Activities in Texas

Ballet San Antonio's "The Nutcracker" on November 30 or December 4 (Up to 37% Off)

"The Nutcracker"

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

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Tchaikovsky’s classic score twirls to life in a holiday classic which sees young Clara venture into a dreamland of snow and ice

$40.50 $30

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Holiday Hangover feat. Rhymin' N' Stealin' Beastie Boys Tribute at House of Blues Dallas (Up to 48% Off)

Holiday Hangover feat. Rhymin' N' Stealin' Beastie Boys Tribute

House of Blues Dallas

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Beastie Boys tribute unfurls a night of hip-hop to ring in the holidays

$17.33 $9

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"The Big Bash" for Two at The Hideout Theatre Through December 26 (Up to 50% Off)

"The Big Bash"

The Hideout Theatre

All-star improvisers play games, create long-form stories, and pluck laughs from thin air

$30 $15

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$20 for $40 of Arcade-Games & Batting Cages at Putt-Putt Fun Center/Alley Cats Entertainment Center

Putt-Putt Fun Center and Alley Cats Entertainment Center

Multiple Locations

Fun center offers 50–110 arcade games and batting cages are available at each Putt-Putt location

$40 $20

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Catalyst String Quartet on Monday, December 1 or Tuesday, December 2 (Up to 54% Off)

Catalyst String Quartet

Multiple Locations

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Acclaimed quartet brings fresh arrangements of iconic classical works to the stage

$26 $12

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$125 for a High-Speed Drive in a Ferrari or Lamborghini from Gotham Dream Cars ($249 Value)

Gotham Dream Cars

AT&T Stadium

A closed-course drive in an exotic car with a 500 hp. engine is captured on film

$249 $125

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Short-Track Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

CC Speedway

Professional drivers sate passengers’ need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

$99 $49

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90-Minute Wine Experience Education Class for One, Two, or Four from Wineaux Guy and Great Tastes (Up to 60% Off)

Wine Experience from Great Tastes

Multiple Locations

Groups gain knowledge to aid future wine purchases, learning the history, terroir, and climates of wines like chardonnay and malbec

$50 $25

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$23 for Monster X Tour Package with a Pit Pass at City Bank Coliseum on February 13 ($35.50 Value)

Monster X Tour

City Bank Coliseum

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Roaring monster trucks thrill motorsports fans in an high-octane evening of races, wheelies, and car crushing

$35.50 $23

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20 Classes with Optional Childcare, 10 Classes, or 1 6-Week Prenatal Session at Yoga Synergy Spa (Up to 75% Off)

Yoga Synergy Spa

Garland

The independent yoga studio hosts classes for beginners, mothers-to-be, and seniors; childcare available

$240 $59

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All-Day Admission for Two or Four to the National Scouting Museum (Up to 50% Off)

National Scouting Museum

Las Colinas

Official museum of the Boy Scouts of America houses more than 600,000 unique items

$16 $9

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3-Lap Ride-Along or 10- or 15-Lap Driving Session with Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

Ride along with a dirt-track driver or take the wheel for a 10- or 15-lap experience in a Dirt Late Model car

$129 $64

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Drive-Thru Holiday Light Park and Show Tickets at Prairie Lights (Up to 44% Off). 4 Options Available.

Prairie Lights

Lynn Creek Park

Two miles of dazzling drive-thru displays end in a sprawling light tunnel; themed souvenirs abound in a gift shop for the whole family

$39 $22

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Four-Hour Single, Double, or Triple Kayak Rental from South Padre Island Watersports (50% Off)

South Padre Island Watersports

South Padre Island

On kayaks, riders encounter more than 100 species of birds while paddling shallow blue waters of Laguna Madre Bay

$50 $25

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Repticon Houston for Two Adults and Two Children at Pasadena Convention Center and Fairgrounds (Up to 50% Off)

Repticon Houston

Pasadena Convention Center and Fairgrounds

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Reptile, amphibian, and arachnid breeders and experts showcase creatures’ behavior and biology through exhibits and demonstrations

