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table of contents

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Top 5 Health Questions Women Wonder About

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Great Lakes Beach Towns

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Mother’s Day Fun Guide

contents features 10

TOP 5 HEALTH QUESTIONS WOMEN WONDER ABOUT

in every issue

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

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ONLINE BUZZ

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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

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MAY EVENTS

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WACKY CALENDAR

TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A STAY-AT-HOME DAD

SHOULD MY CHILD SEE A 23 FOOTNOTES: THOUGHTS MENTAL HEALTH FROM THE MARGINS OF A PROFESSIONAL? MOM’S LIFE

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GREAT LAKES BEACH TOWNS WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT FOSTER CARE

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GREAT DATE NIGHTS

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MOTHER’S DAY FUN GUIDE

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GET OUT AND RIDE

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ASK THE TEACHER

26 THE MODERN MILITARY PARENT 27 SAFE BIKING GUIDELINES

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CAMP GUIDE

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publisher’s note

DAYTON

PARENT

happy mother’s day!

PUBLISHER

Mary Wynne Cox | Mary@daytonparentmagazine.com

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EDITOR

Susan Bryant | Susan@daytonparentmagazine.com

“Mama.”

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES

Isn’t that one of the greatest words we can ever hear? The name that gives us so much joy when our baby first utters it? Pretty soon we become “Mommy.” These are the playdate/popsicle stick craft/what is that mess?/toys everywhere years. Somewhere after that we graduate to “Mom” – sometimes yelled as in “MOM! Where is my uniform I need for practice today?!” or barely whispered as in “Mom? Why wasn’t I invited to that party?”

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Each name change reflects the stages our children go through and the changes we must make as their mother to continually be able to give our kids what they need. They don’t know just how much we second guess ourselves and fumble along the way. To our children, it seems we always know the answers. (Well, maybe not to our teenagers.) But as moms, we are the constant, steady force in their lives – sometimes so under the radar that our efforts go unnoticed and not appreciated at all. But make no mistake; a mom is a force to be reckoned with! Who hasn’t felt that primal mother bear instinct to protect their child in the face of even the most minor of dangers? And this trait doesn’t just apply to biological moms – adoptive moms, step moms, foster moms – we’re all moms. Becoming a mother to one child kind of makes us a mother to all children. Suddenly we feel every child’s hurt or pain in a way we never had before. This Mother’s Day we hope you are celebrated and appreciated by your family for the many ways you give your love to them every day. And if by chance, May 10th comes and goes and your brood somehow lets it slip by without proper recognition, maybe this quote will help: “The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother’s Day are the good ones.”

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online buzz & on the cover

buzz online

f we asked:

ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST SCHOOL UNIFORMS? WHY?

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If it keeps little girls out of these short shorts then absolutely! -KRISTIE B. Against! Keeps from expressing and finding their individuality. -DANIELLE G.

MEET THE COVER KID // brylee (age: 4) Matilda and Frozen FAVORITE COLOR: Pink FAVORITE FOOD: Mashed potatoes and corn FAVORITE THINGS TO DO: Play dress up, play with her Barbies, ride her bike, and play with friends! FAVORITE MOVIE:

I have three boys. They go to a school with uniforms and I thought I would hate it. But once they started I loved it. Don’t have to hunt for clothes. -JESSICA B. Both. For because everyone is wearing the same thing, but against because I’ve heard it can get expensive buying uniforms every year. Perhaps a very simple strict dress code could do? -JOYCE P. Love them! Much easier in the morning and no decision has to be made on what to wear! -ROXANNE H.

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community community spotlight

spotlight

Space Fest

Springboro Farmers Market

Come join the fun at the National Museum of the Air Force for

Are you interested in buying the freshest produce and baked goods available

Space Fest! The museum and a number of partner organizations

locally? Then check out the Springboro Farmers Market, an independent,

will offer hands-on activities for all ages, including special appear-

volunteer-run market opening on May 2. The season is expected to run from

ances by astronauts, a 5K fun run/walk and 1 mile kids’ race, a star-

May through September. Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Contact

gaze with telescopes, a chance to see the museum’s new space

springborofarmersmkt@gmail.com to learn more. Address: Clearcreek Elemen-

shuttle exhibit, model rocket building and much more. Admission

tary School, 750 S. Main Street in Springboro. Date: Saturdays, May through

to most activities is FREE! Friday evening activities will include a

September. Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

discounted space-related movie and special guest speaker at the Air Force Museum Theatre, as well as a star-gaze with telescopes. museum.af.mil/spacefest.asp. Address: National Museum of the Air

Little Me Tea 2015 Designers’ Show House and Gardens

Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB. Dates: Friday, May

Enjoy sweet and savory treats at the “Little Me Tea” presented by The Dayton

15 - Saturday, May 16.

Philharmonic Volunteer Association. Adults can tour the beautiful Show House

For up-to-date details about the event, please visit www.national-

& Gardens, featuring 23 professional interior designers. Little guests will love

Flame of Hope 5K

the children’s fashion show with clothes from “Sugar & Spice.” Award-winning

Grab your sneakers and bring your cape to run, walk or fly for the

create her amazing balloon sculptures from Frozen. Children will also be able to

Flame of Hope 5k/Walk for Epilepsy. The mission of the Epilepsy

create a special craft for Mother’s Day. Price: Adults $30, children $10. Children

Foundation is to lead the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and

under 10 will not be admitted on the Show House Tour, but will have a special

overcome challenges created by epilepsy in the eleven counties

Play House for them to see. Reservations can be made online at https://dpva.

including and surrounding Dayton. This family-friendly superhero

org/ or by calling Marcia Wood at (937) 890-

themed event will celebrate those living with seizures and the family

2401. Address: Park at NCR Country Club,

members that support them. Anyone who enjoys walking or running

4435 Dogwood Trail

is invited to attend! After the race we will honor our superheroes

(off Stroop Road)

– those overcoming the daily challenges of epilepsy. Funds raised

in Kettering. Free

will help send kids to Camp Flame Catcher, a camp designed to

continuous shuttle

give children with epilepsy a typical camping experience with the

buses will run to and

benefit of trained epilepsy specialists. Go to www.efwoflameofhope.

from the Show House.

org to register or form a fundraising team. For more info call (937)

Date:

233-2500. Address: Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road in

2:00 pm.

Dayton. Time: Registration begins at 9:00 am. The run/walk will begin at 10:00 am. Date: Saturday, May 16.

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author Meaghan Fisher will entertain kids during story time and Lea Craine will

Saturday, May 9,


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TOP 5

HEALTH QUESTIONS

WOMEN

WONDER ABOUT

Making moms’ health a priority too! Dr. Emma Hostetter, MD

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s moms, our lives are filled with doctor’s appointments. We manage our children’s health like champions, but do we take the time to manage our own health? Keeping up with continually changing women’s health recommendations is tricky, especially when our schedules are packed. So, for all of you busy moms who need the facts in five minutes or less, here are some quick answers.

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H OW O F T E N D O I R E A LLY N E E D A P E LVI C E X A M ?

Pelvic exams…what a way to break the ice! Recently Pap smear recommendations have changed, confusing many women on how frequently they need one. While some women may be able to stretch their Pap smears out to every three years (depending on their risk factors), this doesn’t mean that they get to skimp on pelvic and breast exams according to Dayton OB-GYN Dr. Kathryn Sanford, MD with Premier Health Specialists. The complete pelvic exam looks for changes in the external genitalia, uterus and ovaries, not just the cervix. Dr. Sanford emphasizes that since ovarian cancer often lacks early stage symptoms, a yearly pelvic exam could be lifesaving. In short, a yearly well woman appointment should still be on your schedule!

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A M I G O I NG THR O U G H P E R I M E NO PAU S E?

If you’re soaking the sheets with night sweats, noticing hot flashes during the day and having irregular vaginal bleeding, then you’re probably experiencing perimenopause. Does this mean that full-blown menopause is right around the corner? Not necessarily. According to Dr. Sanford it is hard to predict exactly when menopause may occur. It could still be ten years before your periods are gone for good. In the meantime, keep a fan and panty liners handy, and if the symptoms become too intense talk with your doctor about your options.

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D O I ST I LL NE E D TO GE T VACCIN ES AS AN AD ULT?

Immunizations aren’t just for infants says Dr. Sanford. Staying up to date on your shots is important for your health and for the little ones around you. Booster immunizations allow your body to once again build up a defense against specific illnesses such as tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Dr. Sanford points out that the Centers for Disease Control now recommend that a mother have a pertussis shot with every single pregnancy. With whooping cough on the rise, getting this shot during pregnancy will pass a larger amount of protective antibodies to your unborn child, affording him more protection during the vulnerable period of infancy. Travel immunizations are also important to remember. Don’t forget to check the CDC website several months in advance for specific recommendations depending on the country and region that you will be visiting. Check with your doctor to see if you are up to date on your standard immunizations. Prevention is key!

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AM I G AI NI N G WE I GH T BECAU S E M Y METABOLI SM I S SLOWI N G D OW N O R IS S OMET H IN G E LSE GOI NG ON ?

After menopause many women have a challenging time maintaining their weight or losing extra weight. Hormone fluctuations can play a large role in adding a few pounds around the middle. Instead of getting frustrated, focus on creating a healthy lifestyle filled with a nutritious diet, aerobic exercise and resistance training. By building muscle you will burn more calories even when resting. Resistance training will also strengthen your bones, decreasing your risk for osteoporosis. If you find that your energy is strangely low, you’re gaining unexplained weight or having other symptoms, contact your doctor for an evaluation.

