Events & Activities in Mercer Island

Up to 88% Off Beginner's Karate Package

Multiple Locations

$190 $25

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

Up to 78% Off Boot Camp

Ford Sports Performance

$200 $49

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

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

Bel-Red

$156 $34

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

Up to 70% Off Yoga Classes

Bellevue

$130 $39

Yoga classes help improve strength and flexibility while also helping relieve stress and calm the mind

Up to 61% Off CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Bellevue

Richards Valley

$250 $179

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Work all the parts of your body into great shape while running, jumping, lifting, and throwing in workouts for any exercise level

46% Off a Painting Class at Local Venue

Multiple Locations

$70 $38

Themed painting classes help participants create masterpieces at area bars or restaurants where specialty drinks are available for purchase

Up to Half Off Music Lessons or Instruments

Donn Bennett Drum Studio

$125 $65

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Seasoned musicians help budding instrumentalists of all skill levels during private lessons

Up to 57% Off Personal Training

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Nationally certified personal trainers schedule workouts at their fitness studio or a location of your choice

Up to 67% Off Golf Lessons

Bel-Red

$100 $33

Certified instructors use their personal experience and the center's technology to analyze clients' swings and improve their technique.

Up to 91% Off Lessons at Pacific Dance Center

Bellevue

$387 $39

Private and semiprivate lessons teach the basics of such dance styles as waltz, salsa, tango, and rumba

Up to 55% Off Indoor Rock Climbing

South Bellevue Community Center

$60 $30

Rock climbing classes impart kids and adults with basic climbing skills; climb passes can be used during drop-in sessions

Arthur Murray Dance Studio – 82% Off Lessons

Multiple Locations

$432 $79

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Certified instructors teach dance styles such as West Coast swing and salsa in private and group lessons; parties allow for casual practice

Up to 66% Off Group Personal Training at GOLong Fitness

Bel-Red

$200 $89

Personal trainer devises a fitness regimen based on the client's current condition and goals

Up to 75% Off at Get Zen Hot Yoga

Bellevue

$120 $32

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Instructors guide up to 60 students through yoga classes inside a spacious mirrored studio at temperatures between 98 and 105 degrees

49% Off

Bel-Red

$45 $23

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

Up to 69% Off Boxing or Personal Training

Downtown Bellevue

$75 $35

Whether learning the basics of boxing or starting a uniquely tailored workout, burn off calories while building strength and confidence

Up to 51% Off Cardboard-Furniture-Making Classes

Factoria

$65 $32

Participants make their own furniture from old cardboard boxes, decorating their creations as they see fit

Up to 53% Off Adult Classes at Emerald Ballet Academy

Bel-Red

$75 $35

Ballet conditioning class taught by Russian faculty at a studio founded by the Bolshoi Ballerina

Up to 65% Off Group or Personal Training Sessions

Downtown Bellevue

$227 $79

Instructors lead group classes in yoga, Pilates, strength training, or core strength, or lead personal training sessions

Up to 75% Off ElliptiGO Rentals

Multiple Locations

$50 $14.99

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

Up to 44% Off Pass to Mobile Food Rodeo

Multiple Locations

$25 $15

More than 60 food trucks are stationed throughout the weekend to showcase some of the city's best mobile food during two-day festival

51% Off Segway Tour

Pioneer Square

$75 $37

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

Design and Print Your Own Poster with an Antique Letterpress

Pioneer Square

$50 $50

Sara McNally shows you how to set wood type and printer’s blocks on an iron hand press so that you can design your own bespoke poster

41% Off Cruise and Salmon Bake from Argosy Cruises

Central Business District

$94 $55

Guests cruise from downtown Seattle to Blake Island for steamed clams, salmon bake, and Native American dancing and storytelling

51% Off Rock-Climbing Courses

Multiple Locations

$92.61 $45

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

Seattle Festival Orchestra – Up to Half Off

Multiple Locations

$15 $8

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

Harness the Ancient Art of Meditation at a Guided Workshop

Montlake

$54 $54

Bruce Davis demystifies the Vedic practice of meditation and how it can improve your focus and energy during your daily life

