Activities in Missouri

"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" at Peabody Opera House on Saturday, November 29, at 8 p.m.

"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County"

Peabody Opera House

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Supernatural gothic musical from Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and T-Bone Burnett stirs audiences with a haunting story and rootsy score

$48.70 $31.60

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One- or Three-Month Membership to Curves (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

Curves

Multiple Locations

Experienced trainers watch over gym-goers using hydraulic resistance machines designed exclusively for female fitness needs

$49 $25

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

MetaBody

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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Costumed Murder Mystery Dinner for One, Two, Four, or Six at Victorian Country Inn (Up to 47% Off)

Victorian Country Inn - Food & Drink

Hallsville, MO

Guests dress up in inn-provided costumes to sleuth out mysteries with themes such as Roaring 20s and Outdoor Wild West Show

$59 $35

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Roller Rink Packages for Two or Four at Landmark 2 Skate Center (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Landmark 2 Skate Center

Lee's Summit

Roller-skates and blades glide across sprawling rink with a snack bar, arcade, and live DJ on Saturday nights

$20 $11

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$11 for One-Day Admission for Up to Five People at Renaud Spirit Center ($22 Value)

Renaud Spirit Center

O'Fallon

66,000-square-foot facility houses massive natatorium, two full-size basketball courts, and a fitness center with equipment and classes

$22 $11

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Martial-Arts Package with Uniform and 10 or 15 Classes at Monroe's ATA Martial Arts (Up to 89% 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 $22

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes from PowerFit Bootcamp (Up to 82% Off)

PowerFit Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

Trainers motivate exercisers to tackle routines of calisthenics, plyometrics, and resistance training

$99 $26

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Basic or Premium Firing-Range Package for Two at Ultimate Defense Firing Range & Training Center (Up to 48% Off)

Ultimate Defense Firing Range & Training Center

Saint Peters

State-of-the-art facility with 18 lanes in three shooting bays; HEPA air-filtration system and advanced target-retrieval system

$75 $39

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$54 for $120 Worth of Services at Pure Performance Training

Pure Performance Training

Blue Springs

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

$120 $54

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at Vitality Spa and Studio - Leisure (Up to 56% Off)

Vitality Spa and Studio - Leisure

Florissant

Group fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, and cardio jam

$100 $59

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Bowling Package for Four or Six with Shoe Rental and Pizza at Carl Richard Bowling Centers (Up to 51% Off)

Carl Richard Bowling Centers

Joplin

Two games of bowling in a family-friendly center with snack bar, arcade, and billiards

$50.99 $25

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$20 for Four Open Bounce Passes at BounceU ($39.80 Value)

BounceU - St. Louis

Multiple Locations

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

$39.80 $20

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Roller-Skating Outing for Six or Eight at Sk8 Zone (Up to 52% Off)

Sk8 Zone

Jefferson City

Groups grab rental skates and go gliding on a 14,000-square-foot maple floor

$36 $18

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Winery Experience for Two, Four, or Six at Chandler Hill Vineyards (Up to 40% Off)

Chandler Hill Vineyards

Defiance

Tour the winery, taste wines, and enjoy dinner, all overlooking rolling vineyards and a scenic lake

$120 $72

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10 Yoga Classes or 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga Classes at D's Yoga Home in University City (Up to 62% Off)

D’s Yoga Home

University City

Certified yoga instructors promote holistic healing through yoga practice

$130 $49

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One Month of Boxing or Kickboxing Classes with Optional Bodywise Boot Camp at The Boxing Gym (Up to 70% Off)

The Boxing Gym

Ballwin

Trainers blend punches and kicks with pushups, jump rope, and weightlifting for a full-body workout

$59 $29

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Two or Four Private, 30-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Janet Green Stables (50% Off)

Janet Green Stables

Liberty

46-stall stable helmed by 30-year veteran trainer Janet Green offers lessons for riders of all abilities

$80 $39.99

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Private or Group Lessons at Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido-USA, Inc. (Up to 82% Off)

Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido-USA, Inc.

