40 ways to have fun indoors in Dayton

  • Ashley Medlar
4:48 p.m Thursday, July 14, 2016 What To Do
Looking for ways to keep your kids busy during holiday breaks? Here are four great reasons the Air Force Museum should be at the top of your list.

Ever find yourself singing, “Rain, rain, go away”? Rain spoiling your fun? Same goes for snow! Sometimes the weather just isn’t ideal for doing much of anything.

While this is the time of year for being outdoors, there’s plenty of fun inside. We’ve made a guide to all the great things to do indoors in the Dayton area for families (and adults too!) so you have a plan for the next rainy day or snowy day instead of sitting inside.

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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery river otters enjoy some lunch.

The museum has an indoor zoo, hands-on science experiments and activities, pretend play exhibitions, a tree house perfect for budding nature enthusiasts, a play area for toddlers, an interactive music wall, space theater and much more. 

Hours: Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.(special exhibition hours 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Sunday: noon - 5 p.m., (special exhibition hours noon – 5 p.m.)
Cost: $11.50 for children (3-17), $14.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors (60 and up) and children under 3 are free. Members are also free.

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The Dayton Art Institute during the fall closed The Dicke Wing of American Art and the Berry Wing of European Art for renovations. The Berry Wing will reopen Jan. 4. STAFF FILE PHOTO

The Dayton Art Institute is a destination for all ages, with free events for children and a great art collection for adults. Children’s activities include The Lange Family Experiencenter with learning activities for ages 3 and up and Museum Kidd’s Club that involves gallery hunts and a birthday treat. The museum also has paid events and activities including classes, art camps, Super Saturday Family Days on the second and fourth Saturday of every month between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Tiny Thursdays every Thursday morning from 11 a.m. to noon.
Cost: Suggested general admission to The Dayton Art Institute's permanent collection:

Adults: $8 

Seniors (60+), Active Military & Groups: $5 

College Students (18+ with ID): Free 

Youth & Children (17 and under): Free 

Members: Free

Hours: Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

THURSDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

SATURDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m 

SUNDAY Noon - 5 p.m.

Inside the U.S. Air Force Museum.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force offers tons of indoor fun, from displays of planes, to flight simulators to a 3D movie theater. The museum has free monthly family days on the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They also have scavenger hunts, seek and finds, tours, film screenings, flight simulators and much more.
Hours: Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Free admission. There is a charge for the Air Force Museum Theatre and flight simulators.

The Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road, has an indoor water park provides fun for all ages, but the center also offers a lap pool.

Indoor aquatic center complete with slides and rock climbing wall among the special features of this recreation center.

Cost: Daily admission is $8 for non-residents and $5 for Vandalia residents. Children under 4 are free.

Hours: Regular facility hours. Call ahead for pool schedule and availability.

Mon-Fri: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sat: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sun: 12-6 p.m.

Indoor pool with diving boards and ice rink among the special features of this recreation center.

Cost: Membership and drop-in costs and schedules vary by activity. Click here for the aquatics schedule and fees. Click here for ice arena schedule and fees.

Indoor pool and climbing wall among the special features of this recreation center.

Cost: Admission is $2.50 for resident youth/seniors, $5 for non-resident youth/seniors, $5 for resident adults and $10 for non-resident adults. Children 2 and younger free. Plenty of other pass options depending on your needs.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (pool opens at 6:30 a.m.). Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Indoor pool with slide and spray features, gymnasium and more among the activities at this facility.

Hours: Monday to Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Cost: For membership and pricing information, call 937-333-4REC (4732)

Indoor pool and gymnasium among the features at this recreation center. 

Hours: Monday to Friday 5:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Cost: For membership and pricing information, call 937-333-3131.

Indoor pool and gymnasium among the features at this recreation center.

Hours: Monday to Friday 5:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Cost: For membership and pricing info, call Phone: 937-333-3322

ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS
Scene75
6196 Poe Ave., Dayton
An entertainment destination, including an arcade, inflatable bouncers, indoor mini-golf, mini-bowling, go-karts, and much more.
Cost: No admission. Just load an amount of money on a Scene75 card to play arcade games. Attraction prices range from $2 to $8.50.

Sky Zone
976 Senate Drive, Washington Township (Dayton)
One of the first of its kind in the area, this indoor trampoline park is the perfect place to jump off some steam.
Cost: Admission is $12 for a 30 minute jump, $16 for a 60 minute jump and $20 for a 90 minute jump.

Run Around Fun Town
1218 E. Stroop Road, Kettering
Run Around Fun Town has four themed interactive play rooms, two inflatables, a playground, and much more. Open play is offered for children Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Ages 3-8 are $10 and ages 2 and under are $5. Adults are always free.

Laser Web
533 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville
Laser Web offers laser tag missions and a laser maze. They also have weekday specials, including BOGO Mondays, Token Tuesdays (Get $5 in game tokens for every $10 purchased) and Laser Web Thursdays where you can play laser tag all day for only $15.
Cost: Prices for laser tag are $8 for one mission, $14 for two missions, and $18 for three missions. Prices for the laser maze are $3 for one game or $7 for three games.

Laser Quest
Cross Pointe Shopping Center, 201 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville
Cost: One regular game of laser tag is $8.50.

Englewood Fun Center
569 S. Main St., Englewood
The Fun Center has attractions including indoor batting cages, an arcade, and inflatable bouncing.
Cost: Tokens for the arcade are $.25 each, indoor batting cages are 12 pitches per dollar and inflatables are $5 for 30 minutes and $7 for 60 minutes.

The Chaos Room
Centerville Square Shopping Center, 894 S. Main St., Washington Township (Dayton)
Another first of its kind, The Chaos Room is a gaming theater and arcade. It features 12 screens at 15 feet each.
Cost: Arcade prices start at $.25 per game and admission to the gaming theater is $5 per session.

Retro Mania Arcade
6185 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights
Attached to the Huber Heights Vacs N’ Videos, Retro Mania Arcade has the classic arcade games that few can find or remember.
Cost: Tokens are $.25 each.

Urban Krag
125 Clay St., Dayton
The building was once an abandoned church, but now features one of the best rock-climbing facilities around.
Cost: Day passes are $14 for adults and $12 for children 10 and under, but a belay certification is required for $15 plus any equipment rental that you don’t have.

ART STUDIOS
Decoy Art Studio
1561 Grange Hall Road, Beavercreek
Offers paint-your-own pottery, canvas painting, art and ceramics classes.
Cost: Pottery painting ranges from $5 for small beads and tiny figurines up to $48. Glass painting ranges from $8 to $30. Wrapped-canvas painting ranges from $16 to $30.

Spark Art Studio
3126 Wilmington Pike, Kettering
This studio offers drop-in art history workshops, art classes and drop-in art classes. Art history workshops are Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The studio offers a children’s experimentation class every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also on Thursdays are paint workshops from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: The Art History classes are free, children’s experimentation classes and paint workshops are $12.

Cozy Melts
6204 Brandt Pike, Dayton
Offers candle making and paint-your-own pottery. Pick up one of their coffee, teas or hot chocolates and get creative.
Cost: There is a $7 studio fee for paint-your-own pottery and prices on the pieces to paint range from $.99 to $30.

ADULT PAINT AND SIPS
Pinot’s Palette
2826 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Dayton

LIBRARIES & BOOKSTORES
Most of your local libraries have events and story times for youths and adults with ages as young as 6 months old. Most require advanced registration, but depending on the size of the branch location and the capacity, the library staff will try their best to fit you in. Events are free and supplies are usually provided.

Barnes & Noble
2720 Towne Drive, #200, Beavercreek (Fairfield Mall) and 2619 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Miamisburg (Dayton Mall)
The Fairfield Mall location has free children’s story times on Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday at 11 a.m., but dates vary by week. The Dayton Mall location has free children’s story time every Saturday at 11 a.m.

Books & Co.
The Greene, 4453 Walnut St., Beavercreek
Every Saturday at 2 p.m. the Books & Company at the Greene has a free children’s story time and they have various readings and signings from various adult and young adult authors depending on the date.

2nd & Charles
350 E. Stroop Road, Dayton
This 2nd & Charles location has a weekly free Friday Tabletop Game Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. plus it’s a great place to let your geek flag fly and read a book or comic and look at all the old gaming consoles.
Check their Facebook for more events.

ROLLER SKATING
Orbit Fun Center
5001 Nebraska Ave., Huber Heights

Skateworld of Kettering
1601 E. David Road, Kettering

Skyborn Skateland
5309 Haddix Road, Fairborn

Skateworld of Vandalia
333 S. Brown School Road, Vandalia

INDOOR ICE-SKATING
Kettering Ice Arena
2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering
Opens Aug. 31 through April.
Cost: Youth prices are $3.50 for residents and $7 for non-residents and adult prices are $4 for residents and $8 for non-residents. Skate rentals are $2.

South Metro Sports
10561 Success Lane, Centerville
Open year-round, this facility offers open skate Monday-Saturday public skate and open gym for hockey, basketball and volleyball in the Ice Haus and the Court House.
Cost: Open skate is $6 for youth and $7 for adults with a $2 skate rental. Open gyms are $5 per session.
More information on events: South Metro Sports Website and South Metro Sports Facebook

Hobart Arena
255 Adams St., Troy
Open year-round. Hobart Arena offers open skate, drop-in hockey and indoor fitness walking. 
Cost: Open skate is $5 for youth, $6 for adults and $4 for seniors. Skate rentals are $2.50.

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Teams participate in Bowl for Kids' Sake at Poelking Woodman Lanes in Dayton, Saturday, March 16, 2013.

BOWLING
Beaver-Vu Bowl
1238 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek

Capri Bowling Lanes
2727 S. Dixie Drive, Dayton

Poelking Lanes
1403 Wilmington Ave., Dayton

Woodman Lanes
3200 Woodman Drive, Kettering

Congress Lanes
221 Troy St., Dayton

Poelking Lanes South
8871 Kingsridge Drive, Centerville

Marian Lanes
6170 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights

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