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Indy's Best Ice Cream


Hot spots for cool treats all over town

Pregnancy Predicaments How would you handle these sticky situations?

Birthday Bash!

Ideas for memorable out-of-the-box party venues

Online Academies

Eight common myths about virtual learning

Summer Fun Without the Sun

Beat the heat with these indoor activities!




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

Hot. Hot. Hot! There’s no doubt about it – summer is here in full swing! The average temperature in Indianapolis during the month of July is 85 degrees, and even for kids who live for summer, a run of days in the upper 80’s can zap energy and good moods.

The solution? A few go-to destinations where families can have fun and be in the A/C. Lucky for you, in this month’s issue of Indy’s Child, we’ve put together a list of just such places in Summer Fun Without the Sun. From indoor play spaces and museums to nature centers and book stores, we’ve got 16 ideas to beat the heat next time the temperature gets too hot to enjoy outdoor activities. Speaking of summer, is there a better way to cool off on a hot day than with a few scoops of your favorite ice cream? Whether you’re a hand-dipped devotee or a soft-serve enthusiast, there’s no shortage of choices in our area. Check out some of our favorite places to visit in our guide to Indy’s Best Ice Cream on page 12.




Although the start of the school year isn’t until next month for most students, if you’re considering a different educational environment for your child, you’re probably weighing available options right now. Many parents are unaware of or misinformed about the virtual learning opportunities that are currently available. To learn more on the subject, take a look at our article on Online Academies for a discussion on the common myths often associated with online learning. As always, we appreciate you picking up this month’s issue. Here’s hoping your July is a great one – with just the right balance between summer heat and air-conditioned bliss!

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Get social on the Circle Who doesn’t love ice cream? Stop by Monument Circle on July 14 for an ice cream sundae with all the toppings! This marks the 27th year for the Ice Cream Social on the Circle and many of Indy’s local ice cream shops will be out helping add to the sweetness. Be sure to take part in face painting, a photo booth, Pacer Fan Van, live music and a scavenger hunt during the celebration as well. The cost is only $3.00 and all proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. Bonus: More than 30 celebrities will be there to serve up sundaes! Monument Circle, July 14 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Can’t get enough ice cream? Check out our guide on page 12 for the best ice cream spots all over town when your next craving hits!

Grab your bike! The IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival is a fun way to enjoy bicycling in the heart of the city while watching world-class amateur and professional bicycle racing. Families can kick off the day with the PNC Family Fun Ride at 9:30 am that begins with a one mile parade lap on closed city streets and then continues for a 3.5-mile tour of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. From 10 am - 2 pm, kids can take part in the PNC Kids Zone by Riley Children’s Health, featuring bicycle obstacle courses, BMX stunt shows, face painting, games, food and FUN! Be sure to sign your kids up for the free PNC Kids Bicycle Races down Meridian Street for youth ages 3-8 taking place at 2 pm. Monument Circle, July 8, 9:30 am

Got a free weekend this summer? Then plan a quick family getaway! Indy’s Child has travel guides for camping destinations, train excursions, water parks and more. Check out all our suggestions online for one tank trips sure to please the whole family. Have an idea we haven’t covered yet? Let us know and we’ll add it to our summer lineup!




Grab your dance shoes! The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will be celebrating National Dance Day! Join them on July 29 to watch special dance performances throughout the day. Visit the DANCE! exhibit to explore the history of dance around the world. All ages are welcome to participate in the fun! Don’t miss other dancing related events this month: July 8, Beyond the Exhibit: Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Beat Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis


Where to celebrate the 4th of July! Lights over Morse Lake, June 30-July 4 Morse Park & Beach Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, July 1-4 Conner Prairie, show starts at 8:00 pm (Be sure to buy your tickets!) Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast, July 4 Indiana War Memorial at 6:30 pm Party on the Plaza, July 4 Indianapolis City Market, 7:00- 11:00 pm

Science at play

Independence Day Social, July 4 Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1:00 pm

Come to the Indiana State Museum to explore the many facets of the chemistry sets and science toys that kids love. The Science at Play exhibit will take a deeper look into these popular purchases for kids. Featuring more than 250 different science kits and toys, this exhibit is a must-see for budding scientists and their parents.

Independence Day Fireworks with the Indianapolis Indians, July 4 Victory Field, 7:05 pm

Beginning on July 22 Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

Blast on the Bridge, July 4 Geist Reservoir Bridge, 6:00 pm Carmel Fest, July 3-4 Rangeline Road and City Center Drive at 9:45 pm

Kick off July with a Taste of Indy This annual event is back on the Circle with tons of exceptional restaurants and chefs participating. The Taste of Indy encourages eating good food while promoting a healthy life style by bringing community restaurants together in one place for everyone to try. From traditional American fare to Cajun and Hispanic to Mediterranean (and much more) there’s something for every palate. Interactive chef demonstrations are scheduled along with concerts featuring local musicians, plus an awesome kids’ play area and a wine and beer garden for adults. Kids 6 and under are free as well as service members with a military ID. Bring the family and come join fun! Saturday, July 1 at Monument Circle from 11:00 am- 9:00 pm

Celebrate July 4th at Eiteljorg, July 4 Eiteljorg Museum, All Day Noblesville Parade & Festival, July 4 Noblesville High School, 4:30 – 10:00 pm, Parade starts at 4:30, festival starts at 6:00 pm followed by fireworks. Zionsville, July 4 Lions Park, Fun begins at 5:00 pm, fireworks at dusk IPL Freedom Festival, July 4 Indiana War Memorial, 6-10 pm July 2017 // INDYSCHILD.COM 09



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Indy's Best Ice Cream Hot spots for cool treats all over town A hot summer day and a cool, creamy ice cream cone go hand in hand. Thankfully, there are plenty of spots throughout the greater Indianapolis area to grab a scoop (or two). Here are 7 of our favorites.

1. BRICS 901 E 64th St, Indianapolis Hours: Sun-Thurs noon-10:00 pm, Fri & Sat noon- 11:00 pm Located just off the Monon Trail and housed in a historic train depot turned charming ice cream shop, Brics' reputation for delicious, hand-churned ice cream spreads well beyond its Broad Ripple home. Bonus: “Briclets” are the perfect scoops for little ones.

2. Wyliepalooza Ice Cream Emporium 5535 E Washington St, Indianapolis Hours: Daily 12:30-9:15 pm (until 10:15 pm Friday and Saturday) In addition to a wide variety of super-premium ice cream flavors, this shop in historic Irvington serves up gluten- and soy-free options, milkshakes, espresso and bubble tea. Bonus: Wyliepalooza also offers super student ice cream awards to local schools.

3. Mrs. Curl Ice Cream Shop

6. Alexander’s on the Square

259 S Meridian St, Greenwood

864 Logan Street, Noblesville 369 West Jackson Street, Cicero

Hours: Daily 11:00 am-9:00 pm (until 10 pm daily June 1-August 14) This quaint ice cream stand with ample outdoor seating has been a favorite in Greenwood for over forty years. Here you can find everything from soft serve ice cream and handspun milkshakes to chili dogs and tater tots! Bonus: Still housed in its original building, a visit to Mrs. Curl is like a trip back in time.

Alexander's on the Square in downtown Noblesville has a unique selection of 36 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream. Alexander's on the Water in Cicero off of Morse Reservoir has 16 hand-dipped flavors and 24 soft serve flavors. Bonus: Indulge in one of their famous jumbo breaded tenderloins while you’re there.

4. Traders Point Creamery

7. Sundae’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt

9101 Moore Road, Zionsville Hours: Indoor Dairy Bar: Mon 11am-4pm, Tues-Sun 11am-5pm; Outdoor Dairy Bar: Mon noon-4 pm, Tues-Sun noon-8 pm



9922 E 79th St, Indianapolis Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Fri & Sat 11:00 am-11:00 pm, Sun noon-10:00 pm

Enjoy hand-scooped artisan ice cream year-round in the rustic indoor dairy bar. During the summer months, you can savor your frozen treat under the big Indiana sky at the open-air dairy bar, located at the front entrance to the farm. Both serve ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes and smoothies. Bonus: Enjoy a self-guided farm walk while enjoying your treat.

With over 30 years of experience in the ice cream industry, Sundae’s has mastered classic recipes as well as innovative new flavors. Choose from more than 40 flavors made the old-fashioned way: one batch at a time. Bonus: Pick up some fresh-roasted coffee beans to brew that perfect cup of coffee at home.

5. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt

Cup, cone, shake or malt – it’s all good! Make sure to indulge at your favorite ice cream spot this summer!

8760 E 116th St, Fishers 2466 E. 146th St. Carmel Hours: Sun- Thurs 11:00 am - 9:30 pm, Fri-Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm


Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 am-9:00 pm, Sun noon-9:00 pm

Launched on a hot summer day in Ohio in 1945, Handel’s has a long-standing tradition of making its creamy concoctions fresh on site daily. Their philosophy? “We Never Skimp!” Bonus: Check their website for coupons before you head out.

