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Indy’sChild JUNE 2013



SAFETY Staying out of the ER

parental UNCONTROL

Who’s really competing in kids’ sports?






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10 | JUNE FESTIVALS IN DOWNTOWN INDY Join the fun all month long! 16 | INDY'S SUMMER OUTDOOR DESTINATIONS Tap into the sensory experience of summer!

18 | SUMMER SAFETY Staying out of the ER

26 | PARENTAL UNCONTROL Who's really competing in kids' sports?






Raising children in a nontraditional setting poses unique challenges







Before and after camp strategies

in every issue




Working through the difficulities of solo parenting

Photo by: Hannah Hilliard




Presley "Pep" Curtis, AGE 5

30 55 | education GUIDE



A diagnosis of autism can sometimes be overcome




The value of sports transcends disability


commentary + parenting 46 | MOMMY MAGIC 4 INDYSCHILD.COM

resources 42 | Special Needs GUIDE 49 | CAMP GUIDE


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in every issue

Indy’s Child

[ publisher’s note ]

A Summer of Character Building My father had a “charge” that was pronounced on a regular basis at our dining room table, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it.” He really did not want to hear any petty remarks or gossip so it was squelched whenever he was present. My own children have often heard, “Remember, today is the beginning of the rest of your life.” I am that optimistic person who always wants a turn of good fortune and a good solution to difficult problems to happen just because I want it to happen! As we raise our children to be equipped as positive members of our communities, we know we must teach them responsibility. We know that mottos have been around for generations. The Boy Scouts Motto “Be Prepared” means you are ready, willing and able to help others and do what is necessary in any situation that comes along. You are also being prepared to live a full and worthwhile life – being a physically fit, honorable citizen of strong character. The Marines build camaraderie and pride with their motto “Semper Fidelis.” Semper Fi translates to “always faithful” and signifies the dedication that individual Marines have to “corps and country,” and to their fellow Marines. A Bible verse that helps me when I am afraid of failure is Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?” I also was amazed to find out that William Penn actually initiated one of my very favorite sayings back in the late 1600s: “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” As you seek to make every day special this summer, here are some sayings that may have a positive impact: • Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. • Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne | PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox | EDITOR Susan Bryant | SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski | CREATIVE DIRECTOR Katie Pfierman | EVENTS COORDINATOR & PUBLIC RELATIONS Wendy Cox | BUSINESS MANAGER Roxanne Burns | ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Karen Ring | EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Wendy Schrepferman | CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Barbara Wynne, Carrie Bishop, Sarah McCosham, Abby Hayes, Michelle Shirk, Trisha Shepherd, Wendy Schrepferman, Mary Susan Buhner, Pete Gilbert, Deb Krupowicz, Melissa Trumpey of The Children’s Museum, Taylor Newell of Indianapolis Downtown, Fred Leickly, M.D. of Riley Hospital, Michelle Padilla and Bruce Williams of the Indiana State Museum, Carla Knapp of the Indianapolis Zoo

• It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.


• Just do it!

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• Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly. • Never give up! • Success is not by chance, it’s by choice.


• If life hands you lemons, make lemonade (and sell it for a profit!) • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again! Have a great summer and remember that weekly visits to the library will keep your children reading and recognizing how important education is to every member of our family. Barbara Wynne Founding Publisher 6 INDYSCHILD.COM

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Happy Father's Day Walk a little slower daddy, said a child so small. I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall. Sometimes your steps are very fast, Sometimes they’re hard to see, Sometimes they’re a little slower, Daddy, for you are leading me. Someday when I’m all grown up, You’re what I want to be. Then I will have a little child Who’ll want to follow me. And I would want to lead just right, And to know that I was true. So, walk a little slower, Daddy, For I must follow you. – Bobbie Norman

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in every issue

[ community spotlight ]

community S POT L IGH T

two initiatives...similiar goals Summer Servings The start of summer signals cookouts, picnics and ice cream. Unfortunately for some Indianapolis children, this is not something they can look forward to. When school is not in session, many children no longer have access to regular meals. The meal outreach program Summer Servings provides free, nutritious meals for kids ages 18 and under. For over 40 years the program has helped over one million children in Indianapolis. Please join the effort by spreading the word! For more information visit There are hundreds of locations serving Marion County. The complete list of serving sites will be available June 1st on the Summer Servings website.

211: Connect2Help Think “911” with a 2. Did you know that anyone can pick up the phone and be immediately directed to community services such as emergency food, housing, health care and counseling? By dialing 211, callers in need of assistance can speak with a live specialist 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Connect2Help has been a lifeline for struggling Indianapolis residents for the past 25 years. In February of 2013, the service expanded to include the entire state of Indiana. If you or someone you know is in need, call 211 today or visit the organization’s website,, to learn about the variety of assistance available. As demand increases and the organization grows, Connect2Help continuously hires call center Referral Specialists. Click the employment tab on the home page to inquire about this rewarding opportunity!

camp little red door to welcome campers in july Beautiful Bradford Woods in Martinsville is the setting for this summer’s five day summer camp for Hoosier children ages 8 - 18 battling cancer. Campers will enjoy activities such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, archery and art. The cost is $25 per camper and $50 for the camper’s sibling or friend. Call 317-925-5595 or visit for details. Registration for the July 28 - August 2 session ends on June 14th. Since 1945 The Little Red Door Cancer Agency has worked to reduce the physical, emotional and financial burdens of cancer for underserved residents of central Indiana. The agency provides free client services, cancer screenings and education year round. Camp Little Red Door is yet another program supporting the organization’s important mission. If you have or know a child that is fighting cancer or in remission, let them know about this excellent, affordable opportunity.


major gift endows early childhood literacy outreach Since its inception in 2009, the Ready to Read initiative has served over 23,000 children in our city. Now, because of a generous $1 million gift from the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, the program will continue to provide services and increase its reach with the directorship of an Early Literacy Specialist. Along with developing research-based programming and training library staff and other community childcare providers, the position will manage outreach to over 200 ministry, licensed home daycares and other early childhood organizations. HSFF administrator, Rachel M. Simon, recognizes the “transformative power of early childhood learning.” She feels this gift “is an incredible way to honor her dad’s passion for books and reading.” Indy’s Child would like to thank the Herbert Simon Family Foundation for their continued dedication to area children. Their generosity makes a difference that cannot be measured!

jcc sponsors 6th annual kids triathlon It’s the perfect time to begin training for the JCC Kids Triathlon scheduled for Sunday, June 30th! Young athletes ages 14 and under are invited to race at this USAT-sanctioned event. There will be a “small fry” division for children six and under as well. All athletic and experience levels are welcome in every age group. The excitement doesn’t end at the finish line! All participants and their families are invited to celebrate with post race refreshments, kids activities and enjoy the JCC pool and water park! Registrations are being accepted through June 24th using the website You may visit or stop by the JCC at 6701 Hoover Road to obtain a participant form.

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“What is your child's bedtime? Does it change in the summer?” 8:30pm everyday... Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall! – Erika E. Between 8:00 and 8:30. We stay on the same schedule in the summer (especially my 4 and 1 year old). My 8 year old sometimes stays up a half an hour later on weekends and summer. – Amy J. I stay with the same schedule regardless of the time of year. It is better to be consistent and have a well-rested child! – Christine K. My 5 year old has an 8pm bedtime, maybe 8:30 during the summer. I don't see the point in getting all out of whack in the summer, and then have struggles when school starts. – Allyson A. 7 in the morning and 7:30 at night for my two children. One is 6 and one is 8 years old. – Fauzie A.

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8pm. During the warmer months, we become less strict on enforcement, but she becomes more willing to go to bed on her own since she's exhausted after playing outside all day. – Emily Y.

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Join the fun all month long! Taylor Newell, Communications Coordinator, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.


includes live performances, vendors and more, and is intended for all ages. Admission costs only a suggested donation of $5.

amily-friendly festivals in downtown Indianapolis can be a great way to engage kids in new cultures and activities, and most are very inexpensive, if not FREE! And parents, don’t worry – the fun isn’t just limited to kids. Entertainment ranges from live music and dancing to art exhibits along with lots and lots of food. Bring the family downtown for one or more of these summer festivals held at some of Indy’s most beautiful parks! For more downtown family fun, plus information on downtown parking, beautification and more, visit

JUNE 8–9 More than 270 artists from across the

JUNE 1 Parents and kids alike can enjoy

JUNE 19 El Dia de la Familia Festival brings

themselves at this year’s Vintage Indiana at Military Park. While adults can sample delicious local culinary offerings and taste some of the 200 Indiana wines offered, kids can have some interactive fun inside the KidZone. Artist booths will be on-site and live performances will take place throughout the day – be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets!

JUNE 13 Now in its 48th year, Christ Church

JUNE 8 The Circle City Pride Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year at the American Legion Mall! Programming for the festival

Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival returns to Monument Circle to serve an estimated six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes to the public in support of local, national and international not-for-profit outreach groups. Desserts


nation gather on the north side of downtown Indy each summer for the Talbot Street Art Fair, continually ranked as one of the top art fairs in the US. The fair is FREE to attend and offers entertainment and exhibits for all ages to enjoy.

together authentic Latin American food, artwork and traditional music at Military Park for FREE all afternoon and evening! Families will have the chance to explore Latin American culture in a fun, interactive way.

range from $2 to $6 and will be served from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until everything gets eaten up!

JUNE 15 Let’s Meet PBS Kids in the Park, hosted by WFYI, will be at Military Park once again this year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is FREE to attend! Celebrities rumored to be on-site: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and Sid the Science kid, among others.

JUNE 20 Cookouts in summertime are a must – how about one on Monument Circle? The Marsh and Boy Scouts Cookout on the Circle takes place during lunchtime as “celebrity cooks” serve Midwest cookout classics, with all proceeds helping to send scouts to local camps.

JUNE 22–23 The Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival will be open two consecutive days at Military Park, with more than 150 Native American artists, performers, food vendors and more. More than 60 tribes will be represented. Admission is FREE with the purchase of general admission to the Eiteljorg.

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[ pediatric health ]

A Tale of Two Heroes How a child’s leukemia diagnosis inspired her grandfather to reach new heights All grandparent-grandchild relationships are special. But the bond between Lauryn Walls and her grandfather, Tom Rushworth, is unusually strong. Their remarkable story began on January 8, 2008, when Lauryn’s mom, Dea, took her to Dr. Susan Jacob at St.Vincent Carmel Hospital for persistent chest pain. Lauryn was only four years old at the time. Noting Lauryn’s poor color and enlarged spleen, Dr. Jacob recommended that Lauryn be taken to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent. There, Lauryn was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. “I was devastated and overwhelmed,” Dea said. But those feelings were quickly replaced by a steely resolve. “I told my family, ‘We’re not giving up.’” Two days after the diagnosis, Lauryn began two and a half years of chemotherapy. “It’s standard to treat young, female leukemia patients for more than two years to reduce their risk of recurrence,” said Jessica Goodman, M.D., pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent. The treatment was successful, but Lauryn, now nine years old, isn’t out of the woods yet. “Hopefully, she’s cured, but I can’t say yet,” Dr. Goodman said. “When she reaches five years after treatment without recurrence, I would say she’s cured.”

The Race of His Life During Lauryn’s treatment, Dea became involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training – a program in which athletes train participants for endurance events to raise money for blood cancer research. Dea completed a marathon and a triathlon, and became a coach for Team In Training. In January 2010, Lauryn’s grandfather, Tom, then 60, accompanied Dea to a Team In Training meeting about the Elkhart Lake Triathlon Olympic event in Wisconsin. By the end of the meeting, Tom – who didn’t own a bike and hadn’t swum regularly since childhood – decided to compete in the grueling swimming, biking and running event. When race day arrived, Tom knew something wasn’t right. He struggled with a headache, and had difficulty breathing during the nearly one-mile swim. Soon into the bike ride, his headache worsened, his neck stiffened and his vision blurred. “My coach met me at the top of a hill with an ambulance and


emergency medical technicians and told me I was finished,” Tom recalled. “But I said, ‘There’s no way I’m stopping.’” Dea and several teammates joined Tom in walking the 6.2-mile running portion. One hundred yards from the finish line, Lauryn spotted her grandfather, and ran toward him. Undeterred by his condition, Tom lifted her into his arms, and carried her across the finish line.

