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What Do Kids Learn in
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WHERE to FIND
SANTA CATCH the Jolly Old Elf ALL OVER INDY!
days of holiday giveawayS
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DEPARTMENTS AROUND TOWN 16 DISCOVER HOLIDAY MAGIC IN SANTA'S VILLAGE 18 AGE APPROPRIATE TOYS THAT CHILDREN LOVE!
CHILDREN'S HEALTH 14 SHE'S A RILEY KID. HE'S A RILEY PHYSICIAN.
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Where to Find Santa
Catch the jolly old elf all over Indy!
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Your chance to win great gifts!
Keep Calm and Merry On
RESOURCES & CALENDARS
Tips for handling holiday family stress
529 College Savings Plans Give the gift of higher educaion this holiday season
What Do Kids Learn in Preschool? The range of developmental skills nurtured in quality programs
COMMENTARY & PARENTING
OUR SOCIAL NE T WORK
38 PRESCHOOL & EDUCATION GUIDE 40 DECEMBER E VENTS 47 FUN & WACK Y C ALENDAR
SPECIAL NEEDS 26 INDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 28 SPECIAL NEEDS GUIDE 30 SPECIAL NEEDS E VENTS
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Tis’ the season... Ready or not – ‘tis the season for cookie exchanges, holiday school parties, Elf on a Shelf, shopping and wrapping, then shopping some more; all the general frenzy and fun of the holidays. It’s a whirlwind that seems to start earlier and earlier every year. Whew. If you’re like me (and I suspect a lot of parents out there are) creating a memorable holiday for your kids becomes job #1 this time of year. And it can feel like a job at times. No doubt there’s plenty of fun to be had, but making all that fun can be a little exhausting. This is especially true if you started out setting the bar rather high in the beginning – because kids never forget! (“What do you mean we’re not making gingerbread houses again this year with a gingerbread family who lives there and then submitting it in a gingerbread competition?”) Here’s the lesson I’ve learned over the years when it comes to the lengths we go to as parents to make our kids happy during the holidays. The “must 06
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have” toys and big ticket experiences are generally forgotten as the years pass, but the traditions you keep – even small ones – are remembered. For us, it’s baking the same kinds of Christmas cookies together each year, drinking hot chocolate while we take a drive looking at the lights, watching Elf or A Christmas Story with a fire crackling in the fireplace and decorating the tree with Johnny Mathis crooning in the background. While other activities may be added in, these are the non-negotiables. These things are so embedded in our family history that I fully expect to see my grandchildren doing the same things someday. So while the gingerbread masterpiece has its place (which we actually did by the way), it really takes so much less, thankfully, to make the season merry and bright. Here’s wishing you a holiday filled with just what makes it special for your family – and permission to omit anything that doesn’t.
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Visit the all-new Santa’s Village at the Indianapolis Zoo Christmas at the Zoo returns with an all-new, enchanted Santa's Village under the Bicentennial Pavilion. Decorate delectable cookies in Mrs. Claus' Kitchen, visit with Santa in his charming study, see Santa's reindeer in his barn, test your navigational skills in the Snowflakery mirror maze, and much more. Outside, enjoy thousands of twinkling lights, an All-A-Glow Light Show at the Kroger Splash Park, Christmas Tree Joy Light Display, carousel rides and visits with the zoo’s animals. Location: Indianapolis Zoo. Dates: Select days, through Dec. 30. The zoo opens at noon with special activities from 5-9 pm on event days, with new extended hours from 5-10 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. www.indianapoliszoo.com/events-and-groups/zoo-events/ christmas-at-the-zoo
Head to a Christkindlmarkt The concept of the Christkindlmarkt (German for Christ child market) originated in Saxony, Germany during the middles ages. Today, these Christmas markets, featuring food, drink and seasonal items sold from open-air stalls, are held across the world - including right here in Indianapolis. Visitors to Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt can bundle up and explore the quaint vendors offering a spectacular blend of traditional German foods and gifts, including a wide variety of imported German crafts and gifts. After a stroll through the market, take a spin on the beautifully adorned outdoor ice skating rink that serves as the centerpiece of the market. Location: 10 Center Green, Carmel. Dates: Daily, through Dec. 24. www.carmelchristkindlmarkt.com/ The 6th annual Christkindl Village in downtown Indy offers a traditional Christmas Market, along with a festival that includes a canopy of lights, live animal Nativity, kids’ and teen activities, photos with St. Nick and much more. Location: Georgia Street, downtown. Date: Friday, Dec. 15, 5-9 pm. www.downtownindy.org/events/2661/christkindl-village
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See local students shine There are a number of performances throughout the holiday season that give a glimpse into the level of talent displayed by area students:
Mistletoe Music Festival This annual music festival features performing arts groups from local schools. Close to 75 performances will include choirs, bands, orchestras, and unique ensembles. Location: Indianapolis Artsgarden, downtown Indy. Dates: Nov. 28-30, Dec. 5-7, Dec.12-14. https://indyarts.org/ Indianapolis Children’s Choir Holiday Concerts This Indianapolis tradition is sure to get you in the spirit with a classic holiday experience inspired by Bing Crosby. A series of performances throughout the weekend showcase young vocalists of all ages. Location: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Dates: Dec. 15 & 16. https://icchoir.org/
Ballet Theatre of Carmel presents The Nutcracker Enjoy a timeless holiday tale as told by dancers from the Ballet Theatre of Carmel. Location: Carmel High School Auditorium. Dates: Dec. 16 & 17. http://ballettheatreofcarmel.org/ performances/ Holiday Sounds Enjoy the sounds of the season in a spectacular festive atmosphere at the Governor Frank and Judy O’Bannon Great Hall of the Indiana State Museum as local school and community choirs, bands, ensembles and soloists perform holiday music. Location: Indiana State Museum. Dates: Nov. 27-Dec. 9 and Dec. 12-17 www.indianamuseum.org/calendar
Shop for the book lover in your life Have a book lover or two on your holiday list? You’ll find something for everyone at the Indiana Historical Society Holiday Author Fair. More than 60 authors will be on hand for a fun-filled day of mixing, mingling and book signing. There will be fun for all ages, including free photos with Santa with special goodie bags for children, a drawing for an Author Fair gift basket and a performance from the Circle City Chamber Choir. Free admission to the author fair includes the Indiana Experience and Festival of Trees. Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. Date: Saturday, Dec. 2, noon-4 pm. www.indianahistory.org/events/holiday-author-fair-2
Give back as a family The season of giving is upon us, and this is the perfect time to pitch in as a family and give back to those who are less fortunate. Our guide to Volunteer Opportunities for Families in Indianapolis offers information on a number of local charitable organizations that could use a helping hand. https://indyschild.com/volunteer-opportunitiesin-indianapolis-for-families
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upcoming guides on Indyschild.com... 5 Holiday Getaways Near Indy https://indyschild.com/5-holiday-getaways-near-indy/ With winter break just around the corner, this is the perfect time to plan a little holiday-themed road trip. Check out this list of 5 of our favorite holiday getaways that are just a short drive away.
Best Places to go Ice Skating https://indyschild.com/ice-skating-in-indianapolis/ It's time to kick off your shoes, lace up those skates and hit the ice! We've found lots of options included in our Best Places To Go Ice Skating in Indianapolis Guide that offer family-friendly times and skate rentals.
Family-Friendly New Years Eve https://indyschild.com/new-years-eve/ Would you love to countdown the New Year with your entire family, but know that keeping the kids up until midnight means melt-down city? We've compiled a list of Family-Friendly New Years Eve Celebrations that will have you in bed long before that ball drops.
be on the lookout for this month's online contests! Win Disney on Ice Tickets, Tickets to Christmas at the Zoo, A Stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Beef & Boards Dinner Tickets!
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where to find SANTA Catch the Jolly Old Elf all over Indy!
