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12 Days of


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‘Tis the Season for Savvy Shopping

Indy Moms Share Their


Family Friendly Events Inside!

Preschool + Co-Op Options

Choosing a quality program and when to start

Holiday Fun in Indy Activities galore for family fun


Local Volunteer Opportunities

Find out where to give back this holiday season!


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16 Holiday Fun in Indy

08 Community Spotlight

12 Pediatric Health

11 Indy Parks

14 Pediatric Health

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Activities galore for family fun

22 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways Enter to win Dec. 5 - 20

30 Home’s Cool!

More parents opting to homeschool their children

44 Preschool and Co-op Options Choosing a quality program and when to start

Local News, Events and More Ways to Stay Active All Winter Long

Understanding Peanut Allergies Reagan’s Journey

25 Christmas at the Zoo Where holiday memories begin

27 Museum Note

special needs

28 Indy on a Budget

34 Keeping the Calm this Holiday Season

Celebrate the Holidays with Jolly Days ‘Tis the Season for Savvy Shopping

parenting in every issue

20 Mommy Magic

06 Publisher’s Note 10 Online Buzz

43 Dear Teacher

Teaching Your Kids the Joy of Giving


Eliminating the chaos for individuals with autism

40 A Time of Giving

Special Needs Guide Education + Childcare Guide Volunteer Opportunities Guide Marketplace Birthday Party Guide

Local individuals dedicated to special needs

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Special Needs Daily Events Ongoing Events Fun + Wacky

Your Questions of Teachers—Answered

ON THE COVER Cover Model: Evan Magsamen Cover Location: The Indianapolis Zoo Clothing: Jack & Jill Children’s Shoppe Photographer: Hannah Hilliard Photography


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[ publisher’s note ]

Indy’s Child [ ask the staff ] what is your favorite holiday movie?

FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne | | Miracle on 34th Street

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas! Happy Holidays from Indy’s Child December is a draining month of calendar events, celebrations, and expectations!

PUBLISHER & PRESIDENT Mary Wynne Cox | | Christmas Vacation

MANAGING EDITOR Megan Kirschner | | Miracle on 34th Street

SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski | | Fred Claus

Somehow I can gear up myself for activities and celebrations but I find it most difficult to ever live up to my expectations! I always think I can do more than I can do, be more places than I can physically go, wrap more presents than Macy’s and go to all of my grandchildren’s programs. I am guilty of wanting to be all things to all people. I feel my friends and family expect me to be a miracle lady. After all, when asked how I am, I usually reply, “Perfect.”

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Heather Lipe | | Home Alone

I want to be spiritually ready and sometimes confuse sending Christmas cards, family newsletters and gifts with the Reason for the Season. I love Christmas and I love the opportunity to mingle with friends and family more frequently. But there I go, the Reason for the Season just gets lost amongst my urge to be happy and celebrate another wonderful Christmas.


Yes, I will always make time for the Advent Calendar and I would never miss Christmas Eve at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. I do get teary-eyed at that service because family also comes into focus and you wish you could be a person-of-all-ages for one day and feel the hugs and kisses of the family members who have spanned your lifetime.


The Prince of Peace, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is why Christmas is celebrated and why December is such a special month. I would like to believe that I’ve written this Publisher’s Note to me, so I might celebrate Christmas for the inner joy it is supposed to bring. Currently, the offices at Indy’s Child are impossible to navigate! We love contests and our 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways will have every reader visiting daily to enter for these beautiful gifts! The contest begins Dec. 5 and ends Dec. 20. Winners will be announced on Facebook and e-mails will be sent to all who win. Happy Holidays to all of Indy’s Child readers and advertisers and may your December be one you’ll always want to remember.

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around town

[ community spotlight ]

Celebrate The Santa Claus Christmas Celebration in Santa Claus, Indiana The charming southern Indiana town will host a celebration full of family fun during the first three weekends of December. Enjoy all the sights, sounds, and flavors of Christmas! Roast chestnuts on an open fire at Santa’s Candy Castle, and visit festive attractions such as the famous post office and the gigantic Santa Claus Christmas Store. You can also browse the Santa Claus Arts & Crafts Show, take in the beauty of the holiday lights, and sit back and enjoy the parade. For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration or a schedule of events, visit

Community Spotlight Annual Riley Holiday Cards Now Available This holiday season give your friends, family and clients more than season’s greetings – give them cards designed by patients at Riley Hospital for Children. Proceeds from sales give hope to children and families who turn to Riley Hospital for expert and compassionate care and benefit Riley Children’s Foundation. Riley Holiday Cards are available in packs of 10 for $8 and are sold exclusively at, and the Riley Hospital and IU Health North Hospital gift shops. Specific designs and variety packs are available. This year, companies may order personalized Riley Holiday Cards imprinted with a special message and company logo. The program, which has been ongoing at Riley Hospital for nearly 20 years, allows patients to apply their creative skills to design cards for the season of giving. Riley Hospital employees, patients and families vote for their favorite designs.

Meridian Music’s 4th Annual Music Marathon All day on Dec. 10, Meridian Music will hold its 4th Annual Music Marathon in Munger Hall at Meridian Music in Carmel. This performance will kick off a 2-week food drive benefiting Gleaner’s Food Bank. Meridian Music teachers and students along with other area music teachers and students will sign-up for performance time-slots. Many instruments, genres, and skill levels will be represented. All performers and audience members will be asked to donate at least one non-perishable food item the day of the performance. Meridian Music welcomes the general public to attend this event at anytime! For more information contact

Strides to Success Strides to Success, a not-for-profit, provides Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Therapy, as a resource for children, adults, families, business groups, schools and organizations toward achievement of behavioral, therapeutic and educational goals. On Dec. 9 and 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. come enjoy Christmas with the Ponies and Santa! Create a great memory for the family and give back to the community! The proceeds raised from this event ($20 donation) will contribute to the Strides scholarship fund that supports programs for victims of abuse.

New WonderLab Science Exhibition is a Blast! Who knew air could be such a blast? WHOOSH! Amazing Air, a special exhibition that highlights the surprising properties of this ubiquitous but invisible substance, is now open at Bloomington’s WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology. The interactive science exhibition about air provides opportunities to blast it from a cannon to knock down a block city, harness it to sail model boats, and heat it to lift a colorful hot air balloon (sans basket) to the second floor of the museum. The exhibition runs through May 13. For more information, visit

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Exclusive Contests at

If your child doesn’t want what you fixed for dinner, do you make them something else or make them eat what was given to them? I Don’t Run a Restaurant

Tickets to Disney on Ice

I don’t run a restaurant, so they eat what’s on their plate. Thankfully, we have trained our kids to be diverse eaters. —Stephanie C.

I Make Them Something Else Although this doesn’t happen often, if it’s something I know one of my children doesn’t like, I make them something else. I don’t believe in forcing them to eat something they don’t like. I always hated eating things I didn’t like. —Bebe J.

Fruits & Veggies Fill Them Up

Tickets to A Beef and Boards Christmas

In order to keep our fruit and veggie intake up, I’ve always got lots of sliced fruits and veggies on the table with our meals and they can always fill up on those. —Anna S.

They Can Wait for Breakfast Everyone eats what was made or they can wait for breakfast! Making them something different only encourages picky eating. —Amber G.

I Happily Cook Anything He Asks For My son refuses to eat ANYTHING except crackers and fruit. So I would happily cook him anything he asked for. But that has yet to happen. —Mariah S.

Tickets to The Nutcracker by the Indianapolis School of Ballet

My Son is a Picky Eater I always make dinner for me and the husband and then for the children, because my son is extremely picky! If I am cooking something for “us-the adults” that I know my son will eat then he has to eat it. My only fear is that I don’t want to do this forever and I worry I’m turning my youngest into a picky eater!—Natalie L.

I Won’t Make Anything Else

Tickets to Winterfest at the Indiana History Center

They don’t have to eat it. But I’m sure not making them anything else.—Heidi S.

They Can Fix Something Themselves My son either eats what I fix or fixes something for himself, ie: leftovers or PB&J.—Terry H.

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[ indy parks ]

around town

Ways to Stay Active all Winter Long Indy Parks has you covered! Enjoy Indiana winter with Indy Parks! Don’t hibernate until spring; join us for fun at a variety of indoor and outdoor programs, events and amenities throughout the long winter. If you prefer to bundle up and brave the cold Indiana air, catch a ride down one of Indy Parks’ 10 approved sledding hills just after the first snowflakes fall. Cross-country skiing is also a great winter workout for the entire family. Explore the wintery paths criss-crossing through Eagle Creek, Northwestway and Southeastway Park trails. Don’t forget, all 59 miles of Indy Parks Greenways can be used for cross-country skiing if the trail conditions are just right. Still want that winter feeling without the blustery cold air turning your fingers blue, head indoors to Perry Park Ice Rink for hockey and skating.

What if you don’t want to see your breath when you breathe? Indy Parks has 16 family centers, four nature centers and The Garfield Park Arts Center and Conservatory to keep your family warm but still active. Here are some fun activities where you won’t need to wear your coat.

Step back in time to explore plants and insects that were living when dinosaurs roamed the Earth at Jurassic Conservatory! Pretend to be a paleontologist as you walk through the Garfield Park Conservatory and discover the many plants that were food for dinosaurs, make a dinosaur craft, and unearth a trilobite fossil to take home with you!

Youth Futsal League at Bethel Park – It’s kind of like soccer but the ball has a little less bounce and you play on a hard surface.

Arts for All at The Garfield Park Arts Center– Discover your creative side! Families can stretch their creative muscles through fun, hands-on art projects and activities.

Drop into an Indy in Motion Fitness class at various family center locations across Marion County. This free class features a total-body health and fitness program through a partnership with the Marion County Health Department and the National Institute for Fitness and Sport. A NIFS instructor will lead each class. Classes vary based on location, call 327-PARK to learn more.

