Activities in East Saint Louis

3-Lap Ride-Along or 5- or 10-Lap Formula Car Driving Experience at The Formula Experience (Up to 51% Off)

The Formula Experience

Gateway Motorsports Park

Burn rubber in on a track ride-along with a professional driver, or take the wheel of a F2000-Style Formula car or Factory Five Shelby Cobra

$99 $49

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Ice Skating and Hot Chocolate for Two, Four, or Six at Creve Coeur Ice Arena (Up to 52% Off)

Creve Coeur Ice Arena

Saint Louis

Glide around an indoor ice rink, then take a break to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate

$16.50 $8

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Pitching, Hitting, or Catching Lessons at Center St. Louis (Up to 63% Off)

Center St. Louis

Affton

Kids can improve their baseball game before the start of next season with private lessons that focus on pitching, hitting, or catching

$100 $39

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Swan River Yoga (Up to 73% Off)

Swan River Yoga

St. Louis

Studio invites yogis of all experience and fitness levels to classes that can focus on fitness, flexibility, or mental wellbeing

$125 $39

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Two Tickets to Sherlock Holmes Exhibition and OMNIMAX Theater at Saint Louis Science Center (Up to 40% Off)

Saint Louis Science Center

Saint Louis Science Center

Sherlock Holmes exhibit brings the detective’s world to life as visitors help him solve a crime; includes OMNIMAX tickets and parking

$63 $38

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Cirque du Soleil's “Varekai” at Chaifetz Arena on January 7–11 (Up to 33% Off)

Cirque du Soleil's “Varekai”

Chaifetz Arena

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A wounded hero wanders a magic forest populated by aerialists, acrobats, dancers, contortionists, jugglers, and clowns in surreal costumes

$105.45 $84

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Standup and Drinks for Two, Four, or Eight at Funny Bone Westport Plaza Through December 31 (Up to 66% Off)

St. Louis Funny Bone

Funny Bone Westport Plaza

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Standups entertain up to 300 attendees at comedy club that hosts nationally touring acts

$33 $16

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Nine-Hole Round for Two or Four with Range Balls and Soft Drinks at Family Golf & Learning Center (53% Off)

Family Golf Center

Saint Louis

Nine-hole par 3 course facilitates short-game practice with no holes longer than 160 yards

$43 $20

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Cash + Carry 2015 Shopping Event for Two, Four, or Six from ALIVE Magazine on Saturday, January 31 ( 50% Off)

ALIVE Magazine St. Louis

11 at The Boulevard

Dozens of local boutiques—including Mister Guy and Pulse—and indie fashion designers display styles at 40–70% off at 11 at the Boulevard

$20 $10

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Admission and Skate Rental for Two, Four, or Six at Shaw Park Ice Rink (50% Off)

Shaw Park Ice Rink

St. Louis

Groups head to Shaw Park, home to one of the only outdoor ice rinks in the area, for a day of ice-skating and fun

$18 $9

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90-Minute City Trolley Tour for One, Two, or Four from St. Louis Fun Tours (Up to 52% Off)

St. Louis Fun Trolley Tours

Lumiere Place Casino

Knowledgeable guides wend trolleys through 23 miles of St. Louis’s most notable sites such as Forest Park, Laclede’s Landing and the Arch

$22 $12

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at Santé Fitness & Wellness at the Chase Park Plaza (Up to 70% Off)

Santé Fitness & Wellness at the Chase Park Plaza

Chase Park Plaza

Fitness classes include boot camp, yoga, cycling, Zumba, TRX, and other cardio and stretching classes

$150 $49

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2-Hour Simulated Space Mission for Two or Four at Challenger Learning Center in Ferguson (Up to 52% Off)

Challenger Learning Center

St. Louis

Visitors play the role of astronauts, scientists, and engineers through a two-hour simulated space mission to the Moon, Mars, or a comet

$30 $15

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One or Two Weeks of Kids' Dance Camp at Consuming Kinetics Dance Company (50% Off)

Consuming Kinetics Dance Company

DeBaliviere Place

Each week of camp teaches kids a style of dance such as jazz or hip-hop

$275 $137

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One-Hour of Bowling with Pizza for Up to Four or Eight at Show Me Lanes (Up to 50% Value)

