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Summer PROGRAM and CAMP Guide





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Rainy Day Fun Guide

Where to go when the rain won't quit

Playgrounds Worth the Drive Fun spots for your next outing!

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Weekend Getaways

Three nearby destinations we love

Women and Heart Health

Simple recommendations for every stage of life

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meet the staff FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne // Publisher Mary Wynne Cox // Editor Susan Bryant // SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski //

Finally... Spring! Daffodils and tulips. Robins and green grass. Fresh air and warm sunshine. Sweaters, boots and mittens.

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Are you as ready for spring as I am?

Those unexpected snow showers of last month were almost more than I could bear. But now it’s April and soon that long stretch of cold we endured will be a distant memory. (Can you tell I’ve got a touch of spring fever?) With spring on our radar this month, we’ve got several articles we hope you find particularly interesting. Maybe a little road trip is in order now that the weather is nice? Take a look at Weekend Getaways for a few destinations close to home with lots to offer. Heading out to the playground? Why not go on a little adventure and explore some cool, new places with our piece on Playgrounds Worth the Drive. And since the old phrase “April showers bring May flowers” really is true, be prepared on the next soggy afternoon with our Rainy Day Fun Guide. Here you’ll find all the local indoor places where kids can expend their energy somewhere other than your living room. The month of April also marks two important campaigns, Autism Awareness Month and Women’s Health Awareness Day on April 8th. If you have a 06



child with autism, be sure to check out our article on Summer Camps for Kids with Autism or Other Special Needs. Truly every child deserves the opportunity to experience summer camp and there are many area programs designed with this in mind. And for you busy, multi-tasking moms out there (which describes every mom) be sure to take a look at Women and Heart Health. It’s so easy to put ourselves on the back burner while caring for others, but so critical that we take the time to maintain our health. Please read this piece and make a commitment to yourself to put these heart-healthy habits in place. Thank you for picking up this issue of Indy’s Child. As always, we appreciate your support and are always open to your feedback and suggestions for future issues. And, happy, happy, happy SPRING!

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Brooke Litherland // Advertising Coordinator Karen Ring // CREATIVE DIRECTOR Katie Clark // GRAPHICS ASSISTANT Maria Tancredi // DIGITAL PUBLISHER + EVENTS Wendy Hasser // Business Manager Roxanne Burns // INTERN Meg Wynne // CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Maggie Loiselle, Deb Krupowicz, Karen Ring, Jenna Voris, Tracy Gale and Emmaleigh Badeaux, Gayla Grace, Claire Rogers, Megan Bohrer, Jennifer Thompson and Dr. Roberta Hibbard


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congratulations to our hardworking staff at Indy’s Child for receiving multiple awards from the Parenting Media Association’s recent Editorial and Design Awards Competition. These awards recognize the best of what local parenting magazines are doing all over the country when it comes to the design, editorial and digital media of their publications. The competition is judged by an independent group of experts from the Missouri School of Journalism who receive submissions from magazines representing the U.S., Canada and Australia. Indy’s Child was honored to be given a total of 13 awards in several divisions, which included 7 gold awards recognizing our special needs section, design and other editorial. We were also very excited to see our newest publication, OhBaby! receive gold awards in several categories including overall writing, overall design and general excellence.

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Spring cleaning anyone? It’s that time of year to get rid of clutter – so why not help the environment while you’re at it! Power Recycling Weekend is April 8th and 9th at the Indianapolis Zoo. Just drop off your old electronics, phone books, cardboard and paper ready for shredding in the Zoo parking lot during the weekend and they will take it from there! And just by participating in this event, you'll receive a discount coupon for $2 off Zoo admission. Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th Indianapolis Zoo from 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Here comes the Easter Bunny! Looking for some family fun this Easter? Try this list of egg hunts and drops around Indy: · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Westfield Church Helicopter Egg Drop at Grand Park in Westfield Easter Weekend at The Indianapolis Zoo Hop to the Prop Easter Egg Hunt at Indianapolis Propylaeum Breakfast with the Bunny at Greenwood Community Center Danville Easter Egg Hunt at Danville Center Township Public Library Eggstravaganza Lafayette at First Assembly Community Ministries, Lafayette GPRD Brickmania: Easter Egg Hunt at Greencastle City Hall Brownsburg Easter Egg Hunt at Arbuckle Park Belzer Easter Egg Hunt at Belzer Scout Camo Piney Acres 4th Annual Egg Hunt at Piney Acres Farm Easter Egg Hunts at various YMCA locations (see websites for specific activities) Eggstravaganza at McCloud Nature Park Open Swim + Egg Hunt at Goldfish Swim Schools (Fishers & Carmel) Easter on the Prairie: Breakfast with the Bunny + Egg Hunt at Conner Prairie Visit indyschild/com/easter-egg-hunts-indianapolis for a full list!




Happy first birthday to our award-winning magazine OhBaby! We are very excited to celebrate OhBaby! turning one this year! Check out our newest issue hitting stands on April 27th. We’ll be covering topics like creating a birth plan, finding the right childcare, planning your baby’s first birthday party and SO much more! Look for OhBaby! at your local OB/GYN or pediatrician's office later this month, or at one of the many locations around town – for a full list visit

Reach Out and Read IN(diana) Come to the Central Library Saturday, April 1st to hear guest celebrities read stories each half-hour during the Reach Out and Read Indiana event – and get the chance to win various prizes! Every book read will help build the home library of an at-risk preschooler. All 11 am, see Grammy-nominated artist José-Luis Orozco present a family concert in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium. If you are one of the first 150 children in attendance to the concert, you’ll receive a free book title by the storytelling musician! Find out more at Central Library from 10:00 am-2:00 pm 40 E St. Clair Street, Indianapolis

Just for dads Calling all fathers! Be sure to check out Dad’s Den, a website written by Indianapolis dads for Indianapolis dads. Find information on health and fitness, adventures to do with kids and advice for guys going through all stages of parenting. As a supporter of Indy Dads Group, Dad's Den is also a place for Indianapolis dads to connect with one another. Indy Dads Group is the Indianapolis branch of the national organization City Dads Group. Indy Dads Group offers dads night out activities and meetups with other dads and kids - all of which are listed on the Dad’s Den website. For more information, visit

Rain or shine head over to the Handmade Vintage Market It’s finally spring and a great time to support your favorite makers and curators during the Handmade Vintage Market. Be sure to grab your rainboots and sunscreen as the market will be held in the Llama Barn. Admission is just $5. Expect shopping, music, food and crafts lined up for all! Saturday, April 22nd, 9:00 am- 2:00 pm Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, Noblesville

Celebrate Earth Day! Join the JCC on Sunday, April 23rd for an Earth Day celebration with live music, 30+ exhibitors, picnic area and food truck – all for free! Earth day is a time to consider the broader implications of our lifestyle, to spend time with family and to evaluate how we can protect our earth more. Hands-on activities include making a mini greenhouse, eco-art projects and instructional activities for attracting bees and butterflies. Contact for more information or visit to find out more. Saturday, April 23rd, 1:00-4:00 pm Jewish Community Center,6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis

April’s showers bring May flowers Don’t miss Spring Blooms: Celebration of Color at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through May 31st. Immerse yourself in color this spring as the Gardens come alive with a quarter of a million blooms. Say goodbye to winter for good with the colors and scents of pretty spring flowers. Bring your friends and celebrate the return of warm weather with a new beer garden, open Thursday through Sunday. Extended hours until 9 pm allow added time to explore and socialize. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art

Calling all Con-Goers! Indiana Comic Con is back at the Indianapolis Convention Center. With over 400,000 square feet and 150 booths, get ready to enjoy comics, cosplay, videos, toys, action figures, anime, video games, Star Wars, artwork and trading cards! Several celebrity guests will be on hand to visit with as well. This is a must-see for the comics lovers in your family! Get the details at Indianapolis Convention Center Friday, April 14th - Sunday, April 16th, Friday 12:00 pm-midnight, Saturday 9:00 am-midnight, Sunday 10:00 am5:00 pm

Looking for a summer camp? You’re in luck! Even if you missed the Indy’s Child Summer Camp Fair all of the camps featured at this event and more are listed on our directory website at www.indyschild,com/directories. Be sure to check out our Summer Program and Camp Guide in this issue as well. These are great resources to find the perfect camp and summer activities for your child to enjoy.

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FACEBOOK.COM/ INDYSCHILDMAGZINE Who doesn’t love pizza? The only dilemma is choosing where to go! We recently asked Indy’s Child Facebook readers: Where is the best place to get pizza in Indy? Here’s just a few spots that were recommended. MacKenzie River! Love their pizza, and Tuesday's is Kids eat free + face painting for my kids + 1/2 priced bottle of wine!

Apezza in Fishers – Janel P.

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Brozinni's for NY Style, South of Chicago for deep dish! – Victoria S.

Some Guys Pizza both locations, one has a wood-burning oven! – Nancy C.

Giordanos for deep dish – Joel R.

Jockamo's Irvington – Hillary G. Kinsey's Italian Cafe in McCordsville has amazing pizza (and sandwiches and pasta and salad). – Michelle S.

My house – Cindy S. Pucchini's and Gramboli's – TABITHA


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stay tuned to for our latest guides that are packed with family-friendly fun. Here’s a peek at what is trending now: Indianapolis Easter Egg Hunt Guide Egg rolls, egg drops, egg splashes…find out all the fun ways to celebrate Easter around the city! 10 Rainy Day Activities A top ten list of tried and true ways to beat rainy day cabin fever. Ultimate Guide to Story Times in Indianapolis Reading is the double the fun when you visit one of these story times around Indy.

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RAINY DAY FUN GUIDE The sky may be gloomy and the rain may be falling, but there is still plenty of fun to be had. Until you can head outside again, try one of these Indianapolis area locations for some indoor family fun that will leave you and the kids happy and dry.


Bounce U 9715 Kincaid Dr., Suite 800, Fishers

Bounce U is filled with inflatables to climb, bounce and slide on making it a little bouncer’s dream come true. Special preschool playdates designed for the younger crowd are offered, too.


Cicero Fun Factory 50 West Buckeye St., Cicero At Cicero Fun Factory, your kids can channel their inner Tigger and bounce the day away. Planning to visit more than once a week? Visit their website for weekday and weekend wristband pricing.





Discovery Station at Conner Prairie 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers recent

At Conner Prairie, there is always plenty of fun indoors with a craft station, reading area, train table, lots of places for pretend play and building, a structure to climb, a special area for infants and an entire section dedicated to fort building. Be sure to check out the Create.Connect area where your little ones can engage in hands-on activities that are both educational and fun.


Incrediplex 6002 Sunnyside Rd., Indianapolis

Feel like hitting the arcade, playing a game of laser tag, bouncing or putting on your bowling shoes to hit the lanes? How about climbing a rock wall with four different difficulty levels? Maybe trying something called Euro Bungy is up your alley? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, then this is the place for you.


Monkey Joe’s Castleton Location: 5661 East 86th St., Indianapolis

Indianapolis South Location: 4650 East Southport Rd., Suite E, Indianapolis

Bring your little one to Monkey Joe’s for a day of inflatable fun. With bouncy slides, inflatable obstacle courses, certified jumps and more, this is the perfect place for monkeyin’ around.


Play Place at Lakeview Church Lakeview Church, 47 Beachway Dr., Indianapolis indoor-playground/

Children ages 1 through 12 can get their wiggles out while they run, jump and play at this free indoor play place. With a cushioned rubber surface, this playground has safety in mind.


Playscape at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 North Meridian St., Indianapolis playscape

Playscape offers a world of play, exploration and discovery for children ages 5 and under. If you have older children in tow, the Children’s Museum has plenty to offer kids of all ages including a planetarium, theater and Dinosphere (just to name a few attractions). Afterward, head to the carousel and take a ride - a perfect ending to your day of fun.


