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COMMENTARY & PARENTING 30 A SK THE TE ACHER 44 The Do' s and don ' ts of summer camp parenting




Celebrating Mother's Day 6 ideas to make her day special


Rockin' the Road Trip

Pack the car and hit the highway to one of these family-friendly destinations!

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Helping Foster Care Families

How to support kids in need even if you can't foster them


Students Who Shine

A spotlight on local exceptional teens


Could My Child Be Bipolar?

The difficulty in making a correct diagnosis 04






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meet the staff FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne // Publisher Mary Wynne Cox // Editor Susan Bryant // SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski // BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Brooke Litherland // Advertising Coordinator Karen Ring //

Welcome to May! There’s a lot happening during the next 31 days. With Indy being the racing

capital of the world, the whole month of May offers race fans of all ages plenty to look forward to. Are you going to time trials with the kids? Maybe you’ll head downtown for the parade or catch the tortoise race at the Indianapolis Zoo? If you need info on what events to choose, we’ve got you covered with all the 500-themed kid-friendly activities available this month. What else takes precedence in the month of May? Mother’s Day of course! If this is your first Mother’s Day, congratulations! You can look forward to many years of breakfast-in-bed mornings and homemade gifts from your little ones. Does your family need a few “hints” about the way you’d like to spend the day? Hand them our article on Celebrating Mother’s Day for a few ideas to make your day special. Did you know that May is also National Foster Care Month? The need for foster families in our state is at record levels. Fostering provides a safe haven for kids in crisis, so if you have ever considered opening




your heart and home to a child in need, please look into what the process entails. Even if you can’t foster a child, fortunately there are still many ways you can help. Take a look at Helping Foster Families for some practical suggestions on how to get involved and make a difference in a child’s life. May is also the last month of school for many kids, so find a little time to enjoy those fleeting moments before the kids are set free for the summer (more on managing that in our next issue!) Thanks for picking up the latest Indy’s Child – we hope this month, and every month, you continue to find our publication a fun and informative resource for your family!

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Family fun for all ages at Zionsville’s local creamery Treat your family to farm fare and fresh air at a real organic dairy farm! Traders Point Creamery is an award-winning 100% grass-fed dairy farm, creamery and restaurant in Zionsville, just 20 minutes from downtown. Meet the cows, take a self-guided tour and watch the evening cow milking – available daily. See where the cheese wheels age then visit the farm store to take products home. Bring your experience full circle with a farm-to-table meal at The Loft Restaurant, housed in a restored 1860s barn. Top off your visit with a scoop (or two!) of ice cream from the Dairy Bar! Open Daily, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm, 5:00- 9:00 pm Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville, IN 46077

Magnificent macaws The zoo is more colorful than ever! This brand-new exhibit will allow zoo guests to have an uplifting experience as magnificent macaws create a waterfall of color overhead. Watch as the macaw flock creates an aerial ballet across the Zoo and then lands in the new Bicentennial Pavilion. Learn about these beautiful birds up close before they take flight again! (Be sure to stop by and see the butterflies in the Butterfly Kaleidoscope exhibit while you’re at the Zoo too!) May 27- September 13 Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Everyone’s favorite ogre and his friends are ON STAGE! Shrek the Musical is here! Starting May 18 see how a not-so-usual ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t stop talking, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got a situation that calls for a real hero. Get your tickets by visiting May 18 - July 2 Beef & Boards Theatre, 9301 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268




Calling all race fans! The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 is here! The entire month of May is all about the greatest spectacle in racing. Here are a few family-friendly events to take advantage of that lead up to race day. (And for even more activities, check out our complete calendar at the end of the magazine!)

Saturday, May 6

41st Indianapolis Mini Marathon Downtown Indianapolis, 7:30 am The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is one of the premiere half-marathons in the country. The course for the Mini-Marathon begins near the intersection of Washington and West streets, heads west toward the Indianapolis Motor Speedway along Michigan Street and does a complete lap around the 2.5 mile track before heading back down New York Street to the finish line.

Tuesday, May 9

Children’s TherAplay #Horsepower500 The Children’s TherAplay Foundation, 3:00-5:30 pm Be part of the excitement as your favorite IndyCar drivers face off in an adaptive tricycle race to raise funds and awareness for equine-assisted physical and occupational therapies at Children's TherAplay. There will also be real IndyCars to explore, opportunities for autographs from the drivers, race-themed face painting, Indy 500 princesses and tasty snacks and sno-cones. $20 adults, $10 children ages 12 and under, free for ages two and under.

Lemonade Day is May 20! Not sure what Lemonade Day is? Brought to the greater Indianapolis area in 2009, this program teaches kids about becoming an entrepreneur! With their own lemonade stand, kids learn about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, philanthropy and more. Lemonade Day takes kids through a strategic 14-step process and teaches the principles required to start any big company. With their profits, children are encouraged to “spend some, save some and share some” with their community.Want to participate? Visit their website to sign up now! And be sure to check out Lemonopolis, the online interactive game designed to help kids prepare for the big day! registration

Saturday, May 13

JP Morgan Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day Monument Circle, 12:00- 4:00 pm This festival offers fun, interactive, educational displays in a carnival-like atmosphere. Attendees can interact with local mascots, race mini cars, bounce in giant inflatables, get free kids haircuts by Great Clips, make sashes with the 500 Festival Princesses and so much more! Rookie Run Ohio & Meridian Streets, 12:30- 3:00 pm All kids, ages 3-10, are invited to join the JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run – a non-competitive fun run where everyone goes away a winner. All participants will receive a goodie bag, a runner’s bib with the number 1 and a finisher's medal – just like the Mini-Marathon participants. Pre-register at the special package price to be guaranteed a commemorative technical t-shirt. Registration and shirts will be sold separately on event day.

Wednesday, May 24

Zoopolis 500 Indianapolis Zoo, 10:30 am Tortoises, start your engines! Held annually the Wednesday before the Indianapolis 500, this unique Zoo event and race fan favorite includes a morning of family-friendly pre-race festivities leading up to the radiated tortoise race to the finish.

Saturday, May 27

IPL 500 Festival Parade Downtown Indianapolis, 12:00 pm One of the original events produced by the 500 Festival, the IPL 500 Festival Parade has grown to be one of the signature events held in the United States each year. Three hundred thousand spectators are expected to line the streets of Indianapolis, joined by another one million watching from their televisions around the country. Tickets: $15-$35.

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If you’re a race fan, then May is all about the 500! We recently asked Indy’s Child Facebook readers: Have you ever taken your kids to the Indy 500? What tips do you have for other parents taking their kids for the first time? We always go to qualifications weekend. There are lesser crowds, and it's just as exciting for the kids. – Christina N. Shade, sunscreen, headphones, hydration. – Lori F. If they're little, bring a carrier and wear them, bring umbrellas for shade, and do not sit in the main grandstands! Get tickets with space to move. We sit in the south terrace grandstands so there is an enclosed grass space in front which is key! – Stacey S.

We sit on the mounds and get there early so there is plenty of room for the kids to spread out a blanket and run around when they get bored. – Tiffany H.

Sitting towards the top between 3 and 4 you can see a lot but if you can get a seat across from the pits in the shade that's pretty sweet too. – Shelly B. Lots of snacks and water or Gatorade. – Jennifer B.

stay tuned to for our latest guides that are packed with family-friendly fun. Here’s a peek at what is trending now: Canoeing and Kayaking in Indiana Row, row, row your boat at the best waterways around our state! Quick Getaways from Indianapolis Find the perfect destination for a quick family day or weekend trip. Touch a Truck Guide For kids who love trucks, find all the spots around town where they can get their fix!

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

Racing Into May Ready for nonstop racing, action and thrills? Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™ is back at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Starting May 13, children and families can buckle up and get a behind-the-scenes look at the fast-paced world of auto racing. Discover what makes one car faster than another, learn how engines use fuel and what keeps drivers, crews and fans safe. Families can race against the clock in a realistic pit stop challenge or watch actual pistons pump inside an engine. They can even sneak a peek inside a real IndyCar, cut in half to learn exactly what makes it tick. This hands-on, high-speed experience, packed with real race gear and memorabilia will engage visitors of all ages. Along with Hot Wheels toy tracks, cars and racing artifacts, there is a new focus this year – drag racing. In drag racing, specially-designed bikes and cars compete against each other two at a time on a ¼ mile drag strip to see who will cross the finish line first. It is a test of reaction time, speed, power and precision. Despite what some may think, drag racing isn’t just a boy’s club. According to the National Hot Rod Association, upward of 45 percent of drivers are female and that number never falls below 35 percent. Kids can get behind the wheel of a dragster as young as five years old. With specific age groups and rules, Junior Drag racing is a sport that the whole family can enjoy. Anyone interested can check out the Midwest Jr. Series website or the NHRA’s official website. Top off the experience at The Children’s Museum with a peek at the U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster in the Welcome Center. This car, driven by eight-time World Champion Tony Schumacher, is the world’s fastest accelerating vehicle, zooming from zero to 100 miles per hour in less than a second.

PHOTO CREDIT: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

If your little race fan can’t wait for May, try this simple experiment to understand how air flow affects race cars. Grab a hair dryer and point it straight up in the air. Place a ping-pong ball on the stream of air and watch it bounce. How far can you tilt the hair dryer on its side before the ball falls out of the stream? This little physics lesson can open up a broader understanding of how fast-moving air can impact drivers and cars. It can also help explain why some drivers draft other cars and how it can be difficult for them to keep all four wheels on the ground. Race on over to the Children’s Museum and get your racing fix this May!




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Upgrading Childbirth to “Wireless” Labor & Delivery The road to childbirth is a joyous but long one. And those last several hours before delivery? They can be brutal—a test of endurance, patience, and modern medicine. It doesn’t help, from a comfort level, to be tied up to a fetal monitor that won’t let you get out of bed, go to the bathroom, or reach for the cup of water on your side table—although you gladly wear it to ensure all is well with your baby. Fetal monitors are designed to track baby’s heart rate and stress level. Typically, that entails a belt tied around mom’s belly and connected to a machine during labor and delivery. It’s a valuable but imperfect solution, with its share of drawbacks: Beyond rendering mom immobile, it’s sometimes hard to discern between mom’s and baby’s heart rate without additional intervention or equipment. “The concern is, are we looking at a baby in distress, or actually tracing mom’s heart?”—explains Stacey Irwin, who manages patient care, labor and delivery at St. Vincent Women’s.

Fetal monitor belts are particularly uncomfortable for bigger women, with high body mass index (BMI). In those cases, where a displaced uterus makes it harder to trace the baby’s heartbeat, “we try a lot of maneuvers like adding extra belts, or having mom in a specific position for a long time so we can get trace of the heartbeat,” shares Irwin. And if that doesn’t work? “Docs might opt to place monitors inside the body, which could risk an infection,” she explains. This changed when St. Vincent Women’s purchased a wireless monitor, newly available to the market, to test whether patients would like it. Instead of a belt, the new technology featured a simple peel-and-stick patch. “We had patients fighting over it,” says Irwin. “Everybody wanted it.”

