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Free Preschool

Early childhood education is a barometer for future success so this is a great opportunity.  Indianapois Pulic schools (IPS) will offer a limited number of free preschool openings for the 2013-14 school year.  You must live in the IPS district and registration is limited to 1,400 students.  Registration is expected to fill quickly and will begin January 19.  There are more details in the press release

 

 

 

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Free Weekend Events in Indy, Dec 20-24

I’ve included a few extra days for this “weekend,” since many of you will be home.

Winter Solstice -IMA

Thursday, Dec 20

Winter Solstice @ IMA

Celebrate the season with IMA’s annual Winter Solstice celebration. Step outside for an ice carving demonstration, art-making, and music.

5-8:30 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Friday, Dec 21

 

Saturday, Dec 22

Pictures With Santa  @ Franklin Rd Library

Children of all ages and families are invited to have their pictures taken with Santa and meet some of Santa’s friends during this event sponsored by the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce.

11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Children of All Ages

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Children of All Ages

Free

Sunday, Dec 23

 

Monday, Dec 24

Museum Special Days @ Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Enjoy free admission on Christmas Eve.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All Ages

Free

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Free Weekend Events in Indy, Dec 14-16

It seems the library is the place to be for free activities.  Don’t forget the Free Holiday Activities in Indy through the end of the this month.

 

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Friday, Dec 14

 

Saturday, Dec 15

Pictures With Santa @ Franklin Road Branch

Children of all ages and families are invited to have their pictures taken with Santa and meet some of Santa’s friends during this event sponsored by the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

All Ages

Free

Holiday Party at East Washington @East Washington Branch

Individuals of all ages are invited to enjoy the holiday at the Library! There’ll be music, crafts, giveaways, refreshments, and a visit from the North Pole!

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

All Ages

Free

Barks to Books at Pike @Pike Library

Beginning or struggling young readers are invited to read to a patient and non-judgmental therapy dog for a 15-minute session.

10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Ages 6-11

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Children of All Ages

Free

Sunday, Dec 16

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Children of All Ages

Free

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Did you know the Children’s Museum offers Free Memberships?

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That’s right, free annual memberships.  There are a few programs offered by the museum that allow some to receive a free or discounted membership.

I hope this helps.

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Free Weekend Events in Indy, Dec 7-9

A very busy weekend of Free events for kids in Indianapolis.  Great holiday traditions could get started with so many holiday activities.  Don’t forget the Free Holiday Activities in Indy through the month of December.

Friday, Dec 7

City Sidewalks with Free Ice Skating @ Georgia Street

FREE outdoor ice skating, local artisans, holiday performances, a live nativity scene, fresh-cut Christmas trees and Santa all come to Georgia Street!

2 p.m. – 8 p.m

All Ages

Free

Saturday, Dec 8

City Sidewalks with Free Ice Skating @ Georgia Street

FREE outdoor ice skating, local artisans, holiday performances, a live nativity scene, fresh-cut Christmas trees and Santa all come to Georgia Street!

noon – 8 p.m

All Ages

Free

Christmas @ Garfield Park

Oh what fun it is to visit the Conservatory to meet Santa and see Conservatory Crossing, the holiday train and poinsettia show.  Jingle all the way to the Arts Center to make toys with Santa’s elves.  You can also dash through the snow to the Burrello Family Center where Mrs. Claus will have some tasty treats.  All activities are free.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Rowdie Claus Holiday Party @ Victory Field

Rowdie will have art projects and crafts for kids from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m inside Victory Field suite level.  Enjoy festive food and drinks and get a free photo with Rowdie Claus.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

School Age Children

Free

Santa Comes to Fountain Square @Fountain Square Library

Families are invited to PNC Bank in historic Fountain Square for carriage rides, photos with Santa, and a craft program at the Fountain Square Branch.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Families

Free

Build a Gingerbread House @ Lowe’s Hardware Stores

The holidays are right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build a cool Gingerbread House!

10 a.m.

School Age

Free – with registration

Central Library’s 5th Anniversary Celebration! @ Central Library

The entire community is invited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the beautifully transformed Central Library with a variety of free activities for all ages.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Bleed Blue Blood Drive @ Lucas Oil Stadium

 the 2012 blood drive will include a free health fair and other family-friendly activities to create an informative and fun experience for all who attend. There will be opportunities to tour the field, chances to win prizes, and appearances by Colts Cheerleaders and Blue, the official mascot of the Colts. A blood donation appointment is not required to enjoy the other event activities.

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All Ages

Free entrance and Free Parking available

Sunday, Dec 9

City Sidewalks with Free Ice Skating @ Georgia Street

FREE outdoor ice skating, local artisans, holiday performances, a live nativity scene, fresh-cut Christmas trees and Santa all come to Georgia Street!

noon – 8 p.m

All Ages

Free

Central Library’s 5th Anniversary Celebration! @ Central Library

The entire community is invited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the beautifully transformed Central Library with a variety of free activities for all ages.

12 noon-5 p.m.

