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Community Open House
Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
Every day (Dec 1-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map

 

Schooling Pacific sardines in the Open Sea exhibit

Community Open House

    Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during our annual Community Open House. Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

To show appreciation for our local community, we're offering a variety of special promotions throughout 2018 to residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties (valid identification required). Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

 

All offers are valid on site only. Guests of local tri-county residents must pay regular admission prices.

 

Free admission is good during regular aquarium hours,! from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

 

Guests from outside Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County - including relatives or friends of local residents - can accompany local residents, but will be charged regular admission fees.

 

Community Open House is made possible in part by the support of our Business Partners.

 

For general aquarium information including daily program schedules, visit www.montereybayaquarium.org or call (831) 648-4800. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey.

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Gingerbread House Workshops
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Marini's
Hurry, spots sell out fast! Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 23)
Admission Fees: $50/gingerbread house
Special Instructions: Classes 11/24 - 12/23

(0 A November 2018) Marinis_GWorkshops2018.jpgGingerbread House Workshops

For kids of all ages! Beautiful gingerbread houses that you design and create.

 

Our popular Gingerbread Workshops are back again this year! New dates and times added! Visit us on line at www.mariniscandies.com to sign up! Classes fill quickly!

 

Classes fill quickly so call to reserve your spot.

 

Dates 11/24 - 12/23

 

Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!


Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423.3299 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Preschool Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-8621 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Google Science Fair
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Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Dec 12)


Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.

 

You can sign up starting September 13th 2018 by visiting googlesciencefair.com and clicking on the Start your project button. If you're not sure where to start, you can get help by taking a look at our Student resources and checking out some out some of our previous winners.

 

 

This competition is open to full-time and home-schooled students around the world, between ages of 13 and 18 (these ages are slightly different in a few countries like Israel, South Korea and Europe). See the Official Rules for more details.


You can win amazing prizes.

 

Submissions close December 12th, 2018

Global finalists announced May 2019


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Coffee and Q&A @ Expedition Academy
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Expedition Academy Santa Cruz
Come Meet the Founders!
Date: 11/08/2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: Parents of middle schoolers Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: This is a Parent Coffee, there are no planned activities for younger children.

(0 A October 2018) Expedition_QandA.jpgDrop by the Expedition Academy Santa Cruz studio. Meet the founders and learn about our program.

 

This Q&A is intended for parents of middle school-aged children who want to learn more about how we have changed the middle school experience.


Location: 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 854-7125 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
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 October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

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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
Pathways Through Our Parks
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Meet the Artist: December 7th, 6-8pm. Free to the public.
Date: Every day (Oct 5-Jan 6) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages

Pathways Through Our Parks,Paintings of Parks in Santa Cruz County by Ann Elizabeth Thiermann

October 5, 2018 - January 6, 2019

(0 A September 2018) Thiermann-Manresa.jpgAnn Thiermann's series of pastel and acrylic paintings invite the viewer to visually linger over the flora and fauna along the pathways of our extraordinarily diverse parks in Santa Cruz County. From river to sea, chaparral to marsh, and rustic to urban, creatures both wild and domestic, marine and terrestrial, historic and contemporary inhabit her park pathways in a variety of seasonal and weather conditions.

 

Explore these iconic Santa Cruz views and discover them for yourself in our abundant parks and open spaces.

 

Opening Reception for Members: October 5th, 6-8pm
Meet the Artist: December 7th, 6-8pm. Free to the public.

 

About the Artist:

Ann Elizabeth Thiermann, MFA is inspired by living, hiking, and painting in beautiful Santa Cruz County. Her creativity is fueled by her artistic family, Sylvie, the studio cat, her folk dancing friends, teaching and leading art trips abroad. In addition to painting landscapes and murals, daily joy comes from swimming, camping, and visiting the farmer's market and working in her garden. Movement in her art is reinforced by her time playing organ, piano and harpsichord as a church musician.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Curious Contraptions
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Exploratorium, Pier 15
A whimsical winter exhibition where small sculptures are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and
Date: Every day (Nov 8-Jan 20) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A November 2018) Exporatorium_CuriousContraptions_mermaid.jpgThe Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception-a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.


