Chabot Space & Science Center

  • Admission

    General Admission includes: 

    • Two Digital Dome Planetarium Shows (First come, first serve basis)
    • Access to interactive exhibits featuring Bill Nye's Climate Lab and the Touch the Sun exhibit
    • 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 12 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!

  • Hike

    **Advanced reservations are encouraged as our hikes sell out quickly** 

    (Walk-ups are welcome, however, space permitting)

    Hike Definitions

    • Easy: 1-3 miles, moderate to slow paced, along fairly level terrain
    • Moderate: 4-5 miles with some hills, at a moderate pace
    • Strenuous: 6-7 miles, hilly, at a moderate to moderately brisk pace


    For All Hikes We Recommend

    • Wear layers as the weather can change
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Bring a snack and water bottle
    • Flashlight
  • Star Stories
     

    This summer, lay on the grass and look up at the stars! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and come listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night's sky.

     

    Cost:

    • $15 / Children 2 & Under Free
      (does not include Admission to the Center)

    Please note: Weather permitting for outside viewing. If night sky conditions are or become poor for viewing the program will take place inside one of our historic telescope domes. Please check our weather station for more day-of details or call us at (510) 336-7373 for more information. Don't forget to bring your blankets!

  • 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.

    Running Time 30 minutes

  • CLC Public Mission
     

    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)

     

     

     

     

  • Member Only Movie Night

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

    Please check back for more information!

  • First Glance: 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!

  • Volunteer Events
  • Science Revealed: School Program

    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!

  • The Supper Club
  • LEGO™ Laboratory
     

    Activities include Lego Biology-based board games, timed building challenges, and collectively working together to build a strand of DNA. Participants will collectively work on a display depicting famous scientists who have had a great impact in the field of biology. Builders of all ages and skills are welcome. Active parent participation is required for youth under 10 years.

     

    Pricing:

    • Members: $5 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $7 (does not include general admission)
  • CLC: Lost In Space (Flyers must be 21yrs.+)
     
     

    Strictly for adult flyers, this is like our public missions for families. 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. You will don a 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. 

    Price: $30 (does not include general admission) 

    Flyers must be 21+

     

     

     

     

     

  • LaserMania LaseRetro
     

    Slip on that headband, pull up those colorful legwarmers and enjoy the great 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! 

    Running time: 35 min

     

    Price:

    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14

     

     

  • LaserMania Laseropolis
     

     

    Transport to new experiences of sight and sounds with an eclectic mix of musical themes surveying pop, rock, alternative and oldies.

    Running time: 35 min

     

    Price:

    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14

     

     

  • Scout Overnight
  • Scout Workshop
  • PLA Reserved:
  • Cosmos 360 - Previously Recorded

    Running Time 45 minutes

  • $5 Fridays after 5pm

    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.

    $5 Fridays after 5pm (all admission tickets are $5) dates are:

    • Friday, July 24th, 2015 from 5pm to 10pm

    Tickets must be used on the dates specified

     

    $5 Fridays Admission includes: 
    • One Digital Dome Planetarium Show (First come, first serve basis. We recommend arriving 10 - 20 minutes before the first show you are scheduled to see.)
    • Access to interactive exhibits featuring Bill Nye's Climate Lab and the Touch the Sun exhibit
    • Access to the Observatory Complex. Day & evening Telescope Viewing is available (Weather Permitting)
    • Free Parking

    Planetarium Show Information 

    Plan Your Visit FAQ 

  • LaserMania iPop
     

    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.

    Running time: 35 min

     

    Price:

    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14

     

     

  • Summer in Space Movie Series
     

    Grab some popcorn and join us in our outdoor amphitheater as we celebrate classic science fiction films from the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Inspired by comic books, these family-friendly films sparked the world’s interest in interstellar travel, aliens and otherworldly terrains.  

     

    Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

    A deadly plague is ravaging the Earth, known as the Purple Death because of the spot left on victims' foreheads. Ming the Merciless is suspected to be behind the plague and it is discovered that his spaceships have been dropping "Death Dust" in the Earth's atmosphere. Flash Gordon, along with Dr. Alexis Zarkov and Dale Arden, is sent to the planet Mongo to find a possible cure for the plague. Will they find the antidote?

  • SolarMax

    93 million miles just got a whole lot closer. Featuring live images of the Sun and footage from around the world of solar observatories of the past, present, and future, Solarmax tells of humankind's struggle to understand the Sun. Travel around the world to visit historical sites of sun worship, see scientists studying the Sun, and view the majesty of a total solar eclipse. 

    Running Time 40 minutes

  • 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

  • LaserMania Led Zeppelin
     

    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.

    Running time: 50 min

     

     

     

     

     

  • LaserMania Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
     

    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. 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

     

     

    Price:

    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14

     

  • 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.

    With Chabot's park-like setting, hands-on exhibits, laboratories and experienced educators, we guarantee a memorable adventure for you and your child.

  • Science Revealed
     

    Cool off this summer at Chabot as we explore and experiment with cold things. Liquid nitrogen, dry ice, and kitchen chemistry will all combine to reveal the fascinating science of the deep freeze. Taste a chilly bite of something we create, if you dare!

     

     

     

  • LaserMania The Beatles
     

    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.

    Running time: 40 min

     

    Price:

    • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $14

     

     

  • Cosmos 360 Live Series
     

    Live Planetarium Show

    Cosmos 360, Chabot's live planetarium show series: Your ticket to the Universe in all directions! An expert guides and entertains you with an engaging tour through the stars, planets, and galaxies of outer space. Blasting off twice a night on Friday and Saturday evenings, these live shows reveal the workings of the Universe from new perspectives. A new show launches every three months, so see the new one before it departs at warp speed.

    Running Time 45 minutes

  • Stop Motion Studios

    Learn about the process and techniques of making a claymation movie then make your own!

     


     

    Grade Range: 1st through 6th

    Pricing:

    • Guests: $10
    • Members: $8

     

    Members: Click the "Sign In" button, located in the upper right-hand side of the window to apply your member discount during the check-out process.

  • CLC Mini Mission Workshop

    Ever wonder what it's like to be an astronaut on a space mission? Find out in our Challenger Learning Center® as you experience the thrill and excitement of a NASA simulated space mission to Mars! Become an important member on a dynamic team accomplishing the goals of your mission. You are a vital member of the crew!

     


     

    Age Range: 10 years to adult (younger children aged 7-9 may participate when teamed with an adult)

    Pricing:

    • Guests: $12
    • Members: $10

     

    Members: Click the "Sign In" button, located in the upper right-hand side of the window to apply your member discount during the check-out process.

  • Redwood Ecosystems Hike Workshop

    Hike into our local redwood forest to explore what lives and grows there. What can we find out about the very special coastal redwoods? What other plants and animals will we find in the forest? Learn how life in the forest is interconnected.

     


     

    Grade Range: 8th and above

    Pricing:

    • Guests: $12
    • Members: $10

     

    Members: Click the "Sign In" button, located in the upper right-hand side of the window to apply your member discount during the check-out process.

  • Build It, Test It, Tweak It

    This engineering lab has been designed for the builders and those who love to tinker. In this lab, you will create a structure to see if it can withstand an earthquake, build your own wind turbine or Mars rover, and even dabble in robotics!

     


     

    Grade Range: 1st through 6th

    Pricing:

    • Guests: $10
    • Members: $8

     

    Members: Click the "Sign In" button, located in the upper right-hand side of the window to apply your member discount during the check-out process.

  • Astronaut Training

    You have been chosen for a space mission! Before liftoff, you are required to go through a series of trainings. With this station based lab, astronauts put their skills to the test through a variety of exercises, , test their fine motor skills while wearing a simulated spacesuit, collect their own physiological data and even create their own mission patch.

     


     

    Grade Range: 1st through 6th

    Pricing:

    • Guests: $10
    • Members: $8

     

    Members: Click the "Sign In" button, located in the upper right-hand side of the window to apply your member discount during the check-out process.

  • VE: Location Reserved
  • ED: Location Reserved
  • Sunstruck
  • New Horizons Viewing Party
     

    Have you wondered all of your life what the distant world of Pluto looks like up close? Soon the wondering will come to an end when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which has been en route to Pluto for the past decade, sends its eyewitness imagery back to Earth, and history will be made. 

     

    Be on the line when New Horizons phones home following the historic encounter. At Chabot Space & Science Center we’ll be tuning in to NASA TV’s live coverage of the event, and you are welcome to join us!

     

    Experience simulations of the encounter, follow the story from NASA’s APL Mission Control, and most importantly await the signal from New Horizons that its epic 10 year journey was successful!

    Photo Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)

     

    Pricing:

    • Members: Free (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $5
  • 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

  • Special Closure