Thousand Oaks Teen Center

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center located at 1375 East Janss Road adjacent to Conejo Creek Park and the Thousand Oaks Library (near intersection of Janss and the 23 freeway) is funded by the City of Thousand Oaks and managed by the Conejo Recreation and Park District.  It is a nice sized facility with a gymnasium, classrooms, a 1,000 sq ft game room and computer lab.

Programs includes classes, concerts, dances, camps, leagues, trips and other great activities for kids in 7th through 12th grade.  The facility is open 7 days a week, usually until 9 or 10 p.m. (5 p.m on Sundays).  Visit www.thousandoaksteencenter.com or call 805.494.5156 for more info.

Cottontail Creations Art Center in Ventura

Hone your natural abilities and talents with a little help from the experts at Cottontail Creations, at 1744 East Main Street, Ventura. Our unique Art Center is dedicated to educating artists specializing in Metal Clay, Polymer Cay, Silver Chain making, & Mixed Media. Dabble in any of these mediums and you're sure to be hooked!

Studio Work Space
Available for all the mediums we offer, our workspace provides you with plenty of uninterrupted table space and great lighting. Extensive tool kits are offered to get you from raw materials to a finished creation, but artists must provide the medium.

Classes
Classes are constantly updated; call (805) 643-1700 for specific class times, fees, and information. Art, clay, and silver classes build on each other. You must have taken the beginning class to attend the intermediate class.

A History of Quality Service
Family-owned-and-operated, our art studio is dedicated to providing you with the personal attention you deserve. We design and make our own tools and always have two senior instructors on hand to assist you. More information at www.cottontailcreations.net.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Los Angeles

Conejo Valley Guide reader Leslie from Thousand Oaks recommends taking the kids to check out the nostalgic Bob Baker Marionette Theater at 1345 W. 1st Avenue in Los Angeles.  Bob Baker has been around for 50 years and he has an inventory of over 3,000 puppets!  Visit www.bobbakermarionettes.com to learn more and reserve tickets!

"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."


Conejo Simi Aquatics

Conejo Simi Aquatics (CSA) is dedicated to delivering premier, community-based aquatics programs and is proud to be a USA SwimmingSilver Medal Club. Serving the Conejo and Simi Valleys since 1973, CSA has a proud history of fostering the highest levels of individual and team achievement through excellence in coaching and the support of its member families. CSA’s student-athletes have competed in Olympic Trials, National and Junior National competitions and Sectional championships. CSA has developed swimmers who have held World and American Records. With a broad set of programs encompassing novices, age group swimmers, elite national and international competitors and masters swimmers, CSA offers an aquatics experience for everyone.

Conejo Simi Aquatics is a USA Swimming club for kids ages 5 and up and for adults through itsmasters' programs. CSA swims at 3 different pool locations; Cal Lutheran University, Rancho Simi Pool in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks High School.  More information at www.csaswim.com or call 805.379.2378.

Children's Theater Experience - Conejo Valley

Children's Theater ExperienceChildren's Theatre Experience (CTE) is an organization dedicated to providing children of all ages the opportunity to experience the magic of live, musical theatre. This non-profit educational organization is designed to expose children to all aspects of professional theatre productions, including training in all theatre arts, from acting to choreography to voice training and learning the art of appreciating live theatre as part of an audience.

The Conejo Valley location has been open since 1994 and rehearses at the Agoura Hills Dance and Performing Arts Center.  Performances are at Pepperdine University.  For more information, visit www.ctexperience.com or call 800.514.2787.

Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast serves the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz.

Girl Scouts of Tres Condados began with the formation of a council in Santa Barbara in 1921. Between 1923 and 1945, additional councils developed in Atascadero, Carpinteria, Ventura and Fillmore. To serve all of Ventura County, another council was added in 1946. The Santa Barbara Council expanded to include San Luis Obispo County in 1958. With this expansion, the Santa Barbara Council was renamed the Los Padres Council. By 1964, the Los Padres Council and the Ventura County Council merged to form Tres Condados Girl Scout Council.

Girl Scouts are divided into Daisy Girl Scouts (ages 5-6), Brownie Girl Scouts (ages 6-8), Junior Girl Scouts (ages 8-11), and STUDIO 2B® for girls ages 11-17.

For more information, visit www.girlscoutsccc.org or call the Southern Region Office at 800.822.2427.

Boy Scouts of Ventura County

The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America—incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916—is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.  The Ventura County Council of the BSA is located at 509 East Daily Drive in Camarillo.  Visit www.vccbsa.org or call 805.482.8938 for more information.

Tiger Cubs is a year-round family- and home-centered program that encourages the ethical decision-making skills for first-grade (or 7-year-old) boys. These boys participate in the program with their adult partners. The program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, and family understanding.

Cub Scouts is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for boys in the second through fifth grade (or who are 8, 9, and 10 years old). Activities emphasize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.

Webelos Scouts is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for fourth- and fifth-grade (or 10-year-old) boys. Webelos Scouts participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouting. A year-round program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Boys also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade.)

Varsity Scouting. An active, exciting, year-round program for young men 14 through 17 built around five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events.

Venturing. A year-round program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills.

Channel Islands YMCA - 2 Ventura County Locations

The Channel Islands YMCA (www.ciymca.org) is an association of 7 YMCA branches serving Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization providing programs based upon Christian principles to men women and children of all ages, races, religious beliefs and economic status to develop and enrich the spirit, mind, and body.

The Camarillo Family YMCA at 3111 Village at the Park Drive (805.484.0423) provides access to health and wellness information and activities for all ages. The Camarillo Family YMCA- Hiji Center has a wide variety of adult and senior programs, including aquatics, aerobics and cardiovascular exercise, weight and strength training, yoga, basketball and volleyball leagues, triathlon training and more!

Expanded family and youth programs include: Family Fun Nights, Parents' Night Out, World of Wonder events, The Zone (for kids ages 9-12), summer camps, sports leagues, Youth Wellness classes (such as tumbling, hip-hop dancing, judo, and more), and child care programs. The new facility now affords the popular Adventure Guides programs a place for large gatherings both indoors and outdoors.

The Aquatics Center at the Camarillo Family YMCA provides instructional swim programs for all ages, ability levels and interests. Youth and adult lessons are offered year round as well as special classes for those with physical limitations. More info at www.ciymca.org/camarillo/about.html.

Located along one of the most scenic stretches of the California coast line, the Ventura Family YMCA at 3760 Telegraph Road (805.642.2131) has been serving the city of Ventura for 120 years. The YMCA got its start on September 30, 1887 with a house that was purchased on the corner of Santa Clara and Oak Street. Today, the Ventura Family YMCA has grown with an expansive 6,000 facility members and provides childcare to over 200 children in its after-school programs. A 3,000 square foot natatorium was added with two heated indoor pools allowing an aquatics program to flourish and serve 5,000 children annually.  More info at www.ciymca.org/ventura/about.html.