Glow-in-the-dark palm trees rise above Englewood Fun Center’s 18-hole miniature golf course, greeting guests as they arrive to partake in any of the center’s indoor or outdoor attractions. Clients don Hawaiian leis before taking to the 18-hole, custom-designed mini golf course, where they will lope through a tropical pastiche of tiki huts, misting waterfalls, two ponds, and multiple bearded Tom Hankses. Indoors, scampering tykes can slip on socks and tumble freely among the cushy walls and elastic floors of the inflatable bouncing area, or try their hands at skee-ball and other games in the arcade. The indoor facility also encompasses three batting cages, where hitters shoulder their favorite bat or oversized banana and swing at soft or hardballs delivered at adjustable speeds and heights to accommodate all ages and skill levels.
One fateful day 24 years ago, a group of doomed souls got lost amid the shadows of 22 acres of wooded land and were never found. Each year following that, more and more people met the same fate. Dayton Scream Park dares guests to gather their courage and walk—or run—down the haunted trail where these souls were last seen, confronting characters from horror movies and being chased by four-wheelers that were deprived of their afternoon nap. During the 30-minute adrenaline-filled adventure, participants encounter more than 30 scenes and more than 40 live monsters that will soon join their nightmares.
For wee ones and those who would rather smile than scream, Dayton Scream Park also hosts Hillbilly Hayrides that set out in the crisp autumn air, while the sun is still duct taped to the sky. In addition to free parking, the amenities include onsite concessions for fortifying the strength of those who have fainted.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Dixie Twin Drive-In transports moviegoers back to the 1950s with a constantly changing selection of first-run films on two outdoor screens, one 120’ x 52’ and the other 100’ x 65’. Cars pull into the drive-in’s tree-enclosed grounds and tune into a private FM radio station, which provides the audio accompaniment to movies’ car chases, star-crossed love affairs, and alien invasions wedged awkwardly in the middle of historical biopics. The theater starts the season with weekend screenings, then kicks into full swing with daily screenings during the warmest weeks of summer.
Dayton Center Courts and Tennis Academy's seasoned tennis pros train budding ball-swatters to command the net with skill, agility, and aplomb. Beginner clinics help build fundamentals in tennis novices and players aiming to return to the game after long sabbaticals or periods of cryogenic hibernation. Each hour-long class focuses on the rudiments of racket-wielding, as up to 10 trainees per instructor practice blistering backhands, master sublime serves, and hone opponent-obliterating volleys and drop shots. Courses are available for youths age 15 and under on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and for adults age 16 and up on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Aspiring yogis of all levels come together to exercise the mind, body, and spirit in Lotus Flower Studio’s encouraging and intimate atmosphere. Blending breathing, postures, and relaxation, the studio’s classes are available for all skill levels and foster individual growth, whether the goal is to reduce stress or earn an equine sidekick by reaching Gumby-like bendability. Dedicated instructors assist students in a variety of classes including Hatha, Vinyasa, and mat Pilates, making limber limbs more accessible to those busy with daily demands of work, family, and industrial basket weaving. With a welcoming ambiance and friendly staff, the community-oriented Lotus Flower Studio also hosts events such as yoga breakfast hikes, candlelight classes, live-music yoga, and local service projects.