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WORDS BY // Leslie Olsen, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Dance! Why it’s good for the heart and soul (and maybe even test scores!) Wouldn’t it be nice if whenever the mood struck, you could stop what you were doing and sway, spin or full out salsa to a tune you liked? For children, regardless of where they are, hearing music almost always inspires a few dance moves. The car, the grocery story, your family room, it doesn’t matter – kids love to dance. Inhibition is not a concern for most young children (and isn’t that great?) The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis invites families and children to explore their own self-expression and learn more about the history, trends and types of dancing around the world when they visit the newly opened exhibit DANCE! Young and old are invited to put on their dancing shoes, learn new moves and see how it feels to perform on a stage. From the Roaring 20’s through the present, popular dances will be demonstrated – everything from the Charleston to the Macarena. Show your family the dances you remember and let them teach you some current steps. Many of the health benefits of dancing are obvious for both adults and children. From ballet to ballroom, hula to hip-hop, dancing can improve cardiovascular health, help with weight control, improve concentration, relieve stress… the list goes on. For children, movement is especially critical. “We know there are many children who are kinesthetic learners, and their comprehension of learning concepts improves when they are allowed to incorporate dance and movement into their educational experiences,” says Cathy Southerland, Director of Early Childhood Education and School Programs. “Dance activates the brain’s sensory and motor circuits, which improves retention.” Here’s even more reason to encourage dance. Several studies within a recent REAP (Reviewing Education and the Arts Program) report showed a relationship between dance in school and improved reading skills and improved math and mechanical skills. According to EduDance, which teaches ballroom dancing to school-aged students, dancing is particularly beneficial for children who are physically or mentally impaired by fostering a more positive attitude and helping them to explore their own selfexpression. So, grab your ballet slippers, tap shoes or tennis shoes and tell your story, express your emotions and build strong relationships through dance.

DANCE! at The Children’s Museum is presented by Subway and supported by the Indianapolis Indians and Koorsen Fire & Security.




PHOTO CREDIT: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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Fun Will Take Flight at the Zoo this Summer Experience dynamic bird presentations and live music inside the new Bicentennial Pavilion Cascades of color fill the skies starting this summer thanks to the Indianapolis Zoo’s new bird presentation, Magnificent Macaws presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers. Flocks of big, brightly colored birds fly from destinations across the Zoo – in open air above guests – to the new Bicentennial Pavilion for programs that will be unlike anything visitors have seen before in the Midwest. In all, more than 50 macaws of seven different species will make multiple, scheduled flights each day from aviaries located throughout the Zoo, including a new exhibit in Forests. The addition of the dynamic Magnificent Macaws presentations, which will continue through September 13 this year and return in spring 2018, offers opportunities for guests to learn about the conservation challenges facing these vibrant yet threatened birds. Magnificent Macaws is among the many animal programs and enhanced event opportunities the Zoo will offer inside the Bicentennial Pavilion. As the new venue for summer concerts as well as expanded




activities for holiday events, the Bicentennial Pavilion will become an all-seasons destination for family experiences and wild educational encounters. Summer in the Pavilion kicks off with Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz, which will offer ten nights of music, animals, food and wild fun from mid-June through early August. With live music, every Friday night from June 16 through July 14, Zooapalooza will help guests start their weekend on a high note with some of the area’s top bands. Beginning July 6 and continuing every Thursday through August 3, the smooth sounds of Animals and All That Jazz will keep visitors cool as the summer heats up. For all concerts, live music will play from 5:30-8:30 pm with animals and rides available until 7 pm. Each concert will also feature a different menu of specialty food items and a full bar.

Magnificent Macaws presentations and summer concerts are free for Zoo members and included with regular admission. Guests are encouraged to save time and money on their Zoo visit by purchasing advance tickets online at

PHOTO CREDIT TOP: Tim Ayler // BOTTOM: Carla Knapp

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WORDS BY // Jamalyn Casey, PharmD, BCPPS, NICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Vitamin K Helps Give Infants a Head-Start on Health Vitamin K injection has played an important role in the standard care provided for infants after birth since the early 1960s. So why might some parents refuse this life-saving medication? Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is required for our blood to clot. Much of the vitamin K in our bodies is obtained from the food we eat, while some is produced by the good bacteria living in our intestines. Infants are deficient in vitamin K for several reasons. First, vitamin K does not easily cross the placenta to the baby. Also, infants naturally produce less vitamin K as a result of underdeveloped or altered bacteria in their intestines. Lastly, oral vitamin K is poorly absorbed. Whether exclusively breastfeeding, receiving formula or a combination, infants receive inadequate vitamin K from their diet. As a result of all of these factors, infants are predisposed to low vitamin K levels, which decrease the ability of their blood to clot and places them at a higher risk for bleeding. Vitamin K deficiency bleeding, also known as VKDB, is a condition that may occur in infants who do not have high enough vitamin K levels. VKDB can occur anytime during the first six months of life and is grouped into three types based on when the bleeding occurs. Early VKDB occurs during the first 24 hours after birth and is most often related to low levels of vitamin K that are the result of medications that the mother may have taken during pregnancy (such as blood thinners or anti-seizure medications). Classic VKDB occurs during the first week of life and is associated with bleeding from the umbilical cord, intestines or circumcision site. 18



Late VKDB occurs between one week and six months of age, and happens most commonly in exclusively breastfed infants. Approximately 60 percent of the bleeding that happens as a result of late VKDB takes place in the brain. It is estimated that up to 14 percent of the babies who bleed into their brain will die; as many as half of those who live will have significant long-term neurological problems and developmental delays. Vitamin K deficiency bleeding is easily preventable by giving babies a single dose of vitamin K at birth, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This simple injection into an infant’s thigh muscle is effective in preventing all different types of VKDB and can protect babies until they are 6 months old. Intramuscular (into the muscle) injections are preferred over oral treatment because of the higher reliability and the prolonged protection that it provides. “There is a very real risk to newborns of long-term ramifications when vitamin K is refused, which is the reason for giving it as early as we do and the way we do (intramuscularly),” says Anne Marnocha, MD, Neonatologist and Medical Director at St. Vincent Carmel NICU. Parents who have concerns about Vitamin K injections or other issues relating to their baby’s health can get the answers they need by contacting their healthcare provider. For more information on St. Vincent Monogram Maternity or to find an OB/GYN, visit MonogramMaternity.


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P regnancy P redicaments How would you handle these sticky situations ? WORDS BY // L auren L awson

If you’re expecting – congratulations! You are about to embark on a journey like none you’ve ever experienced before. And while your greatest joys lie ahead, so do a few challenges. Read on for some expert advice on how to smoothly steer your new family’s ship, while avoiding a few storms along the way!




Our baby’s due date is fast approaching and we are being pressed by both my husband’s family and mine about who is going to come and stay with us to help when we arrive home from the hospital. Honestly, I don’t want anyone to come. Both sides of our families are filled with drama, and dealing with all that while I’m trying to care for our newborn makes me exhausted just thinking about it. My husband agrees that managing on our own will be easier and more enjoyable. What can we say to our families to make them understand that if they really want to help, they will give us some space for a little while?

Bringing home your newborn from the hospital is one of the most significant moments in your and your husband’s lives. The magnitude of emotions is exhilarating and overwhelming and likely to be an experience unlike any other you’ve had. Pure love, happiness, fear, anxiety, peacefulness, guilt, uncertainty, sadness, excitement and joy are likely a few feelings you will have…and all within the first 15 minutes of walking through the door! It’s important to recognize your emotions will be in overdrive and that this is completely normal. This ping pong ball of feelings coupled with potential family drama is certain to lead to exhaustion. Having an open dialogue with your partner and making some preparations for managing the chaos of these conflicting feelings is smart. It sounds like you and your

husband are doing just this – bravo! Now, on to your well-meaning parents and in-laws. Start by setting clear boundaries. You might say, “Thank you for your offer to come and stay with us when we bring baby home. However, we have decided that we would like to be by ourselves to bond as a family. We will call you as soon as we need help and are ready for visitors. We appreciate your understanding, love and support.” Be clear, concise and confident. You do not have to over explain your decision or apologize for setting a boundary. When articulating your needs and wants, it’s good to focus on “I/We” statements. This helps the listener hear your message versus feeling defensive and combative.

Kristen Pastrick, LCSW, LCAC Psychotherapist and Owner of KAP Counseling, LLC in Broad Ripple

My in-laws are really excited to be first-time grandparents – and we are very grateful for their enthusiasm toward our newborn son. We have one dilemma though and that is that both grandma and grandpa are smokers. They don’t smoke in the house or anywhere near the baby, but I’m still concerned. I’ve heard that “third hand smoke” – the toxins and residue left behind on a smoker’s hands or clothing can be harmful to babies. My in-laws already think I am an overprotective mother. How can I tactfully address this issue without upsetting them?

It can be difficult to broach difficult subjects with the ones we love. With that being said, it seems like you already recognize your priority is the health of your baby. Whether you are perceived as overprotective or not, repeated studies validate your concerns about second and third hand smoke. It might be helpful to first sit down with your husband to brainstorm options on how you both can

handle this together. After analyzing all of your options, devise a plan regarding what behaviors you can and cannot accept regarding your in-laws. Being specific about what you need reduces the probability of continued conflict. Once you and your spouse come to an agreement, discussing your decision with your in-laws is imperative. Consider starting the conversation by asking your in-laws how they plan on being around your son when they are smokers. From there, you and your husband can communicate how you visualize what this might look like. Allow your husband to lead the conversation with his family of origin. Grandparents can be imperfect, as we all are. Boundary setting is needed in all relationships, even if elders are involved. After all, your child cannot make decisions for himself and he needs you to protect him. This situation is likely the first of many experiences of advocating for your child’s needs.

moments in parenting. There are hundreds of books on the topic. A few of the books I like are 1,2,3 Magic, Positive Discipline, Love and Logic, and How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. You can also talk with your pediatrician about developmentally appropriate behavior and responses. Other options would be to seek a parenting class or consult with a therapist who specializes in parenting/children. If the issues from your childhood become triggers for you in parenting, I would highly recommend therapy to process and hopefully overcome those issues. Lastly, finding a supportive group of women is essential. There are support groups for new moms at local hospitals, MOPS groups and tons of Facebook and meetup groups.

