Santa Susana Park in Simi Valley

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Santa Susana Park is a quiet park adjacent to the Santa Susana Railroad Depot in Simi Valley. There is a large play area, grassy picnic areas as well as a covered picnic area, restrooms and more. But of particular interest to my kid are the large sandstone rock formations they climbed into and onto. The park is located at 6503 Katherine Road, off of Kuehner. More information at www.rsrpd.org/simi_valley/parks/santa_susana_park.php.

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Kids Club at The Commons at Calabasas

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Join us every Tuesday night 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

May 15, 2018: JOE SELPH PUPPETS
Joe dazzles his audiences with his wonderful marionettes. A veteran of The Jim Henson Company, his show is filled with magic, laughter, and fun. Join us for this unique show that’s sure to entertain both young & old.

May 22, 2018: SMALL FURRY ANIMALS
We have the most adorable line-up of pocket-sized pets visiting for some hands-on fun! Children will be introduced to chinchillas, dwarf rabbits, lop eared rabbits, lion-head rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice and a rat or two!

May 29, 2018: MUSIC WITH NATHALIA
Nathalia’s beautiful collection of interactive and bilingual music will delight the whole family. She has classic songs and her own award-winning original music that she blends into a wonderful interactive show.

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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 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:

May 9, 2018: RUMBLING RHYTHMS
Join us for a spectacular hour of drumming and music when Alan brings his unique talents to Kids Club! Alan will encourage your child’s creativity and musicality with his wonderful assortment of drums and instruments.

May 16, 2018: JOE SELPH PUPPETS
Joe dazzles his audiences with his wonderful marionettes. A veteran of The Jim Henson Company, his show is filled with magic, laughter, and fun. Join us for this unique show that’s sure to entertain both young & old.

May 23, 2018: SMALL FURRY ANIMAL
We have the most adorable line-up of pocket-sized pets visiting for some hands-on fun! Children will be introduced to chinchillas, dwarf rabbits, lop eared rabbits, lion-head rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice and a rat or two!

May 30, 2018: MUSIC WITH NATHALI
Nathalia’s beautiful collection of interactive and bilingual music will delight the whole family. She has classic songs and her own award-winning original music that she blends into a wonderful interactive show.

Pleasant Valley Skate Park in Camarillo

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Pleasant Valley Park at 1030 Temple Avenue (at the corner of Temple and Ponderosa) opened in 1998 when it became the first special district in the State of California to open a skate park. It quickly became one of the most heavily used recreational facilities in the district.

The Pleasant Valley Skate Park is a 12,000+ sq ft concrete park that features beginner, intermediate, and more advanced areas for skaters.

The Skate Park may be used only during daylight hours and is deemed closed from dusk to dawn.

Effective May 2, 2018, there is no longer a fee to enter the Skate Park. The park will no longer be staffed by PVRPD employees, however, except for Saturday mornings from 10am to 2pm to ensure a safe environment for younger skaters.

Only skateboards, in-line skates and BMX style bikes are allowed.  Visit www.pvrpd.org/parks/speciality/skatepark.asp or call 805.482.1996 for more information.

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Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park Branch

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There are two great local Conejo Valley libraries for kids and adults alike. The Grant R. Brimhall Library is at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks (805.449.2660) and the local Newbury Park Branch is at 2331 Borchard Road (805.498.2139). The main library has a huge children's section with a great 3,600 gallon aquarium in the hallway leading into the main library. Visit the library website at www.toaks.org/library to learn more.

As of April 2018, library hours are as follows (subject to change):

Grand R. Brimhall Library:

  • Mon-Thurs: 11am to 8pm
  • Fri: 10am to 6pm
  • Sat: 10am to 5pm
  • Sun: Noon to 5pm

Newbury Park Branch Library:

  • Mon-Wed: Noon to 8pm
  • Thurs-Fri: 10am to 6pm
  • Sat: 10am to 5pm
  • Sun: Closed

Both libraries are closed on major holidays

If you're looking for a place to cool off and relax during the summer months, you can't beat the Thousand Oaks Library. Nice and cool in there and plenty of spaces to grab a book and vedge out. Take advantage of it!

Other items of note:

  • The Thousand Oaks Library is not part of the Ventura County Library System (it was part of the system prior to November 1982) and thus your library card can only be used for books at these two libraries.
  • The Grant Brimhall Library is 84,000 sq ft and the Newbury Park Branch is 17,000 sq ft.
 The 3,600 gallon saltwater aquarium.

The 3,600 gallon saltwater aquarium.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Ventura

Sky Zone Trampoline Park opened at 2825 Johnson Drive, Ventura in mid-January 2016. Sky Zone offers wall to wall trampolines with open jump sessions, "SkySlam" court, SkyRobics fitness classes, dodgeball, and more. Pricing as of November 2017 is $8 for 30 min, $12 for 60 min, $15 for 90 min, $20 for 120 minutes and $25 for all day jumping! Sky Socks required ($3).

Learn more at www.skyzone.com/ventura or call 805.804.9555.

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.

Open for private parties on weekends with some open play times posted weekly.

Pacific View Mall Kids Club in Ventura

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The Pacific View Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. The Mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Kids Club takes place every third Saturday of the month from 3-4pm in the Center Court of Pacific View Mall, 3301 E Main Street, Ventura.

Upcoming Dates: Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16, Jul 21, Aug 18, Sep 15, Oct 20, 

www.shoppacificview.com