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contents OCTOBER 2017





Preschool Enrichment


When A Loved One Has Breast Cancer


Festive fall activities not to miss

Helpful ways to show your love and support





Fabulous Factory Tours

See your favorite things made firsthand!








October Fun in Indy

8 tips for finding a quality program







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meet the staff FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne //

“My Favorite Color is October”

Publisher Mary Wynne Cox // Editor Susan Bryant // SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski // BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Brooke Litherland // Advertising Coordinator Karen Ring //

Do you feel the same way? I saw this phrase

on Pinterest recently and couldn’t agree more. From red and gold leaves fluttering from trees to bright orange pumpkins dotting a field to purple and yellow mums sitting on porches, this time of year just bursts with color. October seems like nature’s last big hurrah before we’re whitewashed in snow for the winter. So – it would be a crime not to make the most of this time of year! Good thing Indy’s Child has the scoop on all hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and spooky places your family can enjoy this season. Check out our guide to October Fun in Indy and our October Events for info on everything our area has to offer – you can easily fill your calendar with loads of activities just made for fall. Of course, for many kids, the highlight of the month is October 31st – and the candy haul that comes with it! If you’ve got a little ghost or goblin at home with food allergies though, having a fun and safe night can be a little trickier. Take a look at our article on Halloween for Kids on Special Diets for some easy tips on making the night enjoyable for everyone.




October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with 1 in 8 women expected to develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, this disease is likely to affect someone you know. Although our hearts break for those going through treatment, we often find ourselves at a loss for how to express our love and concern. There are tangible ways to help though, and in our piece When a Loved One Has Breast Cancer we give a few ideas for supporting women and their families during this difficult time. Yes, October is a busy month and 31 days may not seem like enough time to squeeze everything in. (Especially all the foods labeled “pumpkin-spiced” this time of year!) But if your favorite color is October like mine, a crisp walk crunching leaves with the kids and appreciating the change of season all around us is all that’s necessary to enjoy a perfect autumn day.

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[INTERESTING FACT] I love to sing and make up songs about everything! [WHEN I GROW UP] I want to be a doctor like Doc McStuffins!


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Celebrate the dead The Eiteljorg Museum is joining forces with Indianapolis Latino arts and culture organization, Nopal Cultural, to celebrate Dia de los Muertos – or Day of the Dead. Dating back to the ancient Aztecs, this is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have passed on. Enjoy free admission to the museum, watch performances, create art, shop at the Mercado (marketplace), enjoy a Catrina parade and so much more. While you are there, be sure to check out Nopal’s Dia de los Muertos Contemporary Photography and Altar Exhibition, which will be on display October 10 – November 2 in the Lilly Theatre.

Connect with the special needs community Mark your calendars for November 18, when Indy’s Child will host its 2nd Annual Indy’s Special Child Resource Fair designed specifically for families of children with special needs. This is the perfect opportunity to connect with other families and local organizations dedicated to the special needs community in Central Indiana. November 18, 1-4 pm The Monon Center, Carmel

October 28, 11 am-4 pm The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, downtown Indianapolis

Watch music come to life The lion, the elephant, hens and roosters, the kangaroo, the swan and an aquarium all come to life in Camille Saint-Saëns’ musical menagerie, Carnival of the Animals, part of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s symFUNy Sundays Family Concert series. Driven by dueling pianos, this fun-filled classical music staple has inspired everyone from American poet Ogden Nash to The Wiggles! Doors open one hour prior to the performance. October 22, 3 pm Hilbert Circle Theatre, downtown Indianapolis




Walk for a cause The Down Syndrome Indiana Buddy Walk is a family-friendly event open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends and thousands of local supporters. This annual event is the most widely recognized public awareness event for the Down syndrome community and, locally, it is the largest fundraising and awareness event for Down Syndrome Indiana. October 14, 10:30 am White River State Park, downtown Indianapolis

Take a trip to the Golden Age Come all ye Lords and Ladies to experience the Golden Age of Queen Elizabeth I at the 13th Annual Indiana Renaissance Faire. Formerly known as the Fishers Renaissance Faire, this festival features more than 250 costumed characters, jousting by the Knights of Valour, period music, pirate music, roving comedy, juggling, acrobats, swordplay, knighting ceremonies, over 70 artisans and merchants, food vendors and free kid’s games. October 7-8, 10 am to 6 pm Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville

Or make a run for it Take in a (slightly) haunted puppet show The classic Halloween puppet production, The Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio, returns to Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio. Follow along with the antics of Witch Gertrude as she makes her stew and introduces you to her ghoulish marionette friends. Tickets are $12 (under 2, free) and include free popcorn! Post show workshops tickets are just $3 and can be purchased in studio after the show. October 14-29 Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum

Don your Halloween costumes, grab your family and head to the 4th annual Black Hat Dash at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. With both a 1-mile and 5K option, this walk/run is family-friendly and features music, entertainment, giveaways, treats, a costume contest and much more. Pricing includes a registration packet, a t-shirt, and a ticket to The Children's Museum Guild's 54th annual Wicked Woods Haunted House. October 28, 10 am The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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When it comes to mealtime, having a picky eater can complicate matters. To put things in perspective, we recently asked Indy’s Child Facebook readers, “What meal did your family serve when you were a kid that you absolutely hated?” Here are a few of our favorite answers: Creamed chipped beef over white bread – Joy E. Tuna casserole (secret ingredient = one can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup) – Teri C. Liver and onions!! Nice try Nanny – Barbara D.

Salmon patties or Fried Spam! Worst foods ever! – Cathy M. Hobo stew. Friday night my dad would throw all the leftovers from the fridge into a pot. Chicken, fish meat, bologna, hot dogs, sauerkraut, everything – Chris W.

be on the lookout for this month's online contests! Win Junior League Holiday Mart Tickets, A Gaylord County Christmas Package, Beef & Boards Tickets and a Gift Card to Another Broke Egg Cafe!

stay tuned to our latest guides are packed with family-friendly fun. Here’s a peek at what is trending now: 50 Fall Bucket List Ideas Looking for a few ways to get the family out and about this fall? How about 50 of them! Check out our jam-packed list of fall-themed fun.

2017 Indianapolis Pumpkin Patch Guide October and pumpkins go hand-in-hand. Turn to our 2017 guide to find the perfect place around Indy to pick up a pumpkin or two – and have a little fall fun while you are at it!

Top 5 Fall Foliage Destinations in Indiana During the month of October, fall leaves are at their peak. While you can enjoy the fall colors everywhere you turn, check out our “Top 5 Destinations in Indiana” to catch the leaves in all their glory.

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Festive fall activities not to miss October is a month filled with gorgeous foliage, crisp air, football games, fire pits and pumpkins waiting to be carved. What better way to celebrate all this season has to offer than with a family outing? From festivals to frights and everything in between, here are just a few of the family-friendly October events you won’t want to miss.




Learn the inner workings of a dairy farm at Kelsay Farms in Whiteland. This sixth generation family dairy farm features farm tours, pumpkins, hayrides, a corn maze, Bale Mountain and dairy snacks including amazing milkshakes! Open weekends September 20-October 29 and fall break for families, and weekdays for group events and schools.

General Admission is $10 (children 1 and under are free). Admission includes all activities on the farm. Learn more at

Celebrate the 45th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Stonycreek Farm in Noblesville. The u-pick pumpkin patch is

just the beginning at this annual festival. From hayrides to ziplines, farm animals to the giant inflatable Kiddiepillar, there is something for all ages to enjoy. Open daily, 10 am-5 pm, September 30-October 31. Parking is $5 (free on Mondays). Most activities require tickets to participate. Find a complete list of activities at www.

Enjoy a fun-filled family farm experience at Beasley's Orchard featuring apple picking, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, Minions corn maze, Barnyard Bonanza family activity zone, entertainment, food and more! Open daily through October 31, MondayFriday 1-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-6 pm and Sunday noon-6 pm. Get all the details at

Pick pumpkins, ride a mile-long train and tackle the new giant slide at Lark Ranch in Greenfield. Nestled just east of Indianapolis, Lark Ranch offers an incredible value for fall family fun. Open Saturdays noon-7 pm and Sundays, noon-6 pm, through October 29. General Admission is $11.99 (children 2 and under, free). Group rates are available. Learn more at

Don your lederhosen and head to the Historic Athenaeum on October 14 for the 9th Annual GermanFest. This annual celebration of all things German features 100 vendors, Durstig Games, live Wiener Dog Races, OktoberFAST 5K run/walk, Strong Man Competition, ZwergenLand For Kids, German beer, German food by the Indianapolis Sangerchor and more. All proceeds from GermanFest benefit the maintenance and care of this historic building. Tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for kids. Get details at www.

Work your way through Fishers Parks and Recreation Boo Bash, a fun Halloween Village filled with local businesses, games, music, costume contests and trick-or-treating – and it’s all FREE! This year’s Boo Bash will be held on Friday, October 27. A Sensory Friendly Hour will be offered from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. The main event follows from 6:30-8:30 pm. Note: Due to construction at the Nickel Plate Amphitheatre, Boo Bash will be held on the Central Green in front of Fishers City Hall. Visit www.fishers. for more information.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has been conjuring up

frights for the past 54 years – and this year is no exception. Starting October 7, embark on a hike through Wicked Woods, a foreboding forest filled with campfires and caves, creatures and cabins, terrible tales and haunted trails. The Haunted House offers IPL’s Lights-On Hours (for children who scare easily) and AAA's Frightening Hours (with the lights off, for children who dare to be scared). Tickets are $8 at the door. All tickets are available at The Children’s Museum Box Office.

Animal lovers, now is your chance to don your costume and trick-or-treat your way through the Indianapolis Zoo during the annual Halloween Zoo Boo, which runs Thursdays through Sundays in October from 2-7 pm. This popular event offers special animal exhibits and Halloween-themed activities including activity centers, pumpkin bowling, a bounce house, cookie decorating, a costume parade and more. Get the details at

from the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” while you wait. Also new, wind your way through a 7-acre corn maze, which features a small maze for younger guests and a long maze for teens and adults. The Headless Horseman takes place October 12-15, 19-22 and 26-29 from 6-9 pm. The corn maze is open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm, through October 29, and also during Headless Horseman evenings. Find tickets at events/headless-horseman.

