Baltimore birthday party guide

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:


Abrakadoodle Art Studio
9606 Deereco Road, Timonium
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
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
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.

Fire Museum of Maryland
1301 York Road, Lutherville
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
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
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
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
Owings Mills
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.


Amazing Glaze
Mount Washington Mill
1340 Smith Ave., Baltimore
Little crafters will enjoy spending their party time painting pottery or creating glass jewelry that will be fused overnight in the kiln. Ages 5 and up.

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore
Host your party in the Education Station adjacent to the Roundhouse and picnic area or aboard a 1939 48-seat coach.

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum
216 Emory St., Baltimore
Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards
301 W. Camden St., Baltimore
410-727-1536, Ext. 3051
Baltimore sports enthusiasts will love spending an afternoon exploring the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards or the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum to learn about everything football and baseball in Charm City. The museums are about three blocks apart.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
301 W. Camden St., Baltimore
Ticket packages are available to combine tours of the Sports Legends Museum (see above) with these exhibits of all things pop culture from comic books to television.

Carrie Murray Nature Center
1901 Ridgetop Road, Baltimore
Want to invite some real party animals to your event? Celebrate here, and your party includes three hours in the main animal room and a 45-minute animal program featuring hawks, owls, snakes or tarantulas.

Maryland Science Center
601 Light St., Baltimore
Hands-on exhibits on three floors plus pick an IMAX movie for your guests.

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore
Have your own party on zoo grounds, or opt for a package that includes a reserved tent, all-day ride passes and your own zoo birthday cake.

Mount Pleasant Ice Arena
6101 Hillen Road, Baltimore
Partiers get to skate, eat pizza and relax at a reserved table. Parent spectators are free.

National Aquarium
501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore
Enjoy your own personalized experience at the aquarium with options for a peek behind-the-scenes.

Port Discovery
35 Market Place, Baltimore
Hear a story, customize a craft and explore three floors of interactive exhibits. Party packages feature return passes for every guest.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
301 Light St., Baltimore
Ripley’s 10,000-square-foot Odditorium has the “wow” factor. Birthday packages also include two hours in an event room, a trip through a mirror maze and a 4D moving theater. Guests take home a colorful wax hand.

Urban Pirates
Ann Street Pier off Thames Street
Fells Point
Don’t be a “landlubber.” Spend your birthday cruising on a real pirate ship, singing sea chanteys and searching for treasure.

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore
Search for pirate treasure among the collection, learn how queens and knights of the Middle Ages lived, or explore Egyptian hieroglyphics and learn to create your own secret message. Ages 4-10.


Brunswick Lanes
Brunswick Columbia Lanes
7100 Carved Stone Road, Columbia
Brunswick Zone-Normandy
8419 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City
Simple formula for success: Bowling, pizza and video games are sure to please.

Build-A-Bear Workshop
The Mall in Columbia
10300 Little Patuxent Parkway
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.

Center Ring Circus School
6770 Oak Hall Lane, Suite 105
Watch a short circus skills performance, then kids try their own hands at juggling, walking a tightrope or swinging on a trapeze. End the party, if you choose, with the time-honored clown tradition of a shaving cream pie in the face.

Clark’s Elioak Farm
10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City
Run and play all you want at this outdoor venue, which features a petting farm, hayrides, pony rides, a tree maze, play areas and picnic tables. Open April to November. Fall parties include a visit to the pumpkin patch. Ages 1-12.

Columbia Association Facilities
Multiple locations
The Columbia Association
Choose from batting cages and ice-skating to swimming and Zumba. No matter what your child’s interest, there’s a specialized party available at CA locations throughout the county. Other themes include art, magic, princesses and extreme sports. All ages.

Earth Treks Climbing Center
7125C Columbia Gateway Dr.
No experience needed for a climbing party for every skill and thrill level. Ages 6 and up.

Howard County Conservancy
10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock
Partygoers engage in a hands-on activity plus a 45-minute themed adventure ranging from animal tracking and insects to fossils and survival. Ages 5-10.

James & Anne Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia
Book a weekend party, and be wowed by a planetarium display or a presentation on anything from butterflies to changing seasons to the night sky. Ages 4-14.

7175 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia
Jump to your heart’s content on and in inflatable play pieces for all ages, then celebrate in an adjacent party room. All ages.

Kids First Swim School
7351 Assateague Dr., Suite 394
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.

MarTar Swim School
6901-B Douglas Legum Dr.
A lifeguard is always on duty, and a party leader is assigned to your group to help with games and arrangements. All ages.

My Gym
6905 Oakland Mills Road, Suite C
This play gym and bounce house offers three different party packages with games, activities, puppets, music and more. All ages.

Play N’ Learn Playground
9133 Red Branch Road, Columbia
The Play N’ Learn’s playground showroom features swing sets, trampolines, basketball hoops and more, then enjoy birthday cake in a private party room. All ages.

The Pottery Stop
9050 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City
11821 Scaggsville Road, Fulton
Provides pottery and everything needed to paint it. Many items and shapes to choose from. Parties range from 90 minutes to two hours. Ages 5 and up.

Pump It Up
7184 Troy Hill Dr., Suite H
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.

ShadowLand Laser Adventures
9179 Red Branch Road, Columbia
Strap on a lightweight pack, and enter the 6,000-square-foot arena for a laser adventure. Party sponsor and private room provided. Ages 6 and up.

Soccer Dome
7330 Montevideo Road, Jessup
A two-hour party at this indoor facility includes an hour playing field sport of your choice followed by pizza, punch and cake.

10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia
The giant slide at this Columbia Association pool has been a staple of birthday parties for decades. Parties scheduled October through June only. Ages 1 and up.

Tea on the Tiber
8081 Main St., Ellicott City
Forget punch and plastic cups. Try a civilized birthday party with scones, jam, fruit and cheese, pastries and desserts. Ages 5 and up.

Terrapin Adventures
Historic Savage Mill
8600 Foundry St., Savage
You choose the level of difficulty for partygoers from activities ranging from ziplines, low and high rope courses, to giant swings and even treasure hunts. Participants must weigh more than 70 pounds. Ages 8 and up.

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