ARE YOU A GOOD SPORT?
TAKE OUR QUIZ TO FIND OUT
80 THINGS TO DO in September
WHY CHOOSE A PRIVATE SCHOOL
understanding the benefits
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SEPTEMBER 2018 departments AROUND TOWN
12 The Children’s Museum Guild’s Haunted House Grim-nasium
14 Let's Go on Fall Break
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06 Publisher's Note 08 Community Spotlight 09 Our Social Network 10 Indy's Children RESOURCES & CALENDARS
32 Preschool & Education Guide 37 September Events 47 Fun & Wacky Calendar SPECIAL NEEDS
Why Choose a Private School
Understanding the benefits of private school education
26 After the Diagnosis 28 Special Needs Guide
YOU a Good Sport? 20 Are Is your sportsmanship stellar, or
should you be sitting on the sidelines?
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Fall Fun in Indy
10 must do's to make the most of this glorious time of year
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Hooray for September! Fall is my favorite time of year – from pumpkin patches to fall festivals to local corn mazes, there is just so much for families to do during these crisp, cool months. And as always, Indy’s Child has you covered with lots of great ideas to make the most of this season. Our event calendar is packed with fun (and often free) ways to get out and about in September, including a list of festivals taking place this month. Feeling overwhelmed by all of the options? Check out our article, Fall Fun in Indy, where we break down our list of 10 “musts” for the season.
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I plan on taking my grandson to some of these fun activities this fall. He is just shy of his first birthday and it is amazing to watch his expression of delight as he explores new places and things. Just a few nights ago, he was at our house and took his first steps! It was a special moment to witness, and while he may not be ready for a corn maze, he will love visiting pumpkin patches and apple orchards, and even taking a hayride or two. Speaking of being a grandparent, Grandparent's Day is September 9. We are delighted that so many grandparents turn to Indy's Child to find fun things to do with their grandchildren, and we have featured just a few them in our special grandparent-themed edition of our Indy’s Children page this month. As we bid goodbye to summer and say hello to fall, we wish all our Indy's Child readers a happy, colorful, crunchy, tasty and fun fall season!
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OUR COVER KID
MEET MILA I am 3.5 years old my favorites COLOR FOOD SPORT ICE CREAM FL AVOR T V SHOW RESTAURANT BOOK MOVIE CANDY ACTIVIT Y
Purple Tortellini Kickball Rainbow ice cream Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Hibachi Princess and the Pea Frozen Chocolate Playing with Mommy and Daddy
an interesting fact about me I became a big sister on August 14th!
when I grow up
I want to be a Mommy and a Speech Therapist
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SPOTLIGHT what to look for in September
HELP CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL
CELEBRATE HER CENTENNIAL
For 100 years, Cathedral High School has been transforming a diverse group of students spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically to have the competence to see and the courage to act. Even more, Cathedral is unique because of her multi-faceted diversity: socioeconomic, religious, educational style, racial, and geographic. Cathedral athletes have earned more than 60 state championships. Her graduates include Indiana’s first African American Federal Judge, an Indianapolis Mayor, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, professional athletes, film directors, actors, sculptors, doctors and teachers; the list goes on and on. Of her more than 16,000 alumni, 75 percent live in Indiana. Cathedral plans to celebrate her Centennial Anniversary in grand style! Visit www.gocathedral.com for a complete list of festivities being held throughout the month of September.
Fiesta Familia On Sunday, September 23 from 10 am-5 pm, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will offer free admission for Fiesta Familia. This annual celebration is a day dedicated to honoring children and celebrating Latino culture. Festivities include crafts, music and dance. The Mexican Consulate will be onsite with bilingual community resources. Learn more at www.childrensmuseum.org.
GO TO A MUSEUM – for free! Museum Day Live is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. On Saturday, September 22, participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket, which is good for free admission for two people. Local museums taking part in this annual event include Indiana State Museum, Conner Prairie, Rhythm! Discovery Center and Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections. Learn more and download your free ticket at www.smithsonianmag.com.
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take a walk for a good cause The American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk on September 15 is your opportunity to have fun and help save lives. This family-friendly, petfriendly event includes a Kids Zone and other activities along with a 1-mile or 3-mile walk. The Heart Walk is from 8–11 am at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI. Registration is free at www.indyheartwalk.org , but donations are encouraged.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Indiana and heart defects are the leading birth defect. The moment you contribute to the Heart Walk you are contributing to groundbreaking science that fuels life-changing breakthroughs that could cure heart disease and stroke. At the Heart Walk you will see your dollars at work when you meet survivors of congenital heart disease, heart attack, stroke and heart disease. We can't save lives without your help.
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50 FALL BUCKET LIST IDEAS IN INDIANAPOLIS indyschild.com/fall-bucket-list-ideas Fall is such a beautiful (and fun!) time of year in Indianapolis. Check out our bucket list of 50 fall-related activities to make the most of this time of year.
GUIDE TO APPLE ORCHARDS NEAR INDIANAPOLIS indyschild.com/apple-orchards From McIntosh to Granny Smith, and every variety in between, Indy is a great place to get your hands on some delicious apples (literally!) Find out the best places to pick your own fruit this fall.
2018 INDIANAPOLIS PUMPKIN PATCH GUIDE indyschild.com/pumpkin-patch Fall just wouldn't be fall without a trip to the pumpkin patch and we have you covered with our definitive guide to the premier patches in and around Indy.
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indy’s children Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, Papa – no matter what name your kids use, grandparents are such an important (and fun!) part of their lives as these pictures prove. Don’t forget to celebrate the grandparents in your lives on Grandparent’s Day, September 9!
Max and Grandpa (at Grandpa's farm)
Brenda and "abuelita" (Spanish for grandma!)
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Nolan Aka “Nojo” getting smooches from Grandpa Wayne and Grammy
Reece, Mia, and Max with Grandma and Grandpa and lots of cousins!
THE COOLER TEMPS OF FALL MAKE IT A GREAT TIME TO GET OUTSIDE. WE WANT TO SEE PHOTOS OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACE IN INDY TO EXPLORE THE GREAT OUTDOORS.
Send in your best shots (with child’s first name and location of the shot) to editor@indyschild. com and your picture may be selected to appear here!
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Sawyer with his Grammie
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BROUGHT TO YOU BY ELIZABETH WALKER, THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS
Spooky Sports Athletes and Frightening Fitness Trainers Hit the Grim-nasium to Stay Active this Halloween As the leaves change and the weather cools, two teams prepare for the game of their lives, or for some of the players, their afterlives. Come watch the ghastly face-off between the The Naptown Nightmares and The Circle City Screamers at the 55th annual The Children’s Museum Guild’s Haunted House Grim-nasium from October 11-31, 2018. Grab a roasted rat from the concession stand to watch the action, train with the teams in the House of Pain or find your ‘spirit’ in the pom-pom passage. No matter what, you won’t want to miss this Halloween experience. Before the trick-or-treating begins and the mountains of candy pile up, teach your little ones the importance of staying active to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Endurance, f lexibility, and strength are all important for the monsters training for the big Halloween games— and for those promoting growth and development.
The museum has a lot of opportunities for you and your family to stay active this Halloween, like the Sports Spooktacular on October 13. In addition to featuring dinner, music and entertainment, it also provides access to the new R iley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience for hours of sports fun. The Black Hat Dash, a 1-mile/5K run and walk taking place October 27, is another great way for the family to explore fitness and endurance together.
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Get your heart racing from more than just exercise at the Grim-nasium, presented by Old National Bank. Tickets are available at the door, The Children’s Museum Box Office, or online. For more information, go to childrensmuseum. org/hauntedhouse.
For spooktacular fun at home, have your family train like the monsters at the Grim-nasium by setting up some cans for Halloween Bowling!
TO PLAY, YOU NEED: · · · · ·
Clean tin cans Acrylic paint Paint brushes A ball Any other decorations you want
Peel all the paper labels off the tin cans and clean them. Next, choose the color paint you want and paint a base coat on the cans. After it is dry, you can begin creating the faces of Halloween ghouls, monsters, and ghosts. Add fun details that make your monsters scary— big scars, yellow eyes, jagged smiles. You can add glitter, cloth or any other decorations to make your monsters as unique as possible. Stack the monster cans on top of each other, grab a ball (tennis balls work wonderfully) and start bowling. Knock those cans down and stay active just like the monsters in the Grim-nasium.
PHOTO CREDITS THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS
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WORDS BY KAREN RING
Let’s Go on Fall Break Road trip destinations perfect for a quick trip After just a few weeks of getting back into the schoolyear routine, summer can seem like a distant memory. Fall break offers the perfect opportunity to recharge your batteries by hitting the road for a quick trip to a new-toyou destination. Here are just a few fun ideas perfect for a long weekend. DUBLIN, OHIO Just northwest of Columbus, Ohio, the charming city of Dublin treats visitors to a taste of Ireland without the costly airfare. Get acquainted with the historic city by completing the The Irish Fairy Doors of Dublin Trail. Stop in at the Dublin Visitor & Information Center to pick up a passport that leads you in search of seven tiny magical fairy doors housed within local businesses. Find them all and return to the visitor center to collect your free t-shirt.
