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July 2021

BIG Backyard Party

Saturday, July 31, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Oak Grove Park,
1790 E. Social Row Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458 United States
boy with snowcone

Join the fun at the 5th annual BIG Backyard Party! The day will be filled with hands-on activities all ages and abilities can enjoy, as we celebrate clean waterways and wildlife in the Miami Valley. Activities will include fishing, archery, field games, inflatables, food trucks and raffles! This program is made possible by several ongoing community partnerships. All ages. 

August 2021

Hidden Meadows Day Camp: Week 9 (Morning)

Monday, August 2, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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two girls sitting on log at fire circle

Winged Things

Not all winged things have feathers. Winged creatures are all around us — and we will explore them all! Observe them in the wild and see some up close. There is so much to learn about our flying friends! Ages 5 – 12.

Monday, August 2 – Friday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: Monday, July 26

Hidden Meadows Day Camp: Week 9 (All Day)

Monday, August 2, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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two girls sitting on log at fire circle

Winged Things

Not all winged things have feathers. Winged creatures are all around us — and we will explore them all! Observe them in the wild and see some up close. There is so much to learn about our flying friends! Ages 5 – 12.

Monday, August 2 – Friday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: Monday, July 26

Sugar Valley Day Camp: Week 9 (Morning) 3-5y

Monday, August 2, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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young girl in a mask walking

Furry Friends

Let’s plant the seeds of wonder while learning all about plants! Learn how to find seeds that bloom into beautiful meadow flowers. Play games, create plant-based crafts and smile as new friendships bloom in the park. Ages 3 – 5.

Monday, August 2 – Friday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: Monday, July 26

Recreation Day Camp: Week 9, Yankee

Monday, August 2, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Yankee Park,
7500 Yankee St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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girl in mask sitting at picnic table holding up flower artwork

Recreation Day Camp (RDC) offers a variety of recreation activities, sports, games, arts and crafts, guest speakers and more! All RDC sites are led by trained recreation leaders. This fun program keeps children outdoors and active all week! Ages 5 – 11.

Monday, August 2 – Friday, August 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: Monday, July 26

Recreation Day Camp: Week 9, Iron Horse

Monday, August 2, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Iron Horse Park,
6161 Millshire Dr.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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girl in mask sitting at picnic table holding up flower artwork

Recreation Day Camp (RDC) offers a variety of recreation activities, sports, games, arts and crafts, guest speakers and more! All RDC sites are led by trained recreation leaders. This fun program keeps children outdoors and active all week! Ages 5 – 11.

Monday, August 2 – Friday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: Monday, July 26

End-of-Summer RecKit Shop

Monday, August 2, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Activity Center Park,
221 N. Main St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Pick up some new fun activities to try with the kids before they go back to school! We have a variety of extra RecKits left over for summer that we are making available to our community! There are a variety of themes and age groups available. The RecKits will be free but we ask you to bring at least one school supply item to be donated to Hannah’s Treasure Chest. RecKits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No holds.

End-of-Summer RecKit Shop

Tuesday, August 3, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Activity Center Park,
221 N. Main St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Pick up some new fun activities to try with the kids before they go back to school! We have a variety of extra RecKits left over for summer that we are making available to our community! There are a variety of themes and age groups available. The RecKits will be free but we ask you to bring at least one school supply item to be donated to Hannah’s Treasure Chest. RecKits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No holds.

Early Adventures: Willowbrook

Tuesday, August 3, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Willowbrook Park,
10225 Park Edge Drive OH 45458 United States
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mom and baby daughter holding hands in creek

These exploratory hikes foster curiosity and confidence in young children. Groups will be broken up to meet the current gathering guidelines and are led by Park District staff and volunteers. Ages 0 – 4 years with adult companion.

Registration deadline: 48 hours in advance

Young Birders Club: Owling

Tuesday, August 3, 8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Barred Owl

Bird watching and identification is a fascinating subject. You will walk away with a greater knowledge of birds and their role in the ecosystem. For every three meetings you attend, you will receive a bird-themed pin to add to your collection. A light snack is included. Ages 12 – 17.

Registration deadline: 48 hours in advance

Booked for Lunch

Wednesday, August 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Virtual

A collaborative program with the Centerville-Washington History and the Washington-Centerville Public Library, Booked for Lunch is a monthly lunchtime discussion on a historical fiction or nonfiction book. Ages 18 and up.

Due to COVID-19, Booked for Lunch will meet virtually this summer.

August Discussion: The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West

Pop-Up Ology: August 5

Thursday, August 5, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Robert F. Mays Park,
10553 Paragon Road
Dayton, OH 45458
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Pop into your parks and learn about different areas of study! Each day will offer a booth with a different theme. Drop-in any time during the designated hours and an instructor will have an activity or hike related to a field of study. This is a Tools to Trek program. All ages.

Registration deadline for the virtual option: Noon the day of the program

Medicinal Plants & Folk Remedies

Friday, August 6, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
The Walton House Museum,
89 West Franklin Street
Centerville, OH 45459
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Centerville-Washington History logo

Participants will learn about our first local physician, Dr. John Hole, and the remedies used to treat the ailments of early Ohio settlers. At the end of the program, the Park District will provide a small number of native prairie seeds for you to plant. This program is offered in partnership with Centerville-Washington History. Ages 14 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

Registration deadline: 48 hours in advance

Butterfly Survey

Saturday, August 7, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
buckeye butterfly

Contribute to citizen science by joining the naturalist on Butterfly Surveys. Identify and count butterflies while observing other seasonal wildlife as we stroll. No experience necessary. Trail is approximately one mile in length on uneven terrain. This is a Tools to Trek program. Best for ages 8 and up.

Registration deadline: 48 hours in advance

Bike Centerville Community Ride G

Sunday, August 8, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Activity Center Park,
221 N. Main St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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group of bikers riding on a path

Take advantage of this opportunity to explore Centerville and Washington Township by bicycle. The ride will be led by trained and experienced bike leaders and will help you learn routes to shopping, parks and more! Rides will be an easy-paced 10 to 15 miles that start and end at a park. Ages 18 and up.

Registration deadline: Thursday, August 5