Skatelab Museum and Skate Park - Simi Valley (CLOSED)


However, Skatelab founder/owner Scott Radinsky posted on 1/6/19 that a new Skatelab location will be coming soon. Check for updates at

The world's largest and best skateboard museum resides in Simi Valley at Skatelab.  There are over 5,000 vintage skateboards, scooters and skateboard memorabilia at this 20,000 square foot facility from the 1960s to present day.  The museum is open to the public seven days a week and is free.  You really have to see this in person to get the full effect. This is a downright AMAZING collection!

Hours as of January 2018 are 4-10PM Mon, 3-10PM Tue-Thu, 3PM-Midnight Fri, 10AM-10PM Sat and 10AM-7PM Sun. Visit or call 805.578.0040 for more information.


Read more about the world's largest skateboard collection on display at

Skatelab has a large indoor skate park that your kids will love.  It is located at 4226 Valley Fair Street, Simi Valley.  Visit or call 805.578.0040 for more information. They offer skateboarding classes on Saturdays and Sundays for beginners and novices too!

Rocking K Horse Rentals - Newbury Park (CLOSED)

Rocking K is no longer in operation as of around July 2019. A new operator is taking over and trail rides will be coming back in the October 2019 time frame. See for more information.

Rocking K Horse Rentals, open 7 days a week, is located at 4790 West Lynn Road in Newbury Park. Horses are available for rent, guided tours, birthday parties, summer camps and more. 

Minimum age requirement is 6. Minimum height requirement is 44 inches tall. Maximum weight is 260 lbs. All children under 16 are required to wear protective headgear. Helmets are provided but you may also bring your own.

Visit or call 805.499.9512 for more information.


The Woolworth Museum in Downtown Oxnard (CLOSED)


Although the vintage items in the Woolworth Museum still reside in the building as described below, the museum is generally not open to the public at this point.

What is believed to be the only Woolworth Museum in the world is located in the Woolworth Building (circa 1950) at 210 West Fourth Street, Oxnard (4th and A Streets). This small, unique museum contains all sorts of nostalgia associated with the F. W. Woolworth Company, one of the original "five and dime" stores. Woolworth closed its stores in 1997.

The Woolworth Building is a 16,800 square foot building completed in 1950 that was completely redeveloped in 2003. It is now occupied by office tenants.


Many of the old items in the museum exemplify what Woolworths used to sell. Other items relate directly to this building and the people who worked there, including two managers and a woman who worked here on the first day that the store opened in 1950. There are souvenirs from the Woolworth Building in New York, which was the tallest building in the world when completed in 1913.

There is a collection of books related to the Woolworth stores. There are several items from old lunch counters, including dishes and menus, as well as some items that relate directly to the pivotal civil rights sit-in that took place at a Woolworth lunch counter in 1960.

Photos of various Woolworth stores from 1878 through the 1960s are seen throughout the building. There is a working antique dial pay-phone, a take-your-own photo booth from the 1940s and games and vending machines from the 1930s through the 1960s.


There is a vintage cash register, like those found in most stores in the 60's and 70's, displayed so visitors can push down "No Sale" so that the cash-drawer pops open with the familiar ch-ching, bell ringing and all, and the wooden drawer can be examined and closed.

Also seen is a 1959 Cavalier 96 Coke machine, which dispenses ice cold vintage coke a not quite as vintage price of $1.25.

So stop by sometime! Just walk in. No attendants and no entrance fees. The museum is typically open from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday.

For more information and pictures, visit (not functional as of 8/6/18).

Throwback time seen in the men's room

Throwback time seen in the men's room

Trout Dale in Agoura (Local Fishing Fun!) (CLOSED)

Trout Dale appears to be closed but perhaps they may re-open again at some point. (818) 889-9993


Try your luck at local fishing at Troutdale, 2468 Troutdale Drive, Agoura, just off Kanan Road before Triunfo Canyon.  Troutdale has been around for 40 years and has two ponds nicely stocked with fish.

For $7 per person (as of June 2016; pricing hasn't changed for years), you get a bamboo fishing pole, corn bait and bucket.  For another $5 you can buy worm bait, which we did. Admission is applicable whether or not you fish there.

