No one wants to be stuck inside on bad-weather days, especially if you have young children. The kids need to burn off some of that boundless energy, but mom and dad want to have some fun too. If you live in Frederick, Mt. Airy or New Market, it can be a challenge to find indoor activities that will appeal to adults and children alike. Does such a place exist? Yes, there is! Adventure Park USA (APUSA) is Maryland’s only true Family Entertainment Center. It’s truly a place where families can play together. Take a look at some of their offerings:
A great place to host your birthday party, field trip or corporate event.
With two challenging courses; Thunderin’ Falls and Dry Gulch, your family will bond over this classic American pastime.
World-class child-care, summer camp, before and aftercare, and a pre-school program with the Adventure Park Academy.
Family owned and operated since 2005.
Parents are always looking for active, educational and hands-on ways for their children to engage with the world around them. As the season’s change, finding facilities with enough space can be a challenge. Luckily, Frederick county has some locally owned family-centered places to take your kids on those bad weather days. I spoke to Ellen Pryzbocki of The Orginal Playhouse in New Market, and Joe Said of Spinners Pinball Arcade in Frederick about what makes them unique.
Interview Spotlight: Ellen Pryzbocki of The Original Playhouse in New Market
Tell me a little about yourself and the idea behind The Original Playhouse?
EP: I was a special education and reading intervention teacher with FCPS for 17 years. In the fall of that 17th year, I took my daughter to a children’s museum in Gettysburg and fell in love with everything about it. Being surrounded by giggling kids playing in a space free of technology really spoke to me. I left with a voice in my head telling me to open something similar in Frederick and a year later, the fall of 2013, The Original Playhouse opened its doors. My family has since moved to the area from downtown Frederick, and we love the east side of Frederick County and its surrounding areas.
What kinds of birthday party offerings do you have?
EP: We offer two options. The first is to have a private party and the entire Playhouse is open exclusively to the birthday child’s family and friends. These are 2 hours long and run Friday early evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Most birthday kids are between the ages of 4 and 7, but we’re starting to get some younger and older kids. The second option is for smaller groups and runs during our open hours. The birthday child’s family and friends have 2 hours at the Playhouse while we remain open to the public. Our parties are a huge hit in the area and the most frequent feedback I hear from moms is how easy it is to celebrate a birthday at the Playhouse, and how much their kids loved it. There’s pretty much something for every type of child.
What do you love most about your job?
EP: I have met the coolest families since opening the Playhouse and that’s probably the best part about having this business, getting to know this community on a personal level and watching so many kids grow up at the Playhouse. I didn’t realize that was going to be a part of owning a small business and it’s definitely a gift I hadn’t considered.
Do you have any special classes or events?
EP: We have monthly thematic parties that are posted on our website and Facebook events page. Our Parents’ Night Out is the 4th Friday of every month for kids 4 and above. Parents who choose to dine next door to Vintage get a free dessert with their dinner. Check out our Facebook events page for more details about her upcoming events.
Interview Spotlight: Joe Said of Spinners Pinball EDU Center
What inspired you to start Spinner’s pinball arcade?
JS: I am a certified Autism specialist by the IBCCES and have an extensive background in assistive technology. I’ve been a pinball fanatic for most of my adult life and was inspired to open Spinners Pinball Arcade a Pinball EDU center after witnessing how pinball has changed people’s lives (like Robert Gagno from the movie, Wizard Mode). I believe that pinball and other gaming can positively impact children, adults, and families in a profound way. I want to see inclusive community centers like Spinners open up across the country.
What are your favorite games to play?
JS: Although it’s always exciting to see the newest and shiniest pinball machines out on the scene today, vintage pinball machines have such uniqueness and challenge to them that continues to inspire.
Tell me about your birthday party offerings. Do you have birthday party packages? What’s included in a birthday party package?
JS: Spinners pinball arcade has become a favorite destination of birthday parties for kids and adults alike. We offer both private and public options for parties. Public parties offer the entire space during our hours of operation with an option to add the use of our private party room while our private party option allows guests to take over our entire pinball arcade during off-hours.
Do you have any regular family events?
JS: We host a weekly pinball league (Thursdays at 8 PM) for all ages and skill levels, and every Sunday we welcome volunteers into the space to help restore games and learn a bit more about Pinball EDU and our mission.
Both the Original Playhouse and Spinners Pinball Arcade offer a distinctive experience for families in New Market, Frederick and Mt. Airy. They are just part of the intricate mosaic of locally-owned venues that make Frederick county such a great place to live. APUSA believes in supporting local businesses and non-profit organizations because they got their start as a small family-run franchise called Frederick Putt-Putt Golf and Games. The owners take pride in being part of the Frederick community for nearly 40 years.
