew. “And I thought, ‘Wow, I feel bad for that kid.’”

When to step in What should a parent do when they see other spectators – or coaches – crossing the line? Paul advises using the “chain of command” approach when possible, and talking one-on-one to a coach first. “But if they don’t feel like that would be successful, or they try it and it doesn’t work, they’re always welcome to bring their concerns to a board member.” There are times when a more immediate approach might be necessary. “My dad actually had to step in front of a coach once to tell him to calm down,” Matthew says, recalling the coach’s aggressive verbal attack on a youth umpire. Seeing a child in immediate physical danger is a rare circumstance, but that’s when youth sports advocates say parents should intervene if necessary.

After the game Even after a sporting event is over, parents can easily make the mistake of being overly critical. Rather than getting into “coaching mode” during the drive home, Paul advises a different approach: keeping the discussion 100% positive. “I used to say, ‘What happened there?’ Now I say, ‘That was a fun game, I really enjoyed watching.’”




Sending Kids to Camp for the First Time The American Camp Association

Determining if your child is ready Spending that first summer at camp is a big step for any child. It’s also a big milestone for mom and dad. Sending your kids to camp takes considerable thought, from finding the right camp to allocating the necessary funds, parents have many decisions to make. But before the searching and saving begins, ask yourself one important question: Is my child ready for camp? The American Camp Association (ACA) encourages parents to consider the following questions when deciding whether or not to send their child to camp for the first time.

Has your child had positive overnight experiences away from home? Children who have little to no familiarity being away from home for the night may struggle adjusting to daily life at an overnight camp. ACA encourages future campers to “practice” spending nights with friends or relatives before attending an overnight camp. These separations allow a child to make a positive association with being away from home and learn to manage any negative experiences in a healthy, independent fashion.



Is your child old enough for overnight camp? ACA has found that a child under the age of seven may not adjust to an overnight camp as easily as an older child. Fortunately, a quality camp experience is still available to those children who may not be ready for an extended stay away from home. Day camp lets children experience the same physical, social and emotional development they would get at an overnight camp, while allowing them to stay home. Day camp is a great way to show children the benefits of camp – and many take the next step to overnight camp in the future.

How did your child become interested in camp? How much persuasion is necessary from you to send your child to camp? Does he or she need extra encouragement? Or is his or her own curiosity enough to send them to camp? It’s not uncommon for some children to be excited about camp before ever having set foot in a cabin or hiking a trail. The stories of older siblings, cousins, friends and even parents or guardians may be just what a child needs to inspire interest in a camp experience of their very own.

What does your child expect to do at camp? Learning about camp ahead of time allows children to create positive expectations. Many camps offer visits for potential campers and their families. At these visits, your child can get a feel for what day to day life is like at camp, meet staff members and get excited for the summer. If a visit isn’t an option, many camp websites provide detailed lists of summer activities for current and future campers.

Are you able to share consistent and positive messages about camp? Your enthusiasm helps to assure your child that camp is a positive place to be, allowing him or her an opportunity to experience its full benefits and come home excited about future summers at camp.

Every child deserves their own camp experience. Some will be ready soon; others may need a little more time. For younger children who aren’t ready to spend their summer somewhere else, ACA recommends any one of the quality day camps available through its Find a Camp service. Whether it’s a four-week, overnight stay in the woods or a daily journey to a local community center, the camp experience is waiting for your future camper!

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



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SUMMER CA MP GUIDE DAY CA MPS Amazing Summer Camp (Maria Montessori) Zionsville/Carmel @4370 Weston Point Drive or Indianapolis, @ 7507 Michigan Road, Contact: Vivian Cain, Phone: 317-769-2220, Email:

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: STEM, Art, Reading, Math, Writing, Field trips Hours: 7:00 to 6:00 or Part-time 8:30 to 3:30 or 8:30 to 12:30 Dates: June, July and August weeklong sessions Ages/Grades: 2 years to 11 years Cost: Varies based on age, part-time or full-time Requirements of Campers: Ready to have fun Activities Included: Ooey Gooey Art and Science, Ice Skating Lessons, Cooking, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Lego Robotics, STEM in the GYM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Chess, and weekly field trips.

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Summer Camp 2015 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact:, Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Email: jwaldman@bez613. org,

Specific Categories: Traditional/OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Hours: Flexible hours. Half Days/Full Days. Other Options available: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Dates: Session 1: June 1-26, Session 2: June 29-July 24 Ages/Grades: 12 mos.+, 18 mos.+, 2 yrs.+, 3 yrs.+, 4/5 yrs+ Cost: Call or email for full brochure. Our Summer Program Jammin In The Jungle is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Weekly creative themes, arts and crafts, water fun at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Aquatic Complex for 3's, 4's and 5's. Water play for 12 months +, 18 months + and 2+. Music/Creative Movement, Entertainment, Field Trip Fridays for 4's and 5's. Our Program recognizes that children learn through play. Play fosters total development and should be interwoven in everything children do. During camp, children will experiment and



explore by using all five senses. Our campers will thrive on creativity, exploration, discovery, spontaneity and lots of love!

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Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Special Needs, Sports, Traditional, Special Needs Camps Offered: Inclusive camp Hours: 7am-6pm (times vary by site) Dates: End of May to end of July (varies by location) Ages/Grades: Children ages 3 years old to grade 6 (varies by location). Cost: varies by location Activities Included: We offer a variety of adventures – science, environment, arts, and health and fun activities focused on weekly themes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Discounts are available! Visit or call 800.968.4332 for information!

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

Specific Categories: at-home camp Ages/Grades: preschool and elementary age children Cost: $24.95 for each camp curriculum purchase ($16.95 for digital only) Activities Included: Arts & Crafts, Games, Activities, Field Trips, Momma Time Activities

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

Camp Neverland Acting Camp

401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, Contact: Catherine Wade, Phone: 317-432-8352, Email: catherine@yatkids. org,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts Specific Categories: Arts & Enrichment Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm Dates: June 15th - 19th Ages/Grades: Grades 3rd - 7th Cost: $250 - $275

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Specific Categories: Dance Hours: 9:00 - 3:30 Dates: June - July



Ages/Grades: 2.5 years of age through high school There’s something for everyone this summer at Central Indiana Academy of Dance!

The Children's House Summer Camp 2404 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Mary Sexson, Phone: 317-2533033, Email: childrens house08@gmail. com, www.the

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional Hours: Camp Day 9-4; extended hours 7 am-5:45 pm Dates: 6/15/14 to 8/21/14 Ages/Grades: 3-12 Cost: $160/wk. Sibling discount available, and 5wk prepaid package discount available. Requirements of Campers: Campers provide their own lunch; need to have a swimsuit, towel, pool shoes; good walking shoes needed for some field trips. Activities Included: Art/theater/library reading program/field trips/swimming/ picnics/outside play/museums/ birdwatching/puppetry

The Children's House Summer Day Camp provides weekly themed activities in a relaxing environment free of competition. Day Camp activities include arts and crafts, theater, puppetry, a writer's workshop, recreational swimming, field trips, reading, and outdoor games. Enrollment for the preschool camp is limited to 15 children, and the regular day camp enrollment is limited to 25 children.

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Arts, Sports, Specific Categories: Chinese Culture Hours: 7:30am to 6:00pm Dates: June 22 - July 24 Ages/Grades: 5-13 years old Cost: $150/week; $625/5weeks; Pre/After Care $25 week; $15 material fee; Parking $13/week or $28/month Requirements of Campers: Bring own snack, lunch, backpack, notebook and pencil Activities Included: Chinese martial arts, language, calligraphy, crafts and sports and more For language learning, the younger the better. To better prepare our children to learn the Chinese language, the Confucius Institute in



Indianapolis offers a Chinese Culture summer day-camp for K-8 students. The camp is held on the IUPUI campus, and last for one to five weeks. Students will have a full curriculum of Chinese martial arts, language, calligraphy, crafts and sports and more. Classes are taught by local Chinese Teachers and Teaching Assistants from IUPUI.

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports Hours: 9a-3p; M-F Dates: Billericay Park in Fishers; 6/15-6/19, 2015 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American Ball Park, full Reds uniform (hat, jersey, belt, MLB-style pants), 4 game tickets, digital swing analysis.

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.

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Religious - Traditional, Specific Categories: Christian Day Camp Special Needs Camps Offered: None Hours: 7:30-9:00 Early Drop off, 9:00-3:30 Camp Programming 4:00-5:30 Extended Care available Dates: 6/1/15 through 7/31/15 Ages/Grades: 5-11 Cost: $150-$250 Requirements of Campers: Bring a lunch, swim suit, beach towel, sun screen, tennis shoes Activities Included: Academic Enrichment, Hands on Experiments, Crafts, Daily Bible Devotions, Fun and Silly Games, Outdoor Play Eagle Care Day Camp will again be offered for the summer of 2015 with a new addition call Camp Invention. Our day camps are designed to teach kids entering K-5 healthy living habits, keep them active, stimulate their minds, and learn about Jesus. With a different theme each week, 6 day camps will be offered through-out the summer on the Heritage Christian School campus. June 1-5 Detectives

in Training, June 8-12 Fairy Tale/Superhero Week, June 15-19 Lego Week, June 22-26 Let's Join the Circus, July 6-10 Beach Party, July 13-17 Spring Hill, July 20-24 Camp Invention, July 27-31 Wild Wild West.

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

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

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

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

arts, and personal growth. Highlighting African American history and culture, campers will develop a stronger sense of purpose, while learning about themselves and their community. Each week ends with a performance showcase of the activities.

