Activities in Piedmont

$5 Buys You a Coupon for $30 Off Membership For New Members at Rocha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Rocha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Multiple Locations

For $5, receive a coupon for $30 off membership for new members

$30 $5

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 30% Off $100 Group Training ($70) For New Customers at Lightnings Boxing Club

Lightnings Boxing Club

East Peralta

For $5, receive a coupon for 30% off $100 group training ($70) for new customers

$30 $5

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for Buy 1 Class And Get 1 Free. Hatha Flow/Prenatal/Mom&Baby Yoga at Amelia's Yoga

Amelia's Yoga

Multiple Locations

For $5, receive a coupon for yoga

$5

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$25 for 10 Classes at Bikram Yoga College of India (Up to $100 Value)

Bikram Yoga College of India

Grand Lake

Bikram Choudhury protégé leads 90-minute yoga classes that explore 26 postures in heated room

$100 $25

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

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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"Funny Fun" Standup for Two or Four at Club 21 Through February 28, 2015 (Up to 55% Off)

"Funny Fun"

Club 21

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Comedian Dan Mires fills Thursday nights with headlining standups including David Gborie, Ngaio Bealum, and Kirk McHenry

$20 $10

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18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental at Lake Chabot Golf Course (Up to 48% Off)

Lake Chabot Golf Course

Chabot Park

Challenging 18-hole course gives golfers all they can handle—including gorgeous views of San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Bridge

$110 $59

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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

Multiple Locations

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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Two, Four, or Six 30-Minute Personal-Training Sessions at Trans4mation Fitness (Up to 60% Off)

Trans4mation Fitness

Coliseum North

A certified personal trainer helps create individualized workouts and nutrition plans customized to meet clients’ goals

$80 $39

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Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 47% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

$100 $55

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10- or 20- Class Pass or Three Private Training Sessions at Boxing for Health (Up to 80% Off)

Boxing for Health

Oakland

Boxing coaches teach footwork, combinations, and punches in a gym with a regulation sized ring and 14 heavy bags

$125 $29

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4, 6, or 12 Weeks of Unlimited Weekend Boot-Camp Classes at Anywhere Trainers (Up to 93% Off)

Anywhere Trainers

Oakland

Challenging 60-minute boot-camp classes take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings and improve core strength, balance, and agility

$232 $29

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$70 for $200 Worth of Tennis Lessons — Jensen Redondo Tennis Academy

Jensen Redondo Tennis Academy

Oakland

From the merchant: Red Ball Academy for children ages 10 and under; meets Mondays or Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

$200 $70

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Movie for Two with Popcorn and Beer or Wine at The New Parkway Theater (Up to 48% Off). Two Options Available.

The New Parkway Theater

Uptown

Viewers recline on cozy couches and love seats while enjoying popcorn, craft beer, and local wine while watching movies on the big screen

$29 $15

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6-Week Outdoor Boot Camp from FitFEAN

Fitfean

Oakland

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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10 or 20 Adult Martial-Arts Classes, Including Registration at Bay Area Martial Arts (Up to 89% Off)

Bay Area Martial Arts

Grand Lake

Students learn kung fu moves and train with rattan sticks during self-defense martial arts classes

$220 $24

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5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes from Luke Training Conditioning (Up to 60% Off)

Luke Training Conditioning

Oakland

Intense boot-camp classes keep exercisers engaged by mixing it up with team games and a sense of humor

$120 $49

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$59 for a One-Month Gym Membership and Two Personal-Training Sessions at Body Mechanix ($340 Value)

Body Mechanix

Multiple Locations

Unlimited one-month membership grants access to gym equipment and group classes; expert personal trainers offer one-one-one motivation

$340 $59

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8 or 16 Martial-Arts Classes at Kamiyo Dojo (Up to 68% Off)

Kamiyo Dojo

Oakland

Classes on traditional Japanese and Chinese martial arts teach techniques for grappling, striking, and joint locking

$120 $39

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$17 for One-Month Gym Membership with Unlimited Classes at Curves ($153 Value)

Curves

Multiple Locations

Curves workouts from Jillian Michaels are designed for women of all ages and help kick start weight loss in 30 minutes a day

