Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Community Spotlight

September 01, 2011

2011 Indianapolis Heart Walk and 5k

• Saturday, Sept. 17 at White River State Park

• Register online at www.indyheartwalk.org

• Free walk

• First time with a 5k ($25 registration fee)

o Includes t-shirt and use of timing chip

o Top male/female finishers win prizes

• Walk in honor of survivors or loved ones lost to heart disease

• Walk raises money for the life-saving mission of the American Heart Association

The 2011 Indianapolis Heart Walk and 5k is Saturday, Sept. 17 at White River State Park. Join us as we celebrate with those who have survived heart disease, create hope for those for those battling it and inspire change among all of us. Together we can defeat America’s No. 1 killer. The walk is free, and for the first time there will also be a 5k timed run with a small registration fee. To register, or for more information, visit www.indyheartwalk.org. The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and locally by J.D. Byrider and Indiana University Health/American Health Network.

Indy's Child 2011 Education Fair at The Fashion Mall

Families from all over Central Indiana will discover the best opportunities for their children’s academic success from educational leaders. If you are looking for a private, public, charter, or boarding school, exhibitors will be on-hand to answer your many questions face-to-face.

Choosing the right school for your child is a very important and difficult decision. Indy’s Child will provide an easy solution to meeting with many different school representatives under one roof. To top it off, we will provide lots of fun entertainment from Radio Disney, face painters, our prize wheel, and much more!

What: Indy’s Child Education Fair

When: September 24, 2011 (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Where: The Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing (Nordstrom Wing)

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Named Best Children's Museum in the Nation

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has been named as the best children’s museum in the nation by Trekaroo, a leading family travel Web site which “provides reviews of kid-friendly hotels, activities, and travel tips for family fun.”

The top ranking by Trekaroo was based on feedback and rankings from its member families. According to the Trekaroo Web site: “These museums are setting [the] bar for what it means to create interactive learning spaces that stimulate, fascinate, and entertain kids for hours on end.”

“We are honored to once again be named as a top family travel destination,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “This is a great example of the impact the museum makes each day on the families who visit. These Trekaroo families have been inspired by their visit to The Children’s Museum and are sharing their extraordinary family learning experience. This is at the very heart of The Children’s Museum’s mission to create impactful learning experiences for the entire family.”

Conner Prairie Summer Camps Surpass Attendance Records and Expectations

The Conner Prairie Interactive History Park 2011 Art Camp and Adventure Camp was a great success. More than 1,500 children joined camp counselors in 8-weeks of summer fun with an amazing variety of activities including swimming, fishing, archery, equestrian experience, challenge course, and tug-of-war complete with mud pit just to name a few. Each morning, parents shuttled in their little ones to spend the day enjoying nearly 800 acres of green-land and more than 200 acres of historic learning in the 1836 Prairietown, Lenape Indian Camp, Animal Encounters and more. This year’s participation exceeding all expectations and broke an all time attendance record.