$30 $15

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Entry for Two or a Family of Four to Texas Tackle Hunting & Boat Show from Montgomery Productions (50% Off)

Montgomery Productions

Big Town Event Center

Fishing and hunting gear as well as activities such as an outdoor fishing pond for kids and a dog-jumping show

$24 $12

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$10 for Ice Skating with Skate Rental for Two at Dr. Pepper StarCenter ($20 Value)

Dr. Pepper StarCenter

Multiple Locations

Strapped into figure or hockey skates, pairs glide across the sprawling ice rink

$20 $10

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Three-Hour Activities Wristband at The Zone Action Park for Two, Four, or Six People (Up to 54% Off)

The Zone Action Park

McAllen

Enjoy a half-day of fun activities with a group as you race one another on the track, splash in bumper boats, or putt past golf obstacles

$36 $18

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2 Months of Unlimited Boot Camp Sessions from InnerTech Fitness and Nutrition (75% Off)

Innertech Fitness And Nutrtion

Killeen

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

$320 $80

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Texas Sports Hall of Fame (Up to 61% Off)

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Museum space holds more than 35,000 square feet of legendary sports memorabilia from Texas' best athletes and sports moments

$14 $5.50

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PADI Open-Water Scuba Certification Class for One or Two at International Scuba (Up to 46% Off)

International Scuba

Southwest Carrollton

Scuba certification class includes in-pool class and open-water dives

$349 $189

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Five Zumba Classes from Zumba Fitness (44% Off)

Zumba Fitness

Beaumont

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

$50 $28

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$10 for $18 Worth of Books and a Visit for Two to National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

Original Town North

Hundreds of lavishly illustrated children's books, some signed by Caldecott Award–winning artists, at illustration center's bookstore

$18 $10

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$29 for Two Weeks of Classes and One Personal Skills Session at Title Boxing Club (Up to $90.49 value)

Title Boxing Club

Multiple Locations

Trainers teach students how to land jabs, hooks, and roundhouse kicks using pads and heavy bags

$90.49 $29

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$29 for Two Weeks of Classes and One Personal Skills Session at Title Boxing Club (Up to $90.49 value)

Title Boxing Club

Multiple Locations

Trainers teach students how to land jabs, hooks, and roundhouse kicks using pads and heavy bags

$90.49 $29

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$35 for Three Private Lessons, One Group Lesson, and One Dance Party at Elegance Ballroom ($125 Value)

Elegance Ballroom

Polo Park

Seasoned instructors lead students through the steps, spins, and twirls of dance styles such as waltz, tango, and swing

$125 $35

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$138 for $250 Worth of Services at Party Palace

Party Palace

Odessa

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

$250 $138

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Penfold Theatre Company's "A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast" at Old Settler's Hall, December 4–27 (Up to 54% Off)

A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast

Old Settler's Hall

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Beloved tale of a department-store Santa who claims he’s the real deal, reinterpreted as a staged radio play with live foley effects

$54 $25

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10 or 20 Group Fitness Classes at Transform U (Up to 66% Off)

Transform U

Richardson

Trainers help exercisers build strength and endurance and achieve their fitness goals in group classes

$100 $35

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Wildlife-Refuge Visit for 2, 4, or 10 at Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge (Up to 50% Off)

Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge

Tyler

From behind a double fence, watch more than 40 types of rescued big cats in environs that simulate their native habitats

$20 $10

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Two-Hour Introduction to Sailing Lesson for One or Two from Sail Dallas (Up to 52% Off)

Sail Dallas

Lewisville

Captains set sail for at-sea sailing lessons that cover sailing basics, knots & boating safety aboard J/24 sailboats

$99 $49

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Santa's Wonderland with Hayride for Two or Four (Up to 37% Off)

Santa's Wonderland

South Brazos

Holiday park gifts visitors with a dazzling display of lights that stretch for more than a mile

$51.90 $35

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Human Rights Walk & Festival Package for One or Two at Town Green Park on Saturday, December 6 (Up to 50% Off)

