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The most treasured items in any home are the photographs that show our children growing through the years.

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From the first pictures of a tiny newborn to grown-up looking prom and graduation photos, the history of our family is recorded in the moment these precious shots are taken. No parent has ever wished they took less photographs. The images of our families are the keepsakes we treasure most.

Before this summer comes and goes, make sure to capture your family’s special moments with one of the many talented photographers in our area. As parents, we all know how quickly time passes and kids change. Don’t let this stage in your children’s lives pass without getting those great shots you’ll always cherish!

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Something for every interest


Working through these inevitable disputes



Get to know the writer behind "True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad"

Can getting there really be half the fun?







Tips for keeping academic skills sharp while school is out

How the camp experience supports a child's connection to nature



















The basic skills every child needs to know

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True "Girl Friday" Leaves Her Legacy // Vonda Lutz: 1941—2014

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WTA, Vonda organized volunteers to make jigglers and handed out Jell-O molds to tournament supporters. Vonda helped organize and create the programs and also track the 64 international competitors. In 1990 we had an Indianapolis-Moscow Tennis exchange for eight weeks and we housed 15 Russians. Vonda helped with every aspect of this exchange – always there to offer her assistance. She even learned some Russian. Vonda always took time to remind you of what was truly important to her and she was very proud of her daughter Lisa Campbell and family. She was a bell-ringer at 91st Street Christian Church for several years. She attended soccer and baseball games to support her grandchildren. She loved taking her family and friends to the food court at the Fashion Mall for her favorite treat: frozen yogurt.


onda Lutz loved to serve others. She worked professionally for Duke Realty when I first met her. She was Executive Secretary to the late Phillip R. Duke. In 1984 two Wynne ventures started the same year: Indy’s Child and The Ginny of Indianapolis, a Women’s Tennis Association professional event. Vonda rolled up her sleeves and worked tirelessly on both projects. Somehow, she helped organize both newcomers. You could count on Vonda – she was a true Girl Friday. Over the next ten years, Indianapolis Jr. Tennis Development promoted 11 professional Level 3 WTA events. These gave local girls an opportunity to get started in professional tournaments and reach Wimbledon and the US Open. Vonda’s role always changed and she adjusted. When we did the Jell-O Open for the 06


Vonda tirelessly composed and formatted our Tennis Program classes at North Central for more than 30 years. Her favorite tennis volunteer work was with the National Junior Tennis League of Indianapolis. She was a true Girl Friday to Nancy Carr for more than ten years. They had a “Vonda table” in the office and she would do mailings, filings and whatever needed to be done. Over the years Vonda entertained friends and family with her unique hairstyles. Her brown hair became hues of red and her hairdo often took on a spike-coiffure. Vonda was perky and when it was time to leave, she would say “Time to Blow this Popsicle Stand.” Everyone at Indy’s Child, NJTL and Junior Tennis will always remember and deeply appreciate the contributions Vonda made to our organizations. She was a great and loyal friend. Love you, Vonda.



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TV Dads // Which character do you most resemble? Mike Berry

Television is filled with sit-coms and dramas that showcase a variety of father figures. This Father’s Day, we thought we’d take a lighthearted look at a few of them to see which one reminds you of the dad in your house. Name: Phil Dunphy Show: Modern Family Quote: "I'm a cool dad. That's my thang! I'm hip, I surf the web, I text."

Brief bio: Phil is a “glass half full” kind of guy. He’s beloved by his family, although he’s kind of a goof. A big kid himself, he often gets in trouble for going along with his young son’s crazy ideas.

You’re a Phil if: You’re fun-loving, see the best in people and know all the dance moves to High School Musical.

Name: Homer Simpson Show: The Simpsons

Name: Rick Grimes Show: The Walking Dead Quote: “They’re messin’ with the wrong people!”

Brief bio: Rick is a one-time police officer turned hardcore zombie slayer. He’s loyal to his companions and fights for the good of humanity. He can stare fear in the face and not blink, although he has a softer side with his son Carl. When you back him into a corner, he’ll come out swinging!

You’re a Rick if: You’re loyal, fearless and always ready to fight the good fight!

Quote: Operator! Give me the number for 911! Brief bio: Homer embodies all the traits of a stereotypical guy (loves beer, TV and is pretty clueless when it comes to relationships) but you can’t help but like him.

You’re a Homer if: You’re lucky to be married to a very understanding wife. And you can’t resist a donut.

Make your dad the star of your family by celebrating his best qualities this June 15th!

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Brebeuf launches PREP@Brebeuf summer programming Prep@Brebeuf provides opportunities for area middle schoolers to experience outstanding teachers and coaches in a variety of fascinating enrichment workshops and athletic camps. Academic courses include Imagination Station: Creative Writing, History Through Film, Great Reactions in Chemistry, The Universe Is Out There and many others. Athletic offerings include baseball, football, girls volleyball, basketball, track and field and soccer. Visit or call 317-524-7050 for schedule and registration details.

SUM MER NIGH T S UNDER T HE STAR S The Indianapolis Museum of Art is pleased to present the 2014 Summer Nights Film Series June 6th through August 29th. Film titles in June include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Jerk and The French Connection. Patrons are invited to bring their own picnics, blankets and lawn chairs. To complete the moviegoing experience a variety of concessions will be available for purchase onsite. Visit the IMA website for a complete listing of movies this summer! Gates open at 7:00 p.m. Film begins at dusk. Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road Tickets $6 (IMA members) and $10 (non members) 317-923-1331 |

T HERE ' S A NEW M ARK ET IN TOWN! The Indianapolis Jewish Community Center unveils their new farmer’s market this month! Shoppers will enjoy fresh, locally sourced produce, dairy and baked goods, hand-crafted products, live music and demonstrations. The farmers market joins other healthy JCC initiatives, including a children’s garden, a community garden, cooking classes and nutrition counseling services. Sundays: June 1st - August 10th 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | FREE and open to the public Plenty of free parking and public restrooms Arthur M. Glick JCC, 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis

E V E NING R ACE AG A INST MEL A NOM A Outrun the Sun, celebrating its ten year anniversary, is an Indianapolisbased nonprofit organization dedicated to building national awareness of melanoma and other skin cancers. This year’s event includes a 5-mile timed run, 5K run/walk and one mile fun walk, live music, refreshments and an interactive Kids’ Zone in a beautiful setting. Saturday, June 14th, 4:00 p.m. registration. 7:00 p.m. race start Registration fees begin at $24 Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis 317-253-2121 |

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Family-friendly festivals in downtown Indianapolis can be a great way to engage kids in new cultures and activities. Most are very inexpensive, if not FREE. And the fun isn’t just limited to kids. Entertainment ranges from live music and dancing to art exhibits along with lots of food. For more downtown family fun, visit June 7: Parents and kids alike can find something fun to do at the 15th annual Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival at Military Park. While adults sample local culinary offerings and taste some of the 200 Indiana wines offered, kids can enjoy 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 12: The Christ Church 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 not-for-profit outreach groups. Desserts range from $2 to $6 and are served from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (or until food runs out). June 14: The Circle City Pride Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year at the American Legion Mall. Programming for the festival includes live performances, vendors and more, and is intended for all ages. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

June 13 & 14: Enjoy more than 25 different pastas, Italian meats, desserts and more at a delicious celebration of Italian culture: Italian Street Festival. Kids can enjoy live music and midway style rides, including a Ferris wheel with views of the Indianapolis

skyline. Be sure not to miss it at the corner of East and Stevens street.

June 14 & 15: More than 270 artists from across the 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 U.S. The fair is FREE to attend and offers entertainment and exhibits for all ages to enjoy.

June 19: Cookouts in summertime are a must. How about one on Monument Circle? The Marsh Cookout on the Circle takes place during lunchtime as “celebrity cooks” serve Midwest cookout classics, with proceeds helping hundreds of central Indiana Boy Scouts attend Scouting Camp each summer.

June 21: PBS Kids in the Park, hosted by WFYI, will take place at White River State Park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrities rumored to be on-site. Kids can enjoy “character meet & greets” with Clifford, Curious George, Maya & Miguel and more. Catch some exciting live entertainment, visit vendor booths and play games. June 21 & 22: The Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival is one of the Midwest’s largest Indian markets, featuring more than 130 Native artists, food, performances and family fun. Try unique foods including a crowd favorite, Indian tacos. The Festival takes place in Military Park from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is FREE with the purchase of general admission to the Eiteljorg. Don’t let June come and go without attending one of these great downtown festivals!




Making Summer Safer // Summer brings sunny days and more time spent outdoors, but with that extra playtime comes a higher risk for injury Playground injuries send more than 200,000 children age 14 and younger to U.S. emergency rooms every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mishaps run the gamut from bruises, sprains and slight cuts to concussions, dislocations and fractures; severe injuries, such as the latter three, account for approximately 45 percent of playground injuries, CDC data shows. One of the leading causes of fractures in young children is the

monkey bars. “Most people don’t realize how dangerous monkey bars really are,” says Kosmas Kayes, M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent. “But we’ve treated many broken wrists, elbows and forearms that have resulted from accidents on the monkey bars.” Whether your kids are playing on a playground or in your own backyard, always follow the first rule of safety: Make sure you or another adult is supervising the

child. “A lot of injuries can be prevented – or at least minimized – with proper adult supervision,” Dr. Kayes says. You can’t prevent every tumble, but you can ensure your little ones land on a safe surface when they slip. Nearly 80 percent of playground equipment-associated injuries are falls, mostly from an apparatus to the ground, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. Only allow your children to climb and clamber where wood chips, sand or rubber safety mats cover the ground. Once you determine the playing surface is acceptable, follow these tips to help your children enjoy a safe and fun playground experience: • Beware of burns. Metal isn’t the only surface that can sear skin – plastic and rubber can, too. Test the temperature of surfaces your children might grasp or sit on, even on mild and cloudy days, and ensure they wear shoes and pants to protect their skin. • Keep it smooth. Prohibit your children from using playgrounds where rocks or tree roots could trip them up, and keep them away from equipment with sharp edges or protruding hardware.



• Take notice of nets. Climbing a cargo net to the top of a makebelieve fort can turn dangerous if the net openings measure 17 to 28 inches around the perimeter, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Openings of that size could trap a child’s head. Measure each side of a single opening. If the sum of the four numbers doesn’t fall within the aforementioned range, the net is safe. • Use as intended. Monkey bars become much less safe when children hang upside down from them, and seesaws shouldn’t double as trampolines or balance beams. Ensure your children play on equipment properly. If a playground is safe and ageappropriate, give your children the freedom to explore it – but always under your loving, watchful gaze. For more tips like these, visit For free health advice 24/7, call 317-338-KIDS. St.Vincent Health has partnered with the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation to help prevent traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries by educating children and parents about staying safe on the playground, in the water and behind the wheel.




