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Mon, Tue: Closed

Wed - Sun : 10am - 5pm

$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.

August: Bubble-ology (2nd Annual)

Friday, August 3, 2018

Learn all about the science behind bubbles. See how scientist use the properties of bubbles to create breakthrough technologies. See how bubbles can change form as professional bubble artists expose the wonders of these remarkable spheres. Get hands on and help to create giant bubbles and dance in a whirlwind of bubbles as our house DJ performs live music.

Sterling the Bubblesmith
Megadome Theater
7pm and 8pm
Join the artist, Sterling Johnson as he creates beautiful, large bubbles with found objects! Sterling has performed versions of his remarkable hand-blown bubbles for over 45 years. He is the only person to ever put a bubble inside a bubble inside a bubble on stage without any tubes or straws, and the first person to walk completely through a bubble film! 

Terrie Schweitzer: Outdoor Bubble Pary
5:30pm-7pm – Front Entrance
7:30pm-9pm- Courtyard
Terrie Schweitzer began bubbling relatively recently, in 2017, after photographing professional bubbler friends and becoming hooked on making bubbles herself. Terrie makes her own high-performance bubble equipment by deconstructing mops, cooking twine, and other materials. She then treats, dyes, and re-braids these fibers to create tri-strings, garlands, nets, and other types of bubble wands. She works through Big Top Bubbles to perform at private parties, street festivals, and events like Maker Faire, and recommends the Soap Bubble Fanciers discussion group or the Soap Bubble Wiki to anyone interested in entering the enchanting world of bubbles themselves.

Terrie’s bubble page: http://terrie.me/bubbles

Bubble Dance Party
Time: 6pm-10pm
Location: Courtyard
Join the DJ for one giant dance party for humankind!

BeanSprouts Café
Time: 6-9pm
As Chabot's exclusive in-house café, Bean Sprouts can provide sandwiches, salads and yummy treats.  

Zeiss Astronomy Presentation: The Sky Tonight
Time: 76:30pm and 7:15pm
Location: Planetarium
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 advanced fiber-optics to project stars with astonishing clarity.

Telescope Makers Workshop  
Time: 7pm-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: Telescope Complex

Story Time
Time: 7:30pm and 8:15pm
Location: Observation Deck
Lay on our new Observation Deck and look up at the stars! Gather around our Master Storyteller and hear exciting tales! Fun for the whole family.

Phantom of the Universe - The Hunt for Dark Matter
Time: 8:15pm
Location: Planetarium
Phantom of the Universe is 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.

Brewology with Alameda Island Brewing Company - 21+
Time: 9pm
Location: Ampitheater
Meet representatives from Alameda Island Brewing Co. and join them for a tasting and learn about the science behind beer brewing.
(21 and over)

Beatles Laser Show
Time: 9pm
Location: Planetarium
An unforgettable psychedelic experience in Chabot's planetarium dome, ElectroLaze lights up the night with brilliant lasers and classic music.

Star Stories
Time: 9:15pm
Location: Observation Deck
Come 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. 

Project Create Activity Space
Project Create is a place where families create together to spark their curiosity and love of making. Imaginations will be stimulated as our makers think of new ways to tinker with materials we see every day making them better, different, or new.