Human Rights Walk & Festival

The Woodlands

Celebrate Human Rights Day with family entertainment, games and crafts, and a raffle with prizes including an iPad and a resort stay

$35 $20

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Ballet or Yoga Classes for One, or Salsa Classes for Two at San Angelo Civic Ballet (Up to 53% Off)

San Angelo Civic Ballet

San Angelo

Community-focused ballet school reaches beyond the stage to teach adults and teens yoga and salsa

$50 $25

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$25 for Two Weeks of Unlimited Boxing Classes with Hand Wraps at TITLE Boxing Club ($56.48 Value)

TITLE Boxing Club

Pearland

Instructors help achieve weight-loss goals by leading dynamic, total-body boxing and calorie-burning classes that help men & women get fit

$56.48 $25

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Allen Americans Hockey Game at Allen Event Center on December 3 or 10 (Up to 44% Off). Three Seating Options Available.

Allen Americans

Allen Event Center

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After winning back-to-back championships in the CHL, the Americans take on new opponents during their debut season in the ECHL

$21.25 $12

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Six Training Sessions from Baggs of Fitness/Next Level (78% Off)

Baggs Of Fitness

League City

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

$400 $88

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60-Minute Intro Pole Class for One or Two at Head Over Heels Fitness (57% Off)

Head Over Heels Fitness

Longview

Special classes combine pole dancing, yoga, and other techniques to whip bodies into shape in a fun environment

$30 $13

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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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10 or 15 Boot-Camp or CrossFit Classes at Alpha Fit (61% Off)

Alpha Fit

Edinburg

CrossFit and boot camp both employ high-intensity methods to quickly reshape bodies within the span of a four-week session

$100 $39

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$151 for $275 Worth of Volleyball — RGV Events, LLC

Rgv Events, Llc

Mission

Six-player teams take on The OMG Mud Volleyball Tournament on June 14th at the Corn Maze in Donna. Children under 12 are free.

$275 $151

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Four Weeks of Mommy and Me Dance Classes or Fit4Baby Classes at Fit 4 Mom (Up to 56% Off)

fit 4 mom - Bryan

Bryan

Moms-to-be can strengthen their bodies in preparation for birth, while mommy-and-me classes have moms and tots moving to the beat

$45 $20

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Dragster Ride-Along or Drive from Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience (Up to 31% Off). Four Options Available.

Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

Dragster creates g-force as drivers accelerate to speeds of 100+ mph during ride-alongs or self-piloted adventures

$169 $119

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$35 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga and Tai Chi Classes at Dahn Yoga ($160 Value)

Dahn Yoga and Tai Chi

Multiple Locations

Instructors lead students of all ages & fitness levels in yoga & tai chi classes designed to strengthen the body while quieting the mind

$160 $35

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Clay-Pigeon-Shooting Course for Two or Four at Clay Mound Sporting Center (56% Off)

Clay Mound Sporting

Clay Mound Sporting

Facility with two sporting-clays courses and a five-stand setup; more than 40 Promatic machines that can be controlled wirelessly

$130 $59

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Six-Week Gut Buster Boot Camp (Up to 87% Off)

Private Workout

Multiple Locations

Personalized exercise program pairs high-intensity cardio with resistance training in private workout rooms

$149 $19

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$50 for $100 Worth of Training Gift Cards for CHL Classes, Handgun Classes, and More at Texas Gun Pros

Texas Gun Pros

Texas Gun Pros Training Center

NRA-certified instructors teach CHL classes, NRA basic pistol classes, and more with a relaxed style that’s accessible to all

$100 $50

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$19 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga, Zumba, and Pilates Classes at Yoga Chicks Studio ($45 Value)

Yoga Chicks Studio

Victoria

A roster of enthusiastic female teachers lead yoga, Zumba, and Pilates classes that help lengthen and tone bodies; all ages welcome

$45 $19

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River Tubing with Tubes, Cooler Tube, and Re-rides for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at Chuck's Tubes (Up to 57% Off)

