Kids Club at The Promenade at Westlake

The Kids Club at The Promenade at Westlake takes place on Thursdays from 6-7pm. Free entertainment for kids 10 and under. 

Upcoming Events:

10/5: Reptacular Reptiles - Learn about some fascinating creatures when Reptacular brings their menagerie of reptiles for a visit! If you thought you knew everything about snakes and lizards, think again! This is a wonderful assortment of cold-blooded creatures that everyone will get to see up close and even touch.

10/12: Galactic Master - Meet our legendary Jedi Master! He will share stories of how he became the chosen one and teach our young Jedis the ways of the Force. Children may dress up as their favorite Galactic Knights and Princesses and take pictures with the Jedi after the show.

10/31: Halloween Event Featuring Franklin Haynes (special 5:30-7:30pm event) - Featuring the unique talents of Franklin Haynes, whose handcrafted marionettes and Halloween-themed show will have children enthralled. Plus a pumpkin patch, face painting, and more! (final Kids Club event until next spring)

The Promenade is located at 100 Promenade Way, Westlake Village (southeast corner of Westlake and Thousand Oaks Boulevards). www.shoppromenade.com

Kids Club at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks

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The Kids Club at The Lakes meets every Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. during the months of March through October. Geared towards kids 10 and under.

Call 805.497.9861 for more information. Events are outdoors; rain generally cancels events but call first.

Events vary from puppet shows to storytellers to musicians, petting zoos, arts and crafts, etc. for preschoolers and their parents. These are outdoor events and are weather permitting. Contact The Lakes for more information at 805.497.9861 or www.shoplakes.com.

In addition to the kids club, The Lakes has a small playground area that is geared toward the younger kids, an expanse of grass and 2 beautiful lakes, waterfall, fountain, etc. This is a nice park-like setting that makes you forget the fact that you are looking straight out at Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

One more bonus: The Lakes is next door to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, which has an outdoor courtyard with trees and paths that are fun for the kids to explore.

Upcoming events:

10/4: The Cool Juggler - Get into the act with master juggler Carey Pickford for some fun and interactive juggling, guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Your kids will love this colorful and energetic performer who uses the audience in a lot of his tricks

10/11: Cowboy Ken - Nobody knows how to rustle up a good time in the wilderness like Cowboy Ken.  Join us for a fun-filled show of roping, campfire singing and a good tall-tale or two with a Halloween theme.  Meet his horse Marshmallow and dog Dusty in this fun and interactive show!

10/18: Kinderwise - Join Sparkelina & Friends as they take your children on a magical, musical Halloween adventure! There's singing, dancing, fun and engaging games, a bubble machine, a parachute and more in this highly energetic and interactive show!

10/25: Franklin Haynes - Celebrate Halloween with this Halloween-themed puppet show! Franklin Haynes and his beautiful handcrafted marionettes will enthrall your children with their unique style of performing.

Kids Club at The Commons at Calabasas

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Join us every Tuesday nights at 6pm at The Commons at Calabasas (4799 Commons Way) for a weekly dose of fun, including music, dance, arts, crafts, entertainment and so much more! March through October.

Upcoming Kids Club Events

10/10: Cinderella Builds Her Dream: From the imaginative Luce Puppet Company comes an enchanting retelling of our favorite fairy tale, with an all-dog cast of handcrafted puppets and a do-it-yourself twist! You'll be cheering on our plucky princess to make her dreams come true!

10/17: Reptacular Animals: Meet some wonderful animals when Reptacular brings their menagerie for a visit! You may even get to meet a llama! Everyone will be able to see and pet the animals in this hands-on and interactive Kids Club event.

10/24: Join Sparkelina & Friends from Kinderwise as they take your children on a magical, musical Halloween adventure! There will be singing, dancing, fun and engaging games, a bubble machine, a parachute and a whole lot more in this highly energetic and interactive show!   Children can dress up for the royal ball then take photos with Cinderella after the show!

10/31: Pumpkin Patch and Spooktacular Franklin Hanyes Marionettes - Featuring the unique talents of Franklin Haynes, whose handcrafted marionettes and Halloween-themed show will have children enthralled. Plus a pumpkin patch, face painting and more! (5:30-7:30PM)

For more information, contact The Commons at Calabasas management office at 818-222-3444 or view our full Calendar of Events at www.shopcommons.com.

Music, Art and Acting Teachers In the Conejo Valley and Greater Ventura County

The Kids' Activities section of Conejo Valley Guide has primarily been focused on activities at venues throughout the Conejo Valley and Greater Ventura County over the last 10 years. We are going to take that step further here by compiling a list of local area music, art and acting teachers in the area.

This list will take some time to populate and you can help by submitting to us the following information:  Name, what you teach, where you teach, perhaps a brief sentence or two about your background, contact information and website (if applicable).

Music Stores Offering Lessons

Art Teachers

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Acting Teachers

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: 10/21

www.shoppacificview.com

Oxnard Beach Park

The Oxnard Beach Park is located on South Harbor Boulevard, South of Wooley Road and next to the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort 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 you and the kids can spend time digging holes, building sand castles and running from the waves. The park is also in close vicinity to Channel Islands Harbor

The park has a large grassy area, restrooms, BBQ grills, bike paths, etc.  There is a parking fee at this park; just $1/hour or $5/day.

For more information, visit www.oxnard.org/parks-faq/#.

Skating Plus - Ventura

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Skating Plus is an indoor skating rink that has been around since 1984, offering public roller skating, food, lessons, clinics, birthday parties, etc.  Check their website for discount coupons. To my knowledge, since the Roller Dome in Thousand Oaks closed in October 2010, this has been the only indoor roller skating rink in Ventura County.

Open skate time frames as of September 2017 are weekends and Mon/Wed/Fri nights. Other nights are available for private parties.

Skating Plus is off of the 101 Freeway near Victoria at 1720 Mesa Verde Avenue, Ventura, in close proximity to Golf N' Stuff and Buena Lanes (sits to the left of Buena Lanes).

Visit www.skatingplus.com or call 805.644.5515 for more information.

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 2017 dates (as of 9/17/17):  Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2.

Center Stage Performing Arts in Agoura Hills

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Center Stage Performing Arts is a small theater and music store located at 28311 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, at the corner of Lewis Road. Center Stage offers music and acting instruction as well as live theater performances. Learn more at www.centerstageagoura.com or call 818.991.3030.  They also offer birthday party options at the theater.

Casitas Water Adventure in Ventura

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Casitas Water Adventure is a water park at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area that is open throughout the summer, generally from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

There are two distinct areas. For younger children, there is a multi-level jungle gym with waterfalls, bridges and slides in a lagoon with water up to 18" deep.

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The 1,200 foot long Lazy River offers a cool water ride on inner tubes along a scenic waterway featuring waterfalls, fog filled bridges and jet sprays. The inner tubes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but usually there are plenty of them on hand.

The 1,200 foot long lazy river at Casitas Water Adventure is my kids' favorite.

The 1,200 foot long lazy river at Casitas Water Adventure is my kids' favorite.

For the very youngest tots, a zero-depth pool sprays water from all angles, providing a safe, fun play area.

Shaded decks, lounge chairs, showers, restrooms and a snack bar are available, but food is not allowed inside the park (though you can bring bottled water). Certified lifeguards are on hand at all times and life jackets are available at no extra charge while supplies last. Locker rentals are available for a nominal fee.

Do take note that they don't heat the water here. It is a bit on the cold side for many, though on hot days this can be a good thing.

Lake Casitas Recreation Area is located at 11311 Santa Ana Road, Ventura. Take Highway 33 from Ventura towards Ojai, make a left turn on Santa Ana Blvd, then a right on Santa Ana Road 3 or 4 miles to the park entrance. Visit www.casitaswater.org/lower.php?url=water-adventure for more information, including operating schedule/hours and prices or call 805.649.2233.

For summer 2017, operating hours are Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday/Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pricing is $12 per person on weekdays ($14 on weekends and holidays) (free for under 1 year of age), $22-26 for a 2 consecutive day pass and $65 for a full-season pass. 

They offer "late day" passes for $6.50 (subject to cancellation) during the last 3 hours of operation each day. Casitas Water Adventure is open generally from late May through Labor Day weekend, so take advantage during the summer months!

2017 Schedule: Opening day is Saturday, May 27th. Final day of the year is September 16th.

Parking inside Lake Casitas is $20 on weekends/holidays and $10 on weekdays. There is parking available on Santa Ana Road if you don't mind walking.

My kids particularly enjoy the Lazy River. There are some shady areas but do bring plenty of sunscreen as the sun beats down pretty hard out there. The water playground is definitely geared towards younger kids, with a large assortment of slides, water spouts and fun. My boys seemed to quickly get bored in the water playground around age 7-8, but they continue to enjoy the lagoon, which propels you round and round in a gentle current.