Activities in Milwaukee

Airsoft with Optional Equipment Rental for Two or Four, or a 10-Rental Punch Card at Airsoft Jungle Club (Up to 55% Off)

Airsoft Jungle Club

Milwaukee

An indoor airsoft arena with wood buildings, hallways, and open spaces; referees monitor close-quarters battles

$30 $15

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Two or Four Private Pilates Lessons or Four Small-Group Equipment Classes at SportBody Pilates (Up to 71% Off)

SportBody Pilates

Milwaukee

Variety of mat and reformer classes for pupils of all ages

$100 $29

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10 or 20 Mat Classes, or Two or Four Private Reformer Classes at Flying Squirrel Pilates (Up to 65% Off)

Flying Squirrel Pilates

Milwaukee

Pilates instructors lead core-toning mat exercises; private Reformer sessions enhance balance and strength with custom workouts

$100 $39

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$55 for a Shooting-Range Package for Two with Safety Gear at Brew City Shooter's Supply ($105.98 Value)

Brew City Shooter's Supply

West Milwaukee

Owned and operated by military veterans with an eye toward safety; training facility with 14 pistol lanes and 2 rifle lanes

$105.98 $55

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Chris Botti at Riverside Theater on December 4 at 8 p.m. (Up to 57% Off)

Chris Botti

Riverside Theater

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Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer serenades audiences with romantic pop, smooth jazz, and classical instrumentals

$58.57 $25

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Cirque du Soleil's “Varekai” at BMO Harris Bradley Center on December 18–21 (Up to 37% Off)

Cirque du Soleil's “Varekai”

BMO Harris Bradley Center

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A wounded hero wanders a magic forest populated by aerialists, acrobats, dancers, contortionists, jugglers, and clowns in surreal costumes

$42.75 $30

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Children's Cookie-Decorating Class or High-Tea Class for One or Two at Superior Culinary Center (Up to 52% Off)

Superior Culinary Center

Milwaukee

Kids learn how to decorate cupcakes and cookies or prepare high tea during fun, hands-on classes

$29 $16

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Two or Three Private Dance Lessons and Two Group Parties at Fred Astaire Dance Studio (Up to 91% Off)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Multiple Locations

Studio cofounded by Fred Astaire trains students with a curriculum that breaks social dances down into easily combined components

$268 $24

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Admission for Two or Four or a Family Membership to Jewish Museum Milwaukee (63% Off)

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Milwaukee

Museum celebrates the history of Jewish people in Wisconsin through rotating engaging exhibits

$12 $4.50

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$45 for an Indoor Rock-Climbing Membership & Intro Climbing Lessons at Adventure Rock Indoor Climbing Gym ($125 Value)

Adventure Rock Indoor Climbing Gym

Brookfield

Package includes membership for six weeks, one On The Rocks introductory lesson, and gear rental

$125 $45

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Sabree3 ATA Martial Arts (55% Off)

Sabree3 Taekwondo Center

Mount Mary

Learn the beginner basics of blocks, kicks, and strikes while focusing on traditional values such as respect and discipline.

$60 $27

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$99 for $198 Groupon — Military Fit by Vega PT

Military Fit By Vega Pt

Concordia

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

$198 $99

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Private Dance Lessons and Practice Parties at Fred Astaire Pewaukee (Up to 89% Off). Three Options Available.

Fred Astaire Pewaukee

Pewaukee

Studio cofounded by Fred Astaire trains students with a curriculum that breaks social dances down into easily combined components

$128 $19

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$15 for $50 Worth of Pilates — SportBody Pilates + Physical Therapy

Sportbody Pilates + Physical Therapy

Milwaukee

Pilates equipment classes designed to reshape your body and improve strength and endurance; for all levels from beginners to advanced.

