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A Lifetime of Memories

Chabot is committed to helping parents inspire and educate their kids to become the next generation of science leaders, innovators and dreamers.

We offer many fun family activities that help accomplish this goal as well as have fun together and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Spend the night in the museum, become a member, marvel at the large Moon Rock on display, go on a mission together in our Challenger Learning Center® and look at galaxies far far away. Don't forget to pick up some Astronaut ice cream in our Starry Nights Gift Shop before you return home.

The list below is just some of the things you will find especially for PARENTS at Chabot.

Bookmark this page to find out about all the exciting things that we have just for Parents.

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  • Summer Sessions

    Summer Sessions

    Spark your curiosity with a series of open drop in labs geared towards the astronauts, artists and engineers in your family.

    Thursdays and Fridays in July and August

    Additional information about our individual programming can be found HERE


  • LEGO Laboratory

    LEGO Laboratory

    Members: $5
    Guests: $7 (does not include general admission)
    Think, build, test, destroy... do it all over again and again! We're hosting open LEGO Laboratories every Sunday with an engineering challenge focus. Challenges vary each week and include solar car building and racing, creating green machines that impact our environment, robots that perform based on your programming, and bridge building with seismic testing. Builders of all ages and skills are welcome. Active parent participation is required for youth under 10 years.

    July: Summer Movie Blockbuster Creations
    August: Bio Building
    September: Moon Adventures
    October: Halloween Click or Treat! Stop-Motion Movie Making and Edible Legos

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

    Each Sunday preceding the 1st quarter moon, the Eastbay Astronomical Society invites you to a special private telescope viewing. Unlike our regular viewing on Friday and Saturday evenings, EAS personalizes the experience by taking viewing requests, live interaction, and hosting tours and it's exclusively for our members!

  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    For Ages 3 - 5 years
    Expand your preschooler's universe by enrolling in our Tyke Explorers Program. Kids get to bring a special grown-up to share in the excitement of science and space. Classes are a combination of instructor-led lessons and self-guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration.

    July: Down by the Bay
    September: Solar System Science
    October: Kitchen Chemistry


  • Night Hikes

    Night Hikes

    Tickets: $14 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP Recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373

    Enjoy a hike through the beautiful redwoods! After the hike, stay and explore other amazing objects in the night sky through our telescopes (weather permitting) or tour the Telescope Makers Workshop. Hike will take place rain or shine.

  • Science Revealed

    Science Revealed

    Workshop: $5 Adult | $3 Child | Children 2 & Under Free
    Be dazzled with exciting demonstrations led by one of Chabot's dynamic science educators. Sudden appearances? Booms and bangs? Miraculous transformations? Enjoy a live and immersive presentation experience as you gain a deeper understanding for the way our world works. No, it's not a magic show - it's science!

  • Summer in Space Movie Series

    Summer in Space Movie Series

    Grab some popcorn and join us in our outdoor amphitheater as we celebrate classic science fiction films from the 1950's and 1960's. Inspired by comic books, these family-friendly films sparked the world's interest in interstellar travel, aliens and otherworldly terrains.

    Jul: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

  • Star Stories

    Star Stories

    Tickets: $15 (children 2 years & under free)
    Does not include General Admission

    This summer, lay on the grass and look up at the stars! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and come listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night's sky.

    Please note: Weather permitting for outside viewing. If night sky conditions are or become poor for viewing the program will take place inside one of our historic telescope domes. Please check our weather station for more day-of details or call us at (510) 336-7373 for more information. Don't forget to bring your blankets!

  • Special Closures

    Special Closures

    Please check the link here for specific information on closures; all or portions of our Center are closed for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Building with Biology

    Building with Biology

    Sunday Aug 15 11:00am to 4:00pm

    Free With General Admission (Purchase Admission tickets by clicking BUY TICKETS)

    Science fiction meets reality during this day of hands-on activities and presentations about the emerging genetic engineering field of synthetic biology. This event will feature many interactive sessions and opportunities to speak with scientists who are working in this exciting and evolving new field. 

  • UNIVERSE 2015

    UNIVERSE 2015

    Saturday Oct 10 10:00am to 4:00pm

    Free With General Admission (Purchase Admission tickets by clicking BUY TICKETS)

    Spend the day exploring the cosmos and learning about planets, dwarf planets, and exoplanets from world renowned experts. Delve deeper into all aspects of astronomy through our interactive exhibits, planetarium shows, telescopes, hands-on activities and a special astrophotography exhibit.

    Presented by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in partnership with Chabot Space and Science Center.

