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.

 Fun at the DLC

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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


The Santa Cruz Homeschool Unconference

Get ready for our second annual participatory homeschool conference coming on Saturday, August 22nd!  Mark your calendars and watch this space for more information!


* DLC Current News *

Have an idea for a class or club you would like to host at the DLC this summer?  We are planning out summer schedule!  We invite you to host one time activities or multi-day learning opportunities.  Our space is FREE for volunteer led activities open to the community.  If you have a idea you want to share, please contact us at info@dlcsantacruz.org and we'll help you get started!

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.

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 pageWe are starting our last book this week called Queen's Own Fool from the Elizabethen Era.
Leader: Heddi
Activity Rating: Mellow
Occasional $1-2 materials fee

Crazy 8's Math Club  NEW TIME!

Crazy 8's is a Math Club offered by the nonprofit, Bedtime Math.  The club offers mischief-making activities that kids love, like Bouncy Dice Explosion and Toilet Paper Olympics. We start with the fun, then roll in the math. A major goal of Crazy 8s is to make math a fun, social part of life for kids and their friends. So it’s key to meet weekly with the same kids. For grades 3-5, or ages 8, 9 and 10.  
More information here: 

Leaders: Heather and Rebecca
Rating:  Spicy

DLC Board Meeting

Our monthly board meeting is open to all members.  Come learn how the DLC is run or volunteer for a committee!  

Monday, April 20th7-8:30pm

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.

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. 

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.
Leader: Heather
Activity Rating: Tangy 

Family Game Night

We're going to host a 6 week trial of 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
Leaders:  Amber-Leigh and Matthew
Activity Rating: Tangy


Preschool Mornings April

Pre-registration required for this relaxed, "Mommy and Me" preschool experience for children ages 2-5 and their siblings.  Our theme for March is The Ocean.  Featuring messy crafts, stories, songs and indoor and outdoor play.   Especially for ages 2-5 and their younger siblings.  RSVP to bjelwell@yahoo.com.
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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Heddi Craft,
Aug 29, 2014, 3:12 PM