Toys play an important role in the sustenance of a child's imagination, just as extra servings of dessert play an important role in the sustenance of an imaginary friend. Feed creative energies with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of toys and games at Playthings Etc. in Butler.
Playthings Etc. displays a huge selection of more than 3,000 toys, games, and hobby items inside a futuristic store shaped like a life-size stealth bomber. Playful staffers aboard the ship demonstrate pogo sticks ($40+), rockets, and unicycles as customers explore shelf after shelf of games and goodies. The Dance Charades game ($19.99) by Milliwik challenges players to turn their clues into dance moves set to music. Kids take down arch nemeses with the ZX Crossbow ($29.99) by Zing Toys, with suction-cupped arrows that can carry love notes to the exterior of an upstairs bedroom window. Perplexus Puzzles ($19.99–$29.99) by PlaSmart prepare children for the real-life challenge of finding a spot in a parking garage by maneuvering a small metal ball through a 3-D maze. The store also carries an assortment of frisbee golf disks ($7–$20).
Playthings Etc.'s building glows internally with LED bulbs and lighting that surpasses California energy-consumption standards and are operated at a command center at the "bridge" of the ship. Meteorites, stars, and the faint haze of the atmosphere spill across the firmament of a custom-made star dome, designed to make people believe they are orbiting the atmosphere of another planet such as Jupiter or Texas.