Kids' Activities, Sports and Fun Things to Do in Ventura County!
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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).
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.
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.
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.
Dos Vientos Neighborhood Park is a 5 acre park located at the corner of Lynn Road and Via Andrea in Newbury Park, across the street from Rocking K Horse Rentals. This is a a low-key neighborhood park with some, but not a lot, of parking available along Via Andrea. It has a large grassy area, sand volleyball court, playground area, basketball court, 4 picnic tables and BBQ grills and a small restroom (which these smaller parks don't always have). More information at the Conejo Recreation and Park District website at www.crpd.org/parkfac/parks/dosvientosneighborhood.asp.
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/pw/parks.
The newest park in the Conejo Valley as of January 2013 is the Del Prado Playfield, located on Calle del Prado between Via Rio and Via Las Brisas in the Dos Vientos section of Newbury Park. This is 26 acre park has a nice variety of things to do, including a unique playground area, 3 lighted softball fields with plenty of soccer space, basketball court, tennis court, two pickleball courts, plenty of walkways, restroom and over 100 parking spots! Visit the Conejo Recreation and Park District website at www.crpd.org/parkfac/parklisting.asp for more information.
Oak Canyon Community Park is located at 5600 Hollytree Drive in Oak Park at Kanan. This is a nicely appointed park with a childrens' splash pad, playgrounds, lagoon/pond with ducks, dog park and plenty of open space. The splash pad is definitely a highlight of this park as it looks quite refreshing!
More information on the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District website at www.rsrpd.org/park/oakcanyoncommunitypark/oakcanyoncommunitypark.html.
The Oak Park Dog Park at Oak Canyon Community Park opened in May 2010. It is open from 7am to dusk every day (closed 7am to 10am for maintenance on Fridays). For more information, visit www.rsrpd.org/park/oakcanyondogpark/ocdp.html
The 7 acre Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas was acquired in 1993 and includes picnic areas with barbeques, fitness course, children's play area, basketball court, tennis courts, and open grass area. The park is north of the 101 freeway and east of Las Virgenes, about 12 miles from Thousand Oaks city central.
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 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.
We visited the park on Friday, January 1, 2010 and the kids had a blast. There is a HUGE play area for 5 to 12 year olds with many unique features I haven't seen in other parks, such as a unique roller-driven slide and a large "swaying" ship that we spent about half an hour on. There is a separate play area for younger children. My 4 year old was completely entranced with the play area and didn't want to leave. 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!
Located at 3700 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley, Rancho Tapo Community Park is hidden away north of the 118 freeway between Sequoia Avenue and Tapo Canyon Road. While not a huge park by most standards, it is a nicely balanced park with something for everyone, including several play areas, splash pad, covered area for gatherings, nicely appointed fitness circut area, playfields, basketball and a peaceful Veterans' Plaza with pond in memory those who have served. Best of all, this is a very flat park with a nice, 1/2 mile walking path that the kids enjoy riding their scooters on. We like this park! Visit www.rsrpd.org/park/rtcp/rtcp.html for more information.
Indian Springs Park, located at the corner of Rockfield Street and Hawthorne Drive in Oak Park, is a nice sized, flat residential park with a number of amenities. The park has 2 playgrounds (bigger kids and little kids), tennis courts, basefall fields, basketball court, restrooms and more. Visit www.rsrpd.org/park/indianspringspark/indianspringspark.html or call 805.584.4400 for more information.
Rancho Simi Community Park, located at 1765 Royal Avenue, is one of the largest parks in the area at over 33 acres. It has 2 playgrounds, 8 tennis courts, basketball, pool, horseshoe pits, a lagoon with ducks and plenty more. In recent years it has been home home of the annual Simi Valley Days event. Visit www.rsrpd.org/park/rscp/rscp.html or call 805.584.4400 for more information.
Reyes Adobe Park is located at 31400 Rainbow Crest Drive in Agoura Hills, adjacent to the Reyes Adobe Historical Site. It is a decent sized community park with plenty of shade trees, restrooms and a nice playground area as you can see in the video below. The annual Reyes Adobe Days event is staged here at the park too.
Sumac Park is located at 6000 Calmfield Avenue in Agoura Hills. It is a small neighborhood park that was recently (summer 2010) upgraded with a nice, new play structure. There is a handful of parking spots and plenty of street parking, restrooms (these are pretty old style but functional) and a nice, flat grassy area. More information at www.ci.agoura-hills.ca.us/index.aspx?page=64.