The Best of Groupon: Date Night Edition!

Logo of Groupon
Logo of Groupon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tonight we are highlighting in honor of Valentine’s Day some great Groupons, for anyone looking for some fun and romantic date ideas but want to save some change!  Here are my Top Five Picks for Great Groupon Dates (with Groupon Descriptions)!


Arthur Murray Dance Studio
Arthur Murray Dance Studio (Photo credit: Arbron)

1) Arthur Murray Dance Studio $49 for Two Private Dance Lessons, Two Group Classes, and Two Open-Practice Parties ($338 Value) 


People who can’t dance are said to have two left feet, a condition that leaves them lonely, downhearted, and unable to shop for shoes without the help of a special catalog. Cure yourself of this terrible affliction with this Groupon.


$49 for Two Private Lessons, Two Group Classes, and Two Open-Practice Parties ($338 Value)


Bring a partner to your private or group lessons or fly solo and dance with your instructor. Private lessons imbue bodies with a greater understanding of the dance style of your choice, covering crucial topics such as timing, posture, and balance. Lessons may serve as wedding preparation or as an upbeat recreational activity. Stick to a stately waltz, spice up life with a rumba, or feel vibrant and playful with a few swing steps in your personal repertoire. Group lessons focus the mind’s eye and the feet’s feelers on leading and following a variety of partners, and practice parties are rife with dancers of all skill levels, from new students to dancers dusting off old moves.


Arthur Murray Dance Studio


Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships, and skyrocketed to fame in the ’30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife Kathryn were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years.


Today, Arthur Murray’s team, in its 100th year of teaching, prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend jaunts in a fun setting that promotes learning, fun, self-confidence, and physical activity. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired with an instructor, who will assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout programs, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a menu of 29 styles, including Latin and country western, helping students learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

– Multiple Locations –


6489 Little River Tpke.
Alexandria, Virginia 22312
(703) 751-4336
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Tysons Corner
8603 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 205
Vienna, Virginia 22182
(703) 556-0088
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44320 Premier Plaza, Suite 220
Ashburn, Virginia 20147
(703) 729-7055


Green Paintballs
Green Paintballs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2) WarPlay Paintball – Rhoadesville


All-Day Paintball Package with Gear Rental for Two, Four, Six, or Eight (Up to 84% Off) 


Winning at paintball, like pinning down an octopus, requires teamwork and a shirt you don’t mind getting dirty. Emerge victorious with this Groupon.


Choose from Four Options


$29 for a paintball package for two (a $153 value)
$55 for a paintball package for four (a $315 value)
$79 for a paintball package for six (a $459 value)
$99 for a paintball package for eight (a $612 value)


Each player receives:


All-day field fees ($15 value)
Gear rental, which includes a Tippmann A-5 marker with response trigger, full facemask, and barrel cover ($10 value), a protective vest ($1 value), and a pod pack ($3 value).
All-day air ($10 value)
250 paintballs per person ($12.50 value)
A return pass that covers field fees and gear rental for a later date (a $25 value/person)
WarPlay Paintball


When they set about designing their year-round outdoor fields, WarPlay’s founders—two Marine veterans who have played paintball for nearly 30 years— meticulously mapped out layouts that impacted strategy, which was something they felt most paintball fields lacked. They set up not only traditional woods-ball and speedball fields, but they also created their own hybrid fields that meld the quick pace of speedball with the more methodical play of woods ball. These course designs emphasize teamwork and heighten play because the fully automatic markers and density of cover—which may include concrete bunkers, standing timber, and out-of-work black holes—make the fields seem bigger than they are. This can lead to rapid swings in momentum and intense firefights—first contact usually happens within 50 seconds. To keep the action going, every field features spawn areas that let players return to games within five minutes of being hit.


Inline skating
Inline skating (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3) Temple Hills Skating Palace – DC Metro


Roller-Skating with Skate Rental for One or for Two with Optional Pizza and Drinks (Up to 54% Off)


With its combination of friction-free motion and wholesome fun, roller skating quickly replaced ditch digging and dancing frenetically to Shipoopi as America’s favorite first-date activity. Rediscover the appeal of the wheels with this Groupon.


Choose from Three Options


$6 for skating package for one (a $13 total value)


Roller-skating for one (a $10 value)
Skate rental for one (a $3 value)
$18 for a skating and pizza package for two (a $36 value)


Roller-skating for two (a $20 value)
Skate rental for two (a $6 value)
Two slices of pizza and two soft drinks (a $10 value)
$15 for a skating package for two (a $31 total value)


Roller-skating for two (a $20 value)
Skate rental for two (a $6 value)
SkateMate balancing bar rental (a $5 value)
See skating schedule here.


