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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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  • Balloon Drop Celebration

    Balloon Drop Celebration

    Wednesday, Dec 31 11:00am

    Members:
    $5 per child
    Guests: $5 per child + General Admission
    SPACE IS LIMTED! - Register by calling (510) 336-7373
    October 20:
    Member priority registration begins
    October 27: Guest registration begins
    Ring in the New Year without staying up all night! Celebrate strokes of midnight around the world at 11am, 1pm, and 4pm! Kids will count down and celebrate with hundreds of colorful balloons dropping from above. Stay for the day and participate in fun activities throughout the Center. Now the kids can ring in the New Year without staying up past their bedtimes!

  • Science Revealed: ExploSCIve!

    Science Revealed: ExploSCIve!

    Workshop: $5 Adult | $3 Child | Children 2 & Under Free
    (Recommended for audiences 8+, though all are welcome!)
    Do you like watching things go "BOOM"? Have you been mesmerized by the dancing flame of a campfire or fireplace? What is Fire? Why do things explode? Find out as we demonstrate the reactions which cause flame to burn and create explosions. This show is perfectly safe, but some small children may be frightened by the sudden booms or bright flames.

  • LEGO Laboratory

    LEGO Laboratory

    Members: $5
    Guests: $7 (does not include general admission)
    Think, build, test, destroy... do it all over again and again! We're hosting open LEGO Laboratories every Sunday with an engineering challenge focus. Challenges vary each week and include solar car building and racing, creating green machines that impact our environment, robots that perform based on your programming, and bridge building with seismic testing. Builders of all ages and skills are welcome. Active parent participation is required for youth under 10 years.

  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    For Ages 3 - 5 years
    November: Amazing Animal Adaptations
    Why do lizards have scales? Why don't dogs have wings? Are all bird beaks the same? This month get to know our furry, feathery and scaly friends! Explore all kinds of fascinating animal adaptations including beaks and teeth, claws and paws, and fur and feathers.

  • Black (W)hole Friday

    Black (W)hole Friday

    Friday Nov 28 11:00am

    Included with General Admission
    Join us on opening day! Enjoy myriad activities relating to black holes including magnetism, gravity, and invisibility exploration. TED talks on black holes loop throughout the day in our theatre. And at 1pm hear Eliot Quataert present on black hole research.

    Arguably the most mind-bending phenomenon in the Universe, our latest visitor experience explores black holes. Immersed in a field of stars accompanied by the visual and auditory re-creation of a black hole and the abstract equations that describe it, this is a sensory-rich experience. Engage black holes in a way that goes beyond visual simulations or descriptive words, through somatic engagement that involves the "whole person," this installation engages mind and body, expanding the viewer's capacity to imagine and wonder.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Mars Mini Missions

    Mars Mini Missions

    Public Missions in the Challenger Learning Center®
    Tickets: $10 (does not include general admission)
    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)

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Dec 06 6:00pm

    Love & the Zodiac:
    A Special Star Stories Presentation

    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Enjoy a candlelit dinner, then snuggle up with your sweetie under the stars as our popular Star Stories meets Supper Club. Lay on our lawn and listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories of love from the night sky as seen throughout history, and navigate the galaxy looking for planets and other celestial bodies. This month features Miraglia Catering.

  • Lost in Space

    Lost in Space

    Adult Missions in the Challenger Learning Center®
    Flyers must be 21+

    Tickets: $30 (does not include general admission)
    Just like our public missions for families, but this one is strictly for adult flyers. Bring your friends and join an intrepid team to land on the red planet, construct a probe to send to one of the moons of Mars and save your crew from calamity. Grab your flight suit, strap on a helmet and experience the thrill and excitement of a NASA simulated space mission to Mars! Wine, beer and light snacks will be provided.

  • $5 Fridays

    $5 Fridays

    Friday Dec 12 10:00am
    Friday Jan 30 10:00am

    Look out for our discounted days! $5 Fridays are back this fall! On select days, enjoy the entire Center, including planetarium shows, for the price of a lunch value meal.


