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Free Zoo Days for Children
FREE admission for all children age 14 and younger with adult paid admission
Every day (Jan 8-Jan 31)
Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map

(0 January 2018) SFZoo_PenguinsFree.jpgWe wanted to kick off 2018 with something big, that’s why we are excited to celebrate the New Year with a very special gift to the entire Bay Area.

 

From January 8-31, we are pleased to be offering families FREE admission for all children age 14 and younger with adult paid admission.

 

For many children, meeting a giraffe, bear or lion is the highlight of their year and we can’t think of a better way to start 2018 than with a Zoo visit.

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Ice skate by the sea!!
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Jan 7)
Admission Fees: $10 with ice skate rentals available for $5, or bring your own

(0 Nov 2017) IceSkating.jpgiSKATE Capitola glides into California's oldest seaside resort town for three weeks of unique winter fun.

 

Trade your flip-flops for ice skates and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at Santa Cruz County's first eco-friendly, synthetic ice rink, located in Esplanade Park, in front of the stage and overlooking Capitola Beach and the Monterey Bay.

 

 


Location: Esplanade Park , Capitola Village Map
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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo

Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups.

 

These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Curious Contraptions
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Exploratorium
A temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Jan 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Pier 15, which is on the Embarcadero at Green Street

(0 Nov 2017) Exloratorium_CuriousContraptions.jpgExplore small, surreal worlds at Curious Contraptions, a temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata. Like complex mechanical toys, these whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.

 

Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama reflecting its maker's worldview and sense of humor. Take a look at their exposed inner workings and investigate the low-tech mechanisms that make these automata move.

 

This year, Curious Contraptions features the varied viewpoints of artists including Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, and Fi Henshall, plus artist residencies with Zapata, Hernán Lira, and Noga Elhassid.

 

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Location: Pier 15, San Francisco Map
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Holiday Movies
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Beach Boardwalk
Free Christmas and Hanukkah movies
Date: Every day (Dec 14-Jan 7)
Admission Fees: Free

Classic holiday movies

Through Jan. 7, 2018 - 6pm-9pm at the Neptune's Stage (near the Pirate Ship) 

On outdoor screen near Ice Rink (More on skating here).

 

Admission free!

 

From Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk:

"Share the tradition of these nostalgic short films.

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
  • Frosty the Snowman (2000)
  • Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

"Thursday, Dec 14 watch Maccabees: The Story of Hanukkah will rotate 6pm-9pm."

 

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**


Location: Near Ice Rink, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-5590 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 1:30-5:30 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr Year-round
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Ice Skating
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Beach Boardwalk
Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
Date: Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
Admission Fees: Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental. $12

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.

 


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Cabinet of Curiosities Exhibition
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
An exhibition of the strange, weird, unusual, fantastic, and FUN objects we collect in our life's adventures.
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 15-Jan 28) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 Dec 2017) slvmus_CabinetCuriosities.jpgCabinet of Curiosities Exhibition

An exhibition of the strange, weird, unusual, fantastic, and FUN objects we collect in our life's adventures.

Have something unusual to share - what have you collected on your life's adventures? Something from a relative, bought on a trip, found in the yard, made at work - let us make this the most unusual collection of exhibited items - younger, older, and in-between-er's are encouraged to share their treasured possessions.

 

Contact slvmcollections@sbcglobal.net.

Opening Reception December 16, 2-4pm

This special holiday exhibition will be on display from Friday December 15 through January 28, 2018.


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Ice Skating at Circle of Palms
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San Jose Downtown
Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Jan 29)
Admission Fees: 15 10-under $17 11-older $10 bring your own skates

Downtown Ice is not only located in a spectacular setting - the Circle of Palms between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art. Basking in the glow of the iconic, only-in-San Jose ice rink are partners Hawaiian Airlines and Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who bring the aloha spirit and a lot of pizzazz to the rink

 

Our goal is to take care of all customers and make this ice rink the best skating experience anywhere.

 

If you've never been to the ice rink, here's what to expect, a step-by-step guide to ensure a cool Downtown Ice experience.

 

Downtown Ice is part of San Jose's Downtown for the Holidays traditions

 

Downtown Ice is located in the core of the South Bay's leading winter attractions and family friendly activities, which include the traditional Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland. Park once and make a day of it in downtown San Jose: dine, dance, laugh, and enjoy the spirit of the season swirling about you.

 

Parking is affordable and easy. Find $5 flat-rate parking after 6 p.m., seven nights a week in city-owned lots and garages. After 6 p.m. and all day Saturday, receive validation from a participating business and park the rest of the night for FREE in city-owned garages. Visit sjdowntownparking.com for more information.

 

November 17 - 18
Friday: 5 p.m. - midnight
Saturday: Noon - midnight

November 19 - 25
(Thanksgiving Week)
Sunday: Noon - 9 p.m.
Monday - Tuesday: 5 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. - midnight
Thursday/Thanksgiving: 2 p.m. - midnight
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - midnight


See website for January schedule


Location: 120 S. Market St., San Jose Map
Phone: (408) 610-4055 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

FREE First Friday 11am-4pm. Enjoy the Museum for FREE with your family on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit". Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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Library Aptos
A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


Trying to play with technology and getting frustrated? A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services: How to use free downloadable content available from your library in a number of formats (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming video) Introduction to SCPL databases (i.e. Consumer Reports, Community Information, etc...) Creating an email account Downloading and attaching files Word processing direction and support.

 

Drop-in weekly appointments, 20 minute slots available. To best support learning, please bring the following items: devices (i.e., laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones), necessary passwords (Google Play, App Store), and library card!

 

First-come, First-served. FREE

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Robo Sumo
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Library Scotts Valley
Try your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Jan 10) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 7 to 18

Robo Sumo

Try your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited to 20. E-mail pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831.427.7717 to register. For ages 7 to 18.

 

This is a twelve week series. NOT A DROP-IN PROGRAM. Registration begins August 1st 2017.


Location: Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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The quilts are back!
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Beautiful quilts on exhibit!
Date: Every day (Dec 11-Apr 15)
Admission Fees: Free - $5

(0 Dec 2017) Quilt-Flowers.jpgThe quilts are back!
The Museum has partnered with the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild for a new temporary exhibit, "Wildflowers Through a Quilter's Eyes," beginning with an opening reception on Monday, December 11th, from 6-8 p.m. This temporary exhibit will be on display through mid-April.


http://www.pgmuseum.org/.../wildflowers-through-a-quilters-ey...


Pictured are quilts from last year's reception.
#Quilts #Quilters #Monterey #PacificGrove

 


Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
Code Combat
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Library Central
Learn basic coding skills easily
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Dec 14) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time!


Additional Information

CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game. Our courses have been specifically playtested to excel in the classroom, even for teachers with little to no prior programming experience.

 

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707x7648 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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