With so many activities and events to choose from in October, the hardest part may be deciding where to start!

And finally, Conner Prairie keeps visitors on their toes during their annual haunted hayride. Mind your head! You never know when the Headless Horseman will appear. New this year: Enjoy a longer hayride and be entertained with live performances October 2017 // INDYSCHILD.COM 15


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

Everyone’s Favorite Haunted House How one local tradition continues to make a difference The Guild started with just eight women in 1933 who wanted to support the museum through fundraising. The first Haunted House opened in 1964. After ten days, the house raised $13,200 for the museum and became its primary fundraiser. Today, the Guild has donated more than $12 million and provides more than 39,000 volunteer hours each year. Proceeds from the Haunted House support programs such as InfoZone, fifteen free and reduced admission days each year, out-of-school programming and a Teacher’s Resource Link.

My heart raced as I attempted to be still. I felt the sweat drip down my painted face and I wanted desperately to scratch my wig. They approached the corner. I gave my loudest “BOO!” The frightened family shrieked and ran to the next room laughing all the way.




Being a teen haunter at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Haunted House has always been an experience that holds a special place in my heart. My mother, Sally Caltrider, was a member of The Children’s Museum Guild for six years. She shared many funny stories of being a haunter, and I could not wait for it to be my turn! And now that I am an intern at the museum, I realize the Guild does much more than put on the nations’ longest-running haunted house.

You can see the Guild’s hard work “frighteningly” up close at the 54th Annual Haunted House October 7-31. Grab your compass and map; it’s time to enter the Wicked Woods! This year’s Haunted House takes you through campfires and caves, cabins, terrible tales and haunted trails. “I am in awe that our Haunted House attendance has increased over the years (67,000 visitors in 2016) and we continue to foster seasonal excitement that generates great memories and experiences for guests and their families

as well as the Guild and museum,” says Rebecca Arora, head witch and fifth year Guild member. Guests can choose between IPL’s Lights –On Hours or Frightening Hours for visitors who like a good scare. The Guild’s support continues with the opening of the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. The Children’s Museum Guild Fantasy Tree House of Sports Climbing Experience will allow families to climb in and among sports equipment in a 60-foot tall tree all while learning about sports legends. After experiencing it myself, I now understand how the Guild’s enduring, positive impact on the museum illustrates how volunteers can make a powerful difference!

PHOTO CREDIT // The Children’s Museum of INDIANAPOLIS

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Whimsical, New Experiences Await at ZooBoo Spooktacular activities, amazing animals and pumpkins galore – the Indianapolis Zoo has lots of wild, new ways to celebrate fall during ZooBoo presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers! This beloved Halloween event is back for a 36th year, offering festive family fun from 2-7 pm every Thursday through Sunday in October. Plus, this year’s ZooBoo is bigger than ever before, with Thursdays being added and an all-new experience inside Pumpkin Town presented by Macy’s. The Bicentennial Pavilion will be transformed into a whimsical village where Mayor Jack bestows fun all around. Thrills and smiles are hiding around every corner of the mirror maze inside the Candy Corn Factory presented by Metro PCS. Guests can also visit critters in Jack’s Barn, encounter a friendly witch and stop in at a crafty Pumpkin School. Plus, there will be music, dancing and Pumpkin Bowling, which is always a favorite for the little ones. There’s more Halloween fun to discover throughout the Zoo! Kids can take a fun dash down Broomstick Alley presented by State Farm, located in the Kroger Splash Park.

Youngsters are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes and bring a reusable goodie bag to collect treats at five stations along the Trick-orTreat Trail presented by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, located in Plains. Adults can dress up as well, though masks are only permitted for children age 12 and under. Even the animals get into the spirit of the season with extra animal keeper chats, Halloween-themed enrichment and special activities. A true guest favorite is the pumpkin-splattering fun of the Elephant Pumpkin Smash presented by Sam’s Club. The Zoo’s rides will also feature a festive twist, including the RoundGo-Merry – the carousel that moves in reverse – and the Spooktacular Train Ride, which offers an enchanted ride with a special gift for the kids. ZooBoo activities are free for Zoo members and included with regular admission. Guests can pick up a coupon for $2 off admission at all Central Indiana Honda Dealerships. Discount tickets for ZooBoo are also available at Indianapolis-area Donatos and Indiana Members Credit Union locations. Visit for more information.





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WORDS BY // Kayla O’Neill

8 tips for finding a quality program Music lessons, art programs, soccer clubs, karate classes… the range of enrichment options available to the under five crowd seems to grow and grow. The benefits for enrolling preschoolers in these types of activities can be numerous – helping to develop cognitive, motor, social and language skills – if the program is a good one. With all the choices available out there, what should parents be looking for when evaluating an enrichment class or program for their child?

1. Does the program have a good track record? Jody Wyss-Treadwell, owner and teacher at Kindermusik of Indianapolis, recommends looking for three main factors when searching for a quality program: engagement, consistency and longevity. She also says, ‘“You want a program that continues to help your child grow even outside of the specific class.” 20



2. Will your child be interested in the program? What types of activities does your child naturally gravitate to? Music? Art? Sports? Select an enrichment program that falls in line with what they like to do and see how their interest and ability develops.

3. Does the program come with good recommendations? Friends, family, neighbors and teachers can be great resources for possible programs to investigate. When asking for an opinion, find out what was specifically liked or disliked about a certain place. Kelly Barbee, local mother of two, says she wasn’t even sure where to start looking when considering preschool enrichment programs in her area, but turning to friends for their input helped her find a good match for her three-year-old daughter. “They were a great help in letting me know the programs their kids had enjoyed, which made my search a lot easier. We found a gymnastics program which my daughter loved.”

4. Is the curriculum developmentally appropriate? A program that has been planned with reasonable expectations for preschoolers will help kids be successful and have fun. If the program also includes older children, ask how information or activities will be modified for younger children. Also consider if your child’s developmental level tends to be ahead or behind their peers and relay this information to the person leading the class or program.

5. Are the staff experienced – and do they enjoy working with young children? Jamie Sellhorn, Founder and Director of Education at Montessori Garden Academy, recommends making sure that staff are not only experts in the field they are teaching, but also have a love for working with young children. “Staff should be getting down to your child’s level and engaging the child in conversation. They should also have realistic expectations of skills for that child’s age and developmental level.” Ask to observe a class to see how the staff interacts with the children in their care. Eileen Papesh, Manager of Gymboree Play & Music in Carmel and Greenwood adds that it is not only important to pay attention to how the staff engages with the children, but also how they interact with parents. “Parents truly are a child’s first teachers. It is important to find a program that makes a connection with the family as a whole and takes the time to involve parents in what their children are learning,” she explains.

6. What is the staff to child ratio? Young children need adequate support and supervision at all times to be safe. Ask how many adults are present to supervise children, understanding that some activities (like swimming for instance) may require higher staff to child ratios than other activities. Also inquire about safety procedures that are in place to protect children and how you will be notified if there is any problem.

7. Are children with special needs allowed to participate? All children have the right to participate in programs that allow them to experience new learning opportunities. Check with the program director to see if children with special needs are encouraged to join, and how the staff supports preschoolers who may need modifications and adaptations to participate.

8. What is the discipline policy? Children can, and will, act differently around unfamiliar adults. How will the staff inform you if your child misbehaves and how will it be handled? Consider if these discipline policies align with your own practices.

How will you know if you’ve found a good match between your preschooler and an enrichment program? It may be hard to tell after just one session. Before making a final decision, give your child time to adjust to their new teacher, peers and activity. If he or she seems engaged in what they’re doing, wants to go back and is learning new skills, chances are you have found a good fit!

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when a loved one has

breast cancer Helpful ways to show your love and support WORDS BY // KIM DINAN

In the United States alone, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. When the diagnosis

comes, the routines of daily life often grind to a halt as the affected woman reorganizes her life around doctor’s visits and treatment. When someone we know and love is diagnosed with breast cancer, we want to help but don’t always know what to do or say. Indy’s Child reached out to some of our local breast cancer support organizations to ask about tangible ways to provide support to a friend or family member battling breast cancer. “The most important thing is that you want to take the pressure off of the patient, not put it on the patient,” says Dori Sparks-Unsworth, the Executive Director of Pink Ribbon Connection, an Indianapolis-based non-profit that offers support to women with breast cancer. Pink Ribbon Support provides a local peer counseling helpline, free wigs, bras and prosthetics and monthly education sessions for patients and their families. “Don’t say, ‘tell me what you need’”, says Sparks-Unsworth. “A patient is overwhelmed and exhausted. Say, ‘this is a task I can take from you. May I do so?’” Taking over laundry, lawn work and house cleaning are very tangible ways that friends and family can support a breast cancer patient. If the person battling cancer is a young mom, consider helping out with childcare. “Take those kids away for the afternoon to the park. Little ones want mom to hold them but she can’t pick them up right after surgery so entertaining the kids is an enormous help,” says Sparks-Unsworth. 22



Nancy Shepard, Founder and Executive Director of the I.W.I.N. Foundation, a non-profit that pays for services that relieve the physical and financial challenges that people are experiencing from cancer treatment, notes that even if you live far away from your loved one you can still provide support. “Friends or family that might not be in town can call and find local support services for their loved one,” she says.

No matter what you’re able to offer, make sure that you are specific. “Say, I’d like to come and get three loads of laundry on Wednesday and I’ll bring it back to you on Friday,” suggests Sparks- Unsworth.

Meals are another wonderful way to help a cancer patient, as lifting and bending in front of the stove can be difficult for a woman healing from surgery, and treatment can often leave the patient exhausted and nauseated. Software programs like Caring Bridge help friends and family organize responsibilities. “Oftentimes people come to the table right out of the gate and they’re all delivering the same meal, they’re all there at the same time. Using a program to divvy up their roles is very helpful,” says Shepard. It’s important to ask people to bring meals in disposable containers or in a container that doesn’t need to be returned, since the patient likely won’t have the energy to keep track of and return containers. And it’s most helpful to bring a meal that is frozen and can be popped in the oven at a later date. If it’s fresh, let the patient know ahead of time that you’re bringing over a meal that they can eat that night.

