santa cruz health and fitness guide

Health and Wellness Guide

santa cruz health and fitness guide

We all know the most popular New Year’s Resolution: I’m going to get in shape!

So, now is the time to prepare and even give fitness presents to family and friends over the holidays. They would love a certificate for a health and fitness class—dance lessons, music and dancing for toddlers, swim school, massage, yoga, ballet, to name a few.

We print a guide in December and keep it up all year at Growing Up for all kinds of health and fitness referrals. This is the place to get healthy and stay healthy.

Adventure Sports Unlimited
303 Potrero St., #15, Santa Cruz

Adventure Sports Unlimited (ASU) is the premier school for aquatics instruction in Santa Cruz. We teach infants through adults the joy of water through our swim program. Learning to swim is a lifetime skill, and it is a beneficial to staying healthy and fit. The ASU Swim School blends comprehensive swim instruction with water play. Our custom-built aquatics facility consists of a tropically heated pool, so classes can take place nearly the entire year whether it’s in the warm sunshine or rain. Our facility also includes a hot tub play space for either before or after class, spacious deck with umbrellas and heaters, and observation room overlooking the pool. We want to make your entry into the water world truly enjoyable. Come Swim with ASU!

All About Theatre 
325 Washington Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 345-6340

Why participate in a theater arts program? Theater offers interactive experiences and analytical tools that help students imagine and enact positive change, both in themselves and in others. Theater helps connect the head to the heart, invites us to empathize, nurtures strength and compassion, an opportunity for youth to explore their own emotions and encourages freedom of thought. Simply put; theater is therapeutic. Singing, playing games, daydreaming, artistic expression, team activities, physical exercise in a supportive and encouraging environment helps children become well-rounded, well-prepared thinkers and reduces stress and risk of debilitating conditions such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes. The theater community is like a family. We educate, nurture and inspire every child that comes through our doors, focusing our energy and creativity on training our students in all the areas of performing arts and preparing them for life. We offer classes and more for students aged 3 years old and up. Join us! Don’t miss out on seeing our winter performance of Frozen jr. Playing December 13th-15th, 2019.

Birth Network of Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz

Providing information, education, and advocacy for safe, empowering, joyful birth. Visit our website for an extensive listing of “Mother-Friendly,” pregnancy, birth and postpartum related service providers and find out how to become an informed healthcare consumer. Visit Birth Network’s upcoming events page to register for events, such as Bellies, Birth & Babies (April 18 & Oct 24, 2020) and bimonthly Meet the Doulas. Sign up for our newsletter online and look for us on Facebook and Instagram. 

Children’s Dentistry
7545 Soquel Dr, Aptos

We provide comprehensive dentistry in a caring environment for children of all ages. We are preventive-dentistry oriented and very thorough in our evaluations and consultations. We have a pediatric anesthesiologist on our premises and are able to treat special, challenging children safely and comfortably under a general anesthesia. We have a 24-hour emergency service available for all of our patients.

First 5 Santa Cruz County

First 5 Santa Cruz County promotes the healthy development of children from birth to age 5. Parents and caregivers of newborns can contact First 5 to receive a free “Kit for New Parents” with parenting videos, children’s books, information on caring for babies and local resources. First 5 also offers parenting support through the Triple P 

Positive Parenting Program, a world-renowned program that strengthens families by building positive relationships. To find Triple P classes or quick tips, visit or

International Academy of Dance
320 Encinal St, Santa Cruz
[email protected]

Dance for JOY! IAD offers graded pre-professional classes in Classical Ballet, in addition to a full range of dance styles to develop technical and artistic expertise required of today’s dancers, including Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater, Ballet Conditioning (Including PBT), Acro Conditioning & Tap. International Academy of Dance is home of the Santa Cruz City Ballet and Soul Contemporary Dance, directed by Shannon Cullem-Chipman, Juilliard alumnae. Dancers participate in multiple professional productions, including the Nutcracker and International Dance Day Celebration at Cabrillo’s Crocker Theater, in addition to a large scale original production in June. International Academy of Dance offers scholarships to dancers and families in need. Scholarship applications are due August 1st,  preceding the school year. We are located near Costco in Santa Cruz with easy parking. Professional instruction by accomplished, knowledgeable and caring instructors in a nurturing environment for both children and adults. Little Tutus, Dance With Me & Pre-School Dance classes are offered for our youngest dancers beginning at age two. It’s never too early or too late to start dancing 🙂In the summer Fairy Tale Dance, Music & Art camps are always a sensation, along with Hip-Hop and Choreography Camps! In the summer IAD also offers Intensive Training Programs for serious dancers looking to push themselves, work hard, dream big and find success being coached at extremely high levels. All students learn a lifetime love of dance and many of our students go on to study with prestigious dance programs and perform with professional dance companies. Registration is available on-line at our website We can’t wait to dance with you in the studio!