Jessica Hood, MSW, LCSW Child & Adolescent Therapist Indy Child Therapy

Colleenia Korapatti, MA, LMHC Private Practice, Groff And Associates

I have wanted to be a mom ever since I can remember. Now that I’m pregnant and expecting our first child, I am ecstatic… and terrified. I have a difficult relationship with my own mother and I’m scared I’m going to repeat her mistakes. I’m trying to be positive and really think about the kind of mother I want to be, but I’m worried that I’m going to mess it up and history will just repeat itself. What can I do to get over this mental hurdle?

This may sound like a silly problem but it’s one that is causing major stress between my husband and me. The issue? Agreeing on a name for our baby. We have two months until she is born and both of us are locked in to our favorite names. Unfortunately, our choices aren’t even remotely similar. I’m worried that our precious newborn is going to be nameless when she leaves the hospital if we can’t work this out. Any suggestions?

You have taken an important first step in recognizing some of the mistakes your mom made and you want to do better. History often repeats itself because we don't know any different and so we cannot do different! So, for example, if you don't want to spank or yell at your child, then what are you going to do or how will you respond? Develop a plan or a mindset of how you want to respond to those trying

A client once said, “Worry is an investment in something that may not happen.” So, worrying will not help you figure out a name for your child. What can help is improving communication. Effective communication and validation of personal feelings and perspectives can often resolve marital issues. Using “I statements” is a powerful way to communicate how you feel and learn

how your husband feels. The only person you can control is yourself and you can only truly see the world through your own eyes. By using ‘I’, you can identify with what is going on in your own experience. That experience is real and seeks to be validated. The use of ‘you’ statements can lead to untrue assumptions about what your husband is thinking or feeling and can lead to defensiveness. I would advise that both of you take some time and think about what your name choice means to you and how you each have responded. Does the name have a meaning you haven't discussed yet? Was the name important to you and maybe neglected by your husband? Have you truly listened to the reason for his choice? Do not get caught up in competition. As parents, you are on the same team. Take this opportunity to turn to him, learn more, be open and consider negotiation.

Anne Harton, MA in Theology, MA in Marriage and Family Therapy Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) Family Counseling Associates

Learning to address the more difficult issues that surround the birth of a new baby can be tough. With open and honest communication however, those initial rough seas can become smooth sailing along the way!

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WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle

Birthday Bash! Ideas for memorable out-of-the-box party venues

Another weekend, another kid’s birthday party – and another trip to one of the typical destinations for these celebrations. By the time your child hits elementary school, the constant party parade can begin to feel a bit monotonous.

Prices: $195 for Basic Party; $325 for Deluxe Party, including pizza, drinks, cake and balloons

For the sake of our fellow parents’ sanity, can we trade in bouncing and face painting for circus tricks and science experiments? Or skip swimming and paint-by-number parties for LEGO builds and cooking classes? Fun alternatives do exist! Before you plan your child’s next birthday party, consider these local out-of-the-box ideas.

* Cirque Indy

* Bongo Boy Music

No one sits still for long at this high-energy Castleton music studio. Ninety-minute birthday parties include dancing, rhythm activities and a drum circle. For an extra $5 per guest, kids can make their own musical instruments, such as tambourines or cardboard guitars. Tables/tablecloths and cups/plates/flatware are provided.

Info: 8481 Bash St., Indianapolis, 317-771-0241, Programs/Birthday_Parties.aspx

There’s nothing boring about a birthday party involving a trapeze. At Cirque Indy’s studio just off Mass Ave, trained instructors will teach kids 7 and older circus tricks on a variety of swinging apparatus. Parties are typically an hour long, and outside food and drink are allowed. Bookings start in October. Prices: $125 for 1-5 people; $225 for 6-10 people; $300 for 11-20 people Info: 617 N. Fulton St., Indianapolis, 317-758-7455,


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* Conner Prairie

How were birthdays celebrated in the 1800s? Well, probably not like this. But your kids can still get a glimpse into the past with a party at Fishers’ popular living history museum. Spring through fall, parties include the private use of a picnic pavilion for two hours, 20 tickets to all outdoor areas and a coloring craft or scavenger hunt. November through March, parties move inside to a private room reserved for two hours, 20 tickets to indoor activities and a coloring craft. Prices: In-season parties are $225 for members, $250 for non-members. Off-season parties are $175 for members, $200 for non-members. Info: 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, 317-776-6000,

* ItsABlockParty

LEGO lovers rejoice! Throw a building party at your home or at ItsABlockParty’s storefront on Indy’s south side. Owner Doug and son Jacob are big-time LEGO enthusiasts who will guide builders of all ages through games and contests using hundreds of special pieces. Parties are typically 90 minutes and each guest gets to build a LEGO minifigure to keep. DUPLO parties are also available for the younger set. Prices: $119 for up to 10 people, $8 for each additional guest Info: 6025 S. Madison Ave., Indianapolis, 317-506-8887,

* LINE+form Atelier

Love Pinterest but don’t have the time/ energy/craftiness to pull off those themed art projects? Enter Frances Samarripa, owner of LINE+form Atelier, a unique art studio in Irvington. Parties here focus on the process of creating art, rather than on the finished product, and kids are invited to explore multiple mediums as they interpret the theme you choose. Parties are offered on Sundays and last 90 minutes, accommodating 12 to 16 children. The LINE+form Art Cart can also be rented for off-site parties. 24



Prices: $250 for 12 guests, $15 each for up to four additional guests Info: 5612 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, www.lineandformatelier. com/birthday-parties

* Science Time

Give kids a chance to get messy, and learn something in the process, with Science Time’s in-home parties. Owner Kim is a Purdue grad who left a career in lab work to raise her four boys and now brings her science expertise into your kitchen/dining room/back yard. Each party incorporates at least four experiments, from mixing slime to constructing a Diet Coke geyser, along with lab coats, goggles and party favors. (Clean up is included, too!) Prices: Hour-long parties are $125 plus $10 per child, up to 10 kids; 90-minute parties are $190 plus $15 per child, up to 10 kids. Info: Party takes place at your home, 317-660-1433, www.sciencetimeindy. com

* Sprout’s Cooking School From pizza to cupcakes or a “Chopped”style challenge, your kids are sure to cook up some birthday party memories at this Carmel cooking school’s new location. The 90-minute parties accommodate 12 to 16 pint-sized chefs, and instructors are on hand to guide them through multiple recipes. All celebrations include ice cream sundaes with all the toppings (or birthday cakes can be added for an additional cost). Prices: $325-$375 for 12 guests, depending on theme; $15 each for up to four additional guests Info: 13190 Hazel Dell Parkway, Unit 100, Carmel, www.sproutscooking

Plan a birthday as special as your child and make the celebration as unique as they are!


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Indy’s brand new spot for family fun Looking for unbelievable family fun in the heart of Central Indiana? Look no further than Main Event Entertainment on East 82nd, just minutes from Castleton, Carmel, Fishers, Nora and Broad Ripple! It's way more than just your average bowling alley. Main Event is Indy’s newest family fun destination for state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag, 110 popular arcade games and billiards, plus handcrafted food and a bar, all under one roof! Plus, your taste buds are going to thank you. Everything from delicious snacks and party foods all the way to artisan dishes like grilled salmon! There’s no birthday like a Main Event birthday! We’re the perfect go-to for epic birthday parties that are easy on moms, plus we’ve got four packages to choose from, starting at $15.95 – you pick the activities and the food. Head for fun at Main Event for family nights, a night out with friends and corporate events too. Don’t miss our SUMMER FUN PASS starting at just $12.95 (plus shoe rental). It’s the best deal in Indy! Don’t let summer pass you by without stopping in to explore, eat, bowl, play and have fun at Main Event! Learn more at and tag us on social with #eatbowlplayindy

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Autism and Wandering Safety technology for those on the spectrum who tend to stray We don’t often consider autism to be a fatal condition, yet studies have shown the mortality rate among those on the spectrum is nearly twice as high as the general population. Why? It’s a statistic that’s largely attributed to one common tendency – wandering. A study in the journal Pediatrics found that 49 percent of children with autism have tried to escape from a safe environment, often to get to something of interest like a favorite park or their neighbor’s pool – or to get away from something such as a loud noise or a busy place. Consequently, accidental drowning, exposure




and other wandering-related factors are among the top causes of death for individuals with autism.

satellites, figures out the distance to each and then uses that information to deduce its own location.

Enter technology. In a time when we can track our cellphones, workouts and Amazon packages in real time, there is an ever-growing list of hightech options to help keep tabs on those who might wander. What technology would work best for your family? Here’s a breakdown:

Pros: GPS isn’t dependent on an outside network and can provide very precise positioning info when an individual is outside, no matter what time of day. GPS also allows parents to set up geofencing to receive notifications if a child leaves a certain area.