Emotional availability is also a crucial way to support a loved one during this challenging and scary time. While you might not know exactly what to say, continue speaking to your loved one the same way you did before her diagnosis. “A lot of people don’t want to say the word cancer, but the person with cancer wants to talk about it,” says Shepard. “If you don’t know how to talk to your loved one about cancer, do your research, get educated and learn how talk about it without feeling intrusive.”

Talking to other women that have been through a breast cancer diagnosis can also provide solace. Pink Ribbon Connection provides a service that connects a newly diagnosed woman with a local survivor that has already been through the treatment process. “Our focus is on providing emotional support to the patients. It’s important for a patient to talk with other women

that have been in their shoes. Many times, that turns into a lifelong friendship,” says Sparks-Unsworth.

Finally, keep in mind that support shouldn’t end when treatment is over. “Everyone thinks cancer left the patient,” says Shepard, “but the patient doesn’t always feel that way. There can still be a fear factor after treatment is over. So let them know they’re still supported and that you know that cancer is something that is still in their life.”

Resources Pink Ribbon Connection

I.W.I.N. Foundation





phone: 317-225-PINK

phone: 1-866-900-IWIN

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factory tours See your favorite things made firsthand! WORDS BY // ANDREA LIMKE

Take a different kind of road trip this fall and visit one of the many fun factory tours available close to home. (No “golden ticket” required!) Several companies open their facilities for the public to see how their favorite products are manufactured. These tours are family friendly and often have specific programs and activities designed just for kids. Check out our picks for planning a few trips just a short drive away.




Great American Popcorn Company

Velvet Ice Cream

Galena, Illinois tours

A trip to the Great American Popcorn Company is worth it just to smell the chocolate, cheese and caramel flavored popcorn made fresh each day. During the short tour, learn the history of popcorn and see how this delicious snack goes from cookers to coaters. The tour is free, but you must call ahead (and be sure to ask for a fresh batch of caramel popcorn to be ready for taste testing!)

Did you know there are seven steps to making ice cream? At the Velvet Ice Cream headquarters, your family can enjoy a free tour that includes the history of the company and a look inside their factory from the viewing gallery. During the 30-minute walking tour, you will learn how the company began in 1914 and what it takes to make this sweet dessert.

Spangler Sweet Company

The South Bend Chocolate Company

Bryan, Ohio

Utica, Ohio

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Who doesn’t like Dum-Dums? Take a trolley tour of the factory where these lollipops are made, along with many other treats. This affordable destination also has a museum and a store to stock up on these famous hard candies.

Still have a sweet tooth? Located near The University of Notre Dame, The South Bend Chocolate Company is the fastest growing chocolate company in the nation. See up close how their chocolate and candies are made with the 45 minute “Inside Scoop” tour, or a shorter 20 minute basic tour option.

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory Louisville, Kentucky For the baseball-loving family (and even non-fans), the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory should be at the top of your list. Many different attractions are available to keep your children’s interest and a mini bat is included with the price of the tour.

Wilson Football Factory Tour Ada, Ohio nfl/wilson-and-the-nfl/factory/ Maybe you’re more of a football fan? Since 1941 every NFL game ball that's appeared in the Super Bowl was made at the Wilson Football Factory. See the process of what goes into manufacturing each one. Call ahead as times for the tour do vary.

American Whistle Cooperation

Ford Rouge Factory Tour Dearborn, Michigan ford-rouge-factory-tour/ As a part of the Henry Ford complex, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour has a lot to offer. From an elevated walkway, you will tour a working assembly line that produces one F-150 truck every minute! There are also two theatre experiences that your children are sure to enjoy, including a film with special effects and a short documentary with rarely viewed footage.

Columbus, Ohio tours.html We all know children love to make noise, and what better way to do it than with a whistle? Visit this manufacturing plant and see how a whistle is made from start to finish. Tours are scheduled in advance and are customized to the interests of the patrons, so all ages are welcome and encouraged!

So hit the road for one of these unique destinations! Not only will your family have an interesting experience, but your children will be able to see a manufacturing process from start to finish and appreciate the skill it takes to create some of their favorite products.

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Halloween for Kids on Special Diets Simple tips to make the night for fun everyone Sure, dressing up and scaring each other silly is great, but let’s face it, when you’re a kid, Halloween is really about one thing – candy!

Celebrate your own way If the idea of trick-or-treating makes you break out in a cold sweat, skip it! There are plenty of other ways to capture the fun of Halloween without being worried about your child eating something unsafe. Host a spooky party of your own, inviting friends and other families who may be in the same situation. The kids can trick-or-treat around your house or yard for safe snacks, or set up some Halloween games and music for everyone to enjoy. Also, check to see if your local advocacy organization is hosting any special trick-or-treat events that might accommodate your child’s dietary needs. In Carmel, Heartland Unitarian Universalist Church will host a Teal Pumpkin Fall Carnival on October 29th from 3-6 pm specifically for kids with food allergies. For more info, visit

So what if your little goblin’s special diet or food allergies prevent them from partaking in typical sweets? Thanks to Pinterest, Facebook and creative parents across the country, there is no shortage of ideas on how to make sure your child still feels included this Halloween.

Plan ahead The key to avoiding candy-related meltdowns on Halloween is to create a plan early and talk about it often, experts say. If you’re going trick-or-treating, talk to neighbors about your child’s dietary restrictions, and consider dropping off a stash of safe treats for them to give your child Halloween night. Also, check the Teal Pumpkin Project’s interactive map of homes that will be giving out non-food treats (, or consider trickor-treating by car, stopping only at family and friends’ homes who you know will give acceptable treats. If you’re worried about your child coming into contact with allergens while trick-or-treating, opt for a costume that includes gloves and/or a mask (super heroes and animated characters work well for this). Or give your child something to hold as part of their costume, like a lightsaber, wizard wand, Doc McStuffins’ medical kit, etc., allowing you to hold the candy collection.

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Give back together Once home, have a plan to get rid of any candy your child can’t eat. You might set up a “Halloween Store” stocked with safe treats, trinkets and coupons for favorite activities, where your child can “buy” items using the candy he or she collected. Other families swear by the Switch Witch, a Tooth Fairytype story that asks children to leave candy out on Halloween night in exchange for a prize. Just make sure to discuss the plan with your child ahead of time so they know what to expect.

• Stock up on trinkets like pencils, bubbles, glow sticks, bouncy balls, stickers, etc. to hand out.

For older children, start a family tradition of figuring out together where to donate the candy that they aren’t able to eat. Check to see what local dentists are collecting candy, or coordinate directly with Operation Gratitude, which ships candy to service members overseas ( If your kids aren’t allergic (and have good self-control!) you could bake the candy into cookies to take to neighbors or a nearby nursing home (here’s a good catch-all recipe:

Halloween can be a tricky time for families of kids with allergies or special diets. No matter how you choose to handle the holiday, remember to plan ahead, involve your child when possible and embrace the overall fun of the season!

• Display a teal pumpkin to advertise that you’ll have non-food treats.

• Add your home to • Print out a free the Teal Pumpkin poster to educate Project’s interactive others about the map at Teal Pumpkin Project at awareness/teal- education-awareness/ pumpkin-project/map. teal-pumpkin-project.

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Respite Care 101

The basics for accessing this valuable service The demands of being a parent of a child with special needs are many and often unrelenting, which is why the topic of respite care often lights up Facebook groups and blog posts. But what exactly is respite care, where can you find it and how do you pay for it? Local experts spell out the basics here.

What is respite care? Respite is a service that provides parents an opportunity to take a step back from their 24/7 caregiving duties and have time to themselves while a trained individual cares for their child either in or outside of their home. Families use respite care in a variety of ways, from short notice care to cover an emergency, to an occasional date night or a regularly scheduled break. Typically, respite care doesn’t cover time when parents are working or at school. “Respite can range from a couple of hours to a whole afternoon into the evening,” says Diane Gann, Manager of Respite and Camps for Noble, a nonprofit organization that serves children and adults with disabilities. “It gives them a break so they can go to the grocery store, they can take a nap, they can spend time with their other children, they can paint the house. Every family is different in what their needs are.”


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How do I find respite care? There are several options when it comes to finding respite care. If your child with special needs has been targeted for a Medicaid waiver – Aged and Disabled, Traumatic Brain Injury, Community Integration and Habilitation, or Family Supports – respite will be among the services you can choose. Your child’s case manager will provide a list of local organizations that provide respite and contact information. (Still on the waitlist for the Family Supports waiver? You can apply for Caregiver Support through the Bureau of Developmental Disability Services at https://ddrsprovider. CaregiverSupportRequest.aspx.) In addition, some local organizations, such as Easterseals Crossroads, service organizations and churches with disability ministries, provide low-cost or free respite care. If your family

has the ability to pay privately for respite, you can search for providers on websites such as, which has a specific special needs section (, and some Medicaid waiver providers can be privately contracted. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism maintains a list of respite options across the state at respite-provider-agencies-in-indiana.

Can I screen potential respite care workers? Respite providers work extensively with families to find a good fit. At Damar Services, Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Maggard says parents are encouraged to conduct multiple interviews to ensure they’ve made a good choice.

“The better the match, the better the services are,” she stresses. “When we’re working with families and caregivers, we ask them what they’re looking for – special skill sets, specific personality traits. Once a good match is made, what we find is that those families and respite workers will stay linked.” Also, if families know of someone who already works well with their child – an aide from school, someone from church, a college student who’s studying locally – some agencies will contract with that person to provide respite services. “There are a lot of agencies out there, and it’s important that families know that they can have more than one company providing respite,” Gann says. “They can try multiple people until they find a good match.”

