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Wed - Sun : 10am - 5pm

$5 First Fridays

An Exciting and Immersive Experience Every First Friday

Each $5 First Friday at Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages! Join us each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. Each month there will be new things to explore!

Some activities have limited capacity and are first come, first served. Pre-purchase your tickets for $5 First Friday here:

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$5 admission begins at 6pm, and does not apply from 10am-5pm. The center is closed to the general public between 5-6pm (with the exceptions of current CSSC members) and reopens at 6pm for $5 First Friday.


January: Rockets and Robotics

Friday, January 5, 2018

Blast off! It’s rocket science this First Friday at Chabot. Learn what it takes to launch a rocket into space, operate a robot, and even how to make a rocket from things in your pantry! Meet local rocketeers and shake hands with Chabot’s own robot, Fritz.

Project Create Activity Space:
Project Create is a place where families create together to spark their curiosity and love of making. Imaginations will be stimulated as our makers think of new ways to tinker with materials we see every day making them better, different, or new.  

Community Mural with Artist-in-Residence, Jacki Rust
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Gruener Astronomy Hall
Join our Chabot Artist-in-Residence, Jacki Rust, to create a collaborative community mural in the Project Create space.  Jacki will demonstrate how painters create color and the "illusion of light" as she invites them to add their own unique interpretation of color to this spectacular mural of a supernova. This collaborative art piece will remain on display in Project Create for some time afterward, for everyone to enjoy.    

About Jacki Rust
A passion for cycling and art brought Jacki Rust to the Bay in 2009.  Teaching art to dyslexic students has been a way for Rust to pass on learning techniques that help visual learners understand concepts. Rust also volunteers with students, particularly girls, to gain confidence and self-sufficiency through bike polo and cycling.  Artistically, Rust creates surrealist paintings and pen and inks with whimsical and industrial themes. 

Water Organ with Artist-in-Residence, Cere Davis
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Gruener Astronomy Hall
Cere Davis will bring her Water Organ to Chabot. This kinetic piece will explore how magnetized vessels create a chorus of sounds as they move through water in what she playfully calls "meditative Koi pond behavior." The idea began to materialize when Cere asked herself the intriguing question: "If you could build a system that behaved in a spatially chaotic way, what would it sound like?"   It’s a quirky, fun, interactive piece, to say the least, and we'll have it here for a while as well!

Rocket Laboratory
Times: 6 - 9pm
Location: Biology Lab
Tap into your inner rocket scientist and test and launch your own compression and pop rockets. See how far yours can go!

Rolling Missions in the Challenger Learning Center Space Craft 
Time6 - 9pm
Location: Challenger
Drop in and help your teammates land the spacecraft safely on Mars during this simulated mission!

Scott Manley Talk: Why Rockets Fail
Times: 7pm
Location: Megadome Theater
The history of space exploration is full of space missions failing, sometimes in spectacular fashion. The reasons behind these failures are stories that can explain why 'space is hard' and reveal some of the details about the inner workings of rockets.

Expect to see videos of rockets exploding, accompanied by scientific explanations of why and plenty of jokes at the expense of rocket scientists and engineers who are after all, only human.

Telescope Makers Workshop
Times: 7 - 10pm
Location: Chemistry/Physics Lab
Open to all ages, the Telescope Makers Workshop is an all-volunteer group committed to helping people build their own telescopes. Drop in to see what they are up to!

Telescope Viewing
Times: 7:30 - 10:30pm
Location: Observatory Deck
Chabot’s giant, historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe. Check out celestial viewing day and night. Our observatory deck offers breathtaking views 1,500 feet above the Bay.

Einstein’s Gravity Playlist (a planetarium show)
Times: 8pm
Location: Planetarium
Einstein’s Gravity Playlist explores the ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916. A century later, scientists detected these waves using precise laser devices here on Earth. Join Lucia, a PhD student in physics, on an exploration of how gravitational waves are formed, how they move through the universe, and how scientists like her work to hear them.

Short Circuit (1986)
Times: 8:30pm
Location: Megadome
Join us in our Megadome theater for this memorable Sci-Fi comedy, Short Circuit. Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, undergoes a sudden transformation after being struck by lightning. He develops self-awareness, consciousness, and a fear of the reprogramming that awaits him back at the factory. With the help of a young woman, Number 5 tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he has truly become alive.

Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon Laser Show
Times: 9pm
Location: Planetarium
Based on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album about humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time!

BeanSprouts Cafe
Time: 6-9pm
As Chabot's exclusive in-house café, Bean Sprouts can provide sandwiches, salads, and yummy treats .


Event Partners
The Stanford Student Space Initiative (SSI) 
Discount Rocketry
Robotics for Fun