Wentzville

Lessons are available for students of all skill levels; both options include one uniform

$350 $64

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Ice Skating and Skate Rental for Two, Four, or Six at Kirkwood Ice Skating Rink (50% Off)

Kirkwood Ice Skating Rink

Saint Louis

Groups of two, four, or six skaters lace up in rental skates and take to the ice during public-skate sessions

$14 $7

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$35 for $70 Worth of Services at Pro-Fit Personal Training

Pro-fit Personal Training

Maryland Heights

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

$70 $35

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One Month of Classes for One or Two Children with Yearly Membership Fees at Kids World Gymnastics (Up to 53% Off)

Kids World Gymnastics

Hazelwood

Expert instructors lead children through gymnastics classes appropriate for all ages

$116 $55

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18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at The Deuce at the National (Up to 51% Off)

The Deuce at the National

Parkville

Challenging shots await golfers at this private club where undulating greens are lined with majestic trees

$200 $99

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental at River Oaks Golf Course (Up to 42% Off)

River Oaks Golf Course

Grandview

Water comes into play on seven holes, but wide fairways and forgiving greens make this course ideal for all levels of golfers

$60 $35

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Two-Week or One-Month Fitness Class Package at ATT Evolution (Up to 88% Off)

ATT Evolution

Rock Hill

Students learn MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through fitness classes which run by UFC star Tyron Woodley

$214.50 $26

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Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart, Beer, and Range Balls at Rolling Hills Country Club (Up to 52% Off)

Rolling Hills Country Club

Versailles

Golfers traverse the 18-hole course atop a golf cart strapped with beers, and can work on their swing with buckets of range balls

$102 $49

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Two-Hour Bowling Package for 5 or 10 with Shoe Rental and Pizza at Imperial Bowl (Up to69% Off)

Imperial Bowl

Imperial

Thirty lanes host group bowling outings that include free shoe rental and pizza

$71.69 $25

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20 Fitness Classes at UnEarth Strength (65% Off)

Crossfit Unearth

Affton

The benefits of one-on-one personal training at a fraction of the cost; classes led by Joe and Mandy Fleming

$250 $88

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Two Nights of Camping with Optional Float Trip at Meramec Valley Campground & RV Park (Up to 73% Off)

Meramec Valley Campground & RV Park

Cuba

Campsites with or without water and electricity; relaxing float trips down the Meramec River aboard canoes

$56 $15

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$29 for a 60-Minute Private Golf Lesson at Peculiar Golf & Learning Center (Up to $55 Value)

Peculiar Golf & Learning Center

Peculiar

Players of any age work with a golf pro to hone their swing mechanics in private lessons with computerized analysis

$55 $29

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$15 for $30 of Self-Caught Trout & Filleting Services at Mountain Springs Trout Park from December 1 to April 1

Mountain Springs Trout Park

North Galloway

Visitors cast lines into trout-rich waters, catching fish to be filleted and packed on ice

$30 $15

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Powered-Paragliding Package and Photos for One or Two at Truman Lake Air Sports (Up to 60% Off)

Truman Lake Air Sports

Harrisonville

After significant instruction, participants attached to instructors soar into the air during powered-paragliding flights

$228 $91

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Standup Comedy at Funny Bone Valley Park (Up to 68% Off)

Funny Bone Valley Park

Funny Bone Valley Park

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Sip beverages while watching sets from comedians seen on national TV and on local stages

$35 $16

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Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Visit for Two or Four or a One-Year Membership (Up to 51% Off)

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

Hannibal

Guests explore Mark Twain's childhood home and the surrounding properties that inspired his stories

$22 $11

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$18 for 2 Hours of Pool & $20 Worth of Pub Food & Drinks at Pink Galleon Billiards and Games ($39 Value)

Pink Galleon Billiards and Games

Multiple Locations

Billiards played atop tables with hot-pink tops and surrounded by beach-themed decor, including airbrushed murals of mermaids and pirates

$39 $18

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Half-Day, Full-Day, or Three-Day Rental of a 22- or 24-Foot Sailboat from Ozark Yacht Club (Up to 60% Off)

Ozark Yacht Club

Lake Ozark

Bob along with or slice through the beautiful waters of the Lake of the Ozarks aboard a 22- or 24-foot sailboat

$126 $53

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5, 10, or 20 Group Classes at ZFit Studio(Up to 50% Off)

ZFit Studio

Fenton

Instructors lead energetic Zumba, yoga, and R.I.P.P.E.D. sessions, as well as high-intensity workouts focused on toning abs and glutes

