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.
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.
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Thank to to all those who joined us for the first of our first event of the Family Concert Series with the Banana Slug String Band! We had a great time and raised funds to support the DLC. The next concert is on with Oren and the Hiccups so mark your calendar!
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.
We will be approaching cultural geography from a more mature perspective, using the fantastic book Material World but still playing games, dancing and songs, doing crafts, and eating food to further understanding of the various cultures. Children are encouraged (but not required) to do additional projects, reports, whatever interests them about the country or culture, (especially current events) and present it to the group. Every week a family (or two) volunteers to bring traditional food from the country we are studying. I am looking for enthusiastic kids to participate, who want to be there for the fun of it, not because their parents are making them. Please RSVP to me at email@example.com if you are planning to attend (so I'll know how much stuff to get together). Occasional materials fee.
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 we are hosting a bake sale downtown to increase awareness about hunger and raise money for Heifer International. Please come and support us! We plan to be at the corner of Cooper and Pacific Ave. near O'Neill Surf Shop. If you can't make it to the bake sale and want to support us, please contribute to our team page at Heifer International.
How do brains work? How do people think thoughts? We'll use hands-on activities to explore language, memory, perception, and more. Group discussion will be part of this class; best for kids who can focus and listen to others. Parent participation welcome if your child is interested but may need a little help focusing. Ages: 7-11 Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Come play with us. Different math inspired games each week. Geometry, Combinatorial Game Theory , computation.
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.
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 email@example.com
Beginning Figure Drawing for approximately ages 10+. Pre-registration required by.
Learn basic art terms and get familiar with graphite and charcoal. Learn to form a realistic figure, proportionate face and body, create a self portrait and practice drawing the human form with local artist Leah Mastilock. We'll view and discuss different styles of portraits by famous artists, begin shading, lighting, and other techniques to becoming a better artist, experiment, and most of all, have fun!
All materials provided.
Activity rating: Mellow
Leader: Leah Mastilock
Cost: $90 per child
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Minimum 5 kids
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