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40 things to do in Dayton when you can’t enjoy the outdoors

Too hot? Too cold? Too rainy? Too snowy?

If the weather is spoiling your fun, 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 instead of sitting inside.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton 

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery river otters enjoy some lunch.
Photo: Czerwinski, Allegra (CMG-Dayton)

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.

Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton

"Ruga Swan," by artist Jiangmei Wu, is one of the pieces in the Dayton Art Institute origami exhibit, “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami” . LISA POWELL / STAFF

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.

U.S. Air Force Museum
1100 Spaatz St., Dayton

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.


Vandalia Recreation Center
1111 Stonequarry Road, Dayton

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.

Kettering Recreation Center
2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering

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 feesClick here for ice arena schedule and fees.

Washington Township Recreation Center
895 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton

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.

Greater Dayton Recreation Center
2021 W. Third St., Dayton

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)

Lohrey Recreation Center
2366 Glenarm Ave, Dayton

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.

Northwest Recreation Center
1600 Princeton Drive, Dayton

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

Rick Jackson from Troy supervises his grandsons as they ride the video motorcycle games at Scene 75. TY GREENLEES/STAFF
Photo: Staff writer

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.

Can you make it through the maze of lights at Laser Web?
Photo: Contributed

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.

Urban Krag Climbing Center

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.

A second Dayton-area location of Pinot’s Palette, a paint-and-sip studio franchise based in Houston, Texas, will open on Thursday in Fairborn

Paint Nite
Check out their website for venues

Raise Your Brush
169 N. Main St., Centerville and 7 S. Market St., Troy

Wine & Canvas
Check their website for venues.

Barstools & Brushstrokes
Check their website for venues.

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.

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

Saturday afternoon skate at the Kettering Rec Center. 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
Photo: Ty Greenlees

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.

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

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