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 www.oxnardlibrary.net for more information.

Westlake Village Skate Park

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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 www.wlv.org/index.aspx?nid=389.

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Ventura County Library System

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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 www.vencolibrary.org for an online catalog and much more information.

The VC Library system also has a collection of eBooks and Audio Books that are available for use on your computer, iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Android and other devices. There are thousands of eBooks and Audio Books in the online collection covering fiction, nonfiction and children/teen books.

To check out books at the libraries and obtain materials online, you'll need to obtain a library card at any of the libraries in the Ventura County Library system. The initial card is free.

Libaries in the system are as follows (additional details at www.vencolibrary.org/locations).

Avenue Library, 606 North Ventura Avenue, Ventura (805.643.6393)

Fillmore Library, 502 Second Street, Fillmore (805.524.3355)

E.P Foster Library, 651 East Main Street, Ventura (805.648.2716)

Museum of Ventura County Historical Research Library (805.653.0323)

Meiners Oaks Library, 114 North Padre Juan, Ojai (805.646.4804)

Oak Park Library, 899 North Kanan Road, Oak Park (818.889.2239)

Oak View Library, 555 Mahoney Avenue, Oak View (805.649.1523)

Ojai Library, 111 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai (805.646.1639)

Piru Library, 3811 Center Street, Piru (805.521.1753)

Ray D. Prueter Library, 510 Park Avenue, Port Hueneme (805.486.5460)

Saticoy Library, 11426 Violeta Street, Ventura until August 20, 2015, then will re-open in a new, larger (triple the previous size) location at 1292 Los Angeles Avenue on August 29, 2015 with a grand opening celebration planned on September 26, 2015 (805.647.5736)

Albert H. Soliz Library (El Rio), 2820 Jourdan Street, Oxnard (805.485.4515)

Although the VC Library System does not prefer this, you can check out books from one library in the system and return them to another one. 

The following local libraries in Ventura County and nearby areas are run by local municipalities and thus are not part of the Ventura County Library System. You can check out books at these other libraries but will need separate library cards at them.

Golf N' Stuff Ventura

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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

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 golfnstuff.com/ventura/coupons.html.

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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 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.

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 www.santasu.com.

We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym in Simi Valley

We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym at 2888-B Cochran St, Simi Valley opened to the public in July 2015. Open 7 days a week, 9am to 7pm for open play, birthday parties, break time, camps 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 www.werockthespectrumsimivalley.com or call 805.387.6444. Also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/werockthespectrumsimivalley.

Tomol Interpretative Play Area at Carpinteria State Beach

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Located at 390 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria, at the northern corner of Carpinteria State Beach Park, the Tomol Interpretive Play Area opened in 2011 through the cooperative efforts of California State Parks, the Morning Rotary Club of Carpinteria, and the City of Carpinteria.

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The play area, universally accessible by all visitors, features a Chumash Indian village with slides, cave, sandstone boulders, a "tomol" plank boat, rainbow bridge and other play structures. Definitely something to stop by and check out with your little ones when you are in the area.

The interpretive play area was awarded the Universal Access Award by California State Parks for “outstanding achievement in increasing universal access” by all visitors regardless of physical limitations.  www.carpinteriachamber.org/carpinteria-parks

Pacific Youth Football League

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The Pacific Youth Football League was established in 1993 to serve youth football players between the ages of 6 and 14 in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Northern Los Angeles Counties. The league strives to give these youth the opportunity to play football and cheer in a controlled environment with an emphasis on safety, technique, sportsmanship and teamwork.

Local teams in the Ventura County and adjacent areas include:

Learn more about the league at www.pacificyouthfootballleague.com.

Gold Coast Youth Football League

Gold Coast Youth Football League

The Gold Coast Youth Football League is a Tackle league for players age 6-14 years old in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Local chapters in the Ventura County and adjacent areas include:

More information at www.gcyfl.com.

Over 4 Dozen Community Parks in the Conejo Valley

The Conejo Recreation and Park District maintains over 4 dozen parks in the Conejo Valley. These parks contain over 20 tennis courts, close to 30 basketball courts, dozens of softball/soccer fields, nearly 150 swing sets, around 100 slides, dozens and dozens of play structures and jungle gym equipment and countless other fun things for the kids.

CRPD maintains a map of parks and facilities it maintains at www.crpd.org/parkfac/parklisting1.asp. Some additional

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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

Marina Park in Ventura

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Marina Park is located at the south end of Pierpont Boulevard in Ventura (near the intersection of Pierpont and Coral Street). It is a 15 acre park that has over a third of a mile of oceanfront adjacent to Ventura Harbor, giving it plenty of beachfront, flat sand to play in.

There is also a kids play area (geared toward younger kids), a ship called "San Salvador" to play in with the popular zip line, plenty of grass, restrooms and more. There is also a water taxi and a fishing dock. Fun destination park in the Ventura Keys. We never go wrong bringing the kids here. More info at www.cityofventura.net/parks.

Newer pirate-themed play area at Marina Park (re-done in 2012).

Newer pirate-themed play area at Marina Park (re-done in 2012).

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Nice, protected beachfront area at Marina Park

Nice, protected beachfront area at Marina Park

The popular San Salavdor at Marina Park

The popular San Salavdor at Marina Park

And the always popular zip line attached to the San Salvador.

And the always popular zip line attached to the San Salvador.

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.

Kids' Adventure Garden in Thousand Oaks

The Kids' Adventure Garden (KAG) at the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is open every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The KAG provides an exciting place for children to learn about nature and gardening.  The garden features a tree house, zoo garden, hydroponic pod and much more.  Free. Enter at 350 W. Gainsborough Rd. at Jeanine Drive between Lynn Road and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks.

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We've been to the KAG numerous times when the kids were younger; they loved running around the place and exploring around the nearby trails and stream.  Not to mention, the kid-friendly Conejo Community Park is nearby.

The KAG is only open on Sundays, 11 am to 3 pm. (UPDATE: In 2015, also open on Saturdays during the months of June through August.) Visit www.conejogarden.org/KidsGarden for more information and pictures.

KAG is also available for birthday parties on Saturdays for a donation.  Call 818.889.0560 for more information.