Category Archives: Holiday Fun

Thanksgiving Week and Weekend

It is the week of Thanksgiving so first make sure to give thanks for what you have and I hope you have a chance to spend some time with family.  Because it is holiday week, I am going to combing the weekday happenings and weekend wandering posts into one and I won’t do a Wednesday Wandering Post.

If you love the holiday season and/or Christmas, the flood gate is opening on events and things to see related to the season.  Go out and explore and let us know what you see.

November 24th (Monday)

Story time at Dayton Visual Arts Center.  10:30 am.  Sing songs, play games, and read books.

Storytime at Vandalia Library.  12:30 pm.  Join in for some stories, crafts, music, fingerplays and a literature based movie.  Ages 3-6.

ABC & Me Story Time at Xenia Library. 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm. Preschoolers will learn about letters and their sounds through stories and a craft. Ages 3-6.

Monday Funday: After School at West Carrollton Library.  3:00 pm.  Watch movies, play games, make crafts and so much more.  Grades K-4 and Tweens.

Tween Book Club at Burkhardt Library.  4:00 pm.  For ages 8-12.  Register in advance.

Book Nuts Book Club at Fairborn Library.  4:00 pm.  Have fun discussing the book of the month and also doing activities and crafts.  Grades 3-5.

Sirens and Lights? What’s Going On? At Trotwood Library.  5:00 pm.  Meet Trotwood first responders, learn about their jobs and talk about career opportunities.

Monday Night Movies at Trotwood Library.  6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Come see a blockbuster movie for free.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.  Grades 7 and up.

Popcorn & Movie! At EC Doren Library.  6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Enjoy a movie and some snacks.  Ages 13-17.

PJ Family Story Time at Fairborn Library.  6:30 pm.  Wear your pajamas and furry slippers and bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library.  Ages 3-6.

November 25th (Tuesday)

Tuesday Morning Story time at East Library.  10:00 am. Hear great stories, sing songs and make a craft.  Ages 2-5.

Tadpole Tales at Huber Heights Library.  10:00 am.  Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 2-3.

Preschool Story time at Brookville Library.  10:00 am.  Stories, songs and other fun learning activities.  Ages 3-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Miamisburg Library. 10:00 am and 11:00 am.  Rhymes, songs, puppets, instruments and more. Babies and Toddlers. Register in advance.

Story time at Ft. McKinley Library.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun activities. Preschoolers.

Preschool Story time at New Lebanon and Kettering Moraine Libraries.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun activities for preschoolers.

Wiggle Worms Story time at West Carrollton.  10:30 am.  Story time especially for babies and toddlers. For ages 3 and younger.

Story time for Young Children at Northtown-Shiloh Library.  10:30 am.  Fun with books, music and crafts.  Ages 3-8.

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  12:30 pm.  Stories, rhymes and songs.  Preschoolers.

Rubber Duck Club Story time at West Carrollton Library.  1:00 pm. Read stories, play games, dance sing songs and finish with a craft.  Ages 3-6.

Preschool Story time at Kettering Moraine Library. 1:30 pm.  Stories, song and other fun activities. Ages 3-5.

Lego Club at Kettering Moraine Library.  3:30 pm.  Build with hundreds of legos and duplo blocks.  Ages 5-12.  Register in advance.

Holiday Cards for the Homebound at Belmont Library.  3:30 to 5:00 pm.  Create holiday cards for our community’s homebound folks.  Grades K-4.

Dare to Dream Book Club at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  4:30 pm.  Grades 3-5 are invited to discuss books.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  5:30 pm.

Preschool Storytime at Miamisburg Library.  6:30 to 7:15 pm.  Share stories, rhymes and songs that promote a love of reading.  Ages 3-5.

Family Story time at EC Doren Library. 6:30 pm.  Books, songs and activities.

Celebrate the D.W. and Arthur Books at Vandalia Library.  7:00 pm.  Celebrate with stories, snacks, crafts, games and a movie. Ages 3-8.

Family Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  7:00 pm.  Books, songs and activities.

November 26th (Wednesday)

Toddler Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  9:30 am.  22 months to 3 years old.

Family Story time at Belmont Library.  9:30 am.  Enjoy quality family time with books, songs and activities.  Ages 2-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Miami Township Library.  9:45 am.  18-35 months.

