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to beat the heat! COULD VIRTUAL OR HOMESCHOOL BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?
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contents J U LY 20 1 8 departments AROUND TOWN
12 Race into Fun 14 We Are #MillerStrong TRAVEL
16 Let's Go Underground
32 Ask the Teacher
36 Parent CafÃ©
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06 Editor's Note 08 Community Spotlight 09 Our Social Network 10 Indy's Children RESOURCES & CALENDARS
34 Preschool & Education Guide 40 July Events
47 Fun & Wacky Calendar SPECIAL NEEDS
26 Learning Through Failure
Summer Fun Without the Sun Beat the heat with these indoor activities!
Educational 20 Alternative Choices
Could virtual or home schooling be right for your student?
28 Special Needs Guide
We Consider 30 Should Changing Schools?
What to think about before making a decision
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Family Friendly and Al Fresco
Where to enjoy dining outside this summer
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It’s getting a little toasty outside isn’t it? It’s been a hot one this summer, with several 90+ degree days already under our belt. Mother Nature took us seriously when we said we’d had enough of winter! What’s a parent to do with a houseful of rambunctious kids on a day that’s just too hot and humid to be outdoors? Get somewhere cool! And we’ve got you covered – from indoor playgrounds and arcades to laser tag and museums, check out our Summer Fun Without the Sun guide for a host of air-conditioned destinations. Are you in search of something really cool to do? Head to a cave! With a constant average temperature in the 50-degree range, you just might need to break out a jacket! Check out our article Let’s Go Underground for a list of caves your family can have some chilly fun exploring together.
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With summer in full swing, the thought of school may be the furthest thing from your mind (it certainly is for your kids!) But summer break can be a good time to think about your child’s educational future. Are you satisfied with your current school or are you entertaining the idea of making a move? Should We Consider Changing Schools? can help you weigh this important decision. Sometimes a traditional school setting isn’t the right fit for a student at all, and virtual or home schooling is the way to go. To find out more about these options, try reading our story on Alternative Educational Choices. July is heating up – we’ll wish we could have bottled up all this sunshine and warmth to take out in just a few short months when the temperature takes a nose dive. Enjoy these hot and steamy days; we will miss them!
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MEET LILLIAN I am 4 years old my favorites COLOR FOOD SPORT ICE CREAM FL AVOR T V SHOW RESTAURANT BOOK MOVIE SUPER HERO CANDY ACTIVIT Y
Pink and purple Chicken nuggets Ballet and gymnastics Chocolate Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Chic-fil-A Fancy Nancy Sing Supergirl Jelly beans A big project!
an interesting fact about me I turned 4 on the day we did the cover photo!
when I grow up I want to be a ballerina!
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Ashlee Lauren Photography
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SPOTLIGHT what to look for in july
enter the magical world of “The Secret Garden” Summer Stock Stage re-imagines this enchanting classic of children’s literature in brilliant musical style. Meet 11-year-old Mary Lennox, who is orphaned in India and returns to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive Uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. There she discovers a magic garden, which beckons the children with haunting melodies and spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life. This Tony award-winning musical is a compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal suitable for all ages and performed by talented young actors from across central Indiana. Dates: July 25-29 Location: Ayres Auditorium, Park Tudor School summerstockstage.com/on-stage/the-secret-garden/
CYCLE THE DAY AWAY On Saturday, July 14, thousands of bicycle enthusiasts will descend upon Monument Circle in celebration of the 9th annual IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival. This family-friendly event has fun planned for all ages, including the action-packed PNC Kids Zone and PNC Kids Races. Pedal, jump, climb and play all while learning how to stay happy, healthy and safe. Date: Saturday, July 14, 9 am-7 pm Location: Soldiers & Sailors Monument/Monument Circle www.indycrit.org/
head to the Hamilton County 4-H Fair The Hamilton County 4-H Fair puts the focus on the youth of our community and their achievements – and it’s also tons of fun! Enjoy agricultural and educational displays, live entertainment, animals, animals and more animals, and, of course, fabulous food! Admission and parking are free for this family-friendly event. Dates: July 19-23 Location: Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds www.extension.purdue.edu/hamilton 08 INDYSCHILD.COM July 2018
Still in search of the perfect way to celebrate our nation’s birthday? We’ve got you covered with festivals and fireworks all across town. IPL Downtown Freedom Fest
Star Spangled Symphony
Party on the Plaza
Noblesville Fourth of July Festival
July 4 at 6:30 pm Indiana War Memorial, downtown Indianapolis
July 4 from 7-11 pm Indianapolis City Market, downtown Indianapolis
Independence Day Fireworks with the Indianapolis Indians
July 4 following the game Victory Field, downtown Indianapolis
Westfield Rocks the 4th July 4 from 4:00-10:00 pm Grand Park
Blast on the Bridge July 4 from 6-10:30 pm Geist Reservoir
July 1-4 at 8 pm Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers
July 4 from 6-10 pm Noblesville High School
Zionsville Lion Club Fourth of July July 4 (rain date July 8), 5:00 pm Zionsville Lions Club
June 30, fireworks around 10 pm Nickle Plate District
Lights Over Morse Lake June 30-July 4 Community Park, Morse Lake
Greenwood Freedom Festival June 30 Craig Park, Greenwood
Lawrence 4th Fest
June 28 - July 4 Lawrence Community Park
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BEACHES NEAR INDIANAPOLIS indyschild.com/beaches-near-indianapolis/ If you are craving a day at the beach, but a long-distance vacation is out of the question, no worries! We've got you covered with a list of beaches just a short drive from Indy.
INDIANA WATER PARKS WORTH THE DRIVE indyschild.com/indiana-water-parks-worth-a-drive/ Looking to splash the day away at a water park? Check out our list of Indiana water parks that range from a short jaunt up to Carmel to a day trip to Santa Claus, IN - all of them well worth the drive!
10 PLACES TO EXPLORE NATURE IN INDY https://indyschild.com/10-places-to-explore-nature-in-indy/ Want to spend a day outdoors breathing in the fresh air, but aren’t sure where to go? Look no further. We've got a list of 10 great places perfect for exploring nature in Indy.
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THIS MONTH'S ONLINE CONTESTS. Tickets to COSI, Summer Stock Stage Tickets, A Stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Holiday World Tickets
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indy’s children Summer was made for kids. Check out these pics of local children who know how to take advantage of all the fun this season has to offer!
Phoebe (age 22 months)
Jackson (age 4)
want to see your cute kids on this page? Gracie (age 2)
Charlotte (age 20 months) Emma (age 3)
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Send in your best shots of your children enjoying their summer trips (with first names and ages) to editor@ indyschild.com and your picture may be selected to appear here!
Gideon (age 7) 10 INDYSCHILD.COM July 2018
Sophia (age 5)
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BROUGHT TO YOU BY KIM ROBINSON, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC & MEDIA RELATIONS, THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS
Race into Fun at the New Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience Sometimes forcing exercise on kids feels as challenging as making them eat their veggies. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Like anything else, the more fun you make it, the more likely they are to do it. Enter the new R iley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. With 12 different choices outside to get their little hearts pumping and muscles moving, there is bound to be something they will love. And the best part is – they won’t even realize they’re exercising.
TWELVE IMMERSIVE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES INCLUDE: • Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever Basketball Experience
• Dr. Cory SerVaas Fitness Path • Jane and Steve Marmon Run-Walk Experience PHOTO CREDITS THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS
• Old National Bank Avenue of Champions featuring 16 legendary athletes • The Children’s Museum Guild’s Fantasy Tree House of Sports, which stands 60-feet tall.
• Indianapolis Colts Football Experience • Indy Fuel Hockey Experience • Subway Soccer Experience • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pedal Car Racing Experience and Church Brothers Collision Repair Drag Strip Experience • Pete and Alice Dye Golf Experience presented by Henry and Christine Camferdam • Wiese Field donated by Elizabeth Bracken Wiese and J. Frederick Wiese Jr. • Seymour and R heta Holt Tennis Center
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“Physical activity is not limited to the playing field! Climbing and sliding helps kids develop motor skills, coordination and balance. Trying fun new challenges builds confidence and problem solving skills. Imaginary play lets kids take on new roles and experiences. The tree house is fun for the whole family, and spending quality time together strengthens family bonds and good behaviors,” says R iley Children’s Health pediatrician Dr. Lara Darling.
There are other lessons to be learned from sports. Playing a game together is also a great opportunity to build stronger relationships with older kids and continue or start a new family tradition. Self-discipline is something that can help children throughout their life in terms of being more organized and developing good habits. In sports, kids also learn that practice and working together can make a lot of tasks much easier.
Mathematically, children and families learn about athletes’ statistics and percentages, then they can try out their own athletic skills to see how they measure up. They also figure out that mistakes are inevitable. The key to success is learning from those mistakes and working a little bit at a time to improve. If a child feels it is okay to make little mistakes now, they are better equipped and have the coping skills to handle bigger challenges later in life.
So lace up your shoes and prepare to get your blood pumping while spending some quality time in a healthy way with your children!
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WORDS BY WENDI WILLIAMS
We Are #MillerStrong
Noblesville community rallies after horrific school shooting It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and these days, it comes via text message: “Code Red.” “Lockdown.” “Active shooter.”
