Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum at Camarillo Airport

Located at the Camarillo Airport at 455 Aviation Drive, the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force has hangars devoted to preserving, maintaining, displaying, and flying World War II aircraft.

The Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Aviation Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Mondays noon to 4pm. Closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Donations of $10 for adults, $5 for ages 10 to 18, $3 for ages 6 to 10 are requested. Kids under 6 and active military are free. Visit www.cafsocal.com or call 805.482.0064 for more information.

You can rent out the hangar for events! Visit hangarevents.com for more information.

Also, take a vintage WWII airplane ride on a PT-19 Cornell open cockpit aircraft or aSNJ-5/AT-6 "Texan" aircraft! Get a 20 minute ride on the Ventura County coastline or along the mountains for only $250 (PT-19) or $395 (SNJ-5)! Or try the P-51 Mustang Warbird for $1,495! What a thrill! Visit www.cafsocal.com/rides for more information.

Docents are enjoyable to speak with as they have a lot of history to share at this museum. Two 15,000 sq ft hangars and a new (2016) 32,800 sq. ft. hangar complex serve as a Museum Hangar and a Maintenance and Restoration Hangar.

The Museum Hangar contains some of the many artifacts that are currently on display as well as a gift shop. It also houses any of the aircraft that are not away on a mission or undergoing maintenance.  For safety reasons the maintenance hangar is not available for a walk-through, however visitors can observe any work in progress from behind a safety perimeter.

There are a number of aircraft on display, including several you can physically inspect, which is always fun to do with the kids. There are some interesting WWII exhibits on hand too. 

 The only authentic Marine BPJ-1J variant of the famed Mitchell B-25 Bomber. It flew into Camarillo from Midland, TX in 1993 for a 20 year restoration project. It is now flight-ready!

The only authentic Marine BPJ-1J variant of the famed Mitchell B-25 Bomber. It flew into Camarillo from Midland, TX in 1993 for a 20 year restoration project. It is now flight-ready!

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 The Kakovlev Yak-3 is widely considered the lightest fighter aircraft between 1939 and 1945.

The Kakovlev Yak-3 is widely considered the lightest fighter aircraft between 1939 and 1945.

Marty's Hobbies in Thousand Oaks

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Marty's Hobbies is a family owned and operated hobby shop that has operated in the Conejo Valley since 1976. In 2018, the store relocated to a huge new location at 270 Conejo Ridge Avenue, Thousand Oaks

The new location has all the items it had at the previous location - plastic models, airplanes, slot racing cars, trains, toys and much more. 

The store has a huge RC Race Track, RC Crawler Course, Drone Course and Slot Car Track. You can access the tracks on an hourly, daily or monthly membership basis. 

Marty's also offers birthday parties now for both kids and adults. Parties include track time, expert staff time to train your attendees, party room use, karaoke machine, gaming system and more.

Visit www.martyshobbies.com or call 805.497.3664 for more information.

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Skatelab Museum and Skate Park - Simi Valley

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 www.skatelab.com or call 805.578.0040 for more information.

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Read more about the world's largest skateboard collection on display at www.skateboardman.com

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

MB2 Raceway - Indoor Go Kart Facility in Sylmar and Thousand Oaks

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MB2 Raceway opened a 60,000 square foot indoor kart racing facility at 1475 Lawrence Drive in Newbury Park in September 2008.

Established in 2006 in Sylmar, MB2 provides high performance indoor kart racing and related entertainment. MB2 fuses professionally designed ¼ mile road race circuits, high performance emissions free Italian (go) karts and a unique motor sports aesthetic theme, which together forms the successful consumer racing enterprise. MB2 regularly hosts professional drivers, leading action sports athletes, racing tournaments and private events.

The Newbury Park facility is really large and there's plenty of space to move around. Between races you can roam around, watch other racers, play pool, air hockey and arcade games or just hang out with your friends. Plenty of action and really lots of fun! Even if you're not really speedy in the karts, they are fun to try and the staff ensures that races are safe.

There are four rooms for birthday parties and corporate events. Several of the rooms are quite large.

MB2 is very popular for kids' parties. Kids need to be at least 48 inches tall to ride in the smaller kids' karts. My son had his 8th birthday party at MB2! A majority of the kids were trying it for the first time and they all had a blast.

Buy an Arrive & Drive single 14 lap race or an annual Track Pass membership that offers discounted race specials, free birthday racing and more.

