Day Camps

Residential Camps

Santa Cruz City and North Coast

Programs below are colored by activity:


The Aerial Playground
cal for info
call for info
2841 Mission Extension. SC
All About Theatre
see web site
Art & Nature Explorer's Camp
Nature & Survival Skills Camp

Our explorations will include Seabright Beach, Arana Gulch, Wilder Ranch and the Natural History Museum. All classes meet at the Museum of Natural History except Wednesday when we’ll have a special field trip to Wilder Ranch.Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History  1305 E. Cliff Drive, SC. To register go to:  420-6115

Basketball Jones Hoop Camps

ages 6-15 yrs
$260 for 40 hours of instruction

Mission Hill Jr High School

Bike Dojo
call for info

call for info

Camp Gateway

Day Camp activities are centered around creative and wacky weekly themes. Choose from morning, afternoon, or full day camp programs.

Specialty Classes are also offered in am, pm or full day sessions and can be paired with Day Camp to creative a fun and unique week of camp. Specialty Classes: Chess, Spanish, Cooking, Science, Minecraft, Robotics, Famiy Farms and much more!

We also offer Jr/Little Guard Pick Up and Drop Off at Cowell's Beach for $35/week.  Must sign up for Guards through SC Parks and Rec.

Director of Summer Programs, Megan Eldredge

Ages 3-13 yrs
M-F, 9am-4pm, optional extended hours
June 6- August 26, 2015
Six two-week sessions
weekly and daily rates available, starting at $95
Tennis, swimming, arts & crafts, sand volleyball, kids' dance, Olympics Day, magic, soccer, beach games, basketball, martial arts, and a new climbing wall! Camp T-shirts, daily lunch, pictures,and lots of fun!
Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd. Aptos

Transportation available for an additional fee, space is limited, reservations required
Creative Arts Summer Enrichment Program
Ages 6-12
*Tile, Clay & Jewelry*
*Paint like the Pros and More*
*Fencing (Ages 8 and up)* 
Messiah Lutheran Church
801 High Street, SC
City of Santa Cruz
Parks and Recreation

see website for various camps
see web site
323 Church St,
Developmental Learning Solutions: Davinci Summer Discovery Academy

Group Classes for Students and Parents & Adults
In just a dozen or more sessions, you child will tackle their big challenges and get a head start for the school year.
700 Fredrick St., SC
Holy Cross Preschool Summer Camp
greades K-5
Special Themed Weeks, Picnic Lunches & Field Trips
170A High St., SC


Arts and Crafts, Outdoor Adventure, Outdoor Cooking, Archery, Swimming, Vaulting, Hiking, Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Animal Care and “Happy Shiny Fun Ball”, BMXkennolyncampssm.jpg
Kennolyn Camps
8205 Glen Haven Rd.,
Soquel, CA 95073
FREE daily transportation from Aptos, Santa Cruz, Soquel, Scotts Valley, Los Gatos and more.
Kids Cooking Camp 
This fun, 5-day culinary experience with Chef Lauren Hoover-West will bring out the chef in your child and he/she will walk away with a wealth of cooking knowledge.
New Leaf Community Markets
1101 Fair Avenue, SC

426-1306 ext. 0.
Kids Trad Music Day Camp
Learn & perform tunes from Britain to Bluegrass - from the Andes to the Orient. Featuring fiddle, flute, penny-whistle, recorder, oboe, harp, guitar, accordion, small keyboards and cello. Additional activities include swimming and crafts every day.
The Boomeria
60 Verde Drive
Bonny Doon
Kids Kayak Camp
See Summer Camp: Day Camp: Capitola/Soquel/Live Oak 
Learn to Discover Summer Camps
Ages 5+

4 2hr long classes/session
LEGO WeDo Marine Robotics, Video Game Design, LEGO deign & Build Lab, Intro. to Soft/Paper Circuits, Create a LEGO Movie, LEGO NXT Sumo Robotics, Fun With Simple Machines, Build the Letry Robotic Car,
Discovery Learning Center
111 Errett Circle, SC
Register on website, or send us an email, or call us at 662-9700
La Madrona Summer Sport Camp 

M-F, 9-3 pm
6-13 years
June 15th 

Sport Camp is a high level instruction based outdoor camp that will provide children the opportunity to develop their sports skills, self-confidence and self-esteem.The sports camp includes tennis, swimming, arts & crafts, nature education, and outdoor fun!
831-438-1072 or e-mail
Life Lab Science Summer Camp
4-14 yrs
June 22-August 14, 2015

call for prices
aftercare available
Farm and Wilderness Exploration
Harvest, cook & enjoy garden produce,practice wildlife tracking & survival skills & explore open spaces
University of California at Santa Cruz Farm and Garden
1156 High St, SC

