Gull Wings Children's Museum - Oxnard


Gull Wings Children's Museum opened in 1988 and has dozens of fun, interactive, educational exhibits geared towards ages 2 to 12. There is a tidepool, fire engine, emergency room, ambulance, space station, astronaut room, live animals, mineral/fossil room, campout area, an actual car, toddler area, western area, recording room, reading room and the list goes on!

Currently open Tuesday through Sunday, hours vary (9-1 Tues, 9-4 Wed-Fri, 10-4 Sat/Sun). Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for kids/seniors. Kids under 2 are free.  Annual family memberships also available. Private parties 5-8pm.

Gull Wings is located at 418 W. Fourth Street, Oxnard.  For more information, visit or call 805.483.3005.

Chase Palm Park and Carousel in Santa Barbara

Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara is a huge park that sandwiches East Cabrillo Boulevard.  On the ocean side of Cabrillo the park consists of a palm-lined, narrow strip of park adjacent to East Beach with an oceanfront bike path and walkway from Stearns Wharf to East Beach.  This side of the park is host to Sunday/holiday arts and crafts shows.  The 14,600 square foot Skater's Point skate park is also located on this side of the park.


Call 805.564.5418 for more information or visit

On the other side of Cabrillo is a huge 10 acre parcel that features fountains, creeks, a lagoon, carousel, snack bar and a shipwreck playground modeled after an ocean schooner from the turn of the century.

The antique carousel is a beautiful, elegant throwback to another era.  The carousel is well maintained, plays fun music and is only $2.50 (as of Fall 2015) for a pretty darn long ride!  See pictures and video below.  The combination of Shipwreck Playground and the carousel makes this a can't miss Santa Barbara destination for they young set!  Not to mention...the park is walking distance to Stearns Wharf, the beach, bike rentals, State Street, etc.


Gates Canyon Park / Brandon's Village - Calabasas

Brandon's Village
Brandon's Village

The 7 acre Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas includes picnic areas with barbeques, fitness course, children's play area, basketball court, tennis courts and plenty of open grass area.  The park is north of the 101 freeway and east of Las Virgenes.


Designed by Shane’s Inspiration, a non-profit organization that designs and builds universally accessible playgrounds, and opened in October 2006, Brandon’s Village features playground equipment that is over 70% independently playable for children with disabilities and also provides meaningful and stimulating play opportunities for able-bodied children.

Gates Canyon Park / Brandon's Village is located at 25801 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Calabasas. Call 818.880.6461 or visit for more information.

There is a huge play area for 5 to 12 year olds with many unique features not seen in other parks, such as a unique roller-driven slide and a large "swaying" ship. There is also a separate play area for younger children. The video below doesn't quite do the place justice but will give you some feel for how cool Brandon's Village is.  This is a "must visit" place in my opinion if you live in the area with kids!

Water Wings Swim School in Agoura Hills

Water Wings Swim School opened in August 2015 at the Agoura Hills Town Center, 30135 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills.  

Water Wings is a year-round indoor swim school offering private and group lessons to children and adults of all ages, starting at 3 months. They also do birthday parties, family day open swim events, parents' night out events and more.

For more information, visit or visit the Water Wings Agoura Hills Facebook page at

Water Wings Swim School Pool

Sky High Sports - The Trampoline Place in Camarillo


Sky High Sports - The Trampoline Place, opened at 166 Aviador Street, Camarillo in October 2010.  Located in a huge, 42,000 sq ft facility, there are half a dozen areas that have trampolines on the floors and walls. This is a one of a kind place in Ventura County.

In addition jumping up, down and around, you can play dodgeball, there is an area geared towards kids under 10 with its own two trampoline courts and several bouncers, an arcade and more. There's also a laser tag area available for 30 minute sessions.

there is quite a large area of trampolines on the floors and walls.  There is a separate section geared towards kids too

there is quite a large area of trampolines on the floors and walls.  There is a separate section geared towards kids too

On one side of Sky High is an arcade with skill-based games and on the other side is this kids' game area where you earn tickets and cash them in for prizes.

On one side of Sky High is an arcade with skill-based games and on the other side is this kids' game area where you earn tickets and cash them in for prizes.

Quite popular with the younger set. Bounce off the walls into a humongous pile of foam cubes.

Quite popular with the younger set. Bounce off the walls into a humongous pile of foam cubes.

Another extremely popular activity at Sky High is the Dodgeball area, open to players of all ages.