With the sticker-like monitor, laboring moms could walk around the room, find relief on a birthing ball, shower, and go to the bathroom without being tethered to a machine. More importantly, the device automatically discerned between maternal and fetal heartbeats. When a newer wireless model came out—the Monica Novii—St. Vincent Women’s purchased 10 more, so any patient who wanted it could have it, as long as they fit the criteria set by the Food and Drug Administration: 36 completed weeks of gestation and a single baby (no twins). For mamas living in a wireless age, it pays to know the options available to them—even if just being able to turn from side to side without fear of losing their baby’s heart rate. On mom’s and baby’s big day, every bit of comfort counts.

To learn more about personalizing your birth experience at St. Vincent, visit




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celebrating mother's day 6 I deas to M ake H er Day Special by May 5 with activity title Cupcake Party.

4. Create a custom gift Saturday, May 13 (times vary) When it comes to creating the ultimate handmade gift for mom, Painting With a Twist locations around Indy have you covered. Below are a few themes from which to choose. Learn more at www. • Kid's Fingerprints art for Mom, Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, noon- 2:00 pm • Love you Mom, Carmel, 1:30-3:30 pm WORDS BY // KAREN RING

Mother’s Day is May 14th – do you have plans yet? Mom is too important to wing it last minute! Check out these ideas for a day she is sure to remember.

1. Spend Mother’s Day with the animals Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm Head to the Indianapolis Zoo where you can set out on a scavenger hunt in search of animal moms and discover some interesting facts along the way. Once you finish the hunt, stop at the White River Gardens gift shop to receive a special gift just for mom. There will also be tasty treats and a Mother's Day photo opp located along the main pathway.




2. Take mom out to the ballgame

• Love Trees with Mommy, Avon, 12:30-2:00 pm

Sunday, May 14, 1:35 pm Why not treat mom to a ballgame for her special day? This isn’t your ordinary day at Victory Field– special activities include free massages, manicures, t-shirt decorating and more. The first 2,500 fans will receive a special Breast Cancer T-Shirt. As an added bonus, it is Kids Eat Free Sunday: Children 14 and under receive a voucher good for a hot dog, bag of chips and bottle of water with price of admission.

3. Treat mom to a mother-daughter cupcake party

5. Make a unique Mother’s Day card Tuesday, May 9, 4:00-6:00 pm Preschoolers and school age children, along with their families, are invited to drop in at Eagle Branch Library to make a special card for Mother’s Day using recycled greeting cards. All materials will be supplied!

6. Treat Mom to brunch at one of these great local venues: table by Market District

Friday, May 12, 6-7:30 pm

Sunday, May 14, 10 am-3 pm

Moms and daughters, ages 5-12, can bond as they decorate a cupcake box pottery piece together. And, because you’ll need something to fill that box, you will also be decorating your own yummy cupcakes compliments of Gigi’s Cupcakes. Register online at

This brunch devoted to mom features six food stations, a beverage station and a kid’s buffet. Choose from brunch classics and table favorites, made-to-order omelets, fresh-baked bakery items, hand-carved meats, international dishes and more. For

unlimited food and drink, pricing is $29 for adults, $26 for seniors (ages 65+), $16 for kids (ages 5-13) and free for kids ages 4 and under. Call to reserve your table at (317) 689-6330.

Conner Prairie Sunday, May 14, 11am-2pm Enjoy a brunch menu packed with options that will delight the whole family. After brunch, venture outside and explore the outdoor experience areas. Non-members can save $3 per person on the price of admission to Conner Prairie’s grounds by showing their brunch buffet ticket. Members can access the grounds for free. Brunch Price: Adult $24.95 ($21.95/adult member) Youth $12.95 ($10.95/youth member, ages 2-12). Purchase tickets online at things-to-do/events/mother-s-daybrunch.

Indiana Repertory Theatre Sunday, May 14, doors open at 11:30 am Celebrate mom with brunch and a show. The IRT’s annual Mother’s Day brunch event includes a buffet-style brunch before a performance of the season closer Dial “M” for Murder – the play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classic. Doors open at 11:30 am and brunch begins promptly at 12:30 pm, followed by the performance at 2 pm. Tickets do sell out, so grab yours while you can by calling (317) 635-5252.

Whatever you choose, show Mom just how much she means to you!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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WORDS BY // L auren L awson




TRIP Pack the car and hit the highway to one of these family-friendly destinations! WORDS BY // L AUREN L AWSON

Looking to travel the open roads this summer? From Michigan to Tennessee, we’ve rounded up a list of driveworthy theme parks, fun family resorts and affordable attractions to make your road trip one to remember. So, “exit” here for the best kid-friendly, play-cation options with one theme in mind: FUN!




way! Families can book tours, schedule ferry rides to the island and learn more by visiting


Mackinac Island Live the island life with a trip to the historic beauty that is Mackinac Island. Enjoy the feeling of simpler times here, where cars are non-existent and exploration is done by horse and buggy, bicycles or on foot. With nature and history all around, kids will love visiting Mackinac Island State Park and Fort Mackinac, too. Book a carriage tour to check out the Victorian-era downtown scene and stop for some fudge along the

Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore For the nature nuts in the family, Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore is a great place to explore the outdoors. Kayak Lake Michigan, walk the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail or try out the park’s namesake dune climb. Kids will also love the Junior Ranger program available at the park. Learn about campground stays and more at www.sleepingbeardunes. com.

Ann Arbor

Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena

Looking for a small town feel with big city adventure? Ann Arbor is your place to go. Stroll Main Street, visit the Michigan Stadium or check out the Leslie Science Center. Take a baking class at the Zingerman’s Bakehouse or just enjoy the local culinary cuisine. Check out for details on hotels, festivals and more.

Escape to the mountains and book a weekend trip to Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, which overlooks the Mississippi River. With many familyfriendly activities, this resort offers plenty of outdoor summer options, such as zip lining, Segway tours, riverboat cruises, mini golf and more. Book your stay and check out the great accommodations at


Fast-paced families will enjoy a bustling city jaunt to Chicago. With so many kid-friendly activities, this vacation is sure to get you a (cubs) win! Check out the free Lincoln Park Zoo, enjoy a day at the official Cubs Ballpark or walk the Navy Pier. Rainy day bust? No problem, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Art Institute are great places to spend some time. Don’t forget your family’s picture with the iconic Bean sculpture. For hotel stays and more, take a look at

Springfield As the capital of Illinois, Springfield is a road trip for the history books – or at least a “Summer ’17” scrapbook. Discover President Lincoln’s two-story cottage where he lived before he was elected, tour the Abraham Lincoln Public Library and the state capital building too. Jump to the present and enjoy the Illinois State Fairgrounds (open May through Labor Day) or the Washington Park Botanical Garden. More information is available at

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn The hills are alive with the sound of vacation at Buckhorn Lake Resort. Explore the beauty of nature and partake in the many outdoor activities this resort offers. From fishing, golfing, swimming and more, this trip boasts big adventure. The Lodge has 36 rooms with full amenities as well as two and three bedroom cottages available for rental. Learn more at parks/resortparks/buckhorn-lake/.

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington For the horse lover in the family, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington is a terrific place to visit. Tour the grounds on horseback, check out the local horse museum or stop by the Hall of Champions, where kids can meet some iconic thoroughbreds. Drop by the Kids Barn for a truly interesting equine experience. Trot on over to www. to find out more.

Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville Thrill seekers will find plenty of action at Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay Theme Park in Louisville. Scream on the Storm Chaser roller coaster or practice those driving skills with bumper cars. Pack swim suits for the water attractions at Hurricane Bay too! For tickets and pricing, visit www.kentuckykingdom. com. MAYMay 2016 // INDYSCHILD.COM 2017 // INDYSCHILD.COM

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Stay, eat and play at Blackberry Farm, a luxurious resort located in the Great Smoky Mountains. This vacation spot offers plenty of exciting escapades, like fly-fishing, wake boarding, archery and horseback riding. For the kids, Camp Blackberry and Blackberry Youth Discovery allow campers time away from the family to explore the outdoors, fine arts and culinary experiences and more. Make your reservation today at www.

Cincinnati boasts a colorful collection of attractions throughout the city. Whether it’s the Cincinnati Zoo, the Taft Museum of Art or the Newport Aquarium, there is plenty of culture and activity to explore. Stay downtown at the 21 c Museum Hotel and visit the Carew Tower for social media-sharing views of the city. Then take a stroll through the waterfront or snack your way through the Findlay Market for some authentic, local treats. Learn more at www.

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Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville This centrally located resort and convention center in Nashville makes for a great family vacation. Within minutes from the Grand Ole Opry Museum and Grand Ole Opry, this four star-resort has a spa, an indoor and outdoor pool and nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls. Learn more at

Chattanooga Considered one of the best destinations in the south, Chattanooga is a city that pairs southern charm with big city adventure. Located along the Tennessee River, Chattanooga offers family friendly activities on both water and land. Discover the Chattanooga Zoo and the Creative Discovery Museum, or tour the city on a riverboat cruise. Zipstream at Ruby Falls and capture that pictureperfect moment at Lookout Mountain. For itineraries, hotel bookings and more, visit www.chattanoogafun. com.





French Lick Resort Situated within the beautiful Hoosier National Forest, French Lick has many unique amenities that parents and kids will enjoy. Golfers can try out one of the three golf courses on the property, while those hoping to relax can enjoy some peace at the spa. Kids can make a big splash at the indoor “dive-in” movie theatre. From biking to horseback rides and so much more, French Lick is a great family getaway. Take a look at www. for more details.

There is nothing quite like a summer road trip. Whether it’s a weeklong adventure or just a weekend getaway, family vacations are the stuff of memories. Plan your next trip to one of these destinations and enjoy your time with the people you love most!

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helping foster c are fa milies How to support kids in need even if you can’t foster them WORDS BY // CL AIRE ROGERS

Have you ever considered being a foster parent to a child, but for whatever reason, could not make the type of commitment this relationship requires? Even if you are unable to take a child into your home, there are still many ways you can help kids in crisis and the families that care for them. 22



For vulnerable children, a foster family can be a lifeline offering a stable environment during an uncertain season of life. Currently, the need for foster care parents is at a record high. According to Jaime Casida of ResCare Youth Services, an organization that provides foster homes to children as part of their mission, the drug problem in Indiana has led to a huge increase in children being removed from their homes in recent years. There are simply not enough foster homes to care for these children. While becoming an actual foster parent would serve the most pressing need, for those not in a position to take on this responsibility, it is still possible to offer much-needed support to foster kids and foster families. Here are a few practical ways to get involved.

Contact a foster care organization and ask what you can do to help. Go directly to the source and see how you can be of best use. For example, The Villages, Indiana’s largest not-for-profit child and family services agency, serves adoptive and foster families throughout the state. Volunteer support is crucial to their mission and they offer multiple ways to get involved – from hosting events to raise awareness and funds to applying a fresh coat of paint at one of their childcare centers.

