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18 // The Upside to Failure





What kids learn when they don't succeed


20 // Choosing a Private School Questions to ask when evaluating your options

26 // Healthy Kids, Healthy Foods How much do you know when it comes to children's nutrition?

36 // Fall Break Fun

Ten ideas to make the most of this mini-vacation!
















M eet t h e Sta f f FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne //

PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox //

EDITOR Susan Bryant //




Signs of September

Katie Clark //



Can you feel it? That subtle shift from summer into fall? September marks the beginning of this transition, and as for me, I’m ready! Bring on the pumpkin patches, apple picking and leaf peeping! If you’re like many people, autumn is your favorite time of year. Who doesn’t love that crispness in the air, the first sip of hot cider and the crunch of leaves underfoot? And to help you make the most of the season, we’ve compiled a Fall Fun Guide with all the things to do and places to go that celebrate this time of year. Speaking of fall, do your kids have a vacation from school coming up? Whether you’re in the mood for a mini road trip, need a daytime camp or just want some staycation ideas, we’ve got you covered. Check out our Fall Break Fun article for some suggestions on how to maximize this short vacation.


Maybe you’re in the market for a new school for your student? If you’re considering a private school, the Indianapolis area has plenty of great options. We recently asked area schools to describe what makes them most proud of their school – find out what they had to say in our Private School Guide. And for some tips on what kinds of questions to ask during an open house or campus tour, take a look at Choosing a Private School for topics you’ll want to bring up.

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DIGITAL EDITOR Jeanine Bobenmoyer //


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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS There’s so much more – I hope you’ll keep flipping to find out what else we’ve got in store for you this issue. As always, we appreciate your comments and suggestions, so please drop us a line with any thoughts you have. Thanks for picking up Indy’s Child and have a great September!

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our cover kid {AMELIA SMITH} Age: 7 years

{FavoriteS} Color // Pink Food // Sugar snap peas Sport // Gymnastics Ice Cream // Chocolate TV Show // Mako Mermaids School Subject // Recess

Restaurant // Chili's Book // Any type of animal book Movie // Peanuts Movie Super Hero // Wonder Woman Toy // Legos CANDY // Almond Joy

{INTERESTING FACT} I am left handed and have a 15 year old black lab!

{When I grOW up I want to be} A dolphin trainer!




community {SPOTLIGHT}

Like free things? How about 2O things this fall? All fun, and all FREE? This issue of Indy’s Child magazine is packed with lots of suggestions for fall fun with the family. But we also have yet another great list at this month: 20 FREE things to do this September in Indy! From a junior firefighter program to the IUPUI Regatta, we’ve rounded up a whole lotta “free” in one spot. Discover the entire list:

Summer camp in September? True story. Even better: It’s for adults only. The Indianapolis Museum of Art Grown Up Summer Camp returns this year with promises of everything from cardboard forts to campfires to cooking with Cerulean chef Caleb France. Where will you be Saturday, September 24 from 10 am-9 pm? Our bet is at the IMA. Snag your spot while you can:

The Apple Store at Conner Prairie is now open for business! No, not a place to buy the new iPhone… better! The Apple Store at Conner Prairie continues to satisfy many a sweet tooth. New this season you’ll find a variety of bicentennial-themed goodies and toffee-dipped apples. Returning favorites include hand-dipped caramel apples, cider slushies, apple butter, pies, donuts and fresh-from-the-orchard apples. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays thru October 31. Get more details on the Apple Store Facebook page.


Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! returns. And that means FREE museum admission. For one day only, participating museums across the United States – with a diverse array of exhibits – will channel the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities (which offer free admission everyday) and open their doors for FREE. Simply download a free Museum Day Live! ticket and head to a participating museum. Area museums include Conner Prairie, Rhythm Discovery Center, Minnetrista and more. Learn where to download your ticket: smithsonian-museum-day

How about a little ‘ohm’ with I.W.I.N.? That’s short for Indiana Women In Need – an organization offering support for women and their families during breast cancer treatment – and on Saturday, September 17, they’ll host Yoga In The Park at both Broad Ripple Park and Coxhall Gardens of Carmel from 8:30-10 am. Preregistration is $25; $30 day of. Sign up to attend:

The Children’s Museum will open a new sports experience complex in 2O18? Yes! And we can’t wait! The 7.5-acre Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience will help encourage families to integrate physical activity into their daily life. How? By creating mini fitness venues inside its new Experience through partnerships with local organizations like the Pacers, Colts, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and more.

Row, row, row your boat. Now that the weather is starting to cool just a bit, how about a kayak or canoe trip with the family? From hourly floats to overnight trips, we’ve rounded up a guide to rental spots close to Indy. Start planning your trip:

Let us fill you in:

Come out for the American Red Cross Heart Walk on September 1O. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premier event for raising funds to combat the country's No. 1 and No. 5 killers: heart disease and stroke. On Saturday, September 10 participants will gather at White River State Park in downtown Indy to honor this mission with a special 5k run/walk. Register your family to participate:





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We’re chatting up a storm over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Come find us for quick laughs throughout the day, parenting tips, must-sees-in-the-city, giveaways and more!

The 2016 Indiana State Fair may have come and gone, but the excitement for it was palatable for our Facebook friends. Let’s reminisce, shall we? When asked what they were most looking forward to, here’s what our FB’ers had to say:

Since I'm currently 8 months pregnant.......the FOOD!!!!!!!! – Katelyn J.

This will be the first fair that we take the baby to! Petting the goats and sheep is my favorite part.

The same thing every year. The thing I can only find at the state fair. PINEAPPLE WHIP!

Suffice it to say, we’ll all be waiting with baited breath for the Fair to return next year.

– Heather B.

– Emily B.


be on the lookout for this month's online contests! Holiday World Tickets, Beef and Boards Tickets, Indiana Repertory Theatre Tickets and a 2 Night Stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort!

we're @indyschild We have our nose to the grindstone on Twitter, retweeting your favorite local hotspot announcements, parenting trends and more.

follow us at @INDYSCHILD Come along with our IC Insiders as we check out sneak peeks around town and show off other behind-the-scenes fun. Creek stompin’ at Cool Creek Park

With the weather not cooling down just yet, we’re still getting our creek stomping fix. Insider @supermommymegan and crew show us how at Cool Creek Park. Doc McStuffins exhibit sneak peek

We stormed the Children’s Museum for the opening of the Doc McStuffins exhibit. @luisruvi’s daughter could barely contain her excitement. Unique kids meals in Indy


Last month we published a guide to unique kids meals in Indy that go beyond macaroni and cheese… and then promptly headed to @jockamopizza to indulge in their PBJ Pie.



A R O U N D TOW N WORDS BY // Caroline Shanley, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Science Gets Real at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Ever wonder how worms give soil oxygen? Or how water moves from lakes and rivers into your bathtub at home? In the reimagined Dow AgroSciences ScienceWorks at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, children and families will discover the answers to these questions and many more, while forming scientific questions of their own! They can explore what it’s like to be biologists, geologists, farmers and many other types of scientists they may not even know exist. With learning experiences for the entire family to enjoy, children will realize that science is so much more than working in a lab and wearing a white coat. Depending on your child's interest, you may choose to start at the water table where he or she can learn how to operate locks and dams to move water as they pretend to be a hydrologist working along the Mississippi River system. Or, they may choose to buckle into a real John Deere combine cab and pretend to be an Indiana farmer. Kids can also discover what it's like to be a chemist


and test soil pH to figure out how to increase crop supply and produce healthier plants. Families are likely to relive fond memories of the old cave at the museum as they uncover the new cave that features faux stalactites. Younger children will no doubt love the adventure of discovering bats and other cave-dwelling creatures through an interactive flashlight activity. Near the cave, kids will be awed by the four-foot-tall sparkling amethyst on display! Imagine your children’s surprise when they learn that something as simple as taking a bath requires the work of hydrologists, chemists and other science professionals. With interactive activities families can make observations, complete experiments and make hypotheses together while learning about the exciting fields of science. Hands-on learning such as tracking weather patterns in the weather station or taking care of sick tomatoes on the farm, show that science is in action in the world around them.


Children and families can continue the learning and discussions long after their visit. With an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, Dow AgroSciences ScienceWorks demonstrates the lifelong value of making scientific observations in order to understand our world.

The reinvention of ScienceWorks is made possible by the generous support of Dow AgroSciences through The Dow Chemical Company Foundation.




Actors Theatre of Indiana Brings Broadway to Central Indiana September ushers in Actors Theatre of Indiana’s 12th season sponsored by United Fidelity Bank – a season that is packed with Broadway favorites and the return of last season’s sold out original holiday production. One of only four Equity Theatre companies in central Indiana, Actors Theatre of Indiana is the resident professional theatre company of The Studio Theater at The Center for the Professional Arts in Carmel. Dedicated to excellence in theatre production for a diverse patron base in Carmel and central Indiana, Actors Theatre of Indiana enriches the culture of the community and uses theatre as a tool for educational engagement. Co-founders Cynthia Collins, Don Farrell and Judy Fitzgerald draw from over 82 collective years of professional experience as actors, directors and choreographers; working in the finest theatres across the U.S. with some of the most respected people in the business. It is these connections that allows Actors Theatre of Indiana to expose their patrons to national talent who regularly join their productions and increase the professional quality Broadway experience that sets them apart from the other Equity Theatre companies in central Indiana. Their 2016–2017 season offers something for EVERYONE, beginning with the Indiana premiere of The Tony® Award-winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (September 16 – October 2, 2016). This smash-hit musical was inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry 14 INDYSCHILD.COM // SEPTEMBER 2016

Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including, Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Walk the Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’On, Sixteen Tons, Hound Dog and many more that you know and love! Next up is Kander and Ebb’s Tony® Award-winning iconic musical CABARET (November 4–November 20, 2016). Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub in 1929, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd…and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times?

through song in, BEYOND THE RAINBOW (April 28 –May 14, 2017). Step back in time to April 23, 1961, when a 38-year old Judy Garland performed at Carnegie Hall in what the New York Times called “the concert of the century.” Set both on the stage of Carnegie Hall and in Garland’s mind, BEYOND THE RAINBOW simultaneously treats its audience to the famed concert while telling the life story of one of Hollywood’s most unforgettable icons. In addition to the four mainstage productions in the 2016-17 Subscription series, Actors Theatre of Indiana presents a holiday add-on production, the return of last season’s sold out show, COMPLETELY CHRISTMAS, Memories, Mistletoe & Manger Included (December 8 – 10, 2016) in The Studio Theater.

Take a break from the commercialized Christmas craziness and join Don Farrell and Mary Jayne Waddell for an unforgettable evening of holiday merriment, as they share how ancient beliefs and superstitions found their way into our music and celebrations. Performances are Wednesdays at 7:30pm (discounted ticket rate of $25.00), Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm in The Studio Theater, 4 Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032.

