So many peoples’ lives were changed by summer camps. They are places not just to get away from parents and make new friends, but to try new things, enjoy nature and learn crafts. We canoed, made lanyards, caught frogs and snakes, learned guitar, made fires in the wilderness and cooked and cleaned up afterwards. Those were timeless experiences that gave us a lifetime of memories.
*Please check with the camps to make sure they are operating this summer.
Animal Training & Research International
Science, Learning and Exploration With The Help of Sea lions
7544 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing
Exclusive Jr. Trainer experiences including hands-on discovery with sea lions for ages 9-16 (or as young as 7 with a parent)! Come have fun and learn with our rescued animal ambassadors at Moss Landing Marine Labs. Participants receive one-on-one personalized attention designed to give them a feel for what it’s like to actually care for, work with, and train sea lions and other animals. Available 7 days/week and year-round, kids learn animal care, feeding, husbandry skills, and much more. Nurture your child’s love of animals with the animal professionals you can be proud of. Limited availability for the summer – book your special sea lion summer now!
Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District
15685 Forest Hill Drive Boulder Creek CA 95006
Boulder Creek Recreation offers a variety of fun play-based summer activities. Younger children will enjoy a 3-week session of camp at our downtown facility which includes indoor and outdoor learning and socializing for the little ones. This program offers water play, gardening, outdoor play, indoor games and reading time for ages 2-4.5 years. For children 5-12 we offer a variety of actives at our Bear Creek Community Center with river play, swimming pool, basketball court, playscape, tennis, hiking, outdoor fort building, music, crafts and more. We hope you will join us this summer.
Christian Youth Theater Santa Cruz
804 Estates Dr #210, Aptos
Camp info (831)539-6448
Register at cytsantacruz.org
CYT Santa Cruz “Find Your Character” summer camps are a week-long musical theater day camp for students ages 4-18. Camps are designed to create a hands-on theater experience, and are focused on building performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork. Our program will be in complete compliance with State and local guidelines and will take place outdoors. There is no better place for kids to learn about theater and have fun than in CYT’s positive and encouraging atmosphere. July 6-10 Aptos, July 13-17 Scotts Valley.
Four Points Youth Camp
Locations: Pacific Cultural Center, Veteran’s Memorial Building, Orchard School, Aptos
Four Points Youth Camp is a new summer day camp with activities designed to broaden every camper’s horizon. Serving campers in grades K-8, our activities include sports, arts and crafts, technology, and traditional camp games. These activities are designed to cater to each age group. With new unique themes each week, every camp session is a fresh experience.
Little Garden Patch Farm
4635 Fairway Drive
Soquel CA 95073
At Little Garden Patch Farm children aged 5-8 make memories to last a lifetime as they learn through hands-on play and discovery, arts & crafts, active play and imagination plus gardening activities and encounters with our many farm animal friends. Whether outdoors in our beautiful gardens and play area, or indoors in our whimsical playroom or our farm kitchen, children experience a community of joy and friendship that supports them as they learn and grow. Exciting weekly themes, a cozy home atmosphere, cooking experiences, a nurturing staff, and special guests round out an exciting, joyful experience families will never forget.
Monte Vista Christian School
2 School Way, Watsonville
MVC is excited to offer a full docket of athletics and fine arts summer camps for grades K-12 this June and July. Check out mvcs.org/camps for more information on all of our offerings, including optional transportation to/from Monterey and Morgan Hill each day. Summer days on our gorgeous 105-acre “mountain view” campus are not to be missed!
Mountain of Fun –
Mount Madonna School
491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna
Be Unplugged, Outdoors and Active with Mountain of Fun summer day camps! Featuring redwood horse camps, performing arts and nature crafts. Give your child a summer rich with outdoor exploration and imagination through forest play, garden time, fiber arts, games and new friends. Details and registration online at mountmadonnaschool.org/summer. Camps are offered for the weeks of July 13 and July 20, with an additional full-day Horse Camp starting August 3. Open to children entering kindergarten through 5th grade, with transportation available.
2724 Soquel Ave Ste D, Santa Cruz
Pathways Dojo has a unique approach of combining martial, healing, and nature arts as paths to self-improvement and personal development. We offer specialized programs for men, women and children in ninjitsu (the art of the ninja) and the healing arts of qi gong and tai chi. Mark Roemke, a 15th Dan in Bujinkan, leads our dojo. We teach our Ninjas in Nature program monthly in the forests of Felton, at after school programs, at in-school programs, and with summer camps. Our vibrant and welcoming Santa Cruz community is one of our treasured assets.
