Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park

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Oak Canyon Community Park is located at 5600 Hollytree Drive in Oak Park at Kanan. This is a nicely appointed park with a children's splash pad, playgrounds, lagoon/pond with ducks, dog park and plenty of open space.

More information on the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District website at www.rsrpd.org/oak_park/parks/oak_canyon_community_park.php.

The Oak Park Dog Park at Oak Canyon Community Park opened in May 2010. It is open from 7am to dusk every day (closed 7am to 10am for maintenance on Fridays). For more information, visit www.rsrpd.org/oak_park/parks/oak_canyon_dog_park.php.

 Oak Canyon Dog Park on a non-busy day.

Oak Canyon Dog Park on a non-busy day.

Casitas Water Adventure in Ventura

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Casitas Water Adventure is a water park at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area that is open throughout the summer, generally from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

There are two distinct areas. For younger children, there is a multi-level jungle gym with waterfalls, bridges and slides in a lagoon with water up to 18" deep.

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The 1,200 foot long Lazy River offers a cool water ride on inner tubes along a scenic waterway featuring waterfalls, fog filled bridges and jet sprays. The inner tubes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but usually there are plenty of them on hand.

 The 1,200 foot long lazy river at Casitas Water Adventure is my kids' favorite.

The 1,200 foot long lazy river at Casitas Water Adventure is my kids' favorite.

For the very youngest tots, a zero-depth pool sprays water from all angles, providing a safe, fun play area.

Shaded decks, lounge chairs, showers, restrooms and a snack bar are available, but food is not allowed inside the park (though you can bring bottled water). Certified lifeguards are on hand at all times and life jackets are available at no extra charge while supplies last. Locker rentals are available for a nominal fee.

Do take note that they don't heat the water here. It is a bit on the cold side for many, though on hot days this can be a good thing.

Lake Casitas Recreation Area is located at 11311 Santa Ana Road, Ventura. Take Highway 33 from Ventura towards Ojai, make a left turn on Santa Ana Blvd, then a right on Santa Ana Road 3 or 4 miles to the park entrance. Visit www.casitaswater.org/lower.php?url=water-adventure for more information, including operating schedule/hours and prices or call 805.649.2233.

For summer 2018, operating hours are Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday/Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pricing is $13 per person on weekdays ($15 on weekends and holidays) (free for under 1 year of age), $24-28 for a 2 consecutive day pass and $70 for a full-season pass. 

They offer "late day" passes for $7.50 (subject to cancellation) during the last 3 hours of operation each day. Casitas Water Adventure is open generally from late May through Labor Day weekend, so take advantage during the summer months!

2018 Schedule: Opening day is Saturday, May 26th. Final day of the year is September 15th.

Parking inside Lake Casitas is $20 on weekends/holidays and $10 on weekdays. There is parking available on Santa Ana Road if you don't mind walking.

My kids particularly enjoy the Lazy River. There are some shady areas but do bring plenty of sunscreen as the sun beats down pretty hard out there. The water playground is definitely geared towards younger kids, with a large assortment of slides, water spouts and fun. My boys seemed to quickly get bored in the water playground starting around age 7-8, but they continue to enjoy the lagoon, which propels you round and round in a gentle current.

Samuelson Aquatics Center Community Pool at CLU in Thousand Oaks

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The Community Pool at Samuelson Aquatics Center is the result of a unique collaboration between the University, the Conejo Recreation and Park District and the City of Thousand Oaks.  This year-round facility includes a nice shade structure, picnic tables, outdoor showers, classes and more. The seven-lane pool serves as a warm-up pool for CLU athletes during competitions.  It is available to the local community, swim clubs and masters swimmers.

Also available for parties of up to 90+ people. Includes shaded picnic area with 1-5 tables, party attendant and lifeguards, flat screen TV use, DVD player, music/iPod adapter, games, refrigerator, toys and floats. Rent the whole pool to yourself or share with the public.

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Samuelson Aquatics Center is located on the Cal Lutheran Campus at 100 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks (Click here for map).  Visit crpd.org/programs/aquatics or call 805.241.0894 for more information.

Recreational swim hours vary but the pool is open 7 days per week during the spring/summer. Pool heated up to 82 degrees.

Pool hours and fees are at crpd.org/programs/aquatics/hoursnfees.asp. As of May 2017, $3 admission for ages 2 to 61, $2 for ages 62+, CLU students and veterans (with ID). Open 6 days a week during the winter months (closed Sundays) and 7 days/week during spring/summer months, generally March 1 through Labor Day weekend.

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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 April 2017 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 April 2017 no specific timing available.

Simi Valley Aquatics

Simi Valley Aquatics opened the first indoor swim school in Simi Valley in July 2016. The facility offers year-round swim lessons with two 90 degree pools for all ages, baby to adult. Offering group lessons, private lessons, semi-private lessons, "Baby & Me" classes and private parties. Located at 1263 Simi Town Center Way. Visit www.SVaquatics.com or call 805.443.SWIM for more information.

Rancho Simi Community Pool in Simi Valley

The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District maintains the massive Rancho Simi Community Pool, located at 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley.

The pool is available year round for lap swimming, recreational swimming, swimming lessons, birthday parties, periodic events and more.

Hours vary for recreational swimming, so check website below for schedules. Current admission cost (as of August 2016) is $3 for ages 3 to 64, $1 for 65+ and free to 2 and under.

To learn more, visit www.rsrpd.org/recreation/aquatics.php.

Water Wings Swim School in Agoura Hills

Water Wings Swim School opened in August 2015 at the Agoura Hills Town Center, 30135 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills.  

Water Wings is a year-round indoor swim school offering private and group lessons to children and adults of all ages, starting at 3 months. They also do birthday parties, family day open swim events, parents' night out events and more.

For more information, visit www.waterwingsswimschool.com or visit the Water Wings Agoura Hills Facebook page at www.facebook.com/waterwingsah

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Splash Park at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard

Splash Park is a pop up splash fountain built for the enjoyment of the community and patrons of The Collection at RiverPark. It is located just outside of the Lazy Dog Restaurant. Open 9am to noon and 1-5pm daily. Closed noon to 1pm for maintenance.

Visit thecollectionrp.com/connect/news/detail/162/splash-park-hours-and-information for rules and policies regarding use of the fountain.

Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center - Camarillo

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Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center is located at 1030 Temple Avenue, Camarillo. The center has the distinction of being the only indoor public swimming pool in Ventura County. The pool has eight 25 yard lanes, a one-meter diving board and 65 foot spiral water slide, outdoor patio and party area and locker rooms with full amenities. The pool is heated to about 81 to 83 degrees.

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The Aquatic Center offers a wide variety of year round programs consisting of lap swimming, water aerobics, cardio sculpt, swimming lessons, diving lessons, water polo classes, parent and child classes, adult only swimming lessons, therapeutic swimming, lifeguard certification classes, special events and more.

The Aquatic Center is also available for rent, offering a variety of all inclusive party packages, or an hourly rental rate for your special celebration, fundraiser or competition.

As of June 2016, single entry fees into the facility are $3 for ages 4+, $2.50 for ages 60+ and free for 3 and under.

More information at www.pvrpd.org/parks/speciality/aquatic.asp or call 805.987.8198 or 805.482.1996.

The Aquatic Center is surrounded by 13 acre Bob Kildee Park, featuring picnic tables, play equipment, restrooms, basketball courts, tennis courts, lighted ball fields, a soccer field and the Pleasant Valley Skate Park.

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