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Young at Art Studios in Simi Valley

young at art studiosArt classes, workshops, summer programs, birthday parties and camps for kids and adults.  Young at Art has been in operation since 1992. 

Located at 1633 Erringer Road, Suite 201B, Simi Valley at 805.579.7076. Visit www.youngatartstudios.com for more information.


101 Warriors Pop Warner Football and Cheer in the Conejo Valley

101 Warriors Football and Cheer is open to residents of the Conejo Valley area ages 5 to 15. The club is a member of the Los Angeles County Pop Warner Conference. Certified coaches & state of the art uniforms. Learn more and register at 101warriors.org.


Children's Storytimes at Local Ventura County Area Barnes & Noble Locations

Barnes & Noble bookstores offer up some great storytimes for kids at designated times. Below is information about local B&N stores in Ventura County and nearby areas.

Children's Storytime in the Childrens' Department of Barnes & Noble at The Promenade at 160 S Westlake Boulevard, Thousand Oaks on Saturday mornings at 11am and certain other days and time frames. For more information and upcoming events, call 805.446.2820 or visit store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2751.

Children's Storytime at The Commons at Calabasas location, 4735 Commons Way, is on certain Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m. and periodically Toddler Storytimes are on Thursday mornings at 10am. For more information and upcoming events, call 818.222.0542 or visit store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2054.

Children's Storytimes at the Ventura Gateway, 4820 Telephone Road, Barnes & Noble location vary from some Friday night storytimes at 7pm (geared towards ages 2 to 8), Saturday morning storytimes at 11am and Tuesday morning Toddler Storytimes at 9:30am, but do check first as dates/times can vary! For more information and upcoming events, call 805.339.0990 or visit store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2054.

For other locations and information, visit www.barnesandnoble.com.


California 101s Youth Sports Organization in Ventura County

Based in Ventura County, the California 101s Youth Sports Organization (“The 101s”) specializes in high school and college preparation, providing youth athletes with high school/college-like structure through sports and academics and a foundation for success.

The 101s have opportunities for every age and skill level. With certification from high school coaches of the Marmonte League, the 101s is a true high school preparatory program. Be a part of a unique, professional and structured program. Tryouts are in June. Visit www.california101syso.org.

8U ELITE - Must sign-up for a private tryout: Then asked to attend a group tryout by invitation only.

9U Local - All welcome to tryout.

10U ELITE - Must sign-up for a private tryout: Then asked to attend a group tryout by invitation only.

11U - Local - All welcome to tryout.

12U - Local - All welcome to tryout.

13/14U ELITE (60X90 Team) - Must sign-up for a private tryout: Then asked to attend a group tryout by invitation only.


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) 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

Each activity is priced separately. Mini golf as of April 2014 costs $8.75. You can also purchase a 2 hour unlimited use wristband on weekends for $25.00 (as of April 2014) 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.

Wow, talk about a fun venue for a kid's birthday party! Prices range from $12.75 to $21 per person (pricing current as of April 2014) for Ameci's pizza, cake, access to the rides, etc. Our small boys both love Golf N' Stuff.racecar.jpg

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.


AYSO Region 42 (Newbury Park)

American Youth Soccer Organization Region 42 in Newbury Park is for kids ages 4 and older as of July 31st of each year.  Region 42 plays at Peppertree Park and Dos Vientos Community Park.  Season runs from September through November of each year.  More information at www.aysoregion42.org.

Most Region 42 games are played at Peppertree Park in Newbury Park. Here's a view of the game from Rabbit Hill across Reino Road on a Saturday morning.


ROCKiT Dance Studio in Westlake Village

ROCKIT is a state of the art studio, located at 31320 Via Colinas, Westlake Village in a beautiful music and dance professional teaching complex. ROCKIT specializes in "High Energy" dance classes, aimed to provide a FUN workout for children and teens - using their favorite dance styles and popular up-to-date music. Classes available for ages 2 and up. Visit www.thousandoaksdance.com or call 805.277.8171 for more information.


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Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena

Kidspace Children's Museum is an interactive, must see children's museum next to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, located on 4 acres inside Brookside Park (480 N. Arroyo Boulevard).

Kidspace has over 25 interactive exhibits, in addition to gardens, arroyo streams, and frequent daily/weekly activities. Designed for kids between 12 months and 12 years old, Kidspace provides children the opportunity to explore the physical, natural and environmental sciences while having a lot of fun. While at Kidspace they can dig for fossils, climb 40 foot towers, see a real bee hive, or even start an earthquake.

Visit www.kidspacemuseum.org or call 626.449.9144 for more information. During the months of September through May, the museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30am to 5pm and weekends 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays. During the months of June, July and August the museum is also open on Mondays 9:30am to 5pm.

Closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and usually on days UCLA plays football at the Rose Bowl. Admission is $11 per person (including kids) as of February 2014. Children under age 1 are free.

Free Family Night is the first Tuesday of each month from 4pm to 8pm. There is no Free Family Night in the month of September.

