16th Annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign Begins in May!
Kicking off our 16h Annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign, sponsored once again by State Farm Insurance, will be a FREE car seat inspection event on Saturday, May 14th from 10am-12pm. See location details below.
The car seat inspections are offered with the support of the Alameda Police Department, and local technicians from SafeKids California, California Highway Patrol, Alameda County Health, and other police departments and hospitals.
Coming in July will be a two-day safety fair, July 15-16, featuring experts and information booths on a wide range of safety topics relevant to families raising young children. Habitot admission will be FREE during the two days of the fair. Watch future issues of Totmail and our Facebook page for information on three more car seat inspection events and our Safety Fair.
Nomination Period is Open for Your Special Preschool Teacher
to Receive Awards & Recognition
Habitot's 8th Annual Awards Program Underway
Habitot is accepting nominations for the 8th Annual Bay Area Preschool Teachers Awards through June 11th. Recognize the incredible contributions of our community's early childhood educators by participating in this award and recognition event. Nominate a worthy early childhood educator from any of the nine Bay Area counties for awards, gift certificates for supplies, field trips, Folkmanis Puppets and more. NOMINATE HERE
Each week a different theme with art, science, cooking, storytelling, dramatic arts, and puppet activities! Morning play program, with outdoor recess, museum visits, snacks and lunch period (lunch not included). Class size limited to 12. Last two weeks of summer offer morning and afternoon sessions.
Spring PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP Deal!
$10 Gift Certificate with every signup
Sign up for a Premium Membership for unlimited year-round visitation, half-price admission to hundreds of children's museums across the country including all those in the Bay Area (great for summer travel), Toy Lending Library privileges and more. Sign up by May 31 and receive a $10 Gift Certificate to Habitot's Gift Store.
Encourage the do-it-yourself mindset and come build, invent, design and create something! Projects are designed for 4-7 year olds, younger children with adult assistance. Supports STEM learning.
May 7: Koinobori carp windsocks (all day) May 14: Marshmallow engineering May 21: Flower basket weaving for spring May 28: Silly pasta sculptures
MAY 3: EAST BAY GIVES - A DAY OF PHILANTHROPY FOR THE EAST BAY
24 hours starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 3
For this special 24-hour period, anyone can use his or her desktop, laptop or mobile device to go to https://eastbaygives.org/npo/habitot-childrens-museum#eastbaygives to support Habitot's nonprofit community programs, outreach and inclusion for the most vulnerable families.Sponsored by the East Bay Community Foundation. Cool prizes every hour!
Come to the museum to donate on this day and your kids can donate too! We will have donation boxes with play money for kids to practice philanthropy at a young age!
Gay and lesbian families are invited to join our facilitated group to connect. Rainbow Family Nights are presented in partnership with Our Family Coalition.Pre-registration requested. For more information, or to receive email updates about Rainbow Family Nights, call 510-647-1111 ×16 or email@example.com
MAY 5: CINCO DE MAYO Thursday, May 5 9:30am - 12:30pm Celebrate Mexican heritage and pride in Habitot’s Art Studio, creating traditional Mexican paper flowers with multicolored tissue paper and pipe cleaners and add them to our Tree of Life sculpture, a prevalent motif in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica among the Maya, Aztec, Izapan, Mixtec, Olmec, and others. The Habitot Grocery Store will be transformed into a Mercado, or Mexican market, where Mexican fabrics, tropical flowers and frutas y verduras can be "purchased."
MAY 7: CHILDREN'S DAY, KODOMO NO HI Saturday, May 7 9:30am - 4:30pm FREE ADMISSION DAY!
Join our celebration of Japanese Children's Day which historically occurs on May 5. Visitors can try out ‘samurai hats' or ‘kabuto’, and create Japanese carp kites - "koinobori” - from colorful tissue papers, strings and ribbons to fly in Habitot’s Wind Tunnel. Venture over to the multi-cultural reading tent featuring Japanese children’s stories. Then at 3pm taste mochi rice cakes in the snack room. Register in advance for fast entry and a free sticker on EventBrite.
MAY 8: MOTHER'S DAY PARENTS' NIGHT OUT Sunday, May 8 5:30pm - 9:30pm Drop off your kids, 2-7 yrs, for play and fun while parents enjoy a romantic evening out. $39 per child, $29 for siblings. Pizza for dinner included. Space limited. To reserve call the Reservations Desk at 510-647-1111 ext.14
MAY 10: SPRING PLAY DATE FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Tuesday, May 10 1:00pm - 4:30pm Habitot Children's Museum opens its doors for an afternoon of fun exclusively for children with special needs and their families. Come play with our hands-on exhibits, explore the Art Studio and enjoy family bonding time in a safe, accessible and fun environment. FREE, donations welcome.
Saturday, May 14
10:00am - 12:00pm City Hall Parking Lot
1555 Oak St., Alameda
Trained technicians will install a new, or inspect your existing car seat, for correct placement and safety. Offered with support from retired police officer, Bob Rollins, and the City of Alameda Police Department. 90% of car seats are installed incorrectly and children are at risk! Participants will receive a Free Family Guest Pass for Habitot admission. First come, first served.
This event is one of four inspection events planned this season during our annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign, sponsored by State Farm Insurance. More info here.
MAY 23: CAREGIVER CAFE (Café para niñeras) Monday, May 23 10:00 - 10:45am FREE DROP-IN
This month, a representative from Children's Hospital Oakland will be coming to offer a free workshop on Pediatric Dental Health (in Spanish). Caregivers are invited to meet and share experiences about the fun and challenges of caring for the children of others in a supportive group, facilitated in Spanish.
• Supervised art and craft activities for children
• Coffee and pastries provided
• FREE admission to Habitot following the Café
To receive email updates about Caregiver Cafés, please contact us at 510-647-1111 ×16 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY 27: PARENTS' NIGHT OUT Friday, May 27 5:30 - 9:30pm Supervised museum play and exploration ~ with cheese pizza dinner Included ~ for your kids, 2-7 years old while you enjoy an evening out. $39 per child, $29 siblings. Parents' Night Out events take place every 4th Friday, except in November and December when they are offered on the 3rd Friday. Advance registration required. email@example.com call 510-647-1111 ×14.
EVERY FRIDAY: PIZZA FRIDAYS Every Friday
11:30am - 12:30pm Our friends at Papa John’s (2222 Shattuck Ave.) will deliver child-sized cheese slices on sale for $1 each. Deliveries every 15 minutes as needed. Proceeds benefit the Museum.
"Stop Shaming Parents" - Parenting Topic of the Month
We’ve all seen it: a parent casting a critical eye, saying something negative about your parenting, or in an extreme case, even publicly video-shaming a parent. This has to stop. We parents are all doing the best job we can and need mutual support especially when dealing with challenging situations with our kids.