Girls Rock! Indianapolis 806 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220, Phone: 317-259-1012, Email:, www.girls

Gender of Campers: All-Girls Basic Category: Arts Specific Categories: Music Performance Day Camp Hours: 9-5 Dates: July 6-11 and July 13-18 Ages/Grades: 8-16 Cost: 250 Requirements of Campers: Ages 8-16 Activities Included: Music instruction, female mentorship, self-defense, design, music performance

Girls Rock! Indianapolis is a non-profit organization dedicated to building positive self-esteem in girls and encouraging creative expression through music. Our music education programs provide girls with an opportunity to participate in an environment that fosters leadership, encourages social change, and cultivates a supportive community of female peers and mentors.

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

Gender of Campers: All-Girl Dates: Day camp runs each week from June 8 - July 24. Ages/Grades: Grades K-7 Cost: $110-140

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

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts, Specific Categories: Creativity, Arts & Academic Enrichment, Special Needs Camps Offered: Can accommodate some special needs Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Dates: June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10, July 13-17 Ages/Grades: Grades 2 to 10 Cost: $300 per week per child Requirements of Campers: Must bring own lunch. Activities Included: Field trips to nearby museums and the White River State Park Herron’s creativity camps are for kids who like to explore, discover, and make things with their hands. If they can THINK IT, they can MAKE IT. Camps are designed to seed inspiration, foster curiosity, and channel enthusiasm, turning the wonder of children’s imagination into objects of invention and creativity.

Indianapolis Children's Choir 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Lauren Southard, Phone: 317-940-8065, Hours: 9am - 4pm, Email:,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: After School Programs, Arts Specific Categories: Music, Singing, Arts, Instruments Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (Specific Dates) Hours: 9am-4pm Dates: June 15-19, July 20-24

Ages/Grades: Grades 3 - 8 Cost: $185 Requirements of Campers: Loves to sing! Activities Included: Singing, Playing Instruments Does your child love to sing? Join us for the annual Indianapolis Children's Choir Summer Choral Fest! Half day and all day sessions are available for children going into the 3rd-8th grades next school year (2014-2015). Camp runs June 16th-21st or June 21st-25th. For more information and to register, please visit www. or contact Lauren Southard at or 940-8065.

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Hours: M-F (9am-12pm) M-F (1pm-4pm) All Day (9am-4pm)...before and after care available from 7 am - 9 am & $ 4 pm - 6 pm Dates: June 15 - 19, 2015 June 22 - 26, 2015 Ages/Grades: 3YO-grade 10 Cost: $150 - $175 Want to learn to dance flamenco? How about learning about French cooking? Visit our website to see all the camps we have to offer your child!



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

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

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

MMA Summer Camps 204 North Grand Street, Mexico, MO 65265, Contact: Marc Wilson, Phone: 573-581-1776, www.missouri

Gender of Campers: All-Boy Type of Camp: Day AND Residential Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Sports, Traditional Dates: 6/21-7-3, 6-21-7/17, 7/6-7/18, 7/12-7/18 Ages/Grades: 8-11, 11-17, rising seniors and rising juniors, High school and 7th & 8th grades Cost: $700, $960, $1,500, $2,000, $3,750 Requirements of Campers: Physical and immunizations, if applicable transcript Activities Included: Paint ball, wall climbing, marksmanship, academics,



swimming, young journalist workship, ACT/SAT bootcamp ACT/SAT Boot Camp 6/21-7/3 co-ed Summer Academy 6/21-7/17 Leadership Camp 7/3-7/18 Confidence Camp 7/3-7/12 and or 7/12-7/18 Young Journalist Workshop 7/12-7/17, co-ed

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Specific Categories: Academic, Arts Hours: 8:30A to 3:30 P with extra hours Dates: July 6 thru July 31 Ages/Grades: Ages 3-10 Cost: $190.00/week Requirements of Campers: Able to express needs and potty trained Activities Included: Swimming, bowling, hiking, summer reading program, and many arts, crafts and tie-dye

In keeping with the Montessori tradition, the children participate in hands-on activities with a small student/teacher ratio. All activity fees are included in the camp fee per week. Extended hours are available from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM.

Morning Dove Therapuetic Riding 7444 W.96th St, Zionsville, IN 46077, Contact: Lydia Philips, Phone: 317-7339393, Email:,

Our mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral challenges in the greater Indianapolis community through equine assisted therapies and activities. Morning Dove is a member of the professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, and employees Path Certified Instructors to facilitate classes.

MYART Locations: 622 S. Rangeline, Carmel /12244 E. 116th St., Fishers /39 North 10th St., Noblesville/80 W. Pine St., Zionsville, Contact: Sylvia Runningen, Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville 317-443-6831or sylvia@ Barb Hegeman, Zionsville 317-774-3729 (DRAW) or barb@myartindy. com,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts Hours: Weekly camps: Mon-Thurs (9:30am-12:00pm) and Friday one day camps (9:00am-12:00pm) Cost: $140 and includes all art supplies (Friday camps $40)

Myart offers weekly and one day summer art camps for ages 5 and up. Students learn drawing and painting techniques to create amazing art all centered on a specific theme. Weekly camps include Cartooning, Wild Animals, Pets, Fantasy, Alaska, Desert, and Under the Sea. One day camps include Horses, Little Pony. Ninja Turtles & Pokemon. Campers work in a variety of media, including markers, oil and chalk pastels, watercolor, and acrylics on canvas. Every year we offer brand new projects so returning campers are always creating something new and fun!

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

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

Orchard Summer camp is an opportunity to

play, meet new friends and take part in camps that meet your interests. We offer before and after care as well as a special early childhood program for 3-5 year olds. Orchard summer camps offer sports, cooking, drama, arts, hiking, camping, music and academics. Explore what we have to offer and find a passion of your own.

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Arts, Sports, Specific Categories: Arts, Science, Literature, Performance, Popular Culture, History, Athletics Hours: 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm or 8am - 5pm Dates: June 9-13, June 16-20 Ages/Grades: Grades 5,6,7, and 8 Cost: $130 - $190 Requirements of Campers: Some materials may be requested Activities Included: Potential for field trips, outdoor activities, performances, cross-cultural learning experiences, instruction by elite faculty members

Prep at Brebeuf is a middle-school summer engagement program that will introduce our outstanding Brebeuf offerings and faculty to a younger crowd. These summer workshops will provide middle-school students with engaging activities and experiences to enhance their summer vacation. Before and after care will be available.

Primrose School at Bridgewater 14711 N Gray Rd, Noblesville, IN 46062, Contact: Nikki Knott, Phone: 317-848-0123, Email:,

Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Dates: June - August Weekly Themed Camps



Ages/Grades: 4 years - 10 years Cost: $100 - $275 - varies on camp and days Your child will love each unique themed camp week such as: adventures of the culinary, film productions, sports week, deserted island exploration of hidden treasures, a travel back in time, great inventions including their own, medieval fun, aquatics and much more! Field trips galore!

Primrose School of West Carmel 3746 W. 96th Street, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Kelly Spelman, Phone: 317-8760123, Email: kspelman@primrose, www.primrose

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

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

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

Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Dates: June - August Weekly Themed Camps Ages/Grades: 4 years - 10 years Cost: $100 - $275 - varies on camp and days Your child will love each unique themed camp week such as: adventures of the culinary, film productions, sports week, deserted island exploration of hidden treasures, a travel back in time, great inventions including their own, medieval fun, aquatics and much more! Field trips galore!

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

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



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

campers daily. Our staff will focus on character development, Christian morals, and values; all while having an exciting line up of age appropriate activities, arts and crafts, indoor/ outdoor games, field trips, and much more weekly.

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

Activity Category: Fitness & Sports

University of Indianapolis Day Camp 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227, Contact: Terri Reinhardt, Phone: 317-788-6164, Email: treinhardt@uindy. edu,

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts Hours: 9 am - 5 pm and 2:30 pm - 5 pm Dates: June, July, August Ages/Grades: 4-6; 7-11 and Teen Cost: $80-$350 Requirements of Campers: Full Day Campers Bring Sack Lunch Activities Included: Art, Drama, Science, Ceramics Looking for a fun and unique experience for your kids during summer break? At the SullivanMunce Cultural Center children will gain experience working with a variety of art materials while learning about famous artists. Drawing, painting, sculpture, clay, mixed media, drama and more!

TP Kiddie Academy 4501 N Post Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46226, Contact: Katrina Jones, Phone: 317-8984420, Fax: 317-898-4423, Email: kjones@, www.tpschools

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, Religious - Traditional, Specific Categories: Christian Summer Camp Hours: 6am-6pm Dates: June 8- July 25 Ages/Grades: 3-12 year old Cost: Preschool- $130 a week K-6th grade- $90 a week plus activity fees Requirements of Campers: All campers must have current immunization records, completed physical from, and signed discipline policy to accompany registration Activities Included: All Activities. TP Kiddie Academy is a Registered Ministry of Turning Point Family Worship Center. We strive to provide a fun, affordable, and safe Christian childcare program throughout the summer for children ages 3-12 years old. We offer summer learning enrichment for all

UIndy summer day camps offer programs for youth ranging in age from elementary to high school. Students improve skills, make new friends, and get a glimpse of college life. Choose from music, volleyball, theatre, creative writing, and professional development, and lots more.

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Sports, Traditional, Specific Categories: Traditional, Sports, Enrichment Hours: 6:30 AM to 6 PM Dates: May 27 - Aug 7 Ages/Grades: ages 3-15 Cost: $99-$400 Requirements of Campers: 3-15 Activities Included: Hiking, Canoeing, Archery, Candle Making, OLS, Environmental Education, Crafts, Drama, Sports, Group Games, Teambuilding, Leadership, and more! The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Day Camp Program has over 25 locations in the Greater Indianapolis area and surrounding counties. Campers range in age from 3 to 15! We have something for everyone! Join us for the Best Summer Ever! (Indianapolis, Greenwood, Fishers, Lebanon, Sheridan, Avon, Greenfield)

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

Activity Category: Dance

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

Fox Hill Dance Academy, Inc. 2255 Fox Hill Drive, Indianapolis, In 46228, Contact: Betty Wright, President, Phone: 317-255-0173, Fax: 317-731-4093, Email:, www.

