Activities in California

Holiday Hangover Featuring The Cured at House of Blues San Diego on Saturday, December 27 (Up to 50% Off)

Holiday Hangover with The Cure Tribute

House of Blues San Diego

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Spot-on tributes to The Cure, Tears for Fears, U2, and the B-52s deliver the biggest hits of the ’80s and ’90s

$18 $9

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$45 for a San Jose Giants Baseball Package with 10 General-Admission Tickets and a Four-Ticket Family Pack ($90 Value)

San Jose Giants

San Jose Municipal Stadium

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As six-time California League champions, the Giants defend Municipal Stadium against opponents all summer amid promotions and theme nights

$90 $45

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Cobb's Monthly "Local Comedian" Showcase for Two at Cobb's Comedy Club (Up to 60% Off)

Cobb's Monthly "Local Comedian" Showcase

Cobb's Comedy Club

Comedy fans catch the next rising star as revered comedy club puts local comedians in the spotlight in monthly showcases

$25 $10

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"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus LIVE!" on Saturday, December 20, at 8 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus LIVE!"

Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts

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Based on the hit book by John Gray, Peter Story’s live performance elicits knowing laughter from both sexes

$57.50 $28

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$85 for a Murder-Mystery Dinner Show and Mugs for Two from Dinner Detective Sacramento ($161.60 Value)

Dinner Detective Sacramento

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Dinner party descends into wacky madness as an interactive murder mystery unfolds; improv actors play detectives and suspects

$161.60 $85

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$9.99 for 1-Day Admission for 2 to the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show on February 21 or 22 ($22 Value)

Travel & Adventure Show

Long Beach Convention Center

Travel gurus and a who’s who of television personalities gather with exhibitors to help attendees travel around the world on a budget

$22 $9.99

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

YogaLove

South Kennedy Tract

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

$150 $20

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$20 for Registration for One Child in the Mud Factor Kidz Obstacle-Course Run ($40 Value)

Mud Factor Kidz

Hart Memorial Park

Pint-sized version of the Mud Factor 5K sends kids ages 4–13 racing through mud pits and over obstacles in a fun, friendly competition

$40 $20

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8 or 12 Weeks of Jazz-Tap Combo Classes at Dance Precisions (Up to 59% Off)

Dance Precisions

Anaheim

Students learn graceful movements in combo classes of jazz and tap dance

$120 $49

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$50 for $100 Worth of Martial Arts at Gracie Barra Santa Ana

Gracie Barra Santa Ana

Santa Ana

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

$100 $50

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One, Two, or Three Private Golf Lessons or One Group Lesson at Southern California Golf Schools (Up to 73% Off)

Southern California Golf Schools

Jurupa Hills Country Club

Experienced instructor helps golfers perfect their swing during 60-minute lessons

$100 $29

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Harlem Globetrotters Game at Stockton Arena on January 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

Stockton Arena

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$64.65 $39

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$29 for Registration for One for Nocturnal Lands 5K on Saturday, April 18 ($60 Value)

Nocturnal Lands

Sleep Train Ampitheatre

5K music festival has participants run to different DJ stages amid interactive light shows before a main-stage after party

$60 $29

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Four 30-Minute Indoor Lessons at American Swim Academy (Up to 46% Off)

American Swim Academy

Multiple Locations

Certified instructors impart swim basics in classes kept to a small student-to-teacher ratio for optimum safety and learning

$72 $39

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$44 for a Racing Package with Four Races and Two Yearly Licenses at K1 Speed (Up to $91.96 Value)

K1 Speed

Multiple Locations

Eco-friendly electric karts; speeds up to 45 mph; karts for kids and adults; collection of racing memorabilia on display

$91.96 $44

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Admission to Tough Mudder Los Angeles on Sunday, March 29, 2015 ($27.58 Off). Saturday Date Also Available.