To learn more about Actors Theatre of Indiana, and to purchase tickets, visit or call The Center for the Performing Arts box office at 317.843.3800.

The third production in the series is Broadway’s most uproarious affair, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU (January 27 – February 12, 2017). The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature; his mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And when the bride’s exboyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle “Here Comes the Bride!” RSVP for this Indiana premiere that originally starred Tony Award® winner, Tyne Daly and directed by Emmy and Tony Award® winner, David Hyde Pierce. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll be home by 10. The 2016-17 season closes with a glimpse of the real Judy Garland PHOTO CREDIT // ACTORS THEATRE OF INDIANA




Hearing loss in childhood: Equipping children for lifelong success As parents, the thought that our child isn’t thriving can be frightening—especially when their health and lifelong development is at risk. Thankfully, rough starts can be overcome with proper intervention, rendering health impairments into just a blip in an otherwise happy, fulfilled life. Such was the case with Razan Nouk, a soft-spoken elementary student whose hearing impairment brought her to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. Below, we share a conversation with Razan’s mother, Rasha Suliman, and Pediatric Otolaryngologist Christopher Miyamoto.

Q. Tell us about Razan and her hearing condition. Dr. Miyamoto: Razan came to us around her second year of life. She was referred from colleagues in Fort Wayne after she was found to have hearing loss. Rasha: They did an ABR [auditory brainstem response] test, and found she had profound hearing loss. So she went on a trial period for hearing aids for 8–9 months.


Q. How did the hearing aids work out? Dr. Miyamoto: She wasn’t making good progress with hearing aids and had fairly significant hearing loss. In fact, it appeared her hearing loss worsened, and she was deemed a good candidate for cochlear implants.

Q. What is a cochlear implant and how does it work? Dr. Miyamoto: For families who wish to have their children develop spoken language, a cochlear implant is the technology that makes that possible. We’re able to insert a little electrode into the inner ear, the cochlea, and this electrode is attached to an internal receiver. So we’re bypassing the patient’s malfunctioning inner ear, which can’t hear sound, and stimulate the auditory nerve directly, then take that to the brain.

Q. What was your impression of Dr. Miyamoto and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent? Rasha: Dr. Miyamoto, he was a hero for us. The staff, nurses, doctors at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital— they’re very loving. We are treated very, very well. It’s like our second home.

Q. What do you find fulfilling about practicing at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent? Dr. Miyamoto: Operations performed at a young age may impact children for the rest of their lives. It’s very rewarding to see patients like Razan come back and learning to speak.

Q. How is Razan doing today? Q. How important is it to support the family as well as the patient? Dr. Miyamoto: We put the patient and family at the central thrust of our mission. We include them in the decision-making and treat them like we want our children and our families treated.

Rasha: She’s doing great. Right? Razan: Right. Rasha: Yeah, she’s doing awesome. For children like Razan, access to the right resources, expertise and support can make all the difference. Hear Razan's and other patient stories from Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. Visit

Q. How hard was it for you and Razan to deal with hearing issues? Rasha: It was overwhelming. It was an obstacle, but we figured it out. When the time came to take her to surgery, I was very nervous, but Dr. Miyamoto, not so.

PHOTO CREDIT // Larry Endicott Photography



THE Upside to Failure

What kids le arn whe n the y don ’ t succ e e d WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle

Failure is an unavoidable part of life. Unfortunately, we often overlook that it can also be an important way to develop resilience, determination and perseverance – especially for kids. As parents, we want our children to succeed; it can be painful to see them upset, frustrated or heartbroken. But experts stress that rushing in to fix our children’s problems instead of letting them fail can strip them of crucial learning experiences. “When did failure become so unacceptable?” muses David R. Parker, a post-secondary disability specialist and ADD life coach at Indianapolis’ Children's Resource Group and co-editor of the new book Becoming SelfDetermined: Creating Thoughtful Learners in a Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture. “The problem we are increasingly seeing in high school and college students is that young people, if they do happen to fail, have no idea how to deal with it. We want to teach kids to be resilient, that failure is okay and that it’s important to learn how to get back up after you hit that bump in the road.”

Lesson #1: A quick fix isn’t always best Mi c h a el J o rda n was cu t from h is h i g h sc h oo l bask e t ba l l t e a m . Ste v en Spi el b erg was rej ec ted from fi l m sc h oo l – t w i c e. J . K . Row l i n g’s o ri g i n a l H a rry Pot ter m a n usc ri p t was tu rn ed d ow n t w elv e times . E v en I n dy ’s ow n Ku rt Vo n n egu t l ef t Bu tl er U n iv ersit y a f ter h e cou l d n ’ t m a n ag e mo re th a n a "C " i n h is En g l ish c l asses .

For parents, resisting the urge to immediately offer a solution or step in to fix a problem for their child is often a big hurdle to overcome. “Obviously, parents don’t want their kids to fail because they don’t want them to be disappointed or feel bad, and while that’s understandable, the role of parents isn’t to protect their children from life,” stresses Dr. Angela Hunnicutt, a licensed psychologist and owner of ASH Psychological Services on Indy’s north side. “When we do it for them, what the child learns is, ‘I can’t handle this myself.’” Parker attributes this parental urge to fix things, in part, to what he calls the “tyranny of the immediate” – a culture that has embraced a nonstop pace of urgent texts, instant social media updates and immediate email replies.


“ “Parents get swept up in the need to fix everything right now because things move so quickly, and then we’re on to the next thing on our busy checklist,” Parker says. Instead of pausing to explore the anatomy of a mistake – what happened, how it affected others, how to do things differently in the future – we often rush to offer a quick solution so we can correct the problem and move on. “If you can halt the reaction to fix things right away, you might be more helpful in the long run by helping your children develop problem-solving skills and a greater sense of self-agency,” says Parker. “If we just rush in to fix things, what are we teaching our children?”

“I talk about my failures and mistakes a lot more now with my 4-year-old daughter,” says Indianapolis mom Katie Glass. “She loves hearing how I messed up, and then re-telling these stories again and again, like how, ‘Mommy made a mistake and forgot the water bottle on our bike ride, so we got to go to the smoothie store!’”

and f r us t ra t io n w ill f ind a wa y to t ur n an unsucces s f ul ex p er ience into s o m et hing p os it i ve. Failure can b e o ne our children’s gre a tes t te a c hers – i f we s tep b a c k and let it.

The problem we are increasingly It’s also important to emphasize how working through a seeing in high school problem can eventually pay off. and college “[My 3-year-old daughter] likes to hear stories about things students is she wasn't able to do before but now she can. I think it gives her confidence and hope,” says Carmel mom Swathi that young Williams. “It's difficult sometimes not to step in and fix, Lesson # 2 : Coaching is key and just let her work through difficulty and frustration, but people, if Helping children cope with failure starts with empathizing it’s so worth seeing the smile on her face when she finally with and validating their emotions, experts say. Phrases they do gets it.” such as, “That is disappointing. I understand why you’re happen to upset,” and “I know it’s frustrating when things don’t fail, have no work out,” allow parents to connect with their child without offering a solution. W hat ’s t he takea wa y ? I t ’s inev itable our k ids idea how to w ill fail a t s o m et hing . B ut c hil dren w ho can deal with it. Next, pose open-ended questions about what happened f igure out how to m anag e dis ap p oint m ent to help kids use their executive functioning skills to analyze the situation. Asking “What do you think happened?” or “What could you try that you haven’t yet?” encourages critical thinking and reasoning skills, Hunnicutt says.

“You want to get them thinking about their choices and considering their actions. Even if they come up with an idea you don’t think will work, you might say, ‘So you want to try this and see what happens?’” she says. “Then you have to back up and let them try that, allowing them to make their own mistakes.” The coaching model is based on the notion that children can come up with their own creative solutions. It’s less about controlling what a child does, and more about influencing and guiding their actions, Parker says. “Coaches ask rather than tell. I hear from a lot of parents, ‘To be a good parent, I have to tell my son or daughter what to do here.’ But no, you don’t have to have all the answers.”

Lesson # 3 : Model resilient behavior Parents can also help their children by having them understand that failure is okay; emphasizing that everyone makes mistakes, even moms and dads.


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Choosing a

private school Questions to ask when evaluating your options WORDS BY // Melissa Glidden

A child who is thriving at school. Isn’t this every parent’s wish? Finding the educational environment that best suits your student can be a challenge however. If you’re considering a private school, asking the right questions during an open house or campus tour is an important part of your screening process. Here we’ve asked several local schools to give their input on various questions parents often ask.

homework may be to reinforce and practice skills, to complete an assignment that requires resources external to the school, and to read or research. Regular homework builds skills of independence and responsibility.”

What is the school’s approach to discipline, bullying and safety?

“Technology is a tool that can creatively and effectively engage students in the learning process. Our teachers use a unique teaching model to develop technology integrated lessons that also require critical thinking and application.”

“Students excel when they feel safe and valued. At The Orchard School, we believe that a high quality education for a child is built on the foundation of a safe and joyful learning community. Orchard stresses social-emotional learning as well as strong academics.” Grace Rodecap, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, The Orchard School

What is the school’s philosophy or approach to homework? “I believe homework is a part of the school experience, and also, that children need time for opportunities apart from academics. The purpose of 20 INDYSCHILD.COM // SEPTEMBER 2016

Diane Borgmann, Head of School, Sycamore School

How is technology used to help support student learning at this school?

Brenda Klingerman, Academic Director and Elementary/Intermediate Principal, Heritage Christian School

we offer support for all students through our Learning Center program for those with diagnosed learning differences, as well as through our academic counselors and full-time school social worker.”

“Gifted students should be challenged to reach their full potential by way of a range of available honors, advanced placement, and dual-credit courses, and by way of teachers who don’t allow students to settle. At our school,

Matt McCutcheon, Chief Academic Officer, Cathedral High School

Greg VanSlambrook, Principal, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

Here are some other important questions to ask – from the perspective of what to be looking for in an answer:

Does this school have a particular educational philosophy or mission? “The school should have a clearly defined mission, and should be able to provide concrete examples – both curricular and extracurricular – of how the school accomplishes its mission.” Cathy Chapelle, Director of Strategic Communications, Park Tudor School

How does the school help support both gifted children, and children with academic, social or emotional difficulties?

Ceramics and photography? Giving students a wide range of options in the arts is critical for helping create well-rounded students.”

How do the arts fit into the school’s curriculum? “Parents should look at the facilities available for the arts on campus and ask about the number of students who participate in fine or performing arts. Is there a marching band? A show choir? A gospel choir? Is there a no-cut policy for school plays?

