Activities in San Mateo

San Mateo County History Museum – Up to 60% Off Visits

San Mateo County History Museum

San Mateo County History Museum

$20 $11

Underneath the stately dome of Old County Courthouse, visitors and scholars pore over archives and engage with hands-on exhibits

50% Off at Film Event at Sistah Sinema

Sistah Sinema

San Francisco

$12 $6

Monthly event showcases films by queer women of color and leads into a safe group discussion of the film and subject

Contemporary Jewish Museum – Up to 42% Off

Contemporary Jewish Museum

SoMa

$24 $14

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Explore the history, culture, and ideas of the Jewish community through constantly rotating exhibitions of art and design

51% Off Weekend Party Cruises

Fume Blanc Commedore

SB 40 RESTAURANT

$79 $39

Weekend party cruises with cash bar, supplemented by live DJs or sightseeing on Sunday afternoons

38% Off Jungle-Gym Open Play at Safari Run

Safari Run

Shoreview

$40 $25

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Animal-themed jungle gym packed with slides, bridges, tunnels, and ladders combines fitness and play for kids aged 3–10 on Monday–Friday

Up to 77% Off Wine Tour and Tasting

Clos LaChance Wines

San Martin

$60 $15

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During a VIP tour of the winery, a staff member guides groups through the nuances of five premium Clos LaChance wines

Victorian Home Walk – 30% Off Tour

Victorian Home Walk

Union Square

$50 $35

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Learn about Victorian architecture while walking down quiet residential streets & past filming locations, such as the Mrs. Doubtfire home

Madame Tussauds – Up to 40% Off

Madame Tussauds

Fisherman's Wharf

$52 $31

Interact with lifelike wax figures including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Zuckerberg & President Obama at a brand new waterfront wax attraction

44% Off Pizza and Wine Packages at Woodside Vineyards

Woodside Vineyards

Menlo Park

$80 $45

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Sip on five varietals of locally-crafted wine made from grapes harvested off vines that have thrived in Woodside for nearly 130 years

Urban Hike from Urban Hiker SF

Urban Hiker SF

Multiple Locations

$45 $45

Learn about the city and get in a workout by exploring San Francisco's many trails, hills, and public stairways

$10 for Standup at Punch Line Comedy Club

SF Comedy Showcase

Punch Line San Francisco

$25 $10

Sunday show running for more than 30 years brings together lineups of local up-and-comers

GoKart Racer – 20% Off

GoKart Racer

Multiple Locations

$50 $40

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Sodi RX 7 go-karts burn rubber during 10-minute races around indoor road courses

Up to 84% Off Yoga Classes from Yog-V 

YOG-V

Redwood Village

$150 $39

In small-group yoga sessions, an instructor guides yogis through a fluid series of poses

Up to 50% Off Halau Makana

Halau Makana

Alameda

$20 $10

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

$2 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off a Family Winemakers Wine Tasting

Family Winemakers of California

Fort Mason

$2 $2

For $2, receive a coupon for 10% off a ticket to the Family Winemakers of California 2014 San Mateo Wine Tasting on August 17

26% Off Whale-Watching Tour

Huli Cat Sportfishing & Charter Boat

El Granada

$200 $149

From the deck of the Huli Cat, whale-watchers keep their lids peeled for the towering plumes of spray erupting from majestic humpbacks

VIP or General Admission Tickets to Eat Drink SF Food Fest

Eat Drink SF

Fort Mason Center

$125 $95

Afternoon and evening events present food tastings, cocktail pairings, and demos from dozens of top Bay Area chefs; VIP wine area

Up to 87% Off at Pacifica Beach Yoga

Pacifica Beach Yoga

Sharp Park

$150 $19

Certified instructors guide students through hot yoga poses in studio heated to 90–105 degrees

Up to 55% Off Golf Lessons with PGA Pro

San Bruno Golf Center

San Bruno

$110 $55

PGA pro David Suh breaks down swings and offers corrective advice to develop consistent, dependable swing mechanics

