Welcome to DoodleHATCH! Howard County's newest attraction!

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hours and ticketing

DoodleHATCH Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM



Please purchase your tickets online or

call to make your reservation at  (301) 778-0616

Policy Update:

Starting 1/23/20 Saturdays and Sundays will have 2 families/pods scheduled with stacked appointments!

What does this mean?

Our first group is scheduled at 10 am, and our second would come in at 10:30am.

This stacked schedule will allow the first group to move through the first half of our 1500 square ft. facility before the second group comes in. Along with the stacked schedule, there will be rules to ensure that each group is keeping a safe distance. We will still not allow more than 10 guests per group. The 20 guest limit is 10% of our actual allowed capacity to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and the community.

We will continue to only schedule one family/pod of up to 10 Tuesday through Friday, for those with concerns about the safety or compromised immune systems.


Masks and gloves are still required to be worn at all times in the building.


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.

Limiting maximum occupancy to 25 visitors at a time.

Offering special “private tours” for families that want the space to themselves.

what is doodlehatch?

Welcome to Howard County's newest attraction, DoodleHATCH!


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.


Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court Unit #1

Columbia, Maryland, 21045 U.S.A., Planet Earth, Milky Way Galaxy

FREE Parking

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!

Rebecca T.

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.

Alicia R.

We had a blast with our alien friends and left free to be our true fairy-selves. Fun times!

Nikki M.

Best Art Experience Ever for Kids!

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.



8775 Cloudleap Court, Columbia, Maryland, U.S.A. 21045

Planet Earth, Milky Way Galaxy.


(301) 778 - 0616


Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Sunday: 10 - 5  

If interested in later appointments please call (301) 778 - 0616  

Some Restrictions may apply.

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WARNING: laser lights at the entrance could potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Discretion is advised.

"This Installation is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org)

DoodleHATCH is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to education in the arts.

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