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.

Toddler Ramble September: The Heat is On


The dog days of summer are upon us, and this month we will look for activities that will help us cool down a bit.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Sep 7 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
50237
Sep 14 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
50238
Sep 21  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
50239
Sep 28 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
50240

Toddler Ramble October: A Hop, Skip, and Jump


This month we will use our gross motor skills and move our bodies. We will do a little jumping, a little dancing, and for sure some rambling.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 5 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
51479
Oct 12 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
51480
Oct 19 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
51481
Oct 26  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
51482

Toddler Ramble November: Come Rain or Shine


This month we explore all kinds of weather, especially with winter right around the corner bringing wind and rain. We will make a weather chart to keep track of what's happening around us, and play some games.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Nov 2 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
51483
Nov 9 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
51484
Nov 16 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
51485
Nov 30 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
51486

Toddler Ramble December: Works of Art


It's that time of year when handmade gifts abound, and we will be no exception. Each week we will make some art that could be given to a loved one.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Dec 7 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
51487
Dec 14 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
51488

Hikes for Tikes


Designed for children 2-5 years old, this six-week program will check out a different HARD park each week to highlight the fabulous outdoor spaces for young ones to discover.  We will examine each area through hands-on exploration and games.  Come to one or visit them all with us, and be ready for natural adventures!  
 Date   Day  Time      Location  Age   Instructor  Cost   Barcode
Sep 5 Wed 10:00 -
10:45 AM
Palomares Hills Park 2-5 yr  Graham $10 per
child
50259
Sep 12 Wed 10:00 -
10:45 AM
Gordon E. Oliver Eden Shores Park 2-5 yr  Graham $10 per
child
50264

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.

Nature Detectives: Salty September


No rain, lots of evaporation -- this is the salt marsh at its saltiest. We will explore adaptations that animals and plants use to survive the brine, and make some salty snacks. Out in the marsh, we will be on the lookout for scintillating salt crystals, and we will interpret them through arts and crafts. Sensational "sea monkeys" included.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Sep 1 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $8 per
child
50254
Sep 7 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Staff $8 per
child
50255
Sep 14 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Staff $8 per
child
50256
Sep 21  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
 HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
 50257
 Sep 28  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC  3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child 
50258 

Nature Detectives: October Odd Organisms


Nature can be weird and wonderful, beautiful and bizarre! Come explore some spectacularly strange plants and animals, and learn about the adaptations that make them special as we investigate odd organisms this month.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 5  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
51513
Oct 6 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $8 per
child
51525
Oct 12 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Staff $8 per
child
51514
Oct 19 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Staff $8 per
child
51515
Oct 26  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
 HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
51516

Nature Detectives: November Nocturnal Neighbors


What goes bump in the night? A whole other world of amazing nocturnal life, that's what! We'll investigate what goes on after dark through fun activities and crafts.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Nov 2 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
51517
Nov 3 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Cardosi $8 per
child
51518
Nov 9 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Staff $8 per
child
51519
Nov 16  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
 HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
51520
Nov 30  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC  3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child 
51521

Nature Detectives: December Daring Detectives


Calling all Nature Detectives! Time to earn our Detective badges by following curious creature clues, solving marsh mysteries, and hitting the trail with our gumshoes.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Dec 1 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $8 per
child
51522
Dec 7 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Staff $8 per
child
51523
Dec 14 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Staff $8 per
child
51524

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 30 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
Oct 28 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
Nov 25 Sat 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
Dec 15 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free

How to Catch a Lizard


Get up close and personal with our resident Fence Lizards and Alligator Lizards. Learn about these and other remarkable reptiles who call the Shoreline home, before testing your speed with lizard catching.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Sep 15 Sat 2:00 PM -
3:00 PM
HSIC 8+  Cardosi $8 per
person
50273

B-b-b-bones


What better time than October to check out our bone collection. From tiny vole teeth to humongous whale vertebrae, get up close and personal with skulls, fibulas and tibulas before making a spooky skeleton of your own to take home.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 20 Sat 11 AM-
12 PM
HSIC 7 to 12 Cardosi $8 per person 51624

Environmental Writing at the Shoreline


Let your creative juices flow as we journey into the marsh! Whether it's poetry, prose or even a species focused essay, we will supply everything you need to make a difference through written word. Journals and writing utensils will be provided. Selected works will be published in our quarterly newsletter, Tidal Tales, and posted on our Facebook page.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Oct 21 Sun 1 PM-
4 PM
HSIC 12yr+ Lang $8 per person 51625

Jar Terraria


Instead of throwing away old jars, let's re-purpose them! We'll experience the raw beauty of the salt marsh landscape, and try to capture it in our own miniature versions. Jars and natural materials provided.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Nov 4 Sun 11 AM-
1 PM
HSIC 7yr+ Staff $10/person 51626

Truffula Trees and Me


Come hear the story of the Lorax and his quest to save the Truffula Trees. Dr Seuss's charming tale will help you decide if you're a "Onceler" too and what you can do about it if you are. After the story we'll start a conservation project to benefit our local marsh.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Nov 24 Sat 11:30 AM-
12:30 PM
HSIC 8yr+ Lang $8 per
person
51627

Contact Us

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


    Hours

    Friday - Sunday
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Closed on June 16

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