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.
FREE Drop-In program. Tickets are limited, available at the Box Office.
Open LEGO Laboratories every Sunday with an engineering challenge focus. Builders of all ages and skills are welcome. Active parent participation is required for youth under 10 years.
May 6, 6-7:30pm
Scott Hutchins- Novel Science: The Making of A Working Theory of Love
Science and art are often framed as opposites, if not enemies, but in this talk Bay Area author Scott Hutchins will discuss how Artificial Intelligence inspired, complicated, and deepened his breakout debut novel, A Working Theory of Love. Hutchins will read from his work, discuss chatbots, and delve into his comical experience as a judge for the world's only annual Turing Test.
Saturday May 7, 7-9pm
Missions in the Challenger Learning Center®
Flyers must be 21+
Tickets: $30 (does not include general admission)
Nothing says date night like a trip to the red planet! Whether a first date or your long time sweetie, you and your date will be transported to a world of space travel inside Chabotâ€™s interactive mission control and space craft simulator. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to land safely on the planet Mars and launch a probe to one of Mars' two moons. Beer, wine and light snacks will be provided, but arrive on time as the agenda is tight in Mission Control!
(Minimum of 14 participants required per mission)
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)
Monday, May 9th, 6:30am-11:30am
On Monday, May 9th Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time since 2006. The transit or passage of a planet across the face of the Sun is a relatively rare occurrence. As seen from Earth, only transits of Mercury and Venus are possible. There are approximately 13 transits of Mercury each century! Join us at the Chabot Observatory Deck on Monday, May 9th from 6:30am-11:30am to view this rare occurrence from our telescope, Leah. Our staff astronomers will be here to guide this exciting experience as we watch the transit all the way to its conclusion.
Weather Permitting $5.
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.
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.
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!
Saturday May 28, 7-9pm
Chabot, National Novel Writing Month, and Big Picture Science bring you a discussion with Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director at the Center for SETI Research, on sci-fi's thrilling influence on science. Shostak has published four books and more than 400 popular articles on science, delivered a TED Talk, and is the host of the SETI Instituteâ€™s radically fun and informative national weekly science radio show, "Big Picture Science" with Molly Bentley.
FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
Space is limited and by reservation only.
Merida (Kevin McKidd), the impetuous, but courageous, daughter of Scottish King Fergus (Robbie Coltrane) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), is a skilled archer who wants to carve out her own path in life. Her defiance of an age-old tradition angers the Highland lords and leads to chaos in the kingdom. Merida seeks help from an eccentric witch (Julie Walters), who grants her an ill-fated wish. Now, Merida must discover the true meaning of courage and undo a beastly curse before it's too late.
Tickets: $15 (children 2 years & under free)
Does not include General Admission
This summer, 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.
Please note: Weather permitting for outside viewing. If night sky conditions are or become poor for viewing the program will take place inside one of our historic telescope domes. Please check our weather station for more day-of details or call us at (510) 336-7373 for more information. Don't forget to bring your blankets!
You have been chosen for a space mission! Before liftoff, you are required to go through training. As an astronaut in training during this station based lab, you will put your skills to the test through a variety of exercises, test your fine motor skills while wearing a simulated spacesuit, collect your own physiological data and create your own mission patch!
Mars has sparked the human imagination for millennia, conjuring visions of supernatural deities, extraterrestrial civilizations, and otherworldly landscapes. The detection of water has reenergized our imaginations with hope of finding unearthly life. Come join the greatest exploration in history to the red planet!
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!
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.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the "seventh wonder of the modern world," Mexico's Chichén Itzï¿½. 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.
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.
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.
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.