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Parents

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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  • Cosmic Concerts

    Cosmic Concerts

    $15 / $24 including General Admission
    You don't have to leave our galaxy to see some far-out talent. Local musicians Greg Ashley of the psychedelic rock band, The Gris-Gris, and John Morgan of the John Brother Piano Company turn our theater into a magical realm where science and music collide to produce a unique concert experience. Engage your own innate musicality and creativity by learning how to make simple instruments from common materials or start an impromptu jam session. Maybe you'll be inspired to form your own band!

  • Night Hikes

    Night Hikes

    Tickets: $12 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP Recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373

    Enjoy an easy 1-2 mile end-of-summer hike through the beautiful redwoods and watch the sun set over the bay! 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.

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Aug 30: 6:00pm

    Love Mission: $25
    Adults 21 & Over
    Take your sweetheart on a memorable date  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's exclusive and interactive onsite mission control and spacecraft simulator. The adventure includes romantic music, hands on assignments, beer and wine, and sweets for your sweet. Arrive on time things are precise in Mission Control!

  • Special Closure

    Special Closure

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

  • Senior Day

    Senior Day

    $13 per Person / $11 Group Rate
    $10 for a Box Lunch from Beansprouts

    Advanced Registration Required for Group Rates & lunch
    Explore the mysteries of the universe with hands-on demonstrations, guided exhibit exploration, including an authentic Soyuz Capsule, and a planetarium show delving deep into the cosmos. Enjoy music from classic harpist, Adele Stinson, from 11am-1pm as you enjoy a boxed lunch from BeanSprouts Cafe. Then head out to our Observatory deck to see our historic telescopes and observe the Sun during the daytime (weather permitting).

  • Chabot Hosts:

    Chabot Hosts:

    $15 / $25 including General Admission
    Ask a Scientist Lecture Series &
    Wonderfest: The Bay Area Beacon of Science

    Chabot is proud to partner with Ask a Scientist and Wonderfest to host this enlightening lecture, "A Planet for Goldilocks," about the search for other planets that might harbor life. The quest to find Earth-like planets has captivated our imagination for centuries and has been the goal of NASA's Kepler mission since 2009. Dr. Natalie Batalha, co-investigator on the Kepler mission and director of the Systems Teaching Institute at NASA Research Park, leads the presentation taking us on the Kepler spacecraft's search for planets that can sustain life. Dr. Batalha began her research on extrasolar planet detection and stellar astrophysics at NASA in 2000 and has published numerous papers on her findings.

  • Kitchen Chemistry

    Kitchen Chemistry

    Included with General Admission
    Sweet Science!
    What do a scientist and a chef have in common? A lot more than you might think! Delve into sweet science as you experiment with making candy, exploring flavor and observing edible reactions with our favorite local scientists, chocolatiers and confectioners. In celebration of National Grandparents' Day, we encourage you to bring the sweetest family members! Enjoy $2 off of senior admission on Saturday and Sunday only.

  • Public Mission

    Public Mission

    in the Challenger Learning Center®
    Guests: $12 + General Admission
    Members: $12
    Ever 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. You are a vital member of the crew! This adventure is recommended for space travelers ages 10 years to adult (younger children may participate when teamed with an adult).

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    Sunday Sep 07 5:30pm

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!

    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

    Join us for the Back-to-School children's classic, The Goonies. Join us in the MegaDome Theater for this free, members-only screening. Refreshments will be available by donation.

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    Sunday Sep 07 7:30pm

    Member Telescope Viewing
    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!

  • 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.

  • Star Stories

    Star Stories

    Tickets: $14 (children 2 years & under free)
    Does not include General Admission
    Lay on the grass and look up at the stars! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, share stories of the night sky as seen throughout history, and identify planets and stars that help orient you to the night sky.

    Space is limited. Call (510) 336-7373 today
    to reserve your spot on the hill.

  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    For Ages 3 - 5 years
    September: Falling Objects
    Gravity is pulling us (and everything else!) toward the center of our earth. This month we'll explore the invisible force of gravity to see how it affects falling objects and balance. Then we'll build parachutes to slow the pull of gravity so our astronauts don't crash to the ground. Finally we'll experiment with different ways to launch an object and escape the pull of gravity... for a few seconds, at least.

  • Homeschoolers Day

    Homeschoolers Day

    $13 Student / $8 Adult
    (Includes admission to the Center)
    Each class requires a minimum of 12 registrations
    To register: (510) 336-7381 or SchoolVisit@ChabotSpace.org

    Chabot welcomes all homeschool families! Join us for a special preview of our 60-minute science classes designed for all grades, take a trip through the solar system in our full-dome planetarium, tour the historic telescopes and complete a scavenger hunt to win a prize!