$153 $17

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Group Training Classes with Option of Private Training at The Perfect Sidekick (Up to 77% Off)

The Perfect Sidekick

Oakland

Small groups of eight to ten people build muscle and burn off fat in a safe space

$149 $35

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Improv Show for 2 or 10, or Two or Four Intro to Improv Drop-In Classes at Pan Theater

Pan Theater

Downtown

Enjoy off-the-cuff entertainment at an improv show or take part in fun, no-commitment classes that bolster improvisation skills

$20 $9

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$26 for $50 Worth of Snowsports — Destination 1440

Destination 1440

Destination 1440

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

$50 $26

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$15 for a One-Hour Group Tennis Lesson (All Levels) from Denton Desquitado ($30 Value)

D2 Tennis

Mills College

USPTA-certified instructor and former D1 college player teaches tennis fundamentals during lessons at Mills College

$30 $15

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$33 for One Five-Week Boxing for Health Introductory Course at Kilatainment LLC ($75 Value)

Kilatainment LLC

Grand Lake

Participants learn the boxing fundamentals and incorporate the moves into cardio and strength-building exercises

$75 $33

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$54 for $120 Groupon — Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Grand Lake

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

$120 $54

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Two or Four Adult Tickets or One-Year Family Membership to Oakland Aviation Museum (50% Off)

Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland

Located on historic North Field, the museum features an array of aircraft, flight simulators, and the flying boat from Indiana Jones

$20 $10

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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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5 or 10 Turbo Boxing Classes at Emi TKB (Up to 59% Off)

Emi TKB

Laurel

Learn non-combative kickboxing techniques from seasoned instructors while growing stronger and more flexible

$60 $26

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$94 for Flight Lesson with Ground Training and 35-Minute Flight from Oakland Flyers ($230 Value)

Oakland Flyers

Oakland

Flight lesson includes ground and flight instruction from a professional pilot and a 35-minute flying session

$230 $94

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6 or 12 Boot-Camp Classes at 30 Day-Bootcamp (Up to 88% Off)

30 Day-Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

Instructors lead women-only and coed boot camps focused on fitness and self-defense

$130 $17

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5 or 10 Yoga or Pilates Classes at Brooklyn Academy Roots (Up to 69% Off)

Brooklyn Academy Roots

Produce and Waterfront

Yoga classes teach Vinyasa and Hatha styles to help strength, stretch, and relax bodies; Pilates classes focus on strengthening core

$65 $20

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Vegan Cooking Class for Two, or Raw Chocolate or Vegan Protein Class for One at Collard Gal (Up to 50% Off)

Collard Gal

Uptown

Learn to cook baked falafel and sun dried tomato pesto filled mushroom for dinner, or vegan brownie bites and chocolate mouse for dessert

$140 $79.25

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Lessons at U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu (Up to 73% Off)

U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu

Chinatown

Black-belt instructors train students in traditional Shaolin kung fu, with an emphasis on self-defense and self-discipline

$100 $30

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$26 for 10 Drop-In Classes at Monkey Yoga Shala ($150 Value)

Monkey Yoga Shala

Lakeshore

Yoga classes offered morning and evening

$150 $26

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$599 for a Two-Hour Yacht Charter for Up to Six with America Cup Charters (Up to $1,008 Value)

America Cup Charters

Multiple Locations

Chartered ride aboard one of three luxurious yachts, including a 38-foot ocean-class catamaran

$1,008 $599

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Four or Eight Barrelates™, Xbarre, or Torch Classes at PHYSIQA (Up to 56% Off)

PHYSIQA

Piedmont Avenue

Barrelates™ sessions blend cardio, barre, and Pilates; Torch burns calories with interval training; and Xbarre is a combination of both

$88 $39

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Two or Four Salsa Classes at Rueda Con Ritmo (Up to 62% Off)

Rueda Con Ritmo

In The Groove

Hour-long classes feature four different levels of Cuban-style salsa dancing

$26 $10

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5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes at Kinesthetic Exercise Sciences (75% Off)

Kinesthetic Exercise Sciences

Oakland

One-hour small-group boot camps burn calories and build lean muscle with high-intensity workouts

$100 $25

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$60 for $120 Worth of Boot Camp at Focused Fitness Solutions