My boys loved it there, though for the wrong reasons...they quickly lost interest in fishing as they were fascinated by the worms (which we subsequently brought home and now reside in our lawn).

If you catch a fish, you can't throw it back in the pond. Fish prices range from $6 for a 10 inch fish to $11 for fish 15+ inches. Cleaning available for $1.50 per fish. $20 penalty for throwing a fish back in the pond.

Hours (as of June 2016) are 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 7pm Saturday/Sunday. Open on all school holidays.

For more information and pictures, visit

Explorers' Emporium in Simi Valley (CLOSED)

Update 11/3/17: Owners announced via Facebook that they will be moving out of state 1/1/18 but that their online store will remain open.

Explorers' Emporium in Simi Valley offers a large assortment of items for creative types in Ventura County and beyond. One of the most unique stores in the local area, there's an entire section containing replicas of dinosaur teeth, shark teeth and other items. There is a huge assortment of archery supplies, Dungeons & Dragons gaming, crafts, steampunk, Renaissance Faire costumes, science projects, board games and much more.

Located in the Stone Gate Shopping Center at 5766 E. Los Angeles Avenue (at Yosemite). Explorers' Emporium opened in Summer 2015 but its owners have been providing creative, science and learning programs to the local community for over 25 years.

Emplorers' Emporium offers a variety of programs, both on-site and at local schools and organizations, including fossil/dinosaur programs, archaic man programs, Dungeon and Dragons encounters, science/nature workshops, Magic: the Gathering sessions, Tandy leather classes, miniature/figurine painting, music, gaming and more. Visit for details.

Learn more at or call 805.791.3002.

Dinosaur tooth and claw replicas...I bought a T rex tooth!

Dinosaur tooth and claw replicas...I bought a T rex tooth!

Pinot's Palette - Westlake Village (CLOSED)


Pinot's Palette - Westlake Village is located at 2879 Agoura Road (at Village Glen). It opened in May 2015. Sign up and enjoy an evening of fun, friends and fine art. Pinot's Palette supplies the canvas, paint, brushes and instruction along with a bar stocked with beer and wine for purchase.

Local artists  will guide you step-by-step through a featured painting. At the end of the night...leave with your own masterpiece!

Learn more at or call 805.379.9963.

Patriot Airsoft in Newbury Park (Closed)


Patriot Airsoft was a 12,000 sq ft indoor airsoft field located at 1260 Rancho Conejo Blvd, #1 in Newbury Park. IT CLOSED IN EARLY 2016

Visit or "like" Patriot's Facebook page.

Airsoft involves shooting round, plastic BBs from replica firearms. Games last from 6-15 minutes each and people can join at any time during the day.  There are referees on the field who orchestrate the games and ensure all players' safety.

Players are welcome to come in and learn about the sport, take a tour, listen to a safety briefing and then begin playing!  Anyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a full fask mask, which can be brought or rented there.  Players can bring their own guns, that will be chronographed to determine that they are within the 350 fps (feet per second) limit of our indoor field. 


Jim Hall Kart Racing School in Ventura (CLOSED)

Jim Hall Kart Racing School closed operations effective March 31, 2019 as a result of losing their lease. :(

Jim Hall Kart Racing School

Jim Hall Kart Racing School was established in 1982 by world kart champion Jim Hall II and is the longest-running and most recognized karting school in the country.  There are half day, full day and multi-day classes and programs.  There are also parent/child classes for kids ages 10 to 14.

Located at Seaside Park at 2600 Challenger Place, Oxnard.  Visit or call 805.654.1329 for more information.

Pierce College Farm Center in Woodland Hills (CLOSED)


Pierce College Farm Center at 20800 Victory Blvd. in Woodland Hills has a beautiful farm and agriculturally themed birthday party setting with animals, pony rides, farm activities, a 50 foot inflatable jumping pillow, hayrides, cow trains, mechanical rides and more along with a covered eating area. 

Farm Market open daily from 10am to 6pm. Farm Center Activity Area open 10 AM - 4 PM Saturday - Sunday beginning April 1st each year.

Onsite birthday coordinator provided for the 2 1/2 hour party. For more information please call Katherine at 818 999-6300 xt. 21 Or for more information go to