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contents features

10 | SIX WAYS FOR FAMILIES TO ENJOY THE INDIANAPOLIS CULTURAL TRAIL Exciting things to explore all along the way! 16 | SUMMER FUN WITHOUT THE SUN Ten great ways to beat the heat

18 | WHAT I DIDN'T EXPECT WHEN I WAS EXPECTING Whose body is this anyway?



Zane Kampmeier

Photo by: Hannah Hilliard

commentary + parenting


around town 20 | AVATAR



24 | MANAGING MULTIPLES What to do when you're suddenly outnumbered

26 | WHEN TESTS GET IT WRONG 29 | BIGGER THAN THE BLUES Recognizing, treating and overcoming postpartum depression



29 special needs 34 | VIDEO GAMES Villain or hero for kids with autism?

38 | DIVE IN Finding the best swim instruction for kids with special needs

Helping children deal with long-term separation

44 | CAMP FOR TODAY'S WORLD Camps stay on the cutting edge




40 | Special Needs GUIDE 46 | education GUIDE






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FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne | PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox | EDITOR Susan Bryant | SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski | CREATIVE DIRECTOR Katie Pfierman |

Proud to be 80 My birthday is July 10th, but my mom insisted it should have been July 4th. I was a little too energetic for my parents most of the time and my “early to rise but late to bed” routine bewildered them. My mom often referred to me as a firecracker. I admit that I have never “slept in” and never missed a sunrise. I was always fascinated by my own children who could sleep until noon. Memories of my childhood always bring flashbacks of great family times on holidays. I remember the picnics in Brendonwood on the 4th of July and the big flagpole that my great uncle had in his yard. I have noted that families in Brendonwood still have a tradition of displaying the American flag each and every day. My Grandmother Stafford, whom I affectionately called Nanny, was a big advocate of the American Legion. She made hundreds of red poppies out of crepe paper in honor of the fallen heroes of the First World War. She made them year round and often let me help. She told me about the poem “In Flanders Fields” and the sacrifices families made long before I was born. Now that I have two grandsons deployed overseas, I take special interest in our military and the courage and dedication of each soldier to keep America free. Marine Lance Corporal Cary Wynne is in Afghanistan in the war zone and Lieutenant Rob Wynne is stationed on the USS Blue Ridge based in Japan where for the past two years he has been serving in the Navy. Both grandsons communicate with their parents in a very different way than soldiers in WW I and WW II. I am certain that this is good for morale to have email messages delivered to them so quickly. I read that the red poppy program may come back and be a symbol once again of our fallen and disabled soldiers. They have suggested that our wounded warriors may make poppies and once again sell them to help with their rehabilitation costs. I know that I would like to purchase or donate to the cause. Beginning in 1919, red poppies were always worn on Memorial Day and the American Legion volunteers accepted donations for the poppies. This 4th of July, try to find a parade or come to the tennis courts at North Central High School between 9 and 11 a.m. for an Independence Day “Play Day.” Every participant will go home with some tennis knowledge, an American flag and every court will have a patriotic theme. Maybe Uncle Sam will attend! Your $10 donations to Riley Children’s Foundation will bring you a memorable day with lots of patriotic music played while you march from court to court having fun and supporting a good cause. Hope to see you July 4th!

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[ community spotlight ]

community S POT L IGH T

conner prairie honored Conner Prairie’s well-known interpretive exhibits, indoor science and play area, and interactive Civil War experience have something for every member of the family to enjoy. The interpretive history park has now been named one of six “Magnetic” Museums in the country! Not only a place for historical artifacts, learning and programming, Conner Prairie forges emotional connections and has become a vital player in local communities and the region. President and CEO, Ellen Rosenthal, is pleased with this prestigious honor and stated, “We work tirelessly to innovate and focus on visitor engagement. We have seen dramatic increases in attendance, membership and fundraising in the last six years!”

indianapolis public library/central library july highlights The Indiana Pacers Fan Van visits the library on Monday, July 22nd at 1:30 p.m. Families are invited to read like a pro. This story time will feature guest readers and the Indiana Pacers' "wheel of prizes." Every Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 pm youth movies will be presented in the Clowes Auditorium. Check out movie titles at / curve/?page_id=7149. Patrons are encouraged to sign up for the summer reading program, Read Together Right Now, when visiting The Central Library!

looking for something cool to do during the hot summer? Attend an outdoor movie night at the Indianapolis Museum of Art! Guests may purchase food and drinks on site, or bring their own. This is a rain or shine activity. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, movies will be screened indoors in the Toby Theatre. This is primarily an adult event, however a few of the films are suitable for children. July 5: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) July 12: The King and I (1956) July 19: The Exorcist, July 26: Notorious (1946), August 2 : There’s Something About Mary (1998), August 9: Hoosiers (1986), August 16: The Big Sleep (1946), August 23: Rushmore (1998), August 30: The John Hughes vote (patrons vote online through August) - The Breakfast Club (1985), Pretty in Pink (1986), or Sixteen Candles (1984). For complete details visit and choose “films” from the Events and Programs tab.

march of dimes event a success Indy’s Child would like to thank our readers, staff, sponsors and all the participants in the 2013 March of Dimes March for Babies! Your support is vital to promoting stronger, healthier babies! Save the date for next year’s March for Babies. The event will take place on Saturday, May 10th!

freewheelin' it in indy! The Indianapolis Criterion Cycling Race and Festival promises excitement for the entire family. On Saturday, July 13th in University Park, 325 North Meridian Street, families may choose from two Freewheelin’ Family Rides, the first on a one mile race course or another on the newly completed Indy Cultural Trail. A variety of kids’ races, BMX stunt show, local food trucks and children’s activities are scheduled throughout the day as well. Check out for event details.


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Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Exciting things to explore all along the way! Taylor Newell, Communications Coordinator, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

1. Learn something new at an interactive museum or attraction along the trail including Rhythm! Discovery Center near Circle Centre Mall, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis Zoo and Indiana State Museum in White River State Park.

2. Chow down on some local cuisine all along the trail.

Create your own froyo at Pearings on Washington Street or snag some of La Margarita’s guacamole – these and other great restaurants are literally steps off the trail. Get lost in a range of local and ethnic food and drink options all in one place at Indianapolis City Market, and you can store your bike right next door at the Indy Bike Hub YMCA.

3. Take in local art at the many public galleries along the trail.

You’ll find most of them as you ride through Mass Ave. or Fountain Square. And you can’t miss the public art displays along the trail like ”Swarm Street” underneath Bankers Life Fieldhouse parking garage on Virginia Avenue, which simulates a swarm of fireflies by using 2,000 LED lights embedded in the sidewalk and steel overhang.

4. Catch a Pacers, Fever, Colts, Ice or Indians game. The trail extends to Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Victory Field, and all three world-class sports venues offer convenient places to lock up your bike!

5. Enjoy the green (and blue) space in downtown Indianapolis as you peruse the trail through White River State Park and along the Canal, both beautifully maintained. Explore these areas in a new way with a gondola ride on the canal or surrey bike/Segway ride through the park! 6. Shop for the whole family whether you’re looking for


ore than ten years in the making, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick celebrated its official opening in May with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and “Get Down On It,” a day-long community celebration that featured more than 80 exhibitions and performances at various locations along the trail. Now, with the eight mile trail fully completed, its arms reaching all five downtown cultural districts, it is easier than ever for families to discover our beautiful downtown by foot or bicycle. Here are six fun options for families to consider for an active day on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.


clothes, toys or jewelry. Locally-owned and operated downtown businesses along the trail like Silver in the City and Mass Ave Toys offer tons of unique gifts. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail offers the best, safest and most efficient means to explore downtown Indy on your own terms and at your own pace. If you’re coming from the north, ride in on the Monon Trail for a direct connection to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail at 10th Street, or drive and park at one of the more than 72,500 parking spaces downtown. For more on ways you can have fun with the whole family downtown, visit, “like” Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. on Facebook and follow @IndyDT on Twitter. For more information on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, family-friendly activities and other downtown fun, visit

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[ pediatric health ]

Vaccines Protect your child against contagious diseases with immunizations John C. Christenson, M.D.

One of the best ways a parent can protect a child is by ensuring he has the right vaccines at the right time. Your child’s pediatrician or family doctor can help. Children are left susceptible to contagious diseases, such as chickenpox, measles or hepatitis if they are not immunized. Some of the diseases are debilitating, have life-long effects, and can even be deadly. Vaccinations are extremely important for the health of your child as well as the health of the community. Millions of lives have been saved thanks to vaccines. Each year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publish an updated recommended immunization list and schedule for children (birth through six years) and for preteens and teens (seven - eighteen years) which are available online and likely available at your doctor’s office.