Focused Fitness Solutions

Oakland

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

$120 $60

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Flight Tour from SF Air Tours (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

SF Air Tours

SF Air Tours

Enjoy views of landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Coast, Alcatraz Island, Sausalito, and Fisherman’s Warf day or night

$229 $115

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One-Month Gym Membership or 5 or 10 Classes at FLEX (Up to 66% Off)

FLEX

Piedmont Avenue

Well-rounded gym offers everything from yoga and boot camp classes to separate areas stocked with free weights and cardio equipment

$48.95 $24

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Open-Studio Admission, Art Party, or Facility Rental at The Museum of Children's Arts (Up to 36% Off)

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

Children experiment with mixed media during open studio or create a themed project during parties; 1,000-sq.-ft. space for memorable events

$14 $9

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One or Two Months of Saturday Boxing Boot Camp Classes at Phight Club (Up to 60% Off)

Phight Club

Oakland

Get in shape while learning how to box under expert coaches at gym renowned for producing professional fighters

$40 $18

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Three Personal-Training Sessions and a Dietary Consultation from Jameson Cassidy Personal Training (65% Off)

Jameson Cassidy Personal Training

Emeryville

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

$240 $84

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One or Three Pottery Classes at Play With Clay (50% Off)

Play With Clay

Emeryville

Pottery classes teach students of all ages and skill levels how to turn lumps of shapeless clay into exquisite decorative stoneware

$30 $15

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Three Personal-Training Sessions and a Dietary Consultation from famous physique (65% Off)

Famous Physique

Emeryville

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

$300 $105

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Badminton Session for Two or Four with Racket Rentals at Eastbay Badminton Association (Up to 58% Off)

Eastbay Badminton Association

Emeryville

Players serve and volley shuttlecocks on professional Robbins Flooring Systems courts with 11 millimeters of padding

$46 $22

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Six Training Sessions from Akoteu Fitness (45% Off)

Akoteu Fitness

Emeryville

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

$600 $330

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Impact Theatre's "The Dragon Play" for Two with Souvenir Glasses on November 13–December 14 (Up to 44% Off)

The Dragon Play

La Val's Subterranean

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This darkly whimsical tale weaves together stories about a struggling married couple and a boy in love with a 300-year-old dragon girl

$63 $35

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5 or 10 Drop-In Reformer Pilates, TRX, or Yoga Classes at Vibe Studio (Up to 70% Off)

Vibe Studio

Berkeley

Variety of reformer Pilate, yoga flow, and TRX classes offer plenty of workout styles that strengthen and lengthen the muscles

$125 $40

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for A Body Blast Class For Only $10 And 23% Off Of 4 Additional Classes at Training By Shola

Training By Shola

Elmwood

For $5, receive a coupon for fitness class

$5

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One or Three 60-Minute Private Yoga Sessions at Satya Bodyworks (Up to 61% Off)

Satya Bodyworks

Elmwood

Custom yoga poses and stretches strengthen the body and relax the mind

$75 $30

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$25 for a One-Month Gym Membership at Anytime Fitness ($64 Value)

Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness

Get in shape at the 24/7 gym

$64 $25

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$169 for a Day Sailing Cruise for Two from SailNOW ($390 Value)

SailNOW

North Bay

Expert skipper certified by US Sailing and ASA leads scenic day cruises around the bay

$390 $169

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Health Consultation with 8 or 16 Oxygen Therapy Sessions at Breathe Health Center and Services (Up to 79% Off)

Breathe Health Center and Services

Berkeley

Regular sessions of oxygen therapy infuse bodies with this vital element, helping to sustain life and heal

$415 $90

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$19 for 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Groove Yoga ($150 Value)

Groove Yoga

Berkeley

Instructors lead over 40 heated and non-heated yoga classes each week, open to all experience and ability levels

$150 $19

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1 Month of Unlimited WingChun Self-Defense Classes for 1, 2 at International Academy of WingChun (Up to 81% Off)

International Academy of WingChun

Multiple Locations

WingChun self-defense classes teach a system of strategies for overcoming an assailant, all while heightening physical fitness and awareness

$117 $25

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$39 for 10 Yoga Classes at YogaKula ($110 Value)

