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$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!

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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.


February: Film and Animation

Friday, February 2, 2018

Join us as we celebrate Film and Animation as a kickoff for the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival taking place at Chabot on February 24th & 25th! Star in a collaborative animated movie using your whole body and fun props to create magical animations with Berkeley City College at their Pixilation Station!

Project Create Activity Space
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.  

Berkeley City College Pixilation Station 
Time: 6-9:30pm
Location: Discovery Lab

Use your whole body to create fun and magical animations with Berkeley City College at their Pixilation Station in our Discover Lab!

Located in downtown Berkeley on the same block as BART, BCC welcomes working professionals updating their technical media skills and students pursuing university degrees.

Courses include scriptwriting, video production, Photoshop, After Effects, 3D animation, Web development and programming, social media for professionals.  Five of our alumni have won Emmy’s and hundreds are employed in media related careers around the Bay.

The Making of ‘Piper’: Talk by Pixar’s Alan Barillaro
Time: 7:15pm
Location: Megadome Theater

Join director Alan Barillaro as he gives audiences a behind-the-scenes look at the inspirations and development of Pixar’s Academy Award-winning short, "Piper,” that tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline.

Bio: Alan Barillaro joined Pixar Animation Studios in January 1997.  Barillaro has worked on almost every Pixar film as an animator, including "A Bug’s Life,” "Toy Story 2,”  "Monsters, Inc.,” and the Academy Award®-winning features "Finding Nemo,” "The Incredibles,” "WALL•E” and "Brave.” On those last three features, Barillaro was given the role of supervising animator and was therefore responsible for overseeing the team of animators who worked to bring the characters in the films to life. 

Following his work on "Brave,” Barillaro went to work with Pixar’s software development team to help craft an animation tool that would help provide additional creative flexibility to the studio’s filmmaking process. As a proof of concept, Barillaro created a short animation test about a small bird – a sandpiper – on a beach. This animation test soon grew into a full-fledged short film, named "Piper,” directed by Barillaro, and won the Academy Award ® for animated short film in 2017.

Howtoons Demo
Time: 6 - 9:30pm
Location: Rotunda

Engage with hands-on projects that empower kids to unleash their creativity and learn through play, understanding the science behind toys they build themselves. The more they play, the more they know. Designed for kids 7-12, each kit comes with everything they need to create, learn and play, plus a comic book story and bonus content. Howtoons will showcase and demo their most popular kits, including a sneak peek at the February subscription box, a Zoetrope Kit, and host a hands-on activity. 

DJ Dance Party
Time: 6 - 9pm
Location: Mezzanine
Join the DJ for one giant dance party for mankind!

Best of the Fest Animated Short Films
Times: 8:30 & 9:15pm
Location: Megadome Theater
Join us for a series of animated short films from the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festivals of the past! 30 minute duration. 

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.

Star Stories
Times: 8pm
Location: Planetarium
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. 

Beatles Laser Show
Times: 9pm
Location: Planetarium

The "Fab Four’s” best 6 years provide 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. Running time: 40 min

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