Kids Club at The Annex Food Hall at The Collection at RiverPark

The Annex Food Hall at The Collection at RiverPark is host to a Kids Club on the last Wednesday of each month from 10:30am to 11:30am. Bring your kids for storytime and crafts with the Oxnard Public Library and First 5 Ventura County.

Upcoming dates in 2019: 2/27, 3/27, 4/24, 5/29, 6/26, 7/31, 8/28, 9/25, 10/30, 11/27

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Over 4 Dozen Community Parks in the Conejo Valley

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The Conejo Recreation and Park District maintains over 4 dozen parks in the Conejo Valley. These parks contain over 20 tennis courts, close to 30 basketball courts, dozens of softball/soccer fields, nearly 150 swing sets, around 100 slides, dozens and dozens of play structures and jungle gym equipment and countless other fun things for the kids.

Most parks are open to the public from 7am to 10am, with the exception of Conejo Community Park and Lynn Oaks Park (7am-6pm Oct-Mar, 7am-8pm Apr-Sep), Conejo Creek North Park (7am-6pm Nov-Feb, 7am-7pm Mar & Oct, 7am-8pm Apr-Sep) and Conejo Creek Dog Park (7am-8:30pm).

CRPD maintains a list of parks it maintains at crpd.org/parkfac/parks/default.asp. Some additional observations below.

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Pepper Tree Playfields has multiple playing fields for soccer, baseball, etc. and is a popular spot for local team sports.  The park is equipped with a decent sized play area and smaller kids' play area that was updated in 2008. There's also a .8 mile fitness trail course that runs around the perimeter of the park.

Conejo Creek Park - North in Thousand Oaks behind the Thousand Oaks Library is easily my kids' favorite park.  It is large, has nicely appointed play areas, plenty of restrooms and parking and two large duck ponds with a 720 foot creek joining them. The playground also has a NEOS, an interactive, electronic game with flashing lights, music and sound effects.

If you are a duck fan, Conejo Creek Park - North will not disappoint you. There are more ducks per square foot here than the Anaheim Ducks locker room!

If you are a duck fan, Conejo Creek Park - North will not disappoint you. There are more ducks per square foot here than the Anaheim Ducks locker room!

Borchard Community Park in Newbury Park (Reino Road and Borchard Road) is another large park with multiple playing fields, restrooms, separate play areas for older and younger kids that are quite interesting and newly updated with a farm motif in Fall 2014, tennis courts and a community center where hundreds of CRPD classes are held each year.

Dos Vientos Community Park in Newbury Park (4801 Borchard Road) is also a large park that has multiple restrooms, numerous playing fields, separate play areas for large and small kids, a large, covered picnic table and BBQ area, lots of parking and is another active community hub with hundreds of CRPD classes taking place each year.

Thousand Oaks Community Park (2525 N. Moorpark Road) is a large park that holds numerous annual CRPD events (such as the extremely popular "Touch-a-Truck" event near Father's Day, Halloween events, etc.) and hundreds of CRPD community classes.  Nice playground there too, including the popular "Ant Hill."

Conejo Creek South Playfields at 1300 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks is primarily used for team/league sports, both day and night.  However, other events often take place there, such as Conejo Valley Days, Circus Vargas and various CRPD community events like an annual Easter egg hunt. Although there are no playground areas here, the Conejo Creek Bike Path runs through this park to the Thousand Oaks Library, making it a perfect place to take your young ones who are learning how to ride a bike!

The playhouse at the Kids' Adventure Garden at Conejo Community Park

The playhouse at the Kids' Adventure Garden at Conejo Community Park

Conejo Community Park at Dover and Hendrix in Thousand Oaks is a nicely sized park that is well known for the extremely popular CRPD free summer concert series.  In November 2008, a new play area was completed between the community center and the Botanic Garden that includes a rock and rope climbing area along with a separate play area for the younger set.  There's also a creek that runs through the park and the Kids' Adventure Garden adjacent to the park open on Sundays only is a great activity for your younger set.

