The inaugural Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair is right around the corner! Make plans to be at the Danville Community High School auxiliary gym this Saturday (Jan. 24) between 1 and 5 p.m. to see me, Meghan Stritar from Macaroni Kid-Hendricks, and all of these great vendors!
I have a few New Year's resolutions for They're Our Kids in 2015, so let's start in the most logical place: No. 1. My first resolution is to get more help with TOK in the form of additional bloggers to cover more of Hendricks County for The Village.
Are you a Villager who likes to write? Have you thought about trying your hand at blogging but don't have a platform?
Well, let's see if we can help each other out.
Looking for a place to find Santa Claus in Hendricks County this Christmas season?
Look no further.
One of my many activities in the community is serving as Lieutenant Governor of the Circle City Division of the Indiana District of Kiwanis.
Yeah. Try fitting that on a business card.
Basically, it's a fancy way of saying that I oversee eight Kiwanis clubs in three counties. Four of those clubs are right here in Hendricks County: Avon, Brownsburg, Danville and Plainfield. My home club is the Kiwanis Club of Danville.
For those who may not be aware, Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Basically, we do a lot of really cool stuff for OUR KIDS, and 2015 will mark the 100th year that we've been doing really cool stuff for OUR KIDS.
I'll be getting into more detail about Kiwanis in an upcoming guest column for Hendricks County Home magazine, so stay tuned for that. For the sake of this post, though, Kiwanis clubs raise money and complete community service projects in support of OUR KIDS in their community -- usually working closely with the community's school corporation -- across the state, and around the globe.
Were any of you ever in Key Club in high school? Or Circle K in college? Ever heard of the K-Kids Club, Builders Club, or Bring Up Grades (B.U.G.) Program? That's all Kiwanis.
Ever been to the Easter egg hunt in Ellis Park in Danville? That's Kiwanis. Ever bought an elephant ear at the Hendricks County 4-H Fair or at the Hendricks County Ribfest? That's Kiwanis. How about a strawberry shortcake at the Ribfest? That's Kiwanis. Ever heard of -- or attended -- Masquerade Mayhem in Avon? That's Kiwanis. I could go on and on, but you get the point: Kiwanis is doing a lot of things in a lot of places that you may not be aware of.
One area where Kiwanis is not serving, however, is anywhere within the North West Hendricks School Corporation. And that's a situation I aim to fix.
To that end, I'm starting a new Kiwanis club in northwestern Hendricks County. I haven't determined if it'll be located in North Salem, Lizton or Pittsboro yet, but its focus will be to serve the school corporation there. In fact, superintendent Rusty King has already signed up to be a charter member of this new club!
Here's what I'm looking for at this point: people who are interested in joining Mr. King as charter members of this new club. I need at least 15 people who are dedicated to making this happen. Thirty people or more would be even better.
Once I get the Kiwanis applications from at least 15 people, I'll set up an organizational meeting where these new Kiwanians -- not me -- will decide what to name the club, where to meet, when to meet, how often to meet, and what community service projects would best meet the needs of that area of our wonderful county.
Are you interested in learning more? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's set up a time to meet. I'll come to you.
Let's get this new Kiwanis club up and running by the end of September so that we can start serving OUR KIDS of North West Hendricks School Corporation as soon as possible!
(Oh, and Mill Creek parents? Don't think that I haven't noticed that there's no Kiwanis club serving OUR KIDS in your school corporation. I'll be coming to you next!)
Parents of preschoolers: it's time to start getting OUR KIDS registered for kindergarten! Wondering how and when you get your kid registered in one of the six public school corporations in Hendricks County?
North West Hendricks
I got tired of staring at the boring ol' "Blog" title at the top of this blog. The blog needed a name and some personality -- something that embraces what They're Our Kids is all about.
Welcome, then, to The Village.
To paraphrase an African proverb, it takes a village to raise OUR KIDS. It has long been a belief of mine that no one can effectively raise a child on their own. It takes family, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches and other role models.
It takes an entire community.
It takes an entire community because we all have different talents, interests, areas of expertise and life experiences to share. OUR KIDS' lives are exponentially enriched by all of the villagers around them because OUR KIDS observe and learn from everyone with whom they have contact.
OUR KIDS are exposed to new things and exciting adventures when an entire village takes an interest in their development. They're kept safe and out of trouble when an entire village keeps an eye on them. And ultimately, the village benefits when OUR KIDS grow up and become contributing villagers themselves.
This is the premise around which They're Our Kids is built. We're all members of a community, and each child in that community is one of OUR KIDS.
I envision They're Our Kids as an online village where we can all come together in one spot and learn about our schools, local events and other community resources that assist us in raising OUR KIDS. The more villagers we have seeking and sharing resources and experiences, the better.
Now that we have our Village, we need Villagers.
Note the capital 'V' in Villagers. We're not talking about run-of-the-mill villagers now. We're talking about the special, dedicated Villagers who cherish OUR KIDS.
Our Villagers buy into the philosophy that it takes a special, dedicated Village to raise OUR KIDS, and that the more Villagers we have seeking and sharing resources and experiences, the better for all of us.
Our Villagers are those who subscribe to our blog (note the new feature in the right-hand column of this blog and on our home page), who spread the word about They're Our Kids and this blog to their friends and family, who "like" and share and actively participate on our Facebook page, who follow us on Twitter.
Our Villagers offer suggestions for additions to the They're Our Kids website, share kid-related resources that they find helpful so that those resources can be added to the site, and share family-friendly events in the area that they'd like other Villagers to know about.
