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Parents

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.


EventsView All

  • Balloon Drop Celebration

    Balloon Drop Celebration

    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!

  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    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.

  • Partial Solar Eclipse

    Partial Solar Eclipse

    $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.

  • Ignite East Bay

    Ignite East Bay

    $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.

  • Halloween Party

    Halloween Party

    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.

  • Science Revealed: ExploSCIve!

    Science Revealed: ExploSCIve!

    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.

  • $5 Fridays

    $5 Fridays

    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.


  • Special Closure

    Special Closure

    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.

  • Night Hikes

    Night Hikes

    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.

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    Sunday Nov 02 7:00pm

    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!

  • LEGO Laboratory

    LEGO Laboratory

    Members: $5
    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.

  • The Physics of Football

    The Physics of Football

    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!

  • Mars Mini Missions

    Mars Mini Missions

    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)

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Nov 08 6:00pm

    Eat, Play, Love: Molecular Gastronomy
    Members:
    $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Finally, a reason to play with your food! Explore the wonders of molecular gastronomy with your date. You'll create see-through appetizers, dry ice cocktails and explosive desserts. Entrees will be provided by The Red Door Catering.

  • Lost in Space

    Lost in Space

    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.

  • ROSETTA-PHILAE Comet Landing

    ROSETTA-PHILAE Comet Landing

    Join us to Witness History
    Over the past decade Europe's ROSETTA spacecraft has been traveling toward a rendezvous with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and arrived there last August. Now ROSETTA is getting set to achieve a first-ever feat in space exploration: landing a probe, Philae, on the surface of the comet. We're hosting a live feed from ROSETTA and Philae in our planetarium starting at 6am. Landing is expected at 8am.

  • Future Fridays

    Future Fridays

    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.

  • Cosmic Concerts

    Cosmic Concerts

    $15 / $22 including General Admission
    You don't have to leave our galaxy to see some far-out talent. Chabot's Cosmic Concert series, in partnership with The Octopus Literary Salon, showcases local musicians playing live to the backdrop of the Universe. Fun activities, food and drinks will round out the evening. Come and make a night of it!


  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    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.

  • Leonids Meteor Shower

    Leonids Meteor Shower

    FREE (Center will be closed)
    Hang out on the hill and watch as the Leonids Meteor Shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere. Though this meteor shower is unpredictable in nature, it has been known to produce a spectacular show. Our experts will be on hand to explore the origins of Comet Temple-Tuttle and even help you spot them as they streak across the galaxy.

  • Black (W)hole Friday

    Black (W)hole Friday

    Included with General Admission
    Arguably the most mind-bending phenomenon in the Universe, our latest exhibit experience explores black holes. Immersed in a field of stars accompanied by the visual and auditory re-creation of a black hole and the abstract equations that describe it, this is a sensory-rich experience. Engage black holes in a way that goes beyond visual simulations or descriptive words, through somatic engagement that involves the "whole person," this installation engages mind and body, expanding the viewer's capacity to imagine and wonder.

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Dec 06 6:00pm

    Fly Your Own Planetarium Show
    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Enjoy a candlelit dinner, then snuggle up with your sweetie under the stars as our popular Star Stories meets Supper Club. Lay on our lawn and listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories of love from the night sky as seen throughout history, and navigate the galaxy looking for planets and other celestial bodies. This month features Miraglia Catering.

  • Chabot Hosts:

    Chabot Hosts:

    Wonderfest & Ask a Scientist
    $15 / $25 including General Admission
    We all know that sleep is essential, but after years of scientific research, we still don't know exactly why. Wonderfest and Ask a Scientist join us for an eye-opening discussion on sleep. Dr. Matthew Walker, associate professor of psychology at UC Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, presents cutting-edge discoveries of how sleep is a highly active process that effects on cognitive ability, overall health, and why so many of us don't get enough. Wine will be available for purchase.

  • Geminids Meteor Shower

    Geminids Meteor Shower

    $5 (Center will be closed during this event)
    Hang out on the hill and watch as the Geminids Meteor Shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. These meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini and are a part of one of the best showers of the year. Our experts will be on hand to help you search for the brightest streaks and answer your questions.


  • Winter Solstice

    Winter Solstice

    Adults 21+
    $12 / $22 including General Admission
    Revel in the magic of the season with Chabot and the Octopus Literary Salon! With the Sun going down early, Chabot is the best place to experience the Winter Solstice sky. Enjoy live music, sing-a-long caroling with the Secret Santas, and sip on cider and mulled wine. Experiment with candy canes and other holiday treats. Stick around after the festivities to observe the cosmos through one of our historic telescopes. Wine, beer and food will be available for purchase.

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Jan 31 6:00pm

    Sparks Will Fly: Explosive Experiments
    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Test your love chemistry at this explosive Supper Club! Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in our in science laboratory, then become a part of fun! Sparks fly as you participate in exploding experiments led by our resident scientist. This month features Grace Street Catering.


ShowsView All

  • When Things Collide

    When Things Collide

    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.

  • Back To The Moon For Good

    Back To The Moon For Good

    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!

  • Astronaut

    Astronaut

    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.

  • Tales of the Maya Skies

    Tales of the Maya Skies

    Immerse yourself in the beauty of the "seventh wonder of the modern world," Mexico's Chichén Itz�. 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.

  • Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

    Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

    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.

  • LaserMania Pink Floyd

    LaserMania Pink Floyd

    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.

  • LaserMania The Beatles

    LaserMania The Beatles

    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.

  • LaserMania Fright Light!

    LaserMania Fright Light!

    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!

  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    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.