Kids Activities in Walnut Park


$165 for $300 Worth of Moonwalk Rental — G & G Movie Screens

G & G Movie Screens

Bell

Backyard movie night! Outdoor screen package includes: 12-foot screen, HD projector, 2500-watt powered speaker.

$300 $165

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Admission for Two or Four to Heritage Square Museum (Up to 43% Off)

Heritage Square Museum

Montecito Heights

Museum recreates 19th century California with Victorian architecture, a post-WWI soda fountain, and guides dressed in period clothing

$20 $12

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$39 for a Two-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson for One at SUP with Wade ($80 Value)

SUP with Wade

SUP with Wade

Instructors with years of stand-up paddleboard experience shares tips with newbies on the calms waters of San Pedro

$80 $39

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Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 65% Off)

AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

More than 200 locations across the country offer two-hour bowling packages for groups of two, four, or six

$40.38 $17

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General Admission for Two or Four Adults, or Dual or Family Membership at USS "IOWA" (Up to 40% Off)

USS IOWA

LA Waterfront / San Pedro

Storied battleship educates visitors after a 70-year naval career, letting them learn its history and venture through its honeycombed halls

$36 $24

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($ 129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

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

$129.95 $49

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Standup-Paddleboarding Lessons or Four-Hour Rental for One or Two at Venice Beach Surf School (Up to 85% Off)

Venice Beach Surf School

Venice Beach Surf School

Instructor with more than 25 years slicing waves teaches students to master the same

$160 $43

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120-Minute Painting Class from Art of Bella (44% Off)

Art Of Bella Studio

Mid-Wilshire

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$45 $25

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$38 for $85 Toward one hour guitar lesson (with extra 15 minute "how to practice" coaching session)

Zotzinmusic

Atwater Village

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$85 $38

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Admission for Two, Four, or Eight to S.S. Lane Victory (Up to 50% Off)

S.S. Lane Victory

LA Harbor, San Pedro

Historic landmark and floating museum helped evacuate Korean refugees, served in post-WWII aid missions, and has appeared in numerous films

$10 $5

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Four or Eight Weekly Mommy and Me Children's Enrichment Classes at Splatter Kreations (Up to 53% Off)

Splatter Kreations

Los Angeles

Parents work along with their children as they discover music, sign language, or academic subjects in a safe environment

$60 $29

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Two-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental, or One or Three Lessons from Paddle Surf LA (Up to 71% Off)

Paddle Surf LA

Paddle Surf LA

Learn how to navigate the waters of Marina Del Rey while paddling sturdy longboards

$60 $22

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One-Day Afterschool Robotics Workshop for One or Two Children at Rolling Robots (42% Off)

Rolling Robots

Multiple Locations

After school, children learn to design, program, and create robots during a 1 hour lesson, followed by 90 minutes of open build time

$50 $29

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$38 for $75 Toward piano, violin, voice, music production, or acting lessons

Renacer Entertainment Music Lessons & Performance Coaching

North Hollywood

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$75 $38

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$149 for $298 Groupon — LA Voice & Music

La Voice & Music

Crenshaw

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$298 $149

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5 or 10 Open-Play Visits at Under the Sea Indoor Playground (Up to 55% Off)

Under the Sea Indoor Playground

Multiple Locations

Imagination and energy run wild as kids traipse through climbing structures and turbo slides surrounded by colorful ocean-themed murals

$55 $27

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$20 for $50 Worth of Music Lessons — Daniel Amalm Guitar Tuition

Daniel Amalm

Los Angeles

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$50 $20

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Lifetime Membership and One Month of Classes and Play Sessions for One or Two Children at My Gym (Up to 75% Off)

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

West Los Angeles - Santa Monica

Kids develop basic motor skills and play sports in age-appropriate classes

$163 $41

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$217 for $395 Worth of Paddleboarding — High Tide Surf Co.

High Tide Surf Co

Northwest San Pedro

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$395 $217

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Single-Day Admission or Membership to Museum of Tolerance (Up to 56% Off). Five Options Available.

