Activity Descriptions


Deconstructed Play
with Cheyenne

Inspired by Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood learning, Cheyenne will provide provocations and invitations for your child that include natural materials, sensory experiences, small world play, loose parts play, light exploration, messy play, process art, and much more. Playdoh, pinecones, shadows, water, magnets, rocks, fabric, feathers, sticks, the materials are simple and…deconstructed. Each week your child will make sense of the world around them by exploring and investigating materials that provoke wonder, discussion, question, interest, and creativity. Take a moment to sit back and observe what your child is drawn to when the play is open-ended and the learning is self-directed. Deconstructed Play will inspire curiosity and create a language rich learning space for you to engage with your child. This class is included with admission to the play café. Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made via the link below.

Appropriate for children age 12 months to 5 years. Children younger than 3 years of age must have an adult present with them in the studio.

Thursday 10:30-11:30

Mr. Daniel

Mr. Daniel LIVE!

Jam out with Mr. Daniel! A live music experience featuring the man himself- Mr. Daniel. Adults & kids will enjoy this performance featuring unique original music and childhood favorites. We highly recommend making a reservation as we regularlry sell out for these shows!
Check out Mr. D's music HERE
All Ages
included with admission
reserve a play session at the same time this activity is scheduled

Fridays 10:30-11:30
in the learning studio


Fiber Optic Sensory Exploration
with Meghan

This class focuses on gross motor skills and sensory integration. It encourages your child in their natural exploration at the Urban Chalkboard with a space for bigger physical movement and the tactile and visual sensation of fiber optic lights. We will be facilitating gross motor stations such as tunnel play, stretchy streamer spider web, movement patterns with rhymes, instrument play, bouncy balls to name a few and then enter a vibrant world of fiber optic lights where they can touch and view different lights as they relax and engage.

All Ages
included with admission
reserve a play session at the same time this activity is scheduled

Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:15
in the Learning Studio

Copy of $5 Family Night

Family Night
Sponsored by Greeks Pizza

Hey working parents! We heard you when you said that #theUC should be open in the evening. We are excited to announce our Family Nights!!! Enjoy a bite to eat while kids play in the cafe. On the menu will be Greek's Pizzeria of Carmel & Village of West Clay.
Over 21? We will be serving beer & wine on select evenings! Our full cafe menu will also be available if you need a jolt. No need to rush home and make dinner. Let us do the work for you. Your family will have a blast and you can thank us later.

All Ages
$5 per child at or over 9 months of age
$7 per child without reservation
Dinner & Drinks a la carte

Thursdays 5 - 7


Grandparents' Day

The first Monday of every month is Grandparents' Day at The Urban Chalkboard. Kids get half off admission if they attend with a grandparent. Discount will be given off Walk-in & Pre-Pay admissions. To redeem deal online use code UCGRAND at checkout.

All Ages
included with admission

All Day
the 1st Monday of each month


Multiples Day

Second Wednesday of every month we discount admission for twins, triplets, quadruplets & quintuplets. Use code MULTIPLES or QUINTS at checkout to claim your discount

All Ages
included with admission

All Day
the 2nd Wednesday of each month


BEAM Interactive Play

Each Monday our learning studio is transformed. BEAM is an interactive system that creates a play experience like no other. Kiddos will have so much fun while developing motor skills & spacial awareness.

Mondays at 10:30

Included with admission
Ages Crawling-5


Babies Play Music with The Docs

Arrive 10-15 minutes early to check-in and get comfy before class begins

There is something so amazing about watching babies’ faces light up and their little hands and feet pumping to the beat of their favorite tune. In Babies Play Music, caregivers and babies will sing, play music, and move to new and familiar songs and nursery rhymes. Children will explore the guitar, piano, and percussion instruments. Prepare to revisit your favorite childhood songs, learn a few new ones, and experience lasting and loving memories with your baby through music. Some parents say the best part of this class is making great friends with the incredible parents and children. Others say it’s watching their babies become budding rockstars. Who will have more fun, your baby or you?

Ages birth to 18 months
Tuesdays 9:30-10:00
Reserve online and pay $15
$17 at the door drop-in rate
5 classes for $65 (save $10)
10 classes for $135 (save $15)
  • you choose 5 or dates dates from series Sept-Dec
  • Pass may be used for Toddlers class as child grows
  • Switch dates at your convenience by calling 317.815.5711
  • Stay & Play in the cafe for an additional $5 per child.
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    Toddlers Play Music with The Docs

    Arrive 10-15 minutes early to check-in and get comfy before class begins

    If you know toddlers, you know they can’t sit still. In Toddlers Play Music, caregivers and toddlers will direct this energy into singing songs with finger play, imitation, body movements, and playing instruments during musical games. Children just learning to communicate will enjoy songs that combine sign and voice and lots of repetition. In addition to loud and soft, fast and slow, and high and low, we will also practice one-step directions and listening skills. Expect the unexpected.

