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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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  • 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!

  • 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.

    February: Mars Exploration and Robotics
    March: Moon Exploration and Robotics
    April: Stop Motion Movie Making

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    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!

  • Tyke Explorers

    Tyke Explorers

    For Ages 3 - 5 years
    Expand your preschooler's universe by enrolling in our Tyke Explorers Program. Kids get to bring a special grown-up to share in the excitement of science and space. Classes are a combination of instructor-led lessons and self-guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration.

    • February: Light Fantastic
    • March: Pondering Earth’s Past and Present   
    • April: This Pretty Planet

     

  • $5 Fridays

    $5 Fridays

    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.


  • Science Revealed

    Science Revealed

    Workshop: $5 Adult | $3 Child | Children 2 & Under Free
    Be dazzled with exciting demonstrations led by one of Chabot’s dynamic science educators. Sudden appearances? Booms and bangs? Miraculous transformations? Enjoy a live and immersive presentation experience as you gain a deeper understanding for the way our world works. No, it's not a magic show - it's science!

  • Center Open!

    Center Open!

    The center will be Open to the public for holiday hours! Please check the link here for specific information and to purchase tickets.

  • Night Hikes

    Night Hikes

    (March 6th hike has been cancelled)
    Tickets: $14 (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.

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

  • Kitchen Chemistry

    Kitchen Chemistry

    Guests: $7 (does not include general admission)
    Members: $5
    Explore the microbiology, nanoscience, physics and chemistry of edibles we love. Experience demonstrations and hands-on experiments that involve everyday treats and ingredients.

  • NanoDays 2015

    NanoDays 2015

    Included with General Admission

    NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science, engineering, and Technology and its potential impact on the future. NanoDays events are organized by partners in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and take place at over 250 science museums, Research centers, and universities across the country.

  • Total Lunar Eclipse

    Total Lunar Eclipse

    Guests: $12 Members: Free
    Children 2 & Under Free
    The observatory deck opens at 2am for the late night viewing festivities. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. Witness the stellar occurrence from our observation deck and come ready with your questions for our experts.  Bring binoculars, blankets and warm clothes. 

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

  • Meteor Showers

    Meteor Showers

    Thursday Apr 23 12:00am

    $5 (Center will be closed during this event)
    Hang out on the hill and watch as the Lyrids Meteor Shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. Our astronomers are on hand to answer questions.



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  • Cosmic Dance

    Cosmic Dance

    Got restless feet? You're in good company: the Sun, Moon, planets and stars also have those ants in their pants and can’t keep their feet from moving to the beat of their ageless cosmic dance. Two-step, tango, break dance, and dosey-doe your way across the solar system in this live immersive show! We’ll cover a few basics of the dance of the planets, whose motions across the sky puzzled and bewildered Earthly onlookers for millennia.

    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 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 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.