Kid-friendly getaway ideas in Oxnard everyone will love!
Kids bored at home? When you’re in need of a break from the work-from-home, school-from-home routine, mix things up with your little (or not-so-little anymore) ones - head to Oxnard for a work-cation / school-cation. Add something new to your virtual learning lesson plan, and find your home-away-from-home base, where you can work and learn remotely - and stretch your legs on 7 miles of expansive coastline.
Since Oxnard is conveniently located off Highway 101, we put together our "Oxnard 101" lesson plan, a list of fun and educational travel ideas that everyone in your family – even your smartphone-addicted teenager – will love. Make the most of 2020 - and, make lasting memories for the whole family.
Are your kids missing out on field trips? Board an excursion with Island Packers (operating at reduced capacity and with PPE in accordance with public health guidelines). Explore the natural wonder just offshore from Oxnard at "North America's Galapagos," Channel Islands National Park. Spark imagination with a science lesson, identifying wildlife found nowhere else on planet earth, including the diurnal island fox! Camp overnight for some of the starriest night skies you'll see in the State of California. With next to zero light pollution, you're in for an astronomical marvel.
Gravitate toward Channel Islands Kayak Center; owner Mike Lamm leads California natural history tours by kayak. Learn about pygmy mammoths, the Chumash people and the Arlington Springs man, discovered on Santa Rosa Island, whose human remains are the oldest ever found in North America. Anthropology, biology and earth sciences - check!
If you launch from the stern of a vessel at a 45-degree angle on a 1,000 foot-rope on a boat going 45 MPH, how long until you are having fun? Channel Islands Parasail is the exclusive parasail operator for Channel Islands Harbor, offering hour-long excursions for up to 6 members of the same household!
Flexing your trigonometry muscles? Why not practice angling? Oxnard has some great fishing holes. Catch surf perch, calico bass, corbina and halibut off the shores of Silver Strand Beach or Oxnard Beach Park. Both are beautiful beaches that offer a lot of activities besides fishing for family members who would rather sprawl out on the beach and relax.
If you want a unique fishing experience for the family, consider spending the day on a chartered fishing boat. Hook’s Landing offers a variety of day trips that leave from Channel Islands Harbor. An eight-hour adventure runs about $85 per person.
Keep your kids engaged anytime of the year by spending quality time at one of Oxnard’s incredible museums. Explore the origins of the city built on sugar beets. The Oxnard Historic Farm Park Foundation is a nonprofit group dedicated to the preservation of the two oldest structures on the Oxnard Plain and creating a home for Oxnard history.
Take a walking tour of Downtown Oxnard's Henry T. Oxnard Historic District and Heritage Square, where you'll find stunning century-old craftsman farmhouses among the first on the Oxnard plain.
Trace the history of notable shipwrecks, as well as the rich past of the Channel Islands Harbor, at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum (temporarily closed due to Covid-19). Gawk at the masterpiece paintings dating from 1600-1850 that fill the Seascape Gallery. Dive into the tales of whaling history. Hear the stories of the native Indian tribes who once called this area their home.
Car enthusiasts, check your mirrors for an unparalleled automotive culture; Oxnard is known for its epic car museums, cruise nights, meet-ups and year-round festivals paying homage to classic and custom rides.
Oxnard is home to not one, but TWO stunning automotive museums. The Mullin Automotive Museum (temporarily closed due to Covid-19) houses one of the finest collections of French cars in the world and is a tribute to French automotive styling and the decorative arts that influenced the genre. Check out their docent series on YouTube for some thoroughly educational museum tours.
The Murphy Auto Museum (temporarily closed due to Covid-19) houses a collection of more than 50 beautiful vintage automobiles and Americana spanning from 1903 to present.
Explore Amazing Street Murals, Sculptures & Art Galleries scattered throughout the city. You'll find commissioned art on city buildings, historic masterpieces in museums and public art splashed from the heart of Downtown Oxnard to the Silver Strand jetty.
Ever created a whale from paper? Enjoy nautical themed art projects with downloads from Channel Islands Maritime Museum's Kids Crew webpage. There, you'll find coloring sheets, fish drawing tutorials, paper ship models, knot tying lessons and more!
There are so many family-friendly activities in Oxnard, it's hard to list them all. Check out our Things To Do page for a full list of attractions.