Rancho Conejo Playfields on North Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park has a large expanse of grass for soccer games and a baseball diamond.  There is a fun kids area there.  A fun place for the kids to run around.  Not a lot of fully grown trees at this park. Plenty of parking.

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Old Meadows Park at 1600 Marview Drive in Thousand Oaks is hidden away off of Erbes Road in Thousand Oaks and is where the CRPD Therapeutic Recreation Unit is located.  Kind of a quiet, low key, fairly undeveloped park that is geared towards the local neighborhood and younger children. The park features the Rotary Dreamcatcher Playground geared towards children with special needs with a sensory interactive play area stimulating senses and abilities. But all kids are welcome!

Banyan Park at 3571 Erinlea Ave in Newbury Park is a small neighborhood park with restrooms, small covered picnic area and a small kids playground area.

Lang Ranch Community Park at 3287 Lang Ranch Parkway, Thousand Oaks has a large open space for baseball, soccer, etc., a nice playground, a basketball court, etc.  Right across the street from the Chumash Indian Museum and Oakbrook Regional Park.  Plenty of parking on the street and restrooms are available.

Stagecoach Inn Park at 51 S. Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park is a relatively small park with no restrooms and a small kids play area. There is one basketball court.  It is adjacent to the Stagecoach Inn Museum and parking is fairly limited.

Waverly Park at 1300 Avenida de las Flores in Thousand Oaks is a fairly small, older park geared towards local residents.

Wildflower Playfield at Avenida de los Arboles at Canna Street, west of Lynn Road in Thousand Oakshas 19 acres, tons of grassy area for soccer and baseball, a nice playground area, 4 tennis courts, a basketball court, restrooms and more.

The 26 acre Del Prado Playfield in the Dos Vientos section of Newbury Park opened in January 2013, with a cool new playground, tennis and pickleball courts, restrooms, plenty of parking, playfields and nearby hiking.

The expansive Sapwi Trails Community Park opened in the fall of 2018. This 145 acre park is located in the open space between Erbes Road (at Scenicpark Street) on the west and Westlake Boulevard east, with Avenida de los Arboles on the north. The park has numerous features, including disc golf course, trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, playground, bike park, terraced areas with picnic benches and more.

And there's more...click here for a compilation of parks throughout Ventura County.

Storytime in the JCPenney Court at The Oaks Every 3rd Friday of the Month

Calabasas Mommy hosts Storytime and Play Date near The Oaks Mall indoor play area from 10am to 11am every 3rd Friday of the month. Near the JCPenney Court. Meet and greet at 10am, kids’ crafts and family story time at 1015am, including parent/child reading circle and parachute play and more craft time at 10:30am.

Calabasas Mommy Project Green: Bring 4-clean/empty bottles (soda/water/sports drink), and you'll receive a FREE Kids Meal to Red Robin after the event. www.shoptheoaksmall.com/Events

Upcoming Dates: 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21

KidzCity in Woodland Hills

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KidzCity, Inc is a licensed play, educational and party center where you can safely drop your kids off or stay, chat or work in our work rooms for no extra charge. KidzCity offers a variety of kids' activities, including video games, ping pong, air hockey, foosball, board games, toys, dress up activities and more.

Open on no school days and holidays for fun play and activities, as well Parents' Night Outs on Fridays, camps, after school programs, birthday parties and more. All ages, including adults. Located at 22325 Dolorosa Street, Woodland Hills (Ventura Blvd and Shoup).

More info at www.kidzcity.us or 818.887.7516.

The Play Destination in Agoura Hills

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The Play Destination is 5,000 sq ft indoor playground and birthday party center 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.

