JULY/ AUGUST 2018
SUMMER FUN WITHOUT THE SUN
12 WAYS TO BEAT THE HEAT
Is it time for a switch?
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IN EVERY ISSUE
J ULY/AUGUS T 2018 departments AROUND TOWN
08 Spending the Day in Beavercreek 22 The Great Outdoors are Calling! CHILDREN'S HEALTH
19 Preventing Summer Tragedies LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
24 Hannah's Treasure Chest IN EVERY ISSUE
06 Editor's Note 26 To Do With Your Crew 27 Wacky Calendar
Is It Time to Change Schools?
Summer Fun Without the Sun
Let's Go On a Train Ride!
Should My Child See a Mental Health Professional?
What to think about before making a decision
Places to go and things to do to beat the heat
All aboard for eight great train trips
Understanding when to seek outside help
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OUR COVER KID
MEET MAGNOLIA I am 2 years old fun facts My nickname is Noli. My favorite song is “Happy Birthday”. My favorite snack is Goldfish. My favorite books are Owl Babies and the Poke-A-Dot books. I am the youngest of ten kids. I swipe up everyone else's snacks!
COVER PHOTO BY: Leah Kelley Photography www.leahkelleyphotography.com
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WORDS BY SUSAN BRYANT
Summer in Dayton! It’s a good place to be, isn’t it? With all the parks and pools, festivals and fairs, there’s enough to keep families busy all 94 days of the season. (Although you should definitely have a few “lazy days of summer” thrown in there, too!) This time of year never seems to last long enough, does it? Kids know how to make the most of it though, and as parents we should take our cue from them. Doing housework versus taking a bike ride? Bike ride wins. Catching up on work emails by the pool or doing a cannon ball in the pool? Cannon ball wins. Forgoing dessert to fit in a swim suit or enjoying three scoops of ice cream on a chocolate-dipped waff le cone? Like you have to ask! Ice cream should always win.
Summertime gives us all a bit of a pass on our normal routines. I say, this summer think like a kid. No self-respecting child would let a perfect summer day go by without taking full advantage of it. And neither should you!
Enjoy your summer!
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WORDS BY HALEY PADDOCK IMAGES BY HALEY PADDOCK and HANNAH MOHLER
Spending the Day in Beavercreek Exploring Dayton one city at a time Finding unique restaurants, shops and parks can be difficult in a bustling city full of big-name brands and high traffic areas, but it’s never impossible! In this issue of Dayton Parent, we’ve put together an itinerary of familyfriendly ideas to get you more acquainted with the city of Beavercreek and some of its hidden gems.
morning CHERRY HOUSE CAFÉ 1241 Meadowbridge Drive Stop into this quaint café for a “home cooked” breakfast where each selection is made from scratch and prepared fresh daily. Options range from pancakes and bacon, to omelets and quiches – and their freshly baked muffins are always a hit!
SIEBENTHALER FEN BOARDWALK 1952 Fairground Road Take a stroll on this wooden plank boardwalk and enjoy some fresh air after breakfast. The walkways are stroller friendly and wind through a beautiful wetland full of wildlife. Kids will love trying to spot all the different insects and birds, and maybe you’ll even run into a beaver or two.
the unique selection of cookbooks and kitchen related gifts. Complimentary coffee, tea and baked goods are set out each morning for visitors, and don’t forget to take note of the schedule of free kids’ events.
BEAVERCREEK PIZZA DIVE 4021 Dayton Xenia Road Pizza and soft pretzels under one roof – what more could you ask for in a restaurant? Treat the whole family to a laid-back lunch and build your own pie or opt for one of their signature classics like the “BLT pizza.”
RUSS NATURE RESERVE PLAYSCAPE 2380 Kemp Road
TOP LEFT FLYBOY'S DELI BOTTOM LEFT ONCE UPON A THYME MIDDLE RUSS NATURE PRESERVE PLAYSCAPE TOP RIGHT JET FREEZE
afternoon ONCE UPON A THYME BOOKSHOP 1275 N Fairfield Road New to the area, Once Upon a Thyme Bookshop boasts a fun “Kids Korner” for little ones to enjoy, while parents browse
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After lunch, venture over to Russ Nature Reserve and let your kiddos’ imaginations run wild in the Nature Playscape. This scenic playground is constructed almost entirely from logs and other natural elements. Play in the teepees and huts, swing on ropes, climb the log obstacle courses or play a game of giant tic-tac-toe. This is a place you won’t want to leave.
evening FLYBOY’S DELI 2729 Fairfield Commons Named after the Dayton-famous Wright brothers, Flyboy’s is a New York style deli with an aviation theme. Enjoy a menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and New York bagels. Live music is often an added benefit to dinnertime and kids won’t want to miss the chance to try flying the airplane simulator.