Strong of Heart Tom didn’t seek medical attention until the following day, when he went to the Emergency Department at St.Vincent Carmel Hospital. There, he was diagnosed with an aortic dissection – a tear in the artery that carries blood out of the heart – and was transferred to St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana for surgery. “Aortic dissection is one of the most painful conditions one can have,” said Robert Robison, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon at St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana. “Tom told me he was embarrassed by his finishing time in the triathlon, and I said, ‘You’re the only one who competed with a torn aorta!’” After six weeks of cardiac rehabilitation at St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana, Tom made a successful recovery. Like Dea, he’s thankful for the care that saved both his life and his granddaughter’s life. Join Tom, Lauryn and hundreds of more walkers at the St.Vincent Cancer Walk on Saturday, September 21st. Register today at www.

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[ pediatric health ]

Allergy or Cold? Detective work is needed to distinguish between allergies and the common cold Fred Leickly, M.D.

Deciphering whether your child has a cold or suffers from allergies can be difficult because the symptoms often overlap. It’s important to sort them out so you know how to best treat your child and know when a visit to the pediatrician may be in order. Allergies develop over time so the younger your child, the less likely that allergies are the culprit. Children rarely develop seasonal allergies (to things such as tree pollen, weeds or grass) prior to age three. Allergies to pets, house dust mites and indoor mold can be seen in children as young as one. Allergies tend to run in families so it’s worth noting if a parent or sibling suffers as well. Colds generally don’t last as long as allergies. If the symptoms get better, it’s likely a cold. Colds are contagious and are brought on when an infected person touches you, coughs or sneezes. This chart may help sort out whether it’s the common cold or whether allergies may be at play.





3-14 days

Days to months—as long as you are exposed to the allergen

Time of year

Most often in the winter but possible any time

Any time of the year—although some allergens are seasonal

Onset of symptoms

Symptoms occur a few days after infection with the virus

Symptoms can begin immediately after exposure to the allergen
















Itchy, watery eyes



Sore throat



Runny or stuffy nose

Often; usually yellow mucus

Often; usually clear mucus


There is no cure for either a cold or allergies, but you can effectively treat the symptoms of both. A cold will have to run its course. Antibiotics will not treat colds. The best treatment includes plenty of rest and fluids. Since a cold is contagious, you should keep a sick child home until the symptoms have cleared. To help your child feel better, you can give him an over-the-counter medication. With allergies, the immune system is trying to ward off what it views as harmful invaders – prompting the body to release histamine which prompts watery eyes, a runny nose and sneezing. Treatment for allergies can often be addressed with an over-the-counter antihistamine and a decongestant. Nasal steroid sprays work very well and are available by prescription. If you can identify the specific allergic triggers, avoidance techniques – such as keeping pets out of your child’s room – may help. You may want to discuss these things with your child’s doctor. Some pediatricians may refer a child to an allergist – who will take a detailed history and then likely conduct a skin test to check for sensitivities to possible allergens. Skin tests are generally more reliable and are less expensive than performing a blood test. To view daily pollen counts, visit my website at You can post your questions to me at my website or on my Facebook page at DrLeickly.

Fred Leickly, M.D., is the director of pediatric allergy clinical services at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

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indy’s summer


DES TINATIONS Tap into the sensory experience of summer! Michelle Shirk

As the weather grows warmer, the city and its residents seem to truly come alive. This summer, awaken all five of your senses by spending some time enjoying Indy’s many outdoor events and attractions with your family. We’ve got some great picks to get you started!

SEE art in a wide variety of media at the Talbot Street Art Fair, June 8th and 9th. This free, familyfriendly fair features works from more than 270 artists. Exhibitor categories include glass, sculpture, photography and jewelry. Head to for details. Need more art? Try the Eiteljorg’s Indian Market and Art Festival, June 22nd and 23rd at Military Park. Native American artists will showcase their wares against a backdrop of food and music. Find out more at www.eiteljorg. org.

HEAR the musical stylings of bands like Endless Summer and Parrots of the Caribbean at the Fishers Summer Concert Series. The free outdoor concerts take place Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m. at the Nickel Plate Amphitheater. Check out the flyer at for a complete list of dates and performers.


the pleasing aroma of flowers in bloom at Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden. Visitors can relax and enjoy the sunshine in the park’s three acres of outdoor gardens and fountains, then take a trip to the rainforest via its indoor conservatory. Admission to the Sunken Garden is free while Conservatory access costs just $1.00 for adults and children over three. Visit www. for more information.

TASTE the best wines and culinary creations Indiana has to offer at the Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival June 1st at Military Park. This award-winning festival offers samples of more than 200 wines and delicacies from some of Indiana’s top culinary experts. Children can have their own fun at the KidZone where plenty of interactive activities will keep them busy. Get all the details at Still hungry? Spend a tasty Friday evening at the Trader’s Point Creamery Summer Green Market, a weekly event featuring market vendors offering a variety of healthful options, live music and dinner served on the deck. Menus will be posted at


the wind in your hair with Connor Prairie’s 1859 Balloon Voyage. This adventure provides a bird’s eye view of the history of flight by lifting visitors 350 feet into the air in a 20-passenger helium balloon. After your return to solid ground, enjoy more outdoorsy fun with Conner Prairie’s special “Year of Nature” events and exhibits including a new Nature Walk. Learn about the park and confirm the balloon’s operating schedule at These fun-filled summer activities will encourage your family to exercise all five senses while creating wonderful memories. Start planning your outdoor adventures today!


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Amusement park fun throughout the state!




Staying out of the ER

hile summer brings plenty of opportunities for fun, unfortunately the possibility of serious injury or illness comes with it. Don’t let a trip to the emergency room derail your summer plans! Below, local experts provide tips to help keep your family safe this season.

Splash safely Children should always be supervised while swimming, says Susan L. Davis, M.D., FAAP, a pediatrician at Carmel Pediatrics. As for flotation aids such as arm floaties and inner tubes, she says, “parents need to realize that those are not safety devices and not depend on them.” Families with a pool can keep the area safer by using features such as a fence, pool cover, motion-sensing alarm near the pool and door locks and alarms, suggests Dr. Davis. Toys and other items that would attract a child should be kept out of the pool.

Michelle Shirk

traffic, stopping at all intersections and signaling, says Dr. Stoesz. “You have to be really defensive when you’re on a bike.” Riders should avoid floppy, loose-fitting clothing and riding barefoot.

Sun safely As temperatures rise, so does the potential for injuries such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. “Remember that kids need to be hydrated,” says Dr. Davis. “Even if they’re in the water they’re sweating a lot.” To guard against sunburn, Dr. Davis recommends sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. “The key is just to keep reapplying,” she says. Parents should also provide plenty of shady play areas and try to keep kids out of the sun when it is highest in the sky.

Be Prepared Ride safely Parents and children should always wear helmets when riding bikes, even if they’re just on their own driveway, says Randall D. Stoesz, M.D., FAAP, also a pediatrician at Carmel Pediatrics. Dr. Stoesz says parents should look for a helmet with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stamp of approval. A bike shop can help ensure a proper fit. “It costs a little bit of money to get a helmet,” says Dr. Stoesz, “but a trip to the ER is also costly in many ways, so it’s definitely worth the investment.” Parents should teach young bikers to follow the rules of the road regarding biking with 18 INDYSCHILD.COM

Lieutenant Tracy Rumble, Public Educator for the Greenwood Fire Department, recommends parents keep a first-aid kit on hand this summer. In addition to basic supplies, it should include items related to family-specific allergies or medical conditions. A person witnessing an emergency situation this summer should immediately call 911. “The quicker you can call us, the quicker we can get rolling,” says Lt. Rumble. The caller should try to keep the injured person calm and follow any instructions given. Browse the American Academy of Pediatrics’ parent-friendly website www. for more safety tips. Then have a safe, fun and happy summer!

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around town

[ museum note ]

The Rhythm of Egypt Make your own traditional Egyptian instrument! Melissa Trumpey, Public Events and Family Programs Manager for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

It is said that music makes the world go around. Sometimes we learn that even though we speak different languages, music can bring us together as a unique form of communication. Families who visit Take Me There: Egypt® at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis are immersed in the sights, sounds and activities of modern day Egypt. They learn about modern Egyptian life while visiting a traditional Egyptian home, shopping at the marketplace, playing a part in a traditional Egyptian celebration, or learning how to make music with traditional Egyptian instruments. One of the instruments used in traditional Egyptian music is a riqq. It is a type of tambourine that traditionally has a wooden frame, jingles and a thin, translucent head made of a synthetic material. The wooden frame is often decorated with an inlay design in which artists piece together geometric patterns to create a picture or design. Making one with your child is a fun way to teach them geometric patterns using simple shapes such as circles, triangles and rectangles to create designs. Gather these materials and follow the instructions to create your own riqq!

MATERIALS: • One paper bowl • Two jingle bells • One pipe cleaner cut in half • One ruler • One hole punch • An assortment of crayons or markers


INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Punch two holes on opposite sides of the bowl, along the rim. 2. On the bottom side of your bowl, use the ruler to help you design a geometric pattern with your crayons or markers. Use lines and shapes such as circles, triangles or squares.

3. Place one jingle bell on each pipe cleaner. 4. Insert one pipe cleaner, with the bell, into each hole and fasten. 5. Hold the bowl in one hand and gently tap your fingers across the surface of the bowl to create music! Come to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and visit Take Me There: Egypt® soon! This exhibit will close on Sunday, August 11 to make way for a new exhibit, which will explore modern day China.

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around town

[ indianapolis zoo ]

Bright Colors, Beautiful Scenes Await in White River Gardens Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group is an all-new experience at the Indianapolis Zoo Carla Knapp

Bright, bold, beautiful colors — that’s what you’ll see from start to finish during a visit to White River Gardens and the Indianapolis Zoo’s newest exhibit, Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group. The butterflies have returned to the Hilbert Conservatory following a two-year hiatus, but this exhibit is like nothing Zoo guests have seen before. As visitors approach the White River Gardens, they’ll be greeted by an awe-inspiring 3-D mural complete with vibrant oversized butterfly sculptures and a lifelike image of the outdoor gardens. Created by Colorado-based Banner Art Studio with the help of AMPeirce Cycles and the Zoo’s own Creative Services department, the mural has transformed the Gardens entrance into a work of art that offers visitors a glimpse of what awaits inside. The highlight of the Butterfly Kaleidoscope exhibit is, of course, the butterflies. Hundreds of these wonderful winged creatures from nearly 40 different native and exotic species fill the Hilbert Conservatory. The exhibit continues through Labor Day, and throughout the season, roughly 13,000 butterflies will be released into the space. That means guests can expect plenty of close encounters as butterflies float nearby and perhaps even land on them! Among the many new features of this exhibit is the giant mobile suspended overhead from the Conservatory’s 65-foot ceiling. Another creation of Banner Art Studio, this unique installation mimics the vibrant hues and fluttering motion of the butterflies. Also new to the Conservatory are the handmade


*Photo by Cory Wilson

glass feeders, colored glass windows and build-a-butterfly activities that are perfect for younger visitors. The vivid colors continue as guests step outside to the DeHaan Tiergarten. The three acres of outdoor gardens are now in full bloom with fragrant flowers and blossoming trees, making late spring and early summer the perfect time to visit. And best of all, admission to White River Gardens and Butterfly Kaleidoscope is included with regular Zoo admission.

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around town

[ indiana state museum ]

The Science Behind the Magic of Star Wars ® Let the Force be with you at this new Indiana State Museum exhibit Michelle Padilla and Bruce Williams of the Indiana State Museum

Picture this: Your child is deep in play, lost in the depths of imagination. He is a Jedi Knight in training trying to summon the Force in order to defeat the Empire. She is a warrior princess, bravely confronting her enemies to restore justice to the galaxy. Their imaginary world is populated by droids, a 900-year-old creature of great wisdom, armies of stormtroopers, vehicles able to travel beyond the speed of light and a multitude of strange and wonderful planets. This scene could have taken place anywhere between 1977 and today. Maybe YOU were that warrior princess or Jedi Knight. Since 1977, the Star Wars® movies have captured the imaginations of generations of children. But there is science behind the magic. Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination, opening at the Indiana State Museum on May 25, explores space travel, robotics and levitation technology with fun hands-on activities and demonstrations for children of all ages. Created by The Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd., this out-of-this-world exhibition analyzes the science and technology themes of the Star Wars movies. Exciting interactive components include a rideable air chair that simulates Luke’s X34 Landspeeder, stations that explore how robots walk and see the world, and the “Living on Tatooine” augmented reality experience. Beloved props, costumes and models from the films will be on view, including Yoda, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca costumes; models of X-wing fighters, the Millennium Falcon and other spacecraft, and much more. Special Star Wars programs for families include special member events on May 28 and June 2; a Science & Sci-Fi Summer Camp for 9 to 12-year-olds June 10 through 14; Star Wars Fan Days on June 22 and July 20; and a Family Star Wars Costume Party on Aug. 17. For tickets or more information about the exhibit or related events, please visit www.indianamuseum. org. Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, presented by Bose Corporation®, was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston, and Lucasfilm Ltd. TM & © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization. Local sponsor: McDonald’s of Central Indiana with additional local support from WISH-TV8 and Hamilton Exhibits 24 INDYSCHILD.COM

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination Admission: $10 per member, $19.50 per non-member adult, $15 per non-member child, $18.50 per non-member senior *Non-member prices include museum admission Call 317.232.1637 to reserve your timed-tickets. Tickets for the Millennium Falcon interactive experience are $5 per person.

