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Physical activity is good for not just the body, but for self-esteem and brain functioning, too! Help your child find fun ways to stay active.

  • CASA is now collaborating with The Circle Family Center (245 Sea Ridge Road, Suite C, Aptos, CA 95003). They offer English and Spanish classes for all ages in yoga, music/story circle time, prenatal/postnatal yoga, support groups, just to name a few. They have open their doors to serve more families in our county with free classes for CASA children and youth as well as their Advocates or an adult from their household that comes with them. Ages birth to young adults and their families (including parents-to-be) are welcome to participate for free.

  • 50% DISCOUNT: Co-Owner Thomas Rumsey is willing to offer a special CASA Program to CASA youth. Would your youth like to train at a self-defense martial art school in Watsonville? Check out their programs for all ages from 4 years old and up. They offer Jiu Jitsu, striking, boxing classes and more! Let your supervisor know your youth is interested to receive a CASA Application Packet and enrollment information.

  • SCHOLARSHIP: Summer doesn’t require any commitment, so it’s a good time for children to explore if dance is really for them or just participate in it for fun. The person to contact is the Director, Ruth Fisher at 831-475-5032. Located at 810 Bay Avenue in Capitola.

  • SCHOLARSHIP: Free lessons offered for ages 2+. Pre-ballet, Ballet Basics, Tap & Jazz, Kids Hip Hop, and much more. For more information please contact Shannon Cullem, Director of I.A.D., 438-7543/466-0458, email: Visit their web site:

  • 30% DISCOUNT: To get your CASA child enrolled in classes, email June at or call and ask for June at 831-464-2847. You can also visit their website at

  • SCHOLARSHIPS: Owner Mike Laird is willing and able to provide scholarships to youth who are interested in taking martial arts classes. He will pay for lessons and uniforms, all that is required is a waiver signed by a legal guardian. To get your child signed up for classes, contact Mike at See the website at

  • 50% DISCOUNT: Tom Davis (the owner) is a foster parent, and is very familiar with the foster care system and the CASA organization. Scholarships for classes and camps are available to low-income families and Tom welcomes scholarship applications from foster families. They are open every day. Discreetly tell the management on duty that you are with CASA.

  • To get your CASA child signed up for swim lessons, discreetly tell the staff that you are with CASA. (CASA Discount may or may not be applicable at the time of enrollment)

  • FREE: For CASA Advocates and their kids to play during their slow hours. Surf City is a family friendly café and billiards room in downtown Santa Cruz. Please call first to make sure they don’t have a private party going on. To access the free billiards, discreetly tell the management on duty that you are with CASA. As always it is a good idea to have your Order of Assignment in your car in case someone asks to see it. You can stay after your game to play chess, checkers or board games.

  • FREE: Jimmy has connections with Bud Freitas, a professional surfer who works at Surf School Santa Cruz. He has committed to providing a free lesson for youth or a group lesson. He has other instructors that teach with him too. They have boards, wetsuits and meet folks at Pleasure Point area to paddle out on soft-top long boards. If your youth is interested in surfing, contact our Program Manager, Jimmy Cook at to get set up!

  • FREE: local organization that leads free bike rides and provide the bikes, gloves and helmets all for free! The minimum age to participate would be around 7-8 years old, depending on riding ability. Contact: Kym Lacrosse, call or email at 831-234-2046 or
    Trips for Kids is an international organization serving over 79,000 at-risk youth since 1988 through mountain bike rides and Earn-A-Bike programs. The Santa Cruz County chapter is looking to make a positive impact in the lives of underserved young people. We feel that once we have kids join us on our rides they will discover the joy of being on a bike and all the resulting benefits including self confidence, camaraderie, environmental awareness and of course, exercise!

  • FREE: Children ages 12 and up can go on their own, but children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult — this could be their CASA or their caregiver. Contact Ana ( to get registration information.