santa cruz summer activities

Santa Cruz Summer Activities Guide

santa cruz summer activities

Ahh, summer. As parents, we long for summer almost as much as our children do. Longer days, hours in the garden, afternoons at the beach, and, the opportunity for our children to enjoy activities that school schedules and homework demands inhibit. Kids of all ages can participate in programs and still have plenty of summer leisure time, finding a balance between boredom and being overly busy. If the arts are limited in their school curriculum, a variety can be explored in summer programs. Maybe your child’s school has a great arts program already; why not sign her up for nature or science camp? Maybe he likes to sit at his computer for hours on end; how about a tennis class or inviting him to try horseback riding? Or both? The possibilities are endless. However, great programs fill up quickly. Take a little time this spring to do some advance planning.

Day Camps

Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District

15685 Forest Hill Drive 831.338.4144

BCRPD is a great facility equipped with awesome staff and a home-like environment. We offer camps 9-4 pm all summer long and/or 8-6 pm for extended care. Kids enjoy tennis, jump house play, swimming pool, river walks, crafts games, and leadership skills.Come enjoy a variety of activities at an affordable price.

Cabrillo College Cybersecurity Tech Summer Camp for Youth 

Aptos and Watsonville Campuses

Contact Irvin Lemus [email protected] or 831-479-6296

Register at

Now open! Free tech camp for youth (grades 6th-12th) to learn cybersecurity at Cabrillo College! Students will have fun, make friends and explore the world of cybersecurity. This camp features five days of introductory or advanced cybersecurity training. Training modules cover a variety of topics including cyber hygiene, ethics, systems administration, security audits, and network forensics. The five-day program concludes with a team competition and awards/prizes. Sessions in June and July 9 am-3pm.

Cabrillo Extension Summer Youth Camps


Camps like Digital Photography, Creative Cooking, Jewelry, or Glass Arts let campers dive deep into that hobby or passion they’re obsessed with. Summer Reading camps, Leadership, Jazz Camp, Robotics, Coding, Jedi Engineering or Sports Camps help them learn new skills. Make new friends in Old School Games, Mini Mermaid Running Camp, Aerial Arts, Jet Cadets, or Underwater ROV’s. Join us on cam- pus for these, and so many more, inclusive, safe and positive learning experiences in camps for ages 4 through 18. Learn new skills, make new friends, and have tons of fun in the process! Create, play, laugh, learn – all summer long!

Camp Gateway 

255 Swift St, Santa Cruz

831.423.0341 ext. 334

Camp Gateway is back and ready to rock and roll this summer at our new campus location – Swift Street!

We have 4 weeks of summer camp fun loaded with 16 super rad Specialty Classes! Our full day Specialty Classes are geared for grades K-6 and include: Spanish & Arts for Tiny Hearts, Move’n’Groove, Puppet Shakers & Movie Makers, Monster Jam Jam Band, Ranch Builders, and many more!

Sign up for 1 week of camp or sign up for all 4 weeks! Camp runs July 15 – August, 9:00am-4:00pm

For more information and convenient on-line registration, visit our website,

Questions? Call Camp Gateway at 423.0341 ext. 334.

Camp Seascape

Seascape Sports Club

1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos


Camp Open House Saturday, May 4, 12-4pm, Free Swim Lessons 1-2pm, and Free Tennis Lessons 2-3pm. 20% off Full Session Registration Fee (offer ends 5/4/19). Five 2-week sessions, June 10 to August 16, for ages 3 to 13. Weekly and daily rates starting at $95 are also available. Campers will be offered a variety of activities including swimming, martial arts, basketball, arts and crafts, tennis, volleyball, magic, kids’ dance, climbing wall, soccer and beach games. Camp Seascape includes nutritious lunches each day, t-shirts and, for an additional fee, campers can receive formal tennis or swim lessons. Hours are 9am-4pm, extended hours available. Transportation to and from camp is provided for an additional fee.

Cindy’s Garden to Table

Do you love to cook? Thinking about culinary arts as a career? This garden to table cooking class is a fun, hands-on workshop where we’ll learn about cooking with seasonal, locally grown foods. We will create delicious, healthy meals and then enjoy our culinary creations together. Learn new recipes and skills that you can use later at home, or see if cooking is a career goal for you. From the beginner to the more advanced, all are welcome! 

