Kids Activities

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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 has multiple class options for your family, including:

  • Babies Classes for infants (birth-8 months) and their caregivers, 
  • Rhythm Kids, a drumming, rhythm and movement program for children PreK-2nd grade,
  • Mixed Age family classes (birth-age 5) 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 one of our brand new, beautifully illustrated songbooks, an artfully crafted listening CD (with new songs each semester), and access to digital resources through the Music Together app. All of these resources are available even after you leave the semester!

Use the promo code DMB to save $15 on tuition!

“The Music Together program is part of our family. My 2-and-3-year-olds LOVE to sing the songs at home, or in the car. Music Together has helped my children with their communication and verbal skills, especially with active listening.” – Parent

[email protected]
614-499-4133

Class locations in:
Beavercreek | Centerville | Englewood | Oakwood 

Wright State University Pre College Programs

Kids on Campus (KOC) is a precollege program offered by the Office of Pre-College Programs at Wright State University for students in grades K-6. On selected Saturdays, students can choose from a variety of hands-on courses designed for motivated students which serve to foster creativity and stimulate students’ thinking. With an activity fee of only $25 for a morning or afternoon class (plus snack!), this is a budget and parent-friendly activity worth exploring.

Pre-College Programs has been providing academic enrichment programs for over 25 years on the campus of Wright State University. Upcoming Dates are: Architectural Engineering – Saturday, February 22 and Travel the World – Saturday, March 21.

“My daughter attended Kids on Campus and two sessions of summer camps this year and had a great time. Activities were meaningful and fun. We definitely will be back!” – Parent

Wright State University
[email protected]
937-775-3135

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!

5637 Union Center Dr.
West Chester, OH 45069
[email protected] gymnastics.com
513-860-3351

Twinkle Star Dance is at Perfection Gymnastics School!

The Twinkle Star Program focuses on developing young dancers by engaging them through games, music, props, and activities. Combination classes expose dancers to three main styles of dance that help teach rhythm, counting, spatial awareness, social skills, and much more. There are dance classes for ages 2 and up and they are also home to a competitive dance team. For those who love to twist and twirl, Perfection’s Twinkle Star Program is a must-try!

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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

Located in Springboro

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

Wright State University Pre College Programs

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

Various Locations

Busy Kids Gymnastics

Located in Kettering

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

Located in Springboro

The Little Gym

Various Locations

Dayton Metro Library

Various Locations