The CVG "Do Something" section contains hundreds of things to do throughout Ventura County and surrounding areas! For listings by category/type, CLICK HERE. Also visit Kid Fun, Fitness & Sports, Local Events, Local Buzz and Events Calendar for even more things to do!
Bead Source is a full-service beading store located at 1394 Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks (in the Conejo Valley Plaza Shopping Center, adjacent to Fantastic Sams), offering a full assortment of beads, pendants, chains and other beading materials, as well as classes. Visit www.beadsourceinc.com or call 805.496.8865 for more information.
Located at 2323 Michael Drive in Newbury Park, Creative Castle is a full service retail bead store with a full line of beads and beading products. Classes, private sessions and special events also offered. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Hours vary. Visit www.creativecastle.com or call 805.499.1377 for more information.
Here's a handy list of 18 movie theaters with over 150 screens throughout Ventura County and adjacent areas. Click the links for theater websites and/or showtimes.
Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura
Regency Janss Marketplace 9, 255 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks (805.374.9656). This Regency theater offers up birthday party packages ranging from $20 to $25 per child. Packages include movie, party room for an hour, lunch or snack and arcade tokens. CLICK HERE for more information.
Muvico Thousand Oaks 14, 166 West Hillcrest Drive. Muvico was purchased by Carmike Cinemas in November 2013 but continues to operate as Muvico. Tickets available at www.carmike.com/ShowTimes/Theater/320 or call 805.494.4702.
Clay Studio + Gallery in Thousand Oaks is an art gallery and studio. The gallery sells artwork created by owners Esther Granata Alinejad and Mohammad R. Alinejad. The studio offers ceramics classes in wheel throwing and hand building for all levels. The studio also offers classes for adults and childen, specialized workshops, camps, parties, teambuilding sessions and more.
Visit www.claystudioandgallery.com for more information.
San Buenaventura Heritage, Inc. (SBH) is a non-profit educational and charitable organization founded in 1978 with a primary focus of preserving the Dudley House, an 1892 Victorian farm house, located at 197 N. Ashwood, Ventura. The Dudley House is one of 35 Ventura County properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The house is a living history museum reflecting the life of the Dudley family. The terraces and pergola for outdoor events have been installed on the north side side of the house, and the lavender garden with some 100 plants featuring over 20 varieties is on the south side of the house. The basement is used as a community room and visitor center with cooking facilities and is available for small events and receptions. Larger events can be held outside on the grounds.
The Dudley House is open for tours the first Sunday of the month from 1pm to 4pm from January to November. Visit www.dudleyhouse.org or call 805.644.3286 for more information. Admission is free but donations are accepted and appreciated.
Historic Recording Series
During open houses, pre-1930 recordings transferred to CDs are played. A new recording is played each month on the Victrola console in the parlor.
Old Time Radio Series
CDs of radio shows are performed in the radio console on the 2nd floor hallway.
Each December is the Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique typically the Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The House is decorated inside by dozens of crafters who will be selling their items. For information, call (805)-654-8381.
The 30 acre Santa Barbara Zoo is a great family outing, with beautiful landscape, low key, clean environment and cool breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean.
There are over 500 animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo and my family's favorites include the giraffes and the penguins. One of the most unique features is feeding the giraffes. For a fee of $6 ($5 if you are a member of the Zoo), you are situated face to face with these friendly Masai giraffes as you give them a snack. Open weekdays from 11:30am to 1:30pm and weekends 11:30am to 2:30pm.
The penguin exhibit is mesmerizing as you are treated to happy go lucky penguins frolicking in the water.
There are plenty of other animals, exhibits and places in the park to just hang out and have a picnic lunch. And the train ride is always fun.
So drive the 45 miles up the coast, take the kids to the zoo, grab a bite, feel the sand, do some shopping and you've got yourself a nice day out. Better yet, buy a tax-deductible zoo membership and visit the zoo several times per year with the kids.
Speaking of membership, if you have a membership at the Los Angeles Zoo, your card will get you 50% off admission at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Conversely, a membership at the Santa Barbara Zoo will get you 50% off at the Los Angeles Zoo. Nice!
Open every day 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., except 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.
Ticket Prices (as of December 2014) are Adults 13-64: $15, Children 2-12 $10, Seniors 65+: $12 and Children under 2: Free. Parking: $6 (free with SB Zoo Membership)
Corriganville Park is a historical 206 acre park located at 7001 Smith Road in Simi Valley that is owned and operated by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. The park has over four miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, sandstone cliffs, an oak forest, stream, shaded picnic areas, Camp Rotary Youth Campground, picnic shelter and more.
The park is named after Ray "Crash" Corrigan, a stuntman/actor who owned the park from 1937 to 1965, when over 3,500 movies, TV shows and commercials were filmed. In 1949, the Corrigan Movie Ranch was opened as a Western-style amusement park with a train ride and stagecoach ride that in the late 1950s had greater weekend attendance than Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm.
Bob Hope bought the property in 1965 and renamed in Hopetown, but filming stopped after a year. The ranch burned down in the 1970s and all that is left are the cement slabs and exterior rock walls of the barn. You've got to visit the Santa Susana Depot Museum around the corner from Corriganville and see the model of what Corriganville looked like in 1960, then visit the park to see the slabs and imagine what it was like back then.
There is an interpretative trail at Corriganville with 20 markers that provide information about the vegetation and surroundings as well as some of the history. Visit www.rsrpd.org/park/corrignavilleparkandtrail/corrignavilleparkandtrail.html for a link to pdf brochures with information about the history and trails of the park. Or call 805.584.4400.