December is Santa’s month to shine – and he is making the most of it right here in Indianapolis. From train rides to twilight parades and everything in between, check out a few of our favorite spots to find Mr. Claus this time of year. The Indianapolis Zoo Visit the big guy in his charming study during Christmas at the Zoo, featuring the all-new Santa's Village. Spend some time with the reindeer, enjoy hands-on activities, carousel rides, and, of course, thousands of twinkling lights. Select days through Dec. 30, 5-9 pm (10 pm Fridays and Saturdays). Cost: Included with regular admission and free for Zoo members. www.indianapoliszoo.com
The Indiana State Museum Spend time with Santa and Mrs. Clause in their cozy home in the heart of Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum. Ride on the Santa Claus Express, make crafts to take home and play in Santa's Playground. Daily through Jan. 7, 2018. Cost: Included with regular admission. www.indiana museum.org/ celebration-crossing
Indiana History Center Find Santa on weekends and Twilight Tuesdays during the Festival of Trees at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. View 80 beautifully themed trees, enjoy family-friendly activities and visit the Indiana Experience. Festival of Trees is open 12
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daily through Jan. 6, 2017 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Year’s Eve and Day). Cost: Included with regular admission. www.indianahistory.org
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Santa will be on hand during Jolly Days at The Children’s Museum to listen to your wish list and pose for a photo. “Ice skate” in your socks, explore an ice castle, go “ice fishing” and take a trip down the Yule Slide. Through Jan. 7, 2018. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 am-5 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am-5 pm. Cost: Included with regular admission. www.childrensmuseum.org/exhibits/ jolly-days
The Polar Bear Express Journey to the North Pole with Santa and Mrs. Claus onboard the Polar Bear ExpressSM as they lead an interactive experience along with Snowflake the Polar Bear. Select days, Nov. 24-Dec. 23. Note: The Polar Bear Express does not board at the museum site in Noblesville at Forest Park nor Fishers. All passengers board at Kokomo or Logansport, Indiana. Cost: $35 per person (under 2, free). http://itm.org/events/pbx
Carmel Arts District Experience the wonder of the holidays during Holiday in the Arts District with elves, reindeer, carolers from local choirs, trolley rides and the most unique Santa house in Indiana. Santa (and Mrs. Claus) will arrive by fire truck at 3 pm. Dec. 2, 2-5 pm. Cost: Free. www.carmel artsanddesign.com
BROAD RIPPLE Lights Up! Follow along with Santa in Indianapolis’ only twilight parade during BROAD RIPPLE Lights Up! Simply pick a spot along the parade route and when Santa passes you in the parade, file in behind him and follow him to the Firehouse for the lighting ceremony. Dec. 3, 3-7 pm. Along the Canal Esplanade (north bank of the Central Canal between Guilford and College avenues). Cost: Free. www. broadripplelightsup.org
Fishers City Hall Kids of all ages can share their Christmas list during Pictures with Santa! See live reindeer and snack on light refreshments while you wait. Each family receives one free, framed photo with Santa. Dec. 6 & 7, 6-7:30 pm. New: Sensory-friendly hour, Dec. 6, 5-6 pm. Fishers City Hall. Cost: Free. www.fishers.in.us
Traders Point Creamery
Join Santa for a festive party during the 10th Annual Christmas on the Farm. Sing along with live holiday music, create old-fashioned Christmas crafts, decorate cookies and take in the beauty of the farm
on a sleigh-hayride. Dec. 9 & 10, 9 am2:30 pm. Cost: $15 per person. Children under 2 are Free. Tickets required. Purchase online at http://traderspoint creamery.com/events/christmas-onthefarm/
Westfield in Lights Enjoy activities for the whole family include, including Pictures with Santa and Frosty the Snowman, gingerbread house display, live reindeer petting and show, live musical entertainment, food & retail vendors, and the annual tree lighting celebration. Saturday Dec. 2, 3-7 pm. Downtown Westfield. Cost: Free. http://westfieldwelcome.com/ westfield-in-lights/
Conner Prairie Enjoy a delicious dinner, decorate cookies, and visit Santa in person during Dinner with Santa at Conner Prairie. Dec. 15-16, 22-23, 6-8 pm. Cost: $25.95/ adult ($23.95/adult member) $13.95/youth ages 2-12 ($11.95/youth member). www.connerprairie.org
Santa is waiting! Get those wish lists compiled (and make sure you’re on the “nice” list) and head out for a date with the Big Man this December!
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She’s a Riley kid. He’s a Riley physician. #GiveHope at RileyKids.org
Born with a critical heart defect, she spent five weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health so her heart could be repaired.
Kroger and Circle Centre Mall are presenting sponsors of The Gift of Hope Happens Here. In addition, French Lick Resort will match any gift through December 31 up to $200,0000
He is the clinical director for Riley Hospital’s Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant team, commonly known as a bone marrow transplant. Riley Hospital is the only facility in the state offering this treatment to kids who need it. Her name is Averi Delgado, and she is 6 years old. She was lucky enough to be born near a pediatric hospital that can handle any type of heart defect. She also has Down syndrome, and the coordination of care she receives at Riley Hospital since the day she was born is second to none. His name is Dr. David Delgado and he is Averi’s dad. This father-daughter duo from Zionsville, Ind., illustrates the heart and healing that is the inspiration behind The Gift of Hope Happens Here. This year-end fundraising campaign shines a light on the incredible children’s hospital right here in Indiana. Riley Hospital is not just a good children’s hospital but a great one. Here are a few reasons why: • The vast majority of kids with cancer in Indiana are treated at Riley, treating over 200 new and 350 ongoing cases of pediatric cancer each year.
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• Riley Hospital is Indiana’s only comprehensive children’s research hospital, offering a complete spectrum of care to kids in all 92 counties. Everything from treating critical conditions like Averi’s heart defect to offering a full staff of Child Life Specialists, the “comfort experts” who treat a child’s emotional needs. • Riley is ranked in the top 10 U.S. Departments of Pediatrics in terms of federal funding from the National Institutes of Health. Today more than 200 staff members at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research are developing new therapies for devastating childhood diseases. This holiday season, please make a gift at RileyKids.org. We need you to join our fight to give kids like Averi hope.
ABOVE // David Delgado, M.D., with his daughter Averi
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BROUGHT TO YOU BY // The Indianapolis Zoo
Discover Holiday Magic in Santa’s Village All new for Christmas at the Zoo! The sparkle of wonder will twinkle in every child’s eye as they discover Santa’s Village, the enchanted experience that’s all new at Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union. The holiday spirit will transform the Indianapolis Zoo into a magical winter wonderland, Wednesdays through Sundays from Nov. 24-Dec. 30, plus Dec. 18-19 and 26. The Zoo will be closed on Christmas Eve. The Zoo will open at noon, and guests are encouraged to come early to visit some of their favorite animals before enjoying the holiday festivities from 5-9 pm, 5-10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Each year, Christmas at the Zoo brings together the best of the holiday season with a “wild” twist! Now in its 49th year, the Zoo is growing this beloved holiday tradition and adding new ways for families to celebrate the season. Under the Bicentennial Pavilion, magical scenes of wonder and light will fill Santa's Village where guests can decorate
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delectable cookies in Mrs. Claus' Kitchen, encounter wintertime animals, see mementos from Santa’s world travels and meet the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself inside his charming study. Many of the Zoo’s more robust animals will be out late to enjoy the cooler weather, including tigers, red panda, brown bears, walrus and many others. Special animal keeper chats will help guests get into the Christmas spirit. When visitors’ cheeks start to get rosy, they can dash inside to enjoy the animals in the Dolphin Dome and Oceans. As the sun sets, the warm glow of twinkling lights can be seen all over the Zoo, creating a magical nighttime experience. While taking in the lights, guests can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa, sample some delicious holiday treats and enjoy the sounds of choirs singing. Christmas at the Zoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular Zoo admission. Discount tickets are available at participating Donatos and Teachers Credit Union locations and guests can save when they purchase tickets at IndianapolisZoo.com.
TOP // Mrs. Claus Kitchen BOTTOM // Santa's Study PHOTO CREDIT // The INDIANAPOLIS ZOO
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BROUGHT TO YOU BY // Christina Nesslage OF The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Age Appropriate Toys that Children Love! Kid-tested, kid-approved toys from The Children’s Museum It can be challenging to pick out gifts for the children in your life. You want to make sure that you find something engaging that captures the child’s attention and helps them learn or develop skills. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis helps make these choices easier for parents, grandparents and other friends and family. Kid-Tested, Kid-Approved is a fun annual event in which children visit the Museum Store and test thirty of the year’s hottest toys. After the kids try out the toys, they vote on their favorites. At the end of the event, the votes are tallied and the top ten toys are announced. This list can help you pick out gifts that will be sure to delight. This year’s top three winners are Stikball with Mitts, Stickbot Studio and Shout Out Hockey. Stikball with Mitts provides a unique way to play catch with flat pads that look like baseball gloves and balls that splat and stick on the faux glove. This toy helps kids develop their motor skills and coordination while having fun. If your kid loves movies or technology, Stikbot Studio will challenge their creativity and imagination. Kids can create a story with the Stikbots and make a movie with special effects and editing using a smartphone app. Shoot Out Hockey is a solid option for kids who love sports. With this table top toy they’ll take aim and shoot for a goal, but they’ll have to figure out how to get the puck past the goalie in this fast-paced game.
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Looking for more ideas? Cathy Southerland, Museum Director of Early Childhood Education, suggests these things to consider when looking for age appropriate educational toys. • Newborn through 6 months: Infant toys should stimulate the senses of sight, sound and touch. • 6-12 months: Babies are starting to develop an awareness of cause and effect, so toys that offer this option are a hit.
• Toddlers: Toddlers are mobile and full of energy; they like physical, active toys that can inspire their curiosity. • Preschoolers: These kids love toys that stimulate their imaginations and interactive games they can play with peers and adults.
The Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience opens in March 2018 at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, but the store already carries a number of sports and Indiana team logo'd products to help you start a conversation about health and fitness.
• Elementary age children: This age range is looking for toys that allow them to explore, invent, build, create and solve problems. PHOTO CREDIT // The Children’s Museum of INDIANAPOLIS
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day 1: DECEMBER 1st Cloud Q With an ergonomic design CYBEX's Cloud Q rear-facing infant car seat easily converts to a near-flat recline position outside of the car. Perfect from birth up until 18 months of age.
KIDBOX KIDBOX, a VC-backed startup launched in 2016, is the first kids’ style box offering cool brands, amazing prices, and a mission to clothe one million children in need. Leveraging proprietary data science and machine learning, the brand creates a fun and effortless shopping experience that brings parents and children together to discover personalized styles and start the conversation about the importance of giving back.
day 3: DECEMBER 5th City GO The City GO™ infant car seat provides a safe spot for baby to join adventures from day one. It securely attaches to your favorite Baby Jogger stroller to create a travel system and can quickly go from city street to taxi without a car seat base, thanks to the taxi-safe belt path.
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day 2: DECEMBER 4th Cybex MIOS With a compact design that is rounded off with smart functionality and maximum comfort the MIOS from CYBEX is ideally suited to the needs of modern parents.
Lorena Canals In addition to the colorful and stylish rugs and cushions, Lorena Canals has also added beautiful, machine-washable cotton baskets and baby blankets to their collection. Every Lorena Canals item is free of toxins/chemicals, versatile, and carefully handmade from all-natural materials, making each one unique. (http://lorenacanals.us)
DockATot in Night Falls The Swedish-designed, highly portable, and 100% breathable Dock ATot multifunctional baby lounger is the 4th most-registered baby product in the U.S. Handy for diaper changes, Dock ATot creates a healthy, safe, and soft surrounding for baby to co-sleep, nap, or even get in tummy time while feeling snug and comforted with a cocoon-like shape that mimics the womb. Retails for $185+ at dockatot.com.