Up to 60% Off Classes at RicaSalsa Dance Company

RicaSalsa Dance Company

Potrero

$48 $19

Instructors focus on the connection between leading and following as they teach beginning dancers basic steps during one-hour classes

51% Off Tour from Segway of Healdsburg

Segway of Healdsburg

On Location

$99 $49

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Expert tour guides lead groups of Segway-riding guests to wineries for vista views and optional tastings

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

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

Up to Half Off at Hiking Yoga

Hiking Yoga

Multiple Locations

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

The Murder Mystery Company

Old Spaghetti Factory

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

Up to 70% Off Ballroom or Latin Dance Classes

Dance With Melissa

Ingleside Heights

$65 $25

Beginner-friendly ballroom- and Latin-dance lessons teach simplified techniques based on the TV show Dancing with the Stars

Up to 79% Off Fitness Classes

Malina Fitness

Belmont

$95 $25

Exercisers burn calories and sculpt muscle during a variety of group fitness classes

56% Off Boot Camp

Oro Fitness

Sugarloaf

$45 $20

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

Up to 55% Off Wine Tasting and Bocce Ball

Sol Rouge Winery

San Francisco

$100 $45

Sample French-inspired wines and play leisurely games of bocce ball at Sol Rouge's winery tasting room on Treasure Island

Aquarium of the Bay – Up to 47% Off Membership

Aquarium of the Bay

Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach/Telegraph Hill

$110 $59

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Membership to 20,000-animal aquarium includes one year of free admission and discounted gift-shop purchases

Up to Half Off a Historic Angel Island Tram Tour

Angel Island Company

Angel Island Café

$90 $45

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One-hour tours travel across a picturesque state park with views of the Bay Area and stop at the historic US Immigration Station

Up to 84% Off Boot Camp

Reactor Personal Training

Western Hills

$300 $65

Group classes combine dynamic stretching with TRX training, interval training, lifting, plyometrics, and more for an intense workout

87% Off Curves Gym Membership & Classes

Curves

Multiple Locations

$153 $19.97

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

Master the Art of Pickling with the Founder of McVicker Pickles

Master the Art of Pickling with the Founder of McVicker Pickles

Panhandle

$60 $60

Meet the owner of McVicker Pickles, Kelly McVicker, as you learn the ins and outs of pickling before getting hands-on to create your own jar

Up to 83% Off Bikram-Yoga Classes

Bikram Hot Yoga Daly City

Westlake

$140 $25

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Certified instructors guide students through Bikram yoga's 26 postures to limber up and detoxify physiques in a heated studio

Up to 75% Off B Street Boxing

B Street Boxing

Downtown

$20 $5

An instructor draws on a diverse background in martial arts, incorporating techniques from wing chun and muay thai into a punishing workout

Sip Wine and Sail the Bay with a USCG-Licensed Captain

Wine and Cheese Sailboat Tours

The Embarcadero

$75 $75

US Coast Guard–certified Captain Josh Waldman welcomes you aboard his sailboat for a scenic tour of the Bay, complete with wine and cheese

Up to 58% Off Intro to Archery Class

Ohlone Archery

San Leandro

$25 $12

In group lessons, students learn archery etiquette, stance, and basic form before unleashing arrows in the shooting gallery

Up to 53% Off Drum Lessons

Tom Metropoulos at San Mateo Piano

San Mateo

$80 $39

Seasoned drum instructor teaches fundamentals in styles including pop, rock, jazz and fusion

Half Off Flight Packages from Hayward Flight

Hayward Flight

Hayward

$99 $49.50

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Ground training helps students fully enjoy a flight simulator or understand the controls of a flying plane

Up to 70% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Maloney's Horses and Ponies

Half Moon Bay

$240 $89

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English-style riding lessons in spacious sand arena framed by ocean views, with optional complimentary wine or champagne and s'mores picnic

48% Off at Pacifica Archery

Pacifica Archery

Original Daly City

$80 $42

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Instructors guide students' shots down 20-yard lanes during archery lesson and shooting session; hone skills with lane and gear rentals

