Things To Do in Kansas


Kansas Concealed-Carry Class for One or Two at Family Firearm Safety (Up to 66% Off)

Family Firearm Safety

Brittany Park

The eight-hour course covers safety, firearm use, mental preparedness, and marksmanship, and prepares students to apply for a permit

$160 $60

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18 Holes of Golf for Two with Cart and Range Balls at Tiffany Greens Golf Club (Up to 54% Off)

Tiffany Greens Golf Club

Northland

Generous zoysia-grass fairways and tree-lined creeks decorate an 18-hole course that players navigate with GPS-enabled carts

$134 $62

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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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Basic or Premium Shooting-Range Package at Centerfire Shooting Sports (Up to 53% Off)

Centerfire Shooting Sports

Olathe

Indoor shooting lanes set targets up to 25 yards away; practice with a 9 mm pistol or an M1911 .45 ACP pistol

$95 $45

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Painting Class or Open Paint Session for One, Two, or Four People at Painted Kanvas (Up to 51% Off)

Painted Kanvas

Lawrence

Learn how to create your own masterpiece during local artist instruction classes or during open paint sessions

$35 $17

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$16} for a One-Day Visit for Four at Wonderscope Children's Museum of KC (Up to $28 Value)

Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas

Kansas City

Exhibits mix learning with play as kids explore elements of art, science, and literature

$28 $16

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Introductory Lesson or One-Month Bronze or Silver Membership Package with Lessons at Ashwood Farm (Up to 57% Off)

Ashwood Farm

St. George

Take an introductory lesson, partake in a rider assessment, or join the equestrian club for access to facilities, horses, and instruction

$50 $25

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10 or 20 Martial-Arts Fitness Classes at Brazil Academy (Up to 76% Off)

Brazil Academy

Crossroads Industrial Park

Certified instructors guide groups through slow-moving poses or rigorous kickboxing moves to burn calories and strengthen limbs.

$180 $45

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Admission and Gift Shop Credit for Two or Four to the National Orphan Train Complex (Up to 53% Off)

National Orphan Train Complex

Concordia

Museum dedicated to preserving knowledge of the Orphan Train Movement and the role it played in the lives of 250,000 children from 1854–1929

$20 $10

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$579 for a One-Year Out-of-County Single Membership at Highlands Golf Club (Up to $1,200 Value)

Highlands Golf Club

Hutchinson

A year of unlimited golf and pool privileges at 18-hole course with native tall grasses, sand hills, and wildlife including red foxes

$1,200 $579

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60-Minute Guided Horseback Trail Ride for One or Four at Wild Rose Equine Center (50% Off)

Wild Rose Equine Center

Green

Guides lead horseback riders through trees and open fields on equestrian school’s trail rides

$40 $22

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$99 for Kids' Performing-Arts Camp at Theatre of the Imagination ($175 Value). 7 Sessions Available.

Theatre of the Imagination

Overland Park

Five-day camp with improv games, exercises, and rehearsals culminates in a performance of a new play with a variety of costumes

$175 $99

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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Trip for Two or Four from Rock-N-Row (Up to 43% Off)

Rock-N-Row

Sherlock

Beginner and experienced rafters navigate Class II and III rapids and take in views of the Cotopaxi cliffs and bighorn sheep

$100 $60

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Roller-Skating Outing for Two or Four with Admission, Skate Rentals, and Sodas at Rollers (Up to 55% Off)

Rollers

Emporia

Throughout the summer, rent skates and enjoy roller-skating at indoor rink before stopping by the full-service snack bar for sodas

$20 $10

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Paintball Package with Rental Mask, Hopper, and Tank for Two or Four at Foxhole Paintball (Up to 57% Off)

Foxhole Paintball

Jefferson

Basic rental packages allow visitors to enjoy a full day of paintball fun with 200 paintballs, masks, and hoppers

