Ojai is described as a friendly, small-town type of place. Located in Ventura County, Ojai is a city where you can spend a lot of time outdoors and where you’ll find lots to do and explore.
Updated for 2022
Ideas for Fun Things to do in Ojai with Kids
Hiking in Ojai
Several popular trails
Hiking Ojai is another way for families to get moving and explore Ojai in a more hands-on way. Several popular trails are listed at this website, providing families with scenic views. In addition, the Valley View Preserve and the Ojai Meadows Preserve are two popular hiking destinations. Whether you’re looking to hike for thirty minutes or two hours, you can find a trail to meet your family’s needs.
Ojai Trolley Service
When the family is tired of walking, hop aboard the Ojai Trolley. The general fare is $1.50, and children under 45″ tall can ride for free. They offer discounts on fares for seniors and the military.
Check their website for more information as well as routes and departure times. Drivers carry no change so you’ll need to have the exact fare.
205 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023
A visit to Libbey Park is a must-do for families visiting Ojai. You’ll find a children’s playground, tennis courts, and great picnic spots throughout the park. Whether your kids want to slide, swing, climb, or run, they can do it all there. In addition, Libbey Park is also the site of the Libbey Bowl which is where the Ojai Music Festival and other special events are held throughout the year.
302 W. Matilija St., Ojai, CA 93023
Bart’s Books is known as the “Largest Independently Owned and Operated Outdoor Bookstore in the U.S.A.” You’ll find a large variety of rare and interesting books there. You should also note that many of their books are displayed on shelves on the outside walls and are for sale via the honor system — customers take a book and leave money in their tins. The shop is open from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, seven days a week.
The Ojai Art Center
113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, CA 93023
The Ojai Art Center has the distinction of being the “oldest multi-purpose, nonprofit art center in California.” They host classes, performances, workshops, and special events throughout the year.
One fun thing to do is attend the Ojai Sessions, which are musician get-togethers meeting on the first Sunday of each month in the Raymund Room at the Art Center. The fun is held on Sundays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Donations are welcome and taken at the door with proceeds supporting the Art Center. Check the website for the schedule and possible cancellations as well as additional information.
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Ojai Skate Park
450 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023
Skateboarding families will appreciate the Ojai Skate Park — an “inground, concrete,12,500 square foot park.” The Park is free and open every day of the year, from dawn to 10:00 pm. Although the Skate Park is unsupervised, there are posted rules that must be followed, including wearing protective gear.
Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company
1290 Meyer Rd., Ojai, CA 93023
A great way to explore and appreciate the beauty of Ojai is on horseback. The Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company offers several different rides, all by appointment only. The River Valley Trail is a one-hour ride for those six years old and older (with a 230-pound weight limit).
Children younger than 6 can still participate through pony rides on the ranch. After the ride is over, they can create their own “magic horseshoe” as a special souvenir of their adventure.
Ojai Valley Museum
130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93024
If you’re interested in the history of Ojai, make plans to visit the Ojai Valley Museum. In this small museum, families will find exhibits depicting the evolution of Ojai Valley, including exhibits related to the Chumash culture, art by a local Ojai family, a Chumash Interpretative Garden, and more.
During the cooler months, the Museum offers weekly 90-minute walking tours of downtown Ojai on Saturday mornings. The suggested donation for admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 6-18. Kids younger than 6 get in free. The Museum is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm.
The Mob Shop
110 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023
Another great way to explore Ojai is while pedaling through Ojai. The Mob Shop offers a variety of different guided tours, depending on the experience level of the bike riders in your family. Or, if you’d prefer to explore Ojai at a more leisurely pace, they also rent bicycles and can make recommendations for trails you should check out. The Mob Shop is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023
When you need a quiet, calm activity, head inside to the Ojai Library. Check ahead because you may be able to coordinate your visit during a special event such as a puppet show, arts and crafts, storytime, or other activity.
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