Duck Pond at Conejo Creek Park North in Thousand Oaks

This is the largest duck pond that I'm aware of certainly in the Conejo Valley if not all of Ventura County. Conejo Creek Park North is a great park in Thousand Oaks with a creek running through it down to a pond full of duckies quacking around. There's also a pond at the top of the creek as the water recirculates. There must be a couple hundred ducks on hand at this park and they're pretty friendly.

You're really not supposed to be feeding the ducks but it is hard to resist. The problem though is that feeding bread to ducks is really bad for them because of all the refined sugar. They need cracked corn, oats and other grains. So while I do mention "feeding the ducks" in the video, if you're really interested in feeding them, stop by a feed store for some duck food if you want to do the right thing.  In any case, these ducks are cute and entertaining so go pay them as visit!

Oxnard Police Activities League (PAL)

Oxnard Police Activities League (PAL) is a citywide, after-school crime prevention program that provides outreach to local youth, ages 4 to 18, to build positive relationships between youth, police officers and the community. PAL's mission is to divert youth away from gangs and other criminal activity by providing a wide variety of positive alternatives under the care and supervision of trained police officers, recreation staff and community volunteers. Membership at PAL is FREE and of all of PAL's programs are offered at low or no cost to participants.

A wide variety of programs are offered year-round, including athletics, enrichment (e.g. music, education), leadership, mentoring, community events and more. Visit www.oxnardpal.org for more information.

Atomix Youth Athlete Development - Various Locations

Atomix Speed and AgilityAtomix Youth Athlete Development provides speed, agility and quickness training for various sports in private/semi-private sessions, team sessions, clinics and camps.  Geared towards kids age 8 to 18. For more information, visit www.AtomixAthlete.com, call 818.636.5676 or email them at email@atomixathlete.com.

Nearby locations include Westlake Village, Malibu, Simi Valley, Calabasas, Oak Park and Agoura Hills.

Kids' Arts/Westside Cultural Center in Ventura

Located in downtown Ventura, Kids’ Arts is a creative arts program offered on a drop-in basis for children ages 5-14. Every Saturday morning from 10 am to noon, children participate in hands-on art, music, movement and theater activities facilitated by professional artists. All Kids’ Arts programs are fun and free!

Kids’ Arts/Westside Cultural Center. a non-profit organization, provides a free, comprehensive arts program for kids and teens! Children participate in classes in visual arts, theater arts and creative movement with caring and professional teachers. These artistic outlets offer children a means of expressing feelings, strengthening self-esteem, developing healthy social skills, interacting with positive role models, and encouraging alternate, healthy activities to risk behavior.

Parents and caregivers are welcome to stay with their children and join in the fun. Located at 856 East Thompson Blvd. between Ash & Kalorama, behind Kids & Families Together!  More information at www.kidsartsventura.org or 805.653.0817.