Things To Do In Berkeley

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

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

$415 $105

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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

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

$45 $28

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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

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Short-film festival celebrates extreme athletes from around the world

$40 $24

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

Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga

South Berkeley

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

$130 $35

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5 or 10 Drop-In Reformer Pilates, TRX, or Yoga Classes at Vibe Studio (Up to 62% Off)

Vibe Studio

Berkeley

Variety of reformer Pilate, yoga flow, and TRX classes offer plenty of workout styles that strengthen and lengthen the muscles

$125 $49

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for A Body Blast Class For Only $10 And 23% Off Of 4 Additional Classes at Training By Shola

Training By Shola

Elmwood

For $5, receive a coupon for fitness class

$5 $5

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$25 for a One-Month Gym Membership at Anytime Fitness ($64 Value)

Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness

Get in shape at the 24/7 gym

$64 $25

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

Groove Yoga

Berkeley

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

$150 $19

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$39 for 10 Yoga Classes at YogaKula ($110 Value)

YogaKula

North Berkeley

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

$110 $39

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$69 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at CorePower Yoga ($179 Value)

CorePower Yoga

Berkeley Studio

Dynamic flow of Vinyasa-style poses, breathing exercises, and uplifting music energize bodies and minds in stretch-friendly heated rooms

$179 $69

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Kurtis Blow at Berkeley Black Repertory Group Theater on Saturday, September 13 (Up to 41% Off)

Kurtis Blow

Berkeley Black Repertory Group Theater

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Rap pioneer behind "The Breaks" delivers hits with support from Suga-T and General X; VIPs enjoy red carpet entry and a meet and greet

$100 $59

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One-Year Individual or Family Membership to UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley (Up to 48% Off)

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

University of California Berkeley

More than 13,000 different types of plants from around the world—including redwoods and carnivorous plants—in one 34-acre garden

$55 $29

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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

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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

$15 $7

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$0 Buys You a Coupon for 50% Off Your First 2 Personal Training Sessions at WholeBody Health

WholeBody Health

North Berkeley

For $0, receive a coupon for 50% off your first 2 personal training sessions

$0 $0

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$10 for $20 Worth of Olive Oil and Vinegar at Amphora Nueva

Amphora Nueva

Berkeley

More than 80 Italian fusti containers dispense fresh olive oils and vinegars harvested from farms around the globe

$20 $10

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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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