Things To Do in Washington

"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus" – Up to 50% Off

Bing Crosby Theater

$46 $23

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Based on the hit book by John Gray, Peter Story's live performance elicits knowing laughter from both sexes

Up to 55% Off Wine and Chocolate Affair

Tacoma

$50 $25

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Sip wines and browse chocolates in a 1920s campus while viewing vintage cars from a collection on display

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – Up to 58% Off

Skyview Concert Hall

$72.25 $30

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Pianists Orli Shaham and Igal Kesselman join forces for Mozart's concerto; Shostakovich symphony explores the horrors of WWII

Up to 78% Off Boot Camp

Ford Sports Performance

$200 $49

10,000 sq. ft. gym where some of the championship-winning Seahawks players trained helps folks build athletic physiques

Sesame Street Live "Make a New Friend" – Up to 48% Off

Comcast Arena at Everett

$39.25 $27

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Grover, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster learn that friendship is universal when a foreign visitor arrives at Sesame Street

Up to 48% Off Lingerie Football Game

ShoWare Center

$28.75 $15

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After an undefeated regular season in 2013, the Mist return with all of last year's key players and the addition of veteran QB Angela Rypien

Up to 48% Off Ballet Performance

Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center

$13.41 $7

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Fairy tale about long-haired heroine, and story about transmogrifying lead into gold, get balletic re-tellings by Ensemble Ballet Theatre

Up to 57% Off Personal Training

Spokane Valley

$180 $89.99

Trainers work one-on-one with clients to design and carry out a personalized workout program aimed to achieve fitness and weight-loss goals

Up to 84% Off Boot Camp

Federal Way

$315 $56

Instructors use resistance bands, jump boxes, jump ropes, and free weights to train boot-camp students seven days per week

Up to 50% Off Whale-Watching Cruise

Bellingham

$129 $64

70- to 90-mile whale-watching cruise travels around San Juan Islands, launching from marina about 2 miles from I-5, with free parking

Up to 59% Off Yoga Workshops

Multiple Locations

$79 $35

Expert instructors lead students of all levels through intensive workshops designed to deepen and strength their yoga practice

62% Off Guitar Lessons at 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

Up to 68% Off Yoga Classes

Lakewood

$109 $35

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Wide range of classes for all experience levels held in a studio with zebra floors and a radiant heating system

51% Off Rock-Climbing Courses

Multiple Locations

$92.61 $45

Learn climbing fundamentals, improve rope-handling skills, or seek new heights in an advanced technique class

Up to 59% Tour of Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

Shoreline

$20 $10

Four-acre botanic garden creates a lush paradise of more than 2,000 species of exotic and native palnts

Up to 50% Off at Challenge Island Children's Camp

Multiple Locations

$250 $125

Children build problem-solving skills during island-themed camps; birthday parties include tribal activities with giveaways and cake

Up to 81% Off Paintball Package

Red Dot Paintball

$40 $10

Paintball Promos packages include admission and all necessary equipment

50% Off Botanical Garden Tour

Olympia West

$30 $15

Tours explore 12 water features and 22 themed gardens, guided by the master gardener who designed them

Up to 72% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Lacey

$140 $39

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

51% Off Four-Hour Fishing Trip

Edmonds

$180 $89

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Experienced sportsman leads year-round saltwater-fishing expeditions in local waterways to catch coho salmon and blackmouth

46% Off

Bremerton

$46 $25

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Up to 78% Off Karate Classes at Kiai Martial Arts

Puyallup

$135 $35

Instructor with nearly 20 years of experience imparts wisdom on karate in classes for anyone age 6 and up; good for all skill levels

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Harlem Globetrotters – Up to 40% Off Kids' Clinic

Multiple Locations

$110 $66

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Harlem Globetrotters players coach kids ages 6–12 on basketball fundamentals, drills, and off-the-court character development

Up to 86% Off from Pulse Boot Camp

Pulse Boot Camp - Forsgren Park

$200 $29

Amid fresh air, Coach Cassie pushes her clients through strength, core, and cardio routines that are both fun and powerful

Up to 81% Off Gym Packages at ProFitness

Burien

$104 $25

Memberships include access to all equipment, steam rooms, and tanning beds, plus customized fitness and nutrition plans

