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Bay Area Field Trips to See the Stars

Field Trips to See the Stars

These field trips to see the stars have been recommended by homeschooling parents and kids. If you have a favorite that isn't listed here please call us at 650-365-9425 or email: Editor@Homefires.com. While we hope that this information is accurate, please do call to confirm.

San Francisco Bay Area Bay Area Field Trips to See the Stars

California Academy of Sciences

(Includes Steinhart Aquarium & Morrison Planetarium)
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,
Phone: 415-750-7145
Website: http://www.calacademy.org
Hours: Open daily 10am-5pm.
Admission $2-8.50. First Wednesday of month is free.
Explore the ocean's sea life, view stars during the day, survey African animals, ride an earthquake, and travel back three billion years in time. Planetarium shows extra fee in addition to admission.


Chabot Space & Science Center

10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA
Phone: 510-336-7300
Website: http://www.chabotspace.org/
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 10 am - 5 pm; Friday & Saturday, 10 am - 10 pm; Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm
Admission Adults/$14.95, Youth (ages 3-12)/$10.95, members/free, Students (13-18 or w/ college ID) receive $3 discount off Adult rate. One Planetarium Show, one Megadome Theater Show & day/night telescope viewing are included with admission. Telescope Viewing is free on Friday & Saturday nights 7-10pm. Free parking.
Come learn and be inspired about the Universe and our Planet Earth through interactive hands-on exhibits, displays, planetarium & large-screen shows, and the largest telescopes in the western hemisphere!


De Anza College Fujitsu Planetarium

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone: 408-864-5791
Website: http://planetarium.deanza.edu/
Hours: Friday-Sunday evenings - call to confirm.
Admission: $6/adults, $5/students & children. (Bring 8 quarters for parking.)
Laser Shows include "Space Race", Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon", Led Zeppelin, more.


Foothill College Observatory

12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Phone: 650-949-7334
Website: http://www.foothill.fhda.edu/ast/fhobs.htm
Hours: Friday from dusk to 11pm; Saturday from 10am to noon.
Admission: Free ($2 parking fee)
Public stargazing programs with Peninsula Astronomical Society. On clear Friday nights, look at planets, galaxies, star clusters and nebulae through 16-inch reflecting telescope. On Sat mornings view solar activity through a 6-inch refractor telescope.


Lawrence Hall of Science Planetarium

University of CA, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: 510-642-5132
Hours: Planetarium shows vary -- call for schedule.
Admission: $2 plus LHS Museum admission of: $6/adults, $4/student ages 7-18, Free under 6. Astronomy programs recommended for ages 8+. Children under 6 will not be admitted.
Note: Saturday Night Stargazing is offered in the Plaza outside LHS for free. See the moon, planets, star clusters, and galaxies through telescopes, weather permitting.


Lick Observatory

Mount Hamilton Road, Mount Hamilton, San Jose, CA
Phone: 831-459-5936
Hours: Monday-Friday 12:30pm-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. (Tours on the half hour until 4:30pm.)
Admission: Free
Houses 36-inch refractor telescope -- was the largest in the world when built in 1888. Also a 120-inch refractor telescope built in 1959 and housed in separate dome. The 5th moon of Jupiter was discovered here in 1892. In 1995 Lick researchers were the first to detect signs of a planet outside our solar system. Tours include explanation of research conducted here.


Morrison Planetarium

California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Shows daily at 2:00 p.m., with extra showings on weekends. Call 415-750-7141 for show schedules and skywatching information. ($2.50 adults/ $1.25 for youth and seniors) in addition to Academy Admission. (see CA Academy of Sciences in this directory.)


Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium

1660 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95191
Phone: 408-947-3636 or 408-947-3633
Hours: Daily 10am-5pm
$9/adults, $7/students, $5/kids ages 5-10, free under age 5.
As well as having an incredible collection of authentic Egyptian artifacts, this museum also has planatarium shows.