Temple Hills Skating Palace


With a rink defined by bright, citrus-colored walls and carnival-inspired artwork, Temple Hills Skating Palace isn’t shy about showing off its many forms of onsite amusement. The center’s main attraction is the glossy skating-rink floor, where guests can sharpen their skills during public skate or spend time with peers in specialized skating sessions for teens or adults. Most nights, the resident DJs soundtrack the skating experience with hip-hop and R & B jams, though they’ve also been know to spin gospel, top 40, and classic oldies tracks for special occasions—including the time that Billy finally asked Suzie to share a couples skate even though she was way out of his league as a fourth-grade honor student who also skipped kindergarten.


Easily accessible from DC, Maryland, and Virginia, Temple Hills Skating Palace also offers more than just skating. Outside the bounds of the rink, the onsite arcade lights up the space with driving-simulation games, classic joystick units, and free-throw-inspired Pop-A-Shot machines. The more guests play, the more tickets and prizes they can earn; the more prizes that they win, the more likely they are to celebrate with a quick bite at the snack bar or a quick phone call to the friends who doubted their Whac-A-Mole prowess.


4) À la Carte Catering and Event Design – Haymarket (Limited Time Offer)


Butchery, Braising and More! Cooking Class for One, Two, or Four (Up to 59% Off)


Learning to cook is a skill that can keep you alive, just like learning to breathe and learning not to breathe if you see a sign marked Warning: Poisoned Air. Smell something delicious with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $39 for a Butchery, Braising and More! cooking class for one (an $85 value)
  • $69 for a Butchery, Braising and More! cooking class for two (a $170 value)
  • $139 for a Butchery, Braising and More! cooking class for four (a $340 value)

Chef Eric shows off proper techniques for filleting fish and butchering poultry, beef, and lamb during the three-hour interactive demonstration. Students enjoy a tasting portion of each dish and a set of printed recipe cards to re-create the meals at home. This Groupon can also be applied as an $85 credit toward any of À la Carte’s othercooking classes.

À la Carte Catering and Event Design

À la Carte Catering and Event Design shoulders the entire burden of event planning, from the food and wait staff to flowers and decorations to entertainment and lighting. Hosts just meet with an event specialist to describe the basics behind their dream party, and À la Carte hammers out the kinks to make it a reality. The company’s executive chef draws on his training in France, New Orleans, and the Caribbean to craft elegant and casual menus, and partner vendors manage other accoutrements, such as coat checks, valet parking, or live musicians. Civilians get a glimpse inside the trade at cooking classes with À la Carte’s chefs during interactive demonstrations that cover professional techniques for butchering meat, cooking pasta, or licking brownie batter off of a spatula.


5) Harlem Globetrotters – Patriot Center

Harlem Globetrotters Game on March 2 or 3 (Up to 49% Off). Four Options Available.

With their distinctive, red, white, and blue candy-striped uniforms, the Harlem Globetrotters are instantly recognizable on most courts and maddeningly difficult to guard during pickup games in barber-pole factories. Witness basketball at its most colorful with this GrouponLive deal to see the Harlem Globetrotters play at the Patriot Center in Fairfax on Saturday, March 2 or Sunday, March 3. Doors open one hour before each game for ticketholders, and two hours before each game for ticketholders with a Magic Pass. Magic Passes grant access to a special 30-minute exhibition of tricks and hands-on basketball fun with the players from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. before Saturday’s game and from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. before Sunday’s game; pass holders also get the chance to meet the Globetrotters and their mascot, Globie, and to collect autographs. Choose from the following options:

For the game on Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m.

  • For $37, you get one G-Pass for seating in row JJ of section 108; rows DD–JJ of sections 123–124; rows DD–FF of section 130; or rows A–C of section 117 (up to a $73 value, including all fees).
  • For $55, you get one G-Pass for the same seating outlined in the above option, plus a Magic Pass (up to a $92 value, including all fees).

For the game on Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m.

  • For $37, you get one G-Pass for seating in rows DD–JJ of sections 123–124 or rows A–E in sections 117 or 130 (up to a $73 value, including all fees).
  • For $55, you get one G-Pass for the same seating outlined in the prior option, plus a Magic Pass (up to a $92 value, including all fees).

Since forming in the 1920s, the Harlem Globetrotters have continued to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team’s 2012 tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites take to the hardwood each game, so spectators might spot Special K sharing a behind-the-back pass with dunker Quake, whose high jump once cleared 7 feet, cruelly dashing his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Globetrotters might also present a study in contrasts with 5-foot-2 Too Tall and 7-foot-8 Tiny, the world’s tallest pro basketball player.


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