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Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family

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16 The Perfect Match

06 Publisherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note 10 Online Buzz

12 Pediatric Health

25 42 48 58 65 66

Choosing the Best Pet for Your Family

20 Making Housework a Family Affair Getting Your Kids to Help Around the House

22 Dealing with a Bad Report Card Is it Time for a Tutor?

50 Benefits of Early Education

Local Parents Reveal Their Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Preschool Experiences

54 Charter and Online Schooling

Fighting the Rumors and Defending the Benefits

56 Spring Break Staycations in Indy Plan a Local Getaway

around town

14 Pediatric Health

Diabetes and Your Child

08 Community Spotlight

Local News, Events and More

21 Museum Note

Adventure Vehicle Challenge

24 Summer Camps

The Camp Around the Corner

33 Profile

March of Dimes

commentary + parenting

special needs 36 Got Respite?

Making Time for Yourself

44 Traveling with Special Needs Kids How to Plan a Safe and Sound Vacation

Summer Camp Guide Special Needs Guide Childcare + Education Guide Staycation Guide Marketplace Birthday Party Guide

calendars 38 60 64 67

Special Needs Daily Events Ongoing Events Fun + Wacky

15 Mommy Magic

Connecting in a Digital World

19 Laurie Puhn

How to Give a Perfect Apology

47 Dear Teacher

Tutoring Help & Increasing Participation


An Unexpected Health Journey

ON THE COVER Cover Models: Hazel Hilliard & Poppy Photographer: Hannah Hilliard Photography

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Indy’s Child FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne | PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox | MANAGING EDITOR Megan Kirschner | SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski |

Springtime is Upon Us


Embrace the season and all it has to offer Spring is in the air! I love this time of year when the stores and advertisements introduce spring with lots of color, flowers and happy vibes. We officially welcome in one of my favorite seasons on March 20. We also welcome the longer evenings of light and sun with Daylight Savings Time beginning on March 11. The longer days allow our children more time to play outside and get more exercise after the school day is over. I truly love living in the Midwest where we have the chance to experience all of the seasons. There is definitely a reason for each season. Summer is the time for fun, swimming, family vacations, amusement parks, air conditioning, easy dressing, flip flops, ice cream and fireworks. As we welcome fall, we celebrate the beautiful foliage, Halloween, cooler weather, football games and bonfires. Our winter season is our nesting time with nightfall beginning in the early evening, snow, ice, fires, and chilly weather. And then we welcome spring! One of my favorite quotes is, “The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created spring” by Bern Williams. Spring brings new beginnings, new hope, warmer air, tulips, buds and a noticeable smile on many of our neighbors. It is only March so we still have possible snow and ice to endure, but this is the month that all the changes begin and I can feel it in my entire being. March is also the month of spring break for our children. It is a fun time for all families to take a break from homework and the rules of school and enjoy a little extra family time. Take advantage of 6 INDYSCHILD.COM

this time to build some family memories. Plan a local getaway by reading our top picks on Staycations in Indy (page 56). Check out the many great events going on this month on our calendar (page 60) or on our Web site at We will also have tons of tickets to great spring events to give away via Facebook contests, our e-newsletter and our Web site.


Here is a cute poem, by an unknown author, to share with your children:

March Wind

March wind is a jolly fellow; He likes to joke and play. He turns umbrellas inside out And blows men’s hats away.

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He calls the pussy willows And whispers in each ear, “Wake up you lazy little seeds, Don’t you know that spring is here. Happy Spring Indy’s Child readers!

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[ community spotlight ]

Give Your Pup the Special Treatment at

Happy Dog Hotel and Spa

Looking to give your pup the special treatment? Look no further, Happy Dog Hotel and Spa is here! Located in Carmel, Ind., Happy Dog Hotel and Spa caters to your pup’s every need and comfort. As an all suites hotel and spa, their services include hotel suites, professional grooming and baths, and doggie daycare. Each service is conducted under the watchful and caring eyes of their well-trained staff. Safety, comfort, and your satisfaction are their primary goals. Rates begin at just $12 for Half Day Daycare! Happy dog, happy you!

Community Spotlight Photo by: Janet Bishop

Congratulations to the Indianapolis Children’s Choir

on a Spectacular Performance at Super Bowl XLVI! Do you know who those 45 kids were who took the stage to sing the national anthem with Kelly Clarkson at Super Bowl XLVI? They were members of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir’s two most advanced choirs, representing the 119 singers who couldn’t be there. The NFL requested 45 advanced singers – no more, no less. The anthem singers handled their opportunity of a lifetime with artistic excellence second to none, but all of the singers are a shining example of the best of what music education offers a child – confidence, discipline, and grace. There was a palpable reticence in the air on their regular Monday rehearsal the evening after the big game. Slowly, the singers became one again as a young singer who did not perform on the world’s largest stage said: “Can we clap for the kids who got to do it?” Bravo to them all.

Couched Constructions Will Move Viewers Beyond Their Comfy Seats Herron School of Art and Design and the JCC Offer Joint Programming Hinged on Sustainability Sometimes a couch is just a piece of furniture and sometimes, through the eyes of a visionary, a couch becomes a source of alternative building materials, a commentary on our prodigious solid waste stream and a view into the lives of the most economically disadvantaged citizens of our city. Couched Constructions, a new exhibit opening at Herron School of Art and Design’s Eskenazi Hall on March 2, will challenge the viewer’s concept of the couch’s purpose. The free public reception begins at 5:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. outside the Berkshire, Reese and Paul Galleries in Herron’s Grand Hall. The exhibition continues through April 19. Couched Constructions: Part 2 opens March 6 and runs through May 4 at the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center. The public is invited to a reception on Wednesday, March 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for complimentary refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artists in the JCC Art Gallery. The Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center is located at 6701 Hoover Rd. on the north side of Indianapolis. The works in both shows are being created out of couches retrieved from the curbsides of Indianapolis. They are meant to be explored by visitors who may reconsider their relationships to conventional items and, in a broader sense, to the ephemera of our lives. The exhibits implore us to rethink the purposefulness of standard objects and to find ways to reuse them.

The Music Man Comes to Beef & Boards! April 12-May 25

Indy’s Child is proud to be the official sponsor of The Music Man! The all-American classic musical comedy is the tale of a lovable con man who-in order to sell musical instruments-convinces the town he can teach their children to play. The only problem is, he doesn’t plan on falling in love and he can’t play a note! With an exquisite Meredith Wilson score, The Music Man will have you marching in the aisles. For more information, visit


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online buzz Do you think schools should continue to teach cursive or spend more time teaching computer skills?

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Cursive Before Computer Computers cannot sign their names, and signing your name is done by writing your name in CURSIVE. Should this even be an issue? —Malinda S.

Cursive is a Waste of Time I think teaching them cursive now in the digital era is time wasting! —Eman A.

Learn Computers Outside School Cursive...they will learn computer skills outside school in our technology age. —Susan G.

Writing is an Important Skill to Master Both. Keep in mind that writing is an important skill to master so they can develop fine motor skills. —Stephanie C.

Cursive Teaches Motor Skills My daughter is 9 and is learning cursive just now. They have been using computers for a couple of years already. But I will tell you that her cursive is better than her print and I am glad that she is learning it! I agree that it is a motor skill that is important to learn! It’s GOOD for them at this age! —Dana C.

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Computers are Here to Stay I think both. No way around computers, but I think writing makes one think more of what is being written. You have to spell right the first time or erase, but with a computer you hit spell check and hope the computer knows what you are trying to spell. —Terry N.

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[ pediatric health ]

An Unexpected Health Journey Paige’s story Tina Anderson was bending down to kiss her six-year-old daughter, Paige, when she noticed her head was turned awkwardly and her eyes were rolling back in her head.

“Dr. Pappas and the other doctors helped us understand that epilepsy in children is often a matter of trial-anderror,” Tina said. “It takes time to find the right balance and dosage of medications.”

She knew immediately Paige was having a seizure.

Equally important is ensuring the safety of medications. The doctors at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent quickly eliminated a potentially harmful drug from Paige’s prior regimen, and designed a new treatment plan that would control her seizures while limiting side effects.

Paige had no recollection of the seizure after it was over, and her parents hoped it was a one-time occurrence. But when she experienced a second seizure just a few hours later, they knew something was wrong. A neurologist confirmed their worst fears: epilepsy. The Andersons knew the news meant they were embarking on a healthcare journey with their young daughter. First and foremost, they wanted a doctor who would partner with them on that journey, and help them give Paige as normal a life as possible. They found exactly that in Jim Pappas, M.D., a neurologist at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.

Once doctors found what worked for Paige, her parents’ focus shifted to giving her a normal childhood. “She knows epilepsy is part of her life,” Tina said. “But it hasn’t changed her activity level. It doesn’t define who she is. She’s a normal child with a few precautions.”

Supporting others like her Now almost eight years old, Paige loves to play teacher, make crafts, play soccer and go on bike rides and hikes with her family. She’s also become an advocate for the Epilepsy Foundation.

“Every time we meet with him, we know he’s really listening to us,” Tina said. “He never acts like he’s in a hurry, even Just this past summer, Paige set up a lemonade stand to though his pager may be going off. He’s just very raise money for other kids with epilepsy. She took her compassionate and understanding.” funds – nearly $200 – to her next visit to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent. One step at Finding the right balance Paige suffered from regular seizures for nearly a year. a time, Paige and her family are taking back control. However, thanks to the hard work of the team at Peyton To learn more about Paige’s journey, visit Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, she’s been seizure-free for more than six months.


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[ pediatric health ]

Diabetes and Your Child Understanding Prediabetes Dr. Tamara Hannon Director, Riley Hospital for Children Clinical Diabetes Program at Indiana University Health

Prediabetes is a serious medical condition that can be treated. It’s defined as the “gray area” between normal blood sugar levels and those considered diabetic. If your child has been diagnosed with prediabetes—or you’re concerned that your child might be at risk for the condition—there are some steps you can take to either delay or avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes.

What is type 2 diabetes? Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong (chronic) disease in which there are high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in adults, and also may occur in adolescents. It is caused by a problem in the way the body makes or uses insulin. Insulin is needed to move blood sugar (glucose) into cells, where it is stored and later used for energy. Before children and adults develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes. Recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body may already be occurring during prediabetes.

What are the symptoms? Children and adults with prediabetes often don’t have symptoms. Symptoms of diabetes often appear gradually. These can include unusual thirst, a frequent desire to urinate, blurred vision or a feeling of being tired most of the time for no apparent reason.

• Children

from African-American, American-Indian, Asian and

Hispanic families are twice as likely to develop diabetes as those from Caucasian families. • Becoming

overweight increases the risk – you may need to talk to your

pediatrician about your child’s Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure and/ or high cholesterol levels.

How can my child be tested? Your doctor may order a fasting blood sugar test in which your child may not have anything to eat or drink overnight or before the blood is drawn at the doctor’s office. The oral glucose tolerance test may involve your child drinking a super-sweet drink given at the doctor’s office followed by a blood draw two hours later. This test will help determine how well your child’s body tolerated the high amount of sugar.

What can I do? • Help

your child maintain or get to a healthy weight. Your child’s doctor may

suggest specific programs to help with this. • Be

a role model – at least 30 minutes of exercise a day is recommended for

adults and 60 minutes for children. • Talk

to your child’s doctor about risks and concerns which could lead to

further testing.

What are my child’s risk factors for type 2 diabetes? • If

a parent has diabetes or had gestational diabetes or pregnancy-specific diabetes, then your child has an increased risk. More than half of all children with type 2 diabetes have a relative with the health condition.


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[ mommy magic ]

Connecting in a Digital World



Finding balance among the chaos

When you’re not ‘plugged in’ with technology, what is your favorite family activity? Playing outdoors when it’s nice out! —Kelli A. Playing board games! —Amanda B. Family UNO games! —Roxanne B. Dancing & singing around the house with the radio blasting out some Disney songs. —Tiffany C.

Mary Susan Buhner

Tonight, my goal was to have them

connect with one another. Taking away

Recently, my oldest daughter turned 12-years-old. At her sleepover birthday party, I realized that something was I used to spend a lot of time with my different from last year’s sleepover. All grandmother when I was a little girl. As the girls were texting, using their iPod a matter of fact, I adored her so much Touches, or whatever with whatever that as a young adult, I spent a lot of gadget they brought with them. I time with her then too. I liked being observed for the first hour and couldn’t around her. She was always busy, but a believe nobody was stopping. They different kind of busy that I know now as were all sitting together on the floor of a mother. Looking back, to me, it seemed our basement using their gadgets. I had to be a productive busy. She was always a flashback to my grandmother picking baking, gardening, canning, or sewing. I apples and asking me to help her peel am sure it was sometimes tedious work them to make a pie. What was for her like carpool is for me today. happening? How can I stay current in a world forever texting, but keep one foot Looking back, it seems so romantic to in a simpler time? me as an adult now. Picking apples from a tree in the backyard and Without thinking about it too long, I moments later making a fresh apple pie announced to all the “tweens” at the from them. I crave that kind of party to hand over their devices to me. I productivity now. Pick, bake and eat. put them in a big bowl and set them on Magic? I wish. Thinking about it, I top of my grandmother’s piano. I stated don’t think it is magic so much, but rather, to them that of course they could call a form of balance. their parents or answer any incoming Finding that balance between carpool, Facebook, Twitter and a simpler time is a hard and complex task nowadays. I am not saying we should start canning or hanging our laundry on a clothes line, but maybe just be aware and deliberate about our productivity. After all, our kids are watching us and they will model our behavior.

calls from parents. I asked as I passed around the bowl to collect their devices, “Who are you texting, anyway?” They all replied, “Each other.” I thought to myself, that is so lame. Instead, I nodded and smiled. I was not sure if I would be labeled as the “uncool” mom or a “mean mom,” but honestly, I didn’t really care.

their iPod Touches and phones gave them permission to do just that. They played games, giggled and talked. Imagine that? As moms, it is tough to find balance in the daily chaos in today’s world. Not just for us, but for our children too. I totally understand the progress, importance and support these methods of communication today. I am the first to admit that I text (never when driving), e-mail, and Facebook. I get it. It is a real part of our world today. What is new for us moms, however, is how to find the balance with it not only for ourselves, but for our children. When do we engage in it and when do we stop to pick apples and make a pie? The only answer I can come up with is balance. Seek it out, make it happen and stick to it. After all, the worst that can come from it is a bunch of unanswered calls/texts. The upside is the sound of your family connecting (a.k.a. talking actually with one another), laughing and of course, the

We love to travel or even just go out and about in the city. —LeDeana B. Bowling. —Tanaia M. Picnic, bike riding or hiking. —Heather G. Playing board games in the kitchen. —Jane G. Geocaching! It’s a great activity to do with the family and it’s helping to teach my 5-year-old son how to read a GPS. It’s also a great way to get exercise and to discover new places. —Deanna S.

