Things To Do in Rhode Island


Bring Your Own Improv for 2, 4, or 10 at the Warwick Museum of Art, Fridays Through November 27, 2015 (Up to 38% Off)

Bring Your Own Improv

Warwick Museum of Art

Family-friendly show brings audience volunteers onstage to improvise alongside regular cast

$16 $12

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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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One or Three Months of Youth Aikido Classes at Aikido Framingham Aikikai (Up to 65% Off)

Aikido Framingham Aikikai

Multiple Locations

Students learn Aikido basics in classes focused on safety, fun, and character development

$135 $49

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Standup Comedy with Drinks at Comedy Connection (Up to 50% Off)

Comedy Connection

Comedy Connection

Award-winning comedy club hosts local and nationally touring talents

$44 $22

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5 or 10 Drop-In Fitness Classes with T-Shirt at Rondeau's Kickboxing (Up to 71% Off)

Rondeau's Kickboxing

Multiple Locations

Classes such as yoga and fitness kickboxing, which focuses on real boxing moves while working the abs

$95 $29

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One or Three Months of Adult or Children's Jiu Jitsu Classes at Yang Ki Yin School of Jiu Jitsu (Up to 61% Off)

Yang Ki Yin School of Jiu Jitsu

Yang Ki Yin School of Jiu Jitsu

Students develop self-defense skills and discipline in adult or kids' Jiu Jitsu classes at Rhode Island's oldest martial-arts school

$75 $35

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

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

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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Admission for Two or Four to The Original Wedding Expo on April 12, 2015 (50% Off)

The Original Wedding Expo

Twin River Event Center

Wedding expo unites future newlyweds with 65+ bridal merchants presenting gowns, photographers, florists, and bakers

$24 $12

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One or Two Months of Traditional Okinawan Karate Classes at ShoDan Karate (Up to 83% Off)

ShoDan Karate

West Warwick

Senseis teach traditional Okinawan martial arts while keeping class sizes small for plenty of one-on-one instruction

$120 $25

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Brewery Tour and Tasting with Souvenir Glasses for Two or Four at Whalers Brewing Company (38% Off)

Whalers Brewing Company

South Kingstown

Brewmasters at the laid-back brewery teach patrons about their beer-making process during tours with tastings

$16 $10

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Individual or Family Membership, or Members of the Garrison Membership to Fort Adams Trust (Up to 50% Off)

Fort Adams Trust

FORT ADAMS STATE PARK

Tour the ramparts and underground tunnels in a military fort that was built in 1799 and played an instrumental part in the War of 1812

$25 $15

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$35 for $70 Worth of Services at Fitness Workshops

Fitness Workshops

Bristol

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

$70 $35

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One-Hour Rock Climbing Lesson with Day Passes for Two or Four at Ocean State Rock Climbing (Up to 72% Off)

Ocean State Rock Climbing

Ocean State Rock Climbing

Learn the basics of climbing with a one-hour class, then explore an indoor rock-climbing playground for a whole day

$50 $16

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Rock Climbing with Gear Rental at Rock Spot Climbing (56% Off)

Rock Spot Climbing

Readville Boston-Dedham

Dual climbing facilities sprawl with challenging top-rope, lead-climbing, and bouldering routes

$50 $22

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Two Private Horseback-Riding Lessons or Five Private Kids' Lessons at Hunter Ridge (Up to 71% Off)

Hunter Ridge

Ashaway

Lessons with instructor of 25 years instills the value of hard work and good horsemanship in both children and adults

$120 $36

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Visit for Up to 2, 4, or 15 People to The Butterfly Zoo (Up to 70% Off) 

Newport Butterfly Farm

Tiverton

A perfect educational experience for kids, an enclosed greenhouse features native species and butterflies from the tropics

$20 $11

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Admission for One or Two to a Painting Party from uPaint Events (Up to 44% Off)

uPaint Events

Multiple Locations

Participants use included supplies to create their own works of art

$35 $21

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Beginner or Experienced CrossFit Class Package with Gym Access Key at AutoBox CrossFit (Up to 75% Off)

AutoBox CrossFit

Barrington

Passionate coaches help students achieve fitness goals via intensive and varied CrossFit exercises rooted in functional movements

