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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
$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!
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.
$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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.