  • Lost in Space

    Lost in Space

    Adult Missions in the Challenger Learning Center®
    Flyers must be 21+
    Tickets: $30 (does not include general admission)
    Just like our public missions for families, but this one is strictly for adult flyers. Bring your friends and join an intrepid team to land on the red planet, construct a probe to send to one of the moons of Mars and save your crew from calamity. Grab your flight suit, strap on a helmet and experience the thrill and excitement of a NASA simulated space mission to Mars! Beer (provided by Federation Brewery), wine and light snacks will be provided.

    Spooky Halloween Lost In Space Mission: (Saturday Oct 3 7:00pm) Purchase tickets HERE

    (Minimum of 14 participants required per mission)

  • Mars Mini Missions

    Mars Mini Missions

    Public Missions in the Challenger Learning Center®
    Tickets: $12 (does not include general admission)
    Wonder what it's like to be an astronaut on a space mission? How does it feel to be a Mission Specialist guiding flights around the Solar System? Find out in our Challenger Learning Center® as you experience the thrill and excitement of a NASA simulated space mission! Become an important member on a dynamic team accomplishing the goals of your mission. This adventure is recommended for space travelers ages 10 years to adult (younger children may participate when teamed with an adult)

  • Summer August Game Night

    Summer August Game Night

    Join us Friday evenings in August for Chabot Game Nights! We’ll have many of your favorite board and strategy games available, or bring your own to play.
    Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.

    Members: $7
    Guests: $10 (does not include general admission). Purchase a combo (Game Night and General Admission) and save by clicking HERE!


  • Dog-Friendly Hike

    Dog-Friendly Hike

    You and your dog will stroll through the beautiful redwoods on an easy 2-3 mile hike. Learn about the local flora and fauna and spend some time with your furry friend as you enjoy local trails and meet other dog owners. Admission to the center (including the Dog Days of Summer activities) must be purchased separately.

    Please note, all waiver forms must be signed if you plan on bringing your dog on the hike. Forms will be available to sign before the hike. Also, our planetarium and observatory deck are "dog-free" areas during these hours. If you plan to see shows, we advise you not to bring your dog to the Center. Dogs will not be permitted to be left in cars.

  • Dog Days of Summer

    Dog Days of Summer

    Saturday, August 8 (11am - 4:30pm)

    Free With General Admission
    Dogs Welcome!!

    Dogs are performing feats of amazing science every day! Join us in celebrating our furry best friends and their people at our 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Festival and delight in and explore the science around the things that dogs do and love; from training, sleeping, and exercise, to play and nutrition. Be inspired with demonstrations from the Canine Circus School and Bernese Mountain dog drafting, plus a doggie spa, pet portraits, fashion show, raffles and much more! Get ready for a day of doggone fun!

    Planning on bringing your pooch?  Please note, all waiver forms must be signed?before your dog can join the fun!

  • Perseids Meteor Shower

    Perseids Meteor Shower

    Thursday Aug 13 12:00am

    When: This is a late night event 12am-3am
    Where: Observation Deck (located at the rear of the Museum)
    Price: $8 (Center will be closed at this time)

    Join us for one the best annual astronomical events of the year. The Perseids Meteor Shower will make its annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. Our astronomy experts will be on hand to answer your questions and help you catch a glimpse of the brightest meteors in the night sky.

    *Visibility is subject to weather conditions.

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Aug 15th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Supper Club: Molecular Gastronomy
    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Mix-up an evening out with your sweetheart by creating and tasting experimental cuisine.  You will create see-through appetizers, dry ice cocktails, and explosive desserts while dining in a romantic old-school laboratory and exploring molecular gastronomy.  Participants will be invited to stay for the 9:15pm Pink Floyd ElectroLaze show.

  • ¡Descubra!


    Saturday Aug 22 11:00am

    Chabot, in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center, presents ¡Descubra!, a fun-filled day for the whole family to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in new and engaging ways. ¡Descubra! showcases Lationo experts and role models in STEM fields so youth can learn about career paths and different areas of interest. These sessions include interactive presentations, hands-on activities, and design, build, and test workshops that develop science skills in youth. 

    Help us expand our multilingual library and receive $2 off admission* when you bring Spanish language book appropriate for children 1-5 years old. 
    *discount limited to 1 person.

  • Spectacular Seniors Day

    Spectacular Seniors Day

    Wednesday Sep 9 11:00am to 4:00pm

    Free With General Admission (Purchase Admission tickets by clicking BUY TICKETS)

    Explore the mysteries of the universe with hands-on demonstrations, a guided exhibit exploration that includes a tour of our authentic Soyuz Capsule, and a very special live presentation planetarium show that will take you on an imaginative journey deep into the cosmos. Enjoy music from classic harpist, Adele Stinson, from 11-1pm as you lunch at our Bean Sprouts Cafe. Then head out to our Observatory deck to see our historic telescopes and observe the Sun during the daytime.