Caring for Panda Cubs // Fostering nurturing behaviors White and black, fuzzy and cute, giant pandas are special animals. Significant to Chinese culture, they are often regarded as symbols for friendship and peace, in association with yin-yang. Just as yin and yang must stay in perfect balance, so must the environments of these precious animals. They are one of the most endangered species on earth and scientists are working hard to help pandas thrive in captivity. What do giant panda cubs and human babies have in common? More than meets the eye. In fact, the way zookeepers care for baby panda cubs is much like how doctors, nurses, moms



Christina Moravec, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Photo Credit // Kimberly Harms

and dads care for babies in hospitals and homes across the world. In the new Take Me There:® China exhibit, opening May 10, 2014, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis recreates a panda care center located in Chengdu, China – complete with life-like pandas. Not only will children learn about the real science and work that goes into caring for an endangered species, they will be practicing caring behaviors that foster awareness and respect for the natural world. In the immersive panda research station nursery at The Children’s Museum, visitors will be invited to play the role of a panda keeper by keeping panda cubs warm and comfortable in incubators.

Bottles, biscuits, bamboo and training foods are waiting to be prepared with a focus on the specific diets of pandas at each stage of development. Plush pandas can be measured, weighed and most importantly, cuddled – activities that zookeepers regularly perform to make sure that the panda cubs are thriving. By learning how to care for giant panda cubs, children may gain a better understanding of and appreciation for their own upbringing. Just as parents have learned, their children will learn to nurture in the new Take Me There:® China exhibit. Take a trip with your friends from The Children’s Museum to Zoo Atlanta and

participate in an exclusive behind-thescenes encounter in which you will be able to meet and feed a giant panda. Participants will be treated to a personal tour of Zoo Atlanta, lunch and take part in activities all about giant pandas with The Children’s Museum’s Chief Science Educator, Dr. Kit Matthew. Visit The Children’s Museum website for specific trip details.




Caroline Symmes Celebrity Softball Challenge // Join the fun at this year's event! Rebecca Wood

Looking for a fun summer activity for the entire family? Consider an evening out at the ballpark for a good cause. On Thursday, June 26th, the sixth annual Caroline Symmes Celebrity Softball Challenge will be held at Victory Field. Local celebrities will participate in the seven-inning softball tournament that benefits Indiana Children’s Wish Fund and honors Caroline Symmes, a Wish child who passed away in December 2009 and was involved in the inaugural softball event. Those expected to attend include players for the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers, mascots and local media personalities. Roy Hibbert, All Star Center for the Indiana Pacers, and Robert Mathis, Pro Bowl Defensive End for the Indianapolis Colts, will host this event presented by the Tony Stewart Foundation. Dave Calabro, WTHR-TV sports director, and Pat McAfee, Indianapolis Colts player, will serve as co-masters of ceremony. Terry Ceaser-Hudson, executive director of Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, says families will enjoy everything about the day. “This is an amazing event, bringing together celebrities, Wish children and our community.”

Gates open at 5 p.m. Ceaser-Hudson recommends families first visit the kid’s area presented by Indy’s Child. The Interactive Game Area includes games, face painting, crafts and local mascots. Prior to the game, fans can also watch the “Budweiser Home Run Derby,” held by 1070 THE FAN. Derby participants must pre-register through THE FAN to compete for prizes and awards. Game time starts at 7 p.m. and promises not to disappoint. CeaserHudson reminds fans that each year’s game is different and unexpected surprises happen during the event. Autograph and giveaway opportunities occur throughout the evening. A highlight of the game is watching Wish kids run the bases with local celebrities. The interaction between the celebrities and fans is touted as another high point of the evening. Nancy Kapsalis, a Fishers mother to a 12 year-old son who is a cancer survivor and Wish recipient, calls the softball challenge pure fun. “From a strictly entertainment standpoint it is such a great evening to watch a light-hearted, joyful event. There is so much activity and it’s such a fun way to kick off the summer.” Indiana Children’s Wish Fund grants wishes to Indiana children, ages 3 to 18, suffering from a life-threatening



ABOVE // Roy Hibbert TO THE LEFT // Robert Mathis

illness. Over 3,000 wishes have been granted within the past 30 years to Indiana children. Wishes include trips to Disney World, shopping trips, meeting celebrities and much more. Last year’s event was attended by almost 10,000 spectators and raised $50,000. Kapsalis says the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund granted her son’s wish to take the whole family (all eight members) to Disney World. “From a personal standpoint, as a Wish family recipient, it is humbling to see the kind of genuine giving that goes on in order to make wishes come true for children that these people will never even meet.” She says that the Indiana Children's Wish fund creates lasting memories for Wish families and plays

a part in the healing process. “Their efforts give the families something to look forward to, something real to hold on to when so much around them is beyond their grasp.” Tickets are $7 with free admission for children ages three and under. Game tickets are available at or can be purchased at the Victory Field box office. For more information on Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, visit

Make plans to root on the home team. Meet us at Victory Field on June 26th for a great night of baseball and fun!




Research to Real World: Listening in the Womb Tonya Bergeson-Dana, Ph.D.

A pregnant belly is hard to resist, whether it’s our own or someone else’s…we all want to talk to it, read to it and sing to it. It’s natural and fun and just can’t be helped! But what are those little bundles of joy actually listening to and how do we know? Unlike the visual system, which begins to develop at birth, hearing begins at approximately 27 weeks gestational age, or the onset of the third trimester of pregnancy. In 1980, researchers from North Carolina published a study that used a technology called the nonnutritive sucking paradigm to determine whether newborns had learned their own mother’s voice during that last trimester in the womb. They asked a group of mothers to read the same Dr. Seuss story, and then they presented these stories to their 1- to 3-day-old infants. They gave the newborns specialized pacifiers wired to computers that controlled the sounds that came out of the nearby loudspeakers. The researchers measured the newborns’ baseline levels of sucking on these pacifiers and then played their own mother’s voice when the newborns sucked the pacifiers at greater rates than baseline. If the newborns sucked at baseline or lower, they heard another mother’s voice. Even though they were listening to the exact same story and had very little postnatal contact with their mothers, the brand new babies sucked the pacifiers faster to hear their own mother’s voice rather than another mother’s voice. This meant that these newborns had learned their mother’s voice while in the womb. Other researchers have



used this technology to determine that newborns have also already learned to distinguish the sounds of their native language, and even vowels from their language, from those of other languages. These findings made researchers excited about discovering more about the auditory learning that happens during that last trimester. Luckily, around this time other scientists found that infants’ and fetuses’ heart rates slow down when they experience something that interests them. Auditory researchers used heart rate monitoring technology to explore listening and learning in the womb, and found that fetuses’ heart rates slow down when listening to speech sounds, and, in particular,

their own mother’s speech. Recent research has also shown development from simple awareness of music to active attending to music, as shown by heart rate acceleration and deceleration patterns in the last trimester. Some researchers have also used these types of findings to train fetuses on listening tasks while in the womb, and then testing them shortly after birth to see if they learned the particular sounds. In one such study that was published just last fall, researchers from Finland found that newborns could distinguish between a musical tune they heard in the womb during the last trimester from one they hadn’t heard.

These studies are fascinating, especially if you or your spouse are about to enter that last trimester! But before you run out and buy yourselves some specialized headphones to directly pipe music or foreign languages through your little belly bump (did any of you see the Belly Buds on Modern Family or Keeping up with the Kardashians?), keep in mind that all of these studies were done with either natural speech from mom – simply talking without any amplification or directional microphones – or with recordings from loudspeakers in the natural environment, not some apparatus attached to the belly. You don’t have to spend the $50-160 on specialized buds to reap the benefits of talking to or playing music for your little one, and you and your spouse might enjoy it more, too, if you can all listen together!

Cognitive psychologist Tonya Bergeson-Dana combines her real world experience as a mother with her professional training as a researcher to provide parents with a practical way to apply the most current findings in childhood development research to their everyday life. Tonya is also a co-founder of The Urban Chalkboard playcafe, and welcome questions and feedback from readers at experiencematters@



Megan Noel

Working through these inevitable disputes

“She took my toy and broke it!” “No I didn’t!” “Yes, you did!” “MOM!!!”




o matter how much effort you may put into creating a peaceful family environment, siblings argue with each other – a lot. Fortunately, these disputes are a healthy, perfectly normal part of childhood, and actually provide kids with problemsolving opportunities and life lessons. The problem isn’t so much the fighting itself, but how parents choose to handle it.

Can’t we all just get along? Kids fight for a variety of reasons – frustration, jealousy, power struggles, attention – all of which are completely valid. Stephanie Lowe Sagebiel, a therapist and licensed clinical social worker at CenterPoint Counseling, explains, “not only is fighting among siblings inevitable, it’s an important contribution to child development in teaching children how to function in the world.” The home often becomes a hot spot for arguments because children feel safe and comfortable expressing their emotions with the people they know best. “Siblings provide the first lesson in how to behave in groups in the outside world,” says Sagebiel.

“Siblings teach each other how to share, recognize their strengths and weaknesses, manage intense emotions and cope with the unfairness in life.” Eileen S., a mom of three from Indianapolis, says her kids (ages 11, 8, and 20 months) typically argue over choices – whose turn it is to pick a restaurant, what Wii game to play or even who gets to sit by their baby sister. “Both the older kids have developed a very clear sense of what they believe ‘fair’ to mean,” Eileen says. “They are extremely sensitive to how my husband and I each interact with their siblings – always on the lookout for preferential treatment.”

Ground rules for kids – and parents While fighting with brothers and sisters is normal, it’s important for parents to recognize when hurtful words and behaviors cross the line. Arguments that become physically or verbally violent must be immediately addressed. Parents should be on the lookout for arguments that increase in intensity or frequency as well. Establish a set of “fighting fair” rules. Sagebiel says, “There should be a set of common guidelines within the family to make the playing field more fair and balanced for kids.” Once an argument has escalated, Dr. Carrie Caldwell, public education coordinator at Indiana Psychological Association, says parents should take a multi-step approach for addressing the situation:

1. Keep your cool. “Children imitate how they see parents respond to situations,” says Caldwell.


Create a pause. More effective problem solving can occur if emotions can subside and children are calm.