That Fun Place: Family Entertainment Center 1618 North State St., Greenfield

That Fun Place has a little bit of everything for your family to enjoy: black light miniature golf, black light laser tag, an arcade, gem mining, a playground, bounce houses and coming soon – bumper cars!


The Park at Trader’s Point Christian Church Trader’s Point Christian Church, 6590 South Indianapolis Rd., Whitestown

This giant indoor playground will leave you and your family looking forward to rainy days. The Park offers a preschool play structure, basketball courts, rock wall, a sixlevel main play structure featuring three huge slides, multiple interactive stations and a quiet zone when kids need a break. The best part – it’s free.


The Treehouse at Plainfield Christian Church 800 Dan Jones Rd., Plainfield resources/tree-house-communityhours

When it’s too wet to climb a tree outside, head to The Treehouse where your little ones can climb and slide till their heart’s content on this free indoor playground.

The next time the weather forecast calls for rain, be prepared! Any of these locations are guaranteed to save the day with plenty of fun for kids of all ages. April 2017 // INDYSCHILD.COM 13


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

STEM Strong for Spring Break Just because schools are on spring break doesn’t mean that the learning has to stop. Science and imagination come to life in the Dow AgroSciences STEMLab at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. With everything from digital microscopes, exciting experiments and an expert team of scientists to lead the way, the only thing missing is you! Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to learn about science and to participate in real experiments and observations. Some of those experiments this spring include learning about the physics behind the stunning acrobatics of circus performers. Families can design and build a teeterboard and launch a mini-acrobat. Then they can visit Circus Starring YOU! and pose for a picture in the human cannonball. Don’t worry, they won’t really launch out of it like the experiment but they can balance on the rolla bolla. For those who would rather be an astronaut than an acrobat, check out Research in Space: Robotics. Learn about different uses for robots, discover what really makes these machines “tick” and experiment with coding your very own robot to see if it follows instructions. Perhaps you have some chefs in the making. Kids can learn how to make their own cheese from living organisms in another lab experiment. Create a small sample of cheese using an enzyme once found in animals and an advanced scientific tool called a micropipette. All members of the family can then compare today's cheese-making methods to those from the past and can even take their samples and a recipe for making edible cheese at home. The science fun doesn’t have to stop there. Unlike most museums, The Children’s Museum encourages visitors to touch the exhibits and learn through hands-on discoveries. Families can touch a real dinosaur bone in Dinosphere and uncover buried treasure in the Archeology lab in Treasures of the Earth.




STEMLab programs are open to all museum visitors free with admission and last around 20 minutes. Most STEMLab programs occur at 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm on weekdays, and at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm on weekends but you will definitely want to check the website or call ahead for specific programs and times. If you can’t wait until spring break, there are plenty of experiments you can conduct at home. Learn how pine cones open and close, how evergreen trees stay green and how to spin a plate on a pole by checking out for more Saturday Science ideas.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS – BRANDED CONTENT WORDS BY // Dr. Roberta Hibbard, Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Section of Child Protection Programs from Riley Hospital for Children

Caring for Kids is Everyone’s Responsibility As we approach the month of April, there is a cause close to my heart that I’d like to bring more attention to – Child Abuse Prevention Month. Some of you may have seen the most recent data from the Indiana Youth Institute’s study on youth related statistics. Last year there were more than 200,000 reported incidents of child abuse or neglect in Indiana and 25,000 of those cases were substantiated. And those are only the cases we know about. Caring for kids is a rewarding, but challenging and demanding experience. Parenting is undoubtedly one of the most important tasks we face. There may be nothing better than the love you feel for your children and the feelings you have as you watch them grow and mature into healthy young adults. Still, a parenting textbook is not part of our DNA and each child is unique. Caring for kids is everyone’s responsibility, but guidance is available. Riley Hospital is prepared to partner with you in the best interest of your child. Thanks to a grant from Kohl’s, our dedicated team of medical specialists and Riley Children’s Foundation, we support the Kohl’s Caring for Our Kids campaign. This effort is aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect, and promoting positive parenting skills. What we seek to offer through this program is a pool of resources to help you keep your children and other children who you know and love safe and nurtured. Prevention of child abuse starts at home with your own children. Lack of knowledge and inadequate parenting skills are cited by experts as the top contributing factors to child abuse and neglect. There is no such thing as the “perfect parent” or “perfect child,” but there are healthy positive parenting skills to help guide your child’s growth.




Here are five parenting tips to remember: 1. Take care of yourself. If you are tired, ill or just worn out, you cannot be an effective parent. Eat healthfully and get enough sleep. 2. Give attention to the behavior you like – not the behavior you don’t. Children act up to gain your attention. Sometimes it pays to ignore those actions. Your child will quickly learn there is a better way to communicate. 3. Focus on controlling yourself – not your child. Keep cool. In the case of an extreme behavioral flare-up from your child, count to 10, take a deep breath or simply walk away until you’ve had time to collect yourself. 4. Redirect, redirect, redirect. Kids who hear “No” or “Don’t” all the time tend to tune those directives out. So instead of telling your child what not to do, instead offer a positive behavior to replace the misbehavior.

5. Educate. Talk to your child about child abuse and safety. Know where your child is going and who he/she will be with. Pay attention to their behaviors. Throughout Indiana families eagerly share stories about how Riley Hospital has provided care for their children. Their stories of courage and determination provide our inspiration to work together to support the mission and work at Riley Hospital. We hope this latest initiative dedicated to caring for our children will serve as a helping hand for important families in your life. Serving awareness to these efforts is paramount. Together, we can reduce the number of children who suffer due to abuse, neglect or accidental injury. Visit to learn about multiple organizations providing support for children and families.

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playgrounds worth the drive WORDS BY // Megan Bohrer

Fun S P O T S f or your ne x t out i ng ! JUST A SHORT DRIVE

Treetop Outpost at Conner Prairie Fishers Why it’s worth the visit: Opening in 2016, this four-story treehouse provides hours of entertainment. Tucked away on the expansive campus of the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, this nontraditional playground allows children to enjoy nature as they climb and discover the structure’s many features and play options. Visitors can go on a nature walk, dig in the archaeological ruins or simply scale the impressive treehouse. Admission to the museum is required for access to the playground. Don’t miss: The suspension bridge, the hidden reading room and the musical instruments.

Do you have a case of spring fever? We certainly do! So, pack the lunches, load the cooler and jump in the car to explore these great playgrounds sure to make your kids smile.

The aesthetic will entice visitors, and the well-designed play area will keep them coming back. Don’t miss: The giant climbing orb, chimes, rock climbing wall and splash pad in the summer.


Tarkington Park Indianapolis

Why it’s worth the visit: This modern and recently overhauled playspace is located in the heart of the city. While it’s equipped with the standard playground fare such as swings and slides, it also offers more innovative features such as synthetic grass and oversized instruments, making this playground fun for children of all ages.




Indianapolis Why it’s worth the visit: Located just north of the city, this park boasts a massive playground that has fun options for kids of all ages. The scenic backdrop of the playground includes newly renovated ruins and fountains. From slides to swings to rock walls and tunnels, this playground has it all. Don’t miss: The 20-foot slide tower, spider web climbing apparatus, short walk to the ruins and nature center.

City Center Park Greenwood Why it’s worth the visit: Located on the city’s southside, City Center Park boasts a playground and splash pad with brightly colored benches that dot the landscape and overlook the play areas zoned for different ages. The equipment offers different entry points for children of different abilities. Four types of swings and multiple slides are sure to keep kids busy. Don’t miss: The music station, tandem swings, rock wall and little free library.

Recreation Unlimited Play Zone Noblesville Why it’s worth the visit: While you might not immediately think of a huge retailer when looking for a playground, Recreation Unlimited’s inside play area is chock full of fun options and perfect for those rainy or unseasonably cold days. The area features more than 15 play systems and several playhouses for children to explore. Open play hours are offered on weekdays for children ages 8 and under. Don’t miss: Thomas the Tank Engine train tables, trampolines and multiple indoor basketball courts.

West Commons Playground & Splash Pad Carmel Why it’s worth the drive: Spanning 25,000 square feet this playground is a child’s dream come true. Right away children will be intrigued by the science fiction inspired appearance of West Commons, and parents will be impressed with the safety features such as the rubber safety surfacing, age appropriate zoned play and the hill which creates a natural barrier to slow adventurous little ones. There are opportunities to swing, slide, explore and splash at this playground which was specifically designed to be inclusive and accessible to children of all abilities. After Memorial Day, kids can enjoy the many water features in the splash park. Don’t miss: Tunnels and coves throughout the playground, two 32-foot tall enclosed towers and the unique climbing walls.


Taylor’s Dream Boundless Playground Fort Wayne

Approximate drive time: 2 hours Why it’s worth the drive: Inclusive playgrounds designed for kids with varying abilities can be found across the country, but this playground is the first of its kind in the state of Indiana. Adopted by local CVS and Pepsi employees after receiving significant financial contributions from each organization, Taylor’s Dream Boundless Playground is a vital part of the community. The playground is divided into pods based on age range and offers multiple opportunities for solitary and group play. Don’t miss: The fossilized T-Rex skeleton, the Aero Glider (which accommodates wheelchairs), splash pad and state-of-theart NEOS 360 outdoor electronic play system.

Freedom Field Columbus Approximate drive time: 1 hour Why it’s worth the drive: Designed for children with special needs in mind, this playground was imagined and made possible by two mothers who wished to fill a void for inclusive play spaces in their city. Covering 25,000 square feet, this playground offers fun and excitement for all kids. Don’t miss: The roller slide, web tower, Braille play panels and wheelchair glider.

While your local playground may be a family favorite, why not plan a mini adventure to a new destination? With so many great options available, surprise the kids and make a day of exploring what’s offered in and around our city.


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WORDS BY // Karen Ring

Weekend Getaways Three nearby destinations we love

Spring has sprung and there is no better time to pack up the kids and head out for a weekend getaway. Indianapolis’ central location puts us smackdab in the middle of the action when it comes to family-friendly destinations. Here are just a few of our favorites:

Chicago, IL Chi-town, Second City, the Windy City – no matter what you call it, Chicago is a mainstay of family fun. First up on the must-see list is the Museum of Science and Industry. Plan to spend the better part of the day exploring more than 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, 20



including an authentic German submarine, a 40-foot indoor tornado and a mind-boggling mirror maze. Be sure to check out the amazing LEGO structures in the Brick by Brick exhibit on display through September 4.

indoor botanical garden, ride a whimsical carousel and catch fantastic views of the city aboard the 150-foot Centennial Wheel. Children 10 and under will also love the Chicago Children’s Museum, located at the pier.

Millennium Park offers a wide-open space in the heart of the city perfect for exploring. This unique green space is home to an outdoor concert venue, an interactive fountain, gorgeous gardens and the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, more commonly known as The Bean.

For a unique perspective of the city, catch a ride on the Chicago Water Taxi. An all-day pass is just $9 per person, making this a cost effective way to take in the city’s unique architecture by boat (and give your feet a break!) The route covers all branches of the Chicago River, including a stop in Chinatown (another must see).

Immerse yourself in the skyscrapers by taking a stroll along the Magnificent Mile, the section of Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River that boasts numerous galleries and shops, including the multi-story American Girl store. Located just east of Michigan Avenue on the shores of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions. Stroll through a six-story

Where to stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown puts you in the middle of the action. The two-room suites include free breakfast and free happy hour with complimentary drinks and snacks for all ages. There is also an indoor pool.