Offer to organize a meal calendar. When a new baby arrives, friends and neighbors often rally to coordinate meals for the busy parents. Consider offering the same kind of support to foster parents occupied with the needs of making a new foster child feel welcome.

Pitch in with errands. Foster children may arrive with very little clothing or toiletry and personal items. Offer to make a trip to the store to pick up essentials for the new foster family. Helping with tasks like lawn mowing or house cleaning can ease the burden of foster parents busy attending to their new family addition.

Be able to babysit. Foster children may not be able to be left with a babysitter unless the sitter has had their background checked and is certified in CPR. This can create an obstacle for many foster families in need of a sitter. Consider taking these steps so you can step in as a sitter when the foster parents need to attend appointments, or just need a break.

Encourage your children to reach out. For kids new to a different foster family, school and community, a friendly face of someone their own age can help make their adjustment a little easier. Talk with your children about the importance of making all kids feel welcome and ask foster parents the best way your children might be able to connect with kids in their care.

Become an advocate for children. The Child Welfare League of America ( is a national network that advances best practices and public policy for children, youth and families. They partner with individuals and organizations throughout the world to advocate for the rights and protection of kids and families and offer many ways to get involved. Court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers are empowered by the courts to advocate on behalf of a child in foster care. Volunteers for CASA collect information from key people in a child’s life such as foster parents, teachers and social workers and use that data to make a recommendation to the judge concerning the best long-term placement for the child. There are several CASA organizations in the Indianapolis area; visit to find out more.

As many parents know, becoming a mother or father often makes one feel an empathy for all children – not just your own. If fostering a child is something you are considering, please take the next steps to find out more about the process. If you are unable to become a foster parent but still feel compelled to help, the time and energy you spend supporting foster kids and families is valuable, appreciated and instrumental to their success.


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Students Who Shine A spotlight on local exceptional TEENS

Kathleen Corcella

Class of 2017, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

What high school achievement are you most proud of?

I am most proud of being a part of the Brebeuf Jesuit Quiz Bowl Team. All of the hard work and preparation with my peers and friends led us to the state finals!

What are your future plans?

I have not decided where I will be attending college, but my top two colleges are Purdue University and Bryn Mawr College. I plan on studying environmental science and exploring the continuation of my education with a Master’s degree in library science.

How has Brebeuf prepared you for your future?

Brebeuf has prepared me for the future by teaching me why it is important to serve others, manage my time, and to seek help when I need it. I am thankful each day for the opportunity to attend Brebeuf Jesuit and look forward to maintaining the friendships formed here.

Hunter Hopkins

Class of 2017, Cathedral High School

What high school achievement are you most proud of? Being Valedictorian of my senior class.

What are your future plans?

After receiving a $65,000 a year scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, I plan to study international relations.

How has C ATHEDR AL prepared you for your future?

The IB (International Baccalaureate) Programme has prepared me extremely well for the demands of college. I am especially confident in my writing skills. The "We The People" program at Cathedral is excellent. Under the leadership of Miss (Jill) Baisinger, I've learned so much about the US Constitution. It's because of this program that I am inspired to study international relations.

Jacob Luta

Class of 2017, Hoosier Academies

What high school achievement are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the opportunity I was given to work as an intern for a major political campaign. I was able to learn while interacting with the community around me.

What are your future plans?

Currently I have accepted admission to a nationally recognized honors program at a major university. I plan on studying Pre-Medicine/Biology when I attend in the fall.

How has HOOSIER AC ADEMIES prepared you for your future?

Hoosier Academies has given me exactly what I needed to succeed. I was given the flexibility to pursue the opportunities that were afforded to me, many of which came from Hoosier Academies. For example, I have already amassed 25 college credit hours while studying on campus at Ivy Tech.




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Sabrina Cupryk

Class of 2017, International School of Indiana

What high school achievement are you most proud of?

My most remarkable achievements would be balancing work with all my extracurricular activities. Playing varsity and club volleyball was rewarding but difficult to manage with my heavy course load. Additionally, I am proud of being the co-president of the ISI Timmy Chapter, a community and service organization.

What are your future plans?

I am currently planning to study chemical engineering at either the University of Toronto or McGill University. However, I’m still not quite certain which career path I will choose and may consider another field of engineering. Whichever degree I pursue, I also hope to study and travel abroad for work.

How has ISI prepared you for your future?

ISI has broadened my sense of international culture by providing me with the opportunity to engage with students from around the world. The IB program offered by ISI, while challenging, also taught me the importance of balancing education with community service and physical activity.

Brian Poteat

Class of 2020, Legacy Christian School

What high school achievement are you most proud of?

Being able to be in the first class that is launching Legacy Christian High School is really cool. We will be the first class to ever graduate from LCHS in 2020, so it is special. We are paving the way for the classes that will follow us.

What are your future plans?

I would like to go to college and major in Astronomy. I have aspirations to one day become an astronaut and work for NASA.

How has LEGACY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL prepared you for your future?

Legacy Christian School has helped me grow academically, socially, and spiritually. It challenges me with many leadership and service opportunities which I love. It has also helped me grow in my faith.

Ethan Holder 8th Grade, St. Richard's Episcopal School What MIDDLE school achievement are you most proud of?

I was recently accepted to Culver Academies with a full scholarship for performing arts. I’m very proud of this accomplishment because it has taken me many years to be where I am. It has taken a lot of hard work with the shows I’ve done and the experiences I’ve gathered.

What are your future plans?

In the future I will be attending Culver Academies. I’m not sure yet where I will go to college. But I believe I want to study forensics and psychology and become a criminal profiler. Obviously, no decision is set in stone but those are my theoretical plans for the future.

How has St. Richard' s School prepared you for your future?

There are many great qualities about St. Richard’s. We have some of the best teachers, and they are very accepting and supportive of students’ decisions. St. Richard’s is flexible and accommodates for each student's extracurricular interests. They best prepare students for high school and the rest of their lives.




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Rhea Archarya

8th Grade, Sycamore School

What MIDDLE school achievement are you most proud of?

I am most proud of being part of Indiana’s National MATHCOUNTS Team this year, as well as being part of the team that won the Indiana Science Bowl State Championship.

What are your future plans?

I will be attending Carmel High School in the fall. In addition to my core classes, I will be taking band and newspaper. Sycamore has helped me see that I can and should explore all of my various interests and that I should be open-minded with regards to my future.

How has SYC A MORE School prepared you for your future?

Sycamore has not only prepared me for the future by teaching me how to write an impressive essay and how to solve complex mathematical equations, but has also refined my work ethic and showed me how to act so that others will be happy to know me.

Sophia Hwang

8th Grade, The Orchard School

What MIDDLE school achievement are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of attending the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) contest and earning a gold medal at state level. I started playing the violin at a young age, so I really enjoyed reaching a goal that I’d been working towards for most of my life.

What are your future plans?

This fall I’ll be attending University High School, and I definitely plan on taking my education beyond high school. I’m considering working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) when I’m older, and I’m especially interested in going to medical school.

How has The Orchard School prepared you for your future?

The Orchard School has given me a lot of independence, which has definitely improved my time management skills and self-discipline. I’m also very grateful for the wide range of classes, clubs, and activities my school has provided to help me become a more well-rounded individual.

Jonathan Wiersema

Class of 2017, University High School

What high school achievement are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my work with student government. My peers and I have addressed issues big and small (from synchronizing clocks to fundraising for charity). We have worked to improve our school and strengthen the community. I am glad to say I was a part of it.

What are your future plans? Graduating college and finding a job.

How has University High School prepared you for your future?

Every day at school I have been challenged. Who is the Tolstoy of the Zulus? Does the series converge? Why are you late to class? Ultimately, this paid off, as I have learned to think critically and across disciplines. Yet, with each rigorous class came a caring teacher always willing to help, be it discussing essay drafts or working out physics problems. Both the rigor and relationships at University prepared me to tackle any of my future pursuits.




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Ask the Teacher Indoor recess, choosing study hall, hiring a tutor



It seems as if half of my kids’ recess time is indoors due to extreme temperatures or rain. Is there really any point to having recess if the kids cannot be outside?


Most elementary teachers agree that the best recess for young children is outdoor recess, providing an opportunity for large muscle movement and a time to be noisy. Unfortunately, weather fluctuations can prevent that ideal from happening. Although indoor recess is not as desirable as outdoor, it does still have value.




Indoor recess can provide a break in the intensity of academic focus. It gives children an opportunity to think about something beyond the curriculum and to simply relax and recharge. Some rules may be different from outside recess, but being able to interact with peers in casual conversation and game playing provides a much-needed mental break that facilitates better engagement for the rest of the afternoon. Indoor recess may be structured differently as well, which may encourage interaction between students who might not otherwise connect, creating an environment for new friendships and for new interests as well.

My sixth grade son is working on his schedule for next year. He has the option of taking a study hall. IS there really a need for that? It seems like such a waste.


There are several things to take into account when making a decision about whether or not to sign up for study hall: your child’s track record for completing homework, his extracurricular schedule and his ability to finish homework independently. If your child usually has what you both consider to be a reasonable amount of homework (that is, work that can be completed in less than two hours), and he has demonstrated responsibility in getting it turned in on time, a study hall may not be needed. Unless time management is a

challenge for your son, he may not require that extra school time dedicated to homework completion. A busy afterschool schedule can be a good reason to add a study hall. Students who devote a great deal of time to sports, music, scouts or church activities might benefit from being able to study and do homework within the school day. To help determine if this might help your son, put all of his extra activities into a daily planner. Include practices and travel times to and from activities to give the two of you a true picture of how much time is available for him to do homework in the evening and still get a good night’s sleep. Perhaps adding a study hall will alleviate some of the stress that overscheduling can cause. Consider if your child is able to do his work independently. If he needs a great deal of encouragement from you to stay focused, particularly if that “encouragement”

evokes tension between the two of you, an opportunity to get jump-started on homework during a study hall may help everyone in your family. Also, a child who needs assistance in understanding directions or in checking his work may complete homework more effectively being supervised by a teacher.

A strong tutor can help identify learning problems that may not be recognized by a regular classroom teacher in the full class setting because he or she will be working with your child one-on-one. That individualized attention may make all the difference and lead to greater school success.


Does your daughter think she is studying hard for tests but is displeased with the results? A tutor might be able to teach your daughter new ways to study content for tests that yield greater understanding and better retention of test material.

All of my daughter’s friends seem to be getting tutors. I had never considered the idea, but my daughter is asking for one. How do I know if she truly needs a tutor?


Hiring a tutor can be helpful if your daughter is struggling to be successful with her school work, is spending an inordinate amount of time studying for tests or is feeling overwhelmed with her homework.

Does the amount of homework your daughter has feel overwhelming which makes getting started tough for her? A tutor can help prioritize tasks and cut down on the frustration of not accomplishing much for the time seemingly invested.

