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Published: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 10:01 AM
— There’s nothing quite like the magic of going to the movies, especially for kids. Summer is the perfect time to take a break from the heat for a couple of hours.
However, catching a flick isn’t the cheapest activity, so we’ve rounded up the area programs, events and discounts to bring family fun to the silver screen ... sometimes for free.
Bringing classic movies back to the beautiful Historic Victoria Theatre on Thursday mornings, the Family Series of films are $3 a ticket. This summer’s offerings include The NeverEnding Story (July 13), The Muppets Take Manhattan(July 20) and the original Flipper (July 27). Tickets are available day of the show, or you can purchase passbooks through Ticket Center Stage (which are good for all of the Cool Film Series, not just the family shows).
The historic Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg is in the throes of a revitalization, and the awesomeness just keeps on coming. This summer, in partnership with ThinkTV, the Plaza will be offering FREE family-friendly shows on nearly every Saturday in June and July. This is a great chance to visit the theater, and spend some quality time with your littles and their favorite PBSKids characters. Up next? “Wild Kratts — Predator Power” shows at noon on Saturday, July 15, and “Curious George Red Planet Monkey” and “Wild Kratts Koala Ballon” on Saturday, July 29. Find more events on the theater’s Facebook page.
This once-monthly Friday night event brings an inflatable screen to the center of the outdoor shopping center for family fun. Just remember to bring your own chairs or blankets. Brought to you by Dayton Children’s, the event is in partnership with PROJECT: READ, and patrons are asked to please bring a gently new or used book(s) to donate the night of the movie. Mark your calendars for “Moana” on Aug. 4. The movie begins at dusk.
The area’s other outdoor shopping destination is also offering a FREE Friday night movie event throughout the summer. Visitors are encouraged to come early, dress for the weather, and bring your own chairs and concessions (or pick some up from one of the many eateries on site). You can order carryout pizza from Dewey’s and popcorn from Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop. Movies will be at the park at Austin Landing beginning at 9:15 p.m.
More info: website
The parent company behind theaters in Beavercreek, Huber Heights, and West Carrollton offers a couple of different ways to save money on the latest releases. Their Early Bird program offers discounts for the ﬁrst matinee showtime of the day that starts before 1 PM (restrictions apply) and they offer a Discount Day once a week (days and prices vary by theater). Check with your preferred theater for the specifics.
All day on Tuesday, tickets are only $6.20, and everyday before noon tickets are $5.75. Check their website for showtimes and other restrictions.
If you don’t know about these area gems, then you’ve been missing out. With locations in both Dayton and Huber Heights, this cash-only theater already corners the market on cheap movies. With added promotions for discount days, senior citizen days, and last-day movies, it’s worth checking out.
Published: Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 10:42 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 4:46 PM
The region’s largest outdoor ice skating rink opens Friday, Nov. 24, for season-long, family-friendly fun on the banks of the scenic Great Miami River in downtown Dayton.
Opening weekend hours for the MetroPark Ice Rink are:
• Friday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 26, 1 to 5 p.m.
The MetroParks Ice Rink is sponsored by WMMX and will be open through the end of February, including special holiday hours during Christmas, New Year’s and more. Visit metroparks.org/icerink for a complete schedule.
Daily admission to the MetroParks Ice Rink under the pavilion at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., is $5 daily, and visitors can rent ice skates for $2.
Season passes $90 family passes cover season-long admission and skate rentals for up to five people, and $30 individual passes cover the same costs for one person. New this year, season pass-holders will also enjoy 25 percent off all products at the RiverScape Café. Buy season passes before Friday, Nov. 24 and receive 20 percent off your purchase. Those who visit the rink on opening day and purchase a season pass will receive an extended 15 percent discount. Gift certificates are also available for purchase on location.
FRIDAY NIGHT SKATES
Friday nights throughout January and the beginning of February are reserved for themed music and family-friendly fun. All events are held from 7 to 10 p.m. Themes include:
• Jan. 12: Top 40
• Jan. 19: Michael Jackson
• Jan. 26: Frozen on Ice
• Feb. 2: School Pride
While at RiverScape MetroPark, visitors can warm up by the fire and grab snacks, hot chocolate and more at the adjacent snack bar which will be open during rink hours.
Skating lessons for children, teens and adults are held at the rink throughout the season and cover basic skills that will have participants moving comfortable on the ice. Visit metroparks.org/skating to register or to view a list of lessons and other events that will be held at the MetroParks Ice Rink.
Families, neighborhoods, clubs and groups can rent the ice rink for private events. Available dates are limited. For more information, call 937-275-PARK.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: RiverScape MetroParks Ice Rink
WHERE: 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton
WHEN: Beginning Nov. 24th. Check website for dates and times.