What kind of professional development opportunities are available to teachers? “A quality private school should offer many opportunities for professional development, including time for faculty to collaborate and learn from each other in a group setting, as well as opportunities for faculty members to pursue individual studies and attend conferences.” Cathy Chapelle, Director of Strategic Communications, Park Tudor School

Get the most out of your private school open house or campus tour by researching info on the school’s website and coming prepared with the questions that matter most to you. By spending some time in advance thinking about what criteria a school must have for you to enroll your student, you’ll be better equipped to make a long term decision both you and your child will be happy with.



private school guide A look at what makes our area schools so special Sc h o o l pri d e. H ow do k i ds d e v elo p th is i n ta n g i b l e feel i n g ? Fo r m a n y o f ou r lo c a l pri vat e sc h oo ls, i t must t ri c k l e dow n from t h e a dmi n ist r at i o n a n d sta ff ( a n d e v en u pperc l assmen . ) W e rec en t ly ask ed se v er a l sc h o o ls to a nsw er t h e q u est i o n : W hat m a k es you most p roud of your school? Re a d o n to fi n d ou t w h at th e y h a d to say ! Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School The school-wide sense of community is what makes me most proud of Brebeuf Jesuit. When I visited Brebeuf as a prospective student, I immediately felt that I was already a part of the community because everyone made me feel so welcome. I realized that Brebeuf had a unique, tight-knit community that I didn’t find at any other high school. Since coming to Brebeuf, I have witnessed an overwhelming sense of support among students and faculty members. From celebrating achievements to mourning losses, everyone is always there to support each other, regardless of the differences in their personalities, interests or beliefs. — Submitted by student Jacquelyn Knobelsdorf, senior at Brebeuf


Cathedral High School Our diversity. For nearly 100 years, we’ve focused on five kinds of diversity: geographic, economic, racial, academic and religious. We provide a rich and culturally diverse educational experience based on Holy Cross values that prepares students for the real world, both in the college classroom and in the global workforce. One example is our academic diversity. While many schools admit students on the basis of test scores, Cathedral conducts personal interviews with every single applicant. We provide Honors, AP and IB classes as well as a Learning Resource Center, which along with our renowned Language Support Program, is designed for bright, college-bound students with diagnosed learning differences. — Jan Stanich, Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Covenant Christian High School After 20 years of success, Covenant remains a place dedicated to the lives and hearts of students; preparing them for a life of scholarship, leadership and service. It was true for me as a student in the beginning. It was true for me 9 years ago when I was hired as a full-time teacher. It is now a life calling that I cling to as the Dean of Students. Minds are enlightened, hearts are inflamed, lives are transformed. That’s why I’m grateful to be a part of Covenant. — Donnie Fishburn, Dean of Students

Guerin Catholic High School

International School of Indiana

What makes me most proud of Guerin Catholic is the belief that our faculty and staff share that every child is created by God with a purpose. And our goal at Guerin Catholic is to help each child discover and develop their God-given gifts and discern God's will for their lives. It's a beautiful process to witness and I feel so blessed to be a part of the GC team!

ISI is a remarkable school to find in Indianapolis with amazing teachers from around the world and incredibly well-travelled US teachers. Our vibrant, diverse community welcomes everyone, whether you are a Hoosier or from across the seas. We have International Baccalaureate curriculum programs for every student. All our seniors take the full IB Diploma, with impressive success rates, and go on to outstanding universities. Our immersion programs allow our students to become bilingual in French, Mandarin and Spanish. With our international exchange trips, full-participation athletics and extracurricular activities, our students are well-rounded global citizens ready for the world stage.

— Colleen Ward, Director of Marketing and Communications

Heritage Christian School Heritage Christian School offers a 50-year history of demonstrating strength and success in the classroom, and on the playing field and stage, preparing the next generation of world changers. Our focus is on the whole student as we prepare them academically, spiritually and emotionally to be fully engaged and abundantly equipped to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. Our dedicated faculty, excellent facilities and extensive extracurricular offerings provide every student with the opportunity to explore and develop their God-given gifts and talents. Students are provided opportunities to live out their faith as they participate in community outreach events, small groups, mentoring programs, chapel and leadership opportunities. — Lauren Schneider, Marketing Manager

— David Garner, Head of School

Park Tudor School At Park Tudor, we are most proud of our exceptional educators, and the extraordinary opportunities we provide for our students. Our highly qualified master teachers have an average of 20 years of teaching experience, and our small class sizes and 9-to-1 studentteacher ratio allow teachers to mentor students in a supportive environment. Our extensive extracurricular and athletic offerings, community-engaged learning program, and travel opportunities allow students to pursue passions and discover new interests. — Cathy Chapelle, Director of Strategic Communications

The Orchard School At The Orchard School, our halls are filled with laughter as students learn and explore while secure in the nurturing guidance provided by teachers who know them, care for them and see them each as individuals. It is in this essential teacher/student relationship that profound learning and great aspirations take root and blossom. Students gain confidence in their ability to advocate for themselves and others and in the power of their ideas when teachers honor their individual voices. In addition, nature is a profound teacher and we use our sprawling campus to invite students to interact with the natural world. — Grace Rodecap, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator






healthy foods, healthy kids

How much do you know when it comes to children’s nutrition? WORDS BY // Rebecca Turner

Soda, chips, ice cream, cookies…who doesn’t indulge in these snacks from time to time? When these foods appear too often in our diet however, it can have negative long term consequences – especially for children. Many times parents are simply unaware of the recommended guidelines when it comes to kids and nutrition. Read on to see if your family is on the most nutritious track – or if you’ve been detoured by too many tempting treats along the way. How many different types of sugar are there?

a. 1 b. 2 c. 3

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their thirst with plain water, calcium-rich milk or small amounts of 100 percent juice (six ounces or less daily.)

How many fruit and vegetable servings should kids eat daily?

a. 1 - 3 cups b. 2 - 5 cups c. 5 - 7 cups

processing or preparation and naturally occurring sugars, which are found in foods like fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose).

all the health benefits dairy has to offer by choosing lactose-free dairy foods. It is real dairy - just minus the lactose.

Artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes fall into the added sugar classification because they are food additives.

Which foods are the major source of added sugar in kids’ diets?

Naturally occurring sugars found in whole fruits and dairy foods get the green light for nutritious consumption. Fruit, when eaten in whole form provides a wealth of health promoting vitamins, minerals and fiber along with a sweet taste. Dairy foods contain a natural sugar called lactose and are the leading source of calcium in the American diet. It’s good to remember that those who are sensitive to lactose can enjoy

A . While 1-3 cups a day may not seem to be enough, not enough kids are reaching those numbers. Children need a variety of fruits and vegetables daily, while limiting juice intake. Parents should strive to offer at least 1 fruit or vegetable at each meal. Suggested fruit intake ranges from 1 cup/day, between ages 1 and 3, to 2 cups for a 14–18 year-old boy. Vegetable recommended intake ranges from ¾ cup a day at age 1, to 3 cups for a 14–18 year-old boy.

a. Cookies, chocolate, candy b. Fruit, dairy foods c. Soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks

C. Regular soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and fruit drinks, such as fruit ades or punch, are the largest contributors of added sugar to our diet. Kids’ health and nutrition can be vastly improved if they quench

How much sodium should kids get daily?

a. 1,500 mg b. 2,000 mg c. 2,300 mg

a . The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends 1,500 mg of sodium a day for all Americans, including children, for ideal heart health. The AHA indicates that kids ages 2-19 eat more than 3,100 mg of sodium per day however, more than double the recommendation. Diets high in salt are associated with a greater risk for hypertension, stroke and obesity. Foods high in sodium are also lower in other vital nutrients that promote good health.

Which meals do kids get the most sodium from?

a. breakfast b. lunch and dinner c. snack time

b. According to the American Heart Association children ages 6-18 get about 30 percent of their sodium intake during lunch and 39 percent at dinner. Pizza, breads, lunch meats, cheese slices and savory snacks like chips and pretzels are among the saltiest foods. Parents can reduce their child’s sodium by packing whole fruits or yogurt over chips and other salty snacks and choosing meat off of the bone, not out of a package.

What is most important to developing kids’ bone health?

a. calcium b. vitamin D c. physical activity d. all of the above

d. Bone health is often overlooked at a young age, but healthy bones are built during childhood. A young person’s nutrition and physical activity habits help prevent osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to weaken and fracture later in life. Parents should encourage kids to eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D. From ages 1-8, children need 2 cups of milk or yogurt each day. Children ages 9 – 18 need 3 cups. The recommended 60 minutes of physical activity daily helps manage kids’ weight and protects their heart and bones.

Even parents with the best intentions can misjudge their family’s dietary intake and leave nutrient gaps that set the stage for becoming overweight and undernourished. By taking some time to become more informed however, we can make better food choices for our kids now, and give them the knowledge to do this for themselves in the future.

Rebecca Turner is a registered dietitian, certified specialist in sports dietetics and author of “Mind Over Fork.”





Autism and Diet

How food choices can affect those on the spectrum Gluten. Dairy. Soy. Sugar. It seems like everyone is cutting something from their diets these days. But for a growing number of families of children with autism, elimination diets are far more than just the latest trend. Gastrointestinal disorders are among the most common medical conditions for individuals on the spectrum. Issues range from irritable and inflammatory bowel conditions, to chronic diarrhea and constipation, which children with autism are 3.5 times more likely to suffer from than their typically developing peers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since digestive issues can be difficult to pinpoint in individuals with autism who are very young or who are nonverbal, more and more parents are exploring whether there could be a gastrointestinal connection between their child’s behavior and their diet.

The biomedical approach Dr. Mary Lou Hulseman began her hunt for answers on this subject twenty years ago, when her daughter, Hannah, was diagnosed with autism. “She was a really bright kid and talked really well, but she had a lot of behavior problems,” Hulseman remembers. “We tried all the traditional therapies, but it wasn’t until I bumped into some information about diet and autism that we tried eliminating milk. It made a dramatic difference, and I thought, there is something biological happening here.” Now a physician at Community Health Network’s Family Medicine Care on Indianapolis’ northeast side, Hulseman has spent her career investigating the link between diet and autism symptoms and works exclusively with families of individuals on the spectrum who are interested in exploring what is referred to as


the biomedical approach – improving gut functioning by limiting sugar, avoiding gluten and casein and adding dietary supplements.

The diets One of the most basic diets geared toward individuals with autism is the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free, Soy-Free diet, or GFCFSF, which cuts the three most common food allergens: gluten – a mixture of proteins found in wheat and other grains; casein – protein found in milk; and soy. “It sounds really daunting to parents at first, but there are so many replacement products available today,” says Staci Small, a registered dietitian and owner of The Wellness Philosophy Inc. in Greenwood, who specializes in implementing diets for those with special needs. Besides being common allergens, advocates of the biomedical approach cite research that shows the digestive tracts of individuals with autism often fail to fully digest certain peptides in gluten and casein, which can then bind to opioid receptors in the brain and cause behavioral problems, including sleepiness and inattention, or aggressive and self-abusive behavior. “It’s literally like the kids are on heroin,” Hulseman says. “When we take away those foods slowly, typically we see kids’ behaviors start to change.” The Special Carbohydrate Diet, or SCD, is another elimination diet often used by individuals on the spectrum, and focuses on grain-free, sugar-free, starch-free and unprocessed foods. The Gut and Psychology Syndrome, or GAPS diet, is a more advanced nutritional profile that’s intended to heal and seal the gut lining while restoring good bacteria to the digestive tract.

