Things To Do in Washington

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

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

$27 $15

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Winery or Brewery Experience for One or Two from Lifestyle Valet (Up to 51% Off)

Lifestyle Valet

Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center

Travel to wineries or breweries throughout the South Sound, learning about beer- or winemaking, meeting experts, and tasting their wares

$80 $39

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$9 for Two Movie Tickets and One Large Popcorn at Kiggins Theatre ($16.50 Value)

Kiggins Theatre

Esther Short

Catch a classic flick with a friend at a landmark community theater that's been around since 1936

$16.50 $9

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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

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

$25 $12

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Any Yoga Retreat ($200+ Value) at Holman Health Connections

Holman Health Connections

Bayside

For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off any yoga retreat ($200+ value)

$5 $5

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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

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

$50 $19.99

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

GoFly Water Aviation

Multiple Locations

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

$99 $50

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

Nodland Cellars

Nodland Cellars

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

$30 $15

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Visit for 2 or 4 or One-Year Family Membership to Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (59% Off)

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Federal Way

Sprawling outdoor garden and arboretum features more than 700 species of rhododendrons, as well as azaleas, orchids, magnolias, and trees

$16 $6.50

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

Boom! Elite Martial Arts

Bellingham

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

$130 $65

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

Celebrity Fitness

Auburn

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

$700 $385

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

True To Form

Marysville

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

$10 $10

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

River Ranch Houseboats

Burbank

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

$2,000 $995

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

Vital Fitness

Lakeview

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

$0 $10

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$44 for a Racing Package with Four Races and Two Yearly Licenses at K1 Speed (Up to $91.96 Value)

K1 Speed

Redmond

Eco-friendly electric karts; speeds up to 45 mph; collection of racing memorabilia on display

$91.96 $44

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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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Two-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental for One, Two, or Four from Northwest Paddle Surfers (Up to 53% Off)

Northwest Paddle Surfers

Multiple Locations

Two hours of paddling across Lake Washington’s crystalline waters on a standup board

$40 $20

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

Paintball Promos

Red Dot Paintball

Paintball Promos packages include admission and all necessary equipment

$40 $10

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

Imagine Lifestyles

Sanderson Field

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

$249.99 $99

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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

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

$125 $59

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

Academy of Brian Johnson

Lacey

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

$140 $39

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

Family Fun Centers & Bullwinkle's Restaurant

Multiple Locations

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

$37.50 $18

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Admission for Two or Four to Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds (Up to 40% Off). Four Options Available.

Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds

Bremerton

Indoor haunted-house experience spans three buildings filled with unique and gruesome thrills

$24 $15

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

Oktoberfest Northwest

Puyallup

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

$20 $12

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

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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$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

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

$5 $5

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$21 for a 2.5-Hour Lazer Club Night for Two Teens at Elevated Sportz Indoor Trampoline Park ($32 Value)

Elevated Sportz Indoor Trampoline Park

Bothell

From 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., teens enjoy trampoline time, tunes from a live DJ, and laser shows while dining on pizza and soda

$32 $21

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

Hiline Lanes

Burien

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

$57.91 $29

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

The Outdoor Adventure Center

Cashmere

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

$79 $39

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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

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

$30 $17

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

Summit Strength & Conditioning

University Place

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

$100 $55

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

Novalife Fitness

Newport

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

$0 $5

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$25 for a Family Fun Package at Old McDebbie's Pumpkin Farm and Jim's U Fish ($35 Value)

Old McDebbie's Pumpkin Farm and Jim's U Fish

Spanaway

A family of four can enjoy the day at the farm, which includes treat bags for feeding animals, admission, and pumpkins they can take home

$35 $25

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

Spokane Valley Archery

Greenacres

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

$92 $39

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$5 for $10 Worth of Services at Graham Fitness

Graham Fitness

Graham

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

$10 $5

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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

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

$25.75 $13

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Intro Rock-Climbing Class with Beer-Tasting Tour for One or Two from Backcountry Adventure Guides (Up to 51% Off)