Schutte says those items have been a wonderful way to encourage students who may not be ready to talk about their experience. “Silent support is so huge,” she says. “Sometimes asking questions can be overwhelming, but this is a form of non-verbal support and it’s so important.”
On May 25th, Noblesville West Middle School students were looking forward to the swiftly-approaching summer vacation. But as Jason Seaman’s 7th grade class began their day, the peace of a quiet spring morning was shattered. A 13-year-old student armed with two handguns shot classmate Ella Whistler seven times. Seaman launched into action, tackling the shooter and taking three bullets in his heroic effort to stop the attack.
More support would come as Noblesville residents joined hands and hearts at a prayer vigil held at Federal Hill Commons. And one of the most moving displays of unity occurred the following Monday, when a sea of supporters turned out for Noblesville baseball sectionals, which concluded with an emotional victory for the Millers.
Students immediately put their ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training to use, sheltering in place until they received the all-clear. While Seaman and Whistler were transported to area hospitals, students were shuttled to Noblesville High School.
As the initial shock subsided, the community launched into action. Burns says from the moment the shooting happened, local businesses, residents and organizations were on the scene, ready to serve. “There are so many examples of people doing helpful things. On Friday, the Red Cross showed up to hand out Gatorade. Kroger was there with chips and water for the kids, since they hadn’t eaten. People were walking around with water and sunscreen offering it to those who’d been standing out in the sun for hours, waiting for their kids.”
Then, the grieving and healing process began for the entire Noblesville community. As the days passed, hope began to blossom in the town that had believed nothing like this could happen to them. News came that both Whistler and Seaman would recover, and the community united to support them. Joanna Schutte is the parent of a 7th grader whose classroom was next door to the shooting. She recounts how her son's teacher ushered students into a closet, while he grabbed a fire extinguisher as a potential weapon. Thanks to ALICE training, now standard practice, Schutte took comfort in knowing her son was prepared. “I’m encouraging everyone to take this training now. It needs to be our modern-day fire drill. It needs to be second nature.” 14 INDYSCHILD.COM July 2018
Fellow parent and Indy’s Child staff person Roxanne Burns agrees that ALICE training is key. Her son was also near the classroom that day. She recounts the harrowing 30 minutes between hearing about the shooting, and the moment her son was able to call and assure her he was safe.
Riverview Hospital had pizzas delivered to first responders, while artists and entrepreneurs began designing everything from t-shirts to decals to jewelry showcasing their “Miller Pride.”
But no one in Noblesville will ever be quite the same. Noblesville high school senior Ally James is preparing to attend Ball State in the fall to study education. She’s been in awe of the support she’s seen from her community, and says she won’t let an incident like this scare her away from her chosen career. “It didn’t change the love I have for teaching. Seeing the community come together in the aftermath has only made me want to become a teacher even more.”
For Ally and her fellow students, parents, teachers, community leaders and residents, the healing process is well underway, but it’s a long road ahead. However, bolstered by the courage and strength of Jason Seaman and Ella Whistler, the community will stand, #NoblesvilleStrong.
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WORDS BY KAREN RING
Let’s Go Underground Keep cool in a cave this summer If you are looking for a new family adventure this summer, why not head underground? The Midwest is home to a number of intricate cave networks, several right here in Indiana, where kids and adults can get up close and personal with the wonders of the underground world – from rock formations to waterfalls, blind cave fish to Ice Age bones. The best part? These caves stay a cool 54 degrees year-round on average, making them the perfect place to cool off when the temperatures soar. Below are just a few of our favorites. BLUESPRING CAVERNS Location: 1459 Bluespring Caverns Rd, Bedford, IN Explore the heart of the natural world by boat! An hour-long boat ride through Bluespring Caverns puts you face to face with the majesty of this natural wonder. Keep an eye out for blind cave fish and enjoy the sounds of the rushing river. Above ground, be sure to walk the ½ mile nature trail through the Bolton Natural Area for your chance to view one of Indiana’s largest sinkholes. For more information, visit www.bluespring caverns.com.
SQUIRE BOONE CAVERNS Location: 100 Squire Boone Rd, Mauckport, IN TOP SQUIRE BOONE CAVERNS BOTTOM MARENGO CAVES
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As the story goes, Squire Boone and his brother Daniel discovered these caverns in 1790. Today, families can walk in Boone’s footsteps, passing stalactites and stalagmites, rushing streams and
underground waterfalls. And this year, for the first time since opening to the public in 1973, Squire Boone had unveiled a new tour through this wondrous cave. Guided 1-hour tours leave every 30 to 40 minutes. Find out more at www.squireboone caverns.com.
MARENGO CAVE Location: 400 East State Road 64 Marengo, IN This U.S. National Landmark is definitely one to add to the bucket list. Marengo Cave offers easy walking tours that will amaze adults and children alike. The Dripstone Trail tour is 1 mile and lasts 60 minutes. The Crystal Palace tour is 1/3 mile and lasts 40 minutes. Both are guided and are offered year-round. Kids will get a kick out of The Crawl – a winding maze that allows little ones to get a feel for what cave exploration is like without all the water and mud. Visit www.marengocave. com for more info.
INDIANA CAVERNS Location: 1267 Green Acres Drive SW, Corydon, IN Explore Indiana’s longest cave. Families will enjoy the Panoramic Views Tour. During this 1 ½ hour tour, you’ll descend 110 feet underground, enjoy a 25-minute boat ride on the underground river and learn about the rich history of Indiana Caverns, all while taking in breathtaking underground views. Above ground, kids can take part in Gem Stone Mining and explore “The Cavern of The Sabertooth,” a crawling adventure where kids set out in search of the Sabertooth Lair. For more information, visit www.indianacaverns. com.
MAMMOTH CAVE Location: 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave, KY Mammoth Cave is one of the largest in the world and is certainly worth the hike to Kentucky. This massive cave sprawls over 400 miles, with 16 different tours for all ages. If you are looking to make this more than a day trip, there are opportunities to enjoy surface hikes, canoeing on the Green River, picnicking, horseback riding, bicycling, camping and more. Advance reservations for cave tours are highly recommended. For more, visit www. nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/ gocavetours.htm.
INDIANA CAVE TRAIL
Looking for a challenge this summer? Tackle the
Indiana Cave Trail and make a goal to hit all four caves along the route: Bluespring Caverns, Marengo Cave, Indiana Caverns and Squire Boone Caverns. It would be impossible to tour all four caves in one day, but there is no rush! You have until December 31, 2018 to check them all off your list in order to earn your very own cave trail t-shirt! Simply pick up a passport at the first cave you visit and have it stamped at each subsequent cave. This is a great way to plan out several weekend adventures over the course of the summer. To start planning your route, visit www.indianacavetrail.com.
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WITHOUT THE SUN BEAT THE HEAT WITH THESE INDOOR ACTIVITIES! WORDS BY MAGGIE LOISELLE and SUSAN BRYANT
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, IT’S JUST WAY TOO HOT TO EVEN THINK ABOUT BEING OUTDOORS. INSTEAD OF LETTING THE HEAT KEEP YOU HOMEBOUND THIS SUMMER, KEEP THIS LIST HANDY FOR LAST MINUTE A/C-FRIENDLY ACTIVITY IDEAS.
INDOOR PLAYSPACES All the fun of outside, in a refreshing climate-controlled atmosphere. Incrediplex Come for Euro bungy, rock wall climbing, bowling, bouncing, laser tag and arcade games. 6002 Sunnyside Rd., Indianapolis http://incrediplex.com Kid’s Planet Visit for the huge playspace, multi-level playground and arcade. 499 Southpoint Circle, STE 101-102, Brownsburg www.facebook.com/ brownsburgkidsplanet
KidCity at Greenwood Community Center Try out the three-dimensional climbing structure, areas for pretend play and the musical garden if you want to venture outside. 100 Surina Way, Greenwood www.greenwood.in.gov/topic/ blocks.php?topicid=135 Main Event Nonstop fun with laser tag, bowling, video games, a ropes course and plenty of food options. 4016 E. 82nd Street, Indianapolis www.mainevent.com Playland at Brookville Road Community Church Come for the slides, tunnels and a special area for kids under two. Free to the public.
* PRO TIP: Plan your visit during popular morning and afternoon nap times, 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 http://indyschild. com/indoor-playgrounds-indianapolis
MUSEUMS Air conditioned, educational and interactive.
Conner Prairie Discover Station Have fun building a fort, playing dress up and putting on a puppet show. 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers www.connerprairie.org
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis There’s always something new here – check the website for the latest happenings. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis www.childrensmuseum.org
* 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!)
7480 US-52, New Palestine www.brcconline.net/playland.html
Indiana State Museum See all sorts of exhibits and an IMA X movie too.
The Park at Traders Point Christian Church Test out the six-level play structure, basketball court, rock wall and cool down in the quiet zone. Free to the public.
650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis www.indianamuseum.org
Appreciate the great outdoors (while being indoors!)
