Where Kids Eat Free
Here's a list of restaurants that have "Kids Eat Free" deals around Ventura County! These deals are subject to change at a moment's notice, so make sure to call the restaurants in advance! Let us know of any changes or additions! Now let's go EAT!! This list is from The Conejo Valley Guide, updated January 5, 2018.
3090 Cochran St, Ste A1 in Simi Valley is offering Kids Eat Free every Thursday from 11am to close. Get up to 2 free kids' menu meals for every adult meal ordered. Dine in only. Ages 11 and under only.
1263 Simi Town Center Way in Simi Valley has a Kids Eat Free night on Wednesdays from 4-9pm, with purchase of an adult meal. Limit two free kids meals per adult meal. Upgrades not included. Children must be present.) 805-579-9169 www.firehousesubs.com
Patron Mexican Bar & Grill
Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays 4pm to close at Patron Mexican Bar & Grill, 1620 Newbury Road, Suite 2, Newbury Park. One kids meal with purchase of an adult meal for kids 12 and under. www.patronmex.com (reconfirmed 4/16/19)
D'Amore's Famous Pizza
300 N. Lantana in Camarillo is currently offering a Kids Eat Free deal on Sundays all day for ages 4 to 12. One child per paid adult meal, dine in only. Call 805.445.6534 to confirm.
Kids Eat Free for 10 and under from 4 pm to 10 pm on designated nights. Up to 2 free kids meals for each paid adult entree. Call location to confirm.
Newbury Park 2830 Camino Dos Rios (805.498.4440) Tues/Sat
Camarillo 1659 E. Daily Drive (805.484.4137) Tues/Sat (reconfirmed Dec 17)
Moorpark 832 New Los Angeles Ave. (805.530.0999) Tues/Sat (reconfirmed Dec 17)
Ventura 2148 Harbor Blvd (805.643.3414) Tues/Sat (reconfirmed Dec 17)
Oxnard 1255 N Oxnard Blvd (805.604.9455) Tues
Fire Island Grill
Kids Eat Free all day on Saturday and Sunday for each adult entree purchased at its Simi Valley location, 1230 Madera Rd., Simi Valley. Get a free kid's chicken bowl or mac and cheese with the purchase of an adult entree. Kids must be under 8 and present.
First Thursdays Gourmet Food Trucks at Plaza Park in Oxnard
519 S C St., Oxnard
The first Thursday of the month is Gourmet Food Truck Night in Oxnard's Plaza Park, 519 South C Street. Each event brings 8 to 12 of the hottest trucks in the south land. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with DJ entertainment, friends, and downtown restaurants and shops joining in the party with late hours and specials. Plenty of free parking on street and in public lots. More information at downtownoxnard.org/activities/food-trucks.
Upcoming Dates as of 1/6/18: Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3, Jun 7, Jul 5, Aug 2, Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6.
The Purrfect Cat
5800 Santa Rosa Rd, Suite 142, Camarillo, CA
Admission: $10 per person ages 12 and up; $5 for children ages 6-11
Relax with adoptable kittens and cats; curl up and read a good book, get creative with coloring books. Meet cats in a calm environment.
www.thepurrfectcat.com for more information.
Throwback Thursday Food Truck Fest at Camarillo Ranch
Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
Admission: Free, Cost for food
Food Truck Fest at the Camarillo Ranch is on the last Thursday of each month from 5-9 PM, January through October. 2018 dates are 4/26, 5/31, 6/28, 7/26, 8/30, 9/27 and 10/25. Food trucks will be there plus beer and wine will be for sale. During the winter months seating is available inside. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/camranchfoodtruckfest or www.camarilloranch.org.
Public Tours at the Camarillo Bird Museum
439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo, CA 93012
Admission: $5, Free to Members and children 5 or under
The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (WFVZ) (aka Camarillo Bird Museum), a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation, is both a natural history collection specializing in eggs and nests of birds from around the world, and a research and education institution dedicated to bird conservation. The Foundation's collections are the largest in the world, and its mission is to contribute to the conservation of the world's wild bird species through the accessibility of the collections and their data to researchers, educators, students, and the public. The Museum is now going to be holding monthly public tours on the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30, and the last Friday of each month at 3:00 (except for Nov & Dec).
Maximum of 22 people at each public tour.
Please call at least a day in advance to get on the waiting list.
www.wfvz.org or 805-388-9944 for more information.
The First Tee - Ventura
The First Tee Central Coast provides introductory, intermediate, and advanced gold instruction for boys and girls, ages 7 to 17.