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Perfect THE


Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family

Written by Sarah McCosham


t’s inevitable: you take Charlie to the park one morning, and he makes a beeline for the lady walking her lab, screaming, “Mommy, I want a dog!” Or perhaps you return home one day to find the neighborhood stray cat on your doorstep, and little Molly looks up at you, “Daddy, can we keep her?” Or, one weekend George brings home the class guinea pig, and on Monday there’s a meltdown as you try to explain that Wilbur the Guinea Pig must return to school.

the changes in their life and what is expected from them.”

Getting a pet is a rite of passage for a child, and most experts agree that having a pet – whether it’s a dog, cat, hamster, or other domesticated creature – can teach a child invaluable lessons about responsibility, compassion, and love. However, caring for the pet – its health, safety, and well-being – is only part of the equation. The first step is choosing the right pet: determining the level of time, money, and energy you have for this new family member. Here are some pointers from the experts to help guide you through this process.

In addition to recognizing the type of lifestyle a family leads, understanding the family’s personality is key in matching a family with a new pet. Does your brood kick back and watch football on Sunday afternoons, or would the kids rather spend their free time at the park?

Time Commitment: Research and Training Before you step foot in the SPCA or breeder’s house, your new pet will have already required a significant time commitment in the form of research. The family should not only research different types and breeds of animals, but also the breeders and facilities from whence they came, said Robin Herman, certified professional dog trainer - knowledge assessed and owner of Indianapolis’ A Lucky Dog Retreat. Herman said that families should be honest with themselves about the level of time and energy that a new pet – especially a young animal like a puppy – will require. She said that families must “have the time to acclimate the dog to the new environment, obedience train, and house break” the new family member.

If this new responsibility seems too overwhelming, Herman recommends considering an adult animal, “An adult dog offers a lot of wonderful advantages. It’s easier to train, and most importantly, you know the temperament of the dog and don’t risk it growing up to be something that doesn’t match your family.”

Lifestyle and Personality

This is another area where you need to do your homework. Third year veterinary student Jacob Wasserman said that if you are going to pick a specific breed, make sure to research that breed to know what quirks come with that breed and if they require special care. “Dogs are about as diverse a species as you’ll find,” Wasserman said. Finding a pet that suits your family’s personality is almost as important as finding a spouse or partner. In fact, Wasserman advises, “Instead of thinking of a breed that you want to own, think of a personality that you want to own. There are as many personalities in dogs as there are breeds.” Swaim added, “Families should pick a dog based on the dog’s individual temperament. Families should only pick a dog that they have seen interact with the entire family – make sure the kids run and scream around the prospective dog to see how it reacts to typical children play styles.”

Finding a pet that suits your family’s personality is almost as important as finding a spouse or partner.

Connie Swaim, director of canine training at the Humane Society of Indianapolis, added that parents with small children must be willing to take on the responsibility of “another toddler” in the house – “one that isn’t house broken, loves to chew on everything including the kids’ toys.” Having realistic expectations is key, agreed Robin Kennedy, volunteer and activist with Indianapolis’ Southside Animal Shelter. “People expect the pet to be housebroken, not to have any accidents, not to beg at the table, not to get in the trash, or to bark … and these are all normal dog behaviors. New owners need to give their pets time to become acclimated to

An Educated Decision Most of the experts cited here agreed that when families make an educated decision regarding their new pet, the rewards are great. In addition to gaining a new friend, pets can teach children (and parents) numerous life lessons. In fact, Wasserman stated there is supporting evidence that owning a pet can lead to greater self esteem, more exercise, and a greater conscientiousness of others. So head to the library or bookstore, sit down at your computer, talk to a professional, and figure our what four-legged friend will work best for your family!

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[ laurie puhn column ]

commentary + parenting

How to Give a Perfect Apology From the author of “Fight Less, Love More” Laurie Puhn

Have you ever heard the words, “I’m sorry,” and instantly thought, “Oh no you’re not.” You knew the apology sounded insincere from the moment your spouse opened his or her mouth. Or maybe you were the one who put your foot in your mouth when you revealed something personal to your parents that embarrassed your honey. Whatever the error, don’t allow it to ruin a nice evening or a good relationship.

telling your children about your husband’s flaw (like his forgetfulness), is more than that to your husband. It’s disrespectful and rude to put him down to your children or anyone for that matter. So dig deep and say you’re sorry for the deeper value that was undercut. Use the word “because,” to share exactly how you hurt your mate, as in “I’m sorry I talked negatively about you to our children because it was disrespectful of me and it makes them think they can put you down too.”

Step 3: Prevent and repair

This is the crucial part of a perfect When a simple “I’m sorry” isn’t enough, apology. Complete your apology it’s time for you to use the perfect conversation by explaining to your three-step mate how you apology, which will fix the Whatever the error, don’t allow will give you the damage done, or forgiveness you offer a plan of it to ruin a nice evening or a want in five action to prevent good relationship. minutes or less. the mistake from recurring.

Step 1: Make a mountain out of a molehill

While it’s our natural instinct to minimize our mistakes by saying “I didn’t really mean it,” or “It’s no big deal,” doing so will only aggravate your partner. Instead, if you go big and maximize your error with a comment like, “I made a huge error,” or “It was really awful of me to do that,” then your mate would be relieved knowing that you get how wrong you were, and that sentiment will go a long way toward reducing the anger.

Step 2: Use the “because” clause When someone is mad at you for your wrongdoing, it’s because they feel disrespected, insulted, hurt or ignored. What seems like a small thing, such as

For instance, if you opened your big mouth to your children, you can assure your mate that in the future you won’t share your frustrations with the kids. Plus, you can grant your mate permission to interrupt you and remind you of your agreement, if you begin to make the same mistake again. But what if your mate is the guilty party? Coach him or her into giving a perfect apology. Ask your mate to explain what he/she is sorry for, and how he/she can prevent the mistake from happening again (and you can offer suggestions). Once you’ve both agreed to a practical prevention plan, bury the mistake and move on to enjoy your time together. MARCH 2012 [ indy’s child ] 19

Written by Kerrie McLoughlin

Making Housework a Family Affair

Tips for getting your kids to help out around the house

How Your Kids Can Help! TODDLERS: - Pick up Toys - Water Plants - Feed Animals - Put Clothes in Washer or Dryer - Throw Things Away

PRESCHOOLERS: - Empty Small Trash Cans into Larger Ones - Put Away Silverware - Match Socks - Dust

SCHOOL-AGE KIDS: - Dishes - Empty Dishwasher - Laundry - Take out Trash - Fold Clothes 20 INDYSCHILD.COM

arents, trust me here, society will not be pleased with you if you set your kid loose at age 18 with zero life skills (like how to do laundry without turning it all pink). It’s never too early to get your child to start helping out around the house. But where to start? I mean, what can a teeny 2-year-old do? Check out these ideas to turn the chore of housework into a fun family affair. Toddlers might surprise you with their mad cleaning skills, like how they can fold napkins and towels and pick up their own toys, even if that just means tossing them into a catch-all like a toy ottoman or set of colorful bins. They can also water plants, feed animals, dry pots and pans, toss wet laundry into the dryer, throw things away, recycle and help put away groceries. “Our 2-year-old son loves helping toss clothes into the washing machine. And so far this winter, he’s even helped me shovel the driveway with his own little shovel,” said Kerri Delaney of Noblesville. Preschoolers can do all the things a toddler can do plus empty smaller trashcans into a big one, put away silverware, match socks, dust, “mop” and

“vacuum” and put away their laundry (hang a wooden rod in their closet low enough for them to be able to hang up their clothes). Set up a chart with simple pictures so your child knows the chores you would like her to do. Kim Krangnes from Fortville said, “My 4-year-old son loves trucks, so when I bring items home from the store that need to be put away throughout the house, he’s my delivery man! He loads up his big dump truck and delivers items to the appropriate rooms. It’s a huge help!” School-age kids can do dishes, empty the dishwasher, start a load of laundry, take out the trash, help with bathrooms, vacuum and put away their own laundry. A great way to connect with your child as he gets older (and more into his pals than his parents) is to dump the laundry out on the bed then fold it together as you chat. For harder chores, create an instruction sheet, put it in a sheet protector, then do the chore with them until they get the hang of it. Ron Graf, owner of The Maids of Hamilton County (317-770-1320), thinks it’s key to make family cleaning more fun

than a chore for any age kid. He said, “Try mixing a solution of one gallon of water with a drop of dish soap and fill a squirt gun. Then let kids squirt windows and mirrors and wipe them dry with paper towels. Also, to get kids to dust around the house, cover their hands with old socks, then squirt the socks with a solution of vinegar and water.” Whether or not you use an incentive system is up to you. Some parents use the promise of an outing (park, pool, playdate) as incentive to clean up, or older kids may get a quarter per chore. Some, like Kim Krangnes from Fortville, set up a ticket system. She said, “I make chores rewarding by giving my 4-year-old son tickets I pick up in packs at my local dollar store in the teacher’s supply area. When he does a small chore, he gets a ticket. Once he’s saved up 10, he gets to cash them in for a Hot Wheels car.” Remember that these are kids, and the job doesn’t have to be done perfectly. They will learn it well in their own time. The point is they are learning a life skill, so be patient. And don’t forget to put on some upbeat cleaning music!

[ museum note ]

around town

Test Your Family’s Skills with an Adventure Vehicle Challenge At-home activity provided by The Children’s Museum Nicole Schoville Family & Neighborhood Programs Coordinator at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

At The Children’s Museum we are gearing up for the opening of LEGO ® Travel Adventure! In this temporary exhibit, visitors will be asked “Where do you want to go?” and “How will you get there?” Using LEGO bricks, children and their families will build vehicles to challenge their imagination and creativity to go to some fantastic destinations! In the Family Programs department we create programs for the entire family that tie into our museum exhibits. In celebration of LEGO Travel Adventure, we will be hosting a LEGO® Late Night program on March 31. Families will have the opportunity to take part in the Adventure Vehicle Challenge and create their ultimate adventure vehicle from

LEGO bricks. You can do this same project at home with your family!

Adventure Vehicle Challenge In the Adventure Vehicle Challenge, work in teams with your family to plot a destination and create the vehicle that will you get there. Items Needed: • A

map or globe


bricks – use either the same set of bricks for each team or take turns drawing from one pile.

Step 1: Where will you go? Close your eyes and point to a location on a globe or map. Step 2: How will you get there? Identify your starting location and your destination. What’s in between? What will your vehicle need to do to get you from your house to your destination – fly, drive, float or all three?

Step 3: What will you build? Work together to use as many of the LEGO bricks as possible to build one vehicle that can traverse across all your terrains in order for you to arrive at your destination! The winning creation is up to you! It can be the team that finishes first or have someone in your family take turns acting as judge to determine the winning vehicle based on functionality and creativity. Your vehicle is determined only by your bricks and imagination! Keep in mind age appropriateness when playing with LEGO bricks. You can adapt this activity to engage different age levels by using DUPLO blocks instead of the standard size LEGO bricks and working in teams to help younger family members with their creation.

Want to learn more ® about LEGO Travel Adventures?

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Is it

TIME for a

TUTOR? Written by Gretchen Keene


When a child brings home a bad report card, a parent’s initial reaction might be to get angry, followed by threats of taking away a favorite toy or activity, and rounding up with flat-out bribery.

Dealing with a


Experts like Jane Webb and Terri Bolles, founders of the Journey to Educational Success organization (J.E.S.), have an altogether different approach. “First of all, don’t overreact,” Webb advised. “Take some time to think about the reasons that might have influenced the grades. Have things changed at home? Is there a troubling situation in the child’s life that occurred during this grading period? Be sure to include the child in the conversation.” Maggie Schilling, area director of Club Z! In-Home Tutoring, agrees, adding, “Set up a meeting with the child’s teacher. Teachers are there to help! If the problem continues, it is a good idea to search for outside help, as in a tutor!”

Will Your Child Respond to a Tutor? How can parents be sure their child will respond to a tutor? “If a child treats most adults with respect (not necessarily parents) and is motivated to learn, they will surely respond to a tutor with the right pedagogical skills,” said Paul McCarthy, director of Chyten Educational Services in Carmel, Ind. The relationship between the tutor and the child is also important, said Webb, “Does the child feel the environment is a safe one where mistakes are dealt with in a respectful manner? The tutor should also be able to assess the child’s learning style and then present lessons in a way that supports that style.” “Our tutoring is all one-on-one, done in the home,” explained Schilling. “It is the same tutor every time. Our tutors are certified teachers and professionals with degrees. Having a consistent tutor will help tremendously. Most of our clients see improvement in grades and attitude within one to two weeks.”

That sounds great. But aside from the one-on-one interaction, most parents are unaware of what makes tutoring different from regular teaching. “Students, many times, have missed learning basic skills along the way,” said Schilling. “Tutoring allows the student to slow down and go back over those basics. Not only do we go back and teach skills they have missed, but we also keep them up with the current curriculum in the classroom.” Webb added, “Tutoring also takes the classroom distractions and interruptions out of the way.”

The Reluctant Student But what about the child who just doesn’t want to be there, the reluctant student? Schilling said, “The child who refuses to do the work and pay attention can be tricky. However, in most cases, there is a reason why they are not paying attention and we do our best to figure out what it is. We will have conferences, via email, with the child’s teacher and we will also involve the parents. When we are all on the same page and working together, things run much more smoothly.” “Lesson plans need to be created into short sessions that keep the student engaged,” added Webb. “Hands-on activities and things that require a higher level of thinking skills help keep a child on task.”

Don’t overreact... Take some time to think about the reasons that might have influenced the grades. — Jane Webb, co-founder of the Journey of Educational Success

McCarthy mentioned another approach, “We have had reluctant students. One approach that has worked well is to explain to the student that if they improve enough and do well, then their parents won’t see the need for the tutor any longer. So it would be in their best interest if they are not enjoying it to work hard and stop coming!”

Are Parents Throwing Money Away? All this seems like the perfect solution, except for one thing: In these tough economic times, how can parents be sure they’re not throwing money away by hiring a tutor(s)? “The parents and the child must be invested in the process,” said Webb. “If the child is unwilling or forced to go for tutoring, this can definitely hamper the experience and its outcome.” Schilling agrees. “Tutoring can be looked at as an investment,” she said. “Our tutoring provides more than a quick fix. We always try to arm our students with necessary tools not only to succeed in a current class but to have the ability to succeed as they move through school for years. Our rates are affordable and the terms are month-to-month. No one is locked into long term contracts or payments they can’t afford.” “Tutoring does more than just fill in the gaps for students who are struggling,” said McCarthy. “You will see test scores increase, but more importantly, the student will start to develop more confidence. When he or she has more confidence, the student will start raising his/her hand and participate more. The behavior improves and it snowballs!” MARCH 2012 [ indy’s child ] 23

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About ACA The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACAAccredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit

The Camp Around the Corner: Day Camp ©2012 American Camping Association, Inc. Camp is an expanded learning environment that provides a hands-on experiential education like no other. For families who feel a sleep-away camp is not the right fit, but still want their child to experience all that camp has to offer, the answer may be right around the corner at a day camp. The benefits of day camp are extensive: • Camp

close to home — Maybe a child is too young for resident camp, or scheduling does not allow for extended time away from home. In either situation, day camp is an excellent alternative.