Vaccine risks, side effects There are risks with all medicines—including those in vaccines. However, the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks. In recent years, media outlets have fueled the fear of some parents that vaccines can cause conditions such as autism. Organizations such as the CDC, the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization all agree that there’s no evidence that vaccines cause autism. Potential reactions from a vaccine shot can include soreness, redness, swelling at the site of the injection and fever. These reactions are temporary and will subside. For the health and safety of your child, make plans now to speak to your family doctor to ensure everyone in your family is getting the vaccinations so important to their good health. For more information visit

How do vaccines prevent disease? 1. A weakened form of the disease germ or a part of its structure is injected into the body. 2. The body responds by making antibodies, a type of protein in our body that helps fight these invaders. 3. If the germs ever try to attack our body, the antibodies will return to destroy them and prevent infection. It can be difficult to watch your children receive a shot—but trust me—not nearly as painful as watching a child suffer with a disease you could’ve helped prevent. Multiple vaccines are often combined into single injections whenever possible to reduce the number of shots a child needs. Certain vaccines, such as those for measles or hepatitis B, last a lifetime. However, periodic shots, known as boosters, are needed for certain diseases—such as tetanus. Flu shots are another vaccination that is needed more than once. Physicians recommend an influenza shot for children six months and older every year. Pregnant women need a flu shot too because having the flu when pregnant can increase the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight of a baby and death of the mother. Plus, a flu shot for mom helps protect the baby after birth too. Infants are susceptible to the flu but can’t receive a vaccine until at least six months old. When mom receives a flu shot during pregnancy, the antibodies she develops are passed through the placenta to help protect the baby.


John C. Christenson, M.D., is the Director of the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

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[ pediatric health ]

Monogram Maternity A personalized approach to childbirth A Mother’s Story On February 18, 2012, Ashley Eddie gave birth to a beautiful 6 pound, 10 ounce baby girl. Although Ashley’s doctor wasn’t on call that night, she couldn’t have been happier with her experience. Below, Ashley talks about her journey with Monogram Maternity and how it worked out so well for her.

The choice We chose St.Vincent Women’s Hospital on the recommendation of our good friends who had all of their children there. I had been to the hospital to visit them after the birth of their youngest, and I really liked the feel of the hospital compared to others I had been to.

The Monogram way The Monogram Maternity appointments were very helpful. Kathy Ryan, the Monogram Maternity nurse navigator, answered any questions we had. We especially enjoyed the private tour of the hospital—we felt so much more at ease when I came to the hospital in labor because we knew exactly what to expect and where to go. More than anything, it was nice to know someone at the hospital—it made the experience more personal and less intimidating.

The big day—er, night (and morning) My water broke at 9:30 p.m. on a Friday night. I called the doctor on call, who happened to be Dr. John Leone. He told me to get our things together and he would let the hospital know we would be arriving soon. When we got to the hospital, we were taken to Triage. Once the resident checked to be sure my water had broken, we were taken to a labor room where the nurse started IV fluids and later Pitocin to help my labor progress more quickly. Our nurse, Amanda, was very encouraging and eager to answer any questions I had. I was surprised at how quickly my labor progressed, since this was my first baby. By the time I requested my epidural, my contractions were less than two minutes apart. Soon after that, I was fully dilated and it was time to push! Within an hour, at 6:52 a.m., our little lady was born. Dr. Leone placed her on my belly so we could see and snuggle the little miracle we’d been waiting on for nine months. We were instantly in love.


The surprises Before labor, I was trying to prepare myself to be flexible, but couldn’t imagine not having my doctor (Dr. Angela Stephens) deliver my baby. When the time came, I was very pleased with Dr. Leone and didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. Breastfeeding was much harder than I expected, but the lactation consultant, Dot, was very helpful and encouraging in getting us started. We had lots of visitors and loved the fact that it was on our own terms, not during specified visiting hours. Sleep-deprived and all, we couldn’t have been happier!

About Monogram Maternity: A Personalized Approach to Childbirth Operating out of St.Vincent Carmel Hospital, St.Vincent Women’s Hospital and St.Vincent Fishers Hospital, Monogram Maternity enables you to get to know the caregivers who will see you through pregnancy and birth. Your Nurse Navigator is an OB nurse who not only helps you design a customized birth plan, but is also available to answer your questions by phone or email. Then, through Monogram Maternity classes, you’ll gain confidence and experience that will take you through pregnancy, the big day and beyond. To learn more, visit

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What I Didn’t Expect When I Was Expecting Whose body is this anyway? Sarah McCosham


ongratulations: you’re pregnant! Now what? If you’re a mom-to-be, put your feet up and get reading! While you may be aware of the morning sickness in your future, there are many lesser-known pregnancy symptoms you may experience during the next nine months.

“I ate a cheeseburger.” Pickles and ice cream may be the old joke, but unusual food cravings do often occur with pregnant women. Aggie, mom of 20-month-old Annabelle, eats a very healthy, plant-based diet. So she was surprised when “around 25 weeks I had a craving for my first cheeseburger -- I never ate red meat before!” Meanwhile, Andrea, who gave birth to her second daughter last March, craved salads, olives and orange Tic Tacs (not at the same time, though!) The jury’s out on why pregnant women are prone to sudden, and often dramatic, cravings, but one thing’s certain: hormones are to blame. While it’s been speculated that people often crave what their bodies are lacking (for example, protein if you’re a vegetarian), there’s no scientific evidence to back up that theory. In general, if you’re craving a piece of cake or cheeseburger, go for it! Just try and balance your unhealthy cravings with healthy choices. And, as a cautionary note, if you’re craving non-food items such as paper or chalk, talk to your doctor, as it may be a sign of a more serious issue.

Everything hurts You’re growing a little human inside you, which requires a Hulk-like stretching of muscles, ligaments and skin. Dr. Abigail Litwiller, Assistant Professor of OBGYN at Indiana University, explains that during pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin causes the ligaments that hold the pelvis together to stretch. “This stretching is necessary to accommodate childbirth,” she says. The result? Aching, back-breaking, sleep-halting pain. Lara, a teacher in Indianapolis and mom to toddler Charlotte, says that sleeping became more difficult as her pregnancy progressed. “Sleeping was definitely uncomfortable by the third trimester -- I wanted to stay off my back and tummy,” she remembers. Adds Aggie: “I was nearing the end of my third trimester in the summer, which meant swollen ankles and calf cramps.” She found that prenatal yoga and stretching helped significantly. Dr. Litwiller says that prenatal massage is a great thing – “and women should receive massages from their partners, too!”

Labor, schmabor – recovery’s the rub Birthing class helps prepare women for the physical and emotional hurdles of labor – but what about recovery? In a recent Indy’s Child Facebook poll, we asked women to be frank about what surprised them during pregnancy. Many women responded that, while they were prepared for labor, they were not prepared for recovery. As one mom stated, “A heads’ up would have been nice!” Whether you deliver vaginally or by Cesarean section, the recovery process can be difficult. Dr. Litwiller explains that as the uterus contracts back to its pre-pregnancy size, 18 INDYSCHILD.COM

women experience a series of painful, menstrual-like cramps. And ironically, says Dr. Litwiller, “for second or third-time moms, these cramps are more painful than with the first.” Speaking of menstruation, for the first time in nearly ten months, you’ll experience a period of heavy bleeding as the body flushes out blood and other fluids. And, if you delivered vaginally and had stitches, you could feel sore as the stitches begin to heal. This may sound scary; but remember, you just delivered a baby -- you can get through anything! The key, says Dr. Litwiller, is “staying on top of the pain.” Take Ibuprofen (or whatever your doctor prescribes), and accept help as you allow your body time to heal.

“I didn’t expect to love pregnancy – and parenthood – so much.” Despite the aches, pains and crazy hormones, many moms still find ways to enjoy the experience as a whole. Says Lara, “I didn't expect to love being pregnant as much as I did. I mostly felt great and energetic the whole time.” In the end, you have completed a monumental process, and entered into a sisterhood of other women with whom you can always relate. After all, have you ever heard of a mom who didn’t share her unique pregnancy story?

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around town

[ museum note ]

Avatar Step into the amazing world of Pandora at The Children’s Museum Kim Robinson

Sci-fi fans will be delighted to enjoy a few opportunities this summer revolving around famous movies. The exhibition Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination can be seen at the Indiana State Museum through September 2, 2013. You will be able to watch Avatar Special Edition:  An IMAX 3D Experience at the IMAX Theater at White River State Park June 21 - July 3, 2013.  Members of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis receive $3 off admission to the movie when they present their member card. The highly anticipated immersive exhibit, AVATAR: The Exhibition will open at The Children’s Museum on June 22nd. Step into the amazing world of Pandora, created by director James Cameron for his extraordinary film AVATAR. Become a Na’vi—one of the people of Pandora—in a movie scene, interact with creatures in the Pandoran landscape and explore the cutting-edge filmmaking technology developed for AVATAR. See real props, sketches and models used in the creation of AVATAR, and learn how science was used to create Pandora’s beautiful animals, landscapes and people. To create Pandora, James Cameron and his team of artists re-imagined some of Earth’s most beautiful features and unusual creatures. You can have fun creating your own Pandora-type world at home. Take a flower or piece of celery, place the end in a cup filled with water and blue food coloring. Watch as the dye seeps into the base and creeps its way to the top – creating a flower with blue petals or blue vegetable. Also, many designers take great pains to research various cultures or historical time periods to determine props and costumes for a movie. You can use these as inspiration to create your own headgear or crowns at home with feathers, macaroni shells and construction paper. The movie props are also great conversation pieces to discuss with your child while educating him/her about other cultures and time periods. The Children’s Museum Collections Department strategically selected artifacts to accompany the exhibit that may have inspired some of the costumes in AVATAR (the movie) including the corset and headdress seen here. AVATAR : The Exhibition was organized by Seattle’s EMP Museum and developed in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.


