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: 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
48531
May 25  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
48532

Toddler Ramble September: The Heat is On


The dog days of summer are upon us, and this month we will look for activities that will help us cool down a bit.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Sep 7 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
50237
Sep 14 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
50238
Sep 21  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
50239
Sep 28 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $6 per
child
50240

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
Jun 6 Wed 10:00 -
10:45 AM
Gansberger Park 2-5 yr  Graham $10 per
child
46993
Jun 13 Wed 10:00 -
10:45 AM
Gordon E. Oliver Eden Shores Park 2-5 yr  Graham $10 per
child
46994

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: 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
48579
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

Nature Detectives: June Jamboree


Hooray it's (almost) Summer! Let's revel in the summer sunshine, and learn all about how different shoreline creatures move and make noise. We will make some noise and move ourselves with fun songs and skipping down the trail.
Date
Day
Time
Location
Age
Instructor
Cost
Barcode
 Jun 1     Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Staff $8 per
child
48584
Jun 2  Sat 11:00 AM- 12PM  HSIC  3 to 5 Cardosi  $8 per child 48585
Jun 8 Fri 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 1 to 3  Staff $8 per
child
48586

Nature Detectives: July Jewels


How many colors can we find in summertime at the shoreline? Let's go on a walk to the freshwater marsh and see the marsh color array of birds, plants, and insects.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jul 7 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $8 per
child
49036

Nature Detectives: August Adventure


Today we meet at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve Trailhead to wander around a new area! 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 4 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
Eden Landing
Ecological
Reserve
3 to 5 Cardosi $8 per
child
49037

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 27 Sun 2:00 PM -
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
 Jun 10 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
 Jul 29 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
Aug 19 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free

Habitat Hunt


Sharpen your observation skills and come explore the shoreline! Learn about the different textures, sizes, shapes, and colors of the salt marsh through a hands-on exploration activity.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jun 24 Sun 11:00AM-
12:00PM
HSIC 5 to 7 Bloomster $7/person 49044

Salt and Ice-travaganza!


There is no better time to explore the science behind ice, salt, and ice cream (!) than the summertime. Build, craft and experiment with ice, learn what role salt plays in melting and freezing, then put that science to good use -- ice cream making!
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Jun 30 Sat 12:30 PM-
2:00 PM
HSIC 5 to 12 Cardosi $10 per
person
49045

Owl Pellet Dissection


Come and excavate a pellet from an owl's gullet! You never know what you will find, but we hope to extract small bones. We will provide all the supplies, just bring your enthusiasm.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jul 1  Sun 11:30 AM-
1:00 PM
HSIC All ages Bloomster $8 per
person
49049

Ravenous Reptiles


Snakes are some of the most fascinating and charismatic creatures of the shoreline, so let's learn about them! Meet our resident gopher snakes and our new rosy boa, handle them, and then watch them devour their food in front of your eyes!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jul 15 Sun 11:30 AM-
1:00 PM
HSIC All ages Cardosi $8 per
person
49050

Say No to Oil Spills


Have you ever wondered what would happen if we had an oil spill at the shoreline? Come learn about the animals that would be affected, and take a walk to the Bay to conduct an experiment to see what happens when oil and water mix!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jul 8  Sun 11:00 AM-
12:30 PM
HSIC 7 to 10 Bloomster $8 per
person
49046

Shoreline Survival


Only a handful of mammals can survive out in the saltmarsh -- do you have what it takes to be one of them? Learn about edible plants, turn saltwater into freshwater, and use found materials to construct a shelter. Meet at the West Winton Trailhead.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jul 21 Sat 12:30 PM-
2:00 PM
HSIC All ages Cardosi $8 per
person
49051

Dip Netting


Hake a net to the channel to find a plethora of tidal animals: mud snails, crabs, shrimp, and more. Come enjoy this hands-on experience to meet and learn more about tidal critters.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jul 22  Sun 2:00PM-
3:00PM
HSIC All ages Bloomster $7 per person 49052

Hidden in Plain Sight


Come explore the action of camouflage at the shoreline! Learn which animals use it to survive, and see if you have an eye for hidden objects along the trail.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Aug 12  Sun 11:00 AM-
12:30 PM
HSIC 7 to 10 Bloomster $8 per
person
49047

Water Works


Beat the heat at the shoreline with water exploration and play. Pour, drip, and splash with water games and activities. Have fun and stay cool!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Aug 18  Sat 12:30PM-
1:30PM
HSIC 5 to 10 Cardosi $6 per person 49048

How to Catch a Lizard


Get up close and personal with our resident Fence Lizards and Alligator Lizards. Learn about these and other remarkable reptiles who call the Shoreline home, before testing your speed with lizard catching.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Sep 15 Sat 2:00 PM -
3:00 PM
HSIC 8+  Cardosi $8 per
person
50273

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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