divorced parent, an unexpected challenge can be deciding what to do with their
visitation hours or during their portion of a
shared custody agreement. Parents understandably want to make every minute count with their children
and experience new, exciting places and activities. As a Westlake Village
divorce attorney with 30+ years of legal experience, I have talked to
many parents in such a situation, who did not know what to do with their
kids during visitation or custody and wanted some pointers.
If you are also scratching your head about where to take your children
during a fun day trip, you should review this list of some favorite kid-friendly
spots around Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, and the surrounding area:
Wildwood Park: On the northwest side of Thousand Oaks, you can find Wildwood Park. The
wildlife area has a few trails of varying difficulty but few are all that
strenuous. If your children are interested in the great outdoors, this
might be the place to go. Remember to always bring appropriate gear and
safety equipment whenever you go hiking or walking through nature. Extra
water is a must!
Gardens of the World: On Thousand Oaks Boulevard, pretty much right between Thousand Oaks and
Westlake Village, is Gardens of the World, a beautiful outdoor space of
various decorated and arranged gardens. In case Wildwood Park sounds like
too much energy but your kids still want to spend time among the trees,
add Gardens of the World to your daytrip list.
Troutdale: Fishing is a relaxing pastime that your teenage son or daughter might
love. Head to Troutdale to the south of Westlake Village to spend some
quality bonding time with fishing rods and reels at a controlled pond
setup that lets you fish in comfort.
Oak Canyon Community Park: In the northern stretches of Westlake Village is the Oak Canyon Community
Park. This is a favorite daytrip spot for locals due to the clean-kept
fields, dog park, and “splash pad” area that sprays kids with
jets of water to cool down during the summer.
Chumash Indian Museum: Local history comes alive at the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks.
Children who have a brain for history or an interest in different cultures
will certainly love spending time at the museum. There are even guided
nature hikes around the surrounding hills.
Boost Your Average: Just off Hampshire Road in Westlake Village is a complex called Boost Your
Average. Inside, you will find batting cages, pitching machines, and more
baseball equipment for you and your child to enjoy. Maybe one day he or
she will be in the big leagues?
Underwood Family Farms: It is a little bit of a drive north of Thousand Oaks but the Underwood
Family Farms are well worth it. At the farmland, your kids can run and
play, meet farm animals, learn about agriculture from people who actually
tend the land, and sometimes even catch a Civil War reenactment. After
your kids are done picking crops, you can swing to the onsite farmer’s
market and grab fresh fruits and vegetables.
Need legal guidance for your divorce or family law dispute from a law firm
that really cares about your future and that of your
family? Look no further than the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff. I would be
happy to discuss your options with you during a
free initial consultation. Just dial
805.633.4999 to add one to your calendar.