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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.

July: The Art and Science of Pinball!

Friday, July 7, 2017
6-10pm Join us for live musical performances from kid rock bands, 3 O’Clock Rock, throughout the evening, enjoy hands on pinball activities and make your way up to the Pinball Exhibit in Astronomy Hall and try your hand at the game on one of the many pinball machines! 

3 O’clock Rock is an after school music program for kids and adults located in Downtown Oakland, California. They offer classes in analog recording, drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, cartooning, film production, and group and private lessons and work with students to create their own bands. Scholarships are available and are sponsored by 924 Gilman Street Project (non-profit 5013c), and local businesses The Octopus Literary Salon, and Abura Ya Japanese Fried Chicken.  

At $5 First Friday on July 7th, 3 O’clock Rock will showcase the following bands all led by kids!
The Goof Off's, The Half Time Show, Devils Scorpions, The Mixed Mix Tapes, Krudwerk, Dead Stick, Francis Lau Experience, Über Dystopia and Cobura Ya. 

Also Scheduled:

The Art & Science of Pinball Exhibit
Time: 6pm-10pm
Location: Astronomy Hall
Chabot Space & Science Center will be energized with the sounds of bells, buzzers and bumpers as pinball machines old and new fill the space and the public can enjoy an adrenaline rush learning about science in a completely new, interactive way. Join us as we celebrate our newly opened exhibition, The Art and Science of Pinball, an exhibition created in partnership with the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, CA.

DJ Dance Party 
Time: 6pm-10pm
Location: Mezzanine 
Join the DJ for one giant dance party for mankind!

Hands on Pinball Activities
Time: 6pm-9pm
Play some pegboard pinball or create your own pinball design at our interactive activity stations throughout the center!

BeanSprouts Café
Time: 6-9pm

Pinball 101: The Art and Science to Better Pinball Play (looped)
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Megadome Theater Wander into the Megadome anytime between 6-10pm to view this 70 minute documentary that will be playing on a loop through the evening. Learn to play pinball from one of the top players in the world, Keith Elwin. Featuring over 50 pinball games, Pinball 101 demonstrates all the flipper skills required to improve your scores, as well as game specific tips, pin-fun and more!

Zeiss Astronomy Presentation
Times: 6:30pm 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 advances 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: Observatory Deck

Live Music Under the Stars
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Planetarium
Join us for live music by Eki Shola under the stars in the Planetarium using our Zeiss Universarium Mark VIII Star Projector! Eki Shola is a musical healer, composing music that allows listeners to relax and ease the daily stressors of life. Her creation is a mystical, funky, electro soul journey to which all can emotionally relate.