Located in Lang Ranch, at the top of Westlake Boulevard near Avenida de los Arboles at 3290 Lang Ranch Parkway, Thousand Oaks, the Chumash Interpretative Center / Chumash Indian Museum hosts a museum with various Chumash artifacts and history, nature walks and tours of the beautiful local Oakbrook Regional Park area. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission price is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and $3.00 for 12 and under and $10.00 for family of up to five. Museum is closed most major holidays.
Or just stroll around the 436 acre Oakbrook Regional Park that the Chumash Center is located on. There are hiking trails galore back here. Oakbrook is Ventura County designated historical landmark #90 (designated in 1983).
Something really neat they often do is hold authentic "pow wows." I used to live in the Lang Ranch area and would occasionally be mesmerized by beating drums on my local runs at sunset. Contact the Center for more information about these and other events, field trips, weddings, birthday parties, etc. at www.chumashindianmuseum.com or 805.492.8076. This is a very serene, peaceful place.
To protect the wildlife, dogs are not allowed here.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10049 and Simi Valley Town Center host an impressive display at the Museum of Military History Posters and Memorabilia. The Museum is located in a large storefront that was previously occupied by American Eagle Outfitters, directly in front of a kids' play area and adjacent to Andrew Steinfeld's Results Fitness.
There are hundreds of military posters and historical artifacts on display that have been graciously provided by local veterans and collectors. We stopped by and enjoyed seeing items like old weapons, munitions, posters, newspapers, uniforms and much more. Several Vietnam Veterans were on hand, imparting stories and background to us as we strolled around.
A huge thank you to the owners of the Simi Valley Town Center as we know this display would not be possible without their generosity. And of course thanks to the veterans who made this and our freedoms possible! I believe their hours are 11am to 5pm on weekends and noon to 3pm on Wednesdays. There is no admission cost, though donations are encouraged to support local veterans.
More info at www.vfwpost10049.com/museum.html.
The Museum of Ventura County's Agriculture Museum opened in Santa Paula on September 25, 2011. The realization of more than 40 years of effort and dedication by supporters, the Agriculture Museum is housed in the landmark restored Mill building, at 926 Railroad Avenue, beside the railroad tracks and across from the depot in Santa Paula. The Mill was built in 1888 as an agricultural warehouse, and later served as a feed and grain outlet and an antiques mall.
The Agriculture Museum is operated as a satellite of the Museum of Ventura County, located in Downtown Ventura. Museum members will have membership privileges at both facilities.
The 12,000 sq ft building is owned by the Ventura County Transportation Commission, which invested $1.86 million in renovations to bring it up to code. The Museum of Ventura County has a 99-year lease to occupy the building at $1 a year. The museum is financially responsible for tenant improvements and all operating and maintenance costs.
The Agriculture Museum focuses exclusively on the county’s agricultural heritage, telling the story of local farming and ranching from the Mission period to the present and beyond.
The heart of the Agriculture Museum’s collection is a remarkable assemblage of vintage farm equipment and tools amassed over the years by a group of longtime county residents, led by Oxnard farmer Bob Pfeiler. The collection includes tractors, blacksmith anvils, plows, grain drills, bean threshers, orchard wind machines and hand-operated nut hullers. In addition, the museum owns an impressive collection of clothing, periodicals, photographs and other unique artifacts. Containing nearly 1,000 items, the museum’s farm collection is one of the most extensive in the state and ranks as an important national collection. There's also a live indoor honeybee exhibit that is mesmerizing to watch for kids and adults alike!
The museum features both permanent and changing exhibits. Permanent exhibits focus on broad thematic areas relevant to agriculture, including history, geography, technology, water, labor, economics, and the mechanics of farming. The exhibits describe how Ventura County’s agricultural roots have shaped the region, describe the role agriculture continues to play in the economy, landscape and culture of the county, and examine the issues and forces that will shape the industry’s future.
General public admission to the Agriculture Museum (as of November 2014) is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and AAA members with ID, $1 children 6-17, and free for children under age 6. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ADMISSION FREE on FIRST SUNDAYS of the month.
The Museum of Ventura County is the most comprehensive resource for local history in the county. There are exhibitions, galleries, and an extensive research library with over 140,000 books, newspaper clippings, photographs, maps and other historical materials.
The museum is open from 11am to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday. General admission (as of November 2014) is $5 for adults $3 for seniors, students and AAA members (with ID), $1 for children ages 6 to 17. Kids 5 and under are free. Located at 100 E. Main Street, Ventura.
Free admission and family fun the 1st Sunday of each month.
For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org or call 805.653.0323.
The 3,500 sq ft river-rock walled, state-of-the-art Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Event Pavilion is used for lectures, programs and a variety of Museum events. It can seat 200 for dinner, with the option to tent the front plaza for an additional 140 guests. Could be a great wedding venue!!
The Camarillo Ranch House is a 3-story, 14 room, 6,000 square foot Victorian home built by Adolfo Camarillo in 1892. Adolfo is the son of Juan Camarillo, who purchased the land in 1866. Adolfo operated the ranch from the time of Juan's death in 1880 until 1948. Adolfo's name proliferates in Camarillo and the local high school was named after him after he gave 50 acres of land for that use.
The 4.5 acre ranch was given to the City of Camarillo by the Centex Company in 1997. Today the property includes the house, a historic red barn and a stable. In 2001, the City of Camarillo completed a $1.5 million restoration of the beautiful home to exhibit what it looked like during the 1914 to 1930 time frame. The Camarillo Ranch was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
Docent-led tours of the house are currently (as of November 2014) offered on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour starts at 2 p.m.). Donation of $5 per visitor is requested.
The property is used for many special events and can be reserved for private events like weddings and receptions. My family visited the Ranch House last December during the Christmas holidays and it was quite festive, both inside the house and outside in the nicely maintained grounds.
Footage from the Camarillo Country Music Fest and Chili Cook Off Held at Camarillo Ranch on 9/6/09: