WHAT’S OPEN? A guide to when and how entertainment venues will reopen

Entertainment venues across the state have been given the green light to reopen. We checked in with Dayton-area venues on when they will open and what visitors can expect.

Ohio’s governor has given entertainment venues across the state the green light to reopen provided they meet new public safety standards to safeguard against the further spread of the coronavirus.

But reopening takes a lot of work. Some venues have already opened or plan to reopen the first day possible. But others are working to make the necessary changes to comply to the new public safety standards and need more time.

Here’s the latest information on what’s opening when and what will be different for guests. We will continue to update this guide as we learn more.


Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway

The Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, a popular casino in the area, has announced that they will be reopening their facilities on Friday, June 19, pending final regulatory approval. Though none of their coronavirus-related policies have been announced, they are working closely with health officials to ensure that the casino is a safe place to be in the future.

For more information, and to stay up-to-date on all upcoming announcements regarding their reopening plan, pay a visit to their website or Facebook page.

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway is located at 777 Hollywood Blvd. in Dayton.

Miami Valley Gaming

Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon is scheduled to reopen to the public on Friday, June 19. They will be posting the details of this reopening in the next few days, according to their Facebook page.

For more information, and to stay up-to-date on all upcoming announcements regarding their reopening plan, head to their website or Facebook page.

Miami Valley Gaming is located at 6000 OH-63 in Lebanon.


Kings Island

The amusement park will open to season passholders on July 2 and to non-passholders July 12. No opening date has been set for its waterpark, Soak City.

The park will initially open with limited capacity and hours.

New protocols include an online reservation system, health screenings and face masks for staff and guests.

>> MORE DETAILS: Kings Island announces July opening date, park protocols

For more information about the park's reopening strategies can be found by visiting their website or Facebook page.

Kings Island is located at 6300 Kings Island Drive in Mason.

Credit: Dayton Art Institute

Credit: Dayton Art Institute


The Dayton Art Institute

No opening date has been announced as of yet for the Dayton Art Institute, but museum leaders are targeting an early July opening after the Fourth of July. Leaders have come up with a few coronavirus-related strategies to ensure the health and safety of their guests. For example, there will be a separate entrance and exit and temperate checks and masks will be required. Additionally, signature events might not even take place at all this year and weddings won’t take place until after Aug. 1.

The special exhibition will be “Samurai, Ghosts and Lovers: Yoshitoshi’s Complete 100 Aspects of the Moon,” which opened just prior to the shutdown. This will run through mid-September.

For more information about the Dayton Art Institute's reopening plan, head to their website or Facebook page.

The Dayton Art Institute is located at 456 Belmonte Park North in Dayton.

Carillon Historical Park

Exhibits will open Monday, June 15. Hours are 9:30 a.m., to 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Culp’s Café will be open 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily. Carillon Brewing Co. will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Employees will wear face coverings and all guests are encouraged to do the same. There will be fewer tables in the restaurants for social distancing.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

The museum will open Tuesday, June 16. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The museum will open at limited capacity, with staggered entry. Staff will wear mask and visitors will be encouraged to wear masks. There will be one-way traffic flow and indoor play areas will be closed. There will be no access to manipulatives and wearables to minimize high-touch areas.

SunWatch Archaelogical Village

SunWatch will open Tuesday, June 16. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Mondays).

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The Air Force Museum has not yet announced an opening date, but plans to reopen in July.

🎳Bowling alleys

Beaver-vu Bowl

The Beaver-vu Bowl is set to reopen on Tuesday, June 9. They have yet to announce their coronavirus-related policies.

The bowling alley will be open from noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information about Beaver-vu Bowling, head to their website or Facebook page.

Beaver-vu Bowl is located at 1238 N. Fairfield Rd. in Beavercreek.

Poelking Lanes South

Since Monday, June 1, Poelking Lanes South has been open to bowlers across the Miami Valley, with the addition of no-touch faucets, toilets and sanitizing stations throughout the building and sneeze guards at every register to ensure the health and safety of its patrons. Special hours have also been announced for seniors who want to bowl without risking their health.

Seniors-only bowling will take place on Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Regular bowling will then take place from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Head to the bowling alley's website or Facebook page for more information about their coronavirus policies.

Poelking Lanes South is located at 8871 Kingsridge Drive in Centerville.

Poelking Woodman Lanes

Poelking Woodman Lanes also reopened on June 1, and has implemented certain procedures, like touch-free objects in the bathrooms and increased sanitation options while paying for food and picking out bowling balls. For a full list of these policies, pay a visit to their Facebook page.

