Activities in Wisconsin

Horseback-Riding Lesson for One or Two at Madison Horse Connection (Up to 54%% Off)

Madison Horse Connection

Madison Horse Connection

Budding equestrians young and old learn basic horsemanship and a variety of steed-steering disciplines during indoor or outdoor lessons

$40 $19

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Full-Day Ice-Fishing Trip targeting Whitefish for Two or Four from Ice Guides (50% Off)

Ice Guides

Scott

Fishing experts work right alongside customers, taking them out on the ice and demonstrating techniques with top-of-the-line equipment

$399 $199

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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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Admission to "Devil's Nightmare" and "Blind Madness" Haunts for 2, 4 or 6 at the Factory of Fear (Up to 38% Off)

Factory of Fear

Racine

Endure the dreadful sights and sounds of a 25,000 sq. ft., century-old warehouse with two frightening haunts this Halloween season

$40 $25

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Ice-Skating Package for Four, or a Birthday Party for Up to 10 at Appleton Family Ice Center (Up to 50% Off)

Appleton Family Ice Center

Multiple Locations

Skaters glide across new ice; birthday parties include decorations and hot dogs or pizza for up to 10 guests

$20 $10

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Zombie Paintball Hunt for Two, Four, or Six at Brew City Paintball (Up to 53% Off)

Brew City Paintball

Waukesha

Hunt down zombies in an infested haunted house

$37.90 $19

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Paintball Packages or One Hour of Laser Tag for Two or Four at Big Dog Adventure Park (Up to 56% Off)

Big Dog Adventure Park

Wautoma

The fields cover both wide-open areas and areas dotted with trees, bunkers, and foxholes that are ideal for furtive maneuvering

$90 $44

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Wine and Spirit Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery (Up to 50% Off)

Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery

Eau Claire

After sampling small-batch wines and spirits, guests can enjoy a glass of wine at the Tasting Lounge, plus $10 off any bottle purchase

$30 $15

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10 Boxing or Kickboxing Classes at Eclipse Martial Arts LLC (52% Off)

Eclipse Martial Arts Llc

Janesville

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

$50 $24

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$50 for Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Sound Check Entertainment & Studios ($100 Value)

Sound Check Entertainment & Studios

West Allis

Each week, expert instructors meet with adults and kids during lessons focused on voice, guitar, drums, or other instruments

$100 $50

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$200 for $400 Groupon — CrossFit La Crosse

Crossfit La Crosse

La Crosse

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

$400 $200

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Zipline Experience for Two or Four and Photos on a Memory Card at Hi-Liner Dual Racing Zip Lines (Up to 55% Off)

Hi-Liner Dual Racing Zip Lines

Plymouth

Race against friends and family by sailing down ziplines that reach 50 mph on a 1,200-foot-long course

$100 $50

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Yoga Fundamentals or Advanced Yoga Workshop for One, Two, or Four at Haleybird Studios (Up to 51% Off)

Haleybird Studios

Mount Mary

Encouraging and comfortable studio hosts workshops that teach newcomers safe yoga practices or current students next-level poses

$30 $15

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$24.99 for Six Youth Ice-Skating Lessons for Students Aged 3–18 at Blue Line Family Ice Center ($70 Value)

Blue Line Family Ice Center

Fond Du Lac

Ice-skating lessons teach kids everything from basic control and ice skills to advanced jumps and combinations

$70 $24.99

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Four or Eight Laser-Tag Sessions at Kids in Motion (Up to 53% Off)

Kids in Motion

New Berlin

Kids aged 5 and older race around a 1,500 sq. ft. laser-tag arena that's specially designed to appeal to children

$20 $10

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10 or 20 Martial Arts Classes at Sixel's USA Martial Arts (Up to 81% Off)

Sixel's USA Martial Arts

Sugar Camp

MMA, jiu jitsu, or kickboxing classes for adults and children

$100 $20

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Clip'N Go Indoor Rock-Climbing Session for One or Two at Adventure Rock Climbing Gym (Up to 50% Off)