Show Me Lanes

Mehlville

Large pizzas complement games of bowling at family friendly center

$30 $15

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International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum Membership for One or Two or Visit for Two (Up to 51% Off)

International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum

St. Louis

Photographs and equipment from more than 500 artists, including Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, fill a 6,000-square-foot space

$35 $17

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Campbell House Museum (50% Off)

Campbell House Museum

Downtown St. Louis

Furniture, paintings, clothing, and other period artifacts offer a rare glimpse into 19th-century American life

$16 $8

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes at Bushido World Karate (Up to 54% Off)

Bushido World Karate

Mehlville

Students build strength, stamina, and self-defense skills in martial-arts classes

$75 $35

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Fun-Center Package for Two or Four, or Party for Up to Eight at Tee Time Family Fun Center (Up to 51% Off)

Tee Time Family Fun Center

Mehlville

Fun-center package with refreshments, bumper car rides, and maze passes; birthday party includes pizza and arcade tokens

$32.57 $16

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Ten Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at West-East Natural Healing (Up to 56% Off)

West-East Natural Healing

Warson Woods

Range of yoga disciplines including vinyasa flow, gentle yoga, and kundalini help to relax minds and strengthen bodies

$120 $55

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10 Fitness Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Classes at North Broadway (Up to 74% Off)

North Broadway

Tower Grove

Expert instructors lead students in jujitsu and Fight Fit conditioning classes

$100 $29

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$44 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at YogaSource ($135 Value)

YogaSource

Richmond Heights

Eleven different yoga classes accommodate students of varying levels and help them develop strength, flexibility, and endurance

$135 $44

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10 or 20 Yoga Fusion or Get Fit Fusion Classes at Get Fit St. Louis LLC (Up to 76% Off)

Get Fit St. Louis LLC

Multiple Locations

Beginning and ending with yogic exercise, classes also address strength and cardio training

$100 $29

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Five Yoga Classes from Mind & Body Kula (64% Off)

Mind & Body Kula

Tower Grove South

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

$70 $25

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Three or Six 30-Minute Private Karate or Self-Defense Lessons at Tracy's Karate Studio (65% Off)

Tracy's Karate Studio

Saint Louis

Private lessons heed each student’s goals and personal learning style as they impart self-defense skills and confidence

$80 $28

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10 or 20 Group Fitness Classes or One-Month Gym Membership at BJC WellAware Center (Up to 78% Off)

BJC WellAware Center

Central West End

Center located on the Barnes-Jewish Hospital campus features highly trained, certified fitness pros and top-notch equipment

$80 $19

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8 or 16 Children's Dance Classes at New Era Productions (Up to 59% Off)

New Era Productions

Overland

Experienced instructors give kids a well-rounded dance education with a focus on theory and technique

$90 $38

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$33 for Four Weeks of Unlimited Boxing Classes at Sweat ($80 Value)

Sweat

Clayton

Trainers lead more than 10 boxing classes that help athletes get in shape and improve skills such as speed, agility, and coordination

$80 $33

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Indoor Climbing Class for Two, or a Private Birthday Party at Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gym (Up to 47% Off)

Upper Limits Rock Gym

Multiple Locations

Newbie climbers scurry up 35-foot indoor rock arches & top-out boulder & parties entertain up to 25 kids with climbing & soft drinks

$60 $32

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One or Two Months of Sports-Performance Classes at The Lab Gym (Up to 87% Off)

The Lab Gym

St. Louis

Trainers enhance junior-high, high-school, and college athletes with exercise routines specific to their sport for increased performance

$225 $39

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Two, Four or Six Personal-Training Sessions at St. Louis Fitness and Wellness Group (Up to 79% Off)

St. Louis Fitness and Wellness Group

The Boxing Gym

Trainer works one-on-one with clients to help them achieve their fitness goals through tailored exercises

$110 $29

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Six Group Fitness or Group Dance Lessons or One Month of Unlimited Lessons at Central Studio (Up to 58% Off)

Central Studio

DeBaliviere Place

Spacious dance studio holds variety of classes atop its 1,200 sq. ft. sprung hardwood dance floor

$80 $35

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Two, Four, or Six Personal Training Sessions for One or Two People at Titanium Fitness LLC (Up to 91% Off)

Titanium Fitness LLC

St. Louis

Personal-training sessions customize workouts to help meet each individual’s fitness and nutrition goals

