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contents SEPTEMBER 2017

DEPARTMENTS AROUND TOWN 14 PLANNING FOR TOMORROW

HEALTH & WELLNESS 16 OWNER OF A HEALTHY HEART

COMMENTARY & PARENTING 36 A SK THE TE ACHER

IN EVERY ISSUE 06 EDITOR ' S NOTE

FEATURES

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Indy Apple Picking Guide

Head to the orchard for some seasonal fun!

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Fall Fun Getaways

Not to miss destinations for travel this autumn

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Find out what misperceptions you may have

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Fall Break Camps

Make a " happy camper" out of your kid!

08 COM MUNIT Y SPOTLIGHT 10 OUR SOCIAL NETWORK

RESOURCES & CALENDARS 38 PRESCHOOL & EDUCATION GUIDE 40 SEPTEMBER E VENTS 47 FUN & WACK Y C ALENDAR

SPECIAL NEEDS 26 HELPING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM MAKE FRIENDS 28 UNSEEN SPECIAL NEEDS 30 SPECIAL NEEDS GUIDE 32 SPECIAL NEEDS E VENTS


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EDITOR'S NOTE

WORDS BY // SUSAN BRYANT

meet the staff FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne // barbara@indyschild.com Publisher Mary Wynne Cox // mary@indyschild.com Editor Susan Bryant // susan@indyschild.com SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski // jennica@indyschild.com BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Brooke Litherland // brooke@indyschild.com Advertising Coordinator Karen Ring // karen@indyschild.com

Soaking Up September Here’s what’s great about September: #1 There are still plenty of warm days left to enjoy being outside. #2 The kids are back in the routine of school (which means parents can get back in their groove too.) #3 All the things we love about fall – apple picking, colorful leaves, outdoor festivals – are just beginning. I have to say that #3 is the one I like most (although #2 does run a close second!) September signals the start of autumn – which for many people is their favorite time of year. If you look forward to fall as much as I do, you’re going to love this issue. Considering a little family road trip to take advantage of the season? Check out our article on Fun Fall Getaways for five destinations that make the most of enjoying the great outdoors. If you’re looking for some fun a bit closer to home, try reading our Indy Apple Picking Guide for a list of local

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orchards to spend a day on the farm. And don’t miss our September Events Calendar at the end of the magazine where we have a special section on all the festivals available in our area. From crafts to cultural events to caramel apples and everything in between, Indianapolis really knows how to do festivals! As we make this sweet transition from summer into fall, we hope you enjoy this special time of year with your family. From the first sip of apple cider to that last jump in the leaves, kids always find a way to soak up the season – and we hope you do too!

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Donuts for a Cause Doesn’t everyone love donuts? And what better way to pair this sweet craving than with an event to benefit pediatric cancer research. On Saturday, September 9th the Indy Donut festival will help create awareness of a special Indianapolis based patient program to help those affected by cancer. This is a perfect familyfriendly event to start the weekend off right. There will be live music, fun activities and of course, lots of donuts! Find out more at www.facebook.com/IndyDonutFestival/. Broad Ripple Park, 1500 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm

Tailgating for Tigers Head on over to the Indianapolis Zoo on September 23rd to help protect endangered tigers all over the world with a tiger tailgate party. After last year’s success, the zoo is at it again to raise money for these magnificent animals. Money raised will help fund the SaveTigersNow.org campaign which is supported by the World Wildlife Fund. Tons of activities, food and lots of Indy’s own local beer will be available during this fun event. Learn more at www.indianapoliszoo.com/ support-the-zoo/indianapolis-aazk.

Human Mario Kart?! Come to the Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square to see their parking lot transformed into a Mario Kart inspired race track! On Saturday, September 23rd, teams will pedal drift trikes around a track and racers will endure obstacles and collect power-ups as they compete for the Grand Prize and the highly desirable Mushroom Cup. Not up for racing? You can still join in on the fun by making drivers dodge distractions during the race. Of course, food, drinks, a kids area and more will be on site as well. RSVP on do317.com for free admission! Murphy Arts Center, 1034 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis 2:00- 10:00 pm

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Living sustainably Join the Heart Walk! The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premier fundraising event to combat the nation's No. 1 and No. 5 killers: heart disease and stroke. On Saturday, September 9th, you and your family can join the fight by participating in the Indianapolis Heart Walk & 5K. Festivities begin at the Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the grounds of IUPUI at 8 am, with the run/walk beginning at 9:45 am. Learn more and register your family at Indyheartwalk.org.

Smithsonian Museum Day Live Museum Day Live! strives to do more than just get people into their museums but to help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public, particularly middle schoolers, high schoolers and those in their early 20’s. Three Indiana museums will be participating in this great event: Historic Lane Place in Crawfordsville, Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis and The Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections in Carmel. Registration is going on now until September 20th and the event will take place on September 23rd. To obtain free admission, present a Museum Day Live! ticket. One ticket is good for two guests. Learn more and to get your free ticket www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ museum-day-live-2017/.

The TURN Festival (Transforming Urban Neighborhoods) brings a celebration of urban sustainability to the Circle City on Saturday, September 30th from noon-4 pm. This free, family-friendly festival presented by Paramount School in partnership with Community Health Network, focuses on urban farming, food, health and the environment. Held on the grounds of Paramount’s school farm, the day is packed with workshops, hands-on demonstrations, exhibits, children’s activities, live music and food. Attendees will also have the chance to spend time on a farm complete with goats, chickens and bees. Learn more at www.TurnFestival.com.

Celebrate International Dot Day Are you familiar with the popular story The Dot by Peter Reynolds? The story was introduced in 2009 about a teacher who taught her student the power of being brave with his own abilities. What started as a small dot has been an inspiration spread around the world. On September 15th, you can celebrate Dot Day! See the dotclub.org website or visit Caravan classes in Noblesville for open art making and a story time. Caravan Classes, 92 S. 9th Street, Noblesville

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With autumn approaching, the best place to be is outside to take in all the season has to offer. We recently asked Indy’s Child Facebook readers “Where is the best place to spend a beautiful fall day in Indy?” Here are their top picks! Brown County – Jessica J.

Rockville Covered Bridge – Grace V.

Apple Works in Trafalgar – Helena W.

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stay tuned to Indyschild.com our latest guides are packed with family-friendly fun. Here’s a peek at what is trending now: Tea Rooms to Visit in Indianapolis https://indyschild.com/tea-rooms-in-indianapolis/ Who doesn’t love a tea party? Find out where to go in the Indianapolis area for your next cup!

Ultimate Park Guide https://indyschild.com/parks-in-indianapolis/ From playgrounds with the latest equipment to trails perfect for hiking, take a look at this guide for all the parks around Indy.

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9 Indiana Small Town Festivals Worth the Drive https://indyschild.com/9-small-town-festivals-worth-the-drive/ Festivals are the perfect way to celebrate what’s great about the season. Check out what these small towns have to offer!

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GUIDES

WORDS BY // KAREN RING

Indy APPLE PICKING Guide Head to the orchard for some seasonal fun! September is synonymous with apples in Indiana. From Honeycrisp to Fuji, McIntosh to Golden Delicious, there are a number of orchards in the Indianapolis area where you can grab your favorite variety. Whether you are looking to spend the day picking your own fruit or prefer to stock up on apples, local produce, cider and baked goods in the convenience of a market, the locations listed below have you covered. Many area orchards also offer fall-themed activities that make the most of this glorious season.

Adrian Orchard: 500 W Epler Ave, Indianapolis. adrianorchards.com/ 

Beasley’s Orchard: 2304 E Main St, Danville. beasleys-orchard.com/

Pleasant View Orchard: 10721 N 850 W,

Tuttle Orchards: 5717 N 300 W, Greenfield. indianapolisorchard.com/ 

16 varieties of apples, apple cider, cider slush and local produce are available in their store. Harvest Festival is held Oct. 7-8.

Apples, frozen apple cider, baked goods and seasonal produce can be found in the Old Barn Retail Market. Heartland Apple Festival takes place on weekends in October.

Here you will find over 20 varieties of apples available for u-pick or pre-picked in the retail store. Preserves, apple butter, fresh produce, apple cider, apple cider slush and caramel apples are also available. Enjoy live music on Saturdays, Sept. 16-Oct. 14.

U-pick apples available in $6, $12, $20 size bag. Kid’s Farm Play Area & Corn Maze open Mon.-Sat., Sept. 10-Oct. 31; Caramel Apple Festival, Saturday, Sept. 9.

Anderson Orchard: 369 E Greencastle

Fairland. pleasantvieworchardin.com/

Rd, Mooresville. andersonorchard.com/

Throughout the season, Anderson Orchard offers 30 varieties of apples that you can pick yourself or buy in their Country Store. Apple Festival runs Sept. 30-Oct. 1; Kids Fest is held Oct. 7-8.

Apple Works: 8157 S 250 W, Trafalgar. apple-works.com/

Over 50 varieties of apples, plus sweet Asian Pears and other produce are available in their store. Kids will enjoy the Hayground Playground, Pumpkin House and farm animals. Open daily. 12

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Conner Prairie Apple Store: 13400

Allisonville Rd, Fishers. facebook.com/ The-Apple-Store-at-Conner-Prairie

Hand-dipped caramel apples, cider slushies and fresh popcorn can all be found at the Conner Prairie Apple Store. You will also find apple pies, gifts, candy and other fall treats. Open Tues.-Sun., Sept. 1-Oct. 31, as well as Labor Day and Halloween. Extended hours offered during Headless Horseman evenings.

