Monthly Calendar of Family Events

California State Parks and Positive Parenting Weekly updates listed below!
If you'd like to share an even on this calendar, 
please email us at contact@santacruzkids.com with details!

 
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Friday 

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Gateway School
Day Tour 9-11AM
 
Parents of Toddlers! Pre & K Art n' Play 
Mt. Madonna School
9:30-11am
 
16  EASTER 17 18 19 20 21 22      EARTH DAY 
     
Mt. Madonna Campus Tour 9:30-11am
   
BEACH CLEAN UP
Save Our Shores
Schedule:
 
Magic Carpet World
Rythms
2:00 @ Vets Hall
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Long Marine
Lab
Artist Explorer! Lily Simonson 
1:30 PM
         
Walk-a-thon & Eco Carnival Learning Expo 9AM ~ FREE 
Mt. Madonna School
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Positive Parenting Program Classes  

 
All Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.



 


Triple P Classes

March 2017 

 

Triple P Workshop: Developing Good Bedtime Routines

Monday, Mar. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.

La Manzana Community Resource

521 Main St., Suite E, Watsonville

http://first5scc.org/node/1516

 

Triple P Workshop: Developing Good Bedtime Routines

Monday, Mar. 20, 5-6:30 p.m.

United Way of Santa Cruz County, S.H. Cowell Conference Room

4450 Capitola Rd., Suite 106, Capitola

http://first5scc.org/workshop-developing-good-bedtime-routines-1

 

Stepping Stones Workshop for Families with Children with Special Needs: Preventing Tantrums and Whining

Monday, Mar. 20, 6-8 p.m.

Babies “R” Us/Toys “R” Us, Furniture Section

1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

http://first5scc.org/workshop-preventing-whining-tantrums-parenting-support-families-children-special-needs  

 

Triple P Workshop: Crying Infants

Friday, Mar. 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Dominican Rehab Solarium

610 Frederick St., Santa Cruz

This Triple P Workshop is offered through the Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP). To register, contact the PEP office at (831) 457-7099 or register online at www.dignityhealth.org/dominican/pep/
 

 
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Weekly Activities Update

April 3-9, in area California State Parks

 

California State Parks Backpacking

Web: www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking | Email: Backpacking@parks.ca.gov | Phone: (831) 291-8273

 

Wildflower Special – Castle Rock State Park to Portola Redwoods State Park

Friday April 28 at 3pm, through Sunday April 30 at noonish

Cost: $225

Starting in Castle Rock State Park, this 2 night, 3 day trip takes you through oak woodland ridgelines and dips into towering ancient redwoods accompanied by California State Park Backcountry Naturalists. Experience panoramic views as you trek through sweeping fields of wildflowers along the backbone of the Santa Cruz Mountains. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, or email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 291-8273. California State Parks Backpacking is made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and Waddell Creek Association.

 

A Night Among the Ancients – Portola Redwoods State Park

Saturday June 3 at 2pm, through Sunday June 4 about 5pm

Cost: $125

Explore Portola Redwoods State Park and beautiful Slate Creek, one of the secret jewels of the Santa Cruz Mountains accompanied by California State Park Backcountry Naturalists. Just a few miles hike from the main parking lot, quiet Slate Creek campground will serve as a base of operations. From there adventurers will explore the remote Peters Creek Redwood Grove, discovering spectacular 1000-year-old giants towering over them. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, or email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 291-8273. California State Parks Backpacking is made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and Waddell Creek Association.

 

Butano & Beyond

Butano State Park to Big Basin Redwoods State Park to Waddell State Beach

Thursday, June 16 at 9am through Sunday, June 18 about 3pm

Cost: $225

Starting in Butano State Park, this 2 night, 3 day trip explores relatively unknown portions of the backcountry in the Santa Cruz Mountains before touring the iconic, must see spots of Big Basin accompanied by California State Park Backcountry Naturalists. Adventurers will travel through chaparral-covered ridgelines, moss-lined waterfalls and lush old-growth redwood groves. Fewer people trek this route on their journey to the Pacific through the Santa Cruz Mountains. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, or email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 291-8273. California State Parks Backpacking is made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and Waddell Creek Association.

