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Holiday Ice Skating
Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map

Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition - ice skating at the Boardwalk!

Festivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach - on Real Ice!
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations
  • Boardwalk Rides* & Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Classic Holiday Movies

Schedule

November 11 - December 24, 2017, and January 2 - 7, 2018

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm

Ice Skating

Our new 40' x 60' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

$12

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Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

(Online reservations coming in November)

 

*Please call (831) 423-5590 the day of your visit to confirm which rides and games are open.

 

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Campus Tour
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Mount Madonna School
Come visit Mount Madonna School
Date: 10/18/2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All with school-age children Admission Fees: Free

Small classes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring hands-on science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology studies on Catalina Island, buddy program, visual and performing arts. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonna.org


Location: Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Art & Play in Pre & K!
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Mount Madonna School
Preschool and Kindergarten Fun Activities
Date: 10/25/2017 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Toddlers, preschool & kinders Admission Fees: Free

Parents of toddler, preschool and kindergarten age children are invited to come for a morning of activities
and fun experiences with your child(ren) at the Mount Madonna School Preschool and Kindergarten.


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Gault Halloween-DIa de los Muertos Parade
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Gault Elementary School
Celebrate Fall at the Annual Gault Elementary Halloween - Da de los Muertos Parade & Carnival
Date: 10/28/2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Gault Elementary School invites all of Santa Cruz to put on costumes and join us for our annual fall celebration. Festivities begin with a Costume Parade down Soquel Avenue and culminate with a fun-filled Carnival on the school grounds of Gault Elementary. Carnival will feature games, food, prizes, music, and trophies for the best home-made costumes! Come join us for good old-fashioned spooky fun!

9:00 a.m. Costume Parade Participants (all are invited to march in parade!) assemble at the corner of N. Branciforte & Soquel in front of The Buttery

9:30 a.m. Costume Parade begins at the corner of N. Branciforte & Soquel, turns right on Seabright, and ends at Gault Elementary School

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Carnival: Games, face painting, cakewalk, sugar skull decorating, & more!


Location: Gault Elementary School, 1320 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-3856 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Open House for Prospective Families
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Kirby School
Where Students are Seen, Heard, and Appreciated
Date: 11/04/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: for grades 5-12 Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Reservations are appreciated but not required

Join us at our Open House on Saturday, November 4th at 1pm to experience first-hand our kind and caring community of engaged learners. Learn about our world-class college prep program, visit our audio-engineering, dance, and arts studios. Meet some of the student athletes who compete on our teams, and learn about the many ways we respond to each student's individual strengths and interests in classes averaging 12 students.


Location: Kirby School, 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0658 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Kindergarten Visit Day
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Gateway School
Gateway School Kindergarten Visit Day
Date: 11/04/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) Gateway_KVisit.jpgPlease join us for our Kindergarten Visit Day. Gateway School's exceptional kindergarten program will be on display for prospective parents during our annual Kindergarten Visit Day.

 

You and your child will meet the kindergarten faculty and explore the kindergarten classrooms, and experience hands-on activities.


Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Fall Open House
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Mount Madonna School
Discover Mount Madonna
Date: 11/05/2017 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: PreK - 12th Grade

Open House at Mount Madonna School. Sunday, November 5, 11:00am,

featuring hands-on science and a conversation caf—ź. MMS has small class sizes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, a Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring project-based science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology and oceanography studies on Catalina Island, national and international travel, mixed-grade buddy program, visual and performing arts and more.

 

Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or benna.dimig@mountmadonnaschool.org.

 

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Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
FILL THE GOODWILL TRUCK - GATEWAY SCHOOL'S 8TH GRADE WASHINGTON
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Gateway School
FILL THE GOODWILL TRUCK - GATEWAY SCHOOL'S 8TH GRADE WASHINGTON DC FUNDRAISER
Date: Every day (Nov 3-Nov 5) from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Mark your calendar for Friday - Sunday, Nov 3 - Nov 5 from 9am -3pm.

Please help the 8th Graders raise funds for Washington DC by bringing your unwanted items to fill up the Goodwill truck! The truck will be located at Gateway School's back parking lot on W. Cliff Dr/Pelton

ABLE TO ACCEPT:

• Clothing, linens
• Shoes, boots, purses, belts, and jewelry
• Household items - dishes, glassware, utensils, lamps and small appliances
• Books, textbooks, CD's, video's, DVD's, games
• Sporting goods
• Computers, computer software and computer equipment
• Electronics - such as TV's, radios, stereos, and phones


Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Natural Bridges Children's Center Open House
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Natural Bridges Children's Center
Inspiring Children, Creating Community, Building Bridges
Date: 11/11/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Preschool

(0 July 2017) NBCC_KarynAllieJonnie.jpgBring the family and come join us in celebrating our Grand Opening-Open House Saturday November 11th from 10-12pm.

 

Visit our Play & 'Inquiry Based Learning' preschool a block from West Cliff Drive on the iconic site of the previous Natural Bridges Elementary School.

 

We look forward to sharing our Mission, Vision, & Philosophy and to watching the children play, smile, & explore to their hearts content.

 

Our team of experienced & loving educators have been committed to, and working in the field of early childhood education for over three decades. We have studied with the many legends before us who have paved the way for children's rights and for preschool teacher advocacy. We carry this torch with a deep passion. Our love of child development and of building community drives our belief that all human beings can grow, learn, & prosper, and that we can all live peacefully in this world.


Informed by brain research, we understand that deep learning begins in the early years and it is during these years that compassion for self and others, growth mindsets for learning, and a respect for mother earth are cultivated.


Our team is dedicated to helping young learners develop a love for the environment, a sense of empathy, and the appropriate skills to navigate through any challenge! With these foundations, all academic learning can flourish.


