School’s out! Here’s where to celebrate the occasion on Presidents Day

MetroParks Ice Rink, located under the pavilion at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., has a full slate of seasonal events on tap to help celebrate the holidays. CONTRIBUTED

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MetroParks Ice Rink, located under the pavilion at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., has a full slate of seasonal events on tap to help celebrate the holidays. CONTRIBUTED

Happy Presidents’ Day! Today is the day that we celebrate the office of the presidency — and, for many, a day off from school or work. And, to ensure that this day off doesn’t drive every party involved crazy, we’ve uncovered some of the best ways for you to bond with your children on their special day off from school. These are the best family-friendly events taking place in the Dayton area on Presidents’ Day.

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🏫🎊Presidents' Day Skate at RiverScape MetroPark

Spend the holiday ice skating at the RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton. The cost is $8 and includes the rental of ice skates.

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MetroParks Ice Rink, located under the pavilion at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., has a full slate of seasonal events on tap to help celebrate the holidays. CONTRIBUTED

MetroParks Ice Rink, located under the pavilion at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., has a full slate of seasonal events on tap to help celebrate the holidays. CONTRIBUTED

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MetroParks Ice Rink, located under the pavilion at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., has a full slate of seasonal events on tap to help celebrate the holidays. CONTRIBUTED

WANT TO GO?

What: Presidents' Day Skate

Where: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E Monument Ave., Dayton

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $8. Children three and younger will be let in for free with an accompanying adult.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

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🏫🎊Plane Talks at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Keep the learning going today. You and your children will finally have the opportunity to learn a bit more about various subject matters as they relate to to the planes and the Air Force at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. These “Plane Talks” will take place on historically-important days — like Presidents’ Day. During this particular Plane Talk, attendees will have a chance to learn more about planes from the following experts:

Joseph Ventolo, former Museum Curator

Lt Col (Ret.) Jack Hampshire, former Advance Agent

Maj (Ret.) Lewis Newhard, former Pilot

Maj (Ret.) Robert Weatherly, former Pilot Flight Examiner

Maj (Ret.) Don Brown, former Pilot and Instructor

CMSgt (Ret.) Danny Bowen, former Crew Chief

SMSgt (Ret.) Gerald Mongelli, former Structural Repair Technician

TSgt (Ret.) Kimberly Weatherly, former Communication System Flight Examiner

TSgt (Ret.) Jerry Burton, form Fixed Wing Flight Engineer

Maj (Ret.) David Hill, former Flight Attendant

These experts will be stationed in the galleries near the aircraft or exhibit that relates to their field of expertise.

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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate Veterans Day by offering visitors a special opportunity to interact with more than 25 veterans who will be stationed at aircraft throughout the museum as part of the “Plane Talks” program Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kenneth Normand will speak with visitors about his experience as a pilot on the KC-97L. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken LaRock)

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate Veterans Day by offering visitors a special opportunity to interact with more than 25 veterans who will be stationed at aircraft throughout the museum as part of the “Plane Talks” program Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kenneth Normand will speak with visitors about his experience as a pilot on the KC-97L. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken LaRock)

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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate Veterans Day by offering visitors a special opportunity to interact with more than 25 veterans who will be stationed at aircraft throughout the museum as part of the “Plane Talks” program Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kenneth Normand will speak with visitors about his experience as a pilot on the KC-97L. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken LaRock)

WANT TO GO?

What: Plane Talks

Where: The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

When: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

More info: WebsiteFacebook

🏫🎊The Black History 101 Mobile Museum

This award-winning collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia, founded by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, is now on display at Sinclair Community College in downtown Dayton. The mobile collection features artifacts dating back to trans-Atlantic slave trade era, and even some from the hip-hop culture of decades past. The mobile museum has visited 40 states so far and plans to cover much more ground in honor of Black History Month.

You can visit the mobile museum from 10 a.m. today to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Building 14, the Premier Health Grand Entrance.

WANT TO GO?

What: The Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Where: Sinclair Community College, Building 14, 444 W. 3rd St., Dayton

When: 10 a.m. today until 3 p.m. tomorrow

Cost: Free

More info: Facebook

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🏫🎊Presidents' Day Jump at Sky Zone Dayton

The area’s most popular trampoline park is open today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enter the Foam Zone, play a round of dodgeball or simply spend your time jumping on the series of trampolines to make the day go by all that much faster (and your kids will love your sense of adventure).

Prices vary by the number of minutes desired in the play areas. You can purchase the tickets now by visiting skyzone.com.

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WANT TO GO?

What: Presidents' Day Jump

Where: Sky Zone Dayton, 976 Senate Drive, Dayton

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $13 for 30 minutes, $17 for 60 minutes, $21 for 90 minutes, and $24 for 120 minutes.

More info: Facebook

🏫🎊Presidents' Day at Wild Axe Throwing

“4 score and 7 years ago, our forefathers said to come throw some axes to celebrate them,” says Wild Axe Throwing’s Facebook page. The axe-throwing destination will be open to those wishing to swing a few axes at the targets from 1-9 p.m.

The popular axe-throwing destination allows those over the age of 13 to throw an axe, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

It is $29.99 per person and you can book your axe-throwing lane now by visiting wildaxethrowing.com/book-now.

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Wild Axe Throwing will open this week on Thursday, June 20. Owners and business partners, Daniel Huiet and Michael Keggan, also own and operate Great Escape Game in Beavercreek.

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Wild Axe Throwing will open this week on Thursday, June 20.  Owners and business partners, Daniel Huiet and Michael Keggan, also own and operate Great Escape Game in Beavercreek.

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Wild Axe Throwing will open this week on Thursday, June 20. Owners and business partners, Daniel Huiet and Michael Keggan, also own and operate Great Escape Game in Beavercreek.

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WANT TO GO?

What: Presidents' Day at Wild Axe Throwing

Where: Wild Axe Throwing, 3251 Seajay Drive, Beavercreek

When: 1-9 p.m.

Cost: $29.99 per hour of axe-throwing

More info: Facebook

🏫🎊Presidents' Day – Free Columbus Zoo Admission

In honor of Presidents’ Day, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are offering free admission, presented by Fifth Third Bank. The zoo and aquarium will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is still $10 per vehicle or free for Columbus Zoo members.

WANT TO GO?

What: Presidents' Day Free Admission at Columbus Zoo

Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free, with the cost of parking, food, and other amenities while you're in the park.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

🏫🎊The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

This just in: You never need a special reason to pay a visit to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton. Keep your kids endlessly entertained with the interactive Discovery Table, a planetarium show, a discussion about the animals within one of the exhibits and so much more.

The museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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WANT TO GO?

What: The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Where: 2600 DeWeese Pkwy, Dayton

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost:

• Children (3-17): $11.50

• Adults: $14.50

• Seniors: (60+) $12.50

• Children (under 3): Free

More info: WebsiteFacebook

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