Zionsville Times Sentinel

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April 2, 2014

Spring Break: Choose your own adventure

With Spring Break happening as you read this, you might just be feeling a little bored, cooped up, and — let’s be honest — jealous of those who are sitting on a beach right now (me, too.)

But that is no reason to sit around and do the same old, same old. Whether or not you have kids, are a mature adult, or kid-at-heart, there is always something new to try if you just do a little research. We’ve done a bit for you and here’s what we’ve found:

• Swim just like your beach-going friends: The temperature inside any of our area’s indoor aquatics centers is a balmy 78 degrees. You can swim at the Zionsville Aquatic Center or venture a little further out and try Splash Island in Plainfield or Monon Community Center in Carmel. These last two locations have lap pools, water slides, water features for kids, zero entry and are handicapped accessible.

• Play like it’s summer: The Park at Traders Point has six stories of indoor fun. Lots of climbers, slides and basketball courts give your kids a great place to get some activity and burn off energy. There is a toddler area, as well as a quieter area with visual and tactile stimulation for kiddos with special needs or those who get over-stimulated easily. Bring a snack or lunch to eat in the attached break room.

• Go out on a limb (or up on a rock): Did you know we have a newer climbing gym just around the corner? The old Indy School of Gymnastics in Mayflower Park (near 106th and Michigan Road) has been renovated to Hoosier Heights, one of the largest rock climbing gyms in the Midwest. The super helpful and friendly staff is always nearby to instruct, encourage and make sure you feel confident in climbing; and your harness, ropes, carabiners and shoes are all available there. Want to try it out but don’t have anyone to go with you? There are several auto-belay stations that let you climb on your own safely. While you’re there, inquire about their memberships, clubs, and youth summer climbing camps.

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  • Teach children to contribute as well as receive I receive a lot of emails and phone calls from parents facing difficulty in their parenting. Often parents ask, “What do I need to give my child? What do I need to do for my child?” While there are many moments we as parents need to give or do something, sometimes the answer lies in expecting from our children.

    July 23, 2014

  • Momma wasn't a sissy My mom was on a medical downslide for the last 20 years of her life, and I always wondered how she managed to keep going. She always said she was probably already dead but just too stubborn to lie down.

    July 23, 2014

  • They've been known to pick a song or two Someone I know — I don't even remember who — used to have a "You may be a Redneck if ..." daily calendar. One day it read: You may be a Redneck if your mother has a Lynyrd Skynyrd T-shirt.

    July 23, 2014

  • Expiring term heightens urgency of lawmaker’s mission State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki had plans for her return to the General Assembly next January. The two-term Republican from Kosciusko County wanted to exert “full force” to roll back a law that prevents the children of undocumented immigrants from paying in-state tuition to attend state colleges and universities.

    July 23, 2014

  • Exercise helps body resist injury I hurt myself last week. It’s a good one too. Low back, below the belt, all the way across. Hurt. When I get hurt, I am instantly grateful for the strength training and body care I do every week and the knowledge I’ve gain from moving my body regularly.

    July 23, 2014

  • A bee, or not to be It’s weird that while working in my garden I am always looking for insect damage as a positive sign. I spotted lots of torn leaves on my Dutchman’s Pipevine and was pleased. The vine is a larval food source — caterpillar food — for the Pipevine Swallowtail, one of Indiana’s many swallowtail butterflies.

    July 16, 2014

  • Basements aren’t just for tornadoes anymore The Lutheran church ladies are back in town at Beef & Boards performing “A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement.” The show runs through Aug. 17.

    July 16, 2014

  • Road to funding Indiana highways jammed If you’ve driven on either of Indiana’s two busiest interstates recently, you’ll understand why a blue-ribbon commission last week called for adding traffic lanes to those harrowing highways.

    July 16, 2014

  • Extension Service celebrates turning 100 On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the federal Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service as a nonformal educational program designed to help people use research-based knowledge to improve their lives. In recognition of 2014 being the centennial year of the Extension Service, Purdue Extension – Boone County will commemorate the milestone with activities and displays at this year’s Boone County Fair.

    July 16, 2014

  • Vacation workout can be simple, convenient It’s vacation time, so many of my customers are requesting workouts they can do while on vacation to stay in shape. The tricky part is 1.) knowing what kind of equipment they will have, and 2.) if it’s too complicated, they won’t do it. So I like to keep it as simple as possible to minimize both of those barriers.

    July 9, 2014

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