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Local Volunteer Opportunities in Indianapolis

Helping the Community this Holiday Season

Looking for places to volunteer at this holiday season with your family in Indianapolis?...more»

Community Spotlight

Online Clicks Earn Schools Cash This Holiday Shopping Season

175 merchants award eBoxTops® through online purchases

On Black Friday, consumers are encouraged to flock to retailers when the clock strikes midnight, push through throngs of people and waste time in line....more»

Special Needs

Top 10 Toys for Kids with Special Needs

Picking the right toys in Indy this holiday season

Admit it. You love toys. You use your kid as an excuse to buy toys. Don't be ashamed, embrace it and do it right this holiday....more»

Family Fun in Indy

Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo

Where holiday memories begin

For over 30 years, Hoosier families have made wonderful holiday memories while attending Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo. As dusk sets, watch as the Zoo begins to glow with sparking lights, creating a sense of holiday magic....more»

Parenting 101

Preschool and Co-op Options in Indy

Choosing a quality program and when to start

It's never too early to start thinking about where your toddler should go to preschool. Some schools open registration next month, and popular programs will fill up fast....more»

Publisher's Note

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

Happy Holidays from Indy's Child

December is a draining month of calendar events, celebrations, and expectations! Somehow I can gear up myself for activities and celebrations but I find it most difficult to ever live up to my expectations! I always think I can do more than I can do, be more places than I can physically go, wrap more presents than Macy's and go to all of my grandchildren's programs....more»

Community Spotlight

A Highlight of December Special Events & Celebrations in Indiana

Strides to Success Strides to Success, a not-for-profit, provides Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Therapy, as a resource for children, adults, families, business groups, schools and organizations toward achievement of behavioral, therapeutic and educational goals....more»

Special Needs

A Time of Giving

Local individuals dedicated to special needs

For many, December is a time of giving. For some, there is no set time. They give year-round. Here's a look at three people who every day make a difference for kids and families with special needs....more»

Special Needs

Keeping the Calm this Holiday Season

Eliminating the chaos for individuals with autism

It was a simple picture with Santa. A festive trip to the mall. An American rite of passage that started to unravel while Dana Renay and her children were waiting in line....more»

Indy on a Budget

'Tis the Season for Savvy Shopping

Indy moms share their shopping secrets

So December arrived before you knew it. And the economy is in the tank. Your New Year's resolution to buy holiday gifts all year long? All but forgotten....more»


Reagan's Journey

A young girl's battle with childhood cancer

Tami Dillman wondered why her 5-year-old daughter, Reagan, became so agitated and anxious that she wouldn't enter the movie theater....more»

Dear Teacher

Video Game Addiction and Putting Children on the Path to A's and B's

Ask the Teachers

Is Video Addiction a Real Addiction? Question: We think the reason our eighth grader is suddenly doing poorly in school is because of the amount of time he spends playing video games....more»

Pediatric Health

Understanding Peanut Allergies

Riley at IU Health helps consider the factors

If your child has been diagnosed with a peanut allergy, it can strike fear into your heart. But if your child is eating peanuts with no reaction and receives a positive test result, there are other factors you need to consider before your family becomes peanut-free....more»

Museum Note

Enjoy Jolly Days at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Celebrate the Holidays

Children's Museum - Indianapolis! What was the best gift Santa ever brought you? Was it a dollhouse? An Erector Set? An awesome bicycle? As a child, the holiday season is the highlight of the year and even as an adult you still remember your favorite presents, baking cookies with grandma, sledding with siblings and drinking hot chocolate in front of a fire....more»

Mommy Magic

Teaching Your Kids the Joy of Giving

Leading by example

Christmas is a perfect time of year to teach your kiddos about the joy of giving. I have always tried to teach my kids that it is better to give than receive a gift....more»
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