Challenges and camaraderie await in the city’s activity hubs


Nothing breaks up the monotony of a routine like trying a new experience or finding time to enjoy a once-loved activity. Luckily for residents of Severna Park, Arnold and Millersville, there’s plenty of variety within a short drive.

Are you looking for a new hobby? Annapolis Home Brew has supplies to help you brew your next perfect batch of beer, wine, mead, hard cider, kombucha, or soda. The shop also offers cheese making kits and ingredients as well as fermented vegetable supplies.

“It’s not just daddy’s den; it’s a place the whole family can enjoy,” said store manager Steve Bolton. “It’s a great activity for couples and we have lots of solo brewers; it’s certainly not just a male pastime.

Another activity for the whole family: bowling. Both experienced and new bowlers can head to Severna Park Lanes, which has 16 tenpin lanes and 16 duck lanes. To keep young children happy and their bowling balls out of the gutters, there are also bumper bowling lanes. For more fun, come and play galactic bowling where the normal lights are turned off, the music is turned up and special effect lighting transforms the place into a party atmosphere.

If you’re looking to engage a group of friends, family, or colleagues in a collaborative exercise, EscapeTime Escape Rooms has locations in Severna Park and Annapolis. Teams of 2 to 10 people enter a themed room and have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles.

Owners Jose Matos and Russell Paterno opened the Severna Park site in 2018.

“Our rooms are third-generation,” Matos previously told the Voice. “A lot of places are generation one, which are just locks. Both generations are regular locks and puzzles. one watches, gives clues.

It doesn’t take a lot of clues to find the target in our next recommendation. Ax House Annapolis, located in Severna Park, challenges guests to hit targets using one of the following tools: hatchets, ninja stars, knives, throwing cards, tactical axes, custom axes, tomahawks, shovels and two-handed axes. No experience is necessary, but reservations are required.

For a different kind of thrill, check out Eco Adventures. The Millersville facility is home to over 100 native and exotic animals and includes a simulated rainforest full of animal exhibits and a glowing volcano, an “Underwater Pier” discovery room, an outdoor lock and fossil dig, as well an outfield and classroom adjoining the Severn Run Wildlife Area.

Another outdoor experience awaits at Scoring Zone Golf in Arnold. Playing lessons help golfers learn the rules of the game, understand their stroke options, read the greens, and get the most out of their golf time.

With a 19,000 square foot indoor arena, the Benfield Sportscenter offers Anne Arundel County residents a place to play futsal, soccer, baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, dodgeball and at kickball. Featuring a large lobby with Comcast video, Wi-Fi and a snack bar, Benfield Sportscenter is also a great place for birthday parties.

Children wanting to make a long-term commitment and earn a rewarding reward can try a variety of hobbies. The Maryland Performing Arts Center, for example, educates girls and boys in the genres of dance, conditioning, acrobatics, and vocal training.

For all ages, Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Arnold offers beginner dance lessons, wedding dance lessons, ballroom dancing lessons and dance lessons.

Whatever piques your interest, we hope this list helps you discover a new activity or rekindle an old passion.


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