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
6590 S. Indianapolis Rd, Whitestown www.tpcc.org/thepark
Hop on a stage coach, build a sod house wall and play a dulcimer tune. 500 W Washington St, Indianapolis www.eiteljorg.org NCAA Hall of Champions Try out different sports while staying cool. 700 W. Washington St., Indianapolis www.ncaahallofchampions.org
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Indiana Historical Society Learn all about what makes the Hoosier state great. Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center: 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis https://indianahistory.org
Habitat Hall at Holliday Park Come for hands-on activities that explore nature. 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis www.hollidaypark. org
Eagle Creek Earth Discovery Center Learn about the plants and animals who call the park home. 5901 Delong Road, Indianapolis http://eaglecreekpark.org/earthdiscovery-center/
Cool Creek Park & Nature Center Explore the science of Indiana woodlands. 2000 E 151st St, Carmel www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/ Facilities/Facility/Details/CoolCreek-Park-12 * PRO TIP: Call ahead or check online for kids’ activities, such as animal feedings and craft projects, to extend your time inside.
LIBRARIES AND BOOKSTORES 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 the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Central Library (55 4th Ave. SE, Carmel).
Half Price Books Browse the shelves for a few good summer reads for you and the kids. Multiple Indianapolis locations www.hpb.com * 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.
Need some more ideas? Try these activities to burn off some excess energy! ROLLER SKATING ICE SKATING ROCK CLIMBING GYMNASTICS PLACES BOUNCE HOUSES / TRAMPOLINE PLACES INDOOR SPORTS CENTERS BOWLING (check out the Kids Bowl Free program at www.kidsbowlfree.com)
Indy Reads Books Explore shelves of used kids’ books sold for $1 each and pick up a board game too. 911 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis http://indyreadsbooks.org/ Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore Peruse children’s books, games, puzzles and toys and stay for story hours and author visits. 5619 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis www.kidsinkbooks.com
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alternative Educational Choices Could virtual or home schooling be right for your student? WORDS BY MAGGIE LOISELLE
FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE, TO A 600-ACRE FARM OR A LAPTOP LOGGED IN FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE, A GROWING NUMBER OF HOOSIER STUDENTS ARE REDEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM. Virtual schools, hybrid programs and modern homeschooling all cater to families looking for something different than the typical brick- and-mortar classroom, often due to concerns over school safety, curriculum limitations and fitting in more family time. Here’s what you need to know about these alternative approaches to education.
HYBRID SCHOOL What is it? Hybrid schools borrow from the traditional school model with an online twist. Sometimes called blended learning, these schools offer students the opportunity to complete coursework online at home part of the week, while joining classmates in more of a typical school setting at other times. A parent serves as an at-home teacher during the younger grades.
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What’s the schedule like? Families of students at hybrid schools organize their daily schedules to fit the student’s learning style. Over the course of the semester, students spend part of their time attending school online at home and part of their time attending in-person classes at a brick-andmortar center. The blended learning program at Indy-based Hoosier Academies, a public charter school, spans from kindergarten to twelfth grade, and classes in both the online and in-person settings are led by state-licensed teachers.
“Our students learn from home Monday through Wednesday with online classes led by teachers with the support of their learning coach – usually a parent. They come to our learning center Thursday and Friday,” says Hoosiers Academies kindergarten teacher Alissa Davis. “On the three days at home, they’re assigned lessons to do those days, and all of the materials, books, workbooks and manipulatives are sent right to them.” The mix of home and classroom time is the best of both worlds, says Debbye Biermann, a Fishers mom of four. Her three oldest children attend Hoosier Academies, which allows her to have them at home with her for
part of the week and work part-time on the days that they’re at the learning center.
At other hybrid schools, students rarely step foot in a typical classroom. Seventh through twelfth-graders at the new Indiana Agriculture and Technology School have regular in-person instruction on a 600-acre working farm. “Families come to us for the strong educational component, and we’re also exposing kids to careers in the fields of agriculture and technology,” says Keith A. Marsh, executive director and chief academic officer at the Carmel-based statewide charter school. “We require students to be online at least four hours each day, and we work with them on how to organize their day. It’s very engaging, and we’re making sure they’re on track.”
Local hybrid schools: Hoosier Academies: ha.k12.com Indiana Agriculture and Technology School: indiana.ag Nexus Academy of Indianapolis: ileadnexusindy.org
ONLINE SCHOOL What is it? Online schools offer the option to complete classes wherever there’s an internet connection. Students interact with teachers and classmates via webcam, email and phone, and a parent serves as an at- home teacher during the younger grades.
Who attends? Virtual classes often appeal to students who are ahead or behind academically or those who’ve struggled with the social aspects of the traditional classroom. Because of the flexible schedule, online learning can also work for families who’d like to supplement with at-home religious education or for older students with outside responsibilities.
What’s the schedule like? Students studying online have greater control of their own schedules. Schoolwork can be completed any time of day, anywhere, and
students can take longer with certain lessons or quickly progress through others without having to wait for classmates to catch up.
Online schools: Achieve Virtual: achievevirtual. org/online-high-school/free- online-high-school/
Indiana Connections Academy: connectionsacademy.com/ indiana-online-school Indiana University High School: iuhighschool.iu.edu Indiana Virtual Academy: indva.com Indiana Virtual School: indianavirtual.com Indiana Online Academy: indianaonlineacademy.org (offers supplemental high school classes for students enrolled in their school district)
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children more than doubled, from 850,000 to 1.8 million, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The latest numbers show that about 3 percent of students ages 5 through 17 were reported as being homeschooled in 2016 – about 1.7 million students – but that number is thought to be a low estimation, since many states (like Indiana) don’t require homeschoolers to be registered as such.
What’s the schedule like? Even more so than hybrid and online schools, homeschool families are able to set their own schedules depending on their child’s age, interests and abilities. Many museums, libraries and parks offer programs specifically for homeschool families, and homeschool co-ops provide added structure and social outings.
Local homeschooling resources:
HOMESCHOOLING What is it? Homeschooling gives parents the opportunity to craft their child’s education at home, often with the assistance of purchased curriculums or co-ops of fellow homeschooling families. The at-home option has seen a resurgence in the last decade – between 1999 and 2012, the number of homeschooled
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Who’s homeschooled? Advocates tout homeschooling for its f lexible schedule, personalized learning options and focus on family time. Indiana is widely considered one of the best places in the country for homeschooling families because the state doesn’t impose any curriculum or program requirements, only that students receive 180 days of instruction per year that’s “equivalent to that given in the public schools.”
Indiana Department of Education: www.doe.in.gov/student-services/ home-school Indiana Association of Home Educators: www.iahe.net Indiana Foundation for Home Schooling: indianahomeschooling.org
“GOING TO SCHOOL” CAN BE DEFINED IN MANY WAYS TODAY – WHICH IS GREAT NEWS FOR FAMILIES FOR WHOM A TRADITIONAL EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT IS NOT THE BEST FIT FOR THEIR STUDENT. IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING A VIRTUAL OR HOMESCHOOL OPTION FOR YOUR CHILD, DO SOME RESEARCH, TALK WITH PARENTS WHO HAVE BEEN THERE, AND FIND THE ACADEMIC SITUATION WHERE YOUR CHILD CAN THRIVE.
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SPECIAL NEEDS WORDS BY MAGGIE LOISELLE
Learning Through Failure Allowing a child with special needs to make safe mistakes Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. These are traits every parent wants their child to develop, but each require something that we, as protectors and cheerleaders, are often hesitant to allow – the opportunity to fail.
The key, experts say, is to find ways for children with special needs to make mistakes in a safe environment, stepping back when necessary and respecting their right to take risks.
Of course, it’s not just one stumble on the playground and you’re done. Just like with anything, the repetition and “practice” of making mistakes is what helps build new skills and independence, experts stress. “Nobody learns to read the first time they try it. This is structured failure. It’s going to take a while,” Akers says.
Start small and be patient Making mistakes is how humans learn, and not learning to cope with failure can leave kids vulnerable to anxiety and wary of trying new things. But in the moment, it’s hard to watch your child stumble, especially when that child has special needs.
Finding secure places to give your child more independence is a good place to start. For Indianapolis mom Heather Dane, the playground is the perfect spot for her 8-yearold daughter Mikayla, who has cerebral palsy and communication delays, to have some physical freedom.
“Like any parent, we love our kids and want to protect them, and those with special needs are even more vulnerable,” says Jennifer Akers, a special needs mom and project director with Family Voices Indiana, a familyto-family support organization. “When they’re already struggling, it’s hard to see them struggling more.”
“I have people say to me, ‘I so admire how you stand back and just let her play. It scares me to death!’ You know, I’ve showed her some things beforehand and I may be coaching her verbally nearby, but I just want to let her have that experience,” Dane says. “I learned by making mistakes, and she’s no different. If she falls, yes, there are more risks, but it will make her more independent and also more confident.”
Take a step back As a parent, it can be hard to think outside of your “protector” role, which is why letting other people, like therapists or siblings, facilitate risktaking with your child can be helpful. Akers remembers always picking up musical toys for her daughter Grace, who used a wheelchair until her death in 2015, because she’d often drop them out of reach. It wasn’t until a physical therapist suggested that Grace could learn to pick up the toys by herself that Akers saw how powerful that could be for her daughter.
THE RIGHT TO TAKE REASONABLE RISKS IS ESSENTIAL FOR A PERSON’S DIGNITY AND SELF-ESTEEM.
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“I was picking them up for her, like any mom would, because I knew it was hard for her and she was already struggling,” Akers says. “But she needed to be able to do that herself. It gave her more independence. I thought I knew that as a mom, but I was so close and so protective of her that it was hard to remember.”
