Things To Do In Berkeley

2014 BANFF Mountain Film Festival Radical Reels Tour at California Theatre on September 25 (Up to 40% Off)

2014 BANFF Mountain Film Festival "Radical Reels Tour"

California Theatre

$40 $24

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Short-film festival celebrates extreme athletes from around the world

One Visit for 1 Adult and 2 Kids or Unlimited Visits for 3 People at Habitot Children's Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Habitot Children's Museum

Downtown Berkeley

$28 $14

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Habitot builds infants’ and young kids' creative-thinking and problem-solving skills through exhibits, art studio, and educational programs

Yoga Hike for One or Up to 15 People from Hiking Yoga (Up to Half Off)

Hiking Yoga

Multiple Locations

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

Opening Night of Berkeley Symphony Orchestra at Zellerbach Hall on October 2 at 7 p.m. (Up to 53% Off)

Opening Night of Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Zellerbach Hall

$15 $7

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Elgar's Enigma Variations, a world premiere Oscar Bettison, and a performance of Sibelius's Violin Concerto by soloist Jennifer Koh

10 or 15 Yoga-Pilates Classes or Month of Unlimited Classes at Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga (Up to 78% Off)

Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga

South Berkeley

$130 $35

Pilates mat classes are offered for students of all levels, along with Forrest, Stellarflow Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga

Introductory or Advanced Glass-Blowing Class at Revere Glass School (Up to 57% Off). Five Options Available.

Revere Glass School

Northwest Berkeley

$220 $99

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Demonstrations and practice help students craft basic solid glassworks, more advanced blown-glass bottles, or multicomponent goblets

$45 for Three Pilates Classes at YogaKula ($90 Value)

YogaKula

North Berkeley

$90 $45

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Studio that incorporates a spa offers Pilates Reformer classes with poses for beginners and those in need of a challenge

One-Month Gym Membership with Optional Three Personal-Training Sessions at Anytime Fitness (Up to 65% Off)

Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness

$64 $25

Get in shape at the 24/7 gym, with a trio of optional personal training sessions to help clients safely jumpstart fitness routines

Health Consultation with 8 or 16 Oxygen Therapy Sessions at Breathe Health Center and Services (Up to 76% Off)

Breathe Health Center and Services

Berkeley

$415 $105

Regular sessions of oxygen therapy infuse bodies with this vital element, helping to sustain life and heal

$19 for 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Groove Yoga ($150 Value)

Groove Yoga

Berkeley

$150 $19

Instructors lead over 40 heated and non-heated yoga classes each week, open to all experience and ability levels

Two-Hour Mexican-Mask-Making Session for One or Two at Diego Marcial Rios Art and Design Works (Up to 44% Off)

Diego Marcial Rios Art and Design Works

The Ashkenaz

$45 $28

Using traditional mask-making techniques and tools, participants create their own Mexican mask during a two-hour class

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Vara Healing Arts (Up to 71% Off)

Vara Healing Arts

Albany

$105 $39.50

Eight different yoga classes focus on calming the mind and strengthening the body through various styles of movement

$16.50 for Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two at Albany Bowl (Up to $30 Value)

Albany Bowl

Albany

$30 $16.50

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36 gleaming lanes invite duos to bowl strikes then strike poses in rented shoes

Introductory Glass-Making Class for One or Two at Bullseye Glass Co. (Up to 53% Off)

Bullseye Glass Co

Bullseye Glass Resource Center Bay Area

$100 $49

World-renowned glassmaker hosts beginning kilnforming classes where pupils craft plates, coasters, sculptures, or jewelry

Three Personal-Training Sessions and a Dietary Consultation from Jameson Cassidy Personal Training (65% Off)

Jameson Cassidy Personal Training

Emeryville

$240 $84

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

One or Three Pottery Classes at Play With Clay (50% Off)

Play With Clay

Emeryville

$30 $15

Pottery classes teach students of all ages and skill levels how to turn lumps of shapeless clay into exquisite decorative stoneware

Three Personal-Training Sessions and a Dietary Consultation from famous physique (65% Off)

