Things To Do in Washington

Comedy Show with Drinks for Two or Four on Fridays and Saturdays Through December 17 (Up to 44% Off)

Uncle D's Comedy Underground

Bemiss

$68 $38

Vegas-style banquet room hosts comedians from national tours and local laugh houses as audiences sip on beer and cocktails

$10 for Ice-Skating Admission for Two with Rental Skates at Sprinker Recreation Center ($21.88 Value)

Sprinker Recreation Center

Parkland

$21.88 $10

Lace up your skates and hit the ice at this rec center's NHL regulation-size rink

Trampoline Passes at G6 Airpark (Up to 60% Off)

G6 Airpark

Multiple Locations

$20 $8

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Jump around trampoline courts in a 12,000 sq. ft. arena

Basic Handgun-Safety Course or a Multi-State Concealed-Carry Course at Olympic Tactical (50% Off)

Olympic Tactical

Multiple Locations

$199 $99

Instructors—many with military backgrounds—oversee courses that introduce students to handguns or prepare them to apply for CCW licenses

Basic Handgun-Safety Course or a Multi-State Concealed-Carry Course at Olympic Tactical (50% Off)

Olympic Tactical

Multiple Locations

$199 $99

Instructors—many with military backgrounds—oversee courses that introduce students to handguns or prepare them to apply for CCW licenses

1 Month of Unlimited Zumba, Hot-Yoga, Cross Training, or Self-Defense Classes at United Fitness Center (Up to 83% Off)

United Fitness Center

Kent

$50 $19.99

Dance to Latin rhythms, strike yoga poses in a heated room, train in high-intensity intervals, or blend MMA and Brazilian jujitsu

$50 for a 30-Minute Flight on a Water-Propelled Hoverboard from GoFly Water Aviation ($99 Value)

GoFly Water Aviation

Multiple Locations

$99 $50

Surf the sky and soar above the water thanks to high-propulsion jets that propel a board strapped to your feet

Wine-and-Chocolate Tasting for Two or Four at Nodland Cellars (Half Off)

Nodland Cellars

Nodland Cellars

$30 $15

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Guests sample five wines paired with artisan chocolates from Chocolate Myracles, while getting tips on wine pairing and service

$12 for Two Hours of Jump Time for One at Trampoline Nation ($22 Value)

Trampoline Nation

Federal Way

$22 $12

Trampolines cover more than 10,000 square feet, divided into 5 different zones with dodgeball, dunking hoops, and a trampoline half pipe

$65 for $130 Groupon — Boom! Elite Martial Arts

Boom! Elite Martial Arts

Bellingham

$130 $65

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

10 Personal-Training Sessions from Celebrity Fitness (45% Off)

Celebrity Fitness

Auburn

$700 $385

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

$10 Buys You a Coupon for $55 Off Five Yoga, Pilates, Trx, Or Fitness Classes at True To Form

True To Form

Marysville

$10 $10

For $10, receive a coupon for $55 off five yoga, pilates, trx, or fitness classes

$995 for Houseboat Rental for Friday–Monday or Monday–Friday from River Ranch Boats ($2,000 Value)

River Ranch Houseboats

Burbank

$2,000 $995

Luxury houseboats with slate tile floors, a waterslide, and a gas grill sleep up to 12

$10 Buys You a Coupon for $74.99 Off Package Of 10 Trx Classes at Vital Fitness

Vital Fitness

Lakeview

$0 $10

For $10, receive a coupon for $74.99 off package of 10 trx classes

Three 30-Minute Batting-Cage Visits with Optional ATEC Pitching Machine at Sammamish Baseball Academy (50% Off)

Sammamish Baseball Academy

Redmond

$25 $12.50

Players practice their swings in full-size, individual batting cages, some of which have ATEC pitching machines

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

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

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

Five Gym Fit, Wiggle Worms, or Extra Gym Kids' Fitness Classes at Northwest Aerials (50% Off)

Northwest Aerials

Totem Lake

$50 $25

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Classes let kids of any age and skill level learn in fun environment and create healthy fitness base through dance, gymnastics, and more

