Play is an essential part of learning, which is why nearly half of all college classes take place in laser-tag arenas and the human genome was first mapped using skee-balls. Keep your kids rolling toward scholarly success with today's Groupon: for $45, you get an annual membership and 10 hours of children's programs at Kidtown USA in Schaumburg (a $135 value).
Kidtown USA immerses children in a bright, open space surrounded by murals of Chicagoland and stocked with toys, play structures, and learning stations. The kid-friendly facility is full of equipment and furnishings that encourage activities fueled by exploration and creativity, such as playing make believe with a real chum or discussing contemporary nonfiction with an imaginary friend. Play areas include an indoor playground with a pirate ship and castle; a miniature city replete with a fire station, vet's office, and home; and a story time theater where teachers act out more than 200 prepared stories, allowing children to practice their reading by following the words on a big screen. Program participation is as flexible as the Play-Doh spine of a professional yoga instructor, and parents can choose between pay-by-the-hour drop-in sessions or longer classes. Today’s Groupon can also be used for the Friday Kids' Nights Out ($30), a game- and activity-filled 2.5-hour program for children 5–8.
For kids about to become one year older, the value of this Groupon can also be applied toward a birthday party ($250) specially designed for 2- and 3-year-olds who have outgrown more traditional toddler celebrations, such as quiet dinners followed by canasta and juice. The 90-minute parties can accommodate up to 40 people and include a slide show of the birthday kid, milk and ice cream, and supervised free play in the space.
Three Insider Pagers give Kidtown USA an average of five stars:
- The classes/ age groups are small and the teachers are caring and attentive. If you are looking for a daycare that is more than just babysitting you need to check out Kid Town. – Maggie K., Insider Pages
- The staff are great. After a couple of months, it's even better than we were expecting. – Shelley G., Insider Pages
Kidtown USA came from the minds of educators and recreation specialists who created a program licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Each location’s activity stations cater not only to entertaining kids, but also helping them develop skills for creative self-expression and social engagement. Kids explore the indoor play area, which consists of climbing structures—including a pirate ship and a train—before watching puppets act out classic kids’ tales such as Uncle Vanya Goes to the Zoo at Storytime Theater. Make Believe City’s open air and small, miniature rooms emulate imaginative settings such as a firehouse, veterinarian's office, or construction zone. Elsewhere at The Diner, red-and-chrome furniture and a classic checkerboard floor sets the stage for cooking lessons or snack time.