We live in such an amazing place in Southern California. The weather is nearly perfect every day with the sun shining on us and temperatures that allow you to be outside year round. So it’s no surprise that I’m always looking for new and fun things to do with the kids on the weekends. We’ve all been to Underwood Family Farms, Gull Wings Children’s Museum, Moorpark Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo, etc. But I wanted something totally new and outdoors where the kids could run around and enjoy themselves. That’s when I found the Kids Adventure Garden in Thousand Oaks.
This place allows you and your child to immediately use your imagination. Kids can walk through a mini maze to find a bunny bench or the stairs to the tree house or they can walk through the animal zoo made of iron/metal animals! We saw a giraffe and an elephant along the way. Sometimes you can even walk through a small green house (it was closed the day we went) or purchase some botanical plants for your home garden.
As you make your way down the path you’ll come across a fairy and a butterfly garden made from a queen size bed frame. Monarch butterflies are flying all around as well as some other beautiful butterflies. A fun game to play is naming the butterflies! Follow the path and you’ll find a space where vines are growing to create a canopy. Inside this little shaded area is a table with tree stump stools for kids to sit on. There is a basket full of tea pots and dishes for the kids to pretend to have some tea. Move a little further down and there is a cave. Go inside the cave and see what special treasures you can find!
And don’t forget to stop by and visit the dragon that is stuck in the ground before heading down a trail. Be careful though because there’s poison oak all around the path. There are signs and the poison oak is a safe distance away but if your little ones like to wander, you may want to reconsider going on the hike (I opted not to take the kids for a hike). There is a peaceful little stream and a bridge you can cross at the start of your hike.
One of the best ways to share this hidden gem is to have a party/event at this location. There isn’t a rental fee but a donation is encouraged. I think I’m going to reserve the space for my son’s 2nd birthday. I know, I still have 7 months to go but it’s such a great place to play!
Where are some of the secret spots you’ve found in your area?