$240 $59

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Kayak or Paddleboard Rental for One or Four, or Season Pass at Rhode Island Paddle Sports (Up to 54% Off)

Rhode Island Paddle Sports

Rhode Island Paddle Sports

Two-hour kayak or standup-paddleboard rental, or pass providing rental time for the entire season

$25 $12

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10 Cardio-Kickboxing Classes or One Month of Unlimited Cardio-Kickboxing Classes at USA Karate (Up to 61% Off)

USA Karate

Lincoln

High-intensity classes with 10–25 pupils teach kickboxing tenets while torching calories

$30.60 $14.99

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$58 for $130 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Kodokai

Kodokai

North Smithfield

From the merchant: Learn practical self-defense skills and get in great shape!

$130 $58

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5 or 10 30-Minute Group Horseback-Riding Lessons at J.L.M. Equestrian (Up to 66% Off)

J.L.M. Equestrian

J.L.M. Equestrian

Friendly steeds welcome riders to climb aboard for safe, supervised instruction and rides at a picturesque, tree-lined farm

$175 $69

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$18 for a Regular-Season Providence Bruins Hockey Game at Dunkin' Donuts Center (Up to $38 Value)

Providence Bruins

Dunkin' Donuts Center

The P-Bruins continue their pursuit of another postseason berth during weekend home games against AHL foes

$38 $18

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6 or 10 Dance Lessons at The Dancing Feeling (Up to 69% Off)

The Dancing Feeling

Warwick

Sessions teach the basics by encouraging dancing in a relaxed, social environment

$150 $49

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$22 for $40 Worth of Range Balls, Mini Golf, and Batting Cages at Mulligan's Island Golf & Entertainment

Mulligan's Island Golf & Entertainment

Mulligan's Island Golf & Entertainment Center

Nationally recognized driving range with 11 acres of hitting area, 10 batting cages with adjustable ball speeds & 36 holes of mini golf

$40 $22

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Two Weeks of Unlimited Group Fitness Training for One or Two at Designs in Motion (Up to 86% Off)

Designs in Motion

Rhode Island

Classes blend metabolic fusion workouts, fitness boxing, and TRX suspension training

$124.50 $25

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One Month of Karate Classes for Kids or Adults at Family Karate Center (Up to 67% Off). Three Options Available.

Family Karate Center

Multiple Locations

Students of all ages and skill levels benefit from the physical and mental training of martial arts instruction; options include a uniform

$105 $45

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Short-Game and Full-Swing Lessons from Kevin Ballato - Golf Instructor (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Kevin Ballato - Golf Instructor

Kevin Ballato - Golf Instructor

Golf instructor helps players develop their driving, pitching, and chipping skills during private lessons

$140 $69

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One Month of Boot-Camp or Personal-Training Sessions at Athletes Equation (Up to 75% Off)

Athletes Equation

Cumberland

Clients spend one month getting in shape with intensive boot-camp classes or personalized workout sessions with a trainer

$159 $39

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6 or 12 Yoga Classes at Derderian Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 54% Off)

Derderian Academy of Martial Arts

Johnston

Relaxing yoga classes incorporate a series of poses that use gentle stretching to revitalize and energize the entire body

$60 $29

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5 or 10 Cardio Kickboxing Classes or One Month of Martial Arts Classes at World Martial Arts (Up to 71% Off)

World Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Cardio kickboxing sessions help exercisers get in shape while learning basic self-defense techniques; taekwondo and karate classes available

$80 $24

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5 or 10 Kids Boxing Classes or One-Month Unlimited at Manfredo Boxing Sports Fitness (Up to 70% Off)

Manfredo Boxing Sports Fitness

Narragansett

Instructor aims to instill confidence and discipline as students condition themselves to learn the art of self defense

$75 $25

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Parasail Ride for Two at Island Style Parasail (Up to 46% Off). Two Options Available.