3. Teach children problem-solving

skills. Talk about solutions, rather than assigning blame.


Treat siblings as a unit. “When siblings are responded to as a unit, it decreases the focus on blaming and shifts the focus to figuring out a solution together,” says Caldwell.


Utilize a “rewind.” Once everyone is calm, have kids verbalize and

behaviorally rehearse a more effective resolution. By following a set approach to handling arguments, Caldwell says parents are giving their kids the tools to successfully handle disagreements in the future.

Curtailing conflict While arguments between siblings are to be expected, there are several things parents can do to minimize occurrences. With younger kids, parents may notice certain times of the day (naptimes, mealtimes) or specific scenarios (sharing toys, screen time) when their kids are more apt to argue. In these cases, parents can intervene by making an activity or toy “off limits” at a certain time, and ensuring that children are well rested before possible stressful situations. Older kids often begin to develop their own definitions of what is “fair,” which can create tension within the household. Sagebiel says that parents should respond to each child based upon their own needs, strengths and personalities, and avoid making comparisons between kids. For Eileen, managing sibling feuds is a work in progress, but she tries to remember these arguments are not indicative of “bad” kids or “bad” parenting. And from her own experience with her siblings, she says it’s comforting to know that “intense rivalry as children doesn't necessarily spell doom for adult sibling relationships!”



meet pete Get to know the writer behind “True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad” How did you and your wife decide that you being a stay at home dad was the right decision for your family? It took about a year to make the decision. My final year of teaching was a disaster. My wife was in the middle of her medical residency, working the equivalent of two full-time jobs. On a typical day, I was getting kids up at 6:15, out the door with frozen waffles in hand at 6:30, daycare by 7:00, walk into my school without a minute to spare at 7:30, work till 4:00, home by 5:00, throw dinner on the table, eat, clean up dishes, put the kids to bed and repeat again the next day. Our two kids were in daycare almost 50 hours a week that year. Because of so much time in daycare they were constantly sick, which caused me to miss work and stress out over finding a substitute all while taking care of a sick kid. In fact, I’m stressed just thinking about it! That year I missed over 25 days of school. I felt like I wasn’t able to be as good of a teacher as I could have been, or even as good of a husband or dad for that matter. So we started running the numbers to see if me staying home was even a possibility. It was close to being a wash and we were leaning towards me staying home. When we 24


found out we were having another baby, that sealed the deal. Luckily, from day one as a stay at home dad I never looked back.

What is the biggest challenge of being a stay at home dad? It can be isolating. When you have a regular job, you have other adults to talk to during the day. You don’t have to seek them out, they are just there. If I didn’t actively try to find other dads to hang out with I would be spending my days discussing Auto Bots and Transformers with my four-year-old and reliving Queen Elsa’s coronation every day with my daughter. It’s hard to get used to being the only guy around a bunch of women all the time too. Most of the activities I take my preschoolers to are full of stay at home moms, with an occasional dad, but many times I am the lone pair of blue jeans in a sea of yoga pants. The good news is that if you are willing to put in some effort, finding other dads that stay home with their kids isn’t really that hard. I’ve met some great dads by attending monthly dads groups in the area. And by going to the park – chances are if you see a guy pushing his kids on a swing at 10 a.m. on a Thursday morning, he doesn’t work a typical 9 - 5 job.

And the biggest reward? I don’t know of one great big reward that has come from being a stay at home dad, but I can think of a million little rewards. I get to spend all day, every day with my two youngest children. Now that our oldest daughter is in elementary school, I’ve been able to go on field trips with her, volunteer in her classroom, attend her concerts, have lunch with her at school and be home when she gets off the bus. We get to visit my wife at work and occasionally take her out to lunch. I’ve become a better cook since I started staying home, and now I make what I consider “decent” meals for my family every night. Also, I spend many nap times writing, something I never even knew I enjoyed before I became a stay at home dad. Our family life has been less stressful in general since I started staying home.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about becoming a stay-athome dad? If you’re considering it, you should probably go ahead and do it. Your kids are only young once. It’s a great way to spend your days...and nights... and weekends. Sure, the pay is terrible, there are no days off and your bosses can be little dictators sometimes. But what other job can you spend your days playing at the park, swimming at the pool, not shave for a week, wear sweatpants whenever you want and occasionally have ice cream for lunch? I rest my case.




Can getting t h e r e r e a l ly be half the fun?

Michelle Shirk




f the thought of jumping in the car or boarding a plane for a long journey with your kids gives you the cold sweats, have no fear! With a little advance preparation, getting to your destination can not only be accomplished, but even enjoyed. We’re here to help make your next car trip or plane ride as painless as possible. Read on for some expert travel advice to use while planning your family’s summer itinerary.

Are we there yet? Your first consideration may be whether to drive or fly. While the overall trip will often be shorter when flying, as Greg Seiter, public affairs manager at AAA Hoosier Motor Club notes, being confined to a small area and surrounded by strangers can be challenging for young children. “Plus, air travel doesn’t allow for many toys, snacks or entertainment items to be brought on board.”

Although driving to your destination may take longer, Seiter believes if a family has time to go by car, there are many advantages. A road trip allows kids greater flexibility to interact with family members and generally behave more like themselves. Other perks include roadside scenery, the opportunity for frequent stops and being able to pack more entertainment options.

Whether you choose to fly or drive, “the key is leaving at the right time,” says Seiter. If your kids still nap, use their natural schedule to your advantage by leaving about an hour before their scheduled naptime. Those who wish to live a little more dangerously can also take this strategy a step further by booking a red eye flight with the hopes of kids sleeping on the plane. “This is obviously a very high risk option,” cautions Seiter, since your kids could end up skipping a night’s sleep altogether!

B e f o r e yo u h i t t h e roa d Involve kids in the vacation-planning process as much as possible.

Children can offer opinions regarding where they would like to go, or help choose activities and entertainment for the chosen destination.

When packing for your trip, try to anticipate your children’s needs. Seiter suggests books and a set of portable art supplies. A small stuffed animal or blanket can provide comfort to a child. He also advises parents pack a variety of favorite snacks, including some healthy options, in small sandwich bags. It’s also a good idea to spend some time preparing for problems that can arise during a trip. Those traveling by car should schedule

a thorough vehicle inspection, says Seiter. AAA recommends the purchase of travel insurance as well.

Expect the unexpected Prepare your home for your departure by stopping newspaper and mail delivery and set timers on your lights if you have them. Don’t broadcast your departure on social media, urges Seiter, but do let one or two family members or very close friends know where you will be and how to contact you.

With a little advance preparation, your next family travel experience may be your best. Forget the

“stay-cation” and take the plunge! Plan ahead with these tips, then relax and enjoy the ride.



Fa m i ly T r av e l D is a st e r s We asked Indy’s Child readers to share their worst travel nightmares via our Facebook page. Their responses will put those minor flight delays and sibling squabbles into perspective!


A relative of Rachel B.’s tried to wash the children’s tennis shoes in a hotel washing machine, and one got thrown in the dryer by accident. The rubber melted, causing fire alarms to go off and the hotel to evacuate.




For Amie M. her travel nightmare was “discovering an awful blow out in the airport security line” just as she took her daughter out of her car seat to send it through the X-ray machine.


During a trip to upstate New York, Leah F. and her family experienced a flat tire, then later a different wheel malfunction when a bolt came off. “We were towed to our destination,” she reports. Amazingly, Leah’s one and a half year-old daughter kept her smile the whole time.


“We were driving from Indiana to South Carolina to visit my mom,” recalls Katie C. Unfortunately, her 5 year-old son started feeling sick early in the trip. “He proceeded to throw up in every state until we were finally able to find motion sickness medicine for children at a gas station.”



P r e v e n ti n g th e

Megan Noel

“Summer SLIDE" Ti ps fo r k e e pi n g ac a d emi c s k i ll s s h a rp w h i le sc h oo l is o u t


ummer is here, and if your children are like most, they’re looking forward to long days outside and lots of fun with family and friends. The farthest thing from their minds, and possibly yours, is the new school year that will be beginning in as little as eight weeks. Unfortunately, those eight weeks outside of the classroom can cause a significant loss of learning.

Studies have found that math and reading skills in particular can be lost over the summer. Jill E., a teacher at Indianapolis Public Schools, states that she often sees the impact of summer “brain drain.” She reports many of her kindergarten students that had once achieved mastery on a task, such as memorizing sight words, have forgotten the skills by the end of the summer, stressing regular practice is key. “If it’s not done on a daily basis they lose the retention of material, which then puts those kids behind when starting the next grade.” While this may seem alarming, there are many small things parents can do at home to keep skills sharp. Long, boring days filled with academics are not the answer, as it is more beneficial to engage children in regular, daily summer activities for short periods of time that reinforce what they’ve learned in school.

Avoiding summer learning loss D e v elo p a rou ti n e Choose a time during the day, whether it is first thing in the morning, after lunch or before bed, to have your child engage in a reading, math or science activity. Try compiling a “menu” of acceptable activities they can choose from, such as reading independently, practicing math flash cards or writing a story.

Loo k i n to v i rtua l l e a rn i n g There are many free and subscriptionbased online programs for children. • free; literacy games, stories and videos



• math.htm: free; interactive math games in a variety of levels • fee based; self-paced, online summer program for literacy and math skills, monitored by a live teacher • fee based; math, science, reading and writing student activity books and parent guides

G e t ou t i n to t h e commu n i t y Take advantage of local story times and reading programs at the library, community festivals, museums, the zoo and parks – all of which provide great opportunities for learning. Follow your favorite spots on social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, and visit the calendar pages on their website for the most current event information.

I n v est i gat e sc h o o l o pp o rt u n i t i es Often school districts have summer activities and course offerings that your children can participate in. Shannon D, whose oldest attends Herron High School, says that summer courses keep her child engaged and she “can tell that his head is much more ready when the fall semester starts.”

C h ec k ou t summer c a mp o p t i o ns There are a wealth of enrichment programs in a variety of areas offered to kids through camp experiences. This can be a fun way for children to

exercise their brain with like-minded kids. (Look at the Indy’s Child Camp and Summer Program Guide for local and regional offerings.)

Co nsi d er a t u to r If your child struggled with some concepts during the school year, working with a tutor over the summer to address problem areas could make for a much smoother and more confident start in the fall.

D o n ’ t fo rg e t ph ysi c a l ed uc at i o n Studies have found that children tend to gain weight faster during summer vacation than during the year. Julie S., a physical education teacher, says that parents can use Internet sites such as Pinterest to find fun physical activities to do at home.

