Hours & Directions

MON, TUE: Closed

WED & THU : 10am - 5pm

FRI & SAT : 10am - 10pm

SUN : 10am - 5pm

  • Sponsored by Best of the East Bay


Featured Event

Ring in the New Year with Chabot!

Balloon Drop Celebration

More Info
Balloon Drop Celebration
  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    Tuesday Oct 21 10:00am, 1:00pm

    For Ages 3 - 5 years
    October: What's Up With This Weather?
    Now that the weather is starting to change, let's take a closer look at what's happening outside. Learn all about different types of weather and clouds, go on a special hike to observe and measure the weather, and build your very own tools to collect weather data at home.

  • Partial Solar Eclipse

    Partial Solar Eclipse

    Thursday Oct 23 1:45pm

    $10 + General Admission / $15 Viewing Only
    A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. Join us on our observatory deck to watch as the moon eclipses the sun! Our resident astronomy experts will be on hand to help you safely view the celestial phenomenon using special instruments and will help to answer your questions. Special eclipse viewing glasses available.

  • Ignite East Bay

    Ignite East Bay

    Friday Oct 24 7:00pm

    $15 + General Admission
    What would you share with an audience if you had just 5 minutes? Chabot and Ignite Oakland are providing a platform for people to share their passions and expertise with a live audience, the catch is they have just 5 minutes and 20 quickly changing slides to do so. The science-related topics will range from the everyday to the extraordinary. Come eat, drink and snack while meeting your neighbors and sharing in their curiosity, know-how and smarts. Come hungry and enjoy a bite! Food and drinks available for purchase 7pm-8pm. The Grilled Cheez Guy will be on site and there will be beer and wine for sale. View the Speaker Line Up.



    Saturday Oct 25 9:00am

    Fun Exchanges & Activities
    for Science Teachers
    Advanced Registration is Required

    What are some of the cool demos or activities that you reserve for those upcoming special holidays, events or celebrations like Halloween, Earth Day, National Science and Engineering Day, or Pi Day. At this session, we'd like you share an activity that is linked to such an occasion. Bring your ideas, demonstrations and/or lessons and share how you connect students with science and math and collect a few ideas for yourself while you're at it. This topic embraces all disciplines: biology / physiology, chemistry, physics, earth science, math and more.

  • Halloween Party

    Halloween Party

    Saturday Oct 25 11:00am

    Included with General Admission
    Trick or treat at Chabot. Dress up as your favorite character and receive a treat! Drink some spooky punch and participate in hands-on sinister science activities. Enjoy guest appearances by special costumed friends. Bring your junior explorers to the Discovery Lab for spooky read-a-longs and scary science activities.

  • Science Revealed: ExploSCIve!

    Science Revealed: ExploSCIve!

    Saturday Oct 25 2:15pm
    Friday Oct 31 11:00am, 12:00pm
    Saturday Nov 15 1:30pm
    Saturday Nov 22 1:30pm
    Saturday Nov 29 1:30pm

    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.

  • Special Closure

    Special Closure

    Saturday Oct 25 4:00pm
    Sunday Oct 26 1:00pm
    Saturday Nov 01 8:00pm
    Saturday Nov 08 4:00pm
    Friday Dec 05 1:00pm
    Saturday Dec 06 4:00pm
    Saturday Dec 13 5:00pm
    Saturday Jan 10 4:00pm

    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.

  • $5 Fridays

    $5 Fridays

    Friday Oct 31 10:00am
    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.

  • Night Hikes

    Night Hikes

    Friday Oct 31 5:00pm
    Friday Nov 07 5:00pm

    Tickets: $12 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP Recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373

    Enjoy an easy 1-2 mile end-of-summer hike through the beautiful redwoods and watch the sun set over the bay! 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.

  • LEGO Laboratory

    LEGO Laboratory

    Sunday Nov 02 10:00am
    Sunday Nov 16 10:00am
    Sunday Nov 23 10:00am
    Sunday Nov 30 10:00am

    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.

  • The Physics of Football

    The Physics of Football

    Saturday Nov 08 11:00am

    Included with General Admission
    Are you ready for some football!? Really get in the game with the science behind those great catches, long punts and perfect passes. Take a closer look at America's game exploring angles, velocity, resistance, materials - it's not just tackle and fun, there's science to making these players great! Once you dive deeper into the physics of it all, you'll be cheering for your favorite team in a whole new way!

  • Mars Mini Missions

    Mars Mini Missions

    Saturday Nov 08 1:30pm, 3:00pm
    Saturday Dec 06 1:30pm, 3:00pm

    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)

  • Lost in Space

    Lost in Space

    Saturday Nov 08 8:00pm

    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.

  • Future Fridays

    Future Fridays

    Will Wright
    Game Designer & Creator of Sim City
    Constructing a New Gaming Genre

    Twenty years ago, a video game that you could neither win nor lose was inconceivable unless you were Will Wright. With five years of college under his belt and no degree, then twenty-something year old Wright created a game based on designing and building cities. In achieving that goal, Will created a new genre in gaming and within it, one of the best-loved game franchises in history, SimCity. An entirely new kind of video game genre, focused on open-ended, non-violent gameplay was born! Hear Will discuss his journey and his upcoming projects.

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    Sunday Nov 16 6:00pm

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!

    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

    We're partnering with the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival again to present the 7th annual Playdate for the Imagination, where education and imagination collide. Though the festival isn't until January, we've put together a special sneak-peek for members, highlighting the best of the 2014 festival and film clips screening at the 2015 festival. This year's theme is Green Innovation, harnessing creativity to solve global warming. The films inspire curiosity and conversation and allow children to experience an array of cultural perspectives on climate change. Join us in the MegaDome Theater for this free, members-only screening. Refreshments will be available by donation.