Rotary Dreamcatcher Playground at Old Meadows Park in Thousand Oaks

Old Meadows Park at 1600 Marview Drive, Thousand Oaks houses the Therapeutic Recreation Unit of the Conejo Recreation and Park District, which provides recreation programs for Conejo Valley residents with disabilities.

The existing special needs playground at the park the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Sunrise has been spearheading an effort to improve, modernize and expand. The "Rotary DreamCatcher Playground" will be designed with great sensitivity to the needs, comforts and inclusion of special populations and their families.

Phase of dreamcatcher playground features gently sloping turf hills and other neat features

Phase of dreamcatcher playground features gently sloping turf hills and other neat features

The $300,000 Phase I of the DreamCatcher Playground project was completed in July 2015. Phase I expands the size of the playground and contains mat surfacing, rolling turf hills, large shaded areas, tree log swings, seagull swings, harmony chimes, hammocks, pod seats, picnic tables and many other cool features.

Specialty features to be incorporated into the playground include perimeter fencing, rubber surfacing, gently rolling turf, natural elements and a butterfly garden, physical development apparatus with features that encourage climbing, crawling, jumping and so on, sensory processing and calming features and features that encourage socialization.

The playground will include active and passive play areas allowing children to engage in stimulating activities, and areas to which they can retreat and calm themselves after anxiety-producing experiences while remaining close by to other children, parents or caregivers.

Phase 2 of the project has a target date sometime in 2016.

To learn more about this effort and how to support it, visit www.rotarydreamcatcher.org.

Kids Club at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks

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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 www.shoplakes.com.

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:

July 22: FAMILY MAGIC & COMEDY

This wacky magician has a unique sense of humor and style that has made him a family favorite throughout Northern and Southern California! Come visit us for this exciting and fun family magic show that young and old are sure to enjoy!

July 29: VENTRILOQUISM GONE NUTS

The silliest and funniest of children’s ventriloquists! Come check out this show full of the wackiest jokes and most outrageous puppet characters ever seen! There is an alien, a turkey, and a whole cast of crazy characters, including one that squirts water!

August 5: WORLD RECORD JUGGLING

David’s juggling is so unique and amazing. He can be found in the Guinness Book of World Records! This performer is constantly searching for new ways to challenge himself and his audiences! David uses children throughout his show to teach the basics of juggling!

August 12: ROCKIN’ IT OUT WITH TWINKLE AND FRIENDS

The most colorful and fun rocker around! Join us for some high energy family music that will get everyone up and moving! Twinkles is a superstar on the rise, and we are very excited to have her visit us!

August 19: FURRY FRIENDS PETTING

We have the most adorable line-up of pocket-sized pets visiting for some hands-on fun! Children will be introduced to chinchillas, dwarf rabbits, lop eared rabbits, lion-head rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice and a rat or two!

August 26: MAGIC and JUGGLING COMEDY SHOW

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 this new show!

September 2: MUSIC and GAMES with REBECCA

Rebecca is a seasoned singer-songwriter, mother of two with lots of experience getting little ones up and moving to some great music! Rebecca’s interactive show weaves original tunes with some classics! Visit us and see why this newcomer is destined to become a star!

September 9: HAND PUPPET HILARITY

We have a brand new puppet show from a professional puppeteer who has been on television and in movies! Kevin brings us a show full of jokes and interactive fun! Look for this new company to be making headlines soon! We are lucky to have him!

September 16: MUSIC with NATHALIA

We have an educational and fun filled insect show starring spiders, hissing cockroaches, centipedes scorpions and more! Kathy visits us with all her creepy crawly friends and she’ll answer any questions you have! Don’t miss this unique presentation!

September 23: MARIONETTE MADNESS

Children of all ages will be mesmerized by the wonder of these colorful puppet characters! Rene and his team have built some of the industry’s most intricate and finely crafted puppets! This show will make us laugh and shout with joy!

Kids Club at The Commons at Calabasas

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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

July 21: Music, Puppets, Games & More

Welcome to the world of imagination led by the adventure team, Jungle Jack, Safari Sunny and Farmer Freddie! Come and play with us moving around like animals in the safari! Not a sit down show here! No! We’ll be moving around, having fun and learning as we play!

July 28: Ventriloquist Comedy Show

The silliest and funniest of children’s ventriloquists! Come check out this show full of the wackiest jokes and most outrageous puppet characters ever seen! There is an alien, a turkey, and a whole cast of crazy characters, including one that squirts water!

August 4: Family Magic & Comedy

A seasoned veteran of both comedy and magic, Hector visits us with a show full of unique presentations of classic tricks! He also has lots of tricks never before seen! Join us for a great family show that can only be seen here at Kids Club!

August 11: Juggling with Danny

Danny’s talents have taken him all over the world! Today, he visits Kids Club with a good old fashioned variety show filled with juggling, magic, balloons laughs and a whole lot more! Join us for some great family fun from a soon-to-be favorite!

