18 Awesome Enrichment Activities in Southwest Ohio

Are you looking for a new after-school activity this year? Check out these local programs your kids are sure to love!

Cincinnati Nature Center

Designed for children ages 3-13, Fall Children’s Saturday Programs blend outdoor skills training, purposeful nature exploration, and guided off-trail forays to provide unique educational experiences at Cincinnati Nature Center’s Rowe Woods. Caregivers will drop off children for these programs where they’ll join our crew and be immersed in hands-on experiences in an idyllic outdoor setting. Preregistration is required and includes the full series.

Phone: (513) 831-1711
Address: 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150

Dayton History, Carillon Historical Park

Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre open-air history museum that serves as the main campus for Dayton History. We share the amazing stories of how Dayton changed the world! Come explore our campus and learn why “you can’t go a day without Dayton!”

Phone: (937) 293-2841
Address: 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409

Music Together of South Dayton

Sing, dance, play and learn in a music class this season! Several class settings and locations are offered for a safe, fun music-making experience for the whole family. Along with weekly music and movement classes, families also receive a songbook and code to download our award-winning music through the Music Together app, to continue the music enrichment at home. Classes offered for children ages 0-5 (Mixed Ages) and ages 4-8 (Rhythm Kids)… and the grownups who love them!

Phone: (614) 499-4133
Locations in Beavercreek, Centerville and Oakwood

Dan Beard Council, BSA

Scouting is fun with friends, leadership, and unique adventures your entire family will enjoy. In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, action-oriented learning with peers that helps prepare your child for today – and for life.

Phone: (513) 577-7700
Address: 10078 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241


Five Rivers MetroParks

Five Rivers MetroParks manages 18 clean, safe parks and the 2nd Street Market, which are free to use and open year-round, in the Dayton area. MetroParks provides programs for families such as Conservation Kids, and many MetroParks include family-friendly amenities, such as nature play areas. Visit metroparks.org/things-to-do/family-activities.

Phone: (937) 275-7275
Address: Multiple Location

Goldfish Swim School

Back to School? Back to Pool! Special Offer: Prepay for 3 months and receive a FREE Goldfish Swim School sweatshirt for your swimmer!

*Back to School promotion is valid at the West Chester and Anderson locations only. Must redeem between August 1, 2023 – September 30, 2023.

Anderson: 8253 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH. 45255 | Call/text: (513) 719-6800
West Chester: 7058 Ridgetop Dr., West Chester, OH. 45069 | Call/text: (513) 857-1700
Kenwood: Coming this Fall!, Call/text: (513) 715-5043

USA Ninja Challenge Cincinnati

Our 6,800 square foot facility is located on Red Bank Rd in Cincinnati. We incorporate ninja obstacles including rings, balance beams, cargo nets, ropes, a traverse rock wall, devil steps, horizontal peg board, warped wall, and more! Each obstacle also includes conditioning and flexibility stations. The desired result of this program is to improve children’s strength, flexibility, and athleticism while building self esteem and promoting a supportive, clean, and safe environment!

Phone: (513) 739-5528
 4727 Red Bank Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45150

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

Girl Scouts helps girls in grades K-12 bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Everything a Girl Scout does helps her find her people, discover her joy, and know her power – supported by trusted adult volunteers. Girls welcome to join year-round. Get started today!

Phone: (888) 350-5090
Address: 4930 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 | 450 Shoup Mill Road, Dayton, OH 45415

Summit Academy Schools Therapeutic Martial Arts

Summit Academy Schools comprise a nonprofit 501 (C)(3) network of 23 tuition-free, community schools throughout Ohio. Summit Academy Schools educate students in grades K-12 with special education needs such as autism and ADHD. A staple of Summit Academy Schools, Therapeutic Martial Arts provide students with physical and emotional tools to feel calm, resilient and successful inside and outside the classroom. Therapeutic Martial Arts curriculum, which is offered at both Summit Academy Community School – Dayton and Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Xenia, aligns with Summit Academy’s mission to design, develop and deliver educational opportunities in a therapeutic environment so everyone can learn.

