Ring the doorbell of your inner child and politely ask if it can come out to play. Today's deal sends you on a crafty trip down childhood lane: for $20, you get $40 toward a pottery-painting visit to Make. Your Groupon is location-specific, so choose one of the three stores with the links above. These cozy abodes of imagination stimulation are great places for kids and adults alike, just like ball pits that serve White Russians. Bring the kids in during weekdays for a creative session of youthful expression, or gather a group of friends for adult-themed weekend fun complete with red wine (served Thurs.–Sat., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) or BYOB at the Upper East and West Side locations. Packs of women, single ladies, and female prop comics receive 50% off everything on Thursday ladies' nights.
The technicians at Prestigious Blinds don't treat the sun like an enemy, despite the fact that it can fade upholstery and add unwanted heat to homes and offices. Instead, they use custom residential and commercial window treatments to "redefine the light" in each space, filtering sunbeams through opaque and sheer drapery, wooden blinds, or bamboo shades. During home visits, the techs lay out fabric samples and discuss customization options, such as printing a company logo, a child's favorite cartoon character, or a passive-aggressive note about a neighbor's lawn onto blinds.
Having accrued 15 years of teaching experience, the staff members at Tennis Innovators prioritize exciting instruction and curriculums over barraging students with volley after volley. They appreciate the challenge of holding a child's interest and create fun drills for junior pupils, who can begin to learn racket-swinging techniques as early as age 3. The QuickStart and JuniorExtreme programs act as intriguing introductions to the sport for adolescents and work on improving their coordination, mobility, and athleticism, both on and off the court. In fact, they don't require a court to host their afterschool programs and will adapt lessons to fit any suitable space, such as a gymnasium or the least occupied patch of an in-use baseball diamond.
Classes aren't just for children—the staff hosts adult sessions aimed at improving overall game play and fitness in a supportive environment for fully formed humans of all skill levels. Staffers also lend their management expertise to neighborhood tennis clubs, providing guidance for hiring and training processes, court maintenance, and marketing.
Supreme Hardware's knowledgeable staff has been outfitting and guiding neighborhood customers through home-improvement projects for more than 30 years. The shop stocks its shelves with an array of hardware flanked by everyday home goods, such as surge protectors and cord organizers ($9.95+), along with energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs ($11.95+ for three-pack) available in a rainbow of shades and colors to suit any décor or favorite light-spectrum demographic. Spruce up countertops or bath tile with heavy-duty grout and granite cleaners ($14.95+), or set to work on more complex home projects by using today's deal toward a tool kit ($39), outfitted with a screwdriver, hammer, wrenches, and a pocket-sized Bob Vila.
Plant Shed New York Flowers, a family-owned-and-operated business for the past 30 years, bedecks its 10,000 square feet of halls for winter-foliage shopping during the holiday season. Normally known as a premier floral shop, the Plant Shed staff puts on their stocking caps and jelly-bowl stomachs to moonlight as holiday horticulturalists. Christmas trees of the Balsam fir persuasion, one of the finest topiary pelts available, come in a range of shapes and sizes to create the ideal present cove. Those opting for the holiday décor option can gaze eggnog-glazed eyes over a wide selection of ornaments ($4–$14/box of four), lighting ($10–$35), garlands ($2–$70/yd.), and tree trimmings ($10–$100). Other holiday décor includes velvety red poinsettias ($5 and up) and beauteous wreathes ($12 and up) worthy of hanging around Rudolph, last year's Triple Crown winner.
Icon Parking Systems' parking facilities safely house vehicles of all shapes and sizes as owners go to work, relax at home, or take in the sights of the Big Apple. Conveniently tucked in the most prestigious corners of Manhattan—which are also the areas least menaced by aimless teenage tow-trucks—these lots offer easy access to any number of restaurants, Broadway theaters, and concert halls. Many automotive stables have no daily or weekly time limit, so drivers may come and go as they please or leave rides in the same spot for dedicated, month-long portraits. Monthly customers can sign up for the Preferred Customer Club, which grants them an exclusive card and half-off parking at any of Icon Parking Systems' 200 facilities or UFO landing pads scattered throughout Manhattan.