$50 $22

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1 or 3 Months of Martial Arts Classes with Options for Uniforms at Derby Martial Arts Academy (Up to 64% Off)

Derby Martial Arts Academy

Derby

Kids and adults study martial arts, stay in shape, and build self-confidence with guidance from a world-champion sensei

$89 $35

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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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Admission for Six to Kansas Learning Center For Health (Up to 39% Off)

Kansas Learning Center For Health

Halstead

Interactive exhibits including light-up anatomic models and huge model ears and mouths teach kids about healthy lifestyles

$18 $11

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Wine Tasting and Private Winery Tour with Engraved Wine Glasses for Two or Four at White Tail Run Winery (Up to 56% Off)

White Tail Run Winery

Edgerton

Wine specialists lead private groups through the winery, offering samples of 17 different wines

$40 $19

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Two- or Four-Hour Driving Range Party on a Weekday or Weekend at The Long Drive Driving Range (Up to 57% Off)

The Long Drive Driving Range, LLC

Hoisington

Groups practice their driving for two or four hours of access on eight artificial tees and a pair of true-grass tee boxes

$100 $49

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18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four and Cart Rental at Lindsborg Municipal Golf Course (Up to 58% Off)

Lindsborg Municipal Golf Course

Smoky Hill

Golfers navigate the wide-open fairways of this 64-acre municipal course that features a lake at its southern end

$58 $25

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All-Day Paintball Package for Up to 4, 6, or 12 & Equipment Rental from Paintball International (Up to 82% Off)

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

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

$100 $19

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four Including Cart Rental at Augusta Country Club (Up to 51% Off)

Augusta Country Club

Augusta

9-hole course with bent grass greens and water hazards on 6 holes offers extra tee boxes to create distinct front- and back-nine experience

$140 $68

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Three Hours of Croquet Play or a 20-Person Party at Kactus Creek Croquet Club (Up to 52% Off)

Kactus Creek Croquet Club

Northland

Four people navigate the wickets during a continuous three-hour Saturday session; two-hour parties share the courts with up to 20 people

$60 $29

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$20 for Two Unlimited Play Wristbands at Extreme Underground ($40 Value)

Extreme Underground

Walnut

Stationed in former Army bunker, this massive facility hosts laser tag, mini golf, bouldering, and archery tag

$40 $20

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$49 for a 30-Day Body Transformation Package with Fitness Assessments at CrossFit I-35 ($216 Value)

CrossFit I-35

North Overland Park Hills

High-intensity workouts build muscles with strength-training techniques including squats, Olympic lifts, and body-weight exercises

$216 $49

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18-Hole Rounds of Golf Including Cart for Two or Four at Wellington Golf Club (Up to 43% Off)

Wellington Golf Club

Wellington

Fairways narrowed by cedars and pines test players’ accuracy alongside small, fast greens on an 18-hole course founded in 1919

$64 $39

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Five Personal Training Sessions at Womack Strength L.L.C. (88% Off)

Womack Strength L.l.c.

Leawood

From the merchant: Five personalized 60-minute workouts designed with your goals and body in mind; first-time evaluation included

$250 $30

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One Month of Unlimited CrossFit for One or Two at Owasso 180 Universal Fitness Complex, LLC (Up to 57% Off)

Owasso 180 Universal Fitness Complex, LLC

Collinsville

CrossFit sessions help exercisers build lean muscle and improve their heart health with functional movements

$110 $49

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Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center on February 11 (Up to 36% Off)

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center

Live_logo

Highly acclaimed Broadway tribute featuring the cast of “Beatlemania” covers Fab Four career trajectory in a detailed performance

$49.50 $32

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$10 for One Day at Johnson County Home & Garden Show for Two on February 20–22 ($20 Value)

Johnson County Home & Garden Show

Overland Park Convention Center

Hundreds of exhibitors plus local and celebrity designers share tips for home design and renovation

$20 $10

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Kansas City Dirty Duo Race Entry for One or Two Teams of Two at Kansas Speedway on June 21 (50% Off)

TNC Community

Kansas Speedway

Along with a partner, you’ll run and bike around a nearly 6-mile course past mystery obstacles and a 40-foot mud pit

$110 $55

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Small Group Mat Pilates Training at Pilates Performance & Rehab (Up to 56% Off). Four Options Available.