Tough Mudder

Glen Helen Raceway

Conquer mud, fire, ice water, and even electricity as you navigate a maze of challenging obstacles; celebrate with a beer and after-party

$161.58 $134

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30-Minutes in Batting Cage or a Batting-Cage Party with Pizza and Sodas for 4 or 12 at Funworks! (Up to 56% Off)

Funworks Modesto

Modesto

The 18-acre park enthralls guests ages 6 and older with batting practice, large one-topping pizzas, and 16-ounce sodas

$22 $12

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$25 for One Month of Martial-Arts and Fitness Classes at Legacy Martial Arts & Karate for Kids (Up to $160 Value)

Legacy Martial Arts & Karate for Kids

Oxnard

Kids and adults learn self-defense skills from certified instructors while boosting their self-confidence and fitness levels

$160 $25

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Dragster or Camaro Experiences from Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

Dragster creates g-force as drivers accelerate to speeds of 100+ mph during ride-alongs or drives; race head-to-head in a Camaro

$169 $119

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$49.50 for One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Exhilarate Fitness Studio ($99 Value)

Exhilarate Fitness Studio

Moreno Valley

Certified fitness instructors lead Zumba, piloxing, and circuit-training classes

$99 $49.50

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Tickets for Two or Four or Season Pass for One or Two to Street Food Cinema (Up to 55% Off)

Street Food Cinema

Multiple Locations

Musicians rock out before Pulp Fiction in a park, all but one, which are dog friendly

$162 $80

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Orange County Roller Girls Roller-Derby Bout, or One Month of Roller-Derby Classes (Up to Half Off)

Orange County Roller Girls

The Rinks - Huntington Beach

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Roller-derby squads face off against some of the top teams in the west coast and train aspiring skaters in fast-paced classes

$11.54 $6

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All-Day Paintball Package with Equipment Rental for 4, 6, or 12 at Paintball International (Up to 89% Off)

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

$160 $19

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One-Month Membership for One or Two at Garden Grove Crossfit (Up to 78% Off)

Garden Grove Crossfit

Garden Grove

Launch an effective fitness regimen with a one-month membership that incorporates functional exercises, varied workouts, and peer support

$170 $39

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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"We 3 Kings" at El Portal Theatre, December 27–31 (Up to 50% Off)

"We 3 Kings"

El Portal Theatre

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Talented performers mimic the voices and moves of The King of Swing, The King of Rock, and The King of Pop; special New Year’s Eve shows

$46 $25

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$65 for Golf with Cart and Driving Range Tokens for Two at Marine Memorial Golf Course (Up to $104 Value)

Marine Memorial Golf Course

Oceanside

6,865-yard course runs a path around the rippling foothills and towering trees of Windmill Canyon

$104 $65

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15 or 30 Small-Group MixFit Classes at Shark Tank MMA Gym (68% Off)

Shark Tank MMA Gym

Rancho Cucamonga

Fitness instructors challenge exercisers with a blend of Crossfit, boot camp, and MMA techniques designed to tone bodies and test endurance

$375 $119

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Subscription Pass to Four Plays and Musicals at Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium Season, February 14–May 23 (Up to 50% Off)

The 2014-2015 Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium Season

Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium

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Four-show subscription to Buddy Holly, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Fiddler on the Roof, and Driving Miss Daisy

$270 $135

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18 Holes of Golf or FootGolf for Two or Four, or Range Balls at Rancho Sierra Golf Course (Up to 58% Off)

Rancho Sierra Golf Course

Lancaster

Verdant nine-hole course hosts rounds of regular golf or FootGolf, which blends golf with soccer; driving range lets players hone swings

$70 $35

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$79 for a Six-Week BRIK Fitness Program at Kaia F.I.T. ($249 Value)

Kaia Fit Franklin

Elk Grove

Six-week sessions put women through rotating regimens of plyometrics, cardio, and strength training to work every muscle group

$249 $79

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$39 for Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes and a T-shirt from TrySelfDefense.com ($349 Value)

