Kids Activities in Lakewood


Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 65% Off)

AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

More than 200 locations across the country offer two-hour bowling packages for groups of two, four, or six

$40.38 $17

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Four Dance and Gym Classes or Four Art Classes at Oodles Learning Center & Kids Gym (Up to 55% Off)

Oodles Learning Center and Kids Gym

Cerritos

The staff leads 60-minute classes that help kids learn a new dance move, improve their balance, or boost their creativity through drawing

$45 $21

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$69 for Four 30-Minute Piano Lessons at Los Alamitos Academy of Music, Arts, and Languages ($150 Value)

Los Alamitos Academy of Music, Arts, and Languages

Los Alamitos

Learn piano-playing techniques and comprehension during lessons taught by instructors approved by the Music Teachers National Association

$150 $69

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2.5-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from L.A. Harbor Sportfishing (Up to 61% Off)

L.A. Harbor Sportfishing

Long Beach

Whatever the time of year, captains know the best spots to spot these majestic mammals on curated whale-watching expeditions

$35 $15

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Whale-Watching Cruise tickets for One, Two, or Four from Harbor Breeze Cruises (Up to 54% Off)

Harbor Breeze Cruises

Harbor Breeze Cruises

Aboard double-decker vessels, narrated cruises sail throughout the Pacific Ocean and search for whales, dolphins, and sea lions

$35 $18

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"Diana: Legacy of a Princess" Exhibit for One or Two (Up to 50% Off)

Queen Mary

Long Beach

Explore a collection of Princess Diana’s gowns, letters, and other artifacts along with royal-family history aboard The Queen Mary

$27.95 $14

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Basic, Family, or Friends Membership to the Museum of Latin American Art (Up to 53% Off)

Museum of Latin American Art

Downtown Long Beach

Works from Latin America and the Caribbean fill the only museum in the country dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art

$60 $29

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Up to 63% Off Music Lessons at On Stage Music Academy, Inc.

On Stage Music Academy, Inc.

Long Beach

From the merchant: Start 1-on-1 with lessons for voice, guitar, bass, drums, and keys, then play together in a fun, guided band session.

$100 $45

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$54 for $120 Worth of Music Lessons — Ronnie Ciago Drum Lessons

Ronnie Ciago Drum Lessons

Long Beach

From the merchant: Beginners to advanced drummers will learn technique, grooves, and reading; they will play all styles by Ronnie Ciago.

$120 $54

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"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" or "Bodies: The Exhibition" through May 15 (Up to 38% Off)

Bodies or Titanic Exhibitions

Premier Exhibition Center

Marvel at 200 authentic artifacts recovered from the doomed ocean liner, or explore the human body by viewing carefully preserved specimens

$21 $13

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Two-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental for Two, Four, or Six from Huntington Harbor Boat Rentals (Up to 85% Off)

Huntington Harbor Boat Rentals

Sunset Beach

Standup paddleboards cut across the waves as riders balance and maneuver on the waters of Sunset Beach

$160 $30

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Two-Hour Wristband for One or Two at Go Kart World (36% Off)

Go Kart World

Go Kart World

Six go-kart tracks entice families and celebrities alike with sprint-car and euro-car racing

$40 $26

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$20 for $35 Worth of Music Lessons — Bellamusic

Bellamusic

Bell

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$35 $20

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$165 for $300 Worth of Moonwalk Rental — G & G Movie Screens

G & G Movie Screens

Bell

Backyard movie night! Outdoor screen package includes: 12-foot screen, HD projector, 2500-watt powered speaker.