 

A Trek Through Time

Butano State Park to Big Basin Redwoods State Park to Waddell State Beach

Thursday, September 14 at 9am through Sunday, September 17 about 3pm

Cost: $300

Starting in Butano State Park, this 3 night, 4 day trip explores relatively unknown portions of the backcountry in the Santa Cruz Mountains before touring the iconic, must see spots of Big Basin accompanied by California State Park Naturalists. Adventurers will travel through chaparral-covered ridgelines, moss-lined waterfalls and lush old-growth redwood groves.  An extra night at Sunset Trail Camp with a strenuous day hike to Mount McAbee rewards you with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, or email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 291-8273. California State Parks Backpacking is made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and Waddell Creek Association.

 

 

Rancho del Oso

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Rancho del Oso is the coastal portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, CA 95017

Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm.  Call (831) 427-2288.

www.facebook.com/RDOSP/

 

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley

Friday, April 7 at 10am

Join docent Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of flowering plants within Rancho del Oso’s seven diverse habitats. This walk is a leisurely hike through Waddell Valley. This monthly hike is great for those interested in natural history and our local flora. Bring a snack, water and your curiosity! Meet at Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.ranchodeloso.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Snake Park Saturday

Saturday, April 8 at 2pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley! Ranger Station is located ¼ mile inland from the yellow gate across from Waddell Beach parking lot, which is 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.ranchodeloso.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Nature Wander

Sunday, April 9 at 1pm

Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world.  Hike starts at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.ranchodeloso.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

 

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

210 Pigeon Point Road, Highway 1, Pescadero CA 94060

Facebook: @PigeonPointLightHouse | Instagram: @pigeonpointlightstationshp

www.parks.ca.gov/pigeonpoint

 

April is Whale Watch Month at Pigeon Point

Thursdays through Mondays in April

From the boardwalk behind the visitor center, watch for gray whales on their annual migration.  Docents are stationed on site to help you know what to look for and share information about the migration of gray whales. Pigeon Point Light Station is located off Highway One near Pescadero, California, approximately fifty miles south of San Francisco. For more information, call the Pigeon Point information line at (650) 879-2120 Thursdays through Mondays or visit online at www.parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.coastsidestateparks.org/ and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

 

Wilder Ranch State Park

Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1 (831) 426-0505

Facebook: @WilderRanchStatePark

 

Tour of the Grey Whale Ranch Area

Saturday, April 8 at 9am

On this challenging 7.5 mile hike we will explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center, located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz off Highway 1. Bring a snack, lunch, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Rain cancels. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.thatsmypark.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

Saturdays & Sundays from 11am to 2pm – tour at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century or more ago on this innovative dairy ranch.  The hour-long tour at 1 pm includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1856 Gothic Revival farm house, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. You can also play Victorian games or bring a picnic to enjoy on the front lawn, visit the farm animals and see what activities are taking place on the ranch this weekend. You may learn about hand quilting, watch blacksmithing or wood stove baking techniques. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505 for more details. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.thatsmypark.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

 

Año Nuevo State Park

Located off Hwy1, halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz

1 New Year’s Creek Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 | (650) 879- 2025

Facebook: @Ano.Nuevo.State.Park | Instagram: @anonuevostatepark

 

Geology Walk

Saturday, April 8 at 1pm

Join us on a 1-mile, 1-hour adventure to observe the great forces that have been manipulating Cove Beach long before humans were ever here. Uncover evidence of the hard-to-see forces that shape Año Nuevo’s beaches and cliffs and gain a perspective of California’s geological future while walking along active faults, ancient fossil beds, forgotten shorelines, and a mysterious river of sand. Suitable for all ages. Rain cancels. Event is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. For more information, please call the park at (650) 879-2025.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile self-guided trail!Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you need mobility assistance, you can request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov.

