Kids Programs

These programs either specifically for children or appropriate for ages 12 and under. If you would like to register for any of these programs, please visit our Online Registration page.

Toddler Ramble

Enjoy Fridays with your child at the Interpretive Center. Your little one will discover the shoreline through hands-on experience. Every month there is a new theme, with each week exploring that theme through different activities. Parents and caregivers grow as facilitators of nature education along the way.

The Heat is On


This month is often not just warm, but plain old hot. Therefore, each week we will find ways to help stay cool.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Sep 2 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $5 per
child
39100
 Sep 9 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $5 per
child
39101
 Sep 16 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $5 per
child
39102
 Sep 23 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $5 per
child
39103
 Sep 30 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $5 per
child
39104

Let's Get Ready to Ramble!


We will get our bodies up and moving this month, so no sitting down (except for circle).

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Oct 7 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $5 per
child
39105
Oct 14 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $5 per
child
39106
 Oct 21 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $5 per
child
39107
 Oct 28 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $5 per
child
39108

Fine and Dandy


Last month we used our gross motor skills.  This month we will focus on fine motor, and use our fingers.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Nov 4 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $5 per
child
39109
Nov 18 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $5 per
child
39110

Nature Detectives

Nature Detectives is a program for 3 to 5 year old children and their caregivers, designed to inspire curiosity and imagination by exploring the natural world through hikes, experiments and crafts. It meets on the first Saturday of every month as well as every Friday afternoon.

Have to Have a Habitat


Which animals call the shoreline "home"? What do their homes look like and where are they? This month we'll detect different signs of animals homes at the shoreline and make our own model habitats.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Sep 2 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Frink
$7 per
child
39141
 Sep 3 Sa 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Frink $7 per
child
39142
 Sep 9 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Frink $7 per
child
39143
 Sep 16 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Frink $7 per
child
39144
 Sep 23 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Frink $7 per
child
39145
 Sep 30 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Frink $7 per
child
39146

Marvelous Marsh Martians


Let’s get outside and explore the wonders of the marsh, from the smallest critters to the largest animals. What weird adaptations have these animals developed from living in such a harsh marsh environment?
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 1 Sa 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM HSIC 3 to 5  Frink
$7 per child 39147
Oct 7 Fr 1:00 PM- 1:45 PM HSIC 3 to 5 Frink $7 per child 39148
Oct 14 Fr 1:00 PM- 1:45 PM HSIC 3 to 5 Frink $7 per child 39149
Oct 21 Fr 1:00 PM- 1:45 PM HSIC 3 to 5 Frink $7 per child 39150
Oct 28 Fr 1:00 PM- 1:45 PM HSIC 3 to 5 Frink $7 per child 39151

Energy in Everything!


Run off your energy this month through games and activities and learn more about how energy flows through the marsh too, in a dynamic food web.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Nov 4 Fr 1:00 PM- 1:45 PM HSIC 3 to 5  Frink
$7 per child 39152
Nov 5 Sa 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM HSIC 3 to 5 Frink $7 per child 39153
Nov 18 Fr 1:00 PM- 1:45 PM HSIC 3 to 5 Frink $7 per child 39154

Plankton Exploration


Plankton abound in the mudflat habitat surrounding the Interpretive Center. Gather mud samples teeming with life, isolate the plankton, and utilize microscopes to enjoy viewing these infinitesimal denizens of the Bay!

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Sep 11 Su 3:00 PM-
4:00 PM
 HSIC 6 to 14 Aguilar $5 per
child
39118

Family Fishing Day


The tide today is opportune for fishing; hike out to the bay and learn the basics of rigging, casting, and possible catching! No previous experience needed. Gear provided. Participants age 16+ must have a fishing license.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Sep 18 Su 1:00 PM-
4:00 PM
 HSIC 6 yr+ Frink $12 per
person
39119
 Oct 15
Sa 11:00 AM-
2:00 PM
HSIC 6 yr+
Frink $12 per
person
39120

Leopard Shark Feeding Frenzy


Help a Naturalist feed our resident leopard shark, surfperch and lizards. Learn more about them and our other aquatic and land inhabitants. Who will get to the food first? No registration required.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost 
 Sep 25 Su 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
 HSIC All ages Staff Free
 Oct 29
Su 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages
Staff Free
 Nov 27  Su 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
 HSIC All ages Staff Free

Reptile Revue


Reptiles make their home in habitats all around the bay, ranging from the dry grasslands up in the mountainous areas to the wetlands around the Interpretive Center. Learn about what makes reptiles unique, then feed our resident reptiles and observe their feeding behaviors.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Oct 2
Su 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC All ages
Aguilar
$5 per
person
39121

Tidepool Exploration


There’s a nice low tide today, which makes it perfect for some shoreline discoveries! Explore tidepools for crabs, isopods, amphipods and more. This is a great way for kids and parents to explore the shore together. Meet at the farthest trailhead at 3050 West Winton Avenue.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 6
Su 3:30 PM-
5:30 PM
Winton
5 yr+
Iwane $5 per
person
39122

The Art of Animal Tracking


Hike through trails normally closed to the public to search for animal tracks, scat, feathers, and other signs to construct narratives of their past. Play animal games and learn how to make a tracking mat to find tracks in your own neighborhood.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 23
Su 12:00 PM-
2:00 PM
HSIC 5 to 12
Workover $10 per
child
39123

Aquatic Adventurers


Explore the channel by the Interpretive Center in search for the wildlife that calls this ecosystem home. Help us feed our resident fishy friends, including our leopard shark!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 30
Su 10:30 AM-
11:30 AM
HSIC 5 to 12
Aguilar $5 per
child
39124

Slimy Squids!


Learn all about amazing cephalopods like octopuses and squid. Make a cephalopod craft you can take home, then dissect a squid to understand and appreciate its adaptations. Feed some of our squid to the fish in the Bay Tank!

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Nov 6 Su
11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
 HSIC 6 to 12 Iwane $6 per
child
39125

Dipnetting


Take a net to the channel to find a plethora of tidal animals: mud snails, crabs, shrimp, barnacles and more. Hands-on experience to meet and learn more about tidal critters.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Nov 19 Sa
10:00 AM-
11:00 AM
 HSIC 3 to 12 Staff $5 per
child
39126

Contact Us

  1. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
    4901 Breakwater Ave.
    Hayward, CA 94545
    (510) 670-7270
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    Hours

    Friday - Sunday
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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