If your daughter is already successful at school, has found study strategies that are effective for her and has learned to manage her time well without frustration, she does not need a tutor. If she wants a tutor because her friends have them and she feels left out, she should be able to make a strong case for what the tutor will help her do that she hasn’t already figured out how to do herself. If she thinks this is still something that is critical for her academic success, talk about how she can earn the cost of the tutor by way of household contributions. 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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Apps for Families of Kids with Autism Taking advantage of all your device can offer From tracking their child’s behaviors, to organizing appointments, coordinating with their care team and creating visual schedules on the fly, families of children with special needs are using their devices to help simplify all they have to manage. Here are a few apps that local families have found particularly helpful.

Tantrum Tracker


This app focuses on tracking the details of a child’s meltdowns -- where it happened, the severity, what may have caused it and what helped the child calm down. Parents can also add photos and videos to create a visual record of meltdowns and their aftermath, and data can be viewed in charts and graphs to help spot patterns.


Price: .99

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TO TRACK BEHAVIOR AND PROGRESS Behavior Tracker Pro Designed by a board certified behavior analyst and parent of a child with autism, this comprehensive app allows parents and other members of their child’s care team to track a variety of behaviors and graph them, highlighting patterns. There’s also an option to record videos of behaviors or interventions to review later, and team members can share, collaborate and discuss data on the app’s online platform.


Price: $29.00

Price: Free, upgrade to Premium to avoid ads/unlock extra for $39 a year

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Doodle This simple scheduling app (and website) takes the stress out of coordinating meetings with multiple members of your child’s care team. Offer up a few time and date options that work for you and invitees select the ones that they can attend.

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Autism Tracker Pro


This customizable data tracking tool allows parents to track a child’s behaviors, along with a wealth of contributing factors, including stress, sleep, activity levels and the amount and type of food they ate. Results are easily graphed and shared with other members of the child’s care team.

Keep track of appointments and activities, set reminders, manage to-do lists and keep calendars up to date on everyone’s devices with this all-in-one family organizer. Parents especially like the ability to color code the calendar by family member, and the ability to record the day’s events in the built-in calendar.

Price: $9.99 (try the free lite version before you buy, data can be transferred)

Price: Free, upgrade to Cozi Gold to avoid ads/unlock extras for $19.99 a year

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Easily create visual schedules for any situation with this highly customizable app. Parents can save schedules they use every day, add their own pictures, videos and audio and set timers for individual steps. Price: $4.99

First & Then Designed by an occupational therapist, this simple app displays a board with photos to show that one activity must happen before the next can occur to help motivate visual learners. The app also includes a visual timer to show the child how long they need to spend on an activity. Price: $1.99 More info:

Time Timer To help your child visualize time, parents can customize, save and re-use timers with names, colors and alert options with this easy-to-use tool. Price: $2.99 More info: products/time-timer-ios-app

Looking for more apps? Check out the searchable database of information and reviews from Autism Speaks at

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Early Detection of Hearing Loss Don’t wait to follow up on a potential problem About two or three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-ofhearing, according to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. Although most infants are screened for hearing loss at birth, some cases slip through the cracks, delaying crucial early intervention measures. Teri Ouellette, President of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf who leads the organization’s school for children 3 through 8 on Indianapolis’ northwest side, talked with Indy’s Child about the importance of early diagnosis and the language milestones parents shouldn’t ignore.

How does it happen that some cases of hearing loss aren’t identified at birth? “Part of the issue is the way we treat the screening. Because many infants are born with fluid in their ears, a significant number of newborns fail the screening who, in fact, have normal hearing. So parents are often told, ‘Oh don’t worry, I’m sure it’s nothing.’ It’s very hard for us to get parents to bring their child in for a follow-up screening because they aren’t given the structure to take it seriously enough to follow through.”

Why is it so important to recognize hearing loss in children as early as possible?

The first few weeks of a child’s life can be a blur of busy appointments – with the pediatrician, your doctor, maybe even lactation consultants. But there’s one seemingly routine visit that experts urge new parents not to put off – having your baby’s hearing rechecked if he or she didn’t pass the newborn screening.

ABOVE Photo credit: St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf

“We hear often, ‘Well kids don’t talk until they’re 2 anyway.’ But you don’t just suddenly start talking when you’re 2. We know that babies hear sounds in utero for several months before they’re born, and while they’re not learning language, the auditory cortex is being stimulated. So for a baby who’s not hearing at birth, they’re actually already behind in development.”

Hearing loss can also come on later, months after birth. What should parents be looking for to ensure their child can hear fully? “One of the misconceptions is that either you hear everything or you hear nothing. But it’s possible for a child to hear enough to know a sound is happening. Say you’re holding your baby and someone slams a May 2017 // INDYSCHILD.COM 37

door. You startle, so it appears that the baby startled, or maybe they only have high frequency hearing loss, so they could still hear a door slamming. Even if you yell, “Johnny!” and they turn their head, it could be because they hear something, not because they can actually hear their name, and they can’t learn language like that.”

What other hearing and language milestones should parents know about? “All babies babble, whether they have hearing loss or not. But around eight months, they should start changing their babble to imitate their parents. By 12 to 14 months, your baby should start to assign meaning to things – you say, ‘Dada’ and they look for daddy. Worry less about if they’re saying those words than if they seem to understand what they mean.”

HIGH PERFORMANCE! We know that babies hear sounds in utero for several months before they’re born, and while they’re not learning language, the auditory cortex is being stimulated. So for a baby who’s not hearing at birth, they’re actually already behind in development.

And these benchmarks are the same for all children, no matter how many older siblings they have? “Yes. People will sometimes say, ‘Oh, they’re the second child, they won’t talk as soon as the first because their big brother talks for them.’ But even second or third children should be doing these other things on time.”

Early intervention options, such as hearing aids, cochlear implants and speech therapy, have come a long way. Why is it important to get these measures in place as soon as possible? “We have a window of development, neurologically, and once we’ve passed that window, you can’t go back. Hearing loss doesn’t just affect a child’s hearing, it affects their language, their reading ability and their ability to organize information and act on it. So it’s incredibly important for that early identification and early auditory access that builds all those building blocks.”




St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf is a listening and spoken language provider for First Steps and provides mainstreaming services for students as they transition back to their local school. Learn more about the institute’s programs at indianapolis-area/.

Mariana knows high performance is as important in the classroom as it is on the Indy 500 race track! Thanks to the Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana (HAAPI), Mariana qualified to receive the hearing aids so crucial to her continued academic success.

May is Better Hearing and Speech month. Do you know a child who needs hearing aids? To apply for no cost hearing aids, contact or call 317-828-0211.


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

Resolving Sibling Conflicts One of the most common behavioral challenges reported by families is sibling conflict. Siblings live in close proximity, compete for limited resources and may have rivaling goals, resulting in frequent conflict. Although such conflict is unpleasant for all involved, it presents an exceptional opportunity for children to learn a variety of skills, including perspective taking, affect regulation, negotiation, cooperation and strategies for handling anger. Sibling conflict creates opportunities for learning and practicing these and other skills. Caregivers can support this learning by following some simple rules: • Approach your children as a neutral third party. Deescalate each child, and set ground rules for the conversation. • Identify the issues, allowing each child to explain their perspective. To ensure understanding, have each child repeat what their sibling said, without judgment or additional details. This may require you to remind children to keep their comments short or to break them into multiple comments. • Guide your children towards solutions that are future-focused, encouraging them to come up with compromises, discuss their feelings and come up with a plan. They will be more inclined to adhere to the

solution if they have ownership over it, and the process of negotiating a solution is valuable in itself. • After the conflict has been resolved, privately speak with each child and provide specific praise for the skills that they exhibited. During moments of familial harmony, be sure to describe positive social behaviors that you would like your children to exhibit. Explicit instruction will advance their social skills, and by teaching them when they are calm, your child will be better able to learn and practice the skills. Also, reward your children for engaging in appropriate conflict resolution, playing together without conflict, sharing, celebrating a sibling’s victory, losing gracefully and showing appreciation for each other in order to increase the likelihood of their engaging in such behaviors in the future.

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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,

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:,

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




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

Children's Therapy Connection Children’s Therapy Connection’s Preschool Prep Summer Camp is a day camp program for children of all ability levels ages 2-5. Our summer camp provides a creative and enriching setting for your child to connect with their potential this summer! Our focus is geared towards preparing children for preschool across all domains of development (fine/gross motor, cognitive, social, self-help, and communication). Staffed with the same high quality therapists who work with our First Steps program, our camp will allow your child to be immersed in a nurturing, educational, and therapeutic environment. Ratios are kept low to allow each child individual attention and instruction, so space is limited. Enroll your child today! Camp runs June 19-July14, Monday-Friday 9AMNoon. Part-time schedule options and need-based scholarships available. 7478 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: info@,

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

settings; reciprocal sharing of information within and across communities; increased dissemination and awareness of resources and information; and increased training opportunities within, relevant to, and informed by the specific community. 1130 W Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (Fesler Hall 302l), Phone: 317-2742675, Email:, www.HANDS


732 N Broadway St, Greensburg, IN, Phone: (812) 663-2273; Email:;

Little Star Center is Indiana’s first centerbased, 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.

Easter Seals Crossroads

12650 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN, 46032, Phone: 317-249-2242, info@,

Offering comprehensive disability services for people of all ages. Early Intervention, Autism Services, PT, OT, Speech Therapy, Feeding/ Swallowing issues, Augmentative Communication, Assistive Technology, Multisensory 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.

Hands in Autism HANDS in Autism® works to provide unique learning opportunities designed to improve understanding of the process and ability to work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a range of other developmental and behavioral challenges through hands-on and coaching experiences and building bridges of information, resources and collaboration across family, educational, medical and community systems. The Center provides innovative, research-based, and practical training and technical support to school staff, medical and service providers, primary caregivers, and individuals with ASD within Indiana and globally based on the HANDS training model.The HANDS in Autism® Center also focuses on identifying and meeting specific community needs as well as fostering: collaboration and networking across medical, school, family, and community

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,


May Special Needs Events WED 03 My Child is Transitioning to Adulthood: What Now?

Transition planning offers youth with disabilities a path to connect their daily high school activities to their goals for independent life after completing high school. This training will discuss options and how to start making plans now to set up a positive future. Some areas covered will include transition IEPs, options for after high school: employment, secondary education, day centers, etc., how to stay involved in the community: volunteering, recreation, etc., independent living/support living, financial planning and other community and state resources. Training is free for family members, $25 for professionals. For more information, contact Cindy Robinson at asktraining@ or 800-964-4746. Location: Pro Kids, Time: 1:00- 3:30 pm, Phone: 800-964-4746 , www.

