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Baltimore birthday party guide

Find the perfect venue in Howard County, Baltimore County or Baltimore City for your next birthday bash.

April 02, 2013|By Cheryl Clemens

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
301 W. Camden St., Baltimore
410-625-7060
geppismuseum.com
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
410-396-0808
carriemurraynaturecenter.org
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
410-685-2370
mdsci.org
Hands-on exhibits on three floors plus pick an IMAX movie for your guests.

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore
410-396-7102
marylandzoo.org
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
443-984-4075
mtpleasanticearena.com
Partiers get to skate, eat pizza and relax at a reserved table. Parent spectators are free.

National Aquarium
501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore
410-576-3800
aqua.org
Enjoy your own personalized experience at the aquarium with options for a peek behind-the-scenes.

Port Discovery
35 Market Place, Baltimore
410-727-8120
portdiscovery.org
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
443-615-7878
ripleys.com/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
410-327-8378
urbanpirates.com
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
410-547-9000
thewalters.org
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.

HOWARD COUNTY

Brunswick Lanes
Brunswick Columbia Lanes
7100 Carved Stone Road, Columbia
410-381-7750
Brunswick Zone-Normandy
8419 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City
410-465-0355
bowlbrunswick.com
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
Columbia
410-997-3505
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.

Center Ring Circus School
6770 Oak Hall Lane, Suite 105
Columbia
443-996-8197
centerringcircusschool.com
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
410-730-4049
clarklandfarm.com
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
columbiaassociation.org
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.
Columbia
410-872-0060
earthtreksclimbing.com
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
410-465-8877
hcconservancy.org
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
410-313-0400
howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm
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.

Jumpzone
7175 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia
410-309-5966
jumpzoneparty.com
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
Jessup
443-755-0111
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.

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