Global Positioning System (GPS) Many tracking devices rely on GPS technology, which depends on satellites to provide positioning and navigation information. The device communicates with

Cons: In order for GPS to work, there must be a clear line of sight between the device and the satellites. That means large buildings or thick tree cover can cause issues outside, while tracking inside a building is seldom possible. Like cellphones, GPS

units require frequent chargings, and they’re typically not waterproof. Examples: AngelSense (www., EZ100 ( Costs: Setup fee up to $300. Monthly fee between $20 and $40.

Radio Frequency (RF) RF works through the transmission of radio waves between a transponder, an antenna and a receiver, which when dispatched together by law enforcement, can determine a person’s location. Pros: RF works for tracking individuals both inside and outside. The devices also don’t have to be removed for charging. Most use small watch batteries that are replaced once a month, and RF devices do not have to be removed for bathing or swimming. Cons: RF requires multiple pieces of equipment to track properly, and it has a limited signal range as compared to GPS. RF also doesn’t allow the option of geofencing or perimeter notifications. Example: Project Lifesaver (www. is utilized by law enforcement across Central Indiana. In Hamilton County, 29 individuals currently have the device. Firefighters, sheriff ’s deputies and K9 crews have responded to five alerts there since 2009, and each time, the individual was found safe within minutes, says project coordinator Dave McCormick. “This is the old-school transmission that our parents used in the `60s, but it’s very, very effective. Our divers have gone down 12 feet in the water, and we’ve still been able to pick up a signal.” Costs: Setup fee of $300 (some counties, including Hamilton County, cover this cost). There is typically no monthly fee.

Despite the capability of technology, experts stress that nothing is foolproof and they caution parents against developing a false sense of security based on a locating device. For more information, the Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) collaboration is a group of six national nonprofit autism organizations whose mission is to reduce autism-related wandering incidents and deaths. The AWAARE website, awaare., includes tools and resources for preventing wandering, including a helpful Big Red Safety Box kit for parents.

Things to consider when choosing a locating device: - Does the system involve trained emergency response personnel? - Does the unit have to be charged and, if so, how often? - Is the unit water resistant? - Can the unit transmit a signal while under water? - Is geofencing/perimeter notification available? - How will the child wear the unit? Can it be easily removed? - What are the costs involved? Are there monthly fees? - Will the unit work in the area of your home, school, etc.? Source: The Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration

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Supporting Siblings of Children with Special Needs Recognizing kids who are often out of the spotlight Siblings of children with special needs are members of their own unique club, dealing with a special set of challenges and often grappling with conflicting feelings that can be overlooked or misunderstood by those around them.

Embarrassment, guilt, anger, frustration, jealousy, resentment – the range of emotions felt by siblings of kids with special needs run the typical sibling gamut, but often carry more weight for their families. “These can be complicated feelings to talk about. It can be hard to say, ‘I’m sad that I don’t have a typical sibling,’ because they’re worried it will make their mom sad,” says Megan Peck, a licensed clinical social worker and mom of three, including a son with Down syndrome. Siblings also often feel an enormous amount of pressure within their families – from being expected to do more around the house to feeling as if they have to protect their sibling at school. “Siblings often take on a caregiver and protector role, even if they’re younger, and oftentimes they’re so used to putting that sibling first that they don’t take care of themselves,” says Jan Schreibman, a music therapist and founder of Creative Pathways Indy, an organization that provides accessible music, art and dance therapy services.




Schreibman, along with recreation therapist Pam Thompson, have revived the Sibshops workshops in central Indiana, a national program for children ages six through 14 who have a sibling with special needs. During the twohour workshops, participants eat, play and share – and build a unique bond. “This is a totally special space where the kids can talk about the good things, the not so good things and how they deal with uncomfortable situations, like what to say when their sibling is being teased,” Schreibman says. “The kids’ first time, they’re usually pretty unsure about being away from their parents or away from their special sibling, but by the end, they’re like, ‘How often do you do this? I want to come again!’”

Connecting siblings of children with special needs is a good way to help create a support system for when challenges arise. At home, Peck stresses that parents should also aim to foster a culture where kids know it’s okay to talk about complicated or uncomfortable thoughts, concerns and feelings. “We preach a lot about being kind to people who are different, which is great, but we don’t want to make those other feelings seem not normal by avoiding talking about them,” she says. “Even among the youngest kids, they want to know, ‘What will happen when we grow up? Will I have to take care of my sibling like my parents do now?’ You may not have the answers, but it’s important that they know if they have a question, they can ask.”

Spending one-one-one time with each child is also important. “We encourage families to make dates with their kids, to do something special with those siblings who often find themselves not at the center of attention,” Schreibman says. “Even if it’s just getting a Coke at McDonald’s, it’s special as long as they have the parent’s undivided attention.” For all the challenges that siblings of children with special needs can face, the experience of growing up alongside someone who is different can help them develop a perspective that other kids don’t have. “These siblings do often become extremely resilient to challenges,” Peck says. “They’re typically very loyal of their sibling, and they have a lot more compassion toward humankind in general.”

Guidelines-for-Parents and www.

Upcoming Sibshops Workshops Sept. 28 and Oct. 26 Arrive by 5:30 p.m. for a light dinner followed by programming Intended for kids from 6 to 14. Register: Contact: Jan Schreibman, or (317) 909-2941

Looking for more sibling resources? The Indiana Resource Center for Autism offers some helpful tips and reading materials at Siblings-Perspectives-Some-

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

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

Children's Therapy Connection CTC’s Discovering FOOD feeding group follows the principles of the SOS Approach to Feeding, utilizing a team of therapists to help guide you and your child through the process from exploring different foods to enjoying mealtime. Participation includes a comprehensive feeding and nutrition evaluation and weekly therapy sessions, including parent education. Whether you have a picky eater or a problem feeder, Discovering FOOD is the answer for you! All participants must meet inclusion criteria. Parent participation is a vital and required aspect of the program. Please contact our office at info@ or (317) 288-7606 for additional details.

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

HANDS training model.The HANDS in Autism® Center also focuses on identifying and meeting specific community needs as well as fostering: collaboration and networking across medical, school, family, and community settings; reciprocal sharing of information within and across communities; increased dissemination and awareness of resources and information; and increased training opportunities within, relevant to, and informed by the specific community. 1130 W Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (Fesler Hall 302l), Phone: 317-2742675, Email:, www.HANDS


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Little Star Center is Indiana’s first centerbased, therapeutic applied behavior analysis (ABA) service provider serving children, teens and young adults with autism. Since 2002, this professional team has impacted the lives of hundreds of learners affected by autism by building skills and helping them achieve milestones once believed impossible. Little Star's statewide centers are located in Carmel, Lafayette and Bloomington, with the newest center now open in West Lafayette. Little Star Center also provide in-home ABA services.

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


July Special Needs Events SAT 01 Lights Up, Sound Down: "Cars 3"

This monthly program is open to everyone, but specifically gives families and children with autism and sensory issues the opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies in a comfortable, sensory-friendly setting with the lights turned up and volume turned down. RSVP for free tickets, courtesy of sponsor WestPoint Financial: www. Location: Hamilton 16 + IMAX, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-370-9007

SAT 08 Special Needs Screening: "Despicable Me 3"

Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles during the movie.

More info: Movie/Film-Series/Special-NeedsScreenings Location: Studio Movie Grill, Time: 11:00 am,

Phone: 317-370-9007

MON 10 ASK & Learn

The family-specific ASK & Learn sessions are an opportunity for parents or caregivers of children with special needs to ask questions and learn about resources, programs, and services that may benefit their child, with the added benefit of a small group, community-based setting and face-to-face interaction with highly trained and experienced ASK Parent Liaisons. More info: training-calendar/ask-learn-july-26th/ Location: About Special Kids, Time: 2:00 pm

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WED 26

JMF 5K Run, Walk, Roll

ASK & Learn

Run through the streets of scenic downtown Indianapolis while supporting the Joseph Maley Foundation mission, “serving children of all abilities.� After you finish running, walking, or rolling enjoy live music, treats from Dairy Queen, a kiddie dash, face painting, and a host of other family-friendly activities. More Info: event/ninth-annual-jmf-5k-run-walkroll/?event_date=2017-07-15 Location: IUPUI, Time: 8:00 am- Noon, Phone: 317-370-9007

The family-specific ASK & Learn sessions are an opportunity for parents or caregivers of children with special needs to ask questions and learn about resources, programs, and services that may benefit their child, with the added benefit of a small group, community-based setting and face-to-face interaction with highly trained and experienced ASK Parent Liaisons. More info: training-calendar/ask-learn-july-26th/ Location: About Special Kids,

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The Arc Night at Indy Eleven

Enjoy a fun night at Indy Eleven and support The Arc of Indiana! Location: IUPUI Carroll Stadium, Time: 7:30 pm,

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Online Academies Eight common myths about virtual learning Myth #1: Students never see their teachers. While it’s true that students at online schools do not see their teachers as often as students at brick and mortar schools do, virtual schools use innovative technology to link students and educators. “We have a lot of virtual options,” says Rhonda Eshleman, Executive Director at Indiana Online Academy, an online high school course provider for the state of Indiana. “Teachers Skype with students, and there are different methods for students to see their teacher with a video option. They may not be in physical contact but they will be in virtual contact.”

Myth #2: Teachers at online schools are not as highly qualified as they are at traditional schools.