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around town

[ indianapolis zoo ]

It’s all song and dance this summer at the Zoo Come join the fun with Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz! Melanie Laurendine

There will be more than birds singing this summer at the Indianapolis Zoo. That’s because the Zoo’s two annual concert series, Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz, are back to offer music, food and fun for family members of all ages. Start the weekend off right with entertainment from some of the area’s top musical acts during Zoolapalooza presented by Firestone Building Products and Firestone Industrial Products. Now in its third year, this musical experience will have guests rockin’ the night away for five consecutive Friday nights from June 21 to July 19. As the summer heats up, guests can keep it cool with Animals and All That Jazz presented by Indiana Members Credit Union. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, this great summer series will showcase distinctive artists, acts and musical stylings. This series, sponsored by Macy’s, kicks off July 11 and continues every Thursday through August 15. Both concert series have a new location inside the Zoo’s Party Pavilion. The music lasts from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with animals and a free featured ride for Zoo members available until 7 p.m. With plenty of animal exhibits nearby, as well as the Kroger Splash Park, guests can enjoy the full Zoo experience without missing a beat. In addition to regular Zoo fare and drink specials, each concert features specialty food options. With themed offerings ranging from luau lettuce wraps, “zoo-liders” and fluffernutters, the menu has a taste to tempt everyone. Plus, adults can also enjoy sampling each night from Sun King Brewery. Concerts are included with regular Zoo admission and free to Zoo members. Guests can also visit or follow the Zoo on Facebook and Twitter for complete concert lineups and special offers.


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Sarah McCosham

What to do when you’re suddenly outnumbered


icture this: your home pregnancy test comes back positive, so you schedule an appointment with your doctor. You arrive at your ultrasound, and lay down while the tech gets down to business.

And there it is: the heartbeat! You choke back tears, when suddenly on screen, there’s a second flashing little heart. Another baby? Excitement soon gives way to anxiety: how do you take care of two babies? How do you schedule sleep? What about feedings? And the stuff – will you really need two of everything? Take a deep breath! Here is some advice from moms just like you, who have figured out the tricks to loving life with multiples.

Handling sleep (or the lack thereof)

Having realistic expectations is key for adapting to nighttime with newborn twins. As is getting help when you need it. “We hired a nighttime nanny for those first weeks,” says Heather. “It made a huge difference.”

Feeding twins: formula or breast milk? However you decide to feed your baby, the feeding process itself will take up a significant part of your day. Newborns eat every 2-3 hours, so you’re looking at 8-10 feedings per day per baby. Assistant Professor of OBGYN at Indiana University Dr. Litwiller’s advice? “Get your babies on the same schedule!” Heather says this piece of advice has been invaluable. “Our twins spent their first two weeks in the NICU, and the nurses got them on a feeding schedule right away. Leaving them at the hospital was hard, but the feeding schedule was one huge positive that came out of it.”

Whether you have one newborn or multiples, odds are you’ll be up most of the night. Heather, mom of a two-year-old girl and 11-month-old fraternal twins, says that hands down, with an infant, “the hardest part was lack of sleep.”

Similarly, new mom of two Katie, who’s breastfeeding, tandem feeds her boys whenever possible. Nursing twins is a big commitment, and Katie says talking to a lactation consultant really helped.

But, Heather says having her older daughter prepared her for the all-nighters: “Dealing with two babies wasn't much different than having one -- I don't think I missed out on much more sleep with the twins than I did with our older daughter. No parent with a newborn, whether it's one or two, is going to get a lot of rest those first few months!”

When you’re coordinating feedings for your babies, be sure to get your partner involved. Patty, whose twins are now four years old, advises: “If you’re breastfeeding, have dad sit with you to help get the babies latched on and for emotional support. If you’re bottle feeding, try alternating overnight feedings so that you can get some sleep.”


Help! One expectation that many moms have for themselves is that they can “do it all.” “The reality is, moms can’t do it all – they’ll go crazy trying!” says Dr. Litwiller. Both Katie and Heather have hired college students to help out a few hours a week. Heather says she’s used this time to take her toddler out one-on-one, or go to an occasional yoga class. Katie also says she’s reached out to her local Moms of Multiples group, which has provided her with invaluable support, advice and friendship. “They brought me meals after the boys were born and I’ve borrowed various items from group members,” she says.

Crib: One at first, then a separate crib for each baby. Many moms start their twins in the same crib, transitioning to separate cribs once babies start rolling over. Bouncer/swing: Patty advises having a seat for each baby – “it makes showers/chores much easier!” In addition, you’ll need to stock up on lots of on burp cloths, onesies, wipes and diapers -- lots of diapers. Katie’s twins go through over 20 diapers each day! With the right attitude and expectations, life with multiples isn’t much different than life with one newborn. The biggest difference, though, is that there’s more love to go around. Says Heather, “I’ve been surprised by much I love having twins. It’s been amazing to watch them grow together, and I know it's only going to get better. Everyone told me twins are a complete blessing, and I have to say I agree.”

What you really need Afraid your home will be overwhelmed with baby equipment? Fortunately, you don’t need multiples of everything. Here’s what you’ll really need: Car seat: One per infant. Consider convertible car seats, so you’ll only have to purchase one per baby. High chair: One per baby. To save space, Patty recommends booster seats that attach to your dining chairs. Stroller: One -- a double (or triple) stroller. Visit a store that allows you to “test drive” models to see what you prefer. Once you find a stroller you like, Heather recommends looking for it used on Craigslist.

Local Resources for Indianapolis Moms Indy Multiples: Southside Parents of Multiples: Northside Twins and Multiples:

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There are few things more devastating than losing a child — especially when it could have been prevented. The tiny lives lost each year from infection with Group B Streptococcus can be saved by better screening and appropriate treatment. Group B Strep (GBS) is just one of the many bacterial communities that colonize a healthy adult. GBS bacteria live harmlessly in approximately 25 percent of healthy women. However, when the bacteria are transmitted to a baby during birth, the newborn can become seriously ill.

Negative Test, False Reassurance Stephanie Worthy was tested for GBS 33 weeks into her pregnancy and the test was negative. Her son, Jaxton, was born on the evening of December 7, 2011. He was completely healthy and sailed through all the newborn tests with high marks. Six hours later he was in neonatal intensive care for observation. Four days later he was dead. “They didn’t diagnose him [with GBS] for eight hours,” Worthy explains, presumably because her GBS test was negative. RaeAnne Latimore also tested negative for GBS, at 35 and a half weeks. Her son, Blake, was born at 5:30 in the afternoon of January 6, 2012, one month after Jaxton Worthy was born. At one o’clock the next morning Blake was making strange grunting sounds and Latimore couldn’t rouse him for feeding. She became concerned, but the nurse reassured her that the noises were normal. Latimore insisted that they look Blake over in the nursery. Half an hour later the doctor came in to tell Latimore that Blake was seriously ill. At 8:37 that morning, “our little fighter gave up his fight,” says Latimore. “They ruled out GBS because of my negative test,” she explains, but a nurse practitioner who had been on the team that tried to save him thought the symptoms looked like GBS and asked the pathologist to check for it in the autopsy. 26 INDYSCHILD.COM

She was right. GBS infection was the cause of Blake’s death. “Testing negative doesn’t mean you are negative,” warns Worthy.

Better Tests “False negatives can be a problem,” explains Amanda Smith, medical technologist in the microbiology department at The Pathology Lab in Lake Charles, Louisiana. “We were researching why even with patients who were getting good prenatal care, mothers who tested negative were sometimes delivering babies that were infected,” says Smith. In January of this year, The Pathology Lab switched from the old culture-based test to the illumi gene ® GBS test from Meridian Bioscience, Inc. because the molecular test is more sensitive, according to Smith. As more labs switch to the more sensitive molecular test, perhaps outcomes like Blake’s and Jaxton’s will become even more uncommon. [ Article submitted by Meridian Bioscience, Inc. ]

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bigger than the blues Recognizing, treating and overcoming postpartum depression Katrina Anne Willis

“You are not alone.” When asked if she had any advice for other moms struggling with postpartum depression, these wise words are what Indianapolis mom, Rachel, chose to share. After giving birth to her daughter one year ago, Rachel began experiencing postpartum depression (PPD) symptoms. Unable to adequately care for her three-year-old son, her husband and her household, she locked herself and her newborn baby away in the privacy of her bedroom where she succumbed to Netflix marathons and an overwhelming sense of sadness. “I wasn’t interested in anything except being in bed, holding my baby. I didn’t even want to spend time with my son, so he sat in front of the TV while I was in my room. I felt like there was a cloud over my head all day long.”

