Things To Do in Missouri

Ice Skating and Hot Chocolate for Two, Four, or Six at Creve Coeur Ice Arena (Up to 52% Off)

Creve Coeur Ice Arena

Saint Louis

Glide around an indoor ice rink, then take a break to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate

$16.50 $8

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"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at Springfield Little Theatre on January 23, 34, or 25 (Up to 46% Off)

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Springfield Little Theatre

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Six adolescent overachievers battle for spelling bee supremacy while facing down their own troubles in a Tony-winning musical

$28 $15

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Harlem Globetrotters Game at Independence Events Center on January 18, 2015 at 2 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

Independence Events Center

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

$50.15 $30

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$246 for $447 Worth of Martial Arts — American Um Yang Kwan Five Element Martial Art Association

Um Yang Kwan

Columbia

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$447 $246

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One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited GloryFit Cardio Kickboxing Classes at Glory MMA & Fitness (Up to 62% Off)

Glory MMA & Fitness

Glory MMA & Fitness

Intense 45-minute classes combine elements of kickboxing, self-defense, and body-weight exercises to help students burn up to 1,000 calories

$60 $29

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10 or 20 Group Circuit-Training Classes at Edstrom Elite Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Edstrom Elite Fitness

O'Fallon

During circuit-training classes, instructors lead their students through high-intensity exercises in a supportive group environment

$100 $39

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Bowling Package for Two or Four or Cosmic Bowling Package for Four at The Belt Bowl (Up to 53% Off)

The Belt Bowl

St. Joseph

32-lane bowling center also hosts two bars; packages include food and drinks

$33 $16

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One or Two Months of Dance Classes at J5 Center of Contemporary Arts (Up to 86%)

J5 Center Of Contemporary Arts

Saint Charles

Students learn graceful movements and forms of expression with classes in hip-hop, jazz, tap, and ballet dance

$135 $22

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

Pure Performance Training

Blue Springs

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$120 $54

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Six Drop-In Group Classes or One Private Lesson at Just Dancing West (Up to 60% Off)

Just Dancing West

Saint Charles

Customers can enjoy learning ballroom, swing, and Latin dancing

$60 $30

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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 73% 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 $40

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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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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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Open-Play Paintball for Two, Four, or Six with Equipment, Paintballs, and T-Shirts at Wacky Warriors (50% Off)

Wacky Warriors

Multiple Locations

Warriors fire 100 paintballs and dodge their opponents during open-play bouts on nine fields

$60 $30

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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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$21 for $60 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Sogo Ryu World Arts/ Capoeira of St.louis

Sogo Ryu World Arts

Hazelwood

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

$60 $21

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$23 for $50 Worth of Martial Arts — NTA

Nta

Gladstone

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$50 $23

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One-Year of Online Acting Class Membership from iActingStudios.com (Up to 65% Off). Three Options Available.

iActingStudios.com

Blue Valley

Top Hollywood Master teachers lead online acting classes, covering acting technique, auditions, monologues, and scene study

$479.90 $199

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Two-Week or One-Month Fitness Class Package at ATT Evolution (Up to 86% 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 $29

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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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$89 for a Concealed-Carry-Weapon-License Class with Gun Rental at Sovereign Arms ($199 Value)

Sovereign Arms

Imperial

Instructors teach basic handgun training, defensive shooting techniques, and Missouri gun-law basics; license has reciprocity with 38 states

$199 $89

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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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One or Three Months of Fitness Classes with Introductory Course at CrossFit of the Ozarks (Up to 74% Off)

CrossFit of the Ozarks

Union Chapel

Army veteran and CrossFit enthusiast leads groups of all fitness levels through intense, though scalable, full-body functional exercises

$190 $49

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Powered-Paragliding Package and Photos for One or Two at Truman Lake Air Sports (Up to 57% Off)

Truman Lake Air Sports

Harrisonville

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

$228 $99

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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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One Week of Boxing and Kickboxing Classes for One with Loaner Hand Wraps & Gloves at Title Boxing Club (87% Off)

Title Boxing Club

Multiple Locations

Trainers teach how to land jabs, hooks, and roundhouse kicks using pads and heavy bags, helping students burn up to 1,000 calories per class

$79 $10

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Awareness Tour for Two Adults with Option for Two Children at National Tiger Sanctuary (Up to 50% Off)

National Tiger Sanctuary

Saddlebrooke

The tiger Awareness Tour is a 60-minute excursion into natural ecosystems and the lives of tigers with viewing from 3 feet away

$50 $25

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart at Ste. Genevieve Golf Club (Up to 51% 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 $38

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Video- and Arcade-Game Play for Two or Four People at Game Haven STL (60% 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 $12

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Two, Four, or Six One-on-One Personal Training Sessions at Healthy Lifestyles with Maurie, LLC (Up to 74% Off)

Healthy Lifestyles with Maurie, LLC

Brentwood

A personal trainer tailors exercises to individual goals such as weight loss or injury rehabilitation

$150 $39

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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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Fitness Classes at The Pilates and Yoga Center of Lake St. Louis (Up to 85% Off). Three Options Available.