Fort Wayne, IN While it does not have the bright lights, big city vibe of Chicago, Fort Wayne is chock-full of family fun. At Science Central kids can learn about weather phenomena in Zula Patrol: Mission Weather, take a ride on the High Rail Bike, interact with sea creatures at the Tidal Pool and play a tune on the giant keyboard in Kid Central – a space designed specifically for ages 2 through 7 and their grown-ups. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the unique garden designs, art displays and exhibits at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. Their captivating butterfly garden is always a favorite. A trip to Fort Wayne wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Come face-toface with kangaroos in the Australian Adventure, hand-feed giraffes in the African Journey, spy orangutans in the

Indonesian Rain Forest and get an aerial view of it all on the Sky Safari. (Note: Opening day is April 22). When you are ready to give your feet a rest, head to Parkview Field to cheer on the TinCaps, the city’s minor league baseball team. Tickets start at just $5, making it an inexpensive outing for the whole family. Before you head off on your Fort Wayne adventure, be sure to check out www. for a list of festivals that take place throughout the spring and summer. Where to stay: Visit Fort Wayne offers a number of hotel packages that allow you to bundle your entertainment and accommodations (many with indoor pools). Visit for more information.

Cincinnati, OH Much like Indianapolis, Cincinnati is jam-packed with family-friendly fun that

can be found in every corner of the city. Not to be missed is the Cincinnati Museum Center – a one-of-a-kind, multi-museum complex housed in the historic Union Terminal. Highlights include the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater. View more than 500 animals at the Cincinnati Zoo, including Henry and BiBi, residents of Hippo Cove, the zoo’s newest exhibit. For more animal encounters take a quick trip across the state line to the Newport Aquarium in nearby Newport, Kentucky. Sports enthusiasts will love exploring the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Museum. Put your pitching speed to the test in the Strike Zone, peruse an eclectic assortment of memorabilia in the Ultimate Reds Room and play the afternoon away in the Kids Clubhouse, perfect for visitors 6 and under.

Looking for something out of the ordinary? Step into the American Sign Museum. There you will find yourself surrounded by three-dimensional works of art that recall a bygone era with iconic imagery that blinks, flashes and spins. And last, but certainly not least, thrill seekers will want to head into neighboring Warren County to spend a day at the largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest: Kings Island. Where to stay: The Ramada Plaza Cincinnati Sharonville is home to Splash Cincinnati Water Resort – a 50,000-sqare-foot indoor water park, complete with palm trees, tons of water attractions for all ages and a year-round 84 degree climate. Visit www. to find your Splash and Stay package.

And there you have it: three states, three destinations and a whole lot of fun. Where will your next weekend adventure lead you?

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Ways to Stop Stress−And Heart Disease When your mind is stressed, your heart suffers. Understand the link between chronic stress and heart disease, and find ways to #taketime4u and your heart. Everyone feels stressed from time to time. An unexpected bill, the loss of a loved one or a complicated project at work can all send our bodies into overdrive, increasing heart rate, blood pressure and breathing. When this fight-or-flight response kicks in, it can be helpful in handling the pressure of the situation. However, when the body is in high gear for weeks, months or years at a time, the artery walls may become damaged. This is one reason why chronic stress and heart disease go hand in hand. We all deal with stress in different ways, but many common coping mechanisms for chronic stress— including smoking, overeating and drinking alcohol— are linked to heart disease. Researchers believe this may be part of the reason stress and heart disease are so closely correlated.

Use these tips to calm your mind and soothe your heart: • Say “no.” If your schedule is jam-packed with activities from sun-up to sundown, it can become easy to neglect basic tasks such as getting enough sleep, eating balanced meals and exercising regularly—all of which help you cope with the stress of everyday life. Re-evaluate your schedule, and find ways to set boundaries and say no to proven stressors. • Say “yes.” Find a volunteer group that connects you with other people who are passionate about the same things. Whether it’s an animal rescue, a religious group, a homeless shelter, a community kitchen or a senior center, these organizations always need an extra helping hand. In addition to widening your support system, volunteering helps you gain perspective on your own life and problems.

• Set a five-minute timer. If you find yourself getting worked up or stressed out, use a kitchen timer or your cell phone to set an alarm in five minutes. Use these five minutes to breathe in and out and focus on stepping back from your problem. • Get moving. Exercise is an excellent stress reliever. Even if you only have time for 10- or 15-minute walks, #taketime4u to clear your mind and reconnect with your body. In addition to addressing the link between stress and heart disease, exercise is a great way to strengthen your heart and improve your overall health. • Talk to someone. Prolonged feelings of worry, helplessness and despair and difficulty concentrating that last for more than two weeks are symptoms of depression or anxiety. Your physician can help you understand these symptoms and how to cope, including through therapy or medication. Feeling stressed out? Don’t let your heart pay the price. Call to schedule a heart health evaluation with a St. Vincent Women’s Cardiac Risk Clinic or visit to learn more. Anderson: 765.646.8538 Carmel: 317.583.4437




WOMEN AND HEART HEALTH Simple recommendations for every stage of life WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle

We’ve all heard that heart disease is the number one killer of women, but what does that mean for a fresh college grad in her 20s, a new mom in her 30s or a 40s-something professional at the top of her game? Quite a lot, it turns out. No matter what your age, experts stress that it’s never too early to start taking steps to keep your heart healthy. In fact, studies have shown that if you can avoid the conditions that put you at risk for heart disease before you turn 50, you have a better chance of avoiding heart troubles altogether. “We often think of heart disease as an older woman’s disease, but that’s just not true,” stresses Mary McGowan, CEO of the nonprofit WomenHeart, The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, which was founded by three women who had heart attacks in their 40s. “It’s important for younger women to be aware of the risk factors for heart disease, to know the signs and symptoms and to have conversations with their doctor about ways to keep their hearts healthy.” No matter what stage of life you’re in, there are things you can do to keep your heart in good shape now and in the future. Here’s a decade-by-decade breakdown. 24



YOUR 20s Women in their 20s are thinking about a lot of things – college, marriage, work, motherhood. The risk of heart disease probably doesn’t make the list. Putting a few positive behaviors in place now, however, can pay off later.

Ditch bad habits Now’s the time to quit smoking for good. Smoking increases your risk of heart disease and stroke by two to four times, according to the American Heart Association. Hang out with friends who smoke? According to a U.S. Surgeon General report, even nonsmokers are up to 30 percent more likely to develop heart disease or lung cancer from secondhand smoke exposure.

Know your family history Do heart issues run in your family? If your father or brother had a heart attack before the age of 55, or if your mother or sister had one before the age of 65, you are more likely to get heart disease yourself, according to the National Institutes of Health. Make sure to tell your doctor or OB/GYN about your family history so he or she can keep a close eye on your numbers.

Focus on your health Your 20s are a time to explore, try new things and enjoy being young, and you can do that while setting up healthy habits that will last for decades. Find a sport or exercise routine that you love and make it a regular part of your life. Discover your favorite ways to cook healthy foods so you’ll actually eat them. Indulge in a hobby that helps you destress, like reading, yoga or hiking. “I hear women say, ‘I’m going on a diet.’ No, don’t go on a diet. Eat healthy all of your life. Or, ‘I’ll exercise for the next 10 months.’ No, put it in your lifestyle and make it just part of your routine,” says cardiologist Dr. Elisabeth von der Lohe, Program Director of the Women’s Heart Program at Indiana University Health. “If it’s a habit, you’re more likely to stick with it.”

YOUR 30s Your 30s are a time of juggling. Between raising kids, moving forward in your career and managing multiple commitments, there’s often little time left to worry about yourself. Still, this is a crucial time to keep your health a priority.

Notice pregnancy changes Pregnancy is often the first major cardiovascular stress test for women, so take note of how your body responds. If you develop hypertension or gestational diabetes, don’t assume they’re gone for good once the baby’s born. “Women are often told that these conditions are due to your pregnancy, and that after you give birth, it will revert back. But the research shows that women who experience these heartrelated issues during pregnancy are 80 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease in the future,” McGowan says.

Long-term stress causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure which can damage the walls of your arteries. If you have hypertension or diabetes while pregnant, make it a point to follow up with your doctor or OB/GYN so they can keep tabs on your heart health. While new motherhood can be overwhelming, it’s a good time to maintain the healthy habits you adopted during pregnancy or to slowly start improving your diet and exercise routines now that you have a baby depending on you.

Listen to your body Think being tired, gaining weight and forever fighting a bad mood are just part of life in your 30s? Think again. Now is the time to stop rationalizing away those little things and actually bring them up to your doctor. “Women have a tendency to put themselves last. They think they always have to be available for their family and their children, so they let their weight slide or they don’t exercise,” von der Lohe says. “But, in the end, you don’t help anyone if you’re not healthy. It’s not selfish to be healthy.”

Tame your stress Your 30s can be a stressful time, but it’s in your heart’s best interest to find positive ways to cope. According to the American Heart Association, long-term stress causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure which can damage the walls of your arteries. Seek out

stress management techniques to practice, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga or simply finding time to do things you enjoy.

YOUR 40s As women age, we lose some of our natural defenses against heart disease. Hormonal changes from menopause can affect cholesterol levels, and type 2 diabetes usually develops after the age of 45 for women, reports the American Heart Association. But don’t despair. Your 40s are a time when you can still make important changes to keep your heart healthy longer.

Start regular checkups If you’ve mainly been seeing an OB/ GYN or don’t have a primary care doctor, now is the time to establish a relationship with someone who can make your heart health a top priority. The American Heart Association recommends you have your cholesterol checked every five years, your blood pressure checked at least every two years and your blood glucose levels checked every three years starting by the time you’re 45. Your body mass index and waist circumference should be checked during every regular visit.

Find physical activities you enjoy If you haven’t already made staying active a part of your daily life, starting now can seem like a chore, but it really is critical. According to the American Heart Association, exercising for 40 minutes, three to four times per week can improve your blood pressure and HDL “good” cholesterol, reduce your chances of developing diabetes and strengthen your heart.

There are a wealth of resources online to help you keep your heart health top of mind throughout your life. Track and analyze your heart numbers with Go Red for Women (www.go and find resources on how to make specific lifestyle changes on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s page ( Do it for yourself – and for everyone who cares about you.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Your Heart Health • What is my overall risk for heart disease? • What lifestyle changes can I start making to improve my heart health? • How much exercise do I need to help protect my heart? • What tests should I have to monitor my risk factors for developing heart disease or other cardiovascular diseases? How often do I need these screenings? • The warning signs of a heart attack can be different in women. What should I look for? Source:

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Summer Camps for Kids with Autism or Other Special Needs Local opportunities for great camp experiences Once school has finished for the year, finding opportunities that provide positive social interaction and structure are valuable for all kids, but even more critical for children with autism or other special needs. The Indianapolis area offers a variety of specialized camp programs created for children with special needs in mind that strive to inhibit the regression that often takes place during the long break from school. According to the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, camps not only create space for recreation, they also foster continued positive social interaction and interpersonal growth. Camps offer children the chance to gain cognitive and sensory skills and even boost their confidence and self-esteem, as they practice conversation and develop friendships in a real-world setting. Fortunately, there are many choices when it comes to summer camps. Parents can consider camps designed specifically for children with special needs or mainstream camps (required to be inclusionary as a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act). With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of camps that parents of children with special needs may want to consider. If your child is enrolled at a learning center throughout the year, be sure to check with them about what kinds of summer programs they may offer.

Camps through Easterseals Crossroads 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis Location: various locations based on specific camps Contact: 317-466-1000 Website: Easterseals offers a variety of camps for children with special needs, including: Camp ROCKS (an overnight camp), CampAbility (a traditional summer day camp), Camp FUEL (fun and unique experiential learning), iCan Bike (to learn how to ride a conventional bicycle) and Gadget Camp (for kids who use augmentative communication devices or other assistive technology).




Camp Delafield

Camp Create U

Dyslexia Institute of Indiana

Outside The Box

8395 Keystone Crossing, Suite 102, Indianapolis

3940 E 56th Street, Indianapolis

Location: Columbus Youth Camp, 12454 W Youth Camp Road, Columbus

Location: Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, 10500 E 126th Street, Fishers

Contact: Lindsay Golden Colip at 317-2226635, or email

Dates: July 24-28, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Website: Camp Delafield provides both a rigorous academic program and a diverse arts and recreational program for children ages 7-12 with dyslexia/specific learning disabilities.

