Things To Do in Washington

$8 for Movie Admission for Two with One Medium Popcorn at The Garland Theater (Up to a $15 Value)

The Garland Theater

Northtown

Munch popcorn and catch second-run flicks such as Lucy and If I Stay at a newly renovated historic theater

$15 $8

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VIP Admission for One or Two to Dark Nightmare at Hell's Gateway Haunted House (Up to 55% Off)

Hell's Gateway Haunted House

Hell's Gateway

Guests compete in a timed blackout event, hunting for clues using only a glow-stick to light their path and fend off ghouls

$30 $17

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Historic Segway Tour for One or Two from Vancouver Segway Tours (Up to 47% 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 $41

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Gold or Silver Annual Membership at WiggleWorks Kids Bellevue

WiggleWorks Kids Bellevue

Bellevue

Exclusive one-year memberships with discounted or inclusive entry, discounts on products & services, and access to early event registration

$65 $65

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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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Go-Kart Racing Package at PGP Motorsports Park (Up to 50% Off)

PGP Motorsports Park

Kent

8/10-mile, 30-foot-wide asphalt track configurable in up to 12 routes; Birel N35 karts race at up to 48 mph

$38 $19

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Ensemble Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center on December 5–7 (Up to 49% Off)

Ensemble Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker"

Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center

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Educational ensemble celebrates the holidays with Tchaikovsky’s classic about magic toys, perfidious rats, and candy-themed spirits

$19.62 $10

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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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"My First Time" at Centerstage Theatre, October 10–26 (Up to 30% Off)

"My First Time"

Centerstage Theatre

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Actors retell others’ real-life stories of losing their virginity in a show that ranges from hilarious to heartbreaking

$50 $35

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Kiteboarding Class for Two or Paddleboard Rental for One at Bellingham KitePaddleSurf (Up to 37% Off)

Bellingham KitePaddleSurf

Bellingham

Instructors teach students kiteboarding skills at Locust or Hunter Beach or turn them loose with paddleboards to explore Squalicum Harbor

$449 $299

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$25 for Pottery or Canvas Painting at Polka Dot Pottery ($45 Value)

Polka Dot Pottery

Multiple Locations

2–3 hour pottery- and canvas-painting classes include the materials required to create a piece of take-home art as well as an instructor

$45 $25

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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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$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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Three or Six Classes with Gloves at CKO Kickboxing (Up to 78% Off)

CKO Kickboxing

Shoreline

Kickboxers lace up their complimentary gloves and get their hearts pounding during one-hour workouts

$85 $19

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Wine Tasting with Take-Home Bottles for Two or Four at Waving Tree Winery (Up to 47% Off)

Waving Tree Winery

Totem Lake

Small groups sample seven different wines inside a cozy tasting room; includes take-home bottle

$30 $17

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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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Eight-Week Boot Camp or Six-Week Membership with Fitness Classes at The Strong Center (Up to 75% Off)

The Strong Center

Olympia

The Strongest Loser challenges participants to get fit and lose weight in eight weeks; classes include yoga, cycling, and Zumba

$199 $85

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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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$25 for $46 Groupon — Elite Danse Studio

Elite Danse Studio

Bremerton

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

$46 $25

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Gold or Silver Annual Membership at WiggleWorks Kids Puyallup

WiggleWorks Kids Puyallup

Puyallup

Exclusive one-year memberships with discounted or inclusive entry, discounts on products & services, and access to early event registration

$65 $65

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$89 for Full-Day Crabbing Trip from Bob Rees Fishing Guide, LLC ($200 Value)

Bob Rees Fishing Guide, LLC

Hammond

Veteran guide leads groups out in search of Oregon's most prized shellfish: the Dungeness crab

$200 $89

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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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One Month of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes for One or Two at Lenderman's Academy of Martial Arts (63% Off)

Lenderman Academy of Martial Arts

Parkland

Martial arts classes for all ages get participants punching, kicking, and learning self-defense

$160 $60

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$24 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 $24

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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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$80 for a Golf Package for Two at Kahler Glen Golf & Ski Resort ($132 Value)

Kahler Glen Golf & Ski Resort

Leavenworth

Challenging 18-hole mountain course nestled amid evergreen trees in the Cascade Mountains offers cross-country skiing in the winter

$132 $80

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$22 for an Introduction to Sewing Class and 10% Off Purchases at Quality Sewing & Vacuum ($49.99 Value)

Quality Sewing Centers

Multiple Locations

Students learn to create their own tote bags using basic techniques such as sewing seams, topstitching, and handle placement

$49.99 $22

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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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10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Raindrop Yoga Studio (Up to 57% Off)

Raindrop Yoga Studio

Lake Stevens

Yoga classes such as heated flow, candlelit yin, and vinyasa aim to challenge the body and calm the spirit

$80 $39

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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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$31 for a Santa Express Train Ride for Two from Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum (Up to $62 Value)

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum

Elbe

Chat with Santa and sip hot cocoa on a holiday-themed train ride that weaves through timbered foothills and alongside mountain streams

$62 $31

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

Karate West

Multiple Locations

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

$190 $25

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5 or 10 Pink Gloves Boxing Classes at Gateway Fitness (Up to 59% Off)

Gateway Fitness

Gig Harbor

Women’s only boxing classes burn calories and tone muscle by punching, ducking and weaving in safe, non-contact classes

$60 $29

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Fitness Assessment and Customized Workout Plan for Women only at TMC to Health (70% Off)

Tmc To Health

Snohomish

From the merchant: Your personal trainer will provide body composition testing and create a personalized fitness program just for you.