YogaKula

North Berkeley

Studio that incorporates a spa offers yoga classes with poses for beginners and those in need of a challenge

$110 $39

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for $5 Off Each Ticket For Up To 4 General Admission Tickets at Rhythmix Cultural Works

Rhythmix Cultural Works

Alameda

For $5, receive a coupon for $5 off each ticket for up to 4 general admission tickets

$20 $5

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10, 20, or 30 Yoga and Fitness Classes at Body Techniques (Up to 73% Off)

Body Techniques

Alameda

Certified and experienced teachers lead boot-camp, Zumba, yoga, and reiki/meditation classes

$120 $49

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Golf Outing for Two or Four or Five-Play Punch Card at Alameda Chuck Corica Golf Complex (Up to 52% Off)

Alameda Chuck Corica Golf Complex

Alameda

The nine-hole, par-3 golf course hosts singles, pairs, and groups of four; buckets of range balls included

$56 $29

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Five Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Leela Yoga (Up to 64% Off)

Leela Yoga

Alameda

Yoga classes in styles such as hatha align, vinyasa flow, and ashtanga, plus special sessions for seniors and expectant mothers

$70 $25

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3.5-Hour Sailing Lesson for Two or Four at Nautic Sailing School (Up to 50% Off)

Nautic Sailing School

Alameda

3.5-hour sailing lessons for two or four people on top-of-the-line sailboats, including instructions on safety and operations

$198 $99

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Admission to the Pacific Pinball Museum for One Adult or Two Adults and Two Children (Up to 53% Off)

Pacific Pinball Museum

Alameda

About 90 contemporary and vintage free-play pinball machines flex flippers as visitors peruse exhibits on the art and science of the game

$15 $7

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Up to 50% Off Dance Lesson — Halau Makana; Valid Monday - Thursday 5 PM - 8 PM

Halau Makana

Alameda

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

$20 $10

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4 Children's 30-Minute Swim Lesson with 1 Drop-In Family Swim Pass or 1-Month Family Swim Pass (Up to 67% Off)

AquaTech Swim School

Multiple Locations

Group children's lessons teach stroke techniques and water safety in a self-paced instruction

$85 $28

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4 or 8 Reformer Pilates Classes at Rise Chiropractic & Fitness (Up to 60% Off)

Rise Bodyworks

Alameda

Balanced Body Allegro 2 reformer machines help strengthen cores during one-hour classes

$112 $49

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Visit for Two or Four to the USS Hornet Museum (Up to 58% Off)

USS Hornet Museum

Alameda

Aircraft carrier that served in World War II and Apollo recovery holds four levels of ship quarters, exhibits, and panoramic views of bay

$40 $17

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Four Martial Arts Classes or Month of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Intensity Martial Arts (Up to 73% Off)

Intensity Martial Arts

Intensity Martial Arts

Learn focus and discipline during expert-taught Korean combat art Tae Kwon Do, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts classes

$69.50 $19

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One, Two, or Three Half Days of Kids' Winter-Break Sports Camp at Bay Area Youth Sports (52% Off)

Bay Area Youth Sports

Wilder Sports Fields

Kids can opt for a morning full of sports of their choice or fill days with an array of camp activities like mini golf

$25 $12

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6 or 12 Pilates Reformer Classes at Shape Shifters Pilates and Health Studio (Up to 63% Off)

Shape Shifters Pilates and Health Studio

Moraga

Pilates reformer machines focus on skeletal alignment and core muscle strength

$210 $84

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Vara Healing Arts (Up to 71% Off)

Vara Healing Arts

Albany

Eight different yoga classes focus on calming the mind and strengthening the body through various styles of movement

$105 $39.50

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$18 for Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two at Albany Bowl (Up to $30 Value)

Albany Bowl

Albany

36 gleaming lanes invite duos to bowl strikes then strike poses in rented shoes

$30 $18

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for $10 Off One Class Or 10% Off 3 Classes When You Book In Advance at All in a Jar

All in a Jar

Lafayette

For $5, receive a coupon for canning class

$5

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Learn About Wild Edible Plants with a Foraging Expert

Nature Tour with Foraging Expert

Lafayette Community Park

Kevin Feinstein leads walks through a half-acre of permaculture, teaching participants to identify edible flora such as berries and herbs

