Kids feeling cooped up on those days when it’s just too chilly to head outside? No problem! There are plenty of local indoor options for fun and entertainment – and some are even free!
Check out this list of some of the Dayton area’s most popular places for families next time your crew needs an escape from the cold.
The perfect combination of learning and fun, a museum is an ideal adventure for a winter day. Be sure to check back often for changing exhibits!
2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton
Cost: FREE for kids under 3
$11.50 for kids 3-17
$14.50 for adults
$12.50 for seniors
456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton
Cost: FREE for kids and students
$8 for adults
$5 for seniors, groups and active military
Note: Have a toddler between the ages of 2 and 5? Check out “Tiny Thursdays” for a special opportunity just for your littlest ones!
1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton
Cost: FREE admission
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Have a crafty kid? Many local stores offer drop-in hours for painting and decorating, or classes for creating, building and sculpting.
3126 Wilmington Pike, Kettering
Cost: Varies based on activity
Note: In addition to classes and art projects, this studio has special “kids night in” events for $20/child.
Cost: FREE for children’s “Make Break” classes
$2 for “Kids Club” classes
Note: Visit the website to find out what you’ll be able to make at each class and if you need to bring anything with you. (Most supplies are provided.)
Note: Search “kids workshop” on the website to register at the store nearest you.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Skating, running and jumping – oh my! Each of these locations offers a great option for your kiddo to burn off some energy.
2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering
Cost: $3.75/$7.50 for kids (Resident/Non-resident)
$4.25/$8.50 for adults
$2.00 skate rental
Note: Check out the online calendar for public skate hours – some sessions are just for little ones!
4401 Lyons Road, Miamisburg
Cost: $5 for children 2 and under
$10 for 3 and up
Note: Crawlers are free with a paid sibling and adults are always free.
976 Senate Drive, Dayton
Cost: Starting at $12 for 30 minutes of jumping
Note: “Toddler Time” is just for young children and their parents, and is offered each Friday and Saturday morning.
333 James E. Bohanon Drive, Vandalia
Cost: FREE for kids 4 and under with paid adult
Note: Yes, this pool has slides!
GAMING AND HIGH-SPEED ENTERTAINMENT
Go-karts, bouncing, laser tag – you can’t go wrong with these activities. Get the whole family in on some friendly competition.
6196 Poe Avenue, Dayton
Cost: Varies by activity
Note: Attractions include indoor go-kart track, mini-bowling, mini-golf, bumper cars and more. And check out the bounce houses just for younger visitors.
533 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton
Cost: Starting at $8 for one mission
Note: Mondays are buy one mission get one free.
569 South Main Street, Englewood
Cost: Varies by activity
Note: Attractions include indoor inflatable bouncing, batting cages and an arcade.
READING AND THE ARTS
Looking for a low-key outing? These ideas might be the ticket to a relaxing morning or a peaceful night out with your kids.
Note: Not only are libraries a great resource for books and movies, many of them offer story times and other free programs geared specifically for kids. Visit your local branch to find out more.
Note: Check out each location’s event calendar online.
4489 Glengarry Drive, Beavercreek
Note: Be on the lookout for special offers or discounts at other local movie theaters as well.
3868 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek
Cost: $5-$15 based on seating
Note: Youth Theatre shows are put on for kids by kids! Children 10 and under are eligible for floor mat seating starting at just $5.
Before heading out, be sure to visit websites or call directly to confirm hours of operation, availability or if registration is needed prior to your visit. Then have some fun beating Old Man Winter and enjoy the “the great indoors”!