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WED & THU : 10am - 5pm

FRI & SAT : 10am - 10pm

SUN : 10am - 5pm

Kids

The Next Generation of Scientists, Innovators & Dreamers

It's a fact, science is part of our everyday world. Whether you are making a sandwich, riding a bike or building a rocket - its all around us. At Chabot, we are inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, innovators and dreamers. 

We offer many exciting opportunities for kids to get involved, get excited and get engaged! Check out our Discovery Lab, submit a question to a real life Astronomer or Scientist, take a photo in our replica Gemini Transport Capsule, participate in a demonstration, celebrate a birthday or look through a telescope at the same stars that kids looked at over a hundred years ago. Kids can bring their parents to our Tykes Explorers Workshops, participate in Space & Science Camp, or vanquish energy vampires in our Bills Climate Lab online game and much more.

The list below is just some of the things you will find especially for KIDS at Chabot.

Bookmark this page to learn about all the exciting things that we have just for Kids.

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  • 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.

    July: Summer Movie Blockbuster Creations
    August: Bio Building
    September: Moon Adventures
    October: Halloween Click or Treat! Stop-Motion Movie Making and Edible Legos

  • $5 Fridays After 5pm

    $5 Fridays After 5pm

    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.

  • Night Hikes

    Night Hikes

    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.

  • Special Closures

    Special Closures

    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.



  • 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!

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    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.

  • Science Revealed

    Science Revealed

    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.

     

  • Mars Exploration Lab

    Mars Exploration Lab

    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.


  • Mars Mini Missions

    Mars Mini Missions

    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)

  • Mars Madness!

    Mars Madness!

    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.

  • Spring Equinox Celebration

    Spring Equinox Celebration

    Saturday Mar 19, 8-10pm

    Price: $15
    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.  

  • Galaxy Explorers Information Session

    Galaxy Explorers Information Session

    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

  • Celebrate History at Chabot!

    Celebrate History at Chabot!

    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!


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  • Cosmos 360 Series - Seeing Stars

    Cosmos 360 Series - Seeing Stars

    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.  
  • Cosmos 360 Series - Seeing Stars

    Cosmos 360 Series - Seeing Stars

    Previously Recorded
    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.  
  • 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.

  • ElectroLaze Led Zeppelin

    ElectroLaze Led Zeppelin

    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.

  • ElectroLaze Laser Pop

    ElectroLaze Laser Pop

    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.

  • ElectroLaze Laser Magic

    ElectroLaze Laser Magic

    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.

  • ElectroLaze Laser Mania

    ElectroLaze Laser Mania

    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.

  • 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.