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Sign up now for a summer full of fun

Zee and I have a routine on Friday mornings. We eat, dress and then make our way to the car for her early morning meeting with mats and trampolines at Depot Park. She loves the balls and the padded ramps she can roll down. I love watching her and knowing that this class — Tumbling Gymnastics — cost only $29 for four hour-long sessions of fun thanks to our local Parks and Recreation Department.

Both Santa Cruz and Monterey offer a variety of classes and summer camps for infants to adults for fairly reasonable prices. Their summer schedules are currently available as online PDFs and online registration has begun.

Imagine your 13- to 18-year-old spending a week in Santa Cruz producing a television show ($150 residents, $190 non-residents) or your 11- to 18-year-old learning to play in a rock band during a 10 day class ($175 residents, $275 non-residents). Monterey kids ages 7 to 12 can learn to cook during Kids Kitchen Caper ($36 residents, $47 non-residents) or ages 8 to 12 can revamp Vintage Jewelry ($20 residents, $26 non-residents).

For the artistically inclined, there are children’s classes in photography, painting, pottery, clay, etc. Kids with an outdoor bent might want to be signed up for camps and classes in rock climbing, kayaking or outdoor paddling. Sports lovers have choices between basketball, volleyball, soccer, martial arts and more. There are also toddler classes in ballet, circus yoga and baby dance.

A variety of city-sponsored summer camps exist with themes ranging from beach-centered play to learning how to explore. Prices range from $160 for Santa Cruz residents for a 2-week (10-day) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Super Camp to $440 for the 20-day 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Camp Cruz. In Monterey, week-long summer camp sessions run from $150 to $260.  In Santa Cruz, any child signed up for summer camp must have a copy of their birth certificate filed with the Parks and Recreation office.

Most classes start mid-June, so now is the time to get signed up for a summer full of fun.

WHAT: Summer Classes/Camps with Monterey Recreation & Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
AGE RANGE: All ages
MORE INFORMATION: Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation (831-420-5270) & Monterey Recreation (831-646-3866)

Illustration courtesy of the City of Santa Cruz.

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