Stuckey Farm: 19975 Hamilton Boone Rd, Sheridan. stuckeyfarm.com/location/ Choose from 27 varieties of u-pick apples, plus a Country Market full of in-season Indiana produce, honey, jellies, gifts and cider. Harvest Festival runs late Sept. through Oct. (see website for schedule).

Whiteland Orchard: 5559 Graham Rd, Whiteland. whitelandorchard.com/ Shop for freshly picked apples, apple cider, caramel apples, Johnson County yellow popcorn, bulk garden seeds, pure local honey and local produce at the Farm Market. Open Mon.-Sat.


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AROUND TOWN

BROUGHT TO YOU BY // Mary Caltrider OF The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Planning for Tomorrow Accessing local financial aid and educational info through the Children’s Museum Parents work hard to make the world a better place for their children – but navigating the murky waters of financial aid and educational opportunities can be daunting.

Fortunately, help is available. If you live in the six neighborhoods near The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Mid-North area) you may qualify for a unique program. The museum is partnering with Old National Bank to provide a family navigator who understands these topics and can help explain them to you. It is part of a program called the Old National Bank Mid-North Promise Program (MNPP).

Those who don’t qualify for this particular program can still get assistance through programs at financial institutions. Most states offer some form of income tax deduction or credit for contributions made to a 529 plan – a college savings program that helps families put money aside for college. Check with your financial institution or

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Indiana Dept. of Education to learn about tax deductible or tax deferred opportunities. Additionally, UPromise credit cards are becoming more popular for those who want to set aside money for their child’s education. A small portion of the money spent with the card is kicked back to the UPromise account, which you can link to a 529 college savings account.

The Children’s Museum and Old National Bank believe education is a ticket to success. That’s why they created the Old National Bank MidNorth Promise Program. “By providing unique, enriching educational opportunities, guidance and financial support to Mid- North children and their parents at each stage of growth, families will have a greater chance of attaining a higher education degree and better career opportunities,” says Mark Bradford, Regional CEO of Old National Bank.

At the core of the program is a Family Learning Navigator who partners with families to help each member access a full support system that includes financial institutions and educational organizations, and attain financial literacy, improve their health and access other resources they may not have known about otherwise. These could include college or career readiness resources, scholarship funds, and academic and extracurricular support.

To learn more, visit www.childrensmuseum.org/ content/communityprograms/mid-northpromise-program.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS – BRANDED CONTENT

Owner of a Healthy Heart There is no “owner’s manual” per se for your heart, but if there were, what would it include? Because heart disease is still the number one killer of women in the U.S., it’s important to know the risk factors and how to improve your numbers to maintain a healthy heart for your lifetime.

According to Ashley Funk, MD, board-certified cardiologist with St. Vincent Medical Group, prevention is the key. “A significant majority of women are going to have one or more cardiac risk factors over their lifetime. Most risk factors are modifiable so it’s important that they keep up with their primary care physician and treat those risk factors early.”

The major risk factors continue to be hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, family history, an unhealthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle. There are a lot of “bad habits” correlated to these factors: • Diet: Overindulging in alcohol or salty snacks, avoiding veggies, eating red meat, consuming empty calories. • Lifestyle: Smoking, skipping medications, all or nothing exercising, watching TV, snoring*. • Attitude: Ignoring symptoms, procrastinating on checkups, assuming you are not at risk. *Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, which can lead to hypertension.

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There is data to support eating more foods that contain natural substances — vitamins, phytochemicals, minerals, etc. — to improve cardiovascular health. In addition, opt for low-fat dairy, whole grains and lean or skinless meat, and cut sugar. Whole foods are foods in their original form, like they came out of the ground it, then it has likely been processed. Superfoods tend to be colorful, nutrient rich or dense, and include many berries, beans, veggies, fruits and nuts. Some other foods such as chia seeds,

RISK FACTORS

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wine, green tea and dark chocolate may

THE LATEST ON EXERCISE Two and a half hours of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week is recommended by the American Heart Association. If you are not a road warrior, there are other ways to benefit your heart. Try low-impact movement, such as yoga, which not only strengthens muscles and improves balance, but also relieves stress — a known risk to your heart.

CALL TO SCHEDULE A HEART HEALTH EVALUATION WITH A ST. VINCENT WOMEN’S CARDIAC RISK CLINIC OR VISIT STVINCENT.ORG/TAKETIME4U TO LEARN MORE. Anderson: 765-646-8538 Carmel: 317-583-4437 Kokomo: 765-454-0200

SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR THE FIRST AND LAST WORD Regular screenings are your best defense. According to Dr. Funk, a great place to start is by asking your primary care provider, “How do you see my cardiovascular risk?” And, if you do experience symptoms that concern you, follow-up immediately; don’t wait.

• Pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest, neck, shoulder, jaw, arms, or upper abdomen or back • Shortness of breath • Fatigue • Dizziness, nausea and vomiting


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Fun Fall

getaways

WORDS BY // KIM DINAN

It’s autumn, the season of crisp air, blue skies and a colorful display of fall foliage. This is the time of year when there’s no better place to be than outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Whether you and your family want to spend a single afternoon hiking in the forest or a long weekend climbing sand dunes, we’ve hand-picked five fun fall getaways to help you take advantage of the season.

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Hike the hills in Hoosier National Forest (Bedford, IN) Deemed “Indiana’s National Treasure,” Hoosier National Forest is 203,000 acres of outdoor recreation located in the heart of south central Indiana. Stunning any time of year, the forest is especially captivating in the fall when the leaves change color and the waterfalls are ripe with summer rains. The forest offers a plethora of outdoor activities that will suit the likes of everyone in your family – from hiking Buzzard Roost, a scenic trail along the Ohio River, to fishing off the piers on Sundance Lake. Both campgrounds and cabins offer accommodation in the forest

but no matter where you sleep your family will be happy cozying up around the campfire in the cool evening air. Hoosier National Forest (Park Headquarters) 811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN (812) 275-5987

View fall foliage from the French Lick Scenic Railway (French Lick, IN) There’s nothing like watching the landscape pass by from the window of a train, and that’s especially true during autumn when the leaves begin to change color. Winding its way through southern Indiana, the

French Lick Scenic Railway claims some of the best scenery in the Midwest and is the perfect way to take in the changing fall foliage. Scenic train excursions carry passengers through the Hoosier National Forest, past limestone rock formations and through the Burton Tunnel, one of Indiana’s longest railroad tunnels. The 18-mile round trip lasts nearly two hours and is a great way to spend time with the family while taking in the best of what autumn has to offer. French Lick Scenic Railway www.frenchlickscenicrailway.org/ 8594 West State Road 56, French Lick, IN (800) 748-7246


Explore a National Lakeshore at Indiana Dunes State Park

Count the stars at an International Dark Sky Preserve

(Chesterton, IN)

(Tippecanoe, IN)

Located on the southern tip of Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes State Park is the perfect place to slip into nature for the weekend. The park has over 2,000 acres of land for visitors to hike and camp in and ten swimmable beaches perfect for fitting in one last late-season swim. Of course, the main attraction at Indiana Dunes State Park is the dunes. Formed by the winds off of Lake Michigan, the impressive sand dunes tower almost 200 feet above the lake. A number of short hiking trails lead to the top of the dunes where hikers are awarded with unobstructed views of the lake. If your family likes a mix of city and nature, Chicago is only 45 miles to the west and makes for a great day trip. Likewise, the small communities surrounding Indiana Dunes State Park are quaint, charming and bursting with inns, restaurants and shops for visitors to enjoy.

1600 N. 25 E., Chesterton, IN

Less than 100 years ago it was possible to look into the night sky and see an unbelievable number of stars. Today, due to light pollution, there are many places in the United States where stars are no longer visible to the naked eye. Children born today may never see a night sky bursting with stars. For those kids, the Milky Way will be a natural phenomenon they only ever hear about. But the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is trying to change that. Committed to protecting the night skies for present and future generations, IDA certifies dark-sky parks, communities and sanctuaries around the world. One such place is Potawatomi Wildlife Park in Tippecanoe, Indiana. The preserve is Indiana’s first dark-sky preserve, 300-acres of forest and wetlands that allows amateur astronomers to observe the stars after dark. Before making the trip with your family call ahead to ensure access, then pack a blanket and prepare to stargaze.

(219) 926-1952

Potawatomi Wildlife Park

Indiana Dunes State Park www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm

www.observingsites.com/ ds_in.htm#Tippecanoe

Wade in waterfalls at Clifty Falls State Park (Madison, IN) Well-known for its four major waterfalls and countless smaller falls, Clifty Falls State Park is the perfect weekend destination. Amateur archeologists will enjoy spotting fossils in Clifty Creek (but please don’t take them, fossil collecting is illegal in the park) and the stunning fall scenery is a photographer’s dream. Families can book a room in the historic Clifty Inn nestled on the Ohio River. Though camping in the park is also an option, the inn boasts a pool to keep the kids happy and a hot tub to help adults unwind. For a fun afternoon away from the park visit nearby Madison, Indiana, a small town well known for its antiquing, wineries and quaint bed and breakfasts.

