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June 01, 2011
>Kids Bowl Free this Summer!

This summer, Kids can bowl for FREE at Local Indianapolis bowling centers. KidsBowlFree.com is in its 4th year and has served more than 1.6 million children in all 50 states and Canada.

More than 850 bowling centers participate in the program from coast to coast which provides kids with 2 FREE games of bowling every day all summer. Families must register online at www.kidsbowlfree.com and then will begin receiving emailed vouchers valid for two free bowling games each day, every week.

Most Kids Bowl Free programs kick off by Memorial Day weekend and end in late August or September.

Local Bowling Centers Participating: Indianapolis' Expo Bowl, Western Bowl, and Woodland Bowl; Coopers Stardust Bowl in Noblesville, Southern Bowl in Greenwood, and many more in Indiana!

Radio Disney 98.3FM Presents the Second Annual Family Fun Day Experience

On Saturday, June 18, Radio Disney 98.3FM presents the Second Annual Family Fun Day Experience from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00p.m. at White River State Park. Radio Disney will provide local area kids and families with a fun-filled afternoon of entertainment and exhibitors.

Kids can dress up as their favorite Disney character and enjoy on-stage entertainment on two stages. The lineup for the Family Arts Series stage powered by Fifth Third Bank includes Disney's Phineas and Ferb from hit Disney Channel series "Phineas and Ferb," and a performance by Radio Disney "N.B.T." artist Coco Jones. Additionally, fans will have a chance to take pictures and talk with Coco during a hosted meet and greet session.

The Radio Disney Road Crew will also provide entertainment including music, dancing, games and prizes including the chance to win a "Family Experience Pack" full of certificates, memberships, and items and experiences from many participating exhibitors.

4th Annual Indianapolis Kids Triathlon

The JCC (Jewish Community Center) of Indianapolis presents the fourth annual Indianapolis Kids Triathlon and family fun day on Sunday, June 26, beginning at 9 a.m. This premier event is USA Triathlon-sanctioned and attracts youth participants from all over Indiana. Children of all athletic and experience levels are welcome. Everyone's a winner at this event!

The Triathlon offers the following divisions: Small Fry Division: Ages 6 and under, Junior Division: Ages 7-10, and Senior Division: Ages 11-14.

Register early and SAVE! $30 general public and $24 for JCC members through June 19. Or if you register between June 20 to 26, the cost is $35 general public and $30 for JCC members.

Registration is online at www.active.com, registration form available at www.JCCindy.org, or at a membership desk at the Arthur M. Glick JCC, 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis.

Kratt Brothers to Headline Let's Meet PBS KIDS in the Park

Join WFYI at Let's Meet PBS KIDS in the Park, presented by Marsh, on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Military Park in White River State Park.

Creature teachers Chris and Martin Kratt, creators of the award-winning Kratts' Creatures and Emmy-winning Zoboomafoo, will headline this year's entertainment. The brothers recently launched their new Wild Kratts animated series (weekdays at 2 pm on WFYI 1). The show transforms the real life zoologists into animated versions of themselves, allowing them to visit wild animals in their little seen habitats and showcase key science concepts along the way.

This year's theme at Let's Meet PBS KIDS in the Park is Explore Your World. In addition to the Kratt Brothers, the day will be filled with non-stop entertainment on three stages, and opportunities to meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS walkaround characters. There will also be numerous hands-on activities for families of all ages to discover.

There's no need to make reservations or purchase tickets. Let's Meet PBS KIDS in the Park is WFYI Public Media's gift back to the Central Indiana community. Mark your calendar and plan to enjoy a day in Military Park with your family and WFYI on June 11. Visit wfyi.org for more information leading up to the event.

Presenting sponsor: Marsh

Supporting Sponsors: Famous Footwear, Indy's Child, Teacher's Credit Union, Yelp

Additional support: Clear Channel Outdoor, Hilton Garden Inn, Indiana Recycling Coalition, IUPUI, Kinetico, Moeller Printing

Booth sponsors: Chick-fil-A, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, International School of Indiana

Tune into Wild Kratts, weekdays at 2 p.m. on WFYI 1.

Animals can take you anywhere in science! Creature teachers Chris and Martin Kratt take 6- to 8-year olds and their families along on extraordinary animal-powered adventures in Wild Kratts, a new series on PBS KIDS GO! The show transforms the Kratt Brothers, creators of the award-winning Kratts' Creatures and Emmy-winning Zoboomafoo, into animated versions of themselves, allowing the real-life zoologists to visit wild animals in their little-seen habitats and showcase key science concepts along the way.

From elephants using physics to suck gallons of water with their trunks to a fleet of peregrine falcons that harness the force of gravity to speed through the air, each episode presents age-appropriate science inspired by the natural abilities of the animals that the Kratt brothers – and young viewers – meet.

Gear Up for Annual Race and Motorcycle Run for Autism June 11

By Carrie Bishop

On June 11, rev up your bikes or lace up those sneakers and head to Noblesville for the annual Race and Motorcycle Run for Autism. Benefiting the active Hamilton County Autism Support Group, the event will be held at White River Christian Church, 1685 N. 10th St., and is sure to be fun for the entire family. All proceeds will go toward the organization's autism awareness campaigns it conducts at area schools as well as toward establishing a new autism scholarship fund for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Registration, check-in and vendor shopping for the event starts at 10 a.m. with races beginning at 11 a.m. The motorcycle run kicks into high gear at noon.

According to Jane Grimes, president and founder of the local organization, the race is a child-centered event in which kids are encouraged to race using their favored mode of transportation, be it stroller, rollerblades, wagon, bicycle, scooter, and the like.

The event will occur on a small track and will include five races. Participates ages 4 and younger will race for a half lap, 5 to 7 year olds will complete a full lap, 8 to 12 year olds will do two laps, ages 13 to 17 will race for three laps, and individuals 18 and older will race for five laps or the equivalent of one mile. Participation in the race costs $5 and includes an event t-shirt. Donations are also accepted.

"The race is for kids, but parents are invited to walk or run the track once those 18 and younger finish," said Grimes.

At noon the fundraiser's motorcycle run will kick-off at the White River Christian Church annex building. Entry fee for this portion of the event is $20.

Register as an individual or team for this easy-paced, family friendly event online at www.hcasg.org and support area families affected by autism.

Announcing the Brand New Summer Camp at Indiana School for the Deaf

The Jordan YMCA and Indiana School for the Deaf are collaborating for an outstanding summer program. Together, they will be hosting a Day Camp at the Indiana School for the Deaf campus. This camp is open to hearing and non-hearing children, ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 11. In addition to crafts, songs, games, swimming, and walking field trips around campus, the children will be getting FREE breakfast and lunch every day of the summer. If cost is an issue, please don't let it be. The Jordan Y is able to provide financial assistance for any family in need! Please contact Mike York at 610-3773 for more information.

The facilities at the School for the Deaf include a fully accessible playground, two gyms, lots of classroom space, as well as acres of land including a football field, track, baseball field and easy access to facilities at the Indiana State Fair. The Monon Trail also borders the West side of campus.

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