$50 $15

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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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$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

$130 $49

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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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Apocalypse Zombie Hunt or Tactical Laser Tag for One at Virtual Sports (Up to 33% Off)

Virtual Sports

Tukwila

During Apocalypse Zombie Hunt or iCombat laser tag, it’s up to you to navigate the arena, conserve your shots, and help your team

$30 $20

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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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Sporting Clays Outing for Two with Optional Equipment Rental and Safety Class at Red's Fly Shop (Up to 65% Off)

Red's Fly Shop

Kittitas

Built along the Yakima River Canyon, seven sporting-clays stations simulate real hunting conditions for game-bird species such as chukars

$100 $48

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at AKA MMA &Fitness (60% Off)

Aka Mma &fitness

Arlington

One-month membership includes all services; Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, MMA, and more

$199 $80

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Two or Four 60-Minute Private or Couples Riding Lessons at The Cameron Ranch (Up to 67% 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 $48

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 15% Off at Lake Tapps Pilates Studio

Lake Tapps Pilates Studio

Booney Lake

For $5, receive a coupon for 15% off

$5 $5

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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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Five Hot Yoga Classes at Sitka Yoga Studio & Juice Bar (76% Off)

Sitka Yoga Studio & Juice Bar

Hoquiam

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

$45 $11

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$125 for a Static-Line Skydiving Session with a First-Jump Course from Skydive! Toledo ($209 Value)

Skydive! Toledo

Ethel

A poised exit from the strut of a small Cessna plane at 3,000 feet leads to a three-second fall and parachute deployment from a static line

$209 $125

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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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Movie and Large Popcorns for Two or Four at North Bend Theatre (Up to 36% Off)

North Bend Theatre

North Bend

Since its founding in 1941, the theater has delighted locals with daily showings of independent films as well as big-name blockbusters

$23.50 $16

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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 88% Off)

UKO Karate

Port Orchard

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

$210 $35

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for $10 Off Wine Tasting For 2 ($20 Value) at Distefano Winery Ltd

Distefano Winery Ltd

Valley Industrial

For $5, receive a coupon for $10 off wine tasting for 2 ($20 value)

$5 $5

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Ski or Snowboard Lesson for 1 or 2 or Three-Lesson Package at Alpine West Ski & Snowboard School (Up to 44% Off)

Alpine West Ski & Snowboard School

Snoqualmie Pass

Sharpen your skills on the slopes at any age, with guidance from certified instructors who know the terrain well

$80 $49

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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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Fall Colors and Salmon Spawning Float Trip for One, Two, or Four from Pacific NW Float Trips (Up to 51% Off)

Pacific NW Float Trips

Marblemount

Guests enjoy the Skagit River's fall foliage as expert guides share their knowledge of the area's history and wildlife

$87 $43

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$42 for a Two-Hour Flying-Trapeze Class with Registration Fee ($79 Value)

Emerald City Trapeze Arts

Seattle

After experienced instructors lead brief ground demonstrations, students practice swinging on a flying trapeze

$79 $42

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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

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

$68 $38

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Walking Tour for Two or Four from I Heart Tacoma Sidewalk Tours (Up to 51% Off)

I Heart Tacoma Sidewalk Tours

Freight House Square by the Light Rail

Tacoma-born tour guide leads guests around his favorite city during historical downtown tours and the foodie-friendly pub and grub crawl

$60 $30

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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 Northwest Museum of Art & Culture preserves and illuminates an extensive collection of material about the Plateau Indian culture of the Pacific Northwest. Traditional textiles and carvings coexist with more than 10,000 photographs that document the indigenous culture. Historic regional paintings include works from Spokane's Works Progress Administration arts center, which created a vibrant space for artists in the depths of the Great Depression.

In addition to its staggering exhibits and regular collections, the museum immerses guests in turn-of-the-century culture with the Campbell House, which is nestled on the campus. Originally built by Idaho mine owner Amasa Campbell at the end of the 19th century, the neoclassical revival home designed by Kirtland K. Cutter provides a window into the life of a wealthy northwestern family at the turn of the century. A handsome Tudor façade welcomes visitors before they venture into the elegantly restored interior, which deftly mixes architectural styles with a French-style reception area, a Middle Eastern–style game room, and a library outfitted with an inglenook fireplace and an authentic steam-powered flat-screen TV.

2316 W 1st 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
US

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
US

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