TrySelfDefense.com

Multiple Locations

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

$349 $39

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Two Kids' or Teens' Cooking Classes, or One Adult Class for Two or Four at Get Cooking 101 (Up to 63% Off)

Get Cooking 101

Crossings at Corona

Seasoned instructors lead students in BYOB adult cooking classes; kids or teens learn to create a two- to three-course meal

$150 $65

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$79 for Spartan Race Entry and One Spectator Pass to the Monterey Super on June 6 ($170 Value)

Spartan Race

Toro Park

Toro Park hosts the more than eight-mile obstacle race full of rolling hills, water, and mud

$170 $79

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$90 for $300 Worth of Boxing Lessons — Knockout Boxing Club

Knockout Boxing Club

Pomona

From the merchant: Our teaching will break down every aspect of boxing from beginners to advance while getting a fun and exciting workout

$300 $90

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Torrance Fit Lab powered by Strontium CrossFit (Up to 59% Off)

Torrance Fit Lab powered by Strontium CrossFit

Torrance

Skilled instructor cycles through yoga poses to improve strength, flexibility, and confidence; all skill levels welcome

$50 $22

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5K Entry for One, Two, or Four to The Color Dash 5K on Saturday, April 18 (Up to 45% Off)

The Color Dash

Winton Middle School

Run or walk along a noncompetitive 5K course while getting covered in bursts of electric colors

$45 $29

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$100 for $199 Worth of Martial Arts — East West MMA So Cal

East West Mma So Cal

Escondido

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

$199 $100

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One Month of Unlimited Youth or Adult Martial-Arts Classes at FTX Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

FTX Martial Arts & Fitness

Sunnyvale

Kids and adults alike can burn off energy and build their strength as they learn practical marital-arts and self-defense skills

$149 $39

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$9 for $35 Worth of Dance Lessons — Lineage Dance

Lineage Performing Arts Center

Pasadena

From the merchant: You will learn all the basic steps of salsa plus more advanced patterns to help you light up the dance floor.

$35 $9

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Two or Four Horseback Riding Lessons at Orange County Riding Academy (46% Off)

Orange County Riding Academy

Orange

New riders learn valuable lessons in balance, control, and confidence before moving onto trail rides or barrel racing lessons

$110 $59

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$75 for $150 Worth of 4 Guitar Lessons — Fullerton Guitar Academy

Fullerton Guitar Academy

Fullerton

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

$150 $75

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$25 for a Wine Tasting Experience for Two at Aldabella Custom Crush Winery & Storage ($44 Value)

Aldabella Custom Crush Winery & Storage

Thousand Oaks

Pairs sip wines while meeting and chatting with other aficionados; guests also enjoy two full glasses of vino

$44 $25

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Tennis 101 Clinic or Cardio Tennis at Cliff Drysdale Tennis at In-Shape Sport: Demaree (Up to 58% Off)

Cliff Drysdale Tennis at In-Shape Sport

In-Shape: Demaree (Visalia)

Learn the fundamentals of tennis play with an introductory clinic or stay in shape with a tennis-influenced cardio workout

$60 $25

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$59 for Family Fun Pack for Four People at LazerTag Extreme ($118 Value)

LazerTag Extreme

Simi Valley

Laser-tag participants race through a 5,000+ sq. ft. space, ducking behind walls to dodge their competitors’ brand-new laser-tag equipment

$118 $59

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Swim Camp or Four Swim Lessons at Little Dipper Aquatic Center (Up to 64% Off). Eight Options Available.

