First Friday: Candy Chemistry Schedule


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Oakland Youth Chorus in Concert Under the Stars

6:15pm & 7pm


The Oakland Youth Chorus will present their winter concert, Healing Harmonies, under the Planetarium Stars!


Member Lounge

Time: 5-10pm

Location: Hauben Room

Members are invited to join us for hot cocoa and a peppermint bark making workshop.


Candy Science Demos!


Throughout Center

M&M Smashing, Candy Chromatography, Sugar Under Microscopes, Guess How Many in the Jar, Vacuum Chamber Marshmallows, Candy Making Workshops, Cotton Candy, Flavor Tripping and more!


Jelly Bean Art


Project Create

Contribute to our candy masterpiece!


DJ Dance Party!



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


Gourmet Makes: Starburst


Megadome Theater

How do you make gourmet candy? Join us for a special screening of our favorite “How To” show with Bon Appétit’s Claire Saffitz.


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)



A sweet boy from a poor family dreams of finding one of five golden tickets hidden inside chocolate bar wrappers which will admit him to the eccentric and reclusive Willy Wonka’s magical factory. One after another, tickets are discovered by ghastly children – but will the lad find the last remaining one and have all his dreams come true?


Candy Trivia


Hauben Room

Do you know your sweet stuff? Test your candy knowledge and win a prize!


Story Time

7pm & 8pm

Discovery Lab

Join Reading Partners in the Discovery Lab for family story time.


Star Stories

7:30pm & 8:30pm

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.


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.

Zeiss Astronomy Presentation: The Sky Tonight

8:30pm & 9:15pm


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.


How about Space in Your Face! – Sweets n’ SPAAAAAAACE!


Megadome Theater

How do tasty desserts react in different planetary conditions we might encounter on an interplanetary journey? Come find out in this extra sweet edition of Space in Your Face! featuring hands on demos and a lot of laughs!

Space in Your Face! was started by Julia DeMarines, an Astrobiologist and science communicator, in 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Space in Your Face! is a variety show combining science and art to yield a highly immersive and engaging event.