Things To Do In Phoenix

$14 for $26 Worth of Small Plates and Drinks at twenty6 lounge

twenty6 lounge

Desert Ridge

Small plates such as cured meats plate with ham, coppa, borsellino salami, mole salami, chipotle bacon jam plus beer, wine, and cocktails

$26 $14

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Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" at Ethington Theatre on February 6–15 (Up to 50% Off)

Grand Canyon University

Ethington Theatre

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Shakespeare’s famous tragedy about warring families and the young lovers who prove to be the real casualties

$24 $12

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$170 for a Hot-Air-Balloon Ride with Breakfast and Drinks from Arizona Hot Air Balloon Rides ($325 Value)

Arizona Hot Air Balloon Rides

Phoenix

Fly over the Sonoran Desert at sunrise, then enjoy a gourmet breakfast with mimosas

$325 $170

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$13 for Turf Paradise: Trackside Package for Two with Grandstand Seating, Snacks, and Program ($26.50 Value)

Turf Paradise

Turf Paradise

Watch the race trackside as racers compete for prizes during this historic facility’s 59th season

$26.50 $13

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One-Day Hot Air Balloon Festival for Two or Four from Arizona Balloon Classic on January 23–25, 2015 (50% Off)

Arizona Balloon Classic

Phoenix

Guests experience all aspects of hot air balloon culture during festival with morning races, tethered rides, fireworks, and exhibits

$30 $15

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$44 for a Racing Package with Four Races and Two Yearly Licenses at K1 Speed (Up to $91.96 Value)

K1 Speed

Phoenix

Eco-friendly electric karts; speeds up to 45 mph; karts for kids and adults; collection of racing memorabilia on display

$91.96 $44

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Round of Golf for Two or Four Including a Cart at Villa de Paz Golf Club (Up to 41% Off)

Villa de Paz Golf Club

Villa De Paz

Ponds and streams loom on the edges of 10 holes at 6,641-yard parkland course that plays to a player-friendly par 72

$58 $35

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Admission for Two or Four to The Maricopa County Home & Garden Show (45% Off)

Maricopa County Home & Garden Show

Arizona State Fairgrounds

More than 1,000 home improvement, landscaping, and design experts gather to help folks out with their projects

$10 $5.50

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One-Day Visit with Print for One or Two at Amazing Arizona Comic Con (Up to 67% Off). Five Options Available.

Amazing Arizona Comic Con

Phoenix Convention Center, in Halls F&G

Meet the comic creators behind series like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teen Titans, and Death of Wolverine

$49.99 $17

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The Love Festival with DJ Dan at The Pressroom on Saturday, January 17 (Up to 59% Off)

The Love Festival w/ DJ Dan

The Pressroom

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Two stages host house DJs including DJ Dan, DJ Reza, Eddie Amador, Tranzit, and Chris Garcia

$60.76 $25

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“You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!” at Herberger Theater Center on December 24–January 18 (Up to 36% Off)

"You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!"

Herberger Theater Center

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Adapted from a joint memoir by married comedians, dueling monologues vie for their version of a decade together

$46.50 $32.55

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60- or 90-Minute Guided-Horseback Trail Ride from High Mountain Trail Rides (49% Off)

HIGH MOUNTAIN TRAIL RIDES

Phoenix

Wrangler with more than 10 years’ experience leads riders through Arizona’s cliffs and rivers, with trails and regions varying by season

$49 $25

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$24 for Beer Tasting Flight, Plus Souvenir Growler at The Phoenix Ale Brewery ($40 Value)

The Phoenix Ale Brewery

Central City

The Phoenix Ale Brewery churns out fresh ales and wheat beers in a wide range of unfiltered flavors for extra taste and texture

$40 $24

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One or Two Groupons, Each Good for Six Months of Discounted Golfing from Player's Pass (Up to 60% Off)

Player's Pass

Phoenix

Pass grants discounts to more than 2,000 golf courses locally and nationwide, including top links in your area

$48 $19

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$10 for $28 Worth of Dance Lessons — Arizona School of Classical Ballet

Arizona School Of Classical Ballet

Phoenix

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

$28 $10

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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

Paradise Valley

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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Comedy Show for Two, Four, or Eight at Chaos Comedy Improv at the Dearing Acting Studio (Up to 59% Off)

Chaos Comedy Improv

Dearing Acting Studio

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Family-friendly comedy troupe showcases improvisational talent in weekly, unscripted shows

$24 $15

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$199 for a Beginner Modeling 101 Program for Children and Adults from SkyyFire Productions ($500 value)

SkyyFire Productions

Downtown Phoenix

Beginner modeling class teaches students how to complete photo shoots, runway walks, and portfolios

$500 $199

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One or Three Months of Fitness Classes, or One Month of Dance Classes at Evolve Dance & Fitness (Up to 56% Off)

Evolve Dance & Fitness

Phoenix

Folks build lean muscle and flexibility in yoga or barre classes, or learn grace and the foundations of movement in dance sessions

$40 $18

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It's hard to say which is more distinctive: the karts zipping around Octane Raceway or the track itself. During each lap on the 1/3-mile course, drivers zoom through an indoor area, then weave around an outdoor section that's covered by a permanent steel canopy, making for a hybrid experience rarely found in American go-kart tracks not owned by bored supervillains.

