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Blue Crayon - Santa Cruz Vacation
WHAT CAN WE DO NOW MOM?
Since sometimes, the weather decides to give us some rain, we are pleased to give you the following ideas on how to enjoy the Santa Cruz area without the steady sunshine, which is our norm. 

Winter Waterfalls
Walking in a forest after a big storm is a special treat.  Streams, creeks and rivers will be raging.  Waterfalls that trickle in the summer can be wild and turbulent in the winter.

Some great local waterfalls:
-Berry Creek Falls at Big Basin State Park 
-Five Finger Falls or Maple Falls at Forest of Nisene Marks State Park 
-Tip Toe Falls at Portola Redwoods State Park
-Castle Rock Falls in Castle Rock State Park
http://www.santacruzstateparks.org/parks/mission/index.php

Neptune’s Plunge Miniature Golf:
This is indoors at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on Beach Street
http://www.beachboardwalk.com/

Surfbowl Bowling:
Across the street from the Boardwalk, near Neptune’s
http://www.boardwalkbowl.com/

Capitola Mall:
On 41st Ave. The Mall is all indoors and has fountains and artwork as well as stores for browsing and or shopping. http://www.shopcapitolamall.com/controller/site

Wear your Hats or bring your Umbrella and go:
Hot Tubing, it eliminates the rain on your face
Walking on the beach and watching the storm waves

Monterey Bay Aquarium:
Just 45 minutes south, be sure to call and get your tickets
in advance so you don’t have to stand in line.
http://www.mbayaq.org/

Theaters and Performances:
Capitola Theatre for Performing Arts, 120 Monterey Ave.,
Capitola Village.  Info/Tickets: 888.496.7372
www.bslopera.com


Rain Forest Weekends
Jan. 8 through Mar. 26 (weekends only)
Ride an antique steam train through California’s rain forest of coastal redwoods as an informed naturalist reveals fascinating information about forest ecology. The redwoods are particularly dramatic during these months. Train departs 11 am, 12:30 and 2 pm. $18 adults, $12 children.
http://www.roaringcamp.com/

Visit a working marine laboratory, Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Exhibit halls, aquarium, and touch tanks, tours to marine mammal research overlook, Ocean Discovery Shop, and unsurpassed vistas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Hold a sea star - marvel at the world's largest whale skeleton - think like a scientist!

Days and Hours Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM Sunday, noon to 5 PM Closed MondayExtended Extended summer hours!
Visit us seven days a week--we're open every Monday, 10 AM to 5 PM, during August 2009.

Holiday ClosuresThe Seymour Center will be closed for the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 7, 2009
The Seymour Center will be closed for the Veterans Day holiday, Wednesday, November 11 and for the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday, November 26.
http://www2.ucsc.edu/seymourcenter/

Welcome to Downtown Santa Cruz
December 2004 – see more at :
http://www.downtownsantacruz.com/calendar.html
Mondays All Month Kuumbwa – Monday Night Jazz Series
Karaoke Nite at 99 Bottles of Beer
Wednesdays All Month Farmers Market


And, of course, Bonding with your relatives & friends:
This may be your best time to really get to know them.  Start by using the several games or cards that are in the homes and during the game, explore your family history and find out all the unusual facts that only the older generation know, ie: where did your ancestors come from and why did they move, what was their favorite hobby, what interesting things did they do and what did they die from.  And the older generation can learn what they have in common with the latest generation!

Please let us know in your home’s Guest book what other fun things you discovered during this kind of weather!

And we are always available for information about Last-Minute Fun Events
and to help you find a copy of the Good Times or the Metro or the
Santa Cruz Sentinel, which has pages of events happening today or soon. 

Call us Today and have a GREAT Stay!
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