$300 $165

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Bowling for Two, Four, or Six at Westminster Lanes (Up to 50% Off)

Westminster Lanes

Westminster Lanes

Groups of two, four, and six send pins crashing for two hours

$42 $21

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One or Three Months of Open Play and Classes at Magical Playground (51% Off)

Magical Playground

Magical Playground - Whittier

Bounce-house, play center, see-saw, and ride-ons amuse kids during open play; arts and crafts and other classes expand kids’ minds

$75 $37

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Two 1-Hour Jump Passes including SkySocks or Jump Around Party Package For Up to 10 at Sky Zone (Up to 44% Off)

Sky Zone

Torrance

Bounce on a massive sea of connected trampolines and angled wall trampolines with Sky Slam, Foam Zone and Ultimate Dodgeball

$32 $18

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Admission with Pony, Train, and Merry-Go-Round Rides for Two or Four at Montebello Barnyard Zoo (Up to 54%)

Montebello Barnyard Zoo

Montebello

A rustic farm setting features pony rides, a merry-go-round, and up-close interactions with zebras, llamas, cows, and various farm animals

$28 $14

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One-Month Indoor Playground Pass for One or Two Children at Twinkle Twinkle Kids' Café (Up to 55% Off)

Twinkle Twinkle Kids' Café

Lomita

Kids up to 7 years old or 4 feet tall play on the safe, clean indoor playground featuring tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate toys

$50 $23

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Two Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Two, Four, or Six at La Habra 300 Bowl (Up to 74% Off)

La Habra 300 Bowl

La Habra City

Open until at least 11 p.m. nightly, bowling alley hosts groups in traditional atmosphere or in festive light of cosmic bowling on weekends

$56 $20

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$269 for a 5-Day Kids Science Camp from Destination Science ($339 Value) 5 Sessions Available

Destination Science

Fullerton Arboretum

During five-day summer sessions, kids build robots, solve a galactic mystery, design chemical reactions, or create an invention

$339 $269

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Four Four-Hour Open-Play Sessions at Pumper Jumpers (44% Off)

Pumper Jumpers

Fullerton

17,000-square-foot indoor play space with bounce houses, large playground, and video game room

$10 $6

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$75 for $150 Worth of 4 Guitar Lessons — Fullerton Guitar Academy

Fullerton Guitar Academy

Fullerton

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$150 $75

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5 or 10 Indoor Play Sessions at Kid Concepts U.S.A. (Up to 42% Off)

Kid Concepts U.S.A

Torrance

Interactive play areas for kids of all ages, including a massive three-level structure

$50 $30

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Two, Five, or Ten Visits for All Ages at Seascape Kids Fun (Up to 44% Off)

Seascape Kids Fun

Anaheim Hills

Ocean-themed indoor playground with a play structure that circles a range for launching foam balls

$16 $10

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One Trapeze Session for Two People, or Three Trapeze Sessions for One Person at SwingIt Trapeze (Up to 55% Off)

SwingIt Trapeze

West Center Promenade

Beginners learn to hang from their knees before swinging and performing aerial tricks

$130 $69

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Three, Five, or Ten Open Jump Passes at Pump It Up of Anaheim Hills (Up to 56% Off)

Pump It Up

Anaheim Hills

Kids jump inside bounce-houses, zoom down inflatable slides, and race through obstacle courses at an indoor playground

$27 $12

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2.5-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from Shoreliner Cruises (Up to 54% Off)

Shoreliner Cruises

Coastal Los Angeles

Guests travel along the coast in search of majestic California gray whales, dolphins, fin whales, and sea lions

$30 $15

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Whale-Watching Cruise Admission for Kid or Adult from First String Sportfishing (Up to 52% Off). Four Options.

First String Sportfishing

Central San Pedro

Whale-watching cruises follow the migration route of the Gray Whale for two hours; you might also see dolphins and sea lions

$15 $8

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$12 for $20 Worth of Batting Practice — The Armory Softball Training Facility

The Armory Softball Training Facility

Northwest San Pedro

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$20 $12

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Standup-Paddleboarding Lesson for One or Two with Equipment from Captain Kirk's (Up to 50% Off)

Captain Kirk’s

Captain Kirk

Seasoned instructors teach small groups how to balance atop boards and catch waves during 90-minute classes with all gear provided

$69 $35

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($ 129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

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

$129.95 $49

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$20 for Five All-Day Bounce Sessions for One Child, Valid Mon.-Fri. at Frogg's Bounce House ($50 Value)

Frogg's Bounce House

Froggs Bounce House

Mom-founded bounce house thrills kids with a 9,000 sq. ft. paradise of inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and toddler zone