Chuck's Tubes

Downtown New Braunfels

Tubes and coolers float down Comal River before a shuttle takes groups on unlimited trips back to launch point

$81 $39

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Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Spring-Break Kids' Camp at Spirals Gym & Ed-Venture Kids Center (58% Off)

Spirals Gym & Ed-Venture Kids Center

Mansfield

Ages 6–13 practice good sportsmanship, create holiday-themed crafts, play games, and socialize

$134 $58

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One or Two Months of Weekly Horseback-Riding Lessons at Edgebrook Equestrian Center (Up to 54% Off)

Edgebrook Equestrian Center

Montgomery

Equestrian center’s dedicated instructors groom safe and confident riders during lessons held in arenas

$135 $67

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21 Days or 6 Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Sessions at Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 85% Off)

Fit Body Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

Trainers lead groups through cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

$185 $39

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Concealed-Handgun or Modern-Sporting-Rifle (AR) Course or Virtual Range at Gander Mountain Academy (Up to 52% Off)

Gander Mountain Academy

Spring

CHL and modern-sporting rifle courses train students with classes and virtual and live range sessions; CHL course preps students for license

$99 $49

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1-, 2-, or 3-Month Unlimited Membership with Uniform at Grapevine Martial Arts and H-E-B Martial Arts (Up to 85% Off)

Grapevine Martial Arts and H-E-B Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

The martial-arts schools' owners trained under the founder of the Youn Wha Ryu martial-arts style; a uniform is included with membership

$189 $29

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10 PGDC Bootcamp Classes or One Month of Unlimited PGDC Bootcamp Classes at Fitness With Ab (Up to 60% Off)

Fitness With Ab

De Soto

Indoor fitness classes meet twice a week

$100 $40

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Texas Stars American Hockey League Game for Two or Four at Cedar Park Center on Friday, November 28 (Up to 52% Off)

Texas Stars

Cedar Park Center

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Behind All-Star and league MVP Travis Morin, the defending Calder Cup champion Stars square off against the Barons at Cedar Park Center

$68.24 $37

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Moody Gardens Festival of Lights and Home for the Holidays Gift Market (Up to 57% Off). Three Options Available.

Moody Gardens

Galveston

On Thanksgiving weekend, more than 100 craft, decor, food, and accessory vendors set up; one million bulbs create dazzling light displays

$37.90 $19

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$32 for a Wine Class for Two with Lunch, Tour, and Glasses at Inwood Estates Vineyards at The Vineyard of Florence ($80 Value)

Inwood Estates Vineyards at The Vineyard of Florence

Florence

Wine experts detail vinification from the vine to the glass with a winery tour and Wine 101 class; lunch and souvenir glasses included

$80 $32

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10 or 16 Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform and Testing at Karate 4 Kids (Up to 91% Off)

Karate 4 Kids

Bedford Meadows

Adults and kids aged 3 and older learn tae kwon do skills at a school focused on encouraging positive mental attitudes and high goal setting

$220 $20

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Two 60-Minute Polo Lessons for One or Two at Green Acres Polo (40% Off)

Green Acres Polo

Northeast Travis

Kids, adults, or people who have never ridden a horse learn the sport of kings with included horse and equipment

$100 $60

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Holiday Tea Party for One, Two, or Three Mother-Daughter Duos at Let's Pretend Tea Parties (Up to 62% Off) 

Let's Pretend Tea Parties

Grapevine

China teacups brimming with tea and cupcake are served with other treats to mother-daughter pairs, who also receive updos and manicures

$51.80 $20

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$12 for a Drive-in Double Feature with Popcorn and Soda for Two at The Showboat Drive-in (Up to $19 Value)

The Showboat Drive-in

Northwest Harris

Cars pull up to one of two jumbo screens for a double feature, tuning in to sound through their FM radios

$19 $12

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MMA or Karate Classes; or Power Kickboxing Classes at Twin Dragons Mixed Martial Arts (Up to 70% Off)

Twin Dragons Mixed Martial Arts

Texas City

Students gain strength, stamina, and self-defense skills in MMA or karate classes, or torch calories in high-impact power kickboxing classes