Recognize the importance of self-determination Of course, in order to fail, a person must first take a risk, which is a key part to allowing children with special needs to gain confidence in their abilities. The concept is called dignity of risk – essentially, that the right to take reasonable risks is essential for a person’s dignity and self-esteem, and that caregivers should respect this right, not protect individuals from it, whenever possible.
This is a philosophy that Dane takes to heart with her daughter, Mikayla, and when she was raising her firstborn, Joe, who also had special needs, using a wheelchair before he died last year. “All their lives, people are going to want to do things for them, and I just didn’t want them to grow up with the mindset of, ‘Everything is going to be done for me so I don’t need to try,’” Dane says. “I wanted them to have some responsibilities, because, as a society, we tend to think that people with disabilities are not capable of doing things for themselves, so to give them some of that sense of responsibility and achievement, we hope to increase their independence and make them more a part of their community.” Making mistakes, as painful as it can be to watch as a parent, is crucial in helping children develop resilience, including those with special needs. The important part is to find a way for them to learn through failure in a safe environment, while respecting their inherent right to make their own decisions.
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BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS CENTER FOR AUTISM The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism uses the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, self-help, academic, daily living and life skills to individuals with autism and other related disabilities in the greater Indianapolis and Elkhart areas. BACA 1: 11902 Lakeside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, 317-288-5232 BACA Prep: 9929 E. 126th St., Fishers, IN 46038, 317-436-8961 BACA Z: 6704 Central Blvd., Zionsville, IN 46077, 317-769-4335 BACA Hart: 30380 County Road 6, Elkhart, IN 46514, 574-343-2001 Email: email@example.com, www.thebaca.com
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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. 6060 N College Avenue, Indianapolis IN 46220, Phone: (317) 815-5501, Email: info@ biermanaba.com; www.biermanaba.com
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: info@ childrenstheraplay.org; www.childrens theraplay.org/
CHILDREN'S THERAPY CONNECTION Children’s Therapy Connection’s Preschool Prep Summer Camp is a day camp program for children of all ability levels ages 2-5. Our summer camp provides a creative and enriching setting for your child to connect with their potential this summer! Our focus is geared towards preparing children for preschool across all domains of development (fine/gross motor, cognitive, social, self-help, and communication). Staffed with the same high quality therapists who work with our First Steps program, our camp will allow your
child to be immersed in a nurturing, educational, and therapeutic environment. Ratios are kept low to allow each child individual attention and instruction, so space is limited. Enroll your child today! Camp runs June 18-July 13, Monday-Friday 9AM-Noon. Part-time schedule options and need-based scholarships available. 7478 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: info@ childrenstherapyconnection.com, http://childrenstherapyconnection.com
CORNERSTONE AUTISM CENTER Children struggling with autism want to express themselves, interact with their world and enjoy life. Cornerstone goes the extra mile to see that they do. They provide one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. Cornerstone's mission is to maximize those who struggle, embrace those who love and fulfill those who serve. Phone: 317-888-1557, Email: info@ cornerstoneautismcenter.com, www.cornerstoneautismcenter.com
DISABILITY & AUTISM SERVICES OF INDIANA Our mission is to provide the highest quality ABA Therapy and supporting Speech Therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism in their natural environments. We utilize the most effective research-based behavior interventions and specialize in maximizing learning opportunities and outcomes. We work closely with parents, family members, educators, and behavioral staff to provide training and support in order to make the most significant impact for the individuals we serve. Locations in Fishers & Greensburg; we offer in home, school, clinic and community-based ABA therapies. 9780 Lantern Rd., Ste. 130, Fishers, IN 46037, Phone: (317) 863-8110, Email: info@ dasikids.com; www.dasikids.com
EASTERSEALS CROSSROADS Offering comprehensive disability services for people of all ages. Early Intervention, Autism Services, PT, OT, Speech Therapy, Feeding/Swallowing issues, Augmentative Comm-unication, Assistive Technology, Multi-sensory Therapy Rooms, Summer Camps, Life/Social Skills Groups, Deaf Community Services, Autism Family Resource Center. 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Phone: 317-466-1000, Email: info@ eastersealscrossroads.org, http://www. eastersealscrossroads.org
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, www.sjid.org
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SHOULD WE CONSIDER
CHANGING SCHOOLS? If you do decide to change schools:
WHAT TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE MAKING A DECISION
– Research a variety of school options and attend open houses or set up meetings with administration at each school you are considering. – Ask if your child can shadow a day at a prospective school or you can sit in on a classroom. Attend a few school functions to get a sense of the culture and community of the places you’re interested in.
WORDS BY SUSAN BRYANT
At some point, nearly every parent has heard their child say, “I hate school!” And while this sentiment often passes, sometimes it doesn’t and parents are left to wonder if their student would be better off in a different educational environment. Transitioning to another school is a big decision however, affecting not only the child but the entire family. Before making this move, here are few questions to consider. – By switching schools, is my child missing an important opportunity to learn how to work through a difficult situation? 30 INDYSCHILD.COM July 2018
– Have I talked with my child's teacher and principal about my concerns? Have they been receptive to helping us find a solution? – Are there things about our current school that my child does like? Will we be able to find these attributes in our next school? – If my child is ahead academically, or behind, has my current school stepped in with the resources or support systems in place to help him or her? – If we are contemplating homeschooling or online school, have we evaluated what kind of commitment
or lifestyle changes this decision might require? – How will going to a new school affect the rest of our family in terms of morning or after school routines, drive time, coordinating schedules, etc.? Before changing schools, think carefully about the specific problems you feel your child is experiencing and give your school a chance to address these issues. You may find that once a conversation is initiated, there are resources available you were unaware of and supportive staff who care about resolving the problem.
– When evaluating new schools, take your child’s opinions into account but don’t leave the final decision of where to attend up to him or her. As their parent, this is ultimately your decision as you carefully weigh the pros and cons of each school you are considering. Once you’ve chosen a new school, talk with your child about the importance of going in with a positive attitude and being patient with the process of settling in. It may take some time for your child, and you, to make the adjustment. Having an ongoing dialogue with your student and setting realistic expectations for the new year can help make this transition a success for everyone involved.
For information on school ratings, reviews and other information, visit www.great schools.org and www.enroll indy.org.
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WORDS BY DEB KRUPOWICZ
Ask the Teacher
Developing independence, missing a teacher, working on listening skills
OUR OLDEST SON WILL START MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE FALL. WE WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE HIM SHOW MORE INDEPENDENCE IN MEETING HIS ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITIES. WHAT IS A REASONABLE WAY TO DO THIS?
As children make transitions from one academic level to the next, it is a great time to emphasize the additional responsibility that comes with moving ahead in school. Middle school typically requires more organization and better time management as students report to more than one teacher and there is less “hand holding” by the teacher to get work done. To foster organization, encourage your son to use a planner or a calendar to note homework assignments and upcoming quizzes. He may want to develop a color coding system for different classes. He can also use a highlighter to go back over what he has written as a reminder of upcoming deadlines. Learning to manage time well is a huge challenge. Suggest to your son that he spend a few minutes each day after school looking at the five or six upcoming school days, noting on his calendar specific days and times when he will study for quizzes or tests and when he will complete various steps in longer-term projects.
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Engage your son in casual conversation about how his system is going. Make suggestions for ways to tweak it if needed. Resist the urge to take over! If you get the sense that he is not as organized as he should be or is stressing over last-minute work, develop a periodic check-in. Expand the time between checking in as he displays more independence.
MY FIRST-GRADE DAUGHTER CAME HOME FROM SCHOOL ON THE LAST DAY CRYING BECAUSE SHE LOVED HER TEACHER SO MUCH AND KNOWS SHE WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT TEACHER IN SECOND GRADE. SHE IS TALKING EVERY DAY ABOUT HOW SHE WISHES SHE COULD GO BACK TO FIRST GRADE. HOW CAN I HELP HER TO BE MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT HER NEXT TEACHER?
For young students in particular, leaving one teacher and moving on to another can be very difficult. Not only have the students become attached to the person with whom they have spent the whole year, they can feel disloyal for “replacing” that beloved teacher. Remind your daughter how she felt at the beginning of first grade when she did not know her teacher. Discuss how it took a little time to establish a bond between her and the teacher she loves. Help her to create realistic expectations for second grade: she will not feel as close to her teacher immediately as she did to her first-grade teacher at the end of the year. Encourage your daughter to write notes or cards or to stop by her former teacher’s classroom once school starts. Maintaining a relationship will ease her transition to a new teacher. A reassuring hug may be all she needs to help her feel confident and secure, laying the foundation for a positive start with her new teacher.
MY SON’S FIFTH GRADE TEACHER COMMENTED ON HIS REPORT CARD THAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON HIS MANNERS. AFTER I CALLED FOR CLARIFICATION, SHE SAID THAT HE WAS CONSTANTLY INTERRUPTING HER AND HIS CLASSMATES. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP HIM BE MORE RESPECTFUL?
Talk as a family about the importance of taking the time to listen to what someone else is saying before jumping in with your own thoughts – and recognize that this is often difficult to do! It takes some maturity to recognize that what someone else has to say is just as important as what we want to say. Discuss the fact that this skill of listening intently in conversation is essential not only for demonstrating basic respect for others, but also for building a foundation in friendships and later, in working relationships. Share with your son how it feels when someone interrupts you; I am sure he can relate to that frustration and disappointment. Resolve to be better listeners.
