Community Spotlight

Party in the Park with Dayton Metro Library 

The entire family is invited to this fun and free event!  Highlights will include dancing, singing, storytelling, face painting, caricatures, sidewalk chalk art, active zones, a superhero costume contest, The Batmobile with Batman and Robin, Curious George and so much more! The event takes place both indoors and in the park – rain or shine. Admission and all activities are free. Food trucks will be on hand for the purchase of food and beverages. During the party, the Library will introduce its new mascot and sidekick for the first time. There will be prizes awarded for superhero costumes. For more info, visit or call 937-463-BOOK.

Time: 1:00- 4:00 pm

Date: Sat. August 8

Location: Cooper Park and the Main Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third Street in downtown Dayton

Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum

The mission of the Butterfly House  is to exhibit native butterflies in a natural environment, inspire protection of threatened habitats and educate the public on butterfly/moth life cycles and their plant partnerships.  This is a living showcase of native southwest Ohio butterflies and moths. During the Butterfly House summer, visitors can get an up-close encounter with butterfly eggs, caterpillars, butterflies emerging from their chrysalises, adult butterflies and native moths. All the monarchs raised in the house are then tagged and released to make the migration to Mexico.

Time: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Date: Through August 29

Location: Cox Arboretum, 6733 Springboro Pike, Miamisburg

Dayton Parent Magazine’s 2nd Annual KIDS FEST

Come out to this free event designed for the whole family that will include inflatables, a balloon artist, face painting, characters, booths from local businesses with giveaways and a COVER KID contest. Sign up today for a booth or contact [email protected]. Be sure to mark your calendar and bring the family out for some big time fun!

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Date: Saturday.  September 26

Location: Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 4242 Clyo Rd. Bellbrook


Catch a Fair!

Get your fix for fried Twinkies and funnel cake at any of the upcoming fairs in our area. Dayton has no shortage of these great fun in the sun outings. Go to one or go to them all!

Preble County Fair  August 1-8, Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton           Greene County Fair  August 2-8, Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia             Champaign County Fair  August 7-14, Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana         Miami County Fair   August 14-20, Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy                                   Darke County Fair  August 21-29, Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville

Sunwatch Flute and Art Festival

Enjoy performances by flutists from throughout the region, and sample American Indian foods including Indian tacos, corn and bison burgers.  View beautifully crafted flutes and other arts and crafts from vendors on the scenic grounds.  Check the website for the entire entertainment schedule.  $5 for children (6-16) and seniors/ $8 for adults.  Ages 5 and under free.  Call 268-8199 or go to for more info.

Date: August 14- 16

Location: Sunwatch Village, 2301 West River Rd. Dayton

*Sunwatch can be dropped if you need space.

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