Museum of Tolerance

Beverlywood

Interactive exhibits on the Holocaust and contemporary human-rights violations illustrate the consequences of intolerance

$31 $17

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4, 8, or 16 Kid's After-School Art Classes at M.D. Art Studio (42% Off)

M.D. Art Studio

M.D. Art Studio

Kids from ages 6 to 12 can learn the basics of different art forms during classes held right after school

$120 $70

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Four or Eight Private Guitar Lessons at Westwood Carnaval Music School (Up to 58% Off)

Westwood Carnaval Music School

UCLA

Instructors teach students basic or more advanced guitar skills during private lessons

$160 $70

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Open Play, One-Month Membership, or Birthday Party at We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym (Up to 56% Off)

We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym

Tarzana

At an indoor playground/sensory gym with trampolines, climbing structures & zipline, kids across the autism spectrum socialize and have fun

$60 $32

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One-Year Individual or Family/Dual Membership to the Chinese American Museum (Up to 56% Off)

Chinese American Museum

Chinese American Museum

In its 10th year, CAM’s current exhibits include L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, documenting Chinese immigration to the States

$50 $22

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Admission for Two or Four with $10 or $20 Off at Gift Shop at The Museum of Contemporary Art (56% Off)

The Museum of Contemporary Art ( moca )

Museum of Contemporary Art

Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other visual masters star in permanent collection at museum filled with post-1940 art

$34 $15

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Two One-Hour Jump Passes at Sky Zone (Up to 50% Off). Two Locations Available.

Sky Zone

Multiple Locations

Bounce around the indoor trampoline playground for two hours of energy-expending fun; choose from locations in Covina and Los Angeles

$34 $17

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T-Shirt Painting for One, Two, or Four at Paint My Teez (Up to 51% Off)

Paint My Teez

Paint My Teez

Kids have fun while designing and painting their own t-shirt, with professional t-shirt printing available

$20 $10

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One, Three, or Six 30-Minute Piano Lessons at Piano Studies LA (Up to 59% Off)

Piano Studies LA

Hollywood

Each lesson covers both technical and musical aspects of piano-playing, focusing on the student's choice of classical or popular songs

$40 $18

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Seven-Day Musical Instrument Course at STAR Enrichment Center (50% Off)

Star Education

Los Angeles

From the merchant: The Listen: A Brief Exploration into Modern Art Music & Close Listening, Tues 6-7:30pm, Oct 28th-Dec 23rd, Adults 16+

$240 $120

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Family or Individual Travel Town Museum Foundation Membership (Up to 55% Off)

Travel Town Museum Foundation

Travel Town Museum

Support educational outreach and restoration programs with a year of gift shop discounts, admission to members-only events, and souvenirs

$60 $27

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Four Piano, Guitar, Drums, or Other Instruments Lessons at SpectraMusic (50% Off)

Spectramusic

Los Angeles

From the merchant: Four half-hour lessons with a professional piano, voice, guitar, bass, or drum teacher at less than half the cost.

$120 $60

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One- or Two-Month Free Bird Membership or Three-Month Open-Play Membership at Pamper and Play (Up to 66% Off)

Pamper and Play

West Los Angeles

Indoor play center offers parents playtime for kids; activities include a bubble machine and mini trampoline plus toys and games

$69 $30

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$35 for $60 Groupon — Around the Globe Kid's Center

Around The Globe Kids Center

Around The Globe Kids Center

From the merchant: 5 Play passes for all day admission.

$60 $35

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$77 for $140 Worth of Sports Camp — Active Kidz Camp

Active Kidz Camp

Los Angeles

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$140 $77

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$25 for Entry to Los Angeles Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Sunday, April 12 ($55 Value)

Challenge Nation

Border Grill

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

$55 $25

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Two 1-Hour Jump Passes including SkySocks or Jump Around Party Package For Up to 10 at Sky Zone (Up to 44% Off)

Sky Zone

Torrance

Bounce on a massive sea of connected trampolines and angled wall trampolines with Sky Slam, Foam Zone and Ultimate Dodgeball

$32 $18

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One or Two 30-Minute Private Guitar or Piano Lessons at Delian Music (Up to 58% Off)