 

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Day Use Area located off Hwy 9 in Felton (831) 335-7077

Fall Creek Unit is located off Felton Empire Road near downtown Felton.

Campground entrance located at 2591 Graham Hill Road

Facebook: @HenryCowellRSP/| Instagram: @Henry.Cowell.Redwoods.SP

 

Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center

Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm

The Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is now located in the day-use parking area, and is open weekends from 11am to 3pm. The mobile visitor center introduces to visitors the unique, fragile and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills. Santa Cruz Sandhills are found only within this County, which makes the catchphrase “Only in Santa Cruz” fit well here. The exhibits focus on plants and animals living in the Sandhills including the Santa Cruz kangaroo rat and Mount Hermon June beetle.  Visitors will get to know each creature’s secrets to survival in the dry and often hot sand they call home. The mobile visitor center will return to the Henry Cowell campground located off Graham Hill Road at the end of April for the summer season. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077 visit us on the web at www.parks.ca.gov. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. This mobile visitor center is made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

 

Choose Your Own Adventure Tour

Saturdays at 1pm

Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same! Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Redwood Walks                                                                                     

Saturdays at 11am

Sundays at 1pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell located off of Hwy 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

 

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way.

(831) 338-8883 www.parks.ca.gov/bigbasin/activities

https://www.facebook.com/bigbasin

 

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm (except no walks on Saturday, April 29)

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9am

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturday, April 8 at noon

Sunday, April 9 at noon

Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we’ll choose from the many trails that explore our most scenic areas. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Volunteer with the Trail Crew

Saturday, April 8 at 9am

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park’s ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236.

 

Shadowbrook Stroll

Saturday, April 8 at 10am

Join Docent Hal Anjo as he guides you on a less-traveled trail that takes you by Union Creek, to the Sempervirens Falls and back through the redwoods. This is a four-mile, 3.5-hour hike. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

 

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Located on School Street off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Hours: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 10am-4pm, and Sundays from 12-4pm.

 

Archeology Demonstration

Friday, April 7at 11am

How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Archeological Society. Event is free; rain cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission is located on School Street off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.thatsmypark.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Hides and Tallow at the Santa Cruz Mission

Saturday, April 8 from 1pm to 2pm

Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800’s. We will look at some of the major products of the mission; leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. Event is free; rain cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission is located on School Street off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.thatsmypark.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

 

Upcoming Special Events

 

Half Moon Bay State Beach

95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA 95019

650-726-8814 | HMBParksVolunteer@parks.ca.gov | www.facebook.com/HalfMoonBayStateBeach/

 

Coastal Wildflower Day

Saturday, April 15 from 10am to 4pm

The 4th annual Coastal Wildflower Day marks the start of California Native Plant Week, celebrating the native wildflowers of the San Mateo coast with activities for the whole family.

Discover more about the seaside survivor’s unique beauty and special features that help them thrive in a windy, sandy, salty environment. Events and activities include: live music, food trucks, artwork, games and educational activities for youth, guided wildflower walks, resources to help you grow your own native plants, and a native plant sale. Donations for native plants will support the State Beach native plant nursery, which raises plants for restoration projects along the coast. Most activities begin at the Half Moon Bay State Beach Visitor Center located at 95 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay. Event is free; parking is $10. Biking and walking is encouraged. Heavy rain cancels. For more information and a schedule of events please visit www.CoastalWildflowerDay.org or call (650) 726-8804, or e-mail HMBParksVolunteer@Parks.ca.gov. Coastal Wildflower Day is co-sponsored by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks and is also supported by the California Native Plant Society Santa Clara Valley Chapter.

