Activities in East Side

Up to 50% Off Bounce House Sessions and Party at BounceU

BounceU

Stratford

$10 $5

Inflatable playground offers kids a safe and secure place to play and bounce

55% Off CrossFit

Crossfit Expressions

Stratford

$180 $81

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50% Off Go-Kart Rides at Stratford Speedway

Stratford Speedway

Stratford

$48 $24

Go-kart racers vroom around a grand-prix-style track, hugging curves during 20–25 laps in four five-minute sessions

67% Off Introductory Flight Package  

Affordable Aircraft & Flight Instruction, LLC

Multiple Locations

$299.25 $99

Take charge of an aircraft and learn flying basics with help from a certified instructor and a subscription to Flight Training magazine

Up to 56% Off Lessons at Short Beach Golf Course

Short Beach Golf Course

Stratford

$70 $35

Golfers of all stripes shave strokes off their scorecard at a beachside 9-hole, par-3 layout

Up to 87% Off Classes at Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios

Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios

Multiple Locations

$225 $29

Shaolin-certified instructors teach students of any age how to defend themselves and build confidence

49% Off Yoga Classes

Bend

Milford

$85 $43

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64% Off Classes at Studio V Fitness

Studio V Fitness

Shelton

$70 $25

Trainers lead myriad classes such as Zumba, fitness yoga, TRX suspension traning, and Spinning

Up to 56% Off Personal Training or Boot Camp Sessions

Team Sam Inc.

Trumbull

$45 $20

Outdoor boot camp sessions featuring squats, pushups, and fat-burning exercises; one-on-one personal training built around individual goals

50% Off Futsal Classes ages 10 to 12

Jpsoccer

Trumbull

$30 $15

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Half Off at Futsal4Soccer

Futsal4Soccer

Trumbull

$30 $15

Indoor-soccer futsal programs help kids develop soccer fundamentals at an early age in a safe, non-competitive environment

Up to 70% Off Fitness Classes

Taylor-Made Fitness

Shelton

$100 $35

Small-group fitness classes help clients get in shape with options such as kickboxing, Zumba, spinning, Pilates, TRX and yoga

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

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

Up to 55% Off at 30MinFitness

30MinFitness

Downtown / Harbor / Post Road South

$56 $25

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In an indoor studio, trainers guide dynamic group workout sessions with cardio and resistance-training exercises designed for weight loss

Up to 73% Off Personal-Training Sessions

Body Contours

Body Contours Gym

$250 $69

After a free assessment, a certified personal trainer crafts customized workouts that blend resistance, flexibility, and cardio training

45% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Freestyle Fitness

Westport

$200 $110

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Up to 74% Off at Hard-Core Self Defense

Hard-Core Self Defense

Shelton

$125 $39

Certified Israeli Special Forces instructor teaches adult men krav maga self-defense techniques

Up to 54% Off Kids' Art Classes

The Giggling Pig

Shelton

$90 $45

Children aged 6 or 8 and older enjoy art classes, which focus on various painting styles

55% Off Martial Arts / Karate / MMA

American Martial Arts Academy

Shelton

$100 $45

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Up to 83% Off Krav Maga Classes at Cannon Ridge Training Center

Cannon Ridge Training Center

Cannon Ridge Training Center

$129 $25

Students of all skill levels learn the same practical self-defense maneuvers used by the Israeli Defense Forces

Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Up to 71% Off Lessons

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Multiple Locations

$120 $35

Studio cofounded by Fred Astaire trains students with a curriculum that breaks social dances down into easily combined components

52% Off Pistol Safety Course

CT Gun Permit

Monroe

$165 $80

Certified safety instructor upholds NRA standards as he teaches students the basics of handling and shooting a pistol

Up to 59% Off Tai Chi and Kickboxing Classes

Bushi Ban Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$69 $29.99

Flow through movements that silence tension and stress during tai chi classes, or get an invigorating, total-body workout during kickboxing

