Situated 19 miles west of Baltimore, the city of Columbia, Maryland, has a population of 99,615, according to the 2010 U.S. census estimate. It is a large city with a small town feel, having several small, self-contained villages dividing up the area. It provides many opportunities for kids to be active and engaged in the community.
Nature and Adventure
The James and Anne Robinson Nature Center (robinsonfoundation.org) is a 23,000-square-foot wildlife and nature center dedicated to educating its visitors. Exhibits include local habitats, a children's discovery room, Chesapeake Bay displays, a domed nature theater and wildlife. Walking paths are lined with native plants and rain gardens outside. Kids might enjoy the challenge of rock climbing at Earth Treks (earthtreksclimbing.com). Climbing walls are available for all skill levels and ages. It offers lessons to those who desire to learn the art of rock climbing.
Brunswick Zone (bowlbrunswick.com) is a 32-lane bowling facility with a festive atmosphere. It has a video arcade, food and billiards. Kids will have fun going to Shadowland Laser Adventures (shadowlandadventures.com), where they can suit up and play laser tag in this state-of-the-art arena. Jump Zone Party Play Centers (jumpzoneparty.com) offers a large selection of inflatables, including a giant Batman, cars lane slide, obstacle courses, a Sesame Street area for toddlers and a Nemo 3D clubhouse.
My Gym Children's Fitness Center (mygym.com) has several classes aimed to get kids active and moving. Children up to 13 years old can participate in classes such as gymnastics, tumbling, team sports education, art and cardio fitness. Wilde Lake Karate (wildelakekarate.com) offers martial arts classes for kids ages 4 and older. The classes seek to instill self-control, respect, discipline and integrity into its students as they are taught karate. Genesis Arts (genesisarts.net) is a dance studio offering classes for kids in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap and lyrical.
The Columbia Sports Park (columbiasportspark.org) is a large complex with recreational opportunities for kids. It houses a skate park, an 18-hole miniature golf course and batting cages. Centennial Park (centennialmd.org) provides the community with a lake area surrounded by sports fields, racquetball courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, fishing, volleyball courts, tennis courts, skateboarding area and picnic areas. Cedar Lane Park (no website; 5081 Cedar Lane; 410-313-4700) features playgrounds, ball fields, picnic areas and basketball courts.