SCHLEICH GIFT BASKET Schleich’s hand painted playsets and figurines encourage creative, imaginative play and feature popular animals like horses. Explore all Schleich has to offer at www.schleich-s.com.
Svan Farmers Market Let your sous-chefs take on the responsibility of shopping for this holiday’s dinner at the Svan Farmers Market Stand! Not only will this teach your children to shop local but to also eat their fruits and veggies in the new year.
Svan Ice Cream Cart Running the Svan Ice Cream Cart will teach your child to work with others, take turns and share. Enjoy ice cream social time with your child as they serve you your favorite flavors!
Finn + Emma Play Gym in Fawn Finn + Emma makes all natural baby clothes, toys, and gifts made from organic cotton & wood. The Earth-friendly, non-toxic, and fair trade gifts all feature modern baby prints and colors and the perfect balance of stylish and sustainable, classic and contemporary, whimsical and sophisticated. Their new Fawn and Origami collections are sure to be a hit with all parents! (finnandemma.com)
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day 4: DECEMBER 6th Isabelle Grace Jewelry Personalized Cuff Bracelet
Whether you’re looking for a meaning ful personalized necklace for a loved one or a chic statement piece for everyday wear, Isabelle Grace Jewelry is the ultimate destination for truly unique, handcrafted jewelry. Loved by celebrities, Isabelle Grace Jewelry believes in the beauty and integrity of all of their handmade pieces—all styles are made in the USA by local artisans using recycled metals whenever possible. (Isabellegracejewelry.com)
The Venova is an innovative, “casual wind instrument” that’s compact, lightweight and most of all, fun. Offering a pleasing tone and recorderstyle fingering, it’s perfect for taking to the beach, on a camping trip, to a barbecue – virtually anywhere. Easy, recorder-style fingering makes it ideal for beginners and novices, while more experienced players will appreciate the musical possibilities provided by its fully chromatic two-octave rage.
ZEISS VR ONE Connect The ZEISS VR ONE Connect is a solution to enable interactive gaming while using a mobile VR headset. Users are able to utilize the Connect with any VR headset to play SteamVR games.
day 6: DECEMBER 8th Feltman Brothers Doll Feltman Brothers’ new limited edition collector’s doll is baby scented and features the softest skin, real eyelashes, and an adorable pixie cut! Comes with a birth certificate and 4 pieces of embroidered, classic Feltman Brothers clothing - a dress, bonnet, booties, and bloomers! Retails for $149.00 at feltmanbrothers.com.
Six Button Bunny COAT The Six Button Bunny Coat is an adorable design hitting at the hip, with double breasted styling, covered buttons, and a body lining of silky soft cuddle plush. With a cozy bunny-eared hood and welt pockets that can warm chilly fingers or store treasures found on walks through the forest, this coat will be your favorite winter companion!
Teletubbies Toy and DVDs Bundle Teletubbies 8” Talking Plush (18+ Months, $14.99): With these plush toys kids can act out their favorite scenes! Available in all four characters, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po; these cuddly, plush toys have built-in audio clips, music and interactive features. Press their tummies to hear them talk. Teletubbies DVDs : A new exciting line of Teletubbies DVDs (3+ Months, $9.99 each) is sure to keep your little ones entertained! Teletubbies: Bubbles, Twinkle Twinkle, Big Hugs and Snowball all feature six all-new episodes, plus fun bonus content, that kids and parents can enjoy together.
Thames & Kosmos is the leading manufacturer of innovative science kits, unique magic sets and educationally entertaining board games. The company places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real-world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive, meaning ful reading materials for a rich learning experience.
You could win a bundle of toys from K’NEX–just in time for the holidays! Valued at nearly $160 this bundle includes a KID K’NEX Budding Builders Tub, K’NEX Thrill Rides: Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set and a K’NEX Imagine: Power & Play Motorized Construction Set all designed to inspire your child ’s STEAMagination!
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This Swiss Diamond Cast Iron 5 Qt. Round Casserole featuring high-quality enamel, the cast iron body has excellent heat conductivity and retention. Perfect for acidic foods like tomato based sauces and soups, this pan will cook delicious meals with even heat distribution on any cooktop or oven. Swiss Diamond Swiss Diamond Cast Iron cookware also features wonderful moisture retention lids that work to lock in moisture and flavor.
The Atlantic Ultra Hardside 25-inch Expandable Spinner offers a sleek look at an affordable price. With lightweight durability, expansion capability and 8-Wheel Spinners, the suitcase offers optimal space, packing flexibility and superior maneuverability.
STEAM+ Easily clean, deodorize, and sanitize your home with nugeni STEAM+ Floor/Handheld Steam Cleaner. The system can be used as a steam mop stick or quickly converted to a mobile handheld steam unit to deliver a superior clean on all types of surfaces – without the use of chemicals. (www.mynugeni.com)
Cubetto The only screen-less programming system, powered by a revolutionary coding language that lets children write their first computer programs. Using a friendly robot made of wood, a physical programming console, and a set of expandable coding blocks, Cubetto helps children understand basic principles of coding in a very age-appropriate way. (3+, $225, PrimoToys.com)
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Developed for the architects of the future, MAGFORMERS is the industry leader in magnetic building toys for children. MAGFORMERS prides itself in the quality of its products and the unique constructional play experience they deliver.
day 8: DECEMBER 12th
A kid ’s activity band that parents will love too! It encourages fun and active play with the free PaiBand Move – City Run app. The more kids run, jump, and play, the more points they’ ll collect! Parents will also love PaiBand insights like daily steps, heartrate, sleep, and safe distance monitors. Need some help structuring the day? Use PaiBand to set timers and alarms. Daily activities are fun with PaiBand! (4+, $69.99, pai.technology)
Gululu The world ’s first 3D interactive water bottle that uses technology to turn drinking water into a fun game for kids – and thus keep them hydrated. As kids drink more water, their virtual pet grows and they develop a healthy habit! Kids will embark on new journeys in the Gululu Universe to win more collectables and rewards, and explore new features like the Social Board (live in August), where kids add each other as friends to share their progress and more. (3+, $129, MyGululu.com)
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SKY VIPER v2450 GPS With professional-grade ArduPilot firmware, the V2450 GPS Streaming Video Drone outperforms every drone in its class. Built-in GPS provides an autonomous flight experience similar to that of much pricier hobby-grade drones. Advanced enough to satisfy discerning enthusiasts, this drone is also lightweight, durable and safe enough for beginning pilots to learn.
RECOIL RECOIL revolutionizes the way we play by turning any outdoor space into a digitallyenhanced, multiplayer laser-tag battlefield. Using in-ear surround sound, haptic response blasters, and smartphone integrated gameplay, players are able to create the most immersive battlefield they have ever experienced.
MEBO Amplify YOUR personality through an all-new & improved MEBO! Featuring an all-terrain tank track system for more speed and agility. Also included are a voice disguise feature, enhanced commands and an expanded sound effect library. Additional features include high definition streaming video right to your smartphone, an LED light, a 4-way precision robot controlled arm and WiFi connect-ability.
smarTfold™ is not just a ride-in/on, it is the ultimate choice in “grow-with-me” hybrid products. Featuring seven or eight distinct configurations (depending on the model), smarTfold™’s unique construction contributes to the growth and advancement of a child ’s motor skills by transforming to support any toddler, at every stage of their development, from 6-months to 3-years.
Alex Toys makes gift giving easy with Sweetlings Sprinkle Shop, bring characters to life with whipped clay, fun accessories and a touch of the secret ingredient, LOVE!, and Happy Little Loom, the easiest portable hand held loom that lets you weave in multiple widths.
Aircraft Swing The little aircraft takes you on a swinging sweeping plane ride through the room. Why don't you make some rattling propeller sounds to accompany it? The height of the aircraft swing is adjustable. The seat can be adapted to the child's size with the adjustable straps allowing even very small flyers safe and comfortable rides. Recommended for age 10 months and up. (www.HABAusa.com)
Web Riderz Kids would love to find the Web Riderz Swing under the tree this year! M&M's Web Riderz Swing is a 39” platform swing that is safety rated to carry up to 600 pounds. Perfect to hang outside.
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Cruise the space-time continuum with supernova power and speeds. The GOTR AX™ HOVERFLY hoverboard boasts top-ranking torque with dual 350W force field motors and is fully UL certified for electrical safety. Available in five cosmic colors, featuring lunar LED lighting.
Escape into recreation at the Monon Community Center with an Annual Adult Membership valued at $504! Offering fitness and nature activities, this 146,000-sq. ft. facility has something for everyone. Enjoy breathtaking views and accessibility to nature trails, as well as hundreds of recreation, fitness and nature programs for all ages, levels and abilities.
Build-a-Bot Build-a-Bot is a line of colourful and cute robots built using an easy click ‘n’ create system. With three designs to choose from (Bunny, Fox and Dino), children can create unique characters by mixing and matching their various parts. Kids can begin S.T.E.M learning early with easy step-by-step instructions.
Fly it. Crash it. Build it again. The 4-in1 Build N’ Fly Drone Kit by FlyBlocks comes with 72 pieces, a pre-programmed circuit board and remote control. Build one of four drones with 4 or 6 axis. FlyBlocks is a toy that teaches and encourages kids to build, and explore.
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ZEISS VR ONE Plus The ZEISS VR ONE Plus allows users to experience virtual reality from any location in the world. The headset supports all iOS® and Android™ powered smartphones with screens between 4.7-5.5 inches.
