Howard County, Maryland, is a treasure trove of family-friendly indoor spots that promise laughter, learning, and lasting memories. Whether your little ones are thrill-seekers, art enthusiasts, or budding foodies, there's something for everyone. In this guide, we'll explore the diverse array of indoor activities, from active adventures to arts and crafts, ensuring a fantastic time for the whole family.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway

Autobahn Speedway

Active Adventures

  1. Autobahn Speedway: Speed into excitement with go-kart racing at Autobahn Speedway. Perfect for adrenaline junkies of all ages, this indoor track offers an exhilarating experience for the whole family.
  2. Columbia Ice Rink: Glide into fun at the Columbia Ice Rink, presented by Columbia Association. Whether your kids are figure skating enthusiasts or just starting to learn, this rink provides a cool and entertaining escape.
  3. Columbia Swim Center: Make a splash at the Columbia Swim Center, featuring pools and water activities suitable for all ages, presented by Columbia Association. It's the ideal spot for families looking to enjoy a refreshing aquatic adventure.

Columbia Ice Rink. Photo credit Columbia Association.

Columbia Ice Rink. Photo credit Columbia Association.

Fun & Games

  1. GameOn bar + arcade: Unleash your inner gamer at Game On, where cutting-edge arcade games and family-friendly entertainment ensure a fantastic time for kids and adults alike. Opening on January 19th.
  2. Main Event Entertainment: From bowling to laser tag, Main Event Entertainment is a one-stop destination for family fun. The expansive arcade and diverse activities make it the go-to spot for a day of excitement.
  3. Monster Mini Golf: Putt your way through a monster-themed mini-golf adventure. Monster Mini Golf offers a unique and entertaining twist on the classic game, ensuring a memorable time for the whole family.

Arts and Crafts

  1. Clay Coven Pottery Studio: Unleash creativity at Clay Coven Pottery Studio. Kids can get their hands dirty and create unique pottery pieces, fostering artistic expression in a fun and welcoming environment.
  2. Clayground Studio & Gallery: Dive into the world of pottery at Clayground Studio, where children can mold and shape their imagination into tangible art. It's a perfect place for artistic exploration.
  3. Pinot's Palette: For the budding Picassos, Pinot's Palette offers a delightful space for family painting sessions. Create masterpieces together and cherish the shared artistic experience.
  4. Toby's Dinner Theater: Combine dinner and a show at Toby's Dinner Theater. This unique dining experience offers family-friendly performances along with delicious meals, ensuring a night of entertainment for all.


  1. Studio OnePic: Introducing Studio OnePic, an innovative Korean-inspired photo booth concept store that blends the thrill of trying on fun accessories, capturing the perfect snapshot, and acquiring a memorable souvenir. Immerse yourself in a world of creative exploration, where every visit promises a unique and delightful experience.
  2. Breezy Willow Country Farm Market: Explore a farmer's market experience at Breezy Willow, where fresh produce, homemade treats, and local crafts make for a delightful family shopping excursion.
  3. Heron's Meadow Farm: Explore the rustic charm of Heron's Meadow Farm in Western Howard County, where families can indulge in the serene atmosphere while discovering beautiful pottery and delightful honey sticks. This unique destination seamlessly blends shopping with the beauty of nature, creating a picturesque experience for all.


  1. DoodleHATCH Interactive Art Museum: Dive into the world of interactive art at DoodleHATCH, where creativity knows no bounds. This museum encourages hands-on exploration, making it a hit with young artists.
  2. Ellicott Mills Children's Museum: Delve into local history and interactive exhibits at the Ellicott Mills Children's Museum. It's a captivating educational experience that engages young minds.
  3. Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum: Uncover the history of railroads and transportation at the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum. With engaging displays, it's a journey back in time that both kids and adults can enjoy.
  4. African Art Museum: Expand cultural horizons at the African Art Museum. Featuring diverse exhibits, this museum provides a fascinating educational experience for the whole family.
  5. Howard County Welcome Center: Start your exploration of Howard County at the Welcome Center. Gather information, maps, and local insights to make the most of your family-friendly adventure. Visit January 20, 2024, from 10 am - 1 pm for a free Children's Book Fair.

Kid-Friendly Dining Experiences

  1. Howard County Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages: Dine at participating restaurants from January 22 - February 4, 2024. Chefs are creating special prix fixe menus that are perfect to share in a family-style meal.
  2. Warm & Cozy Restaurants: Explore Howard County's restaurant scene with warm and cozy dining spots that offer kid-friendly menus.

Embracing Indoor Fun in Howard County, Maryland

Howard County, Maryland, invites families to embark on a journey of discovery and delight. With a myriad of indoor spots catering to various interests, this vibrant county ensures that every family member, from the youngest to the oldest, finds their own slice of joy. So, pack your sense of adventure and explore the indoor gems that make Howard County a haven for family fun. You'll want to book an overnight stay at one of our hotels for the excitement of a getaway or a nearby staycation.