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Sarah McCos



Crossing the line


UNCONTROL Who’s really competing in kids’ sports?


veryone’s seen it: emotions boiling over during a basketball game, shouting matches on the soccer sidelines or perhaps a ball or even a fist thrown during a fit of rage. And sometimes kids can misbehave, too.

Sadly, it’s the parents who can become the most impassioned during a game – and turn a fun match into something ugly. There’s a fine line between being your kid’s biggest cheerleader, and becoming “that” parent who is pushing too hard, yelling too loud and going too far. How can you keep your emotions in check and set the best example for your young athlete?

Why parents act out Psychologist Dr. William Hansen says that parents may have to look at their own motivation for having their kids compete in sports. “Are they living through their children on the field? Do they harbor hopes that someday their child will be a professional athlete? Are they fueling or fostering their child’s hopes of a potential professional career, and if so, does this get transmitted in their behavior?” In truth, parents invest a lot of time, energy and resources in their child’s sports, which can make them think they have a “right” to push their kids. Hansen says parents should set realistic expectations for themselves and their children. Few kids will make it to the professional level – what’s most important are the positive lessons that can be learned by playing sports. External factors can also play a role in how parents respond on a given day. Are they stressed about work? Did they have a bad day at home with the kids? These stressors, combined with the naturally competitive setting of a game, can create a situation where parents act out. 26 INDYSCHILD.COM

The tone and volume of a parent’s voice during a game can be the first clue that a problem is escalating. Tod Esquivel, Youth Fitness Trainer and Owner of Indy Fit Kids, says he’s seen parents yelling relentlessly at their kids. The negative effect and distraction this causes a child can be very obvious to other parents, kids and coaches. If you witness this type of behavior from a parent, a gentle comment such as “Hey, the kids are playing better today,” or “Your son’s defense is looking good” may be enough to bring that parent’s focus back on the right track. Esquivel finds that kids often feel pressured by their parents about school, sports and other extracurricular activities, which can lead to stress, anxiety and burnout. “There have been studies showing how pressured this generation is [by their parents] – I’ve trained kids who were literally crying on each run.”

Healthy competition Hansen recommends that parents remember why their kids are participating in sports in the first place. The parent’s job is to focus on nurturing and supporting their child – the rest should be left to the child and their coach. Let your child’s coach be the one to critique a backstroke or layup. “Parents should encourage their child and let them express their talent naturally,” says Esquivel. Not every kid is going to be a gifted athlete – and that’s okay. It helps to remember that as a parent, you are your child’s life coach. As Dr. Hansen says, it’s a parent’s job to model appropriate behaviors and attitudes – which means learning how to win with distinction and lose with grace.

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two-mom families

Raising children in a nontraditional setting poses unique challenges Trisha Shepherd


hen Niki Steveson and Amy Kieckbusch take their kids out to dinner, they are almost always asked a question other families don’t receive: would they like one check or two? On a daily basis, the north side Indianapolis couple doesn’t face major, hurtful incidents – just lots of subtle reminders that families like theirs are viewed as “different.”

While they’re a growing segment of the population, families with two moms are still rather rare. The U.S. Census in 2010 recorded 9,409 Indiana households headed by lesbian couples. Around a quarter of those couples are raising children – a figure similar to national statistics recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.

FACING CHALLENGES Niki and Amy have been together seven years and are raising two boys: Amy’s 8-year-old son Matthias from her previous relationship, and 20-monthold Jakoby, to whom Niki gave birth using a sperm bank. Both Niki and Amy played college basketball and are having no trouble teaching their athletic boys about sports. But recently, they started looking for guidance in helping teach Matthias how to cope with hurtful comments about his moms. “It’s something we’re concerned about – how to prepare him when one of his classmates says something that’s not nice, and how he should respond to that,” explains Niki. “Up to this point he has had no clue that there’s anything different about his family.” Michele O’Mara, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical social worker in Indianapolis who specializes in counseling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients. O’Mara and her partner are raising twin boys, and she has this parenting advice for fellow same-sex couples: “My sons were taught early that ‘all families are different.’ We armed them with this phrase before they entered school and it has been a handy response on more than a few occasions.”

Finding support Families with two moms often find themselves doing some homework to find environments that are sensitive to same-sex couples, from schools, to pediatricians to churches. O’Mara confronted this challenge when she was looking into a highly respected preschool for her sons. “I vetted 28 INDYSCHILD.COM

the school for their sensitivity to our two-mom family because of its Christian affiliation. The answer I got was, ‘Our program is not well suited for families like yours.” Still, O’Mara says incidents like that are relatively rare. In her therapy practice she’s found that in many cases, the most painful rejection gay and lesbian clients face comes from within their own family. Niki says that has been true for her. “If a family member has come out, try to be more accepting,” she advises other families. “It really hurts. You never get past it or over it, no matter how content or happy you are. There is always that void.” But within their Indy community, Niki and Amy say they’ve encountered few problems. They have found tremendous support in their church, which welcomes them with open arms. For other families who have religious beliefs against homosexuality, Amy has this advice: “Raise children to be kind and caring and sensitive to all people. Raise your children to have acceptance of people who are not like their own family.” Niki adds, “Children are listening to what their parents are saying at the dinner table.”

Parents are parents There is one thing above all else that Amy and Niki wish others understood about families with two moms: in most ways, they’re just like everyone else. “We are pretty boring,” Niki confesses. “We work in the yard, have cookouts, go to church on Sunday and have movie night on Saturday.” And, there’s something else these moms do that every mom can relate to: They love their kids. They want them to be happy, accepted and cherished.

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DADS Abby Hayes

Working through the difficulties of solo parenting


The 2011 U. S. Census counted 1.7 million single fathers in America. Despite that high number, only 15% of single custodial parents are dads. Parenting in general has its daily ups and downs, and men who are recently single and caring for kids often face additional challenges adjusting to their new situation.

Bill’s story Fortunately for single father Bill O’Patterson, spending a great deal of individual time with his children before his divorce was something he was accustomed to. After work many weekdays during his decade of marriage, Bill would take over the dinner and bedtime routine while his then-wife worked nights. This routine helped prepare him for being a single father with 50% custody of his children, who are now eight and ten. Still though, after his divorce, Bill quickly learned that co-parenting with an ex isn’t easy. While Bill may have had a jump on many single dads who are abruptly thrown into primary caregiving after years of taking a parental back seat to mom, he admits that it can still be difficult at times. “It’s just with the whole co-parenting thing, you have to interact with your ex in such a way that minimizes the old blood.” Although this is difficult he says, “It’s good for the kids to see that there’s still that communication and respect going on. Overall I feel like my ex and I have done a good job accommodating the kids, and whatever’s in their best interest.”

Advice from the trenches Bill currently helps other single dads through a class called Single and Parenting at his local church. Finding a support group is important, he says. Such opportunities are “a good first step of getting some single parents together and talking through issues.” When it comes to dealing with an ex-spouse on co-parenting issues, Bill’s main advice is to be flexible. “When I first went through divorce, in the first few months of exchanging [days] I kind of nitpicked on little things [with my ex-wife],” says Bill. But now, “The big picture is on the kids. That they’re happy.” Part of keeping kids happy and healthy is consistency, according to both Bill and the National Association of School Psychologist’s guide to parenting children through divorce. Children who experience consistent boundaries between mom’s house and dad’s house are more likely to be well-adjusted, the NASP guide says. While this is difficult to practice, Bill advises co-parenting single dads to carry the same rules and consequences from one home to the other. On the same note, however, Bill says that dads have to remember that they “can’t really control or manage anything that’s outside of [their] house.” Instead of worrying about what goes on at mom’s, he says to “be the best parent you can be to your kids in your own home.”

RESOURCES FOR SINGLE DADS Single & Parenting Several of these church-based courses are currently operating in Indy. Check out www. for more information.

SingleDad An online community of dads share their knowledge and experience on better parenting practices, dating, fitness, recipes and more. Visit “Because Dads don’t always think like Moms” says this site. Click on for a wealth of resources devoted to being a father.

Bill’s suggestions line up with recent studies cited on showing that involved fathers – custodial or not – raise healthier, happier and better-educated kids. “Just be involved,” he says. “Put away your cell phone. Put away your laptop. When it’s your time with the kids, really invest in that.”

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around town

[ celebrity softball challenge ]

Fifth Annual Celebrity Softball Challenge Come cheer on your favorites in support of the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund What could be better than spending a summer evening at the ball park? On Thursday, June 13th check out players from the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, mascots, media personalities and other sports stars battle it out in a seven inning celebrity softball game. This event, presented by The Tony Steward Foundation and benefiting the Indiana Children’s Wish Foundation, honors Caroline Symmes, a Wish child who was involved with the inaugural softball event and passed away in December 2009. Roy Hibbert, All Star Center for the Indiana Pacers and Robert Mathis, Pro Bowl Defensive End of the Indianapolis Colts will host the event. Gates at Victory Field will open at 5 p.m. with the game starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $7 and children ages 3 and under are free! A special family ticket package (4 tickets) for $20 is also available. Tickets are available at www. or can be purchased at the Victory Field box office.


Indy’s Child will be there in the kids’ area designed just for them. Ever wonder how your child would look on the cover of our magazine? Find out by having them strike a pose in our mock cover! Proceeds from the event will help Indiana Children’s Wish Fund grant wishes to Indiana children, ages 3 -18, who suffer from a life-threatening illness. Indiana Children’s Wish Fund has granted over 3,000 wishes within the past 28 years to Indiana children. For more information on the Indiana Children’s Wish fund, visit So, root root root for the home team and meet us at the ball park on June 13th!

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GOT Autism? Get Intervention Early A diagnosis of autism can sometimes be overcome Carrie Bishop

Can children with autism lose their diagnosis? It’s an alluring question, especially for parents of young children newly diagnosed with the disorder. According to some experts, it may be possible. “Children who receive early intensive behavioral intervention stand a better chance of making significant progress and possibly catching up with their typically developing peers, if they make excellent progress in therapy,” said Genae Hall, Ph.D., Research Director at Behavior Analysis Center for Autism. Dr. Hall says that while research shows behavioral intervention to be effective for people of all ages, a comprehensive, intensive applied behavior analysis program may be optimally effective when a child is between two to five years old. Dr. Hall points to a 2005 study that describes how permanent changes in brain functioning may occur due to changes in neurotransmission efficiency and formation of new synapses. The study states that behavioral intervention must be specific, intensive and conducted mostly in one-on-one sessions with a therapist. She adds that different children learn at different rates and it is not currently possible to predict who will make the most progress in therapy or potentially even lose their diagnosis. Does this mean children can be cured of autism? No. Noha Minshawi, Ph.D., Clinical Director of the Riley Hospital for Children Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center at Indiana University Health, says that the best research data available shows high quality early intervention to be in a child’s best interest, but there is no cure for the disorder.


“I don’t think we yet know enough about how early interventions affect the brain. We do see changes in behavior and acquisitions of new skills... At this point we consider autism spectrum disorder to be a lifelong diagnosis. That does not mean children do not improve or improve vastly in many situations,” Dr. Minshawi said. If there is no cure, then why is early intervention so important? The earlier a family helps a child with autism address social deficits and build communication and language skills the better quality of life the child will likely have. Tim Courtney, Research and Training Director for Little Star Center, explains that when a child doesn’t develop necessary life skills then he will rely on other strategies to communicate his needs. Consider a child with little language. In lieu of typical communication, he may develop behavior strategies that work for him. He may be able to say things that only his parents understand or he may pace or stomp when he wants something specific. These habits are not ideal for the child or family and require therapeutic interventions that first teach him not to communicate that way and then teach better, more universal ways to communicate. It takes a great deal of work for the child to unlearn a habit and start over.