Famous Physique

Emeryville

$300 $105

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Badminton Session for Two or Four with Racket Rentals at Eastbay Badminton Association (Up to 58% Off)

Eastbay Badminton Association

Emeryville

$46 $22

Players serve and volley shuttlecocks on professional Robbins Flooring Systems courts with 11 millimeters of padding

Six Training Sessions from Akoteu Fitness (45% Off)

Akoteu Fitness

Emeryville

$600 $330

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$599 for a Two-Hour Yacht Charter for Up to Six with America Cup Charters (Up to $1,008 Value)

America Cup Charters

Multiple Locations

$1,008 $599

Chartered ride aboard one of three luxurious yachts, including a 38-foot ocean-class catamaran

10 or 20 90-Minute Hot Yoga Classes at El Cerrito Yoga (Up to 81% Off)

El Cerrito Yoga

El Cerrito

$120 $29

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Studio features new floor system with recycled cork underlay and waterproof, slip-resistant, antimicrobial covering

$15 for One-Month Gym Membership with Unlimited Classes at Curves ($153 Value)

Curves

Multiple Locations

$153 $15

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Curves workouts from Jillian Michaels are designed for women of all ages and help kick start weight loss in 30 minutes a day

Three or Five Indoor Rock-Climbing and Fitness Visits at Bridges Rock Gym (Up to 74% Off)

Bridges Rock Gym

El Cerrito

$93 $26

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Scale rocks, kickbox, or flex muscles during yoga classes at this comprehensive climbing gym

Single-Day or Full-Season Family Pool Passes to El Cerrito Swim Center (Up to 51% Off)

El Cerrito Swim Center

El Cerrito

$20 $10

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Single-day or summer pass to heated, outdoor pools with lap lanes, play areas, and a water slide; grounds offer picnic tables and bbq area

The Dinner Detective at Waterfront Hotel (Up to 43% Off)

The Dinner Detective

Waterfront Hotel

$203.20 $116

Guests attempt to solve a mystery while dining on a four-course meal

Admission to the Oakland Zoo for One Child or Adult (Up to 32% Off)

Oakland Zoo

Oakland

$11.75 $8

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Historic zoo houses more than 660 animals such as giraffes, lions, elephants, baboons, alligators, and Malayan sun bears

$5 Buys You a Coupon for Buy 1 Class And Get 1 Free. Hatha Flow/Prenatal/Mom&Baby Yoga at Amelia's Yoga

Amelia's Yoga

Multiple Locations

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for yoga

Devour Food & Beer Fest for Two or Four on Saturday, September 27 (50% Off)

Devour Food & Beer Fest

Oakport Lot

$200 $100

Sample cuisine from more than 30 food booths alongside sips of wine and craft beer on Saturday, September 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

$49 for a Make-Your-Own Pumpkin Paperweight Workshop at Slow Burn Glass ($125 Value)

Slow Burn Glass

McClymonds

$125 $49

Crafts instructors show participants how to create a pumpkin-shaped glass paperweight in a one-hour workshop

Admission to LaserMania for Two, Four, or Six at Chabot Space & Science Center (Up to 54% Off)

Chabot Space & Science Center

Oakland

$28 $14

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Enjoy a fusion of art and science with a 360-degree laser-light show set to the music of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, or U2

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off For New Students at Zahava Sherez Studio & School

Zahava Sherez Studio & School

East Peralta

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 25% off for new students

$5 Buys You a Coupon for $30 Off Membership For New Members at Rocha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Rocha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Multiple Locations

$30 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for $30 off membership for new members

$25 for 10 Classes at Bikram Yoga College of India (Up to $100 Value)

Bikram Yoga College of India

Grand Lake

$100 $25

Bikram Choudhury protégé leads 90-minute yoga classes that explore 26 postures in heated room

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Sightseeing Tour or Sunset Flight with Refreshments for Up to Two from Golden Gate Accessible Aviation (50% Off)

Golden Gate Accessible Aviation

Oakland

$350 $175

Experienced pilots take passengers on a flight past San Francisco landmarks such as Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge

Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 43% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