Adventure Rock Climbing Gym

Brookfield

Indoor climbing program teaches nascent scalers the art of ascension via orientation lesson, harness rental, and 17 climbing stations

$18 $10

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All-Day Access Package for Up to 8 or Party Package for Up to 15 at Coral Cove Family Fun Center (Up to 52% Off)

Coral Cove Family Fun Center

South Beloit

Modern and classic arcade games stand alongside five inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses for ample family fun

$36 $18

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$22 for a Discover Scuba Course at Underwater Connection ($45 Value)

Underwater Connection

Multiple Locations

PADI-certified instructors oversee classes in pool, teaching basics of safety, equipment use, and diving technique

$45 $22

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One Month of Kids' Karate Classes or a One-Month After-School Karate Program at Karate America (Up to 71% Off)

Karate America

Multiple Locations

Kids start on the path toward a black belt in karate; after-school program also includes school pickups and snacks

$150 $48

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Fitness and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes at 44 fitness and martial arts (Up to 78% Off). Three Options Available.

44 fitness and martial arts

Franklin

Trainers help groups surmount fitness roadblocks during cardio-strength and boot camp workouts; jiu jitsu classes promote safety

$94 $25

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Shooting-Range Packages at Milford Hills (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Milford Hills

Johnson Creek

50 shooting lanes at distances of up to 25 yards for handguns and 100 yards for long guns; country-club setting

$34 $16

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3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Lakeshore Tae Kwon DO (70% Off)

Lakeshore Tae Kwon Do

Manitowoc

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

$297 $89

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$19 for $35 Worth of Horseback-Riding Lessons — Sunset Ridge Performance Horses

Sunset Ridge Performance Horses

Columbus

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

$35 $19

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Two-Night Stay with Lift Tickets and Daily Breakfast for Two or Four at The Whitecap Mountains (47% Off)

The Whitecap Mountains

Hurley/Ironwood

Stay in a double- or quad-occupancy room when not enjoying 500-acre ski destination that features 43 ski runs for all experience levels

$488 $259

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Bowling for Four with Shoe Rental and Pitcher of Soda at Skipp's Bowling Center ($39 Value)

Skipp's Bowling Center

Stevens Point

Smooth lanes host bowlers relaxing with friends and family, refreshing themselves with a frosty pitcher of soda

$39 $20

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$26 for a 9-Hole Round of Golf for Two with Cart Rental at Bridgewood Golf Course (Up to $52 Value)

Bridgewood Golf Course

Neenah

Small, fast, elevated greens combine with water hazards and dense tree lines to challenge golfers as they traverse 2,934-yard course

$52 $26

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20 or 10 Yoga Classes at Hatchery Hill Yoga (Up to 66% Off)

Hatchery Hill Yoga

Fitchburg

Yoga focuses on health and healing with movement

$130 $49

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Rival Sons, Doro, Thousand Foot Krutch, Misfits, Saving Abel, or Drowning Pool at Route 20 Outhouse (Up to 40% Off)

Route 20 Outhouse

Route 20 Outhouse

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Seminal punk rockers-turned heavy-metal act Misfits, “Queen of Rock & Metal” Doro, southern rock-alt-metal band Saving Abel, and more

$15 $10

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All-Day Paintball Package with Admission and Equipment Rental for Four or Six from Paintballtickets.com (Up to 67% Off)

Paintballtickets.com

Multiple Locations

Paintballers splatter opponents with pigment on a regulation field and scenario arena with whitewashed obstacles

$100 $39

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Corn Maze Entry, Mining Rough, and $5 Vouchers for Two or Four at Glacier Rock Farms (Up to 50% Off)

Glacier Rock Farms

Lebanon

Spend a beautiful autumn day or evening searching for the way out of the corn maze, panning for treasure, or enjoying tasty snacks

