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 Groupon: for $62, your child gets five days of summer camp at Kidsville Playtown in Carlsbad (up to a $125 value). Summer camps start on June 13 and run through August 26, held each Monday–Friday from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Kidsville Playtown welcomes summer-breakers—from potty-trained to 10 years old—to play, make friends, and learn about communities within a safe environment. Constructed as a pintsize town, Kidsville boasts a mini Main Street with play cars bustling past bright playhouse-portioned businesses, including a grocery store, restaurants, a pet store, and IRS office. In between organized games and crafts, youngsters have free rein of Kidsville, and can spend their time trying on costumes at the theater, block-building their dream hideouts at the construction site, and rehearsing a puppet show about the pitfalls of Keynesian economics under the watchful eye of the CPR- and first-aid-certified staff.
Children must wear socks to camp and are encouraged to bring their own lunch, though lunches can be provided for an additional fee. While the kids negotiate naptime hours in Kidsville City Hall parents can relax in the adult lounge and check their email on the free WiFi.