Ask a rou n d Talk to other parents and friends about what they’re doing with their children during the summer to provide enrichment. Other moms and dads are often the best resources!

Whether you choose to have your child participate in outside summer enrichment activities or provide opportunities on your own, remember that any effort you put into retaining academic skills will benefit your son or daughter when school starts up again!






// How can this important social skill be developed?


re kids with autism able to feel empathy and show compassion? It’s a question many wonder, and it makes sense why they do. Social skill deficits are the hallmark of

autism, and compassion is a social skill central to forming relationships. Individuals on the autism spectrum present the disorder in their own unique ways, so there is no one answer to this type of question. Yet, the concern is a common one and many of these kids do have difficulty understanding these emotions. “In my experience, there are some children with autism that easily show compassion, while there are some children with autism who struggle, either with recognizing the emotional state of others or with how to respond to the emotional state of others,” said Mary Rosswurm, executive director of Little Star Center. Erin Orr, team supervisor with BACA Prep, says it’s possible to develop compassion in kids with autism and believes it’s an important skill for these kids to acquire. She explains that compassion helps kids avoid aversive social situations, find friendship opportunities and make meaningful social interactions more accessible.



So yes, empathy and compassion can be taught. Truly these emotions are taught to kids of all abilities and neuro-makeup. The process just has to be more explicit for some. How do you reinforce these particular social skills, which according to Orr are some of the most difficult to teach kids with autism? In general, Rosswurm says there are a number of fundamental skills to address before focusing on how others feel. Does a child with autism recognize how he feels? Has he had many positive interactions with another person so that he actively seeks them out? When seeing another person in distress, does he know how he might help alleviate the situation, and does he recognize that this person may feel differently than he currently feels? “It is a combination of these skills that may help foster a compassionate reaction from children who either don’t currently show compassion or don’t show compassion in ways we typically expect to see,” said Rosswurm. Director of Indiana Resource Center for Autism Cathy Pratt agrees with Rosswurm’s approach in that parents should talk about emotions with their child, help identify their own emotions and show how they feel in situations. Of course she notes one obstacle in learning to identify emotions is that feelings are not always expressed on someone’s face. “People in general do not respond to emotions or situations in the same way. For autistic individuals who often miss nonverbal cues, it’s tough. [Even] neurotypical people often miss nonverbal cues. Add the

neurology of autism to it and empathy can be difficult,” Pratt said. Nevertheless, she says parents who have the most success coach their kids all the time in all settings. For instance, while walking down the street they point out someone who appears angry, have the child look at the person, and ask what they think that person might be feeling. Once a child has learned to identify emotions, Orr says it’s time to work on how to react to different emotional characteristics. For example, when someone is crying knowing that it is okay to ask them what is wrong. She adds that modeling the behaviors you want to see is another important part of teaching these skills. Orr also urges parents to look at what their child is doing that is either a building block to compassion or compassionate in a different way. “Prerequisite skills to identifying an emotion may be looking at a person, orienting body toward a person, extended eye contact and imitating facial expressions. These are all important behaviors to identify and reinforce as it is unlikely that more complex social skills will emerge without these prerequisites occurring at strength,” she says. So, in response to our original question – are kids with autism able to feel empathy and show compassion? Fortunately, the short answer is yes.




SY NDROME // A look at how this condition affects a variety of health issues Carrie Bishop


f you haven’t heard the term leaky gut syndrome, then you haven’t been reading much consumer health news lately. It seems to be everywhere. In articles about autism. In pieces about behavior. In reports on fatigue. The term is thrown around a lot. But what exactly is leaky gut syndrome and could your kid have it? Is it even a real thing?

According to Dr. Charles Vanderpool, pediatric gastroenterologist and director of the Pediatric Intestinal Care Clinic, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, leaky gut syndrome is a generic term people use to describe an increase in intestinal permeability. It’s a descriptive term, not a diagnosis and can be associated with multiple conditions.

It is thought that a leaky gut occurs from damage to the intestinal lining, allowing more things to pass through it than normally would. This includes bacteria, viruses or toxins that may flow through abnormally large holes in the intestine and into a person’s bloodstream triggering an autoimmune reaction that can lead to bloating, excessive gas, fatigue, food sensitivities, joint pain, skin rashes and autoimmunity. Normal absorption of nutrients is also hampered.

Dr. Edward Zimmer, licensed physician and chiropractor with a focus on disease-state nutrition with Zimmer Chiropractic and Nutrition, says conditions as varied as attention deficit disorder to sinus problems to skin rashes to aches and pains are all affected by the digestive tract. In fact, 60 to 70 percent of a person’s entire immune system lives in their gut. He likens the immune system to an orchestra that works in concert. Once it’s activated, it’s ready to go. If the gut is not working properly, as would be the case with increased intestinal permeability, the immune system would constantly be activated in turn disrupting other functions of the body.

Kids who are at highest risk for leaky gut are those who are genetically predisposed to the condition, those who eat the standard American diet and individuals under a lot of stress, says Dr. Zimmer.

In children who have no good explanation for a myriad of symptoms, look to see if they have had a lot of antibiotics, or react to foods they eat with a rash, digestive problems or in other abnormal ways. If so there is a chance the child has some type of leaky gut. Zimmer says the protocol is to take the insults out and try to heal. With kids it usually means going on an elimination diet that can last a few weeks.

Aside from varied symptoms, how can you tell if your child has leaky gut syndrome?

“There are diagnostic tests to determine if intestinal permeability increases at a given time, but no interventions or drug or treatment plan for 34


an increase in permeability in and of itself,” says Vanderpool. “So, we treat more the manifestations of what we think may be going on and that will often lead to improvements and reduction in permeability.”

The test involves swallowing a molecule and measuring the urine to see how much is absorbed. Still, as Dr. Vanderpool notes, there is no FDA-approved treatment for leaky gut syndrome. Rather, standard treatments are often directed at diseases a patient is known to have like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or celiac disease and as a result of those treatments the gut’s permeability often improves.

Keep in mind that a leaky gut can be the cause of your child’s symptoms, part of the problem or none of the problem. Finding a good doctor who is willing to work with your child is key. The good news is that if a permeable gut is part of the problem, it can be repaired.






Autism Family Resource Center Grandparents’ Support Group

Summer Day Camp

Also on Wednesday, June 18th Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Location: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

Cost: $200/week Location: Orchard Park Presbyterian Church Contact: Diane Gann at or at 254-6623 All Youth (6 - 18): June 30 - July 3



Career Exploration Camp

02 MON – 0 6 F R I

Time: 9:00 AM Cost: Entry Fee: $20 first class, $10 every class after Location: I-69 Raceway Doors open at 9am, racing starts at 1pm. All proceeds go to Autism Society of Indiana.

NEEDS hands in Autism Intensive Week-Long Training for Families and Caregivers Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Location: Fesler Hall Cost: Parent with child $1500, Parent only $800.


Little Star Center opens new Bloomington facility Time: 8:00 AM Location: Little Star Center, Bloomington Little Star Center opens its newest facility in Bloomington on Tuesday, June 3. The center provides ABA therapy to children, teens and young adults affected by autism.

Race to Solve the Puzzle

Sensory Camp


Special Needs Trusts session Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Location: Cornerstone Autism Center Cost: FREE The Arc of Indiana will present on Special Needs Trusts. Free and open to the public.


Autism Family Resource Center Parents' Night Out: North Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Location: Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle) Cost: Free

05 – 26, T H U R SDAYS

Joseph Maley Fitness: Adaptive Yoga Time: 10:30- 11:15 a.m. 10:30 AM Cost: $40 per child Location: Joseph Maley Enrichment Center Each child-centered class is specifically planned around a theme with a corresponding children's book. Children will benefit from this non-competitive activity that encourages positive self-esteem. Selected yoga poses strive to increase strength, balance, focus and good posture.

10 T U E S, 18 W E DS – 19 T H U R S

It’ s Not what You Say. . . It’ s how You Say It: Effective Communication Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Price: $10 Location: Hopewell Center Communication is a key factor when working with individuals and organizations. This training is geared toward parents of children with special needs to help build positive working relationships with schools, medical professionals, and groups or committees through improved communication skills. Topics such as partnerships, negotiation, and listening will be addressed.



Cost: $400 for the full 2 weeks Location: East 91st Street Christian Church Contact: Diane Gann at or at 254-6623 Ages 15 - 22: June 9 - 13 and June 16 – 20


Teen Night Out Time: 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Location: The Monon Community Center Cost: Free

Cost: $200/week Location: Noble Broad Ripple Contact: Diane Gann at or at 254-6623 Youth One (6 - 12): June 9 – 13

Handwriting Camp Cost: $215 for all six sessions Location: Noble Broad Ripple Contact: Diane Gann at or at 254-6623 K - 3rd grade; Six-week session: Wed., 9 - 10:30 am, June 11, 18 & 25; July 9, 16 & 23 (no camp July 2)

Sports & Fitness Camp Cost: $200/week Location: East 91st Street Christian Church Contact: Diane Gann at or at 254-6623 Ages 12 - 18: June 23 – 27

Parents ' N ight Out


Family Development Services – Head Start Open Enrollment Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Location: Family Development Services

C amps from My Noble L ife Summer Day Camp Cost: $200/week Location: Noble Broad Ripple Contact: Diane Gann at or at 254-6623 Youth One (6 - 12): June 16-20; June 23-27; June 30-July 3

Times: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Price: Free Contact: Nicole at 317-466-2010 ( Locations below:) East location: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis 1st & 4th Friday of every month South location: Indian Creek Christian Church, Indianapolis 1st Friday of every month West location: Speedway United Methodist, Speedway 4th Friday of every month North location: Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle) 3rd Friday of every month


"Whatever it takes"

and a half-century of expertise While it might seem like a new ABA clinic opens every day in the Indianapolis area, ABA Autism Services by Damar stands out from the crowd. It’s the only one that can back up its ABA services with decades of experience meeting the needs of people with autism in Central Indiana. And it’s the only one that can draw from a full spectrum of professional services – from in-home support to residential care – to assist families. Most telling, perhaps, it’s also the only ABA clinic that carries the Damar name, a name nationally associated with leadership in helping people dealing with autism and other developmental challenges. Established on Indianapolis’ southwest side in 1967, Damar has helped thousands of Central Indiana

children and adults confront and overcome issues associated with autism. After nearly five decades of pioneering treatment, in 2013, Damar opened its ABA services location on Indianapolis’ northeast side. ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is recognized as the best-practice treatment for children with autism, helping them address challenges with communication, social interaction, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Damar matches this proven approach with a “whatever it takes” promise and a focus on putting the family’s needs first. And, as a nonprofit organization that accepts Medicaid and private insurance, Damar serves families that otherwise might not have access to ABA services.