Carmel/Clay Parks & Recreation Summer Camp Series 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel Location: Various Elementary Schools/Carmel Parks/ Monon Community Center depending on theme chosen Contact: 317-573-5240 Website: http://carmelclayparks. com/summercampseries/ These inclusion-based camps are designed for children from 5-15 years old. If your child is on the autism spectrum or has a disability, an assessment will be done after enrollment by the Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation’s Inclusion Supervisor, Aimee Rich. Call 317-843-3866 or email arich@ to schedule the assessment. Assessments must be scheduled by May 1, 2016.

Cost: $200 or can fund with Medicaid Waivers Contact: Kelly Hartman at KHartman@ Website: Facebook: www. Camp Create U will focus on awareness of each other and ourselves with a focus on each person’s capabilities. Participating campers are a mix of individuals with and without intellectual challenges. All staff will be well trained in working with campers and in integrating all people without regard for culture, ethnicity or capability. Ages 6-10.

Camp Eagle: Soaring Above Expectations The Indiana Institute for Behavior Analysis 5825 N Michigan Road, Indianapolis Location: The Indiana Institute for Behavior Analysis, 5825 N Michigan Road, Indianapolis Dates: 2017 sessions are full Cost: May be covered by insurance plan; contact office Contact: 317-292-1919, or email Website: Camp will be fun and educational. Skills addressed include communication, social, executive functioning, daily living skills and building positive behaviors. Campers from ages 3-19 are grouped by ability level and staff to camper ratio is 1:1.

Camp Gather on the Move

Camp Can DO

Indy Parks


200 E Washington Street, Suite 2301, Indianapolis

6239 S East Street, Suite A. Indianapolis

Location: Rhodius Park, 1720 W Wilkins Street, Indianapolis, IN

Dates: June 12-16, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Dates: June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30 1, July 3-7 (M, W, Th, F), July 10-14, and July 17-21

Location: PediPlay, Indianapolis, IN Cost: $200 per camper Contact: 317-791-9031, or email

Cost: $110


Contact: 317-327-7275

This program for children 6-12 years old is led by an experienced pediatric occupational therapist, graduate level interns and one volunteer camp “coach” per child. Summer fun games, slimy and messy experiments, music, gym fun, arts and crafts and water play are offered. Skill building is embedded in fun and positive social activities. Siblings and friends are welcome as campers too.

Website: City/DPR/Pages/Camps.aspx Camp Gather on the Move is a therapeutic recreation camp for youth, ages 13 to 18. Camper to counselor ratio is 3:1. Camp Gather on the Move is one of a few summer day camps in Indianapolis that provides comprehensive services to teen and young adults who have physical and/ or intellectual disabilities. Camp is offered for six weeks and campers can sign up for one or all weeks. Campers will participate in daily swimming, nature walks, large and small motor skills activities, life skills workshops and weekly art projects.

Summer camp is an experience every child should have the chance to enjoy. Finding the right match that best suits your child can help your son or daughter keep up the skills they’ve been working on throughout the year and have some fun at the same time!

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

Introduction to Special Education Services In Indiana, children with disabilities ages 3 to 22 are eligible to receive special education services through their local public school. These services may include speech, occupational and physical therapies, as well as academic supports. The first step in accessing special education services is to request an educational evaluation. During this evaluation, a team of specialists will gather information to determine if your child has a qualifying disability. If your child is found eligible for services, the Case Conference Committee, along with the parents, will design an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP explains what services will be implemented for your child. Below are recommendations to help guide you through this experience: •

Be sure to request assessment in all of the relevant developmental areas: cognitive, social, physical, behavioral and academic development.

Keep a detailed record of the special education process. Keep all documents together, and always communicate with the school in writing or email.

Learn the timeline contained in Article 7 that the school must follow. Article 7 contains rules about special education in Indiana.

Build a respectful working relationship with your child’s school work as a team rather than opponents.

Ask for a draft of the proposed IEP before the case conference: read what they are proposing, gather your questions and respond at the meeting.

Do not sign the IEP at the meeting. Take some time to reflect on the many important topics discussed.

Share your concerns and questions at the meeting. If something seems wrong, say it.

Special education is meant to enable your child to reach their maximum potential, but it can be a difficult world to navigate. There are educational advocates who can help in this process by attending case conferences, making recommendations and acting as guide for the parents. Even though school services may be unfamiliar to you, remember that you are an expert on your child and your child’s best advocate.

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College Scholarships for Children with Special Needs Taking advantage of available opportunities More students with special needs are headed to college than ever before – and that’s great news! But, their parents often face significant challenges when it comes to paying for that education. Thankfully, there are a growing number of scholarship programs aimed at helping students with special needs pursue their higher education goals. Here are some suggestions when searching available opportunities.

OAR (Organization for Autism Research) Scholarship Program Award: $3,000 Who’s eligible: Applicants for the Schwallie Family Scholarship typically have a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome and pursue degrees at four-year universities, while those who apply for the Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship typically attend programs that assist in skillbuilding, job-readiness and other transition-related skills. Deadline: May 5

• Start with the school where your child is applying. Colleges often have their own scholarship programs, such as Indiana University’s special needs-specific awards (https:// • Ask local and national advocacy organizations for your child’s condition for recommended scholarship programs. • Check out pharmaceutical and medical companies that treat your child’s condition (even if your child doesn’t use their products). Here are a few scholarships covering a variety of special needs that you can still apply for this year.

More info: https://researchautism. org/how-we-help/scholarships/


J.C. Runyon Moving Forward Scholarship

Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship

Award: $3,000

Award: $2,000

Who’s eligible: Individuals with diagnosed behavioral disorders who have completed at least one inpatient stay at an accredited psychiatric facility, substance abuse center or similar behavioral health treatment center and who have been accepted at an accredited college, university or trade school.

Who’s eligible: Individuals diagnosed with ADHD who have been accepted or will be enrolled at a college or university, trade, technical or vocational school, and who are under the care of an ADHD healthcare professional. Deadline: Varies More info: www.shireadhdscholarship. com/US/Defaultclosed.aspx

Deadline: May 6 More info: http://jcrunyonfoundation. org/application-process/




AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability

Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship

Beth Carew Memorial Scholarship Program

Award: $1,000

Award: $3,000 to $6,000

Award: Less than $1,000

Who’s eligible: High-achieving students who have been diagnosed with autism, or who have a close family member with autism, who are currently enrolled or have been accepted at an accredited university or college.

Who’s eligible: Individuals with hemophilia, von Willebrand disease or a related inherited bleeding disorder who have volunteered to benefit the bleeding disorders community and who have been accepted to or are enrolled at a two- or four-year undergraduate institution.

Who’s eligible: Individuals with a documented disability who are at least college sophomores pursuing fulltime undergraduate or graduate studies related to health and disability at an accredited university. Deadline: Nov. 15 More info: 30



Deadline: July 31 More info:

Deadline: *SOON!* April 12 More info:




AbbVie Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship

Ruby’s Rainbow Scholarships

180 Medical College Scholarship Program

Award: $3,000 and $24,000

Award: $4,000-$5,000

Award: $1,000

Who’s eligible: Students diagnosed with CF pursuing an undergraduate degree or graduate degree based on outstanding academics, extracurricular activities and creativity.

Who’s eligible: Individuals with Down syndrome pursuing higher education or post-secondary enrichment classes.

Who’s eligible: Students with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder or ostomy who are attending a two- or four-year program full-time.

Deadline: Spring More info:

DIABETES Diabetes Scholars Foundation Who’s eligible: Incoming freshmen at an accredited four-year university, college, technical or trade school who have type 1 diabetes and who are actively involved in the diabetes community. Individual scholarships include awards for student athletes and those who pursue degrees in the arts, health care, political science and psychology or social work. Deadline: *SOON!* April 15 More info:

Deadline: *SOON!* April 28 More info:

LEARNING DISABILITIES Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships Award: $10,000 and $2,500 Who’s eligible: The Anne Ford Scholarship grants $2,500 per year over four years to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall. The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship gives a $2,500 one-time scholarship to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD in the fall.

Deadline: June 1 More info: Looking for more opportunities? Check out scholarship search websites college-scholarships/scholarshipsby-type/disability-scholarships/ and www.affordablecollegesonline. org/college-resource-center/ affordable-colleges-for-studentswith-disabilities/ for more listings.

Deadline: Application period opens this fall More info:

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Handling Public Meltdowns Strategies to manage these difficult moments “Imagine being in line at Target with two people in front of you and three people behind you. You’re stuck in that weird spot where you can’t really move forward or backward, and your child’s last nerve just snapped. It’s clear; he’s going to have a full-blown meltdown.”

“I found that if I gave my son a heads up of what was going on, he would transition much better. So if we were going to a store, I would say everything I was going to do before I did it,” says Shana, a local mom of an 11-year-old son with autism. “By the time he was in the third grade, he would say out loud that he needed a break, and he could get some quiet time that way.”

It’s a story that Andrea Gilkison, an ally with the Autism Society of Indiana, still cringes to tell. Fortunately, she says that her son, Oliver, now 8, who has a neuromuscular disease and autism, was small enough for her to pick him up and leave the store. But it’s not always that simple.

Giving the child a “ job” to focus on while you’re out, such as marking items off a list or comparing prices, can help them tune out the minutiae of their surroundings that may overwhelm them. Keeping a gobag with favorite calming items, such as noise-canceling headphones, sensory fidgets, weighted blankets or an iPad, on hand can help diffuse a potential meltdown.

The threat of a public meltdown can loom large for parents of children with sensory sensitivities, including many on the autism spectrum. Bright lights, loud noises, strong smells or even itchy clothing can cause sensory overload, triggering reactions that look a lot like a tantrum. The difference, experts say, is that a child having a tantrum typically wants something – and will calm down once he or she gets it – while there’s often no stopping a sensory meltdown once it’s started, even after a child escapes the overwhelming stimuli.

Ange Cahoon, a former therapeutic foster parent with The Villages of Indiana who often cared for children prone to meltdowns, reminds parents with more than one child to plan ahead for what the other children should do in the case of a sibling’s meltdown. “Create a safety word beforehand and teach your other children that it means they need to listen to other adults who help while you deal with the meltdown,” she says. “It's also their signal that they need to be using their own calming tools to stay under control in the situation.”

“It’s hard for the parents, when you’re blocked in and your kid falls to the floor, and it’s hard for the kids, because they’re struggling to understand what’s going on, too,” Gilkison says. “Planning ahead, watching your own emotions and not expecting too much from your child afterward can go a long way to helping make a public meltdown more manageable.”

Cahoon also suggests taking well-labeled essentials with you, like medications the child takes or antihistamine if the child is prone to hives during meltdowns. She also recommends that parents always carry a verification of the child’s diagnosis.

When a meltdown happens Prepare, prepare, prepare Even a small outing can take a lot of preparation for those on the spectrum. Talking ahead of time about what you are going to do, see or get and making up a visual schedule or list for the child to follow along with can help decrease the chances of the trip ending with a meltdown. 34



If you find yourself dealing with a meltdown in public, Gilkison advises parents to speak softly, confidently and in short, easily digestible sentences to help reassure the child. Keeping your own emotions in check is important, too. “You know everyone is staring at you, and you know they’re judging you. You’re embarrassed, you’re mad and these feelings can overwhelm you and your

child,” she says. “Our kids are tuned into our emotions, and if we panic, then they will feed off that emotion.”

Also, ensure that your child is safe from hurting themselves or others during a meltdown. Cahoon urges parents not to be shy about asking for help from employees when it comes to clearing an area or watching your other children while you handle what’s happening. “I've asked for everything from a physical boundary, to a pop-up fort using coats and people, to multiple people repeating the safe phrase, ‘You are safe right now,’” she recalls. “Know what you need, and as long as you demonstrate a knowledge of how to control the situation, employees and emergency responders are trained to follow your instructions.”