459-4035, Amy
Lizzy Fowler's Adventure Camps
Adventure Sports:  at least 2 fun activities each day!  Paddleboard, tennis, bowling, swimming, fencing, disc golf, volleyball, and more!
Animal Camp:  A week of animal games, activities, art, guest speakers with live animals, and field trips to tide pools, museum, parks, and ponds.  children learn about animal habitats, behavior, and care. 
Liz Fowler, 818-9248 
Luma Kids Yoga Camp
9-noon, M-F
$175, sibling Discount is $25

The Hula School at 1001 Center Street, SC
Mainstage Summer Musical Productions

Productions of Peter Pan, & Hairspray! at the Nelson Louden Theatre
325 Washington St., SC

Motion Pacific Dance
Motion Pacific
131 Front Street Suite E, SC
(831) 457-1616
Talented staff of coaches experienced in teaching basketball fundamentals, Individualized skill analysis & instruction
UC Santa Cruz
Ocean Explorers
Something's Fishy-

Marine Science for Girls--Explorers spend an exciting week at the lab and in the field. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how scientists and trainers do research with Long Marine Lab’s marine mammals. Girls will spend two days working with seals, sea lions, and dolphins alongside the lab’s experts. Later in the week, we’ll travel south to experience the beautiful Big Sur coast after a morning of hiking and exploration at Point Lobos State Reserve. Thursday afternoon we’ll arrive in Big Sur where we’ll set-up camp and swim in the river before settling down for a great night of story telling, star gazing, and camping at Riverside Campground. Finally, wrap up a great week of fun with a kayak adventure on the Monterey Bay. Please note: Participants need to supply their own sleeping bags and sleeping pads. Restroom facilities, including showers, are available at Riverside Campground.
Masterful Marine Mammals--Discover how marine mammals are adapted for life in the sea and how research at Long Marine Lab is contributing to the conservation of dolphins, seals, sea lions, and sea otters. Explorers will gain first-hand experience in marine mammal training and animal care techniques. Work with researchers and trainers to learn about Long Marine Lab’s amazing marine mammals: Morgan and Charlie (southern sea otters), Rio and Ronan (California sea lions), Puka and Primo (Atlantic bottlenose dolphins), Tunu and Amak (spotted seals), and Sprouts (harbor seal). All participants will set out on the Monterey Bay by kayak to observe behaviors of marine mammals and other kelp forest critters.
Outdoor Science Exploration 
Summer Field Trips, Classroom Physics & Chemistry Fun, and Yosemite Backpacking Week Camps
Ages 7-14

Have fun with physics, chemistry plus life and eart schiences at parks and beaches! 

Outdoor Science Exploration Backpacking Camp                                                                  
This exciting event for 12 exemplary older students features self-confidence building, a break from technology, and challenging exercise with learning-by-discovery. From beautiful Tuolumne Meadows we'll visit glacier-carved valleys and waterfalls, Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, plus alpine lakes and vistas. We can go to the top of Clouds Rest and sometimes Half Dome for extraordinary views. Participants carpool and provide food & gear. This will likely fill again. Age ranges from 10-12 up to 16. 
Sammy Slug Summer Camp

Grades 1-6
Includes a variety of sports such as basketball, tennis, frisbee, and soccer, outdoor recreation such as hiking and swimming, and other arts, crafts and outings to keep the campers engaged, active and creative. 
Based at the East Field House
1156 High St., SC
Santa Cruz Bible Church Vacation Bible Camp 

God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures…including you! At Weird Animals vacation Bible camp, kids experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways!
440 Frederick Street, SC
Santa Cruz City Youth Soccer Club

Branciforte Middle School
Harvey West Park

Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguards

check website

new participants required to attend tryouts
water safety and environmental awareness are the primary goals
Manresa State Beach
Twin Lakes State Beach
Rio del Mar State Beach
Santa Cruz Gymnastics Center

see web site
Bars, Beam, Games, Movies, Story Time, Trampoline, Arts and Crafts, Loose Foam safety Pit, Special Pizza Lunch on last day of camp

2750B Soquel Ave, SC

Santa Cruz Soccer Camp 

Fun soccer games and other outdoor activities every week of the summer! all skill levels welcome!

De la Veaga Park

Seahorse Swim School Pool Jr. And Little Guard
Two week sessions include: first aid and CPR skills, swim workouts focusing on endurance and improving strokes, learning how to identify distressed swimmers, rescue skills, water polo basics and fun. Each day will include a warm up lap around the track, a safety topic for discussion, stroke clinics, pool workouts, guarding skills w. visits from AMR Ambulance Co
Santa Cruz High School Pool

Located at  the corner of Myrtle and Taylor Streets by the gym

476-7946 (SWIM)
Shark Weekend Day Camp
Shark Camp is a specialty marine science program aimed at providing an enriching, fun, and educational experience for kids. We run weekend camps packed with activities including whale watching, tide pooling, crafts, games, shark touch experiences, mammal center tours and more!
Boat Day Location:
789 Mariner Parkway, Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, Santa Cruz

Beach Day Location:
Natural Bridges State Park, 2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz


Spanish Summer Camp 


Be ready to have a blast playing many familiar and new games to master the alphabet, animals, colors, body parts, numbers, fruits & foods and verbs. We’ll spice up the games with many songs, a theatre play and a soccer game at the end of every week.