Getting started For parents of children on the spectrum who are considering a diet adjustment, both Hulseman and Small recommend they seek out professional guidance from a trained professional who can assess, test and monitor a child’s progress. The Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs has a list of area clinicians who work in the field on it’s website ( National nonprofit Talk About Curing Autism, or TACA, has a section on its website dedicated to research, recipes and how-to guides about different diets ( family-resources/gfcfsf-diet/). The local chapter hosts monthly Coffee Talks the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm at varying locations. TACA Indiana Co-coordinator Karla Elliott, of Fishers, credits the group’s support for leading her to change the diet of her son Sam, age 10, several years ago. “When Sam was diagnosed at 3, he was so sick nearly all the time, with alternating bouts of constipation and terrible diarrhea. He had lost all meaningful speech, and he didn’t interact with anyone in a meaningful way,” Elliott recalls. “After the diet change, Sam’s constipation and diarrhea improved dramatically within the first month, and he started talking to us, using real words with meaning and in context. The results were truly a prayer answered for us.”





Common Misconceptions about ADHD Popular myths that hinder understanding of the disorder “Isn’t everyone a little ADHD?” “Those kids just don’t want to sit still.” “Girls don’t have ADHD.” “I was the same way when I was in school, and I turned out fine.” When it comes to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, there are still many misconceptions, despite mountains of research showing the brain-based medical disorder affects children and adults of every gender, IQ and background. “Just like many other disorders, such as high blood pressure, the symptoms of ADHD are present to a greater or lesser degree in everyone. It’s not like you have high blood pressure or no blood pressure,” says Dr. William Kronenberger, a pediatric psychologist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and professor of psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine. “What makes ADHD, or high blood pressure, a disorder is when the symptoms exceed a cutoff level that is known to be abnormal and problematic. In order to have ADHD, the symptoms have to interfere with your daily functioning more than typical for someone your age.” Here are some common misconceptions about ADHD, debunked by local experts:

Myth #1: Kids with ADHD just aren’t trying hard enough. ADHD looks different for everyone. The disorder includes three subsets: predominantly hyperactiveimpulsive – the kids who have trouble sitting still; predominantly inattentive – the kids who struggle to stay focused or pay attention; and a combination of the two, which is most common.


One of the trademarks of ADHD is trouble with executive functioning skills such as organization, problem solving, reasoning, controlling behavior and working memory, all of which are crucial to learning. “It has nothing to do with effort. They’re not bad kids,” says Dr. Charles Shinaver, a Carmel-based child psychologist who has a son with ADHD. “A person who has ADHD is more likely to struggle with motivation, but the core of the disorder is not having a bad attitude.”

Myth #2: Only boys have ADHD. ADHD is diagnosed more often in boys than in girls, but the disparity may have to do with what kind of symptoms are noticed most often, experts say. While research shows that boys tend to have a combination of ADHD types, most girls with ADHD have predominantly inattentive traits. “The girls with ADHD often get passed over because they’re not being disruptive in class,” says Gary Conway a licensed mental health counselor with Counseling for New Dimensions in Indianapolis who works with children with ADHD. “Parents and teachers focus more on the hyperactive boys, rather than the quiet, inattentive girls.”

Myth #3: There’s only one way to treat ADHD. When it comes to treating ADHD, experts stress that it doesn’t have to be a choice between medicine or therapy. “There is a lot of research evidence that appropriate medications are effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD, and there’s extensive evidence that behavior modification works, too,” Kronenberger says. “You have to use the right medications and the right behavior modification. With ADHD, you can’t just go to somebody who does non-specific treatment.”

Shinaver utilizes a web-based training program called Cogmed to help those with ADHD boost their working memory. He says instead of choosing between medicine and therapy, families often find the most success doing a bit of both. “Cognitive training helps with working memory, but it doesn't address hyperactivity, and just because medicine helps a child stop moving, it doesn’t mean they are paying attention,” he says.

Myth #4: Kids with ADHD will outgrow it. It’s true that the hyperactivity of ADHD tends to dissipate as children grow, but the impulsivity often remains well into adulthood, even if it changes form over time. “In the same way that a 5-year-old may act out impulsively and break his mother’s vase, a 21-year-old might say something that gets him into trouble because he didn’t think about it first,” Kronenberger says. “Adults mature and develop strategies to help themselves stay on task and focus, but depending on how much it interferes with their life, they may still benefit from continued treatment.” It’s important to note that these misconceptions can prevent children with ADHD from getting the help they need at school. The U.S. Department of Education recently sent a letter to schools reminding them of their obligation to identify and help students with ADHD, noting that 10 percent of the 16,000 complaints filed with the department’s Office of Civil Rights in the last five years involved allegations of discrimination against students with ADHD. To find out more about Indiana’s special education policies, visit





Special Needs Guide ABA Autism Services by Damar

Children's Therapy Connection

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,

We’ve grown! Come check out our brand new location, now with more resources than ever to help connect your child with their potential. Services include: First Steps, PT, OT, and Speech/Feeding Therapy, Social Work/Counseling, Social Skills/ Communication/Feeding Groups, Kindermusik, Hanen Programs, and Therapeutic Yoga for Kids. We strive to be the provider of choice in central Indiana for quality, comprehensive, and family-centered pediatric therapy services for families of children with disabilities. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook to see how we have grown! 7478 Shadeland Station Way,

Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Kristin Dovenmuehle, Director, Phone: 317-813-4690, Email:,

BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS CENTER FOR AUTISM BACA uses the principles and procedures of ABA to teach language, social, self-help, academic, daily living and life skills to individuals with autism and related disorders. BACA was established in 2009 by Carl Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, and a group of highly trained BCBAs. Located in Fishers, Zionsville and Elkhart, IN. 9929 East 126th Street, Fishers, IN, United States, Phone: 317-436-8961, Contact: Colin Clayton, Email:,

BEHAVIORWORKS ABA We work with you! BehaviorWorks provides Early Intervention for Autism and Indiana Medicaid Waiver Behavior Support Services. BehaviorWorks is a team you can grow with. We use the evidencebased strategies of ABA to create effective behavioral solutions. Are you looking for a fresh perspective? Take action for positive change with BehaviorWorks. ​2680 E. Main Street Suite 127,

Plainfield, IN 46234​, Contact: Ann Baloski, Executive Director, Phone: 317-436-0037, Email: info@, www.behavior


Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: infochildrenstherapy, http://

Lafayette and Bloomington, with the newest center now open in West Lafayette. Little Star Center also provide in-home ABA services. 12650

Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN, United States 46032, Phone: 317-249-2242,,

Maria Montessori International Academy Want a unique way to educate your child? Try MEBA! Montessori Education with Behavioral Analysis (MEBA) all in One! Half days or full time for working families.Practical Life skills, OT, PT and Speech Therapy. Zionsville, Carmel and Indianapolis locations, Contact: Vivian Cain, Phone: 317-769-2220,

Easter Seals Crossroads Offering comprehensive disability services for people of all ages. Early Intervention, Autism Services, PT, OT, Speech Therapy, Feeding/ Swallowing issues, Augmentative Communication, Assistive Technology, Multi-sensory Therapy Rooms, Summer Camps, Life/Social Skills Groups, Deaf Community Services, Autism Family Resource Center, 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN

46205, Phone: 317-466-1000, Email: info@easterseals, http://www.

LITTLE STAR CENTER Little Star Center is Indiana’s first center-based, therapeutic applied behavior analysis (ABA) service provider serving children, teens and young adults with autism. Since 2002, this professional team has impacted the lives of hundreds of learners affected by autism by building skills and helping them achieve milestones once believed impossible. Little Star's statewide centers are located in Carmel,

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

IN 46268, Phone: 317-471-8560,

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. Clients receive services in a wide variety of settings including their home, school, Unlocking The Spectrum's Centers, 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. Indianapolis: 8646 Guion Rd.,

Indianapolis, IN 46268; Columbus: 1015 3rd St Suite C, Columbus, IN 47201; Terre Haute: 3464 South 4th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47802; Bloomington: 417 S Clarizz Boulevard, Bloomington, IN 47401, Phone: (855) INFO-UTS; e-mail: info@unlockingthespectrum. com;

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September Special Needs Events SAT 02

Lights Up, Sound Down: “Kubo and the Two Strings” Location: Hamilton 16 IMAX, Noblesville, Time: 10 am, This monthly program is open to everyone, but is specifically intended to give families and children with autism and sensory issues the opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies in a comfortable, sensory-friendly setting. Tickets are free but registration requested.


Gigi’s Playhouse Volunteer Orientation Location: Gigi’s Playhouse, Indianapolis , Time: 6 pm GiGi’s Playhouse is a volunteer run organization and relies on the skill and dedication of volunteers of various levels of expertise to keep programs vibrant, educational, fun and free. Volunteer orientations take place on the first Tuesday of every month from 6-7 pm. All volunteers must complete an online application prior to orientation.


Bring Depression Out of the Shadows Location: Hamilton East Public Library, Fishers branch, Time: 6 pm, Presented by the Hamilton County Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Topics covered include diagnosis and treatment support systems, impact on relationships children and teens, suicide prevention young adults and men and women depression issues.

SAT 10

Riley NICU Celebration and Info Fair Location: Riley Outpatient Center at Indiana University Health, downtown Indianapolis , Time: 1-4 pm The Riley NICU Celebration features an info fair for families of NICU graduate, including food, activities and gifts for the families.

SUN 11

3rd Annual BACA Bolt for Autism 5k Location: Fort Harrison State Park, Lawrence, Time: 9-11am, get_information.php?event_id=123424

This professionally timed event, hosted by The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) raises resources to support ABA research. Kids will love the activity tent filled with outdoor games and activities.

SAT 17

Torch Relay 2016 Everyday Heroes 5k Run/Walk Location: Indiana State Museum Lawn at White River State Park, downtown Indy, Time: 10 am-12:30 pm, Enjoy downtown Indianapolis as you participate in this family friendly 5K walk / run (untimed), while supporting Pediatric Cancer Research at Riley Hospital for Children. This year’s theme is “Everyday Heroes” and parents and kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero. Registration starts at 10:00 am; event kick-off at 11:00 am, with fun for everyone before and after.

SAT 24

Answers for Autism Walk Location: Coxhall Gardens, Carmel, Time: 9-11 am, This 1-mile wheelchair and stroller friendly walk includes activities for the children and a silent auction before and during the walk. All proceeds fund the Answers for Autism Grant Program.


Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviors Location: Lebanon High School, Lebanon, Time: 9 am-3 pm, understanding-and-managing-challengingbehaviors-workshop Sponsored by the Indiana Resource Center for Autism and presented by Director Dr. Cathy Pratt, the goal of this full-day workshop is to provide affordable and localized training for those working with students who engage in challenging behaviors.

FRI 30

Strike-Out-Stigma Bowl-A-Thon Location: Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis , Time: 5-9 pm, Help National Alliance on Mental Illness Indiana raise money and awareness about mental illnesses during the 2nd annual bowl-a-thon. Registration requested. SEPTEMBER 2016 // INDYSCHILD.COM


fallfun break ten ideas to make the most of this mini-vacation! WORDS BY // Megan S. Bohrer

Fall is arguably the most beautiful time in the Midwest. The air becomes crisp and refreshing, the leaves provide a tapestry of rich colors and although school has just gotten started, students are already eagerly anticipating their first break of the year! Looking for some ideas for how to spend your fall break? Read on for suggestions on local camps, short getaways and stay-cation activities your kids will love.

camps Local camps are a great option for families with working parents who can’t get away for a school vacation or for kids who like to stay busy. Here are a few sure to be a hit. YMCA “School’s Out” Camp The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis offers this camp at various locations for fall school closings as well as inclement weather. Children of all ages can participate in arts and crafts activities, science experiments, cooking projects and group games. Children are asked to bring lunch and snacks and a bathing suit for swimming fun. For more information, visit or call the Youth Development office at (317) 484-9622.

Zoo Explorer Camps For all the adventurous animal lovers out there, the Indianapolis Zoo offers several two-day camps that allow children to learn about the operations of the zoo and directly interact with the animals. The “Zoo Vet” camp 36 INDYSCHILD.COM // SEPTEMBER 2016



runs October 11-12; “Dolphin Trainer” runs October 13-14 and October 20-21; and “Plains Keeper” runs October 18-19. All camps are from 9 am – 4 pm and cost anywhere from $190 to $385 depending on the camp and membership status. Visit the zoo’s website at www. to register and find more information about camp eligibility.

Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park, the French Lick Scenic Railway, the French Lick Zip Lines and the Elephant Retreat. October boasts seasonal activities such as a Fall Foliage Wine Cruise, fall break activities at the French Lick Resort and the Psycho Path. For more information, go to www.

Cincinnati Just two hours from Conner Prairie Fall Break Camp Students ages 6 through 14 are invited to participate in a one-day science camp at the Conner Prairie Interactive History Museum. The camp is held from 9 am to 3 pm and costs $50 for members and $55 for non-members. Conner Prairie promises that students will explore science through “games and experiments that involve blasting, oozing, sliming and more messy fun!” Visit www.conner to register.

JCC School’s Out Days The Jewish Community Center offers childcare for several days throughout October for school closings. The cost is $65 per day for non-members and $50 per day for members. To get more information and register visit

getaways For families in the mood for a road trip, here are some quick and easy getaways perfect for a few days of fall fun. French Lick Just a short two-hour drive from Indianapolis, French Lick is a beautiful resort community that offers fun for the whole family including golf, shopping and outdoor activities. Accommodations range from cabins to casino-style hotels. Don’t miss the 38 INDYSCHILD.COM // SEPTEMBER 2016

Indy, there is always something fun happening in Cincy. Stop by IKEA to get your fill of Swedish meatballs and modern home decor. King’s Island will surely entertain the family for a full day. Fitness enthusiasts might even be inclined to sign up for the Glow Run 5K on October 21 or the Run & Ride on October 21 and October 23. While you’re there, cross over the state line and visit Newport Aquarium. Get there between October 1 and October 16 to see the world famous mermaids. On the way back home, be sure to check out Jungle Jim’s International Market, a roadside attraction and marketplace rolled into one entertaining spectacle.

Columbus The world-renowned Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is reason enough to make the threehour drive to Columbus, Ohio, but there is much more to do upon arrival. Visit a major league soccer stadium and cheer on Columbus Crew FC. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Don’t leave without visiting the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), which was recently named the country’s number one science center by Parents magazine.

staycations Start checking things off of your Indianapolis bucket list! The Circle City always has plenty of offerings for family activities.

Local Parks Looking for a low-key (and low-cost) way to relax and just enjoy the time off? Pack a picnic and visit one of the many beautiful parks located around Indianapolis. For a complete list of parks visit City/DPR/Pages/Park-List.aspx.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis The great thing about the Children’s Museum is that it’s always changing. Be sure to catch the new Doc McStuffins exhibit running through January.

Go Ape Treetop Adventure Indulge your wild side with these zip lines at Eagle Creek State Park. Families should prepare for a 2-3 hour Tarzan-style adventure complete with zip lines and suspended obstacles.

Fall break is just around the corner and there’s plenty of fun available during this short time off from school. With a little planning, you can sneak in just the right mini-vacation for your family!



fall fun guide A ll t h e fa m i ly- f r i e n d ly fu n o u r a r e a h a s to o f f e r ! WORDS BY // Jeanine Bobenmoyer

Cooler mornings, changing colors and cozy sweaters – with autumn about to kick into full gear, we’re looking ahead to some of our favorite festivals and activities headed our way. Here’s a quick directory of all things fall in the Indianapolis area. (Note: Because some places offer tons of fall fun, you may see duplicates in our list below!)

General Fun Kelsay Farms: 6848 N 250 E, Whiteland. Working dairy farm that offers fall activities such as pumpkins, straw play area, corn maze, pumpkin bowling. Group tours of barns, milking and equipment available by calling ahead. Exploration Acres: 6042 Newcastle Rd, Lafayette. Pumpkins, straw bale maze, Northwest Indiana’s largest corn maze with over 8 miles of twists and turns, pedal cars and more. Fort Harrison State Park: 5753 Glenn Road, Indianapolis. Family-friendly hiking and mountain biking trails. Picnic shelters and fishing access. Perfect for viewing fall foliage. Open year-round. 40 INDYSCHILD.COM // SEPTEMBER 2016

Apple Picking

Pumpkin Patches

All of the following locations offer either u-pick or pre-picked apples for purchase:

All of the following locations offer either u-pick or pre-picked pumpkins for purchase:

Conner Prairie Headless Horseman: Conner Prairie Historic Interactive Park, Fishers. Things-To-Do/Events/HeadlessHorseman

Adrian Orchard: 500 W Epler Ave, Indianapolis.

Adrian Orchard: 500 W Epler Ave, Indianapolis.

Anderson Orchard: 369 E Greencastle Rd, Mooresville.

Anderson Orchard: 369 E Greencastle Rd, Mooresville.

Haunted hayride, Scary-o-ke, magic shows, Legend of Sleepy Hollow marionette show and more.

Apple Works: 8157 S 250 W, Trafalgar.

Beasley’s Orchard: 2304 E Main St, Danville.

Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio, downtown Indy.

Beasley’s Orchard: 2304 E Main St, Danville.

Hogan Farms: 9110 E County Rd 1000 N, Brownsburg.

Witch Gertrude cackles her way on to the stage and puts all visiting gremlins into the Halloween spirit. Watch for this to open in their new location!

Pleasant View Orchard: 10721 N 850 W, Fairland.

Kelsay Farms: 6848 N 250 E, Whiteland.

Stuckey Farm: 19975 Hamilton Boone Rd, Sheridan.

Meridian Methodist Church: 5500 N Meridian St, Indianapolis.

Tuttle Orchards: 5717 N 300 W, Greenfield, IN.

Piney Acres: 1115 E 1000 N, Fortville.

Whiteland Orchard: 5559 Graham Rd, Whiteland.

Pleasant View Orchard: 10721 N 850 W, Fairland.

Halloween ZooBoo: Indianapolis Zoo, downtown Indianapolis. events-and-groups/zoo-events/ halloween-zooboo Halloween-themed zoo décor, photo opportunities and activities. Kids encouraged to dress in costume and trick or treat.

Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis Haunted House: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, downtown Indy. childrensmuseum. org/exhibits/haunted-house Cursed Castle opens October 8th, where visitors can dodge the dragon’s mayhem and venture through a decrepit deterioration of a once-stately fortress. Various levels of ‘scare’ depending on kids’ comfort levels.

S&H Family Pumpkin Patch: Mt. Comfort Road and I-70, Greenfield.! St. Luke’s United Methodist Church: 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis. Stonycreek Farm: 11366 IN-38, Noblesville. Stuckey Farm: 19975 Hamilton Boone Rd, Sheridan. Tuttle Orchards: 5717 N 300 W, Greenfield, IN. Waterman’s Family Farm: (2 locations) 7010 E. Raymond St. Indianapolis and 1100 N Ind. 37, Greenwood.

Franklin Fall Festival: Downtown Franklin. Food and craft vendors, live outdoor concerts, kids' zone featuring bounce houses, parade. Oct 1. Potters Bridge Fall Festival: Potters Bridge Park, Noblesville. Facility/Details/Potters-Bridge-Park-7 Music, art & craft booths, KidZone and general fall fun along White River Greenway Trail. Oct 3. Fishers Renaissance Fair: Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville. Acrobats, sword swallowing, period music, history reenactment, swordplay, grand parade, and live shows. Oct 1-2. Traders Point Creamery Oktoberfest: Traders Point Creamery, Zionsville. oktoberfest/

Whiteland Orchard: 5559 Graham Rd, Whiteland.

Food, music, hayrides, petting zoo, games, crafts, pumpkin patch and an artisan farm market. Oct 8.


Heartland Apple Festival: Beasley’s Orchard, 2304 E Main St, Danville.

Stonycreek Farm Pumpkin Harvest Festival: Stonycreek Farm, Noblesville. U-Pick pumpkin patch with hayrides, food and various vendors, and fun kids activities. Waterman’s Farm Fall Harvest Festival: 7010 E. Raymond St. Indianapolis and 1100 N Ind. 37, Greenwood. (Activities vary by location) Hayrides, kids train ride, cornfield maze, pumpkin-eating dinosaur, little farmer experience and more.

Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, 8-acre corn maze, entertainment, Jumping Pillow and more. Fishers Boo Bash: Nickel Plate District Amphitheatre, Fishers. Safe trick-or-treating, costume contests, hot chocolate and pretzels, and children’s entertainment. Irvington Halloween Festival: East Washington St. and Audubon Ave., Irvington. Musicians, costume contests, storytelling, ghost tours, haunted puppet show and more. SEPTEMBER 2016 // INDYSCHILD.COM



Ask the Teacher

Time management skills, effective study methods and literature comprehension


My sixth grader started out the year so strong, but now she is struggling to get her work in on time. She keeps good lists of what she needs to do, but it doesn’t seem to help her. What can she do to manage her time better?