Pilates Performance & Rehab

Southwest Topeka

Beginning and intermediate mat Pilates training help exercisers strengthen their cores and develop lean muscle mass

$40 $19

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Surya Yoga (Up to68% Off)

Surya Yoga

Olathe

Yoga instructor Annie Trotta leads classes that feature styles such as ashtanga, mysore, hot yoga, and advanced vinyasa

$65 $25

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$15 for Four Indoor-Cycling Classes and Four Yoga Classes at Body Boutique ($88 Value)

Body Boutique

Sunset Hills

Clients tone physiques with cardio-boosting indoor-cycling classes and muscle lengthening yoga sessions

$88 $15

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10 or 20 Fit-Boxing Classes at ATA Martial Arts - Shawnee (Up to 68% Off)

ATA Martial Arts - Shawnee

Shawnee

Students of all fitness levels use kick-boxing techniques and equipment to build strength and endurance during 10 or 20 high-energy classes

$100 $35

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$30 for $60 Groupon — CrossFit785

Crossfit 785

Downtown Manhattan

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

$60 $30

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Seven Introductory or Drop-In CrossFit Classes or CrossFit Package at Vanquish Athletics (Up to 79% Off)

Vanquish Athletics

Lenexa

Intro classes focus on the fundamental exercises of CrossFit; standard classes ramp up the intensity with challenging workouts of the day

$140 $39

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One Hour of Arcade Play for Four or Eight at GCW Retro-Cade (Up to 50% Off)

GCW Retro-Cade

Platte City

Guests play coin-free on a bounty of classic and modern video games

$20 $11

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

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

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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One or Two Months of 30-Minute Private Percussion Lessons at Backbeat Percussion Studios (Up to 53% Off)

Backbeat Percussion Studios

Derby

Professional musicians with master level experience help budding percussionists hone their craft in weekly 30-minute lessons

$80 $39

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$69 for One Month of Unlimited Cardio Kickboxing Classes at Kempo Fitness ($140 Value)

Kempo Fitness

Prairie Village

Students work up a sweat with plyometrics, bag exercises, and rapid-fire kickboxing routines

$140 $69

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18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart and Range Balls for Two or Four at Fox Ridge Golf Club (Up to 55% Off)

Fox Ridge LLC

Newton

Golfers loop 9-hole course twice for 18-hole round, hitting shots around tall hardwoods and over a stream that comes into play on four holes

$65.50 $32

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$45 for $90 Groupon — get fit

Get Fit

Gardner

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

$90 $45

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Golf Outing with Cart for Two or Four at Tee Time Golf and Cafe (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Tee Time Golf and Cafe

Ninnescah

Nine-hole course with onsite driving range boasts level terrain with minimal sand bunkers & water hazards

$56 $28

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Two Horseback-Riding Lessons at Jaax, LLC (65% Off)

Jaax, Llc

Wichita

From the merchant: Custom tailored riding lessons with a specialty in hunter/jumper competition and safe horseback riding.

