Over 40 Things to Do in the City of Simi Valley

The City of Simi Valley was incorporated on October 10, 1969, making it the 2nd youngest of the 10 cities in Ventura County (Moorpark was incorporated in 1983). It is the 3rd largest city in Ventura County in population (approximately 126,000 in 2018), following Oxnard and Thousand Oaks.

What do all those people like to do in the City of Simi Valley? Well here we will tell you things to do there.

Trails and Hikes

View from Mt McCoy Trail Peak

View from Mt McCoy Trail Peak

Fun for the Kids at Local Ventura County Shopping Malls

Shop and plop yourself down while your kids get entertained or, better yet, entertain themselves.  Here is a roundup of kids' activities and play areas at local shopping malls.  In addition to these ongoing activities, seasonal/holiday events are posted regularly here on Conejo Valley Guide.

The Lakes at Thousand Oaks offers a kids club on selected Wednesday mornings.  The Lakes has nicely appointed outdoor playground with swings, slide and sandbox, large grassy area, two lakes and waterfall.

Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks has Kids Fun Zone arts and crafts on the last Saturday of the month.  There is a small outdoor kids play area for the little ones and an impressive outdoor water fountain, not to mention a NEOS interactive play wall. The DojoBoom Extreme Air Sports attraction opened in November 2017 and is a huge draw for kids of all ages, not to mention adults!

The Commons at Calabasas offers a Kids Club for kids 10 and under on Tuesday nights at 6pm typically March through October as well as an Edwards Theater.

Simi Valley Town Center has a small outdoor kids play area, dragon structure and $2 mini train rides. There’s also the Rockin’ Kids Play Center and Studio Movie Grill to round out the action.

The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks offers an indoor kids play area for little ones, Build-a-Bear Workshop a Gymboree Play & Music and Young Art Lessons Children’s Art Store. The outdoor shops area often has large scale games out.

Pacific View Mall in Ventura has a nice kids' play area near the food court, Le Funland, a Build a Bear and a monthly Kids Club.

Camarillo Premium Outlets expanded by 220,000 sq ft in April 2009 with The Promenade, which has a Spanish style courtyard area.  In 2019, small kids playground area was constructed at The Promenade.

Playground installed at the Camarillo Premium Outlets in 2019.

Playground installed at the Camarillo Premium Outlets in 2019.

The Promenade at Westlake does not have a kids play area but they do have several nice fountains, live music on most summer weekends, the upscale Cinepolis movie theater and a koi pond.

The Village at Dos Vientos Ranch in Newbury Park has a small playground and grassy area with a pond and bridge.

Lakeshore Learning in Ventura is a great store to buy learning toys and products for kids.  It offers free crafts every Saturday from 11am to 3pm.

Malibu Country Mart has a nice outdoor kids' playground area with cool ocean breezes.

The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard has the 16 screen Century TheatreColor Me Mine ceramics studio and a nice outdoor playground/park area. The Seaside Steamer offers trackless train rides Fri through Sun. The Annex Food Hall at The Collection offers a Kids Club the last Wednesday of the month.

Free and Nearly Free Movies All Summer Long Around Ventura County

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Stay cool this summer of 2019 with several hundred free and nearly free ($1 to $4) movies in and around Ventura County and surrounding areas! These movies are at local movie theaters, parks, libraries and other locations!

Agoura Hills: Kids $2 Summer Movie Series at Regency Theatres on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 am June 18 through August 8.

Camarillo: $1 Movies at Edwards Camarillo Palace Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10AM from June 18 to September 4.

Camarillo: Free Movies in the Park Friday nights at various Camarillo parks July 12 through August 16.

Malibu: CineMalibu Summer Movies at Malibu City Hall on 7/20 and at Malibu Bluffs Park 8/17, 9/14 and 10/19.

Moorpark Free Movies in the Park on 6/22, 7/20 and 8/17 at three different parks.

Oxnard: Summer Movie Clubhouse at Century Riverpark 16 - 10 films for $5 or $1 per show on Monday mornings at 9:45 am starting June 17 through August 19.

Santa Barbara: Free Outdoor Family Movies on Friday nights at the Santa Barbara Courthouse July 5 to August 23.

