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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County
Summer, Glorious Summer
April 24, 2013

"This Land Is Your Land" Camping Festival
Science Camps
Day Camps
Get Ready!
Swim Lessons
The Arts
Unique Focus Camps
Sports Camps
Overnight Camps
Family Camps
This Week
Water Safety Tips
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(Logos Event Calendar) SummitforthePlanet_2012_130.jpgThis weekend, first attend the 7th annual Summit for the Planet Walk-a-thon and Earth Day Celebration coming up this Saturday, April 27.  It offers something for all ages. The celebration will feature solar vehicle races, 'eco-carnival' games, live animals, community networking, 'green' businesses, music, and delicious, organic foods - including ice cream from Santa Cruz's Penny Ice Creamery! Not to mention, this is a chance to see the beautiful Mount Madonna campus in all its spring glory.

Or, start the camping season with a local overnight on Saturday.  WOLF (Web of Life Field School) and Little Basin are planning an event for the entire family.  Spend the day and stay overnight.  Experience a camp fire (Graphics) CampScene140.jpgwith friends and sleeping under the stars.  It's a BIG adventure for the children, without a lengthy drive, and a wonderful way to create precious family memories.

For more fun this weekend, check the Events Calendar!

Locals are blessed with an abundance of summer offerings: day camps, local overnight camps, performing arts camps, sports camps, unique focus camps, swimming programs, art, dance & drama camps, preschool camps and academic programs.  This is a great time to explore different interests.

A young friend thinks school should be like camp.  Then she would like it all year long.  That says a lot about camp.  

Have fun finding the right camp for your children!  Parmalee

  "This Land Is Your Land" Camping Festival

This Land Is Your Land, Camping & Recreation Festival
at Little Basin in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Web of Life Field (WOLF) School

Little Basin Cabins and Campground will host its second annual Camping and Recreation Festival, Saturday, April 27 from 11am - 4pm.

(Photos General) LittleBasinCampfire.jpgThis year's festival will include demonstrations from Santa Cruz County Search and Rescue, Monterey Search Dogs, and a live hawk show. Booths from Home Depot, Horizon Leathers, Pennisula Open Space Trust, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz Whale Watch, Save Our Shores, Sierra Schneider Art, Sky Fire Gems, Sweet Child O' Mine, The True Olive Connection, Weaver Guitar Straps, YMCA Camp Campbell with support from Bob's Stop and Get it and Boulder Creek Pizza and Pub. Music by Santa Cruz Ukelele Group All Shook Up, Jimmy Chickenpants, the Pollinators, Marty O'Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra.

A great day for kids and people of all ages, attend for the day, or reserve a campsite for the weekend! Spend a night under the stars and towering redwoods of Little Basin. Join us for a day in the redwoods!  The Festival is free. Parking is $10/vehicle.

  Science Camps

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Camp SEA Lab Mad Molecule
Outdoor Science Fun
HOWL Science MakersFactory Camps Nature's Apprentice
IRIS Museum of Natural History Summer
Seymour Ocean Explorers
Life Lab Science WOLF (Web of Life Field) School

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  Day Camps

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Aptos Academy Summer Adventure Kruz Kids Santa Cruz City Parks & Rec
Baymonte Summer Quest La Selva Beach Day Camp Santa Cruz County Parks & Rec
Boulder Creek Camps Live Oak Farm Camp Santa Cruz Montessori
Boys and Girls Club Montessori Scotts Valley Santa Cruz Waldorf
Boys In the Woodz Mount Madonna  SLV Quest
Camp Auxilium Mt Cross Springhill Summer
Camp Capitola Mt Hermon Redwood Camp Renaissance Camp
Camp Gateway Orchard Performing Arts Tara Redwood Inner Compass
Camp Kayetz Peaceful Valley Farm Camp Watsonville Parks & Rec
Camp Seascape Quail Hollow Time Travelers Watsonville YMCA Day Camp
Camp Wonderworks Quaker Camp Sammy Slug Summer Camp
Campus Kids Connection Redwood Christian Park Kennolyn Camps

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Summer Day Camp
Soquel Elementary School

Art, Science, Cooking
Sports, Music, Filed Trips

M-F 7am-6pm



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  Get Ready!

