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.

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:

9/6 - Magic with David - Direct from The Magic Castle comes this award-winning magician with a bag full of amazing tricks! Full of wacky antics, this side-splitting, super-silly and goofy show will keep your kids entertained and in stitches!

9/13 - Jack and the Beanstalk - Join us for a charming retelling of Jack & The Beanstalk. The classic tale of friendship, forgiveness and following your dreams comes to life with original music and fun, colorful puppets!

9/20 - Music with Claire - Direct from the UCLA Theater Arts department, Claire is a trained singer/songwriter who has focused her energy on developing music and story-telling for children. She has a great interactive presentation that young and old will enjoy!

9/27 - Reptacular Reptiles - We will learn about some fascinating creatures when the Reptacular pays us 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 close-up and personal.

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

9/5 S.T.E.A.M.WORKS: THE PUPPET MUSICA- In this educational show from Noteworthy Puppets, two bright young minds embark on a fun and charming S.T.E.A.M. adventure as they try to win top prize at the science fair!

9/12 REPTACULAR REPTILES - Learn about some fascinating creatures when the Reptacular pays 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 close-up and personal.

9/19 STOIL THE MAGICIAN - Stoil comes all the way from Russia to share some very special magic and fun for all our local families! Stoil uses lots of children to help pull off some of his tricks. You won't want to miss this magical, fun, interactive show!

9/26 MUSIC WITH CLAIRE - Direct from the UCLA Theater Arts department, Claire is a trained singer/songwriter who has focused her energy on developing music and story-telling for children. She has a great interactive presentation that young and old will enjoy!

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:

9/7Cinderella Builds Her Dreams - From the imaginative and enchanting Luce Puppet Company comes the fairy-tale you know and love, but with an all-dog cast and a do-it-yourself twist that will have you cheering for our plucky princess to make her dream come true!

9/14 Comedy and Juggling - He is crazy and he is hilarious! You have to check out the comedy and juggling of this performer whom adults love as much as children! With Obediah, silliness always rules. His show includes juggling, music, a little magic, and a ton of laughs!

9/21 Magic Show - Ekaterina comes all the way from Russia to share some very special magic and fun with Kids Club! Get ready to participate because Kate always needs a lot of children to complete her tricks. A rollicking magic show that will keep everyone entertained!

9/28 Cowboy Ken - Nobody knows how to rustle up a good time in the wilderness like Cowboy Ken.  Join us this evening for a fun-filled show of roping, campfire singing and a good tall-tale or two.  Meet his horse Marshmallow and dog Dusty in this fun and interactive show!

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.

My Gym Children's Fitness Center - Thousand Oaks, Ventura

Since its inception in 1983, My Gym Children’s Fitness Center© has been at the cutting edge of the child fitness industry. My Gym Children’s Fitness Center© has combined innovative, early physical education/pre-gymnastics classes with state-of-the-art facilities to empower children - ages 6 weeks through 13 years - by helping them acquire the skills, confidence and positive self-image needed to become healthy young adults through weekly classes.

Located at 2701 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks (805.494.4154) and 9388-A Telephone Road, Ventura (805.659.9245).  Visit www.mygym.com for details.

My Gym Ventura website is www.mygym.com/ventura. My Gym Ventura has "free play" times currently available on designated hours on M/T/W/F - check their website or call for specific times and details.

My Gym Thousand Oaks website is www.mygym.com/thousandoaks.

i9 Youth Sports in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Woodland Hills

i9 Sports runs recreational teams for youth (ages 3-14) soccer, cheerleading, basketball, T-ball and flag football league that covers Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Woodland Hills. i9 is committed to safety, organization and sportsmanship with the highest degree of customer service and professionalism. Here is information from the i9 website at www.i9sports.com:

i9 Sports Flag Football is non-contact continuous action, using minimal equipment. The games emphasize basic football skills of passing, catching, defending, and running. In i9 Flag, participants also learn about formations, pass patterns, and different types of defense.

This five-on-five game is designed by the NFL for youth players. The offensive team plays for a first down at midfield and a touchdown in the end zone. Running and passing plays are allowed, although there are no-running zones at midfield and near each goal line. The defensive team covers receivers, rushes the passer, and grabs flags to make stops.

I9 SPORTS FLAG FOOTBALL IS NON-CONTACT; BLOCKING AND TACKLING IS NOT ALLOWED. This league is great for beginners to experienced players! Signups for the fall season are going on now and the season starts Sept 24th . Format is 6 vs 6 or 5 vs 5 and everyone plays (generally 8 to 10 players per team). Ages range from 3-14. Players assigned to teams based on age. No drafts/tryouts!

Visit the local i9Sports website by www.i9sports.com or call 805.719-1166 for more information.

Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory in Thousand Oaks

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Founded in 1994, Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory is for the student who values creative expression and supports the powerful idea of process over performance. The students are urged to act, not perform. Here we learn how to make theatre - a group activity, a team sport, a publicly shared into worthwhile material and into the self.

Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory is constructed so that children of grades 3-12 work together, as well as with their peers, providing a unique youth theater opportunity for all. Also provided is a Junior Conservatory for grades 1 and 2 held at a separate time.

Classes are held at Four Friends Gallery, 1414 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks.

More information at www.goldcoasttheatreconservatory.com or call 805.427.5314.

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).

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Acting Teachers

The Play Destination in Agoura Hills

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The Play Destination is an indoor playground and birthday party place for children with comfortable seating and modern decor for parents. The space offers children a clean, safe environment to play and is equipped with an indoor play structure, bounce house, interactive floor games, and other mentally and physically stimulating activities. Geared towards kids up to 7 years of age.

Located at 28501 Canwood Street, Suite 3E in Agoura Hills. Visit theplaydestination.com or call 818.292.8644 for more information.

As of July 2017, open 9am to 6pm on weekdays. Open for private parties on weekends with some open play times posted weekly.