FREE Things to do in indianapolis this holiday season NO COST IDEAS FOR TONS OF FUN!
is music your child’s “thing”? RECOGNIZING A NATURAL TALENT
BECOMING AN ADOPTIVE FAMILY WHAT IS IT REALLY LIKE?
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contents NOVEMBER 2017
DEPARTMENTS AROUND TOWN 14 CELEBRATING THE HARVEST
COMMENTARY & PARENTING 40 A SK THE TE ACHER
IN EVERY ISSUE 06 EDITOR ' S NOTE 08 COM MUNIT Y SPOTLIGHT
25 Free Things To Do in Indianapolis This Holiday Season No cost ideas for tons of fun!
Is Music Your Child's "Thing"?
Recognizing and supporting a natural talent
10 Tips for Taking Children to Live Performances
Plan ahead to enjoy a great show together
Becoming an Adoptive Family What is the experience really like?
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RESOURCES & CALENDARS 36 PRIVATE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE GUIDE 42 PRESCHOOL & EDUCATION GUIDE 44 NOVEMBER E VENTS 51 FUN & WACK Y C ALENDAR
SPECIAL NEEDS 28 HELPING FRIENDS AND FAMILY UNDERSTAND AUTISM 30 LIFE AF TER HIGH SCHOOL FOR KIDS WIth SPECIAL NEEDS 32 SPECIAL NEEDS E VENTS 34 SPECIAL NEEDS GUIDE
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How many times a day do you say “thank you” – or hear it from others? This simple phrase, when heartfelt, can really turn your day around. Whether it’s from a spouse, a coworker, a stranger – or especially a child – feeling truly appreciated, even if just for a moment, can be the bright spot we need in our hectic days.
November is the month when we are reminded to be thankful, and this note is dedicated to thanking you – our readers and advertisers. Hearing parents say they pick us up every month means the world to us. And partnering with local businesses and organizations to spread the word on what they offer our community does as well. We truly value our relationship with you and we hope it continues for a long time to come.
There’s one school of thought that says the phrase “thank you” is overused in our culture; losing its sincerity. That may be true, but I’m still a big proponent. (And why I’ve hammered its importance home to my kids – as I’m sure many of you have too.) Whether we rattle off a quick thank you to the checkout person at the grocery store or have a deep heart-to-heart thanking someone who has been important in our life, gratitude is always good. So, thank you. Thank you for supporting Indy’s Child for the last 33 years. We are grateful for being able to continue to bring you this publication and we plan on thanking you again and again and again.
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Take in a performance (or two) of The Nutcracker Connect with the special needs community On November 18, 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. Gather valuable information, enjoy sensory-friendly entertainment and take part in workshops offered by the Monon Center. November 18, 1-4 pm The Monon Center, Carmel https://indyschild.com/indys-special-child-resource-fair-registration/
From professional ballet companies to local dance schools, performances of The Nutcracker will take place across the greater Indianapolis area beginning in mid-November. Our online guide breaks down the events by opportunities for families who can handle a full performance (think ages 4+), and those perfect for your wiggle worms (tots + preschool). Find the complete list at https://indyschild.com/nutcracker-ballet-indianapolis/
Explore the origins of graffiti Travel back to a grittier time with the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s newest exhibit: City as Canvas - New York City Graffiti from the '70s & '80s. On loan from the Museum of the City of New York, this exhibit features more than 100 works from the Martin Wong Collection and chronicles the origins of graffiti and its evolution from a creative outlet to an accepted form of art. Works range from intricate drawings to colorful works on canvas and photographs of graffiti writing that have long since been erased. Through January 28, 2018 Indianapolis Museum of Art www.imamuseum.org/
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Browse a local farmers market Think Farmers Markets are just for the summer months? Think again! Winter markets across the city will keep you stocked with seasonal produce and local offerings ranging from meat and poultry to baked goods, pet supplies, homemade baby food and more!
Catch a Christmas classic one last time! A Beef & Boards Christmas, the dinner theatre’s annual sparkling celebration of the season, marks its 25th season this year – it will also be its final season. Beef & Board’s owner, Doug Stark, will don the red suit to play Santa and there will be a number of other familiar faces in the cast of this beloved holiday variety show. While there is a chance the show will return in a future season, for now, opening up the holiday time slot makes room for other seasonal productions the theatre has been eager to present. Be sure to catch this holiday favorite while you can! November 24-December 23 Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre www.beefandboards.com
Shop for a cause The annual Junior League Holiday Mart is a favorite tradition in the Indianapolis area – and not just because it creates a one-stop-shop for holiday gift giving. It also offers the perfect opportunity to give back to the Indianapolis community as you shop for the best in apparel, children’s gifts, holiday decor, gourmet food items and more offered by nearly 100 unique merchants from across the country. Proceeds benefit the community projects and grants of the Junior League of Indianapolis, with special emphasis on health and education of children and their families. Purchase tickets online and save. November 15-19 Blue Ribbon Pavilion, Indiana State Fairgrounds. www.jlindy.org/?nd=holiday_mart
Carmel Winter Farmers Market Woods Wire Factory, 510 SW 3rd Ave., Carmel Saturdays October 21, 2017-February 24, 2018, 9 am-noon Indy Winter Farmers Market Circle City Industrial Complex at 1125 E Brookside Ave, Indianapolis Saturdays, November 11, 2017-April 28, 2018, 9 am-12:30 pm Fishers Winter Farmers Market Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building, Fishers Saturdays November 4, 2017-March 10, 2018, 9 am-noon Broad Ripple Winter Farmers Market Bent Rail Brewery, 5301 Winthrop Ave., Indianapolis December 2, 2017-April 28, 2018, 9 am-noon
Lend Second Helpings a helping hand Tiny Tonic, presented by HMSHost, is the kid’s version of Indy’s popular Tonic Ball. The event benefits Second Helpings, a not for profit specializing in food rescue, hunger relief and culinary job training. Tiny Tonic is a great opportunity to introduce kids to philanthropy and volunteerism while celebrating great, live music! This year, Ruditoonz and his band will play kid-friendly versions of favorite rock songs. Children are asked to bring rice or canned vegetables or a family donation of $10. November 11 Second Helpings, 1121 Southeastern Avenue, Indianapolis www.tonicindy.com/about-tonic-ball/tiny-tonic/
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25 FREE THINGS to do
this holiday season
No cost ideas for tons of fun!
WORDS BY // KAREN RING
Indianapolis is a town that knows how to celebrate the holiday season. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, in every corner of the city, you’ll find family-friendly events sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit. And the best part? Much of this festive fun won’t cost you a dime! Here’s a list of 25 free things to do to get you started. 1. Get in the holiday spirit with a classic Christmas tale on Nov. 11 when the Central Library hosts The Nutcracker: Short & Suite. Children of all ages are invited to join in a mini-ballet lesson after the performance by members of the Indianapolis School of Ballet. 2. Kick off the holiday season during Holiday at Center Green on Nov. 18 in Carmel. Visit with Santa, see live reindeer and watch the annual holiday lighting ceremony.
8. Earn a free ticket to select performances of IRT’s A Christmas Carol with a toy or food donation on Nov. 17.
17. While you are there, enjoy Holiday in the Arts District complete with elves, reindeer, carolers from local choirs and Santa's arrival by fire truck!
9. Learn the art of creating a holiday table at a free Holiday Tablescape Design & Entertaining workshop on Nov. 21 at the Indiana Design Center. RSVP at concierge@ indianadesigncenter.com.
18. Head to BROAD RIPPLE Lights Up! on Dec. 3 to enjoy kids activities, live entertainment and Indianapolis' only twilight parade.
10. Take a break from the holiday hustle with a night of Minecraft or your favorite board game during Family Game Night at Fountain Square, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19. 11. Greet Santa on Nov. 25 when he arrives at the Indianapolis International Airport. Watch Santa dash across the tarmac on a fire truck to greet all the kids who come to welcome him. 12. Take in the Holiday Ice Sculptures along Noblesville's Main Street on Nov. 25.
3. Experience the Old World charm of Christmas in Germany during Carmel's Christkindlmarkt, Nov. 18-Dec. 24.
13. Return to Noblesville on Nov. 26 for the annual Christmas Parade.
4. Drive through the always-impressive Reynolds Farm Equipment free light display in Fishers beginning Nov. 21.
14. Celebrate the magic of the season during Fishers' Winter Wonderland on Nov. 30 on the Central Green. Enjoy live music, free kids' activities, a petting zoo – and be sure to stay for the annual tree lighting.
5. Gather on Monument Circle on Nov. 24 to celebrate the lighting of 4,784 lights strung from the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument during the Circle of Lights. 6. Drop a letter to Santa in the mailbox at Fishers City Hall daily, Nov. 13-Dec. 11. 7. Or head downtown and drop your letter off at the Santa's Mailbox on Monument Circle.
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15. Enjoy free admission to the Indiana Historical Society Festival of Trees during their annual Author Fair on Dec. 2. 16. Ride the festive Carmel Holiday Trolley as you shop unique, local boutiques and galleries in the Arts & Design District, select days beginning Dec. 2.
19. Get your picture taken with Santa for free on Dec. 6 and 7 at Fishers City Hall. 20. Enjoy Yelp's Totally Bazaar 2017 shopping party at the Indianapolis Central Public Library on Dec. 7. More than 150 local businesses will be in attendance. Free Admission, but you need to RSVP here: www.yelp. com/events/indianapolis-yelps-totally-bazaar-2017- all-guests-must-rsvp 21. Gather some holiday gift ideas and browse unique exhibits in each of the Carmel Arts and Design District galleries while you enjoy live entertainment, culture and shopping during the Second Saturday Gallery Walk on Dec. 9. 22. Volunteer as a family for a local organization. 23. Create a Holiday Card Craft at Eagle Branch library on Dec. 19. 24. Celebrate Christmas Eve at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis with free admission. 25. Ring in the New Year on Georgia Street during an all ages New Year’s Eve Party.
And that is just the beginning! For a complete list of free holiday fun, visit https://indyschild.com/freethings-to-do-in-indy-holiday/.
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BROUGHT TO YOU BY // Christina Nesslage OF The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Celebrating the Harvest Where food comes from and how technology helps it grow When celebrating Thanksgiving with your little ones this year, take the time to explain where their food comes from and how it’s grown.
The USDA says corn is the largest crop in Indiana, followed by soybeans, hay, wheat and melons. Most of the corn that’s grown here is called feed corn and is used to feed cows that make milk and feed chickens that lay eggs.