One Month of SemiPrivate Training Sessions with One, Two or Three Visits a Week at Jamz Trainings (Up to 84% Off)

Jamz Trainings

Jack London Square

$300 $55

Certified trainer James Robinson uses positive reinforcement to motivate clients through fun, challenging workouts

10 or 20 Adult Martial-Arts Classes, Including Registration at Bay Area Martial Arts (Up to 87% Off)

Bay Area Martial Arts

Grand Lake

$220 $29

Students learn kung fu moves and train with rattan sticks during self-defense martial arts classes

5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes from Luke Training Conditioning (Up to 60% Off)

Luke Training Conditioning

Oakland

$120 $49

Intense boot-camp classes keep exercisers engaged by mixing it up with team games and a sense of humor

5 or 10 Open-Play Times at Pump It Up of Oakland (Up to 46% Off)

Pump It Up of Oakland

Oakland Waterfront

$45 $29

Kids' imaginations run wild as they explore, bounce, and burn energy at vibrantly colored bounce houses, slides, and inflatables

$59 for a One-Month Gym Membership and Two Personal-Training Sessions at Body Mechanix ($340 Value)

Body Mechanix

Multiple Locations

$340 $59

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Unlimited one-month membership grants access to gym equipment and group classes; expert personal trainers offer one-one-one motivation

Group Training Classes with Option of Private Training at The Perfect Sidekick (Up to 74% Off)

The Perfect Sidekick

Oakland

$149 $39

Small groups of eight to ten people build muscle and burn off fat in a safe space

$26 for $50 Worth of Snowsports — Destination 1440

Destination 1440

Destination 1440

$50 $26

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at YogaLove Oakland (Up to 88% Off)

YogaLove Oakland

South Kennedy Tract

$140 $20

Gain flexibility and greater strength in these small group yoga classes in West Oakland

One Private Tennis Lesson, or One or Three Group Tennis Lessons (All Levels) from Denton Desquitado (Up to 57% Off)

D2 Tennis

Mills College

$70 $35

USPTA-certified instructor and former D1 college player teaches tennis fundamentals during lessons at Mills College

$54 for $120 Groupon — Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Grand Lake

$120 $54

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BYOB Lamp-Making Class for One, Two, or Six at Gil Stancourt Lighting Studio (Up to 60% Off)

Gil Stancourt Lighting Studio

Oakland

$125 $59

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Lighting expert teaches students how to safely create and wire their own table lamp during a three-hour BYOB class

10 or 20 Boxing Fitness Classes at Boxing for Health (Up to 80% Off)

Boxing for Health

Oakland

$125 $29

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Boxing coaches teach footwork, combinations, and punches in a gym with a regulation sized ring and 14 heavy bags

$16 for Movie for Two with Popcorn and Beer or Wine at The New Parkway Theater ($29 Value)

The New Parkway Theater

Uptown Oakland

$29 $16

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Viewers recline on cozy couches and love seats while enjoying popcorn, craft beer, and local wine while watching movies on the big screen

Two or Four Adult Tickets or One-Year Family Membership to Oakland Aviation Museum (Half Off)

Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland

$20 $10

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Located on historic North Field, the museum features an array of aircraft, flight simulators, and the flying boat from Indiana Jones

$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

$300 $20

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

5 or 10 Turbo Boxing Classes at Emi TKB (Up to 54% Off)

Emi TKB

Laurel

$60 $29

Learn non-combative kickboxing techniques from seasoned instructors while growing stronger and more flexible

$99 for Flight Lesson with Ground Training and 35-Minute Flight from Oakland Flyers ($230 Value)

Oakland Flyers

Oakland

$230 $99

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Flight lesson includes ground and flight instruction from a professional pilot and a 35-minute flying session

6 or 12 Boot-Camp Classes at 30 Day-Bootcamp (Up to 87% Off)

30 Day-Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$130 $19

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Instructors lead women-only and coed boot camps focused on fitness and self-defense

Vegan Cooking Class for Two, or Raw Chocolate or Vegan Protein Class for One at Collard Gal (Up to 50% Off)

