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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We created 5 Steps To Connect to bring together parents of strong willed children to learn how to transform intense, hard interactions into chances to grow and connect so we can feel more peace and joy in our families.
We understand you, why it's hard, what you need.
All of us have a strong willed child so we get walking on eggshells to avoid reactions, rigid No! and intense energy.
Our dream is for all parents with a strong willed child to relate with more ease. After I used the 5 Steps to Connect framework, I was less reactive so my daughter could trust me to hear and accept her, and her reactivity decreased as well.
Exploring these skills together allows us to take things less personally, set boundaries more clearly, and not direct our reactivity AT the people we love.
When we come together and share our lived experience, shame loses its power and we feel enough, worthy. The results when I parent from here are miraculous.
I invite all to try this community and explore the fun learning with others who are walking the same challenging path. You won't regret it!
Adventure Sports Unlimited (ASU) is an aquatics center that teaches people the fun to play in water. We bring people together, teach them to the best of their abilities, outfit them with gear to fit their potential, arrange adventures to use their new skills, and eat well. It seems only appropriate that when you have a bunch of adventure enthusiasts together at an exotic aquatic environment, after a day of SCUBA diving, that a bit of seafood foraging will result in a wonderful gourmet meal to toast the day.
The essence of our plot is unrelenting fun and through this joy we will impart superior skills and safety. The ASU facility has a tropically heated training pool with hot tub, retail shop to serve your swimming and dive needs, classroom, and loaded it with water toys for people to play with. For 38 years,we have been successfully teaching the joys of being in water through the recreational sport of SCUBA for all ages and Adventure Sports Swim School. Additionally we offer outstanding travel adventures. Find your next adventure through Adventure Sports Unlimited. Family Offerings Seafood Foraging & Kelp Pickling
Adventure Sports Swim School Learning to swim is a new and exciting experience for children. For the past 35 years Adventure Sports has taught over 25,000 children to swim in a positive, warm environment. Our instructors strive to develop a trusting special relationship with each child, encouraging them in a gentle, but firm manner to exceed their limits as their abilities grow. We maintain a high quality and individual accomplishment through small group lessons. We want your potential swimmers to have confidence in the water. In the end, this means technique, safety, and bright, happy smiles for everyone.
All About Theatre Camps
We are elated to be offering so many incredible camps at both our downtown location and our mid-county locations.
In all of our Summer Camps - students will focus on learning proper voice and dance techniques while exploring the various song and dance styles used in Broadway shows, movies, and the music industry.
Our camps include a proper physical warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. In addition, students learn vocal warm ups and exercises that strengthen projection, instill confidence, and gain control and improve the quality of sound production. Acting skills are also honed with games, and learning performing skills that help the student connect with the audience, be expressive, tell a story, and overcome stage fright.
Aloha 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.
Contact is at email@example.com or call us at 408 981 3717.
840 North Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
Alternative 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email Dorothee, AFE Resource Specialist and alumni mom, email@example.com
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!
8272 Moss Landing Road
Moss Landing, CA
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Our Jr. Trainer program is for children ages 9-16 (as young as 7 if they participate with a parent) who are serious in their interest of animal care and training. This allows people to experience what it's really like to work with sea lions, not just an interaction program like other places may offer (although it's still fun and exciting!).
Jr. Trainers receive personalized attention designed to give them a feel for what it’s like to actually care for, work with, and train sea lions. They learn animal care, feeding, husbandry skills, and much more!
Includes a sea lion kiss with a photo for you to keep
Available year round, 7 days a week (multiple days do not have to be consecutive)
May be scheduled for 1-5 days at a time.
Hours are 8:30am to 3:00pm
Scheduled on a first come, first served basis, with no more than 2 participants at a time for personal attention. (Summer is the busiest time, so early reservations suggested)
$50.00 non-refundable deposit required to reserve dates ($100 deposit required for summer months of June - August)
Balance of fee due by first day
Welcome to Aptos Cabrillo Swim Club
We are one of 120 swim clubs that make up Pacific Swimming which is the third-largest regional association under our governing body, USA Swimming. All of our coaches are certified under USA Swimming and attend annual seminars and workshops geared towards age group and senior swimming.