Hover-1 Cruze Powered by Quirky The patent-pending Cruze brings a new take on electric skateboards. It works using a foot-controlled sensor with 3 speed levels to get you going faster without kicking. Michael Wahba was riding an electric skateboard for the first time and he thought it was a great idea but the hand held remote function caused the skateboard to jerk when speeding up or slowing down. He wanted to make it possible to control speed levels and cruise control with just his foot. Thus Cruze was born. (shop.quirky.com)
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Tips for handling holiday family stress WORDS BY // L auren L awson & Susan Bryant
Deck the halls with lots of family – and a hefty portion of holiday stress, too. ‘Tis the season for spending time with siblings, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins that we may not often see – sometimes for days on end in small quarters! There are bound to be a few challenging situations that pop up under these circumstances and we have some expert advice for handling them. Read on for helpful tips on how to keep your “merry-ness” this holiday season.
Kristen Pastrick, LCSW, LCAC Psychotherapist and Owner of KAP Counseling, LLC in Broad Ripple
SCENARIO #1 There’s something about going back to my parent’s house and being around my siblings that seems to make us all revert back to our previous (childish) selves. Although we’re grown adults now with families of our own, those old roles we played as kids (and some of those old hurts) still manifest themselves when we’re together. I know our kids are watching us – and I want to do better. How can I make this holiday go differently? Yes, this is so true! There IS something about going back to your childhood home that makes you revert back to your childlike self. The smell of your mother’s perfume, the sound of a squeaky bathroom door, the sight of a scratch you left on the kitchen floor; these are powerful triggers of memories and feelings which can quickly (and unconsciously) evoke the emotional responses and reactions of your childish self. Simply recognizing this and wanting to do better will help you pave the path to maintaining the boundaries of your adult self. Insight leads to new actions. Create a plan. Make a list of the actions and responses you want to avoid. Identify the things that are likely to trigger 22
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you: your mother’s commentary on your hairstyle, your brother addressing you by the annoying nickname he coined at age 10, your sister using the last of your pricey shampoo, etc. Visualize yourself responding calmly and letting the irritation roll off of you. Practicing calm and rational responses will help you prevent an emotional reaction from slipping out. If you feel yourself being pulled into old family roles and dynamics, give yourself space to re-center. Take a walk. Offer to take the trash out. Do the dishes. Practice calm breathing and count to ten. Giving yourself a quick timeout can help you identify what you are feeling and be mindful of how you want to respond. Remind yourself to accept the things you cannot control and work on the things you can – your words and actions.
SCENARIO #2 I love seeing all my nieces and nephews when we gather together for the holidays, except for one issue. My daughter, who is much younger than her cousins, always seems to get left out of the mix. She wants so much to be included in what they’re doing, but their conversations and interests are just not part of her world now. They’re nice kids and I don’t think they intentionally mean to ignore her, but it happens anyway. It makes it hard for my daughter (and me) to enjoy our time spent with family. What can we do? Nobody likes the feeling of being left out. Achieving a sense of belonging in a group is a basic psychological need. It appears that this situation is not likely intentionally happening. It seems like your daughter is in a different developmental stage in
comparison to her cousins. If you are comfortable, communicate your concerns to your siblings or your nieces and nephews. They may have noticed the same thing that you have and be able to help you with a solution. At the next holiday gathering, it could be helpful to provide activities that will allow your daughter and her cousins to connect despite age differences. A craft, game or movie might provide an environment where the cousins can all connect. Most importantly, talk to your daughter about how she has felt excluded in the past. Validate her experience and self-disclose about times you have felt excluded yourself. Studies show that feeling emotionally excluded is comparable to physical pain because of the way your brain processes the feeling. Obviously, feeling rejected isn’t exactly the same as stubbing your toe, but the pain is real. As a parent it is not your job to solve all of your child’s problems, but to be able to support her through life’s trials and tribulations. Your relationship with your daughter and other family members could grow through this problem.
Colleenia Korapatti, MA, LMHC Private Practice, Groff And Associates
A client once told me "worry is an investment in something that may not happen." Be careful not to let your anxious expectations affect the outcome of your gathering. When hosting an event in your home, you have dominion over the atmosphere and can set the tone for the evening. A peaceful way to initiate healthy conversation is to provide fun questions at the table such as, "What are you grateful for this year?" or "What is something you hope to cross off your bucket list in the year ahead?" Sparks fly in arguments when defensiveness pushes people away from one another. These questions bring people together because we have much more in common than we realize. Politics and religion may come up because that is what people are passionate about. Using "I statements" to express viewpoints allows for constructive dialogue. If communicated with love, openness and empathy, conversations about different perspectives on a topic can bring a group closer together while also broadening each participant's knowledge of the world.
Anne Harton, MA, LMFTA Marriage and Family Therapist Associate Resident Family Counseling Associates
I’m hosting our big holiday dinner this year and I’m dreading the dinner table conversation I imagine will occur among our guests. Between my family and my husband’s family, we run the gamut of political, religious and social views – and many of those who will be in attendance are known to voice their beliefs very passionately. How do I keep sparks from flying and shift the focus to just celebrating the season together?
SCENARIO #4 My brother’s family goes all out for the holidays when it comes to presents with an unbelievable stockpile under the tree. My kids are of the age now that they notice the difference between the amount of gifts they receive versus what their cousins receive. I can’t very well ask my brother to reduce what he wants to give his children, but it does make for
some uncomfortable moments on Christmas morning. What’s the best way to handle this?
That's tough for sure! Is there a way where they could only give them a portion of their presents when you guys are around? Maybe a two-gift rule per person? Another option might be to host at your house in hopes they won't cart as much stuff over. However, both these options really are avoidance and don't truly address the situation. Generally speaking, kids respond best when we are up front and honest (without putting down others). You can explain that you guys set a budget and regardless of how much money you have you are going to stick to that. Many people incur a lot of debt at Christmas. It's never too early to start teaching our kids good financial sense! In the end, there will always be someone who gets bigger and better, even if it's not family. Reiterate that gifts aren't a sign of your love for someone and you will do your best to get them what they need and want, within limit and reason.
There’s no denying that the stress and pressure that often accompanies the holidays can bring out the “bah humbug” in us. To make your season more “merry and bright” set realistic expectations for time spent with family and think ahead about situations you anticipate being difficult and how you can address them. Then, enjoy this special time of year in whatever ways are meaningful to you. Happy holidays!
Jessica Hood, MSW, LCSW Child & Adolescent Therapist Indy Child Therapy
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Indoor Activities for Kids with Special Needs Wintertime fun without the cold! School’s out, the holidays are in full swing and it’s getting just a little too chilly for kids to play outside long enough to get all their energy out – a perfect recipe for cabin fever! The challenge of what to do in this situation can be particularly tricky for parents of children on the autism spectrum, who need a place to burn off extra energy without becoming overstimulated. Here are some area indoor options designed with children with special needs in mind. Free Play It was going to be a long winter if Carter’s Play Place, an inclusive play gym in Westfield, had closed like owners feared it may have to this summer. But the beloved play space got a last-minute reprieve, and it will continue to be a great place for children of all abilities to get moving as the weather turns colder. Open seven days a week, kids can explore swings, climbing equipment, a trampoline and more for $10 ($8 for siblings; siblings under 2 are free) or take part in scheduled classes. More info: cartersplayplace.com Get jumping during Sensory Hour at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park with locations in Fishers, Plainfield and on Indy’s south side. During the designated hour, the music is turned down and an adult can jump with their child for free. You can even hit all three locations in a month! In Fishers, Sensory Hour is on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm; on Indy’s South Side, it’s the second Tuesday of each month at 4 pm.; and in Plainfield, it’s the first Wednesday of each month at 4 pm. Children’s tickets are $8. Check each location’s website for details: www.skyzone.com/fishers; www.skyzone.com/indysouth; www.skyzone.com/plainfield
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The Park Indoor Playground at Traders Point Christian Church, just off Interstate 65 in Whitestown, can be loud, with its soaring play structure, rock climbing wall and basketball hoops, but the space also features a “Quiet Zone” for children with special needs, complete with a sensory swing. There is no entry fee. More info: www.tpcc.org
Classes Several YMCA of Greater Indianapolis branches, including Baxter on the south side and the Fishers branch, offer adaptive programming, including WAVES (Water Access for Very Exceptional Swimmers) a swim class aimed at helping those with special needs be comfortable in the water, and adaptive sports. Prices vary by program. Search options by branch: indymca.org. The Monon Community Center in Carmel offers a slew of adaptive activities for all age levels, from preschool soccer to karate and yoga, plus one-on-one and semi-private adaptive swimming lessons. Prices vary by program. Learn more at carmelclayparks.com/ monon-community-center/modifications or contact MCC Inclusion Supervisor Michelle Yadon at (317) 573-5245 or email@example.com The Joseph Maley Foundation will host Adaptive Yoga classes at its northwest side enrichment center this month. Intended for those ages 4 to 21 of all abilities, participants can learn to express themselves through yoga poses and modifications that increase strength, balance, focus and good posture. Classes will be offered Sundays, Dec. 3, 10, 17 from 3-4 pm, and Wednesday Dec. 8 from 6-7 pm. The cost is $40. More info: www.josephmaley.org
Indy Stars Gymnastics on Indy’s northwest side offers adaptive gymnastics on Thursdays for children 3 to 7 from 5:30-6:30 pm and for children 8 and up from 6:30-7:30 pm. The program costs $65 a month. More info: www.indystars.net/adaptive Wright’s FUNdamentals Gymnastics’ Center Grove location in Greenwood hosts a parent/child class called Special Forces on Saturdays from 9-9:50 am for children with special needs ages 3 to 8. Monthly tuition of $47 also includes an open gym session each week. More info: www.fundamentalsbywrights.com
Looking for more low-key indoor options? Check what your local parks department offers for adaptive programming and call local indoor playgrounds, bounce places and sports complexes to ask when they are typically the least busy. Have fun!