August 18: Hand-Puppet Hilarity

Colorful puppet characters come to life in a show that’s full of music, stories, and a whole lot of laughs! Some classic tales are revisited in a brand new way! This is the silliest puppet show you will ever see! Don’t miss it!

August 25: Fine-Feathered Friends

Feathery friends pay us a visit! Some of the birds you might see include a macaw or cockatoo, various parrots, doves, chickens, ducks & more! Join us for a unique presentation where you may get to hold and pet some of these beautiful creatures!

September 1: Music & Games with Rebecca

Rebecca is a seasoned singer-songwriter, mother of two with lots of experience getting little ones up and moving to some great music! Rebecca’s interactive show weaves original tunes with some classics! Visit us and see why this newcomer is destined to become a star!

September 8: Hand-Puppet Hilarity

Colorful puppet characters come to life in a show that’s full of music, stories, and a whole lot of laughs! Some classic tales are revisited in a brand new way! This is the silliest puppet show you will ever see! Don’t miss it!

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

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Rock Nation School in Agoura Hills

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Rock Nation helps develop the skills needed to be the player you have dreamed of becoming. From general music theory and Rock Nation's own proprietary education, lessons in music performance, recording arts, and artist development we will work to exceed your music expectations. Rock Nation's staff of professional musicians applies a proven methodology leveraging state-of-art technology and tools to transfer the knowledge needed to developing insane talent.

Rock Nation offers individual lessons, group classes, recording arts program, songwriting program and more to kids and adults.  Located at 30125 West Agoura Road, Agoura Hills (818.706.2326)For more information, visit www.rocknationschool.com.

Gymboree Play & Music Locations

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Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 30 years. Today there are over 550 locations in 30 countries, making Gymboree the global leader in early childhood development programs.

Designed by experts, Gymboree's age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Our programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement—which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development. Visit www.gymboreeclasses.com for more information.

Ventura County Locations:

Simi Valley: 1555 Simi Town Center Way, #295 (in the Food Court) (805.522.2646) CLICK HERE for their site.

The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, on the lower level of the outdoor shops, across from Forever XXI. CLICK HERE for their site. (805.357.3711)

Gymboree Play & Music in the outdoor shops section of The Oaks mall

Gymboree Play & Music in the outdoor shops section of The Oaks mall

i9 Youth Sports in Simi Valley, Conejo Valley and Moorpark

i9 Sports runs recreational teams for youth (ages 3-12) soccer, cheerleading, basketball, T-ball and flag football league that covers Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Agoura and Woodland Hills.  i9 is committed to safety, organization and sportsmanship with the highest degree of customer service and professionalism.  Here is information from the i9 website at www.i9sports.com:


i9 Sports Flag Football is non-contact continuous action, using minimal equipment. The games emphasize basic football skills of passing, catching, defending, and running. In i9 Flag, participants also learn about formations, pass patterns, and different types of defense.

This five-on-five game is designed by the NFL for youth players. The offensive team plays for a first down at midfield and a touchdown in the end zone. Running and passing plays are allowed, although there are no-running zones at midfield and near each goal line. The defensive team covers receivers, rushes the passer, and grabs flags to make stops.

I9 SPORTS FLAG FOOTBALL IS NON-CONTACT; BLOCKING AND TACKLING IS NOT ALLOWED. This league is great for beginners to experienced players!

Signups for the fall season begins in July. Format is 6 vs 6 or 5 vs 5 and everyone plays (generally 8 to 10 players per team). Ages range from 3-12. Players assigned to teams based on age. No drafts/tryouts!

Visit the local i9 Sports website by CLICKING HERE or call 805.719.1166 for more information.

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 www.oxnardrec.org/17/3/960.

Rancho Tapo Community Park in Simi Valley

Located at 3700 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley, Rancho Tapo Community Park is hidden away north of the 118 freeway between Sequoia Avenue and Tapo Canyon Road. The park has something for everyone, including several play areas, splash pad*, covered area for gatherings, nicely appointed fitness circut area, playfields, basketball and a peaceful Veterans' Plaza with pond in memory those who have served. Best of all, this is a very flat park with a nice, 1/2 mile walking path that the kids enjoy riding their scooters on. We like this park! Visit www.rsrpd.org/park/rtcp/rtcp.html for more information.

* A new, 55% larger splash pad area, with a water treatment and recirculation system, opened on Friday, May 22nd. Nice!

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Rockin' Kids Play Center in Simi Valley

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Rockin' Kids Play Center is located at the Simi Valley Town Center at 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Suite 545. This indoor playground offers open play and birthday parties seven days a week. The center is a large facility geared towards toddlers to perhaps age 6. Socks are required in all play areas.  There is a nice assortment of climbing areas, slides, ball pit, swings, riding toys and other safe, padded options. Plenty of photos available of the facility on their website at rockinkidspc.com or call them at 805.526.7400.

Dos Vientos Neighborhood Park in Newbury Park

Dos Vientos Neighborhood Park is a 5 acre park located at the corner of Lynn Road and Via Andrea in Newbury Park, across the street from Rocking K Horse Rentals. This is a a low-key neighborhood park with some, but not a lot, of parking available along Via Andrea.  It has a large grassy area, sand volleyball court, playground area, basketball court, four picnic tables and BBQ grills and a small restroom.  More information at the Conejo Recreation and Park District website at www.crpd.org/parkfac/parks/dosvientosneighborhood.asp.