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All items should be labeled with your camper's name.

Swimsuit, towel in "zip lock"
Sunscreen (apply first coat at home) & sunglasses
Swim goggles and/or earplugs
Light jacket
Spare shorts, t-shirt, socks & unders in a "zip lock"
Lunch -Ask if it will be refrigerated.
Water bottle
Ask about cell phone policy.

What to Wear
Dress for comfort and safety. Expect to get dirty; wear "old clothes" and
Sneakers -no sport sandals or open-toed shoes

A Typical "Do Not Bring" List

Expensive clothing
Cell phones
Pocket video games
MP3 players
Trading cards
Silly Bandz
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Sports equipment
Other valuables

  Swim Lessons
 Adventure Sports Unlimited  Santa Cruz State Jr. Lifeguards  Jim Booth Swim School
 Cabrillo Swim School  Seahorse Swim School SLV Swim Center
 Cougar Swim School  Simpkins Swim Center  


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  The Arts
All About Theatre Earth Art Studio Seven Directions
Aptos Academy of Performing Arts Hooked on Theater Steps Dance
Aptos Music Camp International Academy of Dance
Studio 501
Art du Jour
Kids on Broadway
Studio Sprout
Art Factory
Kimberly Hardin Art School
Susun Gallery
Be Natural Music
Music Preschool
MAH Art Camps
Coastal Vibe Dance
Motion Pacific Dance
Romanoff Music
Community Music School
Musical Me
Watershed Art
CYT Musical Theatre Summer Camp
Orchard Peforming Arts
West Performing Arts
Santa Cruz Mountain Arts
Young Actor's Theatre Camp
Kuumbwa jazz Camp
Cabrillo Youth Chorus
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Watershed Art

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  Unique Focus Camps
Aux Tois Pommes Chartwell Summer New Leaf Cooking Camp
BasketBall Jones
Club Z Pediatric Therapy
Cabrillo Summer Youth Forest Farm Camp SPCA Camp
Camp SEALab Growing Social
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  Sports Camps

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 Adventure Sports  Kung Fu Kids  Santa Cruz Soccer Camp
 Aikido Santa Cruz  Luma Yoga  Santa Cruz Spikers Volleyball Camp
 Basketball Jones Hoop Camp  MB Horse Center  Surf School Santa Cruz
 BellaMar Horseback Riding Camps  Monte Vista Equestrian  Toadal Fitness Camps
 Bike Dojo Camp
 Monte Vista Sports Camp  UCSC Sailing
 Camp Flip  Paradigm Sports Baseball  Valley Sports Camp
 Catalyst Soccer  Pleasant Valley Horse Club  Santa Cruz Gymnastics Center
 Horse and Heart  Rod Sanford's Martial Arts  Horse 'n Around
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  Overnight Camps
 Camp Campbell  Camp Winnarainbow Mt. Hermon Camps
 Camp Hammer  Frontier Ranch at Mission Springs Camp Unalayee
 Camp Koinonia  Monte Vista Horsemanship Camp SEA Lab

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  Family Camps

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Unalayee Family Camp

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  This Week

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Summer Fun

Ages 2-4

Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz


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Music Preschool

Sing, dance, listen, and really learn about music


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Santa Cruz Parent Education
Nursery School

Nurturing Programs
Await You!