$32 $17

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12 Introductory CrossFit Classes from CrossFit De Pere (45% Off)

Crossfit De Pere

De Pere

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

$99 $54

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Golf Outing for Two or Pass for Unlimited Golf for 2014 Season at Missing Links (Up to 56% Off)

Missing Links

Missing Links

Designed with the help of Jack Nicklaus, 9-hole, par-3 course features grassy mounds, ponds, and a green shaped like the state of Wisconsin

$450 $199

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10- or 20-Class Kickboxing Package with Handwraps and Nutritional Coaching at 9Round Fitness (Up to 71% Off)

9Round

Germantown

Functional, interval, and cardiovascular training combined with kickboxing techniques efficiently provides an intense, total-body workout

$259 $75

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$11 for Drive-In Admission for Two and Two Small Popcorns at Keno Drive-In (Up to $20.50 Value)

Keno Drive-In

Pleasant Prairie

Double features of first-run flicks pair with audio from FM station or in-car speakers as attendees dig into popcorn

$20.50 $11

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Household Membership or History Lover Membership at the Wisconsin Historical Society and Museum (Up to 52% Off)

Wisconsin Historical Society

Multiple Locations

Membership includes discounted or free admission to the Society's historic sites, from Black Point Estate to Old World Wisconsin in Eagle

$60 $29

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2-Hour Wisconsin Dells Zipline Tour at Bigfoot Zipline Tours (Up to 28% Off). Open Year-Round.

Bigfoot Zipline Tours

Wisconsin Dells

Soar from tower to tower on seven different ziplines while reaching heights of up to 100 feet at this Wisconsin Dells destination

$95.01 $68

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Family Day Passes and Parking, or Family Campsite Rental at Champions Riverside Resort (Up to 52% Off)

Champions Riverside Resort

Champions Riverside Resort

Families of four enjoy activities such as swimming, volleyball, and horseshoes, with optional two-night stays

$25 $12

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10 or 15 Workout Classes at Iron Grip Gym (50% Off)

Iron Grip Gym

Business Park

Instructors lead small groups through engaging workouts that incorporate suspension training, kettlebells, and training ropes

$100 $50

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Lift Ticket with Ski or Snowboard Rental for 2 or 4, or Snow Tubing for 2, 4, or 6 at Navarino Hills (56% Off)

Navarino Hills

Navarino

Natural or machine-made snow blankets mountain trails ideal for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing

$64 $32

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One Month of Unlimited Classes for One or Two at CrossFit Fox Cities (Up to 55% Off)

CrossFit Fox Cities

Menasha

Instructors guide students through high-intensity workouts for each client's fitness level; workouts combine strength and cardio training

$99.99 $49

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Charity Haunted-House Entry for Two, Four, or Six at Dark Carnival (50% Off)

Dark Carnival

Oconomowoc

10,000 sq. ft. spooky carnival-themed haunted house whose proceeds benefit the area school district education foundation

$30 $15

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One or Six Horseback-Riding Lessons for One, or Four Lessons for Four @ Oak Hill Stables in River Falls (50% Off)

Oak Hill Stables

River Falls

Equestrian facility doles out English, Western, and Driving instruction via private and group lessons and trail rides

$50 $25

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$149 for a Tandem Hang Gliding Experience from Great Lakes Hang Gliding ($309.99 Off)

Great Lakes Hang Gliding

Great Lakes Hang Gliding

Give the gift of flight as students learn basic hang glider controls, safety, and take their first flight strapped to a seasoned instructor

$309.99 $149

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10 or 20 Classes with Initiation and Uniform at Kids Love Martial Arts (Up to 91% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts

Greendale

Kids develop focus, confidence, self-discipline, and self-respect while learning self-defense skills that make them bully-proof

$210 $20

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Cheese and Truffles at Chateau St. Croix Winery & Vineyard (Up to 44% Off)

Chateau St. Croix Winery & Vineyard

Saint Croix Falls

Vintners host wine tasting that features grapes grown and bottled on Chateau St. Croix’s 55-acre grounds.