Up to 51% Off Golf Lesson

Dennis Mitchell Golf

Burlingame

$120 $59

Professional instructor who has taught PGA and LPGA players helps golfers step up their game

Up to 74% Off Bikram Yoga Classes

Bikram Hot Yoga San Mateo

Hayward Park

$150 $39

Certified instructors lead students through 26 poses in a studio heated to 105 degrees

Up to 57% Off at Kimura CrossFit

Kimura CrossFit

San Leandro

$150 $69

Coaches challenge and motivate CrossFit students to overcome fitness plateaus and achieve their goals in scalable classes

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

Eastside West Restaurance

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Up to 51% Off Private Piano Lessons at Aria Music Studio

Aria Music Studio

Burlingame

$70 $35

Lifelong pianist Wendy Liu teaches students of various skill levels to play everything from basic scales to solo sonatas

Up to 73% Off TRX Classes at Fitness Therapy

Fitness Therapy

Original Daly City

$75 $20

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One-hour TRX sessions strengthen core muscles and boost endurance through the use of body-resistance equipment

Bay Area Elvis Tribute – Up to 42% Off

Bay Area Elvis Tribute

Cubberley Community Center Theatre

$50 $29

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Acclaimed Elvis impersonator re-creates the famed "Aloha from Hawaii" concert

Up to 60% Off Golf Lessons in Burlingame

Dave Atchison at Burlingame Golf Center

Burlingame

$150 $75

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Indoor/outdoor facility with full-length driving range hosts lessons with Dave Atchison, whose years of teaching include time at UCLA & UCSB

49% Off Design Camp from Young Outliers

Young Outliers

Palo Alto

$400 $205

Kids attend one of four design-centered summer camps that explore everything from archaeology to music to molecular science

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

CitySolve Urban Race

San Francisco

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

Up to 77% Off Yoga

Ocean Yoga

Pacifica

$150 $49

Community-oriented studio hosts yoga in myriad forms such as hot yoga, vinyasa, & hatha flow in addition to Pilates and belly dance classes

50% Off Intro Flight Tour from Fly Bay Area

Fly Bay Area

San Carlos

$318 $159

Pilots guide private plane over the San Francisco Peninsula and give passenger time with controls during laid-back flight experience

Up to 85% Off Cardio Kickboxing at Studio Kicks Palo Alto

Studio Kicks Palo Alto

Palo Alto

$198 $39

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Instructors trained by world-champion martial artist and film actor Richard Branden conduct energetic cardio kickboxing exercises

UFC Gym – Up to 76% Off

UFC Gym San Bruno

San Bruno

$120 $29

One-hour classes teach authentic boxing or kickboxing, honing muscles and technique

Up to 84% Off Boot-Camp Classes

EmpowerFIT

Multiple Locations

$200 $35

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Certified personal trainers push students through a series of functional exercises that change daily

Up to 57% Off Piano or Guitar Lessons

Exploring Music

Multiple Locations

$70 $32

Talented instructors tailor lesson plans to each student's tastes and skill level during private or group music lessons

San Francisco Dungeon – Up to 40% Off Dark-History Attraction

The San Francisco Dungeon

Fisherman's Wharf

$52 $31

Actor-led show covers 200-plus years, including haunted Alcatraz & mine-themed mirror maze, in live-action journey through city's murky past

The New Stage – Up to 44% Off Performance Art

The New Stage presents "Patterns"

Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion

$32.04 $18

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Theater meets film, music, and performance art in Amy Munz's lyrical seven-character exploration of the elegance and pain of love

50% Off Summer Camp at Core Taekwondo

Core Taekwondo

San Mateo

$379 $189

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Each week of camp includes field trips and outdoor activities focusing on a different theme, from ninja training to science and circus camp

Up to 74% Off Cardio Kickboxing & Boot Camp

Dance Co.

