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.
Fun at the DLC
Fall Lending Library Hours
Monday: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
2nd Saturday of the Month: 10:00 am -12:00 pm
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A Huge Thank-You
to everyone who helped us with our move and attended our fantastic Open House!
Workshops This Week December 2 - 8
Our workshops are free to supporting members. A
$2-5 donation is requested of others to support the DLC
Monday, December 2
2:00-4:00 Origami Club
We are a group of kids and adults who meet monthly to share origami models we’ve folded, and learn and teach new models. The club is for folders of all levels, including beginners, with the caveat being that it is for serious and self-motivated folders who want to learn from and cooperate with others. Younger kids and lower ability level members are expected to be assisted by their own parent as much as possible. Participants bring their own paper. Origami, the art of paper folding, is the creation of animals or other shapes out of a single (usually) uncut square of paper.
RSVP: Before attending your first meeting, please email Kim at keabry at cruzio.com.
12:00-1:00 pm Middle Ages History Club
Middle Ages History is a club for children around ages 6-9 and their families. We will use the book Story of the World, Volume 2, The Middle Ages, as our "spine". You will want to borrow or purchase a copy of the book or the audio CDs and read the assigned chapters before our meeting to get the most out of this club. At each meeting, we will make craft projects, complete activities, play games, and/or hear additional stories or see additional pictures related to the readings. We are hoping all club parents will help out as needed. You will find a reading schedule for this year on our website.
Materials fee: $2/week
2:30 - 4:30 pm Young Naturalists Club
The Young Naturalists group is for children approximately ages 5-10 and their families. This week, we will meet at the DLC and walk to Neary Lagoon. Please bring a sketchbook and field guides if you have them. For more information, visit our web page.
Wednesday, December 4
1:00-2:00 pm Recorder
We'll learn how to play the recorder and do fun activities to learn about rhythm, music notation and the instruments of the orchestra. This is not a drop in class. Please contact the instructor to see if it is possible to join.
December 4, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Centerpiece Making
Come and make a seasonal centerpiece with evergreen sprigs and other greenery. We will have bases, clay, and greenery. If you can, please bring some seasonal greenery from your yard to share (small pine cones, red berry clusters, flowers, leaves, etc.).
Materials fee: $1.50 (.$0.75 if you bring your own taper candle)
Wednesday, December 4, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, December 5
10:00 - 11:00 am Big History
Big History is a class that will explore history from the beginning of the universe to the present day for students approximate ages 11 and up. You can learn more about the details of the class on our website. This class is FULL
Ages: approximately 11 and up
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Folded Paper Stars
Working with translucent kite paper, we will make 5, 8, and 10 pointed stars that will catch the winter light when hung in the window.
All ages, but children need to be able to listen, fold carefully and neatly, or will need a parent to assist them.
$3 materials fee.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Make a Dishcloth and Other Fiber Crafts
In this two week workshop, we'll learn how to make a simple dishcloth by knitting. We will learn to cast on, knit the garter stitch, and bind off. This is a great project for beginners, no experience required. Please bring your favorite color of 100% cotton worsted weight yarn (Sugar n' Cream is a common brand) and size 7 or 8 knitting needles. This will also be an open workshop time for anyone who wants to learn fiber crafts: knitting, crochet, sewing, needle felting, etc. Bring your project and we can help you, or just sit and chat with friends while working! Viva will have needle felting materials available for a small fee. All ages welcome (including parents!), Parent requested to help as needed.
The second class will be Thursday, December 19, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday, December 8
2:00-4:00 pm Wild Child Game Day (Cancelled)
Come join the guides of Wild Child Santa Cruz for an hour of fun games and crafts! Activities will include: A wild food tasting, where you can try various foods that grow naturally in our local environment, jewelry making with wild plant materials, face painting that uses cool rocks and nature awareness games. If you're interested in learning about Wild Child Santa Cruz's offerings for homeschoolers; our staff, volunteers and participants will be around to answer questions. More info on us can be found at: www.wildchildfreeschool.org/santa-cruz.html.
RSVP: RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary. Please email email@example.com , send a text or call (413) 695-2249 to let us know how many are coming.