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Great Upcoming Events for Kids




Mon, Jul 1st - 9:00am

Waldo of Where's Waldo fame.Where's Waldo? In Santa Cruz, of course.

Beginning Monday, July 1st (and during the entire month of July), the famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting local businesses throughout our community. Sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz, Waldo figures will be well-hidden in Bookshop Santa Cruz and other local business establishments. Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Santa Cruz!” Passport at Bookshop Santa Cruz, the Downtown Information Kiosk or any participating business starting on July 1st. The passport names all the participating sites, and challenges children to get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Bookshop Santa Cruz to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to enter a grand prize drawing, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books as well as other prizes from participating merchants.

A celebration for completing the hunt will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 4th at 2:00 at Bookshop Santa Cruz, with a Waldo party including a Waldo costume contest for kids, games and activities, a raffle for prizes, and even a visit from Waldo himself!




Sun, Aug 4th - 2:00pm

Beginning Monday, July 1st (and during the entire month of July), the famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is hiding out at local businesses throughout downtown. Pick up a “Find Waldo” passport at Bookshop or the Downtown Information Kiosk, get it stamped when you spy Waldo at participating businesses, then turn it in at Bookshop for your chance to win prizes. A celebration for completing the hunt will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 4th, at 2:00 at Bookshop Santa Cruz, with a party including a Waldo costume contest for kids, games and activities, a raffle, and even a visit from Waldo himself!




Tue, Oct 8th - 4:00pm

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This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please e-mail us at info@bookshopsantacruz.com by October 6th, 2019.

For every parent tired of telling their kids to PLEASE JUST GET ALONG, this hilarious and imaginative new picture book--from the beloved creators of Babymouse--is here to help. Sort of.

Meet the Evil Princess and the Brave Knight. She casts terrible spells, while he fights dragons. He rescues cats in distress, while she makes mischief. No wonder there isn't much peace in this kingdom! But is the Evil Princess really so evil? And is the Brave Knight truly as chivalrous as he seems? Children and parents will laugh at seeing familiar family dynamics play out in this charming and imaginative new story.

Jennifer L. Holm is the New York Times bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish and several other highly acclaimed novels, including the Scott O'Dell Award-winning Full of Beans and three Newbery Honor Books, Our Only May AmeliaPenny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. With her brother Matt, she is cocreator of beloved and bestselling graphic novels, including the Babymouse, Squish, and Sunny Side Up series. jenniferholm.com @jenniholm

Matthew Holm is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has created more than 35 books for children. He is the cocreator (with his sister, Jennifer) of a number of graphic novels, including the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the Squish and Sunny Side Up series. Matt recently cowrote and illustrated the middle-grade novel Marvin and the Moths. He lives in the Hudson Valley, New York, with his wife and dog. matthewholm.net @mattholm




Wed, Oct 23rd - 7:00pm

This is an advanced event listing. Please check back for updated information, or sign up for our events emails.

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please e-mail us at info@bookshopsantacruz.com by October 22nd, 2019.

About Wings of Fire...

The dragon tribes of Pyrrhia have been at war for years, locked in an endless battle over a powerful throne and a lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a cryptic prophecy. Five dragonets are chosen, raised in a hidden cave, and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war.

But not every dragonet wants a destiny…

Tui T. Sutherland is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling Spirit Animals and Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). In 2009, she was a two-day champion on Jeopardy! She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two awesome sons, and two very patient dogs. To learn more about Tui's books, visit her online at tuibooks.com.