Activities in New York


Three Classes, Two Weeks of Classes, or One Month of Classes at CKO Kickboxing Sheepshead Bay (Up to 80% Off)

CKO Kickboxing Sheepshead Bay

CKO Kickboxing Sheepshead Bay

Students can burn up to 1,200 calories per class while releasing stress and enjoying the benefits of a multi-faceted, high-intensity workout

$95 $19

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Museum of the City of New York Visit for Two or Four, or Annual Individual or Family Membership (Up to 55% Off)

Museum of the City of New York

Upper East Side

Museum with almost 90 years in its landmark building hosts events and exhibitions illuminating the past, present and future of New York City

$28 $15

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$11for a Visit for Two to the Buffalo Home Show on March 6–8 and 13–15 ($22Value)

Marketplace Events, LLC

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

Gathering of local and celebrity designers, plus hundreds of exhibitors, aims to inspire attendees’ own home design and remodeling

$22 $11

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Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 57% Off)

AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

More than 200 locations across the country offer two-hour bowling packages for groups of two, four, or six

$32.38 $17

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$309 for a 5-Day Kids Science Camp from Destination Science ($379 Value) Five Sessions, Six Locations Available

Destination Science

The Saw Mill Club

During five-day summer sessions, kids build robots, solve a galactic mystery, design chemical reactions, or create an invention

$379 $309

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"Perfect Crime" at Snapple Theater Through March 31, 2015 (Up to 56% Off)

"Perfect Crime"

Snapple Theater

The city’s longest-running play details the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder of a wealthy Connecticut man

$68.25 $30

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Onondaga

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

$129.95 $49

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The Sweet Spot Albany at The Linda WAMC's Performing Arts Studio on Saturday, March 7 (Up to 50% Off)

The Sweet Spot

The Linda WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Poets, burlesque performers, comics, and other artists explore sensuality in a high-energy performance devoted to “pop erotica”

$22.09 $11

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Urban Survival and Citizen Preparedness Training Session for 1, 2, or 4 at Wilderness Survival (Up to 54% Off)

Urban Survivor

Multiple Locations

Urban survival course covers essential skills to help prepare for different emergencies or natural disasters

$75 $36

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes, or One-Year Membership at YogaSpa (Up to 74% Off)

YogaSpa

Yoga Spa

Instructors lead hot yoga, sunrise Vinyasa, and bootcamp classes with a focus on mindfulness and overall wellbeing

$190 $54

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$350 for a Four-Hour Private Fishing Charter for Up to Six People from Sound Bound Fishing Charters ($475 Value)

Sound Bound Fishing Charters

New Rochelle

Captain Brendan Lorino provides all the supplies you and your group need to reel in a successful catch

$475 $350

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10 or 20 Zumba Classes at Center Stage Dance Studio (Up to 55% Off)

Center Stage Dance Studio

Cheektowaga

One-hour Zumba classes send physiques into calorie-melting steps and twirls matched with Latin beats in family-friendly dance studio

$100 $45

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Pre-School Gym Class (Ages 3–5) or Spring Break Basketball Camp (Ages 6–14) at Hooperstown (Up to 50% Off)

Hooperstown

Border of Pelham/Mount Vernon

Pre-school sessions encourage toddlers to get active; basketball camp for kids in grades 1–8 with games and skill practice

$40 $20

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Weekday or Weekend Day Ski Pass, 2-Hour Tubing Pass, or Adult Ski Lesson at Maple Ski Ridge (Up to 41% Off)

Maple Ski Ridge

Rotterdam

Four powdered slopes welcome visitors with rails & pipes for daredevils, bunny hills for young skiers & a cozy lodge with fireplace

$26 $16

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Utica on Tap at The Aud on Saturday, March 7, at 5 p.m. (Up to 25% Off)

Utica on Tap

Utica on Tap

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Sample more than 100 new and limited craft beers from 50+ American breweries while rocking out to live music

$42.75 $32

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One- or Three-Month Dance Class at DeNapoli's Dance Center (Up to 62% Off)

