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Holiday Lights Train
Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!
Every Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 23)
Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map

(0 A November 2018) holiday-lights-train2018.jpgSanta Cruz Holiday Lights Train

NOVEMBER 23 - 24, DECEMBER 1 - 2, 8 - 9 & 15 - 23

Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk


Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!

Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with a $6 MyBoardwalk card good for attractions, arcades and games in Neptune's Kingdom. Bring the whole family for festive fun. Happy Holidays!

 

Dear Santa Letter Download here - Print out your letter to Santa Claus and have Roaring Camp Deliver it by train to the North Pole. Write your letter and bring it with you to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, there will be a North Pole mailbox just outside of the entrance to Neptune's Kingdom by the first car of the train. Roaring Camp will be making a special trip each evening after the Holiday Lights Train to drop off your letters to Santa's Home in the North Pole.

 

Start a new holiday tradition! Gather your family and friends and celebrate Santa Cruz style with ice skating at the beach! See the new Main Entrance Plaza transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, rides, games, festive foods and more!

 

More info here: https://beachboardwalk.com/Boardwalk-Holiday-Ice

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Tanbark Loop Interpretive Hikes
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State Park Big Basin
Date: Every Fri (Aug 10-Aug 24) at 10:00am


Tanbark Loop Interpretive Hikes-Friday, August 10 and Friday, August 24 from 2-5 pm
Hike a beautiful trail around the basin and learn about the wide variety of flora and fauna here in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is a moderate hike (1.5 miles) and you should bring water to drink.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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All Together Now !
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Parent Education, Play Group, Resource
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Parents & Toddlers 9-30 months Admission Fees: $3/session

All Together Now ! For parents & their children 9-30 months

 

Come meet other parents & children, observe & discuss child development & build confidence in your parenting skills.  Enjoy seeing your child interact with other children and explore an environment set up with them in mind.  Classes facilitated by experienced & friendly teachers.

 

Sliding scale fee $3-7 per class, scholarships available. No one turned away for inability to pay.

 

Community Bridges/Live Oak Family Resource Center


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.476-7284 x110 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Todos Juntos en el Patio
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Fri from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ages: pre-scholares y sus padres Admission Fees: donation

Todos Juntos en el Patio 1:30-3:30pm. Todos Juntos en El Patio! Un grupo de discusión y apoyo para padres con supervision de niños. Tiene preguntas sobre la crianza de sus hijos? Venga y conozca a otros padres con niños de 0-12 años de edad. Aprenda de herramientas para padres y estrategias basadas en las últimas investigaciones y la filosofía de Disciplina Positiva y currículo. Todos Juntos es un lugar positivo para padres y sus hijos para reunirse a recibir información, apoyo, amistad, y diversión! Programa conducido en español. Tarifa reducida entre $3-7/clase. Becas disponibles. Nadie será rechazado por Inhabilidad de pagar.

 

LO Family Resource Center, 1740 17th Avenue, SC. 476-7284

 

 


Location: 1740 17th Av, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 476-7284 x104 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Astronomy Night
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State Park Big Basin
Good sky viewing for families with tweens and teens
Date: Every Wed, Fri and Sa (Aug 11-Aug 31) from 9:00pm to 10:30pm
Ages: 7+
Special Instructions: August 11, 12, 17, and 31

Astronomy Night 9pm. 1 hour 30 minute program for all ages.

Astronomy Nights—August 11, 12, 17, and 31 from 9-10:30 pm

Bring the family out at night to see the breathtaking view of the stars from Little Basin. We will bring the telescope out and talk about the planets and seasonal constellations that we can see. Little Basin Cabins And Campground.

 

Located off Highway 236. Turn left on Little Basin Rd. go 1.6 miles to the campground. All programs are provided by WOLF School. 338-8018


Location: 9 miles outside Boulder Creek on Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.338-8018 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Nature Walks
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City of Watsonville
Bring the peace and beauty of nature into your life!
Date: Every Su at 1:30pm


Guided exploration walk in the wetlands. Meet at the Nature Center. Binoculars provided. Great for all ages! Weather permitting. FREE


or Learn While You Walk

Thirteen interpretive trail signs have been installed along the Wetlands of Watsonville. These trail signs teach about the natural and cultural history of our wetlands and address local conservation issues. Several more will be developed to convey litter, pet waste and environmentally friendly car wash practices.