“We work through barriers to make sure families get the services they need,” said Kristin McCoy, Director of ABA Autism Services by Damar. “If it’s a transportation problem, we work through that. If it’s a funding or scheduling problem, we work through that. And if a child needs something different, we have access to everything Damar offers.” In other words, even if ABA services are not what a child needs, Damar can help a family access the appropriate services – and back those with a half-century of expertise.






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

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

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

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



Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy North

Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis

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

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:,

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

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

Fast Track Autism Services LLC Individualized services based on your child's unique needs, motivation, and family goals using the principles of applied behavior analysis. We serve children 18 mo and up with a diagnosis of ASD (including PDD and Asperger's) and their families in their homes or community in Central and Eastern Indiana. 11650 Olio Rd STE 1000-248, Fishers, IN 46037, Contact: Misty Turner-Wade, MA, BCBA, Phone: (317) 537-0487, Email:,

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

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

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

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

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




PRESERVING CHILDHOOD // How the camp experience supports a child's connection to nature Peg L. Smith, CEO, American Camp Association


t is commonly said that it takes an entire village to raise strong, healthy children. Yes, it takes a village of people to raise a child, but it also takes the village itself. A hundred years ago, homes were in villages or cabins in the woods. People were surrounded by wideopen spaces with green as far as the eye could see. That is not the case now; the “village” has changed.

What have we forgotten? For generations, children grew up outside. They walked to school, rode their bikes and walked barefoot through the grass. Being inside all day was torturous. According to a recent study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, today’s children spend over seven-and-a-half hours each day plugged into some kind of electronic medium. That’s more time than they spend doing anything else besides sleeping. There’s mounting evidence that all this electronic input is affecting our children’s ability to think for themselves. In addition, exercise is a forgotten practice. The CDC reports that obesity now affects 17 percent of all



children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago. According to Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, society is sending kids a message: “Nature is the past, electronics are the future, and the bogeyman lives in the woods.” It’s impossible to remove a child from nature without consequences. Louv explains that when nature is replaced with a constant barrage of television and computers, the use of a child’s senses is reduced to the size of the screen they stare at day in and day out, becoming packaged and limited.

recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.” A study at the University of Essex in England concluded that nature helps recovery from pre-existing stresses or problems, has an immunizing effect that protects from future stresses, and helps concentration and thought clarity. With TV, computers, cell phones and other devices, children are exposed every day to more images and ads than they can possibly process. It’s no wonder kids today are stressed out.

What do we know? When nature and play go hand in hand, they have a profound impact on the health and development of children on the road to adulthood. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says, “Play is essential to development as it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.” The AAP also reports that, “Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been

nature is lacking an essential component. There is a risk of seeing a failure to thrive in adolescents if they are deprived of critical developmental opportunities. It is essential that children are introduced back to the natural world. There is nothing more precious than childhood; it is a right, a time of discovery and exploration. And camp fits exquisitely into that equation.

What must we do? According to the American Public Health Association, “The retreat indoors for many children has environmental advocates worried that children who grow up without memories of fishing in a local stream or hiking through idyllic woods might become adults for whom conserving the environment isn’t a priority.” There needs to be an awareness that a child’s life without the benefit of

With four decades of experience as a change agent in youth development and transformation, Peg L. Smith is the chief executive officer of the American Camp Association® (ACA). ACA is the champion of better tomorrows — providing resources, research, and support for developmentally appropriate camp experiences. Learn more at or


Bricks 4 Kidz

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Summer Camp 2014

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

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

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

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

Camp AYS Various Locations, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Maureen Grey, Phone: 317-283-3817, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional / Specific Categories: Science, Art, Environment, Health / Special Needs Camps Offered: Inclusive Hours: 7am-6pm (times vary by site) Dates: May 26-August 1 (dates vary by site) Ages/Grades: 3-12 years old

Cost: Varies by site Requirements of Campers: For school-based sites, campers must reside in the school district. Activities Included: Enrichment activities, swimming, field trips

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

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

Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking during its weeklong summer program! Led by local educators, elementary school children are immersed into exciting, hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Throughout the week, children work in teams to solve real-world challenges. Discounts are available – register today! Call 800.968.4332 or visit



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

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

Camp Mommawatchi is an online retailer that specializes in at-home camp curriculum. Our curriculum allows moms to do camps at home with their preschool and grade school children. We currently have four themes - sports, the arts, secret agent and science. Each camp purchased comes with an instruction booklet and digital downloads - everything moms need to host their own camp. Moms and kids will love all of the activities, games, crafts, recipes and field trips. Start a new, fun tradition this



summer and make lasting memories with your little ones. Visit (Note: we are not a camp for kids to attend, but a camp for you to do yourself.)

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

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

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

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Sports Hours: 9a-3p; M-F Dates: Billericay Park in Fishers; 6/16-6/20 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American Ball Park, full Reds uniform (hat, jersey, belt, MLB-style pants), 4 game tickets, digital swing analysis.

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

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

ICC Choral Festival


4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Leann Ashby, Phone: 317-940-9640, Email: Specific Categories: music, performing arts, choral performance Hours: 9am - noon, 1pm-4pm, 9am-4pm session options available Dates: June 10-15 or July 15-19 Ages/Grades: 3rd grade through 8th grade Cost: $85-$185; save $10 if you register by May 9

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

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

IUPUI Summer Day Camp, Enrichment Camps & Sports Camps 901 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Beth Tharp, Phone: 317-278-3727, Email: Hours: 7am - 5:30pm IUPUI Summer Day Camp, Enrichment Camps and Sports Camps run for ten weeks beginning June 2 through August 8. With 28 yrs. of experience, Summer Day Camp offers children ages 5 – 12 y.o. an opportunity to explore different sports and enrichment activities taught in a safe, non-competitive environment. We have a variety of offerings including athletics, Fine Arts, technology, enrichment and even credit courses for high-school aged students. Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts Hours: Weekly camps: Mon-Thurs and Friday one day camps, 9:30am-12:00 noon or 1:00-3:30 pm, depending on location Cost: $140 and includes all art supples (Friday camps $35)

Myart offers weekly and one day summer art camps for ages 5 and up. Students learn a variety of drawing and painting techniques, all centered on a specific theme. Weekly camps include Cartooning, Animals, Fantasy, Circus, Africa and Famous Artists. One day camps include Lego, Fairies, Owls and Cats & Dogs. Campers work in a variety of media, including markers, oil and chalk pastels, watercolor, acrylics, and colored pencil. Every year we offer brand new projects so returning campers are always creating something new and fun!

Park Tudor Summer Programs 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Mary Rominger, Phone: (317) 415-2898, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Hours: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Dates: June 9 - Aug. 1 Ages/Grades: 3yr - 12th grade Cost: varies Requirements of Campers: Potty-trained

Sullivan Munce Art Camps 2014 205-225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, IN 46077, Contact: Cynthia Young, Phone: 317-873-4900, Email: cynthiayoung@ Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Arts / Specific Categories: Art, Drama, Clay/Ceramics Hours: 9 AM - 5 PM, Half Day Camps Offered Dates: June, July & August Ages/Grades: Ages 4-17 Cost: $80-$325 Activities Included: Art, Outdoor Activities, Drama

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

Summer Tennis Camp Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center, 1805 E. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Barbara Wynne, Phone: 317-259-5377 (May-Aug.), Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed



Basic Category: Sports, Traditional / Specific Categories: Tennis, and quick start tennis / Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes Financial Aid Offered: Call for details. Hours: M-TH 9-3 or M-F 8-5 Dates: May 27-August 8 Ages/Grades: 7-16 years Activities Included: Tennis, swimming, table tennis, basketball, soccer, board games and rainy day activities.

A staff of 60 will utilize 46 courts to teach over 100 classes for tots, beginners, intermediate and tournament level juniors. Adult classes are offered for all level of players in the early mornings and evenings.

competition. Day camp activities include arts and crafts, drama, ceramics, recreational swimming, field trips, reading and outdoor games. Enrollment for day camp is limited to 20 children. Our summer preschool accepts 10 students.

2404 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Mary Sexson, Phone: 317-253-3033, Email: Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Traditional Hours: Camp hours 9am - 4 pm. Extended hours 7am - 5:45pm Dates: 6/9/14 to 8/15/14 Ages/Grades: Preschool-8th grade Cost: $160/wk. Sibling discount available, or 5wk prepaid package discount available. Requirements of Campers: bathing suits, sun block, pool shoes, towel, daily lunch, daily snack, shoes for walking and hiking in woods Activities Included: 10 themed weeks, including field trips, weekly swimming, library viisits plus IMCPL Summer Reading Program, theater, playwriting, puppetry

The Children’s House day camp provides weekly themed activities in a relaxing environment free of



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

R esidential Camp Carson YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670, Contact: Mark Scoular, Phone: 812-385-3597, Email: campinfo&

The Children's House Summer Camp

volleyball, soccer, basketball, pottery, crafts, nature

Gender of Campers: Co-ed / Basic Category: Traditional / Specific Categories: Also offer Horseback and Motorized Dirtbikes / Special Needs Camps Offered: Type 1 Diabetes, Children of Deployed Military Hours: Week long (Sun-Fri) Dates: June and July Ages/Grades: 7-16 years Requirements of Campers: Plan on having a great week bring a big smile and a laugh Activities Included: Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, fishing, blob, water zipline, waterslides, riflery, archery, mountain-biking, mountainboarding, climbing, gaga, fitness, woodworking, photography, radio-station,







Symphony on the Prairie:

You Can and Should Bring the Kids Jennifer Stringer

If you think classical musical is only performed in front of dressed-up adults in a quiet concert hall, think again. For its 33rd season, Marsh Symphony on the Prairie will feature classical and pops concerts that will have audiences of all ages dancing, clapping, moving and grooving. Conner Prairie Amphitheater in Fishers, Ind., is the perfect backdrop to enjoy a night out with family listening to the sounds of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Arrive early so the kids can enjoy the great outdoors, either on Conner Prairie’s playground or on the rolling hills on the grounds. When the music starts, kids can pretend to be the conductor, dance and sway to the music, and clap along. In addition to being a fun night out with family, the concerts also may help little ones develop their musical intelligence. Researchers have found that the musical mind is engaged through activities like hearing and responding to music, and early musical experiences are necessary to help develop key pathways in the brain. Parents can introduce kids to classical favorites on June 20 or 21 when the orchestra kicks off the series with a program featuring works by Copland, Ives and Gershwin, or at the July 11–12 Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7

