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!

  • Future Fridays
  • 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
     

    Chabot’s Challenger Learning Center is a unique hands-on experience that will transform you into an astronaut on a simulated space mission, complete with mission control and spacecraft! From the moment of lift-off to the completion of the mission, you become a critical member of the team, on a journey to a distant world. Come join the crew for a one hour adventure, recommended for space travelers ages 10 years to adult (6-9 year olds may participate when teamed with an adult).

     

     

     

     

  • Slimy Science
  • Atmosphere in Balance
  • Bee Blast
  • Dance of the Planets
  • Fossil Hunt
  • It's Elemental
  • Mars Exploration
  • Moon Mania
  • Moonstruck
  • Planet Trek
  • Redwood Ecosystem Hike
  • Renewable Energy
  • Moon Mania - 60 minutes
  • 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!

  • Dinosaurs Alive

    DINOSAURS ALIVE is a global adventure of science and discovery -- featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous "reincarnated" life-sized for the giant screen. Audiences will journey with some of the world's preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us. From the exotic, trackless expanses and sand dunes of Mongolia's Gobi Desert to the dramatic sandstone buttes of New Mexico, the film will follow American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) paleontologists as they explore some of the greatest dinosaur finds in history. Through the magic of scientifically accurate computer-generated animation, these newly discovered creatures, and some familiar favorites, will come alive in a big way!

    Running Time 40 minutes

  • Volunteer Events
  • The Supper Club
  • LEGO™ Laboratory
     

    Become a Civil engineer and work together to create an imaginary cityscape of the past, present or future in our Lego Laboratory. Participants will work independently and in teams to build bridges, stadiums, skyscrapers, and more. We will conduct tests on structures to learn how to improve upon our designs while creating collective LegoTM cityscapes that will grow throughout the month.

     

    Pricing:

    • Members: $5 (discount applied upon checkout)
    • Guests: $7 (does not include general admission)
  • LaserMania Laser Magic
     

    This show 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.

    Running time: 40 min

     

    Price:

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

     

     

  • CLC: Lost In Space (Flyers must be 21yrs.+)
     

    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. 

    Price: $30 (does not include general admission) 

     

     

     

     

     

  • Location Reserved:
  • 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
  • VIP Slumber with the Stars
  • It's Elemental - 60 minutes
  • Dance of the Planets - 60 minutes
  • 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, June 19th, 2015 from 5pm to 10pm
    • Friday, July 24th, 2015 from 5pm to 10pm

    Tickets must be used on the dates specified

     

    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)
    • 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.

    Planetarium Show Information 

    Plan Your Visit FAQ 

  • Dog Friendly Hike
     

    Hike through the redwoods with your pup on a daytime 2-3 mile hike.  Don’t have a dog? Don’t worry! Arrive early to meet and connect with adoptable dogs from Maddie’s Fund that will be able to join you on the hike.  Coffee and pastries will be available from 11-12pm. 

    Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days has supported the adoptions of more than 30,000 homeless dogs and cats since the program's inception in 2010. For each pet adopted, Maddie's Fund® gives participating shelters from $500 to $2,000 to cover the true costs of those adoptions. This funding enables the shelters and rescue groups to save and treat more animals throughout the year.

     

    **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
  • 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

     

     

  • Interstellar Night of Science and Storytelling

    Chabot partners with the creators of National Writing Month to share stories from a planet beyond our solar system. We’ll examine how science fiction feeds scientific progress and learn what’s in store for the future of our planet.  Beer and Wine for sale.

  • Lasermania 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

     

    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?

  • New Volunteer Orientation
     

    Learn what it takes to join the team as a Chabot volunteer! We'll discuss opportunities and commitment while getting to know the Center. We're looking for adult volunteers dedicated to creating fun and interactive science experiences for our visitors. Science or astronomy background is not required, just a healthy sense of adventure and desire to learn and share!

    Please RSVP online at ChabotSpace.org/adult-volunteers

     

     

     

     

     

  • Garden Plan-it 60 Minutes
  • Shooting Stars and Space Rocks - 60 minutes
  • Shooting Stars and Space Rocks
  • Surviving in Space
  • Tapping the Wind
  • Wacky Weather
  • LaserMania U2
     

    Audio-Visual Imagineering is proud to present an entertainment laser show featuring one of the greatest bands of the last three decades, featuring U2’s timeless classic and modern hits. This musical concert is set against a backdrop of the latest laser art. Your eyes and ears will be your guides into an immerse journey through this British band’s rise and success!