Don’t expect answers right away After a meltdown has subsided, it’s best not to pressure the child to find out what happened immediately, experts say. Instead, limit demands and expectations afterward, and understand that the rest of the day, or several days, may be dedicated to recovery.

“As parents, our initial reaction is, ‘What happened? What made you upset?’ Some kids can articulate why it happened, but others may need some time to process what happened, and that can be an hour later or a month later,” Gilkison says. “Just make sure that they understand that you love them and that you want the best for them as you both work through it.”

For more tips for handling public meltdowns, check out Autism Speaks’ Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit at tool-kits/challenging-behaviorstool-kit. For a shopping-specific article, visit blog/2016/11/25/ten-tips-prevent-autismrelated-shopping-meltdowns.

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

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

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

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



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

Bierman ABA Autism Center We work with children with autism spectrum disorders up to the age of 13. We specialize in providing early intervention, personalized and intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Speech & OT programs. Our early intensive intervention programs (EIBI) are designed to help children learn skills across many different developmental domains in order to be happy and successful in any environment, whether that be in the home, community or the classroom. Whether your child was just recently diagnosed or has been in a traditional school setting but unable to make adequate progress, we deeply believe every child is capable of learning with the right programming in place. We are positive our dedicated and talented team can make a difference. Locations in Broad Ripple, Westfield and Avon 1025 E 54th Street, Indianapolis, Phone: (317) 815-5501, Email:;

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


Children's Therapy Connection

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

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

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

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


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April Special Needs Events SUN 02

MON 10

SAT 15

MON 24

Caring Bunny at Castleton Square Mall

Foster Parent Info Session

Special Egg Event for Children with Special Needs

Special Needs Drum Circle at Bongo Boy Music School

Location: The Well Community Center, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone 317-418-8724, form_response.php?id=40

Location: Bongo Boy Music School, Time: 6:45 – 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-595-9065, www.

Caring Bunny provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families. Free! But please make sure to register!

With more than 23,000 Hoosier children in need of foster care, there is an ever-present demand for loving and supportive foster families. Hoosiers who love to parent and want to learn more about the responsibilities and joys of becoming a foster or adoptive parent can call or visit

Location: Castleton Square Mall, Time: 9:00- 10:30 am, caring-bunny-tickets32301831648?aff=erellivmlt

Location: The Villages of Indiana, Time: 6:00- 8:00 pm, Phone: 800-874-6880



Sensory Friendly Films: "The Fate of the Furious"

Sensory Friendly Films: "Gifted"

AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

Location: AMC Castleton Square 14, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007, sensory-friendly-films

Location: AMC Castleton Square 14, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007,


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Biomedical Interventions for Autism Conference

Youth Fun Night

The fourth annual conference will feature introductory and advanced tracks, covering topics including how to navigate special diets, allergy issues, detoxification and advice from a panel of local moms. Location: Cornerstone Autism Center, Time: 9:00 am, Phone: 317-370-9007, information.php?event_id=125895




Youth Fun Night is a respite event sponsored by BACA Charities and serves children with disabilities. Children will enjoy a fun night with friends while playing games, swimming and watching movies. Thank you to our friends at McAlister’s Deli on 116th St. for providing dinner! To register for an event, please contact Michelle Yadon at Location: Monon Community Center, Time: 6:00- 9:00 pm, Phone: (317)573-5245

The Special Egg Hunt is a favorite annual event! There will be 3 different egg hunts: Magnetic Egg Hunt for kids in wheelchairs or gait trainers, Quiet Egg Hunt for those with autism or sensory processing needs and General Egg Hunt, for those with developmental delays but can hunt unassisted. Siblings welcome too -be sure to register!

2017 Easter Egg Hunt

We will have separate hunting areas for children ages 2-3, 4-6 and 7-9. We also have a separate hunting option for kids with special needs. Immediately after the Easter Egg Hunt, join Danville Parks & Recreation for the Rubber Ducky Race! Location: Ellis Park, Time: 2:00 pm, www.

SAT 22 Special Needs Screening: “Smurfs: The Lost Village” at AMC 17

Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered, and children are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles during the movie. Location AMC 17, Time: 10:00 am Phone: 317-370-9007,


The benefits of Recreational Music Making and Drumming directly affect the social, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being of individuals of all ages and all abilities. Drum Circles help increase energy levels, improve immunity, stimulate brain activity and spread joy while building community. Email lisa@ for more information!

SAT 29 Hear Indiana Talk Walk Run

This 5K, 10K, Kids Run and Carnival benefits Hear Indiana, a nonprofit that empowers and supports children who are deaf or hard of hearing who use spoken language to communicate. Location: Fort Harrison State Park, Time: 9:00 am, Phone: 317-370-9007, www.hearindiana. org/talkwalkrun

Joseph Maley Foundation Butterfly Tea

The Fifth Annual Joseph Maley Foundation Butterfly Tea is a lovely afternoon event for mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends to enjoy one another’s company, share treats and fine teas, and celebrate the work of the people who empower JMF to serve children of all abilities. Hear from an inspiring speaker and place your bid on a selection of silent auction prizes. Location: Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Time: 2:00-3:30 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007, www. date=2017-04-29


Becoming a Camp Counselor The perfect job for your teen! Kids love to go to camp and experience new adventures, enjoy a break from everyday life and make new friends. But, as our kids get older, we want them to experience a summer job and the benefits that go along with earning an income. Why not consider the perfect blend of both: a camp counselor job? Teens can begin working as camp counselors during their high school years and continue during college as summer jobs if they choose. Some camps even offer the opportunity for younger teens to begin as counselors-in-training during their junior high years. A camp counselor job has a lot to offer your teen other than just an income. Here are a few life skills your teen can learn as a camp counselor or counselor-in-training:


Relationship skills


Camp counselors are thrown together with other counselors they don't know, some whom they might not like. They are forced to learn how to get along with others while working toward a common goal. Meaningful relationships are built as counselors work alongside one another day after day.

What a great feeling to know you're investing in others! That's the feeling a camp counselor experiences daily at camp. Whether it's one week or ten weeks, camp counselors go home knowing they've made a difference in young children's lives and that's something to be proud of.

Stretching boundaries Camp is all about new adventures, for campers and counselors both. Counselors can gain self-respect as they overcome any fears they might have and push themselves outside their comfort zones.

Humility Camp counselors learn how to work under someone else's leadership and follow directions. Counselors must do what is asked of them when taking care of children while following a pre-determined schedule.

If your teen needs a job that builds life skills, consider a camp counselor position. Camps of all varieties fill their staff with teenagers who can offer fun and camaraderie to young campers. Match the interests of your teen, whether it be sports, music, education, etc., with an appropriate camp and watch him or her blossom. As camp counselors, teens can gain valuable experience that rewards them with lifelong lessons and memories in the process.

A camp counselor is assigned a group of children and asked to look after their needs and help manage their schedule. Responsibilities include ensuring they are at activities on time, helping with needs such as minor first aid or sunscreen application, playing with kids at activities and being a friend on a bad day or a homesick moment. Teens gain maturity as they help young campers with issues that arise.

Endurance Camp schedules are packed with activities to allow kids the opportunity to experience as much fun as possible in a short amount of time. And camp counselors must keep up, even on days when they feel tired or unmotivated.

Selflessness The teen years typically include spells of sour attitudes and selfish behaviors. A camp counselor role forces a teen to remove his self-indulgent attitude and replace it with empathy and understanding for others. It shows teens how to put others' needs before their own – a valuable life skill.

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

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

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

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

Bricks 4 Kidz Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Downtown Indy; Phone: (317) 572-7357; Email:; Dates: May-August 2017 Hours: Half or Full Day, extended hours available Ages: 5-13 Activities: LEGO building (Full day optional with sports, swimming, & crafts)

We learn, we build, we play…with LEGO® bricks! Using both motorized and traditional bricks, campers will be working together to construct a variety of moving models using our exclusive Bricks 4 Kidz designs, as well as their own imagination. Weekly themes inspired by Star Wars, Minecraft, Pokemon, Super Heroes, & more!




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Multiple locations throughout the greater Indianapolis metro area, Phone: (800) 968-4332, Email:,

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

Dates: Vary based on location Ages: Children entering K-6th grade Activities Included: Hands-on STEM activities

Confucius Institute Chinese Culture Camp

Camp Invention

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

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

Phone: (317) 278-7900, Email:, Dates: June 5 – July 28, 2017 Hours: 7:30am – 6pm Ages: Children in grades K-8 (must be at least 5yrs old to enroll) Activities Included: Crafts, Sports, Calligraphy, Singing, Dancing, Chinese Language and Academic classes

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

Dana Mannix Gymnastics

IMA Summer Camp

9325 Uptown Dr., Suite 1000, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 863-0491, Email: office@, www.danamannix

4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 923-1331, Email:,

Dates: June 5-July 27 Hours: 9:00am-1:00pm/9:00am-3:00pm Ages: 2 and up Activities Included: gymnastics, cheer, ninja, tumbling, American Girl

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

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

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

Heritage Day Camps 6401 E 71st St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 849-3441, Email: carol.williamson@, Dates: Begins May 30 Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm Camp Programming Activities Included: Hands on experiences, student created inventions, art projects, daily worship and Bible lessons, Field Trips off campus, Science experiments, iPad/computer coding, LEGO robotics, physics of simple machines

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

Dates: June 11-July 21, 2017 Ages: 4-13+

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

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

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

Indianapolis Art Center 820 E 67th St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 255-2464, Email:, Dates: 6/12/2017-7/28/2017 Hours: 8:30am-6pm Ages: 4-18 Activities Included: Art, Creativity, Painting, Ceramics, Film, Animation, Glassblowing, Woodworking, Jewelrymaking and more!

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

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

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

Indianapolis Community Tennis Program 1805 E 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 259-5377; Email:; Dates: May 30 - August 4, 2017 Hours: 8 am - 5 pm; 9 am - 3 pm; or 2 pm - 5 pm Ages: 7 and up Activities: Tennis, Table Tennis, Swimming, Field Games, and other more

Fun activities rain or shine! Our daily camps offer up to 45 hours per week of fun activities rain or shine, including three hours of tennis daily combined with table tennis, swimming, board games, field activities, and athletic conditioning every day. Our Arthur Ashe Reading Room is open to campers with over 800 books to checkout and read.

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

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

IUPUI Day Camp 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 274-3518, Dates: May 30-August 11 Hours: M-F, 9:00am-3:30pm Ages: 5-12

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

Myart Summer Camps Mulitple locations. Phone: (317) 490-6625 Email:; Dates: June 5-August 4, 2017 Hours: 9:00am-12:00pm




Ages: 5 and up Special needs offered: Yes, please call to discuss Activities included: 4 day and 1 day Summer Art Camps

Ages: 6-17 Activities Included: Wilderness skills like fire by friction, archery, carving, tracking.

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

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

Park Tudor School 7200 N. College Ave. Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 415-2700 , Email:,


Dates: June 5 – August 4, 2017 Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Ages: 3 – 18

Hoosier Sports Camps

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

Dates: June-August Hours: All Day Ages: Varies

Summer U at University High School 2825 W. 116th St., Carmel, IN, Phone: (317) 733-4475 , Email:, summer-reading/ Dates: Session I Jun 12-30, Session II Jul 10-28 Hours: 7:00am-5:00pm Ages: 6-18 Activities Included: 3D printing, art, computer programming, creating writing, film, languages, Minecraft, sports, study skills, robotics, yoga, and more.

University High School offers several enrichment summer camps and courses for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Our camps cover everything from study skills to computer science and programming, from theatre to creative writing. New in 2017! We are offering film camps which study movies, and the process by which movies are made, a course involving personal finance, and varying yoga camps and classes through the two summer sessions.