JET FREEZE 4014 E. Patterson Road Friendly faces, delicious frozen treats and some will even say the best milkshakes in town await you at Jet Freeze. In addition to the classics, Jet Freeze often carries seasonal flavor options. The brightly colored blueberry soft serve is a kid, and kid-at-heart, summertime favorite. Make this your last stop for a great way to finish up your day in Beavercreek!
Spending the Day in Miamisburg!
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IS IT TIME TO
CHANGE SCHOOLS? WHAT TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE MAKING A DECISION WORDS BY SUSAN BRYANT
At some point, nearly every parent has heard their child say, “I hate school!” And while this sentiment often passes, sometimes it doesn’t and parents are left to wonder if their student would be better off in a different educational environment. Transitioning to another school is a big decision however, affecting not only the child but the entire family. Before making this move, here are few questions to consider.
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– By switching schools, is my child missing an important opportunity to learn how to work through a difficult situation? – Have I talked with my child’s teacher and principal about my concerns? Have they been receptive to helping us find a solution? – Are there things about our current school that
my child does like? Will we be able to find these attributes in our next school? – If my child is ahead academically, or behind, has my current school stepped in with the resources or support systems in place to help him or her? – If we are contemplating homeschooling or online school, have we evaluated
what kind of commitment or lifestyle changes this decision might require? – How will going to a new school affect the rest of our family in terms of morning or after school routines, drive time, coordinating schedules, etc.?
Before changing schools, think carefully about the specific problems you feel your child is experiencing and give your school a chance to
address these issues. You may find that once a conversation is initiated, there are resources available you were unaware of and supportive staff who care about resolving the problem.
If you do decide to change schools: – Research a variety of school options and attend open houses or set up meetings with administration at each school you are considering.
– Ask if your child can shadow a day at a prospective school or you can sit in on a classroom. Attend a few school functions to get a sense of the culture and community of the places you’re interested in.
where to attend up to him or her. As their parent, this is ultimately your decision as you carefully weigh the pros and cons of each school you are considering.
Once you’ve chosen a new school, talk with your child about the importance of going in with a positive attitude and being patient with the process of settling in. It may take some time for your child, and you, to make the adjustment. Having an ongoing dialogue with your student and setting realistic expectations for the new year can help make this transition a success for everyone involved.
For information on school ratings, reviews and other information, visit www.greatschools.org.
– When evaluating new schools, take your child’s opinions into account but don’t leave the final decision of
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WORDS BY HALEY PADDOCK
WITHOUT THE SUN
PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO TO BEAT THE HEAT
The warmth of summer brings exciting options for endless outdoor activities. Playgrounds and swimming pools that were dormant all winter come alive with the sounds of children laughing and playing. And although we can all appreciate the added dose of Vitamin D this time of year, sometimes the heat is just too much to bear. Looking for places to go to get out of the sun but still have some fun? We’ve compiled a list of air-conditioned spots to visit for some sunless entertainment!
SKATING AT ORBIT FUN CENTER 5001 Nebraska Ave., Dayton (937) 610-2827 www.orbitfuncenter.com Kids can skate for free this summer! Receive 2 free passes each week per child (up to 4 children) when you sign up at www.kidsskatefree. com/orbitfuncenter.
GET AIR TRAMPOLINE PARK
THE MAGIC CASTLE ARCADE
6060 Chambersburg Rd., Huber Heights
4900 Wilmington Pike, Kettering
(937) 202-4757 www.getairhuberheights.com
(937) 434-4911 www.themagic-castle.com
Weekly specials include Family Night Monday with 20% off jump time for families of 4 to 10 and Twice the Time Tuesday with 2 hours of jumping for the price of 1.
