Kids Events at The Oaks Mall

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The Oaks Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. We've teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. All Kids Club events will take place in the JCPenney courtyard area at 10AM unless otherwise stated.

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Future events on the following dates in 2016:

February 4, 2016 - Valentine's Photo Booth & Crafts

Let your friends and family know how sweet your child thinks they are expressing their love on Valentine's Day!  We will have a photo booth ready to take your child's pictures then art and crafts photo frames for the final touch.  Let the children's imagination create a heartfelt gift.

Upcoming dates: Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 2, Jul 7,  Aug 4, Sep 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1

Visit www.shoptheoaksmall.com or call 805.495.2032 for details. The Oaks is located at 350 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Ventura

Sky Zone Trampoline Park opened at 2825 Johnson Drive, Ventura in mid-January 2016. Sky Zone offers wall to wall trampolines with open jump sessions, "SkySlam" court, SkyRobics fitness classes, dodgeball, and more. Learn more at www.skyzone.com/ventura or call 805.804.9555.

Stevenson Riding School in Malibu

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Stevenson Riding School offers instruction in English riding and horsecare and teaches all levels and all ages. Certified to teach by the American Riding Instructor Association and the British Horse Society. Learn at your own pace with a patient, fun instructor. Group or private lessons available.

Other offerings: Dressage Freestyle Music Composition, Music for Equine Media such as stallion ads, barn websites and horse shows. More information at www.stevensonridingschool.com or call 818.519.3765.

Stevenson Riding School is located at White Cloud Ranch, 400 Kanan Dume Road, Malibu.

Kids Fun Zone and Outdoor Play Area at Janss Marketplace

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The Kids Fun Zone craft events meets the last Saturday of every month from noon to 3 p.m. at Janss Marketplace held near Toys R Us.

Sign up for the free club membership at any upcoming Kids Fun Zone event or at www.janssmarketplace.net/kids-fun-zone to receive information on the monthly events which feature seasonal themed crafts and activities.  Members also receive a birthday gift and special merchant discounts. 

Members receive advance notice of monthly Kids Fun Zone activities, center wide family events, merchant discounts plus celebration of each child’s birthday with a gift from Janss Marketplace. Scooter, the lovable Kids Fun Zone Mascot, will host Kids Fun Zone events on February 27, September 24 and December 31.

Each month’s Kids Fun Zone features a seasonal craft activity. In January, children will get free
supplies to color and decorate a 2016 calendar.

Mark your calendars for upcoming 2016 Kids Club Zone Events: 1/30, 2/27, 3/26, 4/30, 5/28, 6/25, 7/30, 8/27, 9/24, 10/29, 11/26, 12/31

For more information about the Kids Fun Zone and other community activities at Janss Marketplace, call 818.710.6100 or visit www.janssmarketplace.net.

In addition to the monthly Kids Fun Zone, Janss Marketplace has a small outdoor play area geared towards younger kids in front of the Old Navy store as well as an interactive water fountain area that is particularly fun for the kids in the warmer months of the year.

Studio 17 Art Classes in Newbury Park

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Located in Newbury Park, Studio 17 provides art instruction to children and adults with special needs. Local artist Mary Abraham opened the studio and is an educator, artist and parent of a child with autism; she brings a special understanding of how to teach the arts to students with special needs. Classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm. For more information, visit studio17atruby.weebly.com or call 805.480.0440.

Brandon's Buddies Free Kids Club in Calabasas

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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 www.kenproject.com or call 818.222.8118.  Or visit the KEN Project calendar at www.kenproject.com/calendarofactivities.html

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 1/10/16):  2/6, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7, 6/4, 7/9, 8/6, 9/10, 10/1, 11/5, 12/3

Gull Wings Children's Museum - Oxnard (Closed)

NEWS: Gull Wings closed its Oxnard location on January 10, 2016 to focus on procuring a new location.

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Gull Wings Children's Museum opened in 1988 and has dozens of fun, interactive, educational exhibits geared towards ages 2 to 12. There is a tidepool, fire engine, emergency room, ambulance, space station, astronaut room, live animals, mineral/fossil room, camp-out area, an actual car, toddler area, western area, recording room, reading room and the list goes on!

Gull Wings was located at 418 W. Fourth Street, Oxnard.  For more information on future plans for the museum and how to help visit www.gullwings.org or call 805.483.3005.