Little Dipper Aquatic Center

Concord

Swim camps or lessons for toddlers through adults, including special-needs students, take place in a heated saltwater pool

$100 $44

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Five Open-Bounce Passes, or One Day of Winter-Break Lego or Art Camp at BounceU (Up to 47% Off)

BounceU

Multiple Locations

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

$37.50 $20

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One G-Pass to Stanford and Maryland in the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's Stadium on December 30 (Up to 51% Off)

Foster Farms Bowl - Pac-12 vs. Big Ten

Levi's Stadium

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Stanford and Maryland clash at Levi’s Stadium in an annual bout between the Pac-12 and the Big Ten

$69 $34

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$57 for an 18-Hole Round of Golf for 2 with Cart Rental Mare Island Golf Club (Up to $116 Value)

Mare Island Golf Course

Vallejo

Oldest course west of the Mississippi River features distinctive topography on the front and back nines, as well as a range and a pro shop

$116 $57

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Martial Arts Birthday Party for 25 or 5 or 10 Classes at Victorville Taekwondo Academy (Up to 87% Off)

Victorville Taekwondo Academy

Victorville

Tae kwon do facility hosts birthday parties and teaches kids and adults the Korean martial art focused on self-defense and fitness

$299 $40

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

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

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

$300 $20

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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

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Flag Football League Membership for One or Team of 6-10 at Harris Sports (Up to 51% Off)

Harris Sports

Downey High School

Make new friends and get in shape with regular games of flag football

$100 $49

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One Month of Martial Arts Classes for One or Two at South Coast Martial Arts (Up to 61% Off)

South Coast Martial Arts

Costa Mesa

Students master an array of martial arts, including Kickboxing, Kenpo Karate, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and Muay Thai at massive training center

$100 $43

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One or Two 30-Minute Private Guitar or Piano Lessons at Delian Music (Up to 58% Off)

Delian Music

Inglewood

During one-on-one lessons, students take advice from accomplished musicians sporting degrees

$30 $15

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21-Day Boot Camp or Four Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at West Covina Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 74% Off)

West Covina Fit Body Boot Camp

West Covina

Trainers motivate patrons to burn fat and build muscle in a non-intimidating atmosphere

$117 $29.99

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One Month of Unlimited CrossFit, 10 Introductory OnRamp Classes, or Both at CrossFit Live (Up to 75% Off)

CrossFit Live!

Norwalk

CrossFit workouts enhance 10 facets of fitness, including strength training, speed, cardio, and agility

$159 $59

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$45 for Five Pilates Classes at Club Pilates San Diego ($85 Value). 13 Locations Available.

Club Pilates San Diego

Multiple Locations

13 sunny studio locations host strengthening Pilates Reformer, sculpting, and stretching classes taught by certified instructors

$85 $45

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Eight-Week Kids Soccer Clinic for One or Two Kids Age 4–9 at Fairfield Indoor Sports Center (Up to 52% Off)

Fairfield Indoor Sports Center

Fairfield

60-minute clinics for children ages 4–9 emphasize the fundamentals of soccer through drills and activities

$120 $60

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$15 for Two Games of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two with $10 Arcade Card at Jillian's ($37 Value)

Jillian's

Universal City

Cosmic neon lit bowling alley with 10 lanes, four pool tables, full bar, and club nights

$37 $15

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

Vernon Music Studio

Richmond

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

$120 $55

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30-Minute Vineyard Flight and Wine Package for Two from AirOshinuga (Up to 60% Off)

Air Oshinuga

AirOshi

Pairs soar high over Temecula Valley wineries, returning to earth for a tour and tasting at Faulkner Winery

$630 $249

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$64 for a Private Express Riding Lesson at Traditional Equitation School ($146 Value)

Traditional Equitation School

Burbank

At this academy backed by British Horse Society, expert trainers teach pupils to ride English or Western style on well-trained horses

$146 $64

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3-Lap Ride-Along or 10- or 15-Lap Driving Session with Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

Ride along with a dirt-track driver or take the wheel for a 10- or 15-lap experience in a Dirt Late Model car

$129 $64

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Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show for Four at Cow Palace on January 24 or 25 (Up to 42% Off)

Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show

Cow Palace

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The American Kennel Club presents its 115th and 116th annual all-breed shows, featuring well-trained pups and a fashion show

$78 $45

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Jeep Beer or Wine Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Sunrider Wine Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Sunrider Wine Tours