$140 $24

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$24 for $48 Groupon — Mayer-Torno School of Irish Dance

Mayer-torno School Of Irish Dance

Brentwood

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

$48 $24

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Unlimited Yoga for Three or Six Weeks at Bikram Yoga St. Louis (Up to 81% Off)

Bikram Yoga St. Louis

Clayton

Beginners are welcome at this friendly yoga studio, which turns the heat up to increase circulation and loosen the muscles

$127.50 $29

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Museum Outing with Miniature-Train Ride for Two or Four at the Museum of Transportation (Up to 60% Off)

Museum of Transportation

Saint Louis

Vintage automobiles, planes, and a massive collection of locomotives fill the museum grounds, circled by miniature-train tracks

$24 $10

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Visit for Two, Four, Six, or Eight Adults to the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis (Up to 50% Off)

Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis

Bevo

Groups can visit the museum to view a collection of miniatures which includes houses and replicas of the Basilica of St. Louis and Bevo Mill

$10 $5

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Personal-Training Sessions with Optional Nutrition Plan at Complete Supplements- St Louis (Up to 74% Off)

Complete Supplements- St Louis

Saint Louis

Knowledgeable trainers develop custom fitness and nutrition plans for clients to motivate them toward weight-loss and healthier lifestyles

$100 $30

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Food and Drinks for 2, 4, 6, or 10 at Lucky's Dueling Piano Bar (Up to 60% Off)

Lucky's Dueling Piano Bar

St. Louis

As players bang away on the lounge’s dual baby grands, guests cheer or sit back with refreshing cocktails and tasty eats

$58 $24

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$40 for Four Weeks of Boot Camp at WayneFit ($99 Value)

WayneFit

St. Louis

Trainer Mike Wayne uses a lifetime of knowledge to get participants fit in boot camp classes that meet three times a week for a month

$99 $40

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$38 for $150 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Master Kim's Kum Sung Martial Arts Glendale Mo

Master Kim's Kumsung Martial Arts

St. Louis

Korean-style martial arts teaches self-defense, confidence, discipline, and focus to toddlers, kids, teens, and adults

$150 $38

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On-Ramp or CrossFit Classes or Five Personal Training Sessions at Steel Plate Crossfit (Up to 73% Off)

Steel Plate Crossfit

St. Louis

Trainers tailor exercise routines to client goals; CrossFit features functional exercises that beginners can learn in On-Ramp courses

$110 $30

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$129 for a Tandem Paragliding Experience with Video at On The Marc Paragliding ($200 Value)

On The Marc Paragliding

Multiple Locations

After an introductory lesson covering basics and safety, students take to the sky with a certified instructor, and the experience is videoed

$200 $129

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Indoor Rock Climbing at Climb So iLL (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Climb So iLL

Near Lafayette Square

Equipped with harnesses and shoes, climbers scale walls up to 55 ft. tall with 40 rope routes and varied bouldering terrain

$56 $29

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One Week of Boxing and Kickboxing Classes for One with Loaner Hand Wraps & Gloves at Title Boxing Club (87% Off)

Title Boxing Club

Multiple Locations

Trainers teach how to land jabs, hooks, and roundhouse kicks using pads and heavy bags, helping students burn up to 1,000 calories per class

$79 $10

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CrossFit Foundations Class Package for Beginners or One Month of Unlimited Classes at CrossFit Agon (59% Off)

CrossFit Agon

Lemay

Level 1 CrossFit trainer helps students of all ages and ability levels by adjusting each exercise to suit individual needs

$75 $31

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Visit for Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Children at Laclede's Landing Wax Museum (Up to 56% Off)

Laclede's Landing Wax Museum

Downtown St. Louis

10,000 sq. ft. museum houses more than 200 wax likenesses of celebrities, fictional characters, and historical figures

$20 $10

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$18 for 2 Hours of Pool & $20 Worth of Pub Food & Drinks at Pink Galleon Billiards and Games ($39 Value)

Pink Galleon Billiards and Games

Multiple Locations

Billiards played atop tables with hot-pink tops and surrounded by beach-themed decor, including airbrushed murals of mermaids and pirates

$39 $18

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One or Two Months of Boot Camp Classes at All N 1 Fitness (Up to 54% Off)

All N 1 Fitness

Crestwood

Students receive individual attention in group classes that focus on cardio, strength, and conditioning and include nutritional guidance

