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Monday
May192014

Scooter's Jungle Simi Valley

Scooter’s Jungle Simi Valley is a 12,000 square foot facility located at 2250 Union Place, Unit B with huge, custom-made inflatable jumpers and permanent structures that include the tallest and longest indoor inflatable slide. The play equipment is right-sized for kids and parents to play. The facility opened its doors in December 2012.

Features both open play and private events, including birthday parties, fundraisers and team gatherings. Free table games and a DJ‑quality music system also in place.

Visit www.scootersjungle.com/simi-valley.php or call 805.203.9200 for more information, or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ScootersJungleSimiValley.

We visited Scooter's Jungle for the first time in February 2013 during an "open play" session. There are 3 slides, one of which I tried, and it was quite fast! There are 4 different bounce houses, including 2 with mini-obstacles and a fun mini zip line, and a 4th, larger bouncer with basketball hoops in it. There is also an extra large climbing play area and two ping pong tables. Everyone was having a blast!

One of 3 massive indoor slides at Scooter's Jungle Simi ValleyFun on the zip lineThe massive climbing play area (this photo does not do it justice...it's huge)I did this slide several times. Fun!

 

Monday
May192014

We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym in Agoura Hills

We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym at 30315 Canwood Street, Agoura Hills opened to the public in November 2013. Open 7 days a week, 9am to 6pm for open play, birthday parties, break time, Summer/Winter/Spring Camp, and more.  

The gym provides children from infant to age 13 with a fun and motivational environment to help them with strength, movement, vestibular development, sensory processing, communication and social interactions.

Activities at the gym include: zip line, full sized trampoline, rope wall, slide, monkey bars, swings, tunnels, sensory-based toys, motor play toys and equipment, arts and crafts area and more.

Learn more at werockthespectrumagourahills.com or call 818.991.KIDS (5437). Also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WeRockTheSpectrumAgouraHills.

Tuesday
May132014

Simi Valley Batting Cages

 

Founded in 1989, Simi Valley Batting Cages and Pro Shop offers full service batting cages with baseball, slow pitch and fast pitch softball, hardball/softball instruction and equipment.  Indoor/outdoor facility. Located at 2019 Donville Avenue, Simi Valley. Open weekdays noon to 9pm and weekends 10am to 8pm.

Call 805.527.8998 or visit www.simivalleybattingcage.com for more information.

Monday
May122014

Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center - Camarillo

Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center is located at 1030 Temple Avenue, Camarillo. The center has the distinction of being the only indoor public swimming pool in Ventura County. The pool has eight 25 yard lanes, a one-meter diving board and 65 foot spiral water slide, outdoor splash zone, outdoor patio and party area and locker rooms with full amenities. The pool is heated to about 83 degrees.

The Aquatic Center offers a wide variety of year round programs consisting of lap swimming, water aerobics, cardio sculpt, swimming lessons, diving lessons, water polo classes, parent and child classes, adult only swimming lessons, therapeutic swimming, lifeguard certification classes, special events and more.

The Aquatic Center is also available for rent, offering a variety of all inclusive party packages, or an hourly rental rate for your special celebration, fundraiser or competition.

As of May 2014, single entry fees into the facility are $3 for ages 4+, $2.50 for ages 60+ and free for 3 and under.

More information at www.pvrpd.org/parks/speciality/aquatic.asp or call 805.987.8198 or 805.482.1996.

The Aquatic Center is surrounded by 13 acre Bob Kildee Park, featuring picnic tables, play equipment, restrooms, basketball courts, tennis courts, lighted ball fields, a soccer field and the Pleasant Valley Skate Park.

CLICK HERE FOR OTHER SWIMMING AND WATER PLAY OPTIONS AROUND VENTURA COUNTY

Thursday
May012014

Young at Art Studios in Simi Valley

young at art studiosArt classes, workshops, summer programs, birthday parties and camps for kids and adults.  Young at Art has been in operation since 1992. 

Located at 1633 Erringer Road, Suite 201B, Simi Valley at 805.579.7076. Visit www.youngatartstudios.com for more information.

Monday
Apr212014

101 Warriors Pop Warner Football and Cheer in the Conejo Valley

101 Warriors Football and Cheer is open to residents of the Conejo Valley area ages 5 to 15. The club is a member of the Los Angeles County Pop Warner Conference. Certified coaches & state of the art uniforms. Learn more and register at 101warriors.org.

Friday
Apr112014

Children's Storytimes at Local Ventura County Area Barnes & Noble Locations

Barnes & Noble bookstores offer up some great storytimes for kids at designated times. Below is information about local B&N stores in Ventura County and nearby areas.

Children's Storytime in the Childrens' Department of Barnes & Noble at The Promenade at 160 S Westlake Boulevard, Thousand Oaks on Saturday mornings at 11am and certain other days and time frames. For more information and upcoming events, call 805.446.2820 or visit store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2751.

