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Santa Cruz Day & Summer Camps

Santa Cruz Summer and Day Camps

Santa Cruz Day and Summer Camps provide a wide variety of fun and educational opportunities for children of all ages.  From jazz camps to farming to sailing and horseback riding, you are sure to find something that will engage your child throughout the summer months.

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 Art Camp at Manresa

138 Crest Drive, La Selva Beach  (831) 338-3383

Camp Harmon — Easter Seal Society

16403 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek  (831) 338-3383

Camp Krem — Children with special needs

102 Brook Lane, Boulder Creek (831) 338-3210

Computer Camp — Day and Overnight

UC Santa Cruz

Horse-N-Around – The Mitchell Ranch

980 Travers Lane, Watsonville, CA  95076  (408) 528-5461

Horse-n-Around offers horseback riding lessons to beginner riders of all ages.  We have a unique children's Discovery Program designed to introduce children to the world of horses.  We also offer summer camps. 

Kennolyn Camps

8205 Glen Haven Rd., Soquel, CA  (831) 479*-6714

Day, resident, family and equestrian camps. Campers enjoy miles of breathtaking trails through the Redwoods for hiking, Mountain Biking and Trail Riding.

Kimberly Hardin Art School – Art Camp

113 Venetian Rd., Aptos, CA  (831) 708-8012

Kruz Kidz — day camps

2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos, CA 95003  (831) 465-3386

Kuumbwa Jazz Camp

Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA      (831) 427-2227

Summer Jazz Camp is an annual day camp for students entering grades 8-12 who are interested in learning jazz, improvisation and jazz appreciation. Students receive both one to one and group instruction. The camp focuses on performance, basic improvisation and theory, concepts and phrasing, history and appreciation. The camp is directed by Santa Cruz County music educators Steve Wilson and Terrel Eaton. Additional jazz instructors will assist daily.

Mission Springs Christian Conference Center

1050 Lockhart Gulch Rd.,  (831) 335-9133

Monte Toyon Camp & Conference Center

Aptos  (831) 688-5420

Redwood Christian Park

15000 Two Bar Road, Boulder Creek  (831) 338-2134

YMCA Camp Cambell

16275 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006  831-338-2128 

North of Santa Cruz
Day & Summer Camps

Elkus Ranch ─  School Field Trips and Summer Discovery Day Camp

Half Moon Bay office, (650) 726-9059 ext 102 Review ─ The Richard J. Elkus Ranch is an environmental education center providing unique hands-on learning experiences for Bay Area youth.  The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable, and the animals are entertaining and seem to tolerate young children — especially Cleo their mouse hunting cat. 

Demonstrations include edible plants, gardening, predator and prey exhibits and much more.  From my personal experience, children of all ages seem to really enjoy learning about farm life and being able to get up-close and personal the animals and digging into the garden.  Why do all kids love dirt?

Hidden Villa – School Field Trips, Day Activities, and Summer Camp

26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022    (650) 949-8650 Review ─ Similar to Elkus Ranch, the Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice.

It is a great little farm with plenty for children to do and see.  It also has a great little creek running thorough it that is perfect for picnics and exploration. Hidden Villa stretches over 1600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco.

What’s on Tap


Santa Cruz Festivals & Events:

Thunderbirds on the Santa Cruz Wharf! Sept. 29, 2018 at 9am to 3pm.

Featuring the classic 1955-1957, the 1958-1965 vintage and the retro, 2002-2005 Thunderbirds.

Open Studios Art Tour – First 3 weeks in Oct. 2018

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 14, 2018 11am – 4pm.

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 7, 2018

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2018

MORE Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations—Oct. 2018

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct. 13 & 14, 2018

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA



For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.



Top Santa Cruz Attractions:


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Fun for all ages.

Santa Cruz Campgrounds

Ocean views or Redwoods? Over 27 campgrounds and RV Parks

Santa Cruz Fishing 

Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Surfing

With 11 world-class surf breaks such as Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, it is easy to understand why the greatest surfers in the world call Santa Cruz home!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May


For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.




The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially along Mission Street and Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Capitols. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.