Children occupied by constructive afterschool activities are less likely to skip school or hang out with dogs that convince children to skip school. Keep tots gainfully at play with today's Groupon: for $37, you get 10 all-day wristbands good for unlimited rides at Jungle Jim's Playland in Midvale (an $87.51 value).
Jungle Jim's Playland unites children and parents with all-day access to its climate-controlled amusement park, tailored size- and speed-wise to smaller statures. Seven amusement-park-inspired rides zip and spin inside the indoor wonderland, and children up to 11 years old can engage imaginations on the carousel, ignite adrenaline on the roller coaster, or recommit to careers in experimental physics on the spinning tops. Wristbands can be used on as many or as few children as desired, allowing for up to 10 solo trips or one fun-filled outing for all of the family's cloning experiments, and parents can tag along with their boisterous youngsters free of charge. Though not included with this Groupon, an array of token games dish out tickets for prizes ($0.25/token), and The Jungle Cafe sates post-ride cravings with hot dogs, nachos, and homemade pizzas.
Jungle Jim's Playland
The whirring carnival attractions inside Jungle Jim's Playland never pack up and leave town. Instead, the year-round kiddie complex keeps its stable of rides completely indoors at its climate-controlled facility. Proud parents look on or join the action for free as kids 11 and younger enjoy jungle patrol cars, a ground-level roller coaster, and a traditional carousel. In all, seven rides and a multilevel jungle gym provide all the fun of an outdoor carnival without having to endure sticky, summer heat and long carnie lectures about 17th-century Italian operas. Kids split up their bumper car sessions with Skee-Ball and other arcade games or sit at picnic tables and nosh on a house-made pizza from The Jungle Cafe concession stand.