$31

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$40 for Four Children's Motor-Skills Classes at Pediatric Motor Playground ($157 Value)

Pediatric Motor Playground

Multiple Locations

Educational-fitness instructors develop motor skills, social skills, and handwriting with activities designed by occupational therapists

$157 $40

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One Month of Belly Dancing with One or Two Classes Per Week at Shimmy Dreams Belly Dance Studio (Up to 60% Off)

Shimmy Dreams Belly Dance Studio

Lafayette

Expert belly-dance instructor leads group in basic moves during calorie-burning classes; advanced classes available for experienced students

$54 $24

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One or Two Months of 30- or 60-Minute Private Lessons and Other Perks at Bradley School of Music (Up to 52% Off)

Bradley School of Music

Lafayette

Students of all ages learn to play the guitar, piano, drums, or other instruments in a supportive environment with an on-staff psychologist

$162.50 $79

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From the spectacular and grandiose?such as far-reaching telescopes that penetrate the cosmos and bring back crystal-clear views of the stars?to the most curious minutiae?think "space toilets" like those used by astronauts on the International Space Station?Chabot Space & Science Center captures the science, mystery, and grandeur of outer space in an interactive and educational setting.

The big picture comes courtesy of the observatory's three high-powered telescopes, which grant Chabot with its domed silhouette and provide visitors a privileged view of the stars during daytime and evening viewings. Things narrow in scope once you enter the museum, where interactive exhibits zero in on the smaller curiosities of space and Earth's relationship to it. The aforementioned space toilet is a part of the Beyond Blastoff exhibit, where spacesuits, space gear, and space food paint a picture of an astronaut's day-to-day life. One Giant Leap: A Moon Odyssey gives visitors another taste of space exploration, this time by putting them behind the controls of the original Mercury space capsule, then puts them face to face with a 3.3-billion-year-old moon rock collected during the Apollo 15 mission. Weather becomes more than something to curse at for canceling the ball game or flooding a meteorologist's basement once visitors enter Bill Nye's Climate Lab. There, kids tasked with saving the Earth from storms and melting ice sheets are too busy developing top-secret energy-saving devices to realize they might be learning something.

Chabot Space & Science Center also features shows such as LaserMania, a classic-rock-fueled spectacle where light and sound?a 360-degree cocoon of cutting-edge laser lights set to music by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and U2, specifically?team up for an explosive sensory experience.

10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland,
CA
US

In the 74 years between the Paramount Theatre's opening night, when people used to line up to see “talkies” for 50 cents, and 2002, when it was voted Best Mainstage Theatre in a Seattle Weekly Reader's Poll, the palatial venue faded and decayed alongside its Roaring Twenties brethren throughout America. Luckily, former Microsoft Vice President Ida Cole saved it from the rubble heap in the mid-‘90s when she established the Seattle Landmark Association and vowed to render the Paramount "kissable" once again.

Over the course of seven months, the renovation crew expanded the size of the stage wings to accommodate more ambitious live productions. They also cleared decades of grime from the french baroque plaster reliefs, uncovering long-forgotten designs and causing only one long-dormant horror to snap open its eyes dramatically. They also replaced the gold leaf in the floral designs of the wall medallions, repainted all the surfaces in their original 16 colors, and scrubbed each of the 1.6 million crystal beads in the chandelier by hand with a toothbrush. The original Knabe Ampico player piano was returned to its spot on the four-tiered lobby's lush carpeting, and a 21st-century sound system now shares sonic space with the thundering, luminous sonority of the Paramount's fully restored Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Though the Paramount's calendar runs the gamut from rock concerts to standup comedy to Broadway musicals on the scale of Wicked, its decadent Beaux Arts trappings transport audiences to the days when reality was still black and white.

2025 Broadway
Oakland,
CA
US

The next time you're on the roof of a five-story building, look down at the ground, and you'll get a rough idea of just how high people climb at Touchstone Climbing. The gym's seven locations feature lead walls that rise as high as 50 feet off the ground, though height isn't the only dimension that makes the space feel immense. Each spot has at least 11,000 square feet of climbing terrain, not to mention as much as 3,000 square feet of bouldering.