Why should I prioritize respite care? There’s no doubt that giving yourself a reliable breather from the nonstop nature of caregiving can be an important part of recharging your batteries. But besides that, experts say introducing a respite care provider can also benefit your child. “There is a social component to respite care, too, when the child finds someone they can connect with outside of their family, which is often their primary social circle,” Maggard says. “This is a new person in their life, and that expands their horizons.” While respite care may not be the first service you research, especially if your child has just been approved for a waiver, experts recommend families consider respite care at some point in their caregiving journey. Asking for recommendations from other parents or individuals who already work with your child can be a good place to start.

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October Special Needs Events SUN 01 JMFitness Fall Swimming Lessons JMFitness Swimming encompasses adaptive swimming lessons that are proctored for each individual swimmer. Before the child enters the water, a meeting is held with each child’s parents or guardians to get to know the athlete and his or her abilities to customize the lessons to best meet the needs of each child. We use a one-on-one mentorship system to instruct participants in techniques, basic strokes and water safety. To register, visit or contact Cory Hernandez at or please call. Location: Various Locations, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-525-4438

More info: learn-it-today-use-it-tomorrow Location: MSD Lawrence Township- 6501 Sunnyside Road, Indianapolis, IN 46236, Time: 8:30 am- 3:30 pm, Phone: 812-855-6508

THURS 05 Westfield Transition Fair

The Arc Advocacy Network will have information about Medicaid Waivers, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, guardianship and alternatives and a variety of other topics available for families and self-advocates. More info: Location: Westfield Intermediate School, Time: 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-867-6800

WED 04 Fortune Academy presents Community Education Night: Emotions and the Brain At Fortune Academy's first free Community Education Night of the year, Butler University Assistant Professor Dr. Lori Desautels will delve into the topic of integrating neuroscience and teaching techniques, addressing questions such as, how do stress and adversity impact the brain and learning, and how do we respond to help students learn to self-regulate during times of agitation, anxiety and stress? FREE. More info: Location: Fortune Academy, Time: 7:00- 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-377-0544

Workshop: Learn It Today, Use It Tomorrow The Indiana Resource Center for Autism, in collaboration with MSD of Lawrence Township, present this practical strategies seminar aimed at professionals and parents who work with children who struggle with executive function skills. Attendees will learn how to clearly define executive function skills and will be exposed to dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching students how to develop these skills, with fresh approaches to help students develop automaticity for class routines and transitions. The registration fee for this workshop is $150.




FRI 06 Hear Indiana 40th Annual Listening and Spoken Language Conference Parents of children with hearing loss, deaf and hard of hearing adults, and the professionals who serve them are all encouraged to attend this informative conference. Session topics include "Listening is Exhausting: An Overview of Fatigue in Children with Hearing Loss," "Increasing Awareness for the Family Emotional Journey" and "Unlocking the Doors to Academic Success for Children with Hearing Loss." More info: Location: St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Time: 7:00 am- 4:30 pm, Phone: 317-8280211

NAMI Indiana State Conference The annual NAMI Indiana State Conference is a collaboration of experts, policy makers, advocates and people living with mental illnesses. This conference helps to exhibit the newest and proven ways to get people into and to maintain recovery. Workshop topics include peer support, youth mental health and the future, building your recovery team, and "Ask the Expert: Veterans, Schizophrenia, Bi-polar Disorder".

Register here: nami-indiana-2017-state-conferencetickets-36367345710 Location: Indianapolis Marriott North, Time: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm, Phone: 800-677-6442

Family Voices IN Heart to Heart Conference This conference is designed for parents of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them. Topics will include care coordination, funding care and services, Medicaid waivers, transitioning to adult health care, parent/ caregiver stress, finding and funding mental health services, special education and more. The conference will include an information fair featuring service providers who serve individuals with disabilities and their families. Registration fees are affordable for many, with full scholarships available for anyone in need. More info: Location: North United Methodist Church, Time: 8:30 am- 3:30 pm, Phone: 317-278-2874

SAT 07 The Walk to End Lupus Now

grades. Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Register by contacting Mary Bowman at or please call. Location: Joseph Maley Enrichment Center, Time: 6:30- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-727-5927

SAT 14 Down Syndrome Indiana’s 20th Annual Buddy Walk Join Down Syndrome Indiana for its 20th annual Buddy Walk. In-person registration begins at 8 a.m., and stay after for festivities including team awards, an information tent, entertainment, lunch and much more. Event is free, but walkers must raise $50 to earn a T-shirt. More info: downsyndromeindiana.donordrive. com/indy Location: White River State Park, Time: 10:30, Phone: 317-925-7617

Special Needs Screenings: “My Little Pony” Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles during the movie.

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Fortune Academy presents Orton-Gillingham and The Power of Advanced MultiSensory Math

Location: White River State Park, Time; 10:00 am- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-224-4400

TUES 10 JMFamily Advocacy Sibling Workshop Join the JMFamily Advocacy Sibling Workshop for an opportunity to discuss common experiences shared with having a brother or sister with a disability, and to form friendships and bond with other siblings. This workshop offers a comfortable environment for conversation, and is open to siblings of individuals with disabilities in fifth through 12th

Location: Studio Movie Grill, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-876-3331

SAT 21

Attendees will learn how to reach and teach students in Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry moving from concrete, to representational and then finally abstract learning. Learn tools that can be applied in the classroom immediately! Cost is $30 per person. Register online: www. upcomingevents/2017/10/21/ortongillingham-and-the-power-of-advancedmulti-sensory-math Location: Fortune Academy, Time: 10:00 am-Noon, Phone: 317-377-0544

Health Advocacy Summit

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The CIDA Foundation presents the first annual Health Advocacy Summit. This is a day-long, no-cost event for high schoolers who have been diagnosed with a chronic condition. The event will feature: high level speakers, legislative education, networking opportunities and alumni engagement.

Workshop: When Behavior Interferes with Learning: Strategies for Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviors

More info or to register: www.cidadvocacy. org/about Location: IUPUI, Time: 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, Email:

TUES 24 JMFamily Advocacy Sibling Workshop Join the JMFamily Advocacy Sibling Workshop for an opportunity to discuss common experiences shared with having a brother or sister with a disability, and to form friendships and bond with other siblings. This workshop offers a comfortable environment for conversation, and is open to siblings of individuals with disabilities in fifth through 12th grades. Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Register by contacting Mary Bowman at or please call. Location: Joseph Maley Enrichment Center, Time: 6:30- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-727-5927

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism, in conjunction with the Franklin Township Community School Corporation, will present this full-day workshop to provide affordable and localized training for those working with students who engage in challenging behaviors. Content is practical, based on ongoing experience in the field and addresses students with various disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders and across grade levels. The hope is that those attending can walk away with ideas that can be implemented immediately and that are evidence-based. The registration fee is $65. More info: when-behavior-interferes-with-learningstrategies-for-understanding-and-managingchallenging-behaviors Location: Carver Education Technology Center, Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-8622411

Easter Seals Crossroads Family Halloween Party

Come in costume to enjoy trick-or-treating, snacks and games specifically designed for our families living with autism. More info: Location: Easter Seals Crossroads Autism Family Resource Center, 4740 Kingsway Dr. 3rd Floor, Time: 3-6 pm

THURS 26 Workshop: When Behavior Interferes with Learning: Strategies for Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviors The Indiana Resource Center for Autism, in conjunction with Zionsville Community Schools, will present this full-day workshop to provide affordable and localized training for those working with students who engage in challenging behaviors. Content is practical, based on ongoing experience in the field and addresses students with various disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders and across grade levels. The hope is that those attending can walk away with ideas that can be implemented immediately and that are evidence-based. The registration fee is $65.

More info: when-behavior-interferes-with-learningstrategies-for-understanding-and-managingchallenging-behaviors Location: Zionsville Educational Services Center, Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm, Phone 812-855-6508

SAT 28 Northside Indianapolis Autism Support Group

Join Applied Behavior Center for breakfast and a support ​group for parents of children who have autism. Childcare will be available with RSVP to More info: Location: Stony Creek Swim Center, Fishers, Time: 9-11 am

SUN 29 Teal Pumpkin Carnival Let's make Halloween fun for everyone! Join us for a food-free, allergy-friendly carnival complete with games, prizes, face-painting, bounce houses and all the fixings of a truly spectacular Fall Carnival... minus the edibles. More info: Location: Heartland Unitarian Universalist Church, Time: 3:00- 6:00 pm

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618 N. High School Road Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46214-3684​, Contact: Ann Baloski, Executive Director, Phone: 317-731-7777, Email:,

Bierman ABA Autism Center We work with children with autism spectrum disorders up to the age of 13. We specialize in providing early intervention, personalized and intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Speech & OT programs. Our early intensive intervention programs (EIBI) are designed to help children learn skills across many different developmental domains in order to be happy and successful in any environment, whether that be in the home, community or the classroom. Whether your child was just recently diagnosed or has been in a traditional school setting but unable to make adequate progress, we deeply believe every child is capable of learning with the right programming in place. We are positive our dedicated and talented team can make a difference. Locations in Broad Ripple, Westfield and Avon. 6060 N College Avenue, Indianapolis IN 46220, Phone: (317) 815-5501, Email: info@;

The Children's TherAplay Foundation One of the few clinics in the country providing physical and occupational therapies on horseback (hippotherapy) for children with special needs. Serving kiddos, ages 18 months to 13 years, with diagnoses including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, and developmental delay. In-network with most major health insurance carriers and Indiana Medicaid. 9919 Towne Road, Carmel, Indiana. Phone: (317) 872-4166; Email:; www.childrens

Children's Therapy Connection CTC’s Speech Therapy, Social Skills and Gross Motor Playgroups focus on improving communication skills, peer interactions and gross motor development in structured small group settings. Our comprehensive approach uses a variety of techniques to best meet your child’s needs. The CTC Playgroups are an excellent supplement to your child’s current therapy program! Children will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis. Ratios are kept low to allow each child individual attention and instruction, so space is limited! Please contact our office at kberty@childrenstherapy or visit our website or follow us on Facebook for additional details.

