Habitot Children's Museum

July 2014

Independence Day, July 4

April 1 - October 30

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Closed on Sundays though Septmeber!

October 1- March 31
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this Month:

20% OFF All Kites: Delta, Flapper, Diamond, Pocket

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


Habitot News

Habitot Receives "Great Nonprofit" Recognition for 5th Year!

Great Nonprofits Logo Five-star reviews from users, board members, volunteers, donors and others have given Habitot its 5th "Great Nonprofits" rating. The Great Nonprofits rating service is linked to Guidestar, the nation's largest clearinghouse of information for donors and philanthropists about the nation's 1.8 million nonprofit organizations. In fact, we have learned that Habitot is among the most looked-at organizations on Guidestar - we're in the top 10,000 organizations out of all 1.8 milion!
Click here to post YOUR 5-star review.

79 Bay Area Preschool Teachers Nominated
6th Annual

Preschool teachers from all over the Bay Area, working in private, public, parochial, and special needs preschools, have been nominated in our 2014 "Preschool Teachers Make A Difference" awards and recognition program. Three community judges, Supervisor Keith Carson, representing District 5 for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Catherine Taylor, Executive Director of the California Association for the Education of Young Children, the statewide chapter of NAEYC; and Matt Regan, Senior VP and staff member of the Early Childhood Education Committee of the Bay Area Council, a business and development association with a commitment to early childhood education, are currently reviewing the nominations. They will select this year's ten winners who will be announced in August. An awards ceremony is planned for Monday, September 29.

"Preschool Teachers Make A Difference" awards is underwritten this year by ScholarShare, California's 529 college savings plan, with in-kind support from School Specialty/Childcraft and Folkmanis Puppets. Thank you to our media sponsors Parents' Press, Red Tricycle, Chinook Book and Savvy Source. Please join us in recognizing these highly-regarded early childhood educators and their schools for their enormous contributions to the future success of our youngest children:


Elenita AganusWoodstock Child Development CenterAlameda
Zugeyli AguilarLittle Sprouts PreschoolOakland
Jason AlonzoGrowing Light MontessoriKensington
Ramona AndersonAnderson’s ABC 123 PreschoolOakland
Basha ArmstrongBusy Bodies Playhouse and PreschoolRichmond
Shonece BarneySt. Michael’s Episcopal Day PreschoolConcord
Debbie BeckBroadway Children’s SchoolOakland
Renee BundySequoia Nursery SchoolOakland
Jennifer ByrneEl Cerrito Preschool CooperativeEl Cerrito
Aaron CalvertStep One SchoolBerkeley
Kathy CaporussoCroce Elementary SchoolLivermore
Arlene CarrilloFoothill Square Early Head StartOakland
Nick CastanedaSt. Anne’s PreschoolSan Francisco
Karen CatanzariteThe Saklan SchoolMoraga
Galina CherkasLittle People PreschoolSan Francisco
Kathy ChewChildren’s Community CenterBerkeley
Preeya Chim-inShining Star SchoolhouseEl Cerrito
Kathy ClarkEl Cerrito Preschool CooperativeEl Cerrito
Coco CongShu Ren International School Early Childhood CenterBerkeley
Dawn NashKeystone MontessoriEl Cerrito
Melanie DeMauriPeter Pan AcademyAlameda
Kathy FehelyHappiness Hill Preschool & Day CareCastro Valley
Arlene FiestaLearning Ladder PreschoolAlameda
Kathleen FitzpatrickLittle Beans PreschoolBerkeley
Maryam FofanaRainbow School; Rockridge Little SchoolOakland
Kathy GallagherKids AcademySan Francisco
Gloria GardnerThe Little Red SchoolhouseRichmond
Dina GoldsteinTemple Sinai PreschoolOakland
Leticia GonzalezLos Medanos College Child Study CenterPt. Richmond
Tatiana GonzalezEscuela Bilingue InternacionalOakland
Sarah HalfordLittle Seeds Children’s CenterAlameda
Bonnie HassonBonnie’s PlayhouseSunnyvale
Sarah HigginsJCC East Bay PreschoolBerkeley
Audrey HopkinsJefferson Elementary SchoolSan Leandro
Maureen JohnstoneTwin Cities Community PreschoolCorte Madera
Jessie Kan, Elaine Tseng, and Cecilia WangPresidio Knolls SchoolSan Francisco
Jatinder KaurFountainhead Montessori SchoolOrinda
Trish KawaharaGrace Cooperative Pre-schoolWalnut Creek
Merria Ross Kranen Grace Children’s AcademyOakland
Lily LamYuk Yau Child Development CenterOakland
Greg LawtonCurious Minds Learning CenterCorte Madera
Carmen MadrizHaste Street Child Development CenterBerkeley
Anita MalikNeighborhood School, LLCKensington
Joy MartinGrace Cooperative Pre-schoolWalnut Creek
Deanna MitchellPlaying to Learn Child Care PreschoolBenicia
Michell NaidooContra Costa College Early Learning CenterSan Pablo
Chishiro NewmanSakura DaycareOakland
Cortney OlsenSt. Francis PreschoolNovato
Kowonda PerkinsFrandelja Enrichment CenterSan Francisco
Linette PeronaMrs. Perona’s PreschoolConcord
Sarah PostHaste Street Child Development CenterBerkeley
Roohi QadirPeace Terrace AcademyFremont
Niki ReifHopkins Early Childhood Education CenterBerkeley
Tarcito RochaHeads Up! Child Development CenterSan Jose
Alma Romero Alma’s Children GardenOakland
Bev RubiniMontclair Elementary, Pre-K Special Day ClassOakland
Maria SanchezAlternatives in Action: Home Sweet HomeAlameda
Suzie SmithHappy HallSan Bruno
Andrea TachikiWarwick Elementary SchoolFremont
Wendy TetzloffSt. Philip Lutheran SchoolDublin
Kelli TharpeLittle Sweet Peas PreschoolSan Pablo
Deborah ThiesKing Child Development CenterBerkeley
Danny TienGrand Lake MontessoriOakland
Ann ToyPacific Coast MontessoriOakland
Brenda Trigg-WrightCornerstone Children’s CenterBerkeley
Rowena VelascoKai Ming Head Start Geary CenterSan Francisco
Amanda VillavecesCedar Creek Montessori SchoolBerkeley
Cameron Von EhrenkrookChild Education CenterBerkeley
Sandy WestliePeter Pan Parent Nursery SchoolEl Cerrito
Sally WrightHaste Street Child Development CenterBerkeley
Sky YoungAlternatives in Action: Home Sweet HomeAlameda
Rosane ZenhaLittle Lion Preschool & ChildcareAlameda
BiXia ZhenBiXia’s DaycareOakland
Lourdes (Lulu)St. Vincent Ferrer PreschoolVallejo