All Ages

Free

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Free Weekend Events, November 30 – Dec 2

A lot of hands on activities this weekend, remember they are all free.  If you are looking for more festive activities, check out the list of Free Holiday Activities in Indy.

 

Friday, Nov 30:

Not much going on today….

Saturday, Dec 1:

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic @ Lowe’s stores

Bring your kids into Lowe’s to build Sandman’s Plane from DreamWorks Animation’s new movie Rise of the Guardians!

10 a.m.

School Age Children

Free (must register)

Lilly Scientist in Residence Series: Discover the Amazing Human Body@ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to learn how our muscles and bones work together in perfect harmony to enable us to do amazing things.

2 – 3:30 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Sunday, Dec 2:

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

1-4 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Journey Through Eastern Europe: Romanian Folk Masks @ Nora Library

Children ages 5 and up and families are invited to explore Romanian folk tales and sculpt their own mini mask puppet using a variety of materials during this two-hour program.

2 p.m.

5 and up

Free

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Free Weekend Events, November 23-25

Thanksgiving weekend is full of family time.  If you are looking to get out with the kids try these free events.  If you are looking for ways to celebrate the season, don’t forget to check out all of the Free Holiday Activities in Indy.

Friday, Nov 23:

Circle of Lights @ Monument Circle

More than 100,000 spectators are expected for the FREE Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 ceremonial lighting and holiday kickoff on that Friday.

Entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. | Televised show 7 – 8 p.m. |  Light-up 7:45

All Ages

Free

Saturday, Nov 24:

Santa’s Arrival 2012 @ Indianapolis International Airport

Santa is making a special stop at the Indianapolis International Airport.

11 a-2 p

All Ages

Free

IMA Community Day: A Feast for the Eyes@ Indianapolis Museum of Art

Enjoy activities and tours highlighting works of art depicting food, objects created for serving food, making art that looks like food, and hearing a taste of spicy music.

11 a- 4p

School Age

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a- 4 p

All Ages

Free

Sunday, Nov 25:

 Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

1 p- 4 p

All Ages

Free

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Week Ahead November 19-22

Even with the Thanksgiving Holiday, there are several FREE children’s events this week…

Don’t forget to check your local library for story times.

Mon., Nov 19:

Paws to Read @ Eagle Library: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Ages 6-11

A Beginner’s Guide to Zombie Apocalypse Survival: Zombie Stage Makeup @ Garfield Park Library: 6:00 pm, Ages 12-17 (must register)

Tues., Nov 20:

 A Beginner’s Guide to Zombie Apocalypse Survival: Apocalypse Food Preparation @ College Ave Library: 6 pm, Ages 13-17 (must register)

Wed., Nov 21:

Preschool Art Workshop presented by Art With a Heart @ Brightwood Library: 11 am,  Ages 3-6 (must register)

Thurs., Nov 22:

 

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Free Weekend Events, November 9-11

This weekend brings a large festival with opportunities for everyone.

Friday, Nov 9:

Couldn’t find anything, but Saturday and Sunday are full.

Saturday, Nov 10:

Just Say Play, Spirit & Place Festival @ Ruth Lilly Health Education Center

Bring the whole family for a whirlwind of physical fun! Test your hula-hooping skills and dribble basketballs around cones. Learn balance and strength exercises.

9 a.m.- 12p.m.

All Ages

Free

“Live the Game!” Spirit & Place Festival@ Garfield Park 

Imagine that YOU are the game piece in life-sized board games!

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Horse Play!, Spirit & Place Festival @ United Methodist Church

Kids can wrangle their reading skills as they embark on horse adventures to improve literacy.

1p.m.-4p.m.

All Ages

Free

Hold It! Family Activity @ Indianapolis Museum of Art

Discover carts filled with objects everyone can hold and see up close.

1p.m.-3p.m.

All Ages

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Sunday, Nov 11:

The Great Pumpkin Fling Thing, Spirit & Place Festival @ Garfield Park Arts Center

Watch as pumpkins are flung across the sky by catapults created by Ivy Tech students. Children of all ages can make their own miniature catapults and trebuchets and decorate their own pumpkins to join the pumpkin flinging fun.

11a.m.-2p.m.

All Ages

Free

Rumpelstiltskin: Ultimate Bully @ Central Library

Families and children of all ages are invited for a performance of “Rumpelstiltskin: Ultimate Bully” by the resident company of the Indianapolis Opera.

3pm.m

All Ages

Free

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Free Weekend Events, November 2-4

Is everyone tired from Halloween, it is a slow weekend.  There are still several things to do with your kids……

Friday, Nov 2:

International Games Day  @ Southport Library

Families and individuals of all ages are invited to play life-sized Word on the Street or Yahtzee, participate in an Angry Birds tournament (bring your own smart device), and try other great board games.

10 am-4pm

All Ages

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @Central Library

Join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Saturday, Nov 3:

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @Central Library

Join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Build a Turkey Napkin Holder for the holidays! @ Home Depot

Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ages 5-12

Free

Sunday, Nov 4:

Couldn’t find anything today…

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