After a few weeks into summer, parents start to uncover an ugly reality; kids cannot play tag in the backyard forever. Their initial love of freedom starts to wear off as the temperatures start to climb. Complaints and cries of boredom become louder and more frequent. The summer schlump is near. Instead of remedying the restlessness with expensive days out, Dayton Parent Magazine challenges you to revamp your summer affordably! Use our guide to help you and your family have the best (and cheapest) summer yet!
1. Fly on over to National Museum of US Air Force! Free.
2. Explore your history at Carillon History Park. $5 admission.
3. Be awestruck by the amazing pieces at the Dayton Art Institute! Free for kids, special $5 admission for parents mentioning Dayton Parent!
4. Visit the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery on select Saturdays for Super Science Saturdays! These are free events and include access to special exhibits and Space Theater Shows.
5. Zoom into America’s Packard Museum! $4 admission.
6. Take a step back in time at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park with the authentic and interactive exhibits! Free Admission.
7. Spice it up at The Neon, an independent theatre, on five dollar Tuesdays!
8. Get fancy on Thursdays at the Victoria Theatre for Family Films! $3 admission at door.
9. Tour the Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum for fascinating finds. Free.
10. Discover more about America’s aviation pioneers, legacies, and feats at the National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center, located in the National Museum of U.S. Air Force. Free.
11. Stroll around at the PNC 2nd Street Market during the Saturday Farmer’s Markets. Free admission.
12. Take a tour of the Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site and test your knowledge! Free Admission.
13. Become a true farmer at Possum Creek MetroPark, which is stocked with farm houses full of animals! Free Admission.
14. Join the entertainment at Learning Tree Farm’s Saturday Family Fun Series. $5 donation encouraged per family.
15. Pop in Sweet P’s Ice Pops for a refreshing treat on a scorching day! Price dependent on purchase.
16. Jam out during a concert in Town Square. Free.
17. Express your artsy side by painting glass pieces at Decoy Art Studio! Glass pieces start at $5.
18. Jump and dodge laser beams at the Lazer Maze. $2 per game.
19. Let your speed take control at the Atomic Rush! $2 per game.
20. Bump and batter one another with the Spin Zone Bumper Cars! $4 per game.
21. Test your putt putt with Black Light Mini Golf! $5 per nine holes.
22. Experience entertainment in a whole new dimension at the 4-D Motions Theaters! $5 per ride/movie.
23. Alter your gaming skills in the Chaos Room! $5 per thirty minutes.
24. Mini Bowl at Scene 75! $3 per game.
25. Get two free games of bowling everyday at Beaver-Vu Bowl when you sign up here!
26. Glide around at Skateworld on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a $2 special!
27. Swim, climb, and play at the Vandalia Rec Center! $5 admission.
28. Splash around Friday nights for Open Swim! $5 admission.
29. Cool off at the interactive fountain at the RiverScape MetroPark! Free.
30. Fish at the Englewood MetroPark! Free.
31. Build, explore, or cool off at one of the themed gardens in the Children’s Discovery Garden. Free.
32. Spend a rainy day at Chuck E. Cheese! Free admission.
33. Get soaked playing Water Wars! $3-$5 bucket prices.
34. Get more than three strikes at the Magic Castle Batting Cages! Starts at $2.
35. Burn away energy at the Magic Castle Soft Play! $4.50 admission.
36. Put your mini golf skills to the test at the Challenger Course! $5 fee.
37. Bolt through the Laser Web Lazer Maze! $3 per game.
38. Jump for joy at the Englewood Fun Center! $5 per 30 minutes.
39. Bring the whole family to Young’s Jersey Dairy on Tuesday nights for special deals on activities!
40. Find your way through the Bell’s Children Maze at the Cox Arboretum! Free.
41. Monkey around at the Fairborn Community Park playground! Free.
42. Take a break from the blazing sun at the Centerville-Washington Park District Activity Center Park! Free.
43. Print off coupons here to get free skating admission at Orbit Fun Center! 3$ skate rental.
44. Trot with your tot on Saturdays at Carriage Hill Metro Park! $5 per ride.
45. Find fun and free events weekly at the library!
46. Spend select Wednesdays at the Fraze for free events and exhibits!
47. Become a prince or a princess at the Loveland Castle! $3 admission.
48. Enjoy a starry night watching movies at the Dixie Drive-In! $2 movie tickets.
49. Pick berries at Berryhill Farm! $2.95 per pound.
50. Feast your eyes upon spectacular films on Tuesdays at Cinemark Theatres! $5.50 ticket special.