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Take Our Children to Work Day (TOC)

Celebrate Your Family During Take our Children to Work Day

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, April 27th, 2023

Take Our Children to Work Day is an annual national celebration of employers hosting children at their workplace. Designed to be more than a career day, we like to think of it as a family-oriented “mini Picnic Day”.

The day not only exposes kids to what a parent or mentor does during their workday but shows children the value of their education and provides an opportunity to share how they envision their future and begin steps toward their goals in a hands-on and interactive environment. Kids will have the opportunity to see how our UC Davis community functions, instructs, learns and grows. The day is open to all UC Davis employees (including ANR and UCDH). Please follow the UC Davis Campus Ready Staff and Visitor requirements.

The full list of activities from TAKE OUR CHILDREN TO WORK DAY 2022 is available below.

Once you have read through the descriptions below, please REGISTER FOR THE DAY HERE, starting April 11th.
While LOTTERY for one of the RSVP events below IS NOW CLOSED (Friday, April 22nd at noon.), you can still register to participate in any of the open house activities through Wednesday, April 27th, using the link above.
You were notified by email, IF SELECTED FOR AN RSVP EVENT, on Monday, April 25th.
The DISCOUNTED LUNCH COUPON is now available here. (Please print one for each child 12 years of age and younger.)

Please see the end of our webpage for:

  • a printable Schedule 
  • a link to a Google Map of all events and
  • some common "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQs).

All Events (listed alphabetically)

  • Aggie Athletics (Ages 5-13)
  • See what it’s like to be an Aggie Football Player! Run through the tunnel to the field to participate in drills with some of our own Aggie football players and coaches.  We’ll finish up with coach pep talk out on the field. Meet in front of the ticket office at UC Davis Health Stadium at 10am.
  • Arboretum (All Ages Welcome)
  • Plan a visit to the Arboretum and Public Garden which includes the historic Arboretum, the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve and the rest of our 5300-acre campus. For more information and the visitor map, please visit

    Pick a chair and enjoy the views of our beautiful Lake Spafford. From 12-2pm we'll lay out about 10 red Adirondack chairs and a few blankets  along Lake Spafford, families are encouraged to stop by, relax and enjoy the views. This activity is appropriate for all ages.
  • Bohart Museum of Entomology (All Ages Welcome)
  • Curious about who studies insects and why? Visit the Bohart Museum of Entomology, part of the Department of Entomology!  TOC participants are welcome to come by to explore the displays and hold live insects. The Bohart Museum will have open hours for TOC from 1pm- 5pm
  • Botanical Conservatory (All Ages Welcome)
  • Form and function of plants from the world’s deserts, tropical forests, and carnivorous habitats are emphasized along with plant interactions with insects and other organisms. Location: Botanical Conservatory Headhouse at North end of Conservatory (middle greenhouse) North of Storer Hall. Open house from 9am-5pm
  • California Raptor Center (Ages 6+, unless you love owls, hawks, etc.)
  • The CRC is open for self-guided tours from 9am-4pm. ( The Center's non-releasable raptors are on the outdoor tour route, with informative placards at each exhibit describing the bird, its personal story, and its species. There is no charge for parking. Please keep self-guided tour groups to 6 people or fewer to minimize stress to the birds. For COVID-19 safety, only one family at a time inside the small on-site museum, please.
  • Campus Recreation (Ages 4+)
  • On April 28th, the UC Davis Rec Pool is participating in Take Our Children to Work Day by offering Rec Swimming activities.
    Come and join in the fun with in-water basketball, Water Volleyball, and for stronger swimmers, a 12ft diving well with a 1m diving board (children must pass a 25m swim test to swim in the diving well). Whether you’re a competitive swimmer or a little tentative in the water, there’s fun for everyone at the Recreation Pool. Open activity from 12pm-2:45pm.