$75 $35

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60-Minute Trolley Tour for Two, Four, or Six from St. Louis Carriage & Trolley Company (Up to 52% Off)

St. Louis Carriage & Trolley Company

Multiple Locations

Tours roll by Lafayette Square, Union Station, Peabody Opera, City Gardens, the Arch, the City Museum, and other city landmarks

$34 $17

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Beginner CrossFit Package or Two Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at PHG CrossFit (Up to 67% Off)

PHG CrossFit

Shrewsbury

Instructors lead students of all abilities in ever-changing workouts that work to improve strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance

$179 $59

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Six Strength-Training Classes or One Month of Strength-Training Classes at Faster Fitness (Up to 86% Off)

Faster Fitness

Brentwood

Both options include a nutritional consultation

$120 $23

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$85 for $275 Worth of Personal Fitness Program — Sports Medicine and Training Center

Sports Medicine & Training Center

St. Louis

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

$275 $85

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Discovery Adventure or Insanity Tour for Two, Adoption Package, or Membership at World Aquarium (Up to 71% Off)

World Aquarium

Midtown

Aquarium docents introduce visitors to fish, amphibians, reptiles, and arachnids, with opportunities to feed and touch wildlife

$130 $39

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2 Months of Unlimited Boot Camp Sessions from Hilltop Fitness Studio, LLC (50% Off)

Hilltop Fitness Studio

St. Louis

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

$500 $250

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes from PowerFit Bootcamp (Up to 80% Off)

PowerFit Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

Trainers motivate exercisers to tackle routines of calisthenics, plyometrics, and resistance training

$99 $29

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Classes in Any Discipline at Watson Martial Arts (Up to 63% Off)

Watson Martial Arts

Central West End

Experienced instructors teach martial arts skills in styles such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai kickboxing

$129 $49

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$15 for One Hour of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Four at Saratoga Lanes or Moolah Lanes ($42 Value)

Saratoga Lanes and Moolah Lanes

Multiple Locations

Bowling balls spin down lanes at one of two old-school alleys

$42 $15

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$29 for Five-Week Boot Camp Session from NowFitness ($75 Value)

NowFitness

Multiple Locations

Certified trainers lead groups through energetic and creative combinations of cardio and strength-training routines in local parks

$75 $29

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One, Three, or Six 30-Minute Stretch-Therapy Sessions at Achieve Wellness (Up to 53% Off)

Achieve Wellness

Mehlville

A personal trainer guides patients' muscles into controlled stretches designed to relieve aches and pains

$34 $17

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10 Drop-In Boot-Camp Sessions or One Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp Sessions at STL Torched Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

STL Torched Fitness

Webster Groves

Studio's owner uses his 13 years of experience in the fitness industry to lead clients through boot-camp-style workouts

$150 $39

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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

Tri City Speedway

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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10 Hot Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Hot Yoga (Up to 76% Off)

HOT YOGA

Granite City

Hot yoga performed in 95-degree room promotes flexibility, weight loss, and detoxification

$75 $20

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Two Games of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Two or Four People at St. Clair Bowl and Bel-Air Bowl (54% Off)

St. Clair and Bel-Air Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

Two bowling alleys welcome guests to a combined 82 lanes, colorful arcades, and cafés stocked with American fare.

$21.80 $10

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10 Yoga Classes or 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga Classes at D's Yoga Home in University City (Up to 68% Off)

D’s Yoga Home

University City

Certified yoga instructors promote holistic healing through yoga practice

$130 $41

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$25 for $50 Towards 4 Weeks of Unlimited Classes with a Free Uniform

Hta Martial Arts

Collinsville

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

$50 $25

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Game Tokens and Bumper Car Rides at Gateway Fun Park (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Gateway Fun Park

Collinsville

Play Skee-ball and other arcade favorites before heading to the bumper car track to bounce around behind the wheel

$20 $11

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Self-Guided Audio Tour for Two or Four with Souvenir Book and Tote from Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (50% Off) 

Cahokia Mounds Museum Society

Collinsville

Visitors take self-guided audio-visual tours of a metropolis built by Native Americans from AD 700 to 1400

$20 $10

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10 or 20 CrossFit Classes, or One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at J5 CrossFit (Up to 81% Off)

