Chuck E. Cheese's - Thousand Oaks and Ventura

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.

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/locations/get/320 and 4714 Telephone Road in Ventura (805.644.9777) www.chuckecheese.com/locations/get/453.

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

Ventura County Master Children’s Choir

The Ventura County Master Children’s Choir was founded by the Ventura County Master Chorale and Opera Association as a choral organization dedicated to the training of children in the classical choral arts.  The organization is committed to giving children quality vocal training and music education, as well as professional level performance training.

The vocal training in the choir utilizes the bel canto style of Italian singing, which is the basis for good vocal production. As members of the choir, children gain an appreciation for great singing and enjoy concertizing and sharing their music with others.

The group performs locally several times a year and goes on tours. Contact the choir director to schedule a friendly audition! More information at www.mastercc.org.

For Art's Sake Studio in Agoura Hills

For Art's Sake offers fine art classes exclusively in oil painting. While other methodologies dictate that students must graduate through training in other skills and mediums prior to working with oils, For Art's Sake's philosophy is that all the required skills can be effectively taught as part of the process. Students learn basic to advanced techniques in drawing, composition, color harmony and mixing theories.  Oils are a wonderfully flexible and forgiving medium for artists of any skill level to explore with unique potential for growth and advancement.

Kids and adults art classes are available as well as summer art camp, birthday parties and more. Visit www.4artsakestudio.com or call 818.707.1952 for more information. For Art's Sake is located at 30317 Canwood St. #38, Agoura Hills.

Titan Water Polo Club

Titan Water Polo Club is a year-round youth water polo club that practices at the Rio Mesa High School Community Swimming Pool (545 Central Avenue, Oxnard). Games and scrimages are played in Ventura County. It is a coed club for ages 8 to 14. Summer season begins in May. Visit titanwpc.wordpress.com or call 805.388.1238 for more information.

Camarillo Academy of Performing Arts

The Camarillo Academy of Performing Arts (located at 2520-A Los Posas Road) has brought the performing arts to students since 1999. The Academy features a state-of-the-art facility featuring over 10,000 square feet of learning space and a professional faculty with vast teaching and performing experience. Ages three through adult. Classes offered in ballet, tap, pointe, acrobatics/tumbling, lyrical/contemporary, aerial, modern, hop hop and voice. All boys dances classes too!

For more information, visit www.camarilloacademy.com or call 805.383.6446.

123 Rock School of Music in Westlake Village

Located at 31361 Via Colinas, Suite 102 in Westlake Village, 123 Rock offers fun and enriching music lessons for kids and adults at its studio or at your home, in private or group sessions as well as ensembles and music workshops.

123 Rock offers instruction in Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Voice, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Songwriting, Arranging, Garage Band, Logic and more with professionally trained musicians having years of experience in the music field. Their teaching plan combines reading music, playing both original and existing songs, improvisation, ear training and composing music/writing songs.

Visit www.123rock.net or call 818.386.8850 for more information.

Talent Lab in Westlake Village

Talent Lab is a production facility located at 2282 Townsgate, #4, Westlake Village that is an open environment for dance and aerial arts training. Talent Lab is home to production companies related to live specialty show development, including Revelations contemporary dance and aerial arts company.

Talent Lab creative dance classes introduce young children (ages 3+)  to music, movement and dance with an emphasis on developing motor skills, rhythm, creativity and confidence. Students will be exposed to basic song and dance skills with an intro to ballet, tap and jazz. They also have an intensive dance program geared towards highly motivated students.

Visit www.talentlabonline.com or call 805.557.4942 for more information.

Monarchs Gym - Newbury Park and Agoura

Founded in 1977, Monarchs Gymnastics has two 13,000+ sq ft facilities and provides a professional athletic services to 1,500+ families with over 300 classes offered weekly for boys and girls, recreational or competitive, 18-months to adult. Classes include gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic) for all ages, sports cross training, tumbling programs, cheerleading, teen and adult fitness classes, special needs programs and more.

Additionally, Monarch's offers monthly workout passes, camps, Parents' Night Out, open gym, birthday parties and field trips.

Locations at 3599 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park (805.375.4663) and 5331 Derry Avenue, Suites C-H, Agoura Hills (818.889.3634).  More information at www.monarchsgym.com.