Zoos in VENTURA with kids

It’s animal time in Ventura, California and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Ventura because this The Golden State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Santa Barbara Zoo

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    (27 miles) Santa Barbara

    With 30 acres and over 400 animals plus play areas, animal feeding, zoo train, carousel and more.

  • Wildlife Learning Center

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    (43 miles) Sylmar

    The Wildlife Learning Center exhibits more than 70 rescued species from six continents in a family friendly park-style setting, where kids can learn all about the animals from their specialist staff.

  • The Gentle Barn

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    (48 miles) Santa Clarita

    A beautiful place where kids with special needs or come from troubled backgrounds, interact with animals who have been severely abused, rescued, rehabilitated and given sanctuary.

  • Wildlife Waystation

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    (51 miles) Angeles National Forest

    The Wildlife Waystation, situated on 160 acres in California's Angeles National Forest, is internationally recognized for its ongoing, charitable efforts to rescue and rehabilitate wild and exotic ...

  • Eco Station

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    (51 miles) Culver City

    Features incredible hands-on lessons of ecology and environmentalism whilst encountering tropical birds, exotic reptiles, wildcats and ocean life in a tropical jungle setting. Guided tour only.

  • Quail Run Ostrich Ranch

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    (52 miles) Lake Hughes

    Amazing guided tours all about the life of the ostrich, feeding fun for kids, and of course - the ostriches themselves! Animal fun in California!

  • Roundhouse Aquarium

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    (54 miles) Manhattan Beach

    The Roundhouse Aquarium is open to the public free of charge, with a suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family.

  • Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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    (55 miles) Los Angeles

    Animal fun in Los Angeles with more than 1,100 animals representing more than 250 different species!

  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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    (67 miles) San Pedro

    Discover the underwater world of Southern California... Located just steps from the ocean on Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium which engages ...

  • Montebello Barnyard Zoo

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    (67 miles) Montebello

    Barnyard fun with pony rides, train rides, petting zoo, picnic area, playground and kids' birthday parties all in Montebello, California!

  • Aquarium Of The Pacific

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    (69 miles) Long Beach

    Journey through the wonderful Pacific Ocean at this Long Beach aquarium, filled with exhibits and over 11,000 ocean animals!

  • Feline Conservation Center

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    (70 miles) Rosamond

    Cat lovers of all ages who discover this desert zoo and wildlife are amazed at the variety of wild cat species found here.

  • California Living Museum

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    (82 miles) Bakersfield

    A great day out for the whole family, California’s premier native zoo and garden showcases native California animals and plants to teach kids respect for all living things through education ...

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  • The Clubhouse Funzone

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    (1 miles) Ventura

    Geared for kids under 6, but all ages welcome at this California indoor play center, with climbing, bouncing, and birthday parties!

  • My Gym Ventura

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    (3 miles) Ventura

    My Gym Kids grow by leaps and bounds, while building their confidence and self-esteem along with their social skills. They gain strength, balance, fitness, coordination, and motor skills. Each week ...

  • Lazerstar

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    (11 miles) Camarillo

    Lazer games and indoor arcade games

  • Its A Small World

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    (22 miles) THOUSAND OAKS

    It's A Small World Indoor Play is a Celebration Center as well as an indoor playground for children. We offer a zipline, bounce house, trampoline, ball pit, pretend play, soft play, gymnastics ...

  • Rockin Kids PlayCenter

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    (26 miles) Simi valley

    Rockin' Kids Play Center offers indoor play and parties for kids in a safe and clean environment. It's a place for kids to use their social and motor skills while interacting with other children. ...

  • Jumping Genius

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    (35 miles) West Hills Canoga Park

    Our large play center is filled with age appropriate toys for newborns to adults. Yes, adults! Although our center is for kids, there are video arcade machines as well as ping-pong and air hockey ...

  • The Jump Around

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    (36 miles) Canoga Park

    Fancy visiting the largest indoor inflatable playground in the San Fernando Valley? Well here it is!

  • Giggles N Hugs

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    (36 miles) Canoga Park

    A diverse and high quality playspace offering enrichment sessions and evening entertainments including magic and puppet shows. Healthy, organic menu.

  • Under The Sea Indoor Playground

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    (38 miles) Northridge

    Under the Sea is the newest, fun, unique, exciting, most talked about children's entertainment center. Beautiful floor-to-ceiling murals depict the world under the sea, with pirates, mermaids, and ...

  • Mount Asia Fun Center

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    (42 miles) Santa Clarita

    Mountasia is an action-packed, 7-acre entertainment complex offering fun for the entire family.

  • Sherman Oaks Castle Park

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    (44 miles) Sherman Oaks

    Sherman Oaks Castle Park is the San Fernando Valley's premier family entertainment center. Enjoy the finest miniature golf, arcade and batting cages. Great family fun for kids of all ages!

  • All Amusements

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    (45 miles) Van Nuys

    Located accessibly in the heart of San Fernando Valley, our state-of-the-art facilities offer you a wide selection of quality family entertainment. We feature the latest video and redemption games, ...

  • Adventure Playhouse

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    (45 miles) San Fernando

    A fun, safe and clean indoor play center for kids AND parents, with parties and karate classes too! Great fun for active kids in California

  • Ultrazone Laser Tag

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    (45 miles) Sherman Oaks

    Ready for the Ultimate Laser Adventure?

  • The Playroom

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    (46 miles) Sherman Oaks

    Playtime fun for those creative minds 5 years and under!

  • Pacific Park

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    (46 miles) Santa Monica

    Located on the world famous Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park is the family place to play! It's the West Coast's only amusement park located on a pier. Millions of visitors each year enjoy all the ...

  • Under the Sea Indoor Playground

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    (49 miles) Los Angeles

    Indoor kids fun "under the sea" in a playground filled with activities that will develop skills, and imagination, and fuel creativity!

  • The Coop

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    (50 miles) Studio City

    The COOP. A Cool, modern playspace for kids, that doesn't forget the adults desire to be in a space that caters to them as well (hello...CAPPUCCINO BAR!!!!). The COOP is open, it is clean, it is ...

  • The Treehouse Social Club

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    (50 miles) Los Angeles

    Welcome to The Treehouse Social Club, a magical place where families can connect with each other and spend quality time together, where kids are embraced while everyone's different needs are catered ...

  • Kids Castle

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    (51 miles) Burbank

    Family Entertainment taken to a whole new level FANTASTIC food with plenty of fun and excitement for all ages. Centrally Located in Burbank California at:

  • Rockin Kids Burbank

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    (53 miles) Burbank

    Rockin' Kids Burbank is a fun, safe and bright indoor play center for kids to play, imagine and create!

  • Adventureplex

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    (55 miles) Manhattan Beach

    Imagine a world where health and adventure meet. A world where children have so much FUN, they hardly realize they’re learning valuable life skills. AdventurePlex is that place.