Take Our Children to Work Day (TOC)

group of kids looking at a plant and visiting baby cows
TAKE OUR CHILDREN TO WORK DAY SCHEDULED ON APRIL 23, 2020 IS CANCELLED. WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US NEXT YEAR ON APRIL 22, 2021.  

Celebrate your family during Take our Children to Work Day, Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

VIRTUAL TOCS Day Scavenger Hunt Answers:

Here is a virtual Scavenger Hunt of UC Davis to teach your kids search skills (one of the most important skills is the ability to find and access web-based information, particularly once they leave the nest). Please click on links to find answers, or read the italicized answers.  Hope you had fun!

  1. Where can you find a Virtual Tour of Live Insects (11 minute video) and Lepidoptera (13 minutes) ?  What is a Lepidoptera? An order of insects that comprises butterflies and moths.
  2. What is the current number of goats at the new Goat Teaching and Research Facility? 150
  3. What percentage of the cows at the Dairy Teaching and Research Facility are Jersey Cows? 25%
  4. What effects does oil have on wildlife?  Specifically, the impacts to seabirds and marine mammals? Feathers/hair and skin, Internal Organs, Reproduction, Populations
  5. What letter Unitrans bus would you take to get from the Memorial Union on campus to the Davis Amtrak Station? "O"
  6. What year did did UC Davis establish a formal organization for fire protection with faculty and student fire crews? 1917
  7. What does the word "Patwin" mean and why is it relevant to UC Davis?  Hint:  Anthropology Museum Online Galleries The Patwin are a band of Wintun people native to our area.
  8. How many birds are brought to the California Raptor Center annually? 300 What is the main reason these birds are brought in? adverse contact with human activity What percentage of those are released back to the wild? 60%
  9. On the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology site, what genus of animal skull photo do you find on the Mammal Collection page? Ursus (BEARS!)
  10. What is the name of a story in the Current Issue of The Horse Report form the Center for Equine Science?  Read and explain the story to your parent.

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. 

This event is for UC employees, retirees, students and their youth guests. Participating employees should coordinate with their supervisor to ensure coverage for operational needs. Release time is appropriate with supervisory approval. 

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If you would like to attend any of the Open House activities, please submit a general registration.

GENERAL REGISTRATION

To help plan your day, please view the event map.

EVENT MAP

Below is a list of 2020 OPEN HOUSE activities:

  • AGGIE ATHLETICS, UCD HEALTH STADIUM
  • 2020 description coming soon... event scheduled between 12:00-1:00pm; UCD Health Stadium
  • AIR QUALITY RESEARCH CENTER AND CROCKER NUCLEAR LAB (NEW FOR 2020)
  • Join the Air Quality Research Center and Crocker Nuclear Lab for interactive air quality sensors and visuals, hands on activities, and fun items housed in the nuclear lab, including a Jacob’s Ladder! Find us in Jungerman Hall lobby from 10:00am–2:00pm. More information can be found on our websites at crocker.ucdavis.edu and aqrc.ucdavis.edu.
  • ANTHROPOLOGY  
  • Visit the Anthropology open house between 1:30-3:30 for coloring, wall displays and to enjoy cookies from different countries!  330 Young Hall
  • ARBORETUM
  • Two things to do at the Arboretum! 
    First, 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 arboretum.ucdavis.edu/visit
    Second, stop by and shop the one-acre nursery during the UC Davis Affiliate Plant Sale between 11:00am-2:00pm at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery.
  • BOHART MUSEUM OF ENTOMOLOGY
  • Curious about who studies insects and why? Visit the Bohart Museum of Entomology, part of the Department of Entomology!  TOCS participants are welcome to come by to explore the displays and hold live insects. The Bohart Museum will have open hours for TOCS from 1:00pm-5:00pm.
  • BOTANICAL CONSERVATORY
  • 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.  Open house from 9:00am-5:00pm; Botanical Conservatory Headhouse at North end of Conservatory (middle greenhouse) North of Storer Hall
  • CALIFORNIA RAPTOR CENTER
  • The California Raptor Center's non-releasable raptors are on the tour route, with informative placards at each exhibit describing the bird, its personal story, and its species. There is no charge for parking. The CRC is open for self-guided tours from 9:00am-4:00pm. Please keep self-guided tour groups to 6 people or fewer to minimize stress to the birds. Visit our website for more information at https://crc.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/
  • CAMPUS RECREATION AQUATICS
  • Free play at the UC Davis Recreation pool is a chance to check out this fun brand-new facility. Come join in the fun with in-water basketball, Water Volleyball and for stronger swimmers a 12ft diving well with a 1m diving board. Whether you’re a competitive swimmer or a little tentative in the water, there’s fun for everyone at the Recreation Pool. 1:00pm-3:00pm.
  • CHEMISTRY SHOW
  • 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 in the Life Sciences courtyard. Come early to get a seat!  10:00 am - 10:30 am. Rain cancels the show.
  • CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE
  • Learn the art of calligraphy and some easy Chinese crafts, including paper-cutting, lantern-making, and Beijing Opera Masks.  Explore Chinese culture through trying some Chinese snacks and learn how to kick a Chinese shuttlecock!  Open house 2:00-4:00pm, 3013 Wickson Hall
  • FIRE STATION #34  (2019 event listing)
  • 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! 11:00-11:45am.
  • FUTURE ENGINEERS UNITE!!
  • Come to the Engineering Student Design Center to see Gyroscope Wars...come and see who can spin a gyroscope the longest.  Have you ever seen a 3-D printer in action?  We have eleven.  Who needs a Light Saber when you can cut with a Laser. Open House, 10:00am - 2:00pm, 1120 & 1220 Bainer Hall (north wing of Bainer, on the east end)
  • GORMAN MUSEUM
  • Open 12:00-5:00pm. Self-guided.  1316 Hart Hall.  Visit their website here.
  • LINGUISTICS - SPEECH SCIENCE WITH SIRI AND ALEXA (NEW FOR 2020)
  • Come learn about speech science with digital assistants!  You'll participate in real science experiments with Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant (ages 7-100; if under 18, a parent must be present).  The experiment will take about 5 minutes.  After, you will see a short presentation on our research and have time for kids (and adults!) to ask questions.  This study has been approved by the UC Davis Institutional Review Board (IRB).  Sign-up here for your 30 minute time slot. (Note that we can accommodate a maximum of 5 children for each time slot).
  • MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM
  • Open 12:00pm-9:00pm.  Self-guided.  254 Old Davis Road.  Visit their website here.
  • MONDAVI CENTER
  • 2020 description coming soon...
  • OILED WILDLIFE CARE (NEW FOR 2020)
  • Come stop by and visit with staff from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.  We will be hosting two activity stations, with one focusing on the effects of oil on bird feathers, and the other discussing all things sea otter!  Open House, 12:00-3:00pm, VetMed 3B

  • POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • A tour of the Police Department starting with a special hello from our Chief of Police. 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.  11:00-11:45 
  • SEGUNDO/TERCERO/CUARTO DINING HALLS
  • Have lunch like a student!  TODS 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.  Special for TODS 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 Monday, April 20 that can be presented at the checkstand for the discount.  Lunch is from 11am – 2pm at all three dining rooms – Segundo, Tercero and Cuarto.  The menu features all you care to eat soup and salad bar, grill items, entrees and desserts.

  • SHIELDS LIBRARY (2019 event listing)
  • For a quiet break in a busy day, join us for Storytime & Coloring in the Shields Library Courtyard!  Coloring fun for kids of all ages throughout both activity times! Two age-targeted activities planned:
    11:00-11:45am: English Professor Fran Dolan will read children’s books (for younger children), followed by a short Q&A with a librarian.
    2:00-2:45pm: Professor Dolan will read an excerpt from Harry Potter, followed by brief librarian Q&A on the Making of our Harry Potter Exhibit.

