Interpretative Playground at Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center

There is quite a neat little interpretative play area at the City of Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center at 29900 Ladyface Court. It has a Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area theme, including a slide, climbing wall, track ride and more. There's a gigantic Rattlesnake Seating Wall, Mountain Lion Climber, Bobcat Climber and Hawk Track Ride. More on the Recreation Center at

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley is a non-profit organization that provides time-tested programs offering leadership training, character development, fine arts, academic support, technology, health and fitness.

Clubs feature Learning Centers, Games Rooms, Computer Technology Centers, Fine Arts Rooms, Multi-Purpose Rooms, and Character and Leadership Centers. For grades 5 through 8.  Visit www.bgcconejo.org for more information. Also spring/summer camps for grades 1 to 12.

Local Clubs:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley offers a variety of indoor spaces for rent for family events, fundraisers and meetings at the Sequoia, Colina and Los Cerritos clubs listed above. Contact individual clubs for more information about facility rentals.

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:

4/5: Springtime Petting Zoo - Spend some time with some furry friends when Reptacular brings their Spring Zoo for a visit! Your little ones will love meeting new animals in this hands-on event.

4/12: Magic with Wacko - A regular at the Magic Castle, Wacko has performed all over the world and brings his extraordinary show to us today. You won't want to miss this unique act that's sure to entertain the whole family!

4/19: Kiddle Karoo Easter Puppets - Kiddle Karoo shows are a fun blend of puppets and live performers, with lots of singing and dancing that your kids are sure to enjoy. You won't want to miss this high-energy show!

4/26: Mr. Cookie Jar - Fusing tradition with innovation, Mr. Cookie Jar unites rock star excitement with the warmth of family music. You won't want to miss it when he brings his extraordinary musical talents to Kids Club!

Kids Club at Michaels Stores

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Michaels Stores has a Kids Club on Saturday from 10am to noon. For $2 your child has 30 minutes to exercise their creative energies while you shop.  Visit www.michaels.com/kidsclub for details. Generally for ages 3 and up.

Michaels also hosts birthday parties! Birthday parties at Michael's are perfect for the kid who loves arts and crafts, and the parents who love enjoying the party and leaving the set-up, clean-up, worry and stress to someone else!  We will even take care of the invitations and thank you notes!

After you have scheduled your party date, we start by walking you through the store so you can pick out your custom project, tailored to your child's special interests, hobbies or personal talents.  Once you have purchased them, we will keep them in the store so that we can prepare them for your party.  You can also buy goody bag items that we will put together for your party guests as well!

Michaels provides the comfortable room for your party, and fun enthusiastic staff to set everything up, lead the craft activity, help out with the rest of the party, and do all of the clean up.  You just bring whatever refreshments and birthdays treats you like (including plates, forks, candles, etc.) and decorations, sit back, and watch your child enjoy being the birthday star! www.michaels.com/birthday-parties.html

Local area Michaels stores in Moorpark (805.552.9140), Westlake Village (818.707.0013) and Camarillo (805.388.5001). www.michaels.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:

3/9: Bob Baker Marionettes

From the historic Bob Baker Marionette Theatre comes their traveling company of marionettes for the whole family to enjoy! Bob's enchanted puppets have pulled the strings of family fun since 1963.

3/16: Magic with Jimmy H.

Jimmy puts on a great family magic show! He incorporates humor, sleight of hand magic, and various escape routines. All Jimmy's magic tricks and illusion involve audience participation. Join us for this Magic Castle-approved magician.

3/23: Juggling with Danny

Danny's talents have taken him all over the world. Today, he visits Kids Club with a good old fashioned variety show filled with juggling, magic, balloons laughs and a whole lot more!

3/30: Music with Kinderwise

Join Fairy Miss Sparkles and Mascot Busybee from Kinderwise as they take your children on a magical musical adventure through singing, dancing, comedy, skits, learning and fun engaging games with bubble machines, a parachute, 3 foot balloons and more!

The Promenade is located at 100 Promenade Way, Westlake Village (southeast corner of Westlake and Thousand Oaks Boulevards). www.shoppromenade.com

Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas

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The City of Calabasas' Juan Bautista de Anza Park at 3701 Lost Hills Road (corner of Lost Hills and Las Virgenes) has facility and recreation space available for rent. The rental space is ideal for birthday parties, holiday gatherings, corporate picnics, or company retreats.

There are three separate age appropriate play areas, a water fountain that shoots water streams eight feet into the air during the summer and a large sport court. This is a fun park that my kids always enjoy! Access to trails too!

Three large picnic areas are available. Each area seats 80 (240 combined). The park’s game and basketball courts may also be rented for party use. A multi-purpose room with panoramic views are also available for rental.

More information at www.cityofcalabasas.com/recreation/deanza.html or call 818.880.6461.

Ventura Harbor Village Carousel and Arcade

Retro look and feel at the Ventura Village Carousel

Retro look and feel at the Ventura Village Carousel

The Ventura Village Carousel and Arcade at Ventura Harbor Village makes for quite an entertaining time and a great place for celebrating a birthday - a 2 hour private party room rental with hot dogs, soda, 36 animal* carousel and arcade access. Learn more at venturaharbor.com/directory/village-carousel.

* An interesting carousel indeed. Not just horses. I see a pig, dog, camels, horses, rabbit, red-nosed reindeer, etc.

Or just stop by Ventura Harbor Village with the kids, try The Parlor (805.658.2837) for burgers, hot dogs and delicious onion rings, grab an ice cream at Coastal Cone, check out the boats, go kayaking or pedal-boating, try a whale watching expedition, etc.

Ventura Harbor Village is at 1567 Spinaker Drive, Ventura.  Call 805.644.3234 for the Carousel/Arcade.  Visit www.venturaharborvillage.com for more information

Indian Springs Park in Oak Park

Indian Springs Park, located at the corner of Rockfield Street and Hawthorne Drive in Oak Park, is a nice sized, flat residential park with a number of amenities. The park has two playgrounds (bigger kids and little kids), tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball court, restrooms and more. Visit www.rsrpd.org/oak_park/parks/indian_springs_park.php or call 805.584.4400 for more information.

This is one of the only local parks I can think of that has one of these metal spinner things (official terminology). I didn't last long on it as my kids pushed me around.
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Tomol Interpretative Play Area at Carpinteria State Beach

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Located at 390 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria, at the northern corner of Carpinteria State Beach Park, the Tomol Interpretive Play Area opened in 2011 through the cooperative efforts of California State Parks, the Morning Rotary Club of Carpinteria, and the City of Carpinteria.

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The play area, universally accessible by all visitors, features a Chumash Indian village with slides, cave, sandstone boulders, a "tomol" plank boat, rainbow bridge and other play structures. Definitely something to stop by and check out with your little ones when you are in the area.

The interpretive play area was awarded the Universal Access Award by California State Parks for “outstanding achievement in increasing universal access” by all visitors regardless of physical limitations.  www.carpinteriachamber.org/carpinteria-parks