Activity Category: Dance

Ballet, tap, hiphop. Adults and children. Walk in registration Mon. & Fri. 1-5 and Weds. 2-6.

University of Indianapolis 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227, Contact: Terri Reinhardt, Phone: 317-788-6164, Email: treinhardt@uindy. edu,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed

UIndy summer enrichment camps offer programs for youth ranging in age from elementary to high school. Students improve skills, make new friends, and get a glimpse of college life. Choose from music, theatre, creative writing, and professional development, and lots more.

OV E R N IGH T C A MP S Camp Carson YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670, Contact: Mark Scoular. Phone: 812-385-3597, Email: campinfo@,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional, Specific Categories: Traditional, plus horseback and dirt-bike camps, Special Needs Camps Offered: Type 1 Diabates, also free weeks of camp focused specifically on our military families. Hours: Week long residential Sun 1pm - Fri 7pm Dates: June and July Ages/Grades: 7-16 Cost: Ranges from $500-$625 plus add on fee for horses, dirtbikes, weekend trips Activities Included: Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Fishing, Waterziplines, Blob, Waterslides, swimming, etc and on land

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

Camp Lakeview/ Lakeview Villages 13500 W Lake Rd, Seymour, IN 47274, Contact: Tom Franke, Phone: 812-3424815, Email:,

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Dates: Weekend and week long camp sessions offered in both June and July Ages/Grades: K-12 Cost: $295 / Week; $50 / Weekend

The best value in Christian camping. We exist to provide a Christian experience of growth, inspiration, and recreation, for people of all ages through a year-round outdoor ministry.

CYO Camp Rancho Framasa

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Camp Gallahue

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

6758 N Bear Creek Rd, Morgantown, IN 46160, Contact: Diana Keely, Phone: 317-924-6800, Email: girlscouts@, www.girl

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day AND Residential Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Religious - Traditional, Special Needs, Traditional, Specific Categories: Recreational, Special Needs Camps Offered: All programs are Inclusive with needed adaptions Hours: Sun-Fri Dates: June 7 - July 31 Ages/Grades: 7-19 Cost: $155 - $450 Requirements of Campers: Inclusive camp Activities Included: Horses, high ropes, swimming, canoeing, archery, campfires, gaga pit, drama, arts & crafts, all camp games, outdoor cooking & firebuilding, nature activities. Trip and travel program for teens. Junior Counselor program. Eight weeks of traditional recreational residential camping on 297 wooded acres in beautiful Brown county Indiana. Established in 1946, United Way agency and American Camp Association accredited. Core values Inclusive, Stewards of the Earth, Humility, Camper-Centered, Staff Development, Catholic. All are welcome.

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

Resident camp is an experience filled with excitement, delight, laughter, and friendship. Camp sessions include horseback riding opportunities, themes like moonlight mischief, coaster crazy, care and keeping of magical creatures, splendid spelunking, and surf divas. Girls who are not Girl Scouts may register to attend. Financial assistance available.

JAMESON CAMP 2001 S. Bridgeport Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46231, Contact: Andrea Groves, Phone: 317-241-2661, Email: registrar@, www.jameson

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes Hours: Week Long Sessions Dates: June 1- August 2nd. Ages/Grades: 5-17 Cost: $80-$525

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.

University of Indianapolis 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227, Contact: Terri Reinhardt, Phone: 317-788-6164, Email: treinhardt@uindy. edu,

UIndy summer overnight camps offer programs for youth ranging in age from elementary to high school. Students improve skills, make new friends, and get a glimpse of college life. Choose from music, volleyball, theatre, creative writing, and professional development, and lots more.






Join the fun on Lemonade Day! Have your kids be a part of this entrepreneurial event Jami Marsh, Director of Lemonade Day Greater Indianapolis

It's hard to believe that Lemonade Day is in its sixth year - wow! Over the last five years, more than 30,000 Indianapolis-area kids have gotten their first taste of entrepreneurship through this program. In the coming years, we'll know if any of these mostly elementary school-aged kids viewed this Lemonade Day experience as the moment when "the light bulb came on" and they realized they could chart their own course in life. For those who don't know, Lemonade Day teaches kids how to start, own and operate their own business: a lemonade stand. Kids began signing up March 7th. They are provided access to a webbased, game-like application called Lemonopolis. Kids can work through Lemonopolis at their own pace, learning how to be a lemonade stand entrepreneur and prepare for Lemonade Day. We also hold fun, free workshops and contests along the way and on Saturday, May 16th kids will "open up shop" and sell lemonade to the community. The kids keep the money they earn and we encourage them to "spend some, save some and share some" of their Lemonade Day profits.

Every year, there are a number of kids who really stand out (and these are just the kids I know about). Last year, this kid was Nathan, proud owner of a Star Wars-branded lemonade business called "The Dark Side of Lemonade." He won our Best Stand Contest. He also blew us away with his pitch for start-up money for his lemonade business. His lemonade stand - made entirely out of cardboard - looked like the Battlestar Galactica, with a cut-out window for selling lemonade. Amazingly, his lemonade was dark too: he used smashed-up blueberries to make it dark and it tasted great! This first-grader had a business plan, complete with a line-item budget, that would rival that of many adult entrepreneurs. At a Lemonade Day event with Governor Pence, Nathan told the Governor that he could help him balance the budget! Nathan is one of those kids who, I believe, had that light bulb moment. He may or may not start a business one day but I know he’ll do something great. And as we begin our sixth Lemonade Day season I will be thinking about the other "Nathans" who will emerge and what they may ultimately accomplish one day. I feel proud that we're part of that story.

[Photo Credit] @joetography

Check out our web site and follow us on social media for more information: web: facebook: Lemonade Day Indianapolis twitter & Instagram: @lemonadedayindy Check out Nathan's video pitch for start-up money at: lemonadedayindy








Maggie Loiselle

Accessing all available resources The autism spectrum is as varied as the children who grapple with the developmental disorder. But for parents, one thing remains constant – the high cost of quality treatment. From Applied Behavior Analysis, to speech and occupational therapy and medications to address other symptoms, the cost to families, before insurance, can be upwards of $10,000 a month. “It’s above and beyond what anyone could afford who didn’t have a six-figure income,” stresses Shana Ritter, director of The Foundation for Autism Resources, or FAR, a Monroe Countybased nonprofit organization connecting families with limited means with access to autism treatment. But Indiana families do have options. Between one of the strongest autism insurance mandates in the country and a shortening wait list for Medicaid waivers, experts share their recommendations to help ease the financial strain.

Inspect your insurance Michele Trivedi’s daughter, Ellie, was the first child in Indiana to have her autism treatments covered by insurance, and it took three years for the first claim to be paid.

Insurance Project. “But 14 years later, we’re still having people have significant issues getting coverage.” For families who are just starting the process, Trivedi recommends they examine their insurance plans. If covered through an employer, parents should contact their Human Resources Department to determine if their plan is covered under the mandate. When inspecting the actual plan, parents should look for a section that’s likely labeled Autism Spectrum Disorders. Indiana’s autism mandate applies only to employers’ and individuals’ plans that are regulated by Indiana law, so federal employees and those who work for out-of-state corporations or for companies that are self-insured may have to do more digging. For children enrolled in Medicaid, the federal government issued a directive in 2014 that autism screening, diagnosis and treatment should be covered under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment, or EPSDT, program, but parents need to know to request coverage under that heading, Trivedi notes. Meanwhile, all of the Affordable Care Act options in Indiana have to follow the state’s mandate. For parents who run into issues, Trivedi recommends reaching out to her at The Arc Insurance Project ( or to an Ally with the Autism Society of Indiana (www.

That was 2001, and Ellie was a test case for Indiana’s Health Insurance Mandate for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, one of only two such mandates in the country to classify autism as a chronic condition and require full coverage for treatments deemed medically necessary.

Apply for a Medicaid waiver

“I wanted to make sure other parents didn’t have to go through what I went through,” says Trivedi, who now advises families as manager of The Arc

Another source of financial support is a Medicaid waiver, which provides Medicaid coverage to qualifying children with autism without taking the family’s income into account.



The Family Supports Waiver – the waiver that most commonly applies to children with autism – covers a host of services for families, including some that insurance typically doesn’t, such as respite care. There is currently a wait list for the waiver, about two and a half years, but that’s down from more than ten years a short time ago, says Nicole Norvell, director of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Disability and Rehabilitation Services. She recommends parents apply at their local Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services office as soon as they have an autism diagnosis. “When your child is first diagnosed, it can be overwhelming. Talking face-to-face can help parents see all of the services that are available.”

Seek out other options Like FAR’s work to give more children access to autism treatment, there are private and nonprofit programs across Indiana and the country that provide financial assistance for families. The Autism Resource Network of Indiana has a comprehensive list of grants on its website as does the Indiana Resource Center for Autism. The National Autism Association provides funding for families through its Helping Hand program and Autism Speaks has a list of national grant opportunities.

Finding all the available options that may apply to you can be an overwhelming task, but others have been through the process and are ready to help. Reach out and take advantage of their willingness to share their wealth of information.