Temecula

Knowledgeable guides spin tales of local beers and wines as guests sip drinks, tour breweries, and a enjoy scenic ride

$250 $125

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1-, 6-, or 12-Month Gym Membership with Two Personal-Training Sessions at Custom Workouts (Up to 76% Off)

Custom Workouts

Santa Maria

Each membership comes with two personal-training sessions and most fitness classes (excluding specialty classes, which cost an extra fee)

$279 $67

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart, Range Balls, and Food at Sycuan Golf Resort (Up to 53% Off)

Sycuan Golf Resort

El Cajon

Trio of 18-hole courses alongside the Sweetwater River—two championship courses just under 6,700 yards and one par three course

$212 $109

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Exotic-Car Ride-Along or Driving Experience from Imagine Lifestyles (Up to 67% Off). Four Options Available.

Imagine Lifestyles

San Mateo County Event Center

Ride shotgun while a professional takes the wheel, or drive yourself during multiple high-speed laps in an exotic car

$249.99 $99

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Panaro Brothers Winery (50% Off)

Panaro Brothers Winery

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

Panaro family, now in fifth generation of winemaking, draws on rich history as they transform grapes into single-varietal and blended wines

$66 $33

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"A Slice of Comedy" with Mike Wirtz, Danny Minch, and Keith Carey on Saturday, December 27 (Up to 44% Off)

A Slice of Comedy

Mother Mary's

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Standup from comics Mike Wirtz, Keith Carey, and Danny Minch

$21.60 $12

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60- or 30-Minute Batting Cage Sessions at Sluggers Batting Cages (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Sluggers Batting Cages

South Gate

Batters work on their swing and at-plate swagger in individual batting cages surrounded with protective fencing top to bottom

$25 $15

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Pass for Go-Karting, Mini-Golf, and Other Attractions for One, Two, or Four at Boomers! (Up to 47% Off)

Boomers!

Vista

Family-entertainment center amuses visitors with access to miniature golf, go-karts, and more

$29.99 $16.99

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Four Weekly Group or Parent & Me Swim Classes at Evolution Swim Academy (40% Off)

Evolution Swim Academy

Mission Viejo

Little ones as young as 3 months perfect their paddles during four weekly swim lessons at a new year-round, indoor, learn-to-swim facility

$92 $55

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$35 for a Splat Master Party for Up to 12 Kids, Aged 8–12 at Midway Paintball Facility ($189 Value)

Midway Paintball

Hartley

Kids aged 8–12 dodge paintballs across six outdoor fields with buildings, inflatable cover, and natural terrain during Splat Master parties

$189 $35

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$19 for Four Beginner Tennis Lessons for Kids Aged 6–12 at RAMP Tennis ($40 Value)

RAMP Tennis

Carson

Beginner tennis lessons for kids aged 6–12; pick any four Saturdays between 11/29 and 1/31

$40 $19

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Admission for Two or Four, or Feeding Frenzy Tour Admission at Hesperia Zoo (Up to 60% Off)

Hesperia Zoo

Hesperia

Tigers, lemurs, and other rare and endangered species from six continents living on a 10-acre zoo in the heart of California’s high desert

$20 $8.50

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Three Nights of Camping at Trinity or Shasta Lake with Boat-Launch Pass from Shasta Recreation Company (Up to 60% Off)

Shasta Recreation Company

Lake Shasta

Campfires flicker as groups pop tents along the shoreline and launch boats into Trinity or Shasta Lake’s fresh mountain waters

$61 $26

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One Month of Unlimited Dance and Yoga Classes or 10 Classes at Studio Maesto (Up to 79% Off)

Studio Maesto

Santa Monica

Dance styles include Salsa, Bachata, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and more; Yoga with Vinyasa-based sequences and restorative stretches

$140 $29

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If you've ever stood on the second floor of the Los Angeles Central Public Library and marveled at the explosion of color within the rotunda or the 12 adjacent murals depicting California history, then you have the Los Angeles Conservancy to thank. When the library was scheduled for demolition in the mid-1970s, concerned citizens formed the Conservancy to save the rotunda, the exterior limestone sculptures, and the library's many other architectural treasures. The group finally convinced the City Council to preserve the library in 1983, after years of public discussion, debate, and book-sniffing sit-ins. Ever since, it has advocated for greater Los Angeles's historic sites and educated people about the city's architectural heritage. The Conservancy is responsible for saving and revitalizing landmarks such as the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, and the world’s oldest remaining McDonald’s restaurant.

