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.


All About Theatre
325 Washington St, Santa Cruz
Celebrating over 18 years years and over 135 musicals in Santa Cruz County. We offer training in the performing arts for 3-6, 6-10, 10-13 & 13-16 We are elated to be opening up again after the pandemic with an amazing summer season: Moana, Descendants & Legally Blonde. We are offering week long and two-week long camps in performing arts along with our newest program “Theater in Nature” – located off Freedom Blvd. There’s an opportunity for everyone to come and be part of the magic… We are located in downtown Santa Cruz and out off Freedom Blvd, Corralitos. Check out our website for additional summer classes and productions.

Be Natural Music
740 Water St, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 515-8369
The 3rd & 4th weeks in June are BNM’s 2021 Summer Music Camps! At Be Natural Music summer camps, kid & teen musicians shine on stage as they compose original music, script music videos, and at the end, record their song! We produce the final music video in high-quality and display it on our YouTube to jump-start your kid’s career. Youth who already know how to play an instrument & composers are welcome!

Boulder Creek Recreation & Park District
15685 Forest Hill Drive
Bear Creek Community Center is full of fun options for kids’ activities. Kids enjoy swimming, river play, crafts, music, and science projects, games, sports and more. We offer full day camps from 8-5pm as well as day camps 9-3pm. Teens are encouraged to join our junior counselor program for 12–14-year-olds. Our camps will limit the number of students per session so sign up and registration is encouraged to secure your space. Start Date June 14th.

Camp Gateway
255 Swift Street
Santa Cruz
(831) 423-0341 
Unplug and Engage at Camp Gateway! Gateway School is hosting a screen-free interactive summer camp experience for rising 1st – 6th graders. Campers will engage in our counselor-led activities including mini makers stations, field games, gym play, crafting corner, science sleuths, and more! During the 2020-2021 school year Gateway School provided students with a safe On-Campus experience and we are excited to carry this into Camp Gateway. Visit http://www.gatewaysc.org/campgateway/ for more information and to register. Camps will run in two weeks  sessions from July 12 through August 20. Registration opens on April 15, 2021.

Cabrillo Extension Summer Youth Program
6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Cabrillo Extension Summer Youth Program offers safe, fun, and engaging summer camps. We partner with local entrepreneurs and small businesses to provide inclusive and positive learning environments where kids learn new skills, make connections that will last a lifetime, and have tons of fun in the process! This summer’s line-up includes everything from teen baking to hands-on STEM experiences to active sports camps. Campers will be inspired, engaged, and develop skills that help them succeed and grow. Join us for diverse, high-quality camps to explore science & engineering; culinary; computers & technology; sports; and the arts. We are proud to be a member of the American Camp Association, which provides us with outstanding resources for our staff and campers, and inform our policies, procedures, and practices.

City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department
City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department 831.420.5270
Fun is Back! Register for our popular summer camps and junior guards for a fun-filled summer. Get moving with Skatedogs Skateboarding Camp, World Cup Soccer Camp, and SUP/Kayak Camp. Create with virtual art camps or expand your knowledge with science and STEAM camps. Visit santacruzparksandrec.com to view the Summer Activity Guide in Spanish and English. Online registration opens Saturday, May 1, and Monday, May 3 for phone registration for the City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation summer programs.

CYT Santa Cruz
216 Mt. Hermon Rd suite E
P. O. Box 231
Scotts Valley CA 95066
CYT Santa Cruz “Summer Cabaret” musical theater camps are a week-long day camp for students ages 4-18 and are offered July 5-9 in Scotts Valley and July 12-16 in Aptos. Camps are designed to create a hands-on theater experience, and are focused on building performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork. Our camps include rotations through drama, dance, and music, and an impressive concluding Cabaret Performance for a live audience at our outdoor stage. There’s no better place for kids to learn about theater and have fun than in CYT’s positive and encouraging atmosphere.

