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.

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Camarillo Bat-R-Up (Indoor Batting Cages)

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Camarillo Bat-R-Up offers indoor batting cages for individual sessions, private instruction and parties and is open 7 days a week.

They are located at 487 Dawson Drive in Camarillo. Visit www.camarillobatrup.com or call 805.987.BATR (2287).

  • Arm pitching machines

  • Baseball: 40 - 60 - 80 mph

  • Softball: slow and fast pitch

  • Pro cage for private instruction

  • Batting equipment and supplies

All Stars Athletics Indoor Batting Cages and Sports Training Facility in Newbury Park

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All Stars Athletics, located at 711 Rancho Conejo Boulevard, Newbury Park, is a 13,000 sq. ft. indoor sports facility that provides training and instructional opportunities in baseball, softball, soccer and more.

There are 7 automated baseball/softball batting cages suitable for ages 5 to adult, a 3,500 sq. ft. multi-sport astro turf training area, a team room area that seats up to 15 people, waiting area with WiFi access and more. They also offer party and corporate event packages with fully supervised and customized games and optional access to batting machines.

Visit www.allstarsathletics.com or call 805.498.6200 for more information.

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The Hit Factory Baseball and Softball Training Facility in Thousand Oaks

Located at 2001 Anchor Court, Unit A, Thousand Oaks, The Hit Factory is a 23,000 sq ft indoor baseball and softball training facility featuring an 80 foot turf diamond, strength-training area, batting cages and bullpens. The facility offers classes, clinics, group and individual training, birthday parties and more. Visit thfbaseball.com or call 805.375.1414 for more information.

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.

Big Z Family Fun Center in Simi Valley

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Big Z Family Fun Center and Restaurant at 2428 Stearns Street, Simi Valley has homemade pizzas, appetizers, salads, pasta and more! Big Z's is over 5,000 feet and has over 50 arcade games, many of which you can win tickets to cash in for prizes (a la Chuck E Cheese). Great place to throw birthday parties, team parties, etc.  More information at www.bigzsimi.com or 805.526.3000.

Big Z is 20 to 25 miles from the Conejo Valley as it is located in the eastern-most part of Simi Valley.

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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.

Starlight Dance Academy in Ojai

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Located at 407b Bryant Circle in Ojai, Starlight Dance Academy provides dance classes to children and adults. Current classes include jazz, ballet, tap, Zumba and hip hop as well as Pilates, yoga and mommy and me sessions. Also a great place for children's birthday parties! For more information, visit www.facebook.com/starlightdanceojai or call 805.646.3732.

Delano Athletica Junior Gymnastics in Ventura

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Delano Athletica provides a junior gymnastics program that is safety-certified by USA Gymnastics and tailored to kids ages 3 and up.  Delano is located in a 13,200 sq ft space at 3036 Seaborg Avenue, Ventura.

Delano teaches a wide variety of positive, safe and age-appropriate classes that help build confidence and coordination in our young people. Students experience growth, fun and instruction on the balance beam, climbing rope, pull-up bar, floor mats, trampoline & tumble track.

There is also an adult workout area at Delano Athletica available per workout, by the hour or by the month. www.delanoathletica.com/index.php/parent-workout-hours

Visit www.delanoathletica.com or call 805.850.0491 for more information.