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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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  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Kitchen Chemistry

    Kitchen Chemistry

    Included with General Admission
    Sweet Science!
    What do a scientist and a chef have in common? A lot more than you might think! Delve into sweet science as you experiment with making candy, exploring flavor and observing edible reactions with our favorite local scientists, chocolatiers and confectioners. In celebration of National Grandparents' Day, we encourage you to bring the sweetest family members! Enjoy $2 off of senior admission on Saturday and Sunday only.

  • Public Mission

    Public Mission

    in the Challenger Learning Center®
    Guests: $12 + General Admission
    Members: $12
    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).

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    Sunday Sep 07: 5:30pm

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!

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

    Join us for the Back-to-School children's classic, The Goonies. Join us in the MegaDome Theater for this free, members-only screening. Refreshments will be available by donation.

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    Sunday Sep 07: 7:30pm

    Member Telescope Viewing
    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!

  • Galaxy Explorers Information Session

    Galaxy Explorers Information Session

    Our Galaxy Explorer Program offers high school age students hands-on, fun, and educational community service work for developing science exploration, job and life skills. To learn more about the Galaxy Explorer program and how you can impact science education in your community while gaining invaluable experience, attend one of our information sessions. Applicants only need to attend one session.

  • Star Stories

    Star Stories

    Tickets: $14 (children 2 years & under free)
    Does not include General Admission
    Lay on the grass and look up at the stars! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, share stories of the night sky as seen throughout history, and identify planets and stars that help orient you to the night sky.

    Space is limited. Call (510) 336-7373 today
    to reserve your spot on the hill.

  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    For Ages 3 - 5 years
    September: Falling Objects
    Gravity is pulling us (and everything else!) toward the center of our earth. This month we'll explore the invisible force of gravity to see how it affects falling objects and balance. Then we'll build parachutes to slow the pull of gravity so our astronauts don't crash to the ground. Finally we'll experiment with different ways to launch an object and escape the pull of gravity... for a few seconds, at least.

  • Homeschoolers Day

    Homeschoolers Day

    $13 Student / $8 Adult
    (Includes admission to the Center)
    Each class requires a minimum of 12 registrations
    To register: (510) 336-7381 or SchoolVisit@ChabotSpace.org

    Chabot welcomes all homeschool families! Join us for a special preview of our 60-minute science classes designed for all grades, take a trip through the solar system in our full-dome planetarium, tour the historic telescopes and complete a scavenger hunt to win a prize!

    Please choose one of the following class options:
    (class descriptions & appropriate grade-levels)

    Micronauts
    Moonstruck
    Planet Trek
  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    Special Saturday Classes!
    For Ages 3 - 5 years

    September: What Comes Up...
    ...Must come down! Design your own parachutes to work against the power of gravity! Can you build a parachute that allows a space capsule to safely fall to the ground without crashing?

  • Big Engineering Day

    Big Engineering Day

    Included with General Admission
    Big Engineering Day highlights the importance of everyday engineering and the tools we use to bring big ideas to fruition. How do thoughts become things? From brainstorming - think blue prints, computer rendering and sketches - to being - think, machinery, construction and computers. Engage your creativity and structural sensibilities with hands-on activities and workshops. As a bonus, explore the beauty and transformation of urban construction sites through the paintings of Alex Vietti.

  • Fright Light!

    Fright Light!

    NEW LASERMANIA SHOW!
    Playing in October only...
    catch it before it's ghost
    !

    Looking for a unique way to send chills up your spine? Think you have the courage to sit through the most terrifying laser experience ever? Are you brave enough to witness vampires seducing their prey and demons haunting the unsuspecting? Perhaps you'll keep your eyes closed, only sneaking peeks at fun renditions of Purple People Eater and The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Laser Fright Light is a ghoulish way to celebrate the Halloween season... if you dare!

  • Astronomy Day

    Astronomy Day

    Included with General Admission
    It's a star! It's a satellite! It's a... well, what is it? Throughout history astronomers and scientists have made accidental discoveries of new stars, planets and more through trial and error. In celebration of National Astronomy Day on October 8, the East Bay Astronomical Society and other local astronomers will be present to share their research, teach the basics of operating a telescope and inspire the next generation of astronomers to make their own discoveries.

  • Science Revealed: ExploSCIve!

    Science Revealed: ExploSCIve!

    Workshop: $5 Adult | $3 Child | Children 2 & Under Free
    (Recommended for audiences 8+, though all are welcome!)
    Pop! Bang! Ping! Boom! Whoa! That's the sound of live science demos in our theater. Enjoy a 30-minute audience interactive show with aweing demonstrations that showcase the wonders of science. Visitors experience the lessons as we explore scientific theory. It's not magic, it's science... live!

  • Open Engineering Lab

    Open Engineering Lab

    Workshop: $5
    Join us for an afternoon of building and testing in our Sunday Open Engineering Lab. Each week we'll be working on a variety of projects that can include building and testing LEGO® solar car models, wind turbine blade design, bridge and building strength, shake table testing, robotics exploration and programming, and more.

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    Sunday Oct 05: 5:30pm

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!

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

    Join us for the spooky animated adventure, Paranorman. Join us in the MegaDome Theater for this free, members-only screening. Refreshments will be available by donation.

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    Sunday Oct 05: 7:00pm

    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!

  • Total Lunar Eclipse

    Total Lunar Eclipse

    Guests: $15 Members: Free
    Children 2 & Under Free
    The observatory deck opens at 2am for a special presentation about the eclipse. Stay after the presentation for the late night viewing festivities. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. For this to happen the Sun, Earth, and Moon must be closely aligned with the Moon and the Moon located furthest from the Sun. Bring binoculars, blankets and warm clothes.

    Please note: Eclipse is not guaranteed and weather permitting for outside viewing

  • Partial Solar Eclipse

    Partial Solar Eclipse

    $10 + General Admission / $15 Viewing Only
    A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. Join us on our observation deck to watch as the moon 'occults' 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.

  • Halloween Party

    Halloween Party

    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.


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  • The Home Galaxy

    The Home Galaxy

    It's been called a river in the sky, a Tree of Life, a celestial spine, and even a spray of mother's milk, but since Galileo made the telescopic discovery that it is made of countless hosts of stars and mysterious, dark, brooding clouds, we have come to know the Milky Way as our galactic home among the cosmos. Take a road trip with us down Via Lactea, the Milky Way, from its sprawling spiral arms to the ultimate heart of darkness, the supermassive black hole that resides at its center.

    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.

  • Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

    Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

    Legends of the Night Sky: Orion takes a lighthearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky. The show brings the mythological Orion to life in a fun-filled, animated adventure.

    Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion's adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons.

  • 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.