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

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

White Pine Wilderness Academy 841 West 53rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208; Phone: (317) 774-6360; Email:; Dates: June 17 – August 17 Hours: 9am – 4pm

Bloomington, IN, Phone: (812) 345-7759, Email: info@, www.hoosier is your one-stop shop for sports camps owned and operated by Indiana University's head coaches. Whether you're searching for a day camp, an overnight camp, an individual camp or a team camp, you'll find information and registration links for all sports year-round!

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

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

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

Fly from the zipline, create a clay pot, ride horses or dirt bikes. Build your confidence and self-esteem as you join campers and staff from around the country and the world in a camp family

where all kids are Accepted, Challenged, Empowered. ALL new cabins built in 2014.

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

Hours: 24 hours residential camp Ages: 7 to 70+ (we have no age limit) Special needs offered: All special needs except respiratory (trach, oxygen, etc)

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

CYO Camp Rancho Framasa

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

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

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

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

Camp Millhouse

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

25600 Kelly Rd, South Bend, IN 46614; Phone: (574) 233-2202; Email:; Dates: June 18-23 18&UP, June 25-30 18&UP, July 2-6 TLC, July 9-14 18&UP, July 16-21 kids 7-17, July 23-28 Sports 13&UP (campers independent in their care)

Gender of Campers: Co-ed

YMCA Camp Piomingo 1950 Otter Creek Park Rd. Brandenburg, KY 40108, Contact: Molly Staley / Senior Program Director, Phone: (502) 942-2616, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: June 11 – August 5, 2017

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


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Ask the Teacher Letting kids quit, discouraging a try out, encouraging camp



My fifth-grade son signed up for an activity at school that he just hates. Should we insist that he participate until the end of the year to help him understand the importance of commitment?


Several factors should be considered in this scenario. Is your son part of a team or group that needs his participation for the activity to be successful for others? Was the activity open to a limited number of students that required others to be excluded? Did his participation require a fee? Does he have a track record of quitting things? Has the activity turned out to be significantly different than what it




was described as or what your son understood it to be? The answers to these questions may help guide you in whether or not you let him quit. If you determine that following through on this commitment is an important life lesson for your son, you need to discuss this concept with him. Establish guidelines for his behavior for the time that remains, emphasizing the importance of being a reliable contributor with a good attitude. Emphasize that grumbling or complaining is not appropriate. Avoid turning your discussions into lectures however, which will only make the experience that much less enjoyable. When your son completes the project or season, praise his perseverance and talk about what he learned about choosing future activities.

Cheerleading next year is all my daughter can talk about. I think her chances of making the cut are very slim. Should I discourage her from trying out to avoid the embarrassment of not being good enough?


Cheerleading tryouts are typically preceded by a few practice sessions where cheers are taught and the needed skills are presented. Opportunities to practice with the help of experienced cheerleaders and coaches are usually provided. If your daughter still wants to try out after these practice sessions, do not discourage her. Instead, support her effort to pursue something that interests her by focusing on the positives that she would bring to the cheer squad, for example work ethic, enthusiasm, energy, cooperation, etc. It is

possible that those who are doing the selection may see your daughter as filling a much-needed role that goes beyond strong gymnastics skills. It isn’t always feasible for someone outside of the situation to completely understand the ability level of the other students trying out or other priorities that the coaches have for building the team. If your daughter is cut from the squad, praise her for trying out for something she genuinely wanted to do that was challenging. Talk through the positives that she gained from the experience in spite of the end result being a disappointment. Before offering suggestions, give her a little time to digest the experience if she needs it. Then help her determine her next steps. If cheerleading is something she still wants to pursue, perhaps committing to lessons or to coaching sessions will help improve her skills. Also, encourage her to think of other activities that are similar in some

way – like a joining a dance team or trying out for team mascot. Maybe whatever interest drew her to cheerleading could be fulfilled in another way.


All of my daughter’s classmates are talking about their plans for summer camp. My daughter seems to have no interest at all in going. What can I do to keep her from missing out on this experience?


Discussions about camp can become the center of conversation this time of year as registration deadlines loom and summer calendars begin filling in. Most kids see this as a time of excitement and anticipation as they make their plans. However, others want no part of it.

Talk with your daughter about why going to camp does not interest her. If she is feeling overwhelmed with studies and activities right now, the thought of a “free” summer might be very appealing. It might be hard for her to imagine that she may find herself feeling bored come mid-summer. Encourage her to think about how much downtime she will actually have and to consider camp as a vacation with peers rather than family. Perhaps your daughter is concerned about being away from you or about the unknowns of trying something completely new. Look for day camps being offered in your area or for 3-4 day overnight camps to help give her a taste of what camp is like. Focus on camps that provide activities that she is comfortable with or has shown an interest in initially and then work into those that offer something new to her.

Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four who holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Deb has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at

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Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

Apogee School for Gifted Children

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

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

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

Contact: David Bonner,,

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

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

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

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




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

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

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

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

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

Heritage Christian School

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Orchard School

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

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

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

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Polly Panda Preschool

Montessori School of Westfield, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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6th annual clay terrance egg hunt

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calendar APRIL 2017 SAT 01 Reach Out and ReadIN!


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Families and children of all ages are invited for a celebration of language and learning throughout the Learning Curve. Beginning at 10 am, guest celebrities will read stories each half hour. Families and individuals can read books to win prizes. Every book read will help build the home library of an at-risk preschooler. The day also will feature Grammy-nominated artist José-Luis Orozco (11 am) who will present a family concert in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium. The first 150 children in attendance at the concert will receive a free book title by the storytelling musician. Location: Central Library, Time: 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100

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The Teddy Bear Concert Series is our newest program, made just for preschool & kindergarten students (ages 3-6). With a variety of programs in several locations, including the IMCPL Central Library,

our goal is to reach families and their young children throughout Central Indiana. Location: Johnson County Public Library (Franklin Branch), Time: 11:00 am, Phone:317-275-4380

Dino Trial Run

The DINO Trail Run Series at Eagle Creek is always one of the bigger draws in the series. The crowd is a blend of veteran trail runners eager to start the season and new trail runners eager to find out what it's all about. The DINO course highlights this variety, from wide and gentle paths to steep hills (and a staircase or two), with a bit of narrow single-track thrown in for good measure. The loop is 5k in length; 15k runners complete three laps. Location: Eagle Creek Park, Time: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm, trail-run-eagle-creek-park/

Indy Fuel Hockey vs. Fort Wayne Comets

With the mission of bringing more than professional hockey back to Indianapolis, the Indy Fuel is proud to work with several charities around Central Indiana to reinvest in their community. Location: Indiana Famers Coliseum, Time: 7:35 pm

SAT 01 – SUN 02 Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo

The goal of Expo 2017 and the Indiana Horse Council is to strengthen equinerelated businesses, organizations, non-profits and professionals by producing an event that promotes the proper care, horse management, horsemanship and pure enjoyment of the animal loved by horse enthusiasts of all disciplines, ages and special interests. Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Time: 8:00 am- 7:00pm, Saturday, until 5:00 pm Sunday,

SUN 02


The Jungle Book

Wacky Wednesdays at Barnes & Noble

Watch the Jungle Book in the Lilly Theater, Free with general admission! Ages 4+. Check dates and times on their website. Mowgli’s search for home takes the spotlight in this new imagining of Kipling’s classic tale. In this living storybook, Mowgli struggles to fit in with the wolves, the monkeys, and even the humans on his journey to discover where he belongs. *Ongoing Location: Children’s Museum, Times: 1:45 and 3:45 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

MON 03 Clifford the Big Red Dog

Come meet Indiana’s own Clifford the Big Red Dog! We’ll have photo opportunities, crafts, and snacks! Ages 2-8 Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 6:30-7:30 pm,

Join us for a fun and engaging Storytime! We will feature a new children’s book and a simple activity to follow. Meet us in the Barnes & Noble, Jr. department every Wednesday at 11 am. Location: Barnes and Noble Noblesville, Time: 11:00-11:30 am, Phone: 317-773-7952

Discovery Time

Stop by for a special story, animal demonstration, or hands-on activity with a focus on science. Some sessions will be held outside in the WonderGarden. This program is intended for children, age 6 and younger, with their caregivers. Older siblings may attend. Suitable for ages 6 and younger, with their caregivers. Older siblings are welcome. FREE. Location: WonderLab Museum of Science, Bloomington, Time: 10-10:30 am, Phone: 812-337-1337

TUES 04 Puppy Love

Spend an hour of {hypoallergenic} furry love with the puppies in training with Canine Companions for Independence of Indiana. Meet the pups, and their volunteer trainers; learn about the different jobs that these jobs will carry out. Event is included with cafe admission. 8 months – 8 years-$10 / Adults free. Location: Urban Chalkboard, Time: 10:3011:30 am, calendar/puppy-love/

Half Day Spring Break CampsTopic Birds

Campers will enjoy learning about a variety of topics and enjoy me in both indoor and outdoor classrooms! Campers should bring a snack that does not include peanuts or nuts and dress in clothes that can get dirty on our outdoor nature adventures. Fee is $20/half day or register for the whole week and save 10%. These camps are for children between 5-10 years. Location: Monon Community Center, Time Choose between morning camp (9:00 am-Noon) or afternoon camp (1:00-4:00 pm) each day, Phone: 317-843-3877

Fishers Drop in Story Time

This is a drop-in story time for all ages and their families. The program room will be open from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. You may make a craft and have playtime with the early literacy toys. Library staff will be on hand to share a story or two. Location: Fishers Library, Time: 7:00-7:45 pm

TUES 04 – THURS 06 Bricks 4 Kidz mini-camps

Make spring break extra fun! We will be using our specialized LEGO bricks and motors to build moving models and non-motorized characters from some of our favorite movies and games, including Star Wars, Bat League, Minecraft, and more! Camp will run April 4th-6th (Tues-Thurs) from 1:00-4:30 pm. Open to grades K-5.Cost is $100/child and includes camp t-shirt. Locations: Urban Chalkboard, Time: 1:00-4:30 pm, Phone: 317-815-5711

THURS 06 Opening Night at Victory Field!

Celebrate the 2017 season opener with a spectacular postgame fireworks show. The first 12,500 fans receive a 2017 Indianapolis Indians schedule magnet. Location: Victory Field, Time: 7:05 pm

Homeschool Adventures

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

Half Day Spring Break CampsTopic Fuzzy Furry Critters

Campers will enjoy learning about a variety of topics and enjoy me in both indoor and outdoor classrooms! Campers should bring a snack that does not include peanuts or nuts and dress in clothes that can get dirty on our outdoor nature adventures. Fee is $20/half day or register for the whole week and save 10%. These camps are for children between 5-10 years. Locations: Monon Community Center, Time Choose between morning camp (9:00 am-Noon) or afternoon camp (1:00-4:00 pm) each day, Phone: 317-843-3877

Science Sprouts Toddler Program - Playing with Physics

Science Sprouts is a new weekly science enrichment program designed especially for toddlers and their families. Toddlers are natural scientists, and Science Sprouts is a time for them to explore, experiment, and build a range skills from physical development to social emotional development. Science Sprouts activities are designed and facilitated by early childhood specialists and involve hands-on exploration, live music, body movement, and a commitment to accurate science!

THURS 06 – SUN 09 Agape Performing Arts Company Presents Les Miserables

Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. Now adapted for high school performers, Les Misérables School Edition features one of the most memorable scores of all time and some of the most memorable characters to ever grace your stage. Location: McGown Hall Time: See website for various times, agape/calendar

FRI 07 Moonlight Madness Easter Egg Hunt

Hop on out to Broad Ripple Park for an 'egg'-stra special flashlight surprise egg hunt. Games, arts and crafts, and refreshments are all part of this fun program. Be sure you bring a flashlight and dress weather appropriate. Cost is only $11 per child! Spaces are limited so sign up today! Location: Broad Ripple Park, Time: 7:30- 9:00 pm, Phone: 317-327-7161

Indy Fuel- Fan Appreciation Night!

