Often times I am faced with the difficult task of finding ways to entertain my family. I have spent countless hours looking for fun, family friendly events that are also easy on my pocket book. If you are in the same boat, I have some good news! I have found a handful of fun events coming up in the Dayton area, and the best part is they don’t break the bank! If you know of any other free or low-cost events coming up, let me know and I will share them here! Send them to Val@Rivervalleycu.org!
Cox Arboretum: There is so much to do here! In the summer and spring months our family visits here a lot. It is especially gorgeous when all the flowers are in bloom. There is a maze for kids as well as some shorter hiking trails. Their most popular exhibit is the butterfly house, which opens May 1. The most popular time of year to visit the butterflies is July/August. The best part is, it’s completely free! It is easy to let a whole afternoon slip by here.
Wegerzyn Gardens: I know what you are thinking: “Seriously Val, another Metro Park?” I just can’t help it! They are not only beautiful, but they are also a great way to spend some quality time outdoors with the family. Here you can rent community gardening plots, go for a hike, or just enjoy the formal gardens. There is also a kid’s discovery garden, as well as a man-made wading creek, waterfall and cave—so bring a swimsuit for the little ones!
: The Air Force Museum is a great place to visit. Did you know they have family days each month? In April, kids will learn all about kites and even get to make one to take home. For a complete list of family days, visit the link I provided. Also, they are completely free!
Summer Kick-Off : The city of Beavercreek is hosting a summer kick-off and kite flying event this month. There will be free kite flying, food, games and music. You can find more information on the city’s website. Sounds like it will be a lot of fun!
Farmers Markets: Farmers markets are wonderful! My family goes to the one in Beavercreek every Saturday morning. You can spend as little or as much as you choose. Not only are you supporting local businesses, you’re also getting the freshest food possible: it tastes so much better than the stuff you get at the grocery store! Watch for signs in your area for upcoming farmers markets.
Family Adventure Day : If your family is adventurous, this is the event for you! Located at the Washington Township Rec Center, there is a scavenger hunt, inflatable obstacle course, zip line, archery and so much more! You can find a full list of events on their website. There is a cost for tickets: $7 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.
Sugar Maple Festival: Visiting festivals is one of the highlights of my summer. I love walking the street and finding cool items I didn’t know I needed while eating delicious fair food. The Sugar Maple Festival has a dog show, parade, 5K run, craft and food vendors, workout demonstrations and much, much more. There is something for everyone! The full schedule can be found on their website.
There are always a lot of fun, and affordable, things to do in the area. I hope these give you some ideas to get you started!