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16 | CAN'T MISS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS DOWNTOWN Cultural celebrations from around the world - all in Indy!

18 | COPING WITH CHILDHOOD CANCER Helping the whole family deal with a diagnosis



commentary + parenting


24 around town 52 | INDIANAPOLIS HEART WALK & 5K RUN

Helping children reach developmental milestones in a fun and engaging way

22 | BIRTHDAY PARTY FUN Five "outside the box" ideas for your next celebration

24 | THE RIGHT PRIVATE SCHOOL FIT What factors play into this important decision?

44 | AVOIDING CHILDHOOD OBESITY Starting healthy strategies now can mean lifelong fitness


What freedoms should be allowed when?





special needs 34 | THE BEST OF BUDDIES Forging friendships across differences

38 | DOWN SYNDROME'S RISING POTENTIAL What every parent should know



26 | education GUIDE


40 | Special Needs GUIDE







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in every issue

Indy’s Child

[ publisher’s note ]


The Importance of Friendship Yes, a parent is a child’s first best friend. When your child turns two, you realize that what you really want to be is your child’s best parent! By age three, children start playing and interacting with other children. They look forward to seeing certain children and making friends. Parents should encourage their children to play with others and be instrumental in setting up opportunities for them to join in age-appropriate activities with other boys and girls. Kids have a better attitude about school and learning when they have friends at school. Friends affect school performance by giving a sense of belonging and security to children. Self-confidence and social skills all develop in the school-age child by having friends who encourage them and share their approval. If you are to succeed as your child’s best parent, you need to use your time wisely. If you can be the one person your child feels free to talk to about anything and yet set boundaries, rules and expectations for behaviors, you are an exceptional parent. If you can listen and not lecture and be full of empathy and understanding, you are an exceptional parent. If you remember to have eye contact and ask questions so your child knows your love and loyalty, you are an exceptional parent. If you accept that your love for your child includes protecting, guiding and teaching, while realizing you must look forward to a child “putting on his own feathers” during adolescence, you are a caring parent. If you can embrace your child’s friends and realize their important role in the development of your child’s future, you are a great parent. I have been nurtured my entire life by caring friends and family who have both encouraged and tempered me. I am grateful for their true understanding of my limitations and their greater love and gratitude for my strengths. I am grateful that my parents gave me opportunities to attend wonderful schools, choose my own church, participate in school clubs, go to summer camps and participate in sports and make lots of friends. My lifelong and best friends no doubt nurtured the personality and determination and love that I share with others today.

Barbara Wynne Founding Publisher 6 INDYSCHILD.COM

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raymond bowling AGE: 4 years favs school subject: Gym color: Green movie: Avengers sport: Basketball tv show: Scooby Doo food: Chicken nuggets and fries restaurant: Chick-fil-A ice cream flavor: Orange candy bar: Kit Kat Bar book: Avengers Adventures super hero: Captain America toy: Incredible Hulk interesting fact: I'm Don's twin!

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I want to be a basketball player!

don bowling III AGE: 4 years favs school subject: Art color: Blue movie: Avengers sport: Soccer tv show: Star Wars food: Chicken nuggets and fries restaurant: McDonald's ice cream flavor: Strawberry candy bar: Snickers Bar book: Avengers Adventures super hero: Superman toy: Space toy interesting fact: I'm Ray's twin!

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[ community spotlight ]

community S POT L IGH T

new look + new name = more hope Each year, over 35,000 Hoosiers are diagnosed with cancer. The St.Vincent Cancer Walk, formerly known as the St.Vincent Walk of Hope, helps fund valuable support services for patients with cancer. The fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, September 21st at Lions Park in Zionsville. A ten mile challenge walk begins at 7:30 am, the three mile family walk begins at 10:00 am and the morning concludes with the Finish Celebration at 11:30 am! Take the next step! Register as an individual, team member or event volunteer at

what’s your story? The Life Stories Project is collaboration among the Indiana Historical Society, Storytelling Arts of Indiana and WFYI. Their common goal is to record, preserve and share true stories of everyday people. Individuals are invited to share family stories of childhood, pets, summer vacations, relatives, work life, war, family traditions and the like. In an effort to create a stronger, more vibrant community that celebrates both commonalities and differences, the recordings will be archived in the oral history collection at the Indiana Historical Society. To register for an upcoming recording session on September 29th, October 27th or November 10th, visit (other dates and times are available by special request).

bark at the waterpark Bring your four-legged friend for a dip at the Monon Community Center Waterpark on Saturday, September 7th from 12 noon - 3:00 pm. Human and canine visitors will enjoy live music, swimming, vendors, socializing and dock-diving. The “Barktember” event is for all ages, and tickets are $10 per dog. Visit for additional information.

smithsonian magazine’s museum day live! Saturday, September 28th marks the ninth annual Museum Day Live! Museums across the United States will join forces to support Smithsonian’s mission to offer FREE access for all patrons. Over 800 museums in all 50 states are participating this year. Visit w w / museumdaylive to download a ticket. Locate a museum in Indiana or wherever your travels may take you on September 28th at www.Smithsonian. com/museumday/venues.

You may also visit this site for story prompts and other preparation resources.

coats for kids collection begins september 2nd Bob Gregory’s Coats for Kids campaign, WTHR’s longest running community service event, provides winter coats for Central Indiana children in need. Coats for Kids is a great philanthropic opportunity for the entire family. Purchase a new winter coat while school shopping, or donate a gently used winter coat from your closet (sizes infant through teen). Coats may be delivered to any Tuchman Cleaners for dry cleaning until October 14th. October 6th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Coat collection at the Colts-Seahawks game October 19th from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm: All Indianapolis area families are invited to choose a coat at The Salvation Army’s coat distribution day at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Agro/Horticultural Building. For donation details, to make a monetary contribution or to volunteer on October 19th visit or phone WTHR at 317.636.1313.


say cheese! (and milk and yogurt and ice cream) Help Trader’s Point Creamery celebrate their tenth anniversary! Indy’s favorite organic dairy farm and restaurant is offering a $10 dining card to Loft Restaurant guests, live music and dinner on the deck on Friday evenings and a wine and cheese tasting party on September 26th. The popular Friday Green Market runs through October as well. Check out and plan a fall visit!

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“Did you or do you sign with your baby?” Yes. I did with all three of my kids and have done so with the babies I watch at my home as well. – Melissa S. Yes! We started at 6 months. He started signing back to us around 9 or 10 months. We only do a handful of signs... more, all done, eat, drink, milk, bed/ sleep, light, and vacuum (just because he loves the thing so much). – Lisa W. Yes! – Cheryl F. I did! We started at 5/6 months, and he started doing it at 8 months. It ended up being really helpful because he was a late talker. Gave him a way to ask for the things he needed. I also use sign with a lot of the kiddos that I work with. I work with little ones who have autism. It has helped so many of them in ways you couldn't imagine. – Audi M. Yes, I have taught both of my boys basic sign language! – Christine P.

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[ pediatric health ]

Get Set Go! Encourage an active lifestyle for your children George Gantsoudes, M.D.

Excessive weight is a problem careening out of control in Indiana. Today children are more sedentary than ever. TV, video games, computer use and mindless eating are contributing to overweight children. Hours of sedentary activity add up quickly. However, with a little thoughtful planning, it doesn’t have to be difficult for your child to be physically active.

Benefits of physical activity • Builds stronger bones, muscles, lungs, heart • Better sleep, mood, attention • Increases self-confidence, self-esteem

with timed drills. Record your child’s time and encourage him to beat his best time as time progresses. • Design challenge games with a jump rope and hula hoop. • Play Frisbee, tag football, hide and seek. • Dance with your child to his favorite tunes; create a special playlist for your child. Also, check out for a fun eight-week challenge that includes different activities specifically for kids—created in partnership with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

• Increases ability to handle physical, emotional challenges • Reduces incidence of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, breathing problems—to name a few

Be a role model Even if you don’t exercise as much as you’d like, you can still be a good role model for your children. • When you are shopping or running errands, park as far as possible from the door. • Avoid the elevator and take the stairs whenever possible. • Take a family walk after dinner. • When watching TV, use commercials to do a few squats, push-ups, lunges, planks, sit-ups or jumping jacks. • Rather than just letting the dog out, run with him. A little game of chase is great for your pup and you.

Tips for sneaking in more exercise There’s no need to wait until there’s a large of chunk of time for your child to exercise. Carve out five to fifteen minutes in increments.

Team, individual sports Although life is hectic, it is important to find time dedicated to increased physical activity. Help your child find an activity he loves. Keep trying— exposing your child to various options will help him discover something he enjoys. If your child enjoys the activity, it won’t seem like exercise. Call or check the websites of your local YMCA or community center to learn about your options. By age six or so, group sports such as T-ball and soccer are good options. Perhaps your child would prefer gymnastics, swimming, tennis, hockey or martial arts? The choices are nearly endless—and encouraging your child to get active early will help him embrace an active lifestyle as he ages. No matter what sport your child prefers, as a parent you’ll need to encourage him to keep safety top of mind. First, ensure your child gets a physical exam from his pediatrician. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise. Insist on the use of a helmet when your child is biking or skateboarding. Be wary of heat and humidity and insist on breaks when they are needed. Why delay? The more you move, the more you lose. Get active. Your family’s health is at stake!