They meet at the Saticoy Country Club, 4450 North Clubhouse Drive in Somis, CA. Sessions are 9-weeks long and are offered in the spring, summer, fall, and winter.
Their goal is to provide golf instruction coupled with life skills, which make up our 9-core values. We introduce one core value at each of our 9 weekly sessions. Activities will include putting, chipping, and full swing practice.
Fees for classes and camps are $125 for a 9-week session. Discounts are available for siblings, and a sponsorship program is available for junior golfers who require financial support.
Recommended age for all classes is 7-17.
For more information go to www.thefirstteecentralcoast.org
Arts on the Avenue - Free Drop-In Classes
Bell Arts Factory 432 N. Ventura Ave. Ventura
Youth Arts Program - Studio 93, for Children Ages 6 to 13
Bell Arts Factory's after-school and Saturday art programs provide a creative and nurturing environment for children to engage in art-making experiences. These free classes allow youth to enjoy a variety of artistic media, interact with others, and build self-confidence.
We welcome all, and the day's program may include painting, drawing, Native American crafts, recyclable art, mixed media or drama. There is an emphasis on multicultural lessons, which demonstrates there are many different peoples who contribute to our world of art.
Classes are held in Studio 93 on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 to 5:00 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Ages 6 to 13 may attend.
Classes have a $5 suggested donation and all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.
Contact: Michele Foster, Youth Arts Director, 805.256.5315 or
Food Truck Friday
3301-1 E Main St., Ventura, CA 93003 (805) 642-5530
Every third Friday of the month from 5-9 pm (winter hours); Gourmet Food Trucks will be at the Pacific View Mall in the parking lot next to Trader Joe's along Mills Rd. offering up delectable, one-of-a-kind treats!
PLUS live entertainment from 6-8 pm with Stun Dexim; a classic rock tribute band!
For more information www.shoppacificview.com or 805.642.5530
Offered by the YMCA of Ventura, offers youth who live out-of-home free registration in classes offered at the Ventura Y. The caregiver will need to sign the attached Community Registration Form and Waiver of Liability Form. The Y has agreed to eliminate the need for the "Photo Release" section of the Community Registration Form and that is the reason for it being crossed out. Please see the Ventura Y's Summer Guide and contact the Y to sign up your Appointee for one of their many classes. The Ventura YMCA is located at 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003 and the phone number is 805.642.2131.
Albinger Archaeological Museum
113 East Main St., Ventura
Open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Displays artifacts spanning 3,500 years from a single Chumash archaeological site next to San Buenaventura Mission. Other exhibits focus on the Mission, Mexican, and American periods.
For more information call 805-648-5823,
Hogan Family Foundation - Horseback Riding
The Hogan Family Foundation, through its Rancho St. Francis Program, is offering CASA Appointees a wonderful opportunity to learn about and ride horses. The program is free. Read more about the program at http://www.hoganfoundation.org/StFrancis.cfm or contact Janet@casaofventuracounty.org.
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Ste 190
Every third Thursday of the month is a free admission community day at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Guests can explore the many exhibits telling of maritime history from boating, defense on the seas to surfing. Kids can participate in activities such as a tying knots to a treasure hunt of the museum. Check the calendar before going for early closings for special events.
Hours 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Wednesdays, Saturday hours 9 am - 3 pm
For more info: http://www.sbmm.org/current-exhibits
or call 805-962-8404
Regular Admission: Adults $8; Ages 6-17, active duty military and seniors $5; Ages 1-5 free
2nd Saturday of the Month Star Party @ Palmer Observatory
Palmer Observatory at SB Museum of Natural History
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
On the second Saturday of every month, the Museum offers public observations at the Museum's Palmer Observatory. These Star Parties are hosted by members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, who provide telescopes and their expert knowledge of the night sky. Star Parties are held in conjunction with Evening Exclusives.
Enjoy looking through different telescopes while astronomy experts share their knowledge with you and your friends. Get a glimpse of nebulae, star clusters and galaxies and listen to myths and stories about the constellations.
For more info: http://www.sbnature.org/gladwin/413.html
Paws for Reading
Camarillo Library Story Corner, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Most Wednesdays at 3:30 pm
Kids of all ages are invited to read a favorite book to registered therapy dogs.
Call 688-5755 for more information.
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
3201 N. Ventura Rd., Naval Base Ventura County PH, Building 100., Port Hueneme
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sunday 12-4pm; Closed all Federal Holidays and Sunday
The mission of the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historic material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force, better known as the SEABEES, and the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps.
