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 2019, 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.

Kids Club at The Annex Food Hall at The Collection at RiverPark

The Annex Food Hall at The Collection at RiverPark is host to a Kids Club on the last Wednesday of each month from 10:30am to 11:30am. Bring your kids for storytime and crafts with the Oxnard Public Library and First 5 Ventura County.

Upcoming dates in 2019: 2/27, 3/27, 4/24, 5/29, 6/26, 7/31, 8/28, 9/25, 10/30, 11/27

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KidzCity in Woodland Hills

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KidzCity, Inc is a licensed play, educational and party center where you can safely drop your kids off or stay, chat or work in our work rooms for no extra charge. KidzCity offers a variety of kids' activities, including video games, ping pong, air hockey, foosball, board games, toys, dress up activities and more.

Open on no school days and holidays for fun play and activities, as well Parents' Night Outs on Fridays, camps, after school programs, birthday parties and more. All ages, including adults. Located at 22325 Dolorosa Street, Woodland Hills (Ventura Blvd and Shoup).

More info at www.kidzcity.us or 818.887.7516.

The Play Destination in Agoura Hills

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The Play Destination is 5,000 sq ft indoor playground and birthday party center for children, with comfortable seating and modern decor for parents. The space offers children a clean, safe environment to play and is equipped with an indoor play structure, bounce house, interactive floor games, and other mentally and physically stimulating activities. Geared towards kids up to 7 years of age.

Located at 28501 Canwood Street, Suite 3E in Agoura Hills. Visit theplaydestination.com or call 818.292.8644 for more information.

Open for private parties on weekends with some open play times posted weekly.

Tawni's Ponies & Animal World Petting Zoo

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At Tawni's Ponies & Animal World Petting Zoo provides pony rides, petting farms, for birthday parties, school events, carnivals, company picnics and other special events.

Serving Ventura County, West Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley. Santa Clarita Valley & Santa Barbara.

More information at www.animalworldpettingzoo.com or call 805.524.5181.

Saplings Indoor Playground in Simi Valley

Saplings Kids Indoor Playground opened in May 2016 at 1776 Erringer Road, Suite 100, Simi Valley. The playground is designed to foster creative, pretend, and imaginative play for children between the ages of newborn to eight. Upon entering Saplings you will discover four main imagination stations, as well as wall-to-wall murals of beautiful trees, blue skies, and friendly woodland animal friends.

  • The Reading Nook – an inviting space filled with plushy kid-sized chairs and couches, moon chairs, a fluffy rug, cuddly stuffed animals, and a large collection of children’s books. In this space children are welcome to find a comfy spot, grab a book, and read under a canopy of branches and leaves.

  • Seedling Meadow – a safe space designated for seedlings (children under the age of 2) to play, crawl, explore, and practice tummy time. Here you will find foam toys, climbers, activity mirrors, and an assortment of sensory toys to engage growing minds and bodies. This meadow is sectioned off from the main floor, which allows young children to play safely.

  • The Art Room – a creative space stocked full of art supplies to inspire young artists. Inside you will find six stand-up easels, paint, brushes, rollers, drying racks, and paper. There are also three large work tables for coloring books, stencil work, and stamping. There is even a large chalk wall for children to draw and write right on the wall.

  • The Main Floor – an indoor playground consisting of “imagination stations”: kid-sized toys that foster pretend and imaginative play. Stations include: a puppet theater, a baby care nursery, a fully stocked grocery store, an ice cream and bakery stand, a kitchen and restaurant, a campground, tool table, train table, transportation mats with vehicles, dress-up closet, a musical band stand to put on concerts, and so much more!

Open daily on weekdays for open play. Available for private parties on weekends. Learn more at www.simivalleysaplings.com or by calling 805.210.5372.

Pricing (as of January 2019): $10 per child. $9 per sibling thereafter. Free for adults and non-participating children. Monthly memberships available.

Chuck E. Cheese's - Thousand Oaks and Ventura

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The kids absolutely love it at Chuck E. Cheese's, there's plenty of things to do, and I am a fan of the grilled chicken sandwich, fries and, yes, a nice cold beer to wash them down.  And the kids ALWAYS wolf down the pizza there.  Chuck E. Cheese's is geared towards kids ages 2 to 12.

Make sure to check the Sunday newspaper coupons before you go because they have coupons in there all the time.  Or if you don't get the paper, just visit their website at www.chuckecheese.com, click "Coupons" and "Get a Coupon" to find discount coupons for the location of your choosing.

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Chuck E. Cheese's Thousand Oaks location front entry

How about a quick walkthrough of the Thousand Oaks Chuck E. Cheese's.  Admittedly the video is lousy but gives you a feel for what the place is like...when not PACKED with kids!

Chuck E. Cheese's is at 130 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks (805.497.2522) www.chuckecheese.com/storedetails/ca/thousand-oaks/320 and 4714 Telephone Road in Ventura (805.644.9777) www.chuckecheese.com/storedetails/ca/ventura/453.

Some footage at the Ventura Chuck E. Cheese's in November 2010.

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.