By Christian Kendzierski
When it’s snowing or too cold to run around outside, what’s a family to do? Lucky for us, Baltimore has plenty of indoor activity fun parks to keep us all full of fun and exercise.
Hours: Mon, Tues & Thurs: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $12.00 a day with discount plans available
Kiddie Crusoe, “where every day is an adventure,” is a great place for your kids to run around and blow off some steam during a cold, snowy day and maybe meet some new friends. This popular 12,000 foot, indoor kid-wonderland’s convenient location makes it an easy stop for any family. Your kids will spend hours running through a castle fort, a pirate ship, rock climbing walls, long crawl tunnels and sliding down slippery tube slides. If your kid likes bouncing then prepare them for Kiddie Crusoe’s inflatable pirate jump, ocean obstacle bouncer, a slide bouncer and ball pit. There is also a kiddie-city scape with everything a city needs and an interactive playroom with Nintendo Wii and game lounges for individual play. Check out the discount available and enjoy your snow day – inside!
Hours: Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: Prices vary
Extra Innings is an indoor facility geared toward the baseball player or fan who wants to improve their game or just have a little fun. Batting cages are available on a walk-in basis and offer pitches ranging from 40 to 90 miles per hour, the perfect range for kids looking to have some fun and getting a real handle on the ball. Extra Innings also houses 8 tunnels more than 70 feet long and 15 feet wide, plenty of room to hit, throw and run. Tunnels can be rented for a half to full hour. For the serious baseball player, the facility offers baseball and softball lessons, clinics and strength and conditioning coaches. Extra Innings is a great place to work on your summer baseball play in the middle of winter.
Hours: Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Storyville is a great place to learn and have fun for the entire family. Children from ages birth to five will find a learning wonderland where literacy is encouraged and supported…but you wouldn’t know it, because it is so much fun. Kids will enjoy the Baby Garden, Toddler Woods and Bay, the Grocery Store, Puppet Stage and Theatre, the Construction Zone and the Library. Storyville encourages parental or caregiver participation and they give you all the tools. Plenty of parking is available.
Hours: Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – Midnight
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: Prices range from $10.00 to $20.00 with daily specials
Futuristic family fun! That is what Redzone is all about. It’s 6,000 square-foot Laser Tag arena offers the tagger a multi-level, fog-filled industrial-landscape with plenty of hiding places and spaces to keep cover to protect you from a friend’s lasers. Take the laser maze challenge, where your inner James Bond comes out as you and your family maneuver your way through lasers beams without touching them. Each one you block, you lose points. Also enjoy miniature golf with Redzone’s Urban Golf. Glow-in-the-dark balls, putters, obstacles and greenways make this putt-putt the most unique I bet you will ever experience. Look for the arcade with 35 video games and a food and drink area where all appetites are filled with a wide variety of good food.
Hours: Monday –Friday: 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $10.00 during Open Play time with party and group rates available
Kangaroo Kid Zone is appropriately named because your family will be hopping around all-day in this blow-up fun park. Promising to leave your kids “joyfully worn out’” make sure you check out the gigantic Inflatable Party Paradise Center with blow-up obstacle courses, tunnels, slides and a bouncing area. During Open Play, the inflatable fun zone is open with no reservation required. Make sure your kids wear socks. They are required.
Christian Kendzierski spends most of his time as a media specialist at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. He also works as a freelance writer and lives in Baltimore. See what’s going in Christian’s world by following him on Twitter @ck1media.