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June Dayton Dozen: Guide to Family Friendly Events {2018}

Dayton Moms Blog is grateful to our Kettering Parks and Recreation for their partnership on our June Dayton Dozen. It's time to get outside and have fun with your family!

Gorgeous weather is FINALLY here and festival season is starting! WooHoo!!! Check out some of our picks for June below and be sure to tag us in your adventures on Facebook and Instagram if you head out to one of these events!



Local Summer Spotlight

Adventure Reef Water Park

School’s out and the pool is IN! There’s no better place to cool off than the Adventure Reef Water Park in Kettering! From your tiniest swimmers to your biggest dolphins, Adventure Reef Water Park is sure to entertain the whole family! They have a splash pad, water playground, and the highest and fastest slides in Montgomery County… what more could you want!?

2900 Glengarry Dr. Kettering, Ohio 45420



1. Troy Strawberry Festival @ Great Miami River Levee

***DMB Tip***  Prepare for walking, so wear appropriate shoes and bring strollers and wagons for the little ones.

  • June 2 & 3
  • See link above for schedule

Voted best Dayton food festival in 2017, you won’t want to miss the 42nd Troy Strawberry Festival!

2. Vintage Market Days @ Greene County Fairgrounds

***DMB Tip*** Bring along reusable shopping bags and/or wagons to haul all your treasures back home.

  • June 1-3
  • $10 Early Buying Ticket for Friday ONLY, $5 Admission Saturday and Sunday, Kids 12 and Under Free
  • Fri/Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p
  • See link above for full details

Head out and enjoy a fun and unique vintage shopping experience. Explore all the wonderful good the vendors have to offer plus enjoy live music and food trucks throughout the weekend.

3. The Banana Split Festival @ Wilmington Ohio

***DMB Tip*** This is an outdoor event so be sure to check the weather before heading out!

  • June 8-9
  • Fri 12p-10p, Sat 9a-10pm
  • Free Event
  • See link above for full details

Come and celebrate the banana split in the town that created it! Experience the nostalgia of the 50’s and 60’s in this outdoor festival features food, fun, games and of course BANANA SPLITS!

4. Stop Motion and Claymation Summer Camp @ Grass Roots Enrichment and Wellness Center for Children & Families

***DMB Tip*** Bring an Ipad, Iphone, or Nintendo 3DS to film during class times. 

  • June 11-15
  • Ages 3-11
  • $60/3 day or $80/5 day per child
  • See link above for full details

Come and create your own clay character, sets, storyboards, etc and put it all together in your own short film. 

5. Woodland Historic Tour @ Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

***DMB Tip*** Due to extensive walking (both up and down hill) consider leaving your little ones at home and bring the big kids along for the history and fun. 

  • June 12
  • 6p-7:30p
  • Free Event
  • To attend this program, please call in your RSVP to 937-228-3221
  • For details see link above

Come and explore the history and beauty of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum and check out some of the final resting places of our nations greatest inventors and some local “celebrities”. 

6. Family Movie Night @ The Greene

***DMB Tip*** Bring blankets to sit on to enjoy the film and snack to share with the family.

  • June 16
  • 8p-11p
  • Free Event
  • The movie showing is “Wonder” 

Come and enjoy a movie under the stars with the entire family. On top of the movie, there will also be balloon twisters and face painting for the kids. 

7. Sliders, Slides, and Suds @ Fraze Pavilion

***DMB Tip*** Bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on to enjoy the food and tunes.

  • June 16
  • Gates open at 3pm
  • FREE Event
  • See link above for full details

Set up some lawn chairs and settle in for a day full of good food and groovy tunes put on by the Dayton Restaurant. Association.

8. Festival On The Hill @ Dayton Masonic Center

***DMB Tip*** Friday is more of a “Happy Hour” themed night, so take the kiddos on Saturday for all the family-friendly fun.

  • June 22-23
  • 5p-11p Friday, 3p-11p Saturday
  • $7 general admission, $5 admission for active military, law enforcement and first responders, children 12 and under are Free
  • See link above for full schedule and details

Come and spend the evening downtown at this signature community event with live music, food, and craft vendors. 

9. Dayton Air Show @ Dayton International Airport

***DMB Tip*** Buy your tickets at Kroger or Online, doing this will save you some moo-lah!

  • June 23-24
  • 8a-6p
  • See link above for all the details

What better place than Dayton, the birthplace of aviation, to watch an air show?!?  Watch the U.S. Navy Blue Angles perform aerial acts, check out multiple plane displays, or even take your own helicopter ride. The Air Show is definitely a Dayton MUST.

10. Carillon Park Rail Festival @ Carillon Historical Park

***DMB Tip***  Prepare for lots of walking, so wear appropriate shoes and bring strollers for the little ones. 

  • June 23-24
  • 9:30a-5p
  • $8 adults; $5 children 3-17; under 3 are free

A weekend of miniature train rides, live steam engines, model train displays, historical displays, and fun for all ages.

11. Independence Day Family Fun Weekend @ Youngs Dairy

***DMB Tip*** Prepare for the weather bring water bottles, hats, and sunscreen if the weather is nice and warm.

  • June 29-July 4
  • 7a-11p daily
  • Take advantage of the special Family Value wristbands, $15 12 and over, $9 11 and under
  • See link above for full details and schedule

12. Saturday Night Fox Hollow Rodeo @ Waynesville Ohio

***DMB Tip*** Don’t wear your fancy shoes and clothes folks, this is a rodeo after all!

  • June 30
  • 6pm
  • $10 Adults, $5 children (6-12)
  • See link above for full details

Come and experience the rodeo at Fox Hollow! Enjoy a variety of events, food, free pony rides and line dancing. Yeehaw!



Be on the lookout for “Y on the Fly” throughout the Summer!

Click HERE to see when Y on the Fly will be at a location near you!

The YMCA of Greater Dayton’s ‘Y ON THE FLY’ program is a mobile YMCA delivering games, activities and healthy snacks to children in underserved neighborhoods during the summer months. With the generous support of PNC, DP&L, Dayton Children’s Hospital, and Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, Y on the Fly will host 90 minutes of fun each day for kids at different locations around the city. Each stop will include activities like jump rope, hula hoop, sports, games and obstacle courses followed by a healthy, nutritious snack activity! Y on the Fly is free and open to kids of all ages. 

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