With the mission of bringing more than professional hockey back to Indianapolis, the Indy Fuel is proud to work with several charities around Central Indiana to reinvest in their community. Location: Indiana Famers Coliseum, Time: 7:35 pm, single-game-tickets

Location: WonderLab Museum of Science, Time: 10-10:30 am, Phone: 812-337-1337



$5 First Thursdays Night

Explore the world’s biggest and best children’s museum for just $5 per person! Come one, come all for $5 First Thursday Nights. As always, members visit free. Buy your tickets early! Make discoveries. Spark your creativity. Be transported to other times and places. Get your hands in sand and water and climb and jump. Have a ball doing it all. Location: Children’s Museum, Time: 4:008:00 pm, shop/general-admission

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Half Day Spring Break CampsTopic Insects

Campers will enjoy learning about a variety of topics and enjoy me in both indoor and outdoor classrooms! Campers should bring a snack that does not include peanuts or nuts and dress in clothes that can get dirty on our outdoor nature adventures. Fee is $20/half day or register for the whole week and save 10%. These camps are for children between 5-10 years. Locations: Monon Community Center, Time Choose between morning camp (9:00 am-Noon) or afternoon camp (1:00-4:00 pm) each day, Phone: 317-843-3877

Science of Art: Glass Blowing

It is the mission of RINGS Circus Education to promote traditional circus arts and culture through integrative education, outreach, and performance. These programs are designed to encourage active participation in the arts through the interactive creation and production of circus themed performance, and study projects in fine art and academic subjects. Location: WonderLab Museum of Science, Time: 5:00-8:00 pm, Phone: 812-337-1337

FRI 07 – SAT 08 Tim Burton Film Festival

Six films focusing on Tim Burton 7:30 pm, Friday, April 7: “Nightmare Before Christmas” 10 pm, Friday, April 7: “Batman” 3 pm, Saturday, April 8, “Corpse Bride” 5 pm, Saturday, April 8 “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” 7:30 pm, Saturday, April 8 “Beetlejuice” 10 pm, Saturday, April 8, “Mars Attacks” Location: Historic Artcraft Theater, Time: Various Show Times, http://www.

SAT 08 A Closer Look: Victor Victorious

Participants are invited to observe, question, and discuss a selected artwork in the galleries with a museum educator. Each hour-long session focuses on a single work of art and encourages interactive dialogue among the group members. Closer Look sessions are free, but advance online reservations are required. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours before a session. Each session is limited to 20 adult participants. Sessions for groups of students in grades 7-12 and university students can be arranged by choosing the appropriate tour request form. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Time: 2:00 pm, closer-look-victor-victorious

Little Red’s Most Unusual Day- Indianapolis Opera

Sometimes stories aren’t what they seem. A series of choices and mistaken identities lead our characters into a “tale spin.” This twisted operatic retelling of a classic features favorite music from opera composers – Offenbach & Rossini! Colorful costumes, amazing singers and a delightful story make up a performance your family won’t want to miss! The HEPL Music Series is sponsored by the Friends of Hamilton East Public Library. As always, children and families are welcome. Location: Fishers library, Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-579-0300

Calvary Christian School Festival & BBQ Competition

BBQ competition, festival games, prizes, kid zone, food trucks, 100+ artisan booths, car show, live music and more! All ages welcome. Alcohol free event. Free Admission! Location: Calvary Christian School, Time: All Day, Phone: 317-789-8710

Dogs: Faithful and True Programming

Join Karen Land, writer, storyteller and three-time participant in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race across Alaska, for an inspirational talk about her experiences on the trail. It’s a huge accomplishment to finish the 1,150mile Iditarod, which is among the most difficult feats in all of sports. Visitors will also learn about mushing and meet one of the dogs from her team. In addition to Land's presentation, enjoy a curator tour, see a film, learn to draw dogs, meet local furry friends from Paws and Think and so much more. *Ongoing Location: Eiteljorg Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, festivals-and-events/

Westfield Church Helicopter Egg Drop One of the largest and most spectacular egg hunts in Indianapolis! This year’s event will feature TWO separate drops. Children up to age 10. Pre-registration required please see their website for more information! Location: Grand Park, http://www.

SAT 08 – SUN 09 Power Recycling Weekend

Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm, events-and-groups/zoo-events/power-recyclingweekend

SUN 09 JMFitness Adaptive Basketball

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Location: St. Christopher Catholic School, 3:00- 4:00 pm, Phone, 317-370-9007

MON 10 Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group

Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies as these wonderful winged insects are 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!

*Ongoing Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: See website for conservatory times. http://www.inwhiteriver. com/events/butterfly-kaleidoscope/

TUES 11 Family Board Game Night

Every second Tuesday is game night here in Noblesville! Tonight we are featuring and the strategy game Splendor. We will also have cards and other board games available. Grab a beverage from our Café and settle in for a fun night of board games. Location: Barnes & Noble Noblesville, Time: Phone: 317-773-7952

FRI 14 Bike to the Ball Park

This 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 during our Power Recycling Weekend and our recycling partners will take it from there! In addition to doing good, you'll receive a discount coupon for $2 off Zoo admission.


participants to see how capable they are as they play and grow their skills over the session.

JMFitness offers a recreational adaptive basketball series for children ages three to 21. Throughout each session, athletes learn the rules, technique and safety associated with playing basketball from a mentor, who works closely with the athlete. Focusing on dribbling, passing and shooting, it brings inclusion to all on the court and allows

Each season, Sun King Brewery, the official Craft Beer of the Indianapolis Indians, invites fans to “Bike to the Ballpark” for the home opener. The event is free and open to riders of all ages. Mayor Joe Hogsett leads bikes through downtown Indianapolis from Sun King to the Indians game! Tickets to the Indians Opening Day contest are not included as part of the Bike to the Ballpark event, however participants are encouraged to purchase a ticket and join-in on the festivities that also include a special tapping of Sun King. Location; Sun King Brewery, Time: 3:30 pm, Phone: 317-602-3702

Youth Fun Night

Youth Fun Night is a respite event sponsored by BACA Charities and serves children with disabilities. Children will enjoy a fun night with friends while playing games, swimming, and watching movies. Thank you to our friends at McAlister’s Deli on 116th St. for providing dinner! To register for an event, please contact Michelle Yadon at myadon@ or (317)573-5245. Location: Monon Community Center WEST Building, Time: 6:00- 9:00 pm, Phone: 317-843-3877


FRI 14 – SUN 16

FRI 14 – SUN 16 Morning Movies at Goodrich Quality Theaters- This week showing: Trolls [PG]

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:00 am. Those belonging to our Frequent Moviegoer Club (FMG) will be able to see any movie in the series free-ofcharge when they present their FMG card at the box office. Each member will get up to 6 free admissions with their FMG card per show. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket. It's easy to become an FMG member for FREE today or at the theater!

Breakfast with The Easter Bunny

Head on over to Riverside Park to have Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Visit their website for more information!

Location: Goodrich Hamilton Theater 16, Time: 10:00 am, morning-movies

Location: Riverside Park, Time:, 11:00 am Phone: 317-327-7171, https://apm.activecommunities. com/indyparks/Home

Indiana Comic Con

Easter Painting

Over 400,000 square feet and 150 booths of comics, cosplay, videos, toys, action figures, anime, video games, Star Wars, artwork, trading cards and fun! Location: Indianapolis Convention Center, Friday 12:00 pm-Midnight, Saturday 9:00 amMidnight, Sunday 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, http://

SAT 15 Hop to the Prop for an Easter Egg Hunt!

Sponsored by the Propylaeum Historic Foundation Outreach Committee. Rain or shine. Bring your little bunny for our annual free Easter Egg Hunt at the Indianapolis Propylaeum. Warning: It is important to be on the grounds early as the Easter Bunny drops the signals the hunt to begin at 11:30 am. Reservations required! Location: Indianapolis Propylaeum, Time: 11:30 am, Phone: 317-638-7881

6th Annual Clay Terrace Egg Hunt

The hunt will be located at the Clay Terrace Lawn behind Kona Grill and Mitchell's Fish Market. This year we have thousands of eggs for your little ones to hunt for! Registration begins Monday March 13th at 10:00 am in the Mall Office. The Event is an activity for children in the following age groups and will be conducted separately for each age group as follows. Age Group Hunt Start Time: 0-3 years 10:00 a.m., 4-6 years 10:30 a.m., 7-10 years 10:50 a.m.

Create an “eggstra” special gift for a grandparent or a fun decoration on for your room! Using acrylic paint, enjoy designing a colorful Easter egg on a 16”x 20” canvas. Step-by-step instruction makes this class fun and easy for beginners. Participants also receive $10 to a future program at Painting with a Twist! For kids ages 7 and older. Location: Monon Community Center, Time: 1:00 PM- 3:30 pm, Phone: 317-843-3877

Cathedral Easter Egg Hunt

All are welcome to join the fun and meet the Easter Bunny at the annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Cathedral Alumni Association. Bring your own Easter basket as there are hundreds of eggs to find, arts & crafts, activities, and family fun! Refreshments and donuts are provided. Time: 9:00- 10:30, Location: Cathedral High School

Easter Egg Splash at Jordan YMCA

Join us at the Jordan YMCA for our Easter Egg Splash! We will have eggs in our indoor pool for kids to collect! We have 2 time options available for your convenience. Time: 1- 1:30 pm and 2-2:30 pm, Location: Jordan YMCA

Location: Clay Terrace Mall in Carmel, Time: 9:00 am

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Annual Bishop Chatard Easter Egg Hunt

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Secrets of the Lab

Location: Bishop Chatard High School, Time: 10:00 am

This just in: New artifacts have dropped anchor inside our Archaeology Lab! Get a close look artifacts discovered by underwater archeologists and the process used to conserve them. Examine old pirate ship pieces and cannon models to help solve a mystery. Tour the Archaeology Lab! Dive in to discover the secrets of the lab!

Fishers Read Out Loud

Children of all ages are invited to the BCHS Easter Egg Hunt, held on the grounds of BCHS and attended by the Easter Bunny. Be sure to register!

SAT 15 – SUN 16 Easter Weekend at the Zoo!

Jump, bounce, leap and hop to the Zoo on Easter to enjoy a great spring day and a Easter-themed activities all weekend long! Spring is a time of new beginnings, which makes Easter the perfect opportunity to celebrate our youngest animals and Zoo babies. Join in the fun and find the large Zoo-themed eggs hidden throughout the Zoo and White River Gardens. All guests who find at least 10 of the 19 egg signs will receive a special prize. Plus, our brown bears and elephants will participant in Easter themed enrichment activities! Buy your tickets online! Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 9:00 am5:00 pm, Phone: 317-630-2001

Location: Children’s Museum, Times: 11:3011:45 am, 3:30-3:45 pm, see website for additional days and times, https://www.