  • SVM ANATOMY LAB (NEW FOR 2020)
  • 2020 description coming soon...Open House, 9am-11am
  • TINY WORLD OF MICROSCOPES
  • 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 10:00am-12:00pm, bring cool stuff to look at up close--we will be providing worms to spy on!
  • UC DAVIS ART IN PUBLIC PLACES
  • 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
  • VEGETABLE CROPS AND GREENHOUSES 
  • Come see our new greenhouses! OVERVIEW: 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 11:00-11:45.

Lottery Events

The events listed below have space/age limitations so are distributed through a lottery system.  They will be open for lottery on April 13.  If you would like to attend one of these activities, please click on the lottery request link below.  Due to overwhelming interest, each employee/student/retiree may apply for only one lottery event.

Please note the event is limited to UC Davis employees and their child/family guests. Please respect listed age limitations, particularly for lottery events.

If you would like to be included in the lottery for one of the events below, please submit a lottery request between April 13th through April 16th.  

LOTTERY REQUEST - AVAILABLE APRIL 13
  • BOTANICAL CONSERVATORY
  • Minimum age: 6. 
    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.  Tour at 2:00, RSVP required.
  • CAMPUS RECREATIONS AQUATICS
  • Minimum age: 3.
    Come join us for a 30-minute, free swim lesson.  The lesson will replicate the lessons ran in the summer however, they will be more FUN based, focusing on enjoying swimming (there will be technique based lessons too).  During these lessons, there will also be a free CPR class for the parents whose children are attending the swim lesson.  There will be no certification but will go through the basic CPR ratio's and need to know information for visiting the pool in the summer.  3 swim lessons offered at both 12:00pm and 12:30pm. RSVP required.
  • CENTER FOR EQUINE HEALTH (NEW FOR 2020)
  • Calling all horse crazy kids! The Center for Equine Health is the home of horse teaching, research, and outreach for the School of Veterinary Medicine. Join us to learn what it’s like to be an equine veterinarian, meet some of our amazing equine ambassadors, and find out why horses are such special animals! Participants are asked to stay in designated areas and refrain from touching animals or taking pictures outside of these areas. Long pants and closed toed shoes are recommended. There is no charge for parking. Located off Old Davis Road, first driveway on the left after the train tracks. Tours at 10:00 and 11:00am, RSVP required.
  • COFFEE HOUSE at MU
  • 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!  Closed-toe shoes are required.  Meet at the Quad flagpole. Tours at 11:00am, Noon and 1:00pm, RSVP required.
  • DAIRY BARN MOOO!
  • 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 2:00pm and 3:00pm, RSVP required
  • ENERGY AND EFFICIENCY INSTITUTE (NEW FOR 2020)
  • 2020 description coming soon...3:30-4:15 tour, RSVP required.
  • FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (NEW FOR 2020)
  • Join us at Facilities Management as we paint pre-built birdhouses for Take Our Children to Work Day! Taking place at 1:00pm, 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 courtyard at the Facilities Services office located at 400 Crocker Lane. We recommend children wear sunscreen, appropriate clothing for painting and closed-toe shoes. RSVP required.  
  • GOAT BARN (NEW FOR 2020)
  • 2020 Description coming soon...1:00pm tour, RSVP required.
  • MOUSE BIOLOGY LAB
  • Come visit our laboratory, where we provide products and services locally, nationally, and internationally to researchers. We will have some hands-on activities, and then tour through the laboratory, and you will also get a glimpse into our cryopreservation storage facility, one of the largest mouse model repositories in the world. 3:30pm activity and tour; 2795 Second Street, Suite 400. RSVP required 
  • MUSEUM OF WILDLIFE AND FISH BIOLOGY
  • 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 fish, bird, reptile/amphibian and mammal collections where you’ll see real specimens of animals, including study skins, and skeletons from around the world. Tours will start at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 and last approximately 40 min. Meet in the east side of Academic Surge Building in the main hallway by the MFWB exhibits under the wildlife banners. Please note, strollers are not allowed in the facility.  RSVP Required.