• Stretch as a family in the morning. • Encourage a bike ride after school. • Set up a basketball hoop in your driveway. • Take a hike at a nearby park. • Set up a treasure hunt or obstacle course in your backyard: Time your child finding hidden objects or running from a tree and back. Get creative 12 INDYSCHILD.COM

For more information visit George Gantsoudes, M.D., is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

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[ pediatric health ]

Emergency Room Visits How to know when a trip to the ER is necessary Reviewed by John Clark, manager, St.Vincent Critical Care Transport

From falling while climbing a tree to twisting an ankle during a particularly fearless slide into home plate, children can find a variety of ways to injure themselves. And, it can sometimes be hard to decide when emergency care is most needed, but it’s usually a decision that must be made urgently. So, here is a guide for when to seek emergency care immediately. You should seek emergency care immediately if your child shows the following signs: • Blue- or gray-colored skin • Confusion • Excessive fatigue • Fever accompanied by changes in behavior • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea • Reduced alertness or responsiveness • Seizure • Severe headache or vomiting, especially after a head injury • Unconsciousness • Uncontrollable bleeding According to the College of Emergency Physicians, you should always call the ambulance—even if you think you can get to the hospital quicker by driving—if you can answer “yes” to any of these questions: • Is the child’s condition becoming worse? • Are his or her symptoms life-threatening?


• Would moving him or her cause further injury? • Is there a possibility traffic could prevent you from getting to the hospital? If you are unsure whether or not to call 9-1-1 for ambulance service to the hospital, call anyway.

Lifesaving rides Emergencies happen with children—and when they do, the Hilbert Pediatric Emergency Department at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to quickly handle a full range of pediatric conditions from the most minor incidents to the most life-threatening situations. If you aren’t within driving distance of the Hilbert Pediatric Emergency Department, don’t worry. Our pediatric emergency transport services allow seriously ill or injured children to be picked up from any hospital in the state and transported to our ED. Each ambulance is equipped with specialty equipment, such as portable ventilators. A team composed of pediatric specialists, including a physician or neonatologist, respiratory therapist, and a critical care transport nurse, are aboard every transport. If you still have questions about your child’s cough, fever, or other minor illness or injury, we’re just a phone call away. By calling 317.338.KIDS, you can reach one of our experienced pediatric nurses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Can't Miss International

Festivals Downtown

Cultural celebrations from around the world – all in Indy! Chelsea Tuttle, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.


ndianapolis may be known as the Crossroads of America and Hoosier State, but in the fall consider the city your passport to the world! Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of downtown Indianapolis as cultural diversity is celebrated. What better way to try new things than a festival? Ethnic festivals are abundant in providing fun, authentic food and entertainment for residents and visitors alike. Sample cultures right here in downtown Indianapolis as a less expensive alternative to flying all over the world! Take part in “Indiana’s Nicest Day” at the Penrod Arts Fair Saturday, September 7th on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This is one of the nation’s largest single-day art fairs. Enjoy works from more than 300 artists along with six stages of entertainment, more than 50 arts-related non-profit organizations, an extensive children's area and plenty of food and The Indiana Craft Beer Garden. Visit for more information. Be Irish for a weekend! The 17th Annual Indianapolis Irish Fest will be held in Military Park September 13th – 15th. Irish Fest offers a wide variety of activities for the whole family including live Irish music (The Elders, Ennis, Tom Sweeney) and plenty o' food – and that’s just the beginning. Come early and stay all day. From a 5K run and walk, Sunday Celtic Mass, Indianapolis Irish dancers, bounce houses and activities for the kids like sheep herding, there’s bound to be something to keep your Irish eyes smiling. For tickets and other information, visit Head to the American Legion Mall for the FREE 33rd Fiesta Indianapolis Saturday, September 21st. Check out Indy's premier Latino celebration. Fiesta Indianapolis celebrates, educates and shares the Latino culture through art, music, dance, food and cultural activities. Visit for a full list of activities and information.

Don’t miss the FREE Chinese American Festival Saturday, September 21st at Military Park. The event features Chinese culture and tradition which cannot be experienced anywhere else. Come and experience ethnic performances and lessons, authentic Chinese and Asian food and exotic arts. The Chinese Moon Festival will be honored, celebrating harvest, love and family reunion with respect to Chinese values. For more information, visit Dust off your lederhosen and dirndl and head to the Fifth Annual Original and Fabulous GermanFest at the Athenaeum October 12th. Celebrate all things German… think dancing, bier, music, food, dog races, cultural displays, children’s activities, crafts and more! For more information, visit germanfest. Catch a rare glimpse of inspired films you can’t see anywhere else and meet the filmmakers who made them at the ten day Heartland Film Festival October 17th – 26th. The festival features independent, international films from around the world – plus a variety of special events for film enthusiasts of all ages. Visit for listing of films and more information. If it’s learning and making a difference that you’re looking for, volunteer at

The International Center in downtown Indianapolis. Help introduce expatriates to the customs and protocol of America! Or go to The International Center ( if you’re planning a trip to visit another country. For more information about events in downtown Indianapolis, visit


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Coping with CHILDHOOD Helping the whole family deal with a diagnosis Sarah McCosham



veryone thinks cancer is something that happens to other kids, other families – but this disease can happen to any child. According to the National Cancer Institute, in the United States, roughly 10,400 children under age 15 are diagnosed with cancer annually. When a family learns the devastating news that their child has this disease, how can they learn to cope?

Self-care and caring for siblings

One family’s story

“A serious illness in the family can impact the marital relationship, and both spouses may need to readjust schedules, increase or improve communication, change duties at home and compromise. Asking for help from extended family members may be helpful in easing some of the physical tasks and emotional changes,” she says.

It was January 2007, just after the holidays, when Amy Brown’s son Devin began complaining of pain in his side. Despite different methods to ease the pain, Devin grew more agitated, remembers Amy. “It seemed like something was seriously wrong, so my husband and I decided to take Devin to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent.” Several tests later, the doctors discovered a tumor on Devin's left kidney -- a Stage 4 Wilm’s Tumor. In addition, the doctors found spots of cancer on Devin’s lungs. He’d need surgery to remove the tumor, along with six months of chemotherapy. It happened so fast; Amy hardly had time to process the fact that her five-year-old son had cancer. Today, at age 12, Amy says you’d never know Devin had battled the disease. "He's come so far -- he's on the football team, has gotten different academic awards -- he's amazing," says Amy. “I try to focus on where he is now – it’s still hard to think about the cancer treatment.”

Support systems Since Devin’s diagnosis and treatment happened so quickly, Amy was overwhelmed, and couldn't process what was happening. "My family did the research, asked questions, helped care for my younger daughter -- they were amazing," she says. In addition to the support of family and friends, Amy says it helped to read other families' blogs, websites and Facebook pages. "It helps to connect with other families who know exactly what you're going through," she says. As for Devin, staying in touch with his classmates and teachers was key. "His Kindergarten teacher came to the house regularly to keep him up to speed with what was going on at school," says Amy. In fact, most children’s hospitals offer similar programs -- arranging school visits, scheduling tutors -- to keep kids on track with their schoolwork. 18 INDYSCHILD.COM

For parents, it’s easy to get lost in their child’s treatment, which can adversely affect the entire family. “It’s important for parents to find time for their own self-care,” says Lori A. Urban, a Clinical Psychologist at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent.

Meanwhile, with siblings, it's equally important to make sure they're coping with the experience. Oftentimes, other kids will start feeling left out as months of treatment go by. “Parents can help their other children by seeking available support, communicating and expressing their emotions, and acknowledging each family member’s unique style of coping,” suggests Urban. She says that outlets, such as physical activity, books, art, etc. may help siblings express their feelings.

Giving back Five years later, Amy and her family have created meaning out of their experience by taking an active role in the cancer community. "You go through this, and the hospital staff is so wonderful -- you feel like you have to give back," says Amy. In fact, on September 7th, Amy has coordinated “Color the Canal Gold,” a benefit where she and Devin will be dying the Indianapolis Canal gold in honor of everyone affected by cancer. The fundraiser will feature music, a balloon release and Amy and Devin speaking. All proceeds go toward advancing cancer research. "Cancer research is so important," says Amy. "You think, science has gone so far – there has to be a cure for cancer." For more information on Color the Canal Gold, or to contact Amy directly, please visit: pages/Kidstrong/141446016054377.