16998 State Road 331, Tippecanoe, IN (574) 498-6550

This time of year just begs for a little road trip to take advantage of the season. So, grab the kids and hop in the car for a fun getaway before that first snowflake flies!

Clifty Falls State Park 2221 Clifty Drive, Madison, IN (812) 273-8885

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5 Things You Didn’t Know

About Private Schools Find out what misperceptions you may have WORDS BY // MAGGIE LOISELLE

There are more than 33,000 private schools across the country, educating 5 million – or roughly 10 percent – of all U.S. students. Yet despite those numbers, many parents don’t even consider private school for their child. Why not? Concerns over affordability, diversity and a perceived culture of exclusivity often top the list. But advocates stress that much has changed in the last 20 years and private schools often lead the way when it comes to innovative education, creating community and welcoming all.

Here are five things you may not know about private schools:

1) Private schools are often more affordable than you think. The price tag of a private education is one of the most common reasons families don’t consider independent schools. What you may not know is that a majority of private schools offer need-based financial aid. How? Private schools often have endowments and active alumni fundraising groups, giving them the f lexibility to budget money for this purpose. 20

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For example, last school year, The Orchard School on Indy’s north side awarded more than $2.2 million in financial assistance to 36 percent of its student body. Park Tudor School, just north of Broad Ripple, awarded more than $3.2 million in financial aid and merit awards to 34 percent of its student population.

The process of applying for financial aid at private schools is a lot like applying for aid at the college level: - Families of students who’ve been accepted at a particular school (or at several schools) fill out a form online through an independent company outlining their income, assets, expenses and any extenuating circumstances. - The program provides them with a dollar figure of what their family should be able to contribute. - The school uses that number to budget available financial aid and offer a financial aid package.


“We always encourage families to talk to the school’s financial aid person early in the process,” says Myra McGovern, Vice President of Media for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a nonprofit membership organization for more than 1,500 U.S. private schools. “Find out how much the school actually costs, ask about financial aid options and deadlines. Chances are, you’ll find out that there is a way your child can attend.” NAIS offers information for families about financial aid on its parentfocused website at http://parents.nais. org/afford/paying-for-school/.

2) There are private schools for every age/need/faith/ interest/ability.

Think all private schools are the same? Think again. From Montessori and Waldorf schools, to Catholic and Jesuit schools, military schools and those that serve gifted students and kids with learning differences, independent schools cover nearly all facets of the educational spectrum. “Private schools are freer to experiment with different pedagogies and approaches to education than public schools,” says Joe McTighe, Executive Director of the Council for American Private Education, a coalition that represents more than 80 percent of U.S. private school enrollment. “As a parent, you can figure out what kind of environment is best for your child, whether that’s a creative community or one that provides more structure, and then you can find a school that provides exactly that.”

Private schools also vary in location (urban, suburban or rural), by size and by the age range that they serve. Some parents aren’t aware that private schools often offer early education, like the Early Years program at A Children’s Habitat Montessori School on Indy’s north side, which starts at 18 months, or Orchard’s pre-K programming for 3 years old and up. “We find some parents who are using traditional day care centers don’t even realize that an Orchard education is available at that early an age,” says Jennifer Bostrom, Orchard’s Director of Institutional Advancement. “Our teachers are doing really great things with the younger kids.” Indianapolis also has an array of independent schools that focus on specific populations, such as The Independence Academy on the north side for students with high-functioning

autism and Asperger syndrome and Midwest Academy in Carmel which serves students with learning differences. School search websites like PrivateSchoolReview.com and GreatSchools.org allow you to narrow down schools by location, size, focus and age range.

3) Private schools strive to be diverse Forget the outdated stereotype of private schools filled exclusively with wealthy, white kids. These days, private schools pride themselves on creating student bodies that ref lect a range of diversity, including students of different races and ethnicities, those with varying socioeconomic backgrounds and those who practice different faiths.

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“I think, pretty much across the board, private schools are working to dismantle the stereotype of being elitist institutions,” says Diane Borgmann, Head of School at Sycamore School, serving preschool-8th grade gifted students on Indy’s north side. “We’re looking at every aspect of diversity because research shows that diversity strengthens the educational experience.” Check the National Center for Education Statistics (https://nces. ed.gov/) or school search sites like GreatSchools.org to find school diversity information.

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4) Athletics and extracurricular activities are often required. Activities like joining a sports team, taking part in the school play or participating in a club are often mandatory at private schools. At smaller schools, they might need everyone to participate to be able to have a full team, while other schools make sports a portion of the school day. It’s part of a larger mission to educate the whole child, advocates say. “It’s often something that’s more philosophical than simply playing sports,” McGovern, with NAIS, says. “It’s about fostering community, encouraging teamwork and understanding being active and leading a healthy lifestyle is an important part of becoming a successful adult.”

Families who are new to private school might also be surprised to find that many schools have a no-cut policy, giving all students a chance to try a sport. Most independent schools outline their sports policies online.

5) Private schools can be set up in different ways. Not all private schools are organized in the same fashion. The vast majority are nonprofit institutions that operate as tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, while others may fall under the umbrella of a church or diocese that is tax-exempt. There are also for-profit schools, which are not tax-exempt. What does this mean for parents? You’ll want to know how your child’s prospective school is organized so you can understand how it’s governed. Independent schools typically have

boards of directors that they are accountable to, while some private schools are run by a single person with no other checks and balances in place. Most schools will spell out their leadership and governing structure online.

The lesson here is that it would be a mistake to dismiss private schools in your area before you learn more about them. You may just find they’re more affordable, diverse and better suited to your child’s personality and learning style than you ever considered.


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SPECIAL NEEDS

WORDS BY // MAGGIE LOISELLE

Helping Children With Autism Make Friends Simple suggestions to encourage social skills Learning how to make friends is often one of the trickiest parts of childhood, and it can be especially difficult for those with autism who struggle with basic social skills. Things like turn taking, initiating conversation and interpreting body language, facial expressions and hand gestures may need to be explicitly taught and practiced to become second nature for kids on the spectrum. “A lot of time with our kids, social skills are their biggest deficits,” says Holly Barszcz, a board certified behavior analyst and clinical director at Cornerstone Autism Center. “Being by their peers makes them uncomfortable, so they’re happier just being by themselves.” Dr. Scott Bellini, an associate professor of psychology and director of the Social Skills Research Clinic at Indiana University, compares the anxiety some children with autism feel in social situations to the fear many adults have of public speaking. “Children with ASD often describe an anxiety that resembles what many of us feel when we are forced to speak in public – increased heart rate, sweaty palms, noticeable shaking, difficulties concentrating, etc.,” writes Bellini in his article Making (and Keeping) Friends: A Model for Social Skills Instruction. “The typical coping mechanism for most of us is to reduce the stress and anxiety by avoiding the stressful situation. For children with ASD, it often results in the avoidance of social situations, and subsequently, the development of social skill deficits.”

Starting small So how can parents help kids with autism improve their social skills? Experts says it’s important not to expect too much too soon. Cornerstone recently revamped its social skills groups, which focus on teaching kids how to appropriately interact with their peers. Barszcz says therapists meet children where they are – sometimes that means simply practicing being in the same area with or making eye 26

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contact with another child. “For some of our kids, it may be just being in the same room as a peer for two minutes, working up to 10 minutes,” Barszcz says. “You have to start small. If you just take them to a busy playground with other children, that isn’t enough to make them want to go up to other kids and play with them.” Social stories and practicing simple scripts can help children better know what to expect when it comes to common social interactions. Playing alongside a sibling, even if they’re not interacting, can also prepare a child for being close to peers, says Barszcz.

Finding a common interest If your child has a favorite activity – cars, trains, chess, art – consider using this interest to practice social skills. Children’s Therapy Connection in Indianapolis offers LEGO Skill Builder Clubs that give kids with autism the opportunity to connect while building. Lead occupational therapist Joan Goldfarb, who helped develop the program,

explains that children work in pairs, with one designated as the engineer and the other as the builder. “It gives them a safe environment to practice those skills – looking at friends, telling them how to do things, describing LEGO pieces and asking questions,” she says. “It's amazing how many kids love LEGOs, and those friendships really grow when it revolves around that interest.”

Encouraging and praising When your child makes progress, no matter how small, experts say it’s crucial to encourage and reward their positive social skills. “If they even come near another peer, reinforce that. If they sit next to someone or look at other peer’s artwork, even if it’s only for a few minutes, reinforce those small steps they make,” Barszcz says. “Those social skills are very important because improving those will lead to other milestones.”


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WORDS BY // MAGGIE LOISELLE

Unseen Special Needs Raising awareness of less visible challenges “Invisible disabilities can be even more challenging because people are prone to make judgements about what a child is capable of just based on what they see,” says Jennifer Akers, Project Director of the family-tofamily health information center at Family Voices Indiana. “Every child is capable, but some need more supports, and it’s important to recognize that.”

Communicating your child’s needs To best explain your child’s needs when they are not obvious, Akers suggests parents learn all they can about their child’s challenges and the supports that are most useful in different situations. It can also be helpful to practice clarifying what your child needs when you aren’t in the middle of a new situation. “Try calmly explaining these things when you’re not stressed, knowing that you won’t be as calm when you’re having a bad day. When you’re in the middle of a meltdown at the grocery store is not when you’re going to be at your best!” Akers says. “You need to lay the groundwork on how to explain these things so that they’re easily understood and embraced.”

