Admission

General Admission includes: 

• Two Digital Dome Planetarium Shows (First come, first serve basis)
• Access to interactive exhibits 
• Access to the Observatory Complex. Day & evening Telescope Viewing is available (Weather Permitting)
• Discovery Lab (For Families w/children 5 and under)
• Free Parking

Selecting Your Shows
General Admission ticket includes 2 shows. We recommend arriving 10 - 20 minutes before the first show you are scheduled to see as they are first come, first serve.

Planetarium Show Information 

Group Visits (For parties of 15 or more) 

Plan Your Visit FAQ 

Special Closures

Admission Policies
• Children ages 3 -12 pay the Youth Admission price. Children under 3 are free.
• Seniors (ages 65 ) and Students (ages 13-18 or with a valid college ID) receive discounted admission. 
• Tickets must be purchased at the Box Office to redeem coupons or to receive ASTC or ACM reciprocal membership benefits.

$5 Fridays After 5pm (Select Dates)
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. Click Here for dates and to purchase tickets!

Future Fridays

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.

Running Time 30 minutes

All Charged Up

Anatomy of a Life Form

Atmosphere in Balance

Bee Blast

Garden Planet

It's Elemental

Mars Exploration

Moon Mania

Moonstruck

Planet Trek

Redwood Ecosystem Hike

First Glance: Member Telescope Viewing

Chabot Members-Only Viewing, 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!

Adult Volunteers

Clay Puppet Workshop BAICFF

 

Our most popular workshop! Decorate and film your very own, professional stop-motion puppet and take the puppet home with you. Spend the first half of the workshop personalizing your "actor” with googly eyes, buttons, feathers, etc. Then lights, camera, action – it’s time to make your puppet come alive. Use your imagination to place your little "actor” in a series of poses that add up to action!the afternoon feature.



 

Date:   Saturday, March 11, 2017
Start Times:   9:30am, 10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm
Duration:   45 minutes
Age Range:   7 – 14 years old
Fee:   $30
# of Children per Time-Slot:   10

 

Pixilation Workshop BAICFF

What is Pixilation? It’s an animation technique that uses the most readily available tool at your disposal – your body! In this workshop, the participants are the actors. Just change your pose slightly from one photo frame to the next and you will magically float, fly around a room, ice skate, disappear and reappear in a different location, slide along the ground, drive an invisible car, or almost anything else you can imagine!

You add the sound! In addition to creating your film using pixilation you will then add your own sound effects in our Foley Sound workshop. At no additional cost, we will record you creating noises on our foley stage to the live playback of your pixilation film. We will provide a variety of noise making objects and props, you can even use your own mouth to make explosions - boom!, car engine noises - vroom! vroom! or other bips and boops.


 

Date:   Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12, 2017
Saturday Start Times:   9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm
Sunday Start Times:   9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm
Duration:   60 minutes
Age Range:   6 – 14 years old
Fee:   $30
# of Children per Time-Slot:   3

Bay Area International Children's Film Festival

Saturday, March 11th (10am - 8pm)

Screenings and workshops begin at 10am, doors open at 9:30am 

*$5.00 admission for adults and children after 5pm for festival screening only. Exhibits will close at normal hours.

Sunday, March 12th (10am - 5pm) 

Screenings and workshops begin at 10am, doors open at 9:30am

Chabot Space & Science Center and the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival have joined forces to present the 9th annual Playdate for the Imagination™ where education and imagination collide. In its 9th year, the festival continues to delight and inspire Bay Area families with a full weekend of events and special programs that include internationally celebrated family-friendly films, special presentations from Award-Winning Pixar filmmakers, hands-on animation workshops and more. This year’s theme of science, technology, engineering, art and math, STEAM, will be featured in the films and with the hands-on programs offered in the Center.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS

BAICFF is an 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.

Prices

Guest Adult: $25 / Youth: $14 (includes admission to the center)

2 Day Weekend Pass: Adult $35 / Youth: $20

Member Adult: $15 / Youth: $7 (includes admission to the center)

2 Day Weekend Pass: Adult $21 / Youth: $10

Tickets can also be purchased at the Front Desk on the day of the event. All tickets include General Admission to the Center.

 

WORKSHOPS

Clay Puppet Workshop

Our most popular workshop! Decorate and film your very own, professional stop-motion puppet and take the puppet home with you. Spend the first half of the workshop personalizing your "actor” with googly eyes, buttons, feathers, etc. Then lights, camera, action – it’s time to make your puppet come alive. Use your imagination to place your little "actor” in a series of poses that add up to action!

Date: Saturday March 11

Start Times: 9:30am, 10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm

Duration: 45 minutes

Age Range: 7 – 14 years old

Price: $30

Number of Participants per Time-Slot: 10

Register for Clay Puppet Workshop HERE

 


Pixilation & Foley Workshops

What is Pixilation? It’s an animation technique that uses the most readily available tool at your disposal – your body! In this workshop, the participants are the actors. Just change your pose slightly from one photo frame to the next and you will magically float, fly around a room, ice skate, disappear and reappear in a different location, slide along the ground, drive an invisible car, or almost anything else you can imagine!

You add the sound! In addition to creating your film using pixilation you will then add your own sound effects in our Foley Sound workshop. At no additional cost, we will record you creating noises on our foley stage to the live playback of your pixilation film. We will provide a variety of noise making objects and props, you can even use your own mouth to make explosions - boom!, car engine noises - vroom! vroom! or other bips and boops.