Chef Cindy has over twenty years of professional cooking experience and loves sharing her passion with students. She has an online blog where she offers cooking, gardening, and nutrition information. She also offers adult and kid’s private parties, kitchen makeovers, and vegetable gardening consulting.

City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department


Registration opens Saturday, April 13 for City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation summer programs. Register for our popular summer camps and junior guards for an active, fun-filled summer. For the adventure-seekers, there’s stand up paddling, kayaking, and rock climbing. Nurture your creative side with art camps and theater programs or expand your knowledge with science and LEGO camps. Go to to view our activity guide or call 420.5270. From the beach to parks and everywhere in between, there’s something for everyone!

Good Shepherd Catholic School Summer Camp

2727 Mattison Ln, Santa Cruz


Good Shepherd Catholic School is excited to offer another year of summer camp for incoming first through eighth grade students! The school is conveniently located on the east side of Santa Cruz. The three-week summer program begins June 17th and runs through July 5th. This year we will offer an extensive sports camp offering flag football, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball and soccer in addition to STEAM activities including a new Oceanography class and a variety of classes in between like watercolor art and cooking like a “Junior Chef.” Their summer camp classes will provide children with a choice of affordable weekly enrichment opportunities designed to engage their creativity and enhance their athletic skills. Stu- dents may attend the full day program from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or choose from a variety of weekly half-day sessions. For further information, please call the school or view the summer camp schedule online.

Holy Cross School – Panther Paw Camp

150 Emmett Street, Santa Cruz


Is your child ready for a summer of creativity, adventure and fun? Join Panther Paw Camp at Holy Cross School from June 24 to July 19, 2019! Camp hours are 8am-4pm, with whole day/half day camp/drop-in days available for students K- 5. Fun and engaging activities will include STEM and Maker Space classes, sports and local field trips.

La Madrona Athletic Club
1897 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz
La Madrona Athletic Club is located in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains and remains a premier club for health and wellness, balancing a gorgeous facility with a family-friendly environment. Our summer youth programs are offered for ten weeks, June 10th through August 16th. La Madrona offers high-level instructional camps for tennis and swimming as well as an all-day sports camp. Sports Camp is an outdoor camp that will provide children the opportunity to develop their sports skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem through fun games, swimming, and tennis activities.
Little Garden Patch Farm Day Camp
4635 Fairway Drive, Soquel
At Little Garden Patch Farm’s Summer program children aged 5-8 make Summer memories to last a lifetime. Children experience a community of joy and friendship that supports them as they learn through hands-on play and discovery, arts & crafts, active play and imagination as well as gardening and encounters with our many farm animal friends. Exciting weekly themes, field trips, cooking experiences, and special guests round out a summer they’ll never forget. A cozy home atmosphere and nurturing staff completes a magical childhood wonderland that children and parents love. Contact us for more information, registration or to arrange a visit.
Mindful & Well Education
(831) 471-7314
At Mindful & Well Education, we believe that a state of wellness is foundational to all learning and lifelong success. Our summer program helps kids ages 10-14 become their whole, best selves through wellness of the body & mind… and have fun in the process! We hike, do yoga, hold discussions, journal, meditate, and more. The program takes place from July 22nd-August 8th on the West side of Santa Cruz. In addition to the summer course, individual coaching sessions are available throughout the year. Head over to our website for more details. We can’t wait to meet your child!
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!
Mountain of Fun – Mount Madonna School
491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna
Enjoy time on the mountain with art, yoga, fitness, Spanish and horse camps. Let your child experience a summer rich with outdoor exploration and imagination through forest play, garden time, visual arts, yoga, Spanish immersion and more! Details and registration online at Camps are offered for the weeks of July 8 and July 15, with an additional full-day Horse Camp offered August 19-23. Open to children entering kindergarten through 8th grade, with transportation available.
Pathways Dojo
2724 Soquel Ave Ste D, Santa Cruz
(831) 465-8236

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.

Pediatric Therapy Center

1940 Bonita Drive, Aptos, CA 95003


Join PTC for our Summer Adventure camp programs combining creative talents of our team of Occupational Therapists & Speech/Language Pathologist to offer fun, therapeutic peer-based experiences.  A guest instructor joins our team to offer a new program guiding camp participants through movement, mindfulness, and creative expression incorporating meaningful health-related topics.  A variety of programs are offered for individuals ages 2 to teen. Please contact us for more information regarding dates and prices. We look forward to adventuring with your family this summer!

