Without toys, children would spend all their time bickering with imaginary friends over the right way to pronounce "schedule" or whose turn it is to hold the stapler. Head off trivial tiffs with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of toys and more at Kidding Around in New York City or Just Kidding Around in Montclair.
Kidding Around and its sister store, Just Kidding Around, peddle timeless, traditional toys to foster creative play and stimulate the minds of youngsters ranging from infants to teenagers. The stores' helpful, knowledgeable staff members guide customers toward toys for every sensibility. The Schylling little farmer garden tote ($21.99) arms budding botanists with a pint-sized spade, a shovel, and a watering can for putting out garden gnome campfires. A host of music-making toys, such as the miniature Woodstock Chimes Chimalong xylophone ($22.99), sate tuneful yearnings, whereas a Make-Your-Own Sock Puppet kit ($19.99) enables tots to create a soft and fuzzy new group of friends they can bring to life using nothing more than their hands and an authentic British accent. Board games ($12.99–$59.99) for all ages facilitate friendly competition, elevating family game nights above the level of push-up contests and disco dance-offs.