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.
Kids' Activities, Sports and Fun Things to Do in Ventura County!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The Clubhouse Fun Zone, located at 4535 McGrath Street, Unit B in Ventura, opened in October 2008. This indoor play facility appeals to both adults and children in that in addition to all of the play equipment, it offers three computer stations with free internet access, free WiFi, Sirius satellite radio, couches, chairs and a variety of reading material.
For the kids, there is a 24’ x 16’ tri-level clubhouse themed modular climbing structure featuring two large slides, a zig-zag step climb, teeter tunnel, snake pit and ball pit, a large collection of Children’s Factory soft play activity components, a 13’ x 13’ inflatable bouncer, Little Tikes play structures that create an imaginary town (including a café and gas station, school bus, fire truck, etc.), ride-on vehicles, train table, air hockey table and popular ride-on roller coasters. Recommended for kids 6 and under but all ages welcome.
The Clubhouse also offers a range of drinks and snacks that includes self-service gourmet coffee and tea as well as birthday party packages. The facility is open to the public Monday through Friday and weekends for private parties.
Admission $8 per kid as of January 2014. Sibling and military discounts available. For more information, visit www.theclubhousefunzone.com or call 805.639.0414.
From Conejo Joe: While I haven't had the opportunity to bring my little ones here, I have indeed visited Clubhouse Fun Zone and was impressed by the huge, nicely appointed warehouse space. The extra tall ceilings and wide open spaces give the kids tons of room to play. Parents were hanging out with laptops and books and...it actually felt kind of relaxing in there!
Conceived as a giving library, PJ Library is a family engagement program designed to strengthen the identities of Jewish families and their relationship to the Jewish community. We provide Jewish children, ages 6 months through 8 years old, a treasured, age-appropriate Jewish-themed book or CD FREE in the mail every month—that’s 12 packages each year. Along with the gift of children’s books and music, families receive a monthly e-newsletter and reading guides to enhance their PJ Library experience—all at no cost to the recipient.
This dynamic program has engaged more than 5,250 Jewish children in the 5 Valleys (Conejo, Antelope, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Simi) since launching in 2008 and 4,200 in the Greater Los Angeles Metro-City area since launching in 2010.
To sign up for PJ Library, visit our website at www.pjlibrary.org and enter your postal code to find your community. For more information, please contact Jessica at JJablon@JewishLA.org.
PJ Library in Los Angeles program is made possible by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, generous local donors and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
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 bikepath 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 www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/parksrec/parks/features/playgrounds/chase.asp.
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 antique carousel is a beautiful, elegant throwback to another era. The carousel is well maintained, plays fun music and is only $2 (as of 11/09) for a pretty darn long ride! See pictures and video below. The combination of Shipwreck Playground and the carousel makes this a can't miss Santa Barbara destination for they young set! Not to mention...the park is walking distance to Stearns Wharf, the beach, bike rentals, State Street, etc.
California Cartwheel Center, located at 1111 Rancho Conejo Boulevard, Suite 510 in Newbury Park, has offered gymnastics, tumbling and cheerleading training to toddlers through teens for over 25 years.
CCC offers classes, programs, events, camps, parties and more. For more information, visit www.californiacartwheelcenter.com or call 805.499.5228. Open Monday through Saturday, hours vary. On a personal note, our kids have thoroughly enjoyed the Kids Night Out events at CCC where they get to run around and enjoy the equipment and dine on pizza. A great, inexpensive option if you're looking to free yourself of your kids for a few hours on a Saturday night!
Sheldon's Art Academy is located at 626 Lindero Canyon Road in Oak Park (corner of Kanan and Lindero). Learn how to draw, paint, animate, landscape, sculpt, fashion design and more at this local art academy. Classes are for kids, teens, college students and adult. Learn from someone who has worked on TV, film, animation and commercials. Individual training!
Visit www.sheldonsartacademy.com or call 818.706.9444 for more information.
Ranking high up on the list of parks with COOL play areas around town is Alameda Park, located at the corner of Garden Street and E. Micheltorena Street in Santa Barbara. Alameda Park has an 8,000 sq ft mostly wooden play structure that was built by local residents. This is the most unique play structure of ANY park I'm aware of in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (though the newer play structure at Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas gives it a run for its money).
Your kids will fall in love with the nooks, crannies, steps, bridges and places to hide in this play structure. There are also swings and things to climb on. The park itself is 2 blocks long and one of the oldest parks in Santa Barbara. It is next door to the beautiful Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden. Plenty of grass, spectacular, large shade trees and much more make this a perfect picnic lunch stop when you're in town.
More information at www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/parksrec/parks/features/horticulture/alameda.asp.
Skateboard facilities can be found at Westpark Community Center (450 W. Harrison Avenue), Hobert Park (Telegraph Road between Petit and Cambria) and the campus of Pacific High School (Dean Drive and College). These facilities were designed for both the novice and advanced skater. Protective gear is required. These facilities are all free of charge and open from dawn to dusk. More information at www.cityofventura.net or by calling 805.654.4550.
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.
- Sequoia Boys & Girls Club at Sequoia Middle School 2855 Borchard Road, Newbury Park (805.375.5635)
- Redwood Boys & Girls Club at Redwood Middle School 233 Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks (818.674.9266)
- Marion & John E. Anderson Youth Center at Los Cerritos Middle School 1980 E. Avenida de las Flores, Thousand Oaks (805.493.2917)
- Cal and Marje Johnston Boys & Girls Club at Colina Middle School 1450 Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks (805.449.1309)
- Lindero Canyon Boys & Girls Club at Lindero Middle School, 5844 Larboard Lane, Agoura Hills (818.483.6303)
- Chaparral Boys & Girls Club at Chaparral Elementary School, 22601 Liberty Bell Road, Calabasas (818.224.3097)
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.
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 Dr. between Lynn Rd. and Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks.
I have been to the KAG with my 2 young boys numerous times and not only did they love running around the place, but we enjoyed a nice little hike around the various trails and stream adjacent to KAG. Not to mention, Conejo Community Park is just across the parking lot and across a short bridge away. Nice place to hang out with the kids every so often.
The KAG is only open on Sundays, 11 am to 3 pm. 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.
Pleasant Valley Fields, located at 100 Village at the Park Drive in Camarillo off the Dawson 101 exit is an expansive, flat 55 acre park, with 23 acres of grass fields, including 10 full-size soccer and softball fields. There are 3 restrooms, a small playground area geared towards 5 to 13 year olds and nearly 600 parking spots. The park opened in Spring 2010.
Located at 2326 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village, Boost Your Average (BYA) is a 15,000 sq ft indoor baseball and softball batting cage and multi sport training center. Each of BYA's nine lanes are equipped with state of the art pitching machines that pitch both baseballs and softballs in every lane. Four of the lanes are fully automatic token operated cages where the batter can select baseballs or softballs from within the lane.
There's also a 3,500 sq ft indoor open practice field, fully turfed for fielding drills. It is also equipped with baseball and softball pitching mounds, two tees and soft-toss nets.
Learn more at www.BoostYourAverage.com or call 805.370.1025.