Children learn best from exhibits involving lights and colors, which means you can either take them to a children's museum or let them rub their eyes too hard. Teach wee ones safely with today's Groupon: for $5, you get admission for two to The Wonder Place (a $14 value) in the Breckenridge Village Shopping Center. The second adult in the family and kids under one receive free admission on each visit as well.
The Wonder Place's indoor play space brims with interactive areas and pretend stations constructed to cultivate cognitive, emotional, and creative abilities. Adolescent actors let loose on the Drama Stage fully stocked with costumes and puppets for pint-sized productions of Phantom of the Wiggles Concert. Flow over to the Water Table to play with floating ducks buoyed along contained currents or study the wall-mounted air tubes that zip colored balls and scarves through a maze of see-through tubes. A pretend market and veterinary clinic compile imaginative toys to plant seeds for future life skills and careers regulating stuffed animal populations. On-site vending machines offer healthy snacks and drinks and parents are welcome to bring prepacked nibbles to enjoy in the separate eating area.
The Wonder Place
Inside The Wonder Place’s 5,700 square-foot indoor play space, colored balls and scarves shoot through spiraling tubes. Stuffed animals await vaccinations in the vet's office, and tables covered in water and sand become interactive landscapes. The playhouse's supervising staffers encourage their visitors, generally aged 8 and younger, to explore freely as they engage in imaginative play.
Kids slip down slides and scale a rock-climbing wall at the tree house, and build towers and obstacle courses for toy balls using square blocks and ramps at Wonder Works. A child-sized stage lets them perform their own plays or reenact Hamlet with puppets using costumes and set pieces, and an art area sets them loose with a menagerie of art supplies. Infants and toddlers frolic in a designated play area, filled with smaller play structures and toys. While kids can make pretend meals using pretend produce and haggle with pretend cashiers at the River Market and Cafe, there's also a real, health-focused vending machine. An onsite gift shop peddles educational toys and puzzles from brands such as eeboo, Melissa & Doug, and Manhattan Toy.