• So

much to do — Day camps offer a wide range of programming and activities. Like


resident camps, day camps offer team building activities, leadership training, and wilderness programs. • Keep

those neurons pumping — Research indicates that participation in intentional programs, like camp, during summer months helps reduce learning loss. Camp is the ultimate classroom, using experiences to teach problem-solving and skill-development.

• Get

those bodies moving — Camp provides children the opportunity to try new things and participate in human-powered activities. According to research conducted by the American Camp Association (ACA), 63 percent of children who learn new activities at camp tend to continue engaging in these activities after they return home, leading to

continued physical exercise that lasts a lifetime. • Budget-friendly

options — In certain

circumstances, day care expenses, including transportation by a care provider, may be considered dependent care services and paid with a dependent care flexible spending account or pre-tax dollars. In addition, day camps may qualify for special tax incentives like child and dependent care tax credits.

Day camp is life-changing, providing growth and development through teachable moments, experiences, friendships, and most importantly, fun.

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Dates: Visit Ages/Grades: Entering Grades 1-6 Cost : $185 to $215 Activities Included : The Camp Invention Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Arts


program immerses children in hands-on learning disguised as fun, summer activities. Children

Specific Categories: Musical Theater

Contact : Joanie Waldman Phone : 317-259-6854 Fax: 317-259-6849 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Traditional Specific Categories: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Hours: Flexible hours. Half Days/Full Days. Also

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood: “Under the Big Top” Address: 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN

available: early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Dates: Session 1: June 4 – June 29 Session 2: July 2 – July 27 Ages/Grades: 12 mos.+, 18 mos.+, 2 yrs.+, 3 yrs.+, 4 and 5 years + Cost : Call for full brochure. Activities Included: Weekly creative themes, arts and crafts, water fun at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Aquatic Complex for 3’s, 4’s and 5’s. Water play for 12 months +, 18 months + and 2+. Music/Creative Movement, Entertainment, Field Trip Fridays for 4’s and 5’s. Camp 2012-OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Our Summer Program recognizes that children learn through play. Play fosters total development and should be interwoven in everything children do. During camp, children will experiment and explore by using all five senses. Our campers will thrive on creativity, exploration, discovery, spontaneity and lots of love.

Camp Invention Address: Various Locations in Indianapolis and Surrounding Areas Contact : Michele Millikan Phone : 800-968-4332 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Traditional Specific Categories: Science Enrichment Hours: 9:00 to 3:30 Times May Vary – Based on Location

will spend their time designing inventions and exploring connections between science, technology, engineering, and innovation. Gear up for a weeklong adventure where science and innovation thrive in a landscape filled with real-world challenges and hands-on solutions. This is a chance to enhance your child’s education while they have fun this summer! Early and alumni registration discounts are available! Space limited. Let your child’s imagination soar!

Summer Camp Series - Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Address: 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, IN 46032

Contact : Ben Johnson, Manager Phone : 317-573-5240 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Specific Categories: Preschool, Traditonal, Sports, Nature, Science, Art, Theatre, Tween

Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes. Hours: 7 am to 6 pm Dates: May 29 to August 3 Ages/Grades: 3-15 Cost : $95 to $165 per week Requirements of Campers: must be able to take care of restroom needs

Activities Included: Field Trips, Swimming, Vendors, Variety Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation offers a large variety of camps, which includes Art, Theatre, Science, Tween, Sports, Nature, Preschool, and Full-day Traditional.

Christian Youth Theatre Address: 802 Mulberry Street, Noblesville, IN 46060

Contact : Mandy Polster Phone : 3174075452 Email :

Special Needs Camps Offered : n/a Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm Dates: weekly through June-July Ages/Grades: 4-18 Cost : $145 -$160 Activities Included : acting/singing/dancing

CYT Musical Theater Summer Camp is one of the most affordable quality musical theatre camps in Indiana. In the morning, they rotate with their team to a variety of theater classes including dance, drama & voice taught by qualified instructors. After lunch, summer campers play exciting outdoor games before they come together with all the teams for showcase rehearsal. All campers perform in the musical theater showcase at the end of the week, featuring a variety of songs, dances and drama.

Camp Delafield


both a rigorous academic program and a diverse arts and recreational program. Our purpose is to reach the whole child through: Tailored Academics Intrinsic Motivation Raising Self-esteem Building Social Skills

Camp JCC Address: 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260

Phone : 317-251-9467 Fax: 317-251-9493 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional, Baseball, Fencing, Golf, Lacross, Soccer and Tennis

Specific Categories: Specialty camps include: Glee Club Camp, Arts Camp, Construction Camp, Sports Camps, Equestrian Camp, Eric Gordon Basketball Camp,

Address: 10450 E. 63rd St., Indianapolis, IN

Pre-School Camp


Financial Aid Offered: Scholarship assistance Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Dates: June 4 - July 27 Ages/Grades: preschool - 8th grade Cost : Varies by camp. Camps available by the week.

Contact : Kristin Baxter Phone : 317-222-6635 Fax: 317-222-3348 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Special Needs Specific Categories: Special Needs Special Needs Camps Offered : This is a specialty camp for children with language learning disabilities. .

Financial Aid Offered : Yes Hours: M-Th: 8a-4p; F: 8a-12p Dates: Session I: June 4 - June 29 Session II: July 9 - August 3

Ages/Grades: Ages 7 to 12 Cost : $2,400 Requirements of Campers: Dyslexia/ Specific Learning Disability

Activities Included : Mornings include one-on-one tutoring, written expression, art, and math. Afternoons include field trips, swimming, games, sports, and activity groups. Camp Delafield, an American Camp Association accredited camp, provides

Activities Included: Swimming in the JCC water park, games, arts & crafts, sports, singing, nature and science discovery, cook-outs, overnights (for appropriate ages) and more! All JCC camps are located on the wooded grounds behind the JCC. Campers make use of every inch of the JCC, including our water park, indoor pools, bball gyms, sports fields, auditorium and stage, and outdoor pavilion. In addition to traditional camp activities, our visiting Israeli counselors add a cultural component to Camp JCC that no other camp offers. Extended care for children grades K- 5 is available for specialty camps as well as our regular day camps. Our Camp JCC Registration Day is Sunday, February 29, Noon-2 pm. We’re offering 15% discounts on most camps and discounted deposits on all camps THIS DAY ONLY! Plus, those interested in JCC membership will enjoy a $0 enrollment fee ($300) savings and 2 free personal training sessions when they join during camp registration.

KinderCare Learning Centers Address: Various Locations Phone : 888-523-6765 Gender of Campers: Both All-Boy and All-Girl Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Traditional Special Needs Camps Offered : Yes (During everyday camps)

Hours: Varies by Location Dates: June 2012 - August 2012 Ages/Grades: Infant - Age 12 Cost : Varies Activities Included : Mighty Bodies, Bendy Brains; Awesome Art; Gravity Galore and More; The Wondrous World of Food; Wild about Water; Featured Creatures Twelve fun and unique weeks of camp, all summer long! From May through August, KinderCare offers awesome camps for pre-school, pre-k, and school-age kids. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours, so join us for all 12 weeks or as many weeks as you like.

Camp Primrose--Anson (Zionsville) Address: 6484 Central Blvd. Whitestown, Zionsville, IN 46075

Contact : Leslie (director) Phone : 317-769-4990 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Traditional Hours: 6:30am-6:00pm Dates: June 4 - August 10 Ages/Grades: Infant - 10yr olds Cost : $220/wk - $320/wk depending on age Requirements of Campers: T,TH or M,W,F or M,T,W,Th,F attendance

Activities Included : Summer themes include: 1)Dig, Stir, Chomp 2)Expedition Summer 3)Destination Science Children ages infant through 10 yrs old, that are not currently enrolled at Primrose, are invited to attend Camp Primrose this summer from June 4 Aug. 10 (extra days available for certain ages). MARCH 2012 [ indy’s child ] 25

Camp Primrose--Bridgewater Address: 14711 N Gray Rd, Westfield, IN 46062 Contact : Valerie Hall Phone : 317-848-0123 Fax: 317-848-0124 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Specific Categories: School Program (Before/After)

Special Needs Camps Offered : Yes (During everyday camps) Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Dates: 6-4-12 through 8-9-12 Ages/Grades: 6 weeks through 12 years old Cost : $236.00 Activities Included : At Camp Primrose you will explore the great outdoors and participate in summer Olympics, science experiments, film-making, water play, time travel, games, music, dance, inventions and robotics. While at Camp Primrose your child will participate in many field trips including pottery places, water parks, a music and dance center, and museums. Your child will learn the art of film-making and participate in many hands on experiments. We have full and part-time options available so call today to reserve your space.


Camp Primrose—Carmel Expedition Summer. The adventure awaits! Address : 780 West Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN 46032

Contact : Scott Smith Phone : 317-848-8771 Fax : 317-848-8773 Email : Website : http://www. Gender of Campers : Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Traditional Hours : Monday - Friday 6:30am 6:00pm

Dates : May 29, 2012 - Aug 17, 2012 Ages/Grades : 4 - 12 years of age Activities Included : Weekly Themes with activities including: The Great Outdoors, Sports and Summer Olympics, Inventions & Robotics, Music & Dance, Museums, Space, and Travel Expedition Summer will include weekly themed activities for children ages 4 - 12. Call today to schedule a tour of the school and hear about our exciting plans for the summer!

Camp Primrose -- Gray Eagle Address: 12290 Olio Road, Fishers, IN 46037 Phone : 317-577-9480 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Traditional Hours: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm Dates: Late May to mid-August Ages/Grades: KG - Age 12 (call for other programs)

Requirements of Campers: Fun spirited & kind hearted!

Activities Included : Science Week, Space Week, Game Show Week, etc.. Children love dumping water on their teachers at the water show, going on field trips, having picnics and playing sports with friends. Camp Primrose gets rave reviews from kids that attend because we use children’s input every year to make our camp more fun. Our camp includes fun activies, outdoor time when the weather is great, indoor time when air conditioning is a must, field trips, in house shows and activities galore. Parents, we provide breakfast, snacks and warm lunches, so don’t worry about what to pack for lunch. Camp fees cover enrollment from 6:30 am to 6 pm or anywhere in between, so our camps are excellent for working parents.

We also offer the flexibility of enrolling for the entire summer or just a few weeks. If you are looking for camp that meets your needs and where your child comes

in many hands on experiments. We have full and part-time options available so call today to reserve your space.

home excited about their day, give us a call!

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Camp Primrose--West Clay Address: 13096 Moultrie St, Carmel, IN 46032 Contact : Kendra Dunagan Phone: 317-873-0123 Fax: 317-873-0223 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Special Needs Camps Offered : Yes (During everyday camps)

Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dates: 5-29-12 through 8-9-12 Ages/Grades: 6 weeks through 12 years old Cost : $242.00 Activities Included : At Camp Primrose you will explore the great outdoors and participate in summer Olympics, science experiments, film-making, water play, time travel, games, music, dance, inventions and robotics. While at Camp Primrose your child will participate in many field trips including pottery places, water parks, a music and dance center, and museums. Your child will learn the art of film-making and participate

Address: 2404 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268

Contact : Mary Sexson Phone: 317-253-3033 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional Hours: 7 am to 5:45 pm Dates: June 11 to August 17, 2012 Ages/Grades: Preschool-8th grade Cost : $150/week Requirements of Campers: bring lunch and snack, including drinks, swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, appropriate shoes

Activities Included: The Children’s House Day Camp offers a variety of activities, such as field trips, swimming, hiking, art projects, a library reading program, drama, and games The Children’s House Day Camp provides weekly themed activities in a relaxing environment free of competition, where a child can discover his or her own unique talents, and make new friends. We also offer a year-round Montessori preschool that is in session during summer camp days.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park Address: 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038

Contact : Julie McCarthy Phone : 317-214-6006 Email : / Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Winter/Spring Break Programs Specific Categories: Adventure, Outdoors, Art, Day Special Needs Camps Offered : Caregiver may attend with camper. Call guest services. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (early arrival 8 a.m; late stay 5:30 p.m. for additional fee) Dates: June 11-15; 18-22; 25-29; Juy 2-6; 9-13; 16-20; 23-27; Jul 30-Aug 3 and Aug 6-10* *Additional week for Adventure Camp Ages/Grades: Adventure Camp: age 5-15; Art Camp 8-14 Cost : $210 Non-Member; $195 Member Activities Included : Equestrian activity; canoeing, tubing, pedal boats, archery, swimming, fishing, paint ball target course, tug-o-war mud pit, spinning pottery, painting,

drawing, weaving and more. Visit website for specific activities for each type of camp. Conner Prairie Interactive History Park offers two great summer camps in one location. Explore your adventurous side during Adventure Camp or discover your creative side at Art Camp. You’ll make new and lasting friendships, enjoy activities outdoors and make unforgettable memories. Explore details on each camp at Camps run June 11-August 10. Reservations required.

Freetown Village Summer Day Camp Address: 4601 N. Emerson Avenue @ St. Alban’s Church, Indianapolis, IN 46226 Contact : Marriam A. Umar Phone : 317-631-1870 Fax: 317-631-0224 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Arts, Traditional Specific Categories: Enrichment Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Dates: June 11 - July 27, 2012 Ages/Grades: 5 - 14/ K-8th Cost : $70/week + registration Requirements of Campers: Must bring own sack lunch

Activities Included : Arts and crafts, theatre, academic enrichment (math/language arts/social studies), hands on activities, manners and etiquette lessons, team building, games, weekly field trips. Seven weekly sessions of learning and fun! Our camp fosters discovery, appreciation of the arts, and personal growth. Highlighting history and culture, campers will learn about themselves, their community while developing a stronger sense of purpose. Each week ends with a performance showcase of the week’s activities. Address: Held at Purdue - IUPUI Indianapolis, Fowler, IN 47944 Contact : Carlos Morales Phone : (312) 569-0189 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Specific Categories: Video game development, 3D animation, mobile app development Special Needs Camps Offered : Yes -- please discuss with camp director Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Dates: June 11 - July 15 (Weekly Sessions)

Ages/Grades: 6th - 12th grade Cost : $400 (Half Day) / $700 (Full Day) Activities Included : Create video games and mobile apps (iPhone/Android), meet industry professionals, create 3D animations, work with professors Students make video-games for PC, Xbox 360, and iPhone/Android, alongside of college professors and professionals using industry standard tools (3DS Max, Maya,etc). Students gain insight into game development field by conferences with professionals from major gaming/ animation companies. Aimed at increasing interest and ability in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Indianapolis Children’s Choir Choral Festival Address: 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Contact : Laura Neidig Phone : 317-940-9640 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Arts Specific Categories: Music

Hours: 9am - noon; 1pm - 4pm; and Full Day 9am - 4pm Dates: June 11 - June 16, 2012 Ages/Grades: 3 - 8 Cost : $85 1/2 day; $185 full day Requirements of Campers: Music teacher recommendation (singers just need to be able to match pitch) Activities Included : singing, movement, basic music reading (Full day also includes drumming and dance) Choral Festival introduces a child to choral music! For 5 days they will learn, and experience, the joy of singing in a group setting. Phenomenal teachers will prepare them for a public concert in Clowes Memorial Hall!

