Inside the family-owned Jumps & Downs, youngsters aged 1?8 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.
There's been a bar on the grounds of Turf Club since the end of Prohibition, and there's no sign that'll change any time soon. This venerable watering hole and entertainment venue was the place for country two-stepping for a spell in the 1940s and '50s, and today it remains one of the Twin Cities' most popular live music spots. Shows take the stage almost every night of the week and cover a wide range of musical tastes, from DJ sets to indie rock. Turf Club complements its drinks and music with a food menu that includes tacos, sandwiches, and vegan dishes. An abbreviated version of the menu is available during shows and late at night, but brunch is king on the weekends.
If the building at 1308 4th Street had a mouth, it could tell many stories. It could tell of its birth as The University Theater in 1915 and how its infancy was spent in vaudeville, presenting everything from minstrel shows to early silent films. It could tell of the art deco remodel by architects Jack Liebenberg and Seeman Kaplan that turned it into a full-time movie house for the next 50 years. And it could tell of its days in the '90s and early 2000s when it worked as an underground club and a photography studio. But today, in its own way, the theater speaks mostly of the current music scene, hosting everyone from Mumford and Sons to Feist and Saul Williams.
The State Theatre was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.
Often hailed as the greeting card of the human body, the art of dance can express human love and desire more artfully than any chalky, unpleasant, heart-shaped candy. Today's deal expresses your love for your Valentine without requiring you to put on unflattering tights: for half price, you get one ticket to see the Pilobolus Dance Theatre pirouette across the stage of the Northrop on Saturday, February 13, at 2 p.m. You have your choice of four seating options; click here to view the seating chart. Once you buy your Groupon, call the ticket office to reserve an assigned seat and then pick your ticket up at the will-call area on the afternoon of the performance.