Events & Activities in Long Beach

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Auld Dubliner

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Up to 42% Off Fishing Trip

Long Beach

$65 $39

Captains take groups fishing on the open sea to reel in catches while enjoying the cool open-water breezes

Up to 41% Off Cemetery Tour or History Museum Membership

Historical Society of Long Beach

$100 $59

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Tour covers some of Long Beach's most notable residents; history museum exhibits photographs, newspapers, documents, and other artifacts

46% Off Water-Powered Jet-Board Flight

Multiple Locations

$353 $189

Instructors teach students to control foot-mounted, jet-powered boards, which can reach heights up to 29.5 feet and speeds of up to 18.5 mph

$10 for Hydrobike Ride

Los Alamitos Bay Landing

$20 $10

Floating bikes cart pedalers past scenic Alamitos Bay sites, such as a bird sanctuary and seasonal jellyfish cove; free parking

Up to 50% Off from Long Beach Boat Rentals

Downtown Long Beach

$150 $75

Eco-safe electric boats and speedy powerboats ferry passengers through the sheltered marina harbor.

Up to 57% Off Ceramics Classes at Clay

Long Beach

$60 $30

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Classes of no more than seven students learn the basics of building ceramic forms via wheel in a welcoming, colorful studio.

Up to 56% Off Two-Hour Painting Class

Multiple Locations

$45 $20

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In local wine bars and cafes, students are provided with canvasses and paints to recreate the chosen masterpiece of the night

Up to 58% Off Beach Bash LA 2014

Queen Mary Park

$125 $55

A parade of more than 3,000 people in bikinis anchors a day-long festival with music, food, and contests

Up to 63% Off BYOB Catamaran Sail

Downtown Long Beach

$360 $149

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Captains pilot a catamaran through open waters while passengers take in scenery and sip beverages brought from home

Up to 68% Off Classes at Yoga World Studios

Los Altos

$75 $35

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Menagerie of yoga styles suits all comers with classes that range from kids yoga and gentle flow for beginners to Ashtanga for devotees

Up to 54% Off Youth Volleyball, Soccer, or Flag Football

Long Beach

$60 $30

Trained coaches demonstrate the basics and lead up to advanced strategies and techniques; fun beach environment for all sports

Up to 48% Off Gondola Rides

Long Beach

$125 $65

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Groups drift along the water as professional gondoliers guide them through the 100-year-old canals of Naples Island

76% Off Classes at Barre Relevé

Long Beach

$160 $39

Ballet based, high-intensity, low-impact, full-body workout set to professionally mixed dance music

Up to 74% Off Fitness Classes

Long Beach

$95 $25

One-hour rowing classes usually incorporate strength training to burn calories more efficiently

Up to 82% Golf-Fitness Sessions at We Fit Gym

Belmont Heights

$99 $19

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Former professional golfer Clint Bigham designed a fitness program to help golfers excel on the course

Up to 64% Off Champagne Harbor Cruise

Seal Beach

$244 $89

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Aboard a 30-foot sailboat, guests sip champagne as they view harbor sights; chocolate truffles and fondue await afterward

Up to 50% Off Standup-Paddleboard Rental

The Peninsula

$50 $25

Standup-paddleboarders cruise along local waterways and enjoy the scenery while getting a full-body workout

Up to 77% Off Yoga Class Packages

Downtown Long Beach

$140 $35

The seven yoga class styles range from traditional Vinyasa to posture-oriented core yoga, slow flow yoga, and a kids' class for ages 4–10

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Improv Comedy: Making it Up as They Go Along

You never know what you're going to see at an improv comedy show—and that's the beauty of it. Read on to see what you should expect at a show or class and to learn just how it is that actors can put their scenes together so fast.

