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: 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

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: 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

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  Staff $8 per
child
42655
May 6 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
42656
 May 12 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
42657
 May 19 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
42658
 May 26 Fr 1:00 PM-
1:45 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Staff $8 per
child
42659

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 
 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

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+ Aguilar $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

Mother’s Day Bugging Out on the Shoreline


Spring brings us a plethora of six-legged and eight-legged friends and looking for them is a great family activity! Armed with bug boxes, we’ll head out into the marsh to look for caterpillars, spiders, butterflies, ladybugs, and so much more!

 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
 May 14 Su 1:00 PM-
2:00 PM
 HSIC 6 yr+ Iwane $5 per
child
42663

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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