An equally rare find in the U.S. is the raceway's fleet of 32 Sodi RTX karts, all imported from France, whose electric motors give off zero emissions while reaching speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Drivers who can stay in control at these top speeds are in for success: the winner of each race is determined not by who finishes a given number of laps first, but by who puts up the fastest single lap time, a result that's posted both at the track and online for posterity.

Races take place in a 65,000-square-foot space that doubles as a gathering place for parties and corporate events for up to 500 attendees. In addition to racing, the raceway is also home to off-track activities that include shooting pool in the billiards room, scaling a 21-foot rock-climbing wall, and melting burgers and pizza into rocket fuel at the Trackside Bar and Grill.

9119 E Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale,
AZ
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Step beneath the domed, packed-mud ceiling of a traditional Navajo family dwelling. Weave a Yavapi burden basket. Explore a secluded garden filled with bronze sculptures of women in prayer. By immersing visitors in Native American artifacts and artworks, the Heard Museum's exhibits strive to illuminate the cultural legacy of Arizona’s indigenous peoples. The collections emphasize first-person accounts of Native cultures, not only through artwork, but also in interviews with Native Americans, portraits by Navajo photographers, and monthly lectures. In addition to showcasing historical artifacts, the Heard Museum exhibits contemporary American Indian artwork. Like a ballerina trapped on a carousel, exhibits rotate often, and have included collections of Native American bolo ties, Hopi pottery, and 20th-century paintings depicting Native ceremony. Passing on cultural traditions to future generations, the staff educates children with tours, and brings Native American presentations and curricula to area schools.

2301 North Central Avenue
Phoenix,
AZ
US

It begins with a flurry of activity. Balloon operators prepare for lift-off, checking equipment and tossing ropes as spectators wander the grounds, observing the action. And then it reaches a new level: dozens of balloons take flight at once, filling the crisp January dawn sky with brilliant blues, purples, oranges, and reds that rival the colors around them. The Arizona Balloon Classic's orbs then set off on an aerial hare-and-hound race, drawing cheers from below as onlookers snap pictures.

For one weekend each year, visitors gather on the grounds to snap pictures and watch the balloons inflate and lift-off outside the Fear Farm Entertainment & Sports Complex for the Classic??a three-day festival celebrating hot-air balloon flight and culture. But the fun doesn't end with the descent to earth. After sunset the tethered balloons begin to glow, lighting up for the DESERT GLOWS portion of the festivities. Attendees browse exhibits and feast on treats from a variety of vendors, and children play in the Family Fun Zone. Last, on Saturday evening, sparks give balloons a run for their money, springing through the sky in a stunning fireworks display.

2209 North 99th Avenue
Phoenix,
AZ
US

Ben Chen has experienced his share of success in his nearly 30-year photography career?his work has been published in such publications as Cosmopolitan, The Los Angeles Times, and ESPN Magazine, and he has lent his expertise to some of the nation's largest corporations, including Procter & Gamble and The American Red Cross. In 2006, the photographer began to notice that more and more novices were purchasing complex DSLR cameras, and that gave him an idea. Chen decided to share his wealth of knowledge with aspiring photographers by creating the 4-Hour Newbie Photography Boot Camp, which teaches students how to shoot manually with their DSLRs and create artistic, professional-quality photos. Since then, more than 5,000 students in 20 cities throughout the country have benefited from these classes. In 2013, he acquiesced to student demand and created Part II of the class, which goes beyond photography basics by diving into post-production techniques. Nowadays, students can take both Part I and Part II in the same day, helping them go from student to master in less time than most action-movie montages.

2577 West Greenway Road
Phoenix,
AZ
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In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old–12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.

Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.

4848 E. Cactus Road, Ste. 510
Scottsdale,
AZ
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At Casey's SportsWorld, the owners stripped down the ice from an outdoor hockey rink, replaced it with multipurpose, artificial turf, and retained the oval's lights and bleachers to create an outdoor arena that hosts games of soccer, flag football, kickball, and monthly dodge-ball tournaments. Casey's baseball and softball batting cages differ from most in that players can swing for a 200-foot home-run fence while batting from one of three slow-pitch softball cages or seven baseball cages, which sling pitches as fast as 80 miles per hour and feature an arm-style mechanism that emulates human pitchers or talented robots with soup-ladle arms.

Designed to honor a legendary species named the Marsh-wiggle, Casey's SportsWorld's mini-golf course boasts its own brand of folklore. As guests attempt to sink testy putts or manipulate their opponents' scorecard, they can speculate about the origin of the Volkswagen Beetle that is half-embedded into the ground, which denizens of Casey's SportsWorld believe squished the last remaining Marsh-wiggle.

3947 E Union Hills Dr
Phoenix,
AZ
US