Story Time plus Play Time at Cedarville Library.  10:00 am to noon. Listen to stories and then play. Ages birth to 5.

Wednesday morning story time at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  10:00 am.  Fun with stories, music and craft.  Ages 2-4.

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  10:00 am.

Story time at Northmont Library.  10:00 am.  Ages 3-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Huber Heights and Kettering Libraries.  10:00 am and 11:00 am (just Kettering).  Ages birth to 24 months.

Toddler Tales at Brookville Library.  10:00 am.  Birth through 24 months.

Preschool Story time at Madden Hills.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun for preschoolers.

Preschool Story Time at Xenia Library.  10:30 am.  Stories, song and fun for 4 and 5 year olds.

Tom Turkey Story and Playtime at Jamestown Library. 10:30 am. Listen to a story and enjoy the toy area. Preschool, toddlers and babies invited.

 

Baby Song and Rhyme Time at Yellow Springs.  10:30 am. Songs, simple stories and rhymes.

 

Toddler Story Time at Xenia and Wilmington-Stroop Libraries. 10:30 am.  Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and fun.  Ages 2-3.

 

Story time at Burkhardt Library.  10:30 am. Ages 0-6.

 

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  10:45 am. Ages 3-5.

 

Preschool Story time at Dayton View Library.  11:00 am.  Ages 2-5.

 

Wednesday Morning Story Time at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  11:00 am. Enjoy a fun morning of stories, music and crafts.  Kids 2-4.

 

Toddler Tales at Brookville Library.  11:15 am.  24-36 months.

 

Babies and Books at Northmont Library.  11:30 am.  Birth to 36 months. Register in advance.

 

Preschool Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  1:00 pm.  Ages 3-5.

 

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

 

November 27th (Thursday) – Happy Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving Buffet at Youngs Dairy.  10:30 am to 6:00 pm.  Enjoy turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy,, stuffing, green beans, corn, sweet potato casserole, cole slaw, salad bar, cranberry salad, rolls, pie and more.  Adults $20.95, Children 4-10 $8.95, Children 3 and under are free.  Call Chris for reservations at 937-324-2050 – reservations are required.

 

Thanksgiving in Dayton: A Feast of Giving at Dayton Convention Center, 22 East Fifth Street.  11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This is a free event that offers a full blown Thanksgiving dinner free to anyone who wishes to come.  No ticket is required and Dayton RTA will be providing free rides.  For more information visit http://fox45now.com/shared/community/features/thanksgiving/index_wrgt.shtml

 

Thanksgiving Dinner at Neil’s Heritage House, 2323 West Schantz Ave, Kettering.  1:00 pm.  Adults are $30, Children (2-10) are $15.  Call 937-298-8611 for reservations. Visit http://neilshh.com/ for more information.

 

November 28th (Friday)

Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display, The Kettering Tower, 40 N. Main St. Suite 1550.  8:30 am to 5:30 pm.  Visitors of all ages can view this one of a kind model train display.

 

National Holiday Gift Show at Hara Arena.  9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.  Come to one of the largest indoor craft and gift shows in the state.  Bring an unwrapped toy and you’ll get $1 off admission.

Baby Story Time at Xenia Library.  10:30 am.  Short stories, songs, rhymes, and lap bounces.  6 months to 24 months.

 

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

 

Riverscape Ice Skating, 111 E. Monument Avenue.  2:30 to 10:00 pm.  $5 admission; $2 for ice skate rental.

 

 

The Tike’s Shoppe, Schuster Center, 1 W 2nd Street, Dayton.  3:00 to 9:00 pm.  This is a special shop run by kids for kids and priced within a kid’s budget.  Santa will be here 2 to 7:45 pm.

 

23rd Annual Holiday Hunt, Courthouse Square, Third and Main Streets, Dayton.  4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Tis free event features a fun scavenger hunt for kids.

