Things To Do in Massachusetts

Erin Foley: Lady with Pockets Comedy Tour at Theatre on the Square on Friday, January 23 (Up to 48% Off)

Erin Foley: Lady with Pockets Comedy Tour

Theatre on the Square

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Erin Foley brings TV- and club-sharpened skills to the stage, demonstrating an acerbic wit shown on Comedy Central and Conan

$23 $12

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JAM'N 94.5 Presents Monster Jam 2014 with J. Cole and T.I. at DCU Center on November 2 at 7 p.m. (Up to 57% Off)

JAM'N 94.5 Presents Monster Jam 2014

DCU Center

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High-voltage lineup of rap and R&B stars, including Roc Nation wunderkind J. Cole, “King of the South” T.I., Kid Ink, and Jeremih

$91.60 $39

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"Swinging with the Rat Pack" at CityStage on November 16 at 2 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Swinging with The Rat Pack

CityStage

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Frank, Dean, Sammy, and Marilyn sing, banter, and charm audiences with uncanny impersonations

$52 $26

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$25 for $50 Worth of Services at Team Flo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Team Flo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu-Lowell

South Lowell

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

$50 $25

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One or Two Tickets to a Boston Brawlers FXFL Football Game at Harvard Stadium October 24 or 31 (Up to 78% Off)

Boston Brawlers

Harvard Stadium

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The Brawlers continue to rumble through their inaugural season behind a talented young roster of former college football stars

$44.81 $20

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Pottery Painting Package and One-Month VIP Membership for One or Two at Create Hands On (Up to 60% Off)

Create Hands On

Dartmouth Mall

Kids choose a piece of pottery to paint using a variety of media; membership grants special discounts and promotions

$50 $20

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Fuller Craft Museum Visit for Two, Guided Tour for Four, or Annual Membership for One (Up to 50% Off)

Fuller Craft Museum

Brockton

Rotating, eclectic exhibits of drawing, sculpture, and other art and functional craft forms; membership with workshop discounts

$16 $10

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Firearms-Certification Class with Simulator Session for One or Two at Massachusetts Gun Safety (Up to 53% Off)

Massachusetts Gun Safety

Multiple Locations

Expert instructors delve into gun safety, loading, storage, and transport, and a shooting simulator allows students to practice

$95 $47

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Four Group Salsa-Dancing Classes at Stilo, Dance & More (Up to 50% Off)

Stilo, Dance & More

Lynn

Experienced Latin-dance instructor leads beginners and intermediate dancers through the steps of salsa dancing during one-hour lessons

$50 $25

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Admission to Two or Three Haunted Houses at Factory of Terror (Up to 58% Off)

Factory of Terror

Multiple Locations

Each Factory or Terror location has a slew of haunted rooms, advanced special effects, and ghoulish inhabitants who leap out at visitors

$36.99 $25

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

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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10 Dance-Fitness Classes at Just Dance Complex (50% Off)

Just Dance Complex

Lawrence

From the merchant: Just Dance offers numerous adult fitness classes throughout the week.

$100 $50

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Boston Comedy Festival at Davis Square Theater, November 7–14 (Up to 56% Off). 15 Shows Available.

The Boston Comedy Festival

Davis Square Theatre

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Catch a show from Monroe Martin, a podcast team that mines comedy from TV Guide, a kids’ magic-comedy act, or competitive showcases

$22.09 $12

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One or Three Months of Youth Aikido Classes at Aikido Framingham Aikikai (Up to 72% Off)

Aikido Framingham Aikikai

Multiple Locations

Students learn Aikido basics in classes focused on safety, fun, and character development

$135 $40

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Pass for a Round of Golf at 10 Golf Courses for One or Two from Mass Tour Card (Up to 78% Off)

Mass Tour Card

Multiple Locations

The pass grants golfers one round at 10 area courses, including Maplegate Country Club and The Bay Pointe Club

$450 $99

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Pass for a Round of Golf at 10 Golf Courses for One or Two from Mass Tour Card (Up to 78% Off)

Mass Tour Card

Multiple Locations

The pass grants golfers one round at 10 area courses, including Maplegate Country Club and The Bay Pointe Club

