Valley Thunder Basketball is a club program designed to help develop student-athletes in the West San Fernando Valley and Ventura County Area. Practices are held in Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills. Learn more at www.valleythunderbasketball.com.
Simi Valley Aquatics opened the first indoor swim school in Simi Valley in July 2016. The facility offers year-round swim lessons with two 90 degree pools for all ages, baby to adult. Offering group lessons, private lessons, semi-private lessons, "Baby & Me" classes and private parties. Located at 1263 Simi Town Center Way. Visit www.SVaquatics.com or call 805.443.SWIM for more information.
The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District maintains the massive Rancho Simi Community Pool, located at 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley.
The pool is available year round for lap swimming, recreational swimming, swimming lessons, birthday parties, periodic events and more.
Hours vary for recreational swimming, so check website below for schedules. Current admission cost (as of August 2016) is $3 for ages 3 to 64, $1 for 65+ and free to 2 and under.
To learn more, visit www.rsrpd.org/recreation/aquatics.php.
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.
Kids Club: Summertime with Sparkelina
August 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Fairy Miss Sparkles and Mascot Busybee from Kinderwise as they take your children on a magical musical adventure through singing, dancing, comedy, skits, learning and fun engaging games with bubble machines, a parachute, 3 foot balloons and more
Kids Club: Summer Marionettes
August 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
He trained with the master puppeteer, Jim Gamble, and now Franklin is off on his own and creating quite a buzz. He has beautiful puppets and a unique style of performing that kids absolutely love!
Young Art Lessons, the children's art store and studio, has opened a location at The Oaks Mall, next to Starbucks, offering "drop in" art lessons seven days a week.
Instructors promote each student's individual style and creativity offering techniques in the use of oil pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil, while assisting the children to achieve a completed composition to take home at the end of the lesson.
Parents are able to select from a variety of class time lengths ranging from 15 minutes to multiple hours, depending on their shopping, dining or theatre plans at The Oaks. Students may choose from a variety of compositions including animals, still life, landscapes, floral, and cartooning using Young Art's quality products.
Classes start at $12.95 for 15 minutes, $19.95 for 30 minutes, and $29.95 for 1 hour. The studio offers multi class discount passes along with birthday parties. All art materials are provided courtesy of Young Art.
For more information call 805-795-9400 or visit www.youngartusa.co. Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-7pm
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.
The objective at Brazil Skilz Soccer Academy is to bring the techniques and skills of the Brazilian and South American style of training and playing - a system that has produced some of the world's greatest soccer players and teams to America, to help improve the way the game is taught and played in this country.
Brazil Skilz Soccer Academy offers small group instruction for an affordable price. Coach Nando teaches each student proper ball handling skills, dribbling, passing, shooting, defending and the rules of the game. Coach Nando helps each student develop the proper skills so that each student has confidence in his or her abilities, which raises their self confidence and self esteem.
Brazil Skilz also offers birthday parties.
The Arterie Art Studio at 2219 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 105, Thousand Oaks is an art studio for both kids and adults that offers art classes, camps, birthday parties and more.
Visit www.thearterie.org or call 805.379.1426 for more information.
Splash Park is a pop up splash fountain built for the enjoyment of the community and patrons of The Collection at RiverPark. It is located just outside of the Lazy Dog Restaurant. Open 9am to noon and 1-5pm daily. Closed noon to 1pm for maintenance.
Visit thecollectionrp.com/connect/news/detail/162/splash-park-hours-and-information for rules and policies regarding use of the fountain.