The second oldest of the official Navy museums, the Seabee Museum was established in 1947 in Port Hueneme, California, which today is part of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC).
Website https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/seabee/about-us/visit-us.html or 805.982.5165 for more information.
Janss Marketplace Presents: Kids Fun Zone
The Last Saturday of Every Month from 12pm - 3pm
Janss Marketplace, Thousand Oaks; Events take place near the entrance to Toys R Us
Kids fun zone membership includes: membership cards, free seasonal craft events, merchant discounts on craft days, birthday gift, VIP event.
For more info: http://www.janssmarketplace.net/index.cfm?tdc=dsp&page=events
Carnegie Art Museum
424 South C. St., Oxnard
Admission: Adults $4, Students $3, Seniors $2, children ages 6 and up $1, under 6 free.
Open Thurs-Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm; closed holidays and between exhibits
In the building that served as Oxnard's first public library, this museum mainly focuses on art from California artists. It also hosts many special events geared for families and children throughout the year.
www.carnegieam.org or 805.385.8158 for more information.
Pleasant Valley Historical Society and Museum
720 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo, CA 93010
Open Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm.
This small museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Camarillo, Oxnard and adjacent areas. There is also a botanical garden on the site with native trees and plants.
www.pvhsonline.org or 805.482.3660 for more information.
Aviation Museum at Santa Paula Airport First Sundays
830 E. Main Street, Santa Paula. Arriving by car from the east, exit the Santa Paula Freeway (SR 126) at 10th street, turn right off the ramp, and then a quick left onto Harvard Boulevard. Turn left at the next signal at Eighth Street, under the freeway, left onto Santa Maria Street and park in the lot. Arriving from the west, exit the freeway at Palm Avenue, turn right and then a quick left onto Santa Maria Street, about a half mile to the end at the parking lot.
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Visit the museum every First Sunday of the month! Local aviation history comes alive on First Sundays. Our Chain of Hangars is open for you to explore from 9 am until 2 pm. (Except when cancelled for rain.) And it's all free!
Pick up a free map from our home museum hangar, and start your tour. You are free to visit the hangars in any order you wish, either by walking the airport, or catching the tram.
www.aviationmusuemofsantapaula.org for more information.
Pump It Up Ventura
5120 Ralston Street, Ventura, CA 93003
Admission: rates and times vary based on child's age and the event. Make sure to check the calendar for details.
Come play on our giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Pump It Up Family Jump Time! Share quality time and promote physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping at Pump It Up. Enjoy spending time with your family, meeting other families and making new friends in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment.
Wear socks and sign a waiver
Camarillo Library Preschoolers Storytime
Preschoolers - Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10 am in the Pirate Ship
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo, 93010
www.camarillolibrary.org or 805-388-5222 for more information.
Sky High Sports
166 Aviador St., Camarillo and
6033 De Soto Ave, Woodland Hills
Open Daily. Check the website for hours and pricing.
www.jumpskyhigh.com or 805-484-6300 (Camarillo location) or 818-346-6300 (Woodland Hills location) for more information.
The child's caregiver needs to sign the waiver which is available online.
State Fish Hatchery in Fillmore
612 E. Telegraph Rd., Fillmore
The California Department of Fish and Game maintains a Fish Hatchery in Fillmore, off Highway 126, about 1 mile east of downtown Fillmore. Watch for the sign - you make a quick right on Fish Hatchery Road, not more than a mile or so from downtown.
The hatchery is open 365 days a year, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring dimes to purchase fish food and learn about fish and their role in California. This is a self-guided tour.
https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Hatcheries/Fillmore for more information.
Santa Susana Railroad Depot & Museum
6503 Katherine Rd., Simi Valley.
Sat.-Sun. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Admission: Donation of $1 is requested.
The museum is open each weekend and offers visitors and opportunity to see what a real 1903 depot looked like. There is also an HO scale model railroad (which runs on Sundays) in the museum and a park and picnic areas.
581-3462 for more information.
Stagecoach Inn Museum
51 Ventu Park Rd., Thousand Oaks
Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Admission: $5 adults, $4 for youth/seniors and $2 children 5-12, under 5 free.
Built in 1876, the structure first opened as a stopping place for travelers going between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. The changing exhibits include Victorian furnishings and artifacts from Conejo Valley's early days. Along with a restored carriage house, pioneer house, adobe Chumash exhibit and hut, Victorian rose garden, and nature trail. There are also more than 50 miniature displays and doll houses.
Call 805-498-9441 for more information.
