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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County
Summer = Camps!
May 17, 2012

Kelp Pickling - A Delicious Family Outing

Day Camps

Hot Ideas for Packing a Happy Lunch for a Happy Camper

Specialty and Overnight Camps
Tips for Water Safety

Getting Ready!
Art, Dance, Music & Theater

Sports Camps
Summer Festivals
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(Photos General) MountMadonna_Summer2.jpgWe're excited about the great variety of summer camps available for the children.  Summer camps offer opportunities to explore and experience new activities.  Some new camps are: Camp Dojo Mountain Biking, or Aloha World Music Camp, or Ridgemark Farm Riding. Old friends are in this issue, many with exciting new recreational offerings.   Click on the camp ads to get to their websites.  Please tell them you heard about them from SantaCruzParent!

Go to our A-Z SUMMER CAMPS to find all camps with detailed descriptions and contact information.  

(Photos General) Camps_teens_topmountain.jpgWhen you know exactly what activity you are seeking, go to the Camp Directory and click on a specific category.

You can find more details on our CAMP CALENDAR.

If you know of a camp we have missed, let us know! Click on the camp ads below to reach their websites and you will be delighted with the quality programs available. 

Have fun planning a great summer! Parmalee

Photos: Mount Madonna Summer Camp Children and Camp Unalayee Hikers

  Kelp Pickling - A Delicious Family Outing

by Dennis Judson, Adventure Sports Unlimited

Since early times, home canners have enjoyed the art of pickling foods. It is one of the oldest known methods of preserving food. The Chinese were fermenting vegetables as early as the third century B.C and the Romans were pickling by the first century A.D. Pickles even followed the colonist to America ... and now picked kelp is coming to Santa Cruz!  What a great way to be one with our kelp forest and get a great reward in the form of a delicious treat.

(Photos General) AdventureSports_KelpCollecting.jpgWe will pick a beach noted for a variety of succulent sea vegetables. Here we will search for our quest in tide pools and by boogie board. We will than return to Adventure Sports Unlimited to pickle as only a family group can do.  The pool will be open for fun. This is a wonderful activity for everyone in your family and will instill an ethos of community for one and all.

(Photos General) AdventureSportsForage.jpgWe will have an evening of planning followed by a Sunday morning of collecting and pickling. 10-17 year olds are encouraged to join us in the kelp beds but must have an adult/guardian take the class with them.   All must be able to boogie board in the ocean. An ocean only fishing license is required for collecting.

Meeting 7-9 pm May 18th   

Collecting & Pickling 6am-2 pm May 20th

(Photos General) AdventureSports_DennisWaveKelp.jpgDennis Judson has lead many a novice on adventures throughout the world.  Beginning with swimming lessons for the young in Adventure Sports' warm pool, taking families on nearby foraging and kayaking trips and leading dives in exotic waters he is himself the epitome of an adventurer pictured here riding the waves in his kayak.


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  Day Camps

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  Hot Ideas for Packing a Happy Lunch for a Happy Camper

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Sending your camper off to summer camp offers a welcome relief to you and fun opportunities for your kid. You are fastidious to pack water, sunscreen, beach towel, and hat, yet like during the school year, you wonder with looming dread "what to pack for lunch?"

So to help parents keep their cool during summer I have put together some favorite tips to help you and your child make a lunch that they will actually eat, enjoy, and won't fall apart on a hot sandy beach day at camp.

Make it Nutritious- Pack The Food Tree's Five Food Groups in her lunch box and your camper will have energy to spare when she gets home from camp!

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  • Pack Proteins. These energy-sustaining foods will provide stable blood sugar all day long. Beans, nuts, seeds, dairy, and meats are great choices for lunch proteins. Some ideas to include in the lunch box are hard-boiled eggs, trail mix, bean dips in a wrap or corn tortilla, or yogurt.
  • Pack Whole Grains- Wrap it up! Instead of providing the ol' trusty sandwich, try wrapping and rolling everything yummy into a whole grain tortilla. Use a bean spread like hummus, or cream cheese, then add her favorite sliced veggies and avocado for an easy to eat and easy to hold tasty lunch.
  • Pack Vegetables- Think carrot, celery, and cucumber sticks. Crunchy and satisfying, these are quick and easy to eat. Also include, cherry tomatoes, peas in the pod, green beans, and edamame. In a separate container you can include a savory yogurt dipping sauce. Just make sure dairy and meats stay cool and out of the sun on hot days.
  • Pack Fruits- Freeze grapes the night before. By the time your camper gets to lunch, the grapes will still be cold and a bit frosty. These are well loved, fun to eat, and taste just like a little mini pop-cycle. You can also toss in her lunch a container filled with dried mango, papaya and dried apple slices for a yummy sweet treat.
  • Pack Healthy Fats. Incorporate nuts and seeds that have been roasted and tossed with soy sauce or Bragg's Liquid Amino's into her lunch. Or, try a salmon jerky. Kids thrive on healthy fats that create level-headed thinking and good positive moods.