Kids Fun Zone and Outdoor Play Area at Janss Marketplace

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The Kids Fun Zone program at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks in 2019 will get youth moving and offer new educational activities. Upcoming dates: TBA

The FREE Kids Fun Zone is held on the last Saturday of each month from 12 noon to 2 p.m. near the Cold Stone Creamery.

Kids Fun Zone includes music, games and arts and crafts.

Kids Fun Zone membership is FREE for children age 12 and younger.  Families can register children at janssmarketplace.net/kids-fun-zone or at any of the monthly Kids Fun Zone events.

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Tawni's Ponies & Animal World Petting Zoo

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At Tawni's Ponies & Animal World Petting Zoo provides pony rides, petting farms, for birthday parties, school events, carnivals, company picnics and other special events.

Serving Ventura County, West Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley. Santa Clarita Valley & Santa Barbara.

More information at www.animalworldpettingzoo.com or call 805.524.5181.

Saplings Indoor Playground in Simi Valley

Saplings Kids Indoor Playground opened in May 2016 at 1776 Erringer Road, Suite 100, Simi Valley. The playground is designed to foster creative, pretend, and imaginative play for children between the ages of newborn to eight. Upon entering Saplings you will discover four main imagination stations, as well as wall-to-wall murals of beautiful trees, blue skies, and friendly woodland animal friends.

  • The Reading Nook – an inviting space filled with plushy kid-sized chairs and couches, moon chairs, a fluffy rug, cuddly stuffed animals, and a large collection of children’s books. In this space children are welcome to find a comfy spot, grab a book, and read under a canopy of branches and leaves.

  • Seedling Meadow – a safe space designated for seedlings (children under the age of 2) to play, crawl, explore, and practice tummy time. Here you will find foam toys, climbers, activity mirrors, and an assortment of sensory toys to engage growing minds and bodies. This meadow is sectioned off from the main floor, which allows young children to play safely.

  • The Art Room – a creative space stocked full of art supplies to inspire young artists. Inside you will find six stand-up easels, paint, brushes, rollers, drying racks, and paper. There are also three large work tables for coloring books, stencil work, and stamping. There is even a large chalk wall for children to draw and write right on the wall.

  • The Main Floor – an indoor playground consisting of “imagination stations”: kid-sized toys that foster pretend and imaginative play. Stations include: a puppet theater, a baby care nursery, a fully stocked grocery store, an ice cream and bakery stand, a kitchen and restaurant, a campground, tool table, train table, transportation mats with vehicles, dress-up closet, a musical band stand to put on concerts, and so much more!

Open daily on weekdays for open play. Available for private parties on weekends. Learn more at www.simivalleysaplings.com or by calling 805.210.5372.

Pricing (as of January 2019): $10 per child. $9 per sibling thereafter. Free for adults and non-participating children. Monthly memberships available.

Chuck E. Cheese's - Thousand Oaks and Ventura

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The kids absolutely love it at Chuck E. Cheese's, there's plenty of things to do, and I am a fan of the grilled chicken sandwich, fries and, yes, a nice cold beer to wash them down.  And the kids ALWAYS wolf down the pizza there.  Chuck E. Cheese's is geared towards kids ages 2 to 12.

Make sure to check the Sunday newspaper coupons before you go because they have coupons in there all the time.  Or if you don't get the paper, just visit their website at www.chuckecheese.com, click "Coupons" and "Get a Coupon" to find discount coupons for the location of your choosing.

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Chuck E. Cheese's Thousand Oaks location front entry

How about a quick walkthrough of the Thousand Oaks Chuck E. Cheese's.  Admittedly the video is lousy but gives you a feel for what the place is like...when not PACKED with kids!

Chuck E. Cheese's is at 130 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks (805.497.2522) www.chuckecheese.com/storedetails/ca/thousand-oaks/320 and 4714 Telephone Road in Ventura (805.644.9777) www.chuckecheese.com/storedetails/ca/ventura/453.

Some footage at the Ventura Chuck E. Cheese's in November 2010.