Got some writing skills (don't worry...you don't have to be perfect -- or anywhere close to it) and a story to share with other Villagers about your experiences as a parent or something fun that you did with your kids? Contact me about submitting a guest blog entry! I'd love to read about your experiences, and I'm sure other Villagers would, too.
(Unfortunately, I cannot offer monetary compensation for guest bloggers. I don't get paid to do this, either.)
I've already had some Villagers alert me to Easter Egg hunts in Hendricks County that I didn't know about, special needs resources that they value for their own special needs kids, youth sports leagues that I didn't know existed (did you know that there's a youth LACROSSE league in Brownsburg?!), and suggestions for pages on local service clubs and local media and publications.
I LOVE the extra eyes and ears, and I want all the Villagers I can get! Together, we can cover Hendricks County like a blanket and make our Village an invaluable resource for parents in the area, as well as for parents who want to learn more about our area.
And OUR KIDS are going to be the ones who benefit.
Will you please become a Villager?
A favorite spring activity in Hendricks County is to take the kids to an Easter Egg hunt. Wondering where the nearest hunt is to you?
Here are the Easter Egg hunts that we're aware of for 2014 (and please contact us if you know of one that isn't on this list!)
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Danville Public Library (Danville) - Their stacks are always filled with books....now they're filled with Easter eggs too! Children ages 2-9 are invited to an Easter egg hunt at the Library! Children ages 2-5 will hunt for eggs in the stacks at 10:00am and children ages 6-9 will hunt for eggs at 10:30 am. Please register by clicking here.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Countryside Meadows (Avon) - Join Countryside Meadows in the 500 lounge from 5-7pm for their annual Easter egg hunt. The Easter Bunny will be there, and there will be face painting for the kids. Light refreshments will also be served. Hunt hosted by Countryside Meadows Senior Community. (Villager submitted)
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Arbuckle Park (Brownsburg) - Over 10,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes. Free photos with the Easter Bunny begin at 9:30am. Easter Egg hunt begins at 11am. Hunt sponsored by Brownsburg Parks & Recreation.
Happy Easter Eggstravaganza at Indoor Water Park (Plainfield) - 10am to noon. Event hosted by Plainfield Parks & Recreation.
Hummel Park (Plainfield) - The 2014 Hummel Park Easter Egg Hunt Presented by Carpenter Realty® will be from 10-11am at Hummel Park, 1500 South Center Street, Plainfield. The Easter Bunny will arrive by fire truck at approximately 9:45am. Age categories will be 2 and under, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. For more information, click here or call (317) 839-9121.
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church (Avon) - The annual Easter Egg hunt will be April 19th at 10am. Also the Easter Breakfast will be following the 7am service on April 20th. For the church's website, click here. (Villager submitted)
Washington Township Park (Avon) - Hunt will be held at 10am. Hunt sponsored by the Avon Optimist Club and Washington Township Park.
Eagle Church (Avon) - Eagle Church of Avon will be hosting an Easter Egg hunt from 11am to noon. (Villager submitted)
Egg-stravaganza at McCloud Nature Park (North Salem) - Hop-in for a non-traditional egg hunt from 11am to 4pm! Search for clues inside hidden camouflaged eggs on a nature scavenger hunt and trade in your completed worksheet for a prize. Crafts and games will also be available during the event. Event sponsored by Hendricks County Parks & Recreation.
Ellis Park (Danville) - Over 6,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes. Free photos with the Easter Bunny begin at 1:30pm. Easter Egg hunt begins at 2pm. Separate area will be set up for children with special needs. Rubber Ducky Race immediately following the Easter Egg hunt. Hunt sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Danville and Danville Parks & Recreation.
Coatesville United Methodist Church (Coatesville) - Easter Egg hunt held at 4863 Milton Street in Coatesville at 2pm. Hunt sponsored by Coatesville Downtown Revitalization Project.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Easter Eggsplosion (Danville) - Massive 4-acre easter egg hunt (over 3,000 eggs) plus lunch, music, games, family portraits and a drawing for a New Wii U and Nintendo DS3 at Living Faith Church of Danville, 934 Sycamore Lane in Danville. Participating age groups: PreK, K-2nd, and 3rd-5th. They would love for you to join them on April 20th for a comfortable and contemporary Easter worship service at 11am. Then at 11:30am there will be free food, music, family portraits and games followed by the Eggsplosion Egg hunt and capped off with an exciting drawing for great prizes. Come get to know Danville's newest church! Hosted by Living Faith Church of Danville. (Villager submitted)
Looking for Easter Egg hunts in Indianapolis and Central Indiana? Check out the list compiled by Indy With Kids!
Check this post frequently, as it will be updated as more information becomes available.
For most of us, maple syrup is a staple in our kitchens, and we don’t give it much thought when we grab a bottle from the shelf at the grocery store. However, when I noticed that one of my favorite spots in Hendricks County — McCloud Nature Park — is hosting Maple Sirup Days, I thought it would be a great opportunity to show my oldest daughter where her favorite pancake topping actually comes from.
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The holidays are for kids. (At least, that’s what my wife told me recently when I handed her my 35-page Christmas wish list.) If you’re looking for some holiday kid activities, visit Hendricks County for a wide variety of fun and festivity.
Every year at this time, my wife makes an advent calendar for our two daughters with a different holiday activity for us to do each day in December. It’s fun, and it gets us in the holiday spirit.
So as my wife created this year’s calendar, she asked me if I had any ideas for holiday kid activities. As luck would have it, I’m a world famous blogger for Visit Hendricks County, so of course I have some ideas! Here are my Top 10, in chronological order.
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