First Friday: Life Hacks Schedule

DJ Dance Party!



Join the DJ for a giant dance party for all humans and MacGyverers! Complete with a bicycle-powered charging station from Rock the Bike.


Member Lounge


Hauben Room

Members are invited to join us for hot cocoa and a bike fix-it workshop.


Bottlecap Charms


Biology Lab

Learn out to turn used bottle caps into charms you can take home!


Reuse Creations


Galileo Room

Put your inventing skills to the test! Design and build your own reuse creation to be displayed for all First Friday visitors.





Are robots the ultimate life hack? Check out some cool robots and build your own!




Café Hallway

Learn about some sustainability hacks with Citizens Climate Lobby and the Chabot Galaxy Explorers.


Zeiss Astronomy Presentation: The Sky Tonight

6:30pm & 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.


Story Time

7pm & 8pm

Discovery Lab

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


Hacking the System Screening

7:30pm – Survival Hacks

& 8:15pm – Hacking the Outdoors

Megadome Theater

For 15 years, Brian Brushwood has made a career out of social manipulation and thinking like a criminal. Now, he’s revealing how to avoid people who cheat the system, and showing you the legal tips, tricks, and shortcuts to get ahead in life – one hack at a time.


Activating Your Full Self: A Guided Visioning Meditation


Kepler Room

Carolyn will gentle guide you in connecting with your inner being, higher self, and internal wisdom. You will leave feeling replenished, clear, and awakened to a deeper sense of what you are capable of as a human. No meditation experience necessary.

About Carolyn

Carolyn is a life and spiritual coach, Reiki and massage practitioner, and a facilitator of workshops and community circles. After enduring a challenging 10 years with a chronic pain, depression, and anxiety, she woke up one day and decided this could not be how life really is. From that point forward she delved deep into her own healing and personal / spiritual development. Always continuing her own learning and development, she now is honored to be able to offer a refuge to those seeking their right to joy and truth in their life. She specializes in supporting Empaths who struggle with taking on and absorbing energies and burdens of others, find balance and passion in all realms of life, healthy energetic boundaries, and connection with their inner healer and higher self. She takes pride in assisting her clients in finding peace for their mind, love for their body, and strength for their soul so that they may flow in life as their divine authentic self. Connect with her: @Carolynhealings, carolynhealings.com


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 Viewings


Observation Deck





What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut.


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.


Beatles Laser Show



Laser Beatles will take you back to a different time in history to re-experience and remember the evolution of this musical phenomenon. The Fab Four’s best spanning 6 years becomes the background for dazzling laser-art. All ages and backgrounds will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles and how they helped define a generation.