$450 $99

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$52 for $95 Worth of Fitness Classes at IMPACT Boston

IMPACT Boston

Malden

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

$95 $52

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Pottery Painting for One, Two, or Four at The Clayroom (Up to 53% Off)

The Clayroom

Brookline

Customers select a clay piece, paint it using available supplies, and pick it up after it is done with the firing process

$26 $15

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One or Three Months of Strength Training and Conditioning Classes at Athena School of Arms (Up to 63% Off)

Athena School of Arms

Medford

Martial arts coach teaches strength training and conditioning to improve flexibility, mobility, joint health, balance, and agility

$180 $77

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5 or 10 Visits to the Inflatable Playground at Fore Kicks Taunton (Up to 60% Off)

Fore Kicks Family Fun Center Inflatable Park

Taunton

Inflatable playground sends kids gliding down 30-foot slides, across bouncy obstacles, and into trampoline-like jump houses

$50 $22

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Two Months of Karate Lessons with a Uniform or Five Classes at Villari's Martial Arts Center (Up to 91% Off)

Villari's Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Expert martial artists instill discipline in students of all ages while promoting respect and physical fitness

$249 $23

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One 18-Hole Round of Golf Including Cart Rental at Atlantic Country Club (Up to 49% Off)

Atlantic Country Club

Plymouth

Bent-grass fairways and greens spread across tree-lined terrain make for challenging rounds of golf at acclaimed course

$76 $39

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10 or 15 Cross Training Classes at Strength Discovery (Up to 69% Off)

Strength Discovery

Revere

Small group training classes at a studio focus on devising personal workout plans based around each individual's unique physical needs

$150 $69

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Bridal Tradeshow for Two or Four from New England Bridal Affair (Up to 50% Off)

New England Bridal Affair

Multiple Locations

Attend one of seven 2014 bridal tradeshows featuring wedding specialists, planners, and product vendors

$14 $7

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5, 10, or 15 Classes at Drive Health & Fitness (Up to 56% Off)

Drive Health & Fitness

Methuen

Spin, Cardio Core, heated Vinyasa, and more at a fitness facility with a sauna, a juice bar, and experienced instructors

$75 $35

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Three 60-Minute Living-Museum Events for One, Two, or Four from Behold! New Lebanon (Up to 56% Off)

Behold! New Lebanon

New Lebanon

Events that take place throughout the living museum, along with residents of New Lebanon, demonstrate skills of country living

$45 $22

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Weekday Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart at Heather Hill Country Club (Up to 35% Off)

Heather Hill Country Club

Plainville

Golfers choose to play two of three 9-hole courses, all of which incorporate fairways lined by dense foliage and intersected by waterways

$86 $56

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14 or 28 Drop-In Play Passes to Kids' Tumble Gym at Together in Motion (Up to 62% Off)

Together in Motion

East Arlington

Parents and children bond as they play with soft blocks and climb through tunnels together on a tumbling gym's padded floor

$69 $27

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes at Brazilian Top Team Boston (55% Off)

Brazilian Top Team Boston

Downtown Everett

Receive one full month of unlimited jiu-jitsu! Afternoon and evening classes offered throughout the week.

$119 $54

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Scary Stories Walking Tour for Two or Four at Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours (Up to 50% Off)

Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

Downtown Salem

The PG-13 Scary Stories of Salem walking tour terrifies participants with ghostly tales of evil spirits and otherworldly creatures

$60 $36

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Nine Holes of Golf for Two or Four with Cart and Practice Balls at The Blandford Club (Up to 51% Off)

The Blandford Club

Blandford

Beginner-friendly course situated in the Connecticut River Valley; no tee time required

$60 $30

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$65 for 18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart and Range Balls at Red Tail Golf Club (Up to $99 Value)

Red Tail Golf Club

Devens

Ancient trees lines the fairways of course with coastal elements like tall grasses and plenty of bunkers

$99 $65

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10 or 20 Classes with Initiation and Uniform at Kids Love Martial Arts (Up to 92% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts

Fitchburg

Kids develop focus, confidence, self-discipline, and self-respect while learning self-defense skills that make them bully-proof