Indoor swimming – Leave the sunscreen at home when you swim at Krannert, Thatcher, LaShonna Bates, Indy Island and George Washington Community School indoor pools. Visit for more information about these activities and lots more. Also, check out the 2012 Winter/Spring Fun Guide – registration begins Dec. 9.

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[ pediatric health ]

Understanding Peanut Allergies Considering the factors before you become peanut-free Dr. Frederick Leickly Director, Allergy Services, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

If your child has been diagnosed with a peanut allergy, it can strike fear into your heart. But if your child is eating peanuts with no reaction and receives a positive test result, there are other factors you need to consider before your family becomes peanut-free.

What is a true peanut allergy?

test, as well as a history of a reaction to the food that your child has experienced. An accurate diagnosis requires both.

What happens if my child normally eats peanuts then has a positive allergy test to peanut? First, your child cannot become allergic from the test itself. A positive allergy test could mean that your child is sensitized to peanut and may not be truly allergic to them. Or, it might

allergies. Peanuts grow near the ground and are considered a legume. Peas and soybeans are also legumes. Tree nuts include cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts and pecans. If your child normally eats peanut butter or peanuts, then suddenly has an allergic reaction to mixed nuts, he or she could be allergic to tree nuts rather than peanuts.

Are all allergic reactions to peanuts severe?

No, while peanut Peanut allergy is allergies are often one of many types associated with of food allergy. It If your child has been diagnosed with a peanut allergy, it can strike fear life-threatening causes an emergencies, into your heart. But if your child is eating peanuts with no reaction and abnormal statistics show response by the receives a positive test result, there are other factors you need to something body to peanuts different. A study consider before your family becomes peanut-free. or peanut of 4,000 children, products. These published this year responses can in Pediatrics, found range from mild indicate that your child is allergic to that serious reactions were seen in just skin rashes to severe breathing problems similar pollen from birch trees or other over half of the patients with peanut to shock. About 25 percent of the time, plants instead of peanut. A child who is allergies. While it is important if your an allergic reaction occurs the first time eating peanuts frequently is tolerant to child has a true peanut allergy to be your child is exposed to the food. peanut. Before your child stops eating cautious and careful about the food However, it is more likely to occur the peanuts, consider making an products your child consumes, it may be second time. Allergies are an appointment with a pediatric allergist. helpful to know that not all reactions overreaction of the body’s natural result in a life-threatening emergency, defense system that normally fights Is there a difference between peanuts and based on the results of this study. infections, causing symptoms from hives tree nut allergies? to shock. A true peanut allergy is Yes. About half of children with peanut For more information, visit diagnosed with a positive skin or blood allergies are also likely to have tree nut


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[ pediatric health ]

Reagan’s Journey A young girl’s battle with childhood cancer Theresa Owens Tami Dillman wondered why her 5-year-old daughter, Reagan, became so agitated and anxious that she wouldn’t enter the movie theater. Reagan’s anxiety attack was followed by intermittent headaches that persisted for three weeks. At that point, Tami, a nurse at St.Vincent Williamsport Hospital, asked a hospital physician to examine Reagan more closely.

The long road ahead

Home away from home

Although the initial news was positive, the Dillmans’ journey had really only just begun: Lab results revealed cancer--a medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in children. “Medulloblastomas are located in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance and other complex motor functions,” said pediatric oncologist Jessica Goodman, M.D.

“Reagan received treatments for a year and a half,” said Tami. “But everyone at the hospital was so accommodating and caring that the girls actually looked forward to the trips to the hospital. The caregivers became my friends and support network as they genuinely cared not just for Reagan but for all of us.”

Two of the Dillmans’ biggest supporters were Child Life specialists Angie Shepler and Molly McCloud. “They are truly two News you hope of the most “Reagan received treatments for a year and a half, but everyone at the never to receive wonderful women An MRI in the whole hospital was so accommodating and caring that the girls actually revealed a world,” Tami said. tangerine-size looked forward to the trips to the hospital. The caregivers became my “They played tumor on games with the friends and support network as they genuinely cared not just for Reagan’s brain. girls, painted their Reagan was Reagan but for all of us.” —Tami Dillman, Reagan’s Mom nails, did crafts referred to and whatever else Peyton Manning they could dream Children’s up to help pass the time Medulloblastomas occur most Hospital at St.Vincent, where she met and take their minds off the treatment.” commonly in children between the pediatric neurosurgeon Ronald ages of 3 and 8 years, with The Child Life specialists made such an Young, M.D. Treatment soon approximately 500 cases diagnosed impression on Reagan that she’s decided followed. Dr. Young removed each year in the United States. With that’s what she wants to be when she Reagan’s tumor, which, thankfully six weeks of radiation and 55 weeks of grows up. was dense and compact and hadn’t chemotherapy, Reagan, her twin sister, spread. More good news came within Rylie, and her mom were at the To hear more about Reagan’s journey, 24 hours as a follow-up MRI revealed hospital practically every day. visit the tumor area was clear.


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Holidayin Indy Fun Activities galore for family fun Adrian Kendrick

Indianapolis Zoo Grab some hot chocolate and get ready for some holiday fun at the Indianapolis Zoo’s annual Christmas at the Zoo & Woodland Wonderland, presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union, open Nov. 25-Dec. 23. This season will shine brighter than ever with the installment of energy efficient LED lights throughout the Zoo. Come see the beautiful displays of more than one million shining white lights, 150 animated light displays, and 32 picturesque scenes. Also, check out the Woodland Wonderland exhibit at the Hilbert Conservatory in White River Gardens that showcases holiday décor from nature. For more information, visit

The Children’s Museum You’re invited to Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at The Children’s Museum, ongoing through Jan. 8th. Take a ride down the Yule Slide and discover the Winter Wonderland Snow Castle. Santa Claus will also be making appearances! Enjoy cookie fun in the kitchen, “outdoor” fun in the Snow Castle and much more. On Target Free Family Night, Dec. 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., guests can visit free of charge! Also, on Christmas Eve, the museum is offering free admission from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art Holidays definitely mean shopping! So get your splurge money ready for the Winter Market all day on Dec. 3. The 16 INDYSCHILD.COM

The Jolly Slide at The Children’s Museum

Winter Market will feature handmade art from more than 40 regional artists, and attendance to the market is included with museum general admission. The Eiteljorg will also feature activities for the whole family, including Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a locomotive wonderland featuring seven trains racing past astonishingly detailed local and Western landmarks made of natural materials.

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The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Indiana History Center

Get ready for the 26th Annual Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration, Dec. 2-23. Conductor Jack Everly will join the ISO in welcoming sisters and jazz artists Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway for this great holiday tradition. For more information, visit

Meet more than 75 Indiana authors at the 9th Annual Holiday Author Fair Dec. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. The Author Fair is a great chance to do holiday shopping for the best in fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and more. Activities will also be provided for kids.

Enjoy the performance Christmas at the Puppet Studio, Dec. 10-22 and 27. This is a wonderful music-filled production for the entire family. Mozart and Ludmilla, the ritzy rodents who live in the piano, host a variety of holiday characters...Rag Dolls, Frosty, Rufus the Magic Elf, a live ballerina and much more!

Also, connect to the past and celebrate the holiday season at the Winterfest, Dec. 20-23 and 27-30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Step back in time with the Indiana Experience, which will bring thousands of photographs and other historical items to your fingertips. Hands-on activities will be available as well. Cost: Free with admission to the Indiana Experience; $7 adults; $6.50 seniors; $5 ages 5-17; free for IHS members and kids younger than 5. Special: Free admission Friday, Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio

Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg

Come enjoy the classic Charles Dickens stage production of the Christmas Carol, Dec. 3-19. This one-hour stage production is enhanced with music, beautiful choreography and an intimate setting. Food is included from Chef Odel Wards tasty holiday buffet complete with turkey and all the trimmings—yum! Tickets: $19-32

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Indiana/World Skating Academy Santa is coming to Downtown Indy to celebrate the season and show off his skating skills at the Indiana World Skating Academy on Dec. 3 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Skate with Santa is a perfect opportunity to warm-up your ice expertise with St. Nick before mailing in your holiday wish list. It’s perfect holiday fun. Admission and skate rental is $8 for children ages 12 and over, $7 ages 5-11, and $6 ages 4 and under. For more information, visit

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[ mommy magic ]


What do you do as a family to reinforce the idea that it’s “better to give than to receive”?

Teaching Your Kids the Joy of Giving Leading by example

I take our daughter with me when I shop to fill a “basket of hope” that goes to those who need a little help getting dinner on the table and let her pick out a few extra things she thinks they may appreciate and enjoy. She gets so excited about picking things out for them and we talk about how nice it is to help others. -Laura W. We are doing Operation Christmas Child through our local church. We donate items to others who will otherwise have no Christmas presents. -Jen K. Adopt a family that are the gender / ages of our own children! -Kristin H. When my 7-year-old daughter passed away recently, our family donated her medical supplies, toys, clothes, etc. as a way to help others. We were able to help those who needed larger diapers, specialty formula, etc. We donated to Sheltering Wings, Putnam County CareNet, WIC, two food pantries, toys for her friends in her special needs classroom, and several families. Unfortunately, due to her medical condition, we were unable to make the ultimate donation of life by allowing her to be an organ donor. It is our way of keeping Brooklyn’s memory alive and paying it forward. -Christina M. Our son spent time in the Riley Burn Unit around the holidays last year, so this year we are starting a new tradition of visiting those who are spending this special time in the hospital. We plan to treat the nurses to breakfast as well as take gifts to the kids who are injured, in hopes of making their stay just a little brighter. -Josh L.