    Please choose one of the following class options:
    (class descriptions & appropriate grade-levels)

    Micronauts
    Moonstruck
    Planet Trek
  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    Special Saturday Classes!
    For Ages 3 - 5 years

    September: What Comes Up...
    ...Must come down! Design your own parachutes to work against the power of gravity! Can you build a parachute that allows a space capsule to safely fall to the ground without crashing?

  • Big Engineering Day

    Big Engineering Day

    Included with General Admission
    Big Engineering Day highlights the importance of everyday engineering and the tools we use to bring big ideas to fruition. How do thoughts become things? From brainstorming - think blue prints, computer rendering and sketches - to being - think, machinery, construction and computers. Engage your creativity and structural sensibilities with hands-on activities and workshops. As a bonus, explore the beauty and transformation of urban construction sites through the paintings of Alex Vietti.

  • The Starlight Gala

    The Starlight Gala

    Saturday Sep 20 6:30pm

    NextGen Now: A Benefit for Science Education

    Join other Bay Area business, community and philanthropic leaders in supporting our work to inspire and educate the next generation of scientists, innovators and global thinkers.

    This futuristic night will feature avant-garde libations, an out-of-this-world dinner, music and science. All proceeds will support Chabot's comprehensive science education programs, which touch the lives of youth who might not otherwise encounter the flicker of interest that becomes the spark and turns into passion.

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Thursday Sep 25 6:15pm

    Fly Your Own Planetarium Show
    featuring cuisine by Royal Raspberry Catering
    Adults 21 & Over

    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Become master of the universe! You and your date will fly a planetarium show into the vast and wondrous cosmos. Working with a Chabot planetarium technician, you'll get an exclusive chance to be in the booth and control our planetarium computer flying through space. What better way to put the moon and stars in your sweetheart's hands?

  • Fall Equinox

    Fall Equinox

    $12 / $22 including General Admission
    What happened to summer? Our longer days have quickly turned into longer nights. Celebrate the changing of seasons with a fall carnival suited for you night owls. Relive your childhood through classic autumnal activities such as pumpkin carving and squash bowling, indulge in local seasonal ales, live music and entertainment from the Octopus Literary Salon and RADIX Theater Company!

  • Fright Light!

    Fright Light!

    NEW LASERMANIA SHOW!
    Playing in October only...
    catch it before it's ghost
    !

    Looking for a unique way to send chills up your spine? Think you have the courage to sit through the most terrifying laser experience ever? Are you brave enough to witness vampires seducing their prey and demons haunting the unsuspecting? Perhaps you'll keep your eyes closed, only sneaking peeks at fun renditions of Purple People Eater and The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Laser Fright Light is a ghoulish way to celebrate the Halloween season... if you dare!

  • Astronomy Day

    Astronomy Day

    Included with General Admission
    It's a star! It's a satellite! It's a... well, what is it? Throughout history astronomers and scientists have made accidental discoveries of new stars, planets and more through trial and error. In celebration of National Astronomy Day on October 8, the East Bay Astronomical Society and other local astronomers will be present to share their research, teach the basics of operating a telescope and inspire the next generation of astronomers to make their own discoveries.

  • Science Revealed: ExploSCIve!

    Science Revealed: ExploSCIve!

    Workshop: $5 Adult | $3 Child | Children 2 & Under Free
    (Recommended for audiences 8+, though all are welcome!)
    Pop! Bang! Ping! Boom! Whoa! That's the sound of live science demos in our theater. Enjoy a 30-minute audience interactive show with aweing demonstrations that showcase the wonders of science. Visitors experience the lessons as we explore scientific theory. It's not magic, it's science... live!

  • Open Engineering Lab

    Open Engineering Lab

    Workshop: $5
    Join us for an afternoon of building and testing in our Sunday Open Engineering Lab. Each week we'll be working on a variety of projects that can include building and testing LEGO® solar car models, wind turbine blade design, bridge and building strength, shake table testing, robotics exploration and programming, and more.

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    Sunday Oct 05 5:30pm

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!

    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

    Join us for the spooky animated adventure, Paranorman. Join us in the MegaDome Theater for this free, members-only screening. Refreshments will be available by donation.

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    Sunday Oct 05 7:00pm

    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!

  • Total Lunar Eclipse

    Total Lunar Eclipse

    Guests: $15 Members: Free
    Children 2 & Under Free
    The observatory deck opens at 2am for a special presentation about the eclipse. Stay after the presentation for the late night viewing festivities. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. For this to happen the Sun, Earth, and Moon must be closely aligned with the Moon and the Moon located furthest from the Sun. Bring binoculars, blankets and warm clothes.

