CheerForce - Simi Valley

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CheerForce is located at a 10,000 sq ft athletic training center located at 671 Cochran Street in Simi Valley. CheerForce offers competitive cheer teams, tumbling classes, introductory cheer classes, cheer camps, birthday parties and private lessons to boys and girls.

For more information, visit www.cheerforce.com or call 805.582.2211.

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!

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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.

Sycamore BMX in Simi Valley

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Located at 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley, Sycamore BMX is a popular BMX track and home to riders at all levels.  Riders must become member of the American Bicycle Association to ride on the track (can be purchased at the track).  The track hosts classes, races, practices and birthday parties.  Visit www.sycamorebmx.org or call 805.583.BMX7 for more information.

DojoBoom Extreme Air Sports in Thousand Oaks

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DojoBoom Extreme Air Sports opened at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks on November 3, 2017. 

Offering over 50,000 sq. feet of extreme attractions, including trampolines, launching decks, Ninja Obstacle Course, Extreme Dodgeball, AirDunk, SlackLine, Trapeze, Aerial Silks, a huge climbing wall, foam pits and more.

Hours (as of January 2019):

  • Sun-Thu 9-10am KidJump (6 and under only), 10am-9pm Open Jump (all ages)

  • Fri-Sat 9-10am KidJump, 10am-9pm Open Jump, 9pm-midnight Club Nights (15+)

Birthday party packages available. 

Pricing (as of January 2019) starts at $19 per hour for ages 7 and up ($15 for ages 6 and under). Must purchase and wear special DojoBoom grip socks ($3 - and they have a number of designs).

Learn more at www.dojoboom.com or call 805.410.4690.

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Rising Stars Tennis in Thousand Oaks

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Rising Stars Tennis specializes in teaching tennis to children at locations in the Conejo Valley. The owner has over 20 years of experience teaching tennis to children and has received the USPTA Little Tennis Award for her teaching excellence.

Visit www.risingstarstenniskids.com or call 805.495.2220 for more information.

Ventura County Junior Tennis Association

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Ventura County Junior Tennis Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth tennis in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Counties. Through the efforts of its many volunteers and the generosity of sponsors, VCJTA strives to provide opportunities for youth to enjoy the great sport of tennis. Join in the fun! The VCJTA offers tennis tournaments to juniors ages 6 to 18.  More information and registration information at www.vcjta.com.

Thousand Oaks Teen Center

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The Thousand Oaks Teen Center is located at 1375 East Janss Road adjacent to Conejo Creek Park North and the Thousand Oaks Library (near the intersection of Janss and the 23 freeway).

The teen center is funded by the City of Thousand Oaks and is managed by the Conejo Recreation and Park District.  It is a nice sized facility with a gymnasium, classrooms, a 1,000 sq ft game room and computer lab.

Programs includes classes, concerts, dances, camps, leagues, trips and other great activities for kids in 7th through 12th grades. 

The facility is open seven days a week, with the following hours (as of August 2018):

  • M-Th 2-9PM
  • F 2-10PM
  • Sa 11AM-10PM
  • Su 1-5PM

Visit www.thousandoaksteencenter.com or call 805.494.5156 for more information.

Foxfield Riding School - Lake Sherwood

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A riding school, training barn and summer horseback riding camp for girls at 1250 East Potrero Road  in Westlake Village, Foxfield focuses on English hunter-jumper riding, and is home to the world-famous Foxfield Equestrian Drill Team. Learn all about Foxfield at www.foxfield.com or call (805) 495-5515.

Harley's Bowling Centers - Simi and Camarillo

I loved bowling as a kid but today bowling alleys are few and far between. The Ventura County Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, previously a Border's bookstore, prior to that was the 40-lane Conejo Valley Village Bowl in 1995 (can anyone tell me more about that alley?) but there are no bowling alleys in the Conejo Valley today.

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The good news is that there are two alleys within 20 minutes of us. Harley's Bowling Centers (www.harleysbowl.com) operates alleys in Simi Valley and Camarillo. Simi has 24 lanes and Camarillo has 20 lanes.

There is another Harley's now called Harley's Valley Bowl on the east end of Simi Valley that was formerly Brunswick Zone.

There are leagues for kids ages 6 and up and for adults. There is the popular "Atomic Bowling" with loud music and black lights. These alleys also make great birthday venues too...try the bumper lane bowling for the little ones. You can rent a lane for open bowling by the hour or by the game

Harley's Simi Valley is at 480 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley (exit Madera off the 118 freeway) (805.526.4212).

Harley's Camarillo is at 305 Arneill Road, Camarillo (Ponderosa Shopping Center, behind 99 Cents Store) (805.482.0747)

Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Ventura

Sky Zone Trampoline Park opened at 2825 Johnson Drive, Ventura in mid-January 2016. Sky Zone offers wall to wall trampolines with open jump sessions, "SkySlam" court, SkyRobics fitness classes, dodgeball, and more. Pricing as of November 2017 is $8 for 30 min, $12 for 60 min, $15 for 90 min, $20 for 120 minutes and $25 for all day jumping! Sky Socks required ($3).

Learn more at www.skyzone.com/ventura or call 805.804.9555.