Things To Do In Santa Monica

Latin Food Fest Grande Tasting for One, Two, or Four on March 21, 2015 (Up to 53% Off)

Latin Food Fest Grande Tasting

Beach Park, Santa Monica

Celebrity chefs perform cooking shows and panel discussions, while more than 100 exhibitors offer samples of Latin food and drink

$120 $59

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$7 for Two to Visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium ($10 Value)

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Downtown Santa Monica

Get an up-close view of the many species that live in the Santa Monica Bay—including sea jellies and octopuses—at a beach-level aquarium

$10 $7

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One, Two, or Four Tickets to Festival of Brides, The Upscale Bridal Show on Sunday, March 1 (Up to 52% Off)

Festival of Brides

Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar

This year’s Festival of Brides show showcases haute couture bridal fashion show & upscale vendors offering everything for your wedding needs

$25 $12

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10 Yoga Classes or One Unlimited Month at sweat yoga (Up to 70% Off)

sweat yoga

Santa Monica

Classes are held in a warm, but not hot 95-degree studio, helping students get in deep stretches as they build muscle and release tension

$230 $69

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$42 for a Two-Hour Trapeze Lesson at Trapeze School New York ($87 Value)

Trapeze School New York

TSNY Los Angeles LLC

Learn how to hang, flip, and dismount from the latest circus apparatus on Santa Monica Pier

$87 $42

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Standup-Paddleboard Rental or Lesson for One, Two, or Four at Malibu Paddle Surf in Santa Monica (Up to 69% Off)

Malibu Paddle Surf

Ocean Park

Instructor with more than 30 years of experience; equipment provided

$60 $27

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Two-Hour Surfboard and Wetsuit Rental or Two-Hour Surfing Lesson at Malibu LongBoards Surf School (Up to 58% Off)

Malibu LongBoards Surf School

Ocean Park

Staff members gear up students with rental soft surfboards and wetsuits for unassisted surfs or lessons taught by seasoned instructors

$60 $25

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$61 for $125 Worth of Services at Yoga And Fitness To Go

Yoga and Fitness To Go

Wilshire Montana

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

$135 $61

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Fitness Package with Assessment, Nutritional Plan, Home Work-Out Plan and 8 or 20 Fitness Classes at StrongBoard Balance (Up to 84% Off)

StrongBoard Balance

Burton Chace Park

Clients also receive a personal-training session and nutritional plan; one-hour core-strengthening classes are led by certified instructors

$900 $149

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Four or Eight Fitness and Play Classes for Kids at Play to Your Health (Up to 53% Off)

Play To Your Health

Clover Park

Kids hone their physical prowess through sports drills, gymnastics, track and field training, and fitness training disguised as games

$100 $49

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90-Minute Private BYOB Sailing Trip for Two or Four from Isabella's Cruises (Up to 56% Off)

Isabella's Cruises

Marina Del Ray

Sailboat crew takes couples and groups on a BYOB adventure on the water

$450 $199

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Museum Visit for Two Adults or Seniors, or Two Adults and Two Children at Museum of Flying (Up to 55% Off)

Museum of Flying

Santa Monica

Nearly two dozen planes chronicle aviation from the Wright brothers through the jet age, with emphasis on the Douglas Aircraft Company

$20 $9

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One Month of Unlimited Dance and Yoga Classes or 10 Classes at Studio Maesto (Up to 79% Off)

Studio Maesto

Santa Monica

Dance styles include Salsa, Bachata, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and more; Yoga with Vinyasa-based sequences and restorative stretches

$140 $29

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One or Three Surf Lessons of Half-Day Surfboard Rental at Star-Surf (Up to 66% Off)

Star-Surf

Santa Monica

Instruction at Santa Monica surfing outfit centers on safety and etiquette along with the basics of paddling, popping up, and wave selection

$99 $44

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$36 for $80 Worth of Services at Nita Blum Yoga

Nita Blum Yoga

Marina Del Ray

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

$80 $36

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Board and Wetsuit Rentals, Lessons, or Five-Day Camp at Venice Beach Surf School (Up to 70% Off). Six Options Available.

