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 September: Some Like It Hot!


Late summer heat usually hits us about now, and each week this month we will work to stay cool. Activities change every week and relate to the theme of the month.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Sep 6 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11304
Sep 13 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11359
Sep 20 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11360
Sep 27 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11361

Toddler Ramble October: Where Do Those Animals Live?


Each week this month we will look at a variety of habitats and explore where and how animals live in them. Activities change every week and relate to the theme of the month.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 4 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11305
Oct 11 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11362
Oct 18 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11363
Oct 25 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
11364

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

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 September: Saltiness


No rain, lots of evaporation -- this is the salt marsh at its saltiest. We will be on the lookout for sparkling salt crystals and we will explore them through arts and crafts. Be prepared to get dirty!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Sep 7 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $9 per child 11352

Nature Detectives October: Odd Organisms


Nature can be weird and wonderful, beautiful and bizarre! Come explore some spectacularly strange plants and animals, and the adaptations that make them special as we investigate odd organisms this month.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Oct 5 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Cardosi $9 per
child
11353

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

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
Sep 15 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free 10867
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

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 
Sep 29 Sun 11:00 AM-
2:00 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
11356
Oct 19 Sat 1:30 PM-
4:30 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
11357
Nov 16 Sat 1:30 PM-
4:30 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
11358

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

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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