Island Style Parasail

Island Style Parasail

Parasailers reach heights of up to 500 feet above Narragansett Bay, taking in views of the Newport coastline during 10 minutes of flight

$158 $85

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Four or Six Weeks of Krav Maga Self-Defense Classes at Bristol Self Defense (Up to 70% Off)

Bristol Self Defense

Bristol

Students learn practical self-defense skills in intensive krav maga classes

$160 $49

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$49 for $89 Worth of Services at Rhode to Fitness

Rhode To Fitness

Smithfield

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

$89 $49

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5 or 10 Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Body Rock (Up to 61% Off)

Body Rock

Lincoln

Chisel muscles in Total Body Toning classes, torch calories in Body Blast circuit classes, or sculpt backsides in Build a Booty classes

$60 $29

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5, 10 or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Studio 4 Yoga Reiki Wellness (Up to 53% Off)

Studio 4 Yoga Reiki Wellness

Studio 4 Yoga Reiki Wellness

Yoga instructors help students relieve tension, gain flexibility and achieve deeper mind-body connections during a range of classes

$60 $30

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Three-Hour Paint Party for One or Two at Charlie Hall's Drink and Dabble (38% Off)

Charlie Hall's Drink and Dabble

Multiple Locations

RISD graduate and team teach students to recreate painting inside local restaurants where they can order food and beverages

$40 $25

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Two or Four 60-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Newport Equestrian (Up to 64% Off)

Newport Equestrian

Middletown

A mother-daughter instructional team teaches different riding styles and care methods during lessons for all levels of experience

$120 $49

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$45 for $90 Worth of Services at Sunflower Meadows Equestrian

Sunflower Equine

Seekonk

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

$90 $45

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One or Four 2-Hour Paddleboard or Kayak Rentals at East Coast Paddle Sports (Up to 52% Off)

East Coast Paddle Sports

East Coast Paddle Sports

Explore the coves and inlets of Narragansett Bay aboard a standup paddleboard or kayak

$24 $12

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Unlimited Classes or a Birthday Party at Mastery Martial Arts (Up to 82% Off). Five Options Available.

Mastery Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Students learn not just techniques for self-defense, but also core lessons about respect, discipline, and the power of a positive attitude

$165 $39

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One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes or 10 Classes at Boiler House Bikram Yoga (Up to 71% Off)

Boiler House Bikram Yoga

Olneyville

Certified instructors guide students through 26 poses inside a heated studio with antimicrobial floors

$135 $39

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$49 for $109 Worth of Fitness Classes at New Wave Self Defense

New Wave Self Defense

Warwick

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

$109 $49

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Five or Ten Kickboxing Classes with Personal-Training Session and Boxing Gloves at AtomicKickboxing.com (Up to 90% Off)

Atomic Kickboxing

Cranston

Shed fat, tone the body, relieve stress, and learn effective self-defense techniques through fitness-centric kickboxing classes

$301 $29

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

Kickboxing Hudson

Multiple Locations

Kickboxing classes combine a high-intensity cardio workout with martial-arts training

$90 $15

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to the Museum of Work and Culture (Up to 67% Off)

Museum of Work and Culture

Woonsocket

Nine walk-through exhibits share the stories of the immigrants who traveled to Rhode Island in the late 19th century in search of prosperity

$16 $7

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$40 for $80 Worth of Martial Arts — Golden Tiger Shotokan Karate Club

Golden Tiger Shotokan Karate Club

Coventry

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

$80 $40

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One Month of Unlimited Introductory Classes with Uniform for One or Two at Kensho-Ryu Karate (Up to 51% Off)

Kensho-Ryu Karate

Cumberland

Family-friendly dojo's black-belt senseis help students of all ages develop mental and physical discipline in introductory karate classes

$50 $25

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Two or Six Months of Classes for Kids or Adults at RI Self-Defense Center (Up to 61% Off)

RI Self-Defense Center

Johnston

Kids and adults learn self-defense techniques and discipline under the instruction of certified teachers

$180 $85

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Introductory CrossFit Package or One Month of Unlimited Classes for Two at CrossFit Banana (Up to 70% Off)

CrossFit Banana

West Warwick

Beginners ease into CrossFit with intro packages that include On Ramp classes where they learn the moves before tackling regular classes

$180 $59

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$25 for Two Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Up to Four at Kingstown Bowl in North Kingstown (Up to $55 Value)