There are two basic challenges for staying on top of the “to do” list. The first is determining how long something is really going to take to accomplish. Your daughter needs to jot down the steps required to complete the work at hand, estimate how long each step will take and then compute the total amount of time she will need. After she completes the work, she should review her estimate to see how accurate she was to help plan better for next time. The second challenge is to find the time to accomplish the work; time that has not already been committed to something else. Planning to complete two hours of tasks in a twenty-minute homeroom is planning for frustration. Have your daughter use a calendar planner that has a place to write daily appointments in half-hour increments. She should write in her commitments, e.g. music lessons, church activities, sports practices, etc., and then standing assignments like weekly vocabulary quizzes. Each time she gets an assignment, she should estimate how long it will take to complete and write on her calendar when she will do it.


This process will be cumbersome in the beginning, but over time your daughter will develop the time management skills she needs for success.


I don’t know how to help my fourth grade son do better on tests. I see how much time he studies, but the results just aren’t there. Should I have him tested?


Before having your son tested for learning disabilities, really take a look at not just how much time he puts in, but how he is actually studying. For some students, reading over study guides is enough to get content to “stick.” For others, that type of quick review is not going to do the trick. Consider the options below. Have your son can create flash cards, using index cards and a pencil rather than using a computer. Some students need the tactile experience of writing information down to help them remember it. On one side have your son write key vocabulary words, concepts, names or questions likely to be the test. Then have him write out the answer clearly and concisely on the opposite side.

If your son is more of an auditory learner, it will help him to read his notes and study guides aloud. Chanting or singing the questions or ideas along with the answers will help him retain the information. Check his understanding by quizzing him orally at first, then have him give the answer aloud as he writes it down. Another approach might be for you to create a mock test using your son’s notes, book and past tests. Your son may think he has mastered the material, but seeing that he is not able to answer the questions on the practice test may show him that his current method of studying isn’t working and he will need to find other strategies that are more effective.


My daughter is in eighth grade and struggles to comprehend the literature she is assigned. I know she is expected to do this without much help from the teacher, but she just doesn’t get it. Are there things I can do at home to help?


The focus of reading in upper middle school is on the nuances of character and plot development rather than on the basic understanding of the material. For students who struggle with comprehension, this can be frustrating. Fortunately, several tools are readily available to ease this frustration.

Many books and stories typically studied in higher grades are available in auditory form online, for example through LibriVox. Try having your daughter follow along as she listens. This method of reading will take a bit longer than silently reading a text, but often hearing the material allows better understanding of complex vocabulary and sentence structure.

Find SparkNotes or CliffsNotes or other summary aids for the books your daughter is assigned. These are free online. Your daughter should start by reading the summaries so that she has a good idea of what is happening and then read the actual text. One note however, only reading the shortened versions without following up by reading the assigned text will not help her overcome the comprehension struggles she is having.

As k t h e T e ac h er // is written by Deb

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




Education & Childcare Guide // SCHOO LS + EDUCATIO N carme l Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc. Carmel Montessori School is located on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 18 years head-teaching experience and we a a full member of the American Montessori Society. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email:,

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

Midwest Academy Midwest Academy inspires and equips students to achieve their potential by providing a progressive educational environment that fosters academic achievement, self-acceptance, personal growth, and individual accountability. We serve students in grades 4-12 in need of a small classroom environment, those living with school anxiety, students with ADD/ADHD, high functioning autism and learning differences. 1420 Chase Court, Carmel, IN, United States 46032, Phone: (317) 843-9500; e-mail:,

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 discovering learning is fun! All of our classes focus on an introduction to colors, number and letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and sight words are taught in the older classes.Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Diane Atkins, Phone: 317-753-9397, Email:, http://www.starting

DOWNTOWN KIPP Indy Public Schools KIPP Indy is a network of free, college preparatory, public charter schools that prepares students for college and beyond! Transportation available. 1740 E 30th St, Indianapolis; Phone: (317) 547-5477; e-mail:; Contact: Fatima Johnson,


Paramount School of Excellence

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

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

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

fishers 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 ACE Prep ACE Prep is a brand new, tuition free, public elementary charter school currently enrolling students in Kindergarten and First Grade for the 2016 school year. With a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and character development, ACE Prep offers a longer school day, small group instruction, enrichment opportunities, and an unwavering commitment to the families and community we serve. 5326 Hillside Avenue, Indianapolis, IN; Phone: (317) 759-1315; e-mail: ashults@;

Apogee School for Gifted Children The Apogee School for Gifted Children is an affordable private school for students in grades K-12 where every detail was designed to be an ideal learning environment for gifted children. The focus is to serve the social, emotional, academic, and physical needs of gifted students and be exceptional at it.​Contact: David Bonner, info@,

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

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,,

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

The Children's House, INC The Children's House was founded in 1971 to provide a classical education through individual instruction. In an atmosphere free of competition, the child can discover her or his own unique talents on the way to becoming a self-actualized person. 2404 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Mary Sexson, Phone: 317-253-3033, Email:, www.thechildrenshouseindianapolis. com, Hours/Dates: 9 am to 3 pm (Extended care available), School Year: September through May, Ages/Grades: Preschool through 8th Grade

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Mothers Day Out (16-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK5) 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 - Pre K5. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake, Whitney Carriger, or Robin Crum, Phone: 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-575-6509, Email: or

Fall Creek Montessori Offering the highest quality of early-childhood education based on the Montessori method. Our traditional Montessori academic program is offered in multiple formats to fit your families needs. 7770 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256;;

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

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

indianapolis – SOUTH Center Grove Montessori and Indiana Montessori Community School Center Grove Montessori Program offers: Hands-on learning, multi-aged students learning together, a key element to the Montessori philosophy, a focus on the intrinsic motivation of children, carefully prepared classrooms balancing children's choice with structure, large blocks of uninterrupted time for learning and building concentration, peace education through global awareness, structured, self-directed learning. 1674 West Smith Valley Rd., Greenwood, IN 46142 and 531 US 31 S, White land, IN 46184, Contact: Brenda Enderle, Phone: 317-833-0335, Email:;info@centergrove,

westfie ld 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: montessori, www.

// AfTER SCHOO L EN RICH M ENT FOX HILL DANCE ACADEMY, INC. Ballet, tap, hiphop. Adults and children. Walk in registration Mon. & Fri. 1-5 and Weds. 2-6. 2255 Fox Hill Drive, Indianapolis, IN, Phone: 317-255-0173, e-mail:,


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

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: thepanda@,




After School & Enrichment Guide Fox Hill Dance Academy, Inc.

Goldfish Swim School

Meridian Music School

Fox Hill Dance Academy, Inc. teaches ballet to all ages from 3 to adult. We also have classes in tap, jazz and hiphop for ages 5 to adult.

We are a year round learn to swim facility that specializes in teaching children to swim from ages 4 months to 12 years. We have 2 locations on the Northside. (Carmel & Fishers)

Meridian Music helps people of all ages realize their dream of playing a musical instrument. Parents have the option of observing their children’s lessons or taking advantage of our wireless "hot spot" in the lobby. Toddler and Preschool classes begin in September. Sign up today!

2275 Fox Hill Drive, Indianapolis; Phone: (317) 2513007;, Ages: age 3 to adult

Boy Scouts of America, Crossroads of America Council Scouts do stuff. They build things. Play with purpose. Make friends and work together. These life changing experiences - and the confidence they provide- become bricks that eventually form a foundation. A foundation a Scout can stand on to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles. For the parents watching in awe, it's not a question of where their Scout will go, but where he won't go. 7125 Fall Creek Road North, Indianapolis; Phone: (317) 813-7125;, Ages: K-12

Central Indiana Dance Ensemble Central Indiana Dance Ensemble (CIDE) provides an environment for aspiring young dancers to learn, practice, and perform in a pre-professional atmosphere throughout a variety of dance forms. Each season, CIDE performs a full-length production of The Nutcracker, a mixed repertoire concert in mid-winter, and a full-length storybook ballet in the spring. 14950 Greyhound Court, Suite 4, Carmel; Phone: (317) 844-7453;

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana At Girl Scouts, girls are always counting down to the next adventure they'll go on together. Maybe it's artistic. Maybe it's an experiment. Maybe it's getting outside or helping the community. With us, you'll make a bunch of new friends and have a ton of new experiences that show you how exciting the world is, and how awesome you are, over and over again. Phone: (317) 924-6800;


217 Merchants Square Dr., A-110, Carmel and 11581 Geist Pavilion Drive Suite 114, Fishers; Phone: (317) 810-0790;

House of Martial Arts Fun, enriching martial arts classes help kids in many profound ways: They learn to respect themselves and others; how to defend themselves; the importance of peace and diplomacy and so much more! 14598 Clay Terrace Blvd. #160 Carmel; Phone: (317) 575-9333;

Kindermusik Parents know children love music and scientists have proven it’s one of the best learning tools in early childhood. So, what could be better for your child than Kindermusik’s expertly designed music and movement classes with singing, dancing, and instrument play? It’s quality time that’s perfect for every developmental stage!, Ages: Newborn - 7 years​

845 W. Carmel Drive, Carmel; Phone: (317) 805-0933; E-mail:;, Ages: 18 months old to adult

Sylvan Learning Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. Sylvan is transforming how students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. Sylvan’s proven tutoring approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad® for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan also leads the way with Sylvan EDGE—STEM and accelerated courses and Sylvan Prep —college and test prep courses. Sylvan supports families through every stage of the academic journey. 8450 Westfield Blvd., Suite 210, Indianapolis; Phone: (317) 509-3461;




Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom's life Screen Time or Scream Time

Like most parents, I limit my children’s intake of television. Or, rather “screen time,” since “television” doesn’t capture the range – indeed, the pervasiveness – of devices my children, both under six, manipulate to access media. You know what I’m talking about. The phones, the iPads, the televisions, the tiny children’s computers. Just in terms of phones alone, between my parents, my husband and myself the children vacillate between four phones, each with its own access code and particular interests. (On my phone, my children prefer to watch videos of themselves, on repeat.) To negotiate access to all these devices, I use a single catchphrase of “screen” and the kids know that they are allotted a particular amount of screen time. (In case you’re wondering, I read up on the AAP guidelines and give them each an hour.)