Paintball Package for Two, Four, Six, or Eight from Paintball Promos (Up to 81% Off)

Paintball Promos

Red Dot Paintball

$40 $10

Paintball Promos packages include admission and all necessary equipment

High-Speed Driving or Ride-Along Experience in Ferrari or Lamborghini from Imagine Lifestyles (Up to 60% Off)

Imagine Lifestyles

Sanderson Field

$249.99 $99

Motorists take three laps around autocross course in a Ferrari or Lamborghini after receiving instruction

One or Three Months of Unlimited Classes or 10 Class Pass at Urban Oasis Yoga & Wellness (Up to 59% Off)

Urban Oasis Yoga & Wellness

Sammamish

$125 $59

Expansive mind-body wellness center hosts more than 35 yoga classes per week in seven traditions, including Power Vinyasa and beginners yoga

Muay Thai or Cardio Kickboxing Classes at Academy of Brian Johnson (Up to 72% Off). Three Options Available.

Academy of Brian Johnson

Lacey

$140 $39

Professional instructor teaches students the basics of kickboxing in classes that focus on exercise and technical expertise

$18 for Rides and Attractions at Family Fun Centers & Bullwinkle's Restaurant ($37.50 Value)

Family Fun Centers & Bullwinkle's Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$37.50 $18

Value cards give families free rein to ride on roller-coaster simulators, play 18 holes of mini golf, or zap one another in laser tag

$25 for $46 Groupon — Elite Danse Studio

Elite Danse Studio

Bremerton

$46 $25

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

$12 for Two Passes to Oktoberfest Northwest on Friday, October 3 ($20 Value)

Oktoberfest Northwest

Puyallup

$20 $12

The 10th Oktoberfest Northwest celebrates Germany with bratwurst, music, games of corn-hole, beer, weiner dog races, and Hammerschlagen

5K Extreme Obstacle Fun Run for One or Two from Sand Blaster 5K Obstacle Fun Run (40% Off)

Sand Blaster 5K Obstacle Fun Run

Kalama

$60 $36

5K participants brave obstacles such as net walls and ledges, mud, and sand dunes

$5 Buys You a Coupon for $50 Off 1 Month Of Classes (Usually $150) at Dahn Yoga & Tai Chi

Dahn Yoga & Tai Chi

Multiple Locations

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for $50 off 1 month of classes (usually $150)

90 Minutes of Play Time, Jump Time or Both at Elevated Sportz (31% Off)

Elevated Sportz

Bothell

$22 $15.50

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Two-part play center with a trampoline area for guests age 3+ and a multi-tiered jungle gym section to entertain kids 8 and under

$29 for Two Games of Bowling and Pizza for Four at Hiline Lanes (Up to $57.91 Value)

Hiline Lanes

Burien

$57.91 $29

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Bowling center helmed by hall-of-famer Pat Johns serves pizza to up to four pin knockers over the course of two games

Four- to Five-Hour Wenatchee River Rafting Trip for One or Two from The Outdoor Adventure Center (57% Off)

The Outdoor Adventure Center

Cashmere

$79 $39

First-timers and experienced rafters alike enjoy the scenery and battle Class III rapids as they traverse the Wenatchee River

Wine and Bites for Two or Four, or Wine Tasting with Take-Home Bottle at Patit Creek Cellars (Up to 45% Off)

Patit Creek Cellars

Multiple Locations

$30 $17

Sample wines with paired bites at the Spokane location or visit the 6,000-square-foot winery and tasting room in Walla Walla

5 or 12 TRX Classes at Summit Strength & Conditioning (Up to 50% Off)

Summit Strength & Conditioning

University Place

$100 $55

TRX resistance-training classes incorporate suspension straps and cables to provide a full-body workout using bodyweight

$5 for a Coupon for $39 Off Five Yoga Classes ($88 Value) at Novalife Fitness

Novalife Fitness

Newport

$0 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for $39 off five yoga classes ($88 value)