Kingstown Bowl

North Kingstown

Automatic scoring systems record each roll, and complimentary bumpers and light balls cater to kids

$55 $25

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45-Minute Musical Instrument Lesson at Guitar Instruction with John Monllos (45% Off)

Guitar Instruction With John Monllos

Newport

Instructor teaches all levels of guitar; with 30 years experience, instructor will teach you the right way

$73 $40

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$30 for Eight Drop-In Fitness and Spin Classes at Fitness Fusion ($96 Value)

Fitness Fusion

Bristol

Barre, Yoga, and TRX, and spin classes give guests an array of options for getting into shape

$96 $30

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One, Three, or Six Months of Fitness Classes at RI Fitness & Martial Arts (Up to 74% Off)

RI Fitness & Martial Arts

Smithfield

Students build strength and self-confidence in an array of fitness classes such as kickboxing and boot camp

$125 $35

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Amped Music School (Up to 65% Off)

Amped Music School

Wyoming

Instructors teach guitar, piano, drums, or vocals in one-on-one lessons

$40 $16

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$58 for $106 Worth of Martial Arts — East Bay Martial Arts

East Bay Martial Arts

Portsmouth

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

$106 $58

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at Able Mind & Body (Up to 53% Off)

Able Mind & Body

Newport East

Classes ranging from barre and cardio dance to TRX full body and cardio abs keep exercisers sweating and feeling good about themselves

$100 $49

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$59 for Three 45-Minute In-Studio Piano Lessons at New England Studio of Music ($135 Value)

New England Studio of Music

Multiple Locations

Lessons based in classical training for pianists of all ages and experience levels

$135 $59

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Wine Tasting and Take-Home Logo Glasses for Two or Four at Leyden Farm & Winery (50% Off) 

Leyden Farm & Winery

Leydens Tree Farm

Christmas-tree family farm offers crisp green-apple-infused white wine; watermelon blush wine; and smooth, complex merlot

$26 $13

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60-Minute Lessons with Video Analysis at The Learning Center at Triggs Memorial Golf Course (Up to 53% Off)

The Learning Center at Triggs Memorial Golf Course

Triggs Memorial Golf Course

Players hone swings, short game, and course strategy under the tutelage of PGA Director of Instruction Bob Tramonti

$290 $139

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Five or One Month of Unlimited Kickboxing Classes at State of the Arts Karate & Wellness Center (Up to 51% Off)

State of the Arts Karate and Wellness Center

Warwick

Instructors lead children and adults in kickboxing techniques, while also instilling values such as respect and self-confidence

$50 $25

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Two-Week Introductory Course and Two Weeks of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Ocean State CrossFit (80% Off)

Ocean State CrossFit

Multiple Locations

Intense 45-minute workouts prep students for all physical activities through a mix of functional-movement exercises and equipment

$215 $43

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Four Dance Classes from Swing Salon (45% Off)

Swing Salon

Swing Salon

From the merchant: We are offering a four-pack of drop-in lessons and open dancing. All lessons are open to any skill level.

$40 $22

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A Month Unlimited or 10 Little Dragons or Karate Kid Group Classes at Bellingham Family Karate (Up to 74% Off)

Bellingham Family Karate

Bellingham

Martial-arts aims to teach disciple and self-esteem as students focus on the study of self-defense

$79 $22

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3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Ed Oakleys TOK Karate (45% Off)

Ed Oakleys Tok Karate

Coventry

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

$417 $229

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5 or 10 Drop-In Classes at Rhode Island Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Rhode Island Fitness

Johnston

Fitness classes include bootcamp, cross-training circuit, and obstacle course training

$100 $29

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$22 for $40 Worth of Services at Pursuit of Athletic Perfection

Rhode Island Soccer School

Narragansett

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

$40 $22

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$18 for 10 Carousel Rides and Five Parking Passes at Easton's Beach ($70 Value)

Easton's Beach

Easton Beach

Kids can frolic on a playground and a charming 1950s carousel

$70 $18

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Five Yoga Classes from Victorious Breath Yoga Studio (44% Off)