TUES 09 It's Not WHAT You Say... It's HOW You Say It: Effective Communication

Communication is a key factor when working with individuals and organizations. This training is geared to help you build positive working relationships with schools, medical professionals and groups or committees through improved communication skills. Topics such as partnerships, negotiation and listening will be addressed. $10 for family members and professionals. Location: About Special Kids, 7275 Shadeland Ave Suite 1, Indianapolis, Time: 1:00- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-257-8683

Children’s TherAplay #Horsepower500

Be part of the excitement as your favorite IndyCar drivers face off in an adaptive tricycle race to raise funds and awareness for equine-assisted physical and occupational therapies at Children's TherAplay. There will also be real IndyCars to explore, opportunities for autographs from the drivers, race-themed face painting, Indy 500 princesses and tasty snacks and sno-cones. $20 adults, $10 children ages 12 and under, free for ages two and under. Location: The Children’s TherAplay Foundation, Time: 3:00- 5:30 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007, www.childrenstheraplay. org/2017-horsepower500

FRI 12 Ask & Learn

The family-specific ASK & Learn sessions are an opportunity for parents or caregivers of children with special needs to ask questions and learn about resources, programs and services that may benefit their child, with the added benefit of a small group, community-based setting and face-to-face interaction with highly trained and experienced ASK Parent Liaisons. At an ASK & Learn session, parents or caregivers can expect to hear and receive information on various topical resources that are of interest to many families raising children with special needs, have the opportunity to have some of their specific questions addressed, learn from the questions that other parents ask as they are answered and discussed, and come away feeling empowered with more information, resources and ideas that can be used to help their child reach his/her potential. The session is free, but registration is required. Location: About Special Kids, 7275 Shadeland Ave Suite 1, Indianapolis, Time: 12:00- 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-257-8683, www.

TUES 09 & SAT 13 Sensory Friendly Films: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” 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 17, Time: 7:00 pm (Tuesday), 10:00 am (Saturday), Phone: 317-370-9007, www.amctheatres. com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

Sensory Friendly Films: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

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 (Tuesday), 10:00 am (Saturday), Phone: 317-370-9007, www.amctheatres. com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

Step Forward to Cure TSC Indiana

The Step Forward to Cure TSC Indiana walk brings together individuals and families impacted by a rare genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) with supporters committed to making a difference. TSC causes tumors to form in vital organs and is also the leading genetic cause of both epilepsy and autism and current estimates place tuberous sclerosis complex affected births at one in 6,000. Location: Billericay Park, 12690 Promise Road, Fishers, Time: 9:00 am, Register on their website: Step_17/StepForward?pg=entry&fr_id=1444

SUN 21 2017 Walking for Dreams

Walking for Dreams is an approximate 5K Family and Pet Walk that started in 2004 to help local Indianapolis non-profit organizations raise needed funds to enable them to do more of what they do so well – serve the youth and families. Location: Buggs Temple, Time: 1:00- 3:30 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007, www.walking

FRI 19 Hear INCouragement: Deaf Kids Code

Hear Indiana's INcouragement Night was designed to give parents of children who have a hearing loss a safe and encouraging place to learn about valuable topics and share about their experiences. Child care and dinner provided. RSVP to parentnight@ Location: Easter Seals Crossroads, Tine: 6:00-8:30 pm, resources/incouragement-night

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MON 22 Tips for Addressing the Behavior Problems of Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

Sponsored by the Autism Resource Center of Kokomo, join Dr. Cathy Pratt, director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, as she leads this parent support group meeting. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Angela Paul at Location: Kokomo- Howard County Public Library, Time: 6:00- 8:00pm, Phone: 765-432-5072

An Evening for Autism

Help the autism families in our community by joining Answers for Autism and TACA at this year’s beautiful new venue. We hope to reach 300 supporters attending the event and to raise $75,000. Location: The Montag, Time: 6:30- 11:30 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007, Register here: www.

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BE BIPOLAR? The difficulty in making a correct diagnosis WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle

The history Before the 1990s children were rarely diagnosed with bipolar disorder, due to the fact that symptoms in children don’t usually fit with those outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, the standard classification of mental disorders used by professionals in the United States. “The presentation of illness in most children is different than that of adults. While both children and adults can exhibit manic periods characterized by elation/euphoria, as well as irritability/aggression, they don’t exhibit the same duration of episodes as adults,” says Dr. Demitri Papolos, a pioneer in the field and Director of Research at the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation. “Children typically have more rapid or ultra-rapid mood swings, often cycling within the day.”

Can kids really have bipolar disorder? It’s a simple question with a complicated answer, depending upon who you ask. This month marks Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and there is perhaps no bigger controversy in the world of child psychology than diagnosing children with bipolar disorder. Formerly known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is a serious brain illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy and activity levels, including manic episodes of hyperactivity and risk-taking, and depressive episodes of extremely low energy and unhappiness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, bipolar disorder affects 2.6 percent of American adults and up to 3 percent of adolescents in the United States. But the prevalence of the disorder in children isn’t well established due to ongoing disagreement about symptoms in children, concerns over misdiagnosis and the safety of available treatment options. 42



Additionally, there have always been concerns about labeling behavior that may be challenging, but is developmentally typical (such as outbursts, energy level fluctuations and sleep changes) as symptoms of a severe, lifelong disorder for which strong medications are prescribed. Still, as Papolos and others continued their research, they began raising concerns that perhaps some of the millions of children being diagnosed with ADHD or depression were, in fact, suffering from early-onset bipolar disorder. As a result, between 1994 and 2003, the number of doctor visits associated with bipolar disorder in children went up 40-fold, according to a 2007 study in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry. When the book The Bipolar Child, written by Papolos and his wife, Janice Papolos, was published in 1999, it brought the issue mainstream. Dr. Leslie A. Hulvershorn, Chief of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, says, “Thirty years ago, seeing a five-year-old with bipolar disorder would have been unheard of, but in the last twenty years, we have seen a very, very dramatic increase of kids diagnosed with the disorder. So it raises the question; is this an epidemic, or is this just a change in how it’s being diagnosed? I believe it’s the latter.”

Red flags Bipolar disorder is a difficult illness to diagnose in adults, let alone in children, whose behavior is naturally more erratic. But experts stress that the symptoms of the disorder in children go far beyond the normal ups and downs of growing up. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a child experiencing mania may: • Feel very happy or act silly in a way that’s unusual for them or others their age • Have a very short temper

With such a broad range of symptoms, it’s easy to understand how bipolar disorder can initially be diagnosed as something else, especially among children.

• Talk really fast about a lot of different things • Have trouble sleeping but not feel tired • Have trouble staying focused • Do risky things While children having a depressive episode may:

• Complain about pain a lot, such as stomachaches and headaches • Sleep too little or too much • Feel guilty and worthless • Eat too little or too much • Have little energy and no interest in fun activities • Think about death or suicide

Symptoms of depression often appear first among those with bipolar disorder, and can go on for years before the individual experiences his or her first bout of mania. “We usually see depression early on, but what nails the diagnosis is the mania,” Hulvershorn says. “When the mania stays mild, it feels really good, but it can quickly get out of control.”

Concerns about misdiagnosis With such a broad range of symptoms, it’s easy to understand how bipolar disorder can initially be diagnosed as something else, especially among children.

A changing mindset The DSM has been updated in recent years to reflect changing opinions surrounding bipolar disorder, adding a diagnosis called “Other Specified and Unspecified Bipolar and Related Disorders” to encompass children’s often atypical symptoms.

For more resources about bipolar disorder among children, visit these websites: The National Institute of Mental Health publications/bipolar-disorder-inchildren-and-teens/index.shtml

Treating bipolar disorder in kids can include stabilizing the child’s mood, treating sleeping disturbances and psychotic symptoms and focusing on therapy to help the child understand the nature of the illness.

Mental Health America

Still, it’s not a diagnosis that should be entered into lightly, stresses Hulvershorn. “Parents should know that if you think your kid has bipolar disorder, it’s pretty rare, but it is possible,” she says. “Do your research. Seek a second opinion. You would hate to have a kid taking medications that they don’t need.”

The Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation conditions/bipolar-disorderchildren


For example, researchers say 90 percent of the symptoms of early-onset bipolar disorder overlap with ADHD. Other common diagnoses with similar symptoms include OCD, oppositional defiant disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Unfortunately, this can result in children being given medications, such as stimulants or antidepressants, that can worsen the symptoms of bipolar disorder. “When a child is very distractible and restless and can’t sit still, teachers will often think, ‘This could be ADHD,’ and the pediatrician, based on these and other symptoms that closely overlap those of bipolar disorder, diagnoses the child with ADHD and typically recommends a trial of stimulants,” Papolos says. “The parents may see something of a response as attention improves, but other problems begin to emerge, including increased irritability, aggression or psychosis.”

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Summer Camp Parenting Your kids have gone to camp. Now comes the hard part. Parenting them while they aren’t living at your house! While they are away, there are a myriad of thoughts that go through your head. Are they having fun? Are they making friends? Are they eating enough nutritious food? Are they learning something new? Did they shower today? All of these thoughts are perfectly natural, but it’s how we act on them that is the important part. Kids go to camps or summer programs for many reasons – to learn, to meet new friends, to navigate life “on their own.” Giving them the proper space to do that is a very hard thing to do, but it is the key to a successful experience. Here is a list of recommended “Do's and Don’ts” of summer camp parenting: DO give your child pictures of home to hang on their walls. It is important for them to have reminders of their amazing family back home. DON’T call, text and email them every day. It is important that they focus on being fully present at their program. Too much contact with home can take away from that. DO discuss real, actionable goals for the summer with your kids. It helps them focus on each day while they are gone. DON’T be too critical of them if they fall a little short on those goals. Part of summer is meant to explore new things and have some fun. DO allow your kids to experience the general ups and downs of their experience. There can be some homesickness, especially if this is their first time away from home. This is a growing experience that you should allow to happen. DON’T tell them that you will come pick them up if they are unhappy. Knowing this is an option can prevent students from overcoming very important challenges that they will certainly encounter while they are away. 44



DO give them spending money. There are definitely times when they will need it. Don’t give them a limitless budget.

aren’t smiling, don’t assume the worst. Keep in mind that a photo is a snapshot of one moment in a very long camp day.

DO wonder how your kids are doing. It is a natural thing for a parent to do.

DO empower your child to self-advocate. If they need something, be it a pillow or toothpaste, encourage them to ask their residential counselor, instructor or director on their own.

DON’T worry. If you have made it all the way through the process and actually sent your kids away for the summer, you have made that decision because you trust the program that you have chosen. DO follow your child’s program on social media. Following a program on social media can provide insight into how much fun your child is having. DON’T read too deeply into the pictures that you see. Summer programs try to catch the highlights throughout the summer. When you see a picture of your child and they

DON’T call the director for your kids. There is probably little you can do from wherever you are. DO enjoy yourself while your kids are away. Take a break, do something you love but don’t usually have the time to do.

Courtesy of Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs, creating summer experiences for over 35 years.

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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.

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 Ben Davis Christian Church Camp Cross Training

4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208; Phone: (317) 940-5500; Email:;

701 S. High School Rd.​, I​ ndianapolis,​​Phone: (317) 241-3944, Email:​; Dates: June 5 - July 21 Hours: Mon - Fri 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Ages: Finished Kindergarten - 5th grade

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

Activities included: crafts, organized games, group activities, weekly field trips (such as swimming, bowling, hiking trails, Mini Golf, skating, movies, etc.), special guests, free time, & educational activities. A fun, entertaining, and safe opportunity for your child this summer. This is a spectacular summer daycare with a camp atmosphere. Camp provides breakfast and snacks. Our counselors are college students, majoring in education, ministry or just having a heart for kids!

