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 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 class expanding his computer interest 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


Animal Shelter, Critter Camp

2260 7th Ave, Santa Cruz



Camp has gone to the dogs... cats, rabbits...and chickens too! Shelter Critter Camp returns to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter! Space is limited at six sessions: 1st - 3rd graders (June 13-17 and 20-24) and 4th - 6th graders (July 11-15 and 18-22), and 6th - 9th (August 8 - 12 and 15 - 19), Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cost for a weeklong session is $250. Campers meet guest speakers, get to know many pets, enjoy shelter tours, and do animal-themed art projects. Through engaging activities, children learn to become responsible stewards for both animals and the world around them; lessons foster understanding, respect and empathy toward all living beings.


Avid4 Adventure

VHM Christian School

427 Capitola Road Extension, Santa Cruz


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This summer, experience the power of authentic outdoor adventure! Avid4 Adventure camps teach pre-K – 7th graders of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. With help from our time-tested curriculum and insanely experienced instructors, we give campers solid skills and character-shaping confidence, launching them into a lifetime of empowering adventure. California day camp locations in Mill Valley, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Oakland, Santa Cruz, Campbell, Moraga and Walnut Creek. Overnight camp locations in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado. Learn more and sign up at www.avid4.com or call 800-977-9873


Cabrillo Extension Summer Youth Camps



Summer youth camps for elementary, middle and high school students in digital media, technology, photography & video, visual arts, Lego & engineering, game design, culinary arts, and sports! Enjoy our state-of-the-art creative arts studios, STEM Center, professional culinary kitchen, and athletic complex. Play and learn with Cabrillo's academic faculty and athletic coaches, local artists, and technology and digital media professionals. Camps begin in June. Scholarships available, discounted fees for registrations before June 5th. Create, Play, Laugh, Learn - one week at a time - all summer long!


Camp Gateway

A Gateway School Summer Program

126 Eucalyptus Ave, Santa Cruz

831.423.0341 ext. 334


Jun 19 -August 4, 2017, Day Camp hours run 8:00am-5:30pm. With our combination of Day Camp and Specialty Classes, we pride ourselves on being a unique one-stop option for families in the greater Santa Cruz area! Our Day Camp programs offer children in grades K-6 themed weeks full of creative games, sports, arts & crafts, cooking, and electives! We also offer over 20 Specialty Classes including; Spanish, Chess, Art, Cooking, and Mini Maker courses like Arduino kits, and Coding held at Gateway School's Discovery Center. Visit our new and improved website to browse classes, learn more about camp and register. Registration is now OPEN! We also offer Jr. and Little Guard drop off and pick up from Cowells Beach!


Camp Seascape

Seascape Sports Club

1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos



Camp Open House Saturday, May 6, 12-4pm, Free Swim Lessons 1-2pm, and Free Tennis Lessons 2-3pm. 20% off Full Session Registration Fee (offer ends 5/6/17). Five 2-week sessions, June 12 - August 18, 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



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Do you love to cook? Thinking about culinary arts as a career? Cindy offers fun, hands-on cooking classes for kids and teens. We will create delicious, healthy foods and then enjoy our culinary creations together. From the beginner to the more advanced, all are welcome. Chef Cindy has over twenty years professional cooking experience and loves sharing her passion with kids and teens. She has an online blog where she offers cooking, gardening and nutrition information. She also offers adult and kid’s private parties, cooking classes, kitchen makeovers, and vegetable gardening consulting.


City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department



Registration is now open for camps, classes & fun activities with the City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department. From the beach to the parks and everywhere in between you can find something for you and your family to do. There’s stand up paddling, kayaking and rock climbing for your adventurous side and arts camps and theater programs for your creative side. Go to santacruzparksandrec.com to view our activity guide and register. Spend time with us this summer! Call 420-5270 for more information. 