The bowling alley will be open for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Fridays. Regular bowling will take place from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Wednesday and noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Poelking Woodman Lanes is located at 3200 Woodman Dr. in Kettering.

Marian Lanes

Similar to other bowling alleys in the area, Marian Lanes opened on June 1 and instituted several coronavirus-related policies, like sneeze guards at registers and automatic flush toilets for a hands-free experience. They have yet to announce their adjusted hours.

For more information, head to their website or Facebook page.

Marian Lanes is located at 6170 Brandt Pike in Huber Heights.

Miami Lanes West Milton

This popular bowling alley in West Milton is set to open back up on June 18. No other announcements have been made.

Stay up-to-date on any news about Miami Lanes West Milton by heading to their  Facebook page.

Miami Lanes West Milton is located at 1159 S. Miami St. in West Milton.

Pla-Mor Lanes

Pla-Mor Lanes is set to reopen on Tuesday, July 7. No further information has been provided at this time.

Keep up-to-date on any announcements from the bowling alley by visiting their website or Facebook page.

Pla-Mor Lanes is located at 4901 Linden Ave. in Riverside.

Victory Lanes

Victory Lanes is now open and accepting guests from Monday through Thursday from noon until close (based on business), Friday and Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

The bowling specials are as follows:

- Two games/shoes: $7 per person

- Family Special: $49 (2.5 hours/pizza/pop up to 6 people)

- Thunder Alley: Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight ($10/person and $30 minimum per lane)

Be sure to call  937-323-8684 to make a reservation.

For more information, pay a visit to website or Facebook page.

Victory Lanes is located at 1906 Commerce Rd. in Springfield.

Northridge Lanes

Northridge Lanes in Springfield is currently open to the public. No further announcements have been made.

Check their website or Facebook page for future announcements.

Northridge Lanes is located at 1333 Moorefield Road in Springfield.


Yankee Trace

The following changes have been made to the Yankee Trace golf course in Centerville to keep their customers healthy:

- Tee times are available with sequential tee times only.

- Two persons are permitted to share a golf car. Private cart per request.

- Food and beverages from the golfer’s window are available during select hours.

- The driving range is segmented with individual stations.

- The Practice Greens are open at no charge.

- Flag sticks are to remain in the hole at all times.

- Golf rakes and ball washers have been removed.

- Golf course restrooms are located on Heritage #5, Vintage #5, Legend #6.

- Golf course water comfort stations are not available.

- The indoor golf simulators are temporarily closed.

- Social distancing guidelines are in effect.

- Common areas and shared items will be cleaned and sanitized many times throughout the day.

- Dress Code is in effect on the course and practice facilities: Shirts with collars or modern mock, no t-shirts, tank tops, mesh shirts, athletic team jerseys or the like, no blue jeans or denim of any kind, only soft-soled sneakers or golf shoes with soft spikes are permitted, shorts must be within 3 inches of the knee and short shorts, tennis shorts, bathing attire and similar dress are inappropriate.

- Minimum Age requirement per city ordinance: Children under the age of six are not permitted on the golf course at any time and children under the age of five are not permitted on the practice facilities at any time.

The Clubhouse Grille is open, with indoor and patio seating available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. from Monday through Saturday and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about Yankee Trace, pay a visit to their website or Facebook page.

Yankee Trace golf club is located at 10000 Yankee St. in Centerville.

NCR Country Club

The NCR Country Club is back and accepting members on to the greens now. No coronavirus-related policies have been announced yet.

Stay up-to-date on any announcements by visiting their website or Facebook page.

NCR Country Club is located at 4435 Dogwood Trl. in Kettering.

Beavercreek Golf Club

The Beavercreek Golf Club is open! According to its owners, the golf club is following health directives handed down by Greene county.

For more information about the Beavercreek Golf Club, visit their website or Facebook page.

Beavercreek Golf Club is located at 2800 New Germany Trebein Rd. in Beavercreek.

Cassel Hills Golf Course

The Cassel Hills Golf Course in Vandalia is open to its patrons with a few key procedures implemented to keep everyone safe and healthy:

- They are not accepting groups larger than 12 golfers until further notice.

- They are not able to check-in customers until 20 minutes before their tee-time. Anyone attempting to check-in before that time will be asked to wait in their car until the appropriate time.

- To avoid large groups congregating, the putting green is closed. It will only be available to golfers who have checked-in and are waiting for their tee-time so they can warm up.

- The patio area and picnic table area are closed.