Ventura Aquatic Center Open Swim
Ventura Aquatic Center 901 S. Kimball Rd.
See website for open swim hours
Admission: Ages 3-61 $5; Ages 62+ $3; Under 2 Free
Enjoy your day splashing around! The Ventura Aquatic Center has two waterslides, an activity and recreational pools, diving boards and picnic areas. Spend the day outdoors at this beautiful facility.
www.cityofventura.net/aquatics or 805-654-7511 for more information.
Pleasant Valley Rec and Park Aquatics Center Recreational Swim
Pleasant Valley Aquatics Center at 1030 Temple Avenue Camarillo, CA 93010
See website for pricing and open swim hours
The pool holds approximately 210,000 gallons of water, has 8 swimming lanes, 1 one-meter diving board, a 65 foot spiral waterslide, an outdoor splash zone, a hydraulic lift and outside patio. The pool is 25 yards in length and heated between 81 and 83 degrees. Join the fun at recreation swim at the only indoor public swimming pool in Ventura County.
bring a suit and towel
http://www.pvrpd.org/recreation/aquatic/facility.asp for more information.
Buena Lanes Presents: $1.50 Sundays
Sundays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Buena Lanes Presents: $1.50 Sundays
Buena Lanes 1788 Mesa Verde Ventura, CA 93003
Sunday Morning Special $1.50 bowling games $1.50 shoe rental
9am - 12 noon
Buena Lanes for more information.
Kids' Arts Ventura
Most programs are held at the Arc of Ventura County, 295 S. Arcade St., Ventura
Saturdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kids' Arts is a creative arts program offered on a drop-in basis for kids ages 5-14.
Held in downtown Ventura every Saturday morning, kids participate in hands-on art, music, movement and theater activities facilitated by professional artists. Please join us in creating a fun and kid-friendly community. All Kids' Arts programs are fun and free.
Call to confirm 805-340-4826 or www.kidsartsventura.org/calendar-of-events/
Wet Wednesdays Gourmet Food Trucks
Marine Emporium Landing, 3600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, CA 93035
Recurring monthly on the 3rd Wednesday
Phone: (805) 985-5828 for more information
Gourmet food trucks, live entertainment, and all happening waterside in the Channel Islands Harbor! For a list of confirmed trucks, Like Marine Emporium Landing on Facebook and check their website.
Gardens of the World Community Park
2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks 91362
Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Monday and major holidays
Call 805-557-1135 or www.gardensoftheworld.info/ for more information.
Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center
1901 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura
Open 8:30 am - 5:00 pm daily
Ranger led programs on weekends and holidays from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Discover the unique plant and animal species that reside in this national park.
For more information call 805-658-5730 or www.nps.gov/chis
Chumash Indian Museum
3290 Lang Ranch parkway, Thousand Oaks.
Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors and children under age 12.
Open Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm and the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 12 pm - 4 pm.
The center consists of 427 acres of land once occupied by the Chumash people. Exhibits, displays, lectures, artifacts, tours, and a gift shop will give visitors a better understanding of the Chumash people. There are guided nature hikes to painted caves that are located on the property by appointment only.
For more information www.chumashindianmuseum.com or call 492-8076.
Fillmore Historical Museum
340 Main St., Fillmore
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Fridays, 9:00 am -4:00 pm, Thursday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Admission: $4 adults, $2 students, free for children under 5.
The museum park includes the Craftsman-style 1905 Hinckley House, 1887 restored Southern Pacific depot and 1919 Rancho Sespe bunkhouse.
For more information www.fillmorehistoricalmuseum.com or 524-0948
Skatelab - Indoor Skatepark and Museum
Skatelab, 4226 Valley Fair St., Simi Valley
Admission: Museum admission Free; see website for hours and pricing for the skatepark
Tells the history of skateboarding with 3,000 vintage skateboards, the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and other memorabilia.
For more information www.skatelab.com/museum or 578-0040
EAA Young Eagle Flights from Camarillo Airport
EAA Hangar, Aviation Way, Camarillo Airport
The first Saturday of each month EAA offers free flights for children aged 8-17 out of the Camarillo Airport and the first Sunday of the month out of the Santa Paula airport.
Flights last 30-60 minutes and give children a chance to fly the aircraft.
Flights are offered from 10:30 am-1 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 1 pm on Sunday.
Reservations required. For more information and to make a reservation go to www.eaa723.org or call 805-383-0686.
Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum
926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula 93060
Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 children ages 6-17. children ages 5 and younger free
Admission is Free the first Sunday of the month
www.venturamuseum.org or 805-525-3100 for more information.
