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Farmers Market Guide

FARMERS MARKETS IN THE INDIANAPOLIS AREA Buying local from a nearby farmers market is an excellent choice for many reasons....more»

Proud to be 80

My birthday is July 10th, but my mom insisted it should have been July 4th. I was a little too energetic for my parents most of the time and my "early to rise but late to bed" routine bewildered them. My mom often referred to me as a firecracker. I admit that I have never "slept in" and never missed a sunrise. I was always fascinated by my own children who could sleep until noon....more»

Camp for Today's World

Camps stay on the cutting edge

What's something that is over 150 years old and kids think is just as "cool" as ever? The camp experience! Year after year, camps evaluate their programming and adjust their activities, focus and other offerings to meet the ever-evolving needs of today's families....more»

Ask the Teacher

Summer reading, new school anxiety, keeping up with technology and 4th fireworks fear

Summer reading, new school anxiety, keeping up with technology and 4th fireworks fear...more»

Six ways for families to enjoy the new Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Exciting things to explore all along the way!

More than ten years in the making, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick celebrated its official opening in May with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and "Get Down On It," a day-long community celebration that featured more than 80 exhibitions and performances at various locations along the trail. Now, with the eight mile trail fully completed, its arms reaching all five downtown cultural districts, it is easier than ever for families to discover our beautiful downtown by foot or bicycle. Here are six fun options for families to consider for an active day on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail....more»

Dive In

Finding the best swim instruction for kids with special needs

Kids with ADHD do it. Kids with autism do it. Kids with Down syndrome do it. Even kids in wheelchairs do it. It's July so we should all be doing it. What exactly is it? Swimming, of course!...more»

It's all song and dance this summer at the Zoo

Come join the fun with Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz!

There will be more than birds singing this summer at the Indianapolis Zoo. That's because the Zoo's two annual concert series, Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz, are back to offer music, food and fun for family members of all ages....more»

Video Games

Villain or hero for kids with autism?

Video games as villain. It's a typical portrayal among parenting circles. Moms, dads, experts and well intenders are quick to draw dotted lines from video games to childhood obesity, poor social skills and violence. The arguments are with some merit. Yet, in moderation and with parental oversight, the story can unfold quite differently. For kids with autism, video games may even be a good idea. Area experts weigh in....more»


Step into the amazing world of Pandora at The Children's Museum

Sci-fi fans will be delighted to enjoy a few opportunities this summer revolving around famous movies. The exhibition Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination can be seen at the Indiana State Museum through September 2, 2013.  You will be able to watch Avatar Special Edition:  An IMAX 3D Experience at the IMAX Theater at White River State Park June 21 - July 3, 2013.  Members of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis receive $3 off admission to the movie when they present their member card....more»

Monogram Maternity

A personalized approach to childbirth

On February 18, 2012, Ashley Eddie gave birth to a beautiful 6 pound, 10 ounce baby girl. Although Ashley's doctor wasn't on call that night, she couldn't have been happier with her experience. Below, Ashley talks about her journey with Monogram Maternity and how it worked out so well for her...more»

Winter for a Day

My kids love summer, but every once in a while, even my little sun worshippers need a little break from the heat. Last year our family hit that point right around the time the thermometer reached record 100+ degree temperatures....more»

When Tests Get It Wrong

There are few things more devastating than losing a child — especially when it could have been prevented. The tiny lives lost each year from infection with Group B Streptococcus can be saved by better screening and appropriate treatment. ...more»

What I Didn't Expect When Expecting

Whose body is this anyway?

