Virtual Rec Center

Welcome to the County of Santa Cruz Parks Department's Virtual Recreation and Resource Center!  You'll find links to fun and educational activites for all ages including links to museums, on-line exercise classes, art and craft activites, and other resources to keep us all active, connected, and informed throughout this health crisis. We at County Parks are committed to ensuring that our community has access to resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships, and continue to have extraordinary experiences.

Visit this page oftenfor new updates and ideas to keep you and your loved ones healthy, entertained and informed. Please note that we do not endorse or receive funds to advertise any of the third party sites or services listed or referenced on this page.

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Stay Active

Even with social distancing and shelter-in-place protocols, there are many ways for you and your family to stay healthy and active. 

Indoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Did you know that the current Shelter in Place order allows for individuals to "engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with the Social Distancing Requirements...such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking and running."  Here are a few ideas.  

  • Visit a nearby County or State Park - They are still open to the public.
  • Head to the beach
  • Walk/run around your neighborhood and say "hi" (from a distance, of course) to your neighbors.
  • Go for a drive.

Stay Connected

Although we’re all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Try one or two of these out every day.

  • Call a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.
  • Write a letter.
  • Facetime.
  • Support a local restaurant - Many restaurants are still open for take out or delivery orders. Support your favorite joints and order food for pick up or try out Doordash or Ubereats and have it brought to you.  
  • Volunteer -  There are many opportunities to volunteer to help those in our community.  The Second Harvest Food Bank is in need of extra help during this period of high demand. Sign-up for a shift on the food bank’s website.
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleepMake time to unwind. 
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Work on Mindfulness - Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

Exercise your Brain

  • Visit the library, where you'll find tons of free ebooks, music, and other resources. 

For the Kids (or kids at heart)

Stay Informed

Be in the Know

Visit these sites for the latest local information regarding COVID-19.

Stay Nourished

Visit these sites for information on food resources.

2-1-1 Santa Cruz County is the comprehensive information and referral service for Santa Cruz County. We connect over 3,500 Santa Cruz County callers each year with information about health and human services available to them, including meals during school closures.

Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831)