Build-a-Bear Workshop at the Pacific View Mall in Ventura

Build-a-Bear Workshop opened a location at the Pacific View Mall, 3301 East Main Street, Space 1024, Ventura in September 2016. Hours 10am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 6pm on Sunday.

Build-a-Bear offers kids to selected a stuffed animal from over 30 in stock (and not just bears), stuff them, outfit them, accessorize them, give them a heart, sounds and scents, name them and take them home. Quite an enjoyable experience for the younger set.

Visit for more information.

Blast City Laser Tag in Oak Park

Blast City Laser Tag is opening to the public on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 5PM. 

Located at 618 Lindero Canyon Road, Oak Park (at Kanan; and next to Kids World Indoor Playground), Blast City is a two-story high, state of the art, fully immersive, mission-based, role-playing laser tag experience for ages 5 years and up.  It is located adjacent to Kids World with its own separate entrance. 

Blast City Laser Tag game play consists of three different game "Chapters" that will move players from beginner-level recruit to high-tech warrior. Players begin by having fun while learning the arena layout and laser tag equipment, then advance along the way to become a laser tag Overlord- in complete and total command of the arena.

The game Chapters are segments of an evolving story based in the not-too-distant-future that combine 18 missions and game levels of exciting, mission-based role playing laser tag featuring multiple obstacles and types of targets.

Blast City also features a cool, modern arcade and party rooms. Blast City is a great place for birthday parties as well as team building, company events and groups of all ages.

Visit for more information or call 818.338.8887.

Mon-Tue- Closed; Private Events Only
Wed-Thu 3-9pm
Fri 3-11pm
Sat 10-11pm
Sun 10-9pm
Price per game $10
Birthday Parties Starting at $399

Kids Club at The Promenade at Westlake

The Kids Club at The Promenade at Westlake started back up in October 2016 on Thursdays from 6-7pm. Free entertainment for kids 10 and under. 

Juggling with Chris - October 13 - We are visited by one of the most talented and gifted street performers around!  Chris brings a show full of juggling, comedy and fun!  Join us for exciting acts balancing, coordination and acrobat!  It’s a premiere family entertainment!

Wicked Fairy and Variety Show - October 20 - A fun and memorable visit from our Wicked Fairy with interactive storytelling, magic, candy treats for the children and guests.  What a thrill for a personable meet and greet, photo taken with the children and parents.

Marionette Haunt - October 27 - 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!

The Promenade is located at 100 Promenade Way, Westlake Village (southeast corner of Westlake and Thousand Oaks Boulevards).

Build-a-Bear Workshop - The Oaks Mall


Build-a-Bear Workshop, located on the 2nd floor of The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, offers your little ones the ability to customize their own stuffed critters in a very experiential setting.

We've been to several birthday parties at Build-a-Bear (including our own son's 5th birthday party) and the process they take the kids through is enjoyed by all.

Birthday party way back when.

Birthday party way back when.

Kids get to choose the bear or other furry creature, add a "sound" or "voice," stuff it, choose a heart, stitch, fluff, name it, receive a birth certificate, dress it and transport the newborn home in a cute cardboard condo. And of course accessorizing the new family member requires follow-up visits. 

This Build-a-Bear Workshop was completely remodeled in 2013.

For more information, visit or call 805.449.8704.  The store is open 7 days a week; 10am to 9pm, Mon-Sat, 11am to 6pm Sun.


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 or call 805.203.9200 for more information, or their Facebook page at

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. 

One of 3 massive indoor slides at Scooter's Jungle Simi Valley

One of 3 massive indoor slides at Scooter's Jungle Simi Valley

Fun on the zip line

Fun on the zip line

The massive climbing play area (this photo does not do it's huge

The massive climbing play area (this photo does not do it's huge


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 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.

Brandon's Buddies Free Kids Club in Calabasas


Brandon's Buddies is a FREE KIDS CLUB that meets every month at Brandon's Village at Gates Canyon Park located at 25801 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Calabasas. This playground is the first fully-accessible playground in the region. The day may include integrated play, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainment and treats.  Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

All children with and without disabilities and their families who want to spend a great day playing in the sunshine and making friends are invited to participate!

Brandon's Buddies gives children with disabilities the opportunity to play with their typically-able peers, while giving their parents a chance to share experiences and advice with other parents/caregivers.  It gives children without disabilities the chance to get to know their peers and gain greater awareness and compassion.

For more information, visit The K.E.N. Project website at or call 818.222.8118.  Or visit the KEN Project calendar at

Note from Conejo Joe: The group meets USUALLY (some exceptions) the first Saturday of each month from 11 am to 1 pm. But make sure to check in advance.  Or just show up.

Upcoming dates (as of 9/11/16): 10/1, 11/5, 12/3

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 Chase Palm Park antique carousel is a beautiful, elegant throwback to another era. It is one of three machines produced by the Allan Herschell Factory in the 1915-1917 time frame; this one was built in 1916. The carousel is well maintained, plays fun music and is only $2.50 (as of Fall 2016) for a pretty darn long ride!  

This carousel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 13, 2000 after it went through extensive renovations and moved to this location in June 1999. It is 40 feet in diameter, with a 19 foot wooden pole in its center, supporting 35 jumping, hand-carved wooden horses plus two hand carved art deco style wooden chariots.

This carousel originally operated outdoors on the east coast, where it was used for decades while not going through adequate maintenance. It was purchased in 1970 by Seaport Village in San Diego, where after 10 years in storage it was sold again to its current owners. 

The combination of Shipwreck Playground and the carousel makes this a can't miss Santa Barbara destination for they young set!  And the park is walking distance to Stearns Wharf, the beach, bike rentals, State Street, etc.


Moorpark Soccer Club


Moorpark Soccer Club, a member of the California Youth Soccer Association - South is for boys and girls ages 9 through 18.  Teams practice/play at Campus Canyon Park, Miller Park, Peach Hill Park and Arroyo Vista Park.  The mission of the club is to promote and encourage excellence in youth soccer without sacrificing sportsmanship and fair play. More information at

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:

Kids Club: Furry Friends Petting

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

We have the most adorable lineup of pocket-sized pets visiting such as chinchillas, dwarf rabbits, lop-eared rabbits, lion-head rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and more!

Kids Club: Magic And Comedy With Eddie

September 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Eddie brings a show full of the most unique magic gags and comedy on the kid’s scene! This polished performer will be needing lots of helpers to get everyone involved, so come ready to lend a helping hand!  

Kids Club: Juggling With Alex

September 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Alex visits with a good ol’ fashioned variety show filled with juggling, unicycle riding, balloons, laughs and a whole lot more!  

Kids Club: Puppet Musical – Jack & The Beanstalk

September 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Original songs and beautiful handmade puppets tell the classic hero’s tale of friendship, forgiveness and following your dreams. This interactive show features live singing in styles ranging from pop, ragtime, big band, opera and more.