Upper B Street

$90 $29

High-intensity cardio kickboxing and boot-camp classes offer varied exercises to help work up a sweat, tone muscles, and lose weight

Half Off Flight Experiences

Advanced Flyers

Palo Alto

$119 $59

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Gain experience in a Redbird FMX-1000 simulator or strap into a real aircraft for a 35-minute flight in a Cessna Skyhawk

Up to 63% Off Pilates Classes

Purely Pilates

Belmont

$160 $65

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Hour-long mat or Universal Reformer classes limber up spines and tone cores; one-on-one sessions focus on the client's personal goals

Up to 64% Off Drag Queen Historical Tour

Drag Me Along Tours

San Francisco

$40 $19

Rick Shelton, a.k.a Countess Lola Montez leads walking tours full of flair, opening an imaginary porthole to old San Francisco

Up to 93% Off at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo

Hillsdale

$100 $10

Students learn practical self-defense techniques, such as grappling and ground fighting, in intensive Jiu Jitsu classes

"Foodies! The Musical" – Up to 53% Off

"Foodies! The Musical"

The Shelton Theater

$36.18 $17

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Musical revue’s cast skewers eating habits, kitchen gadgets, and over-attentive waiters

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Up to 53% Off Children's Swim Lessons

AquaTech Swim School

Multiple Locations

$85 $40

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

45% Off Personal Training

Dowling Fitness

San Carlos

$510 $281

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

Up to 40% Off at Eagle Club Indoor Golf

Eagle Club Indoor Golf

Downtown

$20 $13

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Each hitting bay has a GC2 Smart Camera launch monitor, which provides statistical feedback to help goflers make corrective adjustments

Up to 81% Off Muay Thai Classes

KO1 Fitness Academy

Downtown Hayward

$100 $29

Students engage their core muscles while learning standup striking moves

Up to 86% Off at Dynamic Personalized Training

Dynamic Personalized Training

Redwood City

$170 $29

Personal trainers help exercisers of all levels increase their flexibility, endurance, and strength and achieve their fitness goals

Up to 54% Off AT&T Park Spartan Sprint

Spartan Races

San Francisco

$150 $69

Strength, stamina, and resolve are tested by obstacles ranging from climbing walls to carrying sandbags

50% Off Personal Training at Infinity Fitness

Infinity Fitness

Redwood City

$139 $69

Personal trainer designs a fitness program that matches the client's goals, skills, and lifestyle during one-on-one coaching sessions

83% Off Beginner Jiu Jitsu Classes

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

SoMa

$150 $25

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Developed and taught by award-winning martial artists, beginner jiu jitsu classes follow the facility's martial-arts philosophy

Up to 50% Off Sailing Lessons at Nautic Sailing School

Nautic Sailing School

Alameda

$198 $99

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

Up to 80% Off Personal Training at SiliconValleyFit

SiliconValleyFit

Palo Alto

$200 $45

Trainers take a holistic approach when creating training programs focused on issues such as weight loss, stress, fatigue, and strength

Up to 50% Off at Bay Badminton Center

Bay Badminton Center

Multiple Locations

$36 $18

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An electronic queuing system directs players to regulation courts with Robbins flooring systems

Up to 63% Off Two-Hour Kiteboarding Lesson

Helm of Sun Valley

North Central

$60 $25

Instructors impart kiteboarding basics on land at Third Avenue, including launching, steering, and landing

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Where as many people prefer to chat with others during lunchtime, patrons of Yoga at Change look forward to quieting their minds. These 30-minute meditation sessions occur three times a week, and like the rest of the non-profit's curriculum, strive to inject some introspection into otherwise bustling days. Though "yoga" is in the studio's title, meditation figures heavily in many of its class and workshop offerings—Slow Flow yoga mixes it with Hatha poses, and Integral lessons combine chanting, meditation, and restful movements. Mothers can also channel meditative energy during Mom Baby Yoga and Yoga with Babysitting, specialty classes that allow them to engage in relaxing postures and meditation while staying connected to their little ones, who spend the sessions stretching out with their parent, sleeping, or playing.