For more information visit www.mb2raceway.com or call 805.214.9999. Open 7 days a week. Hours, directions and pricing at www.mb2raceway.com/Arrive-Drive.html.

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Disneyland Park in Anaheim

Everyone knows about Disneyland Park (originally called just Disneyland) in Anaheim, so here in this post we will summarize some key tidbits about this amusement park.

Disneyland Park and sister theme park Disneyland California Adventure together form Disneyland Resort, along with three hotels (Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel) and Downtown Disney, an outdoor shopping and restaurant area connecting the theme parks and hotels.

Disneyland Park Sections (or "Lands")

Disneyland is divided into the following "lands," or themed sections: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Frontierland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown and Tomorrowland.  Ground breaking for a new section, "Star Wars Land," began in April 2016. Star Wars Land will encompass 14 acres when completed at a future date.

The eight existing lands occupy 85 acres. The original lands when Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955 were Main Street U.S.A, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Later on came New Orleans Square (1966), Bear Country (later changed to Critter Country) in 1972 and Mickey's Toontown in 1993.

The "lost" land is Holidayland, which opened in 1957, a 9 acre area with a circus and baseball diamond, that closed in 1961. (Good to know this, trivia buffs!)

Disneyland Park Attractions by Land

Visit touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/closures for updates on rides that are closed for renovation.

Main Street U.S.A: The Disney Gallery, The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Main Street Cinema and Main Street Vehicles (turn of the 20th century vehicles)

Adventureland: Enchanted Tiki Room, Indiana Jones Adventure, Jungle Cruise, Tarzan's Treehouse

Critter Country: Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Splash Mountain (NOTE: As of October 2016, all attractions closed for refurbishment)

Frontierland: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Frontierland Shootin' Expedition, Mark Twain Riverboat, Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, Sailing Ship Columbia

Fantasyland: Alice in Wonderland, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, King Arthur Carrousel (yes, it is spelled with two r's), Mad Tea Party, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Peter Pan's Flight, Pinocchio's Daring Journey, Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough, Snow White's Scary Adventures, Storybook Land Canal Boats, it's a small world

Mickey's Toontown: Chip 'n Dale Treehouse, Donald's Boat, Gadget's Go Coaster, Goofy's Playhouse, Mickey's House and Meet Mickey, Minnie's House, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

New Orleans Square: Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean

Tomorrowland: Astro Orbitor, Autopia, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Disneyland Monorail, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

Various Areas: Disneyland Railroad (closed for refurbishment; to re-open Summer 2017)

Character Experiences and Live Entertainment

There are various opportunities to meet Disney characters throughout the park. Visit disneyland.disney.go.com/entertainment/#/character-experiences for details. And for live entertainment opportunities, visit disneyland.disney.go.com/entertainment.

Pricing

Retail pricing is as follows as of mid-November 2016 and of course is subject to change for 

  • 1-Day, 1 Park: Varies from $95 (Value) to $105 (Regular) to $119 (Peak) (For Ages 10+; Ages 3 to 9 are about $6 less per ticket)
  • 2-Day, 1 Park Per Day: $195 or Park Hopper $235
  • 3-Day, 1 Park Per day: $255 or Park Hopper $295
  • 4-Day, 1 Park Per Day: $280 or Park Hopper $320
  • 5-Day, 1 Park Per Day: $295 or Park Hopper $335
  • Annual Passports: There are 5 to choose from and they vary from $329 to $1,049 per year. The $1,049 Disney Signature Plus Passport gets you in to both park every day of the year.
  • One Day Parking: $18

Learn more at disneyland.disney.go.com.

Cory Kruseman's Sprint Car and Midget Driving School in Ventura

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Cory Kruseman's Sprint Car and Midget Driving School at Seaside Park in Ventura (Ventura County Fairgrounds) give Fans and Race Car Driver some safe seat time and instruction in a Sprint Car or Ford. Their team takes pride in teaching each student how to safely operate these race cars, from teaching you to dress in safety equipment to taking the checkered flag.

Cory is a professional race car driver and knows quality equipment is what makes a winning formula and provides the most up to date race cars at the school.

Visit www.Kruseman.com or call 805.649.1243 for more information.