On the flip side, when therapy begins early in life, a young child may not have fallen so far behind typically developing same-age peers in academic, social and verbal skills that he or she cannot catch up. “If the child receives intensive behavioral intervention before entering kindergarten, there is a chance that he or she will catch up to these peers and maintain comparable progress. Whether or not this best outcome scenario occurs for a particular child, he or she has the best chance to make significant progress when therapy is started as early as possible,” said Dr. Hall. As autism awareness increases and children receive diagnoses at younger ages, getting therapeutic help early should be the priority. Help can come via centers, schools, in-home programs or even parent training programs. Treatment, says Dr. Minshawi, is not one size fits all, but getting good behavior intervention with a well- trained practitioner is crucial.

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special needs calendar sat | 01

Summer Luau Times: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Price: $15 Phone: 317-573-5245 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 15+

tues | 04

Brain Balance Parent Presentation: The Gut/ Brain Connection Times: 6:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-843-9200 Location: Brain Balance, Indianapolis

thurs | 06 Let's Read

Times: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Price: $32 Phone: 317-573-5245 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel Thursdays, June 6-27, 6:15 - 7 p.m. Ages 3-8

fri | 07

11th Annual dsi D.A.D.S. Charity Golf Outing Times: 10:00 AM Price: $125 per person, if received by May 31, 2013 Contact: Jessica Hadsell, Event Coordinator jessica@dsindiana-org Location: Pebble Brook Golf Course, Noblesville

sat | 08

Epilepsy Foundation Support Group Times: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Location: Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana, Indianapolis 38 INDYSCHILD.COM

Contact: Melinda Powers - 317-272-0552 , Text: 317-7107045 or

Evidence-Based Staff Training Times: 9:00 AM - Noon Phone: 317-846-9158 Location: Ritz Charles, Carmel Dr. Dennis Reid will be presenting as part of the Little Star Lecture Series. Evidence-Based Staff Training: Formal and Informal Methods for Promoting Quality Work Skills with Staff Acceptance. This is free to the community and all are welcome! This talk is for anybody who works in the field of human services and wants to be a more effective trainer. Please email LouAnn to RSVP or with questions:

weds | 12

Autism Family Resource Center Grandparents’ Support Group Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Price: Free Contact: Diane Quillico at 317882-1914 or Linda Knoderer at 765-438-4792 Location: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

fri | 14

Karaoke Night Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $10 Phone: 317-573-5245 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 13+

sat | 15

Afternoon Tea for Autism Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: $18 per ticket ($6 benefits Autism Society of Indiana) Contact: Madeline Szrom at 800-609-8449 ext. 12 Location: Indianapolis Propylaeum

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Autism Family Resource Center Parents’ Support Group Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Price: Free Phone: Amy Miller at 317466-1000 ext.2488 Location: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

fri | 21

The Arc of Indiana’s Golf Ball Bounce Times: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Price: $10 Phone: 317-297-3366 Location: Eagle Creek Golf Club, Indianapolis 1,000 numbered golf balls will be dropped from approximately 100 feet onto Eagle Creek Golf Club's front green at the start of Steve Green's 24th Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit The Arc of Indiana. Join in for a chance to win up to $1,000.

Answers for Autism Golf Outing Times: 10:30 AM Price: $75 per person Location: Maple Creek Country Club, Indianapolis

sat | 22

Indiana Epilepsy Walk Times: 9:00 AM Price: Donation Phone: 317-876-0606 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel The Central Indiana Epilepsy Run/Walk is a 5k, family-friendly and fun, fundraising event.

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Answers for Autism Bike Ride Times: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Price: 40mile ride -$35,


1mile ride -$10, tshirt -$15 Phone: 800-449-0560 Location: Fortville Nazarene Church, Fortville autism-event/answers-forautism-2013-bike-ride/ Ride includes a 40 mile ride and a 1 mile family friendly bicycle ride with Children Activities: face painting, arts and crafts, sensory activities and much more fun to raise funds and increase awareness of autism.

The Pennsy Trail Art Fair and Music Festival Times: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-462-2877 Location: Pennsy Trail , Historic Downtown Greenfield The event was created to link the arts, local community, and local social service needs. Proceeds from the Pennsy Trail Art Fair & Music Festival benefit the nonprofit organization: Mental Health America of Hancock County, a United Way of Central Indiana Agency.

parents night out Price: Free Contact: Nicole at 317-466-2010 Easter Seals Crossroads4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46205 1st and 2nd Friday of every month Indian Creek Christian Church6430 S. Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN, 46259 1st Friday of every month Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle)11552 Fishers Landing Drive, Fishers, IN, 46038 3rd Friday of every month Speedway United Methodist- 5065 West 16th Street, Speedway , IN 46224

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Getting into the



The value of sports transcends disability

articipation in sports can be a game changer for kids. Whether in a competitive league or a recreational activity, children who are physically active gain more than medals. A boost to self-esteem, building healthy bodies and developing positive lifelong habits are just a few of the benefits kids in sports can achieve. Sports can also give a child a community in which to belong. This is significant for all kids – including those with special needs. Craig Peterson, Indianapolis dad of six, each of whom has a special need, knows this well. “I think as with any child, whether he has a disability or not, sports allows you to develop both confidence and a sense of competence that’s important for everyone,” said Peterson. Two of his sons are Special Olympics athletes. His oldest, Andrew, 20, has been involved with Special Olympics for eight years. He also competed alongside typical athletes throughout school, earning four varsity letters in high school cross country. Andrew has fetal alcohol syndrome, so his intellectual impairments and symptoms are similar to ADHD. While always a successful competitor on his school cross country teams, he never felt fully included. Peterson recalls a sixth-grade Andrew struggling to understand the cross country coach’s directions. His disorder-related struggles were not well tolerated by the coach or teammates.“I could just tell even though he was able and one of the better runners on the team he wasn’t entirely welcome. And even though my son had a disability, he picked up on that,” he said. So Andrew gave Special Olympics a try. There he found a venue where he could compete with other talented athletes, but in a more accepting environment. Special Olympics grew into a beloved community for Andrew, who now speaks publicly on behalf of the organization. “In Special Olympics Andrew has become a known athlete and is now a role model to hundreds of other athletes. He’s also a true inspiration to other parents because they see what Andrew has been able to accomplish and that gives them hope for what their own child may be able to do,” said Peterson. Running has made a difference to Andrew. If you are considering a sport for your child, getting involved is easy:

Seek out area adaptive programs There are more athletic opportunities in the Indianapolis area for kids with special needs than parents may think. Baxter YMCA, Monon Community Center, Carmel Dad’s Club, IUPUI Motor Activity Clinic and Special Olympics are a few top-notch programs to look into. 40 INDYSCHILD.COM

Carrie Bishop

Ask your child what sports he likes Running? Swimming? Gymnastics? Martial arts? Horseback riding? Soccer? Baseball? Gymnastics? Dance? Hiking? Adapted programs for these interests and more are offered right here in central Indiana. Most are affordable and some are even free.

Put your toes in first Some children are hesitant to try new things initially. If your child is uncertain, don’t jump into a sport feet first but instead ease him into the activity slowly. Talk together about the sport, watch a game or two at the field where he will practice and go from there. Small, cautious steps may ease anxiety.

Try school sports Just because your child has a special need does not mean he cannot play school sports. If that is a direction your child wants to go, pursue it.

Volunteer Why not enjoy the sport together? Your child can participate as an athlete and you can help the program by donating time and energy. Some programs like Special Olympics depend heavily on volunteers. Your effort could go a long way to help not only your child discover the joy of sports, but bring this enjoyment to other potential athletes as well.

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[ special needs listings ]

special needs


Applied Behavior Center for Autism

To provide the highest quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down Syndrome. We do this by providing proven researched based ABA methodologies delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals. Our programs focus on increasing language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reducing problematic behavior. 450 S. State Road 135, Greenwood, IN 46142, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-889-KIDS, Email: jane@,

Autism Consultation

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

Autism Society of Indiana Applied Behavior Center for Autism

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Transition to L.I.F.E House

Recognizing the importance of developing real-world life skills in children and teens with autism, the Applied Behavior Center for Autism has launched a new program called Transition to Learning in Functional Environments (L.I.F.E.). The initiative aims to promote independence, quality of life and happiness through an intensive full-day program that takes place in an actual home, complete with kitchen, gym, pool and garden. The Transition to L.I.F.E. program is open to children ages 10-18, and uses the scientific principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). It will emphasize community involvement through volunteer opportunities tailored to the clients’ interests and healthy living through nutritional meal preparation and daily exercise regimens. 7901 E. 88th St., Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jane Grimes, Enrollment Director, 317-849-5437, ext. 112,, www.


We strive to improve the lives of everyone affected by autism in Indiana. We provide information and support, referral to resources, policy and educational advocacy, training, awareness, family programs, Spanish-speaking support group, summer camp programs, and oversight on the Indiana Comprehensive Plan of Lifetime Supports for Individuals with Autism. 13295 Illinois Street, Suite 110, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Dana Renay, Phone: 800-609-8449, Email: info@,

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA 1 The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highlytrained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 11902 Lakeside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Devon Sundberg, Phone: 317-2885232, Email:,

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA Prep BACA Prep is a facility that utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach essential living skills to young adults with autism ages 8-20. BACA Prep helps strengthen each individual's life by addressing the areas of employment, leisure and living skills, hygiene, self-help and sexuality while decreasing and replacing maladaptive behavior. BACA Prep is under the direction of Dr. Carl Sundberg, Dr. John Esch, Dr. Pat McGreevy and Dr. Peter Gerhardt. 9929 E. 126th St., Fishers, IN 46038. Contact: Devon Sundberg. Phone: 317-436-8961. Email: dsundberg@thebaca. com.

language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 6704 Central Blvd., Zionsville, IN 46077. Contact: Sheila Habarad. Phone: 317-7694335. Email:

Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis

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

Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation

The Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarship funding to individuals in efforts to help offset costs for employment or college assistance for those affected with autism. 7987 Oakbay Dr., Noblesvillle, IN 46062, Contact: Jane Grimes, 317-403-6705, jane.grimes@iasfoundation. org,

Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry

Our goal at Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry is to have a lasting, positive impact on our young patients. We pay special attention to each patient’s needs and we take the time to make sure they’re comfortable. We go to great lengths to make sure that both the patient and parents understand what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and the long-term benefits. 8433 Harcourt Road, Suite 307, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Erin Phillips and Dr. Kira Stockton, Phone: 317-872-7272, Email: info@,

Little Star Center

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

Little Star Center-Early Learner Program (ELP) Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA-Z The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highlytrained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach

The Early Learner Program focuses on intensive intervention for very young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The ELP applies the principles of behavior analysis in a warm, nurturing environment. The focus of the ELP is to develop a foundation of skills for the best possible outcome. Individualized programming is geared toward developing

language, social, and pre-academic skills for learners as they prepare for the classroom. 100% not-for-profit. Serving children 5 and younger. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email:, www.

Middle Star Center

Indiana’s original applied behavior analytic center based program that focuses on the distinctive needs of tweens, teens and young adults affected by autism spectrum disorder. Started in 2008, Middle Star is an age appropriate environment that allows each learner to practice and learn the skills essential to be as successful and independent as possible at home, in the community, at school and at work. 100% not-for-profit. Serving learners 10 and up. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email: maryr@littlestarscenter. org,

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

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

Unlocking the Spectrum

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

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around town

[ FAIRs care ]

FAIRs Care Awareness, caring and sharing Wendy Schrepferman

Let’s face it, food is one of the primary reasons folks look forward to the summer fair season. As you prepare to enjoy this special tradition with your family, pause to consider your fellow Hoosiers struggling to put food on the table. Nearly 700,000 Hoosiers, over 296,000 of which are children, receive emergency food support. These numbers do not include individuals without access to regular assistance. The Indiana State Fair, Indiana Association of Fairs, Elanco, Indiana Farm Bureau and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry have partnered to address the hunger needs in our state. The initiative, called FAIRs Care, hopes to raise awareness and prompt fair attendees to become a part of the solution. On Elanco Day, Sunday, August 4th, Indiana State Fair event staff will be collecting food donations at the admission gates. Indiana State Fair organizers have also created a statewide initiative to help all county fairs plan and implement similar food drives. Andy Klotz, Public Relations


Director at The Indiana State Fair commented on the initiative. “Thousands of Hoosiers don’t know where they’re getting their next meal. We want to change that. We want to eliminate hunger in Indiana. FAIRs Care is the first step in that direction.” The Indiana State Fair’s DuPont Food Pavilion boasts a new exhibit highlighting food in Indiana. Along with learning about farmers and growers, chefs and artisans and the challenges our state faces, visitors can participate in The Indiana Family of Farmers’ Recipe Trail. Also, don’t miss the annual CANstruction project in the Ball State Agriculture/Horticultural building! Teams of architects, designers and students will display gigantic structures and sculptures made entirely of canned goods. At the conclusion of the fair, all items will be donated to Gleaner’s Food Bank. As you set out to enjoy the summer fair season, consider making a financial or food donation to support FAIRs Care. The simple acts of awareness, caring and sharing will have a large impact in the Hoosier state!