As Maryland’s only Family Entertainment Center, APUSA is truly one of a kind. Let’s take an in-depth look at the kind of offerings that set them apart from other similar venues.
Beginning November 1st, we will be entering the “Winter of Awesome” here at Adventure Park USA! As the holidays roll around, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to help you ring in the season. On December 14th, bring your kids out for a Santa and Friends Breakfast! Elsa and Ana will be on hand to take pictures and hang out with Santa. There is also a fantastic Family New Year’s Eve Party on December 31st from 9 PM to 12:30 AM. Space is limited for these events, so make sure to grab your tickets ahead of time.
Looking for a great place in Frederick for your child’s next birthday party? Do you need a venue that is both easy and affordable? We’ve got you covered! With plenty of exciting indoor and outdoor attractions, customizable birthday party packages, spacious party rooms, and attentive staff; APUSA is truly the area’s premier place for your next celebration or event. Booking and planning your event is a cinch, just go online and reserve your date today.
The Adventure Park Academy is an accredited preschool and childcare provider. The wonderful staff provides a family-like environment for your child to learn and grow. Play-based learning is the heart of their child-focused curriculum. Hands-on activities are used to encourage fine and gross motor skills. Before and aftercare are also available for working families. Click here for more information.
With Camp Adventure at APUSA, your child will have the best summer ever! Your camper will have access to daily amusement park rides such as Crater Lake Bumper Boats, Blazing Trail Go-Karts, the Wild West Express, and Wild Cat roller coasters and so much more. If it’s a rainy day, there are plenty of hands-on attractions such as West World Laser Tag, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Hang ‘em High Ropes Course and Rustler’s Ridge Rock Wall will keep your kid physically active. Weekly themes such as: “Let’s Experiment” which is a STEM-based week filled with hands-on experiments, and “Adventure Park’s got talent” where children can get in touch with their inner performer.
APUSA wants to be the venue for your next group event. With affordable pricing, friendly staff, and plenty of space, APUSA is the perfect place for your next group event. In fact, people of all ages love the exuberant and joyful atmosphere that the park provides. Many groups are so pleased with their experience, that they return to the park for their summer camps or field trips year after year. Andrea from Hayfield Secondary School has already written in to book her party for next year;
“I wanted to follow up with you regarding reserving the date for 2020. We would like to reserve Friday, June 5, 2020, for the next Party for Hayfield! And everyone had the most fabulous time!!!!”
Perhaps you’re looking for a venue for your next team building or corporate event. APUSA provides you with the kind of enjoyable experience that you can’t find anywhere else. In fact, many groups continue to come back year after year by an employee or member request.
Here are just a few reasons why you should choose APUSA for your next large group outing:
A convenient location right off of route 70, minutes away from Downtown Frederick, which is only an hour from Baltimore and the Metro Washington D.C. area.
Special group pricing and customizable event packages.
A massive outdoor pavilion that seats up to 200 people.
Catering options to feed your hungry crew.
Thrilling amusements and activities that everyone will love.
Ample space to accommodate banquet, classroom and reception style engagements, plus AV equipment is available.
Go online to book your next event now.
“I want to have someplace to play in the wintertime. You know when you’re out and about during the bad months, when it’s raining or just not nice weather, you can come to Adventure Park and play. No one wants to be cooped up when it’s nasty outside. We have a great place to come and have a blast indoors.” -Erik Stottlemyer (CEO of APUSA)
Winter is coming, and that means snow days and nasty weather. Eventually, everyone in the house is going to get sick and tired of being cooped up inside. When the cabin fever hits, plan a trip to Adventure Park USA for the area’s best and most eclectic family entertainment center. In fact, they have some exciting changes planned!
RFID wristbands will be implemented to replace the current reloadable Fun-Pass cards. Guests will be able to track and reload their arcade credits online. The prize redemption center will be getting a massive overhaul with plans to add lots of big-ticket items like kayaks and flat-screen TV’s. Now even the adults can play to win something that they will enjoy. Plus, later this Fall APUSA will be adding beer and wine to their menu.
As you can see, Adventure Park USA has a lot to offer the people of Frederick County and beyond. With excellent indoor and outdoor amenities, birthday party packages, accommodations for school field trips and group events, excellent childcare options and summer camp, what more could you ask for? Plan your visit to Adventure Park USA today.
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Bethany Good is a freelance writer, a mom to two highly energetic elementary-aged children, and the owner of The Good Writing Company. She hails from New Market, MD.