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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!

Some activities have limited capacity and are first come, first served. Pre-purchase your tickets for $5 First Friday here:

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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.

June 2nd, 6pm-10pm: 

Join us as we celebrate our 1 Year Anniversary of $5 First Friday!

Get your strategy on and try out new games or enjoy old favorites. Check out our many game rooms throughout the center including board games and video games and join in on the fun!

$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.


Kerbal Space Program
Location: Biology Lab

Challenge 1
Time: 6pm

Bring your own laptop, or use one of ours and join in on the design and build challenge led by Astronogamer Scott Manley!

Challenge 2
Time: 8:30pm

Let’s see who can get closest to the target in the fastest time! Bring your own laptop, or use one of ours and join in on the challenge led by Astronogamer Scott Manley.

Talk by Astronogamer Scott Manley- Can You Learn Rocket Science from Video Games?
Time: 7pm
Location: Megadome Theater

5 years ago a video game appeared called 'Kerbal Space Program'. Scott made a few videos teaching people how to play the game and somehow this turned into a second career where he put science and video games side by side on YouTube. As it turns out, playing video games is an immensely powerful way to teach players of all ages, and through playing with virtual rockets, millions of people of all ages have learned physics, orbital mechanics and rocket science.

Bio: Best known for his space themed YouTube channel where he brings science into video games and teaches kids of all ages the math behind rocket science. Originally from Scotland Scott Manley spent a decade in academia studying astrophysics and computational physics at the University of Glasgow and Armagh Observatory before being lured to the SF Bay Area by the prospect of a 'paying job' in the land of tech startups.

When Kerbal Space Program appeared, his videos explaining the game and the science behind it became big hits on YouTube. Scott’s videos generated over 100million video views and 500,000 subscribers in part because of his knowledge, but most likely because of his Scottish accent, tag lines and bad jokes.

YouTube channel

Game Room 1: GIANT Game Room
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Gruener Astronomy Hall

You won’t want to miss Giant Jenga, Giant Checkers, Giant Connect Four and more!

Game Room 2: Classic Game Room
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Hauben Room

Challenge your friends to a game of Risk or Clue! This game room has a great variety of classic board games to play.

Game Rooms 3 & 4: Adventure Game Rooms
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Kepler & Copernicus Rooms

Take your board game skills to the next level with these exciting games that inspire adventure! Watch others play or join in yourself! Games include: Arkham Horror (Sign up’s required), Space Munchkin and more!

Game Room 4: Strategy Room
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Galileo Room

Challenge your friends to familiar games that test your strategy and skill!

Game Room 5: Little Game Room (Ages 5 and Under)
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Discovery Lab

Let your little ones join in at our obstacle course, bean bag toss and giant tic tac toe!

Talk by Charles London, Senior Creative Director at Zynga - Making a Video Game
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Megadome


Time: 7:45pm (15 min)
Location: Observatory deck

Gather around our Master Storyteller and hear exciting tales! Fun for the whole family!

Star Stories

Time: 9pm
Location: Planetarium

Come and 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.

DJ Dance Party
DJ Dance Party: 6-10pm
Location: Mezzanine

Join the DJ for one giant dance party for mankind!

Telescope Makers Workshop
Time: 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
Time: 7:30-10:30pm
Location: Observatory Deck

The impressive 20" telescope, named Rachel, is the largest refractor in the western United States regularly open to the public. Its companion, the 8" Alvan Clark refractor, named Leah, is the original 1883 instrument donated by founder Anthony Chabot. Nellie, Chabot‘s youngest and most powerful telescope, is housed in a rolling roof observatory, allowing access to 180 degrees of sky. This modern, research-quality telescope offers breathtaking views of the cosmos.

Planetarium Shows

Zeiss Astronomy Presentation
Time: 6:30 & 7:15pm

Explore the cosmos as a Chabot Astronomer leads you through the galaxy using a Zeiss Universarium Mark VIII Star Projector. This recently restored Zeiss projector uses advances fiber-optics to project stars with astonishing clarity.

Planetarium Show: Astronaut
Time: 8pm (25 min.)

What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut.

BeanSprouts Café
Time: 6-9pm



Thank you to our friends at Toy Safari in Alameda, California for your kind donation of games for this event!