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  • Night Hikes

    Night Hikes

    Friday Aug 29 6:45pm
    Friday Sep 05 6:00pm
    Friday Sep 26 6:00pm
    Friday Oct 03 6:00pm
    Friday Oct 31 5:00pm

    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

    Sunday Aug 31 3:30pm
    Wednesday Sep 10 10:00am
    Saturday Sep 13 4:00pm
    Saturday Sep 20 4:00pm
    Saturday Sep 27 4:00pm
    Sunday Oct 19 10:00am
    Saturday Nov 01 8:00pm
    Saturday Nov 08 4:00pm

    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

    Wednesday Sep 03 11:00am

    $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:

    Friday Sep 05 7:00pm

    $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

    Saturday Sep 06 11:00am
    Sunday Sep 07 11:00am

    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

    Saturday Sep 06 1:30pm, 3:00pm
    Saturday Oct 04 1:30pm, 3:00pm

    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

    Saturday Sep 13 10:00am, 1:00pm
    Saturday Sep 20 10:00am, 1:00pm

    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

    Saturday Sep 13 8:30pm
    Friday Sep 26 8:30pm

    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

    Tuesday Sep 16 10:00am, 1:00pm
    Tuesday Sep 23 10:00am, 1:00pm
    Tuesday Sep 30 10:00am, 1:00pm
    Tuesday Oct 07 10:00am, 1:00pm
    Tuesday Oct 14 10:00am, 1:00pm
    Tuesday Oct 21 10:00am, 1:00pm

    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

    Wednesday Sep 17 9:45am, 12:15pm

    $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)

    Planet Trek
  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    Saturday Sep 20 2:00pm
    Saturday Oct 18 2:00pm

    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

    Saturday Sep 20 11:00am

    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?



    Saturday Sep 27 9:00am

    Fun Exchanges & Activities for Science Teachers
    Advanced Registration is Required
    FEAST is truly a grass roots effort that began with a small group of secondary science teachers and has grown to over 200 members. Each monthly meeting during the school year focuses on topics selected by the FEAST teachers. Most of our sessions invite teachers to share lessons and demonstrations around a particular topics like as "Energy," "Toys in Science," or "Climate Science" as well as visiting speakers. There is no cost to join or participate as long as you are an educator and are willing to share one of your favorite lessons around a particular topic.

  • Fall Equinox

    Fall Equinox

    Saturday Sep 27 7:00pm

    $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!

    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

    Saturday Oct 04 11:00am
    Sunday Oct 05 11:00am

    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!

    Saturday Oct 04 2:15pm
    Saturday Oct 11 2:15pm
    Saturday Oct 18 2:15pm
    Saturday Oct 25 2:15pm

    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

    Sunday Oct 05 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
    Sunday Oct 12 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
    Sunday Oct 19 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
    Sunday Oct 26 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

    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

    Wednesday Oct 08 2:00am

    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

    Saturday Oct 11 8:00pm

    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

    Friday Oct 17 6:00pm
    Friday Nov 14 6:00pm

    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
    $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

    Thursday Oct 23 1:45pm

    $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

    Friday Oct 24 7:00pm

    $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.



    Saturday Oct 25 9:00am

    Fun Exchanges & Activities
    for Science Teachers
    Advanced Registration is Required

    What are some of the cool demos or activities that you reserve for those upcoming special holidays, events or celebrations like Halloween, Earth Day, National Science and Engineering Day, or Pi Day. At this session, we'd like you share an activity that is linked to such an occasion. Bring your ideas, demonstrations and/or lessons and share how you connect students with science and math and collect a few ideas for yourself while you're at it. This topic embraces all disciplines: biology / physiology, chemistry, physics, earth science, math and more.

  • Halloween Party

    Halloween Party

    Saturday Oct 25 11:00am

    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

    Friday Oct 17 6:00pm
    Friday Nov 14 6:00pm

    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