California Strawberry Festival Returns May 16 & 17 – Win Tickets Here!

The California Strawberry Festival returns to Oxnard on May 16 & 17. Join the festivities for this celebration of all things strawberry: beer, funnel cake, pizza, rides, eating contests, and more!


Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12. (Free for 4 and under.) Enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets by leaving a comment here. Extra entry if you follow @agourahillsmom on Instagram and you let me know your handle in the comment! Winner will be chosen at random from qualifying entries received before 11:59 PM on Tuesday, May 12.

Now please enjoy some photos of my family’s adventures at CA Strawberry Festival a few years ago. Short story: it was hot, the kids were little, and my favorite was the beer. More information at Strawberry-Fest.Org.















2015 Conejo Valley Days May 7-10: Ticket Giveaway

Our version of a mini-state fair, Conejo Valley Days returns to Conejo Creek Park for its 59th year, May 7-10. It’s a huge carnival with epic rides, decadent food, live music, and more!


Celebrating the area’s western roots and community spirit, CVD features entertainment for kids, teens and the whole family including carnival rides, games, live entertainment, a western saloon and a food court. Our family has been there twice, and we had a great time at both festivals. There is one big piece of advice I will share: bring plenty of cash.


Even though Conejo Valley Days is pricey (food, experiences, shopping, and rides all cost extra on top of the $5 – $10 admission price and $5 per vehicle parking fee), for people who love fairs and thrill rides, it’s worth it. It’s close, it’s spacious even when a lot of people are there, and the live entertainment and demonstrations are fun to watch.

We went last year on Mother’s Day and bought a wristband for rides because really the whole point for us was for my younger son to ride as many as he could. Luckily, he wasn’t yet tall enough for the scariest (to me) ones, but he still got plenty of use out of it!



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IMG_2769View from the wheel!

These rides are amazing – my younger son, who is very adventurous, loved them! But if you go when wristbands are not available, they can be fairly expensive as rides go. Tickets cost 50 cents each, and the rides require up to 16 of them. The CVD has published a list of rides and their ticket numbers so you can be prepared.

Kids can earn 3 free rides with the CVD’s special new “Read and Ride Program.” Wristbands for unlimited rides are $40 and will only be available on Thursday, May 7 Family Night and Sunday, May 10.


There are also plenty of opportunities to spend more money, at vendor booths that sell items or experiences, like rock climbing or the zany bubble rides.





Entry: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 through 12 and free for kids 5 and under.

59th Annual Conejo Valley Days
May 7 – 10, 2015
Conejo Creek Park South
1300 E Janss Rd  Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(Janss Rd./23 Freeway)

Agoura Hills Mom is giving away two family 4-packs of tickets! That will save you up to $40 right there. Just leave a comment here and tell us what your favorite thing about Conejo Valley Days is, or what you can’t wait to experience for the first time. One comment entry per person. Make sure your email address is entered (will not be published). For an extra entry, follow @agourahillsmom on Instagram and leave your handle in your comment. Winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries received by 11:59 PM, Sunday May 3. Tickets will be mailed to the winners.

Raffi in Concert in Malibu October 26 (Ticket Giveaway!)


I don’t know one parent who can’t start singing a Raffi tune on command. “Mr. Golden Sun” is the one that I can spout off without even thinking, but if I put my mind to it, I can hum so many more of the songs that he sang to my children when they were babies and toddlers through our CD player.


Now he is back with a new album called Love Bug. Here is an adorable video featuring the title track:

Raffi is out on tour and he is making a stop right here in Malibu at Smothers Theater at Pepperdine University on October 26 at 1:00 PM. His New York concert sold out, and I’d bet that his Malibu show will sell out too – so get your tickets here.


I am happy to announce that I am giving away a set of 4 tickets to a lucky reader, courtesy of Music For Little People (check out their Facebook page!). What a great opportunity to see Raffi in concert as a family! Follow the instructions below – this contest is open now through 12:00 AM on October 21. The winner will be chosen at random from qualifying entries and notified via email (so make sure you leave that when you comment). Tickets will be held at will call at the theater box office for pickup on 10/26. Good luck, and keep on singing!

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