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CAN I S KI P ON A DAI LY VI TA M I N IF I’M E ATI NG H E ALTH Y ?

While eating a healthy diet is of paramount importance, you still may not be getting all of the nutrients that you need from your food alone. Many of us don’t eat enough iron containing foods such as red meat to prevent iron deficiency. Adding in a daily women’s multivitamin is a great way to make sure you are getting 100% of your daily recommended values. But, don’t go overboard! Too many vitamins can actually be harmful. A calcium supplement with vitamin D is also incredibly important for preventing osteopenia and osteoporosis (weakened bones more likely to fracture). Keeping your bones strong with supplements and regular resistance training is an important way to prevent bone disease.

Don’t forget that you matter too! Prioritizing your own health will make you a better mom and a happy and healthier person. S OURC ES: ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦

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Determining when a situation has crossed over into an area of true concern isn’t always easy. For example, while it is normal and even expected for children to experience sadness at times, a child who is sad most of the time and having difficulty getting through their normal activities might be experiencing depression. Similarly, although many children have nightmares on occasion, troubling dreams that increase in intensity and frequency could indicate feelings of extreme anxiety.

Should My Child See a Mental Health Professional? Understanding when to seek outside help Sarah Bricker-Hunt

All kids experience some challenges as they go through childhood, and most of the time these “rough patches” come and go without too much cause for worry. Sometimes though, a troubling phase lingers, bringing to light a mental health issue that could be resolved with the help of someone well-versed in the area of childhood development.

Local psychologist Dr. Ryan Macks stresses that parents should watch for “functional impairment.” He says that while everyone experiences sadness, depressed thoughts and moments of anxiety, when these issues begin to affect the ability to function optimally in one or more contexts, then it is probably time to seek help. He identifies red flags such as declining grades, dwindling social interactions with peers and less engagement with family members as areas of alarm. “When your child is avoiding activities that he or she usually enjoys or your child’s sleep patterns have significantly deviated from his or her norm, these become more of a reason for concern.” Mental health issues can look different from child to child, and there are a wide variety of issues that can affect kids. A parent’s knowledge and intuition regarding their child goes a long way in helping to identify a problem. It is important to note that warning signs change as children age. Younger children tend to exhibit mental health issues through their behavior, while older adolescents may exhibit symptoms through their emotions.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) outlines several signs to watch for in younger children that could indicate a potential problem: Changes in school performance Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school Hyperactive behavior Frequent nightmares

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Frequent disobedience or aggression Frequent temper tantrums Parents of adolescents should also take note of these troubling behaviors: Feeling excessively sad or low Excessive worrying or fear Substance abuse Social avoidance Changes in eating habits Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes

(headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)

Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, NAMI recommends erring on the side of caution. Even mild symptoms can be relieved, and more severe issues respond best when treatment is sought in earlier stages. Your first stop might be your child’s school. Discuss your concerns with your child’s teachers and find out what services your school provides. Often, there is a counselor on staff who can help determine what steps to take regarding your child’s unique issues. Your pediatrician or family doctor can also recommend a local therapist or treatment center for help. The online Psychology Today database (www. PsychologyToday.com) lists provider information sorted by zip code, cost, specialty and other factors. Most importantly, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. As a parent you wouldn’t think twice about seeking a professional opinion for a physical problem your child might have. Mental health should be viewed in the same way. Professional therapists, social workers, counselors and psychologists are trained to identify problematic behaviors in kids, and work with parents as partners in helping their child.


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Great Lakes Beach Towns Hit the shores close to home! Michelle Shirk

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Chesterton, Indiana Start your outdoor adventures at Indiana Dunes State Park (www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm). The park contains exciting trails and over three miles of beautiful Lake Michigan beachfront. Families with young children may choose to stick close to the beach and nature center. However, for hikers experienced enough to cover substantial distances, Trail 10 (5.5 miles) provides a moderately challenging trek with wonderfully varied scenery. After your hike, enjoy Italian favorites at Popolano’s (www.popolanosrestaurant.com). No matter what you order, be sure to sample the restaurant’s “legendary” cream of chicken dumpling soup. If your trip falls between May and October, a Saturday morning visit to Chesterton’s Euro-

pean Market (www.chestertonseuropeanmarket. com) is sure to be a highlight. While you’re there, keep an eye out for the delicious fruit pies sold by Marilyn’s Bakery (www.marilynsbakery.com), a market regular.

Holland, Michigan Searching for a destination filled with culture and history? Experience Holland’s Dutch heritage by taking a stroll around Windmill Island Gardens (www.cityofholland.com) or shopping for klompen (wooden shoes) at Nelis’ Dutch Village (www. dutchvillage.com). The annual Tulip Time Festival (www.tuliptime.com), scheduled from May 2 - 9 in 2015, brings with it a variety of entertainment options ranging from Dutch dance performances to carnival rides.


Holland also has all the standard beach town essentials. Visitors can swim, fish and scope out iconic Big Red Lighthouse at Holland Beach State Park (www.michigan.gov/holland). The city’s downtown houses charming shops and eateries, like the not-to-be-missed Alpen Rose Restaurant (www.alpenroserestaurant.com).

Traverse City, Michigan For a quintessential beach vacation experience, look no further than Traverse City. Families can relax on one of the city’s public beaches (www. traversecitymi.gov/tcpublicbeaches.asp), then enjoy a Moomers Ice Cream Sail through Grand Traverse Bay on the Tall Ship Manitou (www.tallshipsailing. com). The Traverse City branch of Pirate’s Cove (www.piratescove.net/traverse-city) offers a variety of family-friendly attractions including two mini golf courses, go-carts and a ropes course. When you’re ready to get out of the sun, head downtown for an afternoon of boutique browsing or check out the specialty shops at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (www.grandtraverseresort.com). If you have time for a side trip, nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes (www.sleepingbeardunes.com) provides a scenic, albeit potentially exhausting, hiking experience. Stop in at the Cherry Republic Grand Café (www.cherryrepublic.com) in Glenn Arbor for a grilled cheese on your way back.

Mackinac Island, Michigan A weekend on peaceful Mackinac Island (www.mackinacisland.org) is basically the definition of “getting away from it all.” This island maintains a strong Victorian-era vibe, thanks largely to its ban on personal vehicles. Get the lay of the land via a self-guided eight-mile bike tour around the island’s perimeter, with stops at Arch Rock, British Landing and other popular landmarks as desired. Families may also enjoy visiting one of the island’s two butterfly houses or picnicking at Marquette Park. And, of course, no trip to Mackinac Island would be complete without fudge. This writer believes JoAnn’s Cookie Crunch Fudge (www.joannsfudge.com) ranks number one, but you’ll want to conduct your own taste test.

Chicago, Illinois While most wouldn’t exactly call Chicago a “beach town,” its Lake Michigan location means tourists looking for watery fun have plenty of choices. The 18-mile Chicago Lakefront Trail grants pedestrians and cyclers access to Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, parks, beaches and more. Find a detailed trail map at www.cpdit01.com/resources/brochures/pdf/Lakefront%20Trail%20Map. pdf.

In addition, a variety of river-based architecture tours provide a closer look at some of Chicago’s most famous buildings. Shoreline Sightseeing (www. shorelinesightseeing.com) boasts frequent departure times from convenient Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue locations. Advance reservations for your tour time of choice are strongly recommended.

As you can see, freshwater getaways can be just as exciting as saltwater ones. We hope your family can work one of these fun spots into your summer itinerary! daytonparentmagazine.com / may 2015

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What You Don’t Know About Foster Care Common misconceptions that prevent families from becoming involved Summer Daily

In the U.S. nearly 300,000 children have been placed in the foster care system due to neglect or abuse. They need stable families who can provide temporary homes and safe, loving environments while their biological families work to become better parents.

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Unfortunately, there are more foster children than foster parents and 58,000 kids will be placed in group homes and other state institutions rather than in a family. Oftentimes, suitable adults are misinformed about the foster care system and don’t realize how they could play a part in the life of a young person needing their support. David Zidar, Program Director for local foster care agency CHOICES, Inc., discusses the issues commonly misunderstood about foster care.

IT’S ACTUALLY NOT THAT COMPLICATED The overall functions of the foster care system are pretty simple. Most children are referred to Child Protective Services for neglect or abuse. The state then evaluates the family situation and will decide whether or not to put the child in foster care. When it comes to the nitty-gritty details like legal questions and family placement, the foster care agency helps you as the foster family work through these issues. They provide the training and license you must obtain, perform extensive background checks and then choose a child they think would be a good match for you or your family.

After deciding to become a foster parent, the process only takes about three to six months, and the agency won’t leave you high and dry. Most agencies offer support and advice throughout the entire training process as well as after a foster child is placed in your home.

THE MONEY ISSUE IS A MOOT POINT Zidar has found that people often have two very different misconceptions about foster parenting: that it is either very expensive or very lucrative. First, foster parents don’t completely foot the bill. They do receive payment during training and then receive a per diem amount after a child is placed in their home. However, Zidar is quick to point out that you won’t make a lot of money as a foster parent. “If this is your entrepreneurial endeavor,” he jokes, “surrender your entrepreneurial card. Caring for kids will cost money, especially if they’re teenagers, because they eat so much.”


“…you will often work with the biological family as they learn how to make choices that will provide a safe, nurturing environment for their kids. It is important to remember that foster care is not a roundabout path to adoption.”