Four-Visit Package or 30-Minute Private Lesson for Up to Four at Spokane Valley Archery (Up to 60% Off)

Spokane Valley Archery

Greenacres

$92 $39

10-acre archery complex challenges archers with 100-yard practice range and 18-target, 3-D range

Regular Steam-Engine Excursion for Two from Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum

Elbe

$62 $31

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Weave through timbered foothills, alongside mountain streams, and across wooden trestles aboard a train led by a historic locomotive

Movie, Popcorn, and Soda for Two from Far Away Entertainment Theaters and Cinemas (Up to 53% Off)

Far Away Entertainment Theaters and Cinemas

Multiple Locations

$25.75 $13

At eight theaters, moviegoers can enjoy popcorn and soda while catching the latest Hollywood films, second-run flicks, or foreign cinema

One-Month Beginner's Karate Package with Uniform for One or Two at Karate West (Up to 88% Off)

Karate West

Multiple Locations

$190 $25

During a month of classes, certified instructors lead beginner students through the basics of karate; packages include a uniform

Tie Your Own Flies with a Prolific Fly-Fishing Author

Fly-Tying Class at a Fishing Shop

Gig Harbor

$50 $50

Accomplished fly-fishing author and instructor Skip Morris explains the science behind tying flies, then helps you create flies of your own

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride for One or Two, Valid Weekdays or Weekends at Balloon Depot (Up to 14% Off)

Balloon Depot

Snohomish

$189 $175

Licensed pilots guide colorful hot air balloons up into the air at sunrise as passengers drink in views of Snohomish Valley

All-Day Paintball Package with a Gun and Mask for Up to 4, 6, or 12 at Paintball International (Up to 89% Off)

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

$160 $19

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

10 or 20 High-Intensity Interval Training Fitness Classes at Immortals Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Immortals Fitness

Harbour Pointe

$100 $29

Professional instructors run students through a gauntlet of intense exercises designed to burn fat and tone muscles

$11 for $20 Worth of Eclectic Pub Food at Drag Zone Sports Bar & Grill

Dragon Zone Sports Bar & Grill

Red Dragon Casino

$20 $11

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The menu spans many cuisines, from spicy Chinese chicken dishes to comforting mac 'n' cheese and shredded pork tacos

Admission for Two or Four, or Private Tour for Up to 20 at Philip Foster Farm (Up to 50% Off)

Philip Foster Farm

Eagle Creek

$10 $6

Guides dressed in historical garb educate guests on the rich history that the farm played in establishing Oregon as a state

Parent-Tot or Youth Swim Lessons for One or Two Kids or Family Day Pass at LaCamas Swim & Sport (Up to 52% Off)

LaCamas Swim & Sport

Camas

$65 $35

Parents and toddlers or big kids alone learn basic water safety and swimming skills in a comfortable, fun setting

Sunset Paddle, Kayak Fishing Trip, or Full-Day Paddle and Hike from Sasquatch Adventures (Up to 51% Off)

Sasquatch Adventures

Northeast Cowlitz

$65 $35

Kayaking and fishing on Silver Lake, views of Mt St. Helens; kayaking and hiking around Coldwater Lake, one of the newest lakes in the world

Four-Hour ElliptiGO Rental for One or Two at Precor Home Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

Precor Home Fitness

Multiple Locations

$50 $14.99

ElliptiGOs combines an elliptical and a bike to allow guests to run outdoors without the impact on knees during four-hour rentals

$15 for $50 Worth of Horseback-Riding Lessons — Tredstone Equestrian Center

Treadstone Equestrian Center

Duvall

$50 $15

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

Four Classes or Month of Unlimited Classes at barre3 (Up to 57% Off)

barre3

Mill Creek

$80 $39

The barre3 workout combines yoga, Pilates, and the ballet barre to develop lean muscles, burn calories, and improve posture

Kids Zone Passes, Lunches, and Take-Home Pumpkin for Families of Four or Six at Huffman Farms (52% Off)

Huffman Farms

Ellensburg

$30 $16

Pick your own pumpkin before letting kids loose on activities such as the straw bale slide and petting zoo; lunches for kids

