summer farm campOutdoor Play & Imagination

Stories & Games


Arts & Crafts

Science & Nature

Cooking Fun

Farm Animals


June 18th  - August 17th 

Ages 5 and up only! 

 

 

REGISTER NOW TO HOLD

 YOUR SPOT FOR SUMMER!



OPEN HOUSE ON FRIDAY MAY 4TH from 1-6 PM
 
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Our Schedule of Sessions
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Enroll early for Summer Break!

Week One June 18 - 22 Where the Wild Things Are
Summer is here!  Let the wild rumpus begin!  This year the focus is on the small scavenging animals who often invade our neighborhoods. We'll be learning, crafting, and pretending about Opossums, skunks, raccoons, crows, squirrels and other small animals.

We'll also learn FROM the animals, as each one showcase's important life skills such as cleverness, courage, adaptability, resourcefulness, humility, and love. Native Americans observed wild life and incorporated them into their teaching stories for untold generations and so naturally we must include some Native American animal tales as well. We'll also think about how WE can live more harmoniously with the animals AND try our hand at making some Native American crafts, including some leather "medicine" bags and dream catchers.

And just because Farm Campers are busy creative little bees -- when they're not climbing trees, swinging, gardening, dressing up, and exploring -- we'll also make adorable woodland creatures through many different mediums including sewing, painting, clay shaping, and paper crafting to give us a tiny forest's worth of critters that we can house (on Friday) in our own diorama box woodland scene. It's going to be a super fun week of songs, games, stories, puppets, dress-up & pretend, outdoor play, farm animal encounters, gardening, and of course.... ARTS & CRAFTS! -- don't miss a minute of it!!

Walking field trip on Friday morning June 22nd to explore the woods behind Little Garden Patch Farm.   A naturalist from the Little Basin interpretative program will be our guide as we learn about footprints and other signs that animals leave behind.  We'll use our new skills to sleuth out the activities of the real life wild things that live on  the farm and in the adjacent redwood forest.


Week Two June 25 -29 Pioneer Farmapalooza!

It's time for our super fun Pioneer Farmapalooza week! Kids love to play outdoors with the rope swing, the tree fort, the mini toy farm sets, the sand & water play, the puppet theater, the outdoor play kitchen/cafe, and so much more. And of course they always enjoy meeting the farm animals and helping with fun "chores" like gathering eggs, feeding the animals, harvesting veggies for snack, and baking tasty treats to enjoy here or at home.

 And as if that's not enough, there's washing clothes on the old fashioned wash board, panning for "gold", playing dress up, singing songs, squeezing real lemonade, and making butter for their cornbread! And don't forget milking the goats, sewing a soft take home pillow, collecting herbs, making a corn husk doll, and trying out some simple crochet and needlepoint. PLUS there's the painting easels and all the other fun farm crafts for those looking for simple silly fun at the art table.

On our walking field trip day we'll also take the mini ponies down to the meadow along with the mini covered wagon full of fun things for our picnic and play time just down the street at the Soquel Prairie Reserve. We'll provide the sun bonnets and straw hats and all the rest, you provide the mini pioneers looking for a great time playing, crafting, pretending, and making new friends. Y'all come play!

Week  Three July 2 - 6 Blast Off for  Space Fun FULL -- CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Attention:  "NASA" trainees, launch time commences on 7/02/17 at 9 am.  Get ready to mark off your checklist of fun with zip zooming "rockets", flying saucers, take home alien gardens, exotic fantasy art,  science and stories of other planets, and imaginary missions to Mars. We'll also build our physical conditioning with lots of outdoor play, and learn to grown our own food for our space colony.  We might even grow our own potatoes, just like Matt Damon. 

Includes fun 4th of July themed themed activities on Monday and Tuesday.  Star Wars day on Thursday July 5th.

Afternoon field trip scheduled to the Cabrillo Planetarium for 7/2

No class on Wednesday July 4th.

 
 
 
       
Week  Four July 9 - 13 Dinosaur Daze  


 
Get ready for a week loaded with hands on science, games, make believe, baking, and creativity.  We'll learn and pretend about Dinosaurs and other extinct creatures,  hunt for "dinosaur eggs",  revive a plant from the days of the dinosaurs, dig for take-home dino "fossil" skeletons, make footprint cookies, and we'll don our dino tails and frolick about the farm having tons of fun.  We'll do the dino bounce on the trampoline, pick some herbivore snacks in the garden,   and make our own erupting volcanoes!  Plus we'll have lots of dino related stories and some fun face painting!

We're also hoping  to have another visit from Dinosaur Bob, a real life dinosaur fossil hunter who lives right here in Soquel.  We'll see if Dinosaur Bob can make it again this year to share stories from his digs with famous paleontologists and bring some fossils from his private collection to show the children.  

And as if all that were not enough, we'll also have farm animals, a tree fort, the swings, the sand & water play, all the fun at the outdoor art studio, the puppet theater, and our popular indoor play room.  Expect them to sleep well!
 


 
       
Week Five July 16 - 20 CLOSED  
  LGPF is closed all week for maintenance, repairs, and additional camp preparation. 
 
       
 
       
Week Six July 23 - 27 Medieval Make Believe FULL -- CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Welcome ye young lords and ladies.  It's time once again to don ye medieval garb and partake in the festive revelry of arts & crafts, gems & geode science, sword play and a bit of archery.  Frolick with the fairies and help us defend the castle against rogues and dragons!  Daily dress up and impromptu performances on our outdoor stage.
 
