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 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

Toddler Ramble March: Mad Scientist

Each week this month we will do an experiment or two and become mad scientists. Color mixing, dry ice bubbles, and dancing raisins are just the beginning! Activities change every week and relate to the theme of the month.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Mar 6 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
13621
Mar 13 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
13622
Mar 20 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
13623
Mar 27 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
13624

Toddler Ramble April: Birds and Nests and Eggs


Spring is in full swing, so it's a great time to explore the uniqueness of birds and how they live. We'll make some nests of our own, look for feathers and find out how special their eggs are.
 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 May: Messiness


It's that time of year to get messy again. All month long we will play with sensory materials that will require us to wash up a bit afterwards. May 8 and 22 we will explore the mud outside, so those days in particular, an extra set of clothes and boots will be needed.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
May 1 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
13629
May 8 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
13630
May 15 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3  Graham $7 per
child
13631
May 22  Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $7 per
child
13632
 May 29 Fri 10:30 AM-
11:15 AM
HSIC 1 to 3 Graham $7 per
child
13633

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 February: Wonderful Watery Wetlands


With World Wetland Day on February 2, 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

Nature Detectives April: Adventures at West Winton


Today we meet at the West Winton 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 
Apr 4 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5  Cardosi $9 per
child
13618

Nature Detectives May: Feathered Friends


It's all about birds this month as we investigate beaks, nests, and feathers, and of course, hit the trail to see our flying friends.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
May 2 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $9 per
child
13619

Nature Detectives June: Science Sleuths


Let's put our senses and those scientific brains to use as we conduct science experiments at the salt marsh this month!
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jun 6 Sat 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 3 to 5 Cardosi $9 per child 13620

Crafty Critters

Crafty Critters is a program for children age 5-7 and their caregivers, to explore nature and use it to inspire sustainable crafts!

Crafty Critters: April


Celebrate spring with flowers! We'll go for a short wildflower hike through the marsh, and create our own seed bomb to spread the beauty of native flowers everywhere.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Apr 26 Sun 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 5 to 7 Brown $8 per child 13636

Crafty Critters: May


As we get closer to summer we'll explore the salt ponds from afar, examine salt samples, and use salt to make our own salt-based craft.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
May 3 Sun 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 5 to 7 Brown $8 per child 13639

Crafty Critters: June


Today we'll try to make it close to the open bay to feel the wind on our faces. We'll also create and decorate our own wind inspired crafts.
 Date  Day  Time  Location  Age  Instructor Cost  Barcode 
Jun 7 Sun 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 5 to 7 Brown $8 per child 13641

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
 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
Mar 29 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free 13598
Apr 26 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free 13599
May 10 Sun 2:00 PM-
3:00 PM
HSIC All ages Staff Free  13600

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 
 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
 Mar 21 Sat 11:00 AM-
2:00 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
13601
Apr 18 Sat 10:00 AM-
1:00 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
13602
May 17 Sun 9:30 AM-
12:30 PM
HSIC 6 yr+ Cardosi $12 per
person
13603

Nifty Nests


The barn swallows have returned from their migration to nest at the shoreline. Learn how birds build their nests and what they use to create them. We will look for nests around the building and on the trail. Make your own nest to take home!
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Apr 5 Sun 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 5 to 12 Borowski $8 per
person
13644

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. Please pre-register for this family friendly event.
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
Apr 12 Sun 1 PM-
2:30 PM
HSIC All ages Staff $10 per person 13635

Incredible Insects


With spring flowers come their pollinator friends - bees, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths! Join a naturalist as we look for caterpillars and chrysalises near the Interpretive Center and continue on the trail looking for other creatures of the marsh! We'll also learn about the butterfly lifecycle and other interesting insect facts!
Date Day Time Location Age Instructor Cost Barcode
May 31 Sun 11:00 AM-
12:00 PM
HSIC 5 to 12 Brown $7 per
person
13645

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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