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Kimberly Harms, Director of Public and Media Relations, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Playscape Helping Children Reach Developmental Milestones in a Fun and Engaging Way


rom the second your child is born, he is learning something new every day that is critical for development. Researchers and psychologists believe children learn significantly earlier than previously believed. For example, infants as young as three months show evidence of being able to accurately identify concepts that are basic to literacy in science, math and language. Research conducted at Harvard University even revealed that babies less than one year old demonstrate the ability to differentiate between good and bad intentions. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis partnered in this National Science Foundation funded research along with MIT and the Boston Museum of Science. The museum is putting the latest research to good use in the new and completely redesigned Playscape. “When Playscape opens August 31st, it will provide a new research-based interactive setting to address some of the most critical skills for infancy through five years of age,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, President and CEO, The Children’s Museum. “We have listened to parents and researchers and responded with elements to help children develop these cognitive and social skills.” “Every time you engage your baby in play, such as singing, talking and reading together, you’re stimulating neural connections, building skills and creating a strong parent-child relationship,” said Cathy Southerland, Director of Early Childhood Education, The Children’s Museum. This new child-sized environment is both Reggio- and Montessori-inspired and will provide something for each developmental stage of the littlest visitors. Babyscape is a special area for younger infants, crawlers, and toddlers and centers around a “nest” -


a protected area for parents to place babies on thick mats for tummy time along with mirrors and age-appropriate toys. Crawlers and cruisers will be encouraged to play with balls and a variety of textures. Toddlers can play on a low-incline slide, try on animal costumes, crawl through a log, and push a button to watch pretend butterflies fly. Aspiring Beethovens and Picassos will discover materials for creativity in another area. It includes a Music Studio in which little ones can play with sounds and experiment with musical instruments (drums, shakers, bells, rhythm sticks, xylophone, and a glockenspiel). There is also an Art Studio fostering creative thinking with a wide variety of materials (paint, crayons, and clay). One of the most valuable lessons your children can learn early and carry with them throughout life is that for every action there’s a reaction. The inventive space is all about cause and effect and will focus on creative play with objects such as wheels, blocks, balls, and simple machines. “Play is a critical component of invention. Encouraging your child to wonder, ask a question, form a hypothesis and test it playfully will foster science inquiry and basic math skills,” said Dr. David Wolf, former astronaut and the museum’s Extraordinary Scientist-in-Residence. Children can connect with their grownups and nature as they explore a pond, creek and sandbox in another portion of the exhibit. A unique climber encourages gross motor skill development and invites children to pretend swim or climb through a series of lily pad platforms to the “surface.” Upon reaching the top, kids discover sailboats for make-believe play. Realistic-

looking fish, turtles, frogs, and birds add to the immersive feel along with a soundscape. At the creek children can walk behind a waterfall, launch a fish and follow it downstream, or try catching fish with nets. Play With Me! Toy Boxes are geared to help adults who have young infants and older children. It will enable parents to play with their baby while watching older kids. And those wondering what to do with those toys that Junior sticks in his mouth and drools all over will find new “dirty toy” boxes in which to deposit them for cleaning (the toys – not your child). Nursing moms are sure to appreciate amenities available in the Mothers’ Rooms. Inside each of the private cubicles will be a comfortable glider, shelves and hooks for bags, chair for younger child, flat screen monitor with messages from PNC and St. Vincent, adjustable lighting, and electrical outlet for breast pumps. Outside the cubicles, families have a diaper-changing station, sink, hand sanitizer, outlet for bottle-warmer, hot water at the sink for mixing formula, and soap dispenser. And finally help to eliminate the potty dance run… there are TWO family restrooms inside the exhibit – helping those who are potty training to get there quickly. In addition to a kid-sized and an adult-sized sink, each restroom has big and little manual-flush toilets. As a mom whose toddler practically somersaulted into the toilet basin to figure out what made the loud whoosh, this is one more little thing that could make a huge difference. With so much to explore, come check out the new Playscape at The Children’s Museum today!

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Birthday Party Fun

Michelle Shirk

Five “outside the box” ideas for your next celebration

Celebrating your kids’ milestones is one of the best parts of being a parent. While backyard birthday parties are awesome, sometimes it’s nice to allow someone else to do the hosting – and maybe some of the planning and cooking too! Below you’ll find a roundup of a few fabulous birthday party spots in the Indianapolis area.

Sweet celebration

If refreshments are a top priority, have your child’s party at a place where food is the focus. At Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt ( in Glendale Town Center, dairy lovers can choose from three different 90-minute party packages. All include a 10 ounce cup of yogurt with toppings, decorations, activities, goodie bags and a “mixologist” party host, which means parents need not do much other than relax and enjoy a tasty yogurt treat. Birthday traditionalists can add a cake or cupcakes to the package for an additional fee, but there’s nothing wrong with blowing out a candle stuck into a cup of yogurt!

Active affair

Would you rather see young party guests moving than sitting? Consider My Gym in Fishers (, a fitness facility offering programs for children ages six weeks to 13 years. Their website promises “nonstop action-packed activities, games, puppets, songs and more,” making this venue a perfect option for busy toddlers and preschoolers. The basic or “Grand Celebration” package includes a 90-minute private party for up to 12 guests, facilitated by two “Party Specialists.” If you’re looking for something active for older athletes, try Climb Time Indy (www. which hosts group events at its rock climbing gym, while Sharp’s Gymnastics Academy ( opens its doors for gymnastics parties for kids preschool age and up.

Blast from the past

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park ( welcomes birthday boys and girls year-round at its outdoor picnic pavilion and indoor party room. In addition to facility rental, birthday packages include park admission for up to 20 guests. Who needs Pin the Tail on the Donkey when you can watch pottery and horseshoes being made in 1836 Prairietown (on season) or milk a pretend cow and play an old-fashioned game of basketball in Discovery Station (off season)? For additional themed fun, encourage guests to wear purchased or homemade period costumes.

Arty party

If your kiddo is the creative type, consider celebrating his birthday with art. Myart ( hosts parties at its Zionsville, Noblesville, Carmel and Fishers studios. Kids ages four and up can enjoy a 90-minute drawing party, while 22 INDYSCHILD.COM

kids ages six and up get a two hour painting party. Guests will be entertained by an art lesson, and you can skip goodie bags since each child leaves with his own masterpiece. Unlike some other venues, Myart allows parents to bring in any decorations and birthday treats desired for the party, so bring on the paletteshaped cake and rainbow balloon bouquet!

Choose-your-own adventure

If you like the idea of outsourcing some party-planning responsibilities but still want options, have your event at the Monon Community Center (www.carmelclayparks. com). Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation has teamed up with Oogles n Googles of Indianapolis ( to offer all-inclusive themed birthday parties. The birthday boy or girl can choose from more than 15 themes like “Dinosaur Hunt,” “Pom Pom Princess,” and “Hurry, Hurry Ride the Fire Truck.” If you’d rather party closer to downtown, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum (www. offers a similar list of themed parties that correspond to its exhibits. Didn’t find your perfect party on our list? There are also pool parties, zoo parties, putt-putt parties, bowling parties . . . the possibilities are endless! At the end of the day, as long as you’ve got some good friends, family and a delicious birthday treat or two, your child’s celebration is practically guaranteed to be a success.

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the Right

Private School Fit What factors play into this important decision? Sarah McCosham


ou’ve taken campus tours, met with admissions officers, inquired about financial aid and completed several applications -- and your son or daughter has been admitted to their top school choice!

No – we’re not talking about college – the above applies to the process of selecting a private school for your child. Finding the right private school is a decision that will affect the entire family -- but don’t be intimidated by the process! Here we provide a primer for parents on where to start, the right questions to ask and tips for selecting the private school that will provide the best fit for your family.

Where to start Choosing a private school is a lot like choosing a college: it’s an important decision that requires extensive research, visits and consideration. When checking out a school, it’s useful to first look at its mission statement, advises Shants Hart, Director of Indianapolis’s Park Tudor Middle School. "Consider the school’s mission statement, and how it aligns with your child's personality and family's values,” she says. "Some private schools are more structured, others more progressive; certain schools emphasize language arts while others are focused on the sciences – it’s important to look at the school's core values, and how they align with your child and family.” Once you’ve made a list of schools that match your child’s needs on paper, it’s time to pay some visits. Most private schools have entire days set aside for prospective students to tour, go to classes, talk to other students and ask questions. Kate Lock, Director of Admissions at the International School of Indiana, says there are several things families can do to get a “feel” for the school: take a tour; attend an open house; observe classes; speak with teachers, students, and parents; and even look at where alumni were accepted. It’s important to be proactive and ask questions during the process, says Lock.

Questions to ask Speaking of questions, there are several you should ask (of the school and of your child) when considering a private school: What are the school’s student-to-teacher ratios? Most private schools boast low student-to-teacher ratios, which translates into more personalized attention for your child. “Individualized attention is perhaps the biggest attribute of private schools,” says Hart. “Knowing your student will be nurtured and given the tools they need to succeed in life, is priceless.” 24 INDYSCHILD.COM

What is the expectation of parental involvement? “Different schools have different expectations for parental involvement,” says Lock. “Get an understanding on how involved parents can be.” What are your child’s goals? This is an important question, says Brebeuf Jesuit’s Director of Communications and Marketing Mike Higginbotham. “If your child has a dream of getting into a particular college, ask about students from the school who have attended that college and how the school helped them get there. Additionally, for your child’s particular areas of interest and strengths, talk to the people involved and ask how the program is set up.” What about financial aid? Financial aid is perhaps the most intimidating aspect of private school – and it really shouldn’t be, says Hart. In reality, almost every private school offers some sort of financial aid/scholarship package – and state and national scholarships may be available as well. "There are lots of opportunities for financial aid," says Hart, citing Park Tudor's annual 3 million dollar scholarship fund. "View private school as an investment toward your child's future -- you can't put a price tag on that."

Making an educated decision One you’ve determined what you are looking for, toured schools and talked to other families, it’s time to make a decision. Here’s where your child’s input is crucial, as only he or she knows what feels right. "This is a decision that affects the entire family – but at the end of the day, it’s really about getting the best education for your child,” says Hart. “Give them the right tools, and they will grow into confident, well-rounded people.”