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A PERFECT PARENT

NONE OF THIS MEANS THAT FOSTER CARE IS EASY

Or a parent at all, for that matter. Foster agencies are not looking for the Brady Bunch, and they welcome people from many different homes and lifestyles. During training, you do have to prove that you are financially stable and can provide a safe environment, but otherwise you can be a 21-year-old who lives in an apartment alone, parents with kids of your own, or 65-year-old empty nesters. Most agencies don’t discriminate against marital status or sexual orientation. At CHOICES, Zidar says they only have one stipulation: “Adults who have a burden for kids can be foster parents.”

Simply providing a loving environment will not solve all of these kids’ problems. “Love is important; love is critical. But they also need treatment. The vast majority of our kids have suffered some sort of trauma,” explains Zidar. You will receive training and advice on how to care for these children, but it is often an uphill battle. Many kids do have behavioral issues that are not going to change overnight, and caring for them takes patience and perseverance.

YOU ARE NOT ADOPTING THESE CHILDREN “I don’t think [potential foster parents] understand that their goal is to get these kids back to their birth families,” Zidar says. There are times that the biological family is not going to be a placement option, and then the court will offer permanency. But those are extreme cases, and still, less than 15% of foster care children are adopted by foster families. In fact, you will often work with the biological family as they learn how to make choices that will provide a safe, nurturing environment for their kids. It is important to remember that foster care is not a roundabout path to adoption.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT TO HELP FOSTER KIDS Perhaps the greatest misperception is that becoming a foster parent is the only way to help. For many people, becoming an actual foster parent is just not an option, but there are other ways to support these children. Many foster agencies accept monetary and in-kind donations, and you can mentor teens in foster care or organize toy drives during Christmas by volunteering with organizations like For Love of Children. If your heart aches for children in foster care, there is always a way to help.

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EPILEPSY FOUNDATION

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GREAT DATE NIGHTS I FUN IDEAS MEANT JUST FOR TWO | L AUREN L AWSON

t’s that rare occasion, a trifecta of sorts: the babysitter is booked, the evening is reserved and your schedule is cleared for an official date night. It’s on the calendar, and it’s happening. But what is the best way to utilize this precious time away from your kids? Whether you’re looking for an adventure, a little romance, a culinary experience or a moneysaving good time, we’ve got you covered with a list of some of the best spots in Dayton to woo your main squeeze.

ADVENTUROUS DATES:

BECOME “TWO” WITH NATURE

Bike the Great Miami River Trail A ride on the Great Miami River Trail offers a variety of day date activities for those looking to explore the downtown area of Dayton. Starting at the south end of Franklin, this bike trail will take cyclists north through Miamisburg and into downtown, where couples can stop to visit a museum or just rest at a local eatery. For those hoping to explore a more natural setting, the GMR trail also makes its way through the forested Crains Run Park and the Tipp Nature Center.

Camp at Taylorsville Metropark

An overnight in the great outdoors is the perfect date for couples looking to share an adventure together. Reserve a campsite at Taylorsville Metropark, grab a tent and cozy up to the campfire at night. During the day, pack a picnic for two, hike the Great Miami River Recreation Trail, or even take a gentle canoe ride out on the river. Reconnect over the beautiful sights and sounds of Taylorsville.

ROMANTIC DATES:

FUELING THE PASSION

Salar Restaurant Salar Restaurant oozes romance. The ambiance sets the tone for an intimate dinner comprised of handcrafted cocktails and main courses inspired by countries all over the world. Gnosh on gluten-free dishes such as Cebiche or share one of their many artisanal pizzas. Take in the views of the Historic Oregon District from the large windows in their main dining area and fully engage in the cultured atmosphere together.

Tea at Central Perc European Cafe Grab a passport for lunch at Central Perc European Café where high tea options make for a very romantic

day date. From finger sandwiches to scones with butter and jam, Central Perc offers couples a European retreat on a very local level.

FOODIE DATES:

DAYTON CULINARY COOLNESS

2nd Street Market “Food Crawl” the 2nd Street Market on a morning date and explore the sights, sounds and plentiful food options available at this local farmer’s market. Snack on a crepe from Crepe Boheme or sip an organic espresso from Caffeine as you fill your market bag with fresh fruit and produce. Round out the “food crawl” date with lunch at Azra’s Mediterranean for a gyro and then share an ice pop from Sweet P’s.

Millrace Restaurant With its cozy locale and countrified cooking, Millrace Restaurant is a charming date night option. Located inside the Clifton Mill, date nighters can listen to the sounds of the old mill as they enjoy fresh whole grain breads, pies and cookies. Breakfast is served all day, which means homemade pancakes are a definite dinnertime option.

AFFORDABLE DATES:

FUN ON A BUDGET

Dayton Art Institute

The Dayton Art Institute is an inexpensive and creative date night option. With a suggested donation fee, the DAI makes art affordable for couples looking to engage in cultured discussions over paintings and sculptures. Make sure to visit the American Impressionism exhibit, which will be available from May 7-31.

YMCA Release endorphins together on a date night at a local Dayton YMCA facility. Although a monthly membership fee is required to join, the YMCA offers multiple classes and exercise options to keep couples in shape together. Free on-site babysitting is also available, making this kind of date one you can have again and again.

Plan your own date night today! From adventurous encounters to romantic dinners, Dayton provides plenty of interesting options for you and your special someone.

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E D I U G N U F Y A D S ’ R E H T MO cCosham M h a r a S | y s p e c ia l d a ’s m o M g in t a r c e le b r T e n id e a s f o

Moms are superheroes – and they really deserve more recognition that just one day a year! Here at Dayton Parent, we know how special moms are, so we’ve compiled a list of fun, unique ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. Choose one (or more!) of these ideas and spend some time showing Mom just how important she is to your family.

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Celebrate all the moms in the animal kingdom at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Zoo Babies. All during the month of May, the littlest residents of the Zoo will be on display – and on Mother’s Day, moms get in free! The Zoo is open from 10 am – 5 pm this Mother’s Day.

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Take a hike at the Glen Halen Nature Preserve, which is hosting a special Mother’s

Day hike and tea. The event takes place 10 am – 12 pm, and registration is required.

lots of local and home-based businesses, guaranteeing you’ll find the perfect gift for Mom.

Check out the International Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory from 10 am – 5 pm on Mother’s Day. Celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary, which pays tribute to the Filipino culture. Moms get in free on their special day, and coupons are available from their website for the rest of the family.

Get moving! Lace up your sneakers for the Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk in Middletown. The course goes through the beautiful Woodside cemetery and arboretum, with proceeds benefitting Woodside Hospice Care.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day, farm style. On May 9, head over to Learning Tree Farm’s Vintage Farm Fun event. From 3-7 pm, enjoy a live vintage fashion show, silent auction, kids crafts and tours of this beautiful farm. Purchase tickets in advance to save on admission.

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Take Mom shopping at the Fourth Annual Mother’s Day Expo. This event takes place on May 2 at The Mall at Fairfield Commons. This free event features

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Enjoy brunch at one of the many great restaurants in Dayton. History-loving moms will appreciate the atmosphere at The Golden Lamb in Lebanon, while country-cooking enthusiasts will enjoy the quaintness at The Golden Jersey Inn at Young’s Jersey Dairy. For a fancier menu, head to Coco’s Bistro in Downtown Dayton, for brunch options such as Crème Brule French Toast and Filet & Eggs.

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Sit down for tea at The Tea Room, which is open Wednesdays - Saturdays from 11 am – 2 pm and located in

historic West Alexandria. Meanwhile, Central Perk European Café serves Afternoon Tea daily at 2 and 4 pm, and offers a uniquely British experience as its owners hail from northwest England.

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Appreciate the arts at the Dayton Art Institute, which is running an American Impressionism exhibit through May 31. The Museum is open 12 – 5 pm on Sundays, and is located near several fine-dining establishments in downtown Dayton.

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Bring Mom to Broadway. Take Mom to a showing of WICKED at The Schuster Center. A winner of multiple awards, this production will be sure provide a memorable day. Another option: a matinee performance of Grease at the Dayton Playhouse.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms in our area!

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true confessions of a stay-at-home dad

Five Ways to Raise a Gentleman True confessions of a stay-at-home dad By Pete Gilbert

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want nothing more than for my five-year-old boy to grow up to be a gentleman. (Of course, I know he’s watching my every move and learning more from the way I act than from what I say, so I must be a gentleman, too.) Here are five tips I’m encouraging in him.

1. SAY “THANK YOU” When someone does something nice for you, tell them “thank you.” It may seem like such a simple thing to do, but it can really mean a lot. Saying “thank you” comes naturally to my son. Even on nights I know he doesn’t like what I’ve cooked for dinner he still tells me, “Thank you for making dinner Dad.” Or at night while we’re reading books he’ll say, “Thanks for reading my story” or “Thank you for helping me learn that word.”  

2. HOLD DOORS OPEN FOR OTHERS A gentleman holds doors open for others, men or women, it’s just the polite thing to do. Yes, it is annoying when it’s the middle of winter and your son insists on standing out in the cold holding the door open for everyone at preschool, but instilling this lesson is worth it.

3. LEARN A PROPER GREETING This is one task kids have a tough time with. I tell my son that when he meets someone, he should do three things: make eye contact, give a firm handshake and say “Nice to meet you.” Properly meeting people is important because a limp handshake, looking away from a person and mumbling “hey” is not going to help make friends, make a good impression at a job interview, and most importantly, it’s not going to help meet girls.