Simi Valley: $1 Movies at Regal Civic Center Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10AM from June 11 to September 4.

Simi Valley: Outdoor Movies (free) and "Dive In" Movies ($3) hosted by the Rancho Simi Rec & Park District in June, July and August.

Simi Valley: Studio Movie Grill at the Simi Valley Town Center is offering up $1 Children's Summer Movies every weekday of the week starting June 10 through August 9.

Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park Libraries host free movie screenings on various dates

Thousand Oaks: $1 Movies at Regal Janss Marketplace on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30am, June 11 to September 4.

Thousand Oaks: Free movies on Friday nights in July at the Conejo Valley YMCA.

Ventura: Kids $2 Summer Movie Series at Regency Theatres on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for 8 weeks, from June 18 through August 8 at 10:30 am.

Westlake Village: Free screening of Moana on July 27th at Berniece Bennett Park

Westlake Village: Summer Kids’ Movie Series at Cinepolis at The Promenade at Westlake mid-June to mid-August.

Woodland Hills: Movies on the Green at Warner Ranch Park on five Saturday nights from July 20 to August 17.

Movies/dates subject to change. Contact organizers to confirm.

AND HOW ABOUT FREE CONCERTS IN AND AROUND VENTURA COUNTY

Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display in Thousand Oaks

For those who missed the local fireworks, here's about 13 minutes of the 20 minute show hosted by the Conejo Recreation and Park District and City of Thousand Oaks, set to patriotic music. This footage was taken from the vicinity of Lynn Road and the 101.

For Independence Day events and activities on the 244th birthday of the U.S., visit THIS LINK next June.

4th of July Fireworks, Parades and Other Events Around Ventura County

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America's 243rd birthday is July 4, 2019! Here is our annual list of local fireworks, parades and other festivities taking place throughout Ventura County and surrounding areas for Independence Day.

Fireworks planned in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Moorpark (July 3rd), Simi Valley, Calabasas, Channel Islands Harbor, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Woodland Hills, Camarillo, Ventura and Santa Barbara. Laser show in Agoura Hills on the 7th.

4th of July celebration parades to take place in Westlake Village, Ventura, Ojai, Santa Barbara, Channel Islands Harbor and Carpinteria (June 30).

Other family festivities and fun includes concerts, carnivals, swimming, games, tournaments, kids' fun zones, 5K/10K runs, etc.!

(Contact us with updates)

Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park

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The annual Conejo Recreation and Park District and City of Thousand Oaks 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is launched from the hill behind the Hillcrest Center of the Arts in Thousand Oaks. Best viewing will be at Janss Marketplace and The Oaks Mall parking lots. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Patriotic music simulcast by KHAY 100.7.

Other CRPD 4th of July events around town include a pancake breakfast and Home Run Derby in the morning at Borchard Park in Newbury Park, Concert in the Park at 5pm at Conejo Community Park and free swimming from noon to 4pm at CLU and NPHS pools.

July 4th 5K/10K Run/Walk at Dos Vientos in Newbury Park. Race proceeds benefits a local non-profit that helps families in extreme circumstances.

Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks once again will be hosting a free viewing of the fireworks along with live music and family activities starting at 5pm on the 4th. Eagles tribute band The Long Run will be performing.

Bethany Church on the Hill in Thousand Oaks once again opens its incredible views to the public with a 4th of July Celebration starting at 6pm. Free music, family fun, food for sale and some of the best views of the Thousand Oaks fireworks display in town!

Ice Cream Social and Patriotic Celebration at Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park from 1-4pm on July 4th. Free admission and ice cream (while supplies last)!

Westlake Village

The 50th Annual Westlake Village 4th of July Parade starts at 9:45am followed by music, inflatables, games, popsicles, etc. at Berniece Bennett Park until noon. Boy Scout pancake breakfast before the parade for $5/person.

The City of Westlake Village presents its 6th Annual Fireworks Spectacular Show from the Westlake Village Golf Course, with additional viewing locations at Calvary Community Church, Westlake Village Inn and Berniece Bennett Park. Activities begin at 6pm, including family-friendly games and contests and food trucks. The 18 minute show will start at 9:10PM.

Calvary Community Church is hosting a Fireworks Celebration starting at 6pm, followed by fireworks viewing at 9pm. Bring blankets, chairs and dinner, or purchase from food trucks on site. No pets, grills, alcohol, tents or tailgating allowed.

Moorpark (3rd of July)

The City of Moorpark presents its 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Arroyo Vista Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road once again. A fun family event with festivities (games, food, entertainment) starting at 4pm (gates open at 3:45pm). Fireworks at 9pm. $5 admission; ages 4 and under are free.

Simi Valley

Visit the Reagan Presidential Library 4th of July Celebration between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Festivities include music, family entertainment, food, presidential re-enactors, face painting, storytelling and more. All 4th of July activities are FREE; however, regular admission applies for touring the museum.

The Star Spangled 4th of July Fireworks Celebration will take place at Rancho Santa Susana Park in Simi Valley on July 4th from 3pm to 9pm, followed by fireworks. FREE admission.

Calabasas

The City of Calabasas 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Calabasas High School opens at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Features live music and kids' fun zone. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. $10 admission includes parking, entertainment and activities. Children under 2 are free. Food and beverages will be offered for sale.

Other Calabasas 4th of July activities include a free Summer Splash Party from noon to 5:30pm, a Pet Show at Calabasas Lake at 11am and the 41st Annual Lakeside Fun Run 4 mile, 2 mile, 1/2 mile and 1/4 mile events in the morning.

Camarillo

The annual fireworks at Camarillo High School are a “go” for 2019 at 9PM but due to anticipated construction at the stadium, activities will be limited. No coolers, umbrellas, chairs, etc. allowed due to space constraints. Gates open at 7PM. Free of charge. Space will be limited because the football field will not be available. MORE DETAILS AT THIS LINK

Another option is to watch the fireworks from Pleasant Valley Fields on the other side of the 101.

Free swimming at the Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center from 1-4 pm on July 4th.

Oxnard/Channel Islands Harbor

Start your holiday with the 16th Annual Channel Islands 4th of July 5K & 10K races. Flat, fast and fun!

Independence Day activities all day long on July 4th at the Channel Islands HarborAfter the 5K/10K, family fun at the Marine Emporium Landing from 11am to 9pm will include a crafters' market, inflatable fun zone, rock climbing wall and food booths. 4th of July Children's Parade starts at 10:30am at Albacore Way, travels north up Harbor Blvd. and ends near Marine Emporium Landing.

At 6 p.m., more than 50 patriotic themed electric boats will cruise around the Harbor in the 3rd Annual 4th of July Electric Boat Parade. The Annual Fireworks by the Sea starts at 9 p.m.

Ventura

The City of Ventura 4th of July Street Festival and 44th Annual Pushem-Pullem Parade are free, with the parade starting at 10am, street fest on Main Street and side streets with over 200 artisans, food booths, vendor displays and live music.

The Rotary Club of Ventura hosts its 24th Annual Fireworks Show and Family Picnic again this year on July 4th at the Ventura College Athletic Field starting at 5pm, featuring a family picnic, live music, kids' fun zone, followed by fireworks show at 9pm! Tickets at the gate $8 adults, $6 ages 4-12.

Ojai

The annual Ojai Independence Day parade will take place at 10am on July 4th. Live music and fireworks show will take place at Nordhoff High School Stadium, starting at 5 pm. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 am. Presale tickets for the nighttime event are available. Details at www.4thofjulyinojai.com.

Fillmore

The 33rd Annual Sespe Creek Car Show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 4th and the City of Fillmore fireworks show starts around 9:15 p.m. at Fillmore Middle School.

The Fillmore & Western "Firecracker Train" departs at 6:30PM for a BBQ dinner and ride, topped off with a viewing of the City of Fillmore fireworks display.

Fillmore & Western July 4th Festival Train Rides at 10am, noon and 2pm. One hour rides on vintage diesel trains!

Santa Paula

Fireworks show planned at Harding Park, 1300 E. Harvard Boulevard at 9pm.

Agoura Hills

On Sunday, July 7th, the City of Agoura Hills presents a free concert at Chumash Park followed by a laser show. Concert starts at 6pm.