$26 $15

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5 or 10 Group Strength and Conditioning Classes at German Fit (Half Off)

German Fit

Glendale

Students aged 10 and older train like an athlete under the tutelage of former professional soccer player Andreas Davi

$90 $45

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$55 for 10 Group Training Sessions at Trumi ($200 Value)

Trumi

Multiple Locations

Instructors combine interval training and strength workouts to make exercise routines that change every week, and are often held outdoors

$200 $55

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$49 for a Month of Kickboxing Classes at Murphy's Martial Arts Academy ($314 Value)

Murphy's Martial Arts Academy

Stoughton

Students burn calories, boost their strength, and learn hard-hitting kickboxing techniques with a month of fitness kickboxing classes

$314 $49

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Wine Flights Paired with Cheese and Fruit for Two or Four at Vetro Winery (Up to 35% Off)

Vetro Winery

Jefferson

Visitors taste a selection of wines paired with cheese and fruit at a winery with sweeping views of the surrounding woods and marshland

$30 $20

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One or Two Months of Karate with Uniform and T-Shirt at Karate America DeForest (Up to 77% Off)

Karate America DeForest

De Forest

Classes teach karate skills to students ages 3 and up

$119 $27

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$30 for a 4-Course Wine Tasting and Food Pairing for Two at Von Klaus Winery Tasting Haus ($64 Value)

Von Klaus Winery (Tasting Haus)

Baraboo

All-natural sulfite-free fruit wines paired with Wisconsin cheese, chocolate-wine truffles, breads and oils, and jumbo shrimp

$64 $30

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Kickboxing Classes at Neutral Ground Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 68% Off)

Neutral Ground Martial Arts & Fitness

Grafton

Students get in shape and learn valuable self-defense skills in kickboxing classes for students of all experience levels

$60 $20

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18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental at Bristol Oaks Golf Club (Up to 38% Off)

Bristol Oaks Golf Club

Bristol Oaks Golf Club and Banquet Center

18-hole, par 72 course lined with mature trees and dotted with water hazards

$96 $60

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Wine-Tasting Experience for Two or Four at The Chiselled Grape Winery (Up to 50% Off)

The Chiselled Grape Winery

Cedarburg

Wine-tasting experience includes samples of multiple varietals, truffles, cheese and almonds, and take-home souvenir glasses and stop drips

$47 $24

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$17 for $30 Worth of Kayak Rental — Mountain Bay Outfitters and The Coffee Depot

Mountain Bay Outfitters

Shawano

Paddle the Wolf or Embarrass Rivers this fall and see all that Mother Nature has to show

$30 $17

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One or Three One-Hour Horseback-Riding and Groundwork Lessons at Sublime Saddlebreds (Up to 51% Off)

Sublime Saddlebreds

Waupun

Experienced, enthusiastic instructor trains students and horses to work as a team

$75 $37

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$24.99 for Cosmic Bowling for Four with Beer/Soda and Fries at Belgium Community Center ($72.49 Value) 

Belgium Community Center

Belgium

Colorful lights, energetic music, and glow-in-the-dark lanes enliven games as players sip soda and munch on fries

$72.49 $24.99

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Three Games of Bowling for Four or Six People at Midway Lanes (Up to 57% Off)

Midway Lanes

Mineral Point

Groups strap on rental shoes and send bowling balls down slick alleys during open play at lively center with full bar and music

$39 $19

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Eight-Hour Ice-Fishing Trip for Two or Four at Trophy Ice Fish (53% Off)

Trophy Ice Fish

Nasewaupee

Drop a line into a hole cut into Green Bay’s frozen layer and await bites from whitefish while keeping warm in a provided ice house

$399 $199

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Microdistillery Educational Tasting for Two or Four at Minhas Micro Distillery (Half Off)

Minhas Micro Distillery

Monroe

Visitors learn all about the operations of the microdistillery, after which they sample products and leave with a sampler glass

