2020 Youth & Teen Programs

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After School Programs

Youth Classes

Spring Day Camp at Aptos Park

Spring Day Camp at Quail Hollow Ranch

Virtual Recreation

Did you know? Santa Cruz County Parks also offers pool parties, birthday party facility rentals, and much more! Click on the links below to find out more:

After School Programs

ACE offers a fun-filled and safe environment afterschool for children ages 6-12. Organized games, field trips, special events, cooking, arts and crafts, sports, as well as a daily structured homework time with tutor assistance are provided by dedicated and experienced recreation professionals. ACE is offered at Mar Vista Elementary and the La Selva Beach Clubhouse from school release until 6 p.m. Part-time and full-time options available.

La Selva Beach ACE
La Selva Beach ACE takes place at the La Selva Beach Clubhouse. Rio Del Mar and Valencia Elementary schools offer bus transportation to the program (contact school for more details).

Mar Vista ACE
Mar Vista ACE takes place at Mar Vista Elementary School.

Kinder Enrichment Program (KE) - Transitional Kinder Program (TK) 
The Kinder Enrichment and Transitional Kinder programs provide a safe and enjoyable recreational/educational experience for young children.  Participants will enjoy stories, art, music, science, creative play, active games, sport basics and a balance of individual and group activities, indoors as well as outdoors.  The staff will focus on assisting the children in developing respect and acceptance of themselves and others.  Kinder Enrichment and Transitional Kinder programs take place at Mar Vista Elementary School.

Kreative Kids Programs & Classes

Programs and Classes for kids ages 3-9

Kreative Kids Preschool Program
Located at Wilder Hall in Ben Lomond Park, Kreative Kids continues to offer year-round enrichment programs for children ages 3-6. Participants enjoy art, music, creative play and a balance of individual and group activities. Nature crafts, outdoor fun and monthly field trips round out this popular program. Kreative Kids is held Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Several enrollment options are available.

Kreative Kids Classes - Kreative Kids specialty classes are offered throughout the year for children ages 3-9. Please click HERE for more information about classes, dates, times, and fees.

Community Classes

A variety of affordable classes and activities for all ages.


Art & Science Camps

Art Studio 95003 - Designed to introduce various media to participants, build drawing and painting skills, and instill a life-long love for creating art. Students will have a chance to express themselves using a variety of techniques in the following areas: drawing, painting, printmaking and collage.

Science Exploration - Are you looking for a fun time this summer? Have you ever wanted to launch a rocket? Are you curious about how our muscles work, or the difference between acids and bases? Would you like to hike in a creek? You could do all this and more at this NEW science camp, which has a fun, hands-on science focus. We’ll also enjoy active games everyday.

La Selva Beach Summer Camp - Register your 6-12 year old child for a fun-filled summer of games, arts & crafts, sports, cooking, field trips, and SUMMER ADVENTURE TRIPS! Participants will be divided into groups for age-appropriate activities. The staff to child ratio is 1:14 or less on site and 1:8 for field trips.

Day Camps at Quail Hollow Ranch  

Baseball Camps at Polo Grounds County Park

Zombie Camp - You will learn how to protect yourself and your fellow villagers from zombies with essential stealth and survival skills. Learn how to find shelter, shoot an arrow, forage for edibles, locate drinking water, pack a bug-out bag, develop emergency plans, and a variety of other skills (like orienteering and first aid) you’ll need to be prepared to survive a zombie invasion! 

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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) 454-7901PRCweb@santacruzcountyca.gov