Children might be surprised to find out that corn has other uses beyond food. For example, corn can be used as a bio-fuel in cars, making it an environmentally-friendly alternative to fossil fuels. Depending on the age of your child, this could be a good opportunity to explain that fossil fuels are made from animals and plants that died millions of years ago. Also, there are even types of plastic that are made from corn instead of petroleum.
Indiana farmers use many different types of technology while planting and harvesting their crops, from GPS inside their combines (the large machines that cut and separate the stalks and ears of corn) to monitoring the weather. Today’s farmers are scientists, even though they don’t spend time in a laboratory. They pay close attention to weather, soil and even the insects that live nearby.
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You can learn more about the technology and science that farmers use inside Dow AgroSciences ScienceWork at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The exhibit features different jobs that rely on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). There, your child can take a virtual ride in a John Deere combine and experience what it’s like to be a farmer harvesting corn. The Heritage Group Center for Family Learning in STEM supports science initiatives and programs throughout many exhibits in the museum.
Keep the conversation going at home by doing experiments with popcorn. Pop a bag of microwave popcorn and talk about how the kernel started on an ear of corn and is now a yummy snack. Explain how the water inside each kernel turns to steam when it heats. Once the steam builds, the outside of the kernel bursts and you have popcorn. Help your child make observations about how the popcorn looks, smells, tastes and sounds.
Ask them to describe the differences between the popped and un-popped kernels. Count how many popped and how many un-popped kernels were left in the bag. And of course, finish eating the tasty snack together!
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Is Music Your Child’s ”Thing”? Recognizing and supporting a natural talent
WORDS BY // Kim Dinan
Music is our universal language and all children can benefit from music education, no matter their natural ability. But it’s undeniable that some kids have that certain something; maybe they sing right on pitch, understand musical concepts quickly or pick out tunes by themselves on the piano. How can you recognize a natural musical talent and support an inherent ability? And how does a musical education benefit children? We asked a few local music professionals for their thoughts.
“All of the things that language does for a child, music does in a different way,” says Andrew Hisey, Visiting Professor in the Music and Arts Technology Department and Director of the Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) Music Academy. “It is a vehicle for self-expression. It gives kids an outlet, opportunities for socialization and, depending on the direction they go with it, it can [help them] selfactualize, providing accomplishment and pride in what they do.”
What signs might indicate a natural inclination towards music? “Many children when they hear music will light up with enthusiasm. They will tap and hum,” says Sarah Beck, Interim Director and Violin Faculty at the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy. “A lot of people are musical, so we encourage families to make music a part of their family,” she adds. “The Suzuki approach is that we believe every child, given the proper environment, can develop extraordinary ability.”
A music education can help children excel in the classroom as well. “It has been proven that students that participate in music do better in math and science. They also have better attendance and are more likely to participate in other school activities, like student council,” says Josh Pedde, Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.
Hisey suggests that parents pay attention to what kids naturally gravitate to. “When they are in the presence of live music, do they run to the music or to an instrument? Do different kinds of music affect them differently? Some kids seem to display certain affinities in one sense or another. Are sounds interesting to them? I encourage parents to notice those things,” he says.
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If your son or daughter is displaying a natural talent for music, there are many ways that you can appropriately support and encourage him or her. “Our community is rich with musical opportunities,” says Beck. “There are family concerts, the Indianapolis Symphony, local high school productions. Expose your kids to a variety of music. You can get it from the library or go to free concerts.” Hisey recommends having instruments in the house as well. “Drums, a keyboard, anything that has the potential for musical noisemaking,” he says. “Parents can provide learning settings, dance opportunities, help their kids play instruments with other people, or expose them to anything to do with singing or even acting for that matter. Performance is performance and using your body to communicate something else – all of that f lows in the same direction. Our bodies are the first music making tools we have.” “I have two kids and both of them love to sing,” says Pedde. “They sing all the time. My daughter is now old enough to be in choir and loves going to be with her friends and to make music. However, she also loves to dance. I think we always want to make sure we offer our children different opportunities and ways to explore what they might enjoy doing.” As with all new endeavors, the association that a child makes with it affects their experience. That’s why it is important to make sure that music making doesn’t get connected with negative feelings. “We take it in small steps,” says Beck. “At a young age we can start a student on an instrument as long as the parent has appropriate expectations for their child’s age and understands their motor skills, focus and stamina.”
“You can push too hard and too soon for private lessons,” warns Hisey. “Private lessons are a good thing in many ways. It’s a unique one-on-one relationship-building scenario with an adult. But the f lip side is that in private lessons the focus moves pretty quickly to issues of technique and to reading music. Those things are really necessary for growing, but it can be too much too soon.” Pedde adds that he became a music teacher because he loved singing. However, in college, the thing he loved to do became the thing he disliked most. He almost gave it up. “Don’t push your child,” he advises. “Listen to them. Try things that are not too stressful like open houses and camps to see if your student really does have a passion. The directors and instructors are always there to help and give their advice on what they think might be best for your student.” “As parents, we don’t want to live out our unfulfilled dreams through our child,” adds Beck. “With the right spirit, music can be a lifelong joy.”
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MUSIC REsourCES Butler Community Arts School
Meridian Music School
Located on the campus of Butler University, the Butler Community Arts School offers affordable performing arts instruction – including private music lessons, group classes, and summer camps – to anyone ages 5 and up, including adults.
Meridian Music School, located in Carmel, Indiana offers high quality music instruction on almost every instrument including voice. Classes for toddlers and preschoolers are also available. For more information about our programs, contact Hillary Blake, Director of Education at 317-805-0933 or by e-mail hillary@ meridianmusicschool.com.
4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208, www.butler.edu/bcas, BCAS@ butler.edu, 317-940-5500
School of Rock Gymboree Play & Music Music classes at Gymboree Play & Music help your child develop key physical, social and intellectual skills through song, dance, movement games and instruments. We’ll explore the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat. Pick from four classes to match your child's age and development. Ages 6 months – 5 years. www.gymboreeclasses.com/ Carmel: 12524 N. Gray Rd. (126th & Gray), 317-574-9626 Greenwood: 1001 N. SR135 (by Steinmart), 317-885-9154
Indianapolis Children’s Choir The Indianapolis Children’s Choir has programs for central Indiana kids ages 18 months through 18 years, including: performing choirs ranging from beginning to advanced singers in grades 4-12, the Preparatory Program for singers in grades 1-3, the Early Childhood Program for kids ages 18 months through kindergarten, and Jubilate choir for children with special needs. For more information, call 317940-9640 or visit https://icchoir.org/.
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School of Rock takes students from the lesson room to the stage, with programs for all skill levels. We teach guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combine private music instruction and group rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in a concert setting. SchoolofRock.com School of Rock Carmel: 317-848ROCK (7625), 626 S. Rangeline Rd., Carmel, IN 46032 School of Rock Fishers: 317-284-1148, 11740 Olio Rd., Ste 100, Fishers, IN 46037
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10 TIPS for
Taking Children to Live Performances Plan ahead to enjoy a great show together WORDS BY // Denise Morrison Yearian
Taking children to live theater, music and dance performances can ignite their imaginations, arouse their curiosity and spark their interest in the performing arts. And with the holiday season coming up, there are plenty of shows to take advantage of. Before you go, do a little advance planning to make your experience a success.
1. Set the stage. There’s no set age to begin taking children to live performances. What’s
important is to begin with age-appropriate programming that caters to your child’s interest and attention span, and build from there. Start with shows based on familiar stories or characters at local or regional children’s theaters and other family venues. High school productions are a good option too. As your child gets acclimated to attending, take in performances with more detailed plots.
2. Determine details. Call and ask for details regarding the performance. Is it family
oriented? Age-appropriate? Are there frightening scenes? Will there be colorful costumes and sets, slapstick comedy and/or special effects? This will keep your child engaged, as will shows that involve audience participation.
3. Seek out special events.
Call the box office and ask about special activities associated with the program to enhance the experience. For example, some family concerts offer instrument petting zoos where musicians offer an up-close look at instruments and demonstrate how to play them. Children may even be encouraged to test some of them out. Other venues may offer backstage passes so families can see the sets and lighting, meet the characters and learn interesting tidbits of information. Kids may even be able to get autographs of the performers.
4. Lowdown on logistics.
Find out about program length, as well as if there is a break for intermission. Then consider if your child can stay focused that long. Also ask the theatre’s policies about bringing drinks and snacks into the auditorium and leaving during the performance.
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5. Select the right seats.
Choose seating that will keep your child’s attention directed on stage. Sitting front and center or in the balcony may be best. If you think you may have to slip out during the performance, opt for seats near the aisle for a quick exit. Consider bringing a booster seat so your child gets a good view.
6. Primer on preparations. If the show parallels a book or movie, read or watch it together. If there’s familiar music, listen to it. Explain the plot and discuss the characters. Even though the play will be a bit different, your child will know what to expect.
7. Explain theatre etiquette. Discuss your expectations regarding behavior at the event. Tell kids they will have to walk, rather than run, to and from their seat and use indoor voices. Depending upon the performance, they may need to hold questions until intermission or whisper if they have something important to say.
8. Day-of details. Make sure your child is well-fed and rested before leaving home. Plan to
arrive at least fifteen minutes early. Find your seats then take your child to the restroom. Bring along a small bag of quiet items to play with while waiting for the performance to begin.
9. Share impressions.
After the show, take your child somewhere for a special treat and share thoughts and impressions about the performance. What was their favorite part or character? Was there a character they didn’t like? What did they think of the sets, costumes and special effects? Can they retell the story to you?
10. Extend the experience. At home have your child draw a picture of their favorite scene or
character. If you did not rent the parallel movie or read the book, do so now. Was the storyline presented differently in this format? If your child enjoys pretend play, have them act out their favorite part.
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B ecoming an
A doptive F amily What is the experience really like? WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle
Every day, families are growing through adoption. Nearly 120,000 children* are adopted each year, and in any number of ways – through private agencies, international organizations, via family members or through the foster care system. But no matter the path, the questions that prospective parents ponder are often the same: What is it really like to adopt? How can I prepare our family? Will I be ready? “Adopting a child, just like adding a child to your family in any way, is an adjustment, and there are always changes that come with that,” says Sharon E. Pierce, President and CEO of The Villages, which offers foster care, adoption and family services across Indiana. “What we tell parents is to anticipate how adding a child will change your family and help everyone involved adjust to the idea.”