  • Chabot Hosts:

    Chabot Hosts:

    Friday Dec 12 7:00pm

    Wonderfest & Ask a Scientist
    $15 / $25 including General Admission
    We all know that sleep is essential, but after years of scientific research, we still don't know exactly why. Wonderfest and Ask a Scientist join us for an eye-opening discussion on sleep. Dr. Matthew Walker, associate professor of psychology at UC Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, presents cutting-edge discoveries of how sleep is a highly active process that effects on cognitive ability, overall health, and why so many of us don't get enough. Wine will be available for purchase.

  • Kitchen Chemistry

    Kitchen Chemistry

    $5 (does not include general admission)
    Everyone's a chemist in the kitchen! It's time to play with your food and explore the microbiology, nanoscience, physics and chemistry of the edibles we love. Enjoy demonstrations and hands-on experiments on everyday treats and ingredients - from yogurt to yeast, oobleck to ice cream!

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    Sunday Dec 14 5:00pm

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!

    This event has SOLD OUT!
    Join us for the fun animated feature, Frozen, followed by a special private telescope viewing. RSVP is required for this free member event. No outside food or drinks will be permitted in the theater.

  • Winter Solstice

    Winter Solstice

    Featuring: Fronds and Sylvie Simmons
    $12 / $22 including General Admission

    Revel in the magic of the season with Chabot and the Octopus Literary Salon! With the Sun going down early, Chabot is the best place to experience the Winter Solstice sky. Enjoy live music, donuts from Donut Dolly, and sip on cider and mulled wine. Experiment with candy canes and other holiday treats. Stick around after the festivities to observe the cosmos through one of our historic telescopes. Wine, beer and food will be available for purchase.

  • Meteor Showers

    Meteor Showers

    $5 (Center will be closed during this event)
    Hang out on the hill and watch as spectacular meteor showers make their annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. Our experts will be on hand to help you search for the brightest streaks and answer your questions.


  • Bay Area International Children's Film Festival

    Bay Area International Children's Film Festival

    A Playdate for the Imagination
    Chabot and the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival have joined forces to present the 6th annual Playdate for the Imagination where education and imagination collide. The festival offers families a cinematic view of the world's varied cultures and traditions. The films inspire curiosity and conversation and allow children to experience a wide range of cultural perspectives. Come explore the festival which will showcase international short films, feature films and the "best of the fest" playing throughout the day. Listen to music, participate in an animation workshop, build zoetropes from recycled materials, and have a fun family day at Chabot! Reserve tickets now for this widely popular festival!

  • Cosmic Concerts

    Cosmic Concerts

    Music in the Megadome
    $15 / $22 including General Admission

    You don't have to leave our galaxy to see some far-out talent. Chabot's Cosmic Concert series, in partnership with The Octopus Literary Salon, showcases local musicians playing live to the backdrop of the Universe. Fun activities, food and drinks will round out the evening. Come and make a night of it!

    Nov 15: Crosby Morgan and The New Tenants
    Jan 31: Delmarva and Slouching Stars

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Jan 31 6:00pm

    Sparks Will Fly: Explosive Experiments
    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Test your love chemistry at this explosive Supper Club! Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in our in science laboratory, then become a part of fun! Sparks fly as you participate in exploding experiments led by our resident scientist. This month features Grace Street Catering.


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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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Laser Pop

    LaserMania Laser Pop

    NEW SHOW!
    The hottest pop artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-POPping laser show that will have you singing out loud and dancing in your seat! Laser Pop features sizzling stars, like Pink, N’Sync, Smash Mouth and more!  Grab your friends for a fun night of pop music on the hill.

  • 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 Laser Holidays

    LaserMania Laser Holidays

    NEW SHOW! DECEMBER ONLY!
    Enjoy the holidays with a dash of laser! Laser Holidays is a mix of those favorite holiday hits from all genres- syncopated beats with lasers dancing 360 degrees around our full dome planetarium. These bright lights and infectious beats give new meaning to the old holiday light shows on the lawn!

  • LaserMania Laser Magic

    LaserMania Laser Magic

    NEW SHOW!
    This show offers a magical mix of music, from those you love to those you have forgotten, all presented in concert with stunning laser images! This musical compilation is fun for the entire family and includes artists like Joan Jett, The B-52's, Will Smith, The Blackhearts and much more.

  • 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.