4. SERVE OTHERS FIRST This is another task that is not always easy for kids – especially if we’re talking about passing out dessert. But, when my son is in charge of passing out a snack, drinks or dinner he’s been taught to give to his sisters first, then himself last

5. BE HONEST Did you clean your room? Did you punch your sister? Honesty – the most important characteristic can also be the hardest one to teach. If you have other ways to help raise a gentleman, I’d like to hear them! Please post them on my True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad Facebook page.

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footnotes

Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom’s life Confidence in Me By Kelly Blewett

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ately around my house there’s been a lot of “The Sound of Music” playing. It began with William, our four-year-old, who learned “Do-Re-Mi” at preschool. His singing prompted me to pull out my old CD of the musical, which I had stashed in the basement. When I was in high school and we put on the show, I played a nun. Now I have more in common with Maria herself, riding herd on two young children, looking for sweet moments to teach them and counting on raw confidence to bring me through the tough times. Such confidence is not limited to a mother, however. I caught a glimpse of it recently on the face of my two-year-old daughter, Caroline. It was a spring morning, and we were outside in the bright, sweetsmelling air. And she was trying something new. She didn’t want to walk while sitting on her tricycle, she wanted to ride it.  She had a look of raw determination on her face. Her feet strained against the pedals, her back pitched forward, her eyes glued to the pavement. But the bike wasn’t mov-

ing. Though the road seemed to be flat, upon closer inspection it was evident that actually there was a very slight incline. I wondered whether she’d break into tears and braced myself for a tantrum. Instead, she relaxed her legs briefly and allowed the bike to roll backwards momentarily. Then she thrust her feet down with renewed energy. The wheels began to turn. She was doing it. As she hit a regular rhythm, Caroline turned and gave me a wide grin that I knew I’d always remember. The sun reflected off her sunglasses and her coat flew up in the air behind her. I applauded. Sometimes as a mom it occurs to me that life has so much to teach our little ones. If they can muster the determination and the confidence to face something small, like a little hill in the street, I believe they’ll handle the big stuff just fine. And in the meantime, we can celebrate these little triumphs with them; those rare moments when our own lives seem part of some bigger production – even something fit for the musical stage.

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ask the teacher

Ask the Teacher ADD, internet safety, introverted kids By Deb Krupowicz

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When my husband and I went to our son’s spring conference, his teacher said that she thought my son had ADD. I just do not see the busyness in him that I associate with that. Should I have my son tested?

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We tend to use the acronym ADD to refer to all attention problems. However, while Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) both result in a child’s struggle to attend to a task, they each manifest themselves differently. A student with ADD often operates under the radar because he tends to be quiet and get lost in thought; he may appear to just “zone out.” ADHD is more obvious, as the child struggles to sit still or even to stay seated at all. If he stays seated, he may be fidgety and easily distracted by anything and everything. To have a solid understanding of what is happening with your son, ask his teacher to elaborate specifically on what she is seeing in class. Is there a predictable time of day when she observes the behaviors she describes? Can he focus better in the morning or in the afternoon, or does he struggle all day? Ask the teacher to have a counselor or special education professional observe your son for a block of time and record everything he does so that you can see beyond the generalization offered by the teacher.

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I see lots of references to teaching kids about internet safety, but I am reluctant to frighten my If the problem persists after changes kids unnecessarily. How do I help like these have been made, talk to them be safe without making them Ask what strategies have been used your pediatrician. After a checklist scared? to help encourage his attention. Sim- evaluation is completed by you and Teaching internet safeple things like changing where your his teacher, the pediatrician can dety is just as important son’s desk is relative to the teacher’s termine an appropriate course of acas teaching children to tion and whether or not a disorder is point of instruction or implementing cross the street safely. a behavior plan with specific steps to indicated. Walking into traffic without lookachieve appropriate goals should be attempted before concluding that a disorder might be present.

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ing will have horrible consequences; navigating the internet naively can as well. For the games and activities that you have set up for your young children, an explanation of safety precautions isn’t necessary. However, once kids begin to search the internet independently, they must be aware of the potential danger they are exposed to.


Discuss the issue of cyberbullying at length. Talk about how typed words can be understood differently than what was intended, and explain the lasting nature of published thoughts. Even the quietest child can find power behind a keyboard and screen. Exposure to inappropriate material is a very real danger. Risking your child’s innocence is serious. Accidental exposure can lead the most responsible 10 or 12 year old to pornographic material. The importance of this threat cannot be overemphasized. Use filters and blocks and keep all computers and phones in high traffic areas where you can monitor activity.

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My second grade daughter is so introverted. She is just unable to make friends. What can I do to help her?

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If a child’s introversion makes her uncomfortable or unhappy, it’s time to step in. Sometimes a quiet child can be overwhelmed by outgoing children or a large number of kids and may not be aware of someone else with a similar disposition or interests as her own. Begin by asking the teacher to recommend a few girls from the class who she thinks would be compatible with your daughter. Have her choose someone she would look forward to seeing. When the classmate comes, start the playdate with an activity in which you are involved – play a board game, do a craft or bake cookies for example. You will be able to help the girls start conversations and get to

know one another. This will nudge them along to playing independently without you. If your daughter is more content on her own than with others, consider

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reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This book will give you a new understanding and appreciation for this special personality.

Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four and current teacher. Deb holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at asktheteacher@daytonparentmagazine.com.

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Children must understand that they should never put personal information such as an address, phone number or email contact on a website. Explaining why this is dangerous is just as important as explaining why a child should not approach the car of a stranger offering candy.

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the modern military parent

The Modern Military Parent It takes a military village By Molly Blake

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y husband has a crazy work schedule. He’s up at O dark thirty, goes to the gym and then off to work. He doesn’t return, most nights, until late. For the most part, I can deal with this lifestyle as my neighbors are always game for a glass of wine in the evening while the kids burn off some energy. But lately he’s also traveling a lot, in and out of various countries and states. Sometimes he goes for a few days and sometimes it’s for two weeks. I work from home and my girls are involved in sports and after-school activities. Life is full. Here’s the thing I’ve come to realize. In my humble opinion, my girls and I are able to deal much better with my husband’s absence when he is gone for long stretches of time. From a parenting perspective, deployments have their advantages. Here’s why. The last time my husband deployed, we spent a few weeks getting ready for his time away. All the honey-do tasks were completed. The vegetable garden was planted, the backyard sprinklers all functioned, light bulbs were changed and the cars were in good shape. He spent lots of quality time with the girls playing at the park, riding bikes and reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Even the girls’ teachers were aware that he was leaving and they paid special attention to my daughters during this time, watching for signs of stress or concern. It was a team effort and we were ready. When it came time for him to deploy, the girls and I were set. He was gone for six months and we made it through without a hitch. We missed him, of course, but we had fun events scheduled throughout the time he was gone and there were lots of other families going through the same thing. There were other kids my girls could commiserate with, teachers and family members were well aware of my husband’s absence and everyone made sure to check in on us. Now with my husband’s shorter trips, it’s less of an “it takes a village” mentality and more like every man for himself! During his most recent trip the garage door opener broke, the oven crapped out, my daughter ended up at urgent care with a forehead cut that needed glue and my car’s air conditioner died. “When is daddy going on his next trip?” asked my 10-year-old recently. I didn’t know the answer. Even if I did, his visits to Japan and St. Louis have

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often changed at the last minute. And when he finally does get a trip set, it’s a whirlwind of preparation – a far cry from the strategic deployment planning I was once so good at. The upsides? He’s accumulating airline miles and there’s a good chance the girls and I can tag along on an upcoming trip. In the meantime however, it’s clear I need to make some changes. I need to get better at rolling with his fickle schedule and helping my girls understand why their dad has to travel. I find myself playing catch up rather than trying to get ahead by planning meals, mini adventures to keep us busy and keeping our village (teachers, friends and family) up to date so they can jump in and help.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m thankful my spouse isn’t deploying and in harm’s way. And I’m extremely thankful for the men and women on our front lines and their families back home. Perhaps I took my military village for granted. My husband is still an inactive ready reservist, by the way. Let’s hope the military doesn’t settle the score. Molly Blake is a freelance writer. Her husband recently retired after serving 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. She attended the University of Dayton and writes about issues affecting military families and other parenting issues. Follow her on twitter @mblakewrites.


safe biking guidelines

Safe Biking Guidelines Easy tips for a smooth ride

By Samuel Bennett, Dayton Children’s Hospital

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he weather is getting warmer, and that means kids will be spending more time outside. While the extra exercise is great for kids as they head into summer vacation, parents need to keep their safety a priority – especially when they are out riding their bikes. May is National Bike Month, and whether your child has training wheels or is an experienced rider, as their parent you want to be sure they are riding safely. “Bike safety is easy to overlook, but statistics have shown that something as simple as wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injury by eighty-five percent,” says Lisa Schwing, RN, trauma program manager at Dayton Children’s Hospital. “It is important for parents to teach their children how to be safe bike riders at a young age so they will have less to worry about once they get older.” As we observe National Bike Month this May, take a look at how you can keep your child safe with these four easy steps.

Wear a properly fitting helmet.

It is the single most effective way to reduce head injury from bicycle accidents. Although you may not have worn one as a kid, you should still teach your children to wear one! The helmet should be the right size and fit comfortably. Helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly. The helmet should not come over your child’s eyes which could affect their vision when riding. Your children’s helmet should meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards. When it is time to purchase a new helmet, let your children pick out their own so they will be more likely to wear it for every ride.

