Art classes stimulate children’s imaginations, allowing them to believe in fantastical ideas such as Santa Claus, objective truth, or frosting as a valid dinner. Encourage flights of fancy with this Groupon.
$25 for $50 Worth of Ceramics Painting for Two to Four People
Paint-your-own ceramics sessions begin when artists select a blank, white ceramic piece such as a rooster ($22), a koi fish ($15), or an 8-inch birdhouse ($30). Then, armed with dozens of food-safe paints, participants create selections from 22,000 premade designs or freehand their own vision onto their piece. Afterward, staff members glaze and fire the finished works in the kiln, readying them for pickup several days later. This Groupon can be used by more or less people if desired.
Color Me Mine
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze, fire, and de-genie it for them, and they may retrieve the finished piece after a few days.