Indianapolis School of Ballet Camp Create Address: 502 N. Capitol #B, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Contact : Judy Peters Phone : 317-955-7525 Email : Website: Gender of Campers: Both All-Boy and All-Girl Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Arts

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Specific Categories: general introducttion to ballet and the art forms that support ballet including music, visual art, and theater Hours: 9:30-4:30 Dates: June 4-8; July 23-27 Ages/Grades: ages 6-10, grades 1-4 Cost : $265 Requirements of Campers: leotard & tights for girls; bike shorts and t-shirt for boys; ballet slippers and tap shoes for both Activities Included : dance, music, art, costuming, theater, field trips Summer at the Indianapolis School of Ballet offers a unique creative experience. The works of French painter Degas and Russian composer Tchaikovsky provide themes for two week-long camps of dance instruction with professional instructors and an exploration of music, art, costuming and elements of theater. Campers even play the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo! Ballet & Degas - June 4-8 for ages 6-8 Ballet & Tchaikovsky - July 23-27 for ages 8-10

ISI - West Ham United IA Soccer Camp Address: 4330 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Contact : Matthew Self, Assistant Principal,


International School of Indiana

Phone : 317-923-1951 Fax: 923-1910 Email : Website: Gender of Campers: Both All-Boy and All-Girl Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Sports Specific Categories: Soccer Development for all levels of player

Hours: 8:30am - 3:30pm Dates: June 18-22 Ages/Grades: Grade 3 to 8 Cost : $175 Requirements of Campers: Prepared to play soccer!

Activities Included : Soccer games, practices and fun activities The week covers a range of soccer activities & games designed to develop players. The program mirrors the West Ham United Youth Academy in London, England.

Mad Science Address: 6204 La Pas Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46268

Phone : 317-388-0988 Email : Website:

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Specific Categories: Interactive Hands-On Science, Technology

Special Needs Camps Offered : No Hours: Morning and Afternoon Dates: June & July Ages/Grades: Ages 5-11 Cost : $150-$175 Requirements of Campers: Varies Activities Included : Hands-On Science Mad Science offers three different camps. Kids’ Lab for campers ages 5-7 features a different topic each day. Junior Engineers for age 7 and up features a different engineering-focused topic each day. Our Robots camp for ages 8 and up will each build their own working robot while learning about electrical circuits, basic robotics, simple machines and fundamental forces.

The Orchard School Address: 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

Contact : Jane Gailey /Summer Camp Manager Phone : 317-713-5702 Fax: 317-253-9707

Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Specific Categories: academics, sports, science, canoeing, cooking, drama, hiking, sewing, sports, great outdoors Hours: 7am-6pm Dates: June 4-July 27 Ages/Grades: age 4 -8th grade Cost : varied $125-$260 Requirements of Campers: none Activities Included : varied Orchard Summer camp is an opportunity to play, meet new friends and take part in camps that meet your interests. We offer before and after care as well as a special preschool program for 4-6 year olds. Orchard summer camps offer sports, cooking, drama, arts, hiking, camping, music and academics. Explore what we have to offer and find a passion of your own.

Shaarey Tefilla Summer Camp Address: 3085 West 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032

Contact : Rebecca Holloway Phone : 317-733-2169 Fax: 317-733-4254

Email : Website: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Traditional Hours: Camp core hours from 9am -3pm Before care 7am-9am Aftercare 3pm-5pm Before and aftercare included in weekly fee. Dates: Week 1: June 4th-8th Animal Habitats Week 2: June 11th-15th Making tracks Week3: June 18th-22nd Water Fun Week 4: June 25th-29th Maps and our neighborhoods Week 5: July 9th -13th Lights camera action Week 6: July 16th-20th Making memories –photography and Ages/Grades: Two to five years old Cost: $120 per week Requirements of Campers: Must be two years old by June 1st Activities Included: Music, theater, Science & nature, Exploration themes and more! At Shaarey Tefilla summer camp children from two to five years old learn new skills, develop confidence and make new friends in a safe and loving environment. Fun-filled and diverse activities help your children grow. Our camp program, with low child/teacher ratios is designed to meet the needs of each age and developmental level. The program is open to children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds while maintaining an emphasis rich in Jewish values.

Traders Point Creamery Farm Camp Address: 9101 Moore Road, Zionsville, IN 46077 Contact : Amy Rhodes Phone : 317-733-1700 Email : Website: http://www. Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Animals, Traditional Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm Dates: June 18th - 21st July 9th - 12th August 6th - 9th

Ages/Grades: 2nd - 5th grade & 6th - 8th grade

Cost : $275 Activities Included : Milk a Cow Work with Animals Hike through pastures Splash in Eagle Creek Make Crafts Learning about Organic Food, Gardening & Composting Play & work in harmony with nature! Children will experience enriching and educational activities in the truly unique setting of our organic dairy farm! Three camp sessions are available: June, July & August

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Address: Multiple locations, Indianapolis, IN Contact : Heather Perkins

Phone : 317-713-8553 Email : Website: Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Sports, Traditional

Phone : 1-888-709-TECH (8324) Fax: 408-871-2228 Email : Gender of Campers : Co-ed Type of Camp : Residential

Specific Categories: Enrichment, Sports,

Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college


Specific Categories : Video Game Design,

Special Needs Camps Offered : Yes Hours: 6:30am-6:00pm Dates: School ends-School begins Ages/Grades: 3 years- 16 years Cost : Varies by camp Requirements of Campers: Have fun! Activities Included : Swimming, sports, arts,

App Development, Programming, Visual Arts

crafts, leadership and so much more! Fun and Friends Happen Here! The Y offers fun and exciting opportunities for your children all summer at 140 camps at 38 locations with caring and trained staff team members. Join us this summer!

Residential Programs

Academies for Teens Address: Held at Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and others Contact : Client Services

Financial Aid Offered : Yes Ages/Grades: 13-18

What could be better than 2 weeks filled with gaming, programming, or visual arts? Prove that your interests are more than hobbies and apply yourself to learn the different aspects of video game creation, app development, robotics engineering, filmmaking, photography, and more. Small classes (guaranteed max 8:1) taught by top-tier instructors. iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy are located at prestigious universities nationwide. Accredited Continuing Education Units available.

Camp Carson YMCA Address: 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670

Contact : Mark Scoular, Executive Director

Phone : 812-385-3597 Fax: 812-386-1654 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Residential Basic Category: Traditional Specific Categories: Dirt-Bikes and Horseback Specialty Camps. New for 2012 Type 1 Diabetes Camp Financial Aid Offered: Yes Hours: 1pm Sunday - 7pm Friday Dates: weekly through June and July Ages/Grades: 7-16 years Cost : traditional week ranges $499-$599 (range of all programs from $270 - $1000) Activities Included: Horseback, motorized dirt-bikes, archery, canoeing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, archery, marksmanship, climbing, pottery, woodworking, fishing, crafts, soccer, basketball, mountain-boards “The Blob”, water zip-lines, Tom Sawyer Swing, drumming, radio and so much more. Only 2.5 hours southwest of Indianapolis. Join campers and staff from over 25 different states and 7 countries at southern Indiana’s premier summer resident camp. YMCA Camp Carson has it all! Truly “An Experience that lasts a Lifetime!”

Camp Nuhop Address: 404 Hillcrest Drive, Ashland, OH 44805

Contact : Jason Picking Phone : 419-289-2227 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Residential Basic Category: Special Needs Specific Categories: Special Needs, Including but not limited to: ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome Special Needs Camps Offered : all of our programs are for Special Needs Dates: June 18 - 23, June 25-30, July 2-7, July 16-21, July 23-28, July 30-Aug 4 Ages/Grades: 6-18 and Up Cost : $795 to $925 per Session Activities Included : swimming, hiking, canoeing, camping, kayaking, biking, astronomy, ropes course,art, social skills For 38 years, Camp Nuhop has provided a safe, nurturing, dynamic learning environment where people are empowered to succeed. This residential program is designed for children ages 6-18 years old, with special needs, including learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, OCD and ADHD. Each program is designed to meet each camper’s individual needs and

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ranges from one-week exploration camps for the youngest campers to two-week expeditionary camps. Every Nuhop program is designed to build confidence and social skills through success and friendship, and helping children see themselves in a more positive light.




iD Tech Summer Camps in Indianapolis Address: Held at Purdue, Northwestern, Princeton and 60+ universities Contact : Client Services Phone : 1-888-709-TECH (8324) Fax: 408-871-2228 Email : Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp : Day AND Residential Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Specific Categories: Video Game Design, App Development, Programming, Visual Arts

Ages/Grades: 7-17

Gain a competitive edge! Create iPhone apps, video games, programs, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs held at Purdue, Northwestern, Princeton, Stanford, and others. Small classes for ages 7-17. Also 2-week, Teen-only programs (iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy) held at Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Duke, and more.


For a complete list of camps, please visit our website at:

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[ profile: march of dimes ]

March of Dimes

around town

What is March of Dimes? One of the best-known charities in the country. With chapters nationwide and its signature event, March For Babies, the charity works to improve babies’ health.

Local Jersey Mike’s Sub Stores Support the Cause

The only organization dedicated to maternal and infant health. One of America’s oldest (1938), best-loved and most respected charities.

Written by Melissa Fears When Tim Fleischman of Indianapolis and his wife were told their baby daughter would be born nearly three months early, they were forced to face the possibility of lifelong health complications. Despite the odds, their daughter is now living proof how March of Dimes can help to improve other newborn’s chances of survival. “March of Dimes is very near and dear to my heart as my daughter was born at 26 weeks,” Fleischman said. “We basically spent three months in the NICU with her split between Indianapolis and the Children’s Hospital at the University of Iowa, where she was born.”

Wanting to give back to the charity that had given them so much, Fleischman decided to choose March of Dimes as Jersey Mike’s charity of choice for 2012. The owner of two out of three local Jersey Mike’s Sub stores, one off 82nd St. and another off 38th St., Fleischman said he wants to raise as much money as possible for them. Last year his 82nd St. store alone raised $2,500 for the Special Olympics, their charity of choice last year. The third location is on Georgetown Rd.

All three local Indianapolis stores will be accepting donations throughout the month of March. Becoming heavily involved with March They will donate 50% of their profits of Dimes was not just a support group on March 28th to the March of for the Fleischman family, but another Dimes organization. Raising money for a great cause is what it is all outlet to bounce questions off people, about, he said. he said. “We could talk to other people that had been in our situation,” he said. “It makes awareness not only about prematurity and babies; it’s about developing research.”

This year March for Babies Indianapolis hopes to raise over $360,000 for research and community programs fighting premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

“When you are a new parent and you have never had a child before, you can have somebody you can contact and talk to that has been in the same situation. It makes it a lot easier to kind of control your emotions,” said Fleischman. Having the support and advice of experts is crucial, said Tim Arndt, state director of communications and marketing for March of Dimes Indiana Chapter. Having three kids of his own, he credits the nonprofit organization with helping his kids grow up healthy. “Every baby born healthy has been touched by the March of Dimes, and that is our mission,” he stressed. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. The Indy’s Child Family Fair and March for Babies Walk is Saturday, May 12 at White River State Park, Celebration Park. Join the Indy’s Child team and come out for a fun family walk and lots of fun. For more details, see the ad on page 55.

The March of Dimes has been walking for babies since 1970. With your help, they are working to give every baby a healthy start. The money raised and invested in March of Dimes is used to fund important research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives.

Indianapolis March For Babies Event: May 12, 2012 at White River State Park, Celebration Plaza Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. Walk starts at 10:00 a.m. Approximately 3.1 miles

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Got Respite? Caregivers of Kids with Autism Must Make Time for Themselves

Written by Carrie Bishop

espite is the fuel caregivers need to have the energy, compassion, and wits to care for a child with autism. As Kristen McCurdy puts it, respite refreshes her so she can embrace her son to the fullest degree. McCurdy is an Indianapolis mom of three boys ages 12, 10 and 9. The youngest, Egan, has autism. Since Egan’s diagnosis at age 2, McCurdy has learned much about the disorder. She spent a lot of time learning about specialists, symptoms and treatments. She’s also learned the feeling of isolation. With two older children the stay-at-home-mom was used to typical activities like playdates and getting together with other moms. “It’s not something you can talk about to parents who don’t have a kid going through this. Moms may ask if your kid is sleeping through the night. Mine’s 9 and he sleeps now because we’re medicating him. Is he eating solid foods? It’s a struggle still at 9. That usual mommy talk stuff just didn’t apply,” she said. For a little over a year now - thanks to individual insurance that covers applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy - Egan has attended Little Star Center. There he is making progress toward goals like conversational speech. The center provides more than education and therapy for Egan though. Little Star Center also helps McCurdy and her husband learn how to better deal with Egan’s meltdowns and tantrums as well as improve other quality 36 INDYSCHILD.COM

of life issues like getting him to eat dinner with the family at the table. McCurdy said parent meetings also provide emotional support. All of this equals respite for McCurdy in one form or another. Egan attends Little Star Center 40 hours a week. “It’s year-round so my older boys had the opportunity this past summer to do things we couldn’t really do before,” she said. For the first time his big brothers went to the movies, played golf, and did other things they had not done as a family. “I think for families who struggle with autism, one of the additional benefits to attending a center is you can focus on your career and focus on other siblings. You can focus on getting those things done that are very difficult to do when you have all the children, including the one with autism, in your home,” said David Ide, co-founder and executive director of Cornerstone Autism Center. He adds that because a child receiving ABA therapy is learning to deal more effectively with life, transitions, people, and different environments, the child is more independent which creates more peace in the day-today things. Devon Sundberg, administrative director at Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA), is on the same page. She explains that a good ABA program can increase leisure skills of children with autism by making activities like coloring positive experiences. For instance, Sundberg said, “A large focus of our ABA

programs is playing with toys appropriately as well as increasing age-appropriate leisure activities. When a child knows how to do five actions with a toy instead of one, that child may play with that toy for a longer period.” In turn the parent has more time to tend to something other than managing the child. Increasing a child’s independence is significant, but time away is also important. McCurdy said finding time and sitters are not easy. She does tap into Noble of Indiana’s respite program and calls upon a neighborhood sitter if Egan’s older brothers are home to help facilitate language barriers. She said mental clarity also comes from exercising and talking with other parents raising a child with autism. She’s met friends through supports like Carmel Dads Club and Little Star Center. Jane Grimes, marketing director for the Applied Behavior Center for Autism, knows support is valuable for parents. She said her center provides support to parents so they can get some downtime, reconnect with their spouse, go out to dinner, and more. They offer monthly parent night out events where parents can drop their children - those with autism and the siblings - for a couple of hours at the center so they can have a little time to use as they wish. McCurdy said respite may be a necessary part of her role as caregiver, but so too is joy. She said Egan teaches her about compassion, patience, hope and finding joy in simple things. “We have all become better people by having Egan in our lives,” she said.