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!




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.

Camp Belzer 6102 Boy Scout Road, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 546-6031, Email:, Special Needs Offered: Wheel chair accessible, Trained support staff Dates: 4 Weeks: July 3-July 28 Hours: 8am - 4pm (5:30 pm extended day) Ages: 6-11

Activities: Obstacle Courses, STEM, Crafts Swimming, Boating, Archery, Games, Family days.

Acclaimed as the world’s greatest day camp, Belzer offers tons of opportunities to the Scouts and non-Scouts in Central Indiana. We have been in operation for nearly 100 years on a 200 acre facility surrounded by forest in the middle of the city. Belzer is the ideal stomping grounds for the youth to grow, play, and learn.

Camp Invention Multiple locations throughout the greater Indianapolis metro area, Phone: (800) 968-4332, Email:, Dates: Vary based on location Ages: Children entering K-6th grade Activities Included: Hands-on STEM activities

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 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:, camps 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

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.

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

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

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Indiana Ballet Conservatory Storybook Summer Camps 849 W. Carmel Drive Carmel, IN 46032; Phone: (317) 202-1617; Email: jonna@indianaballet; www.indiana Dates: June 5-16, 2017 Hours: 9am- 12pm Ages: 3-5

field activities, and athletic conditioning every day. Our Arthur Ashe Reading Room is open to campers with over 800 books to checkout and read.

Summer U at University High School

International School of Indiana Summer Camp

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.

4330 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Phone: (317) 923.1951, Email:,

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

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

820 E 67th St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 255-2464, Email:,

901 W. New York St., Indianapolis, IN, Phone: (317) 274-3518,

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!

Dates: May 30-August 11 Hours: M-F, 9:00am-3:30pm Ages: 5-12

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.

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,




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

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.

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

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.

2825 W. 116th St., Carmel, IN, Phone: (317) 733-4475 , Email:, summer-reading/

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

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.

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DAY + RESIDENTIAL CAMPS Hoosier Sports Camps Bloomington, IN, Phone: (812) 345-7759, Email: info@, www.hoosier Dates: June-August Hours: All Day Ages: Varies 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!

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

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

Camp Millhouse 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)

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.

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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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:,

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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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calendar M AY 2 0 1 7 MON 01 Doktor Kaboom! Look Out! Science is Coming!


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You’ll want to bring your students to this interactive science show brought back by popular demand! Join Doktor Kaboom for a sidesplitting, interactive journey that creatively blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Doktor Kaboom keeps his audience riveted with interest and rolling with laughter as he undertakes increasingly spectacular and often successful, experiments and demonstrations. Intended for grades 2-5. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-940-6444

Born to be Wild 3D


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Born to be Wild 3D is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them--saving endangered species one life at a time Location: IMAX Theatre at Indiana State Museum, Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm, Phone: 317-233-4629

Owls: Preschool Art Workshop

It’s Time to Call a Pacer!Paul George

Location: East Washington Branch Library, Time: 10:00 am & 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4360

Call: 317-275-4444

Registration Required. Preschoolers (3-5) and an adult are invited to explore sculpture, simple shapes, and drawing and painting with The Art Lab. Children will listen to a favorite owl story, hand-build a mixed media sculpture, and draw and paint their creation using watercolor and crayons.

My Fair Lady

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 *Ongoing

Location: Beef & Boards, Phone: 317-8729664, beef/2017/03calendar.html

Children and families are invited to hear their favorite Dr. Seuss stories read by members of the Indiana Pacers. By dialing 317-275-4444 or toll-free 877-275-9007, listeners will hear recorded stories from Pacers players who demonstrate their love of reading as a way to encourage young ones to "read like a pro.” Paul George will read “I am not going to get up.”

TUES 02 The Mayhem Poets

The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change the mindset of poetry and is an enterprise devoted to young audiences. Having been dubbed "an amazing ride" by the New York Times, this mind-boggling spoken-word performance shares a snappy, streetwise art known as slam poetry. These theatre-trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theater, improv and stand-up comedy to

tell gut-wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-940-6444

Indiana Asthma Awareness Day

Come check out booths that specialize in educating the community on asthma, live music and food vendors! FREE! Location: Monument Circle, Time: 11:00 am- 3:00 pm

Shake, Rattle and Roll: Infant and Toddler Music Class

Infants and toddlers along with an adult are invited for an interactive program involving music, action songs and movement with Bongo Boy Music Center. Young ones love to hold instruments and respond to music. Instruments such as maracas, bells, hand drums and gathering drums are used, as well as colorful scarves for visual tracking and movement. The program’s core intention is to use rhythm, music and movement to create a caring, connected rhythmic community. Location: Warren Branch Library (East), Time: 10:15 am, Phone: 317-275-4550

development of gross motor skills and language skills. Rhythm instruments for 25 children will be available. The program may be enjoyed without instruments Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 9:3010:00 am

Preschool Storytime on the Magic Quilt

Preschoolers ages 3 - 5 and an adult are invited to take a trip on the Magic Quilt for stories, songs and rhymes that promote early literacy skills. Location: Garfield Park Library Branch, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4490

School-age children and teens are invited to use the Library to work on their assignments or spend 15 minutes reading. Those who participate can get a prize from the treasurer chest for completing their homework. Location: Fountain Square Library, Time: 4:00- 5:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4390

WED 03 Noblesville Tot Tunes

For toddlers and preschoolers and their caregiver. Start your morning with music and movement! This program incorporates songs, rhymes, and dance that will help get you ready for your busy day. Encourages the

Visit society and the wicked back life of Indianapolis in this tour. Visited are haunted theatres, businesses and other areas where the living chose to become dead and walk forever. This tour lasts 1:45-2 hrs. and begins on the north side of Monument Circle. Tickets: $18, adults; $15, children and seniors (65+). Reservations required. Location: Soldiers & Sailors Monument/ Monument Circle, Time: 8:30 pm, Phone: 317-840-6456

toward the Indianapolis Motor Speedway along Michigan Street and does a complete lap around the 2.5 mile track before heading back down New York Street to the finish line. Location: Downtown Indianapolis, Time: 7:30 am

Paws to Read Visit

Bring your child every first and third Saturday to read to a very special reading dog! The rotating cast of certified reading therapy dogs make reassuring (and adorable) listeners. FREE.

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Location: Indy Read Books, Time: 11:30- am12:30 pm, Phone: 317-384-1496

Star Wars Day

THURS 04 Mother Goose on the Loose

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

A celebration of all things Star Wars! The Fishers Library Star Wars Day festival returns with even more intergalactic fun. We have activities and performers scheduled throughout the day at this fun, free family event that you don't want to miss! Real robots! Interactive games! Lightsaber training! Location: Fishers East Library, Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-579-0300

Naptown Roller Derby Homeschool Adventures

Homework Lounge: Get Caught Reading!

Haunted Indianapolis Ghost Walk

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 Branch Library, Time: 1:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-430

FRI 05 Sing Along with Miss Bobbie

Babies, Toddlers, and preschoolers with an adult are invited for a live, interactive music experience during which they can dance, sing and laugh together. Location: Garfield Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4490

The Tornado Sirens and the Warning Belles are proving to Indianapolis and the world that roller derby isn't just a bunch of fights and flash; it's the coolest sport there ever was for women. Tickets: $10-$17; $10, children 7-12; $8, military ID; $8, students with ID; free, children 6 and under. If your child is scared easily by loud noise, a roller derby bout may not be a good place to be. You may also want to bring ear protection for young children. All tickets are general admission. Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Time: 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-927-7500

41st Indianapolis Mini Marathon

Mini Jug Mini Garden for Mom Children Ages 6 and older are invited to get ready for Mother's Day by making a greenhouse with recycled plastic jugs. A representative from Felege Hiywot Center will explain the science of plants, what makes them grow and how to start a garden. Call register. Location: Brightwood Branch Library, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4310

Alternative Gift Fair

The Indianapolis Alternative Gift Fair aims to be a positive shopping experience, exclusively featuring contemporary locally handmade crafts and goods. Our May show is exclusively handmade and our Holiday show includes select locally owned small retailers, with an emphasis on handmade, and progressive nonprofit organizations. Applications are now open for any handmade, DIY, crafty kind of vendor with a strong attachment to locally made. We will have approximately 30 booths involved and past years have been full with a waiting list. This is a juried gift fair and if we haven't seen your work in past years we do require at least 3 photos emailed to us. Location: Irving Theatre, Time: 10:00- 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-356-3355

The OneAmerica 500 Festival MiniMarathon is one of the premiere halfmarathons in the country. The course for the Mini-Marathon begins near the intersection of Washington and West streets, heads west

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Garden Celebration

Come shop garden plants and décor and listen to education seminars featuring Christena Taylor of Eco Logic LLC Bloomington and Roger Graham of Graham Bee Works in Morgantown. $2 for adults. Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Time: 9:00- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-736-3724

Nature Discovery Class

Stop by on the weekend for a fun activity at the Earth Discovery Center! Topic vary – possible activities include nature hikes, insects, pond life, simple crafts and more! Free with park admission Location: Earth Discovery Center, Time: 1:30 pm, Phone: 317-327-7148

Play Date Preschool Storytime at Fountain Square Preschoolers and an adult are invited for stories, songs, fingerplays and rhymes following by playtime at the library.

TUES 09 – THURS 11 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 Indy South, Time: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm, Phone: 317-759-9925


Family Night at Shapiro's Delicatessen

Mommy/Daddy & Me at You are the Potter

Location: Shapiro's Delicatessen - 808 S Meridian St, 46225, Time: Every Sunday, 4:00 – 8:30 pm

Paint with your child and receive 10% of total purchase. Coming to You Are The Potter and painting your own pottery is an "artful experience," even if you're artistically challenged! Adults, teens, and children of all ages are welcome. We will provide all the tools to create a masterpiece including stamps, stencils, sponges, idea books, a little coaching, and a lot of encouragement.

Location: 1211 Madison Ave Greenwood, 46142, Time: 12:00- 6:00pm, Phone: 317-884-4905

MON 08 Lego Land

Children of all ages and families are invited to complete a LEGO challenge each month based on a highlighted theme selected from your suggestions. Location: Lawrence Library, Time: 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4460! Location:s/lawrence/


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Location: The Children’s TherAplay Foundation, Time: 3:00-5:30 pm, www.childrenstheraplay. org/2017-horsepower500

Location: Fountain Square Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4390

SUN 07 Half priced spaghetti & meatballs or fried chicken dinners on Sunday nights from 4 until close at both of our Indianapolis locations (not including airport).

children ages 12 and under, free for ages two and under.

