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.
Wednesday, Dec 31 11:00am
Members: $5 per child
Guests: $5 per child + General Admission
SPACE IS LIMTED! - Register by calling (510) 336-7373
October 20: Member priority registration begins
October 27: Guest registration begins
Ring in the New Year without staying up all night! Celebrate strokes of midnight around the world at 11am, 1pm, and 4pm! Kids will count down and celebrate with hundreds of colorful balloons dropping from above. Stay for the day and participate in fun activities throughout the Center. Now the kids can ring in the New Year without staying up past their bedtimes!
For Ages 3 - 5 years
October: What's Up With This Weather?
Now that the weather is starting to change, let's take a closer look at what's happening outside. Learn all about different types of weather and clouds, go on a special hike to observe and measure the weather, and build your very own tools to collect weather data at home.
$10 + General Admission / $15 Viewing Only
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. Join us on our observatory deck to watch as the moon eclipses 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.
$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. Come hungry and enjoy a bite! Food and drinks available for purchase 7pm-8pm. The Grilled Cheez Guy will be on site and there will be beer and wine for sale. View the Speaker Line Up.
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.
Workshop: $5 Adult | $3 Child | Children 2 & Under Free
(Recommended for audiences 8+, though all are welcome!)
Do you like watching things go "BOOM"? Have you been mesmerized by the dancing flame of a campfire or fireplace? What is Fire? Why do things explode? Find out as we demonstrate the reactions which cause flame to burn and create explosions. This show is perfectly safe, but some small children may be frightened by the sudden booms or bright flames.
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.
Friday Oct 31 10:00am
Friday Dec 12 10:00am
Friday Jan 30 10:00am
Look out for our discounted days! $5 Fridays are back this fall! On select days, enjoy the entire Center, including planetarium shows, for the price of a lunch value meal.
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.
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.
Included with General Admission
Are you ready for some football!? Really get in the game with the science behind those great catches, long punts and perfect passes. Take a closer look at America's game exploring angles, velocity, resistance, materials - it's not just tackle and fun, there's science to making these players great! Once you dive deeper into the physics of it all, you'll be cheering for your favorite team in a whole new way!
Public Missions in the Challenger Learning Center®
Tickets: $10 (does not include general admission)
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)
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! Wine, beer and light snacks will be provided.
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.
Sunday Nov 16 6:00pm
FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
Space is limited and by reservation only,
so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.
We're partnering with the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival again to present the 7th annual Playdate for the Imagination, where education and imagination collide. Though the festival isn't until January, we've put together a special sneak-peek for members, highlighting the best of the 2014 festival and film clips screening at the 2015 festival. This year's theme is Green Innovation, harnessing creativity to solve global warming. The films inspire curiosity and conversation and allow children to experience an array of cultural perspectives on climate change. Join us in the MegaDome Theater for this free, members-only screening. Refreshments will be available by donation.
Movies, mythology, and popular culture paint many pictures of the ways that our world might end. How does science shed light on world-ending planetary disruptions past and future? We'll fly to celestial sites of devastation and disaster, exploring how these events shape our Universe, and could even threaten life on Earth.
Cosmos 360 Original Live Productions launch with new shows in our digital-dome every three months.
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!
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the "seventh wonder of the modern world," Mexico's Chichén Itzï¿½. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.