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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.

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  • Summer Camp

    Summer Camp

     Join us at Chabot Space & Science Center this summer. Registration is open for summer 2018 on January 2nd.


  • Tinkerfest - 2nd Annual

    Tinkerfest - 2nd Annual

    2nd Annual Tinkerfest
    Saturday, April 14, 2018

    Tinkerfest, a one-day festival that celebrates the creative, curious, and innovative spirit in all of us. Chabot Space & Science Center will bring together makers, artists, and tinkerers to showcase their work while inviting attendees of all ages to join in the DIY fun. 

  • $5 First Fridays

    $5 First Fridays

    Every First Friday: 6-10pm
    Admission: $5

    At $5 First Fridays you can enjoy a special themed night with a changing group of community partners. Admission includes hands-on activities and live demonstrations throughout the center, planetarium shows and special events that are going on that evening. It's fun for the whole family! 

  • Telescope Viewing

    Telescope Viewing

    Chabot’s giant, historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe. Check out celestial viewing day and night. Our observatory deck offers breathtaking views 1,500 feet above the Bay.

  • Future Fridays

    Future Fridays

    Friday  April 6, 6 - 7:30pm


  • Drinkering and Tinkering

    Drinkering and Tinkering

    Join Chabot staff and adult volunteers at Drakes Dealership for tinkering and conversation, every 4th Wednesday of the month.

    Where: Drakes Automotive Dealership, Oakland

    When: 6pm-9pm

    Ages: Adults
  • Special Closures

    Special Closures

    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.

  • First Glance: Member Telescope Viewing

    First Glance: Member Telescope Viewing

    FREE Member-only viewing. RSVP required!
    Space is limited and by reservation only.
    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!

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  • Einstein's Gravity Playlist

    Einstein's Gravity Playlist

    Our new planetarium show, Einstein's Gravity Playlist, explores the ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916. A century later, scientists detected these waves using precise laser devices here on Earth. Join Lucia, a PhD student in physics, on an exploration of how gravitational waves are formed, how they move through the universe, and how scientists like her work to hear them.

    Produced by the Extreme Gravity Lab at Montana State University

  • ElectroLaze Laser Holidays

    ElectroLaze Laser Holidays

    Chabot is proud to offer an exciting and different way to be festive during the Holiday season! This popular program features a mix of everyone'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.

  • 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!

  • Surfing the Planet Zone

    Surfing the Planet Zone

    Surf the Planet Zone with alien space explorers Zzyzzyx, Crimblat, and Fiz, as they take you on an expedition of discovery through our solar system. From the icy dark regions beyond Neptune to the remarkable moons of Jupiter to the very core of the planet Earth, your adventure awaits!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Phantom of the Universe

    Phantom of the Universe

    Phantom of the Universe is an an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. The show will reveal the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine. From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.

  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    Two young explorers 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.