Free Fun in the Santa Cruz Mountains

By Shayna R. John
|  Friday, May 14, 2010  |  Updated 9:30 AM PDT
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Free Fun in the Santa Cruz Mountains

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Face painting is fun for kids of all ages.

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So, if you're wondering how to spend some fun time with your children this weekend, consider taking a drive over the hill to the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Besides having the wonderful Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and beautiful beaches nearby, Highland Park in Ben Lomond is hosting a free children's spring carnival Sunday, May 16 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. There will be fun for children of all ages -- a bouncy house, music, games, face painting and even a magician!

If the carnival doesn't interest you, Highland Park is a great place for the whole family, even the doggies. Located under beautiful Redwood trees right off Highway 9, there are hiking trails that follow along the Santa Cruz River, while also having easy access to the river if you'd like to dip your feet in to cool off on those hot days. There's even a new, revamped playground for the kids with picnic tables and BBQ pits surrounding it.

It's one of the county's favorite and most beautiful parks whether there's a fun carnival going on or not.

Photo from Foamcow via Flickr

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