Four Points Youth Camp 
Orchard School, 2288 Trout Gulch Road, Aptos
[email protected]
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.We also offer a counselor-in-training program for teens 13-15 years old. These activities are designed to cater to each age group. With new unique themes each week, every camp session is a fresh experience.

Growing Social
[email protected] 
Growing Social is a highly therapeutic, educational program offering Summer Camps and school year services to those with social learning differences (including Social Communication Disorder, Autism Spectrum, ADHD, ADD, social anxiety, those without a formal diagnosis).  Farm animals, gardening, cooking, and other creative group activities are utilized to teach and practice social learning concepts. In small groups, students are carefully matched by age (K-young adult) and skill level. Social vocational and camp counselor opportunities for teens and young adults. Sessions are taught by Stephanie Madrigal and Amy Miller, Speech and Language Pathologists/social learning specialists.?      

Marine Mammal Online Experience (MOE)
Offered by the Non-Profit California Ocean Alliance, Org.
[email protected]
Interested in learning about marine mammal science and conservation? The California Ocean Alliance invites you to sign up for The Marine Mammal Online Experience (MOE)! This unique and engaging one-week online educational course provides students of all ages the opportunity to explore the underwater world of seals, sea lions, whales, dolphins, and sea otters. Learn about the threats that these amazing animals face and gain expertise in different research approaches and analytical tools that aid in their continued conservation. Students participate in virtual tours, interactive labs, and learn from experts in the field. Visit www.CAoceanalliance.org to sign up today!

Mountain of Fun – Mount Madonna School
491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna
This summer get your kids out in nature, unplugged, outdoors, and active! Utilizing its 375-acre campus situated amid grassy meadows and redwood forest, Mount Madonna School’s popular camps return the weeks of July 12 and July 19 for children ages 5 to 13* including arts, forest play, nature crafts, and more – even a half-day horse camp option. New Redwood Explorers camp for ages 10-13. An all-day horse camp is offered the week of August 2. Camps are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm. Safe transportation is available from Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Aptos, and Corralitos. Details and registration online at www.mountmadonnaschool.org/summer. 

Mount Hermon Redwood Camp
37 Conference Drive, Felton, CA 95018
This past year has been anything but ordinary and we know your kids are itching to get outside and have adventures. This summer, we are excited to offer a special twist on our classic elementary summer camp: Redwood Day Camp! Five 8-hour days of camp jam-packed with outdoor activities, games, nature, camp silliness, and memories to be made!

Redwood Music Teen Camp
[email protected]
Weeklong overnight camp for teen musicians (ages 12-19) begins June 14th. This year more than ever, it’s a great opportunity for teenagers to get out of the house and hang out with other teens without computers! This full-immersion music experience is for players of fiddle, flute, pennywhistle, recorder, harp, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, accordion, small keyboards, and cello. Students practice and perform in instrument-specific groups, with the entire ensemble, and in lots of informal jam sessions. Other activities include crafts, movies, and a talent show. Information and registration online at CommunityMusicSchool.org.

Summer Camps at The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 420-6115 ext. 17
Nature Explorers Camps connect kids to nature through art, games, and exciting activities. Campers spend time outdoors and investigating the museum’s exhibits. They use scientific equipment and natural specimens to examine the wonders of nature. Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for a summer of fun, learning, and exploration! Registration for week-long day camps opens April 2nd. $275 per week, with discounts available for multiple week registration, siblings, and Museum Members.

SC SPCA Kids Summer Camp
2601 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz SPCA Summer Camp will be happening in our new shelter location!  For students going in 1st-6th grade. $275 for one week,  9am-3pm,  Monday – Friday. Open registration will go up in April and spaces will fill quickly. For more information, and registration, visit our website, call, or email [email protected]


Advantage Driving School
Advantage Driving School has been training safe drivers in Santa Cruz County since 1999. Our professional and friendly instructors are experts in preparing you to drive safely and to pass the DMV Test. We offer a variety of packages and we will even take you to the DMV for your test! You can trust Advantage Driving School to have the best value with excellent instructors, competitive pricing, and flexible scheduling. We also offer a state-of-the-art online scheduling program and a convenient pay as you go program. Visit us at AdvantageDriversEd.com and start driving today!

