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10 | DOWNTOWN OCTOBER FUN Plenty to do for every age!

16 | PRESCHOOL ENRICHMENT Something to suit every interest


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Pros and cons of “later in life” parenting





Helping kids and parents through the process

42 | FALL FUN An autumnal bucket list

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A Grandmother’s Trip with her Granddaughter I have just completed a Grandmother's Fete: I have taken the last of my 17 grandchildren, Lucy Wynne, to New York City to see the Statue of Liberty, attend a Broadway musical, see my favorite museums and experience getting everywhere by walking, taking a bus, taxi or subway! Things have changed a lot since 1992 when I started taking my grandchildren to New York. Ryan Wynne had an itinerary that included an extensive tour of the United Nations and a simple ferry boat ride to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. No reservations were needed. You just went to Battery Park, stood in line and watched acrobats then climbed aboard when it was your turn. Today you make a reservation to get a tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is not open due to Hurricane Sandy repairs that have forced its closing. You are given a precise time to go inside of the Statue of Liberty and you have two separate security checks! The effort is worth it though and the sight of Lady Liberty still has hundreds of cameras snapping every minute.

Indy’s Child FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne |

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EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Wendy Schrepferman |

All of my grandchildren have visited the Statue of Liberty with their grandmother but only Lucy has visited the 9/11 Memorial. Lucy only turned 10 in September so she was born after the terrorists’ attack on September 11, 2001. The impact of that day is captured in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The two reflective pools are given tremendous strength by the granite tablets that surround them with all 3,000 victims’ names engraved. Lucy read about Todd Beamer, the “let’s roll” hero from United Airlines Flight 93. Reading his biography helped her realize how many peoples' lives were affected by the attack. She proudly wears a white 9/11 wrist band that has “Hope” inscribed on it that a guide presented her. My visit with Lucy had many similar stops to museums as her cousins’ visits. At the American Museum of Natural History we always read Teddy Roosevelt's tablets on conservation and national parks. Lucy visited the exhibit on “Frogs from Around the World” and spent almost two hours discovering how many different kinds of frogs and toads exist. Fortunately, you don't have to go to New York to have a great museum visit with your children and grandchildren. I believe Indianapolis has at least ten museums that New Yorkers would love to visit! For me, visiting New York is a way to make my grandchild feel special for a few days; experiencing a hotel together and walking through different places like China Town. (Plus, I always have my grandchildren ask the taxicab drivers where they were Barbara Wynne born – an additional lesson in geography!) Founding Publisher

(Our apologies for a misprint in the September issue regarding Oktoberfest at Traders Point Creamery. The correct date is Saturday, October 12th from noon - 7:00 pm. Be sure to check out this great family event!)


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Barbara Wynne, Carrie Bishop, Sarah McCosham, Katrina Anne Willis, Michelle Shirk, Jennifer Garcia, Mary Susan Buhner, Pete Gilbert, Deb Krupowicz, Kimberly Harms of The Children’s Museum, Amanda Dorman of Indianapolis Downtown Inc., Dr. Sarah Hill of Riley Hospital for Children, Taylor Donahue of The Indianapolis Zoo

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Dance Kaleidoscope mini matinees are returning to the stage on October 24th at noon. This is the perfect introduction to DK for you and your family. Tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased at the Indiana Repertory Theatre box office (M-F 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) or by calling 317.635.5252.


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INDY FAMILY FEST Don’t miss this amazing event created especially for Indianapolis families on Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Marsh Pavilion. Come learn valuable parenting information, view the latest products and participate in a variety of activities such as a Princess and Super Hero Party, a Mommy Relaxation Lounge and a Dad’s Fun Zone. Guests will enjoy a keynote address by Indy’s Child “Mommy Magic” columnist, Mary Susan-Buhner as well. Tickets: Adults $5, children ages 3-12 $2, ages 2 and under are free, family pack $12. Visit for more details.

Holiday Mart Junior League Mark your calendar for one of Indy’s favorite holiday traditions! Visit over 100 unique merchants from across the country at The Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion at The Indiana State Fairgrounds. The event begins Thursday, November 14th and runs through Sunday, November 17th. There are additional opportunities to visit Holiday Mart for Shoppers’ Eve and Girls’ Night Out as well. Holiday Mart hours: Nov. 14th, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Nov. 15th, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Nov. 16th, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Nov. 17th, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. $10 advance tickets are available at all Marsh Supermarkets or at $15 tickets will be available at the door.

GET POPPIN' The Crossroads of America Council recently kicked off the 2013 annual popcorn sale! Local Boy Scouts will be selling popcorn through November 2nd. Scouts will be visiting neighborhoods and will also host “showand-sell” events at local grocery stores and other retail locations. Keep an eye out and enjoy some delicious, gourmet popcorn this fall!

Calling all American Girls The Riley Cheer Guild invites girls, their friends and families to experience an American Girl Fashion Show on November 9th at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and November 10th at 1:00 p.m. at The Primo Banquet Hall and Conference Center, 2615 National Avenue in Indianapolis. The event will showcase historical and contemporary fashions and will also include dollthemed food stations, craft stations, party favors, photography and a doll hair salon. Tickets are selling quickly! Proceeds will benefit The Cheer Guild Toy Room at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Visit or American Girl Fashion Show Central Indiana on Facebook for more information.

REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT BY MAKING FOOTPRINTS (AND TIRE PRINTS) Wednesday, October 9th is National Walk/Bike to School Day! Gather your neighbors and make plans to walk or bike to school together. In addition to helping the environment, the exercise will benefit you, too! Learn more at


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October FUN

Plenty to do for every age and interest!

Amanda Dorman, Communications Manager, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.


ring the family downtown for great festivals and Halloween fun. Family-friendly events in downtown Indianapolis are a great way to introduce kids to new cultures and activities. These fall events – taking place at some of Indy’s top destinations – include a range of activities from live music and dancing to hands-on activities and carousel rides in reverse. Don’t miss the award winning Haunted House at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This year the bravest of visitors can participate in Williams Comfort Air’s XTREME SCREAM Fridays – the ultimate mind/body fright experience. Intrigued yet? Check out this list for more details.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis – the largest (and, according to Child magazine, the best) children's museum in the world – will host its annual Haunted House from October 10th – 31st. This year the Children’s Museum Guild invites you to travel back in time and explore 50 years of fear as Ghoulish Guide Dr. Timestein ushers visitors through 50 years of petrifying pop culture. Fun fact: this haunted house is ranked among the top 10 haunted houses in the nation by Rand McNally. Do your kids love animals? Obstacle courses? Carousel rides? All of the above? Take your family to the Indianapolis Zoo for ZooBoo October 11th – 27th from 2 – 7 p.m. The cooler weather brings the animals out later so you can enjoy animal chats and Halloween-themed dolphin shows. Besides the obstacle course, active kids can enjoy the White River Junction Train, the Roller Ghoster and the Round-Go-Merry (a carousel ride in reverse!) Costumes are encouraged and kids can bring a bag to trick-or-treat. Discover your inner German and celebrate GermanAmerican Day at The Athenaeum’s annual Germanfest on October 12th from noon - 8 p.m. This event includes something for the entire family. 10 INDYSCHILD.COM · OCTOBER 2013

Kids can enjoy wiener dog races, a strong man competition, authentic German dancing and ZwergenLand for Kids. Parents can participate in the 5k Lederhosen Run/Walk and enjoy beer games, beer tastings and German food made by the Indianapolis Sangerchor. And if your kids still have energy to burn, send them to the bounce house at ZwergenLand. Learn about the traditions and history behind Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, at the Indiana State Museum on October 29th from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy hands-on activities and games, make paper marigolds, learn about altar building, drop in on demonstrations and discover the cultural significance of the Monarch butterfly migrating to this celebration. This is a great way to enjoy a hint of authentic Mexican-American culture in Indianapolis. With nearly 100,000 spectators every year, the Circle City Classic Parade is an Indianapolis tradition. The Classic Parade is a family-oriented event with a focus on education and highlighting honor students from central Indiana high schools. The route begins at 10 a.m. at North and Pennsylvania streets and concludes at North and Meridian streets. Past Parade Grand Marshals have included celebrities such as Kelly Rowland, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist, Yolanda Adams. Make plans to attend the legendary Circle City Classic football game on October 12th at 3 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. For more information on downtown family fun, visit





How to make Halloween a fun –and safe– night Make sure kids understand these important safety rules Halloween presents wonderful opportunities for parents and children to have fun together, but it also requires extra attention to safety concerns. It starts with pumpkin carving: younger children can participate by drawing the face, but the actual carving should be left to adults. The safest candle for your family’s jack-o-lantern is a votive; an even safer option is using a glow stick or battery-powered light. Children love to choose their own Halloween costumes, but parents should pay close attention to the selection process. Consider visibility and ease of movement for each costume. Costumes that are bright or reflective help keep kids safer in fading light. If your child is going to be out after dark, it’s worth the extra effort to add reflective tape to trick-or-treat bags or costumes. This helps ensure motorists will see your children as they cross roadways or driveways. Glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets are also great options to help visibility, and kids love to wear them. According to Dr. Jason Little of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, falls are the biggest cause of ER visits on Halloween night. Therefore, be sure hats and shoes fit properly to minimize the risk of tripping or obscured vision. Makeup approved for use on faces can be a good alternative to masks that limit trick-or-treaters’ ability to see.

