Things To Do In Bexley

$75 for an All-Inclusive Concealed-Carry Course Package at Ohio Concealed Carry Institute ($150 Value)

Ohio Concealed Carry Institute

Columbus

All-inclusive package includes lunch and dinner, range fees, targets, safety gear, rental handgun, ammunition, handbooks, and instruction

$150 $75

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4, 8, or 12 One-Hour Introductory Lessons at Royal Arts Fencing Academy (68% Off)

Royal Arts Fencing Academy

East Broad

Fencing fundamentals taught in four group classes help students progress to intermediate instruction

$75 $24

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Four Fitness Classes for One or Two Kids at The Little Gym of Polaris (Up to 50% Off)

The Little Gym of Polaris

Polaris

Instructors lead children aged 4 months to 12 years in gymnastics, dance, and sports development

$69 $35

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$35 for a Two-Hour Weekend Lane Rental for Five with Pizza and Drinks at Capri Lanes ($80 Total Value)

Capri Lanes

Salem Village

Two-hour weekend rentals with pizza and drinks at one of 24 polished lanes with automated scoring systems

$80 $35

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Two, Four, or Six Adult Tickets to Columbus International Festival (50% Off)

Columbus International Festival

Ohio Expo Center

Enjoy a festival celebrating a variety of cultures through dancing, music, fashion, and food

$14 $7

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Walking Dead Mansion for Two or Four, or Two Snack Packages with Cotton Candy and Popcorn (Up to 45% Off)

Walking Dead Mansion

Vasser Village

Visitors wander the halls of an abandoned mansion with a dark past, avoiding the monsters that leap from the shadows

$10 $7

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$15 for a Hitchcock Movie with Popcorn and Sodas for Two at Gateway Film Center in October ($30 Value)

Gateway Film Center

University District

In October, cinema with stadium seating celebrates Hitchcock by screening suspenseful films like “Psycho,” “The Birds,” and “Rear Window”

$30 $15

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One, Two, or Four Groupons, Each Good for a Movie Outing with Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to 51% Off)

Studio Movie Grill

Columbus, Arena Grand

A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

$10.25 $5

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ChristmasFair 2014 at The Aladdin Shrine Center on November 22–23 (Up to 50% Off)

ChristmasFair 2014

The Aladdin Shrine Center

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150 artisans showcase gift-ready wares such as original pottery, paintings, stained glass, jewelry, and more

$12 $7

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One-Year Membership for One or Two to Columbus International Film + Video Festival (Up to 62% Off)

Columbus International Film + Video Festival

Downtown Columbus

Members receive free admission to film-festival screenings, tickets to indies and blockbusters at a local theater, and discounts on mead

$25 $10

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Erin Foley: Lady with Pockets Comedy Tour on January 22 or 24 (Up to 48% Off)

Erin Foley: Lady with Pockets Comedy Tour

Multiple Locations

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Erin Foley brings TV- and club-sharpened skills to the stage, demonstrating an acerbic wit shown on Comedy Central and Conan

$23 $12

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$22 for a Distillery Tour and Tasting with Vintage T-shirt at Middle West Spirits ($40 Value)

Middle West Spirits

Weinland Park

Master distillers use Ohio-grown ingredients such as soft red winter wheat and wildflower honey to craft whiskey and vodkas

$40 $22

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8- or 15-Person Party-Bike Bar Crawl from Pedal Wagon (Half Off)

Pedal Wagon

Downtown Columbus

This pedal-powered adventure on a 15-person party bike tours Columbus’s Short North and stops at four watering holes offering drink specials

$240 $119

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Four Private Classes or Two Private and One Group Class with a Dance Party at Danceville, USA (Up to 88% Off)

Danceville, USA

Short North

Instructors teach dancers to strut their stuff in partnered ballroom lessons and social dance parties

$235 $29

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5 or 15 TurboKick or Hip-Hop Hustle Classes at Blue Sky Exercise (Up to 67% Off)

Blue Sky Exercise

Columbus

TurboKick classes sculpt & tone arms, legs & torsos through up-tempo series of roundhouse kicks, jabs & dance-based cheerleading-like moves

$25 $10

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$35 for a BYOB Canvas-Painting Class for Two at Aprons-n-Easels ($70 Value)

Aprons -N- Easels

Hillard

Instructors provide step-by-step guidance and all necessary art materials as pairs create paintings, sip, and snack

$70 $35

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Film-Event Admission for Two or Four at Sistah Sinema (50% Off)

Sistah Sinema

Columbus

Monthly event showcases films by queer women of color and leads into a safe group discussion of the film and subject

$10 $5

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Two Argentine Tango Lesson or Four Father-Daughter Wedding Dance Classes at The Dance (Up to 83% Off)

The Dance

Multiple Locations

Learn lavish dance moves in Argentine tango, or get help choreographing a unique father-daughter dance

$92 $29

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Wine-Flight Education Experience at Camelot Cellars (Up to 57% Off). Six Options Available.

Camelot Cellars

Short North Columbus

Compare sips of three 2 oz. tasting portions in rustic winery, with family-style table or private room for larger groups

$28 $12

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After living everywhere from Washington, DC, to Guatemala, the owners of Urban Moves wound up in Columbus, and decided to pursue their passion for fitness and entrepreneurship. They bought the gym from its previous owner, and transformed it into a membership-free fitness studio dedicated exclusively to exercisers working with trainers, either one-on-one or in group classes.

