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Dayton Area guide to Kids Activities

This guide is sponsored by the businesses featured. We are grateful to their support in helping us provide this resource to local families.

Dayton Moms Blog Team Tips to Consider when Choosing the Best Activities for your Kids

  • What time commitment are you seeking and/or able to accommodate? Extra-curriculars are often worth the investment, but you do need to be realistic about what makes the most sense for your life and your child. Many activities meet weekly, some have flexibility, while some require a greater time commitment.
  • Location and budget. Like it or not, logistics DO matter, especially if your little one falls in love with what they are doing and wants to keep going!
  • What are your goals? Are you hoping to expose your child to the arts, encourage their creative interests, get them moving? When they are smaller and don’t know what to ask for, the activities chosen will reflect our goals as parents. (ie. swim lessons for swim safety!)
  • Consider limiting activities to keep it reasonable for both them and you. As your child grows, you may consider an approach where your child can pick one athletic and one non-athletic extra-curricular.
  • Follow their lead! After all – it’s their activity and should reflect their interests!

YMCA of Greater Dayton

If you are looking for that extra-curricular gem that allows for versatility under one roof, then the YMCA of Greater Dayton is for you!

At your local YMCA, you will find a variety of preschool and youth enrichment classes including swimming, ballet, yoga, soccer, tee-ball, martial arts, leadership, government, art, babysitting and more. Classes provide a safe, familiar environment with a creative curriculum. Classes are designed to offer age and developmentally appropriate activities that focus on teaching the sport or subject of interest while also developing crucial life skills, such as sportsmanship, leadership, accountability, and more! 

Program and age availability vary by branch so make sure you check with your local branch for the most accurate information.

“The program dates were flexible with our schedules as they had several different day of week/time options you could pick from. All of the coaches are volunteers and are really great with the children.” – Parent 

Check with your local branch for the most accurate information on programming.

Music Together of South Dayton

Music Together is an early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, and young children and the “grownups who love them.” Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are all welcome to join the fun of sharing songs, instrument play, rhythmic chants, and movement activities, regardless of their own musical ability, to help nurture their child’s growth and promote a lifetime of music making. The center offers special classes just for infants, a drumming, rhythm and movement program for preschoolers and early elementary ages, and a mixed-age family class for everyone to enjoy together! 

Along with weekly classes, each semester offers a new collection of traditional and original songs to jam along to, both in the classroom and at home. 

Tuition includes one semester of weekly classes, as well as at home resources to continue the learning outside of the classroom. Resources include an artfully crafted listening CD (with new songs each semester), a beautifully illustrated songbook, and access to digital resources through the “Hello Everybody!” app and online “Family Music Zone.” All of these resources are available even after you leave the semester!

Use promo code “DMB” to receive $15 off your tuition!

[email protected]
614-499-4133

Class locations in:
Beavercreek | Centerville | Englewood | Oakwood 

That Music Place

That Music Place is your place for music education, instruments, and supplies, offering great prices, excellent customer service, and convenience. Classes are designed to instill a lifelong love of music. There are two great programs to choose from.

Kindermusik is a premier music and movement programs for children newborn to 6 years old.

Music for Young Children is a group piano based program for children 18 months to 8 years old.

“We have given Kindermusik classes to our grandchildren as a gift. It has proven a great choice… as they love the movement and fresh introduction of concepts each week. And added bonus is the second child gets a discount! Working with staff has been superb for personal and professional help.” – Grandparent 

2240 E. Central Avenue, Suite 4
Miamisburg, OH 45342
937-865-6539

277 West Central Avenue
Springboro, OH 45066
937-748-3501

[email protected]

Busy Kids Gymnastics

This top-notch facility is filled with all the equipment needed to help grow your child’s abilities. From basic fine motor to more advanced tumbling, you will not find a better place. Your child will have FUN and build skills that will help in all aspects of their growth & coordination. Their programs are guided by the USAG Junior Olympic program and are non-competitive, catering to levels 1-3 in gymnastics. Each week includes a theme alongside structured lesson plans, a FUN surprise at the end of each class. They also introduce skills in Tae Kwon Do in their Ninja Classes.

Busy Kids also offers birthday parties, parents night out, and summer camp programming. They can’t wait to make you a part of the Busy Kids Family.

“We LOVE Busy Kids Gymnastics! Our kids love learning their skills. The staff is so kind, patient, and knowledgeable! They make learning gymnastics skills fun and exciting for all the kids! The bi-weekly themes are a big hit!” – Parent 

3061 Wilmington Pike
Kettering, 45429
(937) 298-9191

Do you have a creative kiddo on your hands? You know the type we are talking about… the ones who collect the toilet paper rolls and trinkets they find around the house in order to create their next masterpiece. If you have a kiddo who is continually seeking that creative outlet… then these classes are for you.