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commentary and parenting

[ mommy magic ]

Kindness Counts After other achievements fade, how we treat others matters most Mary Susan Buhner

I was recently invited to a baby shower where the hostess passed out a 4x6 notecard asking all the guests to write down their best piece of advice for the new mother-to-be. As everyone thoughtfully wrote on their card, I sat their stumped. How was I going to put down all the advice I wanted to share with this new mom? Sleep while you can before the baby comes, don’t be too hard on yourself, make sure to take a date night with your husband, don’t feel guilty over every little thing...the list went on and on in my head. I had to pick one because I was never going to fit all fifty ideas racing through my mind. I looked down at my blank card and settled on: Laundry will always be there – hold your baby, love on her and don’t feel guilty about it. That’s it. My 13 years of mothering experience and that was my sound advice. Not my best moment, but in my defense, I had not been to a baby shower in a long time. Perhaps I was just out of practice with giving concise words of wisdom on a small index card!

The hostess happily collected the cards and handed them to the mom-to-be who was asked to share them aloud. As she shuffled through the cards and read the typical snippits of advice (like mine), all of which I agreed with, there was one that stopped me in my tracks. It even caused me to put down my delightful mini hot pink iced cupcake to reflect on it. The last card she read was from her aunt. She was a teacher and had over 30 years of experience not only teaching, but observing children. The card read: “Don’t worry about your child making all A’s, teach them kindness. I would rather teach a child who is an average student that is kind, than an A student who is not.”

I think I had crumbs falling out of my mouth as she read it. I was stunned by the amazing and truthful words she had read aloud. I had advice envy.

It was perfect and exactly what I needed to hear at my own point of motherhood. I hold kindness as a paramount character trait in our home. Other parents may value their children excelling in sports, earning straight A’s or “being popular.” This is not the case for me and my husband – we expect kindness. Kindness doesn’t mean being pushed around or being a doormat for others. To us, it means to worry about your own business, not judge others and be kind to those you encounter.

Now it can be argued that kindness doesn’t get you into college. Good grades will – which is true. But there is a balance, and what I heard this seasoned teacher say was that kindness does matter in what type of student your child is now or will be in the future. So consciously teach kindness in your home. Don’t assume it will just happen. Make it a priority to talk about 46 INDYSCHILD.COM

this quality and set high expectations for your children to show kindness to others.

Thinking about the subject, I realize I have no clue what kind of grades my doctor, dentist, grocery cashier, bank teller or even my own friends earned in school. I do know, however, if they are kind to me, my family and others.

Indeed, kindness counts.

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[ construction junction at wonderlab ]

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“Construction Junction” Opens at WonderLab! Put on your hard hat and join in the timeless fun of designing, building, testing, and engineering all kinds of three-dimensional structures with your children at WonderLab! Construction Junction: The Science of Building, a new exhibition at the award-winning museum through September 29, is a must-do for families visiting Bloomington. The centerpiece of the new exhibition is the Skyline Toolbox, developed and designed by Chicago Children’s Museum, which provides wooden struts and braces, fabric curtain walls, and real construction tools for children to create imaginative, original structures big enough for them to walk inside! Other components of the exhibition that test the skill of visitors of all ages include the Earthquake Shake Table, the Multilevel Building Zone, the Bridge the River Cantilever Challenge, Unique Materials Construction, and more. Toddlers and preschool-age children have a special place to build with age appropriate materials. Underlying this play is some serious learning. “At WonderLab, we emphasize the fun factor, but the experiences we offer are educational. This exhibition

Photo: Skyline Toolbox designed and developed by Chicago Children's Museum

provides an opportunity for visitors to practice design and engineering skills in a creative environment,” says Karen Jepson-Innes, WonderLab’s associate executive director. WonderLab is an award-winning science museum located in the heart of the downtown Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District. The museum is an accessible facility and welcomes visitors of all abilities. For more information, call 812-337-1337 ext. 25 or visit

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GET the MOST Out of

Your child’s summer camp experience will be one he or she remembers forever – and one that will help to develop the social, emotional and cognitive skills for success in school and beyond. To get the most out of your child’s experience this summer at camp, send them off with the right attitude and confidence; and when they come home, reinforce those newfound skills and positive outlooks. Here are a few tips for maximizing the benefits of camp.

BEFORE CAMP Share the prep work Camp decisions, like which camp to attend and what to pack, should be made together. When children feel that they are part of the decision-making process, they are more comfortable – a key to a successful summer camp experience.

Talk, talk, talk It is only natural that as the first day of camp approaches, some children may experience uneasiness about going away. Encourage your child to talk about these feelings. Parents should let their child know that they are confident in the child's ability to handle being away from home. Remind the child of other times they have been away from home successfully – sleepovers with friends or family, etc. The expression of confidence is the first ingredient to resilience.

AFTER CAMP Remember to remind When campers come home, they often keep the spirit of camp alive for a week or two, and then things trail off as new experiences reenter their schedules. However, many of the attributes from camp will help your child as they go forward. Use positive reinforcement to remind campers that you appreciate the positive attitude and willingness to help that they developed at camp. Help them name and claim those new skills.

Become camp-like Families can set the example by demonstrating a willingness to change something at home in order to sustain some of the changes campers have made. Perhaps your camper used a job wheel in his or her camp group to outline chores. Why not make one for your home? Camp activities can easily transfer and add value to your home “camp.”


CAMP Before and after camp strategies The American Camp Association

Everyone gets a say At camp, children help determine how their day is spent. Camp is designed to promote independence and interdependence as an individual and community. Campers’ advice is actively sought, and their contributions are valued. Emulating this environment at home allows them to continue to make self-disciplined choices and feel like a contributing member of the household.

Avoid the negative compliment Reinforce any new, positive behaviors with positive language. Instead of saying, "you never did this before," say something such as, "I noticed how patient you were with your little brother."

About ACA The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 280 health and safety standards. For more information, visit

summer camp RESIDENTIAL Camp Tecumseh YMCA 12635 W. Tecumseh Bend Road, Brookston, IN 47923, Contact: Joel Sieplinga, Phone: 765-5642898, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Sports, Traditional Specific Categories: Equestrian and Traditional Day/ Resident Camps, Trip Program Hours: overnight camp Dates: June 9-Aug 10 Ages/Grades: 8-15 years old Cost: $625/week Activities Included: Drama, Diving, Kayaking, Archery, Ceramics, Cricket, High Ropes, Swimming, Mountaineering, Basket Making, Skin Diving, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Guitar, Tennis, Volleyball, Canoeing, Riflery, Crafts, Soccer, Basketball

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

Culver Summer Schools and Camps 1300 Academy Rd. #138, Culver, IN 46511, Contact: Anthony Mayfield, Phone: 800-221-2020, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional

Specific Categories: Coeducational resident Dates: June 21 to August 3, 2013 Ages/Grades: Ages 9 to 16 Cost: $5,600 Requirements of Campers: Teacher recommendations Activities Included: Sailing, Aviation, Horseback riding, tennis, golf, swimming, water skiing, SCUBA, theater, band, voice, fencing, baskteball, track, badminton, review academics in Math and English

DAY CAMPS Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Summer Camp 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Email: Hours: Flexible hours. Half Days/Full Days. Other Options available: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Dates: Summer Camp: Session 1: June 3 - June 28. Session 2: July 1 - July 26. Ages/Grades: 12 mos.+, 18 mos.+, 2 yrs.+, 3 yrs.+, 4/5 yrs+ Cost: Call or email for full brochure.

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

[ camp listings ]



Camp JCC 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Aaron Atlas, Phone: 317-251-9467, Fax: 317-2519493, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Financial Aid Offered: Yes Hours: 9am - 4pm Dates: June 3-July 26 Ages/Grades: 3 yrs-10th grade Cost: $155-$400/week depending on the camp Requirements of Campers: Some camps require JCC membership Activities Included: Traditional camps include sports, art, music, nature, cookouts and more. Specialty camps: Glee, Art, Tennis, Lacrosse Soccer, Basketball, Equestrian, Golf and Baseball.

All campers swim in the JCC's water park! Camps available by the week. Before and after care available, 7-9 am and 4-6 pm. Camp is held outdoors on the JCC's 40 acres and indoors to make use of basketball courts, indoor pools, auditorium and classrooms. Convenient drop-off and pick-up.

Chinese Culture Summer Camp at IUPUI 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Noah Buonanno, Phone: 317-278-7900, Fax: 317-2787919, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Study Abroad/International, Traditional Specific Categories: Chinese Language & Culture Hours: 7:30am - 6:00pm Dates: July 8 - August 9

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Ages/Grades: 5-13 or K-8 Cost: $150 per week Activities Included: Chinese Language, Calligraphy, Singing & Dancing, Martial Arts, Games & Crafts

For language learning, the younger the better. To better prepare our children to learn Chinese language, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis offers a Chinese Language and Culture summer day-camp for K-8 students. The camp is held on the IUPUI campus, and lasts for five weeks. Students will have a full curriculum of Chinese language, Chinese games & crafts, singing & dancing, calligraphy, martial arts, and more.

Cincinnati Reds Baseball and Softball Camps Billericay Park; 12600-12883 Promise Rd, Fishers, IN 60555, Contact: Tim Rappe, Phone: 855-846-7337, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports Hours: 9a-3p; M-F Dates: June 17-21 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American Ball Park, full Reds uniform (hat, jersey, belt, MLB-style pants), 4 game tickets, digital swing analysis.

Official Camps of the Reds. 30 hrs. of World Class baseball/softball training and unforgettable Reds


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

CYT Indy Summer Camps 802 Mulberry Street, Noblesville, IN 46060, Contact: Lindy Siefker, Phone: 317-776-8604, Email: lsiefker@ Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts & Musical Theater Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes Hours: 9-12 (age 4-7), 9-3 (age 7-18) Dates: 9-12 (age 4-7), 9-3 (age 7-18) Ages/Grades: 4-18 Cost: $100 or $160 Activities Included: drama, dance, voice, games, costumes, props, sets, improv, stunts

CYT Musical Theater Camp is one of the most affordable quality theatre camps in central Indiana. Campers are placed on a team (red, green, blue etc). In the am, they rotate with their team to a variety of classes including dance, drama & voice taught by qualified instructors. After lunch, campers play exciting outdoor games before they come together with all the teams for showcase rehearsal. Our Jr. campers enjoy a fast paced, condensed structure to keep them engaged while learning theater basics. Last year 650 campers attended CYT camp in over 8 Central Indiana locations.

Freetown Village Summer Day Camp 4601 N. Emerson Avenue @ St. Alban's Church, Indianapolis, IN 46226, Contact: Marriam A. Umar, Phone: 317-631-1870, Fax: 317-631-0224, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Specific Categories: Enrichment Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Dates: June 10 - July 26, 2013 Ages/Grades: 5 - 14 / (K - 8th) Cost: $70.00/week + registration Requirements of Campers: Must bring own sack lunch every day Activities Included: Academic enrichment (language arts/ social skills/math), theatre, art & crafts, team building, manners & etiquette, weekly field trips.

Seven weekly sessions of learning and fun! Our camp fosters discovery, appreciation of the arts, and personal growth. Highlighting 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.