Phone: 1-844-549-8496
Address: Multiple locations

Wyoming Fine Arts Center

The Wyoming Fine Arts Center’s mission is to educate, create experiences, and nurture appreciation in music and other creative and performing arts across all ages, races, abilities and backgrounds. We do this through excellence in teaching, creative programming, interdisciplinary experiences, community partnerships and engagement in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky regions. Our personalized approach to each student’s success and the quality of our faculty sets us apart from the rest!

Phone: (513) 948-1900
Address: 322 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, OH 45215

Gotta Dance Studios

We’re Cincinnati’s finest dance studio, offering comprehensive class selections taught at beginner through advanced levels. For over four decades, we’ve excelled at developing young dancers in our non-competitive, safe environment. All of our students are accepted and challenged to excel at every level – learning proper technique, building self-confidence and gaining essential performance skills. Experience the joy of dance all year long – reserve your spot today!

Phone: (513) 232-9710
Anderson: 7892 Beechmont Ave. | Cincinnati, OH 45255

The Hairston School of Dance

Former Principal Dancer with Cincinnati Ballet, Sarah Hairston, opens a new dance school offering classes for ages 18 months thru Adult. The Hairston School of Dance is passionate to bring elite professional training to our civic community and privide opportunities for all students. Classes include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Contemporary. A place where students, families and faculty are connected for the impact of the family experience and students’ success-a home away from home.

Phone: (513) 600-5788
Address: 4329 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227

Cincinnati School of Music

The Cincinnati School of Music provides music lessons to children, teenagers, and adults, with locations in Mason, Montgomery, and Anderson. Lesson times available 7 days a week! We teach piano, guitar, ukulele, voice, violin, drums, brass, and woodwinds. We welcome beginners through advanced students! Our friendly and experienced teachers foster confidence and creativity in students of all ages. Plus we offer quarterly recitals. We have office staff for scheduling assistance and more!

Phone: (513) 560-9175
Locations: Mason, Montgomery and Anderson

The Joy of Muzic

The Joy of Muzic is an early childhood music and movement program for children 1 month – 6 year olds and their parents. It is based on the curriculum written by the nationally known music educator, Mrs. Jo Kirk of WeJoySing. As you and your child come once a week, important skills are being developed through PLAY! Cognitive, listening, auditory, mathematical and gross motor skills will be nurtured as we have fun singing, dancing and exploring musical instruments. Join the JOY OF MUZIC family!

Phone: (513) 873-2660
Address: 10461 Springrun Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45231

British Swim School, Tri-County

The premier learn-to-swim provider for people of all ages, offering programs for children ages 3-months through adults as well as students with Special Abilities! We use gentle teaching methods and a survival-first approach to help people of all experience levels become safer, stronger swimmers. British Swim School’s safe, fun, and effective instructional program has made it the preferred choice for parents and students for over 40 years.

Phone: (513) 445-3600
Various Locations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Dayton Live Children’s Theatre Series

Dayton Live is all about introducing the children in our community to the joys of live performing arts – and the new Children’s Theatre Series is a testimony to that focus. The new series is dedicated to providing you and your children aged 3 – 11 with some of the best children’s theatre productions from around the globe, plus some out-of-the-box experiences – all at a price that makes it possible to come as a family. The Family Series is now the Children’s Theatre Series – all sponsored by Dayton Children’s and taking place at the historic Victoria Theatre. Traditional and Sensory-Friendly performances, plus Season Ticket packages available!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (Feb. 24, 2024)
Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella (Mar. 9-10, 2024)
Rainbow Fish (Mar. 16-17, 2024)
Perondi’s Stunt Dog Show (Apr. 27, 2024)

Phone: (937) 228-3630
Address: 138 N. Main Street, Dayton, OH 45402

Class101 College Planning

We work 1-on-1 with students (in grades 9th through 12th) helping with the college planning process, including admissions, test preparation, and scholarships.

Phone: (513) 296-7770
Address: 7967 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Ste. K-1, West Chester, OH 45069

Mathnasium Learning Centers

Mathnasium has transformed the way kids learn math. We build a foundation for math mastery through deep understanding by starting with what they already know, addressing any learning gaps, and adding new concepts in sequence. This proprietary method works for kids of all ages and skill levels, whether they’re struggling in math, doing okay but could be doing better, or are already excelling but need more of a challenge.

Phone: (513) 275-7000
Locations: Blue Ash, Hyde Park, Mason, West Chester, Loveland and Anderson

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