Things To Do in California

AC/DC and Van Halen Tribute or MattyB Concert – Up to 51% Off

House of Blues San Diego

$18.50 $9

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Bonfire and Fan Halen perform spot-on tribute to AC/DC and Fan Halen; 11 year old internet sensation MattyB unleashes his hip-hop skills

Up to 80% Off Standup at San Jose Improv

San Jose Improv

$96 $20

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Up-and-coming comics lure laughs in storied chain of comedy clubs that showcased such stars as Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld

Up to 68% Off Pilates or G.I.T. Fit Classes

Mission

$75 $24

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Instructors improve posture and strengthen cores with Pilates, or provide full-body strength and endurance training in G.I.T. Fit classes

Island Waterpark – 52% Off All-Day Visit for Two or Four

Fresno

$59.98 $29

Among spiraling tube slides and an endless, lazy river, visitors engage in both adult and kids' activities or relax on the sand

Up to 76% Off Standup-Comedy Show

Sacramento Punch Line

$35.30 $10

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Esteemed comedy club welcomes popular comic and podcaster "Little Esther" Povitsky and actor/comedian/Funny or Die star Adam Ray

Up to 50% Off Standup-Paddleboard Rental

The Peninsula

$50 $25

Standup-paddleboarders cruise along local waterways and enjoy the scenery while getting a full-body workout

Children's Fairyland – Up to 51% Off Children's Theme Park

Oakland

$32 $16

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Wander into a 10-acre fantasy realm with fairytale-inspired attractions, rides, storybook sets, animals, and a Storybook Puppet Theater

Up to 59% Off Skate Rentals and Soft Drinks

Southgate

$22 $9

Sip a soft drink or slip into a pair of inline skates and take the floor during a public skate session

43% Open-Jump Trampoline Sessions

Anaheim Hills

$30 $17

Bounce off the walls at this trampoline-lined fun and fitness center with a huge foam jumping pit

Circus Vargas – Up to 53% Off Animal-Free Show

Multiple Locations

$42 $26

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Under a giant fabric tent, an animal-free cast sings, dances, flips, spins hoops, and tears around a giant sphere on motorcycles

Marisela – Up to 50% Off Concert

Fox Performing Arts Center

$42 $21

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Pop singer and TV star known as the "Latin Madonna" launches into decades of romantic hits

Up to 53% Off Roller-Skating

Stockton

$16 $8

Old-fashioned, quad-wheeled roller skates roll across a hockey-rink-sized floor during public-skating sessions

50% Off Exotic Vehicle Driving Experience in a Ferrari

Multiple Locations

$199 $99

Along with a professional instructor, racers speed around a racetrack for five laps and learn safety and vehicle tips

Made Up Theatre – Up to 57% Off Improv

Grimmer

$28 $12

Alternating teams perform long- and short-form improv fueled by audience suggestions

Up to 80% Off Standup at Irvine Improv

Improv Irvine

$96 $20

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Storied chain of comedy clubs where Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld held sway welcomes comics such as Christopher Titus

Up to 50% Off "Of Mice and Men"

Downtown San Bernardino

$60.50 $30

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Local theater outfit presents stage adaptation of renowned Depression-era novella in beautiful, Romanesque auditorium

Up to 66% Off Krav Maga Classes

Modesto

$160 $59

Students build self-defense and martial arts skills in krav maga classes

Up to 56% Off at Channel Islands Kayak Center

Hollywood

$79.95 $35

Expert guides lead basic lesson, furnish all equipment, and narrate the tour surveying history and wildlife within Channel Islands Harbor

Half Off Racing Experiences

Auto Club Speedway

$129 $64

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

50% Off at Exhilarate Fitness Studio

Moreno Valley

$99 $49.50

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

69% Off Classes at WundaBar Pilates

Multiple Locations

$145 $45

Certified instructors lead no more than 10 students through intense, high-energy Pilates classes using innovative WundaFormer machines

Up to 74% Off at Beach Cities Krav Maga

Multiple Locations

$135 $39

Learn to defend yourself with the moves of krav maga, a martial-arts system used by the Israeli Defense Forces

Up to 67% Off at Valencia Lanes

Valencia

$58 $19

Players pummel pins across 24 automatic lanes inside an alley equipped with a video arcade, pro shop, and restaurant

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$36 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

49% Off Helicopter and Wine Tour

Multiple Locations

$515 $265

Certified pilots lead an aerial tour through Sonoma Valley before guests sip on wines and nibble cheeses