Naturally, young children should always be accompanied by an adult while trick-ortreating. Parents should establish a safe trick-or-treating route and time to return home with older children – who should go out in a group. “In addition to traveling in groups, kids should avoid dark houses,” Little said. Dr. Little also recommends that parents sit down and review safety rules with their children prior to trick-or-treating. “It’s important to remind kids that if they are approached by a stranger, they should run away and be loud, and not to take any rides from anyone.” After trick-or-treating, be sure to check the candy for anything suspicious such as pinholes or half-open wrappers. And don’t let your kids eat any prepared treats like cookies from unknown neighbors. For children four and under, be sure to watch for choking hazards.

Here are some other safety guidelines for children before they head out on Halloween night: • Always walk on sidewalks or at the edge of roadways facing traffic. • Never enter a home for a treat. • Avoid cutting across lawns or alleys and stick to sidewalks and designated places to cross the street. • Wait until returning home before examining and eating candy. Finally, parents who plan to hand out candy should prepare yards and front porches by removing garden hoses, lawn ornaments and tools children might trip over in the dark. All outdoor lights should have working bulbs, and sidewalks should be swept of wet leaves or other slipping hazards. This way, no one gets hurt and everybody has fun!

Trick-or-Treat for Kids off Their Feet You can also teach your child an important lesson about helping others this Halloween by participating in the annual Trick-or-Treat for Kids off Their Feet — a community service event that collects items for patients at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent who are unable to trick-or-treat on Halloween night. For more information, visit www.peytonmanning. and click on “Ways To Give.”






Mindful Eating Set in motion a lifetime of better habits and health By Sarah Hill, M.D. FAAP

It’s important for all of us to eat healthy, but it’s crucial for children because good nutrition aids in the development of a strong mind and body. Plus, the good habits children develop now will likely follow them for decades to come. However, it is not always easy to eat healthy! The majority of today’s foods are laden with artificial dyes, sweeteners, salt, oils and preservatives. Even foods that we think are nutritious are sometimes nothing more than the result of clever marketing from food companies. Claims of “less sodium,” “whole grain” and “all natural” don’t always equal healthy. Getting children to eat healthfully will more than likely not happen overnight. However, if you make slow but steady changes and model good behavior, it doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. Consider incorporating some of these suggestions:

Dish out appropriate serving sizes. In general, a portion should be the size of your child’s fist. And, there’s no need to insist your child be a member of the “clean plate club.” Kids are pretty good at knowing when they are full. Focus on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains – foods that can be eaten in their natural state – with little-to-no processing. Get in the habit of checking food labels. Question any food that contains ingredients that you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce.

Once a week, clean and cut up fruits and vegetables and then store them front and center in the refrigerator. Now when your child is hungry or wants a snack, he has healthy choices. Refrain from buying chips and cookies which are nothing more than empty calories.

The best way to know exactly what your family is eating is to prepare meals at home. Restaurants routinely add unnecessary fat, salt and sugar to meals. Plus, studies show that regular, sit-down meals at home help lower obesity rates and improve family well-being.

Involve your children so they have a say in the meal they will eat. Ask them to help select a recipe, create a grocery list and then find the ingredients you’ll need at the store.

Involve your children in growing their own food – such as peppers and tomatoes. Don’t have the space? You can have a garden with just a few flower pots on a patio.


Slowly eliminate sugary drinks. Make drinking water your family’s go-to drink. There’s nothing cheaper, healthier or more plentiful than water – and most of us could stand to drink more of it.

Serve more fruits and vegetables with each meal and as snacks. If your child resists, don’t force or bribe him. Model good behavior and your child will likely eventually adopt your habits. Meanwhile, be patient and get creative. For example, create a smiley face with vegetables on a plate. Use fruit to create the initial of their first name in a bowl of oatmeal. Place chunks of fruit on a kabob or freeze grapes or peaches for a fun, tasty snack. In general, take it in stride. There’s no need to ban unhealthy foods entirely – simply limit them to rare occasions – so that your child doesn’t rebel or overindulge when given the chance. Crowd out the bad choices by filling up on better, healthier options. Your family has nothing to lose and great health to gain! For more information visit Sarah Hill, M.D. FAAP, is a pediatrician for the Department of General Pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.



Michelle Shirk

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he preschool years are a special time in a child’s life. If your little one falls in the twoto-five age group, you’re probably ready to explore some new ways to help him or her learn and grow. Stephanie Squint, Dance Director at the Indy Dance Academy, believes the preschool age is a good time to introduce a child to a new class or activity. The Indy Dance Academy offers an array of classes designed to get young kids moving and participating in the classroom while allowing them to meet students who are not necessarily part of their school group. “[Taking a class] also gives them the opportunity to explore different dance styles,” says Squint. While dance is a great extracurricular option, it may not be the right choice for every preschooler. With many different classes and activities competing for your time and money, it can be a challenge to choose the right one for your child. When evaluating a program, Squint encourages parents to look at the credentials of the person teaching the class and ensure that the teacher has an adequate knowledge base. For example, she notes that in the case of dance, most students will learn important skills at a very young age, so it is a good idea to have an instructor from the beginning who is knowledgeable in dance terminology, classroom procedures and choreography. Squint also recommends parents consider class size when choosing an enrichment activity. “You don’t want too many kids in a class, because then it can get a little bit out of hand,” she says. Finally, parents should look at the environment the child will be in, and whether it is safe and secure. Of course, in selecting an enrichment option for your preschooler you will also need to take into account your family’s schedule, budget and personal preferences. Check out our roundup of Indianapolis area enrichment programs selected to suit a wide variety of parent “wants.”



The IU Natatorium ( offers an extensive schedule of preschool “Learn to Swim” classes for three and four year olds. These classes boast an impressive 1 to 4 coach to student ratio along with the opportunity for kids to learn an important life skill.

Each session of “Wee Wednesdays” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art ( costs just $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Expect singing, gallery exploration and art activities. Advance registration is required for this program.

The Indianapolis Public Library is your go-to spot for no cost enrichment. Head to to find a dizzying array of preschool story times all over the Indianapolis area. These drop-in events featuring songs, rhymes, crafts and more provide a great way to enrich your child without spending a penny.

The Gymboree Play & Music ( franchises in Carmel and Greenwood offer classes in art, music, sports and more for the preschool age group. In addition to their paid classes, enrolled Gymboree members receive access to several different “Open Gym” sessions per week.

The Indy Dance Academy ( provides young kids with plenty of opportunities to move. Little ones can start in “Mommy and Me” sessions as young as 18 months old before moving on to independent classes like “Creative Movement” and “Creative Dance,” which introduce traditional ballet and tap techniques.


As you can see, there’s truly something for everybody in the world of preschool enrichment. Choose the program that best suits your family’s style and enjoy exploring new activities together!



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Time Warp 50 Years of Fear! Kimberly Harms, Director of Public and Media Relations, The Children's Museum of Indianpolis

It is a golden year for the good witches of The Children’s Museum Guild’s Haunted House. The world’s largest children’s museum has special treats and tricks up its sleeve as it celebrates 50 Years of Fear! Visitors will travel back in time with Ghoulish Guide Dr. Timestein to explore the best of the last five “dead-cades” of music, movies and television through a terrifying Time Warp! For the last 50 years, each Haunted House has been based on a thematic concept – the Wild West, outer space, movie monsters, a Victorian mansion and scary stories to name a few. The theme sets the tone for the Haunted House’s décor, contents and characters, which has led many people to come back year after year. To add to the fright this year, visitors are encouraged to explore the Haunted House in 3-D. The Children’s Museum Guild Haunted House offers three unique experiences for Halloween enthusiasts. For those who scare easily, the Haunted House features Lights-On Hours. Frightening Hours are recommended for visitors who like a good scare and for the super brave visitor, new this year, XTREME SCREAM Fridays takes fright to the next level through an extreme mind/body fright experience. The Children's Museum's Halloween hilarity does not stop with the 50th Anniversary Haunted House. Step into the mysterious world of live bats and meet them face-to-face in Bat Encounters inside the museum’s Lilly Theater October 17th -19th. And those who really love creepy and kooky, altogether spooky will not want to miss Hollywood Haunts, the museum's new pop culture experience, which is free with admission. Hollywood Haunts celebrates the monsters, aliens, ghouls and ghosts of popular culture. It will feature real movie props and costumes from Hollywood’s most popular sci-fi, horror, adventure movies and TV shows such as Adams Family costumes, Sammy Terry’s costume, Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, mummy from the movie “The Mummy” and props from Indiana Jones movies.


For more frightful family fun, start planning your family’s crazy costume now to wear to the Black Hat Bash. Billed as the “newest, biggest and best family-friendly Halloween party,” it features food from several “fa-boo-lous” restaurants, spellbinding spirits, a devilish DJ, a costume runway show, arcade games, and lights-on and Frightening Hours tours of the Haunted House. The friendly witches of the Museum Guild also waved their wands to whip up creepy, creative tips on everything from freaky food to how to create your own cute costumes on a budget. Learn about those at The annual family-friendly fundraiser, created and operated by volunteers of the Museum Guild, is believed to be America’s longest continuously operated haunted house. Those who feel especially nostalgic will enjoy reading all about the last 50 years in an online history at Time Warp: 50 Years of Fear at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is open from October 10th – 31st, 2013 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).



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Bring Your Wild Things to ZooBoo presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers

The Indianapolis Zoo hosts three weekends of Halloween fun! Taylor Donahue

Celebrate fall where the wild things are with ZooBoo presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers. The Indianapolis Zoo’s annual Halloween event provides a safe, family-friendly experience featuring everyone’s favorite creatures along with all the fun activities the season has to offer. From 2 to 7 p.m. for three thrilling weekends – October 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27 – parents can bring their little ones to enjoy Halloween activities with a Zoo flair. The cooler autumn weather means the animals will be more active, and extended hours mean guests can enjoy the Zoo until the sun sets. Experience Halloweenthemed Dolphin Adventure Shows and extra animal keeper chats. Even the elephants get into the season’s spirit with the Elephant Pumpkin Smash!

activities, like Spider Ring Toss presented by Shane Company, Pumpkin Bowling, cookie decorating, crafts and more! ZooBoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular Zoo admission. Discount tickets for ZooBoo are available at Indianapolis-area Marsh and Indiana Members Credit Union locations. For more information visit www., or follow the Zoo on Facebook and Twitter.

