Kid Friendly & Education

Making bike powered smoothies at the Abundant Table

In the spirit of Detroit activist, Grace Lee Boggs who said, “Children need to be given a sense of the ‘unique capacity of human beings to shape and create reality in accordance with conscious purposes and plans,” we are promoting kid/family spaces.

Ventura County regularly puts on events educating children about food sustainability, science, math, history, and culture.

This is a list of organizations that create events where children can feel welcome and even learn.

AAUW  (formerly the American Association of University Women) advances the equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, & research. Facebook page here. AAUW hosts many free and affordable educational events for girls, including science and tech fields were women are under represented.

Abundant Table Facebook page here. Faith-based nonprofit farm that provides farm-to-school activities as well as local community-supported agriculture (CSA) boxes.  Abundant Table’s events are both kid friendly, but design to educate them.

Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) For the past 26 years, BAPAC continues to served thousands of people in Ventura County in support of young people, social justice advocacy in the underserved communities of color and ongoing services that uplift our community. BAPAC Puts on the yearly Juneteenth event in Oxnard.

Café on A / Acuña Gallery and Cultural Center. Facebook page here. “Oxnard’s portal for educational, artistic and cultural expression.” After decades the center’s spot on A street is closed. The center is temporarily located at 418 West 4th street and puts on events  around the city and hopes to get a permanent location soon.

CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy). Facebook page here. Ventura Avenue branch (Facebook page) here. “… [T]o build grassroots power to invoke social, economic and environmental justice for the people of California’s Central Coast Region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy.” CAUSE puts on clean ups and educational youth events as well as education and activist training.

Carnegie Art Museum The Museum annually offers changing exhibits intended to give the public access to a broad diversity of California Art, or art influential to the California art scene. Frequently holds events for kids. Facebook page here

Community Roots Garden. Facebook page here. “Community Roots Garden is a ministry of the North Oxnard United Methodist Church.  Our Garden started in response to hunger issues in Oxnard and a desire to share food and land with those in need.” Regularly puts on events educating children about food sustainability.

The Discovery Center for Science and Technology encourages curiosity, critical thinking and creativity through the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and math (STEAM).

Diversity Collective Ventura County. – Facebook page here. Our mission is “to promote diversity, education, mental and physical health via community outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] population as well as the general public for adults and youth.” Parent organization of Ventura County PRIDE (Facebook page here), Diversity Gala, AIDS Walk Ventura (FB page here), and LGBT+ events in Ventura County. Resources page for the VC LGBT+ community here. For healthcare needs, there is a PRIDE Clinic located in Santa Paula. Santa Barbara also has a transgender support network here and the Pacific Pride Foundation here.

El Centrito Family Learning Centers. Facebook page here. “El Centrito’s mission is to prepare the youth and families of Ventura County to meet the future and become productive members of the community by providing bilingual, bicultural family and youth educational programs in partnership with parents, schools, and neighborhoods.”

Girls Girl Club The Girls Girl Club is an inclusive community that empowers individuals by fostering strength and well-being through education, creativity, and community engagement. Facebook page here.

Hamsa Dance Studio Frequently hosts family friends and/or education events in Ojai on the weekends. Facebook page here

One Step a la Vez. Facebook page here. “One Step a la Vez (OSALV) is a non-profit, 501c3, teen advocacy agency that serves low income, isolated, minority populations of the Santa Clara Valley, specifically the communities of Fillmore and Piru.”

Restore Ventura teaches kids how to grow their own foods and raise chickens. It is a delight to visit and support. Monday is the kid’s program, Wednesday is the all girls Junior High after school Urban Farming program, and the Work Party & Veggie Swap. Facebook page here.

Surfrider Foundation – Ventura County Chapter. Facebook page here. “The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.” Surfrider has all ages beach clean ups.

Ventura County Museum. The museum offers a free Sunday every month and an interactive Chumash room. Read our article about the museum Reason One to Visit the Museum of Ventura County here.

Ventura County Library. Poetry workshops, math skills, art classes, and more. Facebook page here

If you host regular kid friendly events, and want us to list you please email us at vcpjnetwork@gmail.com. We are looking to list spaces where activists can bring their children, or spaces where they education of children takes front and center.

 

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