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

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

Up to 56% Off Beginners' Painting Class

Georgetown

$50 $25

Accomplished artist teaches students the tenets of composition, color, and space with drawing exercises and full-color painting

50% Off NFL Flag Football

Multiple Locations

$90 $45

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

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

AMF Imperial Lanes

$32 $17

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

Up to 49% Off Glass-Blowing Workshop

Belltown

$125 $65

Professional glass blowers teach pairs and individuals to craft bowls, paperweights, and flowers during daily classes

GoFly Water Aviation – Up to 51% Off

Multiple Locations

$99 $49

Soar above the water thanks to high-propulsion jets strapped to your feet on a flyboard or thrusting from a motorcycle-like jetovator

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

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

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Rainier Glass Studio – Up to 50% Off Glass Blowing

Industrial District

$49.95 $26

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Over a 2,000-degree furnace, you and a glass blower might collaborate on hanging ornaments, translucent flowers, or animal sculptures

Up to 55% Off Fitness Classes at Kettlebility

Roosevelt

$779 $349

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Expert instructors lead students of all fitness levels through intense and engaging kettlebell fitness and strength endurance classes

Up to 78% Off at Breathe Hot Yoga

Multiple Locations

$140 $35

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Hot yoga classes enhance the flexibility and strength of all skill levels on antibacterial flooring

Up to 60% Off SUP Rental or Custom T-Shirt

Greenlake

$41 $20

Navigate nearby waters atop a stand-up paddleboard for a full-body workout; customized t-shirts emblazoned with Seattle neighborhood designs

Up to 76% Off at Precision Fitness

Whale Tail Park

$179 $45

Trainers lead 45-minute workouts of strength-training, endurance, and conditioning exercises

75% Off at Urban Yoga Spa

Belltown

$150 $38

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Sweat and stretch through 60- to 90-minute sessions of hot Hatha yoga and power Vinyasa

50% Off Services

Seattle

$175 $88

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

57% Off Private Music Lessons

Multiple Locations

$140 $59.99

30-minute private music lessons once a week in drums, guitar, saxophone, and more; a staff of 40-plus instructors available

Up to 55% Off Swing-Dance Classes

Great Hall at Green Lake

$50 $25

Experienced instructors instill students with beginner or intermediate footwork skills before DJs spin vintage tunes at Monday night parties

Up to 58% Off African Dance Classes

Seven Star Women's Kung Fu

$30 $15

A lauded dancer guides students through high-energy African dance moves; classes are often accompanied by live drumming

Up to 63% Off Six-Week Qi Gong Class

Seattle

$200 $79

Qi Gong students engage in physical and mental exercises promoting health & inner balance; practice has similarities to yoga & acupuncture

Up to 67% Off Private Yoga

Seattle

$225 $79

Private one-hour Ashtanga yoga sessions help boost flexibility and strengthen muscles

Up to 89% Off Fitness Classes

Fremont

$100 $29

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Kickboxing, boot-camp, TRX, conditioning, and core classes in a friendly neighborhood gym

Up to 70% Off CrossFit Classes at Jab CrossFit at Alpha Martial Arts

Ravenna

$149 $49

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Daily workouts composed of functional exercises such as pull-ups and squats combine gymnastics with cardio work and weightlifting

$6 for a Zumba Class at Belltown Dance Studio

Belltown

$12 $6

Students follow simple steps set to energizing Latin music during Zumba workouts

Up to 46% Off Bollywood or Belly Dance Classes

North Beacon Hill

$85 $46

American tribal-style beginner belly dance builds posture, strength and grace; Bollywood derives steps from India-fused with hip hop

Up to 52% Off Adult Sculpting Class

North Admiral

$80 $39

Included drink and sculpting activities spark conversation and creativity as guests craft clay sculptures

45% Off

Seattle

$299 $164

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

53% Off Flight Simulator Training at Modern Pilot

Ballard

$75 $35

Learn how to fly in the heart of Ballard with a flight simulator that emphasizes thrilling scenario-based training

