Scientists agree that the only reason adults have children is so they have a socially acceptable reason to visit amusement parks, eat at novelty pizza arcades, and see movies with Shreks in them. Put some fun in the oven with today's kid-friendly Groupon: for $15, you get a one-month kids' playspace membership to Imajine That in Lawrence (up to a $30 value).
Named Best Family Destination (Indoor) by Northshore magazine in 2010, Imajine That diverts the minds of children with a 12,000-square-foot interactive, educational playspace. Pint-size imaginations roam free in 12 Imajination stations, where miniature post offices, grocery stores, and mortgage brokers let little ones mirror their grown-up wranglers. Kids can leap and bound through the dragon bouncy house and giant Jurassic climbing structure, or color canvases at the arts and crafts station. Membership includes monthly passes for one child and two adults (a $20 value) or two children and two adults (a $30 value), which allow unlimited play throughout the month, and kids can be brought in by babysitters, family members, and other childproof adults.
An affiliation with popular children's shows, such as Peep and the Big Wide World and Between the Lions, lets Imajine That bring favorites from the small screen to themed areas in the facility. Permanent play areas are also accompanied by more than 40 special events each month, such as Bubble Guy performances, mother-and-me tea parties, and make-your-own-crayon workshops.