 

Dayton Holiday Festival Grande Illumination Tree Lighting & Children’s Parade, Courthouse Square, Third and Main Streets, Dayton.  4:00 to 9:00 pm.  Tons of things to do leading up to the lighting of the tree.  This event is free and features live entertainment and fun events. For more information visit http://www.downtowndayton.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=112

 

Hometown Holiday Celebration in Downtown Troy.  4:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event starts at 6:30 pm with a parade, grand illumination, visits from Santa, carriage rides, music, refreshments and much more.  The Kris Kringle Market opens at 4 and is a great place for kids to shop for family, friends and teachers.  For more information visit http://www.troymainstreet.org/

 

Clifton Mills Christmas Lights, Clifton Mill, 75 Water Street, Clifton.  5:00 to 9:00 pm.  This event features over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges.  Lights are turned on at 6 pm.  You can also peak into Santa’s workshop and see a live Santa at work. $10 per person (age 7 and up), children 6 and under are free.  For more information visit http://www.cliftonmill.com/

 

Niederman Christmas Farm, 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Rd, Hamilton.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  This free event includes a walk-through Christmas display including lights, a life-size nativity scene and holiday music.  Free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone.  For more information visit https://www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com/

 

The Gift of Lights at the Christmas Ranch, 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  The Christmas ranch features a Christmas village full of shops, a light show, 1 million LED lights synchronized to holiday music, an animated toy factors, animated trees and figures dancing to music, pictures with Santa most evenings and Christmas shops.  $15 per vehicle.  For more information visit http://www.thechristmasranch.com/  This is 10 minutes north of Kings Island.

 

Leap Frog Parents Frogs Night Out at Leap Frogs Party & Play Center in Miamisburg.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  $23 per child includes dinner.  Ages 4-13.  Kids get to enjoy dinner, fun bouncing, climbing, sliding and playing.

 

City of Lebanon Holiday Illumination, downtown Lebanon.  6:30 pm.  This is the annual tree lighting ceremony and also includes free carriage rides in front of City Hall.  Make sure to visit Santa inside the City lobby.

 

November 29th (Saturday)

All day: North pole train rides at Lebanon Rail Road.  Take a half hour train ride to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Tell Santa what you would like and receive a small gift from Santa.  You can also color pictures or write letters to Santa, enjoy a holiday cookie and hot chocolate and be entertained by Santa’s elves.  $20.50 for Adults, $15.50 for children 5-16, $8.50 for children 2-4 and 1 and under are free.  Check the website for times.  Typically the times are 10:00 am, 12:15 pm, 2:30 pm and 4:45 pm.  The website also states which times are already sold out.  Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended as this event does sell out.  http://lebanonrr.com/northpole.html

National Holiday Gift Show at Hara Arena.  9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.  Come to one of the largest indoor craft and gift shows in the state.  Bring an unwrapped toy and you’ll get $1 off admission.

 

Home Depot Kids Workshop at your local Home Depot.  9:00 am to Noon.  Build a give and save bank. Free. Pre-registration is requested but not required.  For more information visit http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

 

Holiday Open Farm Day at North River Alpacas, 2800 N River Road, Yellow Springs.  10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Have fun with the alpacas, drink hot cocoa and visit the farm store.  For more information visit http://www.northriveralpacas.com/

 

The Tike’s Shoppe, Schuster Center, 1 W 2nd Street, Dayton.  10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  This is a special shop run by kids for kids and priced within a kid’s budget.  Santa will be here 2 to 5 pm.

 

Riverscape Ice Skating, 111 E. Monument Avenue.  11:00 am to 10:00 pm.  $5 admission; $2 for ice skate rental.

 

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

 

Hometown Holidazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival, City of Wilmington.  3:00 to 10:00 pm.  This free event features a parade, Santa, indoor games, food and strolling musicians.  For more information visit http://www.hometownholidazzle.com/

 

Clifton Mills Christmas Lights, Clifton Mill, 75 Water Street, Clifton.  5:00 to 9:00 pm.  This event features over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges.  Lights are turned on at 6 pm.  You can also peak into Santa’s workshop and see a live Santa at work. $10 per person (age 7 and up), children 6 and under are free.  For more information visit http://www.cliftonmill.com/

 

Niederman Christmas Farm, 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Rd, Hamilton.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  This free event includes a walk-through Christmas display including lights, a life-size nativity scene and holiday music.  Free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone.  For more information visit https://www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com/

 

The Gift of Lights at the Christmas Ranch, 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  The Christmas ranch features a Christmas village full of shops, a light show, 1 million LED lights synchronized to holiday music, an animated toy factors, animated trees and figures dancing to music, pictures with Santa most evenings and Christmas shops.  $15 per vehicle.  For more information visit http://www.thechristmasranch.com/  This is 10 minutes north of Kings Island.

