Young Art Lessons Children's Art Store and Studio at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks (Closed)

Young Art Lessons closed their store at The Oaks in Fall 2018.

Young Art Lessons, the children's art store and studio, is located at The Oaks Mall, offering "drop in" art lessons seven days a week.

Instructors promote each student's individual style and creativity offering techniques in the use of oil pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil, while assisting the children to achieve a completed composition to take home at the end of the lesson.

Parents are able to select from a variety of class time lengths ranging from 15 minutes to multiple hours, depending on their shopping, dining or theatre plans at The Oaks. Students may choose from a variety of compositions including animals, still life, landscapes, floral, and cartooning using Young Art's quality products.

Classes start at $12.95 for 15 minutes, $19.95 for 30 minutes, and $29.95 for 1 hour. The studio offers multi class discount passes along with birthday parties. All art materials are provided courtesy of Young Art.

For more information call 805-795-9400 or visit www.youngartusa.co. Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-7pm

Gull Wings Children's Museum - Oxnard (Closed)

NEWS: Gull Wings closed its Oxnard location on January 10, 2016 to focus on procuring a new location.

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Gull Wings Children's Museum opened in 1988 and has dozens of fun, interactive, educational exhibits geared towards ages 2 to 12. There is a tidepool, fire engine, emergency room, ambulance, space station, astronaut room, live animals, mineral/fossil room, camp-out area, an actual car, toddler area, western area, recording room, reading room and the list goes on!

Gull Wings was located at 418 W. Fourth Street, Oxnard.  For more information on future plans for the museum and how to help visit www.gullwings.org or call 805.483.3005.

Calabasas Academy of Dance

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Calabasas Academy of Dance offers classes in ballet, pointe, tap , jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, break dancing and musical theater dance. The training is geared towards both aspiring professionals and students who may choose another career path. Faculty consists of highly trained individuals who have danced professionally in ballet companies, Broadway shows, and TV & film. Located at 4505 Las Virgenes Road, Suite 102, Calabasas. Visit calabasasacademyofdance.com or call 818.880.8152 for more information.

Seaside Steamer Train Rides For Kids at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard

The Seaside Steamer at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard offers trackless trains rides around The Collection for $3 per rider. The train is open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sundays. Boarding is on Park View Court.

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Gates Canyon Park / Brandon's Village - Calabasas

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Brandon's Village

The 7 acre Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas includes picnic areas with barbeques, fitness course, children's play area, basketball court, tennis courts and plenty of open grass area.  The park is north of the 101 freeway and east of Las Virgenes.

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Designed by Shane’s Inspiration, a non-profit organization that designs and builds universally accessible playgrounds, and opened in October 2006, Brandon’s Village features playground equipment that is over 70% independently playable for children with disabilities and also provides meaningful and stimulating play opportunities for able-bodied children.

Gates Canyon Park / Brandon's Village is located at 25801 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Calabasas. Call 818.880.6461 or visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/vtour/parks-recreation/gates-canyon.html for more information.

There is a huge play area for 5 to 12 year olds with many unique features not seen in other parks, such as a unique roller-driven slide and a large "swaying" ship. There is also a separate play area for younger children. The video below doesn't quite do the place justice but will give you some feel for how cool Brandon's Village is.  This is a "must visit" place in my opinion if you live in the area with kids!

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 lazer tag (offered at designated time frames; currently closed for refurbishment as of Oct 2015) 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 101 Freeway in Ventura

The Famous Golf N' Stuff Castle Seen from 101 Freeway in Ventura

Each activity is priced separately. Mini golf as of August 2015 costs $9.00. You can also purchase a 2 hour unlimited use wristband on weekends for $25.00 (as of August 2015) 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 $12.75 to $22 per person (pricing current as of August 2015) for Ameci's pizza, cake, access to the rides, etc.

Golf N' Stuff is open 365 days per year! 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. The park is on the right side.

Oxnard Public Library Locations

In 1907, the Oxnard Public Library opened its doors on what is now the corner of C and Fourth Streets in a building funded by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation.  In 1909, the library opened deposit stations, which later became branches, in the areas of Port Hueneme, Moorpark, Saticoy, Camarillo, Somis, and Santa Susana. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors dissolved this arrangement in 1915 with the establishment of the Ventura County Library System which provided service to the aforementioned cities. The City of Oxnard leaders at that time decided to maintain the Oxnard Public Library as a city library, separate from the County Library System.  

The City of Oxnard maintains the following locations:

Main Library: 251 South 'A' Street
Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 9am-5:30pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm
 
South Oxnard Branch: 4300 Saviers Road
Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 9am-5:30pm
 
Colonia Branch: 1500 Camino del Sol #26
Monday-Thursday: 12pm-6pm

Visit www.oxnardlibrary.net for more information.

Westlake Village Skate Park

Westlake Skate Park

The Westlake Village Skate Park opened in August 2015 at the Westlake Village Community Park at 31107 Thousand Oaks Boulevard. It is open from dawn to dusk to skateboards and inline skates only. No bikes or scooters allowed. The skate park is closed when the surface is wet.

This is an unsupervised skate park. Helmet, elbow and knee pads are required. Adult supervision required for children under the age of 13.

More information at www.wlv.org/index.aspx?nid=389.

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