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Imagine Drop-In Childcare is a licensed daycare center designed to provide flexible tot wrangling by the hour for children age 1–12. Licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a daycare home, the center cushions and entertains wee brains with a three-ring circus of play spaces including a mini kitchen, a dress-up area, a puppet theater, and an ample library for Dr. Seuss study groups. A $25 annual membership fee is required for entry into Imagine’s parallel universe of harmonious amusement and careful supervision, so new members can use this Groupon to cover the registration fee and $35 worth of additional child-care hours, and current clients can apply the full value of the Groupon toward child-care hours.

536 Fireside Ct
Lawrence,
KS
US

Childrens' parties at Googols allow tots free rein of the childcare facilities for two hours. Party guests aged 1 to 12 can scramble around the indoor climbing structure, learn about nature in the kid-friendly science museum, and conduct Socratic seminars on cooties in the outdoor playground. Each of the six party guests receives a slice of pizza and a drink, and supplies for additional tykes can be added ($7.50 per child). A host or hostess from Googol's expert staff shepherds the progress of the party, taking care of setup and cleanup so parents can focus on building present fortresses. Prior to the party, themed decorations can be selected, ensuring that matching table settings greet each incoming partygoer.

500 Rockledge Rd
Lawrence,
KS
US

The YWCA is the largest women's multicultural organization in existence, encompassing some 125 million members in over 100 countries. The membership represents a diversity of culture and lifestyle that assembles in 300 local associations, including the YWCA of Topeka. The Topeka chapter, first instituted in 1887, lives out the YWCA mission of empowering women with locally focused programs and outreach initiatives ranging from fitness and wellness to youth services such as Girls on the Run of Topeka. A local council of Girls on the Run International, the Topeka organization often partners with the YWCA, using running to encourage girls in grades 3-8 to live lives of confidence, health, and togetherness.

225 SW 12th St
Topeka,
KS
US

For more than 125 years, YMCA of Topeka has been helping people bolster their muscles, and today invites people to tone up in three full-service facilities and the 175-acre outdoor fitness retreat, Camp Hammond. Members enjoy a slew of body-boosting benefits, swimming laps in three indoor swimming pools, walloping orbs on nine racquetball courts, and flexing their muscles in six gymnasiums. Hone your physique in any of the more than 120 fitness classes (certain classes require additional fees), including aquatic fitness classes that proffer workouts that are as comforting to joints as an obstacle course made of marshmallows. Outdoors enthusiasts can also explore Camp Hammond's 15-acre lake, swimming dock, canoes, and nature trails. Included in today's deal is a coaching session with a trained wellness coach to discuss goals and receive an introduction to the fitness equipment.

421 SW Van Buren St
Topeka,
KS
US

Founders Mika and Jeremy Fue have packed Kidzone's indoor facility with a 20-foot single slide, an 18-foot double slide, and an obstacle course that stretches more than 30 feet long through which youngsters can maneuver under their parents' supervision. Three trampolines and roomy bounce houses accommodate bounding tykes and double as landing zones for confused flying squirrels; an interactive area supplies toddlers aged 2 and younger with age-appropriate games. Parents can drop off their kids every Friday night for three supervised hours of pizza, games, and inflatable play, or host their child's birthday celebration with an open or private party package.:

1255 Route 7
Blue Springs,
MO
US

A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.

1300 SE Adams Dairy Pkwy
Blue Springs,
MO
US