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Think through the process Whether you’re becoming a first-time parent through adoption or adding to your existing family, experts say it’s important to learn all you can about the unique experience of the adopted child. “Sometimes, when we focus only on the positives of adoption, we forget that for a child to ever need to be adopted, there must first be a great loss,” says Brooke Randolph, an Indy-based licensed mental health counselor and mother of a
10-year-old son, whom she adopted. That loss, even if experienced in infancy, can have a profound impact on a child’s life. For some children who are adopted, establishing trust may be a challenge. Parents may find that their adopted child may have difficulty with separations, developing relationships or managing transitions. Randolph says that if you’re considering adoption, you should, “Read, read, read. Read what professionals and therapists and people are teaching about these things, and read from the adoptee’s
perspective; they’re the ones who’ve lived it. You have to be prepared for a lot of work and to do things differently.” On the practical side, if you’ve never cared for a baby or young child before, or you have biological children who are much older, you may need to get updated on the basics of child care, learn what is developmentally appropriate at each stage and be ready to invest the time and energy required to be up to the task. “Right now in Indiana, 50 percent of children coming into the foster care system are under 5 years old,” Pierce ABOVE // The Overhiser Family PHOTO CREDIT // Kelly Jordan Schuyler
says. “If your children are grown, it can be difficult to remember that parenting a young child isn’t quite as flexible as when your children are school-age.” Many agencies that facilitate private adoptions or those through foster care offer training and education opportunities for prospective parents. Other resources include www. AdoptAChild.in.gov, www. AdoptUSKids.org and www. DaveThomasFoundation.org.
E xpect an emotional j ourney No matter what route you take to adopt, every parent and expert will tell you that you should expect some twists and turns along the way. Sonja and Alex Overhiser’s adoptive experience lasted nearly a year, punctuated by mountains of paperwork, months of anxious waiting and three potential adoptions falling through at the last minute. Each time, after the shock and grief, it was back to waiting, or “treading water,” as Sonja calls it, often for months at a time. Finally, Sonja and Alex were matched with their fourth birth mother and in February 2017, Larson was born, with Sonja in the delivery room. The family remains close with Larson’s birth mother, whom he’ll see several times a year. “The day Larson’s birth mom signed the paperwork, it was just a beautiful ending to a really long journey,” Sonja says. “When you’re going through it, it’s hard, but you can’t compare yourself to other people; a lot of people are in the adoption process, a lot of people are having biological children. You just have to trust that there will be a child at the end of this process, and you don’t have to get there first.”
Prepare for the long haul After the joy of welcoming a new child into your family, the real work of parenting begins. You may worry about how to talk with your child about being adopted – now or in the future. You may have to help your other children adjust to having a new sibling. You and your partner may have to navigate a new role together. You may have family or friends who don’t truly understand the complexity of emotions that comes with adoption. As your child grows up, they’ll likely have questions about their adoption and birth parents. “Oftentimes, children who’ve been adopted are afraid they’re going to hurt their parents’ feelings if they ask about their birth parents, so you have to start a conversation,” says Randolph. She suggests starting a dialogue with phrases like “I bet you sometimes think about ____” or “Do you ever wonder about ______.” And although you may get a “You’re not my real mom/dad!” thrown at you at some point, she says this is a normal part of development, even though it can be very trying. This is why she strongly encourages parents to get connected with other families who’ve adopted, and adults who were adopted, to understand and learn from their experiences. The World Association for Children and Parents, a national nonprofit adoption agency, estimates that nearly 81.5 million Americans have considered adopting a child. If even just one in 500 of those individuals adopted, every child waiting in foster care would have a permanent home. The path to adoption takes planning, patience and a lifetime commitment. But by educating yourself on the process and accessing the many supports available to you, it can be a beautiful way to grow your family.
* According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, the Administration for Children and Families and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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WORDS BY // MAGGIE LOISELLE
Helping Friends and Family Understand Autism Tips for handling uninformed comments over the holidays
“He doesn’t look autistic to me.” “Don’t worry, she’ll grow out of it.” “Why won’t he just eat what everyone else is having?” “She’s just being a brat.” Oh, the holidays; that treasured time of year when every random cousin and uncle at family gatherings seems to have an “expert” opinion to share about your child’s autism. So how can you handle insensitive comments? Here we’ve asked local autism experts to share their best tactics.
Megan Peck, Owner and Lead Therapist at Mini Minds www.miniminds.org It’s helpful to first understand what your relatives may be thinking and feeling. Just as you may have been overwhelmed by confusion and grief when your child was first diagnosed, others in your family may be experiencing these complicated emotions as well. To increase family members' understanding and support, discuss your personal feelings. Share your feelings of grief, sadness, frustration, joy and hope. Share accurate information on your child’s diagnosis. For example, if your child flaps his hands, explain how this is a form of self-regulation and point out ways a typical person may self-regulate, such as chewing gum or tapping their feet. Be a role model and show your family members how to make your child giggle, or how to engage them in a game, or how to calm them when they are sad. Be upfront with your relatives if they are saying things that are hurtful to you. At the end of the day, diagnosis or no diagnosis, we all want to be loved and respected. Set a boundary with your relatives if needed, such as, ‘I understand you may think she doesn’t look like she has autism, but a well-respected doctor has confirmed this diagnosis, and we value his opinion in our family. If you
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feel differently about our child’s development, you may either ask us for more information so that you can better understand our position, or we ask that you please keep your opinions to yourself.’ Then make an excuse to exit the conversation, find your child, connect with them and remind yourself you are an amazing parent and advocate!
Shana Ritter, Executive Director of Foundation of Autism Resources (FAR) www.autismresource.org Well-meaning relatives can say things that hurt and reveal how little they understand about autism. FAR families say they take a deep breath and keep explaining. Here are some responses to all-too-common comments. He doesn’t look autistic. You could say, “He’s in his element here. Everything else gets to shine through.” He seems better now. You could say, “Autism doesn’t go away, but therapy makes a difference.” She’ll grow out of those tantrums. You could say, “Imagine if you were standing in front of a siren and a jackhammer and flashing lights; that’s what it feels like to her, all the time.”
Staci Small, Registered Dietitian with The Wellness Philosophy Inc.
· Individuals with autism often have physiological reasons for limited food intake, including nutrient deficiencies affecting taste and appetite; mitochondrial dysfunction, which can affect the ability to adequately chew, swallow and process food throughout the GI tract; and food allergies and sensitivities causing a need to avoid particular foods. Another consideration is to host the event so that the child following the special diet will have many food options. No matter where the gathering is held, parents should ensure at least a few dishes are available that their child will be able to enjoy.
Lisa Steward, Clinical Director at Indiana Behavior Analysis Academy www.indianabaa.com Most, if not all, parents will experience a moment when they and/or their child will be targets of such cold, naïve comments, and when it happens, parents may not have the time or patience to provide others with an education about autism. I recommend parents have a rehearsed statement or a few printed cards available to quickly hand out. These statements or cards can give basic information or could direct the individual to a website or organization that offers information about autism.
www.thewellnessphilosophy.com Holiday gatherings can be difficult to navigate when following a special diet, especially for children. Parents should consider educating extended family before a gathering to avoid awkward conversations at the dinner table. Some basic facts to share: · Individuals with autism have been shown to have a higher incidence of GI issues as compared to their typical peers.
For more holiday planning tips, visit The Indiana Resource Center for Autism at www.iidc.indiana. edu/index.php?pageId=570.
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WORDS BY // MAGGIE LOISELLE
Life After High School for Kids with Special Needs Taking advantage of the growing opportunities available Throughout 12+ years of navigating schools, crafting IEPs and wrangling assistive technology, one lingering anxiety often looms large for parents of children with special needs – what happens after high school ends? The law guarantees a Free Appropriate Public Education for students between 3 and 22 who are eligible for special education, and during that time, the school district is responsible for providing and coordinating all services. But once schooling ends, the student goes from a single program to multiple programs, often each with different requirements, application processes and supports available. “You go from having everything in one place, to now not knowing exactly where you have to go,” says Judith Gross, Director of the Center on Community Living and Careers at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. “It’s a complex, confusing and challenging system, and, unfortunately, sometimes all of the players don’t know what the other positions are doing.” That’s something Gross and advocates across the state are trying to change by boosting awareness, education and access to information surrounding this crucial transition time. There are also more viable opportunities available now for young adults with disabilities, including employment and postsecondary education. 30
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Transitioning to Work It wasn’t long ago that job training and employment services simply didn’t exist for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, keeping unemployment rates among those individuals high – 82 percent as of 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But research continues to show the benefits of encouraging employment for this population, including more independence, confidence and a connection to the community, and now a number of local programs report at-capacity classes of trainees. Take the Erskine Green Training Institute in Muncie, where students from across the state train in the hospitality field, completing internships at the Courtyard hotel, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. and IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Of the 56 students who graduated the program this past summer, 83 percent are employed in community-based jobs along their typically developing peers, says Jeanne Smith, Director of Marketing and Partner Programs for The Arc of Indiana Foundation, which oversees the program.
“Oftentimes, individuals with disabilities surprise their families with their capabilities, and EGTI provides an environment where we really capitalize on their skills and strengths,” Smith says. “What we see is an incredible transformation in confidence. Because how do any of us grow in our confidence? We do that when we see ourselves have success.”
Morgan Hickman, 21, has always loved to cook, so when he heard about the program’s restaurant training track during his senior year at Martinsville High School, he says he knew it was for him. He interned at Thr3e Wise Men in Muncie, which led to a kitchen job at the company’s Scotty’s Brewhouse location in downtown Indy. In the nine months since, he’s been moved up to the host stand, promoted to head host trainer and is now up for a corporate host training spot. Hickman also moved into his own place downtown. “I like that it’s fun, and it’s a good environment, and I love the people I work with because they’re nice and good to get along with,” says Hickman, who has an intellectual disability. “I would say that this is a great opportunity for people to find jobs, especially for kids with disabilities. It’s a dream job.” For more information on employment training, read up on the application process for Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, a publicly funded state agency that provides services to students with disabilities as they make the transition from school to work (in.gov/fssa/ddrs/2636. htm). IU’s Center on Community Living and Careers also maintains a comprehensive list of state and federal work incentive programs for individuals with disabilities (iidc.indiana.edu/ pages/fact-sheets-on-work-incentives).