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education +childcare schools & education

Standards. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Elizabeth Williams, 317-846-8182,,



Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

Fall Creek Montessori Academy

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

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

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

The Montessori Learning Center The Montessori Learning Center offers a Montessori elementary program for grades 1-5. We focus on developing the whole child through interaction with an interdisciplinary curriculum. Our program specifically meets the needs of each child and is aligned with Indiana State 26 INDYSCHILD.COM

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

Fishers Montessori

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

indianapolis - north Arthur M. Glick JCC

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

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


discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood, Full Time/Part-Time/Flexible Hours, Ages: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2’s+, 3’s+, 4’s/ PreK (3 day or 5 day program) and Full Day Kindergarten (5 full-day program) (8:50 am to 3:00 pm) Before School/After School Care available daily as needed for all ages: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Call or email for brochure. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email:,

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-5247090. Email: www.

Bureau of Jewish Education 6711 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Elaine Fairfield, Phone: 317-255-3124, Email:,

Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool The Children’s Day In traditional preschool and nursery school program provides a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values in a play based setting. It is designed to offer children ages 9

months to 5 years a positive and developmentally appropriate experience in the care of experienced teachers and caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Children attend up to 3 days a week. 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, 317-253-0472,,

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

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Mothers Day Out (12-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, with a wide variety of learning materials & readiness skills woven through each unit. Need longer hours? Try our child care

ministry, The Neighborhood, designed for 16 mos-PreK. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake or Kelly Belt, Phone: 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-575-6509, Email: jdrake@ or

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

Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School

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

Montessori Centres

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

The Orchard School

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

Park Tudor School Park Tudor School’s exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities prepare students to become confident and resourceful lifelong learners. The school community creates an

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inspiring college-preparatory learning environment for highly motivated young people. Two-year Global Scholars program for juniors and seniors; 19 AP classes; full-day kindergarten; Spanish beginning at age 3. 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Shants Hart, 317-415-2777,,

St. Richard’s Episcopal School

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

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

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


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

indianapolis - south The Children's Cottage

indianapolis - northwest International School of Indiana

Sycamore School

St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs

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

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

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


whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning. We will provide a quality program through: Organizing the environment so it is conducive to success, providing specific directions and instructions, acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. 5555 S. 650 E., Zionsville, IN 46075, Contact: Donna Hudson, Phone: 317-873-2226, Email: dhudson@zcs.k12.,

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

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:, www.

zionsville Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool

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

Universal Preschool at Boone Meadow provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the

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The BEST of Buddies Forging friendships across differences

Relationships don’t come easy for kids with autism. Social skills require real, ongoing work. So when an opportunity comes along for these kids to practice social interaction and build a true friendship with a neurotypical peer, it’s a good thing. Best Buddies is creating this kind of good thing for kids across the state. Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to provide opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. Though the group does not have a jobs program in Indiana, the organization is going strong with 43 high school chapters, 19 middle school chapters, 15 college chapters and three promoters chapters whose members act as advocates for the disabilities rights movement. A major focus of the organization is pairing kids who have special needs with typically developing peers to facilitate friendships. That’s what piqued the interest of Kelsey Fox, 18, of Noblesville.

Fox had volunteered for Down Syndrome Indiana her eighth grade year and wanted to continue her volunteer work to help others as she transitioned into St. Theodore Guerin High School. No Best Buddies chapter had yet been established at her school, so she got the ball rolling. Soon she was president of her school’s chapter, which was paired with The Independence Academy of Indiana, a school that specializes in education for students with high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome. Fox’s buddy was James Le Vay and they were paired together all four years. The way she sees it, she and James basically went through high school together, albeit at separate schools. “It was a lot of fun. We did so many fun activities. I gained a lot of friends through Best Buddies. I consider all the buddies as friends. They were part of my high school career,” she said. The kids involved in Fox’s chapter did things kids their age typically do. They went bowling, had movie nights – there was even a Best Buddies prom. Mostly though, Fox says they all just hung out and talked. Fox gained friends and leadership skills and believes James gained much the same. “I think it was just another chance to meet more people. Their school is really small and it’s always good to get to know other people, especially people who are different from you so you can learn. It’s the same with Guerin,” she said.


James’ mom, Susan Le Vay, believes the experience allowed her son to have more exposure to students without autism and helped him feel more supported and understood in the larger community. Getting to see her son widen his circle of friends was also meaningful to her. Le Vay, who also happens to be the director of curriculum and instruction at The Independence Academy of Indiana, feels Best Buddies is an important organization for kids. “The Best Buddies program does more than connect students in friendship. It educates students and the larger community about people with special needs and encourages acceptance and understanding. This program is mutually beneficial because it enriches the lives of everyone involved,” she said. This is a definite truth for Fox, who says the experience changed her life. “I’m always going to be volunteering and doing something [to help others] the rest of my life. And with James, we are still going to hang out,” she said. Though Fox leaves behind the chapter she founded four years ago at Guerin, she plans to continue volunteering for Best Buddies while she attends Ball State University.

Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to provide opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership for people with and without INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL disabilities.

Carrie Bishop

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special needs calendar TUES | 03

Dyslexia Institute of Indiana Parent Group Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where: Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, Indianapolis

WEDS | 04 Cuenta Conmigo Meeting Times: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Where: 708 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis Phone: Firany Briceno at firany@ dsindiana-org or call 317-931-9843

Muscle Up Times: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Cost: $32 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5245

FRI | 06

Karaoke Night Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $10 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5245 Ages 16+

TUES | 10

dsi D.A.D.S. Meeting Times: 6:30 PM Where: George’s Neighborhood Grill in Avalon Crossing, Indianapolis

Additional Info: Don Crane at DECJcrane@yahoo-com or call 925-7617

Autism Series: Proactive Behavior Strategies Times: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Greenwood Public Library Join Christine Belviy who is a mom of a 16 year old son with Autism and serves as an Ally for Autism Society of Indiana to learn how to be proactive instead of reactive and help reduce behaviors. Everyone is welcome. 36 INDYSCHILD.COM

Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process Times: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Cost: $40 / Family Member - $75 / Professional Where: Speedway United Methodist Church, Indianapolis This workshop, combining the Article 7 and IEP training, is all day training that offers basic information about special education laws and regulations for Indiana children ages 3-21. In addition, this training will provide information on how to prepare for a case conference and write an IEP. This training is a great opportunity for family members and professionals who advocate for children with a disability or serious chronic illness.

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Autism Family Resource Center Grandparents’ Support Group Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis Additional Info: Diane Quillico at 317-882-1914 or Linda Knoderer at 765-438-4792

THURS | 12 JoyQuest Support Group for Moms

Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cost: Free Where: 7245 Highburry Dr., Indianapolis Phone: 317-508-8937 Looking for a faith-based support group with an emphasis on educational challenges? JoyQuest offers a monthly support group for moms of struggling learners or special needs children. Whether you are a mom helping with homework, or a homeschool mom, come enjoy an evening of encouragement and practical help.

system will affect Hoosiers with autism. Topics covered with by ICHIA, ABA and the new marketplace. Sponsored by Little Star Center and Autism Advocates of Indiana.

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Hamilton County Project Lifesaver Summer Bash Custom Car and Bike Show Times: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Where: 4H Fairgrounds, Noblesville

Sibshop Times: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM Where: Noble Broad Ripple, Indianapolis Additional Info: Molly Lang at molly-lang@nobleofindiana-org Sibshops are for kids ages 4-7 and 8-13 who have a brother or sister with health care, developmental, or therapeutic needs. They are a celebration of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.

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Autism Family Resource Center Parents’ Support Group Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: Free, childcare available with reservation Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis IN Additional Info: Phone: Amy Miller at 317-466-1000 ext.2488

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There-A-Play's Hoe Down and Wild West Casino Times: 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Where: Lucky Farms, Carmel Additional Info: Phone: Breinne Lasley at blasley@childrenstheraplayorg or 317-872-4166


Additional Info: Nicole Whitson NWhitson@cornerstoneautismcentercom 765-838-3547

Autism Society of Indiana's 2013 Excellence Awards Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cost: $50 per ticket, table sponsor package $1500 Where: Golf Club of Indiana, Lebanon

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dsi Mooresville Parent Group Times: 6:00 PM Where: Poe’s Brothers Cafeteria, Mooresville Additional Info: Kellie Fuller at 317-908-4084

SAT | 28

Ice Cream Social Times: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Cost: $12 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5245 Ages 15+

MON | 30

Diet, Nutrition and Disabilities Times: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Cost: $5 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5245 All ages

Parents' Night Out Price: Free Contact: Nicole at 317-466-2010 Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Friday of every month Indian Creek Christian Church, Indianapolis: 1st Friday of every month

Affordable Care Act & Autism: What you need to know

Make It Happen 10k / David Ide Memorial Run

Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle), Fishers: 3rd Friday of every month

Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center Learn how the new health insurance

Times: 9:00 AM Cost: $25 registration Where: Cornerstone Autism Center, West Lafayette

Speedway United Methodist, Speedway: 4th Friday of every month

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Down Syndrome’s

Rising Potential Carrie Bishop

What every parent should know

“People who have a child with Down syndrome or a disability get it. If you don’t or haven’t had that experience within your family then there’s a fear, but it’s really not a big deal. There’s a little more work with aspects of school, but other kids require work too in different areas,” she said.


arty Mason was born with Down syndrome. His mother Vicki Dayan was advised to put him in an institution and have other kids. She was told he would never read or write and would likely never walk or talk all that well either. It was the 1960s. Rush Hoffman was born with Down syndrome in 2011. His prognosis was different to say the least. So different in fact that his parents were told that there’s never been a better time to be born with Down syndrome. “It’s the same condition but we know so much more about what these kids are capable of. For so long, we as a society held them back with low expectations. Now that we know more we’ve raised the bar and they are rising up to meet those expectations. I have no reason to believe that Rush won’t have at least a similar future as the one I had dreamed for him,” said Rush’s mom Sierra Hoffman. She considers high school, college, marriage and a career as plausible options for her son. In Hoffman’s estimation, early interventions and other therapeutic advances are helping kids with the intellectual disability reach their full potential. She believes it’s time for society to realize the potential of kids with Down syndrome, too. Others agree and weigh in:

