Simi Dance Center

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Simi Dance Center, located at 1665 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, was established in 1963. 

The center is focused on teaching strong fundamentals and techniques in the areas of ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, musical theatre and hip hop. 

The studio is equipped with two state-of-the-art dance floors, a floating floor and a harlequin floor.  Classes for ages 18 months to adult.  Try a dance birthday party here!

For more information, visit www.simidancecenter.com or call 805.527.2147.

Viridian Art Academy in Agoura Hills

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Viridian Art Academy opened in the Whizin Market Square, 28869 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, in September 2018, offering:

  • Weekly Art Classes for Kids, Teens, & Adults

  • Seasonal Art Camps and Workshops

  • Drop-in Art and Open Studio

  • Kids Art Parties

  • Adult Art Parties

  • Painting Kits

  • Sculpting Kits

And more. Visit www.viridianart.com/agoura or call 818.532.7878 for more information.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Los Angeles

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The Bob Baker Marionette Theater performed for 55 years at 1345 W. 1st Avenue in Los Angeles but its final performance at that location was Friday, November 23, 2018. 

Bob Baker passed away at 90 years old on November 28, 2014 but his theater lives on, with an inventory of over 3,000 puppets!  Visit www.bobbakermarionettetheater.com to learn more about shows at other locations and what is in store in the future.

One local Conejo Valley resident, Leslie P:"The Bob Baker Marionette theater has been in business since I was a child. My parents took me there when I was three or four (I'm native to the area), and I never forgot the experience. The magical images really stuck in my mind. Having those beautiful marionettes come right up to me what just incredible. Of course, having been so young, I was never quite sure of when/where the experience took place. At times I thought the images might have been part of a dream.

I had no idea that they were still in business until I saw an article in the L.A. Times that they were struggling financially. So my mother and I took my kids there in December to see their version of the Nutcracker. It was amazing, the show was exactly the same as I remembered. The theater is old and a little dirty, and the staff are quite a bunch of characters, but the obvious bottom line is that they GET children, they love children, and their humanity is intact. They have not prostituted their talent for the sake of money. I was touched and charmed by the whole experience. I highly recommend it. I couldn't walk out of there without buying an original signed Bob Baker marionette, I was so charmed by it all."

Art Trek in Newbury Park

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Art Trek, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to bring visual, performing and literary arts to people of all ages. Art Trek provides art training to parents and teachers, after school programs, teen programs, summer camps, studio workshops and more. It has been active since 1992 and was established as a not-for-profit in 2006.

Birthday parties, corporate events and more. arttrek.org/schedule-event

Art Trek is located at 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park. Visit www.arttrek.org for more information.

Lakeshore Learning Saturday Crafts for Kids - Ventura

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Lakeshore Learning stores have free crafts for kids ages 3 and up every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CLICK HERE for upcoming sessions. Lakeshore Learning is such a great store for educational games, toys and materials.

The Ventura store is located at 4705 Telephone Road.  Phone 805.289.1550 or visit www.lakeshorelearning.com.

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Center Stage Performing Arts in Agoura Hills (CLOSED)

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Center Stage has closed its doors.

Center Stage Performing Arts is a small theater and music store located at 28311 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, at the corner of Lewis Road. Center Stage offers music and acting instruction as well as live theater performances. Learn more at www.centerstageagoura.com or call 818.991.3030.  They also offer birthday party options at the theater.

Protégé Performing Arts Center in Westlake Village

Protégé Performing Arts Center is a new performing arts school in the North Ranch area of Westlake Village at 1145 Lindero Canyon Road, Suite D-1, offering classes in all styles of dance, singing, music and acting. Dance classes available for all levels and age ranges, including adults. Both group and private sessions are available. Birthday dance parties available too! Visit www.protegearts.com or call 818.532.7700 for more information.

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Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory in Thousand Oaks

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Founded in 1994, Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory is for the student who values creative expression and supports the powerful idea of process over performance. The students are urged to act, not perform. Here we learn how to make theatre - a group activity, a team sport, a publicly shared into worthwhile material and into the self.

Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory is constructed so that children of grades 3-12 work together, as well as with their peers, providing a unique youth theater opportunity for all. Also provided is a Junior Conservatory for grades 1 and 2 held at a separate time.

Classes are held at Four Friends Gallery, 1414 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks.

More information at www.goldcoasttheatreconservatory.com or call 805.427.5314.