The holistic philosophy of Yoga at Change is that all people have the right to spiritual insight, a healthy body, and a peaceful mind. The instructors strive to accomplish this through a blend of self-reflection, breath, and physical balance. The staff believes that there are several roads to wellness, and that all of them should be accessible, regardless of the client's skill level. They schedule several discounted or free demonstrations, and also offer a scholarship program to fund yoga practice for those in need of financial aid. Students attend classes based on their desired intensity—gentle, moderate, or vigorous. They can also register for workshops that address a slew of alternative health topics, which in the past have included treating lower back pain.

400 Ben Franklin Ct
San Mateo,
CA
US

Traditionally, the zoo provides the comfort of seeing animals that could not make a surprise visit to your backyard; this is a comfort CuriOdyssey dispatches to give weight to its message of science education. The menagerie of nearly 100 mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds primarily showcases local species like the Channel Island fox and the red-shouldered hawk, which have relatively small niches that have been squeezed by environmental degradation and human encroachment. Native species can be glimpsed within a complex of 25 lush habitats, including a 4,000-square-foot walk-through aviary and a replica of the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Sunny, outdoor gardens fill more than 1.3 acres with plots that rotate with the seasons and plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds for live study. Among the science exhibits, Forces explores fundamental forces in nature such as gravity and magnetism. All the exhibits are designed to enable close observation and experimentation characteristic of the scientific method. This aim is supported by shows, such as daily otter feedings—spied from behind the glass of a cross-sectioned riverbank—and a variety of classes.

1651 Coyote Point Dr
San Mateo,
CA
US

Junior Gym's instructors believe that physical activity and self-confidence go hand in hand. That's why they keep all of their gymnastics, tumbling, and fitness programs noncompetitive. Kids aged 6 months to 7 years old can step through the entrance's blue archways and into the 4,600-square-foot fitness facility, where, under the tutelage of seasoned instructors, they might learn to walk a balance beam or partake in social-development activities replete with music, movement, and parachute games. These activities unfold amid a maze of mats, bars, and obstacles, which the instructors rearrange weekly to confuse any infants plotting a mutiny.

As an alternative to regular fitness classes, Junior Gym's instructors also host camps and the Terrific Tots program. During these loosely structured sessions, CPR- and first-aid-certified teachers tell stories, help kids make arts and crafts, and serve healthy snacks.

101 S B St
San Mateo,
CA
US

Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.

She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.

1150 Park Pl
San Mateo,
CA
US

After an eye injury took boxing and martial-arts champion Eddie Croft out of the ring, he set himself a new goal: becoming the first person to train a boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts champion. Having already trained a world kickboxing champion and five San Francisco Golden Gloves winners, he is well on his way.

Croft plies his trade at B Street Boxing, where his team of instructors teaches professionals and amateurs the arts of boxing, muay thai, kickboxing, Brazilian jiujitsu, and tae kwon do. In the red, white, and blue ring of B Street Boxing’s gym, students jab and spar, practice their skills on punching bags, or check their form in a mirrored wall. Conditioning and boot-camp sessions also keep students from all backgrounds fit while imparting dedication, discipline, and the desire to wear boxing gloves even in the shower.

223 S B St
San Mateo,
CA
US

Bel Mateo Bowl, home to 24 newly-installed Murrey synthetic alleys, fully automatic scoring, brilliant LCD monitors, and automated bumper bowling, provides family-friendly pin pulverizing seven days a week. Black-lit lanes illuminate bowling balls as they travel down the center's slick alleys during Planet Bowl, held each Friday and Saturday evening and fueled by colorful lights, upbeat tunes, and gravity. In addition to hosting leagues and bowling camps for kids, the colorful bowling center stocks a snack bar and serves drinks at a cocktail lounge punctuated by big-screen TVs. The alley's arcade room, complete with glowing air-hockey table, driving games, and pinball, hosts gaming kids and inner children alike, and karaoke on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday encourages lively covers of popular tunes and somber odes to fallen bowling pins.

4330 Olympic Ave
San Mateo,
CA
US

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