Children's Storytime at The Commons at Calabasas location, 4735 Commons Way, is on certain Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m. and periodically Toddler Storytimes are on Thursday mornings at 10am. For more information and upcoming events, call 818.222.0542 or visit store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2054.

Children's Storytimes at the Ventura Gateway, 4820 Telephone Road, Barnes & Noble location vary from some Friday night storytimes at 7pm (geared towards ages 2 to 8), Saturday morning storytimes at 11am and Tuesday morning Toddler Storytimes at 9:30am, but do check first as dates/times can vary! For more information and upcoming events, call 805.339.0990 or visit store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2054.

For other locations and information, visit www.barnesandnoble.com.

Friday
Apr042014

California 101s Youth Sports Organization in Ventura County

Based in Ventura County, the California 101s Youth Sports Organization (“The 101s”) specializes in high school and college preparation, providing youth athletes with high school/college-like structure through sports and academics and a foundation for success.

The 101s have opportunities for every age and skill level. With certification from high school coaches of the Marmonte League, the 101s is a true high school preparatory program. Be a part of a unique, professional and structured program. Tryouts are in June. Visit www.california101syso.org.

8U ELITE - Must sign-up for a private tryout: Then asked to attend a group tryout by invitation only.

9U Local - All welcome to tryout.

10U ELITE - Must sign-up for a private tryout: Then asked to attend a group tryout by invitation only.

11U - Local - All welcome to tryout.

12U - Local - All welcome to tryout.

13/14U ELITE (60X90 Team) - Must sign-up for a private tryout: Then asked to attend a group tryout by invitation only.

Tuesday
Apr012014

Golf N' Stuff Ventura

For hours of amusement check out Golf N' Stuff off the 101 freeway in eastern Ventura, just 20 miles west of Newbury Park. Golf N' Stuff features two 18-hole miniature golf courses, Indy style race cars (go-karts), bumper boats, bumper cars and lazer tag (offered at designated time frames) and a large arcade. You must be 4' 8" tall to drive the go-karts and at least 4' tall to drive the bumper boats/cars, so make sure to wear heels if you're really short.

The Famous Golf N' Stuff Castle Seen from 101 Freeway in Ventura

Each activity is priced separately. Mini golf as of April 2014 costs $8.75. You can also purchase a 2 hour unlimited use wristband on weekends for $25.00 (as of April 2014) and try everything. I highly recommend registering in the Golf N Stuff Email Club as they email periodic 2 for 1 mini golf coupons that come in handy. There are also printable coupons on the Golf N Stuff site at golfnstuff.com/ventura/coupons.html.

Wow, talk about a fun venue for a kid's birthday party! Prices range from $12.75 to $21 per person (pricing current as of April 2014) for Ameci's pizza, cake, access to the rides, etc. Our small boys both love Golf N' Stuff.racecar.jpg

Golf N' Stuff is open 365 days per year! Yes, it is even open Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day!

There is also a snack bar that serves an assortment of items, like mini pizzas, hot dogs and pretzels. Enough to provide plenty of carbs for your activities.

Golf N' Stuff is located at 5555 Walker Street, Ventura. More info at www.golfnstuff.com or call 805.644.7131. Also check out THIS LINK on CVG for more pics.

Exit the 101 off Victoria, head North to Moon Drive, which turns into Walker, and turn left. The park is on the right side.

Thursday
Mar132014

AYSO Region 42 (Newbury Park)

American Youth Soccer Organization Region 42 in Newbury Park is for kids ages 4 and older as of July 31st of each year.  Region 42 plays at Peppertree Park and Dos Vientos Community Park.  Season runs from September through November of each year.  More information at www.aysoregion42.org.

Most Region 42 games are played at Peppertree Park in Newbury Park. Here's a view of the game from Rabbit Hill across Reino Road on a Saturday morning.

Wednesday
Mar122014

ROCKiT Dance Studio in Westlake Village

ROCKIT is a state of the art studio, located at 31320 Via Colinas, Westlake Village in a beautiful music and dance professional teaching complex. ROCKIT specializes in "High Energy" dance classes, aimed to provide a FUN workout for children and teens - using their favorite dance styles and popular up-to-date music. Classes available for ages 2 and up. Visit www.thousandoaksdance.com or call 805.277.8171 for more information.

Sunday
Mar022014

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Sunday
Mar022014

Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena

Kidspace Children's Museum is an interactive, must see children's museum next to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, located on 4 acres inside Brookside Park (480 N. Arroyo Boulevard).

Kidspace has over 25 interactive exhibits, in addition to gardens, arroyo streams, and frequent daily/weekly activities. Designed for kids between 12 months and 12 years old, Kidspace provides children the opportunity to explore the physical, natural and environmental sciences while having a lot of fun. While at Kidspace they can dig for fossils, climb 40 foot towers, see a real bee hive, or even start an earthquake.

