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.
501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore
Enjoy your own personalized experience at the aquarium with options for a peek behind-the-scenes.
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.
Ann Street Pier off Thames Street
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 Columbia Lanes
7100 Carved Stone Road, Columbia
8419 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City
Simple formula for success: Bowling, pizza and video games are sure to please.
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
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.