$220 $100

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Paintball Packages for 2, 4, 6, or 10 at Ellen's Amusement Center (Up to 54% Off)

Ellen's Amusement Center

Cedar Hill

Squads equipped with paintball guns & gear head to four fields encompassing two speedball courses & wooded area

$80 $38

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Hot Air Balloon Ride for One or Two from Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides (Up to 52% Off)

Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides

Multiple Locations

Take flight in an 8-story-tall hot-air balloon, soaring over scenery for about 1 hour punctuated by a traditional post-landing toast

$399 $199

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes with a Smoothie at Yoganics (Up to 77% Off)

Yoganics

Wylie

Hot yoga, Girls' Night Out yoga, and 11 other yoga classes tone bodies and release stress

$76.94 $18

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$99 for a VIP Annual Pass to Cinnamon Creek Ranch Archery ($199 Value)

Blue Sky Media

Cinnamon Creek Ranch Archery

Range fees and equipment discounts at Cinnamon Creek Ranch Archery

$199 $99

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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Admission for Two, Four, or Up to Eight to Sam Houston Memorial Museum (Up to 47% Off)

Sam Houston Memorial Museum

Huntsville

15-acre museum honors the life and times of Sam Houston through artifacts and historical exhibits relating to the legendary Texan

$8 $5

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$39 for Six Weeks of Unlimited Boot Camp at iChoosefit ($180 Value)

iChoosefit

Multiple Locations

Led by experience coaches, campers sweat through six weeks of unlimited classes as they sculpt stronger physiques

$180 $39

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$108 for $197 Worth of Horseback Riding — Lazyrockingkp.Ranch

Lazyrockingkpranch

Sherman

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

$197 $108

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Four or Six Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Spark Fitness Bootcamp (Up to 69% Off)

Spark Fitness Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

Trainers lead exercises designed to burn up to 1,000 calories during one-hour classes that students can attend up to seven times a week

$112 $37

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18-Hole Round of Golf for One, Two, or Four at Stone River Golf Club in Royse City (Up to 47% Off)

Stone River Golf Club

Royse City

Bermuda short grasses cover rolling countryside at 6,432-yard course speckled with ponds & an irons-only driving range alongside.

$41.76 $22

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One or Two Months of Beginners' or Intermediate Kids' Dance Lessons at Doubletake Dance Studio (Up to 65% Off)

Doubletake Dance Studio

Hurst

Expert instructors lead children aged 2 and older through ballet, jazz, hip hop, or tap classes

$105 $40

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One or Two Months of Outdoor Boot Camp at Refuge Training (Up to 80% Off)

Refuge Training

Burleson

Outdoor boot camp doesn’t use stressful, screaming drill-sergeant approach

$200 $49

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One or Three 30-Minute Piano, Guitar, or Voice Lessons at Just Rock Enterprises (Up to 54% Off)

Just Rock Enterprises

Lancaster

Lessons introduce students to techniques for playing the piano or guitar, or help develop singing skills

$40 $20

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One-Hour Private Introductory Class and One or Five Beginner Classes at RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 87% Off)

RCJ Machado Jiu-jitsu

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach students of all ages self-defense techniques, such as take-downs and submissions, that also boost strength and flexibility

$60 $8

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Six or Eight Barre Fitness Classes at Marie Christine's Dance and Fitness (Up to 61% Off)

Marie Christine's Dance and Fitness

Multiple Locations

Trainers blend Pilates core work with ballet exercises and yoga to help build strong, lean muscle

$100 $39

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One-Year Membership for Two Adults or Family to San Jacinto Museum of History (Up to 56% Off)

San Jacinto Museum of History

Southeast Harris

Artifacts and artwork from Mexican Texas, the Texas revolution, and the Republic of Texas; memberships include gifts and discounts