- In order to maintain social distancing, no sharing of golf carts will be permitted. Only one person per golf cart.

- Only one group at a time will be permitted in the club house. Those waiting to enter will wait in line using the tape guides to remain six feet apart.

- To minimize the risk of the virus spreading, golfers are required to leave the flagstick in the hole at all times. A PVC pipe will be placed in the hole, and golfers should putt to the pipe, then pick up the ball leaving the flagstick untouched.

- To comply with Governor DeWine’s directive, they are closing the dining room until further notice. All Rotary Club, Lions Club, Golf Outing, League Meetings, and any other gatherings are cancelled until further notice.

- The snack bar food operation will be open for pre-packaged snacks only. The hot menu is discontinued until further notice. Beverage service (bottled beverages, water, soda fountain, coffee, alcohol, etc.) will be available.

- The 2 entrances to the pro shop upstairs will be the only doors unlocked. The downstairs doors will remain locked. The inside clubhouse will only be used to purchase green fees, pro shop items, snack bar items, and restroom use. Customers will be asked to consume any food and beverage purchased outside, and to limit their time inside the clubhouse as much as possible.

- League registration for returning players and potential new members will be conducted over the phone. Those interested in league play may call 937-890-1300. Registration can also be completed by texting Ben Lickliter, 937-545-7222 or via email, blickliter@vandaliaohio.org.

For more information about Cassel Hills Golf Course, head to their website or Facebook page.

Cassel Hills Golf Course is located at 201 Clubhouse Way in Vandalia.

Miami Shores Golf Course

The golf course has been open since April 1, while the driving range remains closed. Miami Shores Golf Course encourages its guests to maintain social distancing, hygiene and sanitation measures.

More information about the golf course's policies can be found on their Facebook page.

Miami Shores Golf Course is located at 402 E. Staunton Rd. in Troy.

Meadowbrook at Clayton

The Meadowbrook golf course in Clayton, now open, is implementing a few changes to ensure that they comply with the Responsible Restart Ohio program.

Here are just a few of these changes:

- Two golfers within one group may share a golf cart. Every golfer has the option to ride in a cart alone; please make a request upon check-in. Availability of carts is based on supply.

- The putting green will now be available to golfers who have checked-in and are waiting for their tee time.

- Hours of operation are now: First tee time is 8 a.m. and the last tee time is 7 p.m., while the Pro Shop and restrooms close after the last golfer is off the course, but no later than 8 p.m.

- The Grill is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for carryout and dine-in. Don’t forget to order and pick-up at the turn.

For more information about the golf course, pay a visit to their website or Facebook page.

Credit: Contributed

Credit: Contributed


Scene 75

Scene 75 Dayton is still under construction from damage from the Memorial Day 2019 tornadoes.

The entertainment destination is targeting a summer opening, but no specific grand reopening plans have been shared yet.

For more information, visit Scene 75's website and Facebook page.

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Wild Axe Throwing

Wild Axe Throwing is now open to the public and has implemented a few policy changes to keep their guests safe. Guests will now be able to book games online and it has been set up so that groups do not arrive at the same time. Additionally, games will only be played with groups of people who came into the center together and each lane is disinfected after every group leaves a session.

For more information about Wild Axe Throwing, visit the center's website or Facebook page.

Wild Axe Throwing is located at 3251 Seajay Dr. in Beavercreek.

Great Escape Game

The Great Escape Room has similar procedures, which includes staggered start times for each group and encouraging guests to wear face masks.

Be sure to visit the center's website to book your game now.

The Great Escape Game is located at 2332 Grange Hall Rd. in Beavercreek.

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Breakout Games Dayton

Breakout Games in Dayton is also open to the public with the following coronavirus policies in place:

- Rooms cleaned thoroughly each time between guests.

- Only one Team in lobby at once.

- Temperature reading at start of each shift for staff and wearing masks at all times.

Visit the entertainment center's website to read more about their safety and cleaning procedures.

Breakout Games Dayton is located at 8120 Washington Village Dr. in Dayton.

The Magic Castle

Magic Castle, a family fun center with an arcade, mini-golf and batting cages, has been welcoming guests inside of their center since May 12.

They have implemented the following coronavirus-related policies:

- There will be tape on the floor at cashier stations to help customers determine the proper distancing from other customers and to promote social distancing.

- There will be Plexiglas screens at their cashier stations to separate customer service interactions.

- They will be continuously cleaning and disinfecting the mini golf clubs and baseball bats before and after each use.

- All customers will be required to bring and wear their own helmet while hitting in the batting cages.