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AU T ISM spec t rum Encouraging friendships between all children Sarah Bricker Hunt

They are few things more treasured than the companionship of a good friend. But for children living with autism, the process of forging friendships can be especially difficult. For those on the autism spectrum, social cues are sometimes misunderstood and new people and experiences can feel overwhelming. As parents, we want all children, no matter what their abilities, to feel valued and included. How can you help achieve this? By teaching your kids about autism and showing them how to reach out to children on the spectrum in the classroom and beyond. “It’s all about patience,” says 30 year-old Lauren, reflecting on her own experience as a child with autism. “It’s about patience on the part of the kid on the spectrum and for kids trying to make friends with them, too.” Lauren vividly recalls the unique social challenges she faced growing up. “Most other kids just didn’t get it,” she says. “They didn’t always read me right.” In fact, Dana Renay, Chief Executive Ally of the Autism Society of Indiana, says sometimes children on the spectrum can be blunt, but they don’t mean to be disrespectful. “Honesty is a wonderful quality everyone should have, and kids on the spectrum are sometimes honest to a fault,” she says. “In reality, kids on the spectrum are still kids, and have the same struggles everyone else has…relate it to your own child’s experience and their own personal struggles.” 38






Renay adds that striking up a friendship with a child on the spectrum may require multiple attempts. “You [may] only want to put yourself out there so many times,” she says, “but I guarantee you the effort itself is what really matters. It makes a big difference.” Fortunately, kids in school today are often more educated about autism than ever before. “The good news is that there are lot of kids on the spectrum who are in the classroom and their peers know who they are, and actually understand,” Renay says. “Often, they understand more than we give them credit for.” When she speaks to a class about autism, she stresses empathy. She asks students what it’s like to feel left out or isolated and then have someone come up to say “Hi.” “It feels good, of course,” she says, “and wouldn’t you want to make someone else feel good?”

Person first language When it comes to autism and other labels, “person first language” is important. It is more respectful to say a child has autism versus referring to them as an autistic child. “Autism is



just one characteristic of someone’s being,” Renay says. The word “spectrum” is used to describe autism because how it manifests in different people can vary greatly.

Planning ahead Outside the classroom, some children on the spectrum have difficulty getting involved with activities outside the normal routine. The national Autism Speaks website recommends planning ahead for events with the child’s input, to help lessen stress. For kids and parents who are trying to reach out to a child on the spectrum, this could mean offering play date and party invitations as early as possible, and providing plenty of details about what the child can expect. “It’s helpful to us when we have plenty of advance notice,” Lauren explains. “Parents can encourage their kids to think ahead when it comes to including a child on the spectrum – try to ask way ahead of time for a play date.” Like other kids, children on the spectrum enjoy new friends and experiences, they may just need more time to adjust to them.

Do you know a child with autism? Reach out to them! Your friendship can enrich their lives as well as your own.









The value of face-to-face interaction in a digital age Maggie Loiselle

Although social media has helped parents of children with special needs immensely by allowing them to connect and share online, there is still great value to trading stories about the struggles and triumphs of daily life in an actual group setting. Support groups have long served as a physical community to connect with others whose children are facing the same challenges – giving parents a platform to share advice, vent frustrations and create lasting support systems. Still, our increasingly hectic lives often leave parents with little time or energy to relate in person. “People’s lives are so busy with their own children’s activities, they’re going in the digital direction,” says Tami Wanninger, director of Noble of Indiana’s Center for Family Leadership. “But there are some people who still want a personal connection, who want to talk to someone who’s been in their shoes.” To fill this need, the organization hosts monthly Central Indiana Autism Support Group meetings at its Broad Ripple location (check the website for topics/times at www., and new this year, Pens with a Purpose invites parents of children with any special need to journal together on a given topic. “It’s a group for parents who might be a little more shy about talking and sharing their feelings,” Wanninger says. “They journal their feelings, and they can then talk about it, too.” The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm at Noble of Indiana’s Broad Ripple location. Email b.pietras@mynoblelife. org for more information or to RSVP.



For parents and grandparents of children with autism, Easter Seals Crossroads’ Autism Family Resource Center offers a Parents’ Support Group on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:307 pm and a Grandparents’ Support Group on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7 pm. “The biggest advantage of a support group for families is you can find really specific, local support. It could be which neighbor is a great babysitter or what McDonald’s PlayPlace is most accommodating for children with special needs,” says autism resource Specialist Amy Miller, who facilitates both groups. “Those little nuances that you can’t find online.” At GiGi’s Playhouse, a new nonprofit Down Syndrome Achievement Center that opened an Indianapolis location earlier this year, the multipurpose space provides caregivers a judgement-free zone to relax, connect and learn from those who’ve been there. “This is a place where you can walk in and not see everything

that’s not going to happen for your child but see all the potential and the achievement,” says Megan Peck, president of the Indianapolis Playhouse and mom to a soon to be three year-old son with Down syndrome. “You can be here and have hope, and realize that Down syndrome is actually something that’s celebrated.” The Playhouse hosts a Proud Parent group every other Monday from 7:30-8:30 pm and a Grandparent Brag on the last Friday of the month, from 9:30-10:30 am. A sibling group is also in the works. “The term ‘support group’ sometimes has a negative connotation, like you’re all sitting there depressed. That’s not what this is,” Peck stresses. “This is about connecting and celebrating.” Having a positive, inclusive place to interact with other parents is something Lana Green wishes she’d had as a new mom 32 years ago. She and daughter Jessica, who has Down syndrome, volunteer at the Playhouse. “When you’re a parent of a child with special needs, no one understands you like other parents of children with special needs,” she says. “When Jessica was growing up, there was acceptance, but we had to seek it out. Now, GiGi’s Playhouse is here. It’s part of the community.”

To find out more, the Indiana Resource Center for Autism has a comprehensive list of special needs support groups on its website at php?pageId=546.






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Raise the Bar for Autism

Katie's Roll 4 Autism

Time: 8:00 AM, Location: IXF CrossFit, www.3dayweekend. com/Raise-the-Bar-for-Autism-C190.aspx The event will feature up to 80 teams spread across six heats with each team competing in 3 WODS and a final championship WOD for the top teams. This is IXF's third year raising money for autism and the first year working with the Autism Society of Indiana to support families who are affected by autism.

Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Location: Woodland Bowl, Cost: $30 per person or $150 for 5-person team, www. Come out for a great time of bowling and fun at Katie's Roll For Autism. 100 percent of all proceeds will go directly to the Katie Stout Foundation Inc., and money will be used to benefit families affected by Autism.

Parents Night Out

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Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Location: South Indian Creek Christian Church, parents-night-out Respite services provided by Easter Seals Crossroads. Parents' Night Out is a scheduled event for children with disabilities or special needs. The program provides care for children and their siblings ages 6 months through 12 years. Parents' Night Out is available at several locations throughout the city.

All Kids Can Succeed: Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges

Answers for Autism Dinner – Stone Creek Dining

Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Location: Avon Middle School, Cost: $100 ($55 for school district Autism Leaders), source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=IRCA%20 Reporter&utm_campaign=IRCA%20Repo Students on the autism spectrum and others with behavioral challenges often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety.

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Cost $65, http://answersautism. org/autism-event/answers-for-autism-dinner-stone-creekdining/ Join Answers for Autism at Stone Creek Dining Company for a four course wine dinner and silent auction to honor Autism Awareness Month and raise funds for Answers for Autism.


F R I 10 North Central Indianapolis Drum Circle Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Phone: 317-590-5319 , Location: Carmel Lutheran Church Sponsored by Meaningful Day Services, this is an event where people of all abilities can participate and be successful. The goal areas addressed at a drum circle include increasing social interaction skills, eye contact, active attending skills, motor co-ordination, gross and fine motor skills, sensory-processing skills and receptive and expressive communication skills. RSVP to Leigh Ann Fuller 317-590-5319 or

Adaptive Beach Bash Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Location: Monon Community Center, It's Spring Fever Time! We're going to celebrate summer a little bit early and bring the beach to us. Come enjoy as we play games, enjoy yummy treats, and connect with our Adaptive Community. This is a FREE event for all Adaptive Families. Come reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Pre-registration is required.



F R I 17 Autism Family Resource Center Parents' Night Out: North Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Cost: Free, Location: Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle), www.easterseals Parents' Night Out is a scheduled event for children with disabilities or special needs. The program provides care for children and their siblings ages 6 months through 12 years. Available at several locations throughout the city.

S AT 18 Don’t We Already Do Inclusion? Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, Cost: $45 (lunch included, Location: Down Syndrome Indiana, PaulaKluth.phpSensory Parents, educators and professionals, are you trying to grow the inclusive schooling model in your community? Do you want to become re-energized as an advocate or educator? This day-long workshop is focused on addressing all of these goals and is designed to help a range of stakeholders learn new skills and ask new questions.

FRI 24 GiGi's Playhouse Grandparent Brag Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Location: GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, http:// This group is grandparents of a child with Down syndrome. This is a chance for them to enjoy conversation with one another, network and even watch some programs.

S AT 25 Hear Indiana's 12th Annual Talk Walk Run Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Location: Fort Harrison State Park, Presented by Relay Indiana features live music and a Kids Carnival. We will celebrate the Gift of Sound, with music and song, beginning at the Start Line and at the half-way point of the run/walk. In keeping with our tradition, there will also be musical entertainment at the Post-Race Party and Carnival.

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Carmel CENTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children's Therapy Connection

I CAN WE CAN THERAPY I Can We Can Pediatric Therapy offers Occupational & Physical Therapy in both an Aquatic & Gymnastic environment for children with special needs, birth to twenty one. Both 1:1 and small-group sessions are available. All sessions are insurance-eligible. Call for information on programming at the multiple locations in Indianapolis and its surrounding suburbs. 6239 Washington Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Kelly Donley, Founder, Phone: 224-515-9060, 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 Centers, and the community to ensure that skills are generalized across all environments. Intensive parent training and collaboration with all members of a client's team are an essential part of every individualized program developed. Contact us for a free initial consultation. Locations in Indianapolis, Bloomington, Columbus and Terre Haute; Indianapolis: 8646 Guion Rd Indianapolis, IN 46268, Columbus :1015 3rd St. Suite C IN 47201, Terre Haute::3464 South 4th Street IN 47802, Bloomington: 417 S Clarizz Boulevard IN 4740; Contact: Ilana Hernandez, Director, Phone: 855-INFO-UTS, Email: info@unlockingthespectrum. com,

[ C O N TA C T ] J E N N I C A@ I N DY S C H I L D .C O M T O H AV E YO U R L I S T I N G I N C L U D E D !