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. Register before April 15th for Early Bird rate: $285

June 17-21
June 24-28
July 22-26
July 29-Aug 2

Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation

Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation has something for everyone this summer, including La Selva Beach Summer Recreation for ages 6-12; Pool Jr. Guards, Little Guards, & Swim Lessons at the Simpkins Family Swim Center; Art & Science Camps for ages 6-12 at Aptos Village Park; Nature Adventure & Science Sleuths Day Camps for ages 6-12 at Quail Hollow Ranch; a variety of Baseball Camps at Polo Grounds Park; Kreative Kids preschool program; Zombie Camp at Aptos Park for ages 11-14 and at Quail Hollow Ranch for ages 8-12; and more! For more information or to register, visit

Santa Cruz Gymnastics Center, Inc.

2750 B Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz


During the summer we will be offer- ing 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 Museum of Natural History

1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz


Explore the science of Santa Cruz! Nature Explorers campers are inspired by nature in “Art and Science of Nature,” unearth ancient treasures in “Can You Dig It?,” and design solutions based on nature in “Biomimicry Camp.” Enjoy hands-on projects, field trips, and more during week-long day camps at the Museum of Natural History. We have scholarships available — please inquire!

Santa Cruz SPCA

831.566.3753 kids-camp-2019

The Santa Cruz SPCA is offering eight full weeks of Summer Camp in 2019. The dates are: June 10- 14 (Students going into 1st-4th grade), June 17-21 (Students going into 5th-7th grade), June 24-28 (Students going into 1st-4th grade), July 8-12 (Students going into 5th-7th grade), July 15-19 (Students going into 1st-4th grade), July 22-26 (Students going into 5th-7th grade), July 29-Aug 2 (Students going into 1st-4th grade), Aug 5-9 (Students going into 5th-7th grade) This camp fills up quickly so sign up asap on our website. The cost for one week of camp is $275. Please call our Humane Edu- cation line at 566-3753 for more information.

Santa Cruz Yacht Club

Learn to sail summer 2019 programs for kids ages 8-18.

This is a great opportunity to instill the love of sailing and the ocean through our safe, educational and fun sailing program! We have weekly camps for different levels and ages. Ability to swim is mandatory. Registration/Information are online at

Summer at Santa Catalina

1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA


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A resident & day camp for girls ages 8-14, 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 tradition for 66 years!

Tara Redwood Summer Camp

5810 Prescott Rd, Soquel


In an extraordinary setting in the redwoods, summer at Tara is fun, healthy, peaceful and inspiring. We offer age-appropriate environmental studies with a values-based program for ages 3 – 10. We also have low camper group ratios. This summer, at Tara camp your child will make new friends, learn new skills, develop mindfulness, help others and absorb some of our core tenets for happiness. Living on this planet and in this unique place, kids learn how each of us can / do have an impact and influence on our world and how we can make a positive difference. For the 6-10 year-olds sessions, kids will explore the connection with our precious environment with exciting games and lots of hiking.

Thomas Farm Films
9515 Soquel Drive, Suite 213
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 612-6312

 Located on an organic farm in Aptos, CA—Thomas Farm Films is a non profit organization that educates children how to make movies. From script to screen, our hands-on curriculum promotes CREATIVITY, SELF-CONFIDENCE, & CRITICAL THINKING…resulting in short films that will be screened together at local theaters in Thomas Farm Film Festivals! ALL children can learn the craft, as we offer partial & full scholarships for those in need.

Sleep Away Camps

Belmont Horsemanship Camp

At Monte Vista Christian School

2 School Way, Watsonville


Come enjoy making friends and rid- ing horses at the beautiful Monte Vista Christian School. Our camp offers hours of quality riding instruction for English and Western riders of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced riders preparing for the show ring. From advanced show jumping, to trail riding through the forest, safety and fun go together! Our campers also get to enjoy swimming in the pool, practicing archery, making crafts and eating S’mores at the evening Campfire! Comfortable cabins for our overnight campers, or Full-day or Half-day sessions for locals. We have fabulous counselors and the best horses anywhere!

