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Tyke Explorers Workshop




UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

UPCOMING LABS

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For Ages 3 - 5 years

Expand your preschooler's universe by enrolling in our Tyke Explorers Workshop or Tyke Explorers Open Lab. Kids get to bring a special grown-up to share in the excitement of science and space. Workshops change weekly and are a combination of instructor-led lessons and self-guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration while the Labs are an open-ended sensory exploration of various materials and tools that change monthly.


Upcoming Workshops

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

TICKETS
WORKSHOP ONLY*
MAKE A DAY OF IT**
Members
$11
$11
Guests
$13
$29

*Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the workshop and exit the facility within 15 minutes after the workshop

**Includes the workshop and admission to the center and a planetarium show for one adult and one child, Wednesday and Saturday only



APRIL: This Pretty Planet
Tuesdays, 10am & 1pm
Saturday, 2pm

It’s April, so that means Earth Day is coming up! Let’s celebrate by learning more about our home planet and what we can do to help our earth. We’ll keep items from ending up in the landfill by learning to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost our waste. Then we’ll investigate a very special organism that helps make nutritious compost from food scraps!

  • Day 1: The Three R’s - April 14, 10am or 1pm 
    Get ready for Earth Day by learning about the three R’s…Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Find out how you can help save Earth’s resources by reducing how much you use, reusing when possible, and recycling what’s left. Then put your new knowledge to work by building with recycled and reused materials.
  • Day 2: Do the Rot Thing - April 21, 10am or 1pm
    Keep your food scraps out of the landfill by composting them instead. Dig into Chabot’s vermicompost bins to see what types of waste can be composted, and learn how worms and other critters turn our food waste into rich, nutritious compost to feed our plants.
  • Day 3: Wiggly Worms - April 28, 10am or 1pm 
    Get to know the wiggly worms that make vermicompost for our garden. You’ll have the opportunity to observe and handle real worms, learn about their body parts and how they move, and conduct an experiment to find out what kind of food they like the best!
  • Saturday, April 18: Do the Rot Thing - 2pm 
    Keep your food scraps out of the landfill by composting them instead. Dig into Chabot’s vermicompost bins to see what types of waste can be composted, and learn how worms and other critters turn our food waste into rich, nutritious compost to feed our plants.

MAY: Animal Babies
Tuesdays, 10am or 1pm
Saturday, 2pm

Spring is the perfect time to see baby animals wherever you look! This month, we’ll explore life as a baby including babies that hatch from eggs, babies that go through metamorphosis and completely change their looks, and furry babies like us!

  • Day 1: Eggcellent Animals - May 12, 10am or 1pm
    Join us this week as we investigate eggs from the outside in and uncover the secrets hidden inside! We’ll discover what the different egg parts do, find out if all animal eggs are the same, and see the variety of animals that can hatch from an egg!
  • Day 2: Mega Metamorphosis - May 19, 10am or 1pm 
    Changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly is a big deal! Explore this amazing process of metamorphosis with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, observe living animals in the process of metamorphosis, and learn about other types of animals that change in big ways as they grow.
  • Day 3: Marvelous Mammals - May 26, 10am or 1pm 
    This week we’ll learn about mammal babies like us! We’ll discover what it means to be a mammal, what makes mammal babies different from other babies, and see how mammals grow and change during their lives.
  • Saturday, May 16: Mega Metamorphosis - 2pm
    Changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly is a big deal! Explore this amazing process of metamorphosis with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, observe living animals in the process of metamorphosis, and learn about other types of animals that change in big ways as they grow.

JUNE:  3…2…1… BLAST OFF!
Tuesdays, 10am or 1pm
Saturday, 2pm

Let’s start this summer with a blast…into space, that is! Join us as we design and construct our own spacesuits, board a Space Shuttle headed to the International Space Station, hitch a ride on the Saturn V rocket to the moon, and land the Curiosity Rover on Mars.

