Pary Planning Guide

Pary Planning Guide (April 2, 2013)

Children’s birthday parties at home with cake and games will never go out of style. But if you or your child would like to try something different this year, there’s no shortage of specialty sites in the Baltimore area eager to host your celebration. It doesn’t matter if your child is an artist, an athlete, an outdoor enthusiast or all three -- there is a specialty party designed just for him or her. Here is a sampling of sites to check out:

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Abrakadoodle Art Studio
9606 Deereco Road, Timonium
443-841-7171
abrakadoodle.com
Bring out the artist in your party guests with themes like Party Pirates, Monet Water Lilies or Castles and Dragons.

Baltimore Elite Martial Arts Academy
7850 Rossville Blvd., Nottingham
410-663-9123
bemaa.com
Two-hour parties include games and an introductory lesson by a black belt instructor.

Build-A-Bear Workshop
Towson Town Center
825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson
410-321-5958
buildabear.com
Talk about a great party favor! Each party guest gets to select, prep and dress his or her own furry friend to take home. All ages.

Charm City Kids Club
1500 Riderwood Road, Lutherville
410-337-2252
charmcitykidsclub.com
Play, explore and celebrate with your friends in an enrichment facility designed just for ages 9 and younger.

Coppermine Field House
1400 Coppermine Terrace, Baltimore
410-337-7781
copperminefieldhouse.com
Choose from 18 themes ranging from Jedi Knight and rock climbing to spies and gymnastics at this 42,000-square-foot facility situated on 12 acres.

Fire Museum of Maryland
1301 York Road, Lutherville
410-321-7500
firemuseummd.org
Dress up like a firefighter, sit behind the wheel of a 1938 Mack fire engine and visit with a real firefighter.

Hoppin Tots
6241 Falls Road, Baltimore
410-337-7012
hoppintotsgym.com
Enjoy one hour of supervised gymnastics play and games followed by 30 minutes in the party room. Ages 6 and younger.

Irvine Nature Center
11201 Garrison Forest Road,
Owings Mills
443-738-9200
explorenature.org
Two-hour parties with a party leader and indoor and outdoor activities based on themes ranging from dinosaurs and woodland fairies to reptiles and scavenger hunts. Ages 3 and up.

Kiddie Crusoe
7 Fox Tail Road, Timonium
410-853-7910
kiddiecrusoe.com
Partygoers have 12,000 square feet to explore that includes castle forts, tunnels, zip lines and rock climbing.

Kids First Swim School
9970 York Road, Cockeysville
443-666-2966
9638 Belair Road, Perry Hall
410-529-8350
kidsfirstswimschools.com
It’s never too chilly in the pool, where the water is kept at 90 degrees. Swim for an hour, then spend an hour celebrating in a party room. All ages.

Parkville Bowling Lanes
7607 Harford Road, Parkville
410-444-6100
parkvillelanes.com
Since 1986, the Foreman family has operated these duckpin lanes where birthday partiers get two hours to bowl and play. Bumper guards are available for novice bowlers.

Pump It Up
11515 Cronridge Dr., Suite J/K
Owings Mills
410-356-9050
pumpitupparty.com
Multiroom inflatable fun zone and decorated party rooms. Staff handles all party needs from start to finish. New options include pirate and superhero themes. Ages 3 and up.

Rebounders
7 W. Aylesbury Road, #A, Timonium
410-252-6753
rebounders.com
Play on the trampoline, in the foam pit and on the rope swing -- free play or with an instructor for structured activities. Ages 2-13.

Red Zone Adventures
1928 Greenspring Ave., Timonium
410-252-0296
redzoneadventures.com
Laser tag for all ages with options ranging from two games to unlimited all-day play.

Secrets on Main Street
214 Main St., Reisterstown
410-833-5235
secretsonmainstreet.com
Mod Podge a jewelry box, decorate a pirate sword and treasure chest, or personalize your own fairy wings and magic wand. Ages 4 and up.

Sweet Pea Day Spa for Kids
730 Frederick Road, #204, Catonsville
410-744-6043
sweetpeadayspaforkids.com
Manis, pedis, facials and massages for girls who want a little pampering. They’ll even host a slumber party at their facility. Ages 4-14.

Ultimate Play Zone
10626 York Road, Cockeysville
410-628-7529
upzcockeysville.com
Bounce, climb and slide the day away on six inflatable play stations, in a castle or aboard a pirate ship.

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