Things To Do In Bethesda

1, 3, or 12 Beading Classes or Full-Day Beading Boot Camp with Meals from The Bead Studio (Up to 67% Off)

The Bead Studio

Multiple Locations

Beading classes for adults and children or boot camp with lessons on beading techniques, a bead trunk show, and included breakfast and lunch

$75 $29

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons for Ages 7 and Up at Bach To Rock (50% Off)

Bach To Rock

Multiple Locations

Students can choose from one of 14 instruments, including voice; instructors use a social approach to get kids motivated to practice

$88 $44

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One, Two, or Three Months of Martial-Arts Classes at Gamma Academy (Up to 94% Off)

GAMMA Academy

Bethesda

Martial-arts and self-defense classes for all age levels boost fitness and strengthen discipline

$375 $23

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Martial-Arts Classes or a Party at On the Mat Sports International (Up to 73% Off). Five Options Available.

On the Mat Sports International

On the Mat

1.5-hour birthday parties include access of the 6,500 sq. ft. facility for sports games and an introductiory martial-arts lesson

$240 $71

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One or Three Personal Training Sessions at Fitness Generation (Up to 69% Off)

Fitness Generation

Bethesda

Personal trainers help clients sculpt fit bodies and healthy lives in a 3,000-square-foot gym with TRX equipment, kettlebells & free weights

$90 $35

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Two Weeks of Beginner's Classes or One Month of CrossFit Training at Tough Temple Crossfit (Up to 61% Off)

Tough Temple Crossfit

Bethesda

Certified trainers lead varying functional-fitness workouts of the day; new CrossFit students learn the fundamentals and movements

$199 $79

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5 or 10 Bikram Yoga Classes at Pure Om Hot Yoga (Up to 61% Off)

Pure Om Hot Yoga

Bethesda

Team of certified Bikram instructors lead daily 90-minute stretch sessions performed in sultry heated studio

$80 $35

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at FitCrush (Up to 79% Off)

FitCrush

FitCrush

Yoga instructors help students build core strength and tone their physiques

$140 $32

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5 Wellness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at The Mindfulness Center (Up to 67% Off)

The Mindfulness Center

Bethesda

Therapeutic and gentle meditation, tai chi, yoga, Pilates, and wellness classes for all skill levels help strengthen mind-body connections

$90 $30

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All-Day Admission for Two Kids or Birthday Party for Up to Seven Kids at Be With Me Playseum (Up to 36% Off)

Be With Me Playseum

Multiple Locations

Kids use play money to buy toys and activities in shops; fun experience that also teaches them how the real world works; ages 1–11

$14 $9

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5 or 10 Fitness Classes with Glove Rental at UFC Gym (Up to 83% Off)

UFC Gym

Multiple Locations

One-hour boxing, kickboxing, and MMA classes are scheduled throughout the week

$200 $35

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At this authentic South American steak house, customers never want for options. The menu of Argentinean meats and seafood is buttressed by a selection of more than 30 hot and cold tapas and a colossal wine and martini list of international libations. The sips cool overexcited taste buds and pair with lauded entrees such as the parrilla of bone-in short ribs, singled out by Washingtonian as one of Bethesda's greatest dishes. Popular seafood platters arrive in the form of whole lobsters, accompanied by enough seafood paella to sate two diners. To ensure that their sizzling meats are shared with the masses, chefs can also export the fare to private bashes or teddy-bear picnics with catering services.

The eatery's décor reflects its exotic eats: spotlights set orange walls ablaze and highlight paintings more colorful than a Rubik's cube hidden in jello. Clusters of leather couches exude a casual air, providing a sleek contrast to the chic table settings and white linens at booths and tables. Proving that elegance needn't be fussy, customers can also master dance steps at milonga lessons on Wednesdays or host parties in the space almost every day of the week.:m]]

7345 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda,
MD
US

DC Dance Collective is on a mission: to open the world of dance to everyone. And it takes that seriously—low-income dancers are encouraged to volunteer at the front desk in exchange for class credits. This communal spirit of creative exercise and collaboration realizes the dream of founder Nancy Newell, whose impressive 49-year dance career includes curating two Smithsonian series based on tap.

Dance Studio Life rightly describes DCDC as "an anomaly among studios in its region for both its collective approach and its vast offerings." In the lobby, which "feels more like a living room," the friendly instructors welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to pick from an eclectic assortment of dance styles, ranging from classics such as tap, ballet, and jazz to diverse styles such as hula, salsa, flamenco, belly dance, and Sri Lankan dance. Hip-hop and break-dancing classes help dancers find their inner funk without GPS, and Zumba fitness dance classes get everyone sweating to global party beats with Latin-inspired moves.

4908 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

"Our bodies and minds are closely interconnected. Our state of mind is expressed in physical phenomena, and, conversely, physical phenomena reflect our state of mind," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "Nothing is impossible. Keep working on it until it's possible. There is no failure, just the gradual process of success." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30?40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation?including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.

7849 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda,
MD
US

The Bethesda Big Train baseball team came to fruition through the passion and charitable work of the Bethesda Community Baseball Club. Upon seeing that the area's softball and baseball fields were in disarray, this group quickly took to the task of improving them for the community's youth. After raising the money to fix the parks, the organization erected Shirley Povich Field to give the Bethesda Big Train a place to call home. A summer collegiate baseball team, the Big Train delights fans with the sounds of summer: the crack of the bat, the smack of a fastball hitting the catcher's mitt, and the buzz of a cell phone politely vibrating. The team members also aspire to be role models for the region's younger generation, showing them that they can play baseball at a high level while still putting college, their studies, and their right to wear sweatpants to class first. Today the club participates in the Cal Ripken League and has won the league's championship three seasons in a row, giving locals and fans plenty to cheer about while enjoying family fun out under the summer's warm evening sky.

10600 Westlake Drive
Bethesda,
MD
US

CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person?s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.

During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.

Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.

7900 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda,
MD
US

My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level?starting as young as 6 months?and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.

5110 Ridgefield Rd
Bethesda,
MD
US

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