Whether you're a soccer fanatic or a newbie looking to embrace the sport, today's Groupon is calling your name using a firm but non-violent tone. For 35 bucks, snatch this Pavilion Party Package to watch the Dynamo take on the Seattle Sounders at Robertson Stadium on August 23 at 7:30 p.m. The Houston Dynamo have the best record in Major League Soccer. And things are looking even hotter for the team: they've got captain Wade Barrett back after two months out this season with an injury. Watch Barrett and the Dynamo crush the competition.
Memorial City Mall’s chirping cash registers and department-store scanners give way to the scraping of blades against ice inside Ice Skate USA. There, a full-sized rink large enough to host official IHL and NHL games reinvigorates bodies worn from shopping by imparting the freedom and fun of uninhibited speed during open-skate sessions. The rink also keeps a squad of instructors on hand who host hockey academies to sharpen everything from basic skating skills to puck control to discerning between team mascots and roving packs of wolves. Additionally, Ice Skate USA also works to expand the community’s appreciation for ice-bound culture during scheduled events such as The Nutcracker on Ice, with try-outs for the production encouraged for all students, and open to skaters of any skill and age.
Some swim coaches can only tout their credentials and experiences, but director Susie Collins can prove the results of her labor. One of her pupils is working toward swimming in the Olympics, and a thrilled parent recently praised her ease and dedication in teaching their special-needs son how to swim. All the academy's instructors receive training in water safety, stroke curriculum, and child development directly from Collins, who also teaches games and techniques to motivate even the most stubborn inflatable alligator. Students learn at their own pace, following Collins's stage-by-stage method that leads toward individual swimming goals, whether students want to compete professionally or use their butterfly stroke to blend in at the local dolphin tank.
Although the dogs in it never play baseball, The Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows is aptly named. Rather than a single dog show, it's a cluster of several, spread out over five summer days. The show features Best of Breed contests, and the top dog wins Best in Show. It also entertains with a dog sled pull, agility contest, and a canine musical freestyle—in which dogs dance with their costumed owners, rather than just howling into trumpets. During a Meet the Breed seminar, experts educate the public on the pros, cons, and peculiarities of more than 80 breeds.
Merge the best aspects of being a firefighter and a circus acrobat with today's Groupon: $20 gets you an introductory pole-dance workout at Sheila Kelley S Factor (a $40 value). Celebrate your assets with the workout routine that celebrity sexpots Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives), Allison Janney (The West Wing), and Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) love. Whether you're looking to spicy up your love life or tone up your curves, S Factor will have you arching your back as if you were a sexy long-haired wildcat, not to be confused with the long-eared hedgehog, which is really more cute than sexy. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.