$210 $16

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Punchcard for 10 CrossFit Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Classes at CrossFit Billerica (Up to 68% Off)

CrossFit Billerica

Billerica

After learning the CrossFit method in OnRamp classes, students participate in daily workouts and intense classes

$120 $39

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Billiards and Soft Drinks for Two or Four at Ivory Billiards Lounge (Half Off)

Ivory Billiards Lounge

Holyoke

Billiard hall and home to the APA and NAPA pool leagues hosts play on 20 pristine tables

$16 $8

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Gracie Curran with Victor Wainwright and Friends at Larcom Theatre on Saturday, November 1 (Up to 41% Off)

Gracie Curran with Victor Wainwright and Friends

Larcom Theatre

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An evening of smoky, boogie-woogie blues from powerhouse vocalist Gracie Curran and award-winning pianist Victor Wainwright

$22.95 $13.50

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$59 for a One-Month Membership or a CrossFit Elements Course at Small Town CrossFit (Up to $200 Value)

Small Town CrossFit

Westborough

Small classes allow coaches to provide members with individual attention during CrossFit classes

$200 $59

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes at Tokyo Joe's Studios of Self-Defense (Up to 63% Off)

Tokyo Joe's Studios of Self-Defense

Downtown Woburn

Karate is about more than kicks and punches. Their programs develop focus, discipline and they help build a students self confidence.

$129 $49

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Five Yoga Classes at Chakra Shuddhi Yoga (45% Off)

Chakara Shuddhi Yoga

West Roxbury

CSY encourages physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation and focuses on the people with special needs.

$60 $33

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Dance Classes or Pole-Dancing Party at SuperShag Dance Studios (Up to 51% Off). Four Options Available.

SuperShag Dance Studios

Multiple Locations

Private and group dance lessons help students perfect their moves in a variety of styles; pole dancing is a exciting theme for a party

$132 $69

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$18 for $35 Groupon — Revolution Dance Academy

Revolution Dance Academy

Chelmsford

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

$35 $18

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Private or Group Lessons from Jim Fenner Golf Professional (Up to 62% Off). Four Options Available. 

Jim Fenner Golf Professional

Multiple Locations

Seasoned golf ace Jim Fenner harnesses video swing analysis to address client-specific needs in lessons

$100 $44

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5, 10, or 20 Classes at Chakra Power Yoga (Up to 61% Off)

Chakra Power Yoga

South Braintree

Yoga studio offers a variety of classes, such as Vinyasa, Gentle, and Unheated Flow

$50 $25

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Painting Class for One or Two (Up to 46% Off)

Palettes

Natick

In a lively studio space, groups re-create a select painting with guidance from art instructors, plus food & drinks available for purchase

$35 $20

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Family Season Pass or 10 or 20 Ice-Rink Visits at Randolph Recreation (Up to 89% Off)

Randolph Recreation

Randolph

Passes grant individuals or families access to Zapustus Ice Arena during open-ice time

$375 $40

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Inner Strength Studios (Up to 61% Off)

Inner Strength Studios

Multiple Locations

Clients meditate, breathe, and stretch during 60- to 90-minute vinyasa yoga classes, most of which are heated

$85 $49

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5 or 10 Yoga or Barre Classes at Lexington Power Yoga (Up to 57% Off)

Lexington Power Yoga

Lexington Town Center

Instructors lead Vinyasa Flow classes in heated or unheated studios along with prenatal yoga, kids yoga, and barre

$85 $49

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$38 for One 18-Hole Round of Golf Including Cart Rental at Maplegate Country Club (Up to $59 Value)

Maplegate Country Club

Bellingham

Water comes into play on 10 holes of gently undulating course that stretches 6,815 yards from the tips

$59 $38

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at kjfitness (51% Off)

kjfitness

Tewksbury

Certified group fitness instructor leads fitness Boot Camps, Cardio Interval Training, Barre, Yoga, Zumba, and Muscle Conditioning Classes

$100 $49

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Firearms-Safety Course for One or Two at Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training (59% Off)

Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training

Multiple Locations

Students learn about marksmanship and firearms safety at a four-hour, state-approved class taught by military and law enforcement veterans

$90 $40

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$67 for $150 Worth of Services at ATA Martial Arts Of Dracut

Ata Martial Arts Of Dracut

Dracut

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

$150 $67

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Two Weeks of Unlimited Barre Classes at Harmony Barre + Healing (45% Off)

Harmony Barre + Healing

Gloucester

Small class sizes, motivating instructors, and workouts powered by energizing music

$88 $48

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$72 for a Scenic Horseback Trail Ride for Two at Equine Blvd ($200 Value)

Equine Boulevard

Agawam Town

Experienced equestrians guide pairs on trail rides along wooded paths that lead into the surrounding state forest

$200 $72

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One or Three Months of Karate Classes with Uniform at Personal Best Karate (Up to 82% Off)

Personal Best Karate

Multiple Locations

Students boost their physical and mental strength, discipline, endurance, flexibility, and coordination in karate classes

$169 $34

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Valley Light Opera’s "The Yeomen of the Guard" at Academy of Music on Friday, November 7 (Up to 50% Off)

Valley Light Opera’s Fall Production of “The Yeomen of the Guard” by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

Academy of Music

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Darkly comic Gilbert and Sullivan opera about a colonel imprisoned for sorcery and the twists that allow him to escape his fate

$20 $10

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6 or 12 Yoga Classes at Breakaway Cycling & Triathlon Performance Training (Up to 52% Off)

Breakaway Cycling & Triathlon Performance Training

North Andover

Instructors teach students of all levels yoga poses in a relaxing and fun environment

$90 $45

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Five Dance Classes for One or Two at Dance Republic (Up to 63% Off)

Dance Republic

Wellesley

Learn social dances such as the salsa, tango, cha-cha, or fox trot, or build core strength and endurance in a Salsa-Thon dance-fitness class

$100 $45

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10 or 20 Group Fitness or Yoga Classes from Maria Pereira McCullah at X-Scape Fitness (Up to 69% Off)

X-Scape Fitness

West Springfield

Fun Zumba classes feature dance moves set to Latin-style beats, Piloxing blends Pilates and boxing, and yoga boosts flexibility and calm

$85 $31

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10 or 20 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Milton Yoga (Up to 75% Off)

Milton Yoga

Milton

A selection of more than 50 classes per week includes Hot Yoga, Heated Power Vinyasa, Hatha, Vinyasa, Core, Restorative & other modalities

$99 $29

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Four-Week or Eight-Week Martial Arts Membership at North Shore Martial Arts Center (Up to 88% Off)

North Shore Martial Arts Center

Melrose

Students study kenpo and jiu-jitsu as they learn discipline and self-defense, with cost of uniforms included

$234 $29

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One or Two Months of Martial Arts Classes at Maxx Training Center (Half Off)

Maxx Training Center

Stoughton

Experts lead students through intense workouts and self-defense programs of jiu-jitsu, boxing, and kickboxing

$125 $62.50

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$54 for $99 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Tiger Institute Tae Kwon Do

Tiger Institute Tae Kwon Do

Saugus

From the merchant: Start a lifelong journey in the Korean art of tae kwon do. Includes registration, orientation, first month of classes.

$99 $54

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Admission for Two or Four to the Halloween Bash on October 31 at Hysteria at Connors Farm (50% Off)

Connors Farm

Danvers

Admission to featured attractions includes the haunted cornfields and woods of The Fields and the sadistic big top of the Cirque du Dement

$49.98 $24.99

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Admission for Two or Family Membership to Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum (Up to 55% Off)

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

Provincetown

Visitors can explore a monument that’s the tallest US structure made of granite, as well as exhibits celebrating the area’s important past

$24 $15

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Choe's Quality Martial Arts (Up to 63% Off)

Choe's Quality Martial Arts

Milford

Boot-camp classes incorporate strength training, calisthenics, agility drills, and an obstacle course for a full-body workout

$79 $39

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$99 for $220 Groupon — Synergy Dance Studio

Synergy Dance Studio

Wakefield

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

$220 $99

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10 Fitness Classes, or One or Three Months of Classes at Fit4Mom (Up to 54% Off)