    Please note: Eclipse is not guaranteed and weather permitting for outside viewing

  • Creepy Classics

    Creepy Classics

    Movie Night Under the Stars
    $12/ $22 including General Admission
    Before there were high-tech special effects to thrill audiences, movie makers used their imaginations to create classic scary movies. Host Lord Blood-Rah, the High Lord of Geekdom, presents bizarre and frightening flicks with his own unique brand of Geeky madness! Bring your blankets and bundle up under the stars and discover the original scary films that laid the foundation for the new classics. Hot chocolate, wine & beer, and popcorn for sale.

  • Future Fridays

    Future Fridays

    Thomas Atchison
    Founder of Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation
    Civilian Space Exploration:
    Personalizing Your Access to Space!

    Thomas Atchison, founder of Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, is leading efforts for the next space race among the general public. Through STEM education activities and professional development opportunities, Mavericks is helping students of all ages discover a passion for rocketry and space flight. Learn about the history of space exploration and Mavericks' related efforts. You may be inspired to build and launch a rocket in your backyard!

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Oct 18 8:30pm

    Sinister Science featuring cuisine by Straw Catering
    Adults 21 & Over
    Members:
    $55 Guests: $65
    Release your inner mad scientist and enter our lab of sinister science and kooky chemistry. Sip on a sinister cocktail while our experts lead you through experiments that will change your perception of common household materials. For dinner, savor a catered dinner or try your hand at culinary science by making your own dessert. And cuddle up to your date to watch a special spooky presentation of Fright Light LaserMania!

  • Partial Solar Eclipse

    Partial Solar Eclipse

    $10 + General Admission / $15 Viewing Only
    A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. Join us on our observation deck to watch as the moon 'occults' the sun! Our resident astronomy experts will be on hand to help you safely view the celestial phenomenon using special instruments and will help to answer your questions. Special eclipse viewing glasses available.

  • Ignite East Bay

    Ignite East Bay

    $15 + General Admission
    What would you share with an audience if you had just 5 minutes? Chabot and Ignite Oakland are providing a platform for people to share their passions and expertise with a live audience, the catch is they have just 5 minutes and 20 quickly changing slides to do so. The science-related topics will range from the everyday to the extraordinary. Come eat, drink and snack while meeting your neighbors and sharing in their curiosity, know-how and smarts.

  • Halloween Party

    Halloween Party

    Included with General Admission
    Trick or treat at Chabot. Dress up as your favorite character and receive a treat! Drink some spooky punch and participate in hands-on sinister science activities. Enjoy guest appearances by special costumed friends. Bring your junior explorers to the Discovery Lab for spooky read-a-longs and scary science activities.

  • Future Fridays

    Future Fridays

    Will Wright
    Game Designer & Creator of Sim City
    Constructing a New Gaming Genre

    Twenty years ago, a video game that you could neither win nor lose was inconceivable unless you were Will Wright. With five years of college under his belt and no degree, then twenty-something year old Wright created a game based on designing and building cities. In achieving that goal, Will created a new genre in gaming and within it, one of the best-loved game franchises in history, SimCity. An entirely new kind of video game genre, focused on open-ended, non-violent gameplay was born! Hear Will discuss his journey and his upcoming projects.

  • New Volunteer Orientation

    New Volunteer Orientation

    Saturday Nov 15 10:00am

    Learn what it takes to join the team as a Chabot volunteer! We'll discuss opportunities and commitment while getting to know the Center. We're looking for adult volunteers dedicated to creating fun and interactive science experiences for our visitors. Science or astronomy background is not required, just a healthy sense of adventure and desire to learn and share!

    Please RSVP online at ChabotSpace.org/adult-volunteers


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  • The Home Galaxy

    The Home Galaxy

    It's been called a river in the sky, a Tree of Life, a celestial spine, and even a spray of mother's milk, but since Galileo made the telescopic discovery that it is made of countless hosts of stars and mysterious, dark, brooding clouds, we have come to know the Milky Way as our galactic home among the cosmos. Take a road trip with us down Via Lactea, the Milky Way, from its sprawling spiral arms to the ultimate heart of darkness, the supermassive black hole that resides at its center.

    Cosmos 360 Original Live Productions launch with new shows in our digital-dome 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!

  • Astronaut

    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.

  • Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

    Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

    Legends of the Night Sky: Orion takes a lighthearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky. The show brings the mythological Orion to life in a fun-filled, animated adventure.

    Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion's adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons.

  • LaserMania Pink Floyd

    LaserMania 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.

  • LaserMania The Beatles

    LaserMania 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.

  • 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.