Growing Up Wild



Growing Up Wild is an outdoor environmental education program in Santa Cruz County that helps youth connect with nature, build character, and learn about the environment by providing culturally relevant, outdoor experiences that are safe, challenging, and fun. Since 2010, we have provided an overnight summer camp for boys, ages 10-17, in the redwood forest of Corralitos. Running four sessions through July and August, our summer camp offers swimming, hiking, sports, outdoor laser tag, wilderness skills, music, campfires, sweat lodges, camping trips, healthy meals, and more. Financial assistance is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Mt. Cross Ministries

7795 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005


Mt. Cross is a year-round, 100-acre camp on Hwy 9 near Felton. We host retreats, 11 different summer camps, and are available for your group to rent out for your own events, whether just cabin use or with food service, high ropes, and many other activities. For more info:

Summer at Santa Catalina

1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey


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summer at santa catalina monterey california

A resident & day camp for girls ages 8-14, 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 tradition for 66 years!


Adventure Sports Unlimited

303 Potrero St., #15, Santa Cruz


Adventure Sports Unlimited (ASU) is the premier store for aquatics instruction in Santa Cruz. We teach infants through adults the joy of water through our Swim School. Our Ocean programs introduce families to our magnificent marine environments through the Seafood Foraging, and Kelp Pickling. We explore the world-renown underwater landscape of Monterey and Carmel Bays through our Open Water Scuba courses. It all starts in our custom-built aquatics facility with our tropically heated pool including Jacuzzi, and classroom. We want to make your entry into the water world truly enjoyable. ASU-you deserve it!

Cougar Swim School

SLV High School Pool 7105 Hwy 9, Felton


At Cougar Swim School we believe that “teaching a child how to swim and be safe in the water is the greatest gift you can give your child”. We offer morning and afternoon swimming lessons for swimmers from the age of 2 and up. Our experienced staff always provides gentle positive encouragement to each swimmer. Along with our swimming lessons Cougar Swim School offers: Board Diving, Jr. Life Guard Academy (Ages 10 to 14), Water Polo (Ages 8 – 17) and the popular Aquatic Day Camp (Ages 7 -13). 

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.

Nike Basketball Camps at UC Santa Cruz

1-800-NIKE-CAMP (645-3226) 

Improve your basketball skills and have serious fun at one of Nike Basketball Camps top California locations. Train with UC Santa Cruz Men’s and Women’s Basketball this summer and learn what it takes to become the ultimate player. Camper will work on all aspects of the game including fundamental development, shooting technique, team play skills and basketball IQ. Camp is open to players of all abilities, ages 8-18. Boys and girls only programs are available offering extended day and overnight options.


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.

Parker Hammond Golf

Junior golf camps at DeLaveaga Golf Course


The area’s leading junior golf program providing year-round programs, summer camps, & junior tournaments.

QuickSilver Swimming


Lucas Salles-Cunha

We believe that swimming success starts with a strong foundation. That is why we take pride in offering a progression based program from beginning stroke development to national level training. We also understand that having a water-safe child is vital to living near the Monterey Bay, which is why we offer junior lifeguard prep classes, stroke development and swim lessons to make your child feel more confident in the water. Swimming is a lifelong sport practiced at any age that we want to help cultivate in the community. Mission Statement: Quicksilver Santa Cruz is a technique-driven program designed to develop entry-level to elite abilities within the local community. See website for more details.

S3 Basketball Academy is laser-focused on helping athletes develop skills. Players learn fundamentals of the game and receive training in how to reach their basketball potential. From April through September, players can attend 60 hour-long sessions where they’ll get high-level coaching and workout with other players at their own skill level.

Santa Cruz Junior Golf

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For the last 26 years, Santa Cruz Junior Golf has been hosting affordable golf tournaments for kids between the ages of 6 and 18. It is the mission of SCJG to provide junior golfers with valuable skills which last a lifetime. The rules and etiquette of golf are essential, but as important are other values like sportsmanship, integrity, honesty, respect, perseverance, and of course fun! Please consider joining us for another year of great junior tournament golf.

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 camps, the coaches and directors are in service to the new paradigm celebrating the Evolution of Competition.