Model and teach good behavior.

Kids learn from watching their parents, so make sure you are wearing a helmet too. Teach your children to look before crossing a street and to only ride their bikes on a path or sidewalk so they are safely out of the road.

Keep an eye out. Actively supervise children until you believe that they are responsible enough to ride on their own.

Use lights. As the days get longer and the kids are out playing later, it is important to have a light on your child’s bike and have them home before dusk. Teach your child the importance of using the bike light and how it can protect them from harm. By taking some time to go over these simple rules of bike safety, you can focus on enjoying the warm weather and having fun with your kids!

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Caption: The Mwandia Family riding bikes near Carillon Park.

Get Out and Ride Cycling in the Dayton region is fun and easy for the whole family

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or the Mwandia family, some of the most treasured family time is spent on two wheels.

Like many families, they’ve discovered the benefits of cycling together – finding it easy, convenient and fun to hop on the trails and explore. “It’s nice to be all outside together doing something active,” said Angela Mwandia, who bikes with her husband, George, and two sons, Simbule, 6, and Nsenga, 4. “Everyone is out of the house, everyone is looking at the same things and no one is distracted.” With National Bike Month in May, it’s a perfect time to get out and ride on the Dayton region’s more than 300 miles of paved, off-street bikeways – the nation’s largest bike trail network. Here are some tips for safe and fun riding with your kids:

1. Know where you want to go – and for how long. Take a short ride around the neighborhood to gauge how far your child can ride, said Lucy Sanchez, outdoor recreation event coordinator at Five Rivers MetroParks.

2. Know what equipment fits your family. Try out various options through bike rentals or visiting bike shops, said Randy Ryberg, MetroParks’ outdoor coordinator for cycling.

3. Be safe. All riders should have a well-fitted helmet and wear closed-toe shoes. Bike shop staff can help determine that a bike is in good riding shape, Ryberg said. Make sure all family members are aware of their surroundings on the trail and how to be courteous to other cyclists. Pack snacks, water, sunscreen and BandAids for a longer ride.

4. Have fun. Children are often motivated to ride to a destination, such as a park. Cycling gives a different view of the world, so plan time to enjoy it, Ryberg said. “Even if you have a destination in mind, allow time to get there so you take opportunities to stop and see that turtle on the side of the trail,” he said. Five Rivers MetroParks, which manages portions of six regional bikeways, has events planned throughout the month. For more information, visit metroparks.org/bikemonth.

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halting homesickness at camp

Halting Homesickness at Camp Simple solutions to help separation issues By the American Camp Association

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omesickness is a natural part of youth development, especially for children who may be away from home for their first summer at camp. For years, studies have shown that most children, spending at least two weeks away from home at summer camp, experience some form of homesickness. While this situation is usually mild, some campers may feel distress that can hinder or even bring to an end an otherwise positive camp experience. Fortunately, homesickness is something that campers can learn to cope with. The American Camp Association (ACA) offers the following advice on helping your child combat homesickness both before and after he or she has left for summer camp.

FOSTER EXCITEMENT Positive camp preparation is vital. The best way to avoid homesickness at camp is to keep children excited about their camp experience from beginning to end. A child that participates in his or her camp decisionmaking process is likely to be more comfortable with the idea of spending time there. In addition, your attitude goes a long way. An optimistic parent will encourage his or her child to look forward to the camp experience. An anxious or nervous parent, on the other hand, will create similar feelings in his or her child; increasing the likelihood that child will develop homesickness.

ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE ACA encourages parents to arrange for their children to have “practice time” being away from home, such as visiting friends or family overnight to allow them the experience of sleeping somewhere else. Addi-

tionally, resist the temptation to arrange a “pick-up deal” in case your child should want to leave after the camp session begins. While you may see this as a safety net, it actually encourages your child to leave rather than urging him or her to enjoy the experience.

camp. Remind kids that camp offers fun, physical activities that can surely take their mind off of home. It also provides a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and try new things they wouldn’t have if not for camp.

REMAIN POSITIVE

Above all, you should never feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. If you have lingering concerns about how your child is doing, don’t hesitate to reach out to camp staff to inquire about your child’s adjustment. The staff is trained to keep kids comfortable and involved, and a little extra attention from counselors may be all a child needs to feel more secure in their new environment.

What about a child who is dealing with homesickness after he or she has already arrived at camp? Most camps designate time for campers to call home, and even those who have a “no call” rule will allow campers and parents to correspond through letters. When communicating with your child, encourage him or her to stay positive and busy at

RESIST THE GUILT

Overcoming homesickness is one of the most powerful lessons a child can learn. Camp nurtures children’s independence and prepares them for the future. It can provide an amazing opportunity to experience personal growth. As a parent, it is up to you to foster this growth by encouraging your child to get the most out of his or her camp experience. The American Camp Association® (ACA) is a national organization; 10,000 members strong, that actively works with over 2,700 camps. ACA is committed to collaborating with those who believe in quality camp and outdoor experiences for children, youth and adults. ACA provides advocacy and evidence-based education and professional development, and is the only national accrediting body for the organized camp experience. For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org.

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Broadway Studio’s Starstuff Pirate School

Address: 138 North Main St., Dayton, OH 45402 | Phone: 937-228-7591 ext. 3039 | Website: www. victoriatheatre.com | Dates: June 8-June 12 | Ages/ Grades: Ages 13-18 | Cost: $199 STARSTUFF PIRATE SCHOOL is a performance-based summer camp for 13-18 year olds who are yearning to navigate the creative seas. Inspired by the adventurous Peter Pan prequel PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, participants will earn their pirate stripes with master classes full of acting, singing, dancing, and even stage combat!

Camp Chiller

Address: 301 W. Main St., Springfield, OH 45504 | Phone: 614-791-9999 ext.135 | Website: www. ntprdchiller.com | Hours: 9:30am-1:30pm | Dates: June 8-12, July 13-17 and Aug. 10-14 | Ages/Grades: Ages 4-11 | Cost: $150 full week or $35-$45 per day | Activities Included: Ice Skating

| Dates: May 26th-August 14th | Ages/Grades: Ages 3-16 | Cost: $120 Members $150 Program Members Offering a wide variety of traditional and specialty camps including NERF, LEGOS, Gymnastics, High Adventure, Aquatics, Sports and more! Many camps go on field trips for an additional charge. Pre and Post care available. Half Day camps offered as well.

Address: 790 N. Main St., Springboro, OH 45066 | Phone: 937-748-1260 | Website: www.krkspringboro.com | Specific Categories: Day Camp | Dates: June 8th- August 14th, 2015 | Ages/Grades: 6-12 | Cost: Stop by for a tour!

Dayton Metro Libraries

Kids R Kids Summer Adventure Camp is an actionpacked 10 week program for children ages 6-12! Our camp includes MANY weekly field trips, visitors, inhouse adventures, themed days, parties, games, outdoor splash days, an overnight, and more

(All Montgomery County)

Address: 215 E. 3rd St., Dayton, OH 45402 | Phone: 937-463-BOOK | Website: www.daytonmetrolibrary.org | Specific Categories: Summer Challenge | Dates: May 20- August 1, 2015 | Ages/Grades: Toddler to Adults | Cost: FREE FREE Summer Challenge program. Register at one of 22 Dayton Metro Library branches and read books, attend programs, listen to music. Track and win prizes along the way. For toddlers to adults.

Camp Chiller will introduce your child to ice skate with our professional instructors. On and off-ice games and activities are focused on skating, hockey and winter Olympic sports. Ages 4-11 June 8th-12th, July 13th-17th and Aug. 10th-14th 2015 Full week - $150, per day pre registration fee is $35 per day

Five Seasons Summer Camps

Camp Invention

Full day camp with before and after care available for working parents. Activities include sports specific focus in tennis, swimming and fitness. Educational activities also provided including special visits by local professionals. Lunch is included in the price. Preschool half day also offered from 9 am to noon. Open to the public- you do not need membership to participate in camp.

Email: campinvention@invent.org | Phone: 800968-4332 |Address: various locations throughout Dayton | Website: www.campinvention.org | Ages/Grades: Grades K-6 | Cost: $225 Discounts available! See our website. Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Science and Creativity focus. Visit www.campinvention.org for information!

Countryside YMCA Day Camp

Address: 1699 Deerfield Rd., Lebanon, OH 45036 | Phone: 513-9321424 ext. 149 | Website: www. countrysideymca.org/youth-development/camp/

Kids R Kids Summer Adventure Camp

Address: 4242 Clyo Rd., Dayton, OH 45440 | Phone: 937-848-9200 | Website: www.5sscday. com | Dates: June 1st- August 14th | Ages/Grades: Preschool through Grade 6 | Cost: $99-$210 per week

Hand 2 Hand Gymnastics

Address: 270 Hiawatha Trail, Springboro, OH 45066 | Phone: 937-743-1466 | Website: www. hand2handgym.com | Dates: June 22-26, July 1317, August 3-7 Ages 4-11 | Ages/Grades: Ages 4-11 | Cost: $99-$125

Nike Golf Camp at Dayton Country Club

Address: 555 Kramer Rd., Dayton, OH 45419 | Phone: 800-645-3326 | Website: http://www. ussportscamps.com/golf/nike/dayton-countryclub/ | Specific Categories: Day Camp | Dates: July 14- July 17, 2015 | Ages/Grades: Ages 7-18 | Cost: $245- $450 US Sports Camps welcomes Dayton Country Club to the Nike Golf Camp network in 2015. Join University of Dayton Head Coach, Gip Hoagland, for a week of great instruction and fun this summer!