Date: Saturday March 11 & Sunday March 12 

*Remember to adjust clocks on March 12th for daylight savings!

Start Times (Sat): 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm

Start Times (Sun): 9:30am 10:05am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm

Duration: 55 minutes

Age Range: 6 – 14 years old

Price: $30

Number of Participants per Time-Slot: 4

Register for Pixlation Workshop HERE

 


Found Object Workshops

Using found objects, participants will create short stop-motion animated films. Select your objects and use your imagination to change their placement slightly from one photo frame to the next to tell a story. Watch the objects come alive as they disappear and reappear, travel from one side of the screen to another, or magically create cool patterns and designs.

Date: Sunday March 12th

*Remember to adjust clocks on March 12th for daylight savings!

Start Times: 9:30am, 10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm

Duration: 45 minutes

Age Range: 7 – 14 years old

Price: $25

Number of Participants per Time-Slot: 10

Register for Found Object Workshop HERE

Found Object Workshop BAICFF

Using found objects, participants will create short stop-motion animated films. Select your objects and use your imagination to change their placement slightly from one photo frame to the next to tell a story. Watch the objects come alive as they disappear and reappear, travel from one side of the screen to another, or magically create cool patterns and designs.


 

Date:   Sunday, March 12, 2017
Start Times:   9:30am, 10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm
Duration:   45 minutes
Age Range:   7 – 14 years old
Fee:   $30
# of Children per Time-Slot:   10

 

Summer Camp

Scout Overnight

$5 First Friday Event

Shooting Stars and Space Rocks

Surviving in Space

Tapping the Wind

Wacky Weather

Claymation Lab

 

Calling all animators! We’re turning our science lab into a Claymation studio all week. We’ll provide the clay, cameras, and know-how, and you provide the imagination and creativity. Let’s see what out-of-this-world stories you can create.

 

 

 

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.

Running Time 25 minutes

Tales of the Maya Skies

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the "seventh wonder of the modern world," Mexico's Chichén Itzá. 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

Running Time 33 Minutes

Find out more about the show

ElectroLaze Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon

 

Based on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album about humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time!

The album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. Its 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.

Running time: 40 min

 

 

 

Micronauts

Galaxy Explorers

Scout Workshop w/Youth Patch

Internal Booking

ED: Location Reserved

Explosive Science- Science Revealed

Build-A-Bird School Workshop

Self-Driving Robots

Five Senses

Waiting Far Away

Phantom of the Universe

BAICFF Launch Event- Creative Women in STEAM

TinkerFest

Inspired by Space

Surfing the Planet Zone

How to Be a Kid Critic Workshop

Summer Camp Grades 1-2

Community Listening

Back to the Moon For Good

To the Moon... with no return? Be the first to come see our newest planetarium show Back to the Moon for Good. 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 $30million prize? After 40 years, the race is heating up once again, get in on the action!

Running Time 25 minutes

Group Visit

Experience the wonders of the Universe at a discounted rate for groups of at least 15 people. 

Group admission includes daytime observing on the telescope deck, one show in the Planetarium or Megadome, and access to our hands-on exhibits. 

 

GROUP ADMISSIONS POLICIES:

Advance registration is required for groups of 30 or greater. 

For groups with visitors under 18, a chaperone ratio of one adult per five children is suggested. A minimum of one adult per ten children is required. For safety, chaperones are expected to be clearly identifiable and stay with their group at all times.  

We suggest bringing lunches for your visit, as cafe lines can be very long on busy days. Outdoor seating is available in the courtyard or you may want to lead your group pn an easy hike to a nearby picnic area. On rainy days, groups are permitted to eat in the Mezzanine or other non-exhibit areas of the museum, as directed by staff. 

Access to the Planetarium and Megadome is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Theater seating begins approximately 15 minutes prior to showtime, and late seating is not allowed. Food and beverages are not allowed in theaters. For the enjoyment of all, we ask guests to please refrain from using electronic devices during planetarium shows.

Group admission is timed and limited to 200 visitors per hour. Please arrive as close to your scheduled entry time as possible. 

Parking for buses and other large vehicles is available in our lower lot. The traffic circle is for drop-off and pick-up only. Carpooling is highly encouraged as parking is limited. 

Cancellation and Refunds: 

  • 30+ Days: 100%
  • 10 - 29 Days: 50%
  • 0 - 10 Days: No Refund

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champions of Science

Birthday Party

Celebrate your favorite future astronaut with a birthday party at Chabot Space & Science Center!

Our weekend Birthday Party package includes all-day admission the Center for up to 30 guests of any age.

The adventure begins with an hour and a half in a private party room decked out with a festive celestial theme, tables and chairs for all your guests and a dress-up photo booth. Spend the rest of the day taking in a Planetarium show, exploring our interactive exhibits and peering through high-powered telescopes.  

Party Times:

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The party room is open to hosts 15 minutes prior to start time.

Hosts and party guests are welcome to enter the Center at any time on the day of the party, but note that available storage for food, gifts, etc. is limited to the cart provided to hosts at check-in.

Prices: 

Public: $450 + refundable $50 cleaning deposit

Member: $400 + refundable $50 cleaning deposit

For large events and after-hours rentals, please contact Events@ChabotSpace.org