Celebrate the opening of Curious Contraptions, our whimsical winter exhibition where small sculptures are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.

 

VIDEO Sneak Peek!

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:
→ Pairings: Cooking Contraptions With Loretta Keller, Clay Reynolds, Jerrel KeyAuthor, and Julie Yu
7:00 p.m. | Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

→ Building Contraptions With Simone Giertz
8:00 p.m. | Kanbar Forum

→ Commercial-Grade Contraptions With Tinker Kitchen
6:30-9:30 | Gallery 4

→ Trash Automata
With Keith Newstead and Explorables
7:00-10:00 | Tinkering Studio, Gallery 2

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More info: 18+, Free for AFTER DARK members
To become a member, please visit https://www.exploratorium.edu/membership/afterdark


Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 528-4444 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
SUDS: The Rocking 60'S Musical Soap Opera
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Jewel Theatre Co
SUDS is loaded with good clean fun, bubbling energy and over 50 well-known songs that topped the charts in the 1960s
Date: Every day (Nov 7-Dec 2)
Admission Fees: $27/$50

(0 A November 2018) SUDS-60s-Rock-Musical.jpgSUDS: The Rocking 60'S Musical Soap Opera

This high energy, hilarious musical tells the story of a down on her luck laundress named Cindy and the colorful guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love.

 

SUDS is loaded with good clean fun, bubbling energy and over 50 well-known songs that topped the charts in the 1960s, including "Please Mr. Postman," "Johnny Angel," "Chapel of Love," "Walk on By," and "RESPECT."

 

SUDS has toured the country, receiving rave reviews and breaking box office records, so invite some friends and get ready for an incredibly fun night of theatre.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS

 


Location: The Colligan Theater, 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Buffalo Bill & California
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A dynamic lecture with vintage posters and photographs illuminating the remarkable legacy of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody - fr
Date: 11/08/2018 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Writer and historian Gregory Hinton will present a a dynamic lecture with vintage posters and photographs illuminating the remarkable legacy of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody - frontiersman, scout and world famous showman. Hinton's talk will underscore Cody's deep ties to the Golden State.

 

(0 A November 2018) Library_BuffaloBill.jpgFrom 1877 through 1916 Cody's bond with California was strong, including statewide tours in multiple cities stretching from Oakland to San Diego. Buffalo Bill visited Santa Cruz in 1910, 1914 and 1915. This program is offered courtesy of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW) in Cody, Wyoming. It was created in celebration of the 2017 Buffalo Bill Centennial.

ABOUT GREGORY HINTON
Gregory Hinton is a writer, historian and lecturer. Hinton consults with among this nation's finest western museums and historical institutions and lectures around the country. Hinton holds a 2009 Residency at Wyoming's Ucross Foundation and a 2011 Buffalo Bill Center of the West Resident Fellowship.

 

His play, Waiting for a Chinook, received its world premiere at the 2013 Snowy Range Summer Theatre Festival in Laramie. In 2015, Hinton was appointed Associate Editor of the Papers of William F. Cody for his abstract, "Out West with Buffalo Bill." Gregory Hinton was honored to offer the keynote at the General Assembly of the 2016 Western Museums Association Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

 

Gregory has been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, multiple NPR affiliates, and metro and community newspapers throughout the West. A proud Wyoming son, Hinton takes equal pride in his adopted state of California, dividing his efforts between both.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Origami for Peace with Nate and Drew
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Origami for Peace with Nate and Drew
Date: Every 2 weeks on Th (Aug 5-Nov 30) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st and 3rd Sundays

(0 A July 2018) Library_origamipeace.jpgCome learn to fold origami out of recycled paper or just come to hone your skills with Drew Glover and Origami Master Nathaniel Kennedy. Folding instruction will be centered around the crane, but other styles will be available for people to learn once they master the crane fold.

 

Join community members the first and third Sundays of the month as we gather to share our intentions of compassion, unity and peace in our world. This event is all ages and free to the public.

