Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

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School is Out for the Summer
It's our turn to have fun and educate our own children

by Barbara Wynne

June 01, 2011

By now, you probably have your children’s schedules for camps and summer activities organized. The opportunities children in Indianapolis have to expand their horizons over the summer are endless. I do believe that children grow from these many different opportunities, but I also think that some special days need to be spent with parents or grandparents. As you read on, you will find some great opportunities and programs for your children to partake in this summer.

The library program is a family necessity, and children ages 10 and under can have lots of fun keeping their reading skills growing with weekly visits to the library. I still have a favorite quote from Arthur Ashe, the legendary tennis phenomenon, “For every hour spent on the playing fields, two should be spent with a book.”

Some weekend adventures to parks right here in metro Indianapolis are real learning experiences as well. A trip to the 136-acre Garfield Park yields good hiking adventures, and for $1 you can visit the Garfield Conservatory. Orchids hang from the trees and all of the plantings are well-marked. There is a pond full of carp and a two-story waterfall. Adjacent to the Conservatory are the Sunken Gardens that are beautifully maintained. Garfield is Indianapolis’ oldest urban park. It is open daily and is closed for most national holidays. It is located south of Monument Circle off of Shelby Street. For more information visit www.garfieldgardensconservatory.org.

Holliday Park is another great park in Indianapolis. This is a very organized 94-acre nature park and offers summer concerts several times a month. The park also hosts children’s day camps. Most of the camps are filled by now, but if you are still looking for openings, try the Junior Naturalist Camp, June 13-17.

A well-maintained calendar of family friendly events is located at www.hollidaypark.org. (I recommend the Sunday afternoon activities that are offered.) Some of their Sunday events include: June 12 is Meet the Nature Center Animals; June 19 is Naturalist on the Loose; and June 26 is Scaly and Slimy Day.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is another great family trip as it has the 100-acre Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. June through September there are hour-long art and nature-focused tours offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. Tours meet at the Lake Terrace. The best parking is two blocks west of the main entrance on 38th street adjacent to the art sculpture: Free Basket, by Los Carpinteros.

Children may enjoy going with parents and taking time to really enjoy and contemplate the contemporary art in the park. Also, the pace of a guided tour may be too fast for them and several trips to the park may be more enjoyable. I would highly recommend taking a sketching pad because your children will love making pictures of some of the art and nature that they see.

Lastly, I hope you have a wonderful June and Indy’s Child is excited to introduce a big surprise for you in July! We will be unveiling our new magazine format and design to offer our readers an even more enjoyable reading experience.