Drive Around Dayton: Try These Winter Boredom Busters

Going stir crazy in the winter weather? Dayton is rich with fun indoor activities. On The Rising Phoenix, we feature Drive Around Dayton to introduce you to destinations that are fun to hope in your car and visit. Here are some must-visit places that are a short drive away and are sure to serve as a winter boredom buster:


Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 DeWeese Parkway, 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.

Cost: $10 for children (3-16), $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and children under 3 are free. Members are also free.

Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton

The Dayton Art Institute is a destination for all ages, such as 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: Super Saturday Family Days are $10 for a family of four for members, $15 for a family of four for non-members and $2 for each additional child. Tiny Thursdays are $6 for a child with a member caregiver and $8 for a child with a non-member caregiver. Classes and camp cost varies.

U.S. Air Force Museum

1100 Spaatz St., Dayton

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 month 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.

Cost: Free to $12



6196 Poe Ave., Dayton

An entertainment destination, including an arcade, inflatable bouncers, indoor mini-golf, mini-bowling, go-karts, and much more.

Cost: No admission. Just load an amount of money on a Scene75 card to play arcade games. Attraction prices range from $2 to $8.50.

Sky Zone

976 Senate Drive, Washington Township (Dayton)

One of the first of its kind in the area, this indoor trampoline park is the perfect place to jump off some steam.

Cost: Admission is $12 for a 30 minute jump, $16 for a 60 minute jump and $20 for a 90 minute jump.

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.

Laser Web

533 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville

Laser Web offers laser tag missions and a laser maze. They also have weekday specials, including BOGO Mondays, Token Tuesdays (Get $5 in game tokens for every $10 purchased) and Laser Web Thursdays where you can play laser tag all day for only $15.

Cost: Prices for laser tag are $8 for one mission, $14 for two missions, and $18 for three missions. Prices for the laser maze are $3 for one game or $7 for three games.

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.

The Chaos Room

Centerville Square Shopping Center, 894 S. Main St., Washington Township (Dayton)

Another first of its kind, The Chaos Room is a gaming theater and arcade. It features 12 screens at 15 feet each.

Cost: Arcade prices start at $.25 per game and admission to the gaming theater is $5 per session.

Retro Mania Arcade

6185 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights

Attached to the Huber Heights Vacs N’ Videos, Retro Mania Arcade has the classic arcade games that few can find or remember.

Cost: Tokens are $.25 each.

Urban Krag

125 Clay St., Dayton

The building was once an abandoned church, but now features one of the best rock-climbing facilities around.

Cost: Day passes are $14 for adults and $12 for children 10 and under, but a belay certification is required for $15 plus any equipment rental that you don’t have.


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.


Pinot’s Palette

2826 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Dayton

Paint Nite

Raise Your Brush

169 N. Main St., Centerville

Wine & Canvas

Barstools & Brushstrokes


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


Kettering Ice Arena

2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering

Opens Aug. 31 through April.

Cost: Youth prices are $3.50 for residents and $7 for non-residents and adult prices are $4 for residents and $8 for non-residents. Skate rentals are $2.

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.

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