    • Advanced registration is required for group rates by completing this Group Visit Request Form.
    • To reserve a boxed lunch for $10 that includes a sandwich, soup and coffee or tea, contact the Bean Sprouts Cafe at (510) 336-7451.
    • For questions, please contact the box office at (510) 336-7373. Weather permitting for daytime viewing

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    August 23 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (This event is sold out)
    October 18 - Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Sep 12 6:00pm

    Love Mission
    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Take your sweetheart one of the most memorable dates ever. It starts with dinner under the stars before you are whisked away on a simulated space mission to the Red Planet! Adventure awaits as you work on an exclusive team with other couples to rescue the space transport capsule from calamity. You and your date will be transported to a world of space travel inside Chabot Space & Science Center’s exclusive and interactive onsite mission control and space craft simulator. The adventure includes, romantic music, beer and wine, and sweets for your sweet. Arrive on time, as the agenda is tight in Mission Control!

  • Galaxy Explorers Information Session

    Galaxy Explorers Information Session

    Our Galaxy Explorer Program offers high school age students hands-on, fun, and educational community service work for developing science exploration, job and life skills. To learn more about the Galaxy Explorer program and how you can impact science education in your community while gaining invaluable experience, attend one of our information sessions. Applicants only need to attend one session.

  • The Starlight Gala

    The Starlight Gala

    Saturday September 26, 6-10

    A Startling Evening of Mad Science
    Join Bay Area business, community, and philanthropic leaders in supporting Chabot’s work to inspire and educate the next generation of scientists, engineers, and global thinkers.

    This evening will include a reception featuring a mad scientist mixologist creating concoctions that will stimulate your neurons. Grace Street Catering will prepare an out-of-this world dinner carefully paired with wine to delight your taste buds, followed by a live auction. Weather permitting, we will end the night with an exclusive telescope viewing on our Observatory Deck.

  • Future Fridays

    Future Fridays

    Friday Oct 16th 6:00-7:30pm

    Carleen Cullen: Warming the Bench
    Climate science tells us that our climate is changing. The question is, why aren’t we? Research shows that more than half of all Americans believe in anthropogenic climate change yet energy consumption remains high and introducing sustainable solutions has been limited. Every good coach knows that the players on the bench need to be ready too-we need to warm the bench and get civil scientists into the game. In this talk, Cullen looks at commercial and behavioral science approaches, highlighting opportunities to engage the American public in their personal actions reducing energy usage, building green markets, and shifting legislative thinking.

  • New Volunteer Orientation

    New Volunteer Orientation

    Saturday Oct 24 10:00am

    To learn more about Chabot and its fun volunteer opportunities, please attend this informational session.

  • Sinister Soiree: Fire and Frights

    Sinister Soiree: Fire and Frights

    Let your inner ghoul fly among the flames as we light up the night and illuminate the mysterious and supernatural! Watch and participate in a smoldering Live Science show, meet local artists who play with fire, win prizes in our raffle and share your spookiest story. Drinks will be for sale; come in costume and get your first drink free!

  • Halloween Party

    Halloween Party

    Saturday Oct 24 11:00am to 4:00pm

    Included with General Admission
    It's Trick or treat at Chabot. Dress as your favorite extraterrestrial or character and receive a treat! Drink some spooky punch and participate in hands-on sinister science activities. Enjoy guest appearances by special costumed friends. There will be Discovery Lab activities for tots with costumes, spooky read-a-longs and much more. 

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Friday Oct 30 7:00pm

    Black Magic
    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Here's a unique way to celebrate Halloween with your sweetie: Wine, dine, and wonder! Enjoy a catered dinner in our classic spooky chemistry lab while experiencing the mystery and excitement of magic with magician Dennis Kyriakos, who entertains up-close and personal between courses. Dennis skillfully presents high-caliber magic and mind-reading guaranteed to amaze and delight… and who knows, you may even learn a secret or two.

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  • A Tale of Many Moons

    A Tale of Many Moons

    Starting this June, let us fly you to the Moon – and maybe two or three others. The moons of the Solar System are richly diverse: as fantastic and far-flung as the planets they circle. We’ll take you on a journey to some of the most mysterious, beautiful, and awe-inspiring moons our robotic spacecraft have yet revealed. With an expert guide and cutting-edge astronomical visuals, the Cosmos 360 series reveals the workings of the Universe from new perspectives. A new live presentation debuts in our digital-dome planetarium every three months.