To accomplish its mission, the membership-based nonprofit offers a number of ways people can experience these beautiful and storied places. The Last Remaining Seats series earned a Reader Recommendation for Best Film Series and Best Downtown Event in the Los Angeles Downtown News' 2012 poll, in which the conservancy’s walking tours also earned the title of Best Downtown Tour. But the organization does more than save grandiose public buildings: increasingly, it also focuses on smaller community projects such as garden apartments and sites that reflect the area's rich Latino culture.

Executive director and 20-year Conservancy veteran Linda Dishman explained to Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times, "People are becoming more vocal. …That's one of the great secrets about Los Angeles: People really identify with their neighborhoods." The Conservancy also presents annual preservation awards to honor the efforts of individuals who fight to save places such as Pann’s Coffee Shop and Griffith Observatory.

523 West 6th Street
Los Angeles,
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When Kate Danta opened P.B. Yoga & Healing Arts, she envisioned more than a simple yoga studio. Her holistic health center would offer both Pilates and yoga classes that explored different types of practice along with a range of wellness services such as massage and acupuncture. Kate is a holistic health practitioner, a massage therapist, and a yoga instructor with 30 years of experience, herself, so she was in a unique position to make her dream become reality. Rather than doing everything herself, Kate assembled a staff of certified massage therapists, naturopathic healers, and yoga instructors to add their knowledge of Svaroopa, Kripalu, and Kundalini yoga to the studio's repertoire.

Visitors to the holistic studio can choose to better their bodies and minds by choosing to attend classes or visiting one of the staff's variety of physical and spiritual healers. During yoga sessions, instructors lead students through guided relaxations, breathing techniques, and yoga poses to help clients build flexibility and relax deep spinal muscles. Pilates mat classes are taught by an experienced instructor who sold her thriving studio in order to move to San Diego and join the staff at PB Yoga and Healing Arts to challenge clients' muscles with small isometric movements, which work to improve posture and protect the back by building strength throughout the core. The studio also has a Pilates Specialist whose background includes the New York Ballet Co. She works one-on-one with the help of the Gyrotonic equipment and the Pilates Reformer. The studio's on-staff licensed acupuncturist specializes in sports medicine, and can relieve chronic pain by carefully placing needles in strategic points along the body. Clients can achieve spiritual balance with visits to a Sunday morning meditation class facilitated by an ordained Zen Buddhist monk, Tenshin; who also teaches the Tai Chi classes. The center also offers sessions with an on-staff practitioner who can deliver both psychic readings and spiritual counseling to help clients reach inner peace.

961 Turquoise St
San Diego,
CA
US

Bodies twist and arch through space in a series of progressive rotations. Participants cycle their shoulders, leap into crouches, and even swing club-shaped weights that resemble a clown's juggling pins. Watching a Circular Strength Training class at Chrome Fit might call to mind scenes of a mesmerizing circus performance, but the intent of the workout is anything but laughable. Rather, its dynamic actions help to broaden range of motion while simultaneously building muscle.

Circular Strength Training is one of five specialized classes led by Chrome Fit's coaching team. Though they utilize different tools—including gymnastics rings, kettlebells, and yoga techniques—they all have a holistic focus on increasing poised and powerful mobility. Their practical applications range from reducing chronic pain and competing in marathons to, in the case of TACFIT sessions, learning to tackle and safely recover from the crisis situations faced by police, military, and emergency personnel.