Free Family Night is the FIRST Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no Family Free Night in September. Also note, - See more at: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/about/frequently-asked-questions#sthash.QyP9gfOr.dpuf
Free Family Night is the FIRST Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no Family Free Night in September. Also note, - See more at: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/about/frequently-asked-questions#sthash.QyP9gfOr.dpuf
Free Family Night is the FIRST Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no Family Free Night in September. Also note, - See more at: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/about/frequently-asked-questions#sthash.QyP9gfOr.dpuf
Free Family Night is the FIRST Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no Family Free Night in September. Also note, - See more at: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/about/frequently-asked-questions#sthash.QyP9gfOr.dpuf
Free Family Night is the FIRST Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There is no Family Free Night in September. Also note, - See more at: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/about/frequently-asked-questions#sthash.QyP9gfOr.dpuf

While making the trek to Pasadena with 2 young kids can be a haul, it is definitely worth it. There are so many things to see and do both inside the museum and in the large outdoor area, your kids will have fun for several hours...climbing, crawling, playing, feeling, discovering, tinkering, etc. The cafeteria has a decent selection of food too and the museum store has a large assortment of neat learning items. And on your way back home in Ventura County, stop by Griffith Park for some kiddie train rides!


CPKids Birthday Bash at California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen offers up a great birthday party for kids ages 4 to 10. The CPKids Birthday Bash includes:

  • Meal and dessert from the CPKids menu
  • CPKids souvenir cup and free refills
  • "Adventures in Pizza" restaurant tour
  • Special CPKids chef jacket for the birthday kid
  • CPKids aprons available for extra charge
  • Free CPKids meal certificate good for each child's next visit
  • Birthday child eats free!

Fill out the form at www.cpk.com/company/cpkids for details.

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Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory in Thousand Oaks

Founded in 1994, Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory is for the student who values creative expression and supports the powerful idea of process over performance. The students are urged to act, not perform. Here we learn how to make theatre - a group activity, a team sport, a publicly shared into worthwhile material and into the self.

Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory is constructed so that children of grades 3-12 work together, as well as with their peers, providing a unique youth theater opportunity for all. Also provided is a Junior Conservatory for grades 1 and 2 held at a separate time.

Classes are held at 1408 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks.

More information at www.goldcoasttheatreconservatory.com or call 805.427.5314.


AYSO Region 363 - Moorpark

AYSO Region 4

American Youth Soccer Organization Region 363 covers Moorpark and is for children ages 4 to 18 as of 7/31 each year. Pre-Registration for the summer starts in April to mid-June. For more information, visit www.moorparkayso.org.


AYSO Region 242 - Fillmore

AYSO Region 4

American Youth Soccer Organization Region 242 serves Fillmore and is for children ages 4 to 18 as of 7/31 each year. Pre-Registration for the summer runs from March to June. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/AYSO-Fillmore-CA-Region-242/111091685642261.


Southern California Lacrosse Association - Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Agoura, Calabasas, Oak Park

Southern California Lacrosse Association locally includes teams from Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Oak Park for boys and girls in grades 3 through 12. Visit scla-online.clubsetup.com for more information.

Individual team websites are as follows:

Westlake Lacrosse Club www.westlakelaxclub.com

Newbury Park Prowlers Lacrosse Club www.nplax.com

Agoura Lacrosse www.agouralax.com

Thousand Oaks Knights Lacrosse www.thousandoakslacrosse.com

Simi Valley Lacrosse - The Storm www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/svlacrosse

Oak Park Eagles Lacross www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/?u=OAKPARKEAGLESLAXYOUTH&s=lacrosse&t=c

Calabasas Lacrosse www.calabasaslax.com


Dance-O-Plex in Westlake Village

Dance-O-Plex has three state-of-the-art dance studios at 3396 Willow Lane #100 in Westlake Village. A sampling of classes offered includes Zumba, yoga, hip hop, contemporary, jazz, street jazz, tap, ballet, Tumble & Toes (3-5 years), Mini Movers (2 years), Bollywood, belly dance, break dance and more. For more information, visit danceoplex.com or call 818.824.4777.


Links to Hundreds of Parks In and Around Ventura County

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Platinum Sports Center in Simi Valley

The 30,000 sq ft Platinum Sports Center facility at 160 W. Cochran Street in Simi Valley is a one stop location with elite level gymnastics equipment, indoor urban freerunning course, trampoline park, sports training and more. The facility also has a state of the art audio/visual system, pro shop, snack bar, viewing areas and free Wi-Fi. There's also Platinum Dance, Platinum Mixed Martial Arts, Platinum Urban and Platinum Fitness classes.

For more information, visit www.platinumsportscenterus.com or call 805.527.6662.


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 we also 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.



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.

Some observations below based on personal experiences:

Peppertree Playfields has multiple playing fields for soccer, baseball, etc. and is a popular spot for locl team sports.  It has 4 restrooms and is a nicely maintained park.  It has a decent sized play area and the smaller kids' play area was updated in the latter part of 2008).