Half Price Monday is back but only for the summer! Save on games, pizza and drinks when you sign up for a VIP game card and load $30 or more to your card. Subscribe to Magic Castle emails and score even more coupons and deals.
Michael’s Craft Stores are playing up the summer camp theme by offering special crafting opportunities for children aged 3 and up. Visit the stores between 10 and 12 to create a new themed craft each Monday and Wednesday, or join in each Friday for “Slime Fridays.”
THE BOONSHOFT MUSEUM 2600 DeWeese Pkwy, Dayton (937) 275-7431 www.boonshoftmuseum.org Take your kids to Boonshoft for a day full of fun and maybe even a bit of summer learning. Daily programs include Science on the Sphere, Zoo Keeper Talks, Do Lab and The Sky Tonight. Visit the website for a full calendar and a list of times for each program.
Come for $1 movies or see all 10 kidfriendly summer films for $5 when you buy a movie punch card ahead of time. Find participating locations on the Cinemark website.
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SUMMER FUN AT THE LIBRARY Various locations www.greenelibrary.info www.daytonmetrolibrary.org Throughout the summer, Greene County Public Libraries as well as Dayton Metro Libraries will be hosting numerous children’s activities and programs – for free! Event topics will include story times, concerts, Lego groups, science, cooking, coding and crafts. Some programs require registration, so visit your local library for more information.
CINEMARK SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE Various locations www.cinemark.com/smc
CAMP CREATIVITY AT MICHAEL’S CRAFT STORES
BOWLING AT PLA-MOR LANES 4901 Linden Avenue (937) 253-3111 www.daytonbowling.com Summer Fun Bowling Passes are now available and entitle your kids to 2 free games of bowling a day! Sign up at www.kidsbowlfree.com/plamor and receive your passes via email.
VANDALIA RECREATION CENTER INDOOR WATERPARK 1111 Stonequarry Rd., Vandalia (937) 415-2340 http://vandaliaohio. org/recreation/ reccenter/aquatics- center Just because you want to stay out of the sun, doesn’t mean you have to stay out of the water. Open swim hours are offered each day of the week and the water slides are open for fun too! All ages are welcome so be sure to visit the website for details.
SCENE75 ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
LEARNING EXPRESS PLAYUNPLUGGED
6196 Poe Ave., Dayton
101 E. Alex-Bell Rd., Dayton
(937) 619-3200 www.scene75.com/dayton
(937) 436-3320 https://learningexpress.com
One of the largest entertainment arenas in the country, Scene75 has something for the whole family to enjoy. Attractions include indoor putt-putt, laser tag, bounce houses, go-karts and more.
In an effort to help keep kids entertained without screen time this summer, Learning Express Toys has created Summer Survival Kits – pre-made bundles of engaging activities for children of all ages. Choose from small, medium or large totes in a variety of themes, and enjoy a day of summer fun at home.
HALFTIME HERO PUZZLE ROOM AT LASER WEB 533 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Centerville (937) 435-2737 www.laserwebdayton.com Escape room games are the latest craze, and Laser Web Entertainment Center has a challenge for the whole family. Can you solve the puzzle before time runs out?
Don’t let the summer heat ruin your summer fun! Keep this list handy next time those temperatures soar and be ready for an indoor A/C good time.
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WORDS BY KAREN RING and MEGAN BOHRER
Let’s Go On a Train Ride! All aboard for eight great train trips Kids and trains go hand in hand. Ok, let’s face it – parents and trains go hand in hand, too. There is just something so captivating about spending a day riding the rails. And when it comes to train excursions, there are plenty to choose from right here in our little corner of the Midwest.
Take in some of Indiana’s most picturesque scenery aboard the French Lick Scenic Railway. In addition to standard excursions, the railway offers themed rides throughout the summer. Want to feel like the star of an old Western movie? Hop aboard the “Wild West Hold-Up” and witness the River Renegades looting the train. Guests will enjoy traveling through the Hoosier National Forest and spending the day exploring French Lick.