Mary Susan Buhner

Christmas is a perfect time of year to teach your kiddos about the joy of giving. I have always tried to teach my kids that it is better to give than receive a gift. This can be extremely tough to teach considering that as parents, we are competing with endless commercials, ads and even people that tell our children what they need. I am 100 percent onboard with the spirit of Christmas and all the family fun and traditions that go along with it for the season. Santa comes to our house too with many of the gifts from their Santa list. However, as they have grown, I realized that saying the phrase, “It is better to give than to receive,” actually was hard for them to comprehend, especially when they were downloading their new thingy to their new whatcha-call-it. I realized, in fact, that I had to help them connect the dots so that they experienced it and truly understood not only how fortunate as a family we are, but how important it is to give to others in need. It just seemed fitting for

the age of my kids to start this experience during the holiday season. Starting the tradition of giving back seemed to click during the Christmas season for them and now that they are older, we try to continue it all year long. It was, in fact, important for us to show them the difference between need and want and to be grateful for the gifts they do receive. This time of year there are so many ways to do this as a family. The most important thing is to set aside some time to talk about it as a family. You can do it in the car when everyone is buckled up and you have a captive audience or over a family meal. We started the tradition of reading the classic book, “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein to our kids and then talking about it with them. There are countless ways to approach the subject of giving to others so find one that fits best with your family. After talking about it, come up with a plan to give back. It doesn’t have to be over the top or overly thought-out. It can, in fact, start at home and be easy. For example, preschool and elementary children can go through their belongings

and donate toys, books, or clothes this holiday season. Open your pantry door and fill up a grocery bag from your own kitchen with items that can be given to a local food pantry. Go through closets and donate coats, scarves and hats to a coat drive. You could also suggest your kiddo put aside some of their allowance to donate to a charity that means something to your family. Involve your kids in the process. It is always easier to do it yourself, but it is important for them to be a part of the process to understand the concept of giving to others. If your kiddos are old enough another beneficial way for them to learn is to give their time. This can take a bit more planning, but is well worth it when teaching your kids the joy of giving. Volunteering at a soup kitchen, teaching a Sunday School class, or participating in a charity fundraiser are all great ways to give your time and support a cause that benefits others. Leading by example, you will show your children how important giving back is and you will teach them the joy of giving in the process!

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Beyblade Extreme Top System IR Spin Controller: Out-spin opponents and dominate your next Beystadium showdown.


Tonka XT: Driving skills can be shown off with this controller and the trick trigger button.


RoadTrip Family Board Game: Compete in wacky word challenges while on a cross-country adventure.


SpongeBob SquarePants Walkie Talkie Set: Communicate with friends with these nifty Walkie Talkies.


Play-Doh Twirl ‘n Top Pizza Shop: Whip up some delicious pizza, but don’t eat it.


E-Z Machine R/C: Your child will have loads of fun with this remote controlled CAT dump truck.

Sponsor: Old Spaghetti Factory * $100 gift card to the Old Spaghetti Factory, located at 210 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225 *



Gummy Bear Lamp: This home LED light is so delectably adorable, you’ll be glad you can’t eat him! Find It Starry Night: The first Find It® game to feature a custom star shaped container, adding a whole new dimension to game play. Silverlit® 3D Twister R/C Stunt Buggy: Control this non-stop 2-sided 3D twister with a remote.

Day 2 Dec 6 Buddy Bumper Ball: Step inside this ball and let the bouncing, bopping and bumping begin.

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Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven: Bake up sweet and tasty treats with this cooking set.


Voice Rockrz Microphone: Magically transforms your voice in amazement.


Heart 4 Hearts Rahel Doll: This cultural doll is from Ethiopia dressed in a yellow top and a woven wrap around skirt.


Sunbeam Pie Maker: Make pies with your little one and their Easy-Bake oven!


Fanciful Wings: Let your imagination sore through these sparkly wings.


4 tickets to Angels Sing by the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, plus 2 Children’s Choir CD’s.

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Playskool Poppin’ Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper: Children will have tons of fun with this lively, air-powered, ball-poppin’ elephant.


Count ‘N Crunch Cookie Monster: Cookie Monster loves to munch on cookies while counting and loves to be tickled - press his foot repeatedly to make him giggle and squirm!


LeapFrog Learning DVD Set (3 Discs): Cartoons teach preschool fundamentals.



Day 4 Dec 8

Tonka XT Ricochet Stunt Pro R/C: This remote control vehicle comes ready to run and able to save your stunts for replay.

Tonka Chuck and Friends: Interactive truck that yaps with your child and rolls forward when called. *



Playskool Transformer Rescue Bots: Converts from robot to vehicle for different missions.

Rockin’ Rider Pony: This talking and singing pony is the coolest pony for any princess.


* SOS Wildwasser Board Game: Speedy game of balance, memory and skill.


Friendship Bracelet Book: Learn to make friendships last with this bracelet how-to guide.


NeatDesk for Mac: High-speed scanner and software to organize all of your important information.

Littlest Pet Shop Walkables: Take this precious pet on a stroll around the park.


Jungle Speed: A board game of observation and quick reflexes will result in hysterical laughter.

uDraw Game Tablet for Xbox360: Turn your TV into an art studio with this creative tool.


Xbox360 uDraw Game: Super Hero Squad Comic Combat

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* Silpada Earrings: These Sterling Silver earrings are a favorite of InStyle Magazine editor.

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Day 9 Dec 15


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KRE-O Transformers Starscream: Build your favorite Transformers villain in vehicle or robot mode.


Nerf Vortex Vigilon Blaster: Fend off your foes with the fast, furious shooting of this Nerf Vortex Vigilon Blaster from Hasbro.


Beyblade Metal Masters Triple Battle Set: This complete Triple Battle Set has everything you need to start battling it out with the best!





Llama Llama Book Set from Kohl’s: Bring home Llama Llama books and a stuffed-animal for fun times with your child.




SpongeBob Underwater Digital Camera: Explore the great underworld of water through this picture perfect device. *

“The Best of I Love Lucy” DVD


“Hawaii Five-0” The First Season, DVD


“Goosebumps Attack of the Mutant” DVD


Baby Alive Crib Life Makayla Song Doll: This sweet, caring girl comes dressed to play with a colorful outfit and adorable pigtails.

“VeggieTales Princess and the PopStar” DVD


Little Pim Spanish DVD: A beginning language learning DVD for children taught by Pim! Bright Feet Lighted Slippers: See where you are about to step, while staying warm and comfy with these cozy slippers.

“Glee” The Complete Second Season, DVD


Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bitty Market Playset: Adventure to the Berry Market for a sweet treat or something delicious to eat!


Road Rippers Racers: These come-back racers race away then come right back!

iZon: This App-based wireless video camera lets you see and hear what’s happening in any room from anywhere in the world. *


10 tickets to go ice skating at the Pepsi Coliseum!


LeapFrog Phonics Farm DVD: A great learning video for enrichment.


DIY SqwishLand: Paint fun toys with this DIY art kit.


Hevea Baby Toys: Pacifier and bath toys for your little ones.


Haba Crab Calino: Crab Calino scurries happily along behind your giggling child and moves across the floor by a string.

Day 12 Dec 20

Day 10 Dec 16

Fling Joystick: Game controller for iPad.

Day 8 Dec 14

Day 11 Dec 19

Sponsor: Gymboree * 1 month of play, music or art classes at Gymboree Play & Music

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“MonteCarlo” DVD “Judy Moody and The Not Bummer Summer” DVD

“The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl” DVD


Peachy Keen Golden Bead Earrings: Made of quartz, pink amethyst, and gold filled chain.


Family 4 Pack to Disney on Ice!


Dixit Board Game: An entertaining story telling game you’ll love! Football Guys: Make plays with these little action figures by Kaskey Kids. *

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[ the indianapolis zoo ]

around town

Christmas at the Zoo Where holiday memories begin For more than 30 years, Hoosier families have made wonderful holiday memories while attending Christmas at the Zoo. This year’s event is presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union, and offers new dates. Christmas at the Zoo is open Wednesday-Sunday from Nov. 25-Dec. 23, plus Dec. 26-30. While the Zoo opens at noon, the holiday magic is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Event highlights include visits (and photos) with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday dolphin show, six keeper chats, choir performances, delicious holiday treats, Santa’s reindeer (the real ones!), holiday train ride, the carousel, and of course, those beautiful lights. Guests should be on the lookout for up to 10 mistletoes so they can register to win a Dolphin In-Water Adventure.

Christmas at the Zoo is unlike any other time of the year at the Zoo. As dusk sets, the Zoo begins to glow with sparkling lights creating a sense of holiday magic. Several animals stay up late to enjoy the cooler nights, including the sea lions, polar bear, walrus, brown bears, and tiger. Zoo guests, on the other hand, have no trouble keeping warm going between the well spaced out Oceans building, Dolphin Dome, Deserts, Santa’s Village, Café on the Commons, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, White River Gardens, and two campfires.

The Zoo Store will feature animal and holiday decorations and gifts for all ages – great plush, ornaments, books, and more! This event is free for Zoo members and included with regular off-season admission. Receive $1 off with the donation of a new hat, scarf or gloves for St. Mary’s Children Center. Discount tickets are available at Indianapolis Donatos locations. Complete details can be found at under Special Events.

Photo By: Jason Wright

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[ museum note ]

around town

Celebrate the Holidays with Jolly Days At The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Maggie Johnson Public Relations Intern at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

What was the best gift Santa ever brought you? Was it a dollhouse? An Erector Set? An awesome bicycle? As a child, the holiday season is the highlight of the year and even as an adult you still remember your favorite presents, baking cookies with grandma, sledding with siblings and drinking hot

chocolate in front of a fire. This December, what better way to ensure that your kids have cherished holiday memories than by visiting Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis? Jolly Days gives children and families the opportunity to enjoy the winter transformation of The Children’s Museum. With snowflakes, lights, oversized toys and winter indoor/outdoor activities, every part of this holiday exhibit is sure to bring joy to your whole family. Inside the 6,000-square-foot exhibit, visit the North Pole, Santa’s reindeer stable and an “outdoor” space for ice skating in socks! During scheduled intervals Santa would love to hear wish lists from children of all ages, and his reindeer always need fed,

groomed and harnessed before the big night. For children ages 2 and younger, the Jingles’ Baby Play area is the perfect place to explore elements similar to those of Playscape such as peek-a-boo doors and padded floors and walls. A staff-facilitated indoor snowball fight with fluffy white pom poms and Ice Fishing at the Ice Castle are perfect for older kids, and families can enjoy participating in the traditions of house decorating with lights and garland and sharing cooking secrets during a customary holiday meal. Make this holiday season one your kids will remember for years to come and include The Children’s Museum in your holiday traditions. The exhibit is open Nov. 25 until Jan. 8, 2012.