This on-going event repeats every 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. The location for 1st Sundays is the upstairs meeting room. The location for 3rd Sundays is a table on 1st floor area.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Christmas Goose Boutique
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Christmas Goose Boutique
Celebrating 38 years of holiday decorations and gifts
Date: Every day (Nov 7-Nov 10)


The Christmas Goose Boutique was started 36 years ago this holiday season at a home in Saratoga. As, the show grew it was moved to the Saratoga Foothill Club where it stayed for the next sixteen years. The show soon became a community event for the Saratoga and Los Gatos area.


We do a "blended setup" instead of booths so we may show the merchandise in themes or styles, which our customers seem to enjoy. Come and taste our homemade foods and hug the handmade dolls, touch the quilts, smile at the decorations, antiques and other collectibles.

 

Held at the Historic History Club of Los Gatos. Parking permitted in residential area. Side parking lot has disabled parking, customer drop off and merchandise pick up.

 

Invitation Night Wednesday November 8, 5 PM - 8 PM

Open To The Public  Wednesday November 7 5 PM - 8 PM Opening Night


Open To The Public
Thursday November 8 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday November 9 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday November 10 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday November 11 10 AM - 3 PM


Location: History Club of Los Gatos, 123 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 629-4812 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Coffee Talk and Crafts
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State Park Big Basin
Introduction to the park and figuring out the right trail for you!
Date: Every Su, Th and Sa (Nov 3-Nov 24)
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See different times

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, November 3 from 9am to noon

Sunday, November 11 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Thursday, November 22 from 10am to 1pm

Saturday, November 24 from 10am to 1pm

Come to the Sempervirens Room next to park headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. Docents will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity! For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Day use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Six Characters in Search of an Author
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Kirby School
An intellectual comedy exploring other realities and relationships
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Nov 8-Nov 11)
Ages: All ages

(0 A October 2018) Kirby_six-characters.jpgFall Play: Six Characters in Search of an Author

"Six Characters In Search Of an Author," written by Luigi Pirandello, a Nobel Prize-winning playwright, and adapted by MarNae Taylor and Donna Johansen, takes place in a theatre where a rehearsal is happening, and six mysterious strangers appear. An intellectual comedy exploring other realities and relationships, the strangers explain that they are characters created for a play that the author never got around to writing. They are trapped in an eternal present unless they can persuade the theatre director to stage their drama. The director and actors resist but agree to hear their story. 

 

Dates and place are November 8th-10th at 7:30 and the 11th at 2:00 Center Stage in Santa Cruz.

 


Location: Center Stage, 1001 Center Street , Santa Cruz Map
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Navigating the Teen Years
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting
Date: Every Th (Oct 4-Nov 15) from 6:30am to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $80 per person -- $120 couples special
Special Instructions: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for group rates and scholarships

Navigating the Teen Years

This 8-week (16-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of teens and tweens) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include the adolescent brain, social-emotional learning, seeking identity, belonging, and significance, the essential role of parents during this very challenging time, mutual respect, establishing and upholding limits around screentime, connection before correction, power struggles, and talking with your kids about sex and drugs.   

 

Thursdays, October 4th - November 15th, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  ONE OF THE CLASS SERIES SESSIONS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, FROM 10AM-12PM.


Facilitated by Kenza Temsamani, Certified Positive Discipline Educator
$80 per person -- $120 couples special -- $40 per person if taken as a refresher. $20 for the PD book which is sold separately and is optional.

 

Call 831-476-7284 x107 for scholarships, specials, and other info

 

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Location: Harbor High, 300 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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Legos at Garfield Park
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Library Garfield Park
Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more!
Date: Every Th (Oct 4-May 30) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

(0 A October 2018) Library_Garfield_Legos.jpgLEGO @ Garfield Park from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more! Come to the Garfield Park Library every Thursday and have fun with Lego's.

 

During each month, we will introduce Botley Robots and Makey Makey circuit creator. Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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CodeCombat at Aptos Branch Library
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CodeCombat at Aptos Branch Library
Date: Every Th (Sep 6-Apr 27) from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

(0 A Aug 2018) CodeCombatImage.jpgSCPL'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! Ages 8-18. Gamers will create teams by age.

 

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
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