• Tue. Jun 18th, 2024

How to Have a Spectacular Spring Break Without Traveling and Breaking the Bank

Spring break is only a couple days away. Here at the Clarion, we all realize that a spring break
spent on a beach with the sand between your toes can be magical, but it is not always realistic.
There may be something keeping you home this spring break, but that does not mean it cannot be
a fun one. Listed below are some events being held every day near the Downtown Dayton
campus that may help you realize that staying local this spring break could come close to
spending spring break at the beach, but we understand if that is not the case.

Saturday March 4

The Great Pancake Pick-Up,

8:30–11 a.m. Start the day with some free pancakes delivered straight to your car. Drive through to place your
order and enjoy your breakfast at home or at the picnic tables outside. Larger orders may take
slightly longer to fulfill. Donations are welcome to support the program. Some items may be
unavailable due to supply.
Cost: Free
Location: 635 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Xenia, OH 45385
Distance from campus: 18 minutes
For more information, visit The Great Pancake Pick-Up

Dayton Art Institute “Museums on Us

The Dayton Art Institute is holding its monthly “Museums on Us” program. Any Bank of
America cardholder can enter the museum free of charge by showing a Bank of America credit
or debit card with a valid photo ID. If you do not have a Bank of America card, though, do not
fret. Students 18+ get into the museum for only $5.
Cost: Free for Bank of America cardholders, $5 for students 18+, $15 for regular adult
admission. Location: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH 45405
Distance from campus: 3 minutes. For more information, visit Dayton Art Institute

Glow Night at Sky Zone

8 – 10 p.m. Change into some neon and glow at Sky Zone. Guests ages 8 and up are welcome to
jump around at this neon party. White or neon shirts are required and can be purchased at the
front desk upon arrival, if necessary.
Cost: $24-plus socks, if needed
Location: 976 Senate Drive, Washington Twp, OH 45459
Distance from campus: 17 minutes
For more information, visit Sky Zone Programs

Sunday, Mar. 5, 2023

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

3 p.m. The Townhall Theatre is hosting the classic “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” from Mar. 3 – 19. See all your favorites such as Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt, Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina, Willy Wonka, and Charlie himself come to life. Cost: $11 – $16 Location: 27 N. Main Street, Centerville, OH 45459 Distance from campus: 18 minutes Buy tickets at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tickets

Alice in Wonderland and Dance Repertoire Pieces

3 p.m. The Miami Valley Dance Academy presents Alice in Wonderland and Dance Repertoire Pieces. This ballet is one of the two shows the nonprofit will host this year to spread the love and greatness of dance. Cost: $18 Adult, $15 Child (12 and under) Location: 3737 Upper Bellbrook Road, Bellbrook, OH 45305 Distance from campus: 18 minutes. For more information, visit Miami Valley Dance Company

Monday, Mar. 6, 2023

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Monthly Gallery Feature Southeast Asia

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Start the week off by learning about the United States’ involvement in the Southeast Asia War. Air campaigns like Operation Linebacker I and II, which led to North Vietnam’s cease fire will be featured alongside aircraft, such as a B-52D, used in Operation Linebacker I and II. Free tours of the gallery will be offered at 11:30 a.m. daily. Cost: Free Location: 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 Distance from Campus: 9 minutes for more information, visit Southeast Asia War Gallery

Scottish Country Dance Lessons

3-5 p.m. Learn more about the dancing culture in Scotland with the Flying Ghillies Scottish Country dancers. No partner or experience is required. Put on some comfortable clothes and shoes and lose yourself in the art of Scottish dance. Cost: First class is free, subsequent classes are $5 each. Monday: Location: 2917 Berkley St., Kettering, OH 45409 Distance from campus: 9 minutes for more information, visit Scottish Country Dance Lessons

Quiz Night at The Pub

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Every Monday, The Pub hosts trivia with three rounds of general knowledge trivia and a fourth audiovisual and music round. Prizes go to the top-3 teams. Teams of 6 or fewer are welcome and no phones allowed. Cost: Free Location: 39 Greene Blvd., Beavercreek, OH 45440 Distance from campus: 12 minutes For more information, visit General Trivia.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Movie Discount Day

A lot of theaters in the area offer discount movies on Tuesdays including the Neon and most Cinemark theaters. This is a perfect time to go see the movie that you have been saying you have wanted to see for months. Tuesday Cost: The Neon $6.50, Cinemark: $9.50 general admission, $9 for members Location: The Neon: 130 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402, Cinemark – Beavercreek: 4489 Glengarry Drive, Beavercreek, OH 45440 Distance from campus: The Neon: 2 minutes, Cinemark – Beavercreek: 14 minutes

Live Pro Wrestling

7–9 p.m. Wrestling is held every Tuesday. Watch professional wrestlers battle in a heroes versus villains fight. This battle is held in a 16-foot wrestling ring, as seen on TV. Cost: $10 Location: 5418 Burkhardt Rd, Dayton, OH 45431 Distance from campus: 10 minutes for more information, visit the XVW Ohio Facebook Page

Pop-In & Paint

5–8 p.m. Get your creative juices flowing during break by painting whatever you desire. No reservation required, pop in and engage in a freestyle DIY project. Pick an art piece you would like to recreate and follow the instructions at your own pace. All necessary tools provided. Some projects may take longer than others. Cost: $25 – $40 Location: 8010 McEwen Rd, Dayton, OH 45458 Distance from campus: 16 minutes For more information, visit Painting with a Twist Pop-In and Paint

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

It’s a Scavenger Hunt!