The lead sponsor for this year's awards is Scholarshare.
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With in-kind support from

Childcraft / School Specialty  Logo Folkmanis

With media sponsorship from

Parents' Press Logo Chinook Book Logo

Savvy Source & Schoola Logo Red Tricycle Logo

Habitot's Toy Lending Library Highlighted on ABC News

Habitot's Toy Library In June, the Bay Area's ABC News carried a story on unusual libraries and Habitot's Toy Lending Library was featured!
Click here to see ABC News »

July Early Childhood Safety Fair - July 18-19

Great Nonprofits Logo "This was great," said one mom after visiting our FREE Chokesaving workshop where EMT Anna Griffin demonstrated the correct procedure with anatomically correct baby dolls and toddler mannequins. That's just one of 13 safety presentations parents will find at our State Farm-sponsored 14th Annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign Fair this month. Admission is FREE from 10am-12:00pm on July 18 and 19 so that as many people as possible can participate.
Don't miss this chance to add to your knowledge and skills to keep your young child safe.
More Info >>

Homeless Birthday Parties Are Happening!

Homeless Birthday Parties Cake We've hosted five Habitot birthday parties for Bay Area homeless children since May - thanks to all the supporters of our Indiegogo campaign who made this possible. Birthday kids and their friends receive 2 hours exclusive play time in the museum, plus pizza, birthday cake (thanks to Cakes4Kids), a special Habitot birthday present and party favors for all their guests. One mom said, "this one day has erased all the bad things that came before."

To help continue this work, consider making a designated donation to Habitot. Your gift at work

Buying a New Car this Year? Donate Your Old Car to Habitot!

car_donation_service As a nonprofit organization, Habitot can receive donations of cars, trucks, boats and other vehicles and donors receive a tax-break. Since 2004, Habitot has received 226 donated cars or vehicles and raised over $56,000 in net proceeds for museum exhibits and programs. Check out our website for more info The process is super easy with our service provider, Car Donation Services, Inc. Thank you to all the generous individuals who have donated vehicles.

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Performances and Events

FREE Car Seat Inspection
Saturday, July 12
Early Childhood Safety Campaign 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

LOCATION: City Hall parking lot 1555 Oak St., in Alameda.

Trained technicians will install and/or inspect your car seat. Offered with support from retired police officer, Bob Rollins, and the City of Alameda Police Department. Participants will receive a guest pass for Habitot admission.

For more information, contact Rachel at 510-647-1111 x16 or parented@habitot.org

Rainbow Arts Week
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Bastille Day
Monday, July 14
Bastille Day 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Vive la France! Celebrate Bastille Day (July 14) by tasting French bread and cheese and planning your escape from the Bastille prison. Make and decorate a French chapeau using recycled newspaper and fun fabrics in the Art Studio. Order from a French menu in the Cafe exhibit and help participate in an interactive telling of the story Stone Soup.

Make-a-Plate for Grandparents’ Day
July 21-26
Make-a-Plate for Grandparents’ Day Regular Hours

Preserve your child's artistry on a Melamine plate anytime during the week of July 21−26. Plates with your child's art work will be delivered to your home in 4−6 weeks, in time for Grandparents Day on September 7th. $20 each in the Art Studio.

