Capoeira, an African-Brazilian art form, combines dance, martial arts, music, and acrobatics. All of these elements come together in a circle known as a roda, where capoeira's participants perform improvised movements. Omulu Capoeira Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization, welcomes all types of students into its roda, regardless of age or fitness level. By teaching capoeira, instructors help their students lose weight and build strength, in addition to learning to play musical instruments and sing traditional songs in Portuguese.
Conveniently frozen inside the Peninsula Mall, Palos Verdes Ice Chalet opens its frosty flatland to recreational skaters, figure skaters, and hockey players of all ages. During daily public-skating sessions, guests slide into a pair of skates before gliding onto the ice, where cool breezes brush past cheeks and offer refreshing reprieve from heat waves and baseball caps made of lit firecrackers. As families, friends, and couples coast across the arctic tundra, the facility's speakers pump out energizing jams to inflate each outing with an extra dose of cheer. Between rounds of public skating, the rink also throws birthday parties, hosts hockey leagues, and holds hockey and figure-skating lessons, some of which are led by coaches with international experience.
At Starlight Cinemas, cinephiles can get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities without worrying about security guards or the electric force field that keeps Ralph Macchio from aging. Two movie tickets grant you and a companion access to any 2-D or 3-D movie (subject to availability), projected in pristine HD digital in every auditorium. A large tub of popcorn fuels buttery snacking during trailers, and a free refill ensures patrons have snacks to eat during the feature or to toss over their shoulder during startling horror scenes. Though not valid with this Groupon, each theater is equipped with full concessions should you feel the urge for sodas, candy, or other popular cine-fare. Check Starlight Cinemas’ individual websites for current listings and showtimes.
The team of knowledgeable trainers at Coreology Fitness sculpts bodies with a bevy of group classes designed to tone muscles and bolster endurance. Memberships to the studio grant access to any of the 45- to 60-minute sweat sessions. Boot-camp classes sling bodies through alternating intervals of cardio and strength training, fusing exercises from various fitness philosophies to build up burly frustration in muscles forced to constantly guess their next move. The studio’s exclusive Megaformer Pilates group class implements versatile Megaformer machines, which present a multitude of exercise possibilities and can be adjusted to accommodate any fitness level.
What makes it great: named one of the state’s top public courses; located atop coarse seaside bluffs, so every hole has gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean; three different places to dine within the clubhouse; an hour’s drive from downtown LA