Congratulations: you're pregnant! Now what? If you're a mom-to-be, put your feet up and get reading! While you may be aware of the morning sickness in your future, there are many lesser-known pregnancy symptoms you may experience during the next nine months. ...more»

Summer Fun Without the Sun

Ten great ways to beat the heat

Warm weather rocks, but it is possible to get too much of a good thing. Fortunately, Indianapolis offers plenty of indoor options for days when temperatures soar too high for outdoor play. Cool down this summer with our list of ten sun-free activities for your family to enjoy, no SPF needed....more»


Protect your child against contagious diseases with immunizations

One of the best ways a parent can protect a child is by ensuring he has the right vaccines at the right time. Your child's pediatrician or family doctor can help....more»

Where Happiness Lives

In the course of a single day, happy moments abound

"Happiness." I was curious what the actual definition of it was and after Googling the word I found it means a "state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy." When I read this, the first thing I thought was that there is a big range between feeling contentment and feeling intense joy. To be honest, I feel content most days. I am blessed with a wonderful husband and healthy kids. What's not to be content about? But intense joy? That kind of made me scratch my head for a minute. How do I bridge the gap between feeling contentment and intense joy? After thinking about it for a while I decided it wasn't any particular event, moment or situation that could do it. And more importantly, it wasn't a person that could do it for me either. In reality, it was up to me. The older I get the more I realize that the time I make for myself brings happiness. ...more»

Bigger than the Blues

Recognizing, treating and overcoming postpartum depression

"You are not alone." When asked if she had any advice for other moms struggling with postpartum depression, these wise words are what Indianapolis mom, Rachel, chose to share....more»

Managing Multiples

What to do when you're suddenly outnumbered

Picture this: your home pregnancy test comes back positive, so you schedule an appointment with your doctor. You arrive at your ultrasound, and lay down while the tech gets down to business. And there it is: the heartbeat! You choke back tears, when suddenly on screen, there's a second flashing little heart. Another baby? Excitement soon gives way to anxiety: how do you take care of two babies? How do you schedule sleep? What about feedings? And the stuff – will you really need two of everything?...more»

Indy's Summer Outdoor Destinations

Tap into the sensory experience of summer!

As the weather grows warmer, the city and its residents seem to truly come alive. This summer, awaken all five of your senses by spending some time enjoying Indy's many outdoor events and attractions with your family. We've got some great picks to get you started!...more»

Ask the Teacher

End of school blues, summer school, writing proficiency and retaining skills over break

End of school blues, summer school, writing proficiency and retaining skills over break...more»

Get the Most Out of Camp!

Before and after camp strategies

Your child's summer camp experience will be one he or she remembers forever – and one that will help to develop the social, emotional and cognitive skills for success in school and beyond. To get the most out of your child's experience this summer at camp, send them off with the right attitude and confidence; and when they come home, reinforce those newfound skills and positive outlooks. Here are a few tips for maximizing the benefits of camp....more»

The Rhythm of Egypt

Make your own traditional Egyptian instrument!

It is said that music makes the world go around. Sometimes we learn that even though we speak different languages, music can bring us together as a unique form of communication. Families who visit Take Me There: Egypt® at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis are immersed in the sights, sounds and activities of modern day Egypt. They learn about modern Egyptian life while visiting a traditional Egyptian home, shopping at the marketplace, playing a part in a traditional Egyptian celebration, or learning how to make music with traditional Egyptian instruments....more»

Two-Mom Families

Raising children in a nontraditional setting poses unique challenges

When Niki Steveson and Amy Kieckbusch take their kids out to dinner, they are almost always asked a question other families don't receive: would they like one check or two? On a daily basis, the north side Indianapolis couple doesn't face major, hurtful incidents – just lots of subtle reminders that families like theirs are viewed as "different." While they're a growing segment of the population, families with two moms are still rather rare. The U.S. Census in 2010 recorded 9,409 Indiana households headed by lesbian couples. Around a quarter of those couples are raising children – a figure similar to national statistics recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. ...more»

Summer Safety

Staying out of the ER

While summer brings plenty of opportunities for fun, unfortunately the possibility of serious injury or illness comes with it. Don't let a trip to the emergency room derail your summer plans! Below, local experts provide tips to help keep your family safe this season....more»

June Festivals in Downtown Indy

Join the fun all month long!