7478 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: info@,

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

HANDS training model.The HANDS in Autism® Center also focuses on identifying and meeting specific community needs as well as fostering: collaboration and networking across medical, school, family, and community settings; reciprocal sharing of information within and across communities; increased dissemination and awareness of resources and information; and increased training opportunities within, relevant to, and informed by the specific community. 1130 W Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (Fesler Hall 302l), Phone: 317-2742675, Email:, www.HANDS


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LittleStar A ​ BA Therapy is Indiana’s first center-based, therapeutic applied behavior analysis (ABA) service provider serving children, teens and young adults with autism. Since 2002, this professional team has impacted the lives of hundreds of learners affected by autism by building skills and helping them achieve milestones once believed impossible. LittleStar's statewide centers are located in Carmel, Bloomington, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Clarksville and Newburgh. LittleStar A ​ BA Therapy also provide in-home ABA services.

EasterSeals Crossroads

12650 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN, 46032, Phone: 317-249-2242, info@, www.littlestar​ABA​.org

Offering comprehensive disability services for people of all ages. Early Intervention, Autism Services, PT, OT, Speech Therapy, Feeding/ Swallowing issues, Augmentative Communication, Assistive Technology, Multisensory Therapy Rooms, Summer Camps, Life/Social Skills Groups, Deaf Community Services, Autism Family Resource Center. 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Phone: 317-466-1000, Email: info@ easterseals, http://www.

Hands in Autism HANDS in Autism® works to provide unique learning opportunities designed to improve understanding of the process and ability to work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a range of other developmental and behavioral challenges through hands-on and coaching experiences and building bridges of information, resources and collaboration across family, educational, medical and community systems. The Center provides innovative, research-based, and practical training and technical support to school staff, medical and service providers, primary caregivers, and individuals with ASD within Indiana and globally based on the

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) is Indiana's only full-time school dedicated to helping young children (birth to age 8) who are deaf or hard of hearing develop spoken language and literacy skills with the focus of transitioning into their local, community school. Dramatic advances in technology, including sophisticated hearing aids and cochlear implants, give children with significant hearing loss access to sound. With appropriate speech therapy, auditory rehabilitation and language training, children are able to develop spoken language skills. St. Joseph Institute offers a variety of Listening and Spoken Language programs including: early intervention services, internet therapy, full-time preschool program, mainstream support, ongoing consultation, and comprehensive educational training opportunities for families and professionals. With over 175 years of experience, we are professional leaders in the field of Listening and Spoken Language education. Visit our website for more information. 9192 Waldemar Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-471-8560,

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2017 Private school open house guide Considering a private school for your student? Our area has plenty to choose from! Find the right match by visiting an upcoming open house to get all your questions answered. A Children’s Habitat Montessori School 801 W. 73rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260

(317) 726-5584 | www.childrens Learn more about #ourhabitat at facebook. com/achildrenshabitat. 18 months-12 years Open House: Saturday, November 4, 1-3 pm

Ace Preparatory Academy 5326 Hillside Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220

(317) 744-9847 | www.aceprep Grades K-5 Call to schedule a tour.

Cathedral High School 5225 E 56th St, Indianapolis, IN 46226

(317) 542-1481 | Grades 9-12 Open House*: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 5:30-8 pm *pre-registration optional

Community Montessori School 9069 East 141st Street, Fishers, IN 46038

(317) 774-8551 | 18 months-8th grade Call to schedule a tour.

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

Apogee School for Gifted Children 4550 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205 Grades K-12 Contact David (DBonner@ApogeeSchool. com) to schedule a private tour and consultation to see if our student centered, strength based gifted education program is right for you.

(317) 390-0202 | www.covenant Grades 9-12 Open Houses*: November 2, 2017; January 23, 2018; February 20, 2018; March 13, 2018. All open house events begin at 7pm *register online

Culver Academies Bishop Chatard High School 5885 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

(317) 251-1451 | Grades 9-12 Open House: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 5:30-8 pm

1300 Academy Rd, Culver, IN 46511

(574) 842-7000 | Grades 9-12 Open Houses: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:30 am and Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10:30 am *registration required

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

Guerin Catholic High School

2801 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268

(317) 582-0120 | Grades 9-12 Open House: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 1 – 3:30 pm

(317) 524-7050 | Grades 9-12 Open House*: Sunday, November 5, 2017, 11 am– 2 pm

15300 Gray Road, Noblesville IN 46062

Heritage Christian High School 6401 E 75th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250 (317) 849-3441 | www.heritage Grades PreK-12 Open House: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 5-7:30 pm

Highlands Latin School P.O. Box 4462, Carmel, IN 46082

(317) 519-5501 | Grades K-12 Call or email admissions@indy to schedule a tour.

Horizon Christian School 7702 Indian Lake Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46236

(317) 823-4538 | www.horizon Grades PreK-12 Open House: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6-8 pm

Howe Military Academy 5755 IN-9, Howe, IN 46746

(260) 562-2131 | Grades 7-12 Open House: Friday, September 8, 2017, 9 am-noon

International School of Indiana Upper School: 4330 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA Lower School: 200 W 49th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA

Upper School: (317)923-1951, Lower School: (317) 255-1951 | Grades 3PreK-12 Upper School Open House: Sunday, November 12, 2017, 2-4 pm Lower School Open House: Tuesday, October 24 & November 28, 2017; Thursday October 26 & November 30, 2017, 8:30-11:30am

*online registration required

Hasten Hebrew Academy 6602 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260

(317) 251-1261 | Grades PreK-8 Call to schedule tour.




Kingsway Christian 7979 East CR 100 North, Avon, IN 46123-7915

(317) 272-2227 | Grades 3 years-8 Call to schedule a tour.

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470 Lakeview Drive, Noblesville, IN 46060

Legacy Christian School

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School

(317) 776-4186 | www.legacychristian Grades Preschool-12 Open House: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 pm

(317) 770-5660 | Grades Preschool-8 Contact Terra Olson at to schedule a visit today.

Midwest Academy

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

1420 Chase Court, Carmel, IN 46032

(317) 843-9500 | www.mymidwest Grades 4-12 Call or email kfoster@mymidwest to schedule a tour.

9900 E. 191st St., Noblesville, IN 46060

14596 Oak Ridge Rd Carmel, IN 46032

(317) 846-1118 | Grades K-8 Call to schedule a tour.

Park Tudor 7200 North College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Montessori School of Westfield 800 E Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074

(317) 867-0158 | www.montessori Grades Preschool -8 Call or email montessoriwestfield@gmail. com to schedule a tour or stop by any Friday from 9:00-11:00 am for a tour during the regular school year.




(317) 415-2700 | Grades JK-12 Open House for Grades 9-12: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6:00pm Visit website for dates and times of “See Us in Action” Days throughout the year.

St. Louis De MontFort 11441 Hague Road, Fishers, IN 46038

(317) 842-1125 | Grades JK-8 Open House: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8:00-11:00am

St. Maria Goretti

The Orchard School

17104 Spring Mill Road, Westfield, IN 46074

615 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

(317) 896-5582 | Grades K-8 Call to schedule a tour.

(317) 251-9253 | Grades PreK-8 Open Houses: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 8:3010:30 am; Thursday, October 26, 6:30-8:30 pm; Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1-3 pm; Thursday, December 7, 2017, 8:30-10:30 am; Thursday, January 25, 2018, 8:30-10:30 am

St. Richards Episcopal School 33 East 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205

(317) 926-0425 | Grades PK3-8 Schedule a tour online at https://sres. inquiry.faces

Sycamore School 1750 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

(317) 202-2500 | Grades PreK-8 Open House: Sunday, October 29, 2017, Noon-2 pm *Weekly tours offered most Wednesdays at 9-11am

The Children’s House 2404 W. 62nd St. in Indianapolis, IN 46268

(317) 253-3033 | www.thechildrens Open House: Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1-3 pm

Traders Point Christian Academy 6600 S Indianapolis Rd, Whitestown, IN 46075

(317) 769-2450 | Grades PreK-12 Open House: October 24, 2017, 6:30-8 pm and February 6, 2018, 6:30-8 pm *RSVP requested at

University High School 2825 W 116th St, Carmel, IN 46032

(317) 733-4475 | Grades 9-12 Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2-4 pm; Sunday, November 5, 2017, 2-4 pm; Sunday, March 4, 2018, 2-4 pm

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Ask the Teacher Homework overload, creating downtime, encouraging a musical interest


My third grade son comes home with at least two hours of homework three nights a week. This seems crazy to me, but maybe my ideas on the subject are outdated. How much homework is reasonable?


To determine whether your son’s homework load is appropriate, it is important to understand the big picture. Begin by approaching his teacher from a “wanting to understand” perspective rather than one that is critical or defensive. Find out whether this work is assigned as homework, or if some portion of it is work that was expected to have been completed in class. If your son is not using class time effectively, some interventions at school may be needed. If the work you see has, indeed, been assigned for home, ask for insight from the teacher regarding how




much time she would expect your son to spend on the specific assignments given. When your son starts his homework, have him plan the time he should need according to the guidelines the teacher has suggested for each subject area. If he is working much beyond that, consider if distractions, lack of understanding or tiredness are impeding his progress. If your son is not completing the work close to the amount of time the teacher thinks it should take, a meeting together might help to identify strategies that can help him become more efficient. The traditional wisdom in education has supported the idea that 10-20 minutes of homework are appropriate for kindergarten, first grade and second grade students, and that each grade level beyond that adds ten minutes to the total.

If you find that your son is being assigned work that is expected to take much more than what has been traditionally considered as reasonable, consider arranging a time to meet with the principal and teacher to discuss overall goals and expectations for students and how that translates into homework load.


My fifth grader really seems to require some down time at the end of each school day. However, it becomes very difficult to fit in his homework before his evening extracurricular activities begin. What is the best way to help him unwind and still allow him to get to bed on time?


When your son gets home from school, have a snack ready. While he is having his snack, help him to plan his study time. Assignments due the following day take top priority, but keep progress on longer-term projects in mind as well. Have him estimate how much time each assignment will take. Consider if there is any work that is portable and can be done on the way to and from activities. Then do the math. Deduct the time required from the time available to see how much “unwind” time there is. If there is not sufficient time for your son to decompress, there are a few options. Arriving to a practice a bit late or leaving a little early might be necessary. Opting to miss an activity occasionally might help.