TOP SANTA'S CANDY CASTLE – SANTA CLAUS, IN BOTTOM LEFT ARTS IN PUBLIC PLACES PROGRAM – DUBLIN, OH BOTTOM RIGHT ST. LOUIS RIVERBOAT CRUISE – ST. LOUIS, MO
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Get a dose of culture by taking an interactive cell phone tour of the 24 pieces of public art that are part of the city’s Arts in Public Places program. Must-sees include the 12-foot-high stone portrait of Wyandot Native American Chief Leatherlips, more than 100 human-sized corn statues that comprise Field of Corn and the life-like gold sculptures of men climbing high in the trees of Coffman Park. Foodies will delight in the wealth of dining options the city has to offer. Create custom donuts at The Donut Experiment, enjoy traditional Irish fare at the Dublin Village
Tavern and indulge in handcrafted chocolate at Kilwins. And fall is the perfect time to enjoy a beautiful hike through the lush greenery and cascading waterfalls found in Indian Run Falls. Just minutes from downtown Dublin, visitors can explore Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, voted #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide. For more on all there is to explore in Dublin and the surrounding area, visit www.visitdublinohio.com.
SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA While the town’s name doesn’t exactly scream fall, there is plenty of fun to be had this time of year. Head to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari on Saturdays and Sundays, September 22 through October 28 for the park’s Happy Halloween Weekends. This family-friendly special event includes all of the rides you love at Holiday World, plus lots of Halloween shows and fun. The cool temps also make it the perfect time for outdoor fun at Santa’s Express Zip Lines or a leisurely horseback ride at Santa’s Stables. Afterwards, grab a decadent handmade treat at Santa’s Candy Castle and then head over to Santa Claus Christmas Store for a visit with the big guy himself. (Hey, it is never too early to put in a good word!) Just a few miles up the road, walk in the footsteps of history while enjoying the beauty of autumn at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Stop at the Memorial Visitor Center to watch a 30-minute introductory film and peruse museum artifacts and exhibits portray the life of Abraham Lincoln. Then head outside to explore Lincoln Living Historical Farm, a working pioneer homestead with a log cabin, outbuildings, split rail fences, livestock, gardens and field crops. A number of hiking trails are also available, including The Allee, a tree-lined walkway that leads to the Nancy Hanks Lincoln gravesite. All are perfect for enjoying the colors of fall.
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI This robust city situated along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River is packed with family-friendly fun. The Gateway Arch welcomes visitors from miles away and it is a must to get up close and personal with this majestic structure. Start at the newly renovated Museum at the Gateway Arch, which takes visitors on a historical journey through our country’s expansion into the West. From there, take a tram ride to the top of the Arch for breathtaking views. Those who prefer to stay closer to land can take a walking tour of the grounds or set sail on a St. Louis Riverboat Cruise. If you are looking for a playground both kids and parents will enjoy, head to the City Museum. Once a shoe factory, this 600,000 square-foot space in the heart of St. Louis is now an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. (Hint: the museum shop sells knee pads if that is any indication of the level of exploration you are facing.) Baseball fans will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. Take in the view from the Radio Broadcast Booth, see the World Series trophies in the Champions Club and imagine yourself as a big leaguer in the Cardinals Dugout. If animals are more up your alley, head to the St. Louis Zoo where you can see everything from grizzly bears and gorillas to kangaroos and koalas. Admission to the zoo is free; however, there are fees for some attractions. Learn more about this action-packed river city at https://explorestlouis.com.
Cooler temps and dazzling foliage make fall the perfect time to hit the road and explore all that the Midwest has to offer. Happy travels!
Find more info on all of the fun to be had in this holiday-themed town at http:// santaclausind.org.
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WHY CHOOSE A
SCHOOL Understanding the benefits of private school education
FROM A LARGE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL TO A SMALL MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY, A NATURE-BASED PROGRAM ON 40 ACRES OR A SELECTIVE SCHOOL FOR GIFTED STUDENTS, PRIVATE EDUCATION IN INDIANAPOLIS COMES IN MANY FORMS.
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Nationally, there are more than 33,000 private schools educating 5 million − or roughly 10 percent − of all U.S. students. So why do families choose private schools? The reasons are as diverse as the educational offerings. “Parents are looking for different things. Most of all though, they’re looking for a community that they’re confident will help their child grow into the adult they want them to be,” said Myra McGovern, vice president of media for the National Association of Independent Schools. “There are programs that are more formal, more traditional. There are programs that are more progressive and a little more child-led. Different options really let people look at what community works best for them.”
If private school education has never been on your radar, here are some reasons to reconsider:
NATIONALLY, THERE ARE MORE THAN
1) Mission-centric education:
Private schools have the freedom to define their own mission, which is often centered on a particular educational philosophy or value system. The school must be intentional in determining why they exist, who they will serve and what they’re going to achieve.
“Our schools have the freedom to be oriented to a very specific mission, to be mission-centric in a way that often isn’t as possible in other schools,” noted Claudia Daggett, executive director of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, which includes Indiana. “When we accredit schools, we look at those factors: Do they have a distinct school identity? What are the school’s core values? How effectively do they fulfill their mission?”
Why it matters: A school’s mission gives parents a look inside the program’s priorities and keeps teachers, staff and students focused on the big picture, advocates say.
2) Different ways of teaching: Private schools aren’t bound by the same governmental regulations as public schools, including curriculum and textbook mandates, which often equates to teachers having more freedom in the classroom, supporters say.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS EDUCATING 5 MILLION − OR ROUGHLY
− OF ALL U.S. STUDENTS.
“W hile most private schools are accredited by the Indiana Department of Education, there is more f lexibly and more teacher autonomy to be creative, which leads to greater innovation and academic quality,” said Duane Emery, vice president of enrollment at Cathedral High School, a Catholic high school on Indy’s northeast side.
That f lexibility extends to assessing student progress, since private schools aren’t bound by the same standardized testing as public schools. Instead, teachers spend time on other ways of assessing knowledge, said Hal Schwartz, director of Early Childhood and Elementary School at The Orchard School on Indy’s north side.
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“If the only way we ask what students have learned is through a bubble test, we’re going to have a certain number of students who are always going to be considered behind or not learning,” he said. “Instead, we find different ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, which is a different approach to a practice in which standardization has become the norm.”
Why it matters: Giving teachers the freedom to experiment with how best to reach students fosters creativity and innovation, improving academic outcomes, private school proponents say.
Building strong relationships with students not only allows teachers to find creative ways to connect lessons to real-life interests, but also ensures students’ emotional development is progressing, too, Schwartz said.
“The best schools, in my opinion, are ones that balance relationships, interests and intellectual muscularity,” he said. “It’s a balance between looking at a child’s social and emotional intelligence and their academic growth. Those things need to develop on equal plains, otherwise, they may be performing well academically, but they may be so stressed out they don’t want to go to school.”
3) Individual attention: Even at the largest of private schools, it’s difficult for a student to be just an anonymous face in the crowded hallway. Instead, individual attention is a major reason parents choose private school education.
“Our schools characteristically offer a higher level of personalized attention. If you enroll there, they will know your child,” Daggett noted. “Part of that has to do with the typically smaller schools and classes, but it also has to do with climate and culture focused on educating the whole child.”
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Why it matters: Individual attention for students fosters strong relationships with teachers and staff, who are committed to working with the child on academic and developmental progress, advocates say.
4) Close-knit community: By definition, private schools are communities of families with shared values, where parents must make a choice -- and often some sacrifices -- to take part. That often equates to a high rate of parental involvement.
“For private school parents, there’s more skin in the game,” Emery noted. “If I’m investing money or driving my child to and from school, I probably feel more inclined or obligated or entitled to play a more active role as a parent.”
That partnership between school and parents is especially pronounced at faith-based schools, where families look to the school to nurture their child’s faith as well as academic pursuits.
“Our commitment to each student’s spiritual development is at the heart of who we are,” said Christine Williams, assistant principal and director of academics at Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville. “Students can be open about their faith, and it’s expected that teachers and staff share their faith journeys as well. When conf licts arise, we handle them in the context of our faith.”
Why it matters: A close-knit community of teachers, staff, students and parents creates an environment where a child’s academics and character are supported, advocates say.
There are many different reasons why parents choose private school education, just as there are many different types of private schools. Advocates encourage parents to assess what their family values most about education and then weigh all the options.
COMMON TYPES OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS: +
PRIVATE SCHOOL: ANY SCHOOL THAT DOES NOT RECEIVE PUBLIC FUNDING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL: OFTEN
CATHOLIC DIOCESAN SCHOOL:
NONPROFIT SCHOOLS, OVERSEEN BY A BOARD OF TRUSTEES INDEPENDENT OF ANY OTHER ORGANIZATION
SCHOOLS LINKED TO A CATHOLIC DIOCESE
INDEPENDENT CATHOLIC HOLY ORDER SCHOOL: SCHOOLS RUN BY
AN ORDER OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, SUCH AS JESUITS
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ARE YOU A GOOD SPORT? Is your sportsmanship stellar, or should you be sitting on the sidelines? WORDS BY NICOLE SIPE
When it comes to good sportsmanship, there is one old saying that still rings true: It's not whether you win or lose – it's how you play the game. Being a good sport isn't just about shaking hands after a game (although, that is part of it!) It's about enjoying the game, showing your teammates and opponents respect and handling adversity with grace. Is your kid a good sport – and are you?
TAKE OUR QUIZ AND FIND OUT!
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
YOU MUST DO ANYTHING IT TAKES TO WIN THE GAME, EVEN IF IT MEANS HOGGING THE BALL OR NOT LETTING SOME OF THE LESS-SKILLED TEAMMATES PLAY. TRUE
IT’S OK TO CHEAT OR BEND THE RULES A LITTLE IF IT GIVES YOU AN ADVANTAGE, ESPECIALLY IF NO ONE IS LOOKING. TRUE
GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF PLAYING SPORTS, AND YOU SHOULD PRACTICE IT WHETHER YOU WIN OR LOSE. TRUE
1. FALSE. Being a good sport also means
being a good teammate. Youth sports should be all about learning new skills, playing with respect and having fun as a team.
2. FALSE. Playing with integrity is an
important part of having good sportsmanship. Winning honestly and fairly is the name of the game, not cheating your way to a win.