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concert which includes a performance by Time for Three, a group known for its genre-bending musical performances. If you want the kids to fall in love with some of your favorite tunes, be sure to attend the July 18–19 Classic FM: Radio Hits of the Decades concert, featuring hits from Elton John and Billy Joel to Aretha Franklin, Chicago and Adele. Symphony on the Prairie is great summer tradition for families with kids of all ages. Pack up the picnic basket, load up the car and head out for a concert this summer. Visit for more information about dates and times for all the concerts. Tickets are on sale now at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office or online at and discounted adult tickets are available at all Marsh supermarket locations with a Marsh Fresh Idea card. For more information, contact the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at (317) 639-4300 or toll free at (800) 366-8457. JUNE 2014 // INDYSCHILD.COM



The basic skills every child needs to know Julie Costakis


uring a field trip to a local museum, a school chaperone allows her group a little freedom to step outside and enjoy the view along the White River Canal. Although students are all around, no one notices a man with an impressive camera strike up a conversation with one of the girls. He asks to take a photo

on a nearby canal bridge, complimenting her “supermodel looks.” Her usual guardedness is momentarily disarmed by the unexpected flattery, and he moves close enough to nudge her toward the bridge. Would your child know what to do in this situation? The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children documented 9,000 attempted child abductions between 2005 and 2014. The most common abduction ploy is offering a child a ride, followed by tempting with candy or asking a question. Abductors also appealed to children by showing, offering or asking them to help look for an animal. Promising a chance at modeling or stardom is another tactic abductors use to tempt older children, who often dream of being “discovered” for fashion photography or acting.



“Teaching children to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations is highly effective,” says Nancy McBride, Regional Executive Director with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Half of the successful escapes documented by NCMEC were children running from the suspect. Yelling, kicking, pulling away and adult rescue were other means of escape. “Children should be taught to do everything possible to resist and flee from someone trying to grab them,” says McBride. “Instruct kids to draw attention to themselves and loudly yell, ‘This person is trying to take me!’ or ‘This person is not my father/mother!’” While new safety products exist such as AT&T’s FiLIP (a smart locator device worn on a child’s wrist with a one-touch button to call a parent), there is no substitute for a proactive safety plan.

• Listen to their gut about who feels trustworthy and who does not.

Begin the conversation early

As parents, we pray that our children will never encounter an exploitation or abduction situation. Unfortunately, potential predators can be very sophisticated in their tactics. Parents should discuss with their children the types of situations in which kids could be taken advantage of. Talk specifically about what they should do if they were ever to encounter a similar situation. Look for teachable moments to reinforce these messages. Also, review your rules about personal safety before an activity or event that separates you.

As soon as possible, begin ageappropriate conversations about personal safety. Encourage your child to tell you whenever he or she was made to feel uncomfortable or threatened. Openly communicate about the subject even through the college years. Excellent discussion guides for every age level are available on Resources.

The basics Every child should be educated to do the following: • Be able to communicate their full name, address and telephone number.

• Say “NO!” and tell a trusted adult when they are made to feel uncomfortable or threatened.

• They are asked to do something without permission or to keep a secret. • They are offered gifts, animals, money or “stardom.”

• Differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable touch.

• They are made to feel uncomfortable, scared or confused.

• Make a scene, yell, scream, kick or run if anyone tries to grab them.

• They are asked for help from a stranger, or to approach a car or follow someone.

• Never approach a vehicle, accept a ride or gifts, or talk to strangers without permission. • Ask a parent before changing scheduled plans. • Remember to stay in groups and not walk alone. • Know where the “safe havens” are along a designated walking route.

Rehearsing possible scenarios

Warning signs children should recognize Kids should be taught to tell their parent immediately if any of the following happens:

• They are pressured to do something dangerous or inappropriate.

The danger at home “One misunderstanding parents have is that danger to their children is greatest from strangers, when in actuality, more abductions and exploitations involve people familiar to the family,” says McBride. “Parents and guardians are also mistaken by assuming older children are fully prepared to handle these situations.” McBride recommends reading “Know the Rules: Abduction and Harm Prevention Tips for Parents and Guardians” for more information on this subject. ( publications/NC60.pdf)

As parents, we must keep our children safe while still allowing them to take full advantage of all the experiences the world has to offer them. By teaching kids how to recognize and react to potentially dangerous situations, we better equip them to feel confident in their own ability to keep themselves safe.




Ask the Teacher // Safety drills, social media woes and summer journaling Deb Krupowicz


I don’t understand why my second grader does so many drills for fire, tornado and lockdown. Is all of this practice worth scaring the kids?


Schools are mandated by their states to carry out a certain number of practice drills annually with the express goal of protecting children in an emergency, just as flight attendants must teach evacuation procedures every flight. School personnel are trained to teach children a clear procedure to follow that has been developed by safety experts. Ongoing studies render changes in positioning or approach based on the greatest degree of safety, requiring additional practice and discussion. Learning to execute these procedures in an orderly, systematic way is critical to a child’s safety should a true emergency occur. If the reassurance you and your child’s teacher provide does not help ease your child’s fears, discuss a strategy with the school counselor. In a case of excessive anxiety, a child can be prepared ahead of time that a drill will occur and when – removing the element of surprise. That may help alleviate some worry. A special placement near the teacher might be arranged to help your child feel better.




My daughter is in seventh grade. She and her friends are in constant communication via social media. This is causing so many problems in her circle of friends and even in how much rest she gets at night. What can I do to help?


Girls at this age have always had friendship struggles; social media multiplies those problems. In the past, what might have been passed to one person in a note and lost the next day is now made available to countless others and may be impossible to remove from public perusal. Because you only have direct control over your daughter, it is essential that you discuss her responsibilities as a person in today’s technological world. Explain that she should consider everything she posts as being published on a huge billboard. As adults we know that it is easy for someone to share a post that was intended to be personal when kids are at odds with one another. However, your daughter may be defensive of her friends, convinced that they would never do anything like that. To avoid questioning their loyalty to one another, stress instead that someone could share something inadvertently. The intention is irrelevant; the result is the same. Consider joining forces with the other mothers of your daughter’s friends. Presenting a united front will result in a greater impact on the entire group.

Many parents report that their kids are texting all through the night, resulting in their sleep being interrupted many, many times. You simply cannot allow this. The importance of rest for a child cannot be exaggerated. The temptation of responding to a vibrating phone will likely be too great for a girl wanting to be in touch with her friends constantly. The simple solution may be that her phone is checked in with you before bed and is returned in the morning. A good night’s rest is essential for academic success, emotional health and sound decision making.


Writing is something my fourth grade son absolutely detests. How can I get him to followthrough on his teacher’s suggestion to keep a journal over the summer?


Although a few children are born writers, most of them feel exactly as your son does. The last thing they want to do is write; it can be such an intimidating task! However, I don’t think that any of us would dispute the ever-increasing importance of effective writing with the amount of text we create and experience every day in both our professional and personal lives. Teaching kids to write well is essential. Writing a journal is different than writing a diary entry. A diary is a letter detailing the events of a day in a personal way, revealing the

writer’s private feelings. A journal, on the other hand, is writing that explains an event but concludes with a reflection or generalization about the experience – a lesson learned, a connection made. Help him generate a list of possible topics or gather a bag of objects for inspiration to prevent writer’s block. Remember that the idea is to keep your son writing, not that he be writing profound ideas about his day. Rather than give your child a notebook full of blank pages, use an option that involves technology. Moving the focus from a sheet of paper and a purely abstract idea to a concrete picture will help the task seem less daunting. Encourage your son to consider unusual topics like what he was seeing as he stood at bat with the bases loaded or what it was like for him to wait in line for his first jump from the high dive at the pool. Take a picture of him eating his favorite meal or doing a dreaded chore to inspire him to write. Using something as simple as PowerPoint where he can select interesting backgrounds and incorporate his own photos into his journal entries may make the process more enjoyable for him.

// 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




education & C H I L D C A R E schools & education

fishers Fishers Montessori

carmel Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

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

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

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

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



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

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GUIDE intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-5247090. Email:,

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

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center Fall School Year. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood, Full Time/Part-Time/Flexible Hours, Ages: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2’s+, 3’s+, 4’s/PreK (3 day or 5 day program) and Full Day Kindergarten (5 full-day program) (8:50 am to 3:00 pm) Before School/After School Care available daily as needed for all ages: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Call or email for brochure. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email:,

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are

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

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

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

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Mothers Day Out (12-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, with a wide variety of learning materials & readiness skills woven through each unit. Need longer hours? Try our child care ministry, The Neighborhood, designed for 16 mos-PreK. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake or Kelly Belt, Phone: 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-5756509, Email: or

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

Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School Share your love of learning with your children. Founded in 1960 by involved parents like you, Meridian Hills Cooperative provides a positive, nurturing environment wherein children explore and learn by doing. Spacious classrooms. Beautiful, wooded playground. Caring,

experienced staff of trained and degreed lead teachers. Adult/child ratios 1:4 - 1:6. Find us on Facebook. 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: See Admissions/Tours Info Online, Phone: 317-721-2322,

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

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

Park Tudor School Financial Aid: $15,330 for Jr. Kindergarten; $17, 760 for Sr. Kindergarten-Grade; and $18,830 for Grades 6-12. Ages/Grades: Junior Kindergarten (ages 3-5) - Grade 12. Uniforms/Dress Code: Dress code varies by grade level. Before/After School Care: Before- and after-school care offered. Open House Dates: Visit web site for a complete listing. 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Cathy Chapelle, Phone: 317-415-2700, Fax: 317-254-2714,,

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

St. Richard’s Episcopal School SRES strives for academic excellence through its classic curriculum with innovative teaching methods; it also provides preparation and knowledge in areas such as faith, leadership, civic responsibility, and global readiness. St. Richard’s offers a rigorous academic curriculum, three world languages, public speaking and leadership opportunities, a strong fine arts program and



organized athletics for continued lifetime success. Our newly redesigned Early Childhood Program uses brain-based research and proven instructional practices that lay the foundation in math and literacy skills. The program features unique field experiences, community partnerships, year-round offerings, and a full-day curriculum along with part-time options. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Abby Williams, Director of Admission and Communications, 317-926-0425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367, awilliams@,

Sycamore School At Sycamore, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, PE and technology are taught at all levels. Extensive field trips, athletics, child care, financial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered. 1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-2022501,,

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

Todd Academy, Inc.

