Things To Do In Santa Monica

Ice Skating and Hot Chocolate for Two or Four in November or January at ICE Santa Monica (Up to 31% Off)

ICE Santa Monica

Downtown Santa Monica

Winter oasis mere blocks from the beach boasts an outdoor ice rink where people of all ages skate under the sun and stars throughout winter

$36 $25

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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 Three Months of Outdoor Boot-Camp Classes from WorkoutLA (Up to 87% Off)

WorkoutLA

Multiple Locations

Outdoor exercises such as hiking, Pilates, jumping rope, and sports drills help trim waistlines during motivational group classes

$199 $35

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

MetaBody

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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$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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Tickets for Two or Four or Season Pass for One or Two to Street Food Cinema (Up to 55% Off)

Street Food Cinema

Multiple Locations

Musicians rock out before Pulp Fiction in a park, all but one, which are dog friendly

$162 $80

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$268 for a Three-Day Trip to Las Vegas from Expedition America ($400 Value). 20 Dates Available.

Expedition-America

Multiple Locations

Las Vegas trip includes tour of the Strip, VIP nightclub access on Friday and Saturday nights and a daytime party, and a stop at the outlets

$400 $268

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Standup-Paddleboard Rental or Lesson for One, Two, or Four at Malibu Paddle Surf in Santa Monica (Up to 72% Off)

Malibu Paddle Surf

Ocean Park

Instructor with more than 30 years of experience; equipment provided

$60 $24

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Electric-Bike Rental or Beach-Cruiser Rental from Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals (Up to 51% Off)

Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals

Marina Del Ray

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

$35 $17

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5, 10, or 15 Pilates Classes at Sumbody Studio (Up to 75% Off)

Sumbody Studio

Santa Monica

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

$175 $44

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

Pop Physique

Multiple Locations

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

$95 $39

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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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One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot Camps at Big Mike's Ultimate Beach Workout (89% Off)

Big Mike's Ultimate Beach Workout

Santa Monica Beach

Total-body workout pushes participants to their limits as the waves on Santa Monica beach crash beside them

$295 $35

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$45 for 10 Classes at YogaHop ($175 Value)

YogaHop

Santa Monica

Instructors invigorate students of all skill levels with dynamic yoga classes set to music

$175 $45

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Five or Nine Boxing Classes at The Stables (Up to 78% Off)

The Stables

Santa Monica

Renowned trainer and athlete Cary Williams shares expertise in small group boxing lessons

$175 $43

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One Month of Unlimited Youth or Adult Karate Classes at Goju Ryu Karatedo | Santa Monica (Up to 76% Off)

Goju Ryu Karatedo | Santa Monica

Santa Monica

Students of all ages develop self-discipline and confidence during classes that teach traditional goju ryu karate

$120 $29

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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

Over the course of the summer, Street Food Cinema rolls out more than forty events that showcase the greatest hits of the silver screen and the LA food-truck scene. When the gates open, guests spread blankets on the grass and pop open coolers. Live bands play until dusk, when crowd-pleasing movies such as Fight Club and The Sandlot across the big screen. Meanwhile, a rotating food-truck schedule assembles a diverse curbside lineup, which might include asian-inspired tacos from Komodo or the gooey delights of The Grilled Cheese Truck. Their events also feature movie-themed games projected on the big screen for audience participation. During showcases, artisan vendors are on hand selling fresh baguettes, fine meats, and sweets for purchase.

Street Food Cinema's eclectic assemblage of food, music, and films has picked up attention beyond the park's bounds, snagging mentions on NBC4 and in the Huffington Post's Broke Girls Guide. Other videos of the events in action can be seen here. It's also become known for its philanthropic work: each year the organization supports one designated local charity.

1501 Will Rogers State Park Road
Pacific Palisades,
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

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