$80 $28

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JCCC's Performing Arts Series at Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College (Up to 51% Off)

JCCC Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College

Carlsen Center

This season, see live dance or music performances, including classical quartets

$35 $18

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Four or Eight Semi-Private Personal-Training Sessions at Fast Fit 360 (Up to 66% Off)

Fast Fit 360

Faithful Fitness Kansas City

Experienced trainers lead small groups through customized workout routines, giving individual attention to ensure safety and results

$125 $49

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$19 for Two Weeks of Unlimited Boxing and Kickboxing Classes at Title Boxing Club ($44.50 Value)

Title Boxing Club

Multiple Locations

Boxing and kickboxing classes kick-start metabolisms while burning fat and building muscle

$44.50 $19

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Gun-Range Outing or Beginner Experience for Two or Four at OMB Guns & Indoor Range (Up to 61% Off)

OMB Guns & Indoor Range

Olathe

Guests shoot machine guns and pistols under supervision; simulators use mock firearms that simulate recoil

$176 $69

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Membership to Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Including Dinner Gala (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Robert J. Dole Institute Of Politics

Lawrence

The Dole Institute's mission is to promote civic participation among young people and demonstrate the honor of working in politics

$100 $65

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Flower-Arranging Class for One or Two at Flower Classroom (Up to 53% Off)

Flower Classroom

Shawnee

Introductory class teaches basic design and color theory so students can craft artistic bouquets using fresh, local flower varieties

$80 $39

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Four, Six, or Eight Private Horseback-Riding Lessons at White Training Stables (Up to 55% Off)

White Training Stables

Manhattan

Instructors teach students of all ages and abilities horseback-riding skills in the style of their choice

$200 $99

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10 Drop-In Fitness Classes or One or Two Months of Fitness Classes at Welcome Mat Elite (Up to 85% Off)

Welcome Mat Elite

Lenexa

Certified martial artists train students in the mental and physical workouts of jujitsu, yoga, boxing, and muay thai

$100 $15

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One Month of Martial-Arts Classes or Kids' Birthday Party at Pride Martial Arts / Karate For Kids (Up to 81% Off)

Pride Martial Arts / Karate For Kids

Multiple Locations

All-ages training center helps students hone self-defense skills, discipline, and fitness through classes in karate and tae kwon do

$125 $28

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Three or Five Personal-Training Sessions at Kansas City Speed & Sport Academy (Up to 55% Off)

Kansas City Speed & Sport Academy

Camden Woods

A certified personal trainer sets short- and long-term fitness goals for clients and leads them through customized workouts

$195 $89

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$60 for Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Village Music Academy ($120 Value)

Village Music Academy

formerly the Toon Shop

Local musical experts with backgrounds in jazz, classical, rock, & country lead students through 30-minute sessions on choice of instruments

$120 $60

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$49 for a Six-Week Bootcamp at Fitness Bootcamp ($249 Value)

Fitness Bootcamp

Newton Recreation Center

Bootcamp motivates participants to reach fitness goals with varied workouts

$249 $49

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Tae Kwon Do Classes for One or Two at Yang Masters United Taekwondo Center (Up to 83% Off)

Yang Masters United Taekwondo Center

Multiple Locations

Tae kwon do classes teach students to defend themselves with powerful punches and kicks and gain an inner calm

$120 $30

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18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at Suppesville Golf Course in Milton (Up to 54% Off)

Suppesville Golf Course

Wichita

Bermuda-grass fairways, bentgrass greens, and rolling countryside envelop golfers at nine-hole course

$60 $29

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10 or 16 Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform and Fitness Challenge at Empower Martial Arts (93% Off)

Empower Martial Arts

Wichita

All-ages training center helps students hone self-defense skills, discipline, and fitness through classes in karate and tae kwon do

$353 $25

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Painting Class for One or Two at Hook Gallery & Framing (Up to 55% Off)

Hook Gallery & Framing

Multiple Locations

With help from expert instructors, students create their own artworks as they sip BYOB drinks or enjoy food and drink specials

$50 $25

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10 Yoga Classes at nKCYOGA (65% Off)

Nkcyoga

North Kansas City

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

$110 $39

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One Month of Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform for One or Up to Eight at ATA Martial Arts (Up to 92% Off)

ATA Martial Arts

Southwest Topeka

Classes for both youngsters and adults, ranging from bully prevention to adult tae kwon do