Your son’s emotional health is a very important component of his general wellbeing. If, after trying to find a way for him to relax between school and extracurricular activities, you realize it just can’t be done, it is time to reduce his load of activities. Compromising rest is not an option.


How much should I push my daughter to develop her musical talent? Her school music teachers have consistently told me how capable she is, and I have tried to get her to take voice lessons or piano lessons, but she has no interest.


Talk with your daughter to understand her thoughts on the matter. Does she have a genuine lack of interest in pursuing music, or is she afraid she won’t like it once she starts? Perhaps she would consider trying a few lessons without making a long-term commitment. Is she anxious about trying something on her own? Maybe the lessons would be more appealing to her if she doubled up with a friend. Does she have a busy schedule? She may be reluctant to add something more to her to-do list, especially music lessons which also require a considerable amount of practice time.

Another possibility is to introduce opportunities in music that are not lessons. Look into local children’s theatre – participating in a musical production may provide an enjoyable way for your daughter to explore music. Getting involved in a children’s choir or a youth group’s praise band might be a fun expansion that could lead to an increased desire for private instruction. If none of these experiences appeal to her, you should let it go. Additional time may be all it takes for her to decide to pursue this interest on her own.

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

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Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

Fishers Montessori

Carmel Montessori School is located on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 18 years head-teaching experience and we a a full member of the American Montessori Society. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,,

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

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

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




Heritage Christian School

Sycamore School

Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA, HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Preschool-12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA ATHLETICS. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today!

At Sycamore, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, PE and technology are taught at all levels. Extensive field trips, athletics, child care, financial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

westfield Montessori School of Westfield, Inc. Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-867-0158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email:, www.montessorischoolof

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WED 11

SUN 01

MON 02

Celebrating 100 Years of Central Library: Sunday Afternoon Salon

Board at the Library!

As part of Central Library's 100th anniversary, individuals of all ages are invited to a presentation celebrating the history of Central Library and the city of Indianapolis. Refreshments will be provided. This program will be held in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room on Level 6 of Central Library. Explore the life of beloved Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley through Central Library's special collections of letters, photographs and objects. In addition, a live trio will play the songs and sounds of the 1917 era. Location: Central Library, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100

Do you like playing strategy board games? Or have you heard about Ticket to Ride or Catan and wondered how to play? Check out Board at the Library at HEPL where they’ll have a wide variety of games to play for all skill levels whether you're into strategy games which last for hours or want to learn a quick card game. This program is open to teens and adults. Registration is required.

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Enjoy books, songs, rhymes and more at early literacy storytime each week. Designed for 2-year-olds and their caregivers. Location: White River Branch Library, Time:10:15- 10:45 am, Phone: 317-8851330

Family Fall Festival

Location: Hamilton East Library 2nd floor, Time: 6:30- 9:00 pm, Phone: 317-5790300

Meet at the Sablosky Camp Pavilion for a cookout dinner, hayride, fun in the bounce house, face painting and more! Don’t miss this opportunity to have fun with your family and meet other members. FREE.


Location: Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis, Time: 5:30- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-251-9467

Paws to Read at Eagle

School-age children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to a registered therapy dog who loves to listen to stories! It's a great way to improve a child's reading skills and self-confidence.


Terrific Twos Storytime

Location; Eagle Branch Library, Time: 4:00- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4340

WED 04 Tot Art!

Babies and toddlers up to age 3 and adult are invited for a process art program. They can stick around after the art activity for socialization and playtime. Come dressed for a mess! Location: Southport Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4510

THURS 05 Ghost the Musical

This musical adapted from the hit film follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Rated PG-13. http://www. html *Ongoing

begins every year on the first Thursday of October. Residents of Greenfield, Hancock County and the surrounding area join talent and resources annually to honor the memory of Greenfield’s noted native son. Location: Downtown Greenfield, Time: Various times all weekend, Phone: 317-462-2141

FRI 06 Flip FabriQue – “Catch Me!”

Join Flip FabriQue, a 6-person acrobat troupe, for their stunning gravity defying show Catch Me! Bring the whole family to witness their unique performance that promotes joy, playfulness, and friendship.

Children's Museum Guild's Haunted House

The nation’s oldest haunted house leads visitors through Wicked Woods with werewolves and witches. After 54 years of haunting, the museum’s head witches have created the perfect potion for all things haunted. From campfires to caves, creatures to creepy cabins, and terrible tales to haunted trails, there is something for people of all ages. There will be lights-on family-friendly hours and frightening hours for the brave of heart. The Haunted House offers IPL’s Lights-On Hours (for children who scare easily) and Frightening Hours (with the lights off, for children who dare to be scared).

Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, Time: 8:00 pm

*Ongoing Location: Children’s Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Time: see website for showtimes, Phone: 317-8729664

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Sikh Day Parade

Halloween ZooBoo

Enjoy a day at the airport with your family and friends as they bring together aviation enthusiasts for food, flying, displays, and more for their annual celebration of this community asset.

Enjoy a great fall day! The animals offer the perfect backdrop to this event. Enjoy Halloween-themed Dolphin Adventure Presentations and animal chats throughout the celebration. Even the elephant herd will get into the Halloween spirit with the pumpkin-gut splattering fun of the Elephant Pumpkin Smash. The little ones are encouraged to dress up in their favorite wild costumes! For the safety of all guests, adults are not permitted to wear masks or makeup that would obscure the face. Masks are only allowed for children ages 12 and under. *Ongoing

Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 2:00-7:00 pm, Phone: 317-630-2001

THURS 05 –SUN 08 Riley Festival

The Riley Festival invites you to enjoy one of the largest craft festivals in the state of Indiana, with designated areas for food, commercial and flea market booths and much more. The event follows years of traditions in the celebration of the birth date of James Whitcomb Riley, the “Hoosier Poet.” It

Just PLANE Fun- Airport Day

Location: Indy South Greenwood Airport, Time: 10:00 am- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-881-0887

Monument Circle Art Fair

More than 70 regional artists showcase their work around the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in downtown Indianapolis. Visual artists and musical entertainment will be available at this free, public event, along with food trucks. FREE. Location: Monument Circle, Time: 10:00 am5:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-7615

Herb Crafts for Kids

Join the Herb Society of Central Indiana for fun herbal ideas to make during the holidays from Halloween to Christmas. Enjoy snacks and recipes while you learn. $5 fee is due to program instructors. Registration required. For ages 6-12.

The Sikh Society of Indiana will be hosting for the first time ever Sikh Day Parade (Nagar Kirtan). Together as a United Sikh Community of Indiana, they come together and spread the knowledge of their religion, history and culture. Location: Veterans’ Memorial Plaza, Time: 10:00- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-232-7615

Walk to End Lupus Now

Raise money and awareness for the 36,000 Hoosiers affected with lupus, an autoimmune disease. This year's walk will be starting and ending in Celebration Plaza, where the stage, registration area and all activities will take place. Four food trucks will be available. The Toy Factory band will play and a Kid Zone area and Tent City area will be on site. One thousand walkers are expected to come! FREE to walk. Runners are $25 Location: White River State Park, Time: 10:30 am- 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-233-2434

Franklin Fall Festival

Come for family-friendly entertainment and live music from the Ocean Breeze Band, exciting events, street vendors, food and refreshments. FREE. Location: Downtown Franklin, Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, page/franklin-fall-festival/

SAT 07–SUN 08 Indiana Renaissance Faire

Come and see costumed characters, full-contact non-choreographed jousting, period and pirate music, roving comedy, juggling, acrobats, knighting ceremonies, sword play and so much more. With 70+ artisans and merchants, plentiful food vendors, and free kid’s games, you're sure to have a great time. Location: Klipsch Music Center, Time: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm, Phone: 800-745-3000

SUN 08 Festival: Feast of Tabernacles Messianic Jewish Congregation Shaarey Yeshua invites you to come and learn about Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. Celebrate and enjoy live music, singing, dancing, an “Ask the Rabbi” booth, kids activities, and lots of fun for all ages! FREE.

Location: Broad Ripple Park, Time: 1:00- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-202-0789

MON 09 Family Play Date: Robot Petting Zoo

Bring your family to the library for a play date and meet new friends, play games, and have snacks. Drop in for a hands-on exploration of the herd of robots, including Spheros, Dash, Lego Wedo, Cubelets, Littlebits, and more! This program is part of the Robot Tinker Tote. Location: Trafalgar Branch Library, Time: 6:30- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-878-9560

Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7184

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Fishers Concerts on Central Green

TUES 10 Jungle Tales

Bring your preschooler to this program with a focus on the natural world. Join them for a different nature-related story, activity and craft each month. Registration required. For ages 2-5.

Grab your lunch and head over to Liberty Plaza on the Central Green to enjoy a free lunchtime concert! These shows will take place from Noon – 1 PM every Wednesday from May through October, weather permitting. Presented by Meyer Najem

Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7184

Location: Fishers Central Green (in front of City Hall), Time: Noon- 1:00 pm

Dia de los Muertos Contemporary Art and Altar Exhibition by Nopal Cultural


Experience Día de los Muertos at the Eiteljorg with partner Nopal Cultural, an Indianapolis-based Latino arts and culture organization. Peruse elaborate ofrendas (altars) designed by local artists and organizations. See incredibly intricate linocut prints created by artist Sergio Sánchez Santamaría and add your personal touches to the community ofrenda. *Ongoing Location: Eiteljorg Museum, Time: see website for times, Phone: 317-636-9378

WED 11

Headless Horseman

The Headless Horseman awaits a fresh crop of victims ... er ... guests daring enough to take a thrilling hayride Thursday-Sunday. Come face-to-face with him along the back roads of Conner Scairie, and join in a variety of family friendly activities. A 7-acre corn maze will delight visitors and is included with Headless Horseman admission: Tickets: $8-$17. *Ongoing

Location: Conner Prairie, Time: various daily times, Phone: 317-776-6000

FRI 13


Come celebrate all things pumpkin - pumpkin crafts and all kinds of pumpkin explorations! Registration required. For ages 4-11. Cost: $6. Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, Time: 2:00 pm Phone: 317-327-7184