Victorious Breath Yoga Studio

Bristol

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

$50 $28

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Five or Ten Core Fitness and Conditioning Classes at USA Karate (Up to 53% Off)

Budo Core Fitness at USA Karate

Smithfield

Core fitness and conditioning classes help clients strengthen and tone their bodies with strength training-inspired fitness techniques

$75 $35

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Four or Six Weeks of Unlimited Kickboxing at Kiefer's Martial Arts (Up to 75% Off)

Kiefer's Martial Arts

Westerly

Instructors aim to motivate students to build stamina and muscle tone while learning Muay Thai kickboxing

$59 $15

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30- or 60-Minute Private Horseback-Riding Lessons at Reevedale Farm (Up to 67% Off)

Reevedale Farm

Middleborough

Students of all skills and ages learn horseback-riding techniques from seasoned instructors

$50 $17

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Two-Hour Drawing Class at Victoria Pavlov (50% Off)

Victoria Pavlov, Llc

Providence

From the merchant: This is ONLINE 1:1 DIGITAL PAINTING with Adobe Photoshop class. Flexible scheduler.

$175 $88

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5 or 10 Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Fitness Adventure (Up to 62% Off)

Fitness Adventure

Warwick

Fitness Adventure offers classes such as power yoga, cardio kickboxing, weight training, and outdoor boot camp

$50 $19

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10 Yoga Classes or Four Private Yoga Lessons with Cinthya at Esquea Yoga Therapy & Fitness (Up to 66% Off)

Esquea Yoga Therapy & Fitness

Cranston

10 yoga classes or four private sessions with studio owner helps relieve stress and improve flexibility and conditioning

$150 $59

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

Kickboxing Pawtucket

Multiple Locations

Students kick and punch their way through self-defense techniques in kickboxing classes

$90 $15

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Three-Month Membership and a Two-Hour Class for One or Two at The Frolicking Goddess Craft Studio (Up to 55% Off)

The Frolicking Goddess Craft Studio

Woonsocket

Handcraft a one-of-kind item during classes at this craft studio, which teaches knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, and jewelry making

$120 $59

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High or Extreme Paintball Package for Two or Four at Matt's Outback Paintball (Up to 52% Off)

Matt's Outback Paintball

Matt's Outback Paintball

Armed with Vibe, Etha, or Axe paintball markers, teams battle it out on 23 wooded acres