$149 $25

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$13 for Roller Racing and Skating for Two at Skate Zone ($26 Value)

Skate Zone

Olathe Medical Center

Skaters roll across a shock-absorbent floor and roller race on stationary bikes

$26 $13

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Five Indoor Rock-Climbing Sessions at CrossFit Lawrence (56% Off)

Crossfit Lawrence

East Lawrence

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

$50 $22

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One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at SWEAT Studio (Up to 48% Off)

SWEAT Studio

Shawnee

Instructors lead classes ranging from interval-based Insanity workouts to Zumba's Latin-inspired dance moves

$75 $39

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One or Two Months of Karate Classes plus Uniform at American Sport Karate Center (Up to 81% Off)

American Sport Karate Center

Monticello Business Park

Students practice strength-building kicks and strikes during karate classes that also promote discipline and independence

$129 $29

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Martial-Arts Package with Uniform and 10 or 15 Classes at Monroe's ATA Martial Arts (Up to 88% Off)

Monroe's ATA Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Martial-arts packages help students of all ages gain confidence and self-respect with tae kwon do classes

$185 $25

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Three Personal-Training Sessions and a Dietary Consultation from Laser Sharp Fitness (45% Off)

Laser Sharp Fitness

Leawood

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

$249 $137

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Six Personal Training Sessions with Diet and Weight-Loss Consultation from Fitness Unlimited (70% Off)

Fitness Unlimited

Westwood Hills

From the merchant: One-on-one personal training; 60-minute session

$400 $120

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One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited FitCamp Classes at AMP CrossFit BOX (Up to 56% Off)

AMP CrossFit BOX

Wichita

Students build strength, coordination, and muscle tone during ever-changing sessions led by military trainers

$75 $33

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Kansas City Reptile Show Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to Half Off). Six Dates Available.

Cold Blooded Expos

Overland Park International Trade Center

Shows throughout the year feature exotic pets, food, and cage supplies

$12 $7

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$36 for $80 Worth of Services at Progress Boot Camps

Progress Boot Camps

Coves North

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

$80 $36

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3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Midwest Martial Arts (55% Off)

Midwest Martial Arts

Topeka

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

$512 $230

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Four Weeks of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Adamant CrossFit (70% Off)

Adamant Crossfit

Olathe

From the merchant: Get in the best shape of your life and finally reach those fitness goals with Johnson County’s premier CrossFit gym.

$130 $39

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One or Two Months of Cross Kick, Cage-Fitness, or Power Half-Hour Classes at Premier Martial Arts (68% Off)

Premier Martial Arts

Lawrence

Cross Kick combines CrossFit with kickboxing, cage fitness includes martial arts, and Power Half-Hour puts participants through the ringer

$79 $25

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5 or 10 Kids’ Jump-and-Play Passes at Pump It Up of Shawnee Mission (Up to 46% Off)

Pump It Up of Shawnee Mission

Merriam

Staff-supervised bounce houses and inflatable slides entertain sock-clad youngsters aged 12 and younger

$40 $23

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Leavenworth Yoga Co-op Studio (66% Off)

Leavenworth Yoga Co-op

Leavenworth

Enjoy unlimited classes and experience the full variety of styles offered at Leavenworth’s only yoga studio

$90 $31

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Swing by Rain Cafe and Lounge in Wichita for your next meal. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Rain Cafe and Lounge's menu does not offer low-fat options. Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — Rain Cafe and Lounge offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond. Just around the workday bend are Rain Cafe and Lounge's happy hour food and drink bargains. Wifi is on the house at Rain Cafe and Lounge, so you can stay connected on your mobile device. Big crowds can spread out in comfort at Rain Cafe and Lounge, which specializes in hosting large groups and gatherings. Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Rain Cafe and Lounge is a great summer destination.

The restaurant can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation. No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Rain Cafe and Lounge — it's strictly casual. Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Rain Cafe and Lounge for catering. If time is of the essence, Rain Cafe and Lounge's take-out option may be a better fit.

Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Rain Cafe and Lounge.

Chow down for less at Rain Cafe and Lounge, where a meal almost always costs under $15. Rain Cafe and Lounge accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Rain Cafe and Lounge — they're open for all three meals.

518 E Douglas Ave
Wichita,
KS
US

The trainers at Innovative Fitness & MMA help members transform their bodies, whether they're seeking to simply get fit, ramp up sports performance, emerge victorious in athletic competitions, or mold muscles for figure competitions. During classes, they work in styles such as Brazilian jujitsu, wrestling, muay thai, and kickboxing—as well as mixed martial arts, which comprises multiple styles. They welcome all fitness levels during classes, and also offer sessions for children as young as 4 years old. On the other side of the gym , they’ve stocked treadmills, bikes, and cardio equipment to ensure well-rounded fitness regimens.

In addition to classes, staffers further assist members with personal-training sessions and nutrition coaching, which is calibrated to help them meet their individual goals. In addition to barring live performances of the 1812 Overture in the facility, the owners strive to ensure maximum comfort by offering guests access to a massage room and an infrared sauna designed to soothe aching bodies and evict toxins.

8929 West 135th Street
Overland Park,
KS
US

Fill up on fries and other comfort food at The Westside Local, a savory spot for American cuisine. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Beer, wine, and more are also available from The Westside Local's extensive drink list. Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at The Westside Local. Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune. Guests can enjoy low-cost wifi. Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.

Patrons pack the restaurant on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating. Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — The Westside Local offers catering. You can also grab your grub to go.

The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.

Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on The Westside Local's moderately priced fare.

1663 Summit St
Kansas City,
MO
US

The pit masters at Boss Hawg’s Barbeque & Catering Co, voted as having the Best Barbecue by Kansas Best 150 and continually proclaimed as having the Best Barbecue in Topeka by the Topeka Capital-Journal, have slowly smoked succulent meats over native hardwoods and charcoal for more than 15 years. Beginning as a one-woman catering business in the owner’s home kitchen, the eatery has grown into a 50-employee operation that serves more than 150,000 meals each year in a town of just 120,000 residents and only 100 forks. Each day, the cooks prepare picnic-style sides from scratch, boiling fresh potatoes before transforming them into salads and steak fries. To lock in moisture and flavor, the meat in the owner's preferred dish—the Elizabeth’s Favorite barbecued-chicken dinner—is served with its skin on, next to a cool scoop of coleslaw. The American Royal combo, a quarter-rack of ribs and quarter-pound of shredded meat or smoked sausage, comes with corn bread slathered in fresh honey butter and the imperial authority to declare Canada a fiefdom. When not dropping into the dining room for a casual dinner, barbecue lovers can place catering orders or book banquet meals in a private room that accommodates up to 100 guests.

2833 SW 29th St
Topeka,
KS
US

While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.

Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.

32905 West 84th Street
De Soto,
KS
US

Sunlight streams in through Westside Yoga's floor-to-ceiling windows, bathing the studio in light as expert instructors lead small groups through relaxing and tranquil yoga classes. Views of swaying, outdoor prairie grasses inspire students as they bend to elongate and strengthen muscles through various poses and deep-breathing exercises atop the room's smooth bamboo floors. Gentle yoga classes couple traditional postures with holistic ideas of aligning and grounding the body for those more interested in yoga's relaxing and restorative properties. Intermediate and advanced classes explore more rigorous routines designed to challenge students and their notions of what a cobra would look like with arms.

Passionate about creating a sense of community, Westside Yoga also offers yoga camps for kids from preschool to high school, welcoming them to stretch and grow in playful, age-appropriate sessions. Instructors also lead family yoga classes for all ages and seniors yoga specifically for guests over age 55.

4935 Research Park Way
Lawrence,
KS
US