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 May: Messiness


It's that time of the year to get dirty! Each week we'll play with sensory materials that will make a mess, and that's okay, especially because we will do the clean up! May 10 and May 24 will be muddy play outside. Rain boots and a change of clothes for the ride home will be needed.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
May 3 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
8698
May 10 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
8702
May 17  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
8699
May 24 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
8700
 May 31 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $7 per
child
8701

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.

Nature Detectives May: Feathered Friends


With World Migratory Bird Day being celebrated this month, let's explore bird beaks, nests, and feathers, and of course hit the trail to see our flying friends.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
May 4
Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $9 per child 8125

Nature Detectives June: Science Sleuths


Let's put our senses and those scientific brains to use as we conduct science experiments at the saltmarsh this month!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jun 1 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Cardosi $9 per
child
8126

Nature Detectives July: Have to Have a Habitat


Which animals call the shoreline "home"? What do their homes look like and where are they? This month we'll detect different signs of animal homes at the shoreline and make our own model habitats.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jul 6 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Cardosi $9 per
child
10079

Nature Detectives August: Adventure at Eden Landing


Meet at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve Trailhead to wander around a new are! Make sure to pack your sunscreen and water bottle as we will be spending the whole day outside. Bring a sense of adventure and get ready to explore.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Aug 3 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $9 per
child
10083

Leopard Shark Feeding Frenzy


Help a Naturalist feed our resident leopard shark, surfperch, snakes, 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   Barcode
May 26 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free 8138
Jun 30 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free 8139 
Jul 28 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free 10100 

Family Fishing Fun


The tide today is opportune for fishing; hike out to the shoreline and learn the basics of rigging, casting, and possibly catching! No previous experience needed. Gear provided. Participants ages 16 years+ must have a fishing license available online by visiting wildlife.ca.gov. Feel free to bring a zero-waste (all reusable or compostable) lunch or snack.
Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jun 2 Sun 11:00 AM-
2:00 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
8135
Jul 21 Sun 1:30 PM-
4:30 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
10088
Aug 4 Sun 1:30 PM-
4:30 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
10089

Camouflage: Master of Disguise


Camouflage is an amazing adaptation that many animals possess. We'll explore some examples of what it means to be camouflaged,make some crafts to take home, and go outside to find some examples in our marsh.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
May 5 Sun 10:30 AM-
11:30 AM
HSIC 5 to12 Staff $7 per
person
8717

Mother's Day Touch Tank


If your mother enjoys being outdoors, bring her to the Interpretive Center to discover shoreline dwellers in our teach and touch tank on Mother's Day. A naturalist will be on hand to help you explore crabs, barnacles, worms, snails, and more in this up close, hands on experience. Afterwards, make a craft activity and take a self-led hike in the 1800-acre park. Register in advance.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
May 12 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff $7 per
person
8715

Wetland Yoga


Both kids and adults will enjoy fun and easy poses imitating marshland wildlife. Bring water and a yoga mat or a towel large enough to lay on. Afterwards, we'll go explore the trail to look for some of the animals we mimicked!
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Jun 9 Sun 10:30 AM-
11:30 AM
HSIC 3 to 8 Borowski $7 per
person
10101
Jul 14 Sun 10:30 AM-
11:30 AM
HSIC 3 to 8 Borowski $7 per
person
10102

Shark Talk


Did you know that there are several shark species living in the San Francisco Bay? Explore the world through the eyes of a shark as we discover more about these interesting animals. Learn more about the body, habitat, and lifestyle of sharks found in the Bay, make a shark craft and even get to feed our resident shark.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Jun 23 Sun 10:30 AM-
11:30 AM
HSIC All ages Brown $7 per
person
10090

Nifty Nests


The Barn swallows have returned from their migration to nest at the shoreline. Learn how birds build their nests and what they use to create them. Look for nests around the building and on the trail. Make your own nest to take home.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Jul 7 Sun 11 AM-
12 PM
HSIC All ages Borowski $7 per person 10100

Caterpillar Hunt


The marsh is home to many beautiful and wonderful insects like butterflies. Look for caterpillars and chrysalises near the Interpretive Center while learning about the butterfly life cycle.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Aug 11 Sun 11 AM-
12 PM
HSIC All ages Borowski $7 per person 10103

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


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