  • Cosmos 360 Series - A Tale of Many Moons

    Cosmos 360 Series - A Tale of Many Moons

    Previously Recorded
    Starting this June, let us fly you to the Moon – and maybe two or three others. The moons of the Solar System are richly diverse: as fantastic and far-flung as the planets they circle. We’ll take you on a journey to some of the most mysterious, beautiful, and awe-inspiring moons our robotic spacecraft have yet revealed. With an expert guide and cutting-edge astronomical visuals, the Cosmos 360 series reveals the workings of the Universe from new perspectives. A new live presentation debuts in our digital-dome planetarium every three months.

  • Back To The Moon For Good

    Back To The Moon For Good

    To the Moon... with no return? This new planetarium show follows the excitement of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. The ultimate example of citizen science, the winning team will successfully land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, have it travel 500 meters on the surface, and send back video imagery. Who will win the $30 million prize? After 40 years, the race is heating up once again, get in on the action!

  • Tales of the Maya Skies

    Tales of the Maya Skies

    Immerse yourself in the beauty of the "seventh wonder of the modern world," Mexico's Chichén Itz�. Hear the story of the ancient Maya civilization. Experience Tales of the Maya Skies, a new digital full-dome planetarium show produced by Chabot Space & Science Center. Narrated by Latin Grammy Award winner Lila Downs, Tales of the Maya Skies transports us to the jungles of Mexico, presenting the rich history and culture of the ancient Maya. Using the latest three dimensional laser scanning and advanced graphic techniques, Tales of the Maya Skies weaves together the richness of Maya culture, stories, science and contributions to our way of life.

    A Chabot Space & Science Center production. Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation.

  • Astronaut


    The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner & outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

    ASTRONAUT is produced by the National Space Centre.

  • ElectroLaze Sing-Along! Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

    ElectroLaze Sing-Along! Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

    Revive your psychedelic spirit at this special interactive ElectroLaze: Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon! Our cosmic maestro will inspire you to belt out your favorites as you are mesmerized by the live lasers, and imprint the cosmos with your own glowing and flashing instruments. The album that brought commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz that has been infinitely influential to musicians and artists alike.

    Drinks and glow sticks will be for sale.

  • ElectroLaze Led Zeppelin

    ElectroLaze Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin is proclaimed by many critics to be the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, and their individualistic style reset the standards for many musical genres in the 1960s and '70s. Indeed, they have been hailed as one of the most successful, innovative and influential bands, alongside Pink Floyd, U2 and the Beatles. Now you can relive the magical sounds of Led Zeppelin while enjoying a visual treat of custom laser imagery.

  • ElectroLaze Pink Floyd

    ElectroLaze Pink Floyd

    Based on Pink Floyd's 1973 album of humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time!

    Considered by many critics to be the album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. It's sonic backdrops and atmospheric soundscapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.

  • ElectroLaze The Beatles

    ElectroLaze The Beatles

    The "Fab Four's" best spanning 6 years becomes the background for dazzling laser-art. All ages and backgrounds will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles and how they helped define a generation.

  • ElectroLaze Laser Pop

    ElectroLaze Laser Pop

    The hottest pop artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-POPping laser show that will have your heart thumping and your feet tapping! Laser Pop features sizzling stars, both past and present, in brilliant laser light.

  • ElectroLaze iPop

    ElectroLaze iPop

    New music from today’s Pop charts mixed with a classic from Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. iPop features sizzling stars, both past and present, in brilliant laser light.

  • ElectroLaze Laser Magic

    ElectroLaze Laser Magic

    This program offers a magical mix of music, from those you love to those you have forgotten, all presented in concert with stunning laser images! This musical compilation is fun for the entire family and includes artists like Joan Jett, The B-52’s, Will Smith, The Blackhearts and much more.

  • ElectroLaze Laser Mania

    ElectroLaze Laser Mania

    When it's time to just rock-out and have a good time, Lasermania is the ticket. Enjoy a pure sensory adrenaline rush with a collection of the most current rock and pop hits of any laser show on the planet. Lasermania is the pinnacle of high energy laser light shows, guaranteed to have audiences dancing in their seats.

  • ElectroLaze LaseRetro

    ElectroLaze LaseRetro

    LaseRetro is a tribute to the great rock anthems of the 1980s. Astonishing laser art is coupled with upbeat rock and pop songs from one of the most exciting periods in mainstream music: the ‘80s! Shows feature the latest and most advanced programming techniques to create spectacular and striking laser effects.

  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    Two young adventurers turn an old cardboard box into a rocket and with the help of a magical book and their vivid imaginations blast off on an awesome journey to the most amazing places in the Solar System. Gasp in amazement at the huge planet Jupiter, find out what Saturn's rings are made of and discover the secret of the cardboard rocket. The show has been upgraded for digital full-dome systems and provides an excellent introduction to the nine planets of our Solar System. Especially for ages 5 to 10.