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:
Towson Town Center
825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson
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
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
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.
6241 Falls Road, Baltimore
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,
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.
7 Fox Tail Road, Timonium
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
9638 Belair Road, Perry Hall
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
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
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.
7 W. Aylesbury Road, #A, Timonium
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
Laser tag for all ages with options ranging from two games to unlimited all-day play.
Secrets on Main Street
214 Main St., Reisterstown
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
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
Bounce, climb and slide the day away on six inflatable play stations, in a castle or aboard a pirate ship.