Then practice together! Agree on a simple symbol that you will use when you are having a conversation to indicate that the listener is interrupting. For example, the speaker can simply raise one finger as a reminder for the “listener” to wait just a moment before commenting. Remind each other that the response when the speaker raises a finger should be to immediately set aside your thoughts and focus on what the speaker is saying. If the person who is interrupting does not get quiet right away, do not pay any attention to what he is saying. This will seem very awkward at first, but listening to others well will offer obvious benefits. Complement one another when others listen without interrupting. Showing respect for others by listening demonstrates maturity; being completely self-absorbed is the quickest way for others to lose respect for us. 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 email@example.com.
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EDUCATION guide CARMEL
CARMEL MONTESSORI SCHOOLS, INC.
Carmel Montessori School is located on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 18 years head-teaching experience and we a a full member of the American Montessori Society. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available.
Paramount Brookside is a tuition-free K-8 charter school that educates students in an innovative environment that instills high expectations for success. Founded in 2010, Paramount accomplishes its mission and teaches the mastery of Indiana Academic Standards through an emphasis on rigorous academics and experiential learning activities. Integral to the school’s approach to education are project-based investigations, community partnerships and three on-site Discovery Centers – an Eco Center, Space Center with planetarium and an operating farm. Paramount Brookside is designated a Four-Star and an “A” school by the Indiana Department of Education.
1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, carmelmontessori.com
CLAY MONTESSORI A Montessori school offering morning, afternoon, and full-day programs. Available for ages 3-6 years old. Call for more information. (Affiliated with Fisher’s Montessori) 463 East Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850
3020 Nowland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Contact: Luke Stobeck, contact@PSOEBrookside.org, 317-775-6660, www.paramountindy.org
EAST SIDE PARAMOUNT COMMUNITY HEIGHTS
KINDERCARE EDUCATION Our Early Foundations® curriculum sets the industry standard for excellence in education. Our Nationally Accredited Center with a staff of dedicated teachers ensures that children get the positive learning experiences they need to grow up happy and confident. Visit, call or email for additional information. Enrolling Fulltime and Part time schedules. 1001 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: 317-844-3464, Email: email@example.com / 13320 Hazell Dell Parkway, Carmel, IN, Phone 317-843-2956, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kindercare.com/
THE LITTLE LAMB CHRISTIAN SCHOOL The Little Lamb Christian School is a home away from home for children 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten. Since 1987, we have been the go-to private preschool for Carmel families who are interested in a Christian education. We are a place where children can learn, explore, create, grow and play! 1609 Greyhound Pass, Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: 317-848-3580, Email: email@example.com, www.thelittlelamb.com/, 6 weeks to Pre-Kindergarten and after school care
Paramount Community Heights opens on August 2, 2018 for the 20182019 school year. Enrollment is now being accepted for K-4th grade students. The new campus is an extension of Paramount Schools of Excellence’s successful education model. Founded in 2010, Paramount accomplishes its mission and teaches the mastery of Indiana Academic Standards through an emphasis on rigorous academics and experiential learning activities. Paramount’s flagship campus is designated a Four-Star and an “A” school by the Indiana Department of Education. 1521 N. Ritter Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46219 Contact: Sarah Shaffer contact@PSOECommunity.org, 317-671-1229, www.paramountindy.org, Grades K-4
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.starting linepreschool.com
A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certification through American Montessori Society. 12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850
BETH-EL ZEDECK EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative ArtsEnrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood Cost/ Tuition: Please call or email for full brochure Hours/Dates: Flexible Hours. Full Time/Part-Time available. Ages/Grades: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2s+, 3s+, 4s+, Pre-Kindergarten (Kindergarten Readiness Class)(3 day or 5 day option) Before/After School Care: Before and After School Care always available as needed. Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email: email@example.com, www.bez613.org
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.brebeuf.org
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, email@example.com, www.childrenscircle.org
FISHERS CHILDREN’S DAY IN NURSERY SCHOOL AND TRADITIONAL PRESCHOOL FISHERS MONTESSORI
INDIANAPOLIS – NORTH STARTING LINE PRESCHOOL
BREBEUF JESUIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Children's Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool is a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values and learning through play. It is designed to offer children ages 9 months to 5 years a positive and developmentally appropriate first school experience in the care of experienced and loving caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. For the older kids, our program includes weekly Christian Life Skills, Music class taught by Indianapolis Children’s Choir instructors and Book Club. Please call, E-mail or visit for further information and registration forms. Tours are individually set up at your convenience! 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, Phone: 317-253-0472, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.meridianstreet.org/cdi
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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; www.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, Admissions@heritagechristian.net, www.heritagechristian.net
THE ORCHARD SCHOOL The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYC accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Jennifer Bostrom, Director of Institutional Advancement, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-254-8454, Email: email@example.com, www.orchard.org
ST. MARY’S CHILD CENTER AT THE IMA Through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art offers a preschool for children ages 3-5. Anchored in Reggio Emilia inspired teaching, every day the children experience original works of art at the IMA, explore the gardens and grounds, and work on projects inspired by their environment. St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA is a half-day preschool running five days a week from 9 – 11:30 am for the IPS school year. With a low child to adult ratio (6:1), St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA provides personal attention to ensure optimal social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child. - See more at: https://indyschild.com/places/childcare-1/ st-marys-child-center-at-the-ima/#sthash.M7BHuPbB.dpuf
INDIANAPOLIS – NORTHEAST FORTUNE ACADEMY Fortune Academy is a not-for-profit private school serving students First-12th grade with language learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing difficulties and ADD/ ADHD. Students may also have difficulties with organization and time management. Fortune Academy educators are trained in the Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach to serve these unique learners. Fortune High School offers three academic paths: Honors Diploma, Core 40 Diploma, and General Diploma. Fortune Academy is accredited by AOGPE, IDA and ISACS. Fortune also ranked 18 in the top 50 best special needs schools in the country by Masters in Special Education Guide. Now enrolling. Call today to schedule a tour at 317-377-0544. Visit our website at www. thefortuneacademy.org. 5626 Lawton Loop E. Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46216. 317-377-0544. www.thefortuneacademy.org
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: firstname.lastname@example.org;info@centergrove montessori. com, http://www.centergrovemontessori.com
WESTFIELD POLLY PANDA PRESCHOOL 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. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email: email@example.com, www.pollypanda.com
THE SAPLING SCHOOL The Sapling School offers a year round Reggio-inspired preschool for children ages 3 to 5 in conjunction with extended after care hours for working families. We empower children to discover themselves and the world around them as they become critical thinkers, creative problem-solvers, and collaborative community members. We value our students and their passions, curiosities, and joys. Their interests guide the holistic, emergent curriculum and our learning environment. Look for our teachers and students around the Broad Ripple area interacting with neighbors as they learn the unique ways they are capable of enriching their community. For more information or to explore our virtual tour please visit www. saplingschoolindy.com or facebook.com/saplingschoolindy. To schedule a private tour please call (317) 319-8228, 838 East 65th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.saplingschoolindy.com
MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF WESTFIELD, INC. Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-867-0158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email: email@example.com, www.montessorischoolof westfield.com
childcare PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY 24/7 CHILDCARE B&J is a childcare that is safe, nurturing environment where your P child will get the attention and care that he or she needs. We are licensed and always working to meet and exceed all health and safety guidelines. You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect . Open late for lots of flexiblity. Stop in for more info. Follow us on twitter @pbj247childcare. 5501 E. 71st Street, Suite 4, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Anita Beck, Phone: 317-205-9211, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.pbjchildcareindy.com/
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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, email@example.com, www.sycamoreschool.org
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THIS MONTH'S SPOTLIGHT
WORDS BY CHARITY R. BARTLEY HOWARD
Local Spotlight: Parent Café Parents helping parents in the hardest job there is conversation without interruption. Parent Café is a model, but what is unique is every time there is a different theme. There are also different people every time. If you come once or 20 times you can expect something different out of each session. I am not there to teach a curriculum or tell them how they should parent. In fact, giving advice is strongly discouraged as part of the model. I facilitate guided conversations and activities ensuring participants feel heard and respected. HOW DOES PARENT CAFÉ BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY?
WHAT IS PARENT CAFÉ?
The job of parenting is a challenging one and navigating the many ups and downs that come with the territory can be difficult. Hearing that others have been through the same experiences, and learning from their situations, can be a great source of support and education though. Enter Parent Café, a free program in Central Indiana offered through Families First that brings parents together to encourage and learn from another. Indy’s Child spoke with Audrey Jarrett, Parent Education Supervisor, about Parent Café and what it provides local families.