Recognizing PPD Up to 80% of all new moms experience some form of the “baby blues” after giving birth. Symptoms include bouts of unexpected crying, sadness, anxiety and irritability and usually subside without treatment one to four days after delivery. When symptoms persist beyond two weeks and extend into panic, an inability to function or thoughts of self-harm or injuring the baby, moms are typically diagnosed with PPD, according to Indianapolis licensed psychologist Beth Buckingham, Ph.D., HSSP. “There are varied types of postpartum mood disorders, including PPD, postpartum anxiety and postpartum psychosis,” says Buckingham. “All should be taken seriously, and all are 100% treatable.”

Causes and treatment There is no single cause of PPD. Instead, scientists believe PPD likely results from a combination of biopsychosocial factors, including genetic vulnerability, personal or family history, neurochemical variability, pregnancy hormones or neurotransmitters, psychological vulnerability, and/ or cognitive styles and coping mechanisms associated with having a baby. Research indicates that some new mothers are more susceptible to PPD, including those with financial strain, marital stress, substance abuse, physical inactivity, a family history of depression or prior bouts of PPD. “PPD isn’t necessarily selective, though,” Buckingham warns. “It can strike any new mom at any time. The key to both mom’s and baby’s health is seeking out treatment and support immediately.” Treatment itself differs by the type and severity of postpartum mood symptoms and may include psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, support groups and/or medication. “Seeking help was critical for me,” Rachel says. “As soon as my husband and I realized what I was experiencing was probably PPD, I went right to my doctor. She gave me a prescription, and I went into counseling soon after. Both the meds and the counseling have helped a lot, but I still have ups and downs. Thankfully, I have a wonderfully supportive husband who has been the epitome of patience and grace through all of this.”

A helping hand For Rachel, dealing with PPD has been an ongoing challenge and commitment. “When you have PPD, it feels really, really lonely at times. But there are other women to connect with who understand you. Find one – in person or online – who has made it to the other side. Don’t let anyone undermine what you are

feeling. Our bodies are complicated machines, and chemicals and hormones can get unbalanced. It’s important to remember that PPD is just a season and that with the right tools and coping mechanisms, you can get out from underneath that dark cloud.” If you or someone you love is suffering from PPD, don’t be afraid to reach out for support. If you’re contemplating thoughts of death, suicide or harming your baby, contact a crisis hotline immediately. Local and national resources are provided here, and your OB/GYN can provide additional contacts. Remember Rachel’s sage advice: “You are not alone.”

LOCAL RESOURCES: Community Health Postpartum Depression Support Group (317) 621-5719 Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis 007_007.html IU Health Postpartum Depression Support Group Imagine Hope Counseling Group

National Resources: Postpartum Progress groups-in-the-u-s-canada Jenny’s Light Postpartum Support International Mayo Clinic – Postpartum Depression JULY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 29

commentary and parenting

[ mommy magic ]

Where Happiness Lives In the course of a single day, happy moments abound Mary Susan Buhner

“Happiness.” I was curious what the actual definition of it was and after Googling the word I found it means a “state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” When I read this, the first thing I thought was that there is a big range between feeling contentment and feeling intense joy. To be honest, I feel content most days. I am blessed with a wonderful husband and healthy kids. What's not to be content about? But intense joy? That kind of made me scratch my head for a minute. How do I bridge the gap between feeling contentment and intense joy? After thinking about it for a while I decided it wasn't any particular event, moment or situation that could do it. And more importantly, it wasn't a person that could do it for me either. In reality, it was up to me. The older I get the more I realize that the time I make for myself brings happiness. Sleeping in makes me happy. Coffee in the morning makes me happy. Not talking on the phone before 9 a.m. makes me happy. I have learned these little things about myself over the years. I like cheesy 80’s music – my kids make fun of me for it, but it makes me happy. I used to always change the station to what they wanted to listen to, but when the sun is out and I have my windows down, I tell them to let me enjoy singing out loud to Rick Springfield or The Go Go’s. Three minutes of pure bliss. A good book, a funny movie, game night with my kids, date night with my husband, walking my dogs on the nature trail, time with a good friend - the list goes on. All these things make me happy and they all have to do with me and the choices I make. I am in charge of my own happiness. That doesn’t mean that I am selfish about it. It means that I am responsible for taking the time to do the things that make me feel, well, like me. As moms, sometimes it’s hard for us to own what makes us happy. The truth is, if you actually made a list you would probably see that it is not big stuff, but rather little things that fill you up and bridge the gap between contentment and intense joy – that this is where happiness lives. Summer is always a time for me to slow down, embrace family more and make time for special moments without being on an intense school schedule. Everyone has their ideas of how to make the most of this time - when you are making your list of fun things to do with your kiddos this summer, don’t forget to add in what makes you happy. Join the Mommy Magic’s Fan Page on Facebook and visit to be a part of the mom community that supports and encourages moms in Indy with helpful tips for motherhood!


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Video Games Villain or hero for kids with autism? Carrie Bishop

Video games as villain. It’s a typical portrayal among parenting circles. Moms, dads, experts and well intenders are quick to draw dotted lines from video games to childhood obesity, poor social skills and violence. The arguments are with some merit. Yet, in moderation and with parental oversight, the story can unfold quite differently. For kids with autism, video games may even be a good idea. Area experts weigh in.

iPad ups the social ante Beth Harp, a consultant with BACA Prep, is among those who believe video games can benefit kids with autism. She says it’s often difficult for these kids who exhibit atypical behavior to be seen as socially valuable to their neurotypical peers. On the other hand, if the kid with autism is playing Fruit Ninja on his iPad, this typical behavior may encourage other kids his same age to talk with him. This is one way video games actually help target the social deficits kids with autism find so hard to overcome.

Social skill nuggets lie within video gaming "The research is pretty clear that kids with autism have a preference for screenbased media, and that can be good and bad, but it's easy to harness and monitor," said Tim Courtney, research and training director for Little Star Center. He encourages parents to create social opportunities related to video games. For instance, the child with autism may be able to play a video game for a set amount of time if he asks mom for the controls, which promotes social interaction. A parent can pause the game and ask questions about the onscreen action. Games can even be taken offline. Angry Birds, for instance, can become a game of throwing blocks at a target. If the child is excited by video games, it can be used as a tool to further his social skills.

More leisure time for child begets more get-stuff-done time for mom Harp says people with typically developing children often take for granted that they can walk away from their child temporarily to do dishes or throw in a load of laundry. In her experience, parents of kids with autism are not able to take this kind of break. If, however, the child could enjoy playing a video game for 20 minutes, then the parent could tend to a chore or two. "It's a valuable skill for the home environment and makes things more typical," she said.

reinforcement when kids are young. Well, if we also then teach video games or looking through books or magazines it will fit more naturally into the real world," she said. On that note, video games on iPads, smart phones and other small hardware are easy to tote around and socially interesting, too.

Game in moderation

Technology is accessible and real world

Of course not all experts see intrinsic value in the tech-driven activity. “Students on the autism spectrum often find it easier to interact with adults who are more predictable or with technology because it is more predictable. While technology can provide an avenue for students with autism spectrum disorders to learn, it should not be the only or primary source used. Students need to be in situations that teach them to interact with others, to communicate in a meaningful way and to interact socially with others,” said Cathy Pratt, director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism.

Harp, who works frequently on leisure skills with young adults, says many times her clients don't know what to do if asked to sit down for ten minutes. "Waiting and occupying yourself are important skills to have...A lot of times we use edible

So, are video games villain or hero? Maybe a bit of both. In moderation, however, many believe they may deserve a supporting role.


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special needs calendar Adaptive Programming Date: See website for schedule Price: Varies by activity Location: The Monon Center, Carmel From cooking lessons to yoga to Flowrider® lessons, contact Carmel Clay Parks about their range of adaptive programming.

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Parent Presentation: Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD Times: 6:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-843-9200 Location: Brain Balance, Indianapolis

weds | 03=31 Play Group

Occuring every Wednesday Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: $35 Phone: 317-573-5245 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel Roll, catch, play, and explore Enjoy an active experience where you and your child will meet new friends, explore new ways to have social play, and have fun all at the same time. For ages 2 – 8.

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Dyslexia Institute of Indiana Parent Support Group Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Contact: Melodie Hornickel: mhornickel@diin-org or 317-222-6635 ext.222 Location: Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, Indianapolis

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Autism Family Resource Center Grandparents’ Support Group Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 36 INDYSCHILD.COM

Price: Free Contact: Diane Quillico at 317-882-1914 or Linda Knoderer at 765-438-4792 Location: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

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Brain Balance Open House Times: 2:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-843-9200 Location: Brain Balance, Indianapolis

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Karaoke Night Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $10 Phone: 317-573-5245 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel Come rock the night away as you sing your favorite songs. Participants choose if they want to sing solo or with a group of friends. You will enjoy an evening of singing, laughing, and socializing with your peers. This is sure to be a night to remember.

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5K Run, Walk, Roll for Joseph Maley Foundation Times: 9:00 AM Price: $10 ages 12 and under, $20 ages 13 - 20, $25 ages 21+ Phone: 317-432-6657 Location: Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis

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

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Autism Society of Indiana's Teens and Tweens Social Meet Up Times: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Price: $3 donation to St. Luke's United Methodist Church Location: Luke's Lodge at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Indianapolis

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My Child Has Special Needs: Now What? Times: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Price: Free Location: East 91st Street Christian Church, Indianapolis Phone: 800-964-4746 Lunch is provided for all registrants. Registration for this event will CLOSE July 17th. Finding out that your child has special needs can be overwhelming. This training provides families with a brief overview of how to find support for your child and family, find information and services, find coverage to pay for services, and will help you start thinking about the future.