Decoy Art

Located in Beavercreek

Spark Art Studio

Located in Kettering

Springfield Museum of Art

Located in Springfield

Dayton Art Institute

Located in Dayton

These classes are for those kids who are constantly twirling, shaking their booty, tapping their toes, & who love a good beat. No matter if your child is a born performer, loves the art of dance or enjoys being part of a peer group… dance can be a wonderful experience!

Dayton Academy of Gymnastics & Dance

Located in Huber Heights

Inner Dance Yoga

Located in Oakwood

Smile Awhile Dance

Located in Centerville

Most kids can’t resist shaking their booty or singing along to their favorite tunes, but did you know that music is also a great way to encourage developmental growth? Music classes can be a great way to stimulate your little one’s mind, but lessons can also be the perfect creative and challenging outlet for your older kids as well!

That Music Place

2240 E. Central Avenue, Suite 4
Miamisburg, OH 45342
937-865-6539

277 West Central Avenue
Springboro, OH 45066
937-748-3501

[email protected]

That Music Place is your place for music education, instruments, and supplies, offering great prices, excellent customer service, and convenience. Classes are designed to instill a lifelong love of music. There are two great programs to choose from.

Kindermusik is a premier music and movement programs for children newborn to 6 years old.

Music for Young Children is a group piano based program for children 18 months to 8 years old.

“We have given Kindermusik classes to our grandchildren as a gift. It has proven a great choice… as they love the movement and fresh introduction of concepts each week. And added bonus is the second child gets a discount! Working with staff has been superb for personal and professional help.” – Grandparent 

Wee Music Studio

Located in Troy

Coding, technology, STEAM, 4H, and more… the possibilities are endless in this arena and honestly, the things these kids can learn and create are incredible. We are big fans of the ever-growing opportunities for our kids in the world of science and tech.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Located in Dayton

Sports are amazing ways to encourage exercise, teamwork, personal drive, and so much more! And the options are endless as well. No matter if you have a little one tumbling on mats or an older one involved in team games or competitions, one this is for certain. They will learn all kinds of life lessons they don’t even realize they are learning and we love that.

YMCA of Greater Dayton

Check with your local branch for the most accurate information on programming.

If you are looking for that extra-curricular gem that allows for versatility under one roof, then the YMCA of Greater Dayton is for you!

At your local YMCA, you will find a variety of preschool and youth enrichment classes including swimming, ballet, yoga, soccer, tee-ball, martial arts, leadership, government, art, babysitting and more. Classes provide a safe, familiar environment with a creative curriculum. Classes are designed to offer age and developmentally appropriate activities that focus on teaching the sport or subject of interest while also developing crucial life skills, such as sportsmanship, leadership, accountability, and more! 

Program and age availability vary by branch so make sure you check with your local branch for the most accurate information.

“The program dates were flexible with our schedules as they had several different day of week/time options you could pick from. All of the coaches are volunteers and are really great with the children.” – Parent 

Busy Kids Gymnastics

3061 Wilmington Pike
Kettering, 45429
(937) 298-9191

This top-notch facility is filled with all the equipment needed to help grow your child’s abilities. From basic fine motor to more advanced tumbling, you will not find a better place. Your child will have FUN and build skills that will help in all aspects of their growth & coordination. Their programs are guided by the USAG Junior Olympic program and are non-competitive, catering to levels 1-3 in gymnastics. Each week includes a theme alongside structured lesson plans, a FUN surprise at the end of each class. They also introduce skills in Tae Kwon Do in their Ninja Classes.

They can’t wait to make you a part of the Busy Kids Family.

“I seriously can not say enough good things about Busy Kids! The staff is absolutely amazing and they treat my daughter like one of their own. My daughter has learned so much in such a short time and looks forward to going to “the Bee” every week.” – Parent 

B&B Gymnastics

Located in Fairborn

Performance Gymnastics Center

Located in Kettering

Indigo Yoga

Located in Beavercreek

Twigs Kids

Located in West Carrollton

Music, movement, motor skill development, and social skills! Toddler enrichment classes can be a great way to help enhance your little one’s natural development. And best of all… they are fun for grownups to attend as well!

Music Together of South Dayton

[email protected]
614-499-4133

Music Together is an early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, and young children and the “grownups who love them.” Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are all welcome to join the fun of sharing songs, instrument play, rhythmic chants, and movement activities, regardless of their own musical ability, to help nurture their child’s growth and promote a lifetime of music making. The center offers special classes just for infants, a drumming, rhythm and movement program for preschoolers and early elementary ages, and a mixed-age family class for everyone to enjoy together! 

Along with weekly classes, each semester offers a new collection of traditional and original songs to jam along to, both in the classroom and at home.

Use promo code “DMB” to receive $15 off your tuition!

Dayton Metro Library

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