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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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://thebaca.com/
BEHAVIORWORKS ABA We work with you! BehaviorWorks provides Early Intervention for Autism and Indiana Medicaid Waiver Behavior Support Services. BehaviorWorks is a team you can grow with. We use the evidence-based strategies of ABA to create effective behavioral solutions. Are you looking for a fresh perspective? Take action for positive change with BehaviorWorks. 618 N. High School Road Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46214-3684, Contact: Ann Baloski, Executive Director, Phone: 317-731-7777, Email: email@example.com, www.behaviorworksaba.com
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/
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
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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 ABA 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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December Special Needs Events FRI 01
CLE Workshop: What Attorneys Need to Know to Assist Families in Litigating IEP Issues (Advanced Course)
Special Needs Screenings: “Coco”
Thousands of children in central Indiana face extra hurdles in education because of physical, cognitive or emotional/behavior challenges. This session will train attorney volunteers so they will be able to help families of students with challenging special education issues that require litigation. This is an advanced 401-level course designed to train attorneys to litigate disputed matters at the administrative level or in court. Ideally, attendees will have already attended a previous CLE session offered by the Joseph Maley Foundation on IEPs or otherwise have some working knowledge of the subject matter. Kevin C. McDowell, deputy attorney general with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, will speak. The cost of the workshop is $45.00 (or $30.00 with the commitment to five hours of pro bono services through the Joseph Maley Foundation’s Family Support program). Register here: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/ jmf/event/785531/ Questions: Contact Mary Bowman at mary@ josephmaley.org or 317-727-5927. Location: Joseph Maley Enrichment Center, Time: 8:15- 9:45am, Phone: 317-727-5927
VIP Christmas Celebration
The HAWK Foundation hosts its annual holiday celebration, a free event for families who have members with special needs. Santa, elves, carolers, presents, food and decorations are all part of the fun. Register online: www.thehawkfoundation.org/events/ vip-christmas-celebration-tickets Location: Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library, Time: 5:30- 7:30 pm
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. More info: www.studiomoviegrill.com/Movie/ Film-Series/Special-Needs-Screenings Location: Studio Movie Grill, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-876-3331
Breakfast with Santa
The Johnson County Autism Support Group hosts a breakfast with Mr. Clause that includes sleigh rides, games and crafts. $10 per family (2 adults & up to 4 kids). Reserve your spot by emailing your family name, number attending and any special diet restrictions to email@example.com. More info: jcasg.com Location: Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church, Time: 9:00- 11:00 am
Lights Up Sound Down Sensory Friendly Movies: “Coco”
Watching a movie during prime-time hours can be challenging for families and children with autism and sensory issues. Goodrich Quality Theaters presents Lights Up, Sound Down, a monthly program open to everyone but specifically giving families and children with autism and sensory issues the opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies in a comfortable, sensory-friendly setting with the lights turned up and volume turned down. RSVP with local sponsor WestPoint Financial to get free tickets: www.westpointfinancial group.com/ Location: Hamilton 16+ IMAX, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-708-3600
SUN 03 Caring Santa
Simon Malls’ Caring Santa events offer a subdued alternative to the typical mall meet-and-greet with Mr. Claus. Held before the malls open, lights are dimmed and music is turned off. Families can register for free, time-specific tickets. Photo packages are available. Register online: www.eventbrite. com/e/caring-santa-tickets-38003639910 Location: Greenwood Park Mall, Time: 8:0010:30 am, Phone: 317-887-8601
Simon Malls’ Caring Santa events offer a subdued alternative to the typical mall meet-and-greet with Mr. Claus. Held before the malls open, lights are dimmed and music is turned off. Families can register for free, time-specific tickets. Photo packages are available. Register online: www.eventbrite. com/e/caring-santa-tickets-38003639910 Location: Castleton Square Mall, Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am, Phone: 317-849-9994
MON 04 – TUES 05 2017 Conference on Disability
This conference will explore the progress that has been made to ensure individuals with disabilities are able to exercise their right to make choices and to control the decisions in their lives and will also examine the many challenges that still exist. Choose from 35 workshops, hear from retired Sen. Tom Harkin, author of the American’s with Disabilities Act and a lifetime champion of disability rights, and demo assistive technology solutions at INDATA’s AT Lab. Register: www. indianadisabilityawareness.org/conference/ Location: Westin Downtown Indianapolis, Time: 1:00 pm, Phone: 800-362-2546
THURS 07 JMF Holiday Open House
Start your holiday season with the Joseph Maley Foundation. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, coffee and hot chocolate while touring the Joseph Maley Enrichment Center. You will have the opportunity to engage with JMF staff, board and junior board members, as well as other community members who join JMF in serving children of all abilities. More info: www.josephmaley.org/event/jmf-holidayopen-house/?event_date=2017-12-07 Location: Joseph Maley Enrichment Center, Time: 5:30- 8:00 pm, Phone: 317-432-6657
SUN 10 Caring Santa
Simon Malls’ Caring Santa events offer a subdued alternative to the typical mall meet-and-greet with Mr. Claus. Held before the malls open, lights are dimmed and music is turned off. Families can register for free, time-specific tickets. Photo packages are available. Register online: www.eventbrite. com/e/caring-santa-tickets-38003639910 Location: Fashion Mall Keystone, Time: 9:00- 10:30 am, Phone: 317-574-4002
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SAT 23 Special Needs Screenings: “Ferdinand”
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. More info: www. studiomoviegrill.com/Movie/Film-Series/ Special-Needs-Screenings Location: Studio Movie Grill, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-876-3331
SAT 30 Special Needs Screenings: “Ferdinand”
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. More info: www. studiomoviegrill.com/Movie/Film-Series/ Special-Needs-Screenings Location: Studio Movie Grill, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-876-3331
Special Needs Screenings: “Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi”
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. More info: www. studiomoviegrill.com/Movie/Film-Series/ Special-Needs-Screenings Location: Studio Movie Grill, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-876-3331
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SAVI NGS P L A NS Give the gift of higher education this holiday season WORDS BY // Kim Dinan
Holiday shopping for kids can be hard. They have so much already, and the latest toys and games lose their luster not long after their initial thrill. But there’s one gift you can give today that will increase in value as the years go by – a 529 college savings plan.
As we all know, the cost of sending kids to college continues to grow. That’s why it’s important to start saving while children are young. “Every little bit helps,” says Miller, “especially when the child is young and you have lots of time for that compounding and tax-deferred growth to work to your advantage.”
“A 529 is a type of account that allows people – parents, grandparents or relatives – to save for college education like undergrad or grad school,” says Brent Perry, a financial planner and owner of Piedmont Financial Advisors. “It’s one of the few accounts that has a double-tax benefit,” explains Marcus Miller, a financial advisor at Deerfield Financial Advisors. “The monies grow on a tax-deferred basis and then if withdrawn properly for college expenses, the withdraws themselves are tax-free as well.” Most states have 529 college savings plans. While the rules associated with 529 plans are the same from state to state, the tax benefits vary. Indiana has one of the most favorable incentives in the country. Bill Howell, Principal with Howell Financial Advisors, Inc. explains, “In Indiana if you open up an Indiana 529 account you will get a 20% tax credit for contributions of up to $5,000 in one calendar tax year.”
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Some parents worry about the limitations of opening a college savings plan in a certain state. What if, for example, a child has an Indiana 529 plan but would like to go to school in California? “The Indiana plan doesn’t have to be used for Indiana schools only,” says Amelia West, a wealth advisor at Howell Financial Advisors. “It can be used anywhere.” Howell adds, “We have clients educating their children overseas using their Indiana 529 account.” West also points out that it’s not just college that 529 funds can be used for. “It can also be accredited vocational school and advanced training.”
It’s important to know that a 529 plan must be used for qualified educational expenses. “If you take the money out without using it for college, you have to pay taxes off of the growth and then you have to pay a 10% penalty,” says West. She points out, however, that if you no longer need the money because your child received a scholarship that you’ll pay taxes but not the penalty. And, if your child decides not to go to college, the funds can be transferred to another beneficiary, like a sibling.
For family and friends that want to contribute to a child’s education but aren’t the owner of their 529 account, the 529 Ugift program makes it easy to contribute. “You can go to the Ugift website and it is a way, essentially, to ease the administrative burden,” explains Perry. “A parent can open an account and then they can get a code and say, hey, if you want to contribute to the child’s account here is the code. If you make the contribution using the code it goes straight into their account.” “College is obviously expensive,” says Perry. “It’s going to rise much faster than inflation in the foreseeable future. So money that is set aside now and allowed to grow is going to be a huge benefit. You are helping a student not have to take out even more student loans once they get to college.”
While the rules associated with 529 plans are the same from state to state, the tax benefits vary. Indiana has one of the most favorable incentives in the country.
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WORDS BY // Kim Dinan
what do kids learn in preschool?
The range of developmental skills nurtured in quality programs From the outside, preschool might look like just fun and games- and it is! But inside the classroom, children are developing important emotional and social skills. Indy’s Child spoke with preschool teachers and administrators throughout the city to find out just what children learn in a preschool classroom, and why a preschool education can help lay the foundation for a child’s future success. “We all know that brain development is highest during the first three or four years of life,” says Janie Waldman, Early Childhood Director of Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center. “So we give kids a foundation and a love of learning in a safe and happy environment both socially and academically.” 34
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Angie Richardson, a pre-K teacher at Beth-El Zedeck, stresses that one of the most important things kids learn in preschool is socialization. “They’re learning to get along with their peers, they’re getting ready to develop strong physical, emotional and cognitive skills to get them to the next step.” Angela Smith, an assistant in the preschool classroom at Indiana Montessori Academy, says that the emphasis in her classroom is also a social one. “We teach our children to be aware of their own self and the community around them. They learn to be gracious and courteous so that they can be good friends in our classroom and then go out later in life and be good citizens in our community.” But, she adds, the kids also learn practical life skills like how to clean a table or prepare a snack for a friend.