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






Experience Hands-On Learning at the Camps, Butterfly Kaleidoscope exhibit provide Indianapolis Zoo Zoo new opportunities for children to explore and learn

Rachel Taller

Spring is blossoming with opportunities for new adventures and inspiration at the Indianapolis Zoo. Children can discover the exciting world of animals and experience hands-on learning during one of many Zoo Camps. Plus, guests can explore the new life of emerging butterflies in the Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group.

Experience fun through learning at Zoo Camps Learning continues during summer vacation at the Zoo. Summer camps offer children a variety of educational experiences with a wild twist. With nearly 30 different programs offered for ages 5 through 14, there’s a Zoo Camp to match every child’s interests – from Animal Playtime and Wildlife Science, to Art Safari and Animal Tales, plus many more. Each program offers an up-close look at the incredible world of animals. Campers will make new friends, explore the Zoo, go behind the scenes and participate in age-appropriate games, crafts, tours, shows and more.

Labor Day. Hundreds of butterflies from nearly 40 different native and exotic species fill the Conservatory. Guests can observe butterflies emerging from their chrysalis and learn all about their incredible metamorphosis. To experience a more hands-on adventure, with the help of a butterfly keeper, you can hold a newly emerged butterfly and be a part of its breath-taking first flight. The best part is that admission to White River Gardens and Butterfly Kaleidoscope is included with regular Zoo admission.

Bold, beautiful color awaits at Butterfly Kaleidoscope Discover the beauty of butterflies at the Hilbert Conservatory. These wonderful winged insects are a part of Butterfly Kaleidoscope, which is open now through



Whether learning about animal adventures or experiencing the magical world of butterflies, new discoveries always await guests at the Indianapolis Zoo.





Simple IDE AS to m ark this important e ve nt Michelle Shirk


Me d i um e f fo rts

hile the environment remains an important topic year round, Earth Day is a particularly good time to focus on your family’s role in creating a cleaner, greener world. First held in 1970, this holiday is now celebrated every April 22 in countries across the globe. Read on to learn how you can join the festivities!

*Round up your old computers, printers and other electronics and send them off for a new life. The Indianapolis Zoo’s twice yearly “Power Recycling Weekends” provide a perfect opportunity to unload these unwanted items. *Have a green thumb, or want to develop one? Plant a garden. “Start small so you can see some success,” says Bramhill. “Maybe just begin with a few flowers or herbs.”

C re at i n g a BON D “It’s immensely important for people of all ages to feel connected with wildlife and the natural world, especially children, because they will be the scientists and conservationists making a difference for future generations,” says Melanie Laurendine, Conservation Public Relations Specialist at the Indianapolis Zoo. “Creating a connection with wild things and wild places is the first step to understanding and ultimately caring.” Looking to help your child create this kind of bond? “Encourage children to grow things, even if it’s only in a planter,” says Jane Bramhill, Dean of Students and Head of Science at the International School of Indiana. She also recommends looking for “nature watch” activity programs that prompt kids to monitor the environment around them. Laurendine agrees it’s important to get kids outside. “Children can learn from books and movies, but by actually introducing children to plants and animals, parents are creating an opportunity for new adventures that will get kids excited about nature and leave a lasting impression,” she says.

Ma k i n g a d i ffe re n c e As Earth Day approaches, brainstorm with your kids about ways your family can honor this year’s holiday. Maybe you’ll decide to take some simple steps toward a greener lifestyle at home, or perhaps you’re ready to join (or launch!) a major conservation initiative in your area. To get you started, we’ve rounded up some ideas for small, medium and large ways you can make a difference.


La rg e r e f f o rts *Commit to increasing your family’s knowledge of the natural world. The Indianapolis Zoo’s Hix Institute for Research and Conservation offers a variety of programs designed to educate kids about animals and the environment. Learn more about upcoming events at

Sm a ll e ffo rts *Want to conserve resources? Laurendine recommends taking simple actions like turning off the water during tooth brushing, unplugging electronics that aren’t in use and drinking from reusable bottles. *Switch the light bulbs in your home to energyefficient varieties, suggests Bramhill. *Attend a local Earth Day event – check our list of options!


*Take an in-depth look at your family’s energy usage. The Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal agency, provides a checklist at www. four.

*Talk to your children’s school or club about participating in the “Earth Day Groceries Project.” Participants borrow and decorate paper grocery bags, then return them to be distributed to customers on Earth Day. Head to www. to get started. *Get your hands dirty. Laurendine suggests working alongside or starting a group to clean up a section of the White River.

*Visit the site and click on “Take Action” to find out how you can participate in large scale efforts to save the planet, like promoting The Climate Petition to encourage local, national and international leaders to phase out carbon. However your family decides to celebrate, you can feel good about your efforts to raise kids who care about the world around them. After all, “a child who connects with the natural world will grow into an adult who respects the environment,” says Bramhill.

happy earth day!

Indianapolis Area Events Power Recycling Weekend: April 11TH and 12TH Finish up your spring cleaning with a stop at the Indianapolis Zoo. You can check your devices against the list of accepted items at

Earth Day Indiana Festival: April 25TH Head to White River State Park for a day filled with music, food and fun. The festival runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and offers free admission. Find details at

JCC Earth Day Community Celebration: April 26th Over 40 exhibitors share their knowledge through hands-on learning activities. Bring the whole family to this free event. Expect live music, make-your-own kites, plants, scavenger hunts and so much more. For details, visit http://jccindy. org/?s=earth%20day.




Research to Real World: The Benefits of Lullabies, Nursery Rhymes and Other Songs for Children Tonya Bergeson-Dana, PhD

Nearly every culture has had a special category of songs sung exclusively to babies, whether they are lullabies, nursery rhymes or some of our own creations handed down through the generations. We sing some songs to babies to calm them down and help them get to sleep (e.g., Rock-a-bye Baby in a Treetop) and other songs while playing with our babies and to get them to giggle (e.g., Skinnamarink a-Dink a-Dink). If you’re a parent (or a soon-to-be parent) who just read those song names without any recognition whatsoever, don’t stress out. You will be surprised at the songs that come out of your mouth that you had no intention of singing before you became a parent! In addition to your own tunes, corporations have created CDs with classical music designed to make babies smarter (e.g., Baby Einstein™ might play Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik) and music classes for parents and babies have also been introduced to the market (Kindermusik, Music Together®). Do these products and services actually work? Luckily, researchers have been following these trends to see what works and why. In 2012 researchers from Dr. Laurel Trainor’s Auditory Development Lab at McMaster University in Canada randomly assigned six-month-old babies to two music classes: An Active music class that involved singing, moving and playing percussion instruments with their parents. 50


These results might also help explain why we use music not only when rocking little babies to sleep but also at social events such as weddings, funerals, military activities, birthday parties, even jumping rope at recess, where emotional bonding and sharing common goals are emphasized.

A Passive music class that involved listening to music from the Baby Einstein™ series while interacting with art, books, balls, blocks and stacking cups with their parents. They tested the same babies six months later and found not only that the music skills of the Active group had improved more than those of the Passive group, but so had their social and communication skills. Because it’s difficult to tease apart which of the aspects of the Active music class were responsible for these benefits (musicality, sociability and communication), another group of researchers at McMaster University took a closer look at sociability. They conducted a series of experiments in which an

assistant wore 14-month-old babies in forward-facing baby carriers and bounced to music along with an experimenter, who either bounced to the music with them (synchrony) or bounced against the beat (asynchrony). The babies were then placed in a situation where the experimenter “accidentally” dropped an object and the baby had an opportunity to hand the object back to the experimenter. The researchers found that the babies who had been bounced in synchrony with the experimenter were more likely to help her with the dropped object than babies bounced against the beat. This suggests that musical engagement and synchronous rhythm provide cues for pro-social behavior even in children as young as 14 months.

The take-home message here is that although singing and bouncing with your baby might sometimes feel foolish, your baby is actually reaping the benefits of this simple activity. He’s developing a sense of music and culture, advancing his language and communication skills, and developing pro-social, cooperative behaviors. So keep singing and dancing, or crooning lullabies while rocking your baby, no matter what the song!

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 is also a co-founder of The Urban Chalkboard playcafe, and welcome questions and feedback from readers at experience matters@




Ask the Teacher Standardized testing, disagreeing with classroom policies, challenge work Deb Krupowicz


There is so much debate in the news about testing in schools – the “need” for testing, the perspective that there is too much testing, and that all teachers can do now is to “teach to the test.” What, exactly, does all of this testing mean to my fourth grader?


Our educational world is driven more and more by data, heightening the need for testing. A generation ago, testingderived data was used to determine if a student was learning what was expected. Now, the data provides numbers that not only offer an indicator of a student’s learning, but also of a school corporation’s effectiveness and of an individual teacher’s ability. To your child that means that as long as there is a perception that this data is meaningful in determining those things, the testing will continue. When the testing becomes an objective in and of itself, and interrupts the flow of classroom instruction and content, we have to reconsider its role and the time being dedicated to it. It is prudent that all parents are keenly aware of the educational costs of testing, that is, how much time is spent discussing testing strategies, learning the vocabulary associated with testing and practicing various testing formats – as well as the actual testing itself. Seek to understand if this comes in the context of mastery of curricular content or as a skill set independent of new content.



If the testing being done is based on a state’s standards, by definition teachers are always “teaching to the test.” However, we must recognize that the standardized test is only one indicator of mastery. Other valid assessments – assignments, essays, projects and classroom tests – completed over time and in a variety of formats are much better indicators of student mastery of content.


When my son’s teacher explained her policy about allowing kids to re-do any assignment that they wanted to for full credit, I thought it seemed like a good way to instill the value of a strong work ethic. Now, I think my son opts to hurry through his work because he knows he does not have to give it his best at the start. What do I do if I disagree with the teacher’s classroom policy?