Visit www.kidspacemuseum.org or call 626.449.9144 for more information. During the months of September through May, the museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30am to 5pm and weekends 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays. During the months of June, July and August the museum is also open on Mondays 9:30am to 5pm.

Closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and usually on days UCLA plays football at the Rose Bowl. Admission is $11 per person (including kids) as of February 2014. Children under age 1 are free.

Free Family Night is the first Tuesday of each month from 4pm to 8pm. There is no Free Family Night in the month of September.

Free Family Night is the FIRST Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no Family Free Night in September. Also note, - See more at: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/about/frequently-asked-questions#sthash.QyP9gfOr.dpuf
Free Family Night is the FIRST Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no Family Free Night in September. Also note, - See more at: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/about/frequently-asked-questions#sthash.QyP9gfOr.dpuf
Free Family Night is the FIRST Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no Family Free Night in September. Also note, - See more at: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/about/frequently-asked-questions#sthash.QyP9gfOr.dpuf
Free Family Night is the FIRST Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no Family Free Night in September. Also note, - See more at: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/about/frequently-asked-questions#sthash.QyP9gfOr.dpuf
Free Family Night is the FIRST Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no Family Free Night in September. Also note, - See more at: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/about/frequently-asked-questions#sthash.QyP9gfOr.dpuf

While making the trek to Pasadena with 2 young kids can be a haul, it is definitely worth it. There are so many things to see and do both inside the museum and in the large outdoor area, your kids will have fun for several hours...climbing, crawling, playing, feeling, discovering, tinkering, etc. The cafeteria has a decent selection of food too and the museum store has a large assortment of neat learning items. And on your way back home in Ventura County, stop by Griffith Park for some kiddie train rides!

Sunday
Mar022014

CPKids Birthday Bash at California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen offers up a great birthday party for kids ages 4 to 10. The CPKids Birthday Bash includes:

  • Meal and dessert from the CPKids menu
  • CPKids souvenir cup and free refills
  • "Adventures in Pizza" restaurant tour
  • Special CPKids chef jacket for the birthday kid
  • CPKids aprons available for extra charge
  • Free CPKids meal certificate good for each child's next visit
  • Birthday child eats free!

Fill out the form at www.cpk.com/company/cpkids for details.

Call your local store for details:

Wednesday
Feb192014

Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory in Thousand Oaks

Founded in 1994, Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory is for the student who values creative expression and supports the powerful idea of process over performance. The students are urged to act, not perform. Here we learn how to make theatre - a group activity, a team sport, a publicly shared into worthwhile material and into the self.

Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory is constructed so that children of grades 3-12 work together, as well as with their peers, providing a unique youth theater opportunity for all. Also provided is a Junior Conservatory for grades 1 and 2 held at a separate time.

Classes are held at 1408 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks.

More information at www.goldcoasttheatreconservatory.com or call 805.427.5314.

Sunday
Feb092014

AYSO Region 363 - Moorpark

AYSO Region 4

American Youth Soccer Organization Region 363 covers Moorpark and is for children ages 4 to 18 as of 7/31 each year. Pre-Registration for the summer starts in April to mid-June. For more information, visit www.moorparkayso.org.

Sunday
Feb092014

AYSO Region 242 - Fillmore

AYSO Region 4

American Youth Soccer Organization Region 242 serves Fillmore and is for children ages 4 to 18 as of 7/31 each year. Pre-Registration for the summer runs from March to June. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/AYSO-Fillmore-CA-Region-242/111091685642261.

Saturday
Feb082014

Southern California Lacrosse Association - Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Agoura, Calabasas, Oak Park

Southern California Lacrosse Association locally includes teams from Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Oak Park for boys and girls in grades 3 through 12. Visit scla-online.clubsetup.com for more information.

Individual team websites are as follows:

Westlake Lacrosse Club www.westlakelaxclub.com

Newbury Park Prowlers Lacrosse Club www.nplax.com

Agoura Lacrosse www.agouralax.com

Thousand Oaks Knights Lacrosse www.thousandoakslacrosse.com

Simi Valley Lacrosse - The Storm www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/svlacrosse

Oak Park Eagles Lacross www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/?u=OAKPARKEAGLESLAXYOUTH&s=lacrosse&t=c

Calabasas Lacrosse www.calabasaslax.com

Saturday
Feb082014

Dance-O-Plex in Westlake Village

Dance-O-Plex has three state-of-the-art dance studios at 3396 Willow Lane #100 in Westlake Village. A sampling of classes offered includes Zumba, yoga, hip hop, contemporary, jazz, street jazz, tap, ballet, Tumble & Toes (3-5 years), Mini Movers (2 years), Bollywood, belly dance, break dance and more. For more information, visit danceoplex.com or call 818.824.4777.

Wednesday
Feb052014

Links to Hundreds of Parks In and Around Ventura County

Click the image for a list of links to parks throughout Ventura County