Up to 56% Off at Dharma Yoga Center

Dharma Yoga Center

Orange

$100 $49

Students participate in everything from gentle Range and Motion classes to advanced classes utilizing poses created by Sri Dharma Mittra

55% Off Personalized Fitness Program

Born Ready Fitness

Wolfpit

$109 $49

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Up to 72% Off Personal-Training Sessions

Form From Function

Norwalk

$130 $55

An experienced personal trainer helps men and women surpass their fitness goals through custom-tailored workouts and nutritional guidance

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Calasanz Mma And Fitness Center

Norwalk

$368 $202

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Up to 88% Off One-Month Gym-Membership Package

Intensity

Norwalk

$378.70 $45

Instructors lead workouts that melt calories, boost energy levels, and sculpt muscles; personal-training sessions focus on individual goals

Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Up to 77% Off Lessons

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Norwalk

$132 $30

Experienced instructors teach individuals or couples how to ballroom dance during private lessons

50% Off Boxing Lessons

Sitan Gym Ct

Norwalk

$175 $88

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Up to 91%% Off at Connecticut Krav Maga

Connecticut Krav Maga

Multiple Locations

$200 $20

Internationally certified instructors teach the premier self-defense method used by militaries and police forces around the world

Up to 63% Off a Wild-Food and Ecology Tour

"Wildman" Steve Brill

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Forage for wild mushrooms, salad greens, fruits, berries, and medicinal herbs while learning about the ecology of local parks and open space

Up to 60% Off Classes at Yogi Brian's

Yogi Brian's

Norwalk

$110 $49

Physical Dharma Yoga classes that teach balancing, stretching, back bending, and inversions, plus beginner-friendly gentle yoga classes

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

American Colleges Of Kombido

West Haven

$315 $173

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Up to 72% Off Small-Group Fitness Program

Moore Center

Wilton

$350 $99

Small-group fitness classes provide ample personalized attention, helping to create a fitness plan to meet individual goals

51% Off Yoga Classes

Phoenix Yoga & Wellness LLC

Seymour

$100 $49

Yoga and wellness studio offers classes for all ages and levels of yogis, including hot power, gentle flow, and beginner's sessions

50% Toward One Month Unlimited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

Renzo Gracie Training Facility

West Haven

$110 $55

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Up to 51% Off at My Three Sons Family Fun Center

My Three Sons Family Fun Center

Central Norwalk

$24 $12

Kids 10 aged and younger dodge laser beams in a black-lit maze, bounce in the inflatable Jumpy House, and eat made-from-scratch pizza

50% Off Services

Rinzin Wangchuk Academy of Martial Sciences

West Haven

$80 $40

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70% Off at Kong CrossFit

Kong CrossFit

Norwalk

$165 $49

CrossFit sessions change every day and are designed to provide well-rounded workouts scalable to all exercisers' capabilities

69% Off at Bikram Yoga Norwalk

Bikram Yoga Norwalk

Central Norwalk

$191 $59

In a studio heated to 102–107 degrees, certified instructors lead students of all levels through 26 postures

78% Off Classes at Israeli Krav Maga

Israeli Krav Maga

Norwalk

$179 $39

Instructors teach the basics of krav maga, an Israeli self-defense discipline; includes access to fitness equipment and conditioning classes

Up to 54% Off Lessons at Studio Golf

Studio Golf

Wilton

$60 $29

PGA professional Angelo Lopiano helps clients aged 3 and older improve their mechanics and learn new game-play strategies

Up to 79% Off Yoga and Fitness Classes

Woodbridge Body Works

Woodbridge

$100 $49

Fitness instructors lead several types of yoga classes, such as Vinyasa and restorative yoga, as well as boot-camp and cardio dance sessions

Up to 87% Off Kickboxing Classes at Victory Martial Arts

Victory Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$100 $19

High-intensity cardio-kickboxing classes combine muay thai, karate, and calisthenic exercises for full-body workouts