Scan to access more info. about Jolly Days te Win r Wonderland!

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around town

[ indy on a budget ]

Do-it-Yourself Holiday Decorating and Gifts

‘Tis the Season for Savvy Shopping Indy moms share their shopping secrets

Local crafter, mother of two, and owner of Lois Pearl Designs Erin Hill offers three tips for affordable do-it-yourself holiday decorating. Use branches that inevitably fall from the Christmas tree to add color to shelves or above cabinets. Take the kids on an outdoor adventure to hunt for pine cones or acorns. Collect them and fill vases or a pretty plate to place on the table. Print a free holiday printable with holiday graphics off the Internet and place in a cheap frame that can be spray painted in festive colors. “You can find a million gift ideas between a trip to Goodwill and cans of spray paint,” she said.

Carrie Bishop So December arrived before you knew it. And the economy is in the tank. Your New Year’s resolution to buy holiday gifts all year long? All but forgotten. Not to worry. There is still time to shop, and to do so with savvy.

The Internet: Santa’s Little Helper “My advice,” said Beth Montgomery, Indianapolis mom and blogger, “is to start early and just go slow. You don’t have to do it all in one day. Just spread it out and purchase it when you find good deals.”

Beyond cash savings, you bypass holiday crowds by shopping online which saves on sanity. We can all say cheers to that. Yet, don’t bypass a good deal just because it’s offline.

Shop Resale Heather McMullen, owner of Little Green Bean Boutique in downtown Indianapolis, said one of the biggest ways parents can save money is to buy resale or consignment. Great deals can be found on clothing, shoes, books and toys. Of note, McMullen’s store will host a handmade market on Dec. 8, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring over 15 crafters and artists who will be selling items for the entire family.

Montgomery knows a good deal about good deals, too. Her blog, In Good Cents,, gets about 130,000 For even more savings on holiday fun, the page views per month from people following Saturday Santa will also stop looking to save on the essentials. by Little Green Bean Boutique for free photos with kids between 11 a.m. and 2 “I focus on saving on the necessities so p.m. Children’s apparel and shoes will be you can splurge on the more fun things in 20 percent off during the event too. life,” Montgomery said. So look to sites like In Good Cents for ways to save on Resale and consignment shops can be turkey and all the trimmings so a little found throughout the Indianapolis area. more stuffing can go into the stockings. It’s a good way to find bargains, and For good buys on gifts, Montgomery is a fan of daily deal sites like Groupon, Rue La La, Plum District, and Zulily. Also, be sure to mark Dec. 16 on your calendar. It’s Free Shipping Day. Hundreds of online merchants offer free shipping that day and guarantee to deliver items by Christmas Eve. 28 INDYSCHILD.COM

you’ll be buying local to boot.

Get Crafty Some moms intend to save money on gifts by buying directly from artists or even making their own. “I’m a big deal seeker. I love handmade. I love when someone opens a gift and

you are able to give a story behind it,” said Erin Hill, Fishers mom of two and owner of Lois Pearl Designs. Find her on Etsy or at She feels arts and craft shows are a great way to find interesting gifts. Buying at a craft show will save on shipping of course, but Hill said crafter items can be less expensive at the craft show too because middlemen like Etsy are cut out. It’s also interesting to meet the artist and get the full story behind the item you are purchasing. Check out http://festivalnet. com/state/indiana/in.html for a listing of craft shows this month. What about making your own gift? Hill said it’s a great idea. “I have a group of girlfriends I get together with who love to be crafty,” she said. They will often have theme nights where they make the same type of item like kid tees or teacher gifts. Everyone pitches in on the supplies so everyone saves. Plus, it’s fun. She said novice crafters can find fun and affordable holiday craft ideas online at sites like Pintrest,, or simply searching on Google.

Happy Holiday Shopping While it may be December already, there are easy and fun ways to make this holiday exceptional without breaking the bank. Merry wishes for a frugally fantastic season!

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s ’ e m ho coo l!

More parents opting to homeschool their children

Written by Rebecca Todd

ne of the most important decisions parents can make is how to educate their children. So many alternatives are available in today’s society, deciding on a method can sometimes be a daunting task.


According to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), there were 2 to 2.5 million homeschooled students in grades K-12 in 2007-2008 and home education grows about five to 12 percent each year. Today, more and more parents are opting to homeschool their children. According to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), there were 2 to 2.5 million homeschooled students in grades K-12 in 2007-2008 and home education grows about five to 12 percent each year. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states and most have few laws regulating the practice, so families are free to teach and learn in whatever manner best fits their individual needs. The law requires that Indiana children be in school from ages 7-17 and that they attend school for at least 180 days each year. Required subjects for homeschoolers are equal to the curriculum required in public schools. According to the Indiana Association of Home Educators, The Indiana Appellate Court has held that the Indiana law allows the operation of homeschools, stating that a homeschool is essentially a private school. The court defined a school as “A place where instruction is imparted to the young. We do not think that the number of persons, whether one or many, make a place where instruction is imparted any less or more a school.” Parents have various reasons for choosing to homeschool including flexibility, control over curriculum, catering to the special needs of their children and safety concerns.

in the factor that my beliefs in Christianity call me to disciple my children, not to push them off on someone else who may or may not have the same faith as myself or our family.” Tracey Rollison, the Marion County contact for the Indiana Home Educator’s Network, decided to home school her children before she even had them. As a college student, she was taking a pre-law course that required extensive research on education in America. “Through my research, I learned that homeschoolers ended up better-educated than graduates of government or even private schools,” she said. “And that was in the late 80s, when there were not so many curricula designed especially for the one-on-one teaching demands of homeschoolers or that could take advantage of the unique aspects of homeschooling.” Homeschooling has often gotten a bad rap and the myths and misperceptions about homeschooled children have been perpetrated by both media and public opinion. The most common misconception being that homeschool children will not be properly socialized. Homeschool families agree that this notion is preposterous. “Our kids learn to interact with people of all ages, backgrounds, and socioeconomic classes as they go about their days,” said

Rollison. “They get used to playing with kids years older and younger than themselves at support groups, park days and gym days. Socializing can happen as frequently as you can handle it! Especially in the Indianapolis area, there are multiple things happening daily.” Rollison’s children participate in a wide range of activities including sports, 4-H, Scouts and involvement with various homeschool co-ops. “[My children] have interaction on a daily basis with adults, and kids younger and older than they are,” agrees Meyers. “When we do school, we don’t have the distractions of other classmates and can concentrate on our work. When we’re not in school we can have fun together as a family and hang out with kids who aren’t in our grade, and its OK.” What are the cons of homeschooling? Surely there must be some. “It does take patience and organization,” said Miller. “At times I struggle with the sense of doubt questioning if I’m doing enough of the right things. But every year we reevaluate our homeschool and when I’ve offered [my children] the choice of public, private, online or homeschool they’ve continually chosen to stay home and learn. This tells me I must be doing something right.”

“I first started to homeschool when my oldest child was about to begin Kindergarten,” said Michelle Anthony, mother of 11 children. “I wasn’t ready to put her on a bus at 5-years-old and send her off for most of the day. She seemed far too young.” Nanette Hollman began homeschooling because the public school was not following through with her daughter’s Individualized Education Program, a program that exists for children who may have some degree of learning disability. Both she and her daughter love the flexibility and freedom they have with homeschooling. “We can school when and where we want and learn anything we want,” said Nanette. “I don’t see any disadvantages to home education. I just hate that we ever bothered with public school at all.” Stephanie Meyer decided to homeschool her children because as a child, her family moved a lot and she attended many different schools. “I cannot tell you the number of elementary schools that I went to personally,” she said, “I figured that homeschooling was a stable environment, without too many changes. Then I added DECEMBER 2011 [ indy’s child ] 31


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Keeping Calm This

Holiday Season Eliminating the chaos for individuals with autism

It was a simple picture with Santa. A festive trip to the mall. An American rite of passage that started to unravel while Dana Renay and her children were waiting in line. That’s where her son with autism started to break down. By the time the family reached Santa, he was in full meltdown mode. She remembers him lying on his back on the floor screaming at the top of his lungs. “All the moms looked at me like I was beating him. If I had thought about it, I could have better prepared him or told the people there that he was on the spectrum and maybe we could have cut the line,” said Renay who is the executive director of the Autism Society of Indiana. She still doesn’t know if her son was afraid of Santa, confused by the situation, or what. It was an unforgettable day nonetheless and an idea she would not pursue again. Renay’s situation is common. The holidays are tough on individuals with autism. Edy Stoughton, head of school for Midwest Academy of Indiana, said the holidays are a time of overstimulation and chaos. This can also be stressfully relational as kids are expected to hug distant relatives, show appreciation for gifts, and relate to Santa Claus among other things. There are measures parents can take to maintain a sense of calm this month. Local experts offer the following advice:

Sleep tight. Stoughton believes in a good night’s sleep. She said when kids on the spectrum get tired and experience a change in schedules and general chaos, “It absolutely destroys them.” These kids work hard to read situations to understand what’s going on socially. Good rest is a must. Written by Carrie Bishop

Organize early. Jane Grimes, marketing director for the Applied Behavior Center for Autism, suggests parents get organized in advance of holiday madness. Prepare meals ahead of time. Think through the schedule. Anticipate key stressors and consider extra accommodations the child may need.