Paintbrush Pottery Summer Kidz Kamp

Address: 255 W. Central Ave., Springboro, OH 45066 | Phone: 937-748-8707 | Website: www. paintbrushpottery.com | Specific Categories: Day Camp-2 1/2 hr. camps | Dates: June 24, July 1-815-22-29 & August 5 and 12 | Ages/Grades: Age 6-13 | Cost: $25+tax per camp Our kamps run from 10:30-1:00 on selected Wednesdays through the summer, which includes different Art Projects each week & pizza & drink. Lots of FUN with a CREATIVE twist!

Three weekly themed day camps held from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Daily craft, snack and tons of fun activities lots of free play time too!

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Settler Survival Camp

Address: 1000 Carillion Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409 | Phone: 937-293-2841 ext. 107 | Website: www. daytonhistory.org | Specific Categories: Day Camp | Dates: July 6-10, July 20-24, August 3-7, 2015 | Ages/Grades: Ages 8-12 | Cost: $175 for nonmembers, $160 for members Experience a week long adventure of life in the Miami Valley from an early settler’s perspective. Participate in a multitude of hands-on learning activities that were necessary for survival on the wild frontier.

TWIGS Summer Camp

Address: 1900 S. Alex Road, West Carrollton, OH 45449 | Phone: (937) 866-8356 | Website: www. twigskids.com | Specific Categories: Day Camp | Dates: week days June 8th- August 14th | Ages/ Grades: Kindergarten and up | Cost: $150- $160 | Activities Included: Gymnastics and Swimming Sign your kids up for TONS of fun!The perfect camp for ACTIVE kids! Camps are held all summer long from 8:00am-5:30pm. Each day has themed activities with open gym, swim, and so much more! Along with AWESOME weekly field trips!

University of Dayton- RECkids Camp

Address: 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469 | Phone: 937-229-2731 | Website: http://go.udayton. edu/campusrec | Dates: June 1- July 31 | Ages/ Grades: Ages 6-12 year old children | Cost: $165/ week A recreationally-based day camp promoting healthy lifestyles for six to twelve year old children. Nine weekly sessions are designed around a fun and interactive theme where campers and counselors become designers of their own learning through engaging activities. There will be opportunities for swimming, climbing, playing sports, creating art projects, and so much more.

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Urban Adventures Youth Summer Day Camp

Address: 1600 Princeton Dr., Dayton, OH 45420 (and 2366 Glenarm Ave Dayton, OH 45420) | Phone: 937-333-8400 | Website: www.cityofdayton.org | Specific Categories: Day Camp | Dates: June 8- July 31, 2015 | Ages/Grades: Ages 3-12 | Cost: $80 per week Our youth summer camp program is themed Urban Adventures and will be an exciting and fun-filled time of learning, but most importantly just plain FUN! Campers will experience the best of daily activities, games, field trips, and crafts. The camp is designed to help develop youth physically and socially. Lunch and afternoon snacks are provided daily. Locations: Northwest Recreation Center and Lohrey Recreation Center.

Washington Township Recreation Department

Address: 859 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton, OH 45459 | Phone: 937-433-0130 x2803 | Website: www.washingtontwp.org/camp | Dates: Weekly from June 1- August 14 | Ages/Grades: 5 years old to 8th Grade | Cost: $123- $158/week Washington Township is proud to announce our 26th summer of camp! We offer traditional day camps with lots of outdoor play and crafts, as well as Art Camp, Theatre Camp, and other interests. Campers will also enjoy swimming, field trips and more! AM and PM Extended care is available.

Whacky Music Makers Camp

Address: 2240 E. Central Ave. Suite 4, Miamisburg, OH 45342 | Phone: 937-865-6539 | Website: www. bellamusicadayton.com | Specific Categories: Day Camp | Dates: June 8th-12th or June 15th-19th | Ages/Grades: 5-10 years old | Cost: $150 ($130 sibling cost) Whacky Music Makers Camp is a half day camp for kids that includes yoga, movement, singing, ensemble playing, and much more. Culminating in a short performance for parents and friends on Friday at noon showing what they’ve learned on a variety of instruments (recorders, bells, boomwhackers, and more).

YMCA Summer Day Camp

Address: 111 W. First St. Suite 207, Dayton, OH 45402 | Phone: 937-610-9622 | Website: www. ymcaonline.org | Dates: June, July, August | Ages/ Grades: Ages 5 (and has attended Kindergarten) through 12 | Cost: $140 per week; financial assistance is available. YMCA Summer Day Camp is full of discovery and adventure with the supervision of caring and well-trained staff. Children experience traditions of arts and crafts, swimming, songs, hiking, new games, and special events. Your child will be safe, make new friends, learn new skills and most of all, HAVE FUN!

Youth Adventure Camp

Address: Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark 1301 E. Siebenthaler Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45414 | Phone: (937) 275-PARK (7275) | Website: www. metroparks.org/GetOutside | Dates: June 15th19th | Ages/Grades: Middle School aged children | Cost: $175 Join us for a week-long day camp where we discover nature through kayaking, mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking and more. Monday through Wednesday includes daylong adventures ending in a camping trip from Thursday night until Friday at 4:00 p.m. Once you register you will receive a form that must be completed prior to the mandatory pre-trip meeting.

Youth Learn to Row

Address: PO Box 341054, Beavercreek, OH 45434 | Phone: 937-287-3426 | Website: www.gemcitycrew.org | Dates: June/July/August | Ages/Grades: For students in grades 7-12. Must be able to swim and 5’3” or taller. | Cost: $60 A 3-day introductory course that teaches rowing terms & technique, how to handle equipment, water safety, and teamwork. Class sizes are kept intentionally small so we give each student the attention they deserve. After completion, students can join our team.


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education & CHILDCARE GUIDE Antioch School

Address: 1160 Corry St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387 | Phone: 937-767 7642 | Website: info@antiochschool. org Antioch School was founded in 1921 and is considered among the oldest democratic schools in the United States. Children are encouraged to take the next step, to risk, to make mistakes and to try again as they find their own unique ways of learning. The Antioch School is a place where childhood is respected and children are enjoyed. Nursery - Sixth Grade.

Ascension School

Address: 2001 Woodman Dr., Dayton, OH 45420 | Phone: 937-254-5411 | Website: http://www.ascensionkettering.org/school/ Ascension Catholic School is a K-8 elementary school that fosters academic achievement, spiritual growth, and differentiated instruction. Ascension’s Staff includes intervention specialists, a reading specialist, speech pathologist, and an extensive parent volunteer program called the Ascension Academic Team which offers individualized instruction for students.

Dayton Christian Schools

Address: 9391 Washington Church Rd., Miamisburg, OH 45342 | Phone: 937-291-1712 | Website: www.daytonchristian.com Dayton Christian is passionate about providing a biblically integrated, academically rigorous educational experience to preschool through 12th grade students from around the Miami Valley. We make it easy for you to discover the Dayton Christian difference! Check out www. educatingforeternity.com/whatwedo for a schedule of Admissions Event and to see how we are Educating for Eternity!

Dayton Public Schools

First School

St. Charles School

Dayton Public Schools offers free full/ half-day preschool for children ages 3-5. Classes meet Monday through Thursday. We provide a balanced schedule to meet the developmental needs of all children. Staff are licensed by the Ohio Department of Education. Families of all income levels are eligible to apply.

First School is an early learning center for preschool and Early 5’s children, ages 2-1/2 -6, conceived and built to promote the maximum development and education of each child within the scope of his/ her interests and capabilities.

Working as individuals and a community, we help build a strong foundation of FAITH, foster an unending appetite for KNOWLEDGE, work to achieving BALANCE, in our day-to-day lives and instill HONOR by doing what is right.

Inspire Center for Learning/ Creative World of Montessori

YMCA of Greater Dayton

Address: 115 South Ludlow Street, Dayton, OH 45402 | Phone: 937-5425555 | Website: www.dps.k12.oh.us

Dominion Academy

Address: 925 N. Main St., Dayton, OH 45405 | Phone: (937)224-8555 | Website: dominionacademy.org | Ages/Grades: Grades 1- 12 As a classical Christian school, Dominion Academy of Dayton is committed to learning well to love well. Our collegiatemodel structure for grades 1-12 means flexibility to complement your family’s needs (schedules range from one class to full-time). Our unique academic community cultivates a joyful love for truth, goodness, and beauty.

East Dayton Christian School

Address: 999 Spinning Road, Dayton, OH 45431 | Phone: (937)252-5400 | Website: www.eastdaytonchristian. org East Dayton Christian School has been partnering with parents in Christian education for 36 years. Programs include childcare and preschool for ages 18mos to 5 years, before and after school care, Grades K-12, academic excellence with a Biblical worldview. Open House dates listed at eastdaytonchristian.org

Address: 7659 McEwen Rd., Dayton, OH 45459 |Phone: 937-433-3455 | Website: www.firstschooldayton. com

Address: 1720 Belvo Rd., Miamisburg, OH 45342 | Phone: 937-866-2106 | Website: www.inspirechildren.com Inspire Center for Learning and Creative World of Montessori is dedicated to providing a safe and education atmosphere. Our Montessori School is an ODE Charter school and is for 3 year olds to 6th grade. We have locations in Miamisburg and Beavercreek.

