Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Events and News You Can Use

December 01, 2010

Unique Cake Decorating Experiences for All Ages

New and unique in central Indiana, Icing Academy offers custom cake decorating lessons and parties to students of all ages and abilities. Icing Academy conveniently travels to your home or location and provides all tools, supplies and materials. Lessons are available from basic through advanced techniques. Whatever your goal or objective, Icing Academy works with you to tailor the perfect experience for you.

Icing Academy also specializes in children’s birthday parties, mom’s group activities and ladies’ night out events. Students learn basic techniques, decorate their own cupcakes or cakes and take home a personalized photo to remember their special day. Julie Nolting, Icing Academy owner and instructor, has over twenty-five years experience as an award-winning cake decorator. For more information, visit www.icingacademy.com.

No Need for a Plane Ticket to Enjoy Holiday Fun at Indianapolis International Airport

Passengers, visitors, families, and local residents are invited to enjoy several holiday events, all of which will take place in Civic Plaza, the pre-security gathering area in the heart of the passenger terminal.

Santa’s Arrival on Saturday, November 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Back by popular demand, Santa Claus will kick-off the holiday season at IND, arriving at the terminal by riding high in the bucket in one of the airport’s huge fire trucks. A number of free, family-friendly activities are expected to take place that day, including: Children can visit with Santa, sit on his lap and telling him their secret holiday wishes. Mom and Dad can take photos and the kids can then enjoy free cookie decorating and hot chocolate. The entire family can help make cards for U.S. service men and women who will be away from home this holiday season. Register to win free tickets for attractions like the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Symphony, Indianapolis Zoo, and more. Visitors can find that perfect holiday gift with sales and discounts offered by a number of airport specialty shops and retailers. Parking is free for those who register to win.

Hendricks County Holiday on Saturday, December 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

We value our Hendricks County friends and neighbors! This free appreciation event for the whole family will include a visit from Santa, special children’s activities, and a variety of musical entertainment featuring local high school students. Other activities may include: A children’s area with storytellers from the Hendricks County Library. Register to win prizes—one of 100 gift cards ranging from $100 to $25 in value. Special promotions for holiday gifts and shopping. Discounts on meals. Parking is free for those who register to win.

Dora the Explorer & Santa on Saturday, December 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Characters from Nickelodeon’s popular, top-ranked preschool TV show Dora the Explorer will be on hand for a special holiday celebration. Dora, a seven-year-old Latina heroine whose adventures take place in an imaginative world filled with jungles, rainforests, and beaches, will join Santa and special guests in Civic Plaza. Take your child’s photo with Dora and Boots Visit with Santa. Special guests may include appearances by local celebrities, including the Indianapolis Colts. Admission is free; parking will be validated when attendees register to win prizes to be determined.

Visit www.indianapolisairport.com for more information in the coming weeks about entertainment, shopping and dining promotions and more this holiday season. See you in Civic Plaza, where it’s always happening in our atmosphere!

Meridian Music Hosts the 3rd Annual Music Marathon Food Drive

On Saturday, December 11th from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Meridian Music will hold it’s 3rd annual Music Marathon in Munger Hall at Meridian Music in Carmel, IN. This performance event will kick off a 2-week food drive benefiting Gleaner’s Food Bank.

Meridian Music teachers and students along with other area music teachers and students will sign-up for performance time-slots. Many instruments, genres, and skill levels will be represented. All performers and audience members will be asked to donate at least one non-perishable food item the day of the performance. Meridian Music will continue to accept non-perishable food items from the general public through December 27, 2010.

Meridian Music welcomes the general public to attend this event at anytime on Saturday, December 11th! For more information, please contact Hillary Blake, Director of Education at 317-575-9588 ext. 105 or hblake@meridianmusic.com.

Meridian Music located at 12725 Old Meridian St., Carmel IN, is one of the largest music education centers in Central Indiana with individual or group lessons for children and adults learning to play piano, guitar, brass, strings, and woodwinds as well as voice coaching. Meridian Music is the largest locally owned establishment of its kind – selling pianos, organs, portable keyboards and print music and is the only source for Yamaha and Steinway pianos in the Indianapolis area.