Girls Night Out Times: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM Price: $20 Phone: 317-573-5245 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel Calling all girls, this night is all about YOU Get ready because we will be doing your make-up, face masks, nails, and have tons of girl talk. Join us today and make sure to bring your best friend.

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Central Indiana Autism Support Group Times: 6:00 PM Price: Free Contact: molly-lang@ nobleofindiana-org Location: Noble Broad Ripple, Indianapolis


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Easter Seals Teen Night Out Times: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Price: Free Contact: Joelle Samples at 317-466-2001 ext.2420 Location: The Monon Community Center, Carmel

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Football Clinic Times: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: $5 Phone: 317-573-5245 Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ever dream of playing in the NFL? Well, this might be your first step to achieving that dream. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s middle school football team wants to teach you how to play one of America’s favorite sports. This is your chance to learn basic football skills, drills, stances, and work on your agility. Come join us as at this exciting new clinic for ages 8 – 14.

parents night out

Price: Free Contact: Nicole at 317-466-2010 Easter Seals Crossroads4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46205 1st and 2nd Friday of every month Indian Creek Christian Church6430 S. Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN, 46259 1st Friday of every month Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle)11552 Fishers Landing Drive, Fishers, IN, 46038 3rd Friday of every month Speedway United Methodist5065 West 16th Street, Speedway , IN 46224

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DIVE IN Finding the best swim instruction for kids with special needs


Carrie Bishop

ids with ADHD do it. Kids with autism do it. Kids with Down syndrome do it. Even kids in wheelchairs do it. It’s July so we should all be doing it. What exactly is it? Swimming, of course!

It is no secret that swimming is fun. Take a look around. Kids are playing marco polo, squirting water guns and zipping down slides together. The sheer enjoyment of swimming can connect kids with special needs to other kids their age and help families find common ground. “It’s a great way to create social opportunities for kids,” said Brooke Taflinger, inclusion supervisor with Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation. More than fun, swimming is therapeutic, too. It can build strength in kids with low muscle tone. It’s easy on knees, joints and hips for those who are overweight. When surrounded by water, motor planning and verbal skills have been known to elevate in some children with sensory processing issues. Kids bound to wheelchairs can free their bodies in the pool. The list of benefits goes on. It is also a fact that swimming is a lifesaving skill. Accidents unfortunately do happen and swim skills can save lives. Some children are even inherently drawn to water, increasing their risk of water-related accidents. It makes sense that all children receive some formal swim instruction early in life. At a minimum Katie Gipson, swim instructor and owner of Aqua Ability Swim Academy, believes every child should learn to back float and get to the wall of the pool if they need to. It can be the difference between life and death. “I think it’s absolutely a must that a child with or without special needs learn to swim. Period. Water can be a great friend. It’s wonderful to be in and fun to be around, but it can be deadly,” she said. Swimming is clearly a good bet for most kids. How can you find the best program for your child with special needs? Following are tips from area swim instructors:

Know the organization. Taflinger says families should be familiar with the organization before signing up for swim lessons. Find out their mission. Do they understand and recognize individuals’ unique learning styles? Do they have the means to obtain adaptive equipment that may be necessary? Do they have a general knowledge of a variety of disabilities? Can the water be regulated to a temperature that the child needs? 38 INDYSCHILD.COM

Meet the instructor. Gipson believes parents should hire someone who will want the best for their child in and out of the pool. “Parents want to find someone who is going to love their kids, respect them, treat them well and care about the family and siblings. It really does take a village,” she said.

Check certification. Look for someone who is Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certified and who has experience in education or working with individuals with special needs. Confirm the cost. Private instruction typically runs $12 - $20 per 30 minute session. Group lessons are often around $8 - $10. Cheaper deals can be found, but the quality of the instruction is likely to be lower, too. Consider semi-private vs. group lessons. Taflinger says the size of class that’s best for the child depends on the parents’ goal. If socialization is a top priority then group lessons should be considered, though lessons with only two or three other children are preferable. To learn specific swim skills she recommends private because the child will learn the skills at a faster rate. While it may be more expensive in the beginning, in the long run the child will learn more quickly and require fewer lessons. Semi private lessons may be good for siblings who are close in age and ability level. It's July already and everyone's doing it. So, dive don't dawdle into a great swim program that will teach your child swimming fundamentals.

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[ special needs listings ]

special needs


Applied Behavior Center for Autism

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

Autism Consultation

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

Autism Society of Indiana Applied Behavior Center for Autism

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis

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

Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation

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

Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry

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

Little Star Center

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

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

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

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

Middle Star Center

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

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

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

Unlocking the Spectrum

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

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When Mom or Dad is in the MILITARY

Sarah McCosham

Helping children deal with long-term separation


indy was 32 weeks pregnant when her husband Rob left for Afghanistan. “Watching the busses drive away was the worst feeling in the world – all the ‘what ifs’ started entering my mind,” Mindy recalls.

Two months later, their son Landon was born. Handling her husband’s deployment was trying enough, but doing so while raising their first child alone was incredibly difficult. “I didn’t think I was strong enough to do it on my own,” says Mindy. Landon was almost six months old when his father returned. For the first few months of his life, Rob was able to see his new son via Skype. On the morning of Rob’s arrival home, Mindy was full of emotions. She was excited to see her husband, but unsure of how Landon would react. She didn’t need to worry. “Normally when a stranger held Landon, he would cry. But when his daddy held him for the first time, it was as if they had 42 INDYSCHILD.COM

known each other the whole time. It was the most amazing feeling finally having my family together.” The fact is, it’s not uncommon for kids to grow up with a parent in the military. In 2011, roughly 1.3 million Americans served in one of the five branches of the military, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many of these military personnel have children, and these kids inevitably face a variety of challenges unique to military life – most notably, deployment. Below are some suggestions for families dealing with this situation.

What your child is experiencing Children – especially younger children – thrive on consistency and routine. When mom or dad is in the military, often the only thing that’s consistent is the lack of consistency.

Dr. Nerissa S. Bauer, Behavioral Pediatrician and Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, explains: “Children may feel a host of different feelings such as anxiety, sadness and anger. Much of this is related to the separation and uncertainty of when the parent will be back home.” Before mom or dad deploys, it’s important they talk honestly with their kids about this upcoming situation. Dr. Bauer explains that parents should “give enough information to communicate to the child that the deployment will take place, then allow the child's questions to guide how much more information the parent should provide.” Dr. Bauer also says that before a parent leaves, it’s important to come up with a ritual that the parent who will be deployed shares with the child, and that the other parent can continue during their absence. “I often suggest specific children's books to help children start the conversation of feelings. Stories about similar situations allow for active discussion of what is occurring and allow children another way to process what’s happening.”

Mindy says Skype was essential for talking with Rob, as it gave Landon a chance to see his father regularly. She also says she posted many pictures on Facebook, which was easy to do with her Smartphone. Don’t forget snail mail -- sending care packages is a great way to get kids involved. Mindy says the flat-rate boxes from the post office were a lifesaver, as they allowed her to send candy, personal care items and even Girl Scout cookies without paying exorbitant shipping fees.

Advice for the parent at home Deployment isn’t just difficult for kids; it’s hard for parents, too. Explains Dr. Bauer, “It’s challenging for the parent at home since he or she can feel like a single parent for the period of time, juggling everyday life and trying to keep routines for children so that things are as ‘normal’ as possible.”

Staying connected

In addition to keeping a strong line of communication open with your partner, it’s also important to have a network of friends and family who can help you through the deployment. Erica, a mom of two whose husband has faced several periods of active duty, says it’s critical to have people you can lean on. “You can’t do it by yourself – it takes a village!”

Speaking of routines, it’s important to establish how your children will be communicating with the deployed parent. While long-distance phone calls may not be practical, there are many ways to keep in touch. Email, instant messaging, online photo albums, Facebook and Skype are just some of the ways to stay connected during deployment.

Lastly, don’t feel like you have to “do it all” in your partner’s absence. Says Erica, “You can have bad days. Drop the kids off for no reason except that you need you time! You don't have to be super mom or super dad -- you already are just because you're there.”

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for Today's World

Camps stay on the cutting edge

What’s something that is over 150 years old and kids think is just as “cool” as ever? The camp experience! Year after year, camps evaluate their programming and adjust their activities, focus and other offerings to meet the ever-evolving needs of today’s families.

Peg L. Smith, CEO, American Camp Association

sessions and varying session lengths. And 85 percent of ACA-accredited or affiliated camps offer discount options — the most popular being for early registration. As times change, however, one thing stays the same. All kids need fun, developmentally appropriate learning experiences — and that is one thing on which the camp experience was founded. Camps are ready to meet the needs of today’s families; they continue to be your partner in giving your children the very best!

Family camp About half of ACA-accredited and affiliated camps now offer family camp programming. Family camp is a great way for parents to experience camp with their children. It can be considered a fun “vacation” option for families while simultaneously helping to grow the family bond and experience time away from electronics. Many camps also promote their family camp option to alumni as a way to come back!