$50 $20

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General Admission for Two or Four and Photos with a Snake at The Reptile Zoo (Up to 51% Off)

The Reptile Zoo

The Reptile Zoo

Discover the many animals the zoo has on display, participate in hands-on activities, and get a picture with one of the resident snakes

$34 $17

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One or Two 30-Minute Private Guitar or Piano Lessons at Delian Music (Up to 58% Off)

Delian Music

Delian Music

During one-on-one lessons, students take advice from accomplished musicians sporting degrees

$30 $15

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90-Minute SUP Lesson Package for 1 or 2 or Birthday-Party Package for Up to 10 at Paddle House (Up to 71% Off)

Paddle House

Redondo Beach

Guests learn the basics of easy-to-master standup paddleboards, enjoying a yoga lesson or party that lets them revel on a yacht post paddle

$90 $40

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One Month of Classes and Play Sessions for One or Two at My Gym Children's Fitness Center (Up to 70% Off)

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

My Gym Redondo Beach

Kids from 7 months to 13 years old learn to play and socialize in age-appropriate classes that challenge them mentally and physically

$163 $49

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Six-Day Musical Instrument Course at Fantasia Family Music (55% Off)

Fantasia Family Music

Redondo Beach

Learn the ukulele; 60-minute weekly group lessons Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 3:30; session from November 4 to December 16

$125 $56

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Admission for Two or Four to Heritage Square Museum (Up to 43% Off)

Heritage Square Museum

Montecito Heights

Museum recreates 19th century California with Victorian architecture, a post-WWI soda fountain, and guides dressed in period clothing

$20 $12

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$39 for a Two-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson for One at SUP with Wade ($80 Value)

SUP with Wade

SUP with Wade

Instructors with years of stand-up paddleboard experience shares tips with newbies on the calms waters of San Pedro

$80 $39

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General Admission for Two or Four Adults, or Dual or Family Membership at USS "IOWA" (Up to 40% Off)

USS IOWA

LA Waterfront / San Pedro

Storied battleship educates visitors after a 70-year naval career, letting them learn its history and venture through its honeycombed halls

$36 $24

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Standup-Paddleboarding Lessons or Four-Hour Rental for One or Two at Venice Beach Surf School (Up to 85% Off)

Venice Beach Surf School

Venice Beach Surf School

Instructor with more than 25 years slicing waves teaches students to master the same

$160 $43

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120-Minute Painting Class from Art of Bella (44% Off)

Art Of Bella Studio

Mid-Wilshire

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$45 $25

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$38 for $85 Toward one hour guitar lesson (with extra 15 minute "how to practice" coaching session)

Zotzinmusic

Atwater Village

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$85 $38

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Admission for Two, Four, or Eight to S.S. Lane Victory (Up to 50% Off)

S.S. Lane Victory

LA Harbor, San Pedro

Historic landmark and floating museum helped evacuate Korean refugees, served in post-WWII aid missions, and has appeared in numerous films

$10 $5

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Four or Eight Weekly Mommy and Me Children's Enrichment Classes at Splatter Kreations (Up to 53% Off)

Splatter Kreations

Los Angeles

Parents work along with their children as they discover music, sign language, or academic subjects in a safe environment

$60 $29

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Two-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental, or One or Three Lessons from Paddle Surf LA (Up to 71% Off)

Paddle Surf LA

Paddle Surf LA

Learn how to navigate the waters of Marina Del Rey while paddling sturdy longboards

$60 $22

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One-Day Afterschool Robotics Workshop for One or Two Children at Rolling Robots (42% Off)

Rolling Robots

Multiple Locations

After school, children learn to design, program, and create robots during a 1 hour lesson, followed by 90 minutes of open build time

$50 $29

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$38 for $75 Toward piano, violin, voice, music production, or acting lessons

Renacer Entertainment Music Lessons & Performance Coaching

North Hollywood

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$75 $38

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$149 for $298 Groupon — LA Voice & Music

La Voice & Music

Crenshaw

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$298 $149

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5 or 10 Open-Play Visits at Under the Sea Indoor Playground (Up to 55% Off)