Good Shepherd Catholic School Summer Camp

2727 Mattison Ln, Santa Cruz



Good Shepherd Catholic School will offer another year of exciting summer classes 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 19th and runs through July 7th. From a variety of sports activities to Legos to science labs and a variety of classes in between, the summer camp classes will provide children with a choice of affordable weekly enrichment opportunities designed to engage their creativity and enhance their athletic skills. Students 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. You may also find the summer camp schedule online.


LEGO Nation – Scotts Valley Parks & Recreation

361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley


Licensed Program #440710304

Summer registration is NOW OPEN. Scotts Valley Parks & Recreation offers an awesome day camp filled with fun activities and field trips. “Lego Nation” our school age summer recreation program can be attended F/T or P/T from 7:00a – 6:00p. Monday – Friday. Call for more information or Register at 831.438.3251.


Little Garden Patch Farm Day Camp

4635 Fairway Drive, Soquel



Located on 3 beautiful wooded acres our play-based program offers creativity and learning in our outdoor art studio plus hands-on science & nature education that includes gardens, gentle farm animals, and local wildlife. Children experience outdoor play with fairy gardens, trampoline, tree fort, swings, and more. Indoor time includes snack and story time and toys, games, dolls, books, LEGOS, & puzzles. Each week of summer features a different theme, including Dinosaur Days, Sharks & Ocean, Space, & Medieval Make-Believe. A cozy home atmosphere and nurturing staff completes a magical childhood wonderland that children and parents love. Ages 5-8.


Mountain of Fun - Mount Madonna School

491 Summit Rd, Mount Madonna



Mountain of Fun summer program at Mount Madonna School. Discovery, exploration, friendship and fun! Activities include: Forest Play & Hiking, Yoga & Mindfulness, Gardening & Baking, Storytelling & Exploration, Crafting & Art Projects, Volleyball and Sport Camp programs, Horse Camp at Mt. Madonna Stables and an Eco Camp: Forest Ecology & Stewardship. More information and registration online at MountMadonnaSchool.org/Summer. Program runs July 17-August 4 & August 14-18, and is open to children entering kindergarten through 8th grade. Enroll for any or all four weeks. Transportation available.


Orchard School's Creative Arts Day Camp

with Kathleen Avalon and Friends

Orchard School

2288 Trout Gulch Rd., Aptos



July 3rd - July 28th, on our rural 14-acre campus in the Aptos foothills. Classes in circus, puppetry, storytelling, movement, and music. Other activities include archery, swimming, arts & crafts, felting, gardening, farm animals, and hiking. This year's camp will be facilitated by Kathleen Avalon and friends. 8:45a.m. - 3:00p.m. Sign up for a 2-week session for $500 or all four weeks for $900. Aftercare available until 5p.m. Ages 5 - 12. Please contact us for more information or to register.


Pathways Dojo/Ninjas in Nature Camp

2724 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz



Pathways Dojo has a unique approach of combining martial, healing, and nature arts as equally valid 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. The Ninjas in Nature program is offered monthly in the forests of Felton, at after school programs, at in-school programs, and as summer camps. The Ninjas in Nature summer camp runs from July 5-7, 9:00-3:00 in Felton.


Sammy Slug Summer Camp


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With half day and full day options, campers will be entertained and engaged from start to finish! Camp activities include a variety of sports, crafts, games, hikes, daily swim time, and a rock climbing wall every Friday! We keep our camper-to-counselor ratio at 10:1 at the highest so that your camper stays safe and engaged in all activities! Every staff member is certified, screened, and trained in safe practices, motivational strategies, and activities to ensure FUN and SAFETY in everything we do. This camp is offered at UC Santa Cruz, based at OPERS, overlooking the bay, and surrounded by redwoods.


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. Summer sessions include sports camp, boogie board camp, cooking, arts, outdoor education, and a series of Lego classes including robotics, architecture, movie making, travel club, Life Lab, computer game design, and jewelry design and beading. Small classes, full-day recreation programs (8:00am - 5:30pm), and sessions ranging from one to four weeks offer parents flexibility in planning their summer. The program runs from June 19th to August 25th. Call or visit our web site for more information about costs and dates.