Kirby School
425 Encinal Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-0658 x111
Kirby School empowers students to shape their futures with confidence. Our independent middle and high school is open for in-person or online instruction in our Hybrid Learning Model. We are continuing to deliver our world-class college prep curriculum through our small class sizes, our investment in technology and safety, classroom enlargement (for social distancing), and our commitment to strong relationships. Join our community where teachers are attuned to each learner’s strengths and interests, and students are challenged based on their level of readiness. Ranked one of the top STEM schools in the nation by Newsweek, Kirby graduates attend excellent four-year colleges and universities.

Chartwell School
2511 Numa Watson Road, Seaside
Chartwell School, located on 65 acres in Seaside, CA, serves students with dyslexia and other related learning differences who are not currently reaching their full potential. We do this in grades 1-12 by providing targeted and direct instruction to empower learners with the skills, strategies, tools, and social-emotional mindset they need to thrive in college and beyond. [email protected] is a four-week program that emphasizes literacy, math, STEAM, and enrichment skills. 

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 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.

Mountain Music School
(Formerly known as B Sharp)
216-A Mt. Herman Rd, Scotts Valley CA 95066
(831)201-9605 (text or call)
Mountain Music School offers lessons for kids, teens, and adults, from beginners to experienced players! Learn to play piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, drums, and more! Students and their families enjoy the passion and lighthearted atmosphere brought by our qualified instructors. Our philosophy is that lessons should be fun! 

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.

No Trace
[email protected]
New sewing summer camp for kids! Join Liz from No Trace for a week of
lessons designed for kids of all skill levels, from ages 8 to 18, June
21 to June 24. Head to NoTraceShop.com/events for more details & to
reserve your child’s spot.


The Bookakery
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 GUISC10 for 10% off any subscription length (renews at standard rate). Expires 12/31/2021

Santa Cruz Public Libraries
224 Church St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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.

Tandy Beal and Company’s KEEP ON TRUCKIN!
This great dance company presents world-famous artists in free, live 15 – minute fabulous family shows, outdoors and safe. A burst of joy in your neighborhood, April-June. These pop-up concerts on a flatbed truck feature legendary artists: Keith Terry/Evie Ladin (Body Music & Banjo), Omar Ledezma (Latin Percussion), Coventry/ Kaluza (Circus), Calvin Kai Ku (Magic). Singers: Tammi Brown, Claudia Villella, Ariel Thiermann, SoVoSó singers (featured in Mixed Nutz) Dave Worm (Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra), Bryan Dyer, Sunshine Garcia/Matt Hartle. Jeff Gallagher (Classical Music) Shelley Phillips/Neal Hellman (Celtic Music), Iman Lizarazu (Eccentric Clowning), Patti Maxine (Old Timey).

York School Summer Bridge Program
9501 York Rd., Monterey, CA 93940
Welcoming students in rising grades 8–12! We are offering fun and safe summer programs on York’s 100-acre campus for local middle and high school students. Whether you’re looking to brush up on academics, get moving with athletics, explore your creativity in the arts, or enhance your social-emotional wellness, we have a program for you! Camps will run weekly with morning, afternoon or all-day options, starting in June. For more information, please visit york.org/summer or email us at [email protected]


Rocking Horse Ranch Preschool
Lic #444400117
4134 Fairway Dr, Soquel
Rocking Horse Ranch is a play-based preschool located on 3 beautiful acres in sunny Soquel. We offer morning, afternoon, and full day sessions. Our outdoor space offers lots of room to explore, including our gardens and many different kinds of animals. Come visit us!  


Adventure Sports Unlimited
303 Potrero Street, #15, Santa Cruz
We teach infants through adults the joy of water through our Swim School. Our Ocean programs introduce families to our marine environments through the Seafood Foraging, and Kelp Pickling. Explore the world-renown underwater landscape of our local bays through our Open Water Scuba courses. It starts in our custom-built aquatic’s facility.

