Celebrating a birthday compensates for the downsides of growing up, such as doing homework and realizing that your original teeth are never coming back. Put a smile on a child's face with this Groupon.
$109 for a Kids' Leadership Karate Birthday Party ($249 Value)
During a 90-minute birthday party, teachers with experience in child education entertain up to 20 kids with games and martial-arts instruction, with a particular focus on leadership lessons. For the martial-arts portion, participants also get a karate lesson—after all of which the birthday boy or girl gets to slice through their cake with a samurai sword. Each party package includes pizza, cake, drinks, and paper supplies.
Okinawa Kenpo Karate Academy
Okinawa Kenpo Karate Academy teaches children so much more than self-defense. For more than 10 years, instructors armed with at least a bachelor's degree have combined classic fighting techniques with important character-building lessons centered on concepts such as kindness, confidence, personal safety, and the discipline to face opponents armed with cool trading cards. Adult classes instill the same skills, exploring basic martial arts techniques and granting a full-body workout without requiring any previous experience. Beyond their standard karate lessons, the experts also teach other martial arts—such as the self-defense techniques of krav maga, the slow, energetic movements of tai chi, and the somersaults and takedowns of capoeira—and teach general fitness classes, including Pilates.