Things To Do in New York

Cooking Class or Children's Cooking Birthday Party at Divine Taste (Up to 50% Off). 38 Options Available.

Divine Taste

Multiple Locations

Up to 20 people get familiar with the kitchen during cooking classes; kids celebrate birthdays while learning how to cook

$145.95 $95

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Plant Living Art During a Zen Crystal Terrarium-Making Class

Two-Hour Zen Crystal Terrarium Making Workshop

Ditmars Steinway

Assemble a terrarium by placing plants, rocks, and a zen crystal (said to have healing powers) into a glass vessel

$58

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Movie for Two or Four with Popcorn and Drinks at Dipson Theatres (Up to 30% Off)

Dipson Theatres

Multiple Locations

Everything from summer action flicks to independent dramas, arthouse films, and family features lights up a network of 29 screens

$32 $23

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Susan B. Anthony Museum & House Visit for Two or Four (Up to 50% Off)

Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

B.E.S.T

Susan B. Anthony’s historic home and visitors center show the story of her lifelong struggle to gain equal rights for all

$20 $10

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5 or 10 Personal Training Sessions at Jazzercise Yonkers (Up to 76% Off)

Jazzercise Yonkers

Beech Hill

Trainers help clients achieve their fitness goals through coaching and instruction in proper workout form

$250 $89

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"Truffles": A New Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery Experience Through March 31 (Up to 40% Off)

TRUFFLES: A New Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery Experience

Ciacco's at the Barn & Bail Theater

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Gourmet cuisine tops tables on and off stage during a whodunnit centered on a stolen $30,000 truffle

$65 $39

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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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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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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 79% Off)

YogaSpa

Elmsford

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

$190 $44

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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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$20 for One Month of Any Dance Classes at Center Stage Dance Studio (Half Off)

Center Stage Dance Studio

Williamsville/Cheektowaga

Learn rhythms and steps of dances such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, or tap within 13,000 sq-ft facility overseen by professional instructors

$40 $20

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Tactical Shooting and Self Defense Course for One or Two at Israeli Tactical School (68% Off)

Israeli Tactical School

Mt. Vernon

Students learn to disarm attackers and receive an introduction to semi-automatic weaponry

$200 $69

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Private 30-Minute Horseback-Riding Lesson with Optional Two Group Lessons at Winter Glen Farm (Up to 50% Off)

Winter Glen Farm

Rotterdam

Beginner through advanced riders learn English-style riding techniques, whether they’re practicing for fun, fitness, or show

$45 $25

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FWE Pro-Wrestling Event on April 16, 17, or 18 (Up to 50% Off). Multiple Seating Options.

FWE: XX and Battle of Bridgewater

Multiple Locations

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The superstars of Family Entertainment Wrestling roll into Rochester and Bridgewater for three nights of fights

$20 $10

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One- or Three-Month Dance Class at DeNapoli's Dance Center (Up to 63% Off)

DeNapoli's Dance Center

Brentwood

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

Rockaway Beach

The American Princess sails from Riis Landing for an approximately 2.5 hour tour of the NY Harbor, Jamaica Bay, and Raritan Bay areas

$30 $18

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Cook, Eat, and Peer Into the Future with a Sicilian Chef-Psychic

Cooking Class with a Chef-Psychic

Bay Ridge & Fort Hamilton

Sicilian cook and psychic Kathleen Avino welcomes guests to her 19th century limestone for an evening of hearty food and psychic predictions

$49

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Westchester Knicks Basketball Game at Westchester County Center on January 30 or February 6 or 21 (Up to 40% Off)

Westchester Knicks

Westchester County Center

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The Knicks continue to dribble through their inaugural season during three home games, including a pair of match-ups against division rivals

$43.40 $33

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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 Months of Unlimited Karate for One or Two at Kempo Martial Arts Dojos (Up to 66% Off)

Kempo Martial Arts Dojos

Multiple Locations

Get fit while mastering the self-defense techniques and skill sets of karate across a two-month period in up to seven classes per week

$100 $35

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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

Multiple Locations

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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Six-Hour Winter Winery and Chocolate Factory Tour for One, Two, or Four from Niagara Fun Tours (Up to 70% Off)

Niagara Fun Tours

Multiple Locations

Tour buses shuttle guests to Palatine Hill Estates Winery and three others for tastings before ending at Chocolate F/X, a working factory.