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Online academies are an option for students that want or need to move away from traditional site-based schools. Students that attend online academies do so for a number of unique reasons. Sometimes students are behind academically and need to work at their own pace online while other students are ahead and seek the challenge of completing courses at a faster pace. Students who may have experienced bullying at brick and mortar schools may choose online learning, while others may be gifted athletes or artists that need the flexibility to learn at home. Still, a stigma is sometimes attached to online schools and the students who attend them. We reached out to online school providers in Indiana to bust some common myths and misunderstandings about virtual schools.




Parents may worry that teachers at online academies do not have the same qualifications as in traditional schools, but that’s just not the case says Jim Johnson, the Director of Student Services at Indiana University High School. “In our program, the teachers are state certified,” he says. Eshleman’s school is not a full-time virtual school; they are a course provider for the state, and all of their teachers are also teachers in the classroom that facilitate online courses outside of their regular brick and mortar teaching hours. “We have such a high demand for teaching positions that we can choose the best teachers,” she says.

Myth #3: Students never engage with other students. Though some of the work is done independently, that depends on the course and the type of assignments given. “Some of our courses are interactive,” says Johnson. “Students comment on other students’ work or there will be online discussions under teacher supervision.” In many ways, this is not unlike the working world that kids will one day enter. “Our students collaborate virtually like employees do in the workplace,” Eshleman adds. At other online schools, such as Indiana Connections Academy, students can participate in field trips and social events to connect with each other in person.

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Online school isn’t as rigorous as traditional schooling.

Colleges don’t like degrees from online schools.

Online schools offer a variety of courses that can be as challenging as those provided by brick and mortar schools, including Advanced Placement classes. “Our courses are created by Indiana teachers and follow Indiana standards,” says Eshleman. “It’s the same type of content as the classroom, just delivered differently.”

Though parents may worry that a degree from an online school won’t carry the weight of a traditional brick and mortar diploma, Johnson says, “Most of our students go on to college. There are a huge number of colleges that our students have been accepted to.”

Myth #5: Online students spend all day in front of a computer. Though it’s true that students at virtual schools do spend time in front of the computer, they’re also reading books and doing projects away from the screen, like the “kitchen labs” that students at Indiana Online Academy participate in. “With online learning, there will be more content on a computer,” says Eshleman, “but it isn’t 100%.”

Myth #6: Online school is meant for students that have fallen behind academically. This is one reason that students may choose online classes, but the reality is that there are many reasons that students enroll in virtual school. For example, some students choose to take online courses to get ahead or to take classes or electives that their schools don’t offer. “Some students are equestrians or on the ski team or on an athletic or artistic track where a regular brick and mortar school doesn’t work for them,” says Johnson. Eshleman adds, “We have students that are traveling – their parents are on sabbatical – they take courses with us to stay on track with their high schools.”

Could an online academy be right for your student? Think about the pros and cons of virtual learning for your child, research available options and talk with families who are currently enrolled in an online school. If a traditional educational setting isn’t working for your student, an online option could be the environment where your child thrives.

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Ask the Teacher Improving reading fluency, tackling anxiety, shy students


At the end of the year, my son’s first grade teacher wrote a note on his report card suggesting that he work on fluency over the summer. What does this mean and how do we help him with this?


“Fluency” refers to a child’s ability to read smoothly. This skill is critical to your son’s understanding of the text he is reading. When a new reader stops and starts, jerking through a sentence, whether he is reading aloud or silently, the connection is disrupted and comprehension suffers. Spending ten to fifteen minutes each day working on fluency will help your child develop this ability. Select reading material at your child’s level, being careful not to pick something that will require a great deal of decoding. To engage your son, pick a topic he will enjoy reading about.




An important aspect of this practice time should be your modeling of appropriate expression and phrasing. You may even want to practice this a bit out of his hearing. After you read a sentence to your son a few times, have him read the sentence with you, keeping pace with you, copying your expression and intonation. Then have him read the sentence on his own. When you have taken a few turns reading first, then have your child read a part of the passage first. Gradually move to slightly more challenging selections. Little by little, read for longer periods of time. As you finish a couple of paragraphs, have your son summarize in his own words what he has read. Prompt him with questions that require some explanation to let you know if your efforts are achieving the desired result.


Our seventh-grade daughter gets nervous about things that just don’t seem to matter that much. Sometimes it even affects her sleep. We have tried having her talk through what is upsetting her, but it doesn’t seem to help. How can we get her to be less bothered by the small stuff?


It is perfectly normal for children to feel anxious from time to time. Learning how to cope with new situations or handle new challenges often involves a least a little anxiety and takes some experience to handle confidently.

When anxiety goes beyond feeling a little uncomfortable and begins impacting a child’s rest significantly, it may be time to seek professional support. Start by talking to your pediatrician and explaining the specific things that are making your daughter anxious, how frequently this occurs, the signs of anxiety you see in her, etc. Your pediatrician may refer you to a therapist, counselor or psychologist. These professionals can help your daughter develop strategies for handling her anxiety before it becomes overwhelming. She will learn to predict when she is likely to become anxious and have a plan to deal with these emotions in a more effective way. Anxiety can be very troublesome – don’t hesitate to seek professional intervention to help your daughter get a handle on this issue before it becomes a larger problem than it needs to be.


I am afraid my daughter’s summer is going to be very lonely. She has a tough time making friends and is too shy to invite anyone over. How can I keep her from spending the entire summer by herself?


Start by encouraging your daughter to spend time with other children through summer classes and programs in a structured environment to ease her discomfort with making friends. Public libraries are a great source of childappropriate and interesting opportunities that go beyond reading challenges. They often offer activity times that include games or crafts in an interactive but very casual environment. Nature centers and parks also provide science education, hiking clubs, etc. for kids that allow them to spend time with others their age.

Your daughter may balk at the idea of signing up for anything. Use your best judgment based on her personal preferences to select just a few activities that you believe would appeal to her. Only tell her about one thing at a time and not too far in advance to keep from overwhelming her. Spending time with other children in these types of activities may not result in your daughter finding a best friend this summer, but it will expose her to lots of children in a variety of settings that give her more opportunities to gain the skills she may need to feel more comfortable in social situations.

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

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

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

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-524-7090. Email:,

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

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

Fall Creek Montessori 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, emotionally, and academically. Conveniently located at Hague Rd. and 88th St., FCMA serves children at all levels, from infancy through kindergarten. Programs are available two to five days per week, with before and after care available. 7770 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256; info@fallcreekmontessori. com;

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 Preschool-12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA ATHLETICS. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today! 6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Contact: Admissions Department, 317-849-3441,,

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

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

St. Mary’s Child Center at the IMA

Polly Panda Preschool

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

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

4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208, Phone: 317-9231331 ext. 283,

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

indianapolis – northeast FORTUNE ACADEMY

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

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

indianapolis – SOUTH Center Grove Montessori and Indiana Montessori Community School Center Grove Montessori Program offers: Hands-on learning, multi-aged students learning together, a key element to the Montessori philosophy, a focus on the intrinsic motivation of children, carefully prepared classrooms balancing children's choice with structure, large blocks of uninterrupted time for learning and building concentration, peace education through global awareness, structured, self-directed learning.


1674 West Smith Valley Rd., Greenwood, IN 46142 and 531 US 31 S, White land, IN 46184, Contact: Brenda Enderle, Phone: 317-833-0335, Email:;info@centergrove montessori. com,


Fortune Academy serves children in 1st-12th grade with learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, processing difficulties, and ADHD. Students struggling to reach grade level in reading and/or math often have learning differences and lack strengths in organization and time management. Fortune Academy helps close the gap for these students through 6:1 student to teacher ratios and specialized teaching from AOGPE trained educators. Fortune offers two academic paths: College Preparatory & General Diploma. Fortune Academy is the ONLY school in Indiana with AOGPE Orton-Gillingham certification and 15 years of success specifically serving students with learning differences!

Montessori School of Westfield, Inc.

5626 Lawton Loop E. Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46216. 317-377-0544.

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

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

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summer fun Be at the he at with these indoor activities! WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle

• Indiana State Museum: History is anything but dull here, plus IMAX movies.

We talk all year about how we can’t wait to spend long summer days outside, but when the heat index soars and the humidity makes those “feels like” temps creep above 90 degrees, let’s face it – it’s just way too hot to even think about being outdoors.

650 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204

• Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art: Creative kids play area. 500 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Instead of letting the heat keep you homebound this summer, keep this list handy for last minute A/C-friendly activity ideas.

• Main Event. New spot for laser tag, bowling, video games and ropes course. 4016 E. 82nd Street, Indianapolis

All the fun of outside, but in a climate-controlled bubble. • Kid’s Planet: New, huge playspace, Wifi for the parents. 499 Southpoint Circle, STE 101-102, Brownsburg brownsburgkidsplanet/

• KidCity at Greenwood Community Center: Great climber, areas for pretend play and art. 100 Surina Way, Greenwood php?topicid=135 40



• Recreation Unlimited: The latest backyard playgrounds and trampolines, plus train tables.

Pro tip: Plan your visit during popular morning and afternoon naptimes, or eat an early lunch and get there right at noon, when everyone else will be taking a break. See our full indoor playground list at

• Playland at Brookville Road Community Church: Separate area for little kids, lunch tables. 7480 US-52, New Palestine

700 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

• Indianapolis Museum of Art: Visit the Star Studio, marvel at the wing of modern art. 4000 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis

5150 Herriman Blvd., Noblesville

• NCAA Hall of Champions: Try out different sports while staying cool.