If you saw Paisley Graham being pushed in her stroller at the park, you might notice the 2-year-old’s happy grin or smile at her adorable giggle. What you wouldn’t see are the brain surgery scars beneath her hair, the feeding tube under her clothes or the leg braces she’ll wear as she learns to walk.

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Paisley has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy and shunted hydrocephalus — water on the brain that drains with a shunt. She’s also, at this point in her life, a child whose special needs are not always obvious to others. “Right now, she looks like any other toddler while she sits in her stroller,” says mom Susan Graham, of Noblesville. “What others don't see is that our stroller contains her special food, feeding pump and acts as her wheelchair. We’re always told to leave her stroller in stroller parking,

and we always have to convince the person that it’s actually a wheelchair.” Invisible disabilities, as they’re commonly known, include everything from medical conditions like Paisley’s, to high-functioning autism and Asperger’s, food allergies, learning differences and mental health issues. And while having special needs that are not as noticeable gives those individuals more options about how and when they want to share information about their condition, it can also lead to people making incorrect assumptions about them.

Ashley Grimes, of Greenfield, has been there. Her 8-year-old daughter, Addy, has autism, food allergies and tachycardia, an abnormally rapid heart rate. Addy sometimes gets overwhelmed in crowded, noisy places which can lead to meltdowns and judgements from onlookers. “People often assume she's just being a brat or not minding her parents, and they’ve made some very offensive comments over the years,” Grimes recalls. “It used to embarrass me and my husband, and it made us want to stay home, but we just decided not to pay attention to the looks or comments from others.”


Helping your child advocate for themselves Ultimately, it will be your child’s responsibility to advocate for him or herself when they are older, and it’s never too early to help them learn to articulate what they need to succeed, Akers says. “I think it can be especially powerful when a child is able to spell out their own needs and challenges,” says Akers. “If they’re able to learn to say, ‘If you let me have a scribe because I have trouble writing, I can be successful in this assignment,’ or ‘I need a quiet place to retreat to when I get overwhelmed,’ it will help them better communicate what they need to be successful throughout their lives.”

Show compassion for all kids As for those of us who assume we’d be able to tell if a child has special needs or not, we should consider that the boy having a meltdown at the museum or the girl being pushed in a stroller past the stroller parking area may in fact have an invisible disability. Aker’s answer to addressing these situations is simple – always choose compassion. “If we were all just accepting of other people’s needs, no one would be questioning these things. But we’re not there yet,” she says. “We have the opportunity now with social media to educate others about the positives of differences and to really raise the visibility of invisible disabilities.”

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

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September Special Needs Events SAT 09 Hemophilia Walk

A walk to raise critical funds and awareness for the bleeding disorders community. There will be exhibit booths, a Kid’s Zone and fun for the whole family! Register: hemophiliawalk.donordrive.com/index. cfm?fuseaction=register.start&eventID=610 Location: Fort Harrison State Park, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-570-0039

Lights Up, Sound Down Movie

This monthly program is open to everyone but specifically gives families and children with autism and sensory issues the opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies in a comfortable, sensory-friendly setting with the lights turned up and volume turned down. September’s movie had not been announced at press time. Sponsored locally by WestPoint Financial, RSVP for free tickets here: www.westpointfinancialgroup.com/ Location: Hamilton 16 + IMAX, Time: 9:00 am, Phone: 317-370-9007

Sensory Friendly Films: “Leap!”

AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! More info: www.amctheatres.com/ programs/sensory-friendly-films Location: AMC Indianapolis 17, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-784-0989

Sensory Friendly Films: “Leap!”

AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! More info: www.amctheatres.com/ programs/sensory-friendly-films Location: AMC Castleton Square 14, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-577-9538

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JMFITNESS ADAPTIVE FOOTBALL CLINIC

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Sundays, Sept 10-Oct 1

Location: Horizon Convention Center, Time: 7:00 pm- 11:00 pm, Phone:317-370-9007

JMFitness is completely inclusionary, and exists to celebrate the abilities of every young athlete involved. It is a fun adaptive athletics program that gives all children opportunities to participate in various sporting activities. The football clinic runs Sundays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 1. The cost is $30. To register, visit Josephmaley.org or contact Cory Hernandez at coryh@ josephmaley.org or at 317-525-4438. Location: Arsenal Technical High School, Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007

THURS 14 Transition Workshop

Join Cornerstone Autism Center as they welcome three local organizations to present on opportunities for individuals with special needs after age 18. If you have a child nearing transition age in the next few years, this workshop is for you! Free resources will be available to parents about the transition from school or ABA therapy to a day program, job or college. We will hear from Outside the Box, the Erskine-Green Training Institute and the BUILD Program at UIndy. Each group will present information about their program, and there will be time at the end for parent questions. This workshop is free and open to the public. RSVP to Sheila Edwards at sedwards@cornerstoneautismcenter.com. Location: Cornerstone Autism Center, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-888-1557

SAT 16 Cruising for Dreams, benefiting Erskine Green Training Institute

The Arc of Indiana Foundation invites you to sail into fall, as we set our sights on the Hawaiian coast! From the moment you cross the gangway, experience all of the excitement of a Hawaiian Cruise liner; from deck games and fun, to luau-themed dinner and live entertainment. Cruising for Dreams supports Erskine Green Training Institute in providing postsecondary training opportunities for people with disabilities that empower and lead to meaningful employment.

Answers for Autism Family Fun Festival

Annual walk and family festival to provide families of individuals with autism a fun day to relax, make new friends and not worry about others judging their child's behavior. All the activities are planned with individuals with autism in mind so this can be a day they can enjoy. We hope you will join us! Location: Coxhall Gardens, Time: 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Phone: 800-449-0560

INDIANA PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION CHOOSE TO MOVE 5K RACE

Please join us at the Choose To Move race to support the Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation and help Hoosiers with Parkinson’s Disease. Your support will help us serve more people with Parkinson’s Disease through CLIMB exercise programs and other local initiatives. You can also rally your friends and family by starting a race team in honor of a family member or friend. Your donation is taxdeductible and directly supports services to help people with Parkinson’s Disease. To register visit www.runsignup.com/Race/IN/ Fishers/ChooseToMoveRace Location: Saxony Park, Time: 9:30am-12:00pm, Phone: 310-709-9633

SUN 17 BACA Bolt for Autism 5K

This professionally timed event, hosted by the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA), will benefit BACA Charities, which aim raise resources to support research in the field of ABA and families who support ABA. The BACA Bolt will be family friendly -- there will be an activity tent available for children filled with outdoor games and activities from Lakeshore Learning. More info: secure. getmeregistered.com/get_information. php?event_id=126704 Location: Fort Harrison State Park, Time: 9:00 am, Phone: 317-370-9007

FRI 22 Joseph Maley Foundation Annual Golf Outing

Join the Joseph Maley Foundation for an afternoon on the green serving children of all abilities! Our annual Golf Outing takes place at the Eagle Creek Golf Club Pines Course, one of Pete Dye’s most beautifully designed courses in Indiana. Bring your colleagues, clients, family and friends to golf for an incredible cause: to raise funds for the programs of JMF. More info: www. josephmaley.org/event/jmf-annual-golfouting/?event_date=2017-09-22 Location: Eagle Creek Golf Club, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007

Tykes Night Out

Tykes Night Out is a respite event sponsored by BACA Charities and serves young children with disabilities. Children who attend enjoy a fun night with friends. Activities include playing group games, eating dinner and watching a movie. Each child will receive individualized attention. Location: Monon Community Center, Time: 6:30- 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-436-8961

SAT 23 Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest

The Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest offers consumers a fun way to interact one-on-one with manufacturers and vendors to sample products and learn more about allergy-friendly and gluten-free goods and services. More info: www.glutenfreefoodallergyfest.com/ Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Walk to Defeat ALS

Walk to Defeat ALS is a highly interactive event with endless opportunities to connect with consumers. As the ALS Association’s premier awareness and fundraising event that takes place in three Indiana cities (Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, and Evansville) between September–October, more than 4,500 people across Indiana come together to join the movement and raise funds to support local care service programs, cutting-edge research, and advance nationwide advocacy for people living with ALS. FREE. Location: White River State Park, Time: 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-915-9888


Sensory Friendly Films: “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie”

AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! More info: www.amctheatres.com/ programs/sensory-friendly-films Location: AMC Indianapolis 17, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-784-0989

Sensory Friendly Films: “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie”

AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! More info: www.amctheatres.com/ programs/sensory-friendly-films Location: AMC Castleton Square 14, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-577-9538

TUES 26 Special Education Parent Training

Location: Student Impact of Westfield, Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm, Phone: 317-370-9007

FAMILY FUN SOCIAL

Join us for a social in the park! Did you know that River Heritage has accessible play features? Let’s climb, swing and slide with new friends. A morning snack will be provided and registration is required. For more information, please contact Michelle Yadon at myadon@carmelclayparks.com. This is a free event for children ages 2 – 6 years old. Location: River Heritage Park, Time: 9:00am-10:30am

SIBSHOP

Creative Pathway Sibshops are celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs can bring challenges. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another – if they are given a chance. http:// www.creativepathwaysindy.org/coming-soon Location: Shirley Brothers Irving Hill Chapel, Time: 5:30-8:00pm

Ever feel overwhelmed in your child's IEP meeting? Join us as IN*Source Program Specialists teach us how to prepare for your student's special education case conference.

