What You'll Get
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 Shrek in them. Put some fun in the oven with today's kid-friendly Groupon: for $11, you get a Messiest package, which includes admission and five activities at Make-A-Messterpiece in Glenview (a $22 value). Adult admission is free. This Groupon is not valid for parties.
At Make-A-Messterpiece, children ages 0–12 explore creativity and the art of mess-making in an heirloom-free environment. Petite Picassos can spend unlimited craft time at the splat-tacular tables before trying their tiny hands at five messtastic activities. Bubbleology acclimates children to the farfetched theories of gravity and color before exploring the effect of paint bubbles on blank canvases. Kids can invent a beat on paint-filled drums at the Drum Roll station, where rhythm-producing implements of all shapes and sizes create harmonies of music and mess. The creative kitchen enables tots to create their own edible treats, and the experimentation station enthralls moppet minds with volcano building, magic-potion creating, and legalized alchemy. Green thumbs are nurtured at the Lil' Sprouts station, allowing kids to learn about the importance of sustainability. Each little mess-maker is outfitted with a long-sleeved smock to protect him or her from wayward hummingbirds and unintentional wardrobe redecorating.
Make-A-Messterpiece is staffed with dedicated professionals who aim to foster creative expression in every child. Although messes are made, they are subsequently unmade with the help of the children themselves and ghosts wearing mops. Parents can guide their progeny through each mind-expanding activity or take a time-out at Club M, a couch-filled oasis. Club M offers free WiFi, magazines, Chinese finger traps, and a closed-circuit TV to monitor a child's splatter progress. Sippables and comestibles are available for purchase.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 21, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Not valid for parties. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
The seasoned staffers at Make-A-Messterpiece nurture creativity and critical-thinking skills by guiding children up to aged 12 through messy hands-on activities. Aspiring chemists can mix their own concoctions at the Experimentation Station or explore gravity at the Bubbleology area, and future chefs can dabble in gastronomic delights at Creative Kitchen. Whereas Lil' Sprouts activities teach pint-sized crafters do-it-yourself projects, the custom-designed Drum Roll studio gives children the chance to splatter paint with each drumbeat, just like Carnegie Hall during renovation season. For little ones who would rather create aesthetic masterpieces, Splat-Tacular Tables furnish the tools they'll need to draw, paint, sculpt, or decorate their own creations.
Make-A-Messterpiece also goes beyond everyday activities to host school field trips and children's birthday parties with artistic activities, food, and goodie bags. For frequent messmakers, the center offers family memberships replete with perks such as everyday access to the studio, discounts on classes, VIP passes for special events, and consultations with Jackson Pollock's ghost.