Santa Cruz Gladiators


Futsal is a fast paced, scaled down variation of soccer. The smaller court, smaller teams and smaller ball lead the game to be heavy on technical skills. It is fast paced fun for all ages! Contact Coach Dario for more details.

SC Swim Lessons


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Our goal is to teach your child the essential basics of swimming that will lead to water safety, and competitive performance in the pool or ocean. They will be given a strong start at a young age that will transfer to comfort in the water throughout their life. We support members of the swimming, surfing, polo and paddling communities to foster water-related activities. Visit us at to sign up for swim lessons!

Seahorse Swim School, Inc.

Seascape Sports Club ~ Aptos
Elks Lodge ~ Santa Cruz

831.476.7946 (swim)


Professional, patient & skilled instructors assist in developing & stream- lining strokes while introducing water safety skills. Summer Pool Jr. Guard Camps train kids 6-13 in rescue skills, CPR & first aid. Jr. Guard preparatory courses will assist in getting kids ready for ALL Little/Jr. Guard testing & Sum- mer programs. Our non-competitive swimteam workouts emphasize fitness while providing individual attention & instruction on each competitive stroke. Introducing, the Seahorse Swim Academy; private individualized attention to the student in a serene setting overlook- ing the forest– opens Summer! Voted as one of the BEST swim program in the County, come see what everyone is talking about!

SLV Swim Center

9050 Hwy. 9, Ben Lomond


SLV swim center in Ben Lomond offers swimming lessons, swim team, pool parties, and life guard classes. All of our Instructors are certified and we keep our pool temperature at 86 degrees. We have added ultra violet light to our filtration system. Call or text Donna to schedule.

Performing Arts

Community Music School of SC

Santa Cruz


Redwood Music Camps: Week-long overnight camp for teens age 12-18, or two-week day camp for kids age 7-13. Learn and perform the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, America, and more. For proficient players of fiddle, flute, penny whistle, recorder, oboe, harp, guitar, mandolin, cello, accordion, small keyboards, and cello. Campers perform in an orchestra, as well as in small groups. Other activities include singing, dancing, and crafts; Kid Camp also offers daily swimming. Teen Camp: June 17-22, $795 includes all meals and overnight accommodations. Kid Camp: July 29- August 10, $495. Early Bird discount still available for Kid Camp if you register by April 30th.

CYT Santa Cruz

Two locations: Aptos and Santa Cruz

CYT Santa Cruz “Goes to the Movies” summer camp welcomes children ages 5-12 interested in learning theater arts. We offer Half and Full Day camp sessions for one week starting in mid-July. Our day camps will have acting, vocals, and choreography lessons, arts and crafts, fun exciting games, and lots of fun to keep children entertained. This year’s theme is all about the silver screen and the joys of going to the movies We’re planning to include songs from: Mary Poppins Returns, Moana, the Incredibles, La La Land, Coco, Descendants, and Trolls. Visit us online for more information and to register.

810 Bay Ave., Capitola


5 Week Summer Session for all ages and levels begins July 8th. 4- day Dancers’ Workshop for intermediate dancers and above is June 26-29th. Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, Latin Dance, and contemporary dance

(831) 475-5032

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Kuumbwa Summer Jazz Camp 

Registration for Kuumbwa’s annual Summer Jazz Camp registration is now underway! Jazz Camp is a performance-based day camp for students grades 8-12. Campers will perform in bands, studying jazz improvisation and soloing techniques over a nine-day period. Camp concludes with a performance on the famous Kuumbwa Jazz Center stage. Dates: Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 27, 2017. Location: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos, VAPA Complex. Times: Grades 8-9 attend from 9 AM-12 PM; grades 10-12 attend from 11 AM-2 PM. Jazz Camp Concert: Thursday, June 28th at Kuumbwa Jazz Center. You can register for the camp online.


Music, Dance and Performing Arts Academy

WEST Performing Arts 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz


The Academy at WEST Performing Arts provides youth and families a creative outlet and training ground that cultivates and treasures the imaginative process. WEST offers theatre, dance, voice, improv and circus classes and productions, for ages 5- 21 years, prioritizing educational experiences in literature, performing, and creative arts. WEST partners with Santa Cruz Shakespeare on an annual Acting Conservatory. From circus skills to acting intensives, WEST has a role for everyone. Classes held at Broadway Play- house (Ocean St. & Broadway), Garfield Park Community Church (California Ave & Errett Cir), and Harbor High School (Soquel & La Fonda).