But some days I can’t follow my own rules. And then I’m faced with a terrible and very real dilemma. It’s either SCREEN time, or SCREAM time. The children must engage a screen or someone is going to scream. The screen might be any screen – a phone, iPad, child’s toy or 48-inch television. The scream might also be anyone – a child, mother or even dog. The screen time or scream time dilemma comes with the predictability of a rainstorm. I can forecast it readily. For example, guests coming over for dinner + chores that didn’t get done + a small child that didn’t nap can lead directly to a screen/scream situation. So despite the AAP, sometimes there is something to be said for giving in to the screen. To letting go. To smiling at your child, tucking a blanket around them and saying, “Let’s take a break and watch Curious George – a big one! ”


A Dad Influence Pawn Shop Parenting

Growing up I had many jobs, one of my more interesting jobs was working at a pawn shop during college. Back then, at the age of 21, I had no idea how much the job of pawnbroker would prepare me for the job of parenting. One thing the pawn shop taught me was how to spot a liar. A liar will tell you their item works perfectly while pieces of it are literally falling off as they speak. A child will tell you they aren’t responsible for the green footprints on the floor even though they just so happen to have green paint all over their hands...and cheeks...and feet. Pawn customers will swear the mini fridge they’re trying to sell belongs to them, even though it has the words “Rent-A-Center” written in marker on every side. A child will promise he didn’t sneak a bite of cake even though there’s icing on his nose and chin. Working at a pawnshop also taught me how to give lowball offers. For example, I would offer a customer $15 for a TV worth $60. In the same way, I would tell my kids if they pick up 175 pine cones from our yard, I’ll give them $1.75.

This experience in giving lowball offers led to the skill I learned to use the most in parenting – negotiation. Before becoming a parent, I had no idea how much of my day I’d spend in the art of negotiation. How much dinner has to be eaten, when bedtime is, whether to buy gum at the store, time allowed on iPads at home, how long friends can stay over… it all involves negotiation. Who knew the good old pawn shop would prepare me for the world of parenting the way it did. I guess all those weekend shifts wearing my denim shirt and tie eventually paid off. Follow Pete on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and links to all his current blog posts for Indy’s Child at @adadinfluence.




daily calendar {SEPTEMBER 2016}


Target Free Family Night at Children’s Museum – Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 4-8 pm, Explore the world’s biggest and best children’s museum for free! Come one, come all for Target Free Family Nights. Make discoveries, spark your creativity, be transported to other times and places, get your hands in sand and water, climb and jump... and have a ball doing it all. Free Admission at The IMA Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Time: 4-9 pm, Following suit with some of our local museums and hotspots, the Indianapolis Museum of Art also offers free admission on the first Thursdays of every month from 4-9 pm. Perfect for a date night, evening out with the family or a little ‘me’ time. I Survived at the Library! Location: Hamilton East Public Library, Noblesville Branch, Time: 6-7 pm, Are you a fan of the I Survived series? Do you have a favorite book in the series? Join the Noblesville Library as they experience games and activities based on these books and the disasters they feature. Complete all the stations and you can say "I survived at the library!" For grades K-5. Free.

FRI 02

First Friday Food Truck Festival Location: Old National Centre, downtown Indianapolis, Time: 5 pm, FirstFridayFoodTruckFestival/ New in 2016, the First Friday Food Truck Festival will couple their amazing food truck offerings with the Indie Arts and Vintage Marketplace. Come on out and enjoy over 25 food trucks, cold drinks, and vendors specializing in arts and vintage goods! Plenty of family fun from local vendors + live music to get the toes tapping.


FRI 02 — SAT 03

Shakespeare in The Park Location: Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis, Join the Garfield Shakespeare Company as they present William Shakespeare’s drama Romeo and Juliet for the annual Shakespeare in The Park performances at Garfield Park Arts Center. In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a long feud between the Montague and Capulet families disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic results for Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, love, and a secret marriage force the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly, and fate causes them to commit suicide in despair. The tragic love story is one of The Bard's most popular pieces.

SAT 03

First Saturday Member Morning Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 9-10 am, Get your hands on all the fun an hour before everyone else! Enjoy all of your favorite exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on the first Saturday of the month as the museum opens an hour early just for members. Ride the Carousel, scale the Rock Wall (a limited number of tickets available at 9 am), and beat the crowds. No need to register ahead of time… just show up and start having a ball!


Community Tuesday in downtown Indianapolis Location: Select White River State Park attractions, Time: 10 am-5 pm, indyschild. com/community-tuesdays-downtown-indy/ Community Tuesdays take place the first Tuesday of the month, with special savings at select White River State Park attractions such as $6 adult/senior admission at Eiteljorg (youth free!), ½ price tickets at Indiana State Museum, $2 off IMAX movie tickets and $3 NCAA Hall of Champions admission.


Be a Junior Firefighter Location: Franklin Road Branch Library, Indianapolis, Time: 10:15 am, Toddlers and preschoolers ages 18 months-6 years old are invited to hear a firefighter story and get tips on fire safety from special guests with the Indianapolis Fire Department. There’ll also be an opportunity for grown ups to take their child’s picture next to the fire truck.

Homeschool Bug Fest Location: Southeastway Park, New Palestine, Time: 10am-12pm, A special Bug Fest just for Homeschoolers! Participants will rotate through several bug related stations. $6 fee for everyone (including parents) ages 3 and up. Please note, this is not a drop off type of program. Please be prepared to be outside.


Meet and greet with Tarkington Tots instructor Location: The Urban Chalkboard, Carmel, Time: 10:30 am, Meet instructor and local actor Holly Stults! The Urban Chalkboard partners with Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre for early childhood dramatic theatre ‘classes’ that are offered free with general admission.

FRI 09

Story Time for Little Learners Location: Central Library, downtown Indianapolis, Time: 11 am, Little learners ages birth-5 years old and their families are invited for stories, songs and rhymes. All are welcome to stay after to play!

Animal Adventures: Bees Location: Hussey-Mayfield Library, Zionsville, Time: 10:30am, Naturalists from the Zion Nature Center will join Librarians as they share their knowledge about bees through readaloud stories, rhymes, & activities. Meet at the Library for storytime fun, then walk to the Nature Center to meet and learn about the real animals and insects that live there.

SAT 10

French Market Festival Location: St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Time: 12 pm, One of Indy's major neighborhood festivals with live entertainment, artisan booths, a bake sale, raffles, mass in French (5:30 pm), children's games (until 5 pm) and an array of French and American cuisine. The free festival has evolved into a major neighborhood street fair. Food offerings include tarte flambe, quiche, french onion soup, escargot, oysters, french bread with herb butter, cheese, fruit, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, crawfish etoufee, tenderloin tips in wine sauce, pomme frites, and plenty of pastries and desserts. Dozens of artisans will be setting up booths adjacent to the church grounds selling artwork, jewelry, apparel and religious items. Penrod Arts Fair Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Time: 9 am-5 pm, This fall welcomes the fiftieth year of The Penrod Arts Fair™. Also know as “Indiana’s Nicest Day,” Penrod is one of the nation’s largest single day arts fairs and there is plenty for the entire family to find. Join the fun on the beautiful grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This year’s fair features over three hundred artists, six stages of entertainment, more than 75 arts-related non-profit organizations, and an extensive children’s area. Family Astronomy Session Location: McCloud Nature Park, North Salen, Time: 8-10 pm, events/166356970452054/ Beyond the realm of our solar system are some of the most spectacular objects you’ll ever see! Learn to identify and observe them in the deep night sky above McCloud! The Indiana Astronomical Society will present a brief informational session, rain or shine, describing the celestial objects to be observed, followed by outdoor stargazing, under clear skies only. Learn to use the powerful telescopes provided to share, or bring your own. This program is FREE to attend, appropriate for all ages, and no advance registration is required.

Balloon Day at Saxony Market Location: Saxony Market, Fishers, Time: 8am-12pm, events/1811455529075533/ End market season with a bang at Balloon Day! To celebrate the last market of 2016, there will be free tethered balloon rides that can be enjoyed by everyone. Stella Luna Trio will provide musical entertainment and all of the amazing market vendors will be there with a selection of fresh produce, artisan crafts, and yummy treats. Mark your calendars and come celebrate a great season at the Saxony Market! Carmel Apple Festival Location: Tuttle Orchards, Greenfield, Time: 9am-7pm, Festival activities include: Pick your own apples, Kid's farm play area, corn maze, little red wagon mini parade, caramel apple baking contest, hayrides, caramel apple hunt, antique tractors, watch the bees and more. Glow In The Park Location: Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, Fishers, Time: 8:30-10:30pm, PARKS Stay up late and light up the night! Glow in the Park is back by popular demand inviting families to make a mess in the Nickel Plate District. A live DJ will play summer’s top hits while guests enjoy face painting, a graffiti wall and a neon splash zone! Black lights and lasers are staged throughout the event so be sure to wear white and get ready to glow. Glow sticks and costumes welcome during this event, and parents, we encourage a towel for the ride home.

SUN 11

Children’s Festival for Arts & Education Location: 502 East Event Centre, Carmel, Time: 1 pm, internationaltalentacademy. org/ Join in for a unique festival to celebrate the International Talent Academy's 10th anniversary and have fun playing, learning, performing. Children will play educational and arts games, meet story characters, earn prizes for their Travel Passport, learn exciting new things, and participate in or watch the talent show! Adults will learn about child development, see ITA programs in action, meet other parents, connect with local businesses, and watch their children having fun.


African Dance: Preschool Workshop Location: Wayne Branch Library, Indianapolis, Time: 10:30 am, Preschoolers are invited for a journey through the regions of Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea to learn cultural traditions of song and dance. Be ready to move your body! This program is made possible by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and is offered at various other dates throughout the season.


Homeschool: Farming for a New Generation Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10-11:30am, This beloved exhibit is back and better than ever! Join in as the Children’s Museum digs into one section of the newly renovated ScienceWorks gallery. Learn what it takes to become a 21st century farmer. Explore technology and practices that produce our food and so much more! Learn why farming is vital to Indiana and how you can put these practices to use at home.

SAT 17

Cereal Cinema: The Black Hole Location: The Athenaeum, downtown Indianapolis, Time: 10 am-12 pm, Cereal Cinema is an event created by the partnership of Indy Film Fest, The Athenaeum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). The event features a classic movie that the whole family can enjoy and a cereal bar! The collaborative project takes place the third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Tickets are just $5, and include admission to the film, as well as the cereal buffet. International Talk Like a Pirate Day Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapoli, Time: 10 am-3 pm, Arrr! Come aboard as the Children’s Museum celebrates their annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Learn to talk like a pirate and enjoy special activities highlighting swashbucklin’ pirates o’ old. Join special guests Hogeye Navvy and dance a good ol’ pirate jig with their high sea tunes!

Festival of Machines Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers, Time: 10 am- 5 pm, Celebrate Indiana's rich history of transportation at this third annual event! Get up close to classic cars, steam engines, helicopters and more! The festival won't just showcase classic cars...see steam engines, vintage planes, military vehicles, vintage fire trucks and other emergency response vehicles, construction equipment, helicopters, and vintage tractors, too. Tour de Carmel Location: Monon Community Center East, Carmel, Time: 8-11am, carmelclayparks. com/ccpr-events/tour-de-carmel/ Bike along with us on this family-friendly ride as we highlight some of the best parks, businesses, neighborhoods, and fun Carmel has to offer. This is a great way to create memories while promoting fitness. From training wheels to pedal clips, we have a route for you. Entertainment, food, and celebration awaits you at each rest stop and a grand finale at the finish line is sure to keep your energy up! SEPTEMBER 2016 // INDYSCHILD.COM


Family Fishing at the Fort Location: Fort Harrison State Park, Lawrence, Time: 10am-5pm, 2982.htm This fishing derby type of event will not only have fishing at Delaware Lake, but also have many stations ranging from tying fish knots to how to hold a fish. Tackle and bait is also included, but feel free to bring your own. Remember to bring your fishing license if you are 18 and older. Also takes place Sunday, September 18th from 10am-5pm.