Santa Cruz Waldorf School, Kinder-6th

2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz



Please join us for 4 nature and imagination-rich camps this summer. Our Redwood Camps run: June 19th to 23rd, June 26th to 30th, July 10th to 14th and July 17th to 21st for ages 5 to 11. Activities include forest hikes, fort and fairy house building, gardening, field trips, nature crafts, free play and more! No experience with Waldorf education necessary. Healthy snacks are provided for all camps but campers should bring a lunch from home. Dress for all types of weather and outdoor play. Camp is $300 per week. Please contact our office at 831-425-0519 for more details or to RSVP.



325 Marion Ave, Ben Lomond



Sign your child up for a fun-filled summer with SummerQuest Recreation Camp! SummerQuest offers weekly day camps with a variety of schedule options to meet your needs. Each week there are themes that guide our activities, like Electricity, Robotics, Theater and Video Production, Physics-force and motion, Pets and Animal Safety, Oceans, Music and Dance, and Games and Sports. We go on local field trips to swim, and explore nature. At SummerQuest there are always plenty of arts and crafts, music, sports and games, and friends! Our schedule of themes and field trips will be available by April 15, 2017. Ask about our after school programs as well.


Tara Redwood Summer Camp

5810 Prescott Rd, Soquel



In an extraordinary setting in the redwoods, summer at Tara is not only fun, but healthy, peaceful and inspiring. We offer a values-based program for ages 3 - 12 with low camper group ratios. At summer camp your young child will make new friends, learn a new skill, develop mindfulness, help others and absorb some of our core tenets for happiness. Living on this planet and in this unique place, we learn how each of us can / do have an impact and influence on our world; how we can make a positive difference. For the 7-9 year olds we have a variety of art projects, organic gardening, and adventures in nature designed to support their resilience, happiness, and sense of belonging. Each session’s service project is focused on a different Permaculture ethic. Children in each session will explore all the ethics and how they are interconnected.


Residential Camps


Camp Winnarainbow



Ages 7-17. A sleepaway camp specializing in the circus and performing arts. Live in a beautiful wooded setting and begin lifelong friendships. 5 Sessions to choose from June to Aug. Activities include silks, trapeze, stilt-walking, theater, juggling, unicycle, song writing/rap, hip hop and other dance, clowning, gymnastics, magic, art, tightrope, basketball court, nature walks, environmental and exploring a world that works. Our well-trained staff emphasizes taking risks in a physically and emotionally safe environment all while building beloved community. Beautiful lake with 350ft waterslide, year-round stream and lodging in canvas tipis.


Monte Vista Horsemanship Camp

Monte Vista Christian School

2 School Way, Watsonville


Come enjoy making friends and riding 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!


YMCA Camp Campbell

16275 Highway 9, Boulder Creek



We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through Y Camp, thousands of youth are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. At YMCA Camp Campbell, children and teens have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories in a safe and enriching environment. And, of course, it’s fun too!




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, Kelp Pickling, and Skin Diving classes. 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!


Aptos Cabrillo Swim Club (ACSC Thunder)

Jim Triplett, Head Coach


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Program: Year round pre-competition (for eventual entry into competition, for tween-teen fitness, for high school swim team prep, for water polo fitness); year-round competition team; and soon to come adaptive pre-competition for special needs children and teens wishing to enter competition team swimming, and private and small group swim lessons. Practice locations: Aptos High, Simpkins, and Cabrillo College. All of ACSC’s coaches are credentialed through USA Swimming. ACSC Head Coach, Jim Triplett, has been serving Santa Cruz County youth for over 40+ years in private clubs, and at the high school and college level. See you on deck!