J5 CrossFit

Collinsville

Certified CrossFit coaches lead intense, ever-changing functional-fitness workouts in an 11,000 sq. ft. facility open seven days a week

$150 $29

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$119 for Three Months of Martial-Arts Classes and a Uniform ($335 Value)

McArther's Tae Kwon Do & Fitness

Collinsville

Instructors instill strength, agility, and balance, as well as confidence and discipline, during martial-arts and fitness classes

$335 $119

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Two, Four, or Six One-on-One Personal Training Sessions at Healthy Lifestyles with Maurie, LLC (Up to 74% Off)

Healthy Lifestyles with Maurie, LLC

Brentwood

A personal trainer tailors exercises to individual goals such as weight loss or injury rehabilitation

$150 $39

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Open-Play Paintball for Two, Four, or Six with Equipment, Paintballs, and T-Shirts at Wacky Warriors (50% Off)

Wacky Warriors

Multiple Locations

Warriors fire 100 paintballs and dodge their opponents during open-play bouts on nine fields

$60 $30

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Round of Golf including Cart Rental and Range Balls at Clinton Hill Golf Course (Up to 52% Off). Four Options.

Clinton Hill Golf Course

Swansea

Clubbers cartpool across 18-hole course that gently rises & falls over rolling terrain speckled with mature arbors & rippling water hazards

$66 $39

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Movie Night with Popcorn for Two or Four at Skyview Drive-In Theater (40% Off)

Skyview Drive-In Theater

Belleville

Drive-in theater screens double features of recent Hollywood releases and broadcasts soundtracks on FM radio

$25 $15

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Skate Package, Party, or Throwback Thursday at Fun Spot Skating Center (Up to 55% Off). 5 Options Available.

Fun Spot Skating and Party Center

Belleville

Computerized lights flash above a classic, solid maple roller-skating rink as speakers play popular music

$34 $17

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10 or 20 Drop-In Yoga Sessions at Club Exhilaration (Up to 57% Off)

Club Exhilaration

Belleville

Yogis flow through a series of postures and breathing exercises during 45-minute drop-in yoga sessions

$80 $39

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Two-Week or One-Month Fitness Class Package at ATT Evolution (Up to 86% Off)

ATT Evolution

Rock Hill

Students learn MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through fitness classes which run by UFC star Tyron Woodley

$214.50 $29

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Video- and Arcade-Game Play for Two or Four People at Game Haven STL (60% Off)

Game Haven STL

Overland

Gamers battle on systems that range from Sega to Wii, and also play computer and arcade games, such as air hockey and pinball

$30 $12

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$35 for One-Month Hip-Hop Program for Kids Aged 5–11 or 12–18 at Studio L Dance Center LLC ($75 Value)

Studio L Dance Center LLC

O'Fallon

In group settings, kids aged 5–18 can learn the basics of hip-hop dancing

$75 $28

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With the Gateway Arch towering in the background, Gateway National Golf Links tests players with 18 holes of rolling links and lush green pastures. Tall grasses, lakes, and soaring cottonwoods fill in the rest of the landscape, with stone bridges and raised boardwalks leading the way from one hole to the next. Several of the holes offer views of downtown St. Louis, including on hole three, where golfers can see the skyline and the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in the distance. Before taking on the challenges of the course, visitors can get some practice swings in at Gateway National's various practice facilities, highlighted by a spacious putting green and a driving range.

Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par-71 course * Total length of 7,178 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 75.0 from the back tees * Slope of 138 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * Click here to view the scorecard

18 Golf Dr
Madison,
IL
US

The original St. Louis Raceway Park was erected in 1967 as a mere 1/8-mile drag strip. Within four years, the strip expanded to a quarter-mile after additional land was made available. Adding dirt ovals and road courses over the years, the facility continued to grow even more, allowing it to finally ride roller coasters and serve as the setting for major races including the CART World Series, NHRA duels, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 2012, following a two-year hiatus that brought all racing operations to a halt, the facility was renamed Gateway Motorsports Park. Seemingly rejuvenated, it once again provides fans and competitors first-class racing experiences. In the future, the park looks to convert into a 20,000-seat amphitheater between racing events in order to host more outdoor concerts.

