I get this question a lot and it can be a real issue with so many families having to work. There is also the boredom factor - even if you do stay home, it is hard to keep your kids entertained 24/7! And we all know that there are only so many days we can go to the beach! What can you do to entertain your kids for free or a low cost alternative? I would love to have some ideas posted and to share with other families as well!
Gardens of the World! Open Tues - Sun 9-5; groups and docent tours available by reservation. There is a childrens's guide available as well. You can visit the website for more information: http://www.gardensoftheworld.info/
Civic Arts Plaza: There are also various events and shows at the Civic Arts Plaza. For schedules you can visit: http://www.ci.thousand-oaks.ca.us/theatre/default.asp
Conejo Arts! You can also check out what is happening around town at the Conejo Arts website: http://www.conejoarts.org/events.htm
The Conejo Recreation and Parks District also offers a class schedule such as swimming lessons. ballet, art classes, etc for a low fee for most; you can get a schedule by visiting their website: http://www.conejoarts.org/events.htm
Conejo Valley Botanical Gardens: It is a nice way to spend a few hours! There is a kids adventure garden as well which is open every Sunday from 11 to 3. THIS IS FREE! http://conejogarden.com/
it is alwaus fun to check out the Historical Landmarks and Points of Interest our community has to offer, such as the Stagecoach Museaum. Please visit http://www.toaks.org/living/historical.asp for more information,
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is also a great way to kill some time; it is open 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. every day of the week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The cost to get in is Ages 18-61: $12.00
Ages 62+: $9.00
Ages 11-17: $3.00
Under age 11: Free
Another great way to get your kids out for the day is to utilize the Teen Center; located off of the Janss Road exit, next to the Senior Center and the Library, the Teen Center offers some great summer alternatives such as bus rides to the beach! For more information please visit http://www.thousandoaksteencenter.com/flash_intro.asp
For a full list of local activities, please visit the City of Thousand Oaks website: http://www.ci.thousand-oaks.ca.us/living/things.asp for more information!
I put my children in a Summer day camp program hosted by the Conejo Valley Unified School District. This is our 3 year in the camp and it gets better and better. It is a cost effective alternative to other day camps - and no extra money is needed for the field trips! This year they are going to places such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, the Fish Hatchery, Santa Barbara Zoo, the Newbury Park High School pool and so much more! The only downside is that it fills up fast and you will want to call the school district offices to check on openings. 805-495-9711.
Let's hear some other ideas!