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 November: Do the Loco-motion


We are moving our bodies this month. We might hop, stomp, or even slither like a snake. What could be more fun? Activities change every week and relate to the theme of the month.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Nov 1 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11365
Nov 8 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11366
Nov 15 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11367
Nov 22 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11577

Toddler Ramble December: Crafty Like a Fox


Let's get crafty and make some art to keep or give to a loved one. Activities change every week and relate to the theme of the month.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Dec 6 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11369
Dec 13 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11370
Dec 20 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11371

Toddler Ramble January: Is There a Storm Brewing?


Do you remember last year all the rainy-day storms we had? This month we will learn about all kinds of weather including what we might expect in the winter through play and exploration. Activities change every week and relate to the theme of the month.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jan 3 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
12174
Jan 10 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
12175
Jan 17 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
12176
Jan 24 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
12177
Jan 31  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $7 per
child
12178

Toddler Ramble February: Let's Stay in Touch


It's all about sensory play this month. We will use all our senses by exploring sensory bins and bags. If you don't know what those are, come find out! Activities change every week and relate to the theme of the month.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Feb 7 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
12179
Feb 14 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
12180
Feb 21 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
12181
Feb 28 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
12182

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 November: Nocturnal Neighbors


What goes bump in the night? A whole other world of amazing nocturnal life! We'll investigate what goes on after dark through fun activities and crafts.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Nov 2 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Cardosi $9 per
child
11354

Nature Detectives December: Daring Detectives


Calling all Nature Detectives! Time to earn our detective badges by following curious creature clues, solving marsh mysteries, and hitting the trail with our gumshoes.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Dec 7 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $9 per
child
11355

Nature Detectives January: Marshy Movement


Snakes slither, jackrabbits jump, and surfperch swim. How will our Nature Detectives move today? We'll investigate animal movement this month, and of course move our bodies down the trail!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jan 4 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $9 per child 12130

Nature Detectives February: Wonderful Watery Wetlands


With World Wetland Day on February 2nd, now's the perfect time to explore all things water and what makes our local wetlands so wonderful. Splashing included!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Feb 1 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $9 per child 12133

Nature Detectives March: Wild Weather


We'll investigate all types of weather this month, rain or shine! Let's move with the wind, smile with the sun, and dance with the rain as we explore weather in the Bay Area and beyond.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Mar 7 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Cardosi $9 per
child
12134

Feeding Frenzy


Help a Naturalist feed our crabs, starry flounder and perch. Learn more about them and our other aquatic and land inhabitants while we investigate the Salt Marsh Food Web! Who will get to the food first?
Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost   Barcode
Oct 27 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free 10868
Nov 24 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free 10869
Dec 22  Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free 10870
 Jan 26 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free 12192
Feb 29 Sat 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free 12193

Fabulous 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 
Oct 19 Sat 1:00 PM-
4:00 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
11357
Nov 16 Sat 11:00 AM-
2:00 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
11358
 Jan 25 Sat 9:30 AM-
12:30 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
12190
Feb 22 Sat 11:00 AM-
2:00 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
12191

Pleasant Picnic


Take a nice walk along the shoreline with a naturalist, finishing with a pleasant picnic by the bay. We will bring locally sourced vegetarian foods and if you have something to share, bring it along!
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Oct 6 Sun 12 PM-
2 PM
HSIC All ages Staff $10 per person 11329

Ravenous Reptiles


October 21 is Reptile Awareness Day! Come down to the shoreline and learn what makes a reptile so fascinating and charismatic! We will introduce you to our resident reptiles: Our two gopher snakes, alligator lizard, king snake and rosy boa. You will get a chance to handle them and watch them devour food in front of your eyes!
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Oct 20 Sun 10:30 AM-
11:30 AM
HSIC 5 to12 Borowski $7 per
person
11322

Jr. Nature Photographers!


Parents and kids take on the shoreline to photograph our fantastic birds, plants and views. No photography experience necessary! Bring a camera if you are able. We have extra to share!
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Nov 3 Sun 10:00 AM-
11:30 AM
HSIC 6 to 12 Brown $7 per
person
11323

Blossoming Birders


Learn about our feathered friends through observation and interactive games. We'll also create bird feeders out of recycled materials.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Nov 17 Sun 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 8 to 12 Borowski $8 per
person
11324

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
Dec 1 Sun 10:30 AM-
11:30 AM
HSIC 5 yr+ Borowski $6 per
person
11325

There's Treasure Everywhere


Dip net the marsh channels to find treasure that lies beneath the water's surface. Then collect plankton samples and view these hidden gems with the help of microscopes.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Jan 5 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC 5 to 12 Borowski $8 per
person
12183

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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