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march CALENDAR special needs resources

[ childcare ]

Karaoke Night

Date: Friday, March 02, 2012 Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $6 Phone: 317-573-5245 Location: Monon Community Center. 1235 Central Park Dr. East, Carmel, IN 46032 Ages 13+

Lights Up Sound Down Dr. Suess: The Lorax Date: Saturday, March 03, 2012

Location: Monon Community Center. 1235 Central Park Dr. East, Carmel, IN 46032 Ages 13+

Easter Seals Crossroads Teen Night Out Date: Friday, March 23, 2012 Times: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-466-2001 ext.2420 Location: The Monon Community Center. 1235 Central Park Dr. East, Carmel, IN 46032

Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Price: Free for the first 100 to RSVP to Cornerstone Autism Center Phone: 765-449-7469 Location: Goodrich Quality Theaters Eastside 9. 300 Farabee Dr. North, Lafayette, IN 47905 Website: www. The first 100 RSVPs will be sponsored by Cornerstone Autism Center Must RSVP through

Game Night Date: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 Times: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Price: $20 Phone: 317-573-5245 Location: Monon Community Center. 1235 Central Park Dr. East, Carmel, IN 46032 Wednesdays in March

Night at the Center Lock-In Date: Friday, March 09, 2012 Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 AM Price: $35 Phone: 317-573-5245 Location: Monon Community Center. 1235 Central Park Dr. East, Carmel, IN 46032 March 9 - 10 Ages 15+

St. Pat’s Social

DSI D.A.D.S. Lifetime Fitness Event Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012 Times: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 925-7617 Location: Lifetime Fitness. 8705 Castle Creek Parkway, Indianapolis, IN 46250 Dads, moms, and families join DSI D.A.D.S. for a family afternoon of fun including pizza, swimming, rock climbing, gym games,and other activities.

Parents’ Night Out: Easter Seals Crossroads Parents’ Night Out: East Date: Friday, March 02, 2012 Times: 8:00 AM Phone: 317-466-2006 Location: Easter Seals Crossroads. 4740 Kingsway Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46205 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Friday of every month.

Easter Seals Crossroads Parents’ Night Out: South Date: Friday, March 02, 2012 Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Phone: 317-466-1000 Location: Indian Creek Christian Church. 6430 S. Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN 46259

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012 Times: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Parent’s Night Out

Price: $10

Date: Friday, March 16, 2012 Times: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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Price: $15 Phone: 317-573-5245 Location: Monon Community Center. 1235 Central Park Dr. East, Carmel, IN 46032 Ages 3 -12.

Easter Seals Crossroads Parents’ Night Out: North Date: Friday, March 16, 2012 Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Phone: 317-466-1000 Location: Trinity Wesleyan Church. 11552 Fishers Landing Dr., Fishers, IN 46038

Easter Seals Crossroads Parents’ Night Out: West Date: Friday, March 23, 2012 Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Phone: 317-466-1000 Location: Speedway United Methodist Church. 5065 West 16th St., Speedway, IN 46224

Lectures/Open Houses/Support Groups:

Location: The Marott Meridian. 2625 n Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Brain Balance Parent Lecture Date: Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Autism Family Resource Center Parents’ Support Group

Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Price: FREE

Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Phone: 317-843-9200

Price: Free

Location: Brain Balance Center of Indianapolis. 9510 N. Meridian St. Suite D, Indianapolis, IN

Phone: 317-466-1000


DSI D.A.D.S. Meeting

Location: Easter Seals Crossroads. 4740 Kingsway Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46205

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jameson Camp’s Spring Into Wellness

Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 AM

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012

Price: Free

Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Phone: 925-7617

Price: Free

Location: George’s Neighborhood Grill. 6935 Lake Plaza, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Phone: 317-241-2661

Free for all fathers, uncles brothers and important men in the life of an individual with Down syndrome.

Autism Family Resource Center Grandparents’ Support Group Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Your Dependent with Special Needs. Making Their Future More Secure.

Times: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Free event offered at various locations throughout the month of March. Call 317-567-2212 for more information.

Location: Easter Seals Crossroads. 4740 Kingsway Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46205

Brain Balance Open House

School. 18111 Cumberland Road, Noblesville, IN 46060

Price: Free Phone: 317-882-1914

Location: Jameson Camp. 2001 Bridgeport Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46231

Autism Expo Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012 Times: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-466-2001 Location: The Fountains. 502 East Carmel Dr., Carmel, IN 46032

Baby Shower Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Parent Share with the Johnson Co. Autism Group

Date: Thursday, March 01, 2012 Times: 2:00PM - 4:00PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-843-9200 Location: Brain Balance Center of Indianapolis. 9510 N. Meridian St. Suite D, Indianapolis, IN Website:

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012

Welcome to Adult Life a Self Advocate’s Informational Workshop on Nutrition

Transition Fair

Date: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Phone: 925-7617

Price: Free

Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Email: amanda@jcasg-org Location: Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church. 3100W Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, IN 46143

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Times: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Phone: 925-7617 Location: St. Lukes United Methodist Church. 100 West 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 Open to all new and expecting mothers of a child with Down syndrome.

BACA-Z Open House Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Times: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Phone: 317-288-5232

Phone: 317-571-4027

Location: Eagle Church, lower level. 5801 South 650 East, Whitestown, IN 46075

Location: Noblesville High


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special needs resources

[ childcare ]

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

and garden. The Transition to L.I.F.E. program is open to

To provide the highest quality ABA and Verbal Behavior

children ages 10-18, and uses the scientific principles

therapy and consulting services to children and their

of applied behavior analysis (ABA). It will emphasize

families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and

community involvement through volunteer opportunities

Down Syndrome. We do this by providing proven

tailored to the clients’ interests and healthy living

researched based ABA methodologies delivered by

through nutritional meal preparation and daily exercise

highly qualified and certified professionals. Our

regimens. 7901 E. 88th St., Indianapolis, IN 46256,

programs focus on increasing language skills, social

Contact: Jane Grimes, Enrollment Director, 317-849-

skills, academic skills, and reducing problematic

5437, ext. 112,

behavior. 450 S. State Road 135, Greenwood, IN 46142, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-889-KIDS, Email:,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 7901 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-849-5437, ext 112, Email: jane@,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 6865 Parkdale Place, Indianapolis, IN 46254, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-849-5437, ext 112, Email: jane@,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Transition to L.I.F.E House Recognizing the importance of developing real-world life skills in children and teens with autism, the

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

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) BACA 1 The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highlytrained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 11902 Lakeside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Devon Sundberg, Phone: 317-288-5232, Email:,

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) BACA Prep BACA Prep is a facility that utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach essential living skills to young adults with autism ages 8-20. BACA Prep helps strengthen each individual’s life by addressing the areas of employment, leisure and living skills, hygiene, self-help and sexuality while decreasing and replacing maladaptive behavior. BACA Prep is under the direction of Dr. Carl Sundberg, Dr. John Esch, Dr. Pat McGreevy and Dr. Peter Gerhardt.9929 E. 126th St., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Devon Sundberg, Phone: 317-288-5232, Email:,

Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 5801 South 650 East, Whitestown, IN 46075, Contact: Devon Sundberg, Phone: 317-288-5232, Email:,

Brain Balance Achievement Center Indianapolis Brain Balance Achievement Centers work with children who suffer from Developmental Disorders such as Autism Spectrum , Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s and other neurological disorders. The Brain Balance Program is unique in that it utilizes a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach designed specifically to address the various difficulties exhibited or experienced by each child. 9510 N. Meridian St. Suite D, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Julie Peterson, Phone: 317-843-9200, Email: jpeterson@brainbalancecenters. com,

Cornerstone Autism Center Cornerstone Autism Center is an intensive day treatment clinic dedicated to maximizing the potential of children with autism. Utilizing the science-based approach of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), trained therapists work 1:1 with the children to improve language skills, address their academic and social needs and reduce any maladaptive behavior. 360 Polk Street, Greenwood, IN 46143, Contact: David Ide, Executive Director, Phone: (317) 888-1557

Hopebridge-Pediatric Specialists Hopebridge-Pediatric Specialists is an Occupational, Speech, Physical and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy provider servicing Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. Hopebridge-Pediatric Specialists offers both in-clinic and in-home therapy for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs. Locations in Kokomo, Lafayette, Marion and Fort Wayne, Contact: Kim Strunk, Phone: 855-3240885, Email:,

Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation

Functional Environments (L.I.F.E.). The initiative aims

The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was

to promote independence, quality of life and happiness

established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of

through an intensive full-day program that takes place

highly-trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with

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

in an actual home, complete with kitchen, gym, pool

Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior

Applied Behavior Center for Autism has launched a new program called Transition to Learning in


Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) BACA-Z

GUIDE Little Star Center Little Star is a structured, sensory-friendly place where children with autism receive intense, individualized one-on-one therapeutic intervention based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Little Star has a “family first” philosophy and offers a supportive community of parents and professionals. Indiana’s original ABA center – providing services since 2002, 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Executive Director, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email:,

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

The Arc of Indiana The Arc of Indiana, established in 1956 by parents of children with developmental disabilities, works every day to empower families with information and resources, empower people with disabilities to be as independent as possible, and inspire positive change in public policy and public attitudes. Contact us. We’re here to help! 107 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: 317-977-2375 or 800-382-9100, Email:

The Arc of Indiana Master Trust The Arc of Indiana Master Trust helps families who have a child with a disability provide for their child’s financial future through a Special Needs Trust; and helps people with disabilities create their own trust. Regardless of your age, or your child’s age or disability, planning for the future is important. Contact us. We’re here to help! 107 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Contact: Melissa Justice, Trust Director, Phone: 317-977-2375 or 800-382-9100, Email:,

Your Listing Here!!! Contact Jennica at

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Special Needs Kids


How to plan a safe and sound vacation

Written by Carrie Bishop

Game Plan

A lot goes into planning a family vacation. There’s picking the destination, making travel plans, finding good lodging, packing, not to mention going and doing. Now add a child with special needs to the mix. What more do you need to think of? As it turns out, a whole lot. Read on:


First thing’s first: who wants to go where? Discuss everyone’s ideal vacation and come to a happy medium that takes into account your child’s abilities. Be honest about what the child can do, likes to do, and how much it would tax him. Disney World is a hot spot for many families, but if your child has a disorder like chronic fatigue syndrome, a three-day tour of the theme park may not be smart.

“Several people say they are experts. I have been working in this field since 1994 and still I wouldn’t call myself an expert because every time I talk with someone with a disability, I learn something new,” she said. She said the family should make sure the agent is knowledgeable and experienced. Her recommendation is to ask the agent for references and follow up with those families to make sure the agent legitimately understands how to help families with special needs. SATH posts a list of vetted travel agents at

Travel Agents

Air Travel

Travel agents can make life easier, especially for families strapped on time. Some travel agents even specialize in booking trips for families with special needs. Jani Nayar, executive coordinator of the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH), warns that some people who offer travel services for special needs families lack muchneeded experience. She said a few companies now certify travel agents in this niche through basic training on accessible travel. Is basic knowledge enough though?

Before taking to the skies, Nayar said to know your rights - what you can and cannot do - before you travel. Also, if you run into problems with the airline along the way ask to speak with the Complaints Resolutions Officer (CRO). Every airline is required to have a person readily available to work with you. She said CROs are trained on how to serve passengers with special needs. It may be worthwhile to speak with the CRO in advance of the trip so you have correct information from the get go.

Holly Paauwe, parent liaison with About Special Kids, recently took a trip to LA with her family. Her daughter, 6, is in a wheelchair. From carry-ons to diaper changing, she thought she had thought of everything. Yet by the time she, her husband, 10-year-old son, daughter, one car seat, diaper bag, laptops, camera, and all the medically necessary carry-ons made it onboard she realized her daughter did not have ample legroom, a concern because she has seizures that can make her stiffen. “We made it through, but my husband held her most of the time,” she said. On the way home she requested bulkhead seating. It’s also a good idea to carry medicine with you to avoid extreme temperatures in the baggage compartment which can reduce the effectiveness of the medications. Also keep a copy of your prescription handy in the event airport security needs to see it, especially if your medication requires a syringe.

Road Trips When traveling by car, Paauwe said an appropriate supportive car seat for your child is important. “Kids with physical needs or multiple disabilities a lot of times need specialized car seats. They are good to make sure the child is protected and is the most comfortable on a long trip,” she said. Also, many kids can’t drive for long stretches. Be prepared to make frequent stops. Bring snacks, books, toys and other favorite activities to help your child pass the time. It will save your sanity too.

Hotels Stay in a place that can accommodate your child’s needs. All domestic hotels must offer wheelchair-accessible rooms, so request one if it makes sense. Also see that elevators are accessible if required. Or if your child has anxiety about elevators, ask for a room on the first floor.

Inquire about accommodations for guests with special needs including a refrigerator to keep medicine cool. Be aware that some international hotels may not be so accommodating, so make sure you know what to expect before you arrive.

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst Acute problems can arise while on vacation, plan for them. Know locations of the nearest appropriate hospital and pharmacy. Pack a detailed and current medical summary, plan of care, and contact information on all your child’s healthcare providers and insurance. Bring extra medication in the event your return travel is delayed. It’s also a good idea to alert hotel security and staff to your child’s needs. If traveling out of country beware of over-the-counter medications as they may have different ingredients that could cause adverse reactions. Get these details done and go have fun. MARCH 2012 [ indy’s child ] 45


[ dear teacher ]

commentary + parenting

Dear Teacher Finding Tutoring Help + Increasing Class Participation Peggy Gisler and Marge Eberts

Finding Tutoring Help

Things are going downhill fast in math and science for our son who entered middle school this year. His teachers don’t have the time to help him. How do we find a good tutor for our child? – Worried You say that your son’s teachers don’t have the time to help him. That could be true for some of his teachers, but others may have before- or after-school tutoring times for groups of students. This should be investigated. Your son definitely needs an intervention plan to be put in place quickly. He may or may not need a tutor. Perhaps the school can provide sufficient help. Enlist the guidance counselor in setting up a meeting with your

child’s math and science teachers. Your son should attend. At this meeting, you need to find out what your child’s specific problems are. Is he not turning in assignments? Is he doing poorly on quizzes? Is he flunking tests? How is his daily class participation? Can he read and understand the textbooks? After this meeting, you should know the level of help your child needs and exactly how the school can help him and whether or not you need to go the route of finding a tutor. When you are looking for a tutor, the best place to start is frequently with the guidance counselor. The school may also have a list of teachers in the building who tutor, as well as other tutors. The counselor may also be able to recommend a learning center that has produced good results. Another resource for finding a tutor is talking to parents who have used tutors. One possibility that parents do not often consider is finding a high school student who is an ace in the subject in which a child needs

tutoring. Some high schools even have groups of students who tutor. While these programs often cater primarily to high school students, they may also tutor younger students. Local colleges may also have students who tutor. We realize that price must be a consideration in choosing a tutor. You must also factor in the tutor’s credentials, experience, availability and methods. Have your son be part of the selection process, as you need to find someone with whom he can work comfortably. It is generally a good idea to interview more than one prospective tutor.

