The Conejo Recreation and Park Districthas served the Conejo Valley since 1963 and covers 66 square miles with a population of over 140,000 people in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and the Ventura County portion of Westlake Village.
The Recreation Division conducts over 3,000 organized recreation and leisure programs each year. The Parks Division maintains over 50 parks, over 1,000 acres with a variety of recreation amenities, including tot-lots, lighted sports fields, picnic areas, and community centers. Additionally, the Parks and Planning Division, through the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA), maintains approximately 15,000 acres of open space and a 140-mile multi-use trail system including a disabled accessible trail segment on Oak Creek Canyon.
CRPD releases its Recreation Program Guide four times a year (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) and has hundreds if not thousands of activities for adults, seniors, kids and teens.
Visit the CRPD website at www.crpd.org or call 805.495.6471 for more information or to access community class schedules, park listings, facilities, sports and other information about local Conejo Valley events and activities.
Conejo Recreation and Park District is located at 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.
The City of Calabasas offers a wide variety of community classes and programs year-round. Includes aquatics, senior programs, sports, camps, mommy and me programs, tot classes, adult programs, workshops, etc. Visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/recreation.html for more information and for winter and spring/summer and year-round schedules.
The City of Agoura Hills Community Services Department includes both parks maintenance and recreational classes and events. Toddlers to teens, adults and seniors all enjoy high quality recreation activities. There are hundreds of programs, classes and events available in the quarterly catalog at ci.agoura-hills.ca.us. For more info call 818.597.7361.
Michaels Stores is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. Michaels is one of the funnest stores to visit for arts, crafts, framing, floral, home décor, scrapbooking and much more.
In addition to offering up tens of thousands of items for your arts and crafts needs, Michaels offers classes at very low prices! Classes cover a wide range of fun activities, including cake decorating, art painting, jewelry making, paper crafting, knit and crochet, kids' programs and more.
Check out Camarillo classes at classes.michaels.com/OnlineClasses/control/dateView?storeId=9525
Westlake Village classes at classes.michaels.com/OnlineClasses/control/dateView?storeId=9822
Moorpark classes at classes.michaels.com/OnlineClasses/control/dateView?storeId=3848
For more information, visit www.michaels.com.
The Arroyo Vista Recreation Center, located at 4550 Tierra Rejada Road in Moorpark, offers a variety of recreational programs for all ages. Activities include sports, library programs, seniors programs, community events, teen events, camps and more. The facility can also be rented for private parties.
The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District serves an area of approximately 44 square miles and has grown from one park to 29 parks since its inception in 1962. Within the District, numerous recreational facilities exists, including indoor swimming pool, lighted ball fields, tennis courts, racquetball courts, skate park, senior center, a running track at Arneill Ranch Park, children's play equipment, picnic shelters, barbecues and much more.
Visit www.pvrpd.org for more information and for the PVRPD's latest Recreation Magazine with hundreds and hundreds of community classes, special events, summer camps and programs. Or call 805.482.1996.
Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District serves the communities of Simi Valley and Oak Park and offers hundreds and hundreds of classes throughout the year for all ages. To learn more, check out the latest class catalogs and register online, visit www.rsrpd.org. Or call 805.584.4400 for more information.
Conejo Valley Adult Education offers a wide range of classes in Foreign Language, Food and Nutrition, Decorative and Fine Arts and Home and Garden. Additionally, the school conducts vocational training programs for the medical community and for careers in the private business sector. The school is part of Conejo Valley Unified School District with its main campus located in Thousand Oaks. In 2009 the school served approximately 8,000 members of the Conejo Valley community. Visit www.ConejoAdultSchool.org for more information and for the current class catalog. The campus is located at 1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks.
We visited The New Children's Museum in downtown San Diego (200 West Island Avenue at the corner Island Avenue and Front Street) the day after Thankgiving with our young boys. We have taken our kids to a lot of different places and have to say that this place is very unique. I've never seen anything like this museum.
The NCM opened in May 2008. It is a very modern, open, airy building with lots and lots of windows. The museum offers all sorts of sensory exhibits and activities that encourage kids of all ages to experience creativity and the arts.
In the 2 hours that we were there our kids painted, worked with clay, painted (both with paintbrushes and hands) a VW Bug that was completely slathered with paint (quite unusual...and messy...though the paint was washable and they provided washing stations in close proximity of the exhibit). The kids crawled through tunnels, climbed climbing walls, ran around in an oversized playhouse and an igloo, frolicked in beanbags and couches, and much much more.
We were told that all of the materials used in the exhibits of this 50,000 square foot, 3 story building were made out of recycled materials. That made for some quite unusual and unconventional looking exhibits. The building is one of the first completely "green" museums in California.
Across the street from the museum is a new park with plenty of room to run, play, swing, teeter-totter and spin.
So if you are looking to do something completely different and unique with your kids, check it out! The cost was $10 per person and nearby parking will run you another $10 or so. For more information, visit www.thinkplaycreate.org or call 619.233.8792.