Summer Fun Without the Sun

We talk all year about how we can’t wait to spend long summer days outside, but when the heat index soars and the humidity makes those “feels like” temps creep above 90 degrees, it’s just way too hot to even think about being outdoors. Instead of letting the heat keep you homebound this summer, keep this list handy for last minute A/C-friendly activity ideas.




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!

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

The Boonshoft Museum is the premier destination for family learning in the Miami Valley. It is a natural history museum, science center, children’s museum, planetarium, observatory and zoo!

Dayton Art Institute

The Dayton Art Institute offers a variety of classes, workshops and programs for families, children and youthHave a toddler between the ages of 2 and 5? Check out “Tiny Thursdays” for a special opportunity just for your littlest ones!

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Whether you are an educator looking for a STEM connection or a youth group leader or family looking for fun aerospace activities, we have a variety of programs to meet your needs.

Family Day at The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Indoor Playgrounds

Fairhaven Church- Centerville Location

Fairhaven’s indoor children’s play area provides a free, safe, clean place for children ages 0-6 to play, while allowing parents and caregivers the opportunity to connect with friends and other families.

Entertrainment Junction  

Entertrainment Junction holds the title of world’s largest indoor model train display. Stop by for “Christmas in July” and enjoy a bit of holiday cheer with a visit from Santa.   

Entertrainment Junction

Scene75 is the ultimate indoor play destination. Activities include indoor go-karts, black light mini golf and inflatables.  

Dayton Mall- Dayton Children’s Flight Zone

The play area has elements like a rocket ship, an airplane and a hot air balloon. The play area’s location is on the lower level between Macy’s and JCPenney.

Englewood Fun Center

Enjoy attractions like an indoor inflatable bouncing, batting cages and an arcade.


The New Dayton Metro Library

The new Dayton Metro Library has a beautiful children’s area that looks like it was lifted right off the page of any classic fairy tale.

Barnes & Noble

Both locations offer multiple story times throughout the week. Check their websites to find the perfect time for you!

Liberty Center Children Discovery Center

Every Friday at 11:30 am – storytime comes alive with songs, puppets, and fun for the family! Refreshments will be served for all to enjoy

Liberty Center Children Discovery Center

Nature Centers 

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

This center is focused on environmental education and sustainable agriculture, it provides activities that increase understanding and preservation of the planet by children and adults through education, research, and recreation

Brukner Nature Center 

Check out books about wildlife and nature at their library or join the PEEP preschool educational program that offers children ages 3-5,  2 hours of story time, creative craft, discovery hike and a healthy snack!

Brukner Nature Center Interpretive Building

Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Nature programs, guided hikes, and other interpretative experiences are offered for families and individuals throughout the year.

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