The best places to ring in the new year 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 2018 with kids in tow in Dayton:

>> The ultimate guide to New Year’s Eve in Dayton

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 $28.50 on

✨ NYE at Austin Landing

Channel a little bit of the Times Square atmosphere this New Year’s Eve at Austin Landing. This is billed as an event for all ages (so you don’t have to get a sitter). Enjoy live music from Stranger and Party with a Purpose benefiting The Pink Ribbon Girls. There will be fireworks and a live ball drop. Food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase from food trucks. 

Where: Austin Landing, 10050 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg

When: Starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 31

Tickets: $15 in advance online; $20 at the door. VIP tickets are $60 each.


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

Scene75 New Year’s Eve Bash

Scene 75 will welcome 2018 with a balloon drop and champagne or sparking cider toast at midnight. There are tons of things to do from 10 a.m. until 2 p.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. 

The New Year’s festivities begin at 9 p.m.

Where: Scene75, 6196 Poe Ave., Dayton

Cost: $39 NYE package includes a $20 arcade game card, unlimited lazer 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: Sunday, 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:  Facebook | Website

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