Permanent exhibits using rare historical photographs and interactive elements, as well as changing exhibits and exciting events, tell the story of Ventura County's farming and ranching tradition. Starting with Mission times, visitors can trace the County's evolution into one of the nation's most productive growing regions, and learn what innovations are in store for an industry that presently employs more than 30,000 county residents.
California Oil Museum
1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula
Open Wednesday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Admission: Suggested donation $4
http://www.caoilmuseum.org/ or 805-933-0076 for more information.
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
Channel Island Harbor, 3900 Bluefin Circle off Harbor Blvd., Oxnard CA
Admission: $7 Adults, $5 Seniors (62+), $3 Children (6-17).
Admission is free the third Thursday of every month. The Museum is open Monday and Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 12 -4 pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday for private tours and events.
The Channel Islands (Ventura County) Maritime Museum is a cultural and scenic haven in the Channel Islands Harbor complete with world class maritime art, ship models and ocean breezes. The museum has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions.
www.cimmvc.org or 805-984-6260 for more information
Murphy Auto Museum
Murphy Auto Museum - 2230 Statham Blvd. Oxnard, CA 93033.
Open Saturday and Sunday from 10-4.
Adults $9; Children under 12 free.
The Murphy Auto Museum, located in Oxnard, California, is a collection of over 90 beautiful vintage automobiles and Americana housed inside a 30,000 square foot facility. Our unique collection spans from 1903 to present day.
We are also home to one of the largest H/O scale train layouts, with many scale miles of track. Enjoy watching passenger and freight trains as they wind their way through cities, towns and the countryside.
www.murphyautomuseum.org or 805-487-4333 for more information
Murphy Auto Museum is now home to the Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club's ongoing railroad exhibit.
Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark
Open daily from 9 am - 6 pm during daylight savings time and 9 am - 5 pm during standard time
Admission to the Farm Center (including the pick-your-own area) is $3.00 Monday - Friday and $6.00 on the weekends & holidays. Weekend admission includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride around the farm and to the Pick Your Own (PYO) fields as well as their Animal Show.
At Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark, you can enjoy the true farm experience. Pick your own fruits and vegetables on their fully operational working farm. It's a great day outdoors for the everyone!
America's Teaching Zoo Animal Shows - Moorpark College
Open every weekend 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Watch animal shows at 12 and 2 pm, and animal demonstrations from 3:30 - 4:00 pm.
Admission is $8 for Adults, $6 for Children and Seniors. Cash or check.
Behind the Scenes Tours at 12:45 and 2:45
for an additional $7 per person. Join a limited number of guests invited to inspire a Kookaburra to sing, see where we send the large carnivores to play, see where we make 130 exotic animal meals each day, and other up close and personal opportunities behind the scenes. Purchase your tour tickets at the front entrance Ticket Booth.
http://zoo.moorparkcollege.edu/visitor-information/ or 805-378-1441 for more information.
The Kids Adventure Garden at the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden
adventure garden open Sundays from 11-3.
Main Botanic Garden open daily from sunrise to sunset
Enter at 350 W. Gainsborough Rd. at Jeaunine Dr. between Lynn Rd. and Moorpark Rd. in Thousand Oaks.
The KAG provides an exciting place for children to learn about nature and gardening. The garden features a tree house, zoo garden, hydroponic pod and much more.
www.conejogarden.org or 805-494-7630.
Tour the Olivas Adobe Saturdays & Sundays!
Tours 11am-4pm (last tour starts at 3 pm) $5 adults, $3 child/senior
Just a few miles from the heart of downtown is the must-see Olivas Adobe - an immaculately restored Spanish rancho estate known for its elegant grounds that often play host to special events. Built in 1910, this casually elegant inn features extensive grounds and regular special events.
www.cityofventura.net/olivasadobe or 805-644-4364 for more information.
Museum of Ventura County
Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children ages 6-17, children under 6 are free
Hours: 11 am - 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday
100 E. Main St., Downtown
Phone: (805) 653-0323
Enjoy hands-on activities. Arts and Crafts Projects for all ages .
Our community libraries offer story time for different age groups. Please see your local library for specific information about their story times and other special events. The Camarillo Library, http://librarycatalog.info/, offers homework time four days a week and has a special program entitled Paws for Reading during which children can read to certified therapy dogs.
Our county offers a multitude of Farmers' Markets which offer a fun, relaxed, educational and tasty outing for you and your appointee. Go to www.vccfarmersmarkets.com to find the day and time of a Farmers' Market near you.