Curious Kids: Vacations & Staycations
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Did You Know?
Did you know that one of the most visited attractions in Ohio is Cedar Point?
Some books below may be eBooks or audiobooks. Ask a librarian or parent for help.
Do a Mad Lib
Go camping, to Wonderland, or a park - just to name a few places - with the library's own Mad Libs!
Hike a Nature Literature Trail
Hike and learn in one of our fabulous local parks! Click on a trail image for information about that trail and lots of books and fun activities to help you get ready for your hike. The Nature Literature Trails are made possible through a partnership between the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the Centerville-Washington Park District and were fully funded by the Yeck Family Foundation.
Join a Sports Team
Join other local kids to play baseball, softball, volleyball, and more!
Kids & Teens at Five Rivers MetroParks
Find a cool activity to do during summer. Scroll down to choose your activity, then click on it to find out where it’s offered. For a map of any park, go to that park’s page and scroll down to the bottom to download a map with all the trails and other features of that park.
Make a Life List of Animals
On your staycation, start a "life list" of animals! You can begin by listing all the creatures you find in your own backyard, from bugs to birds, to the neighborhood cat. If you go traveling, you can add to your list - location names and dates will help you remember them. Maybe you could turn your growing list into a blog!
My Little Camp
If you were a mouse, what would your campground look like?
National Museum of the United States Air Force
Admission to this amazing museum is free (but they do charge for the Air Force Museum Theatre and flight simulators). If you can't go in-person, take a virtual tour here!
National Parks Virtual Tour
Choose between 360 degree tours of live cams or some of the coolest parks in the nation! You might not have heard of them all...
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Brought to you by Nature Bridge. There are several scavenger hunt themes to choose from, but all are equally fun!
Town Hall Theatre Auditions
Learn what it takes to be involved in a play at Town Hall Theatre in Centerville. (When play are currently in production, the details will be here.)
This page from Dayton Parent Magazine lists opportunities for kids through the teen years. Be sure to check for the age range for the ones you’re interested in.
A to Z Maps Online
For free with your library card. Learn all about the place you are camping - from tree maps, to bird maps, and topography.
A to Z USA
This resource is free with your library card. Travel from the comfort of your home as you explore neat facts about each of the 50 states.
Eco Kids Planet
Learn about nature and the conservation of resources.
Tons of cool activities to keep you busy!
The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island [DVD]
The Alden kids have a home with their grandfather now, but their adventures are just beginning! The first surprise comes when they learn they'll spend summer on their private island. A kind stranger who lives there is always happy to help the children out, but does this new friend have a secret?
Camp Rock [DVD]
Mitchie Torres is a teen with an amazing voice and a driving ambition to be a pop singer. All she wants to is to spend her summer at a prestigious music camp. But, the camp is expensive. Will she be able to go, and if so, will she fit in?
Garfield Travel Adventures [DVD]
Garfield and his friends take three trips: camping, visiting a tropical island, and going to Hollywood.
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer [DVD + Blu-ray]
Judy Moody is looking forward to the best summer vacation ever. The trouble is, her parents are called out of town and her BFFs are going away with their own families, which leaves Judy trapped at home with her pesky brother Stink under the watchful eye of Aunt Opal. But with a little playful planning, and a lot of imagination, Judy turns a snoresville summer into the way-not-boring adventure of a lifetime!
The New Big Plane Trip [DVD]
A live-action video adventure that will take viewers on an exciting journey from Atlanta to London in a Delta Air Lines jet.
Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown! [DVD]
Charlie Brown and his friends are in a raft race at summer camp – against a bunch of cheaters!.
Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild [DVD]
Stuart joins his family for a camping trip in the great outdoors, where Petra is kidnapped by some angry animals, and Stuart has to use all his scouting skills to help her!
Art Vids for Kids
Just for kids, here are videos about some of the art at the Dayton Art Institute to enjoy online. Get some paper and a pencil out – they might challenge to you draw!
Book of Stuff to Do Outside
Brought to you by Discover the Forest. Twelve pages of fun activities to do outdoors! Click on the link at the top left of their list, and print! (Ask your grownups if it’s okay to download.)
Boonshoft at Home
Dozens of videos about the Dayton museum’s animals, videos of activities and experiments to do at home, videos of some of the exhibits at the museum, and more. Some of the videos even have downloadable activity guides! All from the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.
You can tour these weird places from home!
Species Guide Index of Ohio Wildlife
Hiking or camping in Ohio? Use this guide to learn about the wildlife you see! Each entry has a full description and a photograph.
What’s That Snake?
It’s easy to identify Ohio snakes! Click on "Begin Quick I.D."
What Tree Is It?
Look up any Ohio tree by its leaf, fruit (or seed), or name.