We will also enjoy some simple cooking (en la cocina) & gardening (en el jardín) projects. ¡Ay, qué bueno! ¡Qué divertido!

303 Potrero St, #55 at the Sashmill off of River St in SC

Waldorf Young Summer Camp Program
Come enjoy crafts, story time and imaginative play, language, music, daily walks in the forest, some water play, and puppet shows with Edisione this summer.
Many different plays this summer!
Check our web site!

Terri Steinman, 425-9378

The Broadway Playhouse, Harbor High School and the Circle Church




Day Camps

Camp SEA Lab day camp is a perfect opportunity for youth ages 8-13 to get a glimpse of the vast diversity that the ocean environment has to offer. Campers spend 5 days immersed in marine habitats with a variety of hands-on activities!

Each day from 9 am to 4 pm, day campers can expect fun-filled days packed with exciting activities that introduce them to important marine concepts, help them to build self-confidence and relationships with their peers, and involve them in learning to care for our coasts and ocean.

Camp SEA Lab day programs vary by location and theme. Our camps utilize a wealth of resources throughout the central coast. From slough to sea, Camp SEA Lab partners with multiple marine organizations up and down the coast to provide the best possible program for our participants. Health and safety are always our primary concern, and each site is selected for their commitment to maintain a safe environment.

To become a member and receive tuition discounts on programs, visit our Membership page. Membership page

Day Camp Descriptions

Flukes & Flippers

Discover the secrets of our finned ocean friends - whales, seals, and more! Campers will learn field identification skills aboard a whale watching vessel and seek out sea lions, seals and otters while kayaking in our local slough. We'll explore the unique adaptations these animals have to survive life in the sea. This experience allows campers to explore their curiosities about marine mammals in a fun and educational learning environment.

Activities: whale watching, kayaking, visit to Moss Landing Marine Lab, building sand sculptures, arts & crafts

Date: June 13-17, 2011

Location: Del Monte Beach @ Camino El Estero Ave, Monterey (note: daily shuttle from Salinas available for extra fee)

Hours: 9am-4pm

Age: 8-11

Fee: $370 non-member / $333 w/family membership

Registration limited to 24 campers, staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6


Between the Tides

What creatures live along the shoreline habitats of the Monterey Bay? Come join us to discover the wonderful world of the intertidal zone! Campers will get their hands wet while investigating many different sandy beach and rocky intertidal habitats, explore the beautiful coastline by kayak, and have exciting opportunities to discover what survives between the tides.

Activities: kayaking, tidepooling, sand crabbing, coastal hiking at Point Lobos and Asilomar Beach, arts & crafts

Date: June 20-24, 2011

Location: Lover's Point, Pacific Grove
(note: daily shuttle from Salinas available for extra fee)

Hours: 9am-4pm

Age: 8-11

Fee: $370 non-member / $333 w/family membership

Registration limited to 24 campers, staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6


Surf'n Sand Safari

Surfs up! Spend the week catching the curl in Monterey Bay while you learn to surf and explore the science of waves, tides and currents. Campers will receive lessons from experienced surf instructors as they hang ten along the coast. Investigate marine life, create a sand sculpture masterpiece, and take part in marine conservation activities that help preserve and protect our coastline. Campers must be able to swim.

Activities: surf, surf, and more surf!

Date: July 5-8, 2011 (note: 4 day camp due to holiday)

Location: Del Monte Beach @ Tide Ave, Monterey
(note: daily shuttle from Salinas available for extra fee)

Hours: 9am-4pm

Age: 8-11

Fee: $300 non-member / $270 w/family membership

Registration limited to 24 campers, staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6


Elkhorn Slough & You!

Enjoy the week exploring sloughs by foot and kayak to find its many hidden treasures! From large to small, many plants and animals have made Elkhorn Slough their home. Discover native species, investigate the microscopic world of plankton, experience up-close encounters with seals and sea lions, and help restore precious wetlands. The future of the slough is up to you!

Activities: kayaking, more kayaking, visit to Moss Landing Marine Lab, bird watching, plankton lab studies, arts & crafts

Date: July 11-15, 2011

Location: Elkhorn Slough Reserve, Moss Landing
(note: daily shuttle from Monterey & Salinas available for extra fee)

Hours: 9am-4pm

Age: 8-11

Fee: $370 non-member / $333 w/family membership

Registration limited to 24 campers, staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6


Kelp Beds & Fish Heads