It’s nothing to fear. Stacey Wilt, Carmel mom of three, including one with Down syndrome, says the disability is nothing to be afraid of. 38 INDYSCHILD.COM

Kids with Down syndrome are regular kids. “My daughter needs everything everybody else does. My main fight is inclusion and for people to realize she is just like anybody else. Sometimes she can be really shy so people think she doesn’t understand things because she doesn’t talk as much, but what she understands is more than what people think,” said Lisa Hipkiss of Noblesville. They are more similar to “typical” kids than different. Carole Guess says her son with Down syndrome is a lot like his typical peers. He likes superheroes and sports. He goes to school. “They enjoy the same things and as adults they will experience the same types of things. They will go through puberty. They will fall in and out of love. A lot of them get married. There are even couples now that are having children. Our kids go to school. Our kids can get college credit. Some have degrees,” said Guess. In fact, she says there is no reason why any child with Down syndrome would not be fully included in typical social and religious life. “There’s accommodations for everything,” she said. These kids can do a lot for themselves. While her son cannot read and write beyond a few basic things, and likely because early interventions weren’t around in the 60s, Dayan’s son can do for himself. He can use the microwave, iron clothes, do laundry, run the sweeper and more. “If something were to happen to me I would rest in peace knowing he could go into a supported living situation and be perfectly fine because he has the life skills he needs to survive in the world. He can take care of himself,” she said. Kids with Down syndrome can have responsibilities and learn to get along in the world. Life is sweet. “We’ve learned to just slow down and enjoy the journey instead of being so focused on the destination. It takes Rush longer to do things that come easy for a lot of babies, but that doesn’t mean he won’t get there. He always does. It just makes all his successes a little sweeter,” said Hoffman.

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[ special needs listings ]

special needs GUIDE ABA Autism Services by Damar

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

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

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

Recognizing the importance of developing real-world life skills in children and teens with autism, the Applied Behavior Center for Autism has launched a new program called Transition to Learning in Functional Environments (L.I.F.E.). The initiative aims to promote independence, quality of life and happiness through an intensive full-day program that takes place in an actual home, complete with kitchen, gym, pool and garden. The Transition to L.I.F.E. program is open to children ages 10-18, and uses the scientific principles of applied behavior analysis


(ABA). It will emphasize community involvement through volunteer opportunities tailored to the clients’ interests and healthy living through nutritional meal preparation and daily exercise regimens. 7901 E. 88th St., Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jane Grimes, Enrollment Director, 317-849-5437, ext. 112,,

Autism Consultation

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

Autism Society of Indiana

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

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA 1

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

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

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA-Z

The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly-trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with

autism and other related disabilities. 6704 Central Blvd., Zionsville, IN 46077. Contact: Sheila Habarad. Phone: 317-7694335. Email:

Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis

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

Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation

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

Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry

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

Little Star Center

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

Little Star Center-Early Learner Program (ELP)

The Early Learner Program focuses on intensive intervention for very young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The ELP applies the principles of behavior analysis in a warm, nurturing environment. The focus of the ELP is to develop a foundation of skills for the best possible outcome. Individualized programming is geared toward developing language, social, and pre-academic skills for learners as they prepare for the classroom. 100% not-for-profit. Serving children

5 and younger. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email:,

Middle Star Center

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

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

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

Unlocking the Spectrum

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

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commentary and parenting

[ mommy magic ]

Teaching Compassion Some lessons unfold on their own Mary Susan Buhner

I have been thinking about how to teach my kids about compassion. Although we volunteer as a family for a Run Walk fundraiser each year where my kids stuff envelopes, hang posters and volunteer the day of the event, I realized that volunteering is not the same as teaching compassion. When I was a kid, I remember watching the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. I remember how much people cared about the issue and how many sick kids were being helped by the show. Because of it, I was aware of how this disease touched people and also how people were helping them. Jerry Lewis evoked emotion and made me feel compassion for the children battling the disease. This past summer a family member died in a tragic accident. It was shocking and devastating. My kids saw me and family members cry for days (not something they are used to), grieve and be fundamentally sad and heartbroken. My husband and I decided to take all three of our children to the services. Should every child attend a viewing or funeral? Of course that decision would be based on individual circumstances. For us, it was the right thing to do. That was the day my children witnessed the real meaning of compassion on a significant level. As I entered the church I grew up attending, I witnessed countless people lined up to give their condolences. It dawned on me there that I cannot explain compassion to my kids. It is a feeling. It is something you experience. Something you give and receive with others. There is nothing material involved or exchanged. Rather, it is a hug, crying together, listening and being there without getting anything from it. It is in fact, the ability to be bigger than yourself and your own problems in order to ease the suffering of others. My kids saw it that day; better yet they felt that emotion and were comfortable with it. When compassion is typically most needed, there really is nothing to say or do. Instead, it is the ability to empathize, understand and comfort those hurting. Compassion – a basic human quality that for us parents can be difficult to teach. This summer my kids learned it. Sometimes as moms, we want to shelter our children from the sad and the devastating. (I know I do.) What we often forget is that our children will typically rise to the occasion to learn the tough lesson. This particular lesson was not planned, but from it they learned the meaning of compassion by being around family and friends who could express it.


In the end, I was struck most of all by the fact that those who leave us continue to teach us life lessons. I am grateful for my cousin, Whit, for doing just that for my children – teaching them the significance of compassion. In memory of Jonathan “Whit” Whitacre. Join the Mommy Magic’s Fan Page on Facebook and visit to be a part of the mom community that supports and encourages moms in Indy with helpful tips for motherhood!

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Avoiding Childhood Obesity Jennifer Garcia

>> Star ting healthy strategies now can mean lifelong fitness << It’s a hot-button topic in the news. We constantly hear of new studies, polls and breakthrough treatments for it. Our nation is obsessed with obesity – and for good reason. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the past 30 years, with more than one-third of children and teens considered overweight or obese in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That means parents have to work especially hard to help kids stay healthy and avoid the dangerous side effects of weight-gain, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep disorders, and social and psychological problems. Nicole Turner is a registered dietitian in the Indianapolis area and she says the best thing parents can do is to lead by example. “When parents model healthy choices, children will be more likely to follow in their parent’s footsteps.”

Simple steps for better health There’s no “magic pill” to preventing obesity. However, Turner says a simple step every family can take is cutting out sweetened, flavored drinks and opting for water instead. Eating more fruits and vegetables, and getting lots of physical activity are also keys to maintaining a healthy weight. Sixty minutes of exercise daily improves strength and endurance, builds healthy 44 INDYSCHILD.COM

bones and muscles, controls weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem, and improves blood pressure and cholesterol. Many experts recommend a “5-2-1-0” program every day:

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5 - Eat five fruits or vegetables 2 - No more than two hours of screen time 1 - At least one hour of physical activity 0 - Zero drinks that contain sugar (including fruit juice)

In addition, getting enough sleep is essential for weight loss, says Turner. “Depending on the child’s age – from teens to toddlers – kids need anywhere for 8.5 to 14 hours of sleep a day.”

Every child is different With so many sources of information on the subject, from doctors to websites, how can you know what’s right for your child? breaks it down into simple guidelines by age:


Birth to age 1: Breastfeeding is shown to prevent excessive weight gain in babies, in addition to many other health benefits.


Ages 1 - 5: Begin introducing healthy habits. Offer a variety of healthy and delicious foods, and encourage toddlers to play actively.


Ages 6 - 12: Encourage kids to be active every day through organized sports, recess games or family exercise. Involve them in selecting healthy foods and preparing meals.


Ages 13 - 18: Teens want to make their own choices. Laying a good foundation for healthy decision-making when they were young will guide them now. Keep encouraging teens to exercise and eat well.


All ages: Limit media time. Cook and eat meals together. Follow the USDA’s “MyPlate” recommendations for servings of each food group (www. Set a good example for your children by following these guidelines yourself!

Need help? Just ask! If you are concerned about your child’s weight, your pediatrician can assess your child’s body mass index and discuss nutrition, exercise and any other questions you have. Most pediatricians review this information at the child’s well-check visit, but if he or she doesn’t, parents shouldn’t hesitate to start the conversation. “Working with your child’s pediatrician is very important,” says Turner. A physician can ensure that the child is losing the right amount of weight at the right pace, and will often collaborate with a dietitian to advise families. “A dietitian's nutrition expertise can help guide food selection so that vitamins and nutrients essential to growth and development aren’t compromised while calories are reduced,” she says. Obesity is a fact of life for about one-third of Americans. There are many steps we can take to overcome it, but the best thing parents can do is to let their children know they are loved and accepted just the way they are. Health is important. Happiness is just as important. Hug your kids, then go outside and play.


Baby fat or overweight? How can I tell?