Owner Sheri L. Covey and her staff supplement these group classes with private personal-training sessions, as well as customized duo or small-group seminars. They adapt their instructions to suit clients of all fitness backgrounds, instead of simply telling newer students to watch the older ones until they feel ready to lift the same weights. Through boot-camp and corporate-wellness programs, they also encourage achievements in a more general community setting, drawing from the entirety of their class curriculum to plan varied drills.

1701 S 7th St, Ste 7
San Jose,
CA
US

Planted between mighty palms in Golden Gate Park is the oldest wood-and-glass conservatory in North America. The gleaming white Victorian structure has survived several boiler explosions, closure during World War II, and more than two decades of renovations. In 1998, it was deemed an endangered building—but it was quickly adopted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and completely rehabilitated by 2003. This century-old structure is home to the Conservatory of Flowers, a National Historic Landmark that connects visitors year-round with the exotic flora of the world's tropical regions.

The Conservatory houses four main galleries. In the aquatic plants gallery, cascading water gurgles into pools beneath a glass-and-metal sculpture of a six-foot Victoria amazonica water lily. The mist-filled highland gallery mimics the high-altitude forests of tropical mountaintops with clusters of orchids and ferns. Showcasing another side of the tropics, the rainy lowland gallery replicates lush jungles, housing a 100-year-old imperial philodendron and several cycads, which date to the days when most dinosaurs were just tiny salamanders. The potted plants gallery incorporates man-made works such as copper planters from India, ceramic pots from Burkina Faso, and an urn from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Around the fragrant stillness of these halls, the Conservatory hosts special events such as gardening workshops.

Groupon Celebrates Pride Month

Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives.

At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage.

This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.

100 John F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco,
CA
US

Art "The Shark" Correa has a history of surmounting life's challenges in pursuit of his business and fitness goals. While earning his bachelor's degree in kinesiology—thereby becoming his family's first college graduate—Art yearned to apply his knowledge toward other people's physical betterment, and gained national certification as a personal trainer. He then used his health expertise to found The Bod-e² Shop, a wellness sanctuary for all fitness levels, and has since trained such elite clients as NFL players Zack Follett and Ricky Manning, Jr.

The Bod-e2 Shop functions as an all-purpose workout zone, manned by personal trainers and instructors who run kickboxing, Zumba, and intense boot-camp classes. Private sessions with the trainers can focus on sports-performance or toning goals, providing encouragement with motivating words rather than drill sergeant mantras or shyly suggestive fireworks displays. The gym's roster of advanced equipment has been highlighted on KMPH's Valley Life, and includes core-tightening air benches alongside Jacob's Ladder, a machine whose cycling rungs simulate climbing.

2065 East Shepherd Avenue
Fresno,
CA
US

Founded with the goal of bolstering childhood development via confidence- and fitness-boosting programs, Tricks Gymnastics, Dance, and Swim's team of instructors keeps kids of all ages active and engaged via a host of high-energy classes. The highly skilled and friendly crew works hard to foster a nurturing environment within each class, keeping a close eye on the kids while teaching them new skills via positive reinforcement and recognition of effort. All three locations offer dance classes that introduce preschool Baryshnikovs to the world of movement and grant school-aged pupils a chance to explore various styles ranging from ballet to jazz to ballroom hokey pokey.

Meanwhile, experienced coaches man gymnastics programs designed to combat inactivity and encourage healthy lifestyles. Young ones aged 0–5 burn excess energy and hone flexibility during Tumblebunny classes, and big kids build strength and character thanks to both noncompetitive and competitive programs. A variety of special events include date nights that enable parents to sneak off for an evening of fun while their progeny plays at the gym. The Folsom location further fortifies its kinetic curriculum with swim programs focused on teaching pupils the essentials of water safety and basic swimming techniques. Paddlers grouped into classes by age hop into the crystalline pool, splashing about in waters kept at a balmy 89 degrees to ward off loitering snowflakes.

4440 Marconi Ave
Sacramento,
CA
US

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