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Best Day Foundation

Rating: 4.94 stars   48 reviews 1,843

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Disabilities, Human Services


567 Auto Center Drive Suite 6 Watsonville CA 95076 USA


Best Day helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun filled adventure activities which stretch their limits, expand their true potential, reinforce their achievement, and connect them with diverse populations in their community. Current activities include Surfing, Body Boarding, Kayaking, SUP (stand up paddling), Outrigger Canoeing, and Snow sports.


Since 2008 Best Day has served over 1,900 children with special needs in 65 beach and snow events in California, New Jersey, and New York.

Target demographics:

children with special needs aged 4-24.


Best Day offers beach events in California and New Jersey, and snow events in New York.

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Reviews for Best Day Foundation

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

My two young sons had the best day at Ventura Beach with Best Day Foundation. They got to do the things that they've never done before like surfing, kayaking, and more with wonderful caring volunteers at their sides. The foundation provided great safety gears and supervision. My husband and I were busy capturing the moment by snapping photos. The foundation also provided the kids with delicious lunches and great goody bags for suveniors. They each got recognized with a metal award at the end of a fun day. We had an awesome day of our lives. We deeply appreciate all you do for these disabled children in our community. Best of luck on your mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We had an amazing time in Ventura with Best Day! My son loved the surfing, we met great people, everything felt safe and well organized. Can't wait to visit again.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son had the most amazing time! The organizers were so pumped and excited my son totally fed off their energy. We were so lucky to be able to truly have " The best Day ever!" With Best Day Foundation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The days I've spent volunteering at Best Day have been the best days of my life. You can definitely find me there all six days next summer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't say enough about the best Day foundation. We took both our children with autism surfing today in Brick NJ and the experience was awesome from beginning to end. The volunteers and workers were so professional and caring and it was so organized. We don't often go to the beach because it's difficult but they make it so fun for the kids and the parents can actually watch and enjoy their kids surfing. They gave my children an experience they soon won't forget. I love the awards ceremony and lunch at the end. It was the BEST DAY EVER as my son said.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Joshua was lucky enough to expience a Best Day that he will never forget! The staff and volunteers were absolutely amazing and we are beyond greatful for the amazing opportunity.
When I asked Joshua what his favorite part of the day was he said "all of it, it is my special day!". He gave every activity a try and at the end of the day he was so proud of himself.
The staff and volunteers did a outstanding job at making every child feel special and awesome. The people who worked the event were truly the number one reason Joshua had such an amazing day. The encouragement they gave Joshua gave him the confidence he needed to try new activities that he on any other day would most likely not do.
The smiles on the all the children's faces when they received a medal at the end of the day was as a mother my favorite part of the day. Watching my son smile and having a awesom day was a amazing experience for me as well.
Thank you so much Best Day!!
The Diaz Family

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Rating: 5 stars  

Just got home from the August 2 event on Brick III beach. All I can say was " that was the best day ever" I was a volunteer and just the amount of love and smiles and happy giggles from the kids made my heart swell! What an amazing group of organizers, volunteers and most of all family's and the amazing kids that participate. Truly one of the best days I have had.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Little did I know I was in for the best day of my life volunteering with the Best Day Foundation. I was instantly in awe of the positive energy of the child I was partnered up with. A kid like no other, he was only looking forward to what the day had in store. Not only did Nathan expand what he thought was possible in himself, but so did I.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was at the beach earlier this summer. Two teenaged boys were standing in the shallow surf, talking about their favorite sports. The taller of the boys said his favorite sport was surfing, and the other agreed. Then the taller boy headed out on a board to ride the waves. Totally typical interaction, except for one thing. The surfer was an adolescent with cognitive disabilities, and his buddy was just your average teen with an extraordinarily big heart. Best Day made it possible for both boys to experience something they wouldn't have otherwise, because chances are, they would not have run across one another in school or in their social circles. Beyond the fun of surfing, paddleboarding, body boarding, or skiing and sledding, those types of interactions are what Best Day is all about.

At a Best day event, youth with disabilities get to enjoy the types of beach and snow experiences that typically developing individuals sometimes take for granted. Volunteers who love outdoor activities get to share that love with people who otherwise face barriers to participating. It is safe, warm, and inviting. Nobody talks about doctors or procedures or school struggles...it's just the best day ever. The very, very Best Day.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities and as a mother of a volunteer, I have seen the results of the amazing experience from all! Keep up the great work! You are providing joy, adventure, inclusion, friendship, and respect to all participants!!!!

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