$50 $15

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Five CrossFit Classes at Cream City Crossfit (65% Off)

Cream City Crossfit Llc

Milwaukee

Learn the basics of CrossFit and experience CrossFit style workouts during the 6-class On-Ramp program

$125 $44

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Milwaukee Bucks Game Plus a Poster Set at BMO Harris Bradley Center on November 25 (Up to 74% Off). 3 Seating Options.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons

BMO Harris Bradley Center

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As one of the NBA’s early-season surprises, the Bucks look to stay hot during a home matchup against the Pistons

$38.25 $10

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Hunter Hayes at BMO Harris Bradley Center on November 13 at 7 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

Hunter Hayes

BMO Harris Bradley Center

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23-year old country artist behind “Somebody’s Heart” dazzles with his Grammy-winning croon; Dan + Shay and The Railers open

$55 $31.50

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Worship, Stories and Songs Tour: tobyMac, Matt Maher & Ryan Stevenson on Saturday, December 13 (Up to 28% Off)

Worship, Stories and Songs Tour: Tobymac, Matt Maher & Ryan Stevenson

Milwaukee Theatre

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Trio of popular Christian artists, including Grammy-winning former DC Talk frontman tobyMac, share energized songs of praise and worship

$36.15 $26

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Harlem Globetrotters Game at BMO Harris Bradley Center on December 31 at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. (Up to 41% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

BMO Harris Bradley Center

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$84.15 $50

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The perception of pole dancing is changing. When Maureen Metzger and her business partner DJ Hamilton started Blush Pole Fitness & Dance six years ago, Maureen says, "people thought [the instructors] were strippers." Since then, she's seen attitudes adjust as pole dancing went from taboo to a possible Olympic sport. Maureen equates pole dancing with aerial arts, on par with performances seen in shows such as Cirque du Soleil. She leads a series of classes and workshops that focus on upper-body and core strength or hone in sensual spins and dances. "You can be sexy and sensual," Maureen says, "and it doesn’t have to be tasteless . . . I watch Dancing with the Stars, and I think that is way more sexual than anything we do."

Occasionally, she still has to spend some time fighting inaccurate stereotypes, including an episode in early 2012 that involved inviting Jim Stingl of the Journal Sentinel to studio for a fact-finding mission. But mostly, Maureen and DJ concern themselves with empowering women to be "strong physically and emotionally." There comes a time, she says, when "you stop feeling sexy, you age, you gain weight, you get so busy with other parts of your life. . . I think we lose [that] and [pole dancing] reminds us to be women." She credits pole dancing as a vital ally in boosting her self-esteem during a double mastectomy in her battle against breast cancer.

And though Maureen is the first to tout the power of pole dancing, she is also one of the first to undercut some of its weightier connotations, much like a doctor who uses a stethoscope that squeaks. "[We're] totally willing to laugh at ourselves," she says. "Nobody is taking this too seriously." The lighter mood, in particular, helps welcome shy students, who Maureen and DJ witness transform into "strong, confident, sexy, and feminine [women]."

7701 West Greenfield Avenue
West Allis,
WI
US

Completed in 1892 as the private home of the Pabst family, Pabst Mansion stands as the last bastion of more than 80 mansions built for Milwaukee’s elite during a booming, bygone era. Since its construction, the estate has housed archbishops, priests, and sisters and was saved from near-demolition during the 1970s. The Flemish-Renaissance-Revival home has since been awarded a place on the National Register of Historic Places for its bounty of architectural intricacies.

Today, on-staff docents conduct a range of tours for public groups, private parties, school groups, and well-behaved rugby teams through the fortress of halls, opulent rooms, and verdant grounds, each restored to their original condition.

The Pabst Mansion’s impressive art collection includes works from the 1640s through the 1900s by artists such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Gaetano Trentanove, and Eugene Joseph Verboeckhoven. The emporium of excess also features Pabst Beer Pavilion, the pavilion built for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the glass-covered conservatory where tropical plants and beer trees continue to flourish.

The mansion gift shop holds classic Pabst drinkware and memorabilia as well as antique photos, books, and former employees' original finger paintings.

