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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: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 2:03 PM
The region’s largest outdoor ice skating rink opened Friday, Nov. 24, for season-long, family-friendly fun on the banks of the scenic Great Miami River in downtown Dayton.
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. 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.
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