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 $10, you get $20 worth of toys and goods at Giant Steps in Fairfield.
Giant Steps surrounds five interactive play areas with kid-beguiling shelves of building blocks, board games, and baby gear. Pintsize players can send D & L Company's Junior Stomp Rockets ($15.95) soaring into the sky or store their trinkets, knick-knacks, and deep-seeded fears in a glitter-encrusted jewelry box from The Orb Factory ($19.95). Tots six months and up summon their inner sports champion with the Fisher-Price Baby's First Baseball set ($19.95), which can be positioned for sitting or standing play. In addition, Giant Steps' gift registry arms children with scanners to mark items they crave, helping parents locate the proper presents to sneak under Christmas trees and Presidents’ Day bushes. Free gift wrapping accompanies every purchase.
While parents shop, kids can gambol through five age-appropriate play areas scattered throughout the store. In the "explore" section, toddlers scale a climbing tree or tackle 3-D puzzles, and tweens in the "perform" corner croon into a microphone on an elevated stage, watch their performance on a nearby TV, and oblige their newfound fans with autographs.