Face-to-face communication is always the best way to share concerns about classroom policies and teacher strategies. Share honestly with your son’s teacher how you felt about her announcement of the policy and your very specific observations since then. The teacher will likely suggest that as your son matures he will prefer to do the work correctly the first time rather than spend additional time completing the work again. Each of you might consider tracking your son’s

assignments, noting when the work meets expectations the first time and when it must be redone. If his work requires re-doing regularly, show your son your “records” and explain that the primary goal is for him to do his best the first time he does an assignment. Together define a specific goal such as “No more than two assignments per week will need to be redone.” Help your son track his efforts so that he can see the progress he makes. Seeing progress provides great incentive toward improvement. This nudge may help reap the benefits the teacher hoped for with her policy initially.


My first grade daughter is great at the math “challenge” work that her teacher offers when the regular work has been completed. I am grateful that she provides it, but it makes me wonder if she is being challenged consistently. Should I wait for the teacher to initiate a conversation about this?


Teachers have the tough task of determining how much challenge is enough and how much is too much. The younger the student, the tougher this task is. Certainly the teacher wants to feed your daughter’s enthusiasm for math without causing stress for her. The teacher is very conscious of the building blocks provided by the

curriculum and necessarily cautious about making sure the foundation for her future math skills is sound. Let the teacher know how much you appreciate the challenge opportunities she is providing for your daughter. Ask her if this is something that all of her students are doing, or if there are just a few completing the challenge work. If it is something that many of the students are doing, the teacher is working to help all of the students achieve more, and is probably not an indicator of a higher aptitude for mathematics in your daughter. If there are only a few needing this work, ask her if there are indications that your daughter is ready for a higher level of math and how to determine whether such a placement is in your daughter’s best interest. The reasons for accelerating are obvious – rapid progress and student engagement among them. There are also reasons not to accelerate such as inconsistent indicators of ability, a high stress level in an individual student or a student’s need for a confidence boost. Discussing the situation with your daughter’s teacher can give you a better sense of how to proceed in this situation.

[ A sk the T eacher ] 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@


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

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

Highlands Latin School Highlands Latin School Indianapolis is a private, classical, Christian school. Our goal is to provide our students with a classical education of the highest quality and to create a private school which is a model of excellence in both academics and Christian character. 1010 East 126th St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Jennifer Wiley, Phone: 317-519-5501, Hours: 7:40 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Email:, Cost/Tuition: Please visit our website at, Ages/Grades: K-12, Uniforms/Dress Code: Yes

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

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

46032, Contact: Candace Meyer, Phone: 317-571-8752, Hours: 10-week Fall, Winter & Spring sessions + 4-week

Intensive Summer, Email:,, Hours/Dates: 10-week Fall, Winter & Spring sessions + 4-week Intensive Summer Sessions, Ages/Grades: 3-18

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

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

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

indianapolis // north Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative ArtsEnrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood Cost/Tuition: Please call or email for full brochure Hours/Dates: Flexible Hours. Full Time/Part-Time available. Ages/Grades: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2s+, 3s+, 4s+, Pre-Kindergarten (Kindergarten Readiness Class)(3 day or 5 day option) Before/After School Care: Before and After School Care always available as needed. Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email: jwaldman@bez613. org,

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

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

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

A Children’s Habitat Montessori School For over 40 years, A Children's Habitat Montessori School has been providing a place where children thrive and discover their love of learning. Habitat provides a traditional Montessori school experience for families seeking a half-day preschool and kindergarten, or full-day elementary program. We are a not-for-profit school based on the principles of Maria Montessori, and we are fully accredited by the American Montessori Society. For more information, visit our website: www.childrens-habitat. org. 801 W. 73 Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Carmen Nieves, Phone: (317)726-5584, Email: info@, APRIL 2015 // INDYSCHILD.COM


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

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

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

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

Maria Montessori International Academy (INDIANAPOLIS) “Can your 4 year old read this?” OURS CAN! Come discover why our programs are so successful that our kindergartens are in advance reading and math in first grade at both Zionsville and Carmel Public Schools! The program offers education for infants, toddlers, Pre-K, kindergarten, and elementary across subjects, even for very



young children, including math, science, Spanish, art and music, as well as reading and writing. 7507 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-291-5557, Cost/ Tuition: please call,

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

St. Richard’s Episcopal School SRES strives for academic excellence through its classic curriculum with innovative teaching methods; it also provides preparation and knowledge in areas such as faith, leadership, civic responsibility, and global readiness. St. Richard’s offers a rigorous academic curriculum, three world languages, public speaking and leadership opportunities, a strong fine arts program and organized athletics for continued lifetime success. Our newly redesigned Early Childhood Program uses brain-based research and proven instructional practices that lay the foundation in math and literacy skills. The program features unique field experiences, community partnerships, year-round offerings, and a full-day curriculum along with part-time options. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Abby Williams, Director of Admission and Communications, 317-926-0425 x134, Fax: 317-9213367,,

Sycamore School 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:,

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

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

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, skarpicke@,

indianapolis // northeast Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township An “A” District, Lawrence Township offers a superior and diverse education pre-school through grade 12. Early Learning Centers appeal to the curiosity of the young child. Elementary schools provide strong academic foundations and progressive magnet foci. Secondary schools implement 1:1 technology and a growing list of rigorous courses and extracurricular activities. 6501 Sunnyside Road, Indianapolis, 46236, Contact: Welcome Center, Phone: 317-423-8200, Email:,

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

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

zionsville Advent Lutheran Preschool Advent offers a Christian learning environment for children ages 2 through 5, including a half-day kindergarten. Our well-balanced program supports emotional, social, cognitive, physical and spiritual development. All children, regardless of faith or church affiliation, are welcome. Call to schedule a tour. 11250 N. Michigan Rd., Zionsville, IN 46077, Contact: Deb Trewartha, Phone: 317-873-6318, Email:,

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

46077, Phone: 317-769-2220, Cost/Tuition: please call,

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

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




Effortlessly expert

Kelly Blewett

Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom’s life When I was a child, I believed my father was fluent in Spanish. His ability to count from one to ten without pause was all the evidence I needed. It wasn’t until middle school that I realized his romance language skills are basically nonexistent. By then, a number of other paternal fantasies had also been exposed. My father could not control traffic lights, as I thought when I was five (he was really looking at the lights to the side to cue the “magic words.”) He could not reliably estimate the temperature to the exact degree, as I thought when I was eight (he was cheating). And he did not know the stories behind every stellar constellation, as I thought when I was ten (he made them up). Perfect fluency in a foreign language was the last fantasy to fall. But something remained standing: I still thought my dad was a pretty great guy. Now, with two kids of my own, I’m becoming increasingly aware of the superhuman abilities they think I possess. Last week at the YMCA, my son was flabbergasted by my ability to bounce a racquetball so hard that it almost hit the ceiling of the racquetball court, which, as you might know, is quite high. “Mom can bounce the ball better than anyone!” he announced



that night to my husband. “She’s amazing!” We looked at each other and grinned. I am not often praised for my athletic skills. With a four year-old and a two year-old, I realize now is my opportunity to indulge in some major myth-building. Will I feign competency as a gourmet cook? No. The “proof is in the pudding,” as the saying goes. But certainly other things are within my grasp. I can, at last, be effortlessly expert in whatever I choose and play to an adoring audience. And when I’m found out for the fraud that I am, my children will hopefully know something that is really true: I love them and I like having a good time with them. So, with that, I’ll just practice my own impeccable Spanish and say adios!


My view from the carpool line True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert Get there early, waste time in line waiting, pick up your kid first. Get there late, waste time waiting in line, pick up your kid last. Whichever path you choose, you're stuck waiting. The carpool line at preschool is kind of like a traffic jam you voluntarily put yourself into each day. When I'm sitting in line, I'm most likely on my phone, reading the news, listening to NPR, checking things out with my blog, on FB or Twitter… stuff like that. But recently I've found something more interesting to do with my time – watch other people while THEY wait. The last couple of weeks I've noticed several types of people in the pickup line.

The Socializer This person is always out of his or her car, talking to everyone, every day, and usually oblivious when the carpool line actually starts moving. The Phone Talker This parent is on the phone while pulling into the lot, waiting for pickup, while the teacher brings kids to the car, while the teacher tries to talk about the child's day, and when driving away.

The Overextended Mom I’m not sure how this parent keeps her sanity, clearly getting no break from children all day long. Even though she's picking up two or more kids from carpool, she has at least three others that are too young for preschool in her 15 passenger van.

The Organizer I thought I'd seen it all, until this person opened her sliding van door and I peered inside. It was perfect, not full of junk and clutter. There was a small plastic carousel organizer full of neatly arranged crayons. What? I'd never seen anything like it. And in the backs of seats where my kids stuff all their trash, hers was full of coloring books, regular books, normal kid stuff. It was amazing.

The Excessive Groomer Everyday it's something: nail clipping, pimple popping, makeup applying, etc.

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R A I N Y DAY F U N G U I D E Jeanine Bobenmoyer, Chief Mom Officer of theCityMoms

April showers bring, well, rain. And sometimes it can put a real damper on your spring plans. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to spend rainy days in the Indianapolis area. Tack this to your fridge or bookmark it for a rainy day: All of them come with a promise of fun.


Indulge in an indoor playground.

There are plenty of indoor playscapes scattered throughout the city, but “The Park” at Traders Point Christian Church has become a fast favorite for many reasons: Its 3-story play gym appeals to a wide range of ages, free wifi is available for parents needing to get some work done and there are picnic tables galore at which you can enjoy a family lunch. Group size is limited to 10 or less. See also: Plainfield Christian Church, Lakeview Church, Brookville Road Community Church and Conner Prairie Discovery Station.


Get your musical groove on.