Healthy Kids Camp by IU Health Sports Performance 1402 Chase Court, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Tavio Henson, Phone: 317.848.5867, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed

Basic Category: Sports Hours: 9am to 12pm Dates: Several Camps Throughout the Summer Ages/Grades: 7-14 Cost: $89/ $99 Requirements of Campers: Bring your athletic gear, a water bottle and a positive attitude! Activities Included: Cone and Ladder Drills, Running technique drills, and Cutting Drills, mixed in with Fun games like dodgeball, Soccer, Football and more!

Indianapolis Children's Choir Choral Festival 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Leeann Ashby, Phone: 317-940-9640, Fax: 317-9406129, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts & Singing Hours: Full & Half-day sessions available Dates: June 10 - 15 & July 15 - 19, 2013 Ages/Grades: Grades 3 - 8 (2013-2014 school year) Cost: $75 - $185 Requirements of Campers: Loves to sing! Activities Included: Group rehearsals, music-oriented games, ticketed public performance

For 28 years, the Choral Festival has introduced singers to the Indianapolis Children's Choir. If your child loves to sing, this is the place for them!

International School of Indiana Summer Camps 4330 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Barbara Wood, Phone: 317-9231951 Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Hours: M-F (9am-12pm) M-F (1pm-4pm) All Day (9am-4pm) Dates: June 17-21st, June 24th-28th Ages/Grades: Pre-K - 8th grade Cost: Please consult website for more information. Activities Included: Cultural Enrichment, Arts and Crafts, Sports

"Fun with languages outside of the classroom" - a language learning experience by way of fun activities and conversation.

IUPUI Sport Complex Summer Day Camp and Sport Camps 901 W New York St., Indianapolis, NE 46202, Contact: Pam Ross, Phone: 317-274-6787, Email:

Munce Art Center Summer Camps 225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, IN 46077, Contact: Cynthia Young, Phone: 317-873-6862, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts Hours: 9 am - 5 pm each day M-F Dates: June, July , August Ages/Grades: Ages 4-17 Cost: Varies Requirements of Campers: Bring sack lunch & sunscreen Activities Included: Art, drama, games, outside activities included

Learn about famous artists while creating art of all kinds! We will be drawing, painting and creating 3D sculpture. Learn to use pastels, ink, and acrylic as well as how to print your own masterpieces and build/design your own creations! Half day pottery classes are offered too!


Basic Category: Sports Hours: 7am - 5:30pm Dates: June - July Ages/Grades: 5-12

Locations: 1366 S. Rangeline, Carmel /12244 E. 116th St., Fishers /39 North 10th St., Noblesville/6311 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis/80 W. Pine St., Zionsville

With 27 summers of experience, the Summer Day Camp offers children ages 5-12 an opportunity to explore different sports and activities in a safe, non-competitive environment.

Contact: Sylvia Runningen, Carmel, Fishers & Noblesville 317-443-6831 or

Contact: Barb Hegeman, Indianapolis & Zionsville 317-774-3729(DRAW) or

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Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts Specific Categories: Art Hours: Mon-Thurs, 9:30am-12:00 noon or 1:00-3:30 pm, depending on location Cost: $140 and includes all art

Myart offers weekly and one day summer art camps for ages 5 and up. Students learn a variety of drawing and painting techniques, all centered on a specific theme. Weekly camps include Cartooning, Animals, Rainforest Adventure, Under the Sea, and Things with Wings. One day camps include Pokemon, Angry Birds, Superheroes and Winged Whimsy. Campers work in a variety of media, including markers, oil and chalk pastels, watercolor, acrylics, and colored pencil. Every year we offer brand new projects so returning campers are always drawing something new and fun! One day minicamps are on Fridays from 9:30-12:00 noon. The cost of each camp is $35 and includes all art supplies.

Park Tudor Summer Programs 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Kim Allen, Phone: 317.415.2708, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Hours: 7:30 am -6:00 pm before and aftercare available Dates: June 3- August 2, 2013 Ages/Grades: 3years-Grade 12 Cost: varies


Requirements of Campers: potty trained

Park Tudor School offers a variety of summer programs for all students ages 3 to grade 12. Offerings include art, sports, curricular enrichment, technology, world languages and high school courses for credit.

Shortee's Golf Camp 1775 E. 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Don Turchan, Phone: (317) 582-1850, Fax: (317) 582-0145 Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports Hours: Weekday mornings - See website for start times. Dates: Week long camps beginning week of June 3rd through week of July 29th. See website for details. Ages/Grades: Little Linkers 4-6, Junior Camp 7-14 Cost: Little Linkers $80, Junior Camp $135 Activities Included: Daily on course play combined with instruction on driving range, putting green and chipping green.

Shortee’s 5 day Junior Golf Camps will offer a safe and fun way for kids to learn and practice the game of golf. Our instructional staff will help formulate a golf swing to meet the needs of each student. We will focus on the FUNdementals of golf including games and contests.

Social Summer Camp & Summer Therapy Program 7901 E. 88th St., Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-849-KIDS ext. 112, Email:

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Special Needs Specific Categories: Autism Summer Camps Special Needs Camps Offered: Social Summer Camp and Summer Therapy Program Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:30, Fridays 8:30-3:30 Dates: 6/3/13-8/2/13 to 8/5/13-8/30/13 Ages/Grades: Ages 2 and Up Cost: Summer Social Camp- $600/month Summer Therapy Program- Private Insurance Requirements of Campers: Evaluation Required

Social Summer Camp- The goal of our camp is to bring together like-minded children who may have difficulty forming friendships or enjoying the usual activities of a traditional camp. Daily lessons and community outings will make your child's experience beneficial and FUN! Summer Therapy Program- Focuses on reducing problematic behavior(s) and increasing language and social skills.

The Children's House Summer Camp 2404 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Mary Sexson, Phone: 317-253-3033, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed

Basic Category: Traditional Hours: 7 am to 5:45 pm Dates: June 10 to August 16, 2013 Ages/Grades: 3-12 Cost: $160/week Requirements of Campers: lunch and snacks; swimwear, towel; sunscreen Activities Included: Included: Arts and Crafts; Writing Workshop; Nature; Birding; Theater

The Children'sHouse day camp provides themed activities in a relaxing environment free of competition. Camp activities may include arts and crafts, drama, ceramics, recreational swimming, field trips, reading, and outdoor games. Enrollment for day camp is limited to 25 children.

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commentary and parenting

[ pete gilbert...stay-at-home dad ]

Screen Saver True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert It started. My son’s favorite activities include computer time, playing the Wii and navigating his way through an iPod touch. Staring at screens. If we let him, he would bounce back and forth, from screen to screen, all day long. We started a list of things he needs to do before he’s allowed screen time. It’s great incentive to get our extrinsically motivated three-year-old boy to get dressed, pick up his dirty clothes, clean up his room and park his Hot Wheels. The good part about this is, I don’t mind if he’s doing any of these “screen time” activities. In fact, I think it’s really good for him. We spend plenty of time together forming intricate wooden train tracks, ramping Hot Wheels over assorted baby doll parts, serving up five-course meals made of Play-Doh and building entire towns in the sandbox. Honestly, there are times during the day when I want or need to be detached from him. When I want to move over a


load of laundry or when I’m trying to get dinner started, it’s much easier to do this without him in the background telling me how bored he is. I’m already trying to do these things while keeping his little sister from dumping flour on the floor, squeezing a loaf of bread with all her might, swimming in the toilet and walking up and down the stairs with a blanket covering her face. The games he plays on the PBS website are really cool. I think he may even accidentally learn something from these games too. He’s always doing different counting and spelling activities that are disguised as games. There are so many interesting apps on the iPod. Some of them have helped him form letters, and others (that we will soon be checking out) teach kids how to read. I say embrace technology. Bring on the screen time! Happy Parenting!

education +childcare GUIDE

[ school listings ]


Kindergarten (5 full-day program) (8:50 am to 3:00 pm) Before School/After School Care available daily as needed for all ages: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Call or email for brochure. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email:,

schools & education carmel Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc. Carmel Montessori School is located on the beautiful campus at St. Christopher’s Church on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 13 years head-teaching experience. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, 317-580-0699,,

fishers Fall Creek Montessori Academy

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

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

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

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

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

Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool

indianapolis - north Arthur M. Glick JCC

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

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center 2013-2014 School Year. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood, Full Time/Part-Time/Flexible Hours, Ages: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2’s+, 3’s+, 4’s/PreK (3 day or 5 day program) and Full Day

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

Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. We offer classes for children ages 9 months to 5 years old. We meet the needs of the whole child in a creative and loving environment. Our experienced staff embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole childphysically, 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,, JUNE 2013 [ indy’s child ] 55

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Mothers Day Out (12-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, with a wide variety of learning materials & readiness skills woven through each unit. Need longer hours? Try our child care ministry, The Neighborhood, designed for 16 mos-PreK. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake or Kelly Belt, Phone: 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-575-6509, Email: jdrake@ or

Heritage Christian School

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

Park Tudor School Park Tudor School’s exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities prepare students to become confident and resourceful lifelong learners. The school community creates an inspiring college-preparatory learning environment for highly motivated young people. Two-year Global Scholars program for juniors and seniors; 19 AP classes; full-day kindergarten; Spanish beginning at age 3. 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Shants Hart, 317-415-2777,,

St. Richard’s Episcopal School

Independent Episcopal day school offering a diverse community filled with academic rigor, faith based ecumenism and long-standing traditions. Its mission is to instill knowledge and values for a lifetime through the implementation of five Pillars for Success: Faith, Classic Curriculum, Leadership, Civic Responsibility, and Global Readiness. Pre-Kindergarten (3) through Grade 8. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Melinda W. Fisher, 317-9260425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367, mfisher@,

Sycamore School Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School

Share your love of learning with your children. Founded in 1960 by involved parents like you, Meridian Hills Cooperative provides a positive, nurturing environment wherein children explore and learn by doing. Spacious classrooms. Beautiful, wooded playground. Caring, experienced staff. Adult/child ratios 1:4 - 1:6. Find us on Facebook. 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: See �Admissions/ Tours� Info Online, Phone: 317-255-0831,

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

indianapolis - northeast Montessori Centres

Stressing peace and respect for all, we’ve worked with children to develop criticalthinking and time-management skills since 1966. Montessori-certified lead teachers serve children aged 3-3rd grade. Our classroom structure and materials allow children to be self-directed and self-paced. Our well-rounded curriculum includes French and Spanish, art, and computer labs. 563 Westfield Blvd. W. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Lynn Boone, Director, Phone: 317-257-2224, Fax: 317-254-3034, Email:

The Orchard School

The Orchard School, an independent, nonsectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYS accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Kristen Hein, Director of Admissions, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-2548454, Email:,


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

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Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254, Contact: Lynn Morris, Director, Phone: 317-293-1555, Email: beca@

International School of Indiana At the International School of Indiana, we share your wish to prepare your children for the future we cannot imagine, and to give them the foundation and attitude to thrive in a changing world. An education that combines internationally respected academic standards with a truly international outlook. 4330 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Sarah Harrison or Kate Lock, 923-1951 Ext. 369,,

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

Traders Point Christian Academy Fully accredited by ACSI and AdvancEd, Traders Point is a nondenominational Christian college prep school serving 600 students age 18 months to 12th grade. Offering Fine Arts, Spanish, Technology, Honors, AP and dual-credit options within a Biblical viewpoint. Interscholastic athletics in grade 2 - HS varsity. Preparing students for high school and college, for a world without borders, and for a life of significance. Located at I-65 North/SR 334, Zionsville exit. Visit us - for more information contact Mrs. Toni Kanzler,, at 317-769-2450.

indianapolis - southeast Lutheran High School How will you grow in high school? At Lutheran High School of Indianapolis: You will grow to be a servant leader, you will be challenged and encouraged by teachers and peers and you will experience technology in and out of the classroom everyday. 5555 S. Arlington Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46237, Contact: Tenille Bullock, Phone: 317-787-5474, Email:,

Bethel Early Childhood Academy (BECA) Now Registering for faith based Child Care beginning July 15, 2013!! Bethel Early Childhood Academy -(BECA) Formerly Bethel Nursery School we have been a pillar of our community since 1954. In 2013 we grow to a full-day registered child care ministry. 5252 West 52nd

multiple locations Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives: ICPC Indianapolis Area Preschool and Kindergarten Cooperatives Preschools: great for your child,

great for you! Children and parents learn and grow together in the classroom with caring, experienced teachers. Multiple Locations in Indianapolis Area, ICPC Line: 317-767-7596

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

zionsville Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool Universal Preschool at Boone Meadow provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning. We will provide a quality program through: Organizing the environment so it is conducive to success, providing specific directions and instructions, acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. 5555 S. 650 E., Zionsville, IN 46075, Contact: Donna Hudson, Phone: 317-873-2226, Email:, http://

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

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

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commentary and parenting

[ ask the teacher ]

Ask the Teacher End of school blues, summer school, writing proficiency and retaining skills over break Deb Krupowicz





First grade was such an awesome year. My daughter enjoyed everything about it. She has been so down in the dumps about ending the year. What can I do to help her move on? Help your daughter bring closure to the year by finding ways to celebrate it. Have her write a letter to her teacher, gather special mementos into a scrapbook or host a gathering of her classmates. Gradually shift her focus to next year by having her list her own behaviors and attitudes that contributed to her great year. Once she has a comprehensive list, have her create a future-focused set of commitments. For example: I will make second grade a wonderful year by starting each day cheerfully. Teach her to recognize that her positive contributions have an important influence on the whole classroom environment.