DeNapoli's Dance Center

Denapoli's Dance Center

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

$120 $45

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Winter Seal & Bird Watching Adventure Cruise from American Princess Cruises (Up to 50% Off)

American Princess Cruises

Queens, New York

The American Princess sails from Riis Landing in Rockaway for 2.5-hour weekend tours of Atlantic waters where seals and birds roam

$30 $18

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"Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales" Presented by YoKids Organic Yogurt (Save Up to 45%)

"Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales"

Westchester County Center

The tales of three princesses—Cinderella, Snow White, and Belle—come to life in a dazzling live show, hosted by Mickey and Minnie

$88.20 $48.40

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6-Week Outdoor Boot Camp from Project turning point (67% Off)

Project Turning Point

Hempstead

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

$15 $5

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Two Games of Bowling for Two or Two-Hour Bowling Package for Four at South Levittown Lanes (50% Off)

South Levittown Lanes‎

South Levittown Lanes

Alley with automated scoring, onsite lounge, pool tables, pizza, and drinks

$30 $15

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Two-Hour Winemaking Class for Two with 2.5- or 5-Gallon Kit and Pizza at Lake Ontario Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Lake Ontario Winery

Mayers Lake Ontario Winery

Visitors learn to make wine and get a kit to take home; the class also includes wine tasting and gourmet pizza

$154 $75

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Wine-Tasting Experience for Two or Four at Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery

Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery

Picturesque farm and winery serves wine samples with local produce, then sends guests off with bottles of wine and stemless glasses

C$39 C$21

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And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank on Feb. 27–28 or March 1, 6, 7, 8 (Up to 33% Off)

And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

Schacht Fine Arts Center Theater

The story of Anne Frank is told in a blend of oral history, ensemble drama, multimedia, and taped interviews with her friends

$15 $10

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Peaceful Juicy Being (Up to 54% Off)

Peaceful Juicy Being

Binghamton

Friendly and nonjudgmental classes for students of all ages, body types, and experience levels consist of fun warm-ups and very gentle poses

$70 $35

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One Month of Unlimited Classes at Route 20 Fitness (76% Off)

Route 20 Fitness

Orchard Park

45-minute fitness sessions include an invigorating warmup, 20 minutes of fat-blasting interval training, and a core-focusing cool down

$99 $24

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Three, Five, or Seven Antigravity Hammock Classes at The Fit Factory (Up to 54% Off)

The Fit Factory

West Babylon

Antigravity hammock classes provide a full-body workout, improving flexibility, strength, and confidence

$60 $29

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Seal-Watching Cruise for Two or a Family of Four from Freeport Water Taxi & Tours (Up to 48% Off)

Freeport Water Taxi & Tours

Freeport Water Taxi & Tours

Captains chart a course along the harbor’s seal-filled waters during two-hour tours

$50 $27

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5, 10, or 20 CrossFit Basic Classes at CrossFit Limitless (Up to 75% Off)

CrossFit Limitless

Hicksville

During CrossFit Basic, coaches introduce beginners to the fundamental movements of each exercise, developing safe, proper form and technique

$75 $25

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5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes at NE Kickboxing New Jersey (Up to 86% Off)

NE Kickboxing New Jersey

Multiple Locations

Students gain strength, stamina, and flexibility in high-impact kickboxing classes

$90 $15

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$60 for $250 Worth of Personal Fitness Program — Help Me Help You Fitness

Help Me Help You Fitness

Fresh Meadows

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

$250 $60

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Three or Six Buckets of Driving Range Balls at Driving Ranges of Nassau County (Up to 52% Off). Three Locations.

Driving Ranges of Nassau County

Multiple Locations

At one of three local ranges, grab buckets piled high with balls and swing away; Cantiague Park’s range is heated and covered

$7 $4

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$120 for $344 Worth of Boot Camp — Affronti Boxing

Affronti Fitness

Pittsford

From the merchant: You will learn all the basics of boxing and receive training in core/abdominal, leg and cardio strength conditioning.