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

Multiple Locations

$180 $49

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

50% Off Services

Belltown

$100 $50

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

Up to 53% Off Sewing Parties and Classes at Made Sewing Studio

Greenwood

$60 $29

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Classes teach students of all skill levels how to sew and work machines, while sewing parties infuse kid and adult parties with crafting fun

Up to 71% Off Cooking Class at Seattle's Little Italy Al Boccalino

Seattle

$120 $36

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Chef with 40+ years of experience demonstrates traditional Italian cooking techniques in hands-on classes limited to 10 people

52% Off a Canning Class at Seattle Can Can

Seattle

$25 $12

Three class options teach fundamentals of canning and preserving food at home

Up to 86% Off Bikram Yoga at The SweatBox

Multiple Locations

$135 $29

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In a heated studio, instructors lead pupils through 26 postures & 2 breathing exercises that stretch & strengthen arms, legs & core muscles

Up to 68% Off Yoga Classes at Wahe Guru Yoga

Phinney Ridge

$60 $19

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Teachers guide students through Kundalini yoga’s strengthening postures and reenergizing breathing techniques

Up to 53% Off Ghost Tour

Multiple Locations

$32 $16

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90-minute tours led by ghost hunters takes participants through the haunted buildings of Pioneer Square or downtown Tacoma

Up to 88% Off Latin Dance at Sueños de Salsa

Fremont

$118 $29

Experienced instructor helps students of all levels shimmy through basic to advanced salsa and bachata moves and partnering skills

Up to 60% Off Bottle-Service Parties at Tia Lou

Belltown

$140 $59

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Tableside attendants pour glasses of champagne and Belvedere vodka for parties of up to 20

28% Off at Ark Lodge Cinemas

Columbia City

$25 $17.95

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This revamped classic theater delights audiences with family-friendly flicks, blockbusters, and art-house films

55% Off

University District

$257 $116

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

Up to 53% Off Movie and Popcorn for Two

Multiple Locations

$25.75 $13

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

77% Off Boot-Camp Sessions

Green Lake

$260 $59

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Trainers include former NCAA athletes and marathoners; outdoor boot camps meet around Green Lake, with fresh exercises and scenery each week

Up to 60% Off Voice or Acting Lesson

Seattle

$30 $12

Voice lessons teach students how to master scales and musical styles, while acting lessons introduce students to improv and characterization

Up to 52% Off Improv Class for Non-Actors

West Seattle - Beginning February 2014

$30 $15

Trained performers teach their skills to non-actors during 90-minute sessions full of popular improv games

50% Off Flame-Working Class at The Boro School

International District

$150 $75

At studio owned by master glass artist Nathan "Nate Dizzle" Aweida, students spin solid glass in a torch flame to produce marbles

Up to 65% Off a Marshmallow-Making Class

Multiple Locations

$120 $45

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Pupils sample meals and wines while turning local ingredients into marshmallows of vanilla, fruit, natural, nutty, and chocolate varieties

Up to 50% Off Yoga Classes

Multiple Locations

$130 $65

Certified instructors lead traditional Hatha and Flow yoga classes

Up to 75% Off Yoga and Meditation

South Lake Union

$75 $19

Drop-in Kundalini-yoga classes emphasize postures, breath, and meditation

Up to 73% Off Brazilian Jiujitsu Classes

South-Lake Union

$108 $29

Experienced instructor teaches students practical, useful grappling maneuvers, take-downs and chokes

50% Off Shochu Tasting and Distillery Tour

SoDo

$26 $13

Guests learn about "Japanese Moonshine" during a tour of the only distillery in Seattle to produce shochu

Up to 50% Off at The Barrel Thief

Seattle

$20 $10

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Visitors discover new wines, whiskeys, and other spirits in a warm, inviting atmosphere, or sample the weekend waffle brunch

Up to 51% Off Two-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rentals

Seattle

$40 $20

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An avid surfing duo supplies surfers and standup paddleboarders with the equipment necessary to cruise nearby Puget Sound

Up to 43% Off at The Lodge Sports Grille

Multiple Locations

$30 $17

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Half-pound handcrafted burgers, fish and chips, and aged steaks accompany more than 70 draught beers–all served in a rustic lodge setting

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The options for two and three people can be combined to fill a single room with up to six travelers. All trips include the following:

8236 Southeast 24th Street
Mercer Island,
WA
US

The muscle tutors at Fitness Together work with clients to determine exercise goals for shedding pounds, running a marathon, or being strong enough to rip apart spandex. A customized workout plan is developed and catered to help exercisers reach superfit. Fitness instructors supervise squats and offer nutritional advice and encouragement to make sure you see and feel results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—the trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone trouble zones, and motivate you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.