$35 $17.50

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart at Ste. Genevieve Golf Club (Up to 55% Off)

Ste. Genevieve Golf Club

Ste. Genevieve

Six tee boxes make the course accessible for golfers of all abilities; course features intersecting streams & open fairways lined with trees

$76 $35

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Video- and Arcade-Game Play for Two or Four People at Game Haven STL (50% Off)

Game Haven STL

Overland

Gamers battle on systems that range from Sega to Wii, and also play computer and arcade games, such as air hockey and pinball

$30 $15

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$29 for Five-Week Boot Camp Session from NowFitness ($75 Value)

NowFitness

Multiple Locations

Certified trainers lead groups through energetic and creative combinations of cardio and strength-training routines in local parks

$75 $29

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$140 for $280 Worth of Services at Team Patterson Muscle, Fitness, & Nutrition

Team Patterson Muscle, Fitness, & Nutrition

Multiple Locations

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

$280 $140

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14-Day Boot Camp, or One or Two Months of Boot-Camp Sessions at Resurrection Fitness, Inc. (Up to 69% Off)

Resurrection Fitness, Inc.

Lake Saint Louis

30-minute boot-camp sessions build endurance and lean muscle through high-intensity interval training

$79 $39

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Canoe Rental with Option for Camping at Riverfront Campground & Canoe (Up to 54% Off). Five Options Available.

Riverfront Campground & Canoe

Bennett Springs

Paddle canoes in the pristine waters of the Niangua River to take in the Missouri Ozarks; spend the night at a campground with hot showers

$38 $19

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One-Month CrossFit or Sports Performance Package at CrossFit Lemont (Up to 60% Off)

CrossFit Lemont

Lemont

CrossFit workouts encompass weightlifting, cardio drills, and gymnastics; sports performance classes improve athletic abilities

$250 $99

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Wine and Beer Tasting for Two or Four at Bias Winery & Gruhlke's Microbrewery (Up to 52% Off)

Bias Winery & Gruhlke's Microbrewery

Berger

Tastings include up to seven samples of beer, 10–15 samples of wine, and a glass of wine or pint of beer to cap the experience

$39.50 $19

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Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Cerberus (Up to 56% Off). Three Options Available.

CrossFit Cerberus

Grain Valley

An ever-changing array of functional movements and interval training exercises push students to their limit, improvimg strength and stamina

$100 $49

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Paintball for One, Two, or Four at Battlecreek Paintball (Up to 60% Off)

Battlecreek Paintball

Battlecreek Paintball

Players of all ages and experience levels can battle on five outdoor fields and an indoor heated course

$46 $20

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Glasses and Bottles of Wine at Traver Home Winery (Up to 41% Off)

Traver Home Winery

Willow Springs

Wine crafted onsite includes Chambourcin and Dog’s Breath Red, a light and fruity wine; tasting room hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday–Sunday

$28.98 $18

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Visit to the Johnny Carson Birthplace for Two, Four, or Six (50% Off)

Johnny Carson Birthplace Society

Corning

Tour the recently restored childhood home of Johnny Carson, and watch video clips of his classic Tonight Show jokes

$14 $7

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$39 for a Parents' Night Out New Year's Eve Party for One Child at Swing-A-Round Fun Town ($60 Value)

Swing-A-Round Fun Town

Fenton

Parents are free to do New Year’s their way once the kids are droped off at this party, complete with arcade games, balloon drop, and movie

$60 $39

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$44 for $145 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Hahn Extreme Fitness & Martial Arts Center

Hahn Extreme Fitness & Martial Arts Center

Festus

From the merchant: Package includes one hour of personal training, martial arts, or fitness training. Intro class, t-shirt, and handwraps.