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Parent Café began in 2007 by Be Strong Families in Illinois. It is a nontraditional peer-to-peer learning environment based on building “Protective Factors” (Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge, Support and Communication). Our president in 2015 heard about Parent Café and knew it was a great fit for our mission and needed for community parents. We did more research and received initial funding to help start facilitating. We partner with various community sites and schools to host Parent Café. We move them around to different parts of town so parents in different communities benefit, making it accessible to as many parents as possible. WHAT CAN PARENT CAFÉ ATTENDEES EXPECT? Every Parent Café is a two-hour commitment. The first portion is a free meal together (parents, children and staff/ volunteers). Once the meal ends we invite parents into a separate space for the Parent Café while the children are watched by our staff in another space. There is an activity to occupy them, so parents can engage in
We understand a strong family is the foundation for a strong, healthy community. By promoting Protective Factors, it mitigates some risks that many children and families face. It gives parents the opportunity to recognize where positive changes can occur in their lives and the resources and support making it more tangible. Parent Café is open to anyone – an experienced parent, new or expectant parent, foster parent, relative caregiver or even someone supporting a parent.
WHAT ARE SOME PAST THEMES OR TOPICS YOU HAVE COVERED? One of my favorites is “Taking Good Care of Yourself.” I am a huge advocate of self-care as a parent because I believe I can’t be the best parent possible unless I am taking good care of myself. Another is “It Takes a Village.” Building support as we start navigating a culture that is engaged in technology is more important than ever. I have seen a huge disconnect in parents engaging in their communities, with neighbors or striking up conversations. It shows how important it is to have a strong village for families. HOW CAN THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT PARENT CAFÉ? Volunteers are needed in various capacities. That’s one way we staff childcare for Parent Cafés. Financial support is welcome, and anyone can make a tax-deductible donation. We also accept in-kind gifts and have a wish list on our website or people can shop directly throughout our Amazon Smile Account.
HOW CAN PARENTS SIGN UP? WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE INTERESTED IN PARENT CAFÉ? It can be scary when opening up to strangers about our children and families, but most parents leave feeling relieved. Parent Cafés reduce stress, increase parenting knowledge and skills while building meaningful relationships. It is an opportunity to reflect more deeply about parenting, share experiences and gain new insights. I think many parents, that I encounter, feel they are walking alone in their situation or are expected to have all the answers. Participating in a program like Parent Café helps ease some of that stress. Feeling supported as a parent is empowering. If they need more professional intervention we refer or connect them to community support systems and resources.
Parent Cafés happen at various times all year. There may be a single session or “series” of Parent Cafés. Our website has the most up-to-date information available on any upcoming sessions, or you can sign up for notification of future dates. Pre-registration is required.
Learn more about Parent Café and Families First Indiana by visiting their website at www.familiesfirstindiana.org/ parent-cafe.
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FAMILY FRIENDLY AND AL FRESCO
Where to enjoy dining outside this summer WORDS BY CHARITY R. BARTLEY HOWARD and SUSAN BRYANT
ONE OF THE PERKS OF SUMMERTIME IS BEING ABLE TO ENJOY A GREAT MEAL OUTDOORS – AND IF YOU CAN FIND A PLACE THAT THE KIDS LOVE TOO, THAT’S EVEN BETTER! HERE’S A LIST OF AREA RESTAURANTS TO CHECK OUT NEXT TIME YOUR FAMILY WANTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER NIGHT (OR MORNING) AND DINE OUTSIDE.
Bru Burger Bar Who doesn’t love a good burger? It’s practically a requirement to binge on burgers during the summer months. And Bru Burger serves up a menu of gourmet burgers sure to leave you satisfied. (Kids not feeling your burger craving? There are plenty of other options available to please their palate.) LOCATIONS: Mass Ave, Noblesville, Carmel
and Plainfield TYPE OF FOOD: Creative burgers and
KID’S MENU: Yes, including breaded chicken
bites, mac n’ cheese, popcorn shrimp and grilled cheese MORE INFO: www.bruburgerbar.com/
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Canal Bistro Grille In the mood for Mediterranean? If spanakopita, falafel, tabouli and gyros are what you need, you’re in luck at the Canal Bistro Grille. The owners are from Egypt and Lebanon, so you know it’s the real deal. LOCATION: Broad Ripple TYPE OF FOOD: Authentic Mediterranean KID’S MENU: Yes, including gyros, chicken strips, hamburgers and corn dogs MORE INFO: www.canal-bistro.com
Bazbeaux Pizza When you want a made-to-order pie, go a step above at Bazbeaux’s. Choose one of their “exotic toppings” for a unique pizza designed just for you. And pizza by the slice is available Monday through Friday 11 am – 2 pm.
Mug n’ Bun Roll down the window and have dinner served up right in your car – or grab a picnic table to enjoy your meal outside on a warm summer night. Mug N’ Bun has been around for nearly 50 years (with good reason) specializing in serving up the classics. LOCATION: Speedway TYPE OF FOOD: Tenderloins, onion rings,
hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade root beer and more KID’S MENU: Yes, including grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly, mini corn dogs, etc.
Eiteljorg Museum Cafe
LOCATIONS: Carmel, Broad Ripple and Downtown Indianapolis TYPE OF FOOD: Signature pizzas, salads and
LOCATION: Downtown Indianapolis
KID’S MENU: No, but doesn’t every kid like
pizza? MORE INFO: www.bazbeaux.com
Love those Italian dinners at Mama Carolla’s? Then you’ll want to try Mama’s other restaurant, too. Good Morning Mama’s Café can set you up for breakfast and lunch! LOCATION: East 54th St. TYPE OF FOOD: Pancakes, French toast, sandwiches, specialty burgers, pizza and more KID’S MENU: Yes, “kiddie breakfast”
MORE INFO: www.goodmorningmamas. com/home.html
MORE INFO: http://mug-n-bun.com
Need a bite to eat while you’re having fun on the canal? Stop at the Eiteljorg! The café is open anytime the museum is.
Good Morning Mama’s Cafe
TYPE OF FOOD: Soups, hot and cold
sandwiches, salads and quesadillas. KID’S MENU: Yes, tacos, hot dogs, chicken fingers, grilled cheese and more MORE INFO: www.eiteljorg.org/visit/
Another Broken Egg Cafe This is a gourmet way to start your day. Seasonal selections like toasted coconut quinoa power skillets, pecan praline and candied bacon French toast and sausage and fennel omelettes are just the start. LOCATION: 9435 N. Meridian St. and Fishers TYPE OF FOOD: Twists on favorite breakfast and lunch options KID’S MENU: Yes, chocolate chip pancakes, waffle and French toast samplers, etc. MORE INFO: http://anotherbrokenegg. com/location/indianapolis-0
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HOW BIG IS A PIG
WEDS 11 - THURS 12
calendar J U LY 20 1 8 SUN 01
POP TAB DAY
ROBOTS AFTER NOON Families are invited to try a variety of the Learning Curve’s robotics technology and practice programming. With various types of robots and games available each week, participants can try something new or dive deeper into a favorite. Children under the age of 7 need to be accompanied by an adult. This program will be held in the Arena. FREE. Location: Central Library, Time: 1:00-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100
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BABY STORYTIME AT IRVINGTON Babies 8-24 months and an adult are invited for stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays in the informal setting of the Library's Story Theatre. It's a great
way to introduce little ones to a lifelong love of reading. FREE.
literacy skills, science and technology exercises and more.
Location: Irvington Branch Library Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4450
Location: College Avenue Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4320
PRESCHOOL DANCE PARTY Do your preschoolers have ants in their pants? Join them for a half hour of dancing fun as they shake their sillies out and rock the library! No registration is required. Drop in anytime between 10:00-10:30 am. This program will be held in the Program Room and is for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers.
INDEPENDENCE DAY SOCIAL Visit the home of America’s Hoosier President and join in on a patriotic celebration full of fun for the whole family! Try your hand at vintage Victorian games on the scenic south lawn. Sign your name to the Declaration of Independence. Enjoy a free tour of the 1st floor, complete with historic enactors. Kids can make crafts and explore using a special free Passport to History to guide them through this favorite 4th of July tradition.