Venice Beach Surf School

Venice Beach Surf School

Instructor with more than 25 years of experience teaches students to master surfing basics before taking them on the water

$60 $29

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Admission for Two or Four to Santa Monica History Museum (55% Off)

Santa Monica History Museum

Downtown Santa Monica

Visitors can wander through a replica of a Douglas aircraft or digitally insert their photos onto historical front-page newspaper stories

$10 $4.50

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$425 for $850 Worth of Yacht Rental — Charter L.A. Yachts

Charter La Yachts

Marina Del Ray

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

$850 $425

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Two Sunset Crusies or Two Group or Private Standup-Paddleboard Lessons from Pro SUP Shop (50% Off)

Pro SUP Shop

Marina Del Ray

Pros teach the basics of standup paddleboarding; sunset cruises allow paddlers to view wildlife in calm ocean waters

$70 $35

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Chi Chi Randolph has choreographed routines for hip-hop artists including Nelly and the Black Eyed Peas. Kari Lehman has 15 years of ballet training experience. Viviane Bressan turned her love of belly dance into a career, traversing the globe while teaching and performing the ancient art. At Dance Austin Studio, these three number among more than a dozen dance instructors whose dazzlingly diverse backgrounds enable an array of classes for everyone from preschoolers to grownups and fitness buffs to serious students of dance.

Zumba combines fast-paced cardio choreography with dynamic Latin rhythms, and the 18-and-older Sexy Stiletto Fit class uses high heels to tone calves and build confidence. Students can choose to learn fundamental positions, steps, and vocabulary during structured ballet, lyrical, and jazz programs, or they can develop video-ready swagger during hip-hop classes. The studio’s sense of fun occasionally spills out into the community—it recently teamed up with the city’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to spark a flash mob at city hall, held to raise awareness of emergency preparedness and help officials practice what to do if invaded by dancing aliens.

1612 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US

An AT&T ad executive hangs up the phone, grabs his jacket, and heads toward the subway to Hell's Kitchen. It's the late '80s, and at the New York comedy institution The Improv, a slew of up-and-coming talent, including Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, are testing jokes and honing timing. In the next few years, they'll perform on television for millions. But for now, they're changing the life of one ad executive.

The founder of LA Stand-Ups, Joe Falzarano, quit his promising advertising career because he "hated being a suit" and preferred to nurture promising young comedians. With accomplishments that include producing the CableACE Award–winning Caroline's Comedy Hour for A&E, Falzarano helped launch the performing and writing careers of entertainers including Jon Stewart and Louis C.K. Today, Falzarano imparts his more than 20 years of industry experience to aspiring joke-tellers, teaching them tactics for perfecting a punch line, calming nerves, and subduing hecklers with a marshmallow gun. Falzarano maintains a supportive atmosphere where students learn how to use who they are to connect with an audience, and even lets students try out material at the Hollywood Improv.

400 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica,
CA
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Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.

Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.

1426 Montana Ave
Santa Monica,
CA
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Iron Fitness's name and garage-like exterior might suggest that it holds a cavernous space full of musclemen and barbells. Instead, step through the doors and you'll find an intimate, boutique workout experience marked by 9,000 square feet of fitness machines and three studios with distinct identities.

Iron x PT specializes in personal training. During one-on-one fitness sessions, upbeat but tough-minded trainers analyze what clients need to do to reach their fitness goals, then motivate them to do it. Momentum, on the other hand, is all about the power of group fitness. Its instructors don't just follow workout trends—often, they set them, pioneering styles such as the hip-hop-based Groov3 and Pound, which celebrates percussive rhythms and prepares students for marathon meat-tenderizing sessions. Finally, the Elite studio connects gloved fists and with punching bags in a ring run by pro-level boxing instructors.

1919 Broadway
Santa Monica,
CA
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In 1999, Matt Rosas made a decision. He traded in his corporate career working in marketing for Fortune 500 businesses to share his passion for surfing, which he felt since making his first surfboard in seventh grade. Now the owner and head instructor of the Malibu LongBoards Surf School, Rosas has more than a decade of full-time teaching under his belt. His fellow instructors, Christian Andersen and Jerry Angel, have a combined 45 years of teaching experience between them. Together, they demonstrate how to glide atop waves during private and group standup paddling and surfing lessons. They have teaching permits for Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, Malibu, Ventura, and Santa Barbara, so students can surf the waves and mow the seaweed at an array of beaches. Alternatively, the trio also maintains a fleet of rental boards and the gear to go with them, so surfers can enjoy unassisted sessions on the water.

2030 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica,
CA
US

According to Los Angeles magazine, brotherly duo Matt and Christian Shubin channeled their lifelong love of ocean sports into Poseidon Stand Up Paddle Boards, located walking distance from the pier. Their shop stocks all of the necessary gear for oceanic outings, including squat Starboard paddleboards that easily slice through the surf. Pro riders design and test-drive C4 Waterman boards before presenting them to amateurs, who propel watercraft with the store's inventory of lightweight but powerful carbon and fiberglass paddles. Accessories such as leashes, roof racks, and repair kits secure and beautify paddleboards without tacky layers of eye shadow. Customers may consult the expertise of an online board finder to pinpoint the right fit for their frames, aptitudes, and preferences.

1654 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica,
CA
US

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