$344 $120

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$59 for Kids' Classes, Playspace Passes, and Birthday-Party Discount at Kidville ($214.32 Value)

Kidville

Kidville Commack

Children’s center helps develop social and educational skills with art, music, and gym classes and a playspace

$214.32 $59

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One 1-on-1 Martial Arts Lesson with Four or Eight Classes at Side Kicks Family Karate (Up to 65% Off)

Side Kicks Family Karate

Side Kicks Karate

Instructors combine Japanese fighting styles with kickboxing and basic grappling to teach adults and youngsters how to defend themselves

$75 $31

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Bike Rentals on a Weekday or Weekend for One, Two, or Four at Congers Bike Shop (Up to 68% Off)

Congers Bike Shop

Congers

Cyclists grab bikes and helmets and spend all day riding around local lakes and state parks

$35 $15

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Five or Ten Kickboxing Classes at Kickboxing East Elmhurst (Up to 87% Off)

Kickboxing East Elmhurst

Howard Beach

Punch, kick, and jab your way to fitness, reduce stress, and learn self-defense in these calorie-burning kickboxing classes

$90 $14

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House Dance International at Jamaica Performing Arts Center, July 3–5 (Up to 43% Off)

House Dance International

Jamaica Performing Arts Center

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Celebration of community-based house dance includes group battles, dance documentary screenings, and workshops on Vogueing

$20 $17

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$201 for $365 Worth of Horseback Riding — Winter's Run Farm

Winter's Run Farm

Winter's Run Farm

From the merchant: Learn to groom and saddle a horse, and then you will have a 30-minute private riding lesson; beginning to advanced riders

$365 $201

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Paintball Package for Two, Four, Six, or Eight from Paintball Promos (Up to 81% Off)

Paintball Promos

Multiple Locations

Paintball Promos packages include choice of two area fields, admission, and all necessary equipment

$40 $10

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5, 10 or 20 Kickboxing Classes at Mutant MMA (Up to 88% Off)

Mutant MMA

Oceanside

Instructors guide students through kickboxing classes designed to enhance self-defense prowess while torching calories and toning muscle

$100 $15

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$66 for $120 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons at Valley Shore Martial Arts

Valley Shore Martial Arts

Centerbrook

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

$120 $66

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Eight Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at MSD Kenpo Karate (66% Off)

Msd Kenpo Karate

North Tonawanda

From the merchant: Three classes a week for eight weeks; classes taught by the owner of the studio

$200 $68

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Two Hours of Weekday Trampoline Play for Two or Four at Bounce! Trampoline Sports (Up to 51% Off)

Bounce! Trampoline Sports-Valley Cottage, NY

Valley Cottage

Five trampoline courts let visitors leap, flip, slam dunk basketballs, and pull off cushioned falls into a foam pit; special zone for tots

$50 $27

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Three or Five Barre Fitness Classes at Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet (Up to 70% Off)

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet

Jamestown

Barre classes combine elements of ballet and Pilates, helping customers develop the flexibility, strength, and grace of a ballet dancer

$30 $11

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Social Painting Event for One or Two at Instant Artist (Up to 53% Off)

Instant Artist

Instant Artist

Experienced artist guides beginners through a painting at a local venue; painting supplies included, drinks and food available for purchase.

$35 $17

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Fang Shi Do Self-Defense Classes at Vforce Scientific Fighting Concepts (Up to 80% Off)

Vforce Scientific Fighting Concepts

Franklin Square

After setting the right mindset, instructors incorporate martial arts with lifestyle goals

$125 $29

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10 or 20 Classes with Gloves at Kickboxing.com (Up to 82% Off)

Kickboxing.com

Multiple Locations

Pound the stuffing out of high-quality bags at eight locations in various kickboxing regimens

$148 $29

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Five Boot-Camp Classes at Crunch TIME Fitness & Dance (64% Off)