Week Seven July 30-
August 3
Fairy Tale Fun  

Fairy Tales come to life this week as we celebrate childhood classics like Snow White, Rapunzel,  Red Riding Hood, Jack & the Beanstalk, and the 3 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.  Play, pretend, create, and enjoy some magical outdoor storytime readings, dramatic performance on our outdoor stage and of course puppet shows.  Don't forget to make your own puppets and props to use here at the outdoor puppet theater and to take home.



   
 
     
Week Eight August 6 - August 10 Ocean Week: Sharks, Pirates & Moana


 
Water play, ocean themed fun and learning, mermaids, pirates and a whale of a good time await!  Help us put on our own version of Moana on the outdoor stage!  Plus our very own docent from the Seymour Center at Long National Marine Lab will be on hand here at Little Garden Patch to help answer our burning questions about sharks and other creatures of the deep.  Don't forget a change of clothes because things are sure to get wet around here. 

Field Trip on Friday August 10th to the Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab in Santa Cruz. 

Full day participants only this day due to field trip.




 
       
Week Nine August 13 - August 17 Camp Half-Blood:
Where Greek Heroes & Legends Come to Life
 
  Little Garden Patch transforms into "Camp Half-Blood" for a full week of ancient Greek themed action & imagination, arts & crafts, cooking, theater, stories and more.  

Send you're little demi-goddess/hero-in-training to outwit the Minotaur, try a hand at archery and sword play, build a take home Trojan Horse or catapult, sample some delicious ambrosia and make their own tzatziki and baklava, try on a tunic or toga, and make a Greek alphabet necklace of their name.  And of course, we MUST go on a Quest or two! 

When we're not out adventuring, reliving Greek myths and fables on the stage, crafting at the outdoor art table, or snacking on tasty Greek food, we'll try our hand at growing and harvesting, just like the goddess Demeter.  We may even muck out the pony stables like Hercules.  And then with inspiration from Arachne and Athena, we'll do some fun weaving with natural items gathered while out questing.

 (Familiarity with the Percy Jackson novels is not necessary to participate and enjoy this exciting week.)




   

     


Farewell Summer Camp -- it's time for Back to School! 

Little Garden Patch Farm's After School Program Begins  August 20th. 

Due to logistical considerations and high enrollment numbers for our fall programs, LGPF is reserved this week forward exclusively for children enrolled in our Fall after school program  OR in our month-to-month afternoon homeschool program.    No exceptions please.


Ask us about our  after school program for FALL 2018!  We offer after school pick up and transportation from Main Street Elementary for K-3 and Soquel Elementary for grades 1-4.



 
     



Farm camp will be closed on the following dates:  

  June 11th-15th,    July 4th,    and  July 16th  - July 20st   

Please note these dates may be subject to change. 
 Contact us for registration information.




 Ages: 

For grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  All children must be at least 5 years old to participate and be developmentally ready for kindergarten level activities. It is very important that all children be able to sonsistently abide by limits set by the instructors for safety.   

   

 Hours & Cost:

FULL & PART TIME Openings Available for Summer Farm Camp 2018.

Half day program:  $30 per day 

Morning half day --> 9-1 or 9:30- 1:30 (4 hours)

Afternoon half day ---> 1:30 - 5:30  (4 hours)

Full day program (8 hours) $60 per day

 

Ask about our discount for full time care for 6 or more weeks!

Early drop off available for an extra fee.   Little Garden Patch Farm is open for early drop off after 8 am for an additional $8 per hour or $4 for the half hour.  Little Garden Patch cannot accomodate drop offs before 8 am. 

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Farm camp fees also includes craft and baking materials! 
However parents must provide a lunch box or bag lunch as needed.  We do provide a healthy snack for extended care children.

Limited space available.  Priority for full-time registrants.  Note that spaces cannot be held without registration/payment.  Installment options for those registerting for 6 weeks or more.

 

 Registration: 

For questions and registration info please email: LittleGardenPatchFarm@earthlink.net or
contact us at (831) 476-0964.

 

 

 More Information: 

 

Little Garden Patch Farm is enrolling for Summer Break fun and learning!  Located on 3 beautiful wooded acres our play based, emergent program offers free access to painting, playdough, bubbles, fairy gardens, tree fort, swings, slide, trampoline, dress-up, play kitchen, gentle farm animals, and so much more! Through observing wild life and participating in fun farm "chores" like feeding & petting chickens and pigs, brushing the pony, milking goats, and gardening children learn about and take joy in our natural world.

Story time and hands-on craft, cooking, sewing, and science projects develop creativity, self-confidence, social skills, and a deepening knowledge of science and nature. A cozy home environment and nurturing staff completes a magical childhood wonderland that children and parents love.

Little Garden Patch is tons of fun rain or shine! Our covered outdoor art studio, green houses, country kitchen, and our whimsical indoor play room with plenty of books, dolls, toys and games means the fun continues no matter the weather.

Note - Enrollment priority will be given to children in our after school program. Limited positions available.

 

Little Garden Patch Farm is a fully licensed facility, # 444413332 

 

What happens when it rains or turns cold?  We like to think there is no bad weather, just inappropriate gear.  So please send children with appropriate gear for outdoor play.   But with that said, when the rain is falling and the wind is gusting we have the perfect opportunity to head indoors for a cooking project, playdough, arts & crafts projects, story time, board games, or etc.  There is no shortage of things to do around here, inside and out.

If you would like more information about signing up for Summer Farm Camp please send us some email!  Please note, with Farm Camp, the more the merrier.  So please tell family and friends about our program

Learn more about our philosophy.


 

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