$75 $35

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While many children learn by performing hands-on tasks, school systems have yet to figure out how to incorporate gardens, imagination workshops, and towering aqueduct mazes into their budgets. With 90,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, the Children's Museum of Houston sparks creativity by allowing kids to explore 14 learning stations. Ranked No. 1 among the 10 best children's museums in the nation by Parents magazine, named one of the 12 best children's museums in the country by Forbes.com and one of the 10 best by USA TODAY, and voted Best Museum in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by the Houston A-List Poll, the museum has accrued a lot of praise. The Huffington Post has also given a nod to the Children's Museum of Houston, which encourages children to explore their curious nature with a variety of interactive exhibits. Exhibits include the interactive EcoStation, a solar-powered outdoor utopia with activities such as stream creation and leaf rubbing that inspire kids to think about environmental responsibility. At the Invention Convention workshop, kids can explore engineering possibilities with building blocks, propellers, and even basic robotics. The sprawling cityscape of Kidtropolis invites children to participate in a simulated economy. The experience requires them to earn paychecks, budget money on pretend debit cards, vote for political candidates, and learn how to obsessively check milk expiration dates at the onsite grocery store.

1500 Binz St.
Houston,
TX
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Albert Friedrich poured the first foamer at The Buckhorn Saloon in 1881. Early in his bartending days, Friedrich began accepting horns and antlers in exchange for whiskey and beer, leading to a unique collection now exhibited in The Buckhorn Museum. The historic tavern claims that Teddy Roosevelt once recruited Rough Riders from among its patrons, and it is also rumored as the place where Pancho Villa plotted the Mexican Revolution. An original handcrafted marble-and-cherry-wood back bar and other historic furnishings still reside in the saloon, where guests now swig locally brewed beers and challenge each other to taser duels. Visitors come face to face with the taxidermal heads and other artifacts from more than 520 species, including a 1,056-pound black marlin and a prehistoric irish-elk skull and antlers. The museum also lays claims to a preserved whitetail deer and the rattlesnake rattle artwork of Friedrich’s wife, which guests can show to their own pet snakes as a cautionary example of what happens to misbehaving reptiles.

Adjacent to The Buckhorn Museum, The Texas Ranger Museum houses Texas Ranger paraphernalia such as sawed-off shotguns, badges, and photographs. At Ranger Town, young whippersnappers delight in glimpses of life during turn-of-the-century San Antonio, as depicted by a re-created jail, smith, and telegraph office, as well as the Bonnie and Clyde exhibit, where a '34 Ford V8 Deluxe sits anxiously awaiting its next adventure. On their way out, visitors can drop in at a museum gift shop that traces its own origins to 1920, when it was a curios store.

318 East Houston Street
San Antonio,
TX
US

Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill: A User's Guide

Steak and Seafood | Chicago-Style Chophouse Atmosphere | Freshly Baked Popover Starters

Sample Menu

  • Entree (meat): filet mignon with roquefort-bacon-walnut butter and port demi-glace
  • Entree (seafood): miso-glazed salmon with ginger-sake butter
  • Side: mac and cheese with smoked gouda, ham, and white-truffle oil
  • Sunday brunch: crab-cake benedict and a bloody mary

    While You're Waiting

    • Try not to fill up on the popovers. These flaky, fresh-from-the-oven treats begin every meal, and they're known to be quite addictive.
    • Nurse one of the house-specialty cocktails: a Grey Goose martini. The vodka is served at a chilly 28 degrees thanks to the restaurant’s frozen-tap system.

      Inside Tips

      • At Kenny's, the owners pride themselves on their laid-back atmosphere, where their only policy is "to have no policy." If you want to make substitutions, the chef can do that. If you want to split a check, the server can do that, too.
      • Reservations are recommended.

        While You're in the Neighborhood
        Before: Select a predinner drink from the dizzying selection of draft beers at Flying Saucer (14999 Montfort Drive).
        After: Head down the street to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar (4980 Beltline Road) for a night of dancing to the ivory-tickling tunes of A-list pianists.



        If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Kenny’s Burger Joint (1377 Legacy Drive, Suite 120, Frisco, TX), where the owners of Kenny's Wood Fired Grill shift the spotlight to handcrafted burgers.