The little ones are encouraged to dress up in their favorite wild costumes, and those who need help bringing out their inner animal can visit one of the facepainting stations. Children can also bring a trick-or-treat bag to collect treats throughout the Plains exhibit at five stations presented by Endangered Species Chocolate, FedEx, the Goddard School, Indiana Members Credit Union and Sam’s Club. Plus the ghoulish goodies available at the Zoo’s eateries will satisfy any sweet tooth. Climb aboard the White River Junction Train presented by Marathon for an enchanted ride that includes some Halloween surprises and a special treat at the end. Enjoy the bewitching fun of the Round-Go-Merry — the carousel that moves in reverse! A thrilling ride on the Roller Ghoster presented by Outback Steakhouse is a great way to round out a spook-tacular visit! Little ones can take a fun dash through the Hay Maze presented by State Farm. Then bring everyone to the ZooBoo Activity Center presented by Macy’s, where guests can dance to the beat of Monster Music and enjoy Halloween-themed


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BEING AN OLDER PARENT Pros and cons of “later in life” parenting

Katrina Anne Willis


t seems hard to believe that at 35, women are already considered to be of “advanced maternal age” – meaning that pregnancy for them could include greater medical risks. Yet many women are choosing to have children later in life, and find that the social and emotional aspect of being an older parent may be even more complex than the physical component. In an informal Indy’s Child Facebook survey, we asked readers to share their thoughts on being an older parent. For many moms, the number one benefit of having a child later in life is their own increased maturity. One reader responded, “I am a 50 year-old mom of a 7 year-old child. I have more patience now than I did as a 20 or 30 year-old. I definitely choose which battles to fight, and I don’t sweat the small stuff.” Others cited financial security as an advantage of waiting to have children. Father of four, Chris, was born when his parents were both 40. He says, “I had the advantage of entering into the family dynamic when my siblings were nearly grown and my dad was at the pinnacle of his career. The result was that I got to experience a lot of things my siblings didn’t – simply because we had the financial means.”


“’Advanced maternal age’ may be a readily accepted medical term,” says another Facebook respondent, “but age is all simply a state of mind. I’m as young as I feel, and being an older mother has kept me energized. Our pace may be a little slower than some of our 20-something counterparts, but I don’t see that as a disadvantage. Instead, I relish the time I get to spend with my daughter. I’m not as frantic and frenzied as I was when I was younger. I’m able to let go of more – to truly enjoy the time we have together.” Many children born to older moms and dads, however, fear for the physical health and well-being of their aging parents. “When I was in third grade,” Chris remembers, “I feigned illness almost every day. I was worried that something would happen to my mom while I was at school. She was so much older than the other moms, and I was convinced that meant she was going to die sooner. Now, I’m fairly certain she’s going to outlive us all!” An Indy’s Child reader shared a common concern. “Losing my own father at a young age definitely makes me worry about my son losing his father (who became a father at age 58). For me, the loss of my father was a devastating blow, and I don’t want my son to have to experience that

age is all simply a state of mind. I’m as young as I feel, and being an older mother has kept me energized. Our pace may be a little slower than some of our 20-something counterparts, but I don’t see that as a disadvantage.

Chris’s parents – who are now in their 80s – agree. “It was definitely a different and unexpected experience having Chris at 40,” his dad admits. “We were sending our oldest off to college while we were potty-training our youngest. But that age difference kept us on our toes.”

prematurely. I know there are no guarantees of what may or may not happen, but because my husband is so much older, it’s a thought that’s always at the back of my mind. And it doesn’t help quell my fears when strangers call him ‘grandpa’ – which they often do.” As is often true with many important family issues, a broad spectrum exists for what works with different people. Although the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a parent later in life may depend on individual circumstances, the majority of our respondents agreed on one key point. Being an older parent is a decision they wouldn’t change and certainly never regret.






WITH Helping kids and parents through the process Families can be hard work. And sometimes, no matter how much they love one another and how hard they work, things just don’t turn out as planned. Andrea Carson, 33, never pictured herself as a divorced, single mom, yet two years ago that was a decision that she found herself making. “I have learned that life doesn't always turn out the way that you thought it would, but you have to live the one life you get to the fullest,” she says. Like many parents going through a divorce, Carson’s priority was to maintain a sense of normalcy for her then two year-old daughter – something family counselors highly recommend. Malissa Boyd, a licensed clinical social worker with Hancock Counseling and Psychiatric Services in Greenfield, advises divorcing parents to keep children’s activities and environment as consistent as possible so they can feel secure. “They need to know that life can still be normal and positive despite challenging life events,” says Boyd.


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In Carson’s case, she and her ex-husband quickly established separate lives, making sure their child was always surrounded by love and support. She says, “Moving quickly helped us move on for the sake of establishing a good routine for her. She knows she has three days with Daddy and four days with Mommy. Routine is key, as is constantly reassuring her that we love her.”

Children are not BFFs Divorce is painful, and parents may sometimes turn to their children for support, sharing information with them that is not appropriate. Jennifer Wilson, a school counselor, helps many children cope with divorce and has experienced this particular situation herself. Her parents’ own rocky 23 year marriage, which included multiple separations, finally ended in divorce when Wilson was in college. In retrospect, she says her parents’ biggest mistake was using their children as confidants instead of receiving counseling.

“I was my mom’s best friend during this time, which was very unhealthy for me,” says Wilson. “It caused me to become very resentful toward my father. Now that I am older, I wish she hadn’t shared such personal information about their marriage.” As a school counselor, Wilson tells parents to talk openly about what is happening without inserting negative comments about their spouse. “Keep in mind that the relationship you have with your spouse is different than the one your children have with your spouse.”

Let kids emote Divorce is a major upheaval in children’s lives and they should understand that it is alright to have strong emotions about it – including anger. “It’s okay [for children] to feel angry about the divorce – they have a right to their own opinions. Anger is a normal emotion and can be channeled in healthy ways,” says Boyd. Whatever emotions your child is feeling, he or she should be allowed to express them. “Be aware that divorce is not a short-term situation for children,” says Wilson. “It’s a grieving process. Divorce is the loss of a family structure. Reassure your children that they are loved by both parents and they are not at fault.”

Moving on While focusing on how children are handling a divorce is critical, parents should also consider their own healing. Boyd recommends setting new personal, healthy goals. People with support systems, such as family, friends or structured support groups, fare better during a major life change. As Carson says, “It gets very lonely, but I try to stay busy when I don’t have my daughter. I recommend getting out of the house and enjoying yourself so that the time spent without your child is easier.” Some parents may question whether they have made the right decision for their family. Boyd says that many marriages end due to conflict, and that usually means that the conflict also ends. It can be helpful to remember that by eliminating this stress, you have opened the door to a more positive living situation. While your children may not understand or agree with your choice, they will benefit by your strength and confidence in your decision.

For additional support, try these online and local divorce resources: • DivorceCare ( An extensive list of support resources based upon location • DivorceCare for Kids ( Associated with DivorceCare, geared specifically for children’s issues • ( Find a psychologist or therapist in your area who meets your specific counseling criteria • Local churches Check local churches that offer divorce support groups for adults and children OCTOBER 2013 · INDYSCHILD.COM


commentary & parenting


Riding the Learning Curve With each new phase comes new parenting lessons Mary Susan Buhner

I don't know about you, but as mom, I feel like I am always learning something new. I used to think when I first became a mother that eventually there would be a finish line. Fourteen years into motherhood and nothing could be further from the truth. I am constantly humbled and most days feel like I scramble just to keep up. First, it was the car seat and stroller learning curve – figuring out how to clasp, grasp, snap, (might as well crackle and pop, too) to get my kiddos safely secured into their car seat and stroller. Don't even get me started on the sweat I broke trying to figure out how to install the car seat or the small stroke I had in the grocery store parking lot trying to collapse the stroller to cram it into my trunk the first time. Then there was the starting school learning curve – training kids to get up early, catch the bus and of course, complete homework. Next came the sports learning curve – keeping up with sports physicals, forms, practice schedules, game schedules, uniforms and team pictures. (Let alone helping my kids learn to play a new sport.) Thinking about the sign-up sheet learning curve makes me sweat. I am still figuring out that one. Permission slips, email sign-up sheets, newsletters… all of it seems to constantly change and requires me to constantly change with it. All of this used to stress me out. I like goals and I like reaching goals, but parenthood felt more like trying to catch water – every time I tried to grasp it – it just ran through my fingers. I knew that the beast I was tangling with was not going to slow down since I had three children, so I had to change my perspective about how to handle it. I had to stop pushing and pulling and thinking I could control the process because that would only exhaust me. If I learned to glide with it, like dancing, I could manage it much easier. This concept really hit home when I watched a documentary on the History Channel that featured the life of Thomas Jefferson. Happy to be watching something unrelated to Doc McStuffins, I learned that Jefferson always considered himself a student. He constantly sought opportunities to learn new things. The light bulb went off in my head and I realized I had to change my overall thinking about parenthood. I needed look at it more like being a student and view each new milestone as an opportunity to learn. I stopped thinking the finish line was around the corner because in fact, the finish line was a constantly moving target.


So after installing that first infant car seat years ago, I am still learning. Every day is a wonderful opportunity to be a student. I have stopped looking for the finish line. Each moment I am learning something new with my children I consider a touchdown.

