Families

Spend quality time outdoors with your family in your MetroParks. We’ve rounded up some fun and family friendly activities to help you unplug and tune in to Mother Nature. Explore your local natural, historic and cultural treasures together and make lasting memories.

Top Picks for Family Fun

Butterfly House

6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH 45449 Directions >

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From May to June, enjoy observing colorful butterflies at Cox Arboretum while learning about pollination and how families can help nature through growing pollinator habitats.

Children's Discovery Garden

1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, OH 45414 Directions >

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Have you visited this favorite kid spot? Children love to explore the world around them through hands-on gardening activities. Learn about Ohio’s native habitats and create your own adventure in this whimsically themed area on the grounds of Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. Don’t miss our What’s New at 2 programs in the garden.

Family Camping at Possum Creek

4790 Frytown Rd., Dayton, OH 45417 Directions >

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Grab your tent and spend a night under the stars with the family in one of our 14 campsites. No flights, no car rentals, no hassles. Camping may be your easiest (and cheapest) family vacation ever. Studies show that outdoor experiences make children more environmentally conscious, help them manage stress and reduce restlessness, boredom and even symptoms of ADHD. Have fun choosing your campground; each one delivers a unique experience. For families, a good place to begin is Possum Creek.

Hiking at Hills & Dales

2606 Hilton Drive, Kettering, OH 45409 Directions >

Hills & Dales is the perfect place for a family outing. Nature trails wind through the tree-covered park and offer interesting spots, like Dogwood Pond or the Wetlands Boardwalk, for observation and learning along the way. There are plenty of places to picnic, including a reservable shelter right next to the playground. Kids can move back and forth between the traditional playground and the nature play area. Caretakers can keep an eye on the children while walking on nearby paths or enjoying the comfy Adirondack chairs.

Carriage Hill Historical Farm

7860 E. Shull Rd., Dayton, OH 45424 Directions >

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The historical farm at Carriage Hill is a great place for families to take in many different aspects of 19th century farm life. Kids can get up close to and pet farm animals, and adults may be interested in attending the weekend demonstrations.

Mountain Biking at MoMBA

4485 Union Rd., Dayton, OH 45424 Directions >

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From a tot track for those just getting comfortable on two wheels to advanced trails, the MetroParks Mountain Biking Area (MoMBA) at Huffman MetroPark has something to offer to everyone in the family.

Paddle in the Lagoon at Eastwood

1385 Harshman Rd., Dayton, OH 45431 Directions >

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One of the best things about paddling is that it’s a healthy and fun activity to share with your whole family. It’s also a wonderful way to connect with the natural world. Because paddling doesn’t require a lot of strength it’s the perfect activity for family members of all ages. An easy spot to get started is the Lagoon at Eastwood. Smooth, flat water and an easy access point to put boats in and take them out make this ideal for beginners and those with young children.

Activities

There are endless ways to enjoy the outdoors with your family. All of the MetroParks facilities are family friendly, and many activities are ideal for adults and kids, including:

Programs & Events

Five Rivers MetroParks offers programs that enable families to experience the natural world in new and unexpected ways. Check out our calendar for upcoming family programs, such as:

Programs & Events

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Experience the outdoors at Five Rivers MetroParks reservable facilities. Open-air shelters in beautiful, natural settings are excellent for BBQs, family reunions, birthday parties and more, or plan an overnight camping adventure with numerous park amenities nearby!

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