Jasper, Indiana www.spiritofjasper.com
Whitewater Valley Railroad Connersville, Indiana www.whitewatervalleyrr.org
BOTTOM KENTUCKY RAILWAY MUSEUM
French Lick, Indiana www.frenchlickscenicrailway.org
Spirit of Jasper
TOP LM & M RAILROAD, LEBANON
French Lick Scenic Railway
This 19-mile scenic railroad dates back to 1867, making it a true piece of Indiana history. The railroad, which is part of an operating rail museum, offers regularly scheduled excursions throughout the year. On the “American Limited,” with travel dates in July and August, passengers are transported back to a Civil War battle, with a layover in historic Metamora as well. The “Wild West Train to Dinner” in August will have you riding with bandits, marshals and robber barons on board. See their website for a full list of excursions.
If you are looking for a little luxury on the rails, the Spirit of Jasper has you covered. Return to the Golden Age of travel by rail aboard their beautifully restored train. Take an excursion to French Lick or enjoy dinner and drinks during a “Ride and Dine” excursion. Or, if you are looking for a date-night idea, try the “Chocolate, Wine and Dine” option for guests 21 and over. Be sure to check out the Parlour Car, which features a modern take on a classic train with leather couches and a f lat screen television.
Nickel Plate Railroad
Atlanta, Indiana www.nickelplateexpress.com Opening in September of 2018, Nickel Plate Railroad will offer themed and general train rides for kids. Look for the Pumpkin Express in October and a Reindeer Ride in December, with more options to come. The train will run from Atlanta to Arcadia in 2018, and to
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Noblesville in 2019. Passengers on the Nickel Plate Express will be able to cruise through the Indiana countryside in style aboard groundbreaking Santa Fe Hi-level cars from the 1950s, which have two levels that resemble a double-decker bus. Visitors can also tour the on-site museum housed in the 150-year-old train depot in Arcadia, which will offer activities for kids to learn about trains and the history of Indiana – specifically how the Nickel Plate Railroad has shaped the Hamilton County community since the 1800s.
KENTUCKY Big South Fork Scenic Railway Stearns, Kentucky www.bsfsry.com
During its heyday, this railway stretched along 25 miles of coal country through Kentucky and Tennessee. Today, the railway seeks to preserve the history of the coal mining and timber industries. Passengers can enjoy the “K&T Special,” a three-hour ride that takes passengers into the Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. Enjoy scenic vistas as the train descends 600 feet into the gorge before stopping at the Blue Heron Coal Mining Camp.
OHIO LM & M Railroad
Historic Downtown Lebanon, Ohio www.lebanonrr.com Operating since 1881, The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad carries passengers along scenic routes in southwestern Ohio. History buffs and train enthusiasts alike will enjoy this 14-mile stretch of track. In the summer months, children have the chance to ride the rails with beloved characters Curious George, Whyatt from SuperWhy! and Daniel Tiger. The fun continues with “Day Out With Thomas” excursions and Friday night pizza trains. If this railroad looks familiar, you might have seen its cameo in the 1994 movie Milk Money.
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Nelsonville, Ohio www.hvsry.org
Managed, operated and maintained completely by volunteers, the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is a tribute to train enthusiasts. Passengers can choose to take in the scenery from both enclosed and open-air cars on the weekend train excursions. Families wanting a little drama should check out “Ohio’s Friendliest Train Robbery,” which will make passengers feel as if they returned to the days of outlaws and bandits.
Kentucky Railway Museum New Haven, Kentucky www.kyrail.org
The Kentucky Railway Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the history of rail travel with their collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia, all housed in a replica of the original New Haven Depot. They also offer regularly scheduled train excursions, as well as special events like “Day Out With Thomas” and “The Great Train Robbery.” Up for a little intrigue? Check out the “Mystery Theater and Train Ride,” which caters to adults and older children.
Whether you are looking to take a step back in history, connect your kids with their favorite TV characters or simply enjoy the scenery while someone else does the driving, these eight Midwest railways offer a little something for everyone. All aboard!
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BROUGHT TO YOU BY DAYTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Preventing Summer Tragedies It’s hotter than you think inside the car It’s easier than many parents think to “forget” a child in the car. It’s something that no one likes to admit, but acknowledging that fact can allow parents to put protective measures in place so that it doesn’t happen to them. Since 1998, more than 600 children have died from being left in hot cars across the country. It happens right here in Dayton, too, and not just to babies. In recent years, a preschool-aged child was brought to Dayton Children’s emergency department for heat exposure after getting locked in the car. Many times, children climb into the car on their own to play or hide, then can’t get out. The effects of heatstroke happen fast. “A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s body,” says Jessica Saunders, director of Dayton Children’s office of community health and engagement programs.
