A freestanding climbing wall with craggy angles and multiple inclines steals the spotlight at Vandalia Recreation Center by soaring to 27 feet up the middle of an atrium. But climbing is far from the 58,000-square-foot center’s only attraction. Gravity-bound members burn calories at a fleet of cardio machines and build muscle with strength equipment and free weights in the fitness center, and a three-lane, 1/16-mile track helps runners train for catching the gingerbread man. At the Aquatic Center, a zero-depth entry pool welcomes swimmers who rack up laps and children who whoosh down a twisting waterslide and through a giant frog’s mouth or frolic in waterfalls. A vortex and bubble bench set the stage for aquatic fitness, useful for independent exercise or formal classes.
Aquatic aerobics sessions join plenty of other organized activities on the center’s bustling schedule of fitness classes. Students stretch during yoga, break a sweat to the Latin beats of Zumba, and pump their legs through spinning classes. While parents work up a sweat, their offspring head to childcare at Ricky’s Tiny Tikes (ages 6 months to 4 years) or Luther’s Jungle indoor playground. Here, children 4 and older clamber through the jungle-themed slides, tubes, and nets with the help of a bi-level play structure or polish their da Vinci forgeries with paper and crayons.
The Studio Fitness offers a wide selection of drop-in classes for all ages and fitness levels. Zumba classes spicily roll your body into shape with high-energy music and saucy Latin dance moves. Choose from beginner, low-impact, toning, and strength-building Zumba classes, or get your little one's feet moving with Zumbatomic classes for kids. The Studio Fitness aims to broaden hip-shaking horizons with the Indian-dance-inspired Masala Bhangra workouts and hip-hop cardio classes. PUMP! weight-lifting classes are ideal for strength and toning and can be combined with the calorie-burning power of Zumba, kickboxing, or competitive gum chewing for six-packs on every major appendage. Most classes are 45 minutes to one hour long, and the accommodating schedule leaves no room for the traditional "I was busy hunting Waldo" excuses.
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.
The Human Race Theatre Company is a professional theater company dedicated to themes that encompass the human condition, shatter unexamined perceptions, and raise social awareness. right next to me, a brand-new contemporary musical written by Gregg Coffin and performed on the intimate, three-quarter thrust stage at The Loft Theatre, details a military wife's struggle to come to terms with her husband's death in Iraq. The audience watches as the widow and her brother-in-law set out to scatter her husband's ashes, with the emotional themes of love, love lost, bravery, and sacrifice examined as their quest ultimately leads them to a gratifying transformation.
The history at Victoria Theatre stretches back to 1866, when the "Magnificent Edifice" was first built at First and Main Streets. Its halls have hosted entertainment luminaries of many eras, including Harry Houdini, Mark Twain, and Socrates during his I Know That I Know Nothing comeback tour. In 1975, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places, a list where the Italianate structure still resides well into the 21st century.
Today, the Victoria Theatre hosts performances by many of Dayton's arts organizations—including the Dayton Ballet—as part of a full slate of compelling entertainment choices. The Victoria Theatre Association's ongoing programs include the Premier Health Broadway Series, PNC Family Series, and Cool Films, as well as concerts, variety shows, and comedy sets.