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Gather some friends, family members or loved ones and participate in this online scavenger hunt. This event can take place at any time and location. This hunt is often completed around 90 minutes by groups. Log in through a smartphone, follow the instructions given by the in-game host and explore your surroundings to find the necessary items. Get the most items in the shortest time to be featured on the Hall of Fame. Cost: $24.95 per team for more information, visit It’s a Scavenger Hunt!

Black Box Improv – Main Event

7–9 p.m. Improv actors let the audiences choose the story they desire. Watch as their journey spontaneously progresses and things get a lot weirder. Cost: $5 Location: 518 E. Third St., Dayton, OH 45402. Distance from campus: 2 minutes, for more information, visit Dayton Black Box Improv

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Dayton, OH Selfie Cycle Tour

Wright Brothers, Air Force Museum, and more. Grab your bike and see all of the sights in Dayton. This 37-mile self-guided tour put together by Cyclenuts takes you through aviation sights such as Great Miami River Recreational Trail, Great Miami River, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Riverscape Park, downtown Dayton, and lots more. Cyclenuts provides the self-guided tour with a map and a narration of the highlights. There are plenty of food and drink opportunities along the way and interesting places to detour. Cost: $38 Location: 4700 East National Road Vandalia, OH 45377 Distance from campus (start point): 14 minutes Buy tickets at Dayton Ohio, Selfie Cycle Tour Tickets

Singo Music Bingo at Star City Brewing

This twist on traditional bingo will have guests dancing in their seats. Rather than using a bingo card filled with numbers, the cards will have the names of popular songs. Players will be listening for their tunes rather than numbers. To make it a little easier, they will be playing the popular parts of the songs that people can easily recognize. No need to worry about missing a song because you only knew the chorus. Cost: Free (21+) Location: 319 S. Second St., Miamisburg, OH 45342 Distance from campus: 17 minutes for more information, visit Star City Brewing Facebook page

Friday, March 10, 2023

St. Benedict the Moor Fish Fry

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Taste the “Best Fish in Town” at the St. Benedict the Moor Fish Fry. Guests can enjoy whiting or tilapia dinners, with sides of French fries, baked beans, or Cole slaw, desserts, and more. To place an order, call (937) 268-6697. Dinners are $12, sandwiches are $9. Cost: Price Varies Location: 519 Liscum Dr., Dayton, OH 45417 Distance from campus: 8 minutes for more information, visit St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church and scroll down to “Coming Parish Events”

God of Carnage Play

Enjoy a night of laughs at the opening night of God of Carnage.  What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behavior of their children? A calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly? Or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums, and tears before bedtime? Winner of the 2009 Tony Award will play from March 10 – 19, 2023. Cost: $18 – $20 Location: 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, OH 45414 Distance from campus: 8 minutes To buy tickets, visit The Dayton Playhouse Tickets

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Sweet Spring Marketplace

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bring in the new spring season by shopping at over 80 exhibits full of homemade clothes, food and décor. Cost: $5 general admission, children 12 and under are free Location: 645 Infirmary Road, Dayton, OH 45417, Distance from campus: 9 minutes for more information, visit Sweet Spring Marketplace

Friends of the Dayton Metro Library Book Sale

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thousands of books, movies, music, and audiobooks for all ages will be for sale at the Dayton Metro Library Book Sale. The proceeds will be used to help fund community library programs. Books will be priced at a dollar and CDs and DVDs will be buy one, get one free. Cost: Books: $1, CDs and DVDs: buy one, get one free Location: Dayton Metro Library, 4680 Burkhardt Ave., (Burkhardt Branch) Dayton, OH, Distance from campus: 8 minutes for more information, visit Dayton Metro Library –

Carroll High School Fish Fry at St. Pat’s Fest

6:00 – 11:00 p.m. Finish off the week with some tasty food and company at the Carroll High School Fish Fry. The fish fry is open on Friday and Saturday. Friday is for adults 21+ and Saturday is open to children and adults. There will be carnival games, Irish dancers and plenty of food and drink to go around. The Saturday event will also host 5 live bands performing throughout the night. Cost: Friday: $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door, Saturday: Free Admission Location: 4524 Linden Avenue, Dayton, OH 45432 Distance from campus: 9 minutes for the full itinerary, visit Carroll High School St. Pat’s Fest

Sunday, March 12, 2023

2nd Street Market

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The local market hosts local growers, bakers, culinary specialists, and artisans during this event. Visitors can eat lunch at the food court and experience a live market, reminiscent of European markets. Be sure to check out the events held on this day, including chocolate tasting and learn how to start an outdoor garden. Cost: Free Location: 600 E 2nd Street, Dayton, OH 45402 Distance from campus: 3 minutes For more information, visit 2nd Street Market

The Mysterious Maestro

2:30 p.m.  Wrap up spring break by watching The Mysterious Maestro presented by the The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. This story is about a girl named Hannah who adores music. Then, she moves to a new town where music is forbidden. With the help of her rat sidekick, Hannah breaks the musical silence of the town. Cost: $5 and up Location: 1 W. 2nd St, Dayton, OH 45402 Distance from campus: 2 minutes

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Marissa Collier