Catalyst Soccer: Player Development Programs

Summer Soccer Development Camps



Great FUN and LEARNING for Boys and Girls (ages 4-14). Weeklong Summer Camps throughout the Santa Cruz County! (including Aptos, Soquel, Scott’s Valley) Catalyst Soccer has been at the forefront of youth soccer development since 1999 helping develop thousands of young players towards the higher levels of the game with their passion and professional approach to youth development. Influenced by the top youth development models in the world, Catalyst Soccer will inspire and educate the young players to new levels in a fun and learning environment. Find the week near you and come and play the beautiful game! Boys and Girls who love soccer will love the FUN and LEARNING of Catalyst Soccer! Two Great Programs for Boys and Girls, include Little Skillsbuilders (Ages 4-6) and Super FUNdamentals (Ages 6-14). Early Bird Registration! Register for Catalyst Summer Soccer Camp 2017 online before June 1st, 2017 and save $10 per camp!


Choi's Taekwondo

230-C Mt. Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley



We provide traditional Taekwondo education. Grand Master Yong Choi is 7th Degree Black Belt with over 40 years of teaching experiences. She has been teaching students of all ages in Scotts Valley for the past 15 years. All classes are taught by World Taekwondo Federation/ Kukkiwon Certified Black Belt instructors. We strive to provide life lessons through emphasis on hard work ethic, respect, self-confidence and resilience. We provide a very structured class environment while making it age appropriate and fun for all students. Check out our Introductory Program or Summer Camp.


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


JuneBug's Gym

3910 Portola Drive Ste 2 & 3, Santa Cruz



JuneBug's gym is a place where your child can experience a fun filled adventure in movement and gymnastics. The Fitness, Food and Fun Camp, offered in summer, winter and spring, teaches children a wide variety of fun gymnastic skills & activities. We also provide a healthy snack and we make a daily creative craft as well. Call for more information!


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 12th through August 18th. La Madrona offers high-level instructional camps for tennis and swimming as well as an all day sport camp. Sport Camp is an outdoor camp that will provide children the opportunity to develop their sport skills, self-confidence and self esteem through fun games, swimming, and tennis activities.


Nike Basketball Camps at UCSC



Nike Summer Basketball Camps for Boys and Girls ages 8-18.

The Complete Skills Camp is intended to help players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills and enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, shooting, offensive moves, defense, rebounding, team play, and more. The Offensive Skills & Shooting Camps will focus on offensive skill enhancement within the framework of team play. Inspired by the new age of ball movement, camp will be dedicated to individual skill improvement: shooting, dribbling, moving without the ball in a fast moving style that emphasizes transition play and making the extra pass.


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.


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.


Pathways Dojo/Ninjas in Nature Camp

2724 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz



Pathways Dojo has a unique approach of combining martial, healing, and nature arts as equally valid 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. The Ninjas in Nature program is offered monthly in the forests of Felton, at after school programs, at in-school programs, and as summer camps. The Ninjas in Nature summer camp runs from July 5-7, 9:00-3:00 in Felton.


QuickSilver Swimming


(Lucas Salles-Cunha)


QuickSilver Swimming strives to have a nationally recognized competitive aquatics program that teaches and trains all levels of swimmers, emphasizing individual progress, team unity, family participation, and competition at the highest individual level. We are committed to improving the water skills of the local community in Santa Cruz County, led by coaches involved in the community.


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 June 12th. 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 have graduated through Leadership Development, and bring their inspiration to the campers. Come to Delaveaga Park and witness the Evolution of Competition!


Seahorse Swim School, Inc.

Aptos, Santa Cruz

831.476.7946 (swim)


Professional, patient & skilled instructors assist in developing & streamlining 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 & Summer 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 overlooking the forest! Opening soon! Voted as 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 , water aerobics and lap swimming. All of our Instructor's are certified and we keep our pool temperature at 86 degrees. We have added ultra violet light to our filtration system. Call or text Max to schedule.


