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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cross Pointe Shopping Center, 201 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville
Cost: One regular game of laser tag is $8.50.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ADULT PAINT AND SIPS
2826 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Dayton
169 N. Main St., Centerville
Wine & Canvas
Barstools & Brushstrokes
5001 Nebraska Ave., Huber Heights
1601 E. David Road, Kettering
5309 Haddix Road, Fairborn
333 S. Brown School Road, Vandalia
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.
10561 Success Lane, Centerville
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.
255 Adams St., Troy
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.