C$89 C$36

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Four or Eight Introductory Group Saber-Fencing Classes at Beaches Sabre Club (Up to 63% Off)

Beaches Sabre Club

Troy

Instructors teach the fundamentals of saber fencing during all-inclusive group classes designed for students aged 6 or older

$75 $31

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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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One or Three 30-Minute Personal-Training Sessions with Fitness Assessment at World Gym (Up to 71% Off)

World Gym

West Babylon

Following a fitness assessment and body-fat analysis, instructors help clients develop personalized workout regimens

$45 $19

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Two-Hour Seal-Watching Tour for Two or Four from Captain Lou Fleet (Up to 53% Off)

Captain Lou Fleet

Nautical Mile

Boat offers both fishing tours and party cruises; seal-watching tours allow passengers views of seals in their natural habitat

$52 $25

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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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5 or 10 Martial-Arts Classes at Kickboxing Coram (Up to 87% Off)

Kickboxing Coram

Coram

Skilled instructors guide students of all levels through MMA, Jiu-Jitsu, and other techniques to improve strength, speed, and confidence

$90 $14

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10 Dance-Fitness Classes at Jazzercise East Meadow (72% Off)

Jazzercise East Meadow

East Meadow

From the merchant: Burn up to 600 calories in one fun and powerfully effective 60-minute total body workout.

$120 $34

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Five or Ten Classes with Optional Private Lesson at Militia Fight Academy (Up to 88% Off)

Militia Fight Academy

Valley Stream

Accomplished fighters & trainers teach Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, & mixed martial arts in group & private lessons

$165 $35

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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

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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6-Week Dance Camp for Ages 3–7, 8–12, or 10–17 at Danceworks (50% Off)

Danceworks

Congers

Students learn different dance skills based on their age, with the youngest learning baby ballet and the oldest learning theatrical dance

$450 $225

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Five or Ten Kickboxing Classes at Kickboxing East Elmhurst (Up to 88% 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 $13

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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

South Huntington

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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10 Boxing or Kickboxing Classes at TJD Kickboxing (61% Off)

Tjd Kickboxing

Oceanside

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

$75 $29

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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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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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Historic or Cocktail Cruise for Two or Four on the Chautauqua Belle (Up to 49% Off)

Chautauqua Belle

Multiple Locations

Knowledgeable guides tell tales of local history or bartenders whip up cocktails as a historic, open-air steamboat sails through calm waters

$40 $21

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One Hour of Karaoke with Food for Four or Eight People at K-HOUSE Karaoke Lounge & Suites (Up to 50% Off)

K-HOUSE Karaoke Lounge & Suites

Ithaca

Karaoke parties allow friends and family to have fun singing songs to eachother; chose from more than 100,000 in 15 languages

$53 $27

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Fang Shi Do Self-Defense Classes at Vforce Scientific Fighting Concepts (Up to 83% Off)

Vforce Scientific Fighting Concepts

Franklin Square

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

$125 $26

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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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Concealed-Handgun-Licensing Courses (NY, UT, FL & NH) by TV's Top Shots and PS&Ed at OCC (56% Off)

Public Safety and Education (PS&Ed)

Orange County Choppers

Contestants from the TV show Top Shot teach NY, UT, FL, and NH concealed handgun/pistol permit/license course

$40 $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

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

Shirley

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

$350 $149

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

Reva Rollerdrome

Auburn

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 logbook

$299.25 $99

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Two, Four, or Six Weeks of Boxing Boot-Camp Classes at Mantra Personal Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Mantra Personal Fitness

North Lindenhurst

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

$75 $26

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

Essence of Yoga Studio

Holbrook

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 53% Off)

Bayville Adventure Park

Bayville

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

$28 $15

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Train with Special Guests The Fray & Matt Nathanson on Friday, June 19 (Up to 56% Off)

Train

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

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Three-time Grammy winners Train (“Drops of Jupiter,” “Meet Virginia”) join forces with fellow heartfelt rockers The Fray and Matt Nathanson

$34 $15

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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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Two or Three Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Islip CrossFit (Up to 56% Off)

Islip CrossFit

Bay Shore

High-intensity CrossFit classes incorporate functional movements, such as pushing and pulling, into constantly changing workouts

$250 $115

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$149 for a Valentine's Day Luxe Hamptons Wine Country Tour for Two with Live Music from Hampton Luxury Liner ($370 Value)

Hampton Luxury Liner

Multiple Locations

Travel to three Long Island wineries for tastings and live jazz, rock, or blues aboard motorcoaches with reclining leather seats and WiFi

$370 $149

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One Ticket to a New York Islanders Game at Nassau Coliseum on February 3, 10, or 12 (Up to 60% Off)

New York Islanders

Nassau Coliseum

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Off to their best start in years, the first-place Islanders clash with the Panthers, Oilers, and Maple Leafs during February matchups

$62.80 $29

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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 56% Off)

Westchester Table Tennis Center

Pleasantville

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 $44

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Exotic Car Ride-Along or Driving Experience from Velocity Driving (Up to 67% Off). Four Options Available.