 

Reaver Christmas Light Display, Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler, 336 East Alkaline Springs Road, Vandalia.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event features over 100,000 lights plus a musical light show.  20 feet mega trees come to life with a musical light show at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.  For more information visit http://www.reaverchristmaslights.com/

 

November 30th (Sunday)

All day: North pole express train rides at Lebanon Rail Road.  Take a half hour train ride to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Tell Santa what you would like and receive a small gift from Santa.  You can also color pictures or write letters to Santa, enjoy a holiday cookie and hot chocolate and be entertained by Santa’s elves.  $20.50 for Adults, $15.50 for children 5-16, $8.50 for children 2-4 and 1 and under are free.  Check the website for times.  Typically the times are 10:00 am, 12:15 pm, 2:30 pm and 4:45 pm.  The website also states which times are already sold out.  Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended as this event does sell out.  http://lebanonrr.com/northpole.html

National Holiday Gift Show at Hara Arena.  Noon to 4:00 pm.  $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.  Come to one of the largest indoor craft and gift shows in the state.  Bring an unwrapped toy and you’ll get $1 off admission.

 

The Tike’s Shoppe, Schuster Center, 1 W 2nd Street, Dayton.  Noon to 6:00 pm.  This is a special shop run by kids for kids and priced within a kid’s budget.  Santa will be here 2 to 5 pm.

 

Riverscape Ice Skating, 111 E. Monument Avenue.  1:00 to 5:00 pm.  $5 admission; $2 for ice skate rental.

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

Afternoon Musicales at the Dayton Art Institute.  2:00 pm.  Enjoy a concert by David Wion and Friends.  Free for members, $8 for adults, youth/children under 17 are free.

Clifton Mills Christmas Lights, Clifton Mill, 75 Water Street, Clifton.  5:00 to 9:00 pm.  This event features over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges.  Lights are turned on at 6 pm.  You can also peak into Santa’s workshop and see a live Santa at work. $10 per person (age 7 and up), children 6 and under are free.  For more information visit http://www.cliftonmill.com/

 

Niederman Christmas Farm, 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Rd, Hamilton.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event includes a walk-through Christmas display including lights, a life-size nativity scene and holiday music.  Free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone.  For more information visit https://www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com/

 

The Gift of Lights at the Christmas Ranch, 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow.  5:00 to 9:00 pm.  The Christmas ranch features a Christmas village full of shops, a light show, 1 million LED lights synchronized to holiday music, an animated toy factors, animated trees and figures dancing to music, pictures with Santa most evenings and Christmas shops.  $15 per vehicle.  For more information visit http://www.thechristmasranch.com/  This is 10 minutes north of Kings Island.

 

Reaver Christmas Light Display, Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler, 336 East Alkaline Springs Road, Vandalia.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event features over 100,000 lights plus a musical light show.  20 feet mega trees come to life with a musical light show at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.  For more information visit http://www.reaverchristmaslights.com/

All Week

 

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods, Sharonville.  6:00 to 10:00 pm (Fri, Sat), 6:00 to 9:00 pm (Mon – Thur, Sun).  $13 per vehicle.  Come see the holiday lights including more than 120 moving and standing holiday themed figures.

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Labor Day Weekend Events and Activities

Besides cooking out and spending time with your family, there are plenty of fun family activities to do around the Dayton area this Labor Day weekend including:

Montgomery County Fair

Wednesday August 27th to Monday September 1st. Free admission until 4:00 pm; $6 per person from 4:00 pm on (6 and under free). Parking is $2 for all day.  Activities include viewing livestock, tractor pulls, carnival rides and fair food.  Rides are an extra cost.  Each day has a special discount on an activity or food.  For more information visit http://www.montcofair.com.