Valley Sports Camp



Valley Sports Camp is a summer camp directed by Bay Area teachers, Mark, Jeff, and Kim Mercer. With 40 years of combined coaching experience, they have designed a camp that focuses on sportsmanship, teamwork, learning new skills, and FUN! Kids will play a variety of games/sports everyday that are perfect for any level of athleticism. Camper favorites include Capture the Flag, Star Wars, Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, and Tennis Baseball! Kids will also learn a new character-building trait each day. Locations: Mission Hill Middle School (NEW!), Soquel High (NEW!), San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, Los Gatos, and Cupertino. Pre-K - 8th Grade, Multi-week and sibling discounts available.


Music, Dance & Performing Arts


Academy at 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 Playhouse (Ocean St. & Broadway), Garfield Park Community Church (California Ave & Errett Cir), and Harbor High School (Soquel & La Fonda).


Agape Dance Academy

In Four Locations

218E Mt. Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley

783 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos

3647 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz

509 #H Swift Street, Santa Cruz




Simply the best summer dance programs available in Santa Cruz County. Agape Dance Academy brings the best in classical dance training to four convenient locations including, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, Pleasure Point and Aptos. Sign up early for our summer dance camps and intensives as spaces fill fast. From specialized classical ballet intensives to super fun dance camps, Agape Dance Academy’s summer dance program has designed workshops for every age and skill level.


All About Theatre

325 Washington St, Santa Cruz



Celebrating 14 years of theater in Santa Cruz County and over 100 shows! Offering training in the performing arts for Tiny Tots (3-5), Tots (5-9), Youth (9-14) and Teens (14-19). Come see our Spring Productions: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. (April 21,22,23), and Sondheim’s Into The Woods (April 28-May 6). This summer we offer a huge selection of programs for Tiny Tots, Tots, Youth And Teens. Productions include: Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables, Willy Wonka, Singing in the Rain and our newly added performing arts camps; including “Disney’s Moana”, “Trolls”, “Elena of Avalor”, “School of Rock” and “SING!". There's something for everyone and fun to be had by all. Come be a part of the magic this summer!!! We rehearse downtown Santa Cruz and at our mid-town location in downtown Soquel Village (South County locations coming soon online).


Be Natural Music

740 Water St, Santa Cruz



Since 1998, Be Natural Music has offered weekly private music lessons on piano, guitar, bass, voice, drums and saxophone to young kids and teenagers in SC County. We also have year-round rock band classes where students who already know how to play an instrument, play together in a band. We currently have 9 bands and each band has their own logo, band page, stickers, and t-shirts plus 10 performances per year! During the summer, we put on music camps where we show kids how to compose music together and make a music video on stage at the Rio Theatre!


Community Music School of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz



Traditional Music Camps: Week-long overnight camp for teens age 13-18, or two-week day camp for kids age 7-13. Learn and perform the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, America, and more in the beautiful California Redwoods. For proficient players of fiddle, flute, pennywhistle, 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, swimming, and crafts. Teen Camp: June 19-24, $695 includes all meals and overnight accommodations. Kid Camp: July 31-August 12, $495. Early Bird discount if you register online for Teen Camp by March 18th, or for Kid Camp by May 1st.



810A Bay Ave., Capitola



5-Week Summer Session July 10th through August 12th. Come join the fun! Classes for all ages 3 years and up. All abilities and levels from beginner to advanced. Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, Latin Dance, yoga, belly dance and choreography. Register online or in person.


Elaine's Dance Studio

2525C Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz



Celebrating its 30th year in Santa Cruz, Elaine’s Dance Studio is offering Acrobatics Camps this summer: classes for Mixed Levels (8+up) and Int/Adv (12+up): July 10-14 and for Mixed levels: July 17 - 21 (7yrs + up). See website for additional summer classes. Register online or email Elaine for more information: mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Kuumbwa’s Summer Jazz Camp



Register Now! Kuumbwa’s annual Summer Jazz Camp registration is now underway. Jazz Camp is a performance-based day camp for students 12 – 18 years old. Campers will perform in bands; studying jazz improvisation and soloing techniques over a nine-day period. Camp concludes with the final day performance on the famous Kuumbwa Jazz Center stage. Dates: Monday, June 19 – Thursday, June 29, 2017. Location: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos, Room # 5156. Times: Grades entering 8 – 9 attend from 9am – 12pm, Grades 10 and up attend from 11am – 2pm. Camp Concert: Thursday, June 29th at Kuumbwa Jazz Center. Register online.


Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center



Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center is a dance and cultural hub located at the Tannery Arts Center. Children and Teen classes including: modern, contemporary, ballet, African, hip hop and more! Registration for Dance Arts Camp and Summer Dance Intensives are open. Visit our website or call for more information.


Tutu School Scotts Valley

16 Victor Square, Suite E, Scotts Valley



At Tutu School we believe that exposing children at the earliest possible age to creativity, movement, and classical music will only serve them well in whatever they choose to do with their lives, that dancing like swans and Sugar Plum Fairies not only exercises little bodies but also nurtures big imaginations, and that twirling should be a fundamental part of any childhood. Tutu School offers ballet-based creative movement classes for children aged 18 months to 8 years old, as well as ballet birthday parties, and a summer day camp program. Come discover for yourself what makes Tutu School such a magical place to be!


Fine Arts & Design


Camp Catwalk Fashion Design and Sewing Academy

113 Jordan St, Santa Cruz



At Camp Catwalk Classes and Summer Camps we create an engaging mixture of sewing, fashion drawing and design and then combine it with an accepting and supportive environment to give children and youth a first-hand experience of the fashion industry. Life long skills of sewing, drawing and mastery of abstract concepts (as well as experience with the tools of sewing) make this camp a popular experience for many young designers. We emphasize self-presentation, self-esteem and cooperation, collaboration and communication and we celebrate the inherent beauty of the young girls and women we serve. The power of creativity and the use of the imagination are given huge priority in our programs and we look forward to serving the community for many years. We are in Santa Cruz and currently serve children from all over the county in a safe, private residence.


Cherryvale Art Farm

4900 Cherryvale Ave, Soquel



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Nestled in the Soquel hills, we offer expert art instruction in a gorgeous rural setting. By placing the artists in the unique farm habitat, Cherryvale Art Farm participants are able to explore the garden and farm animals through creative art, crafts and cooking experiences. The hands-on instruction will include handling and caring for our animals (who are also some of our models), harvesting and cooking from the garden and specializing in projects that integrate the experience through open-ended projects. Summer Sessions: June 19th - August 20th, M - F, 9 am - 3 pm, Tk - 8th grades. Visit our website for more information.



Scotts Valley Studio

218-D Mt. Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley


Los Gatos Studio

15994 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos



Drawn2Art Drawing/Painting Classes & Summer Workshops: Students, ages 4 years-teens, learn fundamental, classical drawing & painting skills in subjects such as still-life, landscape, figure, portraits, animals, and more using multiple drawing/painting mediums. Students gain confidence, improve motor skills, enhance concentration, increase academic performance, and gain remarkable, artistic abilities. Year-round classes available Monday-Saturday. Summer Workshops: Cartoon/Clay, Figure & Portraiture, Anime/Cartooning, and more. Visit our bright & friendly studios, meet our highly trained, supportive teachers, and enjoy the beautiful work of our students. Call for a FREE Introductory Class or to schedule a Summer Workshop.


Santa Cruz KidzArt

Summer Art Camps



Color Your Summer with KidzArt! Come join KidzArt for lots of creative summer fun with indoor & outdoor art projects! A different themed art camp every week! KidzArt is a drawing-based art program designed to enhance artistic skills and build self-confidence. Students will be introduced to a variety of fine art mediums and learn the fundamentals of art, all while having fun creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces with their friends! Don’t miss any of your child’s favorite mediums: water color, clay, marker, oil pastels, fabric, multi-media and much more! No previous art experience necessary. Ages 6-11


The Puppetry Institute

118 Cooper St @ The Octagon

Santa Cruz



A one-of-a-kind interactive art experience! Where else can you add flames to a Phoenix, place the horn on a larger than life unicorn, or have a dragon at your birthday party? Teens and adults learn what it's like to work behind the scenes in a fully functioning creature shop! Learn a variety of amazing skills in one of our many classes/workshops! Or bring the little ones by for our free sack puppet Saturdays. See website for all the details.



