We asked you to send us your favorite places to bring your kids and to do special things with your families…and man, did you ever respond.
We got so many great suggestions that we will make this an annual feature and next year, we’ll add in some of our favorites (although we do that every issue and on our website, growingupsc.com)
Thanks to everyone who nominated and voted. Some of these businesses didn’t submit nominations and didn’t even know they had won. That really shows us and them that you cared enough to let all of our readers know the places you love most.
Thanks for helping out!
702 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
Thank you for voting Erik’s as your Favorite Deli! Our pledge of a warm and inviting atmosphere, and quality food served fast with friendly service has been the same for over 45 years. Our sandwiches, soups, and salads are made with fresh, quality ingredients and are full of “character”.
Cowboy Bar & Grill
Crow’s Nest Restaurant
Wild Roots Market
6240 CA-9, Felton 13159
Central Ave, Boulder Creek
Marianne’s Ice Cream
6205 CA-9, Felton
6231 Graham Hill Rd, Felton
Kianti’s Pizza & Pasta Bar
Voted 1st place in To Go! Offering curbside, take out and delivery for our entire menu including Kianti’s signature cocktails and Kianti’s handcrafted tequila, rum, gin and vodkas. Take home family style meals or delicious catering dishes. Visit kiantis.com or call 831-469-4400. Thank you Santa Cruz for your votes!
After School Care
Mount Hermon After School Adventure
Mountain Music School
Mountain Music School is thrilled to be a Family Favorite Business this year! We are also celebrating 5 years of music education this summer, and none of it would have been possible without our incredible community of students and families. Thank you for choosing us as your music school!
JuneBug’s Gym is a fun and safe place for children to explore movement and learn FUNdamental motor skill development and gain foundational gymnastic skills on gymnastic equipment. We offer classes from crawling to 8 years old, birthday parties, Open Gym, and Parents Night Out. Come join the FUN!
Cougar Swim School
6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos
Bay Federal Credit Union
House of Worship
Twin Lakes Church
Kassandra Thomsen Photography
David Lyng Real Estate
Thank you kindly for your votes! Your confidence in me is truly appreciated! After 16 years in the business, I still love what I do. But it’s really all about YOU! Buying or selling? Know someone who is? I can help!
Alison K. Jackson, DDS
Thank you for voting us your favorite dentist! We’ve all been through a lot during the past two years. It’s good to know that one thing will never change – we will always do everything we can to keep your kids healthy and happy! Call us and schedule an appointment soon!
Sutter Health- Santa Cruz Center
2025 Soquel Ave Santa Cruz
Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)
1119 Pacific Ave #200, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
Honored to be voted Favorite Amusement Park. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is open daily. Buy your wristbands online and visit weekdays, and save $30 per person! Buy a Season Pass online and save $10, it pays for itself in two visits!
Seabright State Beach
1305 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Felton Feed & Pet Supply
6221 , Highway 9, Felton8
Thank you Growing Up SC readers for voting our little family owned shop 1st place for pet supplies in Family Favorite businesses for 2022. We are beyond humbled and extremely honored to carry on a local tradition over 25 years strong and we couldn’t do it without this amazing community!
Palace Art & Office Supply
Children’s clothing store
The Farm Bakery Cafe & Gifts
6223 Hwy 9, Felton
Skateworks Santa Cruz
131 Center St Santa Cruz, CA 95060
222 Mt Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley
Pacific Trading Co.
Santa Cruz and Capitola
Santa Cruz : (831) 423-3349
Capitola: (831) 476-6109
Thank you for your votes and ongoing support of our local, family-owned boutiques! We have been family owned and operated since 1985. We offer a curated collection of clothing, jewelry and accessories from the best designers and brands. Thank you for your support!
Pacific Collegiate School
3004 Mission Street, Santa Cruz
Elementary, Middle School, and High School
San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District (SLVUSD)
We are proud to have SLVUSD schools recognized as the best schools to attend in Growing Up Santa Cruz. These accolades confirm what we in the Valley already know is the best place for students and staff. We thank everyone for the support they provide in making us SLV STRONG!
Baymonte Christian School