Delian Music

Delian Music

During one-on-one lessons, students take advice from accomplished musicians sporting degrees

$30 $15

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Admission with Pony, Train, and Merry-Go-Round Rides for Two or Four at Montebello Barnyard Zoo (Up to 54%)

Montebello Barnyard Zoo

Montebello

A rustic farm setting features pony rides, a merry-go-round, and up-close interactions with zebras, llamas, cows, and various farm animals

$28 $14

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Ice Skating for Two or Four with Skate Rental at The Rinks (Half Off)

The Rinks

Multiple Locations

Lace up ice skates and enjoy open-skate sessions on Olympic rink

$24 $16

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Two-Hour Wristband for One or Two at Go Kart World (36% Off)

Go Kart World

Go Kart World

Six go-kart tracks entice families and celebrities alike with sprint-car and euro-car racing

$40 $26

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Two-Hour Group Standup-Paddleboard Lesson for One, Two, or Four from Marina Paddle (Up to 75% Off)

Marina Paddle

Marina Del Ray

Group lessons introduce participants to safe maneuvering techniques for surfing-and-paddling hybrid

$80 $20

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Whale-Watching and Nature Cruise for One or Two from Marina Del Rey Sportfishing (Up to 50% Off)

Marina Del Rey Sportfishing

Marina Del Rey Sportfishing

For about three hours, a sightseeing boat searches the ocean for whales, porpoises, dolphins, seabirds, seals, and sea lions

$35 $18

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Four or Eight 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Vez Guitar Academy (Up to 68% Off)

Vez Guitar Academy

Vez Guitar Academy

Instructor with more than three decades of experience tailors half-hour guitar lessons to students' preferences

$100 $35

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Four or Eight Guitar Lessons (Up to 65% Off)

Guitar Lessons with Angelo

Guitar Lessons with Angelo

Learn how to play the guitar with an instructor whose been teaching blues, rock, pop, finger-style, and swing jazz for nine years

$100 $45

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$36 for $80 Worth of Music Lessons — Music Lessons & Performance Coaching

Music Lessons & Performance Coaching

North Hollywood

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$80 $36

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5 or 10 Indoor Play Sessions at Kid Concepts U.S.A. (Up to 42% Off)

Kid Concepts U.S.A

Torrance

Interactive play areas for kids of all ages, including a massive three-level structure

$50 $30

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Four Children's Development or Music Classes, or Mobile Music Party from Wondertree Kids (Up to 60% Off)

Wondertree Kids

El Segundo

Developmental classes combine fun activities with stimulating exercises to stimulate cognitive skills

$104 $49

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One or Three Months of Open Play and Classes at Magical Playground (51% Off)

Magical Playground

Magical Playground - Whittier

Bounce-house, play center, see-saw, and ride-ons amuse kids during open play; arts and crafts and other classes expand kids’ minds

$75 $37

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Up to 58% Off Batting Cage — All-Star Baseball School

All-Star Baseball School

South Pasadena

Equipped with rental bats and helmets, guests hit line drives in cages and depart with chewing gum, baseball cards, and instructional DVDs

$60 $25

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Rock-Climbing-and-Ropes-Course Outing for One, Two, or Four at AdventurePlex in Manhattan Beach (Up to 40% Off)

AdventurePlex

Adventure Plex At Marine

Ropes course challenges kids & adults with four obstacles before they tackle the multilevel paths of 35-foot outdoor rock-climbing walls

$20 $12

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Four Dance and Gym Classes or Four Art Classes at Oodles Learning Center & Kids Gym (Up to 55% Off)

Oodles Learning Center and Kids Gym

Cerritos

The staff leads 60-minute classes that help kids learn a new dance move, improve their balance, or boost their creativity through drawing

$45 $21

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90-Minute SUP Lesson Package for 1 or 2 or Birthday-Party Package for Up to 10 at Paddle House (Up to 71% Off)

Paddle House

Redondo Beach

Guests learn the basics of easy-to-master standup paddleboards, enjoying a yoga lesson or party that lets them revel on a yacht post paddle

$90 $40

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One Month of Classes and Play Sessions for One or Two at My Gym Children's Fitness Center (Up to 70% Off)