$20 $10

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1 or 3 Riding-Lesson Packages, Each with a Helmet, Horse Treats & a Gift at Black Forest Stables(Up to 56% Off)

Black Forest Stables

Barneveld

The team prepares you well for your ride with protective gear and treat that help you bond with your steed

$82 $39

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Four- or Six-Week Boot Camp with Three Weekly Classes at Fitness Revolution (Up to 67% Off)

Fitness Revolution

Sussex

High-energy interval training incorporates strength-building exercises and cardio for all fitness levels

$139 $49

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Corn-Maze Adventures for Two, Four, or Six at Army Lake Camp (Up to 58% Off)

Army Lake Camp Corn Maze

East Troy

A camp operated by The Salvation Army offers Fall Harvest activities, including an extensive corn maze, carnival games, and a pumpkin patch

$22 $11

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Full-Day Lift Ticket with Optional Equipment Rental and Beginner Lesson at Cascade Mountain (Up to 55% Off)

Cascade Mountain

Wisconsin Dells

Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels sample 36 unique runs with a 460-foot vertical drop; lessons and equipment rental available

$55 $25

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The Dancing Horses Theatre Show with Backstage Pass Through November 9 (Up to 52% Off)

The Dancing Horses Theatre

The Dancing Horses Theatre

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Equestrians and various horse breeds do a Vegas-style performance; backstage pass includes horse-training info and equine meet-and-greets

$37.50 $18

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"Cooking With The Calamari Sisters" at Vogel Hall Marcus Center on October 29–30 (Up to 45% Off)

Cooking With The Calamari Sisters

Vogel Hall Marcus Center

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Hilariously competitive sisters host a cable cooking show, sling insults and belt out Italian hits such as “Mambo Italiano” and “Volare”

$54.30 $30

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$89 for Two-Month Membership with Daily Nutrition Coaching at Monkey Bar Gymnasium ($405 Value)

Monkey Bar Gymnasium

Madison

Membership includes fitness test to measure performance before & after program; nutrition coaching helps to provide accountability & results

$405 $89

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Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!" at Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena on November 22 or 23 (Up to 42% Off)

"Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance!"

Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena

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Fuzzy friends including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, and Ernie lead an interactive dance party with energetic tunes

$24 $14

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Skydiving for One or Two from World Skydiving Center (Up to 40% Off)

World Skydiving Center

Kenosha

Thrill seekers strapped to experienced divers freefall through the air at 120 mph with photo and video add-ons available for purchase

$239 $149

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Roller-Skating Package with Soda and Pizza, or Bronze Birthday-Party Package for 10 at Skatetown (Up to 54% Off)

Skatetown

Racine

Kids aged 2–12 enjoy a day of roller-skating or celebrate birthdays with parties that include ice cream and party favors

$54.50 $25

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$69 for Ballroom-Dance Package for One or Two at TC Dance Club International (Up to $360 Value)

TC Dance Club International

Appleton

An individual or couple learn a ballroom-style dance during four one-on-one lessons and then practice in a group and party setting

$360 $69

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10 CrossFit Classes or 1 Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Consumed (Up to 86% Off)

CrossFit Consumed

Waukesha

Intensive, ever-changing CrossFit workouts combine weightlifting and gymnastics moves

$130 $18

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes at Fearless MMA (Up to 77% Off)

Fearless MMA

Janesville

Martial-arts students build physical and mental strength, discipline, and self-defense skills in classes such as MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

$100 $39

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One- or Two-Month CrossFit Membership at CrossFit West Allis (Up to 62% Off)

CrossFit West Allis

West Allis

Ever-changing workouts use functional movements such as squatting and push-ups to improve overall health in motivational environment

$125 $49

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Two Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Four or Eight at Maple Lanes (Up to 55% Off)

Maple Lanes

South Business Drive

Two hours of bowling on one or two lanes at an alley that also features sand volleyball courts and a golf simulator