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 E. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Explore nature with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History! The Museum offers many ways to explore outside in nature, at the Museum, and online. New opportunities, virtual experiences, and updates about offerings are added regularly to the Museum’s website. Small-group camps for youth entering Kindergarten through 6th grade are offered June 29 through August 7 and scholarships are available!
Santa Cruz SPCA
SPCA Animal Advocates – 6 weeks of animal camp at home. It will include the following sessions: June 22-26 Students going into 1st through 3rd /June 29-July 3 Students going into 4th through 6th /July 6-10 Students going into 1st through 3rd /July 13-17 Students going into 4th through 6th /July 20-24 Students going into 1st through 3rd /July 27-31 Students going into 4th through 6th Keep an eye on our website for more details and registration information.
Summer at Santa Catalina
1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA
Summer at Santa Catalina is a place filled with fun, joy, and learning. From arts and athletics to yoga and marine biology, we offer attention-grabbing classes that spark curiosity and build confidence and independence. Our teachers and counselors are committed to the growth of every camper and dedicated to the values of honesty, respect, and kindness. Located on the Monterey Peninsula, we are dedicated to serious summer fun! We laugh hard and we make friends and memories that last a lifetime. Come see why families have been a part of this all-girls tradition for 67 years! Director: Ange Atkinson. Resident and Day Camp for Girls, ages 8-14.
Tara Redwood Summer Camp
5810 Prescott Rd, Soquel
Tara Redwood School’s summer camp, Into the Heart of Nature, is located in an extraordinary setting nestled in the redwoods of the Nisene Marks Forest. We will offer cooperative games, creek exploration, habitat studies, animal observations, skits, nature art, yoga, capoeira, parkour, sports and explore the various elements that support all life. For children 10 years old and up, we will offer a junior counselor program for skill-building leadership. Our summer camp educators are highly experienced in outdoor activities and wildlife studies. At Tara Redwood’s Camp, children learn social skills and kindness through developing a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of nature to all parts of life. The program is an extension of Tara Redwood’s CCC pedagogy in which practicing mindfulness, developing empathy and exploring ways to help others, children are guided to feel empowered and how to make a positive difference in the world. Tara Summer Campers want to return year after year to participate in this engaging, fun, and unique values-based environmental program for 3–5 years & 6–10 and older. Find out more at tararedwoodschool.org
Encompass Community Services – Youth Substance Use & Prevention Counseling
With fewer outlets for fun and relaxation, this summer may be especially challenging for teens. If a teen in your life could benefit from substance use or prevention counseling, call Encompass Community Services. Our comprehensive services are FREE to all Santa Cruz County residents. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to receive professional support at absolutely no cost to you. Our experienced counselors offer group, individual and family sessions including telehealth and limited in-person services.
Teach Me French
I offer Customized French tutoring for elementary, middle school, high school students, homeschoolers and adults. Learning French can be one of the most rewarding educational opportunities. As a French native, I am passionate about teaching and sharing my language skills. I offer simple steps to understand grammar, pronunciation and build vocabulary to gain confidence in speaking. I can teach at any level. I offer private lessons in person and online.
Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center
303 Walnut Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Positive Discipline Parenting Classes. English and Spanish, free for all caretakers of children and youth! A 7-week course offering a participatory, co-creative approach to parenting from Positive Discipline based on the principle that discipline can be kind as well as firm, supporting your child in healthy emotional and social development. Classes begin July 7th. Sign up by calling our front office at (831) 426-3062.
Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center
9341 Mill Street, Ben Lomond
Fill your summer with art! The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center offers the premier Summer Art Camp in the San Lorenzo Valley. Our goal is to provide campers aged 7–17 with opportunities that build self-esteem through art and friendship. Students work on individual and collaborative projects in disciplines such as painting, drawing, cartoon art, ceramics, printmaking, and art-meets- science (STEAM) classes. Students will learn to feel comfortable expressing themselves artistically and within a group setting. Campers will have an opportunity to participate in critiques and learn how to present and discuss their work.