Keep visual schedules. Lay out the day on a calendar. Be very clear on what the child will and will not be doing. Consider keeping a white board 34 INDYSCHILD.COM

on hand that lists the day’s events so the child can see the agenda and check off activities throughout the day.

Arrive early. Special events can be harrowing for a child with autism. Arrive early to avoid some chaos.

Bring the child’s comfort items. If parents expect the child to deviate from the normal schedule and go to unfamiliar places and be with lots of people, then bring along items that are calming to the child such as a blanket or handheld video game.

Find a sitter. Mary Rosswurm, executive director of Little Star Center, said don’t take the child into the over-stimulating holiday crowds. If a sitter is not an option, then shop during off hours.

Be aware of the child and let them lead you. Rosswurm also advises parents to follow their child’s cues. If he can only visit with family in a loud room for two minutes, then that’s fine.

Explain autism to family members. For instance, be upfront with family members that extra noise might be stressful so it’s OK if the child goes to his room to be alone. Explain to cousins that too many friends in his room at one time can be overwhelming. Instruct them to visit him one at a time.

Keep calm. Grimes knows the holidays are stressful for parents and said it’s important to remain calm. “We’re often busy and frantic and stressed, and the child with autism can feel and sense that. You may think they can’t, but they can because I’ve seen it in my daughter.”

Have realistic expectations. “You can’t force them to enjoy it. You can only prepare them and be willing to leave if they need to go. Set your expectations appropriately,” said Renay.Mary Rosswurm, mother to a young adult with autism, said, “Some people don’t understand. Maybe they think [our child’s behavior] is due to bad parenting or that some of our kids just need discipline. If it were only so simple.”

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december CALENDAR special needs resources

[ childcare ]

sat 03

fri 09

weds 14

Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation Holiday Bash at Conner Prairie

Applied Behavior Analysis: Practical Strategies for Home and for school

Autism Family Resource Center Grandparents’ Support Group

Times: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Price: Free

Price: $90

Phone: 317-882-1914

Phone: 317-823-0128

Location : Easter Seals Crossroads. 4740

Location : Batesville High School. One Bulldog Blvd, Batesville, IN 47006

Kingsway Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46205

Times: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Phone: jane-grimes@

iasfoundation-org Location : Conner Prairie. 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038

tues 06 Assistive Technologies for Students with Learning Differences

Occurs 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Friday of each month Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-466-2006 Location: Indian Creek Christian Church. 6430 S. Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN 46259 /irca

ongoing events

sat 10

Autism Family Resource Center Parents’ Night Out: East

Autism Family Resource Center Sibshops

Occurs 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Friday of each month

Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Phone: 317-466-2006

Phone: 317-466-2006

Location: Trinity Wesleyan Church. 11552 Fishers Landing Dr., Fishers, IN 46038

Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-823-0128 Location : Dyslexia Institute of

Times: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Indiana. 8395 Keystone Crossing, Suite 102, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Kingsway Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46205


Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Autism Family Resource Center Parents’ Night Out: South

Price: Free Phone: 317-466-2010 Location : Easter Seals Crossroads. 4740

Location : Easter Seals Crossroads. 4740

Autism Family Resource Center Parents’ Night Out: North Ongoing on the third Friday of each Month. Price: Free

Kingsway Dr., Indianapolis, IN 45205 Know of an upcoming event benef itting kids with special needs? Email Carrie Bishop at

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special needs resources

[ childcare ]

Agape’ Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc.

Agape offers children with special needs, their friends and family a safe environment to celebrate birthdays or any life accomplishment. Celebrate events by riding horses under certified instructor supervision in a heated, indoor arena or on wooded trails. Children also create horse related crafts to take home. Various packages are available. 24950 Mt. Pleasant Road, Cicero, IN 46034, Contact: Debbie Laird, Executive Director, Phone: 317-773-RIDE (7433), Email: dlaird@,,

Grimes, Phone: 317-849-5437, ext 112, Email: jane@

To provide the highest quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down Syndrome. We do this by providing proven researched based ABA methodologies delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals. Our programs focus on increasing language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reducing problematic behavior. 450 S. State Road 135, Greenwood, IN 46142, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-889-KIDS, 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. 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 38 INDYSCHILD.COM

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Satterfield-Siegel is a Board Certified Pediatric

the family and child. Introductory meeting at no charge.

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,

Providing service to central Indiana, Contact: Mika

3448, Email:,,

Autism Consultation Individually designed behavior and academic support and intervention strategies for families and children dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders. With 35+ years experience in special education in public schools I am comfortable attending IEP meetings to advocate for

Adams, Phone: 866-968-3698, Email: mikaadams@

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

Cornerstone Autism Center


Hopebridge-Pediatric Specialists

Illinois Street, Suite 110, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact:

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:,

Dana Renay, Phone: 800-609-8449, Email: info@

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, Spanishspeaking support group, summer camp programs, and oversight on the Indiana Comprehensive Plan of Lifetime Supports for Individuals with Autism 13295,

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

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:,

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:,

Lovaas Institute The Lovaas Institute provides ABA therapy in the home, a young child’s primary place for learning. Dr. Lovaas’ work spans over forty years and was called the most rigorously controlled research for children with autism published to date (Rogers & Vismara, 2008). We are committed to continuing his legacy of high quality services and unparalleled support to families. Serving Indianapolis, Contact: Vincent LaMarca, (317) 508-5430, Email:,

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

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:,

Toddlers Choice Inc Celebrating 14 years, Toddler’s Choice is a First Steps pediatric therapy agency dedicated to serving the developmental needs of children with special needs. Our therapists range in experience from 2-35 years and offer the newest treatment strategies in addition to the advantage of many years of knowledge in pediatric therapy. 8117 Center Run Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46250, Contact: Heidi Miller, Phone: 317-570-9205, Fax: 317-570-9206, Email: TODDLERSCHOICE@EARTHLINK. NET.,

Your Listing Here!!! Contact Jennica at

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A Time of

Giving Local individuals dedicated to special needs

Written by Carrie Bishop

or many, December is a time of giving. For some, there is no set time. They give year-round. Here’s a look at three people who every day make a difference for kids and families with special needs. A Determined Mom Jane Grimes’ daughter was 6 when she was diagnosed with autism. At the time, Grimes said very few doctors knew about the disorder, let alone friends and the school system. To her there seemed to be little to no support in her hometown of Noblesville. “I didn’t know who to talk to,” she said. Grimes is not one to sit on the sidelines. She knew she needed support and imagined others like her needed support too. She set up a time for people to meet at a local coffee shop with a goal to make Noblesville a better town for kids with autism. 40 INDYSCHILD.COM

It lasted two months, but not for lack of interest. “We had more and more people showing up. We had our first meeting with just four or five of us. Then by the third month it was like 30. It got bigger and bigger,” she said. People came from Bloomington, Anderson, Terre Haute and elsewhere. “It wasn’t even a nonprofit at that point. It was all of us sitting around talking about where we were, what we needed, our struggles. We really supported each other. It was a very genuine group of individuals helping each other get through some really difficult times,” she recalls. That was six years ago. The small support group became

the active Hamilton County Autism Support Group, for which she served as president, a fully volunteer position. The autism community has gained from the support group and stands to gain even more as the organization shifts gears to focus on providing scholarship funding to individuals with autism ages 15 on up for employment, vocational and college assistance. Its new name is the Indiana Autism Scholarship Fund. “This is a passion. Where in the world are all the individuals with autism going to be in five and 10 years with autism rates as high as they are? Where are they going to be employed? We’ve got to address it. We have to address it,” said Grimes.

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“When I sit back and look at what’s going on, I think my heavens, are we really doing this? We know it’s not really us. It’s God doing it through us. He sends people to help.” —Elizabeth Shafer, founder of Hope’s Way

Like the support group she started six years ago, the Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation is starting at ground level. With her determination and the very real need individuals with autism have for help in obtaining and maintaining employment, this is an organization that may well implement real change in the community. The original support group continues to grow under Noble of Indiana’s leadership and is now called Central Indiana Autism Support Group.

A Calling to Help Kids In 2001 Richard and Elizabeth Shafer’s life forever changed when their granddaughter died shortly after birth. Through their grief they felt called upon to help children with special needs. The following January, Hope’s Way was founded. “My husband and I had always had a heart for underprivileged kids and wanted to do something, but put it on the back burner,” said Elizabeth.


Hope’s Way is a cost-free recreation center in Bainbridge that currently serves between 900 and 1000 people each year. This includes kids with special needs as well as their families because as Elizabeth said, “It’s a family thing.” Though the Hope’s Way mission is to enhance the quality of life, health and emotional wellbeing of children with special needs and their families, their hearts are open for all people. Recently a woman with Alzheimer’s came to ride a horse as it had been a dream of hers and her family wanted to make it possible as a last wish. Their work has extended to help homeless, troubled teens and many others. The way Richard sees it, “I’m from Texas and any child who has not ridden a horse has a special need.” In other words, all are welcome at the ranch. The volunteer-run operation is open seven days a week April through October with a Teddy Bear Picnic scheduled the third Saturday each month. Hope’s Way provides all the food though families often bring side dishes and others

like Kroger and a nearby hog farmer pitch in too. Hope’s Way facilities include a petting zoo, horse rides, hayrides, stagecoach rides, mining for gold, a large and growing Western town, and playground. More information can be found at Richard said miracles happen at Hope’s Way. He recalls a nonverbal boy with autism who visited Hope’s Way. As the child was leaving the ranch he looked at Richard and said “Goodbye. I’ll see you.” The family was stunned. When the child returned to the ranch again, he and his brother took Richard’s hand and led him to where they wanted to go. “When I sit back and look at what’s going on, I think my heavens, are we really doing this? We know it’s not really us. It’s God doing it through us. He sends people to help,” Elizabeth said and gives thanks for the board of directors, advisory board, neighbors and sponsors.