New programming Even in just the past two years, camps have added many new and exciting programs. The most popular new options are adventure camps/programs, nature/ environmental education programs and gardening programs. Other new programs include college planning programs, health/wellness and fitness programs, service learning /community service programs and cooking with food from the camp's garden. Over half of ACA camps offer one or more academic activities, such as science, computers/technology, international culture, etc.

Today’s needs Today’s kids spend an average of seven hours in front of a screen each day, and the percentage of overweight and obese kids and teens has more than doubled in the past thirty years because children are becoming more sedentary. But 80 percent of ACA camps report that kids are getting at least the CDC’s recommended one hour of physical activity per day — and many exceed that! And with nearly three-quarters of ACA camps putting an embargo on personal electronic devices, kids at camp can spend their time connecting with nature and with each other! All children and youth deserve to benefit from the camp experience, regardless of families’ summer schedule or budget. That’s why many camps now offer multiple 44 INDYSCHILD.COM

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

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[ school listings ]

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

Contact: Elizabeth Williams, 317-846-8182,,

fishers Fall Creek Montessori Academy

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

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

The Montessori Learning Center The Montessori Learning Center offers a Montessori elementary program for grades 1-5. We focus on developing the whole child through interaction with an interdisciplinary curriculum. Our program specifically meets the needs of each child and is aligned with Indiana State Standards. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, 46 INDYSCHILD.COM

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

Fishers Montessori

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

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

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:,

indianapolis - north Arthur M. Glick JCC

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

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center 2013-2014 School Year. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity,

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 childphysically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Cara Paul, Director, 317-252-5517,,

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

Heritage Christian School

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

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

St. Richard’s Episcopal School

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

Sycamore School Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School

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

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

indianapolis - northeast Montessori Centres

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

The Orchard School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

indianapolis - northwest


Bethel Early Childhood Academy (BECA)

Montessori School of Westfield, Inc.

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

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 JULY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 47

Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-867-0158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email:, www.

zionsville Advent Lutheran Preschool

Advent offers a Christian learning environment for children ages 2 through 5. Our wellbalanced program supports emotional, social, cognitive, physical and spiritual development. All children, regardless of faith or church affiliation, are welcome. Call to schedule a tour. Registration is open for the 2013-14 school year. 11250 N. Michigan Rd., Zionsville, IN 46077, Contact: Deb Trewartha, Phone: 317-873-6318, Email:, http://

Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool Universal Preschool at Boone Meadow provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning. We will provide a quality program through:Â Organizing the environment so it is conducive to success,


providing specific directions and instructions, acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. 5555 S. 650 E., Zionsville, IN 46075, Contact: Donna Hudson, Phone: 317-873-2226, Email: dhudson@zcs.k12.,

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: www.

Wee Folk Childcare Quality in-home child care serving caring families for 20 years. (CPR, 1st aid certified, and state licensed). Two meals and one snack

provided daily along with baby food and regular formula. We provide quality learning through play in a non-smoking Christian environment. Preschool program providing Kindergarten prep is available. Meridian Kessler Neighborhood, Phone: 317-926-3640, Hours/ Dates: 7:15 am -5:30 pm Monday - Friday, Ages/ Grades: 4 weeks+, Religious Affiliation: Christian, Specialties: Infants, toddlers and preschoolers

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commentary and parenting

[ ask the teacher ]

Ask the Teacher Summer reading, new school anxiety, keeping up with technology and 4th fireworks fear Deb Krupowicz

a great springboard for discussions about the challenges ahead. It may also help increase your daughter’s comfort level in talking to you about problems that come up later.

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I want to encourage my middle school daughter to enjoy being outside and active as much as possible this summer, but I know she should also be reading. What can I suggest she read so that this activity seems fun rather than a pain?


Summer provides the perfect time to read, but it is understandable that knowing what to read can pose a challenge. Consult http:// reading.htm for a comprehensive collection of book lists that are offered for specific age groups and both genders. The site also provides several links to related sites that may provide interesting insights for you as you work to guide your child. For a fun approach, consider selecting some books that have been made into movies. Read the books together and then see the movie. Comparing the book to the movie version of the story provides a well-disguised comprehension challenge. There are many popular titles about the situations teen girls face with their friends, with boys and with school. Your local book store will have them prominently displayed! Reading some of these with your daughter can provide 50 INDYSCHILD.COM

Summer is only half over, and my son is already freaking out about starting a new high school. What can I do to help his confidence?

To help your son feel better about what is coming, help establish familiarity before classes start. As soon as the buildings are open, meet with a counselor. Have him walk the halls and become comfortable with where his classes are. The counselor may be able to pair your son up with another new student or someone with similar interests. Taking a summer school class is a great way to meet some other students, even if the class isn’t required for your son’s academic program. Perhaps the counselor can provide an email contact of a teacher whose class is a concern for your son. The teacher could provide some tips for being prepared for the first day so your son walks into class ready for what is coming. Work with the counselor to identify activities that your son may be interested in. Make sure that your son knows when the activities start and what should be done to sign up. If possible, have him make contacts with the leaders or coordinators of the activities now so that he doesn’t get cold feet later. No matter how reluctant your son may be, insist that he try some activity. This may be tough initially, but it is essential to meeting people and to creating a rewarding high school experience.

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My kids’ school is relying more and more on technology. I am very uneasy about this change. Is it really good for kids?

Every significant shift from our own experience creates some anxiety. Increased reliance on technology is absolutely mandatory; schools must utilize every possible avenue to engage students in learning in ways that best prepare them for their future. If schools aren’t making the shift, they are putting students at a distinct disadvantage. Accept that insisting on education happening the way it happened a generation ago will not prepare kids for the world in which we live.

To prepare your children for this shift, spend some time exploring technology with them. Introduce them to keyboarding websites to hone their typing skills. Familiarity with efficient typing cannot happen too early. Become comfortable with the tools that your school and its teachers use. Don’t hesitate to set up a meeting with your children’s teachers as soon as school starts for a tutorial on where to find what. Your own understanding will eliminate confusion and tension.


My preschooler is so afraid of fireworks that she dreads the Fourth of July. I want her to understand what a patriotic celebration this is. How can I help her see this as a special holiday rather than an occasion to dread?


Help your daughter appreciate what is behind the fireworks by reading some patriotic books written for young children. Try reading I Pledge Allegiance, America the Beautiful or Fourth of July Mice. Draw the analogy for her between her birthday candles and the fireworks display, suggesting that because this celebration of our nation’s birth is for every American, beautiful fireworks must light up the sky for all to see. To help decrease the noise factor, have her listen to uplifting patriotic music through ear buds to add to the feeling of celebration and filter out the noise.

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

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

Winter for a Day True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert My kids love summer, but every once in a while, even my little sun worshippers need a little break from the heat. Last year our family hit that point right around the time the thermometer reached record 100+ degree temperatures. We were desperate for activities to do. Even the pool isn't that much fun when you’re baking in the sun and the water feels more like a bath than a swimming pool. We decided that for one day we would pretend it was freezing cold, the dead of winter.  Here's what we did.

the library in July than mid-December. When it was time for coloring, we dug out leftover Christmas coloring books and filled in pictures of gingerbread houses and candy canes. We warmed up our cold bones with hot chocolate and delicious bowls of chili for dinner, then made snow ice cream with crushed ice for dessert. The kids put on their Christmas jammies and we read Frosty the Snowman for a bedtime book. It was a great day. There were times when it really didn't feel like summer at all. 

First, we kept the blinds closed the entire day. It didn't seem as hot if you couldn't see the sun beaming down on our scorched lawn. We listened to Christmas music. It's hard not to imagine winter when you are singing along to “Jingle Bells” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.” 

If you ever get to the point where you're getting "burned out" on summer, give “winter for a day” a try. I think you will enjoy it.

We watched Christmas DVDs, which are a heck of a lot easier to reserve at


Happy Parenting!

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Buying local from a nearby farmers market is an excellent choice for many reasons. One can enjoy fresh produce and support local farmers and artisans while shopping in the fresh air – and feel great about reducing one’s carbon footprint and setting an example for the next generation of shoppers. Indy’s Child has compiled a listing, by county, of the fantastic farmers markets around town. Grab your reusable bag and check them out! Cumberland Farmers Market Saturdays through October 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Tuesdays through September 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Cumberland Town Hall 11501 East Washington Street

Irvington Farmers Market 2nd Sunday each month through October 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 5301 East Saint Claire Street

Meridian Farmers Market Thursdays through October 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm 3808 North Meridian Street

Stadium Village Farmers Market Tuesdays through September 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm 801 South Meridian Street

Waterman’s Farm Market

Marion County Abundant Life Church Farmers Market

Broad Ripple Farmers Market

Thursdays through September 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm 7606 East 82nd Street

Saturdays through mid-November 8:00 am - 12:30 pm Broad Ripple High School 1115 Broad Ripple Avenue

Binford Farmers Market Saturdays through late October 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Hawthorne Shopping Plaza 62nd and Binford Blvd.