Small Wonders Preschool Program: Ladybugs Location: Holliday Park, Indianapolis, Time: 9:30 am, Learn easy ways to engage your preschooler in nature and encourage their curiosity in the natural world. A new topic will be introduced each class through hands-on activities, hikes and stories, with take-home ideas for continuing the exploration at home. Classes are designed for children ages 3-4 and their caregiver. The September class will focus on learning about apples.

SUN 18

Bicentennial Homeschool Days Location: Indiana State Museum, downtown Indianapolis, Time: 9:30am-2pm, Calling all Homeschool families and co-ops! Homeschool Days are designated just for you. Explore designated themes throughout the museum, experience a workshop and check out gallery activities. On the 20th, we recognize that Indiana is turning 200 and the museum has many ways for homeschool families to celebrate. Come and learn about our great state, enjoy Indiana-centered activities and visit the Museum’s special bicentennial exhibitions.

Hispanic Heritage Fiesta Location: Indianapolis Zoo, downtown Indianapolis, Time: 12-4 pm, zoo-events/hispanic-heritage-fiesta Join the Zoo each fall to celebrate the culture and traditions of Latin America through a variety of special afternoon activities fit for the whole family! Hispanic Heritage Fiesta presented by Indiana Donor Network coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, to celebrate Latin culture during the independence period for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Hispanic Heritage Fiesta includes extra festivities that celebrate this great culture with an animal scavenger hunt, a piñata every hour presented by 4moms, community partners and bright decorations! Crafts will include making sarapes, decorating castanets and coloring country flags.

Children’s author event with Mike Curato Location: Kids Ink Bookstore, Indianapolis, Time: 2-3:30 pm, Author and illustrator of the Little Elliot books Mike Curato will visit Kids Ink Bookstore – located in the shops at 56th and Illinois - and will read, lead activities, and sign copies of his renowned book series. This event is open to the public and offered for free to visitors.


Storytime Under the Sea Location: 38th Street Branch Library, Indianapolis, Time: 10:30 am, Preschoolers and an adult are invited to join the Library’s fish friends for stories, crafts, music and more. The Library’s aquarium is made possibly by Charles Brown.


Children’s Museum After Dark: ScienceWorks Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 6-8 pm, calendar/view/364 Experience The Children’s Museum, after dark! This award-winning After Dark event series is exclusively for adults 21 and older and occurs after the museum closes to visitors. Grab a drink and socialize. Enjoy the reimagined ScienceWorks exhibit, as well as museum favorites such as Dinosphere® and Take Me There: China! Have fun

SAT 24

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! Location: Various participating museums around Indiana, including Conner Prairie, Minnetrista, Rhythm Discovery Center and more, museum-day-live-2016/tickets/?no-ist In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine during which participating museums across the country offer free admission to anyone with a Museum Day Live ticket. Visit indyschild. com/smithsonian-museum-day for a full list of participating museums. Grown Up Summer Camp Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Time: 10 am, grown-summer-camp Grown-Up Summer Camp is a day-long immersive experience with artists, musicians, chefs, curators, and performers throughout the campus. Activities include making cardboard forts to battle rival campers, discovering hidden areas of the IMA campus, foraging the woods for edible plants, and cooking dinner with Cerulean chef Caleb France. Cap off the day gathering by the campfire with a drink with live music by local bands.

FRI 23

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Symphony Orchestra Performance Also on September 25th Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, downtown Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce six performances of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, as part of the Global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films, beginning September , at Hilbert Circle Theatre. The tour will feature a live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Indianapolis audiences will be able to relive the magic of three films in one of the world’s most beloved franchises on a 40-foot high-definition screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable scores.

Rocky Ripple Festival Location: Holht Park, Rocky Ripple neighborhood, Indianapolis, Time: 11 am, The 17th Annual Rocky Ripple Festival is an art filled high energy day of live music, local art, multi-generational creative activities, delicious local food, craft beer and wine. Voted the most family friendly local festival of its kind, this is the destination event for the last Saturday in September. Over 70 artists booths, 6+ bands, childrens area, drum circle, food, dancing, fun, fun, fun. FREE ADMISSION!

IUPUI Regatta Location: Downtown Canal, Indianapolis, Enjoy a half-mile canoe race on the downtown canal! The annual event includes more than 90 teams of paddlers racing from Fairbanks Hall to the USS Indianapolis basin and back. Enjoy local bands, artists, local food vendors and a family food area.

SUN 25

Carmel Public Library presents children’s author John David Anderson Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 1-2:30 pm, Author John David Anderson will chat about making time to read and write, being creative, and crafting his latest project - the highly praised Ms. Bixby's Last Day. Mr. Anderson is also the author of popular novels Sidekicked, Minions, The Dungeoneers, and Standard Hero Behavior. Bringing a notebook and favorite writing utensil is encouraged, but not required. Parents and caregivers should stay with participants. Registration is required by emailing Krista Arland at karland@carmel.lib. or by calling (317) 814-3984.


Harp Songs and Stories: Infant and Toddler Music Class Location: College Avenue Branch Library, Indianapolis, Time: 10:30 am, Babies and toddlers under the age of three and an adult are invited for a special introduction to the concert harp. They’ll explore the connection between language and music and share stories. Call 317-2754320 to register. Indoor Trick Or Treat Night 2016 Location: Hendricks County Fairgrounds, Danville, Time: 6-8 pm Free event located inside the annual Fall Here We Grow Again Indy West Kids Consignment sale. This event is open to the entire family in advance of Halloween.

FRI 30

Family Friday Night Campfires Location: Holliday Park, Indianapolis, Time: 6:30-9 pm, Join the folks at Holliday Park for a fun family Friday night adventure around the campfire. Each night focuses on a different topic (the 30th will explore the world of fossils), starts around the campfire, and ends with a hike. Roasting sticks and s’mores provided, bring your own hot dogs and make a meal of it!


ongoing calendar {SEPTEMBER 2016}

Mini Golf At The IMA Thurs. through Sun., Now through October 2 Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Mini Golf at the IMA combines original art with playful competition. The course, located on the IMA’s Alliance Sculpture Court, features 18 holes, each inspired by Indiana history, heritage and landmarks. Afterwards, players can grab refreshments from King David Dog and Sun King Brewing at the course’s clubhouse, open Thursday through Sunday. Opens May 6 for IMA members; May 10th for general public. IMA Summer Nights Film Series Occurring every Friday through August 26 Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, From June to August, the popular The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series features movies every Friday evening on the IMA’s amphitheater. Pack a lawn chair and picnic, and go hang out in the IMA’s backyard for some old classics as well as new favorites. This year’s lineup includes an Eighties Double Feature, Rebel Without A Cause, and the one we’re most looking forward to – the Crazy For Swayze double feature. Tickets required and are available for purchase through the IMA website or by calling (317) 955-2339.

Symphony On The Prairie Location: Conner Prairie Interactive Historic Park, Fishers, season/symphony-on-the-prairie Experience the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and many other musical guests each weekend at the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre. It’s the perfect place to meet friends, or for family fun. Bring your own food and drinks or purchase concessions on site. Buy a table by the stage or bring your blanket for the lawn. Marsh Symphony on the Prairie allows you to enjoy the music the way you want. This year’s lineup includes a Tribute to David Bowie, the movie music of John Williams and more.

Pirates and Princesses: Storybook Adventures Occurring daily through November 27 Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, exhibits/future-exhibits Tales of pirates, princesses, knights and other adventurers captivate us through books, movies, TV shows and in childhood daydreams. In Pirates and Princesses: Storybook Adventures, children and families are heroes of their own adventures, role playing as royals and rebels in an inventive exhibit that inspires the imagination.

Beyond Spaceship Earth Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, This all-new, immersive exhibit will tell the dynamic story of space exploration from NASA’s Project Mercury program, which sent the first Americans into space, to the International Space Station (ISS). Experience the real scientific work of ISS astronauts, both inside the space station and outside the airlock! Discover the future of space exploration that is being developed by NASA and partners like SpaceX, and don’t miss the Indiana Astronaut Hall of Fame, celebrating the many astronauts and engineers connected to Indiana. Exit the ISS into the all-new Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater featuring the NASA space capsule Liberty Bell 7—which was piloted by astronaut and Indiana native Gus Grissom in 1961 on America’s second manned space flight.

Nature Connects - Art with LEGO Bricks Through September 5 Location: Indianapolis Zoo, downtown Indianapolis, Join the Indianapolis Zoo this summer to enjoy the Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks exhibit. Artist, Sean Kenney uses hundreds of thousands of LEGO® bricks for his works of art that take thousands of hours to build. You’ll see a polar bear and her cubs, a rhinoceros, and a monarch butterfly on milkweed just to name a few. You’ll also have the chance to get in on the fun in the new Family Nature Center where you can dig your hands into thousands of LEGO® bricks and try your hand at building your own conservation inspired creation.

Quest For The West Art Show and Sale September 9-11, 2016 Location: Eiteljorg Museum, downtown Indianapolis, quest-for-the-west Whether this is your first visit to theQuest, or you’re a veteran attendee, our on-going goal is to continue the tradition of providing for you a weekend filled with interesting activities, great food, and an outstanding selection of top-notch representational paintings and sculptures of Native Americans, Cowboy life, artifacts and wildlife, and a wide choice of beautiful landscape paintings created by some of the country’s most talented and respected artists.

Doc McStuffins The Exhibit Now through January 31, 2017 Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Doc McStuffins has checked in to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with the first-ever collaboration the Museum has hosted with Disney. Fans of the show will be delighted by the large interactive experience where children can explore health care in a fun environment. Children are invited to help Doc perform checkups and diagnose toy patients, while learning about healthy habits, compassion and nurturing care.

Bongo Boy Music School Family Drum Circle Saturdays Time: 10:15-11 am, Location: Bongo Boy Music School, Indianapolis, Programs/Kids.aspx Imagine a community where music, rhythm, movement, and drumming have become a weekly outlet for socializing and living a happier, healthier lifestyle. At the weekly Bongo Boy Family Drum Circle you’ll enjoy recreational music making through rhythm, movement and rhythm based games. Older kids and parents play supportive rhythms from the circle while younger kids explore the various instruments in the center of the circle. Parents are highly encouraged to participate and must stay with their kids.

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