Things To Do In Santa Monica

Malibu Stars' Homes and Beach Tour for Two, Four, Six, or Eight from Surf City Tours (Up to 55% Off)

Surf City Tours

Santa Monica

$80 $39

An open-air van trundles past opulent celebrity mansions and gorgeous Malibu beaches, providing ample opportunities for photos

Painting Class for One or Two at Painting & Vino (Up to 46% Off)

Painting & Vino

Multiple Locations

$45 $25

Professional artists give step-by-step instructions that teach guests how to re-create works of art while enjoying wine and cocktails

Paint Your Own Pottery for Two or Four at Color Me Mine (Up to 52% Off)

Color Me Mine

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(33)

Choose from a bounty of dishes, figurines, and other ceramic creations to paint in vibrant colors, then hand off to staff to glaze and fire

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$50 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Five Dailey Method Barre Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at The Dailey Method (Up to 78% Off)

Dailey Method Barre Studio

The Dailey Method

$100 $35

(21)

Workouts blend Pilates, yoga, and ballet to build lean muscle and improve posture

Two or Four VIP Tickets to Premier Bridal Shows (Up to 56% Off). Multiple Dates Available.

Premier Bridal Shows

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Bridal shows held at six locations throughout the year connect brides-to-be with dozens of top vendors

The Dollface Dames at Magicopolis on September 13–January 10 at 10:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

The Dollface Dames

Magicopolis

$30 $15

Live_logo

Foxy burlesque team enthralls audiences with evening of striptease, song, comedy, and vaudeville

Standup-Paddleboard Rental or Lesson for One, Two, or Four at Malibu Paddle Surf in Santa Monica (Up to 65% Off)

Malibu Paddle Surf

Ocean Park

$60 $30

Instructor with more than 30 years of experience; equipment provided

Electric-Bike Tours and Rentals from Active Movement (Up to 75% Off). Seven Options Available.

Active Movement

Santa Monica

$80 $20

(20)

Riders are guided through the beach community of Santa Monica & Venice Beach on electric bikes with pedal-assist & full-throttle capability

Electric-Bike Rental or Beach-Cruiser Rental from Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals (Up to 63% Off)

Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals

Marina Del Ray

$35 $13

Electric bikes and beach cruisers allow riders to explore beachfront paths and see local sights

10 Boot Camp Classes or 5 or 10 Weeks of Classes at Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" (Up to 87% Off)

Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!"

Multiple Locations

$175 $24

(81)

12 outdoor locations host early-morning boot camps that eschew screaming and exhausting exercise in favor of motivating people for the day

Two-Hour Walking Tour of Santa Monica for Two or Four at Santa Monica Conservancy (50% Off)

Santa Monica Conservancy

Downtown Santa Monica

$20 $10

Under the guidance of a local expert, tourists soak up the rich history and architectural beauty of downtown Santa Monica

5 or 10 Fitness and Surfset Classes at 220 Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

220 Fitness

Ocean Park

$125 $35

Pick from more than 25 fitness classes, including Zumba, Surfset, and TRX training

5, 10, or 15 Pilates Classes at Sumbody Studio (Up to 72% Off)

Sumbody Studio

Santa Monica

$175 $49

(50)

Pilates mat and equipment classes meet seven days a week, helping students build lean muscle tone and flexibility over time

Three or Six Music and Spanish Classes for Ages 8 Months to 3 Years and Parents at Baila Baila (Up to 52% Off)

Baila Baila

Santa Monica

$66 $33

Fun songs, dancing, and graphics introduce toddlers and parents to the Spanish language

One or Two Private Tennis Lessons at Beach City Tennis (Up to 55% Off)

Beach City Tennis

Marina Del Rey

$100 $49

Beginners age 5+ hone strokes and refine strategies during private lessons that focus on their strengths and weaknesses

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

Yoga and Fitness To Go

Wilshire Montana

$135 $61

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

$39 for Five Body-Sculpting Classes at Pop Physique (Up to $95 Off)

Pop Physique

Multiple Locations

$95 $39

Students sweat to indie and hip-hop tunes during high-intensity strength and flexibility workouts designed around ballet-barre exercises

Chocolate Tour of Santa Monica with Six Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours

Santa Monica

$50 $25

Two-hour walking tours start at Soda Jerks and include six tastings from merchants such as Vanilla Bake Shop and Huckleberry Bakery

Select Local Merchants

Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.

Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.

101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Whether navigating Pebble Beach’s oceanside links or exploring the birthplace of golf at St. Andrews in Scotland, golfers know that a little rain can turn a trip of a lifetime into a water-logged disappointment. Players Club Golf removes sogginess from the equation; the center’s three full-screen golf simulators unlock instant access to more than 60 global courses without the hassles of commuting, fickle weather, and long round times. The facility smoothes the oft-difficult road toward better scores with practice configurations that allow players to immediately see a wealth of shot parameters on each swing, including launch angle, ball speed, and carry. The virtual driving range facilitates improvement through repetition and target practice, which also helps when trying to ring the doorbell of a neighbor across the street without getting off the couch.

When improvement reaches a plateau, players can enlist the expert instruction of teaching professional Brent Mann. Members also enjoy access to a facility gym stocked with $40,000 worth of equipment. Here, golfers improve their endurance on elliptical machines and strengthen postround handshake grips on a full complement of weight machines.

3211 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US

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

Perhaps the only thing as impressive as Roy Elghanayan?s reign as a two-time Israeli Krav Maga National Champion is the students with whom he?s shared his incredible skill. He first was hand-chosen to devise the Israeli Special Forces? training program. In 2011, the Argentinean Marines enlisted him to teach the sport to their soldiers. He even trained actress Jessica Chastain for her role in the movie The Debt. Today, he continues to travel the world to teach Krav Maga and works out of his studio, Krav Maga L.A. | REKM.

Krav maga is a more rigorous form of self-defense developed by the Israeli military when they realized that ancient martial arts would translate to modern battlefields. Roy and his staff helm classes for both adults and children as part of a six-day schedule that divides students by their skill level. Beginners? classes corral 18 participants or less so that instructors can easily oversee technique while still having enough bodies to build a human pyramid if morale is low. With continued practice, the instructors at Krav Maga L.A. | REKM hope to imbue their students with the physical and mental skill to escape threatening situations should they ever arise.

1643 10th St
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
US

Lauren Bruns began singing in an oldies cover band in her early teens before branching out in college as a solo artist on Austin's Sixth Street. After four years in Los Angeles—during which she won V05's Red Hot Rising Star contest and signed a deal with Sony—Lauren decided to focus on working with children. She realized that kids had no access to music programs with songwriting components, so she spent three years teaching youngsters at in-home lessons and schools, all the while shaping a curriculum that encouraged kids to express themselves with original lyrics, finely tuned eyebrow raises, and music.

In 2011, Lauren opened her kids-only songwriting studio where expert teachers imbue children aged 4 and up with sight-reading, improvisation, and music-recording fundamentals. Music makers can learn basic guitar chords at private or group lessons, record an original song in the recording booth, belt out a tune on the performance stage, and practice for life on the road in the hotel-room trashing simulator. Youngsters can also experiment with different rhythms and vocal effects at GarageBand tutorials and learn a new instrument or write a new song at one-week summer-camp sessions.

1739 Berkeley St, Ste 101
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Santa Monica Scene