For budding musicians of all sizes, the Rhythm Discovery Center located in downtown Indy is a gem. Tour the exhibits then visit the interactive center with tons of percussion instruments to bang on. An 8-foot gong drum is definitely a kids’ favorite! Rhythm Discovery Center also offers occasional weekend drum circles that are open to the public. More fun at: Bongo Boy Music School and The Music Playhouse of Broad Ripple or Carmel.




Live and love your local library programs.

The Indianapolis Public Library does a wonderful job of offering programming that hits on the 4 F’s: Fun, family-friendly and FREE. This spring, their schedule includes Shake, Rattle and Roll: A Baby Music Class, Art Monsters: Art Workshop, and Sea, Sand and Surf: Science Workshop. These programs also rotate at all IPL branches giving families across the city an opportunity to try them. Registration is required.


Investigate nature… indoors.

You may know Holliday Park for their trio of fun outdoor playscapes, but they are also home to a fabulous nature center. This typically quiet center has plenty of exhibits to keep kids busy including a dress-up corner and bird-watching wing. If rain lets up, it’s also a favorite location for hitting the hiking trails along the White River.

Also check out: Your local library branch.

Don’t forget: Cool Creek Park Nature Center, Fort Harrison State Park Office/ Nature Center and Eagle Creek Park Orinthology Center.



Climb to new heights at a climbing gym.

Rock climbing is a great way to build strength – but also the perfect way to get rainy day willies out. Climb Time offers a weekly Kids Club session on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:30pm. And although ages aren’t listed, we hear this is perfect for ages 7 and up. Honorable mentions: Hoosier Heights or the Traders Point "The Park" indoor playscape wall.


Bounce the rainy day blues away.

With a calendar of open bounce times available throughout the week, BounceU of Fishers offers many different drop-in sessions for a sudden rainy day. Another favorite option is Skyzone, located in Fishers and in Plainfield, offering plenty of hours for bouncing fun. Both BounceU and Skyzone host open bounce events available to all ages and special toddler/preschool times. Also consider: Monkey Joe’s, Jump-nplay in Avon, or Jump N Play in Noblesville.

Let your inner artist shine.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has really increased their family-friendly programming in the past few months. Try Wee Wednesdays – an interactive preschool art workshop, pick up a free Art Pack at the Welcome Desk for kids ages 4+ to enjoy as they explore galleries or head to the monthly Family Days themed with activities, music, stories and more. More options: Wine & Canvas – Cookies & Canvas class, Half Baked Pottery & Gifts or You Are The Potter Pottery Studio.


Try something a little out of the ordinary.

Have you ever been to the Indiana State Police Museum? While it’s more of a look-don’t-touch kind of spot for younger hands, there is plenty to see from photos to old police cars to boats. A double-sided police cruiser kids can sit in and turn the sirens on rounds out the fun.

Other ideas: Duckpin bowling in Fountain Square, Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel or greenhouse viewing at Garfield Park Conservatory.


Embrace our Indianapolis racing heritage.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is a wonderful stop with tons to enjoy including race and historic passenger cars, racing gear and more. The collection is so extensive that cars are rotated from basement storage so you might discover new additions since your last visit. Take a family pic in a race car or tour the track (provided in a shelter-from-the-storm bus!) for an extra cost. Also try: Dallara IndyCar Factory.


Go with the best and brightest.

As in The Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis. If you’re not already a regular, the amount of engaging exhibits (read: Inside Hollywood, Transformers, Take Me There: China) and other daily amenities like the planetarium, Lilly Theater shows and ScienceWorks will make any rainy-day visit a good one. Keep in mind that spring is a busy season for the Museum because of school breaks. There’s a reason this is one of the best museums for kids on the planet.

Wherever your rainy day adventures take you, we’d love to see the fun you and your family are up to. Tag Indy’s Child on Twitter (@indyschild) and Instagram (@indyschild) and you might be featured in one of our posts or articles!







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april calendar F R I 03 The Madam Walker Story Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 317-631-1870, Location: Freetown Village Inc

Infant cpr Price: FREE, Phone: 317-577-2200, Location: Babies R Us,

Freetown Village chronicles the life of Madam Walker and her rise to becoming the first female self-made millionaire. This live one-character performance illustrates her story, and captivates the African American experience.

This course is led by a certified CPR instructor and intended for those who want to learn CPR but don't need certification. It's ideal for new parents, grandparents and anyone interested in learning life-saving techniques.

Zumba Black Light Party

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Time: 7-8 p.m., Price: $5, Phone: 317-7700222, Location: Noblesville Athletic Club,

Community Tuesday at the Indiana State Museum Light up the night in white and bright at the Black Light Zumba Party! Enjoy a fun and exciting Zumba dance workout under black lights. Public welcome.

S at 04 Presidential Egg Roll Time: 8:30-10 a.m., Price: $14.95 Member Adults / $12.95 Member Child; $17.95 Non-Member Adult/ $15.9, Phone: 317-6311888, Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, www.president benjaminharrison.

org/events/upcoming-events/item/ presidential-egg-roll?category_id=2 Join us for the first annual Presidential Egg Roll this April on the South lawn. Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast and visit with the Easter Bunny. Then head out onto the lawn for crafts, egg rolling and other games.

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

familyactivities/family-day Celebrate the Year of Sheep by contributing to a LEGO mandala, designing a lantern and participating in a sumi-e workshop. Kick off the day with a Saturday Morning Matinee presentation of thematic cartoons. Presented in partnership with the Asian Art Society.

Mon 0 6 Indy Word Lab Time: 7-9 p.m., Price: FREE, Location: Indy Reads Books,

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



Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Location: Indiana State Museum,

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

S at 11 Preserving Family Documents and Photographs Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Price: $10; members $8. Includes parking and Indiana Experience admission, Phone: 317-232-1882, Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center,

Family records are an invaluable source of information. Caring for them can be a challenge for any family historian. Learn simple, effective techniques for preserving family documents and photographs while still keeping them accessible for research.

S AT 11 – SUN 1 2 Power Recycling Weekend Presented by Ingram Micro Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Price: Free, Location: Indianapolis Zoo, www.indianapoliszoo.

com/events-and-groups/zoo-events/ power-recycling-weekend 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.

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T hurs 16

Bountiful Babies at the Ranch

2nd Annual Rock the Cradle

Time: 2-4 p.m., Price: The entire family, up to 6 people, $35 ($5/person add'l), Phone: 317-852-6615, Location: Natural Valley Ranch, Designed for children ages 2–8 years (and their families); offers an afternoon of exciting activities for your little buckaroos. The planned activities include making a goat snack and feeding the goats, a photo booth with the baby animals, crafts, a petting zoo, pony rides, balloon animals and face painting. Rain or Shine.

Time: 6-8:30 p.m., Price: Complimentary Event, Phone: 317-517-9920, Location: The Ritz Charles,

'A Celebration for Expecting and New Parents.' Our mission is to empower parents-to-be, new parents and their tiny tots on fitness, nutrition and wellness while shopping and celebrating in a whimsical atmosphere. Friends and family can also be apart of the celebration with tons of fun attractions and activities for the entire family. First 50 families will receive a Swaddle Bag! Sponsors include Babies R Us and Hamilton County Magazine.

Catwalk for Clean Water Time: 1-4 p.m., Price: $25.00, Phone: 317-538-5472, Location: The Sanctuary on Penn, http://indyearthmonth. Join us for Aveda's 3rd Annual Catwalk for Clean Water benefiting the clean water efforts of the Hoosier Environmental Council. Hair and makeup fashion will be featured with an eco-chic theme. Live makeup sessions, art auction, cash bar and food for purchase.

What Most Children Need is a Good Listening To told by Donald Davis Time: 2-3 p.m., Price: $5/Children ages 5 - 12, $10 for adults, Phone: 317-576-9848, Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center,

Donald shares stories handed down to him by his grandmother in the mountains of North Carolina. Lucky listeners might also hear about his personal adventures through childhood with his brother, cousins, and colorful family members and neighbors. Donald is a prolific recording artist and author including "The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday" and "Jack and the Animals."

T ues 14 Blooming Buds Time: 10-11 a.m., Price: R$12/NR$18, Phone: 317-595-3150, Location: Billericay Park Building,

Searching for something fun for your little one? Children ages 3 through 6 are invited to decorate delicious spring cookies for the upcoming season Your child(ren) will get to decorate three fresh baked cookies and enjoy a story during this drop off program. Afterwards, little ones can taste test their sweet treats and take the extras home to share with the family.

F ri 17 The Sleeping Beauty Time: 8 p.m., Price: $28.50 - $21.50 plus $3 restoration fee, Phone: 317-940-6444, Location: Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University,

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

F ri 17 – Sun 19 Bristol Motor Speedway Race Weekend Time: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Phone: 855-580-5525, Location: Bristol Motor Speedway, Experience world-class racing at The Last Great Colesseum when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series take-on the high banks of the 0.533-mile oval, also known as the World’s Fastest Half-Mile. The XFINITY Series 300 and Pitt Lite 125 are slated for Saturday, April 18 while NASCAR’s elite will clash for a Food City 500 win, Sunday, April 19.

S at 18 Owls of Indiana Time: 1-2:30 p.m., Price: $25/family $10/ individual, Phone: 317-848-7275, Location: Founders Park,

Join us to learn about Indiana Owls and how they differ from other birds of prey. You will

learn about hunting, raising young, and surviving in a nighttime world. Live owls and other birds will be present as educational aids.

Susan G. Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure Time: 7 a.m.-12 p.m., Price: $30 participant; $25 survivors; FREE kids under 8 (+ $10 for kids t-shirt), Phone: 317-638-2873, Location: The Historic Military Park at White River State Park,

Race for a world without breast cancer at the 24th Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure. With activities for all ages and a Pink Parade of breast cancer survivors, this event is truly more than a Race. Race Day will include a 100-yard Kids' Dash and Kids’ Zone activities including a football toss, bubbles, face painting and more.