$145 $44

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6 or 12 Women's Fitness Classes at Foxy Fit Studios (Up to 53% Off)

Foxy Fit Studios

Bridgeton

Skilled instructros lead classes ranging from pole-dancing and yoga to stiletto fitness to improve strength, endurance, and confidence

$55 $27

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Krav Maga or Traditional Martial-Arts Classes or 1.5-Hour Birthday at Hockman's ATA Martial Arts (Up to 91% Off)

Hockman's ATA Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

In gym run by decorated martial-arts masters Jeff and Jade Hockman, clients enhance fitness and learn combat moves or enjoy karate birthdays

$215 $19

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Breathe Deep Naturals (45% Off)

Breathe Deep

Kearney

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

$89 $49

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Four Barre Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at barre3 ( 51% Off)

barre3

Des Peres

The barre3 workout combines yoga, Pilates, and the ballet barre to develop lean muscles, burn calories, and improve posture

$80 $39

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$11 for $20 Groupon — All You Studio & Party Place

All You! Studio & Party Place

Troy

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

$20 $11

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Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai at New Shanghai Theatre through December 31 (Up to 45% Off)

Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai

New Shanghai Theatre

A 40-person troupe performs amazing feats that might include roller-skating dancers, limber contortionists, and colorful dragons

$38.94 $26

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18 Holes of Golf with Cart for One or Two at Bolivar Golf Club (50% Off)

Bolivar Golf Club

Bolivar

Golfers traverse 9-hole, par 36 course twice for an 18-hole round

$30 $15

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18 Holes of Golf and Cart Rental for Two or Four at Sullivan Country Club (Up to 55% Off)

Sullivan Country Club

Sullivan

Par 71, 6,174-yard championship course surrounded by breathtaking scenery

$76 $35

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Entry for One, Two, or Four to the Crusher Race Winter on Sunday, December 7 (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Crusher Race

Eureka

Participants navigate their way through at least 15 obstacles and fitness tests before ending at a fire with a warm beverage and swag bag

$59 $35

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Paintball Outing for Two or Four with Admission, Gear, and 200 Paintballs at High Performance Paintball (Up to 59% Off)

High Performance Paintball

Harrisonville

Players battle across 10 acres, 3 fields, and a 3,000 square-foot fort with multiple rooms; includes gear and paintballs

$60 $29

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New Year's Eve USO Swing Dance with Victor & Penny for Two or Four from Chef Amber Digiovanni (Up to 52% Off)

Chef Amber Digiovanni

Kansas City

Spend New Year’s Eve with jazz-and-swing duo Victor & Penny, accompanied by a two-man orchestra; includes dance demos and cash bar

$130 $64

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The Fresh Beat Band: Greatest Hits Live at Peabody Opera House on Friday, November 28 (Up to 40% Off)

The Fresh Beat Band: Greatest Hits Live

Peabody Opera House

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Pop quartet of Nick Jr. stars play irresistibly catchy tunes from a trove of new material and fan favorites in a dance-along show

$47.20 $28.50

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Warrior Strong Fitness Classes at My Fitness Place (Up to 68% Off)

My Fitness Place

Springfield

Fun, varying cardio-fitness and resistance classes aim to develop muscle, burn fat, and build endurance, speed, agility, and strength.

$50 $18

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One, Three, or Five Kenpo Martial-Arts Classes at Self Defense Studio of Independence (Up to 68% Off)

Self Defense Studio of Independence

Independence

American kenpo is characterized by fast strikes and has practical application in self-defense

$30 $12

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Three Private 30-Minute Lessons at Columbia Academy of Music (Up to 47% Off)

Columbia Academy of Music

Downtown Columbia

Accomplished musicians instruct pupils in instrument basics, musical styles, or audio-production fundamentals in series of 30-minute lessons

$66 $35

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One or Three Months of Hip Hop Classes at Mindy's Dance Center (Up to 53% Off)

Mindy's Dance Center

Lee'S Summit

Students of all ages can learn how to perform social and choreographed street dance moves including locking, popping and improvisation

$80 $40

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One Private Lesson, Two Junior Lessons, or Two Ladies' Lessons at The Falls Golf Club (Up to 59% Off)

The Falls Golf Club

Falls Golf Club

PGA professional works on developing reliable swings during private lessons and junior clinics

$90 $37

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six People to the Glore Psychiatric Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Glore Psychiatric Museum

St. Joseph

Psychiatric museum in "1,000 Things to Do Before You Die" explores old-fashioned mental-health treatments in surgical admitting building

$12 $7

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Admission for Two, Three, or Four to Lewis & Clark Boat House & Nature Center (40% Off)

Lewis & Clark Boat House & Nature Center

St. Charles

The facility honors Lewis and Clark with full-scale models of the explorers' boats, a museum, and trails through the surrounding woodlands