Music Together/MusicalMe, Inc.

Locations in Santa Cruz and Capitola


Offering three different programs:

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’s Performing Arts Day Camp
with Rock Lerum and Friends

Orchard School

2288 Trout Gulch Rd., Aptos


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July 1st – July 26th, on our rural 14- acre campus in the Aptos foothills. A 4- week program with morning classes in circus, dance and music. Afternoon daily activities include swimming, arts & crafts, and circus; with weekly activities in archery, farm animals, gardening, field games, and hiking. 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $975 Aftercare available until 5p.m. Ages 6 – 12. Please contact us for more information or to register.

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.

Santa Cruz Music Lessons


Now offering guitar, piano, voice, bass and drum and percussion lessons in Your Home. I have a complete 10 volume curriculum for the above instruments. I provide a “in-home” lesson program with a focus on learning and performing songs, an understanding of music, and the ability to create it. It is similar to learning a new language, first you learn to speak, then you learn phonics, reading and writing.

By coming to your home, parents save the commute time of taking their children to music lessons.

Student Benefits

  1. All my students feel like Rock Stars! Because I make sure each lesson is fun and enriching.
  2. I provide a clear lesson plan complete with goals, achievements levels and performances.
  3. I use a song based teaching system so my students are learning songs they love while getting academic benefits of music.
  4. I don’t overbook myself so my current clients get the my full attention.
  5. Music lessons have other great benefits like: Better grades, higher self esteem, more confidence, good social skills…… and More. Less Computer time!

Call Now to schedule an appointment to see how I can help you give the gift that will last a lifetime-MUSIC!

The Painted Cork

Get creative at The Painted Cork Art Studio! 2-3 hour painting and art classes taught step by step by a professional artist.  No experience necessary and all art supplies are provided!   Family and Kids classes are available!  Go to our website at to see our calendar of classes and register your child  today! Family Room classes are color coded in green!

Academic Enrichment and Support

Chartwell School

2511 Numa Watson Road, Seaside


Chartwell School, located in Seaside, California, was founded in 1983 to meet the needs of students in grades 2 to 12 with a wide range of language-related learning differences, including dyslexia. Chartwell provides its students with the academic skills, confidence, creativity, and perseverance necessary to meet the challenges of mainstream education and lifelong learning. Summer @Chartwell is a four-week program which emphasizes literacy and enrichment skills.

Merit Educational Consultants, LLC
Merit Academy has great summer classes available this year! In addition to our SAT and ACT Prep, Math Skill Building and Reading Comprehension classes, we have so much more for kids this summer, including Aquaponics, Robotics, Introduction to Mandarin and App-Building classes. We even offer guidance for creating a Personal Project through our ProjectMerit program, which is the key to unlocking admissions at the best colleges!  This course involves working with Merit’s Director, who wrote the book “Beat the College Admissions Game with Project Merit”. We have something for everyone! For our extensive class list please visit:

Santa Cruz Montessori

6230 Soquel Dr, Aptos


Santa Cruz Montessori summer programs provide a fun, educational, safe, and stimulating environment for children to continue to learn and grow throughout the summer. Small classes, full-day recreation pro- grams (8:00 am – 5:30 pm), and sessions ranging from one to four weeks offer parents flexibility in planning their summer. The program runs from June 17th to August 23rd. Call or visit our website for more information about costs and dates.

Spring Hill School

250 California Street, Santa Cruz


Spring Board! Spring Hill School’s summer English Language Arts program. Increase confidence, reinforce skills, and prepare for next year with writing, reading, spelling and creativity. Using a multi-sensory approach, each week will be packed with fun and de- signed for a variety of learners! Small groups, sixteen children/week, entering 1st-3rd graders.

Teach Me French


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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.

Programs for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

Holy Cross Preschool

170A High Street, Santa Cruz


Holy Cross Preschool is excited to hold a six-week summer program beginning June 24 to August 2, 2019. Flexible scheduling is available between 7:30am and 5:30pm. Our hands-on summer program will have Themes including Camping and Oceans, and it will offer arts, crafts, cooking, music and outdoor exploration in our Life Lab. Please join us for an exciting summer of learning, fun, and friends!

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