- There will be painted lines on the ground at the batting cages to remind all customers to practice social

distancing while hitting and waiting for a cage to open.

- They will be encouraging all of our customers to engage in the appropriate safe behaviors.

- All of their employees will be wearing face masks at all times and carrying disinfectant.

- There will be hand sanitizer stations located conveniently in their facility.

- They will continue to clean and disinfect the high-contact areas such as doors, counters and bathrooms throughout the day.

Magic Castle is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, on Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, pay a visit to their website or Facebook page.

Magic Castle is located at 4990 Wilmington Pike in Dayton.

Young’s Jersey Dairy

Though Young’s Jersey Dairy has still been offering treats to visitors throughout the pandemic, they are now opening their miniature golf, batting cages and driving range to the public from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at Udders & Putters.

Young’s Jersey Dairy has instituted the following policies in response to the coronavirus:

- Maintain a safe distance from other Guests (six feet)

- Credit or debit cards are the preferred payment method

- Touch-less payment at each terminal

- Do not congregate in waiting areas

- Limited to groups of 10 at any table on the property. Do not move tables to create a larger group.

- Read the signs and follow the staff's directions

- They will limit the number of guests allowed in their buildings, in seating areas, in and around the barn and animal area

Pay a visit to their website or Facebook page for more information.

Young’s Jersey Dairy is located at 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd. in  Yellow Springs.

Jumpy’s Fun Zone

Jumpy’s Fun Zone in Troy, featuring an assortment of bouncy houses and laser tag facilities, has announced that they will reopen on Wednesday, June 10. No details regarding coronavirus policies or new hours have been announced yet.

Stay up to date on all news regarding their reopening plan by visiting their website or Facebook page.

Jumpy’s Fun Zone is located at 1528 W Main St. in Troy.


Laser Web Dayton

The kids will finally be able to play a game of laser tag at Dayton’s premiere laser tag facility, Laser Web Dayton. The laser tag facility will reopen on Thursday, June 11, at 2 p.m. They will be meeting social distancing requirements by limiting each laser tag game to a maximum of 10 players, by conducting the briefing and vesting in the lobby and marking the narrow areas in the arena as one-way only. The laser tag packs will also be sanitized before every game.

For the rest of the week, Laser Web Dayton will be open from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday and Monday and noon to 9 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.

For more information about the family fun venue, including its updated hours, pay a visit to their website or Facebook page.

Laser Web Dayton is located at 533 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. in Dayton.


The Neon

Though many of you have likely taken advantage of The Neon’s virtual screenings over the past few months, the independent movie theater in downtown Dayton is gearing up to open its doors to the public once again on July 1. At this point, the date is only tentatively set, as they’ve still got major projects in the works to create a safer environment that allows for social distancing.

Stay updated on the latest goings on at The Neon by following their website and Facebook page.

The Neon is located at 130 E. Fifth St. in Dayton.

Englewood Cinema

Englewood Cinema is reopening on Friday, June 12 with a showing of Bloodshot and Sonic the Hedgehog. Tickets will be $3.

Showtimes for the opening weekend:

Sonic the Hedgehog:

Friday, June 12: noon and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 13: noon and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 14: noon and 2 p.m.


Friday, June 12: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Saturday, June 13: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Sunday, June 14: 5 p.m.

The theater will also be offering carryout concessions for those who don’t yet want to brave the crowds. They are currently offering two large popcorns and two boxes of candy or drinks for $10. Carryout concessions will be available from noon to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. This deal will also be available for those purchasing concession goodies to munch on while at the theater.

Englewood Cinema has yet to announce their coronavirus policies.

For more information about the theater, pay a visit to their website or Facebook page.

The theater is located at 320 National Rd., Unit 21 in Englewood.

The Plaza Theatre

The Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg is reopening on Thursday, June 11 with a showing of “The Philadelphia Story.”

The following changes have been implemented in the theatre in response to the coronavirus:

- The lobby doors will open 45 minutes prior to each showing to allow plenty of time to come in, get concessions and find a seat. Please plan on arriving a bit earlier so that we do not have a back up in the lobby at concessions.

- They want everyone to feel safe in a clean environment at The Plaza Theatre. Their staff and volunteers will be wiping down surfaces on a regular basis.

- The staff and volunteers will have masks on. Due to the size of their lobby, they would certainly very much appreciate masks worn by their audience members.