And at The Orchard School, a progressive nature-based preschool, the focus is on helping kids build a sense of identity. “We want our kids to care for themselves and their identity, to see who they are as a part of a community and contribute. We want them to care enough now to advocate later,” says Heather Girton, a multi-age preschool teacher at The Orchard School. “Our mantra in our room is, ‘You can do hard things.’”
Waldman points out that preschool also plays another important role that parents may not be aware of. “Weaknesses are recognized early in the preschool classroom,” she says, “and early intervention can begin.” A typical day in a preschool classroom varies somewhat, depending on the school. The Orchard School has forty-two acres of land where kids can learn. “Our day will look different depending on what we are exploring for the day. The kids vote in the mornings about where to go, and they’re off,” says Girton. At Beth-El Zedeck they have a daily schedule they follow closely. This includes exposing children to math and language arts as well as cooperative play and free time. “In the morning we do some academics and we also look at social and emotional wellness,” says Richardson. “We teach them responsibility, to put their coat up and put folders away.” The experiences that children have in preschool help prepare them, both academically and socially, to enter elementary school. “The exposure to how to pace yourself in a day definitely gives kids a leg up when they go into kindergarten,” says Girton. “Experience and practical use of those self-care skills gives them the confidence and independence that is going to make the transition into school much easier.
Girton also stresses that the social and emotional skills that children learn in preschool are what makes this experience so important for any child, no matter where they receive their education. “Those are the things that pave the way for the academics to happen and it invests the child in their own learning.” When choosing a preschool for their child, parents may consider a number of factors. Location, cost, class size and the overall feel of the classroom all play a role in choosing a preschool classroom that works for your family. Girton suggests asking around and getting preschool recommendations and then going out and seeing the program with your own eyes. “A program worth looking at will have a lot of opportunities for you to come and visit.” Girton also says it’s important that you understand what the priorities are for each preschool that you are considering. “Every school has something different to offer and things that they emphasize,” she says. No matter which preschool you choose, your child will learn valuable social, emotional and self-help skills that will set the foundation for their years in the classroom. “Children are very impressionable and eager to learn,” says Smith. “So why not make good impressions and make sure they have good memories of how to learn?” A preschool education will help children form good academic and social habits and help them become more independent, too. Smith adds, “Preschool can really set three to six-year-olds up for life.”
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COMMENTARY & PARENTING WORDS BY // DEB KRUPOWICZ
Ask the Teacher Students who need to move, separation anxiety and parental homework help
Sitting still has always been a challenge for our fourth-grade son, but at homework time it is especially hard. What can I do to help him sit down and do his work?
For a child who has difficulty staying still during the regular school day, adding more stationary time at the end of the day is tough. After school, begin with a 15 minute break doing something active, like bike riding, shooting hoops or walking around the block. Donâ€™t give in if he wants to hit the video games or get on a computer or his phone; that will not help with his need to be on the move.
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When it is time to start homework, encourage him to identify ways to move while working. He can put papers on a clip board and move from one spot to the next in between questions. As he reads, he can move to a new spot at the end of each page or section. If he is working on math, he can move after finishing a few problems. If changing locations while working makes concentration difficult, consider getting an under-the-desk pedal exerciser. Without leaving his seat, your son will be able to pedal as he works. Forcing your son to sit still will only lead to frustration and tension when he is already tired and harboring pent up energy. Finding creative ways to encourage movement while he works can help him accomplish needed tasks and release some energy at the same time.
Our kindergartner still struggles daily to separate from me at the start of the school day and takes quite a while to settle in. I have wondered about pulling her out and re-starting next year. How can I decide what is in her best interest long term?
Before taking your daughter out of kindergarten, work with her teacher, the school counselor and the administration to develop a detailed plan for easing this transition for her. Come to a consensus on what strategies to try first. They may suggest a particular routine that your daughter can do at the beginning of each school day. It may also help to pair her with another student who is a few grades ahead of her to be her walk-in buddy.
Separation anxiety is something school personnel are very familiar with and probably have many ideas for how to address this situation with your daughter. Discuss with the teacher where your daughter is academically. If you find that she is achieving what her peers are, commit to doing everything you can to help her adjust to school and put the idea of removing her on the backburner. If, on the other hand, you learn that she is lagging significantly behind her peers, she may need more time before she is able to flourish in school.
How much help should I be giving my second grader on his homework? I have a tough time not looking over his shoulder as he is working and telling him when things are wrong.
With the teacherâ€™s purpose in mind, you will be able to better define whether your role is to act as a supporter who sets a positive homework environment, a partner who assists with each problem or question, or as an observer from some distance away. It will be up to you to set the appropriate parameters that meet the intended purpose of the work.
Begin by talking with your sonâ€™s teacher about her purpose for homework. She may want homework to be done with parent help to allow parents to have firsthand insight as to what is happening at school or to get a personal view of how their child works. She may, on the other hand, want to encourage independence in work. Her objective may be to help your son (and all of her students) develop some stamina and focus. She may have assigned the work to him so that he can practice skills that she has seen him struggling to master. Clarify whether she wants to see his personal results or if she would like for you to check his work and have him re-work assignments where you see problems.
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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PICTURES WITH SANTA
WED 06 – THURS 07
calendar DECEMBER 2017 FRI 01 – SAT 02 Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's The Nutcracker
FAMILY NIGHT CAMPFIRE
A full-length, contemporary version of The Nutcracker will be presented by local dance students and the dancers of G2, the talented preprofessional company of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. This modern interpretation relates the classic story of Klara, but offers a unique twist on the original. Location: Pike Performing Arts Center, Time: Dec. 1 at 7:00 pm; Dec. 2 at 3:00 pm and 7 pm, Phone: 317-244-2660
FRI 01 – SUN 03 A Christmas Story - The Musical
PAW PATROL LIVE
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Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle! A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple dog-dare to lick a
freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Location: Old National Centre, Time: 1:00 and 7:30 pm, Phone: 800-982-2787
Butler Ballet: The Nutcracker
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. https://butlerartscenter.org/event/
butler-ballet-nutcracker-0 Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, Time: see website for times, Phone: 317-940-6444
SAT 02 Cereal Cinema - The Polar Express
Cereal Cinemas combine two of the best things about Saturday mornings: cereal and a classic movie. Get in the Halloween spirit with the 1993 flick Hocus Pocus. Cereal buffet included with tickets. Coffee for tired parents available for $1. For ages 6 and over. The Polar Express: With his belief in Santa wavering, a young boy embarks on a fantastic journey on the Polar Express train to learn about friendship and the spirit of Christmas Location: Indianapolis Museum Art, Time: 10:00 am, Phone: 317-923-1331
Westfield in Lights
Join in a fun Holiday Celebration in Downtown Westfield! Free activities for the whole family include Pictures with Santa, Train Rides, Pictures with Frosty the Snowman, Gingerbread House Display, Live Reindeer Petting and Show, Live Musical Entertainment, Food & Retail Vendors, and the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Don’t miss all the fun! FREE. Location: Downtown Westfield, Time: 3:00- 7:00 pm, Phone: 317-804-3000
Indianapolis Hot Cider Hustle
Take part in the Indianapolis Hot Cider Hustle 5K! Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome. Participants will receive a cozy half zip pullover and finisher's mug. Don't forget to enjoy some apple cider and caramel apples at the finish line! Location: White River State Park, Time: 9:0010:30 am, Phone: 224-757-5425
Shop the season’s best regional art market with handmade art from more than 30 artists. Winter Market features activities for the whole family, including Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a locomotive wonderland featuring trains racing past astonishingly detailed local and Western landmarks made of natural materials. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, Time: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-636-9378
$15 for member youths, $25 for nonmembers, $18.50 for non-member youths. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 8:00- 10:00 am, Phone: 317-334-4000
MON 04 – SUN 10 The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience
Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on children's author Chris Van Allsburg's modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around Billy (Hayden McFarland), who longs to believe in Santa Claus.To find specific showtimes for this film, please visit the IMAX website. www.imax.com/
theatres/imax-indiana-state-museum/ the-polar-express-an-imax-3d-experience Location: IMAX Theater, Time: visit the IMAX website, Phone: 317-233-4629
TUES 05 SUN 03 Sankt Nikolaus Fest
All are welcome to enjoy this nostalgic visit with Christmas past. With a focus on family fun and making lasting memories, the Athenaeum Foundation brings traditional holiday favorites to ring in the season of joy. All proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the care and maintenance of the Historic Athenaeum. Location: Athenaeum Foundation, Time: Noon- 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-655-2755
Breakfast with Santa
Grab your first meal of the day with the jolliest man himself—Santa! Enjoy a breakfast of scrambled eggs, potatoes, French toast, fruit salad, coffee, juice, hot cocoa, and tea from 8-10 am. Share your wish list with a visit to Santa between 8 and 9:15 am. Decorate a slide bag, create a paper ornament, and play "Pin the Hat on Jingles"! $20 for members,
It's a Wonderful Life (one show only!)
