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Mon, Tue: Closed

Wed - Sun : 10am - 5pm

$5 First Fridays

An Exciting and Immersive Experience Every First Friday

Each $5 First Friday at Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages! Join us each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. Each month there will be new things to explore!

Some activities have limited capacity and are first come, first served. Pre-purchase your tickets for $5 First Friday here:

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$5 admission begins at 6pm, and does not apply from 10am-5pm. The center is closed to the general public between 5-6pm (with the exceptions of current CSSC members) and reopens at 6pm for $5 First Friday.


December: Winter Celebration

Friday, December 1, 2017

Get into the holiday season as The Oakland Youth Chorus joins us in the Planetarium for their winter concert. We will also be celebrating the launch of our new hands on activity space, Project Create dives deep into the toys we know and love to see that makes them tick.   Using a variety of materials create a new toy to display in our gallery with our toy creation activity.  We will keep you in the spirit of the season with a giant gingerbread house community build. You may even see some roaming carolers in the Center!

Toy Drive in Partnership with Toys for Tots
Friday, December 1st-Sunday, December 10th

Chabot Space & Science Center is proud to partner with Toys for Tots as we host a Toy drive to assist them in their efforts in providing toys to children in need during the holidays. We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys to donate to Toys for Tots in Alameda County.

The toy drive will run until Sunday, December 10th. You can find the donation bins inside our front entrance during our open hours Wed-Sun 10am-5pm.

About The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation:
OVERVIEW: Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity is the fundraising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991.

GOAL: The primary goal of the Foundation is the same as that of the overall Toys for Tots Program: i.e. –  to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them into becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Project Create Launch:
Project Create is a place where families create together to spark their curiosity and love of making. Imaginations will be stimulated as our makers think of new ways to tinker with materials we see every day making them better, different, or new.  It is a space where experienced makers, artists, hackers, and crafters come to share their knowledge and experiment with new forms of creativity.

Gingerbread House Community Build
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Rotunda
Show off your architectural skills with Project Create as we build a Gingerbread neighborhood!

Toy Take Apart and Toy Creation Station
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Gruener Astronomy Hall
See what makes toys tick by taking them apart! You will also have a chance to create something new with the parts!

BeanSprouts Cafe
Time: 6-9pm
As Chabot's exclusive in-house café, Bean Sprouts can provide sandwiches, salads, and yummy treats .

Community Mural with Artist-in-Residence, Jacki Rust
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Gruener Astronomy Hall
Join our Chabot Artist-in-Residence, Jacki Rust, to create a collaborative community mural in the Project Create space.  Jacki will demonstrate how painters create color and the "illusion of light" as she invites them to add their own unique interpretation of color to this spectacular mural of a supernova. This collaborative art piece will remain on display in Project Create for some time afterward, for everyone to enjoy.    

About Jacki Rust
A passion for cycling and art brought Jacki Rust to the Bay in 2009.  Teaching art to dyslexic students has been a way for Rust to pass on learning techniques that help visual learners understand concepts. Rust also volunteers with students, particularly girls, to gain confidence and self-sufficiency through bike polo and cycling.  Artistically, Rust creates surrealist paintings and pen and inks with whimsical and industrial themes. 

Oakland Youth Chorus
Times: 6:30pm and 7:15pm
Location: Gruener Astronomy Hall
Join the singers of the Oakland Youth Chorus in a celebration of the songs, traditions, and diverse cultures that honor and create community. Sing with us as we raise our voices together toward the skies to empower others and create harmony.

Live Band: Kristen Hicks
Times: 6:30 - 7:30pm
Location: Mezzanine
Kristen Hicks is a singer, songwriter, keyboardist and guitarist originally from Riverside, California. Her debut EP, Overtaken includes songs of inspiration and love with beautiful melodies. Join the band as they sing traditional holiday songs and don’t miss the kids sing-a- long! https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/kristen-hicks/id791827409

DJ Dance Party
Time: 7:30 - 10pm
Location: Mezzanine
Join our family-friendly dance party!

Antarctica - Tales from the End of the World, 2016 (52 minutes, looped)
Times: 8:15 - 10pm
Location: Megadome Theater
The Antarctic region is undoubtedly one of the most remote and inhospitable, yet one of the most beautiful landscapes of the world. This documentary takes us on a journey to the stormy isolated islands of the Southern Ocean. Seals, penguins, seabirds and numerous other animals live and breed in this hostile environment and harsh climate. Only by an icebreaker can we reach the remote coasts of the Antarctic continent where Emperor Penguins defy the life-threatening environment of the vast ice desert at the end of the world.

Zeiss Astronomy Presentation
Times: 8:15 & 9pm
Location: Planetarium
Explore the cosmos as a Chabot Astronomer leads you through the galaxy using a Zeiss Universarium Mark VIII Star Projector. This recently restored Zeiss projector uses advanced fiber-optics to project stars with astonishing clarity.

Telescope Makers Workshop
Times: 7 - 10pm
Location: Chemistry/Physics Lab
Open to all ages, the Telescope Makers Workshop is an all-volunteer group committed to helping people build their own telescopes. Drop in to see what they are up to!

Telescope Viewing
Times: 7:30 - 10:30pm
Location: Observatory Deck
Chabot’s giant, historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe. Check out celestial viewing day and night. Our observatory deck offers breathtaking views 1,500 feet above the Bay.