Children’s TherAplay #Horsepower500

Be part of the excitement as your favorite IndyCar drivers face off in an adaptive tricycle race to raise funds and awareness for equine-assisted physical and occupational therapies at Children's TherAplay. There will also be real IndyCars to explore, opportunities for autographs from the drivers, race-themed face painting, Indy 500 princesses and tasty snacks and sno-cones. $20 adults, $10

Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour

Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland - in rock, music, theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, Time: 7:30, Phone: 317-940-6444

Ballet Storytime With the Indiana Ballet Conservatory

Toddlers and preschoolers with an adult are invited to enjoy an excerpt from the spring program of the Indiana Ballet Conservatory performed by students of the Conservatory. There will be a short theme-related storytime before the performance. Location: Nora Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4470

TUES 09 & TUES 16 Indy 500 Film Festival @ Irvington!

Individuals of all ages are invited for a salute to legendary race car driver A.J. Foyt and the 40th anniversary of his fourth Indy 500 win. View historic Indy 500 highlight films, some not shown in years. See the great cars and drivers who raced against A.J. Foyt. Each film, typically 25-30 minutes in length, is a time capsule of the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Location: Irvington Branch Library, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4450

WED 10 “Folks are Talking,” oral histories of the 1970s from the Appalachian region in rural Virginia and West Virginia, recorded by Garret Mathews while he was a young newspaper writer. Accounts include a snake handler, a horse trader, survivors of coal mine explosions, a bootlegger, a woman furrier who skinned muskrats while eating peanut butter sandwiches, a man who trained fighting roosters, and a coal miner who once handloaded 50 tons of coal in a single shift. FREE. Location: Museum of Miniature Houses, Time: Noon, Phone: 317-575-0240



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. *Ongoing Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637

WED 10 – FRI 12 Under the Sea 3D

"Under the Sea 3D", a new IMAX® 3D adventure, transports moviegoers to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia, New Guinea and others in the Indo-Pacific region, allowing them to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. It offers a uniquely inspirational and entertaining way to explore the beauty and natural wonder of the oceans, as well as the impact of global climate change. Location: IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum, Time: visit website for show times, Phone: 317-233-4629


Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship


Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters

Sensory Storytime

Preschoolers ages 2-6 with sensory sensibilities and an adult are invited to partake in stories and song- related activities and interact with tactile sensory toys. A visual Agenda will be employed. Space is limited, please call to register. Location: Franklin Road Library, Time: 1:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4380

THURS 11 & FRI 12 Prairie Tykes - How Does your Garden Grow?

Explore seeds, flowers and a garden; then make a craft for someone special. 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. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 9:30- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-776-6000

THURS 11 – SAT 13 Whale of a Sale

Whale of a Sale is a semi-annual upscale kids consignment event featuring clothing, toys, furniture, maternity, boutique and fabulous vendors! Earn money as a consignor and find fabulous deals as a shopper! Thursday: Private pre-sale event ($10 admission) Friday: Open to the Public Saturday: Open to the Public (half price day). Location: Grand Park, Time: All day

FRI 12 Meredith Willson’s - The Music Man

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic, and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. Location: Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317- 843-3800

Fishers Movies in the Park - Cinderella

Roll out a blanket, stop by concessions and get ready for a free show! Spring Movies in the Park return offering the perfect opportunity to unwind under the stars on Friday nights. Please call the Weather Line at 317-567-5057 if inclement weather is forecast. FREE. Location: Nickle Plate District, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 800.776.8687

FRI 12 – SAT 13 Grand Prix of Indianapolis

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the IndyCar Series event on the reconfigured Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, will jump-start Month of May activities at IMS. Location: IMS, Time: Gates open at 8:00 both days, Phone: 800-822-INDY, http://www. grandprix

SAT 13 Bring Your Doll Day at the Museum

Visitors of any age are invited to bring their doll(s) and share stories about them. Enjoy our collection of dolls, which at any time may include Gene Marshall 14" fashion dolls, kachinas, hand-crocheted Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs each the size of a thumbnail,

and others. Admission Charged. Location: Museum of Miniature Houses, Time: 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM, Phone: 317-575-0240

Tiny Tots! Rock

Join us for Second Saturdays in Fountain Square for our Tiny Tots Rock! ALL KIDS AGES 0-6 are welcome! In an effort to provide children with that special connection year-round and to as many children as we can, we’ve developed Tiny Tots Rock! Now your younger rockers can join the fun! Parent and child fun, not a drop-off class. Also, a great time for parents to meet other parents and there is always free coffee on hand! Location: Murphy Arts Center, Time; 10:3011:30 am, Phone: 317-686-0895

Heirloom Plant Sale

Mother's Day weekend usually marks the beginning of gardening season in central Indiana, as it's then safe to plant outside without fear of our plants getting nipped by frost. Join your fellow gardeners and foodies to start your garden season out right with our popular heirloom (heritage) plants including tomatoes, peppers, herbs and scented geraniums. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-6000

Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day

Engage the whole family in the excitement of the 500 Festival at the Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day—the state’s largest outdoor free festival for children. Activities include: Meet and greet and autograph signing with Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson. Free performance from Carly Rae Jepsen, more than 10,000 prizes from dozens of exhibitors - no one leaves empty-handed!, Mini car racing, race-themed arts and crafts to create, Princess sashes with the 500 Festival Princesses, pop can race cars and more! Location: Monument Circle, Time: 10:00 am2:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-7616

Rookie Run

All kids, ages 3-10, are invited to join us for the JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run. It’s a non-competitive fun run where everyone goes away a winner. All participants will receive a goodie bag, a runners bib with the number 1, and a finisher's medal – just like the MiniMarathon participants. Pre-register at the special package price to be guaranteed a commemorative technical t-shirt. Registration and shirts will be sold separately on event day. Location: Ohio & Meridian Streets- Downtown Indy, Time: 12:00- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-6146464

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Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™

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Speed, power, performance... buckle up and race with the most famous toy vehicles on the planet—Hot Wheels! Be part of a dynamic race team working together to build and test the world’s fastest (and safest) speed machines, using Hot Wheels® diecast cars to experiment and play. This behind-the-scenes look at the thrilling world of racing investigates the scientific process for designing super-fast cars. Hands-on experiences, authentic race gear, and captivating memorabilia will engage families in the process of experimenting with speed, power and performance using Hot Wheels cars and track as their tools.

Mother’s Day Weekend at the Zoo

Location: Children’s Museum, Time: see museum hours, Phone: 317-334-4000

Parent’s Night Out!

How would you like to enjoy a night out without the kids while they have a blast at The Hamilton County Sports Complex! Activities include: Gymnastics, Party & Play Zone, Basketball, Dodgeball, bounce houses, zip lines, trampolines, climbing net, foam pits, obstacle courses, relays, games and lots of FUN!! Receive a $5 discount when you register by the Friday prior to the event. Location: Hamilton County Sports Complex, Time: 6:00pm- 10:00 pm, Phone: 317-7734150

The recognition begins right as you enter the Zoo with a special "Proud Mom" sticker. The fun is just beginning as the whole family participates in the Zoo-wide scavenger hunt. Follow the clues to discover several Zoo mothers and interesting animal facts along the way. Once you finish the exciting hunt, stop over at the White River Gardens Gift shop to receive a special gift! To remember your special day, there will be tasty treats and a Mother's Day photo opportunity located along the main pathway. Special Mother's Day coloring sheets can be found to the side for your little ones to decorate for you. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 9:00 am5:00 pm, Phone: 317 630-2001

SUN 14 Each mile of the Run is dedicated to an IN Hero and the Core Run Team will stop at every Hero Marker (every mile) and present an American Flag and a personal biographical card to the waiting family members, friends and comrades. The intent is to create a 140+ mile long memorial trail through Indiana. Location: Indiana War Memorial, Time: 1:302:30 pm, Phone: 317 232-7615

Chemistry of Color

Through the ages, discoveries in chemistry have expanded the artist’s palette with new colorants, while the demands of fashion and the arts have pushed scientists to search for

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Location: Beef & Boards, Time: varies: Phone: 317-872-9664

Location: Indianapolis Museum Art, Time: see museum hours, Phone: 317-923-1331

Cupcake Wars!

Battle against other cupcake decorators to win our version of Cupcake Wars! We'll supply the cupcakes, you supply the imagination! The theme is spring and we'll have all kinds of goodies for you to decorate your cupcake. Grades 5-8 only. Supplies are limited so registration is required. Location: Noblesville Library, Time: 6:00- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-773-1384

Indiana Run for the Fallen


new ways to create color. Chemistry of Color charts the relationship between chemistry and art over a period of more than 4,500 years by exploring a selection of natural and synthetic colorants used to create pigments and dyes that color our world. *Ongoing

Circus Class - Clowning Around

Discover your inner clown by exploring stations to create your own clown act! Try your hand at juggling and balancing. Share some jokes and act out some pantomimes. Wear some colorful clown accessories to dress the part! Start clowning around and join the circus today! Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: see museum hours, https://www. view/465/2017-04-20

WED 17 Belle's Enchanted Princess Party

Join Belle at our enchanted princess party! Dress as your favorite royal character and party with all your favorite princess pals. We'll have fun making princess themed crafts, conquering majestic games and meeting the real Belle! Location: Fishers Central Library, Time: 6:00- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-579-0300

Hoosier Herpetological Society

The Hoosier Herpetological Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education of its members and the conservation of all reptiles and amphibians. All programs are open to the public, families are welcome. Visit for more information. FREE. Location: Holliday Park, Time: 7:00- 9:00 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180




Shrek the Musical

Now through July 2nd, Enjoy this Tony Award-winning fairy tale is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and brings all the great characters to life! An unlikely green hero finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Rated G. *Ongoing

FRI 19 Summertime Cabaret

Bring your campers, grandkids, neighbor kids or your silly aunt to this unique puppet show!

