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Santa Cruz Performing Arts
Fourth of July Celebrations in Santa Cruz County
Old-Fashioned Independence Day
Wilder Ranch will host a 1900s-style Independence Day that with a noon family parade, games, children's crafts area, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch.
World's Shortest Parade in Aptos
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Aptos with a pancake breakfast,
Scotts Valley Fourth of July
Scotts Valley Parks and Recreation will kick off the Fourth of July with a parade,
Since 1985, novice and expert runners alike have competed in the Firecracker 10K race.
Boulder Creek Fourth of July Parade
The annual Boulder Creek parade attracts thousands of people to march down Highway 9.
Roaring Camp's Fourth of July
Spirit of Watsonville Fourth of July Parade
Watsonville's annual Fourth of July Parade features car clubs, tractors, fire engines,
Stagnaro Fourth of July Cruise
Want to watch fireworks while out on the Monterey Bay?
Summer is the time to explore the Monterey Bay!
Would you like to rent some equipment to help you enjoy the bay?
Get lessons and equipment from our friends in Santa Cruz:
Capitola Surf and Paddle
Capitola Beach Company
Monterey Bay Kayaks
Summer Camps are HERE!
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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