Thomas Farm Films
9515 Soquel Drive, Suite 213
Aptos, CA 95003
From script to screen, our online curriculum promotes creativity in screenwriting, editing, stop-motion and hand-drawn animation. Students will complete a short film in filmmaking bootcamp. Limited scholarships are available for families in need. All proceeds (after costs) from our online summer program will be donated to one or more organizations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and other organizations dedicated to fighting for equal rights and tolerance. We are also hosting the Youth Screenwriting & 2-Minute Video Competition for ages 26 and under. Works in English and Spanish are accepted
WEST Creative Performing Arts
Summer 2020…create….INNOVATE! Ever dreamed of sword fighting epic villains, flying in Neverland, casting spells, or capturing your favorite Pokémon? Then get ready for a summer full of imagination and fun with West Creative Performing Arts! Join us for our unique process-based theatre arts classes, camps, and conservatory-style studies, where actors use their imagination to craft their own play experience full of innovation, creativity, and fun! From immersive theatre-based day-camps to original plays, classic productions, and an opportunity to hone your funny bone, we have it all so come PLAY! All of our classes, training programs, and productions are process-driven, believing that the creative journey is what matters. We build confidence, communication, and community. Ages: K-12
Adventure Sports Unlimited
303 Potrero Street, #15, Santa Cruz
Adventure Sports Unlimited (ASU) is Santa Cruz’s premier swim school. We teach infants through adults the joys of water and adventure. Our Ocean programs introduce families to our magnificent marine environments through the Big Sur Camping Trip and Kelp Pickling Class. We explore the world-renown underwater landscape of Monterey Bay through our Open Water Scuba courses. It all starts in our custom-built aquatics facility with our tropically heated pool. We want to make your entry into the water world truly enjoyable. ASU – Come Play With Us!
Community Boating Center, UCSC
790 Mariner Park Way
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
The UCSC Community Boating Center has been teaching local juniors how to sail for over 30 years. All classes are hands-on, co-ed classes, ages 8-16 and are taught in RS Quests, RS Visions, and Lasers. Students learn the basics in the protected Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and progress to the beautiful Monterey Bay. Enjoy sailing in a safe, fun, and supportive environment with knowledgeable, experienced staff. Sign up today! (Adult classes are also available!)
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.
June Bug’s Gym
3910 Portola Drive, Suite 2, Santa Cruz
June Bug’s Gym is a place where your child can experience a fun-filled adventure in movement. We have a caring, respectful, and supportive staff that encourages every child in their growth of large motor skills and gymnastics along with social, emotional and cognitive development. Our goals for our students are to help them feel control and empowerment in their bodies, to build self-esteem through success, to open up imaginations, and to feel confidence and joy in their exploration of movement.
Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center (LOARC)
We offer therapeutic horseback riding lessons and horsemanship skills in a safe and fun environment. Equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT), offers the opportunity for the rider to view and experience the world in a unique manner – from astride a powerful horse. The rider may see broadened possibilities for independence, improved ability to communicate directions and feelings, and enhanced self-esteem resulting from accomplishing challenging but attainable goals. Each lesson is designed to enhance the physical, cognitive and emotional well-being of each participant.
Nike Sports Camps at UC Santa Cruz
Train with Division III UC Santa Cruz and top local coaches on the UCSC home turf in summer 2020. Improve your skills, make new friends, and experience what it’s like being a student-athlete at one of California’s top summer camp destinations. Youth, adult, day, overnight, week, and weekend programs offered.
Pacific Edge Climbing Gym
104 Bronson St. Suite 12, Santa Cruz
At Pacific Edge we strive to create a safe, welcoming and fun community. We offer a variety of Afterschool Programs for children and youth ages 6 – 17. Our highly skilled instructors and coaches engage students with various games and activities that impart climbing skills in a fun and supportive environment. Our programs challenge students to reach their full potential through the sport of rock climbing. Programs include: Jr. Rock Stars – Kids 6-7. Rock Stars – Kids 8-10. Youth Introduction to Climbing – Youth 11-17. Youth Core Climbing Class – Youth 11-17. Team Edge (Youth Competitive Team) – Ages 7-17. For more information please call us or visit our website.
Radical Movement Factory
2855 Mission Street Extension
(in the Wrigley Building)
The Radical Movement Factory offers week-long day camps in circus and aerial arts for kids ages 6-12. Sessions run Monday-Friday 10am-2pm and include a beach day! Cost: $325 per session. Register for both sessions at a discounted price of $600. Session I: July 20-24 Session II: July 27-31
Santa Cruz Gymnastics Center, Inc.
2750 B Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
During the summer we will be offering themed Preschool and Recreational Gymnastics Camps at the same time to give parents a safe place for children ages 4 & up. Our camps will be offered all summer long starting in June. Beginning through advanced gymnasts will participate in all Olympic gymnastics events as well as daily trampoline, tumbling, strength, fitness and flexibility exercises. We’ll be filling our camps with lots of other out of the sun fun!!! Visit our website or contact our office for complete details & registration. Come flip with us!