COST: $5 per person per skate, $2 skate rental. Seasonal passes available
Published: Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 12:45 PM
Whether you’re heading downtown to see the Dayton Ballet’s Nutcracker or looking for something to pass a bit of time between shopping stops, make sure not to miss this gem of Dayton history tucked inside the Wintergarden at the Schuster Center.
The animated elves and animals first appeared in NCR’s New York office windows in 1943, but many Daytonians remember them from their annual holiday pilgrimage to the Rike’s Department Store, which sat on the corner of Second and Main Streets (where the Schuster Center now sits).
Several of the display items were saved before the demolition, while others have been donated from across the country.
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While visiting the Rike’s Wonderland Windows at the Schuster Center this season, be sure to participate in the “Santa’s Secret” contest. Santa and his magical team of crafty reindeer made a special stop at the Schuster Center to check in on the elves’ progress.
To find “Santa’s Secret,” look for the common object hidden in each window box. Once you’ve solved it, fill out an entry form and drop it into the entry box! (Here’s a clue: The common thread always relates to Dayton.)
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: The Rike’s Wonderland Windows
WHEN: Now through Dec 31; hours vary daily (check website for details)
WHERE: The Wintergarden in the Schuster Center, 1 West Second Street, Dayton, 45402
Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 2:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 2:59 PM
WANT TO GO?
What: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends
When: Sept. 24-27
Where: Wright State University’s Nutter Center
Show times: 7 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. next Sunday, Sept. 27
Tickets: $15-$50 available at the Nutter Center box office or at www.ticketmaster.com
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Legends by the numbers
16: Number of hours it takes to set up for the first performance in each city
85: Animals on tour including Asian elephants, tigers, African lions, horses, dogs and kangaroos
200: Pounds of hay, fresh fruits and vegetables that elephants eat daily
300: Show members including performers, staff, train crew, animal crew, backstage departments and concessionaires.
2,500: Pounds of popcorn are consumed in each city that Ringling Bros. visits
18,000: Pounds of ice are used to make snow comes in each city
Animals, acrobats, high-flying artists and more will parade into the spotlight this week when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Legends takes over Wright State University's Ervin J. Nutter Center. The all-new Ringling Bros. show opens on Thursday, Sept. 24, for seven performances over four days.
Here are six things you can't miss:
• Great Britain’s Alexander Lacey will display his special bond with lions, tigers and a majestic leopard as he presents a mixed cat display that has garnered him numerous awards.
• The Solar Hawks, an international, elite group of high-flying artists from the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador and Mexico, will demonstrate precision, stamina, strength and perfect form.
• The Riders of the Wind Cossack equestrians thunder into the arena on the backs of thoroughbred horses.
• The China National Acrobatic Troupe, from Beijing, includes a number of diverse acts including pole climbers, a bicycle act, hoop diving and juggling.
• The Torres Family shatters records and dares the impossible by putting family members on speeding motorcycles inside the Globe of Steel.
• And, of course, animals from around the globe — from the Ringling Bros. Asian elephants to lions, goats, llamas, dogs and, even, pigs — will delight audience members of all ages.
Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Donatos Pizza Family Movie Night featuring "Minions: The Movie"
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday, August 20
WHERE: Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton
Don't be alarmed if you hear shouts of "BANANA!" coming from Fifth Third Field in August.
The Dayton Dragons, in partnership with Donatos Pizza, are once again hosting the Donatos Pizza Family Movie Night on Saturday, August 20. That's right -- a free movie AND free pizza.
This year's special feature is a showing of the hilarious “Minions” (rated PG) on the 2,000-square-foot HD video board at Fifth Third Field. The gates for the event open at 6 p.m., with the movie beginning at 8 p.m. Families are invited to bring a blanket and find a spot on the stadium’s outfield grass and enjoy a night of fun at the ballpark.
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It's suggested that large groups should arrive early not only to secure a great spot, but also to enjoy the festivities before the movie begins. Children will get to meet Dragons mascots Heater and Gem, enjoy inflatable games, participate in skits with the Green Team and eat fun ballpark food. Donatos will also be providing one free slice of pizza to each person in attendance (while supplies last).
In order to gain an entry ticket, all fans have to do is order a large pizza from a Dayton-area Donatos location to get information on how to request up to five tickets to Family Movie Night.
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I attended last year's Movie Night showing of "The Lego Movie" with my children, and I can assure you that this event is not one to be missed. Kids of all ages will love being on the actual baseball outfield, and the view of the giant HD screen really can't be beat. Plus, we spontaneously met up with friends, so it ended up being like a big backyard party in the coolest yard in Dayton.