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.
A sheet of corrugated metal adorned with neon letters and a row of piano keys greets guests entering The Shout House Rock ‘N Roll Dueling Pianos, but what lies within isn’t simply a bar: it’s a battleground. While bartenders pour drinks at rapid speeds—up to 662 shots in two minutes—a pair of performers wage musical war with grand pianos on a mirrored stage. When they’re not pounding out classic rock-‘n’-roll hits from the 1950s to the present, they engage the audience, cracking jokes, taking requests, and explaining the latent causes of Lisztomania. They also work in multiple teams to keep the music going all night long, giving guests plenty of time to sip their drinks and dine on menu items such as burgers and pizza. In addition to these tuneful nightly skirmishes, The Shout House also hosts weekly events such as ‘80s Night, Worker's Comp Night, and Birthday Tuesdays.
Located down the street from Target Field, Darby's Pub & Grill opens its doors for the community to celebrate or commiserate after a nail-biter ballgame or rousing bout of gladiatorial combat. Diners can do so out on the open-air patio, which flows with draft beer and the aromas of toasted deli sandwiches, as well as hearty third-pound burgers crowned with zesty toppings such as blue cheese, pesto mayo, and bacon.