Santa Cruz Parent Directory

Directory of Local Resources for Families in Santa Cruz County

Since 2007 Santa Cruz Parent has provided a directory of businesses and nonprofits which serve families in Santa Cruz County. We hope you will find what you’re looking for here. If you know of a program or service not listed with us and which would benefit families, please let us know: info@santacruzparent.com.

Aloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival
Address: Santa Cruz Wharf
95060
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aloha-races-smallAloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival

Join us for the Annual Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival on the Santa Cruz Wharf on a Sunday in August.

Santa Cruz honors its Hawaiian connections at the Annual Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival. A fun day to cheer on friends in the Outrigger Races, delight in island-style music and Polynesian dancing and enjoy a taste of the tropics with "shave ice" and festive drinks. Vendors line the Wharf with unique items perfectly catered to the Polynesian theme. Sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation department and Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club. This annual event is a Santa Cruz classic. FREE!

Outrigger Races: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Polynesian Festival: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Enter to Race in the Aloha Outrigger Races

Participate in a fun outrigger competition – no experience necessary! Anyone can sign-up and race! Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club provides each team with a stroker, steer-person and all necessary equipment to get you racing. Dress in your festive best and win the Outrigger Aloha Spirit Award.

Two divisions: Open and Co-Ed (Co-Ed must have at least two women per team). Dress in your festive best and win the Outrigger Aloha Spirit Award.

Join us!
Contact is at join@pupuohawaii.org or call us at 408 981 3717.

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(831) 420-5273
Alternative Family Education
Address: Branciforte Small Schools Campus
840 North Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

95062
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afe-logo-booksAlternative Family Education

 

Interested in Homeschooling with Alternative Family Education? Have you discovered homeschooling works well for your child and your family? Or is the uncertainty of this time leading you to explore other options of public education? Are you curious how homeschooling can work with you and your child choosing your curriculum, supported by a consultant teacher?

Please contact Sara Homan, our registrar, for more information about Santa Cruz City School's K-12 Homeschool/Independent Study Program.

phone 831-429-3898 ext. 201, email shoman@sccs.net or email Dorothee, AFE Resource Specialist and alumni mom, dledbetter@sccs.net

AFE can enroll students 6th-12th grade as transfers from other districts, but Santa Cruz City Schools is not able to accept elementary students from outside of the district, sorry!

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831-429-3898 ext. 201
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Athena’s Advanced Academy
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Online courses for gifted kids & teens
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Athena's Advanced Academy

 

Athena’s Advanced Academy creates an inspiring learning environment with dynamic, interactive online courses with live weekly webinars for gifted and talented students, including 2e.

We help parents educate their gifted children so they can nurture their child’s development to the highest potential. Dedicated, passionate educators support and encourage Athena’s students to develop their talents and grow into confident, proficient lifelong learners.

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California Connections Academy Monterey K-12
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california-connections-academyCalifornia Connections Academy Monterey K-12

 

California Connections Academy is a good fit for students who:

  • Need a supportive learning environment
  • Need caring, certified teachers to cultivate learning
  • May not thrive in a traditional school setting
  • Need more time or flexible pacing

Choosing the right school makes all the difference

When students feel safe and supported, they are open to learning. And when they are given the right amount of challenge and reward, they thrive.

That’s why at Connections Academy, parents and caring, certified teachers collaborate to give students the individual attention they need, whether that’s through accelerated courses or extra support for struggling students.

See how Connections Academy brings out the best in every student!

 

Your student will grow academically and socially through:

  • Tuition-free online school for grades TK-12
  • Caring, certified teachers trained to teach online
  • High-quality curriculum with electives at every grade level
  • Teachers and parents who work together to support learning
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855-917-1894
California Virtual Academy K-12
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California Virtual Academy, California, K-12

 

Our network of nine California Virtual Academies uses the K12 online curriculum to offer California students in grades K–12 an engaging learning experience. With personalized learning approaches, the academies and K12 provide the tools kids need to succeed—in school and beyond.

Here’s why California families have chosen the network of nine California Virtual Academies for their kids:

Our experienced, California-credentialed teachers, who are available online, by phone, and during in-person meetings.

