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February 01, 2011
>Find A Summer Camp at the 2011 Summer Camp Fair

Indy's Child Parenting Magazine will be hosting the 22nd Annual Summer Camp Fair held at the Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing on February 26, 2011 from 11 am to 4 pm. Touted as one of the oldest and largest summer planning events in the nation, this event brings families together for a day of family fun and exploration as children and parents seek out the variety of summer camps and programs available in Central Indiana and around the United States. Over 100 different camps and programs will be on hand to discuss with you the variety of options, financial aid, specialties and more.

Radio Disney will be providing entertainment, along with health and wellness information from Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent and representatives from American Camp Association, Indiana will be available to answer questions you might have about finding the right camp.

Don't miss this once a year event to explore the importance of summer camp and the variety of opportunities available. Many offer financial aid assistance and offer camps for children with special needs.

Location: Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing (inside the mall)

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Autism Expo 2011 Makes for a Fun and Free Family Event

The Autism Expo 2011, presented by the Autism Society of Indiana, in partnership with Easter Seals Crossroads, will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 502 East Carmel Drive in Carmel (The Fountains Banquet and Conference Center) and is a free, all-about-autism event for families, professionals and anyone else involved in the autism community. There will be over 100 vendors with great exhibits and special products for sales. No registration is necessary for this event. For more information about Autism Expo 2011, please contact Leslie at 800-609-8449 or visit www.inautism.org.

Indy's Child to Give Away Several VIP Ticket Packages in February!

We want to connect with you, our readers, so for the entire month of February we'll be giving away several fantastic VIP and standard ticket packages to several lucky readers who sign up for our e-newsletter and become our friends on Facebook!

• VIP 4-pack to Madagascar for two lucky families!

• VIP 4-pack to Sesame Street Live for two lucky families!

• Passes to Sesame Street Live for several families!

So, make sure that you're signed up for our e-newsletter and to "Like" us on Facebook…you never know what you might win!

Local Author Provides Reviews of Class Books in Beyond "Good Night, Moon" - 75 Reviews of Classic Books For Young Children

Did you know there are more than 18 million preschoolers in this country? If you're a parent or caregiver, you're likely to be reading a variety of classic tales to your youngsters. Author Joan Louthain Ayer, a graduate of University of Wisconsin at Platteville who also earned her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Butler University in Indianapolis, has taught all early primary grades as well as five years of preschool and reviewed children's books for over 15 years. This new compilation lists 75 reviews of books perfect to read aloud to young children. Everything from Madeline to The Snowy Day. Available on www.amazon.com for $10.95.

Celebrities, competitions & hundreds of vehicles on tap as 52nd World of Wheels roars into State Fairgrounds

Over 500 incredible vehicles of all shapes, sizes and descriptions will fill three buildings at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Friday, February 11 through Sunday, February 13 as the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 World of Wheels, presented by Ray Skillman Discount Auto, returns to Indianapolis for the 52nd consecutive year.

Visitors can view nostalgic race cars in the perennially popular Drag City USA display - along with hundreds of traditional rods, customs and bobbers, Euro customs, sport compacts, and trucks, see the sprint car simulator from Knoxville (IA) Speedway, automotive swap for hard-to-find parts, tire changing competitions and car care workshops presented by Meguiar's. Among exhibits will be the futuristic "Roswell Rod" bubbletop. And fans of two-wheeled transport will not want to miss the All-American Motorcycles 2011 Show presented by Harley-Davidson of Indianapolis, featuring all makes and models of bikes, custom and restored. Celebrity appearances by Wrestling superstar, Shawn Michaels, Debby Ryan from "The Suite Life on Deck" and Gene Winfield, world-renowned custom car builder.

Show hours are:

Friday, February 11, 5 to 10 pm

Saturday, February 12, 10 am to 10 pm

Sunday, February 13, 10 am to 7 pm.

Advance sale tickets ($12 adult; $4 children 6-12) are available at all area O'Reilly Auto Parts stores and at all six metro locations of Church Brothers Collision Repair. General admission at the door is $14 adults, $5 children 6-12. Youngsters 5 and under are admitted free. For additional information, visit www.worldofwheels.com.

Sesame Street Live "1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends" Coming to Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

Imagine singing and dancing with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all your favorite Sesame Street Live friends! It's as easy as counting "1-2-3 Imagine!" This high-energy musical will transport audiences to far away places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues. It's a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything and go anywhere with the power of imagination.

Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie…and more. Each performance is 90 minutes of singing, dancing and audience participation, including a 15-minute intermission. The perfect length for very young children!

Six (6) delightful performances! Tickets on-sale Monday, January 10 at the box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Performance dates: Friday, February 25 – Sunday, February 27, 2011. To charge by phone, call 800-745-3000.

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