City Market Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 9:30 am - 1:30 pm 222 East Market Street

Daily through early November 8:00 am - 8:00 pm 7010 East Raymond Street

Boone County Traders Point Creamery Green Market Fridays through October 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 9101 Moore Road in Zionsville

Zionsville Farmers Market Saturdays through September 8:00 am - 11:00 am Main and Hawthorne Streets


MARKET GUIDE Hamilton County

Hendricks County

Carmel Farmers Market

Avon Farmers Market

Saturdays through October 8:00 am - 11:30 am Center Green (next to The Palladium)

Tuesdays through September 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Hendrick’s Regional Health Parking Lot 8244 East Highway 36

Fishers Farmers Market Saturdays through September 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Fisher’s Amphitheater 11601 Municipal Drive

Fishers Saxony Market Saturdays 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 131st Street and Olio Road

Noblesville Farmers Market Saturdays through October 12th 8:00 am - 12:30 pm Riverview overflow parking lot State Road 19 and State Road 37

Westfield Farmers Market **This market has been cancelled this season due to construction.

Wilson Farm Market Daily through October 9:00 am - 6:00 pm 1720 East 256th Street in Arcadia

Brownsburg Farmers Market Thursdays through September 5 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm Brownsburg Town Hall 61 N. Green Street

Danville Farmers Market Saturdays: through September 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Historic Courthouse Square 51 West Main Street

Lakeside Farmers Marketplace 1st and 3rd weekend of the month through October 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 2448 East 300 in Greenfield

Wednesdays 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm Saturdays 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Greenwood United Methodist Church 525 North Madison Avenue

Taylor’s Farmers Market Weekdays 8:00 am - 7:00 pm 2434 East 750 N in Whiteland, IN

Morgan County Mooresville Farmers Market Wednesdays through September 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Mooresville Consolidated School Corp Building 11 West Carlisle Street

Pittsboro Farmers Market Saturdays through August 9:00 am - 11:00am Scamahorn Park 52 State Road 136

Morgan County Farmers Market Saturdays through September 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Martinsville Square 180 South Main Street in Martinsville

Plainfield Farmers Market Wednesdays through September 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Plainfield Friends Meeting lawn 105 East Street

Johnson County Hancock County

Greenwood Farmers Market

Shelby County Shelby County Farmers Market Saturdays through October 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Downtown Square 501 North Harrison Street in Shelbyville

Franklin Farmers Market Wednesdays 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm Saturdays 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Johnson County Courthouse Square 5 East Jefferson Street


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calendar mon | 01

Fireworks (in a Jar) Time: 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM Price: Free Location: Carmel Clay Public Library Help us celebrate Independence Day with some indoor fireworks. We’ll do some cool experiments and a craft or two. For children entering grades 1-5.

tues | 02

Trailblazing Twos: Picnic "Ant"ics Times: 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Price: $6 R; $9 NR Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Cumberland Park Building/Shelter, Fishers July is a great time to take a picnic, but picnics are often interrupted by ants. Use magnifying glasses to explore the ground, learn about insects, and gain a new appreciation for these uninvited guests. Your two-year-old will trail blaze their way to loving nature in these programs. Pre-registration is required.

weds | 03 Featuring patriotic pops, a salute to our veterans and a spectacular fireworks display during Stars and Stripes Forever, your Fourth of July has never sounded so good!

thurs | 04 Glorious Fourth

Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Included with general admission Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers Take a trip to the past and participate in authentic Fourth of July fun straight from the 1800s. Visit 1836 Prairietown where festivities, games, songs and patriotic presentations await, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Indianapolis Indians vs. Louisville Bats Times: 6:00 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-269-3545 Location: Victory Field, Indianapolis Every fan receives a rally towel and a fantastic fireworks show follows the game.

Marsh Symphony on the Prairie: Star Spangled Symphony

fri | 05

Through Friday, July 5 Times: 8:00 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers

Times: 6:30 PM Price: $6, members; $10, public;

Summer Nights Film Series: Raiders of the Lost Ark

free for children 6 and under. Phone: 317-920-2659 Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, which means it's time for The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series! One of Indianapolis's favorite summer traditions takes place in the IMA Amphitheater every Friday. Gather friends and family for an evening under the stars.

sat | 06

Community Days: Mega Make & Take Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-920-2659 Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art Join us for a free day of Mega Make & Take activities in the Pulliam Family Great Hall.

sun | 07

Cincinnati Reds vs. Seattle Mariners Phone: (513) 765-7000 Location: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Mariners! Sundays are family days at the ballpark! One member of the family pays full price and may purchase up to three nonpremium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Outer View Level


and Kroger Bleachers. As part of family day at the ballpark, free kids Reds cap offered to the first 8,000 kids 14 and younger.

mon | 08

Professor Steve’s Spooky Science Show Time: 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM Location: Carmel Clay Public Library Professor Steve will demonstrate amazing science, all wrapped around the world of skeletons, laboratories, and monster movies. Witness the high-tech way of launching toilet paper – not with your arm but with a leaf blower. Learn the history of Frankenstein as we produce 500,000 volts of electricity from a Tesla Coil. These and other amazing science experiments await. For children entering grades 1-5.

tues | 09

PlayFULL Hours: Music and Movement Times: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Price: $2 FR; $3 NR (or flex pass) Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, Fishers PlayFULL Hours is a new play initiative that offers the opportunity for children to interact and play with a variety of materials. Play opportunities are available for children ages 1-5 and are based on a theme or equipment provided. Children 6 and older are not allowed. A parent, or supervising adult, is required to stay.

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weds | 10

Summer Showtime Films Times: 1:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-275-4100 Location: Central Library, Indianapolis Children and families are invited for a showing of the film, "Here Comes the Boom" (PG). This film will be shown in the Learning Curve.

thurs | 11

Science Nights: Fact or Fiction: The Droids from Star Wars Times: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $10 member; $15 non-member Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Join us for an evening celebrating the science in science fiction with guest speakers from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Each Science Night offers a real-world look into futuristic technologies and the science of action movies.

Target Free Family Night Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free museum admission Location: The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Tonight’s theme: Summer Splash! Create art and experiment with the properties of water during this celebration.

fri | 12

Indianapolis Early Music Festival 2013 Through Sunday, July 14 Price: Single $22; Student $12 Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Indiana History Center, Indianapolis Founded in 1967, this is America’s longest continually running festival of baroque, medieval, and renaissance music performed on authentic instruments of the period.

24th annual Ice Cream Social on the Circle Times: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Price: $3 per giant ice cream sundae Location: Monument Circle, Indianapolis Guests can treat their taste buds with gigantic sundaes served by more than 30 celebrity scoopers. The event will also feature face painters, mascots, interactive games, displays, music, the Pacers Fan Van, and Molly and her calves – real live cows from Purdue Dairy Sciences.

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Big Red Bash hosted by Little Red Door Cancer Agency Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Price: Free Location: Military Park, Indianapolis Come learn how to prevent cancer at this fun community event. There will be a food truck rally, children’s activities, health screenings and more. This year we’ll have the Colts Play 60 zone Teach your kids how to be active while they pretend to be their favorite football players.

Indy Criterium Cycling Race and Festival Times: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-459-0059 Location: University Park, Indianapolis Indy’s premier cycling race and festival features family fun rides and kids 58 INDYSCHILD.COM

activities, a BMX stunt show, bike polo, kids races, live music and more.

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Indianapolis Indians vs. Columbus Clippers Times: 1:30 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-269-3545 Location: Victory Field, Indianapolis At tonight’s game, children 14 and under receive a hot dog, bag of chips and bottle of water with price of admission.

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

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Mobile Lab for Children Times: 1:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-275-4390 Location: Central Library, Indianapolis Young ones ages 10 - 14 are invited to use laptops and software to explore digital creations of music, art and film inspired by the colorful era of the 1960's. Each participant will receive a USB drive to keep. Call 275-4390 to register.

weds | 17 Beach Bash

Times: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Price: Free – but limited to the first 200 to arrive Phone: 317-776-9743 Location: Morse Park and Beach, Noblesville Beaches, sunbathing and fun are the perfect combination for summertime! Our FREE annual Beach Bash is a fun way to enjoy summer. Activities include great music, games and tons of fun in the sun!

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Summertime Cabaret Through Friday, July 19 Time: 10 AM and Noon

Price: $8; under two free Phone: 317-917-9454 Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio, Indianapolis Puppeteer Heidi will present her trick marionette variety show for campers, day care centers and grandparent outings. Fun for all ages! Optional postshow, workshops $3. Also showing July 11 and 12.

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Holliday Park Family Friday Night Campfire: Mammals Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $5/individual Phone: 317-327-7180 Location: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Come share in a fun adventure for the whole family. We will start around the campfire and then focus on the topic of the evening. We will provide roasting sticks and s'mores. You are a welcome to bring hot dogs and make a meal of it! All ages, pre-registration required.

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Star Wars® Fan Day: Use the Force Times: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Price: Included with museum admission Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Discover the science behind “The Force”! Enhance your technology skills, object levitation aptitude, quick reflexes and speed. Challenge all of your senses, your sci-fi knowledge and refine your design skills for a parachute drop!

sun | 21

Backwards Dinner Times: 4:00 PM Price: $35 for 2 people Phone: 317-638-7881 Location: The Indianapolis Propylaeum Have some fun and let your family learn some new etiquette lessons. This dinner starts with the invitation to wear your clothing backwards, tour our Victorian guessed it, backwards...and enjoy a three-course meal and the 30 points of etiquette...backwards. Try this fun event that everyone will soon be talking about. Reservations required, 638-7881.

