Summer Festivities that Won’t Break the Bank!
Summer is here and things are heating up in the Conejo Valley with activities for the whole family to enjoy, from horseback riding and hiking to exploring nearby beaches and catching a live concert. So grab the sunscreen, pack a lunch and gear up for some summer family fun with these ideas to get you started!
The Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks offers live concerts, musicals and dance productions in one of the largest performing arts venues south of San Francisco. Catch iconic musicians scheduled to perform this summer and musical theater productions by Cabrillo Music Theatre. CivicArtsPlaza.com
Concerts in the Park bring families together to enjoy live music performed by an extensive lineup of tribute bands and community groups at local annual free summer concerts held at various locations (see this month’s Local Limelight for listings).
Beat the heat in several area air-conditioned shopping meccas:
- The Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks features specialty shops, a movie theater, restaurants, a gym, kids fun zone and free concerts. JanssMarketplace.net
- The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks offers retail shops, restaurants, Muvico movie theater, outdoor seating areas and Farmers Market on Thursdays. ShoptheOaksMall.com
- Camarillo Outlets features 160 retailers, restaurants and an IMAX movie theater. PremiumOutlets.com
- The Promenade in Westlake Village is a beautiful outdoor shopping center integrating high-end shops, eateries and budget-friendly retailers, an organic grocery store and weekly live music. ShopPromenade.com
- The Lakes Thousand Oaks offers shopping, dining and relaxing options near the lake next to the Civic Arts Plaza and Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins. A children’s playground and Friday night entertainment provides fun for all ages. ShopLakes.com
Catch a Free Flick
Free and $1 Family Movie Nights featured at local theaters, parks and libraries throughout the Conejo Valley are especially enjoyable with family-friendly prices. Find details at your local theaters or search “free movies in Conejo Valley” for listings.
Whether you want to take a short road trip or stay close to home, museums to suit all ages and interests—from art and culture to natural history, science, music and nature—make Southern California their home. Find a list of area museums, including free days at SoCalMuseums.org. A few favorites are listed here:
Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks comprises 4.5 acres of gardens representing different areas of the word, from the English perennial and rose garden to the Japanese, Italian and French varieties. A koi pond, mission courtyard with picnic areas and an authentic replica of the American Bandstand stage add to the interest. GardensoftheWorld.info
Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark offers educational farm tours, including a tractor-drawn wagon ride and opportunities to pick your own produce and feed the animals. UnderwoodFamilyFarms.com
America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College is run by students enrolled in the college’s Exotic Animal Training & Management Program and houses a collection of exotic and endangered animals. Zoo.MoorparkCollege.edu
The Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park was founded in 1965 and is a community treasure, hosting family-oriented special events and exhibits to transport visitors back in time. StageCoachInnMuseum.com
Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley commemorates the 40th President of the United States with a collection of exhibits, including Air Force One, the Berlin Wall, and replicas of the Oval Office and the White House. ReaganFoundation.org
The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks presents exhibits that promote visitor engagement and participation for all ages. CMATO.org
Summer is incomplete without at least one family visit to the beach. A short 30-minute drive brings you to the coastal beauty of numerous local beaches. From Malibu to Santa Barbara, anyone who loves swimming, surfing, fishing, whale watching, kayaking or simply catching some California sun will love soaking up the sun at nearby beaches.
Public pools provide the perfect place to cool off and relax with friends and family. Dive in at Cal Lutheran University, Newbury Park High School or Thousand Oaks High School, all offering public swimming and swim lessons.
The Four Seasons in Westlake Village boasts an indoor heated pool, a game room, arcade and a putting green set amidst the hotel’s lush landscaping and fine dining for those times when you just want to relax in luxury without leaving town.
The Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park provides another local oasis for families that want to get away but remain close to home. Check out their life-size chess board, putting green and heated pool.
Malibu Riders offers horseback rides through majestic forests in Malibu Creek, Zuma Canyon’s peaceful coast and Paramount Ranch’s wildlife and movie set locations. MalibuRiders.com
Rocking K Horse Rentals in Newbury Park, located at the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, takes guests on trail rides through tranquil and mesmerizing scenery. RockingKHorseRentals.com
Chesebro/Palo Comado Canyon in Agoura Hills offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking and bird watching around its radiant canyons. NPS.gov
MB2 Raceway Indoor Go Kart Facility in Newbury Park is a family favorite for racing around the track and playing air hockey and pool. MB2Raceway.com
All Stars Athletics Indoor Baseball/Softball batting cages in Newbury Park features state-of-the-art batting cages with automated pitching at various levels so the whole family can take a swing at the fun. AllStarsAthletics.com
Ambush Paintball and Airsoft Park in Newbury Park includes eight fields for family paintball and live action video games. AmbushAirSoftPark.com
Golfing with the family is a great way to spend time outdoors and create lasting memories while improving your game. Area options include several local courses.
- Westlake Golf Course, WestlakeGC.com
- Los Robles Golf Course, LosRoblesGreens.PhantomGolf.com
- Lindero Country Club Driving Range, Foot Golf and Pool, LinderoCC.com
- Golf N’ Stuff, GolfNStuff.com.
Halo Salt Spa in Westlake Village offers Halotherapy (salt) sessions for the whole family at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily to boost the immune system and help relieve respiratory problems. Kids love playing in the salt with beach toys (provided). Yoga, meditation and Qigong offered on select days. HaloSaltSpas.com
Consider taking a yoga or exercise class together at a neighborhood studio to increase harmony and balance. Pure Barre in Westlake Village and Yoga Upstairs in Agoura Hills are a few of the many options. Search online for local studio listings and class schedules.