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fall break camps Make a “happy camper” out of your kid! WORDS BY // Megan S. Bohrer

Fall is in the air in Indianapolis and kids are on break anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks. Wondering what to do? Try one of these local camps to keep kids busy – and having fun! 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. Kids of all ages will 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. For more information, visit www.indyymca.org or call the Youth Development office at 317-484-9622.

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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 runs October 16-18, “Dolphin Trainer” runs October 12-13 and October 19-20 and “Zoo Designers” runs October 9-11. All camps run 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.indianapoliszoo. com to register and get more information about camp eligibility.

Indianapolis Museum of Art Fall Break Camps Children ages 4-13 are invited to “Play, Imagine, Discover, Create” at the IMA in either the “Color Me Impressed” camp or the “Calligraffitti” camp. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the expansive campus of the museum, including the grounds. Aftercare options are also available. The camps run from October 16-20 from 9 am to 4 pm. For more information and to register visit www.imamuseum.org/class/ ima-fall-break-camps-2017.

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 www.jccindy.org.


White Pine Wilderness Academy Available to homeschool students year-round, the White Pine Wilderness Academy offers extended programming during school breaks for all students ages 6 and up. The camp is located on Rocky Ripple island in the heart of Indianapolis. Campers are immersed in a wilderness experience and learn about survival skills while developing an appreciation for their environment. For more information about scheduling and cost visit whitepinewilderness.com/ youth-programs/day-camps.

Indiana Basketball Academy

participate in the camp, where they will practice fundamentals, teamwork, and play full court scrimmage games. The camp culminates in a championship day with contests and games. For more information about the camp and to see specific date availability visit their website at www.playiba.com.

Fall break can be a great time for kids to find a new interest at camp. So, sign up soon and see where the experience takes them!

If you have a basketball enthusiast, Indiana Basketball Academy's Fall Break camp is the perfect choice for you. In its 21st year, Indiana Basketball Academy creates a fun and safe environment for young athletes. Children ages 5 to 15 are eligible to

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COMMENTARY & PARENTING WORDS BY // DEB KRUPOWICZ

Ask the Teacher Helping kids with Asperger’s, homework overload and preferential seating

Q:

My seventh-grade son has a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome. His teachers have worked very hard to help him be as comfortable as possible in the classroom and have offered a great deal of support. However, big groups, particularly in the hall and in the cafeteria, still cause a lot of anxiety for him. What can I do to help him with this?

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It is understandable that those times and places pose a challenge for your son. The controlled environment of the classroom offers a continuity of routine and expectation that other less-structured school situations cannot.

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Consider speaking with his counselor to suggest that he be dismissed a minute or two early from each class. Having a chance to get to his locker and get it opened before the congestion and noise become a factor might help ease his anxiety. Getting to the cafeteria and settling in a bit ahead of the crowd may help, too. A seat at a table that is at the perimeter of the cafeteria might allow him to feel less confined, without so many other students passing by him and brushing against his chair. The noise may seem less oppressive if he is not completely surrounded by its source.

If the seat selection is not possible or does not help ease your son’s anxiety, ask the counselor to find a quiet place for your son to have lunch. Having an opportunity to truly relax rather than enduring another tense situation could reinvigorate him for the afternoon.

Q:

I am so aggravated at the amount of homework my fourth grader brings home each night. It seems like she does not have time to do anything else after school. Should I set up a meeting with the principal to voice my concern?

A:

One of the big adjustments at the start of the school year is getting back in homework mode. Being engaged all day is, in and of itself, tiring. It takes a few weeks to build up the stamina school requires. When homework tops off a long day, it can be tough for kids to stay focused and productive.

Give this a little bit of time. Once your daughter has gotten acclimated to the daily demands of school, she will probably have less homework and will likely be able to complete what she does have more efficiently.

If that does not occur, talk with your daughter about how much time is being given at school for homework. Is she using that time well? Sometimes the lure of socializing with peers takes priority in a maturing student’s mind. Is her work taking so much time because she is struggling to understand the content or what the assignment requires? Students are often reluctant to ask questions at the beginning of the year, unsure of how the teacher will respond.


As October approaches, if your daughter’s homework load still seems out of balance, schedule a conference with her teacher. Invite your daughter to lead the discussion by asking the teacher for suggestions about how she could handle the homework more effectively.

Q:

My son struggles with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. His IEP has always included “preferential seating” in the list of accommodations. I am embarrassed to say that I am not sure exactly what that means. Should my son be stating where he prefers to sit?

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Preferential seating simply means that special attention should be given to where the student sits so that the greatest learning can occur. Usually this means that the student is placed near the teacher so that there are fewer things to distract him or her from instruction. Sometimes this includes sitting near the front where the board and other visuals are easily seen. It can also include deliberately seating a child near someone who is very focused so that there is a visual cue that serves as a reminder to the child to return to the task at hand.

For students who can only attend when they are also moving, preferential seating may look very different. Those students may function best seated to the side of the room or in the back of the classroom so that they can stand or move more freely without distracting others.

Finding effective placement for your son may take some time as the teacher gets to know him and his classmates. If your son tells you that he is having trouble listening to the lesson because he is too far away from the teacher or that he cannot concentrate to do his work because others around him aren’t working, you should let his teacher know. Don’t be disappointed if she doesn’t make a change right away. She may want to give your son a chance to adapt to his seat placement; it does not mean that she is not following his education plan.

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

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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.

A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certification through American Montessori Society.

1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email: info@carmelmontessori.com, carmelmontessori.com

12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850

indianapolis – north Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center

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

Starting Line Preschool The Right Start for A Lifelong Love of Learning! Our strong academicbased curriculum prepares and encourages your child to succeed in school while discovering learning is fun! All of our classes focus on an introduction to colors, number and letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and sight words are taught in the older classes.Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Diane Atkins, Phone: 317-753-9397, Email: dkatkins22@msn.com, http://www.starting linepreschool.com

DOWNTOWN Paramount School of Excellence 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, school@paramountindy.org, www.paramountindy.org

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: jwaldman@bez613.org, www.bez613.org

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

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

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, cwhaley@meridianstreet.org, www.meridianstreet.org/cdi

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

Fall Creek Montessori Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally diverse environment where children grow and develop their unique talents and gifts. Through child-centered learning, children excel physically, emotionally, and academically. Conveniently located at Hague Rd. and 88th St., FCMA serves children at all levels, from infancy through kindergarten. Programs are available two to five days per week, with before and after care available. 7770 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256; info@fallcreekmontessori. com; www.fallcreekmontessori.com/

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Heritage Christian School

Sycamore 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!

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.

6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Contact: Admissions Department, 317-849-3441, Admissions@heritagechristian.net, www.heritagechristian.net

1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-202-2501, skarpicke@sycamoreschool.org, www.sycamoreschool.org

indianapolis – northeast FORTUNE ACADEMY

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: khein@orchard.org, www.orchard.org

St. Mary’s Child Center at the IMA Through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art offers a preschool for children ages 3-5. Anchored in Reggio Emilia inspired teaching, every day the children experience original works of art at the IMA, explore the gardens and grounds, and work on projects inspired by their environment. St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA is a half-day preschool running five days a week from 9 – 11:30 am for the IPS school year. With a low child to adult ratio (6:1), St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA provides personal attention to ensure optimal social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child. - See more at: https://indyschild.com/places/childcare-1/st-marys-childcenter-at-the-ima/#sthash.M7BHuPbB.dpuf 4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208, Phone: 317-9231331 ext. 283, www.imamuseum.org/events-programs/child-center-ima/

Fortune Academy is a not-for-profit private school serving students First-12th grade with language learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing difficulties and ADD/ ADHD. Students may also have difficulties with organization and time management. Fortune Academy educators are trained in the Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach to serve these unique learners. Fortune High School offers three academic paths: Honors Diploma, Core 40 Diploma, and General Diploma. Fortune Academy is accredited by AOGPE, IDA and ISACS. Fortune also ranked 18 in the top 50 best special needs schools in the country by Masters in Special Education Guide. Now enrolling. Call today to schedule a tour at 317-377-0544. Visit our website at www. thefortuneacademy.org. 5626 Lawton Loop E. Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46216. 317-377-0544. www.thefortuneacademy.org

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

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: office@centergrovemontessori.com;info@centergrove montessori. com, http://www.centergrovemontessori.com

westfield 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: montessoriwestfield@gmail.com, www.montessorischoolof westfield.com

CHILDCARE Peanut Butter and Jelly 24/7 Childcar​e ​ B&J is a childcare that is safe, nurturing environment where your P child will get the attention and care that he or she eeds. We are licensed and always working to meet anexceed all health and safety guidelines. You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect . Open late for lots of flexiblity. Stop in for more info. Follow us on twitter @pbj247childcare. 5501 E. 71st Street, Suite 4, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Anita Beck, Phone: 317-205-9211, Email: peanutbutter_jelly18@yahoo.com, www.peanutbutterjelly.info

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IRISH FEST

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Teen Cookies & Canvas

Greenwood Touch a Truck

Homework Lounge: Get Caught Reading!