Transitioning to School For families who are considering college, there are also now more resources than ever before dedicated to providing a path to postsecondary education. Several Indiana universities have programs specifically designed to help students with intellectual disabilities learn to advocate for themselves, explore different careers and develop important social skills. ThinkCollege highlights such programs across the country at thinkcollege.net. Whatever your child’s direction after high school, experts stress the importance of maintaining high expectations and continuing to advocate for inclusion. “There are college opportunities, there are job opportunities; the most important thing is don’t let anyone tell you your child can’t have a job because they have a disability,” Gross stresses. “I’m not going to say for a minute that it’s not tough, but there is always a way. We will find a way.”
For more information, explore the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center’s website (instrc. indiana.edu) and IN*SOURCE’s Transition to Adult Life guide (insource.org/resources/ transition-to-adult-life).
start transition planning early • Build career planning and/or vocational training into your child’s IEP. • Give your child’s transition team info about your child’s interests, SKILLS skills and dreams. • Talk with your school about finding, placing and training your child in a job of his or HER choice while in school.
• Ask that a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor be present for the case conference committee meeting the year before graduation. • Visit colleges with questions about admissions requirements, accessibility, accommodations and available supports. • Prepare your child to be as independent as possible and provide opportunities to participate in the community.
Credit: IN*SOURCE, Special Education Parent Support, insource.org
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November Special Needs Events WED 01
Sensory Friendly Time
Adapted Physical Activity Clinics’ Fun Fall Festival
Joseph Maley Foundation Junior Board Open Mic Night
The Arc of Indiana SelfAdvocates of Indiana Conference & Impact Awards Luncheon
Sensory Friendly Time is a great time for those with special needs to get the full Sky Zone experience! They turn down the music, and turn up the fun! All of the courts are open. Location: Sky Zone Plainfield, Time: 4:005:00 pm, Phone: 317-262-3200
Celebrating physical activity opportunities for everyone! Activities include DJ, dancing, puppet show, games, crafts and prizes, magician, silent auction and light refreshments. Preregister for $5 per person or $20 per family. $10 at the Door. Location: IUPUI Gymnasium, Time: 2:005:00 pm, Phone: 317-278-3732
Different Like Me Club
Who: tweens and teens that are high functioning on the Autism spectrum or have a disability and want to play games and have fun! Snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to email@example.com if you plan to attend. FREE. Location: Greenwood Public Library, Time: 6:30- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-881-1953
THURS 02 ASK Founder’s Breakfast
About Special Kids was incorporated as the Indiana Parent Information Network (IPIN) 30 years ago by two parents (one from a family of a child with a developmental disability and one from a family of a child with serious chronic illness) and two professionals (one in medical social services and one in special education). They will share with you the impact these four individuals had on tens of thousands of Hoosier families and professionals who serve them. More info: www.aboutspecialkids.org/events/askfounder-s-breakfast/ Location: Woodstock Club, Time: 7:30- 9:30 am, Phone: 317-257-8683
FRI 03 Independence Academy 10-Year Celebration and Fall Festival This event is free to enter. Tickets will be for sale for food and stations. Come for an old fashioned cake walk and many other games. Food includes pizza and hot dogs! More info: www.iaindiana.org/
Location: Independence Academy of Indiana, Time: 3:30- 6:30 pm, Phone: 317-926-0043
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THURS 09 Guardianship and Alternatives
The Arc Advocacy Network will discuss guardianship, alternatives to guardianship and supported decision making to help families understand their options in this area. More info: www.arcind.org/event/guardianshipand-alternatives-brownsburg/
Location: Brownsburg High School, Time: 7:00- 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-852-2258 ext. 1623
Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Understanding and Helping Students with Social, Emotional and Behavioral Challenges
Presenter Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. is the originator of the model of intervention now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) and author of the influential books The Explosive Child and Lost at School. Workshop participants will learn to describe how different explanations for and interpretations of challenging behavior in kids can lead to dramatically different approaches to intervention, and why conventional reward and punishment procedures may not be effective for many challenging kids. Registration is $110. More info: www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/rossgreene-workshop
Location: Noblesville High School, Time: 8:30- 3:30 pm, Phone: 812-855-6508
Enjoy musical acts, comedy improv skits and other local talent at the first annual Junior Board Open Mic Night. Tickets are $10 per person and include popcorn and a beverage. Are you interested in performing? Please email Mia Taskey, assistant to programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. More info: www.josephmaley.org/event/ junior-board-open-mic-night/?event_ date=2017-11-11 Location: Joseph Maley Enrichment Center, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-432-6657
Special Needs Screenings: “Thor: Ragnarok”
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. The sensory friendly screenings are free for children with special needs and their siblings. Adult tickets are available at before-noon price. More info: www.studiomoviegrill.com/Movie/FilmSeries/Special-Needs-Screenings Location: Studio Movie Grill (West 86th Street), Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-876-3331
Decoding Dyslexia Indiana Literacy Workshop
Event organizers are again excited to share current information with the community on dyslexia, dyscalculia, and strategies to use at home and school, including information on Assistive Technology. New this year they will also be offering sessions for teens (ages 12 to 18)! Parents, teachers, teens, and school administrators are invited to view the detailed program and register for this FREE event or please call. Continuing education credits are offered. Location: Greenwood Public Library, Time: 1:00- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-885-5035
The conference will feature Sharon Lewis, a national expert in disability policy and the mother of three daughters, including one with developmental disabilities. The Impact Awards luncheon will feature Zach Anner – author of “If at Birth You Don’t Succeed,” YouTube star and guest star of ABC’s hit comedy, “Speechless.” Workshops will provide up-to-date information on exploring avenues to employment, sexual abuse and prevention, the critical health care debate, future planning and changes coming to Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver program. More info: www.arcind.org/ conference/ Location: 502 East Event Centre, Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-977-2375
SAT 18 Indy’s Child Special Needs Resource Fair
A resource fair devoted to special needs families. Gather valuable information from local vendors, enjoy sensory-friendly entertainment and take part in workshops provided by the Monon Center. Location: Monon Center, Time: 1:00- 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-722-8500
SUN 19 Autism Friendly Painting at Kiln Creations
Come for a special needs and autism friendly painting event. The pricing is simply the price of the pottery piece or pieces selected. Pottery ranges from $10 – $100, with most of the pieces between $20 and $40. Walk ins are welcome or feel free to RSVP and tell them more about your family so they can accommodate you better. Contact via phone or email (email@example.com) for reservations. More info: www.kilncreations.net Location: Kiln Creations Noblesville, Time: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Phone: 317-748-8982
Sensory Friendly Films: “Coco”
My Child is Transitioning to Adulthood: What Now?
AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! More info: www.amctheatres.com/ programs/sensory-friendly-films Location: AMC Castleton Square 14, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-577-9538
Sensory Friendly Films: “Coco”
AMC partners with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down so individuals can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! More info: www.amctheatres.com/ programs/sensory-friendly-films Location: AMC Castleton Square 17, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-784-0989
Transition planning offers youth with disabilities a path to connect their daily high school activities to their goals for independent life after completing high school. This training will discuss options and how to start making plans now to set up a positive future. Some areas covered will be: -Transition IEPs, Options for after High School: Employment, Secondary Education, Day Centers, etc., How to stay involved in the Community: Volunteering, Recreation, etc., Independent Living / Support Living, Financial Planning, Other Community and State Resources. More info: www. aboutspecialkids.org/training/trainingcalendar/my-child-is-transitioning-toadulthood-what-no-(1)/ Location: About Special Kids, Time: 10:00 am12:00 pm, Phone: 800-964-4746
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Special Needs Guide ABA Autism Services by Damar ABA provides proven research-based treatments and interventions for children with Autism and their families, ensuring that children learn, gain confidence and purpose, and engage in meaningful interactions in their everyday lives. 9905 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Kristin Dovenmuehle, Director, Phone: 317-813-4690, Email: info@damar. org, www.DamarABA.org
BEHAVIORWORKS ABA We work with you! BehaviorWorks provides Early Intervention for Autism and Indiana Medicaid Waiver Behavior Support Services. BehaviorWorks is a team you can grow with. We use the evidence-based strategies of ABA to create effective behavioral solutions. Are you looking for a fresh perspective? Take action for positive change with BehaviorWorks. 618 N. High School Road Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46214-3684, Contact: Ann Baloski, Executive Director, Phone: 317-731-7777, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.behaviorworksaba.com
Applied Behavior Center for Autism The Applied Behavior Center for Autism is Indiana's longest running ABA provider. With over 20 years of service, ABC is building brighter futures every day. Each of our center offers unique attributes that allows us to provide high quality treatment to children and teens with autism spectrum disorder. With locations in Greenwood, Carmel, Castleton, Terre Haute, Richmond, and West Indianapolis we offer ABA therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, diagnostic testing, special needs swim lessons, and so much more! We are now enrolling for part-time and full-time schedules. Find us on social @ABCforAutism to learn more. 7901 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-849-5437 Ext. 104, Email: Jane@AppliedBehavior Center.org, www.AppliedBehaviorCenter.org
BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS CENTER FOR AUTISM BACA uses the principles and procedures of ABA to teach language, social, self-help, academic, daily living and life skills to individuals with autism and related disorders. BACA was established in 2009 by Carl Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, and a group of highly trained BCBAs. Located in Fishers, Zionsville and Elkhart, IN. 9929 East 126th Street, Fishers, IN, United States, Phone: 317-436-8961, Contact: Colin Clayton, Email: email@example.com, http://thebaca.com/
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@ biermanaba.com; www.biermanaba.com
The Children's TherAplay Foundation One of the few clinics in the country providing physical and occupational therapies on horseback (hippotherapy) for children with special needs. Serving kiddos, ages 18 months to 13 years, with diagnoses including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, and developmental delay. In-network with most major health insurance carriers and Indiana Medicaid. 9919 Towne Road, Carmel, Indiana. Phone: (317) 872-4166; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.childrens theraplay.org/
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Children's Therapy Connection The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level with eating by exploring and discovering the different properties of food and allowing a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way. This program is founded on 20 years of clinical research led by Dr. Kay Toomey, a pediatric psychologist. CTC’s Discovering FOOD feeding group follows the principles of the SOS Approach to Feeding, utilizing a team of therapists to help guide you and your child through the process from exploring different foods to enjoying mealtime. Participation includes a comprehensive feeding and nutrition evaluation and weekly therapy sessions, including parent education. Whether you have a picky eater or a problem feeder, Discovering FOOD is the answer for you! Children will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis. All participants must meet inclusion criteria. Parent participation is a vital and required aspect of the program. Please contact our office at info@ childrenstherapyconnection.com or (317) 288-7606 for additional details. 7478 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: info@ childrenstherapyconnection.com, http://childrenstherapyconnection.com
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. 732 N Broadway St, Greensburg, IN, Phone: (812) 663-2273; Email: email@example.com; www.dasikids.com
EasterSeals Crossroads Offering comprehensive disability services for people of all ages. Early Intervention, Autism Services, PT, OT, Speech Therapy, Feeding/ Swallowing issues, Augmentative 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@ eastersealscrossroads.org, http://www. eastersealscrossroads.org
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.HANDS inAutism.iupui.edu
LITTLESTAR ABA THERAPY 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 ABA Therapy also provide in-home ABA services.
