summer farm campOutdoor Play & Imagination

Stories & Games

Arts & Crafts

Science & Nature

Cooking Fun

Farm Animals

June 3 rd  - July 26th  2024

Ages 5 and up only! 


for  SUMMER FARM CAMP  2024. 

Please contact us to be added to the wait list.



Little Garden Patch Farm will soon be enrolling for Summer Break fun and learning!  

Our play based, emergent program offers arts & crafts, outdoor play and imagination, stories & games, hands on science and nature with gardens, farm animals, and social learning in a beautiful outdoor setting.  A cozy home environment and nurturing staff completes a magical childhood wonderland that children and parents love.

This hidden gem is located on Fairway Drive in Soquel, just 5 - 10 minutes out of Soquel Village. 

Visitors soon find that hidden behind the humble facade of an ordinary ranch style home are 3 beautiful wooded acres with gardens, goats, pigs, chickens & ducks, ponies, a tramponline, rope swing, tree fort, a "mud" play kitchen, an outdoor art studio, fairy gardens, a magical reading area, a puppet theater, a small stage, a picnic area, swings and slides and so much more!

At Little Garden Patch children aged 5-8 enjoy story time and hands-on craftsewing, and science projects that develop creativity, self-confidence, social skills, and a deepening knowledge of science and nature.  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.

Little Garden Patch is primarily an outdoors program.   In this post-pandemic world we will be using our playroom early in the morning (approximately 8:30-10 am), in the evenings after 4:30/5 pm, and when necessary due to extreme weather conditions.  Cooking projects will take place outside.  And of course really, why be cooped up inside when there is our wonderful "outdoor classroom" and play yard to enjoy!

Children will wear a mask when coming in to use the restroom.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  However because it is located inside the family home, this is best for the safety of our families, staff, and residents. 

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 


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.   All children must be able to use the toilet without assistance and to change clothes independently.

 Please be sure to review our Behavior Agreement thoroughly before enrolling.  It is very important that all children be able to consistently abide by limits set by the instructors for safety --including handwashing rules and wearing a mask when exhibiting runny nose or a persistent cough not related to allergies.    


 Hours & Cost:

 FULL TIME and PART TIME Openings Available  FULL for Summer Farm Camp 2024.

 Little Garden Patch will be open from 8:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Full day schedule:  

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm   or

  • 9:30-5:30  M-F. 

  • Early drop-off and later pick-up available for an added fee.

  • Camp attendance is for 5 days, Monday - Friday.  However, limited full day Tu/Th &  MWF for those enrolling for 4  weeks or more.  Email us for details.


Half day schedule:  

  • MORNING     9:00-1:00 pm M-F 

  • AFTERNOON     1:00 pm- 5:00 pm  (or 1:30-5:30)  M-F 

  • Camp attendance is for 5 days, Monday - Friday.  (Tu/Th & MWF half day options for families in our year round program.)


Cost:    $60 Full day   or $40 per  Half Day. (4 hours)  Craft materials included in fee.  However extended care hours available by prior arrangement for $8/hour or $4/half hour.  (Example: 8:30-5:30 for $68/day. Or 12:30 pm to 5:30 for $44/afternoon.)


Limited space available.  Little Garden Patch Farm emphasizes a smaller group experience and more encouragement and attention from teachers.  We average  14 children max with at least 2 fully qualified teachers.

Note that spaces cannot be held without registration/payment. 

Option to register with non-refundable deposit for those registering for 4 weeks or more.



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


 More Information: 


Summer Farm Camp 2024 begins Monday June 3rd and ends Friday July 26th.

Farm camp will be closed the week of July 1st through July 5th.

Farm camp sessions run Monday-Friday.  Part time enrollment (i.e. MWF or Tu/Th) is only available to those enrolling for 4 or more weeks of the summer.

Morning drop off can be arranged for 8:30, 9:00, or 9:30 a.m. for full day participants.  A fee of $4 per half hour is charged for drop off before 9 a.m.

Afternoon drop off can be arranged for 12:30, 1:00, or 1:30 p.m.

Evening pick-up can be arranged for 4:30, 5:00, or 5:30 pm.  If necessary, parents can arrange pick up at 5:45.  However no care is available after 6 p.m. sharp.  After 6 pm the after-hours fee of $1/minute applies, so please don't be late!

Early drop off or late pick up is available for an additional charge of $8/hour. (Or $4 per half hour.)

Children enroll for a minimum of one week, but are welcome to enroll for the whole summer.

All participating families must be able to comply with our current pandemic protocols including handwashing at arrival and before and after meals,  mask wearing when going inside to use the restroom, and wearing a mask if a lingering cough or sniffles is active.  Children may not attend our state licensed facility if newly ill, if diagnosed with covid-19, nor if they have a fever or chills, sore throat, or have had diarrhea or vomiting within the last 24 hours.

Each child will bring a snack and a filled water bottle from home, and a lunch if they will be here at lunch time (around 12:00 or 12:30 pm).

All children should wear comfortable shoes (no barefeet) safe for climbing, should dress in layers to accomodate changes in weather, and should bring a warm jacket.  A change of clothes is also suggested.  We will be outside most of the day!




General Enrollment FILLED March 1st 2024

Check out what's going on

in our different sessions this summer:

Week One

June 3 -
June 7

Pioneer Farmapalooza! 