[ dear teacher ]


Dear Teacher Your Questions of Teachers—Answered Peggy Gisler and Marge Eberts

Is Video Addiction a Real Addiction? We think the reason our eighth grader is suddenly doing poorly in school is because of the amount of time he spends playing video games. Is there such a thing as addiction to video games? How can we get him to start studying more? —Possible Addiction The American Psychological Association doesn’t believe that there is enough evidence yet to formally consider too much game playing a disorder. There is wide-spread agreement, however, that spending an excessive amount of time playing these games results in behavior similar to that of addicts of many substances. According to the Center for On-Line Addiction that does consider there is such a thing as video gaming addiction, the signs of such an addiction are: •

Playing for increasing amounts of time

Thinking about gaming during other activities

Gaming to escape from real-life problems, anxiety or depression

Lying to friends and family to conceal gaming

Feeling irritable when trying to cut down on gaming

The question isn’t so much whether or not excessive video gaming is an addiction, but whether or not it is affecting your son’s school work. And this sounds like a definite possibility. First of all, you need to determine when and for how long he is playing these games. Then you can set time limits on playing these games as well as set the rule that the game playing device must be in a family room at all times so that you can clearly see when he is playing video games. It is also sensible to establish the rule that your son’s homework must be done and inspected by you before he can play every day. If your son reacts violently to any suggestion of limiting his gaming time, then there may be a serious problem going so far as to require professional help.

New Year’s Resolutions to Put Your Children on the Path to A’s and B’s Parents: What you do directly influences how successful your children will be in school. They don’t have to be geniuses to get A’s and B’s in school. This is an absolute myth. However, you do have to instill in them a willingness to work hard and a desire to do their best in order for them to be rewarded with top grades. Because it is the start of a new year and the traditional time to make resolutions, why don’t you choose one or more of the following resolutions to make sure your children are truly on the path to making the Honor Roll each grading period. Resolve to… • Praise

your children for making an effort to do well in school.

• Communicate • Establish

the homework habit.

• Encourage • Eat

the importance of education.

your children to talk about what happened at school each day.

dinner with your children every night.

• Monitor • Limit

the type and amount of TV your children watch.

the time your children spend using electronic gadgetry.

• Stress

the importance of good attendance records.

• Limit

the number of extracurricular activities in which your children participate.

• Work

closely with your children’s teachers.

• Help

your children learn organizational skills.

• Teach

your children how to set and accomplish realistic long- and short-term goals.

• Help

your children learn more about the world.

• Take

your children to museums and historical sights.

• Encourage • Avoid

your children to read as much as they can.

homework battles by using a homework contract.

• Express

enthusiasm about how much they are learning in school.

Parents should send questions and comments to or ask them on the columnists’ Web site at

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preschool & co-op options

Written by Amy Seng Holtzman

Choosing a quality program and when to start

t’s never too early to start thinking about where your toddler should go to preschool. Some schools open registration next month, and popular programs will fill up fast. Choosing a quality program can have a lifelong impact on your child according to Mary Jane Eisenhauer, PhD, an assistant professor in early childhood education at Purdue University North Central. “The benefits of preschool education are evident when we talk about high-quality programs: Children enter kindergarten with a positive attitude about school, children are able to self-regulate, children “Preschool gives the child the are poised and ready to leap into literacy opportunity to learn how to and numeracy, follow rules, function in a group, children have a strong support system in make gradually complex choices place,” Eisenhauer and follow a routine – all lifesaid.

long skills.”

Barbara Wolf, PhD, associate vice president of research and evaluation of family learning at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, added, “Preschool gives the child the opportunity to learn how to follow rules, function in a group, make gradually complex choices and follow a routine – all life-long skills.”

— Barbara Wolf, PhD, associate vice president of research and evaluation of family learning at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Without quality preschool, Eisenhauer said, “For many children, especially those at-risk, 44 INDYSCHILD.COM

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the downside of not having access to a high quality program is the opportunities for learning that are lost.” With that in mind, we asked parents and preschool directors to give us the inside track on some local preschools. Debbye Dein of Carmel knew exactly what she was looking for when she started looking for a preschool program for her children, Charlie and Lyla. That’s why she talked to friends “Parents may be reluctant to and visited several schools to find the best fit. have Play-Doh and paint out all “I was looking for an atmosphere that looked creative and nurturing. If a school’s walls are covered with artwork that is clearly done by the children then I know that a school is child-centered, and that is where I want my child to be,” she said. Dein chose Children’s Circle Preschool of Second Presbyterian Church.

the time, but they are always available at school. Children can really delve into topics and themes and learn more about the world around them.”

— Cara Paul, director at Children’s Circle Preschool

Cara Paul, director at Children’s Circle Preschool, said preschool offers many benefits to children including one that’s often overlooked – the opportunity to try new things. “Parents may be reluctant to have Play-Doh and paint out


all the time, but they are always available at school. Children can really delve into topics and themes and learn more about the world around them.” At the preschool at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 65 students have the opportunity to explore exhibits before the museum even opens its doors. They also interact with museum scientists. Wolf said, “We believe that children are inquisitive and explorers of the world around them. In this vein, we do not view children as empty vessels to be filled up with knowledge rather, they will show us their interests or we can introduce them to new interests.” Children are also exposed to all the preschool basics in the early education program at the Arthur M. Glick JCC. Children have the opportunity to explore the entire facility. Director, Erin Mills, said, “In addition to age-specific outdoor playgrounds, we have a children’s garden, make use of two gymnasiums for playtime and gymnastics and offer swim lessons and play time in our specially-heated therapy pool. Not very many preschools offer swimming!” For Joanna Ireland, she turned to family advice when choosing a preschool for her four children. Ireland lives near Irvington and took her mother-in-law’s suggestion to check out the Downey Cooperative Preschool. Parents help run cooperative schools by taking jobs such as assisting in class, balancing the books and even maintenance. This keeps the tuition at cooperatives to about half the price of traditional preschools.

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Ireland said, “After visiting Downey, I was hooked so I didn’t look at other schools. You get to be a big part of your child’s education.“ Samantha Weinbrecht is president of the Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives. The non-profit group’s mission is to maintain and promote standards for cooperative schools. Approximately 400 families in Indianapolis are enrolled in cooperative preschools. Weinbrecht said many parents like co-ops because they get to know the children and each other. Weinbrecht said, “This helps create a real family within each preschool.” So how old should your child be before starting school? It depends on whom you ask. At the Starting Line preschool, most children start at age 2. Owner, Diane Atkins, said, “We strive to make sure your child starts on the right track for a lifelong love of learning.” Laura Del Carlo moved to Carmel in 2007 and searched for a program for her daughter, Chloe, to spend a few hours a week. Del Carlo said they fell in love with Starting Line, “After looking at Starting Line, I looked no further. It was exactly what I wanted – clean, organized, inviting, flexible and filled with caring teachers.” Chloe is now 6 and attends Mohawk Trails, but her 4-year-old sister, Piper, is now at Starting Line.


Julie Bowman is the owner of the Primrose Schools at West Clay and Bridgewater. She said, “We believe that the younger the better. The earlier a child starts, the better educational foundation he or she will have. The child will also have less separation anxiety and will be more comfortable interacting with new friends because they have been exposed to more people at a younger age.” Tracy Tyndall of Carmel loves the school and sends her twins Avery and Delaney and son, Phillip, to the West Clay location. The twins started at Primrose before they turned 1. “Their balanced learning curriculum factors in all aspects of learning development, character development and play. Each classroom is geared for the appropriate levels of development. The staff is wonderful from the owners, management and “We believe that the all teachers.”

younger the better. The earlier a child starts, the better educational foundation he or she will have.”

There are plenty of preschool options. It’s just a matter of figuring — Julie Bowman, owner of the Primrose Schools out what works for you. at West Clay and Bridgewater The best choice is the school that makes you and your child feel most comfortable. So, start doing your research. Enrollment time is just around the corner.

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education +childcare resources

[ childcare ]

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

Indiana Montessori Academy Giving your child a Montessori education is a gift your child will embrace in the classroom and for years to come. The Montessori classroom, following your child’s lead, naturally allows him the unique opportunity to develop and achieve many life skills: concentration, logical thinking, a love of learning, social, academic and emotional development. Through his experience and education, the child is creating our future. The Village of West Clay, 12760 Horseferry Road, Suite 100, Carmel, IN 46032 Contact: Kris Spence, Founder/Directress 317-840-8610 info@

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@, ,

Westclay Children’s Montessori Westclay Children’s Montessori preschool & kindergarten offers a small, structured, nurturing learning environment for children ages 3-6 to explore, learn and grow at their own pace. Guided by a certified Montessori directress and assistant, each child receives hands-on, one-on-one or small group instruction, in life skills, grace & courtesy, sensorial activities, reading, math, music, French, cultural studies. 3085 West 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Sharon Emanuel Ip, 317-697-8460,, 50 INDYSCHILD.COM


FISHERS Fall Creek Montessori Academy Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally diverse environment where children grow and develop their unique talents and gifts. Through child-centered learning, children excel physically, academically and emotionally. 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

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

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center 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,,

Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. We offer classes for

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children ages 9 months to 5 years old. We meet the needs of the whole child in a creative and loving environment. Our experienced staff embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole child- physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Cara Paul, Director, 317-252-5517,,

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

Fairview Early Childhood Program Fairview ECP has a developmental, expereinced based curriculum in a warm and inclusive environment. Curriculum is designed to promote positive social behavior, respect for diversity, positive self-concept, independence, creativity and critical thinking skills. Fairview is Accredited by NECPA. Come and visit us! 4609 N. Capital Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Melissa Peterson, 317-253-4990,

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, www.

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 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,,

St. Richard’s School 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) DECEMBER 2011 [ indy’s child ] 51

through Grade 8. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Melinda W. Fisher, 317-926-0425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367,, www.

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,. skarpicke@,

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:,


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,, www.