The Pilates and Yoga Center of Lake St. Louis

Lake Saint Louis

Monday–Saturday, studio offers Pilates, yoga, and BeyondBarre classes for beginners and all experience levels

$129 $29

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60-Minute Professional Fly-Fishing Casting Lesson for One or Two at Reading's Fly Shop (Up to 56% Off)

Reading's Fly Shop

Lebanon

Professional instructor teaches the basics of casting a fly-fishing reel

$100 $50

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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 67% 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 $13

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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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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to National Churchill Museum (53% Off)

National Churchill Museum

Fulton

History museum, located beneath a church imported from London and rebuilt here, tells the story of Winston Churchill and the world he knew

$15 $7

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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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$20 for $40 Worth of Arcade Tokens at Swing-A-Round Fun Town

Swing-a-Round Fun Town

Fenton

Challenge your peers to skee-ball, racecar-driving, and shoot-em-up games in arcade spread across two floors

$40 $20

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Barge Ride for Two or Four, or Private Pontoon Tour for Up to 10 from Crystal City Underground (Up to 51% Off) 

Crystal City Underground

Crystal City

Cruise across an underground lake inside a climate-controlled facility that boasts approximately 200 acres of subterranean space

$50 $25

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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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One or Two Months of Unlimited Krav Maga Classes with Gloves at Hockman's ATA Martial Arts (Up to 82% Off)

Hockman's ATA Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

In a gym run by decorated martial-arts masters Jeff and Jade Hockman, clients enhance physical fitness and learn combat moves

$250 $45

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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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3, 5, or 10 StimuLight Workouts at E2 Fitness Studio (Up to 67% Off)

E2 Fitness Studio

Town & Country

During StimuLight workouts, infrared rays bathe exercisers to help accelerate fat burning, increase HGH production, and hasten recovery

$45 $19

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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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$139 for a 4-Hour Guided Fly-Fishing Trip for Two from Flys and Guides ($275 Value)

Flys and Guides

Branson

Local guides provide boat, fly rods, flys, and drinks to lead guests on four hours of day fishing year round

$275 $139

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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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18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Sugar Creek Golf Course (Up to 61% Off)

Sugar Creek Golf Course

High Ridge

Manicured fairways and greens stretch more than 6,500 yards for challenging-and-fun play suitable for all levels

$50 $20

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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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18 Holes of Golf with Cart and Range Balls for Two or Four at Shoal Creek Golf Course (Up to 44% Off)

Shoal Creek Golf Course

Northland

Round of golf on an eye-catching 6,950-yard course with GPS-equipped carts and a two-tiered, zoysia-grass driving range

$156 $89

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Pitching, Hitting, or Catching Lessons at Center St. Louis (Up to 63% Off)

Center St. Louis

Affton

Kids can improve their baseball game before the start of next season with private lessons that focus on pitching, hitting, or catching

$100 $39

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$250 for $500 Worth of Personal Training at Czech Us Out

Czech Us Out

Springfield

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

$500 $250

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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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One or Two Months of Karate Classes with Uniform at Rifkin Professional Karate Center (Up to 73% Off)

Rifkin Professional Karate Center

Columbia

A martial artist with 26 years of experience teaches both kids and adults how to employ karate techniques to defend themselves

$149 $49

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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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Yoga or Pilates Classes or Private Lessons at Pilates & Yoga for Life (Up to 77% Off). Three Options Available.

Pilates & Yoga for Life

O'Fallon

During yoga classes, students hold a series of flowing poses that enhance flexibility; Pilates classes build core strength

$150 $39

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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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CrossFit Classes or Station-Based Training at CrossFit Fig and Fig Fitness (Up to 72% 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 $48

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14-Day, 21-Day, or Six-Week Boot-Camp for Beginners from St. Louis Fitness Boot Camp (Up to 70% 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 $39

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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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$45 for $100 Worth of Services at TEAM Z MMA FITNESS

TEAM Z MMA FITNESS

Chesterfield

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

$100 $45

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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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One Month of Martial-Arts Classes or Kids' Birthday Party at Pride Martial Arts / Karate For Kids (Up to 81% 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 $28

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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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12 or 24 Boxing, Kickboxing, or Cage Fitness Classes at Kelly's Championship Martial Arts, Inc. (Up to 60% Off)

Kelly's Championship Martial Arts, Inc.

Fenton

Fitness instructors lead fast-paced boxing, kickboxing, and cage fitness classes that build strength and endurance in an upbeat atmosphere

$25 $12

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Four Weeks of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Crossfit North County (65% Off)

Crossfit North County

Hazelwood

Level-one CrossFit trainers teach students the principles of the constantly varied, functional movements

$120 $42

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10 or 20 Martial-Arts Classes at AKKA Karate USA (Up to 80% Off)

AKKA Karate USA

Multiple Locations

Martial-arts classes such as kenpo karate and MMA promote fitness and skills such as discipline and self-confidence

$150 $39

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$129 for a Tandem Paragliding Experience with Video at On The Marc Paragliding ($200 Value)

On The Marc Paragliding

Multiple Locations

After an introductory lesson covering basics and safety, students take to the sky with a certified instructor, and the experience is videoed

$200 $129

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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