Amusement Parks in Maryland

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Named one of the top five children’s museums in the nation by Child magazine, Port Discovery features a profusion of exhibits and programs designed to entertain and engage children ages 2 through 10 (though all ages are welcome). Like earthworm petting zoos, the museum’s three floors of kid-focused fun are rooted in interactivity, with various permanent exhibits giving kids the chance to go shopping, erect structures, create artwork, solve mysteries, and more. The Wonders of Water exhibit introduces human tadpoles to water chimes, a stream table, a bubble hoop, and other vital imports from Atlantis, while KidWorks, a three-story urban tree house, gives them a chance to practice for the predominantly arboreal architecture of the future. Through January 2, 2011, Bob the Builder - Project: Build It! transports kids as though via enchanted monorail to Sunflower Valley, where they can bolster positive attitudes as they play with tools and work on projects that may directly lead to a cure for melty hands.

34 Market Pl
Baltimore,
MD
US

As summer turns to fall, the 200-year-old Nightmare Manor opens its doors to scare-seeking guests. Inside, actors portraying the spirits of the Manor's former residents who died in a tragic fire frighten explorers with detailed scenes and special effects as they transverse a series of rooms and surrounding property that would strike fear into the heart of any human, whether dead or undead. In addition to this macabre attraction, Nightmare Manor also houses an outdoor theater, bungee run, and bonfire.

10240 Fingerboard Rd
Ijamsville,
MD
US

It's not enough for the inflatable jungle gyms at Marley Bounce Party to cushion kids' bouncing feet; they also have to tickle their imaginations. In one circular bounce house, cushy palm trees and dinosaurs whisk kiddos to the prehistoric tropics. Four turrets surround a castle-style house, where tykes can careen down one of two slides while pretending to flee from a Medieval dragon or a somewhat more intelligent Enlightenment-era dragon, all while three new bouncers keep everyone safe. In addition to its plush playgrounds, Marley Bounce Party offers two party rooms that can host up to 25 kids and their parents, as well as a baby-changing station and cold drinks and juices available for purchase.

7900 Ritchie Hwy.
Glen Burnie,
MD
US

Starting in the mangrove swamps of South Florida as Tarzan’s Cup, The Jungle Cup tests runners’ warrior instincts and brute strength with a bevy of jungle-inspired challenges. Lone wolves, coed pairs, or teams of four take on the 5K course’s rivers of mud and swinging vines with the hope of winning the coveted Jungle Cup—or at least a finisher’s medal. Obstacles vary based on the run’s location, but contestants can rest assured that their endurance will be put to the test through primal trials such as leaping over fire pits, hurling javelins, and swimming through water hazards. After the race, athletes cool down with a frosty beverage at the Jungle Party, which celebrates their victories with fire shows, hula hoop-offs, and costume contests.

7612 Willow Rd
Frederick,
MD
US

Today’s Groupon gets you three hours of glorious video-gaming-on-big-screens action and a $5 voucher for snacks at the Ultimate Gaming Zone in Lakeforest Mall, a total value of $29. Round up your 35-year-old adult friends with 12 years of gaming experience for a grownup afternoon of artificial footballing, shooting, or guitaring.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.

701 Russell Ave
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Not many people know it, but medieval knights didn't just carry shields and swords when they would storm a castle. They also strapped on futuristic vests and unholstered their laser guns. For proof, just look inside the sprawling play area at The Castle Laser Tag. Here, a giant wizard head tops the castle walls?which are painted to look like stone. Inside waits a multi-level arena, where fog, lights, and sounds surround players as they compete solo or in teams. The Castle Laser Tag also houses other activities, including arcade games and an air-hockey table.

14201 Woodcliff Ct
Bowie,
MD
US