*Ongoing Locations: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio @ Indiana State Museum, Time: May 13- June 14/ 10:30 am, July

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The Hilbert Circle Theatre gets even more magical next season as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will present Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ live in concert! The beloved films will be projected on the screen as the orchestra performs John Williams' incredible score. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, Time 7:30- 9:30 pm, Phone: 317-262-1100

Family Friday Night Campfires Join us for a fun family Friday night around the campfire. Discover campfire cooking recipes and techniques, or listen to famous campfire stories and legends. Roasting sticks and s’mores provided, bring your own hot dogs and make a meal of it! $5/person, pre-registration required. Location: Holliday Park, Time: 6:00- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180

Fishers Movies in the Park – Storks

Roll out a blanket, stop by concessions and get ready for a free show! Spring Movies in the Park return offering the perfect opportunity to unwind under the stars on Friday nights. Please call the Weather Line at 317-567-5057 if inclement weather is forecast. FREE. Location: Nickle Plate District, Time: 7:00 pm

SAT 20 Coppélia

Considered one of the greatest comic ballets of the 19th century, Coppelia was first presented at the Theatre Imperial de l’Opera of Paris, May 25, 1870. Originally based on a tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the action takes place in a small Austro-Hungarian village the day before a festival celebrating a new bell for the town’s tower. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art- Toby Theatre, Time: 3:00- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-251-0948

Central Indiana Dance Ensemble presents - Snow White

There’s a mirror on a wall and a stepmother who wants to look younger than them all… Enjoy the classic fairytale featuring a beautiful princess named Snow White and her journey with seven little men from the enchanted forest. This tale also features the Queen and her magic mirror, a poisoned apple, and of course, a handsome prince! Location: Booth Tarkington Theatre, Time: 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-843-3800

Brick Street Market

Brick Street Market features over 175 arts, crafts, vintage, antique and food vendors that offer a large variety of jewelry, clothing, food, artwork and so much more. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. In addition to the vendors, the event features a kids' area, live entertainment, Silly Safari, face painting and balloon artists. Park for free and use our complimentary shuttle bus from Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak Street. The shuttle is available during the entire event. Location: Main Street in Downtown Zionsville, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-8733836

Lemonade Day

This nationwide event teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in business and in life. Purchase a glass of lemonade from a stand created by students in the museum’s After-School Explorers program! Free with General Admission. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-334-4000, calendar/view/338

Great Strides Walk

Great Strides provides a great opportunity for people within the community to get involved in a great cause. Participants can form walk teams at their workplace, through their clubs and organizations, or with friends and family. Walk day is a fun, family-oriented event with a healthy 5k walk, children's activities, food and festivities that

participants look forward to year after year. Location: Indiana War Memorial & American Legion Mall, Time: 4:00 pm

Family Fun Fair

Our fairs are fun for all ages with everything from airbrush tattoos, bounce houses, fire trucks, and so much more. Our complex and tenants are open to all visitors for introductions, trial events and open gym fun! Make sure to visit all the local vendor booths and enjoy our fair foods. We have giveaways, free games and activities for all ages and much, much more! Bring the entire family and enjoy the fun! Location: Hamilton County Sports Complex, Time: 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, Tickets: https://

47th Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair

The art fair takes place on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center, the 12-acre Arts Park and the North Side Optimist OptiPark, located at 67th St. and College Ave. in the Broad Ripple Village Cultural District. Featuring more than 225 artists, live bands/ performers on five entertainment stages, children's activities, food vendors providing a variety of cuisine, two wine and beer gardens, cultural booths and more! Location: Indianapolis Art Center: Time: All- day, Phone: 317-255-2464

SUN 21 Hoosier Jazz!

The Castlewood Singers are joining The Serenade Jazz Orchestra for a joint concert of old and new jazz favorites at the Indiana Historical Society's Basile Theater, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN. Tickets are $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door and $15.00 for groups of 10 or more. Location: Indiana Historical Society, Time: 5:00- 6:30 pm, Phone: 317-203-0389

Annual Fundraising Gala

This spring, the Indianapolis School of Ballet invites you to celebrate the future of ballet in Indianapolis at our annual spring Gala. Enjoy an exclusive live performance of Balanchine Masterworks and Carnival of the Animals! Mingle with professional ballet dancers, delight in delectable food, and dance to music, all while supporting the programs of Indianapolis School of Ballet! This is the premier fundraising event of the year for the Indianapolis School of Ballet, and the event provides essential annual support for scholarships, world-class training, dynamic performances, and dance outreach in the community. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Time: 5:00- 9:30 pm, Phone: 317-955-7525

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MDA Muscle Walk

Through MDA Muscle Walk, you can join forces with others to raise critical dollars that will make a real difference in the lives of people fighting life-threatening muscle disease in your community and across the nation. Funds raised through the Muscle Walk program build on decades of MDA research progress, helping push science to its limits in the search for treatments and cures. The dollars we raise also support MDA’s life-enhancing programs, including state-ofthe-art clinics, support groups and MDA summer camp — where kids with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year.” Location: Military park at White River State Park, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-824-4800

Zoopolis 500

Tortoises, start your engines! Join us at the 38th "running" of the Zoopolis 500 presented by the American Dairy Association Indiana. Held annually the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend, this unique Zoo event and race-fan favorite includes a morning of family-friendly pre-race festivities leading up to "the Greatest Spectacle in Tortoise Racing" Check website day of for ticket prices. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 10:30- 12:30 am, Phone: 317-630-2001

THURS 25 Dessert Festival

MON 22 It's Time to Call-a-Pacer! Featuring Thad Young “Hop on Pop” Children and families are invited to hear their favorite Dr. Seuss stories read by members of the Indiana Pacers from April through June on The Indianapolis Public Library's 24-hour Call-a-Story telephone line. Listeners will hear recorded stories from Pacers players who demonstrate their love of reading as a way to encourage young ones to "read like a pro." Call by phone 24/7: By dialing 317-275-4444 or toll-free 877-275-9007

TUES 23 Circus: Starring YOU!

Ladies and gentlemen, kids and families! Come one, come all to Circus—Starring YOU! In ring one, cruise through the history of the circus in a "clown car" and see real artifacts from famous circuses. Practice makes perfect in ring two. Try your hand at the lyra ring, rolla bolla, virtual-reality tightrope, and more! Put on a show in ring three! Add the finishing touches to your performance with a costume, performance pose, or even a bit of juggling! All of this is happening beneath the Big Top—and YOU'RE the star! *Ongoing

Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

The Mind Program High School is hosting it's first annual Dessert Festival. The Dessert Festival is a fundraiser for the school and will set up stations along the sidewalk area around Monument Circle, each featuring a different dessert. Location: Monument Circle, Time: 10:00 am- 7:00 pm

Summer Concert Series

The Tides Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and head to Holliday Park for a free evening of family fun! Sponsored by the Friends of Holliday Park. FREE. Location: Holliday Park, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317- 327-7180

THURS 25 & FRI 26 Chickens in Charge

Meet Conner Prairie’s chickens and make a craft that resembles a chicken. Then, turn the music up and do the chicken dance! 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. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 9:30- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-776-6000

FRI 26 Fishers Movies in the ParkFinding Dory

WED 24 Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship

Heidi Mandich, member of CCA Gallery, will show off her soldering skills and silver jewelry. FREE.

Location: Museum of Miniature Houses, Time: Noon, Phone: 317-575-0240

Roll out a blanket, stop by concessions and get ready for a free show! Spring Movies in the Park return offering the perfect opportunity to unwind under the stars on Friday nights. Please call the Weather Line at 317-567-5057 if inclement weather is forecast. FREE. Location: Nickle Plate District, Time: 7:00 pm

SAT 27 IPL 500 Festival Parade The parade is the only 500 Festival event that has taken place every year since the 500 Festival's founding in 1957. The 2017 IPL 500 Festival Parade will be held on May 27, the eve of the Indianapolis 500. 300,000 spec- tators are expected to line the streets of Indianapolis, joined by another one million tele- vision viewers around the country. One of the nation’s premier parades, the IPL 500 Festival Parade is third in size only to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Location: Downtown Indianapolis, Time: 12:00- 1:30 pm, parade


THURS 25 Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie Storytime Join them as they read a brand-new story from New York Times bestselling authorillustrator team James and Kimberly Dean where Pete the Cat is learning a new dance - the Cool Cat Boogie! Activities to follow. Location: Barnes & Noble- Greenwood Park, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-859-8089

The Rhodes Family Incident

This 30-minute interactive museum theater program, written by Crystal V. Rhodes and in collaboration with Asante Children’s Theater, tells the story of two contemporary college students who grew up in Westfield, Indiana, and discover a historical racial incident that challenges their notions of identity and their hometown. The play was inspired by research into African-American history in Hamilton County. Ages 8+ Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 1:00- 1:30 pm & 3:00-3:30 pm, Phone: 317-766-600

SUN 28

The 101st running of the Indy 500

Start your engines! The race starts at 12:20 pm but gates open as early as 6 am for true race fans! Get the whole lineup events at events/indy500/event-info/schedule.

Magnificent Macaws & Brand new Bicentennial Pavilion

Grand opening of this new exhibit! Zoo guests will have an uplifting experience as magnificent macaws create a cascade of color overhead. Zoo guests will witness multiple daily flights as the macaw flock creates an aerial ballet across the Zoo and then lands in the new Bicentennial Pavilion. In the Pavilion, visitors will experience Macaws up close to see these beautiful birds and learn about them. The Macaws will then take flight again and return to other areas of the Zoo and an outdoor aviary. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 9:00 am5:00 pm, Phone: 317-630-2001

Bike to the 500

Participants will gather at Indianapolis City Market where they will enjoy music, a short welcome address, games, and food trucks before setting out on a safe group ride to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bicyclists of all ages will ride as a group from City Market to 12th and Main Street in Speedway. Location: City Market, Time: 7:30- 9:30 am,

TUES 30 Family Fort Night: Summer Reading Kickoff

Families and children of all ages are invited to experience reading in a fort! Books, plastic tablecloths for construction, and a bedtime snack will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring their own blankets and sheets. They can also sign up for the Library's Summer Reading Program. Location: College Avenue Library, Time: 6:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4320




ongoing events States of Incarceration: An Exhibit

Now through May 14 View an exhibit that brings together a national community of over 500 people in 20 cities to illustrate the past, present and future of mass incarceration. Teams of students designed the exhibition pieces that explore a history of incarceration in their own communities. These include Angola’s slave plantation-turned-prison in Louisiana, the legacies of the Dakota Wars for Native American incarceration in Minnesota, and immigration detention at Ellis Island and Elizabeth, New Jersey. Together, they created a diverse genealogy of the incarceration generation, challenging viewers to remember the past and use the insights of history to shape what happens next. This is presented in partnership with IUPUI Humanities Action Lab and The Medical History Museum. Location: Indianapolis Public Library, Time: varies, Phone: 317-275-4100

The Furnishing Touch

Occurring through May 28 The Museum of Miniature Houses is displaying all kinds of furniture as they were popular throughout American history, and all in miniature. Location: Museum of Miniature Houses, Time: 11:00-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-575-9466

Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters

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. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637

Shrek the Musical

May 18- July 2 This Tony Award-winning fairy tale is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and brings all the great characters to life! An unlikely green hero finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Rated G Location: Beef & Boards, Time: varies: 317-872-9664

Summertime Cabaret

Occurring May 14- June 14 Bring your campers, grandkids, neighbor kids or your silly aunt to this unique puppet show! Location: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio @ Indiana State Museum, Time: May 13- June 14/ 10:30 am, July 4/ 3:00 pm, July 7/ 10:30am, Phone: 317.232.1637

Chemistry of Color

Now through December 31 Through the ages, discoveries in chemistry have expanded the artist’s palette with new colorants, while the demands of fashion and the arts have pushed scientists to search for new ways to create color. Chemistry of Color charts the relationship between chemistry and art over a period of more than 4,500 years by exploring a selection of natural and synthetic colorants used to create pigments and dyes that color our world. Location: Indianapolis Museum Art, Time: see museum hours, Phone: 317-923-1331

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 orchids watercolors collected by Josiah K. Lilly, son of founder of Eli Lilly and Company and its president from 1898 until 1932. Various types of orchids, such as cattleyas, indicium’s and paphiopedilums, 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 Art, Time: Tuesday- Saturday: 11:00 am- 5:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-9231331

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 exhibitions/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,

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

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. Time: 1:30 pm, or by appointment (Saturdays), Location: Indiana State Museum, Phone: 317-232-1637, http://www.indianamuseum. org/group-visits

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

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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.

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

Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group

Ice Age Graveyards

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

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.

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!

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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