Another extremely popular activity at Sky High is the Dodgeball area, open to players of all ages.

Sky High Sports also has a separate "sanity" room for adults with a number of TVs, as well as a huge projection TV, as well as free WiFi. The Sky High Cafe offers up a variety of delicious pizzas, subs, paninis, wraps, salads and other goodies.

Sky High is open 7 days a week and walk-ins are always welcome. Current hours (as of September 2015) are 11am to 9pm Sunday/Monday, 2pm to 9pm Tuesday through Thursday and 11am to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Visit or call 805.484.6300 for more information. Current pricing (updated September 2015) is $14 for 1 hour, $19 for 1 1/2 hours and $24 for 2 hours.  Weekly specials are also offered. Check their website.

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; currently closed for refurbishment as of Oct 2015) 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

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

Each activity is priced separately. Mini golf as of August 2015 costs $9.00. You can also purchase a 2 hour unlimited use wristband on weekends for $25.00 (as of August 2015) 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


Wow, talk about a fun venue for a kid's birthday party! Prices range from $12.75 to $22 per person (pricing current as of August 2015) for Ameci's pizza, cake, access to the rides, etc.

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 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.

Kids Club at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks


The Kids Club at The Lakes meets every Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. during the months of March through October. Geared towards kids 10 and under.

Call 805.497.9861 for more information. Events are outdoors; rain generally cancels events but call first.

Events vary from puppet shows to storytellers to musicians, petting zoos, arts and crafts, etc. for preschoolers and their parents. These are outdoor events and are weather permitting. Contact The Lakes for more information at 805.497.9861 or

In addition to the kids club, The Lakes has a small playground area that is geared toward the younger kids, an expanse of grass and 2 beautiful lakes, waterfall, fountain, etc. This is a nice park-like setting that makes you forget the fact that you are looking straight out at Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

One more bonus: The Lakes is next door to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, which has an outdoor courtyard with trees and paths that are fun for the kids to explore.

Upcoming events:


An award-winning musical artist visits us with lots of toe tapping fun! Mark is one of Southern California’s most prolific children’s recording artists! He has a show full of interactive music and games! We guarantee young and old will have a great time!

October 21: MUSICAL FUN with the BEATBUDS

Jonathan and Matthew exercise your child’s mind through music. It is through upbeat and interactive original music that The Beatbuds are able to exercise your child’s creative and logical mind as well as provide a fun and engaging musical experience!


It is almost Halloween, and we have some very spooky (not really) friends visiting! They will be flying in on strings and will have some amazing and scary (not really) tricks to share with us! Join us for some colorful Halloween Marionette fun!

Kids Club at The Commons at Calabasas


Join us every Tuesday nights at 6pm at The Commons at Calabasas (4799 Commons Way) for a weekly dose of fun, including music, dance, arts, crafts, entertainment and so much more! March through October.

Upcoming Kids Club Events

October 13: David’s Variety Comedy Show

Direct from Disney’s California Adventure! David is a juggler and comedian who has been seen on TV and in films. His outlandish humor will have us rolling in the aisles! David juggles three bowling balls, plays the banjo and escapes a strait-jacket!

October 20: Juggling & Magic with Dave

Dave is a newcomer to Kids Club, and he brings an outrageous magic and juggling variety show that is sure to be a hit! He has traveled the world and honed his skills with years of experience in every state of the nation! Join us for some great laughs in a new show!

October 27: Marionette Haunt

It is almost Halloween, and we have some very spooky (not really) friends visiting! They will be flying in on strings and will have some amazing and scary (not really) tricks to share with us! Join us for some colorful Halloween Marionette fun!

For more information, contact The Commons at Calabasas management office at 818-222-3444 or view our full Calendar of Events at

Camarillo Public Library

The Camarillo Public Library is located at 4101 Las Posas Road. This is a beautiful, nearly 66,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility that opened in March 2007.


The library is a two-story building with a bookstore, the Giant Steps Cafe in the front courtyard (805.484.0700) adult literacy facility, community room (capacity of 130 to 200), conference room, technology lab and study rooms.

