Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Community Spotlight

September 01, 2012

Smithsonian Magazine Presents: Museum Day Live!

Free Admission to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for FREE.

So, on Saturday, September 29, The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site will be opening it’s doors to any and all who want to visit! Benjamin Harrison's 16-room Italianate Victorian house, built in 1874-75, figured prominently in his 1888 campaign for the presidency. The newly-renovated museum at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site offers daily guided tours.

The 2012 exhibit at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, titled “Indiana's Favorite Sons,” proudly features Indiana presidential and vice-presidential candidates through the years. Some Indiana “hopefuls” are also explored, men who tried but were never party candidates.

Make September 29 “Culture Day” with your family and soak up some Indiana History for free! For more info, visit

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the First Museum in the World to Offer “Kids Livewell Options”

An unwavering commitment to offering healthy menu options led to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Sodexo offering Kids LiveWell-designated items at all museum dining locations. The award-winning Kids LiveWell program is a first-of-its-kind nationwide initiative led by the National Restaurant Association in collaboration with Healthy Dining to highlight innovative solutions that provide better-for-you menu items.

In committing to the Kids LiveWell program, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the museum's dining solutions provider, Sodexo, pledge their commitment to providing youth-oriented menu options such as grilled chicken dippers with graham crackers, fresh sliced apples and low fat milk, whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce, and cheese pizza with fruit cup and 100 percent fruit juice.

"Our mission to provide extraordinary learning experiences extends throughout the museum, including the food choices served to children and families," said Brian Statz, Vice President of Operations and General Counsel for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

For more information about The Children's Museum, visit, follow them on Twitter @TCMIndy, and

American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk and 5K Run

Saturday, September 15

The American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk and 5K run is Saturday, Sept. 15 at White River State Park. The family friendly event celebrates survivors of heart disease and the progress that has been made in treating the disease. More than 8,000 people participate, many of them raising money for the heart association’s ongoing mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The walk is free. There is a $25 registration fee for the 5K run, which includes the use of a timing chip. Register at The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and Jenny Craig and locally by J.D. Byrider.

March of Dimes and Indy’s Child Present: Mom of the Year!

Nominate a mom your know today!

March of Dimes and Indy’s Child invite you to recognize and celebrate a Mom you love by nominating her to be honored at "Mom of the Year" 2012! March of Dimes "Mom of the Year" celebrates all Moms with a dinner and dance on November 10th at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott Hotel.

Nominate a Mom you love today! Ten honorees will be selected from nominations and honored at the event as guests of March of Dimes. "Mom of the Year" supports March of Dimes programs working to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading organization for pregnancy and baby health. For the latest resources and information, visit or

To nominate a mom you know, visit At the top of every page, a link called “Mom of the Year” will lead you to the entry form!