 

The rigorous, engaging K12 curriculum, that covers both the core subject areas and electives. This curriculum packages high-quality lessons that help students achieve success at each and every level.

 

The online planning and assessment tools, resources, and hands-on materials* ranging from textbooks to microscopes, rocks and dirt to beautifully illustrated classic children's stories, and much more.

 

Our active, supportive school community, which organizes fun and informative monthly activities where California Virtual Academies' parents, students, and staff share their successes, helpful hints, and more.

 

The rigorous, tuition-free online public education that enables a learning experience that is personalized for each childThe network of the nine California Virtual Academies is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for all academies, grades K–12, with the exception of our newest programs which are in the accreditation process.

 

Our Mission

The mission of the network of the nine California Virtual Academies is to provide California students with an excellent education, grounded in high academic standards, which will help them achieve their full academic and social potential.

The core philosophy of the California Virtual Academies is that all young people can achieve academic excellence if they are provided rigorous instruction, high standards, informed guidance, and individual attention. Although we use the computer as a learning tool, we believe that education is primarily a human endeavor that relies on caring individuals, involved parents, and committed teachers.

 

Our Vision

The network of the nine California Virtual Academies will serve as an example of how a school's parents, students, and teachers can reach their goals of achieving an excellent education through the effective use of technology. In conception, design, and delivery, the schools will be a model of innovation and excellence.

 

*Course materials vary by course and school. Please check with your school about offline course materials.

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866.339.6787
Campus Kids Connection Camp
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Campus Kids Connection Camp

camp-campus-kids-connection-summerCampus Kids Connection, Inc. is excited to offer summer camp again this year. We offer a full day licensed program that will be held at Main Street Elementary, 3400 Main St, Soquel.

Summer camp is open to children who have completed kindergarten through completion of fifth grade. We will have three sessions throughout the summer. This year, our summer camp will include all on-site activities including sports, arts & crafts, science, games, outdoor activities, and opportunities for your child to have fun and make friends.  Our camp includes 2 snacks daily (please bring lunch from home).

Children will be grouped in stable cohorts of children and staff for each session. More information and registration links are available on our website at  www.campuskidsconnection.com.

The link for our information is:  http://www.campuskidsconnection.com/camps.html
Cartooning Classes for Kids
Address: 317 Hames Hollow, Aptos, CA
95003
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Cartooning Classes for Kids

Specializing in cartooning classes for kids of all ages, Kiwi Studios owner Jon Hastings has taught cartooning for nearly three decades to hundreds of students in schools, museums and civic arts programs. His classes are geared to all levels of ability and skill and can be customized to individuals or groups.

Jon Hastings, professional cartoonist, writer and art teacher, teaches you and/or your kids the semi-honorable art of CARTOONING directly right at you in your own home through the magic of ZOOM!

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  • Profesional toon-monkey for 27 years, teacher for 30
  • Has taught hundreds of students and the majority of them turned out OK!
  • Owns 75 Hawaiian shirts and if you want, will wear a different one for each class.
  • Has been known to tolerate children for several hours at a time.
  • Classes are $50/hour and scheduling is flexible.
  • Discount for multiple students.
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831-761-5494
Coryell Autism Center
Address: 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz CA
95060
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The Coryell Autism Center is a nonprofit, private school in Santa Cruz, California
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coryell-autism-center-santa-cruzCoryell Autism Center

 

The Coryell Autism Center is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing specially-designed services people with autism the Center is named in recognition of the Coryell Family Foundation's ongoing support of individuals with autism in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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831 -713 -2288
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CYT Musical Theater Day Camp
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Hands-on theater experience focused on building performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork.
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CYT Musical Theater Day Camp

CYT Santa Cruz "Summer Cabaret" summer camps are a week-long musical theater 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, team activities like water day and a petting farm, a daily theme-related devotional, and an impressive concluding Cabaret Performance for an 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 - and every camper gets the opportunity to perform on stage!

