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What would any community be without its children? Indianapolis children are the future, they are the next generation of leaders...in the making. Below are the latest headlines, including things to do and see for the little ones.

10 Reasons the Indiana State Fair is the Best of Indiana

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Earlier this week, the Indiana State Fair was named one of the Top 10 State Fairs in the country by Fodor’s, the travel authority. Anyone who’s been to the Indiana State Fair knows that it deserves the honor, but newcomers to the fair might not understand. The Indiana State Fair opens on August 1, 2014 […]

Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibit at Children’s Museum is Must-See History

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With the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis practically in my backyard, sometimes I forget how lucky we are to have a world-class museum in our community. Then an exhibit like China’s Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army takes up temporary residence at the museum and I remember. This is the kind of exhibit that gives […]

Run, Walk, Roll a 5K & Feel Good About Doing It

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The Joseph Maley Foundation’s (JMF) mission is simple: “Serve children of all abilities.” Funds raised from the foundation’s 6th Annual 5K Run, Walk and Roll on July 12, 2014 will go towards helping JMF fulfill it’s mission through a variety of efforts. The Run, Walk and Roll is open to people of all fitness levels […]

5 Fun Ways to Avoid Summer Brain Drain in Indy

Ways to Avoid Summer Brain Drain in Indianapolis

Have you heard of summer brain drain? With a long 10 weeks between the last day of school and the first day of the new school year, kids are at risk of sliding back in their education. The first month of school ends up focusing on a review to catch them up again before moving […]

Kids Take Over Broad Ripple This Weekend

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Broad Ripple Village, one of Indianapolis’ most popular cultural districts, is a lot of things to a lot of people. This weekend, the focus is on all of the family-friendly businesses and activities located in this part of the city. From Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, Kids Take Over Broad Ripple will feature the best […]

Woodland Bowl: Not Your Father’s Bowling Alley

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The Woodland Bowl has recently been renovated, and one look tells you this this not your father’s bowling alley. The surprising chic, modern center is smoke-free. The atmosphere is appealing to adults and children alike. Gone are the molded plastic seats, and in their place are comfortable couches for each lane. Bar height stools are […]

The Indianapolis Public Library Summer Reading Program is Underway

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The Indianapolis Library kicked off it’s summer reading program, READ in Any Language this week and families around the city have signed up for a  summer of learning & fun. Children and the adults who read to them are eligible to sign up for the program. Each participant is issued a card, where points are […]

The Art Lab: Taking the Arts To the Public

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Art education has always been a hot topic of debate in the educational system. Every time the United States is faced with a recession or depression the topic of cutting funding for the arts is the first to be revisited. Every artist who decides to turn their craft into a trade must accept the reality […]

Top Three Most Entertaining Animals at the Indianapolis Zoo

If you heading out to the Indianapolis Zoo you won’t want to miss out on these three animals. The Indianapolis Zoo is home to 250 animals but it only takes three of them to cheer your heart. 1) Sea Lions One of the first animals you will encounter as you enter the gate are the […]

Take Me There China Transports Museum Visitors

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The award winning Children’s Museum of Indianapolis  has outdone themselves again in their newest permanent exhibit, Take Me There China. This exhibit opens on May 10, 2014. Yesterday, I was able to attend a special social media preview for the exhibit. Without leaving the museum, the entire family was transported to modern day China. Take […]

Whale of a Sale: Netting Great Deals on Children’s Items

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Wednesday night a friend and I were able to shop the presale event at this spring’s Whale of a Sale at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. We braved rush hour traffic, scattered showers, and crowds for this event, and our spoils were well worth the effort. We were confronted with aisles and aisles of clothing for […]

Have Fun at the White River State Park

White River State Park is an unique Indiana State Park that within the heart of Downtown Indianapolis and is the nation’s only state park that lies in an urban area. The 250 acres park hosts many of Indianapolis’ special events. It’s considered one of the six cultural districts in the downtown area. There is so […]

Indianapolis’ Earth Day Festival: A Long Standing Tradition

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Earth Day is an important American holiday that marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970. The hippie and flower –child culture of the 1960’s was at its high point in 1970’s. When most people think of hippies and flower children they often associate them with drugs and tree huggers. Yet […]

Animal Secrets at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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You may have seen the commercials on television or heard them on the radio. The jingle is catchy, and it did the trick- my entire family was excited to learn how the mama bat tracks her babies, and so much more. We spent a good hour in the Animal Secrets exhibit at the Children’s Museum […]

Mini Model LEGO Build For Super Fans

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On the first Tuesday of every month, we pack up our electronics, snacks and children and head to the Castleton Mall. There we line up with other diehard fans and wait. No, we aren’t camping out for concert tickets, although the line sometimes stretches past several stores. We line up in eager anticipation of the LEGO […]

Lunch Date at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Lunch Date at the Children's Museum

We have a family membership to the Children’s Museum and visit as much as possible. The kids love every inch of it and frequently argue over who gets to choose our starting point. But one of the things that helps us get the most value from it is our day trips without them. It’s a […]

Visiting Indy: A Spring Break Essay for My Nephew

Visiting Indianapolis A Spring Break Essay

When my sister mentioned she was working through my nephew’s spring break, I suggested she send the kids to visit Indy with our other sister and me. It’s no Disney World, but at least he would have some fun stories to tell when he returned to school and plenty of things to write about for […]

Downtown Indy Stay-cation with Tweens & Teens

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If there is one thing kids love (at least my kids), it’s Spring Break. If there is one thing kids hate, it’s staying home for Spring Break. While Central Indiana doesn’t have much to offer in the way of sand and surf, there are several things for the tween and teen set that make a […]

Spring Break 2014 in Your Own Backyard

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Spring break is happening all across central Indiana, and with any luck, the weather will continue to be spring-like. There are plenty of fun things happening around town over the next few weeks, so grab your calendar and pencil a few fun things in while the kids aren’t weighed down by homework or early morning […]

Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan Book Signing in Indianapolis

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Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan came to town, and Indianapolis went crazy. In a calm, orderly way befitting a children’s bookstore. Kids Ink hosted a reading, Q&A, and signing by two popular young adult novelists. Rainbow Rowell has written three books, with her fourth due out this summer, and I have devoured each of them […]