Jim Booth Swim School
Santa Cruz at Harvey West Pool and Watsonville at Duncan Holbert Pool and Fitness Evolution

Be a water wonder! From our Little Otters swim class for parents and their babies to Aquaphobics, our adult beginner class, the whole family splashes together at Jim Booth swim school. Little Otters beginning at age 4 months is a gentle introduction to our 94-degree pools that will make you confident that you are guiding your infant to a happy water experience. Our group lessons emphasize quality swimming in an exciting class taught by our caring, well-qualified teachers. The whole family can swim at Jim Booth Swim School.

Music Together/MusicalMe, Inc.
Santa Cruz County and Santa Clara County


Discover your family’s rhythm! Make music an exciting & enriching part of your child’s life. In our weekly classes, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grownups who love them come together for 45 minutes of fun-filled, learning-filled, bonding-filled family time. You’ll have so much fun singing, dancing, playing, and laughing that you may not realize just how much learning is taking place.

We can help your child grow into a confident music-maker while also tapping into all the developmental benefits that music brings. As you discover fun ways to play with music and rhythms both & out of class, you’ll be supporting your child’s music-learning and overall development. Classes are offered throughout the year, with a new song collection each season.

Contact us today and bring the joy of music into your family’s life.

Orchard School K-6
2288 Trout Gulch Rd, Aptos

Circus Arts class with Rock Lerum at Orchard School on Wednesdays 3:30 to 4:30, includes juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, and more. Drop-in basis. Please contact the school at 688-1074, or for more info.

Pregnancy Resource Center of Santa Cruz County
1570 Soquel Dr. Ste 3, Santa Cruz 95065
138-B Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz 95060
831.475.2200 or 831-454-8481

Pregnancy Resource Center provides competent and compassionate medical care. Our services include pregnancy testing/ultrasound, STD testing/treatment, prenatal care, counseling, perinatal and behavioral health education, material assistance, legal assistance, referrals for housing and other community resources. We accept Medi-Cal and are a Presumptive Eligibility provider. Hablamos Espanol.

Randy Ligh, DDS
189 N. Bascom Ave. Suite 200
San Jose, California 95128
408 286-6308

A greater number of mothers are now breastfeeding. They are looking for support and solutions to achieve successful breastfeeding. The cause and effect solution is not a simple “yes” or “no”.Being trained as a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist (DDS) and a Certificated Community Breast Feeding Educator (CLEC) I am able to evaluate the situation from a breastfeeding perspective and a surgical perspective based on functional limitations. Proper diagnosis, safe conservative surgery and post-surgical wound management to prevent re-adhesion is the cornerstone to success. Our ultimate goal is to provide proper professional support, guidance and advice for the mother/infant to continue their lives in a healthy manner.

Santa Cruz Soccer Camp

Santa Cruz Soccer Camp has witnessed over 30 years of making sport fun, entertaining, and empowering for boys and girls ages-5-15. At this camp, they are taught by skillful educators, who have graduated in Leadership Development ages 13-15 and have participated as young campers immersed in the philosophy of Making Soccer Fun.

This is the place for education and resources about autism, ADHD, and sensory processing disorder. As a community, we tackle your child’s everyday sensory challenges, from handling the holidays to finding services. Diana is a licensed and registered occupational therapist who specializes in pediatric sensory issues. You can read her sensory tips and get a free Sensory Toolbox guide at

Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
(831) 316-7261
4101 Soquel Dr (at 41st Ave, next to Surf City Sandwich)
[email protected]

At Wonderland we believe in the magic and wonder of childhood.  We are proud of our selection of educational, developmentally-appropriate toys and curriculum items to encourage growing minds to wonder, play and learn.  We also believe that one of the biggest challenges facing this generation of parents is the screen-time dilemma.  At Wonderland we have great alternatives to keep kids engaged, playing, learning through experience, and most importantly, off of the iPad. 

GUiSC is not responsible for any errors or omissions, nor does inclusion in this listing constitute our endorsement of a program. Listings were written by each organization and GUiSC has not confirmed the accuracy of the information provided. Please call the individual business to confirm details.