https://www.cytsantacruz.org/camps/

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831)239-3821
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Family Network Preschool
Address: 1225 Brommer St, Santa Cruz
95062
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We provide a socially-based enrichment program to children ages 2 years to entry into kindergarten. We believe play is the work of children. We believe an active child-centered environment supports the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children.
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family-network-preschoolFamily Network Preschool has been in operation since 1991. We provide a socially-based enrichment program to children ages 2 years to entry into kindergarten. We have a maximum of 25 preschool children per day. We have a student-teacher ratio of 6 to 1 or better. We encourage and support family involvement in our program through daily check-ins, home visits, conferences, and other activities and resources. Our goal is to create an environment in which families feel welcomed, supported, and appreciated.

We believe play is the work of children. Our belief is based on the research of Lev Vygotsky, a psychologist who argued that child development is the result of interactions between children and their social environment. Our school provides children with many opportunities to explore sensorimotor play, solitary play, cooperative play, physical play, and fantasy play.  Through play, children work on the development of personal awareness, socialization, emotional well-being, problem-solving, cognitive abilities, fine and gross motor skills, creativity, and language. As they play, children take in information and build upon what they already know, modifying and expanding their knowledge to accommodate new facts, feelings, and experiences. We want our children to be able to take the information they learn through play, and apply it to other experiences outside of school.

We believe an active child-centered environment supports the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children. When an educational program is child-centered and directed, it lets us know what the children want to learn, how they learn, and what they are ready to learn. We have created an environment that encourages children to become agents of their own learning. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, we view the environment as the third educator in the classroom. The Reggio Emilia Approach emphasizes that children best create meaning and make sense of their world in environments that provide consistency, variety, and opportunities to learn new skills and develop meaningful relationships with peers, teachers, and materials. Our environment is thoughtfully and purposefully designed, taking into consideration the children’s ages and stages of development. The curriculum in the classroom is planned yet open to modification based on the children’s emerging interests and ideas. And the children, through play, help to actively construct their learning environment.

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831-462-2535
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FIELDGUIDES Outdoor Education
Address: 3921 E Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto, CA
94303
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Join us this summer in the beautiful Trinity Alps Wilderness in Northern California!

Enjoy, learn about, and care for the outdoors. FIELDGUIDES is a small, non-profit, outdoor education organization focused on providing personalized camping and backpacking programs for schools and individuals.

Fieldguides Outdoor Education Summer Programs include:

Summer Backpacking (Ages 12-17)
15-day backpacking trips in the beautiful Trinity Alps, Russian, and Marble Wildernesses! Participants will spend 15-days hiking to gorgeous alpine lakes & exploring rich conifer forests. Sleeping out under the stars, cooking over fires, and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Wilderness Leadership Training (Ages 16-17)
Backcountry navigation, trail cooking, shelter building, wilderness first aid & emergency safety procedures. These are just some of topics explored during our Wilderness Leadership Training program! Participants will also discuss group dynamics, practice communication techniques and begin to understand the obligations of leadership.

Family Days (All ages!)
Bring your family for an incredible camping experience at a remote wilderness lake in the Camp Unalayee Basin! Fieldguides staff will take care of all your food and cooking needs as well as offer activities from hiking and swimming to boating and crafts!

Can't make it this summer? We also offer a variety of trips during the school year! Check out our "Individual Programs" page to learn more about our trips for families & individuals or our "School Programs" page to learn about our unique approach to environmental education for schools & youth groups.

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(650)969-6325
Four Points Youth Camp
Address: 9515 soquel drive suite 213
95003
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Four Points Youth Camp
Four Points Youth Camp is a brand new day camp in Aptos serving ages 5-15.
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.

Check out our activities: https://www.fourpointsyouthcamp.com/activities

Read about our Camp Director, Kasey Lindemann: https://santacruzparent.com/kasey-lindemann-leader-four-points-summer-camp/

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831-400-7740
Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Address: 1543 Pacific Ave., Suite 206, Santa Cruz
95060
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friends-santa-cruz-state-parksFriends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Established in 1976, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends) is a vital partner with California State Parks, creatively working to ensure our cherished local parks and beaches are thriving and available to all. Friends’ innovative and collaborative community partnership provides support and investment for education, equity and inclusion, conservation, facilities improvements, historic preservation and cultural events.