Air conditioned, educational and interactive. • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Check the forecast and buy tickets early online. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis

Pro tip: You’ll never need to leave the A/C when you park underground at White River State Park and explore the adjoining museums. Both the State Museum and the Eiteljorg have kid-friendly cafes for lunch, and you can add a movie at the IMAX or a show at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio (both at the State Museum) to make for a full day (completely climate-controlled!)

Appreciate the great outdoors (while being indoors!) • Habitat Hall at Holliday Park: Educational and open-ended play, plus regular kids’ activities. 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis

• Eagle Creek Earth Discovery Center: Get up close with creatures of all sizes.

the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Central Library (55 4th Ave. SE, Carmel).

• Indy Reads Books: Explore shelves of used kids’ books sold for $1 each, plus board games. 911 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis

• Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore: Browse books while your kiddo plays at the train table. 5619 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis

5901 Delong Road, Indianapolis

• Cool Creek Park & Nature Center: Learn about preserving Indiana’s woodlands.

Pro tip: The Central Library downtown offers inexpensive underground parking (enter off Pennsylvania Street) for those days when you really don’t want to go outside.

2000 E 151st St, Carmel Facility/Details/Cool-Creek-Park-12 Pro tip: Call ahead or check online for kids’ activities, such as animal feedings and craft projects, to extend your time inside.

Need some more ide a s? Try these activities to burn off some excess energy ! • Roller skating • Rock climbing • Gymnastics places • Bounce houses / trampoline places

Read and play in cool comfort • Your local library: If you haven’t spent an afternoon at your closest library, now is the time! Get online with your local branch to look up story times and kids programming. Want to try a new venue? Check out the aquarium and play area at the College Avenue Branch (4180 N. College Ave., Indianapolis), marvel at the huge kids’ fiction and nonfiction areas at the Central Library (40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis) or explore the well-organized shelves and extensive activity offerings at

• Indoor sports centers • Bowling (check out the Kids Bowl Free program at www.

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Plus, the first 2,500 fans will receive a super hero cape or bobblehead that coincides with each theme. Fans should be on the lookout for character meet-andgreet opportunities on the concourse before and during each game. Tickets $11 and up.

MON 03

Location: Garfield Park, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7184

Location: Victory Field, Time: 7:05, Phone: 317-269-3545

Location: Peewinkles Puppet Studio, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-232-1637

Taste of Indy

SAT 01 – SUN 02

SAT 01 Historic Walk Through Garfield Park

Explore the rich history of Garfield Park with this hour-long tour. Meet at Sunken Gardens Overlook. FREE.

Summertime Cabaret

A classic variety show with large trick marionettes...suitable for the whole family. Tickets: $12; under 2 free. Free popcorn!



The Annual Taste of Indy blends the city’s most unique restaurants with an exhibition of the city’s best live local music, with events and activities for the entire family. Cost: $8. Kids 6 and under are free, as are service members with military ID. Location: Monument Circle, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-232-7615

Super Hero Nights with the Indianapolis Indians



Shrek the Musical

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

Saxony Independence Celebration Concert & Fireworks

This outdoor event will feature live music by My Yellow Rickshaw, a variety of food trucks and more! Following the concert will be a fireworks show, beginning at approximately 10:00 pm. Outside food and beverages are permitted and pets are welcome. FREE. Location: Witten Park in Saxony, Time: 7:00- 10:15 pm

Villains (and opposing teams) be warned. Victory Field will be super in 2017, when the Tribe host five Super Hero Nights celebrating your favorite crime fighters.

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Lights Over Morse Lake

TUES 04 IPL Freedom Festival

Enjoy live entertainment from the Indianapolis Colts Stage, family fun in the Royal Pin Leisure Centers Kids Area, support local small businesses in the Indiana Originals Marketplace and get a great view of the downtown fireworks display launched from Regions Tower. FREE. Location: Indiana War Memorial, Time: 6:00 pm- 10:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-7615

Celebrate July 4th at the Eiteljorg

Celebrate the fourth of July at the Eiteljorg with live music, art making, exploring the special exhibit, Dogs: Faithful & True and more. Location: Eiteljorg Musuem, Time: All day, Phone: 317-636-9378

Tons of great 4th of July activities for the whole family! Fireworks on Morse Lake, parade, kids' carnival, zipline, craft and food vendors, sports tournaments, balloon glow, live music, talent show. Location: Morse Park & Beach, Time: At Dark

4th of July Ole! Festival

St. Mary Catholic Church opens its arms to all visitors and city residents for a multicultural 4th of July ¡Ole! festival featuring Latino and typical American 4th of July food and drink, games for the whole family, raffles and game of chance, plus LIVE music and entertainment. The campus, located at 311 N New Jersey St in historic downtown Indianapolis, offers a great location to watch the fireworks. Parking is available on nearby city streets. FREE. Location: St. Mary Catholic Church, Time: 3:00- 11:00 pm, Phone: 317-637-3983

INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer

The 5th Annual INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer is a two-day music festival featuring several national music acts, fireworks, food trucks, games, giveaways, sponsors, vendors, and several opportunities for consumers to learn more and contribute to the Riley Children's Foundation and the St. Francis Patient Assistance Fund.

WED 05

Location: Pan American Pavilion, Time: All day, Phone: 317-500-4333, http://

Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Time: 10:00- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-923-1331

Independence Day Social

Don't miss the fun that awaits the whole family at this year's Independence Day Social! Enjoy live music, games, activities, ice cream and more! Tickets are free but please RSVP to reserve your spot. Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Time 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-681-1888

Wee Wonders

Foster a young imagination through pretend play, sing-a-longs, gallery art hunts, and hands-on art activities. Suggested for children ages 2 to 5 and their grown-ups. Lessons change weekly.

THURS 06 Animals and All That Jazz - Rob Dixon

Animals & All That Jazz is a swinging time! Bring your friends to sit back and enjoy a longstanding Thursday night tradition at the Indianapolis Zoo. This summer concert series

features sensational music from all genres of jazz. Tonight's show is Rob Dixon. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 5:30 pm, Phone: 317-630-2001

$5 First Thursdays

Explore the world’s biggest and best children’s museum for just $5 per person! Come one, come all for $5 First Thursday Nights. As always, members visit free. Make discoveries, spark your creativity, be transported to other times and places, get your hands in sand and water and climb and jump and have a ball doing it all. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 4:00- 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

Silly Safaris Animal Chats

Children and families are invited to meet live critters and ask questions of Silly Safaris during this hour-long drop-in session. Animal programs are made possible by Mary Frances Rubly and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Location: Brightwood Branch Library, Time: 5:00- 6:00 pm, Phone: 5:00-6:00 pm

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration

Join the thousands who will flock to downtown Indy to take part in the dazzling array of events, performances, exhibits, business seminars, job fairs, health fairs, health screenings and children’s activities that will delight, inform and inspire all ages. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy. *Ongoing Location: Indiana Convention Center, Time: See website for specific times, https://www.

FRI 07 Zoolapalooza Concert Series - Jennie DeVoe

Concert are presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers are a great way to kick off summer weekends with a wild lineup of live music on Friday evenings. This series features hit songs the whole family will love by some of Indy's top bands. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 5:30, Phone: 317-630-2001






Little Learners Storytime

Little learners ages birth - 5 years old and their families are invited to come together for stories, songs and rhymes. All are welcome to stay after to play! FREE. Location: Central Library, Time: 11:00- 12:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100

FRI 07 – SUN 09 Indy PopCon

PopCon is a convergence of innovation, pop culture, and fandom, where they celebrate the spirit of the independent creator and their fans. If you’re a fan of tv/movies, gaming, internet culture, cosplay, and/or comics, then you’ll be able to support budding artists and find fun at PopCon. Cost: $60 for 3-day pass; $30 daily pass for Friday or Sunday; $40 daily pass for Saturday; VIP Access is $150 and is in limited quantity. Location: Indiana Convention Center, Phone: 317-262-3452

SAT 08 Tiny Tots! Rock

Join them for Second Saturdays in Fountain Square for Tiny Tots Rock! ALL KIDS AGES 0-6 are welcome! In an effort to provide children with that special connection year round and to as many children as they can, we’ve developed Tiny Tots Rock! Now your younger rockers can join the fun! Parent and child fun, not a drop-off class. Also a great time for parents to meet other parents and there is always free coffee on hand! FREE. Location: Murphy Art Center, Time: 10:30 am- 11:30 am, Phone: 317-686-0895

Pack the Parks at Holliday Park

Join the city-wide celebration! Holliday Park is offering free activities all day long that will help you get out and enjoy your local parks. Nature crafts and Outdoor game supplies, yoga at the ruins, naturalist lead hike and more! FREE. Location: Holliday Park, Time: 9:00 am- 4:30 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180

Beyond the Exhibit: Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Beat

Grab your tiny dancer and head to The Children’s Museum for this fun dance experience! Learn about the dances that have shaped different times and places around the world. Learn some new moves and dance along with your family. No dance experience required. $5-$12 with general admission. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:30- Noon

IBE Film Festival

As one of the Cultural Arts venues of Summer Celebration, Indiana Black Expo supports emerging and independent filmmakers by providing a platform for original film works to be screened by avid film lovers. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Time: Phone:317-923-1331