Backcountry Adventure Guides

Multiple Locations

Learn to tie knots, belay, and assess hazards during a full day of climbing followed by sips of beer at a local brewery

$250 $125

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Tie Your Own Flies with a Prolific Fly-Fishing Author

Fly-Tying Class at a Fishing Shop

Gig Harbor

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

$50 $50

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

Balloon Depot

Snohomish

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

$189 $175

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Four Weeks of Beginner Karate Classes with Uniforms for One or Two from Kids Love Martial Arts (Up to 89% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts - Seattle

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach kids the fundamentals of karate, helping them build discipline and strength while releasing pent-up energy

$199 $25

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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

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

$160 $19

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

Immortals Fitness

Harbour Pointe

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

$100 $29

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10 Boot-Camp Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Seattle Boot Camp (Up to 71% Off)

Seattle Boot Camp

Town Center

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

$120 $39

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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

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

$10 $6

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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

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

$65 $35

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

Sasquatch Adventures

Northeast Cowlitz

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

$65 $35

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Haunted House Visit for Two or Four at Shadows Haunted Attraction (Up to 44% Off)

Shadows Haunted Attraction

Shadow Haunts

Dual attractions scare visitors with spooky surprises, frightening monsters, and extravagant decor

$40 $25

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

Treadstone Equestrian Center

Duvall

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

$50 $15

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

barre3

Mill Creek

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

$80 $39

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

Huffman Farms

Ellensburg

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

$30 $16

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

Arlington Zombie Paintball Experience

Arlington

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

$39.98 $17.99

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

The Cameron Ranch

Woodland

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

$120 $59

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

Jumpin Jack & Jill

Sumner

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

$30 $17

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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

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

$40 $20

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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

Steepwater Surf Shop

Westport

Equipment rental includes a surfboard, wetsuit, and booties

$78 $45

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

Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum

Chehalis

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

$14 $8.50

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

Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail

Yakima Valley

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

$10 $5

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$59 for a 3.5-Hour Whale-Watching Trip from Outer Island Expeditions ($109 Value)

Outer Island Expeditions

Multiple Locations

Veteran skippers welcome 12 tourists onto vessels and guarantee encounters with underwater giants during whale-watching tours

$109 $59

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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

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

$80 $40

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Annual Membership or One-Day Admission for Two to Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum

Stevenson

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

$40 $20

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

Kaia FIT

Multiple Locations

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

$5 $5

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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

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

$50 $24.50

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

Gig Harbor Golf Club

Gig Harbor

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

$75 $35

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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

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

$200 $49

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

BelleWood Acres

Lynden

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

$30 $19

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

Revive Yoga

Kelso

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

$180 $50

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

NW Rockstar League

Sumner

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

$125 $60

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

Puyallup Paintball

Puyallup

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

$200 $49

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Six-Week Karate Program Kids, Teens or Adults at UKO Karate (Up to 87% Off)

UKO Karate

Port Orchard

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

$210 $39

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

Northshore Sports Complex

North Industrial

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

$27 $13

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

Twisted Bliss Studio

Snoqualmie

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

$120 $50

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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

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

$48 $24

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

For U Fitness

Multiple Locations

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

$180 $49

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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

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

$65 $32

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Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

AMF Imperial Lanes

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

$32 $17

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$15 for Movie Admission for Two with Two Menu Items at The Garland Theater (Up to $26 Value)

The Garland Theater

Garland District

Catch second-run flicks such as Non-Stop and Noah in newly renovated historic theater while enjoying nachos, sandwiches, or appetizers

$26 $15

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

Odyssey 1

Tacoma

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

$42 $22

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Historic Segway Tour for One or Two from Vancouver Segway Tours (Up to 41% Off)

Vancouver Segway Tours

Hudson's Bay

90-minute tour includes safety information and Segway instruction plus sweeping views of historic Fort Vancouver and the Columbia River

$75 $45

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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
US

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
US

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
US

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
US

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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