What Do You Want to Do?

Our diverse parks and beaches have something for everyone. Find your next adventure!

Hike    Learn    Bike     Shop      Surf     Swim     Dogs    Camp    Bonfires

Friends also operates six ParkStores

offering nature- and history-themed merchandise for sale to benefit local parks and beaches. ParkStore locations include Natural Bridges, New Brighton, Santa Cruz Mission, Seacliff, Wilder Ranch and Online. Learn more at www.ThatsMyPark.org or via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

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831 429-1840
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Hike in Byrne-Milliron Forest
Address: 617 Water Street, Santa Cruz CA
95060
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Byrne-Milliron Forest

byrne-milliron-forest-2Byrne-Milliron Forest comprises 402 acres in the Corralitos area. Byrne became a part of the Trust in 1984, and Milliron (pronounced just as the two separate words ‘mill’ and ‘iron’) in 2008. The Land Trust owns and manages this property as a working forest, and takes pride in making it available to its members and the public. The forest is a lovely place to hike and explore, with panoramic views of the Pajaro Valley and Monterey Bay, and a 1,000 year old, 250-foot tall “Great White” redwood.

HIKERS: Please register each visit to the forest.

Driving Directions & Map to Byrne-Milliron Forest
Updated Byrne-Milliron Trail Map (July 2020)
Birds of Byrne-Milliron Forest
Reptiles of Byrne-Milliron Forest
Amphibians of Byrne-Milliron Forest

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(831) 429-6116
Hillsdale College Online Courses
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hillsdale-college-online-coursesHillsdale College Online Courses

 

Free Courses : All courses are available free of charge to any who wish to learn.

These free, not-for-credit courses are taught by Hillsdale College faculty and are patterned after the education offered on the Hillsdale College campus. They aim to provide students with an education that pursues knowledge of the highest things, provides insight into the nature of God and man, forms character, and defends constitutional government.

Millions of people have taken Hillsdale College online courses. Select a course to join them and start learning today.

Online Courses 

Constitution 101: the Meaning and History of the Constitution;  The Great American Story, A Land of Hope;  Classic Children's Literature -

 

 

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Homeschool Association of California
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The Homeschool Association of California is a nonprofit volunteer-run homeschool organization.

Support

TOLL-FREE PHONE LINE  888-472-4440

Do you have an urgent question or problem? Do you need information quickly? Volunteer homeschooling parents take turns answering our toll-free phone line and they are ready to help you find the help and information you need. If you are looking for support, please call us today!

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Kirby School 6th – 12th
Address: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz CA
95060
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Through intellectual challenge in a responsive environment, Kirby empowers students to shape their futures with confidence. Our students learn to think critically, develop their creativity, and engage diverse communities with thoughtfulness and respect.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to Kirby School.

 

While there are many ways to learn about our program, an in-person visit is the most advantageous to prospective parents and students.

However, while our campus is temporarily closed due to the Shelter in Place mandate in California, we invite you to speak with a member of our community to ask questions and learn about Kirby from firsthand experience.

Current parents, students, and faculty are available and eager to share their perspectives and answer your questions. Please let us know and we will connect you!

If you would like to receive an Admissions Packet or would like more information about our application process, please email Admissions Director, Emily Lamoureux '00, admissions@kirby.org.

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831.423.0658
Little Trends Boutique
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little-trends-boutiqueLittle Trends Boutique

 

Little Trends Boutique carries a variety of clothing, accessories, shoes and toys specifically for children, made or sold by small, women-owned businesses, mainly in the United States.

We are two sisters-in-law who love shopping for our littles and wanted to create a site where anyone can shop for littles and support women-owned, small businesses while doing so.