Increasing Class Participation

My sixth-grade daughter is a great student, has friends and is involved in choir and tennis. She is, however, a rather quiet, shy child. The teacher recently e-mailed me saying that she would like my child to participate more in class, especially by raising her hand to answer questions.

How can I help my daughter conquer her shyness in the classroom? – Too Quiet Some children are very outgoing – always raising their hands in class and participating eagerly in classroom discussions. Then there are those, like your daughter, who are on the quiet side. Since your daughter has friends and participates in many activities, shyness is obviously not a serious problem for her. By all means, don’t label your child as “shy” or push her to overcome shyness. Doing these things could make shyness a serious problem for her. There are definitely things that you can do to help your child overcome her shyness. You can praise her when she behaves in an outgoing or friendly manner to others, and you can model more outgoing behavior so she will have a role model for interacting with others. Of course, you do need to talk to your daughter about the teacher’s desire for her to

participate more in class. Explain that the teacher is impressed with what a great student your child is and would like her to share her knowledge more with her classmates. You might ask her to make a contribution every day in class. It will be easiest if she does this the first time the teacher asks a question. Then she won’t be worrying about when to respond. Talk with the teacher about strategies to help your daughter, including the one above. She could appoint your daughter as chair of a group and have her read the group’s report to the class. Or ask her to read textbook passages in class that answer a specific question. As your daughter begins to participate more in class, success in non-threatening situations will enable her to feel more confident to speak up in more challenging ones. She needs to learn how to do this now, as she is likely to run into a teacher who grades very strongly on class participation sometime in the future.

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Schools & Education Carmel

Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

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

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

Maria Montessori Spanish Immersion Academy

Maria Montessori Spanish Emmersion Academy offers a 2 day halfdays or 3 day half days price at $250 to $295 per month for Toddlers to Kindergarten program. The program is located inside of Holy Trinity Greek Chruch from 9 to noon. This program is a child centered Montessori program allowing children to learn at their own pace and are treated with respect. Teachers encourage and inspire children to do not only the minimum, but also their best, where learning should be a happy, joyous experience! Children learn how to think for themselves and how to solve problems in original and creative ways and have a positive self-image. Children participate in math, language, music, art, practical life, science, geography, and foreign language (Spanish all day). Discover the Difference at the Maria Montessori! Now accepting applications for all ages toddlers, Pre-K and Kindergarten. 3500 106th intersecting Shelborne, Carmel, 46032, Phone: 317-852-3900, Email:,

The Montessori Learning Center

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

Shaarey Tefilla Preschool

At Shaarey Tefilla Preschool, children from two to five years old learn new skills, develop confidence and make new friends in a safe and loving environment. Fun-filled and diverse activities keep your children happy. Our program, with low child/teacher ratios is designed to meet the needs of each developmental level. 3085 W 116 Street, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Rebecca Holloway, Phone: 733-2169, Email:, Type of School: Early Childhood, Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: Cost/Tuition/Financial Aid: 5 day Annual Tuition $4440, 3 days Annual Tuition $2775, 2 days Annual Tuition $1850 Additional children (10% discount, Hours/ Dates: August 13th 2012- May 31 2013 5 days a week 9:00am –3:00pm. Early drop off (7:00 – 9:00am) After care (3:00pm – 5:00pm), Ages/Grades: Two to five year olds, Religious Affiliation: The program is open to children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds while maintaining an emphasis rich in Jewish values.


Before/After School Care: Early drop off (7:00 – 9:00am) After care (3:00pm – 5:00pm) no additional charge.


Fall Creek Montessori Academy

Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally diverse environment where children grow and develop their unique talents and gifts. Through child-centered learning, children excel physically, academically and emotionally. Conveniently located one mile east of I-69 on 96th St. FCMA serves children at all levels. Programs are available two to five days per week. 8888 Fitness Ln, Fishers, IN 46037, Contact: Diana Brugh, (317) 436-8606,,

Fishers Montessori

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


A Children’s Habitat Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten

Type of School: Montessori. For over 40 years, A Children’s Habitat Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten has been providing a place where children thrive and discover their love of learning. We offer a traditional Montessori preschool experience for families seeking a half day preschool and kindergarten program. Habitat is a not-for-profit school based on the principles of Maria Montessori. We have earned and maintain Full Membership in the American Montessori Society (AMS).Open House Dates: February 26, 2012. 801 W. 73 STREET, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Contact: Sarah Henning, Phone: (317)726-5584, Email: info@, Ages/Grades: 18 months - 6 years www.

Arthur M. Glick JCC

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

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Ages 12 months old+ through full day Kindergarten! Choice of days/hours! Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, 317-259-6854,,

Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool

The Children’s Day In traditional preschool and nursery school program provides a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values in a play based setting. It is designed to offer children ages 9 months to 5 years a positive and developmentally appropriate experience in the care of experienced

teachers and caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Children may attend up to 3 days a week. 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, 317-253-0472,, www.

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 childphysically, 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,,


leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYS accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Kristen Hein, Director of Admissions, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-254-8454, Email:,

Park Tudor School

Park Tudor School’s exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities prepare students to become confident and resourceful lifelong learners. The school community creates an inspiring college-preparatory learning environment for highly motivated young people. Two-year Global Scholars program for juniors and seniors; 19 AP classes; full-day kindergarten; Spanish beginning at age 3. 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: David Amstutz, 317-415-2777, info@,

St. Richard’s School Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing

Our Mothers Day Out (12-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, a wide variety of learning materials, & friendships, with readiness activities woven through each study unit. Need longer hours? Try our child care ministry, The Neighborhood designed for 2-PreK. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake or Kelly Belt, 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-575-6509, or kbelt@golove.or

Heritage Christian School

Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA. HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Prep K – 12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA Athletics. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today! 6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, In 46250, Contact: Emily Iglendza, Director of Enrollment Management, 317-849-3441,,

Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School

Share your love of learning with your children. Founded in 1960 by involved parents like you, Meridian Hills Cooperative provides a positive, nurturing environment wherein children explore and learn by doing. Spacious classrooms. Beautiful, wooded playground. Caring, experienced staff. Adult/child ratios 1:4 - 1:6. Find us on Facebook. Address: 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: See �Admissions/Tours� Info Online, Phone: 317-255-0831,

Montessori Centres

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

The Orchard School

The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasized experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide

Independent Episcopal day school offering a diverse community filled with academic rigor, faith based ecumenism and long-standing traditions. Its mission is to instill knowledge and values for a lifetime through the implementation of five Pillars for Success: Faith, Classic Curriculum, Leadership, Civic Responsibility, and Global Readiness. Pre-Kindergarten (3) through Grade 8. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Melinda W. Fisher, 317-926-0425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367, mfisher@,

Sycamore School

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

INDIANAPOLIS - NORTHEAST Compassionate Angels Child Care Ministry

We are a family ran business. We have over 30 years of experience. We accept children ages 6 weeks to 12 years and provide before and after school care. We are a Christian based ministry, using the bible and God’s word to teach morals and values. We teach through play and creativity so the children learn, and have fun doing it. We have a very strong educational program that prepares your little one for first grade. From infancy through Kindergarten we have proper age appropriate curriculum and teaching. We are dedicated to the love, education and safety of your child or children. 2626 Ruth Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Jody Teipen-Holbrook, Phone: 317-205-9264, Fax: 317-205-9263, Email:,

Polly Panda Preschool and Bridgford Kindergarten 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 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. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email:,

INDIANAPOLIS - NORTHWEST International Montessori School, Inc.

A unique & warm place for children ages 3-9 years providing quality Montessori Education including exposure to diverse cultures, languages, art, music and more. 2150 West 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Ranee Dhadialla, 317-575-8733, Fax: 575-873, rkd1948@,

International School of Indiana

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

Maria Montessori International Academy

Maria Montessori International Academy offers a child centered Montessori program allowing children to learn at their own pace and to be treated with respect. Teachers encourage and inspire children to do not only the minimum, but also their best, where learning should be a happy, joyous experience! Children learn how to think for themselves and how to solve problems in original and creative ways and have a positive self-image. Children participate in math, language, music, art, practical life, science, geography, and foreign language. The lead teachers possess bachelors degrees and certification in Montessori Education. Discover the Difference at the Maria Montessori! 7507 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Phone: 317-291-5557, Email: mariamontessoriintl. org,

St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs

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

Traders Point Christian Academy

Fully accredited by ACSI and AdvancEd, Traders Point is a nondenominational Christian college prep school serving 600 students age 18 months to 12th grade. Offering Fine Arts, Spanish, Technology, Honors, AP and dual-credit options within a Biblical viewpoint. Interscholastic athletics in grade 2 - HS varsity. Preparing students for high school and college, for a world without borders, and for a life of significance. Located at I-65 North/SR 334, Zionsville exit. Visit us - for more information contact Mrs. Toni Kanzler,, at 317-769-2450.,

INDIANAPOLIS - SOUTH Busy Bee Childcare Ministry

We offer quality care to ages 6wks and up in a Christian environment. Providing Diapers, Wipes, meals, Formula and all preschool curriculum using Abeka lessons daily. 4002 Southport Road, Indianapolis, IN 46237, Maggie Sumner, 317-605-4145,


Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives: ICPC

Indianapolis Area Preschool and Kindergarten Cooperatives Preschools: great for your child, great for you! Children and parents learn and grow together in the classroom with caring, experienced teachers. Multiple Locations in Indianapolis Area, ICPC Line: 317-767-7596

Kindermusik by Musical Beginnings

Kindermusik is a music and movement program for children, ages 0-7. You’ll play, listen and dance to music that will impact your child in profound ways. That’s because every song, story and two-step has a carefully chosen purpose in this creative curriculum - one that’s designed to stimulate and strengthen the vital neural wiring taking place in your child’s mind right now. 606 S. Union Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Kim Bemis, Phone: 317-867-3077, Email: kimusik@,


Legacy Christian School

Come find out why Indianapolis Monthly Magazine named Legacy a Top Private School! We offer excellent academics from a Biblical worldview, combined with art, music, computer, foreign language and athletics. Legacy is the only accredited source of Christian Education in Hamilton County! At Legacy Christian School we are raising up future godly leaders... come join the excitement! Call for a tour today! 470 Lakeview Drive, Noblesville, IN 46060, Contact: Karen Hawkins, Phone: 317-776-4186, E-mail Address:, Web site:

Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool

Universal Preschool at Boone Meadow provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning. We will provide a quality program through: Organizing the environment so it is conducive to success, providing specific directions and instructions, acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. 5555 S. 650 E., Zionsville, IN 46075, Contact: Donna Hudson, Phone: 317-873-2226, Email:, Type of School: Early Childhood, Hours/Dates: Preschool 9:15am - 3:45pm; Before and After Care 6:45am - 6:00pm, Ages/ Grades: 3/4 and 4/5 year old classrooms.Before/After School Care: Yes

Childcare Wee Folk Childcare

Quality in-home child care serving caring families for 20 years. (CPR, 1st aid certified, and state licensed). Two meals and one snack provided daily along with baby food and regular formula. We provide quality learning through play in a non-smoking Christian environment. Preschool program providing Kindergarten prep is available. Meridian Kessler Neighborhood, 317-926-3640

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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 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. 17645 Oakmont Dr., Noblesville, IN 46062, Contact: Heather Hilbert, Phone: 317-773-0387, Email:,

Primrose School of Noblesville

Primrose School of Noblesville distinguishes itself by creating a safe and nurturing environment where children will take their first steps toward a lifetime of achievement. You will find certified, professional staff and many programs such as spanish, technology, music and physical fitness that will consistently challenge your child. 15707 North Point Blvd., Noblesville, IN 46060, Contact: Jackie Bell, 317-773-4900, Fax: 317-773-4433,


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, and we are adding a new Toddler room for the 2012-2012 year. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, 317-867-0158,,


Maria Montessori International Academy Maria Montessori International Academy offers the only infant and toddler program in addition to elementary (1st to 6th grade) in the Greater Carmel/Zionsville area. The Academy offers a child centered Montessori program allowing children to learn at their own pace and are treated with respect. Teachers encourage and inspire children to do not only the minimum, but also their best, where learning should be a happy, joyous experience! Children learn how to think for themselves and how to solve problems in original and creative ways and have a positive self-image. Children participate in chess, math, language, music, art, practical life, science, geography, and foreign language Spanish and Manderin). The lead teachers possess bachelor degree and certification in Montessori Education. Discover the Difference at the Maria Montessori! Now accepting applications for all ages starting 3 months to 12 years located in Zionsville, IN. 4370 Weston Pointe Dr., Zionsville/ Carmel, IN 46077, Phone: 317-769-2220, Email:, MARCH 2012 [ indy’s child ] 49

Early Education Statistics

The Benefits of Early Education Local parents reveal their children’s preschool experiences

The quality of early education and care significantly influences academic and social development. •

High-quality, early childhood programs benefit disadvantaged children into adulthood. •

Children who are at risk for school failure receive the greatest benefit from the quality of preschool.

Research shows that 3- and 4-year-olds who attend a high-quality preschool succeed at a higher rate in kindergarten and beyond—both academically and socially. •

Many vulnerable children attend the lowest quality programs.

Many children from middle-class families also attend preschool programs of mediocre quality. •

According to a 2004 poll, a majority of kindergarten teachers believe their students would be better prepared if they participated in prekindergarten •

Information provided by National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

Adrian Kendrick

Better reading and social skills, richer vocabularies and stronger math comprehension are just some of the perks of attending preschool as opposed to a child that has not. Studies reveal attending pre-kindergarten can have a lasting impact on a child’s success both in school and life. According to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), more than two-thirds of 4-year-olds and more than 40 percent of 3-year-olds were enrolled in a preschool in 2005. Statistics show that a majority of kids attend at least one year of preschool. Local mom Trezanay Atkins sent her 3-year-old daughter to preschool while she attended law school. She confessed that there was no way she could juggle attending school and effectively teach her daughter.