$120 $65

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India Restaurant's chefs modify iconic South Asian staples to eliminate excess fat, cholesterol, and calories while still ensuring that the dishes are delicious enough to win various accolades. The chefs craft each authentic dish with locally sourced seafood and produce, and they avoid frying any dish, eschew butter entirely, and only cook with canola oil. Yet their nacho-like papri chaat appetizer has been called "truly addictive" by the Providence Phoenix, which also called the restaurant?s biryani ?a veritable feast for the senses.? To make their cuisine even more inclusive, the chefs prepare an array of vegan-friendly and gluten-free dishes. The decor strives to be similarly accommodating, presenting diners with numerous seating options, each with a distinctive ambience. A projection screen playing subtitled Bollywood films dominates the main dining area, smaller tables surround each of the three roaring fireplaces, and more than 200 flickering candles line the bar area. During the warmer months, the garden courtyard tempts patrons with its swings for seats, lush gardens, and bubbling water fountains. The sidewalk seating allows guests to dine alongside their dogs and pet lobsters; a doggie menu offers hamburger-and-rice dishes and yogurt pops for canine companions. Traditional belly dancers drift throughout the space on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the restaurant's global jazz ensemble entertains diners with its contemporary melodic stylings.
1060 Hope St
Providence,
RI
US
In 1990, Christina Rondeau fell in love. With martial arts, that is. After earning her black belt and competing in amateur karate and martial arts tournaments all over the United States and Europe, Rondeau decided to go pro. She travelled the globe as a member and coach on the USA WAKO kickboxing team, and went on to win the women's lightweight title. Rondeau continued to feed her athletic hunger with a switch to pro boxing and appeared in numerous print media and television shows, including The Maury Povich Show. Having achieved fame and glory, Rondeau took on a new fight: she wanted to help women and children defend themselves while gaining indomitable confidence. She has authored books, created instructional DVDs, and opened Rondeau?s Kickboxing. The 24/7 gym garnered Rhode Island Monthly?s readers? pick for Best Fitness Center in 2010, due in no small part to its empowering blend of fitness and martial-arts-based classes. Rondeau also promotes safety in her community by participating in events geared towards ending violence toward women and girls and teaching local schoolchildren how to defend themselves or pass a math quiz without using weapons. She also coordinated a box-a-thon to help line the shelves of a Rhode Island food bank.
35 Fresno Road
Warwick,
RI
US
Raffa Yoga is not a standard yoga studio, which is apparent right away from its wide variety of yoga classes that range from consciousness-raising Prana flow to rockin' hip-hop yoga and trapeze-like, aerial antigravity yoga. During classes, percussionists tap out soothing drumbeats as students find their center. An oversize golden Buddha mural looks over the classroom, prompting students to contemplate spirituality and wonder if the real guy ever wanted to just take a day off work and take a nice long nap. Raffa Yoga’s active relaxation center includes Urban Sweat, a stress retreat composed of 21 massage and treatment rooms and 6 heat-therapy rooms. The eco-friendly space soothes the senses with ingredients such as eucalyptus and yellow turmeric, which is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities. After emerging from the studio’s Himalayan-salt grotto, guests can sip a healthy, hydrating beverage at the juice-cleanse bar. They can also browse the selection of accessories in the full-service yoga boutique.
19 Sharpe Dr
Cranston,
RI
US
Though Breathing Time Yoga is housed within an old jewelry textile mill built in the 1800s, its classes hearken back to an even earlier time. Beneath the lofty 20-foot ceilings, seasoned instructors?many of whom have completed several hundred hours of teacher training?practice ancient poses and breathing exercises designed to promote strength, flexibility, and inner peace. During heated yoga classes, they turn up the infrared heating system to deepen stretches, help bodies sweat out toxins, and prevent arctic penguins from waddling in and interrupting class. Within this communal practice area illuminated by the sunlight drifting through the oversize windows, they also host non-heated classes that explore the breath-fueled sequences of Vinyasa-style yoga and the lengthy, alignment-focused poses of the Iyengar tradition. In addition to leading yoga routines for students of all levels, the instructors supply free spring water, tea, and props. Mats are available for a $2 rental fee. After class, they encourage students to socialize in the reception room or browse the onsite library. Those interested in bolstering their mind-body connections may also schedule private meetings with a certified yoga therapist or personal coaching from yoga teachers.
541 Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket,
RI
US
The professionally trained fencing instructors at Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club seek to develop their students' mind, body, and character through participation in the centuries-old sport. During the academy's classes, students of any skill level may choose to learn on all three Olympic weapons: foil, sabre, and épée. The one-hour sessions generally last for six weeks and each builds on prior material to help students improve their skills on the strip. Two meetings are composed entirely of competition with fellow classmates, allowing students to show off their newfound skills, and the last session is a class tournament. Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club, which originally operated as a two-location enterprise, consolidated into one 12,000-square-foot full-time professional fencing studio in March of 2012. The air-conditioned facility features 15 electric strips and zero chandeliers from which swashbuckling fencers may swing. Though the sport finds its roots in the practice of sword fighting, modern fencing is much safer, and the academy has advanced equipment and instructors that hold CPR certification just in case.
14 Almeida Ave
East Providence,
RI
US
Now in their 10th year of dueling instruction, U.S. Fencing Association–certified coaches Michael and Anne Olson invite local squires to apprentice under the blade at their 3,500-square-foot sword school. At Blackstone Valley Fencing Academy, students ranked amateur through Arthurian clash in a safe and controlled environment over the course of six weekly classes. Beginning swordspersons are required to take the intro to fencing class, while experienced participants can wield their choice of foil, épée, or slashing saber as they parry and riposte across the academy’s four regulation-length electric-fencing strips. Sessions are divided by age for jousters as young as 7, and you can check the class schedule here. Participants should wear an embroidered gambeson and burnished chain mail, or at least court shoes and comfortable long pants.
68 Cumberland St
Woonsocket,
RI
US
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