Location: Carmel Clay Public Library, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-814-3900
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME Preschoolers ages 3-6 and an adult are invited for crafts, sensory building,
Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Time: 1:00- 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-631-1888
IPL DOWNTOWN FREEDOM BLAST 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: 6:30-10:30 pm
GLORIOUS FOURTH Help decorate the town, join in games, dance and sing patriotic songs. Test your brains and brawn by participating in history quizzes and the strongest farmhand competition. Participate in militia drills, sample muster day cakes, hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence and help honor military veterans on this most important of 1836 holidays. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-6000
CANAL NIGHTS: BOOM AND SPARKLE Enjoy games, art, science and fun! Exercise your competitive side on game night or discover the science of bubbles through wacky water experiments. Each Wednesday offers a different kind of hands-on experience! FREE. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 6:00-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637
THURS 05 ANIMALS AND ALL THAT JAZZ The smooth sounds of Animals and All That Jazz will keep visitors cool as the summer heats up. One of the Zoo’s longest-running events, this series will showcase a range of distinctive artists, acts and musical stylings. *Ongoing Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 5:30-8:30, Phone: 317-630-2001
FRI 06 PAWS TO READ AT EAGLE School-age children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to a nonjudgmental registered therapy dog who loves to listen to stories! It's a great way to improve a child's reading skills and self-confidence. Location: Eagle Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am-noon, Phone: 317-275-4340
SAT 07 BARKS AND BOOKS AT PIKE Young ones who need to practice their reading skills are invited to tell a story to trained therapy dogs. Reading to dogs has been shown to increase children's reading skills and confidence. Registration Required. Location: Pike Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4480
CEREAL CINEMA: THE PEANUTS MOVIE Cereal Cinema combines two of the best things about Saturday mornings: cereal and a great movie. Embark on a great adventure with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the gang in this screening of The Peanuts Movie. Complimentary coffee provided for tired parents. Location: Newfields, Time: 10:00-11:30 am, Phone: 317-923-1331
SUN 08 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/person. Location: Holliday Park, Time: 1:30-2:30 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180
MON 09 SUMMER SHOWTIME: DESPICABLE ME 3 Children of all ages and families are invited for a showing of the movie, Despicable Me 3 (PG). FREE. Location: Lawrence Branch Library, Time: 1:00
TUES 10 JUNGLE TALES Bring your preschooler to this program with a focus on the natural world. Join the conservatory for a different naturerelated story, activity and craft each month. Registration required. $5. Location: Garfield Conservatory, Time: 10:00-11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7135
LITTLE GARDENERS Stringing seeds, beads and other fun natural things, you will make jewelry to wear and share. Location: Broad Ripple Park, Time: 10:00-11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7161
WED 11 INDIANA FEVER KIDS DAY Join the Indiana Fever for Kids Day! Thousands of young fans will be in attendance, cheering on the Fever. Kids Day is the perfect outing for groups and summer camps! They promise a whole lot of fun and excitement, no matter the weather. Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Time: Noon-3:00 pm
INDIANA LANDMARK'S TREASURE HUNT Explore this public outdoor vintage marketplace featuring antique and collectible vendors, family activities, live music, food trucks, a beer garden and more. The event takes place inside and on the grounds of Indiana Landmarks Center and Morris Butler House, and on 12th Street between Central Avenue and Park Avenue. FREE. Location: Indiana Landmark, Time 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Phone: 317-639-4534
CANAL NIGHTS: WATER SCIENCE Enjoy games, art, science and fun! Exercise your competitive side on game night or discover the science of bubbles through wacky water experiments. Each Wednesday offers a different kind of hands-on experience! FREE. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 6:00-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637
WED 11 - THURS 12 JURASSIC PARK IN CONCERT The winner of three Academy Awards® and one of the most thrilling sciencefiction adventures ever made comes to life
on the big screen at the Hilbert Circle Theatre, with the ISO performing John Williams’ iconic and beloved score live as the picture plays. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-639-4300
HOW BIG IS A PIG Visit the Conner Prairie pigs, sing pig songs and play with pig puppets. Prairie Tykes is custom made for preschoolers (ages 2-6) and parents or grandparents! Connect one-on-one with your little ones while you make crafts, dance, sing and take part in the special activity of the day! Younger siblings are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at no charge. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 9:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-776-6000
THURS 12 SUMMER BABIES Come to the Storytime Room and enjoy their Summer Babies storytime for children ages 0-24 months and their caregivers. This program involves 20 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, and stories and is a great way to introduce your child to early literacy skills through reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing! Siblings are welcome. Free tickets are required and will be available on a firstcome, first-served basis at the Children's Desk 30 minutes prior to the scheduled program's start time. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library, Time: 11:30 am, Phone: 317-814-3900
FRI 13 ICE CREAM SOCIAL ON THE CIRCLE Join The American Dairy Association and enjoy delicious ice cream sundaes in a carnival-like atmosphere to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana! Location: Monument Circle, Time: 11:00 am-2:00 pm, www.winnersdrinkmilk. com/
ARTS CRAWL Enjoy a stroll through the Nickel Plate District as you enjoy local and regional artwork. Participating businesses will feature artists and artwork will be available for purchase during the event. End the evening with an AMP After Dark show featuring Jennie DeVoe. FREE. Location: Nickle Plate District, Time: 6:00-9:00 pm, Phone: 317-595-3111
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FRI 13 - SUN 22 INDIANA BLACK EXPO SUMMER CELEBRATION Join the thousands who will head 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. Truly something for everyone to enjoy! Location: Various locations and times in Downtown Indianapolis. See schedule at www.indianablackexpo.com/
SAT 14 BREYER FUN DAY Enjoy the Breyer horses in their permanent collection, enhanced with manes and tails made from real horse hair, handmade bridles and saddles, and costumed riders suiting each type of horse. Paint your own Breyer 4-inch “Stablemate” horse with materials provided. Take home your hand painted horse and goodies from Breyer as souvenirs. Location: Museum of Miniature Houses, Time: 11:00 am-4:00pm, Phone: 317-575-9466
MUD DAY The messiest event is back and better than ever with extended hours and an Adult Happy Hour! Twenty tons of soil and over 50,000 gallons of water create a giant mud pit for this rain or shine event. Children will compete in fun challenges and have a chance at being crowned King and Queen Mud as a DJ spins the hottest songs of the summer. Kona Ice and food trucks will be on site for food purchases. FREE. Location: Cyntheanne Park, Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Phone: 317-575-3150
INDY CRITERIUM BICYCLE FESTIVAL
WORLD FAMILY DAY Bring the whole family for a day of fun, with art, live music, dance performances, a DJ, kids' activities, face painting, shopping with more than 50 vendors, and plenty of food. Location: Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-709-3599
INDY CRITERIUM BICYCLE FESTIVAL Families and bicycle enthusiasts can enjoy a FREE day of bicycling activities at the 9th annual IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival on Monument Circle. 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 will love the PNC Kids Zone, where kids can pedal, jump, climb and play all while learning how to stay happy, healthy and safe. Location: Soldiers & Sailors Monument/ Monument Circle, Time: All day, www.indycrit. org/
SENSORY FRIENDLY FILMS: “ANT-MAN AND THE WASP” AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Location: AMC 17 and AMC Castleton 14, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-784-0989, www. amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendlyfilms
MON 16 SUPER SNAKES WITH SNAKEHEAD ED Children of all ages and families are invited to join Snakehead Ed for a story and discussion about snakes and their amazing abilities. A couple of live snakes will be on hand! This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
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Location: Spades Park Branch Library, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4520
TUES 17 FAMILY GARDEN CRAFTS Get creative and make crafts for the garden! Registration required. Location: Garfield Conservatory, Time: 6:15-7:15 pm, Phone: 317-327-7135
BABY AND TODDLER STORYTIME AT WARREN Babies and toddlers up to 36 months and an adult are invited for stories, songs, music and toys! FREE. Location: Warren Branch Library, Time: 10:15 am, Phone: 317-275-4550
SMALL WONDERS DINOSAURS 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/class.
BEYOND THE EXHIBIT: TEE OFF FOR GOLFING FUN!