To prevent newcomers from feeling intimidated by the magnitude of the environment, the gym holds introductory classes. During these sessions, participants learn the basic techniques they'll need if they want to conquer the gym's crack systems and boulder problems. The classes are also an opportunity for students to scope out the terrain features at each location, such as Diablo Rock Gym's steep prow, which juts out crookedly like a thumbs up from a dizzy ballerina. While they're at it, the visitors might notice something else: the social nature of the gym. As the San Francisco Chronicle recounts, the fact that lead climbs require two people means that climbers are constantly asking around for new partners and chatting back and forth as they ascend.

Each location also boasts a weight room, cardio machines, and a studio space for everything from yoga to spinning to core classes.

520 20th Street
Oakland,
California
US

In the 1940’s, the Boeing School of Aeronautics hangar at Oakland International Airport’s North Field housed some of the company’s brightest aeronautical engineers. Their work produced several early Boeing planes, including the Thorp T-3 and T-5, both of which are now on display thanks to the hangar’s current resident, the Oakland Aviation Museum.

Most of the museum’s exhibits focus on celebrating local aviation history, such as The American Legion’s involvement in the Bay Area and the history of native Californian and Medal of Honor awardee General James “Jimmy” Doolittle. However, the museum’s collection of aircraft features a broader mix, including a replica of the Wright Brothers’ EX Vin Fiz, a TAV-8A Herrier that can take off and land vertically, and the Short Solent III flying boat that was used in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

More interactive sites include flight simulators, a kid’s area, a research library, and occasional Open Cockpit Days that let visitors climb into the cockpit of a real Korean fighter jet and turn the radio up really loud. The knowledgeable staff operates the museum with the goal of both educating visitors about aviation’s proud history on the West Coast and throughout the U.S., as well as to inspire visitors by linking aviation’s past to the future of aeronautical invention.

8252 Earhart Rd
Oakland,
CA
US

Measuring in at an imposing 673 yards, the 18th hole at Lake Chabot Golf Course seems, at first glance, like an act of course-design cruelty. There's a catch, though: it's a par 6. The extra stroke, combined with the hole's all-downhill orientation, turns the titanic track into a surprising birdie opportunity.

This final hole caps a breathtaking four-hole finishing sequence that rides the high ground, offering gorgeous vistas without sacrificing course play. At 259 yards, the 15th hole dazzles with tee-box views of San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Bridge, but its greatest gift to golfers is a high-risk chance to drive the green (pro tip: keep your driver in the bag; there's less room than you think).

Alongside the championship course, Lake Chabot unfurls a 9-hole, par-3 layout for golfers seeking a shorter round. Shaded by towering trees, the course arcs over the same elevation changes that shape its 18-hole counterpart. Before rounds at either layout, it's not a bad idea to warm up at the driving range and putting green. The Spanish-style clubhouse is also home to the Chabot Cafe, where guests can replenish and enjoy sandwiches artfully skewered with golf tees.

Championship Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 6,006 yards from the tips * Course rating of 69.5 from the tips * Slope rating of 124 from the tips * Three tee options available

11400 Golf Links Rd.
Oakland,
CA
US

After meeting and falling in love on a Venetian gondola ride, April Quinn and Angelino Sandri decided to bring that romantic experience to others with Gondola Servizio. Drawing from a mutual love for Venetian boating culture and history, they’ve assembled a staff of skilled gondoliers to lead intimate nautical cruises. On these excursions, personal gondoliers in traditional dress serenade passengers with lilting Italian melodies and half-remembered TV-sitcom themes. When not leading standard tours, gondoliers work with professional photographers to orchestrate on-water photo shoots.

Each gondola carries up to six passengers, and sandolos offer a smaller, though still traditional, boat alternative. Gondolas with felzes boast an on-deck cabin where guests sit sheltered from the elements on a love seat behind etched glass windows. A flexible schedule allows significant others to arrange lunchtime jaunts around Lake Merritt or romantic evening cruises beneath the moon’s jealous gaze. While on land, visitors can enter the Bottega Veneziana gift shop inside the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, which abounds with locally handcrafted jewelry as well as imported shawls, Venetian chandeliers, and the fossilized remains of the first known cannoli.

1520 Lakeside Drive
Oakland,
CA
US

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