The library's collection has grown to over 270,000 items, including books, DVDs, music CDs, and Audio Books on CD and MP3. In addition to materials at the library, your library card gives you access to the Camarillo Digital Library with hundreds of eBooks and Audio Books available on the library's website. The eBooks can be read in numerous formats, including computers, iPhones, iPads, Android devices, etc. The library contains the Russell Fischer Business Collection and the Ventura County Genealogical Society collection

The kids section is quite large with a cool pirate-themed kids area. The library is open 7 days a week, currently (as of November 2015) 10am to 9pm Monday through Thursday and 10am to 5pm Friday through Sunday.

To learn more, visit or call 805.388.5222.

Kid Gloves Boxing in Simi Valley

Kid Gloves Boxing

Kid Gloves Boxing is located in the Simi Valley Town Center at 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Suite 230. Kid Gloves offers group training in boxing, grappling, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts, cardio-kick boxing as well as private lessons. For more information, visit

Ventura County Library System

Ventura County Library System

The Ventura County Library system contains books, magazines, CDs, eBooks, audio books and more. A list of locations in the system is below. Visit the library website at for an online catalog and much more information.

The VC Library system also has a collection of over 145,000 downloadable eBooks that are available for use on your computer, iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Android and other devices and thousands of eAudiobooks. There are also thousands of movies, documentaries and TV shows and plenty of digital magazines and co

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The SkateHouse Indoor Skate Park in Chatsworth


The SkateHouse is a new indoor skatepark in Chatsworth, located at 9725 Variel Avenue. It is the only privately owned indoor skate/BMX park open to the public in the City of Los Angeles. 13,000 sq ft facility offering vert, street and transition for skateboarders, BMX, scooters and roller bladers. Also offers private lessons for skateboarding and BMXing. Learn more at

Kids Events at The Oaks Mall


The Oaks Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. We've teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. All Kids Club events will take place in the JCPenney courtyard area at 10AM unless otherwise stated.


Future events on the following dates in 2015:

September 3rd - Kara Kaplan, Aquatics Director, Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park will have a fun, interactive presentation to delight the kids.  We will also have a raffle, craft and game for them to enjoy!

Upcoming dates:

October 1st
November 5th
December 3rd

Visit or call 805.495.2032 for details. The Oaks is located at 350 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.

Oxnard Public Library Locations

In 1907, the Oxnard Public Library opened its doors on what is now the corner of C and Fourth Streets in a building funded by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation.  In 1909, the library opened deposit stations, which later became branches, in the areas of Port Hueneme, Moorpark, Saticoy, Camarillo, Somis, and Santa Susana. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors dissolved this arrangement in 1915 with the establishment of the Ventura County Library System which provided service to the aforementioned cities. The City of Oxnard leaders at that time decided to maintain the Oxnard Public Library as a city library, separate from the County Library System.  

The City of Oxnard maintains the following locations:

Main Library: 251 South 'A' Street
Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 9am-5:30pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm
South Oxnard Branch: 4300 Saviers Road
Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 9am-5:30pm
Colonia Branch: 1500 Camino del Sol #26
Monday-Thursday: 12pm-6pm

Visit for more information.

Westlake Village Skate Park

Westlake Skate Park

The Westlake Village Skate Park opened in August 2015 at the Westlake Village Community Park at 31107 Thousand Oaks Boulevard. It is open from dawn to dusk to skateboards and inline skates only. No bikes or scooters allowed. The skate park is closed when the surface is wet.

This is an unsupervised skate park. Helmet, elbow and knee pads are required. Adult supervision required for children under the age of 13.

More information at

Westlake Skate Park 2

Oxnard Beach Park

The Oxnard Beach Park is located on South Harbor Boulevard, South of Wooley Road and next to the Mandalay Suites Hotel in Oxnard.  The park has an awesome, large pirate-themed play area. There is a larger structure for 5 to 12 year olds and a smaller one for younger kids.

This park is just a short walk to the beach, where you and the kids can spend time digging holes, building sand castles and running from the waves.

The park has a large grassy area, restrooms, BBQ grills, bike paths, etc.  It does cost money to park here. Last time I was there it was $1 per hour.

For more information, contact the Oxnard Recreation & Community Services Department at

Santa Susana Baseball League in Simi Valley

Santa Susana Baseball League has served the community of Simi Valley since 1962. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching children community baseball skills, teamwork and sportsmanship in the PONY sports tradition. 

Games played on Sundays. Ages 4 to 15. Season begins in mid-September. Registration takes place in mid to late August. Divisions include Shetland (ages 4-6), Pinto (ages 7-8), Mustang (ages 9-10), Bronco (ages 11-12) and Pony (ages 13-15). 

More information at