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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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.
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
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
15000 Two Bar Road, Boulder Creek (831) 338-2134
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
Explorer1.com 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
Explorer1.com 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.