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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.


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  • Cosmic Concerts

    Cosmic Concerts

    Music in the Megadome
    $15 / $24 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!

    Jan 31: Delmarva and Slouching Stars
    With an improv set by The WoodsPeople: Bernie Jungle and Christina Shonkwiler 

  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    For Ages 3 - 5 years
    Expand your preschooler's universe by enrolling in our Tyke Explorers Program. Kids get to bring a special grown-up to share in the excitement of science and space. Classes are a combination of instructor-led lessons and self-guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration.

    • February: Light Fantastic
    • March: Pondering Earth’s Past and Present   
    • April: This Pretty Planet

     

  • $5 Fridays

    $5 Fridays

    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.


  • Science Revealed

    Science Revealed

    Workshop: $5 Adult | $3 Child | Children 2 & Under Free
    Be dazzled with exciting demonstrations led by one of Chabot’s dynamic science educators. Sudden appearances? Booms and bangs? Miraculous transformations? Enjoy a live and immersive presentation experience as you gain a deeper understanding for the way our world works. No, it's not a magic show - it's science!

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Feb 14th 5:30pm to 9:00pm

    Supper Club: Challenger Learning Center Love Mission
    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Take your sweetheart on a memorable date – dinner under the stars then whisk her/him away 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 Space & Science Center’s exclusive and interactive onsite mission control and space craft simulator, the Challenger Learning Center.  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!

  • Valentine's Day Love Mission

    Valentine's Day Love Mission

    Already have dinner plans elsewhere? Bring you sweetheart up to Chabot for a post-dinner journey thorugh the cosmos. The adventure includes romantic music, hands on assignments, beer and wine, and sweets for your sweet. Take a simulated space mission and role-play in mission control and the space craft.

    Arrive on time; things are precise in Mission Control

  • Center Open!

    Center Open!

    The center will be Open to the public for holiday hours! Please check the link here for specific information and to purchase tickets.

  • Lecture: Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.

    Lecture: Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.

    Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?
    Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., President, Vatican Observatory Foundation
    This is a series of conversations, set in specific settings, on a half dozen topics coming from the sorts of questions we get asked all the time at the Vatican Observatory- ranging from the Big Bang to the Star of Bethlehem, from Galileo to Extraterrestrials. Neither science nor religion are big books of facts; they are conversations about how we understand those facts. This talk seeks to show that conversation – to show how a life of faith and science is lived.

  • Night Hikes

    Night Hikes

    Tickets: $14 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP Recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373

    Enjoy a hike through the beautiful redwoods! 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.

  • 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.

    February: Mars Exploration and Robotics
    March: Moon Exploration and Robotics
    April: Stop Motion Movie Making

  • Nerd Nite

    Nerd Nite

    Saturday Feb 21 8pm

    Calling all nerds who love fascinating presentations AND alcoholic beverages!  Mark Pauline, founder of Survival Research Laboratories talks about the convergence of art and science to create large-scale performance machines. Before the talks, construct a light-powered LEGO© car, build a Mindstorm Lego Robot, or compete in our Center-wide scavenger hunt. Enjoy a live presentation of Cosmos 360, Inspired by Space, in our planetarium and then view the stars through one of our historic telescopes. 

    Drake’s Brewery beer on sale. 

  • New Volunteer Orientation

    New Volunteer Orientation

    Saturday Feb 21 10am

    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

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    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!

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Mar 07 6:00pm

    Eat, Play, Love: Molecular Gastronomy
    Members:
    $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Mix up an evening out with your sweetheart by creating and tasting experimental cuisine. Dine in a romantic laboratory setting and explore molecular gastronomy as you create see-through appetizers, dry ice cocktails, and explosive desserts! Participants will be invited to stay for the 9:15 "Pink Floyd” LaserMania show. 

  • 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.

  • Future Fridays

    Future Fridays

    Friday Mar 20 6:00pm

    Bill Nye
    Sparked by a controversial debate in February 2014, Bill Nye has set off on an energetic campaign to spread awareness of evolution and the way it shapes our lives. In his latest book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, Nye explores myriad hot topics including: why race does not really exist; the promise and peril of genetically modified food; reveals how new species are born; takes a stroll through time; and explores the new search for alien life, including aliens right here on Earth.

  • Kitchen Chemistry

    Kitchen Chemistry

    Guests: $7 (does not include general admission)
    Members: $5
    Explore the microbiology, nanoscience, physics and chemistry of edibles we love. Experience demonstrations and hands-on experiments that involve everyday treats and ingredients.

  • NanoDays 2015

    NanoDays 2015

    Included with General Admission

    NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science, engineering, and Technology and its potential impact on the future. NanoDays events are organized by partners in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and take place at over 250 science museums, Research centers, and universities across the country.

  • Total Lunar Eclipse

    Total Lunar Eclipse

    Guests: $12 Members: Free
    Children 2 & Under Free
    The observatory deck opens at 2am for the late night viewing festivities. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. Witness the stellar occurrence from our observation deck and come ready with your questions for our experts.  Bring binoculars, blankets and warm clothes. 

    Please note: Eclipse is not guaranteed and weather permitting for outside viewing

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Apr 11 6:00pm

    Love & the Zodiac:
    A Special Star Stories Presentation

    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    After a candlelit dinner, snuggle up with your sweetie under the stars under for this very special Supper Club! Lay out 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 look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the cosmos. 

  • Meteor Showers

    Meteor Showers

    Thursday Apr 23 12:00am

    $5 (Center will be closed during this event)
    Hang out on the hill and watch as the Lyrids Meteor Shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. Our astronomers are on hand to answer questions.



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  • Cosmic Dance

    Cosmic Dance

    Got restless feet? You're in good company: the Sun, Moon, planets and stars also have those ants in their pants and can’t keep their feet from moving to the beat of their ageless cosmic dance. Two-step, tango, break dance, and dosey-doe your way across the solar system in this live immersive show! We’ll cover a few basics of the dance of the planets, whose motions across the sky puzzled and bewildered Earthly onlookers for millennia.

    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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Laser Pop

    LaserMania Laser Pop

    NEW SHOW!
    The hottest pop artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-POPping laser show that will have you singing out loud and dancing in your seat! Laser Pop features sizzling stars, like Pink, N’Sync, Smash Mouth and more!  Grab your friends for a fun night of pop music on the hill.

  • LaserMania Laser Magic

    LaserMania Laser Magic

    NEW SHOW!
    This show offers a magical mix of music, from those you love to those you have forgotten, all presented in concert with stunning laser images! This musical compilation is fun for the entire family and includes artists like Joan Jett, The B-52's, Will Smith, The Blackhearts and much more.

  • LaserMania LaseRetro

    LaserMania LaseRetro

    Slip on that headband, pull up those colorful legwarmers and enjoy the great anthems of the 1980s. Astonishing laser art is coupled with upbeat rock and pop songs from one of the most exciting periods in mainstream music: the ‘80s!

  • 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.