Kids World Indoor Playground in Oak Park

Kids World Indoor Playground is now the name of what used to be Bright Child, which closed its doors on 1/20/14.  The newly remodeled indoor playground has a large climbing structure with tunnels and other obstacles, projectile foam ball missiles, slides, a separate toddler structure, indoor basketball rooms, arcade and more, along with an eatery.

General admission (as of January 2016) is $10 for ages 2 to 16 for the first child and $8 for additional siblings on weekdays only (holidays excluded). Toddlers 13-23 months are $5 and 12 months and under are free. Discount passes for muliple visits and membership packages for unlimited play are available.

Kids World is located at 618 Lindero Canyon Road, Oak Park (southeast corner of Lindero and Kanan). Call 818.338.8888 or visit kidsworldla.com for more information Also visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kidsworldla for updates.

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Pacific View Mall Kids Club in Ventura

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The Pacific View Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. The Mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Kids Club takes place every third Saturday of the month from 3-4pm in the Center Court of Pacific View Mall, 3301 E Main Street, Ventura.

Upcoming Dates in 2016: 1/16, 2/20, 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/17.

www.shoppacificview.com

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. 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. 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.

Seaside Steamer Train Rides For Kids at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard

The Seaside Steamer at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard offers trackless trains rides around The Collection for $3 per rider. The train is open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sundays. Boarding is on Park View Court.

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The Clubhouse Fun Zone in Ventura

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The Clubhouse Fun Zone is located at 4535 McGrath Street, Unit B in Ventura. 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 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, an 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 December 2015. Sibling and military discounts available. Open 10am to 4pm Mon-Fri (available for private parties on weekends). For more information, visit www.theclubhousefunzone.com or call 805.639.0414.

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Paintball USA in Oxnard

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Paintball USA is located in Oxnard at 5011 West Gonzales Road.  Paintball USA offers Co2, compressed air, paintballs, markers (guns), and safety equipment on eight different fields. 

Designed for all levels of players, from beginners to advanced. Professional staff briefs all players on paintball games and safety. Air guns, camouflage outfits, paintballs and safety headgear are available for rent and for purchase.

Open weekends from 9am to 4pm. Airsoft and Splatmaster parties are offered.

For more information, visit www.paintballusa.org or call 805.585.2227.

Ventura Harbor Village Carousel and Arcade

Retro look and feel at the Ventura Village Carousel

Retro look and feel at the Ventura Village Carousel

The Ventura Village Carousel and Arcade at Ventura Harbor Village makes for quite an entertaining time and a great place for celebrating a birthday - a 2 hour private party room rental with hot dogs, soda, 36 horse carousel and arcade access. Learn more at venturaharbor.com/directory/village-carousel.

Or just stop by Ventura Harbor Village with the kids, try The Parlor (805.658.2837) for burgers, hot dogs and delicious onion rings, grab an ice cream at Coastal Cone, check out the boats, try a whale watching expedition, etc.

Ventura Harbor Village is at 1567 Spinaker Drive, Ventura.  Call 805.644.3234 for the Carousel/Arcade.  Visit www.venturaharborvillage.com for more information

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.

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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 $2.50 (as of Fall 2015) 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.

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Gates Canyon Park / Brandon's Village - Calabasas

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The 7 acre Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas includes picnic areas with barbeques, fitness course, children's play area, basketball court, tennis courts and plenty of open grass area.  The park is north of the 101 freeway and east of Las Virgenes.

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Designed by Shane’s Inspiration, a non-profit organization that designs and builds universally accessible playgrounds, and opened in October 2006, Brandon’s Village features playground equipment that is over 70% independently playable for children with disabilities and also provides meaningful and stimulating play opportunities for able-bodied children.

Gates Canyon Park / Brandon's Village is located at 25801 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Calabasas. Call 818.880.6461 or visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/vtour/parks-recreation/gates-canyon.html for more information.

There is a huge play area for 5 to 12 year olds with many unique features not seen in other parks, such as a unique roller-driven slide and a large "swaying" ship. There is also a separate play area for younger children. The video below doesn't quite do the place justice but will give you some feel for how cool Brandon's Village is.  This is a "must visit" place in my opinion if you live in the area with kids!

Water Wings Swim School in Agoura Hills

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.

For more information, visit www.waterwingsswimschool.com or visit the Water Wings Agoura Hills Facebook page at www.facebook.com/waterwingsah

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