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

My Gym Redondo Beach

Kids from 7 months to 13 years old learn to play and socialize in age-appropriate classes that challenge them mentally and physically

$163 $49

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Six-Day Musical Instrument Course at Fantasia Family Music (55% Off)

Fantasia Family Music

Redondo Beach

Learn the ukulele; 60-minute weekly group lessons Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 3:30; session from November 4 to December 16

$125 $56

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Five Open-Play Sessions or One-Month Membership for Three Kids at We Rock The Spectrum Glendale LLC (Up to 50% Off)

We Rock The Spectrum Glendale LLC

We Rock The Spectrum Glendale

All kids welcomed at fun center designed for kids with special needs; playground and arts ‘n’ crafts; cleaned daily with green products

$50 $30

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$165 for $300 Worth of Music Lessons — Innovative Speech & Language Pathology

Innovative Speech & Language Pathology

Beverly Hills

From the merchant: Parent & Me (TalkBeat) classes, lead by certified clinicians help children thrive in learning & communication skills.

$300 $165

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One-Month Indoor Playground Pass for One or Two Children at Twinkle Twinkle Kids' Café (Up to 55% Off)

Twinkle Twinkle Kids' Café

Lomita

Kids up to 7 years old or 4 feet tall play on the safe, clean indoor playground featuring tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate toys

$50 $23

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One Month of Band Classes or Private Music Lessons at Modern Music School (75% Off)

Modern Music School

Multiple Locations

International music school's technically trained teachers guide pupils through rock, funk, jazz, and pop music suited for all skill levels

$99 $25

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Piano and Me Lessons for Kids Aged 2 and Younger at Pasadena Piano Academy (60% Off). Four Options Available.

Pasadena Piano Academy

Pasadena

Little ones, accompanied by an adult, build the necessary motor skills to excel at piano during these pre-introduction classes

$285 $115

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Four, Six, or Eight 30-Minute Music Lessons at Allen School of Music (Up to 61% Off)

Allen School of Music

Allen School of Music

30-minute private music lessons in piano, voice, guitar, bass, brass, and songwriting

$100 $43

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Five Open Play Sessions, One-Month Membership, or Birthday Party at We Rock the Spectrum (Up to 56% Off)

We Rock the Spectrum

Pasadena

Inclusive, nurturing play environment encourages all children to explore, socialize, and have fun

$60 $32

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Visit for Two or Four or Membership to Pasadena Museum of California Art (Up to Half Off)

Pasadena Museum of California Art

West Central

Art museum features modern design, textiles, woodblock prints, and sculptures created by California artists

$50 $25

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$22 for $55 Worth of Music Lessons — Russian Music Center

Russian Music Center

Temple City

From the merchant: Includes a 60-minute private lesson with a professional instructor covering basic introduction of the instrument

$55 $22

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2.5-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from L.A. Harbor Sportfishing (Up to 61% Off)

L.A. Harbor Sportfishing

Long Beach

Whatever the time of year, captains know the best spots to spot these majestic mammals on curated whale-watching expeditions

$35 $15

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Whale-Watching Cruise tickets for One, Two, or Four from Harbor Breeze Cruises (Up to 54% Off)

Harbor Breeze Cruises

Harbor Breeze Cruises

Aboard double-decker vessels, narrated cruises sail throughout the Pacific Ocean and search for whales, dolphins, and sea lions

$35 $18

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"Diana: Legacy of a Princess" Exhibit for One or Two (Up to 50% Off)

Queen Mary

Long Beach

Explore a collection of Princess Diana’s gowns, letters, and other artifacts along with royal-family history aboard The Queen Mary

$27.95 $14

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Basic, Family, or Friends Membership to the Museum of Latin American Art (Up to 53% Off)

Museum of Latin American Art

Downtown Long Beach

Works from Latin America and the Caribbean fill the only museum in the country dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art

$60 $29

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Up to 63% Off Music Lessons at On Stage Music Academy, Inc.

On Stage Music Academy, Inc.

Long Beach

From the merchant: Start 1-on-1 with lessons for voice, guitar, bass, drums, and keys, then play together in a fun, guided band session.