  • Day 1:  Spacesuits 101 - June 9, 10am or 1pm
    Why do astronauts wear spacesuits? Is a flight suit the same thing as a spacesuit? Find out this week as we investigate astronaut suits of all kinds! Then design and construct one of your own…you might even want to wear it to class all month!
  • Day 2: Blast Off! - June 16, 10am or 1pm 
    Take an imaginary journey on the Space Shuttle Discovery, and dock safely to the International Space Station! Once aboard the ISS, we’ll build our own spaceships and practice skills that astronauts use every day in a series of hands-on activity stations. 
  • Day 3: One Small Step - June 23, 10am or 1pm 
    Twelve people have set foot on the moon…you could be next! Strap yourself into the Saturn V Rocket, the largest most powerful rocket ever built, and head to the moon. Once there, you’ll have a chance to walk on the moon, make and test a model of the Saturn V, and create unique moon art.  
  • Day 4: The Red Planet - June 30, 10am or 1pm 
    This week we’ll stowaway in the Curiosity Rover to get an unbeatable view of Mars. Then help to build a Martian colony and design, build, and land your own Mars Rover!
  • Saturday, June 20: One Small Step  - 2pm
    Twelve people have set foot on the moon…you could be next! Strap yourself into the Saturn V Rocket, the largest most powerful rocket ever built, and head to the moon. Once there, you’ll have a chance to walk on the moon, make and test a model of the Saturn V, and create unique moon art.  

JULY:  Down by the Bay
Tuesdays, 10am or 1pm
Saturday, 2pm

Nothing helps to beat the summer heat like going down to the bay! Stay cool this summer as we explore different marine habitats, animals, and animal adaptations in the rocky tide pools, sandy beaches, and the towering kelp forests of the Bay Area. 

  • Day 1:  Rocky Tide Pools - July 14, 10am or 1pm
    Join us this week for a tide pool expedition! Find out what types of creatures make their homes in the tide pools, how those animals can live in such an extreme environment, and make a model of your favorite tide pool critter!
  • Day 2: Sandy Beaches - July 21, 10am or 1pm 
    California has miles of beautiful sandy beaches to explore! Let’s find out how those beaches were formed by making our own sand. Then we’ll comb the beach for interesting sea shells, and learn about the sea creatures that once called those shells home. Finally we’ll learn about the critters that actually live in the sand!
  • Day 3: Towering Kelp Forests - July 28, 10am or 1pm 
    Learn about an underwater forest that doesn’t have a single tree! Kelp Forests are large marine ecosystems with all types of living things. Come and discover what types of animals live in these seaweed environments, how camouflage and other adaptations help these animals survive, and what seaweed actually tastes like! 
  • Saturday, July 18: Sandy Beaches - 2pm
    California has miles of beautiful sandy beaches to explore! Let’s find out how those beaches were formed by making our own sand. Then we’ll comb the beach for interesting sea shells, and learn about the sea creatures that once called those shells home. Finally we’ll learn about the critters that actually live in the sand!

Upcoming Tyke Explorers Open Labs

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

Members $5
Guests $7




APRIL: Measuring, Pouring, and Explore!

Saturdays, April 4, 11, 25
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Join us in the Discovery Lab for open workshop time geared towards our youngest visitors! This month, we’ll be using real scientific measuring tools. Use pipettes, graduated cylinders, measuring spoons, balances, and more! Prepare to have a blast and get a little messy in the process. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

MAY: Sifting, Sorting, and Exploring!

Saturdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Join us in the Discovery Lab for open workshop time geared towards our youngest visitors! This month, we’ll be exploring size by sifting and separating rocks, sand, beans, and more. Prepare to have a blast and get a little messy in the process. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

JUNE: Engineering, Building, and Exploring!

Saturdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Join us in the Discovery Lab for open lab time geared towards our youngest visitors! This month, we’ll be engineering all kinds of structures using a variety of building materials like marshmallows, toothpicks, soup cans, and cardboard tubes. Prepare to have a blast and get a little messy in the process. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

JULY: Reflecting, Shining, and Exploring!

Saturdays, July 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Join us in the Discovery Lab for open lab time geared towards our youngest visitors! This month, we’ll be exploring light, shadows, rainbows, and reflections! Prepare to have a blast and get a little messy in the process. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tyke Explorers Video