$10 $6

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Two, Four, or Six 60-Minute Personal-Training Sessions at HeadStrong Fitness LLC (Up to 59% Off)

HeadStrong Fitness LLC

St. Peters

After discussing their personal fitness and wellness goals, clients work one-on-one with a trainer to achieve them

$80 $39

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CrossFit Classes or Station-Based Training at CrossFit Fig and Fig Fitness (Up to 66% Off)

CrossFit Fig and Fig Fitness

Blue Springs

Students learn the basic movements of CrossFit during on-ramp class, can attend unlimited fitness classes for one or two months

$169 $59

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Five Personal Training Sessions at Craig Grimm Fitness (65% Off)

Craig Grimm Fitness

Florissant

Certified personal trainer specializes in developing weight-loss and goal-orientated training programs

$125 $44

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Six Group Beginner or Intermediate Simply Music Keyboard Lessons at A Joyful Noise Music Studio (Up to 81% Off)

A Joyful Noise Music Studio

College Skyline

Students learn and improve their keyboard prowess during hands-on lessons, and receive a DVD recording of each class

$149 $28

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10 or 15 Classes at Bikram Yoga Chesterfield (Up to 81% Off)

Bikram Yoga Chesterfield

Chesterfield

Certified Bikram-yoga instructors impart 24 beginner-friendly poses and 2 breathing exercises in a room filled with toxin-ousting heat

$140 $29

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Two Private Music Lessons from Jefferson City Music Academy (53% Off)

Jefferson City Music Academy

Jefferson City

From the merchant: Professional teachers give you a taste of what you can accomplish with music lessons.

$40 $19

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14-Day, 21-Day, or Six-Week Boot-Camp for Beginners from St. Louis Fitness Boot Camp (Up to 76% Off)

St. Louis Fitness Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

Unlimited one-hour workouts held six mornings a week, plus a choice of e-book, a T-shirt, and access to meal planning and online support

$99 $32

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One Month of Martial-Arts Classes or Kids' Birthday Party at Pride Martial Arts / Karate For Kids (Up to 83% 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 $25

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One, Three, or Six 60-Minute Personal-Training Sessions at GraceFitness (Up to 67% Off)

GraceFitness

Saint Louis

Trainer with more than 16 years of experience helps clients meet their fitness goals, whether that's to lose weight or build muscle mass

$50 $20

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Even as a 4-year-old growing up in Honolulu, Vee Osborne was drawn to Hawaiian shamanism and the Huna philosophy, which stresses the balance of the mind, body, and spirit through one?s actions. Her early passion for healing others led her down the path to becoming a hypnotherapist, reiki master, and ordained minister before she funneled her devotion to creating harmony and guiding others toward wellness into Plaza West Massage & Day Spa. Here, clouds of gentle music and the scent of essential oils greet her guests, who slip into robes and sip wine as they unwind. And Vee?s Hawaiian roots remain readily apparent, inspiring the spa?s potted palms, bamboo massages, pi?a-colada scrubs, and wall-sized pictures that bring Pacific beaches to Kansas.

Vee?s healing services go beyond relaxation, though. Her team of massage therapists kneads aching muscles with Swedish, trigger-point, and deep-tissue modalities, deepening their knot-fighting effect with volcanic stones and essential oils. After a body wrap with Dead Sea salts or a glycolic peel, guests can visit the two-tiered sauna or extend their rejuvenation with an energy-balancing reiki session. The spa also delves into treatments that rely on electronic frequencies, such as a tri-phasic resonator, which fights cellulite, or quantum electro-ionization, which aims to diminish blemishes rather than cover them up with white-out. Before heading home, clients can pick up body and facial products from Vee?s eponymous line, such as Island Essence hair products, complete with tropical scents.

1505 Westport Rd
Kansas City,
MO
US

Above all else, Bikram Yoga emphasizes personal growth and development?not competition and comparison. That means newcomers are welcome to attend alongside experienced practitioners. Although the sessions at Bikram Yoga St. Louis may seem like a more physical challenge at first, the goal is for students to recognize and strengthen the connection that exists between the mind, body, and spirit. This progress does bolster physical fitness, but also creates a restorative and relaxing experience.


