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Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111

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Habitot's 12th Annual Contemporary Art Show OpensPreschool Teacher Awards

Thanks to the generous in-kind contribution of professional curator, Kelli George, Habitot has mounted its 12th Annual Contemporary Art Show of works by children younger than 7.

Framed works collected over the years by young artists in our Art Studio and Tot Art with A Twist classes can be seen in six community locations in Berkeley and Oakland from April through July.

For a complete list of venues, please click here.

Bring a receipt from any one of the venues, dated April - July, and receive a discount admission pass. All works displayed are available for purchase. Please contact dassoc@habitot.org if you are interested in making a purchase.

Judges Announced for 2010 "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" Awards"Preschool Teachers Make a Difference!" Awards logo

Stacey Boyd, Bay Area founder of the Savvy Source, an online resource for preschools nationwide, Rona Renner, RN, parent educator, temperament specialist and host of Childhood Matters Radio Show on 98.1 KISS-FM, and preschool teacher, Ramee Serwanga, the highest ranked winner in last year's awards program will recommend our winners this year after reading all the essays submitted by nominators in our 2010 contest. Thank you, judges!

Please help us recognize the enormous contributions of early childhood educators by participating in this year's Awards. Parents, fellow teachers and supervisors are invited to nominate a preschool teacher between March 29 - May 29, 2010 (previous winners are not eligible). DOWNLOAD NOMINATION FORM HERE

Ten outstanding preschool teachers will be selected by our guest panel of experts to receive:

    • A $100 school supply catalog gift certificate.
    • A FREE preschool class field trip to Habitot Children’s Museum (up to 15   students ~a $130 value)
    • One Habitot annual Family Membership (a $140 value) which may be   offered at a fundraising auction or used personally

Nominators of winning teachers will also receive an annual Family Membership to Habitot!

Habitot's 2d Annual Mother's Day Auction Seeking Donations!Austronaut Boy

We are seeking donations of gift certificates for spas, hotels, restaurants, theater, jewelry, dance and cooking classes, yoga and other items that will make our 2nd Annual Mother's Day Auction, May 1 - 10, a success!

If you have something to donate or connections to a business, please contact Lauren at 510-647-1111 x31 or dassoc@habitot.org. Deadline for donations is April 27th.

Habitot Supports Local Preschools and a Scholarship Fund with a Time-Limited 5-Visit Pass OfferHabitot face logo

Over 400 people purchased a discounted 5-Visit Pass to Habitot for just $35 in a 72-hour sale co-sponsored by the Savvy Source online preschool resource for parents this past week. Normally the pass sells for $75 and includes $128 worth of total admissions.

5% of all purchases of the pass will go to tuition scholarships for children in need to attend preschool and 5% will go to support Bay Area preschools.

Annual Survey Highlights - What Our Members and Visitors Want Us to Know!Survey

Over 8% of our surveyed audience responded to our post-2009 Annual Visitor & Member Survey and, as usual, we learned a lot about what parents like and would like to see more of at Habitot.

    • We learned that for the first time, websites, blogs and online links have surpassed "word of mouth" as the top way parents find out about Habitot. Does everyone know we have a Facebook page now? Facebook
    • We learned that our Totmail newsletters are read only occasionally, so we are thinking creatively about new ways we can get the word out about Habitot's many programs and services. Ideas anyone? Email dassoc@habitot.org
    • A majority would like to see us host a family fundraising event as a sustaining activity. Join our special events fundraising committee Sign up
    • Many people mentioned bringing back the Rocketship exhibit; an exotic animal exhibit was also a popular idea. We are currently appealing to our supporters for new exhibit funds that will allow us to refurbish the Rocketship exhibit so new, and old, audiences can enjoy it again. Read our appeal here

Tina Ramirez is the winner of the free Family Circle Membership. Her name was drawn from the names of those who participated in the survey. Thank you everyone for participating!

Late Spring Children's Classes, Spring Break Week and Summer CampsHabitot tulip graphic

Looking for drop-off or parent-participation classes for you and your child? Parent-participation children's classes in African Music, Cooking, Tot Art and Move & Groove will resume for another 10-week cycle beginning Tuesday, April 13. Our Tuesday - Friday morning classes are $6/class or $50 for 10 classes. Passes can be used to drop into any class. Note that our African Music class will move to Wednesdays in April and will be offered at 10 am and 11 am. Class passes can be purchased at the front desk.

Summer Camps are enrolling now! Unique week-long themes like Space Station and Land of Fairytales - a different theme each week - will be offered as drop-off morning programs for children 2.9-5 yrs. this summer. Full-day programs are also available for two weeks in August. Don't delay - camps fill up quickly! $140 per camp per week.
Click here to view Habitot's online summer camp flyer

To register for spring or summer camps, please contact Lydia at 510- 647-1111 x 14 or habitotvsc@gmail.com

Welcome to Our New Volunteer Coordinatorvolunteer logo

We're delighted to announce that long-time Habitot member, Deanna Boone, has volunteered to serve as Habitot's Volunteer Coordinator. She will be filling the role defined by our Americorps Volunteer, Matejka Handley, who worked last fall to complete Habitot's volunteer recruitment plan.

To offer volunteer time or service or request a brochure, email Deanna at habitotvol@gmail.com or call her at 510-647-1111 x15.
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