Open Gym at Conejo Recreation & Park District Facilities

The Conejo Recreation & Park District has several facilities offering not only paid programs and classes but free access to indoor gymnasium facilities during designated hours.

The Thousand Oaks Community Center offers free "open gym" times throughout the month, with access to indoor basketball, volleyball, badminton and pickleball.  Located at 2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For open gym times, visit crpd.org/facilities/1koaks.asp or call 805.381.2793.

The Borchard Community Center at 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park also offers free "open gym" access during designated time frames. Vist crpd.org/facilities/borchard.asp or call 805.381.2791.

The Dos Vientos Community Center at 4801 Borchard Road, Newbury Park also offers free open gym access during designated time frames. They indicate that open basketball times are for those 16 years and older to play basketball; no team practices are allowed during open gym times. Open badminton is also offered on some nights. Visit crpd.org/facilities/dos_vientos_center.asp or call 805.375.1003.

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center at 1375 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks offers free drop-in recreation to any local teen (grades 7 to 12) during daily operational hours, including game room, gym and computer lab. Visit crpd.org/programs/teen/default.asp or www.thousandoaksteencenter.com or call 805.494.5156.

NFL MC Flag Football at Moorpark College

NFL MC Flag Football is a new youth program originated in 2016 by ex-USC and NFL player Cary Harris. It is a program of NFL Play 60, the National Football League's campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

The league provides co-ed opportunities for children in grades 1 -8 to learn and enjoy one of America's most beloved sports - football.

Players will benefit by being physically active through non-contact, continuous activity while learning the fundamentals of football, lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. These lessons are gifts that will benefit the children enrolled throughout their lives.

Harris started this league initially in the San Fernando Valley and now in east Ventura County (Moorpark/Simi Valley/Thousand Oaks) to promote community outreach and to give back something that has played a major role in his life. Cary is a product of youth football in the SFV. 

The mission at NFL Flag Football by Cary Harris is to provide the best youth flag football experience possible. The league is committed to providing children with a fun, positive, professional environment where your young athlete can learn, develop and enhance their football skills in a friendly competitive atmosphere.

Seasons: Fall (Sep-Oct), Winter (Jan-Feb) and Spring (May-Jun). Ages 5-14. Learn more and register at www.nflmcflag.com or call 818.254.5826.

The STEM Center at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme

The U. S. Navy Seabee Museum Seabee STEM Center is a well put together area of the museum geared towards exposing kids to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. More details and images by clicking the following image.

Los Robles Children's Choir

The Los Robles Children's Choir consists of four choirs for kids ages 6 to 18: 

  • The Apprentice Choir or beginners ages 6-9 with no prior musical experience.
  • The Bel Canto Choir (for beginners that are able to sing in tune). No audition required.
  • The Amadeus Choir (advanced treble choir for those who can also read music). Audition required.
  • The Camerata Youth Choir (for advanced high school singers ages 14-18). Audition required.

Rehearsals are in Westlake Village.  For more information and a schedule of upcoming performances, visit www.singingchildren.org or call 805.480.9416.

Port of Hueneme Educational Tours

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The Port of Hueneme is open to the public for tours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. School tours are particularly encouraged. Groups can range from a few to up to 25. Groups larger than 25 can be accommodated with advance arrangements. To arrange a tour of the Port,  call (805) 488-3677.

The Port of Hueneme offers an excellent educational experience for students of all ages with tour content tailored to meet the educational needs of elementary, secondary and post secondary educational levels. Tours are generally divided into two sections, inside classroom style presentation followed by an outside tour by motorcoach. Port tours take generally an hour and a half to two hours but can be shortened to accommodate class schedules.

The Oxnard Harbor District is an independent special district (business enterprise) a political subdivision of the State of California which owns and operates the commercial Port of Hueneme. The District was created in 1937 under authority of an act of the legislature of the State of California which provides for the formation of Harbor Districts.

Over $9 billion in cargo value moves through the Port of Hueneme each year. Port related activity generates over $1.5 billion in economic activity.

More information at www.portofhueneme.org.

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 6 years.

Located at 28501 Canwood Street, Suite 3E in Agoura Hills. Visit theplaydestination.com or call 818.292.8644 for more information. As of November 2016, open 8:30am to 7pm on weekdays. Open for private parties on weekends.

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 November 2016 is $12 for the first child, $10 for additional children, $5 for under 12 months.

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 dates (as of 11/2/16): 11/5, 12/3

Gymboree Play & Music Locations

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Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 30 years. Today there are over 550 locations in 30 countries, making Gymboree the global leader in early childhood development programs.

Designed by experts, Gymboree's age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Our programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement—which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development. Visit www.gymboreeclasses.com for more information.

Ventura County Locations:

Simi Valley: 2975 Cochran Street, Unit F (805.522.2646) CLICK HERE for their site.

The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, on the lower level of the outdoor shops.. CLICK HERE for their site. (805.357.3711)

Gymboree Play & Music in the outdoor shops section of The Oaks mall

Gymboree Play & Music in the outdoor shops section of The Oaks mall

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.my-gym.com/franchisee_schedule.aspx?id=71 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.