Simpkins Family Swim Center - April 1, 3:00 to 5:00 PM  

Swim for free on 4/1 when you register for any summer youth program or activity between 3/25 and 4/1! Also FREE on April 1: swim lesson assessments, treading water clinic for kids! Come get ready for summer! 



Free Community
Swim Days

Simpkins Family Swim Center
July 4, 12-4 PM &
September 3, 12-4 PM

The Simpkins Family and the Santa Cruz County Parks Dept. are co-sponsoring two fun FREE swim days, July 4 and Labor Day, which will include the water slide,  climbing wall, Wibit inflatable play apparatus, floating on inner tubes, the Warm-water Pool, 50-meter Pool, and spray zone.  Free swim days are very popular, with over 800 attending last year. Get here early! First-come, first-served! 


National Learn to Swim Day

Simpkins Family Swim Center - May 19, 10 AM-12:30  PM

Aimed at raising awareness about the importance of water safety and children learning to swim - an essential life skill. Swim center staff will be offering FREE swim lessons from 10AM-12:30PM. Advanced registration is required to participate; sign up at, or call (831) 454-7953.


Simpkins Family Swim Cetner - Monday, May 28, 1-4 PM

Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of swimming, games, food, and music! The water slide, aqua climb wall, deep-end inner tubes, and Wibit inflatable will all be available. This event is rain or shine, and regular admission fees apply. Check HERE for the schedule of activities and admission information.


Family Fun Day

Get Your Play On!
Saturday, July 28, 3-7 PM at the Simpkins Family Swim
Center & Shoreline Middle School - all ages

We’ve invited park and recreation agencies from throughout Santa Cruz County to join us and provide you an epic FREE family fun day!  Join us for inflatable obstacles courses, oversized board games, a pop-up playground, dodgeball, cornhole, food trucks and swimming at Simpkins Family Swim Center with fun activities such as: a water slide, stand-up paddleboards, and a climbing wall in the water!


4th Annual

Simpkins Family Swim Center - August 25, 12-4 PM
Please click HERE for more information.







22nd Annual Superkid Triathlon
Sunday September 30

This popular event gives children the opportunity to be triathletes with a swim, bike, and run course, real transition area, body makings, and awards for all participants.  For more information or to register, please visit




Simpkins Family Swim Center - Sunday, October 14, 1 - 4 PM

We’re putting a fun spin on the tradition of pumpkin picking by creating a patch in the pool just for you! In addition to pumpkins, we've got plenty of other fun activities planned for the day, including games, prizes, music, popcorn, and pumpkin decorating, and the waterslide will be open! Costumes are encouraged!  Bring your suit and towel, your friends and family, and make a day of it!  This is a drop-in, rain or shine event; pre-registration is not required. Don't miss this fun fall family event at the Swim Center!  Check HERE for the 2018 flyer



Polar Plunge Event 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Take the plunge with us on New Year’s Day to raise money for swim scholarships! Participants will collect pledges for how many times they can ride the unheated waterslide! Prizes awarded to the most money raised by a team and an individual. This is a rain or shine event.  For more information call 454-7960 or check back in December 2018.



Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831)