“Victorian Villains” presented by Candlelight

In this frightful performance of Victorian Villains, guests will partner with their crime scene handler to uncover the sordid tales of the villains. Are you ready to face these fiendish creators of chaos and carnage, so that you can learn from their twisted and tormented minds to protect society as you know it... before it's too late?! Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Time: 6:00- 8:30 pm, Phone: 317-631-1888


MON 16

Family Night Out: Spooky Science

Discover what you can see, make and do at the Indiana State Museum’s Family Night Out! Get set for Halloween with a night of spooky family fun. Light up the night with glow-in-the-dark art projects, prizes around the first floor galleries and behind-the-scenes flashlight tours…if you dare! FREE. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 6:00- 8:00 pm Phone: 317-232-1637

Broad Ripple Fall Art Walk

The walk features Broad Ripple galleries, boutiques and shops, each hosting their own unique art exhibit. Participating businesses are scattered throughout the Village, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful evening experiencing Broad Ripple and supporting the arts community. Location: Broad Ripple Village Time: 5:009:00 pm, Phone: 317-251-2782


Come to Old Italy, where the kind-hearted puppet maker Gepetto dreams of having a son. To grant his wish, the Blue Fairy brings his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life, and the adventures begin. Like many boys, Pinocchio gets into all sorts of mischief, until he is lured to the Land of Toys by a villain Coachman. Time is running out for Pinocchio to escape before he is turned into a donkey! *Ongoing

Location: Beef & Boards, Time: see website for showtimes, Phone: 317-872-9664


Join the fun for hands-on dinosaur activities, a special performance of Bucky Lives!, meet the Extraordinary Scientists-in-Residence, and more! Location: Children’s Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

SAT 14 Buddy Walk

Buddy Walk® is the most widely recognized public awareness event for the Down syndrome community. Locally, it is the largest fundraising and awareness event for Down Syndrome Indiana. Buddy Walk® is a family-friendly event open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends and thousands of local supporters. This is the 20th annual walk! Location: White River State Park, Time: Phone: 317-925-7617

Christmas in October Craft Fair

Over 150 juried arts and crafters. Quality items for great prices. It's not too early to shop for Christmas! Location: Fishers High School, Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-595-3195




Annual Original and Fabulous GermanFest

Discover your inner German and party at the 9th Annual Original and Fabulous GermanFest. All proceeds from this event benefit the maintenance and care of the Historic Athenaeum. Celebrate GermanAmerican Day with this unique family event. Location: Athenaeum Theatre, Time: 12:00 pm, Phone: 317-655-2755

Second Saturday at Nickel Plate Arts: An Art Lab for All

Nickel Plate Arts will host an open art lab for families, couples and creatives of all ages to explore, experiment and create together! Nurture your creative side and give the youngest artists in your family the chance to build new skills and learn how to use new tools. Projects change each month and all supplies are included. Parents must accompany children while on campus. Day of the Dead Candles will be the theme. Help celebrate Day of the Dead (November 1st)! Draw and create designs inspired by Day of the Dead calavera skulls, and transfer them onto a candle to take home. Location: Nickel Plate Arts Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm Phone: 317-452-3690

Full Circle Festival

This is a five hour festival and fundraiser for refugees in Indianapolis. It is a celebration of culture, reflecting the diversity of Indianapolis through food, music, and storytelling. They will be using half of the circle to highlight four musical acts and four stories told by refugees in Indianapolis. Food trucks will provide refreshments, non-profits will set up booths to educate about the issue, artists will share their work, and diverse communities will gather in celebration. The festival will culminate with a collective art project. Location: Monument Circle, Time: 3- 8:00 pm

SAT 14 –SUN 29 “The slightly Haunted Puppet Studio”

This classic Halloween puppet production has become a tradition for many audiences in October. You will be comically bewitched by Witch Gertrude as she makes her stew and introduces you to her ghoulish marionette friends. Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio, Time: 10:30- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-535-4853

SUN 15 When I Grow Up…

Special visitors will share a typical day on their job. Learn about the favorite parts of the featured work and how the visitor prepared for their job. Immerse yourself in play centers based on the featured job. Location: White River Branch Library, Time: 2:00- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-885-1330

MON 16 Family Pumpkin Painting & Pizza Bring your pumpkin to life! Instead of carving, give your pumpkin a bright, shining face and a little sparkle. Participants should wear clothes that can get messy, bring a pumpkin to paint and a box to transport the pumpkin as it dries. All decorating supplies and pizza are provided. Parents should plan to stay and help their child decorate their pumpkin and are invited to register if they would like to decorate a pumpkin and enjoy pizza as well. The fee for this event is $7. Location: Monon Community Center, Time: 5:15- 6:30 pm, Phone: 317-848-7275

Creepy Creatures II

Come learn about some creepy and not-so-creepy creatures. Have fun meeting live critters and doing a craft. Registration required. For ages 5-11. Cost: $5. Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, Time: 2:00 pm Phone: 317-327-7184

TUES 17 Discovery Lab

Build your Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math skills with engaging STEAM lessons and fun, hands-on activities that allow children to explore new topics through building, creating, experimenting and problem-solving. Library: White River Branch Library, Time: 4:30 pm, Phone: 317- 885-1330

Whodunit? Murder Mystery at the History Center

Gather your crew and hone your sleuthing skills for a life-size Clue-inspired experience at the History Center! Based on a real Roaring ’20s murder in Indiana, you will interview suspects, follow the clues and solve who, where and what. And you’ll have the chance to win fabulous prizes! $20; $15 members; $25 at the door Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Time: 7:00-9:30 pm, Phone: 317-234-7799

Teen Bowling Night

Come for a fun and exciting evening at Woodland Bowl! Two games of bowling, shoe rental and pizza are included. Please bring money if you would like to play arcade games or purchase a snack. Meet at Woodland Bowling Center. This event is for teens ages 13-17. FREE. Location: Woodland Bowling Center, Time: 6:00- 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-844-4099

FRI 20 Family Movie Night - The Haunted Mansion

Join us for some spooky movie fun at the Fishers Library with an after-hours showing of The Haunted Mansion starring Eddie Murphy. This film is rated PG. There will be pizza and drinks provided. Doors open at 5:30, movie starts at 6:00 and runs until approximately 7:30. No reservations required. Movie fans of all ages welcome! Location: Fishers Library East, Time: 5:30- 7:30 pm Phone:317-579- 0307

WED 18 Baby Storytime

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

THURS 19 Hauntless Halloween

Join Holliday Park Staff and actors from Booth Tarkington Civic Theater for an enchantingly fun evening! Families hike along candlelit trails and interact with different forest creatures who can magically speak for the night, then return to the nature center for a campfire, refreshments and activities. New characters debut this fall! Location: Holiday Park Nature Center, Time: 5:50- 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180

SAT 21 The Power of Poison

Discover the toxic species that live in a remote Colombian forest, where poisons are just one of many tools in the struggle to survive. Learn about a variety of evolutionary strategies and see live animals up close. Find out which familiar tales of illness, enchantment or death by poison contain kernels of truth. Explore some of history’s most intriguing poisoning cases, many of which remain puzzling today. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: see museum times, Phone: 317-232-1637

Family Game Day

Families and individuals of all ages are invited to spend an afternoon playing board games and card games. There will be games for all ages. Free. Location: Warren Branch Library, Time: 2:00- 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4550

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Breyer Fun Day

Enjoy the Breyer horses in their permanent collection, enhanced with manes and tails made from real horsehair, handmade bridles and saddles, and costumed riders suiting each type of horse. Paint your own Breyer 4-inch “Stablemate” horse with materials provided. Take home your hand painted horse and goodies from Breyer as souvenirs. Location: Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections, Time: 11:00 am- 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-575-9466

TUES 24 Zany Zoo

Preschoolers are invited to join Express Kids for an imaginary train ride with animals on board, all smiling and singing! They can enjoy marching, matching, singing and sign language. Call to register. Location: Lawrence Branch, Time: 11:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4460

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Beastly Brunch

Friendly Feast with the Witches—Lunch

Have a lunch boofet with the friendliest of witches! Munch on some lunch from Fazoli's catering with dessert from local bakeries. Enjoy Halloween entertainment by Ruditoonz. Take a walk through the Wicked Woods during IPL Lights-On Hours (for children who scare easily). Chat with many happy, friendly witches. Seating starts at noon! Don't forget to grab a goodie bag before you leave! Friendly Feast Tickets: $20 per person** (Feast price does not include museum admission) Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 12:00- 1:30 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

Visitor Appreciation Day

In appreciation of all of their wonderful visitors and supporters, admission to the Conservatory is free on this day. Enjoy the unique tropical experience, including waterfalls, orchids, animals and more. Free. Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-327-7184

symFUNy Sunday - Carnival of the Animals

The lion, the elephant, hens and roosters, the kangaroo, the swan, and an aquarium all come to life in Camille Saint-Saëns’ musical menagerie, Carnival of the Animals. Propelled by dueling pianos, this fun-filled staple of the classical repertoire has inspired fans from legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova to American poet Ogden Nash to The Wiggles! Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-639-4300

Evening Explorers: Activity Night

Families with children ages 1 - 16 are invited to drop into the children's area any time between 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. to work on an activity that explores the world around us. Location: Wayne Branch Library, Time: 6:307:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4530


Location: Holiday Park, Time: 10:30- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7180

WED 25 –THURS 26 Haunted Conservatory

Get spooked as you walk through this year's Haunted Conservatory! It will be less scary from 5:30-7 pm, and the real haunting begins at 7 pm. (recommended for ages 8+) Make sure to check out other fun (and free!) events at the Arts Center and Family Center as a part of Ghoulish Garfield! Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, Time: 5:30-8:30, Phone: 317-327-7184

THURS 26 Dance, Jump & Jive

Moving is learning! Does your Pre-K child love to dance and move to music? Physical movement is recognized by early childhood experts as one of the primary developmental domains of childhood, and this program is a fun way to combine movement with learning. Children will develop their gross motor skills and coordination as they increase their awareness of musical rhythm and just plain have fun! For ages 4-6. No registration required. (ages 4-6) Location: Noblesville Library Noblesville South Meeting Room, Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Phone: 317-773-1384

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The animals at the nature center eat rather interesting food. Watch staff or volunteers feed the animals crickets, worms, and even mice, and learn about their diets! Meets in the lobby.