$28 $14

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$105 for $300 Worth of Martial Arts — Crossover Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

Crossover Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

Wauwatosa

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

$300 $105

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Three Large Buckets of Driving-Range Balls at Tee IT Up Golf Range (46% Off)

Tee It Up Driving Range

New Berlin

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

$24 $13

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10 or 20 Classes with Uniform or Martial Arts Birthday Party at Family Tae Kwon Do Champions (Up to 94% Off)

Family Tae Kwon Do Champions

Brookfield

Learn the basics of self-defense; birthday parties include 1.5 hours with an instructor and the chance for kids to punch through boards

$325 $20

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The perception of pole dancing is changing. When Maureen Metzger and her business partner DJ Hamilton started Blush Pole Fitness & Dance six years ago, Maureen says, "people thought [the instructors] were strippers." Since then, she's seen attitudes adjust as pole dancing went from taboo to a possible Olympic sport. Maureen equates pole dancing with aerial arts, on par with performances seen in shows such as Cirque du Soleil. She leads a series of classes and workshops that focus on upper-body and core strength or hone in sensual spins and dances. "You can be sexy and sensual," Maureen says, "and it doesn’t have to be tasteless . . . I watch Dancing with the Stars, and I think that is way more sexual than anything we do."

Occasionally, she still has to spend some time fighting inaccurate stereotypes, including an episode in early 2012 that involved inviting Jim Stingl of the Journal Sentinel to studio for a fact-finding mission. But mostly, Maureen and DJ concern themselves with empowering women to be "strong physically and emotionally." There comes a time, she says, when "you stop feeling sexy, you age, you gain weight, you get so busy with other parts of your life. . . I think we lose [that] and [pole dancing] reminds us to be women." She credits pole dancing as a vital ally in boosting her self-esteem during a double mastectomy in her battle against breast cancer.

And though Maureen is the first to tout the power of pole dancing, she is also one of the first to undercut some of its weightier connotations, much like a doctor who uses a stethoscope that squeaks. "[We're] totally willing to laugh at ourselves," she says. "Nobody is taking this too seriously." The lighter mood, in particular, helps welcome shy students, who Maureen and DJ witness transform into "strong, confident, sexy, and feminine [women]."

7701 West Greenfield Avenue
West Allis,
WI
US

The instructors at Kaivalya Yoga believe that, like yoga practitioners themselves, the rules of yoga should be highly flexible. They pioneer fresh approaches to Vinyasa techniques inside their University Square studio with the aim of inducing kaivalya—a state of freeing personal enlightenment. Heated and nonheated classes cover fluid posture transitions that synchronize breath with stretching rather than having students take one long breathing break halfway through class. Each session aims to eradicate the body's toxins and boost mental clarity, whether students are attending a free beginners workshop or hefting small weights during Power Sculpt.

Many of the teaching staff joined the yoga movement to combat physical ailments, such as slipped disks or chronic migraines, and now they deepen their practice through Kaivalya's inventive curriculum. They inject posing sequences with pieces of individual flair—Hally Marlino's classes embrace freestyle Vinyasa set to music, and director of teacher training Alex Pfeiffer leads groups through spiritually focused, dance-like routines. Certified massage therapists are also on hand to work muscles into an even noodlier state with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports modalities.

Kaivalya Yoga's central location is no accident. Owners Dave and Tim met at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1998 and maintain ties with the school as an employee and a graduate student, respectively. They've engineered their venue and schedule to suit the student population: classes provide a meditative escape close to home, scheduling never interferes with Wisconsin Badgers games, and the boutique carries chic headbands, T-shirts, and hoodies from their exclusive Mad Yogi clothing line, ideal for moving from dorm to dining hall to yoga studio in comfort.

