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Tyke Explorers Workshop


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS | VIDEO


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.

With Chabot's park-like setting, hands-on exhibits, laboratories and experienced educators, we guarantee a memorable adventure for you and your child.


Upcoming Workshops

Guests: $15 for first child / $13 for each additional sibling
Members: $12 for first child / $10 for each additional sibling
**NEW!!** Saturday Classes: $10

Advanced registration is required.
Call Scheduling Coordinator at (510) 336-7381 to register or buy advance tickets below.

Weekday Class Tickets




Saturday Class Tickets




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.

  • Day 1 - October 7: It's Raining, It's Pouring
    (10am or 1pm)
    Hone your meteorologist skills as you describe the different types of weather and precipitation. You'll put those skills to good use as we head outside... into the weather... and use different weather tools and instruments to measure the weather.
  • Day 2 - October 14: Build it
    (10am or 1pm)
    This week you'll design and build your own weather tools to take home. Practice using our authentic weather tools for inspiration in your own designs. Can you think of a way to measure temperature? What about a way to catch and measure the rain or wind?
  • Day 3 - October 21: Don't Rain On My Parade
    (10am or 1pm)
    Are all clouds the same? Will they all rain on me? Take a look at lots of types of clouds to see how they are all different, then go on a cloud hunt to find real clouds in the sky, and finally discover how clouds are made by modeling the water cycle.
  • Saturday, October 18: Build it!
    (2pm)
    Join us as we design and build our own weather tools to take home. Practice using our authentic weather tools for inspiration in your own designs. Can you think of a way to measure temperature? What about a way to catch and measure the rain or wind?

NOVEMBER: Amazing Animal Adaptations

Why do lizards have scales? Why don’t dogs have wings? Are all bird beaks the same? This month get to know our furry, feathery and scaly friends! Explore all kinds of fascinating animal adaptations including beaks and teeth, claws and paws, and fur and feathers.

  • Day 1 - Nov 4 (10am or 1pm) & Nov 5 (11am or 2pm): Chomp, Chomp, Chomp!
    Check out the chompers of our different animal friends this week. Why do some animals have teeth and others have beaks? Are all teeth and beaks the same? Join us as we try to uncover the reasons for these animal adaptations!
  • Day 2 - Nov 11 (10am or 1pm) & Nov 12 (11am or 2pm)Paws, Claws, Wings and Things!
    From wings to paws, and hands to claws, come and see how different animals use their limbs. Why do dogs have paws instead of feet, like us? If we had wings like birds, how would that change our lives? What can our hands do that paws with claws can't?
  • Day 3 - Nov 18 (10am or 1pm) & Nov 19 (11am or 2pm)Fur, Feathers, Skin and Scales
    Are you soft and furry like a bunny? Or maybe you’re smooth and scaly like a lizard? Or perhaps you're wet and slimy like a toad! Join us as we take a closer look at animal fur, feathers, skin and scales, and find out why our animal friends need different types of coverings.
  • Saturday, November 15 (2pm)Paws, Claws, Wings and Things!
    From wings to paws, and hands to claws, come and see how different animals use their limbs. Why do dogs have paws instead of feet, like us? If we had wings like birds, how would that change our lives? What can our hands do that paws with claws can't?

DECEMBER: Toy Makers Workshops 

Get in the spirit of the season with our Toy Makers Workshops. Build cool toys teaching the concepts of balance, motion and vibration. Make balancing toys that don't fall. Observe how spinning toys harness the power of the wind. Learn about vibration and create noise-making toys to help ring in the New Year!

  • Day 1 - Dec 2 (10am or 1pm) Dec 3 (11am or 2pm)Balance It!
    Watch gravity in action! Test your sense of balance by finding your own center of gravity. Then build several balancing toys that seem to defy gravity!
  • Day 2 - Dec 9 (10am or 1pm) & Dec 10 (11am or 2pm)Spinners
    How do spinning toys keep from toppling over? Build several toys that move and spin including tops, twirlers and pinwheels.
  • Day 3 - Dec 16 (10am or 1pm) & Dec 17 (11am or 2pm)Make Some Noise!
    Join Tykes engineers this week as we figure out ways to make noisy toys. Bring home rain sticks, tambourines and reed instruments to help ring in 2015!
  • Saturday, December 20 (2pm)Make Some Noise!
    Join Tykes engineers this week as we figure out ways to make noisy toys. Bring home rain sticks, tambourines and reed instruments to help ring in 2015!

JANUARY: Celestial Science

Have you ever wondered about those twinkly lights in the night sky? What are they? Where did they come from? How can we use the stars to help us? Join us this month as we explore the billions of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy and beyond!

  • Day 1 - Jan 13 (10am or 1pm) & Jan 14 (11am or 2pm)Twinkle Twinkle
    Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are... what are you made of? How big are you? Why can’t I see you during the day? Join us this week as we explore the shimmering stars of our night sky!
  • Day 2 - Jan 20 (10am or 1pm) & Jan 21 (11am or 2pm)Life of a Star
    Help us act out the life of star! Follow a star from its formation in a nebula all the way through its middle and old ages. Along the way, you'll learn about stars of different sizes and colors, supernova, and black holes!
  • Day 3 - Jan 27 (10am or 1pm) & Jan 28 (11am or 2pm)Pictures in the Sky
    Join us this week as we gaze up at the night sky and look at patterns of stars in the sky! Can you pick out Pegasus the winged horse or Pisces the fish or Orion the hunter? People have used constellations like these to navigate all over the world... can you?
  • Saturday, January 17 (2pm)Life of a Star
    Help us act out the life of star! Follow a star from its formation in a nebula all the way through its middle and old ages. Along the way, you'll learn about stars of different sizes and colors, supernova, and black holes!

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