Mobile Studio for Kids Ages 8-12: Big Birds

Step into the wild! Learn how to draw a large-scale bird alongside a trained IMA teaching artist inside the special exhibition, Audubon: Drawn to Nature. Then, transform your sketches into a watercolor painting in the Star Studio. Supplies provided and advanced registration required. $25 members/ $35 public. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-923-1331

The Indy Criterium

This family-friendly festival is a fun way to enjoy bicycling in the heart of the city while watching world-class amateur and professional bicycle racing. Families and bicyclists will also enjoy many of the activities taking place throughout the day including food and beer vendors, music, expo area, free community rides, free Kids Zone activities, BMX stunt shows, kids and juniors bicycle races and much more! Location: Monument Circle, Time: 9:30 am,

SUN 09 Classical Concerts at Central LIBRARY

Adults and families are invited to experience the dynamic world of chamber music with member of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Location: Central Library, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275- 4100

MON 10 2’s and 3’s Jamboree

Come to the Program Room for some noisy merrymaking. Listen to a story, sing a song, and try out some of their rhythm instruments. This program is for children ages 2-3 and their caregivers. Come make some noise! Free tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children's Desk 30 minutes prior to the scheduled program start time. A ticket will be required for each person, including infants, attending the program. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 11:3012:00 pm, Phone: 317-814-3900

WED 12 Beginning Gardening for Kids: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to plant seeds, talk about good bugs and bad bugs, and get a hands-on look at how to grow better plants. The activity will include using dirt, so children should come dressed to mess! This program is made possible by the Ms. Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, through a grant to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Space is limited to 20 per session. Location: Beech Grove Branch Library, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-45+60

Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship

Create Your Own Mini Art. All ages are welcome to come and create a visualization of something in the museum that inspires them. Materials and instruction will be provided. Works will be posted on the museum’s Facebook page with permission. Location: Museum of Miniature Houses, Time: Noon, Phone: 317-575-0240



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Children ages 6 - 11 are invited to complete a special LEGO project based on a theme provided. The Library will supply the LEGOs, children the imagination! This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call 317-275-4330 to register. Location: Decatur Branch Library, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4330

This Little Piggy

Visit the Conner Prairie pigs, sing pig songs and play with pig puppets. Prairie Tykes is custom made for preschoolers (ages 3-6) and parents or grandparents! Connect one-onone while you make crafts, dance, sing and take part in the special activity of the day. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 9:30- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-776-6000

FRI 14 THURS 13 Greenwood Park MallSummer Concert Series

The Stranger: This North Carolina-based musical powerhouse celebrates one of America’s greatest singer-songwriters, Billy Joel. The series will highlight a variety of music including country, rock, R&B, Top 40. Performances will take place near the outdoor fountain on the mall’s north side. FREE. Location: Greenwood Park Mall, Time: 6:308:30 pm, Phone: 317-684-7711

Indy Film Fest

Annual film festival—a ten-day event that has grown steadily and become one of the most anticipated and valued annual cultural events in the city. They also host a range of events that connect movie lovers. It’s an annual creative mixer that brings Indianapolis’s best creative minds together for a one-of-a-kind fundraiser. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Time: See Website for specific times, http://www.

Mosaic Workshop at Kiln Creations

Create a unique mosaic piece using your own pictures! They will show you how easy and fun this process is! Please bring 2 pictures with you - 4x6 size or able to be cut to a 4x6 size. This is a drop off workshop for all ages 5 and up. The price is $20 per person tax. Since this is a special event, requires reservations with a $10 non-refundable deposit. Location: Kiln Creations: Time: 3:30- 5:30 pm, Phone: 317-774-8982

Digging for Dinos

It's time for Paleontology Camp 2017! Activities will include digging for fossils, cave drawing, and sensory bins with volcanos and meteors. Hatch your own dinosaur egg to take home! Free tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children's Desk 30 minutes prior to the scheduled program start time. A ticket will be required for each person, including infants, attending the program. This program will be held in the Storytime Room and is for children ages 4-7 and their caregivers. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 11:0011:30 am, Phone: 317-814-3900

Pop Tab and Coin Drop on Monument Circle

This event is fun for all ages and includes food, games, live music, and even an appearance by Ronald McDonald himself! Along with the pop tab drop, they will also be holding a coin drive. FREE. Location: Monument Circle, Time: 11:00 – 2:00 pm, pop-tab-drop-2/

Ice Cream Social on the Circle

Indy Eleven vs. Jacksonville Armada FC

See the Indy Eleven soccer team take on the Jacksonville Armada FC! Indy Eleven is a world-renowned soccer club, that is a member of the North American Soccer League. Cheer on the boys in blue! Location: IU- Michael A. Carroll Stadium, Time: 6:30 pm

MON 17 Mother-Daughter Book Club

Join book club for girls ages 9, 10, or 11 and their mothers. You will meet in the Book Club Room from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to discuss Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech. Registration is required and begins Tuesday, June 20, either online, in person, or by calling the number below. copy of the book will be available at the Children's Desk to registered pairs. Space is limited, so register early. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 6:307:30 pm, Phone: (317) 844-3363

TUE 18

More than 30 celebrities will serve sundaes for the 27th annual Ice Cream Social. Enjoy Edy's Slow Churned Light Ice Cream sundaes topped with Kroger's chocolate, strawberry or caramel syrups. Toppings include Kroger's jumbo maraschino cherries and sprinkles, Prairie Farm's whipped cream and Brics Broad Ripple Ice Cream Oreo cookie crumbles. And much more!

SAT 15

Location: Monument Circle, Time: 11:00 am- 2:00 pm

Location: Monument Circle, Time: 12:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-7615

Music Festival

Come out to enjoy The Mind Program's first annual Music Festival. Different genres of music from local and national artists are sure to please the music lover in everyone. This event is a fundraiser for The Mind Program High School.

Small Wonders Preschool Program

Learn easy ways to engage your preschooler in nature and scientific exploration. Each class introduces a new topic through hands-on activities, hikes and crafts, and provides ideas for exploring at home. Classes are designed for children and their caregiver. Ages 3-4. Sign up for an individual class, or the whole series for a discounted price! $6/child, $15/ package. Location Holliday Park, Time: 9:30- 10:30 am, Phone: 317-327-7180

Raptor Feeding Time

Watch the staff feed one or more of their live birds of prey. Location: Eagle Creek Park, Time: 2:30- 3:30 pm, Phone: 317-327-7116

Paws to Read at Lawrence

School-age children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to a registered therapy dog who loves to listen to stories! It's a great way to improve a child's reading skills and self-confidence. Registration is not required but preferred by calling the branch. Location: Lawrence Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4460


MON 17




Family Game Night

Families are invited to play Minecraft or board games and have fun while hanging out with friends and family. Location: Fountain Square Library, Time: 6:00- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4390

WED 19 Fiber Optic Sensory Exploration

This class focuses on gross motor skills and sensory integration. It encourages your child in their natural exploration. They will be facilitating gross motor stations such as tunnel play, stretchy streamer spider web, movement patterns with rhymes, instrument play, bouncy balls to name a few and then enter a vibrant world of fiber optic lights where they can touch and view different lights as they relax and engage. Location: Urban Chalkboard, Time: 10:0010:45 am, Phone: 317-815-5711

Read with the Chief

Preschoolers and their families are invited for stories read by IMPD Northwest District Commander Michael Jefferson. Location: Eagle Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-4340

THURS 20 Escape Room: Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Mr. Lemoncello's library. PROBLEM: You are locked inside. PLAN: Solve puzzles to unlock the door that's keeping you from your summer adventures. Once you get the locks open (clues available if needed), you can escape the library! Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. Registration is required and begins Thursday, July 6, online, in person, or by calling (317) 844-3363 Note: This is the same Escape Room that was held in April. If you participated in April, please give others a chance to participate this month. This program will be held in the Book Club Room and is for children ages 8-12 on their own. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 10:010:30 am, Phone: 317-814-3900

Printing Workshop for Children

Children of all ages are invited to create three printing projects that include the use of fruits, vegetables and various gadgets. Location: Southport Branch Library, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4510

FRI 21 Little Learners Storytime

Little learners ages birth - 5 years old and their families are invited to come together for stories, songs and rhymes. All are welcome to stay after to play!

and the surrounding buildings, with pointers from Indiana Landmarks’ expert guides to fun details you might miss. Location: Monument Circle, Time: 10:0011:00 am Every Friday & Saturday, Phone: 317-232-761

Science at Play

Opening Day! Chemistry sets and science toys contained much more than their parts. Science at Play, the first major museum exhibition to explore the many facets of these miniature laboratories for children, draws from the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s collection of more than 250 science kits and toys. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

AVMF Food Truck Fest Fundraiser

Support the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) while sampling the best of Indianapolis's thriving food truck scene and enjoying the music of one of Indy's best DJs. VIP tickets include early admission and access to VIP tents. Admission cost does not include food and drink purchases. Tickets are nonrefundable. Admission proceeds go to AVMF. Children 10 and under are free! General Admission is $15. Location: Georgia Street, Time: 6:00- 9:00 pm, Phone: 317-237-2222

Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group

Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies as these wonderful winged insects are back in The Hilbert Conservatory. We’ve transformed the indoor gardens into a tropical paradise to bring you butterflies in a way that you’ve never experienced them before! Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: See website for conservatory times. http://www.inwhiteriver. com/events/butterfly-kaleidoscope/

Location: Central Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4100

SUN 23 Cool Creek Summer Concert Series

My Yellow Rickshaw will be preforming. Gates open at 6 pm Adults - $5 per ticket Kids 12 & Under. Location: Cool Creek park, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-770-4400

SAT 22 Monument Circle Tours

Brickyard 400

The Brickyard isn't just another stop on the NASCAR schedule. Points racing and Chase berths take a backseat for the weekend as drivers chase one of the series' biggest titles and the chance to "Kiss the Bricks." Legends including Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart have prevailed here, you'll want to be sure to come and see who triumphs next on Sunday, July 23! Kids 15 & under are free with a paid adult. Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Time: All day

Indiana Landmarks’ walking tour explores Monument Circle at the heart of Indianapolis, telling the story of the Circle’s origin—it was designed to host the Governor’s home in the center—and the scene you see today. You’ll hear about Soldiers and Sailors Monument

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Get ready to explore, design, build, and create! Each program includes a story and several stations for learning and exploring a STEAM concept. Free tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children's Desk 30 minutes prior to the scheduled program start time. A ticket will be required for each person, including infants, attending the program. This program will be held in the Storytime Room and is for children ages 3-4 and their caregivers.