Family-friendly festivals in downtown Indianapolis can be a great way to engage kids in new cultures and activities, and most are very inexpensive, if not FREE! And parents, don't worry – the fun isn't just limited to kids. Entertainment ranges from live music and dancing to art exhibits along with lots and lots of food. Bring the family downtown for one or more of these summer festivals held at some of Indy's most beautiful parks! For more downtown family fun, plus information on downtown parking, beautification and more, visit www.indydt.com....more»

Parental Uncontrol

Who's really competing in kids' sports?

Everyone's seen it: emotions boiling over during a basketball game, shouting matches on the soccer sidelines or perhaps a ball or even a fist thrown during a fit of rage. And sometimes kids can misbehave, too....more»

A Tale of Two Heroes

How a child's leukemia diagnosis inspired her grandfather to reach new heights

All grandparent-grandchild relationships are special. But the bond between Lauryn Walls and her grandfather, Tom Rushworth, is unusually strong....more»

Single Dads

Working through the difficulties of solo parenting

The 2011 U. S. Census counted 1.7 million single fathers in America. Despite that high number, only 15% of single custodial parents are dads. Parenting in general has its daily ups and downs, and men who are recently single and caring for kids often face additional challenges adjusting to their new situation....more»

Fifth Annual Celebrity Softball Challenge

Come cheer on your favorites in support of the Indiana Children's Wish Fund

What could be better than spending a summer evening at the ball park? On Thursday, June 13th check out players from the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, mascots, media personalities and other sports stars battle it out in a seven inning celebrity softball game. This event, presented by The Tony Steward Foundation and benefiting the Indiana Children's Wish Foundation, honors Caroline Symmes, a Wish child who was involved with the inaugural softball event and passed away in December 2009. Roy Hibbert, All Star Center for the Indiana Pacers and Robert Mathis, Pro Bowl Defensive End of the Indianapolis Colts will host the event....more»

Bright Colors, Beautiful Scenes Await in White River Gardens

Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group is an all-new experience at the Indianapolis Zoo

Bright, bold, beautiful colors — that's what you'll see from start to finish during a visit to White River Gardens and the Indianapolis Zoo's newest exhibit, Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group....more»

Screen Saver

It started. My son's favorite activities include computer time, playing the Wii and navigating his way through an iPod touch. Staring at screens. If we let him, he would bounce back and forth, from screen to screen, all day long. ...more»

Allergy or Cold?

Detective work is needed to distinguish between allergies and the common cold

Deciphering whether your child has a cold or suffers from allergies can be difficult because the symptoms often overlap. It's important to sort them out so you know how to best treat your child and know when a visit to the pediatrician may be in order. 

The Science Behind the Magic of Star Wars®

Let the Force be with you at this new Indiana State Museum exhibit

Picture this: Your child is deep in play, lost in the depths of imagination. He is a Jedi Knight in training trying to summon the Force in order to defeat the Empire. She is a warrior princess, bravely confronting her enemies to restore justice to the galaxy. Their imaginary world is populated by droids, a 900-year-old creature of great wisdom, armies of stormtroopers, vehicles able to travel beyond the speed of light and a multitude of strange and wonderful planets....more»

Getting into the Game

The value of sports transcends disability

Participation in sports can be a game changer for kids. Whether in a competitive league or a recreational activity, children who are physically active gain more than medals. A boost to self-esteem, building healthy bodies and developing positive lifelong habits are just a few of the benefits kids in sports can achieve. Sports can also give a child a community in which to belong. This is significant for all kids – including those with special needs....more»

FAIRs Care

Awareness, caring and sharing

Let's face it, food is one of the primary reasons folks look forward to the summer fair season. As you prepare to enjoy this special tradition with your family, pause to consider your fellow Hoosiers struggling to put food on the table. ...more»

A Summer of Character Building

My father had a "charge" that was pronounced on a regular basis at our dining room table, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it." He really did not want to hear any petty remarks or gossip so it was squelched whenever he was present....more»

Got Autism? Get Intervention Early

A diagnosis of autism can sometimes be overcome

Can children with autism lose their diagnosis? It's an alluring question, especially for parents of young children newly diagnosed with the disorder. According to some experts, it may be possible....more»
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