My son’s second grade teacher recommended that he attend summer school. He hates school and the thought of having to go when everyone else is off is just more than he can handle. I am worried that by forcing him to go, I will make him hate school even more.


The teacher recommended summer school after a year’s experience with your son. She has seen something about his academic progress that indicates it is in his best interest to experience the boost of additional school time. Not acting upon this recommendation would be like not taking your child to the dentist when he has a toothache. Following through on this recommendation should be a given. It is likely that your son is concerned that his summer will be all school and no fun. Create a summer calendar that highlights some summer activities that your son enjoys: hikes, trips to the ball park, bike rides, outings to the zoo or amusement parks, visits with special friends, road trips to see family, etc. When he sees that all of the things he enjoys will still happen, he will be less likely to feel so negatively about summer school. Reward your son for making the most of the summer school time. Keep a chart to track positive starts to the day, reports by his teacher of a good work ethic and other indicators of progress. Provide an extra-special treat or outing to celebrate when things go well. After all, he is going above and beyond.


There seems to be so much focus in school now on writing. My fifth grader struggles a great deal to put anything down on paper; he just can’t be bothered. He would much rather slap anything down just to be done. Is there anything I can do to change his attitude? As more and more of our communication is in written form, the importance of writing has increased significantly in our technological age. Success is directly dependent upon the ability to communicate effectively. Use summer as a way to develop some positive associations with writing. If you work along with your child to make writing fun, his attitude may improve. Consider keeping a journal when you take vacations. Have everyone in the family contribute a few sentences to recap special experiences you have. Or work together to create a funny story like “The Car Trip That Would Not End” or an article of advice for young travelers like “Avoid the City Museum of Any Town at Any Cost.” Patterning stories after fun books like The Diary of a Worm is fun for would-be writers of all ages. If getting the words down on the paper is the challenge, have him record the story and then you write it down. Starting a blog and publishing his stories there may give your child the sense of accomplishment that he needs to boost him over the “I hate to write” road block.

Q: A:

We are not in a year round school, but I have read a lot about how much kids lose in terms of academic skills over the summer. What can I do to prevent that?

First, take a few weeks off and enjoy the less stressful routine of summer! Resist the urge to drill, drill, drill every day. Adopting a casual approach to learning will not hurt your child academically, provided you encourage some reading and some math. Check your local library for a reading program that offers incentives, or custom design one yourself. Play games that require math and reasoning skills. A few weeks before school resumes, review some basic math facts to dust off the cobwebs and help build the attention stamina that the school day requires. Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four and current teacher. Deb holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at

GETTING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE Summer is the perfect time to appreciate Mother Earth in all her glory. As John Muir said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Here’s a listing of some of the many ways to enjoy a day outside this summer.

CLOSE TO HOME The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres Hike, relax and interact with large scale public art installations in a gorgeous wooded setting.

Local community gardens

Wolf Park

Many cities and churches host community gardens. This activity is perfect for beginning gardeners as they can gain advice from garden plot neighbors on a regular basis.

This facility, near Lafayette, is dedicated to conservation, education and behavioral research of wolves, foxes and coyotes.

(Contact your local church or parks department.)

Local parks Gardens at White River Park Visit the butterflies inside, the many unique gardens outside and learn about the bounty of the natural world. (Click White River Gardens pulldown)

Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden Visitors can attend workshops, gardening demonstrations and choose from many youth education events. The conservatory features special exhibits throughout the year. http:/

There are numerous opportunities to get outside and get close to nature listed on these Parks and Recreation sites. Many municipalities have dedicated nature centers as well. • Boone County: http://indiana.hometownlocator. com/features/cultural,class,park,scfips,18011. cfm • Hamilton County: (click Parks and Rec)

4004 E 800 N, Battle Ground, IN 47920 (765) 567-2265,

Indiana State Parks Our state offers an amazing variety of terrain, lakes and rivers, hiking trails, camping and rustic guest inns.


• Hancock County:

• Watch the clouds roll by and find pictures in their shapes.

• Hendricks County: www.hendrickscountyparks. org

• Keep a sketchbook of drawings of animals or nature objects from your yard.

• Indy Parks and Recreation Department: www. (click Culture and Recreation)

• Follow and chart the moon cycle each night this summer – make a moon journal.

• Johnson County:

Holliday Park

• Morgan County:

• Make a nature box out of a recycled egg carton and use a microscope or magnifying glass to view your treasures.

Hike varied terrain, enjoy multi-age playgrounds and visit the on-site nature center.

• Shelby County:

• Build a fairy house.


Indiana State Museum

Exotic Feline Rescue Center

Explore the vast collection of Indiana animals and enjoy hands-on activities with animal track casts, rocks, minerals and more.

Get an up close look and learn about animals from the experts at one of the largest feline rescue centers in the United States.

2221 East Ashboro Rd, Center Point, IN 47840 (812) 835-1130,

• Attend a workshop at your local garden center or home improvement center. • Create a nature scavenger hunt. Visit www. nature-hunt-project/a/1341/ for ideas.


Indianapolis Art Center Enjoy a multiple sensory experience of public art and nature in the outdoor Artspark. JUNE 2013 [ indy’s child ] 59


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Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival Times: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Location: Military Park, Indianapolis Sample up to 300 award-winning wines from over 25 Indiana wineries as you enjoy delicious food from Indiana’s finest restaurants and food trucks, artisans, and wine and food pairing demonstrations on the pavilion stage. Live music performances will keep the festival hoppin’ all day.

BritBeat Times: 2:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-275-4100 Location: Central Library, Indianapolis To kick off the Library's 2013 Summer Reading Program, "Read Together, Right Now!" children, teens and families are invited for a theatrical recreation concert celebrating the greatest rock and roll band of all time – the Beatles!

sun | 02 Fairy Houses

Times: 2:00 PM Price: R$8/NR$12 Phone: 317-595-3458 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, Fishers Ritchey Woods is being taken over by fairies, but they need some places to stay. We will build fairy houses at Ritchey Woods after reading Tracy Kane’s Fairy Houses to inspire us. Appropriate for ages 6 -10. Registration required.

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Kids Koncert: Island Breeze Duo Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: Free Phone: 317-848-7275

Location: River Heritage Park, Carmel events#summer-kids-koncerts Watch your child bounce to the beat of his or her drum and play outside. Join us throughout the summer as we sing and dance to classic sing-a-longs, kid favorites, and new tunes performed by Indiana artists.

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Accordion Travel Map Collage Workshop Times: 1:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 275-4222 Location: Central Library, Indianapolis Children ages 8 and up are invited to create a road map to guide their travels using stickers, old maps and other images. This 60-minute workshop is presented by Art With a Heart. Call 275-4222 to register.

weds | 05 CLANG! Concert

Times: 10:30 AM Price: Free Phone: 317-390-0363 Location: Wayne Township Library, Indianapolis Children and families are invited to a fun music concert featuring the percussion group, CLANG! Its musicians play homemade and wacky instruments. Kids will have a chance to help out with the music!

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Target Free Family Night: Juneteenth Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Phone: (317) 334-3322 Location: The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Enjoy free admission from 4-8 PM, compliments of Target!

Science Nights – LASERS: What Are They? Past, Present & Future! Times: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $10 member; $15 non-member Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Join us for an evening celebrating the science in science fiction with guest speakers from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Each Science Night offers a real-world look into futuristic technologies and the science fiction movies.

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Pajama-Rama Times: 7:00 PM Phone: 317-774-2500 Location: Cool Creek Park Nature Center, Carmel details.asp?id=2923 Put on your cutest pair of pajamas, grab your favorite teddy bear, pack up an old blanket, and join us for Pajama-Rama! Families looking for a fun program to enjoy with their toddlers and preschoolers will love the Music Educator from Moriah Music who will lead us in songs and stories about some of our favorite animals. Best for families with children ages 1-7. Call 317-774-2500 to register.

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Superhero Run Times: 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM Phone: 3172053055 Location: White River State Park, Indianapolis This year marks the second annual Superhero 5k plus a 1 mile race for children/ families. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite Superhero. Register online and be a Superhero to an abused child.

Bioblitz at Conner Prairie Through Sunday, June 9 Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Included in general admission


Phone: 317-776-6006 Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers Explore the biodiversity of our Hoosier landscape as you catch insects, use microscopes to study microorganisms in soil and water, and interact with local and exotic animals. Participate in handson biology and nature-themed activities, exhibits and demonstrations, while discovering how Indiana's environment has changed over the centuries.

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Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals Time: 1:10 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: (513) 765-7000 Location: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Cardinals! Sundays are family days at the ballpark! One member of the family pays full price and may purchase up to three non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Outer View Level and Kroger Bleachers. As part of family day at the ballpark, free full-size plastic Jay Bruce bat offered to the first 8,000 kids 14 and younger.

Curious Critters: A Family Program Times: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-275-4100 Location: Central Library, Indianapolis Families are invited to join award-winning photographer and writer David FitzSimmons in exploring the amazing world of animals as described in his award-winning children's picture book, "Curious Critters," and found in his 24-image exhibit at Central Library on display through June 28. In addition, Silly Safaris will present live animals for children and families to ask questions about from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. JUNE 2013 [ indy’s child ] 61

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Kids Koncert: Ruditoonz Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: Free Phone: 317-848-7275 Location: West Park, Carmel events#summer-kids-koncerts Watch your child bounce to the beat of his or her own drum and play outside Join us throughout the summer as we sing and dance to classic sing-a-longs, kid favorites, and new tunes performed by Indiana artists.

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Indianapolis Indians vs. Norfolk Tides Times: 7:00 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-269-3545 Location: Victory Field, Indianapolis 2-for-1 Tuesday: Visit any central Indiana McAlister's Deli location to pick up a voucher good for 2-for-1 admission.

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Terrariums for Kids! Times: 6:30 PM Phone: 317-535-6206 Location: JCPL: Clark Pleasant Branch, New Whiteland Join us as we transform everyday jars into mini other-worlds: terrariums! You are welcome to bring your own clear glass jar but all supplies will be provided. Please register as space and supplies are limited.

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The Caroline Symmes Celebrity Softball Challenge Times: 5:00 PM Price: $7.00 Phone: 317-269-3545 Location: Victory Field, Indianapolis This event takes place in memory of Wish Child Caroline Symmes and will benefit the Indiana Children's Wish Fund.

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Jr. Civic presents Beanstalk! The Musical! Through Tuesday, June 18 Times: Fri. and Sat., 7:00 PM; Mon. and Tues., 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM Phone: (317) 843-3800 62 INDYSCHILD.COM

Location: The Civic Theatre, Carmel Filled with hilarious characters, toetapping tunes, and more twists than a climbing vine, Beanstalk! The Musical! is guaranteed to grow… and grow… and grow right into your heart.

Summer Italian Street Festival Through Saturday, June 15 Times: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Price: Free Location: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Indianapolis The Italian Street Festival features over 25 different Italian meats, pastas, salads & desserts! There is live music and dancing, carnival rides and games for everyone. Holy Rosary Church is located at the corner of East Street and Stevens Street, six blocks south of downtown. Proceeds from the event go to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the community it serves.

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Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers Come and enjoy a day at Conner Prairie with your father. Together, fire a reproduction Civil War musket ($10 fee, ages 14+), throw a tomahawk or learn five ways to start a fire without a match.

