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.
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.
July: Summer Movie Blockbuster Creations
August: Bio Building
September: Moon Adventures
October: Halloween Click or Treat! Stop-Motion Movie Making and Edible Legos
Friday Feb 12, 5pm - 10pm
Friday Mar 11, 5pm - 10pm
Friday Apr 16, 5pm - 10pm
Start your weekend early and spend your Friday night at Chabot! General admission to Chabot Space and Science Center is $5 for everyone after 5pm on this Friday evening. Explore our hands-on exhibits, take in a planetarium show and gaze through the telescopes with our experts.
Admission includes game night events.
Tickets: $15 (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.
Please check the link here for specific information on closures; all or portions of our Center are closed for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Saturday Feb 13 6-9:30pm
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 adventure includes romantic music, hands on assignments, beer and wine, and sweets for your sweet. Arrive on time things are precise in Mission Control!
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!
FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
Space is limited and by reservation only.
Flash Gordon (1980)
A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.
Friday Feb 19, 8pm
Join us in the Planetarium for a performance by The ClimateMusic Project, a science & arts collaborative that uses music to teach people about climate change in a fresh and engaging way. The collaborative is made up of leading climate scientists and versatile artists who pull from terabytes of climate data and the most advanced climate models to create music that reflects the story of our climate, past, present, and future. Following the performance, you will have the opportunity to engage the scientists, composer, and musicians in a live discussion and Q&A session.
For more information, visit theclimatemusicproject.org
Workshop: $7 General | $7 Youth | $5 Member
February: Did Albert Einstein Have Something That I Don't?
Hey there brainiacs, let us pick your brains! Please join us as we flex both brain and brawn to explore the inner workings of our most complex organ. In this hands-on lab experience, we will use microscopes to examine human cells. Students of all ages will enjoy making slides and examining their own cheek cells. Sheep brain dissection will be investigated, and the study of whole, preserved brains will be explored. Finally, the mysterious story of Albert Einstein's brain study and the controversial conclusions presented will be discussed. Join the Brain Trust!
Recommended for ages 5-adult—children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday Feb 27, 10am-2pm
Learn more about Chabot and our volunteer opportunities at this information session.
RSVP required online at: chabotspace.org/adult-volunteers
Saturday Feb 27, 7-10pm
Scott Hutchins is a former Truman Capote fellow in the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, where he teaches Creative Writing. His work has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, San Francisco Magazine and StoryQuarterly. During his talk Hutchins will explore the intersection of science and science fiction in his debut novel and San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Book of 2012, A Working Theory of Love.
Wine and beer will be available for purchase.
Date Night Edition
Missions in the Challenger Learning Center®
Flyers must be 21+
Tickets: $30 (does not include general admission)
Nothing says date night like a trip to the red planet! Whether a first date or your long time sweetie, you and your date will be transported to a world of space travel inside Chabot’s interactive mission control and space craft simulator. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to land safely on the planet Mars and launch a probe to one of Mars' two moons. Beer, wine and light snacks will be provided, but arrive on time as the agenda is tight in Mission Control!
(Minimum of 14 participants required per mission)
Saturday Mar 5, 12-4pm
Saturday Mar 12, 12-4pm
Saturday Mar 19, 12-4pm
Saturday Mar 26, 12-4pm
Join us and learn more about the red planet, Mars, during this fun open lab workshop. We’ll lead
cryogenic-themed demonstrations using liquid nitrogen and dry ice as well as propulsion and heat related
demonstrations using fire and combustible materials. We’ll also offer many hands-on activities
including designing and testing a Mars lander, building and programming Mars rovers with our LEGO
Mindstorms© robotics kits and much more. This lab is great for students of all ages, but parents must be
present and active parent participation is required for those under 10 years of age.
Public Missions in the Challenger Learning Center®
Tickets: $12 (does not include general admission)
What is it 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)
Saturday Mar 12, 7-10pm
Members: $55 Guests: $65
Adults 21 & Over
If you hear the word Mars and think candy, this month’s Supper Club is going to be a dream come true. Wine and chocolate seem as if they were meant for each other. But not all wine, or chocolate, are made equally to combine. Learn how wine and chocolate are crafted, while sampling some unique and luscious pairings created by local vintners and chocolatiers.
Saturday Mar 19, 11am-4pm
Human exploration of Mars isn’t only about learning to live on the Red Planet…. it is about surviving the trip there! What does it take to travel to Mars? Join us to learn more about the journey to the Red Planet. Watch science demonstrations that highlight the challenges, participate in hands-on activities related to space travel and listen to engaging scientists speak about the next steps in our journey to Mars.
Saturday Mar 19, 8-10pm
Celebrate one of most glorious times of year… Spring! To celebrate, we have a special performance by Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble, who’s lush, ethereal sounds will interpret the magic of the equinox. Hands on activities as well as drinks and food will be available for sale.
Saturday Apr 9, 1-3pm
Saturday Apr 16, 1-3pm
Our Galaxy Explorer Program offers high school age students hands-on, fun, and educational community service work for developing science exploration, job and life skills. To learn more about the Galaxy Explorer program and how you can impact science education in your community while gaining invaluable experience, attend one of our information sessions. Applicants only need to attend one session.
RSVP required online at www.chabotspace.org/teen-volunteers
Saturday Apr 16, 10am-5pm
Happy Anniversary, Rachel! Come learn about our historic telescope, Rachel, on this exciting day at Chabot Space & Science Center. Rachel opened to the public in the spring of 1916 and has been showcasing the wonders of the night’s sky to audiences ever since. Participate in hands-on activities by crafting your own take-home telescope, watch science demonstrations showing how telescopes work, take a docent-led tour of Rachel with one of our historical experts, look at historic photographs from our collection and much more!
Saturday Apr 23, 7-10pm
Members: $55 Guests: $65
Adults 21 & Over
An explosion happened in a famous science laboratory killing one of the scientists! But was it an accident or was it murder? In this fun, interactive murder mystery meet the suspects, uncover the clues and find out who is the killer... before you're next!
If you want to become part of the play, please RSVP and arrive at 6:30pm for instructions. Come dressed in your best scientist gear for a truly immersive experience.
- The stars are as richly diverse as the people who gaze at them with wonder. Join us on a trek to learn how these luminaries are born, live and die, and the importance of their lives to our existence.
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The stars are as richly diverse as the people who gaze at them with wonder. Join us on a trek to learn how these luminaries are born, live and die, and the importance of their lives to our existence.
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!
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the "seventh wonder of the modern world," Mexico's Chichén Itzï¿½. 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.
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.
Led Zeppelin is proclaimed by many critics to be the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, and their individualistic style reset the standards for many musical genres in the 1960s and '70s. Indeed, they have been hailed as one of the most successful, innovative and influential bands, alongside Pink Floyd, U2 and the Beatles. Now you can relive the magical sounds of Led Zeppelin while enjoying a visual treat of custom laser imagery.
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.
The hottest pop artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-POPping laser show that will have your heart thumping and your feet tapping! Laser Pop features sizzling stars, both past and present, in brilliant laser light.
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.
This program 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.
When it's time to just rock-out and have a good time, Lasermania is the ticket. Enjoy a pure sensory adrenaline rush with a collection of the most current rock and pop hits of any laser show on the planet. Lasermania is the pinnacle of high energy laser light shows, guaranteed to have audiences dancing in their seats.
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.