Inside the family-owned Jumps & Downs, youngsters aged 1–10 tumble into a capacious ball pit, 5,000 balls strong—one of the many attractions that pepper the 3,600-square-foot facility. The indoor play center’s inflatables encourage airborne activities, building kids' motor skills every time they leap in one of the bounce houses, dive down the giant plush slide, or climb up the obstacle course. Groups of kids unleash cake-fueled manias on the playscape during birthday parties that come complete with all manner of festive accoutrements, including a private room, paper goods, invitations, and a copyright lawyer to make sure no scofflaw children sing "Happy Birthday" for free.
If only children were easily amused, they’d find graduate lectures about modified Newtonian dynamics more enthralling than the adhesive properties of cheese and macaroni upon collision with a ceiling. Luckily, today's Groupon to the Children’s Theatre Company exceeds even their lofty entertainment standards. For up to 51% off the ticket price, kids, adults, and everyone in between can score a ticket to Iron Ring, a gripping Indian epic of daring adventure. Use this Groupon to pick up your tickets during regular box-office hours (10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, noon–5 p.m. Sunday) or from the will-call booth on the day of your performance.
Named as an homage to one of the four historic theaters that once operated near what is now City Center, the New Century Theatre carries on the best of the stage. Whereas the original venue—which burned down in 1964—seated 2,000 and focused on vaudeville, the modern-day jewel creates an intimate space for theatrical performances with seating for 300. Since 2011, it has hosted local and touring performers as well as educational initiatives such as the Broadway Confidential series and an acting demonstration on how to cry your way out of a parking ticket.