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Kids Koncert: Ruditoonz Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Hip Hop Choreography Workshop Also on Monday, July 29 Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $50 public / $40 JCC members Phone: 3172519467 Location: Arthur M. Glick JCC, Indianapolis This 2-session workshop is perfect for children who love Beyonce and Black Eyed Peas...learn the coolest improvisational hip hop dance moves from former Indiana Pacemate Kim Reed. For ages 8-11. Light dinner served.

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Dance Around the World Sampler (for children) Times: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Price: $32 public / $24 JCC member Phone: 317-251-9467 Location: Arthur M. Glick JCC, Indianapolis Parents of children ages 7-11, drop your children off at the JCC for a few hours and enjoy some time on your own. Children will learn dances from around the world. Dinner and snacks provided.

weds | 24 Touch a Truck

Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Price: $3/child Phone: 317-848-7275 Location: Carmel High School Stadium Parking Lot, Carmel Does your child love watching big trucks pass by as you drive? Come explore fire trucks, police cars, limousines, and more Let them sit in the driver seat and honk the horn as their imagination soars.

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Holliday Park Summer Concert Series: Dave and Rae Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-327-7180 Location: Holliday Park, Indianapolis Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and head to Holliday Park for a free evening of family fun! Sponsored by the Friends of Holliday Park.

Summer Stock Stage Presents: West Side Story Through Sunday, July 28 Times: 8:00 PM Price: $17 Phone: 317-415-2787 Location: Park Tudor School Ayres Auditorium, Indianapolis The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. Tickets for all performances on sale now through our website.

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Exploration Stations Times: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Price: Free Location: Carmel Clay Public Library For children ages 3-6 & their caregivers. Drop in and explore together different science and math stations.

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Indianapolis Indians vs. Syracuse Chiefs Times: 7:30 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-269-3545 Location: Victory Field, Indianapolis An autograph session featuring Lou Brock and entertainment from The Pirate Parrot will be available at the game. Autographs will take place for two (2) hours from 6:00 8:00 p.m., limit one (1) autograph per person. Lou Brock will not sign bats or jerseys.

(Not So) Scary Snakes 'Round the Campfire Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Price: $4 FR; $6 NR Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, Fishers What do you think when you hear the word snake? Are they slimy, rough, smooth or dry? Join us as we separate fact from fiction with one of the most misunderstood animals. Participants can touch a live snake at this program. Please register by the week before the event.

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Garden Tour at the IMA Times: 1:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-920-2659 Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Renowned for their beauty and history, the 152-acre campus includes: Oldfields, a 26acre American Country Place estate that has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark, the Indianapolis Museum of Art's 26-acre main campus and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres.

mon | 29

Kids Koncert: Island Breeze Duo Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: Free Phone: 3178487275 Location: West Park, Carmel events#summer-kids-koncerts Watch your child bounce to the beat of his or her own drum and play outside. Join us throughout the summer as we sing and dance to classic sing-a-longs, kid favorites, and new tunes performed by Indiana artists.

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Indianapolis Indians vs. Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Times: 7:00 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-269-3545 Location: Victory Field, Indianapolis 2-for-1 Tuesday! Visit any central Indiana McAlister's Deli location to pick up a voucher good for 2-for-1 admission. Enter the promo code found on the voucher on step 3 of your purchase.

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Madcap Puppets: The Cinderella Files Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Location: Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel Bring the entire family and see what happens when Cinderella’s fairy godmother goes on vacation and her husband, Ralph, must get Cinderella to the ball. These tremendous puppets make stupendous shows! For families with children of all ages. NOTE: At Indy's Child, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.

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ongoing events Treehouses: Look Who's Living in the Trees! Daily through Monday, September 2 Price: Included with general admission Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers Clamber among the trees indoors this summer in this traveling exhibit! Investigate the habitats of trees using nature's clues and monthly hands-on activities.

Art in the Park Sundays, July 7 through July 28 Times: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-920-2659 Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art Mix a little art-making into your nature time with a different art activity each month in the 100 Acres. Projects are designed to be accessible and fun for museum visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience. July's theme is “POP Art”! – one part science and one part paint, equals a beautifully, bursting good time!

The Green Market Fridays through October 25 Times: 4:00PM-8:00 PM Price: Free admission Location: Trader’s Point Creamery, Zionsville At The Green Market, you’ll find local vendors who are using sustainable practices to create the most healthful products for our bodies and our Earth. Dinner is served on the deck from 5PM until dusk.

Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination Daily through Monday, September 2 Price: museum admission plus $10 per person Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis

This exhibit explores the Star Wars films, the real science behind them, and the research that may someday lead to reallife versions of the technologies seen in the films. The exhibit also features props and costumes from all six Star Wars films.

Museum Nights on the Canal Thursdays through July 25 Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Enjoy free admission to the Indiana Experience, hands-on activities, face painting and added family-friendly programming, including disaster preparedness for kids, African-American experiences in Indiana and more! The Concerts on the Canal series, Thursdays, 6-8 PM, continue through Aug. 8.

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

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


Marsh® Symphony on the Prairie

Animals and All That Jazz

Fridays, June 21 through August 30 (except Wed., July 3) Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful sounds of Symphony on the Prairie! Add another level of fun to your evening by booking a flight on 1859 Balloon Voyage and float 350 feet above the symphony before or during the show. If you'd like to make a day of it, come early and explore Conner Prairie before the symphony begins. (Admission to Conner Prairie requires a separate admission charge.) See website for concert line up.

Thursdays, July 11 through August 15 Times: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Price: Included with general zoo admission Phone: 317-630-2001 Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Cool down on a hot summer night with the smooth sounds of jazz. Animals and All That Jazz presented by Indiana Members Credit Union is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with some amazing acts, including several favorites from previous years.

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale Tues-Sun., June 25 through Sunday, August 4 Times: 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM Phone: (317) 334-3322 Location: The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Hold on to your hair and prepare for this hilarious, fairy tale adventure! Princess Rapunzel is trapped in a tower by the evil Lady Za Za in the deep dark, dreary forest. It’ll be up to Sir Roderick to rescue Rapunzel and restore her rightful place as the ruler of the kingdom. Along with the help of a witty, old dragon named Socrates, a Gypsy Woman and the hairdresser Edgar- this cast of characters will all surely find a way inside your heart.

Smoke on the Mountain Friday, July 5 through Sunday, August 18 Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-872-9664 Location: Beef & Boards, Indianapolis One of the most unforgettably entertaining families to ever step foot on the Beef & Boards stage returns this summer for more bluegrass Gospel fun. Back by unprecedented demand and opening July 5, the hilarious musical Smoke on the Mountain signals the return of the lovable Singing Sanders Family.

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

Butterfly Kaleidoscope Daily through Tuesday, September 3 Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-630-2001 Location: Indianapolis Zoo Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies as these wonderful winged insects return to The Hilbert Conservatory following a two-year hiatus. We've transformed the indoor gardens into a tropical paradise to bring you butterflies in a way that you've never experienced them before! NOTE: At Indy's Child, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information. JULY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 61











fun+wacky INDY'S CHILD


mon 1

international joke day


world ufo day


macaroni day

how to celebrate: Try your hand at some home made pasta


video games day

junk food day


how to celebrate: Allow yourself one day to splurge on your favorite not-so-healthy foods




on this day

on this day

the first Boeing 707 airplane flew in 1954

Apollo 11 lifts off on its voyage to the moon in 1969



summer leisure day how to celebrate: Relax by the pool all day!

beatrix potter's lasagna day birthday how to celebrate: Read your favorite Peter Rabbit book before bed

sugar cookie day


how to celebrate: Decorate cookies as a family after dinner!


tape measure day


eat beans day




how to celebrate: Have tacos and beans tonight for dinner

how to celebrate: Come up with a clever new joke and make your friends laugh



teddy bear's picnic day


how to celebrate: Take your teddy on a picnic today!


the first ice cream thru cone was introduced day


on this day

the first US Patent was granted to Samuel Hopkins in 1790

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sat world kiss day


how to celebrate: Be sure to give your mom and dad extra kisses today!



on this day french fries day how to celebrate: Have burgers and fries for dinner tonight

the manufacturing machine that makes brown paper bags was patented

25 threading the needle day aunt and uncle day how to celebrate: Take up a new hobby and learn how to sew

in 1904

cheesecake day


chicken wing day

18 stick your cow on this day Disneyland opens appreciation day tongue out in 1955 how to celebrate: Have a big glass of milk day to quench your thirst

blueberry muffin day



on this day drive


happy fourth of july!




how to celebrate: Send a card or draw a picture for your favorite aunt or uncle!

ice cream soda day



on this day

Bugs Bunny first debuted in cartoons in 1940

Monogram Maternity Presents

Beautiful Beginnings

A free monthly event for mothers to be! When: 6–8 p.m. on Thursday, August 1st Where: Café Patachou near the Fashion Mall Register at today.

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