  • Chemistry Show (All Ages Welcome)
  • A mini version of the Chemistry club's annual Picnic Day Show. The Show consists of demonstrations that showcase chemistry as the science of change. Trust us, you'll be awestruck. The show lasts 30 minutes and will be on the northeast side of the Chemistry building beside Rock Hall at 1pm. Rain cancels the show.
  • Coffee House (Ages 6+) - RSVP Required
  • Minimum age: 6.
    Don’t miss this opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of the largest restaurant on campus!  See what goes into serving over 7,000 people a day, and learn about the Coffee House’s unique history and how its student-driven food service model works.  Guests will tour the kitchen area then make their own lunch—build-your-own personal pizzas!  Tours at 11am, Noon and 1pm.  Meet at the Quad flagpole.  Closed-toe shoes are required. RSVP required.
  • Crocker Nuclear Lab (All Ages Welcome)
  • Join the Crocker Nuclear lab for an exploration of particle physics and how they’re used to advance scientific endeavors. Particle production and acceleration will be demonstrated along with visuals of the diverse applications: radiation effects mimicking cosmic radiation, eye therapy treatments via proton beam, nuclear physics experiments, isotope production for medical applications, chemical profiling of historical artifacts with Proton-Induced X-ray Emission, and characterization of wildfire smoke using ion beam analysis.
    Find us in the Jungerman Hall lobby, across from the Bainer Hall lawn from 10am to 2pm.
    Visitors will receive a proton collimator while supplies last.  More information can be found on our website,
  • Dairy Barn (All Ages Welcome) - RSVP Required
  • MOOOO! Everyone knows UC Davis has cows but here’s a chance to get an up close and personal look at the bovines at the Dairy Barn. Participants are reminded to stay with their guide at all times while at the barn. Meet at the parking lot behind the dairy.  For their health and safety, keep in mind that you are not allowed to touch the adorable baby bovines. Tours at 2pm and 3pm. RSVP required.
  • Design Museum (All Ages Welcome)
  • Enhancing the teaching and research activities of the Department of Design, the UC Davis Design Museum explores how design shapes, improves and makes economically viable the objects, technology and environments we use, inhabit and experience every day.  See current listing of exhibitions to determine age appropriateness: Open from Noon - 4pm at 24 Cruess Hall.
  • Engineering Student Design Center (All Ages Welcome) 
  • Future Engineers, Designers, and Creatives Unite! Come to the Engineering Student Design Center in 1120 Bainer Hall (north wing of Bainer Hall on the east end). Have you ever seen a 3-D printer in action? We are sure these are the "droids" you are looking for. Who needs a Light Saber when you can cut with a Laser! Open House from 10am to 2pm.
  • Facilities Management/Fleet Services (Ages 6-12) - RSVP Required
  • Minimum Age: 6.
    Join us at Facilities Management, Fleet Services as we build and paint birdhouses for Take Our Children to Work Day! Taking place from 1pm - 2:30pm, this fun activity is available to children between the ages of 6-12 and each child will leave with their very own painted birdhouse. Tables, chairs and pop-ups will be setup in the Fleet Services yard located at 740 La Rue Road. We recommend children wear sunscreen, appropriate clothing for painting and closed toe shoes. RSVP required.
  • Fire Station (All Ages Welcome)
  • Join us for a tour of the UC Davis Fire Station #34, meet our Campus Firefighters and join in some activities that Firefighters do every day- like putting on turnouts and using a fire hose. You can even watch a Student Resident Firefighter use the station pole! Open House from 11am-1pm.
  • Goat Barn (Ages 4+) - RSVP Required
  • Minimum Age: 4
    Bring your kids to meet our kids! Visit the Goat Barn for a goat milking demonstration, brief tour, and the chance to meet goat kids. Please wear footwear and clothing that has NOT been around any other livestock. Participants are reminded to stay with their guide at all times. Enter via the gate by the Raptor Center and park along the fence or by the old yellow barn. Tours at 10am and 11am. RSVP required.
  • Linguistics (Ages 7-12) - VIRTUAL ONLY
  • [Remote-activity].
    Come learn about speech science with Siri, Alexa, and Google assistant! Kids (ages 7-12) can participate in a real science experiment with a voice assistant (note that a parent must be present to consent). You will need a computer that can play sound and allow you to type/click (no other devices are needed). The experiment will take about 5 minutes. After, you'll see a short presentation about our research, including an overview of the lab.
  • Manetti Shrem Museum (All Ages Welcome)
  • The Manetti Shrem Museum is a contemporary art museum and includes exhibitions and artwork that address the issues of our time.  We are visited by many intergenerational groups including those with young children -- it really is at the discretion of their caregivers. Please take a look at our Current Exhibits ( prior to visiting to get a sense for what you will see before you arrive. Open from 11am - 6pm.
  • Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology (Ages 6-18) - RSVP Required
  • Minimum age: 6.
