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.

TR: Let's Do the Locomotion!


Each week this month we will explore the different ways animals move. Some fly, or swim, or even slither!

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Feb 3 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
40456
Feb 10 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
40458
 Feb 17 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
40460
cancelled
 Feb 24 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
40462

TR: Mad Scientist


Let’s put on our lab coats and do some toddler science this month!

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Mar 3 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
40464
Mar 10 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
40466
 Mar 17 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
40468
 Mar 24 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
40469
Mar 31 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
40470

TR: Follow Your Nose


We will use not only our noses this month to explore, but also our eyes, and ears, and fingers and taste buds.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Apr 7 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
42614
Apr 14 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
42627
 Apr 21 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
42628
 Apr 28 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
42629

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.

ND: February Fish Fun

 
This month we will meet some of the many types of fish that live in the bay, from the biggest of bat rays to the smallest of sculpins.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Feb 3 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Staff $8 per
child
40747
Feb 4 Sa 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
40748
 Feb 10 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
40749
 Feb 17 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
40750
cancelled
 Feb 24 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
40751

ND: March Marsh Muddiness

  
It can be fun to discover the many lifeforms that exist in the mud. This month we’ll get up close to the mud and observe it using scientific tools.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Mar 3 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Staff $8 per
child
40752
Mar 4 Sa 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
40754
 Mar 10 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
40755
 Mar 17 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
40756
 Mar 24 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
40758
 Mar 31 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
40759

ND: April Avian Adventures

  
During this tail-end of the bird breeding season, there are still many representatives of our feathered friends making a temporary home of the shoreline. Each week we will focus on a different species, going out to encounter them in their habitat as well as learning about what makes them unique!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Apr 1 Sa 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Staff $8 per
child
42649
Apr 7 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
42651
 Apr 14 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
42652
 Apr 21 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
42653
 Apr 28 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
42654

Hikes for Tikes


In this new six-week program we will check out a different HARD park each Wednesday to highlight the fabulous outdoor spaces for young ones to discover. we will examine each area through hands on exploration and games. Dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes, and be ready for natural adventures! Bring a lunch and spend some time in the park after the program. Designed for children 2 years to 5 years and their caregivers.
 Date  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Mar 15 10:00 AM-
11:00 AM
Five Canyons
Park, Castro
Valley
2 to 5 Graham $10 per
child
42633
Mar 22 10:00 AM-
11:00 AM
Greenwood Park,
Hayward 
2 to 5   Graham
 $10 per
child

43237
Mar 29 10:00 AM-
11:00 AM
Greenridge Park,
Hayward 
2 to 5  Graham
 
 $10 per
child
43238 
Apr 5 10:00 AM-
11:00 AM

Palomares Hills
Park, Castro Valley 
2 to 5  Graham
$10 per
child
43239
Apr 12 10:00 AM-
11:00 AM
Weeks Community
Center Park,
Hayward 
2 to 5  Graham
 
$10 per
child
 
43240 
Apr 19 10:00 AM-
11:00 AM

East Avenue 
Park, Hayward 
2 to 5  Graham
 
$10 per
child

 
43241 

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Jan 8 Su
10:00 AM-
11:30 AM
 HSIC All
ages
Iwane $7 per
person
40734
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Jan 8 Su
10:00 AM-
11:30 AM
 HSIC All
ages
Iwane $7 per
person
40734
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Jan 8 Su
10:00 AM-
11:30 AM
 HSIC All
ages
Iwane $7 per
person
40734

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 
 Mar 26 Su 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
 Apr 30 Su 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
 May 28 Su 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
 Apr 30 Su 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free

First-Rate Fish Chat


Join us in our Habitat Room to help a naturalist feed our aquatic accomplices, highlighting the names and adaptations of a select few, then hike out to the open Bay to experience their habitat first-hand!

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Feb 26 Su
11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
 HSIC 5 yr+ Aguilar $5 per
child
40732

Outstanding Owl Pellets


Dissect owl pellets using scientific tools and identify what species are prey for Barn Owls. Look at bones under microscopes and build a model of the skeletons you find.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Mar 5 Su
11:00 AM-
12:30 PM
 HSIC 5 yr+ Workover $5 per
child
40733

Perusing Plankton


Millions upon millions of plankton call this muddy marsh their home. We will be gathering samples of these microorganisms from both our fresh- and saltwater marshes, sieving them into microscope samples, then comparing and contrasting the fresh and saltwater residents with each other.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Mar 19 Su
2:30 PM-
3:30 PM
 HSIC 8 yr+ Aguilar $5 per
child
42664

Food Web Untanglers


Hike the marshland to find animals from all parts of the food web! Learn about the intricate relationships these citizens of the shoreline have with each other.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Mar 25 Sa
1:00 PM-
2:00 PM
 HSIC 7 yr+ Aguilar $5 per
child
42660

Family Fishing Fun


Fishing is a fun way to learn what animals live under the water in the Bay. Hike out to our favorite fishing spot, learn how to use the equipment, and cast out to search for fish, sharks, and rays. Participants over age 16 need to buy a fishing license.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Apr 9 Su 10:30 AM-
  1:30 PM
 HSIC 6 yr+ Workover $12 per
person
42661

Ravenous Reptiles


Lizards and snakes are two of the most fascinating and charismatic creatures of the shoreline, so let’s learn about them! Meet our resident Fence lizards and Gopher snakes, handle them, and then watch them devour their food in front of your eyes!

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Apr 23 Su 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
 HSIC 6 yr+ Iwane $5 per
child
42662

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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