Under the Sea Indoor Playground

Multiple Locations

Imagination and energy run wild as kids traipse through climbing structures and turbo slides surrounded by colorful ocean-themed murals

$55 $27

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$20 for $50 Worth of Music Lessons — Daniel Amalm Guitar Tuition

Daniel Amalm

Los Angeles

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$50 $20

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Lifetime Membership and One Month of Classes and Play Sessions for One or Two Children at My Gym (Up to 75% Off)

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

West Los Angeles - Santa Monica

Kids develop basic motor skills and play sports in age-appropriate classes

$163 $41

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$217 for $395 Worth of Paddleboarding — High Tide Surf Co.

High Tide Surf Co

Northwest San Pedro

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$395 $217

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Single-Day Admission or Membership to Museum of Tolerance (Up to 56% Off). Five Options Available.

Museum of Tolerance

Beverlywood

Interactive exhibits on the Holocaust and contemporary human-rights violations illustrate the consequences of intolerance

$31 $17

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4, 8, or 16 Kid's After-School Art Classes at M.D. Art Studio (42% Off)

M.D. Art Studio

M.D. Art Studio

Kids from ages 6 to 12 can learn the basics of different art forms during classes held right after school

$120 $70

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Four or Eight Private Guitar Lessons at Westwood Carnaval Music School (Up to 58% Off)

Westwood Carnaval Music School

UCLA

Instructors teach students basic or more advanced guitar skills during private lessons

$160 $70

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Open Play, One-Month Membership, or Birthday Party at We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym (Up to 56% Off)

We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym

Tarzana

At an indoor playground/sensory gym with trampolines, climbing structures & zipline, kids across the autism spectrum socialize and have fun

$60 $32

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One-Year Individual or Family/Dual Membership to the Chinese American Museum (Up to 56% Off)

Chinese American Museum

Chinese American Museum

In its 10th year, CAM’s current exhibits include L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, documenting Chinese immigration to the States

$50 $22

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Admission for Two or Four with $10 or $20 Off at Gift Shop at The Museum of Contemporary Art (56% Off)

The Museum of Contemporary Art ( moca )

Museum of Contemporary Art

Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other visual masters star in permanent collection at museum filled with post-1940 art

$34 $15

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Two One-Hour Jump Passes at Sky Zone (Up to 50% Off). Two Locations Available.

Sky Zone

Multiple Locations

Bounce around the indoor trampoline playground for two hours of energy-expending fun; choose from locations in Covina and Los Angeles

$34 $17

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T-Shirt Painting for One, Two, or Four at Paint My Teez (Up to 51% Off)

Paint My Teez

Paint My Teez

Kids have fun while designing and painting their own t-shirt, with professional t-shirt printing available

$20 $10

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One, Three, or Six 30-Minute Piano Lessons at Piano Studies LA (Up to 59% Off)

Piano Studies LA

Hollywood

Each lesson covers both technical and musical aspects of piano-playing, focusing on the student's choice of classical or popular songs

$40 $18

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Seven-Day Musical Instrument Course at STAR Enrichment Center (50% Off)

Star Education

Los Angeles

From the merchant: The Listen: A Brief Exploration into Modern Art Music & Close Listening, Tues 6-7:30pm, Oct 28th-Dec 23rd, Adults 16+

$240 $120

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Family or Individual Travel Town Museum Foundation Membership (Up to 55% Off)

Travel Town Museum Foundation

Travel Town Museum

Support educational outreach and restoration programs with a year of gift shop discounts, admission to members-only events, and souvenirs

$60 $27

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Four Piano, Guitar, Drums, or Other Instruments Lessons at SpectraMusic (50% Off)

Spectramusic

Los Angeles

From the merchant: Four half-hour lessons with a professional piano, voice, guitar, bass, or drum teacher at less than half the cost.

$120 $60

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One- or Two-Month Free Bird Membership or Three-Month Open-Play Membership at Pamper and Play (Up to 66% Off)

Pamper and Play

West Los Angeles

Indoor play center offers parents playtime for kids; activities include a bubble machine and mini trampoline plus toys and games

$69 $30

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$35 for $60 Groupon — Around the Globe Kid's Center

Around The Globe Kids Center

Around The Globe Kids Center

From the merchant: 5 Play passes for all day admission.

