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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.

AUGUST: All About You!

August is all about you! Take a tour through your body, from the hairs on your head to the toes on your feet and everything in between. Figure out what parts make up your body, what your body can do and what makes you unique.

  • Day 1 - August 5: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes...
    (10am, 1pm or 3pm)
    This week we'll get familiar with our bodies! What body parts do you have? Why do we have them and do they do? Then take a closer look! Learn how to make slides and use a microscope to zoom in on your hair or skin. Can you see the tiny cells that make up your body?
  • Day 2 - August 12: It's What’s Inside That Counts
    (10am, 1pm or 3pm)
    Most of our bodies are covered in skin... but what's underneath? We'll learn all about your muscles and bones, your lungs and heart and don't forget your stomach!
  • Day 3 - August 19: Unique You
    (10am, 1pm or 3pm)
    Most of us have one nose, two eyes, two arms and ten toes! But we aren't all the same. How are you different from everyone else? Today we'll take a look at our unique characteristics and features, including obvious differences like our heights and coloring and the harder-to-find differences like our fingerprints. Then you'll discover the reason for those differences... our DNA!
  • Saturday, August 16: Head, Shoulders, Knees and... DNA!
    (11am & 2pm)
    This week we'll get familiar with our bodies! What body parts do you have? Why do we have them and do they do? Then take a closer look! Learn how to make slides and use a microscope to zoom in on your hair or skin. If you really want to test your scientist skills, see if you can remove some of our own DNA to observe!

SEPTEMBER: Falling Objects

Gravity is pulling us (and everything else!) toward the center of our earth. This month we'll explore the invisible force of gravity to see how it affects falling objects and balance. Then we'll build parachutes to slow the pull of gravity so our astronauts don't crash to the ground. Finally, we'll experiment with different ways to launch an object and escape the pull of gravity... for a few seconds, at least.

  • Day 1 - September 9: The Gravity of the Situation
    (10am, 1pm or 3pm)
    Watch gravity in action as you conduct several experiments to test gravity's pull on all the objects around us. Then test your sense of balance by finding your own center of gravity. Finally, see if you can you stack a tower of books that seems to defy gravity!
  • Day 2 - September 16: What Comes Up...
    (10am, 1pm or 3pm)
    ...Must come down! Design your own parachutes to work against the power of gravity! Can you build a parachute that allows a space capsule to safely fall to the ground without crashing?
  • Day 3 - September 23: Escaping Gravity
    (10am, 1pm or 3pm)
    Join us this week as we discover different ways to launch objects into the air against the pull of gravity! How many ways can you think of?
  • Saturday, September 20: What Comes Up...
    (11am & 2pm)
    ...Must come down! Design your own parachutes to work against the power of gravity! Can you build a parachute that allows a space capsule to safely fall to the ground without crashing?

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, 1pm or 3pm)
    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, 1pm or 3pm)
    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, 1pm or 3pm)
    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!
    (11am & 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?

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