Family Overnight Adventure

Looking for something new to do with the family? Come and experience an overnight at the Indianapolis Zoo! Spend the night at the Zoo and participate in a variety of different activities specifically designed for families, including a craft, games, animal stories, a special after-hours Zoo tour and catered breakfast. $40; $50 nonmembers Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-630-2001

Zombie Bike Ride

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This is an annual costumed bicycle ride through Irvington. FREE.

Day of the Dead

Location: Irvington Branch Library, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4450

Boo Bash

Trick or Treat! The 5th annual Boo Bash invites families of all ages to the Nickel Plate District for a free Halloween Village featuring fun games, raffles, a live DJ, and lots of CANDY! Kids can trick or treat at over 50 vendor booths and participate in their famous costume contest. Be sure to get there earlythey will have free hot chocolate and Pat’s Philly pretzels for the first 1,000 people! No registration is required, but parent supervision is. FREE. Location: Central Green in front of City Hall, Fishers, Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm, Phone: 317-595-3150

Halloween Moonlight Egghunt

Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 11:00 am- 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637

Street Fair

Enjoy a parade, food trucks, and plenty of vendor booths! Wear your spookiest costumes. East Washington Street between Ritter Avenue (to the West) and Bolton (to the East), Audubon Street from Washington (to the North) to South Irving Circle, and Bonna Avenue from Audubon Street to Ritter Avenue. FREE. Location: Historic Irvington, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-759-3378

Dare to venture out into the moonlight for a monster egg hunt (search for plastic eggs with candy and prizes inside), games, crafts, refreshments, and a howling great time! Be sure to bring your flashlight and dress weather appropriate. If you wear a costume you get an extra special prize! This is a preregistration only event and spots are limited so sign up today! Location: Broad Ripple Park, Time 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-327-7161

El Dìa de los Muertos – The Day of the Dead - is a traditional Mexican holiday with ancient ties to the Aztecs. Its subject matter may be considered morbid by some cultures, but its celebrants approach The Day of the Dead joyfully. It is viewed as a time when souls of those who have died rejoin their families to rejoice together.

Pleasant Run Vampire Run

The Pleasant Run Run is a 5 Mile Run and 3 Mile Family Walk through the beautiful winding tree-lined streets of Historic Irvington. This all-ages event emphasizes family health and wellness.



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Location: Irvington United Methodist Church, Time: 8:45 am, Phone: 317356-7231

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration

Watch performances, create art, shop at the Mercado (marketplace), enjoy a Catrina parade, and so much more. Nopal’s Dia de los Muertos Contemporary Photography and Altar Exhibition will be on display and free to view Oct. 10-Nov. 2 in the Lilly Theatre. Celebrate Day of the Dead and enjoy free admission! FREE. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-636-9378

MON 30 Creepy Creatures

Put on your Halloween costume and come learn about some creepy and not-so-creepy creatures. Have fun meeting live critters and doing a craft. Registration required. For ages 2-5. Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7184

TUES 31 Barktober Fest

Bring your furry friend and help support the Humane Society of Hamilton County at their first annual Barktoberfest! You will find pet-related vendors at the Mutt Mart, activities for humans and dogs at the Canine Cabana, a canine agility course inside of the Agility Arena, a silent auctions un the Humane Society Hut, live entertainment from the Main Stage and a couple of fun contests for you and your dog to participate in! Of course, there will be food and beer vendors to celebrate the Fall season. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Humane Society of Hamilton County Location: Asa Bales Park, Time: 3:00- 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-804-3182

Halloween Howl at Urban Chalkboard

Halloween events can be overwhelming for littlest ghouls and goblins. Don't miss out on the all the cute, costumed fun! Bring your family to their not-so-scary Halloween Howl, featuring games, music, treats, and the most adorable costume parade you've ever seen. Event is included with your cafe admission. $10/kids, adults are free Location: Urban Chalkboard, Time: 10:00 am- Noon, Phone: 317-815-5711

SUN 29 Family Creek Stomp

Holliday Park has ponds and creeks teeming with wildlife. Participants will have loads of fun getting wet and muddy exploring the creatures that live in these wet places. A naturalist will help you identify what you find! Nets and collecting tubs provided. Wear old shoes and clothes. Location: Holliday Park Nature Center, Time: 1:30- 2:30 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180

Superhero Palooza

A family celebration for adults and kids of all ages. Create your own super-powers, come in costume, enjoy the superhero photo booth, read superhero books and so much more. This event is in partnership with Barnes & Noble. Free. Location: Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis, Time 2:00- 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-251-9467

Noblesville Babytime Boo Bash

Put on your costume and come join the fun! Babytime will be hosting a baby boo bash on 10/31. For babies under the age of 2 and their caregivers. Location: Noblesville Library Noblesville South Meeting Room, Time: 10:30 am- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-773-1384

Halloween Dog Egg Hunt

Dress up for your pooch for the Halloween Dog Egg Hunt!! Why should your furry 4 legged friends miss out on the Halloween fun. Event is planned for outdoors so please dress weather appropriate. Dress up for pooch for a special prize! $5 Location: Broad Ripple Park, Time 6:30 pm, Phone: 317-327-7161

ongoing events Ghost the Musical

Occurring October 5 through November 19 This musical adapted from the hit film follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Rated PG-13. http://www. html Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre,Time: see website for showtimes, Phone: 317-8729664

Dia de los Muertos Contemporary Art and Altar Exhibition by Nopal Cultural

Occurring October 10 through November 2 Experience Día de los Muertos at the Eiteljorg with partner Nopal Cultural, an Indianapolis-based Latino arts and culture organization. Peruse elaborate ofrendas (altars) designed by local artists and organizations. See incredibly intricate linocut prints created by artist Sergio Sánchez Santamaría and add your personal touches to the community ofrenda. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm Phone: 317-636-9378

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Carmel: Sun. Oct 22 (1:00-2:00 Baby Party), (4:00-5:30 Reg); Fri, Oct 27 (4:00-5:30 Reg); Sun. Oct 29 (1:30-300 Reg), (4:00-5:30 Reg) Greenwood: Fri. Oct 27 (6-7:30 Reg); Sat. Oct 28 (4-5:30 Reg); Sun. Oct. 29 (2-3:00 Baby Party), (4:00-5:30 Reg) Dress up your little ones for a spooktacular halloween bash & costume party. Enjoy the Parade of Costumes, Ghoulishly Good Crafts, a Slime Squishing Station, Monsterly Fun Music, Climbing a Cobweb, Mask Making and More. Members and non-members welcome. Ages 6 months-5yrs with the exception of the Baby Party (6-16 months). $15 per child (first child) 10 per sibling. Call with payment to reserve your spot today! Locations: Carmel: 12524 N. Gray Rd, 46033, Greenwood: 1001 N. SR135, 46142, Phone: Carmel: 574-9626, Greenwood: 885-9154,

Headless Horseman

Occurring October 12- 29 The Headless Horseman awaits a fresh crop of victims ... er ... guests daring enough to take a thrilling hayride Thursday-Sunday. Come face-to-face with him along the back roads of Conner Scairie, and join in a variety of family friendly activities. A 7-acre corn maze will delight visitors and is included with Headless Horseman admission: Tickets: $8-$17. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: various daily times, Phone: 317-776-6000


Occurring October 13- 28 Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written. Location: The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts, Time: see website for showtimes, Phone: 317-843-3800

Now Through May 2018 This new contemporary art exhibition is a tribute to five Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellows who have passed: Allan Houser, George Morrison, Harry Fonseca, John Hoover and Rick Bartow. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-636-9378


Occurring every weekend in October beginning October 5 Enjoy a great fall day! The animals offer the perfect backdrop to this event. Enjoy Halloween-themed Dolphin Adventure Presentations and animal chats throughout the celebration. Even the elephant herd will get into the Halloween spirit with the pumpkin-gut splattering fun of the Elephant Pumpkin Smash. The little ones are encouraged to dress up in their favorite wild costumes! For the safety of all guests, adults are not permitted to wear masks or makeup that would obscure the face. Masks are only allowed for children ages 12 and under. (Oct. 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29) Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 2:00-7:00 pm, Phone: 317-630-2001


Occurring October 13- November 11 Come to Old Italy, where the kind-hearted puppet maker Gepetto dreams of having a son. To grant his wish, the Blue Fairy brings his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life, and the adventures begin. Like many boys, Pinocchio gets into all sorts of mischief, until he is lured to the Land of Toys by a villain Coachman. Time is running out for Pinocchio to escape before he is turned into a donkey! Location: Beef & Boards, Time: see website for showtimes, Phone: 317-872-9664

Children's Museum Guild's Haunted House

Occurring until October 31 The nation’s oldest haunted house leads visitors through Wicked Woods with werewolves and witches. After 54 years of haunting, the museum’s head witches have created the perfect potion for all things haunted. From campfires to caves, creatures to creepy cabins, and terrible tales to haunted trails, there is something for people of all ages. There will be lights-on family-friendly hours and frightening hours for the brave of heart. The Haunted House offers IPL’s Lights-On Hours (for children who scare easily) and Frightening Hours (with the lights off, for children who dare to be scared). Location: Children’s Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000

In Their Honor


Halloween ZooBoo


Finding Neverland

Occurring October 16- 22 Finding Neverland is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical! This breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart” (Time Magazine). Vogue cheers, "it’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Location: Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-9409697

The Power of Poison

Occurring until January 25, 2018 Discover the toxic species that live in a remote Colombian forest, where poisons are just one of many tools in the struggle to survive. Learn about a variety of evolutionary strategies and see live animals up close. Find out which familiar tales of illness, enchantment or death by poison contain kernels of truth. Explore some of history’s most intriguing poisoning cases, many of which remain puzzling today Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637

Science at Play

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

Museum INvasion

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

American POP: The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture

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

Chemistry of Color

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

Circus: Starring YOU!

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


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

P L E A S E N OT E At Indy's Child, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally, event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.




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