Create beautiful art while having a fun party. A talented instructor will guide you step-by-step while you make a masterpiece that you can hang in your own home. Enjoy cookies and friends, while discovering your creative side. All supplies and refreshments are provided, just bring yourself! Thanks to BACA Charities for sponsoring this event for families. Free for ages 13-17 Location: Monon Community Center, Time: 6:30- 8:00 pm

FRI 01–SAT 02 Blues Fest Weekend

The two-day event includes performances by renowned blues artists, including honoree and blues legend Rev. Charlie Edmonds and national recording artist Samantha Fish. Outside food and alcohol are welcome, as well as lawn chairs and blankets.

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Location: Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, Time: 7:30 pm

Bring your littles out to get up close to their favorite kinds of vehicles.... BIG and LOUD! Ages 2-10 residents are $2 and non-residents are $3 (adults and kids under 2 are free) admission payable on-site the day of. Location: Greenwood Middle School: Time: 9:00 am- Noon, Phone: 317-887-5000

School-age children and teens are invited to use the Library to work on their assignments or spend 15 minutes reading. Those who participate can get a prize from the treasurer chest for completing their homework. Occurs every Tuesday & Thursday. Location: Fountain Square Library, Time: 4:00- 5:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4390

MON 04 Schools Out! Labor Day!

Looking for something to do on your school holiday? Check out all kinds of activities in the galleries and public spaces! Check out the website for the day’s theme. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-242-9546

WED 06 Back to School Story Slam Adults are invited to kick off the new school year with hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring stories from educators around greater Indianapolis. Indy's third teacher story slam will feature eight true stories from circle city classrooms.

Location: Central Library, Time: 5:30- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100


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O Pato!

Noblesville Duck Race

GRANDPARENTS DAY AT GYMBOREE

Beastly Brunch

Preschoolers are invited to act out the story of a duck and friends in this Portuguese folk song with a live violin performance. Coming together in a circle, children will take turns participating in singing, dancing and acting while learning cooperation. This program will be presented by local musician Cathy Morris. Call to register. FREE. Location: Eagle Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4340

$5 First Thursday Night

It’s fun for everyone! The first Thursday of each month The Children’s Museum has extended hours until 8 p.m. and admission for nonmembers is just $5 per person. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Phone: 317-334-4000

Preschool Storytime at Warren

Preschoolers and their families are invited for weekly stories, crafts and play time. Families and homeschoolers of all ages are welcome to attend Location: Warren Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4550

Approximately 3,000 rubber ducks are numbered and sold to participants for $5 each prior to the race. Then on the day of the event at 5:00 pm, the ducks are released to race down the river. One lucky duck wins $1000. Free. Location: Downtown Noblesville, Time: 3:00-7:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-0205

Indianapolis Heart Walk

Their mission is Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Walk 1 or 3 mile route and 5K. Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premier event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 5 killers - heart disease and stroke. Location: Indy Eleven Stadium, Time: 8:00 am, Phone: 855-229-4424

Splashin’ Yappy Hour

Give your dog(s) some social time and fun at the Y! All pups will have the opportunity to play in the pool, but per Health Department Regulations, no humans allowed in the pool with the dogs. All proceeds benefit the Jordan YMCA’s Annual Campaign. Locataion: Jordan YMCA, Time: 10:00 amNoon, Phone: 317-610-3755

Test your nerd status with science-themed activities while exploring Dow AgroSciences ScienceWorks, Beyond Spaceship Earth, and Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater. This exclusive event for adults 21 and older occurs after the museum closes to visitors. Grab a drink, mingle with friends or coworkers, and enjoy this one-of-a-kind lineup along with museum favorites like Dinosphere and Take Me There®: China! Adults 21+ only, $20 members, $25 nonmembers Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 6:00- 10:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

SAT 09–SUN 10 13th Annual Square’s Round: Square Dancing

Put on your western-style wear, shine those cowboy boots and prepare to promenade in the museum’s Great Hall! The Indiana State Museum is proud to be the home of the 13th Annual Square’s Round: Square Dancing at the ISM hosted by the Indiana Dancer’s Association. All are invited to join in the dance. Young and old will be amazed as more than 100 dancers kick up their heels, do-si-do, promenade and much more! Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: Noon3:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637

The animals at the nature center eat rather interesting food. Watch staff feed the animals crickets, worms, and even mice, and learn about their diets! Meets in the lobby. Location: Holiday Park, Time: 10:30- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7180

Location: Carmel 12524 N. Gray Rd (317-5749626) and Greenwood 1001 N. SR135 (317-885-9154), Time: 9:30 am-1:30 pm

Indy Eleven

National Grandparents Day

Location: Carroll Stadium IUPUI, Time: 7:00 pm

Bring your grandkids to the park and receive 1 free ticket with the purchase of 2 tickets. Location: Koteewi Aerial Adventure Treetop Trails, Time: All day

MON 11 Fishers Story Time

FRI 08 After Dark: Weird Science!

For children (birth-5yrs) and their Grandparents (parents can tag along as well). Arts & crafts, carnival inspired fun, dancing and nostalgic activities. Plus a keepsake for Grandma & Grandpa. Members and non-members welcome. Free.

This is a drop-in story time for all ages and their families. Children will listen to stories and participate in songs, activities, making a craft and free play. Location: Fishers Library, Time: 11:00 am- 11:45 am, Phone: 317-579-0300

TUES 12 Out of This World Science!

Kid scientists ages 6 - 12 are invited to explore outer space science through books, experiments, games and more. Call to register. Location: Glendale Branch Library, Time: 4:30- 5:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4410

Babies & Toddlers Play Music

Children will explore the guitar, piano, and percussion instruments. Some parents say the best part of this class is making great friends with other incredible parents and children. Others say it’s watching their babies become budding rockstars. Who will have more fun, your little one or you? Location: Urban Chalkboard, Time: Babies (9:30- 10:00 am) Toddlers (10:15- 10:45 am), Phone: 317-815-5711

John the Indy eleven soccer team as they take on North Carolina FC.

Fishers Movin' & Groovin' Time

If your preschooler likes music and movement, try out this fun musical program! You will enjoy action songs, dancing, singing, playing percussion instruments and other musical props. Location: Fishers Library, Time: 2:00- 2:30 pm, Phone: 317-579-0300

THURS 14 Peewinkle Goes Fishing

Peewinkle learns from Sherman the Pelican all about life under the sea. This show features a wide range of puppets and beloved music. Perfect for ages PK - 2nd grade. Educational info and post show workshops are available. Schools interested in buying out the house, please call! Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00- 10:30 am, Phone: 317-242-9546

THURS 14 –SUN 17 Irish Fest

Annual Irish festival showcasing music, dance, sports, shopping, sheep herding, food, drink and more. $12 advance; $17 gate; $7 kids 5 – 13, Military & IBEW members. Free. Location: Military Park, Time: 5:30- 10:30 pm, http://www.indyirishfest.com/

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Beyond the Exhibit: Geology Rocks!

FRI 15 African Dance

Preschoolers are invited to journey through the regions of Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea to learn cultural traditions of song and dance along the way. Be ready to move your body! This program is presented by Ronne Stone. Call to register. Location: East 38th Street Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4350

International Dot Day Celebration

The will have open art making and reading of the story The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. Location: Caravan Classes, Time: 10:00 am8:00 pm, Phone: 765-557-1969

SAT 16 International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrr! Come aboard as they celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Learn to talk like a pirate and enjoy activities highlighting swashbucklin’ pirate o’old. Join special guests Hogeye Navvy and dance a good ol’ pirate jig with their high sea tunes! Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-3344000

Zany Zoo

Preschoolers are invited to join Express Kids for an imaginary train ride with animals on board, all smiling and singing! They can enjoy marching, matching, singing and sign language. This program will be held in the Learning Curve. Call to register. FREE. Location: Central Library, Time: 11:00 am- Noon, Phone: 317-275-4222

MON 18

Discover the treasure hidden in your own geode. Study plate tectonics in a deliciously edible way. Create your own rock candy kit to make a tasty treat at home. $5-$12 with general admission.

Toddler Time

Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:30- Noon, Phone: 317-334-4000

Location: Irvington Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4450

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TUES 19

500 Festival mini-mini

Noblesville Babytime

The 500 Festival mini-mini is the first and only youth-run to take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Designed specifically for kids, the 500 Festival mini-mini provides Indiana’s youth with an “Indy Mini” experience that’s sized just for them. The 2nd annual 500 Festival mini-mini is open to children ages 5-12. Kids participating in the mini-mini will experience the larger-than-life fun of a 500 Festival running event – complete with course entertainment, massive cheering sections, participant timing and the coveted mini-mini medal. Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Time: 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-481-850

Blessing of the Animals & Ice Cream Social

"The dog days of summer" takes on a whole new meaning this year as Roberts Park hosts an outdoor ice cream social and Blessing of the Animals. Celebrate the joy and companionship that pets bring to our lives, and honor the unique contributions of service animals to the community. Ice cream and pet treats will be available. Donations of dog and cat food will be appreciated. Please bring pets on leashes or in carriers for the comfort of all attendees. Water and waste bags will be available. FREE.

Location: Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Time: Noon- 2:00 pm

Toddlers who are 2-years-old and an adult are invited for songs, rhymes, stories and crafts in the informal setting of the Library's Story Theatre.