It may be difficult for some parents to believe that their cute, chubby toddler is actually overweight. Doctors use Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine healthy or unhealthy weight in children. BMI can easily be determined using an online calculator such as Children ages two to 19 may fall into one of four categories:

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underweight: BMI below the fifth percentile for age normal weight: BMI at the fifth percentile and less than the 85th percentile overweight: BMI at the 85th and below 95th percentile obese: BMI at or above 95th percentile

It's important to remember that BMI is usually a good indicator, but may be difficult to interpret for children experiencing a growth spurt or those who are especially athletic, since muscle weighs more than fat. It’s always best to talk with your pediatrician if you are concerned about your child’s weight. SEPTEMBER 2013 [ indy’s child ] 45

[TWEEN [ TIMELINES What freedoms should be allowed when? Katrina Anne Willis

Carmel Mom, Andrea, agrees. She has found that with her two sons (ages 15 and 11), open and honest dialogue is critical. She and her husband take their sons’ requests into consideration with thoughtful consistency. “We review each request on a case-by-case basis. What works for one of our boys might be completely unreasonable for the other. But when we give them our answer, they know the decision has not been taken lightly.” When determining how much is too much for tweens to handle, Stephanie says, “Giving tweens too much freedom too soon is akin to flying a plane without preparation, knowledge or understanding of the aircraft. It’s a recipe for disaster.” Freedom, she explains, should be earned, and it’s a parent’s job to help a child along the journey of self-discovery. Simply giving a child make-up without instruction, a phone without boundaries, or a credit card without limits does not set a child up for success. Instead, increasing freedoms slowly and intentionally can help both the parents and child prepare for more significant milestones down the road. Andrea admits that as a child herself, she had too much freedom too soon. “I had the ability to make some bad decisions – and consequently, I did. Therefore, I tend to be a little stricter with my own kids. Given the opportunity, good kids make bad decisions. It’s my job as a parent to limit those opportunities while still giving my kids a chance to grow and discover who they are.”

Stephanie Lowe Sagebiel, MSW, LCSW, is a social work practitioner who has been in the field for over twenty years. She currently works with children, teens, and adults at Centerpoint Counseling and Baume Psychological Services in Indianapolis and has this to say about tween guidelines: “There are three factors to consider as your child navigates her tween/teen years: brain development, personality type and motivation.” She goes on to explain that a child’s brain is not fully developed until she is in her 20’s. Therefore, it’s critical for parents to act as the child’s prefrontal cortex – the part of the brain that can accurately assess the consequences of his or her actions. It’s also important to assess whether or not a child has the maturity to deal with her decisions. (For example, will she take care of newly pierced earrings? Will she follow pre-established phone usage rules?) And parents need to talk with their children to determine the motivation behind their requests. Are they making a decision for external validation, or have they truly thought their actions through? Being open and honest about why a child wants a certain freedom helps parents determine whether or not their child is developing a maturity level that is equivalent to the privileges she is seeking.


“Balance is definitely the key,” Stephanie agrees. “When approaching a new freedom or adventure, it’s crucial for parents to clearly outline expectations, rewards and consequences.” “Sometimes it’s a give-and-take,” Andrea says. “If we give too much and our kids don’t handle that freedom well, we pull back. They’re both incredibly different and unique individuals, and finding just the right balance for each is not an exact science.” Successfully ushering kids into the next level of their development can be a challenge. Especially with the tween years, a combination of patience, open dialogue, thoughtful consideration, love and support will help make this transition as smooth as possible.

a child’s brain is not fully developed until she is in her 20’s. Therefore, it’s critical for parents to act as the child’s prefrontal cortex – the part of the brain that can accurately assess the consequences of his or her actions.


hen the tween years approach, an entirely different parenting dynamic emerges. Kids are pushing for independence while moms and dads struggle with how much freedom to allow. It can be tough to determine when to say “yes” and when to pull back on the reins.

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commentary and parenting

[ ask the teacher ]

Ask the Teacher Fall conferences, “enjoying” bad behavior, autism prep, maintaining initial motivation Deb Krupowicz





I always go into fall conferences with a few questions for the teacher, but as I try to focus and process the teacher’s introductory comments, I forget everything I intended to discuss. What can I do to make the most of this time?

Doing a bit of prep work by reflecting on your child’s work will help lay the foundation for a good conference. Although saving every paper forever is unnecessary, it is helpful to hold assignments for a grading period. Have several papers from each subject area to develop a good understanding of what your child is struggling with or what he is accomplishing. Without a good sampling, it is easy for the one poor assignment to stand out in your mind when twenty were done well (or vice versa). And you may discover that what appeared to be a tough concept for your child was mastered in the following assignment. Taking the time to look through the papers a few days before a conference will give you a more complete picture and will likely yield some great topics for conference discussion. Whether your concern is concept mastery or work habits, having a few tangible examples to show the teacher will help him or her to understand your question and to provide more meaningful feedback. For the best response, consider sending in your question ahead of time. That way, the teacher will have time to gather the information you are seeking and will not be caught off-guard, ensuring you receive a well-reasoned response.


One student in my child’s classroom seems to have consistently poor behavior. My son takes great delight in sharing the details every time we talk about school. He is obsessed with this topic and seems very judgmental. What can I do? Teaching children how to balance sharing their experiences at school and sharing their perceptions of someone else’s school experience is so tricky. As parents, we want to know everything! But when sharing information about school changes to focusing on someone else’s struggle, we have to be very careful. First, offer suggestions as to how your child might help his classmate by modeling good behavior, showing consideration for the other student and ignoring the poor behavior. Then, ban the topic! Ask your child to consider how he would feel if that child were telling his parents about a time that he misbehaved. Discuss how hurtful gossip is and how distorted stories become when they are passed along. Help your child understand that his own behavior is his (and your) only concern. Explain to your child that he should always tell the adult in charge if someone is hurting someone else or is in danger of being hurt. Short of that, the name of the child who is misbehaving should never come up.


My daughter is on the autism spectrum and requires a great deal of teacher attention due to her difficult behavior. The beginning of the year is so stressful for us. While my daughter tries to adjust to a new routine, I brace myself for the calls and notes that I know will come. I am already feeling pretty defensive by the time the first one arrives. How can I avoid this?


Initiate a face-to-face meeting with your child’s teacher as soon as possible. One of the keys to a good school year is forming a partnership with the teacher. For the partnership to be effective, it should be based on the strengths of both parties: your experience with your child and the teacher’s experience with other children. Everyone has the same goal: to have a good school year. Rather than hide past troubles, share them with the teacher and discuss what worked and what did not work in trying to overcome them. Together determine what will be communicated when and how the information will be shared. Proactively develop a behavior accountability plan that is consistent at home and at school. Discuss rewards and consequences that can be implemented in both places. Before you leave, set up a follow-up phone conference or meeting. Respect the teacher’s time by keeping your calls and meetings focused and brief. Regularly express your appreciation for this time and attention as this is one of the key aspects to building this important partnership.


My fifth grader starts each school year fired up and committed to giving his best, but after the first month of school he begins to slack off. How do I help him maintain his enthusiasm?


Interest and excitement are typically greatest at the start of anything; we all have to work to maintain that fire as time goes on. Beginning to develop strategies to stay engaged is a skillset that will be used for a life time! Invite your son to make a written list of long term and short term academic goals. The long term goals can be specific (I want to go to this college to become this) or more general (I want to get a scholarship for college). The short term goals may be quarterly honor roll or improved skills in a certain subject. Help him to develop a list of behaviors that will lead to his goal. Mark on the calendar a few check points when the two of you will discuss his progress. This reminder of purpose will help foster the commitment that you want him to display.

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

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commentary and parenting

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

Bedtime Tokens True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert Every night I whisper three words in my son's ear as I tuck him in, "Go to sleep." He's not an easy one to put to bed. My wife and I tried a few different methods to keep him in his room at bedtime, but nothing seemed to work. Initially, we tried a reward chart, where the family would get ice cream after three good bedtimes. It worked great...once. Out of half-desperation and half-brilliance my wife came up with the idea of bedtime tokens. Here are the rules: Every night he and his sister are each given two tokens (felt coasters). Each token can be redeemed for computer time the next day. If he came out of his room once, he lost one token.

Night two: My son lost his first token when he came out of his room. He brought it to me wrapped up in a pair of his underwear. His second token was taken from him when he came out wearing rain boots. He was testing the boundaries of this new system. Ever since the second night however, our system has worked great. We've been doing this for over a month now and even modified it for vacation, where kids could use iPhones to play games. It has worked like a dream! Other than the second night we tried this, I think our kids have probably only lost a total of two or three tokens. They are finally getting enough sleep and the bedtime battle is a thing of the least for the time being.

If he came out twice, no computer time the next day.

Now, at bedtime the three words I whisper to my son have changed from "Go to sleep" to "I love you” – and we all couldn’t be happier.

Here's how it's going so far: Night one: Everything went according to plan. The kids stayed in their rooms and were happy to redeem their tokens the next morning.

Happy Parenting!