“He first went to daycare where there wasn’t any major learning, schedule or structure being taught. Later I chose to send him to preschool because he wasn’t benefiting,” she said. “Once he was enrolled I noticed maturity.” According to Mama’s Health, a Web site that provides clear, simple, easy to understand information about health; the ages of 3 to 5 are crucial periods in a child’s education and development. Enrolling a child in a preschool program will help to lay the foundation for academics, social interaction skills, as well as build self esteem and self confidence in a child.

“It gave me peace of mind knowing that my working would not do a disservice to my daughter’s academic preparation,” Atkins said. “I believe that attending preschool built her confidence and allowed her to explore her artistic talents early.”

“Preschool helped me to see my daughter’s strengths and weaknesses early,” Atkins said. “It was good to see that sooner rather than later that way I could nourish her talents and deal with her weaknesses. That type of preparation sets the tone for academic success.”

At preschool students are exposed to perhaps the most important skill, how to socialize. For some it’s an easier transition than others.

Kennedy agrees believing that one day her son will see the benefits of early childhood education.

Four-year-old Corey Cobbs Jr. used to hang by himself. He was extremely shy and selfish, in spite of this, once he entered 50 INDYSCHILD.COM

preschool his mom began to notice something different about his character. Jerricka Kennedy mother and consultant for Medicaid Intake revealed that her son turned over a new leaf. According to Kennedy he began to learn responsibility. Her son began to lessen his whining and selfish behavior due to sharing in a classroom environment.

“I’m very satisfied that my child attended preschool. I think he’ll appreciate and continue to learn better because of his early start,” she said.

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A Look Into Charter & Online Schooling Fighting the rumors and defending the benefits

Andi Wilson

Parents (and students) are often unaware of the alternative schooling benefits. Due to their sometimes-negative rumored reputation, families shy away from what that state considers a public school. Alternative schools operate independently of the district as educators, community leaders and parents come together to write charter school plans, which include guidelines, structure and measures of accountability. Yet, they continue to grow due to the need for a child-centered education even as questions arise as to whether their guidelines hold up to the public’s standards. Debi Morris, social worker, and Shannon Franklin, receptionist and registrar, at Options Charter School (OCS) in Carmel wish to direct parents to their Web site to register children and go on a waiting list. When a spot opens, OCS contacts the parents to let them know a space is available. Franklin said, “We hold a lottery in April/May to determine the seats for the next school year.” Indiana Connections Academy (INCA) is an accredited, tuition-free online public school for grades K-12 and authorized by Ball State University. Sandy Burke, 54 INDYSCHILD.COM

representative for Athena Public Relations, stated there is no waiting list for students who meet the basic eligibility requirements, set by the Indiana Department of Education. Burke added, “Parents can learn more about INCA, our educational program and enrollment process online at or by calling our enrollment team at 800-382-6010.” Morris with OCS, explained that because of the size, enrichment courses at OCS are limited, “We do have a Special Education teacher on staff to work with both the students and staff, addressing learning and or behavioral issues.” When it comes to INCA, Burke said its students participate in the nationally accredited Connections Academy program that combines high quality resources from leading publishers with cutting-edge, yet easy-to-use, technology and hands-on materials. This gives the students the opportunity to learn from home using personalized daily lesson plans. In addition to the core subjects INCA offers, they provide various electives such as art and foreign language courses, as well as honors, Advanced Placement (AP), ACT test prep and college-credit courses.

Are alternative schools for troubled youth? Squelching this rumor, Morris said, “Students are not ‘sent’ to Options by other school systems, nor are they required to come [to Options] by order of the court.” Franklin added, “We are a school for children that are not succeeding at their previous school for whatever reason.” Franklin said the reason students often seek alternative schooling is due to feeling overwhelmed by the sizes of their current classrooms. INCA accepts a wide range of students, including students who require a more flexible schedule, a different type of learning pace, more individualized attention, live in isolated rural settings or those who are either “significantly ahead or behind in the classroom.” OCS is conveniently located in both Noblesville and Carmel. Still, because of its size, student population and funding, extracurricular opportunities are limited. Morris explained how the school encourages their students to join services, such as student government, art club and fishing club. Franklin pointed out that these clubs change depending on participation and student requests. Burke said, “[INCA] does understand that connecting with other students is one of the most important parts of a great school experience.” They offer over 20 clubs and activities, such as chess, robotics, art, poetry and environment, which is more than any other online school. Graduation rates are not a concern. Burke affirmed, “Nationwide, across the national Connections Academy network of schools, our

graduates have been accepted for admission from the nation’s top colleges and universities, including: Harvard, Cornell, Amherst College, Williams College and many more.” In 2011, INCA received more than a 95 percent rating on an annual Parent Satisfaction Survey. Morris stated how one school would not meet every student’s needs since other factors come into play, such as location, size and cost. She continued, adding the importance of spending time at the school, taking tours and meeting with current students. Franklin suggested parents send their child to attend a charter school if they are struggling with their academics as the smaller class sizes help children focus and retain materials. “Because of our size, we also get to know the students better and what exactly their needs are,” Franklin said. Burke stressed the ‘one size fits all’ theory as public classroom environments are not always good, stating a more personalized educational experience for children not thriving within the traditional public school environment may be necessary. Burke said, “We do encourage parents considering enrolling their child in a virtual charter school like INCA to do their own ‘homework,’ since full-time virtual school is not the right choice for every child or family.” Morris asked parents to be involved, regardless of where their child attends school, which also meant knowing the staff, attending meetings and simply, being a visible and present parent.

Online Education, What’s It All About? Online education describes learning done at a computer, usually connected to a network, giving us the opportunity to learn almost anytime, anywhere. Also known as e-Learning, online learning, distance education or distance learning, it’s different from traditional form of education as students are not required to visit classroom or travel to attend the college premises. It is an experience that leads to comprehension and mastery of new skills and knowledge, just like its traditional counterpart. Information provided by

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Written by Brooke Reynolds

Spring Break

Staycations in Indy Plan a Local Getaway

Forget the overplanned, overpriced and overly stressful traditional vacations and enjoy a staycation this spring break. Play ‘hometown tourist’ by taking pleasure in all the activities that Indianapolis has to offer. During your break, here are some local destinations you should make a point to experience. Indiana History Center

There is so much for families to do at the Indiana History Center. They have three “You Are There” experiences running right now, where guests can literally step into historic photographs and interact with people from the past. “Our historic interpreters play real people from the photos – not made-up characters – and the research that goes into their roles is extensive and ongoing,” Kim Easton, communications manager at Indiana Historical Society, said. It’s Circus Day at the History Center on Saturday, March 31 – the perfect outing during a staycation! Admission is free, and game and refreshment tickets are 50 cents each. They’ll have performances all day long, including acrobats and live animals, along with carnival games and activities like face painting.

IMAX Theater

Experience Indiana’s largest movie screen for the most engaging movie experience ever – with 12,000 watts of digital surround sound – at the downtown Indy IMAX Theater. “You actually feel the movies, not just watch and listen,” Bob Schultz, IMAX’s public relations and marketing consultant, said. With free parking in the White River State Park parking garage, families can enjoy a movie or two, and then they’re just a short walk from the other major attractions that make up the park, including the Indianapolis Zoo, NCAA Hall of Champions, Eiteljorg Museum and the Indiana State Museum. 56 INDYSCHILD.COM

IMAX theater manager Craig Mince suggests checking out the two new IMAX 3D films now playing: Rescue 3D and Tornado Alley 3D. Rescue 3D plunges audiences into the hard but inspiring work of saving lives in the face of a natural disaster. Tornado Alley 3D documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events—the birth of a tornado. Visit the IMAX on the first Tuesday of every month for $2 off ticket prices that day, or purchase a double feature ticket for a discounted rate on the second movie any time. See Web site,, for showtimes.

Indiana polis Museum of Art

“The Indianapolis Museum of Art has something for families with children of all ages, and it’s free,” Candace Gwaltney, IMA public relations manager, said. “Families can see thousands of artworks from a variety of cultures and periods, and explore 152 acres of gardens and grounds – all in one location.” Families can visit 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, which includes woodlands to explore, meadows perfect for a game of Frisbee and a 35-acre lake. Also, families can pack a picnic and enjoy lunch in 100 Acres or on gardens and grounds. According to Gwaltney, it is one of the largest museum art parks in the country and features colorful, interactive contemporary artwork. Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, the IMA offers family tours. These 30-minute guided tours

offer family-friendly themes. Also, visit the IMA Star Studio classroom each Saturday noon to 4 p.m. for hands-on art-making activities for all ages.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis “The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is always changing so children and families can have a unique experience each and every time,” Kimberly Harms, director of public and media relations with The Children’s Museum, said. “The museum is the biggest in the world in terms of size and in terms of authentic artifacts. In fact, we are one of only three children’s museums which collects artifacts.”

With something so unique in our own backyard, why not plan a day at The Children’s Museum to visit its many offerings? Check out the onsite planetarium or professional theater, or take in the live actor interpretation, which brings the stories and exhibits to life throughout the museum. Participate in the museum’s family programs, which delve deeper into subject matter offered in the exhibits with hands-on activities to enhance family learning. Starting March 10, visit LEGO Travel Adventure, where kids can build the perfect means of transportation. While you’re enjoying Indy’s hidden treasures, remember that you’re saving money by staying in town, so you can splurge a little, just like you would on a traditional vacation. It’ll be the differencemaker between a memorable staycation and just a week around the house.

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13400 Allisonville Road (Fishers)

Families of today engage, explore and discover what it was like to live and play in Indiana’s past. Every visit is a unique adventure that provides an authentic look into the history that shapes us today. Overnight package deals available with Holiday Inn and Ivy House Bed & Breakfast.


304 North Merrill Street (Fortville)

Featured on HGTV. Listed as one of the top 10 bed & breakfasts in the state.


6220 Forest Road (Martinsville) morgan_monroe

Morgan-Monroe State Forest encompasses more than 24,000 acres in Morgan and Monroe counties in south central Indiana. The forest land encompasses many steep ridges and valleys, and is forested with some of the state’s finest hardwoods.


140 West Washington Street (Indy)

The IRT is Indiana’s leading professional resident not-for-profit theatre, providing 124,700 live professional theatre experiences for its audience last season.


4790 West 16th Street (Speedway)

Recognized as one of the most highly visible museums in the world devoted to automobiles and auto racing.


32 East Washington Street (Indy)

One of the only 17 full-time orchestras in the U.S. The largest performing arts organization in Indiana, the ISO performs more than 200 concerts a year for more than 350,000 people.


355 City Center Drive (Carmel)

The Center for the Performing Arts is an inviting gathering place for the community, along with the Center’s Studio Theater and the Tarkington. Combined, the three venues are a place for community engagement.


8670 West State Road 56 (French Lick)

For generations, this beautiful retreat has offered a scenic environment in which to relax and enjoy nature. Guests can stroll shaded walkways and visit the famous gazebo housing the Pluto Mineral Spring.


8102 East Park Road (Marshall)

Turkey Run Inn features 79 fully furnished inn rooms and cabins along with an indoor heated pool to be enjoyed all year long.


811 Constitution Avenue (Bedford)

The Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful Forest a favorite

Vencel Hot Air Balloons

1115 North College Avenue (Bloomington)

TJV Balloons, Inc is a Hot Air Balloon company operating out of Bloomington, Indiana and servicing South-central Indiana region. It provides promotional services and balloon rides to the public.

Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

411 SE Riverside Drive (Evansville)

Evansville’s premier museum located on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Evansville.

Indiana Historical Society

450 West Ohio Street (Indy)

One of the United States’ oldest and largest historical societies and the oldest state historical society west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

2916 E. South Street (Lincoln City)

Childhood home of the 16th President of the United States. Includes contact information, photos, copies of documents and Civil War information.



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Target Free Family Night


Visit The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for FREE (sponsored by Target) from 4-8pm. Enjoy Playscape, ScienceWorks, Dinosphere, Carousel Wishes & Dreams, Mr. Potato Head, Barbie, Story Avenue and much more!!!

St. Patty’s Day Parade Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Indy at 11:30am with the 32nd annual St. Patty’s Day parade! The FREE parade includes over 80 units including floats, Irish dancers, high school bands, Irish organizations, law enforcement, local medi and celebrities.

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Easter Egg Hunt Bring your Easter basket and enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! This event is FREE for all Kids Club Members.Visit the IMS website to learn how you can become a member of the Kids Club. Time to be determined.

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thurs 01 Target Free Family Night

Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: The Children’s Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Join The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for Read All About It: Go Read Take part in special activities celebrating literacy. Sponsored generously by Target, the first Thursday of each month The Children’s Museum opens free of charge from 4-8 p.m.

fri 02 It’s a Birthday Party for Dr. Seuss!

of the perfect tree, taste some sap, talk about the history of maple syrup, and end at the campfire where the sap is being turned into syrup. Thank you to Good Earth Natural Foods in Broad Ripple for their donation of pure maple syrup and maple sugar for this program.

Reptile and Amphibian Show

Times: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-327-7580 Location: Garfield Park, 2505 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46203

Join the Conservatory in welcoming the Hoosier Herpetology Society and their cold-blooded friends. See a variety of different reptiles and amphibians from around the world.

sun 04 The Ennis Clare Band featuring the Irish Blessings Dancers

Times: 4:00-4:45 p.m. Price: FREE Location: Carmel clay Public Library. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel, IN 46032

For children in grades K-2. March 2 is the birthday of Dr. Seuss, and we want to celebrate. So if you love Dr. Seuss, silly stories, games, and cake, come to this fun program. We’ll have a Seuss-tastic time!

sat 03 Maple Syrup for Families

Times: 3:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4100 Location: Central Library. 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Enjoy the finest in traditional Irish dance music during this performance by the four-piece Ennis Clare band and Irish Blessings Dancers. This interactive family-friendly event will feature simple Irish dances, traditional music and sing-alongs from Ireland, Scotland and England.

mon 05 Recycled Tech Jewelry Times: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-839-6602 Location: Plainfield-Guilford Township Library. 1120 Stafford Rd., Plainfield, IN 46168

Times: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Price: Fishers Residents $4/ Non-residents $6 Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. 10410 Hague Rd, Fishers, IN 46038

Discover where maple syrup comes from. Join the nature staff as we hike in search

It’s Teen Tech Week! Teens in grades 6 through 12 make a piece of jewelry out of recycled computer parts; all materials provided. Free; no registration required.

tues 06 Hip to Knit

Times: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-885-5036

Location: Greenwood Public Library. 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143

All ages and experience levels welcome. Experienced knitters: bring your current project and knit in the company of others. Beginners: bring a pair of needles and we’ll get started learning how to cast on and knit away.

weds 07 Teen Wii Afternoons

Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-770-3242 Location: Hamilton East Library. One Library Plaza, Noblesville, IN 46060

sat 10 Girl Scout Night with Radio Disney Times: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Phone: 317-716-3369 Location: Pepsi Coliseum.1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46205

Join the Radio Disney Road Crew for music, games, activities and awesome prizes that promote and support Girl Power with many community Girl Scout troops.