3. TRUE. It’s important to be a good sport when you lose, but it’s also equally important to be a good sport when you win. Gloating, celebrating excessively and “rubbing it in” when you beat your opponent is just as bad as stomping off the field, swearing or pouting when you lose. Being a gracious winner (or loser) makes the game fun for all, no matter the outcome. 4. FALSE. Parents should feel free to shout words of encouragement during a game. However, avoid being a “backseat
coach,” and keep your opinions and directions to yourself. By the same token, don’t bad-mouth or back-talk coaches, referees, players or anyone else during the game. If there is a problem that you feel needs to be addressed, wait until after the game and discuss it privately with the coach or game official.
5. TRUE. Remember that you and your
child are there for the love of the game – who wins or loses is secondary. Being a good sport means enjoying when the game is played well, even if that means giving credit to your opponent for a job well done.
6. FALSE. The frustration of losing –
and the thrill of winning – are feelings we experience in all aspects of life, not just organized sports. Having a positive attitude, behaving respectfully and handling wins and losses with dignity are attributes of good sportsmanship that we should all practice daily.
COACHES LOVE IT WHEN PARENTS SHOUT DIRECTIONS FROM THE SIDELINES. TRUE
YOU SHOULD APPLAUD GOOD PLAYS DURING A GAME, EVEN IF IT’S NOT YOUR TEAM WHO MAKES THEM. TRUE
IF YOU DON’T PLAY SPORTS, YOU DON’T NEED TO BOTHER TO LEARN ABOUT GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP. TRUE
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SCORE: 6 correct: You’re not just a good sport – you’re a GREAT sport! Good job! 3 to 5 correct: You’re on your way to becoming a good sport. Keep practicing! 0 to 2 correct: You probably need to work on your sportsmanship skills. Try to remember that no matter who wins or loses, it’s only a game!
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THIS MONTH'S SPOTLIGHT
WORDS BY CHARITY R. BARTLEY HOWARD
Local Spotlight: Nine13sports
Putting a focus on youth health and fitness ARE THERE QUALIFICATIONS? Students in an established physical education class will be on our bikes when we are in their school. We work with about 25 school districts in central Indiana in addition to youth organizations we serve. We have not, and will not, charge programing fees to a public school, students or their families. We operate more like an Indy car team than a nonprofit. Each of our vehicles is heavily branded through the support of corporate partners and philanthropic funders (locally and nationally). WHAT IS THE GOAL?
Bicycling is a forgotten aspect of childhood freedom and bikes are simple machines that can teach. Using bikes as an engagement point for children of all experience levels and backgrounds offers a unique advantage in trying to positively impact youth in Indiana. Tom Hanley, CEO with Nine13sports®, a non-profit organization in Indianapolis, explains to Indy’s Child how their Kids Riding Bikes program focuses on youth health and fitness. This organization connects kids with bicycles to promote health while incorporating technology and other skills, such as teamwork, for youth in primarily kindergarten through eighth grade. WHY DID NINE13SPORTS® BEGIN? Being an elite level cyclist brought me to Indianapolis. I was continuing to pursue my cycling career and attending college. In 2010, I was on a bus that ran a red light in downtown Indianapolis and collided with another 22 INDYSCHILD.COM September 2018
vehicle. I went from a 23-year-old elite athlete to having two broken vertebrae, a mild brain injury and my best friend being killed. I was told I was lucky to be alive but would never race my bike again. My original plan was to become an attorney, but I realized I wanted something different. I came up with the plan that became Nine13sports® in 2011 and launched programing in 2012. EXPLAIN NINE13SPORTS® About 10 percent of kids on our bikes have never been on a bicycle. We are looking at a generation of kids that don’t understand the power of two wheels. It is not just for fitness, but a transportation method. Indianapolis continues to put in bicycle lanes and trails, which are an incredible asset for growing cities. We need to equip the next generation to fully utilize these resources. We are attempting to demonstrate these things by engaging with kids in their gym classes during our Kids Riding Bikes program.
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Bicycles are the ultimate equalizer. It allows us to take students of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and abilities to create a level playing field with our stationary bicycle simulators. The primus is supporting the work of physical education teachers and school administrators as an additional resource. The concept is to get youth moving and active in a different way.
NINE13SPORTS® GOES WHERE STUDENTS ARE? We have four vans with their own equipment. We show up at schools in the morning and roll out our bicycle simulators and all the technology along with staff. It is unique being at schools, during school hours as part of state standards. We are not an afterschool program or an offsite program. WHAT PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE? Kids Riding Bikes is the program first launched and what we are well known for. It continues to grow – in 2015 we served about 10,000. We have the capacity to serve 40,000 looking to 2019. We are launching a new program in September – Kids Building Bikes, focusing on grades four and five. It is our first afterschool
program and still takes place at schools. This program will teach kids how to work with tools. They get screwdrivers in their hands learning the mechanics of a bicycle and over the course of four weeks students completing it take home a brand-new bicycle, helmet and lock to call their own. Then the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) based curriculum for grades six, seven and eight is in BETA testing. We hope to launch in the beginning of 2019. WHAT IS THE BENEFIT? It is magical to see students who might not engage in gym get on a bike with a huge smile. We hear stories that students asked Mom or Dad for a bicycle and are riding that bicycle outside. There are many avenues it impacts – students and the community within the school as well as neighborhood and city. HOW DO ORGANIZATIONS/ SCHOOLS START? We have a list of partners wanting to bring us in so if interested reach out and we are constantly looking for new opportunities and partners to help support new schools. HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY HELP? We are always looking for individuals with a passion for health and fitness to plug in time, talent or knowledge to help. As we grow we develop new volunteer opportunities. Anyone interested in donating we would love to engage more, and we are happy to talk about potential opportunities for community engagement.
Learn more about Nine13sports® and keep up-to-date with daily happenings by visiting their website at http:// nine13sports.org/ and following them on Twitter: @Nine13sports and on Instagram: @Nine13sports.
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SPECIAL NEEDS WORDS BY MAGGIE LOISELLE
After the Diagnosis Where to begin when your child is diagnosed with autism You are not alone. That’s the crucial message experts want parents to remember in the days, weeks and months after their child receives an autism diagnosis. “It’s a lot of coordinating and figuring out how to navigate this new life,” said Tracy Gale, director of Autism & Behavior Services at Easterseals Crossroads. “Families often feel like there has been so much wasted time, and they want to do everything all at once. We encourage parents to take a couple days to be mindful about the process.” Getting evaluations, starting services, researching therapies and, perhaps most importantly, setting up your family’s support system in the weeks after a diagnosis can help quell feelings of panic, isolation and total system overload, experts say. Here’s where to begin:
GET SERVICES STARTED If your child isn’t already receiving services, setting those up should be your number one priority. Who to contact will depend on your child’s age:
Younger than 3: Early intervention services – called First Steps in Indiana – provide in-home therapies, including speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. You should contact your local First Steps office to set up a free assessment once you have a diagnosis (or as soon as you suspect delays). Call 317-233-6092 or visit indianafirststeps.org. 3 years and older: Children age out of early
intervention services on their 3rd birthdays, so if your child is diagnosed after that, you will contact your local school district about services. The school district will set up a free evaluation to determine if your child is eligible for special education services, which could include developmental preschool. Evaluations can take time, which is why it’s so important to set them up right away. The results will help you identify more specific areas to work on and will get your child’s progress underway. PRO TIP: Keep a phone log as you set up evaluations and start getting services to keep track of who you talked to and when.
