Like amateur magicians, childhood toys are full of old gimmicks and appear to wince when sawn in half. Enlist a dependable new plaything instead with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of toys, games, and children's apparel at Enchanted Tree House in Wayzata or White Bear Lake.
Enchanted Tree House brims with handpicked playthings, books, gifts, and a rotating selection of new and gently used children's attire within two colorful toy boxes. Kids literally grasp an understanding of shapes with a 25-piece geometric stacker by Melissa and Doug ($17.95) or construct an ant-free picnic with a sandwich-making set ($20.95). Good Night Zoo ($9.95) bids swift sleep to its animal subjects and readers alike, and other books inspire kids to dive confidently into their goals with tales such as figure-skater Kristi Yamaguchi's story Dream Big Little Pig ($16.95). A multihued, personalized water bottle ($13.95) helps thirsty tots stay hydrated all through the puddle-jumping, monster-impersonating, and refrigerator-box-crawling portions of children's triathlons.