773 University Ave
Madison,
WI
US

A two-story brick house from the late 1800s stands within walking distance of a wooden fur-trader’s cabin from the 1700s. Just down the road, cheesemongers and printmakers ply their time-honored trades behind open storefronts, and the ringing of a blacksmith’s hammer joins with the click of a digital camera’s shutter in a soundtrack several centuries in the making. It’s safe to say that Heritage Hill State Historical Park’s anachronistic blending of historical eras might confuse an uninformed onlooker, but visitors who know better will relish the park’s four outdoor areas, each of which depicts a unique period in Wisconsin’s history. The living-history museum sits on 50 acres along the banks of the Fox River and features more than 25 original and reconstructed buildings that illustrate the lives of their residents—a list that includes French-influenced fur traders, the federal occupants of Fort Howard, and Belgian immigrants. The museum’s curators have brought these former residents back to life through strange and unexpected means; the fur-trader’s cabin was discovered almost by accident by a demolition crew who found it hidden inside a larger house. In each of the park’s areas, historic interpreters dressed according to their time period divulge facts about the buildings’ histories and their inhabitants’ day-to-day lives, which often included hours of churning butter and playing 8-bit Atari games. Five of the original on-site buildings can be found on the National Register of Historic Places, and museum groundskeepers further ensure each area’s historical accuracy by planting period-appropriate trees and plants. Tours take visitors of all ages on regular journeys through the past, and museum staffers organize field trips and summer camps especially for youth groups. Seasonal events include craft workshops, live concerts, and raucous fiddle-shredding contests.

2640 S Webster Ave
Green Bay,
WI
US

America's Action Territory encourages family bonding through amusements in session year-round indoors and seasonally outdoors. During warm weather, the park staff operates six outdoor activities, from bumper boats in a 75,000-gallon pool, go-karts on an over 1,000-foot long track, to a water balloon battle with depth-charged orbs. Back inside, kids can enter the smoky, black-lit laser-tag arena to demonstrate who is most deserving of parents' love, or challenge their progenitors to skee-ball at the arcade. Between games, an eatery supplies patrons with refreshments such as sandwiches, chicken strips, and pizzas on crust made without gluten or lasers. For special occasions, Action Territory's team can also arrange birthday parties and organize group packages.

12345 75th St.
Kenosha,
WI
US

The curators of Bounce & Play's indoor playground want to see kids exercising and developing motor skills. To accomplish this, they fill their plush facility with seven bounce houses, air-filled obstacle courses, and games such as ping-pong and air hockey. For adults, they stock the center's bright storefront with coffee and snacks. Additionally, the playground's toddler area lets little ones younger than aged 3 crawl through tunnels and play with toys without encountering the competitive spirit of older kids who talk about nothing but math and literature.

4901 Washington Ave.
Racine,
Wisconsin
US

The servicemen of Pearl Harbor's naval base were taking some much-needed R&R between early-morning repairs inside Hangar 37 when suddenly they heard a buzzing overhead. With the humming of their own planes and battleships periodically filling the air, this rapidly approaching sound wasn't foreign to their ears, but this instance proved to be drastically different. Thunderous explosions soon overtook Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona struggled to stay afloat as the Imperial Japanese Navy delivered a surprise military strike, which resulted in one of the most devastating attacks on American soil. With a mission to preserve the history of this tragic event, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor opened that very same hangar to the public, hundreds of feet from where ships burned and men courageously fought more than 70 years ago.

Hangar 37's 42,000-square-foot space currently houses many of the museum's artifacts, which include a World War II–era B-25B bomber, Japanese Zero, and naval planes such as the SBD Dauntless. Also open to the public, Hangar 79 displays the actual bullet holes that pierced its windows during the attack, while an authentic WWII maintenance shop contains an exhibit that explains how planes ran on Lucky Strike cigarette materials. Visitors can experience the museum's ever-evolving collection of exhibits––which has included segments dedicated to the Korean War's MiG Alley and the Flying Tigers––through guided tours in both hangars and submerse themselves in the virtual world of the museum's combat flight simulator.

N922 Tower View Drive
Greenville,
WI
US