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The Ventura Flea Market is held near the ocean in Ventura and is a great place to shop. The event features antiques, used and new merchandise sold by over 500 vendors, more than 5,000 buyers visit the Market each time it is held. The Ventura Flea Market is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. A special Early Bird admission is available from 6am to 9am at $10.00 per person. Regular admission starts at 9 a.m. at $5.00 per person, all children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. (Prices current as of November 2013) No pets are allowed.
Upcoming Dates as of 12/1/13
- January 5, 2014
- February 23, 2014
- March 30, 2014
- May 18,2014
- June 29, 2014
- September 28, 2014
- November 23, 2014
Visit www.rgcshows.com/Ventura.aspx or call 323.560.SHOW (7469) for more information.
The Conejo Creek Bike Path is a 1.2 mile path in Thousand Oaks that connects Gainborough Road on the south to Conejo Creek Park South (the playfields), Thousand Oaks Library and Thousand Oaks Teen Center. This path was opened to the public in Spring 2011 and provides a nice, flat alternative to city streets as it goes under the 23 Freeway.
The paved path on Paige Lane ends at Janss Road across the street from the Library but you can cross at Janss Road at the crosswalk and from there get to a wide, fairly flat horse trail that takes you up to Avenida De Los Flores. I'd love if this path was longer.
The City of Thousand Oaks maintains approximately 80 miles of bikeways, including about 3 miles of bike paths, roughly 54 miles of bike lanes and other 20 miles or so of bike routes. The City takes bicycling very seriously...the City Council adopted a comprehensive Bicycle Facilities Master Plan in November 2010 to help prioritize future improvement projects around town.
Visit www.toaks.org/government/depts/public_works/streets/bicycle/home.asp for more information about City of Thousand Oaks bike routes, lanes and paths as well as a detailed map.
The Oaks in Thousand Oaks is located between the 101 Freeway and Lynn Road at 350 West Hillcrest Avenue, running east to Wilbur Road. Originally constructed in 1978, the 1.3 million square foot shopping mall was renovated in 1993 and again in 2008. In total, there are over 170 stores and services at The Oaks.
Well known brands at The Oaks include Nordstrom, Macy’s Women’s, Macy’s Men’s & Home, JCPenney, Muvico Theaters, The Apple Store, Coach, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma and J.Crew. Restaurants include Cheesecake Factory, STACKED Food Well Built, The Lazy Dog Café, Red Robin, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Bogart’s at Muvico, and Blue Stove at Nordstrom.
The 2008 remodel also brought a new multi-level parking structure with over 1,300 parking spaces and digital signs that tell you how many spaces are available.
For more information, visit www.shoptheoaksmall.com or call 805.495.2032.
The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is the largest performing arts center between Los Angeles and San Francisco at over 200,000 square feet.
The City of Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Department oversees theatre productions for the Civic Arts Plaza, which encompasses two theatres – the 1,800-seat Fred Kavli Theatre and the 394-seat Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre. The Plaza originally opened in 1994.
The performing arts center combines outstanding arts and entertainment with state-of-the-art technology and acoustics. Over 250,000 patrons and 50,000 children attend more than 400 performances annually. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is funded through a unique public/private partnership between the City of Thousand Oaks and the Alliance for the Arts.
There is something for everyone at this venue....musicals, cabaret, Broadway musicals, dance, concerts, big bands, the New West Symphony, ballet, plays, well known speakers and events for the kids. In front of the plaza is the Mary and Richard Carpenter plaza park.
Next door to the Plaza is The Lakes of Thousand Oaks, another great place to take the kids.
Between 1926 and 1968 the Plaza location housed the 170 acre Goebel's Lion Farm (later called Jungleland), where many of the famous wild animals in Hollywood pictures lived. There were elephants, lions, tigers, hippos, you name it. Leo, the MGM lion, Mr. Ed the Talking Horse, and Getta, Tarzan's chimpanzee all lived there at some point. Jungleland was a major draw in its day that played a large role in making Thousand Oaks what it is today.
The Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard (take the 101 East, left on Rancho exit, right on T.O. Blvd, and turn right into parking structure at Dallas Drive. Visit www.civicartsplaza.com for more information or call 805.449.2787.
The Conejo Players is a community based theatre arts group that has entertained local residents since 1958. It is a volunteer based non-profit organization that hosts 6 or 7 productions each year, including several productions geared towards kids.
A season pass for all six shows is only $99. Individual shows vary in cost from $8 to $20 with discounts for seniors and kids under 12. (Pricing current as of November 2013.)