RESEARCH OTHER THERAPIES Once you learn what services your child might receive, you can start looking at additional outpatient therapies. This can sometimes be a bit overwhelming for families, Gale warned. “It can be overwhelming to think maybe my child needs ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), OT, PT, and a lot of times there are waitlists for various therapies,” she said. “Make a priority list, get on several waitlists and use that urgency you feel for good, rather than letting it overwhelm you.” Once you’ve narrowed down what kind of therapy you’d like to pursue, the next challenge can be sifting through all of the local providers. It’s wise to ask for recommendations from people who know you and your child, such as doctors, therapists or fellow autism parents. The Autism Society of Indiana has Autism Allies across the state who can help. Call 800-609-8449 or email email@example.com. PRO TIP: Investigate your insurance coverage to see what, if any, therapies are covered. Also look at other financial options, including Medicaid, Medicaid Disability and Children’s Special Health Care Services (more info: iidc.indiana.edu/styles/ iidc/defiles/IRCA/AftertheDiagnosisBooklet.pdf)
MAKE CONNECTIONS Join a Facebook group for parents of children with autism. Seek out a support group (find a list at iidc.indiana.edu/pages/parentgroups). Befriend other parents who are traveling a similar path. The important thing is to secure your family’s support system, take a breath and make sure you’re caring for yourself, too. “It’s important to make sure parents are taking care of themselves and their other children, too, during this time,” said Lisa Goring, chief program and marketing officer for the national autism advocacy organization Autism Speaks “You can’t do everything yourself. It’s really important for parents to know that they are not alone.” PRO TIP: Autism Speaks has several excellent 100 Day Kits, aimed at helping families navigate the first months after a diagnosis. You can download them here for free: autismspeaks. org/family-services/tool-kits/100-day-kit and autismspeaks. org/family-services/tool-kits/100-day-kit-school-age. 26 INDYSCHILD.COM September 2018
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SPECIAL NEEDS SPONSORED LISTINGS
SPECIAL NEEDS guide ABA AUTISM SERVICES BIERMAN ABA AUTISM BY DAMAR CENTER ABA provides proven research-based treatments and interventions for children with Autism and their families, ensuring that children learn, gain confidence and purpose, and engage in meaningful interactions in their everyday lives. 9905 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Kristin Dovenmuehle, Director, Phone: 317-813-4690, Email: info@damar. org, www.DamarABA.org
BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS CENTER FOR AUTISM The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism uses the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, self-help, academic, daily living and life skills to individuals with autism and other related disabilities in the greater Indianapolis and Elkhart areas. BACA 1: 11902 Lakeside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, 317-288-5232 BACA Prep: 9929 E. 126th St., Fishers, IN 46038, 317-436-8961 BACA Z: 6704 Central Blvd., Zionsville, IN 46077, 317-769-4335 BACA Hart: 30380 County Road 6, Elkhart, IN 46514, 574-343-2001 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thebaca.com
BEHAVIORWORKS ABA We work with you! BehaviorWorks provides Early Intervention for Autism and Indiana Medicaid Waiver Behavior Support Services. BehaviorWorks is a team you can grow with. We use the evidence-based strategies of ABA to create effective behavioral solutions. Are you looking for a fresh perspective? Take action for positive change with BehaviorWorks. 618 N. High School Road Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46214-3684, Contact: Ann Baloski, Executive Director, Phone: 317-731-7777, Email: email@example.com, www.behaviorworksaba.com
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We work with children with autism spectrum disorders up to the age of 13. We specialize in providing early intervention, personalized and intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Speech & OT programs. Our early intensive intervention programs (EIBI) are designed to help children learn skills across many different developmental domains in order to be happy and successful in any environment, whether that be in the home, community or the classroom. Whether your child was just recently diagnosed or has been in a traditional school setting but unable to make adequate progress, we deeply believe every child is capable of learning with the right programming in place. We are positive our dedicated and talented team can make a difference. Locations in Broad Ripple, Westfield and Avon. 6060 N College Avenue, Indianapolis IN 46220, Phone: (317) 815-5501, Email: info@ biermanaba.com; www.biermanaba.com
THE CHILDREN'S THERAPLAY FOUNDATION One of the few clinics in the country providing physical and occupational therapies on horseback (hippotherapy) for children with special needs. Serving kiddos, ages 18 months to 13 years, with diagnoses including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, and developmental delay. In-network with most major health insurance carriers and Indiana Medicaid. 9919 Towne Road, Carmel, Indiana. Phone: (317) 872-4166; Email: info@ childrenstheraplay.org; www.childrens theraplay.org/
CHILDREN'S THERAPY CONNECTION Children’s Therapy Connection’s Preschool Prep Summer Camp is a day camp program for children of all ability levels ages 2-5. Our summer camp provides a creative and enriching setting for your child to connect with their potential this summer! Our focus is geared towards preparing children for preschool across all domains of development (fine/gross motor, cognitive, social, self-help, and communication). Staffed with the same high quality therapists who work with our First Steps program, our camp will allow your
child to be immersed in a nurturing, educational, and therapeutic environment. Ratios are kept low to allow each child individual attention and instruction, so space is limited. Enroll your child today! Camp runs June 18-July 13, Monday-Friday 9AM-Noon. Part-time schedule options and need-based scholarships available. 7478 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: info@ childrenstherapyconnection.com, http://childrenstherapyconnection.com
CORNERSTONE AUTISM CENTER Children struggling with autism want to express themselves, interact with their world and enjoy life. Cornerstone goes the extra mile to see that they do. They provide one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. Cornerstone's mission is to maximize those who struggle, embrace those who love and fulfill those who serve. Phone: 317-888-1557, Email: info@ cornerstoneautismcenter.com, www.cornerstoneautismcenter.com
DISABILITY & AUTISM SERVICES OF INDIANA Our mission is to provide the highest quality ABA Therapy and supporting Speech Therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism in their natural environments. We utilize the most effective research-based behavior interventions and specialize in maximizing learning opportunities and outcomes. We work closely with parents, family members, educators, and behavioral staff to provide training and support in order to make the most significant impact for the individuals we serve. Locations in Fishers & Greensburg; we offer in home, school, clinic and community-based ABA therapies. 9780 Lantern Rd., Ste. 130, Fishers, IN 46037, Phone: (317) 863-8110, Email: info@ dasikids.com; www.dasikids.com
EASTERSEALS CROSSROADS Offering comprehensive disability services for people of all ages. Early Intervention, Autism Services, PT, OT, Speech Therapy, Feeding/Swallowing issues, Augmentative Comm-unication, Assistive Technology, Multi-sensory Therapy Rooms, Summer Camps, Life/Social Skills Groups, Deaf Community Services, Autism Family Resource Center. 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Phone: 317-466-1000, Email: info@ eastersealscrossroads.org, http://www. eastersealscrossroads.org
ST. JOSEPH INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) is Indiana's only full-time school dedicated to helping young children (birth to age 8) who are deaf or hard of hearing develop spoken language and literacy skills with the focus of transitioning into their local, community school. Dramatic advances in technology, including sophisticated hearing aids and cochlear implants, give children with significant hearing loss access to sound. With appropriate speech therapy, auditory rehabilitation and language training, children are able to develop spoken language skills. St. Joseph Institute offers a variety of Listening and Spoken Language programs including: early intervention services, internet therapy, full-time preschool program, mainstream support, ongoing consultation, and comprehensive educational training opportunities for families and professionals. With over 175 years of experience, we are professional leaders in the field of Listening and Spoken Language education. Visit our website for more information. 9192 Waldemar Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-471-8560, www.sjid.org
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WORDS BY DEB KRUPOWICZ
Ask the Teacher
Flashcard exercises, school morning struggles and test anxiety
MY SON’S NEW FOURTH GRADE TEACHER SHOWED HIM HOW TO MAKE FLASHCARDS USING AN ONLINE PROGRAM TO LEARN HIS VOCABULARY WORDS. HE HAS DONE THIS FOR THE FIRST FEW WEEKS, BUT HE HAS NOT DONE WELL ON THE QUIZZES. WHAT CAN HE DO TO GET BETTER RESULTS?
For some kids, creating the online flashcards is enough to help them master the words. For others, it is not. Some researchers have found that the physical act of writing out words and definitions activates a different part of the brain than simply typing them. Have him try that. To make the flashcards exercise even more effective, have your son categorize his words before making the cards. The words can be grouped in any way—by length, by beginning letter, by difficulty level, by part of speech, etc. Have your son write each category of words in the same color with a different color for each category. After a bit of practice with the cards, your son can add a simple picture or symbol to the cards with the most challenging words. Another strategy is to have your son move around as he studies the flashcards, going from one place to the next for each category of words. The more complex thinking as well as the additional associations of category, color, picture and place will lead beyond recognition of the words to mastery.
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EVEN AFTER HAVING A FEW WEEKS OF SCHOOL UNDER HER BELT, MY DAUGHTER IS STILL STRUGGLING TO FALL ASLEEP AT NIGHT. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET HER UP IN THE MORNING, SO EXTENDING BEDTIME DOES NOT SEEM TO BE THE ANSWER. SHE IS SO SLEEPY THAT I AM HAVING TO NAG HER TO GET HER TO FINISH WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE THE BUS COMES. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP HER?
Help your daughter establish an evening routine that starts well before the time she needs to go to sleep. Require that she do some physical activity after school, even if it is just a half-hour-long walk or bike ride. Keep homework and study time productive and efficient by minimizing distractions and frustrations. Be sure to eliminate screen time well before bedtime. Then have your daughter take a warm bath or shower. Finally, encourage some reading time before lights out. For some children, the reading time is so engaging that it creates the opposite of the desired effect. If that is true for your daughter, try restricting the reading time to one or two chapters of a book. Should that not work, suggest that she read shorter pieces like short stories, poems, devotions or essays that are resolved in one reading. As you wait for the routine to become habit, to keep the mornings bearable, have your daughter create a list of what needs to be done each morning and the order in which tasks should be accomplished. Simply refer her to the posted list to avoid the nagging but to keep her moving along to be ready on time.
OUR SEVENTH GRADE SON GETS SO NERVOUS AT TEST TIME THAT HE JUST FREAKS OUT. HIS TEST RESULTS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS POOR, EVEN THOUGH HE THINKS HE HAS STUDIED. IS THERE ANY WAY FOR HIM TO AVOID THIS?
supplies the night before. Have your son select a simple encouraging phrase to reflect on to keep his attitude positive. When the test is given, he should repeat this phrase to himself and take a few minutes to just breathe before starting.
Instruct your son to scan the test quickly to get an idea of how many questions there are. This will help him gauge how much time to spend on each question. Then encourage him to answer the questions he feels confident about first, marking those he is less sure of to return to later. Sometimes one question can throw off an entire test if the student spends too much time trying to remember something that leads to frustration and then impedes recall of what he does know.
The first thing to consider is how well your son in actually prepared. Some students seriously underestimate what it takes for them to know the content that will be tested. They confuse recognition with genuine mastery. To check this, have him tell you about what will be covered on the test. Ask some basic questions to see how easily he can respond. If he cannot do that, he needs to develop some different study techniques.
. If your son has indeed prepared well ahead of time, but his mind goes blank at test time, there are some things to do to help him overcome the anxiety. The power of a good nightâ€™s rest and a good breakfast simply cannot be overstated. The basic needs of the human body must be met in order to perform well, especially in stressful situations. Keep the morning routine simple on test days by gathering
ASK THE TEACHER is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four who holds a Masterâ€™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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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EDUCATION guide CARMEL
CARMEL MONTESSORI SCHOOLS, INC.
Carmel Montessori School is located on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 18 years head-teaching experience and we a a full member of the American Montessori Society. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available.
Paramount Brookside is a tuition-free K-8 charter school that educates students in an innovative environment that instills high expectations for success. Founded in 2010, Paramount accomplishes its mission and teaches the mastery of Indiana Academic Standards through an emphasis on rigorous academics and experiential learning activities. Integral to the school’s approach to education are project-based investigations, community partnerships and three on-site Discovery Centers – an Eco Center, Space Center with planetarium and an operating farm. Paramount Brookside is designated a Four-Star and an “A” school by the Indiana Department of Education.
