Chuck E. Cheese's - Thousand Oaks and Ventura

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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

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/storedetails/ca/thousand-oaks/320 and 4714 Telephone Road in Ventura (805.644.9777) www.chuckecheese.com/storedetails/ca/ventura/453.

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

Rising Stars Tennis in Thousand Oaks

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Rising Stars Tennis specializes in teaching tennis to children at locations in the Conejo Valley. The owner has over 20 years of experience teaching tennis to children and has received the USPTA Little Tennis Award for her teaching excellence.

Visit www.risingstarstenniskids.com or call 805.495.2220 for more information.

Brandon's Buddies Free Kids Club in Calabasas

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Brandon's Buddies is a free kids club that meets every month at Brandon's Village at Gates Canyon Park located at 25801 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Calabasas. This playground is the first fully-accessible playground in the region. The day may include integrated play, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainment and treats.  Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

All children with and without disabilities and their families who want to spend a great day playing in the sunshine and making friends are invited to participate!

Brandon's Buddies gives children with disabilities the opportunity to play with their typically-able peers, while giving their parents a chance to share experiences and advice with other parents/caregivers.  It gives children without disabilities the chance to get to know their peers and gain greater awareness and compassion.

For more information, visit The K.E.N. Project website at www.kenproject.com or call 818.222.8118.  Or visit the KEN Project calendar at www.kenproject.com/calendar

Note from Conejo Joe: The group meets USUALLY (some exceptions noted) the first Saturday of each month from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. But make sure to check in advance.  Or just show up.

Upcoming dates (as of 12/19/18): Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6, May 4, Jun 1, Jul 13, Aug 3, Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7.

LeXT Robo Academy in Agoura Hills

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LeXT Robo Academy at 39039 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Agoura Hills (cross street Kanan) uses LEGO education concepts and curriculum to provide a hands-on learning experience and fun environment for students while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Students between the ages of 3-12 years old will build and design the infrastructures using basic mechanical devices and concept through engaging S.T.E.M. base activities and workshops, as well as camps during school breaks.

Learn more at lextusa.com/ah.html or by calling 818.699.2388. Also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/lextroboacademy.

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation in Santa Barbara

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, is a one-of-a-kind museum for all ages designed to ignite learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity.  

The museum opened its doors to the public on February 25, 2017 at 125 State Street, Santa Barbara, adjacent to the Amtrak Station.

The museum's three floors are filled with 17,000 sq ft of hands-on exhibits that encourage open-ended discovery, analytical assessment, experimentation, play and just plain fun.

The interactive exhibits are organized around seven themes that all relate to science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

  • Tech Track: Includes an Innovation Workshop, a makerspace area where you can imagine, design and test your own creations using a wide variety of technologies and tools

  • Sound Track: In this largest exhibit area on the first floor is a Giant Guitar to learn about how your favorite guitar riffs begin, a Sound Machine, the Reactable (part DJ table, part musical instrument), Foley Studios sound studios and more.

  • Fantastic Forces Courtyard: This space is dedicated to gravity, magnetism, propulsion, centripetal force and more. Conduct test flights in our Wind Column Workshop, launch an Air Rocket and discover the power of magnetic fields on our Magnetic Islands.

  • Speed Track: Build your own race car and send it down the race track, play the game of Mindball, prototype designs for a marble roller coaster and more.

  • Light Track: Explore lights, colors, shadows and more. Take the ultimate selfie at Mosaic Faces. Create a bold display of colored lights at Light Patterns. Control the Color Mixing Machine that hangs above the entryway and learn more about color and light waves.

  • Interactive Media Track: Explore a wide range of digital interactive experiences designed in partnership with area artists, educators and scientists.

  • Sky Garden: The exhibit-filled rooftop includes Whitewater, a fully interactive water feature including a giant Archimedes screw. Create a wind-, sun- and human-powered symphony with the Weather Orchestra. Step inside the Lookout Tower to see the city through the lenses of five different observation scopes. And walk across the glass Sky Deck for a unique view of the courtyard below.

MOXI is open daily, except Christmas and Thanksgiving, from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $15 for ages 13+, $12 for ages 3 to 12 and free for 2 and under. The museum encourages the purchase of timed-entry tickets in advance at www.moxi.org.

MORE ON MOXI AT THIS LINK

The STEM Center at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme

The U. S. Navy Seabee Museum Seabee STEM Center is a well put together area of the museum geared towards exposing kids to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. More details and images by clicking the following image.

Pleasant Valley Swim Team in Camarillo

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The Pleasant Valley Swim Team (PVST) is a year-round competitive swimming organization that has been developing outstanding community members in Camarillo and Ventura County for over four decades. PVST trains at the indoor Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center - the only indoor facility in Ventura County.

PVST accepts new members aged 6-18 on an ongoing basis, space permitting. A swim tryout is required for prospective new members for minimum skills assessment and group placement

Visit www.pvst.org or call 805.987.6886 for more information.

JCPenney Kids' Zone at Pacific View Mall in Ventura

JCPenney Kids’ Zone lets school-age kids create fun arts and crafts projects each month. Kids will receive a collectible pin for every project they finish. Collect six pins to receive a Project Master medallion. Kids must be accompanied by a parent. Materials will be provided.

Upcoming events from 11am to noon at the JCPenney store at the Pacific View Mall in Ventura.

  • Dec 8: Create Your Own Nerf Target

  • Jan 12: Color & Create a 2019 Kids Calendar & Stand

  • Feb 9: Design a Pair of Valentine Cards

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Simi Valley Batting Cages

Founded in 1989, Simi Valley Batting Cages and Pro Shop offers full service batting cages with baseball, slow pitch and fast pitch softball, hardball/softball instruction and equipment.  Indoor/outdoor facility. Located at 2019 Donville Avenue, Simi Valley. Open weekdays noon to 9pm and weekends 10am to 8pm.

Call 805.527.8998 or visit www.facebook.com/svcages for more information.