Fit4Mom

Multiple Locations

Results-oriented Body Back classes empower all moms, whether they had a baby 6 months or 20 years ago

$120 $60

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$36 for $65 Worth of Dance Lessons — Primal Fusion World Dance

Primal Fusion World Dance

Oakdale

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

$65 $36

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10 CrossFit Classes or 1 Month of Unlimited Classes at Tokyo Joe's Studios/Dragon's Eye CrossFit (Up to 74% Off)

Tokyo Joe's Studios/Dragon's Eye CrossFit

Waverley Square

Work up a sweat with intense CrossFit routines that incorporate functional moves to increase agility and strength

$150 $39

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$61 for $110 Worth of Dance Lessons — Salsa @ New England Movement Arts

New England Movement Arts - Romeo Rodriguez

Burlington

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

$110 $61

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10 or 20 Classes at Easton Yoga Center (Up to 62% Off)

Easton Yoga Center

Easton

Yoga instructors provide students with individual attention during classes for all skill levels

$120 $49

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Three or Six Personal-Training Sessions at Fitness Together (Up to 65% Off)

Fitness Together

Medfield

One-on-one fitness sessions help develop individualized workouts tailored to achieving personal goals

$210 $75

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One Month of Unlimited Classes or 10 Classes at CrossFit Ares (Up to 76% Off)

CrossFit Ares

Wilmington

Trainers challenge students through the guided application of olympic lifts, gymnastic elements & weight training associated with CrossFit

$199 $49

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Three-Hour Indian Cooking Class for One or Two from Mala's Indian Cooking Classes in Wilbraham (Up to 50% Off)

Mala's Indian Cooking Classes

Wilbraham

Nutritionist and chef guides hands-on classes with participants of all skill levels how to cook with popular Indian spices to create a meal

$139 $69

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One-Month Unlimited Access Membership with Spa Access at Elements Wareham (Up to 79% Off)

Elements Wareham

Multiple Locations

Yoga, Zumba, spin, and more classes at women-only gym with hydrotherapy massage bed and infrared sauna

$69 $20

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$23 for 18 Holes of Virtual Golf for Two at Chip Shots Bar & Grill ($60 Value)

Chip Shots Bar & Grill

Littleton

PGA-licensed golf simulators project 29 real-life courses on two 10'x12' screens; menu of bar food such as nachos, pizza, and sandwiches

$60 $23

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12 or 18 Martial Arts Classes for Kids Aged 4–14 with a Uniform at Body Mind Systems (Up to 61% Off)

Body Mind Systems

Multiple Locations

Instructors use martial arts as a tool for personal growth and development, boosting strength, coordination, will power, and confidence

$204 $99

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10 or 20 Yoga, Pilates, Step, Muscle, or Aerobics Classes at Winchester Aerobics (Up to 60% Off)

Winchester Aerobics

Multiple Locations

Exercisers can get in shape with choice of group fitness classes, such as yoga, Pilates, or aerobics

$100 $50

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$29 for a Nine-Hole Round of Golf with Cart Rental at Quail Ridge Country Club (Up to $46 Value)

Quail Ridge Country Club

Acton

Gently rolling terrain shapes fairways at a newly redesigned 9-hole course set within a pine and hardwood forest

$46 $29

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Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.

Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.

28 Arlington St
Boston,
MA
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For Annissa Essaibi George, sewing has not just been a lifelong passion, but also a means of getting what she wants. At age 6, her mother taught her to sew so that she could make her Barbie a new outfit. In college, she and her roommate stitched together scrunchies, selling them to fund take-out and nights out. She even designed her own wedding dress. Today, sewing is the fuel behind her business, through which she furnishes sewers and knitters with the supplies to craft their projects and the skills they need to clothe every statue in the park. Annissa's pink-walled shop houses patterns, fabrics, knitting kits, and cubbies overflowing with polychromatic spools of yarn. Classes run on a five-day schedule and cover such stitching styles as knitting, crocheting, and pattern sewing for crafters of all levels.

