Kids Fun Zone and Outdoor Play Area at Janss Marketplace

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The enhanced monthly Kids Fun Zone program in 2017 at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks will get youth moving and offer neweducational activities. The first Kids Fun Zone event of the year is Saturday, January 28 with craft and fitness activity.  Other dates are Feb 25, Mar 25, Apr 29, May 27, Jun 24, Jul 29, Aug 26, Sep 30, Oct 38, Nov 25 and Dec 30.

The FREE Kids Fun Zone is held on the last Saturday of each month from 12 noon to 3 p.m. near the Toys R Us store at Janss Marketplace, located off the Moorpark exit on the 101 Freeway at the intersection of Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. 

The Kids Fun Zone will continue the popular seasonal craft activity. NEW in 2017 are FREE Zumba classes for kids.  The Zumba classes, held during the three-hour Kids Fun Zone, will be held at 1 p.m. near the interactive fountain.   Kids who take part in the Zumba class will have a chance to win a free Janss gift card just for joining in the fun! 

Janss will host Martial Arts Fitness classes, Computer, Robotics and “Fun with Food Healthy Meal Planning” activities at various Kids Fun Zones during the year.   Each month children celebrating a birthday will receive a gift from Janss Marketplace.  The Kids Fun Zone also features family interactive events and merchant discounts.  

Scooter, the lovable Kids Fun Zone costume character Mascot will host Kids Fun Zone events, handing out prizes to kids during the “Spin to Win” wheel on March 25, July 25 and December 30.

Kids Fun Zone membership is FREE for children age 12 and younger.  Families can register children at www.JanssMarkepplace.net or at any of the monthly Kids Fun Zone events.

Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena

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Kidspace Children's Museum is an interactive, must see children's museum next to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, located on four acres inside Brookside Park (480 N. Arroyo Boulevard).

Kidspace has over 25 interactive exhibits, in addition to gardens, arroyo streams, and frequent daily/weekly activities. Designed for kids between 12 months and 12 years old, Kidspace provides children the opportunity to explore the physical, natural and environmental sciences while having a lot of fun. While at Kidspace they can dig for fossils, climb 40 foot towers, see a real bee hive or even start an earthquake.

Visit www.kidspacemuseum.org or call 626.449.9144 for more information. During the months of September through May, the museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm and weekends 10 am to 5 pm. Open Mondays from mid-March to early September.

Admission is $13 per person (including kids) as of January 2017. Infants under age 1 are free. Family memberships are available.

Free Family Night is the first Tuesday of each month from 4 pm to 8 pm.

While making the trek to Pasadena with two young kids can be a haul, it is definitely worth it. There are so many things to see and do both inside the museum and in the large outdoor area, your kids will have fun for several hours...climbing, crawling, playing, feeling, discovering, tinkering, etc. The cafeteria has a decent selection of food too and the museum store has a large assortment of neat learning items. And on your way back home in Ventura County, stop by Griffith Park for some kiddie train rides!

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Conejo Valley Little League

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Conejo Valley Little League (CVLL) is a chartered member of Little League Baseball.  Since 1963, CVLL has been a youth sports resource for boys and girls ages 4 to 18 years. The league has eight age-grouped divisions plus a Challenger Division for mentally and physically handicapped players.  In all, a typical Spring season will include about 450 players and 100 volunteers.  Practices begin in February and the playing season runs from early March to mid June.  A Fall Ball season runs from September through November.

CVLL produced the United States Champions in the 2004 Little League World Series. A few of those same players were part of the CVLL team that won the 2010 United States Big League Championship for players aged 18 and under!

The playing divisions and age groups of CVLL are:

Challenger Division - The Challenger Division is a unique program for mentally and/or physically challenged youth aged 5 thru high school age which allows the enjoyment of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities.

Peanut Division (Ages 4 - 6) – Little League rules require that all 4, 5 & 6 year olds play in the Peanut Division, which does not allow pitching. The Peanut Division is strictly instructional and non-competitive, providing a fun environment that introduces players to the fundamentals of the game. There are no tryouts and players are assigned to teams by the CVLL Player Agent.

Minor International Division (Ages 6-8) – All 7 year old players and some 8 year olds will be assigned to this division, in which pitching is introduced. 6 year olds with at least 1 year of tee ball experience may petition to play in this division. This division is also non-competitive in that no standings are kept. Players are assigned to teams by the Player Agent.

Minor National Division (Ages 7-9) – This is a developmental division which introduces players to more advanced techniques involving base running, fielding and pitching. Players are drafted onto teams after participating in tryouts. 7 year olds may petition to play in this division. This is a player’s first exposure to a competitive division.

Minor American Division (Ages 9 – 12) – This division includes players aged 10 to 12 not drafted into the Majors, and enough 9 year olds to fill out the league. This division provides these players an opportunity to expand their skills by incorporating more advanced parts of the game such as base stealing and bunting. Players are drafted onto teams after participating in tryouts. Players aged 12 are not allowed to pitch. Players in this division may be drafted up to the Major Division during the regular season to fill a vacancy.

Major Division (Ages 10 – 12) – The Majors consists of experienced 10, 11 and 12 year old players participating in a highly skilled division. Managers stress sound fundamentals in all aspects of the game. Players are drafted onto teams after participating in tryouts.

Junior Division (Ages 13 & 14) – All 13 and 14 year olds participate in this division, which features lead offs, pick offs and a larger field. The division consists of CVLL teams and teams from other nearby leagues. Players are drafted onto teams after participating in tryouts.

ABDG Division (Ages 15-19) - Amateur Baseball Development Group

More information at www.conejovalleylittleleague.org.

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 2017 dates (as of 12/29/16): Jan 14, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3, Jul 8, Aug 5, Sep 9, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2.

The Little Gym - Thousand Oaks

The Little Gym - Thousand Oaks offer gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, birthday parties for toddlers through grade school children.  The gym relocated to 1070 Country Club Drive, Unit F, Simi Valley (Wood Ranch, which borders Thousand Oaks) in January 2014. 

Visit www.thelittlegym.com/ThousandOaksCA or call 805.527.7367 for more information.

Newbury Park Track Club and Other Ventura County Youth Track Clubs

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The Newbury Park Track Club (NPTC) is a youth recreational sports program in track and field. Founded in 1968, the NPTC is the oldest continuously running youth sports organization in the Conejo Valley.

Registration takes place in December/January (for spring track season) and early summer (for fall cross country season) each year. Age groups range from 7 to 16 years. Teams are as follows:

  • Gremlins: Ages 7-8
  • Bantams: Ages 9-10
  • Midgets: Ages 11-12
  • Youth: Ages 13-14
  • Intermediate: Ages 15-16

Each team is coached by at least one coach, with additional support from parents and specialty coaches as needed.  Athletes compete fairly and equally.  All athletes are eligible to compete an equal amount, and all have an equal chance to earn first place awards.

For more information, visit www.nptrackclub.org.

NPTC is a member of the Ventura County Youth Track Conference, a non-profit, tax-exempt California corporation.

Other clubs currently in the conference include: Camarillo Cosmos, Heritage Valley Blazers, Moorpark Striders, Ojai Roadrunners, Oxnard Stars, Thousand Oaks Flyers and Ventura Tigres.

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.