MON 24 Indianapolis Indians

It's Nick Jr. Night at Victory Field featuring Paw Patrol! See ticket information on their website:

jsp?sid=t484 Location: Victory Field, Time: 7:05 pm

Book Break Club

Older elementary and middle school students ages 10-14 are invited to keep reading during the school break. Have fun talking about books and doing a related activity with others. The book to be read for this program is “The Eight Day” by Dianne K. Location: Pike Branch Library, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4480

TUES 25 Process Art

Get messy at their place, not yours! You are invited to enjoy art supplies and get creative. This summer they will build upon a canvas each week. At the end of summer, they will have a one of a kind piece of art to display in the studio. Get messy at their place, not yours! Included with admission. Location: Urban Chalkboard, Time: 10:3011:00 am, Phone: 317-815-5711

WED 26 World Family Day

See the world in one day! Come together for an array of entertainment with dance performances, live music, and laughter for all! Download flyer with $4 discount off admission. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-630-2001




Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship

Andrew Moore is a musical performer and composer from Indianapolis who specializes in percussion and the steel pan, the instrument born in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. He has recorded jazzy Christmas songs utilizing the incredible instrument, entitled A Panoramic Christmas. Moore is the bandleader for the band Circle City Steel. FREE. Location: Museum of Miniature Houses, Time: Noon, Phone: 317-575-0240

THURS 27 Summertime Fun

Celebrate summer by making bubbles, maneuvering an obstacle course, storytelling and making crafts. Prairie Tykes is custom made for preschoolers (ages 3-6) and parents or grandparents! Connect one-on-one while you make crafts, dance, sing and take part in the special activity of the day. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 9:30- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-776-6000

FRI 28 Back to School Bash

Join them on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Noblesville for a Back to School Bash. This is a free community event with a video game trailer, dunk tank, hot dogs, ice cream, live music, kids games and activities, school information tables, Noblesville athletic zone and showcase of youth organizations. Location: Courthouse Square Downtown Noblesville, Time: 5:00-8:00 pm


SAT 29

The hour-long vinyasa session, offered by registered yoga instructors from Indianapolis, will allow you to stretch your limbs and realign your mind, body, and spirit while being surrounded by inspiring art and nature across campus. $12 Members, $15 Public Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-923-1331

SUN 30 Family Creek Stomp

Holliday Park has ponds and creeks teeming with wildlife. Participants will have loads of fun getting wet and muddy exploring the creatures that live in these wet places. A naturalist will help you identify what you find! Nets and collecting tubs provided. Wear old shoes and clothes. $5

Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 10:0010:30 am, Phone: 317-814-3900

Location: Holliday Park, Time: 1:30- 2:30 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180

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National Dance Day

It’s time to get up and groove! Celebrate National Dance Day at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with special dance performances throughout the day. Learn the official National Dance Day choreography and participate in a mass performance with dancers from around the city. All skill levels are welcome and everyone is encouraged to participate. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: All day, Phone: 317-334-4000

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration

Occurring July 6- July 16 Join the thousands who will flock to downtown Indy to take part in the dazzling array of events, performances, exhibits, business seminars, job fairs, health fairs, health screenings and children’s activities that will delight, inform and inspire all ages. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy. Location: Indiana Convention Center, Time: See website for specific times, https://www.

Lilly Collection of Orchids in Watercolors

Occurring Daily through July 9 Part of a larger celebration of orchids at the IMA, this exhibition features a selection of 30 orchids watercolors collected by Josiah K. Lilly, son of founder of Eli Lilly and Company and its president from 1898 until 1932. Various types of orchids, such as cattleyas, indicium’s and paphiopedilums, are represented, including varieties that were awarded honors by England’s Royal Horticultural Society. Through these works, significant for both their scientific accuracy and aesthetic quality, guests will be able to explore botanical facts about orchids and learn more about the Lilly family’s interest In collecting and growing them. FREE with general admission.

Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Time: Tuesday- Saturday: 11:00 am- 5:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-923-1331

Hot Wheels: Race to Win

Occurring Daily through July 30 Speed, power, performance... buckle up and race with the most famous toy vehicles on the planet—Hot Wheels! Be part of a dynamic race team working together to build and test the world’s fastest (and safest) speed machines, using Hot Wheels® diecast cars to experiment and play. This behind-the-scenes look at the thrilling world of racing investigates the scientific process for designing super-fast cars. Hands-on experiences, authentic race gear, and captivating memorabilia will engage families in the process of experimenting with speed, power and performance using Hot Wheels cars and track as the their tools. Location: Children’s Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000


Now through August 6 A new family musical…with goats! All the goats in the junkyard know the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff- or do they? In this interactive, puppet-filled musical, a young goat leaves the junkyard for the first time and stumbles into the fantastical land of the trolls. There she learns about the wonder of the natural world, and a new adventure begins in which trolls and goats learn to live and play together. Adults will love it too! Free with general admission. Location: Children’s Museum, Time: TuesdaySunday 1:00 & 3:00 pm

American POP: The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture

Reminisce about fads or pop culture events that affected your life and learn what shaped those things into becoming hot or hip. American POP: The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture will showcase American TV shows, movies, music, and fashion that can bring everyone together across generations. American POP is a new permanent exhibit that will explore how popular culture has influenced daily lives in the past and the present, and imagine how it may shape the future. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: See museum hours, Phone: 317 317-334-3322

Magnificent Macaws

Occurring Daily through September 9 Zoo guests will have an uplifting experience as magnificent macaws create a cascade of color overhead. Zoo guests will witness multiple daily flights as the macaw flock creates an aerial ballet across the Zoo and then lands in the new Bicentennial Pavilion. In the Pavilion, visitors will experience Macaws up close to see these beautiful birds and learn about them. The Macaws will then take flight again and return to other areas of the Zoo and an outdoor aviary. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-630-2001

Concerts on the Canal

Thursdays through July 17 Enjoy concerts on the canal courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society. Free seating is available on the grassy area on the Canal Walk. Tables for 8 are $50, $40 for members. Tables for 4 are $40, $30 for members. Single seats at a community table are $10, $8 for members. Half- and full-season packages are available. Visitors can also enjoy FREE admission to the History Center until 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings during the concert season. See website for concert line-up. Location: Indiana Historical Society,

Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group

Now through September 10th Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies as these wonderful winged insects are back in The Hilbert Conservatory. We’ve transformed the indoor gardens into a tropical paradise to bring you butterflies in a way that you’ve never experienced them before! Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: See website for conservatory times. http://www.inwhiteriver. com/events/butterfly-kaleidoscope/

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Museum INvasion

Every Saturday Don’t just visit the museum, invade it. Wear practical shoes – they’re the only practical thing on the tour. From the odd to the shocking to the just plain eye-opening, a Museum INvasion tour turns the traditional museum experience on its head. Museum INvasion tours are intended for adults, but suitable for children ages 10 and up. Admission: $10 for members; $20 for non-members (price includes museum admission.) To reserve your spot on this INvasion tour, please call 317.232.1637. Walk-ins are welcome when space is available. Scheduled group tours are also available. Tours are $150 with a maximum of 10 people per group. To book a group tour, contact 317.232.1637. Time: 1:30 pm, or by appointment (Saturdays), Location: Indiana State Museum, Phone: 317-232-1637, group-visits

Dogs: Faithful and True

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

Symphony on the Prairie

Occurring through September 3 Experience the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and many other musical guests each weekend at the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre. It’s the perfect place to meet friends, family, and even large groups for a fun night out. Bring your own food and drinks or purchase concessions on site. Buy a table by the stage or bring your blanket for the lawn. Symphony on the Prairie allows you to enjoy the music the way you want. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-6000




Circus: Starring YOU!

Through November 26th Enter the Big Top! As you come inside, you’ll hear the calliope and meet circus performers. Inside, the artifacts and surroundings will capture your imagination as you visualize the spectacular stunts and awe-inspiring acrobatics. Now is your chance to step through time, learn the history of the circus and be awed by skilled performers. Then “get into the act” and become a performer yourself - try juggling, walking a virtual tightrope and more. FREE with general admission. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am -5:00 pm, Phone: 317-3344000,

Ice Age Graveyards

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

Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-2321637,

Chemistry of Color

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

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







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