1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email: email@example.com, carmelmontessori.com
CLAY MONTESSORI A Montessori school offering morning, afternoon, and full-day programs. Available for ages 3-6 years old. Call for more information. (Affiliated with Fisher’s Montessori) 463 East Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850
3020 Nowland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Contact: Luke Stobeck, contact@PSOEBrookside.org, 317-775-6660, www.paramountindy.org
EAST SIDE PARAMOUNT COMMUNITY HEIGHTS
KINDERCARE EDUCATION Our Early Foundations® curriculum sets the industry standard for excellence in education. Our Nationally Accredited Center with a staff of dedicated teachers ensures that children get the positive learning experiences they need to grow up happy and confident. Visit, call or email for additional information. Enrolling Fulltime and Part time schedules. 1001 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: 317-844-3464, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / 13320 Hazell Dell Parkway, Carmel, IN, Phone 317-843-2956, email@example.com, www.kindercare.com/
THE LITTLE LAMB CHRISTIAN SCHOOL The Little Lamb Christian School is a home away from home for children 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten. Since 1987, we have been the go-to private preschool for Carmel families who are interested in a Christian education. We are a place where children can learn, explore, create, grow and play! 1609 Greyhound Pass, Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: 317-848-3580, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thelittlelamb.com/, 6 weeks to Pre-Kindergarten and after school care
Paramount Community Heights opens on August 2, 2018 for the 20182019 school year. Enrollment is now being accepted for K-4th grade students. The new campus is an extension of Paramount Schools of Excellence’s successful education model. Founded in 2010, Paramount accomplishes its mission and teaches the mastery of Indiana Academic Standards through an emphasis on rigorous academics and experiential learning activities. Paramount’s flagship campus is designated a Four-Star and an “A” school by the Indiana Department of Education. 1521 N. Ritter Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46219 Contact: Sarah Shaffer contact@PSOECommunity.org, 317-671-1229, www.paramountindy.org, Grades K-4
The Right Start for A Lifelong Love of Learning! Our strong academicbased curriculum prepares and encourages your child to succeed in school while discovering learning is fun! All of our classes focus on an introduction to colors, number and letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and sight words are taught in the older classes.Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Diane Atkins, Phone: 317-753-9397, Email: email@example.com, http://www.starting linepreschool.com
A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certification through American Montessori Society. 12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850
BETH-EL ZEDECK EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative ArtsEnrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood Cost/ Tuition: Please call or email for full brochure Hours/Dates: Flexible Hours. Full Time/Part-Time available. Ages/Grades: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2s+, 3s+, 4s+, Pre-Kindergarten (Kindergarten Readiness Class)(3 day or 5 day option) Before/After School Care: Before and After School Care always available as needed. Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bez613.org
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You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-524-7090. Email: email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.childrenscircle.org
FISHERS CHILDREN’S DAY IN NURSERY SCHOOL AND TRADITIONAL PRESCHOOL FISHERS MONTESSORI
INDIANAPOLIS – NORTH STARTING LINE PRESCHOOL
BREBEUF JESUIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Children's Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool is a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values and learning through play. It is designed to offer children ages 9 months to 5 years a positive and developmentally appropriate first school experience in the care of experienced and loving caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. For the older kids, our program includes weekly Christian Life Skills, Music class taught by Indianapolis Children’s Choir instructors and Book Club. Please call, E-mail or visit for further information and registration forms. Tours are individually set up at your convenience! 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, Phone: 317-253-0472, email@example.com, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
FALL CREEK MONTESSORI Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally diverse environment where children grow and develop their unique talents and gifts. Through child-centered learning, children excel physically, emotionally, and academically. Conveniently located at Hague Rd. and 88th St., FCMA serves children at all levels, from infancy through kindergarten. Programs are available two to five days per week, with before and after care available. 7770 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256; info@ fallcreekmontessori.com; www.fallcreekmontessori.com/
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA, HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Preschool-12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA ATHLETICS. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today! 6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Contact: Admissions Department, 317-849-3441, Admissions@heritagechristian.net, www.heritagechristian.net
THE ORCHARD SCHOOL The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYC accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Jennifer Bostrom, Director of Institutional Advancement, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-254-8454, Email: firstname.lastname@example.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-child-center-at-the-ima/#sthash.M7BHuPbB.dpuf
INDIANAPOLIS – NORTHEAST FORTUNE ACADEMY Fortune Academy is a not-for-profit private school serving students First-12th grade with language learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing difficulties and ADD/ ADHD. Students may also have difficulties with organization and time management. Fortune Academy educators are trained in the Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach to serve these unique learners. Fortune High School offers three academic paths: Honors Diploma, Core 40 Diploma, and General Diploma. Fortune Academy is accredited by AOGPE, IDA and ISACS. Fortune also ranked 18 in the top 50 best special needs schools in the country by Masters in Special Education Guide. Now enrolling. Call today to schedule a tour at 317-377-0544. Visit our website at www. thefortuneacademy.org. 5626 Lawton Loop E. Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46216. 317-377-0544. www.thefortuneacademy.org
POLLY PANDA PRESCHOOL Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our theme-based hands-on preschool program provides a wide-range of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of self-worth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our well-qualified and loving staff. Now enrolling for summer. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email: email@example.com, www.pollypanda.com
THE SAPLING SCHOOL The Sapling School offers a year round Reggio-inspired preschool for children ages 3 to 5 in conjunction with extended after care hours for working families. We empower children to discover themselves and the world around them as they become critical thinkers, creative problem-solvers, and collaborative community members. We value our students and their passions, curiosities, and joys. Their interests guide the holistic, emergent curriculum and our learning environment. Look for our teachers and students around the Broad Ripple area interacting with neighbors as they learn the unique ways they are capable of enriching their community. For more information or to explore our virtual tour please visit www. saplingschoolindy.com or facebook.com/saplingschoolindy. To schedule a private tour please call (317) 319-8228, 838 East 65th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.saplingschoolindy.com
INDIANAPOLIS – WEST BETHESDA CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS Bethesda Christian Schools are: rooted, relational, relevant, and rigorous. We are rooted: we are Christian. We unashamedly commit to the authority and the inspiration of the Scriptures. We are relational: We are family. From administration to faculty to students to parents, we are a family. We are relevant: We are learners. We prepare students for an ever-changing world by cultivating many types of learning. We are rigorous: We are academic. We celebrate curricular experiences that provide depth and breadth of learning. 7950 North CR 650 East, Brownsburg, IN 46112, Contact: Beth Welch, 317-858-2820, email@example.com, www.bethesdaschools.org
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.montessorischoolof westfield.com
childcare PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY 24/7 CHILDCARE B&J is a childcare that is safe, nurturing environment where your P child will get the attention and care that he or she needs. We are licensed and always working to meet and exceed all health and safety guidelines. You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect . Open late for lots of flexiblity. Stop in for more info. Follow us on twitter @pbj247childcare. 5501 E. 71st Street, Suite 4, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Anita Beck, Phone: 317-205-9211, Email: email@example.com, http://www.pbjchildcareindy.com/
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4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208, Phone: 317-9231331 ext. 283, www.imamuseum.org/events-programs/child-center-ima/
INDIANAPOLIS – SOUTH SYCAMORE SCHOOL At Sycamore, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, PE and technology are taught at all levels. Extensive field trips, athletics, child care, financial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered. 1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-202-2501, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sycamoreschool.org
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: email@example.com;info@centergrove montessori. com, http://www.centergrovemontessori.com September 2018 INDYSCHILD.COM 33
10 MUST DOS
to make the most of this glorious time of year
in indy WORDS BY SARAH MCCOSHAM and KAREN RING ILLUSTRATIONS BY KATIE KORDESH // KATIEKORDESH.COM
Summer, schmummer. Bring on fall! The festivals, cooler temps, pumpkin-everything, apple picking, trick or treating… what’s not to love? Fall is a busy time of year in Indianapolis and the surrounding area and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of options for family fun. So we’ve pared it down to our top 10 “musts” for the season – think of this as your fall bucket list!
VISIT A PUMPKIN PATCH Watching your kids trudge across a field dotted in pumpkins is a parental rite of passage. Stonycreek Farms, Piney Acres Farm, Lark Ranch and Russell Farms all boast a beautiful selection of fall’s unofficial mascot.
DO A FALL FESTIVAL PICK APPLES There’s just something about picking your own produce, and fall brings plenty of U-Pick opportunities at local apple orchards. From Stuckey Farms to the north, Anderson Orchards to the south, Tuttle Orchards to the east and Beasley’s Orchard to the West, there is an orchard within easy reach. Not up for picking your own? Head to the Apple Store at Conner Prairie to scoop up loads of delicious apple-themed goodies.
GO FOR A HIKE Take advantage of cooler temps by going on a family hike. From massive parks like Fort Harrison State Park, Eagle Creek and 100 Acres at Newfields to lesser-known destinations like Cool Creek Park and Arbuckle Acres, there are tons of kid-friendly treks around town.
It just isn’t fall without a festival and here in Indianapolis, we do autumn proud! Local favorites include Potters Bridge Fall Festival, Harvest Festival at Stuckey Farm, Penrod Arts Fair and the Indiana Renaissance Faire. Sit down with your calendar and plot out your weekend fun!
CONQUER A CORN MAZE While you’re planning your fall festival circuit, be sure to include a few corn mazes. Conner Prairie is the newest venue to join the corn maze craze with its 7-acre maze opening September 23. Greendell Landscape in Mooresville pays homage to Hoosier heritage with an Indiana themed maze, while Exploration Acres in Lafayette will launch a massive 18-acre Stranger Things themed maze on September 14 that’s not for the faint of heart.
