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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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.

Womack's Baseball Academy in Simi Valley

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Womack’s Baseball Academy opened at the Simi Valley Town Center in April 2019. This 6,000 square foot indoor facility offers private lessons for pitching, hitting, batting and catching, group classes for strength and conditioning and batting cage rentals.

The facility is also available for birthday parties, with options including yard games, access to arcade room, dodgeball, cage rentals and more.

Located across from Tilly’s at 1555 Simi Town Center Way, #645. More information at www.badirtbags.com or by calling 805.

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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The Little Gym - Thousand Oaks

The Little Gym - Thousand Oaks offer gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, birthday parties for toddlers through grade school children.  The gym relocated to 1070 Country Club Drive, Unit F, Simi Valley (Wood Ranch, which borders Thousand Oaks) in January 2014. 

Visit www.thelittlegym.com/ThousandOaksCA or call 805.527.7367 for more information.

Ambush Paintball and Airsoft Park in Moorpark

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Ambush Paintball and Airsoft Park opened in April 2013 at 8643 Shekell Road in Moorpark, off of Grimes Canyon Road. There is a turfed arena field and six scenario fields. Full rental gear available. Open for walk-in play, private parties, corporate teambuilding events and birthday parties. Great for beginners through seasoned veterans. Airsoft currently available on Sundays.

Learn more at www.ambushairsoftpark.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Ambushpaintballpark.

The Ambush property used to be the 200+ acre Egg City, which at its peak housed 3.5 million chickens that layed 2 million eggs a day! Egg City closed in 1996 and the structures on the site were burned down in a fire in 2006. There no foul fowl smells detected during our brief after hours visit in July 2013 shown in the video below. We had an eggcellent time checking it out!

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Golf N' Stuff Ventura

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For hours of amusement check out Golf N' Stuff off the 101 freeway in eastern Ventura, just 20 miles west of Newbury Park. Golf N' Stuff features two 18-hole miniature golf courses, Indy style race cars (go-karts), bumper boats, bumper cars and laser tag (offered at designated time frames) and a large arcade. You must be 4' 8" tall to drive the go-karts and at least 4' tall to drive the bumper boats/cars, so make sure to wear heels if you're really short.

The famous Golf N' Stuff castle seen from Highway 101 in Ventura.

The famous Golf N' Stuff castle seen from Highway 101 in Ventura.

Each activity is priced separately. Mini golf as of March 2019 costs $11.00. You can also purchase a 2 hour unlimited use wristband on weekends for $30.00 (as of March 2019) and try everything. I highly recommend registering in the Golf N Stuff Email Club as they email periodic 2 for 1 mini golf coupons that come in handy. There are also printable coupons on the Golf N Stuff site at golfnstuff.com/ventura/coupons.html.

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Wow, talk about a fun venue for a kid's birthday party! Prices range from $15 to $38 per person (as of March 2019) for Ameci's pizza, cake, access to the rides, etc.

Golf N' Stuff is open 365 days per year (366 on leap years)! Yes, it is even open Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day!

There is also a snack bar that serves an assortment of items, like mini pizzas, hot dogs and pretzels. Enough to provide plenty of carbs for your activities.

Golf N' Stuff is located at 5555 Walker Street, Ventura. More info at www.golfnstuff.com or call 805.644.7131. Also check out THIS LINK on CVG for more pics.

Exit the 101 off Victoria, head North to Moon Drive, which turns into Walker, and turn left to the park.

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.

All Stars Athletics Indoor Batting Cages and Sports Training Facility in Newbury Park

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All Stars Athletics, located at 711 Rancho Conejo Boulevard, Newbury Park, is a 13,000 sq. ft. indoor sports facility that provides training and instructional opportunities in baseball, softball, soccer and more.

There are 7 automated baseball/softball batting cages suitable for ages 5 to adult, a 3,500 sq. ft. multi-sport astro turf training area, a team room area that seats up to 15 people, waiting area with WiFi access and more. They also offer party and corporate event packages with fully supervised and customized games and optional access to batting machines.

Visit www.allstarsathletics.com or call 805.498.6200 for more information.

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