2013 Holiday Camps
Top ten things to do with kids in Santa Cruz County!
Did you see the Santa Cruz Sentinel article? Check it out!
1. Explore the tide pools at Natural Bridges State Beach, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372837
2. Learn about the honor system at Swanton Berry Farm http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372838
3. Stroll through Henry Cowell State Park, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372839
4. Connect with nature at the Museum of Natural History, AKA the Whale Museum, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372840
5. Take a field trip to the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372841
6. Get a history lesson at Wilder Ranch, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372842
7. Be aMAHzed at the SC Museum of Art and History, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372843
8. Head to the Beach! http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372844
9. Explore your ocean at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23372845
10. Don't miss the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/bucketlist/ci_23372846
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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
Go visit the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo State Reserve. It is located about 25 miles north of Santa Cruz, off Highway 1. The guided tours are the only way to see the seals during their mating and birthing season. Tours are held daily, from early morning until mid-afternoon, rain or shine. The season is the middle of December through the end of March and cost about $4.00. (Kids 3 and under are free) Reservations must be made in advance at 800-444-4445. Weekend reservations sell out immediately when they go on sale (56 days prior to the desired tour date). Park information is 650-879-0227 or www.parks.ca.gov
North of Santa Cruz Via Hwy 17: Oakland
South of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1
Head south towards Monterey to see the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California 93940 24-Hr. Info: (831) 648-4888 Español (800) 555-3656. Open every day except Dec. 25, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Daily 9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Summer & Holidays.
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
There have been several excellent documentaries produced in the last few years that are well worth watching. See if you can catch them! They are available at various screenings throughout the county at different venues and different times (they come and go).
Miss Representation http://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 http://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 http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/action/ "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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