Tired of watching the kids play video games? There are dozens of places in Howard County to take children — indoors and out — for fun, exercise and, yes, even learning experiences. Here are 50 venues to check out in 2020.
Columbia facility offers play areas for toddlers and kids including swimming, martial arts, dance, fitness, yoga and gymnastics.
My Gym Columbia
Zumba, Ninja training and art explorers classes are among the offerings for children to age 7.
This 25,000-square-foot “American Ninja Warrior”-inspired obstacle racing center includes a trampoline dodgeball court, climbing walls and mechanical bulls, as well as classes for children as young as 3.
9301 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, 443-600-9550, ninjabe.com
Play N’ Learn Playground Superstore
Children can play on its showroom swing sets, trampolines and air hockey tables for up to two hours.
The nature center is home to a range of educational programs, a planetarium, an interactive nature discovery room and exhibits highlighting the Chesapeake Bay watershed and local forest animals, as well as several outdoor walking trails.
Open every weekend through May, this newly renovated Columbia Association facility is home to water slides (riders must be at least 4 feet tall) and a rope swing. Within the same facility, recreational swimming is also available.
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station
The museum, billed as the oldest surviving railroad station in America, includes a replica of the first horse-drawn passenger rail car, a 1927 caboose, model railroads and displays highlighting small town railroad life.
The school, which opened in 1880 to provide an educational space for black children, is now a genealogical resource center and museum highlighting the history of African Americans in Howard County.
Howard County Historical Society Museum
The museum tells the story of Howard County’s history through collections and exhibits highlighting everything from the Ellicott family and the Patapsco Female Institute to Native American tools and the Enchanted Forest.