$60 $35

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$77 for $140 Worth of Sports Camp — Active Kidz Camp

Active Kidz Camp

Los Angeles

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$140 $77

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$25 for Entry to Los Angeles Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Sunday, April 12 ($55 Value)

Challenge Nation

Border Grill

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

$55 $25

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$46 for $100 Worth of Dance Lessons at Peninsula School of Performing Arts

Peninsula School of Performing Arts

Palos Verdes Estates

Students learn the intricacies of ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop at dance studio staffed by career dancers

$100 $46

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One or Two 3-Hour Painting Classes at Painting & Vino - Orange County (Up to 46% Off)

Painting & Vino

Multiple Locations

Professional artists give step-by-step instructions that teach guests how to recreate works of art while enjoying wine or cocktails

$45 $25

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Premier Party for Up to 10 Kids to BounceU of Huntington Beach (Up to 40% Off)

Bounce U of Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach

Inflatable playground offers kids a safe and secure place to play and bounce

$269 $169

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3, 5, or 10 Open Jump Sessions for Kids at Pump It Up (56% Off). Two Locations Available.

Pump It Up

Well-maintained air arena houses giant, inflatable bounce houses, slides & obstacle courses for open play

$27 $12

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Rock-Climbing-and-Ropes-Course Outing for One, Two, or Four at AdventurePlex in Manhattan Beach (Up to 40% Off)

AdventurePlex

Adventure Plex At Marine

Ropes course challenges kids & adults with four obstacles before they tackle the multilevel paths of 35-foot outdoor rock-climbing walls

$20 $12

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Four or Eight 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Vez Guitar Academy (Up to 68% Off)

Vez Guitar Academy

Vez Guitar Academy

Instructor with more than three decades of experience tailors half-hour guitar lessons to students' preferences

$100 $35

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Four or Eight Guitar Lessons (Up to 65% Off)

Guitar Lessons with Angelo

Guitar Lessons with Angelo

Learn how to play the guitar with an instructor whose been teaching blues, rock, pop, finger-style, and swing jazz for nine years

$100 $45

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Merlin's Magic & Comedy Dinner Theatre for Two or Four at Rib Trader (Up to 50% Off)

Merlin's Magic & Comedy Dinner Theatre

Merlin's Magic Dinner Show

Medievally clad magician weaves mystical tricks before entranced audiences over a dinner of sumptuous barbecue ribs and chicken

$119.80 $60

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5 or 10 Open Bounce Sessions, or a Birthday Party for Up to 10 at BounceU (Up to 48% Off)

BounceU

Orange

Inflatable playground offers kids a safe and secure place to play and jump; birthday parties send up to 10 guests bouncing