  • RATS IN RESEARCH
  • Minimum Age: 8+.
    Working with rats is fun.  They enjoy a nice massage while being handled. Rats have helped us study many diseases and treatments which have helped people and other animals live longer and healthier lives. Come to rat handling class to learn ways to work with rats that make them more comfortable and provide them with the best care we can so they can help us find cures and treatments for many diseases. Tours at 2:00pm and 3:00pm. RSVP required.
  • STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES - YOGA FOR KIDS (NEW IN 2020)
  • Yoga encourages self-esteem and body awareness with physical activity that is not competitive. Research indicates that yoga practice provides many benefits for children. It enhances flexibility, strength, coordination, body awareness, concentration and also provides methods to reduce stress and enhance calmness and relaxation. Yoga provides a playful way for children to connect more deeply with their inner self while experiencing their relationship with the world around them. Join us for a short yoga session created especially for children (of all ages.)  RSVP required.
  • UNITRANS
  • Tour the Unitrans Maintenance Facility and go for a ride on one of the double deckers!  See how those great London buses make the University GO!  Meet at the Maintenance facility on Garrod Road.  12:00-12:45pm. RSVP required.
  • VETERINARY GENETICS LAB (NEW FOR 2020)
  • Veterinary Genetics Laboratory: Are you interested in seeing what goes on behind the scenes in an animal genetics laboratory? Have you ever wanted to visualize your own DNA? Come visit the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, part of the School of Veterinary Medicine, and get a short tour of our lab. After the tour you’ll get to take part in a fun and easy scientific experiment where you’ll isolate and visualize your own DNA! Located at 980 Old Davis Rd (3rd entrance on the left after the underpass), tour will go from 2-2:45 pm.  RSVP required.
  • VETERINARY MEDICAL TEACHING HOSPITAL (VMTH)
  • Minimum Age: 10+. 
    The tour of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital includes both the small and large animal clinics and will give you an opportunity to see the workings of an animal hospital. You won’t see many animals, however, because they are being treated for an illness. Meet downstairs, outside the small animal clinic entrance lobby. Do not park in any of the spaces reserved specifically for VMTH clients, as you will run the risk of being ticketed. Walk around to the right (north) of the VMTH (an older building behind lot 50), where you will see the entrance to the small animal clinic.  Walk in the direction of Reception 1, 2 and Emergency Signs.   While on the tour it is important to stay close to the wall, and not crowd the hallways, as clinicians and staff need to be able to do their job and respond to any emergency situations.  Please remember be quiet as this is a functioning hospital. Please do not peek into exam room windows or take pictures. Two tours, 3:00-4:30pm.  RSVP required.


More Information:

Frequently Asked Questions PDF
Supervision:

Parents/Guardians are responsible for maintaining supervision of their minors throughout the entirety of the program. (please note, the child does not have to be your child, it can be a child from our larger community...'it takes a village' principle) The UC employee does not necessarily have to be the main guardian for the day. Many people have their partners or relatives manage the care of their child through the activities and only briefly spend time at the employee's workplace learning about what they do in their work  This is a good option if you are unable to spend the whole day doing TOC or have younger or multiple children with different activities.  If you have kids in different age-ranges, bring another supervising adult if you want to do different age-appropriate activities (particularly those in lottery). 

Photos and Recordings: 

UC Davis FOA/WorkLife may take photos and videos during the event for promotional campaigns for communications. If you don’t want your picture taken or used for public or promotional purposes, please decline photo taking by staff and activity hosts.


TODS at UC Davis Health: 

TODS at Health is managed through SWADAAC and has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.