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Community Spotlight

July 2012

New at the Zoo: Nursing Moms Nest!

Your family decides to go to the Indianapolis Zoo for the day. You pack up all the gear you'll need for a fun-filled family adventure. You get to the zoo and realize it's about time to nurse your littlest one. Where should you go?

On May 26, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and the Indianapolis Zoo unveiled "Nursing Moms Nest," the zoo's first lactation room. "Nursing Moms Nest" offers breastfeeding mothers the peaceful, private space they've long sought. The temperature-controlled room offers three partitioned areas to nurse with comfortable seating, along with changing stations, a sink and a play area for other kids.

Riley at IU Health is proud to present this new space to breastfeeding moms at the Indianapolis Zoo – one of the most popular family attractions in the city. You can find this new space within the new exhibit "Flights of Fancy: A Brilliance of Birds presented by Citizens Energy Group."

Join the Summer Reading Program: Gear Up!

Need to escape the summer heat? Then look no further than your Local Indianapolis Public Library! This summer, the Indianapolis Public Library is having it's annual summer reading for children. Children of all ages and their families are invited to gear up on great books at the Library and have fun reading throughout the summer. Earn points for every book read and exchange them for great prizes. Adults also can earn points for reading aloud to children.

You can register at any Indianapolis Public Library location or the Beech Grove Public Library. Visit www.imcpl.org for more information about how you can start learning and earning this summer!

Marsh® Symphony on the Prairie

This July, the Marsh® Symphony on the Prairie is hosting even more incredible shows. Some of the shows in July include The Star Spangled Symphony, Disco at the Symphony: A Tribute to the Bee Gees, The Best of Broadway, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra with the ISO. If you are looking for a fun, relaxing, and entertaining evening with your family, then check out one of these shows! Pack a picnic, some lawn chairs, a blanket, and your kids and head out to Connor Prairie.

You can add another level of fun to your evening by booking a flight on 1859 Balloon Voyage and float 350 feet above the symphony before or during the show . If you'd like to make a day of it, go early and explore Conner Prairie before the symphony begins.

If have a large family and are on a tight budget, no worries! The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra offers value pack sales. To get your tickets, call 317-639-4300 or visit any ISO, Marsh®, O'Malia's. Single adult tickets are $27 at the gate and children's tickets are $13 at the gate. For a better deal, buy in advance! For more information about the Marsh® Symphony on the Prairie or to see a complete list of the shows, visit www.connorprairie.org.

Tap into Your Inner Artist at the IMA's Art in the Park!

This summer, the Indianapolis Art Museum will be helping children and adults alike to find their inner artist. At Art in the Park, you can work with teaching artists to create your own work of art inspired by the natural environment. Projects are designed to be accessible and fun for museum visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience.

Mix a little art-making into your nature time with a different art activity each month. In July, visitors can check out the new theme: Cyanotype It. You can experiment with an old, yet fun photo process using the sun as a tool for cool blue prints.

The back-drop to this event is as beautiful as the art you can make! The art-making takes places at the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion in 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, an incredible outdoor venue. To enjoy the sun while making some art with your family, check out Art in the Park held each Sunday in July from 12 pm- 4pm. The event is free and fun for all! For more information, visit www.imamuseum.org/special-event/art-park' target='_top'>http://www.imamuseum.org/special-event/art-park>www.imamuseum.org/special-event/art-park.

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