Crunch Time Fitness & Dance

Newburgh

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

$50 $18

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One, Two, or Three Months of Kids' Martial Arts Classes with Uniform at Victory Martial Arts (Up to 91% Off)

Victory Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Youngsters learn martial arts technique in tandem with discipline and an appreciation for exercise

$169 $25

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$599 for a Two-Week Overnight Summer-Camp Session at Trail Blazers ($1,600 Value)

Trail Blazers Camps

Multiple Locations

ACA-accredited camp featuring outdoor adventure activities including hiking and swimming and rustic canvas shelters at simple campsites

$1,600 $599

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Christmas or Hanukkah Holiday Flight Package from Sport Flying USA (Up to 57% Off)

Sport Flying USA

Sport Flying USA

Certified flight instructors teach students the principles of flying during a 90-minute session

$350 $149

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10- or 20-Class Pass with One or Two Private Sessions at Kids Love Martial Arts (Up to 91% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

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

$210 $20

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Open-Skate Admission and Skate Rental for Four or Six at Reva Rollerdrome (Up to 50% Off)

Reva Rollerdrome

Reva Rollerdrome

Groups strap on skates and circle the rink before refueling with pizza and soda

$28 $14

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Flying Lesson at Icon Aviation Group, LLC (Up to 67% Off)

Icon Aviation Group, LLC

Multiple Locations

Take to the skies with a licensed certified flight instructor and log your journey in the accompanying

$299.25 $99

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Two, Four, or Six Weeks of Boxing Boot-Camp Classes at Mantra Personal Fitness (Up to 72% Off)

Mantra Personal Fitness

Mantra Personal Fitness

Boxing boot-camp classes incorporate jabs, uppercuts, and roundhouses into a high-energy workout routine

$75 $29

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Essence of Yoga Studio (Up to 71% Off)

Essence Of Yoga Studio

Essence of Yoga Studio

Gain strength and flexibility in these open-and-accepting yoga classes for all skill levels

$150 $49

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Half-Day Kayak Rentals for Two or Four at Fuzzy Guppies (Up to 65% Off)

Fuzzy Guppies

Waterloo

After selecting a kayak that fits their needs and skill level, adventurers explore the Seneca River or placid Seneca Lake

$70 $29

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Rock Climbing, Fun House Entry, and Arcade Credit for 2 or 15 at Bayville Adventure Park (Up to 58% Off)

Bayville Adventure Park

Bayville Adventure Park

Visitors scale the indoor rock-climbing wall before heading to the fun house, playing in the arcade, and munching on refreshments

$28 $14

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Two One-Hour Personal-Training Sessions with Fitnesses Assessment, Goal Planning, and Nutrition Analysis at Body by Bala (83% Off)

Body by Bala

Dix Hills

Personal trainer and strength coach customizes a workout program for each client, emphasizing weight loss or strength and muscle gains

$350 $59

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Hot Air Balloon Experience at Saratoga Balloon & Craft Festival (Up to 40% Off). Four Options Available.

Saratoga Balloon & Craft Festival

Saratoga Balloon & Craft Festival

Visitors ride in the 20 hot-air balloons that float through the sky with champagne and snacks

$285 $171

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$490 for $890 For Full Season of Dance for 8-10 Year Olds — The Corner Dance Studio LLC

The Corner Dance Studio

Smithtown

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

$890 $490

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at OTK Martial Arts (47% Off)

Otk Martial Arts

Bay Shore

From the merchant: Experienced instructors teach students practical self-defense techniques as well as important life skills.

$140 $74

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5 or 10 Classes at Fitness Kickboxing America (Up to 86% Off)

Fitness Kickboxing America

Multiple Locations

Clients use cardio, strength, and core exercises while learning the art of self defense; improve stamina, tone muscle, and burn calories

$90 $15

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New York Islanders Game at Nassau Coliseum on March 13, 24, or 26 (Up to 57% Off). Three Seating Options.