Kids today find it hard to imagine a time before cellular phones, video games, and movies on-demand in every possible location.  This week they'll get to experience something different -- excitingly different!  Kids will get to make and sample delicious farm to table food that they harvested themselves, and play with fun toys crafted with their own hands, and they'll engage in play that ignites all the senses and their imagination to boot -- and they'll meet animal companions / co-workers who share this earth and our friendship. 

Kids will have the chance to milk a goat, collect eggs, feed the animals, harvest from the garden, try some simple baking, make butter to slather on their fresh-baked goodies, and squeeze their own refreshing lemonade.  They can also make mudpies in the outdoor play kitchen, dress up the baby dolls, pan for "gold", paint with squirt guns ("Hands up, pardner!"), brush out the ponies, learn to sew, put on a show in the outdoor puppet theater, ride the rope swing, relax in the tree fort, and even scrub some clothes on the washboard. 

This week will also feature lots of fun farm themed arts & crafts, games, stories, and of course outdoor play.  Plus we'll also be busy in the garden learning, in a hands-on kid-friendly way, how things grow and where our food comes from. 

On Friday June 7 th we'll take a pioneer walk to the nearby prairie reserve to have an old fashioned picnic on the grass.  Campers can take turns pulling the wagon full of goodies and get pony rides in our mini covered wagon pulled by mini pony Cookie.  We will provide equipment for sack races, ball play and frisbee play and a docent guided exploration of the adjoining wild spaces.  Y'all come play!   

Walking field trip to the Soquel Prairie Reserve on Friday June 7 th.

  Pony ride to the meadow!
Week Two  

June 10th 
June 14th
Where the Wild Things Are:   Animal Teamwork!

 For centuries, people believed that life in nature was only about competition and survival of the fittest.  But scientists and wildlife observers of all kinds have discovered that there is much more kindness, caring, and cooperation going on in the natural world that we ever imagined.  From monkeys to meerkats, crows to wolves, and honey bees to farm yard buddies we'll learn and pretend about the animals that live and work together as teams.  We might even learn a few tips to make our own lives a bit happier.  Children will also sample cooperative games, and chores, that help them explore the value of cooperation and teamwork in the human world.

  And of course we'll also make fun arts & crafts in a variety of mediums and play and pretend with costumes, face paint, puppets, and more.   As always, we'll meet the farm animals, help with afternoon farm chores, and enjoy our beautiful outdoor play space.



Docent led walking field trip to the woods on Friday June 14th.

Week Three

June 17 -
June 21

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, Alice in Wonderland and the 3 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. 

Play, pretend, create, and enjoy some magical outdoor story time 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 Four

June 24th

June 28th  


Medieval Make Believe  

 Welcome ye young lords and ladies, jesters & wizards, knights and princesses and princess-knights too!  It's time to frolic with the fairies and help us defend the castle against rogues and dragons! 

 Partake in the festive revelry of sword play, and archery.  Sew your own dragon. Make clothespin    fairies.  Build a mini catapult.  Decorate your own shield or crown.  Create your own fairy wand or magic scepter and dabble in the science and lore of gems & geodes.  Daily dress up and impromptu performances on our outdoor stage.

We will also be looking forward to
another visit from the Terra Dragon!  And of course our resident unicorns will be expecting lots of love and attention.

  Little Garden Patch Farm is closed July 1st – 5th 
Week Five

July 8th  -
July 12

Where the Wild Things Are 2:   Underground Animals!
Badger Mole

Summer is here!  Let the wild rumpus begin!  We’ll grab our magnifying glasses, our digging tools and our critter collecting jars as we explore the world under our feet and answer the following questions: What makes those little mounds popping up in the yard?  Who lives in the mysterious holes and tunnels here on the farm and down at the meadow?  We'll discover that many kinds of creatures live in our gardens, parks and open spaces -- some who annoy us, some who help us, and others who will just amaze us, including moles, badgers, burrowing owls, snakes and so much more.

  Plus we'll dig in the garden, feed our worm farm, and do fun hands on science .  We'll also make fun arts & crafts in a variety of mediums and play and pretend with costumes, face paint, puppets, and more.   And of course, we'll meet the farm animals, help with afternoon farm chores, and enjoy our beautiful outdoor play space.

Walking field trip on Friday morning July 14th to explore the meadow just down the street with a naturalist from the Little Basin & Natural Bridges interpretative programs.   We'll gain new appreciation for real-life wild things both large and small that live under the farm and neighboring woods and fields.

Docent led walking field trip to the woods on Friday July 12th.

Week Six

July 15th-

Ocean Week:   Sharks, Whales, Mermaids, & Pirates
Ahoy there! Mermaids, pirates, and other sea denizens can join us for shark & whale lore, arts & crafts and lots more ocean themed fun and learning. Our very own docent from the Seymour Center will be on hand here at Little Garden Patch to help answer our burning questions about sharks and other creatures of the deep. We'll have a whale of a good time so don't forget a change of clothes because things are sure to get wet around here!


Week Seven

July 22nd-
July 26

Tropical Island Adventures

Get ready for a week of hands-on fun and learning with a tropical flare.  With sand and water play, a bit of limbo and island dancing, arts & crafts, farm animal encounters, kids are sure to have a great time.  We'll even try our hand at sushi making with fresh sushi rice and a selection of vegetarian ingredients plus tamago and cooked crab/pollack  on Thursday.  And on Friday we'll take our bug jars out for a little exploration of our own temperate "jungle", the lush redwood forest behind the farm.





Little Garden Patch Farm is closed July 29th - August 2nd

Our after school care program resumes thereafter.





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