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Family Fun: 50 Places To Take The Kids

BY ALLISON EATOUGH For Howard Magazine


The next time your children say they are bored, have a look around. Howard County is home to everything from a go-kart speedway to a firehouse museum. In nice weather, farms and parks offer an excuse to get some fresh air. Here are 50 places to take the kids in 2019.


Indoor adventure & play


Autobahn Indoor Speedway Racers ages 13 and older (and at least 56 inches tall) zip around the speedway’s tracks in Formula 1-inspired electric go-karts, while children ages 8 to 12 (and at least 48 inches tall) drive smaller junior karts. 8251 Preston Court, Jessup 410-880-0010 


Breakout Columbia Participants have one hour to break out of a room using codes, riddles and clues. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 8661 Robert Fulton Drive, Suite 110, Columbia 443-832-6980


Brunswick Zone With two Howard County locations, Brunswick Zone offers bowling lanes, an arcade and a sports bar for grownups. 7100 Carved Stone Road, Columbia 410-381-7750 8419 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City 410-465-0355 Code Ninjas Children ages 7 to 14 learn to code, also known as computer programming, while building games during weekday sessions and day camps. 5725 Richards Valley Road, Suite A3, Ellicott City 410-680-2633 


Dancel Family Center Y The Ellicott City YMCA is home to two indoor pools, a rock climbing wall, a “stay and play” supervised activity room for kids and a family room with foosball, air hockey, board games and computers. 4331 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City 410-465-4334


Earth Treks This Columbia climbing center offers openclimb sessions with a range of rock walls, as well as climbing lessons and summer camps for children ages 6 and up. 7125 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 110, Columbia 410-872-0060


The Family Game Store In addition to selling family games and puzzles, the store hosts weekly game nights and special events. 8600 Foundry St., Savage 301-776-5980


Goldfish Swim School With its 90-degree pool, Goldfish provides year-round swim instruction for children 4 months to 12 years old, as well as family swim times. 9315 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia 410-983-3003


Gymboree Play and Music Gymboree offers a range of play and music classes, as well as open gym time, to help children 5 and under develop cognitive, physical and social skills. 6470 Dobbin Road, Columbia