Welcome to the DLC!

The Discovery Learning Center of Santa Cruz is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that provides learning resources to preschool, homeschool, and traditionally schooled families. The core of our mission is to provide a location and resources for pre-K through 8th grade family learning.

The Discovery Learning Center
Come on in! On any given day, you will find parents browsing our shelves and asking for advice on curriculum. You will find a club of avid readers sitting in a circle and passionately discussing l
iterature. You will find young children exploring paint colors, or older children learning to paint in the style of van Gogh. You’ll find a mom leading a discussion of history or a professional teacher doing hands-on science experiments.

The DLC is there for you: explore our website to learn about our library, classes, clubs, and events.

Just a reminder, all attendees to DLC activities must have a membership form on file in order to participate. We offer a free, basic membership to all interested families.

Additionally, the DLC is not a drop off program. If you wish to leave the DLC campus while your child is participating in a class, activity, or club, then you must arrange for another parent or caregiver who will be staying on campus to supervise your child.

 Fun at the DLC

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This Week's Lending Library Hours

Monday 12:00-2:00
Wednesday 12:00-2:00
Friday 12:00-2:00

Join the DLC

It's time to sign up for summer! 
A DLC membership also makes a great eco-friendly gift!
Click on Join to sign up for a lending library or supporting membership.

Coming Events


2015 Family Concert Series

Next Concert: Singing Wood Marimba, Saturday, August 8th4-5pm

If you have lived in Santa Cruz for any amount of time, you have probably heard marimba music being played along Pacific Avenue. Who can help but dance to this beautiful instrument played in the Zimbabewean Shona style. Come experience this joyful music with your whole family!
Learn more about Singing Wood Marimba at:

How to Homeschool Pre-conference Workshop

Are you about to embark on your first year of homeschooling?  We'll talk about the legal ways to homeschool in California, explore the different styles of homeschooling, and talk about resources available in the community for homeschoolers.  We'll also spend some time discussing how to clarify your individual family's goals and needs.  

Date: Friday, August 216:00-8:30pm
Free with registration to the Santa Cruz Homeschool Unconference or a supporting membership to the DLC, $5-10 suggested donation for all others

Unconference Film Showing-- Class Dismissed

Friday, August 28, 2015    6:30-9:30pm

We are very excited to announce that we will kick off our second annual unconference on Friday night with a special showing of the film Class Dismissed and a Q&A session with the director Jeremy Stuart. Class Dismissed showcases a growing trend in alternative education strategies that are working for many families across America.

Those registered for the conference may attend for free and we are requesting a $5-10 donation/family for all other to help us pay for the space and Jeremy's travel expenses. Tell your friends and please join us for this special event!

Santa Cruz Homeschool Unconference

Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 29, 2015    9am-4:30pm

Our second annual participatory homeschool conference!  Join us for informal, collaborate conference sessions and activities for the whole family!  Learn more and register today.

* DLC Current News *

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the DLC and see Oren and the Hiccups yesterday and mark your calendar for our next summer concert onSaturday, August 8th at 4:00pm when we welcome the Singing Wood Marimba.  Come experience this joyful music with your whole family!

By the way, there are only 34 days until the Santa Cruz Homeschool Unconference.  If you haven't registered yet, do so today and if you have an idea for a session for adults or children/families add it to our Unconference Wiki.  Also, check out our great new addition to the Unconference-- a showing of the film Class Dismissed on Friday night!

Free Classes

Our workshops are free to supporting members.  We request a $2-$5 (sliding scale based on what you're comfortable with) donation per family for each class day of all others to help support the DLC.  Some classes have an additional materials fee listed in the class description.

Children Just Like Me: Material World

No class this week.


World Repair Club Planning Day

What can kids and families do to make the world a better place?  What can we do to help others who have a need for food, shelter, clothing, water, or education?  This week at our World Repair Club Planning Day, we'll prepare for our event day focused on homelessness in Santa Cruz County. 
Ages 7 and up for planning days and all ages welcome on event days.  Adult helpers always needed!
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Mellow to Tangy on Planning Days, Tangy to Spicy on Event Days
Materials fee:  donations and other support needed on Event Days


Math Games

Come play with us. Different math inspired games each week. Geometry, Combinatorial Game Theory , computation.
Ages 5-15 (some weeks all will play the same game, others I'll have older and younger options)
Leader: Melody
Activity Rating: Tangy


Minecraft Club

This club is open to all ages. Participants should have Minecraft pre-loaded on their computer and a valid Minecraft license. The iPad app won't work with the full version, so children using the app will not be able to share worlds with laptop users, though they can share with each other. Visit http://minecraft.net for information.
Leader: Heather
Activity Rating: Tangy 


Family Game Night

Family Game Night will continue through the summer. All ages are invited. Amber will run games for elementary and middle school age, Matt will run games for high school and beyond (RPG and CCG are options, if desired). Parents can teach their wee little ones rules to beginner games. No registration is required, but if we get over 12 families, we will need to utilize the outdoor area, so please dress and wear bug spray accordingly. Feel free to bring dinner, but no eating while actively playing. Questions can be sent to amber@bayareafreeschool.org
Leaders:  Amber-Leigh and Matthew and Heather
Activity Rating: Tangy


Paid Classes 


No paid classes at this time.


DLC Activity Ratings

Mellow- this activity is calm and tends to be focused and/or structured, good for sensitive kids

Tangy- this activity is a mix of calm and high energy periods, good for kids who can focus for short periods of time but also like to get up and move around

Spicy- this activity is high energy with a lot going on, good for kids who like to be busy and active

Subpages (1): Unconference Wiki