Family Nature Day: Salamanders

We’re bringing out the Wii, bring your friends and come game. We’ve got Guitar Hero, Sports, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros Brawl, and more!

thurs 08 Indy Kids Sale and Diaper Drive

Thursday, March 08, 2012 through Saturday, March 10, 2012. Times: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-847-2529 Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds. 2003 Pleasant St, Noblesville, IN 46060

The Indy Kids Sale offers over 16,000 sq. ft. of new and gently used infant and kids clothes, equipment and toys. Sale hours are Thurs: 9am-7pm, Fri.: 9am-5pm and Sat.: 9am-1pm. The Sale will be collecting diapers and wipes to donate to the Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton county during the sale. For more information: please visit our website at

fri 09 Fancy Nancy

Times: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel, IN 46032

Dress in your fanciest dress-up clothes with lots of accessories and be ready to walk down the carpet runway as well as participate in fancy activities. Young ladies ages 3-6 and their caregivers are invited to attend. Adults accompanying children may dress up also. Free tickets are required and will be available beginning Friday, March 2, online or at the Children’s Reference Desk.

Times: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Price: $1 per person Phone: 317-327-7580 Location: Garfield Park Conservatory. 2505 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46203 Website:

Learn all about salamanders and have the chance to meet one of these slimy creatures.

sun 11 Craft Corner

Price: Included with museum admission Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie. 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038

Practice craft activities that are part of Indiana’s history. Each week the craft changes, so you can try a new craft every time you visit. During museum hours.

mon 12 Sing and Sign With Express Kids

Times: 10:30 AM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4450 Location: Irvington Library. 5625 E. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219

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Waggin’ Tales

Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-770-3242 Location: Hamilton East Library. One Library Plaza, Noblesville, IN 46060

For beginning, hesitant or struggling readers or those who love to read aloud. Improve your reading skills by reading aloud to our furry Pet Partner volunteer. Call to sign up for 15 minutes of reading time.

weds 14 Preschool Yoga Classes Times: 10:30 AM

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Times: 11:30 AM Location: Downtown /

The Parade has over 80 units made up of high school bands, floats, catholic schools, Irish dancers, bag pipe & drum bands, Irish organizations, law enforcement, local media and celebrities. The Parade is FREE to the public. The Parade also hosts a tent party (10:00am - 3:00pm) on Vermont Street which is located in the middle of the Parade route and it is also FREE and open to the public.

sat 17 Monster Energy Supercross

Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4340 Location: Eagle Library. 3325 Lowry Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46222 /

Children ages 6 and under are invited to have fun exercising and learning yoga poses from a certified instructor from the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Call 275-4340 to register.

thurs 15 Whale of a Sale

Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17, 2012. Location: Meridian Village Plaza. 13672 North Meridian St., Carmel, IN 46032 Website:

A semi-annual consigment event where families BUY name-brand, gently-used items at bargain prices and SELL outgrown items and turn them into cash. We take pride in providing the best quality items, largest venue and selection and a clean, organized, fun shopping experience!

fri 16 Night Hike: In like a lion out like a lamb Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Price: Fishers Resident $4/Non-Resident $6 Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. 10410 Hague road, Fishers, IN 46038 Website:

Join our nature staff for a night hike. Begin your evening at the fire. Bring food (like hotdogs or s’more fixin’s) and drinks for the campfire. We supply marshmallows and roasting sticks. Register by 3/9. 62 INDYSCHILD.COM

before each lock-in and save $5 Fees include admissions, dinner, snacks and breakfast.

Spring Equinox

Saturday, March 17 through Sunday, March 18, 2012. Times: 12:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-920-2659 Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art. 4000 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208 /

Dream big as we venture beyond the solar system towards the stars and learn about different kinds of galaxies. There will be a snack and craft.

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Times: 3:00 PM Price: $12 in advance; $13 at the door Phone: 317-940-9640 Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre. 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Enjoy a celebration of Irish music! The beautiful young voices of our children’s choirs will surround you with lilting Irish melodies joined by Indy’s own Irish ambassadors, the Irish Airs! Along with some Irish dancing, you’ll be transported to your own personal St. Patrick’s Day! There will be a second performance at 7PM.

School Age Lock-In

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Saturday nights are great fun for children in grades K-5. Monthly lock-ins provide parents with a night to themselves while their children are kept busy with a mix of field trips and activities at the JCC. Lock-ins end promptly at 8:30 am. Register by the Wednesday

Times: 4:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-878-9560 Location: JCPL: Trafalgar. 424 Tower Street, Trafalgar, IN 46181

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Top Supercross riders Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey and more battle it out at Lucas Oil Stadium for the 2012 AMA Supercross crown. Main event starts at 7:00 PM. Come on out and catch all the bar to bar action during the Indianapolis race.

Saturday, March 17 through Sunday, March 18, 2012. Times: 5:30 PM - 8:30 AM Price: $65 ($55 for JCC members) Phone: 317-251-9467 Location: Arthur M. Glick JCC. 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Space Cadets: Stars and Galaxies

Mark the change of seasons at IMA’s annual Spring Equinox event featuring a large scale kite performance. In Celebration of Flight, the intangible spirits of wind and flight visit a young crane and lead it to its destiny. Create your own kite or puppet at workshops throughout the day - and make it part of the performance. Performances are 30 minutes and will occur rain or shine.

Voices of Youth Times: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Price: Tickets start at $10 Phone: 800-745-3000 Location: Lucas Oil Stadium. 500 South Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225 /

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Filmmakers Club

Times: 4:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-738-2833 Location: JCPL: Franklin. 401 State St., Franklin, IN 46131

Explore the world of moviemaking. We’ll learn about script writing, acting, and directing.

Storytime Express @ the Monon Center - Down on the Farm Times: 1:00AM Price: FREE Phone: 317-848-7275 Location: MCC. 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, IN 46032

This fast-paced interactive mix of funfilled stories, rhymes, Registration for this free program is required through Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. The registration deadline is one week prior to the start date of the program.

fri 23 Escape to the Tropics

Dinosaur Show With Family Time Entertainment!

Times: 6:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4550 Location: Warren Library. 9701 E. 21st St, Indianapolis, IN 46229

Children and families are invited to a 45-minute magical romp through the time of dinosaurs during a presentation by FamilyTime Entertainment. Attendees will help figure out what happened to the dinosaurs!

Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-327-7580 Location: Garfield Park Conservatory. 2505 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46203

Bring the family to enjoy a tropical festival at the Conservatory. Grab your favorite floral shirt and come enjoy crafts, treats, games and more Learn what life is like for people just like you who live in the tropical rainforests.

Individuals of all ages are invited to celebrate 100 years of service to the community by the Spades Park Branch, one of two remaining Carnegie libraries still operating in Indianapolis. Activities will include a presentation on the library’s history by Marion County historian Bill McNiece, magic show, face painting, a prize raffle, refreshments, and visits by “Benjamin Franklin.”

Pirates Of The Caribbean

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Price: see website for ticket prices Phone: 1.800.982.2787 Location: Clowes Memorial Hall. 4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208

/ The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra sets sail on a pirate adventure with the presentation of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Live in Concert. The ISO will perform live to the film at Clowes Memorial Hall, located on the Butler University campus.

thurs 29 Sing and Sign With Express Kid

Rated PG; 90 minutes. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult; Free refreshments provided

mon 26 Winter Kids Koncert

Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: FREE Phone: 317-573-5243 Location: MCC. 1195 Central Park Dr. West, Carmel, IN 46032

Fe, Fi, Fo, FUN! Indianapolis Opera’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” Times: 1:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4100 Location: Central Library. 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

This “GIANT” event for families and children of all ages will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the world of opera followed by a reception during which children can meet the stars of the show! This program will be held in the Clowes Auditorium and Learning Curve at Central Library.

Spades Park 100th Anniversary Celebration!

Times: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4520 Location: Spades Park Library. 1801 Nowland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46201

The Winter Kids Koncert series is an enriching and engaging experience for young children ages 2-5 years. Filled with classical hits and singalong favorites, each show lasts one hour. Koncerts are carefully crafted to be entertaining and allow for the children to dance and sing.

tues 27 East 38th Street Teen Art Project Times: 6:00 PM

Phone: 317-275-4350 Location: East 38th Street Library. 5420 E. 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46218 /

Teens are invited to work with artist and instructor Anthony Radford to create arts and crafts for sale during their own exhibition and opening reception. They’ll work in groups to share ideas for art projects including planning and coordinating an exhibit and opening reception in the community. Call 275-4350 to register.

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Learn the secrets of making your favorite treats at home for a fraction of the restaurant prices. No registration is required. For more information, call the Young Adult desk at 814-3983.

Price: FREE Location: JCPL: White River. 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood, IN 46142


Times: 3:00PM – 5:00PM Phone: 317-814-3983 Location: Carmel Clay Public Library. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel, IN 46032

Times: 2:00 PM

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Dine on a Dime-Ice Cream Sundaes!

Sunday Movie Matinee Phone: 317-885-1330 Friday, March 23 through Saturday, March 24, 2012.

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Times: 10:30 AM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4410 Location: Glendale Library. 6101 N. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220

Children up to age 5 and an adult are invited to sign and sing along with Miss Elaine. They will use music, sign language, puppets and whole-body learning in this special interactive program.

fri 30 Easter Egg Drop-In Craft On this kid-focused day, be entertained by the Hampel Family Circus, live animal shows from Amazing World of Animals, clowns, magicians and jugglers. Enjoy activities like face painting, balloon sculptures and crafts. Try your hand at carnival games to win fantastic prizes. Get silly with Radio Disney from 3 to 5 p.m., and visit the Indiana Experience. Game and refreshment tickets are 50 cents each.

Easter Egg Hunt

Price: FREE Phone: 317-481-8500 Location: IMS. 4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222

Free for all Kids Club Members. Time to be determined. See website for more information on becoming a Kids Club Member.

LEGO® Late Night

Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Carmel Clay Public Library. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel, IN 46032

For young children & their caregivers. Drop in and make an egg-ceptional Easter craft! No registration is required.

sat 31 Easter Egg Hunt

Times: 10:00 AM Price: FREE! Phone: 317-881-4545 Location: Craig Park, Greenwood, IN 46143

Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children ages 2yr-10yr can bring their Easter baskets to collect fun-filled eggs and meet the Easter Bunny at Craig Park.

Circus Day

Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Indiana History Center. 450 W. Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Price: $10 youth members; $20 nonmembers Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: Children’s Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Enjoy The Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit LEGO® Travel Adventure and a night of engineering fun while you use LEGO® bricks to sail, roll, and fly Work with LEGO® builders to create and build vehicles of your own. Go on a hunt through the museum to find other inventions that go. Families will also enjoy light snacks and giveaways. Indy’s Child does its best to provide you with accurate information on events; however, we encourage you to double check event times and statuses before attending. MARCH 2012 [ indy’s child ] 63

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Peewinkle Meets Zeno

Thursday, March 01 through Saturday, March 10, 2012. Price: $8, under two, free. Phone: 317-917-9454 Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio. 25 E. Henry St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Peewinkle teaches the little alien Zeno, all about the beautiful wonders of the earth at springtime. Ideal for ages 2-8yrs. Optional postshow workshops $3. See website for show schedule.

54th annual Indiana Flower and Patio Show March 10, 2012 through Sunday, March 18, 2012. Times: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon-Sat.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

over the world with its universal appeal comes to Indianapolis’ Old National Centre. In what is a huge theatrical feat, audiences will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Jerome Robbins’ original Broadway direction and choreography, starring veteran actor John Preece. See website for ticket pricing and show schedule.

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Monday, March 19 through Saturday, March 31, 2012. Price: Adult $15; Under 18 $10 Phone: (317) 843-3800 Location: The Civic Theatre.3 Center Green, Suite 200, Carmel, IN 46032

Legally Blonde, The Musical Through Friday, April 06, 2012. Price: $37 to $60 Phone: 317-872-9664

Location: Beef & Boards . 9301 N. Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268

Legally Blonde, The Musical is based on the hit movie of the same name, and has all the fun of the famous film. On stage through April 6, Legally Blonde, The Musical has 57 performances scheduled in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet. Parking is free.

Price: $12 adults; $8 seniors 65+ on Senior Day (March 12); children 12 and under free Phone: 317-927-7500 Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds. 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46205

Let Us Entertain You - with 40 magnificent showcase and featured exhibitor gardens, over 250 finer outdoor living experts ready to answer questions, and thousands of ideas guests can take home and adapt to their own outdoor living spaces.

The fun is not just for Saturday mornings anymore! The pop-culture phenomenon “Schoolhouse Rock!” comes to the theatre stage instructing a whole new generation to “Conjunction Junction” and learn that “Three Is A Magic Number.” See website for show schedule.

Dora the Explorer Live Dora’s Pirate Adventure

Friday, February 24 through Saturday, March 31, 2012. Times: Fridays 10AM; Saturdays 10AM and 1PM Phone: 317-872-9664 Location: Beef & Boards. 9301 N. Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268

March 06, 2012 through March 11, 2012. Phone: 317-632-7469 Location: Old National Center. 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Broadway in Indianapolis announces FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the Tony Award winning musical that has captured the hearts of people all

Through Sunday, April 01, 2012.

It’s excitement on the high seas with Dora the Explorer, Boots and Fridays at 10 and Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. Each musical is one hour long with no intermission. Includes juice and snack.

Once again, the Pepsi Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds has transformed into Indianapolis’s largest ice skating rink. If you aspire to play hockey regardless of your age, spin around like Kristi Yamaguchi, have a Friday night out with your closest friends, a special birthday party, or want a cool place to “Chill”, the Pepsi Coliseum is where you belong. See website for complete schedule.

The Adventures of MR. potato HEAD® Through Sunday, May 06, 2012.

Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Free with museum admission Phone: 317-334-3322

Times: See website for hours

Location: The Children’s Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Price: Free with Admission

Phone: 317-776-6006

In this exhibit, the wacky and adventurous character MR. POTATO HEAD leads visitors on a series of interactive explorations undersea, in outer space, in the jungle, and on an archaeological dig.

Location: Conner Prairie. 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN 46038

Price: $14

Fiddler on the Roof

Science Lab: Science of Football

Stop by the Science Lab and find out why a spiral throw is so important, how speed and weight affect how hard players get hit, and how they keep their balance and direction while swerving through the air. Then it’s your turn to test your skills and learn about the forces behind every swing, kick, and throw you make.

OMG Orchids

Through Monday, September 03, 2012. Times: Wed-Sun, 9:00AM-4:00PM Price: $9.50 adults, $7.50 seniors 62+ and youth 2-12 Phone: 317-630-2001

Public Ice Skating

Through Monday, April 30, 2012.

Location: Indianapolis Zoo. 1200 West Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46222

Price: $5; Kids 12 and under $4 plus skate rental

Phone: 317-927-7536 Location: Pepsi Coliseum. 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46205

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Indy's Child is Indiana's #1 Parenting Publication! In this issue: The Perfect Match: Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family, Dealing with a...

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