Like amateur magicians, childhood toys are full of old gimmicks and appear to wince when sawn in half. Enlist a dependable new plaything instead with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of in-store toys and games at No Pirates Allowed!.
No Pirates Allowed! readies kids for hours of fun with a variety of toys, books, and games from brands such as Plan, Think Fun, and Calico Critters. Puzzle solvers aged 3 and older can assemble 24 cardboard pieces into a 4-foot-long giant fire-truck floor puzzle ($14.95), and their siblings wield chalk, markers, and 36 magnetic letters to plan out backyard treasure hunts and their teddy bear's class schedule on a combination magnetic chalkboard and dry-erase board ($18.99). Kids from 4 to 8 learn addition and subtraction while playing the Bus Stop board game ($19.95), and deft digits guide five coloured pencils, arrange gems, and sprinkle glitter to craft a personalized playtime companion with the Create-A-Craft princess doll ($4.99). Patrons can also play secret melodies on a colourful recorder ($4.95) to lure shy board games out of a treasure chest.