Collard Gal

Uptown

$140 $79.25

Learn to cook baked falafel and sun dried tomato pesto filled mushroom for dinner, or vegan brownie bites and chocolate mouse for dessert

One or Two Months of Unlimited Lessons at U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu (Up to 73% Off)

U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu

Chinatown

$100 $30

Black-belt instructors train students in traditional Shaolin kung fu, with an emphasis on self-defense and self-discipline

$26 for 10 Drop-In Classes at Monkey Yoga Shala ($150 Value)

Monkey Yoga Shala

Lakeshore

$150 $26

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Yoga classes offered morning and evening

Four or Eight Barrelates™, Xbarre, or Torch Classes at PHYSIQA (Up to 56% Off)

PHYSIQA

Piedmont Avenue

$88 $39

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Barrelates™ sessions blend cardio, barre, and Pilates; Torch burns calories with interval training; and Xbarre is a combination of both

Two or Four Salsa Classes at Rueda Con Ritmo (Up to 62% Off)

Rueda Con Ritmo

In The Groove

$26 $10

Hour-long classes feature four different levels of Cuban-style salsa dancing

$60 for $120 Worth of Boot Camp at Focused Fitness Solutions

Focused Fitness Solutions

Oakland

$120 $60

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

10 Personal-Training Sessions from PLAY Fitness (50% Off)

Play Fitness

Oakland

$750 $375

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$99 for 1 Month of Unlimited Small Group Training at Next Level Personal Fitness Systems ($299 Value)

Next Level Personal Fitness Systems

Grand Lake

$299 $99

KeepFitTogether doesn't exceed 5 exercisers, so each gets attention while honing speed, strength, & other aspects of fitness

Open-Studio Admission, Art Party, or Facility Rental at The Museum of Children's Arts (Up to 36% Off)

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

$14 $9

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Children experiment with mixed media during open studio or create a themed project during parties; 1,000-sq.-ft. space for memorable events

One or Two Months of Saturday Boxing Boot Camp Classes at Phight Club (Up to 56% Off)

Phight Club

Oakland

$40 $19

Get in shape while learning how to box under expert coaches at gym renowned for producing professional fighters

Taste of Fine Art Experience or Taste of Industrial Arts Experience at The Crucible (Up to 50% Off)

The Crucible

Prescott

$300 $149

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Learn techniques to fuse glass and make jewelry, or shape, weld, and cast metal; all materials and lunch included

Two or Four 30-Minute or 60-Minute Private Violin Lessons at Vernon Music Studio (Up to 55% Off)

Vernon Music Studio

Richmond

$120 $55

A violinist who customizes lessons to students' needs, helping them to learn violin quickly and thoroughly

$40 for $160 Worth of Boxing Lessons — Anouphab Mud Muay Thai Lao Academy

Anouphab Mud Muay Thai Lao Academy

Richmond

$160 $40

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$399 for a Learn-to-Sail Class and ASA Certification from Tradewinds Sailing School & Club ($745 Value)

Tradewinds Sailing School & Club

Marina Bay

$745 $399

After this course, you will be able to sail 25-foot boat in familiar waters without supervision in light to moderate wind and sea conditions

5 or 10 CrossFit Classes at 510 CrossFit (61% Off)

510 CrossFit

Richmond

$75 $29

Movements and techniques from across the fitness spectrum—from powerlifting to sprinting—combine to form ever-changing CrossFit regimens

Individual or Family Annual Pass to Golden State Model Railroad Museum in Point Richmond (Up to 51% Off)

Golden State Model Railroad Museum

Richmond

$45 $22

Passes grant free admission to shows in 10,000 sq. ft. museum of operational model trains & recreated Northern California terrain.

