There is so much more to do in Camarillo than just shopping at the outlet stores. You’ll find lots of fun things to do for kids of all ages whether you’re looking to stay active indoors or out — or both!
The Store at McGrath Family Farm
1012 W. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA 93010
The McGrath Family has been farming for five generations now. Their organic farm features a roadside market that is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. In addition, families can pick their own strawberries each weekend from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Community Center Park
1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, CA 93010
Community Center Park is a 12.85-acre park that is also home to several community events throughout the year including Easter and Halloween festivities. You’ll find a large children’s playground here featuring climbing structures you may not see anywhere else. There are also large grassy areas, outdoor fitness equipment, a horseshoe pit, and more.
Pleasant Valley Historical Museum and Botanical Garden — TEMPORARILY CLOSED
720 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo, CA 93010
For families interested in learning about the history of Camarillo and the surrounding area, the Pleasant Valley Historical Museum is the place to go. On display are a variety of early artifacts, newspapers, journals, clothing, photographs, and more.
Kids might be intrigued to see early 20th-century telephones. The gazebo and gardens feature native plants and trees which serve as “an important local refuge for native bees and butterflies.” Keep in mind that the museum and garden are both on the small side so you won’t be spending hours here. The facility is open from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Update: The museum is temporarily closed while they are undergoing an expansion project. The garden is still open at this time. Admission is free but donations are accepted and appreciated.
Zander’s Game House
2270 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA 93010
Zander’s Game House was established by a long-time Camarillo resident who wanted to create a “community gathering place where we can come together to play and socialize.” You’ll find more than 950 board and card games for all ages, starting at pre-k.
There are no video games here, but you will find a large variety of classic, strategy, adventure, and party games. Visitors pay $5 per person for unlimited gameplay, meaning you can play “as many games as you want for as long as you want.” You can also get a monthly pass for $25 per person. Special events can be held here; check the website for a calendar of events.
275 E. Pleasant Valley Rd., Camarillo, CA 93010
You’ll find a little bit of everything at Freedom Park. The park is located close to the Camarillo Airport and features baseball fields, a BMX raceway (a dirt track for BMX racing and practicing), an R/C track (dirt and asphalt tracks for racing remote control cars), and an in-line hockey rink (for roller hockey). You’ll also find picnic tables, a children’s playground, and horseshoe pits.
Harley’s Camarillo Bowl
305 Arneill Rd., Camarillo, CA 93010
If your family enjoys bowling, then spend some time at Harley’s Bowl. You’ll find automated scorekeeping, bumpers for kids, food options, TVs, and more. A variety of specials are offered as well including Early Bird on Sunday, Dollar Tuesday, Family Night on Friday, and Cosmic Bowling for Kids on Saturdays. Harley’s recommends calling ahead to check availability since the site is also used for league play.
Nancy Bush Park
1150 Bradford Ave., Camarillo, CA 93010
You’ll find a relaxing, family-friendly spot at Nancy Bush Park. Amenities at this park include picnic tables, a barbecue pit, a children’s play area, restrooms, and a dirt walking path.
Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Museum
455 Aviation Dr., Camarillo, CA 93010
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is a volunteer organization that is “dedicated to preserving the history of combat aircraft which where flown by all military services of the United States.” The Museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays from noon to 4:00 pm.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays you’ll find volunteers working on the aircraft. Kids will also have the chance to get into the cockpit of some of the planes! You’ll find WWII aviation artifacts and displays as well as a small gift shop on site.
Camarillo Grove Park
6968 E. Camarillo Springs Rd., Camarillo, CA 93012
A visit to Camarillo Grove Park can provide your family with a bit of history. The park was a former stagecoach stop and is also the site of the oldest trees in the area. In addition, you’ll find hiking trails, a dog park, an interactive outdoor nature center, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and a children’s play area. Parking is not free, though.
The City of Camarillo Public Library
4101 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo, CA 93010
If you’re looking for a quiet, indoor spot for the kids then head to the library. Check the website before visiting and you may be able to plan your visit so it coincides with one of the library’s many events including preschool storytime, toddler time, PAWS for Reading (when children read to one of the PAWs for Reading dogs), and more. The library has a cafe on-site as well. Frequent visitors speak highly of the friendly staff and spacious building.
Pleasant Valley Fields
152 Westpark Ct., Camarillo, CA 93010
Families will find lots to do at Pleasant Valley Fields. Amenities include a children’s playground, a picnic area, softball fields, soccer fields, a half-mile walking path, and lots of green open spaces perfect for games of tag and Frisbee. Keep in mind that many sporting events are often taking place here so fields may be occupied when you visit.
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