Opened in 2011, the McCrea Ranch Visitor Center will provide a variety of interpretive, educational, and cultural programs for the community, while preserving the unique history of this property for generations to come. This is the former family home and ranch of Western film actor Joel McCrea and his wife and family. McCrea Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Public access to the McCrea Ranch Visitor Center will initially be through scheduled programs with the Conejo Recreation and Park District. At some point and as funds become available in the future, the Visitor Center will be open to the general public. Visit crpd.org/parkfac/conejo/mccrea_ranch_visitor_center.asp for upcoming events at McCrea Ranch or call 805.495.2163.
We've been to McCrea Ranch for some kids' programs and it is a nice little facility. Check it out!
The Janss Marketplace at 275 North Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks (corner of Moorpark Road and Hillcrest) is an open air mall that has a large outdoor eating area, interactive water fountain, monthly Kids Fun Zone and outdoor kids play area and a large parking structure.
There is an interesting variety of businesses in this mall, including Gold's Gym, Regency Movie Theaters, Toys R Us and various restaurants. There's also Sears, Old Navy, Marshall's, Burlington Coat Factory and Riverland Clothing.
There's also Buca di Beppo, a huge, popular Bandit's BBQ, Five Guys Burgers and Hooters adjacent to the mall, Panera Bread, Karma Indian Cuisine, King Kong Sushi, L&L Hawaiian BBQ, Lucky's Dog House, Subway, Sunset Terrace Restaurant, Greco's New York Pizzeria and a Cold Stone Creamery.
There's also an interactive fountain, music and light show that operates a number of times each day (call for show times).
Definitely check out the Special Offers section of the Janss Marketplace website for printable discount coupons at various merchants.
For more information visit www.janssmarketplace.net or call 805.495.4662.
In Summer 2009 the Janss Marketplace added a NEOS Wall, a fun interactive game right outside the Golds Gym. This game is free.
The Adamson House at 23200 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu is a National Historic Site and a registered California landmark. The house and grounds share one of the most beautiful beach locations in Southern California, with a view of the Malibu Lagoon, Malibu Beach and the Malibu Pier. In addition to its world-famous Malibu Tile, the house contains hand-carved teakwood doors, hand-painted murals, molded ceilings, hand-wrought filagree ironwork and lead- framed bottle glass windows.
The Adamson House Tour is a guided tour through the house which contains its original furnishings and is decorated with the renowned Malibu Potteries tile. Trained volunteer docents relate the history of the house, details of its architecture and furnishings, and the history of the family that lived in and created this distinctive home. Admission (as of November 2013) is $7 for ages 17 and up, $2 ages 6 to 16 and under 6 is free. Cash only.
The Malibu Lagoon Museum adjoins the Adamson House and contains a collection of artifacts, rare photographs and documents depicting the colorful history of Malibu. The museum tour takes the visitor from the early Chumash Indian era through the Spanish California culture. Here is an excellent opportunity to relive the genteel and romantic ranching days of the famed Rindge and Adamson families. Learn about dramatic episodes in Malibu's rich history: the Malibu Railroad; the 50-room Castle on the Hill; the 17-year legal battle over a Malibu highway; the Malibu movie colony; the Malibu Dam, and much, much more. Admission to the Museum is free.
The Adamson House Garden Tour is a docent-led walking tour of the landmark gardens, beautifully preserved in their 1930s appearance. It is offered every Friday of the month, 10:00 a.m. The Adamson House Tour admission fee includes a house garden tour; no reservation is required. Reservations are necessary only for groups of 10 or more at 310-456-8432. Group tours are Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
More information at www.adamsonhouse.org or call 310.456.8432.
Founded in 1966, the Ojai Valley Museum at 130 West Ojai Avenue has an extensive collection of art, Native American baskets, pioneer tools and photographs of early days in Ojai.
The Ojai Valley Museum Research Library houses archives including historical journals that chronicle the events of early to contemporary Ojai Valley activities.
Admission as of November 2013 is $5 for adults, $1 for kids 6 to 18 and 5 and under free. Open Tuesday through Sunday with guided tours. FREE admission the first Friday of each month!
For more information, visit www.ojaivalleymuseum.org or call 805.640.1390.
The Lakes at Thousand Oaks is a 7 1/2 acre, 50,000 square foot development next to the Civic Arts Plaza where you can relax and enjoy park-like landscaping, two lakes, fountains, waterfalls and a childrens' play area, while shopping at high-end stores and grabbing a bite. It opened in 2005.
Restaurants include Claim Jumper, P.F Changs, California Pizza Kitchen and Umami Burger.
