Recreation Programs

Excel In Place Program Flyer

We are excited to announce the "Excel In Place" out-of-school program for youth ages 5-12! 

Tentative Dates:
August 24 - December 18

Program Hours:
Full Day Option - 8:00am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday
Half Day Option - 8:00am - 12pm or 1:00pm-5:30pm, Monday-Friday

Brief Program Overview:
The program will provide distance learning support, active games, arts and crafts, recreational enrichment activities, field trips, etc.

In order to maximize safety, implementation of youth programming during the COVID-19 event has been designed in close collaboration with the County Health Officer and will operate in strict accordance with CDC COVID-19 guidance and recommendations, following the social distancing, sanitation, and hygiene practices described in the following link:

$400 per month/full day
$200 per month/half day
Scholarships are available
Reduced fees available to those who qualify

*Determination of each month’s actual fees is contingent on CARES Act proposed funding, pending Santa Cruz County CAO & Board approval on Aug. 18, 2020.

Tentative locations include:
G.H.W.R. Youth Center
Callaghan Park Cultural Center
PAL Davis (Ages 13-17)
PAL Rodriguez
Watsonville Senior Center
Marinovich Park Community Center
Watsonville Public Library

Application Process:
Please complete the attached application by Friday, August 14th at 5:00PM.
Excel In Place Application Form

If your child is placed at a program site in the first round of selected applications, you will be notified via email by Wednesday, August 19th. Spaces are very limited at this time and payment for August/September programming will need to be received by Friday, August 21st at 12PM to secure your child(ren)’s space in a program. Spaces for subsequent months will be held for enrolled families up to one week prior to the start of the next month (e.g., unpaid spaces for October will be released to families on the wait list).

Due to the current Shelter in Place order, many of our regular recreation programs have been closed or canceled until further notice. 

Please visit our Virtual Recreation Center for resources on how to stay active, connected, and informed through this challenging time.

The Recreation Division offers a variety of activities, enrichment classes, sports and aquatics for youth and adults. Whether it's a summer camp or gymnastics class or an adults sports league you're looking for, we have something for you. 

How to Register

OnlineIn Person
LocationOnline Registration PCS Customer Services Center
231 Union Street, Watsonville
Hours24/7Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5pm

Closed from 1:30-2:30pm

Payment OptionVisa or M/CCash, Check, Visa or M/C