Address: 4600 Ackerman Blvd., Kettering, OH 45429 | Phone: 937434-4933 | Website: www.stcharleskettering.org

Address: 111 W. First St., Dayton, OH 45402 | Phone: 937-610-9622 | Website: www.ymcaonline.org The YMCA is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable care for children. With 49 Miami Valley child care locations, we serve families with infants up through the 6th grade. Our staff members partner with parents and caregivers, working together to help kids grow up healthy, happy and strong. Financial assistance is available call 937-610-9622 today.

The Miami Valley School Address: 5151 Denise Dr., Dayton, OH 45429 | Phone: 937-434-4444 | Website: www.mvschool.com At The Miami Valley School, we adhere to a demanding scholarship built up a foundation of integrity and grit. Our teachers empower students to live life to fullest, to discover their true passion, and then to responsibly pursue their dreams with emotional and intellectual rigor. Students don’t just come to MVS. Here, they become. For early childhood - 12th grade.

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begin with the Diaper Dash at 1:00pm. Participants will be allowed to have one parent on the “course.” Parents may walk or run along with younger entrants (5 and under).

Price: Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, BCT members, and students. Phone: 937-429-4737. Location: Beavercreek Community Theatre. 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek. http://www.bctheatre.org/

Price: Pricing varies by event; check website for details. Phone: 937-572-5018. Location: Kettering Recreation Complex. 2900 Glengarry Dr., Kettering. https://babyjogfamilyfunrun5k10k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=1744

Heart of Centerville Community A’Fair

This hysterically funny, timeless play follows the valiant quest of the bumbling but good-hearted Prince Charmless as he attempts with all his might to save Princess Rose from the wicked faerie and her sleep-induced curse. Sleeping Beauty and the Beast turns fairy tales upside down and the result is a lively, flat-out funny show for the whole family.

Come out and play at the Baby Jog & Family Fun Runs! Fun for the whole family, this event has something for everyone!

Sleeping Beauty and the Beast

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Price: $13 General, $11 Senior 60+/Youth 3-18/ Military, $10 Group 10+. Phone: 937-867-0353. Location: Miamisburg Memorial Building. 540 E Park Ave, Miamisburg. http://www.cpamburg.com/

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown brings to life all the characters from the great Charles Schulz’s comic strip, “Peanuts.” The play starts on a normal school day morning and stages moments from Charlie Brown’s life.

Baby Jog and Family Fun Run

Big Rig Gig in Centerville Price: free. Location: Oak Grove Park. 1790 E. Social Row Road, Centerville. http://www. daytonlocal.com/things-to-do/kids/big-riggig-in-centerville.asp

Bring your children to the 10th annual Centerville-Washington Park District Big Rig Gig! They’ll have a chance to climb on the big vehicles from around town! Honk a fire truck horn, shift the gears of a Centerville-Washington Park District tractor, check out the buttons in the law enforcement vehicles and much more.

Flying Piglet Fun Run Price: $10 early registration; $15 same-day registration. Phone: 513-721-7447. Location: Downtown Cincinnati, Cincinnati. http://flyingpigmarathon.com/events/piglet/

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Price: free. Location: Centerville High School. 500 N. Main St., Centerville. http://www. heartofcenterville.com/

Community A’Fair is a one-day merchant expo that features more than 75 exhibits, grand raffle prizes, 75 door prizes and local food providers. As a reprieve from the winter doldrums outside, local businesses, organizations and service clubs team up to assure that visitors enjoy a fun day indoors learning and enjoying what Centerville and the Township have to offer.

valiant hero and his sidekick Little John, to Friar Tuck and Maid Marian, to the Sheriff of Nottingham hot on their heels, two actors take on multiple roles in a madcap production where nothing is as it appears.

SUNDAY | 03 Sleeping Beauty and the Beast

Price: Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, BCT members, and students.Phone: 937-429-4737. Location: Beavercreek Community Theatre. 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek. http://www.bctheatre.org/

The Adventures of Robin Hood

This hysterically funny, timeless play follows the valiant quest of the bumbling but good-hearted Prince Charmless as he attempts with all his might to save Princess Rose from the wicked faerie and her sleep-induced curse. Sleeping Beauty and the Beast turns fairy tales upside down and the result is a lively, flat-out funny show for the whole family.

Price: $15. Phone: (937) 228-7591. Location: Victoria Theatre. 138 N. Main St., Dayton. www. victoriatheatre.com/shows/robin-hood-family/

Freedom and Joy

He robs the rich and gives to the poor. He sneaks around Sherwood Forest with his band of merry men. And his spiffy green tights are all the rage in medieval fashion! Scotland’s acclaimed theater company Visible Fictions brings us this inventive and humorous adaptation of the folk legend Robin Hood. From our

Price: $12 Adult and $10 Seniors/Students. Location: Bellbrook High School. 3737 Upper Bellbrook Road, Bellbrook. http://www.mvso. org/performances/Freedom_and_Joy/.

Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony will be presented in its entirety. You won’t want to miss Beethoven’s message of humanity and eternal brotherhood in his final “Ode to Joy.”


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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Price: $13 General, $11 Senior 60+/Youth 3-18/ Military, $10 Group 10+. Phone: 937-867-0353. Location: Miamisburg Memorial Building. 540 E Park Ave, Miamisburg. http://www.cpamburg.com/

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown brings to life all the characters from the great Charles Schulz’s comic strip, “Peanuts.” The play starts on a normal school day morning and stages moments from Charlie Brown’s life. Presented by the Children’s Performing Arts of Miamisburg.

Vintage Farm Fun Price: Advanced Sales: Individual $20, Couple $45, Family of up to 5 in one household $65 At the Door: Individual $25, Couple, $50, Family of up to 5 in one household $70. Phone: 937-866-8650. Location: Learning Tree Farm. 3376 S. Union Road, Dayton. http://www. learningtreefarm.org/.

Celebrate Spring! Celebrate Mothers! On May 9th we’ll be hosting a fantastic day on the farm with Harvest Mobile Cuisine, the Kettering Banjo Society, a live vintage Fashion show, silent auction, kids crafts, and tours of our amazing facilities.

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WEDNESDAY | 06 Hospice Mother’s Barrows Conservation Lecture Series

Price: Ticket Prices $14/non-members and $12/members; Series $52/non-members and $44/members. Phone: (513) 281-4700. Location: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati. http://cincinnatizoo. org/events/winifred-emil-barrows-lectureseries/.

Since 1993, the series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts. The Barrows Conservation Lecture Series is made possible by the ongoing support of the family of Winifred & Emil Barrows. Wednesday, May 6, 2015: Sven-Olof Lindblad.

FRIDAY | 08 Spring Concert

Price: Free admission but tickets are required (available beginning at 9 a.m. on April 8). Phone: (937) 255-3286. Location: National Museum of the United States Air Force. 1100 Spaatz St. Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton. http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/ news&events/concerts.asp.

Celebrate spring as the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight plays Las Vegas. The performance will include a special tribute to Glenn Miller.

SATURDAY | 09 Mothers Day Tea Party and Embroidery

Price: $60 for 2 students (Supplies, Tea and Snack Included). Phone: 937-234-7398. Location: Sew Dayton. 261 Wayne Ave, Dayton. http://www.sewdayton.com/.

We will have tea and snacks to enjoy will spend time with mom. The class fee is for 2 students, please call if you want to add another person to your group. All supplies are included with class, however they are not take home supplies. You will receive a discount on any purchases made that day.

Day 5K Run/Walk

Price: Pre-Registered (by April 27th for shirt, May 4th w/o shirt): $18.00 includes t-shirt, $13 without shirt. Race Day: $20.00 with a shirt as long as supplies last, $15 without shirt. Phone: 513-594-9714. Location: Woodside Cemetery and Arbortum. 3909 Central Ave., Middletown. http://www.runwalkjog.com/hospice/.

Not only will we visit our piglets and learn about the role of pigs on the farm, but we will discuss different construction techniques on the farm. Can you build a house of straw? We’ll also take a hike out to our new observation deck in the succession field and check on its progress and design.

A World A’Fair Price: http:/www.aworldafair.org/AWticket. html. Location: Dayton Convention Center. 22 E. Fifth Street, Dayton. http://www.aworldafair. org/.

Food! Dancing! Music! Costumes! Cultural Exhibits! The festival is a celebration of diversity that showcases the food, dancing, music, costumes, and cultural exhibits representing the ethnic backgrounds and cultures of Dayton and the greater Miami Valley.

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Price: Tickets vary; check website. Phone: 1-800-745-3000. Location: Rose Music Center. 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights. http:// rosemusiccenter.com/events-tickets/eventlist/event.html?event_id=9.

Mother’s Day Meal at The Golden Jersey Inn

An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein provides a stellar (and early) liftoff for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 2014-2015 Ascend season.

Take your mother out to a delicious buffet at The Golden Jersey Inn this year. We’ll even clean up the dishes.

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A Taste of Miamisburg Price: free. Location: Riverfront Park. 3 N. Miami Avenue, Miamisburg. http://exploremiamisburg.com/taste-of-miamisburg/.

Come down and enjoy local food, music, and the great outdoors! Live entertainment from Weird Science, an 80’s tribute band to Chicago, will be on stage from 6pm-9pm. There will also be a bouncy house for children.

Little Red Hen Club: Three Little Pigs Price: $5 donation suggested. Phone: 937866-8650. Location: Learning Tree Farm. 3376 S. Union Road, Dayton. http://www.learningtreefarm.org/.

