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$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!

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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.


October: The Human Body

Friday, October 6, 2017
Join us for a hip-hop performance from Hip Learning, who will be teaching us all about anatomy in The Human Body 101. Explore your senses with hands on activities and exciting demonstrations. Learn about how outer space effects the human body during in a presentation by Ryan Scott, Scientist affiliated with NASA Ames Research Center, and what are the causes pain from Dr. Allan Basbaum, UCSF Anatomy Department Chair. To get up and moving, test your balance and flexibility in our Movement Room.

Get Tickets!

$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.


The Five Senses
Times: 6-9pm
Location: Rotunda
Explore your senses with these fun hands on activities that test your senses of taste, sight, touch, smell and hearing!

Astronaut Training:
Times: 6-9pm
Location: Gruener Hall
You have been chosen for a space mission! Before liftoff, you are required to go through a series of trainings. With this station based lab, astronauts put their skills to the test through a variety of exercises, test their fine motor skills and test your balance skills and how well your brain can adapt to new conditions.

BeanSprouts Café
Time: 6-9pm

Zeiss Astronomy Presentation
Times: 6:30pm and 7:15pm
Location: Planetarium
Explore the cosmos as a Chabot Astronomer leads you through the galaxy using a Zeiss Universarium Mark VIII Star Projector. This recently restored Zeiss projector uses advanced fiber-optics to project stars with astonishing clarity.

Telescope Makers Workshop
Time: 7pm-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
Time: 7:30-10:30pm
Location: Observatory Deck

Story Time
Times: 7:45pm & 7:15pm
Location: Observatory Deck
Gather around our Master Storyteller and hear exciting tales! Fun for the whole family!

The Science of Pain and Its Control: Now and in the Future - Talk by Dr. Allan Basbaum
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Megadome Theater
Talk Summary: A recent Institute of Medicine report concluded that up to 100 million Americans experience pain in any given year, about 25 million suffer daily pain and almost 10 million experience pain that interferes significantly with their daily life. In this presentation, Dr. Basbaum will explain the basic mechanisms that underlie the generation of acute and chronic pain, discuss how existing approaches to pain management work, and describe the near and long-term future of pain research and pain management.

Bio: Dr. Allan Basbaum is professor and chair of the Department of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco. His research addresses the molecular mechanisms that underlie the generation of persistent pain after tissue or nerve injury. Most recently, his laboratory has focused on novel approaches to overcoming the neurological consequences of peripheral nerve damage, by transplanting embryonic cortical inhibitory precursor cells into the spinal cord. He has served as Treasurer of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and as Editor-in-Chief of PAIN, the journal of the IASP. Recently, he was appointed Co-Chair of the Steering committee of the Intergovernmental Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Royal Society in the United Kingdom.

Hip Learning: The Human Body 101
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Planetarium
Hip Learning was founded by Oakland California rap artist and teacher Naru Kwina (AKA Dr. Science). Naru has been successfully using rhymes combined with music for many years to raise his students’ interest in science. Inspired by his students’ ability to remember and recite songs they heard on the radio, Naru made Hip Hop songs about the human anatomy to lock in the information he was exchanging during class time. Join Dr. Science in Chabot’s Planetarium as he rhymes about cell membranes, the tibia, the fibula, the heart, the lungs, and so much more!

Star Stories
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Observatory Deck
Lay on the grass and look up at the stars! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and come listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night's sky. (Blankets are also provided).

Crossing the Final Frontier: Space Exploration, Biology, and Health : Talk by Ryan T. Scott M.A.
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Megadome Theater
How does spaceflight alter the human body? What are the ways to maintain health for long-term spaceflight? Come to an overview and discussion regarding potential countermeasures, current knowledge, developing technologies, and tools to enable safe, reliable, and productive human space exploration.
The research presented will focus on three main areas: exercise and drug countermeasures to counteract spaceflight bone loss, microgravity effects on the female reproductive system and estrogen, and artificial gravity as a countermeasure for various physiological systems.

Bio: Ryan T. Scott M.A., taught Human Anatomy in the Biology Department at San José State University, and is currently working as a contractor support Scientist for NASA’s Rodent Research Project, based at NASA Ames Research Center. The last few years, Ryan conducted research as part of NASA’s Biosciences Division at NASA Ames, within the Bone & Signaling Lab, working with Dr. Joshua Alwood. Ryan is an alum of California State University Monterey Bay, and San José State University.