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.
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.
July: Summer Movie Blockbuster Creations
August: Bio Building
September: Moon Adventures
October: Halloween Click or Treat! Stop-Motion Movie Making and Edible Legos
Friday Nov 27, 11am - 4pm
Free with general admission
Check out Chabot’s second Black Hole Friday where we explore one of the most mind-bending phenomenon in the Universe. 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 in a variety of black hole related demonstrations throughout the Center and don’t forget to stop by Destination Universe to step into our Black Hole.
Also sign up for our special Escape from the Black Hole mission HERE.
(Not included with general admission.)
Workshop: $7 General | $7 Youth | $5 Member
In this other worldly, hands-on whodunit , participants will solve a celestial caper using crime scene forensics and scientific methods. Super sleuths will conduct tests on evidence using microscopes, chemistry experiments and other cool lab activities to identify the crafty culprit from several "participant/suspects”. Could the guilty thief be you or your parent? Come and find out…if you dare.
Special surprises will delight on Black Hole Friday.
Recommended for ages 5-adult—children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
(Ages 6 – Adult)
Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt that utilizes a handheld GPS unit, a good set of eyes and a bit of hiking around. It’s a fun adventure game where you solve the challenges at each turn of the trail. Did you know that there are Geocaches around you right now? Our experienced staff will guide you as you learn how to use a GPS for Geocaching.
• Parents must accompany all minors
• Participants must have cell phone to download the free Geocache app
• Easy hiking required: wear athletic shoes; bring water
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! Beer (provided by Federation Brewery), wine and light snacks will be provided.
(Minimum of 14 participants required per mission)
Public Missions in the Challenger Learning Center®
Tickets: $12 (does not include general admission)
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. This adventure is recommended for space travelers ages 10 years to adult (younger children may participate when teamed with an adult)
Please check the link here for specific information on closures; all or portions of our Center are closed for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Friday Dec 18 5pm - 10pm
Friday Jan 15 5pm - 10pm
Start your weekend early and spend your Friday night at Chabot! Explore our hands-on exhibits, take a planetarium show and gaze through the telescopes with our experts.
Admission includes game night events and astronaut training lab.
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)
Does not include General Admission
Tickets: $15 (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.
Friday Dec 18 7:30 - 10pm
Members: $55 Guests: $65
Adults 21 & Over
After a candlelit dinner, snuggle up with your sweetie under the stars under for this very special Supper Club! Lay out 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 look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the cosmos.
*In the case of poor visibility, couples will be given tickets to that evening’s ElectroLaze show.
Saturday Dec 19 8-10pm
$15 (Does not include general admission)
Come revel in the stories of the nights sky as we celebrate the Winter Solstice with the Octopus Literary Salon. Illuminating storytellers, poets and musicians will recount the myths and legends from around the world that mark the season, followed by a Planetarium show that will explain the astronomical science behind the winter cosmos. Enjoy live music, delight in our imaginative holiday installation of LED lights and space toys and stay warm with hot apple cider. Beer, wine, and tamales will be for sale.
Help us spread the light of generosity in our community by bringing a toy to donate and receive a $1 off admissions all day long.
Saturday Dec 19 11am - 4pm
Step in to the future as we explore robotics at Chabot. Build your own creation in a workshop from Tiny Techs Club, test out the latest creations from DASH Robotics, meet our resident robot, Fritz, learn how to fly a drone, and more! A fun day for robot-lovers of all ages!
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!
FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
Space is limited and by reservation only, so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.
A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
You have been chosen for a space mission! Before liftoff, you are required to go through training. As an astronaut in training during this station based lab, you will put your skills to the test through a variety of exercises, test your fine motor skills while wearing a simulated spacesuit, collect your own physiological data and create your own mission patch!