New York Islanders

Nassau Coliseum

The division-leading Islanders host three late-season home games with the playoffs in their sights

$62.80 $35

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5 or 10 All-Day Passes for Two or 3-Month Membership for One at Westchester Table Tennis Center (Up to 50% Off)

Westchester Table Tennis Center

Westchester Table Tennis Center

With full days of play at your fingertips, hone your table tennis skills as you play a friend or find a new worthy competitor

$100 $50

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3-, 5-, or 7-Lap Driving Experience at TSMP Exotics: Ultimate Test Drive (Up to 64% Off)

Thompson Speedway

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Get behind the wheel of a Ferrari or other exotic car and zip around the professionally designed autocross course with an instructor’s help

$275 $99

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$10 for Unlimited Video Games and Indoor Attractions at Boomers! ($15 value)

Boomers!

Medford

Family-entertainment center amuses visitors with unlimited play on tons of video games & indoor attractions, like a carousel and rock wall

$15 $10

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Two-Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental & Bucket of Popcorn for Two, Four, or Six at Baldwin Bowl (Up to 81% Off)

Baldwin Bowl

Baldwin Bowling Center

Bowling alley treats guests to clean lanes with automatic scoring and towering buckets of buttery popcorn

$54 $12

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5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes at Kickboxing Downtown Brooklyn (Up to 86% Off)

Kickboxing Downtown Brooklyn

Multiple Locations

Fast-paced kickboxing classes provide a full-body workout

$90 $15

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One or Two Months of Martial-Arts Classes at New York Historical Fencing Association (Up to 61% Off)

New York Historical Fencing Association

Kingston

Students learn the fighting arts of medieval Germany, wielding weapons such as longswords and picking up period grappling techniques

$75 $35

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Blood, Sweat & Tears With Bo Bice at Paramount Hudson Valley Theater on Saturday, March 28, at 8 p.m. (Up to 41% Off)

Blood Sweat and Tears with Bo Bice

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater

These ’60s legends combine rock instrumentation with jazz and funk on hits such as “Spinning Wheel” and “Hi-De-Ho”

$71.27 $42

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Three Kickboxing Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Kickboxing Classes at CKO Kickboxing (Up to 67% Off)

CKO Kickboxing

Copiague

Kickboxing boasts an intense 60 minutes of kicking and punching heavy bags, rewarding participants with up to 1,200 calories burned

$60 $20

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Class Packages with Three Classes, Two Playspace Passes, and Waived Fee at Kidville (73% Off)

Kidville

Garden City

Children stretch their minds and bodies, socializing during interactive classes and playspace visits

$215 $59

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$45 for $75 Worth of Music Lessons — Daves Guitar Studio

Daves Guitar Studio

Merrick

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

$75 $45

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Bowling Packages for Two, Four, or Six at Massapequa Bowl & Lounge (Up to 76% Off)

Massapequa Bowl & Lounge

Massapequa Bowl & Lounge

Bowling alleys treat guests to clean lanes with automatic scoring and buckets of popcorn

$54 $15

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Homemade Italian-Style Wine and Food Pairing for Two or Four at Spring Lake Winery (Up to 52% Off)

Spring Lake Winery

Lockport

Pairings include Nana’s Secret slider recipe, mozzarella skewer, Nana’s biscotti and wine ice cream, glass of wine, and a keepsake glass

$59.99 $29

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Two Personal Training Sessions with Diet and Weight-Loss Consultation from Rise Fitness (65% Off)

Rise Fitness

Hauppauge

From the merchant: Two full, private personal-training sessions, four-week meal plan, and assessment

$175 $61

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One or Two Months of Martial-Arts Self-Defense Classes with a Uniform at Altamont Martial Arts (Up to 58% Off)

Altamont Martial Arts

Altamont Martial Arts

Husband-and-wife team of black belts leads defensive combat hapkido classes, a self-defense style that prepares students of any age or size

$65 $29

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Four Weeks of Beginners' CrossFit Classes with Option for Two Extra Weeks at Cow Harbor Crossfit ($200 Value)

Cow Harbor Crossfit

Cow Harbor CrossFit

Instructors lead students through a series of high-intensity functional movements, which are designed to burn calories and improve endurance

