The Santa Cruz Mission: Open the Door to History

Mission Santa CruzMost of us who either grew up or are raising kids in California have some memory of doing a California Mission project in elementary school. We remember driving with our families to the closest Mission, snapping pictures and wandering around the chapels, building replicas, and, of course, the glue. So much glue.

When I realized that Santa Cruz had its own piece of state history in the form of the Mission Santa Cruz, I knew I had to check it out, and it didn’t disappoint.

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Create Your Summer at the Art Factory

Art Factory, Aptos
Calling all young artists!

Kids ages 4-12 can enjoy their summer painting, sculpting, collaging, and making new friends at The Art Factory in Aptos.

Home to some of the best art classes in the county, The Art Factory offers a variety of summer day camps Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm.

Each week features a unique theme, with separate classes for preschool and elementary age kids.  This year’s themes include birds, sea creatures, sewing, painting and printmaking, crafts, and more. Kids learn new skills in a safe, non-competitive environment.

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At The Boardwalk, You’ll Be Having Some Fun: Your Guide to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the red ‘60s chevy convertible of amusement parks — it’s vintage, cool, stylish, colorful.

It’s great for a date, family, or friends.  It looks good right by the ocean, and it still runs great.

There’s only one real difference: the Boardwalk opened way before those convertibles came out.  It was founded in 1907, making it the oldest amusement park operating in California today.  As it was then, admission remains free today, and attractions are comparatively affordable.

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