Bay Area Attractions


  • 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!

  • Summer Camp Tuition

    Please complete the summer camp registration form at prior to paying your tuition.

    Use this form once for all your summer camp tuition payments for all participants.  Note that pricing is per week.  For example, if you have two children each attending two weeks of camp, you would need to enter a quantity of 4 for the Weekly Summer Camp Fee. 

    To receive the member discount, sign in at the top using the email address affiliated with your membership.  The discount will be reflected in your final total at check out.

  • Future Fridays
  • Hiking Programs

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

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

    Hike Definitions

    • Family Hikes - Easy: 1-3 miles, moderate to slow paced, some hills
    • Adult Night Hikes Moderate: 4-5 miles with some hills, at a moderate pace

    For All Hikes We Recommend

    • Wear layers as the weather can change

    • Comfortable walking shoes

    • Water bottle

    • Flashlight for night hikes

    • Strollers and wheelchairs are not allowed

    • All minors must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone

    • No animals

    • Chabot reserves the right to cancel hikes due to low enrollment

    • No refunds or cancellations

    • In the event of severe weather or other natural conditions that prevent access reservations will be cancelled, refunded or rescheduled

    Group hikes may be scheduled through our program manager at 510.336.7329 or

  • 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

  • Dawn of the Space Age

    Just as the Space Race began, Dawn of the Space Age starts with the launch of Sputnik and includes important Russian space history as well as the American Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs. The show transports viewers to the International Space Station, the X-prize winning private space ship and on to future Mars exploration.

    Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Man's first steps into space. Who were these men and women that took part in these dangerous, heroic endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore, in this epic realistically animated production.

    DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE a Mirage3D Production - Distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.

    Running Time 38 minutes

  • Two Small Pieces of Glass

    From Galileo to the Hubble, this 23 minute full dome digital show traces the history, wonder and discovery of the telescope over the last 400 years. Follow two students as they learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how they continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Recommended for children ages 5 - 11.

    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

  • 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

  • First Glance: Member Telescope Viewing

    Chabot Members-Only Viewing!

    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
  • LaserMania Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

    Legends of the Night Sky: Orion takes a lighthearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky. The show brings the mythological Orion to life in a fun-filled, animated adventure.

    Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion’s adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons.

    Running time: 20 min










  • 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.


    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.


    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.



    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

  • CLC Adult Missions: Valentine's Day Love Mission

    Bring your sweetheart up to Chabot for a journey through the cosmos. The adventure includes romantic music, hands on assignments, beer and wine, appetizers and sweets for your sweet. Take a simulated space mission and role-play in mission control and the space craft. 

    Arrive on time; things are precise in Mission Control





  • $5 First Friday Event
  • ElectroLaze Hypnotica

    A mixture of techno and ambient electronic music taken directly from the late night rave scene, this show reflects influences from hip-hop, soul and pop. This dance-based show with a rock-band feel shakes your entire body with pulsing beats, incredible imagery and dazzling laser light effects.

    Running time: 35 min



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



  • Internal Booking
  • Galaxy Explorers
  • 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. 



    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








  • Zeiss Astronomy Presentation
  • Phantom of the Universe
  • Adult Star Trek Night
  • Waiting Far Away
  • Bay Aerial
  • Universal
  • Drinkering & Tinkering at Drake's Dealership
  • Family Days
  • Girl Scout Badge

    Add an official girl scout badge to commemorate your overnight experience for $4.

  • Lectures and Lasers
  • Slumber with the Stars, Family Overnights

    Slumber with the Stars, A Father's Day Themed Overnight for the Whole Family

    Spend a night under the stars for an unforgettable experience on a destination through the realms of space. Your overnight experience will include exhibit exploration, planetarium shows, special programs, hands-on activities, telescope viewing (weather permitting). It’s an experience your family will remember for a lifetime.

    We require a minimum of one adult for every five youth. Minimum age of participants is 4 years old.

