Join me at our Safe Summer Kick-off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Emma Prusch Farm Park, 647 South King Road in San Jose. This family-friendly festival features free food (while supplies last), kids' activities, resources and medication take-back. (You can drop off unwanted medications at the event for safe disposal.) Safe Summer Kick-off is organized by a number of local officials and organizations.
Below you will find additional summer activities for the whole family. For more information, please contact me at 408-299-5030 or email@example.com.
Reading Contest for Teens
The San Jose Public Library is sponsoring a 2014 Teen Trailer Book Contest as part of its Teen Summer Reading Challenge. This contest, which is open ages 12 through 18, encourages teens to turn a favorite book into a short video. The contest runs through July 31. For more information on this contest, visit the San Jose Public Library’s website.
Kids’ Science Experiments for Summer
The Santa Clara County Library’s summer reading program has a focus on science experiments for children and youth. Through a variety of experiments on a variety of topics, youth can spend the summer exploring and learning. For more information on this program, visit the Santa Clara County Library’s website.
Summer Camps for Kids
The Youth Science institute offers summer science camps for kids at Vasona Park in Los Gatos. This program uses a variety of themes to keep kids learning all summer long. For more information, visit the Youth Science Institute website.
- Happy Hollow Park and Zoo offers a variety of summer programs for kids ages 4 through 13. With programs ranging from animal arts to veterinary skills, there is sure to be one to spark a child’s interest. For more information, visit the zoo’s website.
- Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale offers summer camps for ages 5 through 14 that focus on growing food and preparing healthy meals. This farm provides kids with the opportunity to grow and harvest a variety of fresh foods. For more information, visit the farm’s website.
- Emma Prush Farm Park in San Jose offers a wide range of classes for children and youth of all ages. Day classes range from learning about farm animals to making cheese. Summer camp programs are available for children ages 5 through 13. For more information, please check out the brochure.
Santa Clara County Parks
Santa Clara County is blessed to have 29 incredible parks. Each park has unique features, classes and programs to help attendees stay fit, explore nature and try new experiences. With opportunities that range from camping and water skiing to wildlife walks and bat house tours, our parks offer experiences that are sure to please folks of all ages. For a day-to-day guide of available activities, please visit the Santa Clara County Parks Department website.
Free Senior Safari Walk About at Happy Hollow
Seniors age 50 and over will enjoy a morning stroll from 9 to 10 a.m. on June 26, July 24, August 28 and September 25 at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road in San Jose. There is no charge for parking or admission to the park. Seniors may stay after the walk and enjoy the park once is open to the public. For more information, visit the Happy Hollow website.
Downtown Farmers’ Market
The popular outdoor market takes place each Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., along San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets. The market, featuring the fresh produce of more than 30 California-based growers, is produced in conjunction with Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association, which celebrated its 25th year in 2013.
Free Child Car Seat Safety Clinic
Make sure your child's car seat is properly installed with a free safety inspection by trained professionals. Learn about car seat safety laws and other important tips to protect your children in vehicles. A free Child Car Seat Safety Clinic will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, in the Kohl’s Parking Lot at 2323 McKee Road in San Jose. For more information visit this website.
Free Airplane Rides for Kids ages 8 to 17
The Young Eagles program is providing free rides in small aircraft flown by experienced EAA members on June 21, July 12 and August 16 at the Reid Hillview Airport in San Jose. The 20- to 45-minute flights start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m., and will occasionally stop at other area airports so kids in larger airplanes can exchange seats so all get a chance to ride up front. Parents can meet with their child's pilot before the flight and accompany their child out onto the ramp while boarding the airplane. For more information call Russ at 408-257-9125 or visit the Young Eagles website.
The Preservation Action Council of San Jose is planning walking tours in Vendome, Palm Haven and North Willow Glen neighborhoods of San Jose and also a stroll down The Alameda. All tours will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, June 14, June 28 and July 12. Visit the PAC website for more information or to register for a walk. Tours are $15 for non-members or $35 for all three tours. Walk-up registration will be available. Contact Sharon@preservation.org for more information.