Location: Holliday Park, Time: 9:30 am, Phone: 317-327-7180
WED 18 NATURE STROLL Stretch your legs with a guided nature walk through the park. Each session will include different activities for little ones as they explore the gardens and the walking trails. Activities may include games, crafts, demonstrations and observations. Registration required. $5, ages 2-8. Location: Garfield Conservatory, Time: 10:00-11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7135
CANAL NIGHTS: GAME NIGHT + MEMBER NIGHT Enjoy games, art, science and fun! Exercise your competitive side on game night or discover the science of bubbles through wacky water experiments. Each Wednesday offers a different kind of hands-on experience! FREE. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 6:00-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637
THURS 19 - TUES 24 HAMILTON COUNTY 4-H FAIR Bring your family and come enjoy the sights and sounds of the Hamilton County 4-H Fair! Admission and parking are free for this family-friendly event that focuses on the youth of our community and their achievements. Come and see the exhibits of two thousand 4-H members! There are events open for public participation, commercial vendors, agricultural and
educational displays, live entertainment, animals and, of course, fabulous food. FREE. Location: Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds, Time: 11:00 am, www.extension.purdue.edu/ hamilton
FRI 20 POP TAB DROP ON MONUMENT CIRCLE Itâ€™s that time of year again! Gather your pop tabs and head downtown for the14th Annual 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! FREE. Location: Monument Circle, Time: 11:00 am-2:00 pm
WEE WONDERS Foster a young imagination through pretend play, sing-a-longs, gallery art hunts, and hands-on art activities. Location: Newfields, Time: 10:00-11:00 am, Phone: 317-923-1331
SAT 21 BEYOND THE EXHIBIT: TEE OFF FOR GOLFING FUN! Get ready to hit the links on The Pete & Alice Dye Golf Experience, presented by Henry and Christine Camferdam in the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends July 2018 INDYSCHILD.COM 43
SUMMERTIME FUN AT CONNER PRAIRIE
THURS 26 - FRI 27 THURS 26
INDIANA PACERS FAN VAN: 2018 SUMMER READING TOUR Children of all ages are invited to join Pacers Sports and Entertainment and its community of volunteer readers for a story time. Participants will have a chance at a prize with a roll of the dice! This program is presented by The Roomplace and made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Location: Lawrence Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4460
THURS 26 - FRI 27
Experience. Discovery the history of golf and how the game has changed over the years. Learn the techniques to successful putting with Roger Lundy, Director for First Tee Indiana - South Region. Fore! Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 9:00-10:30 am, Phone: 317-334-4000
SUPERHERO BREAKFAST Discover your superpowers at this delicious breakfast where the whole family will enjoy crafts, activities, and a visit from a special superhero! Register by July 14. Location: Ambassador House and Historic Gardens, Time: 9:00-11:00 am, ambassadorhouse.org
MON 23 TODDLER TIME AT IRVINGTON Toddlers who are 2-years-old and an adult are invited for songs, rhymes, stories and crafts in the informal setting of the Library's Story Theatre. FREE. Location: Irvington Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4450
PRESCHOOL POTPOURRI With their caregivers, children ages 2-3 experience the exhilarating discovery of books, stories, and rhymes, and have the opportunity to practice early literacy skills. Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, and fingerplays bring language to life in this fun half hour. Siblings are welcome. Free tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the 44 INDYSCHILD.COM July 2018
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 Public Library, Time: 11:30 am, Phone: 317-814-3900
TUES 24 TODDLER & PRESCHOOL STORYTIME AT NORA Children ages 2 through 5 and an adult are invited for stories, songs and movement activities. Location: Nora Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4470
TERRIFIC TUESDAYS! Preschoolers and an adult are invited to visit the Talley Story Theatre for stories read by a community of readers for fun, laughs and a good time. Location: East 38th Street Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4350
WED 25 CREATE YOUR OWN ART Create Your Own Mini Art. All ages are welcome to come and create a 2d or 3D work. Materials and instruction will be provided, including stencils to create miniature furniture. Since these workshops have become quite popular, it is necessary to make a reservation by calling the museum at 317-575-9466 during open hours. Location: Museum of Miniature Houses, Time: Noon-1:00 pm, Phone: 317-575-9466
SENSORY STORYTIME @ WAYNE Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 on the autism spectrum or with sensory integration challenges are invited for this storytime in a small, interactive setting. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Location: Wayne Branch Library, Time; 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4530
WED 25 - SUN 29 SUMMER STOCK STAGE: THE SECRET GARDEN This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life. This Tony award-winning musical is a compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal suitable for all ages. Location: Ayres Auditorium, Park Tudor School, see website for times: summerstockstage.com/ on-stage/the-secret-garden/
SUMMERTIME FUN Celebrate summer by making bubbles, maneuvering an obstacle course, storytelling and making crafts. Prairie Tykes is custom made for preschoolers (ages 2-6) and parents or grandparents! Connect one-onone with your little ones while you make crafts, dance, sing and take part in the special activity of the day! Younger siblings are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at no charge. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 9:30-11:00 am, Phone: 317-776-6000
FRI 27 STEAM: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART, AND MATH 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. FREE. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-814-3900
SAT 28 CIVIC SATURDAY In a time of deep political divide, we must create new approaches to fostering a shared sense of moral and civic purpose. Civic Saturday seeks to bring friends and strangers together to nurture our civic spirit. Hear poetry, sing songs, read great and provocative American texts, and listen to a civic “sermon.” Gather in Civic Circles to share thoughts and ideas on how we can show up and support each other in public life. FREE. Location: Central Library, Time: 10:30 am-11:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4100
SENSORY FRIENDLY FILMS: “HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION” AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Location: AMC 17 and AMC Castleton 14, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-784-0989, www. amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendlyfilms
SUN 29 INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS VS BUFFALO BISON & DANIEL TIGER’S MEET AND GREET Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat will stop by Victory Field. The friends from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood will be greeting fans in PNC Plaza before and during the game. The game is a Kids Eat Free Sunday, so children 14 years old and younger can receive a voucher for a free hot dog, bag of chips and bottle of water. Knot Hole Kids Club members can also run the bases after the game. Location: Victory Field, Time: 1:35 pm, Phone: 317-269-2282
MON 30 REPTILES GALORE! Children of all ages and families are invited to explore the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians with Indiana Jim! Discover what makes these misunderstood creatures so important to us. FREE. Location: Fountain Square Branch Library, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4390
TUES 31 TUESDAY NIGHT CONCERT: ENCORE SHOW Arrive early, roll out a blanket, and bring a few extra dollars to grab dinner from a food truck. Don't forget to stop by and visit with the presenting sponsor, IU Health Saxony, and premier sponsors Wasson's and Kona Ice. FREE. Location: Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, Time: 7:00pm, www.fishers.in.us/calendars
ongoing events SUMMER WONDERLAND: SPECTACULAR CREATURES Occurring Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays until August 25 Creatures big and small are crawling, hopping, swimming and slithering to Newfields this summer. Learn more about Cracking Art’s spectacular creatures and visit some of Newfields’ own animal residents in this tour that brings art and nature together. Location: Newfields
ANIMALS AND ALL THAT JAZZ Occurring Thursdays, July 5-August 2
The smooth sounds of Animals and All That Jazz will keep visitors cool as the summer heats up. One of the Zoo’s longest-running events, this series will showcase a range of distinctive artists, acts and musical stylings. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, www.indianapoliszoo.com/ events/animals-all-that-jazz/
ZOOLAPALOOZA CONCERT SERIES Occurring until July 20 Zoolapalooza concerts are bigger and better than ever! Eat, drink, dance and be merry under the all-new Bicentennial Pavilion. This incredibly fun night out is a great way to kick off summer weekends on Friday evenings. Location: Indianapolis Zoo
BUTTERFLY KALEIDOSCOPE Through September 3 Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies in this three-acre Hilbert Conservatory. They've transformed the indoor gardens into a tropical paradise to bring you over 40 species of butterflies in a way that you've never experienced them before! Location: Indianapolis Zoo
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SHARING ONE WORLD - LONG-TAILED MACAQUES Occurring until September 30 A brand new habitat has been created for a troop of long-tailed macaques. These incredibly curious primates are highly adaptable to different habitats and climates, though they generally live near water. They're also very adept swimmers, which makes this species a good fit for the Oceans area. Location: Indianapolis Zoo
CANAL NIGHTS Occurring Wednesdays until July 25 Celebrate summer nights out on the Canal Terrace with free activities and family fun. Enjoy games, art and science. Enjoy games, art, science and fun! Exercise your competitive side on game night or discover the science of bubbles through wacky water experiments. Each Wednesday offers a different kind of hands-on experience! Location: Indiana State Museum
100 YEARS LATER: INDIANA IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR Occurring until November 11 The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. With several installations and exhibitions available in their public spaces, the ISMHS will explore Indiana’s contributions to the war effort. Along with the personal and political sacrifices Hoosiers made, visitors will learn more about this challenging historical period and honor Indiana’s veterans. Location: Indiana State Museum
DC SUPER HEROES: DISCOVER YOUR SUPERPOWERS Occurring until November 25 Families are encouraged to grab their capes and go on an adventure as “reserve Super Heroes-in-training.” Guests of all ages will develop new skills and learn the importance of teamwork at the HALL OF JUSTICE™ as they work together to solve problems and catch Super-Villains in a series of fast-paced challenges. Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000
HOT WHEELS - RACE TO WIN Occurring until September 9 Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and hold on tight as The Children’s Musuem opens a new exhibit celebrating speed, safety, design, and power! Get revved up for special performances, activities, and the occasional pit stop! Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
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ANNIE Occurring until July 15 Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Songs include: “Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life,” “Maybe.” Discount of $10 off per ticket available to children ages 3-15. Children under age 3 cannot be admitted to this show. Not all shows may be suitable for all ages. Location: Beef and Boards, www.beefand boards.com
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. To reserve your spot on this tour, please give them a call! Walk-ins are welcome when space is available. Time: 1:30 pm, or by appointment (Saturdays), Location: Indiana State Museum, Phone: 317-232-1637, http://www.indianamuseum.org/ group-visits
RILEY CHILDREN'S HEALTH SPORTS LEGENDS EXPERIENCE The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience combines rich sports history, physical fitness, and health education in a variety of family-fun, indoor and outdoor experiences. Run, drive, jump, putt, and play while learning how to stay happy, healthy, and safe. Meet a legendary sports character every visit, hear their story of greatness, and get coached in the drills and skills that helped them succeed. Imagine yourself in the shoes of that same sports legend, and start your story today. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
YOUNG COLLECTORS SHOW II Gallery 924 presents The Young Collectors Show II. Bring your little ones and celebrate the magical experience that can happen when young minds experience art for the first time. Location: Gallery 924, 924 N Pennsylvania St, Time: M-F 9:00 am-5:00 pm; until 6:00 pm Thurs, www.indyarts.org
PLEASE NOTE At Indy's Child, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally, event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.
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JOKE DAY COMPLIMENT YOUR MIRROR DAY UFO DAY
8 MATH 2.0 DAY
22 HAMMOCK DAY
29 TIGER DAY
TEDDY BEAR PICNIC DAY
BLUEBERRY MUFFIN DAY
SUGAR COOKIE DAY
GUMMI WORM DAY
GUINEA PIG APPRECIATION DAY
23 GORGEOUS GRANDMA DAY
30 PAPERBACK BOOK DAY
17 WORLD EMOJI DAY
24 COUSINS DAY
HOT DOG DAY
FRIED CHICKEN DAY
APPLE TURNOVER DAY
12 ETCH A SKETCH DAY
25 CAROUSEL DAY
FRENCH FRIES DAY
19 ICE CREAM DAY
21 JUNK FOOD DAY
27 WALK ON STILTS DAY
STRAWBERRY SUNDAE DAY
WORLD JUMP DAY
ALL OR NOTHING DAY
28 MILK CHOCOLATE DAY
UNCOMMON INSTRUMENT AWARENESS DAY
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