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Aptos Yoga


Luma Yoga


Mama Yoga

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Free Movies at the Beach
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  Free Movies at the Beach
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Wed and Fri (Jun 15-Aug 31)
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Artichoke Festival
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  Artichoke Festival
Castroville Artichoke Festival
Date: Every day (Jun 2-Jun 3)
Details: Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup and much more!
City: Monterey Phone: 831-633-3465 view all details >>
Steinbeck Festival
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  Steinbeck Festival
Steinbeck Festival
Date: Every day (May 3-May 5)
Details: The 33rd Annual Steinbeck Festival is Old Home Week for Steinbeck lovers from across the world and down the street.
City: Salinas Phone: 831.775.4726 view all details >>
Santa Cruz Blues Festival
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  Santa Cruz Blues Festival
Santa Cruz Blues Festival
Date: Every day (May 24-May 25) from 10:00am to 10:00pm
Details: The music is strong from start to finish
City: Aptos view all details >>
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Redwood Mountain Faire
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  Redwood Mountain Faire
Valley Women's Club
Date: Every day (Jun 2-Jun 3) at 11:00am
Ages: All
Details: Dance the day away to live music with your friends and family while enjoying tasty locally made food, cold beer, cider, and wine
Special Instructions: Parking: $5
City: Felton Phone: 831/ 335-4484 view all details >>
The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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  The Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 27-Jul 29)
Ages: All
Details: "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three d9ys of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr
City: Gilroy Phone: 408-846-6886 view all details >>
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Japanese Cultural Fair
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  Japanese Cultural Fair
Japanese Cultural Fair
Date: 06/09/2018 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Explore traditional and contemporary Japanese culture
Special Instructions: Japanese Theme
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 462-4589 view all details >>
The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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  The Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 27-Jul 29)
Ages: All
Details: "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three d9ys of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr
City: Gilroy Phone: 408-846-6886 view all details >>
Fall Eco Monterey Home and Garden Expo!
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  Fall Eco Monterey Home and Garden Expo!
Monterey Home & Garden Expo
Date: Every day (Oct 19-Oct 20)
Ages: All
Details: Discover the best of the best of home, kitchen and garden!
City: Monterey view all details >>
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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  Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
City of Watsonville
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Details: Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-768-3240 view all details >>
Scotts Valley Art, Wine & BeerFestival
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  Scotts Valley Art, Wine & BeerFestival
Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Date: Every day (Aug 18-Aug 19) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Come enjoy fine art, wine & beer tasting, great food, and live entertainment in an open park setting
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
  Water Safety Tips

by Tiffany Harmon, Seahorse Swim School

As you head out for your adventures, also keep the following in mind:
(Photos General) Seahorse_TiffanyandChild.jpg1. Ensure that everyone in your family learns to swim. Enroll them in age appropriate learn-to-swim courses to ensure happy, healthy and confident swimmers.
2. When available, swim only in designated swimming areas and look for beaches with lifeguards on duty. Never take your eyes off your children near water. Children can very easily be swept off their feet in even the shallowest of water depths. Identify who and where the lifeguard on duty is to your children. Clearly talk about what to do, where to go, whom to call and how to call if help is needed.
3. Set and enforce rules with your children; catchphrases tend to be more easily recalled. "Swim with a buddy in a supervised area", and " look before you leap" are a few that are easily recalled.
4. Do not allow eating or drinking while swimming. Teach your kids the hazards of choking if eating or drinking while swimming. While it is important to stay hydrated when in the sun, drinking liquids or eating snacks should be done out of the water.
5. Identify, as a family, any hazards you see in the water; checking tides and currents. Rip tides can overpower the most powerful swimmer. If you encounter a rip tide swim parallel to the shoreline until you no longer feel the pull of the current. Then, and only then, swim toward the beach. If you hear thunder or see lightning, get out of the water. Lightning can travel sideways for miles.
6. Respect sand! A family fun activity can be burying your friends/family with sand. Watch to be sure that the amount of sand is not too heavy for the person in the sand and always make sure that everyone has an awareness of the airway of the person being buried. Teach your children how to play safely and what to watch for to be sure everyone is safe. Stay away from all sand cliffs.
7. Protect your skin from the sun. Use sunscreen with at least 30 spf, rashguards, wetsuits and hats for maximum protection. Remember to protect sensitive feet from hot sand and blacktop parking lots by providing and wearing protective footwear.

These precautionary steps can help your family have fun in, on and near the water. Memories of swimming with your family will last you a lifetime. Swim Safely!

Tiffany Harmon, owner and operator of Seahorse Swim School, is an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer in Water Safety. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree at UCSC in 1997, specializing in Child Education and Development and holds a California Teaching Credential in Health and Safety. 

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