    Make it Earth Friendly
    Pack in reusable containers that are easy for children to manage. Make sure the lids are easy to remove, spill proof, and quick to put back on. Try metal Lunch Bots or Tiffin containers for the best in washable and reusable food storage items.  Your can also pack your dried fruit or pretzels in a cotton bag made by Blue Lotus. And if you haven't started this must do habit, bring your water in a reusable stainless steel water bottle. Check out Kleen Kanteen, for a good variety that come in a rainbow of colors, and lots of great styles, sizes; perfect for any age camper. 

(Photos General) Camp_EatingDeliciousLunch.jpgMake it Simple yet Delicious Campers of all ages like tasty foods that are simple to eat. But, if your "Go To" lunch always consists of a PB&J sandwich, chips and an apple, you are not alone, we have all been there. But remember, even the fussiest taste buds will want SOME variety. Try whole grain pesto pasta (think dinner leftovers) with Parmesan cheese, walnuts or pine nuts, and olives. Or, get creative with whole-wheat pita pockets stuffed with sliced turkey, red peppers and jack cheese. So mix it up, Mom and Dad, your campers will love you even more.

Make it Earth Friendly Pack in reusable containers that are easy for children to manage. Make sure the lids are easy to remove, spill proof, and quick to put back on. Try metal Lunch Bots or Tiffin containers for the best in washable and reusable food storage items. Your can also pack your dried fruit or pretzels in a cotton bag made by Blue Lotus. And if you haven't started this must do habit, bring your water in a reusable stainless steel water bottle. Check out Kleen Kanteen, for a good variety that come in a rainbow of colors, and lots of great styles, sizes; perfect for any age camper.

I hope this summer brings you and your tot lots of happy camping uplifted by delicious, nutritious, yummy lunches. Maybe the lunch you make will be so delish you'll want to tag along to camp just to enjoy the mid-day meal with you little loved one.

To see more great tips, healthy recipes, and to learn more about The Food Tree and the Five Food Groups please visit Jill is also available for individual and family nutrition counseling at The Pacific Wellness Center in Soquel Village. 831-476-2303


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  Specialty and Overnight Camps
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  Tips for Water Safety

by Tiffany Harmon, Seahorse Swim School

As we plan Fun in the Sun this Spring and Summer, it is important to teach water safety to your family. With many wonderful beaches to play at, lakes for fishing, jet skiing, tubing, islands for snorkeling and beach play and pools to play in it is easy to just want to jump on it! Swimming in moving bodies of water like the ocean or a stream is very different than swimming in a pool. It is important to pay attention to weather forecasts, waves and tide conditions prior to entering any body of water. Keep in mind that all factors can change quickly due to weather.

As you head out for your adventures, also keep the following in mind:

1. 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.

(Photos General) Swimming_JumpingKids.jpg3. 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.

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.

(Photos General) Seahorse_TiffanyandChild.jpgThese 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!

iffany 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. You can find Tiffany and her instructors at Toadal Fitness, Seascape Sports Club, Chaminade and Santa Cruz High School. (831) 476-7946 or for more program information.


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  Getting 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

  Art, Dance, Music & Theater
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  Sports Camps

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  Summer Festivals
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Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list. 



