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: Some Like it Hot


This is usually one of our warmest months, so each week we will work on cooling off. 
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Sep 1  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
45437
Sep 8  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
45438
Sep 15  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
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Sep 22  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
45410
Sep 29  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
45411

Toddler Ramble October: Weather to Be or Not to Be


This month we will explore all kinds of weather, and make a weather chart to keep track of what is happening outside our window. 
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 6  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
45442
Oct 13  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
45443
Oct 20  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
45444
Oct 27  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
45445

Toddler Ramble November: "Imagination Will Take You Everywhere"


If Einstein himself said that, then it must be true! This month we will use our imaginations, and play, play, play. 
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Nov 3  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
45446
Nov 17  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
45447

Toddler Ramble December: The Gift that Keeps on Giving


Each week this month we will make art that could be given to a loved one. 
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Dec 1  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
45448
Dec 8  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
45449

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 6  Wed 10:30 -
10:45 AM
Gordon E.
Oliver Eden
Shores Park
2-5 yr  Graham $8 per
child
45450
Sep 13  Wed 10:30 -
10:45 AM
Kennedy Park 2-5 yr  Graham $8 per
child
45451
Sep 20  Wed 10:30 -
10:45 AM
Stonybrook Park 2-5 yr  Graham $8 per
child
45452
Sep 27  Wed 10:30 -
10:45 AM
Japanese Gardens 2-5 yr  Graham $8 per
child
45453
Oct 4  Wed 10:30 -
10:45 AM
Del Rey Park 2-5 yr  Graham $8 per
child
45454
Oct 11  Wed 10:30 -
10:45 AM
Spring Grove Park 2-5 yr  Graham $8 per
child
45455

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 September: September Spiders and Creepy Crawlers


This is the time of year when the Interpretive Center is home to all sorts of diminutive creatures, including spiders galore! Join us as we scour the deck around our building as well as under logs on our trails in search of our dear little friends. 
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Sep 1  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45456
Sep 2  Fri 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45457
Sep 8  Fri 1:00 PM-
11:15 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45458
Sep 15  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45459
Sep 22  Fri 1:00 AM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
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Sep 29  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45461

Nature Detectives October: H.A.R.D. October Outings


For each Nature Detectives program in the month of October we will be exploring a different section of our park here at the Hayward Shoreline! Bring snacks, warm layers, and a sense of adventure as we venture through varying habitats on the shoreline. On October 6-7 we will meet at the West Winton Trailhead of the Hayward Shoreline. October 13th and October 20th will be starting at the Interpretive Center, and on October 27th we will be meeting at Eden Landing. Please call the Interpretive Center (510) 670-7270 if you need assistance with addresses or directions. 
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 6  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45462
Oct 7  Fri 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45463
Oct 13  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45464
Oct 20  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45465
Oct 27  Fri 1:00 AM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45472

Nature Detectives: November Nutrients


Every living being needs nutrients to provide energy for living and growing. This month we will grow a communal plant and learn about how we can provide it with the things it needs to live and grow! 
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Nov 3  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45473
Nov 4  Fri 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45466
Nov 17  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45467

Nature Detectives: December Weather


This is the time of year where we experience some of the most dramatic weather and dynamic tidal activity. Learn how our residents of the shoreline survive the cold, wet winter, and craft a shelter to protect yourself from the elements!  
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Dec 1  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45468
Dec 2  Fri 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45469
Dec 8  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45470
Dec 15  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Aguilar $8 per
child
45471

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 
 July 29 Sa  2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC   All ages Staff  Free 
 Aug 6 Su 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff  Free
 Sep 30 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 18 Sa  2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC   All ages Staff  Free 
 Dec 17 Su 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff  Free

Kid’s Critter Catching


From the surface, it may seem like there are no animals, but thousands live right under the water. Use small nets in a channel of water to search for crabs, snails, fish, shrimp, and more. Wear clothes for getting muddy.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Aug 13  Sun 10:30 -
11:30 AM
HSIC All Ages  Workover $5 per
child
42884

Food Web Untanglers


Scour the shoreline and use our microscopes to find animals from all parts of the food web! Learn about the intricate relationships that animals have with each other.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Sep 3  Sun 12:30 -
2:00 PM
HSIC 5+  Aguilar $7 per
person
45479

Winnin' at Winton: Boat Crafting and Artifact Rafting


Dress warmly when we meet at the West Winton trailhead of the Hayward Shoreline and hike out to historic Hayward’s Landing, where we’ll find artifacts over 100 years old from past residents of the bay. We’ll also craft boats using materials found on the beach.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 8  Sun 10:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 4+  Aguilar $10 per
person
45483

Feathers, Eggs, Beaks, and Feet


Birds have amazing adaptations! Dissect feathers, explore an extensive egg collection, and compare the beaks and feet of different birds using your hands, lab tools, and your scientific minds.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 15  Sun 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 5-12 yr Iwane $6 per
person
45480

Exhibits Exclusive


The inhabitants of our Habitat Room represent some of the animals you might come across while walking the shoreline. Get a closer look at our animal friends and the habitats they live in. Maybe even help us maintain the exhibits and learn what it takes to keep our animal ambassadors happy and healthy.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 21  Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 5-10 yr  Staff $7 per
person
45483

Ravenous Reptiles


While the shoreline is a tough place for a reptile to live, we do have several species of snakes and lizards who call it home. Learn about these scaly friends and handle our resident Gopher snakes and Fence lizards, then watch them as they devour a meal!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 22  Sun 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 6-12 yr Iwane $7 per
child
45482

Tidepooling Time


A good low tide makes for a perfect afternoon of shoreline exploration! Meet at the West Winton trailhead and take a short walk out to historic Hayward’s Landing, where kids (and adults) can look for crabs, isopods, amphipods, and even beautiful pieces of antique glass. The sunset should be fantastic as well.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Nov 5  Sun 3:30 PM-
5:00 PM
HSIC 6-12 yr Iwane $7 per
person
45484

Compass Exploration


Can you point where the sun rises? How about to the North Pole? Learn to use a compass, the sun, and land features to find your way while hiking on a hill that puts the whole bay into perspective. Then use GPS coordinates to find a hidden treasure! Meet at the West Winton Trailhead.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Nov 19  Sun 11:00 AM-
12:30 PM
HSIC 6-12 yr Staff $8 per
person
45484

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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