$100 $45

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$54 for $120 Worth of Music Lessons — Ronnie Ciago Drum Lessons

Ronnie Ciago Drum Lessons

Long Beach

From the merchant: Beginners to advanced drummers will learn technique, grooves, and reading; they will play all styles by Ronnie Ciago.

$120 $54

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$69 for Four 30-Minute Piano Lessons at Los Alamitos Academy of Music, Arts, and Languages ($150 Value)

Los Alamitos Academy of Music, Arts, and Languages

Los Alamitos

Learn piano-playing techniques and comprehension during lessons taught by instructors approved by the Music Teachers National Association

$150 $69

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$46 for $100 Worth of Dance Lessons at Peninsula School of Performing Arts

Peninsula School of Performing Arts

Palos Verdes Estates

Students learn the intricacies of ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop at dance studio staffed by career dancers

$100 $46

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"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" or "Bodies: The Exhibition" through May 15 (Up to 38% Off)

Bodies or Titanic Exhibitions

Premier Exhibition Center

Marvel at 200 authentic artifacts recovered from the doomed ocean liner, or explore the human body by viewing carefully preserved specimens

$21 $13

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$13 for Unlimited Rides for One at Pacific Park (Up to $24.95 Value)

Pacific Park

Downtown Santa Monica

Admission to oceanfront amusement park’s rides such as solar-powered ferris wheel, scrambler, and pirate ship

$24.95 $13

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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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Museum Visit for Two Adults or Seniors, or Two Adults and Two Children at Museum of Flying (Up to 50% 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 $10

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One-Year Individual, Partner, or Family Membership at Santa Monica Museum of Art (Up to 58% Off)

Santa Monica Museum of Art

Santa Monica

One year of museum admission and events such as members' previews, book-club meetings, and workshops

$55 $25

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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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Four or Eight Piano or Keyboard Lessons at The Piano Studio (Up to 59% Off)

The Piano Studio

Pacific Palisades

The Simply Music program of piano instruction helps new pianists build repertoire and skill sets in classical, blues, and contemporary