Dayton Dragons Minor League Baseball

Friday August 29th vs Lansing at 7:00 pm.  Roosters Roadshow will be on the plaza before the game and will be providing wing tastings.  For more information visit http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t459

Family Value Weekend at Youngs Dairy (Yellow Springs)

Friday August 29th to Monday September 1st.  Unlimited family fun all day for $12 (12 years and older) and $6 (11 years and younger).  Fun includes miniature golf, batting cages, fast slide, corn maze, kiddie corral, driving range and Moovers & Shakers, a 10 passenger train. For more information visit http://youngsdairy.com/labor-day-family-value-weekend/ 

Alter Fest (Kettering)

Friday August 29th to Monday September 1st.  Live entertainment, activities for all ages, food and games. For more information visit https://alterhs.org/boosters/alter-fest/

Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival (Village of Clifton)

Friday August 29th to Saturday August 30th.  Life entertainment, shopping and festival food are offered and you can even tour the Clifton Opera House which was built in 1893.  For more information visit http://www.villageofclifton.com/

The Grape Escape at Hidden Valley Fruit Farm in Lebanon, Ohio (just south of Centerville)

Saturday August 30th to Monday September 1st opening at 10:00 am.  It features home grown concord grapes, grape ice cream, grape juice, pick your own grapes, antiques, crafters, barnyard, hayrides, train rides, bounce house and much more.  For more information visit http://www.hiddenvalleyfruitfarm.com/festivals.html

Springboro’s The Big Event Festival at North Park

Saturday August 30th from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.  This is a free event and includes bounce houses, a climbing wall, snow cones, cotton candy, live entertainment, Springboro Police Bike Patrol, a bike helmet giveaway, Graeters Ice Cream and Donatos pizza.  For more information visit http://www.ci.springboro.oh.us/bigeventfestival.html 

The Fair at New Boston (Springfield)

Saturday August 30th to Sunday August 31st from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.  This family friendly event transports you 200 years back in time.  For more information visit http://www.fairatnewboston.org/adayatthefair.html

Community Movie Night in Huber Heights

Saturday August 30th at 8:30 p.  The featured movie is “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (rated PG-13). This event is free, open to the public and at the Eichelberger Amphitheater on Brandt Pike. Make sure to bring a chair or blanket to sit on to enjoy the movie.

MVP Dance Fit Registration Celebration (Kettering)

Saturday August 30th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  This event is free and offers entertainment, vendors, food trucks, giveaways and free demonstrations of fitness classes.  For more information visit http://www.mvpdancefit.com/

Holiday at Home (Kettering)

Sunday August 31st to Monday September 1st.  Activities include live entertainment, an auto show, arts and crafts show, children’s activities and a parade.  For more information visit http://www.holidayathome.org/index.php

Programs available at Five River MetroParks http://www.metroparks.org/

Go Nuts with MetroParks 

Saturday August 30th from 9 am until 11:30 am at Five Rivers MetroParks Main Office.  Tree Seed Gathering time is here! Master Silviculture volunteers will lead nut collection activities throughout the MetroParks and beyond. This activity is free and for all ages.

Ride to Kyle Park

Saturday August 30th from 9:00 am until noon at Join for a bike ride, rain or shine, on the Great Miami River Bikeway. Meet at Rip Rap Park, located at the intersections of Little York, Rip Rap, and Taylorsville roads.  This activity is free and for all ages.  Bikeway: Great Miami River

Draft Horse Days

Saturday August 30th and Sunday August 31st from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, watch as the United States Plowing Contest is held. This event is free and for all ages.  Carriage Hill MetroPark 

Goats in My Backyard

Saturday August 30th from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm.  Goats are wonderful animals and provide several useful products. The class will cover some of those products and how to choose and care for goats. This activity is free and is for ages 11 to 14 years old.  There are 19 openings as of Wednesday August 27th and you must register to participate.  Possum Creek MetroPark

And if that is not enough, here is a list of  Events and Activities Happening Labor Day Weekend and Beyond:

Outback Adventure Corn Maze at Idle Hour Ranch http://idle-hourranch.com/

LeapFrogs Parent’s & Frogs Night Out and Saturday Morning Jammie Leap http://www.leapfrogsplay.com/

Kids Night Out Kicking it at Mile High Karate http://www.bestkarateclassesindayton.com/

Laser Quest Dusk to Dark http://www.laserquest.com/public/locations/oh-centerville.cfm

Parent and Child Saturday Art Class at Decoy Art Studio http://decoy-art.com/

Ohio Renaissance Festival http://www.renfestival.com/

Pony Rides at Carriage Hill Farm http://www.metroparks.org/Parks/CarriageHill/Home.aspx