Zombie Paintball Experience at Arlington Zombie Paintball Experience (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Arlington Zombie Paintball Experience

Arlington

$39.98 $17.99

Paintballers are whisked into a post-apocalyptic landscape overrun with undead, firing at zombies from a bus and trekking through a forest

Two or Four 60-Minute Private or Couples Riding Lessons at The Cameron Ranch (Up to 60% Off)

The Cameron Ranch

Woodland

$120 $59

Lessons within the ranch’s covered arena focus on grooming, saddling, and bridling the horse as well as proper riding posture

5 or 10 Open-Play Bounce Sessions at Jumpin Jack & Jill in Sumner (50% Off)

Jumpin Jack & Jill

Sumner

$30 $17

Bounce houses populate 2,500-sq- ft. play space along with arcade games and toys for toddlers; three bounce houses available for home rental

Wine Tour for Two or Four on September 27 and 28 from Chehalis Valley Wine Tour (Up to 51% Off)

Chehalis Valley Wine Tour

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Design your own route through wine country, visiting any of six participating wineries for tastings and tours

Admission for Two on Friday, September 19 or Saturday, September 20 to Oktoberfest Monroe (40% Off)

Octoberfest Monroe

Evergreen State Fairgrounds

$20 $12

Oktoberfest Monroe fills the Evergreen State Fairgrounds with German joy as revelers enjoy beer, food, games, and live music

Full-Day Surfing Equipment Rental for Two, or Five-Rental Punch Card at Steepwater Surf Shop (Up to 42% Off)

Steepwater Surf Shop

Westport

$78 $45

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Equipment rental includes a surfboard, wetsuit, and booties

Coach Steam-Train Ride to Ruth or Milburn from Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum (Up to 41% Off)

Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum

Chehalis

$14 $8.50

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Steam-train rides cover a route that passes wooded forests, old farmsteads, country homes, and tranquil scenes of nature

One or Two Winery Passports, Valid at 15 Wineries from Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail (Half Off)

Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail

Yakima Valley

$10 $5

Winery passport unlocks benefits at more than 15 wineries; completion of passport warrants exclusive invitation to an event in August

Whale-Watching Boat Tour for One or Two from Orcas Island Eclipse Charters (40% Off)

Orcas Island Eclipse Charters

Orcas

$99 $59

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USCG-licensed captain pilots a 56-ft. boat as a naturalist informs passengers about orca whales and local wildlife, such as bald eagles

18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at Holmes Harbor Golf Course (Up to 56% Off)

Holmes Harbor Golf Course

Freeland

$80 $40

The 18-hole layout checks in at 4,279 yards for a par of 64, meaning most full rounds can be played in just over three hours

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four Including Shared Cart at Skamania Lodge (Up to 50% Off)

Skamania Lodge

Stevenson

$110 $59

Sharp elevation changes and stunning views characterize this par-70 course on the banks of the Columbia River

$5 Buys You a Coupon for $100 Of 6 Week Brik Session ($249 Value) at Kaia F.I.T. Silverdale

Kaia FIT

Multiple Locations

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for $100 of 6 week brik session ($249 value)

Registration for 2, 3, or 4 to the Winter Pineapple Classic from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Up to 56% Off)

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society / Winter Pineapple Classic

Mountain Meadows Farm

$50 $24.50

Runners trek across a 5k obstacle-course at Mountain Meadows Farm to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

One or Two Months of Unlimited Driving Range Sessions at Gig Harbor Golf Club (Up to 67% Off)

Gig Harbor Golf Club

Gig Harbor

$75 $35

Golfers can hone a variety of shotmaking skills at the practice facility driving range

One Month of CrossFit Classes with Optional One-on-One Appointment at Out of Bounds CrossFit (Up to 78% Off)

Out of Bounds CrossFit

North Seattle/Lake Forest Park

$200 $49

Certified strength and conditioning coach with 15 years of industry experience leads groups through high-intensity CrossFit workouts

Apple Picking and Bistro Food with Optional Golf-Cart Ride at BelleWood Acres (Up to 38% Off)

BelleWood Acres

Lynden

$30 $19

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Stroll through orderly rows of trees while picking more than 20 varieties of apples including Jonagold and Honeycrisp

12 Yoga Classes from ReVive Yoga Studio (72% Off)

Revive Yoga

Kelso

$180 $50

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

$60 for One-Month Membership for Recreational Band Sessions at NW Rockstar League ($125 Value)

NW Rockstar League

Sumner

$125 $60

Essentially a rec league for musicians, NW Rockstar League provides access to fellow musicians, coaching, and a space to jam out.