    Ages 18 to 36 months
    Tuesdays 10:15-10:45
    Reserve online and pay $15
    $17 at the door drop-in rate
    5 classes for $65 (save $10)
    10 classes for $135 (save $15)
  • you choose 5 or dates dates from series Sept-Dec
  • Switch dates at your convenience by calling 317.815.5711
  • Stay & Play in the cafe for an additional $5 per child.
  • Family Friendly Dance Party

    Baby Rave

    Our learning studio is transformed into a family friendly dance hall the last Friday of the month. Grab a glow stick and dance your heart out to a themed play list curated to make you move. Great activity for all ages to move & groove. Choose an afternoon play session to join in the fun!
    Included with admission


    Paws & Read

    Literacy circle to enrich preschoolers and encourage the love of books. Appropriate for pre-readers & beginning readers age birth- 5 years.
    We will gather with CCI pup Tristan IV & enjoy a new book each meeting. Our furry friend will lend an ear to each child while giving them a safe & cozy place to let their inner reader flourish. Current research shows that a furry friend creates a comfortable & relaxing relationship between children & books. Find more info here & here.

    Reserve a play session around the time paws & read is scheduled to join in.

    Included with cafe admission.

    Urban Yogis

    Urban Yogis

    Yoga for all ages & stages. Athena will work through basic poses & breathing exercises to calm, ground & connect. Bring your own mat or borrow one of ours.

    • Warmup with lots of wiggles
    • Sun Salutations
    • Shape Exploration
    • Animal Exploration
    • Dragon Breathing
    • Down Dog & Snowga!

    This activity is included with your cafe admission.
    All Ages with a parent or caregiver
    Reserve a play session around the time Urban Yogis is scheduled to join in.
    Every other Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

    Urban Beats

    Urban Beats with Ms. Dana

    One of our favorite programs is BACK!!! Join Ms. Dana in the Learning Studio for shaking, rocking & rolling to your favorite songs. She will use her amazing voice, shakers, bells, sticks & other percussive toys to immerse everyone in a music-filled jam session.
    ALL AGES activity
    Included with cafe admission
    Choose a play session around the time Urban Beats is scheduled to join in!


    Drop-In Play Sessions

    Want to come in and play? Choose a play session time and enjoy the cafe for up to 3 hours.
    Sessions can be extended, free of charge, if we are not at capacity.
    Want to enjoy an 'included with admission' activity on our calendar? Choose a drop-in session time that coordinates with that activity and enjoy!
    Play sessions are $10 when you reserve online or $12 if you walk-in.
    Load up a punch pass before reserving and get 5 sessions for the price of 4!


    Parent Education with Malkah Bird

    Play-Based Learning: Encouraging curiosity and kindness in our youngest children.
    Sponsored by Carmel Cooperative Preschool
    Join Malkah Bird, local teacher & activist & parenting coach for an hour of discussion.
    3/6/18 7:00 p.m.
    Snacks & beverages will be available for purchase in the cafe.
    Event is open to the public.


    2nd Annual Shamrock Bash

    OH we have fun morning planned for you!!! Celtic Motion Irish Dance Troop will kick off the bash at 10:00 a.m. with a traditional Irish soft shoe performance. Join our Play Coaches at our Farm House Table to create leprechaun beards. Ms. Dana will take over the studio for a jig and Urban Beats at 11:00 a.m. Take photos with your beards and other props in our photo booth.
    Nosh on a complimentary cookie or sip on a warm Shamrock Latte for only $4 during the event.
    ALL AGES Admission is $12 per child
    includes all activities & a cookie from 10-12p.
    Reservations are highly recommended!

    Kelli White

    Fine Art Portrait Mini Sessions

    Kelli White is an Indianapolis based fine art family photographer. Her lifestyle, newborn & school boutique sessions are absolutely amazing.
    Check her work out RIGHT HERE!
    As the official photographer of The Urban Chalkboard Kelli is offering our families generous mini session pricing at our March 29th Family Night.
    Portrait pricing details:
    Social Size Image with Large Watermark- FREE
    Individual Images $15
    All Family Images $45
    contact Kelli with pricing questions
    Family Night reservations are highly recommended!

    All activities are included with admission except for Play Music classes on Tuesday.

    Use these links to book play sessions

    Reserve a play session around the time of these activities- Mr. Daniel LIVE!, BEAM, Arty Afternoon, Fun With Food, Fiber Optics, Science Geek Out, Deconstructed Play & Creative Dance/Yoga-  CLICK HERE TO RESERVE

    Family Night Session- CLICK HERE TO RESERVE

    Babies Play Music- CLICK HERE TO RESERVE

    Toddlers Play Music- CLICK HERE TO RESERVE

    Reservations are highly recommended for all activities, events & classes!!!