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Parks In and Around Ventura County

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There's dozens of local area parks highlighted at THIS LINK that have play areas for the kids.

The Do Something section of the site has even more parks compiled at THIS LINK. All told we have well over 300 parks to park ourselves in and around Ventura County and adjacent areas.

So grab that leash and see you at the park!

The Play Destination in Agoura Hills

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The Play Destination is an indoor playground and birthday party place for children with comfortable seating and modern decor for parents. The space offers children a clean, safe environment to play and is equipped with an indoor play structure, bounce house, interactive floor games, and other mentally and physically stimulating activities. Geared towards kids up to 6 years.

Located at 28501 Canwood Street, Suite 4E in Agoura Hills. Visit theplaydestination.com or call 818.292.8644 for more information. Weekday hours vary. Open for private parties on weekends.

Westlake Braves Youth Football and Cheer

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Founded in 1989, the Westlake Braves Youth Football and Cheer plays at Westlake High School The football field is located at the corner of Thousand Oaks Blvd and N. Via Merida. For ages 5 to 15. For more information visit www.westlakebraves.com.

Divisions are as follows:

Mighty Mite: 6 to 8 year old boys

Teams will be limited in size to insure everyone gets ample playing time. The Mighty Mites play a shortened season with shortened practices. Games will be played on an 80 yard field.  Our goal is to introduce younger kids to tackle football, teach them some basic techniques and most of all...HAVE FUN!

Bantam: 7 to 10 year old boys

Junior: 9 to 11 year old boys

Junior 1: 10 to 12 year old boys

Junior 2: 11 to 13 year old boys

Seniors: 12 to 14 year old boys

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley is a non-profit organization that provides time-tested programs offering leadership training, character development, fine arts, academic support, technology, health and fitness.

Clubs feature Learning Centers, Games Rooms, Computer Technology Centers, Fine Arts Rooms, Multi-Purpose Rooms, and Character and Leadership Centers. For grades 5 through 8.  Visit www.bgcconejo.org for more information. Also spring/summer camps for grades 1 to 12.

Local Clubs:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley offers a variety of indoor spaces for rent for family events, fundraisers and meetings at the Sequoia, Colina and Los Cerritos clubs listed above. Contact individual clubs for more information about facility rentals.

Pacific View Mall Kids Club in Ventura

The Pacific View Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. The Mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Kids Club takes place every third Saturday of the month from 3-4pm in the Center Court of Pacific View Mall, 3301 E Main Street, Ventura.

Upcoming Dates/Themes:

6/20/15: Five Senses

7/18/15: Animal Geography

8/15/15: Animal Geography

9/19/15: Rocks and Minerals

10/17/15: Rocks and Minerals

Nov/Dec - No Kids Club

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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.

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Future events on the following dates in 2015:

JUNE 4 - FAMILY MAGIC and COMEDY 

Straight from exit 114, Jersey Jim brings some of the funniest magic we will ever see! He uses humor and a whole lot of audience participation to create a good time that young and old will enjoy! This performer gets rave reviews from the Jersey shore to the Malibu Coast!

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

Rocking K Horse Rentals in Newbury Park

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Rocking K Horse Rentals is open 7 days a week and is located at 4790 West Lynn Road in Newbury Park.  Horses are available for rent, guided tours, birthday parties, etc.  Visit www.rockingkhorserentals.com or call 805.499.9512 for more information. They are cash only as of May 2015. Children must be at least 7 years of age and 4 feet tall to ride. They recommend wearing jeans and close toed shoes. Open 8am to 6pm (e.g. last 1 hour ride leaves at 6pm) during spring/summer months and until 5pm on other months.

As of May 2015, prices are $30 for a 1 hour ridgeline trail, $40 for a 1 1/2 hour Ranch Overlook Trail ride and $50 for a 2 hour Sycamore Canyon Trail ride.

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CheerForce - Simi Valley

CheerForce is located at a 10,000 sq ft athletic training center located at 671 Cochran Street in Simi Valley. CheerForce offers competitive cheer teams, tumbling classes, introductory cheer classes, cheer camps, birthday parties and private lessons to boys and girls.

For more information, visit www.cheerforce.com or call 805.582.2211.

Borchard Skate Park in Newbury Park

Borchard Skate Park is located at 190 North Reino Road (corner of Reino and Borchard) in Newbury Park in the southwest corner of the parking lot at Borchard Community Park. This outdoor facility was opened in 2002 and is free of charge.  It opens at 8 a.m. until dusk.  The Conejo Recreation & Park District offers classes and there are designated times for 12 and under, scooters and bikes.  Call the Borchard Community Center at 805.381.2791 for more information. More info at www.crpd.org/parkfac/borchard/skatepark.asp.

Here's some cool Borchard Skate Park skatework straight from YouTube: