Having two boys of my own, we always look for fun and inexpensive things to do. The Conejo Valley is such a great area to live and raise kids. It’s usually not that difficult to think of something. Here’s a list of some of the things we like to do. (View them all on an Interactive Google Map)
I left out the obvious things like bike rides, beach trips, etc. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any recommendations.
1. Hikes – There are so many beautiful places to hike throughout The Conejo Valley and the surrounding areas (my top 5). You’ll find waterfalls, grottos, and all sorts of cool things. If you don’t know where to start, here’s a great website called LocalHikes.com. Just enter the zip code and you’ll get a detailed list of everything you need to know about local hikes.
2. Oak Canyon Splash Park, Duck Pond, and Dog Park – Oak Canyon Community Park – (Watch a quick video) This is a great park in Oak Park that has a little bit of everything. When there’s water in the creek, you can crawdad fish (all you need is string and bacon), there’s a new splash park for little kids, there’s a regular park with swing sets, and there’s a new dog park tucked in the back. There are also some easy hiking trails, a duck pond and plenty of places to ride bikes. We had my sons 5th birthday party there and it was a big hit.
3. Indoor Batting Cages – BoostYourAverage.com – (Watch a quick video) I didn’t even know this place existed until recently. It’s kind of hidden in the middle of a business park in Westlake Village. It’s a great facility for all ages and the owner is very nice and accommodating. You can sometimes find coupons on Bogopod and The Acorn.
4. Driving Range/Golf – I love to golf so this is a no brainer for me. Located in Agoura Hills, Lindero Canyon Country Club (don’t let the term country club fool you, it’s just a regular golf course) is a great place to teach kids how to play. A bucket of balls is cheap, putting is free, and if you decide to play the course, it’s all short holes made for beginners.
5. Underwood Family Farms – My kids are a little old for this now, but when they were little, we used to go here a lot. It’s located in Moorpark off of Tierra Rejada. There are lots of things to do here and it’s very inexpensive. There’s an area for kids to play, there are animals to see, you can pick vegetables, there’s a farmer’s market, you can host birthday parties and more. They also have an annual Civil War Enactment. In the fall, it turns in to a huge pumpkin patch. Check it out if you haven’t already.
6. Reagan Library- You may think the library is a little more geared towards adults, but there are often events geared towards kids too. Sign up for the newsletter to learn about upcoming events. Located in Simi Valley, the library hosts events like Santa Visits, Easter Egg Hunts, Colonial Days, and many more, most of which are free. You can also tour the library and go inside Airforce One. Kids under the age of 11 are free.
8. Trout Dale Fishing – Located in Malibu Canyon, Troutdale is a great place for kids to learn fishing. You can rent bamboo poles and bait and fish in a pond stocked with trout. Don’t assume that means you’ll catch something though! It’s an inexpensive day unless you catch something (you buy what you catch), then it can start to add up quickly. The staff will prepare the fish for you so you can take them home and cook them. Definitely a place you have to take your kids to at least once.
9. Indoor Kart Racing – MB2 – (watch a quick video) Ok, this definitely does not qualify as inexpensive, but it’s something to try at least once, especially with older kids. Located in Thousand Oaks, MB2 is indoor racing in karts that are FAST! These are not the same go-carts at Disneyland! Kids must be at least 48 inches to drive. Each race is about $20, but they run specials and you can often find coupons on Bogopod.
10. Kids World (Formerly Bright Child) – Located in Oak Park, Bright Child is a great indoor playground more geared towards younger kids (under 10). (Watch a quick video) There are tons of activities for kids to do. You could easily spend a couple hours or more. It’s about $10 per child (no time limit) and you can usually find coupons on Bogopod. For older kids, there’s Lazer Tag too, but it costs extra. Great heatwave or rainy day place!
11. Boulderdash is an indoor rock climbing facility with over 10,000 sqft of sculpted climbing surface. (Watch a quick video) It’s an activity that both kids and parents can participate. There’s fun and challenge for all climbers of all ages. For families, climbing is one sport where you can truly interact and participate with one another. You won’t be watching from the sidelines!
12. Thousand Oaks Library – The Thousand Oaks Library is one of the most impressive libraries around with over370,000 items housed in an 84,000 square foot facility. The library offers lots of special events and things for kids to do. Watch the video to learn more!
Bonus: The Lakes At Thousand Oaks – The Lakes offers all sorts of fun events for kids like magic shows, reptilian adventures, comedy shows and more. Plus you can have a nice lunch outside and there’s boutique store too. Make sure you check out their kids club for details.
Here’s a quick video I made profiling The Lakes At Thousand Oaks, The Westlake Promenade, and The Westlake Lake:
That’s all I have for now. Let me know if I missed a good one!