A CHILD’S BODY HEATS UP THREE TO FIVE TIMES FASTER THAN AN ADULT’S BODY.
Stuck in a hot car, a child’s body temperature can rise quickly to more than 106 degrees. Heat at this level can lead to brain damage and death. Immediate medical attention is needed for heatstroke and if a bystander sees a child unattended in a car, they should call 911. Even on days when temperatures are mild, it is still dangerous to leave a child alone in the car. The temperatures inside rise each minute, and by 10 minutes they can rise 20 degrees. Cracking the window has little effect. To help prevent further tragedies of children left in cars, here are some quick tips that can be remembered through the acronym “ACT” created by Safekids Worldwide.
Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
Create reminders by putting something on the backseat of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
Taking steps in advance and putting measures in place ahead of time can make all the difference.
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Should My Child See a Mental Health Professional? UNDERSTANDING WHEN TO SEEK OUTSIDE HELP WORDS BY SARAH BRICKER-HUNT and SUSAN BRYANT
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. 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. Although we may hope that a child’s difficulties are “just a phase” or something they will “grow out of,” taking a wait and see approach can be a mistake if he or she is struggling more than we realize.
Mental health issues can look different from child to child, and there are a wide variety of symptoms 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 www.nami.org) 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 • Frequent disobedience or aggression • Frequent temper tantrums
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Parents of adolescents should take note of these troubling signs:
• Feeling excessively sad or low • Excessive worry 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 Also, any statements a child makes about hurting themselves, committing suicide or not wanting to be around anymore should be taken very seriously and acted upon immediately. If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, NAMI recommends erring on the side of caution. Even mild symptoms can be helped, and more severe issues respond best when treatment is sought in
earlier stages. If you are not sure where to start when seeking help, check with your child’s school to see if they offer counseling services or can provide a referral. Your child’s pediatrician should also be able to point you in the right direction. A quick Google search provides many mental health resources in the Dayton area. And 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, psychiatrists and psychologists are trained to identify problematic behaviors in kids, and work with parents as partners in helping their child.
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WORDS BY LAUREN LEMONS, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR, FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS
The Great Outdoors are Calling! Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month with Five Rivers MetroParks July is National Parks and Recreation month and the perfect time to get out and explore the great outdoors in your Five Rivers MetroParks. With 18 clean, safe parks and the 2nd Street Market, there’s something for all ages and interests – especially during the summer. MAKE A SPLASH Spend the day cycling on the paved trails at Island MetroPark and then cool off at the spray ground. Those who want to spend the day downtown enjoying cycling, shopping and more, can take a break and play in the Interactive Fountain at RiverScape MetroPark. These water features are on throughout the summer until Labor Day.
STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES Aullwood Garden, Wegerzyn Gardens and Cox Arboretum MetroPark are a blast to visit year-round, but they are especially beautiful in the spring and summer months, when their gardens feature stunning blooms and
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interesting plants. Hike the mile-long garden path at Aullwood Garden MetroPark to experience the gardens, woods and prairie. The Children’s Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark is a sensory adventure for kids, while the formal gardens boast breathtaking blooms throughout the summer. Cox Arboretum MetroPark features specialty gardens, pollinator gardens and more.
BUTTERFLY FUN The Butterf ly House is another not-tomiss destination in Cox Arboretum MetroPark. Featuring butterf lies that are native to Ohio, the Butterf ly House enables children and adults to view butterf lies and moths in all stages of metamorphosis. Because butterf lies are such important pollinators, visitors can also learn more about the plants that attract butterf lies and their importance to the environment.
GET OUT AND PADDLE There are a variety of paddling experiences for all ages and skill levels along the region’s waterways and in MetroParks, from the new RiverScape River Run whitewater feature to the calm waters of the Eastwood Lagoon. Never picked up a paddle? Visit metroparks. org/paddle to learn more about MetroParks paddling programs led by experienced outdoor recreation professionals.