ACSC’s mantra of “Building strong minds and healthy bodies,” requires hard work and discipline. Traits that support a healthy attitude whether you come in first or last in a race. Fortunately, one of the side effects of working hard is swimming fast and having fun! Each child develops at different rates, but we adults, coaches, and parents, can support this difference by following some basic recommendations below. Here at ACSC, we strive to develop conscientious swimmers that are contributors to our team and to the community as a whole.
We are an all ages art studio located in the Historic Redwood Village of Aptos. Here you will find a range of classes for kids and adults, with small class sizes and both indoor and outdoor environments to learn and create. Art Factory instructors bring cross curricular experience to art education, using art as a medium to explore everything from history to mathematics to science. With an emphasis on art history, technique and creative expression, students will develop or expand their art practice. Use our classes to enrich your child’s education or for your own creative retreat.
Summer Camp Classes: Fiber Arts, Enchanted Gardens, 4th of July Parade Camp, Birds Around the World, Ultimate Comics & Legos, Cats!Cats!Cats! Tiny World: Miniature Creations, Art for the County Fair, Extreme Cuteness: Baby Animals
With an early love for Art and Art Education, Yvette began her formal education in Philadelphia, starting as a high school student attending Moore College of Art. She went on to receive her Degree in Visual Communications & Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and soon after, received her BFA & K-12 Art Teaching Certification from Rosemont College, PA.
Yvette has been giving art lessons to adults & children since 1990. Her guiding passion is bringing art into the lives of her students. You will also find her teaching art at the Cabrillo College Stroke Center and at Santa Cruz Montessori. When not in the studio/classroom, Yvette continues her freelance career as a technical illustrator and commercial artist.
Join us at The Art Factory for our 13th year of extraordinary art camp! Camps are 1 week long and meet for 2 hours per day, June through August. We have countless themes for three separate age groups: 5-7, 8-12, 12-17
WELCOME! WE CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU.
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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The Belmont Horsemanship Camps at Montevista School offer a tremendous opportunity to learn about horses and ride for hours every day! Our facility is beautiful with comfortable cabins for our resident campers. We also offer limited spots for full-day and half-day camps for local campers.
Our riding lessons are of the highest quality, and safety of horse and rider is emphasized in the arena and on the trails. Campers get to enjoy riding our wonderful horses and participate in activities such as: Archery, Swimming, Special horsey crafts, S'mores & marshmallow roasting around the evening camp fires.
Resident Campers arrive Sunday afternoon and spend the week learning about horse care, developing riding skills, and making new friends. Saturday morning our campers have an opportunity to show off their skills at our Horse Show
Camp Fees (Sunday- Saturday) Resident Camp- $950/ week; Full Day Camp - $500/week; Half day - $350/week
Day camp runs from 8:30- 4:30, Mon-Fri (includes lunch); Half day camp runs from 8:30-12:00, Mon-Fri
*Day Campers should plan to attend our Camp Horse Show on Saturday from 9:30-12:00
Register now by ACTIVE Network
Dates for 2020 Summer Camps Week 1: June 14 - June 20 ~ Week 2: June 21- June 27 ~ Week 3: June 28- July 4 ~ Week 4: July 26- Aug 1
My name is Cassie Belmont and I feel so blessed to be a part of the Monte Vista Christian School. My husband Perry and I have many years managing stables and training horses and riders, and we are excited about the Summer Equestrian program at Monte Vista Christian School.
Black Oak Wilderness School
Classes for teens, adults, and families wanting to explore new ways to engage in nature and outdoor adventures.
Black Oak Wilderness School has expert instructors teaching survival skills, leadership, natural sciences, blacksmithing, bow making, archery, animal tracking, bird language, backpacking, bike shop and more!
heck out our Fox Walkers Teen Rites of Passage program for students grades 9-12. Fox Walkers meet once per month to go camping and learn what it means to become independent and confident adults who care for the environment.