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Luz Del Valle Apples and Horses
Address: 1875 Hames Rd. Aptos, CA 95076
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Luz Del Valle is a multi generational apple farm that has been growing applhttps://www.facebook.com/dilys.thompson/videos/10219541689587255es since 1880 and home of Santa Cruz Cider Company. The current incarnation is a U-Pick apple farm, a wholesale apple grower for Martinellis plus home to many of the apples for Santa Cruz Cider Company’s local dry ciders. Their historic barn was built is 1903 & the farm boasts a beautiful garden, chickens, horses and 22 varieties of apple trees.

Luz Del Valle offers an apple U-Pick by appointment only from Labor Day through October.

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831-421-1932
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Mount Madonna, Mountain of Fun Summer Camps
Address: 491 Summit Road
Mount Madonna,CA
95076
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Unplugged, Outdoors and Active: Redwood Horse Camp, Forest Play, Performing Arts, Nature Crafts
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mount-madonna-mountain-of-fun-summer-campMountain of Fun Summer Camps - Unplugged, Outdoors and Active!

2021 Camp Details

  • Redwood Horse Camp 
  • Forest Play
  • Performing Arts
  • Nature Crafts
  • New this year: Redwood Explorers for children ages 10-13
  • … and much more!

Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:30pm
Transportation available from Aptos, Corralitos, Gilroy and Morgan Hill

Register your child in Mount Madonna School’s Mountain of Fun summer day camps! Explore our 375 acre campus, nestled in the redwood forest of Mount Madonna, just a few miles down the road from Mount Madonna County Park between Gilroy and Watsonville. Take a virtual tour of Mount Madonna School.

Each camp program encourages and promotes creativity, cooperation and community building; and helps to foster campers’ self-discovery, empathy and compassion in action. Campers will develop their social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills while building lasting friendships in an outdoor setting!

MMS follows all COVID safety precautions and guidelines as directed from the CDC, the State of California, as well as the local health department. Social distancing and masks are required at all times. All programs are taught by experienced Mount Madonna School (MMS) teachers.

Safe transportation (additional fees apply) is available from Aptos, Corralitos, Gilroy and Morgan Hill.

Campers remain on the school campus all day; or may choose to participate in our afternoon horsemanship program (additional fees apply) at Mt. Madonna Stables (located just down the road from campus – transportation is included with this portion of the program).

Please choose one of the following based on your child’s age: 

New this year!
Redwood Explorers: A Middle School Experience, ages 10-13

Week of July 19 (SOLD OUT!) $375/week

This camp will feature Harry Potter-themed performing arts, sports, art and cool, hands-on science projects. Campers will have a small, safe social circle of friends for active fun and creative activities with opportunities each day to explore the mountain away from computer screens:

Add your child to the waitlist!

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Mountain Explorers, ages 5-10*

Weeks of July 12 and July 19 (SOLD OUT!) $375/week

Elementary aged campers will have the opportunity to experience a week of no-screen time with plenty of outdoor exploration, gardening, performing arts, arts, crafts and story time.

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*Your child will be assigned to either the Deer Group (ages 5 – 7) or Hawk Group (ages 8 – 10) and will spend the majority of their time with similar-aged peers.

Afternoon Horseback Riding Lessons, ages 5-13

Weeks of July 12 and July 19 (SOLD OUT!)
Half day option only; add $100 to MMS summer camp tuition
Children ages 5-13 are invited to enjoy afternoons of learning about horses at Mt. Madonna Stables.

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The Redwoods on Horseback (full day), ages 5-13

Weeks of July 26 and August 2 (SOLD OUT!)
9:00-am-3:00pm; $500/week

Enjoy a full day of learning about horses at Mt. Madonna Stables.

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(408) 847-2717
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Musical Me
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Musical Me

Musical Me has been proudly serving the Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties for over 20 years, bringing music into the lives and homes of families with children from birth to 8 years. When you join our program, you're not just getting "a class", you are embarking on a journey of music making with your little one that will produce benefits to last a lifetime. You see, here at MusicalMe, we know that music is not just for those who aspire to play in an orchestra or sing on stage, it is for EVERYONE.

Because Music Learning Supports All Learning®, we know how valuable music is to every single child, and now you do too! So give your child the lasting gift of music, and come join a class. The first one is on us!

Call/Text: 831-332-9002

Email: registrar@MusicalMe.com

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