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 $15, you get $30 worth of gaming and hobby merchandise at The Whiz Store in Westborough.
The Whiz Store ramps up game night with a large inventory of toys and board games for all ages. Tucked inside origami kits, colorful paper swatches await the nimble hands of hobbyists or child dentists while daydreaming about becoming frogs, cranes or surgical masks. Shelves burst with a vast menagerie of toys and board games, and game desks provide a space to sample select knickknacks. The Scrambled States of America ($16.99) board game packages the whole country in a box without fear of U.N. retaliation, and the Melissa and Doug latch board ($24.99) teaches motor skills, numbers, and colors to children ages 3 and older. After battling monsters for treasure and power in the Munchkin Quest ($24.99), gamers can store their bounties in a fortress of cards comprised of the store’s inventory of Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon collectible card games. In the heart of the store, a staircase ascends to a wizard’s tower where aspiring magic wielders can role-play or recite passages of The Silmarillion. Hand-painted tiles decorate the first-floor ceiling, depicting imaginative scenes in brilliant color.