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

A CO2 Souffle!

This Week's Lending Library Hours

Monday 10:30-2:30
Wednesday 11:30-1:30
Friday 12:00-2:00
Saturday 10:00-12:00

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


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.

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

* DLC Current News *

Things are winding down for our spring session.   Check out our summer schedule to see what's coming up in June.  Join us for classes and workshops on the brain, math games, Minecraft, world cultures, art, preschool events, and more!  A few time changes have started this week so check the times carefully!

Join the DLC for the summer and get the rest of May as part of your membership for free.  Sign up here!

The Santa Cruz Homeschool UnConference date has moved to Saturday, August 29th.  Sign up before June 15th to get the early-bird discounted rate.  

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.

Playground Games DIFFERENT TIME

Come learn playground games from around the world, including classics such as kickball, four square, tag, Red Rover, Simon Says, and many more.  Bring a bottle of water!
Ages 6 and up.

Activity Rating: Tangy
Leader: Julie and Julie


Minecraft Club NEW TIME

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

We're going to continue to host a weekly Family Game Night. 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

Thursday: 6:30-9:00pm
Activity level: Tangy
Leader: Amber-Leigh and Matthew and Heather

Paid Classes 

IEW Writing Classes with Kelly Clawson
Thursdays, 10:30am-1:30pm
Please contact Kelly at kelly@hiram.ws for more information.

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
Heddi Craft,
Aug 29, 2014, 3:12 PM