able to develop spoken language skills. St. Joseph Institute offers a variety of Listening and Spoken Language programs including: early intervention services, internet therapy, full-time preschool program, mainstream support, ongoing consultation, and comprehensive educational training opportunities for families and professionals. With over 175 years of experience, we are professional leaders in the field of Listening and Spoken Language education. Visit our website for more information. 9192 Waldemar Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-471-8560, www.sjid.org
12650 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN, 46032, Phone: 317-249-2242, info@ littlestarcenter.org, www.littlestarABA.org
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) is Indiana's only full-time school dedicated to helping young children (birth to age 8) who are deaf or hard of hearing develop spoken language and literacy skills with the focus of transitioning into their local, community school. Dramatic advances in technology, including sophisticated hearing aids and cochlear implants, give children with significant hearing loss access to sound. With appropriate speech therapy, auditory rehabilitation and language training, children are
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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 habitat.org/ 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 academy.org Grades K-5 Call to schedule a tour.
Cathedral High School 5225 E 56th St, Indianapolis, IN 46226
(317) 542-1481 | www.gocathedral.com 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 | www.cmsindiana.org 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
www.apogeeschool.com 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 christian.org 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 | www.bishopchatard.org Grades 9-12 Open House: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 5:30-8 pm
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School 2801 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268
(317) 524-7050 | www.brebeuf.org Grades 9-12 Open House*: Sunday, November 5, 2017, 11 am– 2 pm *online registration required
1300 Academy Rd, Culver, IN 46511
(574) 842-7000 | www.culver.org Grades 9-12 Open House: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10:30 am *registration required
Guerin Catholic High School 15300 Gray Road, Noblesville IN 46062
(317) 582-0120 | www.guerincatholic.org Grades 9-12 Open House: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 1 – 3:30 pm
Hasten Hebrew Academy 6602 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 251-1261 | www.hhai.org Grades PreK-8 Call to schedule tour.
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Heritage Christian High School 6401 E 75th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250 (317) 849-3441 | www.heritage christian.net 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 | indylatinschool.org Grades K-12 Call or email admissions@indy latinschool.org to schedule a tour.
Horizon Christian School 7702 Indian Lake Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46236
(317) 823-4538 | www.horizon indy.org/school Grades PreK-12 Call to schedule a tour.
Howe Military Academy 5755 IN-9, Howe, IN 46746
(260) 562-2131 | www.thehowemilitary.org Grades 7-12 Call to schedule a tour.
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 | www.isind.org Grades 3PreK-12 Upper School Open House: Sunday, November 12, 2017, 2-4 pm Lower School Open House: November 28, 2017; November 30, 2017, 8:30-11:30am
Kingsway Christian 7979 East CR 100 North, Avon, IN 46123-7915
(317) 272-2227 | www.kingswayschool.org Grades 3 years-8 Call to schedule a tour.
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Our Lady of Grace Catholic School
St. Richards Episcopal School
The Orchard School
470 Lakeview Drive, Noblesville, IN 46060
Legacy Christian School
615 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 776-4186 | www.legacychristian online.org Grades Preschool-12 Open House: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 pm
9900 E. 191st St., Noblesville, IN 46060
33 East 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 770-5660 | www.ologs.org Grades Preschool-8 Contact Terra Olson at TLOlson@ologn.org to schedule a visit today.
(317) 926-0425 | www.strichardsschool.org Grades PK3-8 Schedule a tour online at https://sres. seniormbp.com/SeniorApps/admissions/ inquiry.faces
(317) 251-9253 | www.orchard.org Grades PreK-8
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
1420 Chase Court, Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 843-9500 | www.mymidwest academy.org Grades 4-12 Call or email kfoster@mymidwest academy.org to schedule a tour.
14596 Oak Ridge Rd Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 846-1118 | www.olmc1.org 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 schoolofwestfield.com 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.
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(317) 415-2700 | www.parktudor.org Grades JK-12 Visit website for dates and times of “See Us in Action” Days throughout the year.
St. Louis De MontFort
St. Thomas Aquinas school 4600 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 255-6244 | www.staindy.org/our-school/ Grades Pre-K through 8 Open House: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 1-5 pm
Traders Point Christian Academy 6600 S Indianapolis Rd, Whitestown, IN 46075
(317) 769-2450 | www.tpcs.org Grades PreK-12 Open House: February 6, 2018, 6:30-8 pm *RSVP requested at email@example.com
1750 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 202-2500 | www.sycamoreschool.org Grades PreK-8 Open House: Sunday, October 29, 2017, Noon-2 pm *Weekly tours offered most Wednesdays at 9-11am
11441 Hague Road, Fishers, IN 46038
(317) 842-1125 | www.sdmlfishers.org Grades JK-8 Open House: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8:00-11:00am
Open Houses: 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
The Children’s House 2404 W. 62nd St. in Indianapolis, IN 46268
(317) 253-3033 | www.thechildrens houseindianapolis.com Open House: Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1-3 pm
University High School 2825 W 116th St, Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 733-4475 | www.university highschool.org Grades 9-12 Open House: Sunday, November 5, 2017, 2-4 pm; Sunday, March 4, 2018, 2-4 pm
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COMMENTARY & PARENTING WORDS BY // DEB KRUPOWICZ
Ask the Teacher Night time phone use, distracting students and math hurdles
Our eighth grade daughter spends so much time on her phone. We’re worried it’s affecting her sleep because she texts friends through the night. We would like to keep the phone out of her bedroom, but she says she needs it as her alarm to get up in the morning. What can we do?
Your concern is certainly warranted. Sleep is a critical factor for good health for all of us, but especially for adolescents. You simply must take the phone from your daughter at least a half hour before she goes to bed each night. Keep the phone in your room, not in a common part of your home where she could retrieve it later. The perceived need to be a part of the ongoing communication among friends may be too great for her to respect your restrictions.
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To address her concern about the alarm, provide her with an alarm clock. All electronics that your daughter has – anything that has Internet access – should be out of her room at night. Otherwise, she will likely shift from texting on her phone to messaging on social media. Prepare yourself for a dramatic protest; your daughter will be missing out on a significant amount of chatter among her friends. But you must be firm. Her overall wellbeing is your primary concern. In addition to taking the electronics away at night, regularly check your daughter’s Internet history as well as her social media use. Even the best-behaved kids can be pulled into online situations that are dangerous and damaging. Frequent monitoring is mandatory for her safety.
As soon as my nine-year-old son gets off the bus in the afternoon, he begins complaining about the behavior of another student in his class. It seems that this student is a disruption during the entire day, and the teacher is reprimanding the entire class for this one student’s behavior. Is it unreasonable to contact the teacher about this situation?
Meeting with the teacher is a perfectly acceptable response to what you are hearing from your son. However, be careful to approach the teacher with the primary objective of wanting to learn from her what is actually happening rather than to lodge complaints about the classroom environment. Your son is likely reporting
the truth as he understands it. But if there are a few disruptions near the end of the day, those issues could taint his memory of the entire day. It is important that you have an accurate understanding of what goes on the entire time. Share with the teacher what your son has reported and ask her to clarify anything that seems to be exaggerated. If, indeed, your son’s perspective is accurate, ask what measures are in place to help minimize the disruption for the other students. The teacher may be in need of additional support and having parents talk with the administration about the difficulties other students are experiencing may be beneficial. Perhaps having some parent volunteers in the room at certain parts of the day would help to alleviate the problem as well.
Fifth-grade math is stressing my daughter out so much. Math used to be her favorite subject, but now she hates it. She has a tough time getting started on her math homework, and she works very slowly when she does get going. What can I do to help her?
There has been a great deal of pressure on schools to step up math instruction in the interest of improving competitiveness in math and science related fields internationally. That pressure has happened simultaneously with a shift away from the computational focus in mathematics from a generation ago to more of a conceptual focus today. Rather than simply stressing addition, subtraction and multiplication facts, students are developing a higher level of understanding of the â€œwhysâ€? behind the numbers. As students face fifth and sixth grade level math, the complexity of the concepts increases as multi-digit multiplication, challenging division and pre-algebraic applications are introduced. At this juncture, if students have a lack of mastery in basic math facts they often experience a significant hurdle. Some are having to put too much time into figuring
out what 7x7 is (for example) before they can move on to problems that require understanding several multiplication facts to be able to complete a problem. Consider studying addition, subtraction and multiplication facts with your daughter and drilling her until those basic facts have been mastered. You can use traditional flash cards and timed worksheets or any of the free online math fact sites. Once those facts are second nature rather than an obstacle to solving the more challenging math she is learning, you will see her love of math return.
Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four who holds a Masterâ€™s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Deb has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.
Carmel Montessori School is located on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 18 years head-teaching experience and we a a full member of the American Montessori Society. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available.
