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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County
Summer, Glorious Summer
June 17, 2014
The Adventure of Camping
Pool Party & World's Largest Swim Lesson
Science Camps
Annual Passes Now Available at ParkStore Online!
Day Camps
FREE Movies on the Beach
Unique Focus Camps
2004 Beach Boardwalk Friday Band Concerts
The Arts
Overnight Camps
Capitola by the Sea Summer Music

Summer $1 Movies
Swim Lessons
Sports Camps
Summer Festivals
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  The Adventure of Camping


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Whether in the back yard, an overnight camp or day camp, camping is an adventure for our children.

When we look at all the wonderful camps and summer classes we think fondly of the summers of our youth and just a little wistfully wish we were kids once more. It's  time to start filling out those registration forms and signing up for swim lessons.  

Camp is about experiencing something new, creating memories and making new friends. Most day camps are offered on a weekly basis and some offer a daily rate. Many offer scholarships for families in need. Children as young as 3 can enjoy half day and full day programs and teens can find day, overnight camps, counselor in training (CIT) programs.

(Photos General) MountMadonna_Summer2.jpgGo online to our A-Z SUMMER CAMP DIRECTORY to find detailed descriptions and contact information.

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 courtesy of Frontier Ranch and Mount Madonna.

  Pool Party & World's Largest Swim Lesson

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  Science Camps

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

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  Annual Passes Now Available at ParkStore Online!

Annual park passes are now available in our ParkStore Online! By purchasing your annual passes through us, a substantial part of the proceeds stay local to support our Santa Cruz County State Parks and Beaches.

There are two passes available via our website: The Surf Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass provides access to most California State Parks, State Recreation Areas and State Beaches that collect a vehicle day use fee. The Surf Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is valid for 12 months from the month purchased.

The new 150 Year Commemorative Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is a great value for frequent visitors of many of the premiere destination parks. The 150th Commemorative Annual Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is valid for 12 months from the month purchased.

As a special celebration of the 150th Anniversary, purchasers of the 150th Commemorative Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass will also receive a Historian Passport Annual Pass. 

Purchasing your pass through our website benefits Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks!

Click here to order your pass in time for Summer!

  Day Camps

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

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  FREE Movies on the Beach

(Special Event Images / Graphics) BeachBoardwalk_FreeMovies2.jpgThere's nothing quite like watching a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper Rollercoaster lights twinkling overhead and the smell of Kettlecorn, hot dogs, and salt water taffy filling the air! 

Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!

June 25  The Lost Boys July 23   Beetlejuice
July 2   Shrek July 30   Mamma Mia
July 9   Raiders of the Lost Ark Aug 6    The NeverEnding Story
July 16   Spider-Man Aug 13   The Goonies
  Unique Focus Camps

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Aux Tois Pommes Fast ForWord with SpeechRighter
Little Garden Patch Farm Camp
BasketBall Jones
MOD Artist Inventor Camp New Leaf Cooking Camp
Cabrillo Summer Youth Forest Farm Camp Pediatric Therapy
Camp SEALab Growing Social SPCA Camp
Chartwell Summer Jane Addams Peace Camp  
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  2004 Beach Boardwalk Friday Band Concerts

(Photos General) BandstandConcert.jpgTWO FREE SHOWS EACH FRIDAY!  6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand!

Rock out to Top 40 bands from the '70s, '80s, and early '90s FREE on the beach bandstand.


June 13 Smash Mouth
"All Star"
June 20 The Greg Kihn Band
June 27 Blind Melon
"No Rain"
July 4 The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill
"She's A Beauty"
July 11 Macy Gray
"I Try"
July 18 The FIXX
"One Think Leads to Another"
July 25 Santana Original Lead Singer
Gregg Rolie

"Black Magic Woman"
Aug 1 Y&T
"Summertime Girls"
Aug 8 Starship starring Mickey Thomas
"We Built This City"
Aug 15 Eddie Money
"Take Me Home Tonight"
Aug 22 Great White
"Once Bitten Twice Shy"
Aug 29 Papa Doo Run Run
"Santa Cruz Beach Party"
  The Arts

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All About Theatre

Aptos Academy of Performing Arts

Aptos Music Camp

Art Factory

Be Natural Music

Community Music School

CYT Musical Theatre Summer Camp


Cabrillo Youth Chorus

Earth Art Studio

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Seven Directions

Steps Dance

Studio 501

Studio Sprout

Romanoff Music

Watershed Art

West Performing Arts

Young Actor's Theatre Camp

Kimberly Hardin Art School

Lutheran-Messiah Arts Camp

International Academy of Dance SC Museum of Natural History Camps
Santa Cruz Mountain Arts
Motion Pacific Dance Orchard Peforming Arts Musical Me

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If I create from the heart,

nearly everything works;

if from the head, almost nothing.”

Marc Chagall

"Ah, music," he said,

wiping his eyes.

"A magic beyond all we do here!"
- J.K. Rowling,

Harry Potter and

the Sorcerer's Stone



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“All the world's a stage.”

William Shakespeare,

As You Like It

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  Overnight Camps
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Camp Campbell

Camp Hammer

Camp Koinonia

Camp Winnarainbow

Frontier Ranch at Mission Springs

Growing Up Wild

Monte Vista Horsemanship

Camp SEA Lab

Mt. Hermon Camps

Camp Unalaye

Kennolyn Camp

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  Capitola by the Sea Summer Music

Twilight Concerts  on  Wednesdays, June  - August,  6 to 8 p.m.

Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax. No alcohol or glass bottles permitted.
June 11,  Big City Revue, 70s to today, Twilight Concert 6 p.m.

June 15, 2014 Sunday Art and Music at the Beach 11:00am

June 18,  Pounders, Rock & Hip hop, Twilight Concert 6 p.m.

June 25, Shane Dwight, Blues, Twilight Concert 6 p.m.

June 29, 2014 Sunday Art and Music at the Beach 11:00am

July 2,  Samba Da, Salsa, reggae, Twilight Concert 6 p.m.

July 6, 2014 Sunday Art and Music at the Beach 11:00am

July 9,  Joint Chiefs, Soul, Twilight Concert 6 p.m.

July 16,  Beach Cowboys, Rock, Twilight Concert 6 p.m.

July 20, 2014 Sunday Art and Music at the Beach 11:00am

July 23,  Mark Russo and the Classy Cats, Big Band, Jazz & Latin, Twilight Concert 6 p.m.

July 30,  Extra Large, Funky rock, Twilight Concert 6 p.m.

August 3, 2014 Sunday Art and Music at the Beach 11:00am

August 6,  Tsunami, Rock, Twilight Concert 6 p.m.

August 13,  Brad Wilson, Rock & Blues, Twilight Concert 6 p.m.

August 17, 2014 Sunday Art and Music at the Beach 11:00am

August 20,  Mambo Tropical, Salsa, latin, Twilight Concert 6 p.m.

August 27,  Digbeats, Rock, Twilight Concert 6 p.m.


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  Summer $1 Movies

The 2014 Summer Movie Express runs for 9 weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer. Please see your local theatre for program start date. Admission to these films during the Summer Movie Express is only $1 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Starting June 1, Start Times 10am

Tuesdays Wednesdays
1          Hotel Transylvania 1          The Smurfs 2
2          Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 2          The Pirates: Band of Misfits
3          Arthur Christmas 3          Despicable Me 2
4          Lego 4          Free Birds
5          Adventures of TinTin 5          Rise of the Guardians
6          Kung Fu Panda 2 6          Madagascar 3!
7          The Croods 7          Epic
8          Turbo 8          Walking with Dinosaurs
9          Mr. Peabody & Sherman! 9          Rio 2
  Swim Lessons

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 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  SC County Swim Classes
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  Sports Camps

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Adventure Sports

Aikido Santa Cruz

Basketball Jones Hoop Camp

Bike Dojo Camp

 Camp Flip at Ohana Gymnastics

Catalyst Soccer

Lightspeed Martial Arts

MB Horse Center

Monte Vista Equestrian

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Santa Cruz Soccer Camp

Surf School Santa Cruz

Toadal Fitness Camps

UCSC Sailing

Valley Sports Camp

Horse 'n Around

Luma Yoga

Pleasant Valley Horse Club

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  Summer Festivals

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Boardwalk 2017 Concerts
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  Boardwalk 2017 Concerts
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Fri (Jun 16-Sep 1)
Details: Come on down for free Friday night concerts
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-5590 view all details >>
Free Movies at the Beach
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  Free Movies at the Beach
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Wed (Jun 21-Aug 16) at 9:00pm
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Summer Camp Guide
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  Summer Camp Guide
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Bonny Doon Craft Fair
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  Bonny Doon Craft Fair
Bonny Doon Church
Date: 06/04/2016 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Details: FREE Fun for the Entire Family!!
City: Bonny Doon view all details >>
Cruz Fest, A Benefit For Growing Up Wild
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  Cruz Fest, A Benefit For Growing Up Wild
Growing Up Wild
Date: 06/28/2014 from 3:30pm to 12:00am
Ages: all ages event
Details: Outdoor Concert in the Redwoods
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 768-7089 view all details >>
The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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  The Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Jul 30)
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 >>
Cabrillo Music Festival
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  Cabrillo Music Festival
Cabrillo Music Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 30-Aug 12)
Details: The HERE and NOW of contemporary music for a world-class orchestra!
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
Wacky Carnival Fun
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  Wacky Carnival Fun
Louden Nelson Community Center
Date: 07/15/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Families with children 2-12yr.
Details: Come join us for fun in the park with lots of carnival games
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6177 view all details >>
California Rodeo Salinas
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  California Rodeo Salinas
California Rodeo
Date: Every day (Jul 20-Jul 23)
Ages: All
Details: 2016 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
City: Salinas Phone: (831)775-3100 view all details >>
Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
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  Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Pipe bands, Drum Major and Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Sheepdog Herding and...
City: Monterey Phone: (831) 682-2022 view all details >>
Aloha Celebrity Races & Polynesian Festival
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  Aloha Celebrity Races & Polynesian Festival
City of Santa Cruz
Date: 08/20/2017 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 >>
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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  Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
City of Watsonville
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) 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 19-Aug 20) 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 >>
Capitola Begonia Festival
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  Capitola Begonia Festival
Capitola Village
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 4) from 7:00am to 8:00pm
Details: A Labor Day weekend filled with fun events for the whole family. Beautifully decorated floats, concerts, sand
City: Capitola Village Phone: (831)476-6522 view all details >>
Mole & Mariachi Festival
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  Mole & Mariachi Festival
State Park Mission
Date: 09/20/2014 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Join us for a day of mole, mariachis & much, much more!
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 425-5849 view all details >>
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