WED 06 – THURS 07 Pictures with Santa
Kids of all ages can share their Christmas list during Pictures with Santa! See live reindeer and snack on light refreshments while you wait to meet the Jolly Old Elf. Each family is provided one free printed photo with Santa (includes a photo frame). New: A Sensory Friendly Hour will be held on Wednesday from 5 - 6 pm for children with special needs. Location: Fishers City Hall, Time: 6:00- 7:30 pm, Phone: 317-595-3111
THURS 07 Yelp's Totally Bazaar 2017
Visit Yelp's annual pop-up shopping party with more than 150 local businesses! Check in on the Yelp app for your Yelp Shop Local tote because this hefty list of local businesses is certain to fill your hands! Location: Central Library, Time: 6:30- 10:00 pm
Location: IMAX Theatre Downtown, Time: 6:30- 9:30 pm, Phone: 317-233-4629
Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Time: 5:30- 9:30 pm, Phone: 317-631-1888
Young ones ages 3 and older are invited for a special ballet storytime with the Ballet Theatre of Indiana, featuring some of the Nutcracker story, based on E.T.A. Hoffman's work, and a short ballet lesson.
Location: Newfields at the IMA, Time: 4:00-9:00 pm, Phone: 317-923-1331
FRI 08 Tykes Night Out is a respite event sponsored by BACA Charities and serves young children with disabilities. Children who attend enjoy a fun night with friends. Activities include playing group games, eating dinner and watching a movie. Each child will receive individualized attention. For Ages 2-5. Location: Monon Community Center East, Time: 3:00-4:30 pm, Phone: 317-848-7275
Family Night Campfires A Candlelight Evening on Delaware Street
Nutcracker Ballet Storytime
Find the perfect holiday gift with this all-day annual trunk show, held inside the museum shop. Before you see Winterlights, stop by the store to take advantage of specials and incredible deals. Members get an additional 20 percent off all purchases. Free.
Tykes Night Out
Downtown Indy is partnering with the IMAX Theatre to present a beloved holiday tradition. Nothing says the holidays like Jimmy Stewart in the 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. Bring your friends and family Downtown to view this classic movie on the state's largest movie screen. $1 from each ticket will go to Downtown Indy’s Beautification Fund.
Enjoy A Candlelight Evening on Delaware Street – a fundraising event of historic house tours and elegant dining. This event is a lovely way to celebrate the winter holidays with family or friends. Gift certificates are available.
$5 First Thurs. Nights
Explore the world’s biggest and best children’s museum for just $5 per person! Come one, come all for $5 First Thursday Nights. As always, members visit free. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 8:00-10:00 am, Phone: 317-334-4000
Spend a fun family Friday night around the campfire. Roasting sticks and s’mores provided; bring your own hot dogs and make a meal of it! www.hollidaypark.org/calendar/ Location: Holliday Park, Time: 6:30-8:00 pm, Phone: 317-327-7180
SAT 09 Recycled Ornaments
Create a unique homemade gift for the holiday season while enjoying cookies and cider. Re-purpose a variety of recycled materials to create a special ornament using aluminum cans, cork and more. All materials included. This event is for ages 7-10. $10/ participant. Location: Monon Community Center East, Time: 3:00- 4:30 pm, Phone: 317-848-7275
Location: College Avenue Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4320
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What’s a family holiday season without cookies, milk and holiday art projects? Bring your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews to spend some quality time at Nickel Plate Arts and participate in holiday-themed art projects – perfect for gifting (or keeping!) Each Saturday features a different holiday-themed project for mini artists (beginners: ages 5-8) and young artists (advanced: ages 9-14). $10/ participant. Location: Nickle Plate Arts Campus, Time: Noon-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-452-3690
Families and children ages 2 and older are invited to drop in any time to learn to play and learn by using a variety of building items. Lego bricks, Duplo bricks, gears and bristle blocks will be provided. Location: Southport Branch Library, Time: 2:00-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4510
Breakfast with the Grinch
Families of all ages will enjoy a breakfast of Grinch inspired goodies all while listening to a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and making a fun holiday craft. Don’t forget to snap a photo with Mr. Grinch! Children 1 and under, free. Location: Billerciay Park, Time: 9:00-10:00 am, Phone: 317-588-1429
SAT 09 – SUN 10 Christmas on the Farm
Join Santa at their Festive Party in the Big Red Barn! Sing along with Live Holiday Music and create old-fashioned Christmas Crafts and Cookie Decorating in the barn. Take in the beauty of the farm on a Sleigh-Hayride. Treat yourself to an organic Eggnog, Hot Chocolate, traditional Cookies, and other festive old-fashioned dishes. http:// traderspointcreamery.com/events/christmason-the-farm/ Location: Traders Point Creamery, Time: 9:00 am- 2:30 pm, Phone: 317-733-1700
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage
The classic animated television special comes to life on stage! This faithful adaptation features all your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas. https://butlerartscenter.org/
butler-arts-presents-2017-2018-season Location: Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, Time: 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, Phone: 317-9400-9697
Santa Hustle 5K
If you are a Christmas lover, enjoy overplayed holiday music, devouring candy and cookies, and joining in on an epic after party then grab your favorite friends and family and register for the 2017 Santa Hustle® Indy 5k & Half Marathon! The 2017 Santa Hustle® Swag is bound to make your jingle tingle even brighter with a Santa Hat, Santa Beard, Santa Shirt, Finisher Medal, and NEW! Candy Cane Socks! Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Time: 9:00 am, www.santahustle.com/indianapolis/event-info/
Greenwood Community Band Christmas Concert
With the live concert band playing your Christmas favorites under the spotlights and a special visit from jolly man in the red suit, this will get you into the spirit of the season. Kids from one to ninety-two will enjoy this special live event.
On December 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state to join the Union. On December 11, 2017, the Statehouse will host “Indiana Statehood Day” to celebrate Indiana's 201st birthday. The Birthday Party will include interactive activities throughout the statehouse. There will be presentations by many state agencies and offices designed for 4th grade students. You may also enjoy fun hands-on activities to help bring Statehood Day alive at the Indiana State Museum. Please call for information and to make a reservation. Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-8293
TUES 12 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. Please note that hot wax is involved in this technique. Call to register. Location: East 38th Street Branch, Time: 2:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4350
Location: Greenwood High School, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-889-4005
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FRI 15 – SUN 17
Jingle Bell Rock Dance Party
“Twas the Night Before...” presented by Candlelight Theatre
Preschoolers ages 3-6 and an adult are invited to listen, jump and dance to holiday favorites with scarves and rhythm instruments. Location: Franklin Road Branch, Time: 1:15 pm, Phone: 317-275-4380
THURS 14 Little Ducklings Preschool Nature Series
Learn easy ways to engage your preschooler in the natural world. A new topic will be introduced each class through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, and take-home ideas. Designed for ages 3-5 with their caregiver. Location: Eagle Creek Park, Time: 10:30-11:30 am, Phone: 317-327-7110
Preschool Storytime & Craft Preschoolers and an adult are invited to join children's librarians for stories and fun activities.
Location: Beech Grove Library, Time: 11:00 am, Phone: 317-275-4560
Encaustic Art Class
Gather your family close and join the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in creating new holiday memories at a special Candlelight Theatre event. “Twas the Night Before…,” written by James Trofatter, offers a heartwarming interactive theatre experience for all ages in the historic Harrison mansion. Sip on hot cider, enjoy complimentary treats, and be delighted by holiday figures from tradition and folklore, as well as new jolly friends. Make your reservations early for this festive holiday performance. Location: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Time: 6:00-8:30 pm, Phone: 317-631-1888
Begin your holiday season as a guest at the Stahlbaum family holiday celebration, and share in Clara's dreamlike journey with her Nutcracker Prince. Enjoy the enchanted music of Tchaikovsky's beautiful score and the beautiful voices of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Young and old alike will delight in this holiday tradition. www.cidedance.org/ Location: Zionsville Performing Arts Center, Time: Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, Sun 2:00 pm, Phone: 317-773-4833
FRI 15 Migration Game
Designed for ages 6-12, the Great Migration Challenge is an obstacle course that teaches children about migratory birds and the hazards that they face. Join in this outdoor adventure. Location: Eagle Creek Park, Time: 4:00- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-327-7110
SAT 16 Colors & Magic & Numbers, Oh My!
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: Irvington Branch, Time: 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4450
Raptor Feeding Time
Watch the staff at Eagle Creek Park feed one or more of their live birds of prey, but don’t be late because it only takes a few minutes! Location: Eagle Creek Park, Time: 2:30-2:45 pm, Phone: 317-327-7110
SUN 17 Holiday Hoopla at the Indiana Repertory Theatre
Welcome to A Christmas Carol at the IRT, where most performances are paired with a holiday activity to make your experience even merrier! On Sunday, Nov. 17, join the Pettisville Show Choir as they perform holiday carols from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the Grand Lobby. A Christmas Carol performances are at 2:00 and 5:00 pm, with a post-show discussion following the final show. See www.irtlive.com/ for more Holiday Hoopla dates.
