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 March: Mad Scientists!


Put your imaginary lab coats and googles on as we conduct fun science experiments each week this month. 
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Mar 2  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
46984
Mar 9  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
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Mar 16  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC  1 to 3  Graham  $6 per
child 
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Mar 23 Fri 10:30 AM - 
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per
child
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Mar 30  Fri 10:30 AM -
11:15 AM
 HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $6 per 
child
 46988

Toddler Ramble April: Spring Fever


Many animals get a spring in their step this time of year as they pair up and look to make families. Come join us as we explore the cool world of fish, mammals, and birds, definitely birds!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Apr 6  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
48525
Apr 13 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
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Apr 20  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
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Apr 27  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
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Toddler Ramble May: May Messiness


This month we will play to get messy or get messy to play. One or the other. The point is, sensory play is our goal. The first and last weeks of the month we will look for snails and crabs in our muddy channel. Rain boots and a change of clothes might be in order.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
May 4 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
48529
May 11 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
48530
May 18 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
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May 25  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
48532

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
Mar 7 Wed 10:30 -
10:45 AM
Deerview Park 2-5 yr  Graham $8 per
child
46993
Mar 14  Wed 10:30 -
10:45 AM
Cannery Park 2-5 yr  Graham $8 per
child
46994
 Apr 4  Wed
 10:30 -
10:45 AM
Palomares Hills Park  2-5 yr
 
Graham
 
$8 per
child
48560 
 Apr 11  Wed
10:30 -
10:45 AM
  Twin Bridges           Park  2-5 yr
 
 Graham
$8 per
child
 48561
 May 2  Wed
10:30 -
10:45 AM
Japanese Gardens   2-5 yr
Graham
 
$8 per
child
48562 
May 9  Wed
 
10:30-
10:45 AM
Children's Park @ Giuliani Plaza   2-5 yr
 Graham
$8 per
child
 48563

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: March Marsh Mammal Madness


Squeak! I hear the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse, and it wants to help you learn all about the mammals you might see at the shoreline. Join us as we sing, move, and explore.
Date
Day
Time
Location
Age
Instructor
Cost
Barcode
Mar 2  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Bloomster $8 per
child
47005
Mar 3  Sat 11:00 AM- 12PM  HSIC  1 to 3 Cardosi  $8 per child 47006
Mar 9  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Bloomster $8 per
child
47007
Mar 16  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC  1 to 3  Bloomster $8 per child
48571 
 Mar 23 Fri
 
1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC  1 to 3  Bloomster $8 per
child
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Mar 30  Fri  1:00 PM- 
1:45 PM
HSIC  1 to 3  Bloomster  $8 per child
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Nature Detectives: April Amazing Anatomy


Have you ever seen what bird bones look like? What about the inside of a fennel stalk or a flower? This month we will look closer at our shoreline flora and fauna, maybe learn how we are similar or different in structure.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Apr 6 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Bloomster $8 per
child
48574
Apr 7 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Cardosi $8 per
child
48575
Apr 13 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Bloomster
$8 per
child
48576
Apr 20 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Bloomster $8 per
child
48577
Apr 27 Fri 1:00 AM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Bloomster
$8 per
child
48578

Nature Detectives: May Marvelous Mothers


This month we will celebrate Moms of all kinds! Come learn how different animal parents take care of their young. Bring your Mom, and find out how Barn Swallows parent, and discover if a baby Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse stays with its Mom for a long time.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
May 4 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Bloomster $8 per
child
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May 5 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Cardosi $8 per
child
48580
May 11  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Bloomster $8 per
child
48581
May 18  Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Bloomster $8 per
child
48582
May 25  Fri 1:00 AM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Bloomster $8 per
child
48583

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 10 Sat 2:00 PM -
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
May 27 Sun 2:00 PM -
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free

Field Journaling


Ever wonder how scientists keep track of what they see in the field? You don't have to be an artist to keep a field journal. learn how to document a field visit, and then go along the shoreline and practice what you've learned. Pens and paper provided.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Mar 18  Sun 10:00am -
11:00am
HSIC Ages 10+  Bloomster $8 per
person
48661

Hey, Look at Me!


Has there ever been an animal that conspicuously caught your eye? Bright colors, bold stripes, flashy spots - chances are, these animals are trying to tell us something! Come explore what the message is, who the message is for, and if everyone's really telling the truth.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Mar 24 Sat 10:00am-
11:00am
HSIC 10+ Cardosi $8 per
person
48662

Creature Clues


With a keen eye and a scientific brain, we can learn a lot about animals by the clues they leave behind! Dissect an owl pellet before heading out to the trail to look for tracks, scat, and other clues to investigate.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Mar 25  Sun 11:00 AM-
12:30 PM
HSIC 8+  Cardosi $8 per
person
48663

Salt Marsh Haiku


Come be inspired. The salt marsh will talk to you. A poem to scribe. Come learn about the salt marsh habitat, and learn about creating haiku, a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Paper and pencils will be provided.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Apr 15  Sun 10:00 AM-
11:00 AM
HSIC 8-10  Bloomster $8 per
person
48665

Animal Navigation


How do geese know which way is north? How do honeybees get back to he hive? Discover how animals navigate, then use a compass, maps, and navigation techniques in a scavenger hunt. Meet at the West Winton Trailhead.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Apr 21  Sat 10:00 AM-
11:30 PM
HSIC 5-12  Cardosi $8 per
person
48666

I Spy that Cryptic Guy


Help us search for some well camouflaged and expertly hidden animals, and explore why the Shoreline is such an especially important habitat for these cryptic critters.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Apr 28 Sat 2:00pm -
3:00pm
HSIC 8+  Cardosi $8 per
person
48667

Snail Power


Have you ever held a snail? Join a naturalist along the trail as we dipnet for snails and their friends. Come hold a snail race!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Apr 29  Sun 11:00am -
12:00pm
HSIC 5-8  Lang $6 per
person
48668

Bayland Builders


There are some amazing animal builders living out in our baylands! Explore nests, burrows, webs, and more before hiking out to the bay here we will craft our own structures using found materials.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
May 20  Sun 10:00am -
12:00pm
HSIC 5-12 Cardosi $8 per
person
48670

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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