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Holliday Park Naturalist on the Loose Times: 1:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-327-7180 Location: Holliday Park, Indianapolis Have you ever touched a toad? Smelled skunk cabbage? Join us as we grab some of the coolest stuff from the nature center and head out into the park. No pre-registration required.

mon | 17

Kids Koncert: Kid Kazooey

Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Price: Free Location: Military Park, Indianapolis This one-of-a-kind, FREE family festival features an all-star entertainment lineup on three distinct stages, plus engaging activity booths, bounce houses, walkaround characters from your child’s favorite PBS KIDS programs, a food court and more. Visit for event information.

Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: Free Phone: 317-848-7275 Location: Founders Park, Carmel be-active/events#summerkids-koncerts Join us throughout the summer as we sing and dance to classic sing-a-longs, kid favorites, and new tunes performed by Indiana artists. All ages.

National Ham Radio Kids Day

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WFYI PBS Kids in the Park

Times: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Price: Activities included with museum admission Phone: 812-337-1337 Location: Wonderlab, Bloomington WonderLab is proud to be the local host site for this special event, which only happens twice a year! Drop in to talk with kids across the country using high-tech radio technology, create a message with Morse Code, and go on a scavenger hunt for radio-related exhibits in the museum galleries! Everyone who participates gets a special certificate. For those who want a more in-depth exploration, register for the Build Your Own Radio Workshop.

Father's Day Weekend at Conner Prairie Through Sunday, June 16, 2013 Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Included with general admission Phone: 317-776-6006

Popcorn Party

Times: 4:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-885-1330 Location: JCPL White River Branch, Greenwood We all know that popcorn tastes great, but did you know you can do more than just eat it? We’ll use popcorn to eat, create, play, and much more! Grades K-5.

weds | 19 Beach Bash

Times: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Price: Free, but limited to the first 200 to arrive Phone: 317-776-9743 Location: Morse Park and Beach, Noblesville Beaches, sunbathing and fun are the

perfect combination for summertime! Our FREE annual Beach Bash is a fun way to enjoy summer. Activities include great music, games and tons of fun in the sun!

Indiana Pacers Fan Van Times: 10:30 AM Price: Free Phone: 317-275-4430 Location: InfoZone Library Branch, Indianapolis Children of all ages and families are invited to take a reading time out and read like a pro with members of the Indiana Pacers. This story time will feature community guest readers and the Indiana Pacers' "wheel of prizes."

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Summer Learning Day at Conner Prairie Times: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Included with general admission Phone: 317-776-6006 Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers Celebrate Summer Learning Day at Conner Prairie. Explore our historic areas with a special exploration guide that encourages kids to keep learning even when school isn't in session. Take a hike down our new Nature Walk and learn how to use the outdoors as a summer classroom.

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AVATAR: The exhibition opening Price: Included with museum admission Phone: (317) 334-3322 Location: The Childrens Museum, Indianapolis Journey deep into the breathtaking beauty of glowing rainforests and majestic mountains in this special exhibit about the highest-grossing film of all time, James Cameron’s AVATAR. Discover secrets about the technology used to make the movie and explore authentic props and costumes, interactive displays, concept models and sketches.

Free Family Concert Price: Free Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Chatham Baroque will perform a free family concert geared for young music enthusiasts. Children can get up close and personal with the instruments played in the time of William Shakespeare and Christopher Columbus.

Star Wars® Fan Day: Galactic Survival Skills Times: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Price: Included with museum admission Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Do you have what it takes to survive out in the galaxy? Test your physical skills and challenge your mental abilities by constructing straw rockets, sealing a space station and packing for space travel.

Indian Market and Festival

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Fishers Freedom Festival

Through Sunday, June 23 Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-636-WEST Location: Eiteljorg, Indianapolis join us for one of the Midwest’s largest Indian markets, featuring more than 130 Native artists, food, performances and family fun. Also, enjoy the museum’s spaces, including Guitars! Included with museum admission.

Through Sunday, June 30 Times: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-595-3195 Location: Roy G Holland Memorial Park, Fishers www. This free event offers fine arts & crafts, food & business vendors, live music, 5K Event, K-9 demonstrations, Children’s Tent, Street Dance, Children’s Parade, Main Parade, Fireworks and much more to the 50,000 attendees who come from all over the U.S. each year.

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Indianapolis Indians vs. Charlotte Knights Times: 1:30 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-269-3545 Location: Victory Field, Indianapolis Kids Eat Free Sunday: Children 14 and under receive a hot dog, bag of chips and bottle of water with price of admission.

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Kids Koncert: Mik the Music Man Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: Free Phone: 317-848-7275 Location: West Park, Carmel events#summer-kids-koncerts Watch your child bounce to the beat of his or her own drum and play outside Join us throughout the summer as we sing and dance to classic sing-alongs, kid favorites, and new tunes performed by Indiana artists.

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Magnificent Mummies Times: 3:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-738-2833 Location: JCPL: Franklin Branch, Franklin Dig into this exploration of mummies from around the world! We'll learn about ice and bog mummies, as well as those preserved on purpose in Egypt and other countries.

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Indianapolis Indians vs. Rochester Red Wings Times: 1:30 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-269-3545 Location: Victory Field, Indianapolis Wednesday Business Day Game: Enjoy lunch at the ballpark at this 1:35 p.m. game.

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Fishers Parks and Recreation: Little Firecrackers Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: R$6/NR$9 Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Cumberland Park Building, Fishers Bring your little firecracker to this class celebrating Independence Day. We will investigate the colors red, white and blue, and create stars, streamers and more For boys and girls 2 years old and a parent or caregiver. Register by 6/20.

Clue! Themed Scavenger Hunt Times: 3:00 PM Phone: 317-431-3109 Location: Flat 12 Bierwerks, Indianapolis Come to a “Scavenger Hunt” downtown devoted to a good cause. The theme is the board game CLUE !!!!! In the way of The Amazing Race, teams will start from Flat 12, and visit sites downtown Indy to collect clues, with the winner being the first team to return to Flat 12 with all the clues! This is a must attend event! Once again, ALL money goes to fight leukemia.

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6th Annual Kids Triathlon

Prairie Tykes - Patriotic Party

Times: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Price: $30 Phone: 317-251-9467 Location: Arthur M. Glick JCC, Indianapolis The JCC of Indianapolis presents the sixth annual Indianapolis Kids Triathlon and family fun day. This premier event is USAT-sanctioned and attracts youth participants from all over Indiana. Children of all athletic and experience levels are welcome. Everyone’s a winner at this event! For ages 14 and under, 3 age brackets, all athletic levels welcome with prizes for all.

Times: 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM Price: $12/youth ($11/member) Phone: 317-776-6006 Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers Connect with your little ones, ages 2-5, during these fun children’s classes. In this class you will play patriotic games, make a festive Fourth of July hat, enjoy dancing and a red, white and blue snack!

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

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ongoing events The Sound of Music Through Sun., June 30 Price: See website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-872-9664 Location: Beef and Boards, Indianapolis The Sound of Music tells the true story of a young woman whose free spirit and love of music leads her down a very different path than she’d planned after she is sent to serve as governess for the seven children. As Beef & Boards’ featured family show, The Sound of Music offers $10 discounts off tickets for all children ages 3-15.

Butterfly Kaleidoscope Through Tues., September 3 Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-630-2001 Location: Indianapolis Zoo Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies as these wonderful winged insects return to The Hilbert Conservatory following a two-year hiatus. We've transformed the indoor gardens into a tropical paradise to bring you butterflies in a way that you've never experienced them before!

Concerts on the Canal Thursdays, May 23 through Aug. 8 Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free for general seating; see website for reserved seating prices Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Enjoy a fun summer evening along the downtown canal at this popular outdoor summer concert series. You may reserve a table on the Terrace or bring your own chair or blanket and sit on the grassy hill across the Canal. See website for seating reservations and concert line up.

Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination Sat., May 25 through Mon., Sept. 2 Price: museum admission plus $10 per person Phone: 317-232-1637 64 INDYSCHILD.COM

Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Imagine a world with humanoid automatons translating languages, land speeders whizzing down the highway and X-wing star fighters protecting the skies. Could these technologies, limited only to the fantasy worlds of Star Wars® actually become a reality? The Indiana State Museum will explore these futuristic technologies as it welcomes Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. The exhibit explores the Star Wars films, the real science behind them, and the research that may someday lead to reallife versions of the technologies seen in the films. The exhibit also features props and costumes from all six Star Wars films.

Fishers Summer Concert Series presented by IU Health Saxony Hospital Tuesdays, June 4 through July 16 Times: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Price: Free Location: Nickel Plate District Amphitheater summerconcerts Join Fishers Parks & Recreation for free outdoor concerts Tuesday nights. Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic to enjoy popular bands playing music everyone can enjoy. See website for schedule and location of movies.

Museum Nights on the Canal Thursdays, June 6 through July 25 Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis The Indiana Historical Society’s Museum Nights on the Canal is back! Make the Indiana Historical Society the place to be every Thursday night in June and July. Enjoy free admission to the Indiana Experience, hands-on activities, face painting and added family-friendly programming, including disaster preparedness for kids, African-American experiences in Indiana and more!

Zoolapalooza Fridays, June 21 through July 19 Times: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Price: Included with general zoo admission Phone: 317-630-2001 Location: Indianapolis Zoo Liven up your Friday evenings with great live music, specialty food and drinks...and don't forget the animals! See website for concert line up.

AVATAR: The exhibition Sat., June 22 through Sun., Sept. 22 Price: Included with museum admission Phone: (317) 334-3322 Location: The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Journey deep into the breathtaking beauty of glowing rainforests and majestic mountains in this special exhibit about the highest-grossing film of all time, James Cameron’s AVATAR. Discover secrets about the technology used to make the movie and explore authentic props and costumes, interactive displays, concept models and sketches.

Guitars! Roundups to Rockers Daily through Sun., August 4 Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Included with museum admission Phone: 317-636-WEST Location: Eiteljorg, Indianapolis Live out your rock star dreams. Get a rock 'n' roll airbrush tattoo or a guitarwielding caricature. The interactive Guitars! experience—which includes the actual axe used to create the tunes in the game Guitar Hero—is supported by regular programming, including films, guitar instruction, a guitar “corral” that offers guests a chance to pluck and strum and enjoy live performances. Visit for a full list of events.

Marsh® Symphony on the Prairie Fridays, June 21 through Aug. 30 (except Wed., July 3) Price: see website for ticket pricing


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Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful sounds of Symphony on the Prairie! Add another level of fun to your evening by booking a flight on 1859 Balloon Voyage and float 350 feet above the symphony before or during the show. If you'd like to make a day of it, come early and explore Conner Prairie before the symphony begins. (Admission to Conner Prairie requires a separate admission charge.) See website for concert line up.

The 83rd Annual Marion County Fair Fri., June 21 through Sat., June 29 Price: $5/Kids und er 5 free Phone: 317-353-2444 Location: Marion County Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Ninety-thousand anticipated fairgoers are welcome to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor attractions including demolition derbies, motorcycle races, truck and tractor pulls, concerts, talent shows, contests, local artisans and much more for the entire family!

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










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on this day the radio was patented in 1896


donald duck's birthday


egg day

how to celebrate: Toss a baseball with your dad today

pink day


superman's birthday 30



on this day hot

how to celebrate: Make eggs for dinner!

Henry Ford made his first operational car in 1896 10

how to celebrate: Watch the Wizard of Oz with the family tonight!

happy father's day


judy garland's birthday 16


air balloon day




picnic day eat your to celebrate: vegetables day how Gather up your


how to celebrate: Learn a new trick and try to fool a friend!


on this day beatles day

the first documented UFO sighting on this day

how to celebrate: Sing your favorite songs!



on this day bald eagle day



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how to celebrate: Create a fun new handshake with your best friend

fly a kite day


first day backyard day of summer! campout day




sandpaper was invented in 1834


how to celebrate: Set up a tent and bonfire... and don't forget the marshmallows!

how to celebrate: Head to the pool and enjoy the sunshine!


banana split day


on this day hand shake day paul bunyan the toothbrush was invented in 1498


on this day

how to celebrate: Get outside and help your mom weed her beautiful garden!

sat go barefoot day

how to celebrate: Try your hand at some home made ice cream


the cartoon Garfield debuted in 1978

favorite foods and have a picnic at the park!

chocolate ice on this day cream day

weed your garden day




thr first drive-in movie theater opens in New Jersey in 1933

on this day magic day the E.T. Movie premiered in 1982




Fishers Freedom Festival: June 29th & 30th Make sure you visit our tent for a free child ID card!

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