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Parents

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.


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  • Total Lunar Eclipse

    Total Lunar Eclipse

    Guests: $15 Members: Free
    Children 2 & Under Free
    The observatory deck opens at 2am for the late night viewing festivities. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. Bring binoculars, blankets and warm clothes.

    Please note: Eclipse is not guaranteed and weather permitting for outside viewing

  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    For Ages 3 - 5 years
    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.

  • Night Hikes

    Night Hikes

    Tickets: $12 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP Recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373

    Enjoy an easy 1-2 mile end-of-summer hike through the beautiful redwoods and watch the sun set over the bay! 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.

  • Astronomy Day

    Astronomy Day

    Included with General Admission
    It's a star! It's a satellite! It's a... well, what is it? Throughout history astronomers and scientists have made accidental discoveries of new stars, planets and more through trial and error. In celebration of National Astronomy Day on October 8, the East Bay Astronomical Society and other local astronomers will be present to share their research, teach the basics of operating a telescope and inspire the next generation of astronomers to make their own discoveries.

  • Public Mission

    Public Mission

    in the Challenger Learning Center®
    Guests: $12 + General Admission
    Members: $12
    Ever wonder what it's 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).

  • Open Engineering Lab

    Open Engineering Lab

    Workshop: $5
    Join us for an afternoon of building and testing in our Sunday Open Engineering Lab. Each week we'll be working on a variety of projects that can include building and testing LEGO® solar car models, wind turbine blade design, bridge and building strength, shake table testing, robotics exploration and programming, and more.

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    Sunday Oct 05 5:30pm

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!

    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

    Join us for the spooky animated adventure, Paranorman. Join us in the MegaDome Theater for this free, members-only screening. Refreshments will be available by donation.

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    Sunday Oct 05 7:00pm

    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!

  • Cosmic Concerts

    Cosmic Concerts

    $15 / $24 including General Admission
    You don't have to leave our galaxy to see some far-out talent. Chabot's Cosmic Concert series showcases local musicians playing live to the backdrop of the Universe. October features Chris McVicker, aka Swiftumz. Light the night with us on hill!

  • Science Revealed: ExploSCIve!

    Science Revealed: ExploSCIve!

    Workshop: $5 Adult | $3 Child | Children 2 & Under Free
    (Recommended for audiences 8+, though all are welcome!)
    Pop! Bang! Ping! Boom! Whoa! That's the sound of live science demos in our theater. Enjoy a 30-minute audience interactive show with aweing demonstrations that showcase the wonders of science. Visitors experience the lessons as we explore scientific theory. It's not magic, it's science... live!

  • Creepy Classics

    Creepy Classics

    Movie Night Under the Stars
    $12/ $22 including General Admission
    Before there were high-tech special effects to thrill audiences, movie makers used their imaginations to create classic scary movies. Host Lord Blood-Rah, the High Lord of Geekdom, presents bizarre and frightening flicks with his own unique brand of Geeky madness! Bring your blankets and bundle up under the stars and discover the original scary films that laid the foundation for the new classics. Hot chocolate, wine & beer, and popcorn for sale.

  • Future Fridays

    Future Fridays

    Thomas Atchison
    Founder of Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation
    Civilian Space Exploration:
    Personalizing Your Access to Space!

    Thomas Atchison, founder of Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, is helping ignite the next space race among the general public. Through the creation of space exploration STEM education and professional development programs and research projects, Mavericks is helping students of all ages discover a passion for space exploration and create the new technologies that will lower costs and increase availability for the next generation. Learn about the history of space exploration, Mavericks' current programs, research projects and flight missions and be inspired to build and launch your own rocket or space mission in your community, with your friends and family.

  • Special Closure

    Special Closure

    All or portions of our Center are closed for a private event. Please check the link for specific information on closures. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    Special Saturday Classes!
    For Ages 3 - 5 years

    September: What Comes Up...
    ...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?

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Oct 18 8:30pm

    Sinister Science featuring cuisine by Straw Catering
    Adults 21 & Over
    Members:
    $55 Guests: $65
    Release your inner mad scientist and enter our lab of sinister science and kooky chemistry. Sip on a sinister cocktail while our experts lead you through experiments that will change your perception of common household materials. For dinner, savor a catered dinner or try your hand at culinary science by making your own dessert. And cuddle up to your date to watch a special spooky presentation of Fright Light LaserMania!

  • Partial Solar Eclipse

    Partial Solar Eclipse

    $10 + General Admission / $15 Viewing Only
    A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. Join us on our observation deck to watch as the moon eclipses the sun! Our resident astronomy experts will be on hand to help you safely view the celestial phenomenon using special instruments and will help to answer your questions. Special eclipse viewing glasses available.

  • Ignite East Bay

    Ignite East Bay

    $15 + General Admission
    What would you share with an audience if you had just 5 minutes? Chabot and Ignite Oakland are providing a platform for people to share their passions and expertise with a live audience, the catch is they have just 5 minutes and 20 quickly changing slides to do so. The science-related topics will range from the everyday to the extraordinary. Come eat, drink and snack while meeting your neighbors and sharing in their curiosity, know-how and smarts. Come hungry and enjoy a bite! Food and drinks available for purchase 7pm-8pm. The Grilled Cheez Guy will be on site and there will be beer and wine for sale.

  • Halloween Party

    Halloween Party

    Included with General Admission
    Trick or treat at Chabot. Dress up as your favorite character and receive a treat! Drink some spooky punch and participate in hands-on sinister science activities. Enjoy guest appearances by special costumed friends. Bring your junior explorers to the Discovery Lab for spooky read-a-longs and scary science activities.

  • Future Fridays

    Future Fridays

    Will Wright
    Game Designer & Creator of Sim City
    Constructing a New Gaming Genre

    Twenty years ago, a video game that you could neither win nor lose was inconceivable unless you were Will Wright. With five years of college under his belt and no degree, then twenty-something year old Wright created a game based on designing and building cities. In achieving that goal, Will created a new genre in gaming and within it, one of the best-loved game franchises in history, SimCity. An entirely new kind of video game genre, focused on open-ended, non-violent gameplay was born! Hear Will discuss his journey and his upcoming projects.


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  • When Things Collide

    When Things Collide

    Movies, mythology, and popular culture paint many pictures of the ways that our world might end. How does science shed light on world-ending planetary disruptions past and future? We'll fly to celestial sites of devastation and disaster, exploring how these events shape our Universe, and could even threaten life on Earth.

    Cosmos 360 Original Live Productions launch with new shows in our digital-dome every three months.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

    Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

    Legends of the Night Sky: Orion takes a lighthearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky. The show brings the mythological Orion to life in a fun-filled, animated adventure.

    Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion's adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons.

  • LaserMania Pink Floyd

    LaserMania Pink Floyd

    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.

  • LaserMania The Beatles

    LaserMania The Beatles

    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.

  • LaserMania Fright Light!

    LaserMania Fright Light!

    NEW LASERMANIA SHOW!
    Playing in October only... catch it before it's ghost!
    Looking for a unique way to send chills up your spine? Think you have the courage to sit through the most terrifying laser experience ever? Are you brave enough to witness vampires seducing their prey and demons haunting the unsuspecting? Perhaps you'll keep your eyes closed, only sneaking peeks at fun renditions of Purple People Eater and The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Laser Fright Light is a ghoulish way to celebrate the Halloween season... if you dare!

  • 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.