30- or 60-Minute Paintball Party for 10 at Puyallup Paintball (Up to 76% Off)

Puyallup Paintball

Puyallup

$200 $49

Up to 10 players rent out guns, masks, and rounds of paint before challenging friends to games of paintball amid wodded trails and brush

$119 for a Salmon- or Bottom-Fishing Trip from Outer Island Expeditions ($240 Value) 

Outer Island Expeditions

Smugglers Villa Resort

$240 $119

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Veteran skippers welcome people aboard vessels before heading out sea to snag salmon and a variety of bottom-feeding fish

One or Two Tickets to a Northwest Derby Company Roller-Derby Bout at Sk8 Town on Saturday, September 20 (Up to 56% Off)

Northwest Derby Company Season 3 Bout 6

Sk8town

$11.34 $6

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Northwest Derby Company rumbles into its second-to-last bout of the season during a Saturday-evening showdown with Walla Walla Sweets

30- or 60-Minute Pitching- or Batting-Cage Rental at Northshore Sports Complex (Up to 57% Off)

Northshore Sports Complex

North Industrial

$27 $13

In netted cages, players practice pitching or take swings at dimpled baseballs or softballs lobbed by pitching machines

10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Twisted Bliss Studio (Up to 58% Off)

Twisted Bliss Studio

Snoqualmie

$120 $50

Yoga classes in styles such as hatha, vinyasa, and toning sculpt

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four at Enumclaw Golf Course (Up to 50% Off). Different Tee Time Options.

Enumclaw Golf Course

Enumclaw

$48 $24

Sculpted through King County's Enumclaw Park, 18-hole course features forest-lined fairways, intersecting streams, and abundant wildlife

Three Outdoor Personal-Training Sessions for One or Two at For U Fitness (Up to 73% Off)

For U Fitness

Multiple Locations

$180 $49

Certified personal trainers customize sessions to individual’s fitness goals and abilities

Introductory or Advanced Whitewater-Rafting Tour for 1, 2, or 4 from Pacific NW Float Trips (Up to 51% Off)

Pacific NW Float Trips

Marblemount

$65 $32

Expert guides ferry guests on the Sauk or Suiattle Rivers, passing alpine wildlife and relaying history, mining, and ecology info

Neighborhood Walking Tour for Two or Four from The Fremont Tour (Up to 56% Off)

The Fremont Tour

Solstice Plaza

$40 $19

90-minute tour explores neighborhood as guides intersect facts about sights with mix of public sculpture and improvisational street theatre

Skating for Two or Four at Pattison's North Family Skating Center (Up to 44% Off)

Pattison's North Family Skating Center

Pattison's North Family Skating Center

$27 $15

Skate-clad guests make the rounds on an indoor rink during open sessions

Play-Park and Laser-Tag Packages at Odyssey 1 (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Odyssey 1

Tacoma

$42 $22

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Adventurous laser-tag games for all ages and climbing, jumping, and crawling in play center for kids 10 and younger

One or Two Months of Classes and a Uniform at U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association (Up to 93% Off)

U.S. World Class Taekwondo

Multiple Locations

$225 $19

Trained instructors teach kids and adults the basics of martial arts, improving their confidence, discipline, and agility in the process

One-Day Admission for 1, 2, or 4, or a 3-Day Pass for 2 at Mad Monster Party, October 3, 4, and 5 (Up to 55% Off)