 


Location: Wetlands of Watsonville, 30 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831.768.1622 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Monterey Bay Farmers Markets
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Monterey Bay Farmers Markets
You will find an unmatched selection of locally grown fresh produce, flowers & artisan products.
Date: Every Su, Tues, Fri and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets, Serving the Central Coast for over 36 years!


Locals, chefs and tourists love to shop at our four markets in Aptos, Monterey, and Carmel - the premier farmers markets on the Central Coast.

 

You'll appreciate the unmatched selection of top quality produce, flowers, specialty foods, and the opportunity to connect with the people who produce our food. Our farmers markets are ranked in the top ten farmers markets in California. Meet old friends and make new acquaintances - come to the markets and become a part of our friendly community!

 

Aptos Farmers Market  Saturdays, 8am - 12pm, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Year-round

Upbeat and relaxed atmosphere, a great way to start your weekend! 80 farmers and vendors and many special events.


Monterey Farmers Market   Fridays, 10am - 2pm  Monterey Peninsula College, 930 Fremont St, Monterey   Year-round

A bustling market with a bountiful selection of produce and specialty items, flowers and plants.


Carmel Farmers Market  Tuesdays, 9 am - 1 pm The Barnyard Shopping Village, Carmel  May - September

Take a scenic drive to this intimate market nestled in the charming Barnyard Shopping Village just off Hwy 1


Del Monte Farmers Market   Sundays 8 am - 12 pm The Del Monte Shopping Center, 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey  May through October

Enjoy the easy relaxed pace of this friendly Sunday market - feast your eyes on beautiful produce, flowers, and plants and...


Location: Cabrillo College , 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 728-5060 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Kid Salmon Fishing Opportunity
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Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout
kids salmon fishing opportunity on even numbered days
Date: Every day (Aug 15-Aug 31)

Special Instructions: Back Harbor area only

The Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project is teaming with the harbor on a new program, which is open to children 15 and younger. The new program applies only to the back harbor area, accessible from Seventh Avenue and Brommer Street.

 

Parents should be familiar with the rules and regulations. Children need to have a rod and reel that's going to be sufficient to land a 20 to 25 pound fish. Harbor Patrol will be enforcing the new rules, and Department of Fish & Game regulations are also being strictly followed.

 

Volunteers from the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project will work with children to teach them how to reel in fish that can weigh up to 25 pounds and be worth $200.

 

Children only on even numbered days...


Location: Santa Cruz Harbor, Brommer & 7th Sts, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 475-6161 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Wilder Ranch Farm Animal Program Volunteers Needed
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State Park Wilder Ranch
We're looking for volunteers to help feed and tend to the resident animals. Families are welcome!
Date: Every day


Wilder Ranch Farm Animal Program Volunteers Needed!

Do you love Wilder Ranch and have a big heart for animals? Then do we have the opportunity for you! The Wilder Ranch Farm Animal Program is looking for volunteers to help feed and tend to the resident animals.

  Families are welcome! Children between the ages of 6-18 are encouraged to volunteer as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian while volunteering.

This is a long term volunteer position as the animals grow very fond of their caretakers, with the minimum commitment being 6 months. There are several shifts available with morning and afternoon feedings.

Prior animal experience is a plus, but you will be thoroughly trained by Animal Program Coordinator Sunny Schacher on your duties as a caretaker, and introduced to the goats, sheep, chickens and other animals that reside on the ranch.

 

For more information, please contact Sunny at the
Wilder Ranch Visitor Center at (831) 426-0505.

If there is nobody available to pick up the phone, please leave a message for Sunny and she will return your call as soon as she is able.

 


Location: Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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