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Autism and School Bullying Carrie Bishop

What can parents do when their child is away from home?

For parents of children with autism, bullying is a constant concern. And the brief time kids spend passing in the hallway can be a prime opportunity for bullies to take advantage of their victims. Short of a hall pass, can parents gain control over the bullying issue in this environment? Dr. Paul Law, the Director of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, says that some problems – like wandering and bullying – are issues that parents of children with autism will always have to consider. “These are pervasive issues that every parent should be aware of and have a strategy for.” Pervasive is right. The IAN, which is the nation’s first online autism registry with participants from 47 states, has found that 63 percent of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are

affected by bullying. This statistic comes from a survey of parents that included 1,167 children with autism, and reflects only the bullying events of which the parents were aware. The real statistic is likely much higher. In a separate study published earlier this year, the IAN further found that about 70 percent of kids with autism who are bullied experience emotional trauma as a result of being bullied. The study included parents of 1,221 children with autism and found that over a one-month period, 38 percent of these children were bullied and 28 percent frequently so. Nearly 14 percent were scared for their own safety. Additionally, 18 percent of these kids were triggered into fighting back, with 40 percent having had an emotional outburst that resulted in disciplinary action from school staff. Nine percent of the children with autism were reported as acting as bullies.

What can parents do to confront bullying headon? Dr. Law’s strategy is basic: establish good parent-teacher relationships. “It requires awareness and a good relationship between parents and teachers. This is not an insurmountable problem. Practical approaches can deal with it,” he said.

Law suggests parents routinely raise the issue in their child’s individualized education program (IEP) meeting. “There should be certain issues screened for as part of every IEP and this would be one of them.” Currently bullying is not a


mandated topic, but parents can see that it becomes a routine part of their IEP meetings. The point of this formal effort is to keep a child’s focus on school, and not become preoccupied with a bullying issue. Bullying can affect kids directly and indirectly and ultimately keep kids with autism from focusing on the academic and social skills work they are meant to tend to while at school.

Cathy Pratt, Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, says parents do have some rights when it comes to bullying. If a child with autism is bullied and it’s not taken seriously, it’s a violation of the child’s free appropriate public education. “The difficulty is it’s not just about bullying an individual child, but about the school culture as well. There are increasingly more states and districts looking at their practices related to bullying.” Dr. Noha Minshawi, Clinical Director of the Riley Hospital for Children Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center at Indiana University Health, agrees. “One of the things we really encourage families to do from a young age is to try to talk to their school about ASD and educate kids about it,” she said. This includes letting the school community know that kids with autism may seem different either socially or behaviorally. “It’s important kids learn what it is and what it isn’t and understand different ways a person with autism may act versus other people.” It is Minshawi’s hope that through greater understanding, kids with autism will be less isolated and less bullied. Truly this goes for any child. By working with educators, parents can help create a school culture that is safe for all kids, despite any differences they may have.



special needs calendar /october 2013 01


Autism Series: Resources, Therapies, and Interventions: a Discussion Times: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Greenwood Public Library Phone: 1-317-881-1953

This is an opportunity to discuss the different therapies and interventions that are available for individuals with Autism. We will also discuss the resources available to help families affected by Autism. Join Christine Belviy who is a mom of a 16 year old son with Autism. She works for the Autism Society of Indiana as an Ally and is a licensed Special Education Teacher.

Structured Teaching Strategies Times: 8:00 AM Where: MSD of Warren Township, Education and Community Center, Indianapolis

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of how and why to implement structured teaching strategies, such as visual schedules, work systems and deliberately designed work materials. The workshop will emphasize practical strategies that attendees can begin using immediately in their settings.



Birds and Bees

Times: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: $32 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5245

Wednesdays, October 2 - 23, Ages 16+

Young Chefs Times: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Cost: $40 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5245

Wednesdays, October 2 - 23, Ages 5 - 14



Public Health Insurance: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You Times: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Cost: $40 / Family Member - $75 / Professional Where: Speedway United Methodist Church, Indianapolis

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about public health insurance programs that can be accessed by families caring for children with special needs.



Casino Night

Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $15 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5245

Ages 15+



The First Annual Purple Pumpkin Bash benefitting The Epilepsy Foundation Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: Adults $6 Children 13 and under $4 Where: Hamilton County 4-H Grounds, O.V.Winks Building, Noblesville Additional Info: thegreatpurplepumpkinbash@ gmail-com

Try-a-Thon Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Cost: $32 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5245

Ages 6 - 15

Struggling Learner Conference Times: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: Individual $50 Where: Burge Terrace Baptist Church, Indianapolis Phone: 317-508-8937

JoyQuest, Inc. will host its annual Struggling Learner Conference for parents and those who work with struggling learners and children with special needs. Registration information may be found at www. special events.



Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process Times: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Cost: $40 / Family Member - $75 / Professional Where: Ligonier United Methodist Church, Ligonier

This workshop, combining the Article 7 and IEP training, is all day training that offers basic information about special education laws and regulations for Indiana children ages 3-21.



Autism Family Resource Center Grandparents’ Support Group Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis Additional Info: Diane Quillico at 317-8821914 or Linda Knoderer at 765-438-4792



Karaoke Night

Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $10 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Additional Info: Phone: 317-573-5245

Ages 16+



Indy Cooks for The Arc of Indiana Times: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Cost: $40 per person Where: Dallara IndyCar Factory, Speedway Phone: 317-977-2375

16th Annual Buddy Walk® Cost: See website for details Where: White River State Park, Indianapolis

This family-friendly event is open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends and thousands of local supporters.



Ask the Advocate

Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $10 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5245





It’s Not What You Say... It’s How You Say It: Effective Communication Times: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Cost: $10 Where: Omni Health & Fitness Connection, Schererville

Communication is a key factor when working with individuals and organizations. This training is geared toward parents of children with special needs to help build positive working relationships with schools, medical professionals, and groups or committees through improved communication skills. Topics such as partnerships, negotiation, and listening will be addressed.



Planning for Your Dependent Times: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Cost: $5 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5245



Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process Times: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Cost: $40 / Family Member - $75 / Professional Where: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Bloomington

This workshop, combining the Article 7 and IEP training, is all day training that offers basic information about special education laws and regulations for Indiana children ages 3-21.



Teen Night Out

Times: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5245

Autism Family Resource Center Parents’ Support Group

Ages 13-17

Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis Phone: Amy Miller at 317-466-1000 ext.2488

Masquerade Ball



Times: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: $15 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5245

Ages 15+



Often misunderstood, dyslexia is more complex than most think Carrie Bishop

“I kept going back to the teachers saying he’s not getting it,” said the Indianapolis-area mom of three. When in the second grade he still couldn’t read a simple sentence or homework directions, he was tested for and diagnosed with dyslexia. He’s not alone in his struggle – his younger brother has dyslexia as well. In fact, it is estimated that one in five people have dyslexia. Commonly people think of dyslexia as reading backwards, but Melodie Hornickel, Director of Family and Tutor Services at the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, says that’s incorrect. “There may be some reversing of letters, syllables, or words, but they don’t read backwards,” she said. The truth is kids with dyslexia are inconsistent in how they read. The word “saw” may be read as “saw” in one sentence and as “was” in the next. Kids with dyslexia may also be inconsistent in their retrieval of learned information. “One day they may know a fact and another day when asked, they just can’t find it. Another day they will have it again,” explained Hornickel. The inability to retrieve information can be worsened when a child is tired or stressed, say during tests. The Dyslexia Institute of Indiana explains dyslexia as a language-based learning disability involving the understanding or use of spoken or written language. It may present as difficulties with listening, thinking, speaking, reading, writing, spelling or doing mathematical calculations. Like other learning disabilities, the earlier it’s addressed the better. One early warning sign of dyslexia is a child having difficulty with phonics. “The phonics moves too fast in kindergarten or first grade and they are going to miss things,” says Hornickel. “They are not going to be able to practice it enough to remember. That’s where getting behind starts. They just can’t remember information. Phonics is important, but it moves too fast.” A better way for kids with dyslexia to learn is through a multisensory approach. Experts now know these kids need to be taught using all the pathways to learning – which include visual, auditory and kinesthetic tactics. They learn by seeing it, saying it, hearing it and writing it.


Other early warning signs include being speech delayed, having pronunciation issues, exhibiting slow vocabulary growth or difficulty in finding the right word or rhyming words, and trouble learning numbers, the alphabet or days of the week. The child may also be easily distracted or have trouble interacting with peers. Following directions or routines can be difficult as well. In kindergarten and beyond, the child may not understand the connection between letters and sounds, confuse basic words, consistently make reading and spelling errors, be slow to recall facts and learn new skills, behave impulsively, have difficulty learning time and may even be accident prone. Another predictor is other family members having dyslexia. Of course, there are many symptoms and not everyone exhibits the same ones. Kids with dyslexia are generally smart as the disability does not affect intelligence. Most kids are average to above-average in intelligence and most tend to be quite creative thinkers as well. Think Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg or Charles Schwab – all dyslexic. If a parent suspects their child may have dyslexia, Bricker encourages parents to listen to their instincts. Preschool teachers described her son as lazy and uninterested. She also heard the phrase that boys just don’t like school. She knew these descriptions did not apply to her son. “I always felt like something wasn’t quite right,” says Bricker. “If you have that instinct and that knowing – trust it.”

warning signs include being speech delayed, having pronunciation issues, exhibiting slow vocabulary growth or difficulty in finding the right word or rhyming words, and trouble learning numbers, the alphabet or days of the week.


eeAnn Bricker’s son was struggling in school. First grade spelling homework was an enormous effort. Lots of tears were shed because he couldn’t sound anything out.





special needs guide ABA Autism Services by Damar

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

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

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

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

Autism Consultation

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

The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 7901 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-8495437, ext 112, Email:, www.