Conejo Creek Park - North in Thousand Oaks behind the Thousand Oaks Library is easily my kids' favorite park.  It is large, has nicely appointed play areas, plenty of restrooms and parking and a large duck pond with a 720 foot creek joining them.  This park is officially known as "The Ducky Park" in our household.  The playground also has a NEOS, an interactive, electronic game with flashing lights, music and sound effects.

If you are a duck fan, Conejo Creek Park - North will not disappoint you. There are more Ducks per square foot here than the Anaheim Ducks locker room!

Borchard Community Park in Newbury Park (Reino Road and Borchard Road) is another large park with multiple playing fields, restrooms, separate play areas for older and younger kids that are quite interesting and nicely updated, tennis courts and a community center where hundreds and hundreds of CRPD classes are held each year.  This is truly a community park with a large diversity of activities taking place year-round.  Adjacent to Newbury Park High School.

Dos Vientos Community Park in Newbury Park (4801 Borchard Road) is also a large park that is relatively new, has multiple restrooms, numerous playing fields, separate play areas for large and small kids, a large, covered picnic table and BBQ area, lots of parking and is another active community hub with hundreds of CRPD classes taking place each year.

Thousand Oaks Community Park (2525 N. Moorpark Road) is a large park that holds numerous annual CRPD events (such as the extremely popular "Touch-a-Truck" event near Father's Day, Halloween events, etc.) and hundreds of CRPD community classes.  Nice playground there too.  Adjacent to Thousand Oaks High School.

Conejo Creek South Playfields in Thousand Oaks (1300 E. Janss) is primarily used for team/league sports, both day and night.  However, other events often take place there, such as Conejo Valley Days, Circus Vargas and various CRPD community events like an annual Easter egg hunt.

Conejo Community Park in Thousand Oaks (Dover and Hendrix) is a nicely sized park that is well known in the summer for the CRPD free summer concert series...that alone makes this one of my favorite parks as it is a perfect venue for outdoor summer concerts on the grass.  In November 2008 a brand new $550K play area was completed between the community center and the Botanic Garden.  It includes a rock and rope climbing area and a skateboard "simulator" for 5 to 12 year olds, along with a separate play area for the younger set.  

Rancho Conejo Playfields on North Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park has a large expanse of grass for soccer games and a baseball diamond.  There is a fun kids area there and 2 restrooms.  Parking lot is fairly small.  A fun place for the kids to run around.  Not a lot of fully grown trees at this park.

Old Meadows Park in Thousand Oaks (1600 Marview Drive) is hidden away off of Erbes Road in Thousand Oaks.  Kind of a quiet, low key, fairly undeveloped park that is geared towards the local neighborhood and younger children.

Banyan Park in Newbury Park (3571 Erinlea Ave) is a small neighborhood park with 2 restrooms, small covered picnic area and a kids playground area.

Lang Ranch Community Park at 3287 Lang Ranch Parkway, Thousand Oaks is about 10 acres (7 acres usable) with a large open space for baseball, soccer, etc., a nice playground, a basketball court, etc.  Right across the street from the Chumash Indian Museum and Oakbrook Regional Park.  Plenty of parking on the street.

Newbury Gateway Park in Newbury Park (2250 Michael Drive) is a small neighborhood park with no restrooms and a play area.  There really isn't any parking other than across the street at the shopping center.  Park at Lamppost Pizza, eat and burn some calories off afterwards.

Spring Meadow Park in Thousand Oaks (3282 Spring Meadow) is close to Cal Lutheran University and is a smaller neighborhood park with limited facilities.

Stagecoach Inn Park in Newbury Park (51 S. Ventu Park Road) is a relatively small park with no restrooms and a small kids play area.  It is adjacent to the Stagecoach Inn Museum and parking is fairly limited.

Waverly Park in Thousand Oaks (1300 Avenida de las Flores) is a fairly small, older park geared towards local residents.  If you like to run, this park is popular for the local cross country crowd (particularly TOHS).

Wildflower Playfield in Thousand Oaks is located on Avenida de los Arboles at Canna Street, west of Lynn Road.  It has 19 acres, tons of grassy area for soccer and baseball, a nice playground area, 4 tennis courts, a basketball court, restrooms and more. Some unique looking playground equipment at Wildflower (see below).

The newest park in the Conejo Valley as of January 2013 is the 26 acre Del Prado Playfield in the Dos Vientos section of Newbury Park. Click the link for more information.


Kidz Love Soccer Classes in Ventura County

Kidz Love Soccer provides fun, organized soccer classes and camps for children ages 2 - 12 years. We create a lively, positive and safe environment for kids to learn how to play soccer and develop a lifelong love for soccer and sports.

Kidz Love Soccer has a team of trained instructors that love teaching and bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the soccer field. Using our field-tested and age-appropriate proprietary curriculum, our youth classes teach kids all the fundamentals of soccer in a high-energy, non-competitive program designed to encourage good sportsmanship and a love for sports.

Kidz Love Soccer offers youth soccer classes and soccer camps in more than 130 locations throughout California, Oregon, and Washington, often through local city recreation and parks departments. Locally here in Ventura County Kids Love Soccer has a program in Simi Valley. Visit www.kidzlovesoccer.com for more information.