The best places to ring in 2019 in Dayton with the whole family

Looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration fit for the whole family?

Here are some of the best ways you can ring in 2019 with kids in tow in Dayton:

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Members of the Harlem Globetrotters perform at Wright State’s Nutter Center, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. Staff photo by Todd Jackson

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The beloved basketball team returns for its annual New Year’s Eve game at Wright State's Nutter Center.

Where: Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn

When: Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. 

Cost: Tickets start at $29 on

Scene75 New Year’s Eve Bash

Scene75 locations in Dayton and Cincinnati were nominated for the 2016 Top Entertainment Center in North America. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Scene 75 will welcome 2019 with a balloon drop at 2 p.m. for the kids and at 12 a.m. for everyone, and champagne or sparkling cider toast at midnight. There are tons of things to do, starting at 11 a.m., including go-karting, Ohio’s first virtual reality arcade, laser tag and so many games in the game room. The event is for people of all ages. 

Where: Scene75, 6196 Poe Ave., Dayton

When: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Cost: $39 NYE package includes a $20 arcade game card, unlimited laser tag from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m., $10 food voucher, a party pack and a champagne or cider toast. 

Info: 937-619-3200 |

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A full slate of activities are on tap at the region s largest outdoor ice skating rink, located on the banks of the Great Miami River in the heart of downtown Dayton. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

New Year’s Eve Skate at RiverScape

Looking for something fun to do before the ball drops? Start your New Year's Eve party at the MetroParks Ice Rink. No registration required. All ages.

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

When: Monday, Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: Admission fee: $5 daily. Ice skate rental: $2 daily. Skaters ages 3 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.

Info:  FacebookWebsite

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New Year’s Eve Family Bash

Skaters at the Kettering Rec Center lace up their rental skates before taking to the ice. With the October opening of the NTPRD Chiller Ice Rink in Springfield, the area now has four public rinks from which to choose: South Metro in Washington Twp., Hobart Arena in Troy, Kettering Rec, and the NTRPD Chiller. TY GREENLEES / STAFF (Ty Greenlees)

You can count down to New Year’s during the family-friendly hours of 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kettering Recreation Complex. New to this year’s event, there will be a NYE Kettering Rec Center “passport.” 

Here are more details from the city’s website: “This passport will help you to find new things to do this year! Take a lap on the ice with a decorated assistant, slide down into the pool with a over-sized shirt, make an ‘underdoggy’ shot in the gym, bounce and shout in the bouncy house, get creative in the craft area and find all of the ‘clocks’ around the KRC to complete your search! For doing all of this, you will be entered into a chance to win a 2019 family waterpark pass.”

Where: Kettering Rec Center, 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering

When: 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31
Cost: $15 per family of four. $5 per additional person. Preregistration is not required. Skate rental is $3 per person.

Info: Website

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