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$40 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

3.5-Hour Sailing Lesson for Two or Four at Nautic Sailing School (Up to 50% Off)

Nautic Sailing School

Alameda

$198 $99

3.5-hour sailing lessons for two or four people on top-of-the-line sailboats, including instructions on safety and operations

10, 20, or 30 Yoga and Fitness Classes at Body Techniques (Up to 82% Off)

Body Techniques

Alameda

$120 $39

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Certified and experienced teachers lead boot-camp, Zumba, yoga, and reiki/meditation classes

Up to 50% Off Dance Lesson — Halau Makana; Valid Monday - Thursday 5 PM - 8 PM

Halau Makana

Alameda

$20 $10

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4 Children's 30-Minute Swim Lesson with 1 Drop-In Family Swim Pass or 1-Month Family Swim Pass (Up to 53% Off)

AquaTech Swim School

Multiple Locations

$85 $40

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Group children's lessons teach stroke techniques and water safety in a self-paced instruction

10 or 20 Cycle or Pilates Mat Classes at Star Pilates (Up to 65% Off)

Star Pilates

Moraga

$162.50 $59

Get fit in Pilates classes that teach mat techniques or cycling sessions infused with group motivation

$5 Buys You a Coupon for $10 Off One Class Or 10% Off 3 Classes When You Book In Advance at All in a Jar

All in a Jar

Lafayette

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for canning class

$50 for Four Children's Motor-Skills Classes at Pediatric Motor Playground ($157 Value)

Pediatric Motor Playground

Multiple Locations

$157 $50

Educational-fitness instructors develop motor skills, social skills, and handwriting with activities designed by occupational therapists

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A group of teachers and parents founded Habitot Children's Museum in 1998 with one specific mission in mind: to foster children up to 6 years old by encouraging their creativity and natural curiosity. Today, the 4,000-square-foot museum backs up this mission with research—gleaned from studies by scientists, psychologists, and educators—positing that healthy play spurs social skills, creative thinking, and problem solving, laying the foundation for kids to succeed later in life and imprison boogeymen in their booby-trapped closet tomorrow.

At Habitot, kids find such opportunities at small-scale exhibits and themed play areas throughout the museum. Aspiring firefighters steer a small-scale truck, race through a pretend burning building, and maneuver the hose and nozzle from a fire hydrant, all while donning coats, boots, and helmets. Young explorers press buttons, turn dials, and issue commands for pretend space launches inside a 13-foot model rocket ship or navigate a vertical floor-to-ceiling maze designed to mimic worm tunnels. At the waterworks table and pumping station, young engineers manipulate water using buckets, funnels, waterwheels, and pitchers to help them understand H2O’s unique properties, such as how it keeps boats afloat on the arms of a thousand mermen. (At different times throughout the year, the staff transforms this area with a different theme; at times it’s been a car wash, a marine-science lab, or the racing grounds for a rubber-ducky regatta.) Visitors can tap into their inner Van Goghs at the art studio, where they play with soft clays and go nuts on a paintable wall. Habitot also hosts year-round children's camps with themes such as beaches, transportation, space, castles, and science.

2065 Kittredge St.
Berkeley,
CA
US

As the father of a 2-year old, Tim Alley found himself running around to playdates scattered throughout the Bay Area, scooting to toddler-friendly lessons in art, gymnastics, and dance. While he loved the programming, he wished that he and his daughter weren't confined to such a tight schedule. So, he turned to his brother-in-law, Tom Limbert, head teacher at a local preschool, and they began to work on their own children's studio at Studio Grow—a supplementary preschool atmosphere with a focus on unstructured learning where children can play throughout the day. True to its name, Studio Grow now welcomes tots at three area studios. Though programs and amenities vary by location, kids might frolic through a color-splashed dance room, construct crafty masterpieces from watercolors, play-doh, and crayons in an art room, or plunge into ball pits. At all three locations, kids can tinker in a room filled with puzzles, toy trucks, dress-up clothes, and lego building sets. in a slide-filled run room. Instructors stay on hand throughout each romp, ready to lead Berkeley guests through sing-alongs or immerse Concord’s small listeners in story time. Teachers may also balloon a giant primary-colored parachute over the playroom for kids to scurry under and use to shield themselves from sudden broccoli storms. Though staffers emphasize unstructured play, they also lead summer camps for children up to aged 6 with guided romps through the studio; as well as Friday-night babysitting sessions, where kids of all ages can play sans parents until 10 p.m.