Up to 84% Off Fitness Classes at Team Strength BJJ

Team Strength BJJ

Milford

$200 $35

Students increase strength and flexibility via kettlebell exercises, or learn self-defense in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo sessions

Up to 60% Off Personal-Training Sessions

The Healey Fitness Group

Wilton High School Track

$225 $99

Personal trainer Matt Healey devises workouts aimed at his clients' specific goals, and specializes in pre- and postnatal exercise

Up to 67% Off Fitness Classes

Wilton Sport & Fitness and Pinnacle Health

Wilton

$100 $49

Fitness classes include a program designed specifically for high-school students, held in a new state-of-the-art facility

Half Off One-Hour Guitar Lessons

Michael J. Perrotta-Guitar Lessons

Setauket-East Setauket

$60 $30

Guitar students can delve into all genres of music, learning how to read standard notation and tablature and the principles of music theory

Up to 56% Off Personal Training at Huners Fitness Advantage

Huners Fitness Advantage

Setauket-East Setauket

$40 $19

Certified personal trainers work one-on-one with clients to help them achieve their fitness goals; clients also meet with a dietitian

Up to 57% Off Paddleboard Lessons

Long Island Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Co.

Multiple Locations

$80 $39

Instructors teach students basic paddle techniques for propelling & maneuvering, how to remount & how to read tide & wind conditions

Up to 70% Off Ice Skating at SoNo Ice House

SoNo Ice House

South Norwalk

$28 $10

Groups of two, four, or six gear up and hit the ice during open skating in state-of-the-art ice rinks with observation decks

Up to 60% Off at Bikram Yoga Of Setauket

Bikram Yoga Of Setauket

Setauket-East Setauket

$119 $49

In heated room filled with 40 to 50 students, teacher verbally guides all levels of yogis through Bikram yoga postures and breathing

Up to 79% Off at CrossFit Stony Brook

CrossFit Stony Brook

Setauket-East Setauket

$200 $45

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Available daily, CrossFit classes push groups through high-intensity workouts based on a varied selection of functional movements

Up to 73% Off Fitness Classes at Fitizen

Fitizen

New Haven

$78 $25

Fitness classes that aim to improve student's mind and body; members receive a weight-loss assessment and online nutrition advice

Up to 51% Off Fitness Classes, Training, or Reiki

Forza5

Wilton

$200 $99

Training and classes such as Zumba and Fab Abs help achieve fitness goals; reiki promotes balance of the body's chakras to ease ailments

58% Off One-Hour Crossbow Lesson

RTC Training Center

Bethany

$69 $29

A certified instructor teaches crossbow basics such as caring for gear, the parts of the bow, and how to shoot

Up to 77% Off Lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Ridgefield Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Ridgefield

$132 $30

Studio cofounded by Fred Astaire trains students with a curriculum that breaks social dances down into easily combined components

52% Off New Haven Ghost Walk Tour

Ghosts of New Haven

Downtown

$25 $12

Tour guides lead 90-minute strolls through haunted locales and tell tales of scandal with historical facts

The Long Island Museum – 50% Off Admission or Membership

The Long Island Museum

Stony Brook

$18 $9

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Affiliated with the Smithsonian, the museum offers visitors a glimpse of Long Island's past with art, carriages, and cultural artifacts

80% Off Hot Yoga Classes

Kneading Hands Yoga

Southbury

$249 $49

Studio heat reaches up to 98 degrees during variations of Baptiste-style Vinyasa-flow yoga classes

Up to 80% Off Kickboxing Classes

GoForItKickboxing.com

Multiple Locations

$75 $19.99

Classes combine kickboxing exercises with high-intensity interval training to help clients burn calories and lose weight

Up to 80% Off Kickboxing Classes and Gloves

ARES 500 Kickboxing & Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$99.99 $19.99

Unleash punches, kicks, knees, and elbows on bags and pads during classes that mix techniques from karate, Muay Thai, and Western Boxing

