Family Experiences
Visit each section below for recommendations on ways to get outside, get involved, and connect with the broader community during your family’s summer! From arts and crafts designed by our own Hillbrook employees to activities on external sites that we know children of different ages enjoy, this is the page to visit when you need some fresh ideas for shared experiences.
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  • Reach Beyond Over the Summer

    Summer break is a wonderful time to make a difference in your community - the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship (SCSE) is proud to share a list of their favorite activities and resources below: 

    SCSE Impact BingoChalk TalkHost a Swap MeetVegetarian Night
    Originally designed and curated by past Hillbrook students as a COVID-19 responseWrite words of support, encouragement and gratitude on the sidewalk in washable chalk!Sync up for a fun trade with friends to reduce waste and gain some cool new-to-you items!Try going Vegetarian for a day, week or month! (try Breakfast for Dinner as an easy and fun swap)

    Movie
    Monday
    Buddy LettersGo Plogging!Random Acts of Kindness
    Start the week off with a family movie night watching a documentary or film that teaches lessons of kindness and making a difference. Check out this list from Common Sense Media!

    Send your LS or MS buddy a handwritten letter through snail mail.What's plogging? It's two amazing activities in one - good for you and good for the planet!Write ideas for random acts of kindness generated by the whole family. Each week choose one from the jar to do as a family!
    Visit Sagra FarmsLG Scavenger HuntSCSE ChallengesShop
    Mindfully
    Plan a fun trip to the newly opened Sagra Farms in Tomales Bay to learn about sustainable agriculture and reconnect with nature.Start a fun weekly ritual at the LG Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt!Check out or revisit the monthly challenges from the Scott Center blog and newsletter.Purchase goods through B Corp, 1% for the Planet, Fair Trade, PoC-owned and Woman-owned whenever possible! 
    Sustainable SeafoodTie-Dye
    Party!
    Vacation DonationsSCSE Family Volunteer Day
    Enjoy a sustainable seafood meal at B-Corp and family-owned Hog Island Oyster Co (reservations strongly recommended)Collect old or stained shirts and host a tie-dye party to give old clothes a fresh look. (LS + MS)When you're out on a family trip, connect with your temporary home by researching local nonprofits and making a small donation, while sharing a bit about their goals with your children.Join us at Uplift Family Services for Family Volunteer Day (TBD).

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  • Community Connections and Family Activities

    Have fun as a family and try something brand-new together, either outdoors or virtually - it’s one of the best parts of summertime! We’ve collected here a few different resources and websites with activities for children and families. Note: events listed on the websites below are not created or managed by Hillbrook - please reach out to the event planner directly with questions or issues.
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    • Los Gatos Library - Log on and listen with the LG Library! Each week you’ll find a variety of virtual storytimes, crafts, activities, and more.
    • Bay Area Kid Fun - Your one-stop shop for kid-friendly events and activities across the Bay Area.
    • Eventbrite - New events tagged “family and education” are added frequently - search specific tags in your area for science, arts and crafts, and more.
    • Every Kid Outdoors (4th grade only) - print a pass, plan a trip, and visit some of the US’s most beautiful national parks for free! Click the link to learn more.
    • Summer Bucket List for Bay Area Kids - 99 ways to have a blast as a family this summer, including hidden hikes, learning opportunities, and art project ideas.
    • Red Tricycle Recommendations:
      • Free Museums in the Bay - From the Cable Car museum in San Francisco to the sculpture garden on the Stanford campus, the Bay Area boasts a treasure trove of free museum visits.
      • Wildlife Centers - A must-visit list for animal lovers and scientists great and small
      • Farms With Overnight Stays - Get your goat on with a rustic overnight getaway. 
    • Family Fun in Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz is more than just the beach or the Boardwalk - you’ll find nature walks, bird-watching, botanical gardens, museums, and more.
    • A Kid's Guide to Stargazing - Everything you'll need to make the most of an overnight stay.




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