1235 10th St
Berkeley,
CA
US

The next time you're on the roof of a five-story building, look down at the ground, and you'll get a rough idea of just how high people climb at Touchstone Climbing. The gym's seven locations feature lead walls that rise as high as 50 feet off the ground, though height isn't the only dimension that makes the space feel immense. Each spot has at least 11,000 square feet of climbing terrain, not to mention as much as 3,000 square feet of bouldering.

To prevent newcomers from feeling intimidated by the magnitude of the environment, the gym holds introductory classes. During these sessions, participants learn the basic techniques they'll need if they want to conquer the gym's crack systems and boulder problems. The classes are also an opportunity for students to scope out the terrain features at each location, such as Diablo Rock Gym's steep prow, which juts out crookedly like a thumbs up from a dizzy ballerina. While they're at it, the visitors might notice something else: the social nature of the gym. As the San Francisco Chronicle recounts, the fact that lead climbs require two people means that climbers are constantly asking around for new partners and chatting back and forth as they ascend.

Each location also boasts a weight room, cardio machines, and a studio space for everything from yoga to spinning to core classes.

800 Potter St
Berkeley,
CA
US

Established in 1968 in honor of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, UC-Berkeley's first Nobel laureate, The Lawrence Hall of Science aims to inspire the scientists and innovators of the future. Their hands-on exhibits allow children and adults to see and touch a fascinating variety of displays and projects. The animated, interactive Science On a Sphere globe, for example, uses actual scientific data to depict the expanding wave patterns of tsunamis and the massive storms triggered by thoughtless butterflies. To learn more about seismic activity, guests head to the Forces That Shape the Bay outdoor park to ride an earthquake simulator. Kids can climb atop a life-size model whale or through the double helix of a huge DNA sculpture, or work with students from the Berkeley Engineers and Mentors program to design and build a prototype in the Ingenuity Lab.

The museum also sparks imaginations with an interactive planetarium and 3-D theater. Its affiliation with the university makes it an ideal spot for educational camps and classes, as well as community events, including robotics competitions.

1 Centennial Dr
Berkeley,
CA
US

The team of licensed instructors, acupuncturists, and therapists at 7th Heaven Yoga & Wellness Center foster deeper mind/body connections and overall well-being with yoga classes, massages, and traditional chinese medical services. The resident chiropractor explores spinalscapes in search of bulging disks, dorsal fins, and postural problems, and the reiki-massage therapist coaxes out tension with precision pressures and intuitive strokes. The staff employs chinese medicine, which combines Western medical practices with the Eastern philosophy of holistic healing, to help correct ills rather than merely treat symptoms. The center's beginning yoga classes, such as intro to yoga and Hatha yoga, teach aspiring yogis the foundation of holding poses and proper breathing, and classes such as Acroyoga and dynamic flow shepherd advanced students into the deep realms of calmness necessary to recall old Sega Genesis game codes. Classes take place in four spacious yoga rooms with natural lighting, wooden floors, and an advanced heating and cooling system that keeps the room at steady, muscle-friendly temperatures.

2820 7th St
Berkeley,
CA
US

The staccato beat of conga drums rises over the deep voice of a bass guitar and the higher trills of the timbales and piano. Head dancer Evan Margolin and his bevy of experienced instructors lead students in classes that take beginners through basic footwork and salsa rhythms, with intermediate and advanced sessions offering salsa aficionados more challenging instruction. The social class structure—partners rotate throughout every session—creates a low-pressure learning environment and keeps dancers from scrambling to locate a partner or human-shaped tupperware container. The one-hour beginner classes are mostly filled with salsa novices and new dancers, and Dance SF's experienced and engaging local salsateers are patient and friendly when showing new students how to bust well-timed moves. During intermediate classes, which require six months or more of social dancing experience, students focus on timing and cross-body leads with turns. After some evening classes, new dancers are invited to join an all-night salsa party where they can put their new moves in practice. Students should wear comfortable clothing, which includes dancing shoes, but does not include rear-flapped onesie pajamas.

2566 Telegraph Ave.
Berkley,
California
US

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