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Take Our Children to Work Day (TOC)

Celebrate Your Family During Take our Children to Work Day

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

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.

In response to the campus closures due to COVID, we have planned three different ways to participate in Take Our Children to Work Day 2021:

Please see the end of our webpage for some common FAQs.

Registration Events (Thursday, April 22, 2021)

  • Parent and Child Zentangle Class
  • Zen Kin Cousins
    April 22, 2021

    Noon, 2pm, 3pm
    Ages: 8 and up

    Join UC Davis Craft Center instructor Lee Miller in this fun class for beginning artists and those new to Zentangle. First, you will learn the philosophy behind, and method of, creating Zentangle art. Put pen to paper and learn to tangle beautiful patterns on square paper tiles with fine tip pens, pencils, and blending tortillon to shade your work. This fun class is beginner-friendly and you can use materials that you have around the house or inexpensive materials online.

    What is Zentangle?
    Zentangle is a form of artistic meditation through a very specific method of deliberate intention that produces non-objective drawings composed of patterns (tangles) that can be viewed from all four sides. Zentangle is about the process, not the outcome. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

    Material list:
    You’ll need to purchase or gather the following items prior to class:
    Micron 01 pen or an ultra-fine point marker/pen or a #2 Pencil
    Two (2) Zentangle® tiles or two 4"x 4" inch pieces of paper,
    Q-Tip or Tortillon/Blending Stub

    Register here.

  • Take our Children to the UC Davis Recreation pool!
  • On April 22nd, the UC Davis Rec Pool is participating in Take Our Children to Work Day by offering socially-distanced 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.

    To take part, you MUST reserve a spot, prior to arrival for one of the following times:
    12pm-12:45pm, 1:00pm-1:45pm, 2:00pm-2:45pm
    Recommended ages: 6 and up

    To ensure everyone has a chance to take part, you may only sign up for one of the three activities.
    The Aquatics Unit looks forward to seeing you on April 22nd!

    Registration is now open here.

    Scavenger Hunt

    Take some time throughout the week of April 19-23rd and explore the campus. Complete the directions for each location below and share your photos with other TOC participants.   

    Slack UCD TOCS link

    Join the fun on slack: 




    • Arboretum GATEway Garden
    • The Arboretum GATEway Garden is a connection point between the UC Davis campus and the City of Davis, highlighting local native plants in a striking modernist design - https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/arboretum-gateway-garden

      Directions: Visit the garden and look for exhibits about the history of Putah Creek, local wildlife, and the importance of native plants to the Patwin people, the original inhabitants of the area. Share one new thing you have learned on the TOCS slack channel.
    • California Rock Garden
    • The California Rock Garden (a Geology GATEway Garden) displays boulders and core samples representative of various geologic features in California in addition to California native plants that are part of the UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars program - https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/california-rock-garden

      Directions: Download the Walking Tour, do it, and post your favorite item on the TOCS slack channel
    • Eggheads
    • If you visit the UC Davis central campus, chances are you have walked past one of artist and UC Davis Professor Robert Arneson's Egghead bronze sculptures. Since they began appearing on campus in 1991, the works of art have caught the attention — and often hit the funny bone — of visitors as well as the campus community - https://www.ucdavis.edu/campus-life/arts-culture/eggheads/

      Directions: Take a photo with your favorite egghead on campus and share it on the TOCS slack channel.
    • Good Life Garden
    • Located in the courtyard of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, the Good Life Garden quickly became a popular venue for weddings and high-profile university events thanks to the gorgeous, well-maintained, ever-changing edible landscape. Located near Robert Mondavi Institute Buildings 1 & 2 - https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/good-life-garden

      Directions: Find a recipe that has one of the ingredients growing in the garden and share it on the TOCS slack channel
    • The Manetti Shrem Museum
    • The Manetti Shrem Museum cultivates transformational art experiences to inspire new thinking and the open exchange of ideas - https://manettishremmuseum.ucdavis.edu/

      Directions: Visit the museum and locate the gong outside the museum. Take a photo of striking the gong and post it on the TOCS slack channel
    • Nature's Gallery Court
    • The UC Davis Nature’s Gallery mural is a stunning work of art composed of over 140 colorful ceramic tiles—hand-crafted by students, staff, faculty, and community members—each depicting diverse drought-tolerant plants or insects found in the Arboretum’s Ruth Risdon Storer Garden - https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/natures-gallery-court

      Directions: Draw a picture of one of the tiles and post it on the TOCS slack channel
    • Tardigrade/Water Bear
    • The newly installed sculpture of a tardigrade, or water bear, promises not only to be a cuddly campus landmark but it may be the world's largest — and only — sculpture of its kind.
      Read more: The Bohart Museum: Tardigrades/Water Bears

      Directions: Locate and take a photo of yourself giving the water bear a “bear hug” and post it on the TOCS Slack channel
    • UC Davis Art in Public Places Sculptures
    • Art in Public Places enhances the beauty of our campus for students, faculty, staff, and visitors - https://manettishremmuseum.ucdavis.edu/art-public-places

      Directions: Download the guide, walk the tour, and post a photo of your favorite sculpture on the TOCS slack channel
    • UC Davis Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven
    • The Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is a unique outdoor museum that provides resources for local bee pollinators, inspires and educates visitors to create pollinator habitat gardens, and provides a site for the observation and study of bees and the plants that support them - https://beegarden.ucdavis.edu/

      Directions: Visit the Haven and look for any of the different bee species that are known to live at the haven. (https://beegarden.ucdavis.edu/common-bees/) Share a photo of one on the TOCS slack channel
    • University Airport
    • The University of California acquired the Airport, along with agricultural land, early in 1950 and continues to provide airport facilities to the Davis campus, the City of Davis, and to the general public. Davis is the only campus in the University of California system with an airport - https://taps.ucdavis.edu/universityairport/history

      Directions: Visit the airport and share a photo of your favorite aircraft on the TOCS slack channel
    • The Veterinarian Medicine Animal Anarchy
    • Art imitates life around the new UC Davis veterinary medicine administration building with the Animal Anarchy, the bronze creatures representing some of the rescue animals that live on the artist, Nina Kaiser’s small farm in the hills of north San Diego county – a bronze canine in a play bow, the geese, the pig and the goat seem ready to spring to life - https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/news/animal-anarchy-veterinary-school

      Directions: Locate the Animal Anarchy outside the administration building and take a photo with your favorite bronzed animal. Post your photo on the TOCS slack channel.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is the child's age range for this event?
    • The national program is geared towards children aged 6-12.  However, to offer a more inclusive event, the scavenger hunt option we created is open to all ages.  The registration events may have a more specific age range, so please read those descriptions carefully.  
    • 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?
    • This year the virtual and scavenger hunt options can be done at your own time, so they should not interfere with school.  If you are able to register for one of the registration events, and it conflicts with school, you will want to call your child out of school to participate.