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Balloon Drop

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

The Original Bay Area Balloon Drop

December 31

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Ring in the New Year without staying up all night!

When it’s 11 a.m. in Oakland, it will be 2020 somewhere on the planet. Celebrate strokes of midnight around the world at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Kids will count down and celebrate with hundreds of colorful balloons dropping from above and stay for the day to participate in fun activities throughout the Center.

Watch a past Balloon Drop event at Chabot. 


Separate Drops for Children of all ages to enjoy

There are two separate drop locations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children under five are invited to watch the balloons fall in Chabot’s Discovery Lab, while participants ages six and older celebrate with drops in the Rotunda.


Counting down to 20 years

This year is especially important, as it also counts down to Chabot’s 20th anniversary at its current Skyline location. Although the organization has served as Oakland’s observatory since 1883, Chabot Space and Science Center acquired its name and location in 2000. Since then, there have been nearly 20 years of field trips, exhibits, programs and other STEM learning opportunities at Chabot’s Skyline home.



December 31
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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