51% Off Kayak Trip for Two from Leavenworth Outdoor Center

Leavenworth

$120 $59

Kayakers explore the river on their own and eat lunch from a local restaurant

60% Off a Firefighter-Themed 5K Obstacle Race

Lake Sammamish State Park

$88 $35

Unlike a typical mud run, this 5K features obstacles inspired by those a new firefighting recruit would have to negotiate at fire academy

Up to 73% Off Outdoor Personal Training for 1 or 2

Multiple Locations

$180 $49

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

40% Off Lake Stevens Kokanee Fishing Trip

Rotten Chum Guide Service

$300 $180

Fish for landlocked sockeye salmon with more than 20-year veteran angler during five-hour trip on Lake Stevens

Up to 60% off at Spokane Valley Archery

Greenacres

$92 $39

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

50% Off Services

Graham

$10 $5

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Up to 52% Off Kayaking Tour

Bainbridge Island

$67.50 $35

Kayakers watch otters, harbor seals, & seabirds in Eagle Harbor, the historic old mill of Blakely Harbor, or water-level views of Bainbridge

51% Off a Kayak Tour from Outdoor Adventure Center

Multiple Locations

$79 $39

Guides lead paddlers down Sammamish River to and from Redhook Brewery; sea kayakers marvel at wildlife around Lopez Island

Up to 55% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Maple Valley

$150 $69

Learn riding and tacking skills from a lifelong horse enthusiast in a spacious training area, and interact with a pony born just recently

Up to 47% Off at Discovery Village

Gig Harbor

$42.50 $25

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Interactive play center invites kids up to age 10 to explore a miniature town, sand box, drawing area, and indoor playground

50% Off Martial Arts

Snohomish Business Park

$100 $50

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

Up to 47% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lessons

Cathcart

$50 $29

Horseback-riding lessons teach beginners the basics of riding, but also a lifelong appreciation of horses, self-confidence, & responsibility

52% Off Flyboard Lesson

AV Water Sports

$206 $99

Clients learn basics of flyboard before being released to their own devices to do flips and tricks during recorded session

Up to 89% Off at Paintball International

Multiple Locations

$160 $19

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

Up to 55% Off Booty Barre and PiYo Fitness Classes

Mukilteo

$65 $29

Popular fitness classes combine yoga, Pilates, and cardio movements to burn fat and tone muscle

Up to 71% Off at Seattle Boot Camp

Town Center

$120 $39

Trainers lead high-intensity routines blending cardio, resistance-training, core-training, and flexibility exercises to tone bodies

Up to 52% Off RC Truck Racing for Two or Four

Clackamas

$30 $15

Drivers race remote-controlled RC trucks around hairpins and over dirt embankments on enormous, newly renovated track

Rainier Symphony – Up to 62% Off Concert

Multiple Locations

$19.62 $9

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Tchaikovsky's final symphony earns its nickname, Pathétique; Brahms's Requiem paints a masterful portrait of bereavement

Up to 42% Off Animal Tour at Olympic Game Farm

Sequim

$24 $14

Visitors drive through habitats of bears, lions, elk, and wolves

Up to 56% Off Personal Training from Chris Pietsch

Mill Apartments Fitness Resort

$150 $70

Personal trainer Chris Pietsch helps clients plan workouts, create a meal plan, and stay motivated both in and outside the gym

Up to 46% Off Wine Tasting & Bottles of Wine at Gard Vintners

Multiple Locations

$62 $34

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Sip samples of wine crafted from estate-grown grapes before taking home bottles

Up to 53% Off Movie and Popcorn for Two

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

Up to 60% Off Riding Lessons at 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

Up to 79% Off Music Lessons

Redeem from Home or In-Studio

$160 $49

Professional musicians from famed rock, country, Christian, and pop groups teach how to sing, write a song, or master instruments

Up to 53% Off Tastings at Scatter Creek Winery

Tenino

$30 $15

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Sample the family-run winery’s reds, whites, and dessert wines, such as their award-winning dry gewurztraminer with hints of elderberry

Up to 31% Off Visit to The Reptile Zoo

Monroe

$16 $11

Exhibits display tarantulas, lizards, gators, and turtles

76% Off Hot-Yoga Classes

Hoquiam

$45 $11

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56% Off a Full-Day Fishing Expedition

Napavine

$225 $119

Professional guides provide gear and bait for a full-day salmon or steelhead fishing adventure

Half Off Winery Passport

Yakima Valley

$10 $5

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

Up to 42% Off Orca Whale-Watching Tour

Anacortes

$105 $65

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Five- to six-hour tour guarantees passengers an up-close view of orca whales as an onboard naturalist shares interesting facts