RIVERSCAPE RENTALS RiverScape Rentals allows families to rent the gear they need to explore the region’s more than 300 paved recreation trails, the nation’s largest paved trail network. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9 am through 6 pm through Labor Day weekend, RiverScape Rentals offers a variety of cycling gear and attachments, including youth bikes and weehoos.
The National Parks and Recreation Association encourages people of all ages to explore the “undiscovered” roles of local parks and recreation, from health and wellness opportunities to community celebrations. Explore some of the unique ways to use your Five Rivers MetroParks below. Community and environmental health: A multi- faceted community wellness asset, Five Rivers MetroParks can help keep your family and the environment healthy. According to the National Parks and Recreation Association, access to parks and trails can have a positive effect on physical and mental health and foster a sense of community. As a conservation agency, Five Rivers MetroParks also keeps the local environment healthy through reforestation efforts, preserving local habitats and more. Learn more about MetroParks’ conservation efforts by visiting metroparks.org/conservation. Family entertainment: Outdoor festivals, concerts and special events are the perfect way for families to get out and enjoy the outdoors while experiencing local culture. From the Summer Music Series, supported by media sponsors Cox Media Group and iHeartRadio, to the Celtic Festival, there are myriad different special events to enjoy this summer – all of which are hosted at RiverScape MetroPark. Check out the lineup of summer fun at RiverScape MetroPark by visiting metroparks.org/ RiverScape.
For more information about Five Rivers MetroParks visit www.metroparks.org.
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THIS ISSUE'S SPOTLIGHT WORDS BY HALEY PADDOCK
Local Spotlight: Hannah’s Treasure Chest Helping children in need one care package at a time have meals with Dad while protecting his health, as well as other necessities to help stretch Mom’s paycheck.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS YOU HAVE IN PLACE? Since 2001, HTC has maintained a warehouse full of donated children’s items making it possible to respond quickly to client requests. During the first year of operation, HTC distributed 2,898 items of clothing, equipment and toys through two partners. In 2017, HTC distributed 241,354 items to nearly 5,500 children in four counties. WHY ARE THESE CARE PACKAGES SUCH A HUGE HELP TO FAMILIES?
Can you imagine not being able to provide a pair of shoes for your child? Or not having enough diapers for your baby? For some families in the Dayton area, these every day essentials are not “every day.” This is where Hannah’s Treasure Chest, a nonprofit organization in Centerville, comes to the rescue. Hannah’s Treasure Chest (HTC) provides care packages through a network of partner agencies that include basic, high-quality clothing, shoes, hygiene items, sheets, blankets, diapers and baby equipment, as well as a few special items such as toys, books and games. Dayton Parent spoke to Leslie Marsh, Marketing Communications Coordinator, to learn more about Hannah’s Treasure Chest and the impact they have on the community. PHOTO CREDITS HANNAH'S TREASURE CHEST
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HOW DOES HTC REACH OUT TO FAMILIES IN NEED? HTC partners with around 50 agencies including Artemis Center, Dayton Children’s Hospital, CareSource Life Services, Catholic Social Services, Children’s Services in Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties, school districts and several St. Vincent de Paul Societies. These organizations send HTC a request for items that their clients need, our volunteers create a custom care package for each child or family, and the partner agencies deliver the packages. Our partnership with these agencies allows their staff to focus on what they do best – career counseling, job searches, stabilizing families in crisis, etc.
A care package from HTC helps parents stretch their finances after a job loss, divorce, illness or death, helps high school and college-age parents maintain their academic plans with the clothing and supplies they receive for their babies, and supports grandparents who are raising their grandkids when parents are jailed, in treatment or have passed away. These care packages enable struggling guardians to redirect their limited resources to cover basic needs for their children such as food, housing and daycare. A recent story comes to mind of a family we were able to help. Dad has congestive heart failure and cannot work. Because of his heart condition, he is unable to lift his baby. HTC was able to provide a highchair, giving the baby a safe place to play and
In addition to care packages, we have “Brighter Smiles Dental Kits” that provide children two years and older with a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss to support dental health. “Blankets & Bears” provides infants up to 6 months of age with a handmade blanket and teddy bear, along with an Usborne Cuddle Bear book to encourage bonding with a caregiver and a love of reading. “Beds for Babies” helps families supply their infant or toddler with a bassinet, Pack’ n’ Play or crib and mattress to sleep safely. And “Giving Angels” engages individual and corporate donors to help low-income families provide holiday gifts for their children. HOW CAN MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY GET INVOLVED WITH HTC? Come visit us! Our doors are always open for community members to learn more about HTC and how to become a volunteer. We also welcome donations of new and gently loved children’s items. Currently, our greatest need is for diapers of all sizes, and sturdy athletic shoes in children’s through adult sizes.
