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First Friday: Dinosaurs!

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

AN EXCITING AND IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE EVERY FIRST FRIDAY

Each First Friday at Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages! Join us each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. Each month there will be new things to explore!

Some activities have limited capacity and are first come, first served. $5 admission begins at 6pm, and does not apply from 10am-5pm. The Center is closed to the general public between 5-6pm (with the exceptions of current CSSC members) and reopens at 6pm for First Friday.

 

Travel back in time to a place where dinosaurs ruled the Earth!

Meet paleontologists, uncover fossils, participate in a giant dig and understand what life was like for animals in prehistoric times!

 

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Schedule:

Member Lounge

5-10pm

Galileo Room

 

DJ Dance Party!

6-10pm

Rotunda

Join the DJ for a giant dance party for all humans and velociraptors!

 

DINOSAURS ROCK

6-10pm

Astronomy Hall

DINOSAURS ROCK®, the premier fossil & mineral educational events company is bringing its highly interactive FOSSIL ADVENTURE show, Museum exhibit and Fossil Dig to Chabot Space & Science Center on Friday, June 7th as part of its First Friday family nights. Join us for this Jurassic journey with an expansive exhibit of life-size and genuine dinosaur and other fossil specimens as the backdrop… see a fun, educational presentation (audience participation is a “must”)… and after the show have your child dig and take home REAL specimens! Visit www.DinosaursRock.com for more info.

 

Claws, Jaws, Tails and Spikes! with the Lawrence Hall of Science

6-10pm

Astronomy Hall

What defenses did dinosaurs use to ward off enemies and to protect their young? Observe specimens and learn about dinosaur defenses while designing your very own take-home dinosaur. What defenses does your dinosaur need?

 

Ask a Paleontologist with the UC Museum of Paleontology

Time: 6-10pm

Location: Astronomy Hall

Got a burning dino question? Thinking about a future career in paleontology? Want to see if you can stump an expert? Stop by the UCMP table and say hello to paleontologist Danny Anduza!

About Danny:

Danny recently arrived to the Bay Area, having spent the last eight years digging dinosaurs, conducting research, and making art in Montana. Danny has dug at over two hundred different fossil sites while working with Museum of the Rockies, Fowler Paleontology & Geology, and the Badlands Dinosaur Museum, digging up everything from tiny sphenodont reptiles to giant tyrannosaurs. Some of his current research involves figuring out fishing behavior in spinosaurs and estimating how much extinct dinosaurs would have weighed through comparisons with their living descendants — birds! Today he works as a paleontology instructor at Celsius & Beyond Summer Science Enrichment in San Francisco.

 

Dino Photo Op

6-10pm

Astronomy Hall

Snap a prehistoric pic with our dinosaur backdrop and props!

 

Zeiss Astronomy Presentation: The Sky Tonight

6:30pm & 7:15pm

Planetarium

Explore the cosmos as a Chabot Astronomer leads you through the galaxy using a Zeiss Universarium Mark VIII Star Projector. This recently restored Zeiss projector uses advanced fiber-optics to project stars with astonishing clarity.

 

Fossil Workshop

6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Biology Lab

Get your hands dirty as a paleontologist in training by making your very own fossil mold. This is a timed workshop with a capacity of 30 people per session.

When life nearly died: climate change lessons from the fossil record

 

When life nearly died: climate change lessons from the fossil record

Talk by Matthew Clapham

Time: 6:45-7:45pm

Megadome

Life on Earth has suffered through several mass extinction events, times when a huge number of species were wiped out in a geological instant. Because many of these mass extinctions occurred during times of rapid climate change, the fossil record contains important lessons for the future. Learning from the past can help reveal the animals most vulnerable to climate change and other environmental disruption over coming decades.

Speaker Bio

Matthew Clapham received a PhD in 2006 from the University of Southern California, studying marine ecosystems during the largest mass extinction in Earth history. He has been a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz since 2008. His research focuses on the effects of ancient climate change events on marine life and on large-scale changes to marine ecosystems over the history of life on Earth.

 

Mini Missions: Escape from Mars!

7pm & 8:30pm

Challenger Learning Center

Do you have the right stuff to make an emergency escape from the Red Planet in your spacecraft? Join us this First Friday for this new, exciting, and immersive mission simulation.

Participant Selection Process:

· Must be 10 years or older to participate

· Maximum 12 participants per mission

· Participants for each mission will be drawn through a raffle.

· Raffles for each mission will take place in front of Challenger Learning Center starting at the following times: 6:45pm and 8:15pm

· Those not drawn in the raffle are invited to observe from Mission Control

 

Story Time

7:15pm & 8pm

Observation Deck

Gather around our Master Storyteller and hear exciting tales! Fun for the whole family.

 

Telescope Makers Workshop

7:30-10pm

Chemistry/Physics Lab

Open to all ages, the Telescope Makers’ Workshop is an all-volunteer group committed to helping people build their own telescopes. Drop in to see what they are up to.

 

Telescope Viewing

7:30-10:30pm

Telescope Complex

 

DINOSAURS ROCK Presentation

7:30pm

Astronomy Hall

DINOSAURS ROCK®, the premier fossil & mineral educational events company is bringing its highly interactive FOSSIL ADVENTURE show, Museum exhibit and Fossil Dig to Chabot Space & Science Center on Friday, June 7th as part of its First Friday family nights. Join us for this Jurassic journey with an expansive exhibit of life-size and genuine dinosaur and other fossil specimens as the backdrop… see a fun, educational presentation (audience participation is a “must”)… and after the show have your child dig and take hone REAL specimens! Visit www.DinosaursRock.com for more info.

 

Dino Quiz Show!

8-8:30pm

Hauben Room

Do you di-KNOW your stuff? Test your dino trivia in our quiz show hosted by Alex T-Rex!

 

Jurassic Park (1993) Film Showing

8pm

Megadome Theater

In Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt. Rated PG-13.

 

Tales of the Maya Skies

8pm

Planetarium

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.

 

Led Zeppelin Laser Show

9pm

Planetarium

 

Star Stories

9:15pm

Observation Deck

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.