Check THIS LIST of links to senior centers and recreation programs around Ventura County.
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Entries in Camarillo (20)
The Camarillo Premium Outlets at 740 East Ventura Boulevard offers 160 outlet stores, including over 80 fashion/clothing, over 35 footware, 9 kid-related, 7 leather/luggage, 18 accessory/jewelry, 4 housewares/home furnishing, 12 gift/speciality and 14 eateries.
Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. More information at www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=20 or call 805.445.8520.
As you can see in the map below, there are three main sections. The original outlets are on the left of the map, including the Main Court and across Camarillo Center Drive is the Fashion Court. In spring 2009 the outlets expanded to the west between the Edwards Movie Theater and Las Posas Road to include The Promenade section.
There are some nice restaurants that I particularly enjoy at The Promenade section of the outlets, including Panera Bread, Johnny Rockets and Los Arroyos Mexican.
Join the VIP Club to receive special discount offers and coupons at www.premiumoutlets.com/vip/
Get there by taking the 101 to either Carmen (make a left over the freeway and then right on Ventura Blvd.) or Los Posas (left over the freeway and then left on Ventura Blvd.). If you're on a diet, you might take Los Posas as the Carmen route takes you past a large, alluring In-N-Out Burger.
The two videos below provide a quick drive-through around the Main/Fashion Courts and the newer The Promenade.
Community Center Park in Camarillo is home to the administrative offices of the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District, Community Center, Senior Center, classrooms and quite a nice park that is host to numerous community activities year-round, like the Easter egg hunt, Christmas parade, Earth Day, Halloween Carnival, etc!
The park is nearly 13 acres and plenty of parking. And, the playground has some REALLY nice, newer equipment! Check it out!
In addition, the park has some really nice, new exercise equipment adjacent to the playground area on the west side of the park! I've tried (in late March 2013) the equipment and it is some of the nicest "free" outdoor equpment I've been on! Let's just hope they are able to keep the equipment in such nice shape!
McGrath Family Farm at 505 North Wood Road, Camarillo (take the Central Avenue offramp from the 101...McGrath is just south of the freeway) is a sustainable farm that grows organic fruits, vegetables and flowers for the local community.
The McGrath Farm Center has a seven day per week (except winter months) farmers market, restaurant deliveries and a Community Supported Agriculture program. McGrath also offers farm tours, visits with the farm animals and pick your own produce.
We've been here numerous times over the years and I just love the fresh fruit and veggies available most of the year. You can find some nice locally grown gems here like heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, avocados and so much more.
And the kids always love visiting with the animals. For only $3 per person for a 15 minute visit, a McGrath staff lead you and the kids into the farm animal area behind the farm store. With some healthful treats for the goats, ducks, pigeons, geese and rabbit on hand, you'll have a lot of fun with these very friendly farm animals.
For more information, visit www.mcgrathfamilyfarm.com or call 805.983.0333.
Here's a handy list of 17 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.
Other Local Theaters
Ventura County Wine Trail offers 14 family-owned, award winning wineries right here in Ventura County! Unique wine tasting tours, five star restaurants, luxury hotels, wine events and attractions, make an amazing wine country destination get-away.
Visit www.venturacountywinetrail.com or call 805.983.1560.
Here are the 14 wineries (updated March 2013) that are part of this trail, which covers Malibu, Agoura, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura and Ojai.
Malibu Wines www.malibuwines.com
Malibu Sundowner in Westlake Village www.malibusundownerwines.com
Four Brix Winery in Thousand Oaks www.fourbrixwine.com
Los Robles Hills in Thosuand Oaks www.losrobleshillswinery.com
Camarillo Custom Crush Winery www.camarillocustomcrush.com
Bella Victorian Vineyard in Camarillo www.bellavictorianvineyard.com
Cantara Cellars in Camarillo www.cantaracellars.com
Magnavino Cellars in Oxnard www.magnavino.com
Rancho Ventano Cellars in Oxnard www.ranchoventavo.com
Old Creek Ranch Winery in Ventura www.oldcreekranch.com
Casa Barranca Organic Winery in Ojai www.casabarranca.com
The Ojai Vineyard www.ojaivineyard.com
Boccali Vineyards and Winery www.boccalivineyards.com
Looking to take the kids on a nice, flat bike path unimpeded by cars? A great choice is the roughly 2 mile bike path from Pleasant Valley Fields up to the corner of Flynn and Upland Roads in Camarillo.
This is a nice, newer, smooth and flat bike path that goes under several bridges, including the 101 freeway, so that you don't have to worry about cars! You can park your car at Pleasant Valley Fields and ride up and back down the path. This is a comfortable path to learn on as well as just enjoy.
More information about Camarillo bike paths, lanes and routes at www.ci.camarillo.ca.us/i3.aspx?p=923.
Located at the Camarillo Airport (455 Aviation Drive), the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force has hangars devoted to preserving, maintaining, displaying, and flying World War II aircraft. The Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Aviation Museum is open every day (except Mondays) from 10:00 to 4:00. Donations of $7 for adults, $4 for ages 10 to 18, $3 for age 6 to 10 are requested (kids under 6 and active military are free). Visit www.cafsocal.com or call 805.482.0064 for more information.
You can rent out the hangar for events! Visit www.cafsocal.com/HangarRental for more information.