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 selfworth, 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: pollypandaindy@,

Tomorrows Child Daycare Ministry We offer an excellent program for the academic as well as spiritual development of each child. For over 25 yrs we have given the children in our care a “home away from home” atmosphere. We use the Abeka Christian Curriculum, giving kids a great head start when they enter school. From infants to Kindergarten, your child can grow up with us! Check us out! You won’t be disappointed. Great references, low ratios, great rates. 7920 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Mary Copeland, Phone: 317-491-5000, Email:

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

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, mainb@stlukesumc. com,

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, tkanzler@tpcs. org, at 317-769-2450.,


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: To learn more about childcare and 317-867-3077, Email: education opportunities in your area, kimusik@musicalbeginnings. visit our Web site at: com, www.


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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, jbell@

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:,

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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WESTFIELD Montessori School of Westfield, Inc. Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years, and we are adding a new Toddler room for the 2011-2012 year. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, 317-867-0158,,

ZIONSVILLE 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


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Gleaners Food Bank

3737 Waldemere Ave., Indianapolis

Engages with individuals and communities to provide food for people in need in the quest to end hunger.


907 N. Holmes Ave., Indianapolis

An emergency shelter for homeless families, and addresses the increasing demand for emergency shelter in Indianapolis and central Indiana.


1033 E. Washington St., Indianapolis

Multi-service day center. Empowers homeless neighbors to permanently end homelessness through variety of hospitable services.


7929 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis

The leading voice for the welfare of animals and improving their quality of life. The Salvation Army, an international movement,


3100 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis

is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Accepts donated perishable and overstocked


1121 Southeastern Ave., Indianaplis

food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day, and distributes them free of charge. Offers assistance to those who have fallen


1201 E. Maryland St., Indianapolis

upon times of hardship and personal crisis by offering food, clothing and furniture, as well as financial assistance when funds are available.



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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Don’t miss Fully Charged, the all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey - where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, amazing stunts and never-beforeseen performances that energize Children Of All Ages! See website for complete schedule.


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31 Breakfast with Santa at The Conrad The whole family will enjoy a lavish pancake buffet. With arts and crafts, carolers, and of course, Santa, this will be a morning your kids will remember for a lifetime. Photographers will capture the memories and Santa photo packages will be available for purchase. Reservations required. For details:


Family New Year’s Eve at The Indiana State Museum End the year with a bang with the family-friendly alcohol-free celebration. Face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music highlight the evening. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. allows the little ones to celebrate the New Year in style. Reservations are accepted but not required. $6 for members / $11 for non-members. For details:

December 2011 thurs 01

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Occurring December 01 through December 04 Price: $13 - $75 Phone: 800-745-3000 Location: Conseco Fieldhouse. 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Don’t miss Fully Charged, the all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, amazing stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children Of All Ages! See website for complete schedule.

fri 02

The Nutcracker

Phone: 317-873-0123 Location: Primrose School at West Clay. 13096 Moultrie Street, Carmel, IN 46032 Indiana/Indianapolis/Carmel/WestClay

Come enjoy Breakfast with Santa. Everyone is welcome to attend and crafts will be provided for the children.

Kenyettá Dance Company: Breaking the Silence

Breakfast with Santa Times: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Price: $5 a person

Your children can have their pictures taken free with Santa Claus while they share their Christmas list for this year. For all ages.

mon 05

thurs 08

Let’s Make Ornaments!

Santa’s Switchboard Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $2.00

Price: $5 general public / $3 JCC members

Phone: 317-862-6876

Phone: 317-251-9467

Location: Raymond Park. 8575 E. Raymond St., Indianapolis, IN 46239

Location: JCC. 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260

The Kenyetté Dance Company comes to the JCC with a multi-media dance performance entitled “Breaking the Silence.” KDC uses contemporary dance fused with the art of theatre and originality to articulate the importance of community, collaboration and open hearts.

Times: 6:30 PM

sat 03

Come to the Conservatory and try your hand at making unique holiday crafts out of different natural materials. Registration required.

Times: 7:00 PM

SymFUNy Sundays Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration

Butler Ballet is proud to present their twenty-seventh annual production of The Nutcracker. Students will enjoy the artistry, music and dance of this magical production. Please note: These matinee performances normally sell out quickly, so register early. Also on 12/5.

Location: Fishers Town Hall. 1 Municipal Drive, Fishers, IN

Saturday, December 03, 2011

sun 04

Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Price: $11.00 Phone: 317-940-9697 Location: Clowes Memorial Hall. 4602 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Location: Garfield Park. 2505 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46203

Price: $25-$40 for adults; $12$20 for children Phone: 317.639.4300 Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre. 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204

For Yuletide Celebration, pre-concert activities include the live reindeer display, costumed characters, a holiday choir and cookies and hot wassail available for purchase. Join us for this Indiana family holiday tradition featuring flying reindeer, tap dancing Santas, the “Magical Toy Shop,” and many popular holiday favorites.

Holiday Crafts for Kids Times: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Price: $5 per child Phone: 317-327-7580

Times: 2:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-535-6206 Location: JCPL Clark Pleasant Branch. 530 Tracy Rd., Ste. 250, New Whiteland, IN 46184

Join us as we make ornaments to trim the library’s tree (and a few you can take home, too)!

Indy Island has made special arrangements for Santa to call your child directly from the North Pole. Santa will be making his calls. Make your reservation early because there will be limited spots. Ages 2-10.

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Winter Night Hike Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $5/individual Phone: 317-327-7180 Location: Holliday Park. 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

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Family Holiday Program Times: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-579-0304 Location: Hamilton East Library. Five Municipal Dr., Fishers, IN 46038

We will start with time around the campfire and then focus on the topic of the evening. We will provide roasting sticks and s’mores, you are welcome to bring hot dogs and make a meal of it. All ages, registration required.

Christmas With the Ponies and Santa

Join us for our annual Holiday program. This family event will feature holiday stories, crafts, refreshments and activities. Registration is required and space is limited.

Friday, December 09 through Saturday, December 10

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Location: Strides to Success. 1350 Terry Dr., Plainfield, IN 46168

Occurring Wednesday, December 07 through Thursday, December 08 Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-595-3150

Visit with Santa and enjoy holiday activities in the heated decorated barn. Create a great memory for the family and give back to the community. Strides to Success, a not-

Pictures with Santa

Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $20 donation Phone: 317-838-7002, ext. 21

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sat 10

Breakfast with Santa Times: 10:30 AM Price: $12 for children 3-12, $18 for adults + tip & gratuity Phone: 317-638-7881 Location: The Indianapolis Propyleum. 1410 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Enjoy breakfast with Santa, crafts and holiday music in a festively decorated 1890s mansion. Make your reservation now for this popular event that sells out quickly. Reservations required.

Christmas at Garfield Times: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Price: FREE

The whole family will enjoy a lavish pancake buffet. With arts and crafts, carolers, and of course, Santa, this will be a morning your kids will remember for a lifetime. Photographers will capture the memories and Santa photo packages will be available for purchase. Reservations required.

mon 12

Teen Foodie Craft: Cake Pops Times: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Phone: 317-885-5036 Location: Greenwood Public Library. 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143

Cake pops are candy-covered cakes on a stick. They’re great to take to parties or give as gifts. They’re just as fun to decorate as they are to eat Join us as we decorate cake pops.

Phone: 317-327-7135 Location: Garfield Park. 2432 Conservatory Dr., City, IN 46203

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Family Holiday Program

Meet Santa and see Conservatory Crossing, the holiday train and poinsettia show. Jingle all the way to the Arts Center to make toys with Santa’s elves. You can also dash through the snow to the Burrello Family Center where Mrs. Claus will have some tasty treats.

Family Christmas at the President’s home Times: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Price: $9.00 member adult; $4.00 member student (ages 5 to 17); $10/$5 non-member Phone: 317-631-1888 Location: Benjamin Harrison Home.1230 North Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Times: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Nutcracker Occurring daily: Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18

Times: see website for schedule Price: Tickets $15-$25 Phone: 317-955-7525 Location: Scottish Rite Cathedral. 650 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

The holiday favorite The Nutcracker, based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffman, will expand to four performances this season at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater.


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Creative Cards for Kids Times: 4:30 PM

Location: JCPL Franklin Branch. 401 State St., Franklin, IN 46131

Make your own greeting cards, just in time for the holidays! We will learn simple card making techniques, recycle old greeting cards, and be creative in making a new card to take home or share with a friend.

thurs 15 Cady Cane Hunt

Times: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Phone: 317-524-2574 Location: Conrad Indianapolis. 50 West Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial

Phone: (317) 595-3150

Times: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-733-1700 Location: Traders Point Creamery. 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville, IN 46077

Visit with Old St. Nick and live Elk, take a Sleigh-Hayride around the farm, listen to live music and caroling, get creative with craft-making opportunities for children, sample our delicious diary products. Also occurring Sat., Dec. 10th.

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Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans Times: 1:00 PM Price: See website for pricing details Phone: 317-262-3452 Location: Lucas Oil Stadium. 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225

Join us for our annual Holiday program. This family event will feature holiday stories, crafts, refreshments and activities. Registration is required and space is limited.

Price: R $2/NR $4 per child


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Phone: 317-738-2833

Price: $24 for Adults, $20 for Children, ages 3 and younger are free

Christmas on the Farm!

Location: Hamilton East Library. One Library Plaza, Noblesville, IN 46060

Bring the family for a unique Christmas tour of the Benjamin Harrison Home. The year is 1888. President Harrison, some of the family from Ohio and the household staff will be “home for the holidays” talking about the excitement of Christmas Day and personally offering their good wishes to you and yours for the holidays.

Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Santa is going to hide hundreds of candy canes around Holland Park! Join us as we search for hidden candy canes. Afterwards, warm up with hot cocoa while completing a craft! Reservations required.

Phone: 317-770-3216

Price: FREE

Breakfast with Santa at the Conrad

kids 14 years and younger can get a FREE safety identification card, thanks to Vectren.

