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
(Includes Steinhart Aquarium & Morrison Planetarium)
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,
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.
10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA
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.
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!
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
Hours: Friday-Sunday evenings - call to confirm.
Admission: $6/adults, $5/students & children. (Bring 8 quarters
Laser Shows include "Space Race", Pink Floyd "Dark
Side of the Moon", Led Zeppelin, more.
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
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.
University of CA, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720
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.
Mount Hamilton Road, Mount Hamilton, San Jose, CA
Hours: Monday-Friday 12:30pm-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. (Tours on the
half hour until 4:30pm.)
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.
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.)
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.