July 2022

Family Favorites 2022

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! the editors

Camps

Day Camps
Mount Hermon After School Adventure
mounthermon.org/afterschool/

Residential Camps
Mount Hermon
mounthermon.org

Dining

Bakery

The Buttery
702 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
831-458-3020
butterybakery.com

Deli
Erik’s Delicafé
Order.EriksDeliCafe.com
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”.

Dinner
Cowboy Bar & Grill
feltoncowboy.com/

Fine Dining
Crow’s Nest Restaurant
crowsnest-santacruz.com/

Grocery Store
Wild Roots Market
6240 CA-9, Felton 13159
Central Ave, Boulder Creek
wildrootsmarket.com

Ice Cream
Marianne’s Ice Cream
mariannesicecream.com/

Lunch
Taqueria Vallarta
taqueriavallartaonline.com

Pizza
Redwood Pizzaria
6205 CA-9, Felton

Sushi
Sushi San
6231 Graham Hill Rd, Felton

Taqueria
Taqueria Vallarta
taqueriavallartaonline.com

To Go
Kianti’s Pizza & Pasta Bar
kiantis.com
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!

Extra Curricular

After School Care
Mount Hermon After School Adventure
mounthermon.org/afterschool/

Art
Blue Apple Art
245 Sea Ridge Road Aptos
831-588-5412
[email protected]
blueappleart.com

Dance
International Academy of Dance (IAD)
320 Encinal Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831.466.0458
[email protected]
iadance.com

Music
Mountain Music School
MountainMusicSchoolSV.com
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!

Sport
JuneBug’s Gym
831-464-BUGS (2847)
[email protected]
junebugsgym.com
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!

Swimming
Cougar Swim School
cougarswimschool.com/

Theatre
Cabrillo Stage
Crocker Theater
6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos
831-479-6154
cabrillostage.com

Family Services

Banks
Bay Federal Credit Union
bayfed.com

House of Worship
Twin Lakes Church
tlc.org

Insurance
Jim Flynn
State Farm
statefarm.com/agent/us/ca/felton/jim-flynn-w6wtb1ys000?cmpid=buhq_blm_0001

Photographer
Kassandra Thomsen Photography
kassandrathomsen.com

Realtor
Cari Wade
David Lyng Real Estate
cariwade.com
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!

Health

Dentist
Alison K. Jackson, DDS
Children’s Dentistry
santacruzkidsdentist.com
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!

Fitness
Toadal Fitness
[email protected]
toadalfitness.com
Down Town: 831-423-3764
Live Oak: 831-464-3764
Cabrillo: 831-475-5979
Scotts Valley: 831-430-9200
Westside: 831-466-3764”

Hospital
Sutter Health- Santa Cruz Center
2025 Soquel Ave Santa Cruz
(831) 458-5537
sutterhealth.org

Pediatritians
Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)
sutterhealth.org/pamf/services/pediatric

Reproductive
Planned Parenthood
1119 Pacific Ave #200, Santa Cruz
831-425-0106
Plannedparenthood.org

Therapist
Relational Resources
relationalresources.org/

Outdoors

Amusment Park
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
831-460-3395
[email protected]
beachboardwalk.com
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!

Beach
Seabright State Beach
1305 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
parks.ca.gov

Hiking
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
parks.ca.gov/?page_id=546

Personal Care

Hair Salon
Faith’s Hair Studio
4858 Scotts Valley Drive #B, Scotts Valley
831-234-0606

Spa
Yoso Wellness Spa
yosowellness.com

Resources

Landscape
Good Earth Landscape and Design
831-359-6211
[email protected]
goodearthlandscapedesign.com

Radio Station
KZSC
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz
831-459-2811
KZSC.org

Pets

Kennel
Bed & Biscuits Groomingdales
2625 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz,
(831) 475-1580
[email protected]
bedandbiscuits.com

Pet Supplies
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!

Veterinarian
Jeanne Koploy, DMV
Del Mar Pet Hospital
7525 Sunset Way, Aptos
(831) 688-2016
[email protected]
delmarpethospital.com

 

Retail

Art Supplies
Palace Art & Office Supply
palaceartsupply.com/

Baby
Zinnia’s
zinniasgiftboutique.com/

Bike Shops
Epicentter Cycling
epicentercycling.com/

Children’s Clothes
Little Trends
1052 South Green Valley Road, Watsonville
831-536-5070
[email protected]
littletrendsboutique.com

Children’s clothing store
Gift Shop
The Farm Bakery Cafe & Gifts
thefarmbakerycafe.com/

Home Décor
Simpatico
6223 Hwy 9, Felton
simpatico-ca.com

Nursery/Garden
Scarborough Gardens
scarboroughgardens.com/

Skate/Surf
Skateworks Santa Cruz
131 Center St Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831427-4292
skateworks.com

Teen Clothing
Cali Style
222 Mt Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley

Toys
Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
19B Rancho Del Mar, Aptos
(831) 316-7261
[email protected]
wonderlandsantacruz.com

Women’s Clothing
Pacific Trading Co.
Santa Cruz and Capitola
Santa Cruz : (831) 423-3349
Capitola: (831) 476-6109
[email protected]
pacific-trading-co.com/
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!

Schools

Charter School
Pacific Collegiate School
3004 Mission Street, Santa Cruz
(831) 479-7785
pacificcollegiate.com/

Elementary, Middle School, and High School
San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District (SLVUSD)
slvusd.org
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!

Preschool
Baymonte Preschool
baymonte.org/academics/preschool/

Private School
Baymonte Christian School
baymonte.org

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