Contact information and a full donation ‘wish list’ can be found on the HTC website: www.hannahs treasure.org/
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BARNSTORMING CARNIVAL Do you know what a barnstormer is? Barnstormers were pilots from the 1920’s and 30’s that went from town to town selling airplane rides and doing aerial tricks. And on July 14-15 the Springfield Beckley Airport is hosting a festival dedicated to this craft. This free event has plenty to offer the kids with peddle planes, rocket building workshops, foam glider building, magic shows and more. Get there early for a pancake breakfast on both days from 8-10 am! For more information, visit www. barnstormingcarnival.com.
THE ULTIMATE LEGO FAN EXPERIENCE That’s what they’re calling BrickUniverse, a “must see” convention if you’ve got a LEGO lover in your house. Come to the Dayton Convention Center on August 18-19 for massive LEGO displays, life size constructions, brick-built mosaics and more. Special guests will be on hand to talk about their creations and kids can design their own structures in special building areas. Visit www. brickuniverse.com/dayton to get more details and buy tickets online for Saturday and Sunday sessions.
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UP, UP AND AWAY!
TIME TO POLKA!
Get a bird’s eye view from the basket of a hot air balloon at the Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival in Middletown. Sail away into the sky or stay tethered to the ground – either way, your family is in for a treat. The main attraction is a hot air balloon competition that will feature 30 balloons racing to the finish. Outdoor concerts, arts and crafts, and carnival rides will be on hand as well. Be sure to stay for the nighttime events which include a fireworks display and night balloon glow. Mark your calendar for July 20-22 and visit http://ohiochallenge.com for more information.
Grab your lederhosen and come to the 35th celebration of Germanfest on August 10-12 at Riverscape MetroPark! Come hungry for brats, schnitzel dinners, German potato salad, pretzels and of course, beer! Activities include a Bavarian Fashion Show, 5K and 10K Walk and Run, and games and rides in the Kidz Zone. Don’t miss out – Germanfest has been voted one of the best festivals in the region! Want more info? Check out www.daytonlocal.com/festivals/ germanfest-picnic.asp.
FLUTTER BY THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE Explore the Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum MetroPark this summer to learn about native butterflies and moths in all stages of metamorphosis in a beautiful garden setting. See how many of these beautiful pollinators you can spot and discover why they are so important to the environment. Open early July through late August. Learn more at www.metroparks.org/ butterflyhouse.
WACKY FUN & calendar DAY TON PARENT
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Did you know that there is an official holiday for just about anything you can think of? Here are a few fun days worth celebrating!
HAPPINESS HAPPENS DAY
WORLD EMOJI DAY
Spread a little joy!
INTERNATIONAL JOKE DAY Have you got a good one?
7/2 I FORGOT DAY
The perfect excuse for today.
BOOK LOVERS DAY
What’s your all-time favorite?
HOT DOG DAY
Fire up the grill!
No productivity allowed.
7/20 SPACE EXPLORATION DAY Have a star gazing party!
COMPLIMENT YOUR MIRROR DAY And it will compliment you back!
Have a pachyderm party!
ICE CREAM SANDWICH DAY
The best kind of sandwich there is.
8/5 7/23 7/7 CHOCOLATE DAY
How about chocolate month?
7/14 PANDEMONIUM DAY
GORGEOUS GRANDMA DAY
Do something with your best bud!
WORLD ELEPHANT DAY
Celebrate! You only make up 10% of the population!
8/27 TUG-OF-WAR DAY
Make sure she knows!
Let the battle begin!
UNCOMMON INSTRUMENT DAY Get out your hydrocrystalophone!
Probably best just to celebrate at home…
TOASTED MARSHMELLOW DAY Did someone say s’mores?
Bring on the mayhem!
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