94% Off 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

94% Off 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 53% Off Private Music Lessons

Multiple Locations

$60 $30

University-trained and professional musicians teach students instruments, vocal training, and songwriting in family-friendly environment

Up to 56% Off at The Big Train Show

Ontario

$33 $17

Includes entry for one day of festival (May 31 or June 1); kids 12 and younger are free

90% Off Martial-Arts and Fitness Classes

North Antelope Valley

$248 $25

Instructors help students of any age master tae kwon do

51% Off Simulator Golf Lesson at Shotmakers Indoor Golf Center

Elk Grove

$80 $39

Golf professional analyzes swing mechanics in real time, uses advanced data to improve form, and shave strokes off rounds

89% Off Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

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

Up to 64% Off Classes at Get Cooking 101

El Cerrito

$70 $35

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

Up to 67% Off Boot Camp from Kaizen Fitness 101

Multiple Locations

$89 $29

Outdoor boot camps forge stronger limbs and slimmer waists through high-intensity workouts that employ muscle confusion & variable exercises

Up to 51% Off Ladies Event and R&B Concert

The Glass House

$66.95 $39

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The Q104.7 FM event welcomes ladies to an evening of massages, manicures, shopping, drinks, and tunes from R&B star Eric Bellinger

Up to 76% Off Bread-Making Class

Torrance

$100 $35

During this two-hour class, learn the history of whole wheat bread and baking before learning how to bake it with a lesson and demonstration

Up to 74% Off Cardio Kickboxing & Boot Camp

Upper B Street

$90 $29

High-intensity cardio kickboxing and boot-camp classes offer varied exercises to help work up a sweat, tone muscles, and lose weight

Up to 59% Off Private Music Lessons

North County San Diego

$100 $49

Band teacher with 20 years of experience coaches students on instruments such as the guitar, piano, trumpet, flute, and ukelele

Up to 78% Off at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

Heritage District

$40 $12

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Variety of comedians who've appeared on late-night talk shows and comedy specials entertain audiences in the intimate club

50% Off Hair-and-Makeup Convention

Pasadena Convention Center

$70 $35

Celebrity hair and makeup artists reveal little-known tricks of the trade, and industry experts lead insightful panel discussions

Harlem Globetrotters – Up to 40% Off Kids' Clinic

24 Hour Fitness - Orange Super Sport

$110 $66

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Harlem Globetrotters players coach kids ages 6–12 on basketball fundamentals, drills, and off-the-court character development

Up to 64% Off at Tac City Airsoft

Multiple Locations

$124 $52

Airsoft games built around scenarios such as capture the flag unfold on two indoor fields that total more than 60,000 sq. ft.

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

70% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Montebello

$160 $48

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

Up to 56% Off Personal Training

Visalia Industrial Park

$157 $69

Personal trainers work with clients to develop and achieve fitness goals, whether in a group setting or in small 2- to 5-person sessions

Up to 67% Off Horseback Riding

Simi Valley

$95 $45

Instructor guides guests on horseback during trail rides and lessons that focus on riding fundamentals and safety

50% Off Wedding Fair for Two

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Bridal shows bring together couples and wedding professionals for networking and big-day planning

Up to 84% Off Fitness Boot Camp at Basic Training

Multiple Locations

$357.99 $59

Torch calories and tackle goals during challenging functional workouts designed by a military drill instructor and master fitness trainer

50% Off Santa Clara Coin and Collectibles Show

Santa Clara

$12 $6

Coin and collectibles show featuring U.S. and international coins and currencies, precious metals, and other collectibles

Up to 51% Off Golf for 2 at Mare Island Golf Club

Vallejo

$116 $57

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

Pickel Comedy Productions – $8 to See "Arsenic and Old Lace"

High Desert Center For The Arts

$15 $8

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Mortimer Brewster discovers his two elderly aunts have a hobby of poisoning lonely old men in this pitch-black comedy

Up to 63% Off Yoga Classes at Revelations Yoga Vedanta Books & More

El Monte

$40 $19.99

Gain flexibility and strength while learning to self-healing at this wellness, spirituality, and healing center with an onsite bookstore

Up to Half Off at Hiking Yoga

Multiple Locations

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

Up to 72% Off at Hellenic CrossFit & Muay Thai

Costa Mesa

$115 $32

Teachers pass on the finer points of the art of eight limbs, teaching boxing, kicking, knee strikes, and elbow blows