    Running time: 40 min

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Tyke Explorers Saturday Open Lab

    Mix, Pour, and Explore!

    Join us in the Discovery Lab for open workshop time geared towards our youngest visitors! This month, we’ll be exploring ooblek and other materials that can be mixed, poured, scooped, funneled and more. Prepare to have a blast and get a little messy in the process.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

     

    Tickets:

    • Workshop Only: $5
    • Members (Workshop and Admission): $3 (discount applied upon checkout)

     

    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.

  • GE Information Sessions

    Our Galaxy Explorer Program offers high school age students hands-on, fun, and educational community service work for developing science exploration, job and life skills. To learn more about the Galaxy Explorer program and how you can impact science education in your community while gaining invaluable experience, attend one of our information sessions. Applicants only need to attend one session.

     

    To attend, please RSVP Online.

    Key Requirements:

    • Participants should have an interest in science, math, or technology.
    • Applicants must have completed the 8th grade. Middle school students click here.
    • Ability to speak to and work with visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
    • A minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 is required in order to participate in paid internship activities.
    • Minimum commitment of 66 hours per year.

     

    The Application Process

    Applications are accepted year round. Applications will be reviewed February 1st, October 1st, and June 1st for training later that month. If accepted, you will receive an invitation via email to attend the initial training.

    1. Attend an Information Session
      You and a parent/guardian must attend an info session for your application to be considered (Applicants only need to attend one session.)
    2. Apply Online
      (Note to parents: Application must be completed by student)
    3. Download Mandatory Parent Permission Forms
      Mail to: Galaxy Explorers
      Chabot Space & Science Center
      10000 Skyline Boulevard
      Oakland, CA 94619
    4. Have a teacher submit a Recommendation Letter
      Mail to: Galaxy Explorers
      Chabot Space & Science Center
      10000 Skyline Boulevard
      Oakland, CA 94619
      E-mail to: GalaxyExplorers@ChabotSpace.org

     

    Introductory, Customer Service & Safety Training

    All new volunteers are required to attend the initial training prior to working in the Center (no exceptions). It's our way of getting your feet wet. You will be introduced to the history of Chabot, safety procedures, customer service skills, the ins-and-outs of the program, and meet program staff and experienced volunteers.

    If accepted you will receive an electronic invitation to start the mandatory training program. 

  • 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

  • To Be An Astronaut

    Venture inside the gates of NASA to experience the rigors of astronaut training, from the initial contact at a distant research outpost, through the frantic countdown of missions, to the heart-stopping launch into space. Shot entirely on location and starring the men and women of NASA, To Be An Astronaut honors the many people who work together to create a successful mission.

    Running Time 25 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 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

     

  • Micronauts
  • 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.

  • Equinox/Solstice Celebration
  • 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

  • Micronauts - 60 minutes
  • Surviving in Space - 60 minutes
  • Meteor Shower (after hours)

    Where: Observation Deck
    Price: Free (Center will be closed at this time)

    Hang out on the hill and watch as the Perseids Meteor Shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. Visibility may be obscured by the waning gibbous (nearly full) moon, but our scientists will be ready to help you catch the brightest meteors.

     

  • Fun Exchanges and Activities for Science Teachers: FEAST

    FEAST is truly a grass roots effort that began with a small group of secondary science teachers and has grown to over 200 members. Each monthly meeting during the school year focuses on topics selected by the FEAST teachers. Most of our sessions invite teachers to share lessons and demonstrations around a particular topics like as "Energy," "Toys in Science," or "Climate Science" as well as visiting speakers. There is no cost to join or participate as long as you are an educator and are willing to share one of your favorite lessons around a particular topic.

     

     Registration

    • Single Day Pass: $10
    • Annual Pass: $50 (Purchase an Annual Pass HERE)
  • 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
  • Special Opening
  • Moonstruck - 60 Minutes
  • Tectonics and You - 60 min