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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

April 5, 2019
Camp is the Best!
Day Camps
Avoid the Summer Reading Slide!
Camps with a Special Focus
What's the Best Age for Camp?
Water & Sports
Your teen says he's too old for camp...
Summer Festivals
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  Camp is the Best!

(0 A Camps 2019) Camp_rockwell.jpgCamp is the best! 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. 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.

For all camps in our county go (0 A2 Widgets) Widget_A-ZCamps.jpgonline 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. 

Enjoy a little family camping too.  Start with the backyard or our local state parks. Be sure to celebrate The Great American Campout in June in your own backyard!

We added more festivals and summer fun!

Have fun planning a great summer! Parmalee

Photo: Norman Rockwell

  Day Camps

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  Avoid the Summer Reading Slide!

(0 A 0 March) Reading19_GirlWindowseat.jpgMany children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. Try these strategies to help your reader improve her reading during the summer and beyond:

 

Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right - not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area. Check our LitWits book lists for recommendations.

(0 A 0 March) Reading19_MailmanBoys.jpgRead something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:

Morning: The newspaper - even if it is just the comics or today's weather.
Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your daughter likes the food channel, help her look for a recipe on the network's Web site - then cook it together for more reading practice.
Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book he is currently reading (one of the six books, above). Have him rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help him be more fluent - able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.

Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so she will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase her knowledge and expand her experience with text, so that she will do better when she reads on her own.

It's hard to keep up a reading routine in a season packed with distractions and diversions. These suggestions will fit into a busy schedule and make reading fun!

Thanks Scholastic Books.

  Camps with a Special Focus

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  What's the Best Age for Camp?

What's the Best Age for Camp?

by Audrey Monke, MA

You probably want a number here.  If you're only going to read these first two sentences, then I'll pick the age of nine.

But my real answer is a bit more complex. When to start sending your child to sleep-away camp is a decision that depends on you, your parenting style, and your child's temperament. Many kids have extremely fun and successful camp experiences as young as six years old, but that's too young for most kids. And, for some parents, the thought of their child EVER going to camp (without them) is unimaginable. If you're one of those parents, please read Five Reasons Great Parents Send Their Kids to Camp. Sometimes, "he's not ready for camp" actually means you're not ready. Realizing that your child can be okay without you is sometimes hard on parents, and it's a big step to let them have the independent experience of summer camp.

These are the guidelines I recommend to parents who are ready to send their child to camp but aren't sure what age is best.

If your child is 5 or under, that's too young for overnight camp alone. Go to a family camp together, or try a day camp program in your area, which is a great way to get the feel for what camp is all about! Read more>>>

  Water & Sports

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  Your teen says he's too old for camp...

When your teen decides she's too old for camp, say "Okay, you can make a difference this summer."

"Which beach/park neighborhood do you want to adopt?" Remember the teen whose before/after photos went viral.

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Adopt a neighbor who could use help, a mom with little kids or an elder who needs company or help with a project.

Research family history. Encourage your teen to visit older family members and interview them. They could use a tablet or smartphone to video some of the conversation. Things to ask about: What was it like when you were a teenager? Were your parents strict? Who was your favorite family member? What did you eat? What did you do to amuse yourselves? Our local libraries have geneaology groups who welcome newcomers: Santa Cruz Downtown Branch and La Selva Beach Branch.

Volunteer! The Santa Cruz Volunteer Center can help families find the best fit for volunteering. "Get Involved with YouthServe (ages 11-17), which offers youth-friendly volunteer opportunities. Connect with other young people engaged in service. Youth Serve provides year-round opportunities for young people who want to tackle the issues and causes they care about."