$200 $59

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Yes, Hill Country is a restaurant, but no hostess will seat you and no server will come by to take your order. Instead, arriving patrons are given a meal ticket, which they carry into a Texas-style market. At one counter, they order meats by weight, watching as pitmasters pull their selection from smoking pits fueled with Texas post oak and the menus of lesser barbecue restaurants. The menu includes the signature moist brisket—juicy, fatty morsels that New York Times’ reporter Pete Wells is said to order a pound of every time because it shows “Hill Country’s rotisserie barbecue pits at their finest.” Whatever meat guests choose, it’s carved onto sturdy sheets of butcher paper they carry with them as they stop at additional counters to collect sides and desserts. Though all meat is served with white bread or crackers, a lineup of sides includes corn pudding, Longhorn cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese, and sweet potato bourbon mash. The dessert case displays temptations such as banana pudding, which Wells gushed is “built upon a custard so thick with eggs and cream it brings Paris to mind.” Guests can return to the counters as many times as they like; each item ordered is noted on their ticket, which they turn in to the cashier at the end of the meal. The menu has some devoted culinary fans—renowned food critic Frank Bruni named Hill Country one of his five favorite restaurants, for instance—but the eatery attracts a musically inclined audience as well. Downstairs in the Boot Bar, a state-of-the-art stage hosts nationally touring blues, alt-country, and honky-tonk acts that have included Dale Wilson and Roseanne Cash. The shows take place Tuesday–Saturday nights, and are often free of charge.
30 West 26th Street
New York,
NY
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Pete Lawson's passion for the martial arts is more than 30 years old, reaching all the way back to when he took his first karate lesson in Jamaica when he was 13 years old. His love for the discipline blossomed, eventually earning him five black belts, a spot in world tournaments, and the opportunity to spar against master martial artists. He also studied Brazilian jiujitsu under renowned master Renzo Gracie, one of the sons of Brazil's famed family of martial artists. As a believer in the saying "to whom much is given, much is required," Lawson decided to put his accolades and experience to good use founding and teaching at his own academy, Brooklyn Martial Arts. Today, he offers classes for all levels of Brazilian jiujitsu and mixed martial arts, preparing students for everything from self-defense to competition. Lawson also imparts lessons of discipline and perseverance to little ones in kids' classes, using martial arts as a platform to improve their schoolwork, teach them nonviolent ways to deal with bullies, and strengthen their listening skills by having them perform pushups with their ears. They even host birthday parties for kids, where the birthday boy or girl cuts the cake with a real sword and competes in fun and friendly martial-arts-based games and activities.
289 Livingston St, 3rd Fl
Downtown Brooklyn,
NY
US
Ann Kamhi Toran credits Pilates practice with saving her dancing career. After a major back injury threatened her ability to continue performing, Ann devoted herself to Pilates, and the exercises helped rehabilitate her body so effectively that she was eventually promoted to soloist after recovering. Although she stopped professionally dancing more than 20 years ago, Ann still practices Pilates daily. Ann?s husband, Dr. Errol Toran, also is a believer in the rejuvenating capabilities of Pilates, and he suggested it to his chiropractic patients, incorporating the exercises into their physical rehabilitation. Together, Ann and Dr. Toran decided to create a studio that shared these benefits with the general public, introducing the time-honored exercise techniques that improve posture and build lean, toned muscles. The studio boasts four locations throughout the New York area, each featuring an arsenal of traditional Pilates equipment. The signature apparatus, the Reformer, generates gentle resistance with a system of springs, pulleys, and miniature black holes. Students push and pull against this resistance while performing sequences of relatively simple movements that require unwavering mental focus to maintain the ideal technique and alignment. By emphasizing controlled, quality movements over flailing your body against a boulder, Pilates exercises can evenly tone muscles across the entire body, with a particular emphasis on the core muscle groups. Ann and Dr. Toran encourage their instructors to take initiative when leading classes and tailor the pacing or sequence to accommodate students, but each studio does host sessions for particular skill levels. Introductory and Level 1 classes work to develop form and technique, whereas the more advanced sessions begin to include modified exercises or long-division flashcards to ensure a more challenging workout.