We specialize in creating a caring and inclusive environment where families and children support one another. It is our hope that through the building of bridges between home, school, the community, and local and state agencies, we can create a ‘safe village' to raise healthy and happy children!


We invite you to share in our joy.


Location: Natural Bridges Children's Cente, 255 Swift St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-6222 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
A fun way to teach your child life skills
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SPIN
Don't miss SPIN's upcoming workshop "PRT: A fun way to teach your child life skills."
Date: 11/16/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Don't miss SPIN's upcoming workshop "PRT: A fun way to teach your child life skills." Pivotal Response Treatment is a way of implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) in a playful way in order to teach your child with Autism or other developmental disabilities how to engage in social skills.

If you want to learn more join us Thursday, November 16.


Location: 85 tNielson S, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-423-7713 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Walk Through the Grades
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Come See Why Waldorf Works
Date: 11/16/2017 from 8:30am to 10:30am


Join us for a guided tour through the grades classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students' individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 824-2161 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Robin Hood
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Alternative Family Education
Come cheer Robin and his gang in their quest for social justice.
Date: 11/18/2017
Admission Fees: $6 youth, $8 adult, at the door $10

(0 Nov 2017) RobinHood.jpgRobin Hood 2 pm. Join Alternative Family Education's 3rd - 6th graders for an exciting performance of this classic tale!

 

Come cheer Robin and his gang in their quest for social justice.

 

Performs at the Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz. Box Office and Will Call open 1 hour before show. Advance tickets ($6 youth, $8 adult) available at the AFE Resource Center (185 Benito Ave, Santa Cruz) Mon-Fri 10 - 3pm. At the door $10. 


Location: Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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The Smithsonian Is Coming!
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, b
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Oct 14-Nov 26)


(0 Sept 2017) SLV_HometownTeamsExhibition.jpgThe Smithsonian Is Coming!

Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, build up our communities, and support each other.

 

Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.


Opening Reception Oct 14, 2-4pm

 

 


Location: 12547 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek Map
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Art & Play in Pre & K!
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Mount Madonna School
Preschool and Kindergarten Fun Activities
Date: 11/29/2017 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Toddlers, preschool & kinders Admission Fees: Free

Parents of toddler, preschool and kindergarten age children are invited to come for a morning of activities
and fun experiences with your child(ren) at the Mount Madonna School Preschool and Kindergarten.


Location: Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •websitecreate a direct event link
School Day Tours at Gateway School
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Gateway School
Prospective families are invited to tour Gateway School's campus.
Date: 12/05/2017 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Prospective families are invited to tour Gateway School's campus to see firsthand how our program inspires children to become passionate scholars and compassionate citizens. Enjoy our engaging classrooms in action while meeting students, parents, and our Head of School!

Gateway School is an independent K-8 academically challenging Progressive school. Our education is rooted in play, creativity, and critical thinking. During their time at Gateway, students develop self-confidence, communication and collaborative skills. We value a love of learning and encourage our students to become compassionate and responsible citizens. Gateway has long been a leader in innovative learning techniques - it was the first school in Santa Cruz to establish a Life Lab, the first to build a Maker's Space, and the first to institute a mindfulness program.


Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314230341 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Middle School Info Night at Gateway School
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Gateway School
Prospective families are invited to learn about our exceptional middle school.
Date: 12/07/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Prospective families are invited to learn about how our exceptional middle school prepares adolescents to succeed in high school and beyond.. Don't miss this once-a-year event! Come hear from the talented middle school team of teachers, meet our students, and hear from alumni.

Gateway School is an independent K-8 academically challenging Progressive school. Gateway School prepares middle school students for future success by offering challenging academics, teaching critical thinking and encouraging responsibility in local and global communities. Students develop self-confidence and collaborative skills, explore their creativity, and improve their communication. Our graduates have a strong sense of social justice and environmental sustainability, and are well prepared to succeed in the most competitive high schools and colleges.


Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314230341 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Campus Tour
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Mount Madonna School
Come visit Mount Madonna School
Date: 12/08/2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All with school-age children Admission Fees: Free

Small classes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring hands-on science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology studies on Catalina Island, buddy program, visual and performing arts. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonna.org


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Winter Faire
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Winter forest walk, Model Trains, Bonfire with chestnuts, Seasonal Crafts, Shopping, Food & Music
Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: None

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Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314250519 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Morning in the Preschool
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Join us for Morning in the Preschool
Date: 12/16/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Parents and their young children who will be 2 years 6 months old in September are warmly invited to join us in experiencing our preschool program


Location: Santa Cruz Waldorf School, 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-0519 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Walk Through the Grades
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Come See Why Waldorf Works
Date: 01/18/2018 from 8:30am to 10:30am


Join us for a guided tour through the grades classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students' individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 824-2161 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Walk Through the Grades
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Come See Why Waldorf Works
Date: 02/01/2018 from 8:30am to 10:30am


Join us for a guided tour through the grades classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students' individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 824-2161 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Walk Through the Grades
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Come See Why Waldorf Works
Date: 03/08/2018 from 8:30am to 10:30am


Join us for a guided tour through the grades classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students' individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 824-2161 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Walk Through the Grades
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Come See Why Waldorf Works
Date: 03/22/2018 from 8:30am to 10:30am


Join us for a guided tour through the grades classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students' individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 824-2161 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Walk Through the Grades
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Come See Why Waldorf Works
Date: 04/19/2018 from 8:30am to 10:30am


Join us for a guided tour through the grades classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students' individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 824-2161 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Nov 1-May 1)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out. We will pair your student with a student host with similar interests. Together they will experience a "day in the life" at Kirby. They will attend classes together, hang out with other Kirby students, and enjoy lunch with their host and some of their friends.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202.

Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0658 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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