Woodland Hills

The Valley Cultural Center in Woodland Hills hosts its July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza featuring free concert at 6pm, followed by fireworks at approximately 9 p.m.

Carpinteria

The 22nd Annual Rods and Roses Classic Car Show will take place on Saturday, June 29th, from 10 am to 3 pm, followed by an Independence Day Parade at 5 pm.

Santa Barbara

The 55th Annual 4th of July Parade starts down State Street at 1pm.  Lots of activities all day near the beachfront hosted by the City of Santa Barbara and SPARKLE and of course fireworks at West Beach at 9 p.m.

Malibu

The City of Malibu does not host a public fireworks display but the LA County Fire Dept approves permits for private fireworks displays off of barges in the ocean. Locations in 2019 include Paradise Cove and Malibu Colony.

Displays are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:00 PM and conclude by 10:00 PM in compliance with Malibu Municipal Code Section 9.36.010.

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FREE AND NEARLY FREE SUMMER MOVIES IN AND AROUND VENTURA COUNTY

FREE CONCERTS AND LIVE MUSIC THIS SUMMER IN AND AROUND VENTURA COUNTY

Free Concerts and Live Music All Summer Long Around Ventura County

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Summer 2019 is upon us and we're in the midst of another outstanding summer of free live music throughout Ventura County and surrounding areas! Rock, jazz, pops, R&B, reggae, classical, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Classic Rock, Latin, tribute bands, etc. The compilation below has links to more detailed information.

Concerts subject to change. List will be updated regularly as new events are added.

Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village/Newbury Park

Agoura/Oak Park/Calabasas/Woodland Hills

  • City of Agoura Hills Free Summer Concerts in the Park Series on designated Sunday nights 6/16 Mirage (Fleetwood Mac Tribute), 7/7 DSB (Journey Tribute), 7/21 Conejo Valley Community Concert & Jazz Band, 8/4 The Long Run (Eagles Tribute) and 8/18 Captain Cardiac & the Coronaries.

  • Concerts on the Green at Valley Cultural Center on most Sunday nights from June 9 though August 18 features Ambrosia & Friends (6/9), Beatles vs Stones (6/16), Hollywood U2 (6/23), The Young Dubliners (6/30), Ryder Green (Thu 7/4), Led Zepagain (7/14), The McCartney Years (7/21), Queen Nation (7/28), Masters of Soul (8/4), Which One’s Pink (Pink Floyd Tribute) (8/11) and The Purple Xperience (Prince Tribute) (8/18).

  • Sun Sets Summer Concert Series at Calabasas Lake on four Sunday nights: 6/9 Queen Nation, 7/14 (Boxcar 7 - blues hits) and 8/4 Abba Fab (ABBA Tribute).

  • Prince Tribute will perform at Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park on 7/13.

  • Summer Concert Series at Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura Hills 5/12, 6/2, 7/7, 8/4, 9/7

Moorpark/Simi Valley

Camarillo/Oxnard/Port Hueneme

Ventura/Ojai/Santa Barbara

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Check the Events Calendar for things going on around town as well as the Local Events and Community Messages sections of Conejo Valley Guide.

Ten Things To Do in the City of Moorpark

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The City of Moorpark has the distinction of being the youngest city in Ventura County,  incorporating July 1, 1983.

According to the Moorpark Historical Society, the city originated when land investor Robert W. Poindexter of Los Angeles and his wife Madeline purchased the plot of land that is now Moorpark after Southern Pacific Railroad announced plans to relocate its tracks Los Angeles to San Francisco route from the coast to Chatsworth.

For many years, Moorpark was mostly farmland, with dry land crops including apricots, hay and lima beans, then later, walnuts and citrus when irrigation systems were improved. Moorpark became known as the "apricot capital of the world" and held an annual apricot festival by the late 1920s

So where did the name Moorpark come from? Apparently, Poindexter named the community after the Moorpark Apricot. Simple as that. Heck, he could have named it Poindexter!

So in any case, Moorpark is now a full-fledged city of 12.8 square miles with a population of approximately 35,000. Here is a selection of things to do within the City of Moorpark.

For more things to do in Moorpark, visit the Do Something, Kid Fun and Fitness & Sports sections of the site. And of course the Events Calendar highlights daily goings on around the county.

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