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/calendar

Note from Conejo Joe: The group meets USUALLY (some exceptions noted) the first Saturday of each month from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. But make sure to check in advance.  Or just show up.

Upcoming dates (as of 11/19/17):  12/2/17, 1/6/18, Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 2, Jul 7, Aug 4, Sep 8, Tues, Oct 16, Nov 3, Dec 1

Chase Palm Park and Carousel in Santa Barbara

Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara is a huge park that sandwiches East Cabrillo Boulevard.  On the ocean side of Cabrillo the park consists of a palm-lined, narrow strip of park adjacent to East Beach with an oceanfront bike path and walkway from Stearns Wharf to East Beach.  This side of the park is host to Sunday/holiday arts and crafts shows.  The 14,600 square foot Skater's Point skate park is also located on this side of the park.

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Call 805.564.5418 for more information or visit www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/parksrec/parks/features/playgrounds/chase.asp.

On the other side of Cabrillo is a huge 10 acre parcel that features fountains, creeks, a lagoon, carousel, snack bar and a shipwreck playground modeled after an ocean schooner from the turn of the century.

The Chase Palm Park antique carousel is a beautiful, elegant throwback to another era. It is one of three machines produced by the Allan Herschell Factory in the 1915-1917 time frame; this one was built in 1916. The carousel is well maintained, plays fun music and is only $2.50 (as of Fall 2017) for a pretty darn long ride!  

This carousel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 13, 2000 after it went through extensive renovations and moved to this location in June 1999. It is 40 feet in diameter, with a 19 foot wooden pole in its center, supporting 35 jumping, hand-carved wooden horses plus two hand carved art deco style wooden chariots.

This carousel originally operated outdoors on the east coast, where it was used for decades while not going through adequate maintenance. It was purchased in 1970 by Seaport Village in San Diego, where after 10 years in storage it was sold again to its current owners. 

The combination of Shipwreck Playground and the carousel makes this a can't miss Santa Barbara destination for they young set!  And the park is walking distance to Stearns Wharf, the beach, bike rentals, State Street, etc.

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DojoBoom Extreme Air Sports in Thousand Oaks

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DojoBoom Extreme Air Sports opened at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks on November 3, 2017. 

Offering over 50,000 sq. feet of extreme attractions, including trampolines all over the place, launching decks, Ninja Obstacle Course, Extreme Dodgeball, AirDunk, SlackLine, Trapeze, Aerial Silks, a huge climbing wall, foam pits and more.

Other features include KidJump 9-10am every day for kids 6 and under, with parents, Family Night on Monday nights from 6-9pm ($55 for an hour for entire immediate family), College Night on Tuesday nights from 6-9pm and others. Birthday party packages available. 

Pricing (as of November 2017) starts at $17 per hour for ages 7 and up ($13 for ages 6 and under). Hours are: 9am to 10am Mon-Sat KidJump (6 and under only), 10am to 9pm Mon-Sat (Open Jump), 9pm to Midnight Club Night (ages 15+) and Sundays 11am to 7pm. Must purchase and wear special grip socks ($3 - and they have a number of designs).

Learn more at www.dojoboom.com or call 805.410.4690.

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Lakeshore Learning Saturday Crafts for Kids - Ventura

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Lakeshore Learning stores have free crafts for kids ages 3 and up every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CLICK HERE for upcoming sessions. Lakeshore Learning is such a great store for educational games, toys and materials.

The Ventura store is located at 4705 Telephone Road.  Phone 805.289.1550 or visit www.lakeshorelearning.com.

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Sky High Sports - The Trampoline Place in Camarillo

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Sky High Sports - The Trampoline Place, opened at 166 Aviador Street, Camarillo in October 2010.  Located in a huge, 42,000 sq ft facility, there are half a dozen areas that have trampolines on the floors and walls. This is a one of a kind place in Ventura County.

In addition jumping up, down and around, you can play dodgeball, there is an area geared towards kids under 10 with its own two trampoline courts and several bouncers, an arcade and more. There's also a laser tag area available for 30 minute sessions - reserve the room or book it as a walk-in.

There is quite a large area of trampolines on the floors and walls.  There is a separate section geared towards kids too

There is quite a large area of trampolines on the floors and walls.  There is a separate section geared towards kids too

On one side of Sky High is an arcade with skill-based games and on the other side is this kids game area where you earn tickets and cash them in for prizes.

On one side of Sky High is an arcade with skill-based games and on the other side is this kids game area where you earn tickets and cash them in for prizes.

Quite popular with the younger set. Bounce off the walls into a humongous pile of foam cubes.

Quite popular with the younger set. Bounce off the walls into a humongous pile of foam cubes.

Another extremely popular activity at Sky High is the dodgeball area, open to players of all ages.

Another extremely popular activity at Sky High is the dodgeball area, open to players of all ages.

Sky High Sports also has a separate "sanity" room for adults with a number of TVs, as well as a huge projection TV, as well as free WiFi. The Sky High Cafe offers up a variety of delicious pizzas, subs, paninis, wraps, salads and other goodies.

Sky High is open 7 days a week. Current hours (as of November 2017) are 11am to 9pm Sunday/Monday, 2pm to 9pm Tuesday through Thursday and 11am to 11pm Friday/Saturday.

Visit cam.jumpskyhigh.com or call 805.484.6300 for more information. Current pricing (updated November 2017) is $15 for 1 hour, $20 for 1 1/2 hours and $25 for 2 hours.  Weekly specials are also offered.

The Clubhouse Fun Zone in Ventura

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The Clubhouse Fun Zone is located at 4535 McGrath Street, Unit B in Ventura. This indoor play facility appeals to both adults and children in that in addition to all of the play equipment, it offers three computer stations with free internet access, free WiFi, Sirius satellite radio, couches, chairs and a variety of reading material.

For the kids, there is a tri-level clubhouse themed modular climbing structure featuring two large slides, a zig-zag step climb, teeter tunnel, snake pit and ball pit, a large collection of Children’s Factory soft play activity components, an inflatable bouncer, Little Tikes play structures that create an imaginary town (including a café and gas station, school bus, fire truck, etc.), ride-on vehicles, train table, air hockey table and popular ride-on roller coasters. Recommended for kids 6 and under but all ages welcome.

The Clubhouse also offers a range of drinks and snacks that includes self-service gourmet coffee and tea as well as birthday party packages. The facility is open to the public Monday through Friday and weekends for private parties.

Admission $9 per child as of November 2017. Sibling and military discounts available. Open 10am to 4pm Mon-Fri (available for private parties on weekends). For more information, visit www.theclubhousefunzone.com or call 805.639.0414.

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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.

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.