40% Off Rock Climbing at City Climb 

City Climb

New Haven

$50 $30

Top-rope climbing routes and a bouldering cave are carefully designed by USA Climbing–certified setters

Up to 45% Off Harbor Cruises from Schooner Inc

Schooner Inc

New Haven

$30 $17

The Quinnipiack, central Connecticut's only traditionally rigged tall ship, glides across the New Haven harbor, offering relaxing views

Up to 48% Off Standup-Comedy Show

Joker's Wild Comedy Club

Joker's Wild Comedy Club

$48 $25

Patrons savor appetizers while local and national headlining comedians fill the air with laughter

Up to 60% Off Bowling for Two, Four, or Six

Port Jeff Bowl

Port Jefferson Station

$30 $14

Groups of two, four, or six can strike down pins at a family-friendly bowling alley with a sports bar and lounge

Up to 67% Off Pole Fitness Classes

PoleFly Aerial Fitness

Wooster Square / New Haven

$135 $49

Progress into challenging and graceful pole moves at your own pace while burning calories and staying fit

Up to 76% Off Ballroom-Dance Lessons

Fred Astaire Dance Studio Southbury

Southbury

$95 $29

During private lessons, instructors teach students ballroom dance in a one-on-one setting

Up to 54% Off Voice or Piano Lessons

New Haven Academy of Performing Arts

New Haven

$70 $35

Vocal coach teaches Mix-True Bel Canto style of singing to help students build range; pianist gets people playing piano after one lesson

72% Off Unlimited CrossFit Classes

Mt. Sinai Crossfit

Mount Sinai

$300 $84

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Up to 67% Off Flying Lesson at Icon Aviation Group, LLC

Icon Aviation Group, LLC

Multiple Locations

$299.25 $99

Take to the skies with a licensed certified flight instructor and log your journey in the accompanying logbook

Sky Zone – Up to 46% Off Trampoline Time

Sky Zone

Bethel

$52 $34

Burn off energy and calories on a wall-to-wall half pipe of trampolines at a park that opened in February 2014

Up to 69% Off Yoga Classes at Yoga For Life

Yoga For Life

Setauket-East Setauket

$135 $45

Held seven days a week, classes range from gentle yoga to the more vigorous Ashtanga style

Up to 77% Off CrossFit Classes

Dynamic Athletics

Darien

$199 $49

The on-ramp course teaches first-time CrossFitters the basics of the workout, which demand commitment, especially in traditional classes

Up to 62% Off at L.I. Traditional Tae Kwon Do

L.I. Traditional Tae Kwon Do

East Setauket

$150 $59

Tae Kwon Do students build discipline, confidence, and self-defense skills

Up to 89% Off Martial Arts for Kids or Adults

Karate America

Karate America

$160 $19

Dedicated instructors teach children and adults effective self-defense techniques that boost confidence

Up to 81% Off Kickboxing Classes

Tribury Karate & Fitness LLC

Southbury

$100 $29

Kickboxing challenges students to punch and kick through energized sessions; Krav Maga teaches street-effective self-defense techniques

Up to 69% Off at Venture Yoga

Venture Yoga

Darien

$175 $55

Certified instructors lead students of all fitness levels through heated Vinyasa yoga

Select Local Merchants

Metric Bar and Grill seasons fresh-caught seafood and aged beef with Asian and Caribbean flair that also takes in worldwide influences from Italy to Louisiana. As skilled chefs sear thick steaks over an open flame, fresh greens get a mist of house-made salad dressing and woks sizzle vegetables and curries. Inside the eatery, original abstract art electrifies exposed brick walls offset by finished-glass tables and deep wood chairs. Beyond the chic dining room, Metric is known for catering special events, such as business meetings, cocktail parties, and Constitutional Conventions. The accommodating staff can happily fax daily specials to offices or whip up custom group orders on short notice.