 

Rancho del Oso

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Rancho del Oso is the coastal portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, CA 95017

Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm.  Call (831) 427-2288.

www.facebook.com/RDOSP/

 

Wildflower Weekend

Saturday, April 22 from Noon to 4 pm

Sunday, April 23 from Noon to 4 pm

Botanist-led wildflower walks at 10am and 1pm on Saturday & Sunday

Winter rains promise a profusion of spring wildflowers in the Waddell Valley – celebrate their arrival with us at Rancho del Oso’s annual Wildflower Weekend. Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is hosting this botanically captivating event exhibiting a collection of over fifty native plants in flower and several non-native species. Botanist-led wildflower walks will be offered at 10am and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.This free event is appropriate for all ages. The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.ranchodeloso.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Castro Adobe State Historic Park

184 Old Adobe Road off Larkin Valley Road in Watsonville (831) 226-9669

www.parks.ca.gov | www.facebook.com/castroadobe/ | Instagram @castroadobe

 

Open House at the Castro Adobe: Vaqueros y Bandidos

Saturday, April 22 from 11am to 3pm

 Round up your family and drop in to our celebration of California’s Rancho Era, when cattle was king, bandits roamed the countryside, and the Castro Family built their one-of-a-kind home on a hill at the height of their power. Get to know the tools of the cattle trade; listen to cowboy songs and tales of infamous bandits; relax in the beauty of our garden and grounds with spring in full spring. We’ll skip rounding up the calves and go straight to the celebration with you as our guests.

 

Free admission (donations gratefully accepted). Limited parking (carpooling encouraged). This park is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.parks.ca.gov and www.thatsmypark.org.

 

Wilder Ranch State Park

Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1 (831) 426-0505

Facebook: @WilderRanchStatePark

 

Garden Planting and Wool Day

Saturday April 29 from 11am to 3pm

Imagine yourself at Wilder Ranch in the early part of the 20th century and help plant the heirloom vegetable garden as it would have been circa 1900. Observe composting demonstrations, gardening information and participate in garden crafts. If good weather, arrive early (10am to Noon) to see a sheep shearing demonstration and find out how wool is processed from “sheep to shawl.” The event is held on the grounds of the Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve. The park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on the coast side of Highway 1 at 1401 Coast Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. This event is appropriate for all ages. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.thatsmypark.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

 

Sensational Snakes


Parenting Younger & School Age Children

All Together Now!
Ongoing group for parents and children  9 to 30 months old, Wednesdays, 9-11 AM, $3-7 sliding scale 
(no one turned away) at Live Oak CR, 831-476-7284 x105   

Saturday Topicals on Positive Discipline
10AM-noon,  $20, at Live Oak CR, 831-476-7284 x 107  or pdcrsantacruz.org. Scholarships/Childcare available
 
Musical Me! "New Mommy Musical Meet Up"
Join us every 3rd Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:00pm in our Santa Cruz classroom - 239 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
 
Call:  831-438-3514  or Text:  831-332-9002  registrar@musicalme.com

   


Parenting Teens


Cabrillo Teen Saturday Series 
Cabrillo Extension has teamed up with Positive Discipline Community Resources to provide specialized parenting classes geared towards building relationships that foster energetic and values-based approaches to helping our young teenagers pursue successful career paths.These classes offer parents the opportunity to learn about the child's world so as to better understand thoughts, feelings and the decisions children make.
$28/class or $75 for all three Register www.cabrillo.edu/services/extension/parenting.html
  
SPANISH SPEAKING CLASSES
Saturday Topicals 10AM-noon, every other Saturday at
Live Oak CR, and $20/each, scholarships and childcare available. Register at 831-476-2784 x107 or pdcrsantacruz.org

¡El Patio de mi Casa!
ongoing group for parents and kids
0-5 years old, Wednesdays, 11AM-1PM, $3-7 sliding scale, no one turned away, at Live Oak CR, 831-476-7284 x105
  
 



Recurring Weekly Activities
(Note: always confirm by phone before planning these activities)


Monday:
Monday & Thursday nights Beginner Line Dancing 6 pm at the Boulder Creek Rec Center, ultra beginner starts at 6 pm, and the advanced beginner starts at 7:00 pm for ages 8-90, 831-338-8990, donation or register 5 claases for $20

Wednesday:
    Free Movies on the Beach Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 9pm. view schedule at beachboardwalk.com
    Story Yoga for Kids
,
1:30 to 2:30, ages 6 and up at the Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave. in SC, $10, 737-7038
   