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around town

[ american heart association ]

Indianapolis Heart Walk & 5K Run Come out and support the American Heart Association at this year’s event! Tim Harms, Communications Director, American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate

Becky Halon is thankful to be alive. As a 28-year-old mother of three, the Avon woman suffered an unexpected cardiac arrest in her home in July 2010. Without a pulse for 72 minutes, Halon was miraculously revived. Since that day, Halon has been an ardent supporter of the American Heart Association and an annual participant in the Indianapolis Heart Walk & 5K Run. “I’ll be forever grateful to my husband, first responders and doctors, who performed CPR for more than an hour to bring me back,” Halon said. “Those efforts coupled with some relatively new treatments saved my life. The American Heart Association pioneered CPR and is the leader in training individuals and healthcare professionals in that skill. Combined with all of the research they’ve funded and their other heart-health programs, I’m committed to supporting them.” Halon will join approximately 10,000 others at this year’s Heart Walk, which takes place from 8 a.m. – noon on September 14th at White River State Park. Registration is free for the walk and $25 for 5K runners, but participants are encouraged to raise money to help meet the association’s goal of raising $1 million for its mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. The money raised


stays in Indiana to support the American Heart Association’s local programs. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Indiana,” said Gary Hentschel, president of KeyBank and chair of the Heart Walk. “Almost all of us know someone who has been affected by heart disease, whether they’ve had a heart attack, bypass surgery or stents. The Heart Walk is a chance to celebrate the survivors of heart disease and the accomplishments of the American Heart Association while also allowing us to remember those who have passed.” Festivities include a Kids Zone, live music and free health screenings. A brief ceremony hosted by WTHR meteorologist Chuck Lofton includes recognition of individuals who have made significant lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of heart disease. More information is available at

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calendar SUN | 01

Holliday Park Family Nature Club Times: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180 Holliday Park and the Indiana Children and Nature Network are helping children connect with nature and their families. Join us the first Sunday of each month to have fun exploring the great outdoors. All ages, no registration required.

MON | 02

White River Arts & Music WARM Fest Times: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Cost: See website for ticket pricing Where: Broad Ripple Park, Indianapolis WARMfest, which begins on Saturday, August 31, will bring together several key Indianapolis cultural groups including Indy Parks & Recreation, Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace and Broad Ripple Music Fest. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Carl G. Fisher Society, a non-profit whose goal is to restore the waterfront of Broad Ripple.

TUES | 03

Zentangle: Doodle Magic Times: 6:00 PM Phone: 317-885-5036

Cost: Free Where: Greenwood Public Library, Greenwood Learn the basics of turning your doodles into fine art using the Zentangle technique with Pat Voelz. Pat is a local artist and coordinates the Southside Art Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art About Town program. Her Zentangle work will be on display at GPL during the month of August.

WEDS | 04

Evening Alphabet Storytime: C Is for Caterpillar Times: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Phone: 317-885-5036 Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room, Carmel Join us for an evening alphabet storytime themed around a letter of the alphabet, for children ages 2-5 & their caregivers. We will sing a song, read a book, and do a craft, along with discussing sounds the letter makes and what it looks like. No registration is required.

THURS | 05 The Big Kickoff

Times: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Phone: 317-920-3460 Cost: Free Where: Monument Circle, Indianapolis Join the Indianapolis Colts and United

Way of Central Indiana as we kick off the 2013 football season and the United Way Community Campaign. Enjoy live music by Dave and Rae, free colts posters, $5 Applebee lunches, volunteer fair and appearances by Colts alumni players and cheerleaders.

Target Free Family Night Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Phone: (317) 334-3322 Cost: Free Where: The Children's Museum, Indianapolis Enjoy free admission to the Children's Museum from 4-8 PM, compliments of Target. Tonight's theme: Discover Archaeology.

FRI | 06

Science of Art: Aerial Arts Times: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM Phone: 812-337-1337 Cost: Members: Free | Nonmembers: half-price ($3.50) Where: WonderLab, Bloomington Enjoy half-price admission as you explore the art and science of aerial acrobatics! Watch aerial demonstrations by members of the Bloomington Flight Club as they use silk streamers to hang high from I-beams inside WonderLab. In related activities, visitors can have a basic aerial aerobic experience guided by club members, and they can help construct a community art mobile.


SAT | 07

Evening with the Stars

Times: 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM Phone: 317-339-1413 Cost: $75, $50, $35 Where: Murat Theatre at the Old National Centre, Indianapolis events/evening-with-the-stars/ Indianapolis City Ballet will once again bring to Indianapolis the Stars of the International Ballet World together in a special, onenight-only performance featuring both the classical and the latest contemporary works by dancers and choreographers from Europe and the Americas.

Indiana Fever Family Night Special Ticket Offer Times: 7:00 PM Phone: 317-504-4329 Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Come watch the Indiana Fever vs. Connecticut Sun and enjoy special ticket pricing. See the website for details and Enter Password: RED.

9th Annual Square's Round: Square Dancing at the Indiana State Museum Times: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Phone: 317-232-1637 Cost: Included with Museum Admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis

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Put on your western-style wear, shine those cowboy boots and prepare to promenade in the museum's Great Hall. The Indiana State Museum is proud to be the home of the 9th Annual Square's Round: Square dancing at the ISM hosted by the Indiana Dancer's Association.

SUN | 08

Cincinnati Reds VS LA Dodgers

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

Celebrate Science Indiana Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Phone: 317-492-8500 Cost: Free Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway www.celebratescienceindiana. org/indianapolis/ Enjoy this free public STEM event (science, technology, engineering and math) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which will be hosted by Celebrate Science Indiana in partnership with the American Chemical Society. There will be interactive booths, demonstrations, and even free science themed face painting. Free race simulators and an appearance by race car driver Sarah Fisher are sure to excite race fans.

MON | 09

Graphic Novel Night

Times: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Phone: 317-579-0300 Cost: Free Where: Hamilton East Library, Fishers There is more to a graphic novel than meets the eye! Learn the literary elements of graphic novels. Talk about your favorites, create your own! Great for reluctant readers. This program for those in grade 6-8, meets the first Monday of each month.

TUES | 10

Youth Art Workshop with Tony Radford Times: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Phone: 317-275-4350 Cost: Free Where: East 38th Street Library, Indianapolis 56 INDYSCHILD.COM

Children and teens ages 8 - 16 are invited to create paintings, sculptures and other works of art using recycled materials during this workshop led by local artist Tony Radford. The class promotes artistic expression, environmental consciousness, selfdiscipline and entrepreneurial skills. Additional dates: Sept. 3, 17 & 24.

WEDS | 11

Fishers Parks and Recreation: Red, White, Blue, and You

Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Bike along with us on this family friendly (10-Mile, 20- Mile, or 10-Mile Adaptive) ride as we highlight some of the best parks, businesses, neighborhoods, and fun Carmel has to offer. Entertainment, food, and celebration will await you at each rest stop and a grand finale at the finish line is sure to keep your energy up. Visit the website for more details on the new event layout and start times.

Times: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Phone: 317-595-3150 Cost: Resident $12/Non-resident $18 Where: Billericay Park, Fishers Come celebrate the great United States of America. We will honor our country with stories, crafts, songs, games and have a snack. Wear your red, white and blue. For ages 3-7.

Storytime Express @ the Monon Center: Fun Fish Times: 11:00 AM Phone: 317-848-7275 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel This program for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers is a mix of fun-filled stories, rhymes, and songs paired with a simple craft is to introduce and practice critical early literacy skills. Registration for this free program is required through Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation one week prior to the start date of the program.

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Tour de Carmel

Times: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Phone: 317-848-7275 Cost: $8/person

Times: 1:00 PM Phone: 317-275-4430 Cost: Free Where: InfoZone Library Branch, Indianapolis Babies and toddlers with an adult are invited to rhyme their way to reading. They'll join Miss Elaine and Express Kids for fun and rhyming through music and sign language.

The Inside Story About Saving for College With 529s Times: 7:00 PM Phone: 317-844-3362 Cost: Free Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Program Room Join Bill Castetter with College Savings Bank to get answers to all of your college savings questions. Registration for this program is not required. For more information, please contact the Reference Desk at 844-3362.

Whale of a Sale

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Rhyme Time

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THURS | 12 Through Saturday, September 14th Times: Thurs., 9AMâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7PM; Fri, 9AM-4PM; Sat, 9AM-2PM Cost: Free admission; $5 parking Fri and Sat Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Indiana's largest upscale childrens consignment event featuring 47,000 square feet of clothing, toys, equipment, bedding, furniture, boutique, maternity, fabulous vendors and more... at a fraction of retail price!

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Celebrate German Culture: Albert Hien, Neon Artist Indianapolis Heart Walk and 5K Run Times: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where: White River State Park, Indianapolis Join the fight against heart disease and stroke at the American Heart Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Heart Walk and 5K Run. The Heart Walk celebrates those who have survived heart disease, gives hope to those battling it and inspires change among all of us. To register, or for more information, visit

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Hispanic Heritage Festival Times: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Cost: included with admission Where: Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis SitePages/SpecialEvents/ HispanicHeritageFiesta.aspx In partnership with La Voz de Indiana, guests are invited to enhance their Zoo experience with festivities that celebrate Hispanic culture. There will be decorations, activities, Latin-inspired food and more.

Times: 4:00 PM Phone: 317-275-4370 Cost: Free Where: Flanner House Library, Indianapolis Children ages 5 and up and families are invited to discuss the use of neon in art in the style of artist Albert Hien and create their own neon-type sculpture using glow sticks. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

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4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals presented by Hubler Automotive Group Through Sunday, September 22nd Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Phone: 317-236-6515 Cost: Adult: $17 / Child: $10 at O'Reilly Auto Parts. Prices go up at the gate.

Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis The Indiana State Fairgrounds will crawl with more than 4,500 custom show trucks and jeeps for a weekend of family 4x4 fun including Monster Trucks, Mud Bogs, Mud Drags, Burnouts, Monster Truck rides and more.

11th Annual Race for All Races

Times: 8:30 AM Phone: 317-232-1637 Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Everyone is welcome at this 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Family Walk to bring people of different races and backgrounds together and raise scholarships for area high schools. The event is organized by Asian American Alliance, a 501c local nonprofit organization, whose mission is to empower Asian Americans to serve and lead. See website for more information.