39 Cannon St
Bridgeport,
CT
US

Despite having cooked for distinguished clients such as the Clintons and Leon Panetta, and at prestigious culinary institutions such as Chicago's Palmer House, chef Jason Milanese felt restless. That is, until he opened his own restaurant: Bistro B. As the owner and executive chef, he specializes in crafting gourmet twists on classic American dishes, from small plates like sauce-drizzled chicken lollipops to entrees such as potato-and-onion-crusted halibut and a double-cut pork chop with sweet potato purée. A minimal, yet rustic decor featuring earth tones, framed mirrors, and dark-wood furnishings contributes to the restaurant's grassroots American feel.

1006 Broad St.
Bridgeport,
CT
US

As the top affiliate of the New York Islanders, the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers continue their tear through the 2010-2011 season and their quest for the Atlantic Division crown with a pair of upcoming home game. With the first game, ice enthusiasts can cool their heels with kith and kin and watch team points leader Rhett Rakhshani go toe-to-toe with Springfield’s top-scoring Matt Calvert in the battle for center ice. In the second game, catch goalie Kevin Poulin and his ability to send pucks into the 8th dimension as he tries to stop sneaky Portland winger Mark Mancari. Aside from the hard-hitting ice action, Sound Tiger fanatic families can catch the zany antics of Storm, Bridgeport Sound’s lovable blue tiger mascot.

600 Main St
Bridgeport,
CT
US

In 2012, the Bluefish became the first team in Atlantic League history to reach 1,000 victories. It was a huge milestone for a franchise that today, stands as one of only two remaining charter teams throughout the entire league. The 'Fish initially brought baseball back to Park City in 1998, and advanced to the league championship series in a losing effort. A year later, though, they returned with their first league title after defeating the Somerset Patriots.

The team's early success established a winning tradition–in fact, the Bluefish didn't suffer their first losing season until their eighth year of existence. Winning hasn't been the only tradition in Bridgeport, however. The Bluefish battle the Long Island Ducks every season for the Ferry Cup, trying to establish regional supremacy on the baseball diamond instead of by firing a barrage of used baseballs across the Long Island Sound.

500 Main St
Bridgeport,
CT
US

Equipment: TRX, medicine balls, bosu, weights, plates, mats, and exercise balls
Students should bring: Bottle of water, and some people bring a post-workout snack
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Established: 2010
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Go at your own pace. Our groups have a lot of fun working out, and the results are amazing.

Q&A with the Owner

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our circuit method, the variation of exercises, and the group component all help our clients stay motivated. They feel accountable to not only themselves but also to the group. Their success is our success.

When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
When I played division-one ice hockey. I worked with amazing trainers before becoming a personal trainer. My passion was confirmed when I helped my first client go from 230 pounds to 140 pounds in 75 sessions.

1875 Noble Ave
Bridgeport,
CT
US

The only zoo in the state and a participant in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Program, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo has charmed visitors for more than 80 years with more than 300 cared-for critters and a mission that minds the tenets of ecological education, conservation, and recreation. Patrons brandishing a Director's Circle membership can visit the zoo an unlimited number of times for one year, plenty of time to navigate the sundry indoor and outdoor exhibits on the back of a Roomba. Guests can espy such endangered species as the siberian tiger, red wolf, and golden lion tamarin, as well as the zoo's most recent denizens on display: two canada lynx and a pair of common rhea. In spring, patrons can go snout-to-snout with a rare chacoan peccary piglet, whose birth made the zoo the first in the Northeast to host an infant of her species and prompted a feature in the Monroe Courier. Birds ride unsuspecting propeller beanies in the South American rainforest exhibit's free-flight aviary, and children play interspecies games of Heads Up, Seven Up in the prairie-dog exhibit's pop-up viewing capsules. After chowing down at the Peacock Café, groups can befriend more statuesque creatures on a vibrantly painted carousel.

1875 Noble Ave
Bridgeport,
CT
US