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum—Up to Half Off

Stevenson

$40 $20

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Museum tells the story of Columbia Gorge from the viewpoint of both 19th century pioneers and the Chinook people who lived there long before

Up to 67% Off Unlimited Driving Range Sessions

Gig Harbor

$75 $35

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

Up to 78% Off CrossFit Classes

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

Up to 51% Off from Chehalis Valley Wine Tour

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

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

Up to 50% Off Paintball Packages

Puyallup

$40 $20

Paintball packages enable players to battle with rental gear, air, and 50 paintballs

51% Off Guided Kayak Tour

Smugglers Villa Resort

$79 $39

Tours from Orcas Island to Point Doughty State Park; guide points out harbor seals, porpoises, eagles, and shore birds along the way

Up to 87% Off Karate Lessons

Port Orchard

$210 $39

Karate instructors guide students of all ages through classes designed to build confidence and self-esteem

Up to 50% Off Sports Clinics at Rijo Athletics

North Creek

$200 $109

Coaches boost athletic speed and agility with strength training regimens for sports including soccer, football, baseball, and golf

Up to 58% Off Yoga Classes

Snoqualmie

$120 $50

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

67% Off Membership Lessons at Hillside Stables

Enumclaw Plateau

$180 $60

90-minute lessons teach potential stable members how to safely act around horses on the grounds and in the arena; required for membership

Up to 60% Off at The Fairways Golf Course

Cheney-Medical Lake

$97 $44

Wetlands and native grasses line player-friendly, 18-hole course that features forward tee option for juniors and beginners

Up to 51% Off Whitewater Rafting

Marblemount

$65 $32

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

51% Off Segway Tour

Pioneer Square

$75 $37

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Auto-balancing personal transporters whisk guests off on tours of Seattle's green architecture and famous landmarks

47% Off Beginner Golf Lessons

Downriver Golf Course

$149 $79

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Five-week Get Golf Ready program for up to ten beginners covers topics such as game rules and etiquette, putting, and wedge and iron play

Up to 52% Off Rock Climbing or Fitness Classes

Tacoma

$29 $14

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10,000 sq. ft. gym helps climbers of all ages learn the fundamentals of bouldering and top roping; fitness classes further tone bodies

Up to 52% Off Ice-Skating Outings or Instruction

Cascade Park

$25 $12

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Ice rink that plays home to Vancouver Vipers hosts 35 hours of public-skate a week; lessons taught using USFSA Basic Skills Program

78% Off Three-Week Program at Impact Strength and Performance

Bel-Red

$156 $34

The program includes boot camps, an eating for rapid fat loss nutrition program, and a guide to good habits program

Anderlin Arts – $5 to See "The Music Man"

Everett PUD Auditorium

$10 $5

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Famous, family-friendly musical comedy about a charismatic con man’s romance and redemption

50% Off NFL Flag Football

Multiple Locations

$90 $45

40-minute, 5-on-5 flag football games last 40 minutes and are coed or for girls only; four-day camps include drills and team-building skills

Seattle Festival Orchestra – Up to Half Off

Multiple Locations

$15 $8

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Season of concerts includes works by Brahms, Beethoven, and a new composition by Keith Van Kirk

Half Off at North Pines Yoga and Pilates

Spokane Valley

$60 $30

Strengthen core muscles and recenter energies with Pilates and yoga classes taught by seasoned instructors

Up to 59% Off Music Lessons at Live Music Academy

Federal Way

$115 $49

Private drum, piano, saxophone, or guitar lessons afford students enough one-on-one attention to tackle easy melodies and rhythms

65% Off Yoga Classes

Bellingham

$80 $28

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Dancers of all ages can mix and match styles with a series of classes, which include the dramatic musical theater, the percussive rhythms of tap dance, the swinging-waltzing-fox-trotting of ballroom dance, hip-hop, Irish step dance, ballet, modern dance, parent-toddler dance (18 months to 3.5 years), and nurturing baby (baby). Rediscover a favorite form from memories past or try a style that's gone untapped with classes scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening seven days a week. Unlimited enrollment lets you get greedy with your rhythmic workout and add an entire arsenal of moves to your leg bones.

8001 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle,
WA
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The black-belt instructors of Warhorse Martial Arts 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’ètat. 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 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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