ENJOY THE LOCAL COLORS Indiana is at its most beautiful in the fall. Red, orange, yellow and gold – you’ll see all the colors of the autumn rainbow! And there’s no better way to take in the colors of fall than on a train. Thursdays and Fridays in October, enjoy a scenic ride from Connersville to Metamora aboard a Whitewater Valley Railroad Fall Foliage Flyer Excursion. *continued on page 36 September 2018 INDYSCHILD.COM 35
TAKE A HAYRIDE Speaking of rides, hayrides are a fall must. Stonycreek Farms offers hayrides daily September 29-October 31. At Lark Ranch, set out on a traditional hayride or let the little ones have fun driving their own tractor-themed barrel weekends in September and October. Looking for a hayride that packs a bit more thrill? Head to Conner Prairie for their Headless Horseman haunted hayride on select dates in October.
DECORATE FOR FALL Pick up some autumn mums, find the most bizarre gourds or get a little fancy by making your own scarecrow! Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg, Greendell Landscape in Mooresville, Habig Garden Shop on Indy’s north side and Allisonville Nursery in Fishers all boast a bounty of fresh fall blooms and décor.
CARVE A PUMPKIN Embrace the mess and get your kids involved in scooping out “pumpkin guts!” Whether you tackle your pumpkin project days before Halloween or the night of, be sure to “carve” out time for this festive tradition.
GO TRICK–OR– TREATING BEFORE HALLOWEEN Indy kids have it pretty great – there are tons of opportunities to trick-or-treat before the big night. ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo, Little Haunt on the Prairie at Cool Creek Park and Fishers Parks & Recreation Boo Bash are all great options. Check Indyschild.com in early October for updated event dates.
We’re entering the best time of the year, Indianapolis parents! Grab your family, friends and a Pumpkin Spice Latte and fall for fall.
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WHALE OF A SALE
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THE LION KING
WEDS 12 - SUN 29
BARKS AND BOOKS AT PIKE Young ones who need to practice their reading skills are invited to tell a story to trained therapy dogs. Reading to dogs has been shown to increase children's reading skills and confidence. Call to register. FREE.
ROCKETS Young children ages 3-6 are invited for a Straw Rockets lesson! Presented by Engineering for Kids, this program will feature the story, "Roaring Rockets" by Tony Mitton. Children will learn about the important parts of a rocket, including the nose cone and fins. They will then build and launch their very own rockets and get to take them home. FREE.
Location: Pike Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4480
SUN 02 FAMILY CREEK STOMP Participants will have loads of fun getting wet and muddy exploring the creatures that live in these wet places. A naturalist will help you identify what you find! Wear old shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Nets and collecting tubs provided.
AUTISM SPEAKS WALK
Location: Holliday Park, Time: 1:30-2:30 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180
Location: East 38th Street Branch, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4350
WED 05 MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE Babies, toddlers and preschoolers and an adult are invited for an early literacy program using rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments to foster speech development, motor
coordination, self-confidence and sensitivity to others. Adult participation is required. FREE. Location: College Avenue Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4320
THURS 06 FIRST THURSDAY NIGHTS Visit The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis at a discount from 4-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Choose from Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience ($5), the museum ($5) or a combo ticket ($7). Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 4:00-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000
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THURS 06 - SUN 09 WHALE OF A SALE Indiana's largest kids consignment sale featuring 500+ families and 42,000 square feet of shopping! Shop for baby to teen clothing, toys, shoes, strollers, bikes, books, nursery items, maternity, furniture and more at a fraction of retail price!
DUCK RACE A limited number of ducks will be available. $5 per duck. Head to the Logan Street Bridge in downtown Noblesville for the White River Celebration, 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Ducks race begins at 5:00 pm with prizes awarded afterwards. Come for the fun of river activities, downtown dining, live music and a wine/beer garden.
NATIONAL TEDDY BEAR DAY CELEBRATION Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with a child in your life by making their special teddy the center of attention. We'll take your bears out to play games, make fun crafts, learn about the habitat of real bears and discover how the teddy bear got its name. This year, National Teddy Bear Day is also Grandparent's Day, so grandparents are especially encouraged to come along for the adventure. Adult participation is required. $10/child. Register at carmelclayparks.com.
Location: Grand Park, Time: See website for specific times, http://www.whale-sale.com/
Location: Noblesville Main Street, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-0205
FRI 07 - SAT 08
Location: Monon Community Center East, Time: 3:00-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-848-7275
FAMILY YOGA IN THE PARK Looking for something different? Try yoga as a family with Karen Powell. Yoga’s uplifting power will help keep your family healthy and bring you closer together. Beginners welcome. Please bring your own yoga mats. Ages 3+.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS VS. CINCINNATI BENGALS Watch as the Indianapolis Colts take on the Cincinnati Bengals
QUEST FOR THE WEST® ART SHOW AND SALE Enjoy Hoosier hospitality at this must-see show and sale, featuring the country's biggest names in Western art. Meet the artists in an intimate setting and purchase art in a luck-of-the-draw sale. Back by popular demand, don't miss a special miniature art sale on Friday, Sept. 7. Purchase smaller pieces of Quest art and take them with you that night. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-636-9378
SAT 08 INDY COOKS FOR THE ARC This fun, food-centered event will feature samples from local chefs and home cooks as well as access to the NCAA Hall of Champions exhibits. Proceeds benefit The Arc of Indiana. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.arcind.org/event/ indy-cooks-for-the-arc *SN Location: NCAA Hall of Champions, Time: 6:00-10:00 pm, Phone: 317-977-2375
Location: Holliday Park, Time: 10:00-11:15 am, Phone: 317- 327-7180
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-262- 8600
MON 10 NATIONAL TEDDY BEAR DAY CELEBRATION
BABY STORYTIME AT IRVINGTON Babies 8-24 months and an adult are invited for stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays in the informal setting of the Library's Story Theatre. It's a great way to introduce little ones to a lifelong love of reading.
Location: Irvington Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4450
LEGO LAND Join them to build with a theme. Use books to guide projects. Fun for the whole family! All ages and skill levels welcome! Location: Lawrence Branch Library, Time: 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-446
TUES 11 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: 5:30- 6:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4410
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WED 12 HARVEST TIME STORY TIME Young children ages 2 - 6 are invited to celebrate the harvest with Professor Watermelon. They'll uncover knowledge about apples, pumpkins, scarecrows and more with fun stories, songs, puppets and dances. Location: Decatur Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4330
SMALL WONDERS Small Wonders is a monthly program that invites parents, grandparents and caregivers to bring their 3- to 5-year-olds to learn, play and discover in the museum. This month, your child will become a musician as he or she takes part in interactive musical storytelling, makes an instrument, explores sound waves and more. This program is for 3- to 5-year-olds and an adult. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00-11:00 am, Phone: 317-232-1637
WED 12 - SAT 29 THE LION KING Experience the phenomenon. The most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you’ve ever heard. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. See the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation that Newsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.” The New York Times says, “There is simply nothing else like it.” Location: Old National Centre, Time: See website for showtimes, Phone: 800-793-7469
THURS 13 YMCA WORLD FEST The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will host a new event—YMCA World Fest—on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, on Monument Circle. The free-to-attend celebration of culture will feature international food vendors with food available for purchase, music, sports and performers and will kick off the Y’s annual Welcoming Week festivities. FREE. Location: Monument Circle, Time: 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Phone: 317-713-8516
SYLLABLES THROUGH DRUMMING
SYLLABLES THROUGH DRUMMING Young children ages 3-6 are invited to learn about the concept of syllables while experimenting with rhythm instruments during this program presented by Arts for Learning. Call to register. Location: Flanner House Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4370
THURS 13 - SUN 15 FALL 2018 INDY KIDS SALE Shop from over 400 families at this three-day mega pop-up event! You can find everything you need for your kids all in one place, all at one time! No more running around! Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, Fri: 9 am-6 pm, Sat: 9 am-5 pm, Sun: 8 am-3 pm, www.indykidssale.com/
THURS 13 - SAT 22 GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS Bring your youngsters to this well loved story, presented by marionettes in a classic stage. After the show, children will create their own little puppet. A perfect first theater experience! Tickets are $8 and include popcorn. Children under two are free. Tickets for a post-show workshop will be for sale for $3. Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio, Time: 10:30-11:30 am, Phone: 317-232-1637
SAT 15 GLOW IN THE PARK Get ready to glow! Black lights, fog machines and lasers light up the night as kids and families enjoy glow in the dark fun in the Nickel Plate District, face painting, a graffiti wall, a live DJ, and a neon splash zone! No registration is required, but parent supervision is. FREE. Location: Nickle Plate District, Time: 8:00-10:00 pm, Phone: 317-595-3111
INDIANAPOLIS HEART WALK The American Heart Association’s 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: IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium, Time: 8:00 am, Phone: 317-732-4724
YOUNG EXPLORERS: WATER EXPLORATION In this monthly program, drop your child off at this class made just for them to encourage creativity, exploration, and independence in an environment that fosters curiosity and imagination. This month, your little one will learn all about water by learning about water animals, experimenting with a sensory water table, ice cube painting and more. This program is for 4- to 6-year-olds to attend on their own. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 1:00-2:30 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637
SUN 16 INDY JAZZ FEST @ CENTRAL LIBRARY: PUERTO RICAN EDITION! Individuals of all ages are invited as Indy Jazz Fest presents Puerto Rico featuring Pavel and Direct Contact. This 90-minute immersive experience will include energizing music, dancing, visuals and storytelling. FREE. Location: Central Library, Time: 3:00-4:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100
MON 17 TALES FOR 2S AND 3S With their caregivers, children ages 2-3 experience the exhilarating discovery of books, stories, and rhymes, and have the opportunity to practice early literacy skills. Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, and fingerplays bring language to life in this fun half hour. Siblings are welcome. Free tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the
Children's Desk 30 minutes prior to the scheduled program start time. A ticket will be required for each person, including infants, attending the program. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-814-3900
TUES 18 HOMESCHOOL EXPLORERS Homeschool families are invited to learn about library resources and discovery skills while participating in fun themebased activities. Most activities are geared for ages 6 and up, but younger siblings are welcome and will have something to explore. Location: Lawrence Branch Library, Time: 1:30-2:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4460
WED 19 LITTLE BUILDERS Young children ages 3 - 6 are invited to join Bricks 4 Kidz to enhance their pre-K skills by using LEGO bricks with an emphasis on letters, numbers, counting, motor skills and cooperation, all while building fun and exciting LEGO creations. Call to register. Location: Glendale Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4410
THURS 20 BUILDING BRIDGES Supporting families and self-advocates through engagement. These meetings are solely for families and individuals with disabilities to provide a forum for constructive and valuable conversations on successes, concerns, as well as suggestions or input regarding BDDS programs and services. At each meeting, state staff will provide brief updates from the Bureau as well as field questions about services and programs administered by BDDS. *SN Location: Easter Seals Crossroads, Time: 6:00-8:00 pm, Website: in.gov/fssa/ ddrs/2639.htm September 2018 INDYSCHILD.COM 39
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SUBURBAN INDY HOME & OUTDOOR LIVING FALL SHOW Fall is the perfect time of year for planting, transplanting, landscape, remodeling, and design/build projects! This show was designed to connect Suburban Indy homeowners with local businesses to discuss your landscape, home improvement, and home building needs!