Ventura Boat Rentals at Ventura Harbor Village

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Ventura Boat Rentals, located at Ventura Harbor Village at 1575 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura rents out electric boats, paddle boats, kayaks, power boats, surf bikes. jet skis and sail boats to the general public.  They also offer narrated harbor tours on weekends and select holidays, public dinner cruises, sunset cocktail cruises, private charters, private parties and public holiday tours. 

Visit www.venturaboatrentals.com or call 805.642.7753 for more information.

 We enjoy exploring the Ventura Harbor, thanks to Ventura Boat Rentals.  Lots of small crabs hang out in these rocks.

We enjoy exploring the Ventura Harbor, thanks to Ventura Boat Rentals.  Lots of small crabs hang out in these rocks.

Jim Hall Kart Racing School in Ventura

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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 www.jimhallkartracing.com or call 805.654.1329 for more information.

Ventura County Derby Darlins

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Formed in early 2007, the Ventura County Derby Darlins is a dedicated, passionate group of women committed to the support and growth of all female, flat track roller derby.

The Derby Darlins is a not-for-profit organization, and much of the money made goes to local community charities. In fact, each skater must pay league dues in order to train and skate with VCDD.

Every hit, every injury, and every lap is real. We invite you to come out to our next event and take a seat in the front row to see the damage up close and personal. (Don’t mind the DANGER disclaimer court side!)

If you like what you see and can’t get enough VCDD, we are always looking for new players, referees, volunteers and guest coaches. Roller Derby is an awesome way to get fit, get out some of your aggressions and meet some truly amazing people. 

If you’re just in the mood to watch some amped up, jaw dropping action, the Darlins can never have too many awesome dedicated FANS!

For more information, visit www.vcderby.com. The Darlins practice at Freedom Park Rink, 528 Freedom Park Drive, Camarillo three nights a week and home games are played at Freedom Park and Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Buena Park

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Medieval Times is a family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet meal (without utensils, of course) and then cheer for one of six knights competing in the joust and other tests of skill.

You may feel like this is goofy and you're only going for the kids.....but try it out, it's actually a lot of fun and some great entertainment! The tickets aren't "cheap" but when you factor in both the dinner and the great entertainment, it is definitely worth it. We also upgraded our tickets to the VIP/Kings Feast section to get front row seating and it was great!

My 6 year old and I loved the food. Pretty basic but quite tasty menu included tomato bisque, foccacia bread, massive quantity of roasted chicken and ribs that were also quite good, potato, apple strudel and a drink. Really was good. And they do have vegetarian options too.

Gotta love this place. And both the animals and the actors did an amazing job! I captured some scenes from our 2012 visit below.

The Buena Park location is located at 7662 Beach Boulevard, about 60 miles from the Conejo Valley, a mile from Knotts Berry Farm and 5 miles from Disneyland. Visit http://medievaltimes.com/buenapark for more information.

We are lucky to have one of only 9 Medieval Times locations in North America, with others located in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Baltimore, Lyndhurst, NJ and Toronto, Canada.

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Wheel Fun Rentals - Bike Rentals - Ventura

With a number of locations in Ventura and Santa Barbara, Wheel Fun Rentals provides a nice assortment of bicycles, quads, coupes, surreys, tag-alongs and other 2 to 4 wheel human powered vehicles for rides along the beach. They also offer a wide assortment of water vehicles...boats, surfboards, boogie boards, etc.

Nearby locations as of June 2013 are:

Oxnard- Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort, 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard (805.984.1994)

Oxnard - Channel Islands Marine Emporium Landing, 3600 S. Harbor Blvd, Oxnard (805.382.6233)

Ventura - Crowne Plaza, 450 E. Harbor Blvd (805.648.2100)

Ventura - Four Points by Sheraton, 1050 Schooner Drive (805.658.1212)

Ventura Pier 850 Harbor Blvd., Ventura (805.650.7770)

Ventura State Beach Picnic Area, 901 San Pedro, Ventura (805.650.7770)

Ventura- Marriott 2055 Harbor Blvd., Ventura (805.643.6000)

Santa Barbara - Fess Parker's Double Tree Resort 633 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara (805.966.2282)

Santa Barbara - Cabrillo, 23 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara  (805.966.2282)

Santa Barbara - State Street, 22 State Street, Santa Barbara (805.966.2282)

Santa Barbara - The Hyatt, 1111 East Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara (805.966.2282)

They also do group and teambuilding activities. For more information visit www.wheelfunrentals.com or call 805.650.7770.