Young Art Lessons Children's Art Store and Studio at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks

Young Art Lessons, the children's art store and studio, is located at The Oaks Mall, offering "drop in" art lessons seven days a week.

Instructors promote each student's individual style and creativity offering techniques in the use of oil pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil, while assisting the children to achieve a completed composition to take home at the end of the lesson.

Parents are able to select from a variety of class time lengths ranging from 15 minutes to multiple hours, depending on their shopping, dining or theatre plans at The Oaks. Students may choose from a variety of compositions including animals, still life, landscapes, floral, and cartooning using Young Art's quality products.

Classes start at $12.95 for 15 minutes, $19.95 for 30 minutes, and $29.95 for 1 hour. The studio offers multi class discount passes along with birthday parties. All art materials are provided courtesy of Young Art.

For more information call 805-795-9400 or visit www.youngartusa.co. Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-7pm

AMC Dine-In Thousand Oaks 14 Movie Theater Arcade

Well I decided to list this here because you never know when you might want to play some arcade games while shopping at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks.  The AMC Dine-In Thousand Oaks 14 (previously Carmike and Muvico) among other things has a nice little arcade with about a dozen or so games, including some hoop shooting, pinball machine, air hockey and other games. More on this theater at www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/los-angeles/amc-dine-in-thousand-oaks-14.

Kids in disguise playing air hockey in the arcade at AMC Dine-In Thousand Oaks 14.

Kids in disguise playing air hockey in the arcade at AMC Dine-In Thousand Oaks 14.

Rockin' Kids Play Center in Simi Valley

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Rockin' Kids Play Center is located at the Simi Valley Town Center at 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Suite 545. This indoor playground offers open play and birthday parties seven days a week. The center is a large facility geared towards toddlers to perhaps age 6. Socks are required in all play areas.  There is a nice assortment of climbing areas, slides, ball pit, swings, riding toys and other safe, padded options. Plenty of photos available of the facility on their website at rockinkidspc.com or call them at 805.526.7400.

Cost as of June 2017 is $12 for the first child, $10 for additional children, $5 for under 12 months.

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:

6/7: Rumbling Rhythms - Your children will love making music and jiving to the beat with Alan's lively drums and instruments!

6/14: Comedy & Juggling - He is crazy and hilarious! With Obediah, silliness always rules. His show includes juggling, music, a little magic and a ton of laughs!  

6/21: Pocket Pets - Meet some cute pocket-sized pets when Reptacular brings their adorable menagerie for a visit! Children will love this hands-on event.  

6/28: Magic with Jimmy H. - Jimmy H. puts on a great family magic show with humor, sleight-of-hand magic and various escape routines.  

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

6/6: Music with Twinkle Time - The most colorful and fun rocker around! Join us for some high-energy and infectious family music that will get everyone up and moving!

6/13: Comedy & Juggling - He is crazy and he is hilarious! With Obediah, silliness always rules. His show includes juggling, music, a little magic and a ton of laughs!

6/20: Joe Gandelman & Friends - The silliest and funniest of children's ventriloquists! Come check out this show full of the wackiest jokes and most outrageous puppet characters ever seen.

6/27: The Dance Time Boys - Your kids will not be able to resist their fantastic energy and will be up on their feet moving and grooving!

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.

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:

6/8: Reptacular Bird Show - Feathery friends pay us a visit! Some of the birds you might see include a macaw or cockatoo, various parrots, doves, chickens, ducks and more!

6/15: Kids Imagine Nation - Kids Imagine Nation is a high-energy, interactive children's musical group with original music written by Aaron, his robot Beatz and their friend Rachel.  

6/22: Adventures with Beauty Princess - During this very special visit, Beauty Princess will tell stories about turning dreams into reality. Children may dress up and take pictures with our princess after the show.  

6/29: Juggling with Danny - Danny's talents have taken him all over the world. Today, he visits Kids Club with a good old-fashioned variety show filled with juggling, magic, balloons and a whole lot more.  

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

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.

The Lakes at Thousand Oaks

The Lakes at Thousand Oaks is a 7 1/2 acre, 50,000 square foot development next to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza where you can relax and enjoy park-like landscaping, two lakes with ducks and koi, fountains, waterfalls and a children's play area, while shopping at high-end stores and grabbing a bite.

Shopping and dining options at The Lakes includes California Pizza Kitchen, PF Changs, Sabor Cocina Mexicana, Lassens Natural Foods, Umami Burger, Sunlife Organics, Kalologie Spa, BCBC Nail Spa and Drenched Fitness.

There is a kids club that meets every Wednesday morning from March through November. And in mid-November through early January, The Lakes hosts a very popular outdoor ice skating rink. The kids always enjoy it here because there is a lot of room to run around, run across the bridge, around the lake, etc.

The little ones stay occupied at this play area at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks.

The little ones stay occupied at this play area at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks.

The Lakes is located at 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard. Visit www.shoplakes.com or call 805.497.9861 for more information.

Previous tenants at The Lakes include: 9021Pho (2016), Nate 'n Al Deli (now Umami Burger), Claim Jumper (now Lassen's), Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (closed in 2011), Ben & Jerry's, Blizz Frozen Yogurt, Tommy Bahama and International Organic Treats, among others.

Samuelson Aquatics Center Community Pool at CLU in Thousand Oaks

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The Community Pool at Samuelson Aquatics Center is the result of a unique collaboration between the University, the Conejo Recreation and Park District and the City of Thousand Oaks.  This year-round facility includes a nice shade structure, picnic tables, outdoor showers, classes and more. The seven-lane pool serves as a warm-up pool for CLU athletes during competitions.  It is available to the local community, swim clubs and masters swimmers.

Also available for parties of up to 90+ people. Includes shaded picnic area with 1-5 tables, party attendant and lifeguards, flat screen TV use, DVD player, music/iPod adapter, games, refrigerator, toys and floats. Rent the whole pool to yourself or share with the public.

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Samuelson Aquatics Center is located on the Cal Lutheran Campus at 100 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks (Click here for map).  Visit crpd.org/programs/aquatics or call 805.241.0894 for more information.

Recreational swim hours vary but the pool is open 7 days per week during the spring/summer. Pool heated up to 82 degrees.

Pool hours and fees are at crpd.org/programs/aquatics/hoursnfees.asp. As of May 2017, $3 admission for ages 2 to 61, $2 for ages 62+, CLU students and veterans (with ID). Open 6 days a week during the winter months (closed Sundays) and 7 days/week during spring/summer months, generally March 1 through Labor Day weekend.

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