Pterodactyls kite-like shape was both an evolutionary advantage in enabling flight and a path to extinction in rendering them immobile on windless days. Channel the wind with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of kites, saltwater taffy, and whimsical gifts at Candy & Kites in Bodega Bay.
Candy & Kites welcomes wind-chasers with a kaleidoscopic flock of kites and sates saccharine cravings with more than 30 flavors of saltwater taffy. Sundry sails eagerly await the chance to earn their wings, flaunting designs that mimic bright butterflies ($17.99), fearsome dinosaurs ($24.99), and freedom ($24.99). Fledgling fliers can lift off with the Poison Dart Easy Flyer ($17.99), while advanced aeronauts trade their training propellers for a Prism Nexus stunt kite, which folds easily for travel and comes with a 45-foot tail for windy days ($69.99). Docked beneath the swaths of neon nylons, a wooden boat abounds with dozens of saltwater taffy flavors, available by the pound in any combination you choose ($6.50/lb.).
Candy & Kites also outfits beachgoers with flip flops and dog toys. Enliven a porch or garden with garden spinners or windsocks and flags, such as an Easter Bunny banner ($14.99), a more tactful method of procuring chocolate than bribing an Oompa-Loompa.