Up to 71% Off Dance Fitness Classes

Inglewood

$100 $39

Fitness-focused dance classes teach Afro-Brazilian and dance-hall steps to burn calories and tone muscles

Half Off a Digital Motion Ride at Xtreme XD

West Covina

$24 $12

3D effects, surround sound, and moving seats transport riders to wilderness safaris and adrenaline-pumping races

Up to 71% Off Classes at Evolve Fusion Fitness

Carlsbad

$90 $29

Cycling-based Ultimate Fusion classes come in four varieties that add strength training and circuit training to the cardio workout

Jump Highway – Up to 49% Off Trampoline Pass or Birthday Party

Fairfield

$48 $26

10,000 sq. ft. of trampolines and foam pits welcome jumpers of all ages; party package with pizza

Up to 59% Off Aerial Yoga Party or Classes

Studio City

$195 $79

Seasoned instructors guide up to seven students through yoga and Pilates-infused classes performed on soft fabric hammocks

Up to 55% Off Private Violin Lessons

Richmond

$120 $55

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

Up to 91% Off Karate Classes and Uniform

Murrieta

$220 $20

Led by a 13-year US karate-team member, karate classes teach self-defense skills and include a uniform and a belt test

Martial Arts History Museum – Up to 62% Off Visit

Burbank

$20 $9

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Exhibits explore martial arts' role in the history of Asian countries and their influence on American pop culture

Up to Half Off at Paradise Skate Roller Rink

Antioch-Pittsburg

$25 $12.50

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Hawaiian-themed roller rink invites duos and quartets to frolic on wheels, aided by a snack bar with hot dogs, nachos, and drinks

Up to 73% Off TRX Classes at Fitness Therapy

Original Daly City

$75 $20

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One-hour TRX sessions strengthen core muscles and boost endurance through the use of body-resistance equipment

50% Off Wine Tasting at Briar Rose Winery

Temecula

$22 $11

Vintners describe the flavors of house varietals as they pour samples of reds and whites made from grapes grown onsite

Up to 72% Off Gym Memberships & Personal Training

Santa Maria

$279 $79

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

Up to 76% Off Personal Training

El Cajon

$129 $39

Trainers lead custom 50-minute workouts and provide clients with a physical assessment and fitness calendar

50% Off Jungle-Gym Open Play at Safari Run

San Mateo

$80 $40

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Animal-themed jungle gym packed with slides, bridges, tunnels, and ladders combines fitness and play for kids aged 4–10 on Monday–Friday

Up to 75% Off at Bikram Yoga Ventura CA

Shiva Shanthi Studio

$140 $35

Bikram yoga instructor leads groups of beginning and advanced students through stimulating yoga poses for 90 minutes in a heated room

Up to 91% Off Boot Camp at Fit For Life

Clovis

$224 $23

Indoor boot-camp classes chisel slimmer physiques with cardio, weights, and core work, plus a body assessment and nutrition tips

Up to 64% Off Morning Fitness Classes

South Gate

$159 $59

High-energy morning workouts designed to help shed pounds; nutrition service included

Up to 67% Off Personal-Training Sessions

Vista

$85 $40

Trainer who successfully integrated exercise into a busy family life helps clients do the same during custom personal-training sessions

Up to 86% Off at CrossFit Active Performance

Mission Viejo

$205.50 $29

Classes fuse elements of strength training, cardio, gymnastics, and plyometrics to create a potent new functional workout each day

81% Off Splat Master Paintball Party

Hartley

$189 $35

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

Half Off Introductory Kids Tennis Program

Carson

$40 $20

Four classes for beginners ages 6—10 held Tuesday and Thursday nights for two weeks; includes individualized development plans for students

Up to 77% Off Gymnastics

Hesperia

$140 $35

Instructors teach kids skills on trampoline, bars, vault, and beam

65% Off Personal Fitness Program

Pacheco

$60 $21

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

Up to 50% Off Bike Tour

Downtown Santa Monica

$138 $69

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Groups embark on city-wide journeys that take them past renowned street art, various sweet shops, or sustainable urban farming locales

Up to Half Off at OC Salsa Dance Lessons

Multiple Locations

$24 $12

Learn the basics of salsa from an instructor who has choreographed Dancing with the Stars and has worked with Jamie Foxx

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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 W 6th St
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
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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
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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 J F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco,
CA
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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.

4042 N Cedar Ave
Fresno,
CA
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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
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