700 Raceway Boulevard
Madison,
IL
US

As the sun sets and darkness blankets the city, runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages run, jog, or walk through the Neon Dash, a luminescent jaunt that benefits a chosen charity partner. To the soundtrack of adrenaline-boosting tunes, participants clad in white T-shirts make their way through four glow zones, each filled with volunteers armed with a different color of intense UV neon. Once across the finish line, they'll attend the After Glow Party, which bathes them in the otherworldly illumination of black lights and the accompanying joy of wearing a self-satisfied smile as they play games and enjoy entertainment for the rest of the night.

Gateway Motorsports Park
Madison,
Illinois
US

Above all else, Bikram Yoga emphasizes personal growth and development?not competition and comparison. That means newcomers are welcome to attend alongside experienced practitioners. Although the sessions at Bikram Yoga St. Louis may seem like a more physical challenge at first, the goal is for students to recognize and strengthen the connection that exists between the mind, body, and spirit. This progress does bolster physical fitness, but also creates a restorative and relaxing experience.


####What is class like? Every 90-minute session consists of the exact same sequence of [two breathing exercises and 26 standing and seated asanas](http://yogastlouis.com/class-info/bikram-yoga-postures/). These physically demanding postures use deep bends and twists to work muscle groups and organ systems throughout the body, pushing oxygenated blood where it's needed most and building strength and stamina. If you're having trouble with any pose, that's no problem: the instructors can recommend slight modifications. For more advice, [visit the studio's website](http://yogastlouis.com/new-students/faq/).


####Why is the studio so hot? The instructors heat the practice space to sweat-inducing levels for each class, increasing circulation and aiding in the release of toxins. In addition to loosening tight muscles?which allows students to sink deeper into each stretch?this heat also has profound mental benefits. The extra challenge encourages attendees to focus on each posture's alignment and orientation while learning how to accept the heat, concentrate on breathing, and practice a calmer mental state. After class, separate changing rooms with showers are available for those looking to refresh themselves.
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6614 Clayton Road #188
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Fire. Hammers. A pottery wheel. Some of humanity?s most elemental and primitive tools, yet into the 21st century they remain. And Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design Director Of Education Programs, Luanne Rimel, attests that they?re some of the coolest. With each season?s catalog of classes, some of the most popular, according to Rimel, let students play with fire, hammer metal into jewelry, or shape a lump of clay into something as fundamentally beautiful as a baby seal mimicking the Mona Lisa?s wry smirk.

At Craft Alliance, the focus is art in all its forms. Whether the tool is the raw flame fusing cut copper or a Mac loaded with Photoshop image-editing software, the intention to inspire and to create remains the same. Its two locations schedule seasonal terms with four- to six-week classes, as well as intensive workshops and children?s classes. Guiding each student along his or her adventure, skilled faculty instruct from experience. Most are working artists who exhibit their work and who have reaped their experience from the trenches of the art world.

Craft Alliance is not just empowering people with knowledge; they are also helping people make mugs, bowls, wooden spinning tops, rings, rugs, and digital photo albums. Many of these things are practical and serve a functional purpose. But many do not?they?re just beautiful things, like vestigial tails. A good number of these pieces are created by hand and are meant to remind us, as Rimel remarked, that everyone can do something different from their everyday, workaday lives by adding beauty to a world that truly needs it.

The student and faculty artists are the backbone of the Craft Alliance community, which in 2014 celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Grand Center location represents a regeneration of an arts district already pillared by the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Powell Symphony Hall, and St. Louis University.

6640 Delmar Blvd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Though built as a private home in 1901, the Victorian mansion stood vacant for years?until its first children's hands-on exhibits opened to the public more than 30 years ago. Since then, The Magic House's curators have worked to engage children of all ages in learning and creative thought through a range of interactive multimedia exhibits. Their exhibits enable visitors to service cars, climb treehouse ladders, and go fishing in a child-centric community, or play with pumps and pipes in a waterworks playground. They can also climb a three-story fairy-tale beanstalk or use detective skills, fingerprint analyses, and secret passageways to solve mysteries.

Museum staffers also organize a range of themed birthday parties, during which attendees play and complete special tasks as time travelers, scientists, or fairy-tale nobility. Family programs encompass monthly visits from outside professional artists, and special events designed to get the whole family moving. Visitors can refuel for exploration at the on-site Picnic Basket Cafe, whose menu highlights whole grains and healthy ingredients.

516 S Kirkwood Rd.
Saint Louis,
MO
US