$5 First Fridays



An Exciting and Immersive Experience Every First Friday

Each $5 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 $5 First Friday.

The Science of Color

Friday, January 4, 2019

Is your red the same as my red? Join us for a chromatic exploration into the science of color! Discover how the brain perceives the visible light spectrum and how color theory manifests in human endeavors like art and design. Learn about how color and psychology are connected, the technology helping color blind people gain a new perspective, and finally be able to give a good answer when someone asks you why the sky is blue!

Pre-purchase your tickets for $5 First Friday here:

The Evening Includes
the Following Festivities:

Going the Distance: Our Reach Into Space


Chabot’s exciting new exhibition, Going The Distance: Our Reach Into Space, explores how humans are expanding our boundaries by moving farther into the Universe than ever before. The exhibition will frame large questions: why we go, how we get there, and the ways this impacts as humans.

DJ Dance Party!

The Mezzanine

Join the DJ for one giant dance party for mankind!

BeanSprouts Cafe


Eat at Chabot’s exclusive in-house café where we specialize in healthy food for happy tummies.

Zeiss Astronomy Presentation: The Sky Tonight

6:30pm and 7:15pm

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.

Talk by Camie Bontaites: Color Perception


Details and Bio coming soon

Story Time

7:30pm and 8:15pm
Observation Deck

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

Telescope Makers Workshop

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

Telescope Complex

Experience spectacular night sky viewing. Chabot’s large historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe.

Indigo Dye Workshop

7pm and 8pm
Biology Lab

Learn the science behind the denim part of the rainbow: indigo! Originally derived from the indigo plant, it is one of the oldest dyes used in textiles and still colors our jeans today. We’ll talk about how to prepare an indigo vat and then have a chance to tie dye items and watch as they oxidize and turn from yellow to blue!

Collaborative Mural


Artist Bio:

Danielle O’Malley is a traveling muralist and interdisciplinary artist, based out of Oakland, California. Inspired by folklore, 90’s cartoons, decay, femininity, and the occult, her work weaves sugarcoated cutesy kitsch with the odd and macabre to create a world that is equally inviting and perturbed.

Since graduating from the California College of Arts in 2010, she’s painted murals and participated in exhibitions internationally from Berlin to Tijuana. She utilizes printmaking, painting, collage and found objects to create shadowboxes, life size playhouses, zines and street art. She’s created interactive installations for the Long Island Children’s Museum and taught art classes at Longfellow Middle School’s After School Program.

Color Spy Wheel with MOCHA

6-7:30pm and 8-9:30pm

How can you transform your surroundings with color? How does color impact your environment and how you feel in a space? Join us as we create are very own Color Spy Wheels that allow you to change the filter through which you view and experience the world. The best thing about your personally created Spy Wheel is that you can wear it around your neck and take it everywhere with you, and when you want to see the world in all blue, you can!

Planetarium Show: Tales of the Maya Skies


Go on a journey back in time to the jungles of Mexico to Chichén Itzá and the world of the ancient Maya. In a story that weaves together a rich combination of Mayan science, culture and legend, we learn how the Maya were able to make sense of an ever-changing world and through their extraordinary understanding of mathematics and astronomy, to predict events far into the future.

Talk by Don McPherson, founder of EnChroma

Megadome Theater

The science of color blindness and tech surrounding colorblindness-correcting glasses. More details and Bio coming soon.

Star Stories

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.

Laser Show: Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon


Experience this classic laser show set to the beats of the rock icons, Pink Floyd.