Price: FREE

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Park. 1 Park Drive, Fishers, IN 46030

Friday, December 16 through Saturday, December 17 Times: Friday 8PM; Saturday 3PM and 8PM. Price: $12 in advance; $13 at the door Phone: 317-940-9640 Location: St. Luke’s Church100 W. 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

The advanced choirs of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir will treat the audience to choral artistry second to none. This is an exuberant evening of music that will usher in the holidays in fine fashion!

sat 17

Holiday Celebration with Radio Disney Times: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Phone: 317-839-7665 Location: Splash Island. 651 Vestal Road, Plainfield, IN 46168

Join the Radio Disney Road Crew at the Indoor Aquatics Center of Splash Island in Plainfield for a holiday celebration with music, games, crafts, snacks and prizes. Plus,

Come cheer on our Colts as they take on the Titans!

Hot Jazz for Cool Kids Times: 2:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4100 Location: Central Library. 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Children and families are invited as some of Indy’s leading jazz musicians perform a family friendly program of music and education. This program, to be held in the Clowes Auditorium at Central Library, will feature Cathy Morris & Latin Jazz.

mon 19

Family Christmas Caroling Times: 7:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-839-6602 Location: Plainfield Library. 1120

Stafford Rd., Plainfield, IN 46168

All ages enjoy a festive evening of holiday songs and child-friendly singing games followed by cookie decorating and eating! Registration required.

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Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Indiana History Center. 450 W. Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

As the Indiana Historical Society’s holiday gift to the community, guests of all ages can enjoy free admission to the Indiana Experience and Winterfest on this special day.


Occurring daily Tuesday, December 20 through Friday, December 23 Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Included with admission to the Indiana Experience Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Indiana History Center. 450 W. Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

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Times: 11:00 AM Price: FREE Location: Carmel Clay Library. 55 Fourth Ave. Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032

Times: 10:00 AM Price: FREE Location: Carmel Clay Library. 55 Fourth Ave. Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032

Children entering grades K-2 are invited to join us in the Storytime Room for a winter picnic! Bring a sack lunch and a beverage and enjoy stories, movies, and a craft. Registration is required and begins Wednesday, Dec. 14, online, in person, or by calling (317) 844-3363.

Join us in the Storytime Room for screenings of the films “Bear Snores On,” “The Napping House,” and “Owl Moon.” This program is for young children and their caregivers. Also at 11:00AM.

thurs 22

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Times: 8:00 PM Price: See website for pricing details Phone: 317-262-3452 Location: Lucas Oil Stadium. 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225

Come cheer on our Colts as they take on the Texans.

fri 23 Indiana History Center Free Day Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: FREE

The IHS’s annual Winterfest celebration offers opportunities for people of all ages to connect to the past and celebrate the holiday season. Step back in time with the IHS’s Indiana Experience, which bring thousands of its 1.6 million photographs and other historical items literally to your fingertips.

Family Films

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Christmas at the Puppet Studio Price: $10 (under 2 free) Phone: 317-917-9454 Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio. 25 E. Henry St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Bring your family to this music filled marionnette Christmas performance! Post show workshops are $3 purchased after the show.

Winterfest Occurring daily Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30 Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Included with admission to

Friday Family Fun: Happy 2012! Times: 2 PM Price: FREE

Join us for the 12th annual “A Candlelight Evening on Delaware Street” fundraising event of historic house tours and elegant dining. Begin with a tour of the Harrison home then visit four other locations on this walking tour of the historic mansions on Delaware Street.

We’re having our New Year’s Eve Party just a bit early, so put on your party clothes and join the fun. Discover how New Year’s is recognized across the globe as we celebrate the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 in our own special way.

sat 31

Countdown to Noon Times: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Price: Included with museum admission Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: The Children’s Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

thurs 29

Celebrate the final day of 2011 with activities, music, and a Water Clock countdown to noon that will allow families to experience the excitement of a countdown at a reasonable hour for the youngsters.

Introduction to Family Spanish Storytimes Times: 7:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-839-6602 Location: Plainfield Library. 1120 Stafford Rd., Plainfield, IN 46168

Family New Year’s Eve

All ages (program is geared toward ages 3 through 7) learn about the library’s new series of Spanish/bilingual family storytimes that will start in January. December program includes both informational session and stories.

Occurring Thursday, December 29 through Friday, December 30 Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Price: Members: $65; Guests: $85 Phone: 317-920-7412 Location: Westview Healthplex. 3660 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46234

fri 30

Location: JCPL Clark Pleasant. 530 Tracy Rd., Ste. 250, New Whiteland, IN 46184

A Candlelight Evening on Delaware Street

Safe Sitter Class

Safe Sitter is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls ages 11 and up how to handle emergencies when caring for children. Upon completion of this class the participant will receive a Safe Sitter manual and completion card.

Phone: 317-535-6206

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Times: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Price: $75.00 per person; $70.00 members Phone: 317-631-1888 Location: Benjamin Harrison Home. 1230 North Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

The IHS’s annual Winterfest celebration offers opportunities for people of all ages to connect to the past and celebrate the holiday season. Step back in time with the IHS’s Indiana Experience, which bring thousands of its 1.6 million photographs and other historical items literally to your fingertips.

Winter Picnic

the Indiana Experience Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Indiana History Center. 450 W. Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Price: $6 per member; $11 per non-member Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum. 650 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music highlight the evening. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. allows the little ones to celebrate the New Year in style.

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Jingle Rails: Great Western Adventure Daily through January 08, 2012. Times: See website for hours Price: Included with museum admission Phone: 317-636-WEST Location: Eiteljorg. 500 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Travel west on the Great Western Adventure and witness detailed replicas of national treasures while making unforgettable holiday memories.

Christmas at the Zoo Select Days through December 30. Price: Included with Zoo admission Phone: 317-630-2001 Location: Indianapolis Zoo. 1200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Join us to make memories too big to fit in a box while you visit animals that love cooler weather, walk the Zoo grounds covered in lights, and enjoy holiday cheer. See website for dates and hours.

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland Daily (except Mondays) through January 08 Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Included with museum admission Phone: (317) 334-3322 Location: The Children’s Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Enjoy traditional holiday favorites such as the Yule Slide, Jingles the Jolly Bear, and visits with Santa.

Celebration Crossing Daily through December 31 Price: Included with museum admission Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum. 650 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

at 1 p.m. on Sundays).

Price: $3 per person, $8 per family, free for 3 and under Phone: 317-327-7184 Location: Garfield Park Conservatory. 2505 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46203

See the Conservatory decked out in its holiday best with a brilliant display of poinsettias and enjoy running model trains, a train village and thousands of twinkling lights. Show will be open extended hours until 8 p.m. December 17-23.

Yuletide Celebration December 02 through December 23 Price: See website for pricing details Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre. 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Sisters Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway will join Jack Everly for his musical extravaganza. Don’t miss the flying reindeer, tap dancing Santas, magical toy shop, and amazing music that makes this one of Indiana’s greatest holiday traditions! See website for complete schedule.

A Beef & Boards Christmas Select days through December 23 Price: See website for pricing details Phone: 317-872-9664 Location: Beef & Boards. 9301 N. Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268

A glittering string of music and dance numbers, presented to you in a variety show format, create the perfect holiday tradition. See website for complete show schedule.

December 01 through December 31 Times: Tues-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Conservatory Crossing


Country Christmas Through December 20 Times: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Phone: 317-773-3344 Location: Stonycreek Farm. 11366 St. Rd 38 East, Noblesville, IN 46060

Continue the tradition of choosing and cutting your own Christmas tree by taking a family hayride to the tree field at Stonycreek Farm. Or stay warm by sipping hot cider and browsing through the gift shop.

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

Tempt your tastebuds as you stroll through a wonderland of gingerbread

Daily (except Mon) through January 01 Times: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM; . Sunday noon - 5PM. Price: FREE Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art. 4000 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Christmas at Lilly House uses the American country house setting to explore the decorative ideas of the 1930s and 1940s.

Conner Prairie by Candlelight Occurring Every Fri & Sat December 02 through December 17 Times: Tours leave every 10 min between 5PM and 8PM Price: $15/adult ($13/ member) $13/ youth ages 2-12 ($11/member)

Christmas at the Puppet Studio

Phone: 317-776-6006

December 10, 2011 through December 22 and December 27

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

Times: See website for complete schedule. Price: $10 (under 2 free) Phone: 317-917-9454 Location: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio. 25 E. Henry St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Bring your family to this music filled marionnette Christmas performance, hosted by the delightful ritzy rodents, Ludmilla & Mozart...they live in the piano!! Post show workshops are $3 purchased after the show.

Conner Prairie lets you step back in time to discover how holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah were celebrated in 1836. See if your family and friends have traditions today that started back then. Reservations are required by calling 317.776.6006 or 800.966.1836.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, presented by St.Vincent Health Daily through Saturday, December 24, 2011.

New 1836 Outdoor Adventure

Times: See website for schedule.

Saturdays, December 03, 2011 through December 17

Price: See website for pricing details

Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Phone: 317-635-5252

Price: $9 youth; $12adults; *some activities extra

Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre. 140 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 317-776-6006

Gingerbread Village

Christmas at Lilly House

Phone: 317-920-2659

Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome visits from children of all ages while just outside their house the popular train is open for business throughout the exhibit.

Daily through January 08 Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (opens

creations in all shapes and sizes! Enter your own gingerbread house in our Gingerbread Competition for some great prizes Visit connerprairie. org for gingerbread entry form.

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

Head outdoors during the day to 1836 Prairietown where costumed residents need your help preparing for the holidays. Enjoy the sights from a *horse-drawn wagon ride and visit the Campbell home where it’s holiday party time. Treat yourself to a *holiday lunch, explore Gingerbread Village and let the kids *decorate cookies.

Winter can be a cold, hard place, especially when one man’s heart resists every effort to warm it. Can the spirits of the season prevail in time to save Scrooge from an eternity of miserly misery? Find out when Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday favorite returns. Unwrap the perfect family outing and experience the joy of the IRT’s timeless Christmas classic.

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