In the boutique studio, the team of personal trainers designs programs to suit their clients’ goals, whether they want to complete a 5K race or take a bite from the famed nougat peak of Mount Everest. The troupe also hosts a variety of group classes in a wide range of exercise modalities, from gentle yoga to high-tech Power Plate training—a bona fide miracle of modern science that shapes muscles through vibration.

2354 E Main St
Columbus,
OH
US

Pins have been toppling at Sequoia Pro Bowl since 1963, but in 2014, the Columbus hot spot has added a new dimension to the bowling game. Its cutting-edge BES X scoring system transforms simple matches into highly interactive experiences filled with fun cartoons and arcade games. Linked to a 42-inch, flat-screen television installed at each lane, the system is capable of tracking statistics such as ball speed and converted splits for more serious competitors. However, casual visitors can use the system's photo capabilities to snap selfie shots that come to life as on-screen animations as they bowl. The BES X technology also has the capability to transform a match into a five-frame, arcade-style experience by loading one of the available games, including Monster Factory, Battle on the Lanes, and Bowling Hood. With its social media connections, the system even allows visitors to check in on Facebook and send text messages directly to the screens of friends at nearby lanes.

Refueling between frames is possible thanks to Sequoia's hearty menu of filling pub-style fare. Guests can also visit the 7-10 Club Sports Bar, packed with ping-pong, cornhole,and karaoke singers reciting the Bowling National Anthem. Or patrons can try their hand at ticketed arcade games that can be turned in for prizes. During the summer months, an outdoor sports bar and 5 sand volleyball courts provide a new arena for friendly competition.

5501 Sandalwood Blvd
Columbus,
OH
US

The headquarters of the nonprofit Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Historical Center abounds with exhibits and activities that showcase the state's diverse social, natural, and archeological history. Built in 1970, the museum's towering Brutalist edifice is a piece of history itself, lauded as "bold" and "imaginative” by the American Institute of Architects. Inside, a 15,000-square-foot gallery explores pivotal moments in the Buckeye State’s past, examining everything from Ohio’s role in the Civil War to Boomer Esiason’s stint as Secretary of State. A natural-history exhibit regales guests with interactive displays of animals, plants, and geography. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the center hosts an ever-changing selection of featured exhibits and special events.

Outside the museum sits Ohio Village, a re-creation of a Civil War–era town. Costumed villagers bustle about the square, performing chores and activities of the era, such as churning butter and checking wooden PalmPilots. The town's 15 buildings showcase the height of 19th-century architecture and include a Gothic-revival church, a large town hall, and an open market. The village is also the home of the renowned Ohio Village Muffins, who regularly compete in games of baseball played by 19th-century rules.

800 E 17th Ave
Columbus,
OH
US

The ample hands-on experience that Aveda Institute's students receive in cosmetology, hair styling, and skincare is only one part of their extensive training. Even as these burgeoning professionals master more advanced techniques, their instructors work to impart a sense of social and environmental responsibility. These are the tenets of founder and environmentalist Horst M. Rechelbacher, whose vision of living in sync with nature led to Aveda's botanically based products for hair and skin.

At the institute, students cull knowledge from industry experts through extensive practical training under the supervision of mentors. Stylists learn how to cut hair and soothe stress with complimentary mini facials, makeup touchups, and horn sharpening. Future aestheticians restore balance to faces and bodies with relaxing skincare treatments.

To connect with both the local and global community, students also apply their efforts toward charity events such as Earth Month. This campaign helps raise funds for the Sierra Club, who in turn uses the donations to help protect sources of clean water worldwide. The Institute is also hosting an upcoming fashion benefit show on April 23, with procedes going to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Columbus.

1618 Neil Ave
Columbus,
OH
US

When Basil Restaurant opened in 2009, the Columbus Dispatch reported on owner Rhome Ruanphae's inspiration: his mother?s string of successful Thai restaurants?beginning with Thai Village in Chicago?s Wicker Park neighborhood?that she ran with her husband while he was growing up. Rhome borrowed his mother?s culinary mastery for Basil, which teleports taste buds to Thailand with a menu of authentic Southeast Asian cuisine. Chefs gather rice or egg noodles to lay the foundation for many entrees, such as specialty kee mow, a soft or crispy maelstrom of rice noodles with thai basil, tomatoes, and bell peppers. The menu also features a rainbow of curries, soups, salads, and appetizers to keep ravenous diners from eating their napkins.

The seasoned confines of a former antique shop welcome diners to Basil Restaurant, decked out with bare brick and a retro advertisement for ice painted on the back wall. As a glittering chandelier casts light on colorful curries, wine-dark panels of varnished wood gaze at diners from the wall, and exposed lengths of ductwork add a neoindustrial aesthetic without the overkill of steam-powered dessert trays or austere Orwellian maitre d's.

1124 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US

Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with instructors, then other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Ballroom and social to salsa, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow. The Columbus studio is owned by Michael Neyer, a former Arthur Murray Professional Dance Champion with over 35 years of experience as an Arthur Murray instructor.

5371 N High St (1mile S.of Rt 161)
Columbus,
OH
US