Mad Monster Party

Hyatt Downtown Bellevue

$25 $12

Horror-film convention with celebrity horror actors, a costume contest, film showings, burlesque show, and Rocky Horror Picture Show reunion

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Mulleady’s Irish Pub: A User’s Guide

Gourmet Irish Pub Cuisine | Irish Whiskey Flights | Craft Cocktails | Stone Fireplace

A Taste

  • Small plate: Mac & Blue with orecchiette and fourme d’ambert cheese sauce
  • Sandwich: The Plan B burger with a fried egg, Beecher’s Flagship cheddar, bacon, and garlic aioli
  • Entree: The Traditional with ham, bacon, black pudding, Irish knocker, scone, grilled tomato, two eggs, grilled potatoes, and baked beans

To Drink: Alongside local draught beers from Washington and Oregon brewers such as Odin’s Gift, tenders pour out spirit flights, including the Cooley Distillery Collection with Greenore 8 year, Connemara 12 year, and Tyroconnel single-malt Irish whiskey. In the mixology department, artisans whip up potions such as Liam's Libation: Jameson, banana, spiced syrup, lemon, and bitters.

When to Go: * Saturday and Sunday during brunch, when they serve up boxty, a pancake of potatoes and scallions popular in the north Midlands.

Where to Sit: Grab a sturdy wooden table near the towering stacked-stone fireplace, or belly up to the bar on a cherry-stained stool to admire the dozens of Irish whiskeys and scotches.

While You Wait

  • Play a game of darts.
  • Explore both levels of the cavernous pub.

Inside Tip

  • Don’t be disappointed if your favorite dish from last time isn’t available on the menu when you visit next. Both the food menu and the drink menu change regularly to incorporate fresh ingredients and to give local psychics some business.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This:

If you don’t mind forgoing the food and hopping right into the revelry, head to Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Avenue NW), an Irish-style watering hole that marries exposed brick walls, chandeliers, and live music.

3055 21st Ave W
Seattle,
WA
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The black-belt instructors of Warhorse Karate Jiu Jitsu believe that developing character on the inside matters as much as learning to defend oneself on the outside. That?s why throughout their classes, they emphasize principles such as modesty, integrity, and perseverance to help pupils overcome the conflicts that can?t be resolved through traditional coup d??tat. For the times when those skills are needed, they prepare students by training them in in a mix of styles such as Kenpo karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Through progressive classes for kids as young as 6 through adults, instructors drill participants in both unarmed and armed self-defense. For those interested in developing defense skills for the ground, they teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This focused approach, along with its sponsorship of charitable organizations such as the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, has won the academy many accolades. Warhorse Karate Jiu Jitsu has won Krem?s The Best of Spokane contest in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 in addition to taking the top spot in the Inlander Best of the Inland NW awards.

2820 E 29th Ave
Spokane,
WA
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The Dive & Adventure Travel Expo 2013 will connect scuba and snorkel enthusiasts with some of the industry's top experts, brands, and innovations. More than 50 seminars scheduled throughout the weekend will showcase the diving deftness of speakers from across the country, enabling attendees to net information on such topics as underwater photography and safety. ReefID founder and editor John Fifer will host two of these gatherings, sharing ways his online database of diver-captured photos is helping raise awareness for marine life. Fifer will also play host to the expo's signature Saturday Night Film Festival event at 7 p.m. alongside 3D photographer Mark Blum and other presenters.

In addition to engaging activities, the Dive & Adventure Travel Expo 2013 is also home to the best in dive-related gear and information. Approximately 140 exhibit booths connect attendees with purveyors of international adventure from global hotspots including Palau, Yap, the Virgin Islands, and Fiji. In addition to resort representatives, booths also house all of the equipment needed for undersea excursions, with new products ranging from snorkel and scuba innovations to travel accessories and luggage. During face-to-face conversations, dive skills clinics, or snorkel sword fights, expo-goers can get travel tips or plan dive vacations around the globe. While parents research, younger visitors can decamp to a youth section filled with interactive attractions designed for youngsters aged 8–12.