AUTISM SPEAKS WALK Autism Speaks Walk is powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives and support providers for people with autism. The walk begins at 10:30 am. There will be a quiet space that can be used as a safe outlet if you or your loved one living with autism becomes overwhelmed. More info: act.autismspeaks.org/site/ TR?pg=entry&fr_id=3833 *SN
Location: Grand Park, Time: Th- Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm, Phone: 317-908-3815
Location: Marion County Fairgrounds, Time: 9:00 am
FRI 21 NOBLESVILLE FAMILY MOVIE SERIES: "CARS 3" The Family Summer Movie Series is entering its 11th year this season. Join us at Shelter 1 in beautiful Forest Park for a movie on the big screen under the stars. On Friday, September 21, they will be showing the movie "Cars 3" (G). Movies start at dusk. Location: Forest Park, Time: 8:00-11:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-6350
IUPUI REGATTA The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Regatta is a half-mile canoe relay race on the Downtown Indianapolis canal held in mid-September each year. The event creatively utilizes the downtown waterway from 11th Street (Admiral Spruance Basin) to Walnut Street (Walnut Street Basin) to host this aquatic event. FREE. Location: Downtown Indy Canal, Time: 8:00 am-6:00 pm, https://regatta.iupui.edu/
TINY TOTS ROCK Young ones from infants to age 6 are invited for a class that will provide instrument play, coordinated dance and song, free movement, socialization and an introduction to music that is fun and purposeful. This program is presented by Girls Rock! Indianapolis. Call to register. Location: InfoZone at The Children's Museum, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4430
SAT 22 - SUN 23 BROAD RIPPLE HISTORIC HOME TOUR Join them in Broad Ripple Village for the annual Broad Ripple Historic Home Tour. Since its inception in 2005, the Broad Ripple Historic Home Tour has showcased over 100 historically and architecturally significant Broad Ripple homes. This year will feature even more! Tour homes are located throughout the Village, giving you the opportunity to see the neighborhood's diversity and character. Location: Broad Ripple, Time: 11:00 am, Website: www.broadripplehometour.org/
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME AT SOUTHPORT Preschoolers ages 3 - 5 and an adult are invited for an active class featuring stories, songs and rhymes that focus on early literacy skills and school preparedness. This program will be followed by age appropriate learning activities. FREE. Location: Southport Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4510
WED 26 SENSORY STORYTIME @ WAYNE Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 on the autism spectrum or with sensory integration challenges are invited for this storytime in a small, interactive setting. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Call 317-275-4530 to register. *SN Location: Wayne Branch Library, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4530
SUN 23 SUBURBAN INDY HOME & OUTDOOR LIVING FALL SHOW
CONCERTS IN THE CENTERPIECE: THE WOOMBLIES Enjoy FREE concert performances on Sundays from 5:00- 7:00 pm on the terraced, amphitheater seating surrounding the stately Centerpiece in Coxhall Gardens. Concerts are staged on Sundays in September. Guests are invited to bring their lawn chairs or blankets for comfort. FREE.
SENSORY-FRIENDLY FILMS: â€œGHOSTBUSTERSâ€? Starting in September, the Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin will start offering sensory-friendly film showings. In order to provide a more comfortable setting for individuals on the autism spectrum, the sound will be turned down and dim lights will be on. *SN Location: Historic Artcraft Theatre, Call for time, Phone: 317- 736-6823
Location: Coxhall Garden, Time; 5:00- 7:00 pm, www.hamilton county.in.gov/979/Concerts-in-the- Centerpiece FRI
AFTER-SCHOOL ADVENTURE CLUB: VIKING EXPLORERS Get ready for a thrilling program that'll get you seeing the world around you like never before! This semester you'll want to have your passports ready as CCPL's new After-School Adventure Club takes you to different countries - all without ever having to endure the stress of an airport! Don't forget to pack your Viking helmets we're off to Scandinavia! Ages 6-11. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-814-3900
DROP-IN CRAFT: GIRAFFES What animal lives in Africa and is the tallest land animal? It's the giraffe! Come to the Drop-In Craft and make a giraffe. For children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 10:0011:30 am , Phone: 317-814-3900
SAT 29 MEET A HERO Meet a hero is a special event that takes place every other year. Visitors of the Indianapolis Zoological Society will have the rare opportunity to meet some of the world's most respected animal conservationists. This event is a tremendous opportunity for both children and adults to interact with world-renowned scientists and researchers. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 10:00amnoon, Phone: 317-630-2001
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INDIANA STATE MUSEUM: THE ART OF THE BRICK Children and adults alike will marvel at the incredible art made from millions of LEGO bricks in this traveling exhibit from artist Nathan Sawaya. Visitors will see more than 70 creations from Sawaya, then be able to build their own LEGO creations in a special LEGO play area. The exhibit is the first-ever art exhibition to focus exclusively on LEGO bricks as an art medium. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637
ALL ABOUT SPACE Calling all young astronauts! Come aboard and explore the International Space Station as you continue to learn about the science of space travel. Go back in time to learn about early space travel, see the Liberty Bell 7, and have fun with some hands-on activities about space. Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000
ongoing events HOT WHEELS - RACE TO WIN Occurring until September 9 Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and hold on tight as The Children’s Musuem opens a new exhibit celebrating speed, safety, design, and power! Get revved up for special performances, activities, and the occasional pit stop! Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
SHARING ONE WORLD - LONG-TAILED MACAQUES Occurring until September 30 A brand new habitat has been created for a troop of long-tailed macaques. These incredibly curious primates are highly adaptable to different habitats and climates, though they generally live near water. They're also very adept swimmers, which makes this species a good fit for the Oceans area. Location: Indianapolis Zoo
SUN 30 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS VS. HOUSTON TEXANS Watch as the Indianapolis Colts take on the Houston Texans. Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-262-8600
THE ART OF BRICK AT THE INDIANA STATE MUSEUM
100 YEARS LATER: INDIANA IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR Occurring until November 11 The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. With several installations and exhibitions available in their public spaces, the ISMHS will explore Indiana’s contributions to the war effort. Along with the personal and political sacrifices Hoosiers made, visitors will learn more about this challenging historical period and honor Indiana’s veterans. Location: Indiana State Museum
DC SUPER HEROES: DISCOVER YOUR SUPERPOWERS Occurring until November 25 Families are encouraged to grab their capes and go on an adventure as “reserve Super Heroes-in-training.” Guests of all ages will develop new skills and learn the importance of teamwork at the HALL OF JUSTICE™ as they work together to solve problems and catch Super-Villains in a series of fast-paced challenges. Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10am- 5pm, Phone: 317-334-4000
RILEY CHILDREN'S HEALTH SPORTS LEGENDS EXPERIENCE The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience combines rich sports history, physical fitness, and health education in a variety of family-fun, indoor and outdoor experiences. Run, drive, jump, putt, and play while learning how to stay happy, healthy, and safe. Meet a legendary sports character every visit, hear their story of greatness, and get coached in the drills and skills that helped them succeed. Imagine yourself in the shoes of that same sports legend, and start your story today. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
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
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – THE EXHIBIT Occurring until January 2019 Celebrate the Indianapolis Colts while exploring football’s role in American culture through digital interactive activities, player interviews, original artifacts, photographs and video of the Colts in action. Discover how American football grew out of the rugby fields of English academies into the modern game loved by millions through sweeping changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution. Witness the Hoosier Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium’s rise into the Indianapolis skyline to redefine the city’s image as a championship football town. Location: Indiana Historical Society
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THE REEL WEST Through February 3, 2019 Join the Eiteljorg for an action- packed day of The Reel West programming! Be one of the first to explore the exhibition with curator Johanna Blume on her 11:00 a.m. tour. Have fun with family activities in Eagle Commons, or watch the 1966 film Duel at Diablo in Lilly Theater. Location: Eitlejorg Museum
september festivals & fairs SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL They will have 17 different varieties of Sunflowers. A virtual “Sea of Sunflowers” describes their huge 5 ACRE field of 5-6 ft tall classic yellow sunflowers. Take as many pictures as you like from their observation bridge which will allow you to take beautiful pictures of the entire field of Sunflowers. Date: September 1, 2 and 3 (Labor Day) and September 8 and 9 Location: Stuckey Farm
INDY LABORFEST Visit with working men and women from around central Indiana and learn more about career opportunities. Enjoy the live music, take a turn on the big slide, blow some bubbles and maybe enjoy a beer. After all, it is your Labor Day Weekend! FREE. Date: September 1, 11:00 am- 6:00 pm Location: Downtown Indy, Georgia Street
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 admission. Dates: Labor Day Weekend (Fri- Sun), Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm; Sunday 3:00 pm Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church
FISHERS BLUES FEST End the summer with Fishers Blues Fest - the place to be on Labor Day weekend! This two-night event includes performances by renowned local and national blues artists, including Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and 2018 honoree Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel. Sponsored by WFYI 90.1 and Blues House Party. FREE. Date: Saturday, September 1, 7:00- 11:00 pm Location: Nickel Plate District Amphitheater
SPECIAL NEEDS VIP CARNIVAL AT THE FALL FESTIVAL AT LIONS PARK Hosted by the Zionsville Lions Club and The HAWK Foundation, this free event is for kids of all ages who have special needs, their families and caregivers. The carnival will include rides, games, Silly Safari, Train Rides with Dave DeNeal, dinner provided by Chick-fil-A, music with Mr. Daniel, balloon creations by Joe White and a bounce house. The goal of this event is to provide families with members who have special needs a friendly environment where “kids can be kids” and enjoy the tradition of American carnivals. FREE. More info: thehawkfoundation.org/events/vip-carnivaltickets Date: Friday, September 7, 5:00- 8:00 pm Location: Lions Park
CARMEL APPLE FEST 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. FREE. Date: Saturday, September 8 and 15, All day Location: Tuttle Orchards, Greenfield
PENROD ARTS FAIR Penrod Arts Fair, located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, features more than 300 artists, six stages of entertainment, more than 75 arts-related non-profit organizations and an extensive children’s area. Date: September 8, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm Location: Newfields
CARMEL MOONCAKE FESTIVAL Presented by the Carmel-Xiangyang Sister City Committee, the City of Carmel Chinese Mooncake Festival presents traditional Chinese dancing, music and, of course, Chinese Mooncakes. There will be a dragon parade through the Carmel Arts & Design District on Main Street beginning at 6 p.m. Bring the whole family out to experience the culture and traditions of China in your own neighborhood.
