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Community Spotlight

June 2012

Wonderlab: Simple Machine Mania!

What gives people the ability to easily lift themselves into the air or move a heavy object with just one finger? Discover the answer at Simple Machine Mania! opening on June 5 and running through September 23 at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington. The interactive science exhibition explores the astonishing power of pulleys and levers.

The exhibition features the Giant Telescoping Lever, the Pulley Chair and the Giant Biomechanical Hand. Other parts of the exhibition include using a catapult to lay siege to a block castle, building a model of an amusement park ride, and, for very young children, using a bucket on a pulley to lift stuffed animals into a preschool treehouse.

For more information, call 812-337-1337 ext. 25 or visit wonderlab.org or WonderLab's Facebook page. The exhibition is made possible with the generous support of Oliver Winery, Cook Medical, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Travel Indiana Magazine and Yellowpages.com.

Benjamin Harrison House

Introducing a new event for families at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site - Queen for a Croquet, Kids Croquet with Alice. This event immerses children in the story of "Alice in Wonderland" as they have their photos taken with and play croquet alongside the Queen of Hearts and Alice herself just like in the classic storybook. Participants will be given a brief croquet lesson followed by the opportunity to play croquet on the spacious lawn of the President's mansion. Players will also have use of fine equipment, a mid-morning snack from Chick-fil-A, complimentary photo with storybook characters, and a themed favor to take home.

Event Date: Saturday, June 16

Event Time: Check-In begins at 10am. Event concludes at Noon.

Cost: $50 per team of two (one adult + one child)

Event is Rain or Shine

Participants must register in advance by calling 317-631-1888 or online at www.bhpsite.org. Deadline for registrations is June 11.

5th Annual Indianapolis Kids Triathlon

The JCC of Indianapolis presents the 5th annual Indianapolis Kids Triathlon and family fun day on Sun, June 24, at 9 am at the Arthur M. Glick JCC, 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis.

Everyone's a winner regardless of athletic ability or experience! Children ages 7-14 who are true athletes will compete in the Competitive Division and be officially timed. This premier event is USAT-sanctioned and attracts youth participants from all over Indiana.

For other children, the Kids Triathlon's Non-Competitive Division is simply a great way to spend time outdoors while enjoying friendly competition. Our youngest racers (6 and under) can join in the fun too with parental assistance for the cycling and running legs of the race (children must be able to swim independently for 25 yards). More information is at www.JCCindy.org, or call 317-251-9467.

World Choir Games

The World Choir Games (WCG), the largest choral competition in the world, will make its North American debut in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 4-14, 2012. Inspired by the Olympic ideal, the goal of the WCG is to unite people from all nations through singing in peaceful competition. Of the 400 participating choirs, 5 of them hail from Indiana:

• Broadripple Magnet High School Choir

• ICCCI Chinese School Choir

• Voices of Unity

• Ball State University Singers

• Indianapolis Children's Choir

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.2012worldchoirgames.com/tickets

WFYI's PBS KIDS in the Park

WFYI's PBS KIDS in the Park, presented by Marsh, returns to Military Park on Saturday, June 9 from 10 am to 4 pm. This free family festival is filled with non-stop entertainment on three stages and opportunities to meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS walkaround characters, including Sesame Street's Elmo, Curious George and many more. Visit wfyi.org/KIP for more information.

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