Building a miniature ship inside a bottle is impressive, but not as impressive as forging a giant glass shell around the outside of an aircraft carrier. One-up ordinary hobbyists with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of games, crafts, and hobby supplies at HobbyTown USA.
Continuing its country-wide occupation of Americans’ days off, HobbyTown USA’s Wyomissing location slings games, models, and science-y kits to amateur and professional hobbyists. Budding entomologists can bug out over the daily life of arthropods as they dig tunnels, build roads, and fill out environmental-compliance forms inside a break-resistant Uncle Milton Industries ant farm with a stable, extra-wide base ($19.29). Meanwhile, auto enthusiasts can ogle and take home a Revell-Monogram ’70 Ford Mustang Boss 302 model ($23.99), naturally theft-resistant thanks to its unsuitability for nonminiature drivers. Star-gazers and stranded extraterrestrials rely on a Powerseeker 60 telescope ($69.99) to chart the stars, and controller jockeys can peruse a panoply of available parts to construct a custom RC helicopter, which can hover over cocktail parties to scare guests out of pocketing hors d’oeuvres. With a wide-ranging inventory and sage-like staff, HobbyTown USA meets multiple leisurely demands and appeals to all age groups, with the exception of couch-potatoing enthusiasts.