Seymour Marine Discovery Center Volunteer to be an exhibit guide (15+): assist visitors at the touch pools and interpret the aquarium and exhibit hall. Working alongside docents, exhibit guides increase their knowledge of marine science, gain valuable public speaking skills, and provide important connections with our visitors. Learn more>>>

SPCA  To become a general volunteer with the Santa Cruz SPCA you will need to be 16 years of age or older. There is currently an open position for a student counselor-in-training, age 16+, to work with the camping program. The SPCA also has Youth Volunteer Programs for animal ambassadors under the age of 16. Learn more>>>

Santa Cruz Volunteer Center's Teem Summer Institute Join us for our free 6-week summer program. Eighth to twelfth graders volunteer at nonprofits across the country for 3 to 12 hours a week and get together each Friday for workshops, group service projects and exciting field trips. Learn more>>>

Take a class that you can't find in "regular" school. Cabrillo has classes for kids 8-18. Check out Cabrillo Summer Youth Program.

Love the Outdoors? Volunteer with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. Wilder Ranch ~ Lighthouse Field ~ Natural Bridges   

Sports? There are so many, but here are a few:

Camp SeaLab: Sailing adventures (ages 13-17) leave from Monterey for five-day cruises

Kayak Connection: Sea Kayaking and Stand-up Paddle Boarding instruction

Disc Golf:  All are free to play, except $2 parking at DeLaveaga (Santa Cruz), Pinto Lake (Watsonville), Black Mouse (Felton), Aptos High, UC Santa Cruz, Bridge to Bridge (San Lorenzo Park)

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Santa Cruz Soccer Camp

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Kids Dojo Camp

 

Be Vigilant!

Ticks thrive after the rains.

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"Don't Let the Ticks Bite" Toolkit

 

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Belmont Training

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California Rodeo Salinas
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  California Rodeo Salinas
California Rodeo
Date: Every day (Jul 18-Jul 21)
Ages: All
Details: 2018 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
City: Salinas Phone: (831)775-3100 view all details >>
     
Artichoke Festival
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  Artichoke Festival
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 >>
     
The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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  The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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 >>
     
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 >>
     
Santa Cruz VegFest
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Santa Cruz VegFest
Date: 04/06/2019 from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Details: VegFest will feature local restaurants, free food samples, cruelty-free fashion and beauty products, non-profit orgs and kid's a
City: Santa Cruz 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 3-Aug 4) 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 >>
     
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
Special Instructions: Japanese Theme
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 462-4589 view all details >>
     
Woodies on the Wharf
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  Woodies on the Wharf
City of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Jun 21-Jun 23) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: More than 200 stylish, pre-1952 wood-bodied cars. Plus music, woodie goodies, prize drawings and a parade!
Special Instructions: Saturday on the Wharf!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-5273 view all details >>
     
Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival
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  Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival
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 >>
     
International Children's Festival
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International Children's Festival
Date: 04/27/2019 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Hey, kids and parents of the Bay Area! 10th International Children's Festival will be held on April 27th, 2019. Save the date!
City: San Jose view all details >>
     
Maker Faire
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Maker Faire
Date: Every day (May 17-May 19)
Details: Immerse yourself in Maker culture with over 800 exhibits, 6+ stages, big art and spectacle, hands-on making and learning- all sh
City: San Mateo view all details >>
     
Redwood Mountain Faire
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  Redwood Mountain Faire
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 >>
     
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 >>
     
Tequila & Taco Music Festival
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Tequila & Taco Music Festival
Date: Every day (Aug 24-Aug 25) from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Family Day on Sunday vating delicious tacos, all while enjoying a great music lineup
Special Instructions: Children under 12 free
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Capitola Art & Wine Festival
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  Capitola Art & Wine Festival
Capitola Chamber
Date: Every day (Sep 14-Sep 15)
Details: Wineries, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, children's art area. Admission free.
City: Capitola Village Phone: (831) 475 6522 view all details >>
     
Music at Sky Park
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Scotts Valley Kiwanis
Date: The last Su of every month (Jul 28-Sep 29) from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Details: GREAT Lineup for our 2019 CONCERTs and they're FREE!
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
     
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