846 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester,
MA
US

On a recent birthday, Shawn Shaw reflected on her life. There had been lessons learned about love, happiness, and the inherent beauty of life that is present even amid disappointment. For Shawn, a dedicated practice of yoga and meditation was the wellspring for many of the lessons learned. The teenage Shawn kept fit as a distance runner, first picking up yoga as a supplementary form of exercise and stretching. It wasn't until a few years later, amid a storm of personal struggles and a battle with cancer, that she discovered the healing properties of daily practice. Today she credits yoga with transforming her physical and emotional health and cultivating a peaceful attitude. Moreover, her newfound clarity and mental presence become something Shawn had to share. She opened her own studio, Metrowest Yoga, in 2005. Now with two locations in Westborough and Worcester, the curriculum includes Shawn's own invention, Myoga Hot Hatha, which is grounded in stillness and allows students to hold poses longer than usual as they make peace between breath and body.

Metrowest Yoga's studio focuses on building a strong healthy body and cultivating a calm, peaceful mind. The styles offered are mostly vigorous in a heated room but some gentle restorative classes are offered too. Regularly scheduled classes include Vinyasa or Flow, Hatha and Ashtanga styles. Beginner?s classes or a 6 week Brand New Beginner?s course are also offered.

32 Millbrook St
Worcester,
MA
US

Springfield Museums showcases a sculpture garden honoring Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), who was raised in Springfield. All four buildings are centrally located around the scenic view of a quadrangle.

Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

  • Most nostalgic images: the Currier & Ives prints at the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the only museum with a permanent gallery dedicated to their lithographs
  • Artists featured in the French Impressionist exhibit: Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Gauguin
  • The setting: The museum is housed in an Art Deco?style estate and opened in 1934

George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum

  • Best way to try on armor without traveling back in time: the Asian-themed Art Discovery Center for kids
  • Why even the windows are masterpieces: Not all the museum's art is framed or behind velvet ropes; some of it is incorporated right into the building's design. The Tiffany Glass Company specially designed intricate windows for the museum, and they're the only museum-specific Tiffany windows to survive today.
  • Most unusual feature: The ashes of George Smith and his wife are interred on the second floor.

Springfield Science Museum

  • Two big scientific events of 1859: Springfield Museums received its first exhibit donations and Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species
  • Kids will love: the full-size T-rex replica in the dinosaur exhibit
  • The next best thing to being an astronaut: touching the outer-space rocks in Astronomy Hall

Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

  • Founded: 2009?it's the newest of all the museums
  • What you'll see: items from Springfield in the 19th and 20th centuries, including a Rolls-Royces and Indian motorcycles manufactured in Springfield.
  • What you won't see: proof that this is the Springfield in The Simpsons
  • Museum within a museum: The exhibits of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum have been moved here.
21 Edwards St.
Springfield,
MA
US

Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.

50 East Merrimack Street
Lowell,
MA
US

Between launching city-centric websites like Cambridge Uncommon and Salem Uncommon and teaching journalism classes at Cambridge Community TV, freelance journalist Sam Baltrusis wrote his book Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub. In its pages he reveals 300 years of city history and ghost stories. He details unexplained sounds and hovering objects seen inside the Hub?s dorm rooms, apparitions witnessed on the Boston Common, and a colonial British solider glimpsed on the tracks at the Boylston station. His deft pen has also led him to become a regional stringer for The New York Times and his second book, Ghosts of Cambridge: Haunts of Harvard Square and Beyond hit shelves in September 2013.

Not content with relegating his words to the page, Sam also brings them to life through seasonal walking tours. Guides lit by handheld lanterns lead guests through the shadowy streets of downtown Boston. They divulge stories of murder and recall Cambridge's ominous history. They also answer questions such as which Harvard hall is the most haunted, which area church is home to the ghost of a British redcoat soldier, and which famously mustachioed ghosts are just wearing fake mustaches. The founder's literary background shows through on the tours, too, which are peppered with the lore of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allen Poe. When he's not guiding in-person guests, Sam doubles as a paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's, "Haunted Encounters" and on Ryan Buell's Paranormal Insider Radio.

18 Brattle St
Cambridge,
MA
US

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