Things To Do In San Fernando

Zoo Outing for Two or Four to Wildlife Learning Center (Up to $10 Off)

Wildlife Learning Center

Sylmar

Visitors learn about conservation and animal rehabilitation by strolling past landscaped habitats that contain more than 50 animal species

$14 $9

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Stretch to Dance Classes at Power For Passion (Up to 54% Off)

Power For Passion

Porter Ranch

Instructors meld Pilates, strength training, and contemporary floor dance routines to create fit, flexible bodies

$100 $48

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Ice-Skating Outing for Two or Four at Los Angeles Kings Valley Ice Center (Up to 50% Off)

Los Angeles Kings Valley Ice Center

Panorama City

Family ice-skating center with two rinks is run by a former Olympic medalist skater

$22 $11

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$119 for a 60-Minute Flight Lesson with Video and Log Book at Rotor F/X LLC ($249 Value)

Rotor F/X LLC

Van Nuys

Take an aerial adventure or kick off pilot training with an initial flight lesson

$249 $119

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One, Two, or Three Groupons, Each Good for One Hookah Session at The Social Lounge (Up to 50% Off)

The Social Lounge

Northridge

Sink into large black couches on either side of pristinely maintained hookahs to share puffs, chat, and watch the big screen TVs

$20 $12

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$109 for $205 Worth of Gymnastics — Rhythmic Academy of Los Angeles

Rhythmic Academy Of Los Angeles

Van Nuys

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

$205 $109

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Five Group Pilates and Fitness Classes or Da Vinci BodyBoard Classes at Pilates Studio City (Up to 46% Off)

Pilates Studio City

Multiple Locations

Strength-building Pilates sessions or heart-pumping group cardio classes cultivate fitness inside a cozy studio

$85 $49

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A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.

19524 Nordhoff St
Northridge,
CA
US

From their home base at Van Nuys Airport, the certified flight instructors at Encore Flight apply what they learned as students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to the training of new pilots-to-be through everything from discovery flights to full pilot's certification. The crew goes to work aboard an extensive fleet of Piper and Cessna light-sport aircraft, or doles out instruction while safely planted on the ground inside two FAA-approved flight simulators, one a stationary apparatus and the other a full-motion Redbird FMX. Fully enclosed in the Redbird's cockpit, students experience the motions of actual flight on all three axes and enjoy more than 200 degrees of wrap-around visuals, helping them spot hazards such as oncoming flocks of birds or commuting superheroes.

16700 Roscoe Blvd
Van Nuys,
CA
US

As part of its mission to cultivate Southern California’s native flora, the Theodore Payne Foundation encourages Californians to get acquainted with their rootsy neighbors during its introductory four-hour native-plant horticulture class. Horticulturalist Lili Singer reveals which area plants survive droughts and attract native birds and butterflies, and which ones are just Old Man Jasper from the abandoned amusement park wearing a ghost mask. She'll also clarify the concept of plant communities and give you tips on selecting plants for various types of gardens. By the end of the class, green thumbs and their attached humans will gain an introductory-level initiation into establishing new plantings as well as how to encourage plants' growth by pruning them, irrigating them, and attending their piano recitals. Graduates will be eligible for the foundation’s three-part course in native-plant garden design.

10459 Tuxford St
Sun Valley,
CA
US

The Sylmar Olive Festival celebrates the harvest with a sampling of oils and recipes for olives, tasty food, and dancing to a diverse schedule of entertainment. On Saturday at 11 a.m., a 3-mile parade kicks off the festivities before wending its way to the park to watch the Folklorico Dancers and listen to old-school funk-infused sounds from the Positive Source Band. On Sunday, Radio Disney broadcasts live from the festival, where guests test their bellies in a burrito-eating contest accompanied by the festive sounds of a mariachi band. On Monday, feathered and furred wildlife stops by for a meet-and-greet, and the sass-talking car from Knight Rider rolls in to dazzle eyes and lament its separation from David Hasselhoff. A different car show will be featured each day. Throughout the fest, some 50 world-class chalk artists dazzlingly decorate the ground with modern and classical images throughout the park.

13100 Hubbard St.
Sylmar,
California
US

With 30 years' experience choreographing fight sequences for television and film, competitive-fencing instructor Tim Weske leads SwordPlay Fencing Studio's intrepid teachers in demystifying the art of the sword for students. His combat choreography sequences have touched films and TV shows as diverse as I Love You, Man and Angel, and he has safely instructed celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt to convincingly parry with their onscreen opponents and dual for red-carpet supremacy.

At SwordPlay Fencing Studio, once-a-week group sessions or private lessons in foil, épée, and saber provide pupils with fun workouts by engaging minds with subtle strategy while burning calories, increasing agility, and building muscle tone. Afternoon and evening sessions are held Monday through Saturday to fit hectic jobs and busy mornings repainting the neighbors' lawn flamingos.

11128 Balboa Boulevard
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Despite having notorious traffic, it's really not that hard to get around Hollywood. All you need is the power of flight. That's where Copter Pilot's signature sightseeing tours come in. The Robinson R-44's large windows look out on pretty much all of the city's major sights, allowing passengers to view the Sunset Strip, Universal Studios, and the Hollywood Sign from an air-conditioned spot in the sky. The team at Copter Pilot knows a thing or too about working in Hollywood too?when they're not offering tours of Tinsel Town, the crew often help out with film and television productions, operating everything from handheld aerial cameras to gyro-stabilized Cineflex Cameras.

16644 Roscoe Blvd.
Los Angeles,
CA
US

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