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 6865 Parkdale Place, Indianapolis, IN 46254, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-8495437, ext 112, Email:, www.

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

Recognizing the importance of developing real-world life skills in children and teens with autism, the Applied Behavior Center for Autism has launched a new program called Transition to Learning in Functional Environments (L.I.F.E.). The initiative aims to promote independence, quality of life and happiness through an intensive full-day program that takes place in an actual home, complete with kitchen, gym, pool and garden. The Transition to L.I.F.E. program is open to children ages 10-18, and uses the 40 INDYSCHILD.COM · OCTOBER 2013

The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly-trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 6704 Central Blvd., Zionsville, IN 46077. Contact: Sheila Habarad. Phone: 317-769-4335. Email: shabarad@thebaca. com.

Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis

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

Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation

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

Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry Autism Society of Indiana

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA-Z

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

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

Little Star Center The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly-trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 11902 Lakeside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Devon Sundberg, Phone: 317-288-5232, Email: dsundberg@,

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

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA Prep

Little Star Center-Early Learner Program (ELP)

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA 1

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

The Early Learner Program focuses on intensive intervention for very young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The ELP applies the principles of behavior analysis in a warm, nurturing environment. The focus of the ELP is to develop a foundation of skills for the best possible outcome. Individualized programming is geared toward developing language, social, and pre-academic skills for learners as they prepare for the classroom. 100% not-for-profit. Serving children 5 and younger. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email: maryr@littlestarscenter. org,

Middle Star Center

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

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

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

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

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Fall Fun

An autumnal bucket list

Forget summer: fall is king!

Many people choose autumn as their favorite season. With cooler temps, vibrant foliage and great outdoor festivals, it’s easy to see why fall is so favored. Make the most of this special time of year with a few of these ideas.

Enjoy the outdoors On any given weekend in September, October and November, you’ll find a variety of fall festivals on the calendar. Events at local apple orchards and pumpkin patches are a “must do” with kids. From hay mazes, pick-your-own pumpkins and fresh-baked goodies, it just isn’t fall without a trip to the orchard. At Russell Farms Pumpkin Patch in Noblesville, the entire month of October is a celebration. “Every weekend in October we celebrate the harvest, taking everyone on hayrides out to the pumpkin fields to pick the perfect pumpkin,” says owner Laura Jackson-Russell. With additional activities like bull lassoing, cart driving, live music, a petting zoo and homemade baked goods, Jackson-Russell says everyone can join in the fall celebration. “There is nothing better than catching up with friends, drinking some apple cider and relaxing outside on a real working farm on a beautiful fall day.” At both of Waterman’s Family Farm’s two locations (Raymond Street and Greenwood), families can attend weekly fall festivities featuring hayrides, live animals, and pick-your-own pumpkins. Want even more fall fun? Check out Waterman’s “Punkin’ Kerplunkin” event. The weekend after Halloween, leftover pumpkins are “dropped, plopped, launched, fired and destroyed.” Even better – all proceeds from the event are donated to charity.

Celebrate spooky fun With parties, candy and costumes, what’s not to love about Halloween? The week of October 19th – 26th, bring the family down to the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival. This week of Halloween-themed events

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includes a run, scholarship pageant, spooky movies, storytelling, ghost tours, live theater, roller derby and a haunted puppet show – just to name a few fun events. The Festival culminates on Saturday with a street fair, which includes over 120 vendors, live-music and a costume parade. For another take on the Halloween holiday, consider the Day of the Dead Festival at the Indiana State Museum. The Day of the Dead – or “dia de los muertos” – is a Mexican holiday that honors the lives of the deceased and celebrates the continuation of life through death. Visitors can attend demonstrations, make paper marigolds, learn about altar building and much more. The festival takes place on October 26th, with details on the Museum’s website.

Join a race With summer’s sweltering heat behind us, fall is the perfect time to lace up your running shoes and get moving! There are a variety of fall walks and runs in Indianapolis to consider. Capturing the spirit of Oktoberfest, the Lederhosen 5K at the Athenaeum is a fun event families can run or walk together. Hosted by the Indiana German Heritage Society, all proceeds from the October 12th race will benefit the Indianapolis Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Athenaeum Foundation. Taking place at dusk, the Light the Night Walk is an evening of hope, inspiration and reflection, says Event Coordinator Elizabeth Hamilton. “The Indianapolis evening sky is brightened by illuminated balloons as the Walk exits Victory Field and follows the canal on a two-mile leisurely course. The evening concludes at Victory Field with fireworks. Thousands of families, individuals, community leaders and caregivers who have been touched by blood cancers gather at Victory Field to share stories, enjoy live music and walk,” says Hamilton, who adds that children are welcome, and encouraged, to participate. With a veritable cornucopia of fall events from which to choose, there’s sure to be something you and your family can get excited about. No matter how you celebrate the season, find something fun that speaks to you, and start an annual tradition with your family!




FALL F UN Check out these local farms for the best apple picking, pumpkin hunting & C orn maze wandering this season has to offer!

Beasley Orchard & Gardens 2304 E. Main Street, Danville Highlights: The "Heartland Apple Festival" held the first two weekends in October, hayrides to U-pick pumpkin patch, eight acre corn maze, apples and apple cider. Dates/Times: Open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday - noon to 6 p.m.

Kelsay Farms 6848 N. County Road 250 E., Whiteland Highlights: Baby barnyard, bale mountain, rope maze, corn crib play area, hayrides, pumpkins, Moo Choo Express, seven acre corn maze and more. Dates/Times: Saturday, September 28 – Sunday, October 27. Friday 6 - 10 p.m., Saturday noon - 10 p.m., Sunday noon - 6 p.m. Extended hours during Fall Break: Open to the public weekdays from noon - 6 p.m. the weeks of October 14 & 21.

Lark Ranch 1611 N. Meridian Rd, Greenfield and 3145 Killion Mill Rd., Loogootee Highlights: Hay rides, pumpkin patch, fifteen acre corn maze, buffalo herd, dinosaur dig and zip lines. Dates/Times: Check web site for info on both locations.



Russell Farms 12290 E. 191st Street, Noblesville

Highlights: Hay ride to pumpkin patch, two corn mazes, miniature golf, horse pedal carts, country store and more. Dates/Times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. every weekend in the month of October. Special Fall Break bonus day: Thursday, October 25, 1 – 6 p.m.

Spencer Farms 7177 E 161st St, Noblesville Highlights: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch on weekends, freshly made caramel apples, fruit and cream pies baked daily and homemade fudge. Dates/Times: Check web site for most current information.

Stoney Creek Farms

Highlights: Pumpkins, hayrides, zip line, candle making, straw maze, rubber ducky races, pumpkin train, farm animals & more. Dates/Times: September 28 - October 31 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Piney Acres 1115 E. 1000 N., Fortville Highlights: Pumpkin patch, hayride, chuck wagon, mining for gems, straw maze, haunted corn maze, free popcorn Dates/Times: September 22 – October 31, Monday – Thursday noon – 6 p.m., Friday noon to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Country Market — Pumpkinfest 795 S. US Hwy 421, Zionsville Highlights: Live bluegrass music, 100 foot slide, corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, farm animals, country market

Dates/Times: Festivals every weekend in October, Saturdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Country market open throughout the week.

Trader’s Point 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville Highlights: Hayrides, farm tours, artisan farm market, cow milking, interactive drumming circle, games and crafts at Oktoberfest Dates/Times: Farmstore open daily, Oktoberfest on October 12, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuttle Orchards 5717 N 300 W, Greenfield Highlights: Pick your own sunflowers, apple and pumpkin picking, farm animals, hay rides, farm store and sweet shop Dates/Times: Monday - Wednesday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Closed Sunday

Stuckey Farms 19975 Hamilton Boone County Road, Sheridan Highlights: Harvest Festival offering five different themed weekends, Flashlight Night in the Cornmaze October 13, James Whitcomb Riley-themed corn maze DatesTimes: Store open Monday-Sunday, check web site for special event hours.

Waterman’s Farms Raymond Street and Greenwood locations Highlights: Punkin’ Kerplunkin’, pumpkin pie eating contest, scarecrow making, straw fort, rock wall, bounce house, farm animals Dates/Times: Check web site for details specific to each location.







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Pumpkin Patches, S'mores and Spider Princesses True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert Now that I have kids, October is probably my favorite month of the year. There's so much to do with little ones this month. Unlike June, July and August you don't have to lather them up with sunscreen and bug spray before you head out the door either. It's also nice that it's still too soon for kids to need mittens, winter hats and snow boots like they will in just a couple of short months. So what do I have planned with my kids this month? Well, my to-do list looks something like this:

Attending a pumpkin festival Going on a hayride, helping my kids navigate their way through a corn maze and picking out a pumpkin make for a great day of family activities. Also, we have a house rule about the size of pumpkin our kids are allowed to pick out. My wife and I tell them they can have any pumpkin in the entire pumpkin patch, as long as they can carry it to the car by themselves.

Oktoberfest There are always lots of kid-friendly Oktoberfest celebrations going on. I personally love getting a large stein of beer and showing off my polka dancing skills to my kids (By the way, I have no polka dancing skills.) There's also usually


a booth set up for kids to do face painting and, of course, loads of great food to be eaten.

S'mores If we don't feel like leaving the house, I love making s'mores with my family on cool, fall nights. And I haven't even mentioned my kids' favorite day of the month, Halloween! My kids haven’t thought of their preferred costumes yet this year, but hopefully they will come up with something creative. One year my daughter was a “spider princess.” She had a full spider outfit topped off with a wand and crown. So there you have it, my to-do list for the month. I hope you and your family are enjoying some of these great October activities as well! Happy Parenting!