Healthy Snacking Preschool Workshop Preschoolers and an adult are invited to join the Marion County Health Department for some tasty fun as they learn about healthy snacking options. Location: East Washington Library Branch, Time: 10 & 11 am, Phone: 317-275-4360

WEDS 18 Holiday Park Beastly Brunch

SUN 16 SkyZone Indy South- Toddler Time

Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. $8 Location: Sky Zone South, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-759-9925

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

This exciting story time format is designed for the active 2-4 year olds! We’ll share stories and songs and spend the rest of the time playing at engaging and fun learning centers! We’ll have fun with art, music, science, and much more as we work on cognitive, motor and emotional skills. Location: Fishers Central Library, Time: 1-:00- 10:30 am,

Earth Day Indiana Festival

The Earth Day Indiana Festival highlights over 125 environmental nonprofits, companies and groups. The festival includes a music stage, workshops and food vendors. Don’t miss the Butterfly Parade led by Him Poyser at 3 pm! The event’s mission is to highlight sustainablity, environmental protection and resource conservation. Location: Military Park, Time: 11:00 am- 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-233-2434

Walk MS: Indianapolis 2017

FRI 20 – SAT 21 HANDS in Autism Art Expo 2017

Celebrate Autism Awareness Month at the HANDS in Autism® Art Expo! Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the featured artists during our Opening Ceremony from 6:30 - 8:00 pm on April 20, with a full show running on April 21 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Art Expo is designed to provide a glimpse into the minds of individuals with ASD who utilize art as a means of expression given some of the social and communicative challenges that ASD presents. Location: IUPUI Campus Center, Time: 9:00 am, Phone: 317-274-2675

SUN 22 Handmade Vintage Market

It’s time for our annual Spring Handmade Vintage Market! Grab your rainboots and your sunscreen because rain-or-shine we WILL be at the Llama Barn! Admission is just $5. We have a great day of shopping, music, food, and crafts lined up for you and your pals. Won’t you gather your best friends and head to the Llama Barn?!Come support your favorite makers and curators! Location: Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, Time: 9:00 am- 2:00 pm

Fortune Academy Celebration: The Ruby Event

The Ruby Event includes dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions and an evening of fun benefiting Fortune Academy, an Indianapolis school dedicated to educating and equipping students with language learning differences to become competent and confident lifelong learners. Location: 50 East Event Centre. Time: 6:00- 11:00 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007,

Ending multiple sclerosis for good will take all of us. Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Together, we become a powerful force. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise…we’re that much closer. Location: White River State Park, Time: 8:00 am (Walk starts at 10 am), Phone: 317-855372-1331

Northside Twins and Multiples Clothing & Equipment Sale

Come to the sale and shop the 25 booths of gently used children's clothing and toys. It is like shopping at the 25 best garage sales with exactly what you're looking all in one location. We also have an equipment room filled with consigned strollers(mostly double strollers), high chairs, pack n plays, wagons, bumbos, swings, cribs, carseats, etc. Location: Fishers United Methodist Church, Time: 8:00 am- 12:00 pm

Planet Indy Films

Celebrate Earth Day at the IMA with Planet Indy films. The Messenger explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns us that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Su Rynard takes us on an engaging, visually stunning, emotional journey, one that mixes its elegiac message with hopeful notes and unique glances into the influence of songbirds on our own expressions of the soul. Location: Indianapolis Art Museum, Time: Noon or 3:00 pm, planet-indy-film

Spring Market

Buy hand-made pottery, paintings, jewelry, food and more from some of the best artists in the region. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, Time: 10: 00- 5:00 pm, explore/festivals-and-events


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7th Annual Carmel Marathon

The 7th Annual Carmel Marathon Weekend will offer a marathon, half marathon, 8K and 5K. All races utilize the same start and finish line allowing spectators to see the opening ceremonies and start then cheer as they finish. The finish line DJ will keep the area hopping with the VIP area and Oskar Blues Brewing Beer Garden within the finish line view. There is also the Center Green, a beautiful grassy area to stretch your legs and relax just a few yards from the finish line area. Location: Carmel Arts and Design District, Time: All day, http://www.carmelmarathon. com/pages/race-information

SUN 23 Best Buddies Friendship Walk The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies Friendship Walk plays a key role in funding and raising awareness for Best Buddies programs dedicated to one-to-one friendships, leadership development, and integrated job opportunities for individuals with IDD.

Location: Celebration Plaza at White River State Park, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-4368440

Idea Lab: Stem Sunday

IDEA Lab Sunday provides free, valueadded, engaging projects that help children and families develop STEM skills and have positive STEM experiences together are WonderLab. Projects can be easily entered into by families with children as young as kindergarten and adults of any age working together. Location: WonderLab, Bloomington, Time: 1:30- 4:30 pm, Phone: 812-337-1337

Earth Day Celebration at JCC

It is the 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration. Join them for live music, 30+ exhibitors, picnic area AND food truck and did we mention it is FREE?! Earth day is a moment to consider the broader implications of our lifestyle, to spend time with family and to evaluate how we can protect our earth more! Contact for more information! Location: Jewish Community Center, Time 1:00-4:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day at the Nature Center

Join the Cool Creek Nature Center to celebrate Earth Day by learning all about monarchs and the importance of native plants to butterfly pollinators. Learn how to grow milkweed and take home your own milkweed plants so you can jump-start your garden and provide needed habitat for monarchs. Celebrate monarchs with fun activities and crafts. Staff will also be offering woodland wildflower hikes. Come and enjoy the early signs of spring! Location: Cool Cree Nature Center, Time 1:00-4:00 pm

MON 24 Teddy Bear Concert SeriesThe Big Note

The Teddy Bear Concert Series is our newest program, made just for preschool & kindergarten students (ages 3-6). With a variety of programs in several locations, including the IMCPL Central Library, our goal is to reach families and their young children throughout Central Indiana. Location: Avon Public Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-272-4818

Mr. Dan the Music Man

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

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Afterscool @ College Avenue

School-age children are invited to drop in for a series on such topics as Legos, origami, yoga, jewelry-making and computer coding. It’s a casual time to socialize with friends and learn something new. School Age (6-11), Teen (12-17). Locations: College Avenue Library, Time: 3:30 pm, Phone: 275-4320

THURS 27 – FRI 28 Wool Wonders

Meet our cute little baby lambs and then see wool from older sheep get spun, woven and dyed. Prairie Tykes is custom made for preschoolers (ages 3-6) and parents or grandparents! Connect one-on-one while you make crafts, dance, sing and take part in the special activity of the day. Locations: Conner Prairie, Time: 9:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-776-6000

WEDS 26 Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship

Hear songs performed by Jamie Nichole, a singer-songwriter from Martinsville, IN. Jamie has been a singer her whole life, and self-taught guitarist and songwriter for the past 14 years. Her music is a warm blend of Americana, folk, and alternative country. Jamie is currently recording songs for a new album. She travels around Indiana, and throughout the Midwest playing venues such as wineries, festivals, songwriter showcases, and restaurant/pubs. FREE. Location: The Museum of Miniature Houses, Time: Noon, Phone: 317-575-0240

FRI 28 Morning Movies at Goodrich Quality Theaters- This week showing: Sing (PG)

Those belonging to our Frequent Moviegoer Club (FMG) will be able to see any movie in the series free-of-charge when they present their FMG card at the box office. Each member will get up to 6 free admissions with their FMG card per show. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket. It's easy to become an FMG member for FREE today or at the theater! Location: Hamilton Goodrich Theater 16, Time: 10:00 am

Get a FREE tree for Arbor Day! Stop by Monument Circle in front of the IPL building for the Indy Free Tree event. Beginning at 11 am, 1,000 trees will be distributed to celebrate Arbor Day. Visitors will enjoy FREE pizza and learn about the benefits of trees. Those in line by 11 am will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card to Eagle Creek Nursery. Location: Monument Circle, Time: 11:00 am

SAT 29 14th Annual Indy Mutt Strut

Mutt Strut is a one-of a-kind event for pets of all shapes and sizes! Join the 7,000 people and 6,000 pets who attend Mutt Strut each year from across Indiana! Walk the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway track and kiss the bricks, enjoy a fun day outdoors with family and furry friends, and support the Humane Society of Indianapolis. This year, we hope you’ll join us and consider registering your own Mutt Strut Pack (team). Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Time: 9:30 am- 3:00 pm, about/




Great opportunity to buy miniature accessories, craft supplies, and special gifts. This year's sale includes a large selection of miniature furniture, accessories, dolls, dollhouses, kits, and supplies. A child's delight. Wonderful gift ideas, too. FREE. Location: Carmel Lions Club & Museum of Miniature Houses, Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-575-0240

2017 Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure

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Annual Attic Sale

The day will include opening ceremonies, the annual Pink Parade of breast cancer survivors, a 5k competitive run and non-competitive run/walk, a one-mile family walk, Kids’ Dash, Hope Village, food trucks, a sponsor expo and more. Location: Military Park, Time: All Day, Phone: 317-678-2873, http://komencentralindiana. org/

SAT 29 – SUN 30 Shear Fun

Meet our four-legged fiber friends as you get up close to llamas, watch sheep being sheared and see sheep dogs in action (on the half hour). Step into nature to see how the Native Americans used natural fibers to make cordage, containers and baskets. And learn the art of felting, carding, weaving and spinning wool, and flax your muscles as you get involved in processing raw flax into fine linen and much more! Price included with admission. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, things-to-do/events/shear-funen#sthash.3aRuhtYW.dpuf:00

Perennial Premiere

Come purchase rare plants including annuals, perennials tropical, herbal and house plants. The IMA horticulture staff will answer all your planting questions. While you’re visiting, be sure to check out the Indianapolis Garden Club Flower Show inspired by the IMA gardens and Spring Blooms experience. FREE. Location: Indianapolis Art Museum, Time: April 29 / 11 am–5 pm (IMA Member early access 9 a.m.), April 30 / noon–5 pm

ongoing events Dogs: Faithful and True

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


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

My Fair Lady

Now through May 14th Based on the famous play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, watch the transformation of Eliza Doolittle, a scruffy, cockney flower seller, into a respectable lady in both manner and speech. Songs include “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “Get Me to the Church on Time.” Rated PG. See website for show times Location: Beef & Boards, Phone: 317-8729664, beef/2017/03calendar.html

Circus: Starring YOU!

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

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



Museum INvasion

Arbor Day – Let’s Flock NPD

Time: 1:30 pm, or by appointment (Saturdays), Location: Indiana State Museum, Phone: 317-232-1637, group-visits

Location: Nickel Plate District, Phone: 317-595-3405, index.aspx?NID=335

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

Spring Blooms

Now through May 31st Immerse yourself in color this spring and experience our campus as never before when our Gardens come alive with a quarter of a million blooms. Take a breathtaking stroll around the campus with each twist and turn unveiling a new splash of color from crimson tulips to golden daffodils and much, much more. After a bleak winter, relax and recharge at Spring Blooms as wave after wave of intoxicating colors and scents wash over you. Explore seven new gardens popping up throughout the campus and come see your favorite gardens transformed in new and exciting ways. Bring your friends and celebrate the return of warm weather with our new beer garden, open Thursday through Sunday. We will have extended hours until 9 pm for added time to explore and socialize. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, see website for more details: http://www.

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

Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group

Now through September 10th Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies as these wonderful winged insects are 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! Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: See website for conservatory times. http://www.

The Jungle Book

Occurring Daily through April 15 Mowgli's search for home takes the spotlight in this new imagining of Kipling's classic tale. In this living storybook, Mowgli struggles to fit in with the wolves, the monkeys and even the humans on his journey to discover where he belongs. Along the way he must contend with the mesmerizing Kaa and the terrifying Share Khan, but with the help of his friends

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Baloo and Bagheera, Mowgli's search ends happily. Written and directed by Ben Asakwee. This production of The Jungle Book is showing in the Lilly Theater. Please check the website for dates and show times. FREE with general admission. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334300,

Audubon: Drawn to Nature

Now through July 30th Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition GalleryFly to the IMA to experience Audubon: Drawn to Nature, an exhibition featuring the lifelike drawings of John James Audubon. From wise owls to playful parakeets these beautiful birds of North America were carefully studied and documented by Audubon, a leader in ornithology and conservation. Location: Indianapolis Art Museum, Time: See website for times, audubon

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




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

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

Nature Unleased

Occurring Daily through May 29 Earthquakes. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Volcanic eruptions. Tsunamis. These immense forces of geology and weather have shaped our planet and our world. How do they affect us and how do we respond? Can we prevent them? Should we even try? Explore these questions and more in this immersive and

interactive exhibition from The Field Museum. This exhibition is contributed by Rolls-Royce. FREE with general admission. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-2321637,

Chocolate Slide and Chocolate Café

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

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

Lilly Collection of Orchids in Watercolors

Occurring Daily through July 9th Part of a larger celebration of orchids at the IMA, this exhibition features a selection of 30 orchid watercolors collected by Josiah K.

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

P L E A S E N OT E 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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