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: email@example.com, carmelmontessori.com
12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850
indianapolis – north Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center
Clay Montessori A Montessori school offering morning, afternoon, and full-day programs. Available for ages 3-6 years old. Call for more information. (Affiliated with Fisher’s Montessori) 463 East Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850
Starting Line Preschool The Right Start for A Lifelong Love of Learning! Our strong academicbased curriculum prepares and encourages your child to succeed in school while discovering learning is fun! All of our classes focus on an introduction to colors, number and letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and sight words are taught in the older classes.Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Diane Atkins, Phone: 317-753-9397, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.starting linepreschool.com
DOWNTOWN Paramount School of Excellence Paramount School of Excellence is a tuition-free K-8 charter school that educates students in an innovative environment that instills high expectations for success. Paramount accomplishes its mission and teaches the mastery of Indiana State Standards through an emphasis on rigorous academics, technology and the environment. Integral to the school’s approach to education is school-wide use of computer technology, a green initiative, project-based investigations, community partnerships and three on-site Discovery Centers – an indoor Eco Center, Time and Space Center with a planetarium and an urban farm. 3020 Nowland Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46201 Contact: Peggy Purvis, 317.775.6660, email@example.com, www.paramountindy.org
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative ArtsEnrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood Cost/ Tuition: Please call or email for full brochure Hours/Dates: Flexible Hours. Full Time/Part-Time available. Ages/Grades: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2s+, 3s+, 4s+, Pre-Kindergarten (Kindergarten Readiness Class)(3 day or 5 day option) Before/After School Care: Before and After School Care always available as needed. Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bez613.org
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-524-7090. Email: email@example.com, www.brebeuf.org
Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. We offer classes for children ages 9 months to 5 years old. We meet the needs of the whole child in a creative and loving environment. Our experienced staff embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole child- physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Cara Paul, Director, 317-252-5517, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.childrenscircle.org
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, email@example.com, www.meridianstreet.org/cdi
Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Parents Day Out (16-35 mos) and Part Day Preschool (3 yrs-PreK5) provide relaxed, secure, playful environments that nurture creativity and the exploration of God’s world. A variety of learning materials & readiness skills are woven into each unit. Various days, 9am-2pm. Some extended days. Need longer hours? Try our Neighborhood Child Care ministry designed for 16 mos – Pre K5 with class times 6:30am-6pm. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake, Phone: 317-575-6508, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Fall Creek Montessori Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally diverse environment where children grow and develop their unique talents and gifts. Through child-centered learning, children excel physically, emotionally, and academically. Conveniently located at Hague Rd. and 88th St., FCMA serves children at all levels, from infancy through kindergarten. Programs are available two to five days per week, with before and after care available. 7770 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256; info@fallcreekmontessori. com; www.fallcreekmontessori.com/
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Heritage Christian School
Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA, HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Preschool-12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA ATHLETICS. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today!
At Sycamore, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, PE and technology are taught at all levels. Extensive field trips, athletics, child care, financial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered.
6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Contact: Admissions Department, 317-849-3441, Admissions@heritagechristian.net, www.heritagechristian.net
The Orchard School The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYC accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Jennifer Bostrom, Director of Institutional Advancement, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-254-8454, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.orchard.org
St. Mary’s Child Center at the IMA Through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art offers a preschool for children ages 3-5. Anchored in Reggio Emilia inspired teaching, every day the children experience original works of art at the IMA, explore the gardens and grounds, and work on projects inspired by their environment. St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA is a half-day preschool running five days a week from 9 – 11:30 am for the IPS school year. With a low child to adult ratio (6:1), St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA provides personal attention to ensure optimal social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child. - See more at: https://indyschild.com/places/childcare-1/st-marys-childcenter-at-the-ima/#sthash.M7BHuPbB.dpuf 4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208, Phone: 317-9231331 ext. 283, www.imamuseum.org/events-programs/child-center-ima/
1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-202-2501, email@example.com, www.sycamoreschool.org
indianapolis – northeast FORTUNE ACADEMY Fortune Academy is a not-for-profit private school serving students First-12th grade with language learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing difficulties and ADD/ ADHD. Students may also have difficulties with organization and time management. Fortune Academy educators are trained in the Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach to serve these unique learners. Fortune High School offers three academic paths: Honors Diploma, Core 40 Diploma, and General Diploma. Fortune Academy is accredited by AOGPE, IDA and ISACS. Fortune also ranked 18 in the top 50 best special needs schools in the country by Masters in Special Education Guide. Now enrolling. Call today to schedule a tour at 317-377-0544. Visit our website at www. thefortuneacademy.org. 5626 Lawton Loop E. Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46216. 317-377-0544. www.thefortuneacademy.org
Polly Panda Preschool Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our theme-based hands-on preschool program provides a wide-range of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of self-worth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our well-qualified and loving staff. Now enrolling for summer. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pollypanda.com
indianapolis – SOUTH Center Grove Montessori and Indiana Montessori Community School Center Grove Montessori Program offers: Hands-on learning, multi-aged students learning together, a key element to the Montessori philosophy, a focus on the intrinsic motivation of children, carefully prepared classrooms balancing children's choice with structure, large blocks of uninterrupted time for learning and building concentration, peace education through global awareness, structured, self-directed learning. 1674 West Smith Valley Rd., Greenwood, IN 46142 and 531 US 31 S, White land, IN 46184, Contact: Brenda Enderle, Phone: 317-833-0335, Email: email@example.com;info@centergrove montessori. com, http://www.centergrovemontessori.com
westfield Montessori School of Westfield, Inc. Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-867-0158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.montessorischoolof westfield.com
CHILDCARE Peanut Butter and Jelly 24/7 Childcare B&J is a childcare that is safe, nurturing environment where your P child will get the attention and care that he or she eeds. We are licensed and always working to meet anexceed all health and safety guidelines. You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect . Open late for lots of flexiblity. Stop in for more info. Follow us on twitter @pbj247childcare. 5501 E. 71st Street, Suite 4, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Anita Beck, Phone: 317-205-9211, Email: email@example.com, www.peanutbutterjelly.info
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PEPPA PIG LIVE
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WILD KRATTS LIVE
Tot Art at Southport!
Colors & Magic & Numbers, Oh My!
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
WED 01 â€“ SAT 11
MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE
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Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to join Magic Don for an interactive show featuring special participation magic tricks which encourage learning and reinforcement of colors, numbers and movement. Location: Eagle Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4340
Heroes from the Heartland
Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-232-1637, https:// www.indianamuseum.org
Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, this respected company from the American West is on the road with its blend of classical ballet and contemporary dance. ASFBâ€™s mission places highest priority on commissioning new works and nurturing relationships with emerging choreographers, rounding out its repertoire with pieces from such late-20th-century masters as William Forsythe and Twyla Tharp. The troupe has toured throughout Europe and the Americas, making repeat appearances at the American Dance Festival, Harris
The Indiana State Museum seeks to explore the contributions of Hoosier veterans, highlight the state's military history and patriotic pride, and explore resources available to veterans returning home. Residents of Indiana are encouraged to participate by electronically contributing photos of veterans and active duty personnel. In addition, the museum will run a canned food drive for HVAF (Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation). *Ongoing
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Theater for Music and Dance, the Kennedy Center and other leading venues and festivals. Location: Center for Performing Arts, Time: 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-843-380
Peppa Pig Live
Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in a brand new live stage show, Peppa Pig's Surprise. It's a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and George - they can't guess what it is, can you? Enjoy fun, games, and of course, surprises in this charming, colorful new show with new songs and new life size puppets. Tickets: $39-$150. Location: Old National Centre, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-231-000
SAT 04 IndyLUG Food Drive Presented by Brickworld
Bring the entire family for a great cause and see over 2,000 square feet of spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts. Come join in a great cause as they collect non-perishable food items for the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank to distribute to food pantries around the area as the holiday season approaches. Admission is a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation (that would be used to purchase food by the Hamilton County Food Bank). Location: Saxony Hall in Fishers, Time: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-572-5346, http:// brickworld.com/indylug-food-drive/
Make a fall or holiday wreath using natural materials, ribbons and other assorted items. This would be perfect to add to your holiday decorations, for your front door or as a Thanksgiving table centerpiece. You can also bring your own natural materials or charms to put on your wreath. Participants will register for each wreath being made. You can make one as a family or do several individually. $12.00 Location: Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens, Time: 11:00 am- Noon, Phone: 317-327-7184
2nd Annual Create for a Cause
Join in a fun family holiday event that helps kids in need. Meet us in THE ELF WORKSHOP to decorate backpacks for kids in need. The bags will then be filled with goodies (healthy snacks, toothbrush packs, gloves, books, toys & more) & given to kids in need for the holidays! There will also be crafts to take home, festive snacks, fun photo ops, games, a holiday dance party and more. Location: Cool Creek Park Nature Center, Time: 1:00- 3:30 pm, Phone: 317-774-2500
SAT 04 – SUN 05 Power Recycling Weekend
Doing your part to help Mother Earth has never been easier! Come to Power Recycling Weekend, a mass recycling effort held twice a year. These events offer a great opportunity to de-clutter your home and help the environment too. Just drop off your old electronics, phone books, paper products, household items and much more in the Zoo parking lot on these special weekends and their recycling partners will take it from there! Paper recycling will be offered from 10am-2pm compliments of Ray's Trash Service. Limit of three boxes of paper per car, please. In addition to doing good for the planet, you'll receive a discount coupon for $2 off Zoo admission. FREE. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 9:00 am3:00 pm, Phone: 317-630-2001
Fall N2 Flat Fork
Celebrate fall and soak up some Vitamin N (for nature!) Gather around the campfire, enjoy a group hike, try your hand at mountain biking with a skills session for the whole family, or relax with a yoga session in the park. Roasting sticks, marshmallows, apple cider and hot chocolate will be available, and families are welcome to bring additional items to enjoy over the campfire. Families can sign up for a group hike when they arrive at the event (each hike can accommodate up to 30 people). HIKE TIMES 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm Location: Flat Fork Creek Park, Time: First Hike Begins at 11:15 am, Phone: 317-595-3111
by pioneering graffiti artists such as Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, and FUTURA 2000. *Ongoing
Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-923-1331
MON 06 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. *Ongoing until
November 19, 2017 Location: Beef & Boards, Time: See website for showtimes, Phone: 317-872-9664, http://www. beefandboards.com/
Monday Madness Is Going Viral: A Day in the Life of Native Americans
Each week we’ll have a different theme full of special activities that not only get you thinking and laughing but also connect you with your community through pictures or video on social media outlets. This week we’re going to experience what it was like to be a Lenape Native American. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 4:005:00 pm, Phone: 317-814-3900
TUES 07 Playing with Robots: Sphero
SUN 05 City as Canvas - New York City Graffiti from the '70s & '80s
Traveling to the IMA galleries from the Museum of the City of New York, City as Canvas features more than 100 works from the Martin Wong Collection and chronicles the origins of graffiti and its evolution from a creative outlet—viewed by many at the time as a public nuisance—to an accepted form of art. With intricate drawings, colorful works on canvas, and photographs of graffiti writing that have long since been erased, this exhibition includes a variety of seminal works
Explore the wonderful world of robots! Try Sphero, a fun robot ball that can be programmed to do lots of cool tricks. Free tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children's Desk 30 minutes prior to the scheduled program start time. A ticket will be required for each person attending the program. This program will be held in the Storytime Room and is for children ages 5-11.