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

Geist Montessori Academy The mission of Geist Montessori Academy's Pre-K program is to provide an environment where children can develop to their highest potential academically, emotionally, physically, morally and socially. We offer half day and full day programs for children ages three to five. Our Pre-K directress is AMS certified with nineteen years experience. 13942 E 96th St, McCordsville, IN 46055, Contact: Karen Swan, Phone: 317-335-1158, Email:, Type of School: Montessori, Ages/Grades: 3-5 years, Before/After School Care: yes,

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:,

indianapolis // south The Children's Cottage The Children's Cottage is a privately owned preschool, providing a loving and playful environment for toddlers thru school age children. Our compassionate and experienced staff offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum that stimulates creativity and promotes learning through play. Our small classrooms provide the individual attention your child needs and deserves. We are a paths to quality level three. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 5935 S. Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46227, Contact Ann Derheimer or Echo Shepheard 317-787-2990 54


multiple locations Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives: ICPC Indianapolis Area Preschool and Kindergarten Cooperatives Preschools: great for your child, great for you! Children and parents learn and grow together in the classroom with caring, experienced teachers. Multiple Locations in Indianapolis Area, ICPC Line: 317-767-7596

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

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: 317-8670158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email:,

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

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

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:,





// June isn’t just for brides. This month is packed with events in and around Indy that will appeal to every member of the family! Father's Day Car Show: June 15 Forest Park, Noblesville

Irvington Family Folk Music Festival: June 15 – 21 Various locations, Indianapolis

Asian Fest: June 7 White River State Park, Indianapolis

Sheridan Fireside Tales and Critter Showcase: June 7 Sheridan Community Park, Sheridan

Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival: June 7 Military Park, Indianapolis

Eagle Creek Folk Festival: June 7 – 8 Eagle Creek Park Marina, Indianapolis

Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival: June 12 Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis

Circle City IN Pride Festival: June 14 American Legion Mall, Indianapolis

INDIEana Handicraft Exchange: June 14 Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis www.indieanahandicraft

Johnson County Antique Market: June 14 Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds, Franklin

Old Settlers Day Street Fair and Classic Car Show: June 8

Talbot Street Art Fair: June 14 – 15

8800 Southeastern Avenue, Wanamaker/Indianapolis

Talbot Street between 16th & 20th, Indianapolis



Marion County Fair: June 20 – 28 7300 East Troy Avenue, Indianapolis

Pennsy Trail Art Fair and Music Festival: June 28 Along the historic Pennsy Trail, Greenfield

Fishers Freedom Festival: June 28 – 29 Roy Holland Memorial Park, Fishers

Shelby County Fair: June 30 – July 5 Fair Avenue, Shelbyville

PBS KIDS in the Park: June 21 White River State Park, Indianapolis

// Multiple date events

First Friday Food Truck Festival: June 6 (and every first Friday through October)

Indian Market and Festival: June 21 – 22

Old National Center, Indianapolis

Military Park, Indianapolis

Greenwood Freedom Festival: June 28 Craig Park, Greenwood

Nickel Plate Arts Festival: May 29 – June 1, Fishers June 5 – 8, Noblesville June 14 – 15, Noblesville June 21, Cicero/Atlanta/Arcadia June 28, Tipton



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calendar 01 SUNDAY Feeding Time at Eagle Creek Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Eagle Creek- Earth Discovery Center Pages/Calendar.aspx Watch as our educational reptiles, amphibians, and other critters enjoy their lunch! You'll learn some natural history about each animal along the way. On the menu: worms, defrosted mice, salad, crickets, and frozen bloodworms, yum! Free with park admission.

02 MONDAY Kids Koncert Time: 10-11 a.m. Price: FREE Phone: 317-573-5243 Location: River Heritage Park events#kids-koncerts Jump, sing and play outside to Island Breeze Duo We'll listen and dance around to new tunes, classic sing-a-longs, and kid favorites. Kona Ice will be present selling shaved ice. A portion of the proceeds will benefit our department-wide scholarships so that we can continue to offer programs to children and parents.

03 T uesday Critter Chats Time: 4-5 p.m. Location: Eagle Branch Library Children of all ages and families are invited to meet animals face-to-face and spend time getting to know about them during this presentation by Animalia.

04 W ednesday Guided Sunset Paddle Time: 5:30-8 p.m. Price: Single kayak $20, Canoe/double kayak $25, Personal canoe/kayak $10 Phone: 317-327-7130 Location: Marina at Eagle Creek Pages/Calendar.aspx Explore Eagle Creek Reservoir in a guided kayak or canoe paddle during a Wednesday night sunset. An experienced guide will lead 58


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you around to see the sights, enjoy the sounds, and tell you some history about the reservoir. Eagle Creek Outfitters provides all gear and basic paddle/safety instructions.

Experience Asia without leaving Indy! Enjoy cultural exhibits, performances, games, activities and cuisines of diverse Asian cultures…all in one festival. This year's featured country is China. Admission is free.

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Home Depot Free Kids’ Workshops: Build a Riding Lawn Mower Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Price: FREE Location: Home Depot (Locations though out Indy) workshops/kids-workshops Come learn how to build a pint-size riding lawn mower. FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 - 12. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.

Preschool Dance Party Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library Program Room For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers. Do your preschoolers have ants in their pants? Join us for a half hour of dancing fun as we shake our sillies out and rock the library! No registration is required.

0 6 F riday Summer Nights Film Series: Breakfast at Tiffany's Time: 7 p.m. Price: $10; $6 for members Phone: 955-2339 Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art A summer in Indianapolis isn’t complete without friends, family and a picnic under the stars, watching your favorite films, at the IMA Amphitheater. Patrons are invited to bring their own picnics (non-alcoholic beverages only), blankets and lawn chairs. The gates open at 7 p.m. with films starting at sunset (approximately 9:30 p.m.).

Summer Sale Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Price: Free Phone: 317-253-6461 Location: Second Presbyterian Church

This massive sale features more than 17,000 square feet of gently used bargains, including clothing, jewelry, housewares, toys, home and garden, furniture, china, books, and more. All proceeds go to local and international mission and outreach programs.

08 Sunday Kids Tri For Kids Time: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Price: $30 Phone: 317-582-0600 Location: IUPUI Sports Complex 7-8 year olds (Short Course): 100 meter swim, 2 mile bike and 0.6 mile run. 9-10 year olds (Short Course): 100 meter swim, 2 mile bike and 0.6 mile run. 11-12 year olds (Long Course): 200 meter swim, 3.7 mile bike and 1.0 mile run. 13-14 year olds (Long Course): 200 meter swim, 3.7 mile bike and 1.0 mile run.

09 Monday Call-A-Pacer: Bear's Loose Tooth with Chris Copeland Price: FREE Phone: 275-4444 or (877) 275-9007

07 S aturday 13th Annual Kids Fishing Derby Price: FREE Phone: 317-327-7116 Location: Eagle Creek Park Coffer Dam The Eagle Creek Park Foundation invites children ages 4-14 to one of the nation’s largest municipal parks for a free-fishing day. Kids can fish license-free and enjoy the great outdoors with a cookout, door prizes, goody bags, the Pacers Fan Van and area mascots. Asian Fest Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Price: FREE Location: White River State Park



Callers can listen to featured Pacers’ players and media personalities read part of a children’s story. Fans can visit their library to check out the featured book of the week; receive an autographed photo of that week’s featured reader; enter to win a book autographed by the reader and an official "I’m a Pacers All-Star Reader" sticker. Fans of all ages can call either 275-4444 or (877) 275-9007 or log onto, to hear players and personalities read pre-selected children’s stories.

10 T uesday Park Buddies Time: 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Location: West Park Children entering grades K-2 are invited to join us for Park Buddies. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a story, books to share, and a craft. For safety reasons, caregivers must remain with their child. In the event of rain, the program will be held in the Storytime Room at the library. West Park is located at 2700 West 116th Street in Carmel. No registration is required.

11 W ednesday Summer Showtime: Frozen Time: 1:30 p.m. Price: FREE Location: Central Library Children of all ages and families are invited for a showing of the film, "Frozen" (PG). This film will be shown in the Learning Curve.

1 2 T hursday 49th Annual Christ Church Cathedral Women's Strawberry Festival Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Location: In front of Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle Serving under tents on the circle begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. The “Works”: shortcake, strawberries, ice cream and whipped topping sells for $6.00; however, orders can be made a la carte, with or without any of the toppings for $2.00 each.

1 3 F riday Holliday Park Family Friday Night Campfire: Full Moon Time: 7-8:30 p.m. Price: $5/individual Phone: 3173277180 Location: Holliday Park Nature Center

Tired of spending your Friday night in front of the TV? Come share in a fun adventure for the whole family! We will start with time around the campfire then focus on our topic of the evening. We will provide roasting sticks and s'mores, you are welcome to bring hot dogs and make a meal of it! All ages, pre-registration required.

14 S aturday Lil' Pop: Miniature Garden Houses Time: 1-3 p.m. Price: $20.00 Location: Indianapolis Art Center Spring is here! The plants are sprouting, trees budding, and flowers blooming and how better to bring luck to your garden than with a ceramic garden or forest house for our woodland creatures! Join us as we use our imaginations to create garden and forest houses to protect the woodland creatures from the spring showers. We will hand build our houses and glaze them with bright, spring colors to help them blend in with the scenery and keep our woodland creatures safe. Ages 6-12 w/adult.

14 S AT – 15 SUN Curiosity Fair - Presented by Dow AgroSciences Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Price: Included in general admission: $15/ adult; $10/youth ages 2-12; members free Phone: 317-776-6006 Location: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park Special-Events/Curiosity-Fair.aspx Celebrate inquisitive spirits during this festival of wonder and exploration Kids (and kids at heart) are invited to play, create and investigate the mysteries of the world around them. Through a series of interactive exhibits, soaring demonstrations, hands-on experiments and fiery activities, you’ll be encouraged to look at your surroundings differently and ask questions.

16 Monday Marsh Cookout on the Circle Time: 11-1:30 a.m. Price: $6 advanced/$7 at event Location: Monument Circle-South quadrants Local Boy Scouts from Crossroads of America Council and Marsh Supermarkets join together for the 20th annual Marsh Cookout on the Circle. Each meal includes a bratwurst or grilled chicken sandwich, potato salad, cookies and a drink.

