It's not enough for the inflatable jungle gyms at Marley Bounce Party to cushion kids' bouncing feet; they also have to tickle their imaginations. In one circular bounce house, cushy palm trees and dinosaurs whisk kiddos to the prehistoric tropics. Four turrets surround a castle-style house, where tykes can careen down one of two slides while pretending to flee from a Medieval dragon or a somewhat more intelligent Enlightenment-era dragon. In addition to its plush playgrounds, Marley Bounce Party offers two party rooms that can host up to 25 kids and their parents, as well as a baby-changing station and cold drinks and juices available for purchase.
If you're all dressed up in chainmail with no place to go, today's deal is an excuse to wear grandma's mail hood and mittens out of the house. Today's Groupon to Medieval Times gets you a sensuous four-course feast and live show, featuring horse-mounted combat, falconry, and mace-wielding professionals, for $39, a $64.75 value for adults, including tax. Call Medieval Times to schedule your outing soon, as this Groupon expires on January 31, 2010, the centennial of the Blue Knight's battle against Chaucer's time-travelling sword. An expansive stone castle bedecked in flags awaits you in Shaumburg, where you can satisfy your New Year's resolution to spend more time with the other family you've secretly been keeping in Shaumburg.
Named one of the top five children’s museums in the nation by Child magazine, Port Discovery features a profusion of exhibits and programs designed to entertain and engage children ages 2 through 10 (though all ages are welcome). Like earthworm petting zoos, the museum’s three floors of kid-focused fun are rooted in interactivity, with various permanent exhibits giving kids the chance to go shopping, erect structures, create artwork, solve mysteries, and more. The Wonders of Water exhibit introduces human tadpoles to water chimes, a stream table, a bubble hoop, and other vital imports from Atlantis, while KidWorks, a three-story urban tree house, gives them a chance to practice for the predominantly arboreal architecture of the future. Through January 2, 2011, Bob the Builder - Project: Build It! transports kids as though via enchanted monorail to Sunflower Valley, where they can bolster positive attitudes as they play with tools and work on projects that may directly lead to a cure for melty hands.