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Ask the Teacher Refusing parental help, school involvement, hopeless handwriting, encouraging responsibility Deb Krupowicz


My third grader insists on doing his homework without any help or input from me or my husband. Without our help, he makes errors. How can I convince him to let us look over his work?


Children may be reluctant to accept homework support from parents for many reasons. Perhaps your son interprets a teacher’s comment to do the work on his own to include eliminating parental help. Maybe he is afraid to disappoint you because the work is not perfect. Some children can more easily accept constructive criticism from the teacher than from mom or dad. Remaining patient when corrections need to be made can be a challenge for some parents; a child avoiding that tension is understandable. If your child struggles with school work, explain to him that your responsibility as his parent includes a homework check. Offer input without emotion or accusation. (For example, “I think #3 and #7 could use a second look.”) Allow him to accept or ignore your advice on the condition that if the graded work shows that you were right and he was not, he will have an established consequence. A strong student may have earned the right to do his school work independently. Back off if your child has a proven track record for academic success, even if the track record isn’t perfect.



Having read so much about the importance of parent involvement in a child’s academic success, I definitely want to be involved in my child’s education. My concern is finding a good balance between being informed and supportive without going overboard. How do I know where to draw the line?


Every parent should know basic school policies and classroom procedures. He or she should be attentive to communications designed for parents via email, newsletters, web sites or paper notifications. Daily conversations with your child about what went on at school are a given. Encourage your child to “present” returned work to you with explanations of what he enjoyed, what struggles he may have experienced and what his take-away was from the assignment. Additionally, if your child’s school allows classroom volunteers, do what you can in this area to help form your own perspective of your child’s classroom experience. Beyond that, accept the old adage that “no news is good news.” If you need additional peace of mind, an occasional request of the teacher that all is well is not out of line.


My daughter’s handwriting is horrible. I have tried to help by purchasing many different kinds of paper and pencils and even special pencil grips to encourage her to practice. I end up frustrated, and she ends up in tears. Do you have any tips for helping my daughter improve her handwriting?


The most important consideration with handwriting is whether or not it is legible. If it is legible, you may need to accept the fact that all of the practice in the world may not turn her penmanship into “A+” quality. Fine motor skills develop at significantly different rates, and your daughter may be doing as well as she can right now. If it is illegible, talk with her teacher. Her perspective on what is normal for children your daughter’s age will provide good understanding of what is reasonable to expect. She will also know if your child’s writing struggles are serious enough to warrant intervention from an occupational therapist.


My son is a high school senior who just does not take his academic responsibilities seriously. If I am not checking his grades online, he doesn’t get work turned in. He never studies for tests. How can I get him to be more responsible?


Consider if your son is truly irresponsible or if he is just failing to live up to your perception of what he is capable of. Is this behavior typical of all academic areas or in just one subject?

If basic irresponsibility is the problem, discuss his post-graduation plans. Lay out your clear expectations for him to become independent and responsible effective immediately. Tie those expectations to clear consequences for your role in his post-graduate life. Then step back and require him to earn his successes or deal with the defined consequences of his failures. Do not give in to the temptation to rescue him. What is uncomfortable now will not only be painful later, but will also costs tens of thousands of dollars. If he is not doing what he is capable of, make sure that your expectations are realistic. If laziness, attitude or other less important interests are getting in the way of his success, don’t be afraid to set out clear expectations and consequences as discussed above. The results you seek may not be immediate. But until your son is forced to take personal responsibility seriously, you will continue to be frustrated. The more allowances you make, the longer it will take him to accept that he is responsible for his effort and its results.

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





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

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

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

The Montessori Learning Center The Montessori Learning Center offers a Montessori elementary program for grades 1-5. We focus on developing the whole child through interaction with an interdisciplinary curriculum. Our program specifically meets the needs of each child and is aligned with Indiana State Standards. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Elizabeth Williams, 317-846-8182, elizabeth@,

fishers Fall Creek Montessori Academy Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally diverse environment where children grow and develop their unique talents and gifts. Through child-centered learning, children excel physically, academically and emotionally. 52 INDYSCHILD.COM · OCTOBER 2013

Conveniently located one mile east of I-69 on 96th St. FCMA serves children at all levels. Programs are available two to five days per week. 8888 Fitness Ln, Fishers, IN 46037, Contact: Diana Brugh, (317) 436-8606, diana@,

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

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

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center 2013-2014 School Year. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood, Full Time/Part-Time/ Flexible Hours, Ages: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2’s+, 3’s+, 4’s/PreK (3 day or 5 day program) and Full Day Kindergarten (5 full-day program) (8:50 am to 3:00 pm) Before School/After School Care available daily as needed for all ages: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Call or email for brochure. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-2596854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email:,

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit

seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-5247090. Email:,

Bureau of Jewish Education The BJE challenges your child through a nurturing environment that stimulates creativity, community, learning through nature and outstanding academic programming. Highly trained teachers emphasize both group and individualized learning in the classroom with specialized area staff. Active learning and discovery are encouraged throughout. 6711 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Elaine Fairfield, Phone: 317-255-3124, Email:,

Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool The Children’s Day In traditional preschool and nursery school program provides a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values in a play based setting. It is designed to offer children ages 9 months to 5 years a positive and developmentally appropriate experience in the care of experienced teachers and caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Children attend up to 3 days a week. 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, 317-253-0472,,

Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. We offer classes for children ages 9 months to 5 years old. We meet the needs of the whole child in a creative and loving environment. Our experienced staff embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole 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,,

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Mothers Day Out (12-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the

exploration of God’s world, with a wide variety of learning materials & readiness skills woven through each unit. Need longer hours? Try our child care ministry, The Neighborhood, designed for 16 mos-PreK. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake or Kelly Belt, Phone: 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-5756509, Email: or

Heritage Christian School Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA. HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Prep K – 12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA Athletics. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today! 6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, In 46250, Contact: Rhyan Smith, Director of Admissions, 317-8493441,,

Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School Share your love of learning with your children. Founded in 1960 by involved parents like you, Meridian Hills Cooperative provides a positive, nurturing environment wherein children explore and learn by doing. Spacious classrooms. Beautiful, wooded playground. Caring, experienced staff of trained and degreed lead teachers. Adult/child ratios 1:4 - 1:6. Find us on Facebook. 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: See Admissions/Tours Info Online, Phone: 317-721-2322,

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

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

beginning at age 3. 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Shants Hart, 317-415-2777, info@,

St. Richard’s Episcopal School SRES strives for academic excellence through its classic curriculum with innovative teaching methods; it also provides preparation and knowledge in areas such as faith, leadership, civic responsibility, and global readiness. St. Richard’s offers a rigorous academic curriculum, three world languages, public speaking and leadership opportunities, a strong fine arts program and organized athletics for continued lifetime success. Our newly redesigned Early Childhood Program uses brain-based research and proven instructional practices that lay the foundation in math and literacy skills. The program features unique field experiences, community partnerships, year-round offerings, and a full-day curriculum along with part-time options. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Abby Williams, Director of Admission and Communications, 317-9260425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367, awilliams@,

Sycamore School Park Tudor School Park Tudor School’s exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities prepare students to become confident and resourceful lifelong learners. The school community creates an inspiring college-preparatory learning environment for highly motivated young people. Two-year Global Scholars program for juniors and seniors; 19 AP classes; full-day kindergarten; Spanish

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



indianapolis – northeast Polly Panda Preschool & Bridgford Kindergarten Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our themebased 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 wellqualified and loving staff. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email: pollypandaindy@,

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

St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs St Luke’s Community Preschool is a weekday, developmentally appropriate and experience based


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

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

multiple locations Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives: ICPC Indianapolis Area Preschool and Kindergarten Cooperatives Preschools: great for your child, great for you! Children and parents learn and grow together in

the classroom with caring, experienced teachers. Multiple Locations in Indianapolis Area, ICPC Line: 317-767-7596

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:,

zionsville Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool Universal Preschool at Boone Meadow provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning. We will provide a quality program through: Organizing the environment so it is conducive to success, providing specific directions and instructions, acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a

resource/framework for UP. 5555 S. 650 E., Zionsville, IN 46075, Contact: Donna Hudson, Phone: 317-873-2226, Email:, us/?q=node/123

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

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

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The Orchard School 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis

317-251-9253 · Pre-K - Grade 8 Open Houses: October 8, 2013, November 7, 2013 & January 17, 2014 (8:30 am - 10:30 am each day)

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School 9900 East 191st Street, Noblesville, IN 46060

Bishop Chatard High School

Heritage Christian School

317-251-1451 · Grades 9 - 12 Open House: November 7, 2013, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

317-849-3441 · Pre-K - Grade 12 Open Houses: November 7, 2013, January 16, 2014 (Prep K and Kindergarten), February 6, 2014 & March 13, 2014 (6:30 pm each evening)

5885 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School 2801 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268

317-524-7050 · Grades 9 - 12 Open Houses: November 3, 2013, 12:00 pm - 3:00pm (Mass at 11:00 am) & March 11, 2014, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cathedral High School 5225 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226

317-542-1481 · Grades 9 - 12 Open Houses: November 14, 2013, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm & April 27, 2014, 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm

Covenant Christian High School 7525 West 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46214

317-390-0202 · Grades 9 - 12 Open Houses: November 1, 2013, January 28, 2014, February 25, 2014 & March 18, 2014 (7:00 pm each evening)

Culver Academies 1300 Academy Road, Culver, IN 46511 Grades 9 - 12 Open Houses: October 12, 2013 & November 9, 2013

Guerin Catholic High School 15300 North Gray Road, Noblesville,IN 46062

317-582-0120 · Grades 9 - 12 Open House: November 10, 2013, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hasten Hebrew Academy 6602 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

317-251-1261 · Pre-K - Grade 8 Call to schedule a tour.


