Fun ideas to get you out of the house this winter
By David Greisman
There’s no excuse not to have fun in Columbia this winter. Sure, the days are shorter and the weather colder, but Columbia Association makes it easy to make the most of the season.
Columbia Art Center
Columbia Art Center’s programming includes classes; workshops; family friendly events; exhibitions; a salon series; and reading series featuring local authors, poets and open mic time. Take in the arts, learn new skills and head home with your new creation!
6100 Foreland Garth. Call 410-730-0075 or visit ColumbiaArtCenter.org.
Columbia Ice Rink
Lace up the skates with public sessions every day of the week, including specially priced family sessions on Sundays from 7:30-9:30pm. There are also Stick and Puck Hockey sessions, pls Freestyle Skating sessions and lessons in both hockey and skating.
5876 Thunder Hill Road, in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Call 410-730-0322 or visit ColumbiaAssociation.org/icerink
Columbia Skate Arena
Go roller skating every Friday, Saturday and Sunday — including a live DJ on Friday and Saturday nights. Skate assist devices are available so that everyone can have fun.
7080 Deepage Drive, inside Supreme Sports Club. Call 410-381-5355 or visit Columbia Skate Area.
Columbia Swim Center
The indoor Columbia Swim Center offers dedicated times for laps, recreational swim, lessons, deep and shallow water fitness, and even scuba diving training. The SplashDown water slides are open on Saturdays and Sundays for anyone 4 feet and above, and a wading pool means the little ones can play, too.
10400 Cross Fox Lane. Call 410-730-7000 or visit ColumbiaAssociation.org/pools.
CA’s KidSpace facilities have scheduled great programs for this winter, including movie nights at all three fitness clubs, adventure days for when schools are out, bingo, family events, and karaoke.
Visit ColumbiaAssociation.org/kidspace or call: Columbia Athletic Club (410-730-6755), Columbia Gym (410-531-8984), or Supreme Sports Club (410-381-7559).
Learn self-defense and self-discipline with martial arts classes for all ages, starting as young as the Tiny Dragons (ages 2-3). Family classes are available as well. Martial arts programs include aikido, judo, karate, kendo and tae kwon do. Ask about our free classes!