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: May Messiness


This is the time of year to take back your right to get messy! It’s all about sensory play where we will squish and plop, and explore. The first and last weeks we will have the opportunity to get muddy, so rain boots and possibly an extra set of clothes might be needed, just in case.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 May 5 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
42618
May 12 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
42630
 May 19 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
42631
 May 26 Fr 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
42632

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: May Marsh Marches

  
The shoreline is a home to many captivating creatures, all of which carve out their own unique habitats in the marsh. Come out and exercise your exploration skills as we search for these inhabitants and enjoy a marshy march.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
May 5 Sa 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Aguilar $8 per
child
42655
May 6 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Aguilar $8 per
child
42656
 May 12 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Aguilar $8 per
child
42657
 May 19 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Aguilar $8 per
child
42658
 May 26 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Aguilar $8 per
child
42659

ND: Can I Eat It?

 
What sort of snacks can you find here at the Shoreline? Sour, spicy, salty, flavors galore! Discover natural, wild edibles and learn the constituents of a full Shoreline Snack.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jun 3 Sa 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Aguilar $8 per
child
42879

ND: Wood ‘July-ke’ to Make a Boat?

 
The shoreline's historic Glass Beach is home to a wide array of artifacts; from driftwood, to early 20th century glass jar pieces, to bits of fine china! Scavenge the shoreline for your favorite items and craft a seafaring vessel out of what you collect! We will be meeting at the West Winton Trailhead.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jul 1  Sa 11:00 AM-
12:30 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Aguilar $8 per
child
42870

ND: Tryin’ to Beat the Heat

 
August tends to have some of the hottest days out of the whole year! Cool off with us as we have water play day, getting as soaked (or not) as you please. Bringing a change of clothes is recommended.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Aug 5  Sa 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Aguilar $8 per
child
42871

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 
 May 28 Su 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
 Jun 25
Su 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free

 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

16th Annual Father’s Day Camp Out


Feast on barbecue prepared by the naturalist staff and celebrate Dad’s special day. Bring yourself, your family and your sleeping bags and small tents for this exclusive camping event (it will be really windy so be prepared!). we’ll provide all the food and entertainment. Go tidepooling, find bugs, take hikes, build sandcastles, play games, roast marshmallows and learn about the animals and plants that make up the shoreline habitat. Moms, grandparents, aunts, uncles or other relatives welcome! Reservations Required. Meet at 3050 West Winton Avenue in Hayward.

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 Jun 17-18 Sat-Sun 3:00 PM-
11:00 AM
West Winton 4 yr+ Staff Adult & One Child: $120
42596
 Jun 17-18  Sat-Sun 3:00 PM-
11:00 AM
West Winton 4-17  Staff  Additional Child: $15  42597
 Jun 17-18  Sat-Sun 3:00 PM- 11:00 AM West Winton  18+  Staff Additional Adult: $30  42598 

Hiking and Ice Cream Making


Learn about the science of making ice cream as we make vanilla ice cream sundaes! Take a hike to the old salt ponds and collect salt from a bygone era. Then return to the center and use that salt to crank out a delicious dessert.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jul 9  Sun 2:30 -
4:30 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Workover $10 per
child
42880

Secret Lives of Snails


Gaze into the tentacled eyes of garden snails and sea snails and discover how they move, what they eat, and more by using scientific tools like microscopes. Then pick your favorite snail to race in the snail olympics!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jul 15  Sat 11:00 AM -
12:00 PM
HSIC All Ages Workover $7 per
child
42881

Family Fishing Fun


The tide today is opportune for fishing; hike out to the bay and learn the basics of rigging, casting and catching! No previous experience needed. Gear provided. Participants aged 16+ must have a fishing license.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jul 23  Sun 1:00 -
4:00 PM
HSIC 6+  Aguilar $12 per
child
42883

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

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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