Science, Nature & Animals


Fox Equine Rescue& Youth Horsemanship



Fox Equine Rescue& Youth Horsemanship Center is located in a beautiful wooded ranch in the heart of the mountains just 4 miles off the Summit Rd. exit of Hwy 17, only 15 minutes from Santa Cruz or Los Gatos. Fox Equine offers summer camps, riding lessons in Western, English, and Bareback, as well as a year round Youth Horsemanship Program. Our summer camps and kids programs offer your child a chance to connect with our beautiful equine partners in a safe and calm environment, while learning patience, responsibility, and life skills. Contact us today to schedule a visit to our ranch.


Growing Up Wild

2015 Eureka Canyon Rd, Watsonville



Based in Corralitos, Growing Up Wild is a bilingual environmental education program for youth in Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to help youth understand and value their connection with nature, build character, and learn life skills. We provide an overnight summer camp in the forest for boys. Partially funded by grants, our Boys in the Woodz Summer Camp runs in July and August. Activity highlights include backpacking, swimming, outdoor laser tag, wilderness survival skills, a sweat lodge, and more. We believe in providing children with outdoor hands-on experiences in nature that are safe, active, positive, and fun for all.


Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz



Explore the science of Santa Cruz! Nature Explorers grades K-5 unearth treasures and ancient history in “Can You Dig It?”, and discover insects and birds in “Winged and Wild”. Enjoy hands-on projects, field trips, and more during two week-long day camps at the Museum of Natural History. Scholarships available.


Santa Cruz SPCA



The Santa Cruz SPCA is offering eight full weeks of Summer Camp in 2017. The dates are: June 12-16 (Students going into 1st-4th grade), June 19-23 (Students going into 5th-7th grade), June 26-30 (Students going into 1st-4th grade). July 10-14 (Students going into 5th-7th grade), July 17-21 (Students going into 1st-4th grade), July 24-28 (Students going into 5th-7th grade), July 31-Aug 4 (Students going into 1st-4th grade), Aug 7-11 (Students going into 5th-7th grade). This camp fills up quickly so sign up asap on our website, www.spcasc.org, Humane Education. The cost for one week of camp is $275. Please call our Humane Education line at 566-3753 for more information.


Academic Enrichment & Support


Academic Aptos Tutoring Center

783 Rio Del Mar Blvd Suite 23B, Aptos



Academic Aptos is a state of the art tutoring center designed to meet all students' (pre-K through college level) academic needs and boost confidence. Private tutors in all subjects, drop-in homework help, study skills, and SAT/ACT diagnostics, practice, and preparation. Stay on track, bring grades and test scores up, get ahead with enrichment material, navigate college admissions and complete college applications, and learn crucial study skills, test taking skills, and organization. Summer specialty programs include kindergarten readiness for ages 3-6, as well as SAT/ACT test prep for high school grades 9-12. Focus on individual learning styles, and specific needs. Locally owned and run for 15 years in Aptos!


Chartwell School

2511 Numa Watson Road, Seaside

831.394.3468 ext 1025


Chartwell, located in Seaside, is an independent co-ed day school for students in grades 2-12 with learning challenges, such as dyslexia and ADHD. This summer, our programs run from June 19th to July 14th and include a CORE literacy skills program and ENRICHMENT programs. In the full-year program, lower and middle school focuses on teaching skills from a research-based curriculum which emphasis multisensory phonemic awareness. The high school college prep program introduces students to project-based learning and field experiences. Both programs are fully accredited by WASC. Information on our admissions requirements and application process can be found on our website.


