1. Explore the tide pools at Natural Bridges State Beach
2. Learn about the honor system at Swanton Berry Farm
3. Stroll through Henry Cowell State Park
4. Connect with nature at the Museum of Natural History, AKA the Whale Museum
5. Take a field trip to the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm
6. Get a history lesson at Wilder Ranch
7. Be aMAHzed at the SC Museum of Art and History
8. Head to the Beach!
9. Explore your ocean at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
10. Don't miss the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Serving you for over 45 years, Lenz Arts offers the largest selection of fine art supplies and the oldest custom frame shop on the Central Coast. Described as "one of the last real art stores on the West Coast," people drive for hours to take advantage of our selection of materials. From the finger-painting toddler to the professional gallery artist, we've got you covered!
Do you have time to head out of town?
We have so many wonderful places to visit close to Santa Cruz. Pick out one or two, and take your kids on an adventure
North of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1
South of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1
Other activities south on Highway 1: walking the beaches at Carmel-by-the Sea, kayaking near Fisherman's wharf in Monterey, renting bicycles and riding on the bike path between Monterey and Pacific Grove to Lover's Point, walking along Cannery Row, hiking in Pt. Lobos State Reserve south of Carmel and having a picnic there. Send us your ideas!
Movies Worth Watching
Miss Representation www.missrepresentation.org The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.
Race to Nowhere www.racetonowhere.com “Race to Nowhere” is a film and call to mobilize families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.
Waiting for Superman www.waitingforsuperman.com "When people ask me what inspired "WAITING FOR SUPERMAN" says Guggenheim, "it was really that feeling I had every morning driving past my public school — the feeling that I'm so lucky to have found another way for my kids, and the feeling that this is not enough, it's not enough that I take care of my kids and move on. Unless each one of us fights for change, our schools won't get any better."
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