Capitola Summer Twilight Concerts FREE. Esplanade Park, Capitola. 475.7300 ci.capitola.ca.us
1st Wednesday of every month
    4-H Club 6:30pm. FREE. All ages. Felton. 566-1178. cesantacruz.ucdavis.edu

Thursday:
    Monday & Thursday nights Beginner Line Dancing 6 pm at the Boulder Creek Rec Center, ultra beginner starts at 6 pm, and the advanced beginner starts at 7:00 pm for ages 8-90, 831-338-8990, donation or register 5 claases for $20
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month:
    Storytime at Kaleidoscope,
4:00-4:30, at 828 Bay Avenue, Capittola, 800-357-6219 kaleidoscopetoystore.com

Friday:
    Game Day at Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St, SC 420-6177, play board games and eat popcorn from 1-2:30 pm
    Free Bands on the Beach Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 6:30pm, 8:30pm, view lineup at www.beachboardwalk.com 
    Community Free Fridays at the Seymour Center:
January 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, 2013, 459-3800, ucsc.edu

1st Friday of the month:
    Museum of Art and History,
Free First Friday 11 to 9pm, no-host bar and live music from 5-9 pm. The McPherson Center in downtown Santa Cruz, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (corner of Front and Cooper Streets) 831-429-1964
3rd Friday of the month:
    Museum of Art and History
5 - 9 pm, A new monthly evening event with rotating themes, featuring performances, demonstration, and workshops. The McPherson Center in downtown Santa Cruz, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (corner of Front and Cooper Streets) 831-429-1964

Saturday:
    Boulder Creek Open Air Market 12-4pm. Forest & Pine St, Boulder Creek facebook page
    Saturday Storytime: 10:30am-11:00am, ages 3-6, $4 adults, $2 senior, FREE for kids, Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Dr, SC, 420-6115, santacruzmuseums.org
Variable Saturdays:
    Star and Moon Gazing 335-2423, astronomy.santa-cruz.ca.us
1st Saturday of the Month:
   
Acoustic Jam Session 7pm - 9pm at the Boulder Creek Rec Center, all ages, abilities and instruments, 831-338-4144
    10 am til 2 pm, for ages 8-17 yrs, KIDS FLY FREE with a parent or guardian by a pilot from the Experimental Pilots Ass'n, 831-688-2809 May thru November
    Play and Pray at Gateway Church, 9:00 - 11:00am, 5000 Granite Creek Rd., SV Dana, 438-0646, or Hannah 566-2312.
   
Fun activity at Kaleidoscope 10:30-12:20 pm, 828 Bay Avenue, Capittola, 475-0210 kaleidoscopetoystore.com
    Arboretum Tours, 1156 High Street, UCSC Campus, Meet at Arboretum Gift Shop, Santa Cruz, 831.427.2998  arboretum.ucsc.edu Come see what's in bloom in the Gardens this month. Free tour with paid admission, $2-$5.00, 11am
2nd Saturday of the month:
    Family Art Second SATURDAY at the Museum of Art and History
call for hours, 705 Front St., SC 831.429.1964 santacruzmah.org Enjoy family-oriented art-making activities every second Saturday of the month. Call to register.


Sunday:
    Seaside Crafts from 1 to 3 pm, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, end of Delaware Ave. Santa Cruz. Crafts created from materials at the Center and learn about ocean creatures, call first to confirm. 831.459.3800. seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/calendar
     Chess at the downtown Library 224 Church Street, SC 425-7835, FREE
    Lolly Tree Toys
has a craft day , all day from 10am-6pm, call for specfic age groups, usually over age 3 up to age 10, at 240 Cathcart, SC, 713-5136 or lollytreetoys.com

    City of Watsonville Nature Walks
1:30 pm, 30 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville
wetlandsofwatsonville.org
3rd Sunday of the month:
    Children's Clothing Swap Third SUNDAY of the Month 6-10 pm at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Bring clothing to exchange from birth to size 5, or come pick up what you need, 101 Riverside, Ben Lomond, 408-875-3450
    Bluegrass at Oceanview Park 1-5 pm, FREE, listen to or play bluegrass music

