October Dayton Dozen guide to Family Friendly Events


It’s Fall, Ya’ll. October comes with all the usual festivities, but Dayton has so much more to offer! Add these local experiences to your calendar; some of them even reoccurring.

1.) Ohio Renaissance Festival @ Waynesville Ohio

***DMB Tip*** Get your tickets online and skip the line. Also, bring cash for parking!

  • Weekends Sept 1st – October 28th
  • 10:30am – 6:00pm

Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 14 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

2.) Fire Safety Fun @ Washington-Centerville Public Library

***DMB Tip*** Use this event as an excuse to begin the conversation about fire safety with your family in your own home.

  • October 1st
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • For Preschool-Grade 5
  • Woodbourne library community room

Kick off National Fire Prevention Month by learning basic fire safety skills from Scott Henry, a Washington Township firefighter. See the gear firefighters wear to fight a fire, meet Sparky the Fire Prevention mascot, and a fire truck!

3.) Craft Thyme: A Partnership between Fresh Thyme & the Greene County Library

***DMB Tip*** Mark your calendar for Story Thyme as well at this same location on October 3rd at 11am.

  • October 2nd
  • 10:30am-11:30am
  • Fresh Thyme Farmers Market at 4317 Feedwire Rd

This atypical location is a unique Library experience with an event for Craft Thyme Tuesday.

4.) Cinépolis Dayton @ Austin Landing is showcasing their ‘handpicked’ programming series

***DMB Tip*** Take note of the ratings! Not all of these will suitable for children, but you know your kids best!

  • October 2nd – Rosemary’s Baby – 50th Anniversary
  • October 9th – Ghostbusters
  • October 16th – Frankenstein
  • October 23rd – Young Frankenstein

Going to the movies is an event. And October is full of these special movie nights. Share the experience with your family or have an excuse for a date night. See theatres website for times and ticket information.

5.) Family Storytime @ Washington-Centerville Public Library

***DMB Tip*** Registration is typically required at storytimes, but not for this Fall session.

  • Tuesdays, October 2nd-October 23rd
  • 9:30am-10am
  • For ages 18 – 36 months
  • Woodbourne library community room
  • Free

Get ready to move around with this active storytime that incorporates rhymes, stories, songs, and dancing.

6. ) Suburbicon Comic Creator Expo @Kettering

***DMB Tip*** Take note of the ratings! Not all of these will suitable for children, but you know your kids best!

  • October 6th
  • 10am-3pm
  • Free Admission; Free Parking

Take a trip over to the Trent Arena Lobby for SuburbiCon hosted by Kettering! This is Kettering’s only comic creator expo featuring over 20 local and talented comic creators! Free art activities will be available for the kids, too!

7.) Deeds Carillon Concert

***DMB Tip*** Go early and make a day of it. The grounds at Carillon are perfect for picnicking!

  • October 7th
  • 3pm
  • Free

Join us for a free, family-friendly concert located at Deeds Carillon performed by Dr. Larry Weinstein.

8.) Disney on Ice @ The Nutter Center

***DMB Tip*** Let your littles dress up in costume. It makes it that much more magical!

  • October 11-14th
  • See website for showtimes
  • Tickets start at $15

Be a part of Anna’s adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven as they encounter wintry conditions and mystical trolls in a race to bring back summer. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, your whole family will sing along to unforgettable music and be delighted with special appearances by the Disney Princesses, Woody, Buzz, Dory and more. Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen – the show worth melting for!

9.) Try a Truck @ Beavercreek

***DMB Tip*** Check out this post from a fellow DMB mama to help you get the most out of your event experience!

  • October 13th
  • 10am-1pm
  • Free

This free, community event features vehicles galore to explore with your children. Also, check out the Fire Station Open House.

10.) Yellow Springs Street Fair

***DMB Tip*** Bring cash if you can to save credit card fees for artisans.

  • October 13th
  • 9am-5pm
  • Free shuttles available to help with parking – worth it!

The semi-annual Yellow Springs Street Fair is a family favorite!

11.) Science Saturdays: Movie Magic

***DMB Tip*** Downtown parking is FREE on Saturdays!

  • October 13th
  • 9:30am-10:30am
  • Free

ThinkTV is excited to partner with Science Saturdays for a new way that kids can connect with super cool science experiences, live stage shows, and online content!

12.) Spook-tacular Hair Raising Science

***DMB Tip*** National Chemistry Week is October 21-27 with the theme, Chemistry is Out of this World and this event is a great option to supplement homeschool curriculum.

  • October 27th
  • 10am-11am
  • Doors open at 9:15am, first come first served

Local science personality, Mister C will be at Main Elementary School in Xenia for a Spook-tacular Hair Raising Science show. Mister C puts on a fantastic, captivating show; educational and entertaining. He says it isn’t magic; it’s science!