6401 East 75th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250

International School of Indiana

Lower School: 200 West 49th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 317-923-1951 · Pre-K - Grade 8

Upper School: 4330 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208

317-923-1951 · Grades 9 - 12 Open Houses (Pre-K/age 3 - Grade 3): October 8, 2013 8:30 am - 11:30 am & 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm November 14, 2013, 8:30 am - 11:30 am & 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm February 6, 2014, 8:30 am - 11:30 am & 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Open Houses (Grades 4 - 12): January 26, 2014, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm International Baccalaureate Informational Tea: November 17, 2013, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

317-773-4275 · Pre-K - Grade 8 Open House: January 26, 2014 , 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Park Tudor

7200 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46240 317-415-2700 · Junior K - Grade 12 “See us in action” mornings: (8:30 am - call to register) Early Education: October 10th & November 5th Lower School: October 9th & November 12th Middle School: October 15th & November 21st Upper School: October 22nd Evening Open House (Upper School): October 29, 2013, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

St. Richard’s Episcopal School 33 East 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205

317-926-0425 · Pre K - Grade 6 Call to schedule a tour.

Legacy Christian School 470 Lakeview Drive, Noblesville, IN 46060

317-776-4186 · Pre-K - Grade 8 Open House: November 12, 2013, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

St. Thomas Aquinas

4600 North Kenwood, Indianapolis, IN 46208 317-253-1461 · Grades K - 8 Call for fall and winter open house dates and times.

Midwest Academy 801 Congressional Boulevard, Carmel, IN 46032

317-843-9500 · Grades 4 - 12 Call to schedule a tour.

The Oaks

Brookside campus: 3092 Brookside Parkway North Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46218

317-822-4900 · Pre-K - Grade 3 Fall Creek campus: 2301 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205

317-822-4900 · Pre-K - Grade 8 Parent Previews: Brookside Campus: October 9, 2013 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Fall Creek Campus: November 13, 2013, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Evening Open Houses: Brookside Campus January 14, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Fall Creek Campus: February 5, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Sycamore School 1750 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260

317-202-2500 · Pre K - Grade 8 Open House for prospective parents of children entering Pre-K through Grade 4: October 13, 2013, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Traders Point Christian Academy

6600 South Indianapolis Road, Whitestown, IN 46075 317-769-2450 · Pre K - Grade 12 Open House: November 12, 2013, 6:30 pm

University High School 2825 West 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032

317-733-4475 · Grades 9 -12 Open Houses: November 3, 2013 & March 9, 2014, 2:00 pm 4:00 pm



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Drop-In Play Date

Times: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where: Carmel Clay Public Library

Looking for a fun, informal outing with your children and friends? We’re having a play date in the Storytime Room! Bring your babies and toddlers and pick your favorite activities – you’ll have plenty to choose from. No registration is required. For children ages 0-3 and their caregivers.



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Women Like Us Foundation Annual Tea and Speaker Series 2013 Times: 1:00 AM - 4:00 PM Cost: $65 each Where: Historic Union Station, Indianapolis Phone: 888-958-3574 Keynote Speaker Jessica Fellowes, Author of The Chronicles of Downton Abbey is the #1 best-selling author of 'The World of Downton Abbey,' will be speaking on the historical evolvement of women and the importance of evolvement in teen girls as it relates to future accomplishments in our world.



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PULSE: Pointe to the Cure Event Fundraiser Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cost: $125 Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art's Toby Theater Phone: 317-430-0498 In celebration of our own champions in the fight against cancer, this one-nightonly event aims to raise awareness and funds for local pediatric cancer research in the most beautiful way possible.

Whale of a Sale - South

Through Saturday, October 5, 2013 Cost: prices vary Where: Community Church of Greenwood Indy’s premier upscale children's consignment event featuring 10,000 square feet of clothing, toys, equipment, bedding, furniture, boutique, maternity, fabulous vendors and more... at a fraction of retail price! See website for schedule.



Fisher Parks and Recreation: Things Your Mother Never Taught You Times: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Cost: Free Where: Fishers Heritage Park

Come and visit the historic Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens for this gardening expo. Learn the things your mother never taught you such as digging a correct hole for planting and the correct amount of mulch to put down. This informative, hand-on event will help gardeners of all ages.

Dance Lenape Indian Traditions Times: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Cost: Included with general admission Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 Move your body to the beats of Lenape Indian drums Join members of the Lenape Tribe from Oklahoma as they bring their colorful dress, culture and dance traditions to life. Experience a combination of Pow Wow and social dances, discover the meaning of the songs and traditions, and join the dancers in their rhythmic steps.

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Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks Times: 1:00 PM Cost: prices vary Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Phone: 317-262-3452 Come cheer on your Colts as they take on the Seattle Seahawks!



Monday Madness: Robots Times: 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Carmel Clay Public LIbrary Storytime Room, Carmel No Transformers will be harmed in this program. For children in grades 1-5 on their own. If you like on-yourfeet action and making your brain cells spark, join us for Monday Madness at the library! This isn’t your traditional storytime – no sirree, Bob. We’ve got madcap activities lined up back to back to back for an hour of nonstop fun.



Reading with Dogs

Times: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Plainfield-Guilford Township Library Phone: 317-839-6602 Trained and certified Therapy Dogs provide a relaxed and dog-friendly atmosphere which allows children to practice the skill of reading. These are real dogs with gentle personalities who love to listen to stories. Children should bring a book to read.



Fireside Tales

Times: 6:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Simon Moon Park, Westfield Phone: 317-804-3183 Join us for story time at the Council Circle Fire Pit in Simon Moon Park Fireside Tales is a great free family activity, with each night featuring stories, songs, rhymes, an art activity, and of course, s’mores.



Celebrate the Music and Culture of Latin America Times: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Wayne Branch Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4530 Children and families are invited to experience the rich culture of Latin America through an interactive, BILINGUAL blend of music, folk dance, stories and more.This program is presented in English and Spanish.



PolkaBoy and 3 to 1 Band. Gunthorp Farms will be roasting a whole hog, along with our chef’s farm-style organic fare. Families can enjoy hayrides, a pumpkin patch, face painting, farm games, crafts, drumming circle, and watching the evening cow milking. The fun is all for a good cause –to raise money for the Traders Point Rural Historic District.

The Original & Fabulous GermanFest Times: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $8 in advance (10 at door); Kids 12 and Under FREE! Where: Athenaeum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-630-4569 Discover Your Inner-German and party at the Athenaeum, for the Athenaeum. All proceeds from this event benefit the maintenance and care of the Historic Athenaeum. Celebrate German-American Day with this unique family event.


Storytime Express @ the Monon Center: Hooray for Fall


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

Times: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Cost: $5/individual Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180 In the fall many plants produce seeds that will grow in the spring. We'll take a walk in the prairie and try to identify unknown seeds and pods that we find. We'll also collect some seeds you can take home and plant in your flower bed! All ages, pre-registration required.

Prairie Tykes - Pumpkin Patch Parade Times: 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM Cost: $12/youth ($11/member) Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006 Search for a pumpkin in our garden, sample roasted pumpkin seeds and decorate your own craft pumpkin to take home.



DIY Mondays: Saving the Planet, Stylishly! Times: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Young Adult Lounge, Carmel This month: Moves Like Mummy! Teens in middle school and high school are welcome to drop by to learn how to turn ordinary items into artwork. No registration required. All materials and refreshments provided at no cost by the Friends of the Carmel Clay Public Library.



Basics of Magic

Times: 11:00 AM Cost: Free Where: Eagle Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4340 Children ages 8 and up are invited to try their hand at learning magic tricks during this fun workshop presented by Don Miller. An adult may accompany the child to help them remember the tricks they learn!



Celebrate the Music and Culture of Latin America

Times: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Fountain Square Branch Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4390 Children and families are invited to experience the rich culture of Latin America through an interactive, BILINGUAL blend of music, folk dance, stories and more. This program is presented in English and Spanish.



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Trader's Point Creamery Oktoberfest Times: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: $10, $8 in advance; Children 10 and under Free Where: Traders Point Creamery, Zionsville Phone: 317-733-1700 Come celebrate in the German tradition with farm-inspired German food and toetapping live music from OCTOBER 2013 · INDYSCHILD.COM

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Through Saturday, October 19, 2013 Times: 5:50PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $8/adult, $6/children 12 and under, children 2 and under are free Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180 Join Holliday Park and Booth Tarkington Civic Theater for an enchanted evening of fun! Families will hike along candlelit trails to visit with some forest inhabitants who have come alive for these special evenings, then venture back to the nature center to enjoy a campfire, refreshments and more! Hikes start every 10 minutes.

Bat Encounter Through October 19, 2013 Cost: included with admission (but ‘sell out’ quickly!) Where: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Phone: (317) 334-3322 Step into the world of bats and meet them face-to-face! Encounter a variety of live bats from around the world, observe their behaviors, and hear their highpitched echolocation with a bat detector. This show features live rescued bats. Bat encounters are recommended for families with children ages 4 and up and are open to the public.



Singin' in the Rain: Film and Live Orchestra Times: 11:00 AM Cost: See website for ticket pricing Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis The American Film Institute’s No. 1 Greatest Movie Musical comes to the Hilbert Circle Theatre with live accompaniment by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.



Hoosier Hauntings

Times: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Cost: Included with Museum Admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 Dare to explore the dark corners of the museum on our behind the scenes tour or test your survival skills at the Zombie Hunting station. Take part in Mad Science Labs or become a sleuth to identify some extraordinary museum artifacts at our Museum Mysteries station.