Camp Unalayee

Family Camps

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All About Theatre

Aloha World Music Camp

Aptos Summer Music Camp

Art Factory

Be Natural Music

Cabrillo Youth Chorus

Coastal Vibe Dance

Community Music School



Earth Art Studio

Hooked on Theater

International Academy of Dance

Kids on Broadway

Kuumbwa jazz Camp

MAH Art Camps

Motion Pacific Dance

Musical Me

Orchard Peforming Arts

Santa Cruz Mountain Arts

St. Andrews Summer Music Camp

Seven Directions

Studio Sprout

Studio 501

Tannery World Dance

The Studio Palette

WEST Performing Arts

World Music Camp


Aptos Academy Summer Adventure

Auntie Wendi's Summer

Baymonte Summer Quest

Boulder Creek Camps

Boys and Girls Club

Camp Auxilium

Camp Seascape

Camp Wonderworks

Campus Kids Connection

Camp Gateway

Glen Arbor Camp

Junebug's Gym


Kruz Kids

La Selva Beach Day Camp

Live Oak Farm Camp

Montessori Scotts Valley

Mount Madonna

Mt Cross

Museum of Natural History

Orchard Performing Arts

Peaceful Valley Farm Camp

Quail Hollow Time Travelers

Santa Cruz City Parks & Rec

Santa Cruz County Parks & Rec

Santa Cruz Montessori

Santa Cruz Waldorf

Tara Redwood School



Girl Scouts

Camp Artemis

Camp Campbell

Camp Hammer

Camp Koinonia

Camp SEA Lab

Camp Unalayee

Camp Winnarainbow

Frontier Ranch at Mission Springs

Monte Vista Horsemanship

Mt. Hermon Camps


Life Lab Science

Mad Molecule

Outdoor Science Fun

Seymour Center

Camp SEA Lab



Aux Tois Pommes

Cabrillo Summer Youth

Camp Krem

Chartwell Summer

New Leaf Cooking Camp

Pediatric Therapy



Adventure Sports

Aikido Santa Cruz

Basketball Jones Hoop Camp

Mountain Bike Camp

Cabrillo Swim

Camp Flip at Santa Cruz Sports Central

Catalyst Soccer

Gymnastics Learning Center at Santa Cruz Sports Central 

June Bug's Gym

Horse 'n Around

Horse and Heart

Kayak Connection

Kung Fu Kids

Monte Vista Horsemanship

Pacific Edge Climbing Gym

Paradigm Sports Baseball

Pleasant Valley Horse Club

Ridgemark Farm

Santa Cruz Gymnastics Center

Santa Cruz Soccer Camp

Soquel Sports Camp

UCSC Sailing


Adventure Sports Unlimited

Cabrillo Swim School

Cougar Swim School

Jim Booth Swim School

Seahorse Swim School

Simpkins Swim Center

SLV Swim



Bayside Baptist

Calvary Preschool

Casa de Kids

Coastal Community

Early Childhood Learning Center

El JardinBilingual Parent Co-op

Free to Be Me

Glen Arbor Preschool

Holy Cross Summer

Junebug's Gym

Kid's Korner Co-op

Leslie's Place

Music Together

Scotts Valley Children's Center

Quail Hollow

Seedlings Eco Preschool

Simcha Preschool

Tara Redwood Inner Compass

Studio Sprout

The Village Preschool

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Second Annual Rejuvenation Festival
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  Second Annual Rejuvenation Festival
Santa Cruz Rejuvenation Festival
Date: Every day (May 19-May 20) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Free Festival Features Children's Musician Peter Alsop & Mickey Magic
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 464-7748 view all details >>
May Summer Camp Guide
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Artichoke Festival
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Castroville Artichoke Festival
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Jun 2)
Details: Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup and much more!
City: Monterey Phone: 831-633-3465 view all details >>
May Summer Camp Guide
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Santa Cruz Blues Festival
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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 >>
May Summer Camp Guide
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Japanese Cultural Fair
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Japanese Cultural Fair
Date: 06/08/2019 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Explore traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, crafts and food!
Special Instructions: Japanese Theme
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 462-4589 view all details >>
Redwood Mountain Faire
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Valley Women's Club
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Jun 2) 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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Gilroy Garlic Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 26-Jul 28)
Ages: All
Details: "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three days 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 >>
Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival
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  Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival
City of Santa Cruz
Date: 08/18/2019 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing, taste of the tropics- fresh flower leis, Hawaiian shaved ice, Maori face pain
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-5273 view all details >>
May Summer Camp Guide
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Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival
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Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Date: Every day (Aug 17-Aug 18) 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 >>
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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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 >>
Paso Robles Olive Festival
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Paso Robles Main St Association
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Olive Inspired Fun
City: Paso Robles Phone: (805) 238- 4103 view all details >>
May Summer Camp Guide
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May Summer Camp Guide
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Sep 22) from 6:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Join one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America- the tenth annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival.
City: Watsonville view all details >>
Pirate Party
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Northern California Pirate Festival
Date: Every day (Jun 15-Jun 16) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Avast Mates! Come join us pirates for non-stop entertainment, hearty food and drink, unique shopping and lively games and activi
City: Vallejo Phone: 866-921-9277 view all details >>
May Summer Camp Guide
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  May Summer Camp Guide
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