Even when their characters are arguing, improv comics are working from a philosophy of trust and agreement—necessary ingredients for acting together with no script. Improv comedy encompasses a broad array of styles, with the major division between short form—quick, self-contained games—and long form—a series of multiple, interconnected scenes featuring distinct beats. Accordingly, a given performance might resemble a one-act play, a Saturday Night Live–style sketch scene, or a high-energy game show. Most rely on audience suggestions to spark the flow of fresh ideas, however, and some even weave brave audience members into the action.

Perhaps the most famous long-form style is the Harold, in which performers build continuous scenes that develop and intermingle in surprising ways. The unusual name arises from a joke, according to developer Del Close's biography, The Funniest One in the Room. As Close asked his collaborators what to call the new form, someone sarcastically yelled, "Well, Harold's a nice name." Appropriately for a form devoted to spontaneous absurdity, the name stuck.

This comic form also has roots in one of America's darkest eras: the Great Depression. While working for the Works Progress Administration, Viola Spolin needed a way to teach basic theater precepts to unschooled actors of various ages and backgrounds, so she created a series of theater games that focused on the playfulness at the heart of acting. In the 1950s, her son, Paul Sills, applied her principles at the short-lived but influential Compass Players on Chicago's South Side, and, later, at The Second City—one of the most prominent comedy companies of the 20th century, with alumni including John Belushi, Tina Fey, and Steve Carell.

430 East 1st Street
Long Beach,
CA
US

From 18 studios scattered around Los Angeles, Lori Moran Music Studios’ armada of instructors offers all-ages voice, piano, guitar, violin, and composition classes. With teachers who have worked on films such as Dreamgirls and Dance Flick, world-touring operatic productions, and Grammy-nominated choral CDs, the school can cater to virtually every musical taste—from classical to jazz to pop. Students choose the emphasis of their lessons, whether they want to work on their public performance skills, write their own songs, sight-read scores, or simply be able to play musical chairs during a power outage. Many will also get the chance to show off in recitals, concerts, and showcases.

1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach,
CA
US

Parental supervision is required for both options; for parties, at least one parent must be present for every four children.

3908 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach,
CA
US

Tucked within the protected confines of its eponymous inlet, Alamitos Bay Sailing helps prospective sea dogs earn their legs. During in-depth lessons, students move from the basics of boat handling to the navigation and radio skills that allow them to make short trips on their own. Following these lessons, those whose thirst for sailing skills remains unsatiated can avail themselves of crew training on the school's 80-foot schooner Tiama, embarking on a three-day voyage that makes them eligible to crew on charters and tell nosy family members that they are married—to the sea. Those willing to join the Long Beach Sailing Club can also charter the fleet's newest acquisition, the 33-foot Tarten Ten Old School. The green-hulled vessel sports a diesel engine, five fresh bags of sails, and a cockpit to hold six sailors.

197 Marina Drive
Long Beach,
CA
US

A member of the the National England golf team. Twenty-five years of coaching experience. Permanent resident status from the U.S. government for excellence in golf. Certified PGA instructor Paul Young has the credentials of an elite golf coach, but that doesn't mean he won't walk a first-timer through the act of putting. In fact, he's welcomes players of all skill levels, whether they're hoping to shave strokes off of their handicap or learn the basics of the game. His versatility stems from a personalized approach: he examines each client's quirks and form so that he can give advice on how to adjust their swing for better performance according to their body type and range of motion. His lessons also utilize video analysis to diagnose hitches in form or add to students' Tin Cup 2 audition reels.

3701 N Pacific Pl.
Long Beach,
CA
US

The Golf Academy/LA's savvy instructors impart tee-to-green golf wisdom to help golfers improve all aspects of their golf games and golf-specific fitness goals. Lessons harness the latest teaching aids and technology, which allow golf aces to analyze each of their client's swings with verifiable data gleaned from 3-D sensors, slow-motion video feedback, and caddies returning from a mulligan-free future. Instructors advocate the importance of physical fitness and custom-fitted clubs to the development of a well-rounded game, which can be achieved and attained within the academy's three locations.

3701 North Pacific Place
Long Beach,
CA
US