Indy Family Fest Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Phone: 317-927-7500 A fun filled Saturday event created especially for Indianapolis’ families. The event will feature over one hundred exhibitor booths offering attendees valuable information on the latest and greatest products and services. A variety of family and children activities will take place.

Fall Fest at the Fort Times: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where: Lawton Loop Gazebo at Historic Fort Harrison, Indianapolis

This family-friendly event is meant to be a community-wide art project with the intention of adding scarecrows throughout Lawrence (or wherever guests live). Cost is $15 per scarecrow with all materials provided. There will be live music, pumpkin painting and other kids’ activities throughout the day. Proceeds from this event benefit Partnerships for Lawrence, a nonprofit that promotes health, arts and wellbeing for its community.



SymFuny Sundays: Peter and the Wolf Times: 3:00 PM Cost: Tickets start at $12 Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis Prokofiev's timeless musical tale of boy vs. wolf comes to life through music and comedy in this vaudevilleinspired performance hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "immensely like-able" and "using simplicity as a form of genius." Guaranteed to spark the imaginations of young and old alike.



Monday Madness: Fall is Fabulous

Times: 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM Where: Carmel Clay Publc Library Storytime Room If you like on-your-feet action and making your brain cells spark, join us for Monday Madness at the library! This isn’t your traditional storytime – no sirree, Bob. We’ve got madcap activities lined up back to back to back for an hour of nonstop fun. Madness! For children in grades 1-5 on their own.



Haunted Trails

Through October 24, 2013 Times: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cost: $5 per person Where: Cool Creek Park, Carmel Phone: 317-770-4400 Make your way through the "boo-tiful" woods of Cool Creek Park for our annual Haunted Trails Halloween event Ghouls and goblins are lurking at every turn and waiting for you to arrive. Trail not recommended for kids under 12, but there will be lots of non-scary activities for the little ones in the Trick-or-Treat Trail - a campfire, free hayrides and more.





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Trick-or-Treat at the Library Times: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Plainfield-Guilford Township Library Phone: 317-839-6602 Wear your Halloween costume and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the entire library for candy provided by over twenty local businesses and organizations. No registration required.



Fisher Parks and Recreation: Boo Bash Times: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Nickel Plate District Amphitheatre, Fishers The Goblins are haunting, the Monsters will mash. It's time to get together for our Boo Bash! Families of all ages are invited to participate in our costume contest, safe trick-or-treating, live children’s entertainment from Jump for Joy, door prizes and more! No registration required.



Day of the Dead Festival Times: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Cost: Included with Museum Admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637 Unlike Halloween, this celebration honors the lives of the deceased and celebrates the continuation of life with a belief that death is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in existence. The museum gives visitors a chance to learn about the traditions and history behind Los Días de los Muertos, and to participate in the celebration.

Avon Zombie Walk Times: 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM Cost: all events are free Where: Monster Mini Golf, Avon Phone: 317-603-7011 The day starts off with the pre-walk showing of Night Of The Living Dead at

the Avon Monster Mini Golf. From 2:30 to 3:30 is the zombie cake decorating contest and auction. After the auction is the Thrill The World Thriller dance, followed by the actual zombie walk. Zombies are suggested to bring 10 non perishable food items for the Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition.



Holliday Park Fall Festival Times: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180 Celebrate autumn during the annual Holliday Park Fall Festival! Join us for a campfire, crafts, refreshments and fun fall activities. Sponsored by the Friends of Holliday Park.



15th Annual Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts Cost: prices vary Where: Jewish Community Center, Indianapolis Phone: (317) 251-9467 Mark your calendars for the beginning of this annual festival that runs through November 17 and features author visits, films, concerts, workshops and other activities that celebrate the arts. See website for schedule of events.



Edible Bugs and Insects: Preschool Cooking Workshop Times: 10:00 AM Cost: Free Where: East 38th Street Library, Indianapolis

Phone: 317-275-4350 Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 are invited for a special story program presented by Your Gourmet Girlfriends. Young ones will learn about bugs and insects and create their own edible creepy crawler snacks.



Haunted Prairie: a Hidden History of Conner Prairie Through Thursday, October 31, 2013 Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cost: $15/non-member ($13/member) Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Here’s your chance to explore Conner Prairie after dark Search for any ghostly apparitions that may haunt our old buildings and land. Learn the history of true local legends and hear supernatural stories and personal accounts of unexplained happenings on the property. For ages 12 and over.



Storytime Express @ the Library - Pumpkin Time Times: 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM Cost: Free Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Storytime Room Join us for a book and craft – just what your family needs to kick-start a library visit. No registration is required. For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers.

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. 60 INDYSCHILD.COM · OCTOBER 2013

ongoing Time Warp: 50 Years of Fear Haunted House Select days, October 10th – October 31st Times: See website for schedule Price: See website for ticket options Phone: (317) 334-3322 Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

By marking the 50th Anniversary, this year’s haunted house at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will offer a special level of celebration and 3-D excitement. Ghoulish Guide Dr. Timestein will usher visitors through five “deadcades” of music, movies, television and history. IPL’s Lights-On Hours are intended for children who scare easily. Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours allow for a scarier time for older, braver children. NEW! XTREME SCREAM! Hours take place only on Fridays and is recommended for super brave visitors.

The 27th Heartland Apple Festival 2013 Saturdays & Sundays, October 5th – October 13th Times: 9:00AM-6:00PM Price: $5 parking per vehicle Location: Beasley’s Orchard, Danville

Head down to Beasley's Orchard for their annual Apple Festival and enjoy the Heartland Arts & Crafts Outdoor Marketplace, live entertainment, kid's activity zone, great food, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn maze and much more!

Pumpkinfest at the Country Market Saturdays & Sundays, October 5th – October 27th Times: Sat., 10AM-6PM; Sun., noon-6PM Price: $10 adults, $9 ages 3-15, 2 and under Free Location: Country Market, Zionsville

The Country Market is open every weekend in October for their annual Pumpkinfest. There is fun for everyone, including a corn maze, kids train, hayrides, a 100-foot slide, pumpkin decorating and much more!

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Stuckey Farm Harvest Festival Saturdays & Sundays, September 28th – October 27th Time: 9:00AM Price: see website for ticket pricing Location: Stuckey Farm, Sheridan

Gear up for 5 weekends of fun at Stuckey Farm! Each weekend will have a different theme full of family fun! There will also be a Stuckey's Got Talent Competition with the winner being announced the final weekend. There will also be 2 new activities this year: Adventure Acres, which includes a 30' tall tube slide, pedal car track, barrel train and much more and Zombie Paintball Safari where you ride a moving tram through a section of the farm, shooting zombies as they pop up.

"Spirits of Blue and Gray" presented by Candlelight Theatre Select days, October 11th – October 20th Price: $11 BHPS member adults; $14 adults; $6 students ages 6 to 11 Phone: 317-631-1888 Location: President Benjamin Harrison Home, Indianapolis

Spirits of Blue and Gray by James Trofatter features Civil War legends, positioned and performing throughout the house, giving a first-hand, interactive account of their lives both before and after death. You can expect onepart history, one-part humor and a pinch of just plain creepy during this ghostly theatre experience. Not recommended for children under 6.

ZooBoo Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, October 11th – October 27th Time: 2:00PM-7:00PM Price: Included with Zoo admission Location: Indianapolis Zoo

For nine enchanted days you can enjoy decorations along with all your favorite Halloween activities at ZooBoo presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

BMO Harris Bank Headless Horseman Select days, October 11th – October 27th Time: 6:00PM-10:00PM Price: see website for pricing Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie, there will be fun new twists to this year’s event that the whole family will enjoy. Join in on this popular festival as the beloved grounds are transformed into “Conner Scairie,” a haunted land inhabited by fun-loving ghouls all vying for your vote to be elected “Mayor of Conner Scairie.”

The Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio Select days, October 12th – October 27th Times: see website for schedule Price: Weekdays $8; Weekends $10; Under two, free Location: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, Indianapolis

Your Halloween season won't be complete without a visit to Witch Gertude's kitchen. She will introduce you to her classic and ghoulish friends on strings. Adults, as well as toddlers, will be fascinated by this unique show. Optional post show workshop $3 (purchase in studio after show).

YAT presents "The Witches" Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, October 11th – October 20th Times: Fri. and Sat., 7PM; Sun., 2PM Price: $10 Location: Indyfringe Theater, Indianapolis

Winnie-The-Pooh Fridays & Saturdays, October 11th – November 9th Times: Fri., 10AM; Sat., 10AM and 1PM Price: $15.50 Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theater, Indianapolis

The Pyramid Players are proud to present a fun-filled musical featuring that silly old bear with Winnie-The-Pooh. Pyramid Players productions are one hour in length and presented without intermission, making them perfect for kids of all ages. Ticket price includes a snack. A second, 1PM show is held on Saturdays.

Art in the Park Sundays, October 6 – October 27th Times: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-920-2659 Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art

Mix a little art-making into your nature time with a different art activity each month in the 100 Acres. Projects are designed to be accessible and fun for museum visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience.

The Green Market Fridays through October 25 Times: 4:00PM-8:00 PM Price: Free admission Location: Trader’s Point Creamery, Zionsville

At The Green Market, you’ll find local vendors who are using sustainable practices to create the most healthful products for our bodies and our Earth. Dinner is served on the deck from 5PM until dusk.

Based on the book by Roald Dahl and adapted by David Wood. The Grand High Witch has a terrifying plan to rid England of its children, and it’s up to a wise and wonderful Grandmama to prepare her darling Boy to face the most gruesome gathering of witches ever assembled.



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