5000 Belt Line Rd
Dallas,
TX
US

Since its origins as a converted parking garage, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has ushered film-lovers of all breeds into its auditoriums, even gaining a following among Hollywood legends; Quentin Tarantino has been known to host five-day movie marathons at Alamo. The theater has earned that reputation by making moviegoing a personal experience, from the menu of handcrafted snacks and locally brewed beer to the completely ad-free presentations before shows. Alamo?s ninja servers pick up written food and drink orders throughout the movie and serve moviegoers directly at their seat. The staff enforces a strict no-talking, no-texting policy by kicking out any offenders, falling just short of yanking them from their seats with a giant's shepherd's crook.

Both first-run blockbusters and classics are projected onto Alamo's silver screens in crisp 35-millimeter or digital format. Meanwhile, surround speakers immerse audiences in the cinematic soundscape, whether they're seated in one of the expansive theaters afforded to blockbuster reels or the more intimate spaces reserved for indie films wound around tiny bobbins. Despite Alamo's vow of silence, fan-centric Quote-Along and Sing-Along nights encourage guests to shout their favorite lines, and actors, directors, and other celebrities often attend special screenings to lead in-depth discussions. These exclusive events have led to acclaim for Alamo from publications such as Entertainment Weekly, which called it ?one of America's most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences,? and Wired, which opined that it "might just be the coolest movie theater in the world."

1120 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin,
TX
US

More than 325 bottles of international wine fill Zambrano Wine Cellar’s shelves and its climate-controlled wine cellar, arranged by chef, wine enthusiast, and owner Cef Zambrano. When not hobnobbing with celebrities such as Harrison Ford, Nolan Ryan, and Katie Couric, Zambrano coordinates a menu of bistro fare to harmonize with his library of wine selections, which received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2009. Zambrano presents updated takes on Mediterranean favorites, crafting small plates of escargot broiled in garlic butter and shallots, as well as four types of bruschetta topped with tomato, chicken, duck, or fillet tips. Diners can dive into shared nibbles with custom plates of international meats and cheeses or pizzas topped margherita-style or with signature spanish ham.

Zambrano’s prized glass wine cellar sits behind a smooth stone bar, inlaid with variegated amethyst that glows as it catches the light better than an outfielder with a magnifying glass. While perched at its high-backed leather banquettes, diners can sip from the 50-plus list of wines by the glass while gazing at a flat-screen TV in the corner or admiring the custom art on the dining room’s exposed-brick walls. In the front of the dining room, gauzy orange curtains frame sheets of sunlight that illuminate simple wooden tables, each adorned with a single flower that provides color and an amuse-bouche for hungrier guests. A sidewalk patio offers al fresco dining and bustling sights of Sundance Square.

910 Houston St
Fort Worth,
TX
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The grappling fighting style known as jujitsu first came to Brazil in 1914 stored in the hands and mind of Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese immigrant and master of the art. He only stayed a year, but it was enough time to plant the seeds for a new jujitsu academy in Brazil. One of the first students at that academy was Hélio Gracie.

Hélio absorbed the fighting style quickly, adapting many of the techniques to suit his small frame. He discovered methods of leverage that allowed him to execute joint locks, choke holds, and takedowns on much larger opponents, forming the core of his new Gracie jujitsu method. Ultimately, Hélio's son Royce brought the fighting style to America, famously winning UFC 1, 2, and 4 by defeating opponents many times his own size. Suddenly, Americans lined up to learn this newly unveiled Brazilian fighting style, demonstrating their eagerness by folding themselves inside a box and shipping themselves south.

Relson Gracie, Hélio's second oldest son, chose to be an ambassador of his family's fighting style. He was already teaching abroad when his little brother Royce skyrocketed Brazilian jujitsu to popularity. He founded his first school under the name Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Hawaii, and as the art became popular, he opened new branches of his academy all across the United States. Today, he visits more than 40 academies and associations, sharing his knowledge with thousands of students. In his absence, he leaves instructors whom he personally trained to oversee the education of aspiring fighters.

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