WED 08 Presidential Pets
Get ready to celebrate some of America's favorite VIPs--as in Very Important Pets--at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site's newest exhibit, Presidential Pets. Whether it's Mr. Whiskers the goat or Checkers the dog, you'll enjoy a rollicking romp through 200 years of amazing and adorable executive companions! *Ongoing
Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Time: 10:00 am- 3:30 pm, Phone: 317-6311888
THURS 09 African Dance
Preschoolers are invited to journey through the regions of Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea to learn cultural traditions of song and dance along the way. Be ready to move your body! This program is presented by Ronne Stone. Call to register. Location: Brightwood Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4560
This event presents the unique opportunity to travel the world in just a few steps. At every turn, a different culture is represented with colorful displays, traditional dress, music, movement and dance, and food and drink. The Main Stage provides non-stop entertainment that is based on art, culture, and expression from all corners of the globe. Students and children are given special attention in one of the most concentrated cross-culture learning experiences available anywhere. Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Time: 11/9- 2:00 pm- 11/11 9:00 am, Phone: 317-442-7039
Location: Carmel Clay Library Storytime Room, Time: 4:00- 4:45 pm, Phone: 317-814-3900
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Fishers Veterans Day Ceremony
FRI 10 Seasonal Silliness
Join in for a musical program celebrating sweater weather and the upcoming holiday season. Keep a beat, move your feet, and sing along! Free tickets are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children's Desk 30 minutes prior to the scheduled program start time. A ticket will be required for each person, including infants, attending the program. Location: Carmel Clay Library, TIme: 10:3011:00 am, Phone: 317-814-3900
Join the City of Fishers as they honor local veterans during their 1st annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Saturday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Liberty Plaza. Residents are invited to join, retired U.S. Navy Commander, El Ahlwardt, in honoring the brave men and women who have courageously served in the armed forces during this free ceremony open to the public. FREE. Location: Liberty Plaza in Fishers, Time: 11:00 am
Holiday Herbal Crafts
SAT 11 Indiana Backyard
Preschoolers are invited to join Silly Safaris to learn about the animals that live in your backyard and visit with live animals. Location: College Avenue Library, Time: 11:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4320
The Nutcracker: Short and Suite
Families and children of all ages are invited for a short and "suite" performance of popular scenes from the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker," presented by dancers from the Indianapolis School of Ballet. Children of all ages are invited to wear comfortable clothes, or tutus, and join in a mini-ballet lesson after the performance. Location: Central Library - Clowes Auditorium, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4100
Join the Herb Society of Central Indiana for their popular holiday workshop. Learn about all kinds of herbal gift ideas including sachets, swags and arrangements. Enjoy herbal goodies and teas while you work. $5 fee due to program instructors. Registration required. For ages 16 and up Location: Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-3277184
MON 13 Monday Madness Is Going Viral: Quirky Cooking
Each week we’ll have a different theme full of special activities that not only get you thinking and laughing but also connect you with your community through pictures or video onsocial media outlets! This week they will have a special guest from The Quirky Feather helping us whip up something delicious! Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 4:005:00 pm, Phone: 317-814-3900
A Fisher’s tradition, children in 4th grade and under can drop off their letters to Santa in special mailboxes to be sure they arrive safely to the North Pole. All letters must be dropped off by Monday, December 11 at 4:30 PM to ensure that Santa has enough time to reply. Please be sure to include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope with your letter. FREE. *Ongoing
Location: City Hall (1 Municipal Drive) and at the Fishers Parks & Recreation office (11565 Brooks School Road). Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm
TUES 14 JUNIOR LEAGUE HOLIDAY MART
WED 15 – SUN 19
Cloud City Youth - Free Chess
On Tuesdays, ‘Cloud City Youth’s’ professional chess instructor Colin Hargreaves will facilitate a new chess club for kids, using a unique and exciting method that makes learning super easy and fun. Plenty of boards and sets will be provided. Attendees should feel free to play organically but can receive lessons from the instructors during each meeting. You can expect a friendly tournament or just attend to learn chess techniques. Location: Indy Read Books, Time: 5:30 pm, Phone: 317-384-1496
Bring your preschooler to this program with a focus on the natural world. Join us for a different nature-related story, activity and craft each month. Registration required. $5.00 Location: Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens, Time: 10:00- 11:00 am, Phone: 317-327-7184
WED 15 Wild Kratts Live!
It’ s "To the Creature Rescue!” as the Kratt Brothers activate their Creature Power Suits. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘ wow facts’ the Wild Kratts rescue their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again. Location: Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. Time: 6:30 pm. Phone: 317-231-0000
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I Like Myself: Preschool Art Workshop
Preschoolers are invited to celebrate the unique and wonderful YOU with a multimedia masterpiece led by the Art Lab. They'll listen to a story and create their own masterpiece. Call to register. Location: Beech Grove Branch Library, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4560
The U.S. Army Field Band
The mission of the U.S. Army Field Band is to serve and inspire the American people by telling the Army story and honoring our soldiers and veterans at home and abroad as “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.” The 65-member Concert Band is the oldest and largest of the Field Band’s four performing components. The 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus is a mixed choral ensemble that appears on its own and in joint concerts with the Concert Band, performing a wide-ranging program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections, and instrumental and vocal solos. Location: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Time: 7:30, Phone: 317-8433800
WED 15 – SUN 19 Junior League Holiday Mart
The Holiday Mart brings nearly 100 unique merchants from across the country to the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, allowing busy shoppers to start their holiday shopping through a truly amazing event. Not only does the Holiday Mart provide a venue for the best in apparel, children’s gifts, holiday decor, gourmet food items and more, but you will also be giving back to the Indianapolis community as you shop. Proceeds benefit the community projects and grants of the Junior League of Indianapolis, with special emphasis on health and education of children and their families. Cost: $45. Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Time: See website, Phone: 317-925-4600
THURS 16 – SUN 19 Suburban Indy Holiday Show
Shopping, entertainment, princesses, magicians and Santa!! What won’t you see at the Suburban Indy Holiday Show?! Sample and purchase local food and wine, shop with local artists and local business owners, purchase your holiday decor, entertaining needs, foodie items, clothing, jewelry, toys and a variety of other gifts for everyone on your list…and you may as well throw in something for yourself, you certainly deserve a treat. Price: $10 at the door; $8 on-line Location: Grand Park, Time: 10:00 am- 9:00 pm, Phone: 317-804-3010
Lights at the Brickyard
Encaustic Art Class
Circle of Lights Tree Lighting
Lights at the Brickyard, will return this year with a longer route and over 2.5 million bright lights illuminating an expanded lineup of colorful displays. The Lights at the Brickyard course will expand to more than 2 miles from last year’s 1.7 mile layout. As in 2016, the route—which travels through the IMS infield and along the front stretch of the historic oval—will cross the worldfamous Yard of Bricks start-finish line.. *Ongoing Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Time: Evening, Phone: 317-481-8500
SAT 18 Barks to Books
Young ones who need to practice their reading skills are invited to tell a story to trained therapy dogs. Reading to dogs has been shown to increase children's reading skills and confidence. The therapy dogs are calm, patient, attentive and non-judgmental listeners. Each child will get a bookmark of the dog they read to that day. Location: Pike Branch Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4480
Holiday at Center Green
Holiday entertainment, Holiday farmers market, Santa, his elves, and live reindeer provide a festive atmosphere for the City’s Holiday lighting ceremony on Civic Square. The Mayor officiates this event and children can get their picture with Santa for a small fee. Please visit the city’s website or call for more information. Location: Carmel Civic Square, Time: 3:30- 6:30 pm, Phone: 317-571-2400
Take a hayride to cut your own Christmas tree or pick one from the lot. Shop for unique gift items, fresh wreaths, garland and poinsettias in the decorated greenhouse. *Ongoing Location: Stonycreek Farm, Time: M-TH 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm/ FRI-SUN 10:00 am- 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-773-3344
Children ages 6 and older are invited to create their own masterpieces using a variety of encaustic techniques. They’ll have the opportunity to paint with wax and gain experience using a Cray-Pen. Location: Decatur Branch Library, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4430
Reynolds Christmas Lights Display
Check out this annual Christmas lights display held at the Fishers store location. This year, the lights begin brightening up the sky. FREE. Location: Reynolds Farm Equipment, Time: Evening, Phone: 317-849-0810
WED 22 Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship
Create Your Own Mini Art. All ages are welcome to come and create a visualization of something in the museum that inspires them. Materials and instruction will be provided. Works will be posted on the museum’s Facebook page with permission. Free Location: Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections, Time: 12:00 pm, Phone: 317-575-9466
THURS 23 Circus- Starring YOU! *Last weekend*
Ladies and gentlemen, kids and families! Come one, come all to Circus—Starring YOU! In ring one, cruise through the history of the circus in a "clown car" and see real artifacts from famous circuses. Practice makes perfect in ring two. Try your hand at the lyra ring, rolla bolla, virtual-reality tightrope, and more! Put on a show in ring three! Add the finishing touches to your performance with a costume, performance pose, or even a bit of juggling! All of this is happening beneath the Big Top—and YOU'RE the star! Location: Children’s Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000
MON 20 Toddler Time at Irvington
Toddlers who are 2-years-old and an adult are invited for songs, rhymes, stories and crafts in the informal setting of the Library's Story Theatre. Location: Irvington Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4450
MON 20 – FRI 24 Urban Chalkboard Birthday Celebration
The Urban Chalkboard is young, wild, and THREE! Help them celebrate their 3rd anniversary with a week of special events showcasing the spirit of the Chalkboard. Every day they will feature special activities for you and your family to enjoy. Friday, November 24th will be a exciting day of giveaways, celebration, and fun! See their website for more details on daily events. Location: Urban Chalkboard, Time: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-815-5711
Circle of Lights presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 kicks off each year the day after Thanksgiving on Monument Circle. Santa, will of course be on hand to usher in the holiday season and flip on the lights. Each year, a lucky child is chosen from a coloring contest to help “flip the switch” at 7:55 pm with Santa and the Mayor. The show stage features a Santa’s Workshop theme complete with toy soldiers and sailors, peppermint sticks, ornaments, elves in the workshop and an abundance of toys. FREE. Location: Monument Circle, Time: 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-237-2222
Christmas at the Zoo
Surround yourself with the magic and beauty of the holiday season as the Indianapolis Zoo hosts its 49th year of Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union. The Zoo opens at noon during Christmas at the Zoo. Christmas at the Zoo is a great place to make holiday memories! Featuring Santa's Workshop, cookie decorating, holiday lights, carolers, a find the mistletoe challenge, Santa's Sweet Shop, holiday photo ops, carousel rides, 4-D theater, unique shopping, and more. Cost: Included with regular admission and free for Zoo members. *Ongoing
Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-630-2001
Come enjoy the winter wonderland! See the Conservatory decked out in its holiday best with a brilliant display of poinsettias and enjoy model trains, villages and thousands of twinkling lights. Cost: $4 per person or $10 per family (2 adults maximum, children 18 and under). Location: Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-3277184
Celebration Crossing Opening Day
Enjoy the Indianapolis Children's Choir at 11 a.m. then gather on the museum's front lawn to witness Santa’s arrival by helicopter at noon. Once safely on the ground, he will greet the crowd and move to his home in Celebration Crossing. The day's festivities include the unveiling of the 92 County ornament tree. Children of all ages can ride the Santa Claus Express train, pose for a picture with Santa and give him their holiday wish list before he leaves again on Dec. 24. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-232-1637
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Santa Arrives at the Indianapolis Airport
Stories from Dark Alleys
Watch Santa dash across the tarmac on a fire truck to greet all the kids who come to welcome him. Location: Indianapolis International Airport. Time: 1-4 pm.