$179 $79

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Amid the bustle of Hollywood Boulevard stand two monuments to the silver screen. One, the TCL Chinese Theatre, oozes with history— imported Chinese stone lions, a 90-foot-tall copper roof, and concrete blocks that bear the handprints of Hollywood luminaries from years gone by each memorialize the celebrated role the building has played in Hollywood for more than eight decades. Next door, Chinese 6 Theatres is a tribute to the cutting-edge. Six theaters, some with 3D capability, immerse viewers in ultra-realistic picture and sound better than sitting inside Steven Spielberg's android brain. Beyond the plush theater seating, a bar slings cocktails for in-movie sipping and a restaurant serves a full menu for cravings after the show. The service schedule varies for the bar and the restaurant but both will be open during Summer 2013. Whether they opt for the historic cinema or the ultramodern theater, visitors can catch a full slate of acclaimed new releases on their chosen big screen. The storied history of TCL Chinese Theatre rivals those of the more than 200 celebrities whose handprints, footprints, and autographs are cemented into the theater's forecourt. Erected in 1927 and declared a historical and cultural landmark in 1968, the iconic theater stages movie screenings, premieres, events, and red-carpet ceremonies. Today, moviegoers walking through the theater's main courtyard can revel in the same opulence of those 1920s screen idols, craning their necks upward to take in the looming pagoda that frames the entrance. Inside, the theater's original 1927 screen towers high above the plush red-velvet seats, surrounded by wooden panels that rise to a ceiling with flowing Chinese-style drawings. This classic Hollywood setting is one of the reasons why the theater, in an echo of its origins, hosts celebrity-studded premieres, such as the 2012 opening for Life of Pi and the 2013 opening for Beautiful Creatures.
6925 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US
Petroleum mogul Dr. Armand Hammer clung to life just long enough to see The Hammer Museum make its debut in 1990, passing away three weeks later. Without the founder’s support, construction screeched to a halt and spaces sat in varying states of completion. But not for long. The powers that be at UCLA saw Hammer’s vision, and took control of the abandoned museum in 1994. They restored it to its former glory by importing the university’s own collections and staff. Today, The Hammer’s unique compendium of works still hints at the unlikely collaboration that bore the museum all those years ago. Its stockpile of masterpieces explores the modern-day in a contemporary collection of mostly drawings and photographs. Richard Hawkins’ disembodied zombie george green might best embody current artistic trends; his expressionless eyes stare from a yellow backdrop, the handiwork of an undead inkjet printer. Meanwhile, the Armand Hammer Collection, left behind by the museum’s namesake, balances george and other outlandish works with 19th-century art by Degas, Cézanne, and van Gogh. It’s virtually impossible to predict whether rotating exhibits will land in classic or contemporary camps. They range from performance art installations—Floor of the Forest depicts two dancers moving through hanging jumbles of used clothing and ropes—to sculptures, paintings, and drawings. To cultivate better artistic understanding, the Hammer Museum hosts events including lunchtime art talks, tours, and screenings.
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US
More than 200 games cover the 5000 sq. ft. Family Arcade. Here are just a few: Air hockey Basketball shooters Row after row of pinball machines Dance games Fighting games First person shooter games The classic arcade is open every day of the week from 8:30 a.m.?1:30 a.m. and open late on the weekends until 2:30a.m. Parking is available in the Arcade lot. Outside the Arcade Family Arcade also rents a wide variety of entertainment equipment?including jukeboxes?to restaurants, movie studios, and other businesses. Over the years, the Pecks have supplied pinball machines and other games to be used as props in a number of films and TV shows. Meet the Family Behind the Arcade The Peck Family, Circa the 1970s Family Arcade lives up to the first word in its name. In 1971, Harry and David Peck founded the company, an arcade and supplier of coin-operated amusement equipment. Over the decades, they've amassed countless pinball machines, arcade games, pool tables, and much more. The Peck Family, 40 Years Later Harry and David are still at it more than 40 years later, now with the help of sons Robert and Stephen.
876 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles,
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.
700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles,
CA
US
A giant forest stretches across most of California?but its impossible to hike there. Submerged just off of the state's rocky coast, large kelp forests make a home to diverse animal and plant life. Moray eels, leopard sharks, and giant sea bass all swim beneath the water, while sea otters splash at the surface. That's just one of the habitats on display inside the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. The 21,000-square-foot aquarium showcases Southern California's rich marine life, making it the largest aquarium of its kind in the world. The Susanne Lawrenz-Miller Exhibit Hall charts a journey through different regions, from the open ocean, to the mudflats, to the sandy shores. Other areas present a more immersive experience. The tide pool lets visitors touch a starfish, while the exploration center lets them crawl into a tunnel, where they find themselves surrounded by octopuses, sting rays, and other creatures that have signed contracts to make public appearances. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium wants to keep all of these creatures around for the long term. Case and point: the aquarium houses a research library and an aquatic nursery, where the team raises young sea animals and trains young scientists.
3720 Stephen M White Dr.
San Pedro,
CA
US
Millions of people have seen the inside of Peekaboo Playland, though they probably don't know it. The indoor playground has garnered ample media attention, including a feature on The Doctors. It was even used to shoot an episode of NBC's The Office, during which new parents Jim and Pam seek out the perfect daycare center for their child. Spoiler alert: Peekaboo Playland fits the bill. Luckily, the creative space appeals to more than just sitcom characters. Located within an art deco building, the 3,300-square-foot facility screams imagination like an improv troupe that's trying way too hard. European artist Marlene Wittfeld created custom paintings for the indoor playground, and her images of beaches, forests, and outer space make the walls seem like a giant storybook. Nature sounds and carefully selected music set the tone as kids slide down from a large "stork's nest," jump in a bounce castle, or play pretend in the dress-up nook. The Baby Balcony caters to kids ages 2 and younger, while long work tables and open spaces set the stage for art and fitness classes. Parents find ample activities as well. They can browse The Peekasso Gallery—which features local artwork—sip complementary coffee while surfing on free WiFi, or order food from one of the nearby restaurants.
2321 Roscomare Road
Los Angeles,
CA
US
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