NEW! PLAYGROUPS: SEE http://www.santacruzkids.com/cms/index.php/resources/parenting/playgroups

 

 

Recurring Sports Activities
(Note: always confirm by phone before planning these activities)

 

Tuesdays:
    Tiny Tots Skating Session
11:15am-12:30pm. $3.50 for kids ages 8 and under. Includes skates, warm up, instruction and games. $3-skater. SC Roller Palladium. 423-0844


Wednesdays:

    Families in Motion
9:30am. An outdoor fitness class for parents with children ages 0-17. Class focuses on strength training and jogging intervals. $8-10. Seacliff Beach, Aptos. 818-8423
    Family Skating: 7:30 til 10:00, SC Roller Palladium, 1606 Seabright Ave, SC, 423-0844
    Tumbling Tykes 12-1pm. Ages 2-5yrs. Activities include circle time, parachute activities, obstacle courses and more. Parents stay with children under 4yrs. RSVP. Drop-in ok, if space allows. $8-members; $10-non-members. Santa Cruz Gymnastics Center, 2750-B Soquel Ave, SC. 462-0655

Saturdays:
     Santa Cruz Public Skating Sessions 2-4 pm and 7:30-10pm. Roller Palladium, 1606 Seabright Ave, SC. 423-0844
    
Aikido Santa Cruz Free Visitor Days, call for info, 306 Mission St., SC. 831/423-8326 aikidosantacruz.org
4th of the month:
    Slow Ride with Mere Mortals, 10 am, meet at Wilder Ranch, all levels welcome, mbosc.org, president@mbosc.org


Farmer's Markets
(Note: always confirm by phone before planning these activities)

http://events.santacruzsentinel.com/search?when=future&q=farmers+market

 




Other Activities around the County
(Note: always confirm by phone before planning these activities)


Watsonville Library lots of events for kids, 831.768.3400, Freedom Branch, 768-3420 watsonville.lib.ca.us

Santa Cruz Public Libraries santacruzpl.org/kids  / santacruzpl.org/events/

SC Teen Center has special summer hours, 125 Laurel, SC, 420-6235, call for hours, pool, ping pong, air hockey, X-Box 360, Wii, movies, internet, music, chill space, dances, band nights, overnight trips, sports, ongoing drop-in classes, computer lab with high-speed internet connection, homeowrk help

COUNTY PARKS http://www.scparks.com/county_parks_list.html
    Quail Hollow Ranch County Park has weekend activities, mostly FREE and drop-in at 800 Quail Hollow Rd, Ben Lomond, 831-335-9348, www.scparks.com/quail_hollow.html

CITY PARKS
     Watsonville Wetlands Walking Tours,
1:30 every Sunday, 30 Harkins Slough Rd. Watsonville, 768-1622, www.wetlandsofwatsonville.org

OTHER LOCAL PARKS
     Ano Nuevo State Reserve Guided Elephant Seal Walk,
Reservations req. 800-444-4445. Dec 15-March 31. This is the mating and birthing season
    
Elkhorn Slough Guided Tours, Guided Tours Sat and Sun 10am and 1pm. First Saturday of the month: 8:30 am tour. Call to check times at 831-728-2822 Binoculars provided. http://elkhornslough.org/
    Elkhorn Slough Self Tours Elkorn Slough Foundation, Wednesday - Sunday 9am - 5pm The 1400-acre Reserve is a hub of activity and hosts programs that promote education, research, and conservation in Elkhorn Slough. The Visitor Center has award-winning exhibits that invite everyone to explore the Unseen Slough. There are five miles of trails that meander through beautiful oak woodlands, calm tidal creeks, and freshwater marshes. We offer tours on the weekends and special events throughout the year.1700 Elkhorn Rd., Watsonville, (831) 728-2822 elkhornslough.org