This lapsit program is for infants through young toddlers and their caregiver. Participate in rhymes, songs, and stories with your little one. Babytimes are designed to familiarize babies with sounds, words, and stories and to encourage the development of motor skills. Caregivers will take away ideas for playing with baby in a meaningful way. Location: Noblesville Library- Genealogy Classroom, Time 10:30- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-773-1384

WED 20

Apples, Apples, Apples

Join them as they do apple activities, create an apple craft and take a hayride (weather permitting). Prairie Tykes is custom made for preschoolers (ages 3-6) and parents or grandparents! Connect one-on-one while you make crafts, dance, sing and take part in the special activity of the day. $11 member/ $12/ non-member. Ages 3-6. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 12:30- 2:00 pm

FRI 22 Car Free Day Indy

Come celebrate with lunch on the circle and receive more information on how you can go car free! The lunchtime event will include a transportation fair with approximately 6 vendors like IndyGo, Commuter Connect, IndyCog, Blue Indy, etc., as well as an acoustic band and a food giveaway! Location: Monument Circle, Time: 11:00 am1:00 pm

Family Night Hike

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to join Magic Don for an interactive show featuring special participation magic tricks which encourage learning and reinforcement of colors, numbers and movement.

Gain and build upon an understanding and appreciation of nature and the outdoors! Observe the night time songs of birds, movement of wildlife and maybe even hear an owl call! Please dress for the weather and wear clothing and shoes that can get dirty. A flashlight or headlamp is required and binoculars are optional. Registration is per family.

Location: Beech Grove Branch, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4560

Location: Monon Community Center East, Time: 7:00- 8:30 pm

Meet A Raptor

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Colors & Magic & Numbers, Oh My!

Have you ever glared at a bird of prey up close? Meet a live bird of prey and find out where raptors live, what they eat and much more. Free with park admission. Location: Eagle Creek Park, Time: 4:00- 5:00 pm

THURS 21 Baby Storytime at Nora

Babies and an adult are invited for stories, music and movement activities. Location: Nora Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4470

Indiana Cave Experience

Come and explore the caves of southern Indiana with The Children’s Museum. On this charter bus tour, you will tour Marengo Cave, a U.S. National Natural Landmark, and Bluespring Caverns. *Please note-Marengo Cave and Bluespring Caverns are not wheelchair accessible. Both walking tours will involve steep steps and slopes. Location: Children’s Museum, Time: 7:30 am7:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

Tailgating for Tigers

By playing tailgating games, eating delicious food, drinking local beer and listening to some great music, you support the SaveTigersNow. org campaign of the World Wildlife Fund

APPLES, APPLES, APPLES AT CONNER PRAIRIE

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Fountain Square Human Mario Kart GP

Head to Fountain Square for a one-of-akind spectacle as the Murphy Arts Center parking lot is transformed into the grounds for the inaugural FS Human Mario Kart GP. Teams will pedal drift trikes around a Mario Kart-inspired track. Racers will survive real-life obstacles and collect power-ups as the they compete for the Grand Prize and the coveted Mushroom Cup. Location: Murphy Arts Center, Time: 2:0010:00 pm, Phone: 317-632-6440

Paws For A Cause (Dog Swim & Event)

Come, Sit, and Stay! Join them as they have partner with the Hendricks County Humane Society for our Paws For A Cause Annual Campaign Fundraiser! There will be activities, vendors, learning, critter adoption, and more! Location: Hendricks Regional YMCA, Time: 2:00- 4:00 pm, https://indymca.org/event/ paws-for-a-cause

SUN 24 K-Trails Equestrian Adventures

Family trail rides, guided rides, sunset rides, pony rides and more. No experience necessary. See Web site for details and pricing. Location: Strawtown Koteewi Park, Time: Mon-Fri 3 PM to sunset, Sat/Sun 10 AM to sunset, Phone: 317-770-8835

Celebrating 100 Years at Central Library: Sunday Afternoon Salon

As part of Central Library's 100th anniversary, individuals of all ages are invited to a presentation celebrating the history of Central Library and the city of Indianapolis. Refreshments will be provided. This program will be held in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room on Level 6 of Central Library. Re-live the "Headlines of 1917" during this presentation by Bill Beck and Dr. William McNiece of the Marion County Historical Society. FREE. Location: Central Library, Time: 2:00- 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-272-4100

MON 25 Full STEAM Ahead Homeschool Enrichment

Let's explore the SPENDIFEROUS SOLAR SYSTEM together. Join them for a fun hour of hands-on activities that introduce everyone to the sun and all of the planets in our solar system. For ages 5 - 13. Location: Fishers Library, Time: 1:00- 2:00 pm

TUE 26 Indiana Backyard

Preschoolers are invited to join Silly Safaris to learn about the animals that live in your backyard and visit with live animals. Location: Wayne Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4530

Family Fun Social

Join them for a social in the park! Did you know that River Heritage has accessible play features? Let's climb, swing, and slide with new friends. A morning snack will be provided and registration is required. Location River Heritage Park, Time: 9:0010:30 am, Phone: 317-573-5245

WED 27 Noblesville Tot Tunes

For toddlers and preschoolers and their caregiver. Start your morning with music and movement! This program incorporates songs, rhymes, and dance that will help get you ready for your busy day. Encourages the development of gross motor skills and language skills. Rhythm instruments for 25 children will be available. The program may be enjoyed without instruments. Location: Noblesville Library- South Meeting Room, Time: 9:30- 10:00 am, Phone: 317-773-1384

THURS 28 Music at Butler Series: Wind Ensemble

The orchestral experience is rich in repertoire, performances, and venues. The orchestra's home is Clowes Memorial Hall, a 2,200 seat theatre located on Butler's campus. Off-campus concerts are presented throughout the state of Indiana, the Midwest, nationally and internationally as well as at national convention. In the pit of Clowes Hall, the BSO collaborates in stimulating performances with the Butler Ballet and other performance groups on campus. Free. Location: Schrott Center for the Arts, Time: 7:00 pm, https://butlerartscenter.org/event/ music-butler-series-wind-ensemble

SAT 30 JDRF One Walk

Each year, JDRF One Walk brings together more than 900,000 people across the country to change the future for people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This fun, family–friendly event gives people with T1D—and their friends, family and co– workers—the opportunity to raise money for life-changing T1D research. FREE. Location: Victory Field, Time: 9:00 am, https://www2.jdrf.org

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ongoing events Science at Play

Now through January 2018 Chemistry sets and science toys contained much more than their parts. Savvy marketing slogans played to parents’ hopes for the future success of their children and to the children’s own desires for fun and excitement. Science at Play, the first major museum exhibition to explore the many facets of these miniature laboratories for children, draws from the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s collection of more than 250 science kits and toys. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, daily. Phone: 317-232-1637

American POP: The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture

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

Magnificent Macaws

In Their Honor

Now Through May 2018 This new contemporary art exhibition is a tribute to five Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellows who have passed: Allan Houser, George Morrison, Harry Fonseca, John Hoover and Rick Bartow. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, Time: 10:00 am5:00 pm, Phone: 317-636-9378

Westside Story

Now through October 1 Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to New York City, as two young idealistic lovers struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice. One of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas. Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim’s score includes “I Feel Pretty,” “Maria” and “Tonight.” Location: Beed & Boards, Time: See website for show times, Phone: 317-872-9664, http://

beefandboards.com/2017/06-westside/ index.html

Museum INvasion

Every Saturday Don’t just visit the museum, invade it. Wear practical shoes—they’re the only practical thing on the tour. From the odd to the shocking to the just plain eye-opening, a Museum INvasion tour turns the traditional museum experience on its head. Museum INvasion tours are intended for adults, but suitable for children ages 10 and up. To reserve your spot on this tour, please give them a call! Walk-ins are welcome when space is available. Time: 1:30 pm, or by appointment (Saturdays), Location: Indiana State Museum, Phone: 317-232-1637, http://www.indianamuseum.org/ group-visits

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

Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group

Now through September 10th Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies as these wonderful winged insects are back in The Hilbert Conservatory. We’ve transformed the indoor gardens into a tropical paradise to bring you butterflies in a way that you’ve never experienced them before!

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

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

Chemistry of Color

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

september festival guide St. Joseph Fall Festival

Activities include rides, a kid’s tent, black jack, poker, raffle, silent auction, community barn sale, and a beer garden. Choose from a number of homemade menu items and desserts. FREE.

Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: See website for conservatory times. http://www.inwhiteriver. com/events/butterfly-kaleidoscope/

Dates: September 1-3, Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm; Sunday 3:00 pm , Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church, www.stjosephindy.org/ Recurring-Annual-Activities

Circus: Starring YOU!

Indianapolis Labor Fest

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

admission.

Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am -5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000, https://www. childrensmuseum.org

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Ice Age Graveyards

Georgia Street undergoes a transformation for this street festival featuring live music, food, beverages and family-friendly activities. Bring your kids down to the Eskenazi Health Indy Labor Fest Kids Zone with face painting, bounce house, zip line and more. FREE. Date: September 2, 11:00 am, Location: Georgia Street- Downtown Indy, Time: 11:00 am-6:00 pm, www.facebook.com/ IndyLaborFest/

Indy Serb Fest

A celebration of faith, food and heritage! Serbian food and beer, wine; kids activities, live music and dancing. Date: September 9, Noon – 11:00 pm, Location: St. Nicholas Serbian Catholic Church, www.st-nicholas-indy.org

Penrod Arts Fair

Indiana’s Nicest Day returns to the campus of the Indianapolis Museum of Art on September 9. This annual event showcases hundreds of artists, and offers live music, performing arts and local cuisine in a family-friendly setting. $15 presale; $20 at the door. Date: September 9, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, www.penrod.org/

Caramel Apple Festival

Kick off Apple season at this annual festival. Pick your own apples, take a hayride, let the kids explore Tractor Town Adventure Farm and much more. Free admission. Activity pricing varies. See website for details. Date: September 9, 9:00 am-7:00 pm, Location: Tuttle Orchards, Greenfield, www. indianapolisorchard.com/caramel-applefestival/

White River Celebration

The White River Celebration is a day-long festival held in downtown Noblesville that features river activities, downtown dining, live music and a wine/beer garden. The annual Duck Race kicks off at 5 pm. FREE. Date: September 9, beginning at noon, Location: Logan Street Bridge in downtown Noblesville, www.noblesville mainstreet.org/index.php/ signature-events/ noblesville-white- river-celebration


Indy Donut Festival

Sample donuts and coffee from Indy-based donut shops and bakeries, and then vote for your favorite. This is a family-friendly event with live music, fun activities & great food! Proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research and awareness. See website for ticket pricing. Date: September 9, 11:00 am, Location: Broad Ripple Park, www.facebook.com/pg/ IndyDonutFestival

Carmel Chinese Mooncake Festival

On this day Chinese people lay out fruits and mooncakes to celebrate the day by sitting together and gazing at the moon. The Moon Festival is not only about worshiping the Moon Goddess, but also about showing appreciation for Heaven , Earth, and family unity. The round shape is a symbol of unity. FREE.

Date: September 9-10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Location: Indiana Design Center, www. facebook.com/Carmel-MooncakeFestival-541820489280003/

St. George Festival

The annual St. George Festival offers a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment. Guests can enjoy Middle Eastern food, live music, DJ tent, food demonstrations, book signings, iconogrpahy tours and an on-site carnival. Free admission. Stop by St. George Orthodox Church before Sept. 14 to receive a bonus $5 food voucher. Dates: September 15, 5:00-10:00 pm; September 16, 1:00-10:00 pm; September 17, 1:00-5:00 pm, Location: St. George Orthodox Church, Fishers, www.stgfest.org/

Carmel on Canvas

Carmel on Canvas Plein Air Paint Out provides artists with 3 days of plein air painting in the Carmel Arts & Design District. There are 4 divisions: professional, non-professional, teen and children. On Saturday, Sept. 16, from noon-3 pm, head to the Carmel on Canvas Creative Kids Zone for some kid-friendly art fun. FREE. Dates: September 15-17, Location: Carmel Art & Design District, http://carmelartsanddesign. com/FEATURES/carmel_on_canvas/

Fiesta Indianapolis

Since 1980, La Plaza’s FIESTA Indianapolis has been the premier celebration of Latino culture in Indiana, bringing together a vibrant and diverse community and enhancing the cultural fabric of Indianapolis. Over 15,000 Hoosiers join the FIESTA celebration every year, where they enjoy a full day of music, dancing, food, children’s activities, a health and wellness fair and community service booths. FREE. Date: September 16, Noon – 10:00 pm, Location: American Legion Mall, Time: Noon10:00 pm, www.laplazaindy.org/portfolio-item/ events/

Festival of Machines

Take a spin in a go-kart, view high-end cars, ride on a hovercraft, and see powerful machinery up close at this two-day festival that celebrates the ways we move forward. Included with general admission. Dates: September 16-17, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers, www. connerprairie.org/things-to-do/events/ festival-of-machines

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Hispanic Heritage Fiesta presented by Indiana Donor Network coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month and includes extra festivities that celebrate this great culture with an animal scavenger hunt, piñatas, community partners and bright decorations. Make crafts that are rooted in tradition and enjoy wild fun for all ages. Included with zoo admission. Date: September 17, noon-4:00 pm, Location: Indianapolis Zoo, www.indianapoliszoo.com/ events-and-groups/zoo-events

Indianapolis Chinese Festival

This festival is held during the month of Chinese Moon Festival, which is the second largest Chinese festival after Chinese New Year. The Moon festival in China is a celebration of the harvest with family and friends. FREE. Date: September 23, noon-6:00 pm, Location: IUPUI Wood Plaza

Carmel International Arts Festival

The 19th Annual Carmel International Arts Festival will be fun for the whole family. Enjoy live entertainment while browsing the works of over 130 juried artists. Young Artist Tent, features the View the exceptional talent of our high school art students in Carmel in the Young Artist Tent. New this year: a Young at Art station for kids. FREE. Dates: September 23, 10:00 am.-6:00 pm; September 24, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Location: Arts and Design District, Carmel, www. carmelartsfestival.org/

WestFest

Visitors to this annual event will be immersed in the West, from the aroma and tastes of chuck wagon food to the sound of strumming guitars, from panning for gold to taking a ride on an authentic Wells Fargo stagecoach. This is a fun-filled event for all ages. Included with general admission. Date: September 23, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Location: Eiteljorg Museum, downtown Indianapolis, www.eiteljorg.org/

Oktoberfest @Saxony

Enjoy German food, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, live music, kids activities and, of course, a beer garden at this annual familyfriendly celebration. Free, but canned food

donations will be collected to benefit a local food pantry. FREE. Dates: September 22-23, Friday 5:30-10:30 pm; Saturday noon-10:30 pm, Location: Witten Park, Fishers, www.fishersfreedomfestival.org/ oktoberfest/

Rocky Ripple Festival

This annual festival is an art-filled, high energy day of live music, local art, multi-generational creative activities, delicious food, beer and wine by local vendors. Voted the most family friendly local festival of its kind, this is the last hurrah of the summer! Over seventy artist booths, six bands, kids' activity area, drum circle, dancing, fun, fun, fun. FREE. Date: September 23, 11:00 am- 6:00 pm, Location: Rocky Ripple Hohlt Park, www. rockyripple.org/rocky-ripple-festival.html

Atlanta New Earth Festival

The 37th Annual Atlanta New Earth Festival will feature over 600 unique arts and crafts, collectibles, and culinary delights. There will also be live entertainment and a kids’ zone with games, inflatables, and sweet treats. FREE. Date: September 23-24, Location: Downtown Atlanta, IN, www.atlantaindiana.com/

Potters Bridge Fall Festival

Enjoy a special autumn day at Potter’s Bridge Park during the 18th Annual Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival. Listen to live music, visit the more than seventy arts, crafts, and food booths, watch your little ones play in the KidZone, or simply take in the natural beauty of Noblesville’s most scenic park on the White River Greenway Trail. FREE. Date: Saturday, September 30, 11:00 am-3:00 pm, Location: Potters Bridge Park, Noblesville, www.facebook.com/Potters-Bridge-FallFestival

Hamilton Harvest Fest

Families are invited to attend Hamilton Harvest Fest, which will be a day full of fun activities like live bands, face painting, food and beer trucks, cupcake decorating and photo booths with printing on site. David Smith, professional pumpkin carver from the Food Network will also be on hand. Free admission. Date: September 30, 3:00-8:00 pm, Location: Behind Stone Creek at Hamilton Town Center, 317-684-7711

St. Louis de MonTfort Fall Festival

The annual St. Louis de Montfort Fall Festival offers fun-filled activities for adults and children of all ages! Enjoy fellowship, food, games, live music and more! FREE. Date: September 30, 2:00-11:00 pm, Location: St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Community, Fishers, www.sldmfishers.org/festival-home

Turn Festival

The festival focuses on sustainability. Activities include workshops, demonstrations, information booths, a children’s area and food vendors. Visitors will also have the chance to spend time on a farm complete with goats, chickens and bees. Date: September 30, noon-6:00 pm, Location: Paramount School of Excellence, Indianapolis, www.turnfestival.com/

Harvest Festival at Stuckey Farm Each weekend of the festival features a new theme, so you can return again and again. A basic ticket includes free parking, wagon rides throughout the farm, and Adventure Acres, which has a 60-foot slide, pedal cars, a barrel train, kid’s size games and maze, and much more. Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, late September to October (dates TBA), Location: Stuckey Farm, Sheridan, www.stuckeyfarm.com/

Waterman’s Family Farm Fall Harvest Festival

Everything you love about fall all in one place. Paid admission includes everything from hayrides and a corn maze to a kids’ train and farm animals. Oh, and then there is the giant pumpkin eating dinosaur!

Dates: September 23-October 31, Location: Raymond Street in Indianapolis; State Road 37 in Greenwood, www.watermansfamilyfarm. com/fallharvestfestival.html

Stonycreek Farm Pumpkin Harvest Festival

Enjoy delicious food and entertainment like the pumpkin train, giant jumping pillow, pedal cars and hayrides at this fall-themed festival. Most activities require tickets to participate. Dates: September 30-October 31, Location: Stonycreek Farm, Noblesville, http:// stonycreekfarm.net/

P L E A S E NOT E At Indy's Child, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally, event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.

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