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39th Annual Ice Cream Social Time: 1-4 p.m. Price: $12 adults; $7 student’s ages 4-11; FREE for children 3 and under Phone: 631-1888 Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site Admission includes a walk-thru tour of the home of the 23rd President of the United States complete with enactors, activities for the whole family and one dip of cold delicious Blue Bell ice cream.

18 W ednesday Holliday Park Beastly Brunch Time: 10-10:30 a.m. Price: Free! Phone: 317-327-7180 Location: Holliday Park Nature Center What is your favorite breakfast food? The animals at Holliday Park love crickets, worms and even mice! Come see the nature center animals eat and learn all about these cool creatures. All ages, no registration required.

19 T hursday Prairie Plates at the Conner Homestead Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Price: $50 per person Phone: 317.776.6006 Location: Conner Prairie Take in the exquisite ambience of the Conner Homestead at sunset as you enjoy small plates of meats, cheeses and more from Goose the Market, a selection of ciders and meads from New Day Meadery and desserts from Sugar. After sunset, explore the beauty of the night sky with telescopes provided by Spaceport Indiana. A cash bar will be available for those who prefer other beverages.

20 F riday Friday Night FrogWatch Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Price: $5 Phone: 327-PARK or 327-7148 to register Location: Earth Discovery Center at Eagle Creek ECPark/Pages/Calendar.aspx Learn about frogs and frog calls, and visit a pond to search for the frogs themselves! Bring bright flashlights, wear old shoes/ boots, and a rain jacket if raining. Adults and all children ages 3 and up must be registered. We will be around a water at night, so be sure to register enough adults to supervise any children attending.

Ice Age Overnight Time: 7 p.m.-8 a.m. Price: $30 for members $40 for nonmembers Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum details/id/1152 Join us for an incredible journey to Indiana’s Ice Age and a chance to sleep with the mammoths. This family-friendly event features behind-the-scenes tours of the natural history archives, an IMAX movie, personal tours of the Ice Age Giants gallery, opportunities to toss an atlatl, paper airplane contests in the Great Hall, games, and more. Check-in on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. and end with breakfast at 7:30 the next morning. Leap Into Art Price: Price: $50, Play Group (Pkg of 10): $400 Phone: 317-636-9197 Location: Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center Leap into Art is a fun-filled, adults-only event which will allow guests to become a kid again! Arts for Learning teaching artists will present mini workshops and The Buselli Wallarab Orchestra will provide great musical entertainment. Attendees will explore their inner preschooler while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a wine pull. Leap Into Art raises funds for arts education programming for children in central Indiana. PDS Kids in the Park Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Price: FREE Phone: 3174894480 Location: White River State Park PBS KIDS in the Park is at a new venue this year: the lawn at White River State Park. Join WFYI and meet PBS KIDS favorites such as Curious George, the Cat in the Hat, Daniel Tiger, Sid the Science Kid, Digit from Cyberchase, Princess Presto, Peep, Chirp and Quack, Super Why and more. JUNE 2014 // INDYSCHILD.COM


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2014 Indian Market & Festival Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Price: $8 advance; $10 gate; FREE 17 & under Location: Military Park calendar/event/2014/06/21/defaultcalendar/2014-indian-market-festival Join us for one of the Midwest's largest Indian markets, featuring more than 130 Native artists, food, performances and family fun.

Celebrity Softball Challenge Time: 5-10 p.m. Price: $7.00 Phone: 317-269-3545 Location: Victory Field Join Robert Mathis, Roy Hibbert and other Indy celebrities for the annual Caroline Symmes Celebrity Softball Tournament presented by the Tony Stewart Foundation to benefit the Indiana Children's Wish Fund.

2 2 Sunday Holliday Park Insect Safari Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Price: $5/individual Phone: 317-327-7180 Location: Holliday Park Nature Center Get down and dirty looking under logs and sweeping nets through the air as we come face-to-face with the coolest insects creeping and crawling around Holliday Park. All ages, pre-registration required.

2 3 Monday Backyard Nature: Frogs Time: 10-11 a.m. Price: $4 per child Location: Garfield Park Conservatory http://www.garfieldgardens Join us for froggy fun! Meet a live frog, make frog slime and learn to make frog calls! Registration required.

2 4 T uesday Lunch Buddies Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Phone: 317-844-3363 Location: Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room Children entering grades K-2 are invited to join us for Lunch Buddies. Bring a sack lunch and a beverage and enjoy stories, movies, and a craft. Registration is required and begins Tuesday, June 17, online, in person, or by calling 844-3363.

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Little Green Thumbs Time: 10-11 a.m. Price: $5 Location: Garfield Park Conservatory http://www.garfieldgardens Bring your little gardener to get their hands dirty in the Children's Garden. Participants will have the opportunity to plant, care for, and harvest crops in the Garden. Registration required.

27 F riday Symphony on the Prairie: The Music of the Eagles Time: 8 p.m. Price: $23 in advanced $28 at gate Location: Conner Prairie Known for his popular symphonic arrangements of legendary artists Queen, The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson, guest conductor Brent Havens brings central Indiana TWO symphonic rock tributes: The Music of The Eagles on Friday, and the Music of Led Zeppelin on Saturday!.

28 S aturday 12th Annual Pennsy Trail Art and Music Festival Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Price: Free Location: Pennsy Trail The Pennsy Trail Art Fair and Music Festival is held on the Pennsy Trail which is located in Historic Downtown Greenfield, Indiana. The fair features quality artists, live music, children's art activities, great local food, art demonstrations, wine and beer vendors. Admission and parking are both FREE.



Little Red Door "Big Red Bash" Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Price: FREE Location: Lucas Oil Stadium Join Little Red Door at Big Red Bash! We’ll have yoga, Zumba® and Pound Rockout Workout® classes, a huge family fun zone and you can kick a field goal!

30 Monday Airmen of Note Time: 7:30-9 p.m. Price: FREE Phone: 317-236-2099 Location: Madame Walker Theatre Center airmen-of-note Join us June 30th at 7:30 pm for a FREE concert The United Sates Air Force's very own Jazz Ensemble will come to entertain us with a free concert. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

29 Sunday El Dia de la Familia Festival Time: 1-11 p.m. Price: FREE Location: Military Park This event offers the community a full day of Latin foods, music and family fun. Features a kids' area with fun & games, a wide selection of food vendors offering traditional Latin foods & desserts, a beer garden and more. Indianapolis Kids Triathlon Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Price: $30 Phone: 317-251-9467 Location: JCC Indianapolis For ages 14 and under. Race to the finish line and win a medal. This fun and friendly competition is open to children of all athletic levels and abilities. Register at

Family Films Location: Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers. 10:00-10:30 a.m. and 11:00-11:30 a.m. Join us for a few short, action-packed films based on popular children’s stories. Free tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children’s Reference Desk 30 minutes prior to the scheduled program start time. A ticket will be required for each person, including infants, attending the program.

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.


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

'Mary Poppins' The Broadway Musical Daily (except Mon) through Sunday, June 29th Times: 8:00 PM Cost: Varies Where: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Phone: 317-872-9664 Bring the family and get swept up with Disney’s high-flying Mary Poppins, live on stage for the first time at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Based on one of the most popular Disney films of all time, this musical is nothing short of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

2014 Summer Reading Program Occurring Daily Beginning Monday, June 2nd Through Saturday, July 26th Price: Free Phone: 275-4099

Location: Indianapolis Marion County Public Library Children of all ages and families are invited to celebrate our local international community and experience the joy of reading during The Indianapolis Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program, “Read in Any Langauge,” June 2 - July 26. The international theme of this year’s program encourages participants to “think global & read local” and open up the world through books while discovering voices both similar to and different than their own. Concerts on the Canal Occurring Each Thursday Price: Tables of 8: $50, Tables of 4: $40 Location: Kruse Family Stardust Terrace, History Center 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. The Stardust Terrace Café, outdoor grill and cash bar open at 5 p.m. Guests may bring their own food and nonalcoholic beverages to the concerts. Friendship Flea Market Saturday, June 14th Through Sunday, June 22nd Time: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Price: Free Admission, $3.00 parking fee Phone: 812-667-5645 or 859-341-9188 Location: Friendship Associates Inc. Indiana's Most unique flea market and antique show welcoming visitors and vendors since 1968. Almost 500 vendor

spaces selling a wide variety of merchandise and specialty foods. All blacktopped roads for those baby buggys and wheel chairs. Horse drawn trolley rides to and from town, stay late and enjoy the campfire and live country music. Camping and vendor space still available.

Naturally Inspired Art Show Occurring Daily Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone: 317-630-2001 Location: Indianapolis Zoo Each spring, the Zoo invites a group of 15 juried artists to make art "en plein air" (outdoors) at Naturally Inspired Paint Out Day. Artists turn a blank canvas or a hunk of clay into a truly extraordinary work of art inspired by the natural world, right on the Indianapolis Zoo's campus. After the paintings have dried and been professionally framed by The Great Frame Up, they will be displayed for the summer in the Schaefer Rotunda at White River Gardens.

Zoolapalooza Concert Series Occurring Each Friday, beginning Friday, June 20th Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Phone: 317-630-2001 Location: Indianapolis Zoo This summer marks the fourth summer for Zoolapalooza presented by Firestone Building Products and Firestone Industrial Products. This Friday night concert series keeps the Zoo open late and features great local bands performing your favorite hit music, specialty food options in addition to regular Zoo fare, and drinks specials. Both the animals and rides are available until 7pm. Zoo members, you can enjoy free unlimited rides from 5-7pm on a different featured ride each week.

River Crossing Outdoor Water Play Area Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Saturday, May 24th Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Price: Included in general admission: $15/adult; $10/youth ages 2-12; members free Phone: 317-776-6006 Location: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park River-Crossing-Play-Area.aspx In this fun water play area located in our Civil War Journey area, kids can climb aboard the Alice Dean steamboat, play with toys in a large water play table, splash around and shoot water cannons at each other and at targets. There are both open-air and shaded areas, seating space for parents and indoor, dry fun as well. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibit Saturday, May 10th through Sunday, November 2nd Cost: See website for ticket pricing Phone: (317) 334-3322 Where: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis An army of thousands, buried for centuries, protecting an emperor's tomb - come see the Terra Cotta Warriors in their only U.S. appearance in 2014! Examine more than 100 ancient artifacts and enjoy hands-on interactives that will let families become part of the research team and explore the scientific research underway that helps us picture the army in its original vibrant colors. Timed entry exhibit; additional ticket purchase required.



















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