2000 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee,
WI
US

German expressionism. American decorative arts. Among the nation's best American art post 1960. The Milwaukee Art Museum is a leading American institution for the work of self-taught artists and holds one of the largest collections of works by Georgia O’Keeffe and other artistic luminaries in four floors of the 341,000-square-foot museum. Encompassing more than 25,000 pieces, the museum's collection ranges from 90 works of Haitian art and 450-plus German expressionist prints to an expansive contemporary art selection that includes pieces by Andy Warhol. Among the more singular holdings in the more than 40 galleries are the earliest surviving American-made chair.

Temporary and traveling exhibitions pass through each year, spotlighting everything from Rembrandt to color photography. Upcoming highlights include tattoo art, nineteenth-century portraiture, and, in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the abstract paintings of Wassily Kandinsky. Delve deeper into works on display during lectures and talks, part of a packed events calendar that includes concerts and film screenings. Visitors can also flex their own artistic muscles during programs such as kids' and adult art classes.

700 N Art Museum Dr
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Art Bar, called a "Painter's Paradise" by Urban Milwaukee magazine, isn't your typical watering hole. In its enchanting interior, hundreds of soda bottle caps create an argyle pattern on pillars, wine corks stud an oval-shaped bar, and paint-by-number pieces—depicting everything from horses to the Virgin Mary—plaster a wall.

The kitschy aesthetic offers a glimpse into the creative mind of owner Don Krause. Krause left his former career as an interior designer for Ethan Allen to brave the trials of opening a bar in Riverwest. And he did it his way: His joint pours more than 40 microbrews by night and Alterra coffee by day in a space adorned with the rotating creations of local artists. The beer lineup includes seasonal brews from Bell’s, Founders, Lakefront, and New Glarus, as well as “mystery beers” served for three bucks cloaked in a crumpled brown bag—the way Wisconsin dignitaries drink. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel describes the venue as “a feast for all senses” and “one of the hottest spots in Riverwest,” thanks in part to its comedy, musical, or artistic events.

722 E Burleigh St
Milwaukee,
WI
US

One of 12 indoor 400-meter ovals in the world and the only sea-level oval in the United States accessible to athletes, the nonprofit Pettit National Ice Center has become an essential destination for speed skaters training for the 2014 Olympic Games. Practicing skaters join the ranks of Apolo Anton Ohno, Chad Hedrick, and Shani Davis, all of whom have competed or trained at Pettit, participated in the last five Winter Olympics, and beaten an avalanche into submission. With its 155,000-square-foot arena and 97,000 square feet of ice, the Olympic training site has hosted the 2005 U.S. National Short Track Championship and eight international speed-skating competitions.

In addition to Olympic-caliber sportspersons, Pettit accommodates nearly 400,000 annual visitors for public-skating sessions and lessons in skating, figure skating, and speed skating. Skating clubs, hockey leagues, curling, and wheelchair- and special-needs-skating classes commence on two 100'x200' rinks. Meanwhile, spectators and Olympic torches on their day off can sidestep the ice by contemplating infinity while resting in a lounge overlooking the arena, or jogging around the 443-meter track circling the ice oval.

500 S 84th St
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Going to the movie theater should be more enjoyable than watching a movie at home??a concept that Rosebud Theater has down pat. Cinephiles regain the sparkle in their eyes as they enter the historic venue, which originally opened as The Tosa Theatre in 1931 and was recently modernized to have great views and stellar sound. Unlike cramped multiplex theaters, Rosebud houses one solitary, comfortably spaced theater, where visitors won?t have to worry about hearing explosions from the monster-truck movie next door or accidently walking into the wrong monster-truck movie.

In addition to typical movie snacks such as popcorn, candy, and soda, the Rosebud sports a full menu of appetizers, sandwiches, quesadillas, and pizza, as well as a full bar stocked with wine, cocktails, and microbrews??all of which are delivered to patrons during featured presentations. Rather than standard chairs, the theater is furnished with cushy loveseats with room for 180 movie lovers to savor first-run Hollywood hits without wrestling strangers over armrests.

5906 W Vliet St.
Milwaukee,
WI
US