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.

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This Week's Lending Library Hours

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

Join the DLC

It's time to sign up for spring memberships!
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

Lego Club

Join our monthly Lego Club, a supportive gathering of local Lego-lovers. We meet the first Tuesday of the month at the DLC. Lego Club is not a formal class or lecture, just a place to build and share. Each month will have a build theme. We'll have post-it notes and pens, so everyone can write what they like about each other's creations. Come share your creations, discuss what you're working on, and build with friends. 
Ages: 7+, younger siblings welcome with parent supervision
Tuesday, March 3rd: 2:00-3:00pm
Leader: Sarah and Gareth
Activity Rating: Tangy

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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.

Active Numbers  

Exploring data and probability for ages 7-10.  We will jump, toss beanbags, roll dice, measure, compute averages, graph, and build. Computation will be done as a group, so no specific math skills needed to join in. We will need boxes or cardboard for the fourth class.  This is our last class. We will finish up the scale model of the room.  Please bring boxes.
Monday: 11-12
Leader: Melody
Activity Rating: Mellow to Tangy

History Through Literature  

Each month we will read a different fictional novel based in ancient times or the middle ages.  We will learn about the history of that time, share our own research, and discuss the book.  Ages 10-14.  See more details on our class web page.
Monday: 1-2pm
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Mellow
Occasional $1-2 materials fee


Exploring Geometry 

For ages 10 and up.  We will focus on area and volume in this 6 week series, both finding them experimentally and computing using formulas. Each student needs a ruler, protractor and compass (the circle drawing kind, try to get one that adjusts with a dial).
Small one time material fee. This is our last class.  We will look at cones and pyramids.
Monday: 2:30-3:30
Leader: Melody
Activity rating: Mellow

Creative Concoctions: Experiments, Crafts and Fun with Potions and Mixtures 

In this 6 week class participants will have the opportunity to mix safe, everyday materials, play with the results and develop creative thinking and an experimental mindset. $1 materials fee per class, parent help with clean up appreciated! This is our last class.  Ages 4-9
Meet in the Fireside Room
Monday: 2:30-3:30
Leader: Rebecca
Activity rating: Tangy

IOS and Moblie Developers Meetup

It is an opportunity to share what you are doing with mobile technology, and to learn what others are doing. The meeting is not a lecture, but more of a round table discussion to share what we want to share.  http://www.meetup.com/Santa-Cruz-Mobile-Developers/events/220497331/  RSVPs required through the linked MeetUp group.
Monday: 5:00-7:00pm
Leader: Glen Carl

Playground Games

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.

Wednesday: 12:00-12:45
Activity Rating: Tangy
Leader: Julie and Julie

Early Modern Times History Club

Weekly history club for kids approximately ages 7-10 and their parents. We will be using Story of the World, Pt. 3, Early Modern Times as our guide and we request that you purchase or borrow the book and read the indicated chapters as noted on our class page before attending if possible. At each meeting, we will spend 10-20 minutes on a focused discussion of the reading and then we'll do art, projects, and games related to the readings each week.  Please wear clothes that can get dirty. 

Wednesday: 1:00-2:00
Activity Rating: Tangy
Leader: Heddi
Material Fee: $1-2:00 per child, depending on the weekly activity

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.
Wednesday: 2:30-4:30pm
Leader: Heather
Activity Rating: Tangy 


Using Ellen McHenry's textbook Botany, over 9 weeks we will be reading the chapters,  viewing video resources and some activities at home and doing  more activities, labs, games and cooking in class to further in depth learning.
No drop-ins. Class size is limited. Pre-registration required. Ages 10-14
Leader: Heather
Activity Rating: Mellow

Preschool Mornings February

Explore the alphabet, sing songs, messy crafts, story time, and other preschool experiences, including lots of free play.  Especially for ages 2-5 and their younger siblings.  RSVP required.
Friday: 10:30-12
Leaders: Rebecca, Stephie, and Barbara
Activity Rating: Tangy
Materials fee: $1 per class day

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

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