There is a kids club that meets every Wednesday morning usually starting in the Spring through Fall. from mid-November through early January The Lakes hosts a very popular outdoor ice skating rink. The kids always enjoy it here because there is a lot of room to run around, run across the bridge, around the lake, etc.
Are you looking for a creative way to spend quality time with the ones you love? Paint ceramics with your friends and family at Color Me Mine at 23641 Calabasas Road, Calabasas! Pick from hundreds of ceramic pieces for kids, the kitchen, bath, pets and more. Design and paint them any way you like. We have over 70 underglaze colors to choose from. Not an artist? Not to worry! We have talented and friendly staff to help you. We'll fire your one-of-a-kind ceramic masterpiece for you to take home and enjoy. More information at www.calabasas.colormemine.com or call 818.222.4922.
Try your luck at local fishing at Troutdale, 2468 Troutdale Drive, Agoura, just off Kanan Road before Triunfo Canyon. Troutdale has been around for 40 years and has 2 ponds nicely stocked with fish.
For $7 per person (as of November 2013), you get a bamboo fishing pole, corn bait and bucket. For another $5 you can buy worm bait, which we did. My boys loved it there, though for the wrong reasons...they quickly lost interest in fishing as they were fascinated by the worms (which we subsequently brought home and now reside in our lawn).
If you catch a fish, you can't throw it back in the pond. Fish prices range from $6 for a 10 inch fish to $11 for fish 15+ inches. Cleaning available for only $1.50 per fish. $10 penalty for throwing a fish back in the pond.
For the experience of fishing right here, minutes away from home, it is worth it (not to mention the savings in gas and time compared to driving elsewhere). The staff there was very nice and well accustomed to the clueless urban non-fisherman types like me. For a nominal fee they will gut your fish for you. This place is a gem. Like visiting the set of The Andy Griffith Show. For more info and pictures, visit www.allyoucanfish.com.
Located in Lang Ranch, at the top of Westlake Boulevard near Avenida de los Arboles (3290 Lang Ranch Parkway, Thousand Oaks), the Chumash Interpretative Center / Chumash Indian Museum hosts a museum with various Chumash artifiacts and history, nature walks and tours of the beautiful local Oakbrook Regional Park area. The museum is open from Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission price of $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and $3.00 for children 12 and under $10.00 for family. 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, etc. at www.chumashindianmuseum.com or 805.492.8076. This is a very serene, peaceful place.
The Los Robles Trail winds from Potrero Road (just east of Wendy Drive in Newbury Park) to Foothill Drive (near Hampshire Road in Westlake Village). A popular access point is at South Moorpark Road and Greenmeadow Avenue in Thousand Oaks.
Along with its many connecting trails (Triunfo Canyon Trail, Rosewood Trail, White Horse Canyon Trail, Los Padres Trail and more), it offers plenty of space for hikers, bikers and equestrians to share the open space.
If you're looking for a nice, easy, one mile trail hike with the kids, the Oak Creek Canyon Loop is a nice one to do. Or extend the Oak Creek Canyon Loop to an easy 3 mile hike to the Los Robles Nature Walk.
For some of the most spectacular views of the Conejo Valley, try hiking up to Angel Vista Peak in Newbury Park.
This nearly 2,000 acre ridgeline trail system with its many neighborhood feeder trails is located at the southern portion of the Conejo Open Space. The Los Robles Trail also traverses several open space areas including Los Padres, Los Vientos, Conejo Ridge. Hope Nature Preserve, Old Conejo, Deer Ridge, Rancho Potrero and Ventu Park.
To the west of Los Robles is Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa and Point Mugu State Park which creates a public backcountry of over 27,000 acres of open space that stretches to the Pacific Ocean at Sycamore Cove. This scenic region is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and provides panoramic views of Hidden Valley, the Conejo Valley and the Channel Islands.
The Los Robles Trail has historical significance. On February 28, 1776, Juan Bautiste de Anza and his band of 198 settlers came through the Conejo Valley on their way from Mexico to San Francisco. Though the 101 freeway is the actual route, the National Park Service has designated the Los Robles Trail as the official recreational route so that everyone can enjoy the only national historical trail in the state of California.
Approximately 25 miles of trails provide a contiguous route from Westlake Village to Newbury Park with several shorter loops into narrow canyons and up steep ridges. The adjoining open space areas are managed by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA), a joint powers authority created by the City of Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Recreation and Park District in 1977.
For more information about the Los Robles Trail, visit the Conejo Open Space Foundation website at www.cosf.org/website/html/los-robles.html.