- The house size will be limited to 100, which will allow for a safe distance between all parties, while still allowing people to sit close to those in the group. They do ask that you leave at least 3 seats between parties to allow a safe six-inch distance. With the house size limited, there will be plenty of room to keep the distance. It will still be open seating as always for our regular movie showings.

For more information about the theatre's reopening policies and showtimes, pay a visit to their website and Facebook page.

The Plaza Theatre is located at 33 S. Main St. in Miamisburg.


Skateworld of Vandalia

The Skateworld of Vandalia is gearing up to reopen on Wednesday, June 10 for Family Night from 7-9:30 p.m. According to the facility’s owners, the rink has been cleaned from top to bottom to promote the health and safety of its guests. Patrons can call 937-890-6550 for the new schedule.

More information about Skateworld of Vandalia can be found by visiting their website or Facebook page.

Skateworld of Vandalia is located at 333 S. Brown School Rd. in Vandalia.

Orbit Fun Center of Huber Heights

Following in the footsteps of the Skateworld of Vandalia, the Orbit Fun Center of Huber Heights is reopening to the public on Friday, June 12. The full skating schedule can be found on the roller skating rink's website.

They are also now reserving birthday sessions and private parties. Guests can book these online or by calling 937-610-2827.

Though they have announced increased sanitation efforts, no other coronavirus-related policies have been mentioned by the facility. For more information about the Orbit Fun Center of Huber Heights, head to their website or Facebook page.

The Orbit Fun Center of Huber Heights is located at 5001 Nebraska Ave. in Huber Heights.

Skateworld of Kettering

Unlike other roller skating facilities, Skateworld of Kettering reopened to the public on Friday, June 5. View their full summer schedule on their website.

The following steps will be taken to ensure that the facility is safe for its customers:

- There will be taped Xs in waiting line to help promote social distancing.

- There will be Plexiglas at their counters to separate the customer service interactions.

- They have increased their cleaning procedures during sessions such as disinfecting their skate rental and skate mates before and after each use, advising their customers to wash hands regularly throughout their sessions and to throw away uneaten items at their table before resuming to activities in the facility.

- They we will have optional use of facemasks/ gloves if you choose.

- There will be hand sanitizer stations around the facility.

- Hand sanitation wipes for their games and equipment (before and after use).

For more information, head to their website or Facebook page.

Skateworld of Kettering is located at  1601 East David Rd. in Kettering.


The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The zoo will be open for members only June 12-14 then open to the public starting June 15 daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. All zoo visitors (including for Members) will require a dated, timed ticket.

The following precautions have been put into place:

— Advanced tickets/reservation times required.

— Visitors must have a dated, timed ticket to enter, including members. All tickets must be purchased in advance prior to the date of visit. There will be no day-of ticket sales.

— Columbus Zoo Members can select reservation times of: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Other guests can select reservation times of: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

— On Wednesdays, the Zoo will offer a “high risk” time slot and be open from 9-11 a.m. for guests with high-risk considerations, such as senior citizens or immuno-compromised individuals.

— Only one date and timeslot can be booked at a time. The maximum party size is 10.

— Guests will be asked by pay be credit card as much as possible to reduce handling of cash.

— Outdoor habitats and viewing areas will be open with modifications to adjust spacing and improve flow. Gorilla viewing will be pass through only.

— One-way direction has been implemented in smaller areas.

— Some indoor viewing areas will be open, subject to change, with increased disinfecting and limits of the number of guests allowed inside at a time.

View a complete list of new policies and procedures here.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which has been closed since March 15, will reopen to the public on Wednesday, June 10.

During the first week of the zoo’s reopening, only members with reservations will be able to enter the Cincinnati Zoo. Additionally, throughout the first phase of the reopening process, maximum visitor capacity will be reduced by 50 to 75 percent and reservations will be required to enter, which can be made up to seven days in advance of your desired visit by heading to the zoo’s website. Reservations will be limited and spaced 30 minutes apart to ensure that guests maintain appropriate social distancing. A specific time and and information about where to park, wait and enter the zoo will be included in the reservation. 

For more information about the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's reopening strategy and their new policies in place, pay a visit to their website and Facebook page.

>>MORE DETAILS: When zoos will reopen and plans to keep guests safe

Newport Aquarium

The aquarium, just over the border in Newport, Ky., will reopen for annual passholders on June 22 and all guests starting June 25.

Daily capacity will be limited. All passholders and general admission guests will be required to reserve the date and time they wish to visit the aquarium.

Temperature screenings will take place upon entry. Guests over the age of 3 will be required to wear a mask.

For more information about new policies at the aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com/PlaySafe

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