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February Dayton Dozen: Guide to Family-Friendly Events {2018}

February is already here! Chances are, it’s still pretty chilly out, but we’ve got a great list of activities this month that are sure to warm your heart!


DMB Bonus Pick of the Month!

Yee-haw! Cirque Éloize, Saloon is the perfect show for kids – high-energy, astonishing acrobatics, live music, lots of laughs, and only 80 minutes!

Cirque Eloize Saloon

February 27
Miami University
Millet Hall 500 E Sycamore, Oxford, OH
7pm

The energy is infectious! The comedy is acrobatic! The tickets are discounted for our followers! Grab your lasso and snag show-only tickets for $5 OFF here: Bit.ly/CirqueDeal

Wanna make it extra special? Choose the dinner AND show option and enjoy saloon-themed dinner and drinks (s’mores pie anyone?!).


1) Toddler Time @ Skyzone
**DMB Tip: Passes are also available to purchase at a discounted rate.

  • Friday Mornings at 10am, Saturday Mornings at 11am
  • Open to kids 5 & under
  • $10 per child

Toddler Time is a great way to burn some energy during these long winter months & you don’t have to worry about older kids accidentally bouncing your little ones to the moon!

2) Riverscape Ice Skating @ The MetroParks Ice Rink
**DMB Tip: Pack some snacks or a picnic to save a few extra bucks.

  • Open daily – check the website for various times
  • Admission fee: $5 daily, Skate Rental Fee: $2 daily
  • Kids 3 & Under are admitted free with a paying adult
  • Concessions available

Take advantage of the Riverscape Iceskating rink before it disappears at the end of the month!

3) MomStrong Conference @ First Baptist Church of Vandalia
**DMB Tip: Grab your girlfriends for an encouraging and empowering mom-date!

  • February 2nd 6:30-9pm, February 3rd 9am-3pm
  • Lunch can be purchased with ticket for Saturday
  • Tickets range from $49.95-$59.20
  • This is a mom-only event (no kids)

Author, Heidi St. John, will be leading this MomStrong conference empowering moms to face the struggles and challenges of everyday life through a relationship with God and other moms.

4) Rock with Us: Happy Hearts @ Kennard Nature Nook
**DMB Tip: Dress your child in clothes they can paint in!

  • February 8th at 4:30pm
  • Open to ages 4-9
  • Rocks & paint will be provided

Kids will get to join in on the rock painting & hunting craze by painting their own Valentines themed rocks. At the end, they will take a short hike to hide their rocks for others to find (or they can keep it if they want to).

5) Antioch Shrine Circus @ the UD Arena
** DMB Tip: Go to a dollar store beforehand and purchase a few glow necklaces or bracelets for your kids so you can tempt them away from the more expensive souvenirs they’re sure to sell there!

  • February 9-11 (times vary)
  • Ticket Prices range from $12-$28
  • All ages

Did you know that the Antioch Shrine Circus is an event that originated in Dayton? This year they’re bringing brand new acts too!

6) Jurassic Quest @ The Dayton Convention Center
**DMB Tip: The dinosaurs can seem very real as they move and roar, so if you have a sensitive little one, you may want to sit this one out.

  • February 9-11
  • Ticket prices range from $18-$34
  • Food & concessions available for purchase

This traveling dinosaur show features over 80 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, dino babies, “walking” dinos, science stations, crafts, a bounce-house area, fossil digs, rides, & more!

7) Safe Families Greater Dayton Meeting @ Far Hills Church
**DMB Tip: Visit the link above to register & watch some videos in preparation for attending.

  • February 10th 9am-2pm
  • Breakfast & Lunch provided
  • Childcare is not available

Have you ever been interested in opening up your home to a child in need of a safe haven? This is your chance to find out more information about this incredible resource available here in Dayton.

8) Mardi Gras
**DMB Tip: King Cake is like a deliciously over-sized cinnamon roll & is a must-try!

  • February 13th
  • Celebrated yearly the day before Ash Wednesday

Although it’s nearly impossible to find a good old-fashioned Mardi Gras parade up here in Dayton, you can still celebrate with a delicious King Cake from Dorothy Lane Market or grab some cardboard boxes for your kids to decorate as “floats” and have your own parade! This former Louisianian will be doing both!

9) Valentine’s’ Day
**DMB Tip: If you’re a Valentine’s Day nay-sayer, take the day as an excuse just to be extra kind to others!

  • February 14th

Here’s a fun and meaningful idea: get your kids to make some cards and bring them to a nearby nursing home, fire department, or wherever you feel drawn to! It would brighten their day and yours!

10) Globe-Trotting Family Day @ The National Museum of the US Air Force
**DMB Tip: No matter what time of year it is, the US Air Force Museum is always a great place to go!

  • February 17th
  • Free admission

Learn about both natural & man-made satellites while taking a closer look at how GPS works. Demos & hands-on activities available throughout the museum.

11) Dayton Auto Show @ The Dayton Convention Center
**DMB Tip: Skip the line & buy your tickets ahead of time online!

  • February 22-25
  • Adults $8, Children 9 & under are Free
  • Free admission on Thursday & Friday for military with ID

See the latest & greatest models featured from 25 different manufacturers! Toyota & Fiatt will offer “drive centers.” A balloon artist and face painter will be on hand for the kids too!

12) Nocturnal Nature Series: Full Moon and S’mores Hike @ Bill Yeck Park
**DMB Tip: Look for hidden painted rocks along the path – #CWPDrocks

  • February 28th from 7-8:30pm
  • Free for CWPD Residents, $4 for non-residents
  • All ages

Enjoy a peaceful evening hike at the Smith Entrance to Bill Yeck Park followed by a warm & cozy campfire complete with s’mores!

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4 Responses to February Dayton Dozen: Guide to Family-Friendly Events {2018}

  1. malloryskidmore
    malloryskidmore January 25, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to try out Sky Zone! Not sure if my daughter is quite ready for it, but it will definitely be on our radar! Great list of suggestions!

    • Leslie
      Leslie January 26, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

      Thanks! Sky Zone is definitely a lot of fun! My boys love it! The first time I brought my youngest, he was a little over a year old & walking, so your daughter will be able to do it soon!

  2. Beth January 26, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

    Curious as to where you found the info for the NMUSAF Family Day. It isn’t listed on heir website, nor on their FB page. Thanks!

    • Leslie
      Leslie January 27, 2018 at 11:22 am #

      If you click the text “Globe-Trotting Family Day” in the post, it actually links to the NMUSAF website, but if you scroll to the middle of that page the event is listed there. 🙂 There isn’t a ton of information about it, but it is on their upcoming calendar of events. Here’s the link again: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Education/Family-Day/