Growing Social



Growing Social is a highly therapeutic, educational program offering Summer Camps and school year services to those with social learning differences (including high functioning Autism, AspergerΚΌs Syndrome, ADHD, ADD, NVLD, and those without a formal diagnosis but who struggle socially). Sessions are taught by Stephanie Madrigal or Amy Miller, Speech and Language Pathologists/social learning specialists. Farm animals, gardening, cooking, and other creative group activities based on student interests, are used as a vehicle to teach and practice social learning concepts and develop organizational skills in small groups carefully matched by age and skill level. Social vocational and camp counselor opportunities for teens and young adults.


Kim Sammet

320 River Street, Santa Cruz



A successful college experience is a direct result of finding the best academic, social, geographic and affordability fit. Kim Sammet provides creative personal guidance, strategy and support for high school students and their families to plan, organize, and strategize a successful and less stressful college application process. Summer is the best time to tackle the ominous project of college applications.


SpeechRighter – Brain Waves Family of Programs

820 Bay Ave - Ste. 210, Capitola



Camp Brain Waves – Catch Up or Speed Ahead with at home brain and ear fitness training for improved Reading, Auditory Processing and Working Memory. Current studies in brain science confirm that the brain can continue to change and create new neural pathways in response to focused and direct stimulation. We are certified providers for Fast ForWord, Cogmed and The Listening Program. Evidence-based, research driven, adaptive and customized brain training interventions for those students looking to close the learning gap and increase grade level performance or speed ahead of the competition. Great for grades K-12, ACT/SAT prep! For more information go to www.brainearbuilder.com


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 any level. I offer private lessons in person and online.


Programs for Preschoolers & Kindergartners


Holy Cross Preschool

170A High Street, Santa Cruz



Holy Cross Preschool is excited to offer a six-week summer program beginning June 26th to August 4th. Flexible scheduling is available between 7:30am and 5:30pm. At Holy Cross Preschool, children are provided with a warm and enriching educational environment. Hands-on program offers arts, crafts, cooking, music and outdoor exploration in our Life Lab. Please join us for an exciting summer of learning, fun, and friends!


Music Together/MusicalMe, Inc.

Ben Lomond · Campbell · Capitola · Cupertino · Los Gatos · Marina · Pleasure Point · Santa Cruz · Saratoga · Watsonville



Give your child the very best Early Childhood Music & Movement Program available – Music Together! Expose them to every possible opportunity to learn and grow. Create a bond with them through music. Learn how to share the joys of music-making and the powerful benefits of having music in your young child’s life. From babyhood through the preschool years, our Music Together program nurtures each child’s natural musicality with you!


Rose Blossom Preschool, T-K & Kindergarten

Lic #444403616



Summer Session June 19-July 28, 2017. Boys and girls ages 2.5 through entry to first grade. Nurturing, enriching environment. Age appropriate curriculum and activities. Games, books, songs, art, storytelling, movement and circle time. Special Summer events include pretend “ water park" and face painting. Loads of fun! Outdoor play yard in a beautiful, country setting. Rose Blossom is a Compassionate Communication school. Sign up weekly or for all 6 weeks - Call Sharon Rose, Director.


Summer Fun!


Santa Cruz Public Library System

10 branches in Santa Cruz County;

check website for the branch in your neighborhood!



The Santa Cruz Public Libraries Summer Reading Program begins June 1st, and is open to children, teens, and adults. Kids are encouraged to read books or be read to, in the case of infants and toddlers. For each hour of reading (or listening) logged, kids earn “Book Bucks”, which can be redeemed at dozens of local businesses. Adults read and play Library Bingo for a chance to win raffle prizes. There also is an extensive line-up of special Summer Reading programs for all ages at branch library locations throughout Santa Cruz County. Visit bit.ly/scpl-SummerReading after June 1st to sign up.


Scotts Valley Parks & Recreation

361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley



Licensed program #440710304

Summer registration is NOW OPEN. Scotts Valley Parks & Recreation offers a diverse collection of fun activities for all ages. From “Lego Nation” school age summer recreation program to gymnastics/parkour, archery, tennis, soccer, swimming, teen spa treatments and more! Register now!


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 program to confirm details.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 21:00
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