    Your overnight experience includes: 

    • Dinner & Breakfast (includes vegetarian options)
    • Planetarium shows
    • Scavenger Hunt
    • Exhibits
    • Activities
    • Telescope viewing (weather permitting) 

    Admission: $85 per person (includes dinner and breakfast)

    Member Discount: $10 off per member. The member discount is limited to participants from the same household.


    5:00pm                 Check-in           (no early entry)   

    5:25pm                 Welcome 

    5:30pm-7:30pm        Dinner open 

    6:00pm-9pm              Activities & Programs

    7:00pm - 10pm          Planetarium shows

    7:00pm - 10pm          Telescope viewing (Weather permitting)    

    11:00pm                      Quiet time/Sleeping setup           

    7:30am                        Breakfast  

    8:30am                        Planetarium show    

    10:00am                      Check-out 


    Sleeping areas:exhibit halls, meeting rooms and the outdoor courtyard for those who wish to tent.


    What to bring: sleeping bags, mats, toiletries, jacket, medications, tents (optional for outdoor sleeping).

  • Odyssey Overnight

    Odyssey Overnights

    Blast off into an out of this world experience exploring the outer realms of space! This program will take your group from Earth into the great unknown through workshops, activities, exhibits, telescopes and planetarium offerings.

    If you're looking for our public family Slumber with the Stars seasonal overnights use this link:

    Here are some of our exciting new programmatic features: 

    • Exclusive access to the science center after 5pm

    • Telescope optics led by the East Bay Astronomical Society

    • New planetarium shows that specially cover constellation identification and the correlation between the earth, moon and sun for older groups

    • A private day-in-the-life of an astronomer session

    • Increased sleeping capacity

    • Private planetarium shows

    • Discounts for Chabot members 

    The odyssey overnight includes: 

    • Exhibit Exploration

    • Planetarium Shows

    • Educational Program

    • Complimentary souvenir patch

    • Telescope viewing (Weather/availability permitting)

    • Scavenger Hunt

    • Overview of the constellations in the planetarium 

    Availability: 5pm-10am (No early entry) 

    Check-in period: 5pm-5:30pm - Program starts at 5:30pm (late entry is permissible.)

    Minimum group size: 10 (If your group has less than 225 participants they will be combined with other groups.  

    Maximum group size: 200 

    Open To: school aged children through adult 

    Rate: $80 per youth/ $60 per adult  

    Member Discount: $10 off per member* 

     *The member discount is limited to participants from the same household. 


    MEMBERS: You must login to your member account to receive the discount. Once you complete the registration information and add tickets to your shopping cart, your discount will be automatically applied.


    Meals: Catered dinner and breakfast by LaBonne Cuisine's Bistro Express may be included for an additional $20 per person. Participants may also bring their own meals. (No heating or refrigeration is available.) Meal sales will end 2 weeks prior to your event. No ordering is available onsite. Chabot's Bean Sprouts cafe will not be open during your overnight experience. Use this link to purchase meal tickets. 


    Educational Program:

    Your reservation includes astronomy, telescope and planetarium programming.  Separate from the workshop are informal astronomy activity stations, planetarium shows and telescope viewing. Cub and Boy Scout groups automatically will be given a program that includes segments designed to meet the astronomy merit badge requirements. (Determined by participant enrollment ages).  The public overnight options do not include scout requirements.  



    Online reservations cancelled 90 days in advance or greater will receive a 100% refund less a 5% processing fee per ticket. There are no refunds, reductions or cancellations allowed for group reservation orders. Spaces will not be held without guarantee of full enrollment. Additional spaces may be added until enrollment is full.

  • Einstein's Gravity Playlist
  • Overnight Meal Ticket-Add-on

    Separate overnight registration required. This menu is subject to seasonal changes due to availability. No outside deliveries are allowed. Tickets will not be sold at the door and the Chabot Bean Sprouts Café will not be open during overnights. Meal sales end 1 week prior to visit.



    • Caesar Salad
    • Beef Meatloaf with Marinara Sauce; Meatless Loaf (Vegetarian)
    • Mashed Red Potatoes
    • Drinks



    • Croissant
    • Scrambled Eggs
    • Bacon
    • Milk/Juice
    • Coffee (510) 336-7329


  • Celestial Events