Kids' Arts/Westside Cultural Center in Ventura

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Located in downtown Ventura, Kids’ Arts is a creative arts program offered on a drop-in basis for children ages 5-14. Every Saturday morning from 10 am to noon, children participate in hands-on art, music, movement and theater activities facilitated by professional artists. All Kids’ Arts programs are fun and free!

Parents and caregivers are welcome to stay with their children and join in the fun.The Saturday art program is held at Arc of Ventura County’s Arcade Drive Community Center at 295 South Arcade Drive, Ventura.

More info at www.kidsartsventura.org.

Studio 17 Art Classes in Newbury Park

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Located in Newbury Park, Studio 17 provides art instruction to children and adults with special needs. Local artist Mary Abraham opened the studio and is an educator, artist and parent of a child with autism; she brings a special understanding of how to teach the arts to students with special needs.

Classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm. For more information, visit studio17atruby.weebly.com or call 805.480.0440.

Simi Dance Center

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Simi Dance Center, located at 1665 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, was established in 1963. 

The center is focused on teaching strong fundamentals and techniques in the areas of ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, musical theatre and hip hop. 

The studio is equipped with two state-of-the-art dance floors, a floating floor and a harlequin floor.  Classes for ages 18 months to adult.  Try a dance birthday party here!

For more information, visit www.simidancecenter.com or call 805.527.2147.

Viridian Art Academy in Agoura Hills

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Viridian Art Academy opened in the Whizin Market Square, 28869 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, in September 2018, offering:

  • Weekly Art Classes for Kids, Teens, & Adults

  • Seasonal Art Camps and Workshops

  • Drop-in Art and Open Studio

  • Kids Art Parties

  • Adult Art Parties

  • Painting Kits

  • Sculpting Kits

And more. Visit www.viridianart.com/agoura or call 818.532.7878 for more information.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Los Angeles

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The Bob Baker Marionette Theater performed for 55 years at 1345 W. 1st Avenue in Los Angeles but its final performance at that location was Friday, November 23, 2018. 

Bob Baker passed away at 90 years old on November 28, 2014 but his theater lives on, with an inventory of over 3,000 puppets!  Visit www.bobbakermarionettetheater.com to learn more about shows at other locations and what is in store in the future.

One local Conejo Valley resident, Leslie P:"The Bob Baker Marionette theater has been in business since I was a child. My parents took me there when I was three or four (I'm native to the area), and I never forgot the experience. The magical images really stuck in my mind. Having those beautiful marionettes come right up to me what just incredible. Of course, having been so young, I was never quite sure of when/where the experience took place. At times I thought the images might have been part of a dream.

I had no idea that they were still in business until I saw an article in the L.A. Times that they were struggling financially. So my mother and I took my kids there in December to see their version of the Nutcracker. It was amazing, the show was exactly the same as I remembered. The theater is old and a little dirty, and the staff are quite a bunch of characters, but the obvious bottom line is that they GET children, they love children, and their humanity is intact. They have not prostituted their talent for the sake of money. I was touched and charmed by the whole experience. I highly recommend it. I couldn't walk out of there without buying an original signed Bob Baker marionette, I was so charmed by it all."

Art Trek in Newbury Park

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Art Trek, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to bring visual, performing and literary arts to people of all ages. Art Trek provides art training to parents and teachers, after school programs, teen programs, summer camps, studio workshops and more. It has been active since 1992 and was established as a not-for-profit in 2006.

Birthday parties, corporate events and more. arttrek.org/schedule-event

Art Trek is located at 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park. Visit www.arttrek.org for more information.

Heart4Art Children's Art Studio in Agoura Hills

Heart for Art is a children's art studio geared towards ages 4 to 15. Flexible scheduling, private and semi-private time slots. No monthly tuition or registration fees. Also, artistic birthday parties and specialized workshops and book discussions for teens, adults and seniors. Located off the 101 Freeway at 5200 Kanan Road, Suite 214 in Agoura Hills. Open Monday through Saturday. More information at www.heart4art.me or call 818.203.5031.

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.