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!)

Cougar Swim School
7105 Hwy 9, Felton Ca. (location of pool)
208 Prospect Hts. Santa Cruz 95065
Kurt Edwards and Cougar Swim School represents swimming excellence with over 25 years of teaching and management experience, Kurt Edwards, and the staff of Cougar Swim School offer quality swim lesson for all ages and abilities, Water Polo, Junior Lifeguarding, and Aqua Day Camp. Our summer program is made up of 4 to 5 sessions that are 2 weeks in length with eight, twenty-five-minute classes. Classes are held on Monday thru Thursday for both weeks. Cougar Swim School also offers Lifeguard training classes for anyone 15 year and up, who want to work as a lifeguard.

Junebug’s Gym
3910 Portola Drive, Suite 2, Santa Cruz
831.464.BUGS (2847)
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.

Music Together, Canta y Baila Conmigo, & Rhythm Kids w/MusicalMe, Inc.
Locations throughout Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County
Our online & outside classes offer the best in Early Childhood Music Learning for ages Birth to 8 years. Music Together®: A music program for children birth to age 6—and the grownups who love them, enhancing children’s learning in multiple domains (mentally, physically, socially, etc.), increasing family engagement and, adding richly to each family’s “toolbox”. Siblings are welcome, especially infants who may attend free if they are 8 months or under. Canta y Baila ConmigoTM: A unique curriculum for young children (ages Birth to 6 years) with dual, complementary goals of music education and language immersion. Designed for beginners and native speakers alike, CyBC creates a playful, interactive atmosphere where language learning is integrated naturally and organically into the musical experience. Rhythm Kids®: A drumming, music, and movement, program for children ages 4–8 years. Classes naturally support children’s rhythm development and help them prepare for formal music lessons. Contact us today to try a free class and bring the joy of music into your family’s life.

Santa Cruz Gymnastics
(831) 462-0655  
[email protected]  
During the summer we will be offering themed Recreational Gymnastics Camps to give parents a safe place for children ages 5–12. 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! Check scgym.com or call for info

Santa Cruz Junior Golf
[email protected]
Santa Cruz Junior Golf has been serving youth golfers for over 25 years. Our mission is to provide opportunities for kids to learn and play tournament golf at the lowest cost possible. Learn more about our organization at santacruzjuniorgolf.org. Please join Parker Hammond Golf for a fun FREE introduction to the wonderful sport of golf at DeLaveaga Golf Course on Saturday July 10th and Saturday August.14th from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. Ages 7 to 18 welcome.


Encompass Community Services – Youth & Family Counseling
A lot has happened this year, and summer is a great time to reconnect with your kids and support their mental wellbeing. Encompass Community Services offers comprehensive mental health and substance use counseling services to youth and families across Santa Cruz County. Bilingual Medi-Cal and low-cost group, individual, family and telehealth services are available.

Ultraderm | California Skin Institute
3311 Mission Dr., Santa Cruz 95065
(831) 272-0936
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.


Kianti’s Pizza & Pasta Bar
1100 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Order online at www.kiantis.com. Offering patio dining, curbside and delivery for our entire menu and drinks including Kianti’s Kids Pizza Kits, Family Dinner Special for $40, smoothies and mocktails, Kianti’s Signature Cocktails, Bottles of Kianti’s Wine and Kianti’s Vodka, Gin, Rum or Whiskey and Happy Hour. Shop our gift cards and apparel. Delivery services include Kianti’s direct, DoorDash and UberEATS. Visit kiantis.com/virtual-fun for Kids Pizza Making Videos and more! Visit Kiantis.com/curbsidetogo for Kianti’s rockin’ curbside specials.  

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  • Teresa Goldberg

    I will be spending the summer in Santa Cruz with my 13-year-old daughter. She loves art. Do you know of any art camps or art classes?

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