Price: free. Phone: (937) 255-3286. Location: National Museum of the United States Air Force. 1100 Spaatz St. Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton. http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/ spacefest.asp.

Join us May 15-16, 2015 for a multitude of exciting space-related activities! The museum and a number of partner organizations will offer hands-on activities for all ages, including special appearances by astronauts, a 5K fun run/walk and 1-mile kids’ race, a star-gaze with telescopes, a chance to see the museum’s Space Shuttle Exhibit, model rocket building and launching, and much more.

Miamisburg Spring Fling Festival Price: free. Location: Library Park. 426 E. Central Avenue, Miamisburg. http://www. miamisburg-springflingfestival.com/.

The Miamisburg Spring Fling Festival is filled with fun for all ages! Enjoy a parade, craft show, rides, food, entertainment and much more!.

An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein

Great way to kick off Mother’s Day! Course runs through beautiful historic cemetery and arboretum (over 100 years old). Proceeds benefit Middletown Hospice Care.

Price: Breakfast - 8am-11am $16.95, age 4-10 $6.95. Brunch & Dinner $22.95 including beverage and dessert. Age 4-10 $9.95. Age 3 and under free. (Buffet only on Mother’s Day. Our regular menu will not be available). Phone: 937) 325-0629. Location: The Golden Jersey Inn. 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs. http://youngsdairy.com/mothersday/.

Space Fest

Armed Forces 5K Phone: (937) 836-7346. Location: Dayton VA. 4100 W 3rd St., Dayton. http://americanveteransheritage.org/afd5kflyer.pdf.

The Armed Forces Day 5K is steeped in tradition as you will literally run through the living history of the VA that began in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War. This beautiful rolling campus has many historic buildings that are on the National Registry. The course winds you past the National Cemetery, the famous Grotto and Gardens, the historic Home Chapel and through the ghosts of times past when nearly 7,000 Civil War Veterans called “The National Asylum” home.

Color Me Rad 5K Price: http://colormerad.com/event/?event_ id=15159100277. Location: Kings Island. 300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/events/plan-a-visit/eventsand-promotions/Color-Me-Rad-5K.

Color Me Rad 5k is a rockin’ run/walk on at Kings Island May 16 that will transform you and your friends into rainbows as our “Color Bomb Squad” launches cheerful barrages of color at you as you run through this unforgettable 5k course.

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Concertmasters Choice Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Price: Adult - $22; Sr/Ed/Mil - $20; Student/ Child - $14. Phone: (937) 224-3521. Location: Dayton Art Institute - Renaissance Theatre. 126 North Main Street, Dayton. http://daytonperformingarts.org/philharmonic-performance/ concertmasters-choice.

Talented DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung has personally selected the following pieces for this afternoon’s performance.

A World A’Fair Price: http:/www.aworldafair.org/AWticket. html. Location: Dayton Convention Center. 22 E. Fifth Street, Dayton. http://www.aworldafair. org/.

Food! Dancing! Music! Costumes! Cultural Exhibits! The festival is a celebration of diversity that showcases the food, dancing, music, costumes, and cultural exhibits representing the ethnic backgrounds and cultures of Dayton and the greater Miami Valley.

Miamisburg Spring Fling Festival Price: free. Location: Library Park. 426 E. Central Avenue, Miamisburg. http://www. miamisburg-springflingfestival.com/

The Miamisburg Spring Fling Festival is filled with fun for all ages! Enjoy a parade, craft show, rides, food, entertainment and much more!.

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WEDNESDAY | 20 A Musical Potpourri

Price: Adults: $12; Senior (60+)/Student: $8.00; Child (12 and Younger): Free. Phone: (937) 228-3630. Location: Mead Theatre - Schuster Center. 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton. https://www.ticketcenterstage.com/show. asp?shcode=2293.

Road, Dayton. http://www.daytonlocal.com/ events/furry-skurry.asp.

Bring your four-legged friends and enjoy a day of fun in the sun during this great fundraiser! Activities include a free pancake breakfast for all participants, dog agility and demonstrations, raffles, kid zone and more.

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Price: free. Phone: 937-293-2841. Location: Carillon Historical Park. 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton.

Hollywood comes to… The Air Force Museum Theatre! Experience your favorite films on the region’s largest screen.

Price: Adult $19; Senior $17; Student $12. Location: Dayton Theatre Guild. 430 Wayne Ave, Dayton. http://www.daytontheatreguild.org/.

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It is a Memorial Day weekend to remember with an old-fashioned patriotic celebration! Join us at Carillon Park for this fun filled day of history and music. The whole family can explore the exhibits and buildings while participating in handson historical activities like musket firing and candle dipping. The day ends with

Price: Supporter (not running or walking) $25; Youth (13-18) $25; General Admission $35. Location: Eastwood MetroPark. 1385 Harshman

Hollywood Series: Jurassic Park

Shaw’s famous comedy about Romance vs. Commerce in WWI is led by Captain Shotover who can only produce destructive inventions - and lives in a house where no conventions or traditions are observed. This play is peopled by characters that twist each of these points-ofview into comic consideration.

Price: $5.00 per person. Phone: (937) 2553286. Location: National Museum of the United States Air Force. 1100 Spaatz St. WrightPatterson AFB, Dayton. http://www.afmuseum. com/attractions/theatre/upcoming-events.

A potpourri of young singers from the Kettering Children’s Choir will present a potpourri of music. The KCC has been producing high artistic music and creating “singing hearts” within each of its singers for the past 28 years.

Furry Skurry 5K Walk/Run

a patriotic concert on the Town Greene by the Dayton Philharmonic with special performances form the Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet.

Dayton Heritage Festival

FRIDAY | 29 Heartbreak House

Price: Adult $19; Senior $17; Student $12. Location: Dayton Theatre Guild. 430 Wayne Ave, Dayton. http://www.daytontheatreguild.org/.

Heartbreak House

Shaw’s famous comedy about Romance vs. Commerce in WWI is led by Captain Shotover who can only produce destructive inventions - and lives in a house where no conventions or traditions are observed. This play is peopled by characters that twist each of these points-ofview into comic consideration.

ongoingevents WICKED

(Show runs April 29 – May 17)

Price: $43-$127. Phone: (937) 228-7591. Location: The Schuster Center. 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton. www.victoriatheatre.com/shows/wicked/

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One-born with emerald green skin-is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for “the most complete, and completely satisfying, musical in a long time” (USA Today).

Disney’s Mulan Jr. (Runs from May 1-17)

Price: Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors and $10 for kids 12 & under. All tickets purchased at the door are $15. Phone: 937-433-8957. Location: Town Hall Theatre. 27 N. Main Street, Centerville. www. washingtontwp.org/recreation/theatre/productions/landmark-theatre/disneys-mulan-jr.

Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor…and her country!

Zoo Babies (May 1-31)

Price: Free with admission. Phone: (513) 2814700. Location: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical

Garden. 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati. cincinnatizoo.org/events/zoo-babies/.

Help us celebrate our newest arrivals at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden during May. Six-foot-tall pink and blue storks statues displayed throughout the Zoo will lead visitors to all of the cutest little baby faces.

American Impressionism Exhibition

(Exhibit open daily through May 31)

(Shows on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays May 2-17)

Price: Museum Members: Free. Adults: $14; Seniors (60+): $11; Students (18+ w/ID): $11; Active Military: $11;Groups (10 or more): $11; Youth (ages 7-17): $6; Children (6 & under): Free. Phone: 937-223-4278. Location: Dayton Art Institute. 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton. www.daytonartinstitute.org/event/art/ exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/americanimpressionism-lure-artists-colony

This nostalgic musical, set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School, follows ten working-class teenagers at they navigate the complexities of love.

Our Year of American Art begins with a comprehensive look at more than 100 works by American Impressionists from the 1880s through the 1940s, including John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, John Twachtman, and many others.

Grease

Price: $16-$18. Phone: 937-424-8477. Location: Dayton Playhouse. 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton. wordpress.thedaytonplayhouse.com/

Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival (May 21-24)

Price: free. Location: Yoctangee Park. Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe. www.feastofthefloweringmoon.org/

Yoctangee Park, in historic downtown, makes a perfect setting for this family oriented event featuring Native American music, dancing, traders and exhibits, a mountain men encampment rendezvous with working craftsmen and demonstrations, an extensive arts and crafts show with over 80 crafters and commercial exhibits. This is an educational experience for the entire family.

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Behind the Scenes Tour at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

(Tours offered every Friday with exceptions) Price: free. Phone: (937) 255-3286. Location: National Museum of the United States Air Force. 1100 Spaatz St. Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton. http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/ visit/tours.asp

Behind the Scenes Tours are regularly scheduled, free guided tours of the museum’s restoration area. Participants are shuttled to the restoration hangars, located about one mile from the main museum complex. Tours are offered every Friday (some exceptions) at 12:15 p.m.

Advance registration is required. Sign up early as tours may fill up quickly!

Kids K-4th Saturday Art Class

(Occurring every Saturday except as noted) Price: $12 per student, or $42 for Four-Class Pass. Phone: 937-431-4838. Location: Decoy Art Studio. 1561 Grange Hall Rd., Beavercreek. http://www.decoy-art.com/

Kids will discover their passion to create in these project based classes held every Saturday. The weekly art class will introduce kids to all sorts of art forms. They will try new media, learn about artists and how to make their own pieces better every week. Registration encouraged but not required.

At Dayton Parent, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.


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