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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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  • $5 First Fridays

    $5 First Fridays

    Every First Friday: 6-10pm
    Admission: $5

    At $5 First Fridays you can join a Night Hike through the redwoods or enjoy various laser and planetarium shows. Admission also includes hands-on activities and live demonstrations throughout the center, as well as any special events that are going on that evening. It's fun for the whole family! 

  • Partial Solar Eclipse

    Partial Solar Eclipse

    Partial Solar Eclipse
    Monday, August 21st
    8am-1pm

    Monday, August 21, 2017, is the date of the Great American Solar Eclipse!  For those along the eclipse path of totality, which stretches from Oregon across the country to South Carolina, the Moon will cover the Sun, and day will briefly turn into night!  The Bay Area will enjoy a partial eclipse, with more than 75% of the Sun covered by the Moon. 

    Join us at Chabot to witness this rare eclipse opportunity, which begins around 9:00 am and peaks at 10:15 am. The Center will be open from 8:00 am-1:00 pm for viewing outside or see a live feed of the total eclipse in our theaters.

    Eclipse viewing glasses are available for purchase.

    Event is free to the public.

  • Telescope Viewing

    Telescope Viewing

    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.

  • Perseids Meteor Shower

    Perseids Meteor Shower

    Sunday Aug 13th, 12-3am
    (Be aware that this event is midnight to 3:00am on SUNDAY morning)

    Observation Deck/Lawn
    Free, Weather Permitting

    Hang out on the hill and watch one of the best annual astronomical events unfold before your very eyes. The Perseid Meteor Shower will make its annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. Our astronomy experts will be on hand to answer your questions and help you catch a glimpse of the brightest meteors in the night’s sky.

    *Visibility is subject to weather conditions.

  • 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-only viewing. RSVP required!
    Space is limited and by reservation only.
    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!


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  • Surfing the Planet Zone

    Surfing the Planet Zone

    Surf the Planet Zone with alien space explorers Zzyzzyx, Crimblat, and Fiz, as they take you on an expedition of discovery through our solar system. From the icy dark regions beyond Neptune to the remarkable moons of Jupiter to the very core of the planet Earth, your adventure awaits!

  • 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.

  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    Two young explorers 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.

  • Phantom of the Universe

    Phantom of the Universe

    Phantom of the Universe is an an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. The show will reveal the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine. From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.