$40 $21

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On weekend nights, Cal Bowl turns down the regular lights and turns up the black lights, making lanes glow neon for cosmic bowling. Meanwhile, players themselves supply the soundtrack as they take the mic on the karaoke stage. During the day, open bowling commences as usual, with players sending balls spinning down glossy lanes while fighting the urge to slide down after them. Between frames, guests escape to the 7,000-square-foot fun center, stocked with arcade and redemption games and four billiards tables.
2500 E Carson St
Lakewood,
CA
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The sight of a medieval castle surrounded by tall cacti may seem anachronistic at first, but it's hard to question the image when one is trying to putt a mini golf ball into a grassy hole off the circulating paddles of a windmill. It's whimsical moments like this that make Golf N? Stuff's name feel understated. Beyond the two lush 18-hole mini golf courses that draw year-round visitors, the entertainment center boasts go-karts, bumper boats, and more than 100 arcade games. Batting cages let both kids and adults perfect their swings. Visitors can refuel on hot dogs, Dippin' Dots ice cream, and soda at the snack bar.
10555 Firestone Blvd
Norwalk,
CA
US
PIEAM houses a huge assortment of ethnic art from all over Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia, and Hypernesia. The museum was founded by the late medical doctor and Oceania enthusiast Robert Gumbiner, who wanted to preserve the various sculptures, paintings, jewelry, carvings, and tools forged by Pacific Islanders. Tour the facility for a day with a friend, significant other, or sentient shadow or opt for an ultimate membership, which gets two adults and any kids or grandkids under 18 a full year of access to the museum's chambers, as well as eight guest passes, a complimentary copy of The Birds of Yap, and recognition as a founding member in PIEAM promo materials. Click here for current and upcoming exhibitions.
695 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach,
CA
US
Aquarium of the Pacific Betty’s favorite foods are shrimp, clams, and squid. She’s a little over a year old. She has brown hair, and her nickname is “Banshee,” because she wails when she doesn’t get her way. Named for Aquarium of the Pacific sponsor and legendary actress Betty White, she’s a recent addition to the aquarium’s BP Sea Otter Habitat. Betty was discovered in early 2012, a mere pup, without a mother. The staff at Aquarium of the Pacific nursed her back to health until October, when she was well enough to join her friends in the otter habitat. The otter habitat is just one of 19 habitats at Aquarium of the Pacific, which also includes 32 focus exhibits celebrating the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Ocean. In the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, more than 12 tuxedo-clad Magellanic penguins waddle around a rocky beach where guests can spy them nesting, eating, and practicing dance routines with Dick van Dyke, and a crawl space below their swimming pool provides a closer look at the birds as they go for a dip. Outside in Shark Lagoon, some 150-plus sand tiger, zebra, and whitetip reef sharks bare their menacing grins. But in the shallow touch pools, gentle bamboo and epaulette sharks discredit stereotypes by allowing visitors to pet them. For those more interested in the science of the sea, the Ocean Science Center helps visitors explore oceanic trends through its Science on a Sphere exhibit. The globe, a creation of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, measures six feet in diameter and displays films about subjects such as rising sea levels and the connection between ocean health and human health.
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach,
CA
US
While wandering the Museum of Latin American Art's permanent collection of works?from artists native to 20 Latin American countries?it might come as a surprise that the space was once home to a roller-skating rink and a silent-movie studio. Its transformation into one of the country's only museums dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art was the work of physician, philanthropist, and patron of the arts Dr. Robert Gumbiner. He acquired the properties and founded the museum in 1996, revamping the Hippodrome into galleries alive with Latin American music, paintings, and video. Since that time, the museum has doubled in size, adding a 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden and expanding its collection to include masters such as Rufino Tamayo, Roberto Sebasti?n Matta, Los Carpinteros, and Tunga. The site now serves as a beacon of Latin American culture, showcasing artists who made names for themselves in their own countries but may not be well known in the United States. Beyond the eye-catching exhibitions, which have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the museum offers educational programs and events such as concerts, film showings, and children?s art camps. Each is an outgrowth of the museum?s mission to stimulate the intellect and cultivate an appreciation for Latin America?s contributions to the world of art.
628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach,
CA
US
Rancho Los Alamitos enjoys a spot on the National Register of Historic Places for a couple reasons—the site is the birthplace of the native Tongva people, and it has also played an important role in local history since 1790. That’s the year Manuel Nieto took control of a 300,000-acre parcel of land as a reward for serving the Spanish crown on an expedition to California. Over the years, the land saw subdivision—in 1833, it was divvied up among Nieto’s heirs into five ranchos, some 25,500 acres becoming Rancho Los Alamitos. Around this time, the Nietos erected a still standing adobe house, most likely for ranch staff and horses. Fast-forward nearly a hundred years and Florence Bixby is cultivating a lush garden. From native plants and cacti to geraniums and roses, her garden incorporated aspects of ranch life without fully relinquishing a European vibe. Along with that garden, vestiges of the Tongva Village and the homestead’s former inhabitants live on today next to a renovated Rancho Center and Barns Area. The ranch is still home to barnyard animals—chickens, rabbits, horses—and thanks to Bixby’s heirs, the 7.5 remaining acres of Nieto’s once-colossal estate now welcome the public with exhibits about its history and that of the Tongva tribe.
6400 E Bixby Hill Rd
Long Beach,
CA
US
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