####What is class like? Every 90-minute session consists of the exact same sequence of [two breathing exercises and 26 standing and seated asanas](http://yogastlouis.com/class-info/bikram-yoga-postures/). These physically demanding postures use deep bends and twists to work muscle groups and organ systems throughout the body, pushing oxygenated blood where it's needed most and building strength and stamina. If you're having trouble with any pose, that's no problem: the instructors can recommend slight modifications. For more advice, [visit the studio's website](http://yogastlouis.com/new-students/faq/).


####Why is the studio so hot? The instructors heat the practice space to sweat-inducing levels for each class, increasing circulation and aiding in the release of toxins. In addition to loosening tight muscles?which allows students to sink deeper into each stretch?this heat also has profound mental benefits. The extra challenge encourages attendees to focus on each posture's alignment and orientation while learning how to accept the heat, concentrate on breathing, and practice a calmer mental state. After class, separate changing rooms with showers are available for those looking to refresh themselves.
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6614 Clayton Road #188
Saint Louis,
MO
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.

2764 S Campbell Ave
Springfield,
MO
US

Under the oppressive heat of the Missouri sun, rafts and their passengers float atop the languid current of Coyote Creek as it traces a 900-foot perimeter around Adventure Oasis Water Park's flooded playscape. The sprawling park offers a respite from the summer swelter with water activities and attractions for guests of all ages, highlighted by three towering slides, including the Sidewinder—a 308-foot raft slide—and the Scorpion, a tube slide that emulates passage through a cosmic wormhole or gigantic piece of penne pasta with a 197-foot plunge. The chutes bottom out in a placid pool, where guests can catch their breath or scale Cactus Climb, a climbing wall that hangs over the water. As grownups relax in a deck dotted with striped parasols, younger guests can run amok at Halfpint Paradise, a smaller playground stationed in a shallow pool.

A 25-yard lap pool with multiple lanes awaits more serious swimmers at Roadrunner Pass, which also boasts a diving board for those looking to perfect their swan-dive form or execute the world's first pool cannonball that actually explodes. In addition to free-range fun, Adventure Oasis's friendly waters host swim lessons and aquatic exercise programs.

2100 Hub Dr
Independence,
MO
US

When a school of music also contains a live-performance venue, it?s an indicator that the lessons stick. Such is the case with the Columbia Academy of Music, where private practice rooms sit just steps from The Bridge, a club accustomed to welcoming musical talent from down the street and around the country. A stage within range of instruction can inspire even the most stage-frightened students to step into the spotlight, where they?ll get the hands-on, feet-on stage experience that renders books worthless.

The academy?s tuneful staffers are no strangers to this kind of public performance?some instructors have shared the stage with the likes of Chuck Berry, Sting, and Hank Williams III?but many also are experts in what goes on behind the music. In lessons tailored for all ages, skill sets, and music-making manners, the school strengthens the confidence of budding musicians in once-a-week sessions. Instrument instruction infuses students with techniques across a range of musical genres; audio-production and engineering courses teach students how to make solid records and tolerate most singers? misguided requests for more Steak-Umms in the monitor.

1020 E Walnut St
Columbia,
MO
US

When Ruthann Zentner began studying yoga, she soon realized that its focused breathing, emphasis on enhancing flexibility, and core-strengthening poses could help people of any age achieve mental and physical wellness. Throughout her yoga journey, she spent time working with Shakta Khalsa, a renowned children's yoga instructor, which inspired her to educate children through engaging stories and kid-friendly yoga classes as a certified yoga storyteller. Within the teal-green walls and dark wood floors of the studio, kids limber up while having fun during yoga-centered games, working off the stresses of filing lemonade-stand taxes. Adult students learn the basics in beginner-level yoga classes, or strengthen their cores and improve their balance in PiYo, which merges elements of Pilates and yoga into high-intensity routines. For her older students and those unable to do floor work, she partners poses with four-legged props in chair yoga.

Ruthann also trained under Sadie Nardini, an empowerment speaker, yoga and anatomy expert, and Healthy Hedonism lifestyle leader, and received training in Bootybarre, which combines strength, flexibility and cardio. At The Zen Zone she strives to share the latest trends and practices in yoga and Pilates with her students.

413 NW Murray Rd.
Lees Summit,
MO
US