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Wiggles Live: Taking Off! Times: 6:30 PM Phone: 317-632-7469 Cost: See website for ticket pricing Where: Old National Center, Indianapolis The world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, is heading out on the road to introduce their new team. After 22 years of entertaining children around the globe, it’s the beginning of an exciting new era for The Wiggles as they head out on their ‘Taking Off’ tour. All of your Wiggly friends, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus, will be along as well to dance and sing along to Hot Potato, Rock-a-Bye Your Bear and all your favourite Wiggles hits.

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Talk Like a Pirate Day

Times: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Phone: (317) 334-3322 Cost: Included with museum admission Where: The Children's Museum, Indianapolis Enjoy special crafts and activities that go along with this Pirate-themed day!

Times: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Phone: 317-770-4400 Cost: Free Where: Coxhall Gardens, Carmel www. This Sunday evening relax on the stately grounds of Coxhall Gardens. While listening to the area’s best jazz and instrumental performers, visit with family, friends, and neighbors. Concessions are not available, but picnicking is welcome. See website for other concert dates. Presented by St. Vincent Carmel Hospital.

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Back to School Tea Party Times: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Phone: 317-579-0300 Cost: Free Where: Hamilton East Library, Fishers Celebrate the beginning of the school year with a back to school tea party. Enjoy stories, crafts and snacks. Registration is requested.

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Holliday Park Small Wonders Preschool Program: Marvelous Monarchs!

Times: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Phone: 317-327-7180 Cost: $5/child Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Explore the natural world through fun and

creative activities and hikes. Hands-on experiences designed for children and their caregiver offer a chance to discover nature together. This is a parent/child class for children ages 3-4. Pre-registration required.

Located in a 6-acre park, the festival offers a fun, relaxing day of live music, art-focused shopping, communityprepared food, and playful, creative activities for the whole family.

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Times: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Phone: 317-838-3801 Cost: Free Where: Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library We will tip some tables and provide all kinds of tubes, bottles, egg cartons, scissors, tape; supplies so you can build a temporary marble run and play around with it. Register for this free program at www. or by calling 838-3801.

Times: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Phone: 317-232-1637 Cost: Free Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Experience the rich, colorful and spicy sights and sounds of Latino. Enjoy performing artists, musicians, dancers, activities and art. This is part of a monthlong celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and Day of the Dead programming.

Marble Run

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Storytime Express @ the Monon Center: Nighttime Fun

Times: 11:00 AM Phone: 317-848-7275 Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel This program for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers is a mix of fun-filled stories, rhymes, and songs paired with a simple craft is to introduce and practice critical early literacy skills. Registration for this free program is required through Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation one week prior to the start date of the program.

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Westfield Family Movies in the Park


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Cincinnati Reds VS Pittsburg Pirates

Phone: (513) 765-7000 Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Pirates! Sundays are family days at the ballpark! One member of the family pays full price and may purchase up to three nonpremium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Outer View Level and Kroger Bleachers. Reds Team Photo offered free to the first 20,000 fans. Plus, it is Fan Appreciation Day: prizes will be given away to lucky fans throughout the game.

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Celebrate German Culture: Oktoberfest! with Your Gourmet Girlfriends

Times: 7:30 PM Phone: 317-804-3182 Cost: Free Where: Asa Bales Park, Westfield Family Movies in the Park is brought to you by Westfield Parks and Recreation and CitySpring Church. Tonight is a double feature beginning with “Thunderstruck” followed by “Hunger Games”. Movies start at sunset. Parking is available at Westfield High School.

Times: 6:00 PM Phone: 317-275-4340 Cost: Free Where: Eagle Library, Indianapolis Families are invited to a workshop presented by Your Gourmet Girlfriends and learn to make delicious German dishes, some with a modern twist! Enjoy samples and leave with a booklet full of recipes.

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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.

Rocky Ripple Festival

Times: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Rocky Ripple Hohlt Park, Indianapolis For over a decade the Rocky Ripple Festival has been the unofficial last hurrah of the summer season in Midtown Indy.

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ongoing events Art in the Park Sundays, September 1st through September 29th Times: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Phone: 317-920-2659 Price: Free Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art Mix a little art-making into your nature time with a different art activity each month in the 100 Acres. Projects are designed to be accessible and fun for museum visitors of all ages and all levels of artmaking experience.

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

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

Schoolhouse Rock Live! Wednesday, September 25th through Saturday, September 28th Time: See website for schedule Price: $15 Adults, $10 Youth under 18 Location: The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts The pop-culture phenomenon “Schoolhouse Rock” comes to the theatre stage instructing a whole new generation to “Unpack your Adjectives” and “Conjunction Junction”. Not just a fun field-trip for kids, the musical stage presentation of the TV show is much more than entertainment.The experience 58 INDYSCHILD.COM

of learning important ideas and information through music, song and live action enhances the effectiveness of teaching core curriculum.

Father of the Bride Daily through Sunday, September 29th Times: See website for schedule Price: See website for ticket pricing Location: Beef and Boards Dinner Theater Wedding bells are ringing – but they’re playing the blues for Stanley Banks as he unwillingly becomes the Father of the Bride This hilarious comedy is the perfect match for the fall wedding season! See website for details.


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at car track, barrel train and much more and ZOMBIE PAINTBALL SAFARI where you ride a moving tram through a section of the farm, shooting zombies as they pop up.

Conner Prairie Apple Store Peewinkle Goes Fishing Select days, September 18th through Saturday, September 28th Price: Weekdays $8 Weekends $10 Under two, free Phone: 317-917-9454 Location: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, Indianapolis Join Peewinkle, the resident gnome, as he learns about creatures beneath the sea from Pelican Sherman! A school of flourescent fish, an Octopus that dances the Hokey Pokey, singing Sea Stars, a mermaid and much much more. Your youngsters will love the music! Optional post show workshop $3 (purchase in studio after show).

Stuckey Farm Harvest Festival Saturdays and Sundays, September 28th through October 27th Time: 9:00AM Price: see website for ticket pricing Location: Stuckey Farm, Sheridan Gear up for 5 weekends of fun at Stuckey Farm! Each weekend will have a different theme full of family fun! There will also be a Stuckey's Got Talent Competition with the winner being announced the final weekend. There will also be 2 new activities this year: ADVENTURE ACRES, which includes a 30' tall tube slide, pedal

Daily, September 1st through October 31st Price: Prices vary Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers The Apple Store, which is open in September and October, offers a variety of traditional tasty treats, including hand-dipped caramel apples, cider slushies, apple and pumpkin donuts, apple pie, gourmet dog treats and much more! This event is run by the volunteer fund raising group Conner Prairie Alliance and is the primary fundraiser for the group, with proceeds supporting the mission and programs of Conner Prairie.

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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FALL FESTIVAL September Festivals

Route 6t7 Community Fun Fest September 14th

Carmel International Art Festival September 28th - 29th

Slovenian Festival September 1st

Living Hope Church of Indianapolis

Carmel Art and Design District

Sister Cities International Festival September 14th

October Festivals

Slovenian Picnic Grounds, Avon

Oktoberfest September 5th - 8th German Park

Zionsville Fall Festival September 6 - 8th Lions Park in Zionsville

French Market September 7th St. Joan of Arc Church

Penrod Arts Fair September 7th Indianapolis Museum of Art

White River Festival Community Day and Fun Run September 7th (See additional activities throughout the month) White River State Park

Celebrate Science Indiana Day September 8th Indianapolis Motor Speedway indianapolis/

Indy Irish Fest September 13 - 15th Military Park


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Hispanic Heritage Fiesta September 15th Indianapolis Zoo

Chinese Festival September 21st Military Park

Harvest Moon Festival September 21 - 22nd Biddle Memorial Park - Sheridan

Hoosier Outdoor Experience September 21 - 22nd Fort Harrison State Park

Indianapolis Chinese Festival September 21st Military Park

Fishers Oktoberfest at Saxony September 28th Witten Park - Fishers

Taste the Difference International Festival September 28th International Market Place

Riley Festival October 3 - 6th Hancock County Fairgrounds - Greenfield

Heartland Apple Festival October 5th - 6th Beasley’s Orchard, Danville

Westfield’s Grand Junction Derby October 5th Union and Main Streets, Westfield

Fishers Renaissance Faire October 5 - 6th Saxony

Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival October 5th Potter’s Bridge Park - Noblesville

Traders Point Creamery Oktoberfest October 8th Traders Point Creamery

Morgan County Fall Foliage Festival October 10 - 13th Courthouse Square - Martinsville

GUIDE Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie October 11th - October 27th (select dates) Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers

Christmas in October Craft Festival October 12th Fishers High School

German Fest October 12th The Athenaeum

Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games and Festival October 12th German Park

Bradford Woods Fall Festival October 19th Bradford Woods - Martinsville

Hendricks County Artisan Marketplace October 19th Primo West - Plainfield

Indy Family Fest October 19th Indiana State Fairgrounds

GeoFest October 20 - 23rd Indiana State Museum

ONGOING Festivals Stonycreek Farm’s Pumpkin Harvest Festival September 28th Through October 31st Stonycreek Farm, Noblesville

Stuckey Farm Harvest Festival Weekends September 28th - October 27th Stuckey Farm, Sheridan

Haunted Trails October 22nd - 24th Cool Creek Park, Carmel

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