Julius Caesar believed every person should have hobbies, which explains his passion for making mixed tapes and collecting pizza boxes that bore his portrait. Build an empire of free time-filler with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of hobby supplies at HobbyTown in Bartlett.
HobbyTown’s enthusiastic staff encourages customers of all ages to dive into their deep selection of diversions and collectables. Science kits enable lab partners to analyze colony behavior in a Giant Ant Farm ($24.99) or spend hours hunched over an All About Rocks science kit ($15.97), which helps pintsize geologists to grow crystals and learn why rock always beats scissors. Astronaut ambitions gravitate toward an Alpha III rocket set ($29.99) capable of launching its vessel nearly 1,200 feet into the stratosphere before it parachutes back to Earth.
The hobby-wise staff can advise model-car constructors on how to assemble their AMC Gremlin Grabber ($17.99) or find a hands-free magnifying glass ($18.19) to complete an escape artist’s Sherlock Holmes costume.
Every box on HobbyTown's shelf—from model airplanes to a paint-by-numbers set—contains hours of do-it-yourself entertainment, promoting a fruitful use of free time. Kids study the magic of chemistry with science kits, and adults engineer model railroads complete with tunnels, engines, and delays. The selection of art supplies facilitate creative endeavors, such as painting, sculpting, and scrapbooking. The mix of collectible and active items—including remote-controlled cars, planes, boats, and helicopters—delights adults and children alike, inspires awe in neighbors, and incites envious glares from neglected televisions.