Arts and crafts programs are among the kids' offerings by the Santa Cruz parks system this summer.
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Recreation & Sports

Fun for kids is back: Santa Cruz Parks and Rec announces summer activity lineup

Youth summer camps and fun classes are making a comeback in Santa Cruz. The city parks department has announced a long list of activities. Here’s how to sign up.

After enduring what felt like a year of no fun at all, Santa Cruz kids can look forward to a slew of fun summer activities hosted by City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation.

Registration for summer parks programs will begin next month, city parks officials announced Monday, and kids and parents alike can browse programs through this online activity guide.

Returning offerings include junior lifeguard classes on the beach, baseball and skateboard camps, SUP/kayak camp, classes in the arts and sciences, and plenty of games throughout.

“We’re excited to come back to normal and offer the activities that parents and children love,” recreation Supervisor Summer Lange sad, noting that the Junior and Little Guards program, where kids train to be lifeguards, is usually the most popular, though the skateboarding camp has also gained a following over the years.

Registration begins Saturday, May 1, at 8 a.m. for residents, and 10 a.m. for non-residents. City residents also receive discounted prices, and are eligible to apply for scholarships (the deadline for that is April 23 at 5 p.m.).

All interested registrants are advised to check their accounts, or create a new one, ahead of time to ensure they can sign up for classes as soon as registration begins, as many programs are expected to fill up fast.

“We’ve been taking calls from parents all morning since we released our activity guide,” Lange said. “People are eager to get back out there.”

Staff are available to answer questions and help with registration at (831) 420-5270.