Velocity Driving

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Strap into a Lamborghini Gallardo, Nissan GTR, or other high-powered sports car and race around the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

$150 $49

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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 76% Off)

Baldwin Bowl

Baldwin

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

$54 $15

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5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes at Kickboxing Downtown Brooklyn (Up to 88% Off)

Kickboxing Downtown Brooklyn

Multiple Locations

Fast-paced kickboxing classes provide a full-body workout

$90 $14

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Kiteboarding Intro Group Class for One or Private Beginner Class for One or Two at Kite Club New York (Up to 37% Off)

Kite Club New York

Multiple Locations

Students learn to harness the wind with a kite and ride over snowy earth

$150 $95

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$85 for $155 Worth of Recording-Studio Rental — Z Recording Studio

Z Recording Studio

Peekskill

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

$155 $85

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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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Visit for Two or Four with Planetarium Show and Carousel Ride at Cradle of Aviation Museum (Up to 52% Off)

Cradle of Aviation Museum

East Garden City

Aviation museum harbors more than 75 aircraft and spacecraft, a planetarium & dome theater, and a restored historical carousel built in 1912

$42 $21

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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

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

$54 $15

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$39 for Sundays Are Made to Savor Wine Experience for Two at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery ($80 Value)

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

Medina

Pairs learn about the winery’s history and process as they sip varietals and nosh on gourmet snacks, including charcuterie and chocolate

$80 $39

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$25 for Two Private 30-Minute Music Lessons at Rock-N-Roll University ($60 Value)

Rock-N-Roll University

Hauppauge

Two private 30-minute lessons help build skills in rock-band and orchestra instruments

$60 $25

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One or Two Months of Martial-Arts Self-Defense Classes with a Uniform at Altamont Martial Arts (Up to 60% Off)

Altamont Martial Arts

Altamont

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 $28

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5 or 10 Class Package at Dance with Us (Up to 69% Off). Four Options Available.

Dance with Us

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach the tango, waltz, burlesque, or belling dancing with step-by-step instruction for all skill levels

$100 $35

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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

Brazil Bronze Glow Bar owner Sally Blenkey-Tchassova knows how difficult it can be to get pale skin to cooperate. She spent her childhood in England applying self-tanning creams to her naturally ivory skin, trying every formula and label she could in her ongoing quest to find the perfect, long-lasting solution. It wasn't until she moved to New York City and found a passion for the highly competitive??and very tan??world of ballroom dancing, that she gracefully stumbled upon the concept of airbrush tanning. From that moment on, she decided to learn everything she could about airbrushing, daring to dream about a world where every pale person could instantly transform herself into a Brazilian goddess whenever she pleased. However, her first attempts with highly perfumed, commercial-grade formulas left her feeling sick, so she took it upon herself to build a better bronze, eventually perfecting a 95% organic product, as well as a sculpted application designed to add subtle definition to curves, d?colletage, and the body's natural pinstriping.

According to New York magazine, Blenkey-Tchassova now divides her time between "the West Coast for celeb regulars and awards-season appointments" and the New York City salon, which has blossomed into an international operation recognized by numerous media outlets, including Allure magazine, which noted, "Her spray gun creates streak-free color that fades as evenly as the real thing." Salon technicians even travel to bring the airbrush experience to homes, offices, or subterranean doomsday bunkers, and further boost clients' self-confidence by planning flirty boudoir photo sessions.

580 Broadway
New York,
NY
US

Since 1861, the Buffalo Society of Natural Science has culled more than 700,000 specimens and artifacts from around the world. These treasures now reside in the Buffalo Museum of Science which opened its doors in 1929. The museum allows visitors to explore anthropology, paleontology, and zoology, with an emphasis on the Greater Niagara region.

Special exhibits inspire curiousity in guests by exploring the world around them through hands-on education. Nano, for example, explains the basics of nanoscience and the way it impacts our lives. Opened in March 2012, the Explore YOU health science studio teaches visitors about their own bodies as they study recent medical technologies that help keep the human race healthy. Our Marvelous Earth, on the other hand, focuses on geological phenomena, extreme weather, and alternative forms of energy via displays and interactive exhibits where guests will have a chance to experience tornado-force winds. The newest exhibit to explore is In Motion which motivates children to learn how things move by interacting with gravity machines, car races, and a fluid dynamics simulator. Elsewhere, Seymour (a 10-foot tall mastodon) and Stanley (a 16-foot long albertosaurus) give kids a glimpse of some really, really, really old bones. For a more relaxing experience, visitors can check out the National Geographic 3D Cinema presented by M&T Bank for rotating titles. During the next few years, the museum will continue to add new exhibits and improve others with interactive technologies.

1020 Humboldt Parkway
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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