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Annual Balloon Drop Celebration

December 31 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Now everyone can ring in the New Year without staying up past their bedtime!

Thursday, December 31
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Members: $10 per child 
Non-members: $10 per child + General Admission 

Ring in the new year without staying up late! When it’s noon in Oakland, it will be 2022 somewhere on the planet. We’re celebrating the strokes of midnight around the world with multiple balloon drops throughout the day! Continuing a 21-year Bay Area tradition, our party will feature hundreds of colorful, biodegradable balloons raining down from above with drops at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm! Bring the kids to watch the stunning stream of cascading balloons.


Ticket Information

Advance ticket purchase required. General tickets on sale December 8.

Members Early Registration

Chabot members receive early registration. Become a member to receive this perk, plus more!

Child Ticket Age 5 and under      Buy Tickets

Child Ticket Age 6-12                   Buy Tickets


Drop Times

11am: Ages 5 & Under (Rotunda)
12pm: Ages 5 & Under (Rotunda)
2pm: Ages 6 – 12 (Rotunda)
3pm: Ages 6 – 12 (Rotunda)
4pm: Ages 6 – 12 (Rotunda) 



We ask that all visitors over the age of 2 wear a mask during their visit in all indoor and outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, we ask visitors to wash their hands, make space for others when exploring and stay home if sick within 14 days of their visit. To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our visitors, staff and guests, we are reducing capacity and frequently cleaning all high-touch spaces, including our telescope lens.


December 31
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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