YMCA WORLD FEST The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will host a new event—YMCA World Fest—on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, on Monument Circle. The free-to-attend celebration of culture will feature international food vendors with food available for purchase, music, sports and performers and will kick off the Y’s annual Welcoming Week festivities. FREE. Date: Thursday, September 13, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm Location: Monument Circle
MONUMENT CIRCLE OKTOBERFEST The north half of Monument Circle will go German to usher in the fall season! Presented by the Columbia Club, Oktoberfest features both German and American fare. Enjoy bands, a beer garden and traditional German foods. FREE. Date: Friday, September 14, 5:00 11:00 pm Location: Monument Circle
INDY IRISH FEST As one of the largest cultural music festivals in the state, Indy Irish Fest is excited to welcome a variety of new international and national talent to Indy this year, spanning a mix of genres. With a Wee Folks area that features a craft tent, storytelling, a coloring contest, face painting and more, there’s fun for the whole family. Returning this year after crowd-pleasing past years will be a presentation and hands-on activities by Silly Safari, bringing animals and animal education to the event.
Date: Friday, September 14 - Sunday, September 16, Friday: 4:30- 11:00 pm, Saturday: 11:30 am- 11:00 pm, Sunday: 10:30 am- 5:00 pm Location: Military Park
Date: Saturday, September 8, 6:00- 8:30 pm Location: Indiana Design Center
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GLOBAL FEST The first annual Global Fest is a celebration of culture and community, sharing traditions and honoring heritage through food, music, art, and play. With dozens of cultures represented, Global Fest guests can experience everything from Chinese shadow puppet shows to Australian aboriginal dot painting. Kids area will offer every child a Passport to Fun, where they can earn stamps to win prizes. Activities will include global games led by Playworks, Italian bocce ball, Swiss Sack Gumpen (potato sack races), and flag face painting. Date: Saturday, September 15, Noon- 10:00 pm Location: Northwood Christian Church
INDY MARKET FOR MAKERS Markets for Makers is coming to Downtown Indianapolis inside The Biltwell Event Center. Come and discover tons of makers and emerging brands. Enjoy a full bar, local food trucks, music, free DIY flower crowns, take photos at the many unique photo walls and more! Date: Saturday, September 15 - Sunday, September 16, 11:00 am- 4:00 pm Location: Bitwell Event Center
FISHERS 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. Date: Friday, September 21 - Saturday, September 22, Fri: 5:30- 10:30 pm, Sat: Noon- 10:30 pm Location: Witten Park, 131st and Olio Road
CARMEL INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL The 20h 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 the high school art students in Carmel in the Young Artist Tent. New this year: a Young at Art station for kids. FREE. Dates: Saturday, September 22, 10:00 am-6:00 pm; Sunday, September 24, 10:00 am-5:00 pm Location: Arts and Design District, Carmel
FESTIVAL OF MACHINES This event in September features vintage cars, aircraft, military vehicles, steam engines, firetrucks and tons of activities for kids, the Festival of Machines is a perfect outdoor escapade for the whole family to enjoy.
ST. GEORGE FESTIVAL St. George Festival presents a heritage of faith, hospitality, good food, music and crafts from the roots in the Holy Land and the cultures that make up their congregation. The family-oriented festival includes food booths offering lamb shanks, falafel, gyros, kibbee, kafta, spinach pies, grape leaves, desserts, pastries and honey balls. FREE.
Date: Saturday, September 15 - Sunday, September 16, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm Location: Conner Prairie
Date: Friday, September 21 - Sunday, September 23, Fri: 5-10pm/ Sat: 1-10pm/Sun: 1-5pm Location: St. George Orthodox Christian Church
SPECIAL NEEDS TRANSITION FAIR Sponsored by the Johnson County Transition Council, all students and caregivers, parents, families and teachers are encouraged to attend this resource fair to equip themselves with valuable information as they transition from school. Vocational Rehabilitation and more than 40 other providers will offer information about employment, educational resources, housing and other services for people with disabilities. Light refreshments and childfriendly activities will be available. Child care will not be provided. Date: Tuesday, September 18, 6:30- 8:30 pm Location: Center Grove High School
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ROCKY RIPPLE FESTIVAL The annual Rocky Ripple “Festival in the Park,” with proceeds going to the Rocky Ripple Parks Endowment Fund, focuses on “the arts.” The event is staged entirely through volunteer efforts from the community. 2018 marks the 19th year of the festival. Beer and wine at the festival are provided by the Broad Ripple Brewpub. There will be a variety of food offerings from local vendors, including fresh corn on the cob and ice cream. Website: http:// www.rockyripple.org/ Date: Saturday, September 22, 11:00 am Location: Hohlt Park, Time: 11:00 am
CARMEL INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL Both days include wonderful entertainment. Along with the tempting food vendors, festival-goers can sample the Arts and Design District’s outstanding restaurants and visit all the local shops. www.carmelartsfestival.org/ FREE. Date: Saturday, September 22 - Sunday, September 23, Sat: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sun: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Location: Carmel Arts & Design District
NEW EARTH FESTIVAL Downtown Hamilton County's longest running and largest festival. Over 600 vendors. Unique arts and crafts, pottery, clothing, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, home decor, farmers market, kids' zone, food and juried art area. Live entertainment featuring the Flying Toasters. Date: Saturday, September 22 - Sunday, September 23 Location: 105 East Main Street
HAMILTON HARVEST FESTIVAL Event features include live music, pumpkin carving, kid entertainment, beer, food, marketplace and more! Date: Saturday, September 29, 3:00 - 8:00 pm Location: Hamilton Town Center
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: Saturday, September 29, 2:00 – 11:00 pm Location: St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Community, Fishers
FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES Live music, singing, dancing & kids activities. Fun for ALL Ages! FREE. Date: Sunday, September 30, 1:00- 5:00 pm Location: Broad Ripple Park
FIESTA FAMILIA: A CELEBRATION OF LATINO CULTURES Celebrate Fiesta Familia! The festivities will honor children and celebrate Latino cultures.
FREE. Date: Sunday, September 23, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
INDY DONUT FESTIVAL The Indy Donut Festival is back for a third year! Save the date so you donut miss out on the fun! This ticketed event allows guests to sample great coffee and creative donuts from around the Indianapolis area. Relax with your donut and listen to live music or participate in fun donut-themed activities! There is fun for the whole family! Date: Saturday, September 29, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm Location: Broad Ripple Village
PLEASE NOTE At Indy's Child, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally, event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.
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WACKY FUN & calendar SEPTEMBER 2018
I N DY ' S C H I L D
1 WORLD BEARD DAY
CHEESE PIZZA DAY
READ A BOOK DAY
PET ROCK DAY
LAZY MOM'S DAY
STAR TREK DAY
10 PATRIOT DAY
GRANDPARENT'S DAY SWAP IDEAS DAY
16 PLAY DOH DAY
CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY
14 GOBSTOPPER DAY
15 GREENPEACE DAY
FORTUNE COOKIE DAY
17 INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC DAY
19 TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY
PUNCH DAY DOODLE DAY MINI GOLF DAY
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL DAY
PUNCTUATION DAY WORLD DREAM DAY
28 STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY
LOVE NOTE DAY
29 SAVE YOUR PHOTOS DAY
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