Swim N' Stride Time: 9-11 a.m., Price: $15, Phone: 317-8487275, Location: Monon Community Center, Come test your skills in the MCC Swim N' Stride Challenge! Participants will swim for 15 minutes, then run a 5k outdoors (weather permitting). Volunteers will record the number of laps swam and time your run to determine the top finishers. Certificates and post-race refreshments provided. Sign up with a friend! For ages 15 and up.

Sun 19 MYTHBUSTERS: Jamie and Adam Unleashed Time: 7:30-10 p.m., Price: $29.50-$59.50, Phone: 317-231-0000, Location: Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, www.myth MythBusters Jamie and Adam UNLEASHED presents a fantastical evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, exciting videos, and behind-the-scenes stories. With this show, fans join Jamie and Adam onstage to assist in their mind-blowing and mindtwisting approaches to science. Bringing you face-to-face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience.

T ues 21 Ice Cream Social Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Price: R$12/NR$18, Phone: 317-595-3150, Location: Billericay Park Building,

Calling all children with a sweet tooth, this program’s for you! Children ages 3 through 7 can compete in ice cream cone relay races, sing songs, hear stories, create a craft and can visit the ice cream sundae bar. During this drop-off program your child can also make their own ice cream to try.

W eds 2 2 Earth Day: Dr. SEUss' The Lorax Time: 6:30-8 p.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 317-839-6602 ext.2119, Location: PlainfieldGuilford Township Public Library, Happy Earth Day! Come celebrate taking care of the Earth! Popcorn, candy and sodas will be provided. This animated adventure follows the journey of a boy searching for the one thing that will win the heart of the girl he loves. To find it he must listen to the story of the Lorax, a grumpy creature fighting to protect his world.

Holliday Park Earth Day Celebration Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 317-327-7180, Location: Holliday Park Nature Center,

Earth Day is a perfect time to explore and marvel at the wonders of nature! Head to Holliday Park to enjoy activities, take a hike with a naturalist or simply explore the newly renovated Habitat Hall. Stop in at any time and stay as long as you'd like.

PlayFULL Hours - Seasons and Holidays Time: 10-11 a.m., Price: R$2/NR$3 or Flex Pass, Phone: 317-595-3150, Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building

Your child(ren) ages 1-5 are invited to PlayFULL Hours for unstructured play time Each class focuses on a specific theme, and themes vary year-round. Parents, participation is required, so you can socialize alongside your little one.

F ri 2 4 Discover the Dinosaurs Exhibit Time: 12 p.m., Price: Visit website for ticket details, Phone: 317-927-7500, Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Champions Pavilion,

The goal is to create a fun environment of learning and activity that explores the wonderment and mystery of our pre-historic past. Once you enter through the stone arch, the adventure begins that is full of smiles, amazement and fun. Hearing a 5 year old describe features of a Pachycephalosaurus will bring a smile to any adults face!

Kids' Stuff (Consignment) Sale Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Location: Church at the Crossing,

This is the best consignment sale in Indy! All items are pre-screened, so only the very best merchandise is included. The event features a wide variety of gently used toys, kids' clothes (infant through teen), maternity clothing, equipment and more! Don't miss this amazing opportunity to stock up on clothing and toys for your kids!

IndianaMOM (Mission of Mercy) Time: 8 a.m., Price: No Appointment Necessary; No insurance necessary, Phone: 317-927-7500, Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Ag/Hort Building, www. IndianaMOM is an event of the Mission of Mercy (MOM) program. Mission of Mercy events across America have been providing free dental services for the underserved since 2000.

Sun 26 Holliday Park Animal Superheros Time: 2-3 p.m., Price: $5/child, Phone: 317-327-7180, Location: Holliday Park Nature Center,

Animals can do some pretty amazing things. Some of them can walk on water, grow new arms or smell dinner a mile away! Some of them even help to rescue and protect humans. Come learn about some of these incredible superheros and be amazed! All ages, pre-registration required.

The Hoosier Antiques Expo Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Price: Admission $8, Phone: 317-927-7500, Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Blue Ribbon Pavilion, The Hoosier Antiques Expo has a rich 46-year history. Held three times a year at the Fairgrounds, showcasing quality dealers from across the country.

S at 25 Exploration Celebration Time: 2-4 p.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 317-848-7275, Location: Central Park East Woods,

Join us for an afternoon of nature exploration and hands-on learning about plants, bugs, and the beauty around us. Come ready to create nature crafts and explore with us during a scavenger hunt through Central Park East Woods.

Naturally Inspired Paint Out Day Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Price: Zoo Admission, Location: Indianapolis Zoo, www. zoo-events/naturally-inspired-paint-out Each spring, the Zoo invites a group of 15 juried artists to make art "en plein air" (outdoors). During this signature Zoo event, guests have a special opportunity to observe the artists as they turn a blank canvas or a hunk of clay into a truly extraordinary work of art inspired by the natural world, right on the Indianapolis Zoo's campus.

“Pulling for Wishes” Airplane Pull in memory of Tyler Frenzel Time: 9-11:30 a.m., Location: Republic Holdings Hangar at The Indianapolis Airport, events/details/pulling-for-wishes-airplanepull-in-memory-of-tyler-frenzel READY, SET, PULL! Think you’ve got what it takes to pull a twin-engine jet 15 feet? Form a team and find out—help grant wishes to Indiana children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or terminal illness. Come enjoy upbeat tunes, silent auction items, raffle prizes, mascots and more! Children will especially enjoy the bounce house, face painting, cake walk and many more kids activities.

JCC Earth Day Community Celebration Time: 1-4 p.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 317-2519467, Location: Arthur M Glick JCC, Attracting more than 2,000 visitors to the JCC’s 40-acre campus! More than 45 organizations will offer family-friendly, environmentally-focused activities, including Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University, Green BEAN Delivery, the Purdue Solar Racing Team, Purdue Extension Marion County and Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Participants of all backgrounds and faiths are welcome to join in the spirit of making our city, and our neighborhoods, a better place.

Mon 27 Winter Kids Koncert Time: 10-11 a.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 317-848-7275, Location: Monon Community Center,

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

T hurs 30 Wild Edibles Time: 7-8:30 p.m., Price: $12, Phone: 317-848-7275, Location: Founders Park, Have you ever wondered which plants are edible and which are poisonous? Native people and pioneers lived off the land for their survival. We will take a short hike to identify edible plants in the wild, followed by a presentation on nature's edibles. We will wrap up the evening with a sample of nature's delicacies. For ages 18 and up.

[PLEASE NOTE] At Indy's Child, we work

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



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ONGOING C ALE N DAR "Good-Night, Caroline" presented by the Candlelight Theatre Occurring Every Friday & Saturday, April 17th Through May 2nd

Transformers: Robots in Disguise™ Occurring Daily Through Sunday, July 26th

Time: 8 p.m., Price: Adults; $23.50. Members, Students, or Seniors(65+); $19.50. Room Buyout; $390, Phone: 317-631-1888, Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, As Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS franchise celebrates its 30th Anniversary, get ready for a museum exhibit that shows the fun and innovation that has gone into the creation of the iconic robots. This exhibit will showcase the heroic Autobots and villainous Decepticons, including favorites like Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and Grimlock. The excitement and fast-paced action of a brand new animated series, Robots in Disguise from Hasbro Studios will debut in 2015 and the exhibit will feature new characters that will be sure to inspire families to create even more new stories. events/signature-events/victoriantheatre-by-candlelight Night – a time of peace, rest and quite. But not in Candlelight Theatre's spring production of Good-Night, Caroline. In this trilogy of one-act plays, night becomes chaotic, comedic and all-together ridiculous. Guests will experience three plays, performed in three different rooms of the Presidential mansion ensconced in candlelight and the Harrison antiques and furnishings.

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

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

Phone: (317) 334-3322, Location: The Children's Museum, www.childrens

Free Family Dinner Occurring Every Thursday Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 317-251-9467, Location: Arthur M Glick JCC, specialty/ Two Thursdays a month, from 5:30-6:30 pm, the JCC offers dinners for families. The dinner is free, but family members need to help make it. Thanks to a grant from the General Mills Foundation, the JCC provides the food, recipes and cooking tips to make it easy, and fun, for the whole family.




Butterfly Kaleidoscope Occurring Daily Through September 7th

Pinewood Derby Occurring Daily, from April 7th Through 12th

Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Price: Zoo Admission, Location: White River Gardens at White River State Park, www.

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Price: Admission: Included in museum admission with special price for scouts of $4, Location: Indiana State Museum, white-river-gardens Presented by Citizens Energy Group. Immerse yourself in the beauty of 40 species of butterflies as these wonderful winged insects are coming back in the Hilbert Conservatory. We've transformed the indoor gardens into a tropical paradise to bring you butterflies in a way that you've never experienced them before! As you walk through the warm, aromatic indoor garden, 40 species of butterflies will flit nearby — and one might even land on you!

You Are There: That Ayres Look Occurring Daily (except Mon & Sun) Time: 8 a.m., Price: Included with Indiana Experience Admission, Phone: 317-232-1882, Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center,

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

On your mark, get set… for the second greatest spectacle in racing! The Indiana State Museum and 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, across the finish line.

Spotlight Art @Clowes 2015 Occurring Daily (except Sat & Sun) Beginning April 7th Through May 15th Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Price: Free Admission, Phone: 317-940-6444, Location: Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, event/310-spotlight-art-clowes-2015exhibit In its seventh year, the exhibition complements the annual performing arts fundraiser, SPOTLIGHT, to raise money for the Indiana AIDS Fund and HIV/AIDS education and prevention. Artists have agreed to donate a portion of their sales to the fundraiser. The exhibition theme of “Courage and Hope” is relevant to all, and is especially meaningful to those living with HIV, as well as those who work to prevent the future spread of the disease.

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