Attendees who come for the education should probably stick for the prizes; the expo plans to give away over $50,000 in door prizes, including a massive grand prize: a full set of dive gear including a drysuit, Weezle undergarments, ScubaPro G260 regulator, Aqua Lung BCD, a TUSA mask, fin, and snorkel set, an Oceanic dive computer, and trips including weeklong Philippine dive adventure from the Marco Vincent Resort.

1500 Broadway
Tacoma,
WA
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From the outside, the nonprofit, 100% volunteer-run Kids Cooking Corner has the whimsical appearance of a fairy-tale cottage, its white siding accented by baby-blue paint and surrounded by fresh flowers and topiaries. The interior of the century-old house is equally exciting to youngsters, though not because of a prince or fairy godmother willing to do all of the heavy lifting. Children work hard at The Kids Cooking Corner, but the work is disguised in fun and rewarded with tasty snacks. Instructors warmly welcome foster children and children with special needs into their classrooms.

Helmed by chef, health enthusiast, and mother of three Heidi O'Connor, the volunteers at The Kids Cooking Corner strive to educate whippersnappers on nutrition, food safety, and food prep, often helping picky eaters try new foods along the way. Instructors incorporate math, science, and reading into curricula, teaching real-world applications for kids' school-sourced skills. Children definitely get their hands dirty, however: in spring and summer, they spend time in The Kids Cooking Corner garden, getting firsthand experience working with ingredients from seed to plate. Brightly painted walls, a playful party room, and a fully stocked kitchen provide a safe, exciting environment for kids to get crafty with edibles during each class, as well as during summer camps, parties, and peaceful games of food baseball.

5206 NE 78th St.
Vancouver,
WA
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The inside of ViaVita Café & Wine Bar traces the timeline of a single day. Floor-to-ceiling windows cast morning light onto a display case of pastries and cheeses—an addendum to the counter that bears morning coffee orders. Nearby, granite-topped tables sit far enough apart to suggest an open, Parisian patio, but close enough together to support a cross-stream of chatter over lunchtime sandwiches. The day ends on the other side of a semicircular wine bar. There, walls wearing distressed paint encapsulate a rustic alcove, where hanging plants and Greco-Roman-style pottery evoke the dining room of a hillside villa.

The decor and seasonal menu at ViaVita Café & Wine Bar champion a European-flavored escape, where diners can stop at any time for a meal, a snack, or a glass of wine. From the crepes and omelets of brunch—served with duck-fat potatoes and chocolate-orange butter—to afternoon paninis and dinners of pan-seared Alaskan salmon, meals realized by imaginative chefs spark and fuel long conversations. Imported and domestic beers, as well as wines from small vineyards on multiple continents, complement the diverse bouquet of flavors and pair especially well with cheese and charcuterie boards. During special events, guitar music acts as a soothing soundtrack for bites, and sommelier seminars instruct patrons on how to age libations without sending them to PG-13 movies alone.

1032 106th Ave NE
Bellevue,
WA
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On a childhood fishing trip with his dad in the San Juan Islands, Shane Aggergaard noticed a group of orcas swimming toward his boat. Rather than steering clear of human contact, they swam directly under the boat—one even looked Shane right in the eye. It was a moment of whale-human connection he never forgot, and nowadays tries to approximate through Island Adventures. The whale-watching tour company, which Shane founded with his wife, Jennifer, brings passengers into close contact with the aquatic mammals of the Pacific Northwest.

Depending on the season, wilderness-savvy guides—who’ve led more than 6,000 collective wildlife tours during their careers—can introduce passengers to minke whales and the San Juan’s three resident orca pods, migrating gray whales, or humpbacks. Their 101-foot vessel, The Island Explorer 3, boasts a large bow pulpit and a viewing deck with more than 400 feet of railing, ideal for seeing whales in their entirety, from their tails to their trusty sets of water wings. The team backs each tour with a whale-sighting guarantee and strives to ensure future sightings by making sustainable choices, from its ecofriendly cleaning products to the boat's cabin floor made from recycled tires.

1726 West Marine View Drive
Everett,
WA
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