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March 8, 2011 > Slumber with the Stars

Slumber with the Stars

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Robert Ade

Switch off the television and, for a change, spend a tranquil night with the night sky. Slumber with the Stars event takes place on Friday, March 18 through the morning of Saturday, March 19. "It was inspired by the 2006 film, Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller," said Robert Ade, Public Relations Specialist, Chabot Space & Science Center.

Visitors bring sleeping bags or air mattresses and lay them out in a large carpeted classroom. No tents will be allowed. Activities include an optional guided, interpretive hike through the redwood ecosystem surrounding Chabot Space & Science Center. If going on the hike, it is recommended to wear warm clothing, comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight and snack for the trail. The astronomer-led hike will point out guideposts in the sky such as planets and other night sky objects. The hike takes place rain or moonshine.

Chabot's Full Circle Cafe is open until 10 p.m., and guests can purchase dinner and snacks there as well. Snacks can be brought to the event but refrigeration is not provided. A continental breakfast will be served Saturday morning.

Slumber with the Stars visitors can also enjoy exhibit exploration at Chabot Space & Science Center, a full-dome digital planetarium show, and a private telescope viewing through one of Chabot's giant, historic telescopes. The private telescope viewing, weather permitting, includes a question and answer session with an astronomer. Lights are turned out at 11 p.m. on Friday evening. There is also an area for games and storytelling.

For safety reasons, one adult if required for every five minor children. Advance reservations are required. Chabot can comfortably fit 40 people for this event.

Slumber with the Stars

Friday, March 18 - Saturday, March 19
6 p.m. - 10 a.m.

Friday, April 22 - Saturday, April 23
6 p.m. - 10 a.m.

Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland
(510) 336.7310
Fee: $85 per person or $75 for Chabot members

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