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The Next Generation of Scientists, Innovators & Dreamers

It's a fact, science is part of our everyday world. Whether you are making a sandwich, riding a bike or building a rocket - its all around us. At Chabot, we are inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, innovators and dreamers. 

We offer many exciting opportunities for kids to get involved, get excited and get engaged! Check out our Discovery Lab, submit a question to a real life Astronomer or Scientist, take a photo in our replica Gemini Transport Capsule, participate in a demonstration, celebrate a birthday or look through a telescope at the same stars that kids looked at over a hundred years ago, participate in Space & Science Camp.

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

Bookmark this page to learn about all the exciting things that we have just for Kids.

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  • Summer Camp

    Summer Camp

     Join us at Chabot Space & Science Center this summer. Registration is open for summer 2018 on January 2nd.


  • Summer Hike Series

    Summer Hike Series

    Summer Hike Series at Chabot!

    Join us for hikes through our redwoods! Trail walks are led by an experienced hiker and Chabot educator and feature discussions about the natural environment, events, and objects in the sky.

    For All Hikes We Recommend:

    Wear layers as the weather can change
    Comfortable walking shoes
    Bring a snack and water bottle

    Hiking Programs
    Get tickets here: https://goo.gl/QSsFYe

  • Slumber with the Stars

    Slumber with the Stars

    Slumber with the Stars

    Spend the night at the Center, either indoors among the exhibits or outdoors on the observatory deck or Pleiades courtyard. Breakfast and dinner are included, along with special activities for the evening.

  • 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.

  • $5 First Fridays

    $5 First Fridays

    Every First Friday: 6-10pm
    Admission: $5

    At $5 First Fridays you can enjoy a special themed night with a changing group of community partners. Admission includes hands-on activities and live demonstrations throughout the center, planetarium shows and special events that are going on that evening. It's fun for the whole family! 

  • Telescope Viewing

    Telescope Viewing

    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.

  • Mars Closest Approach to Earth

    Mars Closest Approach to Earth

    Tuesday, July 31st 
    10:30pm – 2:30am (into the early morning of August 1st)
    $8 per person/ Weather Permitting

    On July 31st, Mars will be closer to the Earth and brighter than it has been for over a decade—less than 36 million miles away! Whether you gaze at this brilliant jewel set in the heavens above, or take a peek through a telescope, the view promises to be inspiring. Astronomers, telescopes and Mars-related activities on our observatory decks will keep you captivated throughout the evening. 

  • Grandparents Day

    Grandparents Day

    Sunday, September 19

    Grandparents are truly special! In honor of Grandparents Day, Chabot welcomes grandparents to visit the Center for half off. Enjoy live music on our observation deck, and special hands-on activities that the whole family will enjoy!

  • Perseids Meteor Shower

    Perseids Meteor Shower

    Sunday Aug 12-13 
    $8 per person

    Hang out on our new observation deck and be dazzled as you watch the spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere and lights up the night sky. Our astronomers are on hand to answer questions and hot chocolate and other goodies will be available.

    *Visibility is subject to weather conditions.

  • Summertime Science

    Summertime Science

    Saturday, July 21 and August 18, 2018
    Included with General Admission

    Join us for family fun in the sun at Chabot every 3rd Saturday during the summer months. Taking place July 21st and August 18, enjoy live music on our new Observation Deck, story time for the little ones and hands on activities that the whole family can enjoy.

  • First Glance: Member Telescope Viewing

    First Glance: Member Telescope Viewing

    FREE Member-only viewing. RSVP required!
    Space is limited and by reservation only.
    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!

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  • Einstein's Gravity Playlist

    Einstein's Gravity Playlist

    Our new planetarium show, Einstein's Gravity Playlist, explores the ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916. A century later, scientists detected these waves using precise laser devices here on Earth. Join Lucia, a PhD student in physics, on an exploration of how gravitational waves are formed, how they move through the universe, and how scientists like her work to hear them.

    Produced by the Extreme Gravity Lab at Montana State University

  • Surfing the Planet Zone

    Surfing the Planet Zone

    Surf the Planet Zone with alien space explorers Zzyzzyx, Crimblat, and Fiz, as they take you on an expedition of discovery through our solar system. From the icy dark regions beyond Neptune to the remarkable moons of Jupiter to the very core of the planet Earth, your adventure awaits!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Phantom of the Universe

    Phantom of the Universe

    Phantom of the Universe is an an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. The show will reveal the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine. From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.

  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    Two young explorers 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.