Santa Cruz Soccer Camp
For over 30 years our vision of joy and adventure remains. Almost all coaches have been young players who joined the harmony and magic of the camp, and have graduated through our Leadership Development Program. From the inspiration and resonance experienced at Delaveaga Park during 10- week-long summer camps, the coaches and directors are in service to the new paradigm celebrating the Evolution of competition.
SLV Swim Center
9050 Hwy. 9, Ben Lomond
SLV swim center in Ben Lomond offers swimming lessons, swim team, pool parties, and lifeguard classes. All our Instructors are certified, and we keep our pool temperature at 86 degrees. We have added ultraviolet light to our filtration system. Call or text Donna to schedule.
Kianti’s Pizza & Pasta Bar
1100 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offering Curbside and Take Out for our entire menu and drinks, free kids pizza with entree purchase, Kianti’s Kids Pizza Kits, Happy Hour At Home 3-5 Daily, Family Dinner Special for $40, Kianti’s Signature Cocktails, Bottles of Kianti’s Wine and Kianti’s Vodka, Gin or Rum, gift cards and apparel. Delivery services include DoorDash, UberEATS, and Doorbell Dining. Visit kiantis.com/virtual-fun for Kids Pizza Making Videos and more! Visit Kiantis.com/curbsidetogo for Kianti’s rockin’ curbside specials.
Nannette Benedict DDS & Associates
5015 Scotts Valley Dr., Scotts Valley
Babies, toddlers, teenagers and their parents will enjoy our newly opened up space. We are very family oriented: I even practice with my son! We have the latest in high-tech instruments which we enjoy showing to everybody, including CAD/CAM crowns with 3-D imagery and a 3-D printer. We offer Invisalign to teenagers and adults. You can bring your own playlist and can use our headphones or watch programs on the IPAD mounted over the chair. To better accommodate families, we are open 5 days a week and have two specialists: a periodontist and an endodontist. Go to our website and you can book your next appointment online.
Ultraderm | California Skin Institute
3311 Mission Dr., Santa Cruz 95065
As the days get longer, sunnier and filled with outdoor activities you need to protect your family’s skin from UVA/UVB rays. Remember to apply/reapply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more. If you have any concerns about the health of your child’s skin, California Skin Institute is a premier dermatology practice in Santa Cruz, Freedom, & Monterey with board-certified dermatologists and specialists helping families with their skin health. Visit our website or call to make an appointment and ask us about our teledermatology options.
Looking for activities to do with your kids at home? Have a kid that always wants to help in the kitchen or curl up on your lap to hear a good book? Love getting packages? The Bookakery has just the thing: Bookakery Boxes, a monthly subscription box for kids aimed towards fostering a love of reading and baking. Each Bookakery Box comes with a hardback picture book, kid-friendly recipe card, baking item and activity, all based around a theme of the month. Order yours today! Use code GUISE10 for 10% off any subscription length (renews at standard rate). Expires 12/31/2020
Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row, Monterey
Our mission is to inspire conservation of the ocean.
831-647-6886 or toll-free in the U.S. and Canada
Come dive with us! Underwater Explorers in a unique program (summer only) where kids ages 8-13 are introduced to the underwater world through surface scuba diving. Kids are safely guided by Aquarium leadership level dive staff in our Great Tide Pool, where they’ll meet amazing animals while getting a fishes’ eye view of the wonders of the bay. No experience or wet suit is necessary, only a sense of adventure! montereybayaquarium.org/underwaterexplorers
Music Together & Canta y Baila Conmigo w/MusicalMe, Inc.
Locations throughout Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County
Join us online for both Music Together & Canta y Baila Conmigo. Our classes offer the very best in Early Childhood Music Enrichment for Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and the Adults who love them. Families are loving our new online option: “We are LOVING the Zoom classes. They are the perfect amount of time with great flow. We love that we don’t have to do anything but turn the computer on and sing. We wish online classes were always an option!” We’re also including lots of extra content, including Unlimited Bonus classes, extra online content, and unique virtual birthday parties. Contact us today for a free class – you just might be surprised at how fun and engaging our classes are for the whole family!
Santa Cruz Public Libraries
224 Church St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Imagine Your Story, the SCPL Summer Reading Program for all ages, has gone virtual! You can earn books, attend virtual events, and win prizes. Reading just 5 books over the summer helps prevent learning loss in students. Kids can continue learning while having fun at virtual programs such as storytimes, craft and other STEAM activities. Amazing performers will present virtual shows all summer long. Sign up at any branch or online at santacruzpl.org\srp starting June 1st.