Family Pride Day
Sunday, July 27
Family Pride Day 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join other LGBTQ families with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers for an afternoon of family bonding, community building, and fun at Habitot Children’s Museum. Explorse the rocketship, get messy in the art studio, splash around in the water play area, and more! This event is free and exclusive to LGBTQ Families. Light snacks and small gift for each child included! FREE with RSVP: www.ourfamily.org

2014 Child Safety Fair
Friday-Saturday, July 18-19
Rainbow Arts Week FREE Admission - 10:00am – 12:00pm

A two-day safety event with multiple demonstrations from
community experts, sponsored by State Farm Insurance Companies.

  Friday, July 18   Saturday, July 19  
  Toxin Free Homes
Alameda County
Lead Poisoning
Prevention Program
AC lead poisoning prevention   Toxin Free Homes
Berkeley Public
Health Division
AC lead poisoning prevention  
  Choke Saving SkillsSpanish/English
EMT, Anna Griffin
  Poison Control
Hazarads around
the home
safe kids logo  
  Earthquake SafetyAmerican Red Cross Red Cross   Stranger Safety
Get your child's fingerprint book
  Water Safety
East Bay Regional Parks
  Helmet Safety
Helmets on sale $9
  Auto Safety
Car seat info & more
  Auto Safety
Car seat info & more
  Fire Safety
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation   Fire Safety
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation  

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Parent's Night Out

Every 4th Friday*
Now Year-round!
Lower Price for Siblings!

*Except for November and December; the 3rd Friday of the Month.

Parents' Night Out
Friday, July 25
5:30 – 9:30 pm

Drop off your kids, 2-7 yrs, for play and fun while parents enjoy an evening out.

$39 per child, $29 for siblings.

Cheese pizza for dinner included.

ADVANCE registration strongly encouraged to permit us to adequately staff these evenings. Last minute registrations June not be possible.

To register, call our Reservations Desk at 510-647-1111 ×14.


Storytelling Fridays!
Fridays • July 11, 18 & 25
10:30 am

Papa John's logo

Our friends at the Tibetan Aid Project welcome you hear children’s tales of “positive thoughts and actions”
highlighting the power of compassion, love, wisdom,
and kindness.

cheese pizza

Pizza Fridays!
Fridays • July 11, 18 & 25
11:30 - 12:30 am

Papa John's logo

Our friends at Papa John's(2222 Shattuck Ave.) will deliver child-sized cheese slices on sale for $1 each beginning at 11:30 am, first come first served. Proceeds benefit the Museum.

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Classes & Camps
Let’s Do Lunch!
For camp descriptions and more information

Summer Day CampThrough August 29h!
June 23 – August 29

Times: 9:00 am–1:00 pm (includes lunch hour, 12-1pm)
Ages: 2.9–4.9 years

Note: Children's ages refer to years and months, separated by a decimal point. For example, 2.9 is a 2 year, 9 month old child.

Cost: $200/week; $195/week, members/ pass holder (Pro-rated price for week of July 4)
Registration 510-647-1111ex14 or habitotreservations@lmi.net

Curbside Drop-off & Pick-up Service Available

Summer Camp Themes
See full descriptions on our 2014 Summer Camp flyer.
June 23-27 Beaches & Sunshine
June 30-July 3 Young Scientists (4 day week)
July 7-11 Back to the Farm - (FULL)
July 14-18 Cars, Boats, Planes & Trains
July 21-25 Castles & Dragons
July 28-Aug 1 The Land Before Time
Aug 4-8 Treasure Island - (FULL)
Aug 11-15 Space Station - (FULL)
Aug 18-22 AM & PM Construction Zone - (FULL)
Aug 25-29 AM & PM Circus Parade

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Mamas & Papas (for LGBTQ Families) FREE drop-in

Next Mamas & Papas will be Wednesday, August 6
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Join our free, drop-in support group for LGBTQ families and their 0-5 year old children, presented in partnership with Our Family Coalition. While parents engage in lively and supportive conversations facilitated by Habitot and Our Family staff in our classroom annex (Habitot, Too), children play (with supervision) in the Museum.

Making Transitions Easier for Preschoolers FREE with registration
Thursday, August 7
7:00-8:30 pm

As parents we need to help our children manage transitions and change. Transitions can be major shifts, like entering preschool or welcoming a sibling. They also include everyday things like getting up and dressed for school, stopping play for dinner or to go to bed, interrupting anything for diapering or toileting, or saying goodbye to a parent leaving for work. This workshop will help parents:

• Learn strategies for handling preschooler’s big and small transitions

• Understand and respond to the feelings that naturally arise during transitions

• Improve parents' and children's abilities to regulate reactions while enhancing the family's resilience and self-reflection.

Carolina Bacchi, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and member of TPCN (Thoughtful Parenting Consultants Network) who has been working with children and parents for 20 years. Carolina enjoys helping parents navigate the complex feelings of parenthood, focusing on facilitating secure, playful and meaningful relationships between parents and their young children. She is from Brazil, and has a private practice in Berkeley, where she sees children and adults in psychotherapy and consultation.

For more information on her practice, please go to www.carolinabacchipsyd.com

To register: EasingTransitions.eventbrite.com

Questions: Rachel at parented@habitot.org

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