Music with The Indianapolis Suzuki Academy
Take part in special music time with guest teachers from the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy. Participate in fun musical activities that allow young children to discover pitch, tempo, rhythm, and more. Hear a live performance featuring a stringed instrument like violin, cello, or harp. Try playing a special child-sized violin or cello. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 11:00 am & Noon, Phone 317-3344000
THURS 21 Baby Storytime
Babies and an adult are invited for stories, music and movement activities. Location: Nora Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4470
The animals at the nature center eat rather interesting food. Watch staff or volunteers feed the animals crickets, worms, and even mice, and learn about their diets. Meets in the lobby. Location: Holliday Park, Time; 10:30-11:00 am, Phone; 317-327-7180
WED 27 – SAT 06 Cure for Cabin Fever Drop-in Crafts
Getting a little stir crazy in the house? Bring your young artist to Nickel Plate Arts for a range of awesome afternoon art projects during the gallery hours. Just $10 per project. Projects rotate each week. Kids of all ages are welcome. Parents must accompany their children while on campus and are welcome to shop the Gifted V exhibit while their mini artist creates. $10/art project. Location: Nickel Plate Arts Campus, Time: Noon-5:00 pm, Phone: 317-452-3690
MON 18 Evening Explorers: Storytime
Families with children ages 1-10 are invited for an evening of stories, songs and activities that explore the world around us. Location: Wayne Branch Library, Time: 6:30 pm, Phone: 317-275-4530
TUES 19 Preschool Storytime
Preschoolers and an adult are invited for stories, fingerplays and crafts followed by playtime. Location: Decatur Branch Library, Time: 10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4330
Holiday Card Craft
Families and children of all ages are invited to drop in anytime and join Miss Roberta to create beautiful holiday greeting cards from years gone by. Location: Eagle Branch Library, Time: 1:00-4:00 pm, Phone: 317-275-4340
Small Wonders Preschool Program
Learn easy ways to engage your preschooler in nature and scientific exploration. Each class introduces a new topic through hands-on activities, hikes, and crafts, and provides ideas for exploring at home. Classes are designed for children and their caregiver. Ages 3-4. (Topic- Coyotes) Location: Holliday Park, Time: 9:30-10:30 am, Phone: 317-327-7180
THURS 21 – SUN 24 The Nutcracker
Bring the whole family to BTI's retelling of this holiday favorite! The Nutcracker follows the journey of Clara, a young girl who is given an enchanted nutcracker as a Christmas present. Tchaikovsky's familiar, captivating score brings her adventure to life as she braves a battle with the wicked rats, saves her Prince, and travels to the Kingdom of the Sweets. Admission: $25.
FRI 29 31Svn Performance at The Children’s Museum
Join 31Svn Street Dance Academy for a performance that will consist of small routines and choreography, in a cypher style showcase that explores the art known as Breakin (breakdance).
http://btindiana.org Location: Athenaeum Theatre, Time: see website for times, Phone: 317-655-2755
Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 11:00 am & 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000
Babies up to 18 months and an adult are invited to rock out during this music activity that will focus on tempo, beat, rhythm and dynamics. Each session will feature instruments, songs and a story. Call to register. Location: InfoZone Branch Library, Time: 10:00-10:30 am, Phone: 317-275-4430
PAW Patrol Live - The Great Pirate Adventure
X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure”! It's Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup Tracker! Location: Old National Centre, Time: 2:00 pm, Phone: 800-745-3000
Free Admission Day at The Children’s Museum
Spend Christmas Eve at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for FREE during their free admission day, and enjoy all the Jolly Days has to offer. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm Phone: 317-334-400
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SUN 31 Family New Year’s Eve
End the year with a bang with a familyfriendly, alcohol-free celebration in the Governor Frank O'Bannon Great Hall. Face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music will highlight the evening. A balloon drop at 8 pm allows the little ones to celebrate the New Year in style. Reservations recommended. www.indianamuseum.org Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: 6:00-9:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637
Countdown to Noon
Five, four, three, two...NOON! Tucker out the kids way before the last few minutes of 2017—at Countdown to Noon! Hear music from Grammy-nominated Zak Morgan before each countdown (noon and 1 pm). Receive festive favors for the big moment, while supplies last. Location: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Time: Noon & 1:00 pm, Phone: 317-334-4000
ongoing events Sullivan Santa Express
Occurring until December 30 Have you been dreaming of a family trip to the North Pole? Well look no further! Climb aboard the Sullivan Santa Express for a memorable trip to the North Pole to see Kris Kringle himself. Check in at Central Station located in the greenhouse at Sullivan Hardware & Garden's 71st & N Keystone Ave store in Indianapolis. While you wait for your reserved departure time, let the kids frolic in the play area. When the train arrives, your family will be seated together in one car. The short train ride is open-air so be sure to bundle up for the ride. Location: Sullivan’s Hardware
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
Occurring until December 17 School and community choirs, bands, ensembles and soloists perform holiday music in the museum's Governor Frank and Judy O'Bannon Great Hall each day. Enjoy the sounds of the season in a spectacular holiday atmosphere. FREE.
Christmas at the Puppet Studio
IPL Yuletide Celebration
Occurring until December 23 Indiana's best holiday tradition for families returns! Ring in the holidays with Jack Everly and Sandi Patty as they bring to life the magic of tap dancing Santas, festive carols, and larger-than-life puppetry alongside the ISO. Location: Hilbert Circle Theater, Time: See website for specific times, Phone: 317-2621100, www.indianapolissymphony.org/season/ yuletide
Breakfast or Dinner with Santa
Select days in December Sit in awe and wonder as Santa recites his beloved rendition of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Join Santa in song, and after filling your bellies with a scrumptious breakfast or dinner, sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what you want for Christmas. After your meal, get creative and decorate your own Christmas cookie!
Occurring until December 31 See the Conservatory decked out in its holiday best with a brilliant display of poinsettias and enjoy model trains and villages, and thousands of twinkling lights. Display done with support from The Indiana Rail Road Company. Location: Garfield Conservatory, www.garfieldgardensconservatory.org/ programsevents
Festival of Trees
Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum, Time: 10:00 am- Noon, Phone: 317-535-4853
through JAN 07
Location: Conner Prairie, www.connerprairie. org/things-to-do/events/holidays-on-theprairie-programs/conner-prairie-by-candlelight
Location: Indiana State Museum, Time: Weekdays 10:30 am- 1:00 pm, Sat/Sun Noon- 3:00 pm, Phone: 317-232-1637, www.indianamuseum.org/calendar
WINTERLIGHTS AT THE IMA
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Select days in December: 8, 15-16 & 22-23 You can end your night by joining the rowdies outside for a song or story around the bonfire. This program is recommended for ages 7 and older and is ideal for guests who prefer a more structured program in the evening hours. Tours begin at 6 p.m. and run every 12 minutes until 9 pm.
Occurring until December 28 The ritzy rodents, Mozart and Ludmilla, will once again emerge from their piano to host the Christmas marionette variety show. Lots of audience participation and classic holiday music will put the whole family into the spirit of the season.
Location: Conner Prairie, www.connerprairie.org
Conner Prairie by Candlelight
A Visit from St. Nicholas or The Night Before Christmas
Occurring until December 31 On Christmas Eve 1822, Clement C. Moore's house is not as quiet as a mouse—in fact, everyone is stirring! Three children await the arrival of St. Nicholas, and Mother and Father arise thinking they hear intruders. Cousin Harriet enlists the children to copy the poem their father has just written for them, which she hopes to have published for all young people to enjoy. But Father, a distinguished professor fears becoming known as a poet for children - burns the poem so it can never leave the house. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis - Lilly Theater
Occurring until January 7, 2018 This year’s Celebration Crossing comes alive with holiday merriment from the sounds of bands, bell and vocal choirs and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will entertain visitors in their cozy home through Dec. 24. Early risers may join Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and Santa’s Elves for breakfast and late sleepers may join Santa for supper. Children of all ages may ride on the Santa Claus Express, make crafts to take home and take advantage of a playscape for pre-school and primary elementary aged children in Santa's Playground. Location: Indiana State Museum
Occurring until January 6, 2018 Take a step back in time with the Indiana Historical Society and witness holiday trees decked out in ways you’ve never seen at the Festival of Trees. The event has expanded again, featuring 80 trees representing unique themes like Santa’s Library, Making Smiles Bright and A Picture-Perfect Christmas. Enjoy the nighttime tree glow by visiting on Tuesdays until 8 pm between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Location: Indiana History Center, www.indianahistory.org/
Occurring until January 7, 2018 Create a brand-new family tradition with Winterlights at Newfields, a dazzling outdoor light experience celebrating the holiday season. Foods and drinks available include Newfields beer from Taxman Brewery, s'more kits sold by local Girl Scouts, hot apple cider. Tickets: $20-$25, adults; $12-$17, youth 6-17; $15-$20, adult members; $8-$13, youth members 6-17; free, children 5 and under. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art
Polar Bear Express
Occurring until December 23 Experience a historic passenger train straight out of the history books aboard the Polar Bear Express (sm). It’s one of Indiana’s beloved holiday traditions for kids of all ages from the Indiana Transportation Museum. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be onboard the train to lead an interactive experience along with Snowflake the Polar Bear. Seats sell quickly! Purchase yours soon! Note: The Polar Bear Express does not board at the museum site in Noblesville, Indiana at Forest Park nor Fishers, Indiana. All passengers board at Kokomo or Logansport, Indiana.
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
A Christmas Carol
Occurring until 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 Tickets: $25 and up. Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phone: 317-635-5252, www.irtlive.com/plays-andevents/2017-2018-season/a-christmascarol-2017
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
Occurring until 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
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
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
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 am- 5:00 pm, Phone: 317-776-6000
Occurring until 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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
PL 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.
Time: 1:30 pm, or by appointment (Saturdays), Location: Indiana State Museum, Phone: 317-232-1637, http://www.indianamuseum.org/ group-visits
Location: Eiteljorg Museum. Time: Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. Phone: 317-6369378
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FUN & WACKY INDY'S CHILD // DECEMBER 2017
Fritters Day Eat a Red Apple Day
Make a Gift Day
Wear Brown Shoes Day
St. Nicholas Day
Cotton Candy Day
Gingerbread Decorating Day
11 Mountain Day
World Choral Day
14 Monkey Day
15 Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Chocolate Covered Anything Day
17 Maple Syrup Day
Bake Cookies Day
21 First Day of Winter
Go Caroling Day
22 Date Nut Bread Day
23 Roots Day
Look for an Evergreen Day
NEW YEAR'S EVE
CHRISTMAS Kwanzaa begins
Sources: www.daysoftheyear.com, www.checkiday.com, www.onthisday.com, www.todayinsci.com
27 Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day
28 Card Playing Day
Tick Tock Day Bacon Day
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Published on Nov 28, 2017