Kids Fun Zone and Outdoor Play Area at Janss Marketplace

Janss Marketplace

The Kids Fun Zone program at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks will take place the last Saturday of the month from March through October in 2019. This free event takes place from noon to 2pm near Burlington.

Kids Fun Zone includes crafts, entertainment, fitness and fun for ages 12 and under. www.janssmarketplace.net

The playground area at Janss Marketplace.

The playground area at Janss Marketplace.

Scooter's Jungle Simi Valley

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Scooter’s Jungle Simi Valley is a 12,000 square foot facility located at 2250 Union Place, Unit B with huge, custom-made inflatable jumpers and permanent structures that include the tallest and longest indoor inflatable slide. The play equipment is right-sized for kids and parents to play. The facility opened its doors in December 2012.

Features both open play and private events, including birthday parties, fundraisers and team gatherings. Free table games and a DJ‑quality music system also in place.

"All ages" two-hour open play events are $10 per child, which includes on adult. Additional adults $5 each (as of May 2019).

Visit www.scootersjungle.com/location/simi-valley or call 805.203.9200 for more information, or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ScootersJungleSimiValley.

We visited Scooter's Jungle for the first time in February 2013 during an "open play" session. There are 3 slides, one of which I tried, and it was quite fast! There are 4 different bounce houses, including 2 with mini-obstacles and a fun mini zip line, and a 4th, larger bouncer with basketball hoops in it. There is also an extra large climbing play area and two ping pong tables. 

One of 3 massive indoor slides at Scooter's Jungle Simi Valley.

One of 3 massive indoor slides at Scooter's Jungle Simi Valley.

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Fun on the zip line

Fun on the zip line

The massive climbing play area (this photo does not do it justice...it's huge).

The massive climbing play area (this photo does not do it justice...it's huge).

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Storytime in the JCPenney Court at The Oaks Every 3rd Friday of the Month

Calabasas Mommy hosts Storytime and Play Date near The Oaks Mall indoor play area from 10am to 11am every 3rd Friday of the month. Near the JCPenney Court. Meet and greet at 10am, kids’ crafts and family story time at 1015am, including parent/child reading circle and parachute play and more craft time at 10:30am.

Calabasas Mommy Project Green: Bring 4-clean/empty bottles (soda/water/sports drink), and you'll receive a FREE Kids Meal to Red Robin after the event. www.shoptheoaksmall.com/Events

Upcoming Dates: 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9/19, 10/18, 11/15, 12/20

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.

Gold Coast Gymnastics in Ventura

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Gold Coast Gymnastics, a 10,000 square foot facility located at 1980 Goodyear Avenue, Ventura, offers classes for boys & girls 15 months to adult. Recreational through competitive gymnastics including open gym (Fridays 7-9PM), tumbling and trampoline, Kids Night Out, birthday parties, day camps, summer camps, field trips and more. 

Visit www.goldcoastgymnasticsclub.com or call 805.658.2825 for more information.

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

Veterans' Memorial

Splash pad

Splash pad

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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.