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May Dayton Dozen: Guide to Family-Friendly Events

This local events post is presented in partnership with Panera Bread. We are grateful for their partnership in helping us provide this resource to local families.

What do Moms love even more than Panera Bread? That’s easy… a day off from cooking!
Fortunately, for all of the kids and significant others out there, Panera Bread makes it easy to treat mom to a delicious meal that she doesn’t have to cook… and you don’t either!
Use #rapidpickup (delivery is available in some areas) to order a variety of amazing food to set out for your Mother’s Day breakfast, lunch or dinner this year and make those mamas in your life smile with a full heart and a full belly.

Don’t make mom cook on Mother’s Day!



 1. Family Fun Fest Carnival @ Wright Patterson Air Force Base

DMB Tip***  Print out the coupon from the link above for special discounts off your ride tickets!

  • May 4-11, times vary – check the website linked above
  • Closed Monday & Tuesday

Enjoy rides for the whole family, games, and great carnival food! The fair returns in May and is open to the public!

 2. A Glide Through Time @ Kettering Recreation Complex

May 4th, 2018; 4pm & 7pm
May 5th, 2018; 5pm & 7pm

Kettering Recreation Complex

Summer is heating up, so here’s a fun way to cool down! Catch a performance of “A Glide Through Time” featuring incredible ice skaters from around our region! The show’s music, props and choreography all work together to help audiences travel – or glide – through history. The show begins with the Roaring Twenties and features numbers from every era up through the present day. Tickets are just $10 for general admission, $8 for Seniors, and children 2 & under are free!

 3. Moms Night Out @ The Mall at Fairfield Commons

DMB Tip***  Arrive early if you can! It’s sure to be a popular event!

  • May 11, 5-7pm
  • Free Event

Free goodie bags, complete with a $5 Starbucks gift card for the first 200 women! Moms who are 21 & older will receive 1 ticket for a complimentary glass of wine at Bravo! Painting with Cozymelts Paint Your Own Pottery, mini makeup tutorials, & a chance to win great prizes too!

 4. Big Rig Gig @ Oak Grove Park

DMB Tip*** Bring ear protection for little ones who might be sensitive to loud noises.

  • May 12, 10am-12pm
  • Free Event
  • Sno-cones available for purchase

Come & experience vehicles from around town up close & personal! Climb in, honk horns, push buttons, and have a blast! (Pets not permitted)

5. Healthy Kids Day

Presented by the YMCA of Greater Dayton

May 12th, 2018; 12-4pm
Riverscape Metropark 237 E. Monument Ave. Dayton, OH 45402
FREE

School is almost out for the summer and it’s time to relax, decompress and have fun with friends. Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out, and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain more weight and fall behind in studies. On May 12, the YMCA of Greater Dayton will celebrate Healthy Kids Day at Riverscape, as part of the national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids. The Y will be hosting kids Zumba classes, line dancing, sports skills clinics, martial arts, ballet, arts and crafts, and other enrichment activities, as well as games from Camp Kern. A Fun Run will allow families to compete in a friendly race. Additionally, prizes and giveaways will be handed out to all of the participants. The event is free and open to the public and will be a great way for your kids to kick off the summer! Mark your calendars for May 12. It’s time to charge into summer.

 6. Memphis Belle Exhibit Opening @ The National Museum of the US Air Force

DMB Tip*** While this is a free event, some film viewing requires purchase.

  • May 17-19, 9am-5pm
  • Free Event

Plans for this event include a WWII-era aircraft fly-in, WWII reenactors and vehicles, memorabilia and artifact displays, music from the era, related guest speakers for lectures, book signings and films, including both Memphis Belle films in the Air Force Museum Theatre. Activities will be both inside and outside the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force & food trucks will be on-site.

7. A World A’fair @ Dayton Convention Center

DMB Tip*** Come hungry! Seriously – you’ll want to try ALL. THE. FOOD.

  • May 18-20
  • Advance sale tickets: $5 Adults & Seniors, $3 Kids, Kids 5 & Under Free
  • Door sale tickets: $8 Adults, $5 Seniors, $4 Kids, Kids 5 & Under Free

Come & experience the cultural diversity of Dayton with traditional dancing on two stages, food from over 30 countries, wares, drinks, pageants, and more! Kids can obtain a free “passport” to have stamped by each country represented. On Friday night, adults can buy a beer passport for $10 and receive twelve 2-oz samples of beer from participating booths.

8. Kids’ Fishing Derby @ Phillips Park

DMB Tip*** Don’t forget your sunscreen!

  • May 19, 8-11:30am
  • Registration begins at 8am
  • Free Event

Bring your pole, bait and get ready to win prizes! Prizes awarded for the smallest, largest and most fish caught. Mister C will also be there with Hair Raising Science!

9. KidX Cooks @ The Mall at Fairfield Commons

DMB Tip*** These KidX events are very popular, so be sure to arrive early!

  • May 25, 10:30am
  • Free Event

Chef Jenn from Soin Medical Center will teach kids how they can help their parents in the kitchen by cooking and prepping foods that make eating fun! Each child will also be able to enjoy a yummy snack and can decorate their very own apron to take home! (While supplies last.)

10. Wegerzyn Bike Rodeo for Kids @ Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark

DMB Tip*** This event will take place rain or shine.

  • May 26, 8am-12:30pm
  • Free Event

Join Rangers and MVPs for a day of bicycle safety. Bring your two-wheeled bicycle (with or without training wheels) for a bicycle course. Receive a free bike helmet, properly fitted (while quantities last). The bicycle course teaches students the rules of the road.

11. Patriot Freedom Festival @ The Dayton VA Medical Center

DMB Tip*** Free Parking & Free Admission – A great way to spend Memorial Day weekend!

  • May 26-27, 11am-6pm
  • Free Event

Live entertainment, historical military reenactments, & children’s activities. Vendors include food, crafts, petting zoo, free Barrel Train rides for the kids.  Entertainment from various artists and various genres.

12. Heritage Day with the Dayton Philharmonic @ Carillon Historical Park

DMB Tip*** Pack some food & enjoy a picnic on the beautiful grounds.

  • May 27, 11am-8:30pm
  • Admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $5 Kids Ages 3 &Up
  • Free for Dayton History Members

Enjoy a day full of historical demonstrations & train rides followed by a beautiful performance from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in the evening.

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