Drop-in Family Fun
Stop in the Children’s Department and enjoy open family play and explore time together! Have fun with the dress-up station and mirror. Play together with toys. Bust boredom with board games. Get creative at the craft table. Go on a Scavenger Hunt and earn a sticker when you finish. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-814-3900
See a variety of gingerbread masterpieces created by both amateurs and professionals. Enter your own gingerbread house for a chance to win great prizes. Entries are due by Nov. 10 at 5 pm. FREE with General Admission. *Ongoing Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 10:00 am5:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-6000
MON 27 Mother-Daughter Book Club Have you read Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff yet?! If you have been asking if there are any books like Wonder by R.J. Palacio, here is the perfect offering. A copy of the book will be available at the Children’s Desk to registered pairs. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 6:307:30 pm, Phone: 317-814-3900
SAT 25, TUES 28, WED 29 Peewinkle's Holiday Cabaret
Back by popular demand, this large puppet production will celebrate the many international winter festivals...Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah and Kwanzza, . Many styles of puppets will perform on the twinkling 36ft. Location: auditorium of the Indiana State Museum, Time: See website for specific day time, Phone: 317-695-5422, www. peewinklespuppets.org
TUES 28 Preschool Dance Party
Do your preschoolers have ants in their pants? Join us for a half hour of dancing fun as you shake your sillies out and rock the library! No registration is required. Drop in anytime between 10:30-11:00 a.m. Location: Carmel Clay Library, Time: 10:3011:00 am, Phone: 317-814-3900
Adapted for stage by director Elaina Artemiev, Dark Alleys is a collection of short stories by Nobel Prize-winning author Ivan Bunin. The tales are regarded as masterpieces in the author’s homeland of Russia, and are united by their dark liaisons and explorations of the complexity of love. Tickets: $15, adult; $10, seniors; $5, students. See website for ticket information. Showing until December 3, 2017 Location: Lilly Hall Studio, Time: 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-940-6444
THURS 30 Marvel Universe Live
This all new show unites some of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow against some of the most threatening villains. Their journey sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother. Location: Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Time: All-day, https://www.marveluniverselive.com/
Butler Ballet: Nutcracker
Showing until December 3, 2017 The grand holiday tradition continues as Butler Ballet proudly presents the only fully staged production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker in central Indiana. Be dazzled and delighted by spectacular dancing, beautiful costumes, glorious scenery, and pyrotechnical magic as the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s music is brought to life by the Butler Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir under the direction of Richard Auldon Clark. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, Time: See website for showtimes, Phone: 317-940-6444, https://butlerartscenter.org/event/butlerballet-nutcracker-0
Fishers Winter Wonderland
The Nickel Plate District comes to life at Fishers’ Winter Wonderland! Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the annual tree lighting, and enjoy an ice carving demonstration, live music by Dave and Rae, and a petting zoo with real reindeer! Visit the Kid’s Tent for free activities and games while you await the arrival of Santa, who will conclude the night with a reading of The Night Before Christmas. Free light refreshments will be available on a first come, first-served basis. Location: Nickel Plate District, Time: 6:007:30 pm, Phone: 317-595-3111
FISHERS WINTER WONDERLAND
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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. Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre,Time: see website for showtimes, Phone: 317-8729664, http://www.beefandboards.
Through 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
Occurring until December 17 Take a hayride to cut your own Christmas tree or pick one from the lot. Shop for unique gift items, fresh wreaths, garland and poinsettias in the decorated greenhouse. Location: Stonycreek Farm, Time: M-TH 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm/ FRI-SUN 10:00 am- 6:00 pm, Phone: 317-773-3344
A Christmas Carol
November 18-December 24 Join Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and three lively ghosts on a dark, snowy journey that leads to a bright new day of joy, hope and renewal. Banish your bah humbugs, and celebrate the holiday season with Indy’s favorite family tradition. Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre. Phone: 317-635-5252
Occurring until December 11 A Fisher’s tradition, children in 4th grade and under can drop off their letters to Santa in special mailboxes to be sure they arrive safely to the North Pole. All letters must be dropped off by Monday, December 11 at 4:30 PM to ensure that Santa has enough time to reply. Please be sure to include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope with your letter. FREE.
Location: City Hall (1 Municipal Drive) and at the Fishers Parks & Recreation office (11565 Brooks School Road). Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm
Nov. 24, 2017–Jan. 7, 2018 Head to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis for winter fun without the chill. See sparkling lights, skate in socks on an indoor "pond", climb and slide in the Snow Castle and visit with Santa himself. And, be sure to take a trip down the Yule Slide while you are there! Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Time: Tues-Sun 10 am-5 pm. Phone: 317-334-4000
Christmas at the Zoo
Occurring until December 30, 2017 Surround yourself with the magic and beauty of the holiday season as the Indianapolis Zoo hosts its 49th year of Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union. The Zoo opens at noon during Christmas at the Zoo. Dating back to 1967, the Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the United States to hold a holiday lights event, and since then, Christmas at the Zoo has become known for its spectacular holiday lights and displays. Christmas at the Zoo is a great place to make holiday memories! Location: Indianapolis Zoo, Time: 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-630-2001
City as Canvas - New York City Graffiti from the '70s & '80s
Occurring until January 28, 2018 Traveling to the IMA galleries from the Museum of the City of New York, City as Canvas features more than 100 works from the Martin Wong Collection and chronicles the origins of graffiti and its evolution from a creative outlet—viewed by many at the time as a public nuisance—to an accepted form of art. With intricate drawings, colorful works on canvas, and photographs of graffiti writing that have long since been erased, this exhibition includes a variety of seminal works by pioneering graffiti artists such as Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, and FUTURA 2000. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-923-1331
Occurring until December 31 Get ready to celebrate some of America's favorite VIPs--as in Very Important Pets--at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site's newest exhibit, Presidential Pets. Whether it's Mr. Whiskers the goat or Checkers the dog, you'll enjoy a rollicking romp through 200 years of amazing and adorable executive companions! Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Time: 10:00 am- 3:30 pm, Phone: 317-6311888
A Beef & Boards Christmas
Occurring until December 23, 2017 A holiday tradition marks its 25th Anniversary. Santa & his friends star in a musical spectacular featuring heartwarming sights & sounds of the season. Perfect for the entire family! Location: Beef & Boards, Time: recurring daily, Phone: 317-872-9644
Gingerbread Village at Conner Prairie
Occurring until January 7, 2018 See a variety of gingerbread masterpieces created by both amateurs and professionals. Enter your own gingerbread house for a chance to win great prizes. Entries are due by Nov. 10 at 5 pm. Free with General Admission. Location: Conner Prairie, Time: 10:00 am5:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-6000
Lights at the Brickyard
Occurring until December 30, 2017 Lights at the Brickyard, will return this year with a longer route and over 2.5 million bright lights illuminating an expanded lineup of colorful displays. The Lights at the Brickyard course will expand to more than 2 miles from last year’s 1.7 mile layout. As in 2016, the route—which travels through the IMS infield and along the front stretch of the historic oval—will cross the world-famous Yard of Bricks start-finish line. Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Time: Phone: 317-481-8500
November 18-January 15 Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is a journey to the Great American West – the real West and the West of the imagination. The popular locomotive wonderland and Indianapolis family tradition opens Saturday, Nov. 18. New this year: Hollywood! Location: Eiteljorg Museum. Time: Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. Phone: 317-6369378
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
Reynolds Christmas Lights Display
Occurring until January 1, 2018 Check out this annual Christmas lights display held at the Fishers store location. This year, the lights begin brightening up the sky. Location: Reynolds Farm Equipment, Time: Daily, Phone: 317-849-0810
In Their Honor
Now Through May 2018 This new contemporary art exhibition is a tribute to five Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellows who have passed: Allan Houser, George Morrison, Harry Fonseca, John Hoover and Rick Bartow. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-636-9378
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
Every Saturday Don’t just visit the museum, invade it. Wear practical shoes—they’re the only practical thing on the tour. From the odd to the shocking to the just plain eye-opening, a Museum INvasion tour turns the traditional museum experience on its head. Museum INvasion tours are intended for adults, but suitable for children ages 10 and up. To reserve your spot on this tour, please give them a call! Walk-ins are welcome when space is available. Time: 1:30 pm, or by appointment (Saturdays), Location: Indiana State Museum, Phone: 317-232-1637, http://www.indianamuseum.org/ group-visits
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 museum.org
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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FUN & WACKY INDY'S CHILD // NOVEMBER 2017
2 Deviled Egg Day
World Vegan Day
3 Use Your Common Sense Day Sandwich Day
Love Your Red Hair Day
7 Hug a Bear Day
12 Tongue Twister Day
9 World Freedom Day
10 Sesame Street Day
11 Veterans Day
World Kindness Day
17 Take a Hike Day
18 Mickey Mouse Day
21 World Hello Day
Guiness World Record Day
22 Go For a Ride Day
on this day: King Tutâ€™s tomb was entered in 1922
24 Flossing Day
Peanut Butter Fudge Day
25 Parfait Day
THANKSGIVING 28 Giving Tuesday
Sources: www.daysoftheyear.com, www.checkiday.com, www.onthisday.com, www.todayinsci.com
29 Square Dancing Day
on this day:
John Mason patented the Mason jar in 1858
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