3011 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island,
WA
US

The bride stood under the photographer’s lights, resplendent in her wedding gown, as her family looked on from a distance. As she and her photographer, M. Chen, prepared for the shoot, she was handed a package—a prewedding gift from her soon-to-be husband. When she lifted the lid, she immediately burst into tears. Inside laid a photo of a great dane puppy—the dog she’d always wanted, which her husband planned to give her on their wedding day. As she ran to hug her mother, Mr. Chen ran after, shooting image after image, capturing the exact moment she fell into her mother’s arms. These quick reflexes have been honed through his nearly 30 years as a sports photographer and professional fly swatter, and he draws on photojournalistic techniques to compose a traditional portrait or snap once-in-a-lifetime, candid moments.

Regardless of specific approaches, he consistently draws from the landscape style of Ansel Adams and the dramatic lighting techniques of Monte Zucker. His work as a photojournalist and private portrait photographer has earned him more than 300 publications in the glossy pages of New York Daily News, Popular Photography, ESPN Magazine, and Professional Photographers of America magazine. When not snapping on-location engagement shoots, family portraits, or boudoir sessions, he passes on his technique through traveling photography seminars, hands-on workshops, and by gently tapping the heads of his students. Though formerly designed only for professional-level photographers, these classes instill confidence and camera basics in beginners. As he frequently finds new class examples and takes feedback from his students, Mr. Chen frequently fine-tunes the curriculum after each seminar.

300 112th Avenue Southeast
Bellevue,
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

An osprey hovers 30 feet in the air over Lake Washington, virtually silent until it spots something beneath the water's surface. Quickly, it folds its wings and plunges into the water, emerging seconds later with a fish ripped firmly between its talons. Nearby, Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers' founder, Dan Henderson, floats by silently. This slice of the pristine outdoors happens to be his workplace, but none of it would have happened if his mother hadn't forced him to take a canoeing lesson in 1972. Despite his initial reluctance, Mr. Henderson took to the water like a robot to a magnet store. He went on to race whitewater canoes and flat-water Olympic-style canoes, eventually earning four medals as a member of the U.S. national team. Later, Mr. Henderson became a coach and set out to train a new crop of water athletes. To this end, Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers serves as the natural continuation of Mr. Henderson's journey: a place to, in his words, "share paddling with the community in a manner that is fun and safe."

Under the leadership of expert guides—many of whom learned their trade directly under Dan Henderson's wing—visitors embark on day trips into inlets and bays, paddling in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains or tailgating orca whales. The staff also leads canoe and kayak classes that aim to take novices from beginner to expert. Their efforts have proved fruitful, as three of Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers' students have made it to international-level competitions.

3519 108th Avenue Southeast
Bellevue,
WA
US

Back when it opened its first location, Crunch gym had no air conditioning or locker rooms, so staffers had to invent novel tactics to attract members, such as enlisting a live rapper to accompany hip-hop aerobics sessions. Bereft of fancy trimmings, the staff relied on imaginative classes that combined exercise with fun to build a base of loyal fandom and positive buzz. Their judgment-free attitudes and creativity eventually paid off, giving them enough steam to accrue new equipment, several franchise locations, and a reputation for turning boring workouts on their heads.

Today, Crunch locations have all the expected amenities. They boast brand-name machinery and certified trainers, as well as involvement with dotFIT, an online fitness and nutrition resource for members. They also host a range of group fitness classes, covering disciplines such as Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and TRX.

15600 NE 8th St
Bellevue,
WA
US