Welcome to DoodleHATCH! Howard County's newest attraction!
What is DOODLEHATCH?
Learn more about Howard County's newest attraction!
hours and ticketing
DoodleHATCH Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 12 PM to 6 PM
Friday - Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Make an appointment to guarantee your spot
$30 for ten people.
WALK IN: $7 per human adult and $5 per human child.
Please purchase your tickets online or
call to make your reservation at (301) 778-0616
Policy Update: Walk-In's allowed Tuesday - Sunday!
What does this mean?
DoodleHATCH is now fully open for business!
You no longer need to reserve a spot online for a trip to DoodleHATCH, walk-in's are always welcome.
Special events like birthdays and workshops may close DoodleHATCH for their expected runtime. Be sure to buy your tickets online if you want to guarantee your family can visit our Art Installation.
Masks and gloves are still required to be worn at all times in the building. We recommend following the Yellow brick road to provide ample space between groups.
what is doodlehatch?
With a goal to inspire creativity in artists, educators and the community in a playful fantasy environment, DoodleHATCH is Howard County's newest attraction!
Step through the doors and discover a place where aliens dock for repairs, unicorns come to be groomed, zombies replace missing body parts and creatures of all kinds can assemble. DoodleHATCH is a one-of-a kind, fun and affordable destination for humans seeking something new and different to do. This pretend department store was built inside a huge unused supermarket by 41 artists. It serves mythical creatures of fairy tales, ghost stories, and other worlds (and curious humans.)
Enjoy an interactive walk through fantasy realms. Visit the Stargate, Fairy Village, the Hobbit House, the Space Station, the Dead and Breakfast, and 30 other installations.
SAFETY and COVID-19
What You Can Do:
Please wear a mask at all times.
Please move in one direction,
follow the "yellow brick road".
When straying off the path,
follow the marked foot prints.
Maintain 6ft social distance from
other groups and practice frequent hand washing.
What DoodleHATCH is Doing:
Checking the temperatures of all visitors.
Constant sanitization of installations and sculptures.
FIND US HERE:
Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court Unit #1
Columbia, Maryland, 21045 U.S.A., Planet Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Human-size methods of transportation can park in any of the 400 Long Reach Village Center parking spaces.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I come in costume?
If you DON’T want to stand out, feel free to come in a costume.
Ogres are asked not to eat the humans but sniffing and drooling may occur.
I want to come in costume, can I bring props with me?
No real or imaginary weapons are allowed, nor are full-face masks or costumes of violent characters. Let’s leave those for video games.
What age group is DoodleHATCH meant for?
The DoodleHATCH Art Installation is suitable for all ages and families but our focus is mainly young children and toddlers.
Is there a changing station for babies? Can I bring stroller?
We have two changing stations for babies each one located in one of our two bathrooms. Strollers are perfectly acceptable in DoodleHATCH, just make sure you don't forget it!
Can I reserve the facility for a party?
If you're interested in reserving a part of DoodleHATCH for a party, please contact Lee at Lee@LeeAndersen.com for more details!
Can I buy food or drinks? Can I bring in my own?
We have water and some snacks for sale at the DoodleSHOP. We do allow snacks and beverages with closed lids in the art installation, but please do not leave any wrappers on conatiners in the space.
Will I be able to take photographs? Can I use flash?
Photography is encouraged! Take pictures of anything you like! But make sure you ask permission of any perfomers in the shot!
How can I get involved in producing art for DoodleHATCH?
If you are interested in creating work for DoodleHATCH please go to our volunteer page or contact Lee at Lee@LeeAndersen
The Reviews are in!
I don't think there's anything quite like this. It's like... a children's museum if it was made by artists? But it's pretty cool for non-kids, too. For about a week after we left, I could tell a difference in my kids (9 and 12) in terms of how they played with each other. They were much more creative. This place is a stimulant for the mind.
We had a wonderful magical experience! Great for all ages! Everything there is very creative and just really pretty! Most of the things there are made out of household items. One of the mannequins glasses are made out of spoons and forks! The children are allowed to touch everything. There are carousel ponies that you can sit on and move around. The kids can help paint a mural that will be in the front of the building. Kids 7 and under can paint a cardboard building inside. Overall the entire place is like a wonderland! We had a lot of fun. I recommend coming there
My family and I enjoyed exploring through the mythical Departments in DoodleHatch. It was a whimsical art experience. We followed the yellow road and met some cool aliens, sipped tea with two fancy skeleton ladies in the dark woods and more. We were able to create our own art, my daughter painted a narwhal.
We can’t wait to come back!
DoodleHATCH joins the FantasyWood Festival as the newest addition to the ManneqART family.
ManneqART is a national arts and education nonprofit organization that inspires creativity, teaches problem solving skills, and rewards excellence in the creation of “Sculpture on the Human Form.” We host an annual competition, skill building workshops, public artwork displays, and an annual awards event.
ManneqART ManneqMADNESS is an annual competition held by ManneqART that presents a simple challenge. Create a “Wearable Sculpture” that falls into one of our four themes. Artists from all over the country attend competition day to have their artwork displayed on a live model and photographed and judged on its artistic merits.
The FantasyWood Festival is a magical 3 day experience being held in Columbia, Maryland.
Come join us for a walk in the woods with surprises around each corner. Meet mermaids and fairies, watch knights duel and even see a live unicorn!
With 40 specialty vendors, different themed areas, amazing entertainers, and kid friendly activities, there's something for the whole family to enjoy.