Inside Urban Krag's rock climbing facility. Photo courtesy of Karl Williamson of Urban Krag Climbing Center.

Beat the heat with these indoor play spaces close to Dayton

Scorching weather doesn’t have to keep the kiddos from playtime. Whether you have an infant, toddler or big kid, there are plenty of options to keep them entertained and active indoors.  

Urban Krag Climbing Center

Urban Krag Climbing Center 

In this 8,000-square foot facility, both kids and adults will enjoy the challenge of textured and sculpted terrain of the center’s climbing walls. Urban Krag offers options for beginner and advanced experience levels. Passes and punch cards are available for active visitors. 

Hours: Monday Members Night 5-10 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 1- 11 p.m., Saturday 10-9 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m. 

Cost: Age 10 and under, $13. Daily Pass, $16. See website for details

Address: 125 Clay St., Dayton, Ohio 45402 

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Run Around Fun Town XL 

In a village-like atmosphere, children can experience a child-sized town, playground, cars and scooters, and much more. The 10,000-foot facility features a designated toddler room and interactive playrooms. The in-house café provides on-site meals. 

Hours: Monday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday 10a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Thursday. Sundays are reserved for parties. 

Cost: Age 2 and under, free. Age 3+, $10 

Address: 4401 Lyons Road, Miamisburg, Ohio 45342 

Fairhaven Children’s Play Area 

Nestled inside Fairhaven Church, this indoor playground features what their website describes as “a safe, clean” option for children up to 6 years old. This facility offers separated activity rooms for infants, toddlers and big kids. Food and drink are not permitted. 

Hours: Open to the public Monday-Friday noon-4 p.m. and during fellowship Sundays at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. 

Cost: Free 

Address: 637 E. Whipp Road, Centerville, OH 45459 

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Employees keep things fun at The Magic Castle. Photo courtesy of Jeff Groves, Manager The Magic Castle.

For children under 11, this facility offers a “soft play” area equipped with three levels of tunnels, slides and mazes. Socks are required. For the bigger kids, mini golf (seasonal) and arcades are available on the premise. 

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 

Cost: Age 2 and under, $2.50. Age 3-11 $5 

Address: 4990 Wilmington Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45440 

Jump & Jack’s: Indoor Playground For Kids 

Complete with a playground, toddler zone and inflatables (reserved for parties on the weekend), Jump & Jack’s offers an active salutation to kids of all age groups. Punch passes can save money for active visitors. Socks are required on the playground. 

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9:30-9 p.m., Sunday 11:30-8 p.m. 

Cost: Age 0-2, $4 (all times) Age 3+, $8 weekdays and $10 Friday nights and weekends 

Address: 7102 Office Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069 

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Discovery Center at Liberty Center 

Here, kiddos can climb, run and jump in an interactive and creative environment. They’ll discover life-size games like ping-pong, an animated wall and even a Cub Club that offers exclusive discounts and treats for children on their birthday. Every Friday at 11:30 a.m., a local librarian hosts children’s story time. 

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10-9 p.m., Saturday 10-10 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m. 

Cost: Free 

Address: 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, Ohio 45069. Located on the second floor of the Foundry near the Food Court. 

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Kettering Recreation Complex 

This multipurpose facility features three regulation volleyball courts, two regulation basketball courts with 12 baskets and an indoor track. There are also aquatic and ice facilities available. From drop-in options to nursery play, there are options for everyone in the family. 

Hours: Monday - Thursday 5:30-10 p.m., Friday 5:30-8 p.m., Saturday 7a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Drop-in times vary. See website for details.   

Cost: Every activity is under $10 a day. See website for details.   

Address: 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, OH 45420

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