Kids Fun Zone and Outdoor Play Area at Janss Marketplace

 Janss Marketplace

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 Toys R Us store entrance. 

Kids Fun Zone includes music, games and arts and crafts. Scooter, the lovable mascot, will be on hand for pictures and prize giveaways on 3/11, 

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.

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/calendar

Note from Conejo Joe: The group meets USUALLY (some exceptions noted) the first Saturday of each month from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. But make sure to check in advance.  Or just show up.

Upcoming dates (as of 10/15/18):  Nov 3, Dec 1

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:

9/26: The Amazing Dave Magic Show - Dave brings an outrageous magic and juggling variety show that is sure to be a hit! 

October 3: Juggling with Michael Rayner
Direct from Knott’s Berry Farm, this amazing juggler has an attention-grabbing show that is fun for the entire family. You don’t want to miss his incredible act, including a special trick that has been featured on the Late Show with David Letterman.

October 10: A Visit from Miss Mary Poppins 
Join us for a storytime performance and meet & greet with Miss Mary Poppins! Children are encouraged to bring their little umbrellas and join in the celebration.

October 17: Reptacular Animals – Small Furry Animals
We have the most adorable line-up of pocket-sized pets visiting for some hands-on fun. Meet chinchillas, dwarf rabbits, lop-eared rabbits, lion-head rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice and a rat or two!

October 24: Kinderwise Halloween Special
Join Sparkelina and Busybee for a magical Halloween adventure through singing, dancing, comedy, skits, learning, fun engaging games and more!

October 31: Franklin Haynes Marionettes Halloween Puppet Show
Welcome our very spooky friends, joining us for Halloween! They’ll be flying in on strings and have some amazing and scary tricks to share. Join us for some colorful Halloween Marionette fun.

Rancho Tapo Community Park in Simi Valley

Located at 3700 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley, Rancho Tapo Community Park al is hidden away north of the 118 freeway between Sequoia Avenue and Tapo Canyon Road. The park has something for everyone, including several play areas, splash pad*, covered area for gatherings, nicely appointed fitness circuit area, playfields, basketball and a peaceful Veterans' Plaza with pond in memory those who have served. Best of all, this is a very flat park with a nice, 1/2 mile walking path that the kids enjoy riding their scooters on. We like this park! Visit www.rsrpd.org/simi_valley/parks/rancho_tapo_community_park_%28lemon%29.php for more information.

* A new, 55% larger splash pad area, with a water treatment and recirculation system, opened in May 2015.

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Veterans' Memorial

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Splash pad

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Duck Pond at Conejo Creek Park North in Thousand Oaks

This is the largest duck pond that I'm aware of certainly in the Conejo Valley if not all of Ventura County. Conejo Creek Park North is a great park in Thousand Oaks with a creek running through it down to a pond full of duckies quacking around. There's also a pond at the top of the creek as the water recirculates. There must be a couple hundred ducks on hand at this park and they're pretty friendly.

You're really not supposed to be feeding the ducks but it is hard to resist. The problem though is that feeding bread to ducks is really bad for them because of all the refined sugar. They need cracked corn, oats and other grains. So while I do mention "feeding the ducks" in the video, if you're really interested in feeding them, stop by a feed store for some duck food if you want to do the right thing.  In any case, these ducks are cute and entertaining so go pay them as visit!

Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara

Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara is a huge park that sandwiches East Cabrillo Boulevard.  On the ocean side of Cabrillo the park consists of a palm-lined, narrow strip of park adjacent to East Beach with an oceanfront bike path and walkway from Stearns Wharf to East Beach.  This side of the park is host to Sunday/holiday arts and crafts shows.  The 14,600 square foot Skater's Point skate park is also located on this side of the park.

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Call 805.564.5418 for more information or visit www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/parksrec/parks/features/playgrounds/chase.asp.

On the other side of Cabrillo is a huge 10 acre parcel that features fountains, creeks, a lagoon, carousel, snack bar and a shipwreck playground modeled after an ocean schooner from the turn of the century.

The park is walking distance to Stearns Wharf, the beach, bike rentals, State Street, etc.

From 1999 to 2017, the park was home to a vintage 1916 40 foot in diamater carousel, The carousel was relocated to Fort Hood, Oregon to a museum.

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 provides an exciting 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. 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, the kid-friendly Conejo Community Park is nearby.

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.

Paintball USA in Oxnard

Paintball USA is located in Oxnard at 5011 West Gonzales Road.  Paintball USA offers Co2, compressed air, paintballs, markers (guns), and safety equipment on eight different fields. 

Designed for all levels of players, from beginners to advanced. Professional staff briefs all players on paintball games and safety. Air guns, camouflage outfits, paintballs and safety headgear are available for rent and for purchase.

Open weekends from 9am to 4pm. Airsoft and Splatmaster parties are offered.

For more information, visit www.paintballusa.org or call 805.585.2227.