54 West 39th Street
New York,
NY
US
Dr. Nicole Bishop's signature Mommy and Me Pilates classes were born the same time as her son, Reza, as a way to connect with him while helping women balance their fitness regimens with their brand new bundles. During the 60-minute Mamilates classes, two instructors?one for mom and one for baby?guide participants through short bursts of challenging Pilates exercises. During these drills, fun activities such as singing, massage, and dance keep growing minds entertained while women bolster their muscles. With regular practice, women may notice a reduction in physical tension around the neck and shoulders, stronger abdominals, sturdy backs, and weightlessness despite carrying 15 sacks of lead. The team strives to achieve these results specifically to aid in the recovery from the strain of carrying a baby or to make common postnatal lifting easier. The staff makes careful modifications for women still recovering from Cesarean sections. Dr. Bishop earned her PhD in comparative literature at the University of Michigan, an academic track that involved a focus on mindfulness, meditation, and reading methodology. She incorporates these disciplines in her budding practice, along with her specialty in African and Caribbean dance, the spark for which ignited at the ripe old age of 5 years. As a kicker, Dr. Bishop also boasts certification in mat Pilates instruction and the ability to fashion a yoga mat out of a napkin.
230 Lexington Avenue
Buffalo,
NY
US
When Marina Lisser was 14, she decided to take up dancing, despite the fact that in her native Russia, she was considered much too old to start. Firmly flouting social convention, she thrived, competing at the professional level and landing a fifth-place finish in the European Cup finals. Eventually, she went on to earn a master's degree in Dance Forms and write a dissertation on the psychology of competition. But none of that prepared her for the shock that awaited her when she landed in New York City to work for Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 1993. She hadn't realized she'd be teaching a totally new kind of student: adult amateurs. She'd only taught professionals and children who wanted to dance for a living. If 14 was too old to start dancing in Russia, how would she teach adults in America? Through trial and error, she figured it out by ignoring, according to a feature in Democrat and Chronicle, whatever holds her students back. "I'm one of those horrible Russian teachers," Marina confessed. "We want what we want; there is no such thing as limits." Today, she and her staff of instructors specialize in two styles: American Smooth and Rhythm, and International Standard and Latin. Students learn to waltz, tango, and foxtrot atop the ballroom's sprung wood floor, which cushions feet and joints, while wall-length mirrors help them self-correct their form. In addition to teaching social dance skills and helping affianced couples prepare for their first dance, the instructors also ready competitive dancers to take first place medals in everything from cabaret dancing to swing, often by deftly prancing over the laser security systems that guard them. Marina is certified in dance therapy, as well as social and competitive wheelchair dancing, to make dance accessible to everyone.
1350 University Ave
Rochester,
NY
US
Strongman competitor William Harris opened his gym to help exercisers achieve ultimate physical conditioning with an innovative approach to fitness that eschews the mirrored walls, isolated machine workouts, and pie-eating competitions of standard gyms. His cadre of personal trainers—most of whom are certified Level 1 CrossFit coaches—draws on real world athleticism: trainer Phaidra Knight was named the women's' rugby player of the decade 2000–2009, and Rob Gutierrez works as a physical trainer for the NYPD. For CrossFit sessions, certified trainers design intense, ever-changing workouts that safely push members while providing motivation and support. Classes rotate through various challenges such as calisthenics, weight lifting, kettlebells, and sprinting, relying on both intensity and variety of motion to improve comprehensive fitness. To bolster long-term health, coaches dispense nutrition tips that keep bodies fueled and give clients the tools to spur fat loss and muscle gain. The results build bodies that function in real-world tasks, such as running to catch a bus, lifting a sack of dog food, or throwing a discus and riding it to work.
2 Bridge Street
Yonkers,
NY
US

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