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Before purchasing a new video game, players at Press Play Entertainment can test out full versions of the latest releases. At surround-sound stations equipped with consoles such as Xbox, Wii, and PlayStation 3, 3D-ready HDTVs accentuate each game's crisp graphics. Press Play customers can also sample accessories like the PlayStation Move's mobile controllers or the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset.

At weekly tournaments held on 47-inch TVs, Press Play pits gamers against each other in rounds of new and old classics. Contestants square off in HALO, hunt each other down in Call of Duty, and argue against parking tickets in Street Fighter. For players 17 and up, Press Play raises the stakes with prizes such as sporting event tickets and vintage gaming systems.

8589 Falls Run Road
Ellicott City,
MD
US

Influenced by her upbringing in Sierra Leone—where the food culture emphasizes local, artisanal ingredients shared by neighbors—Jeanette Warne guides small groups of adults, teens, and kids in themed cooking classes geared toward age group. In how to-style classes, budding chefs learn such fundamentals as how to cook with wine, how to prepare classic French dishes, or how to tell the difference between a baguette and a baseball bat. The class lineup also covers specializations, such as pastry-chef techniques and cooking for specific dietary needs. Courses typically yield 3–4 dishes.

Warne also lends her expertise to party planners by catering international-themed feasts that feature passed hors d'oeuvres, Mediterranean dinners, and eclectic four-course buffets. The company maintains environmentalist practices, not only through sourcing ingredients locally, but also by buying biodegradable flatware and minimizing the use of single-use paper airplanes that carry food to diners' plates.

2331 Calvin Circle
Ellicott City,
MD
US

US Tae Kwon Do classes are taught by martial-arts experts and help students achieve peace of mind, personal confidence, better understanding of physical capabilities, self-defense techniques applicable to the real world, and the ability to knock a jar of pickles off the top shelf with a roundhouse kick. With class schedules modeled on the ancient art of busy lifestyles, those with busy lifestyles will be able to easily squeeze in a kicking-and-punching jam session that can breathe new life into a stale exercise regimen. Class offerings and times vary at each location—call ahead to begin your membership and schedule your first foray into one of the world's most practiced martial arts.

10030 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City,
MD
US

Paintbrushes smooth color across a series of canvases, and wineglasses glint in the evening light. At Paint in the Hut, amateur artists bring snacks and libations and relax during evenings filled with art. Painting sessions encourage adults to splash their emotions on the canvas as they re-create famous works of art, such as Monet's Cliffs and Water Lilies. Instructors are on hand to help you capture that ray of sunshine or the right perspective for the sea monster hiding behind the cliffs.

8120 Main Street
Ellicott City,
MD
US

Monumental Helicopters’ fleet of choppers offers clientele breath-nabbing views of eastern Maryland and the sea beyond. The compact R44 Clipper comes equipped with floats for water landings into arch nemeses' swimming pools. The aircrafts’ routes fly around Baltimore, taking in the city's sites. Though not included in this Groupon, tours also zigzag between Baltimore, Washington, and Annapolis and even embark on custom tours that soar anywhere within 25 miles of Haysfield Airport.

4994 Sheppard Ln
Ellicott City,
MD
US

Vision Quest Sport and Fitness promotes a five-pronged approach to fitness, covering cardiovascular, progressive resistance, proper diet, supplementation, and personal training. Like any decent clock factory, the clubs are open 24 hours a day, and each keeps its own schedule primed with group classes such as boxing, yoga, spinning, and hip-hop fitness. Body Sculpt sessions fashion forms with weights and bands, and Total Body Conditioning uses lighter weights and higher repetitions to create lean, mean muscle mass.

Members take part in complimentary wellness seminars from fitness experts to fine-tune their bodies, and teams of affiliated massage therapists, chiropractors, and nutrition gurus save skeletons and muscles from harmful injury.

10045 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City,
MD
US