New Exhibit Cluster Fostering Creativity Now Open at WonderLab Museum

A new hands-on learning opportunity, The RED Zone: Robotics, Engineering & Design, opened at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology on November 9 and will be available through May 15, 2011. The RED Zone is a collection of open-ended building systems that encourages visitors to use their imaginations and problem-solving skills to design structures and vehicles, fanciful creatures, joints that mimic anatomy, abstract sculptures, and more. Some of the seven different stations feature motorized or moving parts.

The RED Zone was developed in response to discussions with WonderLab member families who expressed the appeal of museum experiences that change as a child grows and develops new skills. The collection meets that criterion by providing materials that can be used in different ways by people of differing ages, interests, and abilities. It also addresses STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) skills that are critical for developing creativity and fostering innovation. WonderLab has information for educators on the museum's website regarding how The RED Zone supports Indiana academic standards in math and science. These include comparing and classifying patterns, geometric shapes and designs; understanding the relationship between two- and three-dimensional shapes; building something complex from simple parts; using models to simulate complex systems; and solving problems and communicating ideas.

Research indicates a strong positive correlation between childhood creativity and lifetime accomplishment. At the same time, scientific studies in the United States have measured declining levels of creativity in American youth since 1990. Other studies show that creativity is like any other skill and can be learned and practiced by engaging in interactive activities that provide multiple ways to solve a challenge

The RED Zone's seven stations offer Robotix, Magna-Tiles, Magformers, K'NEX, Jawbones, Zoobs, and KEVA Planks. The museum's gift store has many of these types of robotics and creative building systems in stock so that visitors can continue the learning experience at home. WonderLab also plans to offer additional enrichment through related weekend programming over the next few months. For more information visit www.wonderlab.org.

Strides to Success to Help Create Memories and Give Back to Community

Come join Strides to Success, a not-for-profit organization, providing Equine Assisted Learning and therapy as they help raise money for victims of abuse on December 10 and 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come create a great memory for the family and give back to the community with Christmas with the Ponies and Santa .

Visit with Santa, take a family photo with Santa and a Christmas Pony, make gifts for the family at Santa’s Workshop, play reindeer games, holiday refreshments, heated and decorated barn and more! The proceeds raised from this event ($20 donation) will contribute to the Strides scholarship fund that supports programs for victims of abuse. Strides to Success is located at 1350 Terry Drive Plainfield, IN 46168. For more information call (317) 838-7002 or visit http://www.stridestosuccess.org/.

Sycamore School Featured on Discovery Channel

During the week of October 20th, The Discovery Channel shot an episode of The Profiles at the Sycamore School at 1750 West 64th Street, which will air soon. The school was selected from more than 150 educational facilities identified for their academic excellence nationwide. The program, hosted by actor Lou Gossett, Jr., profiles exceptional performance in a variety of areas. Episodes focus on today’s emerging advancements and innovative ideas through stories that avoid the negativity of the nightly news and offer positive solutions on the most pressing issues of the day. In addition to the Discovery Channel, The Profiles Series also airs on The Learning Channel and Bravo Network.

“When Associate Producer Dan Munroe contacted us, he was only aware of our achievements in the areas of Science and Math, which were going to be the focus of this show,” says Dr. Susan Karpicke, Sycamore Director of Admissions and School Counselor. “He had no idea that we’ve been offering a full curriculum geared toward helping gifted children realize their potential for a quarter of a century. Once he found out, he broadened the program’s focus a little.”

Karpicke acknowledges that Sycamore School is probably a well kept secret even in its own home town. “Within the arena of education for the gifted, we’re better known nationally than we are locally,” she laughs. “That’s why it’s so great to have The Profile Series come for a visit.”

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Sycamore School is the only private, independent, fully accredited school for the education of the academically gifted from pre-school through eighth grade in the state of Indiana. Its enriched and accelerated curriculum was developed for advanced learners and addresses their special educational, social and emotional needs. For more information, call Dr. Susan Karpicke at 317-202-2510 or visit www.sycamoreschool.org.