    How do scientists study wild animals and conservation issues? Visit the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology and take a tour of the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology! Get a sneak peek at the research collections of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians.  You’ll see real specimens (study skins, fluid-preserved, eggs, nests, and skeletons) of species that occur around the world.
    Tours will start at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm and last approximately 40 min.
    Meet in the East side of the Academic Surge Building in the main hallway by the MFWB exhibits under the wildlife banners.
    Please note, strollers are not allowed in the facility.  Restrooms and drinking fountain available.
    Check us out before TOC to Work Day at
    RSVP Required.
  • Oiled Wildlife Care (Ages 5+)
  • Come join us in the Vet Med 3B Lobby from 12pm-3pm to learn more about the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (  We will be leading two interactive activity stations including a chance to learn all about southern sea otters (with the ability to touch real sea otter pelts) and an up close look at feather structure (with the opportunity to test out the effects of water, soap and oil on sample feathers). 
  • Police Department (All Ages Welcome)
  • A tour of the Police Department starting with a special hello from our Police officers. We will visit our fingerprinting technician for your thumbprint that you can take home with you. An officer will be available on the tour for any questions and answers, and to show a patrol car with all of its gadgets. Open house from 11am-1pm. 
  • Residential Dining (All Ages Welcome)
  • Have lunch like a student!  TOCS participants are invited to have lunch at one of the Dining Halls—they’re not like they used to be, they resemble a really cool food court now.  The menu features all you care to eat soup and salad bar, grill items, entrees and desserts. Special for TOCS day, kids up to age 12 can get a $2.00 lunch.  We will send all registered TODS participants the link to the coupon by Wednesday, April 27 that can be presented at the check stand for the discount.  Lunch is from 11am – 2pm at all three dining rooms – Segundo, Tercero and Cuarto.  
  • SVM Anatomy Lab (Ages 10+)
  • Minimum Age: 10
    Have you ever wondered...How big is an Elephant Skull? How about, how tall is an Ostrich? Or, how big is a Galapagos Turtle Shell? Come on by the Anatomy Department and get an up close and personal view of our collection of skeletons and other various specimens.
    Open house from 9am-12pm; Vet Med 3A, Room 1215.
  • Tiny World of Microscopes (Ages 6+)
  • Drop by and see what a scientist sees when she looks into a microscope.  View microscopic organisms that wiggle on the slide as well as every day articles from your own pocket.  Our own Microscope Services staff will be on hand to discuss the various parts of microscopes and tell you about the different types of microscopes that are used on campus too.  Hutchison Hall Room 0005, Basement on East Side.  Open House from 10am- 12pm, bring cool stuff to look at up close!
  • UC Davis Arts in Public Places (All Ages Welcome)
  • Self-guided.
    Art in public places enhances the beauty of our campus
    for students, faculty, staff, and visitors, and they also convey the emotional power and spiritual values of art itself to every student, no matter his or her course of study or discipline. Art in public places are central to the experience of UC Davis. LINK 
  • Unitrans (Ages 5+) - RSVP Required
  • Minimum Age: 5  
    Tour the Unitrans Maintenance Facility and go for a ride on one of the busses!  See how those great London buses make the University GO!  Meet at the Maintenance facility on Garrod Road; 12pm-12:45pm; RSVP required.
  • Vegetable Crops and Greenhouses (All Ages Welcome)
  • Come see our new greenhouses! CA&ES has over 150 Greenhouses on the UC Davis Campus. The greenhouses work on over 100 research and teaching projects related to Plants, Insects, Plant diseases and ecology!!
    DIRECTIONS:  Go to the Core greenhouses located in the Bowley Plant Sciences Teaching facility.  
    Parking is on the west side of the ‘Core Headhouse’.  Open Tours at 11am-11:45am.
  • Veterinary Genetics Lab (Ages 10+) - RSVP Required
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
    Are you interested in genetics? Have you ever wondered what DNA looks like? Come talk to the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory team to learn about animal genetics and how genetic testing can improve animal health. After the talk, you will get a chance to isolate and look at DNA from strawberries! 10am and 11am; Space is limited and RSVP is required.

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • What is the child's age range for this event?
  • The national program is geared towards children aged 6-12.  Please see event listings above for more specific age range for each activity offered.  
  • Do I need to take the day off to participate in this event?
  • Participating employees should coordinate with their supervisors for time away to ensure coverage for operational needs.  Release time is appropriate with supervisory approval.
  • How does this event work with my child's school schedule?
  • You will need to call your child out of school to participate in these activities.    
  • What are the options for parking on campus if I don’t have a parking pass?
  • ParkMobile, Aggie's Pay-to-Park app, is the campus solution for daily parking needs.  
    Please visit the UC Davis Transportation Services website to download the app, setup your profile and learn more.