Thursday Dec 31 11am - 4pm
Members: $5 per child
Guests: $5 per child + General Admission
Ring in the New Year without staying up all night! Come to Chabot and celebrate strokes of midnight from around the world at 11am, 1pm, and 4pm! Kids count down and catch hundreds of colorful balloons as they drop from the ceiling and participate in fun activities to receive a special prize. Now the kids can ring in the New Year without staying up past their bedtime!
SPACE IS LIMTED!
When: This is a late night event 12am-3am
Where: Observation Deck (located at the rear of the Museum)
Price: $5 (Center will be closed at this time)
Hang out on the hill and watch as the Quadrantids Meteor Shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. Our scientists will be ready to help you catch the brightest meteors in this prolific shower!
*Visibility is subject to weather conditions.
Saturday Jan 9, 8pm
Is time travel science fiction or a plausible reality? Written about for centuries and theorized by the most celebrated scientists, the quantum mechanics of time travel are still a hot topic in modern physics. Using popular movies as a framework, Professor Ken Wharton will outline several distinct categories of consistent time travel stories, and discuss possible connections with actual physics.
Saturday Jan 16, 6 - 9pm
Members: $55 Guests: $65
Adults 21 & Over
Test your love chemistry at this explosive Supper Club! Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner with your sweetheart in our in science laboratory, then become a part of fun! Couples will find that sparks will fly as you participate in exploding experiments led by our resident scientist.
Catering provided by Red Door Catering
30 Years of Space Education
Saturday Jan 23, 11am - 4pm
Free with general admission
Join Chabot as we honor those astronauts lost on the Challenger Space Shuttle the morning of January 28, 1986. Learn what it’s like to prepare for a mission to space in our astronaut training lab, discover some of the lessons developed by Christa McAuliffe (intended to be the first teacher in space), learn about space travel with demonstrations throughout the Center, and even take a simulated mission to Mars.
A Playdate for the Imagination
Chabot Space & Science Center and the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival have joined forces to present the 8th annual Playdate for the Imagination, where education and imagination collide. In its 8th year, BAICFF celebrates the moveable melody of the figure 8 with a Movement and Music theme. These two inseparable aspects of cinema and childhood will be explored and showcased with special performances, film screenings and events that ignite the imagination for a truly memorable kinetic experience. Participate in hands on workshops and have a fun family day at Chabot!
Friday & Saturday at 6 and 7pm
Pluto, everyone's favorite underdog among the planets, has long been an icon of dark mystery and murky expectation. Until now. In 2015, NASA made first contact with not only Pluto, but also Ceres, two of our solar system's dwarf planets. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime as we follow the New Horizons and Dawn missions, which have revealed to us that no matter what call them, these small and beautiful objects are small worlds, after all.
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.
Led Zeppelin is proclaimed by many critics to be the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, and their individualistic style reset the standards for many musical genres in the 1960s and '70s. Indeed, they have been hailed as one of the most successful, innovative and influential bands, alongside Pink Floyd, U2 and the Beatles. Now you can relive the magical sounds of Led Zeppelin while enjoying a visual treat of custom laser imagery.
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.
The hottest pop artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-POPping laser show that will have your heart thumping and your feet tapping! Laser Pop features sizzling stars, both past and present, in brilliant laser light.
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.
Chabot is proud to offer an exciting and different way to be festive during the Holiday season! This popular program features a mix of everyoneâ€™s favorite holiday music, from the classical to the modern, all set to fantastic laser, cove, and digital artwork. And since the show is rated a two out of five for intensity, it is appropriate for family members of all ages. Laser Holidays is a fun experience for everyone and gives new meaning to the term "holiday lightsâ€ â€“ holiday LASER lights!
New music from today’s Pop charts mixed with a classic from Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. iPop features sizzling stars, both past and present, in brilliant laser light.
This program 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.
LaseRetro is a tribute to the great rock anthems of the 1980s. Astonishing laser art is coupled with upbeat rock and pop songs from one of the most exciting periods in mainstream music: the ‘80s! Shows feature the latest and most advanced programming techniques to create spectacular and striking laser effects.
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.