Also, take a vintage WWII airplane ride on a PT-19 Cornell open cockpit aircraft or a SNJ-5/AT-6 "Texan" aircraft! Get a 20 minute ride on the Ventura County coastline or along the mountains for only $250 (PT-19) or $325 (SNJ-5)! Or try the P-51 Mustang Warbird for $1,000! What a thrill! Visit www.cafsocal.com/rides for more information.
Docents are extremely enjoyable to speak with as they have a lot of history to share at this museum. There are 2 hangars, the main one housing the historical exhibits and items as well as some of the aircraft, and the 2nd one is a maintenance/refurbishment facility. One fun highlight of the museum is walking on board a C-46 Commando Transport aircraft as you'll see in the second video below!
After a fulfilling lunch at the Love Phò N' Mor Vietnamese restaurant in Camarillo and getting into the car, I looked up and saw Crazy Rabbit Magic on a sign on the second floor of a building of the strip mall at 315 Arneill Road, Unit 315, adjacent to the 99 Cents Only Store.
A bit surprised as I'd never heard of it before, I walked up the stairs to meet Rich Rink, a magician and 30 year member of the Academy of Magical Arts and Magic Castle, as well as escape artist. Rich explained that Crazy Rabbit recently moved from another location nearby. Rich along with magician and sleight of hand artist Bob Bolivar, also a Magic Castle performer with decades of experience run the store.
According to Rich, Crazy Rabbit Magic Shop is the only shop in Ventura County that is solely dedicated to magic. Crazy Rabbit magicians include featured performers at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and are frequently available in the store for demonstrations. In fact, Rich messed with my head a bit with a little trick involving a coin and an eraser. I'll be back soon with my kids!
This is a well stocked magic store with professional magicians on hand to help. The store has a nice selection of DVDs, books, supplies, magic props and lots of magic tricks for every level of magician from the beginner to the pro. There is a small table set up for demonstrations. Crazy Rabbit Magic is small little place but apparently people come around from all over because, hey, magic is COOL!
Another thing that seemed odd as I walked into the store was the collection of playing cards at the front counter. Well lo and behold, I discovered that this is Ventura County's largest selection of playing cards, with over 100 different Bicycle speciality decks for magic, collecting and poker. Pretty unique!
The store is open Monday through Saturday. Hours vary - check their website at www.crazyrabbitmagic.com or call 805.388.2513 for details.
If you need a magic performer or escape artist at a show anywhere in Ventura County and surrounding areas, give them a call. A birthday party with a children's magic show, strolling magicians for an adult birthday, close up magic at a company meeting, or stage magicians at a big corporate party with big entertainment needs are all things these guys can do.
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 offered on Wednesdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 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. (In fact, we attended a September wedding at the Ranch and it was a wonderful setting.) 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:
Formed in early 2007, the Ventura County Derby Darlins are a dedicated, passionate group of women who are committed to the support and growth of all female, flat track roller derby.
The Derby Darlins are a not-for-profit organization, and much of the money they make goes to local community charities. In fact, each skater must pay league dues in order to train and skate with VCDD.
Every hit, every injury, and every lap is real. We invite you to come out to our next event and take a seat in the front row to see the damage up close and personal. (Don’t mind the DANGER disclaimer court side!)
If you like what you see and can’t get enough VCDD, we are always looking for new players, referees, volunteers and guest coaches. Roller Derby is an awesome way to get fit, get out some of your aggressions and meet some truly amazing people.
If you’re just in the mood to watch some amped up, jaw dropping action, the Darlins can never have too many awesome dedicated FANS!
For more information, visit www.vcderbydarlins.com. The Darlins practice at Freedom Park Rink, 528 Freedom Park Drive, Camarillo three nights a week and home games are played at Freedom Park and Ventura County Fairgrounds.
Located at 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo Community Theatre (CCT) is a 501(c) non-profit, all-volunteer corporation dedicated to providing excellent live stage entertainment to Ventura County residents. CCT also supports the community with Children’s Theatre such as Pinki’s Playhouse, and Youth programs including Curtain Call Youth Theatre. CCT relies solely on ticket sales and community support to maintain and grow the theatre.
CCT presents shows such as Annie, Man of la Mancha, Pirates of Penzance, Arsenic and Old Lace and much, much more. Visit their website at www.camarillotheatre.org for the current season lineup of shows and to purchase tickets. Or call 805.388.5716.
The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District serves an area of approximately 44 square miles and has grown from one park to 29 parks since its inception in 1962. Within the District, numerous recreational facilities exists, including indoor swimming pool, lighted ball fields, tennis courts, racquetball courts, skate park, senior center, a running track at Arneill Ranch Park, children's play equipment, picnic shelters, barbecues and much more.
Visit www.pvrpd.org for more information and for the PVRPD's latest Recreation Magazine with hundreds and hundreds of community classes, special events, summer camps and programs. Or call 805.482.1996.
Roadrunner Shuttle offers private and schedule tours of vineyards and wineries in Ventura County. The 4 hour tours allow time to take in the scenery and wine tasting at 2 to 3 wineries and dining at a local restaurant. Currently (April 2013) the tours are on Saturday afternoons.
More information at www.rrshuttle.com/reservation/WineTourRes.aspx or call 800.247.7919.
Located at 300 N. Lantana Street (cross street Daily) in Camarillo, +EV Games is a Magic the Gathering and other Trading Card Games Tournament Center. With space for over 60 people +EV Games has one of the best places in the state to play Magic, your favorite board game or other TCG.
More information at www.plusevgames.com or call 805.389.7428.