Ventura County Library System

Ventura County Library System

The Ventura County Library system contains books, magazines, CDs, eBooks, audio books and more. A list of locations in the system is below. Visit the library website at www.vencolibrary.org for an online catalog and much more information.

The VC Library system also has a collection of over 145,000 downloadable eBooks that are available for use on your computer, iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Android and other devices and thousands of eAudiobooks. There are also thousands of movies, documentaries and TV shows and plenty of digital magazines and co

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Art Studio Agoura in Agoura Hills

Located at 28233 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills, Art Studio Agoura is an art school for all ages and every imagination! Watercolors, acrylics and oils, as well as clay sculpture are taught at Art Studio Agoura.

Each student works on a unique project, gaining the benefit of a group setting while assuring individual attention to a subject suited to their interests. The studio also serves adults with paint nights and yoga-art sessions!

Kids and adults art classes are available as well as summer art camp, birthday parties and more. Visit www.artstudioagoura.org or call (818) 699-6066 for more information. 

 

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. 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 vary and are posted at www.skatingplus.com/?page_id=16.

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.

Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park

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Oak Canyon Community Park is located at 5600 Hollytree Drive in Oak Park at Kanan. This is a nicely appointed park with a children's splash pad, playgrounds, lagoon/pond with ducks, dog park and plenty of open space.

More information on the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District website at www.rsrpd.org/oak_park/parks/oak_canyon_community_park.php.

The Oak Park Dog Park at Oak Canyon Community Park opened in May 2010. It is open from 7am to dusk every day (closed 7am to 10am for maintenance on Fridays). For more information, visit www.rsrpd.org/oak_park/parks/oak_canyon_dog_park.php.

 Oak Canyon Dog Park on a non-busy day.

Oak Canyon Dog Park on a non-busy day.

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation in Santa Barbara

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, is a one-of-a-kind museum for all ages designed to ignite learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity.  

The museum opened its doors to the public on February 25, 2017 at 125 State Street, Santa Barbara, adjacent to the Amtrak Station.

The museum's three floors are filled with 17,000 sq ft of hands-on exhibits that encourage open-ended discovery, analytical assessment, experimentation, play and just plain fun.

The interactive exhibits are organized around seven themes that all relate to science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

  • Tech Track: Includes an Innovation Workshop, a makerspace area where you can imagine, design and test your own creations using a wide variety of technologies and tools
  • Sound Track: In this largest exhibit area on the first floor is a Giant Guitar to learn about how your favorite guitar riffs begin, a Sound Machine, the Reactable (part DJ table, part musical instrument), Foley Studios sound studios and more.
  • Fantastic Forces Courtyard: This space is dedicated to gravity, magnetism, propulsion, centripetal force and more. Conduct test flights in our Wind Column Workshop, launch an Air Rocket and discover the power of magnetic fields on our Magnetic Islands.
  • Speed Track: Build your own race car and send it down the race track, play the game of Mindball, prototype designs for a marble roller coaster and more.
  • Light Track: Explore lights, colors, shadows and more. Take the ultimate selfie at Mosaic Faces. Create a bold display of colored lights at Light Patterns. Control the Color Mixing Machine that hangs above the entryway and learn more about color and light waves.
  • Interactive Media Track: Explore a wide range of digital interactive experiences designed in partnership with area artists, educators and scientists. 
  • Sky Garden: The exhibit-filled rooftop includes Whitewater, a fully interactive water feature including a giant Archimedes screw. Create a wind-, sun- and human-powered symphony with the Weather Orchestra. Step inside the Lookout Tower to see the city through the lenses of five different observation scopes. And walk across the glass Sky Deck for a unique view of the courtyard below.

MOXI is open daily, except Christmas and Thanksgiving, from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $15 for ages 13+, $12 for ages 3 to 12 and free for 2 and under. The museum encourages the purchase of timed-entry tickets in advance at www.moxi.org.

MORE ON MOXI AT THIS LINK

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:

June 6, 2018: Magic with Eddie
Eddie Medrano brings his fun-filled variety show to Kids Club! With a little bit of magic, juggling, balloons and comedy, there’s something for everyone in this unique and high-energy show!

June 13, 2018: The Cool Juggler
Carey’s got the coolest moves in town! Join us for his awesome show filled with high-energy and interactive tricks! His cool stunts will have everyone amazed and entertained.

June 20, 2018: The Princess & The Pirate Puppets
Pirate Jack Cannonball locks up Princess Rachel on Skull Island. To free the Princess, her brother John; his trusty pirate dog, Treasure; and his pirate friends have to get Cannonball to laugh! Children will love this colorful and zany puppet show from Franklin Haynes Marionettes.

June 27, 2018: Feathery Friends
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! Join us for a unique presentation where you may get to hold and pet some of these beautiful creatures!

Pump It Up (Inflatable Party Zone) - Ventura

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Pump It Up is a large indoor play facility located at 5120 Ralston Street, Ventura (one mile west of Victoria, just around the corner from Golf N' Stuff and Buena Lanes).  Get ready for some wild, fun and crazy birthday parties at Pump It Up, chock full of oversized inflatables.

In addition to parties, there are Pop-In Playtime for ages six and under (currently Monday and Thursday mornings) and Family Jump Time for older kids on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. More information at www.pumpitupparty.com/ventura-ca or call 805.339.9669. Open only for private parties on weekends.

Boy Scouts of Ventura County

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The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America—incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916—is to provide an educational program for children and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.  The Ventura County Council of the BSA is located at 509 East Daily Drive in Camarillo.  Visit www.vccbsa.org or call 805.482.8938 for more information.

The traditional Scouting divisions are Cub Scouting for children ages 7 to 11 years, Boy Scouting for youth ages 11 to 18 and Venturing for young men and women ages 14 (or 13 and having completed the 8th grade) through 21. Learning for Life is a non-traditional subsidiary that provides in-school and career education. Beginning in 2018, girls have the opportunity to join Cub Scout dens, and in 2019, programs for older girls will make it possible to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Tiger Cubs is a year-round family- and home-centered program that encourages the ethical decision-making skills for first-grade (or 7-year-old) boys and girls. These children participate in the program with their adult partners. The program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, and family understanding.

Cub Scouts is a year-round family and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for children in the second through fifth grade (or who are 8, 9, and 10 years old). Activities emphasize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.

Webelos Scouts is a year-round family and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for fourth- and fifth-grade (or 10-year-old) children. Webelos Scouts participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouting. A year-round program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Children also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade.)

Varsity Scouting. An active, exciting, year-round program for young men and women 14 through 17 built around five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events.

Venturing. A year-round program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills.

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 2018, 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 $13 per person on weekdays ($15 on weekends and holidays) (free for under 1 year of age), $24-28 for a 2 consecutive day pass and $70 for a full-season pass. 

They offer "late day" passes for $7.50 (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!

2018 Schedule: Opening day is Saturday, May 26th. Final day of the year is September 15th.

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 starting around age 7-8, but they continue to enjoy the lagoon, which propels you round and round in a gentle current.