Kids Club at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks

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The Kids Club at The Lakes meets every Wednesday of the month from 11am to noon on the lawn during the months of April 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.

Upcoming Events:

September 11, 2019 | Bob Baker Marionettes

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

September 18, 2019 | Music With Nathalia

Interactive and bilingual music delivers an educational performance that is fun for all ages. Nathalia and Brian present both classic and original, award-winning songs.

September 25, 2019 | Noteworthy Puppets: Jack & The Beanstalk

Sit back and smile as Noteworthy Puppets brings the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk to life. The cast of colorful characters and original music playfully capture the magic of friendship, forgiveness and dream-seeking.

Kids Club at The Commons at Calabasas

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Stop by The Commons at Calabasas (4799 Commons Way) every Tuesday night at 6pm for a weekly dose of fun, including music, dance, arts, crafts, entertainment and so on.

September 10, 2019 | Bob Baker Marionettes

The historic Bob Baker Marionette Theatre delivers a traveling company of marionettes for the whole family to enjoy! Watch as the fanciful, handcrafted characters take the stage and spark imaginations.

September 17, 2019 | Snooknuk and the Robot Puppet Show

Filled with music, dance, lights, bubbles and more, this interactive show is a hit with children of all ages. Watch as Cheri Moon and E-Bot, the robot puppet, perform on an astounding LED rocket ship puppet stage!

September 24, 2019 | The Amazing Dave

The Amazing Dave puts on a wow-factor magic and juggling variety show. Don’t be surprised if you and the kids laugh, ooh and ahh the whole way through as the “fun expert” goes to work.

For more information, visit www.shopcommons.com.

Marina Park in Ventura

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Marina Park is located at the south end of Pierpont Boulevard in Ventura (near the intersection of Pierpont and Coral Street). It is a 15 acre park that has over a third of a mile of oceanfront adjacent to Ventura Harbor, giving it plenty of beachfront, flat sand to play in.

There is also a kids play area (geared toward younger kids), plenty of grass, restrooms and more. There is also a water taxi and a fishing dock. Fun destination park in the Ventura Keys. We never go wrong bringing the kids here. More info at www.cityofventura.net/parks.

The zip line attached to the "San Salvador" ship was taken down in 2016. The city indicates there is a possibility it will be replaced if a safe alternative can be identified.

Newer pirate-themed play area at Marina Park (re-done in 2012).

Newer pirate-themed play area at Marina Park (re-done in 2012).

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Nice, protected beachfront area at Marina Park

Nice, protected beachfront area at Marina Park

The popular San Salvador at Marina Park.

The popular San Salvador at Marina Park.

This popular zip line was taken down in 2016; the city indicates the possibility of identifying a new, safe zip line possibility but as of September 2019 no specific timing available.

This popular zip line was taken down in 2016; the city indicates the possibility of identifying a new, safe zip line possibility but as of September 2019 no specific timing available.

The Ant Hill at Thousand Oaks Community Park

The Ant Hill at Thousand Oaks Community Park is a small hill made with artificial grass covering that provides a fun play slide area for kids. Bring some cardboard! It is located adjacent to a nice playground area and the tennis courts. The park is at 2525 N. Moorpark Road

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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 a disc golf course, trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, playground, beginners’ bike park, terraced areas with picnic benches and more.

Kids' Adventure Garden in Thousand Oaks

The Kids' Adventure Garden (KAG) at the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is open every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The KAG is a fun place for children to learn about nature and gardening.  The garden features a tree house, pirate's cave, zoo garden, hydroponic pod and much more. Free admission (though donations are welcome). Enter at 400 W. Gainsborough Rd. between Lynn Road and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks.

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Kids love running around the KAG and exploring the nearby trails and stream.  Additionally, Conejo Community Park is next to the garden, with a nice playground area, expansive grass and picnic areas.

Visit www.conejogarden.org/KidsGarden for more information and pictures. Additionally, a Native Plant Nursery is open at this location on Sundays.

KAG is also available for birthday parties on Saturdays for a donation.  Call 818.889.0560 for more information.

JCPenney Kids' Zone at Pacific View Mall in Ventura

JCPenney Kids’ Zone lets school-age kids create fun arts and crafts projects each month. Kids will receive a collectible pin for every project they finish. Collect six pins to receive a Project Master medallion. Kids must be accompanied by a parent. Materials will be provided.

Upcoming events from 11am to noon at the JCPenney store at the Pacific View Mall in Ventura.

  • June 8: Kids get to create an out of this world DC Super Hero themed foam frame for their Dad on Father’s Day at the JCPenney Kids Zone! The activity kit includes a foam frame with stand, sheet stickers, foam stickers, a cute fill in the blank story with envelope and markers! In celebration of Batman’s 80th Anniversary, an EXTRA Special Collector’s Pin has been designed specifically for this event. In addition, they will get their FREE JCPenney Kids Zone lanyard & ID Badge! Parents receive an extra special 1 day shopping coupon! Fun for all - free for all!

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JCPenney Kids Zone at The Oaks Mall 2nd Saturday of Each Month

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JCPenney Kids Zone at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks takes place from 11 am to noon the 2nd Saturday of each month.

May 11th: Kids get to make either a Jojo Siwa or TMNT themed Mother’s Day card. The kit will include cards, cardstock, stamps, stencils, crayons and sticker sheets! Just as exciting, two separate Collector’s Pins have been designed specifically for this event. In addition, they will get their FREE JCPenney Kids Zone lanyard & ID Badge! Parents receive an extra special 1 day shopping coupon AND a 25% off Nickelodeon toys coupon which will also include Jojo Siwa apparel/bows/bedding!

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