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 February: The Nose Knows


We will smell, touch, look, listen, and taste our way through the month.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Feb 1 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
7124
Feb 8 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
7125
Feb 15 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
7126
Feb 22  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
7127

Toddler Ramble March: Mad Scientists


Let's put on our coats and conduct some experiments
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Mar 1 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
7128
Mar 8 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
7129
Mar 15 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
7130
Mar 22 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
7131
Mar 29 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
 HSIC
1 to 3
 
Graham
 
$7 per
child 
7132 

Toddler Ramble April: Nothing Could Be Fine


This month we'll work on our fine motor skills. Moving things around with our fingers will be fun and tactile! Activities change every week and relate to the theme of the month.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Apr 5 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
8694
Apr 12 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
8695
Apr 19  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
8696
Apr 26 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
8697

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 March: Reptile Romp


It's all about reptiles this month! Visit our resident snakes and lizards, and search for wild reptiles out in the marsh, all while learning about these remarkable and sometimes misunderstood animals through fun activities and crafts.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Mar 2 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Cardosi $9 per
child
7234

Nature Detectives April: Amazing Arthropods


Get up close and personal with insects, spiders and crustaceans as we investigate the big world of tiny arthropods this mont! Come dressed to get dirty (and muddy) as we'll be exploring the trail and dipnetting in the channel.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Apr 6 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $9 per
child
5538

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

Dipnetting


Join us as we search through the muddy water of the channels look for life. You may be surprised by how many living things make their home in the mud!
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Feb 10 Sun 11 AM-
12 PM
HSIC 7+ Staff $9 per person 7159

Tracks and Tidal Treks


Discover who lives at the marsh through tracks left in the mud as we hike along the shoreline. We will also be getting crafty and making our own tracks at the interpretive center! Dress in layers.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Feb 17 Sun 10:30AM-
12:00PM
HSIC 7+ Staff $9 per person 7160

Whose Scat is That?


Join us on World Wildlife Day for a hike along the shoreline in search of animals, as well as the evidence they leave behind. What we find just might surprise you!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Mar 3 Sun 10:30 AM-
12 PM
HSIC 7yr+ Staff $9 7235

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 
Mar 3 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
Mar 31 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
 Apr 28 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free
 May 26 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free

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 
Mar 24 Sun 1:30 PM-
4:30 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
8132 
Apr 20 Sat 12:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
8133
May 18 Sat 11:00 AM-
2:00 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
8134
Jun 2 Sun 11:00 AM-
2:00 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
8135

Touch Tank


Discover shoreline dwellers in our teach and touch tank. A naturalist will be on hand to help you explore crabs, barnacles, worms, snails, and more in this up close, hands on experience.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Mar 17 Sun 1:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff $7 per
person
8714

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
Apr 7 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff $7 per
person
8716

Spring Eggheads


Geek out at the shoreline this Easter! Explore our extensive egg collection, paint your own model egg like a professional scientific illustrator, and of course search our Center and the trails on an egg hunt. Family friendly and all ages.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Apr 21 Sun 1:00 PM-
2:30 PM
HSIC All ages Staff $8 per
person
8704

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

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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