Beaver Creek, Ohio, a suburb just a short distance away from Dayton, offers plenty to keep the toddler set moving. Although the city was settled about 200 years ago, it wasn't officially incorporated until 1980. Choose from outdoor activities and indoor fun to keep a little one entertained and engaged. With a variety of amenities, including extensive green space throughout the city, Beaver Creek has a lot to offer families to keep kids actively busy.
The City of Beaver Creek (activenet003.active.com/beavercreek/servlet/registrationMain.sdi?source=activityframes.sdi&pubnav_index=2) offers organized classes and programs for kids of all ages, including toddlers. The Itsy Bitsy Danz 'n Play class provides plenty of organized movement and pretend play for your little one to burn off excess energy with activities like music and movement, parachute time and story time. The YMCA (ymcaonline.org/Programs/ymca-dayton-ohio-preschool-programs-swimming-ballet-yoga-gym-classes.html) also offers a variety of classes that most kiddos would love, including Toddler Time, Art-N-Toddlers, Music & Movement and Tumbling. Music & Movement is designed to get kids moving in an organized fashion and the Tumbling class might be your little one's first introduction to a somersault!
If you want to start your toddler on the road to musical talent, the Music Together of South Dayton (musictogetherofsouthdayton.com/classes.htm) has a satellite location in Beaver Creek that teaches preparatory piano to kids up to age 5. Classes run in 10-week sessions once per week in the mornings. On the flip side of that coin, if you’d rather expose your toddler to the fine arts on stage, check out the Beaver Creek Community Theatre (bctheatre.org/tickets/index/) for a variety of shows. You might be able to reserve a spot in the mat seating area front and center stage where little ones from babies to age 10 can sit on the floor to enjoy the show. Past and future productions include "Alice in Wonderland," "A Christmas Carol" and "The Canterbury Tales."
Head to the Green County Public Library Beaver Creek branch (greenelibrary.info/Parents-&-Teachers/Story-Times.html) for story time with the kiddos. The library divides kids into three groups – baby, toddler and preschool. The toddler group is for 2- and 3-year-olds – plan to park it on the floor with your toddler to enjoy the stories. Story times include fingerplays, stories, songs and rhymes to entertain little ones. Barnes and Noble (store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2873) also holds story times for little ones on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Some story time features include "The Little Engine that Could" and "Red Knit Cap Girl." No registration or fees to attend either story time program.
The City of Beaver Creek is flush with beautiful parks to take a toddler. Shoup Park (.ci.beavercreek.oh.us/old/services/parks-rec/park.htm) hails as the number one Beaver Creek park. It’s got a mound slide that’s actually built right into a hillside, as well as lots of playground equipment and a picnic area. The Grangeview Acres Park has swings, climbing equipment, a sandbox and even a field large enough to fly a kite with your toddler. The Dominick Lofino Park has hiking trails, a playground, a sandbox, a picnic shelter, a lake for fishing and even an amphitheater where the City of Beaver Creek holds summer concerts.
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