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Santa Cruz County Virtual Tours + Activities

Whether you’re in need of some homeschooling resources, new activities for the household, or are just desperately missing Santa Cruz County, let these virtual tours and activities help bring some joy and entertainment to your home! From virtual explorations into the Monterey Bay, art exhibit tours at the Santa Cruz MAH, front row rides on the Giant Dipper, and winemaker-led in-home wine tasting, everyone in the home will find something to do in virtual Santa Cruz!

Explore our list below and share your Santa Cruz County virtual experiences with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Virtual Tours + Activities

Beach Boardwalk Coloring Pages
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is thanking its fans for safely staying home and decided to help keep families entertained with some fun coloring pages! 🎢🎨🎠 ⁣Share your masterpieces by tagging #beachboardwalk so they can see how they turned out!⁣

Birichino: Wine, Lies, Propaganda, Oversharing, and Games!
Head over to Birichino’s Virtual Tasting page and join John and Alex in tasting the 2018 Mr. Natural Old Vine Mouvedre and the 2019 Pétulant Naturel Cinsaut as they regale you with propaganda, tales of the vineyards, top-secret winemaking techniques, and answering all of your burning questions!

Bookshop Santa Cruz: Bingo Card Reading Fun
Make reading fun with Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Bingo Card! Simply print out the bingo card provided in the link below and get playing (and reading)! Write down the titles of the books read on the back of the completed card and bring it into Bookshop Santa Cruz after their reopening to receive a special prize. Share your progress along the way on social by using #BookshopBingo!

Bookshop Santa Cruz Virtual Author Events on Zoom
Follow Bookshop Santa Cruz on Facebook to see author events being hosted on Zoom.

Boulder Creek: Virtual Recreation & Resource Center
Boulder Creek has created a place where all ages can find something to do. From virtual youth talent shows, to indoor activities of yoga, Nike training camp, kids fitness blender to information on local dining open for take-out or delivery.

CA State Parks: PORTS Home Learning Program
Parks Online Resources for Teachers & Students from Home – Connecting K-12 grade students with California State Parks with virtual field trips, digital access for teachers and students and lots of state parks adventures!

City of Santa Cruz: Virtual Recreation
The City of Santa Cruz has launched a Virtual Recreation resource web page for all ages. It includes five categories: Fun for Seniors, Fun Outside, Fun at Home, Arts and Culture and Local Resources. Connect with your favorite Louden Nelson Community Center instructors and participate remotely in offerings that include Gentle Yoga, Line Dancing, Boomer Qi Gong, and Exercise Class.

City of Watsonville: Virtual Recreation Center + Resources
The City of Watsonville has collected fun and educational resources to bring entertainment, learning, and community to your home! From sidewalk chalk challenges, virtual field trips, trivia, exercise challenges and more!

Coastal Watershed Council Activities
The Coastal Watershed Council is bringing some fun and educational activities and resources to your home! Scavenger hunts, science experiments, story time readings, virtual tours of the San Lorenzo River and more.

Offering live virtual comedy shows from open mic nights to magicians and improv! Check-out their Facebook page or event calendar to stay up to date on new shows being added to the line-up.

Integrity Wines: Virtual Wine Tasting
“More Than Virtual/In-Home Tastings Series” – Integrity Wines will host a Winemaker-led Tasting every weekend. To participate, fans of the brand can order their In-Home Wine Tasting Kit ($30 for single; $45 for couples) for pick-up or delivery and then join Winemaker Mark Hoover as he explains each varietal and answers all their questions.

MAH-Tastic Virtual Backgrounds
The Santa Cruz MAH has created a few virtual backgrounds using snapshots from some favorite MAH moments. Join your next Zoom meeting from the beloved Hippie Dome in their History Gallery, relive the spectacular Dahlia festival, Screaming Hand exhibition, or Mr. Goh’s magical balloon installation. For a big splash of pattern and color, go for the Thomas Campbell mural that wraps the museum and Abbott Square.

Livestream Facebook Events at Santa Cruz County State Parks
Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks are providing livestream events and tours at many local State Parks! Tours and livestream events are shared on the individual state parks’ Facebook pages and include: Wilder Ranch, Castle Rock, Seacliff, and more.

Museum Coloring Book from Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Take a tour through the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History with our Museum coloring book! This booklet features many of our favorite exhibit features – from our tide pool and sea cow skeleton to our observation honeybee hive. Learn fun facts and bring some color into your Museum favorites!

National Marine Sanctuaries: Learn about the Ocean, Atmosphere and Great Lakes from Home
Parents, educators, and students are only a click away from diving into National Marine Sanctuaries. If you are a teacher, parent, or student looking to learn about ocean science, conservation, and stewardship from the comfort of your home, we have the online resources for you.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: Virtual Rides
Take a thrilling ride on the Giant Dipper or Undertow from your home! Check their Instagram weekly for new rides and adventures.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History: Guided by Ghosts Virtual Tour
Explore the Santa Cruz MAH exhibit, Guided by Ghosts in a Virtual Tour. The exhibit invites viewers to “connect with your ancestors as one artist unpacks her Chinese ancestry and the stories behind Santa Cruz County’s vanished Chinatowns.”

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History: Screaming Hand
In 2017, the Santa Cruz MAH created and curated a 30th-anniversary exhibition for Screaming Hand. The original artwork was created by Santa Cruz local Jim Phillips, but the exhibition also featured 200 other artists adaptations of the hand. From sculptures to skateboard decks, the screaming hand has seen many forms. Create your own adaptation of the iconic Screaming Hand and download the PDF. Share to social media and tag the @santacruzmah for a chance to be re-posted.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History: Museum at Your Side
“The Museum At Your Side” is a collection of hands-on activities, informative articles, and engaging videos to connect you with nature and science wherever you are!

Seymour Center Distance Learning and Creature Features
Investigate the amazing word of marine science from your home! Travel behind the scenes for a deeper look at some of your favorite Seymour Center organisms. To support families and teachers with the recent switch to distance learning, education staff is creating short videos for your virtual visits to the Seymour Center. First up, the sea cucumber! Keep checking their website for new and interesting features.

Tunes from Kuumbwa Jazz and the Santa Cruz MAH
Kuumbwa Jazz has developed a Spotify playlist featuring all the artists they planned to host before the shelter-in-place order took effect. The Santa Cruz MAH has also created a Spotify playlist with the best bands to play in Abbott Square.

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